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The Week Ahead from the ECR Group in the European Parliament – 23rd October – 27th October 2017

20 October 2017

The Week Ahead from the ECR Group in the European Parliament – 23rd October – 27th October 2017

ECR Group co-chairs Syed Kamall and Ryszard Legutko will address the plenary during Tuesday’s key debate on the October Council summit. They will both highlight the need for progress and clarity for EU and UK citizens regarding Brexit as well as talking about the future of Europe and the importance of addressing key common concerns around the economy, migration, security and the single market.

October Council summit and future of the EU

ECR Group co-chairs Syed Kamall and Ryszard Legutko will address the plenary during Tuesday’s key debate on the October Council summit. They will both highlight the need for progress and clarity for EU and UK citizens regarding Brexit as well as talking about the future of Europe and the importance of addressing key common concerns around the economy, migration, security and the single market.

When: Tuesday @ 9:00

ECR to press for parliament vote on new eprivacy rules
During the opening of business on Monday the ECR group will try and force a vote by all MEPs on controversial new eprivacy rules that were adopted by the parliament’s civil liberties committee. The committee voted, by a small majority, to give themselves a mandate to directly with the Council in an attempt to bypass parliament as a whole. ECR Group shadow rapporteur Dan Dalton believes the proposals fail to strike the right balance between respecting people’s right to privacy online and encouraging a wide range of services and that it is therefore only right that a mandate for these sweeping changes is given by the parliament as a whole.

When: (possible) Vote, Thursday @ 12:00


Parliament position on budget ignores reality
MEPs are due to vote on the 2018 EU budget, where ECR MEP Richard Ashworth is parliament’s co-rapporteur, as well as on the reflection paper on the long-term future EU finances. The ECR Group is concerned that the parliament’s position on the 2018 budget is neither financially sound nor flexible – it leaves no margin for error should unforeseen crises occur in 2018.

Regarding the future of the EU’s finances, the ECR Group’s budget coordinator, Bernd Koelmel, is concerned that the report calls for new EU taxes, an increase in Member State contributions and for the EU27 not only to fill the gap caused by the UK’s withdrawal, but to far exceed current levels of spending. This is simply not facing up to realities of public financing around the EU.

When: Future of EU finances: Vote, Tuesday @ 12:00
2018 Budget: Debate, Tuesday @ 15:00. Vote, Wednesday @ 12:00


A new entry / exit system at the EU’s external borders
On Wednesday MEPs will vote on new rules on the EU’s exit and entry system that were finally agreed after lengthy and difficult negotiations. The new system will replace manual passport stamping and collect information about the identity of the traveller, four fingerprints and a visual image. ECR Group shadow rapporteur Jussi Halla-Aho believes that the new system is vital to secure the EU’s external border and better manage the EU’s immigration system.

When: Debate, Wednesday @ 9:00. Vote @ 12:00

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http://ecrgroup.eu/contacts/

The ECR was created to take the EU in a new direction, according to the principles of our founding Prague Declaration. It is the third largest group in the European Parliament with 74 MEPs from 18 EU states.

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http://youtu.be/F5syQt1JuQI or visit our website: www.ecrgroup.eu

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