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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 11-16 November 2019

This week, foreign ministers discuss the regional security situation in the Gulf and Iran; the Commission holds conferences on implementing Basel III, and training for general care nurses; we have the 2019 conference on the EU Charter of fundamental rights; and MEPs in plenary vote on the criminalisation of sex education in Poland, and on support for former Carrefour Belgium workers; they also scrutinise the 2020 EU Budget, and mark the fall of the Berlin Wall. 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 11-16 November 2019.

Monday 11 November

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

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.

Ministers are expected to touch upon Venezuela following the international solidarity conference on the Venezuelan refugee and migrant crisis (28-29 October).

They are also expected to discuss Turkey, including its military action in north-east Syria, as a follow-up to the conclusions adopted by the Council and European Council, respectively on 14 and 17-18 October.

Afghanistan

Foreign ministers will discuss the situation in Afghanistan, in particular following the presidential election of 28 September 2019. They are also expected to take stock of recent developments in peace negotiations and efforts to find a lasting and negotiated political solution to the conflict.

The Gulf and Iran

The Council will discuss the regional security situation in the Gulf and Iran. Ministers will reflect on the EU's contribution to stabilising the region.

Sudan

EU foreign ministers will exchange views with Prime Minister of Sudan Abdalla Hamdok over lunch.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 11 November

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

2020 EU Budget: MEPs and EU governments will continue talks to find an agreement on the EU budget for 2020. Parliament wants investments for climate protection, the Youth Employment Initiative and Erasmus+ as well as to support SMEs, research, digitalisation, migration and external policy, including development and humanitarian aid (all week).

Agenda by day in PDF format

Tuesday 12 November

Publications Office of the European Union Events/Conf/Fairs |

EU DataViz 2019

Luxembourg

EU DataViz 2019 is an international conference addressing for the first time the specific needs of the community engaged in data visualisation for the public sector in Europe, bringing together experts, professionals and solution seekers

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Tuesday 12 November

Other bodies and agencies | Events/Conf/Fairs | Research and innovation - Security and defence

Pseudonymisation and relevant security technologies

Berlin, Germany

The European Agency for cybersecurity is co-organising this workshop with Unabhängige Landeszentrum für Datenschutz Schleswig-Holstein (ULD).

The theme of the workshop is 'Pseudonymisation and relevant security technologies' and aims to discuss and touch upon pseudonymisation techniques, practical approaches and existing application instantiations along to legal and economic issues.

The main objective of the workshop is to advance existing debates on the deployment of pseudonymisation solutions as a means to meet GDPR requirements and data controller/processor obligations.

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Tuesday 12 - Wednesday 13 November

European Commission | Events/Conf/Fairs | Culture, education and youth - Employment and social rights

Supporting key competence development: learning approaches and environments in school education

Brussels

Developing key competences for all is at the heart of the European Education Area which is a space where everyone should receive the best education, training, and lifelong learning. In today's world, young people need a broad set of skills and competences to find fulfilling jobs and become independent, engaged citizens.

Key competences are best developed in systems, which promote and use a variety of learning approaches and environments, support their teachers, and assess and validate key competences. Participants of the conference will discuss different learning approaches and environments in school education that support the development of these competences. Such learning approaches and environments are for example project-based learning, cross-discipline learning or learning in collaboration with external stakeholders.

The conference will bring together policymakers and other stakeholders involved in and responsible for implementing school education policies and reforms. Participants will discuss and identify systemic conditions and define policy guidelines for introducing and developing competence-based teaching and learning in schools across Europe.

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Tuesday 12 November

European Investment Bank | Events/Conf/Fairs | Economy and the euro - International aid, development and cooperation

Donors in action - Innovative blending for big impact

EIB, Luxembourg

Financial inclusion is a key enabler of global development. Yet today millions of people are either unable to access formal financial services or are underserved by this sector. Such credit constraints not only restrict growth, but also discriminate against vulnerable groups, such as women and young people.

During this event organised by the European Investment Bank (EIB), participants will discover why donor-funded activities are critical to overcoming barriers to finance and how blending through financial instruments can crowd-in private capital and enhance development impact outside the EU.

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Tuesday 12 - Thursday 14 November

European Commission | Events/Conf/Fairs | Research and innovation

Training in nuclear magnetic resonance and high resolution mass spectronomy

Baveno, Italy

The European Commission's joint research centre (JRC) and DG TAXUD will organise a training in nuclear magnetic resonance and high resolution mass spectrometry for customs laboratories.

The programme of the 3 days will focus on the interpretation of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and high resolution mass spectronomy (HR-MS) data. The objective is also to strengthen the sharing of knowledge and best practices among the customs laboratories European network (CLEN) and other networks such as the drug working group of the European Network of forensic science institutes (ENFSI) and the general European official medicines control laboratories network (GEON).

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Tuesday 12 November

European Commission | Events/Conf/Fairs | Justice and citizens' rights

2019 conference on the EU Charter of fundamental rights

Brussels

The conference will be an occasion to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the EU Charter of fundamental rights becoming a legally binding instrument and reflect on how, with the help of the whole enforcement chain and in particular national authorities, civil society, and rights defenders, it can become a meaningful part of everyday life.

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Tuesday 12 November

European Commission | Events/Conf/Fairs | Research and innovation

Europe in a changing world - Information day

Bratislava, Slovakia

This international information day will highlight research topics covered within the final 2020 calls for proposals in the 6th societal challenge 'Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies' of Horizon 2020.

Participants will have the possibility to join in a matchmaking event. Researchers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders actively looking for project partners, can present their project during a flash presentation session. The matchmaking session will be preceded by an information session, which will focus on the policy context, funding opportunities and the open call for proposals.

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Tuesday 12 November

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

Foreign Affairs Council - Defence

Brussels

Security and defence issues

Defence ministers will discuss security and defence issues, with a particular focus on PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation) and its coherence with other defence initiatives. The Council is expected to adopt 13 new PESCO projects

CSDP missions and operations

Defence ministers will review CSDP missions and operations. They will assess the current state of deployment and reflect on challenges and areas for further improvement.

EU-NATO cooperation

Over lunch, defence ministers will discuss EU-NATO cooperation with NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

EDA steering board meeting

The European Defence Agency's steering board will meet ahead of the Council meeting. It will focus on the coordinated annual review on defence (CARD). The steering board is expected to adopt the agency's 2020 budget and staff establishment plan and its planning framework for 2020-2022.

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 12 - Wednesday 13 November

Other bodies and agencies | Events/Conf/Fairs | Consumer affairs and public health - Employment and social rights

Healthy workplaces summit 2019 - Healthy workplaces manage dangerous substances

Bilbao, Spain

The event brings together leading European experts and decision-makers to discuss the results of the 2-year campaign 'Healthy workplaces manage dangerous substances'. In plenary and parallel sessions, participants exchange good practices and discuss current trends and future challenges related to dangerous substances in the workplace. The event also features the 'Healthy workplaces good practice awards' ceremony, showcasing the winning and commended good practice examples from the European competition.

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Wednesday 12 November

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

EU minimum harmonised training for general care nurses

Brussels

Stakeholders are invited to a 1-day workshop within the context of the ongoing study, 'Mapping and assessment of developments for one of the sectoral professions under directive 2005/36/EC – nurse responsible for general care'.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss the main technical and scientific advancements affecting the nursing profession and the training subjects, knowledge and skills listed under directive 2005/36/EC.

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Tuesday 12 November

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

Implementing Basel III: Challenges and impact

Brussels

In response to the global financial crisis, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has fundamentally revised the international prudential standards for banks, known as the "Basel framework". The last set of revisions, also called the "finalisation of Basel III reforms", was agreed in December 2017 and is now in the process of being implemented across jurisdictions.

The European Commission - Directorate General for financial stability, financial services and capital markets union - organises a conference to discuss the impact and challenges of implementing the finalised Basel III standards in the EU. The conference furthermore aims to gather ideas on whether new risks or developments that banks face or are going to face would require regulatory action.

Hosted by Vice-President Dombrovskis, this one-day event is expected to gather members of the next Commission, the European Parliament and the Council, high representatives of supervisory authorities and international bodies as well as CEOs and other representatives of financial institutions and multi-national companies from European and third countries. High-level speakers and panellists will share their views and stimulate discussions on the future policies for the implementation of the finalised Basel III standards in the EU.

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Wednesday 13 November

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament plenary session

European Parliament, Brussels

Fall of the Berlin Wall: in a solemn sitting at the beginning of the plenary session, Parliament will mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989. EP President David Sassoli and German Bundestag's President Wolfgang Schäuble will address MEPs.

Children's rights: ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November, MEPs will discuss progress made over the past three decades and reflect on the new challenges children and youth face. A resolution will be put to the vote during the Strasbourg session end of November.

Turkish drilling activities: MEPs will discuss the latest developments and rising tensions among Eastern Mediterranean countries following Turkey's offshore drilling activities in the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Wednesday 13 - Friday 15 November

Presidency of the Council of the EU | Events/Conf/Fairs | Energy, environment and climate - Research and innovation

SET-Plan conference

Helsinki, Finland

The European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) aims to accelerate the development and deployment of low-carbon technologies.

The annual SET-Plan conference brings together decision-makers, authorities, stakeholders and researchers to monitor the progress of SET-Plan goals.

The opening and closing remarks of this high-level conference are delivered by EU commissioners as well as ministers from the country holding the presidency of the Council of the EU.

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Thursday 14 - Friday 15 November

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

Smart Regions conference 3.0: Transformation through smart specialisation

Brussels

Globalisation, new technologies and the transition to a climate neutral, circular economy are radically changing our societies and economies. Tackling these challenges calls for urgent deployment of new solutions and requires profound, systemic transformations.

The conference will be an opportunity for 600 practitioners from research, business, civil society and public administration to assess what has already been achieved through national/regional innovation strategies, to exchange experience and reflect on an effective transformation through smart specialisation in the 2021-2027 programming period.

More information on the event

Thursday 14 November

European Commission | Events/Conf/Fairs | EU regional and urban development - Transport and travel

Boosting cross-border regions through better transport

Brussels

The European Commission, Directorate-General for regional and urban policy and Directorate-General for mobility and transport are organising this conference.

Cross-border regions are the laboratories of European integration. Daily interactions across the border let citizens experience the benefits of the internal market. However, many factors still prevent individuals and organisations to exploit their full-potential in these regions.

This conference comes as a natural follow-up to the study on missing rail links. It aims to share the results of the study to a broad range of stakeholders. It also aims to launch a public debate on the challenges of cross-border public transport services.

The event will bring together organisations associated with provision of transport networks and transport services and organisations engaged in cross-border cooperation.

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Thursday 14 November

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament plenary session

European Parliament, Brussels

Sex education in Poland: Parliament will vote on a resolution on the criminalisation of sex education in Poland. During the debate in the last plenary session, many MEPs voiced concerns regarding the proposed legislation, calling on the Polish government to change or withdraw it.

Migration: MEPs will discuss the situation of migration in the hotspots on the Greek islands as well as in Bosnia with the Commission and the Finnish Council Presidency.

Support for former Carrefour Belgium workers: MEPs are set to back mobilising €1.6 million to help 400 former workers of Carrefour Belgium who have been made redundant due to rise in online shopping, helping them find new jobs by providing occupational guidance and vocational training.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Thursday 14 November

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

Brussels

Hearings of new Commissioners-designate: the hearings of the new Commissioners-designate Oliver Várhelyi (Neigbourhood and Enlargement), Adina-Ioana Valean (Transport), and Thierry Breton (Internal Market) will take place on 14 November. Each of them will face a three-hour hearing where MEPs will examine whether they are qualified to be Member of the College of Commissioners, to carry out their assigned duties and to deliver on the programme that President-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented to MEPs in July. (Thursday)

Agenda by day in PDF format

Thursday 14 - Friday 15 November

Other bodies and agencies | Events/Conf/Fairs | Culture, education and youth - Employment and social rights - Research and innovation

CEDEFOP skills forecast: preparing the 2020 release

Vienna, Austria

The preparation of the skills forecast of the European Centre for the development of vocational training (CEDEFOP) is supported by an EU network of experts in skills and labour market forecasting. CEDEEFOP organises regular technical workshops so as to provide a platform for experts to meet and provide feedback.

This workshop will provide an opportunity to bring together the research team and the group of experts, together with CEDEFOP staff, to work towards: validating the 2020 skills forecast; discussing various aspects of the methodology; brainstorming on emerging issues affecting the future of work; storybuilding of the results.

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Thursday 14 - Friday 15 November

European Food Safety Authority - Other bodies and agencies | Events/Conf/Fairs | Food, farming and fisheries - Research and innovation

Information session on applications for feed additives

Parma, Italy

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is organising a meeting with stakeholders in the field of feed additives.

Over the past 2 years, the panel on additives and products or substances used in animal feed (FEEDAP Panel) has updated its guidance on:

  • characterisation of microorganisms used as feed additives or as production organisms
  • assessment of the efficacy of feed additives
  • assessment of the safety of feed additives for the environment

The aim of this information session is to ensure that stakeholders have a good understanding of the provisions of these documents.

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Thursday 14 November

European Commission | Events/Conf/Fairs | Business - Business, taxation and competition - Research and innovation

Innovative, collaborative, regional: Smart intellectual property for a competitive Europe

Brussels

This conference will explore how the EU and its regions can help SMEs to become more competitive and grow through the smart use of intellectual property (IP).

Policymakers, public and private stakeholders (including innovation and development agencies, chambers of commerce, and business consultants) are invited to contribute to the EU SME strategy on IP.

There will be 6 panel discussions:

  • Overview of IP challenges
  • IP challenges from personal experience
  • Find your way to IP advice
  • How to use IP strategically
  • Using IP to access growth funding
  • IP in partnerships for innovation and business growth

Our goal is to make it easier for small businesses to become large innovators and global competitors.

More information on the event

Thursday 14 November

Council of the EU and European Council - Presidency of the Council of the EU | Events/Conf/Fairs | Business, taxation and competition - Economy and the euro

Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Brussels

The Council will prepare negotiations with the European Parliament on the EU's general budget for 2020. The negotiations will be held on the same day at a conciliation committee meeting.

On 23 October, the Council announced that it cannot accept all of the Parliament's amendments for the 2020 budget. As a result, a three-week conciliation period started on 29 October. It is aimed at bridging the differences between the two institutions. This period will end on 18 November.

The Parliament is asking for total commitments to be increased to €171.0 billion and total payments to €159.1 billion.

The Council set total commitments at €166.8 billion and total payments at €153.1 billion.

Conciliation committee

The conciliation committee is composed of representatives of the 28 member states joined by 28 members of the Parliament.

Its first meeting is scheduled for 4 November. If the committee agrees on a joint text, Council and Parliament have 14 days to approve it.

Agenda and briefing

Friday 15 November

Other bodies and agencies | Events/Conf/Fairs | Research and innovation

Annual Research Conference 2019 - Economic challenges of the 2020s

Brussels

The Annual Research Conference (ARC) brings together an audience of about 100 invited participants from research and policy-making circles. This year's conference will be devoted to the overall theme of "Economic challenges of the 2020s" and will be opened by Commissioner-designate Paolo Gentiloni.

The Distinguished ECFIN lecture will this year be delivered by Paul Collier of the University of Oxford, who will speak on the topic "The Future of Capitalism". The ARC will also feature sessions on the themes of "market structures and income distribution" and "future-proofing fiscal policies", as well as a high level panel on "Europe's role in a changing economy". Key speakers include Marco Buti, Director General of DG ECFIN, Thomas Philippon of the University of New York, Olivier Blanchard of the PIEE, Laurence Boone of the OECD and Philip Lane of the ECB.

More information on the event

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Tuesday 12 November


10:00 ZEW Survey - Economic Sentiment (Nov)

Wednesday 13 November


08:00 Non-Monetary Policy ECB Meeting
10:00 Industrial Production w.d.a. (YoY) (Sep)
10:00 Industrial Production s.a. (MoM) (Sep)

Thursday 14 November


10:00 Employment Change (YoY) (Q3) (Preliminary release)
10:00 Gross Domestic Product s.a. (QoQ) (Q3) (Preliminary release)
10:00 Gross Domestic Product s.a. (YoY) (Q3) (Preliminary release)
10:00 Employment Change (QoQ) (Q3) (Preliminary release)

Friday 15 November


10:00 Trade Balance n.s.a. (Sep)
10:00 Consumer Price Index (MoM) (Oct)
10:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (YoY) (Oct)
10:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (MoM) (Oct)
10:00 Consumer Price Index (YoY) (Oct)
10:00 Trade Balance s.a. (Sep)
20:30 CFTC EUR NC Net Positions
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