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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 8 - 14 February 2016

05 February 2016, 16:54 CET

This week ministers are due to adopt measures on terrorist financing, and debate a package on corporate tax avoidance; the Dutch presidency holds a conference on antimicrobial resistance; the contracting parties to the Barcelona Convention meet to adopt environment-related decisions about the Mediterranean area; and Ljubljana takes over the mantle of European Green Capital. 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 8 to 14 February 2016.

Monday 8 - Tuesday 9 February

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Employment and social rights

Promoting decent work on the European labour market. Better compliance and enforcement

Marine Etablissement Amsterdam (MEA), Amsterdam

The conference will provide a platform for discussion for officials of labour inspectorates, policy makers and experts from across the European Union. The conference offers practical instruments for inspectorates, enforcement officials, supervisors and public authorities. It aims to reinforce their ability to collaborate and act effectively.
The conference will address practical issues relating to the protection of posted workers as well as cross-border aspects of undeclared work. Issues to be covered are: the use of letter box companies, the exploitation of workers, bogus self-employment, the exchange of data and the promotion of compliance with EU law and secondary legislation for cross-border service providers and posted workers. Best practices will be exchanged both at national and international level.

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Monday 8 - Thursday 11 February

European Parliament, political meetings

European Parliament Delegations

Turkey/refugees: two delegations from the Budgets and the Civil Liberties committees will be in Turkey. Budgets MEPs will discuss the use of European pre-accession funds with Turkish authorities and investigate the use of EU support measures for refugees from Syria and Iraq, inter alia by visiting a refugee camp. Civil liberties MEPs will also visit a refugee camp and other refugee support projects as well as meeting Turkish interlocutors, international NGOs and other partners to assess the situation on the ground. (Monday to Thursday)
Germany/refugees: the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee will send a delegation to Munich to meet Bavarian local authorities and visit a unit that places female refugees and another refugee camp to study reception arrangements for female asylum seekers. (Wednesday to Friday)
Human trafficking: a delegation of the Security and Defence Sub-committee will visit an EU naval operation fighting human smugglers ("Operation Sofia") and meet the Italian Minister of Interior and Members of Parliament to discuss EU-supported operations tackling irregular migration and learn from Italy's experience in conducting such operations. (Monday to Wednesday)
Saudi Arabia and Qatar: a Foreign Affairs Committee delegation will travel to Saudi Arabia and Doha, Qatar, to discuss EU-Saudi Arabian and EU-Qatari relations and the situation in neighbouring Arab states. (Monday to Wednesday)

Schedule by day

Tuesday 9 - Friday 12 February

European Commission, Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Environment, consumers and health, Regions and local development

19th meeting of the contracting parties to the Barcelona Convention

Athens, Greece

Representatives of 21 Mediterranean countries and the European Union are expected to debate and adopt a number of decisions on biodiversity and ecosystems, land and sea-based pollution, sustainable consumption and production, and climate change adaptation. These decisions, which address specific issues of the implementation of the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols, will define strategies and actions on sustainable development in the Mediterranean.
The meeting, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) - Barcelona Convention comes at a defining stage for global sustainable development and at a key moment for the future of the Mediterranean region: integrating agreed universal and transformative global goals and targets into the post-2015 development agenda, transitioning to a green and blue economy, implementing a new climate change agreement, and striving to revive and boost stagnant economies are processes with a profound impact at all levels.

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Tuesday 9 - Wednesday 10 February

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

European alien species information network (EASIN): enlargement and training

Ispra, Italy

The workshop will focus on the expansion of EASIN, especially by including offline databases that exist in institutes or national repositories which are not accessible to the scientific community. The workshop will address data standardisation issues and protocols for sharing information.

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Tuesday 9 February

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

Workshop for water sector procurers

Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

The European Commission is pleased to invite you to this European Assistance for Innovation Procurement (EAFIP) workshop which targets public procurers in the water sector (ministries, regional and local authorities, public utility companies, etc.).
The aim of the event is to highlight the benefits of innovation procurement of ICT solutions through the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) approaches across Europe.
The workshop will feature:

  • presentation/networking discussion on the EU funding opportunities for PCP and PPI (in the framework of the Horizon 2020 calls);
  • presentation of case examples and lessons learned;
  • presentation/networking discussion on the EAFIP toolkit (aimed to support participants in preparing their innovation procurement).
This workshop is held in the framework of the EIP Water conference on 10 February 2016.


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Tuesday 9 February

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Environment, consumers and health, Regions and local development

European Green Capital handover ceremony: From Bristol 2015 to Ljubljana 2016

Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), Brussels

Since 2010, the European Green Capital Award has rewarded cities that show robust commitment to sustainable urban planning. The award shows how cities benefit by pursuing green urban policies; policies that make cities more liveable, attract investment, create new jobs and growth, and raise their standing and appeal as tourist destinations.
As the new European Green Capital, Ljubljana will act as ambassador for sustainable urban development, sharing its local best practices and encouraging other cities across Europe to become greener, healthier and more sustainable.
The handover ceremony will give you a taste of the year ahead: Ljubljana plans to dedicate each month of the year to a different environmental theme. The ceremony will also highlight Bristol's accomplishments as European Green Capital 2015.

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Tuesday 9 - Wednesday 10 February

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Environment, consumers and health, Science and technology

Antimicrobial Resistance Conference

Marine Etablissement Amsterdam (MEA), Amsterdam

The Netherlands will hold a Ministerial Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance in Amsterdam on 9 February (in the evening only) and 10 February 2016. As this conference will emphasise the need for a 'One Health' approach, we will be inviting all EU/EEA Ministers of Health, as well as Ministers of Agriculture.
An EU Action Plan against the rising threats from AMR has been in place for a number of years. In addition, the World Health Assembly this year unanimously adopted the Global Action Plan on AMR in which all WHO member states are urged to adopt national action plans within the next two years.
During the Ministerial Conference we will discuss the progress so far and the need for measurable actions in the near future, again with the focus on a One Health approach. We in Europe should set an example for the rest of the world.

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Tuesday 9 - Wednesday 10 February

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Agriculture, fisheries and food, Science and technology

Seminar on the state of stocks in the Mediterranean and on the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) approach

Catania, Italy

Commission services responsible for fisheries conservation and control in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, and the MEDAC (Mediterranean Advisory Council), as well as Italy, as hosting country, are organising this high level seminar during which scientists will present a diagnostic of the status of the resources.
These presentations will be followed by a roundtable where possible options to tackle the alarming situation will be discussed with the participation of administrations and stakeholders.

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Wednesday 10 February

Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Energy and natural resources, Regions and local development

EIP Water conference 2016

Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

This 3rd European Innovation Partnership (EIP) Water conference builds upon the success of the first two conferences in 2013 and 2014 in Brussels and Barcelona, respectively. The city of Leeuwarden was selected as a host city after a pan-European competition.
The conference will foster innovation in the European water sector by showcasing the experience of innovators and the lessons they have learned. The conference will give inspiring ideas, discuss a variety of outspoken and conflicting viewpoints about appropriate approaches to innovation, and help nurture and establish partnerships.
Participants will learn how the European Commission and EIP Water are working to overcome key barriers and bottlenecks to innovation in water in Europe, and they will gain insights on regulation, financing and public-private partnerships.
The main target audiences are high-level representatives of the public and corporate water sector in Europe and beyond.

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Wednesday 10 - Thursday 11 February

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Economy, finance, tax and competition

Follow the Money: tools for Financial Investigation

Marine Etablissement Amsterdam (MEA), Amsterdam

Financial investigation is a vital instrument in the fight against organised crime. The Netherlands is keen to enhance Europe's expertise in this field and develop practical tools to help police officers use this investigation tool more effectively and more frequently.
Financial intelligence can give the police important evidence and insight in their investigations. Such information is also vital in establishing what financial benefit criminals have derived from their criminal activities so that the proceeds can be confiscated.
The Netherlands has drawn up a plan of action containing proposals for the development of practical tools for investigation services. The plan will be discussed with policymakers and experts from investigation services in order to obtain input and support for the initiative.

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Thursday 11 February

European Commission, Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Energy and natural resources, Regions and local development

Mayors & Water

Westcord WTC Hotel, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for environment, maritime affairs and fisheries invites European mayors and water experts for an agenda setting event for water in the urban environment. Next to mayors, representatives of regions, communities, waste water treatment plants, drinking water facilities, water boards, water research institutes and other water experts are most welcome to participate in the conference.
Mayors & Water will bring together key stakeholders like the OECD, EIB, EEA, together with European city networks, European water platforms and EIP Water action groups.
The Dutch presidency of the European Union, together with the TRIO partner countries Slovakia and Malta have defined water as one their shared priority areas.
The Mayors & Water declaration, which currently is being developed should put water on the centre stage in the urban agenda to guarantee productive, sustainable and liveable cities.

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Thursday 11 February

Council of the EU, Other bodies and agencies, Political Meetings, Economy, finance, tax and competition




Friday 12 February

Council of the EU, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Political Meetings, Economy, finance, tax and competition

Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Justus Lipsius building, Brussels

Combating corporate tax avoidance
The European Commission will present a package of new proposals to the Council aimed at strengthening the EU rules against corporate tax avoidance. The package includes measures against aggressive tax planning, as well as boosting transparency between member states and ensuring fairer competition for all businesses in the single market. Ministers will have a first exchange of views in preparation for further handling of individual proposals in the Council.
Banking union
The Council will discuss the state of play in implementing the banking union legislation into the national law of EU member states, in particular the transposition of the bank recovery and resolution directive as well as a directive on deposit guarantee schemes, which are important parts of the single rulebook of the banking union. The Council will also discuss the state of play in putting in place the bridge financing for the Single Resolution Board.
Fight against terrorist financing
The Council is expected to adopt conclusions on the European Commission's action plan to strengthen measures against terrorist financing.
EU budget
The Council is also expected to adopt conclusions on EU budget guidelines for 2017. It will also adopt the Council recommendation on the discharge to the European Commission concerning the implementation of the 2014 EU budget.
Ministers will also prepare the meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors, which will take place on 25-27 February 2016, in Shanghai (China).

Agenda and briefing

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 8 February

09:30 Sentix Investor Confidence (Feb)

Wednesday 10 February

10:00 European Commission Releases Economic Growth Forecasts

Thursday 11 February

24h Eurogroup meeting

Friday 12 February

24h EcoFin Meeting
09:00 Gross Domestic Product s.a. (QoQ) (Q4) (Preliminary release)
09:00 Gross Domestic Product s.a. (YoY) (Q4) (Preliminary release)
10:00 Industrial Production w.d.a. (YoY) (Dec)
10:00 Industrial Production s.a. (MoM) (Dec)
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