Weekly European Agenda 5-11 September

Day-by-day

Monday 5 September

  • EP: SEDE, BUDG, ITRE, IMCO, CULT, JURI, LIBE, AFCO, FEMM, EMIS
  • G20 Leaders’ Summit
  • EC: Timmermans visits France
  • EC: Bulc visits Montenegro
  • EC: European Conference on Rural Development (Cork 2)
  • EESC: Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment
  • CoE: Commissioner for Human Rights visits Latvia

Tuesday 6 September

  • EP: Political Group meetings
  • EC: Bulc visits Serbia
  • EC: Single market forum 2016-2017 stakeholder conference
  • EESC: Study Groups
  • Presidency: International Conference Transition to the Green Economy
  • ECHR: seven judgments
  • PACE: Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee

Wednesday 7 September

  • EP: Interinstitutional Conference on the Future Financing of the EU
  • EC: Weekly College meeting
  • EC: Timmermans and Stylianidis meet the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
  • EC: Timmermans and Avromopoulos meet the International Rescue Committee
  • EESC: Section for Transport, energy, infrastructure and the information society
  • Congress: monitoring and pre-electoral missions
  • PACE: President visits Russia

Thursday 8 September

  • EMI: Breakfast Briefing with Kristalina Georgieva and Mario Monti
  • EP: Interinstitutional Conference on the Future Financing of the EU
  • EP: ENVI, REGI, AGRI, PECH, PETI
  • EC: Juncker at Parliament Conference of Presidents
  • EC: Šefčovič at Central and South Eastern Europe Gas Connectivity meeting
  • EC: Thyssen visits Poland
  • EESC: Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Cohesion
  • EESC: Public Hearing on EU labour immigration policy
  • CoR: Event on the potential of biomass in EU Cohesion policy regions
  • EIB: MED Conference on Climate action in the Mediterranean
  • PACE: No Hate Parliamentary Alliance Seminar

Friday 9 September

  • Eurogroup
  • Informal Economic and Financial Affairs Council
  • Meeting of EU southern states in Greece
  • EC: Juncker meetings Committee of Permanent Representatives
  • EC: Malmström in Estonia, Cañete in Budapest, Hogan in Prague
  • EESC: Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship
  • CoR: COTER Seminar on overcoming barriers to economic development
  • CoE: Conference on Internet Freedom
  • PACE: Equality and Non-Discrimination Committee

Sunday 11 September

  • EC: Andriukaitis at G7 Health Ministers Meeting
  • PACE: Election Observation mission in Belarus
  • Parliamentary elections in Belarus
  • Parliamentary elections in Croatia

 

European Movement International

Thursday 8 September

European Movement Breakfast Briefing with Kristalina Georgieva and Mario Monti
The European Movement International is holding a Breakfast Briefing at the margins of the Interinstitutional Conference on the Future Financing of the European Union to discuss how best to finance the EU budget and explore all possible options. Vice President of the European Commission, Kristalina Georgievaand Chairman of a High Level Group on Own Resources, Mario Monti, will join us to debate their vision of the EU’s financing. Find out more about the event or have a look at the EMI Policy Position on EU Own Resources.

 

European Union

European Parliament

Monday 5 September

Subcommittee on Security and Defence
Consideration of draft report European Defence Union; NATO Summit in Warsaw – exchange of views with  James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, NATO,  Timo Koster, Director Defence Policy and Capabilities, Defence Policy and Planning Division, NATO, Gabor Iklody, Director of the Crisis Management and Planning Directorate (CMPD), EEAS; The implementation of the Common Security and Defence Policy (based on the Annual Report from the Council to the European Parliament on the Common Foreign and Security Policy).

Committee on Budgetary Control
Partial renewal  of members of the Court of Auditors – CY Nominee, hearing of Lazaros S. Lazarou; Partial renewal  of members of the Court of Auditors – MT Nominee, hearing of Leo Brincat; Replacement of a member of the European Court of Auditors, hearing of João Figueiredo; Evaluation, votes and adoption of draft reports; Possible evolutions of and adjustments to the current institutional set-up of the European Union; Exchange of views on CONT mission to Jordan and Lebanon

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
Consideration of draft opinion on Civil Law Rules on Robotics; Towards EU Regional Economic Convergence Pilot Project presentation of the outcome; Adoption of draft opinion on Liability, compensation and financial security for offshore oil and gas operations; Consideration of amendments on 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; Exchange of views on Rules for wholesale roaming markets; Consideration of amendments on the Use of the 470-790 MHz frequency band in the Union.

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Consideration of draft report on approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles; Consideration of draft opinion on European Defence Union; Adoption of draft opinion and budget amendments on General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections; Consideration of amendments on European Semester for economic policy coordination: implementation of 2016 priorities; Consideration of amendments on Cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market; Presentation by the Commission: REFIT first results on Consumer sales.

Committee on Culture and Education
Adoption of draft opinion on and adoption of budgetary amendments to General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections; Exchange of views on Implementation report on Creative Europe; Exchange of views on Implementation report on Europe for Citizens; Consideration of draft opinion on European Semester for economic policy coordination: implementation of 2016 priorities.

Committee on Legal Affairs
Presentation by the Commission on REFIT in relation to the proposal on contracts for the online and other distance sales of goods; Monitoring the application of Union law 2014 Annual Report; Establishing an instrument contributing to stability and peace; Consideration of the reports authorising Member States to accept the accession of Peru, Kazakhstan, and Republic of Korea to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction; Commissioners’ declarations of interests – Guidelines; Insolvency proceedings and insolvency practitioner; Consideration of draft opinions on: Protecting against the effects of the extra-territorial application of legislation adopted by a third country and actions based thereon or resulting therefrom (recast); Listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (Ukraine); A coherent EU policy for cultural and creative industries; Exchanges of views on: Report on the Directive implementing the principle of equal treatment between men and women in the access to and supply of goods and services; Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence; Posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services; General Revision of Parliament’s Rules of Procedure; Request for the waivers of parliamentary immunity; Report back on the meetings of the Management Board and Budget Committee of the EU Intellectual Property Office; Considerations of commission implementing and delegated regulations.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Presentation of the annual report 2015 EU Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (EUROJUST);
Consideration of draft report The situation of fundamental rights in the European Union in 2015; Consideration of draft report Listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (Ukraine) and exchange of views with Ms. Olena Zerkal, Deputy Foreign Minister for European Integration of Ukraine; Adoption of draft report  and vote on 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) ; Adoption of draft report and vote on Listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (Kosovo).

Committee on Constitutional Affairs
Council Presidency: Exchange of views with Ivan Korčok, President of the Council of the European Union, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Presentation of the Slovak Presidency’s programme; Consideration and adoption General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections; Consideration and adoption Budgetary capacity for the euro area; Confirmation of the AFCO calendar of meetings for 2017; Presentation of draft report General Revision of Parliament’s Rules of Procedure; Presentation by experts and debate in committee onThe constitutional relationship of the United Kingdom with the European Union: the consequences of the results of the referendum of 23 June 2016.

Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector
Hearing of Mr Janez Potočnik, Commissioner for the Environment from 2010 to 2014; Hearing of Mr Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship from 2010 to 2014.

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

Tuesday 6 September

Political Group meetings

Wednesday 7 September

Political Group meetings

Wednesday 7 – Thursday 8 September

Interinstitutional Conference on the Future Financing of the European Union
The Conference will bring together parliamentarians from all Member States, representatives of the European Institutions and members of the High Level Group on Own Resources to debate and assess key issues of European public finance and in particular the future of the financing of the EU budget. In order to make meaningful recommendations by the end of 2016, taking into account the views expressed in particular by national parliamentarians, the Group is eager to have an in-depth exchange of views.

Thursday 8 September

Political Group meetings

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Adoption of draft report on Council Decision on the conclusion on behalf of the European Union of the Paris Agreement adopted under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; 2016 UN Climate Change Conference – COP 22 in Marrakesh, Morocco; Adoption of draft opinion on EU strategy for liquefied natural gas and gas storage; Consideration of draft opinion on Approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles; Exchange of views with Mr. László Sólymos, Minister of Environment, Slovak Presidency.

Committee on Regional Development
Adoption of draft opinion on Measures to safeguard the security of gas supply; Adoption of draft opinion on General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017 – all sections; Adoption of draft opinion on European Semester for economic policy coordination: implementation of 2016 priorities; Consideration of draft report Establishment of the Structural Reform Support Programme for the period 2017 to 2020; Consideration of draft opinion on the implementation of the European Fund for Strategic Investments; Consideration of draft report Amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 as regards certain provisions relating to financial management for certain Member States experiencing or threatened with serious difficulties with respect to their financial stability; Consideration of draft report 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.

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
Adoption of draft report How can the CAP improve job creation in rural areas?; Consideration of draft report Minimum Standards for the Protection of Farm Rabbits; Presentation of the Policy Department’s study on «The Interactions Between the EU’s External Action and the Common Agricultural Policy».

Committee on Fisheries
Consideration of draft report Sustainable management of external fishing fleets; Consideration of draft opinion on EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking; Consideration of working document Conservation of fishery resources and the protection of marine ecosystems through technical measures; Exchange of views on Characteristics for fishing vessels (recast); Exchange of views on Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Government of the Cook Islands; Exchange of views on Agreement between the European Union and the Kingdom of Norway on reciprocal access to fishing in the Skagerrak for vessels flying the flag of Denmark, Norway and Sweden; Presentation by the Commission on delegated and implementing acts.

Committee on Petitions
Petitions for discussion in committee on the basis of the Commission’s written reply or other documents received; Chair’s announcements concerning Coordinators’ decisions; Petitions which it is proposed to close in the light of the Commission’s written reply or other documents received.

Find an overview of committees here

 

Council of Ministers

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’.

Friday 9 September

Eurogroup (Bratislava)
Discussion on Financial and macroeconomic stability developments in the euro area, including monitoring of individual member states; State of play in Greece; Thematic discussion on growth and jobs: Quality of public finances, spending reviews; Preparation of the G7 meeting, including a discussion of exchange rate developments.

Meeting of EU southern states in Greece
Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras has invited leaders of France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta to Athens for a conference to discuss the common challenges facing the EU with special a focus on austerity, fiscal discipline and migration. They will explore Tsipras’ idea for an “Alliance of Europe’s South” to push for a pro-growth agenda.

Friday 9 – Saturday 10 September

Informal Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Bratislava)
Working Lunch Central Bank Governors; Working Session on Deepening of the EMU – fiscal pillar; Working Session on Taxation – current issues; Working Session on the Investment Plan for Europe.

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

 

European Commission and High Representative

Monday 5 September

Frans Timmermans in Paris, France: rencontre M. Manuel Valls, Premier Ministre de la République française. M Frans Timmermansrencontre M. Bernard Cazeneuve, Ministre de l’Intérieur de la République française.

Violeta Bulc in Podgorica, Montenegro: meets with Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Vujica Lazović and with the Minister of Transport and Maritime Affairs, Mr Ivan Brajović.

Monday 5 – Tuesday 6 September

Cork 2.0: European conference on rural development
Exactly 20 years after the European conference in Cork which concluded with the signing of the Cork Declaration on Rural Development, the EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development organises a second European conference on rural development in Cork, which aims to bring together stakeholders to discuss current and future challenges of farming and rural areas, as well as potential policy responses.

Tuesday 6 September

Violeta Bulc in Belgrade, Serbia: meets with Ms Zorana Mihajlović, Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure.

Single market forum 2016-2017 stakeholder conference: What can a Services Passport achieve?
With this conference, the Commission wishes to gather views and exchange ideas with stakeholders about the Services Passport initiative, in particular on the various policy options that could be envisaged to address the identified difficulties: the possibilities to simplify administrative requirements that service providers have to comply with when they want to start the cross-border provision of services; the opportunity and means to address obstacles of a regulatory nature, to facilitate the access of service providers to another EU country’s market; and the solutions to ensure the better integration of insurance requirements for service providers across the EU.

Wednesday 7 September

Weekly College Meeting
Presentation Africa Strategy (Mogherini)
Presentation Energy Efficiency Package (Sefcovic)

Frans Timmermans and Christos Stylianides receive Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Frans Timmermans participates in a public debate with David Miliband, President and Chief Executive Officer of  the International Rescue Committee; while Dimitris Avramopoulos will meet with David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Thursday 8 September

President Jean-Claude Juncker gives a speech at the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament.

Maroš Šefčovič in Budapest, Hungary: attends the high level group ministerial meeting on Central and South Eastern Europe Gas Connectivity (CESEC).

Marianne Thyssen in Warsaw, Poland: meets Mr Jarosław Obremski, Deputy Chairman of the Foreign and European Union Affairs Committee of the Senate of Poland; with representatives of the Polish trade unions; meets with representatives of the Polish employers’ organisations. She also meets Ms Elżbieta Rafalska, Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy.

Friday 9 September

President Jean-Claude Juncker has a working lunch with the Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union.

Cecilia Malmström in Tallinn, Estonia: holds a series of meetings including with Mr Taavi Rõivas, Prime Minister of Estonia; with Ms Marina Kaljurand, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia; and with the chairpersons of the European Union Affairs Committees of the National Parliaments of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

Miguel Arias Cañete in Budapest, Hungary: gives a keynote speech at the Conference of the High Level Group on Central and South Eastern Europe Gas Connectivity (CESEC).

Phil Hogan in Prague, the Czech Republic: holds a series of meetings, including with Mr Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic; with Mr Marian Jurečka, Minister of Agriculture; with representatives of the EU and Agriculture Committees of the Chamber of Deputies, and the Senate of the Parliament. He also meets with representatives of the Czech agricultural non-governmental organisations.

Dimanche 11 septembre

Vytenis Andriukaitis in Kobe, Japan: participates in the G7 Health Ministers Meeting.

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

 

European Economic and Social Committee

Monday 5 September

Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (NAT)
The Biodiversity policy of the EU (own initiative opinion); The Road from Paris (own-initiative opinion); Sustainable Development: A Mapping of the EU’s internal and external policies (Exploratory opinion at the request of the European Commission); Organisation of the section’s future work.

Tuesday 6 September

Study Groups
Arctic policy
Communication on online platforms
Ro-ro ferry and high-speed passenger craft in regular service
Recast of the Dublin III regulation
Review of the Audio-Visual Media Services Directive

Wednesday 7 September

Section for Transport, energy, infrastructure and the information society
Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning measures to safeguard the security of gas supply; Opinion on the Communication from the Commission on an EU strategy for liquefied natural gas and gas storage; Opinion on the Communication from the Commission Nuclear Illustrative Programme presented under Article 40 of the Euratom Treaty; Opinion on the Proposal for a Decision on 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; Opinion on the Communication from the Commission European Cloud Initiative – Building a competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe; Opinion on the Communication from the Commission ICT Standardisation Priorities for the Digital Single Market; Opinion on the Communication from the Commission eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020 Accelerating the digital transformation of government.

Thursday 8 September

Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion
Opinion on New measures for development-oriented governance and implementation; opinion on Public tax transparency (country-by-country reporting); Organisation of the section’s future work.

Public Hearing: Towards a coherent EU labour immigration policy
As part of the drawing up of its own initiative opinion on «Towards a coherent EU labour migration policy», the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a public hearing, in cooperation with the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The event will deal with the revision of the EU Blue card as well as with other forms of migration of labour force.

Friday 9 September

Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship
Adoption of the SOC/535 opinion The rights of live-in care workers; Adoption of the SOC/544 opinion
Entry/exit system; Organisation of section work.

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

 

Committee of the Regions

Thursday 8 September

EU Cohesion policy regions: the potential of biomass to bio-based products
This KEP Bioeconomy Event will address the key issue for the development of sustainable European bioindustry, which is biomass supply, and concretely on high potential of (non-food) biomass which is currently not sufficiently exploited (due to technical and regulatory bottlenecks) especially in certain EU geographical areas. The workshop will focus on the Central and Eastern European regions and is organised under the umbrella of the «Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP)» by European Commission DG Research and Innovation in cooperation with the Committee of the Regions.

Friday 9 September

COTER Seminar on Overcoming Barriers to Economic Development – A Remote Island Perspective
The objective of the seminar will be to create a greater understanding of peripheral issues faced by islands and other remote communities and thus to draw evidence of the state of play of Cohesion in the EU.  The seminar should also inform the ongoing assessment of the application of the EU objective of Territorial Cohesion as well as the thinking on the future shape of EU programmes and the future of EU Cohesion policy. Sessions include ‘Seeking local solutions to overcoming barriers to economic development in remote areas’ and ‘Strengthening the territorial approach in EU policies for remote areas’.

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.

 

Slovak Presidency

Tuesday 6 – Wednesday 7 September

International Conference: Transition to the Green Economy
In the framework of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Slovak Ministry of the Environment is organising an international conference on the ‘Transition to the Green Economy (T2gE)’. With this event, the Ministry aims to attract the attention of experts, politicians, senior EU officials, international organisations, universities, research and science experts, the business sector and civil society and to create a space for informed discussion of the key questions on the transition to a green economy. The Slovak Presidency plans to present the outcomes of the event at a meeting of the environment ministers of OECD member countries and at a meeting of the Environment Council.

The agenda of the Slovak Presidency can be found here.

 

European Investment Bank

Thursday 8 September

MED Conference: Climate action in the Mediterranean
Climate change is expected to severely impact the MENA region and tackling climate change is therefore a key priority both for the Mediterranean countries’ governments and for their international partners. After the historic agreement reached in Paris last November and in the run-up to the COP 22 in Marrakesh, the “EIB MED Conference: Climate Action in the Mediterranean” will focus on climate change adaptation, mitigation and climate finance. The conference includes three consecutive sessions: Session I – From Paris to Marrakech – The road travelled since COP21; Session II – Increasing support for adaptation: Why it matters in the MED region; Session III – Climate Finance.

More information about EIB events can be found here

 

Council of Europe

Monday 5 – Friday 9 September

Commissioner for Human Rights
Visit to Latvia

Tuesday 6 September

The European Court of Human Rights will be notifying in writing seven judgments

PACE Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee
The committee will organise a hearing on “Human Rights compatibility of investor-State arbitration in international investment protection agreements”. It is also due to adopt reports on co-operation with the International Criminal Court and on “Legal remedies to human rights violations on the Ukrainian territories outside the control of the Ukrainian authorities”.

Wednesday 7 September

PACE President Working visit to the Russian Federation
Pedro Agramunt is to make a working visit to Moscow, accompanied by the leaders of the Assembly’s five political groups. The delegation is due to meet the Speaker of the State Duma Sergey Naryshkin, as well as other leading members of the Russian parliament.

Missions of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Monitoring visit to Tallinn, Estonia (6 – 8 September)
Pre-electoral Mission to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina for the local elections on 2 October (7 – 9 September)

Thursday 8 September

No Hate Parliamentary Alliance Seminar on combating racism, hatred and intolerance
A seminar on combating racism, hatred and intolerance will be held in Paris, in the framework of the activities of the PACE No Hate Parliamentary Alliance. Participants will include, in particular, the Chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on Human Rights; the Governmental representative on combating racism and anti-Semitism (Dilcra); and the member of the European Commission against racism and intolerance (ECRI) in respect of France.

Friday 9 September

Conference on Internet Freedom: a constant factor of democratic security in Europe
In the last years Internet freedom has emerged as an important priority in foreign policy agendas of several European and non-European states. The conference seeks to promote the Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member States on Internet freedom, and to examine best practices and examples regarding its implementation by member States. Experience of non-governmental organisations which report on Internet freedom will be also showcased and discussed. Conference organised by the Estonian chairmanship of the Council of Europe, the Council of Europe and the OSCE.

PACE Equality and Non-Discrimination Committee
The committee will organise hearings on cyber-discrimination and online hate, and on women in public space. The committee is also due to adopt reports on female genital mutilation in Europe, and on “Promoting the inclusion of Roma and Travellers”.

Sunday 11 September

PACE Election Observation mission in Belarus for the Parliamentary Elections

Find an overview of Council of Europe events here; the PACE diary here; the Congress calendar of events here; Information on forthcoming judgments here; and the Chairmanship agenda here.

 

Elections

Sunday 11 September

Parliamentary elections in Belarus

Parliamentary elections in Croatia

 

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