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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 9-13 December 2019

This week, an EU summit focuses on climate change, the EU's long-term budget and Brexit after Britain's general election; the Madrid climate change conference comes to an end; and the Commission presents its long-awaited European Green Deal to the European Parliament. 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 9-13 December 2019.

Monday 2 - Friday 13 December

European Commission - Other bodies and agencies | Political Meetings | Energy, environment and climate

Madrid climate change conference (COP25)

Madrid, Spain

The EU and its Member States will take part in the 2019 UN climate change conference (COP25) as parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The EU pavilion will host a broad set of side events to stimulate debate on key thematic areas by engaging observers and facilitating dialogue with party delegates and other participants.

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Monday 9 December

Presidency of the Council of the EU | Events/Conf/Fairs | Culture, education and youth

Conference: PISA and beyond

Helsinki, Finland

The 'PISA and beyond' conference will present the latest PISA results and discuss the subsequent conclusions in an effort to contribute to the preparations of the new strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training.

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Monday 9 December

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

Josep Borrell Fontelles will chair the Foreign Affairs Council for the first time since he was appointed the new EU High Representative.

Current affairs

The Foreign Affairs Council will start with a discussion on current affairs, allowing ministers to review pressing issues on the international agenda. These may include foreign affairs issues which are likely to come up on the agenda of the European Council on 12-13 December.

Ministers may also touch upon political developments in Libya and Bolivia, and the situation in Iran following the recent meeting of the Joint Commission (JCPOA).

EU-Africa relations

Foreign ministers will discuss EU-Africa relations to prepare for the upcoming EU-African Union ministerial meetings and summit in 2020. The discussion will feed into the debate on a new comprehensive strategy for Africa.

Human rights

Ministers will look at the promotion and protection of human rights in the world, ahead of the Human Rights Day on 10 December. Ministers could touch upon the EU's work on human rights, the instruments at its disposal and the priorities for the coming months.

Council's working methods

Over lunch, foreign ministers will informally discuss the Foreign Affairs Council working methods. The new High Representative will share his perspective on the next few years.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 9 December

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee and Political Group Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Climate change/COP25: a European Parliament delegation will attend the UN COP25 Climate Change Conference in Madrid. Last week, MEPs in plenary session declared a climate emergency and called on the EU to cut emissions by 55% by 2030 to become climate neutral by 2050 (Monday to Saturday).

Conference on the Future of the Europe: the Constitutional Affairs Committee will finalise its input for EP leaders (Conference of Presidents) on how to structure the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe. The Conference, organised by Parliament, Council and Commission is to start in 2020 and run for two years. It is intended to involve a cross-section of society and give citizens the chance to contribute to the reform of the EU.

Plenary preparations: political groups will prepare for the last session in 2019 from 16 to19 December in Strasbourg, where MEPs will honour the winner of the 2019 Sakharov Prize, imprisoned Uyghur economist Ilham Tohti, as well as have a debate on the situation of the Uyghur in China. Parliament will celebrate 10 years of the Lisbon treaty, discuss the results of the 12-13 December Summit, elect the European Ombudsman, vote on two laws to counter VAT fraud, discuss the latest developments in Malta and debate animal welfare as well as ways to close the gender pay gap.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Monday 9 - Tuesday 10 December

Council of the EU and European Council - Presidency of the Council of the EU | Political Meetings | Consumer affairs and public health - Employment and social rights

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

Brussels

The Council will discuss health issues on 9 December and employment and social policy on 10 December. Both meetings start at 10.00 and are expected to finish around 16.30.

The Council will hold a public debate entitled "Economy of Wellbeing - next steps in investing in health as its key component" as a follow up to the adopted conclusions on the economy of wellbeing from 24 October 2019. Ministers will discuss the topic with a focus on the areas of mental health, healthy ageing and the relation of wellbeing and the digital society.

European pharmaceutical policy

The Council will then hold a second public debate on improving access to medicines. Ministers will discuss the challenges of the European pharmaceutical system and possible measures to propose as input to the new Commission in this field.

Labour markets

On the second day, the Council is expected to adopt conclusions on inclusive labour markets, aiming to underline the economic value of improving employment of people in a vulnerable position.

Health and safety at work

The Council is also expected to adopt conclusions on a new EU strategic framework on health and safety at work, inviting the Commission to present a new strategic framework for 2021-2027.

Gender equality

Ministers will also adopt conclusions on gender-equal economies in the EU, reviewing the first 25 years of implementation of the UN Agenda for gender equality and women's empowerment (Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, adopted in 1995).

Furthermore, ministers will hold a public debate on the future of gender equality and gender mainstreaming in the EU.

Future of work

Finally, ministers will also hold a public debate on the future of work and social acquis relating to employment and industrial relations, with a view to identifying possible areas for improving social dialogue.

Any other business

Ministers will be informed about:

  • the state of play on the regulation on health technology assessment
  • the state of health in the EU
  • the state of play on the decision on public employment services (PES)
  • the housing situation in the EU
  • the outcome of the seminar on preventing domestic violence with men and boys held in Stockholm in September 2019
  • the work programme of the incoming Croatian presidency

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 10 December

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

EU Energy Day at COP25

Madrid, Spain

The EU Energy Day will be hosted at the EU Pavilion and will showcase the EU leadership role in transforming the European and the global economy towards carbon neutrality. International stakeholders will discuss opportunities and challenges linked to the energy system transformation and try to identify shared values and avenues for international cooperation activities.

A high-level opening will set the stage for the day, conveying the political message of the event. The programme includes 4 thematic sessions addressing the role of renewables, innovation, just transition and buildings in the energy transition and a closing session on Copernicus application to reduce methane emissions.

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Tuesday 10 December

Other bodies and agencies - Presidency of the Council of the EU | Events/Conf/Fairs | Culture, education and youth - Employment and social rights

Skill development of workers in the platform economy: anticipating the future of work and learning

Brussels

The European Centre for the development of vocational training (Cedefop), together with the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU, is organising the 8th Cedefop Brussels seminar. These seminars, organised in cooperation with the rotating EU Presidencies, build on Cedefop research and analyses, and address issues relevant to European debates on vocational education and training (VET) and employment.

In the context of the ongoing global debate on the future of work and skills, this seminar will focus on the implications of rising online platform work for the skills formation and matching of workers. What are the new skill demands and learning practices in the platform economy? To what extent can changing learning practices in crowdwork provide insights into the future of work and learning? How do existing EU VET and skills policies need to adapt to meet the new lifelong learning challenges and opportunities for digital workers?

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Tuesday 10 December

European Commission | Events/Conf/Fairs | Food, farming and fisheries

2019 EU agricultural outlook conference

Brussels

The EU agricultural outlook conference is a key annual opportunity for European stakeholders to engage and discuss the future of agriculture in Europe and the challenges that lie ahead. This will be the 5th edition of the conference.

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Tuesday 10 December

Council of the EU and European Council - Presidency of the Council of the EU | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

General Affairs Council

Brussels

The Council will focus on Article 7 procedures. It will hold a hearing on Hungary and take stock of the situation as regards the rule of law in Poland.

Ministers will then continue preparations for the European Council on 12-13 December 2019 by discussing draft conclusions. They will also assess the implementation of previous European Council conclusions.

The Council will hold a policy debate on the multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027. This item will be taken in public session.

Ministers will also exchange views, in public session, on the Commission's work programme for 2020 and multiannual programming.

Finally, in preparation for the next European Semester, the incoming Croatian presidency will present the 2020 European Semester roadmap.

Agenda and briefing

Wednesday 11 December

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

European Green Deal/Special plenary: Parliament will hold an extraordinary plenary session 14:00-16:00 on Wednesday, at which European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans will present "The European Green Deal" and the timeline of related legislative proposals to MEPs and hear their first reactions. The European Green Deal should enable Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Wednesday 11 December

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

Retail Forum for Sustainability's 10 years anniversary and way forward

Brussels

It has been 10 years that the retail sector and the European Commission are working side by side with a common goal: promote sustainable consumption, reducing the environmental impact of the EU retail sector and its supply chain. They are doing this also through the Retailers' environmental action plan, a voluntary initiative which aims at reducing environmental impacts in the retail sector and its supply chain, promoting more sustainable products, and providing better information to consumers.

Come celebrate the 10 years anniversary of the Retail Forum for Sustainability on the 11 December 2019 in Brussels and learn more on how this fits within the new EU Green Deal.

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Wednesday 11 December

Presidency of the Council of the EU | Events/Conf/Fairs | Justice and citizens' rights

The rule of law : Better understanding the recent case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)

Helsinki, Finland

The rule of law is one of the common values that form the foundation of the EU. Strengthening the rule of law in the EU is one of the priorities of the EU's future work, and it is also one of the key themes of the ongoing Finnish Presidency. Over the past few years, the European Court of Justice has issued several rulings on the rule of law, which will be the focus of analysis at the seminar.

Several experts will give speeches on the rule of law and related case law at the seminar. The speakers include top experts from administration, the judicial system and academia.

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Thursday 12 December

European Commission | Events/Conf/Fairs | Business - Employment and social rights

EaSI technical assistance workshop on non-financial support: strengthening an impact portfolio

Paris, France

The European Commission is organising a one-day social finance workshop on 'Non-financial support: strengthening an impact portfolio', under the Employment and social innovation (EaSI) technical assistance programme for social enterprise finance providers.

Non-financial support can take the shape of:

  • human resources management support
  • fine-tuning financial projections
  • structuring the internal processes
  • or business development

This workshop will discuss how to implement these dimensions in the portfolio management and how to use them to foster a long-term partnership with investees. Although one can observe similar recurring needs among social enterprises, practices vary from one social finance provider to another.

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Thursday 12 December

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

Corporate governance conference: company law and climate change?

Helsinki, Finland

The conference aims to assess the role of company law and corporate governance in the action against climate change and other related global ecological threats. For the said purpose, the conference facilitates a broad and open exchange as regards both the ongoing development and possible ways forward in the EU and other relevant markets.

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Thursday 12 December

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

Time's up for food waste! Setting the EU action agenda towards 2030

Brussels

Under the auspices of the Finnish Presidency to the Council of the EU, the Commission is organising a public conference dedicated to food loss and waste prevention.

The event, held on occasion of the 7th meeting of the EU Platform on food losses and food waste, will help define the EU action agenda and path towards the global target of halving food waste by 2030.

The conference is open to all stakeholders active in food loss and waste prevention, interested to know more about and contribute to the EU's work in this field.

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Thursday 12 December

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

Sustainable built environment research and innovation partnership under Horizon Europe

Brussels

The European Commission is inviting stakeholders to join a discussion on the establishment of the Build4People partnership; a research and innovation partnership on 'people-centric sustainable built environment'. It will provide a cross-cluster structure, bringing together public and private sectors to create research and innovation pathways based on a holistic view of the built environment for sustainability and better living. The Build4People partnership will be implemented under the Horizon Europe programme (2021-2027).

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Thursday 12 - Friday 13 December

Council of the EU and European Council - European Council | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Council

Brussels

EU leaders will look at several issues, including climate change and the EU's long-term budget. This will be the first EU summit chaired by Charles Michel since he was elected European Council President by EU leaders on 2 July 2019.

Climate change

The European Council will finalise its guidance on the EU's long-term strategy on climate change to be submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat in early 2020. EU leaders will focus on the target of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

Long-term EU budget

EU heads of state or government will discuss the multiannual financial framework (MFF) — the EU's long-term budget. The discussion will be based on a negotiation box with figures prepared by Finland's presidency, as requested by the leaders in October.

External relations

The European Council may also address specific external relations issues in the light of developments on the international scene.

Economic and monetary union

On 13 December there will be a meeting of the Euro Summit (inclusive format). EU27 leaders will take stock of progress made on the implementation of the June 2019 Statement of the Euro Summit, including the:

  • revision of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Treaty
  • budgetary instrument for convergence and competitiveness (BICC)
  • technical work on the strengthening of the banking union

Brexit

On 13 December, EU27 leaders will discuss Brexit and preparations for the negotiations on future EU-UK relations after the withdrawal.

Agenda and briefing

Thursday 12 December

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

EU Water Innovation Conference 2019

Zaragoza, Spain

The EU Water Innovation Conference 2019 (EUWIC) will be held on 12 December 2019 in Zaragoza, Spain, under the theme 'Accelerating action to tackle water pollution and enhance EU preparedness to water-related climate change impacts'.

The conference aims to raise awareness about the need and urgency to improve water management across the European Union towards a water-smart society, take stock of recent European Commission's policy assessments and of research and innovation results and outcomes, as well as to promote the exchange of best practices and innovative approaches at the technical, governance and policy levels.

The programme will include a session on 'Preparedness to water-related climate change impacts'.

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Friday 13 December

European Commission - Presidency of the Council of the EU | Events/Conf/Fairs | Food, farming and fisheries - Research and innovation

Smarter rules for safer food and plant health

Brussels

This conference, organised by the Commission with the support of the Finnish EU Presidency, will present the new rules on official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products, which become applicable on 14 December 2019.

The conference provides an opportunity for EU countries, stakeholders, and third countries to share best practice on certain key issues, and a means to increase the level of awareness and preparedness among EU countries, stakeholders and trading partners alike.

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 16 December


09:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Dec) (Preliminary release)
09:00 Markit Services PMI (Dec) (Preliminary release)
09:00 Markit PMI Composite (Dec) (Preliminary release)
10:00 Labour Cost (Q3)

Tuesday 17 December


10:00 Trade Balance n.s.a. (Oct)
10:00 Trade Balance s.a. (Oct)

Wednesday 18 December


08:00 Non-Monetary Policy ECB Meeting
08:30 ECB's President Lagarde speech
10:00 Consumer Price Index (MoM) (Nov)
10:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (YoY) (Nov)
10:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (MoM) (Nov)
10:00 Construction Output w.d.a (YoY) (Oct)
10:00 Consumer Price Index (YoY) (Nov)
10:00 Construction Output s.a (MoM) (Oct)

Friday 20 December


09:00 Current Account n.s.a (Oct)
09:00 Current Account s.a (Oct)
15:00 Consumer Confidence (Dec) (Preliminary release)
20:30 CFTC EUR NC Net Positions
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