Weekly European Agenda 27 June – 1 July


Monday 27 June

  • Agriculture and Fisheries Council
  • EC: College meeting
  • EC: Cañete in China for the G20 Energy Ministers Meeting
  • EC: Thyssen at the Quadripartite Statement Signing Ceremony
  • EC: Stylianides meets Syrian Opposition High Negotiations Committee
  • EESC: Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption
  • CoR: Commission for Natural Resources
  • Presidency: InnoGrid2020+ ‘Digital Energy’ Conference

Tuesday 28 June

  • European Council
  • Agriculture and Fisheries Council
  • EP: Political groups
  • EC: Georgieva at Chair of High Level Group on Own Resources meeting
  • EC: Katainen at EP Intergroup on long term investment
  • EC: Malmström meets with U.S. Trade Representative Froman
  • EESC: Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship
  • EESC: Study Groups
  • CoR: Conference Replicating growth models in Europe
  • Presidency: Conference Professional Qualifications safe in Motion
  • CoE: INGO Session debriefing to the Committee of Ministers
  • CoE: ECHR 14 judgments

Wednesday 29 June

  • European Council
  • EP: Political groups
  • EC: Bulc at the EU-China Connectivity Platform
  • EC: Navracsics at High Level Groups on Sport Diplomacy and Grassroots Sport
  • EESC: Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion
  • EESC: Study Groups
  • CoR: Annual meeting European Entrepreneurial Regions
  • CoR: Conference COP22: Regions and cities mobilised for climate
  • Presidency: European Data Forum 2016
  • CoE: ECHR Hearings

Thursday 30 June

  • EC: Timmermans hosts Annual High Level Meeting with philosophical and non-confessional organisations
  • EESC: Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment
  • EESC: Study Groups
  • CoR: Commission for the Environment, Climate Change and Energy
  • Presidency: Conference Digitalisation Cultural Heritage
  • FRA: Director visit to Malta
  • CoE: ECHR 27 jugments
  • CoE: High-level Conference on the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy

Friday 1 July

  • Start of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU
  • EC: College of Commissioners travels to Slovakia
  • EC: High Level Conference on Communicating investment
  • EESC: European Day of Social Economy Enterprises
  • CoE: European Commission against Racism and Intolerance Plenary Meeting
  • OSCE: 25th Annual Session OSCE Parliamentary Assembly


European Union

European Parliament

Monday 27 June

Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
Debate on General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections; consideration of amendments on EU strategic communication to counteract propaganda against it by third parties; consideration of draft report on EU strategy towards Iran after the nuclear agreement; consideration of draft opinion on EU strategy for liquefied natural gas and gas storage; Exchange of views on EU-Swiss relations with chief negotiators Jacques de Watteville, State Secretary of the Swiss Federal Department of Finance and Christian Leffler, EEAS Deputy Secretary General in charge of Economic and Global Issues; vote on The EU relations with Tunisia in the current regional context.

Committee on Budgets (BUDG)
Votes: Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal, Common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency, Budgetary Control of financing NGOs from the EU Budget, 2016 Budget; exchange of views on 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.

Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)
Study on «Public Procurement – a study on administrative capacity in the field of European Structural and Investment ESI Funds»; Appointment of one Member of the European Court of Auditors: Hearing of Leo Brincat – Candidate nominated by the Maltese authorities; Vote: Towards a definitive VAT system and fighting VAT fraud; ECA Special Report 11/2016 (2015 Discharge): Strengthening administrative capacity in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: limited progress in a difficult context; ECA Special Report N° 4/2016 (2015 Discharge): The European Institute of Innovation and Technology must modify its delivery mechanisms and elements of its design to achieve the expected impact.

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Public Hearing on Macroeconomic, financial and monetary impact of economic developments in China; European Central Bank Annual Report for 2015; Towards a definitive VAT system and fighting VAT fraud; Structured Dialogue with Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner for Competition.

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
Use of the 470-790 MHz frequency band in the Union; 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; Cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market; Study on «Scrutiny in Horizon 2020 focusing on the European Parliament’s priorities», presentation by Pinar Temel, Erdyn.

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)
Green Paper on Retail Financial Services; European Semester for economic policy coordination: implementation of 2016 priorities; vote: Directive of the European parliament and of the Council on the Union legal framework for customs infringements and sanctions; Presentations by the Commission: EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020 Accelerating the digital transformation of government, and ICT Standardisation Priorities for the Digital Single Market.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Conclusions of the Dutch Council Presidency of the European Union in the area of Justice and Home Affairs; EU Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (EUROJUST) presentation of annual report; Third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (Georgia); Contracts for the supply of digital content; Votes: Towards a definitive VAT system and fighting VAT fraud, Establishing an EU common list of safe countries of origin for the purposes of common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection, Legal aid for suspects or accused persons deprived of liberty and legal aid in European arrest warrant proceedings, European Border and Coast Guard, Combating terrorism and replacing Council Framework Decision 2002/475/JHA on combating terrorism.

Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO)
The constitutional relationship of the United Kingdom with the European Union: the consequences of the results of the referendum of 23 June 2016; Working Group REVISITING THE RULES OF PROCEDURE: ·Exchange of views with Rainer Wieland, Chair of the Working Group; Reporting back to committee: presentation of the results of the Working group.

Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS)
Hearing of representatives of Robert Bosch GmbH – Dr. Sebastian Biedenkopf, Group General Counsel, Dr. Michael Krüger, Senior Vice President Diesel System Engirneering and Dr. Peter Biesenbach, Head of Corporate Department External Affairs, Governmental and Political Relations; Hearing of Mr Peter Lakin, Vice President, Sales, Programs and Marketing, Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, Faurecia Group.

Tuesday 28 June

Political group meetings

Wednesday 29 June

Political group meetings

Thursday 30 June

Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI)
Hearing Jointly with the Subcommittee on Security and Defence on the use of drones and the fight against terrorism – the impact on human rights; consideration of amendments on Corporate liability for serious human rights abuses in third countries; Exchange of views on juveniles sentenced to the death penalty.

Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE)
Jointly with the Subcommittee on Human Rights: Public hearing «The use of drones and the fight against terrorism – the impact on human rights»; With the Council and Commission and EEAS and the delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly: exchange of views on the Warsaw NATO Summit with Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO; General Roman Polko, Polish Army, Bureau of National Security; Ian Lesser, Senior Director for Foreign Policy, German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).

Committee on International Trade (INTA)
Exchange of views with Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade; consideration of Council position Statistics relating to external trade with non-member countries as regards conferring of delegated and implementing powers upon the Commission for the adoption of certain measures; Exchange of views with the Commission on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) follow-up report; State of play of ongoing trilogue negotiations; Conclusion of the Agreements with the EEA on Financial Mechanisms; The future of ACP-EU relations beyond 2020.

Joint meeting: Hearing

Find an overview of committees here.


European Council

Tuesday 28 – Wednesday 29 June

European Council
The European Council will discuss the outcome of the UK in/out referendum held on 23 June 2016; discuss Migration, in particular the situation in Central Mediterranean and cooperation with third countries of origin and transit; call for the deepening of the single market, with a focus on the digital agenda, endorse the country-specific recommendations under the 2016 European Semester, and assess the first results of the European Fund for Strategic Investments; discuss EU-NATO cooperation ahead of the NATO summit in Warsaw on 8-9 July 2016; and a presentation of the Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy.

The meeting page can be found here.


Council of Ministers

Monday 27 – Tuesday 28 June

Agriculture and Fisheries Council
On Agriculture: exchange of views on the market situation and the market support measures currently in place; take note of a state of play report on the proposed regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products. On Fisheries: presentation of the Commission communication on a consultation on fishing opportunities for 2017; reach a general approach on a proposed regulation on the sustainable management of external fishing fleets. On Conclusions: ministers are expected to adopt conclusions on food waste and food losses, and the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan and of the EU Timber Regulation.

An overview of planned Council meetings can be found here


European Commission and High Representative

Monday 27 June

College meeting

Miguel Arias Cañete in Beijing, China (until 30/06): attends the G20 Energy Ministers Meeting.

Marianne Thyssen attends the Quadripartite Statement Signing Ceremony; Signature of the statement by Mr Valdis Dombrovskis, Ms Marianne Thyssen, European Social Partners and the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on «A new start for social dialogue», in Brussels.

Christos Stylianides receives a delegation of the Syrian Opposition High Negotiations Committee.

Tuesday 28 June

Kristalina Georgieva takes part in the meeting of the Chair of the High Level Group on Own Resources, in Brussels.

Jyrki Katainen delivers remarks at the European Parliament Intergroup on long term investment.

Cecilia Malmström in Washington D.C., USA: meets with Mr Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative.

Wednesday 29 June

Violeta Bulc in Beijing, China: meets with Xu Shaoshi, Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission; participates in the first meeting of the Chairs of the EU-China Connectivity Platform.

Tibor Navracsics participates in the final meeting of the high-level groups on Sport Diplomacy and on Grassroots Sport, in Brussels.

Thursday 30 June

Frans Timmermans hosts the Annual High Level Meeting with philosophical and non-confessional organisations.

Thursday 30 June – Friday 1 July

The College travels to Bratislava to meet with the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU
The College of Commissioners is travelling to Bratislava for its traditional visit to the incoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which in the second semester of 2016 will be held by the Slovak Republic. President Juncker and the Commission Members will discuss the priorities of the Slovak Presidency during a plenary session with the Slovak government.
Before participating in a plenary meeting of the National Council – the Slovak Parliament – the College will engage in four cluster meetings with members of the Slovak government, grouped around the themes: external relations, security, migration and justice; energy and climate policy, transport and natural resources; growth, competitiveness and internal market; and the EU Budget, Economic and Monetary Union, and the social agenda.

Friday 1 July

High-level conference: Communicating investment at EU, national, regional and local level
A one-day event for networking, sharing communication best practices and discussing about communication challenges related to investment in EU countries. Case studies from Bulgaria, Extremadura, Flanders and Vienna as well as a moderated brainstorming session with conference participants are included in the programme.

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


European Economic and Social Committee

Monday 27 June

Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption (INT)
Presentation by a Commission representative of the Commission communication on A European agenda for the collaborative economy; Debate on INT/792 Mid-term evaluation of Horizon 2020; Presentation of the opinion CCMI/141 on The digital transformation of industry – the way forward; Presentation of own-initiative opinion CCMI/144 on The impact on key industrial sectors (and on jobs and growth) of the possible granting of market economy treatment to China (for the purpose of trade defence instruments); Presentation by a Commission representative of the Commission communication on A comprehensive approach to stimulating cross-border e-Commerce for Europe’s citizens and businesses.

Tuesday 28 June

Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC)
Debate on dementia with a presentation of the Dutch Presidency Conference on Dementia of 9–10 May 2016 and the Activities of the European Commission to support research on dementia; presentation and debate on the opinion Granting market economy status to China (CCMI/144 – Information Report on the impact on key industrial sectors, (and on jobs and growth) of the possible granting of market economy treatment to China (for the purpose of trade defence instruments); Presentation of the state of implementation of the work programmes as well as current and future work of the permanent bodies by their presidents; European Pillar of Social Rights: information about the intended 28 dialogue meetings in the Member States.

Hearing and Study Group: Rising stars of the Energy Union? Prosumers on the European Energy Union
Following a keynote speech by Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament’s ITRE Committee, this event will bring together experts from politics and civil society in order to enrich the EESC forthcoming opinion on ‘Prosumer Energy and Prosumer Power Cooperatives’. Specifically, this public hearing aims at providing an overview of the current situation of ‘prosumers’ in the EU; identifying the opportunities and challenges of ‘prosumerism’ for different groups of civil society (consumers, labour, companies, community initiatives/cooperatives) and governments (local/regional authorities, regulators); and developing policy recommendations to promote ‘prosumers’ in Europe.

Study Group on the Recast of the Dublin III regulation
Presentation by a European Commission representative; Discussion of the working document Recast of the Dublin III regulation drawn up by the rapporteur, José Antonio Moreno Díaz.

Wednesday 29 June

Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO)
ECO/406 – opinion on the Action Plan on VAT; Hearing ‘A performance-based EU budget and its focus on real results: The key to sound financial management’.

Hearing and Study Group: European control mechanism on the rule of law and fundamental rights
Recent events have shown that the European Union lack adequate instruments to safeguard the rule of law and human rights, the values stipulated in Article 2 TEU. The EU verifies compliance with these values in the run-up to EU accession, however no similar mechanism apply after EU accession.
The EESC believes that the EU should consider adopting a new European mechanism on the rule of law to improve European governance by establishing a ‘policy coordination cycle’, which would be similar and complementary to the European Semester.

Permanent Study Group on Disability rights 
Permanent Study Group work programme: Country visits to Latvia and Greece; Hearing on Refugees and Immigrants with Disabilities in December; Updates of the opinions: SOC/527 «European Accessibility Act», SOC/538 «UN Concluding Observations» and state of play of the Web Accessibility Directive; Presentation of the activities of the EP Framework for the UNCRPD; Presentation of the planning and organisation of the European Day of persons with disabilities; EDF position on the European Pillar of Social Rights.

Study Group on Agriculture in trade negotiations
Presentation of the preliminary draft opinion on the Role of Agriculture in Bilateral and Regional Trade negotiations in the light of the Nairobi WTO Ministerial meeting (own-initiative opinion), drawn up by the rapporteur, Mr Jonathan Peel.

Thursday 30 June

Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (NAT)
Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the conservation of fishery resources and the protection of marine ecosystems through technical measures; Opinion on the Communication from the Commission on an EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking; Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on laying down rules on the making available on the market of CE marked fertilising product; Own initiative opinion on Building a coalition of civil society and subnational authorities to deliver commitments of the Paris Agreement; Presentation on Integrated Pest Management; Own initiative opinion on Shipbreaking and the recycling society.

Hearing and Study Group in the framework of TTIP negotiations
In the light of the ongoing EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is drafting an own-initiative opinion on «The position of the EESC on specific key issues of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations». In this framework, the EESC is organising a public hearing. The main purpose of this event will be to exchange views with representatives from the European Union institutions involved in the TTIP negotiations, as well as from civil society organisations and consultancy firms, in order to gather relevant information and deepen understanding of the matter.

Study Group on the Revision of the Posting of Workers Directive
Presentation of the state of play with regard to the yellow card procedure by a European Commission representative; Discussion of the preliminary draft opinion Revision of the Posting of Workers Directive drawn up by the rapporteurs, Vladimíra Drbalová and Ellen Nygren.

Friday 1 July

European Day of Social Economy Enterprises
The first European Day of Social Economy Enterprises will bring together European Economic and Social Committee’s (EESC) institutional partners, as well as several stakeholders, in order to have a comprehensive view of the situation, create synergies and discuss next meaures and actions to be taken, in order to fully unleash the potential of the sector. The event will entail three workshops to allow participants to have their say.

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 27 June

Commission for Natural Resources (NAT)
Exchange of views on the opinion Technical measures in fisheries; Roundtable on Market measures limiting milk production with the presentation of the CoR study «Evaluation of the Market Responsibility Programme»; Roundtable on Small Scale Fisheries in European Coastal Communities and Regions.

Tuesday 28 June

Replicating growth models in Europe – Boosting innovative entrepreneurial ecosystems in regions to support young entrepreneurs
The iEER kick off conference brings together actors across regional entrepreneurship ecosystems to brainstorm how to best support young entrepreneurs. Presenting innovative best practices from ten regions, participants are offered the opportunity to learn from their peers. SME representatives share their perspectives on the do’s and don’ts of start-up support, and audience members are invited to share their views and experiences. A panel discussion reflects the role regions can have supporting young entrepreneurs in growth and job delivery. iEER is an Interreg Europe funded flagship project bringing together ten regions around Europe.

Wednesday 29 June

Annual meeting of the European Entrepreneurial Regions (EER)
The meetingwill examine selected good practices in regional and local entrepreneurship support policy, focusing in particular on key aspects of the entrepreneurial strategies of the three EER 2016 winners: Supporting entrepreneurship through cluster policy (Małopolska), Promoting SME internationalisation (Lombardy), and Facilitating business transfer (Glasgow). In a second step, the perspective will be broadened, as the meeting aims to contribute to a toolbox of successful good practices and to identify what additional support regions and cities require from the EU in order to strengthen their business ecosystems in these three areas. As a result, it will bring expertise from the regional and local level to the preparation of the European Commission’s upcoming Start-up Initiative and to the Committee of the Region’s own work in the field of local and regional SME and start-up policy.

Conference COP22: Regions and cities mobilised for climate
Roundtable 1 – A new climate order; Roundtable 2 – Engaging all actors to accelerate implementation; Roundtable 3 – How will regions and cities finance the transition to a low-carbon and resilient economy in the EU?

Thursday 30 June

Commission for the Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ENVE)
ENVE Strategic Thematic debate on ‘Increasing the role of local and regional authorities in the EU Energy Union policies’; Opinions – First discussion and adoption: Delivering the global climate agreement – a territorial approach to COP22 in Marrakesh; An EU action plan for the Circular Economy; An EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling.

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 27 June

InnoGrid2020+ ‘Digital Energy’ Conference
The 5th edition of InnoGrid2020+, the EU event on innovation in electricity networks, will address ‘Digital Energy’: Is the power system of the future an evolution or a revolution? What do smart grids imply in terms of technological innovation? How to make use of big data analytics in energy? How can regulation facilitate innovation in the new power system? And many other key questions will be discussed. More than 20 projects with EU added value will take part in the conference and networking exhibition and present their final reports and recommendations.

Tuesday 28 June

Professional Qualifications safe in Motion
The conference will examine possible ways to safeguard patient safety when healthcare professionals can practise their profession in any country in Europe. It will also explore ways to support healthcare professionals, so that they can deliver good-quality work.
The conference is being held in light of the revised European Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications, which entered into force in 2016. Issues to be addressed include the European Professional Card, a new method for recognising professional qualifications (meeting the tight terms in particular has proved challenging) and the new alert mechanism for member states to warn each other about healthcare professionals who should not be allowed to practise.

Wednesday 29 – Thursday 30 June

European Data Forum 2016
The European Data Forum is the annual European meeting place for industry, research, public authorities and other initiatives to discuss the challenges and opportunities of data in Europe. The theme of EDF2016 is Scaling up the European data economy. The EDF2016 congress will consist of several parallel lecture series with executive level leaders speaking, an exhibition and poster presentations. The EDF2016 will be held in Eindhoven on June 29 and 30, 2016 and will be organized by the Data Science Center Eindhoven of the Eindhoven University of Technology in cooperation with Amsterdam Data Science.

Conference Digitalisation Cultural Heritage
The digitisation of cultural heritage in Europe is well on track. Now that millions of items from archives, museums and libraries are available in digital form, the focus is shifting to the actual use and impact of those digital collections. In the Framework of the Netherlands’ Presidency of the EU, the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science organizes a conference on the challenges in connecting digital cultural heritage collections cross-domain an cross- border and to explore the (unpaved) roads towards finding and serving wider audiences.

The agenda of the Dutch Presidency can be found here.


European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Thursday 30 June – Friday 1 July

FRA Director prepares for future Maltese Presidency of EU Council
FRA’s Director will visit Malta to focus on the upcoming Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU. While there he will give a public address at the Maltese Parliament and visit the European Asylum Support Office, EASO. The Director will also meet with ministers and the Speaker of the Maltese Parliament, as well as organisations that work closely with FRA.

Information on upcoming FRA events can be found here. 


Council of Europe

Tuesday 28 June

INGO: Debriefing of the INGO June session to the Rapporteur Group on Democracy of the Committee of Ministers, by Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs, in Strasbourg.

ECHR: 14 judgments

Tuesday 28 June – Friday 1 July

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI): 70th Plenary Meeting in Strasbourg

Wednesday 29 June

ECHR Hearings in the cases Al Nashiri v. Romania (no. 33234/12) and Abu Zubaydah v. Lithuania (no. 46454/11).

Thursday 30 June

ECHR: 27 judgments and / or decisions

Thursday 30 June – Friday 1 July

Estonian Chairmanship: High-level Conference “Are we there yet? Assessing progress, inspiring action – The Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2014 – 2017”
This annual thematic conference is organized in Tallinn by the Gender Equality Commission and the Estonian authorities. The conference will take stock of the implementation of the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017, highlight progress and impact, and exchange ideas for the preparation of the next Council of Europe Strategy in this field. The Prime Minister of Estonia will open the conference, the Minister of Foreign Affairs will close it and the Minister of Social Protection is one of the keynote speakers. The Czech Minister for Human Rights, Equal Opportunities and Legislation will participate in a high-level panel. The Director General of Democracy will also be one of the keynote speakers of the conference. Other high-level speakers include representatives of UN Women, OSCE, the EU (DG Justice, EIGE), World Bank, academics, experts and activists.

Find an overview of Council of Europe events here; information on forthcoming judgments here; the calendar of hearings here; information on ECRI here; and the Chairmanship agenda here.



Parliamentary Assembly

Friday 1 – Tuesday 5 July

25th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
Held under the theme «25 Years of Parliamentary Co-operation: Building Trust Through Dialogue,» the Session will commemorate the quarter-century anniversary of the Assembly’s work. Featuring keynote presentations by senior officials and several days of parliamentary debate in committee and plenary meetings, the Session is expected to culminate in adoption by majority vote of the 2016 Tbilisi Declaration. The Declaration will contain the Assembly’s wide-ranging pronouncements and policy recommendations for the OSCE and its participating States in the fields of political affairs, economics, the environment and human rights.

More information can be found here

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