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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 15 to 21 September, 2014

12 September 2014, 15:00 CET

This week the annual 'Translating Europe' workshops take place in various EU countries; and MEPs in plenary debate and vote on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. 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 15 to 21 September 2014.


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Monday 15 September

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Strasbourg

Russian ban on imports of EU food products: Parliament will quiz agriculture commissioner Ciolos, on what else the EU can do to help its farmers cope with the impact of the Russian import embargo on EU fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products. EU farm produce exports to Russia were worth EUR 11.9 billion in 2013.

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Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 September

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

"Let's embrace space" - two space research events

Rome

The European Commission is organising two international high-level space research events. Do not miss these excellent opportunities to discover the results of the FP7 projects (the 3rd International Space Research Conference on 15-16 September 2014) and to learn more about the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (the Horizon 2020 Space Info Day on 17 September 2014).

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Tuesday 16 September

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

Workshop on the safe use of chemicals by SMEs

Brussels

The workshop aims to address the challenges faced by companies and in particular SMEs to comply with the new rules for classification, labelling, packaging of mixtures introduced by the CLP regulation (Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Hazardous Chemicals). The event will bring together stakeholders such as industry associations, business support organisations, trade unions, and consumer associations, as well as competent authorities and the national CLP help desks. All organisations whose members need to know about and/or comply with the regulation are invited to participate and to contribute to the discussions. The workshop will: Identify main challenges for a timely implementation of the CLP Regulation; practical solutions to the specific needs of SMEs; Promote the safe use of chemicals in Europe.

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Tuesday 16 September

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Strasbourg

EU-Ukraine Association Agreement: after Council and Commission statements on developments in Ukraine and EU relations with Russia, MEPs will debate and vote on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, establishing a deep political association and free trade area. The agreement was signed by EU and Ukraine leaders on 27 June.

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Wednesday 17 September

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Strasbourg

Middle East: on-going conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Gaza will feature prominently in a debate with representatives of Baroness Ashton, followed by resolutions. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)
Ebola outbreak: MEPs will debate the EU response to the fast-spreading Ebola epidemic in West Africa (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal). The Ebola virus has claimed thousands of lives at an accelerating pace since March. (Debate Wednesday, vote Thursday)
European Youth Initiative: EU member states' progress in implementing the €6 billion European Youth Initiative, launched in January 2014 to combat youth unemployment, will be debated with the Council and the Commission. MEPs will urge member states to move faster.
European Globalisation Adjustment Fund aid: MEPs will vote on EU aid to help workers made redundant in various industries in Spain, The Netherlands, Romania and Greece to find new jobs.

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Thursday 18 September

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

Copernicus Conference

Rome

The conference will focus on the potential contribution of the Copernicus Programme to EU policies and actions in the areas of environment, preservation of cultural heritage, border control, maritime surveillance, and external actions: key-themes for Europe and, in particular, for the Mediterranean region. The event will also help to better promote the role of "Space" not only as a strategic priority sector for the EU, but also as a key driver of the European economy. IES Director Maria Betti is an invited speaker in the first session, "Governing Copernicus services for the benefit of EU citizens and the Environment", in the section dedicated to "Marine, Atmospheric and Climate Services for environmental monitoring, assessments and reporting".

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Thursday 18 September

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Strasbourg

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Thursday 18 to Friday 19 September

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Employment and social rights

Labour economics after the crisis: what theoretical lessons to draw from policy experience?

Management Centre Europe, 118 Rue de l'Aqueduc, Brussels

Commissioner László Andor and DG EMPL will host this two-day conference to discuss the state of play and the way forward in the area of labour economics. The long financial and economic crisis has had a strong impact on labour markets and employment policy in Europe. What needs to be learned and discussed in the area of labour economics? How can academic experts and advisers continue to help the EU in designing and implementing the right policies in the area of employment? The conference will bring together theoreticians, experts, analysts, advisers, and policy makers to discuss these questions. Participation is by invitation only.

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Thursday 18 to Friday 19 September

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Culture, education and youth, Employment and social rights

Translating Europe - Forum & Workshops

Brussels and accross the EU

DG Translation has long-standing relations with various stakeholders in the world of translation, such as universities, the language industry, national language institutes, translation services in EU countries and professional associations. It seeks to encourage more structured cooperation with and between all these stakeholders. The idea is to create a community of interest, with a view to giving visibility to the world of translation, sharing good practice, developing common projects, and promoting a diversified and sustainable market for professional translators in Europe. To this end, every year, DG Translation will organise: The Translating Europe Forum in Brussels; and Translating Europe workshops in various EU countries. The annual forum aims to generate concrete projects between translation stakeholders. The workshops are designed to address skills gaps in the language industry and promote employability for translation students and graduates.

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Friday 19 to Saturday 20 September

Events/Conf/Fairs, Economy, finance, tax and competition

18th Annual Competition Conference

The St Regis, Florence, Italy

Now in its 18th year, the IBA Antitrust Committee will once again bring together some of the world's leading practitioners from around the globe to discuss the latest developments and hot topics in competition law today at, what is now, one of the most well established events on the antitrust calendar. Who should attend? Antitrust and commercial lawyers in private practice, in-house counsel, enforcement officials and academics involved in antitrust and trade law. EU Commissioner for Competition, Joaquín Almunia, will deliver an opening speech.

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