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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 11-16 December 2017

08 December 2017, 17:48 CET

This week, EU leaders meet to reassess progress in the Brexit talks, and look at issues such as defence and migration; ministers decide on fish quotas for 2018 in the Atlantic and North Sea; the Commission holds a conference on energy efficiency in buildings; MEPs vote on tax evasion, cross-border online TV, farm reform and kebabs; and we have Horizon 2020 Transport Info 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 11 to 16 December 2017.

Monday 11 - Tuesday 12 December

Council of the EU and European Council, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Political Meetings, Food, farming and fisheries, Institutional affairs

Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Brussels

Fisheries

The Council is due to agree on a regulation setting the 2018 catch limits for the main commercial fish stocks in the Atlantic and North Sea.

Ministers will also be informed about the risk of choke species in the implementation of the landing obligation and the results of two conferences, 'Our Ocean' and 'Beyond 2020: Supporting Europe's coastal states communities'.

Agriculture

The Commission will present its communication on "The Future of Food and Farming" to the Council. Ministers will then have a first exchange of views.

Ministers will also be informed about: unfair trading practices, African swine fever, biotechnologies.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 11 December

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Energy, environment and climate, EU regional and urban development

Central European Day of Energy (CEDE)

Brussels

This year's event will focus on sustainable energy, innovation and modern technologies in Central Europe – with a particular focus on renewable energy expansion, low emission technologies use, smart grids, energy efficiency projects, decarbonisation of the transport sector (biofuels, electromobility), which are key drivers of the energy transition.

Speakers include European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic, who will present the EU's Energy Union as a framework for innovation and technological progress, and Director-General for Energy, Dominique Ristori.

More information on the event

Monday 11 December

European Council, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Political Meetings, Enlargement, external relations and trade, International aid, development and cooperation

Foreign Affairs Council

Brussels

Current affairs

The Foreign Affairs Council will start with a discussion on current affairs, allowing ministers to review pressing issues on the international agenda.

Iraq

Ministers will discuss the situation in Iraq to guide the preparations of the new EU strategy for engagement with Iraq. The High Representative and the Commission are expected to present the new strategy in January.

Middle East

The Council will have a debate on the latest developments in the Middle East. They will discuss how the EU can help limit escalation and preserve stability in the region, as well as consolidate progress in countries such as Lebanon and Iraq.

In the margins of the Council meeting, EU foreign ministers and the High Representative will have an informal breakfast with Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel. They will discuss bilateral relations and regional developments.

PESCO

The Council is expected to adopt the decision establishing the permanent structured cooperation (PESCO). This decision would follow the notification handed over to the Council and to the High Representative on 13 November.

G5 Sahel

Foreign ministers will discuss EU-G5 Sahel cooperation over lunch with their counterparts of the G5 Sahel (Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad).

Africa

Foreign ministers and development ministers will discuss the follow-up to the African Union - EU summit, which took place in Côte d'Ivoire on 29-30 November 2017.

Development

The Foreign Affairs Council on development will then meet. Development and international cooperation ministers will exchange views on how trade and investment can contribute to development strategies. The Council is expected to adopt conclusions on the subject with the aim of updating the joint EU strategy on aid for trade.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 11 December

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Energy, environment and climate, EU regional and urban development

Conference: Coal Regions in Transition Platform

Strasbourg, France

The European Commission invites national and regional public authorities, industry, civil society and social partners with an interest in successful transformation of coal mining regions to the launch of the Coal Regions in Transition Platform.

As part of the 'Clean energy for all Europeans' package, a number of actions were announced to boost the clean energy transition by bringing more focus on social fairness, new skills and financing for the real economy. The European Commission is now launching a platform on 'Coal regions in transition' to help regions with coal mining activities identify, develop and implement projects with the potential to kick-start a viable economic and technological transformation, and to enable multi-stakeholder dialogue on policy framework and regulations.

The many high-level speakers include Maros Sefcovic, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union, and Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy.

More information on the event

Monday 11 December

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, taxation and competition, Energy, environment and climate

Energy efficiency in buildings: how to accelerate investments?

La Defense, Paris

The event aims to take stock of progress made, two years after COP 21 which saw significant commitments taken by banks and investors on energy efficiency, and to look at the next steps in order to accelerate investments in energy efficiency in buildings.

The event targets particularly financial institutions, policy-makers as well as energy efficiency project developers and companies.

It aims to bring concrete solutions to the whole investment value chain and it will address the following key questions: How to accelerate the development of bankable projects? How to develop the supply of finance for energy efficiency investments? How to shape policies to create an investment-friendly environment? And how to ensure the mobilisation of all market actors?

More information on the event

Monday 11 December

European Medicines Agency, Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Consumer affairs and public health, Security and defence

A common data model in Europe? – Why, which and how?

EMA, London

This meeting, organised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), will aim to define the opportunities and challenges in applying a common data model in Europe to support regulatory decision-making and agree on guiding principles for the development of such a model, including key criteria for validation in the context of regulatory decision-making.

A common data model could help harmonise healthcare data across multiple data sets and provide a mechanism to conduct pan-European studies in a timely manner to address regulatory questions. At the same time, applying a common model to European data has multiple challenges.

The meeting will bring together regulators with academia, data holders and the pharmaceutical industry.

More information on the event

Monday 11 December

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament plenary session

Strasbourg, France

EU farm policy: reforms designed to simplify farm policy rules, boost farmers' bargaining power against supermarkets and better equip them to face risks, will be debated on Monday and put to the vote on Tuesday.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Tuesday 12 December

Council of the EU and European Council, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

General Affairs Council (Art. 50)

Brussels

Brexit

The Council, in an EU27 format, will discuss the state of play of the Brexit negotiations. The Commission's Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, is expected to inform ministers on the progress made so far during the talks.

The debate will serve as preparation for the meeting of the EU27 heads of state or government at the European Council (Art.50) to take place the same week on 15 December 2017.

At this summit, leaders will reassess the state of play to determine whether sufficient progress has been achieved on citizens' rights, Ireland and financial obligations.

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 12 December

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament plenary session

Strasbourg, France

PANA recommendations: Parliament will vote on its recommendations to stamp out practices enabling tax evasion and optimisation, as exposed by the "Panama Papers". Wrapping up 18 months' work, the PANA committee calls for better regulation of financial intermediaries, better protection of whistle-blowers and a single definition of tax havens. A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday at 14:30. (Debate Tuesday, vote Wednesday)

More investment funding: the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI), which has helped economic recovery, will be prolonged until 2020 and topped up with extra money to finance more projects that promise the best economic and social returns in the EU member states, under a new law to be discussed and put to the vote on Tuesday

Meat additives. Parliament will decide on Tuesday whether to veto an EU Commission proposal to allow phosphate additives in kebab meat out of health concerns.

Cross-border online TV: Parliament will vote to approve a mandate for its negotiators to start talks with the Council on new rules making it easier for broadcasters to make their news and current affairs programmes available online for consumers in other EU countries.

Foreign affairs: MEPs will discuss the recent pledge by US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the persecution of Rohingya people, the Iran nuclear deal, abuse of migrants in Libya and the situation in Afghanistan, with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Dimitri Avramopoulos on Tuesday afternoon

Agenda by day in PDF format

Tuesday 12 - Wednesday 13 December

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Research and innovation

Workshop of the micro-nano-bio systems cluster of EU funded activities

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

This year's workshop about European Union funded projects on micro-nano-bio systems (MNBS), will be jointly organised with the International MicroNanoConference 2017, by the European Commission.

MNBS 2017 will focus on translating technologies into competitive, validated and manufacturable products to impact citizen's life and industry.

The programme will include presentations from EU-funded and other MNBS related research and innovation projects and invited sessions, bringing technologies and solution providers closer to business and to end-users.

More information on the event

Wednesday 13 December

European Investment Bank, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, Business, taxation and competition, Economy and the euro

EIB investment in education outside the EU

EIB office, Brussels

The European Investment Bank (EIB) invests in emerging economies to help them diversify and integrate into global systems as they move towards increased prosperity. To do this, EIB's partner countries need to create decent jobs for the young generation which is emerging, and need to support the empowerment of those young men and women through education and adequate opportunities.

At this workshop, we will explore different ways we can provide finance for education outside the EU. These include direct support of universities, as well as co-financing of education institutions through investment funds, and providing credit lines to local banks that would lend to universities.

More information on the event

Wednesday 13 December

European Food Safety Authority, Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Consumer affairs and public health, Food, farming and fisheries

Presentation of the guidance on allergenicity assessment of genetically modified plants

Online

The webinar will present the guidance document of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) on allergenicity assessment of genetically modified (GM) plants. In this document, EFSA provides supplementary considerations and guidance on the practical implementation of new scientific and regulatory developments relevant for the risk assessment of proteins and of GM plants.

The webinar addresses applicants, who intend to submit GMO applications for risk assessment by EFSA, as well as regulators and risk assessors.

More information on the event

Wednesday 13 December

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament plenary session

Strasbourg, France

Sakharov Prize Award: the democratic opposition in Venezuela will be awarded the European Parliament's 29th Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought at a ceremony in the chamber on Wednesday at noon. European Parliament President Antonio Tajani will hold a press conference with the winners after the ceremony, at around 12.30.

EU summit/Brexit: on Wednesday morning, MEPs will discuss migration, defence and social policies with EU Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, as well as the progress of Brexit negotiations with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, ahead of the European summit to be held on 14 and 15 December (debate and vote)

Agenda by day in PDF format

Wednesday 13 December

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Research and innovation, Transport and travel

Horizon 2020 Transport Info Day

Brussels

The info day will take place in the morning of 13 December 2017 in Brussels. It will address potential applicants to the Horizon 2020 'Smart, green and integrated transport' calls for funding under the 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 work programme, with the focus on funding opportunities in 2018.

Presentations will cover various transport topics of the new Horizon 2020 work programme, as well as provide detailed information on the selection process and on the upcoming calls for funding.

More information on the event

Thursday 14 December

European Council, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Council

Brussels

EU leaders will look at a number of the most pressing issues, including defence, migration, foreign affairs, social issues, education and culture.

Defence

EU leaders are expected to welcome the launch of the permanent structured cooperation (PESCO). On 13 November, 23 member states notified their intention to join PESCO to enhance defence cooperation.

The Council will also review progress in other fields, notably on EU-NATO cooperation.

Social issues, education and culture

The European Council will adopt conclusions on social issues as well as on education and culture.

The conclusions will build on the discussions held in Gothenburg during the Leaders' Agenda debate on culture and education and the Social Summit.

External relations

In the light of events, the European Council may address specific foreign policy issues.

Migration

Under the Leaders' Agenda, leaders will hold a debate on the way forward on migration policy, including both the internal and external dimensions.

Brexit negotiations

The European Council (Article 50), in an EU 27 format, will review the latest developments in the negotiations following the United Kingdom's notification of its intention to leave the EU.

Leaders will reassess the state of progress in the Brexit negotiations to determine whether sufficient progress has been achieved on three specific issues: citizens' rights, Ireland and financial obligations.

President Donald Tusk will present the draft guidelines to move to the second phase of Brexit negotiations. This follows the confirmation from Michel Barnier, the EU Chief Negotiator, that sufficient progress has been made during the first phase of negotiations.

Euro Summit

The Euro Summit will discuss the economic and monetary union (EMU) and banking union.
Euro Summit, 15 December 2017

Agenda and briefing

Thursday 14 - Saturday 16 December

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

2nd international workshop on modelling of physical, economic and social systems for resilience assessment

Ispra, Italy

This workshop is organised by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission together with NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology, the USA Department of Commerce) and the Colorado State University.

Interest in resilience has been rising rapidly during the last twenty years, both among policy makers and academia, as a response to increasing concern about the potential effect of shocks to individuals, civil infrastructure, regions, countries and social, economic and political institutions. The objective of the workshop is to bring together the scientific community and policy makers towards developing better policies and practices incorporating the element of resilience in various fields.

More information on the event

Thursday 14 December

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, EU regional and urban development

Challenges and incentives in the implementation of structural reforms – The role of local and regional authorities

Brussels

This workshop will look at how the European Semester is implemented in the EU Member States from the perspective of local and regional authorities, and how a stronger involvement of local and regional authorities could help to implement structural reforms.

The workshop will feature a key debate on the possible role of financial incentives, conditionality and capacity building measures, to enhance the implementation of structural reforms.

More information on the event

Thursday 14 December

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

A digital Presidency – takeaways from Estonia's programme for a digital Europe

Brussels

On 14 December, the Centre for European Studies and the Estonian Government will host a major event in Brussels to assess the progress of Estonian's programme for a digital Europe.

Estonia is synonymous with transparent and efficient e-services; and the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU aims to accelerate the implementation of a digital Europe by organising 50 different events and activities around digital issues.

Estonian Prime Minister, Jüri Ratas, is scheduled to appear, and approximately 350 attendees will participate in a full day of speeches and workshops focusing on five themes: the free movement of datam, e-government, e-commerce, smart economy and trust and security.

More information on the event

Friday 15 December

European Medicines Agency, Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Consumer affairs and public health

EudraVigilance information day

EMA, London,

This EudraVigilance information day, organised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), provides a forum to discuss, among others, the very initial experience of stakeholders with the new EudraVigilance system functionalities following its launch in November 2017.

More information on the event

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Tuesday 12 December


10:00 ZEW Survey - Economic Sentiment (Dec)

Wednesday 13 December


10:00 Industrial Production w.d.a. (YoY) (Oct)
10:00 Industrial Production s.a. (MoM) (Oct)
10:00 Employment Change (YoY) (Q3)
10:00 Employment Change (QoQ) (Q3)

Thursday 14 December


09:00 Markit PMI Composite (Dec) (Preliminary release)
09:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Dec) (Preliminary release)
09:00 Markit Services PMI (Dec) (Preliminary release)
12:45 ECB Deposit Rate Decision
12:45 ECB Interest Rate Decision
13:30 ECB Monetary policy statement and press conference

Friday 15 December


10:00 Trade Balance n.s.a. (Oct)
10:00 Trade Balance s.a. (Oct)
20:30 CFTC NC net positions
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