The Week Ahead from the ECR Group in the European Parliament 26th – 30th September 2016

Sep 26, 2016


European Council spending

The Budgetary Control committee will vote on Ryszard Czarnecki’s report regarding the European Council and Council spending for 2014. The committee is expected to support Mr Czarnecki’s recommendation that these institutions be refused ‘discharge’ (signing off) of their accounts due to a lack of cooperation over a number of concerns relating to underspends, buildings policy, and several other areas.

Vote: Monday @ 15.00

Press officer to contact: Katarzyna Ochman on +32 470 955928

2017 EU budget 

The parliament’s budgets committee will vote on 2221 amendments to the 2017 annual EU budget. ECR Budgets spokesman Bernd Kölmel has introduced amendments on behalf of the group that will save up to 750 million Euros, yet still reallocate extra resources to Frontex and Europol.

Vote: Wednesday and Thursday

Press officer to contact: Michael Strauss on +32 470 882348

Car Type Approval

ECR MEP Daniel Dalton will present his proposals for amending the ‘type approval’ system (the specifications and rules) for new cars in the EU. Mr Dalton has amended the commission proposals to strengthen the level of cooperation and peer review between national type approval authorities, and to clarify the role of the commission to ensure that the most effective system is put in place.

In a similar vein, the European Parliament’s inquiry committee into the Volkswagen scandal will meet with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Vice-president of the committee Mark Demesmaeker will ask questions on behalf of the ECR.

Debate on type approval: Thursday late morning

EMIS meeting: Monday @ 15.00

Press officer to contact: Robert Taylor on +32 498 984760


Sign Language event

Over 1,000 people from across the EU will descend on the European Parliament chamber to demand better recognition of sign language, and to raise awareness of how sign language interpreters are often an afterthought compared to spoken language interpretation across many public institutions, including the EU. The event, organised by ECR Vice-President Helga Stevens, will be opened with a press conference, and both the press conference and the hearing will be webstreamed.

More information

Press conference: Wednesday @ 14.00 – streamed here

Conference: in the European Parliament hemicycle from 15.00 – streamed here

Press officer to contact: Yannick Vanderveeren on +32 473 806446

European day of safe birth and motherhood

ECR MEP Arne Gericke is hosting a conference asking what more can be done to ensure maternal health and safe conditions for birth, and to reduce the 2,000 annual deaths during childbirth still occurring in Europe.

Conference: Thursday @ 09.00 in room A5E2

For more information, click here

Press officer to contact: James Holtum on +32 473 861762

Fixing the food supply chain

ECR MEP Richard Ashworth is hosting a hearing on finding solutions to address unfair trading practices in the food supply chain. Speakers will include Meurig Raymond, President of the England and Wales National Farmers Union.

Hearing: Wednesday @ 14.00 in room PHS1A002

Press officer to contact: Charlie Rowley on +32 475 360194

Commonwealth Day EU-ACP Relations Discussion

ECR MEP Emma McClarkin, chair of the ‘Commonwealth Forum’ is hosting a discussion on the benefits and drawbacks of the current Cotonou framework and the potential future priorities of a Post-Cotonou Framework and European-ACP relations after 2020.

Discussion: Wednesday @ 10.30 in room A1H1

Press officer to contact: Charlie Rowley on +32 475 360194