The Week Ahead – 24th – 28th April

Apr 24, 2017


Updated audiovisual media rules

MEPs in the culture committee will vote on updated broadcasting rules that form a key part of the Commission’s Digital Single Market proposals. The revision of the current directive aims to better reflect rapid technological advances in the broadcasting sector and how people consume programmes and audiovisual content today. ECR MEPs want to see rules that better protect minors watching programmes both on demand and online, that promote investment in content and that strengthen the independence of national regulators.

Vote: Tuesday @ 9.00
Press officer to contact: Marta Lipinska +32 470 904 337,

Improving Technical assistance for member states

ECR member Ruža Tomašić’s draft report on future perspectives of technical assistance in cohesion policy will be voted during the regional development committee meeting. Generally technical assistance is available to help stakeholders implement Commission-funded programmes and projects and thus help Member States create the intended added value.

Vote: Tuesday @ 9.00
Press officer to contact: Marta Lipinska +32 470 904 337,

New draft rules on geoblocking

ECR MEPs will express concern at plans to include copyright-protected content such as e-books, music and video games in new draft rules to address geoblocking. The move, contained in a report being voted by the Internal Market Committee, would threaten the fragile national licensing systems that independent artists and music labels rely on. Flemish MEP Anneleen Van Bossuyt is the ECR’s Shadow Rapporteur.

Vote Tuesday @ 9.45
Press officer to contact: Robert Taylor on +32 498 98 47 60,

Debate on constitutional referendum in Turkey

On Wednesday the parliament will debate on the state of play in Turkey. The ECR Group has expressed its concerns over the Turkish government´s respect for liberal democracy but emphasises that Turkey remains a NATO member and a key strategic partner in addressing common challenges such as threat of terrorism, stability in the Middle East as well as the refugee and migration crisis.

Debate: Wednesday @ 15:00
Press officer to contact: Jan Krelina on +32 493 214 346

Denmark’s cooperation with Europol

MEPs will vote on the cooperation agreement between Denmark and EUROPOL. The ECR Group fully supports the aims of this cooperation agreement, and believes that Denmark’s continued future cooperation with EUROPOL is essential in order to guarantee the safety and security of EU citizens. By Member States cooperating with each other through EUROPOL, and exchanging vital information, it significantly speeds up the investigation, detection, and prosecution of criminals. The ECR Group believes that the work of EUROPOL is an invaluable tool in providing internal security to the EU.

Vote: Thursday @ 11:30
Press officer to contact: Otto Juote on +32 475 904 431 or Christian Rasmussen +32 475 78 08 19