The Week Ahead 30th January – 3rd February 2017
The parliament will discuss progress that has been made in implementing the ‘Energy Union’, which seeks to work towards completion of a single market in energy to reduce costs for consumers, and promote greater energy security. ECR MEP prof. Zdzislaw Krasnodębski is leading through parliament one part of the package, which will see EU states share information on energy agreements they reach with non-EU countries, to help prevent these contracts from threatening the EU’s overall energy security. MEPs will also shortly begin working through the Commission’s ‘Clean Energy Package’ which was proposed last year. http://ecrgroup.eu/the-european-commission-will-have-an-insight-into-intergovernmental-energy-agreements/
ECR MEPs support the development of liberalised markets and believe that competition will drive down energy prices, benefiting households and also European industry, particularly those sectors exposed to carbon leakage. We stress the importance of diversifying our energy system and making it more flexible, and we believe the EU and its Member States should have a greater focus on harnessing our own indigenous energy sources, be it is shale gas or offshore wind.
Debate: Wednesday @ 15.00
Press officer to contact: Katarzyna Ochman on +32 470 955928, firstname.lastname@example.org
The parliament will vote on whether to grant Georgians visa free travel into the EU, after the European Commission confirmed in 2015 that the country met all of the criteria set out. ECR shadow rapporteur Jussi Halla-aho supports the move.
Vote: Thursday lunchtime
Press officer to contact: Otto Juote on +32 475 904431, email@example.com
ECR Cypriot MEP Dr Eleni Theocharous will host a conference on the Cyprus issue, with speakers from academia and politics.