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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 25-29 January 2021

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This week, foreign affairs ministers discuss current affairs, and EU-UK cooperation; the AgFish Council discusses fishing opportunities; at the European Parliament, ministers present Portuguese priorities in specific policy areas; the Commission organises a workshop on the role of fiscal policy in mitigating the COVID-19 crisis; and MEPs in committee debate COVID-19 vaccines, and vote on the circular economy, and on corporate due diligence. 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 January 2021.

Monday 25 January

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament committee meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Eurozone: the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will hold two separate debates, first with Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe and then with ECOFIN Chair and Portuguese Minister of State for Finance João Leão. During the meetings, MEPs are likely to discuss economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic, the reform of the Stability and Growth Pact, as well as the priorities of the Portuguese presidency.

Farm to Fork Strategy: the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee together with the Environment, Public Health and Food Security Committee will hold a first joint debate on the EU 'Farm to Fork' Strategy that aims to offer healthy, sustainable, high-quality and affordable diets to European consumers.

Portuguese Presidency: in a first set of meetings, ministers will present Portuguese priorities in specific policy areas, in a series of parliamentary committee hearings. Portugal will hold the Presidency of the Council until July 2021 (Monday to Thursday).

Agenda by day in PDF format

Monday 25 January

Council of the EU and European Council | Political Meetings | Enlargement, external relations and trade

Foreign Affairs Council

Brussels

The meeting will be chaired by Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Current affairs

Ministers will first be briefed on current affairs, including the detention of Alexei Navalny, as well as transatlantic relations, in light of the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th US President on 20 January.

Ministers will then look at the EU strategy for sharing COVID-19 vaccines with our global partners. They will also take stock of the migration situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and recent developments concerning Turkey, Egypt, the Horn of Africa, the Gulf region, Hong Kong and Venezuela.

Japan

The Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Toshimitsu Motegi is expected to join by video call for an exchange on two topics: Japan's Indo-Pacific vision and regional security in Asia.

Climate diplomacy

Ministers will then exchange views on climate and energy diplomacy, with a focus on promoting the external dimension of the European Green Deal. The Council is also expected to adopt conclusions on this topic

EU-UK cooperation

During an informal lunch, ministers will discuss EU-UK cooperation.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 25 January

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

Informal video conference of agriculture and fisheries ministers

Brussels

EU agriculture and fisheries ministers will hold an informal video conference chaired by the Portuguese presidency. Ministers will discuss the post-2020 CAP reform, trade-related issues and fishing opportunities for stocks shared with the United Kingdom.

Trade

The Commission will brief ministers on:

  • trade-related agricultural issues
  • a study by the Joint Research Centre regarding the impact of trade agreements

Exchanges of views on the two above points will follow.

CAP reform package

The Portuguese presidency will inform ministers on the state of play of the negotiations concerning the current reform process of the Common Agricultural Policy.

Fishing opportunities 2021

Ministers will discuss fishing opportunities for the stocks shared with the United Kingdom. They aim to agree on guidance for the Commission ahead of its upcoming consultations with the UK.

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 26 January

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament committee meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

COVID-19 vaccines: European Medicine Agency (EMA) Director Emer Cooke will be quizzed by members of the Environment, Public Health and Food Security Committee on vaccine authorisation, availability and deployment.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Wednesday 27 January

European Committee of the Regions | Events/Conf/Fairs | Energy, environment and climate - EU regional and urban development

Financing the renovation wave

Online

The Green Deal is a unique opportunity for Europe to step up its ambition and ensure that the EU can become climate neutral by 2050 and renovating the European building stock will play a crucial role in achieving this goal.

Renovation of buildings is often a competence of the sub-national authorities, and is an area where local and regional authorities can have a significant impact, while also greatly benefitting from any technical and financial support. This event aims at bringing together the local and regional actors who have to realise concrete renovation projects, and the institutions and initiatives that support these same projects.

This event is part of the 'Green Deal going local' initiative of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), a satellite event of the European Climate Pact.

More information on the event

Wednesday 27 January

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament committee meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Migration/Greek islands: the situation of migrants and refugees on the Greek islands will be debated by the Civil Liberties Committee with the Commission and NGO representatives. The Commission will present a pilot project to MEPs that involves the EU Asylum Office (EASO), FRONTEX, Europol, the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) as well as the Greek government, to establish and operate a new reception and identification centre on Lesvos.

Circular economy: the Environment, Public Health and Food Security Committee will vote on its response to the EU Circular Economy Action Plan. It aims to increase the production of sustainable goods in order to reduce waste and ensure that the EU has a well-functioning internal market for high-quality secondary raw materials. Currently, the production of materials we use every day is responsible for 45% of CO2 emissions.

Corporate due diligence: ahead of legislative proposals on new due diligence and corporate accountability rules for EU firms arriving later this year, the Legal Affairs Committee will vote on a draft resolution calling for mandatory requirements to address and remedy human rights, environmental and governance failures. Calls to strengthen supply chain traceability are also included in the draft text.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Thursday 28 January

European Commission | Events/Conf/Fairs | EU regional and urban development

5th annual forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian region (EUSAIR)

Online / Belgrade, Serbia

The 5th annual forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian region (EUSAIR) will be virtually held under the slogan 'Strengthening the resilience of the Adriatic and Ionian region through cooperation'. Bringing together ministers in charge of foreign affairs and European funds, Commissioner Elisa Ferreira, relevant stakeholders and the public to discuss the future of the strategy, the forum will focus on key issues in the region:

  • the regional response to the COVID-19 crisis
  • the recovery of the cultural and creative industries
  • the digital and green transition
  • the new methodology for enlargement and the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans
  • as well as macro-regional cooperation in relation to the EU post-2020 strategic and legal framework.

Participants will also be offered networking opportunities through a virtual conference platform and a chance to explore initiatives and projects in the Adriatic and Ionian region at the virtual exhibition stands.

More information on the event

Thursday 28 January

European Commission | Events/Conf/Fairs | Covid-19 - Economy and the euro

The role of fiscal policy in mitigating the COVID-19 crisis

Online

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) is organising its annual workshop on fiscal policy, dedicated this year to the role of fiscal policy in mitigating the COVID-19 crisis.

The workshop will be organised in form of a webinar with high-profile speakers from academia and international institutions.

It will be structured in 2 parts:

  • an introduction by Commissioner Gentiloni, followed by a keynote speech by Laurence Boone (OECD) on 'Tackling the fallout from COVID-19'
  • a high-level policy panel discussing the role of fiscal policy in mitigating the effects of the COVID crisis.

More information on the event

Friday 29 January

European Committee of the Regions | Events/Conf/Fairs | Business - EU regional and urban development

Entrepreneurial societies make resilient regions

Online

The Organisation for economic cooperation and development (OECD) and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) are jointly organising this webinar.

This webinar is addressed to policymakers, stakeholders and academics active in the field of entrepreneurship and SME policies.

European regions and cities face a different landscape and diverging recovery prospects. The crisis is going to persist longer than initially expected and its repercussions are going to be felt more strongly in more vulnerable regions. Consequently, the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically emphasises the need to invest in developing entrepreneurial societies, being a crucial factor to build resilient regions.

More information on the event

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 22 February


14:45 ECB's President Lagarde speech

Tuesday 23 February


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

Thursday 25 February


01:00 EU leaders summit
10:00 Private Loans (YoY) (Jan)
10:00 M3 Money Supply (3m) (Feb)
10:00 M3 Money Supply (YoY) (Jan)
11:00 Services Sentiment (Feb)
11:00 Consumer Confidence (Feb)
11:00 Industrial Confidence (Feb)
11:00 Business Climate (Feb)
11:00 Economic Sentiment Indicator (Feb)
11:45 ECB's Lane speech

Friday 26 February


01:00 EU leaders summit
21:30 CFTC EUR NC Net Positions
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