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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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EU needs concrete action to counter populists
08.11.2016

EU needs concrete action to counter populists

National parliamentarians and EPP Group MEPs discuss how to take concrete action to improve Europeans’ lives and counter a populist threat ahead of elections.
The political consequences of Brexit
21.10.2016

The political consequences of Brexit

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...
Fight past and current populist and anti-Western threats with concrete action
20.10.2016

Fight past and current populist and anti-Western threats with concrete action

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,...
EPP Group pushes for EU-wide system against food terrorism
19.10.2016

EPP Group pushes for EU-wide system against food terrorism

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.
Crunch time for job-creating EU-Canada trade deal
18.10.2016

Crunch time for job-creating EU-Canada trade deal

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...
 Seeking a return to normal Schengen internal borders
17.10.2016

Seeking a return to normal Schengen internal borders

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.
Free InterRail for 18 year-olds: building a European identity
14.10.2016

Free InterRail for 18 year-olds: building a European identity

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.
EPP Group meets with religious leaders to promote peace in Syria
13.10.2016

EPP Group meets with religious leaders to promote peace in Syria

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...
EU’s Erasmus+ student exchange needs more funding, less bureaucracy
30.09.2016

EU’s Erasmus+ student exchange needs more funding, less bureaucracy

At a hearing evaluating the first two years of the EU’s Erasmus+ student exchange, participants call for simplified paperwork and more money. EPP Group MEPs Milan Zver and Sabine Verheyen listen to testimonies from the European Youth Forum, the World Scout Bureau, the European Olympic...
Protecting children in the modern digital world
28.09.2016

Protecting children in the modern digital world

The European Union is currently working on a reform of the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive. It was against this backdrop that MEPs debated how to protect children from the dangers of the digital world at a hearing organised by EPP Group Member Anna Maria Corazza Bildt.She is also...

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