Time to Reform EU’s Revenues

The EPP group says that the time is ripe for changes to the way the EU is funded. “José Manuel Fernandes, the EPP Group MEP responsible for the EU own resources reform, said, “It’s time to reform the EU’s revenue system.  “This is urgent. It is crucial to set up the new Recovery Fund to…

Bulgaria Political Crisis

Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament say they are following the developments of the political crisis in Bulgaria with “great concern.” S&D MEPs state their solidarity with the protesters and their demand for fair elections and upholding the rule of law. This is why the S&D Group will call for a plenary debate in the Parliament.  S&D…

Reducing Emissions from International Shipping

According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), international shipping accounts for about 2.2% of global CO2 emissions.  Although shipping is considered one of the most energy-efficient modes of mass transport, a global approach to improving emissions is needed.  Poul Woodall, Director of Environment and Sustainability at DFDS, says that he sees companies across Europe accepting…

Andrej Babiš Accused of Siphoning Off EU Funds

The distribution of EU funds in the Czech Republic is neither fair nor transparent but designed to favour the private interests of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. This is the central message of a Resolution which the European Parliament adopted today and which was initiated by the EPP Group. Monika Hohlmeier MEP, Chairwoman of the Budgetary…

EPP Supports EU Accession for Balkan Countries

“Do not lose sight of the geopolitical consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Western Balkans must not fall into the Russian disinformation trap. The region has a better future with the EU”. That is the message from German MEP Michael Gahler, EPP Group Spokesman for Foreign Affairs. He was speaking after the recent EU-Western Balkans…

EPP Blackballs Babiš From Budget Talks

The EPP Group has criticised the Czech Republic for having no system in place to guarantee the avoidance of conflicts of interests in connection with EU funds and calls on Prime Minister Babiš to stay out of the negotiations on the long-term EU budget. A centralised overview of how EU money is spent is missing…

Crisis Package Needed for Agriculture

The agricultural sector is in need of a specific fund outside CAP in response to the corona crisis, says the EPP. In an exchange of views in the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development with Commissioner Janusz Wociechowski regarding the exceptional measures for the European farming sector, the ECR Group called for a specific agricultural fund outside…

EPP Congress in Zagreb

The EPP Group has “wholeheartedly congratulated” Donald Tusk on his election as new President of the European People’s Party at the EPP Congress in Zagreb, Croatia. “Donald Tusk is the face of a modern Poland. A true Christian Democrat, he stands for a democratic Europe that is united from North to South and East to…