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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 18-23 December 2017

15 December 2017, 13:29 CET

This week, energy ministers look to agree four legislative files under the clean energy package; the Commission holds the EU Agricultural Outlook conference and the Export Control Forum; and MEPs attend the Internet Governance Forum, and the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Haiti. 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 to 23 December 2017.

Sunday 17 December

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Delegation


Sudan/Human Rights: a delegation from the Human Rights Subcommittee will visit Sudan to assess the human rights situation in the country, including freedom of religion, the situation of irregular migrants living in refugee camps and the progress being made towards providing support for children, including refugees and those who are disabled. (Sunday to Tuesday)

Agenda by day in PDF format

Monday 18 December

Council of the EU and European Council, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Political Meetings, Transport and travel

Transport, Telecommunications & Energy Council


Ministers will discuss four legislative files under the clean energy package. These are the following:

  • regulation on governance of the Energy Union
  • directive on the promotion of energy from renewable sources
  • directive on common rules for the internal market in electricity
  • regulation on the internal electricity market

The objective is to agree on a general approach for each of the files. This would allow the start of negotiations with the European Parliament under the co-decision legislative procedure.

It would also mark an important step towards implementing the Energy Union strategy and reaching the European Union's 2030 energy and climate goals.

The clean energy package has three main objectives:

  • prioritising energy efficiency
  • achieving global leadership in renewable energy
  • providing a fair deal for consumers

This package contains eight legislative files in total. The other four items concern energy efficiency, energy performance of buildings in addition to risk-preparedness in the electricity sector and the European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER).

The Council has already agreed its positions on the first three. Work on the ACER regulation is ongoing and will depend on the results of the Energy Council.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 18 - Tuesday 19 December

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

2017 EU Agricultural Outlook conference


The EU Agricultural Outlook conference is an opportunity to discuss the future of agriculture in Europe and the challenges which lie ahead.

The 3rd edition of the annual conference will be opened by Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner, Phil Hogan.

Discussions on the first day will focus on the modernisation and simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), led by a number of high-level panels.

The second day will examine the latest Agricultural Outlook report (2017-2030) covering EU dairy, meat and crop markets over the next 10 years. Produced with the support of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the Agricultural Outlook report will be debated by a panel of experts.

Participants will include EU institutions, governments and international organisations, those involved in the food supply chain, market experts, academics, think tanks and civil society.

More information on the event

Monday 18 December

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

Petion-ville, Haiti

The 34th plenary session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly will be held in Petion-ville, Haiti, in the presence of MEPs and their counterparts from the national parliaments of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Climate change and natural disasters, the interconnection between security and development in EU and ACP policies, reconstruction aid and the situation in Mauritania are high on the agenda. (Monday to Wednesday)

Agenda by day in PDF format

Tuesday 19 December

European Commission, Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Enlargement, external relations and trade

2017 Export Control Forum


The European Commission and the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU are inviting representatives from EU Member States and the European Parliament, industry and civil society to participate at the 2017 Export Control Forum.

The forum will provide an opportunity to exchange information about ongoing export control implementation in the EU, and to review the state of play of the legislative process regarding the proposal for a modernisation of EU export controls.

It will be opened by representatives of the Commission, the Presidency and the European Parliament, and will convene selected panels of experts, to be followed by open dialogue with the stakeholders.

More information on the event

Tuesday 19 December

European Medicines Agency, Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Consumer affairs and public health

European Medicines Agency (EMA) information day on risk management planning


This information day is aimed primarily at providing marketing authorisation holders and marketing authorisation applicants with practical advice on risk management plans (RMP) drafting, using the principles of risk assessment and management included in good pharmacovigilance practice (GVP) module V rev. 2.

Content requirements and procedural advice for RMP submission will be presented with practical examples provided, based on frequent questions from applicants, assessors, and European Medicines Agency (EMA) risk management specialists. Highlights will include types of products with different legal basis application. Feedback from the industry will be discussed, and the EMA and the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) will provide their views on topics raised.

More information on the event

Tuesday 19 December

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

Internet Governance Forum


A delegation of MEPs will participate in the 12th meeting of the Internet Governance Forum 2017 in Geneva. The IGF is a UN-driven, global, multi-stakeholder forum that fosters discussions and dialogue about public policy issues related to the internet. (Tuesday to Thursday)

Agenda by day in PDF format

Thursday 21 December

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

Clean energy future - The legacy of the Estonian Presidency

Tallinn, Estonia

The Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU is approaching its final and decisive stages. After that, a thorough review of the whole process is of course needed. We invite you to join us to discuss the main takeaways from the Estonian Presidency in the field of energy.

During the conference, participants will hear about the outcomes of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) two brand new reports. The presentation of IEA's flagship 'World Energy Outlook 2017' will provide valuable insights about global trends in energy.

A panel discussion will follow on how well the Estonian Presidency performed as the mediator of negotiations on Clean Energy Package proposals and what the long-term implications of these decisions are. A panel of experts will discuss the relevance and follow-up of the Tallinn e-Energy declaration, signed by 29 EU/EEA Member States, European Commission and 25 EU business associations.

More information on the event

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Monday 15 January

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

Wednesday 17 January

10:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (YoY) (Dec)
10:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (MoM) (Dec)
10:00 Consumer Price Index (YoY) (Dec)
10:00 Consumer Price Index (MoM) (Dec)

Friday 19 January

09:00 Current Account s.a (Nov)
n/a Current Account n.s.a (Nov)
19:30 CFTC NC net positions
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