Weekly European Agenda 29 August – 4 September

Day-by-day

Monday 29 August

  • EP: AFET
  • EC: Crețu receives the Greek Minister of Economy
  • EC: Dombrovskis meets with the Baltic states’ ministers of welfare
  • EESC: Study Group on Passenger ships – safety rule and standards

Tuesday 30 August

  • EP: AFET, AGRI, EMIS
  • EC: College Seminar
  • EESC: Study Group on EU Strategy on heating and cooling
  • FRA: hosts panel debate at the European Forum Alpbach
  • CoE: PACE Selection panel Václav Havel Human Rights Prize

Wednesday 31 August

  • EP: DROI, DEVE, INTA, BUDG, ECON, EMPL, PECH, LIBE
  • EC: College Seminar
  • EESC: Study Group on New Electricity Market design
  • ECHR: 11 judgments

Thursday 1 September

  • EP: DEVE, INTA, ECON, EMPL, TRAN, FEMM, ENVI
  • EC: Mogherini at informal OSCE Ministerial Meeting
  • EESC: Study Groups
  • ECHR: Grand Chamber hearing

Friday 2 September

  • EP: Interparliamentary Conference on the CFSP/CSDP
  • Gymnich Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers
  • EC: Crețu in Poland
  • EESC: Public Hearing ‘Roma women’s participation in public life’
  • EESC: Study Group on Cooperation with third countries on regular migration to the EU
  • ECHR: 9 judgments and/or decisions

Saturday 3 September

  • EP: Interparliamentary Conference on the CFSP/CSDP
  • Gymnich Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers

Sunday 4 September

  • EP: Interparliamentary Conference on the CFSP/CSDP
  • G20 Leaders’ Summit

 

European Union

European Parliament

Monday 29 August

Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
Exchange of views with Jean-Michel Dumond newly appointed Head of the EU Delegation to Sudan and with Bettina Muscheidt newly appointed Head of the EU Delegation to Libya.

Tuesday 30 August

Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
Vote on the General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections; Exchange of views on the situation in Turkey and debriefing of the AFET fact-finding mission to Ankara, Turkey on 23-25 August 2016; Exchange of views with the Managing Director of the EEAS Asia/Pacific in view of the Afghanistan Donor Conference (Brussels, 5 October 2016); Exchange of views on «Migration, displacement and development in a changing Arab world» with International Organization for Migration – MENA Regional Office; Exchange of views on «EU cooperation with third countries: ambitions and results following the Valletta summit (11-12 November 2015)» with Mbarka Bouaida, Minister attached to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco (tbc) and Ambassador Hisham Badr, Assistant Foreign Minister of Multilateral Affairs of Egypt; Exchange of views on «Security in the OSCE Region» with Lamberto Zannier, OSCE Secretary General and Gernot Erler, Special Representative of Germany for the OSCE Chairmanship.

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)
Votes: General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections, General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections; 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; CAP tools to reduce price volatility in agricultural markets; Annual Report on EU Competition Policy; Scrutiny: Presentations by the Commission (DG AGRI) of the draft delegated acts relating to the July «milk package» and regarding the Delegated Regulation laying down further temporary exceptional support measures for producers of certain fruit and vegetables.

Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS)
Hearing of Mr Peter Lakin, Vice President, Sales, Programs and Marketing, Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, Faurecia Group; Hearing of Mr Günter Verheugen, Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry from 2004 to 2010.

Wednesday 31 August

Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI)
Follow-up by the EEAS to the urgency resolutions on Eritrea and Gambia; consideration of draft opinion Women’s Rights in the Eastern Partnership States and other neighbouring countries; Hearing on Corruption and human rights; first exchange of views on the Annual report on human rights and democracy in the world and the European Union’s policy on the matter 2015.

Committee on Development (DEVE)
Exchanges of views on Increasing the effectiveness of development cooperation and Promoting gender equality in mental health and clinical research; votes: Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Government of the Cook Islands, sustainable management of external fishing fleets; EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking; The future of ACP-EU relations beyond 2020; General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections; presentation of study ICT in the developing world; exchange of views on EU options for improving access to medicines; and a Presentation of the Action Plan on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

Committee on International Trade (INTA)
Draft report on Common rules for imports of textile products from certain third countries not covered by bilateral agreements, protocols or other arrangements, or by other specific Union import rules; Joint debate on Delegated Acts; 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; Economic Partnership Agreement between the EC and Ghana; Presentation of a study «Analysis of the prospects for updating the trade pillar of the European Union-Chile Association Agreement»; votes: General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections, EU strategy for liquefied natural gas and gas storage; Bilateral safeguard clause and the stabilisation mechanism for bananas of the Trade Agreement between the EU and its Member States and Colombia and Peru, of the other part; Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of macro-financial assistance to third countries in 2015; Macro-financial assistance to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part.

Committee on Budgets (BUDG)
General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections; Draft amending budget No 3/2016: Security of the Institutions; Establishment of the Structural Reform Support Programme for the period 2017 to 2020; Possible evolutions and adjustments of the current institutional set up of the European Union; Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Government of the Cook Islands; Implementation report on Europe for Citizens; European Defence Union; 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; 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; Blending in External Cooperation – Report from the Commission to the Council and the European parliament on the activities of the EU Platform (EUBEC) from July 2014 until end of 2015 (tbc); Annual Report on the Financial Activities of the European Investment Bank; Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (application from Finland – EGF/2016/001 FI/Microsoft); Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (application from Sweden – EGF/2016/002 SE/Ericsson); votes: The European Union Solidarity Fund: an assessment, CAP tools to reduce price volatility in agricultural markets, 2016 Budget: Section III – Commission, 2016 Budget: Other Sections, Building policy.

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Public Hearing on Macroeconomic, financial and monetary impact of economic developments in China; Public Hearing: Towards a definitive VAT system and fighting VAT fraud; General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections; Green Paper on Retail Financial Services; Establishing a Union Programme to support specific activities in the field of financial reporting and auditing for the period of 2014-20.

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)
Establishment of the Structural Reform Support Programme for the period 2017 to 2020; General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections; Civil Law Rules on Robotics; Recognition of professional qualifications in inland navigation; EU options for improving access to medicines; Amendment to Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work; Exchange of views with Ján Richter (Slovakian Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family); votes: General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections, Implementing the Agreement concluded between the General Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives in the European Union (COGECA), the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and the Association of National Organisations of Fishing Enterprises (EUROPÊCHE) of 21 May 2012 as amended on 8 May 2013 concerning the implementation of the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 of the International Labour Organisation; An Aviation Strategy for Europe;  The implementation of the European Fund for Strategic Investments.

Committee on Fisheries (PECH)
General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections; Presentation on the study ‘The impact of fisheries partnerships on employment in the EU and third countries’ ; Report on the Fisheries Committee visit in Norway, 18-21 July; Presentation of the Commission on delegated acts and implementing acts.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Extraordinary meeting

Thursday 1 September

Committee on Development (DEVE)
Exchanges of views on Budgetary Control of financing NGOs from the EU Budget and the Annual Report on the Financial Activities of the European Investment Bank; The global dimension of addressing large movements of refugees and migrants: Exchange of views with Karen AbuZayd, Special Adviser on the UN Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants; Dialogue and cooperation with third countries in the context of refugee and migrant movements.

Committee on International Trade (INTA)
Extension of the provisions of the EC-Uzbekistan Partnership and Cooperation Agreement to bilateral trade in textiles; EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking; Implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Korea.

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Exchange of views and vote on Commission Delegated Regulation supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council on key information documents for packaged retail and insurance-based investment products (PRIIPs) by laying down regulatory technical standards with regard to the presentation, content, review and revision of key information documents and the conditions for fulfilling the requirement to provide such documents; adoption of draft opinion  General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections.

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)
Hearing on Employee financial participation in the age of digitalization; presentation by the Commission on Approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States as regards the accessibility requirements for products and services; Presentation of the Policy Department Study «Precarious employment in Europe: patterns, trends and policy strategies»; Exchange of views with stakeholders on A European Pillar of Social Rights.

Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN)
Votes: General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections, EU strategy for liquefied natural gas and gas storage, Technical requirements for inland waterway vessels (repealing Directive 2006/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council). Considerations of draft opinions: Report on the application of Council Directive 2004/113/EC implementing the principle of equal treatment between men and women in the access to and supply of goods and services, 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, The role of fisheries-related tourism in the diversification of fisheries, Approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles.

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
Votes: General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections, The situation of fundamental rights in the European Union in 2015; Presentation of the Council Presidency’s programme by Ján RICHTER, Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic; Promoting gender equality in mental health and clinical research.

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)

Friday 2 – Sunday 4 September

Interparliamentary Conference on the CFSP/CSDP 
Opening session of the Conference in Bratislava; Session 1 – The EU as a global player: Looking for an Effective Multilateral diplomacy model; Workshops: The EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and beyond: Priorities, Perspectives and Challenges; Sustainable Development and Migration: Towards a comprehensive approach; Towards a European Defence Union: A White Book as a first step; Session 2 – The Western Balkans and the EU: Cooperation and Integration; Closing session of the Conference.

Find an overview of committees here.

 

Council of Ministers

Friday 2 – Saturday 3 September

Gymnich Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers
Informal meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers in Bratislava. On the agenda: Discussion on Turkey; Minsk implementation and the way forward; EU Global Strategy; Counter-terrorism and preventing and countering radicalization.

Sunday 4 – Monday 5 September

G20 Leaders’ Summit
G20 leaders will meet in Hangzhou, China. European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will represent the EU at the summit. The theme of the summit is ‘Toward an Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy’. The four sub-themes are ‘breaking a new path for growth’, ‘more effective and efficient global economic and financial governance’, ‘robust international trade and investment’, and ‘inclusive and interconnected development’. In the margins of the summit, German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande will meet Putin about the situation in Ukraine and the implementation of the so-called Minsk ceasefire 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 29 August

Commissioner Corina Crețu receives Mr Giorgos Stathakis, Greek Minister of Economy
Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis meets with the Baltic states’ ministers of welfare, in Riga

Tuesday 30 – Wednesday 31 August

College Seminar in Knokke

Thursday 1 September

High Representative Federica Mogherini in Potsdam, Germany: takes part in an Informal Ministerial Meeting of the OSCE.

Thursday 1 – Friday 2 September

Commissioner Corina Crețu is in Poland, meets Mr Jerzy Kwieciński, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Economic Development of Poland; delivers a speech at the High-level Information Session on the European Structural and Investment Funds and the European Fund for Strategic Investments.

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

 

European Economic and Social Committee

Monday 29 August

Drafting Group on Passenger ships – safety rule and standards
Discussion of the preliminary draft opinion on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2009/45/EC on safety rules and standards for passenger ships

Tuesday 30 August

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

Wednesday 31 August

Study Group on the New Electricity Market design and potential impacts on vulnerable consumers Discussion of the exploratory opinion on the New Electricity Market design and potential impacts on vulnerable consumers.

Thursday 1 September

Study Groups

  • The 2030 Agenda – A European Union committed to supporting sustainable development goals globally
  • Enhancement of the EU-Turkey bilateral trade relations and the modernisation of the Customs Union
  • Parcel delivery services
  • Unjustified geo-blocking/Digital
  • Report on Competition Policy 2015
  • Passenger ships – registration and reporting formalities

Friday 2 September

Public Hearing ‘Roma women’s participation in public life’ 
When it comes to Roma issues, the gender dimension has long been neglected. However, women have an essential role in Roma society and ensuring their participation is a key element in improving their situation. Romani women across Europe often face discrimination on multiple fronts: racism for being Roma, as well as gender discrimination. It is not possible to speak about the inclusion of Roma if half of their community has little or no opportunity to express their needs and make their voice heard. Roma inclusion policy needs Roma women activists and advocates. The gender dimension can also play an important role in the success of National Roma Integration Strategies (NRISs).

Study group on Cooperation with third countries in promoting regular migration to the EU
Presentation of the Preliminary Draft Information Report on Cooperation with third countries in promoting regular migration to the EU drawn up by the rapporteur Mr Dimitris Dimitriadis; Comments by the co-rapporteur, Mr Jean-Marc Roirant; Debate.

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

 

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Monday 29 August

FRA hosts panel at European Forum Alpbach
FRA is organising a panel debate on Rights, Respect, Reality: The Europe of Values in Today’s World during the European Forum Alpbach on 29 August. The debate will focus on recent challenges to the independence of the judiciary, media freedom, minority rights and the space for civil society and how the EU can respond to prevent the erosion of the commitments made in the Europe of values. The debate will include high-level speakers from EU bodies, Member States and academia. During the Forum, FRA’s Director will also join the panel debate on human rights on the run that will look at the fundamental rights of refugees. The European Forum Alpbach is a long-standing interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business and culture that meets every year address current relevant socio-political questions.

Information on upcoming FRA events can be found here. 

 

Council of Europe

Tuesday 30 August

PACE meeting of the Selection Panel of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize
First meeting of the Selection Panel in Prague which will shortlist three candidates out of the candidatures received

ECHR
11 jugdments

Wednesday 31 August

ECHR Grand Chamber Hearing
In the case of Medžlis Islamske Zajednice Brčko and Others v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, concerning defamation proceedings brought against four NGOs following the publication of a letter they had written to the highest authorities of their district to complain about the entertainment editor of a public radio station.

Thursday 1 September

ECHR
9 jugdments and/or decisions

Find an overview of Council of Europe events here.

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