Knesset Speaker MK Reuven Rivlin will conduct an official visit to the European Parliament in Bussels, this will be a reciprocal visit after European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek visited the Knesset a number of months ago.

The Speaker is expected to address the Foreign Policy Committee of the European Parliament, a body which is considered very influential and significant within the Parliament. Rivlin is expected to address the Committee on issues currently on the agenda, among them, the negotiations with the Palestinians and safeguarding Israel`s security interests.

The Speaker of the House`s special address will take place Tuesday (11.10) at 9 am Israel Time.

Additionally Rivlin is expected to conduct meetings with the President of the European Parliament and other ranking officials, such as the Prime Minister of Belgium, The Belgian Parliament Chairman and hold a press conference with The President of the European Parliament.

The Speaker of the House`s joint press conference with the President of the European Parliament will take place today(10.10) at 18:15 Israel Time.

During his visit Rivlin will open a special exhibition in the European Parliament, which takes aim at raising awareness to the plight of abducted IDF soldier Gila`ad Shalit. The Exhibition ”Shark and Fish Wolf and Lamb – Hope and Possibility” is based on a story written by Gilaad Shalit ”When the Shark and the Fish First Met”. Dozens of artists and illustrators have come forward to generate more creative works based on the story. During his visit to Israel the President of the European Parliament accepted Knesset Speaker`s request to have the Exhibition publicly shown in The European Parliament.

The opening of the Exhibition will take place today (10.10) at 18:30 Israel Time.

Joining The Speaker on his trip to Brussels are the deputies to the Speaker MK Ofir Akunis, MK Jacob Edery and the Chairman of the Lobby for Relations between the Knesset and the European Parliament MK Nachman Shai

To the European Parliament live broadcast page