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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 29 June-4 July 2020

This week, ministers discuss sustainable fishing; the Commission launches the Just Transition Platform - Coal Regions in Transition virtual week, and debates the economic impacts of maritime spatial planning; while MEPs in committee vote on energy storage and chemicals strategy for sustainability and discuss the EU's long-term recovery 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 29 June-4 July 2020.

Monday 29 June

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament committee and political group meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

EU approach to energy storage: as part of efforts to achieve the goal of a carbon-neutral EU by 2050, the Industry and Energy Committee will vote on proposals to increase energy storage capacity and guarantee the security of energy supply, with renewables making up an increasingly larger part of Europe's energy mix. MEPs should present ideas to develop storage through hydrogen, batteries and other solutions.

Chemicals strategy for sustainability: the Environment, Public Health and Food Security Committee will adopt a resolution calling for a chemicals strategy for sustainability that effectively ensures a high level of protection of human health and the environment, minimising exposure to hazardous chemicals. The Commission should present a chemicals strategy for sustainability after the summer.

Appointment of EBA Executive Director: the European Banking Authority's candidate for Executive Director, Francois-Louis Michaud, will be heard by Economic and Monetary Affairs MEPs, who will then vote on whether to confirm or reject the candidate. In January this year, MEPs rejected Gerry Cross for the same post (Monday: hearing, Thursday: vote results).

Monitoring mechanism for core EU values: an update on the establishment of an EU Mechanism on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights, which would regularly assess the rule of law situation in all member states, will be discussed in the Civil Liberties Committee. Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders, President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Rik Daems, European Network of Councils for the Judiciary President Filippo Donati, and Jonas Grimheden, Programme Manager at the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, will join the discussion.

Plenary preparations: political groups will discuss topics on the agenda of the 8-10 July Brussels plenary part-session and prepare for debates with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel on the programme of the incoming German Council presidency and with EU Council President Charles Michel on the outcome of the MFF-focused 19 June EU summit. MEPs will also discuss upcoming votes on the mobility package and sectorial COVID-19 measures and prepare their input to debates on the future EU Health Strategy, on the fight against money laundering, on EIB activities, on EU energy networks and storage and on the 2019 Human Rights report.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Monday 29 June

European Commission | Events/Conf/Fairs | Energy, environment and climate - EU regional and urban development - Food, farming and fisheries

Economic impacts of maritime spatial planning

Online

The study 'Economic impacts of maritime spatial planning' is part of the Joint Roadmap to accelerate maritime/marine spatial planning processes worldwide. By 2030 the results of this study, combined with the other 9 actions of the joint roadmap, are expected to triple the area of territorial waters that benefit from an effectively implemented maritime spatial planning (MSP) system.

The webinar will present the findings of the study and formulate recommendations. It will be organised in 3 blocks:

  • presentation of the results
  • practical applications derived from the study for international MSP guidelines, which are under development
  • the way forward

More information on the event

Monday 29 June - Friday 3 July

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

Launch of the Just Transition Platform - Coal Regions in Transition virtual week and Carbon Intensive Regions seminar

Online

The European Commission is delighted to announce the launch of the Just Transition Platform - Coal Regions in Transition Virtual Week and Carbon Intensive Regions seminar, a series of 6 online sessions taking place during the week of 29 June 2020.

The week will kick off with the launch of the Just Transition Platform, where the European Commission will present this new, comprehensive assistance package, designed for helping authorities and stakeholders to implement a 'just transition'.

The launch of the platform will be followed by the Coal Regions in Transition virtual week, organised by the Secretariat of the Coal Regions in Transition initiative, addressing issues faced specifically by coal, peat and oil shale regions.

During the week, a stakeholder seminar will also be held, hosted by the European Commission, focusing on regions dependent on carbon intensive industries.

More information on the event

Monday 29 June

European Committee of the Regions | Events/Conf/Fairs | Business

EuroPCom 2020

Online / Brussels

EuroPCom, the European public communication conference, is the largest annual meeting point for experts in the field of public communication and jointly organised by the EU institutions in Brussels.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, EuroPCom will look different this year:

  • On 29 June 2020, EuroPCom goes virtual to bring you a series of 3 webinars.
  • On 7 and 8 December 2020, EuroPCom will continue as a physical event, a virtual one or a mix of both.

The 11th edition of the conference will gather around 1000 communication experts from local, regional, national and European authorities and associations, as well as academia, private communication agencies and NGOs. A variety of formats will provide learning and training opportunities and plenty of possibilities for exchange of views and best practices.

More information on the event

Monday 29 - Tuesday 30 June

Council of the EU and European Council - Presidency of the Council of the EU | Political Meetings | Food, farming and fisheries

Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Video conference / Luxembourg

EU agriculture and fisheries ministers will hold a video conference to discuss the recent Commission communication on sustainable fishing and the state of play of some legislative proposals in the policy areas of agriculture and fisheries. The video conference will be fully live streamed on the Council's website.

The Commission will present its communication 'Towards more sustainable fishing in the EU: state of play and orientations for 2021' released on 16 June 2020. An exchange of views among ministers will follow. This launches the yearly exercise establishing quotas for fishing opportunities for the year 2021.

Under any other business, the Croatian presidency will inform ministers on the state of play of the current legislative acts related to fisheries and agriculture.

The Croatian presidency will inform about progress achieved during its term on the legislative proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform.

In relation to fisheries, the Croatian presidency will inform on the state of play of the current legislative proposals, including the regulation on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

Finally, the Commission will provide information to ministers about the bycatch of dolphins, porpoises and other protected species.

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Agenda and briefing

Monday 29 - Tuesday 30 June

European External Action Service | Events/Conf/Fairs | Asylum and migration - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Syria: IV Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region

Brussels

The Brussels IV Conference will be an opportunity to gather all relevant actors to effectively address the current situation, offer continued support to UN efforts for a comprehensive political solution to the Syrian conflict, mobilise necessary financial support for Syria and neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees, as well as provide a unique platform for dialogue with civil society.

With over 6 million people displaced outside Syria and 11 million people in need of humanitarian assistance across the country, the Brussels Conference will mobilise donors to pledge further humanitarian, development and stabilisation assistance for Syrians inside Syria and in neighbouring countries.

A series of dialogues with Syrian and other civil society actors will also take place, to discuss the needs of those caught up in this terrible conflict and how to ensure the international community can support durable solutions. This includes Syrian women, who have a vital role to play in the political process and must participate fully.

More information on the event

Tuesday 30 June - Wednesday 1 July

European Commission - Other bodies and agencies - Presidency of the Council of the EU | Events/Conf/Fairs | Culture, education and youth

Enhancing European cooperation in vocational education and training : Looking back planning ahead

Online

Hosted under the Croatian and German Presidencies of the EU in cooperation with the European Commission, this virtual conference, jointly organised by the European Training Foundation (ETF) and the European Centre for the development of vocational training (Cedefop), will review achievements made on the joint priorities in European cooperation in vocational education and training (VET) during 2015-2020. It will also debate Cedefop's and ETF's overall evidence, data and intelligence on the key challenges for VET in a forward-looking perspective.

The event, organised on the eve of setting new priorities for VET, will bring together high-level representatives of the European Commission, the Croatian and German Presidencies of the EU, policymakers, social partners and experts from all participating countries and international organisations.

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Tuesday 30 June

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament committee and political group meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

MFF/EU long-term and recovery budget: the EP's Multiannual Financial Framework and Own Resources Contact Group, chaired by President Sassoli, will meet in the morning. They will discuss Parliament's key conditions and negotiating strategy on the revised proposals for the MFF 2021-2027 and Own Resources as well as for the European Recovery Instrument, ahead of 17 July European Council. Budgets Committee Chair Johan Van Overtveldt will hold a press conference, at around 11:30.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Tuesday 30 June - Thursday 2 July

European Committee of the Regions | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

139th plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions

Online

The members of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) will meet online in their 139th plenary session on 30 June, 1 and 2 July 2020 via Interactio (remote meeting).

Different debates will take place and several opinions and resolutions are tabled.

More information on the event

Wednesday 1 - Thursday 2 July

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

EIB-ESM capital markets webinar

Online

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) are organising a webinar on capital markets.

The programme will cover macroeconomic themes, as well as the role of sustainable finance in the economic recovery, among others.

Participants will benefit from discussions with high-level speakers from the public and private sectors in a confidential setting.

Please note that the first day of this webinar is targeted at reserve managers of central banks and official institutions only. The second day is open to all types of investors.

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Thursday 2 July

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

EIC ePitching with investors on Internet of Things and smart cities: ready for the next step?

Online

The European Innovation Council (EIC) is pleased to invite all eligible start-ups to participate in its monthly EIC ePitching with investors.

This edition will focus on Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities. A limited number of EIC-backed up SMEs will have the chance to show their innovative solutions via an online tool to a jury of investors.

This exclusive service will include specific training and will be an excellent opportunity to exchange experiences with fellow EIC companies.

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Thursday 2 July

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament committee and political group meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

French minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly: the Security and Defence Subcommittee will meet with France's Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly to make an overall assessment of the defence and security challenges facing Europe.

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Thursday 2 July

European Economic and Social Committee | Events/Conf/Fairs | Economy and the euro - International aid, development and cooperation

The role of volunteering in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Warsaw, Poland

The aim of the conference is to reaffirm the important social and economic role of volunteering in meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and to highlight that, in view of the growing societal challenges that the authorities of the EU Member States are often unable to meet, volunteers can play an effective part in achieving these goals by meeting social needs more rapidly and efficiently than public institutions.

The role of volunteering should therefore be recognised and valued by all Commissioners under the policy of the new European Commission, and there should be long-term support for volunteers.

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 29 June


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

Tuesday 30 June


09:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (YoY) (Jun) (Preliminary release)
09:00 Consumer Price Index (YoY) (Jun) (Preliminary release)

Wednesday 1 July


08:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Jun)

Thursday 2 July


09:00 Producer Price Index (YoY) (May)
09:00 Producer Price Index (MoM) (May)
09:00 Unemployment Rate (May)

Friday 3 July


08:00 Markit Services PMI (Jun)
08:00 Markit PMI Composite (Jun)
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