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S&Ds – Weekly Update. This week’s highlights and what’s coming up

Quote of the week

“The world is now more fragile. Europe, European citizens and European politicians should finally learn this lesson and think twice before voting for populist movements, whose totally irresponsible actions can push us to the edge of disaster”
Gianni Pittella
Past activities

A mini Plenary session, but also developments in the United States and around the world have kept our Group on alert this past week.
In Brussels we have been dealing with a surprisingly balanced Mobility Package delivered by the Commission, a first step towards the proper adjustment of VAT on e-books, the continuation of our fight against anti-Semitism and a new European consensus on development.

Activities (summary)

FEPS’ Call To Europe joins our TOGETHER initiative, the European Solidarity Corps and an interesting book launch hosted together with the Progressive Lab for Sustainable Development are just a few of the topics on our table for the upcoming period.
Not to mention that next Tuesday we are expecting an interesting speaker to join our Group meeting. EU Chief Negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier, will be discussing with us on what is currently one of the hottest topics in the EU.
Upcoming activities

We are already preparing for a great collaboration with our partners at FEPS. On June 28 – 29 our TOGETHER initiative will be joining the seventh edition of their Call to Europe conference. With an array of exciting speakers and a great topic on the table, it is safe to say that we’re looking forward to having another successful event under the TOGETHER umbrella.
Registrations are open and we encourage you to see the programme on our website.

Next week we will also be discussing the utility of the European Solidarity Corps. On June 7th we’re hosting an event on this specific topic. Don’t worry if you cannot make it to the European Parliament – it will also be webstreamed on our site.
MEPs Udo Bullmann, Petra Kammerevert, Silvia Costa, Brando Benifei and Victor Negrescu will be taking the floor, besides specialists and representatives of NGOs.

The following day we’re off to the EP library! On June 8th the Progressive Lab for Sustainable Development – a joint initiative of our Group alongside FEPS and SOLIDAR – is launching a book based on the results of its research in the past period. The book launch will also provide an opportunity to discuss on topics such as an alternative economic model or private financing as a funding source.
Our President, Gianni Pittella will open the event and MEPs Elly Schlein, Norbert Neuser and Maria Arena will also join.

Our partners at SOLIDAR have just opened a new call for nominations for their annual Silver Rose Awards. Since the year 2000 our Group supports the SOLIDAR Silver Rose Awards in the European Parliament, an occasion to celebrate Civil Society Organisations and individuals whose extraordinary struggles contribute greatly to social justice and solidarity throughout the world. This year’s edition will take place on 10 October 2017 in the EP.
You can make a nomination of an organisation or individual whose efforts should be recognised with a Silver Rose Award in one of the three categories, Together for Social Europe, Building Learning Societies or Organising International Solidarity.
On Monday 3rd July we’ll close the call for nominations upon which the Silver Rose Jury will decide on the three best candidates per category.

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