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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 14 to 20 July, 2014

18 July 2014, 15:39 CET

This week the European Council discusses appointments to the EU's top jobs; the Commission adopts a Recommendation on online gambling; MEPs vote on the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission President, and question plans to withdraw a draft directive on maternity leave; and a sixth round of EU-US trade talks gets under way. 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 14 to 20 July 2014.

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Monday 14 July

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

Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Brussels

Agriculture ministers will discuss the work programme of the new Italian Presidency in public session; organic farming (in public session); and have a policy debate on the future of the dairy sector.
Fisheries: the Council will exchange views on a Commission Communication on Fishing Opportunities for 2015 (in public session)
Ministers will also discuss food fraud and food controls, and Fisheries Partnership Agreements with Morocco and Mauritania.

Council meetings

Monday 14 to 18 July

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Political Meetings, Press Conference, External relations and foreign affairs

6th Round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) starts

Brussels

The European Commission hosts a sixth round of EU-US trade talks. The talks are on the new trade and investment deal known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP. During this round, negotiators will continue their discussions on issues such as trade in goods and services, regulatory issues, government procurement, environmental protection and labour rights, energy and raw materials, and opportunities for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

TTIP latest news

Monday 14 July

European Commission, Non Legislative, Environment, consumers and health, Science and technology

Commission to adopt Recommendation on online gambling

Brussels

The Commission will adopt a Recommendation to help Member States deliver a high level of protection to their citizens in the area of online gambling services. The main features of this Commission Recommendation are: (i) to ensure that citizens in the EU, especially minors, are aware of the inherent risks associated with gambling; and that operators have a set of common principles to abide by for responsible commercial communication; (ii) to provide greater clarity and assurance for consumers that the authorised sites they choose to play on have adequate safeguard measures in place, for example effective age verification, registration and identification controls; (iii) to provide for appropriate measures to prevent the risks associated with gambling, such as addiction or excessive gambling.

Further information on gambling

Monday 14 July

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee meeting

Strasbourg

Draghi: the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will hold the first Monetary Dialogue of 8th parliamentary legislature with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi. They are expected to discuss Eurozone developments and ECB monetary policy.

EP committees homepage

Tuesday 15 July

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Strasbourg

Election of the Commission President: Parliament will vote by secret ballot on the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission President on Tuesday at 12.30. In the morning, there will be a pre-election debate with a statement by Juncker at 10.00, followed by contributions by the leaders of the political groups. A majority of at least 376 MEPs is required to elect the Commission President.
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): MEPs will quiz Commissioner Karel De Gucht on progress in Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks with the USA. MEPs are set to ask how the Commission is meeting the conditions set by Parliament when it approved the opening of the TTIP talks over a year ago.
Maternity leave: MEPs will question Commission plans to withdraw a draft EU directive on maternity leave, after four years' deadlock in the Council. MEPs amended the first draft in October 2010 to extend maternity leave from 14 to 20 weeks on full pay and introduce two weeks' paternity leave.

Draft agenda

Wednesday 16 July

European Council, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

Special meeting of the European Council

Justus Lipsius building, Brussels

The European Council will discuss a number of key appointments to be made. At their June meeting, EU leaders adopted the decision proposing to the European Parliament Jean-Claude Juncker as candidate for President of the European Commission. The Parliament is expected to vote on the proposed candidate on 15 July. Leaders also asked Herman Van Rompuy to conduct consultations on nominations for the other top positions. During the course of 2014 there will not only be a new College of Commissioners, but also a new President of the European Council, and a new High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. EU leaders will reconvene to discuss nominations for these two specific positions.

Summit agenda

Wednesday 16 July

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Strasbourg

Youth unemployment: following a debate with Commissioner László Andor, MEPs will vote on the new Parliament's first recommendations on how to tackle youth unemployment in the EU.
Lithuania to join the euro: Lithuania's bid to join the Eurozone next year will be put to a vote. Parliament's draft resolution, which first needs to be approved by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Monday, "endorses the adoption of the euro by Lithuania on 1 January 2015".
Four Commissioners to be replaced: the plenary will vote on Wednesday morning at 09.00 on the appointments of four fresh Commissioners to replace those who left to become MEPs, following committee hearings on Monday.

Draft agenda

Thursday 17 July

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

Possible Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Brussels

Possible Budget meeting

Thursday 17 to Friday 18 July

Council of the EU, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Political Meetings, Employment, Environment

Informal Meeting of Ministers for Employment and Environment

Milan

At this joint meeting, issues to be discussed include employment and environmental policies; skills needed in a greener economy; and labour market transitions. They will also debate poverty indicators in the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

Agenda - Italian presidency

Thursday 17 July

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Strasbourg

Iraq, Ukraine, Israel/Palestine: MEPs will discuss and vote resolutions on the violent insurgency of Sunni rebels in Iraq and the escalation of violence between pro-Russian militants and Ukraine government forces in the east of Ukraine. The plenary will also debate the current escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine in the Gaza Strip. (Debates on Tuesday, Wednesday, votes on Thursday)

Draft agenda

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