Weekly European Agenda 18-24 July

Day-by-day

Monday 18 July

  • EP: Green Week
  • EP: LIBE in Malta
  • EP: EMIS at the ECJRC
  • EP: SEDE in Mali
  • Foreign Affairs Council
  • Agriculture and Fisheries Council
  • Informal Competitiveness Council in Bratislava
  • EC: Hahn in the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on Serbia
  • EC: Moscovici in Athens, Greece
  • EC: Mogherini co-chairs the EU-Gulf Cooperation Joint Council
  • EESC: Study Groups
  • Presidency: Conference «Education in and Through Sport»

Tuesday 19 July

  • EP: Green Week
  • EP: AGRI announcement on crisis milk sector
  • EP: AFCO in Warsaw, Poland
  • EP: INTA in UNCTAD 14
  • EC: Prime Minister of Ukraine received by Juncker, Mogherini, and Šefčovič
  • EC: Stylianides in Washington, D.C., USA
  • EC: Moscovici in Paris, France
  • EESC: Study Groups
  • ECHR: Notify in judgments

Wednesday 20 July

  • EP: Green Week
  • College of Commissioners
  • EC: Mimica participates in Global Covenant of Mayors
  • EC: Moedas receives Aragón Regional Minister of Rural and Sustainable Development
  • EESC: Study Groups
  • Presidency: Cooperation in Cyber Defence

Thursday 21 July

  • Belgian National Day
  • EP: Green Week
  • EC: Mogherini in Washington, D.C., USA
  • EC: Arias Cañete in Vienna, Austria
  • EC: Moedas in Lisbon, Portugal
  • ECHR: Notify in judgments

Friday 22 July

  • EP: Green Week
  • Economic and Financial Council on Budget
  • CoE: European Day of Victims of Hate Crime

Saturday 23 July

  • EC: Moscovici in Chengdu, China

Sunday 24 July

  • Informal General Affairs Council in Bratislava

 

European Union

European Parliament

Monday 18 – Tuesday 19 July

Committee on Civil Liberties (LIBE)
Civil Liberties Committee delegation will go to La Valetta (Malta) to see how the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) supports EU member states’ refugee crisis management work. EASO’s future tasks will also be debated in the light of the recent EU Commission proposal to enhance the agency’s mandate. Members will also meet Home Affairs and National Security Minister Carmelo Abela and hear from the Maltese Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers.

Inquiry Committee on Emission Measurements in the automotive sector (EMIS)
Members of the Inquiry Committee on Emission Measurements in the automotive sector (EMIS) will visit the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) facilities in Ispra, Italy. The JRC played a crucial role in developing on-road emission testing. MEPs will visit the laboratory, meet officials and researchers and attend a demonstration of tests using portable emission measurement systems.

Monday 18 – Thursday 21 July

Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE)
A Security and Defence Subcommittee delegation will go to Bamako, Mali, to meet the country’s leaders and to visit the EU CSDP missions helping to train the Malian armed forces and reform Mali’s internal security forces. MEPs will also visit the UN stabilisation force MINUSMA.

Tuesday 19 July

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)
Milk crisis: The Agriculture Committee will meet Commissioner Phil Hogan to discuss details of the new aid package for dairy farmers. Mr Hogan is expected to announce new support measures for the crisis-stricken dairy sector at the Agriculture Council’s meeting on Monday.

Tuesday 19 – Wednesday 20 July

Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) 
Meeting with national parliamentarians during committee mission to Warsaw

Tuesday 19 – Friday 22 July

Committee on Development and International Trade (INTA)
A joint delegation of the Development and International Trade committees will attend the 14th Ministerial meeting of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14) in Nairobi, Kenya. Heads of state or government and ministers will focus on delivering the post-2015 development agenda and decide on UNCTAD’s work programme for 2016-202

Find the full plenary agenda here. Find an overview of committees here. An overview of delegation meetings can be found here.

 

Council of Ministers

Monday 18 July

Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign Affairs ministers will start with a breakfast with US Secretary of State John Kerry. They will discuss notably EU-US relations and regional issues such as Syria and Libya. The Council will then start with a discussion on Latin America, including some country specific issues: future relations with Cuba, the peace process in Colombia, Argentina and the situation in Venezuela. This discussion will also serve to prepare the EU-CELAC foreign ministers meeting, which will take place in Dominican Republic on 25-26 October. Ministers will also focus on China. The discussion will be based on a joint communication by the High Representative and the European Commission on elements for a new EU strategy on China and on the outcome of the EU-China summit. The Council is expected to adopt conclusions. Ministers will discuss EU actions and priorities on migration. This follows the request from the European Council to mobilise all relevant instruments and sources of funding in support of the approach set in its June conclusions. The discussion will also serve to prepare the UN high-level plenary meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants, to take place in New York on 19 September. Over lunch, ministers will consider how to give effective follow up to the global strategy for the EU’s foreign and security policy. The High Representative presented this strategy to the European Council on 28 June.

Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Slovak presidency is going to present its work programme.  Later, the Council will discuss the latest developments in the main agricultural markets and a package ofpossible supportmeasures, as announced by the Commission at the June Council meeting.  Ministers will then be informed by the Commission about the review of greening after one year from its implementation and will have an exchange of views on proposed actions for a further simplification of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) in this field. Finally, the Commission will update the Council on international agricultural trade issues. Ministers will have the opportunity of an exchange of views on the ongoing negotiations.

Monday 18 – Tuesday 19 July

Informal Competitiveness Council (Bratislava)
The objective of the Informal Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Competitiveness is to discuss a common vision and identify a series of actions to encourage investments, create favourable conditions and accelerate the up-skilling of the EU workforce as a means to prepare the smart transformation of European businesses. These actions are intended to help to unlock unprecedented and still not-fully exploited business opportunities, and allow European companies to take a leading place in the modern digital economy. As the Competitiveness Council recognised in its conclusions of 26 May 2016, speed of action is of the essence to capture all the benefits of digitalisation as soon as possible. Europe has the opportunity to boost growth through smart transformation. To seize the opportunity Europe needs strong leadership, a bold vision, and the ambition to lead in the key industrial and technological domains, coupled with rapid implementation. Concrete, joint action plans are needed to address current and future challenges.

Friday 22 July

Economic and Financial Council on Budget

Sunday 24 – Monday 25 July

Informal General Affairs Council (Bratislava)
Working session with Candidate Countries; Working session on EU Enlargement-Format: Presidency, Candidate Countries, European Commission; Session I: Taking Forward the Strategic Agenda; Communicating Europe Better.

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 July

Mr Johannes Hahn participates in the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on Serbia, in Brussels.

Mr Pierre Moscovici in Athens, Greece: meets with Mr Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister; Mr Giorgos Stathakis, Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism; Mr Euclid Tsakalotos, Minister of Finance; Mr Giorgos Houliarakis, Alternate Minister of Finance and with Mr Giorgos Katrougalos, Minister of Labour and Social Security. He gives a joint press conference with Mr Euclid Tsakalotos, Minister of Finance. He also addresses the Standing Committee of Economic Affairs, the Standing Committee of Production and Trade and the Special Standing Committee of European Affairs of the Hellenic Parliament.

Ms Federica Mogherini co-chairs the EU-Gulf Cooperation Joint Council and Ministerial Meeting, in Brussels.

Tuesday 19 July

Mr Volodymyr Groysman, Prime Minister of Ukraine received by President Jean-Claude Juncker, Ms Federica Mogherini,  and Mr Maroš Šefčovič.

Mr Christos Stylianides in Washington, D.C., USA (until 21/07): takes part in the Pledging Conference in Support of Iraq.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Paris, France: participe à la conférence «Le Brexit, et après?» à l’ENA.

Wednesday 20 July

College of Commissioners 

Mr Neven Mimica takes part in the meeting of the Global Covenant of Mayors, in Brussels.

Mr Carlos Moedas receives Mr Joaquín Olona, Regional Minister of Rural and Sustainable Development of the Government of Aragón.

Thursday 21 July

Ms Federica Mogherini in Washington, D.C., USA (until 22/07): attends a meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL hosted by Mr John Kerry, US Secretary of State.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Vienna, Austria (until 22/07): participates in the Montreal Protocol meetings.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Lisbon, Portugal: participates in the closing session of the conference «Europa» organised by Diário de Notícias.

Saturday 23 July

Mr Pierre Moscovici in Chengdu, China (until 24/07): attends the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meetings.

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

 

European Economic and Social Committee

Monday 18 July

Study Group on Removing obstacles to sustainable aquaculture in Europe
Presentation of the preliminary draft opinion (NAT/688 – EESC-2016-03425-00-00-APA-TRA) drawn up by the rapporteur, Mr Gabriel Sarró Iparraguirre.

Study Group on EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling
Discussion of the Working Document on Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions – An EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling.

Tuesday 19 July

Section for External Relations Bureau Meeting 
Requests to the Budget Group and the Bureau; State of play of Domestic Advisory Groups within trade agreements; Possible referral on the European Commission’s Communication on a new Partnership Framework with third countries; Possible drafting of an evaluation report of the implementation of the EU-Korea free trade agreement.

Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption-Effectiveness of policies for SMEs
Discussion of the working document on the Effectiveness of policies for SMEs
Own-initiative.

Section for External Relations 
Debate on Transatlantic relations: Mr Jacek Krawczyk, President of the Transatlantic Relations Follow-up Committee, H.E. Mr Daniel J. Costello, Ambassador of Canada to the EU, Ms Katherine Kalutkiewicz, representative of the United States Mission to the EUm Mr Ignacio García Bercero; Adoption of the draft opinion on The position of the EESC on specific key issues of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations Director, DG Trade.

Study Group on Consumer and marketing law (fitness check)
Discussion on the methodology and the roadmap of the EESC information report on Consumer and marketing law (fitness check).

Study Group on Review of the Audio-Visual Media Services Directive
Discussion of the working document on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services in view of changing market realities.

Study Group on EU biodiversity policy
Presentation of the preliminary draft opinion on The Biodiversity policy of the EU (own initiative opinion).

Wednesday 20 July

Study Group on An EU strategy for liquefied natural gas and gas storage
Discussion of the preliminary draft opinion on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on an EU strategy for liquefied natural gas and gas storage.

Study Group on Security of natural gas supply
Discussion of the preliminary draft opinion on Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning measures to safeguard the security of gas supply and repealing Regulation (EU) No 994/2010.

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

 

Slovak Presidency

Monday 18 – Wednesday 20 July 

Conference «Education in and Through Sport»

Wednesday 20 – Thursday 21 July

Cooperation in Cyber Defence

The agenda of the Slovak Presidency can be found here.

 

Council of Europe

Tuesday 19 July

The European Court of Human Rights will notify judgments in writing.

Thursday 21 July

The European Court of Human Rights will notify judgments and decisions in writing.

Friday 22 July

European Day of Victims of Hate Crime
The Europe-wide Action Day in commemoration of victims of hate crime will be organised under the No Hate Speech Campaign on the day of the 5th anniversary of the Oslo attacks and the Utøya massacre that claimed 77 lives. The Action Day aims at raising public awareness of the hate crime and its causes, giving voice to victims and targets, and expressing solidarity with them. Numerous online and offline discussions and other events will be organised by the activists of the No Hate Speech Movement.

Find an overview of Council of Europe events here.

Find an overview of Council of Europe events here; the PACE diary here; the Congress calendar of events here; Information on forthcoming judgments here; the calendar of hearings here; information on Venice Commission events here; and the Chairmanship agenda here.

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