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Week Ahead: 24 - 28 October 2022

Facilitating the transportation of goods between Ukraine and Moldova; REPower EU; Iran protests; The Lukashenka regime's active role in the war against Ukraine

Facilitating the transportation of goods between Ukraine and Moldova

On Wednesday, the Transport Committee will vote on an agreement to facilitate the cross-border movement of goods between Ukraine and Moldova. Both agreements, which, given the urgency of the situation already are provisionally applied from the moment of its signature, will help to liberalise the road freight transport for bilateral operations and transit. The ECR Group believes that both agreements have to be ratified quickly as they will help to unblock the current difficult situation at the EU border with Ukraine and Moldova and to facilitate the necessary transportation of goods.

When: Wednesday @ 10:00

Where: JAN 4Q1

REPower EU

On Tuesday, the Committee on Budgets and the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs will vote on the REPowerEU programme, which aims to make the European Union independent of Russian energy sources. In the opinion of the ECR Group, the REPowerEU programme must remain as easy and quick to execute and implement as possible.

When: Tuesday @ 17:00

Where: JAN 4Q1

Iran protests

On Thursday, the Sub-Committee on Human Rights will discuss the ongoing mass protests in Iran. The ECR Group has called for an urgent independent, credible and transparent investigation into the death of Mahsa Amini. We have also expressed our solidarity with the Iranian women and people protesting for a free and democratic country and called for the immediate and unconditional release of all those arrested. We urge the EU to swiftly adopt tough sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s regime, its elite, and persons responsible for the suppression of pro-democracy activities in the country.

When: Thursday @ 9:00

Where: ASP 5E-2

The Lukashenka regime’s active role in the war against Ukraine

On Tuesday, ECR Coordinator on Foreign Affairs Anna Fotyga will host an event that sheds light on the Lukashenka regime’s active role in Russia’s war against Ukraine. Against the will of the Belarusian people, the usurper Lukashenka has turned his country into a bridgehead for the Russian army, thus becoming an accomplice in the war of aggression against Ukraine. He gave his consent to launch more than 700 rockets from Belarusian territory into Ukraine and numerous drones. Together with Putin and other perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity, he has to be brought to justice. Panellists include Vladzimir Astapenka, Deputy Representative for Foreign Affairs of the United Transitional Cabinet of Belarus and Head of the Mission of Democratic Belarus in Brussels; Robert Pszczel, Senior Expert at Pulaski Foundation, former Polish diplomat and NATO official and former Director of NATO Information Office in Moscow; Natalia Kaliada, Expert at U.K. HQ of iSANS and CEO of Creative Politics Hub; and Anton Motolko, Belarusian Hajun Project, Expert at iSANS.

When: Tuesday @ 12:30-14:00

Where: ASP 1H1

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