The Week Ahead, 21st - 25th October

Next week MEPs are in Strasbourg where group leaders will discuss Brexit on Monday evening following the outcome of Saturday's vote in Westminster. There will be a debate reviewing Jean-Claude Juncker's commission presidency and resolutions on Turkey and the collapse of Thomas Cook. On Thursday morning the winner of the 2019 Sakharov prize will be announced, with the ECR nominated 'The Restorers' shortlisted for the award.


Group leaders are set to meet on Monday evening to decide Parliament’s next steps on Brexit, which will be dependent on the outcome of the vote in Westminster on Saturday. MEPs are also set to debate the outcome of the European Council summit on Tuesday morning.

Conference of Presidents: Monday @ 18:00; Council debate: Tuesday @ 9:00

Review of the Juncker Commission

On Tuesday morning MEPs will also review the Juncker Commission in a debate with the outgoing President. ECR Co-Chair Ryszard Legutko will speak for the Group and while acknowledging Juncker’s efforts, will press the point that the EU needs to be genuinely self -critical if it is to learn the lessons from recent mistakes and certain divisive policies.

Debate: Tuesday @ 9:00

Sakharov Prize winner to be announced

The winner of this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought will be decided by Group leaders on Thursday morning. A group of five young Kenyan anti-FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) campaigners, known as The Restorers and nominated by the ECR, have been shortlisted for this year’s prize for the app they developed to help victims or potential victims of FGM.

Conference of Presidents: Thursday @ 10:00

Turkish military operation in Northern Syria

MEPs will debate and vote on a resolution concerning Turkey’s recent military operation in Northern Syria. The ECR Group is concerned with Turkey’s actions and welcome as an initial step their announcement of a five day ceasefire. We also fear the wider geopolitical context, which if not handled effectively, could push both Turkey and Kurdish separatists further towards Russia whose influence in the region has steadily grown in recent years.

Debate: Wednesday @ 9:00; Vote: Thursday @ 12:00

Resolution on Thomas Cook collapse

The Parliament will prepare a resolution addressing issues arising from the collapse of Thomas Cook, one of the world’s oldest tour operators who went into administration in September. They will consider the existing Package Travel Directive and issues such as the possible need for national measures to compensate for any losses and for progress on regulations updating air passenger rights.

Debate: Monday @ 17:00, vote: Thursday @ 12:00

Crowdfunding trilogues set to start

Negotiations will start on Tuesday on the EU’s brand new Crowdfunding legislation that attempts to put in place a balanced legal framework for the sector. ECR Slovakian MEP Eugen Jurzyca is rapporteur and will lead negotiations for the Parliament.

Tuesday @ 16:00

Nord Stream 2 and its real costs for Europe; Event hosted by Anna Fotyga MEP; Tuesday @ 12:00 – 15:00; Hilton Strasbourg, 1 Avenue Herrenschmidt, Strasbourg.

Towards a better and safer internet; Exhibition hosted by Jan Zahradil MEP; Tues – Thurs, Floor 1, Gallery Emilio Colombo, Churchill Building; Opening reception: Private Salon – Zone Canal, floor 0 - under the Member´s Bar, Louise Weiss Building.

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