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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 22-27 January 2018

19 January 2018, 17:32 CET

This week, the Foreign Affairs Council reviews the situation in Libya and the Middle East; finance ministers discuss further development of economic and monetary union; the Commission holds a conference on European Space Policy; and MEPs in committee vote on a new distribution of Parliament seats for the 2019 -2024 legislative term, reduction of CO2 emissions and forestry, and police cooperation. 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 22 to 27 January 2018.

Monday 22 January

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.

Future relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific states

Foreign ministers will discuss the future of the EU partnership with African, Caribbean and Pacific states. The current partnership agreement, known as the Cotonou Agreement, will expire in 2020.

Libya

The Council will review the situation in Libya, following the meeting of the joint migration task force with the African Union and the UN on 14 December 2017.

The discussion will feed into the preparations of the 4th Quartet meeting at the end of January. The Quartet supports the UN-facilitated political process in Libya. It brings together the EU, the UN, the African Union, and the League of Arab States.

Middle East

Ministers will exchange views on the latest developments in the region. In the margins of the Council meeting, EU foreign ministers and the High Representative will have an informal lunch with President Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority. They will discuss the peace process, bilateral relations and regional developments.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 22 January

Council of the EU and European Council, European Council, Political Meetings, Economy and the euro

Eurogroup

Brussels

Appointment of the new President of the Eurogroup Working Group

The Eurogroup will appoint a newly elected President of its preparatory body - the Eurogroup Working Group. Hans Vijlbrief will succeed Thomas Wieser, who has been presiding over the group since January 2012.

European Semester: 2018 euro area recommendation

The Eurogroup will discuss the draft Council recommendation on the economic policy of the eurozone for 2018, issued in the context of the European Semester, the EU's policy coordination mechanism.

Following a discussion within the Eurogroup, the draft recommendation is expected to be approved by the Economic and Financial Affairs Council on 23 January. It will be formally adopted by the Council after endorsement in the March European Council.

Greece's programme: state of play

The Eurogroup will be briefed on the progress achieved in the third review of Greece's economic adjustment programme, with a focus on the implementation of the remaining prior actions.

Post-programme surveillance mission to Portugal

The Eurogroup will be informed about the results of the 7th post-programme surveillance mission to Portugal, which took place between 28 November and 6 December 2017.

Post-programme surveillance (PPS) is carried out by the European Commission in liaison with the European Central Bank. PPS missions are usually coordinated with the International Monetary Fund and the European Stability Mechanism.

The aim of the PPS is to establish any possible risks to the country's ability to repay loans received from the European financial stabilisation mechanism (EFSM) and European financial stability facility (EFSF) under its earlier adjustment programme. The surveillance continues until at least 75% of the loan has been repaid.

IMF Article IV consultation with the euro area

The Eurogroup will exchange views on the International Monetary Fund's presentation of its main preliminary findings from its interim mission relating to the Article IV consultation with the eurozone.

The IMF carries out such a consultation every year with all of the IMF members, both individual countries and currency regions, including the eurozone. This is done in accordance with Article IV of the IMF's Articles of Agreement. The final IMF mission is expected to take place in spring.

Economic and Monetary Union

Following the Euro Summit which took place on 15 December 2017, the ministers will have a follow-up discussion on the further steps towards deepening of the EMU.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 22 January

European Committee of the Regions, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, taxation and competition, EU regional and urban development

International trade and globalisation – Implications for regional growth, employment and industrial renewal

Brussels

This workshop, organised by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), will be an opportunity to look into the growing concern about the local and regional impact of international trade and globalisation as well as the evidence that some local economies and communities lack resilience in the face of this pressure. Issues that will be explored include the possible links between trade, industry specialisation, regional competitiveness and regional inequalities.

After the presentation of the main findings of the study on 'Interactions between trade, investment and trends in the EU industry: EU regions in international trade', conducted by the European Parliamentary Research Service, a panel debate will focus on the possible avenues for making trade and globalisation work as an engine for regional growth, employment and industrial renewal.

More information on the event

Monday 22 January

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

Brussels

President's Diary: President Tajani will host the New Years' Reception for the Diplomatic Corps on Monday evening.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Tuesday 23 January

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

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) applicant seminar

Zagreb, Croatia

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) is an initiative of the EU that provides urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges. This initiative is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The third call for proposals, launched on 15 December 2017, is dedicated to four topics: air quality, adaptation to climate change, housing, jobs & skills in the local economy.

During the seminar, participants will be introduced to the main principles and criteria of UIA projects with the possibility to interact with representatives of UIA projects selected within the first call for proposals and hear their testimony. Detailed information will also be provided on the eligibility rules for urban authorities as well as on the selection process and the main information to be included in the application form.

During the second part of the day, individual consultations will be organised between participants who will have registered for it and members of the UIA Secretariat and from the Commission services.

More information on the event

Tuesday 23 January

Council of the EU and European Council, European Council, Political Meetings, Economy and the euro

Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Brussels

Ministers will discuss the further development of the economic and monetary union, as well as the implementation of an action plan on non-performing loans in the banking sector.

They are expected to agree on conclusions on the Commission's annual growth survey and on macroeconomic imbalances in the member states. The Council will also approve a draft recommendation on the economic policies of the euro area.

The Bulgarian presidency work programme is amongst other items on the agenda.

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 23 - Wednesday 24 January

European Commission, European Parliament, Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Research and innovation, Security and defence

10th European conference on European Space Policy

Brussels

At the heart of the debates: the potential developments of a European Space Strategy which, with an appropriate financing through the post-2020 EU financial framework and the 2019 Roadmap of the European Space Agency (ESA), could lead to a strengthened and more diversified contribution to the EU main priorities serving the citizens, the society and the economy.

More information on the event

Tuesday 23 January

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

Brussels

2019 elections/Distribution of EP seats: the Constitutional Affairs Committee will vote on a new distribution of Parliament's seats for the 2019 -2024 legislative term. MEPs will also vote on whether or not to set up transnational electoral lists comprising the entire territory of the European Union.

Honey and bees: the Agriculture Committee will put forward proposals 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.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Wednesday 24 January

European Economic and Social Committee, Events/Conf/Fairs, Employment and social rights

EU funds for integration – How can we better support people with a migrant background?

Brussels

This event, organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), will launch the 'Toolkit on the use of EU funds for the integration of people with a migrant background'. The European Commission continues to look for ways to assist Member States in the field of integration of third country nationals. Based on the lessons learnt, the toolkit aims to support national and regional funding authorities in implementing integration policies through the use of EU funds and, therefore, to reinforce synergies between those funds. This will help identify measures to promote the use of EU funds in the fields of employment, education, reception, housing and access to basic services.

More information on the event

Wednesday 24 - Friday 26 January

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

Macro-regional Innovation Week: Knowledge and technology transfer in macro-regions

Ispra, Italy

The Macro-regional Innovation Week will promote the opening of the European Commission Joint Research Centre's (JRC) research infrastructures and laboratories and showcase its technical and scientific competences, in particular in the field of environment, energy, transport and biotechnologies.

The event will be the occasion to present key results of JRC's scientific support activities to the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) that may be relevant to other macro-regions.

During the 3-days event, participants will also have the opportunity to visit the main site of the JRC in Ispra.

More information on the event

Wednesday 24 January

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

Brussels

Reduction of CO2 emissions and forestry: two informal deals with EU Ministers are up for a vote by the Environment Committee: one on establishing national emission reduction targets, and one on ensuring that CO2 emissions are balanced by CO2 absorption by forests, croplands and grasslands. The laws are among the key EU efforts being made to enact the Paris agreement on climate change.

Holocaust Commemoration: the European Parliament will mark the "International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust" by hosting a commemorative event on its premises. Mairead McGuinness, First Vice President of the European Parliament will give an opening speech, followed by a statement by European Jewish Congress President Moche Kantor. This year's event is focusing on education and children.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Wednesday 24 January

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Employment and social rights, Justice and citizens' rights

Policies for an ageing workforce: Work-life balance, working conditions and equal opportunities

Brussels

The European Foundation for the improvement of living and working conditions (Eurofound), the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the National Institute for Social and Economic Research (NIESR) are jointly organising this conference on policies for an ageing workforce.

The event will provide a lively platform to discuss the changing demographic of Europe's workforce and will examine more sustainable policies for providing better work-life balance and working conditions. It will also address the inequalities associated with the diversity among older peoples' situations in the labour market, and their health and life expectancy. The conference touches upon several of the elements of the 'framework agreement on active ageing and an intergenerational approach' approved by EU employers and trade unions in 2017.

More information on the event

Wednesday 24 January

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Enlargement, external relations and trade

Civil society dialogue – Debriefing on the World Trade Organization (WTO) 11th ministerial conference

Brussels

The 11th WTO ministerial conference took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 10 to 13 December 2017. Despite the EU's efforts, no multilateral outcome was achieved. However, the EU will be working with other WTO members to find ways to advance discussions on issues of interest and to chart a more productive path forward for the WTO.

The purpose of this meeting, organised by DG TRADE, is to debrief and exchange views with civil society on the results of ministerial conference and the work ahead.

More information on the event

Thursday 25 January

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

Brussels

Police cooperation: Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will vote on a proposal to set up a centralised system for member states to exchange non-EU citizens' criminal records more quickly and easily.

Rule of law in Malta: MEPs from the Civil Liberties Committee and PANA, the former committee of inquiry, will discuss the outcome of their visit to Malta at the end of November last year to investigate the rule of law in the country and allegations of corruption and money laundering. MEPs are expected to meet with Mr Silvio Camilleri, Malta Chief of Justice (tbc).

Agenda by day in PDF format

Thursday 25 January

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, International aid, development and cooperation

Info day on civil protection

Brussels

The European Commission's department for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Operations (DG ECHO) will hold an information day focusing on its work programme for civil protection.

The aim of the information day is to familiarise organisations and authorities interested in applying for funding opportunities with the 'Civil protection work programme'. Useful guidance on the preparation of applications for proposals and tenders will also be given.

More information on the event

Thursday 25 January

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

S3PEnergy high-level event

Brussels

The high-level event of the Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (S3PEnergy) is organised with a twofold objective: to showcase the results achieved so far and also to discuss on the most effective ways to keep assisting regions specialised in the energy domain. Particular focus will be given to the interregional cooperation dynamics in the domains of bioenergy, smart grids, sustainable buildings, marine renewables and solar.

More information on the event

Thursday 25 January

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

Fiscal policy and microsimulation workshop

Valencia, Spain

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) co-organises the workshop 'Fiscal policy and microsimulation' that will take place on 25 January 2018 in Valencia, Spain.

The workshop will combine relevant keynote speakers with contributed papers and will run in parallel to the 25th Meeting on Public Economics, a two-day general-purpose conference focused on public economics.

The aim of the workshop is to provide an opportunity to bring together relevant research work in the field of fiscal policy evaluation, both from the micro and macro traditions.

More information on the event

Friday 26 January

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

Smart cities and communities – Replication workshop

Brussels

The workshop will bring together all Smart Cities and Communities projects run under the Horizon 2020 EU funding programme. It will look at the concrete ways in which the solutions developed in the projects can be replicated in other European cities.

The event is organised around three main themes: low-energy districts; integrated infrastructure; urban mobility.

More information on the event

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Tuesday 23 January


10:00 ZEW Survey - Economic Sentiment (Jan)
15:00 Consumer Confidence (Jan) (Preliminary release)

Wednesday 24 January


24h Eurogroup meeting
09:00 Markit Services PMI (Jan) (Preliminary release)
09:00 Markit PMI Composite (Jan) (Preliminary release)

Thursday 25 January


24h EcoFin Meeting
12:45 ECB Deposit Rate Decision
12:45 ECB Interest Rate Decision
13:30 ECB Monetary policy statement and press conference

Friday 26 January


08:00 Private loans (YoY) (Dec)
08:00 M3 Money Supply (3m) (Dec)
08:00 M3 Money Supply (YoY) (Dec)
19:30 CFTC NC net positions
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