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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A series of 100-second pitches on how to change Europe for the better was the main novelty of the annual EPP Young Members’ Network meeting in Brussels. The pitches included calls for more of a social dimension in Europe as well as calls to curb illegal immigration and to combat growing...
At a meeting in the European Parliament, youth group leaders joined EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber in raising awareness about a project to give free InterRail passes to Europeans marking their 18th birthday. The goal is to fight Euroscepticism by encouraging youth to travel and appreciate the EU...
National parliamentarians and EPP Group MEPs discuss how to take concrete action to improve Europeans’ lives and counter a populist threat ahead of elections.
British voters decided to exit the EU in a referendum earlier this year, the so-called ‘Brexit’. The UK government has said that it plans to start formal negotiations by triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty by April next year. The European Ideas Network hosted a debate between...
Populism, xenophobia and anti-Westernism are past and current threats to Europe that must be countered with concrete action, said the EPP Group’s Sandra Kalniete MEP and Group Chairman Manfred Weber MEP at a conference in the European Parliament. The threats are internal and external,...
Europe lacks a food defence system of testing, tracing and sharing information to prevent a mass contamination by criminals or terrorists. The EPP Group’s Esther Herranz García and Giovanni La Via hosted an event in the European Parliament to push for such a system at EU level.
CETA, the EU-Canada Trade Agreement, must win over all 28 EU Member States in time for the planned signing on 28 October. EPP Group MEP Artis Pabriks says CETA will provided a badly-needed boost for Europe’s economy while protecting national sovereignty as well as environmental, consumer and...
At a European Parliament hearing, MEPs and officials discussed how to restore free movement inside the EU through the Schengen open internal borders system, suspended by some countries due to the migrant crisis. Economies and jobs are at risk without Schengen, said researchers.
EPP Group Chair Manfred Weber explains why he backs the campaign to grant InterRail passes for 18 year-olds. Weber says the cost will be far outweighed by increasing European consciousness.
The EPP Group’s Intercultural and Religious Dialogue unit organised a meeting with three high-ranked Syrian religious leaders who represent the majority of Christians remaining in Syria. They called for an end to the war in Syria and are taking on a role of reconciliation in order to bring...