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word budget
13.03.2018 - 15:24

We want a budget that reflects European citizens' needs

“The MFF should reflect EU priorities, respond to the aspirations and concerns of EU citizens, demonstrate EU solidarity and its readiness to strengthen competitiveness, security and sustainability, as well as social, territorial and economic...
13.03.2018 - 11:55

UK red lines have consequences

“Brexit is bad for all of us. The negotiations are now about limiting the damage”, said Elmar Brok MEP, EPP Group Brexit Spokesman and Member of the EP’s Brexit Steering Group, in the plenary debate this morning on the future...

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Fist of anger man and crying woman sitting. Domestic violence
12.09.2017 - 13:11

Zero tolerance for violence against women

"The time has come to move from words to action! Too many women and girls are still being harassed, abused and raped in Europe in public places, at home and now even on social media. It is time to give a voice to those women and girls to break...
gas pipe line
12.09.2017 - 13:09

Gas supply will never again be used as political weapon

“A legally-binding solidarity mechanism and a harmonised EU-wide list of protected customers mean that gas supplies will no longer be used as a political weapon or an instrument of blackmail”, commented Jerzy Buzek MEP, Chairman of the...
Airplane landing
11.09.2017 - 16:09

No advantage for British companies in case of hard Brexit

EPP Group in favour of preparing EU for the possibility of a hard Brexit in the environment domain The EPP Group is concerned with the state of negotiations with the UK government, which is why MEPs, in light of the plenary vote taking place this...
Eye of the hurricane
08.09.2017 - 14:02

Immediate EU support needed for Caribbean hurricane victims

This week, Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded over the Atlantic Ocean, battered the Caribbean islands causing massive destruction. The scale of the impact is still being determined, though it is clear this is a natural catastrophe of...
Courtroom detail
06.09.2017 - 12:17

EU Court ruling paves the way for common migration policy

"There is now a real chance to heal the open wound in the EU on migration policy," said Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, after today's ruling by the EU Court of Justice. "We expect all EU...
Flag of Estonia
04.09.2017 - 15:48

EPP Group to discuss building European defence in Tallinn

The EPP Group Bureau will gather in Tallinn on 7 and 8 September to debate new security threats and challenges for Europe. The topics covered will include cyberwar, disinformation and fake news, relations with Russia and the European Defence...
Earthquake in Italy
30.08.2017 - 17:08

€1.2 bn to Italy: Highest ever mobilisation of EU Solidarity

Today, the Budgets Committee approved the biggest-ever mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) to provide financial assistance to Italy to mitigate damages from earthquakes that hit the country between August 2016 and January 2017...
Man a airport security checkpoint
26.07.2017 - 16:46

EU Court ruling confirms Canada PNR agreement

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg has, in principle, approved the proposed EU agreement with Canada on the exchange of passenger name records (PNR). "I am pleased with the Court's finding that the proposed agreement with Canada is...
Mexico - EU flags
19.07.2017 - 17:13

EPP Group supports strengthening of EU-Mexico partnership

Members of the EPP Group Presidency are concluding their 3-day official visit to Mexico today. “We have had fruitful and inspiring discussions with President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, members of his government, and with all our...
Photo of EU-US map
17.07.2017 - 14:32

EPP Group Presidency on official visit to Mexico

This week, the EPP Group Presidency will be in Mexico on an official visit. From Monday to Thursday, a delegation composed of EPP Group Chair Manfred Weber MEP and EPP Group Vice-Chairs Esteban González Pons, Sandra Kalniete, Esther de...
13.07.2017 - 12:11

PiS government has crossed the red line of the rule of law

Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, and Esteban González Pons MEP, EPP Group Vice-Chairman in charge of Legal and Home Affairs, reacted today to the vote on the reform of the judiciary which took place in...
word budget
12.07.2017 - 14:58

EU Budget 2018: Council is cutting its own credibility

“The Council’s position on the EU Draft Budget 2018 is in contradiction to its own political commitments. Member States are proposing indiscriminate, mechanical cuts to the very priorities that they put forward at the beginning of the...
EU and Ukraine
12.07.2017 - 12:17

EU-Ukraine cooperation must be ambitious

"The EU and Ukraine must deepen cooperation and build a successful relationship. With an Association Agreement that is fully effective from September, a free trade area yielding results and with visa-free travel beginning, the EU and Ukraine...
Border Entry / Exit signage between UK and France
12.07.2017 - 10:58

Entry-Exit System to prevent use of false identities

A new electronic Entry/Exit System registering all non-EU citizens arriving in the Schengen area was approved today by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. The Committee confirmed a political...
EUROCORPS' soldiers do a military simulation on the ground with chariot, trucks, guns, weapons and some wounded soldiers
11.07.2017 - 11:39

Funding security forces in third countries

Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee gave the green light today for strengthening the security and defence capacities of partner countries by adopting a legislative report revising the Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace. The...



Brexit, EU budget, US steel tariffs, digital company taxation
15.03.2018 - 11:45

Brexit, EU budget, US steel tariffs, digital company taxation

During the European Parliament’s March plenary session, MEPs approved a Resolution on future EU-UK relations after Brexit and debated the EU...
Olive oil
15.03.2018 - 09:49

Spanish olives under US attack

In January, the US Department of Commerce imposed an unjustified anti-dumping customs duty on Spanish olives of more than 17.13 %, following a...
14.03.2018 - 16:10

Protection of journalists equals freedom and good governance

Investigative journalists are of crucial value to society as they reveal bad administration, fraud, corruption and other types of mismanagement of...
High voltage post
14.03.2018 - 12:45

Greens jeopardise key infrastructure energy projects

Statement by Krišjānis Kariņš MEP, EPP Group Spokesman in the European Parliament’s Industry Committee, after the vote in Plenary...

Highlights of the week

19.03.2018 - 23.03.2018
Attacks in Paris, France

Protecting the rights of victims of terrorism in the EU

22 March marks the 2-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Brussels. The Special Committee on Terrorism will organise two hearings on...
Nord Stream2

Making gas from outside the EU comply with Energy Union goals

The current Gas Directive will be updated to apply not only to the internal gas market in the EU, but also to gas pipelines that arrive in the EU...

Europe-wide rules on how to tax Facebook, Amazon & Co

The European Commission will make a formal law proposal for a digital tax on Wednesday. This comes one week after Parliament, on the initiative of...