Weekly European Agenda 13/11/2023

13-17 November 2023

Monday 13 November

Tuesday 14 November 

Wednesday 15 November

Thursday 16 November 

Friday 17 November

European Movement International

Wednesday 15 November

A Brave New World: A Reformed EU Fit for the Future
The European Movement International is holding an event entitled “A Brave New World: A Reformed EU Fit for the Future.” The participants are invited to discuss the key proposals and challenges for treaty reform as a tool to improve democracy, participation and the EU’s capacity to act. Speakers will include Guy Verhofstadt MEP (Renew Europe), European Parliament, H.E. Arnoldas Pranckevičius, Ambassador, Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU, Colin Scicluna, Head of Cabinet of Dubravka Šuica, European Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography and Valeria Ronzitti, Secretary General, SGI Europe and Vice-President of the European Movement International.

More information about the event here.

More information about EMI events can be found here

Institutional Agendas

European Parliament

Monday 13 November

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)
Debates: Establishing a Single Market emergency instrument; Amending Regulations as regards emergency procedures for the conformity assessment, adoption of common specifications and market surveillance due to a Single Market emergency; Transparency and targeting of political advertising; Establishing a framework for setting ecodesign requirements for sustainable products; Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on alternative dispute resolution for consumer disputes; Establishing the Union Customs Code and the European Union Customs Authority; Detergents and surfactants; Presentation of Policy Department study on the performance of the Package Travel Directive and broader consumer protection issues in the implementation of passenger rights.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Debates: Study: Open SLAPP Cases in 2022 and 2023 – The Incidence of SLAPPs, and Regulatory Responses in the European Union; Report on the Commission’s 2023 Rule of Law report; Report on the ongoing negotiations on a status agreement on operational activities carried out by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) in Senegal; Amending Regulation (EU) 2018/1806 as regards the revision of the suspension mechanism.
Votes: Extending the list of EU crimes to hate speech and hate crime; Situation of fundamental rights in the EU in 2022 and 2023; Amending Council Decision 2009/917/JHA, as regards its alignment with Union rules on the protection of personal data; Conclusion of an Agreement between the European Union and Montenegro on operational activities carried out by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency in Montenegro.

Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI)
Debates: Workshop “Forcible transfer and deportation of Ukrainian children: responses and accountability measures”; Exchange of views on the recent developments in the field of human rights in Tunisia.

Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE)
Debates: Update on the new CSDP initiative in support of West African countries in the Gulf of Guinea with Cosmin Dobran, Director – Peace, Partnerships and Crisis Management, EEAS; Exchange of views with General Robert Brieger, Chairman of the EU Military Committee (EUMC) on current priorities of the EU Military Committee and the implementation of the Rapid Deployment Capacity; Update on the new CSDP initiative in support of West African countries in the Gulf of Guinea.

Subcommittee on Public Health (SANT)
Debates: Election of the Chair of Subcommittee on Public Health; SANT delegation to Washington D.C; Implementation report on Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods; Presentation of the ECDC report on health-related quality of life among people living with HIV.

Tuesday 14 November

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Votes: Laying down rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse.

Thursday 16 November

Committee on Budgets (BUDG)
Debates: Outcome of the conciliation Budget 2024; Establishing the Union Customs Code and the European Union Customs Authority.
Votes: 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 on the one hand, and the Republic of Kiribati, on the other (2023-2028); 2023 Budget: Section III – Commission; Building policy.

Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN)
Debates: Amending Council Directive 96/53/EC laying down for certain road vehicles circulating within the Community the maximum authorised dimensions in national and international traffic and the maximum authorised weights in international traffic; 2022 discharge: General budget of the EU – Commission.
Votes: Amending Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 as regards minimum requirements on minimum breaks and daily and weekly rest periods in the occasional passenger transport sector; Amending Directive 2005/35/EC on ship-source pollution and on the introduction of penalties, including criminal penalties, for pollution offences.

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)
Debates: Exchange of views with the European Commission on lessons learnt and ways forward to best use the Agricultural reserve; Substantiation and communication of explicit environmental claims.
Votes: Implementation of territorial development (CPR, Title III, Chapter II) and its application in the European Territorial agenda 2030; Implementation of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA); Amending Council Directives 2001/110/EC relating to honey, 2001/112/EC relating to fruit juices and certain  similar products intended for human consumption, 2001/113/EC relating to fruit jams, jellies and  marmalades and sweetened chestnut purée intended for human consumption, and 2001/114/EC relating to certain partly or wholly dehydrated preserved milk for human consumption.

Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
Debates: Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Indonesia, of the other part, to take account of the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the EU; Debriefing of the AFET mission to Mexico and Costa Rica; Advanced Framework Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Chile (Jointly with the Committee on International Trade (INTA).
Votes: EU-US relations; EU-Japan relations; EU-China relations; The situation of children deprived of liberty in the world; Transparency and accountability of non-governmental organisations funded from the EU budget.

Joint meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and the Committee on Development (DEVE)
Votes: Implementation of the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument – Global Europe.

Find an overview of the parliamentary agenda here.

Council of Ministers

Monday 13 November

Foreign Affairs Council
EU Foreign Affairs Ministers will discuss the Russian aggression against Ukraine, the latest developments concerning Armenia and Azerbaijan and the situation in Israel and the region, the foreign policy dimension of economic security, and will be informed about current affairs. The Council meeting will be preceded by an informal breakfast with the COP28 President-designate, Sultan Al Jaber.

Tuesday 14 November

Foreign Affairs Council (Defence)
EU Defence Ministers will hold a discussion on EU support to Ukraine. Under current affairs the Council will exchange views on the Rapid Deployment Capacity and be informed about ongoing Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) engagements. The Council meeting will be preceded by an informal breakfast with the NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, and the European Defence Agency Steering Board.

Wednesday 15 November

ACP-EU Council of Ministers
The 46th session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers will take place in Apia, Samoa, and will be the last such meeting under the current framework established by Cotonou Agreement. The participants will exchange of views on the relations with the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, on the implementation of the new EU-OACPS Partnership Agreement with a view to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28). The meeting will conclude with signing of the new Partnership Agreement.

General Affairs Council
In public session, the Council will hold a policy debate on the European Parliament’s proposal for revising the EU rules governing the EP elections. The agenda will also feature the discussion of the 2024 Commission’s Work Programme, draft agenda for the 14-15 December European Council, and developments regarding the rule of law in Poland and respect for the EU values in Hungary.

An overview of planned Council meetings can be found here.

European Commission and High Representative

Monday 13 November

College of Commissioners and European Court of Auditors meeting
The College of Commissioners and the European Court of Auditors will hold a joint meeting in Brussels, Belgium.

Jourová receives officials 
Vice-President Vĕra Jourová will meet with Jan Gregor, Member of the European Court of Auditors, Czech entrepreneurs from the digital sector, Jean-Francois Rapin, Chair of the European Affairs Committee of the French Senate, Didier Marie and Mr Claude Kern, Deputy Chairs of the European Affairs Committee of the French Senate.

Gentiloni participates in the Vienna Economic Forum
Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni will participate in the Vienna Economic Forum and meet with Dimitar Kovachevski, Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Patron of Vienna Economic Forum, in Vienna, Austria.

Tuesday 14 November

Johansson in Stockholm
Commissioner Ylva Johansson will meet with Andreas Norlén, Speaker of the Swedish Riksdag and present the Commission Work Programme in Stockholm, Sweden.

Ivanova meets officials
Commissioner Iliana Ivanova will receive Zornica Rusinova, Chairperson of Economic and Social Council of Bulgaria and Athanasios Kyriazis, Secretary General for Research and Innovation of Greece.

Jourová meets Netflix and Warner Music Group representatives
Vice-President Vĕra Jourová will receive Madeleine de Cock Buning, Vice-President of Netflix and meet via video conference Robert Kyncl, CEO of Warner Music Group.

Wednesday 15 November

College meeting
The College of Commissioners will meet in Brussels where the discussion is expected to focus on the Talent Mobility Package comprised of the Communication on maximising the potential of talent mobility, legislation to set up an EU Talent Pool, the Recommendation on recognition of third country nationals qualifications, and the Recommendation on learning mobility framework. The meeting will also include a visit of Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General.

Hoekstra in China
Commissioner Wopke Hoekstra will arrive in Beijing, China where he will meet with representatives of the EU Chamber of Commerce China (EUCCC), with Member States Heads of Mission and climate experts, including stakeholders, civil society and academics.

Von der Leyen meets President of Latvia
President Ursula von der Leyen will meet with Edgars Rinkēvičs, President of Latvia in Brussels, Belgium.

Thursday 16 November

Simson in Georgia
Commissioner Kadri Simson during a visit to Georgia will participate at the High-level Energy Dialogue with Levan Davitashvili, Vice Prime Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia and visit a Wind Farm in Shida Kartli region.

Johansson participates in the European Migration Network Conference
Commissioner Ylva Johansson will take part in the European Migration Network Conference co-hosted by the European Commission and the Spanish Presidency of the European Council in Madrid, Spain.

Jourová in Prague
Vice-President Vĕra Jourová will visit the European Union Agency for the Space Programme, meet with researchers, innovators and technological companies and participate at Future European Leaders chat during Prague European Summit held in in Prague, Czech Republic.

Friday 17 November

Urpilainen meets with Stoltenbertg
Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen will hold a meeting with Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General.

Lenarčič in Geneva
Commissioner Janez Lenarčič in Geneva, Switzerland will meet Volker Türk, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations, Jagan Chapagain, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and participate in the Geneva Call pledging event in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ivanova meets the Ambassadors of EU Member States
Commissioner Iliana Ivanova will hold meetings with the Ambassadors of EU Member States in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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

Tuesday 14 November

EU DAG meeting under the EU-Canada CETA
The 14th meeting of the EU Domestic Advisory Group (DAG) under the EU-Canada CETA will take place in Brussels. The DAG will elect a new chair, discuss the progress in implementing the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter and exchange views on the EU-CETA DAG priorities for the new term.

Unmasking citizenwashing: the dos and don’ts of participation
This collaborative symposium on “citizenwashing”, held by the Civil Society Organisations’ Group of the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Environmental Bureau, aims to develop an understanding of the concept of citizenwashing and formulate recommendations to ensure public participation processes do not fall into the trap of misrepresentation. The symposium will bring together experts in political science, academics and researchers, European CSOs, environmental NGOs and policymakers. 

2023 Civil Society Forum on Trade and Sustainable Development
The EESC is hosting the 2nd Civil Society Forum on Trade and Sustainable Development entitled “The other side of trade: a bottom-up approach to sustainable development.” The participants will examine Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) from different angles with a common approach: inclusive, bottom-up and solution-oriented. Panel discussions will feature discussions on trade and investment for development, new supply chains and the balance between economic security and TSD, as well as Due Diligence: costs, benefits and strategies.

Wednesday 15 November

Gender inequality in access to financial markets
The ECO Section of the EESC will gather institutional and non-governmental actors to discuss on gender gaps in the access to funding and on investment, its economic and social impacts and how public policy could provide solutions to improve the current situation.

Friday 17 November

Sustainable food systems as drivers for the implementation of the SDGs
The Permanent Group on Sustainable Food Systems (PG) and the Sustainable Development Observatory (SDO) of the EESC will hold a joint meeting to explore how sustainable food systems can contribute in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by providing concrete examples and best practices, but also identifying the associated challenges.

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

Committee of Regions

Monday 13 November

Green city Rakvere – green development of local governments
On the initiative of Andres Jaadla (Renew/EE), the local dialogue “Green city Rakvere – green development of local governments – inspired by Europe” will gather citizens to discuss the issues of relevance to Europe and local authorities, such as climate change, the environment and clean energy, as well as the capacity and resources of municipalities for achieving a clean circular economy, restoring biodiversity and reducing pollution.

Tuesday 14 November

Smart Cities Convention 2023
As part of an interna​​tional Greentech Week, hosted by Tallinn, Estonia, a special Smart City Convention will be tackling issues of strategic innovation, human-centric implementation of smart city tools and connecting the public and the private sectors. The participants will learn about the current state of innovative city projects and forecast what the future might hold.

Wednesday 15 November

Foster experiences from EU innovation projects to accelerate a sustainable built environment
​This full-day, in-person event is organized to convene a diverse audience, including esteemed EU representatives, participants from EU H2020 and LIFE projects, and various stakeholder groups rooted in Brussels, such as those in construction, manufacturing, social housing, architecture, and property owners associations. The primary focus is to engage in discussions about the profound impact of innovative construction and renovation approaches on both policy and the market, drawing insights from experiences from the ground.​

14th Meeting of the Green Deal Going Local working group
The Green Deal Going Local working group will convene an expanded meeting to focus on the future of the European Green Deal. During this meeting, CoR members will engage in a foresight exercise guided by the European Commission Joint Research Centre. This meeting is part of the CoR’s political position process on the future of the European Green Deal, also in view of the European elections in 2024.

Thursday 16 November

Friday 17 November

21st COTER Commission Meeting
The 21st COTER Commission meeting will focus on two new opinions on: “Smart, sustainable and affordable housing as a tool for local authorities to face multiple challenges” and “Greening Freight Transport.” The agenda will also feature three debates on the cross-border cooperation in the shared management of emergency services, evaluation of e-Cohesion in 2014-2020, and Eurostat Regional Year Book 2023.

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

Monday 13 – Tuesday 14 November

Informal meeting of housing ministers
The informal ministerial meeting on housing and urban development will address the main challenges facing the sector, focusing on access to decent housing and developing the Urban Agenda for the European Union. At the first session, Ministers will address the importance of access to affordable housing, with a special focus on the most vulnerable groups and rural areas. The second session will focus on urban development in the European Union, with an emphasis on the Urban Agenda for the EU and principles of the New European Bauhaus, a commitment to quality architecture to improve the lives of citizens.

Thursday 16 – Friday 17 November

European Migration Network National Conference
Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration of Spain will hold a conference entitled “Shaping the future of EU legal migration: Where are we and where do we want to go?” to hold a high-level meeting to address migration issues in line with the priorities of the State Secretariat for Migration.

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

European Ombudsman

Monday 13 November

Meeting with French Senate’s EU committee
The European Ombudsman will meet with the Chair and other senators from the French Senate’s EU affairs committee, to discuss topics such as transparency and ethics in administration at EU level.

The EU Ombudsman calendar of activities can be found here.

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Thursday 16 November

Expert meeting on ensuring the right to environmental protection
FRA will host an expert meeting for its new project on ensuring the right to environmental protection. The project seeks to identify the most urgent social and fundamental rights dimensions of the EU’s green transition and relevant implementing legislation. FRA will present a focus paper to a group of experts with a view to collect necessary inputs for the project. These include identifying the scope and angle of FRA’s contribution to a just transition of the EU Green Deal from fundamental rights perspective.

Information on upcoming FRA events can be found here.

European Data Protection Supervisor

Tuesday 14 November

Brussels Privacy Symposium 2023
European Data Protection Supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski will deliver opening remarks at the Brussels Privacy Symposium 2023: Understanding the EU Data Strategy Architecture, held in Brussels, Belgium.

Wednesday 15 November

IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2023
European Data Protection Supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski will be speaking in panel “Orchestrating a Symphone: Harmonising Privacy with Other Policy Considerations” during IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2023, held in Brussels, Belgium.

Friday 17 November

Navas at the “Talking About Artificial Intelligence” congress
Secretary-General of the European Data Protection Supervisor Leonardo Cervera Navas will deliver a speech at the congress “Talking About Artificial Intelligence”, held in Granada, Spain.

Information on upcoming EDPS events can be found here.

European Central Bank

Tuesday 14 November

Lane at SNB-FRB-BIS Conference on Global Risk, Uncertainty, and Volatility
Board member Philip R. Lane will participate in a panel discussion during the SNB-FRB-BIS Third High-Level Conference on Global Risk, Uncertainty, and Volatility in Zurich, Switzerland.

Elderson speaks on “The need for climate action and the role of the financial sector”
Board member Frank Elderson will deliver an opening keynote speech on “The need for climate action and the role of the financial sector” at the Sustainable Finance Conference organised by the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.

Thursday 16 November

Enria and de Guindos at the conference of the European Systemic Risk
Board members Andrea Enria and Luis de Guindos will participate in the panel discussions during the 7th annual conference of the European Systemic Risk Board in Frankfurt, Germany.

Friday 17 November

Lagarde at Frankfurt European Banking Congress
President Christine Lagarde will deliver a keynote speech at the 33rd Frankfurt European Banking Congress entitled “Navigating in a World at Risk of Fragmentation” in Frankfurt, Germany.

More information about ECB events can be found here

European Investment Bank

Monday 13 – Thursday 16 November

EIB at Web Summit 2023
Web Summit is the world’s largest annual technology conference that brings together the people and companies redefining the global tech industry. This year the EIB Group, EIB Institute and the European Innovation Council (EIC) teamed up to bring the EU innovative spirit at Web Summit. Our teams will be happy to meet you at the EIB Group and EIC stand in E223, Pavilion 2, where daily panels will take place.

The agenda of the EIB can be found here.

Council of Europe

Wednesday 15 November

Equality Week 2023
The annual Equality Week 2023 will be organised by the Council of Europe Office in Georgia. An exhibition entitled “Threads of Resilience” featured at the event will present works by seven diverse artists united by the theme of equality and portraying varied experiences of minority groups in Georgia. Three community representatives will deliver TED-Talks-styled speeches “My Equality Story”. Keynote speakers addressing the public include Head of the Council of Europe Office in Georgia Natalia Voutova, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway Bergljot Hovland and Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands Meline Arakelian.

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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