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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 27 June - 2 July 2016

24 June 2016, 19:25 CET

This week, EU leaders meet to discuss the outcome of the UK Brexit referendum; ministers discuss fishing opportunities for 2017, and adopt conclusions on food waste; the Commission travels to Bratislava for its traditional visit to the incoming EU Presidency; and MEPs also debate the British referendum. 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 27 June to 2 July 2016.

Monday 27 June

Events/Conf/Fairs, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Science and technology

InnoGrid2020+ Digital Energy Conference

Palais des Beaux Arts (BOZAR), rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels

InnoGrid2020+ is the not-to-be-missed EU event on innovation in electricity networks. It is co-organised by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO).
The 5th edition of InnoGrid2020+ 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.

Website of the event

Monday 27 - Tuesday 28 June

Council of the EU and European Council, Political Meetings, Agriculture, fisheries and food

Agriculture and Fisheries Council


The Council will have an exchange of views on the market situation and the market support measures currently in place. The discussion will focus on the assessment of these measures and the opportunity of further actions at EU level, particularly in light of the existing financial constraints.

Ministers will then take note of a state of play report on the proposed regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products.

The Commission will present to the Council its communication on a consultation on fishing opportunities for 2017. The communication sets out the criteria to establish Total Allowable Catches (TACs).

Ministers should also reach a general approach on a proposed regulation on the sustainable management of external fishing fleets. The latter aims to modernise the management of authorisations granted to EU vessels to fish outside EU waters, and of authorisations granted to third country fishing vessels to operate in EU waters.

The Council is expected to adopt conclusions on:
- food waste and food losses
- the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan and of the EU Timber Regulation

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 28 - Wednesday 29 June

European Council, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Council

Justus Lipsius building, Brussels

UK referendum
The European Council will discuss the outcome of the UK in/out referendum held on 23 June 2016.

Leaders will address migration. In particular they will turn to situation in Central Mediterranean and cooperation with third countries of origin and transit. They will also take stock of the implementation of the EU-Turkey statement of 18 March 2016 and the closure of the Western Balkans route.

Jobs, growth and investment
Leaders will call for the deepening of the single market, with a focus on the digital agenda. They will also endorse the country-specific recommendations under the 2016 European Semester and assess the first results of the European Fund for Strategic Investments.

External relations
The European Council will discuss EU-NATO cooperation ahead of the NATO summit in Warsaw on 8-9 July 2016. The EU High Representative Federica Mogherini will present the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy.

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 28 June

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Environment, consumers and health

Professional qualifications safe in motion

Europe building, Amsterdam

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.

The afternoon programme will share best practices about signalling and preventing suboptimal functioning. Current research about the early signals of suboptimal function will be presented - translated into practical tips. And the possible roles and responsibilities of different institutes and organisations will be discussed.

More information on the event

Tuesday 28 June

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session


UK referendum: MEPs will meet in Brussels on Tuesday for an extraordinary plenary session at 10.00 to discuss and vote on a resolution assessing the outcome of the UK referendum and its consequences for the European Union.

Plenary preparations: political groups will prepare for the 4 - 7 July plenary session in Strasbourg. Agenda items include debates on the conclusions of the 28-29 June EU Summit on the UK Referendum, the revision of EU asylum rules and the priorities for the upcoming Slovak Council Presidency.

MEPs will vote on the proposed EU border and coast guard, new provisions to improve cybersecurity and protect essential services, the EU's long-term budget and the final proposals to improve corporate taxation by the Special Committee on Tax Rulings II.

Schedule by day

Tuesday 28 June

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, External relations and foreign affairs, Science and technolog

Workshop on opportunities for dual-use technologies: components


The security and non-dependence of the supply of specific electronic components are major concerns for Europe. Research and innovation programmes run by the European Commission (EC), the Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership Joint Undertaking (ECSEL-JU) and the European Defence Agency (EDA) address technologies in electronic components and systems areas such as sensors, new materials and advanced digital systems. This workshop will focus on dual-use of electronic component technologies.

The objective of the workshop is to present projects in areas where commonalities can be jointly exploited. It will encourage the debate on different ways to improve cooperation for fostering dual-use component technologies, as recommended in the report of the High-level Group on Key Enabling Technologies. The workshop will address, among others, non-dependence, common requirements but also differences.

More information on the event

Wednesday 29 - Thursday 30 June

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Culture, education and youth, Science and technology

Conference on digitalisation of cultural heritage

Europe building, Amsterdam

In the framework of the Netherlands' Presidency of the EU, the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science organises a conference on the challenges in connecting digital cultural heritage collections cross-domain and cross-border and to explore the (unpaved) roads towards finding and serving wider audiences.

During the conference, some 40 international speakers will shed their light on topics relating to:
- engaging audiences: taking visibility and reuse as the starting point;
- digesting digital impact: how digitisation is changing our institutions;
- the network approach: reinforcement of the digital heritage infrastructure.

The conference will be attended by some 250 participants from the culture, heritage and digitisation sector as well as by users of digitised content from creative sectors, education, research and tourism and by representatives from the EU institutions and EU Member States.

More information on the event

Wednesday 29 June

European Chemicals Agency, European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Science and technology

Workshop on socio-economic analysis in applications for authorisation and restrictions under REACH

Breydel building, Brussels

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Commission are organising this event, aiming at clarifying the role of socio-economic analysis (SEA) under REACH. Key topics to discuss are: what SEA does and what it does not do; why SEA is needed; what is possible and meaningful to carry out as part of SEA; how the opinions of SEAC are derived in practice; how SEA is used in decision-making; and how best to communicate SEA-related issues and conclusions to stakeholders.

More information on the event

Thursday 30 June

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, Transport and travel

Stakeholder workshop on the European Regulators Group for Postal Services (ERGP) mid-term strategy

Riu Pravets Resort, Pravets, Bulgaria

At this workshop, the draft mid-term strategy of the ERGP will be developed. The aim of this strategy is clear: to identify issues in the core postal market that have to be addressed at European level in order to facilitate the recognition of the postal sector as an essential component of the global economy.

To achieve this, the many factors challenging the postal sector, including globalisation, market liberalisation, competition, electronic substitution, the advancement of new technologies, and regional and national inequalities, should be taken into account.

All European postal stakeholders (postal services providers, consumer associations, postal industry associations, labour associations and e-retailers) are invited to express their views on the strategic/core issues at EU level that should be addressed in the ERGP mid-term strategy in the presence of ERGP members. The resulting document will cover the period 2017-2019.

More information on the event

Thursday 30 June - Friday 1 July

Council of the EU and European Council, European Commission, High Level Visits, Institutional affairs

The College travels to Bratislava to meet with the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU

Bratislava, Slovakia

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.

Website of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU

Thursday 30 June

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament, Brussels

Migration/budget: MEPs will discuss the budgetary implications of the refugee and migration crisis in a public hearing with founder and Chair of the Open Society foundation George Soros, the directors of Frontex, the EU Asylum Support Office and UNHCR Europe, Commission representatives and the Secretary-General of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles. The hearing is organised jointly by the Budgets, Civil Liberties, Foreign Affairs and Development committees.

Schedule by day

Friday 1 July

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Regions and local development

High-level conference: Communicating investment at EU, national, regional and local level

European Committee of the Regions, rue Belliard 99-101, 1000 Brussels

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.

Conference programme and registration

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 27 June

08:00 Private loans (YoY) (May)
08:00 M3 Money Supply (3m) (May)
08:00 M3 Money Supply (YoY) (May)

Wednesday 29 June

09:00 Business Climate (Jun)
09:00 Economic Sentiment Indicator (Jun)
09:00 Industrial Confidence (Jun)
09:00 Services Sentiment (Jun)
09:00 Consumer Confidence (Jun)

Thursday 30 June

09:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (YoY) (Jun) (Preliminary release)
09:00 Consumer Price Index (YoY) (Jun) (Preliminary release)
11:30 ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts

Friday 1 July

08:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Jun)
09:00 Unemployment Rate (May)
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