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The Week Ahead from the ECR Group in the European Parliament 25th - 29th June 2018


22 Jun 2018


Science & Policymaking

Extension of the Facility for refugees in Turkey

On Thursday, the parliament's budget committee will endorse the second tranche of funding for Facility for Refugees in Turkey (FRT). ECR budgets spokesman Bernd Koelmel supports the funding which will ensure a smooth continuation of actions funded under the first tranche, such as the salaries of the 5,000 teachers who provide education for over 300,000 child refugees in Turkey. While this funding continues, Koelmel stresses the importance that the European Commission must provide thorough evidence for how the EU's budget is being spent on this and other facilities in Turkey.

When: Thursday 28 June 10.00

Contact: Michael Strauss,, +32 470 882 348


Migration 'mini summit'

A small number of Member States will meet on Sunday in at an informal summit in Belgium organised by the European Commission to try and bridge their differences on how to handle Europe's migration crisis. The ECR Group believe that for the EU to have a migration system that works the whole Council must adopt common sense policies that respect the positions of national governments.

Contact: Gareth Goldsmith,, +32 476 668 050


Efficient spending of EU funds

A programme to help Member States better spend union funds is due to be voted by the Regional development committee on Monday. ECR MEP Ruža Tomašić is the parliament's rapporteur on the EU's Structural Reform Support Programme which aims to strengthen the capacity of Member States to prepare and implement growth-sustaining administrative and structural reforms.

When: Monday @ 17:00

Contact: Marta Lipinska,, +32 470 904 337


ECR Group meeting in Sofia

The ECR Group will meet in Sofia from Tuesday to Friday this to coincide with the conclusion of the Bulgarian presidency of the EU. We will meet government ministers and discuss a range of issues including EU-Western Balkan relations while also examining the agenda of the forthcoming Strasbourg session in July.

Contact: Jan Krelina,, +32 493 214 346

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European Institute of Peace
Research Consultants
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