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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 19-24 February 2018

16 February 2018, 16:36 CET

This week, EU leaders meet informally to discuss institutional issues; finance ministers review progress of Greece's economy, and look at a strategy on sustainable finance; farm ministers meet on the future of food and farming, and an EU protein plan; MEPs in committee vote on a European Defence Programme and consumer participation in clean energy, put forward proposals to reform the EU long-term budget post-2020, and look to a global ban on cosmetics testing on animals; and it's European Industry Day. 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 19 to 24 February 2018.

Monday 19 February

Council of the EU and European Council, Political Meetings, Economy and the euro

Eurogroup

Brussels

The Eurogroup meeting will take place in two formats - the first part will be a regular meeting of the euro area ministers, starting at 15.00, while the second part will be a meeting of the ministers of 27 EU member states, starting at 17.30.

15.00 Eurogroup meeting in regular format

Greece: economic adjustment programme

The Eurogroup will be informed of the progress achieved in implementing the remaining prior actions under the third review of the Greece's economic adjustment programme. Full implementation of the prior actions is a precondition for the disbursement of the next tranche of financial assistance available under the ESM programme.

Ireland: post-programme surveillance

The Eurogroup will be informed on the key findings of the 8th post-programme surveillance mission to Ireland, which took place from 28 November to 1 December 2017.

Post-programme surveillance (PPS) is carried out by the European Commission in liaison with the European Central Bank. PPS missions are usually coordinated with the International Monetary Fund and the European Stability Mechanism.

The aim of PPS is to establish any possible risks to the country's ability to repay its outstanding loans received under its adjustment programme that was concluded in end-2013. The surveillance continues until at least 75% of the loan has been repaid.

European Stability Mechanism reform

Ministers are expected to exchange views on how to bring forward the debate on the reform of the European Stability Mechanism. This debate is part of the wider discussion on the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union.

Appointment of the Vice-President of the European Central Bank

The Eurogroup will discuss the applications received for the upcoming vacancy of the Vice-President of the European Central Bank.

17:30 Eurogroup meeting in inclusive format

Banking union: the way forward

The finance ministers of 27 EU member states will discuss the progress in implementing the ECOFIN Council roadmap for the banking union which was agreed in June 2016, and its further development.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 19 - Tuesday 20 February

Presidency of the Council of the EU, Events/Conf/Fairs, Economy and the euro

Inter-parliamentary conference on stability, economic coordination and governance in the EU

European Parliament, Brussels

The conference is a forum for debate and exchange of information and best practices in relation to the implementation of the Treaty on stability, coordination and governance in the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).

The conference aims at strengthening the cooperation among national parliaments and the European Parliament, as well as enhancing the democratic accountability of governance in the field of economic and budgetary policies of the EU, especially in respect to the EMU, taking into account its social aspects and without prejudice to the competences of national parliaments.

In the first half of 2018, the conference will be co-organised and co-chaired by the European Parliament and the National Assembly of Bulgaria.

More information on the event

Monday 19 February

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

Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Brussels

The Future of Food and Farming

Ministers will have an exchange of views on the Commission communication on "The Future of Food and Farming", focusing on:

  • direct support
  • environmental aspects
  • rural development

EU bioeconomy strategy

The Council will then have a debate on the role of agriculture in the revision of the EU bioeconomy strategy, preparing for:

  • a resource-efficient and sustainable economy
  • a more innovative and low-emissions economy

Agriculture and forestry are important players in the bioeconomy in the context of the ambitious EU 2030 climate and energy targets. Ministers will discuss how to better integrate this into the agricultural sector.

EU protein plan

Ministers will be informed by the Commission on the EU protein plan. This report which is due to be published by the end of 2018 refers to the EU protein deficit and the economic profitability of these crops.

Other items on the agenda

'CAP: strategic choices' will be the theme of an informal lunch.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 19 February

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

EU Economy/European Parliamentary Week: national MPs from across Europe will join MEPs to discuss the EU's economic future, tax policy, digitalisation and economic governance with the participation of, among many others, EP President Tajani, Bulgaria's National Assembly President Karayancheva, Commission President Juncker and new Eurogroup President Mario Centeno. (Monday and Tuesday)

Agenda by day in PDF format

Tuesday 20 - Wednesday 21 February

European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee, Events/Conf/Fairs, Economy and the euro

Circular economy stakeholder conference – Delivering on the circular economy, what's next?

Brussels

The Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee will host a circular economy stakeholder conference from 20-21 February in Brussels.

The conference will provide a forum to discuss upcoming deliverables, explore new areas of action, and share the first achievements of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform.

Organised back-to-back with the EU Industry Day, this edition of the circular economy stakeholder conference will bring together industry representatives, public authorities, NGOs and citizens. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the experiences of key players in the transition to a circular, resource-efficient and low-carbon economy.

More information on the event

Tuesday 20 February

Council of the EU and European Council, European Council, Political Meetings, Economy and the euro

Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Brussels

The Council will discuss establishing a comprehensive strategy on sustainable finance, on the basis of the recommendations of a group of experts.

Ministers will also discuss issues related to the EU budget, namely the budgetary discharge for 2016 and guidelines for negotiations on the budget for 2019.

The Council may issue a recommendation on the nomination of a new vice-president of the European Central Bank. Depending on the outcome of a discussion by the Eurogroup the previous day, this item is likely to be added to the agenda.

The role of public procurement in investment and innovation is amongst other items on the agenda.

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 20 February

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Animal testing for cosmetics: the Environment and Public Health Committee will vote on a draft resolution calling on the Council and European Commission to achieve a global ban on cosmetics testing on animals. Such a ban is already in force in the EU, but around 80 % of the world's countries still allow animal testing and the marketing of cosmetics tested on animals.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Wednesday 21 February

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Corporate Taxation: the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will give its opinion on a proposal to create a single, clear and fair European corporate tax regime, dubbed the "Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base" (CCCTB), which would also embrace digital firms. One major feature is to ensure that companies are taxed where their profits are generated, in a bid to crack down on profit shifting.

Consumers' participation in clean energy: laws to empower consumers to generate and store electricity as well as manage consumption in an easier way, enhance cooperation between member states in the event of energy crisis and open the electricity market to more competition will be voted on by the Industry and Energy Committee. These proposals also aim to boost investments and ensure the security of electricity supply.

European Defence Programme: the first European Defence Industrial Development Programme, with a budget of 500 million euros for 2019-2020, is up for a legislative vote in the Industry and Research Committee. EU financial assistance would cover the development of new and upgraded defence products and technologies in the EU.

Debate with new Eurogroup President: Mario Centeno will also appear before the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee for his first public hearing in the Parliament.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Thursday 22 February

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, EU regional and urban development, Research and innovation

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) applicant seminar

Brussels

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) is an initiative of the EU that provides urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges. This initiative is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The third call for proposals, launched on 15 December 2017, is dedicated to four topics: air quality, adaptation to climate change, housing, jobs & skills in the local economy.

During the seminar, participants will be introduced to the main principles and criteria of UIA projects with the possibility to interact with representatives of UIA projects selected within the first call for proposals and hear their testimony. Detailed information will also be provided on the eligibility rules for urban authorities as well as on the selection process and the main information to be included in the application form.

During the second part of the day, individual consultations will be organised between participants who will have registered for it and members of the UIA Secretariat and from the Commission services.

More information on the event

Thursday 22 - Friday 23 February

Other bodies and agencies, Events/Conf/Fairs, Culture, education and youth, Employment and social rights

VET in the 21st century – Future trends and priorities

Thessaloniki, Greece

This workshop, organised by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) will build on the ongoing findings of the 2015-2018 Cedefop project on 'The changing nature and role of vocational education and training in Europe'.

The workshop will bring together an extended group of researchers and experts working on topics related to vocational education and training (VET), allowing for an in-depth discussion on the interim results of the project and the future trends and priorities on the basis of the analysis of the years 1995-2015. Building on the results from research in 2016 and 2017, the workshop will provide input to the final ('scenario') part of the project.

More information on the event

Thursday 22 - Friday 23 February

European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Business

Second European Industry Day

Brussels

Building on the constructive dialogue that was initiated during the first European Industry Day in February 2017, this second edition of the event will update stakeholders on the Commission's strategic approach to industrial policy and actions to further develop industrial competitiveness in Europe.

It will also serve as a forum where stakeholders contributing to European industrial competitiveness can showcase their activities, learn from each other, discuss cross-cutting issues and develop joint visions for the future. Stakeholders will come from a variety of industrial sectors, finance, research and innovation, public government and administration.

This second European Industry Day will be divided into 3 parts:

  • on 23 February, a high-level conference with the participation of high-level speakers and key-experts
  • on 22 February, stakeholder workshops, organised directly by stakeholders on selected thematic areas
  • organisations, companies and public authorities across Europe will also be able to submit proposals to organise local, regional or national events under the 'European Industry Week' brand

More information on the event

Thursday 22 February

European Parliament, Political Meetings, Institutional affairs

European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

EU-wide remedies on defective products: MEPs will vote on a single set of rules to ensure consumers obtain the remedies they are entitled to if they purchase a faulty product. The draft rules harmonise certain contractual rights and would apply to both online and offline (face-to-face) sales of goods, e.g., whether a consumer buys a household appliance, a toy or a computer via the Internet or over the counter in his/her local store.

EU Budget reform: Budget Committee MEPs will put forward proposals to reform the EU long-term budget post-2020 (multi-annual financial framework or MFF) and the European Union's system of own resources. The day after, EU leaders will meet informally in Brussels to also discuss the political priorities for the next multi-annual financial framework. A press conference with leading MEPs will take place at 13:30.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Friday 23 February

European Council, Political Meetings

Informal meeting of the 27 heads of state or government

Brussels

EU leaders will meet informally in Brussels to discuss institutional issues, including:

  • the European Parliament's composition after the 2019 elections and possible transnational lists
  • how the EU appoints top positions, including the so called 'Spitzenkandidaten'

The heads of state or government will also debate on the political priorities of the multiannual financial framework (MFF) after 2020, i.e. the EU's long term budget.

The meeting takes place under the Leaders' Agenda. As the discussions are future-oriented, the meeting will be held in an EU27 format.

About the Leaders' Agenda

The Leaders Agenda provides an overview of the main issues that the President of the European Council intends to put on the agenda of the Leaders between now and June 2019.

Some issues will be discussed in formal European Council meetings, while others will be addressed in an informal format, at 27 or 28, depending on the substance.

The agenda includes ongoing work strands, as well as issues that require discussions aimed at resolving deadlocks or finding solutions to key political dossiers.

Agenda and briefing

Document Actions
Eurozone Economic Calendar

Monday 19 February


24h Eurogroup meeting
09:00 Current Account n.s.a (Dec)
09:00 Current Account s.a (Dec)
10:00 Construction Output w.d.a (YoY) (Dec)
10:00 Construction Output s.a (MoM) (Dec)

Tuesday 20 February


24h EcoFin Meeting
10:00 Consumer Confidence (Feb) (Preliminary release)
10:00 ZEW Survey - Economic Sentiment (Feb)

Wednesday 21 February


08:00 Non-monetary policy's ECB meeting
09:00 Markit Services PMI (Feb) (Preliminary release)
09:00 Markit Manufacturing PMI (Feb) (Preliminary release)
09:00 Markit PMI Composite (Feb) (Preliminary release)

Thursday 22 February


12:30 ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts

Friday 23 February


24h European Council meeting
10:00 Consumer Price Index (YoY) (Jan)
10:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (MoM) (Jan)
10:00 Consumer Price Index - Core (YoY) (Jan)
10:00 Consumer Price Index (MoM) (Jan)
19:30 CFTC NC net positions
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