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04.06.2013
Commenting on a confirmation hearing for Commissioner-designate for consumer affairs, Neven Mimica, the EPP Group’s Andreas Schwab called for more-specific commitments from him to address consumer issues. Mr. Schwab expressed confidence that Mr. Mimica would provide those specifics.
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New EU border guard will make Europe safer and help manage migration
06.07.2016

New EU border guard will make Europe safer and help manage migration

The European Parliament's approval on Wednesday of a joint EU Border and Coast Guard will help secure Europe's borders and manage migration in the wake of the migrant crisis, says EPP Group Chair Manfred Weber.
Brexit negotiations must begin immediately to avoid uncertainty for Europe: EPP Group Chair Manfred Weber
24.06.2016

Brexit negotiations must begin immediately to avoid uncertainty for Europe: EPP Group Chair Manfred Weber

EPP Group Chair Manfred Weber presses for immediate negotiations for the UK to leave the EU. He made the statement after British Prime Minister David Cameron said he would leave the task of invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, setting off the process of exiting the EU, to his successor after...
Leave negotiations should be concluded within two years
24.06.2016

Leave negotiations should be concluded within two years

EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber comments on the outcome of the UK referendum, respecting the democratic decision of the British voters also means that the exit negotiations should be swiftly concluded, within the two-year deadline, as defined in the Lisbon Treaty.  From our point of view,...
Enjoy a great, peaceful Euro football tournament!
10.06.2016

Enjoy a great, peaceful Euro football tournament!

EPP Group Chair Manfred Weber hails the beginning of UEFA Euro 2016, wishing fans across Europe a great and peaceful tournament.
Avoid "scattered market" online with new EU guidelines
02.06.2016

Avoid "scattered market" online with new EU guidelines

The EPP Group’s Andreas Schwab lends his support to new EU-proposed guidelines that would prevent heavy regulation or the banning of online services like Uber and AirBnB that make up a growing "sharing economy" part of Europe’s Digital Single Market. Avoid a "scattered...
Turkey must meet strict criteria for visa liberalisation
04.05.2016

Turkey must meet strict criteria for visa liberalisation

An EU agreement to grant visas to Turkish nationals requires meeting strict guidelines, as part of an agreement to manage the migrant crisis. Without meeting those guidelines, there should be an emergency brake on those visas until the criteria are met, says EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber.
Europe needs strong common police authorities to enforce security of our citizens
28.04.2016

Europe needs strong common police authorities to enforce security of our citizens

The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee approved a new EU law which will strengthen Europol in the fight against terrorism and organised crime. This Regulation, which is essentially an EU law, will also strengthen the European Parliament’s scrutiny...
Billions in EU internal trade at risk if Schengen borders restricted
26.04.2016

Billions in EU internal trade at risk if Schengen borders restricted

The EU risks losing hundreds of billions of Euros in trade if EU governments impose restrictions on cross-border movement due to the migrant crisis. The EPP Group's Spokesman on the internal market and consumer protection, Andreas Schwab, says the EU must develop a common policy to strengthen...
Manfred Weber urges Liberals and Left to vote for PNR anti-terror legislation. He also comments on the EU-Turkey accord
05.04.2016

Manfred Weber urges Liberals and Left to vote for PNR anti-terror legislation. He also comments on the EU-Turkey accord

"The beginning of the implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement shows that the smugglers' business model is coming to an end", says EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber. He hopes that it will be fully implemented and respected by all parties involved. The Passenger Name Record (PNR)...
Weber: This European Summit must deliver the next step in our response to the refugee crisis
17.03.2016

Weber: This European Summit must deliver the next step in our response to the refugee crisis

EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber participated at the EPP Summit which was convened ahead of the EU Summit on the refugee crisis in order to adopt a common position. Before the meeting, Mr Weber commented on the need for progress with Turkey to find a common response to the migration flows.

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