Weekly European Agenda ∙ 2 – 8 February 2015

Day-to-day

Monday 2 February

Tuesday 3 February

Wednesday 4 February

Thursday 5 February

Friday 6 February

Institutional agendas

European Parliament

Monday 2 February

Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET): in camera exchange of views with Maciej Popowski, Chief Negotiator on EU-Swiss negotiations; exchange of views with the United Nations Special Envoy to Syria; exchange of views with Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, jointly with DEVE.


Tuesday 3 February

Political Group meetings in preparation of the Plenary Session

Interparliamentary Conference of the Economic and Financial Governance of the European Union (EP European Semester). Two-day meeting with national parliamentarians to discuss economic, budgetary and social matters, aiming to strengthen cooperation between the European and national parliaments. Including extraordinary meetings of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL), and a speech by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.


Wednesday 4 February

Political Group meetings in preparation of the Plenary Session

Interparliamentary Conference of the Economic and Financial Governance of the European Union (EP Semester)


Thursday 5 February

Political Group meetings in preparation of the Plenary Session

Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI): in camera exchange of views with DG DEVCO on EIDHR, and EEAS debriefing on the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue; exchange of views on the disappearance of 43 teaching students in Mexico with relatives; exchange of views on the EU priorities for the upcoming UN HRC session.

Committee on Budgets (BUDG): presentation of the first assessment by the High Level Group on Own Resources by President Monti; exchange of views on the investment plan; draft amending budget 1/2015; guidelines for the 2016 budget; exchange of views on MFF revision; various mobilisations of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund; votes on financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union, and European Semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Growth Survey 2015.

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO): draft opinion with recommendations on the TTIP negotiations; vote on Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme: State of Play and Outlook; presentation by the commission on proposal on interoperability solutions for the public sector; draft opinion on the review of the economic governance framework.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE): presentation of opinion by the EP Legal Service on a European Ombudsman letter on access to a Europol inspection report; draft report on strengthening the presumption of innocence and right to be present at trial; 2013 discharge votes; vote on procedural safeguards for children in criminal proceedings; vote on opening negotiations on conditions of entry and residence of third country nationals; exchange of views with the president of Eurojust on terrorism and foreign fighters.


Friday 6 February

Visit by US Vice President Joe Biden. Bilateral meeting with EP President Schulz and take part in a meeting of the Conference of Presidents.

 

European Commission and High Representative

Monday 2 February

Start 8th round of TTIP Negotiations.

Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič in Warsaw; Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete in Washington; Commissioner Pierre Moscovici in Berlin.

Commissioners Violeta Bulc and Vĕra Jourová receive Henri Malosse, President of the European Economic and Social Committee.

Commissioner Vĕra Jourová receives Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator, Director of Justice and Home Affairs in the Council Secretariat.


Tuesday 3 February

Vice-President Frans Timmermans in Estonia; Commissioner Hill in London; Commissioner Stylianides in Hungary for regional consultations ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit.

HR/VP Federica Mogherini, Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioners Karmenu Vella and Neven Mimica receive Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General.


Wednesday 4 February

College meeting

President Jean-Claude Juncker and Vice-President Jyrki Katainen receive OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria.

Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete receives Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Commissioner Corina Creţu in Guadeloupe, participating in the Conference of the Presidents of Outermost regions.


Thursday 5 February

Publication of the Winter European Economic Forecast.

HR/VP Federica Mogherini participates in the meeting of NATO, Ministers of Defence level, Brussels.


Friday 6 February

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives the Vice-President of the United-States Joe Biden.


A full list of meetings and appointments of the Commissioners can be found here.

 

European Economic and Social Committee

Monday 2 February

Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption (INT) meeting: opinion on Green Paper ‘Making the most out of Europe’s traditional know-how: a possible extension of geographical indication protection of the European Union to non-agricultural products’; opinion on the proposal on requirements relating to emission limits and type-approval for internal combustion engines for non-road mobile machinery; opinion on the communication on the EU Strategy and Action Plan for customs risk management.


Tuesday 3 February

Concluding event project ‘Better inclusion of Roma community through civil society initiatives’.

EESC hearing on Investment Protection and ISDS in EU Trade and Investment Agreements.

Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO) meeting: own-initiative opinion on Macro-regional strategies across Europe; own-initiative opinion on Role of cooperative and savings banks in territorial cohesion; review opinion on European System of Financial Supervision.


Wednesday 4 February

Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN) meeting: own-initiative opinion on the Social innovation, networking and digital communication; debate on the role of the internet and audio-visual industries in promoting alcohol consumption; debate on the review of the Transport White Paper.


Thursday 5 February

Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (NAT) meeting: debriefing on the EESC delegation at UNFCCC – COP 20 in Lima and discussion of the new own-initiative opinion on the 2015 Global Climate Change Negotiations (COP21): Civil Society’s role and expectations; presentation and preliminary debate of the new 2015 information report on the Implementation of the reformed CAP.

 

Committee of the Regions

Thursday 5 February

Conference ‘YFactor: where is [y]our future? Putting youth on the EU agenda’. Discussion on proposals related to youth employment, youth’s disinterest in the EU politics as well as young people’s concerns about sustainable development and growth.

 

Latvian Presidency

Wednesday 4 – Friday 6 February

Conference ‘Challenges for the New Cohesion Policy 2014-2020: An Academic and Policy Debate’ in Riga.


Friday 6 February

The Energy Union Conference of the EU Energy Ministers’ in Riga, with a keynote speech from Commissioner Šefčovič, attendance of Commissioner Cañete and representatives from the European Parliament and the International Energy Agency. In preparation of the Council discussion on the Energy Union.

 

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Thursday 5 – Friday 6 February

FRA delegation in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) to learn first-hand challenges of involving Roma in local development activities.


Friday 6 February

Expert meeting on the implementation of the EU Victims’ Directive, hosted by the European Commission. Presentation of FRA report on victims of crime.

 

COSAC

Sunday 1- Monday 2 February

Meeting of the Chairpersons of COSAC (Conference of the committees of the national Parliaments of the European Union Member States dealing with the European Union affairs). Attended by Vice-President Frans Timmermans. Session on the priorities of the Latvian Presidencies and European Commission; session on the Eastern Partnership and the challenges ahead; draft programme COSAC plenary and Bi-Annual COSAC report.

 

Council of Europe – Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

Monday 2 February

Bureau of the Congress and of its chambers.


Thursday 5 February

Post Monitoring visit to Portugal.


Friday 6 February

Monitoring Committee meeting in Portugal.

 

Council of Europe – Venice Commission

Thursday 5 – Friday 6 February

European Commission for Democracy through Law visit to the Republic of Moldova to hold discussions with representatives of the authorities, civil society and International Organisations’ representatives, in preparation of a joint opinion with ODIHR.

 

Council of Europe – ECHR

Tuesday 3 February

10 judgments


Thursday 5 February

54 judgments and/or decisions

Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Bochan v. Ukraine


Information on the forthcoming judgments can be found here.

 

EEA/EFTA

Tuesday 3 February

Council Meeting in Geneva.


Thursday 5 February

EFTA Standing Committee meeting at the EFTA secretariat Brussels.


Friday 6 February

EEA Joint Committee meeting at EEAS, Brussels.