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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 16-21 October 2017

13 October 2017, 22:54 CET

This week, the European summit meets on migration, defence, foreign affairs and digitalisation, and reviews the Brexit talks; foreign affairs ministers discuss Iran, North Korea and Turkey; the Commission holds a symposium on aviation safety management; MEPs in committee vote on the posting of workers and EU privacy protection rules; and the Panama Papers Inquiry Committee votes on conclusions and recommendations. 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 16 to 21 October 2017.

Monday 16 October

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Food, farming and fisheries, Research and innovation

Harnessing research and innovation for FOOD 2030: a science policy dialogue

Brussels

This one-day conference will serve to disseminate successful European research and innovation (R&I) initiatives and contribute to the ongoing science policy dialogue in the area of food nutrition and security (FNS).

The conference will provide a stakeholder platform for science policy dialogues to assess the current state of European research, innovation and investment, and explore future needs relevant to:

  • sustainable and healthy nutrition
  • climate-resilience and environmental sustainability
  • circularity and resource efficiency
  • food system innovation and empowerment of communities

The conference is open to researchers, policymakers, funders and investors, public authorities, industry, entrepreneurs, students and civil society representatives.

More information on the event

Monday 16 October

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Consumer affairs and public health, Research and innovation

Citizens' health: connecting innovation-led e-health reforms to get outcomes that matter to patients

Tallinn, Estonia

This high-level roundtable, organised under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, aims at maintaining the momentum of the discussions from the informal EPSCO meeting on July 19-21 in Tallinn.

This event invites ministers, State secretaries, and director generals to meet once more in a different setting and to broaden the discussions about those involved in the healthcare sector, which includes: high-level representatives, big and small companies, insurers, hospitals, patients, research organisations, and universities.

The discussion will focus on 3 topics: the patient as a partner; the ideal healthcare system; and how innovation in e-health will lead to economic growth.

More information on the event

Monday 16 - Thursday 19 October

Other bodies and agencies, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Culture, education and youth

Young European Council

Brussels

The Young European Council (YEC) is an annual international conference which brings together young people passionate about the future of the European Union and determined to make their voices heard in today's policy and decision-making.

YEC is not a simulation game. At the YEC, youth from around Europe are invited to bring their ideas and expertise to develop innovative policy recommendations to the EU. Participants will have the opportunity to debate proposals with senior decisionmakers, among many others.

YEC is organised by the Young European Leadership, a nonpartisan international non-profit organisation focused on the empowerment of young people, under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

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Monday 16 - Wednesday 18 October

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Consumer affairs and public health, Research and innovation

eHealthTallinn 2017: health in the digital society, digital society for health

Tallinn, Estonia

This conference will focus on how digital technologies and the wider use of health data are changing our lives and the ways of healthcare.

It will show already existing digital health solutions, use-cases and technologies to demonstrate that value-adding citizen-centric health services and systems are the reality and the future has already arrived to be made available to all Europeans.

The conference, organised by the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, will bring together EU policymakers and Member State ministers responsible for health, patient organisation representatives, national and international IT and healthcare companies, health professionals, healthcare managers, and the R&D sector.

More information on the event

Monday 16 - Wednesday 18 October

Other bodies and agencies, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Security and defence, Transport and travel

ICAO regional safety management symposium: The journey to achieving effective safety management

Tallinn, Estonia

This symposium, organised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, is focusing on achieving effective safety management. The mutual goal of aviation organisations is to enhance sustainable aviation safety.

The main objectives of the symposium are to provide participants with insights on how to effectively implement the State Safety Programme (SSP), as well as provide a forum for participants to share information on the overall benefits of safety management and discuss the current challenges in safety management faced by the international aviation community.

As part of the symposium, a workshop with two separate sessions will be provided to States and industry. The workshop will focus on the more practical aspects of safety management.

Keynote speakers include the management of various aviation organisations from Europe and across the world. Additionally, it will provide a unique information-sharing opportunity for regulators, service providers, operational personnel and other aviation professionals involved in safety management activities.

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Monday 16 - Wednesday 18 October

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Security and defence, Transport and travel

Aviation: The journey to achieving effective safety management

Tallinn, Estonia

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety management symposium, hosted by the European Commission and the Estonian presidency of the European Union, will provide an opportunity for States and industry to exchange on aviation safety management

The main objectives of the symposium are to provide participants with insights on how to address their legal obligations and to discuss the overall benefits of safety management as well as the current challenges faced by the international aviation community.

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Monday 16 October

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee and Political Group Meetings

Brussels

Posting of Workers: new rules for employees sent to work temporarily in another member state will be put to the vote in the Employment Committee. MEPs aim to protect posted workers better and to establish a level playing field for companies. Key parts are equal pay for equal work for the same employer and applying all of the host country's labour rules after two years.

Plenary preparations: political groups will discuss their positions on the future of EU finances, minimum income policies and the protection of whistle-blowers acting in the public interest. They will also prepare votes on the certification of fertilisers, the protection of workers exposed to carcinogenic or mutagen substances and on illicit drug trafficking. Furthermore, MEPs will determine their positions on the Commission's work programme, the 2018 EU budget and the mandate for the Commission to start trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Monday 16 October

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

Foreign Affairs Council

Luxembourg

Iran

The Council will have a discussion on Iran and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

North Korea

Ministers will address the situation in the Korean peninsula, in view of the recent provocations of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The Council is expected to adopt additional EU autonomous measures to complement and reinforce the UN Security Council sanctions.

Ministers will also discuss how the EU can contribute to strengthening the implementation of UNSC resolutions by all UN members states.

Turkey

Foreign ministers will discuss the EU cooperation with Turkey on regional situations. This discussion will feed into the European Council meeting of 19-20 October.

Human rights

Ministers will have debate on the EU policy on human rights in the presence of the EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis. The Council will adopt:

  • conclusions on the mid-term review of the action plan on human rights and democracy
  • the EU annual report on human rights and democracy in the world in 2016

Myanmar/Burma

The Council will adopt conclusions on Myanmar, in the light of the humanitarian and human rights situation in Rakhine State.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 16 - Tuesday 17 October

European Aviation Safety Agency, Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Security and defence, Transport and travel

General aviation structures workshop

Cologne, Germany

The workshop is an interactive forum to discuss general aviation structures topics between the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), national authorities and supplemental type certificate (STC) and type certificate (TC) applicants.

Structural requirements and acceptable means of compliance including EASA policies (certification memorandum) related to materials (metallic, composites, wood), statics, fatigue and damage tolerance, aeroelasticity (flutter), loads and crashworthiness will be presented. Other major structural topics will be addressed.

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Tuesday 17 October

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

General Affairs Council

Luxembourg

October European Council

The Council will discuss the draft conclusions of the European Council meeting on 19-20 October 2017 in Brussels.

Leaders are due to focus on: migration; Digital Europe; defence; external relations

Rule of Law

The Council will hold its third annual rule of law dialogue which will be centred on these issues in the digital age: media pluralism; rule of law.

The discussion will be steered by a presidency note which includes questions for the ministers and builds on a seminar held on the same theme organised in July. The presidency will draw conclusions on this debate.

Agenda and briefing

General Affairs Council (Art. 50)

Brexit negotiations

The Council, in an EU 27 format, will discuss the state of play of Brexit negotiations after five rounds of talks with the UK. Michel Barnier, the EU Chief Negotiator, will brief the ministers on the progress made so far.

This discussion will serve as preparation for the meeting of the EU27 heads of state or government at the European Council (Article 50) on 20 October 2017.

Relocation of two EU agencies

In the margins of the General Affairs Council (Article 50), EU27 ministers are also expected to hold a political discussion regarding the relocation of the two EU agencies currently located in the UK: European Medicines Agency; European Banking Authority.

The future location needs to be decided through a specific procedure endorsed by the EU27 leaders on 22 June 2017.

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 17 - Wednesday 18 October

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, taxation and competition, Economy and the euro, Research and innovation

3rd major eafip event on innovation procurement

Tallinn, Estonia

The 3rd major eafip event will be organised in cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, and will be one of the key events under the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

This two-day event targets procurers, policymakers, procurement law firms and businesses, to raise awareness about major ICT-related innovation procurement initiatives across Europe, and to facilitate networking between stakeholders to discuss new ideas, initiatives and funding opportunities.

There will be various discussion sessions, providing the latest information about how to gain access to the ca. €130 million budget for innovation procurement projects.

In addition, public procurers will have the opportunity to present proposal ideas, discuss with relevant EC officials and network in view of the preparation of these calls.

More information on the event

Tuesday 17 - Wednesday 18 October

EU Agency for Large-Scale IT Systems, Other bodies and agencies, , Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Research and innovation, Security and defence

Annual eu-LISA conference 2017: Going digital for a safe and secure Europe

Tallinn, Estonia

This high level conference, organised by the European agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA), will be held under the auspices of the Estonian EU Presidency and will focus on various IT-related aspects of one of its top priorities: a safe and secure Europe.

The first day of the conference will consist of keynote addresses and panel discussions whilst the second day will centre on innovation day workshops.

Nearly 200 attendees are expected at this event, representing both EU and national authorities, practitioners and industry.

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Tuesday 17 October

European Securities and Markets Authority, Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Economy and the euro

ESMA conference 2017: The state of European financial markets

Paris

The European Securities and Markets Authorities (ESMA) Conference 2017 will be a unique gathering of political decision-makers, global regulators and high-profile financial industry leaders. Around 350 participants will discuss the state of European financial markets – including the key issues currently affecting the financial sector such as the macroeconomic environment, regulation, investor protection, innovation and last but not least Brexit.

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Tuesday 17 October

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

The role of social financial intermediaries in deploying financial instruments under the European Social Fund in the 2014-2020 programming period

Brussels

The main focus of this fi-compass event will be on the role of social financial intermediaries (SFI) in the set-up of national or regional level financial instruments products with the European Social Fund (ESF) such as loans, guarantees, equity or quasi-equity. The opportunities of such instruments, as well as SFI's most common practical challenges in implementing them will be in the spotlight of this event.

Furthermore, the event will present how the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) may support social projects, including in combination with the ESF. Also microfinance will be discussed as under the ESF it is one of the relevant areas in which SFI may add value.

Practical examples from Member States will illustrate the thematic objectives and areas in which financial instruments under the ESF are more effective, fostering collaboration among SFI, managing authorities, and other stakeholders to increase the take-up of ESF financial instruments and to improve the effectiveness of existing ones.

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Tuesday 17 - Wednesday 18 October

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

Conference on innovation procurement

Tallinn, Estonia

The two-day conference on innovation procurement will be a platform for the exchange of the best practices of both the tenderers and the contracting authorities in acquiring innovative, need-based solutions. Additionally, it will feature discussions on how to direct contracting authorities to use public funds in a smarter way and on the opportunities for encouraging innovation procurement in the EU Member States.

The event will host procurers, tenderers (entrepreneurs) and policymakers. It is organised in the framework of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU and in collaboration with the European Commission.

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Wednesday 18 October

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

Brussels

Panama Papers Inquiry Committee: the EP special committee investigating the 'Panama Papers' revelations on money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion will present its conclusions and recommendations in the final report to be put to the vote on Wednesday.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Wednesday 18 October

European Ombudsman, Events/Conf/Fairs, Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens' rights

EU agencies - How to manage the risk of reputational damage

Brussels

The European Ombudsman oversees good administration in EU agencies, a role that has led to improvements in many areas, including greater public access to clinical trial results; or more citizen-friendly public consultations; or a revision of rules covering proposals for testing chemicals.

Building on this work, Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman, invites you to a stakeholder discussion on how agencies can implement the highest ethical and transparency standards so as to protect themselves from reputational damage.

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Wednesday 18 - Thursday 19 October

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, Economy and the euro

Circular Procurement Congress II – Mainstreaming circular procurement

Tallinn, Estonia

In April 2016, the 1st international Congress on Circular Procurement was held in Amsterdam. The purpose of the 2016 congress was to raise awareness for the concept of circular procurement, highlight good practices, share experiences how circular procurement could be mainstreamed.

We are now taking the next steps. As part of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Estonian government has emphasised the importance of both eco-innovation and circular procurement and will be hosting the 2d Circular Procurement Congress in Tallinn. The congress will act as a platform for purchasers and policymakers to share knowledge and experiences.

The congress is organised in a way that will ensure a maximum of interaction between participants, with several break-out sessions and a market lounge in which specific ideas can be discussed in smaller groups.

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Wednesday 18 - Thursday 19 October

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

6th annual forum of the EU strategy for the Danube region

Budapest, Hungary

The 6th annual forum of the EU strategy for the Danube region (EUSDR) is jointly organised by Hungary (currently holding the presidency of the EUSDR), the European Commission and the Danube Transnational Programme.

Under the title 'A secure, connected and prospering Danube region', the forum will emphasise the different challenges related to, and perspectives of, energy security, transportation development, clean connectivity issues and financing opportunities. The key question to answer will be how to best transform political commitments into operational policies and measures.

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Wednesday 18 - Thursday 19 October

Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Research and innovation, Security and defence

EC3-ENISA internet of things security conference

The Hague, Netherlands

As a new initiative that aims to raise awareness on the security implications of the internet of things (IoT), the conference will enable a multi-stakeholder discussion by bringing together experts from cybercrime units, computer security incident response teams (CSIRTs), international organisations, private industry, regulatory agencies, and academia.

The discussions will be structured around the following themes: IoT threat landscape and defence; industry 4.0 and IoT experts; the way forward.

All participants will be invited to attend a networking reception on the first evening of the programme.

This event is organised by the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).

More information on the event

Wednesday 18 October

Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, taxation and competition, Consumer affairs and public health

5th BEREC stakeholder forum

Brussels

The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) stakeholder forum was established in 2013 with a view of providing a direct interactive platform for discussion between BEREC and its stakeholders. This platform supports the traditional consultation process, taking place before the adoption of the BEREC documents. The forum meetings focus on strategic issues related to the medium and long term vision and challenges for the electronic communications markets in Europe and consumer protection.

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Thursday 19 October

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

Brussels

Asylum rules/Dublin: Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will vote on a major revamp of the Dublin regulation, which determines which member state is responsible for processing an asylum request. The aim of the revamp is to tackle the weaknesses of the current asylum rules and to share responsibility more equally between member states. All asylum seekers should be registered upon arrival in the EU. People needing protection should also be able to get it much faster, while those who do not could be returned more swiftly

E-privacy: an update of EU privacy protection rules to cover new means of communication, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Skype, is also up for a vote in the Civil Liberties Committee. Among the issues at stake are the use of cookies, unsolicited direct marketing sent, for example, via SMS, and end-to-end encryption in digital communication.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Thursday 19 - Friday 20 October

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 migration, defence, foreign affairs and digitalisation.

Migration

The European Council will take stock of the measures taken to control illegal migration flows on all routes.

Leaders are expected to decide on any additional measures needed to support frontline member states, and to strengthen cooperation with UNHCR and IOM as well as with countries of origin and transit.

In addition, the European Council will call for progress on the reform of the common European asylum system.

Digital Europe

The European Council will examine how the EU can seize the opportunities and address the challenges of digitalisation, building on the discussions at the Digital Summit of 29 September.

Leaders will also take stock of the implementation of the Digital single market.

Defence

Heads of state or government will resume discussions on the permanent structured cooperation (PESCO) on defence. At the June European Council, leaders agreed on the need to launch PESCO.

External relations

In light of recent events, EU leaders will review specific foreign policy issues, including relations with Turkey. 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.

Agenda and briefing

Friday 20 October

European Council (Art.50)

Brussels

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.

Agenda and briefing

Thursday 19 - Friday 20 October

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Culture, education and youth, Employment and social rights

Policy conference - Youth Guarantee in Spain: the way forward

Brussels

Despite progress made in the last year, Spain's youth is still facing important challenges, such as high unemployment, skill gaps and mismatches, jobs that are often below their education level or high shares of fixed-term contracts.

To address these challenges, all relevant public actors in the fields of employment, social affairs, youth and education need to provide an integrated response, in collaboration with NGOs and social partners.

In this context, the European Commission is organising, in collaboration with the Spanish national and regional authorities, the conference "Youth Guarantee in Spain: The way forward".

This conference aims to facilitate an open discussion, leading to concrete proposals and corresponding action plans to address the challenges faced by Spain's youth. These should contribute to improve complementarity and implementation of youth policies in Spain through the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative and provide integrated support to young people to integrate the labour market sustainably.

More information on the event

Thursday 19 - Friday 20 October

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Justice and citizens' rights, Research and innovation

'Futur-e-Justice' conference

Tallinn, Estonia

On 19-20 October 2017, the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU is hosting an interactive conference 'Futur-e-Justice'.

As the end of the current e-Justice Action Plan draws near, it is time to reflect on what has been achieved thus far and to look ahead at the challenges involved in further developing the European justice sector as we start to prepare for the 2019-2023 strategy and action plan.

The conference will bring together experts from all over Europe to discuss the challenges that we face today, and to reflect on the possibilities that lie in further employing the principles guiding the digital single market and the tools that the eIDAS regulation has to offer the area of e-justice. The conference will also feature an interactive e-justice idea hackathon where e-justice and IT experts will search for innovative digital solutions in the area of e-justice, together.

About 200 participants from the national authorities of Member States, EU institutions and justice sector practitioners are expected to attend the conference.

More information on the event

Thursday 19 October

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Transport and travel

16th European Tourism Forum

Tallinn, Estonia

The European Tourism Forum is an annual event, co-organised with the European Commission and the country that holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union during the second half of the year.

The forum will focus on the following topics of particular importance to the European tourism sector:

  • innovation in tourism through digitalisation for the competitive growth of the sector
  • transport connectivity and intermodality as critical success factors for the European tourism sector
  • energy efficiency, protection of natural resources and environmentally friendly measures towards a more sustainable EU tourism
  • a balance between security and seamless travel in Europe

The forum includes a number of keynote speeches, panel discussions and case studies that enable participants to exchange views with public authorities at EU, national and regional level, with European associations and international organisations, representatives of the industry and other stakeholders.

More information on the event

Thursday 19 - Friday 20 October

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Energy, environment and climate, Enlargement, external relations and trade, Transport and travel

JRC tools to support reduction of fuel/energy consumption, CO2 and pollutant emissions from road transport in Europe

Belgrade, Republic of Serbia

The reduction of fuel and energy consumption, CO2 and pollutant emissions from road transport is a political objective of the European Union. The Joint Research Centre (JRC) has been supporting the European Commission in the conception, formulation and implementation of relevant EU policies.

The JRC has organised a dedicated two-day workshop to introduce participants from Enlargement and Integration (E&I) countries to the tools developed by the JRC in the support of these policies.

Researchers and practitioners in the fields of automotive/energy/mechanical/electric engineering and employees in transport/industry ministries from E&I countries are invited to take part. The workshop will be mainly structured in lecture-style instructions.

More information on the event

Thursday 19 - Friday 20 October

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

Madrid Forum

Madrid

The 30th Madrid Forum will take place on 19-20 October 2017 in Madrid.

The Madrid Forum was set up to discuss issues regarding the creation of the internal gas market. Currently it is addressing the implementation of the network codes and the cross-border trade of gas, in particular the allocation and management of scarce interconnection capacity and other technical and commercial barriers to the creation of a fully operational internal gas market.

The participants include national regulatory authorities, EU national governments, the European Commission, transmission system operators, gas suppliers and traders, consumers, network users, and gas exchanges. The Forum meets once a year in Madrid and is co-hosted by the Spanish energy regulator Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia and the European Commission.

More information on the event

Friday 20 October

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

Product liability conference

Brussels

This event will be the opportunity to discuss with stakeholders and authorities in EU countries the results of the evaluation of Directive 85/374/EEC on the liability for defective products.

The conference will begin with the presentation by an external contractor of the results concerning the 5 criteria of the evaluation (effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, relevance and EU added-value).

The discussion will also cover the findings of the evaluation which explicitly looked at whether the Directive is still fit-for-purpose where new technological developments, such as the Internet of Things and autonomous systems, are concerned.

This presentation will be followed by an open discussion on the conclusions.

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 23 October


14:00 Consumer Confidence (Oct) (Preliminary release)

Tuesday 24 October


08:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Oct) (Preliminary release)
08:00 Markit Services PMI (Oct) (Preliminary release)
08:00 Markit PMI Composite (Oct) (Preliminary release)

Thursday 26 October


08:00 Private loans (YoY) (Sep)
08:00 M3 Money Supply (3m) (Sep)
08:00 M3 Money Supply (YoY) (Sep)
11:45 ECB Deposit Rate Decision
11:45 ECB Interest Rate Decision
12:30 ECB Monetary policy statement and press conference

Friday 27 October


19:30 CFTC NC net positions
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