EPP Leaders Outline Priorities for Europe at Brussels Meeting

On the 27th of June, the European People’s Party (EPP) leaders convened in Brussels to discuss the agenda of the European Council. The meeting centred around the forthcoming decisions on the European Union’s top institutional positions and the EPP’s priorities for the next institutional cycle. The leaders unanimously agreed on a joint statement titled “EPP Priorities for the 10th term: 10 points for a strong Europe that protects and shapes the future.”

The EPP’s priorities are focused on enhancing European competitiveness, creating a true European Energy Union, and protecting the planet while ensuring economic growth.

In terms of competitiveness, the EPP leaders emphasised the need for a European Competitiveness Strategy to meet increasing geopolitical challenges. This includes strengthening the Single Market for the 21st century, with a focus on digitalisation, completing the single market for services, and deepening capital and energy markets. The leaders also agreed on the necessity of reducing red tape for companies and SMEs, and proposed the establishment of a European Commissioner dedicated to SMEs’ issues and cutting red tape.

The EPP leaders also advocated for closer cooperation on modern, fair trade with like-minded democracies and partners, and suggested the establishment of a new free trade agreement with the US. They also stressed the importance of ensuring SME access to finance through a completed capital markets union.

In the energy sector, the EPP leaders proposed the creation of a true European Energy Union. This would involve strengthening the internal energy market, building cross-border infrastructure with added value for Europe, and promoting diversification to avoid third-party dependencies. The leaders also highlighted the need to move away from fossil fuels towards clean energy, such as ramping up clean hydrogen production and ensuring access to critical raw materials to produce the technologies of the future.

55% greenhouse gas emissions reduction target by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050. They proposed making the Green Deal a deal with the economy and implementing it while reducing excessive bureaucracy. The leaders also agreed on the need to financially support companies, notably SMEs, farmers, and fishers, in the transition, and to unlock investments in innovation for clean technologies with an Investment Plan for European Jobs. The centre-right group also stated its desire to embrace “more technology, not bans.”

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