Weekly European Agenda 18-24 April

Day-by-day

Monday 18 April

  • EP: AFET, EMPL, ENVI, REGI, PECH, FEMM, TAXE2, PETI, CULT
  • Foreign Affairs Council
  • Informal ESPCO Council
  • EC: The Atlantic strategy in action
  • EC: Mogherini chairs the EU-Tunisia Association Council
  • EC: Mimica at the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development
  • EESC: Labour Market Observatory; Europe 2020 Steering Committee
  • EESC: CARIFORUM – EU Consultative Committee
  • Presidency: Consumer and Competition day
  • FRA: Seminar on EU law and UN disability convention
  • PACE: Second Part Session of 2016

Tuesday 19 April

  • EP: AFET, ECON, EMPL, ENVI, REGI, PECH, CULT, FEMM, PETI, EMIS
  • Foreign Affairs Council on Defence
  • Informal ESPCO Council
  • EC: 2016 Road transport conference
  • EC: Juncker visits Council of Europe
  • EC: Hogan in Beijing, China
  • EC: European Culture Forum
  • EESC: Section for External Relations
  • EESC: Study Groups and Public Hearing on Financial Services
  • CoR: CIVEX meeting
  • CoR: Conference ‘For a rural agenda in the programming period post 2020’
  • Presidency: Informal Council Working Group on Public Health
  • ECHR: 8 judgments
  • CoE: Venice Commission visit to Turkey; Pompidou Group
  • PACE: Second Part Session of 2016

Wednesday 20 April

  • EP: DROI, SEDE, DEVE, INTA, CONT, ITRE, IMCO, JURI, LIBE, AFCO, JURI, ECON, TAXE
  • Informal ESPCO Council
  • EC: Meeting of the College of Commissioners
  • EC: Mogherini and Malmström receive the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway
  • EC: Hogan and Bieńkowska in Japan
  • EC: Net Futures 2016: Driving growth in the #DigitalSingleMarket
  • EESC: European Citizens’ Initiative Day ‘Forging Change’
  • EESC: Sustainable Development Observatory; Study Groups
  • CoR: European groupings of territorial cooperation Platform meeting
  • CoR: SEDEC meeting
  • Presidency: High level meeting Telecom
  • Presidency: Informal Meeting of the Directors of Rural Development
  • ECHR: Grand Chamber Hearing
  • PACE: Second Part Session of 2016

Thursday 21 April

  • EP: SEDE, DEVE, INTA, CONT, ITRE, IMCO, AGRI, JURI, LIBE, AFET
  • Justice and Home Affairs Council
  • EC: Commissioners receive the President of the Republic of Indonesia
  • EC: Commissioners receive President and Trade Minister of Mozambique
  • EC: Dombrovskis at the Governing Council of the European Central Bank
  • EESC: 2016 Digital Day; Public Hearing on the EU Aviation Strategy
  • EESC: Group III meeting ‘From agricultural to food policy’
  • CoR: Seminar on Better Regulation for SMEs
  • Presidency: EU Capitals Mayors’ Meeting
  • FRA: International roundtable on countering xenophobia against migrants
  • CoE: Conference Strengthening judicial independence and impartiality
  • ECHR: 20 judgments
  • PACE: Second Part Session of 2016

Friday 22 April

  • Eurogroup
  • Informal Economic and Financial Affairs Council
  • EC: Šefčovič and Arias Cañete in New York for Signing Ceremony of the COP21
  • CoE: Election Observation Mission in Serbia
  • PACE: Second Part Session of 2016

Sunday 24 April

  • Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day
  • Austrian Presidential Elections
  • Serbian Parliamentary Elections
  • EC: Arias Cañete at the Majors Economy Forum
  • EC: Hogan at the G7 Niigata Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting

 

European Union

European Parliament

Monday 18 April

Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
Exchange of views with Fathallah Sijilmassi, Secretary General of the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean; Joint debates on three Protocols to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement between the EC and Lebanon; Joint debates and votes on the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, and the Republic of the Philippines; Recommendation on the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly; Establishing an EU common list of safe countries of origin for the purposes of common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection; Exchange of views on the EU Wide Strategic Framework on Security Sector Reform with Joëlle Jenny, EEAS Director for Security Policy and Conflict Prevention.

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)
Guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States; Amendment to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 2015/2195 of 9 July 2015 on supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1304/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Social Fund, regarding the definition of standard scales of unit costs and lump sums for reimbursement of expenditure by the Commission to Member States; The activities, impact and added value of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund between 2007 and 2014.

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
Exchange of views with Mr Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries as part of the structured dialogue; Report back on ongoing interinstitutional negotiations; Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on food and food ingredients treated with ionising radiation for the year 2014; Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 of 14 June 2006 on shipments of waste: Generation, treatment and transboundary shipment of hazardous waste and other waste in the Member States of the European Union, 2010-2012.

Committee on Regional Development (REGI)
Access to Finance for SMEs and increasing the diversity of SME funding in a Capital Markets Union; Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal; Exchange of views with Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Euro and Social Dialogue on the Commission proposal for a «Structural Reform Support Programme».

Committee on Fisheries (PECH)
Sustainable management of external fishing fleets; The role of fisheries-related tourism in the diversification of fisheries; Report on the visit by the Committee on Fisheries to Galicia from 29 to 31 March 2016; Presentation by the Commission on delegated and implementing acts; Exchange of views with a representative of the Commission on the setting up of a high-level group on simplification of the structural funds; How to make fisheries controls in Europe uniform.

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
The fight against trafficking in human beings in the EU’s external relations; Implementation of the Directive 2011/36/EU of 5 April 2011 on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims from a gender perspective; Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal.

Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect (TAXE 2)
Exchange of views with EU National Parliaments: The Anti-Tax Avoidance Package and other EU and international developments: scrutiny and democratic control by National Parliaments.

Committee on Petitions (PETI)
Petitions for discussion in committee on the basis of the Commission’s written reply or other documents received: Consumer’s right, Environment.

EMPL and CULT
Exchange of views with Marianne Thyssen (Commissioner) and Tibor Navracsics (Commissioner) on New Skills Agenda.

Tuesday 19 April

Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
Votes on Space capabilities for European security and defence, and Peace Support Operations – EU engagement with the UN and the African Union; Peace Support Operations – EU engagement with the UN and the African Union; Reinforcement of checks against relevant databases at external borders;  Debriefing on the EU-India Summit in Brussels on 30 March 2016 by Gunnar Wiegand, EEAS Managing Director Asia and Pacific; public hearing EU strategic communication to counteract propaganda against it by third parties; Presentation of the outcomes of the AFET-commissioned study «EU policies in Tunisia before and after the revolution»; The EU relations with Tunisia in the current regional context.

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Public Hearing: Empowering the national competition authorities to be more effective enforcers of the EU competition rules; Commission Delegated Regulation correcting Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/63 supplementing Directive 2014/59/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to ex ante contributions to resolution financing arrangements; Virtual currencies; International Accounting Standards (IAS) Evaluation and on Activities of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation, European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) and the Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB); Monitoring the application of Union law. 2014 Annual Report; European Deposit Insurance Scheme.

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)
Implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Korea; Application of the Council Directive 2000/78/EC of 27 November 2000 establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation («Employment Equality Directive»); Budgetary Control of financing NGOs from the EU Budget; Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal; Mainstreaming Employment and Social Indicators into Macroeconomic Surveillance; vote on The Single Market Strategy; Committee of Regions Opinion on «The integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market»; How best to harness the job creation potential of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)?; Refugees: Social inclusion and integration into the labour market.

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
Vote on An EU strategy for the Alpine region; Exchange of views with Mr Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, as part of structured dialogue;  Coordinators’ meeting with the European Parliament representatives in the ECDC Management Board; Exchange of views with the European Commission on the outcome of the cumulative costs assessment in the area of chemical industry (REFIT); Presentation of the Policy Department Study on Wildlife Crime by Ms Christiane Gerstetter and Mr Stephan Sina, Ecologic Institute.

Committee on Regional Development (REGI)
Votes on: Cohesion Policy and Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3), Implementation of the thematic objective «enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs» (Article 9(3)) of the Common Provisions Regulation, The activities, impact and added value of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund between 2007 and 2014, Improving the connection and accessibility of the transport infrastructure in Central and Eastern Europe, Renewable energy progress report, Acceleration of implementation of Cohesion policy; An EU strategy for the Alpine region; Exchange of views with Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary-General, EUROCITIES.

Committee on Fisheries (PECH)
Exchange of views with Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries; votes on Establishing a long-term plan for cod stocks and the fisheries exploiting those stocks, Multiannual plan for the stocks of cod, herring and sprat in the Baltic Sea and the fisheries exploiting those stocks, Multiannual recovery plan for Bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Union framework for the collection, management and use of data in the fisheries sector and support for scientific advice regarding the Common Fisheries Policy (recast), Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Republic of Liberia and the Implementation Protocol thereto, Fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania for a period of four years, European Border and Coast Guard; Conservation of fishery resources and the protection of marine ecosystems through technical measures; Public hearing on ‘Mediterranean: state of fish stocks and strategies to adopt to preserve them, and the socio-economic situation of the fisheries sector’.

Committee on Culture and Education (CULT)
Votes: Follow-up of the Strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET2020), Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with special regard to the Concluding Observations of the UN CRPD Committee; Assessment of the EU Youth Strategy 2013-2015; Access to Finance for SMEs and increasing the diversity of SME funding in a Capital Markets Union.

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
Votes on: Implementation of the Directive 2011/36/EU of 5 April 2011 on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims from a gender perspective, Poverty: a gender perspective, The fight against trafficking in human beings in the EU’s external relations, Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with special regard to the Concluding Observations of the UN CRPD Committee, Workers representation on board level in Europe, The activities, impact and added value of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund between 2007 and 2014; Presentation and debriefing by the Dutch presidency on the latest EPSCO council meeting; Visit of Vera JOUROVÁ, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality; 2017 Budget – Mandate for the Trilogue.

Committee on Petitions (PETI)
Votes on Opinion on Cross-Border recognition of adoptions, Opinion on the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2015/2258 (INI)), Opinion on Monitoring the application of Union Law-2014 Annual report, Fact-finding visit to UK (5-6.11.2015); Structured Dialogue with the Commission: Statement by 1st Vice-President Frans Timmermans; Petitions for discussion: External relations – fundamental rights, Environment – Waste, Internal market – Free movement, Consumer’s right – Animals, Agriculture; Petitions which it is proposed to close in the light of the Commission’s written reply or other documents received.

Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS)
Hearing of Ms Delilah Al-Khudhairy, Director, Joint Research Center (JRC); Hearing of Mr Vicente Franco, researcher, International Council of Clean Transportation (ICCT).

Wednesday 20 April

Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI)
Human rights and migration in third countries; Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with special regard to the Concluding Observations of the UN CRPD Committee; Exchange of views with Taslima Nasreen and Salih Osman, Sakharov Laurates; Workshop on Human rights situation in North Korea; Hearing on Human rights defenders and land-grabbing issues in the context of European investments in third countries; Corporate liability for serious human rights abuses in third countries; The fight against trafficking in human beings in the EU’s external relations; Feedback from the DROI missions to Geneva (UN Human Rights Council) and to Cambodia.

Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE)
With the Council and Commission and EEAS: exchanges of views on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: impact on the stability in the South Caucasus and EU position, and Combating ISIL in the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood Countries.

Committee on Development (DEVE)
Establishing an EU common list of safe countries of origin for the purposes of common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection; Human rights and migration in third countries; Review of the European Consensus on Development; votes on: The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, Fight against corruption and follow up of the CRIM resolution, Establishing an EU common list of safe countries of origin for the purposes of common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection, Human rights and migration in third countries,  The EU 2015 Report on Policy Coherence for Development; Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal; «Maximising efficiency in development and humanitarian aid expenditure: the role and approach of the Court of Auditors» and «The Court of Auditors’ Special Report 14/2015 on the ACP Investment Facility»; Structured dialogue on the Commission work programme.

Committee on International Trade (INTA)
Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal; Implementation of the 2010 recommendations of Parliament on social and environmental standards, human rights and corporate responsibility; A new forward-looking and innovative future strategy on trade and investment; Exchange of views with Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade of Canada; Macro-financial assistance to Tunisia; Uniform technical prescriptions for wheeled vehicles, equipment and parts which can be fitted and/or used on wheeled vehicles; Exchange of views with Diego Aulestia Valencia, Minister of Foreign Trade of Ecuador.

Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)
Votes: The activities, impact and added value of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund between 2007 and 2014, Assessment of the EU Youth Strategy 2013-2015, Fight against corruption and follow up of the CRIM resolution; ECA Special Reports N°21/2015, N° 4/2016 and 10/2016; Hearing on the ‘Control of projects and implementation of EU funds in the area of infrastructure and transport – effectiveness and problems’.

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
Use of the 470-790 MHz frequency band in the Union; Measures to safeguard the security of gas supply; 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; Study on «Energy Union: Key Decisions for the Realisation of a Fully Integrated Energy Market», Presentation by Koen Rademaekers (Trinomics Consulting); Towards a New Energy Market Design; Implementation report on the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU); Renewable energy progress report.

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)
Virtual currencies; Control of the acquisition and possession of weapons; The Single Market Strategy; Report on the application of the Postal Services Directive; Prospectus to be published when securities are offered to the public or admitted to trading; Exchange of views with Günter H. Oettinger, Commissioner responsible for Digital Economy & Society; Contracts for the supply of digital content; Contracts for the online and other distance sales of goods.

Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI)
Presentation of study on the Cross-Border Acquisition of Property; Presentation of Added Value Study on EU intervention on the protection of vulnerable adults; Hearing on the Modernisation of EU Copyright rules; Joint debate on the Jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of matrimonial property regime and property consequences of registered partnerships; Workers representation on board level in Europe; Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with special regard to the Concluding Observations of the UN CRPD Committee; Request for the waiver of the parliamentary immunity of Bolesław G. Piecha; Request for the defence of the immunity of Mario Borghezio.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation and Training (Europol) and repeal of Decisions 2009/371/JHA and 2005/681/JHA; Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council State of play and the possible ways forward as regards the situation of non-reciprocity with certain third countries in the area of visa policy; Subjecting the new psychoactive substance 1-phenyl-2-(1-pyrrolidin-1-yl) pentan-1-one (α-pyrrolidinovalerophenone, α-PVP) to control measures; Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council: Towards a reform of the common European asylum system and enhancing legal avenues to Europe; Foreign Fighters: Eurojust’s Views on the Phenomenon and the Criminal Justice Response – Updated Report.

Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO)
Hearing on the Accession to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR): stocktaking after the ECJ’s opinion and way forward; Budgetary capacity for the Eurozone – consequences for the EU budget, complementarities and parliamentary control; Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal; votes on Transfer to the General Court of the EU of jurisdiction at first instance in disputes between the Union and its servants, Annual report 2014 on subsidiarity and proportionality; e-Democracy in the European Union: potential and challenges; Establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights.

LIBE and SEDE
Public Hearing «Securing the External Borders of the EU – a challenge for External and Internal Security”.

INTA and IMCO
Joint Public Hearing on TTIP: Public Procurement – challenges and opportunities for the EU and the US – ongoing action to combat criminal smuggling at the borders of the EU.

JURI, ECON and TAXE
Exchange of views with Commissioner Hill on country-by-country reporting

Thursday 21 April

Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE)
Nuclear Security Summit and related issues: Exchange of views with Jacek Bylica, Principal Adviser and Special Envoy for Non-proliferation and Disarmament, EEAS; Debriefing of the SEDE Mission to Noordwijk; Public hearing «Cyber Warfare: a real menace to EU security».

Committee on Development (DEVE)
Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with special regard to the Concluding Observations of the UN CRPD Committee;  Measuring Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Committee on International Trade (INTA)
Exchange of views with Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade, on Structured Dialogue European Parliament – European Commission; votes: Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control; Trade Agreement between the EU and its Member States, of the one part, and Colombia and Peru, of the other part, to take account of the accession of Croatia to the EU; The activities, impact and added value of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund between 2007 and 2014; Statistics relating to external trade with non-member countries as regards conferring of delegated and implementing powers upon the Commission for the adoption of certain measures; consideration of draft recommendation: Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products (ITA); Presentation of the pre-released Study on «The Impact of Financial Services in EU FTAs/AAs on Money Laundering, Tax Evasion and Elusion».

Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)
ECA Special Reports N°18/2015, N°24/2015, and N° 25/2015; Amending Regulation (EU, EURATOM) No 883/2013, as regards the secretariat of the Supervisory Committee of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
Structured Dialogue European Parliament – European Commission, Exchange of views with Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society; vote on: Delivering a New Deal for Energy Consumers; Exchange of view with ENISA: Cybersecurity as an economic opportunity for the EU; Presentation of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) report on «European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)», Exchange of views with Alex Brenninkmeijer, Member of the ECA; Liability, compensation and financial security for offshore oil and gas operations; Public Hearing on «The role of Energy Storage in the EU’s future energy system».

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)
Votes on: The Single Market Strategy, A new forward-looking and innovative future strategy on trade and investment, Unfair trading practices in the food supply chain, Virtual currencies, Non-Tariff Barriers in the Single Market; Approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles; Exchange of views with Andrus Ansip, Vice-President responsible for Digital Single Market; Public hearing: Defence procurement package; Presentation of the final study on «Cost of non-Schengen: the impact of border controls within Schengen on the Single Market».

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)
Votes on: Protective measures against pests of plants, and Enhancing innovation and economic development in future European farm management; Exchange of views on the recent AGRI mission to the Netherlands, 29-31 March 2016; Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal.

Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI)
Joint debate on the Ratification and accession by Member States on behalf of the Union to the Protocol of 2010 to the International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea; voting Transfer to the General Court of the EU of jurisdiction at first instance in disputes between the Union and its servants, Open, efficient and independent European Union administration, Promoting the free movement of citizens and businesses by simplifying the acceptance of certain public documents in the EU, Adoption of draft principles on immunity cases, Directive of the European parliament and of the Council on the Union legal framework for customs infringements and sanctions, ransfer to the General Court of the EU of jurisdiction at first instance in disputes between the Union and its servants; Hearing on the Legal and ethical aspects of robotics and artificial intelligence.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
European travel document for the return of illegally staying third-country nationals; Reinforcement of checks against relevant databases at external borders; Joint debate on the Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council Second Report on progress by Turkey in fulfilling the requirements of its visa liberalisation roadmap; Question for written answer to the Commission of 9 February 2016 by Gérard Deprez on umber of Member States that consider Turkey a safe third country; Control of the acquisition and possession of weapons; Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council Stronger and Smarter Information Systems for Borders and Security; Europol statement on 10.000 migrant children missing; The fight against trafficking in human beings in the EU’s external relations; Combating terrorism and replacing Council Framework Decision 2002/475/JHA on combating terrorism; Establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights; 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).

DEVE, AFET and Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
Illicit Financial Flows from Africa: Exchange of views with Thabo Mbeki, Chair of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows, former President of the Republic of South Africa

Find an overview of committees here.

 

Council of Ministers

Monday 18 April

Foreign Affairs Council (Luxembourg)
The Council will discuss the external dimension of migration, the EU’s regional strategy for Syria and Iraq and the Da’esh threat and response to foreign terrorist fighters and recent terrorist attacks in Europe, and address the EU’s relations with the Eastern partners and focus on the best ways to take forward the Eastern Partnership, ahead of a ministerial meeting in May 2016.

Monday 18 – Wednesday 20 April
Informal Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (Amsterdam)
On Monday, an informal meeting of Ministers of Health will take place.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Ministers on Social Policy and Employment will meet. The main focus of the meeting will be to ensure decent work, as all employees, including those working temporarily in another EU member state, are entitled to a fair wage. Other items on the agenda include labour mobility, the European Pillar of Social Rights and the platform for combating undeclared work.

Tuesday 19 April

Foreign Affairs Council on Defence (Luxembourg)
Ministers will discuss how to counter hybrid threats to increase the resilience of the EU and its partner countries on the basis of a joint framework recently presented by the Commission and the High Representative, Federica Mogherini, and cover capacity building in support of security and development and CSDP operations.

Thursday 21 April

Justice and Home Affairs Council
The Council will discuss security matters, following-up on the meeting of 24 March 2016 in the aftermath of the Brussels attacks and focusing on the use and interoperability of databases and the recent Commission proposals on the smart borders package.  Furthermore, Ministers will discuss the implementation of the March European Council conclusions and the EU-Turkey statement, exchange views on the Commission’s communication on the reform of the common European asylum system, and take note of progress on the proposal for a European border guard, on which the Council adopted its position on 6 April 2016.

Friday 22 April

Eurogroup
Financial and macroeconomic stability developments in the euro area, including monitoring of individual Member States; Annual ex-ante reporting on issuance plans; possibly: Macro-economic imbalances procedures, State of play of Greece, Fiscal Compact Review, Follow up to European Council, Follow up to G7 meeting.

Eurogroup in Banking Union composition
First hearing of the Single Supervisory Mechanism Chair in 2016, including the Annual Report; follow-up on supervisory opinions and national discretions.

Friday 22 – Saturday 23 April

Informal Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Amsterdam)
The Ecofin Council is made up of the finance ministers of all 28 EU member states. During the informal Ecofin Council in Amsterdam the ministers will debate complex issues without making any immediate decisions.

An overview of planned Council meetings can be found here. Information on informal meetings can be found here.

 

European Commission and High Representative

Monday 18 April

The Atlantic strategy in action
The Atlantic strategy and its action plan identify the main developmental areas for realising the growth potential of the blue economy in the Atlantic Member States. This one day event, organised by the European Commission, in cooperation with the Atlantic Strategy Group and the Committee of Regions, will focus on the state of play of the implementation of the Atlantic strategy and its action plan as well as available funding instruments, in particular ‘shared management’ funds. The support team for the Atlantic action plan will also be introduced during this day.

Federica Mogherini chairs the EU-Tunisia Association Council, in Luxembourg.

Neven Mimica in New York, the USA (until 22/04): attends The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development.

Tuesday 19 April

2016 Road transport conference
The conference will gather representatives from Member States, Members of the European Parliament and key stakeholders for a day of intensive discussions and workshops to discuss the planned road initiatives as announced in the 2016 Commission work programme. The conference will be opened by Ms Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport, together with Mr Michael Cramer, Chair of the Transport and Tourism committee of the European Parliament and the Dutch EU Presidency. Conclusions will be drawn by Mr Henrik Hololei, Director General of the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport.

Juncker visits Council of Europe
President Jean-Claude Juncker visits the Council of Europe in Strasbourg; meets Mr Thorbjørn Jagland,Secretary General of the Council of Europe, signs the “Livre d’Or” of the Council of Europe, addresses the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe meets Mr Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, Mr Pedro Agramunt, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and Mr Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.

Mr Phil Hogan in Beijing, China: holds a number of bilateral meetings, including with Mr Li Jiayang, Vice Minister of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China and President of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences; meets Mr Zhi Shuping, Minister of Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China; delivers speech at the China Agriculture University.

Tuesday 19 – Wednesday 20 April

European Culture Forum
The European culture forum is a biennial flagship event organised by the European Commission, aimed at raising the profile of European cultural cooperation, uniting the sector’s key players, taking stock the European agenda for culture’s implementation, and sparking debate on EU culture policy and initiatives. This year’s Forum will consist of two full days of debates, including larger plenary sessions focusing on the main aims of the European Agenda for Culture, as well as smaller, technical sessions on the work of the EU.

Wednesday 20 April

Meeting of the College of Commissioners

Federica Mogherini and Cecilia Malmström receive Mr Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway.

Phil Hogan and Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Tokyo, Japan (until 22/04). Phil Hogan meets Mr Choe Okuno, President of The Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (JA-Zenchu), and delivers a keynote speech at the event ‘Tastes of Europe – Restaurant Week’. Elżbieta Bieńkowska meets Keidanren Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara, with Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, Mr Sanae Takaichi and Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Mr Akihiro Ohta.

Wednesday 20 – Thursday 21 April

Net Futures 2016: Driving growth in the #DigitalSingleMarket
NET FUTURES wishes to maximize competitiveness of the European technology industry. The conference will gather over 1 000 attendees, to form an interconnected community involving companies, organisations and people in: Research & innovation, Market validation & Living Lab research, Business development, entrepreneurship & enterprise strategy, and Policy making.

Thursday 21 April

President Jean-Claude Juncker, Jyrki Katainen and Cecilia Malmström receive Mr Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia.

President Jean-Claude Juncker and Federica Mogherini receive Mr Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, President of Mozambique; Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Ernesto Max Elias Tonela, Minister of Industry and Trade of Mozambique.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Frankfurt, Germany: attends a meeting of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB).

Friday 22 April

Mr Maroš Šefčovič and Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in New York, the USA: participate in the Signing Ceremony of The Paris Climate Change Agreement, a high-level ceremony convened by Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 April

Miguel Arias Cañete in New York, the USA: participates in the Majors Economy Forum.

Phil Hogan in Niigata, Japan: participates at G7 Niigata Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting, including bilateral meetings with G7 countries.

A full list with meetings of Commissioners can be found here.

 

European Economic and Social Committee

Monday 18 April

Labour Market Observatory meeting

Europe 2020 Steering Committee meeting
Europe 2020 and the Sustainable Development agenda – state of play; Debate on the «Information note on the invitation of Civil Society Organisations to the EU 2020 Steering Committee meetings»; Orientation debate on «Information note on establishing a partnership among the EESC, National ECSs, similar Organisations and Civil Society Organisations in the framework of the European Semester in collaboration with European and National Parliaments»; Information regarding Europe 2020 related external meetings.

Monday 18 – Tuesday 19 April

2nd Meeting of the CARIFORUM-EU Consultative Committee
CARIFORUM – EU Economic Partnership Agreement: Update on Implementation; Follow-up of 5-year Review; Monitoring & Evaluation Mechanism; Debate: The Role of the JCC on Monitoring & Evaluation of the EPA; Financing EPA implementation: the 11th EDF Programme; Implementation of SDGs and their relevance to the EPA; The Post-Cotonou Framework and its impact on EPA; Participation in the seminar How To Implement the Monitoring of the Economic Partnership Agreements; Future Work Programme; Closing session  and Adoption of Joint Statement.

Tuesday 19 April

Section for External Relations (REX)
Adoption of the draft opinions Decent work in global supply chains, The new EU strategy on foreign and security policy, The external dimension of the EU’s energy policy, The future of the EU’s relation with ACP Group of countries and a successor to the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (Green Paper), Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy, The International procurement instrument (IPI).

Public Hearing “Financing Services of General Interests in the Aftermath of the Crisis: What Role for Financial Instruments?”
Is the EU regulatory framework fit for purpose as regards supporting the provision and operation of SGIs? What role can be played by the EFSI and ESIF – Europe’s biggest investment initiatives – in fostering investment in SGIs? What are the prospects for the use of new financing models in the most affected SGI sectors – such as healthcare and education? All these issues will be tackled at the occasion of the hearing.

Study Groups
Study Group on New measures for development-oriented governance and implementation
Study Group on The limits for companies’ transparency requirements
Study Group on Changing employment relations
Subcommittee on REFIT

Wednesday 20 April

European Citizens’ Initiative Day: Forging Change
Citizens, stakeholders and representatives of the European institutions will meet to discuss and find out more about the help available and what instruments are out there to maximise the impact and success of their initiatives and to learn about the other tools for participatory democracy in place at EU level. The ECI DAY 2016 will conclude with an open debate between ECI organisers, representatives of the institutions calling for change and participants, and will make clear recommendations on priority areas for the reviewed 211/2011 Regulation.

Sustainable Development Observatory
Debate on Collaborative Economy and Sustainable Development Agenda; Joint discussion with the Permanent Study Group (PSG) on Food Security on the Exploratory Opinion on More sustainable food systems and on sustainable development goals; Implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change; Debate on the Opinion NAT/678 – A European Sustainable Development Civil Society Forum – Rapporteur, Brenda King, Co-rapporteur, Roman Haken.

Study Groups
Permanent study group on Food security
Study Group on Sharing economy and self-regulation
Study Group on Regulation on mercury

Thursday 21 April

Public Hearing Delivering the EU Aviation Strategy – Getting stakeholders on board
The Aviation Strategy, presented by the European Commission in December, is supposed to shape the future of the sector in Europe and bring sector’s competitiveness back on track. In order to assess the strategy, the EESC is hosting this public hearing. It will bring together prominent leaders in the field of aviation, including Commissioner Violeta Bulc. The purpose of the event is to collect a wide range of experts’ and stakeholders’ views on the Aviation Strategy in order to enrich the EESC’s forthcoming opinion on this issue.

2016 Digital Day: Innovation in the digital era. Reinventing our economy.
The digital revolution is bringing about changes in modes of production and patterns of consumption, in how we understand the world, in how we govern, and even in how we live together in society.
The conference will involve the participation of civil society players with direct, hands-on experience. It will encourage debates and address issues across local, national and global contexts, and will be centred on the following topics: The digital economy at the heart of EU competitiveness: The role of public policies as a tool for fostering economic growth and new business models; The voice of civil society: Digitalisation transforms business models across industry and services; Boosting e-skills, facilitating job conversion and rethinking labour; and Looking ahead: New prospects for innovation from a regional perspective.

Group III extraordinary meeting ‘From agricultural to food policy – Towards healthy and sustainable production and consumption’
The EESC’s Various Interests Group will hold an extraordinary meeting at the Dutch Economic and Social Council (Sociaal-Economische Raad/SER) in The Hague, in order to continue focusing on the issue of a sustainable food policy and engage in dialogue with national institutional and civil society stakeholders, with a view to drawing up conclusions that will be submitted to the Presidency of the EU Council and to the other EU institutions.

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 19 April

Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs (CIVEX)
The CIVEX commission will discuss and adopt the opinion on EU Enlargement Strategy 2015-2016 the rapporteur for which is Anna Magyar (HU/EPP). They will also discuss and adopt the draft opinion Combatting Radicalisation and Violent Extremism: Prevention mechanisms at local and regional level. The rapporteur for this opinion is Bartolomeus Somers (BE/ALDE). Finally, the CIVEX members will hold an exchange of views on the Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy the rapporteur for which is Anne Quart(DE/PES). The meeting will provide the opportunity for a strategic debate on migration. The aim of the debate is to ensure a strategic focus of ongoing and future activities relating to the migration and integration policies.

Conference ‘For a rural agenda in the programming period post 2020’
The potential of rural areas, in all their diversity, is not being adequately realised in relation to the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy. It will not be enough to adapt policy: a radical change is needed. It is time for the European Commission to launch an in-depth debate with a view to ensuring a better underpinning of rural policy post 2020. This need is made explicit in the call for a White Paper on Rurality, which is an essential means of starting a real, broad-based debate on rurality, with a view to a rural agenda for inclusion in the post-2020 programming period. As part of this process, this conference is an important step towards taking more account of rural areas in future EU policies.

Wednesday 20 April

6th Annual Meeting of the EGTC Platform: The impact of the Schengen Crisis on Cross-border Cooperation
The 2016 annual meeting of the European groupings of territorial cooperation (EGTC) Platform will focus on the impact of the Schengen crisis in the cross-border cooperation. The closing of borders and the suspension of Schengen generates uncertainties and important costs to border cities and regions and to the structures of cooperation like the EGTCs. The participants will look at how the migratory crisis is affecting the EGTCs, what they are doing in this respect, and which is the impact of the Schengen crisis in the day-to-day work of EGTCs and Euroregions all over Europe.

Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC)
SEDEC members will discuss and vote a draft opinion which looks for an EU response to the demographic challenge facing Europe’s regions and cities; appoint rapporteurs for opinions on the European pillar of social rights and the revision of the Posting of Workers directive, as well as for several dossiers linked to the European Commission’s new legislative initiatives for Digital Single Market; and the study on «Linking the digital agenda to rural and sparsely populated areas to boost their growth potential» will be presented at the meeting, as well as another study focusing on labour mobility from local and regional authorities’ perspective will also be presented to the members.

Thursday 21 April

Seminar on Better Regulation for SMEs
This seminar will explore the topic of improving regulation for Small and Medium Enterpises (SMEs). It aims to provide participants with an overview of the main EU initiatives aimed at improving regulation, in particular in the framework of the REFIT Platform, create synergies between some of the main players in the field of Better Regulation and share information on working questions and methodologies, and identify potential future priority files in the area of improving regulation for SMEs. The seminar will pay particular attention to regulatory obstacles in the area of VAT.

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

Monday 18 April

Consumer and Competition Day: Fading borders, shifting roles?
The theme of this event is: “Fading borders, shifting roles? Innovation inspired policy and regulatory oversight in the digital economy”. Commissioners Vestager and Jourová will deliver keynote speeches. This interactive conference and networking event focuses on innovation-inspired policy from the perspective of competition and consumer protection. The themes of the event will be: online platforms: a competition and consumer perspective; impact of digitization on governance and market relations in the energy market; and developments regarding CPC and a competition-oversight perspective on online markets.

Tuesday 19 April

Informal Council Working Group on Public Health
Following the Informal Ministerial Meeting a Council Working Group of health attachés will meet to discuss matters of substance on an informal basis. After the meeting, delegates will have an opportunity to visit a Dutch healthcare institution or research institute to find out more about the Dutch healthcare system.

Wednesday 20 April

High level meeting Telecom: Connecting the Internal Market through Modern Regulation
Meeting of Directors-General from the member states and the European Commission on the modernisation of European telecommunications legislation. At this meeting, the Directors-General will debate these changes along three main topics: access regulation, spectrum management and sector specific rules for communication services.

Wednesday 20 – Friday 22 April

Informal Meeting of the Directors of Rural Development
The aim of the conference is to elaborate on how farmers can cooperate voluntary to gain goals for ecosystem services. Challenges preserving biodiversity and the environment on farmland cannot be tackled at a farm level, as the area of most farms in Europe is too small in comparison to the challenge. Furthermore, tackling the problem by top-down steering of the government has also proven to be ineffective. The aim of the conference is to explore – and learn – whether it’s possible to develop country specific voluntary regional approaches for AECM-measures, all over Europe.

Thursday 21 April

EU Capitals Mayors’ Meeting
At the invitation of Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan, a meeting of mayors of European capitals will be held to discuss the increasing importance of cities in Europe, in terms of both economic growth and solutions to complex contemporary problems. Topics at the EU Capitals Mayors’ Meeting will include innovative solutions for affordable housing, clean and accessible urban transport, and the fight against radicalisation. It is expected that the Mayors will show support for the EU Urban Agenda during this meeting.

The agenda of the Dutch Presidency can be found here.

 

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Monday 18 April

FRA at Seminar on EU law and the UN disability convention
FRA will first speak on non-judicial mechanisms for accessing justice, before hosting a parallel session on FRA’s research on the right to political participation for people with disabilities. The EU-funded seminar has been organised with the support of the European Consortium of Foundations on Human Rights and Disability, and the European Disability Forum.

Thursday 21 April

FRA at International roundtable focuses on promoting tolerance and countering xenophobia against migrants
The international roundtable organised by Office of the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights will explore what would be needed for a campaign to change the public narrative on migration to promote tolerance and counter xenophobia towards migrants. FRA will present the findings of its December 2015 Workshop for Communication Strategies and engage in discussions on the way migration is being framed in public. The roundtable will bring together media professionals, social media experts, representatives from the creative arts, non-governmental organisations, UN agencies and other relevant agencies.

Information on upcoming FRA events can be found here

 

Council of Europe

Tuesday 19 April

ECHR Judgments
The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing eight judgments concerning Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia and Serbia.

Tuesday 19 – Wednesday 20 April

Venice Commission visit to Turkey on the forthcoming opinion on the «Internet Law»
In the framework of the preparation of an opinion on the regulation of publications on the internet and combating crimes committed by means of such publication, a delegation of the Venice Commission will visit Turkey and meet with the representatives of the following Turkish authorities: the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, the Telecommunication Communication Presidency, the Union of Access Providers, the Court of Cassation, the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, the Ministry of Justice, the Prosecutor’s Office, Peace Courts’ Judges and the Constitutional Court.

Tuesday 19 – Thursday 21 April

Pompidou Group at UNGA Special Session on Drugs
The Council of Europe’s drug policy experts, the Pompidou Group, will participate in the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS 2016), where it will promote European policies and standards, in events prepared in co-operation with member States and other international organisations. Many topics will be covered by the Pompidou Group including human rights and drug policies, drug treatment of young people, the gender dimension of non-medical use of prescription drugs, and the launch of a major global prevention initiative.

Wednesday 20 April

ECHR Grand Chamber Hearing
The European Court of Human Rights will hold a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Khamtokhu and Aksenchik v. Russia. The case concerns allegedly discriminatory age- and gender-related differences in life sentences.

Thursday 21 – Friday 22 April

High-level Conference on “Strengthening judicial independence and impartiality as a pre-condition for the rule of law”
The Council of Europe will present an action plan on strengthening judicial independence and impartiality at a conference organised in the context of the Bulgarian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The event will focus on three themes: the role of the judiciary in a democratic state and its relations with the executive and the judiciary; protecting the independence of individual judges and ensuring their impartiality; and securing public trust in the judicial process.

ECHR judgments
The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 20 judgments and/or decisions concerning Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Malta, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Sweden.

Friday 22 – Monday 25 April

Election Observation Mission in Serbia by PACE, Congress and Venice Commission
A delegation of the Venice Commission will provide legal advice to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe delegation observing the early parliamentary elections in Serbia scheduled on 24 April. The PACE delegation is to observe the opening, voting and counting processes of the early parliamentary elections. The team will meet with the representatives of political parties, NGOs and international community.
From Wednesday 20 to Monday 25 April, a delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will conduct an electoral assessment visit to Serbia. The delegation, headed by Karim Van Overmeire, will monitor the conduct of local elections throughout the country and provincial elections in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina.

Find an overview of Council of Europe events here and information on Venice Commission events here.

 

Parliamentary Assembly

Monday 18 April

Second part-session of 2016 (Strasbourg)
Request(s) for current affairs debate or debate under urgent procedure: The Savchenko case; The recent and tragic escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict; The tragic escalation of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh and the other occupied territories of Azerbaijan; The need to improve European co-operation in countering and dismantling terrorist networks in the aftermath of recent attacks in Europe; The situation of refugees and migrants under the EU-Turkey Agreement of 18 March 2016; The dysfunction of Belgium and the potential dangers for citizens of Council of Europe member States; War crimes committed by Azerbaijan during the recent aggression against Nagorno-Karabakh; The case of the ‘Panama Papers’ and the concern about fiscal, social justice and public trust in our democratic system.
Debates: Debate on the Progress report of the Bureau and the Standing Committee; Address by the Human Rights Commissioner on his Annual activity report 2015.

Tuesday 19 April

Second part-session of 2016 (Strasbourg)
Address by EC President Jean-Claude Juncker; Debate on Assessing the impact of measures to improve women’s political representation; Address by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu; Questions to Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe; Joint debate on Preventing the radicalisation of children by fighting the root causes and Towards a framework of competences for democratic citizenship; Debate on the Evaluation of the partnership for democracy in respect of the Palestinian National Council.

Wednesday 20 April

Second part-session of 2016 (Strasbourg)
Debate on the Renewed commitment in the fight against antisemitism in Europe; Address by Mr Heinz Fischer, President of Austria; Communication from the Committee of Ministers by Mr Daniel Mitov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers; Joint debate on A stronger European response to the Syrian refugee crisis and Human rights of refugees and migrants – the situation in the Western Balkans; Debate on Intellectual property rights in the digital era.

Thursday 21 April

Second part-session of 2016 (Strasbourg)
Debate under urgent procedure or current affairs debate; Address by Mr Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia; Debate on The humanitarian concerns with regard to people captured during the war in Ukraine; Debate on The handling of international public health emergencies.

Friday 22 April

Second part-session of 2016 (Strasbourg)
Debate on Forced migration: a new challenge; Debate on The case against a Council of Europe legal instrument on involuntary measures in psychiatry; Progress report (continued).

Find the Session page here

 

Elections / Days

Sunday 24 April

Austrian Presidential Elections
Serbian Parliamentary Elections
Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

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