Intergroups are formed of Members of the European Parliament from any political group and any committee, with a view to holding informal exchanges of views on particular subjects and promoting contact between Members and civil society. They are not Parliament bodies and may not express Parliament’s opinion.
To see the Intergroups that Theresa is a member of and the work that they are doing in the 2014-2019 Parliamentary session please see below:
The Intergroup on the Digital Agenda is an informal network of Members of the European Parliament, cross-party and cross-nationality, who are interested in digital technologies and in how they can benefit society. We recognise the profound impact that digital technologies have on our societies, economies and the media. We wish to take an active role in shaping that impact through improving the knowledge of the functioning and impact of technologies. Through the organization of events and exchanges of views, we seek to advance the development of smarter, more relevant EU policies that promote fundamental rights, prosperity, learning and participation.
The Disability Intergroup is one of the oldest and largest Intergroups of the European Parliament; it was established in 1980 and has the cross-party support of around 100 members. It is the only body which focuses on disability and allows for a regular dialogue with persons with disabilities and their representative organisations. The Disability Intergroup’s MEPs advocate for a Europe free from discrimination, where 80 million citizens with disabilities can enjoy equal rights and opportunities and can bring a meaningful contribution to a better society.
The Intergroup on Children’s Rights is a permanent body responsible for promoting children’s rights across all European Parliament policies and activities in the context of both internal and external affairs. It supports the appointment of ‘focal points’ for children’s rights within each parliamentary committee“to ensure the mainstreaming of children’s rights in every policy and legislative text adopted.
The Intergroup on LGBTI Rights is an informal forum for Members of the European Parliament who wish to advance and protect the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Members of the Intergroup would usually take a positive stance on LGBTI issues when they draft reports or amendments, when they vote in the Parliament, or when they deal with constituency affairs. The LGBTI Intergroup is the largest of the European Parliament’s 27 Intergroups, currently gathering over 100 Members.
In the European Union, nine out of ten companies are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). They provide two out of three jobs and are the driving force for growth, job creation and innovation. The SME Intergroup aims to put companies at the heart of the European Parliament’s policy agenda; pushing a pro-SME action agenda and addressing the challenges SMEs are confronted with in the areas of competitiveness, smart regulation, access to finance, innovation, SME internationalisation and entrepreneurship.
The Intergroup on the Development of European Tourism, Cultural Heritage, Ways of Saint James’ and other European Cultural Routes recognises the importance of tourism to the wider European community. Travel & Tourism is responsible for 9% of Europe’s Gross Domestic Product and 22 million jobs, which is 10% of Europe’s total employment. It is bigger than the automotive industry and bigger than the oil & gas and chemical industries put together.
The cross-party Trade Union Intergroup advocates trade unions’ points of view, particularly when these relate to gender-related issues in the work place, workers’ mobility and respect for workers’ fundamental rights, and influences the European legislative process.
The Urban Intergroup at the European Parliament discusses urban related issues; bringing together over 70 MEPs representing most EU Member States, all the political groups at the European Parliament, and working in all the parliamentary committees. This Intergroup also works with nearly 100 partners from local, regional, national and European level that represent the interests of Europe’s town and cities or work in the domain relevant for urban development.
The main objectives are to:
- monitor the legislative and non-legislative work of EP’s committees on urban related issues,
- work on common EU strategies – to put urban needs on the agenda of EU policies,
- be actively involved in the preparation of EU legislation,
- constantly stay in contact with partners and practitioners and
- inform about realisation of EU policies on the ground.