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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 17-21 December 2018

This week, the Council is due to agree 2019 fishing quotas for the Atlantic and North Sea, and to reach a partial general approach on the new LIFE programme for 2021-2027; the Commission holds the EU-Ukraine renewable energy investment forum, and conferences on multimodal sustainable transport and sustainable building; and MEPs set off on delegations before the Christmas break. 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 17-21 December 2018.

Monday 17 - Tuesday 18 December

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

Agriculture and Fisheries Council


Atlantic and North Sea: Fishing opportunities for 2019

Ministers are due to agree on the 2019 fishing opportunities for the Atlantic and North Sea. The Council is responsible for fixing total allowable catches and allocating fishing opportunities. Decisions are taken on the basis of a proposal from the European Commission and scientific advice from the international council for the exploration of the sea (ICES).

Future of the CAP post 2020

The Council will also take stock of the progress made under Austrian presidency on the post 2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform package. The three legislative proposals are designed to make the CAP fit for the future.

EU bioeconomy strategy

The Council will have an exchange of views on the EU bioeconomy strategy which was recently updated by the Commission. The strategy aims to improve and scale up the sustainable use of renewable resources to address global and local challenges such as climate change and sustainable development.

Other issues

Along with a variety of issues, ministers will be informed on:

  • plant proteins
  • forest damages in the EU
  • fibronil incident
  • establishment of an international centre for antimicrobial resistance solutions

Agenda and briefing

Monday 17 December

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament delegations

Agenda by day in PDF format

Monday 17 - Tuesday 18 December

European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee, Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Economy and the euro, Employment and social rights, Enlargement, external relations and trade

2018 Euromed Summit of economic and social councils and similar institutions

Turin, Italy

The summit aims at promoting greater understanding of the main issues affecting organised civil society in the Euro-Mediterranean region and at discussing the common challenges they face.

The summit brings together around 120 participants from economic and social councils or similar institutions, representatives of employers, trade unions, other economic and social interests groups and NGOs from member countries of the Union for the Mediterranean (UFM).

This year, the exchange will focus on the following topics:

  • Education and training in the Euro-Mediterranean region
  • Social economy and entrepreneurship in the Euro-Mediterranean region

This year's event is co-organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European Training Foundation (ETF), and co-financed by the European Commission.

More information on the event

Monday 17 December

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

Multimodal sustainable transport - which role for the internalisation of external costs?


European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, and the Directorate-General Transport and Mobility are inviting transport stakeholders to discuss first insights from a study on sustainable transport infrastructure charging and the internalisation of transport externalities.

The event is organised as a part of the 2018 Year of Multimodality which Commissioner Bulc has called for to promote the functioning of the transport sector as a fully integrated system, making better use of existing capacities in all transport modes, and improving efficiency of the logistics chains.

During the conference key sector experts will share their views on setting the right price for transport and there will be opportunities to discuss and understand:

  • the external costs across transport modes
  • the extent to which the 'user pays' and 'polluter pays' principles are implemented in the EU for the different modes
  • how the playing field can be balanced
  • how to better manage the impact of externalities

More information on the event

Monday 17 - Tuesday 18 December

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Enlargement, external relations and trade, Research and innovation

High-level Forum Africa-Europe: Taking cooperation to the digital age

Vienna, Austria

The President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, as the current Chairperson of the African Union, and the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Sebastian Kurz, as Austria holds the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, cordially invite African and European heads of State or government, CEOs of major global companies, as well as innovative entrepreneurs and stakeholders, to a high-level Forum Africa-Europe.

The forum's theme 'Taking cooperation to the digital age' promotes innovation and digitalisation as important enablers for our future development, so that everyone can benefit from the ongoing digital transformation. A lot of innovation is happening both in Africa and in Europe, with many creative start-ups providing solutions for different emerging challenges, and this forum is an opportunity to showcase them and to learn from each other.

More information on the event

Tuesday 18 December

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

Sustainable building conference: Level(s) – Bringing buildings into the circular economy


This conference will explore the growing support across Europe for 'Level(s)' - the European Commission's new sustainable building reporting framework which aims to provide the insights that will shape future building sector policy.

Level(s) is aimed at creating a common European drive towards improved performance across six areas: lifecycle emissions, resource efficiency, water use, health and comfort, resilience and adaptation, and cost and value. With over 130 building projects in 21 countries now testing Level(s), the conference will be a good opportunity to network with the community who is shaping the future of the EU building sector policy, and hear from market leading voices, including Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs.

This conference is open to all stakeholders interested in Level(s) and not restricted to organisations currently testing it.

More information on the event

Tuesday 18 December

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business, taxation and competition, Economy and the euro, Energy, environment and climate

EU-Ukraine renewable energy investment forum

Kiev, Ukraine

The high-level forum is co-organised by the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy and Ukrainian stakeholders: Ukraine's Parliament's (Verkhovna Rada) energy committee, the State Agency on energy efficiency and energy saving on Ukraine, and Ukraine's energy think-tank, Dixi Group.

The forum aims to share the EU and worldwide experience in developing the market for renewable energy and identify best ways for the boosting the market for renewable energy sources (RES) in Ukraine.

The event will gather some 200 key policy stakeholders of Ukraine who work on energy policy and renewable energy policy in particular, as well as members of the international (donor) community active on renewable energy policy in Ukraine.

More information on the event

Tuesday 18 December

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Culture, education and youth

Information session: European universities


Following the recent launch of the European Universities Initiative under the 2019 Erasmus+ call, the European Commission's Directorate General for education, youth, sport and culture and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) are hosting an information session in Brussels for organisations interested in the initiative.

The event will be opened by Commissioner for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Tibor Navracsics. Both the long-term vision of the initiative and more practical elements of applying for the pilot call will be covered.

More information on the event

Thursday 20 December

Council of the EU and European Council, European Council, Political Meetings, Energy, environment and climate

Environment Council


The Environment Council is expected to reach a partial general approach on the new LIFE programme for 2021-2027. The proposed regulation will ensure that the EU's flagship programme for environmental protection, climate action and the conservation of European wildlife species and habitats continues beyond 2020.


Environment ministers will discuss a proposed regulation to set CO2 emission standards for trucks and buses. This regulation would, for the first time, make heavy-duty vehicles subject to greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

Ministers will debate the EU's ambitious long-term strategy for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Two of the eight scenarios proposed by the Commission spell out how the EU could reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Other topics

Among other subjects of the Council, the Austrian Presidency will inform the ministers on the directive on single-use plastics and the regulation on CO2 standards for cars and vans.

Agenda and briefing

Document Actions
Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 17 December

10:00 Trade Balance n.s.a. (Oct)
10:00 Trade Balance s.a. (Oct)
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 Consumer Price Index (YoY) (Nov)

Wednesday 19 December

10:00 Construction Output s.a (MoM) (Oct)
10:00 Construction Output w.d.a (YoY) (Oct)

Thursday 20 December

09:00 Current Account n.s.a (Oct)
09:00 Current Account s.a (Oct)

Friday 21 December

15:00 Consumer Confidence (Dec) (Preliminary release)
20:30 CFTC NC net positions
EU Calendar
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