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Weekly European Agenda

Weekly European Agenda | 02/12/2019

2 December – 8 December 2019

Monday 2 December

Tuesday 3 December

Wednesday 4 December

Thursday 5 December

Friday 6 December

European Movement International


Wednesday 4 December 

2019 Women of Europe Awards
The Women of Europe Awards are organised by the European Movement International and the European Women’s Lobby. This fourth annual edition of Women of Europe Awards, which will be held at BELvue Museum on Wednesday, 4 December, continues to honour women striving to advance the European project in their professional or private capacity. While the role of women in the European project remains at times unrecognised, the awards highlight the contribution of women in promoting and advancing European issues, and to increase the presence and involvement of women in debates about Europe and its future. This year number of inspiring women are nominated for their achievements in the field of business, action, power and youth activism.

More information about the event here.

Institutional Agendas

European Parliament


Monday 2 December – Tuesday 3 December

Committee on Development (DEVE)
World Aids Day: Exchange of views with Gunilla Carlsson, Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS, Sylvia Mbaturu, CIVICUS, Marijke Wijnroks, Global Fund, and Baby Rivona, Indonesian Positive Women Network.
Vote: Accession of Solomon Islands to the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Pacific States; Current and forthcoming challenges in EU humanitarian aid;  Implementation of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Guinea-Bissau (2019-2024).
Exchange of views with Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner-designate for Crisis Management, Médecins Sans Frontières and Action Against Hunger, Cecilia Jiménez-Damary, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of IDPs, Christian Leffler, EEAS Deputy Secretary-General.
2018 discharge: General budget of the EU – European Commission.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Exchange of views with António Vittorino, Director-General, International Organisation for Migration
Vote: Agreement between the Eu and the Principality of Liechtenstein and between the EU and the Swiss Confederation on the application of certain provisions of Council Decision on the stepping up of cross-border cooperation, particularly in combating terrorism and cross-border crime, and accreditation of forensic service providers carrying out laboratory activities.
Joint debate with FEMM: The ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.
Joint debate on 2018 discharge: CEPOL, EASO, general budget of EDPS, EMCDDA, eu-LISA, Eurojust, EUROPOL, FRA, FRONTEX, general budget of EC.

Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI)
Exchange of views with Joshua Wong, Secretary-General and co-founder of the Demosisto party (Hong Kong), Claudelice Silva dos Santos, 2019 Sakharov Prize finalist and Carolina de Moura Campos, journalist and activist, Asociacão Jangada, Brumadinho, on Brazil with a special focus on environment and human rights, and others.
Exchange of views on recent human rights developments in Chile, the situation in Egypt.

Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE)
Exchange of views with Lieutenant General Esa Pulkkinen, Director General of the EU Military Staff (EUMS), Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA) on the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR), Lieutenant-General Vincenzo Coppola, Civilian Operations Commander (EEAS) – with a special focus on Central African Republic,  Juhan Parts, Member of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) on the ECA’s – Review No 9: “European Defence”.
Public hearing on Opportunities and challenges of the use of Artificial Intelligence – enabled systems in security and defence.

Committee on International Trade (INTA)
Exchange of views with the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, International Labour Organisation (ILO) and International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) on the EU–Vietnam Free Trade agreement and EU–Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement.
Exchange of views on the implementation of the ‘Anti-Torture Regulation’, implementation of the ‘Conflict Minerals Regulation’ (Regulation (EU).
Vote: Macro-financial assistance to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Accession of Solomon Islands to the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Pacific States.
Joint debate: Investment Protection Agreement between the European Union and its Member States and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Public hearing: Can we save the WTO Appellate Body?

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Monetary Dialogue with Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank
Debate on Financial activities of the European Investment Bank – annual report 2019.
2018 discharge: EBA, ESMA, EIOPA.

Committee on Petitions (PETI)
Petitions for discussion in committee on: Employment, Internal market, Environment, Fishery, Fundamental rights.
Hearing of the candidates for the post of European Ombudsman

Tuesday 3 December

Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN)
Exchange of views with: Maja Markovčić Kostelac, Executive Director of the European Maritime Safety Agency.
Vote: Agreement between the European Union and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on certain aspects of air services.
Public hearing: Future low-cost air travel, Amendment of the Euro-Mediterranean Aviation Agreement between the EC and Morocco, to take account of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the EU.
2018 discharge: General budget of the EU – European Commission, EMSA, EASA, ERA, SESAR, Joint undertaking – Shift2Rail, Joint undertaking – Aeronautics and Environment (CLEAN SKY).

Wednesday 4 December

Committee on Culture and Education (CULT)
2018 discharge: General budget of the EU – European Commission, Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union (CdT).
Exchange of views with the Commission on the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
Debate on: ‘Erasmus’: the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport, Establishing the Creative Europe programme (2021 to 2027), Establishing the European Solidarity Corps programme.
Public hearing on “The European Capitals of Culture: Impacts, Challenges and Prospects”.

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)
Debate on: ‘Erasmus’: the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport
2018 discharge: General budget of the EU – European Commission, European Training Foundation (ETF), European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFOUND), European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)
OECD study: Employability of older people in the EU

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
Hearing: The EU Strategy for Gender Equality (2020-2024)

Wednesday 4 December – Thursday 5 December

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)

Joint debate with DEVE: mission to the UN Summit on ICPD25 Nairobi, Kenya – 2019, The 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) (the Nairobi Summit).
Debates on: Generation Equality Forum, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).
2018 discharge: European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), General budget of the EU – European Commission.
Exchange of views: Gender-based discrimination in the Western Balkans.

Find an overview of the parliamentary agenda here.

Council of Ministers


Monday 2 December

Charles Michel at UN climate change conference (COP 25)

Charles Michel, at the beginning of his mandate as President of the European Council, will travel on 2 December to Madrid to represent the EU at the UN climate conference (COP25). The EU is committed to the Paris Climate Agreement and urges for more action at the global level to address the climate crisis.

Monday 2 December – Tuesday 3 December

Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA)
Ministers will discuss the future of EU migration and asylum policy, future of EU internal security and implementation of the European Border and Coast Guard regulation entering in force on 4 December. Ministers will also discuss environmental crime and are expected to adopt conclusions on victims’ rights and conclusions on alternative measures to detention.

Monday 2 December – Wednesday 4 December

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE)
Monday 2 December (Transport): The Council aims to agree its position on a number of proposals: revising rail passengers’ rights, streamlining permit-granting measures to facilitate the completion of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T), updating EU road charging rules (Eurovignette) to address issues relating to road infrastructure financing, congestion and environmental impact.
Tuesday 3 December (Telecommunications): Council will adopt conclusions on the significance of 5G technology for Europe’s economy and the need to mitigate related security risks.
Wednesday 4 December (Energy): The Council will hold a policy debate on the topic of smart sector integration.

Wednesday 4 December

Eurogroup
Eurogroup ministers of the EU27 member states will meet to discuss assessment of euro area member states’ draft budgetary plans and of the euro area budgetary situation and prospects, draft Eurogroup work programme I-2020, enhanced surveillance report of Greece and  post programmes surveillance of Spain and Cyprus.

Tuesday 5 December

Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN)
The Council is expected to adopt conclusions on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism. As the UN’s climate conference COP25 unfolds in Madrid, the Council will approve a work plan on climate action, discuss the future agenda for sustainable finance, adopt conclusions on energy taxation.

An overview of planned Council meetings can be found here.

European Commission and High Representative


Monday 2 December – Friday 13 December

COP25 Climate Change Conference
The 2019 UN climate change conference (COP25) will be held from 2 to 13 December in Madrid (Spain), under the incoming Presidency of the Government of Chile. The EU and its Member States will take part as Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The EU pavilion will host a broad set of side events to stimulate debate on key thematic areas by engaging observers and facilitating dialogue with party delegates and other participants.

Monday 2 December

President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech at the opening session of the UN Climate Change Conference COP 25

Tuesday 3 December

Vestager receives Dr Andrea Jelinek, Chair of the European Data Protection Board

Jourová speaks at the conference ‘European AI ecosystem and the role of cities and regions’

Várhelyi participates in the High Level Round Table on the European Integration process of the Western Balkans

Wednesday 4 December

College meeting

Timmermans receives Mr Dan Jorgensen, Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities of Denmark

Thursday 5 December

Borrell in Bratislava
Commissioner Josep Borrell delivers the EU statement at the plenary session of the OSCE Ministerial Council.

Gabriel delivers a keynote speech at the Forum Europe’s 2nd Annual European Artificial Intelligence Conference

Friday 6 December

Dombrovskis in Riga
Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis delivers a keynote speech at the International conference on Ukraine’s reforms and European path.

A full list with meetings of Commissioners can be found here; the Commissioners’ weekly activities can be found here; the agenda of the College Meetings can be found here; Commission events can be found here.

European Economic and Social Committee


Tuesday 3 December

8th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform
During the meeting, a debate will be held assessing the state of play of the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

Future of Europe: the challenges ahead
The event aims to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the European Union in the post-2020 era. The discussions will focus on the programme of the new European Commission, which will be taking up office in just a few weeks’ time.

Wednesday 4 December

Social housing: a service of general interest to guarantee decent, energy-efficient and affordable accommodation for all?
According to the 19th principle of the European Pillar of Social Rights, “access to social housing or housing assistance of good quality shall be provided for those in need”. In keeping with the subsidiarity principle, at European level housing policies are increasingly mainstreamed into other European strategies.

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

Committee of the Regions


Monday 2 December – Friday 13 December

EU cities and regions at COP25: we accelerate climate action
​​​​​​​​​​​Under Chile’s Presidency, the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Madrid from 2 to 13 December 2019. COP25 has the goal to finalise the negotiations on the implementation rulebook of the Paris climate agreement. In addition, higher climate ambition and commitments are expected and much needed if we want to avoid the devastating impacts of global warming. ​

Monday 2 December

EUROPARC Federation Charter Award Ceremony 2019
​​The European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas Ceremony 2019 will award national and regional parks and tourism businessworking together for nature conservation and sustainable tourism.

Tuesday 3 December

Go Local: Supporting Regions, Cities and Rural Areas in Migrants’ Integration
​The conference, co-organised by the European Committee of the Regions and the European Commission, will gather around 400 representatives mostly from towns, cities and regions to exchange on effective actions for the inclusion of migrants in our communities.

Young Elected Politicians United 4 Climate
The European Committee of the Regions has invited thirty young elected politicians from all over Europe to work together on three specific topics: Deployment of renewable energies at local level and citizen’s empowerment as prosumers (energy producers/consumers) 2/ Energy efficiency measures and 3/ Low-carbon modes of transport.

Wednesday 4 December – Thursday 5 December

CoR plenary session
Debates on: the State of the Union: view of regions and cities with the participation of Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions and David Maria Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, the 25-Year Anniversary Ceremony of the CoR, Green Deal with Commissioner Frans Timmermans, Europe’s social pillar with Nicolas Schmit Commissionner for Jobs and Social Rights.

Friday 6 December

European Social Network-European Social Services Awards 2019
​​​​The European Social Network is organising the first European Social Services Awards to recognise excellence in social services, shining a spotlight on successful approaches and the extraordinary ongoing work done by those managing, planning and delivering public social services across Europe.

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.

Finnish Presidency


Monday 2 December

Business and Human Rights: Towards a common agenda for action
This multi-stakeholder conference by the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU, organised with the support of Shift, is set to discuss business and human rights and, in particular, a collaborative and constructive way forward on this critical agenda.

Tuesday 3 December

Community-led local development conference
The purpose of the conference is to demonstrate the added value of Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) and a Europe closer to citizens, kickstarting the transitions and fostering cooperation between local action groups across all EU funds.

The agenda of the Finnish Presidency can be found here. 

European Investment Bank


Wednesday 4 December – Thursday 5 December

FI Campus 2019 – Looking ahead to 2021 and beyond
FI Campus 2019 is an event for all ESIF financial instruments practitioners from across the EU. It is organised by the European Commission in partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB).

The agenda of the EIB can be found here.

Council of Europe


Monday 2 December

Marija Pejčinović Burić meets Secretary General of Reporters without borders Christophe Deloire

Tuesday 3 December

“Two clicks forward and one click back” report
Ahead of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities marked on 3 December, the Council of Europe will launch a new report focusing on children with disabilities in the digital environment “Two clicks forward and one click back”. The report describes the experiences of children with intellectual, physical, hearing and visual impairments.

Tuesday 3 December – Thursday 5 December

Implementing ECHR judgments
The Committee of Ministers will hold its quarterly meeting to oversee the implementation of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights.

Friday 6 December – Saturday 7 December

Plenary session of the Venice Commission
The Venice Commission is expected to adopt on 6 December a report on the inclusion of a not internationally recognised territory in a state’s nationwide constituency for parliamentary elections.

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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