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ECR MEPs back the next Erasmus Programme

The EU's student exchange programme Erasmus is exactly the type of funding the EU budget should be providing, said ECR MEP Remo Sernagiotto after the Parliament's Culture Committee voted today on its next iteration of the programme.

20 February 2019

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ECR MEPs back the next Erasmus Programme

The EU's student exchange programme Erasmus is exactly the type of funding the EU budget should be providing, said ECR MEP Remo Sernagiotto after the Parliament's Culture Committee voted today on its next iteration of the programme.

20 February 2019

Better competition and less discrimination for coach services

ECR MEP Roberts Zīle’s report aimed at liberalising coach and bus markets throughout the EU has been approved by the European Parliament today. Welcoming the outcome, which should help new entrants enter previously closed domestic markets, Zile said: “We have voted to take the first steps towards integrating the coach market, but at the same time ensured that certain well functioning national services are protected,”

14 February 2019

Kamall: Trade deal with Singapore opens door to EU trade with southeast Asia

After years of negotiations and delays after the EU insisted on reopening negotiations after agreement had been reached in 2014, the long-awaited trade deal between the EU and Singapore has finally received the green light by the European Parliament.

13 February 2019

Voters turning their backs on EU yet MEPs call for further integration

Brussels is refusing to listen to the real concerns of voters, warned ECR MEP Morten Messerschmidt after a series of votes in the European Parliament today. MEPs were voting on proposals put forward by the Constitutional Affairs Committee that repeated a number of previous, and already rejected, calls such as the removal of Member State opt-outs, the creation of transnational election lists and an EU-wide 'Europe Day' bank holiday.

13 February 2019

“We are at pivotal point. Europe must act to reap the benefits of AI.”

Europe must take steps now to ensure it reaps the economic, social and technological benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

12 February 2019

Parliament migration vote is a huge missed opportunity

Proposals aimed at better securing the EU's external borders were dealt a blow last night after MEPs dramatically watered down draft laws put forward by the European Commission.

12 February 2019

The Week Ahead - 11th - 15th February

Next week our MEPs will be in Strasbourg where they will debate the Future of Europe with the Italian Prime Minister and also vote to ratify the EU-Singapore Trade Agreement. New rules to better screen foreign direct investments are also set to be adopted, in addition to votes on reports from ECR MEPs on animal welfare, liberalising coach travel and artificial intelligence. Read on for more details.

8 February 2019

ECR MEPs call on the Commission to fight female genital mutilation

More funding for medical research and an increase in preventative measures were cited as two key factors in the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM) at a hearing on the issue organised today by ECR Flemish MEP, Anneleen Van Bossuyt, to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

5 February 2019

ECR MEP’s report tackles terrorist content online

New EU-wide legislation to tackle terrorist content posted online has been unveiled today by ECR MEP Daniel Dalton. His draft report adds teeth to the existing code of practice while maintaining an emphasis on voluntary action. The report was considered by the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee today. It is hoped it will be voted on by all MEPs before the European elections.

4 February 2019

Fox: The backstop will create a hard border, not prevent one

The Irish backstop, far from preventing a hard border post-Brexit, will create one if not amended, ECR MEP Ashley Fox warned the European Parliament this afternoon.

31 January 2019

McIntyre presents her report on better lawmaking

The drive for better lawmaking in the European Union must continue even after Brexit. That was the message when Anthea McIntyre, ECR MEP, addressed a meeting on better regulation organised in Brussels by the European Small Business Alliance (ESBA).

31 January 2019

MEPs set to grant themselves new powers to dissolve rival political groups

Unprecedented new rules granting MEPs the right to dissolve other political factions in the European Parliament are set to be voted on this week in Brussels.

29 January 2019

Improving animal welfare during transport

A report calling for stricter rules for transporting live animals has been approved today by the Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

24 January 2019

MEPs agree to close criminal records loophole

An agreement that will close a loophole currently hampering the fight against cross border crime and terrorism has been approved today in the European Parliament.

23 January 2019

Tackling strategic propaganda

The EU needs to do more to counter hostile disinformation, warned ECR MEP Anna Fotyga after her report on the Strategic Communications (StratCom) policy of the EU's External Action Service was adopted today by the Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee.

22 January 2019

ECR consumer rights proposals backed by MEPs

New EU-wide sanctions which could see heavy fines imposed on firms which breach consumer rights are included in an ECR report backed by MEPs today.

22 January 2019

Zahradil: Franco-German axis is exactly what we feared after Brexit

ECR Group Czech MEP Jan Zahradil has raised concerns that France and Germany are using their dominance to force their own EU agenda on other Member States.

22 January 2019

Boosting competition in the EU’s coach sector

“We have voted to make the first steps towards integrating the coach market whilst at the same time ensuring that well-functioning national models are protected,” said ECR Latvian MEP Robert Zile after his report on liberalising the EU bus sector was adopted today in the Transport Committee.

22 January 2019

The Week Ahead 21st - 25th January 2019

Parliament's committees are meeting this week and our ECR MEPs will be working on improving animal welfare in transport, closing loopholes in our criminal databases, liberalising bus and coach travel in the EU, tackling propaganda and also signing off the EU-Singapore trade agreement. Read on for more details.

21 January 2019

Parliament pesticides report does not reflect expert testimony

A report containing politically motivated recommendations to overhaul the way pesticides are authorised for use in the European Union reflects poorly on the European Parliament, warned ECR MEP Anthea McIntyre today.

16 January 2019

Syed Kamall: EU faces a choice after last night’s Brexit vote

The European Union should stand ready to help address concerns about the Withdrawal Agreement expressed by British MPs last night, MEPs have been told.

16 January 2019

New Italian MEP admitted to the ECR Group

The ECR Group have today welcomed a new Italian member, Innocenzo Leontini, who has left the EPP Group in order to join us. He will sit in the same delegation as the ECR Group’s three other MEPs, Raffaele Fitto, Remo Sernagiotto and Stefano Maullu.

15 January 2019

Unnecessary EU push to end national vetoes on taxation

Individual EU Member States will lose their veto over EU level tax policies under new proposals set to be announced by the European Commission today.

15 January 2019

Week Ahead: 14th - 17th January 2019

This week ECR MEPs will debate Brexit, present their vision for an EU that does less but better, support a multi-currency EU, defend freedom of religion around the world and protect science-based decision making on pesticides.

14 January 2019

ECR Africa summit: By working together we can make a real difference

The future of relations between African and European nations must be mutually beneficial and interdependent, said ECR Group co-Chair Syed Kamall at the opening of the ECR's first ever Africa Summit today in Brussels.

9 January 2019

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