We were delighted to see nearly all of the ACRE/ECR parties that contested the European Elections have increased their representation and we look forward to a larger European Conservative and Reformist Group in the European Parliament. There are also a number of new parties applying for ACRE membership and the alliance is set to expand. With this in mind, ACRE is planning a series of events in Brussels during the week of the 24th June which will dovetail with the ECR Group as it prepares for the first plenary session of the new mandate at the beginning of July. We would be delighted if you would come to our Summer Evening Gala dinner with fine wine tasting and music open to all friends of ACRE. The event will be held at the Château de Grand-Bigard, a 12th century castle on the outskirts of Brussels on 26th June.