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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 1-6 May 2017

28 April 2017, 14:04 CET

This week, the EU presidency holds the European corporate governance conference; the House of European History is officially inaugurated; MEPs in committee vote on a money laundering blacklist, VAT on e-books, and the sharing economy, and discuss private security companies; and the EU institutions open their doors for Europe Day. 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 1 to 6 May 2017.

Monday 1 - Wednesday 3 May

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, High Level Visits, Enlargement, external relations and trade, Food, farming and fisheries

Phil Hogan to visit Canada in European business offensive

Toronto, Canada

Commissioner Phil Hogan will continue his series of foreign diplomatic missions aimed at opening up new markets for EU agricultural food products with a visit to Canada on 1-3 May 2017.

He will be accompanied by a delegation of up to 60 senior representatives from European companies and/or producer organisations from key sectors such as dairy, meat, wine and spirits, cereals, fruit and vegetables and processed agricultural products.

The delegation will join the Commissioner at the official opening of the SIAL Canada 2017 international food fair in Toronto, where the EU will feature as the region of honour, showcasing the best of European food and drink production. There will also be opportunities for members of the delegation to take part in various business and press events in Toronto, meeting local buyers and the media.

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Tuesday 2 May

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

Brussels

Private security companies: proposals to strengthen accountability and oversight of the 40,000 private security companies (PSCs) in the EU, such as a "positive list" of those without criminal records and with strict staff vetting and strict codes of ethics, are up for a vote in the Foreign Affairs Committee. PSCs employ 1.5 million contractors in national military and civilian agencies as well as in EU delegations, missions and operations. In the past, PSCs have been accused of committing human rights violations and even causing casualties

Tunisia: MEPs and members of Tunisia's Assembly of People's Representatives (ARP) will meet in Brussels to discuss present and future EU-Tunisia relations, including the ongoing talks on a Free Trade Agreement, the participation of women in public life and the fight against money laundering. The "Tunisian week" will be opened by EP President Antonio Tajani and ARP President Mohamed Ennaceur. (Tuesday to Thursday)

Schedule by day

Wednesday 3 - Thursday 4 May

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Energy, environment and climate

Conference on European network codes

Brussels

This conference is jointly organised by the European Commission, ACER, ENTSO-E and ENTSOG. It will focus on the main challenges in implementing network codes and the model for the European energy system and markets to which they will contribute. The conference will take place on 4 May and will be preceded by an evening reception on 3 May, with the participation of European Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete.

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Wednesday 3 May

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

Brussels

Anti-money laundering:. A blacklist of non-EU countries at risk of hosting money-laundering practices will be up for a vote in the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties committees. Parliament in January rejected a previous Commission proposal for a blacklist, saying it fell far short of its objective and asking that territories that facilitate fiscal crime be included.

VAT on e-books: Member states should be able to levy a lower VAT rate on e-books (5% minimum) rather than the standard minimum rate of 15%, say Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs, who want to bring the e-book VAT rate into line with those on printed publications.

Sharing economy: opportunities and benefits of the sharing economy, but also concerns over taxation, consumer protection and labour rights, will be assessed by the Internal Market Committee. MEPs will vote on a resolution in response to a Commission communication on a "European agenda for collaborative economy", presented in June last year

NATO: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Foreign Affairs Committee and Security and Defence Sub-committee MEPs will debate EU-NATO relations and preparations for the 25 May NATO summit.

Schedule by day

Thursday 4 May

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, taxation and competition, Research and innovation

20th European corporate governance conference

Le Meridien St. Julians Hotel & Spa, St Julian's, Malta

The 20th European corporate governance conference endorsed by the Ministry for Finance is organised by the Institute of Directors - Malta (IoD) with The European Voice of Directors (ecoDa) and Paragon Europe as partners and is organised under the auspices of the Malta Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The overall theme of the conference is 'Innovation and digitalisation in company law' and their impact on the wider corporate governance debate.

This conference will bring together decision makers from the public and private sector. Speakers will include high-level representatives from the Maltese Government, the OECD and the European Commission as well as investors, Board members, audit committee chairs, regulators and other individuals from the private and public sectors. The conference will be followed by a networking reception for all speakers and participants.

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Thursday 4 May

European Parliament, Events/Conf/Fairs

House of European History

Brussels

The House of European History (HEH) will be officially inaugurated on 4 May, with a ceremony led by EP President Antonio Tajani and in the presence of former EP president and HEH initiator Dr Hans-Gert Pöttering and Professor Wlodzimierz Borodziej, chair of the academic board. The HEH, which aims to encourage citizens to reflect upon and debate the history of Europe and of European integration, opens to the public on 6 May.

Schedule by day

Thursday 4 May

Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Employment and social rights

Conference on social mobility and equal opportunities

Paris

Eurofound and the OECD are co-organising a joint high-level conference on social mobility and equal opportunities.

The event will provide a lively platform to discuss fresh evidence on intergenerational mobility and policies which support upward mobility, especially among the disadvantaged population groups within the European Union and OECD countries. The event will be opened by Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD and Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Director, Eurofound.

The one-day high-level conference will bring together an interdisciplinary group of international experts, policymakers and stakeholders from both OECD and EU countries to examine the major trends in social mobility and how these vary across countries. The sessions will consider why lack of mobility and intergenerational inequality is of concern and what policies work in the field of education, labour market, urban development, health and social protection to improve equal opportunities and social mobility. The concluding panel will aim to identify how a more integrated approach at different levels can underpin greater equality of opportunity and promote upward social mobility.

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Thursday 4 - Saturday 6 May

Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Culture, education and youth, Enlargement, external relations and trade, Justice and citizens' rights

State of the Union 2017 conference by the European University Institute: Building a people's Europe

Florence, Italy

The State of the Union conference, organised by the European University Institute (EUI), is an annual event for high-level reflection on the European Union (EU). Now in its 7th year, it has become a reference point in the EU agenda for policy-makers, civil society representatives, business and opinion leaders, and academics.

In 2017, the conference, under the title 'Building a people's Europe', will revolve around the theme of European citizenship. Sessions will deal with the future of citizenship; direct democracy and populism; the impact of the global refugee emergency on Europe; the financial crisis, the free movement of persons and the labour market; and security, in a broad sense of the word.

Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU and Vice-President of the European Commission, and European Commissioners Tibor Navracsics and Vera Jourova, will speak at this event.

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Saturday 6 May

Council of the EU and European Council, European Commission, European Committee of the Regions, European Economic and Social Committee, European Parliament, Events/Conf/Fairs, Institutional affairs

Europe day

Brussels

To celebrate Europe Day, the EU institutions open their doors to the public in Brussels (6 May), Luxembourg (13 May) and Strasbourg (14 May). Local EU offices in Europe and all over the world also organise a variety of activities and events for all ages.

Europe Day celebrates peace and unity in Europe. It marks the anniversary of the historical 'Schuman declaration'. Schuman's proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.

Join the celebrations and learn more about the European Union. Each year thousands of people take part in visits, debates, concerts and other events to mark the day and raise awareness about the EU.

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Document Actions
Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 1 May


n/a European Commission Releases Economic Growth Forecasts

Tuesday 2 May


08:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Apr)
09:00 Unemployment Rate (Mar)

Wednesday 3 May


07:00 Non-monetary policy's ECB meeting
09:00 Gross Domestic Product s.a. (QoQ) (Q1) (Preliminary release)
09:00 Gross Domestic Product s.a. (YoY) (Q1) (Preliminary release)
09:00 Producer Price Index (MoM) (Mar)
09:00 Producer Price Index (YoY) (Mar)

Thursday 4 May


08:00 Markit Services PMI (Apr)
08:00 Markit PMI Composite (Apr)

Friday 5 May


10:00 Retail Sales (YoY) (Mar)
10:00 Retail Sales (MoM) (Mar)
19:30 CFTC NC net positions
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