Jun 16, 2017


Van Bossuyt stands for internal market chair

On Wednesday the parliament’s internal market committee will vote for a new chair of the committee. The ECR group have put forward Flemish MEP Anneleen Van Bossuyt for the role which became vacant following the departure of another ECR MEP, Vicky Ford, who was recently elected to the UK parliament.

Committee vote: Wednesday @ 09.00

Press officer to contact: Yannick Vanderveeren on +32 473 806 446,

Antidumping measures

The international trade committee will have a vote on protective measures against dumped and subsidised imports from countries not members of the EU. ECR MEP Sander Loones is shadow-rapporteur and believes that without strong anti-dumping measures our EU industry would be put at serious risk. “We need to ensure that our businesses are not subject to unfair practices and market distortions in third countries, while at the same time ensuring that it is non-discriminatory and WTO compatible.”

Committee vote: Tuesday @ 09.00-12.30

Press officer to contact: Yannick Vanderveeren on +32 473 806 446,

Tectonic Shifts in the Middle East: Trump, Iran and the Sunni-Israeli rapprochement

On Tuesday ECR MEPs Anders Vistisen, First Vice-Chair AFET Committee, and Bas Belder, Vice-Chair of the Delegation for relations with Israel, will host a hearing on ‘Tectonic Shifts in the Middle East: Trump, Iran and the Sunni-Israeli rapprochement‘.

The event will include high-level speakers from the Middle East and will explore current cooperation between Israel and moderate Sunni Arab states in the region as well as discuss policy recommendations to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict.

When: Tuesday @ 12:30, European Parliament ASP A1E2

Web streamed:

Press officer to contact: Jan Krelina on +32 493 214 346,

European Council

Brexit negotiations, migration, security and defence and jobs growth are on the agenda of the European Council meeting on Thursday and Friday.  ECR Chairman Syed Kamall will be available for interview on Thursday afternoon.

Press officer to contact: Robert Taylor on +32 498 984 760,

Towards a pan-European covered bonds framework

On Tuesday, MEPs in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will vote on Bernd Lucke’s INI Report on a pan-European covered bonds framework.

covered bonds are instruments with a long-established track record of low default rates and reliable payments. Currently the EU law lacks a precise definition of covered bonds while granting them preferential treatment. This is where the Commission has stepped in to assess whether a common European framework for covered bonds needs to be installed.

The report calls for any possible European legislation to be limited to a principles-based approach which establishes objectives but leaves the ways and means to be specified in national law. Domestic and cross-border investments in covered bonds work well in EU markets under the current legislative framework and the diversity of current products should be maintained.

Vote: Tuesday @ 17.00

Press Officer to contact: Michael Strauss +32 470 882 348,