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EU Agenda: Week Ahead - 21-26 September 2020

This week, EU leaders meet to discuss the single market, industrial policy and digital transformation; the EU drugs agency releases the European Drug Report 2020; the Commission holds webinars on apprenticeships, the automotive sector and the 5G Observatory; and MEPs in committee vote on Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights. 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 21-26 September 2020.

Monday 21 - Tuesday 22 September

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

Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Brussels

EU agriculture ministers will meet in Brussels on 21 September to discuss some elements of the reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP) and trade-related issues in the agricultural sector. The meeting will be live streamed on this website.

Reform package on the CAP

Ministers will hold an exchange of views on the reform of the CAP post 2020. The green architecture of the new CAP, including measures such as the eco-schemes and the regulation on the strategic plans will be at the heart of the discussion. The debate is a follow-up to the negotiations held at the latest Council meeting in July.

Trade-related issues

The Commission will deliver a presentation on issues related to trade and the agricultural sector. An exchange of views among ministers will follow.

Agenda and briefing

Monday 21 September

Presidency of the Council of the EU | Non Legislative - Political Meetings | Research and innovation - Transport and travel

Virtual ministerial conference - Innovative rail transport: connecting, sustainable, digital

Online

In this virtual ministerial conference, we want to focus on innovative and climate-friendly rail transportation that harnesses the potential of connectivity and digitalisation across Europe.

The main focus of the conference will be the Berlin Declaration on the evolution of European rail freight within the context of European corridors for competitive rail freight. The objective is to adopt this declaration together with other European transport ministers.

On the other hand, the blueprint study 'Trans Europe Express 2.0' for international high-speed and overnight rail services will be presented. Transport ministers will also discuss a joint booking platform for international passenger services and further possibilities for joint action.

This conference takes place under the patronage of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU.

More information on the event

Monday 21 September

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament committee meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Belarus: MEPs in the Foreign Affairs Committee will meet with exiled Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who will be physically present, to discuss the latest developments in the country. They will also adopt recommendations on how the EU should reassess its relations with Belarus following the fraudulent presidential elections, subsequent popular uprising and brutal crackdown by the authorities.

EU-China relations: the ongoing negotiations on an investment deal between the EU and China, disinformation, the situation in Hong Kong, human rights, climate change and how to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to be among the issues raised in a meeting between MEPs in the Foreign Affairs Committee and China's EU ambassador Ming Zhang.

Youth Guarantee: the youth unemployment rate stood at 17% in the EU in July 2020 (up from 14.9 % before the COVID-19 crisis) and is expected to rise sharply. In light of this, the Employment and Social Affairs Committee will vote on a resolution calling for a swift reinforcement of the Youth Guarantee and a substantial increase in its financing.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Tuesday 22 September

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

Trust services forum

Berlin, Germany

On the 22 September, the EU Agency for cybersecurity (ENISA), in collaboration with the European Commission, is organising for the 6th consecutive year the Trust services forum. As in the previous years, it will focus on emerging issues related to trust services across Europe, in the period of the first review of the application of the eIDAS regulation.

The forum aims to:

  • share good practices and experience on the implementation of trust services
  • discuss the latest developments on the framework surrounding trust service providers including standards, implementing acts and technical guidelines
  • exchange views on identified implementation and operational issues of qualified trust services
  • discuss strategies to promote the adoption of qualified trust services

More information on the event

Tuesday 22 September

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction - Other bodies and agencies | Events/Conf/Fairs | Consumer affairs and public health - Covid-19

European Drug Report 2020

Online

How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting drug use, supply and services? What are the health costs of drug use in Europe today? What do the latest data tell us about drug production and trafficking trends? Be the first to know when the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) launches its 'European Drug Report 2020: trends and developments' in a live online media event on 22 September.

Accompanying the report this year will be a key issues summary, presenting a selection of the main findings from the latest analysis, chosen for their policy relevance and general interest.

More information on the event

Tuesday 22 September

European Medicines Agency - Other bodies and agencies | Events/Conf/Fairs | Consumer affairs and public health - Justice and citizens' rights

Workshop on benefit-risk of medicines used during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Online

It is the ambition of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) that in the medium to long term, women should have sufficient information, provided appropriately, to enable decision making on their medical treatment, given their (plans for) pregnancy or given they wish to breastfeed their baby.

We would like to provide an opportunity for our members and the wider stakeholder community to contribute towards developing and implementing EMA's strategy for developing better information regarding benefits and risks of medicines in pregnancy and breastfeeding, and to encourage a discussion on how to progress towards obtaining evidence on medicine utilisation and safety for this population.

Workshop objectives:

  • Share experiences and expectations from real life and clinical practice.
  • Provide input into the draft EMA strategy on drug safety in pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Discuss how to progress with implementing the 'EMA strategy towards obtaining evidence on medicine utilisation and safety for pregnant and breastfeeding women' report.

More information on the event

Tuesday 22 September

Council of the EU and European Council | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

General Affairs Council

Brussels

The presidency, in public session, will brief ministers on the state of play concerning the next multiannual financial framework and the recovery package.

Ministers will discuss draft conclusions in preparation for the special European Council meeting on 24-25 September 2020.

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier will inform ministers of the state of play of the EU-UK negotiations and the implementation of the withdrawal agreement.

As part of the annual and multiannual legislative programming exercises, the Commission will present to the Council the letter of intent concerning its draft work programme for 2021 and the 2020 Strategic Foresight Report. This information point will be dealt with in public session.

Ministers will also cover EU coordination of COVID-19-related measures.

Finally, they will focus on the state of play of the Article 7(1) TEU procedures concerning Poland and Hungary.

Agenda and briefing

Tuesday 22 September

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament committee meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights: the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will vote on a legislative initiative that envisages a permanent EU mechanism to monitor and prevent backsliding on EU values in all member states through country-specific recommendations, with timelines and targets for implementation.

COVID-19 vaccines: MEPs from the Public Health and the Industry Committees will hold a public hearing with researchers and representatives from pharmaceutical companies and civil society organisations on how to secure access to COVID-19 vaccines for all, including challenges linked to clinical trials, production and distribution.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Tuesday 22 - Thursday 24 September

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

European Research and Innovation Days

Online

The European Research and Innovation Days are the European Commission's annual flagship research and innovation event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be fully virtual.

By creating connections between cutting-edge scientific research and the most pressing challenges of a generation, this event represents a unique opportunity to join the conversation and enact real change. From tackling the climate crisis to building a digital world that works for everyone, we will delve into the questions that shape who we are and the future we want to live in: it's time to get involved!

At the heart of the European Research and Innovation Days is the policy conference. Wide-reaching plenary sessions situate pivotal issues on the international stage and explore the vital links between them. The rest of the conference is divided into 10 central hubs, each covering a central theme in EU research and innovation policy, from the European Green Deal to digitalisation and smart implementation.

More information on the event

Tuesday 22 - Wednesday 23 September

European Commission | Events/Conf/Fairs | International aid, development and cooperation - Research and innovation

Copernicus emergency management service (CEMS) mapping user workshop 2020

Online

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is organising the annual user workshop of the mapping component of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS) on 22-23 September. It will be held during two half-days and will include interactive presentations, trainings, discussions in breakout groups and open discussions.

Since the last user workshop in May 2019 many things happened in the on-demand mapping modules of CEMS. The workshop offers a unique opportunity to learn about the revised portfolios of Rapid and Risk and recovery mapping, how to best make use of both modules and hear about other recent developments.

As every year, it is the occasion to exchange and discuss with the JRC, the service providers and with other users on the service and to contribute defining its evolution.

More information on the event

Tuesday 22 September

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

Digital conference series - Focus session III: Stabilisation of a free media system, from thinking to acting

Online

In the series of conferences on 'Pluralism and responsibility - Media in the digital society', media players from all over Europe look at current challenges facing the European media landscape and discuss possibilities for shaping it in the future.

'Protecting Freedom' - under this overarching maxim, the focus session of the European regulators group for audiovisual media services (ERGA) searches for effective solutions for a sustainable balance between the protection of fundamental values and the requirements of European content providers. National audiovisual regulators within ERGA are sure that increasing digital distribution of content leads to increasing cross-border violation of rules, which subsequently leads to an increased need for regulatory answers. What could synchronised European solutions look like here?

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Tuesday 22 - Wednesday 23 September

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

2020 WEFE Nexus Science Advances

Nicosia, Cyprus

Conference on Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus scientific advances in the Mediterranean region. The 2020 WEFE Nexus Science Advances Conference is organised by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) and the Cyprus Institute to address the role of science as a driver of innovation and its interface with the policymaking process.

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Wednesday 23 September

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

Webinar on the role of chambers in fostering apprenticeships in Europe

Online

The 10th European Alliance for Apprenticeship (EAfA) webinar will explore the important role chambers play in encouraging companies, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to host apprentices.

During this webinar 4 speakers working in 3 different national chambers in Hungary, Austria and Luxemburg will present the existing structures and initiatives which aim to fulfill their mission of promoting and fostering apprenticeships. They will be joined by a representative of the European Commission who will share insights on the importance of Eurochambres in fostering apprenticeships in Europe.

The speakers will address how the close cooperation of business and education is one of the most important success factors to boost the attractiveness of apprenticeships.

The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session where participants will be able to ask questions regarding the role and workings of Eurochambres.

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Wednesday 23 September

Other bodies and agencies | Events/Conf/Fairs | Research and innovation

EIT raw materials summit 2020

Berlin

The Raw materials summit 2020, organised by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), will envision the future of the raw materials industry in line with the priorities of the EU Green Deal. The 3-day event will address digitalisation and innovation in areas including the transition to green energy supply as well as the rising demand for raw materials and advanced materials for e-mobility.

At this event, global stakeholders will connect with the top European experts developing and deploying the latest technology, products, and services for the sustainable competitiveness of the raw materials sector in Europe.

More information on the event

Wednesday 23 September

Other bodies and agencies | Events/Conf/Fairs | Consumer affairs and public health - Covid-19 - Security and defence

e-Health security conference 2020 - Session 1

Online (WebEx)

The EU Agency for cybersecurity (ENISA) is organising a series of virtual e-health security conferences in cooperation with the Danish Healthcare Data Authority on cybersecurity topics touching the healthcare sector. The aim of the events is to invite professionals from the healthcare sector and experts in cybersecurity to share their experiences and challenges through open discussion sessions. Each monthly session will focus on individual topics.

Session 1: Cybersecurity in healthcare in times of a pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new reality for the healthcare sector globally, testing its limits. Adding to the overwhelming situation it is currently facing, the sector has become a direct target or collateral victim of cybersecurity attacks. Malicious actors taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic have already launched a series of phishing campaigns and ransomware attacks. Hospitals have shifted their focus and resources to their primary role, managing this extraordinary emergency, which has placed them in a vulnerable situation. The whole cybersecurity community is working together to support the healthcare sector as the pandemic develops.

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Wednesday 23 September

European Medicines Agency - Other bodies and agencies | Events/Conf/Fairs | Consumer affairs and public health - Justice and citizens' rights - Research and innovation

Workshop on the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the area of health and secondary use of data for medicines and public health purposes

Online

This virtual workshop, organised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), will provide an overview of the European Commission's work on the creation of a European Health Data Space, followed by a discussion on the development of an EU-wide governance framework and a future code of conduct on the processing of personal data in the health sector. In addition, the application of GDPR in the health sector and the secondary use of health data for medicines and public health purposes will be addressed.

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Wednesday 23 September

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament committee meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

New Committees: the Special Committees on foreign interference in all democratic processes in the EU, on artificial intelligence and the digital transformation, on beating cancer as well as the Subcommittee on taxation and the Committee of inquiry on animal transport will hold their constitutive meetings and elect their chairs and vice-chairs.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Wednesday 23 September

European Commission | Events/Conf/Fairs | Business, taxation and competition - Economy and the euro - Transport and travel

Skills and transformation of the EU's automotive sector

Online

The conference will be an opportunity to discuss the ongoing challenges for skills in the sector and reflect upon the solutions. The event will bring together policymakers at national and supranational levels, experts from the field, training providers and automotive industry value-chain, such as original equipment manufacturers, large enterprises and small businesses.

It takes place in the context of the Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills in the automotive sector and its running initiatives.

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Wednesday 23 - Friday 25 September

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

AESCON : Asia-Europe Sustainable Connectivity Scientific Conference

Singapore

AESCON (Asia-Europe Sustainable CONnectivity) is the first scientific conference on Asia-Europe sustainable connectivity, bringing together researchers and policy analysts working in the field of international connectivity, globalization and their impacts on sustainable development, with a particular focus on Asia-Europe connections. At a time of increasing connectivity, the conference aims to provide an academic forum to discuss global challenges on transport infrastructure, energy transition, climate change, digital economy, trade and investment flows, security, people mobility, cultural exchanges, among others.

The conference will be used as an open platform for debate on sustainable connectivity, to spur future research linked to policy needs and to build a network of Asia-Europe researchers working on sustainable connectivity. AESCON will be anchored by contributions from researchers on themes related to Asia-Europe sustainable connectivity and by keynote presentations.

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Thursday 24 September

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

Digital conference series - Focus session IV: Regulation and responsibility of video-sharing platforms

Online

In the series of conferences on 'Pluralism and responsibility - Media in the digital society', media players from all over Europe look at current challenges facing the European media landscape and discuss possibilities for shaping it in the future.

The focus session of the European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) aims to dig into the regulatory framework and practices related to video-sharing platforms (VSPs) in Europe. According to the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) from autumn 2018, and the extension of its scope to cover VSPs for the first time, various kinds of websites and live-streaming services are required to take appropriate measures to protect children from harmful content and protect the public from harmful and illegal content. What regulatory approaches are needed and how can they be implemented?

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Thursday 24 September

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

Partnerships for physical activity and sport: Be(come) active!

Online

During this EU Presidency event, participants will exchange views on how cross-sectoral cooperation can promote sport and physical activity on the basis of best-practice examples.

Sport and physical activity often overlap with other policy areas. At the local or regional level in particular, closer links could be forged between sport policy and, for example, school/education, health, youth, social affairs, green spaces/public spaces, urban and spatial development, environment, mobility and tourism.

The overall quality of life in a municipality or region is improved – and made more attractive – by the presence of enticing, easily accessible, affordable and safe sports activities and opportunities for exercise in public spaces (e.g. in parks). The conference will take place as part of the European Week of Sport.

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Thursday 24 September

European Parliament | Political Meetings | Institutional affairs

European Parliament committee meetings

European Parliament, Brussels

The New Pact on Asylum and Migration: following the formal presentation on Wednesday of the proposals for a new EU policy on asylum and migration, Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson will present and hold a first debate on the initiatives with MEPs in the Civil Liberties Committee.

Agenda by day in PDF format

Thursday 24 September

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

Foreign Affairs Council

Brussels

The Foreign Affairs Council will be chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell. The meeting will review recent developments and debate issues related to Libya, EU-African Union relations and Belarus.

Current affairs

Ministers will first be briefed by the High Representative about current affairs, including the situation in Lebanon, China, Turkey and Russia.

Libya

The Council will discuss the latest developments following the 21 August 2020 announcements made by the Libyan political leaders on the way forward out of the Libyan crisis, and the visit of the High Representative to the country on 1 September 2020.

In their interventions ministers will focus in particular on the possible areas on which the EU could focus its actions to solve the Libyan crisis, and the concrete measures that the EU could take to further support the UN efforts in Libya.

EU-African Union relations

Ministers will be briefed on the preparations for the EU-AU Foreign Ministers' meeting on 28 September 2020, and exchange views on both the joint EU-Africa priorities ahead, and outreach to African partners on the road to the EU-AU Summit in the second half of 2020.

Ministers will also have an opportunity to be updated on the state of play of post-Cotonou negotiations.

Belarus

The Council will discuss the latest political developments in Belarus, potential EU support to national inclusive dialogue as well as update on EU financial support to the people of Belarus and on directions of EU-Belarus review.

Southern Neighbourhood

Over a working lunch, ministers will discuss the future partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood, as well as related issues, such as the future programming of bilateral assistance.

Agenda and briefing

Friday 25 September

European Commission | Others | Research and innovation

2nd European 5G Observatory Stakeholder Workshop – 5G for growth and recovery

Online or Brussels, Belgium (tbc)

This workshop will be the opportunity to review the main findings of the second year of the 5G Observatory and to exchange views on the current state of play of 5G deployment, the latest market trends and in particular the impact of the current crisis on the 5G progress. It will also serve as input for the planned update of the Action Plan for 5G and 6G as announced in the Commission's Digital Strategy last February.

This workshop is open to all stakeholders interested in 5G, including telecom operators and suppliers, national authorities in charge of telecom and spectrum policy and regulation, as well as representatives of the vertical industries looking at the use of 5G for their use cases.

More information on the event

Friday 25 September

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

1st Financing innovative clean tech virtual conference

Online

On 25 September 2020, financiers and industry representatives will gather virtually to discuss how public and private investors can join forces to deliver the European Green Deal and repair economic damage from the COVID-19 crisis.

Speakers and participants will provide insight into how a project can reach financial close.

More information on the event

Friday 25 September

Council of the EU and European Council | Political Meetings

Special European Council

Brussels

The Special European Council on 24 and 25 September was called by President Charles Michel in August. EU leaders will meet in Brussels to discuss the single market, industrial policy and digital transformation, as well as external relations, in particular relations with Turkey and with China. The summit will also be an opportunity to take stock of the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ahead of the summit, President Charles Michel is travelling to Greece, Cyprus and Malta as part of the preparations for the discussions.

Single market, industrial policy and digital transition

In July, the European Council agreed an unprecedented recovery package to counter the effects of COVID-19 on the economies and societies of the EU member states. The two pillars of such a recovery, the green transition and the digital transformation, coupled with a strong single market, will foster new forms of growth and strengthen the EU's resilience.

The European Council will look at ways of deepening and strengthening the single market, developing a more ambitious industrial policy, and pressing ahead with the digital transformation.

EU leaders will focus on:

  • going back to a fully functioning single market as soon as possible
  • making the EU's industries more competitive globally and increasing their autonomy
  • accelerating the digital transition

External relations

The European Council will hold a strategic discussion on Turkey. During the EU leaders' videoconference of 19 August 2020, the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and the relations with Turkey were raised by some member states. The leaders expressed their concern about the growing tensions and stressed the urgent need to de-escalate. The members of the European Council expressed their full solidarity with Greece and Cyprus and recalled and reaffirmed previous conclusions on the illegal drilling activities.

Following the EU-China summit on 22 June 2020 and the meeting with President Xi on 14 September 2020, both by videoconference, the European Council will discuss EU-China relations.

In the light of events, the European Council may address other specific foreign policy issues.

Agenda and briefing

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Eurozone Economic Calendar

Tuesday 22 September


14:00 Consumer Confidence (Sep) (Preliminary release)

Wednesday 23 September


07:00 Non-Monetary Policy ECB Meeting
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 24 September


08:00 Economic Bulletin

Friday 25 September


08:00 Private Loans (YoY) (Aug)
08:00 M3 Money Supply (3m) (Aug)
08:00 M3 Money Supply (YoY)(Aug)
19:30 CFTC EUR NC Net Positions
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