EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 27 to 31 October, 2014
This week the Environment Council meets; there is a Workshop on bio-energy in Ukraine; and MEPs have an external Parliamentary activities Week. 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 to 31 October 2014.
Monday 27 - Tuesday 28 October
European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Transport and travel
General safety and pedestrian safety stakeholder meetings
Borschette conference centre, Brussels
The European Commission (DG Enterprise and Industry, Sustainable Mobility and Automotive Industry Unit) has commissioned a study to TRL (Transport Research Laboratory of the UK) on the Benefit and Feasibility of a Range of New Technologies and Unregulated Measures in the fields of Vehicle Occupant Safety and Protection of Vulnerable Road Users. The study is gathering information on the likely feasibility, costs and benefits of over 50 potential measures that could be considered for incorporation in the next phase of the General Safety Regulation and the Pedestrian Safety legislation. As part of the evidence gathering and review, for the purpose of finalising the reporting for the European Parliament and the Council, a series of stakeholder meetings will be held on 27 and 28 October.
Monday 27 - Tuesday 28 October
European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Employment and social rights
FreSsco seminar: Labour market activation and coordination law & the right of residence and equal treatment in respect of social benefits
The EC-funded FreSsco (Free Movement and Social Security Coordination) network is organising this bilateral Austrian-German seminar. The seminar is dedicated to issues arising from the coordination of unemployment benefits and reintegration measures. Moreover, the seminar looks into the relationship between the right of residence and the right to equal treatment in respect of social benefits. It is held in German. The target audience includes staff of relevant authorities and institutions, social partners, academics, NGOs, judges and lawyers. The seminar is organised by FreSsco in collaboration with its Austrian (Walter Pfeil and Elias Felten) and German (Ferdinand Wollenschläger and Richard Giesen) national experts. FreSsco is an EC-funded network of independent experts from 32 European countries coordinated by Ghent University and Eftheia.
Monday 27 - Friday 31 October
European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs
External Parliamentary Activities Week
The coming week is set aside for MEPs to work in their constituencies or to make delegation visits.
Elections in Ukraine and Tunisia: delegations of MEPs led by Andrej Plenkovic (EPP, HR) and Michael Gahler (EPP, DE), who are observing the parliamentary elections in Ukraine and in Tunisia over the weekend, will present their preliminary conclusions on Monday in Kiev and on Tuesday in Tunis respectively.
Tuesday 28 October
Council of Ministers, Environment
The Environment Council (ENVI) deals with matters concerning protection, safeguard and improvement of the quality of the environment through an efficient use of the natural resources available. Specifically, the ENVI Council is responsible for energy, transport emissions, quality and safety of water and food. At international level it takes part in global challenges, such as the one against climate change.
Tuesday 28 October
European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Culture, education and youth, Institutional affairs
Artists, scientists and intellectuals present a book with their contributions to a new narrative for Europe
The book "The Mind and Body of Europe: a new narrative" will be presented at the Bozar in Brussels with the participation of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso. After unveiling the final declaration earlier this year in Berlin, this book constitutes a further milestone in the implementation of the "New Narrative for Europe" project to which artists, scientists and intellectuals have contributed since 2013. The event in Bozar will feature those who contributed to the project and will include an artistic performance and a presentation of the results of a social media campaign based on the Declaration on the Mind and Body of Europe'.
Wednesday 29 - Friday 31 October
European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Energy and natural resources
Workshop on bioenergy in Ukraine
The objective of this workshop will be to discuss the status of agricultural bioenergy in Ukraine for applications in transport (liquid biofuels) and/or heat and/or electricity. Specific attention will be paid to resource mapping, feedstock categories selection, biomass to energy conversion issues as well as support mechanisms and financing. This workshop will discuss specifically the present situation of agricultural biogas in Ukraine (GHG mitigation potential, costs, connection to the grid….), as well as the perspectives at short or mid-term.
Thursday 30 - Friday 31 October
Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Transport and travel
European Tourism Forum 2014
The European Tourism Forum is an annual event co-organised by the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission. The Forum will be held under the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.