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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 7 to 12 April, 2014

11 April 2014, 13:03 CET

This week the Commission adopts a Green Paper on mobile Health; MEPs vote on noise at airports, returning illegally exported cultural objects, and measures to boost sales of farm produce, and they prepare for the last plenary session before the May elections; and the winners of the EU Young Translator Contest receive their awards. 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 7 to 12 April 2014.

Monday 7 April
European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee and Political Group Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Promotion of farm goods: measures to boost sales of farm produce within the EU and abroad will be put to a confirmation vote by the agriculture committee following a provisional deal with the Council. Farmers' organisations will be able to get more financial aid for the promotion of more products, while the EU will be able to act more swiftly to restore consumer confidence in the event of unjustified concerns about the safety of a product.
ECB annual report: Economic Affairs MEPs will hold a hearing with Vítor Constâncio, European Central Bank Vice President and discuss the ECB's activities in 2013.
Plenary preparations: political groups will prepare for the 14-17 April plenary session in Strasbourg, the last one before the European elections in May. It is likely to feature a large number of legislative votes on, inter alia: banking union, including the single resolution mechanism, bank accounts, aid from the European Union Solidarity Fund, product safety, the posting of workers, supplementary pension rights, reducing plastic bags and shipments of waste.

Tuesday 8 April
European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Culture, education and youth

Juvenes Translatores - EU Young Translator Contest award ceremony

Charlemagne Building, rue de la Loi 170, Brussels

The winners of the European Commission's annual EU Young Translator 'Juvenes Translatores' contest for secondary school pupils are in Brussels today. Each of the 28 winners (one from each EU country) will receive a trophy and certificate from Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth in an award ceremony. More than 3,000 teenage pupils from 750 schools sat the contest in November 2013,and their papers were marked by the Commission's in-house translators. The Commission's translators have been running the contest since 2007 to share their passion for languages with school students.

Tuesday 8 April
European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Culture, education and youth, Employment and social rights

High-level conference 'Youth Guarantee: Making It Happen'

Management Centre Europe, Rue de l'Aqueduc 118, Brussels, Belgium

The event will bring together key practitioners involved in the implementation of the Council Recommendation on establishing a Youth Guarantee adopted in April 2013. It will discuss progress achieved by Member States in putting in place Youth Guarantee schemes and making use of the EUR 6 billion Youth Employment Initiative made available to support the Youth Guarantee's delivery, in addition to support from the European Social Fund available over 2014-20.

Wednesday 9 April
European Commission, Non Legislative, Environment, consumers and health, Science and technology

Commission adopts Green Paper on mobile Health


The Commission will publish a Green Paper on mobile health (mHealth). This discussion document launches a public consultation which will run until 2 July 2014. mHealth covers medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices - such as smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices - including lifestyle and well-being applications connecting to medical devices and sensors. It is an emerging part of eHealth where Information and Communication Technologies are used to improve health products, services and processes. The Commission wants inputs and ideas on what should be done to solve several issues in mHealth - such as data protection and users trust, patient safety, contribution to high quality healthcare - and at what level (EU, national, regional). Along with the Green Paper, the European Commission will also give guidance to app developers through a Staff Working Document analysing the existing EU legal framework applicable to lifestyle and wellbeing apps.

Thursday 10 to Friday 11 April
Economy, finance, tax and competition

European Competition Day

Zappeion Megaron, Athens, Greece

This two-day international conference on competition and state aid law and practice is a forum for the exchange of views on EU competition law and policy and the promotion of competition culture. It is organised customarily by each respective National Competition Authority. Participants include officials from the European Commission, the 28 National Competition Authorities, international organisations, judges, representatives of consumer and professional associations, members of the academic community, as well as competition law and state aid practitioners.

Thursday 10 April
European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Noise at airports: Transport Committee MEPs will vote on an informal deal with national governments to ensure that national and regional authorities, and not the Commission as was proposed, have the final say when deciding to apply operating restrictions for flights to limit noise at EU airports. These restrictive measures will also have to be taken according to a uniform procedure for the whole EU.
Return of illegally exported cultural objects: recovering cultural objects unlawfully removed from the territory of an EU member state after 1993 will become easier and cheaper under new rules informally agreed with Council which will be voted on by the culture and education committee. The Commission estimates that about 8,000 crimes against national heritage are committed and some 40,000 cultural objects are illegally removed each year in the EU.
Citizens' initiative on use of human embryos: the ban on financing research and other activities that imply the destruction of human embryos will be the key issue discussed at a hearing organised to follow up a European Citizens' Initiative. An ECI entitles the public to petition the EU for new legislation, provided the petition is signed by at least one million citizens from at least seven EU countries.

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