Post-Brexit talks - future EU-UK ties - possibly in 2018, says Barnier
With little progress in the Brexit talks, EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier says the second phase of negotiations focusing on a trade accord and other future ties may not begin until early next year. The rights of millions of EU and UK citizens remains the top priority, Barnier says, speaking at the European Parliament’s Pan-European Working Group. The working group’s Chair, Paul Rübig of the EPP Group, says with Brexit, there is worry about the stability of internal UK relations after Brexit, regarding Northern Ireland and other UK members.
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In August, contaminated eggs were found in over half of European Union countries. EU countries reacted by shutting down certain farms and removing contaminated eggs and egg products from supermarkets. The EU has a food safety early warning mechanism but this does not appear to have worked...
European Finance Ministers including Germany's Wolfgang Schaeuble joined MEPs to call for more action to fight tax avoidance. They came to lend their support to the European Parliament's Special Committee investigating the Panama Papers scandal. Committee Chair Werner Langen of the EPP...
Many multi-national companies artificially shift their profits to low tax countries. The European Parliament will be voting in July on a new law that would shed light on these tax avoidance practices by obliging companies to provide tax information publicly. The EPP Group wants an exemption...
The EU needs to step up efforts to adapt to globalisation to address voter concerns and create sustainable employment, say EPP MPs and MEPs meeting at the European Parliament. The regular EPP Group gathering underscored the need for close cooperation between EU and national legislators to reach...
At her Parliament Commissioner-designate hearing, Mariya Gabriel promised to seek new measures to benefit from the digital revolution. The Bulgarian EPP Group MEP said they include helping workers and businesses adapt to the digital transformation, copyright reform, audio-visual reform,...
The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee approves Parliament’s review of the latest European Commission progress report on accession talks with Turkey. The resolution calls for the suspension of accession talks if the Turkish government proceeds with constitutional changes...
Former Erasmus students from all over Europe and MEPs attended celebrations in the European Parliament marking 30 years of the Erasmus student exchange programme. EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber hailed Erasmus as a success story.
MEPs are hailing the European Parliament, Council and Commission agreement to slash wholesale mobile roaming rates by up to 90%, a boost to cross-border mobile use and Europe’s Digital Single Market. This video was first published on 7 February 2017.
EU lawmakers want to ensure that new copyright rules based on European Commission legislative proposals are fit for the digital age. They want to ensure broad access to online content whilst protecting the rights of content creators. Preventing illegal downloads and finding ways to ensure access...
An EPP Group hearing on cybercrime and cybersecurity, organised by Elissavet Vozemberg-Vrionidi MEP, examined the situation in the EU and discussed proposals to contribute to the Group’s priorities.