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“Let’s not shut out innovative businesses and the collaborative economy,” says our Member Anna Maria Corazza Bildt. We believe the collaborative economy provides new opportunities for citizens and entrepreneurs. It is of key importance to encourage its development while ensuring adequate consumer and social protection.
Today we are hosting a hearing on the collaborative economy. “Let’s shape it based on European values: individual choices within a robust framework, equal opportunities by avoiding monopolies," says our Member Andreas Schwab. We know that the collaborative economy, sometimes called the sharing economy, is rapidly emerging across Europe. It covers a wide variety of sectors, ranging from sharing...
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“I need your help if I’m going to persuade the EU to offer every European an #Interrail ticket when they turn 18. Share your experience with me and let’s make Europe yours,” says our Chairman Manfred Weber. Join our #DiscoverEU campaign!
This week our Member Sandra Kalniete hosted a conference on 'EU Success Stories in the Eastern Neighbourhood’. It focused on some EU-funded projects with good results in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
Every success story counts. For example, 516 farmers have benefited from the EU-funded hazelnut agriculture cooperative in Georgia, where agriculture accounts for 9.2% of GDP and 17.5% of trade...
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We have 2 vacancies at the EPP Group in the European Parliament – a Dutch speaker to work in our Press Service and a Slovenian speaker to work in our parliamentary committees service. [ Eppgroup.eu Link ]

Working for the EPP Group

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“Travelling abroad for terrorist purposes, training or being trained, incitement to terrorism or financing terrorist activities will be made a crime in all EU Member States. This is a very comprehensive framework which implements UN and Financial Action Task Force Directives in the fight against terror”, says our Member Monika Hohlmeier. More: [ Bit.ly Link ]
With robotics and artificial intelligence becoming increasingly cross-border, the EU is debating the creation of a common policy on the technology to promote growth and innovation as well as to protect and create more jobs. Our Member Therese Comodini Cachia answered vox pop questions on those and other issues linked to robotics, including ethics, taxation, liability, healthcare and killer...
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“We need to have effective measures to address piracy and copyright infringements even when these take place digitally,” writes our Member Therese Comodini Cachia.

Copyright reform: why, how and for whom

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“The EU must act quickly and effectively in order to guarantee decent living conditions to the Italians deprived of their homes,” says our Member Salvatore Cicu.

Helping the victims of earthquakes in Italy

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With a budget of 454 billion Euros for the 2014-2020 period, the European Structural and Investment Funds are the European Union's main investment policy tool. Billions of Euros are invested in countries to improve their economy and the social cohesion of their communities, but too few people are actually aware of these projects in their cities, towns and regions.

European Structural & Investment Funds are key for growth

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“Citizens are at times faced with messages that do not do justice to the reputation of the copyright system itself. They are confronted by messages such as: “Sorry, this content is not available in your country” when trying to watch a video on a social media platform. We need to find ways of making more content lawfully available and accessible,” writes our Member Therese Comodini Cachia.

Copyright reform: why, how and for whom

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“Creating synergies between all available EU instruments is of paramount importance, ensuring that resources are used effectively for reconstruction activities and all other necessary actions, in full cooperation with the Italian national and regional authorities,” says Salvatore Cicu, an Italian EPP Group MEP and Rapporteur on an assessment of the EU Solidarity Fund.

Helping the victims of earthquakes in Italy

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“If citizens can’t see the tangible positive contributions the EU makes in their countries, it is clear that support for Europe will decline. That's why we call for stronger citizen participation and communication around the design, implementation and overall impact of ESI funds,” says Lambert van Nistelrooij, the EPP Group’s Coordinator on regional policy.

European Structural & Investment Funds are key for growth

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“The creative industry is a market-driven sector. If creation does not result in revenue, the sector will not be able to finance new creations. Therefore, rights-holders have legitimate interests which must be protected to ensure growth in the sector,” writes our Member Therese Comodini Cachia.

Copyright reform: why, how and for whom

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Enabling a more flexible use of funds to maximise their impact. “In practice, this means that local and regional governments and other stakeholders should be able to combine different EU funds on one project more easily and invest in European objectives like small businesses, research and development and to work towards a cleaner economy,” says Lambert van Nistelrooij, the EPP Group’s...
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European Structural & Investment Funds are key for growth

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This week the European Parlament approved the agreement between the EU and the US on sharing data between the two continents in the area of law enforcement. This agreement will complement the existing programmes in fighting terrorism, helping to prevent, investigate, and prosecute criminal offences.

Green light to EU - US data criminal law sharing

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“We need to stop victims feeling abandoned between emergency interventions and the arrival of EUSF funds. This is why I asked the European Commission to take into account the possibility of increasing the advance payments threshold from 10% to 15%, as well as shortening deadlines for the processing of applications from six to four weeks,” says Salvatore Cicu, an Italian EPP Group MEP and...
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Helping the victims of earthquakes in Italy

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We can do even better to create more positive impact on our Member States' economies with the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). That's why the EPP Group wants to put more emphasis on investments in our shared objectives, apply a more flexible use of the funds and increase support for SMEs from these funds.

European Structural & Investment Funds are key for growth

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The EPP Group pressed forward at every point of the hard negotiations and obtained remarkable results: an increase of €50 million each for research and SMEs, as well as an agreement to continue financing the Youth Employment Initiative in 2017 with a budget of €500 million. EU money for 2017 amounts to €157.85 billion in commitments and €134.49 billion in payments.

An EU budget 2017 built on citizens' priorities

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