From 11 to 13 September 2018, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, will be on a visit in Strasbourg, where the plenary session of the European Parliament (EP) is taking place. The Parliamentary Secretary is to have several meetings with Members of the European Parliament to share views on issues high on the European Union (EU) agenda.
The central topic of the meetings is the EU Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027. Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica is planning to discuss with MEPs the elements vital for Latvia in the EU’s next multiannual budget, including the Cohesion Policy, the Common Agricultural Policy and funding for the Connecting Europe Facility.
During her visit, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica is to meet with Jan Olbrycht, a member the Group of the European People's Party (EPP) and rapporteur on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027. The Parliamentary Secretary will also have a meeting with Pavel Telička, a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), the European Parliament’s Vice President; Isabelle Thomas, Vice-Chair of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D); and Christian Ehler, a member of the EPP and rapporteur on the Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy on the Horizon Europe programme.
To discuss another topic important for Latvia, namely, financing to the EU’s neighbourhood via the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument for 2021-2027, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica will meet Christian Dan Preda, an EEP member and rapporteur on the EP Committee on Development.
The agenda of the European Parliament’s Plenary Session will include the annual statement by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, on the State of the Union and a debate with the Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, on the Future of Europe. Members of Parliament also intend to have a discussion on the EU Cybersecurity Act.
The European Parliament convenes for a four-day plenary session (Monday to Thursday) once a month in Strasbourg. In addition, one-day sessions take place in Brussels.