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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 30 March - 4 April, 2015

27 March 2015, 17:09 CET

This week MEPs debate the EU response to terrorist threats, the road to the December Paris Climate conference and new rules prompted by the LIBOR / EURIBOR scandal; the Commission is set to announce a significant increase in its pledge to respond to the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Syria; and it's the Easter weekend. 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 30 March to 4 April 2015.


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Monday 30 March

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

NATO/counter-terrorism: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove will join the Foreign Affairs Committee for two separate debates. Libya, Tunisia and the EU response to terrorist threats are likely topics.
Fundamental rights: recent EU initiatives to protect and promote fundamental rights will be debated at a Civil Liberties Committee hearing with Commission First-Vice President Frans Timmermans, EU Court of Justice Advocate General Juliane Kokott, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks and EU Fundamental Rights Agency officials, among other experts. The hearing is to provide input to the committee's draft resolution on fundamental rights in the EU in 2013-2014.
Climate change: the road to the December Paris Climate conference will be debated by MEPs, national MPs and climate action and environment Commissioners Miguel Arias Cañete and Karmenu Vella.

Committees

Tuesday 31 March

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

LIBOR/EURIBOR scandal: draft EU rules to improve the transparency and reliability of benchmarks that may affect key financial market rates or the pricing of retail financial contracts such as mortgages will be put to a vote in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. The rules were prompted by the rigging of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (EURIBOR).
Tax policy: the Special Tax Rulings and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees will hold a joint hearing with taxation Commissioner Pierre Moscovici on Monday afternoon. On Tuesday both committees will debate tax issues with OECD Secretary-General Ángel Gurría and Director of Centre for Tax Policy Pascal Saint-Amans. Topics will include the fight against tax evasion and tax havens. The OECD is widely seen as the right venue for taking international decisions on tax policy.

Committees

Tuesday 31 March

European Economic and Social Committee, Events/Conf/Fairs, Science and technology

Citizens' Internet. The Many Threats to Neutrality

Brussels

As the media sphere is shifting towards digital services, commercial organizations, many of them based outside the EU, are more and more able to decide upon which kind of content and which sort of communication constitute the public sphere. These developments have profound implications for us in terms press plurality and individual rights.

  • How will we guarantee that future communication infrastructure will still meet our demands for democratic opinion formation?
  • How can we ensure that all services and contents which are relevant for the well-functioning of the public sphere are available online?
  • What should be the role of the EU in sustaining a public sphere online?
  • Should the EU impose new rules for companies which operate within the EU while residing elsewhere?

In the midst of the complex and often exciting technical changes, we should ensure that our needs as citizens are not left out of the equation. Netopia invites you to a moment of discussion, report presentation and mingle.

More information on the event

Tuesday 31 March

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, Science and technology

eIDAS Private Sector Engagement High Level Event - eID: emerging business cases

Brussels

What is the value of electronic identification (eID) for my business model and how can I go digital in the near future? These and more questions will be addressed during this 2nd private sector stakeholder event, moving forward making the use of eID a daily reality for business and citizens.
This event will develop the opportunities to integrate eID in 2 important business sectors: banking and the sharing economy. It is part of the effort to promote uptake of the eIDAS (eIdentification, Authentication and Signatures) Regulation in the private sector in order leverage eID as a key enabler of the Digital Single Market (DSM) by making cross-border electronic transactions more secure, convenient, and trustworthy.

More information on the event

Tuesday 31 March

European Commission, High Level Visits

EU goes to Kuwait International Pledging Conference with new aid pledge for Syria

Kuwait

On 31 March the European Commission will announce a significant increase in its pledge to respond to the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Syria, at the Third International Pledging Conference in Kuwait. At Kuwait II last year, the EU's combined pledge (Commission and Member States) was the biggest contribution (EUR 550 million), representing one third of the overall amount pledged.
The consolidated EU amount, including funding from Member States, is currently being finalized but is set to exceed the 2014 pledge.
Commissioner Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, will present the European Union's pledge at the Third International Pledging Conference for Syria (Kuwait III) in Kuwait.

Link to the press release

Wednesday 1 April

European Commission, Others, Business, Science and technology, Transport and travel

Webinar on digital tourism: Thinking mobile

Online

Mobile is already part of and will increasingly dominate every aspect of travel. The very nature of being connected 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week is a game changer for the tourism industry, even more so than the rise of social media. Smartphones are seen as an essential travel companion for today's youth and are being used at every stage in the visitor cycle.
This webinar will explain how mobile is impacting decisions and opinions at every point in the buying cycle and highlight quick-wins, strategic approaches and new opportunities. The information will be practical and educational and will show how to begin planning for and thinking about mobile.

More information on the event

Wednesday 1 April

Events/Conf/Fairs, Employment and social rights

Investing in a Europe based on solidarity

Riga, Latvia

On 1 April, the Workers' Group will hold its next extraordinary meeting in Riga, at the Latvian National Library.
After the welcome addresses by Georges Dassis, President of the Group, and Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of Latvia, there will be a discussion on the possibility and means of implementing an employment-oriented investment plan that promotes solidarity, with the participation among others of Uldis Augulis, Latvian Minister for Welfare, Aija Barc(a, Member of the Parliament of Latvia, and Steven Tobin, Senior Economist of the ILO Research Department.
Participants will examine to what extent the investment plan proposed by the new Commission as a new strategy of solidarity in the fight against unemployment will attain its main target: the creation of jobs.

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Document Actions
Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 30 March


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

Tuesday 31 March


09:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (YoY) (Mar) (Preliminary release)
09:00 Consumer Price Index (YoY) (Mar) (Preliminary release)
n/a G7 Meeting
10:00 Unemployment Rate (Feb)

Wednesday 1 April


07:00 Non-monetary policy's ECB meeting
08:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Mar)

Thursday 2 April


13:30 ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts

Friday 3 April


24h Good Friday
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