Weekly European Agenda 11-15 May


Monday 11 May

  • EP: ECI public hearing on Stop Vivisection initiative
  • Eurogroup
  • Agriculture and Fisheries Council
  • G7 Meeting of Energy Ministers
  • EC: Mogherini briefs UN Security Council on EU plans Mediterranean
  • EC: Hahn meets Georgian President; Oettinger meets German President
  • EESC: Study Group meetings
  • Ombudsman: Debate on Lobbying transparency in the EU
  •  FRA: presents project on national intelligence authorities and surveillance in the EU
  • Presidency: meeting of Expert Group on Mitigation
  • Presidency: High level meeting on disability
  • Presidency: Conference on intra-European mobility and circular migration
  • PACE: rapporteur visit to Ukraine

Tuesday 12 May

  • EP: Political group meetings
  • Economic and Financial Affairs Council
  • Greek payments to IMF due
  • EC: Mogherini visits Luxembourg; Malmström meets Turkish Ministers of Economic Affairs
  • EESC: Hearing Civil Society’s expectations on the Energy Union
  • EESC: WasteReuse Forum
  • CoR: Stakeholder consultation Review of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive
  • CoR: COTER meeting and conference on Integrated solutions for mobility and urban development
  • FRA: launch issue paper on human rights of intersex people
  • EU Court: judgment in case Dalli v. Commission
  • ECHR: three judgments

Wednesday 13 May

  • EP: Political group meeting
  • NATO Foreign Minister Meeting
  • EC: Weekly College meeting
  • EC: Adoption of European Agenda on Migration
  • EESC: Study Group meetings
  • Ombudsman and European Data Protection Supervisor meet
  • Presidency: European Corporate Governance Conference
  • PACE: co-rapporteurs on fact-finding mission in Moldova
  • ECHR: Grand Chamber hearing

Thursday 14 May

  • Ascension Day

Friday 15 May

  • EC: Hahn and Mogherini at the Visegrad Group Ministerial Meeting
  • NATO Parliamentary Assembly: Spring Session in Budapest


Institutional agendas

European Parliament

Monday 11 May
Political group meetings

Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
Exchange of views with Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia; vote on The state of EU-Russia relations.
Vote on 2014 Commission Progress Report on Turkey.
Discussion on The security challenges in the MENA region and the prospects for political stability.
Full agenda.

Committee on Development (DEVE)
In association with the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, exchange of views on the Development in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo with Dr Denis Mukwege, Sakharov Prize winner 2014.
Full agenda.

Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect (TAXE)
Public Hearing on Tax rulings and harmful tax practices (partly in camera, partly public).
Full agenda.

European Citizens’ Initiative public hearing: Stop Vivisection!

Tuesday 12 May
Political group meetings

Wednesday 13 May
Political group meetings


Council of Ministers / Eurogroup

Monday 11 May
On the agenda: the economic situation in the euro area based on the spring 2015 economic forecast by the European Commission; Greece – with a briefing on the state of play of the negotiations on the Greek list of reforms to unlock further financial assistance; Ireland – with a debriefing on the third post-programme surveillance mission; thematic discussion on ensuring strong fiscal frameworks in the euro area member states.

Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH)
On agricultural issues. On the agenda: reaching agreement on a general approach on the organic farming proposal on organic production and the labelling of organic products; adopting conclusions on the simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy.

Monday 11 – Tuesday 12 May
G7 Meeting of energy ministers, Hamburg. Attended by EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete.

Tuesday 12 May
Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN)
On the agenda: the state of play on the Council-Parliament negotiations on the proposal for a European Fund for Strategic Investments; adopting conclusions on in-depth reviews of macro-economic imbalances in 16 Member States; discussion of the implementation of 2014 European Semester country-specific recommendations in Member States; adoption of conclusions on a 2015 ageing report.

Greece’s next loan repayments to IMF due.

Wednesday 13 – Thursday 14 May
NATO Foreign Ministers meet in Antalya, Turkey. Attended by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini.

An agenda of Council meetings can be found here.


European Commission and High Representative

Monday 11 May
High Representative Federica Mogherini in New York to brief the UN Security Council on the situation in the Mediterranean, and discuss a resolution put forward by the EU to seize and destroy migrant smuggler boats.

Commissioner Johannes Hahn meets the Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili.

Commissioner Günther Oettinger meets the German President Joachim Gauck.

Tuesday 12 May
High Representative Federica Mogherini on visit to Luxembourg.

Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström meets with the Turkish Minister of Economic Affairs, Nihat Zeybekci.

Wednesday 13 May
Weekly College meeting

Commission to adopt European Agenda on Migration.
The Agenda will put forward the key principles and actions in this area for 2015-2020, aiming to manage migration better, both in the immediate term as well as in the long run. The four pillars of this common approach will be a strong common asylum policy, the fight against trafficking and the prevention of irregular migration, managing external borders, and a new policy on legal migration.

Thursday 14 – Friday 15 May
Commissioner Johannes Hahn and High Representative Federica Mogherini participate in the Visegrad Group ministerial meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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


European Economic and Social Committee

Monday 11 May
Study Group meetings
Energy in the Western Balkans (REX); Capital Markets Union (ECO); The Paris Protocol – a blueprint for tackling global climate change beyond 2020 (NAT).

Tuesday 12 May
EESC Bureau meeting

Hearing Civil Society’s expectations on the Energy Union (TEN Section) and ‘Energy Union Stategic Framework’ study group meeting. The hearing will bring together representatives of civil society to exchange views on the Energy Union strategy proposed by the Commission and to discuss their expectations from the Energy Union project. In line with the main objectives of the energy policy in the EU the hearing will be structured around three topics: secure and affordable energy, climate and environment, and competitiveness. The hearing will provide input for the EESC opinion on the initiative.

WasteReuse Forum
Towards a Sustainable Use of Agricultural Waste (NAT Section).
The Forum will provide briefing on latest research results and practical experiences regarding the sustainability of agricultural and organic waste types to be reused in farming, and will give an opportunity to stakeholders to discuss the key challenges related to sustainable agriculture and waste treatment.

Wednesday 13 May
Study Group meetings
Smart cities ad a driver of a new European industrial policy (TEN); Coal and Lignite (CCMI); Integrated EU Aviation Policy (TEN); Environmental, social and health claims (INT); Stade aid to firms (INT); Role of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights in democratic transition – Tunisia a case study (REX); Euromed follow-up committee.

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


Committee of the Regions

Tuesday 12 May
Stakeholder consultation Review of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive by the Rapporteur, as input for the Committee of the Regions own-initiative opinion on the review of the directive.

Tuesday 12 – Wednesday 13 May
COTER meeting and Conference on Integrated solutions for mobility and urban development in Riga. The conference will address strategies to improve mobility and public transport in towns and the role of better mobility in boosting social and economic innovation and growth across Europe.

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.


EU Agency for Fundamental Rights

Monday 11 May
Presentation FRA Project on national intelligence authorities and surveillance in the EU: fundamental rights safeguards at Conference on recent developments in European Data Protection Law in Brussels.

Tuesday 12 May
Together with the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe:
Launch of the Issue Paper on human rights of intersex people at the IDAHO Forum meeting in Montenegro.

The activity calendar of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights can be found here.


EU Ombudsman

Monday 11 May
Debate: Is Brussels the new Washington, D.C.?» – Lobbying transparency in the EU.
The new Commission took important measures to increase lobbying transparency, by working towards a mandatory Transparency Register and by obliging all Members of the Commission and senior staff to publish contacts and meetings with stakeholders and lobbyists. There is still room for improvement, though, not only in the Commission but also in other EU institutions. The Ombudsman would like to facilitate a debate about what has been achieved and what further measures could be taken to improve lobbying transparency in Brussels.

Wednesday 13 May
Ombudsman meets with the European Data Protection Supervisor

The activity calendar of the European Ombudsman can be found here.


EU Court of Justice

Tuesday 12 May
Judgment in the case Dalli vs. Commission.
The Court will decide if former Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso’s request for the resignation of John Dalli, former EU health commissioner, should be annulled. The Commission says it never asked Dalli to resign.


Latvian Presidency

Monday 11 May
Meeting of the Expert Group on Mitigation (EGMIT)
To discuss the mitigation of climate change in the new comprehensive agreement on tackling climate change after 2020, to be concluded at the end of 2015 in Paris. The Latvian Presidency will prepare and conduct negotiations on the 2015 Agreement draft versions, as well as on documents concerning the position of the EU in relation to emissions-trading mechanisms, the examination and assessment of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory, agricultural sector (farming and forestry) emissions and removals issues, and the compliance of GHG scientific measurements and other studies with the long-term objectives.

Monday 11 – Tuesday 12 May
High-level meeting on disability
The meeting will focus on labour market participation and the rights of children with disability. The participants will assess the progress in the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and moving towards midterm evaluation of the European Disability Strategy (2010-2020).

Conference How to improve intra-European mobility and circular migration? Fostering Diaspora Engagement
The conference will address diverse aspects of intra-EU mobility and the freedom of movement of persons, and the role of European diasporas. Changes in intra-EU mobility because of the EU accession of countries in Central and South-Eastern Europe, and the crisis will be discussed.

Wednesday 13 May
16th European Corporate Governance Conference “Corporate Governance – a tool to increase competitiveness in the digital era”
The conference will bring together decision-makers to discuss how corporate governance can be used as a tool to enhance growth and competitiveness across the European Union. The programme includes debates on recent developments in the field of corporate governance, emerging trends in the use of digitalisation and other topical issues.

The event calendar of the Presidency can be found here.


PACE (Council of Europe)

Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 MayPACE Rapporteur on a visit to Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk in preparation of the report “Missing persons during the conflict in Ukraine” and the follow-up to the report on “The humanitarian situation of Ukrainian refugees and displaced persons.”

Wednesday 13 – Saturday 16 May
PACE Co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of obligations and commitments by the Republic of Moldova on a fact-finding mission to Moldova.


ECHR (Council of Europe)

Tuesday 12 May
Three judgments in writing concerning Georgia and the United Kingdom

Wednesday 13 May
Grand Chamber hearing in the case Bédat v. Switzerland, concerning a journalist who was fined 4 000 Swiss francs (about €2 667) for publishing documents in breach of the confidentiality of the judicial investigation in criminal proceedings.

More information on upcoming hearings and jugdments can be found here.


NATO Parliamentary Assembly

Friday 15 – Monday 18 May
Spring Session in the Hungarian National Assembly in Budapest
The session brings together some 250 parliamentarians from 28 NATO member countries as well as delegates from partner countries and observers, to discuss current transatlantic security matters.
On Saturday and Sunday, the NATO PA committees will meet: Political, Defence and Security, Science and Technology, Civil Dimension of Security and Economics and Security. The Plenary sitting on Monday includes addresses by amongst others President of the NATO PA Hon. Michael Turner, Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly Laszlo Köver, and Deputy Secretary General of NATO H.E. Ambassador Alexander Vershbow.

NATO PA website

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