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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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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.
EU-Turkey summit: Fight against smugglers and openness to legal migrants are key results, says EPP Group Chairman
08.03.2016

EU-Turkey summit: Fight against smugglers and openness to legal migrants are key results, says EPP Group Chairman

The EU and Turkey held a summit on how to stem the flow of migrants and refugees into the Union. EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber said that stepping up the fight against smugglers and being open to legal migrants were key results of the summit.
International Women's Day: Access to education and stopping violence are key, says EPP Group MEP
07.03.2016

International Women's Day: Access to education and stopping violence are key, says EPP Group MEP

International Women's Day on 8 March is all about focusing on women's place in society across the world. EPP Group MEP Constance Le Grip, who is on the European Parliament's Committee for Women's Rights and Gender Equality, said that access to education for all women and stopping...
Weber comments on Brexit and refugee crisis ahead of EU Summit
18.02.2016

Weber comments on Brexit and refugee crisis ahead of EU Summit

EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber participated at the EPP Summit which was convened ahead of the EU Summit on the UK referendum and the refugee crisis in order to adopt a common position. At the end of the meeting, Weber commented on the prospects of an agreement on both subjects.
Common ground for EU-UK deal; UK can count on Parliament
16.02.2016

Common ground for EU-UK deal; UK can count on Parliament

After British PM David Cameron meets with EP party group leaders, EPP Group Chair Manfred Weber confident of a deal to prevent UK exit from the EU. Commenting before an EU summit, Weber says Cameron looks for same reforms as EPP Group, including smarter regulation and more competitiveness. Weber...
EU-UK relations: positive steps but still some need for discussion
02.02.2016

EU-UK relations: positive steps but still some need for discussion

European Council President Donald Tusk's proposals to reform the EU and prevent a Brexit are a good basis for negotiation, says EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber. He says the proposed safeguard mechanism in the case of large internal migrations would address UK concerns with an EU-wide, EU-...

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