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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The European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee has approved a plan for the EU’s Energy Union to ensure gas supplies in times of crisis. The EPP Group’s Rapporteur Jerzy Buzek of Poland says the legislation will commit EU members to help each other to assess risk...
Following a lengthy procedure during which Ukraine has put in place major reforms, the EU grants visa-free travel to Ukrainians.
At a European Parliament hearing, the Civil Liberties Committee discusses the Brexit negotiations with concerned citizens and civil society. Across party lines are calls to guarantee citizens’ rights as a red line in the talks, says the EPP Group’s Danuta Hübner.
The European Parliament has approved a project called Wifi4EU - free Wi-Fi for up to 8,000 communities - to help drive Europe towards a digital single market and expand public services. The Culture and Education Committee also gave the green light for tighter rules for online content, to ensure...
Child sexual abuse is a major problem that the EU is working hard to eradicate. In 2011, the EU stepped up the fight with new legislation obliging EU countries to, for example, increase criminal penalties and criminalise the possession and acquisition of online child sexual abuse material. EPP...
The EU must combat Russian undercover efforts to hijack politics in the West by coordinating its counterintelligence efforts and by providing more funding and staff to combat disinformation campaigns. Jaromír Štětina, a Czech MEP and EPP Group Member, says the EU must confront a...
In an attempt to reinforce its external borders, the EU has, since last week, applied new and stricter rules. Do they work? That was what Members of the European Parliament, experts and diplomats came together to discuss this week.
The EPP Group gathered in Malta to discuss the prospects of the European Union on the day that the British government activated Article 50 of the Treaty to leave the EU. EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber, as well as Maltese opposition leader and former MEP Simon Busuttil, expressed their regret for...
The Treaty of Rome that founded the European Union 60 years ago has ended centuries of conflict and improved Europeans’ daily lives. EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber comments on how far the EU has come and the path ahead. The Euro, the Erasmus student exchange programme and better border...
The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee has approved a content portability regulation that will allow EU citizens to access their online music, films and other content when they travel across Europe. The legislation, an exception to geo-blocking for temporary stays abroad inside the...