22 June 2015
European Council, European Fund for Strategic Investment, EU economic governance, Indian delegation and Forced Labour.
Ukraine, the fight against terrorism and defence and security are the billed topics for a meeting between EU leaders, in which the Greek crisis is expected to dominate discussion. Ahead of the summit, the parliament will hold a plenary debate where ECR chairman Syed Kamall will set out the choice facing Greece.
Syed will be available at the Justus Lipsius building for comment from 17.00 on Thursday.
Debate: Wednesday at 14.00
Kamall at the Council: Thursday from 17.00
Meanwhile, ahead of the council, MEPs in the home affairs committee will also adopt a resolution on the EU’s internal security strategy, looking at the fight against serious organised crime, terrorism and Cybercrime, supported by ECR spokesman Timothy Kirkhope.
Press officer to contact: James Holtum on +32 473 861762
Vote in committee: Thursday @ 12.30
European Fund for Strategic Investment
A flagship proposal to create a guarantee fund that is projected to unlock up to €315 billion of private investment in Europe’s economy will be voted on by the full parliament. ECR shadow rapporteurs Sander Loones (from the economics committee), and Richard Ashworth (from the budgets committee) have fought in the negotiations to ensure that so-called primary research (research not close to market) is protected when funding the scheme, and they have sought to ensure that the fund’s investment decisions are based on sound economic rationale, and not political reasons. In the negotiations, improvements were made to the proposal. To ensure a stronger economy, the ECR only believes the project could be succesful if accompanied by ambitious structural reforms.
Press officer to contact: Yannick Vanderveeren on +32 473 806446 for Sander Loones or Alasdair Rendall on +32 475 780819 for Richard Ashworth
Vote: Wednesday @ 19.30
EU economic governance
The parliament will vote on a resolution regarding the future of economic governance in Europe, ahead of a discussion at Thursday’s summit. ECR shadow rapporteur Bernd Lucke gave his view on why he cannot support the draft text here.
Press officer to contact: Tobias Teuscher on +32 498 984707
Vote: Wednesday @ 19.30
The parliament’s India delegation – chaired by ECR Vice-President Geoffrey Van Orden – is holding an extraordinary meeting with a high-level visit from the Lok Sabha (Indian Parliament), including the speaker Smt Sumitra Mahajan.
Press officer to contact: Press officer to contact: John Furbisher on +32 498 984760
Delegation meeting: Wednesday @ 10.30 in room A5G2
Proposals will be put to the vote in the home affairs committee to ratify at the EU level a UN protocol requiring national action plans that would prevent trafficking, labour exploitation and help protect and compensate victims. ECR Vice-President Helga Stevens is the parliament’s rapporteur on the proposal aimed to tackle forced labour, which has at least 20.9 million victims.
Press officer to contact: Yannick Vanderveeren on +32 473 806446
Vote: Thursday @ 11.00
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ECR Group Spokesman
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