This week in Brussels – 28th November – 2nd December 2016

Nov 28, 2016


The EU budget 2017

MEPs will vote on the agreement with the Council on the EU budget for 2017. ECR budgets spokesman Bernd Koelmel believes the agreement sees inadequate priorities being set for the budget. Read his comment here.

And watch the ECR’s video on the EU budget here.

Vote: Thursday lunchtime
Press officer to contact: Michael Strauss
Tel.: +32 470 882348

EU/US data protection

The parliament will vote on whether to give assent to an agreement between the EU and USA which gives an additional layer of protection when personal data is transferred for the purposes of preventing or detecting serious crime and terrorism. The agreement sets out basic data protection principles like the use of data, limitations, rules on bulk transfers and rights to judicial redress.

ECR shadow rapporteur on the agreement Helga Stevens MEP believes it constitutes major progress in the effort to improve data protection without hindering the work of law enforcement services.

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

Defence Action Plan

The European Commission’s Defence Action Plan is expected mid-week. ECR security and defence coordinator Geoffrey Van Orden MEP will be scrutinising the proposals closely. He believes that European countries should concentrate on increasing defence spending and reaffirming their commitment to NATO, not establishing duplicate structures that could undermine the organisation that has been the cornerstone of our collective defence for more than 60 years.

Possible announcement: Wednesday
Press officer to contact: Christina Rasmussen
Tel: +32 475 780819


The War in Ukraine’s East

Anna Fotyga MEP will co-host a hearing on the War in Ukraine’s East, with guest speaker Arseniy Yatsenuk, former Prime Minister of Ukraine.

Hearing: Tuesday @ 09.00 in room ASP 1H1
Press officer Katazyna Ochman
Tel.: +32 470 955928

Copyright hearing

Vicky Ford MEP will host a hearing on “Future proofing the Copyright package”

Hearing: Wednesday @ 9:15 in room ASP 1H1
Press officer to contact: Robert Taylor
Tel.:+32 498 984760

The legacy of Solidarnosc

Anna Fotyga MEP will host a debate with legends of the Polish Solidarity Trade Union on the legacy of the movement.

Debate: Monday @ 18.30 in room ASP 5G3
Press officer Katazyna Ochman
Tel.: +32 470 955928