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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 20-25 May 2024

19 May 2024, 23:31 CET
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This week, telecoms ministers approve conclusions on the future of EU's digital policy and on the future of cybersecurity; the Competitiveness Council aims to adopt conclusions on strengthening Europe's competitiveness through space; the Commission holds a webinar on the new Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation, and a consultation conference on EU guidance on public procurement of medicines; and the European Parliament hosts a debate between the lead candidates for the Commission presidency. The week's events in the European Union including EU Council, Commission and Parliament meetings from 20 to 25 May 2024.

Monday 20 May

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European elections

Brussels

The European Parliament concluded the last plenary session of its 9th term on 25 April. The European elections are taking place 6 - 9 June.

European elections website

Weekly agenda

Tuesday 21 May

Other bodies and agencies | Training and workshops | Security research

Impact of Climate Change on Security Practitioners

Brussels

Climate change is high on both national and European political agendas as all countries need to address the environmental challenges. With this workshop, we aim to focus some of this attention on immediate and future, but inevitable, impact of climate change on international and domestic security affairs and related policy implications.

More information on the event

Tuesday 21 May

Council of the EU | Conferences and summits | General Affairs

General Affairs Council

Brussels

Ministers will focus on preparations for the June European Council, the Council's annual rule of law dialogue and the Article 7 procedure concerning Poland.

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 21 May

Council of the EU | Conferences and summits | Telecommunications

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Telecommunications)

Brussels

Ministers for telecommunications will hold a policy debate on the need for a collaborative approach for consistent implementation of the recently adopted legislation in the digital field. The Council will also approve conclusions on the future of EU's digital policy and on the future of cybersecurity. Over an informal lunch, ministers will discuss the subject of promoting digital skills for an inclusive digital transformation. Finally, as an item without discussion, the Council is expected to adopt the artificial intelligence act.

Agenda and briefing

Wednesday 22 May

Other bodies and agencies | Info days | Circular economy | Consumer protection | Greenwashing | Labelling | Textile industry | Green public procurement

Information session on new Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR)

Online only

Join this webinar organised by the Commission to hear what the new law will mean and what the next steps will be towards making sustainable products the norm.

More information on the event

Wednesday 22 May

Other bodies and agencies | Conferences & summits | EU law

Sixth Annual Conference on Regulatory Scrutiny

Brussels

The Regulatory Scrutiny Board (RSB) is pleased to announce that its Sixth Annual Conference on Regulatory Scrutiny will take place in Brussels on 22 May 2024, in the afternoon.

As usual, the Conference will be dedicated to exploring the findings of the RSB's Annual Report and to bringing together different stakeholders - representatives of EU institutions as well as national public administrations and non-governmental sector - to reflect on regulatory scrutiny work in the European Commission in 2023.

More information on the event

Thursday 23 May

European Commission | Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

Debate between lead candidates for the Commission presidency

European Parliament, Brussels

The Eurovision debate between the lead candidates for the Commission presidency will take place on Thursday 23 May from 15.00-16.45 in Parliament's plenary chamber in Brussels.

The debate is organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in collaboration with the European political parties and the European Parliament.

EBU has announced the lead candidates for the Commission presidency who have confirmed their presence at the debate on 23 May:

The Eurovision debate between the lead candidates for the Commission presidency will take place in Parliament's plenary chamber in Brussels. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which is organising the debate, has confirmed the participation of Walter Baier (Austria, European Left), Sandro Gozi (Italy, Renew Europe Now), Ursula von der Leyen (Germany, European People's Party), Terry Reintke (Germany, European Greens) and Nicolas Schmit (Luxembourg, Party of European Socialists).

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Thursday 23 May

Council of the EU | Conferences and summits | Space | Research

Competitiveness Council (Space, research and innovation)

Brussels

On Thursday morning, ministers responsible for space will meet in Brussels and will aim to adopt Council conclusions on strengthening Europe's competitiveness through space, a subject that will also be discussed in the following Joint EU-ESA Space Council. In the afternoon research ministers will take over and are expected to adopt a a political agreement on EuroHPC and AI, a recommendation on security in research, and Council conclusions on two issues: knowledge valorisation and the ex-post assessment of Horizon 2020

Agenda and briefing

Thursday 23 May

Other bodies and agencies | Conferences & summits | Medicinal products

Consultation conference: EU guidance on public procurement of medicines

Paris

Following the Commission Communication on Addressing Shortages in the EU, the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety is preparing an EU guidance on best practices for public procurement of medicines. The focus is on procurement practices that can make a direct contribution to security of supply and availability of medicines throughout the product lifecycle, by effectively integrating supply security as an award criterion.

The contents and guiding principles of the draft guidance will be presented to the broader NCAPR group and relevant stakeholders at the 'Consultation Conference: EU guidance on Public Procurement of Medicines', on the 23rd of May 2024. The aim is to discuss and collect overarching feedback on the content of the paper, which will further support Member States and procurers in their procurement practices.

More information on the event

Friday 24 May

Council of the EU | Conferences and summits | Internal market

Competitiveness Council (Internal market and industry)

Brussels

On Friday, industry and internal market ministers will continue the COMPET Council. After the approval of A points, ministers are invited to adopt Council conclusions on three issues: the future of industrial policy; the internal market and on the report of the Court of Auditors on the EU public procurement

Agenda and briefing

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Thursday 23 May


08:00 HCOB Composite PMI (May) (Preliminary release)
08:00 HCOB Manufacturing PMI (May) (Preliminary release)
08:00 HCOB Services PMI (May) (Preliminary release)
14:00 Consumer Confidence (May) (Preliminary release)
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