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

12 December 2014, 16:28 CET

This week a European summit is to adopt conclusions on the future of the Economic and Monetary Union; ministers try to agree on fish stocks and fishing opportunities for fish stocks in the Black Sea; the Commission adopts it 2015 Work Programme; and MEPs vote on the 2015 budget and top up funds to pay pending 2014 bills, and elect the European Ombudsman. 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 December 2014.


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Monday 15 December

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Strasbourg

Final draft agendas - weekly overview

Monday 15 December

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

Strasbourg

Budget 2015: Parliament is to vote on the EU's 2015 budget and top up funds to pay pending 2014 bills, sealing a provisional deal struck by budget negotiators for Parliament and the Council of Ministers on 8 December. The deal must first be formally approved by Parliament's Budgets Committee.

Committee draft agendas

Monday 15 - Tuesday 16 December

Council of the EU, Political Meetings

Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Justus Lipsius building, Brussels

The Council meeting will address agricultural and fisheries matters.
Concerning fisheries, the ministers will try to reach a political agreement on fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks in EU and certain non-EU waters and on fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks in the Black Sea for 2015. Each year, on the basis of Commission proposals, the Council has to take decisions on fishing opportunities for the stocks in the Atlantic, the North Sea, international fisheries in which EU vessels participate and in the Black Sea.
As regards agriculture, the Presidency will report to the Council on the progress achieved during the second half of 2014 on organic farming, on a school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme, on official controls, on plant health and on zootechnical legislation. Ministers will then have an exchange of views on the future of dairy sector. The Ministers will be called to vote for the adoption of Council conclusions supporting young farmers and on the error rate for agriculture expenditure.
Finally, the Council will be briefed on the implementation of the landing obligation in the fisheries, on the simplification of the agricultural policy, on additional measures for the fruit and vegetables sector and the dairy sector, on the pig meat market, on the plant reproductive material law, on the indication of the country of origin and on rural development plans.

Council website

Monday 15 December

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

Industrial Economics Day

Centre de conférences Albert Borschette, Brussels

The Commission is organising its first Industrial Economics Day. It will gather world-leading thinkers for a day of open debates on Industrial Policy.
As a new Commission is taking office, it is time to think about the future of the European industry. Can industry contribute to put Europe on a new path of growth? Which conditions should be met for Europe to remain a global leader? What jobs will be created by tomorrow's industry?

More information on the event

Tuesday 16 December

Council of the EU, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

General Affairs Council

Justus Lipsius building, Brussels

The General Affairs Council makes sure that the work of the different Council configurations is consistent and brings together Ministers for Foreign Affairs and for European Affairs. It is chaired by the Minister of the presiding country and supervises various issues, such as EU enlargement, the adoption of the Multi-annual Financial Framework, the cohesion policy, issues related to the EU's institutional set-up and other dossiers assigned by the European Council.

Council website

Tuesday 16 December

European Commission, Press Conference, Institutional affairs

Adoption of the 2015 European Commission Work Programme

European Commission, Brussels

Every year, the Commission sets out its priorities in the Commission Work Programme (CWP). The first CWP of the Juncker Commission will translate the ten points of the Political Guidelines - the political contract with the European Parliament - and the European Council's Strategic Agenda for the Union in Times of Change, into concrete deliverables.

Commission's Annual Working and Legislative Programme

Tuesday 16 December

European Commission, Legislative Action, Justice and citizens rights

The Commission adopts its monthly infringements package

Brussels

On Tuesday 16 December 2014, the European Commission will adopt its monthly infringements package. These decisions cover all Member States and most of EU policies and seek to enforce EU law across Europe in the interest of both citizens and businesses.

More information on infringements

Tuesday 16 December

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Strasbourg

Commission work programme 2015: MEPs will discuss the implementation of Parliament's political priorities with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Vice-President Frans Timmermans, after the College of Commissioners approves the Commission work programme in the morning. A press conference is scheduled after the debate, at 16.30 (tbc).
European Ombudsman: Parliament will elect the European Ombudsman in a secret ballot on Tuesday. Current European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly (IE), in office since July 2013, is the only candidate for the post in the 2014-2019 parliamentary term.

Final draft agendas - weekly overview

Wednesday 17 - Thursday 18 December

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

Conference on the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union: assessing and responding to the training needs of legal practitioners and public officials

Albert Borschette Conference Centre, Brussels

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union approaches its fifth anniversary as a binding document in December 2014. Its provisions are primarily addressed to the Institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the European Union. It is also binding for the Member States when they are implementing EU law.
The 2010 Strategy on the effective implementation of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights envisages increased information activities on fundamental rights, including the promotion of information and training for legal professionals and the judicial authorities.
Under this framework, the European Commission is organising a conference to discuss with representatives of Member States, national and international judicial institutions, public administrations, the European Agency for Fundamental Rights, training institutions, civil society at large as well as with local and regional authorities the recent developments concerning the training on the scope and application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
The overarching objective is to map training needs and identify and illustrate best practices in existing trainings on the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

More information on the conference

Wednesday 17 December

Council of the EU, Political Meetings

Environment Council

Justus Lipsius building, Brussels

The Environment Council (ENVI) deals with matters concerning protection, safeguard and improvement of the quality of the environment through an efficient use of the natural resources available. Specifically, the ENVI Council is responsible for energy, transport emissions, quality and safety of water and food. At international level it takes part in global challenges, such as the one against climate change.

EU Presidency website

Wednesday 17 December

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Strasbourg

European Summit: MEPs will debate the EUR 315 billion investment package to boost growth, jobs and competitiveness with the Italian Presidency of the Council on the eve of the 18-19 December European Council meeting, where it will top the agenda.
Palestine statehood: following a plenary debate in November, MEPs will vote a resolution on whether Palestine should be recognised as a state.
LUX Film Prize award: EP President Martin Schulz will announce the winner of this year's LUX Prize on Wednesday at a ceremony in the plenary chamber, in Strasbourg. A press conference with the laureate and the other two finalists will be held at 3pm.
CIA's use of torture: US Senate revelations of the CIA's use of torture and other cruel or degrading treatment of detainees in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, with the alleged complicity of some EU member states, will be debated with the Council and Commission on Wednesday, at 3pm.
Natural disaster relief: Parliament will vote on a total of EUR 126.7 million in EU aid from the European Solidarity Fund to help Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria to cope with the aftermath of natural disasters in 2013 and 2014.

Final draft agendas - weekly overview

Thursday 18 - Friday 19 December

European Council, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Council

Justus Lipsius building, Brussels

The heads of state or government are expected to adopt conclusions on the future of the Economic and Monetary Union based on the preparatory work carried out by the European Council's president in close consultation with the presidents of the Commission, the European Central Bank and the Eurogroup.

Website of the European Council

Thursday 1 January 2015

European Commission, Others, Economy, finance, tax and competition

Lithuania becomes the 19th Member State to adopt the euro

Lithuania

Lithuania will adopt the euro on 1 January 2015, which is a major achievement for Lithuania and for the euro area as a whole. From the first minute of the New Year, Lithuanians will start withdrawing euro cash and paying for their purchases in euro. This has been made possible thanks to thorough preparations ahead of the changeover. Following the euro adoption in Lithuania, 19 EU Member States and 337 million Europeans will share the same currency.

Official website of the Lithuanian government on the adoption of the euro

Friday 9 January 2015

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs

Countdown to the European Year for Development - 2015

Riga, Latvia

The European Year for Development 2015 is set to be a special year, as the deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals, which the international community agreed in the year 2000; and for the next set of goals - the Sustainable Development Goals - to be put in place. This year will be a unique opportunity to inform EU citizens how every euro of support helps to make a difference and to showcase our strong commitment to eradicating poverty worldwide, improving the situation of refugees and those in dire need of aid, tackling climate change and helping to protect to world's natural resources. One of the main objectives of the European Year is to show EU citizens that development aid is also about them; that it also has a positive impact on their lives, considering the increasingly interdependent world we live in, and to foster a sense of joint responsibility, solidarity and opportunity as a result.This is very well reflected in the motto of the year, "Our world, our dignity, our future".
The launch event will take place in Riga, Latvia, on 9 January 2015, in the margins of the opening of the presidency of the European Council. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica are expected to attend. A press conference will take place at 12.30 (to be confirmed) and will be broadcasted on Europe by Satellite.

Capacity4dev website

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Tuesday 16 December


09:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Dec)
09:00 Markit PMI Composite (Dec)
09:00 Markit Services PMI (Dec)
10:00 Trade Balance n.s.a. (Oct)
10:00 Trade Balance s.a. (Oct)
10:00 ZEW Survey - Economic Sentiment (Dec)

Wednesday 17 December


10:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (YoY) (Nov)
10:00 Consumer Price Index (MoM) (Nov)
10:00 Consumer Price Index (YoY) (Nov)
10:00 Labour cost (Q3)

Thursday 18 December


10:00 Construction Output w.d.a (YoY) (Oct)
10:00 Construction Output s.a (MoM) (Oct)

Friday 19 December


09:00 Current Account n.s.a (Oct)
09:00 Current Account s.a (Oct)
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