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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 20 to 25 October, 2014

17 October 2014, 17:15 CET

This week a European summit is expected to adopt conclusions on the future of Economic and Monetary Union; EC president-elect Juncker is due to present his team of 27 Commissioners-designate and their portfolios; foreign affairs ministers discuss Ebola, Ukraine and the Middle East; MEPs are set to reverse Council cuts in the EU draft budget for 2015; and Eurostat publishes government debt and deficit figures based on a revised methodology. The week's events in the European Union including EU Council, Commission and Parliament meetings and other EU-related conferences and events. Events for the week of 20 to 25 October 2014.


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Monday 20 - Friday 24 October

Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Energy and natural resources

Symposium on International Safeguards: Linking Strategy, Implementation and People

Vienna, Austria

This symposium is organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in cooperation with the European Safeguards Research and Development Association (ESARDA) and the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM).
The purpose of the symposium is to foster constructive dialogue and information exchange between the IAEA Secretariat, IAEA Member States, nuclear industry representatives and technical experts (in particular, those involved in nuclear non-proliferation matters), with a view to exploring jointly the strategic issues faced by the IAEA and to discussing the implementation of possible solutions by the safeguards community as a whole.
The symposium will consist of approximately eight sessions over five days and will be held in the M Building of the Vienna International Centre. It will begin with an opening plenary session on the first day, continue with parallel topical sessions on days two to four, and conclude with a plenary session on the fifth day.

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Monday 20 October

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

Strasbourg, France

Hearings of Commissioners-designate: Violeta Bulc, the new Slovenian Commissioner-designate for transport, and Slovak Maros Sefcovic, newly proposed as Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union will be quizzed on their skills and qualifications for these posts by the Environment, Energy and Transport committees in parallel meetings on Monday evening from 19.00.

European Parliament hearings of the Commissioners-designate

Monday 20 October

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Strasbourg, France

Final draft agenda - Monday, 20 October 2014

Monday 20 October

Council of the EU, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Political Meetings

Foreign Affairs Council

Luxembourg

The Council will start with a discussion of joined-up strategies to counter the spread of Ebola. The lunch discussion will cover the situation with respect to ISIL in Iraq and Syria and means of tackling the terrorist threat. Ministers will then exchange views on the situation in the Middle East peace process and Gaza, including on the prospects for a sustainable cease-fire. Finally, the Council will take stock of the situation in Ukraine, including the implementation of the peace plan, support to the OSCE special monitoring mission and further EU assistance for Ukraine.
The EU-Tajikistan Cooperation Council will begin at 13.00.

3340th Council meeting - Luxembourg, briefing, agenda, background note

Monday 20 - Tuesday 21 October

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition

European Cluster Conference

Brussels

This conference will address the role of clusters in support of SME growth, industrial renewal and regional structural change and competitiveness. It will gather 300 stakeholders consisting of key policy-makers from the European, national and regional authorities, practitioners and high-level speakers from academia and industry to discuss latest trends and challenges for modern cluster policies and to identify priority areas for a new European Cluster Strategy for Growth.
The 2014 edition will address in particular the following questions:
- What cluster policies, measures and tools are needed to effectively boost SME growth and drive regional industrial change, in particular in emerging industries?
- What trends and challenges need to be considered to put in place a favourable cluster environment that helps SMEs to unlock new growth opportunities?
- What actions are needed for a new European cluster strategy to help regions and Member States to implement excellent cluster policies and tools?
This conference is organised by the European Cluster Observatory, set up by the Commission's Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General. A pre-conference matchmaking event will bring together cluster managers interested in cluster collaboration.

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Tuesday 21 - Wednesday 22 October

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Energy and natural resources

The Future Role of Energy Storage in South-Eastern Europe

Tirana, Albania

The objective of this workshop, organised by the JRC, is to understand the potential future role of energy storage in the evolving south-eastern European energy economy.
On the example of power storage, the workshop would contribute to:
- an exchange on methodology for the quantitative evaluation of energy storage benefits;
- lessons learnt in different regions of the EU with regard to RES-E support policy, RES-E market integration, and efficient market liberalisation and cross border aspects.

More information on the workshop

Tuesday 21 October

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Strasbourg, France

EU budget 2015: Parliament is set to reverse all Council cuts in the EU draft budget for 2015 and even add to the amounts originally proposed by the Commission for priorities such as growth, job creation, research and education as well as external policies. The Budget Committee chair and rapporteurs will hold a press conference at 14.00, after the vote. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)
Duty-free access for Ukrainian goods: plans to prolong duty-free access (which expires on 1 November) to the EU market for Ukraine's exports until the end of 2015, so as to support Ukraine's struggling economy, will be put to a vote in the International Trade Committee on Monday evening, before being tabled for a plenary debate and vote. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)
European Semester: on Tuesday MEPs will discuss EU member states' slowness to implement the European Commission's economic policy recommendations and may call for closer monitoring by the Commission and the single-currency Eurogroup. A press conference is scheduled before Wednesday's vote, at 11.00.

Final draft agenda - Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Tuesday 21 October

Other bodies and agencies, Press Conference

Eurostat publishes EU28 debt and deficit figures for 2010-2013 according to the revised ESA 2010 methodology for the first time

Brussels

For the first time, Eurostat will publish government debt and deficit figures for the EU28, the euro area and the individual Member States, based on the revised European System of National and Regional Accounts (ESA 2010).
Eduardo Barredo Capelot, Eurostat Director of government finance statistics, will present the revised government debt and deficit data at a technical briefing in the Commission's press room (to be confirmed). A press release and Q&A will be available on the day.

Eurostat website

Tuesday 21 October

Council of the EU, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

General Affairs Council

Luxembourg

The Council will discuss preparations for the European Council meeting on 23-24 October, which will focus on climate and energy. Ministers will then have a thematic debate on Europe of Freedom, Security and Justice, one of the five overarching priorities of the EU's strategic agenda. They will also discuss preparations for the end of the post-Lisbon transition period for police and criminal justice measures on 30 November this year. Finally, the Council will discuss the legislative programming of the new institutional cycle. In addition, the Council will adopt, without discussion, a report and conclusions concerning the governance of EU macro-regional strategies.

3341st Council meeting - briefing, agenda, background note

Wednesday 22 - Thursday 23 October

Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Agriculture, fisheries and food, Science and technology

International workshop on Harmonisation of GMO Detection and Analysis

Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The aim of this workshop is to stimulate harmonisation in GMO analysis in the region by illustrating the EU legal framework on GMOs, the current situation in relation to analytical methods and by sharing with representatives from the different countries the experiences derived from the implementation of the European Network of GMO Laboratories (ENGL) in Europe.

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Wednesday 22 - Thursday 23 October

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Justice and citizens rights

2014 Work Forum on the implementation of the UNCRPD in the EU

Charlemagne building, Brussels

The Work Forum brings together representatives of the European Union governance mechanisms of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). These are Focal Points, Coordination Mechanisms and Monitoring Mechanisms from both the Member States and the EU, along with civil society, disabled people's organisations and relevant international bodies.
The Work Forum allows to share experiences on the practical implementation and monitoring of the Convention and to promote solutions to common challenges across the EU. It is organised by the European Commission and meets every year since 2010.
This year, the Work Forum will focus on: the right to equal recognition before the law; Access to justice; The monitoring frameworks of the Convention

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Wednesday 22 October

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Strasbourg, France

Election of new Commission: provided the hearings procedure can be closed on Tuesday by the Conference of Presidents, Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of the new Commission, is to present his team of 27 Commissioners-designate and their portfolios on Wednesday morning. He will discuss the future Commission's work programme priorities with political groups. After final statements by the heads of political groups at noon and a vote on a resolution winding up the evaluation of the candidate commissioners, Parliament is scheduled to elect (or reject) the new Commission as a college. A press conference by EP President Schulz and Commission President-elect Juncker is scheduled after the vote.
Aid for the unemployed: MEPs will vote on EU aid from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to help workers made redundant in various industries in Spain, France and Belgium find new jobs.

Final draft agenda - Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Thursday 23 - Friday 24 October

European Council, Political Meetings

European Council

Brussels

The heads of state or government are expected to adopt conclusions on the future of the Economic and Monetary Union based on the preparatory work carried out by the European Council's president in close consultation with the presidents of the Commission, the European Central Bank and the Eurogroup.

Website of the European Council

Thursday 23 - Friday 24 October

European Commission, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs

Food Fraud Conference

Rome, Italy

Mindful of the need of stepping up the fight against fraudulent and deceptive practices along the food supply chain, the European Commission in co-operation with the Italian Ministry of Health and within the framework of the Italian Presidency of the EU, is organising a conference to raise awareness of the issue, with a view to better detect and counteract unlawful practices.
The Conference, to be held in Rome on 23 and 24 October 2014, will provide a platform to discuss ways to strengthen the communication and collaboration among all those actors involved in the fight against food fraud and fraud-related crime and will bring together top experts from food law enforcement authorities, police, custom, judicial authorities, industry stakeholders and researchers.

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Thursday 23 October

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Energy and natural resources, Environment, consumers and health

E-TRACK Open Seminar: The role of public participation in radioactive waste management and other sectors - Lessons learnt from research and practice

ROOM MATE AITANA, IJDok 6, 1013 MM Amsterdam, The Netherlands

E-TRACK - a joint initiative between the Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission - is organising an Open Seminar in Amsterdam on public participation in radioactive waste management.
The Seminar will bring together knowledge and experience of public participation in decision-making from both the radioactive waste management field and non-nuclear fields.

More information on the event

Thursday 23 October

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Strasbourg, France

Final draft agenda - Thursday, 23 October 2014

Thursday 23 October

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Justice and citizens rghts

10 years celebration of Diversity Charters in the EU

UNESCO, Paris, France

The establishment of the French Diversity Charter 10 years ago, the first of its kind, marked the beginning of a new and innovative way to encourage voluntary diversity initiatives in businesses, and brought up to speed the European movement on diversity management as a whole.
The European Commission, the General Secretariat of the French Diversity Charter, and the EU Platform of Diversity Charters welcome diversity practitioners to a high level event on 23 October to:
Take stock of the achievements of Diversity Charters in Europe over the past 10 years
Reflect on existing good and innovative practices by Diversity Charter signatories
Discuss future trends and perspectives of diversity policies in businesses
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the French Diversity Charter!

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 20 October


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09:00 Current Account n.s.a (Aug)

Thursday 23 October


09:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Oct)
09:00 Markit PMI Composite (Oct)
09:00 Markit Services PMI (Oct)
15:00 Consumer Confidence (Oct)
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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 20 October


09:00 Current Account s.a (Aug)
09:00 Current Account n.s.a (Aug)

Thursday 23 October


09:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Oct)
09:00 Markit PMI Composite (Oct)
09:00 Markit Services PMI (Oct)
15:00 Consumer Confidence (Oct)
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