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 EU should help coordinate a cut in milk production and boost aid to help Europe’s dairy farmers, hard-hit by the end of quotas and falling demand due to the Russian embargo and other global economic developments, says Albert Dess MEP, the EPP Group’s Spokesman on Agriculture in the...
Boosting trade between countries and helping tackle climate change are the main ideas behind an environmental goods agreement that is being negotiated by the EU and 16 World Trade Organisation countries since 2014. Deciding which environmental goods will end up on a list of goods for which...
The Western Balkans still have a long way to go for EU accession and need "tough love" to fight corruption, establish the rule of law, better governance and an independent judiciary, say MEPs at an EPP Group conference on the region.
The threat of more terrorist attacks is concentrating minds across the EU like never before. Young Europeans and young North Africans are travelling to Syria to train with ISIS.MEPs discussed how European and North African countries can work together to stop young people and others from being drawn...
Christian minority groups are being heavily persecuted by terrorist groups such as ISIS across the Middle East. In addition, large numbers are fleeing the conflict in Syria to countries like Lebanon.MEPs discussed the situation of this Christian minority and the problems in the Middle East at an...
The European Council, Commission and Parliament have reached agreement in trialogue talks to establish an EU-wide railway system for safety and certification. It is part of the EU's fourth railway package aimed at creating a level playing field that will encourage greater competition among...
The European Parliament's Internal Market Committee has approved the Single Market Strategy presented by the European Commission last October. Lara Comi, EPP Group Member and Rapporteur of the Single Market Strategy, underlined that it will bring new impetus to businesses and insisted that the...
After years of delay, the Civil Liberties Committee in the European Parliament finally removes all obstacles to the approval of the Passenger Name Record system for the EU. The EPP Group welcomed the move as an important tool to track and catch terrorists, after it was blocked by other parties over...
Europe needs to do more to encourage young farmers, lacking in many Member States, as they struggle with low prices as well as a lack of credit and technical expertise. At an EPP Group hearing, farmers and MEPs discussed how to improve conditions to ensure Europe's food security.
As a parliamentary inquiry begins into the VW auto emissions scandal, EPP Group MEPs caution against a witch-hunt and say it's time to promote innovation to cut emissions and save jobs.