May 29, 2017


Better identification of migrants

New legislation drafted by ECR MEP Monica Macovei aiming at extending the scope of the EU’s Eurodac fingerprints database will be voted by MEPs on Tuesday. Under the new rules Member States will be obliged to take and transmit biometric data of asylum applicants and irregular migrants. The proposal also provides for access by competent law enforcement authorities and Europol to Eurodac data for the prevention, detection or investigation of terrorist offences or other serious criminal offences.

Committee vote: Tuesday @ 11:30

Press officer to contact: Jan Krelina on +32 493 214346,

Road transport package

The European Commission will present new rules covering the EU road transport sector which are likely to tackle technological innovation and growing concerns over working conditions. The ECR’s transport spokesman Roberts Zīle is concerned that focusing on equalising wages across the EU will result in more protectionism and fragmentation of the Single Market.

Plenary debate: Wednesday @ 15:00

Press officer: Karlis Bumeisters on +32 473 527704,

Budget rules

Updates to the EU’s financial regulation will be voted during a joint meeting of the budgets and budgetary control committees on Tuesday. ECR MEP Richard Ashworth is co-rapporteur for the Parliament on the updated legislation, and has put forward proposals that aim to reduce the complexity of EU funding rules as well as improving the transparency on how the money is spent.

Committee vote: Tuesday @ 9:15

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

Reduced VAT on E-books

MEPs will vote on reforms to EU VAT rules that aim to address the discrepancy whereby e-publications do not qualify for that same reduced VAT rates as printed publications (books, newspapers, journals etc.). ECR shadow rapporteur Bern Lucke points out that the current state of play creates unnecessary disadvantages for electronic publications and holds back the development of the digital single market.

Plenary vote: Thursday @ 11:30

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

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