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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 25-31 May, 2015

22 May 2015, 13:48 CET

This week ministers adopt conclusions on global poverty eradication, and try to agree on reform of package travel rules; the Commission presents its proposal for the 2016 EU budget, and adopts its monthly infringements package; and MEPs vote on fruit and milk in schools.. 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 25 to 31 May 2015.


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Monday 25 - Friday 29 May

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs

INSPIRE - Geospatial World Forum conference

Lisbon, Portugal

The joint conference will carry the theme Convergence: Policies + Practices + Processes via PPP, which aim to address the need for greater coordination among policy-makers, technology providers and users to benefit the industry, and to highlight geospatial workflows as an enabler for successful PPPs by facilitating more informed decision making among the stakeholders.

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Tuesday 26 May

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Bank restructuring: a draft law to strengthen the stability of the EU banking system, inter alia by curbing speculation and ring-fencing risky trading by "too-big-to-fail banks" (TBTF), is scheduled for a vote in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee.
CO2/climate change: a deal to sharpen a key EU tool for cutting CO2 emissions, the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), will be put to a vote in the Environment Committee. It has already been informally agreed by MEPs and the Latvian Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
2016 budget: Budgets Committee MEPs will discuss the EU's draft budget for 2016 with Commission Vice-President for budgets Kristalina Georgieva. This meeting kicks off the annual budget scrutiny procedure. Parliament is expected to respond to the Council's position in the autumn.

Schedule by day

Tuesday 26 May

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

European smart specialisation platform on energy - Launch event

Brussels

This conference will launch the joint initiative of the Directorates-General for Regional and Urban Policy, Energy, and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) to set up a platform on smart specialisation on energy.
This platform will collaborate with interested regions/countries to: analyse current energy priorities and policies, and identify good practices as well as priorities and roadmaps for bottom-up trans-regional and transnational cooperation to accelerate the development and deployment of energy technologies.

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Tuesday 26 May

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

International Conference on the Central African Republic: from relief to resilience

Borschette centre, Brussels

This conference will focus on the actions taken in response to the humanitarian challenges in the country and those posed by resilience in the medium-term. The first results from the Bêkou European Union Trust Fund will be presented at the conference along with the prospects for the future.
The conference is also intended to provide a forum for exploring the scope for donors to contribute more towards the Central African Republic's short-term humanitarian needs and sustainable recovery.

Website of High Representative Federica Mogherini

Tuesday 26 May

European Economic and Social Committee, Events/Conf/Fairs, Institutional affairs

Delegation procedure: lack of transparency or democracy at risk?

ESSC (room JDE51), Brussels

The aim of this hearing is to rekindle debate with stakeholders (civil society, experts and academics) and frame new recommendations for the EU institutions with law-making powers. This hearing will also provide an opportunity to hear the views of the EU institutions after their renewal especially in view of the new inter-institutional agreement and its implications and possible amendments on delegated acts.

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Tuesday 26 May

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

Foreign Affairs Council

Justus Lipsius building, Brussels

EU development ministers are expected to adopt conclusions on "A new global partnership for poverty eradication and sustainable development after 2015". These conclusions come in view of the 3rd UN conference on financing for development, which will take place in July, and the UN summit on the post-2015 development agenda, to be held in September.
The Council will also discuss gender and development. Ministers will focus on how to support the promotion, fulfilment and protection of women and girls rights in EU development policies. They are expected to adopt conclusions on gender in development.
As a follow up to the special meeting of the European Council on 23 April, ministers will discuss migration and development.
Ministers will also cover the joint communication by the European Commission and the High Representative on capacity building in support of security and development (train and equip). This debate will serve as preparation for the European Council in June.
The meeting will be followed by a working dinner with the participation of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Discussion will be focused on the post-2015 agenda.

Council agenda and briefing

Wednesday 27 May

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Environment, consumers and health, External relations and foreign affairs

TTIP and health: stakeholder meeting

Charlemagne building, Brussels

The EU TTIP negotiating team for the pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cosmetics chapters will meet a broad range of EU civil society organisations. Together they will have an in-depth discussion on issues related to TTIP and health.
Stakeholders are invited to ask questions on the regulatory aspects of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cosmetics but also on other aspects of relevance for the health sector such as services, Intellectual Property Rights and procurement.

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Wednesday 27 May

European Parliament, Political Meetings

European Parliament plenary session

European Parliament, Brussels

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will address a formal plenary sitting starting at 15:30.
G7: MEPs will debate preparations for the 7-8 June G7 summit in Germany, where leaders will discuss the global economy, foreign policy, security and development as well as the Rome G7 Energy Initiative for Energy Security.
Fruit and milk in schools. MEPs amending legislation in plenary on school fruit, vegetable and milk schemes are set to try to secure more money to promote healthy eating habits among children and the use of local foodstuffs.

Schedule by day

Wednesday 27 May

European Commission, Press Conference, Economy, finance, tax and competition

Commission proposes 2016 EU Budget

Brussels

The Commission will present its proposal for the 2016 EU budget, following a College decision on the same day. It will aim to further boost growth and investments in Europe, help create more jobs and strengthen the role of the EU as a global player, fully in line with the political priorities of the Juncker Commission. The EU budget for a given year is determined based on the expected needs to cover EU programmes and policies, fully respecting the limits set by the European Parliament and EU Member States for the seven-year budget cycle (the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020).
Following adoption by the College, the draft budget will be presented to the European Parliament and to the Council.

Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020

Wednesday 27 May

Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Agriculture, fisheries and food, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Energy and natural resources, Regions and local development

Union for the Mediterranean Stakeholders' Conference: "Towards a Roadmap for Blue Investment and Jobs in the Mediterranean"

Athens

The Mediterranean region can tap further the potential of the blue economy. It can provide jobs and growth through the sustainable development of key strategic maritime sectors in this important sea basin. This can be promoted by increased clustering and networking of education and training organisations, pairing research and innovation capacity, matching supply/demand of skilled people and more access to finance. These are some of the cooperation and coordination challenges that need to be tackled. An Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Blue Economy to be held in autumn 2015 would bring about the political mandate and provide guidance for the further development of blue economy and promotion of blue jobs in the Mediterranean region.
In preparation for the upcoming Ministerial Conference, stakeholders of the Union for the Mediterranean will hold this event on 27 May. The meeting will provide the opportunity to collect input from all actors in the region, including financial institutions, academia, business associations, civil society and organisations and international agencies about the challenges that need to be addressed and the emerging opportunities for investment and jobs creation in the blue economy of the Mediterranean basin.

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Wednesday 27 - Thursday 28 May

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Energy and natural resources, Regions and local development, Science and technology

Technology challenges and regional approaches for integrating renewables and energy security

Thon Hotel EU, Brussels

DG Energy is organising a two day conference on integration of renewable energy, analysing it from multiple perspectives, while highlighting practical examples and practices that can be spread elsewhere in Europe.
The aim is to discuss how, on the one hand, technologies are changing the way the energy system works and, on the other hand, how we can integrate more renewables by working together across national boundaries, and from producer to consumer.

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Wednesday 27 - Friday 29 May

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Regions and local development

Urbanisation in Europe and the world

Ispra, Italy

The workshop, organised by the JRC, addresses European urbanisation typologies and global urbanisation trends and challenges from the point of view of reference data available, policy requirements, spatial planning recommendations and case studies.
The event aims to bring together planners from international and national practice, from academia and policy, to discuss how new mapping tools can inform the design of spatial planning, and promote best practice, bridging the urban/rural spectrum.

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Thursday 28 - Friday 29 May

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

Competitiveness Council

Justus Lipsius building, Brussels

The Council will exchange views on the new EU strategy for the digital single market.
In this context, it will discuss and approve a number of decisions related to: a new form of single-member private limited liability company to make online registration easier and cheaper; the digital transformation of industry; a roadmap for the European research area for 2015-2020; open, data-intensive and networked research as a driver for innovation.
Travel packages: Ministers will try to reach political agreement on the reform of 'package travel' rules. These packages typically include transport, hotel and some other services, such as car hire.
The current rules, which date back to 1990, offer protection to consumers booking ready-made holidays from a brochure.
The proposed reform would extend this protection to combinations of travel services chosen by consumers, which are mainly booked online nowadays.
Safer products in the EU: the Council will try to reach a position on the consumer product safety and market surveillance package.
Discussions will focus on the only outstanding issue, that of a mandatory indication of origin for non-food products sold in the EU.

Council agenda and briefing

Thursday 28 May

European Commission, Legislative Action, Institutional affairs

Commission adopts its monthly infringements package

Brussels

The Commission will adopt its monthly infringements package. These decisions cover all Member States and most of EU policies and seek to enforce EU law across Europe in the interest of both citizens and businesses.

Infringement decisions register

Thursday 28 May

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

TTIP: International Trade Committee MEPs are to approve their recommendations to EU negotiators in ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks with the USA. Investor protection rules, public health, data protection, public procurement and environmental sustainability will be among the issues addressed in the resolution. The deal, once signed, needs Parliament's approval to enter into force.
Tunisia: Prime Minister Habib Essid will debate Tunisia's transition to democracy with MEPs at a joint meeting of the Human Rights Subcommittee, the Foreign Affairs Committee and Security and Defence Subcommittee. This will be Mr Essid's first visit to the European Parliament since he became Prime Minister in February this year.

Schedule by day

Thursday 28 - Friday 29 May

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs

European Maritime Day Conference

Peace and Friendship Stadium, Piraeus, Greece

The European Maritime Day Conference will focus on ports and coasts as engines for Blue Growth.
The European Maritime Day Conference will host high-level sessions and stakeholder workshops attracting delegates and experts from across Europe and beyond. Speakers, including Ministers, Commissioners, CEOs and experts, will discuss the spectrum of opportunities and great challenges that our coasts and seas present, share best practices, and develop new synergies.
On 28 May, the high-level plenary session will introduce the main political challenges of coastal cities and ports. The different aspects of this theme will be declined over the two days in three thematic sessions and about 20 workshops.

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Friday 29 May

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, Employment and social rights, External relations and foreign affairs

Trade and sustainable development: Civil society dialogue forum of the EU-Central America association agreement

Berlaymont building, Brussels

An internal coordination session will be followed by a presentation on the main outcomes of the Board on Trade and Sustainable Development, a government-to-government body under the Agreement, which will have concluded its meeting the previous day. The session will then cover proposals or statements from participants and questions/ discussion.
Organisations interested in EU - Central America trade and sustainable development, in particular with respect to business, labour rights or environment are invited to participate in the meeting.

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Friday 29 May

European Economic and Social Committee, Events/Conf/Fairs

Can TTIP be a tool to foster the internationalisation of European SMEs?

EESC (room JDE 62), Brussels

The EESC is organising this public hearing in the framework of preparation of the EESC opinion on "TTIP and its impact on SMEs".
The hearing aims to debate the following questions: main obstacles to the internationalization of SMEs; main barriers encountered by SMEs exporting and investing in the EU and the US; actions to be taken in order to facilitate SMEs' participation in transatlantic trade and investment and to help SMEs to benefit more from trade agreements; how to best address SMEs' needs and expectations from trade agreements; what can be the impact of trade agreements, and TTIP in particular on exporting and non-exporting European SMEs.

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Wednesday 27 May


10:00 EU Financial Stability Review

Thursday 28 May


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

Friday 29 May


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