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Weekly European Agenda

Weekly European Agenda | 06/01/2020

6 January- 12 January 2020

Monday 6 January

Tuesday 7 January

Wednesday 8 January

Thursday 9 January

Friday 10 January

Saturday 11 January

Sunday 12 January

Institutional Agendas

European Parliament


Thursday 9 January

Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI)
Rules and general principles concerning mechanisms for control by Member States of the Commission’s exercise of implementing powers.
Presentation by the Commission on ‘Liability for Artificial Intelligence and other emerging digital technologies’ – Report from the Expert Group on Liability and New Technologies – New Technologies Formation.
Vote: Adapting a number of legal acts in the area of Justice providing for the use of the regulatory procedure with scrutiny to Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU; Adapting a number of legal acts providing for the use of the regulatory procedure with scrutiny to Articles 290 and 291 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union – part II.
2018 discharge: General budget of the EU – Court of Justice.

Committee on WoCommittee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Presentation of the EDPB Report on the Third Annual Joint Review of the EUUS Privacy Shield, further to the annual review of the Privacy Shield.

Find an overview of the parliamentary agenda here.

Council of Ministers


Monday 6 January

The European Union Military Committee Working Group (EUMCWG), the Budget Committee and Nicolaidis Group are meeting.

Tuesday 7 January

The European Union Military Committee Working Group (EUMCWG), the ANTICI GROUP and the Political and Security Committee (PSC) are meeting.

Wednesday 8 January

Coreper II, the Politico-Military Group (PMG), the ad hoc Working Party on Article 50, the Horizontal Working Party on Cyber Issues and Working Party on the Environment are meeting.

Thursday 9 January

The Budget Committee, the Working Party on the Environment and the Working Party of Foreign Relations Counsellors (Relex) are meeting.

An overview of planned Council meetings can be found here.

European Commission and High Representative


Monday 6 January

Commissioner Timmermans meets Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Commissioner Schinas receives Mr Giles Merritt, Founder of Friends of Europe.

Commissioner Ferreira in Lisbon
Elisa Ferreira delivers a keynote speech at a diplomatic seminar organised by the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Tuesday 7 January

President von der Leyen receives Mr Luca Visentini, General-Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).

Commissioner Timmermans receives Monique Goyens, Director General of the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) and Karel De Gucht, President of the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Wednesday 8 January

Commissioner Timmermans receives Geert Van Poelvoorde, Executive Vice President and Mr Axel Eggert, Director General of European Steel Association (EUROFER).

Commissioner Vestager receives Robert Thomson, CEO of News Corp.

Commissioner Hahn receives Suma Chakrabarti, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Thursday 9 January

President Ursula von der Leyen, together with the College of Commissioners, participates in the opening ceremony of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

President Ursula von der Leyen participates, together with the College of Commissioners, in the new year’s reception hosted by His Majesty the King of the Belgians.

Commissioner Timmermans receives Patrick Gaspard, President of the Open Society Foundations (OSF).

Friday 10 January

President Ursula von der Leyen, together with the College of Commissioners, holds official meetings in the framework of the beginning of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Satuarday 11 January

Commissioner Vestager in Kolding
Margrethe Vestager delivers a keynote speech to the Danish Economic Society on regulation of tech companies.

Commissioner Gabriel in Sofia
Mariya Gabriel participates in Teenovator Startup Weekend.

Commissioner Simson in Abu Dhabi
Kadri Simson in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, participates in the10th session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Sunday 12 January

Commissioner Simson in Abu Dhabi
Kadri Simson in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, participates in the10th session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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.

Croatian Presidency


Thursday 9 January

Informal Meeting of Political Directors
The meeting is chaired by the Deputy Secretary General of the EEAS and attended by the Political Directors and European Correspondents of EU Member States. It will be an opportunity to discuss important international developments and identify topics to be discussed in the Foreign Affairs Council over the six months of the Presidency. During the two-day meeting, US Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale and Assistant Minister for Europe Affairs of Kuwait Walid Ali Al-Khobaizi will be attending the discussions.

Visit of the College of Commissioners to the EU2020HR
President Ursula von der Leyen and the College of Commissioners will visit Croatia on 9-10 January 2020. The College will attend gala concert in the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb that will symbolically mark the beginning of Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Friday 10 January

Visit of the College of Commissioners to the EU2020HR
The College will meet with the Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and members of the Croatian Government. After the meeting, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister Plenković will hold a joined press conference.

The agenda of the Croatian Presidency can be found here.

Council of Europe


Thursday 7 January

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will participate in the colloquium “Building Europe together: 50 years of the Holy See to the Council of Europe”, in the presence of Monseigneur Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See

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.