Press Release

EPP Group Vice-Chair Sandra Kalniete denied access to Russia

, 02.03.2015 - 20:45

Sandra Kalniete MEP, Vice-Chairwoman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament responsible for Eastern Neighbourhood and Enlargement, was denied access to Russia today.  Kalniete was travelling to Moscow in order to go to the funeral of Boris Nemtsov, one of the leaders of the Russian democratic opposition who was assassinated on Friday. 

"Despite this decision of the Putin regime, I want the relatives and friends of Boris Nemtsov and all Russian democrats to know that we, citizens of Europe, my country Latvia and my political family - the European People's Party - are with them at this tragic moment in Russia’s history", said Kalniete.

This is already the third time that a Member of the European Parliament has been stopped at the Russian border. The EPP Group calls on European Parliament President Martin Schulz to take the necessary action and urgently address this issue with the Russian authorities in order to allow MEPs to execute their duties.

Note to Editors
The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 219 Members from 27 Member States

MEP Contacts

-
Sandra KALNIETE
BRU - Phone: +32 (0)2 2845204 Fax: +32 (0)2 2849204
Email: sandra.kalniete@europarl.europa.eu

Press Contacts

Girts Salmgriezis
Latvian press
Phone: +32 477 800 343
Agata Byczewska
Polish press; Communications Strategy; Pan-African Parliament; ACP; NATO
Phone: +32 473 841 093

Latest

CETA
20.09.2017 - 10:42

Europe leads on rules-based trade: CETA comes into force

Following seven years of negotiations, the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) will provisionally enter into force tomorrow. "The...
Euro symbol in the magnifying glass
14.09.2017 - 12:41

EPP Group deplores attempts to keep NGO financing secret

In a vote today the EPP Group rejected attempts to keep NGO financing a secret. Hiding behind calls for transparency in this House, the Greens and...
State of the Union, Fipronil scandal, Turkey, Venezuela
14.09.2017 - 12:00

State of the Union, Fipronil scandal, Turkey, Venezuela

At the European Parliament’s latest plenary, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker proposed plans to strengthen the EU27 as Brexit...
Germany Raises Security Level
14.09.2017 - 11:06

Committee on terrorism: new European approach to security

The new European Parliament Committee on Terrorism (TERR), initiated by the EPP Group, met for the first time today. It will have one year to assess...

Highlights of the week

11.09.2017 - 15.09.2017
State of the Union

State of the Union

EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber MEP will take the floor during the debate following European Commission President Juncker's speech on the State...
Steel pipes in crude oil factory

Towards more secure gas supplies in the EU

The European Parliament will vote on Tuesday on the security of gas supply Regulation by Jerzy Buzek MEP, which will make it easier and mandatory to...
Surfing on the Internet

Free Wi-Fi for all in Europe

The agreement on the so-called WiFi4EU initiative will be approved on Tuesday. Its main goal is to finance free Wi-Fi terminals in public spaces such...
Ilkka Lavas