23 February 2015
Passenger Name Records, Ukraine, European Council debate and Energy Union.
Passenger Name Records
Rapporteur Timothy Kirkhope will present his revised proposals for an EU Passenger Name Records (PNR) system to the civil liberties and home affairs committee. The committee rejected a proposal in 2013 but the full parliament asked the committee to continue working on finding a compromise. European leaders have repeatedly argued that an EU PNR system would be invaluable in the fight against serious crime and terrorism, and Mr Kirkhope believes that an EU agreement with strong safeguards for personal data would be far preferable to a patchwork of national PNR systems with lesser standards and an incomplete net.
Mr Kirkhope will present a report that seeks to take into account the concerns expressed in 2013. After the presentation he will hold a press conference
Press officer to contact: Press officer to contact: James Holtum on +32 473 861762
Presentation to committee: Thursday @ 09.15
Press Conference in room PHS 0A50 (with EN/FR/DE translation): Thursday @ 11.00
Flemish ECR MEP Mark Demesmaeker last week travelled to Eastern Ukraine, where he witnessed the humanitarian situation there, and the violation of the ceasefire by Russian-backed troops. He will hold a press conference to report back on what he saw during the week.
Press officer to contact: Luc Rochtus on +32 479 734567
Press Conference in room PHS 0A50: Monday @ 11.30
European Council debate
The full parliament will meet to debate the outcome of the informal European Council held on the 12th February, formally to discuss terrorism and Ukraine, but with the situation in Greece also at the fore of discussions.
ECR Chairman Syed Kamall will speak in the debate, arguing that the Euro zone cannot continue to kick the can down the road indefinitely.
Press officer to contact: James Holtum on +32 473 861762 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Debate: Wednesday @ 16.00
The European Commission will present outline proposals for an ‘Energy Union’ during a debate in the parliament chamber. The ECR wants to see more emphasis on regional cooperation, competition and interconnection, with an approach that seeks to assist EU Member States, rather than a top-down approach that fails to recognise the individual circumstances of each country.
ECR industry and energy spokesman Marek Grobarczyk will speak for the group during the debate.
Press officer to contact: Kasia Ochman on +32 470 955928
Debate: Wednesday @ 15.00
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