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Weekly European Agenda 23/10/2023

23-27 October 2023

Monday 23 October 

Tuesday 24 October 

Wednesday 25 October

Thursday 26 October 

Friday 27 October

European Movement International

Monday 23 October

Ensuring Europe is skilled for the future: Wholesale & Retail at the forefront of innovation
In collaboration with Eurocommerce, the European Movement International is organising a webinar entitled “Ensuring Europe is skilled for the future: Wholesale & Retail at the forefront of innovation” organised as part of the European Year of Skills and the EU Vocational Skills Week 2023. The discussions will delve into the opportunities and challenges faced by companies when developing and implementing Vocational Education and Training (VET) schemes that combine on-the-job training with classroom learning.

More information about the event here.

More information about EMI events can be found here

Institutional Agendas

European Parliament

Monday 23 – Tuesday 24 October

Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
Debates: Public hearing on the situation in Syria 12 years after the revolution: Standstill, Dynamics, EU response, and Future Prospects? (Jointly with the Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE); Presentation of the study on the Global Gateway: Strategic governance and implementation; Role of preventive diplomacy in tackling frozen conflicts around the world – missed opportunity or change for the future?; EU-Russia political relations; Debrief from the 12th EU-China Strategic Dialogue; Exchange of views with Luigi di Maio, EU Special Representative (EUSR) for the Gulf region; Exchange of views on the priorities of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union; Exchange of views on EU funding for Palestinians; EU-India relations.
Votes: Implementation report on the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement; Strengthening the right to participate: legitimacy and resilience of electoral processes in illiberal political systems and authoritarian regimes; Strategic Compass and EU space-based defence capabilities; Laying down measures to strengthen solidarity and capacities in the Union to detect, prepare for and respond to cybersecurity threats and incidents.

Committee on International Trade (INTA)
Debates: Exchange of views with Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President for An Economy that Works for People and Trade Commissioner on the state of play of EU Trade Policy; 41st Annual Report from the Commission on the EU’s Anti-Dumping, Anti-Subsidy and Safeguard activities and the Use of the Trade Defence Instruments by Third Countries targeting the EU in 2022; Implementation of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement; Impact of the EU horizontal trade policies on gender; Consequences of the BRICS Summit on international trade; Exchange of views with Mathias Cormann, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Public hearing – European Economic Security; Implementation of the EU – Southern African Development Community (SADC) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
Votes: Implementation report on the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement; EU-Taiwan trade and investment relations; Conclusion of the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and New Zealand; Import, export and transit measures for firearms, their essential components and ammunition; EU-Japan relations; Security and defence implications of China’s influence on critical infrastructure in the European Union.

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Debates: Hearing with José Manuel Campa, Chairperson of the European Banking Authority; Hearing with Petra Hielkema, Chairperson of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority; Hearing with Verena Ross, Chairperson of the European Securities and Markets Authority; Amending Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014 as regards the modernisation of the key information document; Amending Directives (EU) 2009/65/EC, 2009/138/EC, 2011/61/EU, 2014/65/EU and (EU) 2016/97 as regards the Union retail investor protection rules; Competition policy – annual report 2023; Amending Directive 2006/112/EC as regards VAT rules relating to taxable persons who facilitate distance sales of imported goods and the application of the special scheme for distance sales of goods imported from third territories; Exchange of views with Mariana Kotzeva, Director-General of Eurostat; Amending Directive 2014/59/EU as regards early intervention measures, conditions for resolution and financing of resolution action; Amending Directive 2014/49/EU as regards the scope of deposit protection, use of deposit guarantee schemes funds, cross-border cooperation, and transparency.
Votes: Amending Regulation (EU) No 600/2014 as regards enhancing market data transparency, removing obstacles to the emergence of a consolidated tape, optimising the trading obligations and prohibiting receiving payments for forwarding client orders; Amending Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments; Multiple-vote share structures in companies that seek the admission to trading of their shares on an SME growth market; . Amending Regulations (EU) 2017/1129, (EU) No 596/2014 and (EU) No 600/2014 to make public capital markets in the Union more attractive for companies and to facilitate access to capital for small and medium-sized enterprises; Amending Regulation (EU) No 904/2010 as regards the VAT administrative cooperation arrangements needed for the digital age; Further reform of corporate taxation rules; Role of tax policy in times of crisis.

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)
Debates: Exchange of views with José Manuel Miñones Conde, Minister for Health of Spain; Exchange of views with Emer Cooke, Executive Director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA); Amending Directive 2008/98/EC on waste; Decarbonising EU fisheries and aquaculture.
Votes: Fees and charges payable to the European Medicines Agency; Substances that deplete the ozone layer and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1005/2009; Fluorinated greenhouse gases; Objection pursuant to Rule 112(2) and (3) to Commission Implementing Regulation renewing the approval of the active substance glyphosate; Objection pursuant to Rule 112(2) and (3) to Commission Implementing Regulation renewing the approval of propiconazole as an active substance for use in biocidal products of product-type 8; Amending Directive 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE); Establishing a Union certification framework for carbon removals; Amending Regulation (EU) 2019/1242 as regards strengthening the CO₂ emission performance standards for new heavy-duty vehicles; Packaging and packaging waste; The sustainable use of plant protection products.

Committee on Fisheries (PECH)
Debates: 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); The status of women in agri-food systems with a special focus on gender equality in fisheries and aquaculture; Workshop on the European Green Deal − Challenges and opportunities for EU fisheries and aquaculture; Impact of illegal fishing on food security – the role of the European Union; Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; Decarbonisation of fisheries and aquaculture; European Court of Auditors’ Special report 22/2023 “Offshore renewable energy in the EU.
Votes: Election of the first Vice-Chair; Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Madagascar and the Implementing Protocol thereto (2023-2027); Amending Regulation (EU) 2017/2107 laying down management, conservation and control measures applicable in the Convention area of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and Regulation (EU) …/2022 establishing a multiannual management plan for bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean; The implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 1100/2007 establishing measures for the recovery of the stock of European eel; The state of play in the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy and future perspectives.

Committee on Petitions (PETI)
Debates: Petitions for discussion in committee on the basis of the Commission’s written reply or other documents received (Environment, Internal Market, Employment, Gender. Consumer’s Right); Draft Report on the Activities of the European Ombudsman – Annual Report 2022; Public Hearing on “A reflection on the European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions and the petitions’ systems of third countries”; European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Good Clothes, Fair Pay.”
Votes: Report under Rule 227(7) on the deliberations of the Committee on Petitions in 2022; Oral Question on “Improving the strategic approach on the enforcement of EU Law.”

Committee on Regional Development (REGI)
Debates: Exchange of views with Marko Pavić, Chairperson of the Croatian Parliament’s Committee on Regional Development and EU Funds on the experience and possible particular difficulties when dealing with the cohesion policy funds in Croatia; Simplifying cohesion policy: exchange of views with final beneficiaries and managing authorities on concrete difficulties of funds management.
Votes: Harnessing talent in Europe’s regions; Reshaping the future framework of EU structural funds to support regions particularly affected by challenges related to the automotive, green and digital transitions.

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
Debates: Joint exchange of views on Gender mainstreaming in the EU budget; Joint Hearing with the Committee on Constitutional Affairs: Elect her – how to support women’s political participation; Exchange of views on the Situation of Women in Belarus in Association with the Delegation for Relations with Belarus; Joint Hearing with the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs: Women in Economics and Finance: Debate on the next challenges in the EU; Presentation by EIGE (European Institute for Gender Equality) of the Gender Equality Index; Combating violence against women and domestic violence; Pay Transparency, gender pay and gender pension gap.
Votes: Extending the list of EU crimes to hate speech and hate crime.

Tuesday 24 October

Committee on Development (DEVE)
Debates: EU development cooperation in support of access to energy in developing countries; Priorities of the Spanish Presidency; Advancing gender equality in EU development policy; Hearing: Team Europe initiative: saving the Congo Basin and providing development opportunities for Congo Basin countries; Exchange of views on EU funding for Palestinians.
Votes: Role of EU development policy in transforming the extractive industries for sustainable development in developing countries; EU development cooperation to enhance access to education and training in developing countries; How to build an innovative humanitarian aid strategy: spotlight on current and forgotten crises; Shaping the EU’s position on the UN binding instrument on business and human rights, in particular on access to remedy and the protection of victims; EU Action Plan: protecting and restoring marine ecosystems for sustainable and resilient fisheries.

Committee on Budgets (BUDG)
Debates: Study on ‘Options for a stronger and more agile EU budget’; Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund for Displaced Workers – EGF/2023/002 BE/Makro – Belgium; Draft Amending Budget No 4 to the General Budget 2023; Transfers 2023 Budget: Section III – Commission; General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2024 .
Votes: 2023 Budget: Section III – Commission; 2023 Budget: Other Sections; Building policy.

Committee on Culture and Education (CULT)
Debates: Establishing a common framework for media services in the internal market (European Media Freedom Act) and amending Directive 2010/13/EU; Exchange of views on the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture; Exchange of views on the future of the European Capitals of Culture scheme.
Votes: Implementation of the European Solidarity Corps programme 2021-2027.

Joint meeting of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) and the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
Debates: Deepening EU integration in view of future enlargement.

Wednesday 25 October

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)
Debates: Improving working conditions in platform work; Amending Council Directive 98/24/EC and Directive 2004/37/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the limit values for lead and its inorganic compounds and diisocyanates; Digitalisation in social security coordination: facilitating free movement in the Single Market; Gender Equality Week: Digitalisation of the labour market – opportunities and obstacles for gender inclusive employment; The social impact of public procurement, including sub-contracting – can the EU do more?
Votes: Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund for Displaced Workers – EGF/2023/002 BE/Makro – Belgium; Children first – Beyond the Child Guarantee, two years after its adoption; Job creation – the just transition and impact investments; 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; Effective coordination of economic policies and multilateral budgetary

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)
Debates: Harmonised rules on Artificial Intelligence (Artificial Intelligence Act) and amending certain Union Legislative Acts; Liability for defective products; Transparency and targeting of political advertising; Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on data collection and sharing relating to short-term accommodation rental services and amending Regulation (EU) 2018/1724; Laying down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products, amending Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 and repealing Regulation (EU) 305/2011; Common rules for the internal markets in renewable and natural gases and in hydrogen; Working group on the implementation of the Digital Services Act (DSA); Standard essential patents and amending Regulation (EU)2017/1001; Virtual worlds – opportunities, risks and policy implications for the single market; Approval and market surveillance of non-road mobile machinery circulating on public roads.
Votes: Amending Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 as regards the digital labelling of EU fertilising products; Common rules promoting the repair of goods and amending Regulation (EU) 2017/2394, Directives (EU) 2019/771 and (EU) 2020/1828; Amending and correcting Directive 2005/36/EC as regards the recognition of professional qualifications of nurses responsible for general care trained in Romania; Addictive design of online services and consumer protection in the EU single market; Implementation of the 2018 Geo-blocking Regulation in the digital single market; Competition policy – annual report 2023.

Subcommittee on Tax Matters (FISC)
Debates: Extraordinary meeting Tax Symposium 2023 – The Future of taxation in the EU: challenges ahead and changes needed.

Wednesday 25 – Thursday 26 October

Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)
Debates: Discharge 2022: EU general budget – Discharge to Other Institutions; 2022 discharge: General budget of the EU – Commission.

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
Debates: Mid-term exchange of views with Third Vice-President and Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, on the state of play of energy files and the CRMA; Exchange of views with Mr Maroš Šefčovič, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight; A gender-equal transition to clean energy: patterns of behaviour, structural inequalities and opportunities; Amending Regulations (EU) No 1227/2011 and (EU) 2019/942 to improve the Union’s protection against market manipulation in the wholesale energy market; Laying down measures for a high level of public sector interoperability across the Union (Interoperable Europe Act); Amending Regulations (EU) 2019/943 and (EU) 2019/942 as well as Directives (EU) 2018/2001 and (EU) 2019/944 to improve the Union’s electricity market design; Internal markets for renewable and natural gases and for hydrogen; Common rules for the internal markets in renewable and natural gases and in hydrogen; Establishing a framework for ensuring a secure and sustainable supply of critical raw materials; Energy performance of buildings; Presentation of a study on “The design of the European electricity market”; . Exchange of views with Mr Enrico Letta, former Italian Prime Minister on the High-Level Report on the Future of the Single Market; Exchange of views with Mr Josef Aschbacher, Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), on the implementation of the Union Space programmes and future challenges.
Votes: Establishing a framework of measures for strengthening Europe’s net-zero technology products manufacturing ecosystem (Net Zero Industry Act); Amending Regulation (EU) 2019/881 as regards managed security services; Young researchers.

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)
Debates: Interim Agreement on Trade between the European Union and the Republic of Chile; Advanced Framework Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Chile, of the other part; Amending Directive 2008/98/EC on waste; European Union geographical indications for wine, spirit drinks and agricultural products, and quality schemes for agricultural products; Coordinators’ meeeting followed by an exchange of views with the Rada of Ukraine; Territorial implementation of the CAP; Exchange of views with the Commission on the complementary evaluation support study on the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme from 2017 to 2022; Gender equality in Rural areas; Soil Monitoring and Resilience (Soil Monitoring Law); Exchange of views with the European Court of Auditors on the special report ‘EU efforts for sustainable soil management’; Plants obtained by certain new genomic techniques and their food and feed, and amending Regulation (EU) 2017/625; Amending Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010 on industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control).

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Debates: Exchange of views on the rules on interest representation and revolving doors for Europol staff; The transfer of proceedings in criminal matters; Mission Report following LIBE delegation to Malta, 19-21 June 2023; 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; Exchange of views regarding recent allegations indicating conflicts of interest with regard to the CSAM Regulation proposal; Exchange of views on the priorities of the European Data Protection Board; Amending Council Decision 2009/917/JHA, as regards its alignment with Union rules on the protection of personal data (EDPB); Implementation of the Treaty provisions on EU citizenship; Transparency and accountability of non-governmental organisations funded from the EU budget; Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, 2023; 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; Harmonised rules on Artificial Intelligence (Artificial Intelligence Act) and amending certain Union Legislative Acts; Use of spyware in some Member States.
Votes: Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) – Selection procedure of candidates for the post of Director; Laying down rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse; European Parliament resolution on Frontex building on the fact-finding investigation of the LIBE Working Group for Frontex Scrutiny; Report on the ongoing negotiations on a status agreement on operational activities carried out by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) in Mauritania.

Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI)
Debates: Exchange of views with Tirana Hassan, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch; Shaping the EU’s position on the UN binding instrument on business and human rights, in particular on access to remedy and the protection of victims; Public hearing on ‘Tackling the root causes of migration, the externalisation of the EU’s migration policy and the treatment of refugees and migrants in partner countries in North Africa’; Exchange of views on the human rights situation in Israel and Palestine; Exchange of views on the deterioration of women’s rights and safety in Afghanistan under Taliban rule.

Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN)
Debates: Meeting of the Tourism Task Force (TTF) – Exchange of views with stakeholders on Tourism aspects of the revision of the Package Travel Directive; Workshop on Combined transport by the Policy Department; Public hearing on Aviation sector in the aftermath of COVID-19 crisis and increasing the safety of passengers in air transport in order to respect their rights and the reduced schedule of air traffic; Execution of driving disqualifications with a Union-wide effect; Driving licences; Exchange of views on “Women in Transport; Presentation of a study on “Chinese investments in European maritime transport infrastructure.”
Votes: Laying down measures to strengthen solidarity and capacities in the Union to detect, prepare for and respond to cybersecurity threats and incidents.

Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE)
Debates: Hearing on “Third state collusion with Russia: through arms export policy and the circumvention of EU policy and sanctions to prevent supplies to Russia’s military industry”; Exchange of views with Director General of the EU Military Staff and Director of Military Planning and Conduct Capability, including an update on the European Peace Facility’s Clearing House Mechanism and the state of play of EU Military Assistance Mission (EUMAM) Ukraine; Implementing the Strategic Compass: anticipating, detecting and responding to fast-emerging Hybrid warfare and FIMI threats; Presentation of an In-depth Analysis on the “Security implications of China-owned critical infrastructure in the European Union” and Security and defence implications of China’s influence on critical infrastructure in the European Union; Implementation of the common security and defence policy – annual report 2023; Hearing on “Rising geopolitical tensions: the protection of subsea infrastructure including communication cables and pipelines.

Find an overview of the parliamentary agenda here.

European Council

Thursday 26 – Friday 27 October

European Council
EU heads of state or government will convene a meeting in Brussels, where the discussions are expected to be focused in the following key topics: Ukraine, Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, Economy, and Migration.

Friday 27 October

Euro Summit
The Euro Summit will be held in inclusive format, with all 27 EU leaders present. The meetings will focus on the strategic guidelines on euro area economic policy.

The meeting page can be found here.

Council of Ministers

Monday 23 October

EU – Kazakhstan Cooperation Council
The 20th meeting of the EU – Kazakhstan Cooperation Council will take place in Luxembourg. The Council will discuss the state of play and next steps of the EU-Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. It will then exchange views on political, economic and trade matters and cooperation. Lastly delegations will touch on regional and international developments and cooperation, Global Gateway Team Europe Initiatives and security.

Foreign Affairs Council
The meeting of the EU Ministers of  Foreign Affairs will take place in Luxembourg and will be chaired by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell. The Council will hold a discussion on the Russian aggression against Ukraine, and exchange views on the situation in Armenia/Azerbaijan and in Israel and the region.

Monday 23 – Tuesday 24 October

Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council will feature the debates on the Regulation fixing for 2024 the fishing opportunities applicable in the Baltic Sea, Waste Framework Directive – food related aspects, market situation following the invasion of Ukraine, Regulation on the certification of carbon removals: Agricultural and forestry aspects, and the impact of the EU carbon market on the agricultural sector and the agri-food industry.

Tuesday 24 October

General Affairs Council
The Council will continue preparations for the European Council meeting later this week by discussing draft conclusions. As part of the annual rule of law dialogue, ministers will hold a country-specific discussion, focusing on Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, and Greece. The Commission will present its demography toolbox published on 11 October 2023, followed by an exchange of views. Ministers will take stock of progress on the request by Spain to include Catalan, Basque and Galician in Regulation No 1/1958, which governs the EU’s language regime.

Wednesday 25 October

Tripartite Social Summit
EU leaders and social partners convened in Brussels for the Tripartite Social Summit. It will be co-chaired by the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission. The participating European-level social partners include BusinessEurope, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), SGI Europe (association of enterprises with services of general interest), SMEunited (association of crafts and SMEs in Europe), Eurocadres.

An overview of planned Council meetings can be found here.

European Commission and High Representative

Monday 23 October

Šefčovič participates in Saudi-EU Investment Forum
Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič will take part in the opening of the Saudi-EU Investment Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Jourová speaks at Vote for the Future of Europe
Vice President Vĕra Jourová will speak at the High Level Event on Elections “Vote for the Future of Europe: support for participation and turnout for the 2024 elections to the European Parliament.”

Tuesday 24 October

College meeting
EU Commissioners are expected do discuss the European Wind Power Package, including Action Plan for the European Wind Power Package and Communication on delivering EU offshore renewable energy strategy, Communication on availability of medicines, Communication on enhancing the European Administrative Space (ComPAct), and the Report on investments in clean technologies.

Várhelyi receives officials
Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi will receive Minister of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Svenja Schulze, Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili, and Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Dorin Recean.

Johansson meets with King Philippe of Belgium
Commissioner Ylva Johansson will hold a meeting with King Philippe of Belgium.

Wednesday 25 October

Hahn receives officials
Commissioner Johannes Hahn will meet with Jessika Roswall, Minister for EU Affairs of Sweden and Ferenc Bíró, Head of the Hungarian Integrity Authority.

Jourová speaks at “Fighting Disinformation and Regulatory Conundrums” event
Vice President Vĕra Jourová will deliver a speech at the event “Fighting Disinformation and Regulatory Conundrums: European and Global Perspectives” in Brussels.

Thursday 26 October

Jourová speaks at Global Gateway Forum
Vice President Vĕra Jourová will speak at Global Gateway Forum’s session on Digital Infrastructure.

Lenarčič receives UK Minister of State for Development and Africa
Commissioner Janez Lenarčič will hold a meeting with Andrew Mitchell, Minister of State for Development and Africa, United Kingdom.

Thursday 26 – Friday 27 October

Schinas in Brazil
Vice-President Margaritis Schinas will be on a mission in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Friday 27 October

Jourová in Bulgaria
Vice President Vĕra Jourová will meet with members of the Bulgarian Coalition against Disinformation, attend Joint meeting of the European Affairs Committee and Legislative and Constitutional Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Bulgaria, and speak at the Balkan Constitutional Courts Forum in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Lenarčič meets Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway
Commissioner Janez Lenarčič will receive Espen Barth-Eide, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway.

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 23 October

The Web accessibility directive: looking forward
The EESC’s Permanent Group on disability Rights is organising a hybrid public hearing on “The Web accessibility directive: looking forward.” The aim of the Directive is to provide people with disabilities with better access to public websites and mobile apps. In the hearing, stakeholders will look at the main challenges hindering a full application of the directive and discuss which would be the necessary next steps to take in this field to ensure full digital accessibility within the EU

Wednesday 25 – Thursday 26 October

Plenary session
583rd plenary session of the EESC will focus on the topics of gender equality in the framework of the Gender Equality Week, with the participation of Evelyn Regner, Vice-President of the European Parliament and Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality and the call for an EU Blue Deal – a comprehensive water strategy for Europe.

Thursday 26 October

Call for an EU Blue Deal
During the high-level conference “Call for an EU Blue Deal” the EESC will adopt its call for a new and comprehensive water strategy for Europe – an EU Blue Deal. The conference is structured around three panels to address securing access to water and resilient water infrastructures, sustainable consumption of water and fostering new opportunities, and Blue Deal financing and Blue Diplomacy.

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 23 October

Multi-Level Dialogue on Just Transition
The Multi-level Dialogue on Just Transition is a recurring event that is hosted by the European Committee of the Regions and organised in cooperation with the European Commission. A keynote presentation of the Report on “Implications of the climate transition on employment, skills and training in Belgium” will provide concrete examples of several challenges faced by a European Union Member State in moving towards a successful just transition. Afterwards, the Multi-level Dialogue on Just Transition will start and focus on specific challenges that are impeding a swift implementation of the Just Transition Mechanism.

Monday 23 – Tuesday 24 October

Plenary session of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM)
The 14th plenary session of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) will take place in Alghero, Italy. At a rountable on territorial cooperation Members will look at how local authorities can make policies that address multidimensional environmental challenges. In addition to these debates, the reports on Cities’ and regions’ potential role in Mediterranean civil protection and on Urban health and sustainable urban mobility in the Mediterranean will be adopted.

Tuesday 24 October

Stakeholder consultation on Soil Monitoring and Resilience
In preparation of an Opinion on Soil Monitoring and Resilience, ​​​the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) will hold a stakeholder consultation led by rapporteur, Frida Nilsson (SE/RE), Member of Lidköping Municipality Local Assembly of the Commission for the Environment, Climate change and Ener​gy.

Stakeholder Consultation: SME Relief Package and BEFIT
The Communication on the SME Relief Package, as well as legislative proposals on Regulation on combating late payment in commercial transactions and on taxation (BEFIT, HOT and TP directives) are of significant relevance for local and regional authorities. The stakeholder consultation is aimed at providing the rapporteur, Kate Feeney (IE/Renew), Councillor Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, with comments and suggestions.

Wednesday 25 October

Local and regional strategies for closing the gender gap in politics
The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is organising a conference on “Local and regional strategies for closing the gender gap in politics: Roads taken and what´s next?” as part of the European Parliament Gender Equality Week 2023. The conference will allow an exchange on the strategies to close the gender gap in politics, starting from the local and regional level – often the starting point for a political career at the national or European level.

Thursday 26 October

Biomethane industrial partnership event
The Biomethane Industrial Partnership (BIP) will publish its first reports, describing good practices and barriers to accelerate project developments and investments in biomethane in Europe. The event, co-organised by the BIP Secretariat and the European Commission, DG GROW, aims to present the content of the reports to relevant stakeholders, with a view to build a common understanding and vision on the best ways to rapidly increase biomethane production in the EU and reach the target to produce 35 bcm of sustainable biomethane by 2030, as set by the European Commission in the RePowerEU plan of May 2022.

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 23 – Tuesday 24 October

Informal meeting of telecommunications ministers
EU Ministers of  Telecommuncations will gather in León, Spain, where they will join three working sessions entitled “Ensuring compliance with digital rights: from principles to action,” “The future of telecommunications,” and “Achieving the goals of the digital decade.”

Tuesday 24 – Wednesday 25 October

Security Research Event
The Security Research Event (SRE) is the annual meeting where industry, policy makers and knowledge institutions come together to discuss the state of play and current challenges for security research in Europe. This year’s event will focus on challenges stemming from global megatrends, which are shifting the ground for security in the EU. The main themes are embraced by the event’s title: “Societal transformation, digitalisation and climate change – a new paradigm for Security Research?”

Thursday 26 – Friday 27 October

The future of the EU: Is institutional reform necessary?
The seminar will examine the prospects for institutional reform of the European Union that are opening up on the horizon of its future, with the aim of analysing with high-level experts the possibilities of undertaking institutional reform, as well as delving into the mechanisms that allow for progress in European integration without the need to modify the current treaties.

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

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Monday 23 October

Ensuring electoral rights
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights will speak on best practices for ensuring electoral rights for people with disabilities during the European Commission’s high-level event on elections in Brussels. The event will provide an opportunity for Member States authorities to engage in discussions, exchange ideas and best practices on electoral matters. They will also explore ways to strengthen electoral processes in the run up to the 2024 European Parliament elections.

Information on upcoming FRA events can be found here.

European Data Protection Supervisor

Monday 23 October

Seminar on the CSAM Proposal
European Data Protection Supervisor will organise a seminar dedicated to the ongoing legislative works on the European Commission’s Regulation Proposal on Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). This Seminar aims at giving a voice to all involved stakeholders, to discuss the various risks associated with this proposal and misconceptions around its potential effectiveness.

Information on upcoming EDPS events can be found here.

European Central Bank

Thursday 26 October

Lagarde presents the latest monetary policy decisions
President Christine Lagarde will present the latest monetary policy decisions during the European Central Bank Podcast. 

Governing Council of the ECB
Members of the Governing Council of the ECB will convene for a monetary policy meeting in Athens, Greece.

Friday 27 October

Lagarde participates in Euro Summit
President Christine Lagarde will take part in Euro Summit in Brussels, Belgium.

More information about ECB events can be found here

European Investment Bank

Wednesday 25 – Thursday 26 October

Global Gateway Forum
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is committed to the European Union’s Global Gateway strategy, which connects countries and regions around the world by encouraging public and private investment in projects that are good for people and planet. An EIB delegation led by President Werner Hoyer is attending the Global Gateway Forum. The event will examine Global Gateway’s progress in these two areas in countries in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Namibia and Chile. President Hoyer will take part in a panel discussion on “The green energy transition and green hydrogen.”

The agenda of the EIB can be found here.

Council of Europe

Tuesday 24 – Thursday 26 October  

45th Congress session

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will hold its 45th Session in Strasbourg, France. The role of local and regional authorities in ensuring accountability in the Russian Federation’s war against Ukraine is on the agenda with a debate on the International Register of Damage. “Violence against local and regional elected representatives”, “The role of regions in energy transition”, “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: regional experience and lessons learned”, “Local and regional media: watchdogs of democracy, guardians of community cohesion” are the themes of the reports that will also be discussed at the session.

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.


Wednesday 25 October

Vienna Energy Security Dialogue
In its sixth edition, the Vienna Energy Security Dialogue is dedicated to discussing the shifts in the global supply chains of energy, technologies, and critical minerals in light of the energy transition and the continued war against Ukraine. Gathering over 200 decision makers and energy experts from companies, politics, academia and civil society, this year’s edition features one high-level session and three expert panels on strategic outlook: forging effective policies and partnerships, increasing resilience and security: reducing energy system vulnerabilities, and Industries at crossroads: balancing the energy trilemma.

More information can be found here.



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