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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 16-20 November 2020

15 November 2020, 21:57 CET
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This week, the Council debates the EU response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the new consumer agenda; the Commission holds a conference on the Environmental Liability Directive; MEPs in committee discuss economic recovery from the pandemic with ECB President Lagarde, and debate terrorism, organised crime and cybersecurity; and it's European Citizens' Initiative Week. 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 16-20 November 2020.

Monday 16 November

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament committee and political groups meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Building a European Health Union: the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee will have a first discussion on the Commission's proposals on serious cross-border threats to health, the revamp of the European Medicines Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control as well as the proposal on "Building a European Health Union: preparedness and resilience", with Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides.

Terrorism, organised crime and cybersecurity: the Civil Liberties Committee will debate, with Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson and the German Presidency, EU tools to fight terrorism, organised crime and cyber threats, in the light of recent terrorist attacks. The need to enhance the exchange of police information, particularly DNA, fingerprint and vehicle registration data, is likely to be addressed.

EU long-term budget: Parliament's negotiating team on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and Own Resources will debrief the Budgets Committee on the political agreement on future EU financing reached with the German Presidency on 10 November. Parliament met its objectives to secure top-ups for key EU programmes, obtained a legally binding calendar for the introduction of new Own Resources and strengthened the role of the budgetary authority.

EU aid for COVID-related measures and natural disasters: over 132 million euros will be given to Croatia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Portugal and Spain as advance payment to cover expenses related to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19 in early 2020. This support will be mobilised through the EU Solidarity Fund, and will be put to the vote in the Budgets Committee. MEPs will also vote on freeing up almost 700 million euros to help Croatia after the March earthquake, and Poland following floods in June.

Plenary preparations: political groups will prepare for the 23-26 November plenary session, where MEPs will debate and vote on media freedom and how to protect journalists in Europe, and tackle hate speech and disinformation; on a new industrial strategy for Europe; on guaranteeing product safety; and on tackling homelessness. During the next session, MEPs will also debate the consequences of COVID-19 on foreign policy and on the Schengen system and give their input for the 10-11 December EU summit.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Monday 16 November

European Commission | Others | Institutional affairs - Justice and citizens' rights

European Citizens' Initiative Week

Online

In January 2020, the new rules on the European citizens' initiative started to apply, making it easier for EU citizens to call upon the European Commission to propose legislation in areas that matter to them and where the Union has the power to act.

Since the beginning of the year, the Commission has received two initiatives that successfully gathered the support of over 1 million EU citizens, while others are still collecting and expected to be submitted soon. The future of the European citizens' initiative looks promising, even though the health crisis makes managing a European citizens' initiative more challenging.

To mark the beginning of this new phase in the life of the European Citizens' Initiative and give it a new impetus, the European Commission is inviting you to a full week of online activities built around the European Citizens' Initiative.

The event will be live web streamed and simultaneous interpretation will be available in the following languages: EN, FR, DE, IT, ES, PL.

More information on the event

Monday 16 November

European Economic and Social Committee | Events/Conf/Fairs | Economy and the euro - Energy, environment and climate - Research and innovation

Industrial transition towards a green and digital European economy

EESC, Brussels

On 16 November 2020, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a virtual hearing in the framework of its exploratory opinion requested by the European Parliament 'Industrial transition towards a green and digital European economy: regulatory requirements and the role of social partners and civil society'.

The purpose of the hearing will be to contribute to the EESC opinion and to the debate on the policy priorities to promote the re-orientation of European production and reveal a series of innovative business practices.

The debate will focus on the following questions:

  • What are the prospects and challenges for European industry?
  • What support does EU industry need most at EU level?
  • What is the key to European competitiveness and how can social partners and civil society contribute?

More information on the event

Monday 16 - Friday 20 November

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

Environmental Liability Directive - 7th stakeholder conference

Online

The 7th stakeholder conference of the Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) is organised as a series of 4 webinars with an aim of sharing views about the implementation of the directive and how to enhance it.

The further aim of the event is to inform participants about the new multiannual work programme and the ELD guidelines on environmental damage.

4 broad themes will be discussed in each webinar:

  • Financial security – 16 November 2020
  • ELD guidelines on environmental damage – 17 November 2020
  • Environmental damage cases. A new perspective from the ground – 19 November 2020
  • ELD multiannual work programme 2021-2024 – 20 November 2020

More information on the event

Monday 16 November

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

Video conference of agriculture and fisheries ministers

Video conference

EU agriculture and fisheries ministers will hold an exchange of views on the current situation of the EU's agricultural market.

Other issues

Ministers will hear information on a number of matters:

  • food losses and food waste: assessment of progress made in implementing the Council conclusions adopted on 28 June 2016 - information from the presidency and the Commission
  • conference on the 'farm to fork' strategy - information from the Commission
  • preparation of the United Nations food systems summit - information from the presidency
  • perspectives for the EU forest-related policies and EU forest strategy post-2020 - information from the presidency
  • state of play in relation to mink and COVID-19 in Denmark - information from the Danish delegation
  • cooperation measures and financing of veterinary programmes concerning African swine fever - information from the Czech and Polish delegations

This session will be live streamed on the Council's website.

Agenda and briefing

Wednesday 18 November

European Commission | Events/Conf/Fairs | Economy and the euro - Institutional affairs

Joint conference of DG Budget and the Internal Audit Service (IAS)

Online / Brussels

The Internal Audit Service (IAS), leading practitioner in the risk, control and auditing community, has a long tradition of organising annual conferences.

For the 2020 edition, which also coincides with IAS's 20th anniversary, we will organise an afternoon event in a hybrid format, with a limited number of participants and a much larger number of guests that can join in a virtual mode via interactive platforms and webstreaming. This year's IAS conference will be co-hosted by the Directorate-General for Budget (DG Budget) of the European Commission. The theme of the conference will be 'Moving into the next decade: Where do we come from and where are we going?'.

More information on the event

Wednesday 18 November

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

Digital Transport Days 2020

Online

European Commissioner for Transport Adina Valean, in cooperation with the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union, has the pleasure to invite you to the Digital Transport Days 2020 held on 18 November in digital format.

Join us for this conference addressing new mobility challenges and the European vision of digitalisation for transport and mobility. We will in particular discuss to what extent the COVID-19 pandemic has affected transport and mobility, and how digitalisation can contribute to recovery and a return to a 'new normal' life. We will also exchange views on the contribution of digitalisation to the EU Green deal, to TEN-T networks and to the further development of the European mobility data space.

More information on the event

Thursday 19 November

Council of the EU and European Council | Political Meetings | Enlargement, external relations and trade - International aid, development and cooperation

Foreign Affairs Council

Brussels

Agenda and briefing

Thursday 19 November

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

Video conference of internal market and industry ministers

Video conference

EU industry in the recovery

Ministers will hold a policy debate on how to make the most of the recovery plan. They will discuss ways to achieve a more dynamic, resilient and competitive European industry through investments in the green transformation and clean industry.

Ministers are invited to structure their interventions around the following questions:

  • what are two central aspects that the update of the industrial strategy should focus on?
  • what specific measures, including the ones already on the table, could especially help or will be most effective in order to implement a green and sustainable transformation whilst safeguarding and raising the competitiveness of European industry?
  • what adjustments are needed in order to foster cooperation on industrial technologies and how can we organise the relevant processes to make them more efficient for everyone?
  • The Commission recently announced it will update of the new industrial strategy for Europe, which will take into account the:

  • lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis
  • global competitive context
  • need to accelerate the twin green and digital transitions

The Council discussions will provide the Commission with political guidance and conclusions are expected to be adopted to that effect.

New consumer agenda

The Commission will present its new consumer agenda which is planned for adoption shortly before the video conference. The Commission's objective is to reinforce the synergies between the EU and national consumer policies around several priorities, in particular the green and digital transitions and the effective enforcement of consumer rights online.

2020 annual report of the SME envoy network

The Commission will present the 2020 report of the SME envoys network.

Work programme of the Portuguese presidency

The Portuguese delegation will present the priorities of its upcoming presidency of the Council in the field of internal market and industry.

Agenda and briefing

Thursday 19 November

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

Video conference of the members of the European Council

Video conference

This meeting will focus on the EU response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It comes as a follow-up to the video conference held on 29 October, where EU leaders highlighted the need to strengthen the collective effort to fight the pandemic and focused on testing and tracing policies and on vaccines.

At a previous meeting on 15 and 16 October, the leaders discussed coordination at EU level against COVID-19 and agreed to revert regularly to this matter.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 16 November

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament committee and political groups meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

ECB President Lagarde: Christine Lagarde will be heard by MEPs of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in her capacity as both President of the ECB and Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board. The economic recovery from the pandemic will top the issues to be discussed.

High-level Conference on Migration and Asylum: MEPs and national MPs will gather virtually to discuss the way forward to manage migration and asylum in Europe. High-level speakers include Parliament and Commission Presidents David Sassoli and Ursula von der Leyen, the Presidents of the German parliament, Wolfgang Schäuble, of the Portuguese parliament, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, and of Slovenia's parliament, Igor Zorcic as well as UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi and International Organization for Migration Director General António Vitorino..

Agenda by day in PDF format

Friday 20 November

Council of the EU and European Council | Political Meetings | Enlargement, external relations and trade - International aid, development and cooperation

Foreign Affairs Council (Defence)

Brussels

EU ministers of defence will be briefed by High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell about current affairs, including on the situation in Mali and operation IRINI.

Ministers will also have an exchange of views on the Strategic Compass - the process providing enhanced strategic direction for EU security and defence - and the strategic review of PESCO. PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation) is a framework and process to deepen defence cooperation between those EU member States. The Council is expected to adopt conclusions on the latter.

The video conference will be preceded by the Steering Board of the European Defence Agency, starting at 9AM.

Agenda and briefing

Friday 20 November

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

Video conference of space ministers

Video conference

Europe's role in the global space economy

Ministers will have an informal policy debate on Europe's role in the global space economy. They will exchange views on how the EU can enhance the competitiveness of its space industry and play a bigger role in shaping international regulatory regimes.

Ministers will be invited to structure their interventions around the following questions:

  • what are your expectations towards the European space industry in terms of its role in international markets?
  • what specific measures should be taken, notably with regard to fair conditions for the global market, Space Traffic Management, space financing and protection of intellectual property rights and cyber security?
  • what role should Europe assume in multilateral negotiation processes relevant to the space sector?

Preparation of the 10th Space Council

Ministers will prepare the meeting of the 10th Space Council, to be held by video conference in the margins of the video conference of space ministers. The Space Council is a joint meeting of the EU Council (Competitiveness – space configuration) and of the European Space Agency (ESA) Council at ministerial level.

The Space Council will hold a policy debate on the European contribution to establishing key principles for the global space economy. Ministers will be invited to exchange views on what actions, including programmatic, political and regulatory, of the EU, ESA and their respective member states are needed to:

  • build a globally competitive and robust European space economy and support recovery from COVID-19 crisis
  • foster European space autonomy, security and resilience
  • enhance European space cooperation, including in the green and digital transitions

Work programme of the Portuguese presidency

The Portuguese delegation will present the priorities of its upcoming presidency of the Council in the field of space.

Agenda and briefing

Document Actions
Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 18 January


11:00 Eurogroup Meeting

Tuesday 19 January


08:00 EcoFin Meeting
10:00 Current Account n.s.a (Nov)
10:00 ECB Bank Lending Survey
10:00 Current Account s.a (Nov)
11:00 ZEW Survey – Economic Sentiment (Jan)
11:00 Construction Output w.d.a (YoY) (Nov)
11:00 Construction Output s.a (MoM) (Nov)

Wednesday 20 January


11:00 Consumer Price Index (MoM) (Dec)
11:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (YoY) (Dec)
11:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (MoM) (Dec)
11:00 Consumer Price Index (YoY) (Dec)

Thursday 21 January


01:00 EU leaders summit
13:45 ECB Interest Rate Decision
13:45 ECB Deposit Rate Decision
14:30 ECB Monetary Policy Statement and Press Conference
16:00 Consumer Confidence (Jan) (Preliminary release)

Friday 22 January


10:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Jan) (Preliminary release)
10:00 Markit Services PMI (Jan) (Preliminary release)
10:00 Markit PMI Composite (Jan) (Preliminary release)
21:30 CFTC EUR NC Net Positions
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