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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 13-18 July, 2015

10 July 2015, 13:31 CET

This week the Eurogroup meets on Greece; ministers debate GMOs and GM feed; Parliament's committees meet Luxembourg ministers to discuss the presidency work programme, and vote on air Passenger Name Record data and asylum seekers. 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 13 - 18 July 2015.

Monday 13 July

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

Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Justus Lipsius building, Brussels

Ministers will have an exchange of views on a recent Commission communication reviewing the decision-making process on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). They will also discuss a proposal for a regulation on the possibility for member states to restrict or prohibit the use of genetically modified food and feed.
The Council will also hold a debate on market evolutions, including the impact on the EU market of import ban on EU agricultural products imposed by Russia in August 2014.
The Luxembourg Presidency will give a public presentation of its work programme in the agriculture and fisheries sectors.

Agenda and background briefing

Monday 13 July

Other bodies and agencies, Political Meetings

Eurogroup

Brussels

Growth and jobs: benchmarking the tax burden on labour
Ministers will continue the thematic discussion on growth and jobs. In a follow-up discussion on reducing the high tax wedge on labour they will exchange views on possibilities for benchmarking.
Follow-up to the June European Council
Following the publication of the Five presidents' report in June 2015, ministers will exchange views on on possible steps to further strengthen Economic and Monetary Union.
Greece
Ministers will discuss the current situation in Greece and possible further steps. Greece has recently submitted a new request for financial assistance from the European Stability Mechanism.
Election of the Eurogroup President
The Eurogroup will elect its president, as the incumbent's term comes to an end in July 2015.
Review of the fiscal compact: assessment of national provisions
The Commission will present its analysis of how the euro area member states have transposed the provisions on balanced budgets in the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance into national law.

Agenda and background briefing

Monday 13 July

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Taxation: finance ministers from France, Germany, Italy and Spain as well as Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici, and ECOFIN Council President Pierre Gramegna will come to Parliament to debate current and future taxation policy plans with Members of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and Special Committee on Tax Rulings. However, the meeting format might change due to the special summit on Greece to be held on Sunday.
Luxembourg Presidency: Parliament's committees will meet Luxembourg government ministers to discuss the EU Council Presidency's work programme in their respective areas of responsibility. The Luxembourg Presidency runs from July until the end of 2015. (Monday to Thursday)

Schedule by day

Tuesday 14 July

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Agriculture, fisheries and food, Environment, consumers and health

Conference on climate change and food security: challenges for plant health, plant breeding and genetic resources

EXPO 2015, Milan, Italy

The conference falls under the umbrella of a series of events promoting the long term sustainability of the food chain to ensure food security.
Related to the impact of climate change on food safety and food security, the conference will debate on the emerging risks to high quality and health of plants and seeds which are also crucial to ensure sustainable and productive agriculture.

More information on the event

Tuesday 14 July

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Air quality: stricter and compulsory limits on emissions of air pollutants such as sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), will be voted by the Environment and Public Health Committee. These new limits could cut air pollution costs by EUR 40 billion, says the Commission.
Emission limits for non-road mobile machinery: a proposed law to reduce emissions from combustion engines in mobile machines ranging from handheld tools through construction machinery to locomotives and inland waterway vessels will be put to a vote in the Environment Committee. These engines together account for about 15% of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and 5% of particulate matter (PM) emissions in the EU.
GMOs: Environment Committee MEPs will for the first time consider a draft legislative resolution that would reject a Commission proposal to let individual member states decide whether or not to allow the use of GMO food and feed products on their territory. In an earlier debate, most committee members voiced concerns that the proposal could damage the single market and EU farmers' competitiveness.

Schedule by day

Wednesday 15 July

European Economic and Social Committee, Events/Conf/Fairs, External relations and foreign affairs

EU-Japan free trade agreement: an ambitious deal to boost both growth and jobs

EESC, Van Maerlant building (room VMA3), Brussels

Now that the negotiations leading up to an EU-Japan free trade agreement are progressing rapidly - due to the ambition to conclude negotiations before the end of 2015 - the members of the Japan follow-up committee of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) are working together with their counterparts to present a concerted position to the authorities on both sides concerning the inclusion of a joint civil society monitoring body.

More information on the event

Wednesday 13 July

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

EU PNR: Plans to introduce EU-wide rules for collecting and processing air Passenger Name Record (PNR) data are on the Civil Liberties Committee agenda. Members will vote on a wide range of amendments, including on which flights should be included, the data retention period, and several other data protection provisions. There will be a press conference with the rapporteur after the vote

Schedule by day

Thursday 14 July

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Relocating asylum seekers: the emergency mechanism for relocating asylum seekers and refugees within the EU, as proposed by the Commission in May to distribute 40,000 from Greece and Italy to other EU member states over the next two years, will be debated and put to a vote in the Civil Liberties Committee. Parliament must be consulted on this emergency scheme, and will have co-decision powers over a future permanent one. Most Members are likely to reiterate Parliament's recent argument that the mechanism should be binding, not voluntary, and that more people will have to be relocated.

Schedule by day

Friday 17 July

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Agriculture, fisheries and food

Food safety and nutrition in 2050

EXPO (EU Pavilion), Milan

The future of the global food chain will be largely determined by five major drivers: population growth, demography; availability and management of resources and the environment; innovation & technology; social attitudes; public policy.
The conference on food safety and nutrition in 2050 - organised by Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission - provides an opportunity for dialogue among global stakeholders on the emerging challenges to the food chain and the role of future policy-making in addressing those challenges.

More information on the event

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 20 July


08:00 Current Account s.a (May)

Wednesday 22 July


14:00 Consumer Confidence (Jul) (Preliminary release)

Friday 24 July


08:00 Markit Services PMI (Jul) (Preliminary release)
08:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Jul) (Preliminary release)
08:00 Markit PMI Composite (Jul) (Preliminary release)
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