Weekly European Agenda 20-26 June

Day-by-day

Monday 20 June

  • EP: DEVE, AGRI, CULT, PETI, EMIS
  • Environment Council
  • Foreign Affairs Council
  • EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Council
  • EC: New Skills Agenda for Europe Launch Event
  • EC: Knowledge Centre for Migration and Demography Launch
  • EC: Juncker in Greece
  • EC: Timmermans in Austria
  • EC: Moscovici in Germany
  • EESC: Study Groups
  • CoR: Conference on fostering entrepreneurship based on innovation
  • Presidency: ESSC conference ‘The future is local!’
  • Presidency: TEN-T Days 2016: Rail Freight Corridors (RFC) conference
  • FRA: Fundamental Rights Forum

Tuesday 21 June

  • EP: DEVE, INTA, ECON, EMPL, ENVI, AGRI, CULT, LIBE, FEMM, TAXE 2, EMIS
  • EC: Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement conference 2016
  • EC: Mogherini receives Hashim Thaçi, President of Kosovo
  • EC: Dombrovskis receives Arvils Ašeradens, Minister of Economics of Latvia
  • EC: Moedas receives the European Group on Ethics (EGE) Identification Committee
  • EESC: Study Groups
  • EDPS: Digital Festival 2016
  • CoR: Commission for Economic Policy (ECON)

Wednesday 22 June

  • EP: Plenary Session in Brussels
  • EC: College of Commissioners meeting
  • EC: Chancellor of Austria Christian Kern received by Juncker, the College, and Hahn
  • EC: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas received by Juncker and Mogherini
  • EC: Ansip in Mexico
  • EESC: Study Groups
  • CoR: Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture

Thursday 23 June

  • UK referendum on EU membership
  • EP: Plenary Session in Brussels
  • EC: Juncker receives Bruno Le Maire
  • EC: Mogherini receives Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze
  • EC: President of Israel Reuven Rivlin received by Juncker, Mogherini, and Moedas
  • EC: Energy infrastructure forum
  • EESC: Study Groups Presidency: Seminar Networking for Urban Vitality
  • CoR: Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs

Friday 24 June

  • General Affairs Council
  • EC: Eastern Partnership Platform on energy security
  • EC: Hahn in Austria
  • EC: Katainen receives Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva
  • EC: Šefčovič receives representatives of State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic
  • EESC: Study Groups

 

European Union

European Parliament

Monday 20 June

Committee on Development (DEVE)
Exchange of views on draft opinion on Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and its Member States, of the one part, and the SADC EPA States, of the other part; Exchange of views on Conclusion of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the East African Community (EAC) Partner States, of the one part, and the EU and its Member States, of the other part; Exchange of views on Conclusion of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the East African Community (EAC) Partner States, of the one part, and the EU and its Member States, of the other part; Exchange of views with Jens Geier, Committee on Budgets rapporteur on 2017 Budget – Mandate for the Trilogue.

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)
Presentation by the Commission (DG AGRI) on the state of play of recent and upcoming delegated acts.

Committee on Culture and Education (CULT)
Consideration of draft opinion on Establishment of the Structural Reform Support Programme for the period 2017 to 2020.

Committee on Petitions (PETI)
Presentation by the European Ombudsman, Ms Emily O’Reilly, of her Annual Report 2015; Petitions for discussion in committee on the basis of the Commission’s written reply or other documents received: Petition 1049/2015 by L.L. (Italian) (bearing several signatures) on the revision of the multiannual financial framework, and Petition 246/2016 by Alberto Cirio (Italian) bearing some 15 000 signatures, on the construction of a disposal facility for used tyres in Retorbido (Italy; Public hearing on «Transparency and freedom of information within the EU Institutions»; «Solar energy policy in the EU and the Member States, from the perspective of the petitions received » by Jenny Winkler, Researcher, Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets, Fraunhofer Institute ISI; Fact-finding Visit to Spain (8-10.02.2016); Discussion of 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 Mr Christoph Gauss, Head of Vehicle Test and Emission Lab, Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC); Hearing of Mr Nick Molden, Founder and CEO, Emissions Analytics.

Tuesday 21 June

Committee on Development (DEVE)
Structured dialogue on the Commission work programme; Exchange of views on The future of ACP-EU relations beyond 2020; Adoption of draft report on The EU Trust Fund for Africa: the implications for development and humanitarian aid; Adoption of an Oral Question and a draft motion for a resolution on Next steps towards attaining global goals and EU commitments on nutrition and food security in the world.

Committee on Development (DEVE) and Committee on International Trade (INTA)
Exchange of views with Commission on TTIP’s potential effects on developing countries.

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)
Public hearing on Reasons, repercussions and remedies of economic inequality in the EU.

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Consideration of draft report on Common rules on securitisation and creating a European framework for simple, transparent and standardised securitization; Consideration of draft report on Prudential requirements for credit institutions and investment firms; Monetary Dialogue with Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank; Public Hearing with Mario Draghi, Chairman of the European Systemic Risk Board; Adoption of draft report on Access to Finance for SMEs and increasing the diversity of SME funding in a Capital Markets Union.

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)
Exchange of views as part of the structured dialogue, with Jyrki Katainen (Vice President of the Commission); Adoption of question for oral answer on Youth Guarantee and Youth Employment Initiative; Adoption of draft recommendation (consent) on Protocol to the EC/ Switzerland Agreement on the free movement of persons, to take account of the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the EU; Adoption of draft report on 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»); Adoption of draft report on The activities, impact and added value of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund between 2007 and 2014; Adoption of draft opinion on Report on the application of the Postal Services Directive; Consideration of draft opinion on New opportunities for small transport businesses, including collaborative business models; Consideration of amendments on Guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States.

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
Exchange of views on Implementation of environmental legislation; Consideration of draft motion for a resolution and Adoption of motion for a resolution on Objection pursuant to Rule 106: Maximum residue levels for thiacloprid in or on certain products; Consideration of draft report on Cost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investments; Signing of the renewal of the European Parliament’s Environmental Policy; Adoption of draft opinion on 2017 Budget – Mandate for the Trilogue; Adoption of draft opinion on EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling; Adoption of draft opinion on Annual report 2014 on subsidiarity and proportionality.

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)
Exchange of views with Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, on 2030 targets for the non-ETS sectors; Consideration of working document on Minimum Standards for the Protection of Farm Rabbits; Presentation by the Rapporteur on the state of play of the on-going trilogue negotiations on Organic production and labelling of organic products, amendment to Regulation (EU) of the European Parliament and of the Council [Official Controls Regulation] and repeal of Council Regulation (EC).

Committee on Culture and Education (CULT)
Adoption of draft opinion on Cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market; Adoption of draft opinion on Use of the 470-790 MHz frequency band in the Union; Adoption of draft opinion on 2017 Budget – Mandate for the Trilogue; Adoption of draft opinion on EU strategic communication to counteract propaganda against it by third parties.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Presentation by the Commission on 2nd Commission Report on progress made in the implementation of the EU/Turkey agreement; Adoption of draft report on Combating terrorism and replacing Council Framework Decision 2002/475/JHA on combating terrorism; Adoption of draft report on Reinforcement of checks against relevant databases at external borders; Presentation of the state of play of trilogue negotiations on Legal aid for suspects or accused persons deprived of liberty and legal aid in European arrest warrant proceedings; Exchange of views pursuant to Rule 130(4) of the EP Rules of Procedure on Question for written answer to the Commission of 29 January 2016 by Ignazio Corrao on possible violation of the rights of unaccompanied foreign minors in Sicily.

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)

Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect (TAXE 2)

Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS)
Consideration of draft interim report on Interim report on the inquiry into emission measurements in the automotive sector; Hearing of representatives of the European Commission’s Type-Approval Authorities Expert Group and Technical Committee on Motor Vehicles.

Wednesday 22 June

Brussels Plenary Session
Formal Sitting: Address by Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel.
Debates: Statement by the High Representative on Massacres in eastern Congo; Commission statement on the Multiannual plan for the stocks of cod, herring and sprat in the Baltic Sea and the fisheries exploiting those stocks; Oral question on Personal data transfer to China: which protection for EU citizens; Oral question on US sanctions impacting EU business in Iran; Joint debate on Property rights for international couples: Jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of matrimonial property regimes, and Jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of the property consequences of registered partnerships (JURI); Follow-up of the Strategic Framework for European cooperation in education and training (CULT).

Thursday 23 June

Brussels Plenary Session
Joint debate on Energy: Renewable energy progress report, Implementation report on the Energy Efficiency Directive (ITRE).
Formal Sitting: Address by Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority.
Votes followed by explanations of votes: Appointments to the Committee of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion; Multiannual recovery plan for Bluefin tuna (PECH); Multiannual plan for the stocks of cod, herring and sprat in the Baltic Sea and the fisheries exploiting those stocks (PECH); Protocols to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement between the EU and Lebanon: Framework Agreement, 2004 enlargement, accession of Romania and Bulgaria (AFET); Jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of matrimonial property regimes (JURI); Jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of the property consequences of registered partnerships (JURI); Protocol to the Agreement between the EU and Monaco, providing for the automatic exchange of financial account information (ECON); Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (BUDG); Massacres in eastern Congo – Motions for resolutions; Follow-up of the Strategic Framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET2020) (CULT); Renewable energy progress report (ITRE); Implementation report on the Energy Efficiency Directive (ITRE).

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 20 June

Environment Council (Luxembourg)
Environment ministers will adopt a statement on the ratification of the Paris Agreement; hold a policy debate on the revision of the emission trading system (ETS); address the proposed directive on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants, the so-called NEC directive; adopt conclusions on the EU action plan for the circular economy; and address emissions by diesel cars and endocrine disruptors. The Slovak delegation will present its working programme as incoming presidency.

Foreign Affairs Council (Luxembourg)
The Council will discuss the integrated EU policy for the Arctic and possibly adopt conclusions on this issue; review the situation in Sahel, including a briefing by the High Representative on the G5 Sahel; address the situation in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; discuss the Middle East peace process, as a follow up to the Paris conference which was held on 3 June; and formally adopt the decision extending by one year the mandate of EU NAVFOR Med operation Sophia and adding two supporting tasks: training the Libyan coastguard and navy and contributing to the implementation of the UN arms embargo on the high seas off the coast of Libya.

EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Council 
Taking place in the margins of the Foreign Affairs Council on the evening of 20 June.

Friday 24 June

General Affairs Council (Luxembourg)
The Council will prepare the European Council on 28-29 June 2016 by examining draft conclusions; approve draft country specific recommendations as part of the European Semester process; discuss the implementation of the Commission’s 2016 work programme and exchange views on legislative programming for 2017 ahead of a Commission letter of intent; be briefing by the presidency on the state of play in the implementation of the interinstitutional agreement on better law-making; address the implementation of the transparency aspects of this agreement.

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

European Commission and High Representative

Monday 20 June

New Skills Agenda for Europe: launch event
On 20 June the European Commission is launching the New Skills Agenda for Europe to boost human capital, employability and competitiveness. To address the pressing concerns and prepare for the future, the actions of the New Skills Agenda focus on:ensuring higher and more relevant skills, improving visibility and use of available skills, and reaching a better understanding of skills needs and trends in the labour market. The launch event will gather the audience from a wide spectrum of employment and education stakeholders and will feature high-level speakers from European and international institutions. It will be a highly interactive event offering opportunities to network and build partnerships for skills.

Launch of the Knowledge Centre for Migration and Demography
On the timely occasion of World Refugee Day, this event will bring together policy makers, analysts and researchers from the European Commission, other EU institutions, European and international organisations, think tanks and academia to launch the European Commission’s Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography. The event shall underline the scope and aims of the Knowledge Centre to provide tangible, internally validated responses to these needs: on the one hand centralising, putting in context and making comparable the relevant knowledge while on the other distilling, qualifying and tailoring it to serve the different EU policies with the most appropriate information. EU Commissioners Kirstalina Georgieva, Christos Stylianides, Tibor Navracsics and Carlos Moedas will speak at this event.

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Athens, Greece (until 21/06): meets with Mr Prokopios Pavlopoulos, President of Greece and with Mr Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece. He addresses the Greek Economic and Social Committee and delivers the keynote speech at the Annual General Meeting of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV).

Mr Frans Timmermans in Vienna, Austria: meets with Mr Alexander van der Bellen, President-elect of Austria, Mr Christian Kern, Chancellor of Austria and Mr Wolfgang Sobotka, Minister for the Interior; meets with Jewish community leaders and Muslim community leaders; delivers a keynote address at the opening of the Fundamental Rights Forum organised by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights.

Mr Pierre Moscovici in Berlin, Germany (until 21/06): delivers the opening speech of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Congress; visits the Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands Präsidium; speaks at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Conference; meets Members of the EU, Finance and Budget Committees of the Bundestag, Mr Wolfgang Schäuble, Finance Minister of Germany, Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Affairs Minister of Germany and M. Philippe Etienne, Ambassadeur de France.

Tuesday 21 June

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement conference 2016
The IPR Enforcement Conference will provide a forum to discuss the latest developments in the area of IPR enforcement following the announcements made in the Digital Single Market Strategy of May 2015 and the Single Market Strategy of October 2015, as well as the Copyright Communication of December 2015. At this conference, key European and international decision makers, public representatives, enforcement agencies, multinational companies and other stakeholders will review the progress made and the next steps in setting up and applying ‘follow-the-money’ mechanisms, based on a self-regulatory approach, in view of disrupting IP infringing activities at the source and ensuring supply chain integrity.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Hashim Thaçi, President of Kosovo.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Arvils Ašeradens, Minister of Economics of Latvia.

Mr Carlos Moedas receives the European Group on Ethics (EGE) Identification Committee.

Wednesday 22 June

College of Commissioners

Mr Christian Kern, Chancellor of Austria received by President Jean-Claude Juncker, the College, and Mr Johannes Hahn.

Mr Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority received by President Jean-Claude Juncker, and Ms Federica Mogherini.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Cancun, Mexico (until 23/06): attends the Plenary meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Ministerial on the Digital Economy.

Thursday 23 June

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Bruno Le Maire, Member of the French Parliament.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Mikheil Janelidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Mr Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel, received by Mr Carlos Moedas, President Jean-Claude Juncker, and Ms Federica Mogherini.

Thursday 23 – Saturday 25 June

Energy infrastructure forum
The Energy Infrastructure Forum (EIF) was inaugurated in November 2015 in Copenhagen and was set up to discuss the major issues relating infrastructure and EU energy policy. The EIF is a platform for exchange of views between policy-makers and stakeholders. An open environment allows the Commission to get familiar with the stakeholders’ concerns on practical challenges stemming from ambitious EU policy goals and to learn from their expertise. It is aimed at facilitating stakeholders’ participation in the policy shaping process and making sure that legislation is goal-oriented, operational and comprehensive.

Friday 24 June

Eastern Partnership Platform on energy security
The Eastern Partnership Platform on energy security brings together representatives from the EU, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine to discuss ways to promote energy security, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and nuclear safety. It also discusses the construction of missing infrastructure links and ways to bring partner countries’ energy-related rules more in line with EU rules. The platform meets twice a year.

Mr Johannes Hahn in Vienna, Austria: delivers a speech at the conference «Good Governance as Fundament of European Integration».

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič receives representatives of State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR).

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

 

European Economic and Social Committee

Monday 20 June

Study Group on Sustainable Development: A Mapping of the EU’s internal and external policies
Introduction to the preparation of the opinion by the rapporteur, Ioannis Vardakastanis; Presentation of the ongoing works of the Commission initiative Next steps for a sustainable European future and the Mapping of the EU’s policies by Tine Delva, European Commission, Secretariat-General; Presentation of the views of SDG Watch, Leida Rijnhout, Director Global Policies and Sustainability, European Environmental Bureau; Debate; Presentation of the working document (EESC-2016-03385-00-00-DT-TRA) drawn up by the rapporteur, Ioannis Vardakastanis, and the co-rapporteur, Jarmila Dubravská; Presentation of SDG gap analysis and a mapping of EU policy strategies by Dr. Ingeborg Niestroy, Associate of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, expert of the co-rapporteur; General Debate.

Monday 20 – Tuesday 21 June

Conference: A hope for Europe! Culture, cities and new narratives
Working in close partnership with the Culture and Education Committee of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe and the Centre for Fine Arts (Bozar) this event will bring together approximately 180 persons (EESC members, European civil society, cultural organisations, foundations, etc.), to explore how, why and when Culture matters today in Europe. Concretely, the conference will explore four themes: Culture as a vehicle for economic growth, Culture as an instrument for reconverting cities and territories, Culture as a tool for integration and inclusiveness, and Reshaping European identity within Europe and beyond.

Tuesday 21 June

Seminar: Do we need an energy chapter in TTIP?
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising this seminar with the purpose to assess the need for an energy chapter in the TTIP, in particular after the lifting of the US restrictions on crude oil exports and the impact that such a chapter might have on trade of energy goods and services, and on environmental and energy policies both in the EU and the US.

Section for Transport, energy, infrastructure and the information society 
Presentation and debate on the European Citizens’ Initiative Fair Transport Europe – Mr     Eduardo Chagas, General Secretary, European Transport Workers’ Federation; Opinion on An Aviation Strategy for Europe; Opinion on The digital pillar of growth: e-seniors, a potential 25% of the European population; Opinion on the Recognition of professional qualifications in inland navigation.

Study group on the Enhancement of the EU-Turkey bilateral trade relations and the modernisation of the Customs Union
Statement by a representative from Unit E.2 «Russia, CIS, Ukraine, Western Balkans, EFTA, EEA and Turkey» in DG Trade, European Commission; Presentation of the Preliminary Draft Opinion ‘Enhancement of the EU-Turkey bilateral trade relations and the modernisation of the Customs Union’ by the rapporteur Mr Dimitris Dimitriadis; Discussion.

Wednesday 22 June

Consultative Committee on Industrial Change
Adoption of own-initiative opinion Industry 4.0 and digital transformation: the way forward; Adoption of own-initiative opinion The impact on key industrial sectors (and on jobs and growth) of the possible granting of market economy treatment to China (for the purpose of trade defence instruments); Adoption of the referral Communication from the Commission – Steel: Preserving sustainable jobs and growth in Europe.

Study Group and Public Hearing: Promoting a fairer agro-food supply chain
During the latest decades, the power relations in the food supply chain have changed. In particular, the existence of Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs) disrupts the functioning of the food supply chain. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is currently preparing an opinion to take stock of the main challenges in this context, stress the difficult position of the most vulnerable actors along the chain and highlight examples of good initiatives. The opinion will respond to the Commission’s recent report on «Unfair business-to-business trading practices in the food supply chain» and recommend possible action at EU level.

Study Group on Factors that influence CAP post-2020
Exchange of views with a European Commission representative, Mr Flavio Coturni, Head of Unit – Agricultural Policy Analysis and Perspectives (DG AGRI); Presentation of the working document on The main underlying factors that influence the Common Agricultural Policy post-2020 (own initiative opinion), drawn up by the rapporteur, Mr Tiainen.

Thursday 23 June

Section for External Relations
Presentation of the draft opinion (CCMI/144) on The impact on key industrial sectors (and on jobs and growth) of the possible granting of market economy treatment to China (for the purpose of trade defence instruments) by Mr Barceló ; Presentation of the preliminary draft opinion (NAT/679) on the Role of Agriculture in Bilateral and Regional Trade negotiations in the light of the Nairobi WTO Ministerial meeting by Mr Peel; Presentation of the draft opinion (NAT/686) on The EU Action Plan against wildlife Trafficking by Mr Lohan; Approval of the composition of new study groups.

Study Group and Public Hearing: Towards applying nudge thinking to EU policies
The idea of «nudging» starts from the assumption that behavioural sciences and economics can help decision-makers increase the impact of public policies. The EESC’s Sustainable Development Observatory is working on an own-initiative opinion dedicated to the nudge concept. Its purpose is to explore how the nudge theory could help European policies be more effective, in particular under a sustainable development angle. In order to ensure its opinion closely reflects the views of the European civil society and nudge experts, the European Economic and Social Committee organises a public hearing to gather inputs from interested stakeholders and experts at an early stage.

Friday 24 June

Study Group on Threats and obstacles to the Single market
Discussion of the preliminary draft opinion on Threats and obstacles to the Single market, own-initiative opinion by rapporteur Oliver Röpke.

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

 

Committee of the Regions

Monday 20 June

Conference: Fostering entrepreneurship based on innovation
This external conference of the Commission for Economic Policy (ECON) of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) taking place in Tarnow, Poland, will explore the topic of innovation as a key aspect of regional competitiveness and entrepreneurship and ways to promote innovative companies and the most innovative business support models. It will look at the reality of regional entrepreneurship ecosystems in Europe and the most effective ways of involving the right partners in partnerships conducive to business scale-up and development.

Tuesday 21 June

Commission for Economic Policy (ECON) 
External meeting in Krakow, Poland. Opinions – first discussion and adoption: Opinion on State Aid and Services of General Economic Interest; Opinion on the European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS); Opinion on the Action Plan on VAT: Towards a single EU VAT area.

Wednesday 22 June

Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC)
Opinion on the European Pillar of Social Rights; Opinion on the eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020; Opinion on the European Cloud Initiative and ICT Standardisation Priorities for the Digital Single Market; Opinion on Digitising European Industry; Opinion on the Revision of the Posting of Workers Directive.

Thursday 23 June

Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs (CIVEX)
Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy; Reform of the Common European Asylum System; Legal Migration; Integration of third country nationals; Strategic thematic debate on security and the fight against terrorism; Presentation: Division of Powers.

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 20 – Tuesday 22 June

ESSC conference ‘The future is local! Empowering communities, combating poverty, improving services’
The 24th European social services conference (ESSC) will explore how public services can collaborate more effectively with local communities and their citizens in combatting poverty and social exclusion.
The ESSC is organised by the European Social Network (ESN) in cooperation with the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

TEN-T Days 2016: Rail Freight Corridors (RFC) conference
The Netherlands takes the opportunity of their Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2016 to co-organise with the European Commission a business conference on Rail Freight Corridors (RFC) and the development of rail freight in Europe, in the margins of the TEN-T Days in Rotterdam.
Representatives from the sector, international rail organisations and Member States are actively involved in the preparation of this international conference. The conference will be organised around thematic workshops and two plenary sessions, with active involvement of relevant stakeholders.

Thursday 23 – Friday 24

Seminar Networking for Urban Vitality
International seminar on integration of spatial development with investmenst in infrastructure across local, regional and european scales in order to achieve the highest added value. Networking for Urban Vitality will deliver a practical and consistent approach enabling the integration of spatial development with investments in infrastructure across multiple spatial scales. This consistent, integrated approach aims to achieve a resilient and sustainable transport network that delivers accessible, liveable, safe and secure urban regions.

The agenda of the Dutch Presidency can be found here.

 

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Monday 20 – Thursday 23 June

Fundamental Rights Forum
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights convenes a Fundamental Rights Forum under the motto «Rights, Respect, Reality: the Europe of Values in Today’s World» in order to: connect practitioners, grassroots workers, thinkers and high-level decision makers in an inclusive and open platform; reflect upon existing challenges and good practices as well as future challenges and opportunities; and have a tangible impact for the benefit of everyone in the EU. The conference takes place in Vienna.

Information on upcoming FRA events can be found here. 

 

European Data Protection Supervisor

Tuesday 21 June

Digital Festival 2016 
As part of the festival, the EDPS has organised a workshop entitled Data Protection by Design: Privacy as an engineering principle. As people become increasingly aware of the threat of mass surveillance, the demand for more privacy friendly technologies is increasing. In the EU, data protection by design and by default will soon become a legal obligation, under the new data protection rules to be applied by May 2018. The workshop will address the different approaches to privacy engineering, the current challenges faced and initiatives, such as the Internet Privacy Engineering Network (IPEN), which aim to overcome these challenges.

Find more information on EDPS events here

 

Elections

Thursday 23 June

UK referendum on EU membership

Sunday 26 June

Spanish general elections

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