Weekly Update - 14 to 18 March 2016
Quote of the week by Gianni Pittella:
It is everyone's duty to be involved in the battle to save Europe. At stake today is the end of Europe as a project for future generations. Today, our main enemies come from within. Refugees are not terrorists. They are victims of terrorism. Let's fight against the liars! Populists are winning not because of their strengths, but because we didn't fight. They want to create a society without any sense of solidarity. A society where man is wolf to fellow man!
Last Week's Highlights
This week we have mobilised representatives of our entire progressive family to come together and call on heads of states and governments to stop building walls in our union. Gianni Pittella, our Group President, was joined by EP President Martin Schulz, PES President Sergei Stanishev, S&D Group Vice President Tanja Fajon and ETUC representative Veronica Nilsson. Once again, President Pittella pointed out that it is everyone's duty to be involved in the battle to save Europe.
Next week president Gianni Pittella will be on an official visit to Cyprus from 22 to 23 March for a series of meetings with the state and political leadership of the country. During his stay on the island he will also have meetings with local politicians and is expected to speak at an event organised by the European Parliament's office in Nicosia.
For next week we have scheduled the first Budget-Economy (BUDG - ECON) Committee meeting on a budgetary capacity for the Eurozone. In the framework of the joint BUDG-ECON own initiative report on a budgetary capacity for the Eurozone, a first joint meeting of the two committees is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 23 from 9:00 to 11:30. The presentation of working documents by the rapporteurs - one of which is Pervenche Berès (S&D) - will be followed by an exchange of views, which will feed into the preparation of the draft report to be presented on April 26, 2016.
After the holidays, our Group is organising the very first Africa week, between April 5 - 11, 2016. The event will be held in partnership with the Global Progressive Forum (GPF), and in cooperation with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS,) Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), Party of European Socialists (PES) Women, Solidar and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).
Everyone is invited to the European Parliament to come and discover the continent's talents. Seminars, round tables and exhibitions will show how Africa is developing.
Registrations are open to everyone here.