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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 2-7 March, 2015

27 February 2015, 14:02 CET

This week ministers discuss ways to create a digital single market, and the Energy Union; there is a high-level international conference on Ebola; the Commission presents a major report on the European environment - state and outlook 2015; and MEPs in committee discuss plans for setting up the European Fund for Strategic Investments. 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 2 to 7 March 2015.


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Monday 2 March

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament political group and committee meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI): plans for setting up the EFSI, a European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH) and a European Investment Project Pipeline, the three pillars of the so called "Juncker plan", will be debated with experts by the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Budgets committees.
UNRWA: Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Pierre Krähenbühl will debate the situation in the region, and UNWRA's funding shortage, with the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Plenary preparations: political groups will prepare for the 9 - 12 March plenary session in Strasbourg, where MEPs are to vote on the European Long Term Investment Funds designed to boost infrastructure investments, a cap on card payment fees, money market funds, equality of men and women, the 2016 EU budget and the annual report on the EU foreign policy. MEPs will also debate preparations for the March European Council.

Committees

Monday 2 March

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Justice and citizens rights

Women's Economic Empowerment and Sustainable Development - the Synthesis for Success

National Library of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

The high-level event on women's economic empowerment and sustainable development aims to highlight how gender equality and women's empowerment promote sustainable development at all levels. The discussions will provide the opportunity to combine proposals and best practices for unlocking women's full economic potential and discuss the structural changes in need for the next development framework.
Gender equality is one of the Latvian presidency's main priorities in the EU development cooperation agenda and a significant cross-cutting issue in post-2015.
Target audience: The decision makers and experts working on post-2015, Beijing+20, gender equality, women's empowerment and their human rights, and various development areas, including, economic policies, representatives of civil society and private sector.

More information on the event

Monday 2 - Tuesday 3 March

Council of the EU, Political Meetings

Competitiveness Council

Justus Lipsius building, Brussels

Digital market: Ministers in charge of competitiveness will discuss ways to create a truly digital single market and the benefits that that market will bring to customers and businesses across the EU.
Better investment environment: they will also discuss how to create simpler, better and more predictable rules to spur investment in the EU. The discussion follows the presentation by the European Commission of the investment plan for Europe, which aims to mobilise at least EUR 315 billion in private and public investment over the next three years.
Big data: On the second day, ministers will examine the links between research, innovation and the digital economy and the ways in which they can boost growth and competitiveness. They will also discuss big data and what the EU can do to speed up the transition towards a data-driven economy.

Background and agenda, Council website

Monday 2 - Tuesday 3 March

EU Investment Bank, Events/Conf/Fairs, High Level Visits, Economy, finance, tax and competition

Momentum for Europe

Berlin

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will host a series of events on Europe's innovation and competitiveness under the title 'Momentum for Europe'.
On Monday, participants are invited to a policy debate, in presence of Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, among relevant stakeholders on high-tech strategy and policies and smart infrastructure contributing to Europe's economic growth and global competitiveness.
On day two, Tuesday, participants may register for a series of workshops featuring EIB and EIF supported projects ranging from risk capital for innovative start-ups to long-term finance for established large corporates.
In parallel, the EIB Economics Conference will take place on Tuesday 3 March. This annual event will bring together high level policy-makers, economists and leading market players to openly and freely discuss the most pressing economic challenges facing Europe. This year's conference will focus on 'Investment and Investment Finance in Europe - Investing in Competitiveness and Innovation'. Bringing insights from different angles, participants will share their views and experiences on the challenge of restoring EU competitiveness, structural investment needs and the nature of constraints on investment. The workshop will be organised in the form of three high-level panel sessions.

More information on the event

Tuesday 3 March

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Environment, consumers and health

High-level international conference on Ebola

Egmont Palace, Brussels

The European Union and key partners are organizing a high-level international conference on Ebola on 3 March to take stock of the fight against the outbreak, coordinate further action for the total eradication of the disease and discuss the recovery process in the most affected countries.
The event will be co-chaired by Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, as well as Togo as Ebola coordinator of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the United Nations and the African Union.
More than 80 delegations have been invited, including Ministers from all West African countries and EU Member States, other countries that are contributing to the fight against Ebola, and relevant partners, such as UN agencies, the IMF, the World Bank, NGOs, the private sector and research institutes.

Registration

Tuesday 3 March

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Culture, education and youth, Employment and social rights, Science and technology

A decade of fostering attractive research careers - 10th anniversary of Charter and Code

Brussels

The Commission will host a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the "European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers". University Deans, Rectors and HR Managers of research institutions, having been awarded the "HRS4R acknowledgement" will come together to share their views and experiences on the impact and benefits of running a Human Resource Strategy for Researchers in their institution.
To celebrate the first decade of the Charter and Code, the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, will join forces with his 3 predecessors to blow out the candles on the anniversary cake alongside the Director General and high-level representatives from Research Performing Institutions, the European Parliament, the Commission, Member States, Associated Countries and the press.

More information on the event

Tuesday 3 March

European Commission, Press Conference, Environment, consumers and health

Commission presents European environment - state and outlook 2015

Brussels

A major 5 year report, released by the European Environment Agency reveals the state of the environment. Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella will draw on the report's findings, presented by the Director of the European Environment Agency, Hans Bruyninckx, to outline Europe's vision and opportunities to advance environmental policy and significantly improve the standard of living of its citizens.

Link to the report

Tuesday 3 March

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Seminar for journalists: to mark this year's International Women's Day (8 March), the EP Press Service will hold a seminar on Empowering women and girls through education, where journalists can meet MEPs and invited experts to discuss women's right to education and possible EU measures to protect it.

Committees

Wednesday 4 - Thursday 5 March

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Science and technology

Neutron resonance densitometry workshop

Geel, Belgium

The JRC and the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency are organising a workshop on technologies to characterise nuclear materials using pulsed neutron sources.
The main objective of the workshop is to present the use of Neutron Resonance Densitometry (NRD) as a non-destructive analysis (NDA) technique to characterise nuclear materials. NRD is a neutron resonance spectroscopic method based on the time-of-flight technique using a pulsed neutron beam. Its applicability to quantify fissile materials in complex materials such as debris of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors will be discussed. In addition, an experiment is planned to demonstrate the performance of NRD as a tool for both elemental and isotopic analysis. A special session will be devoted to present other neutron NDA techniques using pulsed neutron sources and discuss perspectives on their use in particular in the field of nuclear safeguards and security.

More information on the event

Thursday 5 March

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs

Local and regional partners contributing to Europe 2020

Albert Borschette Conference Centre, Brussels

DG REGIO organises this seminar to discuss and explore the governance processes at work and stimulate learning and the exchange between cities and regions.
The seminar is based on a DG REGIO study of concrete examples of multilevel governance in support the Europe 2020 objectives in the fields of energy efficiency and of social inclusion.
At the seminar key lessons of the study will be presented and discussed, highlighting examples of multilevel governance processes supporting Europe 2020, as well as the possibilities and challenges when transferring them from one city or region to another. The seminar will mainly focus on two panel discussions (one on energy efficiency and one on social inclusion) and discussion with the seminar participants.

More information on the event

Thursday 5 March

Council of the EU, Political Meetings

Transport, Telecommunications & Energy Council

Brussels

Energy union: Ministers will have an exchange of views on the energy union. Discussions will be based on the Commission communication 'Strategic framework for the energy union', adopted on 25 February 2015. The key elements from the debate will be forwarded to the European Council President as contribution to the European Council meeting on 19-20 March 2015.
Energy infrastructure: they will also debate developments and priorities for energy infrastructure. As invited by the October European Council, the Commission will present its communication on the best courses of action to achieve the 10% target of existing electricity interconnections by 2020. The outcome of the debate will feed into the Council presidency's synthesis report on the Europe 2020 strategy.

Agenda and background briefing, Council website

Thursday 5 March

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Employment and social rights

High Level Conference - A new start for social dialogue

Brussels

The Commission will host a high level conference to mark a new start for social dialogue. Leaders of European and national employers' and workers' organisations, will gather to discuss with the EU institutions concrete ways to strengthen social dialogue throughout the EU in line with the renewed EU economic and social priorities.
Discussions with social partners will revolve around the following questions:
- How the social partners envisage their active involvement in President Juncker's political priorities for the European Commission as set out in the document "A new start for Europe: My agenda for Jobs, Growth, Fairness and Democratic Change"?
- How could the involvement of European and national social partners in the European Semester be further strengthened?
- How to further support the functioning of industrial relations and social dialogue at EU level and in the Member States?

More information on the event

Thursday 5 - Friday 6 March

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, Employment and social rights, Transport and travel

Pan-European dialogue between cruise operators, ports, and coastal tourism stakeholder

Square Conference Centre, Brussels

As announced in action 3 of the Communication "A European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism", the European Commission promotes a structured dialogue on cruise tourism to enhance synergies in the sector, targeting best practice sharing in innovation, competitiveness, and sustainability strategies.

More information on the event

Thursday 5 March

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

International Women's Day: the Women's Rights Committee will hold a meeting with members of EU and enlargement countries' national parliaments on "Empowering Women and Girls through Education". EP Vice-President Dimitrios Papadimoulis will open the debate.

Committees

Friday 6 March

Council of the EU, Political Meetings, Environment, consumers and health

Environment Council

Justus Lipsius building, Brussels

Climate change: Environment ministers will continue preparations for the UN climate change conference, taking place in Paris in December. This conference aims to adopt a new legally binding agreement on climate change to replace the Kyoto Protocol from 2020.
Post-2015 agenda: They will also have an exchange of views on developments and prospects for negotiations on the post-2015 agenda. The agenda should define the new global partnership for poverty eradication and sustainable development, due to be adopted in September 2015. Agreement on this agenda will also have important implications for negotiations on the new climate change agreement.
Energy union: The Council will also discuss the energy union, in the framework of the 2030 climate and energy package, following the Commission's communication on 25 February 2015.

Agenda and background briefing, Council website

Document Actions
Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 2 March


09:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Feb)
10:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (YoY) (Feb) (Preliminary)
10:00 Consumer Price Index (YoY) (Feb) (Preliminary)
10:00 Unemployment Rate (Jan)

Tuesday 3 March


10:00 Producer Price Index (YoY) (Jan)
10:00 Producer Price Index (MoM) (Jan)

Wednesday 4 March


09:00 Markit PMI Composite (Feb)
09:00 Markit Services PMI (Feb)
10:00 Retail Sales (YoY) (Jan)
10:00 Retail Sales (MoM) (Jan)

Thursday 5 March


12:45 ECB Interest Rate Decision
13:30 ECB Monetary policy statement and press conference

Friday 6 March


10:00 Gross Domestic Product s.a. (QoQ) (Q4)
10:00 Gross Domestic Product s.a. (YoY) (Q4)
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