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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 18-22 May 2020

This week, finance ministers debate anti-money laundering, and tourism ministers discuss the Commission's tourism and transport package; while MEPs in committee vote on the EU's response to the economic crisis, and debate its coronavirus exit strategy. 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 18-22 May 2020.

Monday 18 May

Council of the EU and European Council - Presidency of the Council of the EU | Political Meetings | Culture, education and youth

Video conference of ministers of education

Video conference

Main results

Ministers held an exchange of views on the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on education and training across the EU, in particular in the context of the gradual lifting of containment measures.

Blaženka Divjak, minister for Science and Education of Croatia

'We are all aware of the anxieties of students, teachers and parents, and we are therefore doing our best to help them navigate through the many challenges facing the education sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the question of examinations.

Blaženka Divjak, minister for Science and Education of Croatia

The discussion was structured around questions related to the reopening of education and training institutions, with a particular focus on organisational and safety aspects, as well as on the state of play regarding school leaving examinations and admissions to higher education. In addition, ministers reflected on how member states' cooperation can facilitate the continuation of cross-border learning mobility.

In their exchange, ministers shared information on different national approaches in relation to:

  • stages and timing of reopening education and training institutions
  • hygienic, sanitary and organisational measures
  • organization of final examinations and admissions to higher education
  • conditions for resuming studies from the next academic year
  • learning mobility across the EU

The discussion was also an opportunity to contribute to the work on the draft Council conclusions on countering the COVID-19 crisis on education and training.

Moreover, the Croatian presidency informed member states on the state of play regarding the adoption of the draft Council conclusions on European teachers and trainers for the future.

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Monday 18 May

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament committee meetings

Brussels

COVID-19 outbreak: recovery and exit strategy: the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will debate the EU's coronavirus exit strategy, including the gradual lifting of lockdown measures and the recovery fund, with Internal Market Commissioner Breton, as well as its impact on customs-related initiatives with Economy Commissioner Gentiloni (Monday and Wednesday, respectively).

COVID-19/availability of vaccines: the Environment and Public Health Committee will discuss how to ensure fast approval of safe COVID-19 vaccines and treatments in the EU with Guido Rasi, Executive Director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

COVID-19 induced crime: Europol's work in combatting pandemic-induced criminal behaviour will be up for a debate in the Civil Liberties Committee with the Agency's Executive Director Catherine De Bolle. Europol report shows that COVID-19 has led to an increase in various types of crime e.g. cyber-attacks, online sexual exploitation of children and the sale of counterfeit healthcare products and medication.

EU response to economic crisis: changes to EU rules on banks' capital requirements to maximise the ability of banks to absorb losses related to the pandemic and thus facilitate their lending to support households and businesses in the EU, will be debated and voted upon by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (Monday debate, Wednesday vote).

Agenda by day in PDF format

Monday 18 - Tuesday 19 May

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

Digitalisation of the EU Justice Systems: new ways forward

Opatija, Croatia

Due to the rapid advances in technology, the European Commission and the Council of the European Union have, since 2008, been working closely to establish a number of cross-border digital initiatives in the field of justice.

The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Croatia has initiated and is currently working on projects that will contribute to the digitization of the judiciary in Croatia. Currently, the most topical topic in the digitization of the judiciary is e-evidence, their exchange and delivery in the judicial process, and the greatest possible protection of citizens in cyberspace.

The aim is to establish a digital criminal justice system and enable law enforcement agencies in different Member States to communicate electronically. New goals and guidelines on this topic can be found in the new e-Justice Strategy and Action Plan for the period 2019-2023.

Tuesday 19 May

Council of the EU and European Council - Presidency of the Council of the EU | Political Meetings | Business, taxation and competition - Economy and the euro

Video conference of economics and finance ministers

Video conference

Update on COVID-19 measures

Ministers will exchange views on the progress achieved on the EU's response measures taken to tackle the COVID-19 crisis.

The Croatian presidency will inform ministers of the state of advancement of the regulation for temporary support to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency (SURE).

Ministers will also take stock of ongoing discussions to operationalise the safety net for businesses via the European Investment Bank's pan-European guarantee fund.

The Commission and the European Central Bank will present their assessment of the economic and financial situation.

Anti-money laundering (AML)

Ministers will hold a discussion following presentations by the European Commission of its approach to further strengthen the EU's fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.

On 7 May, the Commission presented:

  • an action plan for a comprehensive EU policy on preventing money laundering and terrorism financing
  • a revised methodology for listing high-risk third countries that have strategic deficiencies in their AML regimes

The Commission's action plan follows up on the Council conclusions of December 2019, which set out strategic priorities for reforms in this area.

The revised listing methodology aims at better protecting the EU financial system from AML risks. The EU's framework on anti-money laundering and terrorist financing sets out an obligation to identify third country jurisdictions which have strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes.

European Semester 2020

The presidency will inform ministers of the preparation of Council conclusions on the European Semester 2020 country reports. The conclusions are expected to be adopted by written procedure.

In the margins of the video conference, the EU, the Western Balkans and Turkey will hold their annual economic policy dialogue, starting at 9.00 CET. This year's discussion will focus on the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the region.

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Tuesday 19 May

Council of the EU and European Council - Presidency of the Council of the EU | Political Meetings | Culture, education and youth

Video conference of ministers of youth

Video conference

EU ministers responsible for youth will meet, via video conference, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on young people and the youth sector.

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a very negative impact on the youth sector, particularly in terms of mobility, youth programmes and activities, access by young people to services and employment, overall wellbeing and youth participation in decision making processes.

Taken into account the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, EU ministers will exchange views on:

  • young people's access to services (including health and counselling), employment opportunities and youth participation
  • what measures can be taken at national and EU level to support the youth sector

In addition, the Croatian presidency has invited a representative of the European Youth Forum to have a first-hand insight of youth organisations addressing the needs of young people during the pandemic and share their ideas with ministers.

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Tuesday 19 May

Council of the EU and European Council - Presidency of the Council of the EU | Political Meetings | Culture, education and youth

Video conference of ministers of culture

Video conference

The cultural and creative sectors have already suffered from a negative economic impact as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. They are facing unprecedented challenges now and in the long term, particularly in the light of a possible second wave of the pandemic.

EU ministers responsible for culture and audiovisual will meet, via video conference, to take stock of the measures taken already to support the culture and media sectors in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They will also discuss what further action should be taken to ensure the activities of the cultural and creative sectors in the context of the foreseen gradual lifting of containment measures.

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Tuesday 19 May

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament committee meetings

Brussels

Eastern Partnership Summit 2020: in the run-up to the Eastern Partnership summit in June, the Foreign Affairs Committee will vote on its recommendation on the future of this joint policy initiative. The committee will also debate with Neighbourhood and Enlargement Commissioner Várhelyi on various issues, such as the Eastern Partnership policy, COVID-19-related EU support to neighbouring countries including Turkey, as well as the future of external financing instruments.

Media webinar on long-term budget: the EP press service is organising an online seminar on the EU long-term budget (MFF) and Europe's economic recovery plan. Speakers include the EP negotiating team for the MFF and the Chair of the Budgets Committee.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Wednesday 20 May

Council of the EU and European Council - Presidency of the Council of the EU | Political Meetings | Tourism

Video conference of ministers of tourism

Video conference

Ministers in charge of tourism will exchange views on the recent tourism and transport package presented by the European Commission on 13 May.

The package includes guidelines and recommendations to help member states gradually lift travel restrictions and allow tourism businesses to reopen, with all the necessary health precautions.

More information on the event

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Tuesday 19 May


07:00 EcoFin Meeting
09:00 ZEW Survey - Economic Sentiment(May)
09:00 Construction Output w.d.a (YoY)(Mar)
09:00 Construction Output s.a (MoM)(Mar)

Wednesday 20 May


07:00 Non-Monetary Policy ECB Meeting
08:00 Current Account n.s.a(Mar)
08:00 Current Account s.a(Mar)
09:00 Consumer Price Index (MoM)(Apr)
09:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (YoY)(Apr)
09:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (MoM)(Apr)
09:00 Consumer Price Index (YoY)(Apr)
14:00 Consumer Confidence(May) (Preliminary release)
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