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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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Victims of terror call for more EU support
03.03.2016

Victims of terror call for more EU support

At a hearing in the European Parliament, victims of terror attacks backed a call by the EPP Group for a European Directive to support terror victims, including more protection and assistance. The hearing was chaired by the EPP Group's Teresa Jiménez-Becerril, whose brother and sister-in-...
MEPs say: if Brits vote ‘no’, the UK is definitely out of the EU
24.02.2016

MEPs say: if Brits vote ‘no’, the UK is definitely out of the EU

At a summit last week EU leaders agreed on a deal amending the UK’s EU conditions of membership. The EPP Group and other MEPs say that the UK’s decision will be final and that there will be no further negotiations. MEPs discussed the deal with the European Commission President Jean-...
EU to introduce new emissions tests
23.02.2016

EU to introduce new emissions tests

At a European Parliament hearing, MEPs discussed new rules for pollution tests for vehicles made in the EU with experts and stakeholders.Françoise Grossetête MEP stressed the need to have reliable, relevant and independent tests and said the European Parliament will be vigilant about...
EPP Group and national parliaments develop strategies to counter-terrorism
18.02.2016

EPP Group and national parliaments develop strategies to counter-terrorism

At a European Parliament hearing, MEPs and MPs discussed a wide range of issues relating to counter-terrorism with the EU’s counter-terrorism coordinator and the EU’s counter-terrorism agency Europol. EPP Group MEP Esther de Lange stressed the importance of sharing information better at...
EU-Turkey pact on migrant returns is key to solving crisis
17.02.2016

EU-Turkey pact on migrant returns is key to solving crisis

Repatriating  migrants who don´t qualify for asylum plays a critical role in tackling the migrant crisis. A European Parliament hearing headed by the EPP Group´s Roberta Metsola of Malta discussed how an EU-Turkey agreement on repatriation, or readmission, is working.
Unshackling Europe’s Single Market; defending Schengen's open borders
28.01.2016

Unshackling Europe’s Single Market; defending Schengen's open borders

At a European Parliament hearing, MEPs joined with businesses and consumers to support legislation calling for concrete actions to boost Europe’s Single Market. Among the measures are a common e-commerce VAT, facilitating cross-border trade and protecting consumers from cross-border...
MEPs call for in-depth FIFA reform
27.01.2016

MEPs call for in-depth FIFA reform

The European Parliament’s Sports Intergroup invited five candidates to be FIFA’s next president to a debate on the reform of FIFA. The debate was cancelled after most of the candidates withdrew and a small scale press conference with one of the candidates was held instead. Ivo Belet and...
Better synergy between EU funds to power investment
13.01.2016

Better synergy between EU funds to power investment

EU funds under the so-called Juncker Plan for investment and Horizon 2020, combined with regional and private finance, can drive more development and job creation, said MEPs at an EPP Group hearing. The European Commission plans to publish a guide this year that will help public and private...
Successful Erasmus+ Programme promoted at EPP Group Hearing
11.12.2015

Successful Erasmus+ Programme promoted at EPP Group Hearing

The EPP Group has brought together European Commission officials, MEPs and representatives of civil society to take an in-depth look at how Erasmus+ can be improved so that four million or more Europeans can study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad over the next seven years.
Stronger international effort needed to combat migrant smuggling
09.12.2015

Stronger international effort needed to combat migrant smuggling

A Hearing on the EU Action Plan to fight migrant smuggling seeks closer cooperation between the EU, migrant countries of origin as well as international organisations.

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Managing producer EPP TV; Communications Strategy