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The week ahead from the ECR Group in the European Parliament 10th -14th October 2016

11 October 2016

The week ahead from the ECR Group in the European Parliament 10th -14th October 2016

Energy Union The industry committee will vote on several proposals making up the ‘Energy Union’ package, including a proposal being steered through by prof. Zdzisław Krasnodębski, the ECR coordinator in the committee, which provides for an exchange mechanism related to energy agreements made between EU countries and non-EU countries.

Energy Union

The industry committee will vote on several proposals making up the ‘Energy Union’ package, including a proposal being steered through by prof. Zdzisław Krasnodębski, the ECR coordinator in the committee, which provides for an exchange mechanism related to energy agreements made between EU countries and non-EU countries. Once concluded, agreements would be notified to the European Commission before they are signed, and the commission would assess their compatibility with EU law and energy security objectives. The proposal would encourage more fair competition and prevent fragmentation within the EU’s energy market, but prof. Krasnodębski stresses that a more robust mechanism must not limit Member States’ freedom to pursue an independent external energy policy and strike energy deals with third countries.

Vote: Thursday

Press officer to contact: Katarzyna Ochman on +32 470 955928

Countering Russian and ISIL propaganda

The Foreign Affairs committee will vote on a report by ECR MEP Anna Fotyga which looks at ways to combat misinformation and propaganda spread by states like Russia or non-state actors such as ISIL. The report looks at how the EU’s StratCom Task Force can be strengthened and better resourced.

Vote: Monday afternoon

Press officer to contact: Katarzyna Ochman on +32 470 955928

Plant health

The agriculture committee will vote on new rules being steered through the parliament by ECR MEP Anthea McIntyre that aim to curb the influx of pests caused by increased trade and climate change, and to stop them from spreading. The rules are aimed at pests such as Xylella fastidiosa, which devastated Italian olive groves in 2013

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Vote: Thursday

Press officer to contact: Robert Taylor on +32 498 984760

Sakharov Prize

The Foreign Affairs and Development committees will meet to create a shortlist of candidates for this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The ECR Group has nominated Mustafa Dzhemilev for the prize. Mr Dzhemilev is a leader of the Crimean Tatar minority, who fought for the rights of his people during Soviet times, and now he fights for the return of his homeland Crimea to the Ukraine. Mr Dzhemilev spent 15 year in Soviet prisons for his human rights activities. He is currently a prominent member of the Ukrainian parliament.

Vote: Tuesday morning

Press officer to contact: Christina Fogh-Rasmussen on +32 475 780819

Court of Auditors report

The Court of Auditors will present their annual report for the 2015 EU accounts, which is likely to be unable to give an unqualified statement of assurance. ECR Budgetary Control spokesman Ryszard Czarnecki will respond to the report.

Presentation: Thursday @ 09.00

Press officer to contact: Katarzyna Ochman on +32 470 955928

Budget 2017

The budgets committee will vote on its resolution to accompany the 2017 budget (the figures were voted on a fortnight ago by the committee). ECR budgets spokesman Bernd Koelmel will continue to argue for a better prioritised budget rather than an increased budget. In particular, Mr Koelmel will support his proposals to include a

budget line supporting the victims of terrorism.

Vote: Tuesday

Press officer to contact: Michael Strauss on +32 470 882348

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