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Brexit Direction Sign
12.10.2017 - 17:10

Brexit talks: UK government must get a grip on exit bill

There is growing unease in the EPP Group in the European Parliament on the progress in the Brexit negotiations between the EU and the UK: "I welcome the fact that further progress has been made in the fifth round of the Brexit...
Real Estate Market
11.10.2017 - 10:32

Energy-saving buildings good for the climate and your wallet

"Europeans and their buildings must contribute to a sustainable European energy system. To do so, we must give our citizens the right tools and incentives to make their buildings more energy efficient. It will benefit individual households...

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Mechanic with checklist in car workshop
04.04.2017 - 13:07

Car emissions: high fines will deter carmakers from cheating

”We want to put in place a system of penalties for fraudulent behaviour with fines that are dissuasive and contribute to funding for specific EU projects and programmes that will improve air quality. After all, the problems with harmful...
Flood defences
04.04.2017 - 10:48

Despite Brexit, EP to back solidarity aid to the UK

“The European Union is mobilising €60 million in aid for the damage caused by the floods in the UK. This confirms the solidarity of the EU through its budget”, stated José Manuel Fernandes MEP, EPP Group Spokesman in the...
Brexit
29.03.2017 - 13:34

Brexit: EU citizens' interests are our priority

"The triggering of Article 50 by the UK Government finally puts an end to 9 months of uncertainty following the Brexit referendum. Now negotiations can start quickly and without further delay", said Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman of the EPP...
Valletta, Malta
27.03.2017 - 14:48

Let us succeed together: EPP Group Study Days, Malta

As Brexit talks start to materialise, the EPP Group looks to the future with a steely determination to succeed together as one Union. Fiscal stability, economic prosperity, the Southern Neighbourhood, fighting money laundering and tax evasion are...
Backpackers girl waiting for the train
27.03.2017 - 12:36

Commission’s Interrail proposal: a missed opportunity

“The European Commission could have used the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome to present an original and ambitious proposal that will make people enthusiastic about Europe again. It could have been the signal of a new...
Flag of Belarus
24.03.2017 - 12:24

Belarus: police must refrain from violence tomorrow

Tomorrow's protests in Minsk must be met in a peaceful manner by the state security forces. "I am concerned at the recent developments in Belarus. It is vital that the state institutions and security organs refrain from violence. Citizens...
Smiling young man with mobile phone and bag
23.03.2017 - 11:08

Digital Single Market: watching TV shows when travelling

The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee made yet another step in achieving the Digital Single Market. The Committee approved a deal with the Council on a regulation on the cross-border portability of online content services in the...
Architect using drafting table
22.03.2017 - 17:10

New sources of funding for innovative businesses

“New regulations for venture capital and social entrepreneurship funds adopted in the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee today will benefit small, innovative and growing businesses”, said Sirpa Pietik...
European energy efficiency classification
22.03.2017 - 11:01

Energy labelling: popular EU system simplified

Energy labelling for household appliances will be reformed and simplified. Negotiators of the European Parliament and the Council reached an agreement on the new labelling scheme last night. The A+ to A+++ classes of the existing energy labels will...
Anaconda, polish helicopters
16.03.2017 - 12:19

We call on EU states to make sure Europe can protect itself

“Achieving common defence capabilities is now more necessary than ever. In an unpredictable international scenario, we need a common defence policy which reinforces unity, strategic autonomy and integration in order to promote peace and...
Collection of semiprecious stones and minerals
15.03.2017 - 17:05

Conflict Minerals Regulation: efficient and SME-friendly

"The vicious circle has now been broken", said Iuliu Winkler MEP during today's debate on the Conflict Minerals Regulation in the European Parliament. The importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3T&G), the so-called conflict...
Enlargement
15.03.2017 - 15:08

Future of Europe is about the people

"There is more at stake when we talk about the future of Europe than just the division of powers and competences between Brussels and the Member States", said Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, on...
Germany Raises Security Level
15.03.2017 - 14:02

One year after Brussels attacks, we are making Europe safer

One year on from the terrorist attacks in Brussels, the EPP Group remains committed to pushing forward tough measures to help the fight against radical terrorism. After the attacks in Paris, the EPP Group set out ten priorities to combat...
Seeing through piggy bank
15.03.2017 - 12:34

EU Budget 2018: EPP Group prioritises jobs and security

“Today’s vote shows very clearly that a large majority of the European Parliament remains fully committed to making use of the available tools that the EU Budget offers in order to strengthen job creation and growth across Europe, while...
Farmer and businessman examining plant in field
15.03.2017 - 12:24

No more food scandals: better controls to protect consumers

The EPP Group today backed legislation establishing more and better controls and inspections throughout the food chain. The goal is to improve consumer trust in the products they receive and to avoid cases such as the horsemeat scandal that hit...

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Give young farmers a better chance to fight desertification
19.10.2017 - 17:00

Give young farmers a better chance to fight desertification

With a dramatically ageing farming population, Europe needs to provide more help for young farmers to become the future of agriculture. At the...
Young agricultural worker posing in a cowshed
19.10.2017 - 16:36

EPP Group supports young farmers

The 4th edition of the European Congress of Young Farmers took place at the European Parliament in Brussels on October 18 and 19, in the context of a...
Security concept
19.10.2017 - 11:09

ePrivacy and digital innovation must be in balance

ePrivacy is crucial in the digital era we live in. Any regulation in this area needs to be pro-innovation and future-proof. The compromise package on...
International Travel
19.10.2017 - 09:07

ETIAS: closing the information gap on arrivals in the EU

The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), which assesses possible security risks of visa-free travellers to the EU, was...

Highlights of the week

16.10.2017 - 20.10.2017
Group portrait of industry workers

Towards better protection for posted workers

Members of the Employment Committee on Monday will vote on the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive spearheaded by Elisabeth Morin-Chartier...
Syrian Refugees

Solidarity and flexibility should be core in granting asylum

The reform of the Dublin System which sets the rules for granting asylum in Member States will be voted on by the Civil Liberties Committee on...
Travel

New system to strengthen Europe's border security

The Civil Liberties Committee will vote on Thursday on 'Establishing a European Travel Information and Authorisation System' (ETIAS),...