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Parlementsleden bediscussiëren EU-crisis en begroting met president Draghi (en)

Met dank overgenomen van Europees Parlement (EP), gepubliceerd op maandag 18 februari 2013.

The EU's economy and how to fix it will be discussed in the EP on Monday 18 February. Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, will appear before the EP's economic affairs committee to debate the latest developments in the euro zone with MEPs. On the same day the leaders of the political groups in Parliament will discuss their response to the deal on the EU's long-term budget for 2014-2020 that was reached by the Council on 8 February. Follow the meetings live on our website.

Mr Draghi is expected to focus on his bank's measures to alleviate the crisis on the financial market and efforts to put Europe's banks on a sounder footing. MEPs could also quiz him on the euro exchange rate that has recently been a subject of discussion in some euro zone countries.

The conference of presidents will be closely watched because it is not yet clear whether the Parliament will support the deal on the EU's long-term budget for 2014-2020 that EU chiefs of state and government agreed on 8 February. Council president Herman Van Rompuy and Commission president José Manuel Barroso will also be attending the meeting.

The four biggest political groups in the Parliament criticised the budget's lack of funding to stimulate economic growth and employment.

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