First meeting of the newly established Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence; EU-China Cooperation on Geographical Indications; A more effective policy legacy for the European Year of Cultural Heritage; EU Strategy for Sustainable Tourism; A closer partnership with Africa
23 October 2020
The Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament has strategically voted in favour for the Common Agricultural Policy Reform. After a week of partial voting sessions, the Parliament will today decide on the referral of the mandate back to the agriculture committee responsible for intra-institutional negotiations.
23 October 2020
The ECR Group is delighted with the announcement that the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament has awarded the democratic opposition in Belarus with the 2020 Sakharov prize for freedom of thought. The democratic opposition in Belarus was the joint candidate of the EPP, S&D, Renew and ECR Group.
22 October 2020
The ECR Group appreciates the evidence based approach for new rules on online platforms and other digital services providers that have been adopted by the European Parliament. The recommendations for a new framework for digital services to be published by the Commission focuses on removal of illegal content online, includes an ex-ante regulation for systemic platforms acting as 'gatekeepers' and aim for a better protection of EU consumers purchasing products from both EU based and non-EU based online marketplaces.
21 October 2020
The ECR Group is looking with great interest to the address from Commission President von der Leyen on the State of the European Union on Wednesday morning. The ECR believes that the legislative should now focus on Europe’s economic recovery. However, the European Conservatives and Reformists have always stated that the current health crisis should not be exploited as an opportunity to establish an even more centralised Europe. The ECR opposes centralist Brussels impositions, and believes that the EU should be more flexible and respectful of the prerogatives of the different countries.
Wednesday 16 September - Brussels
Building on the success of the first ECR Africa Summit in 2019, this year’s Summit will examine and discuss policy options to develop a stronger relationship between Europe and Africa as we enter a new decade. Africa and Europe are in the midst of a massive transformation in their economic, political and social structures and can learn much from each other in seizing new opportunities and tackling their common challenges. Four high level panel discussions will address specific topics such as: governance and stability; the role of women in the successful development in Africa; the tools available to further mobilise private investment in Africa; and discuss the role of both European and African companies in the digitalisation of the African continent.