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The Week Ahead from the ECR Group in the European Parliament 15th - 19th January 2018


12 Jan 2018


Europe's East
Sustainable Dev.

Debate with incoming Bulgarian Presidency
ECR Group co-chair Syed Kamall will speak on behalf of the group and outline what the ECR wants to see from the Presidency – including how Brussels can begin to do less but do it better.

Debate: Wednesday @ 9:00
Press officer to contact: Robert Taylor,, +32 498 984 760

Flexibility needed for 2030 energy targets
On Wednesday MEPs will vote on a series of proposals that seek to set the EU's energy targets for efficiency and renewables. The ECR Group support the objectives of the Paris Agreement and are seeking a framework at EU level that allows Member States the flexibility to pursue their own cost effective emission reduction pathways.

Debate: Monday @ 17:00, vote: Wednesday @ 12:30
Press officer to contact: Gareth Goldsmith,, +32 476 668 050

Commission's proposed policy on plastics
The ECR Group has successfully pressed for the European Commission's strategy for reducing plastic waste, which is being unveiled on Tuesday, to be presented to the Parliament for debate on Wednesday. Environment Co-ordinator Julie Girling will lead the Group's response.

Debate: Wednesday @ 15.00
Press officer to contact: Robert Taylor,, +32 498 984 760

New export controls for goods for cyber-surveillance technologies
New proposals to enhance export controls on dual use items - goods, software and technology that can be used for both civilian and military applications - will be voted by MEPs on Wednesday. ECR Group shadow Sander Loones welcomes the proposals which add a new category on cyber-surveillance technologies which could be used in third countries to violate human rights.

When: debate @ Tuesday 16/01 – Vote @ Wednesday 17/01
Press officer to contact: Yannick Vanderveeren,, +32 473 806 446


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International Association for Democracy (IAD)
Lobbying Officer (voluntary)
European Food Banks Federation
Head of ​Fundraising and Partnerships​​
European Affairs Consulting Group (Eacon)
EU Public Affairs Trainee
International Commission of Jurists - European Institutions
Programme Manager
Terre des Hommes International Federation
Child and Youth Participation Advisor (Environment & Climate)
KIOS Foundation
Team leader
European Parliament, office of MEP Siegfried Mureșan
Accredited Parliamentary Assistant, office of MEP Siegfried Mureșan