Mar 24, 2017



On Monday Anneleen Van Bossuyt will host a conference on Horizon 2020, the EU’s flagship research and innovation programme.

She will present to the European Commission ten recommendations on how to improve Horizon 2020 and make it more business friendly. Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for research, science and innovation will speak at the event, as well as several prominent business leaders.

Conference: 11:30 – 13:00, PHS 4B001
Press officer to contact: Yannick Vanderveeren on +32 473 80 64 46


 Members of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will vote on measures to tackle tax evasion by exploiting differences (“hybrid mismatches”) between tax systems in EU member states and third countries. The ECR coordinator on the committee Kay Swinburne supports better cooperation between tax administrations but warns the EU not to use tax avoidance as a pretext for any tax harmonisation.

Committee vote: Monday @ 17:30
Press officer to contact: Yannick Vanderveeren on+32 473 80 64 46


BUDGET committee will adopt its recommendations on the first ever revision of the EU’s long-term budget for 2014-2020 (MFF).

ECR budget coordinator and shadow rapporteur Bernd Koelmel has doubts about the financial implications of the proposal and believes that the impact on payments has not been sufficiently assessed and addressed.

Committee vote: Monday @ 18:30
Press Officer to contact: Michael Strauss on +32 470 88 23 48.


Ryszard Legutko MEP will host a press conference and present an insight report on EU unfair competition law favouring certain countries. 

Press conference: Wednesday @ 14.30
Press Officer to contact: Katarzyna Ochman on +32 470 955928


The UK Government is expected to trigger Article 50 on Wednesday in a formal letter to the European Council President Donald Tusk, beginning the process of leaving the EU. The ECR Group wants the negotiations to be conducted in a spirit of co-operation and lead to a deal that is fair on both sides. ECR Chairman Syed Kamall will issue a statement once Article 50 has been submitted.

Press officer to contact: Robert Taylor on +32 498984760

ECR Events:

“Onirica” movie screening

Zdzisław Krasnodębski will host a movie screening followed by a discussion with the filmmaker Lech Majewski.

Monday @ 18.30, A5E-2

7th Smoleńsk anniversary

ECR Polish delegation will host an exhibition and a movie screening dedicated to the 7th anniversary of Smolensk plane crash, where 96 people, including presidential couple, top military leaders as well as dozens of officials and parliamentarians, died on their way to ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Katyń Massacre. 

Tuesday @ 18.00 exhibition “To the victims of the Smolensk Crash”, Yehudi Menuhin space, PHS, 1st floor

Tuesday @ 19.00 “Smoleńsk” movie screening, PHS1 A002

Personal rights of Nazi victims

Kazimierz M. Ujazdowski MEP will host an event on “Europe remembers in defense of personal rights of victims of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camps”.

Tuesday 9.30-11.00, ASP 1H1

Challenges to Freedom of Religion or Belief (India, Nepal and Pakistan)

ECR MEP Peter Van Dalen will host the event. Mr Van Dalen is co-chair of the Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief & Religious Tolerance.

Wednesday 12:00-14:00, ASP 1H1