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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 2-7 May 2016

29 April 2016, 12:42 CET

This week, holidays in Brussels, with Labour Day on 1 May; the Commission holds an open stakeholder meeting on mHealth assessment guidelines; MEPs prepare for the 9-12 May plenary session with political group meetings, and debate the transparency register and lobbyists; and the 2016 Charlemagne Prize is awarded to Pope Francis. 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 2 to 7 May 2016.

Monday 1 May

Public holiday

Labour Day


Monday 2 May

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings


Plenary preparations: political groups will prepare for the 9-12 May plenary session in Strasbourg, where MEPs are to debate the new migration and asylum reform package to be presented by Commission and preparations for the World Humanitarian Summit. The EP will also vote on draft laws giving Europol new powers to fight terrorism and making residence/entry permits easier to obtain for au pairing and students from third countries. Members will also vote recommendations on how to protect women who are victims of human trafficking, improve existing rules on parental leave and help the development of EU mountain regions.

Transparency register/lobbyists: the ongoing public consultation on the Parliament and Commission joint Transparency Register for lobbyists and interest groups, their role in policy-making and transparency in EU decision-making will be debated at a conference with EP Vice-President Sylvie Guillaume, Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and several other experts.

Schedule by day

Tuesday 3 May

Other bodies and agencies, Political Meetings, Justice and citizens rights, Science and technology

eu-LISA meeting with the LIBE Committee

European Parliament, Brussels

On 19 April 2016 the European agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA) will be invited to a meeting with the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament.

The aim of the event is to present the current state-of-play of the three large-scale IT systems (Eurodac, SIS II and VIS) managed by eu-LISA as well as the future challenges, objectives and evolution of the systems. In addition, the use, functioning and capacity of the systems will be highlighted as well as the priorities and major activities of the Agency in the Annual Work Programme 2016, including activities related to Smart Borders and other topics supporting the forthcoming legislative initiatives.

We hope that such events will become a tradition of sharing information, feedback and ideas with MEPs.

eu-LISA prepares to meet with the LIBE Committee

Tuesday 3 May

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

Charlemagne Youth Prize


2016 Charlemagne Youth Prize: the Charlemagne Youth Prize 2016 will be awarded. The prize rewards young people aged between 16 and 30 who have been involved in projects that help promote better understanding between the peoples of different European countries. The award ceremony will take place in the presence of EP President Martin Schulz, who will deliver a keynote speech, and former President Hans-Gert Poettering.

Schedule by day

Wednesday 4 May

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

Open stakeholder meeting on mHealth assessment guidelines

DG CONNECT premises, Brussels

Recently, the European Commission initiated the development of guidelines for assessing data validity and reliability of mHealth apps. Public authorities from EU Member States, civil society organisations representing patients and professionals, research institutions and industry representatives with expertise in developing health apps are working together in a working group to draft the guidelines by the end of 2016.

In this open stakeholder meeting the first draft of the guidelines will be presented and discussed with the stakeholders. Participants will be invited to share their views on what they think the main purpose and focus of these guidelines should be and what aspects it should cover.

Stakeholders will also have the opportunity to submit their written contributions and comments via an online consultation which will be launched following the meeting.

More information on the event

Thursday 5 May

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

2016 Charlemagne Prize


2016 Charlemagne Prize to go to Pope Francis. Parliament's President Martin Schulz will take part in a debate on the future of the EU with European Council President Donald Tusk, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and President of the Italian Council of Ministers Matteo Renzi, in Rome on Thursday. He will also deliver a joint laudatio with Messrs Tusk and Juncker at a ceremony awarding the 2016 Charlemagne Prize to His Holiness Pope Francis and hold a press conference with Mr Juncker, in Rome on Friday.

Schedule by day

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 2 May

08:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Apr)

Tuesday 3 May

09:00 Producer Price Index (MoM) (Mar)
09:00 Producer Price Index (YoY) (Mar)

Wednesday 4 May

07:00 Non-monetary policy's ECB meeting
08:00 Markit Services PMI (Apr)
08:00 Markit PMI Composite (Apr)
09:00 Retail Sales (MoM) (Mar)
09:00 Retail Sales (YoY) (Mar)

Thursday 5 May

09:00 Economic Bulletin
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