Weekly European Agenda 13-19 June

Day-by-day

Monday 13 June

  • EP: AFET, CONT, ECON, ITRE, IMCO, JURI, LIBE, FEMM
  • EP: COSAC Plenary
  • EP: ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
  • EC: Juncker meets Mario Draghi, amongst others
  • EC: Mogherini at Ministerial Meeting of the Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
  • Ombudsman: Event on Refugees, rule of law, and lobbying transparency
  • CoE: Seminar ‘Protection and promotion of human rights in culturally diverse societies’

Tuesday 14 June

  • EMI: Event Does Europe care about Brexit?
  • EMI, CESI, UNITEE: Labour market integration of refugees
  • EP: AFET, CONT, ECON, ITRE, IMCO, JURI, FEMM
  • EC: Conference on the blue economy of the Black Sea
  • EC: Commissioners meet with Ban Ki-moon
  • EC: Georgieva chairs EU-World Bank strategic dialogue
  • EC: Jourová launches High Level Group on combating racism and xenophobia
  • EESC: Study Group on Nuclear Illustrative Programme
  • CoR: Forum of the CoR Covenant Ambassadors
  • Presidency: eYou in the EU
  • FRA: EU justice and home affairs agencies meet to coordinate training needs
  • CoE: Lanzarote Committee

Wednesday 15 June

  • EMI: Breakfast Club – The UK referendum
  • EP: DROI, SEDE, INTA, BUDG, ENVI, TRAN, REGI, PECH, LIBE, AFCO
  • EC: College of Commissioners
  • EC: Stylianides and Jourová receive Executive Director of UN Women
  • EC: European Development Days 2016
  • EC: European Sustainable Energy Week Conference
  • EESC: Study Groups
  • CoR: Plenary Session
  • Presidency: European Anti-Doping Conference
  • CoE: Human Rights Commissioner report on Poland
  • CoE: Current Affairs Committee of the Congress

Thursday 16 June

  • EP: SEDE, INTA, EMPL, FEMM, ENVI, REGI, PECH, LIBE, EMIS
  • Eurogroup
  • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
  • EC: EU Resilience Forum
  • EC: Juncker visits Russia
  • EC: Evaluation Conference on Cohesion Policy
  • EESC: EU-Georgia civil society platform
  • CoR: Plenary Session
  • Presidency: Science for Circular Economy Conference
  • FRA: Raising awareness of the rights of older people
  • EDPS: 2016 EDPS Civil Society Summit

Friday 17 June

  • EMI: Meet the Serbian National Convention on the European Union
  • Economic and Financial Affairs Council
  • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
  • EC: Conference on Single Market for products
  • EC: Mogherini hosts the G5 Sahel Ministerial Meeting
  • EESC: Driving Innovation and Industry in Europe
  • EESC: Domestic Advisory Group under Central America Association Agreement
  • Presidency: European Public Administration Network
  • CoE: International Conference on Convention 108 on Data Protection

 

European Movement International

Tuesday 14 June

Labour market integration of refugees – the role of entrepreneurs and trade unions
Co-organised by CESI, UNITEE and EMI. With a total of 1.3 million asylum applications made in Europe in 2015, the question of how to integrate refugees into the labour market is the challenge for many member states. At this event, we will be looking at the possible additional ways in which trade unions and entrepreneurs can support and assist refugees. Find more

Does Europe Care about Brexit?
With the vote on the UK’s EU membership around the corner, a plethora of high-level speakers from different EU capitals, institutions and organisations will share their views on the latest developments in the referendum campaign, analyse the political and economic variables, discuss their national perception of the referendum and argue what Brexit would mean for EU28 countries, as well as the European Union as a whole. Find more

Wednesday 15 June

European Movement Breakfast club: The UK referendum
With just days left before the UK referendum on its EU membership the European Movement International is hosting a private briefing on 15 June with Peter Foster, the Daily Telegraph’s Europe Editor, and Gergely Polner, Head of EU Public Affairs, Standard Chartered Bank, to analyse the latest developments in the referendum campaign and discuss the likely outcome of the vote on 23 June. Find more

Citizens for Europe: Civil Society Summer Networking Event
Co-organised by the European Movement International. With summer approaching and holidays round the corner, the CFEU-Brussels group are holding a Civil Society Networking Event! Find more

Friday 17 June

Meet the Serbian National Convention on the European Union (NCEU)
Are you interested in the progress of enlargement negotiation and reforms in the Western Balkans? We would like to invite you to the meeting with the Serbian National Convention on the European Union, whose delegates will share their work with prominent civil society organisations  active on the EU level, as well as use this opportunity to further inform European institutions and civil society about the progress and challenges in the Chapters 23 and 2, which are of immense importance for the Republic of Serbia and its citizens. Find more

 

European Union

European Parliament

Sunday 12 – Tuesday 14 June

LV COSAC Plenary Meeting
Welcome address by the President of the Senate, Ms Ankie Broekers-Knol; Introductory remarks remarks by the Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs of the Senate, Mr Tuur Elzinga; Keynote speech by Mr Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, reflection on the Dutch EU Presidency; Session I: Parliamentary scrutiny, an exchange of best practices; Key findings from the 25th Bi-annual report; Combining parliamentary information for scrutiny and effective cooperation between parliaments: The use of Rapporteurs; Scrutiny beyond ministerial Councils: Trilogue; State of play on the instruments at the disposal of National Parliaments (yellow/green card): interview with Frans Timmermans; Session II: The role of Parliaments in Protecting the Rule of Law within the EU; Session III: Exchange of best practices and experiences in Parliamentary Diplomacy; Session IV: European Court of Auditors; Session V: Migration; Adoption of the contributions of the LV COSAC. Find more

Monday 13 – Wednesday 15 June

31st Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
The 31st Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly will take place from 13 to 15 June 2016 in Windhoek (Namibia). It will be preceded by meetings of the three standing committees and the Bureau on 11 and 12 June 2016. On the agenda: Statement by and debate with Neven Mimica; Prevention and management of epidemics; A continental free trade area for Africa – prospects for fostering intra-African trade and potential benefits for the ACP; Migration between ACP and EU Member States: causes, consequences and strategies for common management; The impact of the drop in the price of oil and other strategic commodities on ACP economies; Urgent topic No 1: The pre-electoral and security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Improving participatory governance through decentralisation and strengthening local governance; The future of the ACP-EU partnership Post Cotonou; The changing face of conflict and global security threats – impact on global peace and stability; Urgent topic No 2: Rape and violence against women and children in armed conflicts; Report on the 12th Regional Meeting (Southern Africa) held in Gaborone (Botswana) from 20 to 22 April 2016. Find more

Monday 13 June

Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
Exchange of views with Ranieri Sabatucci, newly appointed Head of the EU Delegation to the African Union; Consideration of draft opinion on Third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (Georgia); Exchange of views on the situation of Palestinian refugees with Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner General for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA); Consideration of draft opinion on The future of ACP-EU relations beyond 2020.

Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)
Presentation of The OLAF report 2015 – Sixteenth report of the European Anti-Fraud Office, 1 January to 31 December 2015; Exchange of views on Follow-up of the delegation to the Czech Republic; Exchange of views on Cooperation and Verification Mechanism with regard to Bulgaria and Romania – latest developments.

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Public Hearing with Danièle Nouy, Chair of the Supervisory Board of the ECB; Public Hearing on Securitisation.

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
Public Hearing on «Looking at Industry 4.0 together with the impact on Industry of Robotics and Big Data»; Consideration of draft opinion on Cost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investments; ITRE Mission to Ireland (29-31 March 2016), Debriefing; ITRE Mission to Finland and Estonia (17-19 May 2016), Debriefing.

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)
Consideration of compromise amendments on Directive of the European parliament and of the Council on the Union legal framework for customs infringements and sanctions; Consideration of amendments on 2017 Budget – Mandate for the Trilogue; Consideration of draft opinion on Cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market; Consideration of Council position on High common level of network and information security across the Union.

Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI)
Exchange of views with Vĕra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, in the context of the structured dialogue between Parliament and the Commission; Presentation of the in-depth analysis on ‘Cross-border restitution claims of art looted in armed conflicts and wars and alternatives to court litigation’; Consideration of amendments on Monitoring the application of Union law. 2014 Annual Report; Presentation of working document on Copyright Reform by Jean-Marie Cavada coordinator of working group; Report on Interpretation and implementation of the interinstitutional agreement on Better Law-Making; Consideration of draft opinion on Recognition of professional qualifications in inland navigation; Consideration of draft report on Liability, compensation and financial security for offshore oil and gas operations; Presentation of Mission report following the visit of the Committee on Legal Affairs to Georgia, from 29 March to 1 April 2016; Consideration of draft report on Request for the defence of the immunity of Mario Borghezio; Exchange of views on Request for the defence of the parliamentary immunity of Rosario Crocetta; Exchange of views on Request for waiver of the immunity of Csaba Molnar; Exchange of views on Request for the waiver of the parliamentary immunity of Giorgos Grammatikakis.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Consideration of the draft mission report on LIBE Mission to Greece, 17 to 20 May 2016; Hearing on the impact of recent migration flows on the implementation and revision of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS).

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
Hearing on Women’s Rights in the Eastern Partnership States and other neighbouring countries.

Tuesday 14 June

Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
Consideration of draft opinion on Listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (Ukraine); Consideration of draft opinion on Measures to safeguard the security of gas supply; Consideration of draft opinion on Establishing an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements and non-binding instruments between Member States and third countries in the field of energy and repealing Decision No 994/2012/EU; Exchange of views with Natalya Apostolova, newly appointed Head of the EU Delegation to Kosovo; Exchange of views with Selahattin Demirtaş, co-leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP); Adoption of Establishing an EU common list of safe countries of origin for the purposes of common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection; Adoption of draft report on Framework Agreement between the EU and the Republic of Azerbaijan; Presentation of the Pew Research Center’s survey on Europe’s place in the world by Bruce Strokes; Exchange of views with representatives from the EEAS on the situation in Azerbaijan; Reporting on activities of the Working Group on External Financing Instruments; Consideration of draft opinion on Listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (Kosovo*).

Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)
Joint presentation on ECA Special Report 7/2016 (2015 Discharge): The European External Action Service’s management of its buildings around the world; Consideration of draft opinion on The European Union Solidarity Fund: an assessment; Exchange of views with the European Investment Bank on the Castor project, as part of the Project Bond Initiative (PBI).

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Economic Dialogue and exchange of views with Jeroen Dijsselbloem; Consideration of draft report on Protocol to the Agreement between the European Community and the Principality of Monaco providing for measures equivalent to those laid down in Council Directive 2003/48/EC; Consideration of draft report on Green Paper on Retail Financial Services; Exchange of views with Jonathan Hill, Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union.

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
Adoption of draft report on Towards a New Energy Market Design; Adoption of draft report on Energy efficiency labelling; Adoption of draft opinion on 2017 Budget – Mandate for the Trilogue; Consideration of draft opinion on Amending Directive 2008/98/EC on waste; Consideration of draft opinion on Packaging and packaging waste; Consideration of draft opinion on Amending Directives on end-of-life vehicles, on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators, and 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment; Consideration of draft opinion on Landfill of waste; Exchange of views with Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, as part of the Structured Dialogue (15.00 h – 16.30 h); ITRE Priorities in 2017 Budget: Exchange of views with Mr. Jens Geier (S&D), BUDG rapporteur; Consideration of draft report on Measures to safeguard the security of gas supply; Consideration of draft report on EU strategy for liquefied natural gas and gas storage.

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)
Consideration of amendments on An Aviation Strategy for Europe; Adoption of draft opinion on Prospectus to be published when securities are offered to the public or admitted to trading; Adoption of draft recommendation for second reading on High common level of network and information security across the Union; Adoption of draft opinion on 2017 Budget – Mandate for the Trilogue; Consideration of compromise amendments on Control of the acquisition and possession of weapons; Exchange of views on General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections; Exchange of views with with Commissioner Vera Jourovà.

Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI)
Consideration of draft report on Request for the waiver of the parliamentary immunity of István Ujhelyi; Exchange of views on Request for the defence of Jane Collins’ parliamentary immunity; Consideration of draft report on Cross-border aspects of adoptions; Adoption of draft report on Jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of matrimonial property regimes; Adoption of draft report on Jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of the property consequences of registered partnerships; Adoption of Protecting against the effects of the extra-territorial application of legislation adopted by a third country and actions based thereon or resulting therefrom (recast); Exchange of views on Commissioners’ declarations of interests – Guidelines.

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
Consideration and adoption of budget amendments and of draft opinion on 2017 Budget – Mandate for the Trilogue; Exchange of views on Role of Women in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation.

Wednesday 15 June

Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI)
Enlarged Bureau; Debriefing by the EEAS on the EU-Turkmenistan Human Rights Dialogue; Exchange of views on the Right to Water including presentation of the study on «Conflict and cooperation over water – the role of the EU in ensuring the realisation of human rights»; Exchange of views with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on its current financial crisis; Exchange of views with Evo Morales, President of Bolivia; Follow-up by the EEAS to the urgency resolution on Egypt; Exchange of views with the parents of Giulio Regeni.

Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE)
Exchange of views on Containing ISIS threat in Lebanon: the role of militias?; Exchange of views on EUPOL Afghanistan – Achievements, challenges and perspectives beyond 2016; Exchange of views on Security situation in Ukraine – EUAM Ukraine and the reform of the civilian security sector; Workshop «Russian military presence in the Eastern Partnership Countries»; Debriefing of SEDE Mission to EUMM Georgia on 17-20 May 2016; Exchange of views on The EU response to countering hybrid threats – Communication from the Commission and the EEAS.

Committee on International Trade (INTA)
Exchange of views on State of Play of International Trade Negotiations; Consideration of draft recommendation (consent) on Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and its Member States, of the one part, and the SADC EPA States, of the other part; Exchange of views on State of play of ongoing trilogue negotiations; Presentation of mission report on Ad-hoc delegation to Seoul, Republic of South Korea, 17-19 May 2016; Reporting back to committee Ad-hoc delegation to the Annual 2016 Session of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO – Geneva, 13-14 June 2016; Consideration of draft recommendation (consent) on Agreement between the EU and China relating to the modification of concessions in the schedule of the Republic of Croatia in the course of its accession to the EU; Consideration of draft opinion on The future of ACP-EU relations beyond 2020; Public hearing and exchange of views on EU trade policies and sustainability of global value chains.

Committee on Budgets (BUDG)
Exchange of views on Establishment of the Structural Reform Support Programme for the period 2017 to 2020; Exchange of views on The future of ACP-EU relations beyond 2020; Exchange of views on CAP tools to reduce price volatility in agricultural markets; Exchange of views on Budgetary Control of financing NGOs from the EU Budget; Presentation of report on Mission to Jordan and Lebanon (15-19 May 2016); Consideration and adoption on Draft amending budget No 2/2016: Entering the surplus of the financial year 2015; Consideration and adoption on Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (application from Belgium – EGF/2015/012 BE/Hainaut Machinery); 2016 Budget: Section III – Commission; 2016 Budget: Other Sections; Building policy.

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
Consideration of draft motion for a resolution on Objection pursuant to Rule 106: Health claims on caffeine; Consideration of draft report on Directive amending Directive 2008/98/EC on waste; Consideration of draft report on Directive amending Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste; Consideration of draft report on Directive amending Directive 1999/31/EC on the landfill of waste; Consideration of draft report on Directive amending Directives 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles, 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators, and 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment; Adoption of motion for a resolution Objection pursuant to Rule 106: Health claims on caffeine; Adoption of the outcome of negotiations with the Council on Regulation on medical devices, and amending Directive 2001/83/EC, Regulation (EC) and Regulation (EC); Adoption of the outcome of negotiations with the Council on In vitro diagnostic medical devices; Exchange of views with Mr Frans Timmermans.

Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN)
Exchange of views on Recognition of professional qualifications in inland navigation; Scrutiny of Commission implementing powers: Single European Sky – national/functional airspace block plans; Consideration of draft opinion on EU strategy for liquefied natural gas and gas storage; Vote on Proposal for a regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 91/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2002 on rail transport statistics, as regards the collection of data on goods, passengers and accidents; Consideration of draft report on Unleashing the Potential of Ferries in Coastal Areas and Inland Waterways: A Contribution to Multimodal Passenger Transport.

Committee on Regional Development (REGI)
Exchange of views with Corina Creţu, Commissioner for Regional Policy, on the urban agenda and on the ex-post evaluation of 2007-2013 operational programmes; Hearing on Evaluating the contribution of the European Structural and Investment Funds.

Committee on Fisheries (PECH)
Adoption of draft opinion on Establishment of the Structural Reform Support Programme for the period 2017 to 2020; Exchange of views with Jens Geier on General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections; Second exchange of views on The management of the fishing fleets in the Outermost Regions; Exchange of views with Commission representatives on snow crab fishing on the Svalbard islands.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
List of the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (review of the suspension mechanism); European Border and Coast Guard; Draft Directive on legal aid for suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings and in European Arrest Warrant proceedings – Presentation of the Impact Assessment; Communication on establishing a new Partnership Framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration; vote on The European Public Prosecutor’s Office and Eurojust; Exchange of views with Dimitris Avramopoulos; Joint debate:  Minimum provisions on the constituent elements of criminal acts and penalties in the field of illicit drug trafficking, as regards the definition of the term ‘drug’ and New psychoactive substances; Communication «Action Plan on the integration of third country nationals»; Question for written answer to the Commission of 29 January 2016 by Ignazio Corrao on possible violation of the rights of unaccompanied foreign minors in Sicily (E-000815-16); Study «Exploring new avenues for legislation for labour migration to the European Union».

Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO)
Presentation by experts on The role of European Union in international organisations including the United Nations; Adoption of draft opinion on Establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights; Adoption of draft opinion on Monitoring the application of Union law. 2014 Annual Report; Second exchange of views on e-Democracy in the European Union: potential and challenges; Consideration of draft opinion on Budgetary capacity for the Eurozone; Exchange of views on Implementation report on Europe for Citizens; Exchange of views on the state of play on Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament on the detailed provisions governing the exercise of the European Parliament’s right of inquiry replacing the Decision of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission of 19 April 1995 (95/167/EC, Euratom, ECSC).

Thursday 16 June

Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE)
Debriefing of the Spring Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Tirana, Albania, 27-30 May 2016; Exchange of views on NATO and EU: Complementarity and collaboration in capability development.

Committee on International Trade (INTA)
Exchange of views on the FLEGT Action Plan evaluation and the review of the EU Timber Regulation; Adoption of draft report on A new forward-looking and innovative future strategy on trade and investment; Adoption of draft report on Implementation of the 2010 recommendations of Parliament on social and environmental standards, human rights and corporate responsibility; Consideration of draft recommendation (consent) on Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Union and the Eastern Republic of Uruguay pursuant to Article XXIV:6 and Article XXVIII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 relating to the modification of concessions in the schedule of the Republic of Croatia in the course of its accession to the European Union.

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) and Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
Consideration of amendments on Creating Labour Market Conditions Favourable for Work-Life Balance.

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
Joint INTA, DEVE and ENVI exchange of views with the Commission on the FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) Action Plan evaluation and the review of the EU Timber Regulation; Exchange of views with Dutch Presidency on EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking.

Committee on Regional Development (REGI)
Adoption of draft report on An EU strategy for the Alpine region; Exchange of views on General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections; Consideration of draft opinion on Measures to safeguard the security of gas supply; Presentation on Study commissioned by Policy Department B on «Services of General Interest in the Funding Period 2014-2020».

Committee on Fisheries (PECH)
Exchange of views on Sustainable management of external fishing fleets.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Fight against corruption and follow up of the CRIM resolution; Implementation of the hotspots approach in Italy; Establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection lodged in one of the Member States by a third-country national or a stateless person (recast); LIBE mission to the Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in Vienna, Austria on 17/18 May 2016; LIBE Hearing: «The situation of fundamental rights in the European Union in 2015».

Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS)
Hearing of Ms Dorothee Saar, Head of transport and air quality, Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH); Hearing of Mr Pascoe Sabido and Mr Olivier Hoedeman, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO); Hearing of Prof. Dr-Ing. Kai Borgeest, Centre for car electronics and combustion engines, Aschaffenburg University of Applied Science; Hearing of Mr Daniel Lange, CEO, Faster IT.

Find an overview of committees here

 

Council of Ministers

Thursday 16 June

Eurogroup
On the agenda: Thematic discussion on growth and jobs and investment; IMF Article VI review of the euro area; Banking Union – euro area aspects; Eurogroup work programme for the second semester of 2016. Possibly on the agenda: Implications of the spring forecast for EDPs/EIPs for euro area countries; Stability and Growth Pact implementation for euro area countries; Fiscal policy in a low interest rate environment; Greece; Spain; Ireland; Follow-up of Five Presidents’ Report on external representation; preparation June European Council / Euro Summit.

Thursday 16 – 17 June

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (Luxembourg)

16 June – Employment and Social Policy: The Council will hold a policy debate on the 2016 European Semester, approving the employment and social aspects of the country specific recommendations (CSRs); take note of the following progress reports: accessibility directive for products and services, posting of workers directive and of  information from the Commission on the state of play concerning theyellow card procedure, revised directive protecting workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work, and the equal treatment directive; the Commission will inform the ministers on the new skills package; adopt conclusions on: combating poverty and social exclusion, strong social dialogue, strategic engagement for gender equality, and Commission’s list of actions to advance LGBTI equality.

17 June – Health: The Council is expected to adopt three sets of conclusions on: food products improvement; a one health approach to combat antimicrobial resistance; strengthening the balance in the EU pharmaceutical system. The presidency will inform ministers about the agreement reached with the European Parliament on new EU rules for medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices.

Friday 17 June

Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Luxembourg)
The Council will be called upon to agree on a proposal for an anti tax avoidance directive; take note of progress achieved on the proposal for the European deposit insurance scheme and on further risk-sharing and risk-reducing measures needed to further strengthen the EU’s banking union, and adopt Council conclusions, which include a ‘roadmap’ for the implementation of these measures; review the state of play regarding a proposal for a directive introducing a financial transaction tax (FTT);  approve draft recommendations to 27 EU member states on their economic policies presented in the national reform programmes for the European Semester; discuss possible broader uses of the reverse charge mechanism; and adopt its negotiating position on new prospectus rules.

An overview of planned Council meetings can be found here

 

European Commission and High Representative

Monday 13 June

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Victor Ciorbea, Ombudsman of Romania; Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank.

Federica Mogherini in Vienna, Austria: participates in the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CBTO) Ministerial Meeting.

Tuesday 14 June

Conference on the blue economy of the Black Sea
Cooperation in maritime affairs and the potential of the blue economy in the Black Sea have gained visibility and attention in the recent years. Government representatives and private stakeholders operating marine and maritime business endeavours, and coming from all coastal countries met in Bucharest (2014) and Sofia (2015) to identify areas of economic potential and mutual interest, and discuss avenues for cooperation. Building on the success of these two previous stakeholder conferences, the European Commission, in cooperation with Ukraine, will stage a forum for blue growth in Odessa, which will focus on the added value of the blue economy in the Black Sea region and bring together successful entrepreneurs and policy makers.

Launch of EU High Level Group on combating racism and xenophobia
The High Level Group will bring together representatives of Member States, civil society organisations, and community organisations, as well as relevant EU agencies and international organisations active in this area. The objective of the group is to foster the exchange and dissemination of best practices between national authorities, and to encourage concrete discussions on how to fill existing gaps, and better prevent and combat hate crime and hate speech. Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, and Soraya Post (MEP), Co-President of the European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI), will launch the High Level Group. Find more

President Jean-Claude Juncker, Kristalina Georgieva, Jyrki Katainen, Neven Mimica, Miguel Arias Cañete, Dimitris Avramopoulos and Christos Stylianides meet with Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, in Brussels.

Kristalina Georgieva meets with Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, and co-chairs the first high-level comprehensive strategic dialogue between the European Commission and the World Bank together with Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group. Neven Mimica takes part in the meeting.

Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 June

European Sustainable Energy Week Conference
The EU sustainable energy week (EUSEW) brings together a wide range of stakeholders to share best practices and inspire ideas on secure, clean and efficient energy. Its policy conference is the most important European conference dedicated to sustainable energy policy issues. Sessions organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders will debate new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas, while networking events will forge alliances. Awards for outstanding projects will begin the week. Public authorities, energy agencies, industry associations, businesses, civil society organisations and the media are all invited to take part in the conference. Past speakers and participants have come from city councils and the European institutions, private companies and research organisations, citizen groups and NGOs.

Wednesday 15 June

Meeting of the College Commissioners

Christos Stylianides and Vĕra Jourová receive Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women.

Wednesday 15 – Thursday 16 June

European Development Days 2016
The European development days (EDD) are Europe’s leading forum on development and international cooperation. Organised by the European Commission, the forum brings the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. For its 10th anniversary, EDD 2016 will focus on the ‘2030 Agenda for sustainable development’, making it one of the very first major conferences dedicated to the issue. It will focus on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, which provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to eradicate poverty once and for all and shift our planet onto a sustainable, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous path.

Thursday 16 June

EU Resilience Forum
The EU Resilience Forum 2016 will bring together representatives from donor organisations, civil society groups, think tanks and partner countries, to discuss how to reduce vulnerabilities in risk prone environments and to help local populations withstand and recover from disasters.
EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, and EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, will host the event.

President Jean-Claude Juncker in St. Petersburg, Russia: meets with Vladimir Putin, President of Russia and gives a speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2016. Kristalina Georgieva participates in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2016 too.

Thursday 16 – Friday 17 June

7th European evaluation conference “The result orientation: Cohesion Policy at work”
Cohesion Policy is the EU’s main investment policy, it targets all regions and many cities in the European Union in order to support job creation, business competitiveness, economic growth, sustainable development, and improve citizens’ quality of life. The European Commission’s 2016 evaluation conference brings together managing authorities, evaluation experts, the academia, and stakeholders from across Europe for discussing two key questions: What has EU Cohesion Policy achieved in the last programming period? What are the challenges to the effectiveness of the interventions in the programming period 2014-2020?

Friday 17 June

Single Market for products: Fresh ideas to unleash the full potential
The European Commission is organising a conference aiming to gather collective intelligence from participants on how mutual recognition in the Single Market for products can be improved and on how the number of non-compliant products in the Single Market can be reduced. In the morning, there will be short presentations of the problems that businesses and authorities are currently facing in these areas, followed by a brainstorming on potential solutions. In the afternoon, there will be thematic workshops on specific topics, led by moderators who will collect and present the results to all participants.

Federica Mogherini hosts the G5 Sahel ministerial meeting (Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania, Mali, Chad), in Brussels. Neven Mimica and Christos Stylianides also take part in the meeting.

A full list with meetings of Commissioners can be found here. An overview of events and activities can be found here.

 

European Economic and Social Committee

Tuesday 14 June

Study Group on Nuclear Illustrative Programme

Wednesday 15 June

Study Group on the Role and effect of joint technology initiatives (JTIs) and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in implementing Horizon 2020 for sustainable industrial change

Study Group on the Circular Economy – fertilisers

Thursday 16 June

EU-Georgia civil society platform
This will be the first and inaugural meeting of the EU-Georgia Civil Society Platform (CSP). The CSP complements the political bodies existing within the framework of the EU-Georgia association agreement, and it allows civil society organisations from both sides to monitor the implementation process and prepare recommendations to the relevant authorities both in Georgia as well as in the European Union. The CSP is made up of European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) members and representatives from large European civil society networks, on the one side, and representatives from Georgian civil society organisations, on the other side.

Thursday 16 – Friday 17 June

Driving Innovation and Industry in Europe
The Employers’ Group believes that a paradigm shift in the form of the digital transformation is sweeping across Europe and that it will affect industry, business and citizens alike. The EESC Employers’ Group, in close cooperation with the Cambridge Network, has agreed to hold a seminar in Cambridge to exchange views on Innovation and Industry, and on the merits of business, industry and academia working together in Europe to prepare for the new post-industrial society. Cambridge was chosen as the venue for this event because of the overwhelming presence of high standard research and education; Cambridge is thus a real European – even global centre of excellence.
We see the format of the meeting as a questions-with-extended-answers, interactive discussion between a select number of panelists and the audience, made up of Employers’ Group Members and Members of the Cambridge Network.

EU Domestic Advisory Group under the Central America Association Agreement – joint meeting in Honduras

More information about EESC events can be found here.
The agendas of the different EESC meetings can be found here.

 

Committee of the Regions

Tuesday 14 June

Forum of the CoR Covenant Ambassadors 
During this Forum, the CoR will launch of a new support network ‘Covenant Ambassadors’ as a political endorsement of local action to underline the importance of local and regional authorities in implementing the objectives of the Energy Union and the commitments taken at the Paris COP. The subsequent policy session on Energy Union and the territorial aspects of emissions reductions in the energy sector with a fresh Euro-Mediterranean outlook will highlight best practice and policy recommendations of local and regional authorities. The second part will focus on the ‘Covenant Ambassadors’ and will outline their objectives and future activities, showcase best practices and policy recommendations of this group’s members and present tools available to these climate and energy ambassadors for their promotional work.

Wednesday 15 June

Plenary Session
Debate on Steel – Preserving sustainable jobs and growth in Europe, with Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Paul Magnette, Minister-President of the Walloon Region, and Edouard Martin MEP, Rapporteur on developing a sustainable European industry of base metals, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.
Opinion on the Mid-term revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework, with intervention by Jan Olbrycht MEP; Debate with Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner in charge of Health and Food Safety; Opinion on Food Waste; Legislative proposals amending waste directives; Resolution on the Contribution of the European Committee of the Regions to the European Commission’s 2017 Work Programme; Report on the impact of CoR opinions.

Thursday 16 June

Plenary Session
Opinion on the EU Enlargement Strategy 2015-2016 ; Opinion on Combatting Radicalisation and Violent Extremism: Prevention mechanisms at local and regional level, with an intervention by Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, European Council; Debate on the Current and future challenges for European regions and cities with Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD; opinion on The EU response to the demographic challenge; Resolution on the situation of Europe Direct Information Centres (EDIC).

More information about Committee of the Regions events can be found here
The agendas of the different Committee of the Regions meetings can be found here.

 

Dutch Presidency

Tuesday 14 June

eYou in the EU
An European event welcoming experts and policy and decision makers from all over Europe to gain insight into the current digital market and its developments: which innovations are expected, what are business cases and how about privacy? Worldwide experts, innovators and key players in the world of Digital Identity will address topics including (but not limited to): Rethinking digital services: disruptive innovations; Current developments of eID solutions in Europe – best practices in Europe; Standards and building blocks: opportunities and necessities; E-Identity and trust services: rolling out eIDAS and accelerating private sector take-up; Privacy in a digital world: guiding the future; Identification and migration in the digital world; Can trust (services) be regulated?; Regulatory fitness; Smart cities – smart and connected citizens.

Wednesday 15 June

European Anti-Doping Conference
How does the new EU legislation on data protection affect athletes? What are the best ways to combat doping and how can public information play a role? The aim of the conference is to exchange ideas on the new EU data protection legislation and how it can impact anti-doping policy and athletes’ rights in the various countries of the EU. Delegates will also consider the importance of improving public information and awareness of the consequences of doping.

Thursday 16 June

Science for Circular Economy Conference
The one-day ‘Science for Circular Economy’ conference will address the role of scientific research, facilitating policy and industrial innovation in the transition to a circular economy and the development of objectives for the short, medium and long term, in line with the EU’s climate and energy targets.The event’s themes tie in with the priorities of the Netherlands Presidency on promoting the transition to a circular economy and a carbon-neutral energy supply, encouraging public-private partnerships and focusing on innovation. The transition to a circular economy is a strategic and multidisciplinary theme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Thursday 16 – Friday 17 June

European Public Administration Network EUPAN
The informal European Public Administration Network (EUPAN) is made up of senior civil servants from the member states with responsibility for the role of national governments and the European institutions as employers and organisations. On 16 and 17 June round-table talks will be held on various topical issues in this policy area, and common themes and actions for the future will be adopted. The following subjects will be on the agenda: modernisation of government, future-oriented HR policy, senior managers in central government and more European exchanges of civil servants.

The agenda of the Dutch Presidency can be found here.

 

European Ombudsman

Monday 13 – Tuesday 14 June

Refugees, rule of law, lobbying transparency: is Europe rising to the challenges?
The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, is pleased to invite you to a high-level debate on the key issues facing EU and national administrations. The event brings together for the first time national and regional ombudsmen from all over Europe, as well as MEPs, EU officials, organisations and other interested participants. It will examine Europe’s response to the refugee crisis and to challenges to the rule of law, as well as lobbying transparency within the EU institutions and the Member States.

The EU Ombudsman calendar of activities can be found here. 

 

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Tuesday 14 June

EU justice and home affairs agencies meet to coordinate training needs
FRA has invited training coordinators from EU Justice and Home Affairs agencies to strengthen coordination and cooperation of these agencies in relation to training. It will seek to explore how can agencies coordinate their responses to meet the emerging training needs in relation to the current migration movements. Representatives from the EU Border agency (Frontex), the European External Action Service, the European Agency for managing large-scale justice and home affairs IT systems (eu-LISA), the European Police College (CEPOL), the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) and the EU’s Judicial Cooperation Unit (Eurojust) will discuss joint training responses. The European Judicial Training Network is also invited to provide input and to jointly assess areas of possible cooperation with the agencies.

Thursday 16 June

Raising awareness of the rights of older people
To mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, AGE Platform Europe and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI), will host a joint event to raise awareness of elder abuse in Europe. The conference will focus on taking a rights-based approach to addressing elder abuse. It will especially look at equal access to services as people reach old age and the impact of ageism and age-based discrimination on older people’s access to health and long-term care.

Information on upcoming FRA events can be found here. 

 

Council of Europe

Monday 13 – Tuesday 14 June

Estonian Chairmanship: High level Seminar ‘Protection and promotion of human rights in culturally diverse societies’
The seminar, organised in the framework of the Estonian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, will gather together government officials, experts and academics who will review the challenges faced by culturally diverse societies in Europe, mechanisms for protection and promotion of human rights from an intercultural perspective and good practices for integration of diverse societies. Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will open the event together with Ambassador Katrin Kivi, Permanent Representative of Estonia, Chair of the Ministers’ Deputies.

Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 June

Lanzarote Committee
The 15th meeting of the Committee of the Parties to the Convention on the Protection of children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Committee) will bring together representatives of the 41 countries that ratified the Convention, as well as representatives of other international institutions and organisations. Protecting children affected by the refugee crisis from sexual abuse and exploitation, as well as protecting children against sexual violence online, and sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism, are on the agenda. The issue of web addresses explicitly advertising or promoting criminal offences against children will also be discussed, in view of the possible adoption of a declaration condemning this practice.

Wednesday 15 June

Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks: Press Conference to present report on Poland, in Warsaw.

Congress: Current Affairs Committee
The Current Affairs Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities is due to adopt the draft report, resolution and recommendation on the situation of Roma and travellers in the context of rising racism and xenophobia as well as on the follow-up to the congress strategy to combat radicalisation at grassroots level. The Committee will analyse as well several reports under preparation and on-going projects.

Friday 17 June 

International conference on “Convention 108: from a European reality to a global treaty”
A conference will bring together representatives of governments, privacy NGO´s, academics and experts from all over the world to discuss the benefits and commitments of the Data Protection Convention, the challenges it faces, and the role it can play to create common rules to protect personal data at global level. The convention – the only existing international treaty in its field- has been already ratified by 48 states and accession to it by Mauritius, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia is pending. Speakers include Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy Joseph Cannataci, European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli, and Chair of the convention´s committee Jean-Philippe Walter. Prior to the conference – on 15 and 16 June – an intergovernmental committee will meet to finalise the modernisation of the convention, which will be submitted for approval by the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers later this year.

Find an overview of Council of Europe events here.

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