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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 28 May-2 June 2018

25 May 2018, 18:09 CET

This week, foreign ministers discuss Iran and the nuclear deal, and the situation in Gaza; the EU presidency holds a conference on pan-European personal pension product; the Commission holds events on e-invoicing and tendering of public service contracts for rail passenger transport; the European Aviation Safety Agency hosts the 2nd training on cybersecurity in aviation; and MEPs in plenary are set to approve new rules on the posting of workers, trade defence tools, and the next long-term EU budget. 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 28 May to 2 June 2018.

Monday 28 May

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.

The High Representative and ministers may refer to the Sofia Summit on 17 May, recent developments related to North Korea and the situation in Yemen.

Iran

Foreign ministers will continue to discuss Iran and the nuclear deal (JCPOA) in light of the latest developments, in particular after the US decision to withdraw from the agreement.

This follows the discussion by EU leaders at their meeting in Sofia on 16 May. At this meeting, they agreed unanimously that the EU will stay in the agreement as long as Iran remains fully committed to it.

Venezuela

Foreign ministers will exchange views on the political situation in Venezuela, after the presidential election of 20 May. The Council is expected to adopt conclusions on Venezuela.

Democratic Republic of Congo

The Council will discuss the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following up on the Council conclusions of 11 December 2017 and in view of the foreseen elections at the end of the year.

Gaza

Over lunch, foreign ministers will discuss the situation in Gaza following recent developments, including in relation to the move of the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

African, Caribbean and Pacific countries

The Council is expected to discuss the negotiating mandate for the future agreement between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The current ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, also known as the Cotonou Agreement, will expire in February 2020.

Foreign ministers had an initial discussion during January's Foreign Affairs Council. Development ministers had a discussion on 22 May 2018.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 28 - Tuesday 29 May

Council of the EU and European Council, European Council, Political Meetings, Business, taxation and competition

Competitiveness Council

Brussels

Monday, 28 May: Single market and industry

The Council is expected to confirm its position on a proposal to improve mutual recognition of goods between member states.

This proposal is part of the so-called goods package and is intended to increase trust in the single market.

Ministers will hold a first debate on rules aimed at giving more bargaining power to small companies that use online platforms and search engines in order to expand their business.

This is a recent initiative of the digital single market strategy.

Tuesday, 29 May: Research, innovation and space

The Council will hold a debate on research and innovation in the context of the next multiannual financial framework, the EU's long-term budget.

This takes place one week before the presentation of a proposal to establish "Horizon Europe", the new 7-year framework programme for research and innovation.

Ministers are also expected to agree on the extension of research activities carried out under the EURATOM programme until the end of 2020.

The Council will be invited to adopt conclusions on knowledge circulation and on the European Open Science Cloud.

Ministers will also debate on the future of the EU space policy.

The satellites that the EU sends into orbit allow millions of people to use new technologies and to travel by land, sea and air.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 28 May

European Economic and Social Committee, Events/Conf/Fairs, Culture, education and youth, Energy, environment and climate, International aid, development and cooperation

Civil society indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals

Brussels

In the context of the UN 2030 Agenda, the European Economic and Social Committee (ESSC) is organising a public debate where participants will explore and propose indicators suited to European civil society's needs for monitoring the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In light of civil society calls for indicators that are grounded in bottom-up knowledge, and in view of the efforts from the first annual Eurostat report on the SDGs that was published last year, this public debate will give civil society the opportunity to recommend an appropriate framework to involve stakeholders in the review of the EU SDG indicators. The Sustainable Development Observatory (SDO) of the EESC will provide a space for discussion and reflection on how organised civil society would like to be better involved in the types of indicators selected for monitoring the SDGs. Panelists will debate options and hear the public's solutions for a broader and deeper set of qualitative and indicator suggestions, seeking further ways for multi-stakeholder collaboration to meet the SDGs more effectively.

More information on the event

Monday 28 May

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament plenary session

European Parliament, Strasbourg

Agenda by day in PDF format

Monday 28 - Wednesday 30 May

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Energy, environment and climate, Research and innovation

Workshop on checks and management of agricultural land in Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS)

Vilnius, Lithuania

The 2018 Joint Research Centre (JRC) workshop on checks and management of agricultural land in the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) will be co-hosted by the Lithuanian Agricultural Information and Rural Business Centre (VIC).

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together the technical experts from the Member States and the European Commission to find appropriate solutions and foster innovative developments.

The 2018 IACS workshop will address some recurrent and persistent weaknesses that remain in some systems. Addressing these weaknesses will help to prepare the systems for the introduction of monitoring as means to substitute on-the-spot checks (OTSC).

More information on the event

Tuesday 29 May

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

How e-invoicing is connecting Europe: building a Digital Single Market

Brussels

The European Commission is organising an event on business-to-government (B2G) e-invoicing and the Connecting Europe Facility e-invoicing services available to public and private entities enabling them to comply with the EU Directive on electronic invoicing in public procurement.

This event takes place in the context of the legal deadline for EU countries' public entities to implement the European Standard on e-invoicing.

More information on the event

Tuesday 29 May

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

2018 Work Forum on the implementation of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities in the EU and its Member States

Brussels

The Work Forum aims at ensuring that the UN Convention is fully implemented across the EU. It allows to share experiences on its practical implementation and monitoring and to promote solutions to common challenges. It addresses substantive rights as well as governance matters. It is organised by the European Commission and takes place every year since 2010.

The forum brings together representatives of those responsible for implementing and monitoring the UN Convention, both at EU and national level. Civil society and disabled people's organisations also actively participate in the forum.

More information on the event

Tuesday 29 - Wednesday 30 May

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

2nd ENISA-EASA training on aviation cybersecurity

Athens, Greece

The EU Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will host the 2nd training on cybersecurity in aviation.

The goal is to provide an overview of the cybersecurity threat landscape for aviation's information infrastructures, an introduction of the Network and Information Security Directive and to deliver the 2d ENISA training on incident handling, customised for the aviation sector. The main goal of the training is to inform cybersecurity professionals in aviation sector on the latest cyber threats, on the handling of cyber incidents and provide a starting point for the challenges ahead.

The target audiences are airports, national aviation authorities, air carriers, air traffic control and international organisations interested to train their cybersecurity professionals in incident handling.

More information on the event

Tuesday 29 May

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament plenary session

European Parliament, Strasbourg

Posting of workers: Parliament is set to discuss and approve new rules to ensure equal pay and working conditions for workers sent temporarily to another EU country. After 18 months, all of the host country's labour rules would apply to posted workers. Travel, board and accommodation costs should be paid by the employer and not deducted from workers' salaries, according to the revised rules, which were informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators in March. A press conference is scheduled for 15:00.

Trade defence tools: the EU would be able to combat environmental and social dumping more effectively and better protect jobs thanks to a draft law to be debated on Tuesday and put to a final vote on Wednesday. Investigations into anti-dumping cases would be significantly shorter and would involve trade unions; a help desk would be set up for SMEs.

Gaza Strip/Jerusalem/US tariffs: MEPs will debate the situation in the Gaza strip and the status of Jerusalem with EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday afternoon. Additional US duties on imported steel and aluminium and the EU's response to protect its industry and jobs will be debated with EU trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, also on Tuesday afternoon.

Cost of non-Schengen: in their first annual report on the state of the Schengen area, MEPs condemn the continued temporary reintroduction of internal border checks and the building of physical barriers, including fences, between member states. The estimated cost of not applying Schengen for all countries for two years ranges from €25 billion to €50 billion. A press conference by the rapporteur is scheduled for 15.00 on Wednesday. (Tuesday, Wednesday).

Presidents of the Republic of Guinea and Colombia: Alpha Condé, President of the Republic of Guinea, will address MEPs in a formal sitting at 12.00 on Tuesday, outgoing Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday, also at noon. Press points by EP President Tajani and both presidents are scheduled for 12.30 on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Wednesday 30 May

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Transport and travel

The tendering of public service contracts for rail passengers transport: Meeting the challenge

Brussels

The workshop will offer a unique platform for competent authorities to share experience and best practices concerning the organisation of competitive award procedures for rail public service contracts (PSCs) and any related issues, such as e.g. how to best ensure access to/financing of rolling stock.

The workshop will also be an opportunity for representatives from competent authorities for the organisation of public passenger transport to meet and benefit informal networking.

This European Commission workshop will be hosted at the European Committee of the Regions.

More information on the event

Wednesday 30 May

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

Artificial intelligence – For sustainable and quality work

Brussels

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a public hearing as part of its work related to its own-initiative opinion on 'Artificial intelligence: anticipating its impact on jobs to ensure a fair transition'.

The main objective of the hearing will be to debate the impact of artificial intelligence on different sectors of work and to discuss how to anticipate these changes and developments in order to reduce the negative impact on workers, businesses and consumers, and to ensure a fair transition.

Getting ahead of the game by providing the data needed to better understand the effects of artificial intelligence in Europe and in the Member States is an absolute must. This hearing can help provide a clearer picture of the opportunities and challenges generated by the digital revolution.

More information on the event

Wednesday 30 May

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Employment and social rights

Pan-European personal pension product – Regulation, effects and problems

Sofia, Bulgaria

The event is organised by the Higher school of insurance and finance (VUZF University) Sofia in partnership with the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU and Investor.bg. More than 140 participants from Bulgaria and Europe are expected to attend.

The participants will discuss aspects of the forthcoming introduction of a unified product for personal capital pension insurance in the EU that will be implemented through an EU regulation.

The forum will involve the participation of representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, and other relevant stakeholders.

More information on the event

Wednesday 30 - Thursday 31 May

European Commission, Political Meetings, Energy, environment and climate

Meeting of the European Electricity Regulatory Forum

Florence, Italy

The Electricity Regulatory Forum ('Florence Forum') was set up to discuss the creation of the internal electricity market. It is currently addressing cross-border trade of electricity, in particular the tarification of cross-border electricity exchanges and the management of scarce interconnection capacity.

Participants include national regulatory authorities, Member State governments, the European Commission, transmission system operators, electricity traders, consumers, network users, and power exchanges. Since 1998, the forum has met once or twice a year.

More information on the event

Wednesday 30 May

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament plenary session

European Parliament, Strasbourg

Post-2020 EU budget: MEPs will debate and vote on a resolution giving their views on the EU Commission's recent proposal for the next long-term EU budget (2021-2027). They are expected to oppose EU Commission plans to reduce expenditure on both the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and cohesion policy and also to deplore the lack of clarity and comparability of the figures.

Xavier Bettel/Future of Europe: Mr Bettel will be the sixth EU leader to debate the future of Europe with MEPs and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday morning. A press point by Parliament's President Antonio Tajani and Prime Minister Bettel is scheduled for 11:15.

European Youth Event (EYE): on 1 and 2 June, more than 8,000 young people, aged 16-30, will meet in Parliament's premises in Strasbourg to discuss their views and ideas for the future of Europe in some 400 activities. EP President Tajani will open the third EYE of its kind. About 50 MEPs will attend workshops and debates during the event.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Thursday 31 May

European Economic and Social Committee, Events/Conf/Fairs, Energy, environment and climate

Energy transition in Europe's regions – Assessing regional economic effects of the transition to a smart and low-carbon energy supply

Brussels

While the environmental benefits of the transition to low-carbon energy supply systems have been widely discussed, economic effects have only been touched upon in a piecemeal fashion. In particular, it remains unclear how the economies of Europe's diverse regions are affected by the shift to decentralised, low-carbon energy supply. As recent political initiatives in relation to coal regions and islands however show, Europe's energy transition has a distinctively regional dimension.

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is currently working on an own-initiative opinion in which it seeks to take stock of existing economic analyses on the regional effects and develop an assessment framework. To this end, it invites representatives from the regions, civil society, and experts from the EU institutions and beyond to discuss new approaches to regional development propelled by regional energy transition in the context of a public hearing.

More information on the event

Thursday 31 May - Friday 1 June

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Energy, environment and climate, Food, farming and fisheries

2018 European Maritime Day conference

Burgas, Bulgaria

The 2018 European Maritime Day (EMD) conference will bring you:

  • 19 stakeholders workshops
  • a political opening with Ministers from Black Sea riparian States
  • a high-level debate on 'Black Sea Big Bang' – how to spur sustainable blue growth, generate investment and increase cooperation for an economic boom of the Black Sea region
  • a session on how to facilitate access to EU funds for blue growth and sea-basin-cooperation projects

More information on the event

Thursday 31 May

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

Financing energy efficiency in Greece and Cyprus

Athens

This event aims to share best practices from Greece and Cyprus as well as further countries 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 experiences in developing and structuring investment programmes and the event will allow time for debate.

The event is organised by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Greece and the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative. It is part of the Sustainable Energy Investment Forums initiative, funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme.

More information on the event

Friday 1 June

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

Digitalisation in humanitarian aid

Brussels

Access to digital tools and services is growing worldwide, offering new opportunities for more efficient, transparent, and accountable humanitarian aid. Digital technologies are adopted to access more accurate information, strengthen capacity to act quickly, anticipate and better prepare for disasters.

This event will provide the opportunity to brainstorm on concrete and innovative digital actions that have a real impact for people affected by crises.

A number of high-level speakers from the humanitarian world, the private and public sector, and the IT field will address a wide range of topics.

More information on the event

Friday 1 - Saturday 2 June

European Parliament, Events/Conf/Fairs, Culture, education and youth

European Youth Event (EYE2018)

Strasbourg

The European Youth Event (EYE2018), organised by the European Parliament in Strasbourg, is an opportunity for young people aged 16-30 to take part in a programme of workshops and events with policymakers and propose ideas for the future of Europe.

Ideas from the event will feed into a report to be circulated to MEPs following the event.

More information on the event

Document Actions
Eurozone Economic Calendar

Tuesday 29 May


08:00 Private loans (YoY) (Apr)
08:00 M3 Money Supply (3m) (Apr)
08:00 M3 Money Supply (YoY) (Apr)

Wednesday 30 May


09:00 Business Climate (May)
09:00 Economic Sentiment Indicator (May)
09:00 Industrial Confidence (May)
09:00 Services Sentiment (May)
09:00 Consumer Confidence (May)

Thursday 31 May


24h G7 Meeting
09:00 Unemployment Rate (Apr)
09:00 Consumer Price Index (YoY) (May)
09:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (YoY) (May) (Preliminary release)

Friday 1 June


24h G7 Meeting
08:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (May)
19:30 CFTC NC net positions

Saturday 2 June


24h G7 Meeting
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