European People's Party (EPP)

Year of Foundation

(1953) 1976

Members in the European Parliement

187 from 705 deputies

Most important national parties

CDU (Germany), PO (Poland), ÖVP (Austria), PP (Spain), PNL (Romania)

Group Chairperson

Manfred Weber (Deutschland)

Political orientation

christan-democrativ, conservative
 Website  eppgroup.eu

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Manfred Weber

Manfred Weber


Position of the EPP

You belong to the "European People's Party" (EPP) as a member of the European Parliament. Your group represents Christian Democratic conservative values and is the largest group in the European Parliament since the European elections in 1999. Parties from 26 EU member states are represented in it. The EPP sees itself as a group of the political center of Europe, of balance and of the social market economy. Based on fundamental christian democratic values, the EPP advocates a Europe of values, in which values such as freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights are realized. Another important concern of the EPP is the creation of growth and employment in Europe. The EU should offer a wide range of opportunities and create prosperity in the internal market, while also playing a central role worldwide. Overall, the EPP would like to see the EU more competitive, more democratic and characterized by greater proximity to the citizens.

Arguments and strategy

Transport

The EPP group considers it necessary to reduce the emission of pollutants on European roads. The introduction of a Europe-wide purchase premium for electric vehicles contributes to this goal. However, in order to make the transition to lower-emission transportation, investments must also be made in other alternative drive systems and, in particular, in cleaner internal combustion engines. This will protect many jobs in the automotive industry. The EPP Group therefore advocates a purchase premium of a maximum of 4,000 euros per vehicle. This will allow higher investments in research. Subsidies on fossil fuels should be maintained to protect consumers.

Energy
Switching to renewable energy sources is an important and effective way to reduce emissions of pollutants. The EPP Group sees it as the task of politics to improve the framework conditions for investments in renewable energies and thus make them competitive. However, a reliable energy supply must be guaranteed. Therefore, gas-fired power plants are to be built, with the help of which the energy supply can be secured during the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies. The EPP Group also advocates better networking and joint coordination of national energy markets in Europe. This can save both energy and costs.

Nuclear energy
Nuclear energy is not a green energy source. Pollutants are emitted during production and there are no environmentally friendly solutions for the nuclear waste produced. However, the emission of pollutants during the production of nuclear energy is much lower than during the production of energy from fossil fuels. Thus, nuclear energy can contribute to the realization of climate protection goals and to the security of energy supply in the EU. The EPP Group is of the opinion that money from European funds may continue to be used for the maintenance and expansion of nuclear energy as long as nuclear energy is a permitted energy source in the EU. Additional financing of nuclear energy from the Green Deal fund is not justified.

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