The IFPI is stepping up its European lobbying efforts with a high-profile event targeting members of the European Parliament.

The IFPI is stepping up its European lobbying efforts with a high-profile event targeting members of the European Parliament.

More than 25 executives from the trade body's European offices in Brussels and its national affiliates will gather tomorrow (Feb. 23) at the home of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

An IFPI spokesperson says the gathering was organized for the trade group and the managing directors of national groups to discuss with MEPs "piracy in general, the development of the online market and extending the term of protection for copyrighted works," among other issues.

Representatives from 21 countries will attend about 150 separate meetings with MEPs.

"This is the first time that we have brought our national groups, including new European Union member states, to Strasbourg since a new Parliament was elected last year," the spokesperson says.

The day will conclude with a gala dinner in the presence of 120 high-level guests. Universal-signed Portuguese artist Cristina Branco will perform; she will be introduced onstage by Portuguese MEP and poet Vasco Graca Moura.