THIS WEEK IN BRUSSELS
Heads of State will gather in Rome on Saturday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome where a declaration on the future of the EU is expected to be agreed and finally adopted. The ECR continue to argue that it is essential for the EU to reform based on Eurorealism, a decentralisation of powers, more openness and a focus on supporting Europe’s economic growth.
Raffaele Fitto MEP will represent the ECR Group at the summit.
Rome summit: Saturday
Press officer to contact: Jan Krelina on +32 493 214346
SITUATION IN ROMANIA
Members of the civil liberties committee will debate the current situation in Romania on Wednesday. A press conference organised by ECR MEP Monica Macovei will follow at 13:00.
Last month protesters took to the streets following unprecedented measures by the new socialist government that undermine efforts to fight corruption and would shield many of their political allies and party members from prosecution. Despite initialling scrapping the decree, many of the original measures have been reintroduced. Mrs. Macovei believes that under the current circumstances there is little hope the situation will improve and has vowed not to let the government turn the clock back on the fight against corruption in Romania.
Debate in LIBE: Wednesday 11:00am
Press Conference: Wednesday 13:00pm, Anna Politkovskaya room
Press Officer to contact: Jan Krelina on +32 493 214346
CROSS-BORDER AND ONLINE TRANSACTIONS
On Tuesday the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will vote on a draft report proposing improved consumer protection standards, especially for cross-border and online transactions. ECR Shadow Rapporteur Richard Sulik is largely supportive but believes the EU should only become involved in dealing with complaints when EU-wide issues are at stake.
Vote: Tuesday morning
Press Officer to contact: Robert Taylor on +32 498 984760
BRUSSELS ATTACKS AND SECURITY
This Wednesday marks one year since the terrorist attacks Brussels airport and Maelbeek metro station that left 32 people dead and injured over 300. The ECR group once again wishes to express its deepest sympathy to all families and friends of those who died or were injured in the attacks.
Press Officer to contact: Yannick Vanderveeren on +32 473 806446
For a list of all ECR Press Officers go to (scroll down): http://ecrgroup.eu/contacts/