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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 3-8 October 2016

30 September 2016, 15:35 CET

This week, the Madrid Forum on the internal gas market takes place; and MEPs in plenary debate mobile roaming and the migrant camp in Calais, and are set to vote on the Paris Climate Change 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 3 to 8 October 2016.

Monday 3 October

European Parliament, Political Meetings

European Parliament plenary session

European Parliament, Strasbourg

Schedule by day

Monday 3 October

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Strasbourg

Structured dialogue on possible suspension of structural funds for Spain and Portugal: MEPs from the Regional Development and Economic Affairs committees will debate a possible proposal for suspension of EU structural funds for Spain and Portugal with the EU Commission, following the Council decision to trigger the "excessive deficit" procedure for both countries. The committees will then draw up a recommendation to the Commission.

Schedule by day

Monday 3 - Tuesday 4 October

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Regions and local development

'My city in our Europe' conference and Urban Development Network (UDN) workshop

Bucharest, Romania

The 'My city in our Europe' conference is a high-level event in the presence of European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cre?u. Mayors from European and Romanian cities, the European Commission, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders will discuss EU funds for sustainable urban development and the EU Urban Agenda. It will take place on 3 October in the morning.

The UDN workshop gathers practitioners from Romania's cities and regions that are involved in the implementation of EU support to integrated sustainable urban development in the 2014-2020 period. It will take place on 3 October (afternoon) and 4 October (morning) and is organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration.

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Monday 3 - Tuesday 4 October

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

European Nuclear Energy Forum (ENEF) plenary meeting

Borik Hotel, Bratislava, Slovakia

The European Nuclear Energy Forum (ENEF) is a unique platform for a broad discussion on the opportunities and risks of nuclear energy. These discussions are linked to the energy challenges faced by the EU and its Member States and in particular to the role of nuclear energy within the Strategic framework for the Energy Union.

Founded in 2007, ENEF gathers all relevant stakeholders in the nuclear field: governments of the 28 EU Member States, European institutions including the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee, nuclear industry and regulators, electricity consumers and the civil society.

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Monday 3 October

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

Info day on Horizon 2020 'Smart grids and storage'

Charlemagne building, Brussels

The event targets potential applicants to the calls for 'Smart Grids and Storage' projects, which will be funded under the 2016-2017 Horizon 2020 work programme ' Secure, clean and efficient energy', and in particular under the 'Competitive low-carbon energy' (LCE) call.

Presentations will cover the call content and the application procedure. A networking session will take place in the afternoon.

You will also have the possibility to follow the event via live web streaming and on Twitter at #H2020GridsStorage.

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Tuesday 4 October

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

European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for mycotoxins workshop

Geel, Belgium

The EURL for mycotoxins workshop will inform the participants about the activities carried out by the EURL-Mycotoxins in 2016 and will discuss the prospects for 2017.

The workshop will be attended by at least one national reference laboratory (NRL) per EU Member State and is also open to NRLs from Norway, Island, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

The intention of the workshop is to make NRLs familiar with current state of the art screening technologies since this category of methods has been regulated in Regulation 519/2014. It is an opportunity for the test kit supplier to present the screening test kits offers to official control laboratories.

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Tuesday 4 October

European Parliament, Political Meetings

European Parliament plenary session

European Parliament, Strasbourg

Paris agreement: Parliament is ready to vote on the UN Climate Change agreement struck in Paris last year. If the Council approves the agreement on Friday, Parliament is set to give its consent on Tuesday noon.

Export ban on torture goods: new EU rules to prevent trade in goods and services that may contribute to torture or execution in third countries will be debated and put to a vote on Tuesday. Parliament has focused on inserting a ban on the marketing and transit of such goods as well.

Greece: Parliament will hold a debate with Commissioner Pierre Moscovici on Tuesday afternoon about the state of Greece's economic adjustment programme, its impact and the prospects for future negotiations between Greece and its creditors.

Calais: the situation in and around the informal migrant camp in Calais (France) is up for a debate on Tuesday afternoon. More than 7,000 asylum seekers and migrants are seeking to reach the UK.

Mobile roaming: proposed "fair use" safeguards to prevent mobile phone users from taking unfair advantage of EU rules on zero roaming charges will be debated in plenary on Tuesday evening.

Conflict of interests of Commissioners: following several media reports to do with the business ties of past and present Commissioners, MEPs will quiz the Commission Tuesday evening on how it plans to prevent conflicts of interest for its members in the future. They will also address recent revelations known as "Bahama leaks".

Schedule by day

Tuesday 4 - Wednesday 5 October

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

Brussels conference on Afghanistan

Brussels

On 5 October 2016, the European Union and the Government of Afghanistan will co-host the Brussels conference on Afghanistan. This event will gather up to 70 countries and 30 international organisations and agencies. It will provide a platform for the government of Afghanistan to set out its vision and track record on reform. For the international community, it will be the opportunity to signal sustained political and financial support to Afghan peace, state-building and development.

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, High Representative Federica Mogherini and Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for Development Cooperation, will represent the European Union. President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah will represent Afghanistan.

The conference is expected to focus on three levels:

  • joint international and Afghan efforts to increase the effectiveness of sustained international support and funding, on the basis of a new Afghan national development framework;
  • Afghan reform efforts, including on economic reform, rule of law, improved public finance management and anti-corruption so as to ensure the provision of the most important services and public goods; and
  • regional efforts to support a political process towards peace and cross-border economic cooperation.
Side events on women's empowerment and regional connectivity will take place on 4 October 2016. In addition, an EU-Afghanistan high level dialogue meeting on migration will be organised in the margins of the conference.

 

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Wednesday 5 October

European Parliament, Political Meetings

European Parliament plenary session

European Parliament, Strasbourg

EU summit: in preparation for the 20-21 October European Council summit of EU leaders, MEPs will discuss trade negotiations, latest developments and progress on migration policy and future EU-Russia relations with Council and Commission representatives on Wednesday morning.

Poland: women's rights and attempts to make Poland's stringent abortion and reproductive health laws still more restrictive will be debated on Wednesday afternoon.

Schedule by day

Wednesday 5 October

European Economic and Social Committee, Events/Conf/Fairs, Economy, finance, tax and competition

The fight against money laundering, terrorist financing and tax evasion

EESC (room JDE62), Brussels

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) supports the Commission's ambition for the European Union to lead the way in the global fight against money laundering and terrorism, in which all stakeholders should join forces. To feed into the political debate and decision making process and to make sure the needs of civil society are duly taken account of, the EESC is organising a public hearing on "The fight against money laundering, terrorist financing and tax evasion".

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Wednesday 5 October

European Economic and Social Committee, Events/Conf/Fairs, Environment, consumers and health

Designing the framework for bottom-up climate action

Brussels

This conference will provide a platform for a wide range of non-state and sub-national actors at the EU level to make their voices heard on the pre-2020 climate action which is a key element for the implementation and success of the Paris agreement.

This one-day conference will be an important step towards concretising the coalition on multi-level governance in the regional EU context. It will also deliver a strong message to the European Commission on multi-stakeholder collaboration as enabler of accelerated implementation and the generalisation of concrete actions (scaling, replicating, extending) as well as a pathway for the practical implementation of many key components of the Paris agreement.

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Wednesday 5 - Thursday 6 October

European Investment Bank, Events/Conf/Fairs, Economy, finance, tax and competition

Global implications of Europe's redesign

Société Générale (SG), New York, USA

Bringing together leading policymakers, technical experts and practitioners, this conference is a joint effort of the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Money and Finance Forum (SUERF), Columbia/SIPA and Société Générale. It offers a unique opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and the key factors to watch for both economic and market trends.

The conference will address the following key questions: What is required for European finance to become fit for growth? Does the ECB have enough ammunition to get inflation back to target? Is helicopter money the next unorthodox policy tool? Can the Single Market deliver a new growth spurt for Europe? How will Europe tackle the changing political landscape?

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Thursday 6 October

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

Introduction to the web-based Fast Scenario Screening Tool (TM5-FASST)

Ispra, Italy

This is a technical workshop with hands-on training exercises, which will introduce the global air quality scenario screening tool TM5-FASST to users interested in the evaluation of global and regional pollutant emission scenarios, particularly focusing on the concentrations of air pollutants and their impacts on human health and ecosystems.

The training course is mainly addressed to experts from public administration or research institutions responsible for or dealing with air pollutants and/or pollutant emission inventories or scenarios in the target countries.

The TM5-FASST tool was developed at JRC's Air and Climate Unit, and allows the user to evaluate how air pollutant emissions affect large-scale concentrations and their impact on human health (mortality, years of life lost) and crop yields. The tool is specifically designed to compare a scenario (policy case) with a counterfactual case (baseline). The target policy domains are national to regional air quality policies, or air pollutant scenarios linked to other policy domains (e.g. climate policy).

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Thursday 6 October

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

Design for Europe: Powering innovation

Tallinn, Estonia

Design has a transformational impact on innovation – from promoting business productivity, stimulating jobs and economic growth, to being a valuable tool for more effective policymaking and public sector delivery.
The summit is a unique opportunity to share insights, best practices and trends on what generates success in business, government and the not-for-profit sector.

Design for Europe invites you to join more than 200 pioneering individuals and organisations at the forefront of design-driven innovation, for an inspirational, one-day event.
The platform Design for Europe is an initiative of the European Commission.

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Thursday 6 - Friday 7 October

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

First EU Compass Forum on mental health and well-being

Hotel Le Royal, Luxembourg

The event will enable an exchange between policy-makers from different sectors, Member State representatives, non-governmental stakeholders such as advocacy, professional, service provider, users and carers, trade unions and employers, and private sector organisations, and academic/research institutes.

The purpose of the forum is to discuss progress in the implementation of policy recommendations from the Joint Action on Mental Health and Well-being, to present an overview of good practices across the EU, and to address specific emerging issues.

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Thursday 6 - Friday 7 October

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

Madrid Forum

Madrid

The Madrid Forum was set up to discuss issues regarding the creation of the internal gas market. Currently it is addressing the cross-border trade of gas, in particular the tarrification of cross-border gas exchanges, the allocation and management of scarce interconnection capacity and other technical and commercial barriers to the creation of a fully operational internal gas market.
The participants include national regulatory authorities, EU national governments, the European Commission, transmission system operators, gas suppliers and traders, consumers, network users, and gas exchanges. The Forum meets once or twice a year in Madrid and is co-hosted by the Fundación de Estudios de Regulación.

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Document Actions
Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 3 October


10:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Sep)

Tuesday 4 October


11:00 Producer Price Index (YoY) (Aug)
11:00 Producer Price Index (MoM) (Aug)

Wednesday 5 October


09:00 Non-monetary policy's ECB meeting
10:00 Markit PMI Composite (Sep)
10:00 Markit Services PMI (Sep)
11:00 Retail Sales (YoY) (Aug)
11:00 Retail Sales (MoM) (Aug)

Thursday 6 October


13:30 ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts

Friday 7 October


21:30 CFTC NC net positions
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