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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 23-28 September 2019

This week, energy ministers focus on the contribution of the energy sector to climate action, while the Competitiveness Council looks at the EU strategy for sustainable growth; the Commission holds a regional seminar for candidate countries and the European education summit; environment MEPs attend the UN Summit on Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Action; European Central Bank President Mario Draghi attends his last 'monetary dialogue' with the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee; and we have Multilingualism Day, and the European Week of Sport. 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 23-28 September 2019.

Monday 23 - Tuesday 24 September

European Chemicals Agency - Other bodies and agencies | Events/Conf/Fairs | Research and innovation

Workshop on REACH review action 3

ECHA, Helsinki, Finland

In 2018, the European Commission published the 2nd REACH review. Action 3 proposed in this review aims to improve the workability and quality of extended safety data sheets.

The European chemicals agency (ECHA) is supporting the Commission in this work that was kicked off in a workshop in March 2019.

As a follow-up to the March event, ECHA, jointly with the Commission, is organising a 2nd workshop that will highlight and further discuss the outcomes of the first event and share information on the progress made on certain focus areas.

The September workshop will discuss, in particular, which of the practical solution elements that have already been identified are worthy of further development.

More information on the event

Monday 23 September

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Mario Draghi: European Central Bank President Mario Draghi will attend his last "monetary dialogue" with the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, to debate the ECB's monetary policy in the euro area. Mr Draghi will also make his final appearance as Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board.

UN Summit: MEPs from the Environment and Development committees will attend the UN Summit on Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Action. The objectives are two-fold: to come up with realistic plans to reach the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent and to net zero emissions by 2050, and focus on accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Monday to Wednesday).

Agenda by day in PDF format

Monday 23 - Friday 27 September

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

Workshop on extreme events and energy transitions - Tackling the challenges of climate change by integrating social and complex systems science

Ispra, Italy

Human activities exposes us to ever more frequent extreme events such as: power black-outs; droughts; extended floods.

This poses challenges to energy sustainability and actions to tackle climate change through renewable energies.

This workshop aims at exploring how to enable important advancements in this area by integration of complex system approaches with elements of social organisation and adaptation.

The event is open to people from EU countries working on extreme events and energy transition sustainability from both a social and a physical/engineering perspective, like practitioners, PhD students and postdoc/advanced researchers.

More information on the event

Monday 23 - Monday 30 September

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

European Week of Sport 2019

Europe

Every year in September, millions of sports professionals, enthusiasts, experts and associations from across Europe and beyond come together to take part in one of the biggest sport initiatives in the world: the European Week of Sport.

Led by the European Commission and co-organised by national coordinators and sport partners all over Europe, the event promotes an active lifestyle through a variety of celebrations and events.

In 2019, the 5th European Week of Sport will be the biggest ever, with events supported by 47 partner associations in 41 countries. The event is for everyone – regardless of age, background or fitness level – and helps individuals, public authorities, the sport movement, civil society organisations and the private sector collaborate in the field of sport.

More information on the event

Monday 23 - Tuesday 24 September

European Commission - Presidency of the Council of the EU | Events/Conf/Fairs | Justice and citizens' rights

High-level conference on advancing LGBTI equality in the EU: from 2020 and beyond

Brussels

To combat the discrimination against LGBTI people the Commission presented its 'List of actions to advance LGBTI equality' in December 2015. The Council adopted the first ever conclusions on LGBTI equality in June 2016 endorsing the list of actions.

This year the list of actions is coming to its end and it is time to take stock of the achievements and discuss how to advance LGBTI equality in the years to come. To this end the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Commission will host the conference 'Advancing LGBTI equality in the EU: from 2020 and beyond'.

The debates and discussions of the conference will inform future policies aiming at advancing LGBTI equality in the EU.

More information on the event

Tuesday 24 - Thursday 26 September

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

European Research and Innovation Days – policy conference

Brussels

The policy conference of the European Research and Innovation Days will bring together high-level policymakers, leaders from industry, finance, academia and the entrepreneurial community to debate and shape the future research and innovation landscape.

It will cover vital areas of science, engineering, medicine, and wider social and environmental concerns.

It will be an important opportunity to debate and shape the targeted impact and strategic priorities of Horizon Europe, the European Commission's proposal for the next EU research and innovation programme (2021-2027) with a proposed budget of €100 billion.

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Tuesday 24 - Thursday 26 September

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

Scientific workshop on nuclear fission dynamics and the emission of prompt neutrons and gamma rays

Barga, Italy

The workshop aims at providing a comprehensive overview about the research on the dynamical aspects of nuclear fission and their consequences on fission fragment properties. It promotes the exchange between theoreticians and experimentalists on future data needs for basic research and applications.

It is the 5th workshop of a series initiated in 2010 (Sinaia, Romania) and continued in 2012 (Biarritz, France), 2014 (Opatija, Croatia) and 2017 (Varna, Bulgaria).

Workshop topics include:

  • nuclear fission dynamics
  • fragment properties and nuclear de-excitation
  • prompt neutron and gamma-ray emission
  • isomer ratios, shape isomer population
  • data needs for improved fission modelling
  • modelling for nuclear

More information on the event

Tuesday 24 September

Presidency of the Council of the EU | Events/Conf/Fairs | Justice and citizens' rights

Seminar on the future of EU transparency

Brussels

The aim of this seminar organised jointly by Finland's Presidency and the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki is to take stock of recent developments and discuss how EU transparency should be developed in the future with the contributions of experts from EU institutions and agencies, civil society and academia.

The seminar will explore the future of transparency in the EU under 2 themes. The first theme will aim to place transparency in a broader context, also taking into account the challenges posed by technological developments. The second theme of the day will focus on regulation 1049/2001, taking stock of the case law and exploring how the regulation has stood the test of the time.

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Tuesday 24 September

Presidency of the Council of the EU | Events/Conf/Fairs | Culture, education and youth

Conference on sport

Helsinki, Finland

This conference on safe physical activity and sport for children and youth is expected to gather some 120 experts, policymakers, and decision-makers in the field of sports. The set goals are to benchmark practices, ensure a safe sporting environment for children and youth, and find ways to prevent bullying, harassment and injuries.

On 23 September, Finland will also co-host with the European Commission the official opening of the European Week of Sport. The inauguration coincides with the School Action Day, a physical exercise event organised for some 10,000 schoolchildren. On the same day, there will be a seminar on the promotion of children's and young people's physical activity.

More information on the event

Tuesday 24 September

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

European elections/Eurobarometer: the Parliament will publish the full results of a post-electoral Eurobarometer survey, one of the most comprehensive, publicly available quantitative surveys on the last European elections.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Tuesday 24 - Wednesday 25 September

Other bodies and agencies | Events/Conf/Fairs | Research and innovation - Transport and travel

EGNOS annual workshop

Rome, Italy

Organised by the European satellite services provider (ESSP) and the European global navigation satellite system agency (GSA), the event will include information about the European geostationary navigation overlay service's (EGNOS) status, applications and success stories from partners currently using EGNOS in real applications.

The 2019 workshop will have specific sessions on aviation, maritime and land applications. There will be also awards and diplomas for stakeholders already using EGNOS and a networking event.

More information on the event

Tuesday 24 September

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

Transport, Telecommunications & Energy Council - Energy

Brussels

The Council will focus on the contribution of the energy sector to climate action.

Ministers will first hold a public debate on the European Commission's communication about the draft national energy and climate plans.

This discussion is meant to help member states prepare their revised national energy and climate plans - due to be presented by the end of the year. It is also expected to highlight ways of closing the so-called ambition gaps in energy efficiency and renewable energy. These are two key aspects in the EU's efforts to meet the 2030 targets for climate and energy.

The second public debate will address the energy sector beyond 2030. In particular, ministers will discuss the road ahead towards climate neutrality.

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 24 September

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

European HTCondor workshop 2019

Ispra, Italy

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is co-organsing the 2019 edition of the European HTCondor workshop.

HTCondor is an open-source high-throughput computing software framework for coarse-grained distributed parallelization of computationally intensive tasks. It is used by NASA, CERN, Ligo, DESY, IceCube, INFN and others.

Novice and experienced users of HTCondor will get the opportunity to learn, get support and interact with the HTCondor developers and experts.

More information on the event

Tuesday 24 - Thursday 26 September

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

Global summit on regulatory science 2019 - Nanotechnology and nanoplastics

Lake Maggiore, Italy

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) will co-organise with the Global Coalition for Regulatory Science Research (GCRSR) the Global summit on regulatory science 2019 (GSRS19).

The GSRS19 will bring together scientists from government, industry, and academic-research communities from around the world for addressing regulatory-research questions concerning Nanotechnology and Nanoplastics.

The focus will be on topics in Nanotechnology related to advances in standards, medical products/drugs, medical devices, food, cosmetic (personal care) products and the emerging pollutant nanoplastics.

The conference provides a platform where regulators, policy makers, and bench scientists can exchange views on innovative methodologies and regulatory assessments, as well as harmonising strategy via global collaboration.

More information on the event

Wednesday 25 - Thursday 26 September

European Commission | Events/Conf/Fairs | Business - Culture, education and youth - Employment and social rights

4th regional seminar for candidate countries

Skopje, Macedonia

The European Commission and the European Training Foundation will host the '4th regional seminar for candidate countries: Engagement of small and medium-sized enterprises in work-based learning'.

The event will gather delegates from European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) member organisations and the EU candidate countries.

The purpose of the seminar is to discuss the latest policy developments in apprenticeships and work-based learning in EU candidate countries and share experiences between them and EAfA members.

More information on the event

Wednesday 25 - Friday 27 September

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

7th European conference on corporate research and development (R&D) and innovation (CONCORDi 2019)

Seville, Spain

CONCORDi 2019, the biennial European conference on corporate R&D and innovation is organised by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in association with the Organization for economic cooperation and development (OECD).

This year's edition of CONCORDi will focus on 'Innovation for industrial transformation'.

The conference aims to identify the research, business and policy challenges in this area for the future. CONCORDi 2019 will look for novel and useful input to the EU industrial research and innovation policy agenda.

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Thursday 26 September

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

2nd European education summit

Brussels

The 2nd European education summit will be hosted by Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for education, culture, youth and sport.

Ministers, experts, and teachers from across Europe are gathering to exchange experience, insights, and ideas on the future of education in the EU. The summit emphasises the critical role education plays in promoting resilience, fairness and social cohesion. Last year's edition helped to drive discussions on new policy initiatives linked to the European Education Area.

This 2nd edition will focus on the teaching profession – which has a key role to play in building a true European Education Area by 2025. Discussions will address, among many topics, the challenges facing teachers, linked to factors such as recognition, prestige, training, autonomy and demography. Sessions will explore solutions to specific issues like the use of new technologies in the classroom, teaching in rural areas and the promotion of common values in education.

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Thursday 26 - Friday 27 September

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

Competitiveness Council

Brussels

Internal market and industry, 26 September

Ministers will hold a public policy debate on the long-term EU strategy for sustainable growth. In the same context, they will exchange views on the external dimension of the EU's competitiveness - under the competitiveness check-up.

Over lunch, ministers will discuss the financing of sustainable growth.

Research, 27 September

Research ministers will also have the possibility to debate publicly the long-term EU strategy for sustainable growth.

In addition, they will exchange views on the possible interlinks between Horizon Europe and other EU programmes.

Over lunch, ministers will discuss the role of research and innovation in achieving climate targets.

Agenda and briefing

Thursday 26 September

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

High-level conference - Towards a more inclusive and diverse transport sector

Brussels

European Commissioner for transport Violeta Bulc is inviting transport stakeholders and governments' transport representatives to the high-level conference 'Towards a more inclusive and diverse transport sector'.

The aim of the conference is to promote diversity and to raise awareness on its importance.

Participation of CEOs from various transport companies and agencies, workers' representatives, transport ministers, and other high-level politicians will ensure a fruitful brainstorming with the Commissioner on 'Inclusive and gender balanced leadership for 21st century transport'.

Commissioner Bulc will then launch a wide network of EU diversity ambassadors for the transport sector. We are looking for ambassadors with diverse profiles, from all genders, living all over Europe and representing all transport sectors.

More information on the event

Thursday 26 - Friday 27 September

European Union Intellectual Property Office - Other bodies and agencies | Events/Conf/Fairs | Business - Security and defence

Intellectual property Horizon 5.0 conference: Mapping opportunities and challenges in a globalised economy

Alicante, Spain

The conference is co-organised by the EUIPO and the prestigious San Francisco-based McCarthy Institute.

The event will cover issues at the forefront of Intellectual Property (IP), such as cutting-edge developments and artificial intelligence initiatives in the field of IP. Opportunities presented by global e-commerce and transformative technologies will also be discussed, together with the future of IP jobs.

The conference will bring together representatives from some of the leading IP offices in the world, international businesses, policy-makers, practitioners, academics and enforcement authorities for a two day event.

More information on the event

Thursday 26 September

Other bodies and agencies | Events/Conf/Fairs | Research and innovation - Security and defence

7th ENISA National Cyber Security Strategies (NCSS) workshop

Warsaw, Poland

The EU Agency for network and information security (ENISA) is organising in Warsaw a workshop in cooperation with the Polish National Research Institution (NASK) to discuss innovation in the context of National Cyber Security Strategies (NCSS).

The discussions will focus on national objectives and priorities supporting research and innovation of cybersecurity technologies and services. National experts will have the opportunity to share good practices and discuss gaps and challenges related to funding, incentives, collaboration mechanisms, and policy initiatives that shape the national or the European market.

In addition, the workshop will also cover aspects related to Information Sharing and Analysis Centres (ISACs), as well as public private cooperation.

More information on the event

Friday 27 September

European Commission | Events/Conf/Fairs | Enlargement, external relations and trade

EU-Asia Connectivity: Building bridges for a sustainable future

Brussels

This event builds on the recent European Commission communication 'Connecting Europe and Asia: Building blocks for an EU strategy'. It is a first concrete manifestation of facilitating much deeper ties between Europe and Asia in promoting shared values and joint interests: from upholding the rules-based, multilateral order and developing high standards for digital and physical infrastructure, to embracing sustainability and clean technologies.

In a mix of keynote addresses by high-ranking political leaders and interactive panels, speakers will explore connectivity as a global megatrend, and extrapolate what it means for the EU-Asia relationship as well as the wider world. In particular, connectivity will be examined through various angles, from geopolitics and economics to standards and finance.

President Juncker has invited Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, to open the event by his side, thus highlighting the key strategic partnership and unique bilateral relationship between the EU and Japan, including on connectivity.

More information on the event

Saturday 28 September

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Multilingualism Day: Parliament will hold its third Multilingualism Day, where various activities will be organised to mark European Day of languages (26 September), Europe's linguistic diversity and show how interpreters and translators work. Events will take place in Parliament's buildings and hemicycle as well as the European House of History.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Document Actions
Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 23 September


08:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Sep) (Preliminary release)
08:00 Markit Services PMI (Sep) (Preliminary release)
08:00 Markit PMI Composite (Sep) (Preliminary release)

Thursday 26 September


08:00 Private Loans (YoY) (Aug)
08:00 M3 Money Supply (3m) (Aug)
08:00 M3 Money Supply (YoY) (Aug)
08:00 Economic Bulletin

Friday 27 September


09:00 Industrial Confidence (Sep
09:00 Business Climate (Sep)
09:00 Economic Sentiment Indicator (Sep)
09:00 Services Sentiment (Sep)
09:00 Consumer Confidence (Sep)
19:30 CFTC EUR NC Net Positions
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