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16.02.2017
The European Parliament finally approved the EU-Canada free-trade agreement CETA. The EPP Group faced off with Euroskeptics in a debate on the future of the EU, Parliament backed a report calling for stronger action to fight terrorism and radicalisation. And Parliament debated what next steps to take in the worsening conflict in Ukraine.
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Plenary News

A summary of the debates and major pieces of legislation adopted at the European Parliament plenary sessions. Published on the last day of the session.
Brexit debate, Dijsselbloem flap, car emissions, medical device safety
06.04.2017

Brexit debate, Dijsselbloem flap, car emissions, medical device safety

At the European Parliament’s latest plenary session, MEPs approved a plan for Brexit negotiations which are to focus on the UK’s exit process first, then on trade and other matters. The EPP Group’s Manfred Weber notes that the UK can’t cherry-pick Europol or other advantages...
Future of Europe - future-minded budget - circular economy
16.03.2017

Future of Europe - future-minded budget - circular economy

At its latest plenary session, the European Parliament debated the latest EU Summit that focused on the future of Europe. Council President Donald Tusk noted unity among the leaders on building a stronger EU, and EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber welcomed Tusk’s re-election. The plenary also...
European Parliament mid-term elections, EPP Group-ALDE agreement, Malta’s EU Presidency
19.01.2017

European Parliament mid-term elections, EPP Group-ALDE agreement, Malta’s EU Presidency

At the European Parliament’s latest plenary, MEPs elected EPP Group MEP Antonio Tajani as its President plus four EPP Group MEPs as Vice-Presidents and two EPP Group MEPs as Quaestors (to look after Parliament’s administrative and financial interests). The EPP Group and ALDE reached...
Tajani candidate for EP President, visa emergency brake, energy, railways
15.12.2016

Tajani candidate for EP President, visa emergency brake, energy, railways

At the European Parliament’s latest plenary, the EPP Group chose Italian MEP Antonio Tajani as its candidate for Parliament President. MEPs approved an ‘emergency brake’ for visas, allowing talks on visa-free travel to proceed with Georgia and Ukraine. And Parliament debated...
EP next president, Turkey talks frozen, CETA, Climate talks, tackling sexual violence
24.11.2016

EP next president, Turkey talks frozen, CETA, Climate talks, tackling sexual violence

With the future European Parliament presidency suddenly wide open, the EPP Group says it will consult with other political forces on who should take the helm. MEPs, including those from the EPP Group, approved a Resolution calling for a freeze in Turkey’s membership talks to protest a massive...
CETA, Iraq, EU Budget, InterRail, Tax Fairness
27.10.2016

CETA, Iraq, EU Budget, InterRail, Tax Fairness

At the European Parliament’s latest plenary session, the EPP Group pressed for the ratification of the CETA trade agreement between the EU and Canada, and for support for the Iraqi government in fighting ISIS. It welcomed the plenary’s approval of an EU budget plan that includes the EPP...
Syria; Climate deal; Reforms in Greece; EU Summit
06.10.2016

Syria; Climate deal; Reforms in Greece; EU Summit

The European Parliament debated the desperate human rights situation in Syria. In light of Russia’s military intervention in the country, EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber said the EU needs to work out how to deal with the Russians. He was also heavily critical of links between the far-right...
EU State of the Union, democracy in Poland, Turkey civil and human rights, emissions scandal
15.09.2016

EU State of the Union, democracy in Poland, Turkey civil and human rights, emissions scandal

The European Parliament debated the State of the Union speech by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, with a call by EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber to stop cheap populist rhetoric and act to improve the lives of Europeans. MEPs turned up pressure on the Polish government to scrap anti-...
Brexit debate, EU border agency, and tax avoidance Report
07.07.2016

Brexit debate, EU border agency, and tax avoidance Report

At its latest plenary session, the European Parliament debated the UK’s plan to leave the EU with EPP Group Chair Manfred Weber warning of instability if the separation doesn’t happen quickly. MEPs gave their final approval for the EU Border and Coast Guard, of which Artis Pabriks was...
Juncker Plan, financial reform, Panama Papers and migration at parliament plenary
09.06.2016

Juncker Plan, financial reform, Panama Papers and migration at parliament plenary

The European Parliament plenary debated the so-called ‘Juncker Plan’ and approved to extend the implementation of financial reform by one year. The European Parliament also agreed on an investigative committee for the Panama Papers scandal, and migration measures to help find jobs for...

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Managing producer EPP TV; Communications Strategy