Weekly European Agenda ∙ 19 – 25 January 2015


Monday 19 January

Tuesday 20 January

Wednesday 21 January

Thursday 22 January

Friday 23 January

Sunday 25 January

  • Greek Parliamentary Elections


Institutional agendas

Monday 19 January – Thursday 22 January

All Committees: Latvian Ministers present Latvian Presidency priorities

Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
Monday 19 January: Exchange of views on the 2014 Progress Reports on the fYROM, Serbia and Montenegro; and the European integration process of Kosovo. Tuesday 20 January: Discussion of annual report of the HR/VP; exchange of views with Secretary General of the League of Arab States, EU Chief Observer on the election mission in Tunisia, and Foreign Minister of Somaliland; European Youth Event Speed Hearing; discussion of 2014 Commission progress report on Turkey.

Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)
Monday 19 January: adoption of draft report Annual Report 2013 on the Protection of the EU’s Financial Interests; presentation on European Court of Auditors 2015 Work programme; draft opinion on the fruit and vegetables sector since the 2007 reform. Wednesday 21 January: presentations on landscape review on EU accountability and EU financial management; prospects for the EU dairy sector. Thursday 22 January: discharge 2013 budget.

Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI)
Monday 19 January: exchange of views with Commissioner Vĕra Jourová, Vice-President Frans Timmermans and the President of the European Law Institute. Tuesday 20 January: hearing on request for the waiver of the parliamentary immunity of Viktor Uspaskich; votes on accessions to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction; hearing on the protection of trade secrets; exchange of views with the special adviser for Better Regulation.

Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN)
Monday 19 January: exchange of views with the executive director of the European Railway Agency. Tuesday 20 January: approval of the agreement on cross-border exchange of information on road safety related to traffic offenses; discharges 2013; exchanges with and presentations of DG MOVE.

Committee on Regional Developments (REGI)
Monday 19 January: exchange of views with Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu; draft opinion on European network of Employment Services. Tuesday 20 January: exchange with the Latvian Minister of Finance; discharge 2013 budget.

Committee on Culture and Education (CULT)
Monday 19 January: follow up on the implementation of the Bologna process. Tuesday 20 January: draft report on European film in the digital era; exchange of views with Commissioner Tibor Navracsics; draft opinion on a renewed consensus on the enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights; exchange of views on an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe.

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
Tuesday 20 January: exchange of views and adoption of question for oral answer on Zero Tolerance for female genital mutilation; adoption of draft report on progress of gender equality in the EU in 2013; consideration of draft opinion on family businesses in Europe; visit of Commissioner Vĕra Jourová; hearing on equal treatment in matters of employment and occupation.

Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO)
Tuesday 20 January: presentation on the conclusions of the ‘Friends of the Presidency’ group; presentation of Latvian Presidency work programme; exchange of views with Vice-President Frans Timmermans; working document on proposal for a regulation on the detailed provisions of the Parliament’s right of inquiry.

Committee on Budgets (BUDG)
Tuesday 20 January: exchange of view on guidelines for the 2016 budget; draft amending budgets 2015; exchange of views on financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union, the Annual Growth Survey 2015, and various mobilisations of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund; vote on EU agency for law enforcement training (Cepol), 2014 and 2015 budget.

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)
Wednesday 21 January: exchange of views on tackling unfair trading practices in the business-to-business food supply chain, exchange of views on AGRI opinion to INTA report on the TTIP negotiations. Thursday 22 January: workshop Reforming EU rules concerning the fruit and vegetables sector.

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Wednesday 21 January: report on money market funds; vote ECB Annual Report 2013; draft report on improving the resilience of EU credit institutions; draft report on reporting and transparency of securities financing transactions; annual report on EU competition policy.

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)
Wednesday 21 January: draft reports on European network of Employment Services, and Employment and Social Aspects in the Annual Growth Survey 2015. Thursday 22 January: adoption of question for oral answer on the promotion of Employee Financial participation; draft opinion on review of the economic governance framework.

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
Wednesday 21 January: amendment to the fuel quality directive and the renewable energy directive (Indirect Land Use Change); draft opinion on European Energy Security Strategy; votes on the prohibition of driftnet fisheries and country of origin-labelling for meat in processed foods. Thursday 22 January: exchange of views on amending directives on waste; public hearing on the Waste Legislative Package.

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
Wednesday 21 January: presentation study TTIP Impacts on European Energy Markets and Manufacturing Industries; draft opinion on reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants. Thursday 22 January: vote on the establishment and operation of a market stability reserve for the Union greenhouse gas emission trading scheme; debriefing on the Lima COP20; Public Hearing on Interoperability solutions for European public administrations, businesses and citizens.

Committee on Fisheries (PECH)
Wednesday 21 January: vote on fisheries agreement EU-Senegal; draft report on the establishment of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean; exchange of views on the pre-identification of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in new countries. Thursday 22 January: exchange of views with Commissioner Karmenu Vella.

Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI)
Wednesday 21 January: hearing on Human rights and technologies; exchange of views on human rights situation in North Korea with the Special Envoy on North Korea Human Rights Issues; exchange of views on statelessness and human rights implications; debriefing by EEAS on the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue.

Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE)
Wednesday 21 January: exchange of views and presentation on Financing the Common Security and Defence Policy (with BUDG and AFET); exchange of view on the strategic military situation in the Black Sea Basin; consideration of draft report on the implementation of the CSDP; public hearing ‘Sahel: a high risk area for the security of the EU’; exchange of views with experts on emerging security challenges in the Arctic.

Committee on Development (DEVE)
Wednesday 21 January: exchange of views on the future of development financing, the priorities of the Latvian Presidency in humanitarian aid, the activities of the EIB; amendments and vote on Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2013; vote on work of ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. Thursday 22 January: presentation on the launch of the EYD2015; recommendations to the European Commission on the TTIP negotiations; debate on the situation of working children.

Committee on International Trade (INTA)
Wednesday 21 January: consideration of working document with recommendation to the European Commission on the TTIP negotiations; exchange of view on the European Energy Security Strategy. Thursday 22 January: exchange of view with EU Chamber of Commerce in China representatives; exchange of views on the Bangladesh Sustainability Compact; EC presentation on ISDS public consultation.

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)
Wednesday 21 January: consideration of amendments on: the European Platform undeclared work, Single market governance within the European Semester 2015, and REFIT. Thursday 22 January: draft opinion on the review of the economic governance framework; votes on mandates for trilogue negotiations on accessibility of public sector bodies’ websites and package travel and assisted travel arrangements; public hearing on costums infringements and sanctions.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Wednesday 21 January: presentations on eu-LISA, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drugs Addiction and missing persons in Cyprus; exchange of views with Commissioners Jourová and Timmermans. Thursday 22 January: hearing on the situation of human rights in Hungary; consideration of draft interim report on European Public Prosecutor’s Office.

List of all committees (for draft agenda’s) to be found here.


Council of Ministers

Monday 19 January

Foreign Affairs Council. On the agenda: EU relations with Russia; climate change diplomacy in preparation for the Paris climate conference in December 2015; the situation in Libya; the fight against terrorism following the Charlie Hebdo attack.

Tuesday 20 January

EU-Armenia Cooperation Council. On the agenda: Political matters including Media Freedom and Human Rights, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and regional issues; EU-Armenia relations including Eastern Partnership, Scope and legal basis for future EU-Armenia relations, European Neighbourhood Policy – Implementation of the EU-Armenia ENP Action Plan, Mobility Issues including Mobility Partnership, VFA and readmission agreements.


European Commission and High Representative

Monday 19 January

Conference on the results of the public consultation on the Green paper Making the most out of Europe’s traditional know-how, a possible extension of geographical indications (GI) protection of the European Union to non-agricultural products.

Conference: Financial instruments 2014-2020 under European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF), opened by Commissioner Jyrki Katainen.

Commissioner Neven Mimica takes part in the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs) in New York.

Tuesday 20 January 

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker hosts the European Commission New Year’s Reception.

HR/VP Federica Mogherini visits Washington, USA.

Commissioner Johannes Hahn participates in the EU-Armenia Cooperation Council.

Atlantic Stakeholder Conference. Porto, Portugal. As part of the implementation of the Atlantic Action Plan, a platform for stakeholders to share their practical knowledge.

Wednesday 21 January

College meeting.

Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis visits Ireland.

Thursday 22 January

Commissioner Creţu visits Slovenia to launch the Partnership Agreement, a strategy for the optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds in Slovenia.

Wednesday 21 January – Saturday 24 January

World Economic Forum annual meeting 2015 in Davos, Switzerland. Commissioners attending: Frans Timmermans, Jyrki Katainen, Valdis Dombrovskis, HR/VP Federica Mogherini, Maroš Šefčovič, Carlos Moedas, Cecilia Malmström.

A full list of meetings and appointments of the Commissioners can be found here.


European Economic and Social Committee

Tuesday 20 January

Bureau Meeting

Wednesday 21 – Thursday 22 January

504th Plenary Session. On the agenda: address of the Parliamentary Secretary at the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; review of the Italian presidency; address by the former Latvian President. Discussions and votes on committee opinions on, amongst others: Human and veterinary medicines; Situation and operating conditions of civil society organisations in Turkey (own-initiative); The review of the EU-Central Asia Strategy – a civil society contribution (exploratory opinion requested by the Latvian presidency); Social innovation, networking and digital communication (own-initiative); Land grabbing in Europe and its repercussions on family farming (own-initiative); Inclusion of migrant women in the labour market (own-initiative); and an impact assessment by the Sustainable Development Observatory (SDO) on the implementation of the European directive on renewable energy by Lutz Ribbe.

Thursday 22 January

Public briefing on the recent ‘Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report’ by the EESC Sustainable Development Observatory and the World Resources Institute.


Committee of the Regions

Monday 19 January

Briefing ‘Jobs, growth, investments in Europe’s regions and cities’ on the 2014-2020 programming of the ERDF and the ESF.

Tuesday 20 January

Committee for Financial and Administrative Affairs (CFAA) meeting.

Friday 23 January

Citizens’ Dialogue ‘Europe in my City’ in Santander, organized by the Committee of the Regions and the Spanish association of municipalities and provinces.


European Data Protection Supervisor
Fundamental Rights Agency

Wednesday 21 – Friday 23 January

CPDP 2015 Conference: Computers, Privacy and Data Protection – Data Protection on the Move, with EDPS and FRA participation.

Thursday 22 January

FRA Director visits Council of Europe. In meetings with the Rapporteur Group on External Relations of the Committee of Ministers, the Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights, and others, continued cooperation between FRA and the Council of Europe will be discussed.


Council of Europe – Parliamentary Assembly

Tuesday 20 January

Ad hoc Sub-Committee on Russia’s Neighbourhood Policy with regard to other Council of Europe Member States meeting in Paris. On the agenda: an exchange of views with Ukrainian delegation members; the co-rapporteurs on Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine will give their point of view on the effects of Russia’s neighbourhood policy on the monitoring procedure for the countries under their responsibility.


Council of Europe – Commissioner for Human Rights

Monday 19 January – Friday 23 January

Visit to Norway by Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks.


Council of Europe – ECHR

Tuesday 20 January

6 written judgments

Wednesday 21 January

Hearing in case Dvorski v. Croatia

Thursday 22 January

23 judgments and / or decisions

Information on the forthcoming judgments can be found here.