Weekly European Agenda 25 april – 1 May

Day-by-day

Monday 25 April

  • EP: BUDG, ECON, TRAN, AGRI, CULT, LIBE
  • EC: Jourová meets with the Belgian and Luxembourgish Ministers of Justice
  • EC: Malmström and  Oettinger at the Hannover Messe
  • EC: EU-Latin America dialogue on raw materials
  • EC: thirteenth round of TTIP negotiations
  • EESC: Public Hearing on The rights of live-in carers
  • EESC: Study Groups
  • Presidency: European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial Matters
  • CoE: Commissioner for Human Rights visits Croatia

Tuesday 26 April

  • EP: BUDG, ECON, EMPL, ENVI, TRAN, AGRI, CULT, CONT, FEMM
  • EC: Georgieva meets with UN Deputy Secretary-General Eliasson
  • EC: Arias Cañete in Romania
  • EESC: Bureau meeting
  • CoR: Stakeholder consultation on an EU roadmap for cycling
  • CoE: Committee of the Parties to the Istanbul Convention
  • CoE: Ad hoc Committee of Experts for Roma Issues

Wednesday 27 April

  • EP: Brussels Plenary
  • EC: College of Commissioners
  • EESC: Plenary Session
  • CoR: ENVE at European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns
  • Ombudsman: Improving transparency in tobacco lobbying

Thursday 28 April

  • EP: Brussels Plenary
  • EP: EMIS
  • EC: Conference on reforming the regulation of professions
  • EC: Jourová meets with ECJ President Lenaerts
  • EESC: Plenary Session
  • CoR: Stakeholder consultation on the Circular Economy
  • Presidency: Working Party Improving Reporting and Recording Hate Crime

Friday 29 April

  • EC: First Single Resolution Board Conference
  • CoR: Stakeholder consultation on the Aviation Strategy
  • CoR: Seminar on Bioeconomy Challenges for the EU Regions
  • Presidency: EUPAN Working Group
  • Presidency: Diplohack
  • FRA: meeting with the European Data Protection Supervisor

 

European Union

European Parliament

Monday 25 April

Committee on Budgets (BUDG)
Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal; Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (application from France – EGF/2015/010 FR/MoryGlobal); Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (application from Greece – EGF/2015/011 GR/Supermarket Larissa); vote on Building policy.

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections; Green Paper on Retail Financial Services; Mandatory automatic exchange of information in the field of taxation; Access to Finance for SMEs and increasing the diversity of SME funding in a Capital Markets Union.

Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN)
European Maritime Safety Agency; An EU strategy for the Alpine region; Feedback on trilogue – Market Pillar of the Forth Railway Package (in camera); Debriefing on TTE Council by Commissioner Bulc to Coordinators (in camera).

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)
Hearing on «European level playing field: Implementation of European legislation in the agricultural sector»; Exchange of views with the European Commission (DG AGRI) on delegated and implementing acts regarding the agricultural crises.

Committee on Culture and Education (CULT)
Cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market; Use of the 470-790 MHz frequency band in the Union; Exchange of views with Mr Jens Geier, the General Rapporteur on Budget 2017.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Follow-up to the extraordinary meeting of the EU Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs of Thursday 24 March 2016 after the terrorist attacks in Brussels on 22 March 2016 and to the JHA Council of 21 April 2016; Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council and the Council delivering on the European Agenda on Security to fight against terrorism and pave the way towards an effective and genuine Security Union; Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Peru on the short-stay visa waiver; Agreement between the EU and the People’s Republic of China on the short-stay visa waiver for holders of diplomatic passports; 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).

Tuesday 26 April

Committee on Budgets (BUDG)
How best to harness the job creation potential of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)?; Access to Finance for SMEs and increasing the diversity of SME funding in a Capital Markets Union; Implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy; votes: European Border and Coast Guard, The EU Trust Fund for Africa: the implications for development and humanitarian aid,  Control of the Register and composition of the Commission’s expert groups, 2016 Budget: Section III – Commission, 2016 Budget: Other Sections; Hearing on new financial instruments and the role of national promotional banks for the benefit of European SMEs.

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Scrutiny of delegated acts and implementing measures; Votes on: Mandatory automatic exchange of information in the field of taxation; 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.

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)
General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections; 2017 Budget – Mandate for the Trilogue; Report on the application of the Postal Services Directive; Refugees: Social inclusion and integration into the labour market; Workers representation on board level in Europe; Votes: Adoption of opinion(s) in letter form on EGF application(s), An EU strategy for the Alpine region; Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with special regard to the Concluding Observations of the UN CRPD Committee.

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
Exchange of views with Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis; Liability, compensation and financial security for offshore oil and gas operations; Implementation of health legislation; Report back on ongoing interinstitutional negotiations; Votes: Emission limits and type-approval for internal combustion engines for non-road mobile machinery, Renewable energy progress report, Implementation report on the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU), Energy efficiency labelling, Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal, 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 Commissioner Violeta Bulc on a possible ICAO Global Market-Based Measure (GMBM) to reduce CO2 emissions from aviation.

Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN)
Vote: 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 EASA Executive Director, Mr Patrick Ky, on the follow-up of the MH17 crash; Presentation by the Commission of Staff Working Document on Rail freight noise reduction; Tourism Task Force – Presentation of the Tourism for Growth and Jobs Manifesto – Exchange of views with stakeholders; Presentation of the study ‘Self-piloted cars. The future of the road transport?; Public Hearing on Road Transport in the era of new technologies.

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)
Votes: Technological solutions for sustainable agriculture in the EU, An EU strategy for the Alpine region, Renewable energy progress report; Exchange of views with Jens Geier (BUDG Rapporteur) on the Budgetary Procedure for 2017; 2017 Budget – Mandate for the Trilogue; A new forward-looking and innovative future strategy on trade and investment; Presentation of a study on «The role of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy in creating rural jobs»; How can the CAP improve job creation in rural areas?; Exchange of views with Cees Veerman, Chairman of the Agricultural Markets Task Force.

Committee on Culture and Education (CULT)
Votes on: Follow-up of the Strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET2020), Refugees: Social inclusion and integration into the labour market, Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal, Implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy; EU strategic communication to counteract propaganda against it by third parties.

BUDG and ECON
Exchange of views on a Budgetary capacity for the Eurozone – consequences for the EU budget, complementarities and parliamentary control.

Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)
Extraordinary meeting

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
Meeting with the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)

Wednesday 27 April

Political Group meetings

Brussels Plenary
European Investment Bank annual report 2014 (CONT); Joint Debate on the Discharge 2015 (53 reports); Attacks on hospitals and schools as violations of international humanitarian law (AFET, DEVE); Public access to documents for the years 2014-2015 (LIBE); Protecting the best interest of the child (across borders) in Europe Council (oral questions); Women domestic workers and carers in the EU (FEMM); Gender equality and empowering women in the digital age (FEMM).

Thursday 28 April

Brussels Plenary
Legal aspects, democratic control and implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement (Council and Commission statements); Joint debate on the Railway Package: EU Agency for Railways (TRAN),
Interoperability of the rail system within the European Union (TRAN), Railway safety (TRAN).
Votes followed by explanation of votes: Discharges 2014; EU-Georgia Common Aviation Area Agreement (accession of Croatia); EU-Israel Euro-Mediterranean Aviation Agreement (accession of Croatia); Convention on mutual assistance and cooperation between customs administrations (accession of Croatia); Safeguarding the best interest of the child across the EU on the basis of petitions addressed to the European Parliament; EU Agency for Railways; Interoperability of the rail system within the European Union; Railway safety; Indices used as benchmarks in financial instruments and financial contracts; European Investment Bank annual report 2014; Attacks on hospitals and schools as violations of international humanitarian law; Public access to documents for the years 2014-2015; Women domestic workers and carers in the EU; Gender equality and empowering women in the digital age.

Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS)
Hearing of Mr Dirk Bosteels, Executive Director, Association of Emission Control by Catalyst (AECC); Hearing of Mr Udo Lambrecht, Institut für Energie- und Umweltforschung Heidelberg (IFEU).

Find the full plenary agenda here. Find an overview of committees here.

 

European Commission and High Representative

Monday 25 April

Vĕra Jourová meets with Mr F. Braz, Minister of Justice of Luxembourg and Mr K. Geens, Minister of Justice of Belgium.

Commissioners Cecilia Malmström and Günther Oettinger at the Hannover Messe.

Monday 25 – Tuesday 26 April

EU-Latin America dialogue on raw materials: Enhancing the cooperation
The main objective of this event is to discuss an action plan to implement the regional co-operation between the EU and Latin American countries part of the regional dialogue (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay) on the mining sectors, based on mutual interests. It also aims to identify the different funding instruments. Main topics: technology, consulting services (including health and safety), good governance, trade, investment, infrastructure, research & innovation, training and skills.

Monday 25 – Friday 29 April

Thirteenth round of TTIP Negotiations
The  US-EU negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement will take place in New York from April 25 – 29.

Tuesday 26 April

Kristalina Georgieva receives Mr Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Miguel Arias Cañete in Bucharest, Romania: meets with Victor Vlad Grigorescu, Minister of Energy and Christiana Pasca Palmer, Minister of Environment, Waters and Forests.

Wednesday 27 April

Meeting of the College of Commissioners

Thursday 28 April

Conference on reforming the regulation of professions
This conference will focus on the work EU countries have done in the last two years to review their national regulation and on what they propose in terms of regulatory reform. Stakeholders, including national authorities and professional organisations, will discuss the mutual evaluation of regulated professions, its results and national action plans to address outdated or disproportionate regulation. Stakeholders will also have an opportunity to discuss the follow-up measures to improve access to professions announced by the European Commission in the Single Market Strategy last October. Finally, the event will be centered on the importance and economic impact of regulated professions in Europe. New case studies and the results of a recent EU-wide survey on occupational regulation will be presented for the first time.

Vĕra Jourová receives Mr K. Lenaerts, President of the Court of Justice of the European Union

Friday 29 April

First Single Resolution Board conference
The Single Resolution Board (SRB), the European resolution authority for the Banking Union, is organising its first conference. The event will combine keynote speeches, delivered by high-profile speakers from relevant European institutions within the Banking Union, US and UK institutions, and three high-level panels. Key resolution-related issues facing the banking industry, including resolution planning, resolution in practice, and funding in resolution, will be addressed throughout the day. The conference will also provide an opportunity to find out more about the work of the SRB.

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

 

European Economic and Social Committee

Monday 25 April

Public Hearing and Study Group meeting on The rights of live-in carers
The organisation and provision of long-term care (LTC) is a challenge many Member States are facing. The sector is low paid, highly feminised and employs often undocumented migrant workers. It suffers from workforce imbalances and skills shortages. Situations of undeclared work and poor working conditions affect mainly «live-in» care workers. Proactive measures to encourage the creation of quality, well-paid jobs in the sector with decent working conditions are needed to ensure an adequate labour supply for the LTC sector. The public hearing – which will contribute to the opinion on the subject – will elaborate on the human and social rights of «live-in» care workers in the context of labour supply and mobility issues. It will explore these issues in the interplay of labour and migration policies.

Study Group on Lack of European competitiveness to create start-ups
Discussion of the working document on Lack of European competitiveness to create start-ups drawn up by the rapporteur, Mr Garcia del Riego

Study Group on Social economy enterprises
Organisation of the European Day for the Social Economy (1 July 2016); Activities carried out between December 2015 and April 2016.

Tuesday 26 April

Bureau Meeting
Organisation of work and changes to the membership of Committee bodies; Migration and refugees: strategy; EESC-ILO cooperation; 2015 activity reports for the categories; Budgetary matters; Communication matters; Rules for the 2016 EESC Civil Society Prize; Internal and administrative matters.

Wednesday 27 April

Plenary Session
Opinions to be put straight to the vote: Modernisation of copyright rules; Public procurement/asylum crisis (communication); Portability of online content services; Exemptions for commodity dealers; Company law; Circular economy package; The new EU strategy on foreign and security policy; International Procurement Instrument.
Opinions drawn up under the simplified procedure: Guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States.
Opinions to be discussed: Fairer labour mobility within the EU (exploratory opinion requested by the Dutch presidency); Integration of refugees in the EU (exploratory opinion requested by the Dutch presidency); Retail financial services and insurance; Control of the acquisition and possession of weapons; Digital contract rights.

Thursday 28 April

Plenary Session 
Opinions to be discussed: Anti-tax-avoidance package; Trade for all – Towards a more responsible trade and investment policy.
Debate on the Energy Union initiative, in conjunction with the adoption of the TEN/580 ‘State of the Energy Union 2015’ and REX/459 ‘External dimension of the EU’s energy policy (exploratory opinion requested by the Dutch presidency)’ opinions, with Maroš Šefčovič, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for the Energy Union.

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 26 April

Stakeholder consultation on an EU roadmap for cycling
The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is currently drafting an opinion on an «EU Roadmap for cycling». As the voice of local and regional authorities, the Committee wish to lead the discussion on EU initiatives for the promotion on cycling because cities and regions are expected to benefit most from such actions. In this regard the rapporteur on the opinion, Mr Kevin Peel, together with his expert, Mr Fabian Küster, would be happy to meet on 26 April with representatives of local and regional associations and other stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views on the relevant topic of this opinion.

Tuesday 26 – Wednesday 27 April

ENVE Study Visit
The Commission for the Environment, Climate Change and Energy will visit the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns in Bilboa, Spain. The conference will demonstrate the urgent need for actions by local governments in shaping Europe’s future and will allow participants to capitalise on the positive momentum for transforming cities into truly sustainable areas. The Sustainable Development Goals and the results of COP 21 in Paris (France) will be reflected in the discussions, as well as the emerging Urban Agenda for Europe and the upcoming UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development HABITAT III.

Thursday 28 April

Stakeholder consultation on the Circular Economy
The Committee of the Regions is drafting an opinion on ‘Closing the loop – An EU action plan for the Circular Economy’ by Rapporteur Babette Winter.

Friday 29 April

Stakeholder consultation on the Aviation Strategy
The Committee of the Regions is currently drafting an opinion on the Aviation Strategy. Airport capacity constraints, efficiency of airport services and above all the issue of connectivity are major issues for local and regional authorities (LRA).  LRAs are therefore legitimately and directly concerned by the EU Aviation policy. In this regard  the rapporteur of the opinion, Ms Ulrika Carlefall Landergren, together with his expert Mr Hans Brattström will meet on 29 April representatives of the associations of local and regional authorities and other stakeholders for a consultation and exchange of views on his opinion.

Seminar on Bioeconomy Challenges for the EU Regions
This seminar on Bioeconomy-related Research and Innovation aims to raise awareness and foster exchange of information and best practice between the European Commission and the EU regions as well as among the regions themselves. The participants will be updated on the state-of-play on Bioeconomy R&I. At the same time, the European Commission aims to gather information on the regions’ R&I needs and on obstacles which may be hindering them from investing in Bioeconomy.
The Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP) is a concept jointly developed by the European Committee of the Regions and DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission. It is aimed at presenting new R&I solutions, innovative products and best practices in response to societal challenges facing the regions and cities of Europe. In 2016, the KEP will address the themes of Bioeconomy and Key Enabling Technologies.

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 25 April

European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial Matters
Meeting of the Contact Points and Central Authorities under the Brussels IIA Regulation. EJN-civil is a flexible network established to simplify judicial cooperation between EU countries, thus helping citizens and companies with cross-border legal matters.

Thursday 28 April

Working Party Improving Reporting and Recording Hate Crime in the EU
Unlawful discrimination must be prevented and tackled. FRA, together with the Dutch Presidency, will host the fourth meeting of the Working Party on improving reporting and recording hate crime in Amsterdam. At this conference, policymakers from all 28 EU countries will meet to share their experience of tackling unlawful discrimination. Key issues that will be considered during the conference include how to make it easier for victims to report unlawful discrimination and how to ensure that the police and criminal justice authorities have enough knowledge to effectively investigate and prosecute offenders. The conference will also look at ways to improve registration of cases so that we can gain more insight into the nature and scale of the problem. Prevention will also be considered, including identifying what organisations the authorities can collaborate with to address and prevent unlawful discrimination.

Thursday 28 – Friday 29 April

EUPAN Working Group
The EU member states meet in the informal European Public Administration Network (EUPAN) working group to discuss the role of national governments and the European Commission as employers and organisations. This meeting will lay the groundwork for a EUPAN high-level meeting on 16 and 17 June at which common themes and future actions will be adopted

Friday 29 April

Diplohack in Brussels
A Diplohack is a hackathon focused on creating synergies between the skill sets of people from a wide variety of backgrounds, such as diplomats, developers, designers, NGOs etc. In this case we will use these collaborative and creative methods to build applications that give citizens more insight and usable information about European decision-making.

The agenda of the Dutch Presidency can be found here.

 

European Ombudsman

Wednesday 27 April

Improving transparency in tobacco lobbying
The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, is dedicated to further improving the standards of transparency and ethical decision-making in the EU institutions. A major part of her work touches on lobbying. The Ombudsman recently found that the European Commission’s approach to publicising meetings with tobacco lobbyists is, with the exception of DG Health, inadequate. Is this good enough for an EU institution whose role it is to initiate EU legislation? How would lobbying transparency increase public trust in the EU institutions? These and other questions will be on the table at this event, where also Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health, will speak.

The EU Ombudsman calendar of activities can be found here. 

 

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Friday 29 April

FRA meeting with the European Data Protection Supervisor
Meeting to explore ways to further enhance cooperation between the two bodies. It will be a opportunity for both FRA and EDPS to keep abreast of each other’s work as well as further discuss how ties can be strengthened. In particular, FRA will seek to learn how its data protection work can better support the role of the EDPS.

Information on upcoming FRA events can be found here. 

 

Council of Europe

Monday 25 – Friday 29 April

Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks on a visit to Croatia

Tuesday 26 April

Third meeting of the Committee of the Parties to the Istanbul Convention
The Committee of the Parties to the Istanbul Convention will hold its third meeting on 26 April in Strasbourg. On this occasion, the Committee will hold an exchange of views with Ms Feride Acar, the President of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO), and Mr Sergiy Kyslytsya, Chairperson of the Council of Europe Gender Equality Commission (GEC).

Tuesday 26 – Friday 29 April

Meeting of the Ad hoc Committee of Experts for Roma Issues (CAHROM) of the Council of Europe in Sofia, organized by the Bulgarian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

Find an overview of Council of Europe events here and the Chairmanship agenda here.

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