Weekly European Agenda 23-29 May

Day-by-day

Monday 23 May

  • EP: Conference of Speakers of the European Parliaments
  • EP: DEVE, INTA, BUDG, CONT, ECON, ENVI, ITRE, IMCO, TRAN, JURI, LIBE
  • Foreign Affairs Council and Eastern Partnership Ministerial meeting
  • EC: Possible publication of Opinion on the Rule of Law in Poland
  • EC: Natura 2000 Award Ceremony
  • EC: EU-Algeria business forum
  • World Humanitarian Summit
  • Presidency: Open Innovation 2.0 conference 2016
  • PACE: Monitoring Committee
  • ECHR: Grand Chamber judgment

Tuesday 24 May

  • EP: AFET, DEVE, INTA, BUDG, CONT, ECON, EMPL, ENVI, ITRE, IMCO, TRAN, REGI, AGRI, JURI, LIBE, FEMM, TAXE 2, EMIS
  • General Affairs Council
  • Eurogroup
  • EC: Interinstitutional Actors’ Meeting
  • EC: Mogherini to Mexico; Hahn in Austria and France
  • EC: European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage Ceremony
  • EESC: Study Groups
  • CoR: Stakeholder Consultations
  • Presidency: EIP General Assembly on Smart Cities and Communities
  • FRA: Heads of EU Agencies meeting
  • PACE: Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy & fact-finding mission
  • ECHR: judgments
  • Congress: seminar for young local leaders in Armenia

Wednesday 25 May

  • EMI: Breakfast Club with Paddy Ashdown
  • EP: Plenary Session in Brussels
  • EP: REGI, AGRI
  • Economic and Financial Affairs Council
  • EC: Meeting of the College of Commissioners
  • EC: Moscovici receives IMF representatives
  • EC: Hahn receives Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine
  • EESC: Plenary Session
  • Presidency: Conference on Missing Persons, Missing Information
  • FRA: EU Council discusses fundamental rights challenges and achievements
  • ECHR: Grand Chamber hearing

Thursday 26 May

  • EP: Plenary Session in Brussels
  • Competitiveness Council
  • Telecommunications Council
  • G7 summit
  • EC: Hahn at Southern Neighbourhood Civil Society Forum
  • EC: Mimica at UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries
  • EC: Vella at UN Environment Assembly
  • EESC: Plenary Session
  • Presidency: Semi-annual conference of the directors of EU Paying Agencies
  • ECRI: Presentation Annual Report 2016
  • ECHR: judgments

Friday 27 May

  • EMI: Federal Assembly
  • G7 summit
  • EC: Dombrovskis on European Semester visit to Finland
  • EC: Hahn at World Economic Forum’s Strategy Retreat
  • EC: Jourová at Visegrad Group Justice Ministerial Conference
  • EC: Launch of the European Platform tackling undeclared work
  • Presidency: European Space Solutions & Expo
  • PACE: Standing Committee
  • NATO: Parliamentary Assembly Spring Session

Saturday 28 May

  • EU Open Day 2016

 

European Movement International

Wednesday 25 May

European Movement Breakfast Club with Paddy Ashdown
On 25 May 2016 the European Movement will organise a special edition of its Breakfast Club with Paddy Ashdown, dedicated to the UK Referendum. Baron Ashdown is a British politician, Member of the House of Lords, who served as Leader of the Liberal Democrats and UN High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is also currently the President of the European Movement UK. On the eve of the historical UK Referendum, Paddy Ashdown will share his views on latest developments in the referendum campaign and argue what Brexit would mean for the European Union.

Friday 27 May

European Movement Federal Assembly 2016
This year our Federal Assembly will meet in The Hague on the occasion of the Dutch Presidency to the EU. It will bring together our 77 member organisations who will share their views on current political debates and upcoming actions. We will have the pleasure of welcoming Mr Bert Koenders, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs at our reception.

Find all EMI events here.

European Union

EU Open Day 2016

Saturday 28 May

Visit the European institutions in Brussels on Saturday 28 May, including the Parliament, Commission, EESC, Committee of the Regions, and others! All activities can be found on europeday.europa.eu.

 

European Parliament

Sunday 22 – Tuesday 24 May

Conference of Speakers of the European Parliaments (Luxembourg)
Meeting of the Troika (Italy, Luxembourg, Slovakia and European Parliament); Session I – Managing the Migration Flows; Session II – Strengthening the European Union; Session III – The Role of National Parliaments and Interparliamentary Cooperation; Session IV – Ensuring the Security of Citizens while Respecting Fundamental Freedoms.

Monday 23 May

Committee on Development (DEVE)
Sustainable Development Goal Indicators; Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and its Member States, of the one part, and the SADC EPA States, of the other part; 2017 Budget – Mandate for the Trilogue; Jointly with the Committee on Foreign Affairs and in association with the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly: The political situation in Somalia and the electoral process in 2016.

Committee on International Trade (INTA)
State of play of ongoing trilogue negotiations; A new forward-looking and innovative future strategy on trade and investment; Joint debate: EU strategy towards Iran after the nuclear agreement and US sanctions impacting EU business in Iran.

Committee on Budgets (BUDG)
Votes: Mobilisations of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund; The activities, impact and added value of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund between 2007 and 2014; 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; 2016 Budget; Building policy.

Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)
Appointment of one Member of the European Court of Auditors: Hearing of Rimantas Šadžius – Candidate nominated by the Lithuanian authorities; Annual report of OLAF Supervisory Committee; ECA Special Report 5/2016 (2015 Discharge): Has the Commission ensured effective implementation of the Services Directive?; Towards a definitive VAT system and fighting VAT fraud; CONT Mission to Germany (3 to 5 November 2015).

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Rules against tax avoidance practices that directly affect the functioning of the internal market; Public Hearing on a European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS).

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
Exchange of views with Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the Commission, responsible for Energy Union as part of the structured dialogue; Report back on ongoing interinstitutional negotiations; Joint Debate: Exchange of views with Jens Geier, General Rapporteur for the 2017 Draft Budget, 2017 Budget – Mandate for the Trilogue; Joint debate: Presentation of the European Implementation Assessment on Food Contact Materials Regulation (EC) 1935/2004, Implementation of the Food Contact Materials Regulation ((EC) 1935/2004); Joint debate: Objection pursuant to Rule 106: placing on the market of a genetically modified carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus L., line SHD-27531-4), Objection pursuant to Rule 106: authorisation of GMO maize Bt11 x MIR162 x MIR604 x GA21.

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
Public Hearing on «The Gas Package – how to strengthen the EU’s energy security»; Exchange of views with Mr Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, as part of the Structured Dialogue.

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)
Prospectus to be published when securities are offered to the public or admitted to trading; Green Paper on Retail Financial Services; Exchange of views with Commissioner Elzbietà Bienkowskà, responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs; Directive of the European parliament and of the Council on the Union legal framework for customs infringements and sanctions; An Aviation Strategy for Europe.

Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN)
Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal; Structured dialogue – Exchange of views with Commissioner Bulc on the Commission Work Programme and presentation on transport projects under EFSI/CEF.

Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI)
Enhanced cooperation in the area of jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions on the property regimes of international couples, covering both matters of matrimonial property regimes and the property consequences of registered partnerships; Jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of matrimonial property regimes; Jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of the property consequences of registered partnerships; 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; Protecting against the effects of the extra-territorial application of legislation adopted by a third country and actions based thereon or resulting therefrom (recast); Request for waiver of the parliamentary immunity; Requests for the defences of the immunity.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, in so far as the provisions of the Protocol which fall under Title V of Part III of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union are concerned; Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security (COSI); EUROPOL reports «Terrorism Situation Report 2016 (TE-SAT)» and «Changes in modus operandi of Islamic State terrorist attacks»; Council Implementing Decision of 12 May 2016 setting out a recommendation for temporary internal border control in exceptional circumstances putting the overall functioning of the Schengen area at risk (further to the Commission proposal COM(2016)0275).

DEVE and INTA
Exchange of views on the upcoming EU garment initiative

Tuesday 24 May

Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
Votes: Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with special regard to the Concluding Observations of the UN CRPD Committee; The fight against trafficking in human beings in the EU’s external relations; Protocols to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement; Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal.
Debriefing of the Foreign Affairs Council on 23 May 2016 by Alain Le Roy, Secretary General of the EEAS; Exchange of views with Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator; Debriefing on the AFET ad hoc delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina on 18-21 May 2016; Debriefing on the first Kosovo Stabilization and Association Parliamentary Committee (SAPC), on the 12th Montenegro SAPC and on the 10th Albania SAPC; Debriefing of the mission of the Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula to Kuwait and Oman (15-20 May 2016); Exchange of views on The EU relations with Tunisia in the current regional context; ; Presentation of the AFET-commissioned study ‘Elements for an EU Strategy for relations with Iran after the nuclear deal’; Conclusion of a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Turkmenistan; EU strategic communication to counteract propaganda against it by third parties.

Committee on Development (DEVE)
Votes: 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.
Next steps towards attaining global goals and EU commitments on nutrition and food security in the world; Cost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investments; Report of the Foreign Affairs Council of Development Ministers of 12 May 2016.

Committee on International Trade (INTA)
General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections; Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and its Member States, of the one part, and the SADC EPA States, of the other part.
Votes: Macro-financial assistance to Tunisia; Uniform technical prescriptions for wheeled vehicles, equipment and parts which can be fitted and/or used on wheeled vehicles; Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products (ITA); US sanctions impacting EU business in Iran; Directive of the European parliament and of the Council on the Union legal framework for customs infringements and sanctions; Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal.
Public hearing: International digital trade in goods and services, Europe as a global player.

Committee on Budgets (BUDG)
Mission to Jordan and Lebanon (15-19 May 2016); Draft amending budget No 2/2016: Entering the surplus of the financial year 2015; Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund; Budgetary Control of financing NGOs from the EU Budget; Commission Delegated Decision amending Annex III to Decision No 466/2014/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council granting an EU guarantee to the European Investment Bank against losses under financing operations supporting investment projects outside the Union, as regards Belarus; Common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency; Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal.

Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)
Amending Regulation (EU, EURATOM) No 883/2013, as regards the secretariat of the Supervisory Committee of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF); Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control; Performance-based budgeting; ECA Special Report N°1/2016 (2015 Discharge) on «Is the Commission’s system for performance measurement in relation to farmers’ incomes well designed and based on sound data?»; ECA Special Report 23/2015 (2015 Discharge): Water quality in the Danube river basin: progress in implementing the Water Framework Directive but still some way to go; Budgetary capacity for the Eurozone; Hearing on «Protection of the financial interests of the European Union: the role of investigative journalism, watchdog NGOs and multimedia actions».

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Towards a definitive VAT system and fighting VAT fraud; Common rules on securitisation and creating a European framework for simple, transparent and standardised securitization; Prudential requirements for credit institutions and investment firms; Prospectus to be published when securities are offered to the public or admitted to trading; Rules against tax avoidance practices that directly affect the functioning of the internal market.

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)
Exchange of views, as part of the structured dialogue, with Marianne Thyssen (Commissioner); votes: A new forward-looking and innovative future strategy on trade and investment, How can the CAP improve job creation in rural areas?, Assessment of the EU Youth Strategy 2013-2015; 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)
Votes: Objection pursuant to Rule 106: placing on the market of a genetically modified carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus L., line SHD-27531-4), Objection pursuant to Rule 106: authorisation of GMO maize Bt11 x MIR162 x MIR604 x GA21. Annual report 2014 on subsidiarity and proportionality; EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling; Implementation of environmental legislation.

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
Votes: European statistics on natural gas and electricity prices and repealing Directive 2008/92/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning a Community procedure to improve the transparency of gas and electricity prices charged to industrial end-users; Renewable energy progress report; Implementation report on the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU); Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal. 2017 Budget – Mandate for the Trilogue; EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling; Cost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investments.

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)
Approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles; Prospectus to be published when securities are offered to the public or admitted to trading; Report on the application of the Postal Services Directive; Exchange of views with Jonathan Hill, Commissioner responsible Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union; Control of the acquisition and possession of weapons; Joint Public Hearing with JURI: Contracts for the supply of digital content; Public hearing: Contracts for the online and other distance sales of goods; 2017 Budget – Mandate for the Trilogue.

Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN)
Common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency; Improving the connection and accessibility of the transport infrastructure in Central and Eastern Europe; New opportunities for small transport businesses, including collaborative business models; Report on the application of the Postal Services Directive. Votes: European Maritime Safety Agency; Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal; An EU strategy for the Alpine region; Amendment of Regulation (EC) No 1365/2006 on statistics of goods transport by inland waterways as regards conferring of delegated and implementing powers upon the Commission for the adoption of certain measures. Presentation by the Commission – REFIT evaluation of port reception facilities directive.

Committee on Regional Development (REGI)
Votes: European Territorial Cooperation – best practices and innovative measures, Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal, 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. The European Union Solidarity Fund: an assessment; Exchange of views with Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, on EFSI and synergies with ESIF.

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)
Exchange of views with Commissioner Phil Hogan, responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development, in the framework of the Structured dialogue;  Investing in jobs and growth – maximising the contribution of European Structural and Investment Funds: an evaluation of the report under Article 16(3) of the CPR; Organic production and labelling of organic products, amendment to Regulation (EU) No XXX/XXX of the European Parliament and of the Council [Official Controls Regulation] and repeal of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007.

Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI)
Cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market; Presentation of two Briefings commissioned by Policy Department C on Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs: «The portability proposal of the Commission in the context of the modernisation of EU-Copyright rules»; Votes; Civil Law Rules on Robotics; Liability, compensation and financial security for offshore oil and gas operations;  Interpretation and implementation of the interinstitutional agreement on Better Law-Making; Posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services;  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; Common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency; Contracts for the supply of digital content;  Contracts for the online and other distance sales of goods; Rules against tax avoidance practices that directly affect the functioning of the internal market; Mandatory automatic exchange of information in the field of taxation; Scrutiny of delegated acts and implementing measures.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS); Establishing an Entry/Exit System (EES) to register entry and exit data and refusal of entry data of third country nationals crossing the external borders of the Member States of the EU and determining the conditions for access to the EES for law enforcement purposes; Amending Regulation (EU) 2016/399 as regards the use of the Entry/Exit System; General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections; Fight against corruption and follow up of the CRIM resolution; Question for written answer to the Commission of 29 January 2016 by Ignazio Corrao on possible violation of the rights of unaccompanied foreign minors in Sicily (E-000815-16); Votes: European Maritime Safety Agency,  Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Peru on the short-stay visa waiver,  European travel document for the return of illegally staying third-country nationals,  Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with special regard to the Concluding Observations of the UN CRPD Committee; Hearing «The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) and the European Union’s Judicial cooperation Unit (EUROJUST)».

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
Votes: Pilot Projects and Preparatory Actions in budget 2017, Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal.
Creating Labour Market Conditions Favourable for Work-Life Balance; Eradicating female genital mutilation; How can the CAP improve job creation in rural areas?; Creating Labour Market Conditions Favourable for Work-Life Balance; Mapping of NGO’s working for women’s rights in selected EU Member States; UN CSW 60th session of the Commission on the Status of the Women.

Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect (TAXE 2)
Report of the special committee on tax rulings and other measures similar in nature or effect (TAXE 2); with DEVE: Hearing on «Consequences of aggressive fiscal practises for developing countries».

Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS)
Hearing of Mr Richard Smokers, Principal Advisor and Mr Rob Cuelenaere, Senior Consultant, Sustainable Transport & Logistics, Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research (TNO);  Hearing of Mr Paul McAleavey, Head of Air and Climate Change Programme and Mr Martin Adams, Head of group ‘Air pollution, transport and noise’, European Environment Agency (EEA).

EMPL and FEMM
Creating Labour Market Conditions Favourable for Work-Life Balance: Consideration of draft report, decision on deadline for tabling amendments, exchange of views with the Commission: Tiina Astola, Director-General DG JUST and Michel Servoz, Director General DG EMPL.

Wednesday 25 May

Political Groups

Plenary Session in Brussels 
Formal sitting: Address by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands;
Debates: Commission statement on the Decision adopted on the Digital Single Market package; Council and Commission statements on the Preparation of the G7 Summit; Council and Commission statements on the Transatlantic data flows; Commission statement on the Deployment of cross-border e-identification tools and online services.
Joint Debate Putting citizens at the heart of the Energy Union and tackling energy poverty: Delivering a new deal for energy consumers; Tackling energy poverty as part of the Energy Union.
Short presentations of the following reports: Poverty: a gender perspective (FEMM); Non-tariff barriers in the Single Market (IMCO); Virtual currencies (ECON).

Committee on Regional Development (REGI)
Exchange of views with with Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Euro and Social Dialogue, on the Commission proposal to establish a Structural Reform Support Programme 2017-2020.

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)
Extraordinary meeting with Commissioner Hogan, the French and Belgian Ministers of Agriculture.

Thursday 26 May

Plenary Session in Brussels
Debates: Oral Questions on Measures to address the crisis in the dairy sector (AGRI); The Single Market strategy (IMCO).
Votes followed by explanations of votes: Virtual currencies (ECON); Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: application EGF/2015/010 FR/MoryGlobal (BUDG); Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: application EGF/2015/011 GR/Supermarket Larissa (BUDG); Provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Sweden (LIBE); 71st session of the UN General Assembly (AFET); Transatlantic data flows; Delivering a new deal for energy consumers (ITRE); Poverty: a gender perspective (FEMM); Non-tariff barriers in the Single Market (IMCO); The Single Market strategy (IMCO).

Find the full plenary agenda here. Find an overview of committees here. The Speakers of Parliaments meeting can be found here.

 

Council of Ministers

Monday 23 May

Foreign Affairs Council
The Council will discuss the EU regional strategy for Syria and Iraq as well as the ISIL/Da’esh threat and is expected to adopt conclusions; discuss the external aspects of migration; and be briefed on the EU global strategy. This strategy is intended to guide the European Union’s global actions in the coming years and is expected to be presented at the European Council in June.

Eastern Partnership Ministerial meeting
Foreign ministers of the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries will meet for the EaP Ministerial meeting in Brussels. During this meeting they will discuss the situation in Nagrono-Karabach as well as assessing the implementation of the Riga Declaration, which was adopted at the Eastern Partnership Summit last year.

Tuesday 24 May

General Affairs Council
The Council will prepare the European Council of 28 and 29 June 2016 by discussing an annotated draft agenda; and hold its annual rule of law dialogue. The rule of law dialogue was established in December 2014 to promote and safeguard the rule of law in the framework of the Treaties. The first annual rule of law dialogue took place in November 2015.

Eurogroup
The Eurogroup will exchange views on the economic situation and the outlook in the euro area, following the Commission’s presentation of its spring 2016 economic forecast; discuss the 5th review of the post-programme surveillance in Spain with a presentation of the outcomes of the surveillance mission by the Commission and the European Central Bank; discuss the first review of the implementation of Greece’s ESM economic adjustment programme, including a mechanism for contingency measures, the implementation of prior actions, and a discussion on the sustainability of Greece’s public debt.

Wednesday 25 May

Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council will aim to reach a general approach on the draft anti tax avoidance directive; is expected to formally adopt a directive on the exchange of tax-related information on multinational companies; adopt conclusions on the Commission communication on an external taxation strategy and on the Commission recommendation on measures against tax treaty abuse; discuss the Commission’s VAT action plan, ‘Towards a single EU VAT area’; look into a European Court of Auditors special report, ‘Tackling intra-Community VAT fraud: more action needed’; discuss in-depth reviews of macroeconomic imbalances in 19 EU member states; and be updated by the Commission on the progress made by the member states in implementing the banking union legislation.

Thursday 26 May

Competitiveness Council
Topics on the agenda include Enhancing the Digital Single Market; debate on the state of play of the real economy and mainstreaming competitiveness; debate on Better Regulation and REFIT; Regulation on fertilizers and fertilizing materials (poss.); draft conclusions on a blueprint governance reform customs union (poss.).

Council of Transport, Telecommunications and Energy 
Telecommunications: the Council will adopt a general approach on a draft decision on the use of the ultra-high frequency (UHF) band (470-790 MHz) in the EU; hold a policy debate on the forthcoming review of the EU telecoms rules; and debate with competitiveness ministers on horizontal and strategic issues of the digital single market strategy.

Thursday 26 – Friday 27 May

G7 summit 
The 42nd edition of the G7 will take place in Ise-Shima, Japan, under Japanese presidency. The European Union will be jointly represented by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. G7 leaders are expected to discuss coordinated action to tackle global challenges such as global economic growth, the refugee crisis, terrorism and various foreign policy issues.

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

 

European Commission and High Representative

Monday 23 May

Possible publication of the Commission Opinion on the Rule of Law in Poland

Natura 2000 Award Ceremony
Representatives of the Commission and the members of the Jury will reveal the winners of the 2016 Natura 2000 Award at the much-awaited Award Ceremony on 23 May 2016. At this special event, the five category winners will be awarded with their trophies, and the European Citizens’ Award will be presented to the finalist who receives the highest number of public votes. Commissioner Karmenu Vella participates in the Natura 2000 Award Ceremony 2016 in Brussels.

Monday 23 – Tuesday 24 May

EU-Algeria business forum
This business forum will bring together the main Algerian and European political and economic decision makers, and will focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency and natural gas. It will explore the means of support to and implementation of the ambitious development plan for renewable energy and energy efficiency which was adopted by the Algerian Government in 2015.
This will also be an opportunity to promote Algeria and foster partnerships particularly in natural gas. It will study the ways and means to ensure opportunities for Algerian gas in Europe, and for the EU to ensure a diversification of its supply of natural gas.

Miguel Arias Cañete in Algiers, Algeria to participate in EU-Algeria Energy Business Forum; meets with Salah Khebri, Minister of Energy of Algeria.

World Humanitarian Summit 
The World Humanitarian Summit takes place in Istanbul, Turkey, and will bring together for the first time a wide range of stakeholders to address the current humanitarian challenges. Discussions will aim to identify solutions to reshape the humanitarian system and more efficiently address the rapidly growing humanitarian needs. Key priorities of the EU agenda for the World Humanitarian Summit are (i) Humanitarian effectiveness (ii) Reconfirming the norms, e.g. International Humanitarian Law; (iii) Stronger humanitarian-development cooperation, in particular in contexts of forced protracted displacement. The summit outcomes will include a Chair’s Summary, a “Commitments to Action” document and the UN Secretary General’s report on the WHS. The summit aims in particular to set a strategic agenda beyond 2016 that should be translated into action by all key stakeholders after the Summit.

Commissioners Kristalina Georgieva, Neven Mimica and Christos Stylianides will represent the European Commission at the World Humanitarian Summit.

Tuesday 24 May

President Jean-Claude Juncker participates in the Interinstitutional Actors’ Meeting with Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of Eurogroup, and Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, in Brussels.

Federica Mogherini on official visit to Mexico.

Johannes Hahn in Austria, Vienna: participates in the Vienna Forum «Promoting EU Investments in Belarus» and in Paris, France: participates at the Foreign Affairs Ministerial in preparation of the 4 July Paris summit.

European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage Ceremony
The EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. The prize highlights the best achievements in the care of Europe’s precious cultural heritage. The prize award ceremony will take place in Madrid, and is co-hosted by Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport and Maestro Plácido Domingo, the renowned opera singer and President of Europa Nostra. Awards will be presented to the 28 winners, coming from 16 of the countries taking part in Creative Europe.

Wednesday 25 May

Meeting of the College of Commissioners

Pierre Moscovici receives Poul Thomsen, Director, Mahmood Pradhan, Deputy Director and Kenneth Kang, Assistant Director of the European Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Johannes Hahn receives Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.

Thursday 26 May

Johannes Hahn participates in the Southern Neighbourhood Civil Society Forum, in Brussels.

Neven Mimica in Antalya, Turkey: participates in the United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries.

Karmenu Vella in Nairobi, Kenya: participates in the 2nd Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

Friday 27 May

Valdis Dombrovskis in Helsinki, Finland, for a European Semester country visit: meets with Mr Alexander Stubb, Minister of Finance, and Mr Juha Rehula, Minister for Family Affairs and Social Services; participates in a panel on Country-Specific Recommendations; meets with social partners.

Johannes Hahn attends the World Economic Forum’s Strategic Retreat on the Middle East and North Africa, in Geneva.

Vĕra Jourová in the Czech Republic: attends a Justice Ministerial conference of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries, Slovenia and Croatia.

Launch of the European Platform tackling undeclared work
The launch event will offer an opportunity for identifying and discussing thematic priorities and approaches to undeclared work, which should be included in the first work programme of the European Platform tackling undeclared work. Participants will be members and observers of the Platform. During her opening speech Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, will share her vision on how the European Platform can put in practice its legal mandate and how it can contribute to re-enforcing the social dimension of the EU.

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

 

European Economic and Social Committee

Monday 23 May

Study Groups
–    Revision of the Posting of Workers Directive
–    The digital growth pillar: e-seniors, a potential 25% of the European population
–    Cooperation with third countries in promoting regular migration to the EU

Tuesday 24 May

Bureau meeting
Organisation of work and changes to the membership of Committee bodies; General matters; Budgetary matters; Communication matters; Internal and administrative matters.

Wednesday 25 – Thursday 26 May

Plenary Session

Debates: On the future of ACP-EU relations, in conjunction with the adoption of opinion REX/455, with Joseph Chilengi, President of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union (ECOSOCC) and Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development. Debate with Patrick Bernasconi, president of the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council.

Opinions: Future of EU’s relations with ACP Group of countries; Decent work in global supply chains; Contribution of indigenous coal and lignite resources to the EU’s energy security; The use of the 470-790 MHz frequency band in the Union; REFIT; Innovation as a driver of new business models; Sharing economy and self-regulation; European standardisation 2016; Motor vehicles/systems, components and technical units; MiFID & MiFIR / Date; Financial reporting and auditing; Fishing authorisations; More sustainable food systems; European Sustainable Development Civil Society Forum; Regulation on mercury; The adjustment rate for direct payments; European Border and Coast Guard; European Accessibility Act; The changing nature of employment relationships and its impact on maintaining a decent living wage; Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy; Maximising the contribution of ESI Funds; The impact of the conclusions of COP21 on European transport policy.

Thursday 26 May

Study Group
The position of the EESC on specific key issues of the TTIP.

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 23 May

Stakeholder consultations on McCarthy’s opinion on digitising European industry, and Mr Andreasson’s opinion.

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 23 – Tuesday 24 May

Open Innovation 2.0 conference 2016
The 2016 edition of the event is expected to gather more than 350 people around the following action oriented themes: Open Innovation 2.0 and the Digital Single Market, ePlatforms, data driven innovation, the urban agenda, future cities, living labs and business challenges as cross-cutting themes (just to list a few: the power of crowds, experimentation and prototyping, and citizen engagement in practice).

Tuesday 24 May

EIP General Assembly on Smart Cities and Communities
The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities was launched in October 2012 to accelerate the large-scale rollout of smart city solutions integrating technologies from energy, transport, and information and communication sectors. The event is expected to take stock of achievements and launch new partnerships to accelerate the rollout of identified solutions in the market. The assembly will also host the re-launch of the EIP’s High-Level Group. The first High-Level Group consisted of 24 members, including mayors and CEOs, and was tasked with fleshing out the partnership’s strategic implementation plan which was adopted in November 2013. With the partnership now in full implementation mode, the decision has been taken to launch a second High-Level Group. Its members will act as ambassadors for specific initiatives and will be appointed by the Commissioners in charge of the partnership. Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc will open the assembly.

Wednesday 25 May

Conference on Missing Persons, Missing Information
Every year thousands of people go missing involuntarily in the EU. Such cases often involve several EU countries, so sharing of information across borders is vital. On Missing Children’s Day the Netherlands will host a conference to improve European information exchange in missing persons cases. In order to identify and find missing persons as quickly as possible, European authorities must be able to respond rapidly. This requires quick and reliable information sharing between EU countries. Policymakers and experts convene to explore the possibility of setting up a European platform of national police contact points. They will also discuss the potential of public participation in the search for missing persons, via social and other media or early warning systems like Amber Alert.

Thursday 26 – Friday 27 May

Semi-annual conference of the directors of EU Paying Agencies.
The conference will include a plenary programme and workshops, addressing two main themes: controls and simplifying the implementation of Common Agriculture Policy. The conference is intended primarily for directors from all EU member states and candidate members states and representatives of the European Commission and the European Court of Auditors.

Friday 27 May – Sunday 5 June

European Space Solutions & Expo
5-day conference that will bring together business and the public-sector with users and developers of space-based solutions. Participants will learn about the potential for using space technologies from the European Space Programmes Galileo/EGNOS (navigation) and Copernicus (Earth observation) in their fields of work, gather insights about current developments, and discuss what is possible and needed in the future.

The agenda of the Dutch Presidency can be found here.

 

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Tuesday 24 – Wednesday 25 May

Heads of EU Agencies meeting
The EU Agency Network meeting in Brussels is organised by the new Chair, the European Union Intellectual Property Office. EU Agency Directors will discuss issues of common concern to identify joint solutions. They will exchange views with high-level representatives from the European Commission, the EU Council and European Parliament on issues as the 2015 discharge procedure and efficiency gains. EU Agency Heads of Administration will hold discussions on human resources, on the strategy agenda and work programmes of the sub-networks and on budgetary issues. These meetings are part of the regular series of joint events that continuously enhance the cooperation among the EU agencies, increase their efficiency and boost impact.

Wednesday 25 May

EU Council discusses fundamental rights challenges and achievements
FRA will present the key findings of its Fundamental Rights Report 2016 to the Council Working Party on Fundamental Rights, Citizens Rights and Free Movement of Persons (FREMP). The Council Working Party is preparing Council conclusions on the implementation of the Charter. In this context it has invited the European Commission and FRA to present the key findings of the European Commission’s and FRA’s report on fundamental rights covering 2015.

Information on upcoming FRA events can be found here. 

Council of Europe

Monday 23 May

PACE Monitoring Committee 
PACE Monitoring Committee will hold a meeting in camera, during which it is due to adopt a report on the functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey, prepared by the co-rapporteurs for post-monitoring dialogue with Turkey, Ingebjørg Godskesen and Nataša Vučković. The committee will also consider an information note by the co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Azerbaijan, Stefan Schennach and Cezar Florin Preda, following their fact-finding visit to Baku (5-9 April 2016).

ECHR Grand Chamber judgment
The European Court of Human Rights will deliver a Grand Chamber judgment in the cases of Avotiņš v. Latvia. The case concerns the enforcement in Latvia of a judgment delivered in Cyprus with regard to the repayment of a debt.

Tuesday 24 May

ECHR judgments
The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 13 judgments concerning Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Turkey. The European Court of Human Rights will also deliver a Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Biao v. Denmark. The case concerns the Danish authorities’ refusal to grant a Danish citizen of Togolese origin, Ousmane Biao, and his Ghanaian wife family reunion. Mr Biao and his wife notably allege discrimination under the relevant domestic law between those born Danish nationals and those, like Mr Biao, who had acquired Danish citizenship later in life as well as between Danish nationals of Danish ethnic origin and Danish nationals of other ethnic origin.

PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy
The Committee will organise a hearing on “Libya’s future between the threats of terrorism and a democratic prospect”, in the context of the preparation of the report by Attila Korodi. Participants will include a representative of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, a representative of the European Commission, the Vice-Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Italian Chamber of Deputies and experts.

Tuesday 24 – Wednesday 25 May

PACE fact-finding mission to Romania and Republic of Moldova
Bernd Fabritius, rapporteur of the PACE Legal Affairs Committee, will conduct a fact-finding visit to Bucharest (24 May) and Chisinau (25 May), in connection with the preparation of his report on “Strengthening the rule of law in South-East European countries through targeted reform of the legal system”.

Congress seminar for young local leaders in Armenia
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will organise a seminar for young local leaders, in the framework of the project “Support to consolidating local democracy in Armenia”. Participants will be invited to discuss with members of the Congress as well as international and local experts on issues related to local democracy, in particular the involvement of citizens in local decision-making and how to act effectively against corruption and unethical behaviour.

Wednesday 25 May

ECHR Grand Chamber hearing in the case of V. M. and Others v. Belgium 
The case concerns the reception conditions of a family of Serbian nationals seeking asylum in Belgium. Following an order to leave the country and despite their appeals against the measure, the applicants were left without basic means of subsistence and were obliged to return to their country of origin, where their severely disabled child died.

Thursday 26 May

Presentation ECRI Annual Report 2016
Council of Europe’s anti-racism commission (ECRI) will publish its annual report for 2015, outlining main trends in the field of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance in Europe, and covering ECRI’s work in the reporting period.

ECHR Judgments
The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 29 judgments and/or decisions concerning Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

Friday 27 May

PACE Standing Committee
The PACE Standing Committee will meet in Tallinn the context of the Estonian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. After a welcome address by the Speaker of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor, the parliamentarians will hold an exchange of views with the Estonian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand. The members of the Standing Committee will then hold an exchange of views with the President of the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption group (GRECO) and the Chairman of the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering body (MONEYVAL). They will also discuss other issues on the agenda, including: the observation of the early parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan and in Serbia, human rights violations during peaceful protests, and city-to-city co-operation in the field of culture. Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will attend the meeting.

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.

 

NATO

Parliamentary Assembly

Friday 27 – Monday 30 May

NATO Parliamentary Assembly Spring Session
In Tirana, Albania. Documents to be discussed: Security in the Gulf, NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan 2016, New Defence Imperatives: The Implementation of Wales Pledges and Prospects for Warsaw, Ukraine’s Two Wars: Protecting Independence and Implementing Real Reforms, China in a Changing World, NATO and the Future Role of Naval Power, The International Military Campaigns Against Daesh, The Iranian Nuclear Programme: How to Build Upon the Deal, Enhancing Euro-Atlantic Counter-terrorism Capabilities and Cooperation, CBRN Terrorism: The Rise of Daesh and Future Challenges.

More information can be found here.

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