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Weekly European Agenda 02/10/2023

2-6 October 2023

Monday 2 October 

Tuesday 3 October

Wednesday 4 October 

Thursday 5 October 

Friday 6 October 

European Movement International

Monday 2 – Thursday 5 October

Online training ‘How to reach beyond our echo-chambers ahead of the 2024 European elections’
The European Movement International will hold an online training for communication professionals interested in boosting their outreach and engagement skills and gain practical knowledge and data-driven strategies to reach beyond the core audience. Ahead of the 2024 European elections, participants will also have the opportunity to develop content aimed at increasing voter participation in their localities using the tools from the training.

More information about the event here.

More information about EMI events can be found here

Institutional Agendas

European Parliament

Monday 2 October

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
Debates: Shipments of waste and amending Regulations (EU) No 1257/2013; Fees and charges payable to the European Medicines Agency; Establishing a framework for ensuring a secure and sustainable supply of critical raw materials; Hearing of Wopke Hoekstra, Commissioner designate for Climate Action.
Votes: Establishing the Strategic Technologies for Europe Platform (‘STEP’).

Committee on Budgets (BUDG)
Debates: General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2024; Recovery and Resilience Dialogue with Valdis Dombrovskis Executive Vice-President for An Economy that Works for People and Paolo Gentiloni, Commissioner for Economy.
Votes: General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2024; 2023 Budget: Section III – Commission; Building policy.

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)
Debates: Effective coordination of economic policies and multilateral budgetary surveillance and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1466/97.
Developing social economy framework conditions; Statistics on population and housing, amending Regulation (EC) No 862/2007; Establishing the Strategic Technologies for Europe Platform (‘STEP’).

Plenary session
Debates: Rising precariousness in Europe including the need for aid to the most deprived; Protection of workers from asbestos; Economic coercion by third countries.

Tuesday 3 October

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
Hearing of Maroš Šefčovič, Executive VP on the European Green Deal, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight.

Plenary session
Debates:  Interim report on the proposal for a mid-term revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027; European Media Freedom Act; Corrupt large-scale sale of Schengen visas; Medicine shortages and strategic healthcare autonomy in the EU; Situation in Nagorno-Karabakh after Azerbaijan’s attack; Recent developments in the Serbia-Kosovo dialogue, including the situation in the northern municipalities in Kosovo; Taking stock of Moldova’s path to the EU; EU-Switzerland relations; Uzbekistan.
Votes: Financial services contracts concluded at a distance; Intelligent Road Transport Systems; Appointment of the Chair of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank; Economic coercion by third countries; European Media Freedom Act.

Tuesday 3 – Wednesday 4 October

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
Shadow rapporteurs and technical preparatory meeting to discuss the Net Zero Industry Act.

Wednesday 4 October

Plenary session
Debates: Address by Petr Pavel, President of the Czech Republic; European green bonds; Scheme of generalised tariff preferences; Human rights situation in Afghanistan; Need for a speedy adoption of the asylum and migration package; The proposed extension of glyphosate in the EU; Energy Charter Treaty: next steps; Need to complete new trade agreements for sustainable growth, competitiveness and the EU’s strategic autonomy.
Votes: Union Civil Protection Mechanism; Mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund to provide assistance to Romania, Italy and Türkiye; Segregation and discrimination of Roma children in education; Harmonising the rights of autistic persons; Standardised dimensions for carry-on luggage.

Thursday 5 October

Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)
Debates: European Court of Auditor’s Annual Report 2022; 2022 discharge: General budget of the EU – Commission.
Possibilities to increase the reliability of audits and controls by national authorities in shared management.

Joint meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and the Committee on Budgets (BUDG)
Votes: Establishing the Ukraine Facility.

Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI)
Debates: Exchange of views with with the ASEAN Representatives following the 5th EU-ASEAN Policy Dialogue on Human Rights on 3 October 2023 in Brussels.

Joint meeting of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
Debates: Amending Directive 2011/36/EU on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims.

Subcommittee on Public Health (SANT)
Debates: Implementation report on Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods.

Plenary session
Debates: Classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures; Urban wastewater treatment; The new European strategy for a better internet for kids (BIK+); Urban wastewater treatment
Votes: Approval of the allocation of new responsibilities of Executive Vice-President of the Commission Maroš Šefčovič; Approval of the appointment of Wopke Hoekstra as member of the European Commission; European green bonds; Financial services contracts concluded at a distance.

Find an overview of the parliamentary agenda here.

European Council

Thursday 5 October

European Political Community
The third meeting of the European Political Community will bring together leaders from across the continent in Granada, Spain. The leaders of 47 states are invited to discuss how to make Europe more resilient, prosperous and geostrategic, building on the work of the previous meetings of the European Political Community.

Friday 6 October

Informal meeting of heads of state or government
Ministers and heads of the EU Member States will gather in Granada, Spain in preparation for the upcoming European Council meeting planned for 26-27 October.

The meeting page can be found here.

European Commission and High Representative

Monday 2 October

Gentiloni participates in ECON+BUDG meeting
Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni will take part in the 12th Recovery and Resilience Dialogue with ECON and BUDG committees of the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, France.

Von der Leyen receives Chairs of EP political groups
President Ursula von der Leyen will meet with Manfred Weber, Iratxe García-Pérez and Stéphane Séjourné, Chairs of the European People’s Party Group, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats and the Renew Europe Groups in the European Parliament.

Ivanova meets with MEP Solé
Commissioner Ivanova meets with Member of the European Parliament Jordi Solé.

Tuesday 3 October

College meeting
The College of Commissioners will convene for their weekly meeting and are expected to discuss communication on critical technologies.

Von der Leyen receives Chairs of EP political groups
President Ursula von der Leyen will meet with Terry Reintke and Philippe Lamberts, Co-Chairs of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament and Manon Aubry and Martin Schirdewan, Co-Chairs of The Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL.

Jourová meets with President of the Czech Republic
Vice-President Vĕra Jourová in Strasbourg will meet with Petr Pavel, President of the Czech Republic.

Hahn receives Minister for European Affairs of Italy
Commissioner Johannes Hahn will meet with Raffaele Fitto, Minister for European Affairs, Southern Italy, Cohesion Policy and the NRRP of Italy.

Wednesday 4 October

Schinas meets IOC President 
Vice-President Margaritis Schinas will meet with Thomas Bach, International Olympic Committee President in Geneva, Switzerland.

Thursday 5 October

Schinas receives CEO of the European Jewish Association
Vice-President Margaritis Schinas will meet with Georgios Papadakis, CEO of the European Jewish Association.

Wojciechowski in Greece
Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski will arrive in Greece to visit regions and communities affected by recent wildfires and floods.

Friday 6 October

Ivanova speaks at the Erasmus+ project conference
Commissioner Iliana Ivanova will deliver a video message at the “The Erasmus+ project “E-Steam on the Cloud” conference.

Von der Leyen participates in the informal meeting of heads of state or government
President Ursula von der Leyen will take part in the informal meeting of heads of state or government in Granada, Spain.

An overview of the Commission College can be found here; the Commissioners’ weekly activities can be found here; the agenda of upcoming College meetings can be found here; Commission events can be found here.

European Economic and Social Committee

Wednesday 4 October

41st Meeting of the EU-Türkiye Joint Consultative Committee
The EU-Turkey Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee established in 1995 is composed of members from the EESC and members representing organised civil society in Turkey. This meeting will focus on the state of political, economic, and trade relations between the EU and Türkiye, the space for free and independent civil society to participate in political, economic, and social life in Türkiye and the EU, and the views on migration issues.

Thursday 5 October

Next generation of own resources for the EU Budget
The Economy and Cohesion section of the EESC will hold a public debate on the Commission´s proposal for the next generation of own resources for the EU budget and the related policy proposals of the EESC.

Environmental, social and governance ratings
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ratings provide an opinion on a company or financial instrument’s sustainability profile or characteristics, exposure to sustainability risks, or impact on society and the environment. The ECO section will organise a public debate to discuss the Commission’s legislative proposal to improve the reliability, comparability, and transparency of ESG ratings, and the EESC´s related policy proposals.

More information about EESC events can be found here.
The agendas of the different EESC meetings can be found here.

Committee of the Regions

Monday 2 October

The 19th SEDEC commission meeting
Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture will convene to discuss and adopt the opinion on “Promoting cultural policies in rural areas within the framework of development and territorial cohesion strategies and the 2030 Agenda,” “Stopping gender-based violence – cities and regions leading the way,” and “Building a values-based, bottom-up European sports model” reports as well as exchange views on gender mainstreaming in policies, programmes, and budgets.

Tuesday 3 October

Towards an integrated EU policy approach to support place-based innovation for the green and digital transition
​​​The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the rapporteur Andrea Putzu will hold a public consultation to aid the drafting of an opinion on “Towards an integrated EU policy approach to support place-based innovation for the green and digital transition.”

Thursday 5 October 

19th NAT commission meeting
The Council of Regions’ Commission for Natural Resources will assemble to discuss the reports on “Risk management and market regulation: the tools to strengthen the sustainability of European agriculture,” “The Common Fisheries Policy on the ground: towards sustainable and resilient coastal communities in the EU,” and “The role of cities as health promoters.”

More information about Committee of the Regions events can be found here. The agendas of the different Committee of the Regions meetings can be found here.

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Monday 2 October

Fundamental Rights Platform General Meeting
Civil society organisations of the Fundamental Rights Platform are invited to the annual meeting to deliberate the situation of fundamental rights in the EU, explore challenges and opportunities for fundamental rights next year, and discuss FRA’s Fundamental Rights Report 2024.

Information on upcoming FRA events can be found here.

European Central Bank

Wednesday 4 – Thursday 5 October

2023 Conference on Monetary Policy
2023 ECB Conference on Monetary Policy: bridging science and practice will take place in Frankfurt am Main in a hybrid event format. The three conference sessions will tackle issues related to monetary policy, inflation and financial instability, credit, liquidity and quantitative tightening as well as the role of financial markets in monetary policy transmission. A special session will be showcasing monetary policy related research by young economists. President Christine Lagarde, Fabio Panetta, and Vice-President Luis de Guindos are expected to deliever keynote speeches.

More information about ECB events can be found here

Council of Europe

Thursday 5 – Friday 6 October

Conference “The Pen is Mightier than the Sword?”
The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and the Ombudsman’s Office, together with the Council of Europe, will hold a conference entitled “The Pen Is Mightier than the Sword? Meeting today’s challenges to freedom of expression and the safety of journalists.” The event will mark the launch of the forthcoming 5-year Council of Europe Campaign for the Safety of Journalists which aims to intensify the efforts of the Council of Europe member States to safeguard journalists’ safety and raise awareness about their vital role for the functioning of democracy.

Friday 6 – Saturday 7 October

Plenary Session of the Venice Commission
During its plenary session, the Venice Commission will have on its agenda for adoption or endorsement 18 draft opinions concerning 10 states: Armenia, Bulgaria, Chile, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine.

Find an overview of Council of Europe events here; the PACE diary here; the Congress calendar of events here; information on forthcoming judgments here; the calendar of hearings here; information on Venice Commission events here; the agenda of the Commissioner of Human Rights here; and the Chairmanship agenda here.


Tuesday 3 – Thursday 12 October 

2023 Warsaw Human Dimension Conference
Within the framework of the Warsaw Human Dimension Conference, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is organizing a number of side events that will take place in addition to the formal plenary sessions. These meetings will enable more in-depth discussions that highlight ODIHR’s recent activities, publications and tools to strengthen democratic institutions and human rights throughout the OSCE region. The discussions will feed back into the work of ODIHR’s departmental programmes on human rights, rule of law, democratization, tolerance and non-discrimination, and the situation of Roma and Sinti in the OSCE area.

More information can be found here.



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