The week ahead 23rd – 27th September 2013

23rd – 27th September 2013. Mario Draghi. Sahel region report. CAP trilogue. Exhibition on Munich agreement. Microfinance with Bob Harris. Financial Management. Medical and in-vitro medical devices.

Mario Draghi

The Economic and Monetary Affairs committee will debate banking union with ECB President Mario Draghi. ECR economics spokesman Derk Jan Eppink will lead the debate for the ECR Group.

Contact: Luc Rochtus on +32 479 73 45 67

Debate: Monday @ 15.00

Sahel region report

The Foreign Affairs committee is set to adopt a report written by ECR foreign affairs spokesman Charles Tannock on the human rights situation in the Sahel region (which stretches from The Gambia across to Eritrea and includes the Western Sahara). The report raises serious human rights concerns, particularly since the increase in armed conflict in Mali which has created a humanitarian crisis and seen an increase in violence and sexual crime against women, and a worrying use of child soldiers. The report also covers such issues as corruption and trafficking. Read the draft report at:


Contact: John Furbisher on +32 498 984760

Vote: Tuesday @ 09.00

CAP trilogue

MEPs and national governments will meet again in an effort to reach agreement on reforming the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy. Particular points of contention include capping of payments, transfer of money between pillars and co-financing rates. ECR agriculture spokesman James Nicholson will take part in the talks.

Contact: James Holtum on +32 473 861762

Trilogue: Tuesday from 19.00

Exhibition on Munich agreement

Jan Zahradil MEP will open an exhibition called ‘European Forgotten Sacrifice’, which marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Munich Treaty. The exhibition has been prepared by the Military History Institute in Prague and it looks at the impact of the Munich Agreement on the Czech Republic.

Contact: Jan Krelina on +32 493 214346

Exhibition opened: Tuesday @ 18.00 near European Parliament ASP 3rd floor Espace Bar

Microfinance with Bob Harris

Syed Kamall MEP will host a presentation by Bob Harris, author of ‘The International Bank of Bob’. Bob Harris is a comedian, writer and highly successful contestant on US gameshow, Jeopardy! After being hired by Forbes Traveler to update their list of the most luxurious hotels he decided to invest his earnings into microfinance projects, mainly using the lending site Kiva. His latest book chronicles his journeys to meet the people behind the loans: the entrepreneurs themselves.

More information on Bob’s work can be found at:


Contact: James Holtum on +32 473 861762

Presentation: Wednesday 10.30 – 12.30; European Parliament, Room A4F384

Financial Management

The Committee of Regional Development will vote on Oldrich Vlasak´s report which seeks to facilitate the EU funds financial management in certain Member States. States experiencing serious difficulties should be allowed to extend their account management up to three years after 2013.

Contact: Jan Krelina on +32 493 214346

Vote: Tuesday, 11:00

Medical and in-vitro medical devices

The Environment and Public Health committee will vote on legislation to strengthen certification and authorisation for certain medical devices in the wake of the PIP breast implant scandal. The committee will also vote on new rules for authorising new in-vitro medical devices (such as self-tests for blood sugar levels). The votes were due to be held last week but were postponed.

ECR shadow rapporteur on in-vitro devices Milan Cabrnoch supports this legislation and has improved it, especially in the area of genetic testing and distance selling of the products. Marina Yannakoudakis is the ECR shadow rapporteur on medical devices and whilst she supports efforts to strengthen EU legislation – through a system of notified bodies designed to supervise manufacturers – she does not see the value in a centralised authorisation system at EU level.

Contact: James Holtum on +32 473 861762

Vote: Wednesday @ 15.00

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