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Weekly European Agenda

Weekly European Agenda | 11/11/2019

11 November – 17 November 2019

Monday 11 November

Tuesday 12 November

Wednesday 13 November

Thursday 14 November

Friday 15 November

Institutional Agendas

European Parliament


Monday 11 November

Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI)
Exchange of views with: women defending environmental, land and indigenous peoples rights in Latin America; the human rights and humanitarian situation in north-eastern Syria; Ali Bin Samikh Al Marri, President of Qatar National Human Rights Committee.

Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)
2018 discharge: General budget of the EU; Exchange of views with Johannes Hahn, Commissioner responsible for Regional Policy in the presence of ECA member Tony MURPHY

Committee on Fisheries (PECH)
Exchange of views with Pascal Savouret, Executive Director, on the work programme for 2020

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Debates: Progress Report on the Implementation of the European Agenda for Migration; 20th Security Union Progress Report; European Production and Preservation Orders for electroic

Committee on Petitions (PETI)

Tuesday 12 November

Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI)
Exchange of views on recent developments in Lebanon

Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE)
Public hearing on European Space Security and Defence; Exchange of views on countering hybrid threats; Security and strategic implications of Turkey’s military operations.

Committee on Budgets (BUDG)

Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)
Partial renewal of members of the Court of Auditors

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
Exchange of views; Presentation of Annual Market Monitoring Report; Presentation of the Report on Competition Policy 2018

Committee on Fisheries (PECH)
Hearing on facing the new challenges of the EU fisheries control system.
Votes: Sustainable Fisheries Agreement; European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Vote: Conclusion of new protocol agreement on asylum applications and Eurodac
Debates: Europol IOCTA; joint debate with DEVE and DROI

Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO)
Debates: Brexit, state of play and exchange of views; Conference on the future of Europe

Committee on Petitions (PETI)
Hearing on FATCA and its extraterritorial impact on EU citizens
Vote: European Ombudsman annual report

Wednesday 13 November

Plenary Session
Debates: 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall; Turkish drilling activities in EU waters; Children rights; Situation in Bolivia; International day to end impunity for crimes against journalists; Resurgence of Ebola in East Africa.

Thursday 14 November

Plenary Session
Debates: Situation of migrants in Bosnia; Situation in the hotspots on the Greek islands
Votes: Distance sales of goods and certain domestic supplies of goods; Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund; Objection pursuant to Rule 112 (multiple); Criminalisation of sexual education in Poland

Find an overview of the parliamentary agenda here.

Council of Ministers


Monday 11 November

Foreign Affairs Council
The Foreign Affairs Council will start with a discussion on current affairs, allowing ministers to review pressing issues on the international agenda.

EU-Uzbekistan Cooperation Council
The Cooperation Council will discuss bilateral relations under the current EU-Uzbekistan partnership and cooperation agreement. It will take stock of progress achieved since the previous Council meeting in November 2018.

Tuesday 12 November

Foreign Affairs Council – Defence
Defence ministers will discuss security and defence issues, with a particularfocus on PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation) and its coherence with other defence initiatives.

Wednesday 13 November

COREPER I & II

Friday 15 November

COREPER I

Economic and Financial Affairs Council – Budget
The Council will prepare negotiations with the European Parliament on the EU’s general budget for 2020. The negotiations will be held on the same day at a conciliation committee meeting.

An overview of planned Council meetings can be found here.

European Commission and High Representative


Monday 11 November

Commissioner Mogherini chairs the Foreign Affairs Council

Commissioner Katainen in Helsinki
Jyrki Katainen will be in Helsinki to attend a working lunch with Antti Herlin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kone Corporation, and will also deliver a keynote address on sustainable finance at event organized by Miltton.

Commissioner Mimica in Johannesburg
Neven Mimica will be in Johannesburg, South Africa, to participate in the Africa Investment Forum.

Tuesday 12 November

Commissioner Hogan receives European Chamber of Commerce representatives
Phil Hogan will receive representatives from the European Chamber of Commerce in Korea, as well as Abdulaziz Kamilov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, in Brussels.

Conference on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
The conference will be an occasion to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the EU Charter of fundamental rights becoming a legally binding instrument and reflect on how, with the help of the whole enforcement chain and in particular national authorities, civil society, and rights defenders, it can become a meaningful part of everyday life.

EU-Canada Civil Society Forum
Participants will have the chance to exchange with one another, and with officials from the European Commission and from the Government of Canada, on matters related to the implementation of CETA’s chapter 22 (trade and sustainable development), chapter 23 (trade and labour) and chapter 24 (trade and environment).

Implementing Basel III: Challenges and Impact
The EC – Directorate General for financial stability, financial services and capital markets union – organises a conference to discuss the impact and challenges of implementing the finalised Basel III standards in the EU. The conference furthermore aims to gather ideas on whether new risks or developments that banks face or are going to face would require regulatory action.

Wednesday 13 November

College Meeting

Commissioner Dombrovkis receives EPP President
Valdis Dombrovkis will receive Joseph Daul, President of the European People’s Party, and will also deliver a keynote speech at the ‘Long Term and Sustainable Investment Intergroup’ launch event in Strasbourg.

Commissioner Gabriel receives Limbourg and Türk
Mariya Gabriel will receive Peter Limbourg, Director General of the Deutsche Welle, as well as Danilo Türk, President-elect of the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid.

Thursday 14 November

Commissioner Hahn participates in two conferences
Johannes Hahn will participate in the Smart Regions 3.0 Conference – Transformation through Smart Specialisation, as well as the conference ‘Boosting cross border regions through better transport’, in Brussels.

Commissioner Stylianides receives Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of the Bahamas

Commissioner Jourová speaks at conference and receives Tuppurainen
Vĕra Jourová will speak at the conference ‘Virtual Insanity? The need to guarantee transparency in digital political advertising’, and will receive  Tytti Tuppurainen, Minister for European Affairs of Finland.

Friday 15 November

Commissioner Vestager meets members of the Momentum Movement
Margrethe Vestager will meet with members of Momentum Movement, in Brussels, and will also receive  Prof. Holger Hoos, founder of the Confederation of laboratories for artificial intelligence research in Europe (CLAIRE) and professor of machine learning at Leiden University.

Commissioner Dombrovskis in London
Valdis Dombrovskis will deliver a keynote speech at a roundtable discussion with Peter Estlin, Lord Mayor of the City of London and Krisjanis Karins, Prime Minister of Latvia. He will also participate in the Economist Intelligence roundtable, attend an event with Latvian financial institutions and attend the Celebration of the Independence Day of Latvia.

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 November

Extraordinary Meeting of the Diversity Europe Group

New Role Models for Societies in Europe
The objective of the conference will be to launch the discussion on work-life balance policies and legislation, but with a forward looking and practical approach.

Wednesday 13 November

Extraordinary Bureau Meeting

Employment of persons with disabilities: how can we change society’s view
Perception, fear, myth and prejudice continue to limit the understanding and acceptance of disability in workplaces everywhere. Most of society still looks at persons with disabilities as unable to work and thinks that accommodating them in the workplace is expensive.The EESC is organising a public hearing with the aim to present programmes and projects that prove that these perceptions are incorrect.

Day of the Liberal Professions
This event aims to gain fresh insight into the impact of artificial intelligence on the exercise of professional services and on clients’ and patients’ rights.

Thursday 14 November

Extraordinary Bureau Meeting

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

Committee of the Regions


Tuesday 12 November

NAT Commission Meeting

Wednesday 13 November

Conference on Regional Forest Innovation
The first part of this conference will look into challenges and issues linked to innovation in the forest sector as well as tools available at EU level, while the 2nd part will focus on showcasing some regional best practice examples.

Thursday 14 November

CIVEX Commission Meeting

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 11 November

Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference
The conference focuses on climate change in the Arctic, especially from the point of view of young people. The conference programme includes expert speeches and panel discussions. Another aim of the conference is to promote dialogue between young people and decision-makers.

Tuesday 12 November

Vision Zero Summit
The conference will update the so-called vision zero thinking for promoting safety, health and wellbeing at work and share the latest research and good practices from workplaces and expert organisations.

12-13 November

ENTSO-E Annual Conference
The annual conference serves two purposes: to celebrate ten years of cooperation between transmission system operators (TSOs) and look ahead to the next ten years, and to increase awareness of future challenges and opportunities.

13-15 November

SET Plan Conference
The European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) aims to accelerate the development and deployment of low-carbon technologies. The annual SET Plan Conference brings together decision-makers, authorities, stakeholders and researchers to monitor the progress of SET Plan aims.

Thursday 14 November

MISSOC Network Meeting
The Mutual Information System on Social Protection (MISSOC) is a joint database of comparable and up-to-date information on social protection among EU member states.The network meeting will update the information contained in MISSOC comparative tables. A national-level theme of the Helsinki meeting is the basic income experiment.

The agenda of the Finnish Presidency can be found here.

European Ombudsman


Monday 11 November

Speech at the Institute of International and European Affairs

Wednesday 13 November

‘What’s next for lobbying in the EU?’
The Ombudsman gives an introductory speech at the event organised by EPACA and Transparency International EU on the Transparency Register.

The EU Ombudsman calendar of activities can be found here.

European Investment Bank


Tuesday 12 November

Donors in Action – Innovative Blending for big impact
During this event, participants will discover why donor-funded activities are critical to overcoming barriers to finance and how blending through financial instruments can crowd-in private capital and enhance development impact outside the EU.

The agenda of the EIB can be found here.

Council of Europe


13-14 November

Redefining Power: Strengthening the Rights of the Child as the key to a future-proof Europe
The international conference “Redefining Power: Strengthening the rights of the child as the key to a future-proof Europe” will be held in the framework of the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers.

Friday 15 November

Inauguration of the new secondary site of the EDQM
The CoE will open and inaugurate the new secondary site of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM). It will enable the safe storage of contingency stocks of European Pharmacopoeia reference standards and ensure their distribution worldwide in the event of major incidents at its main site in Strasbourg.

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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