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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 18-23 November 2019

This week, trade ministers debate WTO reform and trade agreements; farm ministers discuss the future of the CAP; and MEPs continue Hearings of Commissioner-candidates, and debate the Rule of Law in Hungary, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 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 18-23 November 2019.

Monday 18 November

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee and Political Group meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Eurozone: Eurogroup President Mário Centeno will discuss recent developments in the Euro area with the Economy and Monetary Affairs Committee, with topics such as the economic slowdown as well as completing the Banking Union, including the setup of the European deposit insurance scheme, likely to be raised by MEPs.

ACP-EU Assembly: Members of the European Parliament and parliamentarians of 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will meet in Kigali, Rwanda, for the 38th ACP-EU Assembly. Climate change and food security, migration, sustainable growth and the post-Cotonou agreement are set to be the focus of the event (Sunday 17 to Thursday).

Plenary preparations: Political groups will prepare for the 25-28 November session in Strasbourg, where MEPs are set to elect the new European Commission, following the presentation by Ursula von der Leyen of the College of Commissioners and their programme. They will discuss the upcoming 12-13 December EU summit and the U.N. Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid. MEPs are also set to vote on the EU's 2020 budget. The sitting finally includes the award of the EP's LUX film Prize and a solemn sitting with Oleg Sentsov, 2018 Sakharov Prize Laureate, recently released from prison.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Monday 18 - Tuesday 19 November

European Commission - Other bodies and agencies | Events/Conf/Fairs | Business, taxation and competition - Economy and the euro - Energy, environment and climate

Banking regulation and sustainability

Ispra, Italy

The EU is fully committed to reaching the EU 2030 climate and energy targets and to mainstream sustainable development into EU policies.

Against this background, in 2018 the Commission published an action plan on financing sustainable growth. On the back of this plan, the European Banking Authority (EBA) prepared its own work plan and identified its key priorities. These include considerations on how sustainability can be incorporated into the regulatory and supervisory framework of EU credit institutions.

This joint JRC-EBA workshop moves forward on the various challenges related to integrating sustainability into the EU banking regulation framework.

It aims at bringing together academics, supervisors, policymakers and industry representatives, promoting a structured dialogue on how banks could measure and manage risks related to the environmental, social and governance dimensions.

More information on the event

Monday 18 - Wednesday 20 November

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

Raw Materials Week 2019

Brussels

The 4th edition of the Raw Materials Week will take place in Brussels on 18-22 November 2019.

It builds on a series of events organised by the European Commission addressing the latest news on raw materials in the EU.

It will be a unique opportunity for the raw materials community to discuss and exchange on all relevant issues: policy, technology, international cooperation, framework conditions, knowledge base etc.

More information on the event

Monday 18 November

Other bodies and agencies | Events/Conf/Fairs | Consumer affairs and public health

European antibiotic awareness day 2019 – launch event

Stockholm, Sweden

This launch event will mark the 12th European antibiotic awareness day. It is a platform for governmental institutions, professional and patient organisations, country representatives and media to come together and discuss the current situation regarding antibiotic resistance and the actions taken to address them by all stakeholders, both at EU and national levels.

The launch event will be hosted by the European Centre for disease prevention and control (ECDC) and the representation of the European Commission in Sweden and will include keynote speeches, a panel debate, and a public debate with stakeholders and citizens.

More information on the event

Monday 18 November

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

Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Brussels

Finland is currently holding the presidency of the Council of the EU, they introduce the agenda of this meeting in this video.

Future of the CAP post 2020

Ministers will exchange views on the environmental and climate-related aspects of the post 2020 CAP reform package which consists of three legislative proposals:

  • three legislative proposals:
  • a regulation on the CAP strategic plans
  • a regulation single common market organisation (CMO)
  • a horizontal regulation on financing, managing and monitoring the CAP

Regulations on CAP transitional rules

The Commission will present its proposals for CAP transitional rules, which it recently adopted with the aim of guaranteeing certainty and continuity in the granting of support to European farmers before the new CAP enters into force. Ministers will hold an exchange of views on the proposed rules.

Any other business

Ministers will be informed about the following items:

  • apiculture sector
  • rice imports from Myanmar
  • maize imports from Ukraine
  • EU-China bilateral agreement on certain products

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 19 November

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

General Affairs Council

Brussels

The presidency will inform ministers on progress in the work on the multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027. This item will be taken in public session.

Ministers will start preparations for the European Council meeting on 12-13 December by discussing an annotated draft agenda.

On enhancing respect for the rule of law in the EU, ministers will first hold, in public session, an exchange of views with Michael O'Flaherty, Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. They will then focus on conclusions on the evaluation of the Council's annual rule of law dialogue.

The Council will also take stock of the situation on enlargement and the stabilisation and association process following the October European Council.

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 19 November

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

European forum for electronic components and systems (EFECS) 2019

Helsinki, Finland

The European forum for electronic components and systems (ECS) 2019 (EFECS 2019) brings together major actors in the ECS industry and in other industries that are immediate users of ECS products, in an effort to promote the networking of businesses.

The success of the ECS industry is important because of the strategic significance that a swift access to using the latest innovations in the field has for the competitiveness of the rest of the industry.

The event is organised by AENEAS, ARTEMIS-IA, EPoSS, ECSEL Joint Undertaking and the European Commission, in association with EUREKA and under the auspices of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU.

More information on the event

Wednesday 20 November

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

'Clean energy for EU islands' forum

Split and Hvar, Croatia

The 'Clean energy for EU islands' initiative was launched in May 2017 and provides a long-term framework to help islands generate their own sustainable, low-cost energy.

The 4th 'Clean energy for EU islands' forum takes place in Croatia and will start with a political event and then continue with interactive workshops and a technology fair.

More information on the event

Wednesday 20 November

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

EaSI technical assistance workshop on brand-building strategies

Berlin, Germany

The European Commission is organising a one-day social finance workshop on brand-building strategies under the Employment and social innovation (EaSI) technical assistance programme for social enterprise finance providers.

The content of the workshop will be developed in interactive sessions. At the end of the day participants should have a better understanding of key concepts, implications and branding strategies, acquire a framework to build a relevant and consistent brand identity and tools to develop their own marketing and communication strategy.

More information on the event

Wednesday 20 November

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee and Political Group meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Convention on the Rights of the Child: Parliament is organising a high-level conference to mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as to discuss progress made over the past three decades and reflect on the challenges that children and youth face today. It will be opened by Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians, Parliament President David Sassoli as well as Spanish singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Bisbal.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Wednesday 20 November

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

EIT Food conference: the future of food

Brussels

This conference is organised by the EIT Food initiative of the European Institute of innovation and technology (EIT). It will gather policymakers and food innovation experts to brainstorm on the future of food.

The event will provide a platform to discuss the possible solutions and the key levers for transforming the food system and delivering impact. It will bring together EIT Food partners with EU policymakers from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council, as well as other EU stakeholders from industry, academia and civil society.

The format will allow participants to play an active role, by taking part in a series of interactive workshops. The outcome will consist of a set of recommendations geared towards inspiring practical solutions in this time of EU leadership change.

More information on the event

Thursday 21 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 - Trade

Brussels

WTO

The Council will discuss the state of play of the World Trade Organization (WTO) reform.

Ministers will also prepare for the next WTO ministerial conference. This will be held in June 2020, in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

FTAs and EU-US trade

Ministers will have an opportunity to discuss recent developments in EU-US trade relations.

The Council will also have a policy debate on the implementation of free trade agreements (FTAs).

This follows the European Commission's third report on the implementation of EU FTAs. The report, presented in October 2019, covers the year 2018.

International trade

Under any other business, the Commission will present the results of the 2019 Eurobarometer survey on international trade.

Over lunch, ministers will have an informal discussion about trade relations with China and the state of play of other bilateral trade negotiations.

Agenda and briefing

Thursday 21 - Friday 22 November

European Commission | Events/Conf/Fairs | Economy and the euro - EU regional and urban development - Research and innovation - Statistics

New economic and statistical perspectives on urban and territorial themes (NESPUTT 2019)

Milan, Italy

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the University of Milan-Bicocca organise NESPUTT, an international workshop which will take place in Milan on the 21-22 November 2019.

The workshop aims at fostering an interdisciplinary debate involving economists, statisticians, modellers and other social scientists towards a better understanding of contemporary regions and cities, viewed as complex socio-economic systems.

It encourages contributions about new theoretical/methodological approaches and applied research from regional economics, behavioural economics, environmental economics, experimental economics, statistics and other quantitative disciplines.

More information on the event

Thursday 21 November

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Hearings of Commissioner-candidates: The Conference of Presidents (EP President and the leaders of the political groups) is scheduled to hold an exchange of views with the three executive vice presidents-elect (Valdis Dombrovskis, Margrethe Vestager and Frans Timmermans) and decide on the outcome of the hearings process.

Migrants/Libya: The Civil Liberties Committee and the Human Rights sub-committee will assess conditions for asylum-seekers in Libya against the backdrop of the situation in the country, including how armed groups may be linked to organised crime and the conditions in detention centres. Guests include representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Commission, UNHCR, IOM, Médecins sans Frontières as well as International Rescue Committee (IRC) President David Miliband.

Rule of Law/Hungary: The Finnish Presidency of the EU Council will report to the Civil Liberties Committee on the latest discussion in Council on the Article 7(1) procedure against Hungary to determine whether there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the EU's common values. This is the first substantial discussion on the subject in the current legislative term.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Thursday 21 - Friday 22 November

Council of the EU and European Council - Presidency of the Council of the EU | Political Meetings | Culture, education and youth

Education, Youth, Culture & Sport Council

Brussels

The Council will discuss culture and sport issues on 21 November and youth on 22 November. The Council already met already on 8 November to discuss education.

Culture

Culture ministers are expected to adopt a resolution on the cultural dimension of sustainable development aiming at enhancing culture's contribution to the global challenge of sustainability.

The Council will also hold a public debate, entitled 'Strengths, innovation potential and global competitiveness of the European cultural, creative and audiovisual industries'.

Sport

The Council is expected to adopt conclusions on combating corruption in sport, proposing a number of measures and initiatives to be taken by the member states, the Commission and the sports movement to strive for fairness and safety in sport.

Ministers are also expected to adopt conclusions on safeguarding children in sport, aiming at covering all types of safety concerns, namely those related to keeping children safe from harm, abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect as well as those deriving from the actual practice of sports.

Ministers will also hold a public debate on ways to promote good governance in sport. They will be joined by the new President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and former Sports Minister of Poland, Mr. Witold Banka who will make a speech and will be available to answer questions.

Youth

The Council is expected to adopt conclusions on digital youth work aiming at contributing to bridge the digital divide among young people and to make the best possible use of available digital means and technologies.

Additionally, ministers are expected to adopt conclusions on education and training of youth workers encouraging member states as well as regional and local authorities, academia and civil society to learn from each other, and share best practices to improve the quality of the education and training of youth workers.

Furthermore, ministers will hold a public debate entitled 'A vision for youth work in Europe - climate change, young people and youth work', during which they will discuss how youth work can support and help channel the energy and enthusiasm of young people in order not only to raise awareness through climate activism, but to become effective agents of change in policies and lifestyles.

Agenda and briefing

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 18 November


09:00 ECB's De Guindos speech
13:05 ECB's Lane speech

Tuesday 19 November


09:00 Current Account n.s.a (Sep)
09:00 Current Account s.a (Sep)
10:00 Construction Output w.d.a (YoY) (Sep)
10:00 Construction Output s.a (MoM) (Sep)

Wednesday 20 November


09:00 EU Financial Stability Review
17:00 ECB's Lane speech

Thursday 21 November


08:10 ECB's Mersch speech
09:40 ECB's De Guindos speech
12:30 ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts
15:00 Consumer Confidence (Nov) (Preliminary release)
18:30 ECB's De Guindos speech

Friday 22 November


08:30 ECB's President Lagarde speech
09:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Nov) (Preliminary release)
09:00 Markit Services PMI (Nov) (Preliminary release)
09:00 Markit PMI Composite (Nov) (Preliminary release)
20:30 CFTC EUR NC Net Positions
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