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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 29 June - 4 July, 2015

26 June 2015, 15:25 CET

This week the EU-China Summit takes place in Brussels; the Commission holds a workshop on the eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020; MEPs in committee vote on TTIP amendments and air safety, and debate corporate tax plans; and political groups prepare the 6-9 July plenary session. 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 29 June - 4 July 2015.


Monday 29 June

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament political group and committee meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

TTIP: the International Trade Committee will vote on whether 116 amendments and requests for split or separate votes tabled to Parliament's draft recommendations to EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiators should be put to a plenary vote. These amendments and requests were referred back to the committee after the June plenary vote on the recommendations was postponed.
Germanwings: the Transport Committee will debate aviation safety rules following the Germanwings jet crash in the French Alps in March with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Executive Director Patrick Ky and the European Commission. EASA set up a task force to assess the preliminary investigation report by the French Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authority, while the Commission will have to decide whether to update EU aviation safety rules.
Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and hate speech: in the aftermath of the attacks on French magazine "Charlie Hebdo" and the "Hyper Casher" supermarket in Paris, the cultural centre and synagogue in Copenhagen and the counter-terrorism operations in Belgium, Civil Liberties Committee Members will debate discrimination, violence and hate speech against Muslims and Jews with experts and civil society organisations.
Plenary preparations: political groups will prepare the 6-9 July plenary session in Strasbourg, the last before the summer recess, focusing on long-term shareholder rules, the circular economy, the EU Emissions Trading System, copyright harmonisation, the 2016 EU budget and the Commission work programme. The Middle East peace process and EU-Cuba relations will be debated with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

Schedule by day

Monday 29 June

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

EU-China Summit


EU-China political and economic relations
Leaders will review the implementation of the EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation, adopted at the last summit in 2013 focusing on: peace and security, prosperity, sustainable development, people-to-people exchanges.
Migration and mobility issues will also be on the agenda of the summit, with a discussion on the establishment of a mutual visa waiver agreement for diplomatic passport holders.
EU and China should also agree to further develop their cooperation on defence and security. They will also stress their commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights.
Global challenges
Leaders will discuss multilateral cooperation on trade, climate and development issues.

Agenda and background briefing

Tuesday 30 June

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business

SME Conference 2015: Inside Affairs

Beijing, China

The China IPR SME Helpdesk is partnering with the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China and the EU SME Centre for the fifth SME Conference in Beijing on 30 June.
This half-day conference will employ a hands-on approach, focusing on two of the biggest issues that European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) face when doing business in China - finance and human resources.
European SMEs can attend this event free of charge.

More information on the conference

Wednesday 1 July

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Justice and citizens rights, Science and technology

Workshop on the New eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020

European Commission, Avenue de Beaulieu 25, 1160 Brussels

The eGovernment Action Plans have been important instruments to advance Public Sector Modernisation across the EU for the past 15 years. In order to continue the EU eGovernment activities beyond the mandate of the current eGovernment Action Plan 2011-2015, the recently published Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe foresees that the Commission will present a new eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020.
The Commission's DG Connect will organise a workshop towards this new eGovernment Action Plan. The aim of this workshop is to gather the views and opinions from key stakeholders on their expections from the new action plan to improve citizens and businesses experience when interacting with public administration and their relationship with government.

More information on the workshop

Thursday 2 July

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

Conference: "Making the EU services market an engine for growth"

Silken Berlaymont Hotel, Boulevard Charlemagne 11-19, Brussels

As part of the forthcoming Internal Market Strategy - one of the Juncker Commission's key initiatives during 2015 - the Commission will present ideas on how to improve the internal market for services and ensure that it remains a key sector for innovation, job creation and economic growth.
In the preparation of this Strategy, the Commission, together with the Bertelsmann Stiftung are organising this conference so that stakeholders can share their experiences relating to the functioning of European services markets. The conference will bring together representatives from international and European institutions, think thanks, academia, industry, NGOs, and labour and consumer organisations.

More information on the conference

Thursday 2 July

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Tax rulings: Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici will debate their corporate tax plans with members of the Special Committee on Tax Rulings.

Schedule by day

Thursday 2 July

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

Launch Event - Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis of Investment Projects

Brussels, Albert Borschette Congress Centre

The European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund together represent EUR 250.5 bn in investment to Europe's regions. To ensure all such projects deliver the maximum possible benefit, the Commission has updated its Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis for investment projects financed under these programmes in the 2014-20 period.
This major conference, organised by the European Commission's Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy together with JASPERS (Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions) will introduce to the wider public the major legislative, procedural and methodological changes related to major projects; present the updated Guide; and offer a platform for information and dialogue, facilitating the work of all stakeholders in their preparations for the 2014-2020 period.

Conference website

Thursday 2 July

Events/Conf/Fairs, Business

Fostering SMEs' growth through digital transformation

Crowne Plaza Brussels Hotel, Rue Gineste 3, Brussels

The conference will present the results of the awareness campaign and the steps ahead of the EU initiative on the Smart use of ICT and the integration of SMEs in global industrial value chains.
Attendees can benefit from Christian Reinaudo's experience as the successful CEO of Agfa Gevaert. Mr Reinaudo will explain how in less than five years he has turned an old and declining chemical company into a global ICT products and services champion for healthcare providers.
He will draw up his vision of how to pave the way of European industries employing the smart use of digital to reach the top as future global market leaders.
There will be an interactive panel session with global players in ICT and cloud computing. The experiences gathered from a Commission initiative to find the best experimental solutions based on cost benefit and value for money perspectives will be shared. The knowledge gathered in five strategic sectors (automotive, textile and fashion, agro-food, tourism, and construction) will be presented.

Event website

Thursday 2 - Friday 3 July

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

Tsunami decision support systems 2015 (TDSS 2015)

Ispra, Italy

The JRC and the DRIVER Consortium Partners are organising the 6th JRC European Crisis Management Laboratory (ECML) Technology Workshop related to the analysis and testing of Tsunami Decision Support Systems.
The objective of this workshop is to invite experts of Tsunami Warning Centers, as well as system providers or end users (Civil Protection), to show the status of the technology in this field, the specific requirements and the benefits in the use of one or another technological solution. What are the main features of the various systems? Is there a software suite covering the whole workflow of procedures essential in crisis room operations (e.g., prioritisation, decision support, scheduling, resource planning, communications, etc.)?

More information on the event

Friday 3 July

Events/Conf/Fairs, Agriculture, fisheries and food, Environment, consumers and health

EXPO conference on 'Nutrition, Health and Food Information - Know what you eat'

EXPO 2015, Milan, Italy

The conference will be an international dialogue on sound strategies on nutrition, and promotion of better nutrition through food information.
Key international actors on nutrition strategy will describe their experiences on these interconnected topics and identify 'hot' issues and current challenges. They will exchange views on their visions for the future through a debate on current policies as well as engage with the public.

More information on the event

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 29 June

09:00 Economic Sentiment Indicator (Jun)
09:00 Business Climate (Jun)
09:00 Industrial Confidence (Jun)
09:00 Services Sentiment (Jun)
09:00 Consumer Confidence (Jun)

Tuesday 30 June

09:00 Unemployment Rate (Jun)
09:00 Consumer Price Index (YoY) (Jun) (Preliminary release)
09:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (YoY) (Jun) (Preliminary release)

Wednedsday 1 July

08:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Jun)

Thursday 2 July

09:00 Producer Price Index (MoM) (May)
09:00 Producer Price Index (YoY) (May)
11:30 ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts

Friday 3 July

08:00 Markit Services PMI (Jun)
08:00 Markit PMI Composite (Jun)
09:00 Retail Sales (MoM) (May)
09:00 Retail Sales (YoY) (May)
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