Digital Single Market Needs Clear Rules

Arba Kokalari

The EPP group has welcomed what it calls “new and strong” rules for online platforms. “The European Parliament will send a strong signal that we want a Digital Single Market with clear rules, strong consumer protection and a business-friendly environment”, said Arba Kokalari, speaking during plenary debate on the Digital Services Act (DSA) in the…

Making the EU a True Health Union

European Health Union

The EPP Group wants the European Union to become what it calls a true Health Union with more health powers.  To this end, the EPP Group will vote this week for more resources for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to prevent shortages of critical medicines and medicinal devices. Furthermore, clinical trials will be made more…

Parliament to Honour Memory of President David Sassoli.

David Sassoli

European Parliament President David Sassoli passed away in Aviano (Italy) on 11 January.  A Member of the European Parliament since 2009, he was elected President in July 2019 for the first half of the legislature. President Sassoli adopted extraordinary measures enabling the European Parliament to carry out its duties and exercise its prerogatives under the…

Is Investment in Gas Green?

Is gas green energy?

The EPP group says gas “can bridge the gap” and reduce CO2 emissions faster. In a statement, it said, “To reduce Europe’s CO2 emissions, we also need gas. Not for ever and everywhere, but for a transitional period and in certain situations.” It goes on, “Gas is the cleanest fossil energy source and gas infrastructure…

Combating the Use of Shell Companies for Tax Evasion

Combating shell companies used for tax evasion

The European Commission has tabled proposal to combat the use of shell companies for tax purposes. Comment on the issue came from Markus Ferber MEP, the EPP Group’s Spokesman in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. “Often the main purpose of shell companies is to facilitate aggressive tax planning or disguise beneficial ownership structures. In theory, Member…

Trans-European Network in Energy

Tom Berendsen

EU Member States and the European Parliament have reached an agreement on the so-called Trans-European Network in Energy (TEN-E) Regulation. “With today’s agreement, energy in Europe will become more sustainable, more securely supplied and more affordable”, said Tom Berendsen MEP, who negotiated the new EU rules for the financing and construction of energy infrastructure on…

EU Funding Programmes Face Shortfall

José Fernandes MEP

EU funding programmes face significant cuts or Member States will have to increase their contributions to the EU to make up the shortfall, it has been warned. The warning comes from José Manuel Fernandes MEP. He said, “It is equally important that adequate money is generated from the new own resources. If sufficient, these new revenues…

S&D MEPs Seek to Question Metsola

Roberta Metsola

The Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament will organise a hearing in the second week of January to question Roberta Metsola MEP, a candidate to chair the European Parliament during the second half of the legislature, before deciding on their vote. S&D leader Iratxe García MEP said: “I have already started negotiating with EPP…

EPP Calls for Investment in Cancer Research

cancer research

The EPP has called for action to remove obstacles for cross-border research.  It says it also wants the EU to invest in cancer prevention.  Other demands include granting cancer patients the right to be forgotten and simplifying the reimbursement rules for cancer treatments across the EU. The group also advocates banning flavours in e-cigarettes, which…