Brexit, Fairness for Farmers, EU-Turkey, EU-Russia


Watching out for cybersecurity amid 5G build-up


#StandAsOne - Discussing EU Defence in Warsaw


Improving work-life balance across the EU



The European Parliament’s Employment (EMPL) Committee has backed an agreement on work-life balance between the Parliament and EU Member States.

EPP Group MEP David Casa (EMPL Committee) has been shepherding the bill through the law-making process right from the start. EPP Group MEP Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz was the Rapporteur for the Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) Committee, which also backed the agreement.

EPP Group calls for new and fair EU copyright rules fit for the digital world



The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee has backed a preliminary agreement on the copyright reforms between the Parliament and EU Member States.

EPP Group Legal Affairs Spokesman Axel Voss explains more about what is new about the reforms and why they will not lead to censorship.

Erasmus+: More simple, more funds, made for everyone



The European Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee approved a report this week on the EU’s Erasmus+ Programme which would make the programme fairer and more inclusive.

Malta and Slovakia: EPP Group calls for action to protect journalists and uphold the rule of law



The EPP Group is calling for action to protect journalists and uphold the rule of law.

The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee has approved a Resolution putting forward a number of steps that need to be taken to protect the rule of law in Malta and Slovakia.

EU-Singapore Trade Deal, Screening Investment, Cross-border payments, Future of Europe



Parliament approved closer screening of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for political motivations or attempts to dominate a strategic industry like water, telecoms or the high-tech sector. Rapporteur Franck Proust of the EPP Group says it spells the end of European naivety on the issue.

Cross-border payments got a boost with new rules that will prevent banks from charging extra fees for payments between Eurozone and non-Eurozone countries. The EPP Group’s Eva Maydell, who wrote Parliament’s Report, says it will save consumers and businesses up to 2 billion Euros per year.

And Parliament debated the future of Europe with populist Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, with MEPs, including EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber, giving opposing views.


Cross-border payments got a boost with new rules that will prevent banks from charging extra fees for payments between Eurozone and non-Eurozone countries. The EPP Group’s Eva Maydell, who wrote Parliament’s Report, says it will save consumers and businesses up to 2 billion Euros per year.

And Parliament debated the future of Europe with populist Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, with MEPs, including EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber, giving opposing views.

European Border & Coast Guard - all you need to know



Achieving a major objective of the EPP Group, the European Union will now be able to better protect its external borders, fight cross-border crime and effectively implement returns of irregular migrants.

Athens Bureau Meeting


LIVE - Manfred Weber & Antonio Tajani


LIVE- Common Responsibility for the Mediterranean region


Athens meeting - Fighting unemployment


EPP Group debates the causes of populism and how to counter it



Participants set out their analyses of this trend - which we are currently facing all over the world - and EPP Group MEPs insisted on how populist narratives need to be countered more effectively by addressing people’s real fears and needs.

The EU needs to send Russia a clear message about possible further sanctions



Sandra Kalniete MEP, Vice-Chair of the EPP Group, wrote the Report which lists a number of Russian actions that violate international law, including assassinations on European soil carried out by Russian intelligence agents using chemical weapons.

She explained how important it is for the EU not to engage with Russia if it violates international law and to maintain or even strengthen sanctions if it continues its unacceptable international behaviour. But we must also be open to dialogue in a selective way, in the areas where cooperation is necessary or explore a new framework for EU-Russia relations if Russia improves its behaviour.