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Youth Employment: building an entrepreneurial culture is key

17-09-2014 / News

"The Youth Employment Initiative can achieve important results. Intelligent implementation of schemes by Member State governments that fall under the Initiative have the potential of breaking the vicious cycle of heavy reliance on state benefits which can further consolidate increasing discontentment", said David Casa MEP, EPP Group Spokesman in the Employment and Social...
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EU Budget 2015: EPP Group urges the Council to reverse its position

16-09-2014 / News

“A sum of €23.4 billion was transferred to this year’s budget as it was left unpaid in 2013. We foresee tens of millions of Euros, due at the end of 2014, which will need to be carried over to 2015. This is the money which universities, Erasmus, SMEs and local authorities depend upon. These are implemented projects and programmes in Member States whose bills...
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EU-Russia relations: we stand ready for further sanctions

16-09-2014 / News

During a debate in the European Parliament on the situation in Ukraine and the state of play in EU-Russia relations, and before the ratification by the European Parliament of the Association Agreement, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, Elmar Brok MEP warned about Russia’s intentions for further expansion. "We have the impression...
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The Association Agreement is a success for both Ukraine and the EU

16-09-2014 / News

An overwhelming majority of the European Parliament expressed its consent to ratify the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA). The vote took place today in Strasbourg, in parallel with the ratification of the AA/DCFTA by the Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) in Kiev. "Today's...
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Commissioner-designate, Miguel Arias Cañete MEP, confirmed the divestment of shares in energy companies

16-09-2014 / News

The Commissioner-designate, Miguel Arias Cañete, confirmed today that as soon as President Jean-Claude Juncker announced his designation as Commissioner-designate responsible for Climate Action and Energy, he gave instructions to sell all of the shares he owned in energy companies, including those in the two companies whose major activity is linked to fuel storage,...
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EPP Group Chairman expresses "profound joy" over Pope Francis' visit to European Parliament

11-09-2014 / News

"On behalf of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, I would like to express my profound joy over the announcement of Pope Francis’ visit to the European Parliament (EP), and to thank His Holiness for accepting our invitation", the Chairman of the EPP Group in the EP, Manfred Weber, said today. "With this visit to the representatives of 500 million European...
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Reform Commission will focus on growth and jobs

10-09-2014 / News

“The new European Commission is clearly oriented towards reforms, jobs and growth. Its structure and organisation will be more political and more efficient to meet the challenges ahead and to deliver. This is a good proposal by Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker”, said Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament....
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Ukraine: EPP Group continues its support

09-09-2014 / News

Croatian MEP Andrej Plenković has been elected Chairman of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Ukraine at its constituent meeting. Plenković outlined his priorities to show solidarity and support the "European choice" of the Ukrainian people. Plenković will join the EP President on his visit to Ukraine this week. Mr Plenković highlighted the...
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Banking structure legislation: EPP Group to take the lead

03-09-2014 / News

Gunnar Hökmark MEP has been appointed the European Parliament's Rapporteur for banking structural reform. The purpose of this legislation, based on the so-called Liikanen Report, is to ensure the stability of banks which provide both investment and retail banking services. “My ambition is to ensure that our banks can be competitive and capable of supporting...
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Russia: MEPs issue call to strengthen sanctions

17-04-2014 / News

The European Parliament has called on the Council to strengthen the second phase of sanctions against Russia and be ready for the third phase (economic sanctions), which must be applied immediately. In a Resolution adopted by a large majority today, MEPs furthermore request the Council to swiftly apply an arms and dual-use technology embargo against Russia. Elmar Brok MEP,...
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Joint declaration by the EPP S&D and ALDE Groups on the election of the President of the European Commission

04-04-2014 / News

In a joint declaration, the Presidents of the EPP, S&D and ALDE Groups in the European Parliament, Joseph Daul, Hannes Swoboda and Guy Verhofstadt, have made a commitment to dialogue and consultations as soon as possible after the European elections, in accordance with Declaration 11, annexed to the Treaty on European Union (related to Articles 17.6 and 17.7). This states that...
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Joint declaration by the EPP S&D and ALDE Groups on the election of the President of the European Commission

04-04-2014 / News

In a joint declaration, the Presidents of the EPP, S&D and ALDE Groups in the European Parliament, Joseph Daul, Hannes Swoboda and Guy Verhofstadt, have made a commitment to dialogue and consultations as soon as possible after the European elections, in accordance with Declaration 11, annexed to the Treaty on European Union (related to Articles 17.6 and 17.7). This states that...
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Parliament votes to end roaming fees and safeguard net neutrality

03-04-2014 / News

End roaming fees, safeguard net neutrality and extend broadband – these were the goals of the ALDE group for the latest EU roaming package. With today’s Parliamentary vote this goal has been fully achieved, after the most controversial part on net neutrality has equally been adopted in the liberal direction. From 15 December 2015 telecom providers in the EU will...
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Ukraine: EPP Group calls on Foreign Ministers to exclude Yanukovich from club of democratic leaders

20-02-2014 / News

“At this very moment on the European continent, a leader is committing a massacre against his own people. These terrifying events remind us of the darkest moments of history, Budapest in 1956, Prague in 1968, Sarajevo in 1992. By ordering its police forces to attack the demonstrators on Maidan Square with live ammunition, water cannons, grenades and truncheons, Mr...
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