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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 26-31 January, 2015

23 January 2015, 15:29 CET

This week ministers debate cod, herring and sprat stocks in the Baltic Sea; MEPs discuss with Council and Commission the Juncker investment plan, also money laundering and anti-terrorism measures; and it's Holocaust Remembrance Day. 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 26 to 31 January 2015.


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Monday 26 January

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen will discuss the proposed fund for strategic investments with the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee.

Agenda by day

Monday 26 January

Other bodies and agencies, Political Meetings

Eurogroup

Brussels

The Eurogroup will welcome the Lithuanian minister as the newest member of the Eurogroup. The minister will report on the experience of changing over to the euro, which has been the official currency in Lithuania since 1 January 2015.
The Eurogroup ministers will exchange views on the state of play in Greece.
They will also be informed of main findings of the interim mission of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Article IV consultation with the euro area.
The ministers will also discuss the European Commission's assessment of the updated draft budgetary plan submitted by the recently formed Latvian government.

Eurogroup, Council website

Monday 26 January

Council of the EU, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Political Meetings, Agriculture, fisheries and food

Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Brussels

The Agriculture and Fisheries Council will hold an exchange of views on a proposal for a regulation establishing a multiannual plan for cod, herring and sprat stocks in the Baltic Sea. This is part of the EU's fisheries management policy and aims to ensure that the fish stocks are exploited in a sustainable way.
The Commission will also brief ministers on the state of play of implementation of the landing obligation through the so-called 'omnibus' regulation. This regulation groups together all the changes to technical measures and control regulations that are needed to make the lading obligation operational.
On agriculture, ministers will be briefed on the consequences of the ongoing Russian ban on EU agricultural products, and on the measures put in place to alleviate these consequences.

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, Council website

Tuesday 27 January

Council of the EU, Political Meetings

Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Justus Lipsius building, Brussels

The Economic and Financial Affairs Council will hold an exchange of views on the investment plan for Europe, following the Commission's presentation of its proposal on the European fund for strategic investments.
The fund aims to make available at least EUR 315 billion in private and public investment across the EU over the next three years. It will support strategic investments, such as in broadband and energy networks, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Ministers will start the preparation of the G20 meeting of finance ministers and governors, which will take place on 9 and 10 February 2015 in Istanbul.
The Council will also take note of the presentations of the Latvian presidency's six-month work programme in the area of economic and financial affairs, and of the Commission's work programme for 2015. Ministers will hold an exchange of views on both work programmes.

Economic and Financial Affairs Council, 27/01/2015

Tuesday 27 January

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Economic governance: German and Italian Finance Ministers Wolfgang Schäuble and Pier Carlo Padoan will review the economic rulebook and discuss the way ahead with the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee.
Money laundering: a deal on new legislation to fight money laundering, tax crimes and terrorist financing will be put to a vote in the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties committees. Under the deal concluded by EP and EU government negotiators, the ultimate owners of companies would have to be listed in central registers, which would be accessible to people with a "legitimate interest", such as investigative journalists.
Anti-terrorism measures. In the wake of recent terrorist attacks and threats: Commission representatives will present and discuss proposed new EU-wide anti-terrorism measures with MEPs during a short Brussels plenary session, starting at 15.00, on Wednesday. Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Anti-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove and representatives of the Raising Awareness Network (RAN) will brief the Civil Liberties Committee on "deradicalisation" and foreign fighters.
Holocaust Remembrance Day: a ceremony marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day - 27 January - will be held in the European Parliament premises, where EP Vice President Antonio Tajani will deliver the opening speech. On the same occasion, EP President Martin Schulz will meet Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein and deliver the closing speech at the special session of heads of state at the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Prague (Czech Republic).

Agenda by day

Tuesday 27 January

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

Scientific Support to Europe's Photovoltaic Manufacturing Industry

Brussels

The Joint Research Centre is hosting a round table discussion on Scientific Support to Europe's Photovoltaic Manufacturing Industry which will bring together experts from the photovoltaic manufacturing industry, representatives from European institutions and Member States authorities, stakeholders from industry as well as financing bodies. In the discussion, we want to explore the possible role of the European Commission in supporting the recovery of the once flourishing European photovoltaic industry and retaining Europe's prominent place in research. At the same time, participants should discuss possibilities of financing photovoltaic industry projects, including through Smart Specialisation Strategies.
The presentation of the X-Gigawatt Factory case study and feedback from other European photovoltaic industrial initiatives should open the floor for a broader discussion on related practical issues such as the size of projects vis-à-vis the impact and the possibilities of project expansion to other regions.

More information on the event

Tuesday 27 - Wednesday 28 January

European Commission, European Council, European Parliament, Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs

7th Annual Conference on European Space Policy

Charlemagne building, Brussels

The 7th edition of the high-level conference on European space policy will aim to discuss in more detail the approach and the intentions in the space field of the new European policy-makers, to present the state of play and a vision of the future development of current EU space programmes such as EGNOS, Galileo, Copernicus and SST, and to examine how the European space industry can respond to increasing international competition. The participants will also have the opportunity to discuss the new initiatives needed for the development of European space applications and services and to discuss the increasing uses of civil space tools for security and defence operations.
The event will offer a unique opportunity for an informative debate between the main political and industry decision-makers, bringing together high-level representatives of national and European institutions, authorities, industry, research centres and civil society.

More information on the event

Wednesday 28 January

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

Digital Privacy: Citizen Rights in the Light of New Technologies, Commercial needs

Brussels

The Joint Research Centre in close cooperation with the European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering (Euro-CASE) is organising a round table on the theme of "Digital Privacy: Citizen Rights in the Light of New Technologies, Commercial needs".
The aim of the round table is twofold: to underline the importance of technological progress in enhancing European competitiveness and boosting innovation while addressing privacy related concerns from the perspective of different stakeholders. This event envisages contributing to the ongoing debate by bringing together actors from science, industry, society and policy making to address these concerns from their perspectives and the contribution of science in facing the existing and upcoming challenges.

More information on the event

Wednesday 28 January

European Parliament, Political Meetings

European Parliament plenary session

European Parliament, Brussels

EU fund for strategic investments: the Commission proposal for a new funding instrument to leverage €315 bn in private and public investment to boost growth and jobs, the so-called "Juncker-plan", will be discussed with the Council and Commission during the plenary session.
International climate agreement: a roadmap and preparations for reaching a global climate agreement in Paris by the end of 2015 will be debated in plenary session, late in the afternoon.

Agendas

Thursday 29 January

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs

European conference "Regional cooperation on energy and maritime spatial planning in the North Sea"

Edinburgh, UK

An economic heavyweight and the most densely used maritime and coastal space in Europe, the North Sea holds the highest potential in Europe for the development of offshore wind energy.
Cooperation at sea-basin level has an essential role to play in reaching this potential: to reduce regulatory uncertainty, address the increasing risks of conflicts over space use with other sectors such as fisheries or transport, and create the necessary strategic vision for the development of energy interconnections.
With this event, the European Commission aims to bring together stakeholders from the energy, fisheries, transport, shipping and environmental fields, national authorities and representatives of existing cooperation bodies in the North Sea to discuss how to answer the energy challenges at sea-basin level in a strategic way.

More information on the event

Thursday 29 January

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs

Intellectual Property Infrastructure for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: the business' perspective

Palazzo Turati, Milan, Italy

The objective of this conference, organised by the European Commission in Milan, is to ensure that EU institutions are supporting policies that improve access for SMEs to the intellectual property rights (IPRs) system. Policy options and current issues - including the unitary patent package which is currently being negotiated - will be discussed with stakeholders and experts from different sectors. This will allow EU actors to raise awareness of IPRs, and to better understand the concerns of SMEs.

More information on the event

Document Actions
Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 2 February


09:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Jan)

Tuesday 3 February


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

Wednesday 4 February


08:00 Non-monetary policy's ECB meeting
09:00 Markit PMI Composite (Jan)
09:00 Markit Services PMI (Jan)
10:00 Retail Sales (YoY) (Dec)
10:00 Retail Sales (MoM) (Dec)

Thursday 5 February


09:00 ECB Monthly Report
EU Calendar
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