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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 26 February-3 March 2018

23 February 2018, 15:37 CET

This week, ministers discuss Moldova, Venezuela and the Middle East peace process, and review the state of play in the Brexit negotiations; MEPs in committee vote on the waste package, have a monetary dialogue with ECB president Mario Draghi and vote on the appointment of Luis de Guindos as ECB vice-president; in plenary they debate the EU summit, and vote on the rule of law in Poland, honey and bees and tax avoidance. 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 26 February to 3 March 2018.

Monday 26 February

Council of the EU and European Council, European Council, 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.

Republic of Moldova

Foreign ministers will exchange of views on the Republic of Moldova. They will focus among others on the implementation of the deep and comprehensive free trade area (DCFTA), the EU's engagement with the country and future perspectives ahead of the next parliamentary elections.

They may also discuss the country's role in the Eastern Partnership and engagement in the field of security. The Council will adopt conclusions on the Republic of Moldova after the debate.

Venezuela

Foreign ministers will discuss the situation in Venezuela which continues to be challenging. The Council will have a discussion on the latest developments and ahead of Presidential elections scheduled for 22 April.

Middle East peace process

The Council will discuss the Middle East peace process. Foreign ministers will continue exploring ways to achieve a two-state solution. They may also follow on up on the extraordinary session of the international donor group for Palestine, the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee meeting held on 31 January.

The discussion will also prepare the lunch with the Secretary General of the League of Arab States (LAS), Ahmed Aboul Gheit, and foreign ministers members of the LAS follow-up committee (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, the Palestinian Authority). They will discuss ways to revive the Middle East peace process.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 26 February

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

EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council

Brussels

The Cooperation Council will discuss bilateral relations between the EU and Kazakhstan. It will take stock of progress achieved since the previous Cooperation Council meeting on 4 October 2016.

The meeting will be chaired by Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Foreign Affairs Minister of Kazakhstan. The EU will be represented by Ekaterina Zaharieva, Deputy Prime Minister for judicial reform and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, currently holding the Council presidency.

The Cooperation Council will review the provisional application of the enhanced partnership and cooperation agreement.

It will take stock of political developments in Kazakhstan, including the national institutional reform programme, as well as efforts to enhance the rule of law and human rights protection.

The Cooperation Council will also discuss economic and trade relations between the EU and Kazakhstan and how to improve the business climate to attract more foreign investors.

In addition, the Cooperation Council will exchange views on regional cooperation and developments, including in the field of security and connectivity, as well as the implementation of the EU-Central Asia strategy.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 26 February

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

Brussels

Monetary Dialogue with Mario Draghi: on Monday afternoon, the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will discuss the latest developments in the European economy with Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank.

Vote on appointment of Luis de Guindos: the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will hold an exchange of views with Luis de Guindos, candidate for Vice-President of the ECB on Monday afternoon. A vote on his appointment will take place on Tuesday.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Tuesday 27 February

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

General Affairs Council

Brussels

The Council will begin preparations for the European Council on 22–23 March 2018 by discussing an annotated draft agenda.

The Commission will present its Reasoned proposal in accordance with Article 7(1) TEU regarding the rule of law in Poland.

The agenda also includes the presentation of the work programme of the Bulgarian presidency.

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 27 February

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

General Affairs Council (Art. 50)

Brussels

The Commission's chief negotiator Michel Barnier will inform the Council about the state of play in the Brexit negotiations with the UK. He is expected to focus in particular on the following issues:

  • translation into legal text of the commitments in the December joint report
  • completion of the work on other withdrawal issues
  • discussions on the transition period

Ministers will also begin preparations for the March European Council (Article 50) by looking at the annotated draft agenda. At that summit the 27 EU heads of state or government are expected to adopt additional guidelines on the framework for the future relationship with the UK.

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 27 February

European Commission, European Committee of the Regions, Events/Conf/Fairs, EU regional and urban development

Quality of government in EU regions: Patterns across space and time. Launch of the 3rd edition of the European Quality of Government Index

Brussels

This seminar, held by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, discusses the pervasive value of quality of government (QoG) for socio-economic development and presents the 2017 round of the 'European Quality of Government Index' (EQI), the only comparable measure of quality of government at the sub-national level covering the whole EU territory.

The EQI is composed of three broad aspects of governance: corruption, quality and impartiality of public sector institutions and services. To date, the EQI is the measure of quality of institutions based on the largest survey data on citizen attitudes and experiences of key public services in the EU.

The event invites representatives of regional, national and European parliaments, governments and associations as well as researchers and experts from EU institutions, universities and think tanks who want to know more about how to measure QoG in the EU regions.

More information on the event

Tuesday 27 February

European Economic and Social Committee, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, taxation and competition

Screening of foreign direct investments into the EU

EESC, Brussels

With a view to gather expert input from a wide range of stakeholders - civil society organisations, think tanks, and EU institutions included - the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a hearing on the legislative proposal of the European Commission on the establishment of a framework for screening of foreign direct investments into the EU.

The proposal aims to enable the EU Member States and the Commission to screen foreign direct investment on the grounds of security or public order.

More information on the event

Tuesday 27 February

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

Brussels

Waste package: the agreement with the Council of ministers on legislation setting more ambitious recycling targets for municipal and packaging waste and to cut landfilling will be put to a vote in the Environment Committee. The files are part of the so-called "circular economy" package.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Wednesday 28 February - Thursday 1 March

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Plenary Session

European Parliament, Brussels

EU summit: MEPs will debate the outcome of the informal meeting of EU heads of state or government on 23 February, focussing on the Spitzenkandidaten (lead candidate) process, on Parliament's composition after the 2019 elections and on the EU's long-term budget after 2020.

Poland/Article 7: the House is set to back the European Commission's call for EU governments to determine whether Poland is at a clear risk of a serious breach of EU values. MEPs are likely to express their concerns regarding the rule of law in Poland, the separation of powers, the independence of the judiciary and fundamental rights. A resolution on the Commission's decision to activate Article 7 (1) of the EU Treaty will be put to the vote on Thursday.

Honey and bees: MEPs will debate on Wednesday ways to better protect bee health, intensify the fight against honey counterfeiting, increase support for EU beekeepers and promote the benefits of honey consumption in the EU. A resolution will be put to the vote on Thursday.

Tax avoidance: in a bid to crack down on aggressive cross-border tax planning, as revealed by the Panama and Paradise papers, Parliament will debate and vote on a law that would require service providers who help firms and individuals avoid tax through complex cross-border schemes, to automatically report such schemes to authorities. (Thursday)

Special tax committee: in a response to the Paradise Papers revelations and the work of Parliament's PANA committee, MEPs will vote on the setting up of a special committee which will examine financial crime, tax evasion and tax avoidance. (Thursday)

Agenda by day in PDF format

Thursday 1 - Friday 2 March

European Economic and Social Committee, Events/Conf/Fairs, Economy and the euro, Employment and social rights, Justice and citizens' rights

The future of democracy in Europe

Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece

The upcoming European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) President's Conference on the future of democracy in Europe will be held on 1-2 March 2018 in Athens.

Marking the end of the EESC President's mandate, the conference aims to provide a platform of debate and awareness regarding the choices and challenges bearing upon the project of a truly integrated and democratic European Union, which he considers as the only valid future for Europe.

The thematic sessions will address challenges and risks posed by populism and technocracy, rising inequalities as a major threat to democracy and the prospect of European federalism vis-à-vis national sovereignty. This event will bring together leading exponents of the European and Greek political, academic and civil society spectrum.

More information on the event

Thursday 1 - Friday 2 March

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Economy and the euro

International financial integration in a changing policy context – the end of an era?

Brussels

DG ECFIN of the European Commission is organising a conference on the theme 'International financial integration in a changing policy context – the end of an era?' in cooperation with the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), the Journal of International Money and Finance, Tilburg University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Southern California and Université Libre de Bruxelles.

The conference will focus on the state of play with global imbalances, exchange rate developments, and financial integration, with a view to assess challenges from a forward-looking perspective.

The programme will include 12 papers and there will be a discussant for each paper. There will also be keynote talks and a policy panel.

More information on the event

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Tuesday 27 February


09:00 Private loans (YoY) (Jan)
09:00 M3 Money Supply (3m) (Jan)
09:00 M3 Money Supply (YoY) (Jan)
10:00 Business Climate (Feb)
10:00 Economic Sentiment Indicator (Feb)
10:00 Industrial Confidence (Feb)
10:00 Services Sentiment (Feb)
10:00 Consumer Confidence (Feb)

Wednesday 28 February


10:00 Consumer Price Index (YoY) (Feb) (Preliminary release)
10:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (YoY) (Jan)

Thursday 1 March


09:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Feb)
10:00 Unemployment Rate (Jan)

Friday 2 March


10:00 Producer Price Index (MoM) (Jan)
10:00 Producer Price Index (YoY) (Jan)
19:30 CFTC NC net positions
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