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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 24 to 30 November, 2014

21 November 2014, 17:56 CET

This week ministers vote on a European audiovisual policy in the digital era and sport as a driver of innovation and economic growth; the Commission looks to develop a new agenda for rail freight; MEPs hold a censure vote on the Juncker Commission, try to agree on the EU budget 2015, and vote on an agreement on reducing use of plastic bags. 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 24 to 30 November 2014.


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Monday 24 November

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee meetings

Strasbourg, France

Novel food and plastic bags: the Health and Environment Committee will vote on the novel food proposal and on an agreement with Council on reducing use of plastic bags.

Committees draft agendas

Monday 24 - Thursday 27 November

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, Employment and social rights

International Women's Entrepreneurship Laboratory

Ministry of Economic Development, Rome, Italy

Tomorrow's women entrepreneurs: insights for innovative policy and practice for developing human capital. The Laboratory is supported by ETF and the European Commission and joined by EBRD, ILO to promote both entrepreneurial and digital competences of women in the Eastern Region. Featuring a special demonstration by Intel Education on "Digital Competence for Women's Entrepreneurship".

Website of the event

Monday 24 - Wednesday 26 November

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

Nanobiotechnology - International Workshop on Nanobioscience

Ispra, Italy

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is organising a series of Workshops to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation and discussion of fundamental aspects of nanobioscience.
The focus this year is on physical, chemical and biological characterization on nanomaterials with special emphasis on Nanomedicine.
This workshop is organised by the JRC with the participation of experts from the new Member States, enlargement and Horizon 2020 associated countries.

More information on the event

Monday 24 November

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

DG ECFIN's Annual Research Conference

Conference Centre Albert Borschette, Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels

The conference will feature three sessions with more formal presentations of research carried out in the context of DG ECFIN's Fellowship Initiative 2014-2015, and one session in the format of a panel debate.

Session I will be devoted to a discussion of the appropriate growth strategy and the policy-mix at the current juncture, with a special focus on the role of productivity and investment, including in intangibles.

This should also set the scene for session II which will focus on the role of smart budget consolidation, investment in education and skills, social infrastructure investment and fairness considerations in the growth process.

Session III will see presentations of the research on deleveraging, banking and capital union and the implications for overall economic activity. The final panel debate session will allow to discuss the pertinent economic policy questions in a relatively free-flowing format.

Please note that the conference will be held under Chatham House rules and attendance will be upon personal invitation only.

More information on the event

Monday 24 November

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Strasbourg, France

Censure vote on Juncker Commission: a motion of censure tabled by 76 MEPs on the European Commission will be debated on Monday 18.00 in presence of Commission President Juncker and all Commissioners, and put to a vote on Thursday.

Final draft agenda

Monday 24 November

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Energy and natural resources, Environment, consumers and health

Greenhouse gas emissions in energy-intensive industries

Borschette centre, Brussels

The conference on "Greenhouse gas emissions in energy-intensive industries" will bring together experts from industry, academia and authorities involved in the quantification of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of industry.
The event will create a European forum to present and discuss the results of CEN standardization work on GHG emissions in five energy intensive industries: steel and iron, cement, aluminum, lime and ferroalloy production, in the context of EU climate and industrial policies.
Information will be given on the standardization process, especially the start of the enquiry procedure and the main results of the verification exercise (field tests) for the draft standards. The acceptance of the standards on an international (ISO) level will also be promoted.
Topics for discussion at the conference could be of interest also for international participants : strengthening the competitiveness of the industry in the context of climate and energy policies, benchmarking and performance assessment with the help of GHG standards, international aspects, energy efficiency, action of energy intensive industries under the future international climate agreement and international sectoral agreements.

Conference website

Tuesday 25 November

Council of the EU, Political Meetings

Education, Youth, Culture & Sport Council

Brussels

The Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council works on a number of policies concerning teaching, cultural dissemination, youth, sport. The EYCS Council promotes students and teachers mobility, stimulates art, literature and the audio-visual sector. Depending on the items on the agenda, the EYCS Council brings together EU member states' ministers responsible for education, culture, youth policies, communication and sport.
Draft Council conclusions on:
- European audiovisual policy in the digital era
- a Work Plan for Culture
- a participatory governance of cultural heritage
Policy debate:
- Reinforcing the contribution of the cultural and creative sectors, including cultural heritage, to the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy
Sport: Draft conclusions on :
- sport as a driver of innovation and economic growth
Policy debate:
- Sport and physical activity at school age

EU presidsency website - provisional agenda

Tuesday 25 - Wednesday 26 November

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

Medium-Term Market Outlook for EU Candidate Countries and selected European Neighbourhood Policy Partner Countries

Zagreb, Croatia

Taking into account the major trends concerning trade and other cross-border issues, the workshop will provide insights in the developments and key driving elements of agricultural and food markets.
One of the expected positive implications for the EU is to improve modelling tools and focus EU researchers on the analysis of regional market developments in these regions.

More information on the event

Tuesday 25 November

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

Workshop on "Strengthening Europe's Defence Industry: Dual use and smart clustering"

MCE Conference Centre, Rue de l'Aqueduc 118, 1050 Brussels

The workshop, jointly organised by the European Commission – DG Enterprise and Industry, the European Defence Agency (EDA) and the European Association of Regional Development Agencies (EURADA) will take place at the Management Centre Europe from 9.30 to 17.00.
The purpose of the workshop is to explore opportunities for defence-related clusters in Europe to develop dual use projects and activities. This workshop should also facilitate networking and matchmaking. In summary, this workshop will enable you to:
- get more information on EU policies and tools in support of clustering and dual use;
- share your experiences with other clusters; and
- present your activities to clusters from different "dual use" sectors.

More information on the workshop

Tuesday 25 November

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Strasbourg, France

Pope Francis: Pope Francis will pay an official visit to the European Parliament. The head of the Vatican state and the Roman Catholic Church will be welcomed by Parliament President Schulz at 10.30 and deliver a formal address to MEPs at 11.15.
EU budget 2015: feedback by EP's budget negotiators on the unfruitful negotiations with EU member states on outstanding bills in 2014 and a new budget for 2015 will be debated on Tuesday afternoon 15.00. On Tuesday morning, MEPs will have to decide whether to fast track its opinion on allowing some member states to defer payments.

Final draft agenda

Wednesday 26 - Thursday 27 November

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Environment, consumers and health

Workshop: New measures to recover the uptake of vaccination programmes

Ispra, Italy

Vaccination rates in Europe have been declining for the past decade as an increasing number of citizens believe that some infectious diseases such as measles and rubella are eliminated. However, as these diseases did not disappear, the decreasing participation rates in vaccination programmes have created the risk of future epidemics.
The JRC - in collaboration with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) - is therefore organising a workshop on innovative measures to increase citizens' motivation to participate in vaccination programmes. The workshop will bring together experts from psychology and behavioural economics; and national health organisations to exchange views on new ideas of how to increase vaccinations rates.

More information on the event

Wednesday 26 November

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Strasbourg, France

Sakharov Prize 2014: Dr Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynaecologist who specialises in treating victims of rape and extreme sexual violence, will receive the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in a ceremony at noon, followed by a joint press conference with President Schulz at 12.30.
Growth, jobs and investment package: following a presentation by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, one round of political group speakers will discuss the Commission's EUR 300 bn investment plans.
Palestine statehood: the question of the recognition of Palestine statehood will be debated with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday afternoon.
UN Climate change conference: ahead of the UN conference in December in Lima, MEPs will discuss global measures and funding to keep the world on track for a sub-2°C climate warming scenario and approve their position.

Final draft agenda

Thursday 27 - Friday 28 November

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Transport and travel

European Rail Freight Days

Borschette centre (room 0A), Brussels

The Commission wants to develop a new agenda for rail freight, based on feedback of the rail freight community and the experience of the Rail Freight Corridors.
The Rail Freight Corridors have to attract customers through continuous development in terms of standard, quality, interoperability and capacity, paving the way for improved quality of rail freight services across Europe, addressing customer needs. A long-term strategic approach has to be combined with pragmatic solutions which can be implemented quickly, e.g. by harmonising operational rules and by cooperating to form a network.
Innovation will result necessary to contribute to make European rail freight more competitive and Shift2Rail will play a key role in providing valuable innovative solutions for rail freight.
The revitalisation of rail freight also requires measures for wagonload which is the market segment of rail freight facing the strongest challenges.

More information on the conference

Thursday 27 - Friday 28 November

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Employment and social rights, Institutional affair

Counterfactual Methods for Policy Impact Evaluation (COMPIE)

Rome, Italy

The JRC is organising, together with the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), the conference "Counterfactual Methods for Policy Impact Evaluation (COMPIE)", to be taking place in Rome, on November 27–28, 2014.
The aim of the conference is to discuss developments in counterfactual methods applied to the Impact Evaluation of policy interventions, with a focus on employment, social and education policies. The keynote speakers are Jochen Kluve (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), and Steve Pischke (London School of Economics).
The event will consist of plenary, contributed, organised and poster sessions. Plenary sessions will host the keynote speaker; the contributed sessions and the poster sessions will include contributed papers submitted through the call for papers; organised sessions will host papers that evaluate EU or nationally-funded interventions.

More information on the event

Thursday 27 - Friday 28 November

Culture, education and youth, Justice and citizens rights

Civil Society Media Seminar 2014 - "European media and informed citizenship - EU and ME(dia) – where do we go from here?"

Grand Hall of Conferences of the Province of Milan, Via Filippo Corridoni 16, Milan, Italy

The 8th EESC civil society media seminar, to be held from 27 to 28 November 2014 in Milan/Italy, sets out to stimulate a discussion on how news on the EU is reported and how Europeans can learn from each other via the media – both within the EU and in its neighbouring countries.
The seminar also aims to explore ways of improving the EU's cooperation with the media as a means of "Europeanising" news and public broadcasting generally and thus engaging with the public. To this end, it will examine whether the social media are an appropriate tool for bringing the EU and its representatives closer to the people of Europe and for creating greater interest in and understanding of EU issues.
Finally, a retrospective debate on the 2014 EU elections will reveal how the campaign lived up to its "This time it's different" slogan.

More information on the event

Thursday 27 November

Council of the EU, Political Meetings, Energy and natural resources, Transport and travel

Council Meeting of the Telecommunications Ministers

Brussels

The Transport, telecommunications and energy (TTE) Council works towards fulfilling EU objectives in the areas of transport, telecommunications and energy: to establish modern, competitive and efficient markets and infrastructure, and to create trans-European transport, communications and energy networks. The composition of the TTE Council and the number of its meetings vary according to the items on the agenda. Therefore, according to agenda, it brings together Transport Ministers (who meet 4 times a year), Energy Ministers (who meet 3 or 4 times a year) and Telecommunications Ministers (who meet twice a year).

EU presidency site

Thursday 27 November

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Strasbourg, France

ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly meeting (JPA): during the weekend, the JPA standing committees of MEPs and their counterparts from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states will meet to prepare the JPA plenary debates and votes, in Strasbourg on 1 - 3 December, on the Ebola virus outbreak, terrorism in Africa and national reconciliation in post-conflict countries.

Final draft agenda

Thursday 27 - Friday 28 November

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

Engage today to shape tomorrow - Future-oriented technology analysis

Brussels, Charlemagne building

The European Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre, is organising a conference focusing on the strategic foresight, forecasting and assessment of future technologies. In an era when technologies can change the world at high speed, it is important to steer the horizon and be ready. Foresight is particularly important as it enables to think strategically about the future.
The conference will focus on future-oriented technology analysis (FTA) and innovation systems; creative interfaces for forward looking activities; and cutting edge FTA approaches.
The event will provide a common platform for practitioners, policy-makers, business, civil society and interested professionals in general to interact and help in guiding strategy, policy and decision-making to anticipate and shape future developments. Numerous parallel sessions, interactive workshops and laboratories will be a good opportunity to discuss with some of the most prominent names in the domain of foresight, forecasting and technology assessment worldwide.
In addition, the event will also help participants to discover the foresight discipline and its practical applications for strategic planning, change management and, in particular, innovative policy making.

Conference website

Friday 28 November

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Culture, education and youth

Conference on translation and interpretation: Cultural and linguistic diversity - a challenge for democracy

Conservatoire national des arts et métiers, Paris, France

This conference is organised in the framework of the European Day of Languages, as part of the European Commission's actions to promote and raise the profile of language professionals. It aims to shed some light on the challenges of this sector, the need for qualified linguists and the utmost importance of appropriate, high-level training.
Organised by the European Commission's DG Translation Paris Field Office , the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs , the French Ministry of Culture and Communication , ESIT (École supérieure d'interprètes et de traducteurs) and ISIT (Institut de management et de communication interculturels).
The conference will address four main themes, in a round table format:
- Translation and interpretation at the service of citizens
- Promoters of language diversity and dissemination of ideas
- Translators and interpreters at the heart of economic life
- Changing professions: new technologies, new profiles and their challenges for training.

More information on the event

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Thursday 27 November


24h OPEC meeting
09:00 M3 Money Supply (YoY) (Oct)
09:00 M3 Money Supply (3m) (Oct)
09:00 Private loans (YoY) (Oct)
10:00 Business Climate (Nov)
10:00 Consumer Confidence (Nov)
10:00 Economic Sentiment Indicator (Nov)
10:00 Industrial Confidence (Nov)
10:00 Services Sentiment (Nov)

Friday 28 November


10:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (YoY) (Nov)
10:00 Consumer Price Index (YoY) (Nov)
10:00 Unemployment Rate (Oct)
In association with Alpari (UK) forex brokers
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