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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 25-30 September 2017

22 September 2017, 15:42 CET

This week, the Presidency holds conferences on East and West civil societies in cooperation, and lifelong guidance policy and practice; the Commission holds conferences on promoting and financing energy efficiency in Ireland and the UK; MEPs in committee vote on the EU 2018 Budget and the EU Public Prosecutor, meet ECB president Draghi and debate an EU minimum income and football leaks; Europol-Interpol hold the 5th cybercrime conference; and it's World Tourism Day. 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 30 September 2017.

Monday 25 - Tuesday 26 September

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

Project meeting 'European Agency statistics on inclusive education'

Tallinn, Estonia

The 'European Agency statistics on inclusive education' project deals with the homogenisation of statistical criteria on quantitative data gathered on inclusive education. The meeting, usually organised by the Presidency of the Council of the EU, aims to gather input from policymakers and statistical workers in order to make data-gathering from various sources compatible and comparable.

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Monday 25 - Friday 29 September

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

European photovoltaic solar energy conference and exhibition (EU PVSEC 2017)

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The EU PVSEC is the largest international conference for photovoltaic research, technologies and applications, and at the same time a top international photovoltaic industry exhibition. It gathers the global photovoltaic community to conduct business, to network and to present and discuss the latest developments and innovations in photovoltaics. It is the world renowned science-to-science, business-to-business and science-to-industry platform with a full and only focus on the global photovoltaic solar sector.

The European Commission established the first of these conferences in 1981 (Stresa, Italy). Since 1996, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) supports the conference by providing the scientific programme coordination.

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Monday 25 - Wednesday 27 September

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Research and innovation, Security and defence, Transport and travel

eMRTD interoperability test 2017

Ispra, Italy

The European Commission will organise conformity and interoperability tests for e-machine readable travel documents (eMRTDs) together with a conference on 25-26 September 2017.

The tests will focus on the latest access control specifications (e.g. the operation of the PACE protocol with chip authentication). This security mechanism, known as 'Password Authenticated Connection Establishment with Chip Authentication Mapping' (PACE-CAM), combines PACE and chip authentication (CA) into one protocol leading to faster ID document verification.

The conference will take place on the second day and will include speakers from the European Commission, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and EU Member States. At its end, the high-level aggregate results of the tests will be presented.

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Monday 25 September

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee and Political Group Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

ECB/Draghi: European Central Bank President Mario Draghi will discuss the programme allowing the ECB to purchase bonds issued by European companies, as well as the latest economic and monetary developments in the EU, with members of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee.

Youth Guarantee: the cost-effectiveness of the Youth Guarantee scheme, the EU programme helping young people to find jobs by improving their access to training and education, will be assessed by Budgetary Control Committee MEPs. In a draft text, they call for more funding to support young people "Not in Education, Employment, or Training" (NEETS).

Plenary preparations: political groups will be updated on the state of play in the Brexit negotiations and prepare for a debate with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, concluded by a resolution to be put to the vote in the same week. They will also discuss Parliament's stance on EU-Turkey relations and prepare their input to the October European Summit and to the COP 23 climate change conference in Bonn. Political groups will prepare Parliament's position on fertilisers, their final vote on setting up an EU Prosecutor's office and Parliament's recommendations on how to fight cybercrime, improve prison conditions and end child marriages.

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Monday 25 September

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Research and innovation

JRC annual lecture 2017: Ignorance and the community of knowledge

Brussels

Steven Sloman is a cognitive scientist who studies how people think. His recent book sets out how our habits of thought influence the way we see the world and then decide what actions to take.

He argues that the key to our intelligence lies in our connections to the people and things around us. These findings can help us rethink the place of knowledge in policymaking and our democracy.

Organisations like the Joint Research Centre (JRC) are trying to draw on these ideas in practice in making better sense of the wealth of knowledge available for EU policymaking. Its recent drive to develop knowledge and competence centres is an example of an attempt to build communities of knowledge.

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Tuesday 26 September

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, Energy, environment and climate, Research and innovation

Reinventing plastics - closing the circle

Brussels

The European Commission is organising this conference to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the new strategy for plastics that is under development.

At EU level more than 1.4 million people work in the plastics industry, which is worth over € 350 billion each year, but opportunities are being missed because of low recycling rates and a high reliance on virgin materials.

The coming plastics strategy will aim to improve framework conditions for investment and innovation, and help the industry become more circular and resource-efficient, bringing more jobs and further growth.

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Tuesday 26 September

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Football Leaks: the Special Committee on Money Laundering and Tax Evasion (PANA) will question representatives of FIFA, UEFA and the European Football Agents Association on the transparency of the transfer market, the financing of European clubs and players' image rights. A journalist who took part in the European Investigative Collaboration (EIC) network that revealed the Football Leaks files will also be present.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Tuesday 26 September

Other bodies and agencies, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business

1st CareersNet meeting

Tallinn, Estonia

The European Centre for the development of vocational training (Cedefop) is jointly organising with the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU a Guidance Week on the 26th of September.

The first meeting of Cedefop's network for lifelong guidance and careers education, CareersNet will be one of the opening events of the week. The main aims of this meeting will be to welcome CareersNet participants, clarify basic tasks and expectations, as well as familiarise them with existing tools at their disposal.

Participants will discuss:

  • the role and priorities of the network in supporting research and informing policy
  • the current structure of the European lifelong guidance database
  • the updates to the database
  • the possibilities of including an evaluation component in the database
  • foreseen and potential output
  • the work schedule of the network

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Tuesday 26 - Wednesday 27 September

European Chemicals Agency, Events/Conf/Fairs, , High Level Visits, Consumer affairs and public health, Research and innovation

ECHA biocides stakeholders' day 2017

Helsinki, Finland

The European Chemicals Agency's (ECHA) 5th biocides stakeholders' day will take place on 26 and 27 September 2017 in Helsinki. The day will provide all biocides stakeholders with the latest information on the Biocidal products regulation and the tools and support available. In addition, participants will have the chance to receive training on ECHA's IT tools.

The focus will be on experiences from companies, ECHA and the European Commission. The objective is to equip companies with information about their roles and obligations to meet the legal requirements for biocides.

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Tuesday 26 September

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Institutional affairs, Research and innovation

EU for facts: Evidence for policy in a post-fact world

Brussels

This conference, organised by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), aims at producing a set of clear recommendations for successful evidence-informed policymaking institutions, processes and individuals. It will offer a frank encounter between leading experts from the fields of science, policy and media. Economists, psychologists, philosophers, sociologists and natural scientists will have an opportunity to have an honest, public discussion with practising politicians, policymakers and journalists.

In addition to listening to speeches and discussions between leading scientists and politicians, the participants will have a possibility to interact with the speakers via live apps during sessions, as well as meet them in person during dedicated time slots after each session.

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Tuesday 26 September

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, taxation and competition

Drivers of change for the public sector: bringing governments closer to citizens and businesses in a digital age through ethics and trust

European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg

The scale and pace of change are accelerating as never before. Having the foresight to anticipate how the changes will affect a country will help its government to prepare most effectively for the future landscape.

To help leaders in the public sector and professional accountants prepare for an uncertain tomorrow, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) undertook a global study to explore which emerging drivers of change could have the biggest impact and to highlight the skills that will be required over the period to 2026.

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Wednesday 27 - Thursday 28 September

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

EIP water conference on water innovation: bridging gaps, creating opportunities

Porto, Portugal

The 4th European innovation partnership (EIP) on water conference is co-organised by the European Commission and the government of Portugal. Participants will discuss innovative solutions to address major European and global water challenges, as well as related market opportunities.

Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for environment, maritime affairs and fisheries, will provide insights into environment and innovation work carried out in the EU.

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Wednesday 27 September

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

EU 2018 Budget: the Budgets Committee will vote on 2,324 amendments tabled to the draft 2018 EU budget. MEPs are set to reverse cuts made by the Council and to bolster programmes on research, education, fighting youth unemployment, SME support and migration.

Tourism: on World Tourism Day, Parliament will hold a conference on "A European strategy to enhance the competitiveness of the tourism industry, a key driver for job creation". EP President Tajani will open the meeting, which will be attended by key MEPs, Commission Vice-President Katainen and Commissioners Bienkowska, Vella, Navracsics, Thyssen and Gabriel, as well as representatives from the industry and European and national authorities.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Wednesday 27 - Friday 29 September

Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Research and innovation, Security and defence

5th Europol/Interpol cybercrime conference

Europol, The Hague, the Netherlands

Under the theme 'Actively united for a safer cyber space', the three-day event will bring together the management of cybercrime divisions from around the world to further strengthen cooperation, including with partners from the private industry, NGOs, computer emergency response teams (CERTs) and academia.

This year, the programme will focus on the following topics: cybercrime threats in 2017; financial aspects of cybercrime; current and emerging challenges (including ransomware, Internet of Things , decryption and anonymisation); internet governance; darknet market sites

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Wednesday 27 - Thursday 28 September

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

Conference on lifelong guidance policy and practice

Tallinn, Estonia

Foundation Innove, the Estonian agency for lifelong guidance, and the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research are organising the 2017 European Guidance Week and the conference on lifelong guidance policy and practice in Tallinn, in cooperation with the European Centre for the development of vocational training (Cedefop) in the framework of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The overall theme of the event is future European cooperation in the field of lifelong guidance and the use of innovative information and communication technologies (ICT).

The aim of the conference is to:

  • facilitate future cooperation at the European level
  • share innovative ICT practices
  • disseminate tools and initiatives to support the development of ICT capacity of lifelong guidance

The event is aimed at the participants who are involved in national and regional policy and practice of lifelong guidance.

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Wednesday 27 - Thursday 28 September

European Food Safety Authority, , Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Food, farming and fisheries

Info session on applications – pesticides – technical meeting with stakeholders on EFSA guidance on dermal absorption

EFSA, Parma, Italy

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) invites stakeholders for an exchange of views on the EFSA guidance on dermal absorption. The guidance, originally issued in 2012, was revised in 2017. The overall aim of this technical meeting is to elucidate the changes versus the guidance document issued in 2012, answer questions and collect feedback with regard to this new guidance document.

The topics for discussion in the agenda will include:

  • datasets for revision and statistical analysis
  • revision of default values and other changes
  • feedback from the public consultation
  • case studies from competent authorities of Member States and industry

Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback and to participate in the various discussions following the scientific presentations. EFSA will issue a short report collecting and summarising the discussions of the event. The technical meeting is intended for all interested stakeholders in the field of pesticide regulation.

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Wednesday 27 - Friday 29 September

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

CIVITAS FORUM 2017

Torres Vedras, Portuga

The annual event brings together the CIVITAS community from across Europe: hundreds of mobility experts, actors, and stakeholders, all of whom are devoted to the development of sustainable urban mobility in their cities. The CIVITAS FORUM conference's 15th edition continues to offer state-of-the-art presentations, interactive workshops and sessions, and intriguing site visits, whilst introducing new and exciting elements to the programme.

As Torres Vedras is the smallest municipality to host a CIVITAS FORUM conference and one of Portugal's prime examples of sustainable urban development, 'Small communities, big ideas' seemed like an appropriate theme for this event. However, this refers not only to the conference objective of encouraging the transfer of ideas between cities of various sizes. Using the CIVITAS transferability approach as a basis, the forum will also demonstrate how ideas developed by any kind of small community can help to address urban mobility problems.

The CIVITAS initiative is co-financed by the European Union.

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Wednesday 27 - Friday 29 September

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

East and West: civil societies in cooperation

Dorpat Conference Centre, Tartu, Estonia

The aim of this conference is to support civil society involvement in the decision-making process, to discuss problems and find common solutions to challenges related to regional development, and to support the formulation of common interests and standpoints.

The focus will be on regional NGOs and civil societies in Eastern Partnership countries and their EU neighbours. For participants, the conference offers a chance to tell their story and share their experience of working with the EU and the Eastern Partnership, while networking and improving their cooperation.

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Wednesday 27 - Thursday 28 September

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

6th international conference on ethanol from lignocellulosis

Brussels

This event aims to engage policymakers, industry decision-makers and stakeholders in an informed discussion on strategies to accelerate the deployment of advanced biofuels in general and lignocellulosic ethanol in particular in the EU and global markets.

The conference will consist mainly of panel discussions where speakers will focus on practical experience and lessons learned from their initial investments; the event will allow ample time for debate. It will start with a workshop on sourcing large quantities of sustainable biomass to provide feedstock for facilities.

The event is organised in partnership with key industrial sponsors and is funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union.

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Wednesday 27 - Friday 29 September

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

6th European conference on corporate R&D and innovation CONCORDi 2017 – Innovation and industrial dynamics: challenges for the next decade

Seville, Spain

CONCORDi 2017 is the bi-annual European conference on corporate R&D and innovation.

Organised by the Joint Research Centre in association with the OECD, CONCORDi 2017 aims to identify the research, business and policy challenges in this area for the decade to come, and to provide guidance to the EU industrial research and innovation policy agenda.

Corporate R&D, innovation and technological development are crucial drivers for the dynamics of industry, competitiveness, job creation and welfare, and to guarantee the achievement of a sustainable territorial development in the EU.

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Wednesday 27 - Thursday 28 September

European Aviation Safety Agency, Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Research and innovation, Transport and travel

European Aviation Safety Agency workshop on additive manufacturing

Cologne, Germany

Additive manufacturing (AM - also known as 3D-printing or ALM, 'additive layer manufacturing') is a production technology which involves highly complex processes, dependent upon many process parameters.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AM workshop II is primarily aimed at providing an update on aviation industries status on AM technology and the current technical and functional support of 3D-printing machine vendors to the aviation industry. Furthermore, EASA is currently developing a flexible agenda and welcomes identification of any additional themes (metallic or non-metallic) by industry and other potential participants for inclusion in this workshop.

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Thursday 28 September

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

EU Public Prosecutor: the setting up of the long-awaited European Public Prosecutor's Office, which will be in charge of cross-border criminal investigations of fraud involving EU money, will be up for a vote by the Civil Liberties Committee. Currently, 20 member states have decided to participate.

Brexit: EP President Tajani and political group leaders will meet to discuss the latest progress in the Brexit negotiations, ahead of a European Parliament resolution to be voted the following week in Strasbourg.

EU minimum income: plans to introduce an EU-wide minimum income to fight poverty and social exclusion will be put forward by the Employment and Social Affairs Committee. The draft proposal says such schemes should correspond to 60% of the median income of the country concerned.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Thursday 28 September

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

Complex systems and social practices in energy transitions

Ispra, Italy

This webinar, organised by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), will give participants the opportunity to follow the conversation with some of the authors of a new book on how complex systems and social practice theories reframe the issue of energy sustainability in the time of renewables.

Participants will have also the possibility to chat with the authors and will learn about the insights these authors provide on how complex dynamics generated by present socio-technical systems and the ongoing transition to renewables will oblige researchers and policymakers to review their ideas concerning energy consumption and energy sustainability.

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Thursday 28 September

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

Modern biotechnologies in agriculture – paving the way for responsible innovation

Brussels

The aim of this European Commission conference is to stimulate an informed and open debate among all stakeholders on how the EU can benefit from modern biotechnologies and innovation in the food and agricultural sector while maintaining high safety standards.

The participants will be prominent European policymakers, relevant industry stakeholders, representatives of civil society, scientists, and government experts.

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Thursday 28 September

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

Promotion and financing energy efficiency in Ireland and the United Kingdom

Dublin, Ireland

This event aims to engage policymakers and stakeholders in an informed discussion on ways to upscale energy efficiency investments. This includes sharing best practice on how to reach out to and engage SMEs in thinking about energy efficiency investments and presentation of the opportunities for unlocking the potential for energy efficiency investments in Ireland and the UK. Speakers will focus on practical experience and the event will allow ample time for debate. The conference will have plenary sessions as well as smaller interactive sessions in order to enable more detailed discussions.

The event is organised in partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the UN Environment Finance Initiative, in the frame of the Sustainable Energy Investment Forums contract, funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union.

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Friday 29 September

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

Conference 'Adult educator in the winds of social change'

Tallinn, Estonia

The changing world poses a number of challenges for adult educators. Social change, the redefining of social values, and opportunities and problems related to digital availability and networking, are some of the challenges that require adult educators to obtain a number of new skills.

This conference, organised under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, focuses on the development of adult educators' skills, while developing cooperation within Estonia and around the EU.

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Friday 29 September

Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Economy and the euro

Single Resolution Board (SRB) conference

Brussels

The Single Resolution Board (SRB) is the European resolution authority for the Banking Union. This year the conference is titled 'Building resolvability together'.

The full-day conference will combine keynote speeches, delivered by high-level profile speakers from relevant European and international institutions, and 3 high-level panels.

We expect a large audience of around 400 relevant stakeholders from the European Union and international institutions, resolution authorities, the banking industry, academia, press and professional services firms.

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Friday 29 September

Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Research and innovation, Security and defence

European Cybersecurity Month kick-off event 2017

Tallinn, Estonia

Preparations for the 5th European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM) started in earnest with collaboration being forged between the Estonian information systems authority and the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) for this year's Cybersecurity Month kick-off event.

The agenda for the launch includes opening speeches by dignitaries from both the European public sector and industry. National coordination teams will offer insights into their campaigns and leading IT security experts will debate on the security themes of the month.

We invite you to attend the launch of this year's ECSM and we encourage policymakers, industry experts and representatives from competent authorities to come forward as speakers or panelists for either of the four sessions on the weekly themes: Cybersecurity in the workplace; Governance, privacy and data protection; Cybersecurity in the home; Skills in cyber security.

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Friday 29 September

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Research and innovation, Security and defence

High-level seminar on long-term strategy of customs IT

Tallinn, Estonia

The high-level seminar on the long-term strategy of customs IT brings together the directors general and senior experts of the national customs administrations to discuss possible approaches for the development, management and funding of customs IT systems after 2020 in the most effective and cost-efficient way.

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Friday 29 September

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

Mayors & Water conference 2017

Porto, Portugal

Co-organised by the European Commission and the Government of Portugal, the Mayors & Water conference 2017 is set to launch an Urban Water Agenda 2030 (UWA 2030).

The agenda would facilitate collaboration of cities on water issues for better integrated and more sustainable water management.

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Wednesday 27 September


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

Thursday 28 September


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

Friday 29 September


10:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (YoY) (Sep) (Preliminary release)
10:00 Consumer Price Index (YoY) (Sep) (Preliminary release)
19:30 CFTC NC net positions
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