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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 29 May- 3 June 2017

28 May 2017, 00:08 CET

This week, ministers look to agree on reform of the system of type-approval and market surveillance for motor vehicles; the 2016 OLAF report will be presented; the Commission holds a conference on strategic public procurement; MEPs in committee vote on CO2 emission ceilings, and taxation/multinationals, and in plenary vote on anti-Semitism and fundamental rights; and it's EU Green Week. 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 29 May to 3 June 2017.

Monday 29 May - Friday 2 June

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Employment and social rights, Energy, environment and climate

EU Green Week 2017

Malta, Belgium, Germany

EU Green Week is your annual opportunity to debate and discuss European environmental policy. Organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Environment, this key event in the environment policy calendar attracts policymakers, leading environmentalists, stakeholders and other interested parties from across Europe and the globe.

EU Green Week 2017 will take place from 29 May to 2 June with the theme of 'Green jobs for a greener future'. It will focus on how EU environmental policies are creating green jobs and contributing to economic, sustainable and socially responsible growth in the EU. It will also highlight the demand for new types of green skills in many professional sectors.

In addition to a high level conference in Brussels, the programme will also feature a series of partner events and actions taking place across Europe. As well as being invited to take part in person, stakeholders and the general public are encouraged to become 'virtually' involved by participating in a wide range of on-line and social media activities.

More information on the event

Monday 29 - Tuesday 30 May

Council of the EU and European Council, , Presidency of the Council of the EU, Political Meetings, , Presidency of the Council of the EU, Economy and the euro

Competitiveness Council

Brussels

Monday - 29 May: Internal market and industry

The Council will be invited to agree on a general approach to reform the system of type-approval and market surveillance for motor vehicles. The debate will be livestreamed at around 10.30h.

After reaching a general approach, negotiations can start with the European Parliament.

The Council will also be invited to agree on general approaches on two legislative proposals of the "Services package" to improve the functioning of the internal market:

  • a draft directive aimed at carrying out a proportionality test before new national measures on professions are adopted
  • a draft directive laying down rules on notification for authorisations in the services sector.

Competitiveness check-up

During the regular competitiveness check-up, ministers will address the state of play of the real economy.

Digital single market - Industrial policy - Business transfers

Ministers will exchange views on the progress made on the implementation of the single market and the digital single market strategies. They will also debate on industrial policy with a view to adopting conclusions on a future EU industrial policy strategy. In addition, they will debate on business transfers.

Tuesday - 30 May: Space policy and research and innovation

In the morning, the Council will debate the space strategy for Europe with a view to adopting conclusions.

In the afternoon, ministers are expected to adopt conclusions on streamlining the research and innovation monitoring and reporting landscape.

They will also exchange views on the economic rationale for public research and innovation funding.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 29 May

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, taxation and competition

Civil society dialogue with EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström on EU trade policy

Brussels

This meeting is part of an ongoing process of civil society dialogues on EU trade policy. Commissioner Malmström will present current developments and exchange views with civil society organisations on EU trade policy, highlighting inter alia the state of play of the EU-Japan free trade agreement negotiations. The discussion will be an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved since the 2015 'Trade for all' communication, which outlined the main directions and pillars of trade policy under the Juncker Commission. A progress report on 'Trade for all' implementation will be published by the end of 2017.

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Monday 29 May

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Economy and the euro, Energy, environment and climate

Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030

Old University Building, Valletta Campus, Malta

This one day event co-organised with Climate-KIC will discuss challenges in green urban centres, circular economy and green finance to come up with best impact showcases offering cost-effective solutions.

During the morning session, there will be contributions from Minister José Herrera and international guest speakers, while the afternoon session will be a workshop-based session with showcase solutions for each of the challenges identified.

Targeted for those interested and working in climate change and related areas such as water management, circular economy and those working on finding concrete and feasible solutions for a more sustainable Europe: This event is suitable for all agencies, public authorities and private entities in Malta, the Mediterranean Region and beyond.

More information on the event

Tuesday 30 May

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

Brussels

CO2 emissions: New binding CO2 emission ceilings for the agriculture, transport, waste and construction sectors will be up for a vote in the Environment Committee. Ceilings would be specified for each Member state for 2020-2030, with the aim of a reduction of at least 30% by 2030 across the EU.

Taxation/multinationals: big multinationals doing business in the EU will need to publish information on where they make profits and how much tax they pay in the EU, on a country-by-country basis, according to a draft law to be voted on by the Economic and Legal Affairs committees. The estimated cost of lost tax revenues in the EU is 50-70 billion euros per year.

Taxation/Hearing with President Juncker: the Inquiry Committee into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA) will ask European Commission President and former Luxembourg Prime Minister and Finance Minister Jean-Claude Juncker about ongoing and upcoming Commission initiatives in the fight against money laundering and tax evasion, as well as on Luxembourg cooperation with the EU.

Venezuela: Foreign Affairs MEPs will debate with Venezuela National Assembly President Julio Borges on the situation in the country.

The week's full agenda (pdf)

Tuesday 30 - Wednesday 31 May

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

Making vocational education and training (VET) a first choice: Access to skills for jobs, social cohesion and equality

Malta

The new European Skills Agenda is providing policymakers with another opportunity to raise the profile of vocational education and professional training to levels of greater visibility, attractiveness and relevancy to the needs of the labour market. The conference will be an opportunity to share best practices but also challenges from across Member States and from social partners who have been active in promoting work-based learning using European tools for inclusivity.

The conference is the Presidency's contribution to support the European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) and aims at addressing the current challenges posed by unemployment, low-skilled adults, migrants and refugees in the context of agreed European policies and tools that already address these concerns.

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Tuesday 30 - Wednesday 31 May

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Energy, environment and climate

Citizen's Energy Forum

London

The European Commission established the Citizens' Energy Forum in 2007. The forum meets on an annual basis in London and is organised with the support of Ofgem, the UK regulatory authority.

The overall aim of the forum is to explore consumers' perspective and role in a competitive, 'smart', energy-efficient and fair energy retail market. The 2017 meeting will in particular be dedicated to discussing the 'Clean energy for all Europeans' legislative package.

The 'Clean energy for all Europeans' package places engaged and active consumers at the core of the future energy markets. The proposed provisions aim at ensuring that consumers across the EU have more choice, better information and protection, as well as the possibility to produce and sell their own electricity, individually and collectively. An adapted regulatory framework and increased transparency together with new energy technologies and innovative products and services will give more opportunities for the citizens to become more involved in the energy system and respond to price signals.

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Tuesday 30 - Wednesday 31 May

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Asylum and migration, Culture, education and youth, Employment and social rights

Peer Learning Seminar for Member States and Commission on Democracy, Youth and Sport

Malta

This peer learning activity will focus on innovative youth work approaches as a recognised and value added tool for cross-sectoral cooperation in supporting young people's transition to adulthood and the world of work. The activity will bring together policy makers, practitioners and relevant stakeholders with a view to sharing ideas and knowledge for innovative youth work practices, tools and methods. The activity will also inform proposed Council Conclusion's on supporting young people's transition to adulthood and the world of work.

The activity will consider how innovative youth work approaches can be employed, recognised and accredited as a means of better connecting and ensuring smoother transition of young people to adulthood and the world of work. In particular, the seminar will focus on how youth work can help young people in acquiring those personal, social and workplace skills and competences in such fields as education, employment, and entrepreneurship based on the daily realities and routines of the world of work, its demands, pressures, disciplines, responsibilities and rewards.

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Tuesday 30 May

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Enlargement, external relations and trade

Trade sustainability impact assessment (SIA) in support of EU-China investment negotiations - Draft interim report

Brussels

The trade sustainability impact assessment (SIA) in support of negotiations with China was launched in February 2016.

The SIA interim report presents the preliminary findings of the analysis of the economic, social, human rights and environmental impacts of the negotiations, as well as the preliminary in-depth studies for three of the selected sectors (transport equipment, mining and energy extraction and chemicals).

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss with civil society the draft interim report. The interim report will then be finalised, taking stakeholders' contributions into account.

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Wednesday 31 May

European Anti-Fraud Office, Press Conference, Business, taxation and competition, Economy and the euro, Justice and citizens' rights

Presentation of the OLAF report for 2016

Brussels

This event will be an opportunity for the press to be introduced to the results and key activities of OLAF over the past year, as well as to the recent trends that its investigations have brought to light.

You will be able to find out why public procurement is still attractive to fraudsters, how off-shore accounts are increasingly used to hide the proceeds of fraud crimes, or how undervaluation fraud is perpetrated by highly organised criminal gangs operating across borders.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with OLAF's Director-General, Mr Giovanni Kessler, who will also be available for interviews.

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Wednesday 31 May

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, EU regional and urban development, Food, farming and fisheries

Cities for food systems innovation and green jobs

Brussels

This full day FOOD 2030 workshop will provide an opportunity to explore the role of cities in fostering food systems innovation and green jobs at the local level. The main objectives of the event are to discuss and share experiences related to 1) the importance of adopting a systems approach for sustainable and healthy food production and consumption in urban areas, 2) the potential for green job creation, and 3) future research, innovation and investment opportunities.

Targeted stakeholders for this workshop include city representatives, researchers, SMEs, entrepreneurs, living labs, NGOs and civil society associations.

More information on the event

Wednesday 31 May

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Energy, environment and climate

Marine Protected Areas: Initiatives and Opportunities

Brussels

This event aims to provide information and a discussion forum to exchange best practices, case studies, and views on the opportunities offered by Marine Protected Areas in addressing the challenges of a changing biodiversity. This will be achieved through the sharing of views and development of outcomes with the audience, including policy and decision-makers at EU and national levels, and with stakeholders involved in nature and biodiversity policy-making.

The workshop is being organised by the Environment & Resources Authority, in collaboration with the IUCN European Regional Office.

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Malta, Golden Sands

Wednesday 31 May

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Brussels

Anti-Semitism/fundamental rights: the recent rise of anti-Semitism in Europe and possible counter-measures will be discussed with the Commission and the Council on Wednesday. MEPs will vote on a resolution on Thursday and will also vote on the multi-annual framework of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, which determines its working priorities for 2018-2022. (Debate on Wednesday, votes on Thursday)

Mobility package: the Commission will unveil and discuss with MEPs its new proposals to boost the EU transport sector. Earlier in May, Parliament pressed for measures to increase the use of alternative fuels, improve road safety and tackle unfair competition and the exploitation of workers.

The week's full agenda (pdf)

Thursday 1 June

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Food, farming and fisheries

High-level event in skills needs in an evolving maritime green economy

Brussels

This morning event will highlight how the transition to a low-carbon economy is impacting on the workforce needs of the blue economy. If on one side many maritime sectors are looking more and more into green solutions which can deliver more and better jobs, on the other side the industry suffers from an insufficiency of professionals equipped with the skills and competences needed.

First, the European Commission will present the initiatives taken so far to support both industry and education to overcome this challenge and to benefit as much as possible of this opportunity. Then, representatives from industry, education and public authorities will discuss the main bottlenecks for the coming years and possible ways forward.

More information on the event

Thursday 1 June

Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, taxation and competition, Employment and social rights, EU regional and urban development

Citizens' dialogue in Helsinki with Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Commissioner Corina Cretu

Brussels

Come and join the debate with Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness and Corina Cretu, EU Commissioner for regional policy.

The discussion will be driven by questions from the floor and will be moderated by M. Jouni Ovaska, President of the European Movement in Finland.

The event is organised by the European Commission Representation in Finland.

More information on the event

Thursday 1 June

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Brussels

Czech Republic abuse of media: concern over reports on alleged political pressure exercised on the media has led MEPs to put the issue on the agenda for a debate with the Commission.

Protection of vulnerable adults: MEPs want to make it possible for vulnerable elderly people to be provided with social care in another EU country, e.g. in the case of protective measures for those who are unable to manage their personal affairs or property themselves. (Debate and vote)

The week's full agenda (pdf)

Thursday 1 - Friday 2 June

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, EU regional and urban development

Urban Development Network (UDN) peer review

Athens, Greece

A national level peer review on integrated sustainable urban development strategies will be held in Athens in June. The workshop will be organised in the context of the UDN, by the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy.

During the peer review exercise, representatives from the cities of Heraklion and Kavala will present their urban strategies for open discussion and feedback by Greek peer cities, representatives from the Greek managing authorities as well as urban experts.

The workshop's methodology will be based on the peer review methodology developed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) for smart specialisation strategies.

The discussion will be steered by designated moderators, and a follow-up report will provide capitalisation of results for the cities under peer review.

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Thursday 1 - Friday 2 June

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, EU regional and urban development, Research and innovation

Smart regions 2.0 conference: Maximising Europe's innovation potential

Helsinki, Finland

The 2d edition of this high-level smart regions event, will provide the opportunity to national and regional authorities to share experience of how smart specialisation has been implemented in their countries and regions. In 2014, smart specialisation strategies were introduced in the EU's cohesion policy as the basis for research and innovation investment. As a result, over 120 strategies have been established to shape investments from 2014-20. It is now time to assess what has been achieved, exchange experience and reflect on how the impact of projects can be maximised on the ground and what lessons should be drawn for the future.

The event will provide the opportunity to share experience between projects supported by the European Structural Investment Funds and other EU programmes and policies in the areas of research, industrial policy, education and skills. It will enable project promoters to learn from experience in other regions and find cooperation partners across EU in areas such as energy, agri-food, industrial modernisation, cybersecurity, health, and the maritime industry.

More information on the event

Thursday 1 - Friday 2 June

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Energy, environment and climate

Energy infrastructure forum

Copenhagen, Denmark

The energy infrastructure forum was set up to discuss major issues relating infrastructure and EU energy policy. Electricity and gas transmission infrastructure is key to achieving the completion of the internal market as well as public policy goals such as reducing CO2 emissions and energy security.

The forum brings together, under the Commission's chairmanship, key stakeholders such as the members of the regional groups established for the TEN-E priority corridors (Member States, transmission system operators, national regulatory authorities, project promoters, ENTSO-E, ENTSO-G, ACER and the European Investment Bank), along with the EU institutions (European Parliament, European Committee of the Regions, the Economic and Social Committee) and EU organisations (NGOs).

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Thursday 1 June

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Energy, environment and climate, Food, farming and fisheries

Workshop on climate action in agriculture and forestry

Brussels

A significant number of projects financed by the European Union's LIFE and Horizon 2020 programmes demonstrate how new technologies can work and develop practices to help farmers and foresters adopt and improve climate-smart production methods. These projects contribute to the creation of new knowledge and can help to implement the EU's climate commitments, including those under the Paris agreement and the EU 2030 climate and energy package.

In light of the above, the European Commission is organising a workshop on climate action in agriculture and forestry, to bring relevant projects together and provide a platform to exchange key findings and identify innovative approaches that could be taken up on a larger scale across the EU.

More information on the event

Friday 2 June

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, taxation and competition

Conference on strategic public procurement: Procuring sustainable, innovative, and socially responsible solutions

Paris

The European Commission has invited people at the forefront of thinking, leading and practicing in strategic public procurement. The panellists represent the most advanced EU countries, promising initiatives across the whole of the EU, and OECD countries.

The topics and speakers will enable a constructive dialogue on rolling out strategic public procurement, including the challenges this presents for established views.

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Document Actions
Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 29 May


08:00 Private loans (YoY) (Apr)
08:00 M3 Money Supply (3m) (Apr)
08:00 M3 Money Supply (YoY) (Apr)
13:00 ECB President Draghi's Speech

Tuesday 30 May


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

Wednesday 31 May


09:00 Unemployment Rate (Apr)
09:00 Consumer Price Index (YoY) (May) (Preliminary release)
09:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (YoY) (May) (Preliminary release)

Thursday 1 June


08:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (May)

Friday 2 June


09:00 Producer Price Index (YoY) (Apr)
09:00 Producer Price Index (MoM) (Apr)
19:30 CFTC NC net positions
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