The Week Ahead in Brussels: 11th-15th July 2016

Jul 08, 2016



The internal market committee will adopt a position on the EU Firearms Directive currently being steered through the parliament by ECR committee chairman Vicky Ford MEP (UK). The directive seeks to close loopholes in the law so that people can continue to use firearms for recreational and sporting purposes, whilst reducing the risks of them falling into the hands of terrorists and criminals.

Vote: Wednesday @ 15.45

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

Migrant returns

The home affairs committee will vote on the creation of a new European travel document that will make it easier to return people whose asylum application has been rejected. The proposal, which has now been agreed with EU governments, addresses the lack of uniformity and security features in the current returns documents issued by EU Member States, which often leads to the countries receiving returned economic migrants to reject them.

ECR MEP Jussi Halla-aho (FI) is the parliament’s rapporteur (lead MEP) on the proposal.

Vote: Tuesday @ 10.15

Press officer to contact: Otto Juote Tel.: +32 475 904431


The environment committee will vote on an agreement reached with EU governments on the updated National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive. The updated directive has been steered through the parliament by ECR environment spokesman Julie Girling MEP (UK). Its sets reduction objectives for the amount of five main pollutants (sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (NMVOC), ammonia (NH3) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) emitted each year. It is estimated that poor air quality is a factor in 400,000 premature deaths per year across the EU, and this agreement should reduce health impacts by around 50 per cent by 2030. Moreover, it includes provisions to identify and respond to source control legislation that is failing to work, such as the discrepancy between real world emissions and NOx test emissions from EURO 6 diesel cars.

Vote: Tuesday @ 10.00

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

Capital Markets and Fintech – event with Lord Hill

ECR economics spokesman Kay Swinburne MEP (UK) is co-hosting a hearing on how the single market can encourage the development of new technologies to improve the efficiency of financial services (Fintech).

The hearing will look at how changes to regulations can assist Fintech solutions. It will be followed by a speech by Jonathan Hill, Commissioner for Financial Services, at a reception.

Hearing: Wednesday @ 18.30 -20.00 in room Jan6Q1. Speech by Lord Hill at 20.00 in Jan Brasserie.

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

Automotive emissions

The parliament’s committee of inquiry into the emissions scandal will hear from Volkswagen, Renault and Mitsubishi as well as former EU environment commissioner Stavros Dimas. Hans-Olaf Henkel MEP (DE) is the ECR’s lead member on the committee.

Meeting: Wednesday and Thursday

Press officer to contact: Michael Strauss on +32 470 88 23 48

Eurozone budget

The budgets and economics committees will meet with Ministers from Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta and Slovakia, as well as President of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem, to discuss a possible Eurozone budget. ECR shadow rapporteurs Mrs Ruohonen-Lerner (FI, Econ) and Mr Kölmel (DE, Budg) do not support the proposals, arguing that they will lead to more divisions.

Debate: Monday @ 19.00

Press officer to contact: Michael Strauss on +32 470 88 23 48



– For enquiries relating to the ECR Group, the Group Chairman or a national delegation not listed below:

James Holtum, ECR Group Spokesman, Tel.: + 32 473 861762 E-mail:


– For enquiries relating to a national delegation of the group or its members:

UK delegation: Robert Taylor Tel: +32 498 984760


Polish delegation: Katarzyna Ochman Tel.: +32 470 955928  E-mail:

German delegation: Michael Strauss on +32 470 88 23 48


Flemish delegation: Yannick Vanderveeren Tel.: +32 473 80 64 46  Email:

Danish delegation: Kristian Olesen Tel.: +45 61624876


Czech delegation: Jan Krelina Tel.: +32 493 214346


Dutch delegation: Maarten Van Der Flierte Tel: +31 652 244464


Finnish delegation: Otto Juote Tel: +32 475 904431


Latvian delegation: Karlis Bumeisters Tel: +371 29245260 Email:

Bulgarian delegation – Rositsa Taleva Tel: +32 475 630194