The Week Ahead from the ECR Group – 5th – 9th February 2018
European elections 2019
Two reports to be voted on by MEPs on Wednesday will deal with the composition of the parliament in 2019 and the issue of whether European Commissioners can stay in post while also running in the elections. The ECR Group do not believe that any of the 73 seats vacated when the UK leaves the EU should be reallocated, in particular given the cost implications, and also oppose the idea of transnational lists that are nothing more than a European federalist dream with little to no support amongst the electorate.
Furthermore we will oppose the attempted commitment to the ‘Spitzencandidat’ process to elect the president of the European Commission, which has led to the politicisation of the Commission and undermined confidence in objective and rule-based decision making at EU level.
Emissions trading agreement to be rubber stamped
On Tuesday MEPs will endorse the agreement on revisions to the EU’s emissions trading system. ECR MEP Julie Girling is the parliament’s rapporteur on the system, which creates a market in permits for carbon emissions, that will run from 2020-2030 and is the cornerstone of the EU’s policy to combat climate change and implement the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Future of Europe
MEPs will debate the Future of the EU with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković where members from the ECR Group will call for the EU to change direction and focus on doing less but doing it better.
Ending geo-blocking and unfair pricing
New rules that will prevent consumers being discriminated against based on where they live will be adopted by MEPs on Tuesday. ECR Flemish MEP Anneleen Van Bossuyt, chair of the parliament’s internal market committee, has welcomed the proposals which should end the practice of consumers in different countries being charged differently for the exact same service, such as car rentals or tickets to amusement parks.
ECR Group leader Syed Kamall will speak in the topical debate about socio-economic inequality, highlighting his own efforts to advance non-state solutions to global poverty and pointing out the need for the EU institutions to do more to improve their own social diversity.