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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 18-23 July 2016

15 July 2016, 14:11 CET

This week, foreign affairs ministers meet US Secretary of State John Kerry and discuss China, Latin America and migration; farm ministers debate possible support measures; the Commission adopts its monthly infringements package; and EP delegations examine migration and car emissions issues. 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 18 to 23 July 2016.

Monday 18 July

Council of the EU and European Council, Political Meetings, External relations and foreign affairs

Foreign Affairs Council

Justus Lipsius building, Brussels

Foreign Affairs ministers will start with a breakfast with US Secretary of State John Kerry. They will discuss notably EU-US relations and regional issues such as Syria and Libya.

The Council will then start with a discussion on Latin America, including some country specific issues: future relations with Cuba, the peace process in Colombia, Argentina and the situation in Venezuela. This discussion will also serve to prepare the EU-CELAC foreign ministers meeting, which will take place in Dominican Republic on 25-26 October.

Ministers will also focus on China. The discussion will be based on a joint communication by the High Representative and the European Commission on elements for a new EU strategy on China and on the outcome of the EU-China summit. The Council is expected to adopt conclusions.

Ministers will discuss EU actions and priorities on migration. This follows the request from the European Council to mobilise all relevant instruments and sources of funding in support of the approach set in its June conclusions. The discussion will also serve to prepare the UN high-level plenary meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants, to take place in New York on 19 September.

Over lunch, ministers will consider how to give effective follow up to the global strategy for the EU's foreign and security policy. The High Representative presented this strategy to the European Council on 28 June.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 18 July

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

Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Justus Lipsius building, Brussels

The Slovak presidency is going to present its work programme.

Later, the Council will discuss the latest developments in the main agricultural markets and a package of possible support measures, as announced by the Commission at the June Council meeting.

Ministers will then be informed by the Commission about the review of greening after one year from its implementation and will have an exchange of views on proposed actions for a further simplification of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) in this field.

Finally, the Commission will update the Council on international agricultural trade issues. Ministers will have the opportunity of an exchange of views on the ongoing negotiations.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 18 July

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament delegations

Car emissions: Members of the Inquiry Committee on Emission Measurements in the automotive sector (EMIS) will visit the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) facilities in Ispra, Italy. The JRC played a crucial role in developing on-road emission testing. MEPs will visit the laboratory, meet officials and researchers and attend a demonstration of tests using portable emission measurement systems. (Monday and Tuesday).

Migration/asylum: a Civil Liberties Committee delegation will go to La Valetta (Malta) to see how the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) supports EU member states' refugee crisis management work. EASO's future tasks will also be debated in the light of the recent EU Commission proposal to enhance the agency's mandate. Members will also meet Home Affairs and National Security Minister Carmelo Abela and hear from the Maltese Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers. (Monday and Tuesday).

Mali: a Security and Defence Subcommittee delegation will go to Bamako, Mali, to meet the country's leaders and to visit the EU CSDP missions helping to train the Malian armed forces and reform Mali's internal security forces. MEPs will also visit the UN stabilisation force MINUSMA. (Monday to Thursday)

Schedule by day

Friday 22 July

European Commission, Press Conference, Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

Commission adopts its monthly infringements package

The European Commission will adopt its monthly infringements package. These decisions seek to enforce EU law across Europe so that citizens and businesses can benefit fully from the internal market.

Register of infringement decisions

Tuesday 19 July

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament delegations and committee meeting

UN Conference on Trade and Development: a joint delegation of the Development and International Trade committees will attend the 14th Ministerial meeting of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14) in Nairobi, Kenya. Heads of state or government and ministers will focus on delivering the post-2015 development agenda and decide on UNCTAD's work programme for 2016-2020. (Tuesday to Friday).

Milk crisis: the Agriculture Committee will meet Commissioner Phil Hogan to discuss details of the new aid package for dairy farmers. Mr Hogan is expected to announce new support measures for the crisis-stricken dairy sector at the Agriculture Council's meeting on Monday.

Schedule by day

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Tuesday 19 July


09:00 Construction Output w.d.a (YoY) (Jun)
09:00 Construction Output s.a (MoM) (Jun)
09:00 ZEW Survey - Economic Sentiment (Jul)

Wednesday 20 July


08:00 Current Account n.s.a (May)
08:00 Current Account s.a (May)
14:00 Consumer Confidence (Jul) (Preliminary release)

Thursday 21 July


11:45 ECB Interest Rate Decision
12:30 ECB Monetary policy statement & press conference
13:45 ECB deposit rate decision

Friday 22 July


08:00 Markit PMI Composite (Jul) (Preliminary release)
08:00 Markit Services PMI (Jul) (Preliminary release)
08:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Jul) (Preliminary release)
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