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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 20-25 January 2020

This week, the Eurogroup looks at Portugal's updated draft budgetary plan; the Croatian EU Presidency presents its priorities to EP committees; MEPs in committee vote on the EU-Vietnam free trade deal, Brexit and Artificial Intelligence; and it's European Radon Week. 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 20-25 January 2020.

Monday 20 January

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament committee meetings

Brussels

Croatian Presidency: Croatian Ministers will present the rotating Council Presidency's priorities to the relevant parliamentary committees. Croatia holds the Presidency of the Council until July (Monday to Wednesday).

Agenda by day in PDF format

Monday 20 January

Council of the EU and European Council - Presidency of the Council of the EU | Political Meetings | Enlargement, external relations and trade - International aid, development and cooperation - Security and defence

Foreign Affairs Council

Brussels

The Foreign Affairs Council will be chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell. The meeting will review recent international developments, look at ways to step up climate diplomacy, and debate issues related to the Sahel.

Current affairs

Ministers will first have a discussion on current affairs, talking about pressing issues on the international agenda, like the situation in Bolivia, India, Libya and Venezuela.

Sahel

The Council will exchange views on the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Sahel and the role the EU can play as leading partner in the region. The debate will centre on ways to increase the impact of the EU's actions supporting security, stability and development.

Climate diplomacy

Ministers will talk about ways to step up climate diplomacy and enhance outreach activities towards third countries. The Council is expected to adopt new conclusions on this issue, a foreign affairs priority for the EU in 2020.

Over an informal lunch, the meeting will discuss the Middle East peace process and recent developments in the wider area, also building on the outcome of the 10 January 2020 extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council, that focused on the current situation in Libya and Iraq.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 20 January

Council of the EU and European Council - Presidency of the Council of the EU | Political Meetings | Economy and the euro

Eurogroup

Brussels

Regular format (15.00)

IMF mission to the euro area

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will present the main findings of its euro area Article IV interim mission.

The IMF conducts an annual consultation on euro area policies. It consists of an interim mission around the end of the year and a final mission in late spring. Findings are discussed with the Eurogroup.

Portugal: updated draft budgetary plan

The Eurogroup will discuss the updated draft budgetary plan of Portugal for 2020, on the basis of a Commission opinion. The outcome is expected to be reflected in a Eurogroup statement.

Economic policy of the euro area

The Commission will present its proposal for the draft recommendation on the economic policy of euro area for 2020, published on 17 December. Ministers will have a first exchange of views on the proposal.

The Council addresses annual recommendations on economic policy to the euro area as part of the European Semester. The recommendations are:

  • discussed in the Eurogroup
  • approved by the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin)
  • formally adopted by the Council after endorsement in the March European Council

Policy priorities of the new governments of Spain, Austria and Finland

Minister Calviño, Minister Blümel and Minister Kulmuni will be invited to present the policy priorities of the new Spanish, Austrian and Finnish governments. This is standard practice in the Eurogroup when new governments come into office.

Inclusive format (17.00)

Deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union

Ministers will discuss the follow-up to the Euro Summit of 13 December 2019.

At the Euro Summit, leaders agreed that finance ministers should continue the work on the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). Ministers will discuss:

  • the way forward on all elements of the further strengthening of the banking union
  • the ESM package of reforms
  • solutions for the financing of the Budgetary Instrument for Convergence and Competitiveness (BICC)

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 21 January

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

Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Brussels

This is the first meeting of EU finance ministers under the Croatian presidency of the Council. The presidency will take the opportunity to outline its work programme on economic and financial issues.

Taxation systems need to evolve to be fit for the digital age

Digital taxation

Finance ministers will discuss tax challenges arising from digitalisation.

They will take stock of ongoing negotiations in the context of the OECD on:

  • the reallocation of profits of digital businesses
  • a minimum tax rate for multinational enterprises

European Green Deal Investment Plan

The Commission will give a presentation of the economic and financial aspects of the European Green Deal: the European Green Deal Investment Plan (EGDIP).

Also referred to as Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (SEIP), the EGDIP is the investment pillar of the Green Deal. It will mobilise at least €1 trillion in sustainable investments over the next decade.

European Semester

The Council will kick-start the 2020 exercise of the European Semester.

The Commission will present the:

  • annual growth strategy
  • alert mechanism report
  • euro area recommendations

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 21 January

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament committee meetings

Brussels

EU-Vietnam free trade deal: the EU-Vietnam free trade and investment protection agreements are up for a vote in the International Trade Committee. If approved, the deal would remove all export tariffs from the EU and protect 196 GIs (products with geographical indication), while Vietnam would open its public procurement market to EU firms. The contentious issues are Vietnam's human rights record and its labour laws.

Public Health: the Environment and Public Health Committee will vote on whether to veto a proposal from the Commission to promote the recycling of PVC waste containing lead. According to the draft decision, this may prolong and enhance consumers' exposure to lead.

Illegal trade in pets: Members of the Environment and Public Health Committee are expected to demand immediate action against illegal trade in pets to protect animal welfare, consumers and public health.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Wednesday 22 January

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament committee meetings

Brussels

NATO/EU: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will address the Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Security and Defence and the Parliamentary Delegation to NATO just a week after Parliament adopted resolutions on the state of play of the Common Foreign and Security Policy as well as Common Security and Defence Policy. MEPs called for close cooperation with NATO, while stressing that the EU needs to have strategic autonomy.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Thursday 23 January

European Committee of the Regions | Events/Conf/Fairs | Energy, environment and climate - Research and innovation - Transport and travel

Sustainable urban mobility : How to get people out of their cars

Brussels

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) are organising a conference on 'How to get people out of their cars'.

The objective of the conference is to discuss solutions that can get citizens out of their cars to achieve a modal shift.

In Europe, the road transport sector is responsible for over half of all NOx emissions, and 72% of the EU's 27% total GHG emissions attributable to transport. These emissions have serious consequences on the health of citizens, as 400 000 premature deaths per year are attributable to air pollution. Likewise, the predicted impacts of climate change are expected to increase mortality rates in the foreseeable future. The organisation of transport modes not only shapes and structures urban space, it also impacts people's living conditions, influencing their choices and lifestyles.

More information on the event

Thursday 23 January

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament committee meetings

Brussels

Brexit: the Constitutional Affairs Committee will vote on their recommendation to Parliament on whether it should grant its consent to the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement. The final vote in plenary, scheduled for 29 January in Brussels, will take place if the UK has ratified fully the Agreement by then.

Artificial Intelligence: the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will vote on a resolution addressing several challenges arising from the rapid development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, in particular those related to consumer choice, the problematic use of bias data and the need to adapt EU liability rules to cover new AI-enabled products.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Friday 24 - Tuesday 28 January

European Commission | Events/Conf/Fairs | Consumer affairs and public health

European Radon Week 2020

Vienna, Austria

The European Radon Week 2020 will combine three workshops and is addressed to national authorities, the scientific radon community, industry and all other experts interested in radon. The European Radon Week will give an overview of the work and research done in Europe, especially in the field of harmonisation of radon measurement methods, radon priority areas, mapping and communicating radon data. Invited experts will present results and experiences, but much time will be reserved for discussions.

More information on the event

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 20 January


07:00 Eurogroup Meeting

Tuesday 21 January


00:00 EcoFin Meeting
10:00 ZEW Survey - Economic Sentiment (Jan)

Thursday 23 January


12:45 ECB Interest Rate Decision
12:45 ECB Deposit Rate Decision
13:30 ECB Monetary Policy Statement and Press Conference
15:00 Consumer Confidence (Jan) (Preliminary release)

Friday 24 January


09:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Jan) Preliminary release)
09:00 Markit Services PMI (Jan) (Preliminary release)
09:00 Markit PMI Composite (Jan) (Preliminary release)
20:30 CFTC EUR NC Net Positions
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