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Weekly European Agenda

Weekly European Agenda | 16/12/2019

16-22 December 2019

Monday 16 December

Tuesday 17 December

Wednesday 18 December

Thursday 19 December

Friday 20 December

Institutional Agendas

European Parliament


Monday 16 December – Thursday 19 December
Plenary Session in Strasbourg

Monday 16 December
MEPs will hold debates on:
The Rule of Law in Malta, after the recent revelations around the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Macro-financial assistance to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Joint debate with ECON on: VAT fraud and payment service providers, Appointments of members of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank.

Tuesday 17 December
MEPs will vote on:
the election of the Ombudsman, EU-Switzerland Agreement on the stepping up of cross-border cooperation, EU-Liechtenstein Agreement on the stepping up of cross-border cooperation, and Protocol to EU-Switzerland Agreement concerning the criteria and mechanisms for establishing the State responsible for examining a request for asylum lodged in a Member State or in Switzerland.
MEPs will hold debates on: Gender pay gap, EU Pollinators Initiative, Animal welfare conditions during transport to third countries.

Wednesday 18 December
MEPs will hold debates on: 
Commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty and the legally binding Charter of Fundamental Rights, Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 12 and 13 December 2019, Situation of the Uyghur in China (China-cables), Topical debate (Rule 162), Humanitarian situation in Venezuela and migration and refugee crisis, Activities of the European Ombudsman in 2018.
MEPs will vote on: CAP: Financial discipline as from financial year 2021 and flexibility between pillars in respect of calendar year 2020, Adjustments of administrative appropriations of EU institutions in line with the latest information available and update of revenue, Association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union, Accession of Solomon Islands to the EU-Pacific States Interim Partnership Agreement, EU-Gambia Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement and the Implementation Protocol thereto, Closure of the accounts for the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) for the financial year 2017, Public discrimination and hate speech against LGBTI people, including LGBTI free zones.
During the plenary, Sakharov Prize award ceremony 2019 will also take place: The award ceremony for this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is conferred to Uyghur human rights activist Ilham Tohti.

Thursday 19 December
MEPs will hold debates on: 
cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (Rule 144), Major interpellations (Rule 139).
MEPs will vote on: Motions for resolutions concerning debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (Rule 144).

Find an overview of the parliamentary agenda here.

Council of Ministers


Monday 16 December – Tuesday 17 December 

Agriculture and Fisheries Council
Ministers are due to agree on the 2020 fishing opportunities for the Atlantic and North Sea and a new regulation on the Eastern Baltic cod. Ministers will also discuss the progress made on the post 2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform package. 

Thursday 19 December

Environment Council

An overview of planned Council meetings can be found here.

European Commission and High Representative


Monday 16 December

Von der Leyen meets David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament

Várhelyi in Geneva
Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi will participate in a panel on the Syrian refugee crisis at the Geneva Global Refugee Forum.

Lenarčič in Ljubljana
Commissioner Janez Lenarčič will participate at a panel discussion ‘EU and Crisis Management: Global Challenges and National Solutions’ hosted by the EC Representation in Ljubljana.

Tuesday 17 December

College meeting

Wednesday 18 December

Von der Leyen addresses the plenary of the European Parliament
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will addresses the plenary of the European Parliament on the 10th anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty and on the conclusions of the European Council.

Sinkevičius receives Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme

Thursday 19 December

Schinas and Johansson in Budapest
Commissioners Margaritis Schinas and Ylva Johansson meet with Mr Sándor Pintér, Minister of the Interior of Hungary in Budapest.

Simson in Tallinn
Commissioner Kadri Simson will deliver a speech on the European Commission priorities for the next 5 year at the end of the year Seminar, organised by the EU Secretariat of the Government Office of Estonia and the Representation of the European Commission in Estonia.

Kyriakides participates in a Citizen’s Dialogue on the Future of Health in Europe

Friday 20 December

Sinkevičius in Vilnius
Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius will meet with
Mr Gitanas Nausėda, President of Lithuania and Mr Saulius Skvernelis, Prime Minister of Lithuania, and will participate in the meeting with European Affairs Committee of the Seimas (Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania).

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


Thursday 19 December

16th meeting of the EU Advisory Group for the EU-Central America Association Agreement

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 16 December

26th COTER Commission Meeting
At the COTER meeting, members will be invited to hold an exchange of views on the opinion: The renewal of the Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities, by Rapporteur Juan ESPADAS CEJAS (ES/PES).

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 16 December – Tuesday 17 December

Lessons learned seminar of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU

The agenda of the Finnish Presidency can be found here.

European Ombudsman


Tuesday 17 December

Election of new European Ombudsman
Following hearings by candidates for new European Ombudsman earlier this month, on Tuesday, during plenary session, MEPs will vote on the election of the Ombudsman.

The EU Ombudsman calendar of activities can be found here.

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights


Wednesday 18 December

Seminar explores tackling anti-Muslim hatred online
FRA will take part in a seminar that will assess tools for monitoring, analysing and tackling anti-Muslim hatred online. This includes FRA’s database 2012-2017 on anti-Muslim hatred.

Thursday 19 December

Round-table meeting to focus on facial recognition
FRA will present findings on facial recognition technology from its recent paper on fundamental rights considerations in the context of law enforcement. The meeting will ask where are we at and where are we going when it comes to prohibiting, experimenting, generalizing and regulating facial recognition. 

Information on upcoming FRA events can be found here.

European Central Bank


Wednesday 18 December

Governing Council of the ECB: non-monetary policy meeting in Frankfurt

Thursday 19 December

General Council meeting of the ECB in Frankfurt

More information about ECB events can be found here

Council of Europe


Monday 16 December

Pejčinović- Burić meets with Ion Chicu and Aureliu Ciocoi
CoE: Conference on “Professional conduct and responsibility of pu

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will meet with Ion Chicu, Prime Minister, and Aureliu Ciocoi, Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova.

Conference on “Professional conduct and responsibility of public bailiffs – standards and challenges” in Budva

Tuesday 17 December

GRETA round-table meeting in Strasbourg
The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) will hold a round-table meeting with representatives of international organisations, national authorities and technology companies to discuss how technology is being used to facilitate human trafficking as well as its potential to help tackle trafficking-related crime and protect vulnerable people.

Tuesday 17 December – Wednesday 18 December

Conference on “Human Rights Protection in Eurasia: Exchange of Best Practices Among Ombudspersons” in Strasbourg
Parliamentary Assembly President (PACE) Liliane Maury Pasquier will address participants at the 3rd International Conference on “Human Rights Protection in Eurasia: Exchange of Best Practices Among Ombudspersons”. On the fringe of the conference, she is due to meet the Speakers of the Russian State Duma and Federation Council and will meet either the Foreign Minister or his Deputy the following day. She is also due to give a lecture to the Moscow Institute of International Relations.

Friday 20 December

Conference on “Freedom Without Hate: Reconciling Freedom Of Expression With Other Human Rights”
The conference is organised by the Ombudsperson Office of Albania in partnership with the Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022, a joint Council of Europe and the European Union programme. The event will gather representatives of government agencies, academia, judiciary, media and civil society, who will discuss boundaries of freedom of expression and how to tackle hate speech from two perspectives – freedom of expression and anti-discrimination.

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.

More information can be found here.

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