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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 27 April - 2 May, 2015

24 April 2015, 16:37 CET

This week MEPs in plenary debate the tragedies in the Mediterranean, and vote on the youth employment initiative, eCall in cars, biofuels and reducing use of plastic bags; while the Commission is set to adopt the European Agenda on Security, and its monthly infringements package. 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 27 April to 2 May 2015.


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Monday 27 - Tuesday 28 April

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Science and technology

Workshop: How to identify complex substances in REACH

Borschette Conference Centre, Brussels

This workshop organised by the Commission (Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) aims to address the challenges faced by companies when identifying substances for REACH registration purposes and to promote common understanding of sameness of substances.
The main objectives of the workshop are to:

  • determine the main challenges in identifying substances
  • discuss best practices in identifying complex substances
  • present interim results of an in-depth study on substance identity in REACH registration dossiers
The workshop will be webstreamed live during the plenary sessions. The video recording of the webstreaming, as well as the documents presented, will be available after the workshop on the website of the European Commission - DG Growth.

 

Registration and further information on the event

Monday 27 - Tuesday 28 April

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

GROW your REGIOn: Delivering Smart Specialisation and Economic Transformation through Clusters

SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre, Brussels

The GROW your REGIOn conference is an invitation to everyone interested in smart specialisation and clusters to come together to:

  • share your experience and cluster practices in the regions;
  • learn about novel ways of implementing smart specialisation;
  • explore new cluster partnerships for joint activities.

You can expect to meet and interact with representatives of national and regional administrations acting as managing authorities for the ERDF and INTERREG secretariats as well as those responsible for national and regional cluster policies and initiatives, including cluster managers and cluster members, in particular business representatives.

The conference is jointly organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy.

 

More information on the event

Monday 27 - Tuesday 28 April

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, Environment, consumers and health, Science and technology

Conference: Digital integration, energy and resource efficiency in the textile and clothing industry in the Euro-Mediterranean area

Sukiennice, Krakow, Poland

The Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs in cooperation with TAIEX (Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument managed by the Directorate-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations) and the Malopolska Krakow Region are organising a conference on Digital integration, energy and resource efficiency in the textile and clothing industry in the Euro-Mediterranean area.
The main objective of the conference is to exchange experiences regarding successful business practices, programmes and policies related to digital communication (e-business), energy-efficiency, the sustainability of textile materials and sustainable textile chemistry and water management in EU, Mediterranean partner and Western Balkan countries.

More information on the event

Monday 27 - Tuesday 28 April

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Employment and social rights, Environment, consumers and health

Presidency Conference on Occupational Safety and Health

Tallink Hotel Riga, Riga, Latvia

The Presidency conference will focus on the aspects related to active implementation of the European Commission's Communication on the Strategic Framework for Safety and Health at Work 2014-2020. In addition, good practice award ceremony will be carried in the frame of the European informative campaign "Healthy workplaces manage stress".

More information on the event

Monday 27 - Wednesday 29 April

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Science and technology

Riga Summit 2015 on the Multilingual Digital Single Market

Riga Latvian Society House, Riga

At the Riga Summit 2015 on the Multilingual Digital Single Market, top government officials, business leaders, technology developers, and language researchers will come together in Riga to develop a unified vision for the multilingual Digital Single Market.
During the event, stakeholders will develop a combined strategy, identify goals, and initiate specific actions to bring about this crucial vision of a Digital Single Market without language barriers, which is instrumental for empowering Europe in the global world.
Alongside a high-level plenary session, the Riga Summit 2015 will also have multiple workshops, roundtables, and technology showcases.
Full conference agenda and list of speakers is available at the website of Riga Summit 2015 on the Multilingual Digital Single Market.

More information on the event

Monday 27 April

European Parliament, Political Meetings

European Parliament plenary session

European Parliament, Strasbourg

eCall in cars: emergency call devices that automatically alert rescue services to car crashes (eCall) would have to be fitted to all new models of cars and light vans by 31 March 2018 if Parliament confirms an informal deal with the Council of Ministers. The rapporteur will hold a press conference after the vote, at 14.00. (Debate Monday, vote Tuesday)

Final draft agenda for the sittings of 27-30 April 2015 (Strasbourg)

Tuesday 28 April

European Commission, Legislative Action, Press Conference, Justice and citizens rights

Commission to adopt European Agenda on Security

Brussels

The Commission is set to adopt the European Agenda on Security, setting out key priorities and actions for the period 2015-2020. A genuine area of security, where fundamental rights and the rule of law are fully respected, requires a comprehensive and coherent approach covering the EU's internal and external policies. The three main priorities of the European Agenda on Security will be the fight against terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime. The Agenda will provide the basis for cooperation and joint action by the EU institutions and agencies, Member States, civil society and international partners.
The European Agenda on Security will be adopted by the College on 28 April at its meeting in Strasbourg, and subsequently presented to the press (specific arrangements tbc). The press conference can be followed on EbS.

More information on fighting terrorism

Tuesday 28 - Wednesday 29 April

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

Conference on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

Riga Graduate School of Law, Riga

The agenda for the Conference contains issues relating to the role of the Charter of Fundamental Rights (hereinafter - the Charter) in the EU legislative process, as well as its application by the European Court of Justice.
The topics discussed will also touch upon the role of the Charter in building the area of freedom, security and justice five years after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty.
The Conference will also focus on best practices, prospects and challenges regarding the application of the Charter in the light of its increasing importance for the process of building the area of freedom, security and justice.

Agenda

Tuesday 28 April

European Parliament, Political Meetings

European Parliament plenary session

European Parliament, Strasbourg

European security strategy: MEPs will state their views on the new "European Agenda on Security", setting out key priorities and actions to fight terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime, in a debate with home affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Tuesday afternoon, immediately after the Commission approves it. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)
Plastic bags: EU countries would be required to reduce the widespread use of the most polluting light weight plastic bags under draft rules informally agreed with the Council and up for approval by the full chamber. A press round-table with the lead MEP will be held on Monday at 18h with a press conference scheduled for Tuesday at 16.00. (Debate and vote)
Biofuels: an informal deal struck by MEPs and ministers on a draft law to accelerate the shift to alternative biofuels, derived from waste or residues, and new sources such as seaweed, will be put to a vote on Tuesday. The new rules will cap crop-derived biofuel production to cut greenhouse gas emissions caused by the growing use of farm land for biofuel crops. A press conference takes place at 15.30. (Debate and vote)

Final draft agenda for the sittings of 27-30 April 2015 (Strasbourg)

Wednesday 29 April

European Commission, Legislative Action, Institutional affairs

Commission adopts its monthly infringements package

Brussels

The Commission will adopt its monthly infringements package. These decisions cover all Member States and most of EU policies and seek to enforce EU law across Europe in the interest of both citizens and businesses.

More information on all decisions please consult the infringement decisions register

Wednesday 29 April

European Parliament, Political Meetings

European Parliament plenary session

European Parliament, Strasbourg

Tragedies in the Mediterranean: MEPs will demand concrete action to halt the drowning of Mediterranean migrants and refugees in a key debate chaired by EP president Martin Schulz with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Council President Donald Tusk, who will also comment on the results of the extraordinary summit, on Wednesday at 9.00. A resolution will be put to the vote at noon.
Youth employment initiative: European Social Fund rule changes needed to deliver €1 billion in EU funding this year to help member states get up to 650,000 young people into work will be debated on Tuesday evening and put to a vote on Wednesday. A press conference is scheduled for 14.30.

Final draft agenda for the sittings of 27-30 April 2015 (Strasbourg)

Document Actions
Eurozone Economic Calendar

Wednesday 29 April


08:00 M3 Money Supply (YoY) (Mar)
08:00 M3 Money Supply (3m) (Mar)
08:00 Private loans (YoY) (Mar)
09:00 Consumer Confidence (Apr)
09:00 Services Sentiment (Apr)
09:00 Economic Bulletin
09:00 Industrial Confidence (Apr)
09:00 Business Climate (Apr)
09:00 Economic Sentiment Indicator (Apr)

Thursday 30 April


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