Weekly European Agenda 06/11/2023

6-10 November 2023

Monday 6 November 

Tuesday 7 November 

Wednesday 8 November

Thursday 9 November

Friday 10 November

European Movement International

Thursday 9 November

Woman of Europe Awards 2023
The Women of Europe Awards were launched in 2016, to highlight the contribution of women in promoting and advancing European issues, and to increase the involvement of women in debates about Europe and its future. While the role of women in the European project remains largely unrecognised, the awards aim to acknowledge and showcase their inspiring initiatives which lend a voice to women across Europe and defend European values such as democracy, inclusion and diversity. This year, the awards are handed out in five different categories: Woman in Power, Woman in Action, Woman in Business, Woman in Media, and Young Woman of Europe.

More information about the event here.

More information about EMI events can be found here

Institutional Agendas

European Parliament

Monday 6 – Tuesday 7 November

Joint meeting of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
Debates: Substantiation and communication of explicit environmental claims (Green Claims Directive).

Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)
Debates: Exchange of views with the Budget committee of the Ukrainian Parliament; Workshop on “Preventing EU funds from reaching sanctioned individuals or entities”; 2022 discharge: General budget of the EU – Commission; Transparency and accountability of non-governmental organisations funded from the EU budget.
Votes: Partial renewal of Members of the Court of Auditors – BE and FI nominees; Protection of the European Union’s financial interests – combating fraud – annual report 2022; Combating corruption, replacing Council Framework Decision 2003/568/JHA and the Convention on the fight against corruption involving officials of the European Communities or officials of Member States of the European Union.

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
Debates: Laying down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products; Safety of toys and repealing Directive 2009/48/EC; Detergents and surfactants; Laying down Union procedures for the authorisation and supervision of medicinal products for human use and establishing rules governing the European Medicines Agency; Union code relating to medicinal products for human use; Exchange of views with the Committee on Environmental Policy and Nature Management of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine; Plants obtained by certain new genomic techniques and their food and feed; European Court of Auditors’ Special Report 19/2023: EU efforts for sustainable soil management – Unambitious standards and limited targeting.
Votes: UN Climate Change Conference 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (COP28); Revision of the EU Pollinators Initiative – A new deal for pollinators; Non-communicable diseases; Mental health.

Tuesday 7 November

Joint meeting of the Committee on Budgets (BUDG) and the Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)
Debates: Exchange of views on the implementation of the Rule of Law Conditionality Regulation and frozen funds in Hungary subject to the Common Provisions Regulation 2021-2027; Financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union.

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Debates: Effective coordination of economic policies and multilateral budgetary surveillance; Amending Regulation (EC) No 1467/97 on speeding up and clarifying the implementation of the excessive deficit procedure; Amending Directive 2011/85/EU on requirements for budgetary frameworks of the Member States; Transparency and integrity of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) rating activities; Faster and Safer Relief of Excess Withholding Taxes; Public Hearing with Andrea Enria, Chair of the Supervisory Board of the ECB.
Votes: Amending Directive 2014/59/EU and Regulation (EU) No 806/2014 as regards certain aspects of the minimum requirement for own funds and eligible liabilities.

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)
Debates: Mission to Interparliamentary Conference on Stability Coordination and Governance in the EU; Revision of the European Labour Authority mandate; Exchange of views with Dubravka Šuica; Establishing the European Disability Card and the European Parking Card for persons with disabilities.
Votes: Reducing inequalities and promoting social inclusion in times of crisis for children and their families.

Joint meeting of the Committee on Budgets (BUDG) and the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Debates: Exchange of views with Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, on the implementation of the Technical Support Instrument (TSI).

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Debates: Inter-parliamentary Committee Meeting on the Evaluation of Activities of the Eurojust.

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
Debates: Standards for equality bodies in the field of equal treatment and equal opportunities between women and men in matters of employment and occupation (Joint meeting with the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL); Gender aspects of the rising cost of living and the impact of the energy crisis; Presentation of Eurofound data on gendered implications of the rising cost of living and energy; Establishing the European Disability Card and the European Parking Card for persons with disabilities; 2022 discharge: European Institute for Gender Equality; 2022 discharge: General budget of the EU – Commission; Presentation by the Court of Auditors on The Spotlight Initiative to end violence
against women and girls (Joint meeting with the Committee on Development (DEVE).
Votes: Human rights and democracy in the world and the European Union’s policy on the matter – annual report 2023.

Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
Debates: Exchange of views with Cristian Tudor, the Head of EU Delegation to Qatar; Exchange of views with EU Ambassador to Tunisia, following the denial of entry to the AFET ad hoc delegation; Exchange of views with the Head of EU Delegation to Libya; Exchange of views with the Head of EU Delegation to ASEAN; Exchange of views with the Head of EU Delegation to the USA.

Committee on Budgets (BUDG)
Debates: Draft Amending Budget No 4 to the General Budget 2023 Reduction in payment appropriations; The Protocol on the implementation of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Kiribati.
Votes: Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund for Displaced Workers; European Hydrogen Bank; European Maritime Safety Agency; Amending Regulation (EC) No 1467/97 on speeding up and clarifying the implementation of the excessive deficit procedure; 2023 Budget: Section III – Commission; 2023 Budget: Other Sections; Building policy.

European Youth Hearing
As a follow up to this year’s European Youth Event (EYE2023), young people will present and discuss with MEPs their most voted ideas “EYE2023: The Youth Ideas Report is out!” in a public hearing and workshops, as well as highlight the concerns of young voters in the run-up to the 2024 European Elections.

Wednesday 8 November

Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
Debates: Presentation of the 2023 Enlargement Package and the new Growth Plan for the Western Balkans by Olivér Várhelyi, Commissioner for  Neighbourhood and Enlargement.

Debates: Address by Cate Blanchett, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador; Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 26-27 October 2023; State of the Energy Union; System of own resources of the European Union; Type-approval of motor vehicles and engines with respect to their emissions and battery durability (Euro 7); Strengthening the right to participate: legitimacy and resilience of electoral processes in illiberal political systems and authoritarian regimes.

Thursday 9 November

Joint meeting of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) and Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Votes: European Health Data Space.

Committee on Fisheries (PECH)
Debates: ICCAT, 28th Regular Meeting of the International Commission of the Atlantic Tunas; Proposal for fishing opportunities (TAC) for 2024 in the Atlantic Ocean, Kattegat and Skagerrak; Mission of the Committee on Fisheries to Split (Croatia) to the 46th session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).
Votes: Amending Directive 2005/35/EC on ship-source pollution and on the introduction of penalties, including criminal penalties, for pollution offences.

Debates: Outcome of the EU-US summit; European Economic Security strategy.
Votes: Election of a Quaestor of the European Parliament; European environmental economic accounts: new modules; Data Act; Amending certain Regulations as regards the establishment and functioning of the European single access point (ESAP); European single access point (ESAP): access to information in relation to financial services, capital markets and sustainability; Settlement discipline, cross-border provision of services, supervisory cooperation, provision of banking-type ancillary services and requirements for third-country central securities depositories; Conservation and enforcement measures applicable in the Regulatory Area of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO); Road vehicles: maximum dimensions in national and international traffic and maximum weights in international traffic (codification); EU/China Agreement: modification of concessions on all the tariff rate quotas included in the EU Schedule CLXXV; EU/Madagascar Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement and Implementing Protocol (2023-2027); Nomination of a member of the Court of Auditors; Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE); Effectiveness of the EU sanctions on Russia.

Find an overview of the parliamentary agenda here.

Council of Ministers

Wednesday 8 November

The Eurozone Ministers will gather in regular format to discuss macroeconomic developments and competitiveness in the euro area, followed by a meeting in the banking union format to report on the recent operational activities. The debates will also feature the exchange of views with market participants on retail participation and developing investment from institutional investors in view of the future of European capital and financial markets.

Thursday 9 November

Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The EU Ministers will discuss the proposed reform of the economic governance framework to ensure the sustainability of public finances and promote convergence while addressing macroeconomic imbalances. The agenda will also feature the exchange views on the state of play of the economic and financial impact of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), the European Semester process, EU statistics and annual reporting.

Friday 10 November

Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Budget)
The Council will meet to prepare the second meeting of the Conciliation Committee, with the aim of reaching an agreement with the European Parliament on the EU’s annual budget for 2024.

An overview of planned Council meetings can be found here.

European Commission and High Representative

Monday 6 November

Jourová in Prague
Vice-President Vĕra Jourová will speak at Central European Digital Media Observatory’s (CEDMO) international conference entitled “Dilemmas in European Democracy: Is the Community Heading towards Political Nightfall and Technological Anomy?” in Prague.

Von der Leyen at the EU Ambassadors Conference 2023
President Ursula von der Leyen will deliver a speech at the EU Ambassadors Conference 2023.

Schmit in Berlin
Commissioner Nicolas Schmit will participate in a conference organised by the German federal ministry for labour and social affairs entitled “Social Europe” and meet with with Klara Geywitz, Federal Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Construction, in Berlin, Germany.

Tuesday 7 November

Ferreira at the “Future of Cohesion Policy at European Parliament” event
Commissioner Elisa Ferreira will take part in the launch event on Future of Cohesion Policy at European Parliament and deliver the opening speech at the REGI Interparliamentary meeting with EU National Parliaments.

Várhelyi receives Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi will meet with Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Jourová meets Twitter and TikTok officials
Vice-President Vĕra Jourová will receive Nick Pickles, Head of Global Government Affairs at Twitter and Shou Chew, CEO of TikTok.

Wednesday 8 November

College meeting
Commissioners will gather in Brussels to discuss the Enlargement package.

Jourová speaks at the International AI Summit
Vice-President Vĕra Jourová will take part in the International Artificial Intelligence Summit 2023.

Von der Leyen in the EP plenary debate
President Ursula von der Leyen will participate in the European Parliament plenary debate on the conclusions of the European Council meeting of 26-27 October and receive Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands.

Thursday 9 November

Várhelyi in France
Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi will meet with Laurence Boone, Minister of State for European Affairs of France and participate in Audition of the Sénat of France.

Šefčovič participates in the EU Ambassadors Conference
Executive Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič will participate in the EU Ambassadors Conference in the panel on ‘The urgent challenges of climate change and the green transition.’

Friday 10 November

Schinas participates in the 2023 Authentic Talks
Vice-President Margaritis Schinas will take part in the 2023 Authentic Talks, held in Athens, Greece.

Jourová speaks at the High-Level Forum on the Future of Democracy 2023
Vice-President Vĕra Jourová will deliver a speech at the High-Level Forum on the Future of Democracy 2023.

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

Monday 6 November

EU DAG and the UK DAG meeting
The EU Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs), set up under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) to advise on the implementation of the agreement, will hold their second meeting  in London.

EU-Russia and Central Asia Follow up Committee meeting
The EU-Russia and Central Asia Follow-up Committee will discuss the current situation of civil society in Russia. Two independent reports, respectively on freedom of speech and on disinformation, will be presented by a human rights-defending organisation, and there will be a general update by the Russia Division within the EEAS. The meeting will continue with a panel on Central Asia and the EESC’s initiative against disinformation held in Sofia.

The Common Agricultural Policy post-2027
The EESC will host a public hearing in the context of its ongoing opinion on ‘Promoting autonomous and sustainable food production: strategies for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post-2027’. The invited speakers and participants will discuss the future of the Common Agricultural Policy in the context of the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development, farmers’ views on how to promote autonomous and sustainable food production in the EU through the post-2027 CAP, and stakeholders’ views on the key policies to achieve sustainable food production and thriving rural areas in the EU.

Tuesday 7 November

2nd Civil Society Forum – EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement
The participation in the second Civil Society Forum of the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement (TCA) in London is open to civil society organisations representing employers organisations, workers representatives, NGOs and academics. The agenda for this second meeting of the CSF includes trade in goods, level playing fields and regulatory cooperation, energy and climate change & trade in services.

Making the European Green Deal real
The event will present a grassroots and local government perspective on the European Green Deal, with ECOLISE and ICLEI Europe sharing insights into the handprint of community-led initiatives and local governments in addressing the planetary crisis. The participants will discuss the need for radically different lifestyles, the political frameworks needed to ensure a good life within planetary boundaries for everyone, and enabling local green deals that can lead to new socio-ecological contracts between citizens, local governments and nature.

Conference on Fundamental rights and the Rule of Law
The annual Conference on Fundamental rights and the Rule of Law – Civil Society’s Take on the 2023 Rule of Law Report will gather EESC Members, civil society representatives (including social partners), EU institutions and other stakeholders to discuss the main developments in the EU in the area of fundamental rights and the rule of law over the past year.

Wednesday 8 November

Conference on #ReskillEU
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and DG Research & Innovation (DG RTD, European Commission) will bring together civil society organisations, education networks, academia, industry, research organisations and European institutions to discuss the need for new skills in the areas of clean energy and transport focusing on skills development through R&I activities.

The social dimension in the National Recovery and Resilience Plans
This high-level conference will be an opportunity to look into the actual implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs) and see whether investments and reforms manage to address social challenges. The agenda features four sessions on advancing the social objectives through the European Semester, the gender dimension, the youth dimension, and promoting social cohesion though the NRRPs.

Thursday 9 November

Young people and mental health
The EESC will hold a hybrid hearing in Brussels on “Young people and mental health.” The discussion will focus on the factors affecting mental health of young generations, namely addiction to social media climate anxiety and other social determinants like working conditions. The objective will be to propose possible actions to protect mental health of young people and improve their wellbeing.

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 6 November

EU Soil Days
​​​​​​The EU Soil Day event will set the scene of the EU Soil agenda to protect and restore soils and ensure their sustainability, providing an update on the Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’ and learning about EU funding programmes supporting solutions such as Horizon Europe, LIFE and also the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Ahead of the European Mission Soil Week that will take place in Madrid later that same month, the event will be an opportunity to have a complete overview both from the policy and projects point of view, with a specific regional and local approach.

Tuesday 7 November

Zero Pollution and the Soil Monitoring Law
The Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform, co-chaired by the European Committee of the Regions and the Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission, will host the third in a series of Zero Pollution Talks. The topic for the event is “Zero Pollution and the Soil Monitoring Law – involving local and regional authorities and stakeholders” will shed light on the proposed legislation’s role in addressing soil degradation and promoting soil health within the EU, ensuring a high level of environmental and health protection.

Wednesday 8 November

EU Platform on Food losses and Food Waste meeting
​​​​​​​​The 14th meeting of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste (of which CoR and EESC are members) aims to facilitate sharing of information, learning and best practice in food waste prevention, as a way to support all Member States and stakeholders across the food supply chain to prepare for meeting the future legislative obligations: the EU food waste reduction targets, adopted by the Commission on 05 July and currently under negotiation with the European Parliament and Council. During the meeting, there will be an update given by the Commission and EU agencies on developments related to EU food waste prevention work in various policy areas and programmes, as well as an update by co-chairs of the EU Platform’s subgroups on the work carried out in 2023 in these subgroups.

Wednesday 8 – Friday 10 November

ACT Now Mayors Conference
The Committee of the Regions will co-host the ACT NOW Mayors’ Conference 2023 with support of the European Alliance of Cities and Regions for the reconstruction of Ukraine. The event will bring together a dynamic and diverse group of participants and provide a unique platform, where mayors, local representatives, high-level decision makers, experts and emerging leaders can connect, collaborate and share their insights and experience.

Thursday 9 November

Automotive Regions Alliance Annual Conference
​The Automotive Regions Alliance is a political network of regions committed to the successful transition of the European automotive and supply industry. It aims at bringing together regions with a strong automotive and supply sector that want to play an active role in decarbonizing the transport sector and to contribute to the objectives of the European Green Deal, while strengthening regional industrial ecosystems and value creation At the meeting, the political representatives of the regions will underline the need to achieve a joint transition mechanism which must including all relevant stakeholders.

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.

Spanish Presidency

Tuesday 7 November

Informal meeting of European ministers responsible for space
The informal ministerial meeting on Space Competitiveness will discuss measures to be taken by the EU to ensure the continuity and strengthening of space-based infrastructures and services. Ministers will also discuss proposals to reduce the EU’s strategic dependence in the aerospace value chain and to improve the technological autonomy of the European Union and its Member States.

Thursday 9 – Saturday 11 November

International congress “Heritage, a shared responsibility”
Europa Nostra, which Hispania Nostra represents in Spain, is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its constitution. To celebrate, the organisation is inviting participants to attend this international congress where heritage and social participation will be reflected on. European and American specialists will take part, analysing from different experiences the importance of raising awareness among citizens as the creators and users of all cultural heritage and, furthermore, the reasons why both the protective norms and the institutions responsible for applying them emanate from these creators and users.

The agenda of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU can be found here.

European Ombudsman

Thursday 9 November

Protecting human rights: approaches to migration and artificial intelligence
Organised by European Ombudswoman Emily O’Reilly, this conference will first discuss how the EU is dealing with migration. The session will start with a lecture by Sally Hayden, author of My Fourth Time, We Drowned: Seeking Refuge on the World’s Deadliest Migration Route. The second part of the conference will focus on the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) on decision-making andthe way public administrations interact with citizens, as well as a panel on the benefits and potential drawbacks of AI use in public administrations.

The EU Ombudsman calendar of activities can be found here.

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Monday 6 – Tuesday 7 November

Best practices in tackling hate crime
The international seminar, held in Madrid, will focus on assistance and support to victims of hate crime. It will also address collaboration and cooperation between the public sector, the private sector and civil society. During the event participants will present best national and international practices. FRA will present its work on hate crime and the key guiding principles on cooperation between law enforcement and civil society.

Information on upcoming FRA events can be found here.

European Central Bank

Tuesday 7 November

McCaul participates in Annual Cyprus Summit
Board member Elizabeth McCaul will take part in the panel on “Global Economic Outlook: Is the Banking Sector Responding Effectively?” at 19th Annual Cyprus Summit “Cyprus’s new roadmap and strategy for sustainable balance” in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Enria at the ECON Committee
Board member Andrea Enria will deliver an introductory statement at the ECON Committee meeting of the European Parliament in Brussels.

Wednesday 8 March

Lagarde participates in Eurogroup
President Christine Lagarde will join the Eurogroup meeting in Brussels, Belgium.

Lane at Latvijas Banka Economic Conference 2023
Board member Philip R. Lane will deliver a keynote speech and participate in panel 1 on “Unravelling the Puzzle of Sluggish Productivity Growth: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects for Europe” at Latvijas Banka Economic Conference 2023 “A Recipe for Economic Growth” in Riga, Latvia.

Thursday 9 March

Lagarde inaugurates the House of the Euro
President Christine Lagarde will inaugurate the House of the Euro in Brussels, Belgium.

Friday 10 March

Lagarde and Wolf at Financial Times’ Global Boardroom
President Christine Lagarde will join Martin Wolf for a fireside chat at Financial Times’ Global Boardroom 2023 in London, UK.

More information about ECB events can be found here

Council of Europe

Monday 6 – Wednesday 7 November 

World Forum for Democracy 2023
The World Forum for Democracy will bring together intellectuals, politicians, activists, experts and young people from all over the world in debates on how democracy can give better guarantees of peace. The question posed by the event title ‘Democracy = Peace?’ is a highly topical one at a time when war has returned to the European continent. The programme of the 2023 edition features “Forum talks” on: The truth of war crimes – making use of electronic evidence and open-source intelligence; Memory, memorials and teaching history; Women, democracy and peace; Building peace and democracy across borders; Economics of peace; Sudan’s democratic transition de-railed; International community and democratic insecurity; Learning to wage peace and democracy; Press cartoonist: a profession in danger; Inside Kabul; 7 Winters in Teheran; 4th branch of government: deliberative democracy.

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.



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