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Week Ahead 18- 22 March

Event: Rooted principles, stronger future - The heritage of Saint Benedict in the values of European conservatism; Event: A decade of occupation of Crimea - European security held hostage by Russian imperialism; Event: Nuclear - time to look again?

Event: Rooted principles, stronger future - The heritage of Saint Benedict in the values of European conservatism

On Wednesday and Thursday, in Subiaco (Italy), a place of outstanding spiritual and cultural importance for Europe, ECR MEPs will hold the event “Rooted Principles, Stronger Future - The heritage of Saint Benedict in the Values of European Conservatism” to discuss and reaffirm the core values of their political family by signing a Charter of Values.On Thursday 21 March, ECR delegates will also take part in local celebrations in honour of St Benedict of Nursia.

St Benedict played a key role in preserving the classical tradition at a time when it was decaying, passing it on intact to posterity and restoring the cult of knowledge. He instructed the monks to combine prayer with work, including work in the scriptorium to copy and transcribe classical texts. In this way, the Benedictine monasteries became important centres for the education of young people and were instrumental in the rebirth of a linguistically, ethnically and culturally united Europe. At a time when this very culture is being challenged by the increasing imposition of a “woke” ideology, the ECR Group will come together to reaffirm the importance of preserving the fundamental values that characterise our European thinking. A link to the events website can be found here.

When: Wednesday - Thursday

Where: Subiaco, Italy

Event: A decade of occupation of Crimea - European security held hostage by Russian imperialism

On Tuesday morning, ECR MEPs Anna Fotyga and Alexandr Vondra will host an event marking the 10-year anniversary of the illegal Russian occupation of Crimea. The panel discussion will delve into the broader security ramifications for Europe stemming from Russia’s militarisation of Crimea. Distinguished guests include Vsevolod Chentsov, Head of the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union and Emine Dzhaparova, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine who will deliver a keynote speech via video. The full list of guests can be found here.

When: Tuesday @ 10:00

Where: SPAAK 6B1

Event: Nuclear - time to look again?

On Tuesday, ECR MEP Rob Roos will co-host an event with MEPs from the EPP, Renew and S&D political groups focusing on nuclear energy use in Europe. Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone will attend the event and present his new documentary ‘Nuclear NOW’, addressing the crucial role of nuclear energy in our future energy supply. Registration for the event is mandatory via this registration link. A link to the events website can be found here.

When: Tuesday @ 16:00 - 17:30

Where: SPAAK 1A02

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