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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 27 February-4 March 2017

24 February 2017, 18:15 CET

This week, the Council discusses the clean energy package, and the emissions trading system review; the Commission launches the European social innovation competition; MEPs debate EU citizens' freedom of movement in the UK, and reform of the common European asylum system; and vote on visa reciprocity with the US, access to medicines, car emissions tests, and money laundering, terrorism financing and tax avoidance; and it's European Industry 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 27 February to 4 March 2017.

Monday 27 February

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

Stakeholder meeting on a multilateral reform of investment dispute resolution including the possible establishment of a multilateral investment court

Charlemagne Building (Lord Jenkins room), Brussels

The Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission is holding a stakeholder meeting in the context of the Commission's ongoing impact assessment on options for a multilateral reform of investment dispute resolution. The purpose of this meeting is to exchange views with stakeholders on the EU's policy development in this area including on the possible establishment of a multilateral investment court as part of the options for multilateral reform.

Lead participants: Ms Cecilia Malmström, EU Trade Commissioner; Mr Denis Redonnet, Legal Affairs & Trade in Goods Director, WTO; Mr Colin Brown, Deputy Head of Unit, Dispute Settlement and Legal Aspects of Trade Policy

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Monday 27 February

Council of the EU and European Council, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Political Meetings, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Energy and natural resources, Science and technology, Transport and travel

Transport, Telecommunications & Energy Council

Brussels

Clean energy package
The Council will have an exchange of views on eight legislative proposals included in the Clean energy package. The proposals relate to energy efficiency, electricity market design, security of supply, renewables and energy and governance, which are the five strands of the Energy Union strategy.
Ministers will focus on three specific questions:

  • How to achieve substantial progress?
  • How should the institutions develop key synergies for the overall approach?
  • How to make the best use of regional cooperation to facilitate the transition towards a low-carbon economy?

Energy Union
Ministers will be informed by the Commission on progress made in 2016 in the EU towards the Energy Union objectives, in particular the 2020 energy and climate targets.

During a working lunch, ministers will discuss the Energy Union governance.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 27 February - Thursday 2 March

Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Justice and citizens rights

CEPOL training: Follow the money – Financial investigations

Budapest, Hungary

The European Union Agency for law enforcement training (CEPOL) is organising this training. The main goal of this activity is to enhance participants' knowledge on gathering proofs of crime in financial investigations.

The activity will encourage the exchange of good practices on financial intelligence and financial investigative methods. One of the modules will focus on asset recovery measures, and another one on the added value of EU cooperation instruments from EUROPOL and EUROJUST.

Participants will also gain knowledge on the use of virtual currencies in money laundering schemes and on non-conviction based asset recovery.

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Monday 27 February

European Parliament, Events/Conf/Fairs, Agriculture, fisheries and food

The state and development of the biomass of fish stocks managed by the Common Fisheries Policy

EP (Altiero Spinelli building), Brussels

The European Parliament's committee on fisheries will hold a hearing on 'The state and development of the biomass of fish stocks managed by the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)' on 27 February 2017.

The purpose of this hearing is to better understand the difficulties to reach and maintain healthy fish populations' biomass levels, which is one of the central objectives of the new CFP. Representatives from science, NGOs and fishermen are invited to explain their views on this issue.

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Tuesday 28 February

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

Brussels

Car emissions inquiry: the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) will vote on its final report on discrepancies between test and real driving emissions of diesel cars, with draft recommendations to the Commission and member states for improvements in applying EU standards. The text will be debated and voted at the April Strasbourg plenary. Press point with the chair and co-rapporteurs at 16.00.

Money laundering/financing terrorism: the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties committees will vote on an update of EU legislation against money laundering, terrorism financing and tax avoidance. The changes aim to close loopholes and strengthen measures against terrorism financing. These would include ending secrecy about companies' true owners and sharing this information between member states.

Fundamental rights in Hungary: Civil Liberties MEPs will discuss the fundamental rights situation in Hungary with Justice Minister László Trócsányi and civil society representatives.

Schedule by day

Tuesday 28 - Wednesday 29 March

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Transport and travel

Stakeholders Meeting on Maritime and Road Safety

Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa, Balzan, Malta

The Maltese Presidency, in collaboration with the European Commission, is organising a High- Level Stakeholder and Ministerial Conference bringing together road safety experts, stakeholders, and policy-makers.

Recent EU-wide road safety statistics have shown that for the second year in a row, the number of fatalities on European roads has not improved, and meeting the target of halving the number of road deaths by 2020 is becoming increasingly challenging. This conference, bringing together Ministers and stakeholders, is an opportunity to discuss the current state of play in road safety, and the way forward to reduce the number of road deaths and serious injuries.

The meeting will be held in a participatory form encouraging open discussions around the key pressure points of the road safety system where impact can be maximised for better results. The conclusions from this stakeholder meeting will be presented to transport Ministers on the following day.

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Tuesday 28 February

Council of the EU and European Council, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Political Meetings, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Environment, consumers and health

Environment Council

Brussels

Climate: emissions trading system (ETS) review
Ministers will discuss the revision of the ETS with the aim of agreeing the Council's position. The ETS is one of the main EU's tools to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Its review is part of EU's climate action to fulfil its commitment under Paris Agreement.

Sustainable development
Ministers will exchange views on what sustainable development means for the EU's environmental policy. In particular, they will focus on how to put in practice the sustainable development goals, what should be the priorities and how to involve citizens and companies.

European Semester
In the context of the greening of the European Semester, the Council will look at the environmental implementation review, a tool to address implementation gaps on environmental legislation and policy.

Under any other business, the Council will be informed among others about the action plan for circular economy, aviation emissions and the follow-up to the Paris Agreement.

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 28 February

Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Justice and citizens rights

10th anniversary of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

Vienna, Austria

Government officials, diplomats, civil society representatives and those charged with making human rights relevant for the general public will come together on 28 February in Vienna to mark the 10th anniversary of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

The anniversary provides the framework for participants to discuss the situation of human rights in Europe today and look to the future on how to ensure that human rights remains central to tackling the various challenges that the EU currently faces.

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Tuesday 28 February

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

European Industry Day

Brussels

The European Commission is organising the European Industry Day to take stock of existing actions and stimulate debate on a joint vision for the long-term future of European industry.

  • What has been achieved by mainstreaming industrial competitiveness into EU policy?
  • How will people find their place in the new industrial revolution?
  • What is the role of regional ecosystems for industrial transformation?
  • What are the key technologies for the future of industry?

400 participants, key industrial players, global trend shapers and high-level policymakers will inspire debate on the future of European industry.

The event will open with a video message by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Commissioners Elzbieta Bienkowska (Internal Market, Industry, SMEs and Entrepreneurship) and Carlos Moedas (Research and Innovation) will all deliver keynote speeches.

 

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Tuesday 28 February

Events/Conf/Fairs, Regions and local development, Science and technology

Building a European data economy

CoR (room JDE53), Brussels

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is drafting an opinion on 'Building a European data economy' with rapporteur Kieran McCarthy, member of Cork city council.

The opinion will bring forward enormous potential in various fields, ranging from health, environment, food security, climate and resource efficiency to energy, intelligent transport systems and smart cities.

The rapporteur would like to meet stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views on the relevant topic of this opinion.

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Tuesday 28 February

European Parliament, Events/Conf/Fairs, External relations and foreign affairs

3rd reform of the common European asylum system: up for the challenge

EP (Jozsef Antall building), Brussels

An interparliamentary committee meeting will take place on 28 February 2017, bearing on the '3rd reform of the common European asylum system: up for the challenge'. The aim of this meeting is to provide a forum of useful exchange among members of the European Parliament and national parliaments as well as experts, in view of the ongoing crucial reform of the Union acquis on asylum.

Relevant work has already started within the European Parliament's LIBE committee, with key decisions planned to be taken during spring 2017. Several sessions and parallel workshops will focus on different issues such as fair distribution of asylum seekers, the concepts of safe country of origin and safe third country, administrative cooperation under Dublin and protection of children in migration. Commissioner Avramopoulos and Minister Abela from the Maltese Presidency of the Council will open the meeting along with the LIBE Chair Claude Moraes.

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Tuesday 28 February

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, Science and technology

2017 European social innovation competition – Launch event

Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

Last year's European social innovation competition saw over 1,000 applications from 36 countries, seeking solutions for the integration of refugees and migrants. And in October, 3 brilliant winners were awarded a prize of €50,000 each, showcasing true innovation for integrated futures.

The 2017 competition will be launching on 28 February in Athens, Greece. We'll have an inspiring agenda lined up with some of Europe's brightest social innovators and entrepreneurs doing great things in Greece.

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Wednesday 1 March

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Brussels

Preparations for March EU summit: political groups will discuss their inputs for the upcoming EU summit. EU priority measures for growth, the Single Market strategy, including digital markets, and external and internal security are among the topics to be debated by EU leaders on 9 and 10 March.

EU citizens' freedom of movement in the UK: following the growing number of reports that the UK Home Office is using a restrictive interpretation of the right of EU citizens to stay in the UK, political groups will debate the issue with the Commission.

Access to medicines: MEPs will discuss and vote on recommendations on ways to improve people's access to medicines. Prices of new medicines have risen in the EU in the past few decades to the point of being unaffordable for many and may now threaten the sustainability of national health care systems. (Debate on Wednesday, vote on Thursday)

Schedule by day

Wednesday 1 March

European Economic and Social Committee, Events/Conf/Fairs, Culture, education and youth, External relations and foreign affairs

Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations

EESC (room JDE51), Brussels

In June 2016, the European Commission (EC) and the European External Action Service (EEAS) presented the joint communication 'Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations'. In it, three work streams were outlined:

  • supporting culture as an engine for sustainable social and economic development
  • promoting culture and intercultural dialogue for peaceful intercommunity relations
  • reinforcing cooperation of cultural heritage

These measures have the objective of making the EU a stronger global actor through taking advantage of complementarity and synergies in the cultural activities of Member States. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is currently drafting an opinion on this communication. As part of the preparatory work for the opinion, a hearing will be held on 1 March 2017 in order to hear the perspective of civil society, multilateral institutions and other culture operators.

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Wednesday 1 - Friday 3 March

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

Workshop on investment vehicles and financial instruments supporting technology transfer and innovation

Belgrade, Serbia

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is organising a workshop which will focus on financial instruments as support to innovation and tech transfer projects in the Western Balkans countries and, in general, in the Danube region.

The objectives of the workshop are to identify existing financial instruments that support innovation and technology transfer activities in the region, explore where the evident gaps exist and explore ways to address currently unmet demand using synergistic solutions. The workshop also aims to strengthen and cement an emerging community of practice on these issues that should help to maximise the impact of innovation on regional development.

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Wednesday 1 March

European Economic and Social Committee, Events/Conf/Fairs, Environment, consumers and health

Towards a more sustainable Europe

EESC (room VMA3), Brussels

With this hearing, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) wants to start the debate on a long-term strategy for a more sustainable Europe. Based on an assessment of long-term trends and challenges, such as the digitalisation of the economy, the shift to a low carbon economy and the transformation of labour markets, the hearing will explore the transition to a new economic model that is economically more resilient, socially fairer and environmentally more responsible.

In its communication on the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development (COM(2016)739), the European Commission announced its intention to launch reflection work on developing a vision with a post 2020 perspective. The hearing will feed into an EESC opinion which is meant to contribute to this process.

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Wednesday 1 - Thursday 2 March

Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

OLAF conference on the evaluation of regulation 883/2013

EESC (VMA building), Brussels

The exercise of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)'s mandate is governed by the regulation 883/2013, which refers to the Commission's investigatory powers: fighting fraud, corruption and any other illegal activity affecting the EU's financial interests. Article 19 states that the Commission must, by 2 October 2017, provide the European Parliament and the Council with a report evaluating the application of the Regulation. It must be accompanied by the Supervisory Committee's opinion and must state whether the regulation needs amending.

The conference will bring together stakeholders from a wide range of anti-fraud backgrounds, such as the anti-fraud coordination services (AFCOS) of the Member States, EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies (IBOAs), international organisations, academics, judicial practitioners and others to discuss preliminary findings and collect further information for the evaluation of this regulation.

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Thursday 2 March

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

Brussels

Visa reciprocity with US: MEPs will vote on a resolution on visa reciprocity which may urge the Commission to temporarily reintroduce visa requirements for US citizens, in order to encourage Washington to grant citizens of all EU countries visa-free access to the United States. The US currently imposes visa on citizens of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania.

Schedule by day

Thursday 2 March

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

Conference on competitiveness of the European rail supply industry

Centre Albert Borschette (room 0A), Brussels

The Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is organising a conference as a follow-up to the European Parliament resolution on the EU competitiveness of the European rail supply industry.

This conference will involve participants from the European Parliament, EU countries, the European Commission including the DG for Mobility and Transport and the DG for Trade, as well as public and private organisations active in the rail supply business. It will cover the topics that were highlighted in the resolution such as the following:

  • international context:
    • trade opportunities and barriers
    • procurement and intellectual property rights
  • the EU internal market:
    • railway packages,
    • procurement, financing and investment
  • research, investment in innovation and development of skills

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Thursday 2 March

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Science and technology

Research and innovation staff exchange (RISE) 2016 – Coordinators' day

Brussels

The Horizon 2020 - Marie Sklodowska-Curie - RISE scheme supports short-term mobility of research and innovation staff at all career levels, from early stage (post-graduate) to the most senior (management) profile, including administrative and technical staff. It is open to partnerships of universities, research institutions, and non-academic organisations both within and beyond Europe.

This event is targeted to coordinators in charge of RISE projects funded under the 2016 RISE call. The objective of this meeting is to discuss the requirements of the RISE grant agreements as well as best practices for successful project implementation.

Project management-related aspects such as transfer of knowledge, dissemination and exploitation of results will also be covered.

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Thursday 2 March

European Investment Bank, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Science and technology

Supporting innovation in Bulgaria

Sofia, Bulgaria

The European Investment Bank Group will host an interactive seminar to present the extensive range of support available to innovative and growing businesses in Bulgaria.

The seminar will consist of concise product presentations and case studies, followed by a networking reception and one-to-one information desk.

Both the EU and the EIB Group intend to more than double their combined support for research and innovation in Europe until 2020, making more than €24 billion available.

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Thursday 2 - Friday 3 March

European Economic and Social Committee, Events/Conf/Fairs, Economy, finance, tax and competition, External relations and foreign affairs, Justice and citizens rights

3rd European Migration Forum

Brussels

The topic of the 3rd European Migration Forum – the civil society dialogue platform on migration, asylum and migrant integration – was chosen following consultations with civil society representatives and it addresses the key issue of access: migrants' access to Europe, to rights and to services. Moreover, an underlining theme will be that of communication and the media – changing the current narrative on migration, with a view to explore how public discourse can influence public perceptions on migration and integration of migrants in receiving communities.

The event will have an interactive, participatory approach. It will feature an opening and closing plenary, but the core of the event will consist of workshops, discussion groups and other opportunities to participate in the debate.

The participants will include NGOs, practitioners from local and regional authorities, representatives of the Member States and members of the EESC Permanent group on immigration and integration.

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Friday 3 March

Council of the EU and European Council, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Political Meetings, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Employment and social rights, Environment, consumers and health

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

Brussels

Employment and Social Policy issues

Coordination of social security systems
Ministers will debate a proposal for an amended regulation to update and modernize the coordination of European social security systems.

European Semester 2017
Ministers will also discuss the European Semester 2017. Focusing on the implementation of the country-specific recommendations, they will talk about how to enhance labour market access and reduce divergence across the EU.

In addition, the Council will adopt conclusions on the 2017 annual growth survey and joint employment report, dealing with priorities for action in the areas of employment and social policies.

Enhancing skills of women and men
The Council is also expected to adopt conclusions on enhancing the skills of women and men in the EU labour market.

Tripartite Social Summit
The presidency and the Commission will inform the Council about preparations for the Tripartite Social Summit on 8 March which deals with "The future of Europe: charting the course towards growth, employment and fairness".

Agenda and briefing

Friday 3 March

European Investment Bank, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Science and technology

Supporting innovation in Romania

Bucharest, Romania

The European Investment Bank Group will host an interactive seminar to present the extensive range of support available to innovative and growing businesses in Romania.

The seminar will consist of concise product presentations and case studies, followed by a networking reception and one-to-one information desk.

Both the EU and the EIB Group intend to more than double their combined support for research and innovation in Europe until 2020, making more than €24 billion available.

More information on the event

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 27 February


10:00 Private loans (YoY) (Jan)
10:00 M3 Money Supply (3m) (Jan)
10:00 M3 Money Supply (YoY) (Jan)
11:00 Business Climate (Feb)
11:00 Economic Sentiment Indicator (Feb)
11:00 Industrial Confidence (Feb)
11:00 Services Sentiment (Feb)
11:00 Consumer Confidence (Feb)

Wednesday 1 March


10:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Feb)

Thursday 2 March


11:00 Unemployment Rate (Jan)
11:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (YoY) (Feb) (Preliminary release)
11:00 Consumer Price Index (YoY) (Feb) (Preliminary release)
11:00 Producer Price Index (MoM) (Jan)
11:00 Producer Price Index (YoY) (Jan)

Friday 3 March


10:00 Markit Services PMI (Feb)
10:00 Markit PMI Composite (Feb)
11:00 Retail Sales (YoY) (Jan)
11:00 Retail Sales (MoM) (Jan)
21:30 CFTC NC net positions
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