The week ahead 30th September – 4th October 2013

30th September – 4th October 2013. 2014 budget. Sakharov shortlist. Moscow bubble. Copts conference.

2014 budget

The budgets committee will vote on the EU’s 2014 budget, the first under the new 7-year framework. ECR budgets spokesman Richard Ashworth supports the reduction in commitments agreed by the Council and will be supporting their overall figures while trying to focus spending more on those areas that add value, such as spending on hi-tech research and innovation.

Press officer to contact: James Holtum on +32 473 861762

Vote Wednesday and Thursday

Sakharov shortlist

The foreign affairs and development committees will vote on a shortlist for this year’s Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought. ECR foreign affairs spokesman Charles Tannock has nominated Malala Yousafzai on behalf of the ECR.
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani school pupil and education activist from Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She was shot last October on a school bus, seeing her eventually moved to the UK for treatment. She has since become a global figure speaking out in favour of women’s rights and education rights. More information is available at:


Press officer to contact: James Holtum on +32 473 861762

Shortlist decision: Monday afternoon

Moscow bubble

ECR MEP Marek Migalski, member of the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, will host Russian activists, journalists and oppositionists at the European Parliament. The debate entitled “Moscow Bubble. State of Democracy in Russia”, will include leading opposition politicians, journalists and activists.

Press officer to contact: James Holtum on +32 473 861762

Hearing: Tuesday @ 16.00 in room A1H1

Copts conference

ECR MEPs Peter Van Dalen and Charles Tannock will host a hearing on ‘What future for the Copts in Egypt’.

Press officer to contact: Maarten van de Fliert on +31 652 24 44 64

Hearing: Thursday @ 13.30 Room A5E2

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