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Press Release: We need to act now to save the future of the tourism industry, say S&Ds

With millions of jobs in the tourism and transport industry endangered by the COVID-19 outbreak, S&Ds urge European authorities to listen to the people and take the necessary measures to prevent the collapse of the third largest economic sector in Europe.

Press Releases: EP Political Groups Reactions to COVID-19

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Press Release: EPP – The European Public Prosecutor needs the resources to fight fraud and corruption

The European Public Prosecutor’s (EPPO) was set up in order to improve the protection of the financial interests of the EU and fight against white collar crime.  It has the competence to investigate and prosecute infringements of the EU budget, such as fraud, corruption or serious cross-border VAT fraud.

EP Political Groups Reactions to the Proposal for a Climate Law

This post will be updated to gather the reactions by EP Political Groups to the Proposal for a Climate Law.

EP Political Groups Reactions to the Circular Economy Action Plan

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EP Political Groups Reactions to a new Industrial Strategy for a globally competitive, green and digital Europe

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Press Release: S&D – The next MFF must be in place on the 1st January 2021 or we will need a safety net to protect the beneficiaries of EU programmes in place, say S&Ds

In a debate in the European Parliament in Brussels, S&D Group members have reiterated the fact that they will not support the EU budget for the next 7 years (Multiannual Financial Framework), unless it is ambitious, progressive and able to cover all essential policy areas, as well as old and new initiatives. 

Press Release: Renew Europe – 100 days on: this is the time for the Commission to be both bold and brave

Press Release on the occasion of the first 100 days of the new European Commission and ahead of the Renew Europe Group exchange of views with President Ursula von der Leyen

Press Release: S&D – EPP and Renew obstruct future-oriented reform of economic governance

The conservative and liberal groups in the European Parliament, EPP and Renew, this morning blocked an agreement on the report on the European Semester for economic policy coordination. Speaking immediately after the vote in the economic and monetary affairs committee, Aurore Lalucq, S&D MEP and author of the European Parliament’s European Semester report in the economic and monetary affairs committee, said:“Today, the EPP and Renew have again shown their true colour: they are still obsessed with the austerity mantra. Even the Commission has turned the page, and is now willing to reform the fiscal rules and the European Semester.”

Press Release: Renew – Renew Europe appeals to the European Commission to speed up the creation of an Anti-Money Laundering body.

Renew Europe Coordinators on the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties and Economic and Monetary Affairs Committees have today appealed to Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, asking him to speed up the creation of an EU Anti-Money Laundering body. After the work carried by the Special Committee on Financial Crimes, Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance (TAX3) in the European Parliament during its last mandate, Renew Europe strongly believes in the creation of a central AML supervisory authority with EU-wide jurisdiction. Existing tax rules are unable to keep up with the increasing speed of the economy, the current supervisory system is extremely fragmented and cooperation among competent national authorities is poor and ineffective. It is also documented that around one percent of Europe’s wealth is involved in suspect financial activity, which is the equivalent of the annual EU budget.

POSTPONED – Event: ECR Africa Summit 2020 (Brussels, 04 March)

Update: ECR Africa Summit at the European Parliament in Brussels has been postponed due to Coronavirus security measures.

Building on the success of the first ECR Africa Summit in 2019, this year’s Summit will examine and discuss policy options to develop a stronger relationship between Europe and Africa as we enter a new decade. Africa and Europe are in the midst of a massive transformation in their economic, political and social structures and can learn much from each other in seizing new opportunities and tackling their common challenges. Four high level panel discussions will address specific topics such as: governance and stability; the role of women in the successful development in Africa; the tools available to further mobilise private investment in Africa; and discuss the role of both European and African companies in the digitalisation of the African continent.

Event: Renew Europe Seminar “Gender in Trade Agreements” (Brussels, 04 March 2020)

Update: the event has been cancelled following the decision by the European Parliament President Sassoli on measures to be taken in connection with the COVID-19 outbreak.

As strong proponents of rules- and values based trade, Renew Europe strives for more progressive Free Trade Agreements in which the promotion of gender equality should be strongly anchored. To underline our commitment to this topic we have organised a seminar in which an all-female panel of experts will exchange ideas on how we can utilise the EU’s trade policy to advance women’s rights and women’s participation in the economy. The event will start with a keynote speech from former Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström who has laid important groundwork in this area.

Press Release: EU Governments are Making Domestic Considerations a Priority

Philippe Lamberts, Co-President of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, comments:

“EU governments are making domestic considerations a priority and risk derailing the Green Deal. The postponement of the negotiations does not take us any closer to implementing the Green Deal, restructuring the economy, protecting biodiversity and tackling growing inequality. With stinginess, the European Union cannot lead in digitisation and in the fight against the climate crisis. In times of negative interest rates, the European Union must boost public investment.”

Press Release: Next EU budget: EU Council lacks a European vision, say S&Ds

S&D Group leader, Iratxe García, blames the EU Council for its lack of a European perspective in their discussions on the pluri-annual EU budget 2021-2027. Leaders are obsessed with nation-driven penny pinching and they are missing the bigger picture. The inability to reach an acceptable middle ground endangers existing projects, as well as future ones, but also reveals deep differences of vision between member states.

Event: EPP Group Public Hearing – The European Forestry Strategy – The Way Forward (Brussels, 4 March 2020)

Update: the event has been cancelled following the decision by the European Parliament President Sassoli on measures to be taken in connection with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Hosted by MEPs Herbert Dorfmann (EPP group EP AGRI Coordinator) and Peter Liese (EPP group EP ENVI Coordinator).

Press Release: Renew Europe – Ethical considerations must come first in Europe’s AI strategy

Renew Europe’s goal is to establish a framework, which enables the development of trustworthy, ethically responsible and technically robust AI, with increased investment capacities, data infrastructure, research, and the definition of common ethical norms regulated at a European level.

Press Release: Left parliamentarians call for radical transformation of economies & society

Following their participation in the 2020 European Parliamentary Week, a group of left-wing MEPs and members of national parliaments have issued the following declaration that demands a new set of environmental, economic and social policies for radically transforming our society.

Press Release: EPP – Europe must set rules for global standards on Artificial Intelligence

The EPP Group calls for “high ethical standards,” liability rules and transparency for the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Furthermore, MEPs want to create a stimulating environment for European Research and Development in Artificial Intelligence.

Press Release: Tax Haven Blacklist Exposes Double Standards of EU Governments

Today (Tuesday, 18 February), the European Union’s Ministers of Economy and Finance presented the updated list of tax havens, to include also Panama, the Seychelles, the Cayman Islands and Palau, because they do not meet at least one of the European Union’s tax good governance criteria: tax transparency, fair taxation and real economic activity.

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