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13.09.2017
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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More transparency in EU energy deals
02.03.2017

More transparency in EU energy deals

In an important step towards Energy Union, the European Parliament approves legislation that requires Member States to report energy agreements with third parties to the European Commission for review. The Commission would check to make sure such agreements comply with EU energy policy and rules....
Anti-terror law with tougher measures against terror networks
15.02.2017

Anti-terror law with tougher measures against terror networks

A new EU anti-terror law before the European Parliament this week aims to step up the fight against terror recruitment, planning, training and financing, as well as caring for the victims. EPP Group rapporteur Monika Hohlmeier says recent attacks underline the urgency to approve the law and put it...
Smart Borders: stepped-up security, better ID system
09.02.2017

Smart Borders: stepped-up security, better ID system

The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee OKs a proposed digital Entry/Exit System for visitors to the EU. It is part of the European Union’s Smart Borders package of measures that will also include the creation of an EU Asylum Agency to help Member States deal with migrant...
EU legislation to avoid car manufacturers cheating on gas emission
09.02.2017

EU legislation to avoid car manufacturers cheating on gas emission

The European Commission has tabled new legislation designed to drive up motor vehicle safety and environmental standards across Europe. A key aim is to have a more efficient system of market surveillance and one that is trusted by EU citizens so that EU citizens can drive cleaner and safer cars...
Free up platform economy as springboard for SMEs
08.02.2017

Free up platform economy as springboard for SMEs

Successful European online platform start-ups like Spotify and Booking.com called for less regulation but a level playing field to encourage more success stories. They spoke at a hearing where Henna Virkkunen, Krišjānis Kariņš and other EPP Group MEPs and European Commission Vice-...
Milan Zver asks for more funding for Erasmus+ to reach more EU youth
02.02.2017

Milan Zver asks for more funding for Erasmus+ to reach more EU youth

The European Parliament approves a Resolution calling for more funding to meet growing demand for the EU’s Erasmus+ student exchange programme and improve how it works. EPP Group Rapporteur Milan Zver calls it an investment in the future of the European Union.
EU step towards circular economy with binding targets
26.01.2017

EU step towards circular economy with binding targets

In an important step towards creating a recycling, circular economy, the European Parliament's Environment Committee approved legislation requiring EU Member States to recycle up to 80 percent of their waste by 2030. Shadow Rapporteur Karl-Heinz Florenz of the EPP Group says Europe needs to...
EU-Canada trade pact CETA a step closer
24.01.2017

EU-Canada trade pact CETA a step closer

The European Parliament’s International Trade Committee backs the CETA trade accord between the EU and Canada, an important step toward ratification. The EPP Group’s MEP Artis Pabriks, who wrote the report, says businesses large and small will boost trade by 20 percent when CETA slashes...
Rules on robotics to protect citizens and boost the sector
13.01.2017

Rules on robotics to protect citizens and boost the sector

A European Parliament report on robotics calls for rules ethics, legal issues and employment, while encouraging the sector as a growth engine. Approved by the Legal Affairs Committee, it now goes to the full Parliament for a final vote.
EU to modernise copyright rules fit for the digital world
12.01.2017

EU to modernise copyright rules fit for the digital world

With Europeans increasingly consuming news, music and film content online, a big problem is the amount of illegal content available online. The EU is considering a whole package of copyright reforms to address this and other issues. A proposed new right for publishers is a controversial area of...

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