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Weekly European Agenda

Weekly European Agenda | 18/11/2019

18 November – 24 November 2019

Monday 18 November

Tuesday 19 November

Wednesday 20 November

Thursday 21 November

Friday 22 November

Institutional Agendas

European Parliament


Monday 18 November

Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)
2018 discharge: General budget of the EU- European Commission (DEC); Exchange of views with Ilze Juhansone, Acting Secretary General of the European Commission in the presence of European Court of Auditors member Pietro Russo.
2018 discharge: General budget of the EU – European Parliament (DEC); Exchange of views with Pedro Silva Pereira, Vice-President of the European Parliament with responsibility for the budget, Klaus Welle, Secretary-General, and Robert Galvin, Internal Auditor of the European Parliament in the presence of European Court of Auditors member Pietro Russo.

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)
Debates: Economic Dialogue and exchange of views with Mário Centeno, President of the Eurogroup
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)/Joint AGRI-ENVI-DEVE meeting
Exchange of views with Ms Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General Climate and Natural Resources, following the 2019 World Food Day.

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
Hearing on violence against women: state of play in the Member States and exchange of best practices. on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November).
Vote: FEMM committee calendar 2020 – adoption of FEMM meetings for 2020

Tuesday 19 November

Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)
Extraordinary meeting of the budgetary control committee with the European court of auditors.

Wednesday 20 November

High-level conference to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child
Parliament is organising a high-level conference to mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as to discuss progress made over the past three decades and reflect on the challenges that children and youth face today. It will be opened by Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians, Parliament President David Sassoli as well as Spanish singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Bisbal.

Thursday 21 November

Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI)/Joint DROI-AFET-SEDE meeting
Exchange of views with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, United Nations.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Joint debate with the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) and the Delegation for relations with Maghreb countries (DMAG): The situation of migrants in Libya against the backdrop of the general situation in the country.
Debates: Data protection rules as a trust-enabler in the EU and beyond; EUNAVOR MED Operation Sophia mandate extension until 31 March 2020 – exchange of views with the European External Action Service; Rule of law in Hungary.

Find an overview of the parliamentary agenda here.

Council of Ministers


Monday 18 November

Agriculture and Fisheries Council
Ministers will exchange views on the environmental and climate-related aspects of the post 2020 CAP reform package which consists of three legislative proposals: a regulation on the CAP strategic plans, a regulation single common market organisation (CMO), a horizontal regulation on financing, managing and monitoring the CAP.

Tuesday 19 November

European Economic Area Council
The EEA Council will assess the overall functioning of the EEA agreement. It will also hold an orientation debate on the single market beyond 2019.

General Affairs Council
On enhancing respect for the rule of law in the EU, ministers will first hold, in public session, an exchange of views with Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. They will then focus on conclusions on the evaluation of the Council’s annual rule of law dialogue.

Wednesday 20 November – Thursday 21 November

European Union Military Committee, EU Chiefs of Defence
EU Chiefs of Defence will discuss the EU’s military operations and missions, including EUNAVFOR Operation Sophia and Operation Atalanta. They will also discuss the EU battlegroups as well as the EU military capabilities.

Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council
Culture ministers are expected to adopt a resolution on the cultural dimension of sustainable development aiming at enhancing culture’s contribution to the global challenge of sustainability, as well as to adopt conclusions on combating corruption in sport.

Thursday 21 November

Foreign Affairs Council – Trade
The Council will discuss the state of play of the World Trade Organization (WTO) reform, as well as recent developments in EU-US trade relations.

An overview of planned Council meetings can be found here.

European Commission and High Representative


Monday 18 November

Commissioner Timmermans meets Soros, Chair of the Open Society Foundations

Commissioner Jourová in Skopje
Vĕra Jourová attends the EU-Western Balkan Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial meeting in Skopje, North Macedonia.

Commissioner Gabriel in Vienna
Mariya Gabriel delivers a main statement at the opening of the 16th Vienna Economic Forum – Vienna Future Dialogue 2019.

Tuesday 19 November

Commissioner Katainen in Zagreb
Jyrki Katainen delivers a keynote address on ‘The future of transatlantic defence cooperation’ at the 9th Transatlantic Think Tank Conference of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies.

Commissioner Mimica in Kigali
Neven Mimica participates in the 38th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

Wednesday 20 November

College meeting

Commissioner Jourová in Brussels
Vĕra Jourová speaks at the High Level Conference organised on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Thursday 21 November

Commissioner Šefčovič in Bratislava
Šefčovič receives representatives of the Slovak business on the occasion of the 30th anniversary celebration of the Velvet Revolution.

Commissioner Navracsics in Brussels
Tibor Navracsics participates in and speaks at the #BeInclusive EU sport awards gala and announces several winners of the #Beinclusive competition, in Brussels.

Commissioner Vestager in Brussels
Margrethe Vestager delivers a speech at the IAPP Data Protection Congress.

Friday 22 November

Commissioner Mogherini in Tokyo
Federica Mogherini co-hosts a high-level event on ‘The Role of Women and Youth in Peace and Security’.

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


Wednesday 20 November

Europe catching-up or falling behind in the age of Industry 4.0 and Society 5.0 Conference
The conference aims at inquiring about Europe’s future in the coming era of artificial intelligence and policies like Society 5.0. It will take up and discuss the most pertinent issues that will shape the medium to long term future for European manufacturing and service industries and society at large In this conference the strategic options for Europe will be elaborated and discussed.

Thursday 21 November

Artificial intelligence, robotics and digital systems for the well-being of citizens Conference
The aim of the conference is to discuss the opportunities and challenges provided by digitalisation, in particular cutting-edge digital tools, AI and robotics as well as the prerequisites to make this happen.

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 19 November

Circular Plastics Alliance – Packaging Working Group Conference
The Circular Plastics Alliance was launched in December 2018 by the European Commission, with the support of First Vice-President Timmermans and Vice-President Katainen, to build on the momentum gained with the European campaign for voluntary commitments by industry to produce and use more recycled plastics in the EU (European campaign for voluntary pledges). the Working Group of the Alliance on Packaging will meet for the first time in the European Committee of the Regions.

Wednesday 20 November

The State of Democracy in East-Central Europe – Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall
This event aims at commemorating 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and reviewing the past and current state of democracy in East-Central Europe. The one-day Conference will explore the evolution and the current state of democracies in the region.

Thursday 21 November

26th ENVE Commission meeting
ENVE Commission will hold a debate on the Resolution on “The green deal in partnership with local and regional authorities”.

Friday 22 November

9th Subsidiarity Conference – Active Subsidiarity: Creating EU added value together
The Subsidiarity Conference is a biennial one day-event that seeks to strengthen the EU inter-institutional dialogue on subsidiarity scrutiny and allows for a true exchange between all players involved in the subsidiarity monitoring process. The 2019 Conference is dedicated to developing ‘Active Subsidiarity’ in Europe – a follow-up to the Task Force on Subsidiarity, Proportionality and ‘Doing Less More Efficiently’.

Conference on Best in Class Deposit Return Systems (DRS) for Single-Use Beverage Packaging  
The conference will bring together EU and national policy makers, local and regional authorities, industry and other stakeholders and experts from across Europe to share their expertise and experience on the different components of the most successful deposit return systems.

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


Tuesday 19 November – Thursday 21 November

European Forum for electronic components and systems
EFECS 2019 brings together major actors in the ECS industry and in other industries that are immediate users of ECS products, in an effort to promote the networking of businesses.

Tuesday 19 November

Institutional mechanisms for gender equality and gender mainstreaming
EIGE will share the main findings of its study “Institutional mechanisms for gender equality and gender mainstreaming”and will discuss trends with the Member States, European Commission, European Parliament and representatives of civil society organisations, social partners and academia.

Thursday 21 November

Seminar – Re/defining Spatial Concepts
Led by the Finnish spatial designer Heini Lehtinen, the project looks at the interconnections between spatial design and conflict mediation. A seminar targeted at local NGOs, opinion-makers and other interested audiences to be held in Brussels.

The agenda of the Finnish Presidency can be found here.

European Ombudsman


Monday 19 November

Meeting with Members of the parliament of Georgia
The Ombudsman will meets with a delegation from the Parliament of Georgia to address the issues of transparency and ethics.

The EU Ombudsman calendar of activities can be found here.

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights


Monday 18 November – Tuesday 19 November

EU-Western Balkans Ministerial Forum on Justice and Home Affairs

FRA Deputy Director Constantinos Manolopoulos will participate in the EU-Western Balkans Ministerial Forum on Justice and Home Affairs.

Tuesday 19 November

Equinet working group on research and data collection 
The Equinet working group will explore the use of equality data for evidence-based policymaking, the collection of data relevant for the Sustainable Development Goals and the collection of complaints data.

Annual Rule of law dialogue in the Council

Information on upcoming FRA events can be found here.

Council of Europe


Monday 18 November – Wednesday 20 November

Artificial Intelligence: Intergovernmental committee to start examining feasibility of a legal framework
The Ad hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI) will have an exchange of views with leading experts and examine national initiatives, policies and strategies, as well as the work undertaken so far by the Council of Europe and other organisations in this field.

Wednesday 20 November – Friday 22 November

Conference on cybercrime: evidence in cyberspace, fake news and election interference
The conference will examine ways in which the rule of law in cyberspace can be strengthened through a Protocol to the Budapest Convention.

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.