Weekly European Agenda 25-31 January


Monday 25 January

  • Informal JHA Council
  • EC: Juncker meets with NATO Secretary General
  • EC: Mogherini, Hahn and Stylianides visit Turkey
  • EC: Conference Business Innovation Observatory
  • EC: Launch Conference EU Strategy for the Alpine Region
  • EESC: Study Group Euro Area Economic Policy, EU-ACP Follow-up Committee
  • CoE: PACE First Part Session of 2016; INGO January Session

Tuesday 26 January

  • EP: Launch Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup, EMPL
  • Informal JHA Council
  • EC: Individual Commissioner meet with Tony Blair, the OSCE and the OECD
  • EC: High Level Groups on Own Resources and Automotive Industry
  • EC: Commissioners meet with President EU Chamber of Commerce in China
  • EC: Creţu at informal Visegrad meeting of Cohesion Policy ministers
  • EESC: Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion
  • CoR: Conference European innovation ecosystems
  • FRA: Building a fundamental rights toolkit for the media
  • CoE: PACE First Part Session of 2016; INGO January Session
  • ECHR: 8 judgments

Wednesday 27 January

  • Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • EP: BUDG
  • Informal Competitiveness Council
  • EC: College of Commissioners
  • EC: Mogherini and Avramopoulos meet with UN High Commissioner for Refugees
  • EC: Conference on EU agricultural research and innovation
  • EESC: Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption, Study Groups
  • CoR: [Y]Factor 2016 Conference
  • CoR: Workshop Simplification of Cohesion Policy
  • EDPS: Conference Computers, Privacy and Data Protection 2016
  • CoE: European Committee of Social Rights’ Conclusions 2015
  • CoE: PACE First Part Session of 2016; INGO January Session
  • ECHR: Grand Chamber Hearing

Thursday 28 January

  • Informal Competitiveness Council
  • EC: Hahn visits Jordan
  • EESC: Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship
  • EESC: Study Group and Public Hearing on Circular Economy
  • Presidency: Conference on the Multiannual Financial Framework
  • EDPS: European Data Protection Day
  • CoE: PACE First Part Session of 2016; INGO January Session
  • ECHR: 25 judgments; annual press conference on 2015 activities

Friday 29 January

  • EC: High Level Group on the Scientific Advice Mechanism
  • EC: Hahn visits Lebanon
  • EC: Creţu at Visegrad informal meeting of Cohesion Policy ministers
  • EESC: Section for External Relations
  • CoE: PACE First Part Session of 2016; INGO January Session

Saturday 30 January

  • EC: Georgieva and Mimica in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the African Union Summit


European Union

European Parliament

Monday 25 January

Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI)
Exchange of views on the human rights situation in Georgia; Report back from the informal meeting of the Subcommittee on Human Rights with the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and the ASEAN Committee on Women and Children; Exchange of views with the EEAS on the EU’s priorities for the upcoming 31st Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC); consideration of draft report Human rights and migration in third countries.

Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE)
Exchange of views with General Mikhail Kostarakos, Chairman of the EU Military Committee, on the military dimension of the Comprehensive Approach: state of play and the way ahead; In association with the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee: Exchange of views on the General security situation in Ukraine – EUAM – which role for the EU?, with Kenneth Deane, Director of the EU Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability, EEAS, and Liubov Nepop, Acting Head of the Mission of Ukraine to the EU.

Exchange of views with Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations, on Children in armed conflicts: challenges for international action.

Committee on Development (DEVE)
Exchange of views with Neven Mimica on The European Development Fund and the Development Cooperation Instrument; consideration of draft opinions: Fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement with Denmark and Greenland; Discharge 2014: EU general budget – 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th EDFs; Discharge 2014: EU general budget – European Commission; The EU in a changing global environment – a more connected, contested and complex world.

Committee on International Trade (INTA)
Debriefing by Cecilia Malmström on the outcome of the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi; Presentation by Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on the priorities of the Dutch Presidency in the area of International Trade Policy; Votes: Arrangements for products originating in certain states which are part of the ACP Group of States provided for in agreements establishing, or leading to the establishment of, Economic Partnership Agreements; Introduction of emergency autonomous trade measures for the Republic of Tunisia; Opening of negotiations for an EU-Tunisia Free Trade Agreement; Opening of FTA negotiations with Australia and New Zealand. Question for oral answer on Sustainable development provisions of the EU-West Africa Economic Partnership Agreement; Exchange of views with Jörg Wuttke, President of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China.

Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)
Exchange of views with Kristalina Georgieva on Discharge 2014: EU general budget – European Commission; exchange of views with the Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament with responsibility for the budget, David-Maria Sassoli and Rainer Wieland the Secretary-General, Klaus Welle and the Internal Auditor of the European Parliament, Robert Galvin on the Discharge 2014: EU general budget – European Parliament.

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Public hearing on Virtual currencies; Economic Dialogue and exchange of views with Harris Georgiades, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Cyprus; adoption of draft reports: Activities and supervision of institutions for occupational retirement provision (recast); Banking Union – Annual Report 2015; European Central Bank Annual report for 2014.

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)
Adoption of draft opinions: New territorial development tools in Cohesion policy 2014-2020: Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) and Community-Led Local Development (CLLD); Discharges 2014; Gender equality and empowering women in the digital age. Draft report Social dumping in the European Union; draft opinion Poverty: a gender perspective; Question for oral answer What is Social Triple A?; consideration of amendments European Semester for economic policy coordination: Employment and Social Aspects in the Annual Growth Survey 2016.

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)
Presentation of the priorities of the Dutch Presidency with Mr Henk Kamp, Minister of Economic Affairs; Legislative Scrutiny: Commission’s presentation of its delegated Regulation on the transitional rules for certain provisions of the Union Customs Code where the relevant electronic systems are not yet operational; adoption draft report Single Market governance within the European Semester 2016; consideration draft report The Single Market Strategy.

Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN)
Adoption draft report Market access to port services and financial transparency of ports; Exchange of views with Mr François Bausch on the conclusions of the Luxembourg Presidency; Presentation of the Council Presidency’s programme by the Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and Environment, Ms Melanie Schulz Van Haegen; consideration of draft opinion Social dumping in the European Union.

Committee on Regional Development (REGI)
Joint REGI-COTER Public Hearing on the Implementation of the EU Urban Agenda: «Towards the Pact of Amsterdam». COTER is the Committee of the Regions Commission for Territorial Cohesion and EU Budget.

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)
Draft recommendation Animal Health; adoption of opinion Discharge 2014: EU general budget – European Commission; Consideration of: Technological solutions to sustainable agriculture in the EU, The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, How can the CAP improve job creation in rural areas?, An EU strategy for the Alpine region; Exchange of views with the European Commission (DG AGRI) on geographical indications.

Committee on Culture and Education (CULT)
Adoption of draft opinions/reports: Erasmus+ and other tools to foster mobility in VET – a lifelong learning approach; Learning EU at school; Poverty: a gender perspective; Presentation of the priorities of the Dutch Presidency by Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Jet Bussemaker, and State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport, Martin van Rijn.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Exchange of views on the Danish draft law on asylum seekers; adoption draft report Accession of Croatia to the Conventions on the protection of the European Communities’ financial interests; EU Agency for Fundamental Rights – report on surveillance by intelligence services: fundamental rights safeguards and remedies in the EU; eu-LISA: Chairing the network of Justice and Home Affairs Agencies in 2015 – reporting back; Fundamental Rights Agency: Chairing the network of Justice and Home Affairs Agencies in 2016 – working programme; Progress report in the EU’s 2013 – 2020 Drugs Strategy and 2013 – 2016 Action Plan on Drugs; European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA); Application of the Council Directive establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation.

Tuesday 26 January

Political Group meetings

Launch of the Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup in the European Parliament
The European Parliament’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI) is holding its launch event «Together against racism». Speakers will include Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, Claude Moraes, Chair of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, Sarah Isal, Chair of the European Network Against Racism, and other civil society representatives.

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)
Exchange of views with Minister Pier Carlo Padoan and presentation of the Minister’s proposal for a European Unemployment insurance scheme.

Wednesday 27 January

Political Group meetings

Committee on Budgets (BUDG)
Exchange of views with Commission Representatives, Monitoring Group, on the Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal; exchange of views on the Guidelines for the 2017 Budget – Section III; exchange of views on the European Semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Growth Survey 2016; draft report Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund – EGF/2015/007 BE/Hainaut Namur Glass; votes on 2015 budget, 2016 budget and building policy.

Thursday 28 January

Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
Adoption of the 2015 Report on Serbia and 2015 Report on Kosovo; consideration of amendments on the Implementation and review of the EU-Central Asia Strategy; consideration of draft opinions Discharge 2014: EU general budget on the European Commission and EEAS; Debriefing on the AFET Committee delegation to Tunisia, 6-7 January 2016; Public hearing on the Colombian peace process.

Committee on International Trade (INTA)
Working group: Workshop on the China Market Economy Status

Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)
Adoption of draft reports Annual Report 2014 on the Protection of the EU’s Financial Interests – Fight against fraud, and European Investment Bank (EIB) – Annual Report 2014; exchange of views on the 2014 Discharge to the Agencies; exchange of views on the 2014 Discharge to the Joint Undertakings.

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Public Hearing with Elke König, Chairperson of the Single Resolution Board (SRB); draft report on the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of San Marino providing for measures on taxation of savings income in the form of interest payments; consideration of amendments on the European Semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Growth Survey 2016.

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
Exchange of views on the Implementation report on the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU); BEREC opinion on Review of the Telecoms Framework and other ongoing activities, Presentation by Wilhelm Eschweiler, Chair of BEREC; Commission Communication on the FP7 ex-post evaluation report, Presentation by Carlos Moedas; Presentation of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) special report ‘Improving the security of energy supply by developing the internal energy market: more efforts needed’, Exchange of views with Phil Wynn Owen, Member of the ECA; Study on ‘Space Market uptake’, Presentation by Laura Delponte, Centre for Industrial Studies (CSIL).

Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI)
Votes: Protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure, Accession of Austria and Malta to the Hague Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters, Transparency, accountability and integrity in the EU institutions, Union framework for the collection, management and use of data in the fisheries sector and support for scientific advice regarding the Common Fisheries Policy (recast), Customs duties on imports of certain products originating in the United States of America (codification), Promoting the free movement of citizens and businesses by simplifying the acceptance of certain public documents in the EU.
Hearing on a Law of Administrative Procedure of the European Union; Exchange of views with Frans Timmermans, first Vice-President of the European Commission, within the framework of the inter-institutional dialogue; Exchange of views with Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman, on the Ombudsman’s inquiry Case 1011/2015/TN.
Exchanges, working document: Single-member private limited liability companies; Common minimum standards of civil procedures; Protection of vulnerable adults; Requests for the waiver of the parliamentary immunity.

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
Adoption of draft reports / opinions: Meeting the antipoverty target in the light of increasing household costs; The situation of women refugees and asylum seekers in the EU; Women domestic workers and carers in the EU; Discharge 2014: EU general budget – European Commission; Discharge 2014 : European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). Presentation of the Council Presidency’s programme of the Netherlands by Jet Bussemaker, Minister for Education, Culture and Science; Presentation of EIGE’s work in 2015 and its future activities by Virginija LANGBAKK, Director of EIGE.

Committee on Petitions (PETI)
Votes: Report on the Annual Report on the activities of the European Ombudsman in 2014, Short motion for a resolution on the ratification of the Marrakech Treaty, based on petitions received, notably Petition 924/2011, adoption of the Guidelines of the Committee on Petitions. Workshop on The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Access to Health Care and Medicines from the perspective of petitions received; Petitions on Social Affairs, Agriculture, Competition – Internal Market, Fundamental Rights.

Find an overview of committees here.


Council of Ministers

Monday 25 – Tuesday 26 January

Informal meeting of Justice and Home Affairs ministers in Amsterdam
Alongside Luxembourg and troika partners Malta and Slovakia, the Dutch Presidency aims to make the JHA Council more dynamic and interactive. This informal meeting of ministers of justice and home affairs has been structured in such a way as to encourage political debate between the attending ministers. The agenda will be determined on the basis of recent events, the priorities of the Presidency and current issues.

Wednesday 27 – Thursday 28 January

Informal meeting of Ministers responsible for Competitiveness in Amsterdam
This is an informal meeting of ministers responsible for research (on Wednesday) and industry and single market (on Thursday). The central theme of the Dutch EU Presidency is making Europe more innovative, which will stimulate economic growth and maximise the social impact of research and innovation. Within the Competitiveness Council, the Dutch Presidency will focus on three priorities in the field of research and innovation: fostering investment, creating the right conditions for research and innovation, and improving the circulation of knowledge through Open Science/Open Access.

Information on informal meetings can be found here.


European Commission and High Representative

Monday 25 January

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Federica Mogherini visits Turkey together with Johannes Hahn and Christos Stylianides.

Vĕra Jourová in Amsterdam, Netherlands, meets Andrea Orlando, Minister of Justice of Italy, on margins of Informal Justice and Home Affairs Council.

Monday 25 – Tuesday 26 January

Business Innovation Observatory conference: Disrupting the future
This two-day interactive conference will sum up the last 3 years of the Business Innovation Observatory (BIO) and look towards the future of innovation. Around 200 participants are set to attend, including role-model entrepreneurs, serial investors, renowned industry experts and high-level policy-makers. The Business Innovation Observatory is an initiative of the European Commission providing regular evidence on the latest innovative trends in business and industry, including how innovative solutions are developed and brought to market, as well as their impact on the economy.

Launch conference of the EU strategy for the Alpine Region
The launch conference of the EU strategy for the Alpine region (EUSALP) will mark the move to the timely implementation phase of the strategy, following its endorsement by EU leaders at the EU Council, currently foreseen for 17-18 December 2015. This event will bring together the EU institutions, participating States and regions and all key players in the governance and implementation of the EUSALP and offers all the main stakeholders the opportunity to express their views and ideas on the best working methods and efficient management of the strategy. Corina Creţu and Violeta Bulc will represent the European Commission.

Tuesday 26 January

President Jean-Claude Juncker and Frans Timmermans receive Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Kristalina Georgieva attends a meeting of the High-Level Group on Own Resources (HLGOR), in Brussels.

Maroš Šefčovič meets Lamberto Zannier, Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), in Brussels.

Jyrki Katainen receives Ms Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General of OECD.

Jyrki Katainen, Mr Günther Oettinger, Ms Cecilia Malmström, Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis, Mr Phil Hogan, Ms Violeta Bulc, and Ms ElżbietaBieńkowska receive Mr Jörg Wuttke, President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

Günther Oettinger, Ms Marianne Thyssen, and Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska attend the inaugural meeting of the High Level Group on Automotive Industry (GEAR 2030), in Brussels.

Corina Creţu in Prague, the Czech Republic: attends the informal meeting of the ministers responsible for Cohesion Policy of the Visegrad Group countries, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Slovenia.

Tuesday 26 – Thursday 28 January

Designing the path: a strategic approach to EU agricultural research and innovation
Challenges faced by agriculture and rural areas and the long-term character of research activities call for a strategic approach to research and innovation. The European Commission organises a large conference to discuss how such a strategic approach could be implemented. The conference will close a half-year process kicked-off in Milan in June 2015. The objectives of the conference will be to present the main elements of a long-term strategy for EU agricultural research and innovation; and to discuss its content, in particular several dimensions of the manner it could be implemented.

Wednesday 27 January

Meeting of the College of Commissioners

Federica Mogherini and Dimitris Avramopoulos receive Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Günther Oettinger and Mr Carlos Moedas in Amsterdam, the Netherlands to participate at the informal meeting of Competitiveness Ministers.

Karmenu Vella and Margrethe Vestager receive Jörg Wuttke, President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

Thursday 28 January

Andrus Ansip, Jyrki Katainen, Günther Oettinger and Elżbieta Bieńkowska, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands to participate at the informal meeting of Competitiveness Ministers.

Johannes Hahn visits the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Pierre Moscovici receives Jörg Wuttke, President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

Friday 29 January

Andrus Ansip and Carlos Moedas attend the first high-level group meeting of the Scientific Advice Mechanism.

Johannes Hahn visits Lebanon.

Neven Mimica in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: participates in the African Union Summit

Miguel Arias Cañete in Ankara, Turkey: attends the EU-Turkey High-Level Energy Dialogue, and the 2nd meeting of the Working Group on implementation of Ashgabat Declaration.

Saturday 30 January

Kristalina Georgieva in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to participate at the 24th Summit of the African Union ‘Women’s Empowerment Year and Africa Development for the concretisation of Agenda 2063’; Neven Mimica in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: participates in the African Union Summit.

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


European Economic and Social Committee

Monday 25 January

Study Group Euro area economic policy (2016)
Presentation by a representative of the Commission on the Recommendation for a Council Recommendation on the economic policy of the euro area; Discussion of the working document on Euro area economic policy (2016), drawn up by the rapporteurs.

Monday 25 – Tuesday 26 January

ACP-EU Follow-up Committee
Report on recent activities by Yves Somville, President of the ACP-EU Follow-Up Committee; Presentation of work program; Economic Partnership Agreements: Latest developments; Preparation and discussion of the agenda and venue for the regional seminar in the Southern Africa region; The future of ACP-EU relations in the post-Cotonou framework; Climate change and its challenges for agriculture and food security.

Tuesday 26 January

Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion
Exchange of views on the opinion on the Action Plan on Capital Markets Union; exchange of views on the opinion on the Future of the EU Urban Agenda; Thematic debate on The Deepening EMU Package: What’s next?.

Wednesday 27 January

Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption
Presentation on the results of the project group Space and Society followed by debate with stakeholders; Preliminary discussion of the opinion on Public procurement/asylum crisis following a brief introduction by the Commission (DG GROW); Preliminary discussion of the opinion on Control of the acquisition and possession of weapons following a brief introduction from the Commission (DG GROW).

Drafting Group on the Structural Reform Support Programme
Presentation by a representative of the European Commission, Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) of the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of the Structural Reform Support Programme for the period 2017 to 2020; Discussion of the working document on the Structural Reform Support Programme, drawn up by the rapporteur.

Study Group on State of the Energy Union 2015
Discussion of the working document on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions and the European Investment Bank: State of the Energy Union 2015.

Thursday 28 January

Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship
Adoption of the SOC/530 opinion Fighting poverty; Orientation debate on the draft opinion of the Subcommittee on the Annual Growth Survey 2016 and the Draft Joint Employment Report; Debate on migration, the refugee crisis and the contribution of civil society to the integration of migrants with the participation of the rapporteurs of the European Parliament’s own-initiative report on a holistic EU approach to migration, the European Commission and the members of the Bureau of the European Migration Forum representing civil society.

Study Group on the Circular economy and Public Hearing: Making the circular economy happen
On December 2nd, 2015, after the withdrawal of the previous circular economy package presented in July 2014, the European Commission adopted a revised set of proposals promoting the transition towards a circular economy. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will elaborate an opinion addressing the whole circular economy package under the responsibility of its rapporteur, Cillian Lohan, CEO of the Irish Green Economy Foundation. In order to ensure its opinion closely reflects the views of the European civil society, the EESC organises a public hearing to gather inputs from interested stakeholders and experts at an early stage. Speakers will include representatives of diverse European civil society organisations, businesses and institutions. For civil society organisations involved in the circular economy, it will be an opportunity to make their voices heard and convey their messages to the European decision-makers.

Friday 29 January

Section for External Relations
Adoption of the draft opinion on EU Enlargement Strategy; Presentation of work programmes of REX standing bodies for the 2015-2018 term of office: Western Balkans Follow-up Committee, ACP Follow-up Committee, and the EU-Georgia Civil Society Platform and Domestic Advisory Group; Approval of the composition of new study groups.

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 January

European innovation ecosystems: Good governance and effective support for smart specialisation
This conference is jointly organised by the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the European Commission. It seeks to exchange knowledge and experience concerning the effectiveness and efficiency of supporting innovative entrepreneurship at territorial levels in the context of implementation of smart specialisation strategies. Targeted participants: representatives from national/regional authorities and practitioners from business and innovation support institutions organised in non-governmental networks, and other innovation actors

Wednesday 27 January

[Y]Factor: Think Smart, Think Regional…Let’s Innovate!
The increasing move towards a digital economy yields many benefits for Europe, including increased competitiveness, labour mobility, employment opportunities, and opening new fields for business. However, to what extent are local governments willing to utilise youth as a resource, and use their solutions as part of regional digital development policies? What role can young people play in innovating their regions and cities? The winter [Y] Factor conference 2016 will be focused on this key question. The event will bring together young people, local authorities and the young entrepreneurs for an interactive discussion on two key issues: Young Entrepreneurs and Local and Regional Authorities: New Paths of Cooperation?; Young Generation and Smart Cities: How Can Big Data Drive Innovation?.

Workshop on Simplification of the Cohesion policy
The General Affairs Council meeting of 18 November invited the upcoming Presidencies of the Council to cooperate with the CoR on the simplification of Cohesion policy. A first workshop co-organised between the COTER commission and the Dutch Presidency will discuss concrete aspects of simplification in order to improve the current implementation of Cohesion policy. The main goal of these workshops is to provide input to the Council discussions on the simplification of cohesion policy and feed into the CoR’s future work on this matter. Participants in this event will mainly be experts representing managing authorities from the Member States, regions and cities.

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

Thursday 28 January

Presidency Conference on the Multiannual Financial Framework
On 28 January 2016 the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance will host a Presidency conference on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) in Amsterdam. The conference is the starting point for an open, EU-wide discussion on the next MFF. Around 150 members of parliament, high-level representatives and experts from all member states, the European Commission and the European Parliament will have an interactive discussion on the most important questions regarding the MFF: What is the ideal budget? How do we finance the budget? How do we address new European priorities? How do we ensure a smooth negotiation process? With participation of Kristalina Georgieva and Jyrki Katainen.

The agenda of the Dutch Presidency can be found here.


European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Tuesday 26 – Wednesday 27 January

Building a fundamental rights toolkit for the media
Media professionals will come to FRA to jointly create a toolkit to help raise awareness among online, print and audiovisual media professionals about fundamental rights to avoid unintentional bias that reinforce stereotypes. It will provide guidance on how to factually report about fundamental rights without using biased language and how to link issues they report on to fundamental rights. The toolkit aims at assisting media professionals to improve the quality of media content and to move towards a factual reporting mode based on fundamental rights. The toolkit will be based on the successful ‘Media Diversity Toolkit’, co-produced by FRA and the European Broadcasting Union in 2008.

Wednesday 27 January

Fundamental rights training to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day
On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, FRA will take part in training EU officials about fundamental rights and Holocaust remembrance. The training seminar aims to: educate and inform EU staff about the Holocaust, its history, the events that took place, and its remembrance today; engage EU staff in reflecting about the Holocaust and the implications for fundamental rights culture today; and sensitise EU staff to issues related to transitional justice as well as to the challenges of remembrance that societies in Europe face today.

Information on upcoming FRA events can be found here. 


European Data Protection Supervisor

Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 January

Conference Computers, Privacy and Data Protection 2016: [In]visibilities and Infrastructures
The EDPS will take part in various panels and activities during the three-day conference. To mark the occasion, the EDPS plans to launch an ethics advisory group as part of a panel on Data, Dignity and Technology. The group will be charged with assessing the ethical implications of how personal information is defined and used in the big data world. This panel will be followed in the evening by a live transatlantic discussion on big data, organised by the EDPS, the Council of Europe and the National Cyber Security Alliance.

Thursday 28 January

European Data Protection Day
On 28 January 2016, the 47 countries of the Council of Europe as well as European institutions, agencies and bodies will celebrate the tenth annual European Data Protection Day. This date marks the anniversary of the Council of Europe’s Convention 108 on the protection of personal information, the first legally binding international law in the field of data protection. The EDPS will mark the date with a series of events.

Find more information on EDPS events here


Council of Europe

Wednesday 27 January

European Committee of Social Rights’ Conclusions 2015
The European Committee of Social Rights will make public its Conclusions 2015 on state compliance with the European Social Charter as regards to rights related to children, families and migrants. The publication of the Committee’s conclusions and findings will be marked by a press conference in the presence of the Committee’s President, Giuseppe Palmisano, and its General Rapporteur, Lauri Leppik.

Find an overview of Council of Europe events here.


Parliamentary Assembly

Monday 25 January

First Part Session of 2016
Opening of the part-session; Progress report of the Bureau and the Standing Committee; Communication from the Committee of Ministers: Presentation by Daniel Mitov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers.

Tuesday 26 January

First Part Session of 2016
Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights for Cyprus; Joint Debate: Escalation of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh and the other occupied territories of Azerbaijan, Inhabitants of frontier regions of Azerbaijan are deliberately deprived of water; address by Rossen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria; Communication from the Secretary General of the Council of Europe; Debate on Request for partner for democracy status with the Parliamentary Assembly submitted by the Parliament of Jordan; Debate on Introduction of sanctions against parliamentarians.

Wednesday 27 January

First Part Session of 2016
Joint debate: The Mediterranean Sea: a front door to irregular migration, Organised crime and migrants; Joint debate: Combating international terrorism while protecting Council of Europe standards and values, Foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq.

Thursday 28 January

First Part Session of 2016
Address by Lorella Stefanelli and Nicola Renzi, Captains Regent of San Marino; Debate on The situation in Kosovo and the role of the Council of Europe; Joint debate: Strengthening the protection and role of human rights defenders in Council of Europe member States, How to prevent inappropriate restrictions on NGO activities in Europe?.

Friday 29 January

First Part Session of 2016
Debate on Access to school and education for all children; Debate on Judicial corruption: urgent need to implement the Assembly’s proposals; Progress report of the Bureau and the Standing Committee (continued); Constitution of the Standing Committee; Closure of Part Session.

Find the PACE diary here and the diary of PACE President Anne Brasseur here.



Tuesday 26 January

Eight judgments concerning Belgium, Hungary, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia and Turkey.

Wednesday 27 January

Grand Chamber hearing in the case Lhermitte v. Belgium (no. 34238/09)

Thursday 28 January

25 judgments and/or decisions concerning Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Malta, the Republic of Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

Annual press conference of the European Court of Human Rights
The President of the European Court of Human Rights, Guido Raimondi, will present a summary of the Court’s activities and its statistics for 2015.

Information on forthcoming judgments can be found here, the calendar of hearings can be found here.


Conference of INGOs

Monday 25 January

January Session: Working Groups
Working groups on: Human Rights and co-development; Climate Change and Human Rights; Human Rights Defenders; Mediterranean Europe.

Tuesday 26 January

January Session: Committees and Working Groups
Standing Committee; Administrative Council of INGO-Service; Education and Culture Committee.
Working Groups: Teaching intercultural dialogue – Living together in Europe; The teacher in interaction with his environment: a shared responsibility; History teaching: towards a European narration for a real education for democratic citizenship; Health Economics.

Wednesday 27 January

January Session: Committees and Working Groups
Committee on Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges; Meeting on new technologies and Communication; Ordinary General Assembly of INGO-Service.
Working Groups: Extreme poverty and human rights; Good use of digital media with the educational practice.

Thursday 28 January

January Session: Committees and Working Groups
Standing Committee; Human Rights Committee; Bureau of the Conference of INGOs.
Working Groups: Hate Speech Eradication?; Gender Equality; Social Cohesion and Inclusive Cities.

Friday 29 January

January Session: Winter Session of the Conference of INGOs
2015 activity report; Exchange of views with the Permanent Representatives of member States to the Council of Europe on strengthening the role of NGOs at the Council of Europe; Exchange of views with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland; Report on the President’s fact-finding visits to Moldova and Bulgaria; Expert Council on NGO Law: information about recent studies and opinions; Gender Equality Expert of the Conference of INGOs; Information on the upcoming revision of the rules of procedure of the Conference of INGOs and of Resolution (2003)8 on participatory status; Information on the joint action of the INGOs to promote the Turin process for the European Social Charter and ratification of the additional protocol on the collective complaints procedures; Feedback from the thematic Committees and from the Standing Committee and adoption of texts: Communication Charter, Road map for youth participation.

The calendar of INGO meetings can be found here.


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