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Weekly European Agenda

Weekly European Agenda | 10/02/2020

10-16 February 2020

Monday 10 February

Tuesday 11 February

Wednesday 12 February

Thursday 13 February

Friday 14 February

Sunday 16 February

Institutional Agendas

European Parliament


10-13 February

Plenary Session in Strasbourg

Monday 10 February

Plenary Session
Debates: Gender Equality Strategy; EU priorities for the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women; SMEs and better regulation; one-minute speeches (Rule 172).

Tuesday 11 February

Media Seminar on the EU Long-Term Budget
The day before the plenary debate on the Extraordinary European Council of 20 February dedicated to the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework, the EP Press Service will hold a seminar for journalists, which includes a roundtable debate with EP negotiators.

President Sassoli to meet with ECB President Lagarde

Plenary Session
Debates: Joint debate on the Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Vietnam; ECB annual report 2018; Fighting against antisemitism, racism, and hatred across Europe; current situation in Georgia.
Votes: Humanitarian situation in Venezuela and migration and refugee crisis.

Wednesday 12 February

Plenary Session
Votes: EU strategy to put an end to female genital mutilation; reopening of the prosecution against the Czech PM on the misuse of EU funds.
Debates: Topical debate (Rule 162); FADO system; illegal trade in companion animals; the Humanitarian situation of refugees at EU external borders.

Thursday 13 February

Plenary Session
Debates: Cases of breaches of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law (Rule 144); Major interpellations (Rule 139).
Votes: Motions for resolutions concerning debates on cases of human rights, democracy, and rule of law (Rule 144).

Find an overview of the parliamentary agenda here.

European Council


Sunday 16 February

Informal Western Balkans Meeting
A meeting has been set between EU officials and Western Balkans countries’ leaders. In attendance will be Council President Charles Michel, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Joseph Borell.

The meeting page can be found here.

Council of Ministers


Tuesday 11 February

COREPER I & II

Thursday 13 February

EPSCO Meeting
The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs council will meet this week in order to discuss the ongoing situation concerning the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Friday 14 February

COREPER I

An overview of planned Council meetings can be found here.

European Commission and High Representative


Monday 10 February

Commissioner Hahn in Vienna
Johannes Hahn to deliver a keynote speech at an event on the Commission priorities and the future of the EU at the EU-House Vienna, as well as meet with Wolfgang Sobotka, President of the Austrian National Council.

Commissioner Urpilainen at ASEAN-EU Dialogue
Jutta Urpilainen to give a speech at the ASEAN-EU Dialogue on Sustainable Development: Towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as meet with H.E. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand as ASEAN Coordinator on Sustainable Development Cooperation.

Tuesday 11 February

College Meeting

Commissioner Várhelyi in Kiev
Olivér Várhelyi will be in Ukraine in order to meet with: Oleksiy Honcharuk, Prime Minister of Ukraine and members of the Ukrainian Government; Dmytro Kuleba, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine; Dmytro Razumkov, Speaker of Verkhovna Rada; the Parliamentary Committee on Integration of Ukraine with the European Union; and civil society organisations.

Launch event of the European human exposome network
The European human exposome network is composed of 9 research projects now funded under Horizon 2020, the EU framework programme for research and innovation. The event is an opportunity to learn more about the exposome concept and how the network aims at advancing our current approach to environment and health research and contributing to better healthcare and policymaking.

Wednesday 12 February

President von der Leyen addresses Plenary on MFF
Ursula von der Leyen will address the European Parliament Plenary on the special European Council of 20 February on the Multiannual Financial Framework.

Commissioners Schinas and Johansson in Vienna
Margaritis Schinas and Ylva Johansson will be in Austria in order to meet with: Karoline Edtstadler, Minister for the European Union and Constitution of Austria; Susannee Raab, Minister for Integration of Austria; Alma Zadic, Minister for Justice of Austria; Karl Nehammer, Minister for the Interior of Austria; Klaudia Tanner, Minister for Defense of Austria; and Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

13-16 February

Commissioners attend the 2020 Munich Security Conference
Several European Commissioners will be attending the Munich Security Conference. Margaritis Schinas, Adina-Ioana Vălean, and Josep Borrell will deliver keynote speeches at the conference.

Thursday 13 February

Commissioner Timmermans attends COPA-COGECA
Frans Timmermans will attend the joint Praesidium meeting of the Committee of Professional Agricultural Organizations-General Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives. He will also meet with Zhang Ming, Ambassador of China to the EU.

Commissioner Lenarčič in Berlin and Potsdam
Janez Lenarčič will be in Germany, to meet Horst Seehofer, Minister for the Interior of Germany, and Michael Stübgen, Minister for the Interior of Brandenburg.

Friday 14 February

Commissioner Urpilainen attends 8th CNG Meeting
Jutta Urpilainen will attend the 8th meeting of the Central Negotiating Group (CNG) of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, as well as meet Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Neioti Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa.

Commissioner Vălean in Innsbruck
Adina-Ioana Vălean will be in Austria to: meet Leonore Gewessler, Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology; meet Günther Platter, Governor of Tyrol, together with Ingrid Felipe, Deputy Governor of Tyrol; visit the Brenner Base Tunnel construction site; visit the ROLA Terminal Brennersee; and to visit the construction site Isarco River Underpass Fortezza and South Portal.

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 12 February

SOER 2020: Civil society’s role for a just (and fast) transition towards sustainability
The EESC Sustainable Development Observatory and the European Environment Agency will jointly host a public event aiming to engage a broad range of civil society organisations to examine the core messages of the SOER 2020 report and their implications for actions in support to ongoing policy processes, in particular those related to the European Green Deal; look at ways to boost the role of civil society for a just transition towards sustainability and to translate knowledge into action; discuss how to foster the engagement and active participation of all stakeholders, including youth, in accelerating the shift towards a more sustainable Europe.

Wednesday 13 February

The collaborative economy – data exchange with tax authorities
The EESC ECO Section is organizing a public hearing on “The collaborative economy – data exchange with tax authorities” to be held in Tallinn. This event contributes to the preparatory work for the opinion ECO-500.

Financing the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy and the Challenges in Financing Climate Change Adaptation
The public hearing aims to engage a wide range of civil society organisations in order to find the optimal approach in remodelling the trend of investing financial resources in remedying climate change damages into a trend of investing in prevention and adapting to climate change measures instead.

6th meeting of the EU-Moldova Civil Society Platform
During the meeting, a debate will be held assessing the state of play of the implementation of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement. Social aspects of the implementation of the Association Agreement and Moldovan initiatives in justice sector and fighting corruption will be discussed. Platform members will also take stock of the Association Agenda EU-Moldova 2017-2019.

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

Committee of the Regions


11-12 February

138th CoR Plenary Session Inaugural Plenary 2020-2025 – Mandate VII
The February 2020 plenary session will be the inaugural session for the European Committee of the Regions’ seventh’ term of office and will be organised along different lines from an ordinary plenary session. At the beginning of a new mandate, all CoR members have to be appointed, and all organs, including the Bureau, the commissions, the working groups and the interregional groups have to be re-established. A new President, a new First vice-President and a new Bureau are elected by the members meeting in the first plenary session.

Wednesday 12 February

195th CoR Bureau Meeting

Thursday 13 February

Inaugural meeting of the ECON commission

Inaugural meeting of the NAT commission

Inaugural meeting of the CIVEX commission

Inaugural meeting of the COTER commission

Inaugural meeting of the SEDEC commission

Inaugural meeting of the ENVE commission

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.

Croatian Presidency


10-11 February

IG AFOLU, EGMIT, WPIEI Joint Meeting
Experts from EU member states will discuss topics related to agriculture, forestry and land use important for the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. Topics will, among others, include the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, issues related to Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, and the Nairobi work program.

The agenda of the Croatian Presidency can be found here.

European Investment Bank


Tuesday 11 February

Thematic workshop on financial instruments supporting student loans
The event targets European Social Fund (ESF) managing authorities and other stakeholders who are interested in exploring the potential for supporting higher education through dedicated financial instruments. The student loans topic is increasingly gaining attention and interest by the ESF community, according to the findings of the recent fi-compass survey on financial instruments under ESF.

Thursday 13 February

Investment and investment finance in Romania
At the event in Bucharest, the main results of the fourth vintage of the annual EIB Investment Survey (EIBIS) will be presented, which, together with the new edition of the EIB annual investment report “Accelerating Europe’s Transformation”, shed light on cyclical and structural dynamics behind investment and investment financing in Romania relative to Europe. Special attention will be dedicated to digitalisation, productivity gaps and energy efficiency.

The agenda of the EIB can be found here.

Council of Europe


Monday 10 February

10-14 February

Venice Commission delegation in Albania
In the framework of the preparation of the opinion on the draft amendments to the Law no 97/2013 on the Audiovisual Media Service, as well as the opinion on the appointment of judges of the Constitutional Court, the Venice Commission delegation will participate in a series of meetings in Tirana.

Tuesday 11 February

Conference-debate on the theme “70 years of the Council of Europe: and now”
Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will participate in an exchange of views on the theme “70 years of the Council of Europe: and now” with the Maison de l’Europe Strasbourg Alsace (MESA). The conference will be followed by a debate moderated by Ulrich Bohner, Honorary President of MESA.

11-13 February

European Prize for Eloquence
The School for Young Orators of the Strasbourg Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), in co-operation with the Council of Europe, will host the sixth European Prize for Eloquence. The competition will bring together 12 candidates from university political science faculties from 10 countries. This annual competition aims to encourage the exchange of ideas, promote common European values and master rhetoric in French.

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.