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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 3 to 9 November, 2014

31 October 2014, 13:45 CET

This week finance ministers meet; the Commission holds a conference on Sustainable energy in Central Asia; and MEPs debate the results of the recent EU summit, vote on draft legislation on GMOs and are briefed on the impact of the Ebola outbreak. 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 3 to 9 November 2014.


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Monday 3 - Tuesday 4 November

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Employment and social rights, Energy and natural resources

Inland and marine waters challenges in the Mediterranean Region

Naples, Italy

This event will offer the relevant stakeholders from EU and non-EU policy makers, funders, researchers, industry, end-users the opportunity to discuss and propose a common roadmap for tackling the socio-economic challenges linked to the Mediterranean Sea and Water.

More information on the event

Monday 3 - Wednesday 5 November

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

Open Data and Spatial Data Infrastructures in Central and Eastern Europe

Belgrade, Serbia

This workshop, organised by the JRC, addresses the topics of spatial data infrastructures and open governmental data within central and eastern Europe.
The workshop will cover Danube Reference Data and Services Infrastructure in support of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (day 1); a workshop on spatial data infrastructures and open data in central and eastern Europe (day 2); and training on legal, organisational and technological foundations of the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) (day 3).

More information on the workshop

Monday 3 November

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

Brussels

Ebola: Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, will brief the environment committee on the impact of the Ebola outbreak in Europe and abroad. In a separate meeting, the development committee will discuss the Ebola crisis as a first step towards draft a resolution. (Wednesday and Monday respectively)
Plenary preparations: political groups will prepare for the 12 and 13 November plenary session in Brussels, where Parliament is expected to debate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and to vote on resolutions on the peace process in Northern Ireland, Turkish actions in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus and the humanitarian situation in South Sudan.

Committees

Tuesday 4 - Wednesday 5 November

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

Implementation and use of the eurocodes in the candidate and potential countries of the EU in the Balkan region

Skopje (former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

The Workshop "Building capacities for elaboration of NDPs and NA of the Eurocodes in the Balkan region" will be organized within the framework of the JRC Enlargement and Integration Action and will intend to foster the implementation of the Eurocodes in non-EU countries in the Balkan region.
The main aims will be: to further facilitate adoption and implementation of the Eurocodes in the non-EU countries in the Balkan region and to deepen regional collaboration among non-EU countries in the Balkan region.
The workshop builds upon the activities carried out at the workshop on the Adoption of the Eurocodes in the Balkan region, held on 5-6 December 2013 in Milan and the JRC, Ispra, Italy.

More information on the workshop

Tuesday 4 November

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

Brussels

European Council: MEPs, at an open conference of presidents meeting, will debate the results of the EU Summit of 23 and 24 October on climate and energy policies, the economic and employment situation and external relations, with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. This should be the last debate with Mr Van Rompuy before he steps down on 30 November.

Committees

Wednesday 5 November

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

2nd annual EIP Water conference

Barcelona, Spain

The EIP Water conference 2014 is organised by the European Commission, with the support of the Municipality of Barcelona, the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Spanish Ministry for Economy and Competitiveness, and CETaqua/Agbar.
Several high-level speakers from the public and private sector have confirmed their participation at this conference, among whom the EU Commission's Director Quality of Life, Water & Air, Ms. Marianne Wenning.
A large number of short and highly-interactive sessions, interviews, panel discussions and Q&A are foreseen.
The EIP Water Conference will also have an exhibition area where EIP Water Action Groups will showcase their work. Participants will have a unique opportunity to learn about the EIP Water Action Groups' activities and innovative solutions which are under development.
Other EIP Water partners will also present their activities, and DG Research and Innovation will provide up to date information about the relevant Horizon 2020 calls.

Conference website

Wednesday 5 November

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

Brussels

GMOs: the environment and public health committee will vote on draft legislation that modifies current rules on GMOs by giving member states the option of restricting or banning their cultivation on their own territory, even if it is allowed at EU level.
Climate change: Environment MEPs will vote on a non-binding resolution in preparation for the COP 20 UN climate change conference in December 2014 in Lima, where an EP delegation will join the negotiations. In a separate event, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will present the key findings of the IPCC's fifth assessment report.
EU financial interests: the president of the European Court of Auditors, Vítor Manuel da Silva Caldeira, will present the annual report on the regularity of financial transactions by EU institutions to the budgetary control committee. Commissioner Georgieva will also join the debate. This report forms the basis for Parliament's decision on whether or not to approve the accounts of all EU institutions.

Committees

Thursday 6 November

Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Regions and local development, Transport and travel

Small and medium sized ports as hubs for smart growth and sustainable connectivity

Saint John's Hospital Congress Centre, Bruges, Belgium

The INTERREG IV 2 Seas programme authorities and the PAC2 cluster partners invite you to their conference "Small and medium sized ports as hubs for smart growth and sustainable connectivity".
Objectives of the conference: recognising achievement, adding value cross border new synergies, business networking, preparing for the future.

More information on the event

Thursday 6 - Friday 7 November

Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Culture, education and youth

Brussels Days: "Good Morning Europe, now or never"

BOZAR, Brussels

At the initiative of the French magazine L'Obs and for the second year in a row, on 6-7 November, the Representation of the European Commission in Belgium, in partnership with the Office of the Prime Minister, the Information Centre of the European Parliament, the EESC and BOZAR, is organising the event "GOOD MORNING EUROPE, now or never", a two-day event of passionate debates on the future of Europe.

Registration

Thursday 6 November

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs

Sustainable energy in Central Asia: Business opportunities and technology transfer

Charlemagne building (room Mansholt), Brussels

In Central Asia, there is growing awareness among governments of the vast potential for renewable energy production and energy efficiency improvements.
This conference promotes sustainable energy policy developments in Central Asia and the subsequent business opportunities arising in the region. It is organised by the European Commission.

Programme

Thursday 6 November

European Commission, Presidency of the Council of the EU

"Finance for Growth - Towards a Capital Markets Union"

Brussels

The conference is co-organised by DG Internal Market and Services and the Italian presidency.
The purpose is to offer a platform for representatives of the institutions, the policy making community and other key stakeholders, to gather and exchange views on the diagnosis and treatment of the lack of sufficient long-term finance.

More information on the conference

Thursday 6 November

Other bodies and agencies, Political Meetings

Eurogroup

Brussels

The Eurogroup, composed of the Member States whose currency is the euro, meets normally the day before the Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting and deals with issues relating to the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).
It is an informal body which is not a configuration of the Council.

Eurogroup

Thursday 6 - Friday 7 November

European Commission, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Justice and citizens rights

Non-discrimination and Equality: Shaping the future of equality policies in the EU

Rome, Italy

The Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission are jointly organising this High level event to stress the importance of Equality policies in the European Union.
High Level representatives of governments from the EU Member States and key stakeholders are invited to discuss and identify current challenges and future paths to make Equality a reality for all.
The event also aims to promote equal rights and equal opportunities for all in the EU, and to share knowledge and experiences in order to develop policies and more effective ways of counteracting all forms of discrimination and fighting stereotypes.
The event brings together around 200 equahigh-level delegates working on Equality issues (governments, NGOs, social partners, media, academics, independent experts, etc.) from EU Member States and acceding countries.

More information on the event

Friday 7 November

Council of the EU, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Political Meetings, Economy, finance, tax and competition

Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Brussels

The Economic and Financial Affairs Council ("Ecofin") is composed of the Economics and Finance Ministers of the Member States, as well as Budget Ministers when budgetary issues are discussed. It meets once a month.
This Council covers EU policy in a number of areas including: economic policy coordination, economic surveillance, monitoring of Member States' budgetary policy and public finances, the euro, financial markets and capital movements and economic relations with third countries. It decides mainly by qualified majority, in consultation or codecision with the European Parliament, with the exception of fiscal matters which are decided by unanimity.

Council website

Document Actions
Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 3 November


09:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Oct)

Tuesday 4 November


10:00 Producer Price Index (YoY) (Sep)
10:00 Producer Price Index (MoM) (Sep)

Wednesday 5 November


09:00 Markit Services PMI (Oct)
09:00 Markit PMI Composite (Oct)
10:00 Retail Sales (YoY) (Sep)
10:00 Retail Sales (MoM) (Sep)

Thursday 6 November


07:00 European Commission Releases Economic Growth Forecasts
12:45 ECB Interest Rate Decision (Nov 6)
13:30 ECB Monetary policy statement and press conference
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