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Week ahead: 28th – 8nd October 2015

28 September 2015

Week ahead: 28th – 8nd October 2015

EU Budget

The budgets committee will vote on the 2016 budget. ECR budgets spokesman Bernd Kolmel generally supports the position adopted by EU governments which would allow more flexibility for crisis situations, and he supports more resources being made available to tackle the migration crisis. As ever, he supports increases in money for research and development by cutting administrative waste and making savings on the overall budget.

Press officer to contact: James Holtum on +32 473 861762 or Jörg Müller-Brandes on +49 177 3316 194

Vote: Monday and Tuesday

Sakharov Prize

The parliament’s foreign affairs and Development committees and the Human Rights Subcommittee will meet in a joint session to receive presentations on the candidates for the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought. This year the ECR Group made two nominations. Anna Fotyga will present our nomination Nadiya Savchenko. Ms Savchenko is a Ukrainian pilot and politician who was captured in Eastern Ukraine and then illegally taken to Russia where she is now tried in court for allegedly murdering two journalists. Charles Tannock will present our nomination Raif Badawi. Mr Badawi is a Saudi Arabian citizen and blogger who has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes for his weblog called ‘Free Saudi Liberals’. He has received his first 50 lashes.

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

Presentation: Monday @ 15.00

Peripheral regions and islands

The ECR Policy Group on the Rural Economy will hold a hearing on bringing the benefits of the Single Market to Europe’s islands and peripheral regions. Hosted by Ian Duncan MEP the event will look at the challenges facing Europe’s businesses in rural areas, and strategies that can promote economic development in island and remote regions.

The event will be streamed here: http://ecrgroup.eu/islands-and-peripheral-regions/

Press officer to contact: Alasdair Rendall on +32 475 780819

Hearing: Tuesday @ 17.30

Seminar on reconciliation

Kazimierz Ujazdowski MEP is hosting a seminar related to the 50th anniversary of the famous address sent by Polish Bishops to their German counterparts stating, “We forgive and ask for forgiveness”. As well as marking that anniversary the seminar will look at the issues surrounding reconciliation in today’s international relations policies.

To participate, please contact: kazimierzmichal.ujazdowski-office@europarl.europa.eu

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

Events: Monday, 15.00 A1H1, Tuesday, 10.00 A4F284, Wednesday 9.30 A5E2

Refugee and migrant crisis

The European Commission will present its latest set of initiatives aimed at delivering solutions to the migration crisis. ECR home affairs spokesman will argue that the current situation must be stabilised, and long term solutions – working with the international community – found

To participate, please contact: kazimierzmichal.ujazdowski-office@europarl.europa.eu

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

Debate: Thursday @ 09.45

Visa Information System

Timothy Kirkhope’s report on the use of the EU Visa Information System (VIS) will be voted by the home affairs committee. It seeks to ensure the continued access to information and exchange of information by Member State authorities and Europol for targeting terrorists and serious criminal offences.

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

Vote: Thursday @ 11.30

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