Week ahead: 14th – 18th September 2015

Migration and refugee crisis

EU home affairs ministers will meet to discuss the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe. ECR home affairs spokesman Timothy Kirkhope believes the EU needs to adopt a holistic approach to asylum and migration, which sees increased support for those states most under pressure to ensure humane reception conditions and swift processing and returns. Mr Kirkhope set out his approach in a paper, adopted in May.

The outcome of the council meeting will be debated with MEPs during parliament’s mini-plenary session.

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

Home affairs ministerial meeting: Monday

Plenary debate: Wednesday afternoon


The Transport committee is expected to adopt ECR MEP Jacqueline Foster’s report on the safe use of RPAS (drones) in civil aviation.

The report stresses the commercial opportunities that this nascent market could create, and calls for a clear, global, harmonized and proportionate regulatory framework to be developed on a risk assessed basis, which avoids burdensome regulations for businesses that would deter investment and job creation. Above all, the report states that industry and regulators must come together in order to avoid the ‘chicken and the egg’ problem, whereby industry is reluctant presently to invest in developing the necessary technologies without certainty about how they will be regulated, while regulators are reluctant to develop standards until industry comes forward with technologies for authorisation. Furthermore, the report underlines that unless concerns over privacy and data protection are addressed, there is a danger that public opinion will harden so that authorities feel compelled to restrict the use ! of these new systems, resulting in the positive effects of RPAS not being fully utilised.

The European Commission is preparing a proposal to be adopted by the end of 2015 to update its regulatory framework to facilitate drones’ safe integration into civil aviation, and this report is to represent Parliament’s contribution to the policy debate.

Press officer to contact: John Furbisher on +32 498 984760

Vote: Tuesday @ 09.00

EU agricultural crisis

After a request from the ECR Group’s Polish delegation, the parliament will debate the ongoing crisis in European agriculture, including the crisis in the dairy sector and summer droughts in Central Europe. ECR agriculture spokesman James Nicholson MEP will lead for the group. He drafted a recent report for the parliament on measures that should be taken to assist dairy farmers in coming to terms with price volatility.

Press officer to contact: James Holtum on +32 473 861762 and Katarsyna Ochman on +32 470 955928

Debate: Wednesday afternoon

Local impact of Energy Union

The ECR Group’s Subsidiarity and Localism policy group, chaired by Andrew Lewer MEP, will hold a public meeting on the local and regional impact of the EU Energy Union. Speakers will include Lord Howell of Guildford and Prof Friedbert Pflüger, MEPs, local politicians who are members of the European Committee of the Regions and representatives from the EU-Commission.

The Commission is due to report to the European Council on progress towards the Energy Union ahead of its meeting in December 2015. It is against this backdrop that the local and regional aspects of the Energy Union are going to be analyzed.

To attend contact: Tobias Teuscher on tobias.teuscher@europarl.europa.eu

Meeting: Tuesday @ 12.00 in room A4F384


Commission President Juncker, along with Commissioners Moscovici and Vestager, will discuss taxation policy with the parliament’s economics committee and its special committee on Luxleaks. ECR spokesman on the tax rulings committee, Morten Messerschmidt MEP has consistently argued that more transparency in taxation matters is the right way forward, but greater harmonisation will seriously undermine sovereignty and competitiveness in Europe.

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

Joint meeting: Thursday

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