18th - 22nd February 2013 - Brussels

18 February 2013

Budget debate with Van Rompuy and Barroso ECR group chairman Martin Callanan will engage in a debate with Presidents Barroso and Van Rompuy on the outcome of the recent summit, at which agreement on the EU’s next seven-year budget framework was reached.

Budget debate with Van Rompuy and Barroso

ECR group chairman Martin Callanan will engage in a debate with Presidents Barroso and Van Rompuy on the outcome of the recent summit, at which agreement on the EU’s next seven-year budget framework was reached.

In the open ‘Conference of Presidents’ meeting, Mr Callanan will say that whilst the deal reached is not perfect, it does represent a reasonable compromise. He will call on the European Parliament to act responsibly and support the agreement, and he will strongly oppose any attempts to invoke a secret ballot procedure for the parliament’s eventual vote on the matter.

Press officer to contact: James Holtum +32 473 861762

Debate: Monday @ 14.00

Mali and Syria
The EU’s crisis response commissioner Kristalina Georgieva will meet with the development committee to discuss the humanitarian situation in Mali and Syria. ECR development spokesman Nirj Deva wants to see a strong humanitarian response from the EU in both areas. He authored a report on the role of development funds in rebuilding conflict-riven nations


Press officer to contact: John Furbisher +32 498 984760

Debate: Monday @ 15.30


MEPs on the economics committee will meet with Mario Draghi in his capacity as President of the European Central Bank, and as the Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board. ECR MEPs Lajos Bokros and Roberts Zile will ask questions on behalf of the group.

Press officer to contact: Roland Petersons on +32 228 41545

Meeting: Monday @ 15.30

Camp Liberty massacre

ECR chairman of the parliament’s Iraq delegation Struan Stevenson will host a press conference on the recent attack on Iranian opposition members in Iraq’s Camp Liberty, which left six people dead. Struan drafted an article on the matter last week:


Press officer to contact: John Furbisher +32 498 984760

Press conference: Wednesday @ 09.30

Czech Protocol

The draft protocol on the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union to the Czech Republic will be discussed at the Constitutional Affairs committee. While the rapporteur strives for Czech accession to be rejected, Andrea Ceskova MEP suggests that the EP stops blocking the deal reached by the Council in 2009.

Press officer to contact: Jan Krelina +32 493 214346

Committee vote: Tuesday @ 10:30

Horse meat

The environment and public health committee will meet with representatives of the commission and Food Safety Authority to discuss the recent contamination of the food supply with illegal horse meat. ECR spokesman on the committee Anna Rosbach, and UK Member Julie Girling believe traceability problems need to be addressed, criminal actions must be met with the full force of the law. A year and a half ago members of the European parliament asked for an impact assessment on labelling of processed meat products. This needs to be expedited immediately, it is in the interests of everyone in the food chain, from the farm to the kitchen to get this sorted as soon as possible.

Press officer to contact: Peter Hansen or John Furbisher on +32 489 84 47 96 or +32 498 984760

Meeting: Monday @ 15.30

Armenian elections

A delegation led by ECR MEP Milan Cabrnoch will observe the Presidential elections in Armenia.

Press officer to contact: Jan Krelina +32 493 214346

Press conference: Tuesday (time and place TBC)

EU-US trade deal

EU Trade commissioner Karel De Gucht will report back to MEPs on the final report of the EU-US High Level Working Group, which has paved the way for the launch of talks on an EU-USA trade agreement. ECR trade spokesman Robert Sturdy MEP fully supports the talks and is urging both sides to build on recent momentum.

Press officer to contact: John Furbisher +32 498 984760

Meeting: Thursday @ 09.00

European Global Strategy

In a joint meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defence committees, Poland and Sweden’s Foreign Ministers will present an initiative they have begun alongside Italy and Spain to create a ‘European global Strategy’ aimed at developing a pro-active European foreign policy framework. ECR group foreign affairs spokesman Charles Tannock, and defence spokesman Geoffrey Van Orden, believe that European foreign policy should be set by all 27 nations working in agreement. If agreement is not present then national governments should be free to pursue their own interests unilaterally or multilaterally with European or NATO allies.

Press officer to contact: John Furbisher +32 498 984760

Joint meeting: Thursday @ 10.00


ECR spokesman: James Holtum on +32 473 861762
UK delegation: John Furbisher on +32 498 984760
Czech delegation: Jan Krelina on +32 493 214346
Polish delegation (PiS): Mateusz Kochanowski on +32 489 582781
Latvian delegation: Roland Petersons on +32 228 41545
Danish delegation: Peter Hansen on+32 489 84 47 96
Belgian delegation: Luc Rochtus on +32 479 73 45 67
Netherlands delegation: Maarten van de Fliert on +31 652 24 44 64





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