Weekly European Agenda 20/11/2023

20-24 November 2023

Monday 20 November 

Tuesday 21 November

Wednesday 22 November

Thursday 23 November 

Friday 24 November

Institutional Agendas

European Parliament

Monday 20 November

Debates: Statement by the President – International Day on the Rights of the Child; Reducing inequalities and promoting social inclusion in times of crisis for children and their families; Common rules promoting the repair of goods; Framework of measures for strengthening Europe’s net-zero technology products manufacturing ecosystem (Net Zero Industry Act); Union certification framework for carbon removals.

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
Debates: Standards of quality and safety for  substances of human origin intended for human  application; Establishing a framework for setting ecodesign requirements for sustainable products; Nature restoration; Methane emissions reduction in the energy sector; Shipments of waste; Establishing a framework for ensuring a secure and sustainable supply of critical raw materials; Implementation of the Regulation (EU) 2023/956 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 May 2023 establishing a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) during the transitional period; Implementation of the Regulation (EU) 2023/1115 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 May 2023 on the making available on the Union market and the export from the Union of certain commodities and products associated with deforestation and forest degradation.

Tuesday 21 November

Debate: Sustainable use of plant protection products; Packaging and packaging waste; Strengthening the CO2; EU/New Zealand Free Trade Agreement emission performance targets for new heavy-duty vehicles; 2024 budgetary procedure: Outcome of the Conciliation; EU/New Zealand Free Trade Agreement; Proposals of the European Parliament for the amendment of the Treaties; Strategic Compass and EU space-based defence capabilities.
Votes: High common level of cybersecurity at the institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the Union; Catch documentation programme for bluefin tuna; Recognition of professional qualifications: nurses responsible for general care trained in Romania; Possibilities to increase the reliability of audits and controls by national authorities in shared management; EU framework for the social and professional situation of artists and workers in the cultural and creative sectors; Implementation of the principle of the primacy of EU law; Implementation of the European Solidarity Corps programme 2021-2027.

Wednesday 22 November

Debates: Key debate on Gaza. Council and Commission statements – Humanitarian situation in Gaza, the need for the release of hostages and for an immediate humanitarian truce leading to a ceasefire and the prospects for peace and security in the Middle East.
Votes: 2024 budgetary procedure: joint text; Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund – application EGF/2023/002 BE/Makro – Belgium; Official Journal of the EU: electronic publication; EU/Montenegro Agreement: operational activities carried out by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency in Montenegro; Nomination of a member of the Court of Auditors – Petri Sarvamaa; Nomination of a member of the Court of Auditors – BE nominee; VAT: rules for the digital age; VAT: administrative cooperation arrangements for the digital age; VAT: taxable persons, special scheme and special arrangements for declaration and payment relating to distance sales of imported goods; Negotiations on a status agreement on operational activities carried out by Frontex in Mauritania; Implementation of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement; Innovative humanitarian aid strategy: spotlight on current and forgotten crises; Job creation – the just transition and impact investments; Harnessing talent in Europe’s regions; Digitalisation and Administrative Law; UN Climate Change Conference 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (COP28); European Health Data Space.Proposals of the European Parliament for the amendment of the Treaties.

Thursday 23 November

Debates: Commission statement – International day for the elimination of violence against women; Digitalisation of cross-border judicial cooperation.
Vote: Negotiations on a status agreement on operational activities carried out by Frontex in Mauritania; Implementation of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement; The European Elections 2024; European Union regulatory fitness and subsidiarity and proportionality – report on Better Law Making covering 2020, 2021 and 2022; Monitoring the application of EU law in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Find an overview of the parliamentary agenda here.

European Council

Thursday 23 – Friday 24 November

EU-Canada summit
The 19th EU-Canada summit will take place in St John’s, Canada where Charles Michel, President of the European Council, and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, will represent the EU. They will reconfirm EU-Canada long-term commitment and unwavering support to Ukraine as it defends its sovereignty in all of its facets, including with regard to security commitments and military assistance, reconstruction and the reforms required for Ukraine’s European integration path as well as by addressing the global consequences of the war. Leaders will advance cooperation towards open and resilient economies and accelerate work in addressing the triple planetary crisis (climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution) and fostering a global net zero emissions economy by 2050 by intensifying cooperation at all levels. The extensive agenda also includes discussions of the unfolding situation in the Middle East.

The meeting page can be found here.

Council of Ministers

Monday 20 November

Agriculture and Fisheries Council
Agriculture and fisheries ministers will meet in Brussels to discuss the fishing opportunities for 2024 in the Atlantic, the North Sea, in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Ministers will seek to approve a set of conclusions on a long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas and exchange views on the state of play of the proposal for a regulation on new genomic techniques.

European Economic Area Council
The 57th meeting of the European Economic Area (‘EEA’) Council will focus on the overall functioning of the EEA Agreement and hold an orientation debate on economic security. It will be attended by the representatives of Liechtenstein, Spain, Iceland, Norway, as well as by Vice President Šefčovič and representatives of the European External Action Service. The meeting will be preceded by an informal political dialogue with the EEA EFTA states. The discussions will focus on Israel, Palestine, and Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Tuesday 21 November

Foreign Affairs Council
The Foreign Affairs Council, in its development configuration, will be invited to exchange views on the Team Europe engagement in complex environments in Africa. Ministers will also hold a video conference to exchange with World Bank Group President Ajay Banga.

Thursday 23 – Friday 24 November

Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council
Ministers from EU member states responsible for education, youth, culture and sport will meet in Brussels to discuss a range of topics, including digital skills and digital education, youth mainstreaming, young people’s mental health, equality and a safe environment in sport, working conditions for artists videogames and their cultural dimension.

An overview of planned Council meetings can be found here.

European Commission and High Representative

Monday 20 November

Reynders participates in the United for Justice conference
Commissioner Didier Reynders will participate in the United for Justice conference in Toronto, Canada.

Schinas delivers opening remarks at the 7th Thessaloniki Summit
Commissioner Margaritis Schinas will deliver via videoconference opening remarks at the 7th Thessaloniki Summit “South-East Europe’s moment : Chartering a new course to prosperity & stability”.

von der Leyen participates in the G20 Compact with Africa conference
President Ursula von der Leyen will participate in the G20 Compact with Africa conference, hosted by Mr Olaf Scholz, Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Tuesday 21 November

College meeting
The EU Commissioners will meet in Strasbourg where they are expected to discuss the European Semester autumn package and Forest monitoring framework.

Ferreira meets Members of the European Parliament 
Commissioner Elisa Ferreira will meet Members of the European Parliament Daniel Freund and Sandro Gozi.

Wednesday 22 November

von der Leyen participates in the Virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit
President Ursula von der Leyen will participate in the Virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit.

Thursday 23 November

Ferreira speaks at the ceremony launching the ‘Talent Booster Mechanism”
Commissioner Elisa Ferreira will address the ceremony launching the ‘Talent Booster Mechanism’, the first key initiative of the “Communication on Harnessing Talent in Europe’s Regions”.

Schinas participates to the annual seminar of the EU/NATO Estonian Ambassadors
Vice-President Margaritis Schinas will participate to the annual seminar of the EU/NATO Estonian Ambassadors.

Johansson hosts the EU-Türkiye High Level Dialogue on Migration and Security
Commissioner Ylva Johansson will host the EU-Türkiye High Level Dialogue on Migration and Security.

Thursday 23 November – Friday 24 November

von der Leyen participates in the EU-Canada summit
President Ursula von der Leyen will participate in the EU-Canada summit.

Friday 24 November

Hahn delivers a keynote speech at the “Road to Recovery” conference
Commissioner Johannes Hahn will deliver a keynote speech at the “Road to Recovery” conference in Leipzig, Germany.

Wojciechowski visits regions and communities affected by recent floods in Slovenia
Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski will visit regions and communities affected by recent floods in Slovenia.

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 20 November

Social progress beyond 2024
Digital innovations, investment and competitiveness are often used as content fillers, but are far from being so. They have a real impact in how our economies and societies work, and cannot be abandoned by Workers and Trade Unions, leaving us in a reactive position. They must be seized and shaped, ensuring that the digital transition is a gateway to a fairer society, where technological innovations are put to use for the benefit of all, and not for the profit of a few. Investment is a powerful tool for development, but must happen in line with sustainability, not against it. And competitiveness can only benefit from a properly levelled playing field, where more innovative and creative companies take the lead, rather than companies that merely seek to obtain extra benefits from social dumping and environmental destruction.

Wednesday 22 November

Gender equality and youth in rural areas
This debate will serve to shine a spotlight on the unique challenges faced by two integral demographics in rural areas: women and youth. The panelists will engage in a dialogue that not only recognizes the hurdles but also propels us toward concrete solutions for a more inclusive and vibrant rural future.

Thursday 23 November

Public Service and Citizenship
In view of the next Belgian and European elections, the EESC, in partnership with the Brussels Commissioner for Europe, will bring together staff from across European institutions and Belgian representatives to discuss the participation of European civil servants in Belgian life. This event will be an occasion to dig deeper into the role of public service as the engine of the European project, whilst at the same time discuss different ways of involving EU staff in local political and community life.

Thursday 23 – Friday 24 November

European elections 2024: Why vote?
The EESC’s flagship annual event for civil society communicators will focus on the vote for the new European Parliament. The seminar is part of the “Connecting EU” series, which every year offers a platform where press and communication professionals from civil society organisations can network and discuss current issues of common interest affecting Europe. It will specifically look at three topics, which may well dominate debates in the months to come: disinformation and its impact on the 2024 elections, mobilising civil society around elections – what works and what doesn’t, elections and young people.

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 20 November

Health services delivery in demographic transition regions
The Demographic Change Regions Network (DCRN) will hold an exchange and networking event among partners on “Health services delivery in demographic transition regions” to explore the best examples of health provision in a context of population decline.

Meeting of the Better Regulation and active subsidiarity Steering Group
The Better Regulation and active subsidiarity Steering Group (BRASS-G) will meet to explore new avenues for further developing the CoR Better regulation policy and toolbox, as well as start the planning process for 2024 activities.

Wednesday 22 November

ENVE commission meeting
The agenda foresees the adoption of reports on Soil Monitoring and Resilience (Soil Monitoring Law) and on the Green Deal and Health. The participants will also discuss the Annual Impact Report and the Work Programme for 2024. In the afternoon, a debate on the state of the Energy Union and Climate Action will take place, followed by an exchange of views of the Opinion on Localising energy production: the role of geothermal energy.

World Children’s Day: the role of local authorities in protecting and empowering migrant and refugee children
The Cities and Regions for Integration of Migrants network of the European Committee of the Regions will hold a seminar entitled “World Children’s Day: the role of local authorities in protecting and empowering migrant and refugee children.” Organised in close cooperation with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the seminar will focus on ensuring the necessary capacity-building, and the exchange of best practices among cities and regions involved in child safeguard matters. The participants of the seminar will also share their expertise in the field and address the necessity of long-term solutions aimed at both – fostering more efficient collaboration in child protection measures, and also paving the way for more successful inclusion of vulnerable migrant and refugee children in the local communities.

Thursday 23 November

Addressing Racial Discrimination in Housing: A Multistakeholder Approach
The Assembly of European Regions (AER) will hold the inaugural EU-Belong webinar on addressing racial discrimination in access to housing. During this event, Professor Quim Brugué from the University of Girona will share how the Municipality of Olot addressed the causes and impact of racial discrimination practices faced by third-country nationals, facilitated regular exchanges among key stakeholders to collaboratively identify solutions, and envisioned the process to enable the implementation of proposed solutions.

From clicks to ballots: Myths and realities of online electioneering
In preparation for next year’s European Parliament Elections, the European Committee of Regions will hold a digital masterclass on effective use of digital political advertising.

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 21 November 

Report on the state of culture in Spain
The Observatory of Culture and Communication for the Fundación Alternativas (OCC) publishes a report on the status of Spanish culture in the EU. Drafted by authors and experts of recognised prestige, academics and professionals, it will contain an analysis of the main parameters, lines of activity and forecasts for the future of Spanish culture in the EU. The report provides data and focus on the presence of Spain’s cultural industries in the EU as a whole. Spanish creation in the different fields of culture is also be highlighted, as well as the market figures and its expansion into the digital economy.

Tuesday 21 – Wednesday 22 November

Conference on women and justice
Ministry of Justice of Spain will hold the Women and Justice seminar covering five key topics: women’s access to justice, access to justice for vulnerable people, eurocrimes regarding violence against women, institutional response to gender violence, specialisation of courts, prosecutor’s office, observatories, and new challenges to deepen the European commitment to equality and female leadership in decision-making.

Thursday 23 – Friday 24 November

Informal ministerial meeting on equality
The EU ministers responsible for equality will meet in Pamplona, Spain where they will join two working sessions on data collection and specialised services for victims of violence against women and on emerging violence.

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

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Thursday 23 November

Digital skills and the fundamental rights of older people
The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will hold a webinar on findings from its report on fundamental rights of older people. The discussion will centre on the digital skills of older people in Europe. It will cover the risks that lack of such skills poses (e.g. digital exclusion) and ways to remedy these risks via legislation.

Information on upcoming FRA events can be found here.

European Central Bank

Tuesday 21 November

Lagarde speaks at high-level public discussion “Inflation kills democracy” 
President Christine Lagarde will speak at high-level public discussion “Inflation kills democracy” on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the currency reform in Germany in 1923 organised by the German Ministry of Finance in Berlin, Germany.

Wednesday 22 November

Elderson speaks at “Macroeconomic Zeitenwende: How to Achieve Monetary and Financial Stability in the Green Transition” 
Board Member Frank Elderson will give a keynote speech and participate to a panel discussion at “Macroeconomic Zeitenwende: How to Achieve Monetary and Financial Stability in the Green Transition” organised by Bertelsmann Stiftung in Berlin, Germany.

Thursday 23 November

Lagarde participates in youth event “Euro 20+ (Euro)pa der Zukunft” 
President Christine Lagarde will participate in youth event “Euro 20+ (Euro)pa der Zukunft” organised by the Deutsche Bundesbank in Frankfurt, Germany.

More information about ECB events can be found here

Council of Europe

Monday 20 November

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities carries out a post-monitoring visit to Ankara
A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities – composed of rapporteurs Vladimir Prebilič and David Eray – will carry out a post-monitoring visit to Ankara, during which it will discuss follow-up to Congress Recommendation 471(2022) from March 2022. The delegation will meet the Minister of the Interior, Ali Yerlikaya and the Minister of Treasury and Finance, Mehmet Șimșek. It will also hold talks with the Turkish delegation to the Congress and have an exchange of views with the Chairman of the Supreme Electoral Council, Ahmet Yener.

Monday 20 November – Tuesday 21 November

Workshop for Belarusian journalists in exile
The Council of Europe will hold its Second Workshop for Belarusian journalists in exile. The themes covered will be professional solidarity and cooperation among the journalists in exile and national and international associations, support to Belarusian journalists through European mechanisms, ways to circumvent censorship by Belarusian independent media, and how the Big Tech can help Belarussian media meet their needs.

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.

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Monday 20 November

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
The 21st Autumn Meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will be held from 18 to 20 November in Yerevan, Armenia. Featuring a Parliamentary Conference held under the theme “OSCE in Times of Crisis: Role of the PA in Responding to Internal and External Challenges” and a Mediterranean Forum focusing on the situation in the Middle East, the Autumn Meeting will include high-level speeches by host dignitaries and OSCE officials. Parliamentarians will debate issues including the OSCE’s role in an era of conflict, corruption as a fundamental threat to peace and security, and protection of minorities.

More information can be found here.

National Elections

Dutch general elections
Early general elections will be held to elect the members of the House of Representatives.



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