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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 25-30 June 2018

22 June 2018, 18:06 CET

This week, a leaders' summit focuses on migration, security and defence, economic and financial affairs, and Brexit; foreign ministers discuss defence cooperation; the environment Council votes on the circular economy; the Commission holds events on the Capital Markets Union, ESIF financial instruments, and energy efficiency; and MEPs in committee vote on Hungary and respect for human values, and hold another public hearing on Facebook. 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 25 to 30 June 2018.

Monday 25 June

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

Foreign Affairs Council

Luxembourg

Security and defence cooperation

Foreign affairs and defence ministers will discuss security and defence cooperation in the EU. They will touch upon:

  • the permanent structured cooperation (PESCO)
  • military mobility
  • the initiatives proposed in the framework of the future multi-annual financial framework, namely the European Defence Fund and the European peace facility
  • the fight against hybrid threats in light of the joint communication of 13 June

The Council will adopt conclusions on security and defence. It will also adopt a decision setting out governance rules for projects undertaken under the PESCO.

EU-NATO cooperation

Foreign ministers and defence ministers will exchange views on EU-NATO cooperation with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Ministers may refer to progress achieved on cooperation on military mobility.

Yemen

Foreign ministers will discuss Yemen over lunch with UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths. He will present his peace plan. The EU's ongoing efforts in Yemen will be presented to the UN Special Envoy. The Council will adopt conclusions on Yemen. EU Global Strategy

The Council will review the implementation of the EU Global Strategy based on a progress report.

Horn of Africa and the Red Sea

The Council will also discuss and adopt conclusions on the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea. They will focus on maritime security, economic development and migration.

Jordan

The Council will discuss Jordan. It will be an opportunity for the High Representative to inform ministers on her visit to the country on 9 and 10 June.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 25 - Tuesday 26 June

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, taxation and competition

Financial intermediaries and ESIF financial instruments – working with managing authorities on loan and guarantee instruments

Brussels

This event will bring together financial intermediaries, national promotional banks and institutions (NPBs), managing authorities and other stakeholders to share their practical experiences in implementing European structural and investment funds (ESIF) financial instruments, with a focus on:

  • the role of NPBs in implementation of debt instruments in 2014-2020,
  • the state of play in implementing ESIF financial instruments,
  • practical challenges of implementing financial instruments supporting three different thematic objectives (TO):
    • TO 1: Strengthening research, technological development and innovation
    • TO 3: Enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
    • TO 4: Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors

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Monday 25 June

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee and Political Group Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Hungary/respect for EU values: the Civil Liberties Committee will vote on whether to propose that EU ministers activate the so-called Article 7 mechanism against a member state for the first time, due to a risk of a serious breach of EU values. Article 7 of the EU Treaty provides for a procedure to enforce EU values and can go as far as imposing sanctions, including the suspension of voting rights.

Facebook/Cambridge Analytica: following up on the 22 May meeting between Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Parliament's political leadership, MEPs will hold a second public hearing with Facebook representatives (the first was on 4 June) to look into ensuring data protection and preventing illegal use of data.

Preventing criminalisation of humanitarian assistance: the Civil Liberties Committee is set to ask for further clarifications on the application of the EU Facilitation Directive - which provides for sanctions against anyone assisting people with irregular entry or irregular residence in the EU - to ensure that acts of humanitarian assistance to migrants and asylum-seekers are not criminalised.

Plenary preparations: political groups will prepare for the last plenary session before the summer break, focusing on debates on the outcome of the EU summit 28-29 June and with Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz on the programme of the EU's incoming Austrian Presidency. They will also continue the Future of Europe debates with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. MEPs are also set to take votes on a decision to start negotiations with EU ministers on copyright reform and on a negotiating mandate on working conditions for drivers in cross-border transport, as well as final votes on EU electoral law and the European defence industry.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Monday 25 June

Council of the EU and European Council, European Council, Political Meetings, Energy, environment and climate

Environment Council

Luxembourg

Circular economy

Ministers will adopt conclusions on delivering the EU action plan for the circular economy.

CO2 standards for cars and vans

The Council will hold a live-streamed policy debate on the regulation on CO2 standards for cars and vans. The Commission will present its current legislative proposal on CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles.

Drinking water

Environment ministers will hold a policy debate on the drinking water directive which will be live streamed. Its main goal is to protect people from the adverse effects of drinking contaminated water. The proposed update to this directive is a direct result of the first ever successful European citizens' initiative Right2Water which had collected more than 1.8 million signatures.

Protecting bees and other pollinators

The Commission will inform ministers on the need for EU action on pollinators, given the dramatic decline in the occurrence and diversity of honeybees and of many European wild insect pollinators including wild bees, hoverflies, butterflies and moths. Numerous pollinator species are extinct or threatened with extinction.

Paris Agreement in trade agreements

The French delegation will inform ministers on a proposal on a Paris Agreement clause in trade agreements.

Austrian presidency work programme

The Austrian delegation will present the work programme of the incoming presidency.

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 26 June

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

Labour market and skills information systems for vocational education and training (VET) policies

Brussels

The European Centre for the development of vocational training (Cedefop), together with the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, organises the 5th Cedefop Brussels-based seminar. These seminars, organised in cooperation with the rotating EU Presidencies, build on Cedefop's research and analyses and address issues relevant to European debates on vocational education and training (VET) and employment.

The objective of this 5th seminar will be to highlight the importance of a 'blended' approach, taking into consideration the latest developments in big data and tools based on artificial intelligence (AI) for developing labour market and skills intelligence. Cedefop and external experts from pioneering public and public organisations will seek to debate promising approaches in effectively integrating new big data or AI-based data analytics within existing skills anticipation/matching processes of EU countries.

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Tuesday 26 June

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Consumer affairs and public health, Culture, education and youth, Research and innovation, Statistics

Quality of life – Sharing data to shape better policies

Belgrade, Serbia

On 26 June 2018 in Belgrade, the European Foundation for the improvement of living and working conditions (Eurofound) will bring together up to 60 representatives of public authorities at European, national and regional level, trade unions, business, academic and civil society from the EU candidate countries - Albania, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey - to take part in a one-day seminar: 'Quality of life – sharing data to shape better policies'.

The seminar will draw on Eurofound's recent European quality of life survey and its fresh findings on life and society in the EU candidate countries. The survey results in the candidate countries provide new data to complement existing social statistics. The seminar will be a first opportunity for participants to discuss the findings and look at how the data can help set priorities and shape new policies.

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Tuesday 26 June

European Food Safety Authority, Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Energy, environment and climate, Food, farming and fisheries, Research and innovation

European Week of bees and pollinators 2018 – Scientific symposium

Brussels

Stakeholders of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will present details of the proposed EU bee partnership at a special scientific symposium in Brussels. The symposium is part of this year's European Week of bees and pollinators, organised by the European Parliament.

The proposed partnership was the key outcome of a symposium organised by EFSA at last year's event. Since then, a stakeholder group has been working to agree the terms of reference that will guide the work of the partnership.

As well as the presentation on the EU bee partnership, the symposium will include an update on the European Commission's EU pollinators initiative aimed at tackling pollinator decline, and discussion of issues such as designing models for honey bee risk assessment, and the assessment, monitoring and mitigation of stressors to bee health.

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Tuesday 26 June

Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, taxation and competition, Economy and the euro, Employment and social rights

Workshop on Solvency II public disclosure – what you need to know

Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany

Solvency II stands on the principle of transparency and public disclosure. Correct evaluation and interpretation of the publicly disclosed financial data is of crucial importance.

Therefore, the European insurance and occupational pensions authority (EIOPA) invites analysts and experts to a workshop in which the scope, content, means and meaning of disclosure under Solvency II will be analysed and contributions to enhance the understanding of public information under Solvency II can be made.

By the end of this event, participants will have obtained an overview and better understanding of the Solvency II information that is publicly disclosed, regularly and on an ad-hoc basis.

The workshop should guide participants to the relevant sources of information and help interpreting the information, using practical examples. Based on this, participants should be enabled to form a well-informed opinion and be able to better understand the prudential position of undertakings based on the publicly available information.

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Tuesday 26 - Thursday 28 June

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

Genomics in support of fisheries and aquaculture management

Ispra, Italy

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) hosts a training course on genomics in support of fisheries and aquaculture management, under the auspices of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

This training course will introduce participants to relevant evolutionary, quantitative ecology and population theory, the range of tools that can underpin management schemes of aquatic natural resources, and how such approaches complement other management approaches, together with a critical valuation of costs and benefits. It will also illustrate how genomics can help to address existing management and policy needs through judicious consideration of insightful case studies from capture and aquaculture fisheries.

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Tuesday 26 June

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

Workshop on sailplane licensing requirements

Cologne, Germany

In June 2018, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is holding a workshop including focused consultations on the results of the rulemaking task RMT.0701 (Revision of the sailplane licensing requirements). The aim of this workshop is to present the revised draft licensing requirements for sailplanes in the newly developed 'rulebooks' and to discuss possible open items identified. The outcome of the workshop will be taken into consideration by EASA when preparing the Opinions related to RMT.0701 the publication of which is envisaged for September 2018.

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Tuesday 26 June

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

Webit.Festival Europe

Sofia, Bulgaria

Webit.Festival Europe is part of the EU Digital and Innovation Week and is the digital and tech flagship event of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU, under the theme 're:inventing Europe's future'.

It welcomes over 7000 attendees from more than 100 countries, including 1500 top policymakers from Europe and beyond (Heads of States, EU commissioners, ministers, mayors, MEPs), more than 6000 of the world's enterprise leaders, global and European founders and entrepreneurs, investors, media, innovators, scientists and digital economy shapers and a top selection of Europe's 200 most promising start-ups.

The plenary session will be chaired by EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel. It will be organised around six major building blocks:

  • The big picture
  • Building a democratic digital society
  • Investing in people
  • Building the Gigabit society
  • Protecting people and business
  • Empowering women in business and politics

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Tuesday 26 June

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

General Affairs Council

Luxembourg

The Council will discuss the 2018 enlargement package presented by the Commission in April. Ministers will be called upon to adopt conclusions on enlargement and on the Stabilisation and Association Process.

Ministers will continue preparations for the European Council on 28 and 29 June 2018 by examining draft conclusions. They will take stock of the implementation of the previous European Council conclusions. As part of the European Semester process, the Council is expected to approve integrated country-specific recommendations and transmit them to the European Council for endorsement.

Ministers will review the state of implementation of the inter-institutional agreement on better law-making.

The Council will also hold a hearing under Article 7(1) TEU on the rule of law in Poland. It will focus on the most pressing issues identified by the Commission.

Over lunch, ministers will exchange views on the proposals for the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the years 2021 to 2027.

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 26 June

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

General Affairs Council (Art. 50)

Luxembourg

The Commission's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, will inform the Council, meeting in an EU 27 format, about the Brexit talks with the UK.

The ministers will discuss the state of play of the negotiations, focusing on:

  • completion of work on withdrawal issues
  • issues related to the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • discussions on the framework for the future relationship with the UK

Ministers will prepare the meeting of the EU27 heads of state or government on Friday 29 June 2018 by discussing the draft European Council (Article 50) conclusions to be adopted at the summit. Leaders are expected to take stock of the progress made so far in the negotiations.

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 26 June

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

High-level conference on cultural heritage: to highlight the importance and diversity of European culture, Parliament is holding a conference on "Cultural heritage in Europe: linking past and future". Political leaders, policy makers, artists from various fields and stakeholders will debate the challenges facing the sector. EP President Antonio Tajani and EC President Jean-Claude Juncker will open the event.

EURONEST assembly: the EU-Neighbourhood East (EURONEST) Parliamentary Assembly will bring together MEPs and national MPs from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to debate the fight against corruption and money laundering and adopt resolutions on regional security, foreign direct investment, energy efficiency and ways to tackle undeclared labour. (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Agenda by day in PDF format

Wednesday 27 - Thursday 28 June

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

General assembly of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities

Sofia, Bulgaria

The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) brings together cities, industry and citizens to improve urban life through more sustainable integrated solutions. Its marketplace is an initiative to support projects in at least 300 cities with up to EUR 1 billion of investment, involving public and private investors and banks.

The EIP-SCC general assembly will create a matchmaking space where promoters can present their projects and find partners to make investments, while exchanging and disseminating best practices in the main sectors producing services for urban communities. Thanks to years of public support for smart city projects, replicable business models are now available. This event will aim to showcase the commitment of smart cities investors and to help cities develop strategies to attract them.

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Wednesday 27 - Thursday 28 June

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

Making EU industry less energy intensive and more competitive

Brussels

This cooperation workshop of the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan Action 6 aims at contributing to the realisation of the implementation plan: enhancing cooperation between national programmes and further developing the activities into actual projects.

The SET-Plan countries representatives will meet and discuss together existing forms of cooperation to identify the best cooperation model for the future: bilateral or multilateral cooperation. To the complete audience, including also the industry, research and academia stakeholders, the countries representatives will then share information on the identified cooperation models and on their programme portfolios and project examples related to the Action 6 priorities.

In addition, parallel brokerage sessions, opened to countries representatives and stakeholders, will focus on further developing the activities.

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Thursday 28 June

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

Workshop on sailplane licensing requirements

Cologne, Germany

In June 2018, The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will hold two workshops including focused consultations on the results of the rulemaking tasks 'Revision of the balloon licensing requirements' (RMT.0654) and 'Revision of the sailplane licensing requirements' (RMT.0701). The aim of these workshops is to present the revised draft licensing requirements for balloons and sailplanes in the newly developed 'rulebooks' and to discuss possible open items identified. The outcome of these workshops will be taken into consideration by EASA when preparing the opinions related to RMT.0654 and RMT.0701, the publication of which is envisaged for September 2018.

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Thursday 28 - Friday 29 June

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

Workshop: Integrated sustainable urban development in the Baltic States

Liepaja, Latvia

The aim of the event is to exchange ideas and find solutions to common challenges in sustainable urban development in the cities of the Baltic States. Cities will also have the opportunity to learn more about support from the Urban Innovative Actions and URBIS, the new dedicated urban investment advisory platform. The workshop is organised by the European Commission, in the context of the Urban Development Network.

This workshop targets cities from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

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Thursday 28 June

European Commission, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Energy, environment and climate, EU regional and urban development

Financing energy efficiency in Bulgaria and other countries from Central and South-Eastern Europe

Sofia, Bulgaria

This event aims to share best practice from Bulgaria and other countries from Central and South-Eastern Europe on how energy efficiency investments can be financed. This includes the use of private funds and innovative financing instruments, notably in the building and industry sectors. Speakers will focus on practical experience in developing and structuring investment programmes and the event will allow time for debate.

The event is organised by the European Commission, in partnership with the Bulgarian Ministry of energy and the UN Environment Finance Initiative, and in the framework of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. It is part of the Sustainable Energy Investment Forums contract, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme.

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Thursday 28 - Friday 29 June

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

European Council

Brussels

The June European Council will focus on migration, security and defence, as well as economic and financial affairs. EU leaders will also address Brexit (in an EU 27 format) and eurozone (Euro Summit format).

Migration

Leaders are expected to discuss the internal and external dimensions of migration policy, including the reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS).

Economy and finance

EU leaders are expected to adopt conclusions on several issues recently debated under the Leaders' Agenda, such as taxation, innovation and digital. The European Council will also endorse the country specific recommendations under the 2018 European Semester and discuss the future handling of the multi-annual financial framework (MFF), including a timeline. It is expected that leaders will also discuss trade.

Security and defence

In terms of security and defence, leaders are expected to discuss EU-NATO cooperation ahead of the NATO summit in July and provide orientations for further work, in particular on permanent structured cooperation (PESCO). The European Council should also address military mobility, the European Defence Fund, the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) and Civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

In light of events, the European Council may address specific foreign policy issues.

Brexit

The European Council (Art. 50), in an EU 27 format, will review the state of play of Brexit negotiations and adopt conclusions on progress made.

Euro summit

Finally, the Euro summit will in an inclusive format (EU27) discuss the reform of the economic and monetary union.

Agenda and briefing

Thursday 28 June

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

European Council: EP President Antonio Tajani will address EU leaders at 15:00 on the major topics for discussion at the summit, namely migration, security and defence, economic and budgetary matters as well as Brexit, and hold a press conference at 16:00.

EU-US relations: after recent unilateral decisions by the US administration to pull out of various international deals and organisations, Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will assess the state of EU-US relations and particularly the "America first" policy and disagreements on trade, the Iran deal and the Middle East peace process. MEPs strive for strong EU-US relations, as the backbone of global stability.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Thursday 28 June

European Investment Bank, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, Economy and the euro

The road to growth for Europe's start-ups: financing challenges and the role of public and private capital

Berlin

An important consideration for the development and growth of Europe's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is how to propose well-designed financing opportunities to support these companies throughout the entire duration of their business cycle.

In its first Berlin edition, the Lunch Dialogues series of the European Investment Bank (EIB), shall tackle the topic of growth financing and its importance for Europe's SMEs and economies, as well as the role which private and public capital play.

Speakers from both the private and public spheres of investment will be discussing the opportunities and challenges Europe is facing as it moves into the future.

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Friday 29 June

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

Public hearing: Making the Capital Markets Union work for retail investors

Brussels

In the context of the Capital Markets Union Action Plan, the European Commission organises a public hearing on how to make markets work better for retail investors. Fostering retail investments is one of the key objectives of the action plan launched by the European Commission in 2015.

Participants will debate the importance of rebuilding confidence of retail investors, but also wonder if the distribution of retail investment products is fit for purpose. They will also shed light on the new EU regulatory framework and how to make sure it works. Finally, they will address the question of the emergence of new distribution models developed by Fintech and how it can lead to better outcomes for retail investors.

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Wednesday 27 June


07:00 Non-monetary policy's ECB meeting
08:00 Private loans (YoY) (May)
08:00 M3 Money Supply (YoY) (May)
08:00 M3 Money Supply (3m) (May)
08:00 Economic Bulletin

Thursday 28 June


24h European Council meeting
09:00 Business Climate (Jun)
09:00 Economic Sentiment Indicator (Jun)
09:00 Industrial Confidence (Jun)
09:00 Services Sentiment (Jun)
09:00 Consumer Confidence (Jul)

Friday 29 June


24h European Council meeting
09:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (YoY) (Jun) (Preliminary release)
09:00 Consumer Price Index (YoY) (Jun)
19:30 CFTC NC net positions
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