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Weekly European Agenda

Weekly European Agenda | 27/01/2020

27-31 January 2020

Monday 27 January

Tuesday 28 January

Wednesday 29 January

Thursday 30 January

Friday 31 January

Saturday 1 February

Institutional Agendas

European Parliament


Monday 27 January

Committee on Legal Affairs
The Committee will exchange views with Margrethe Vestager, European Commission Executive Vice-President for a Europe Fit for the Digital Age

Tuesday 28 January

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
Exchange of views with the Directors of the Agencies under the EMPL remit.

Committee on Constitutional Affairs
On the agenda of the Committee is Election-Watch.EU: European Elections 2019 Assessment Mission Final Report and a presentation of the Council Presidency’s programme by Nikolina BrNJAC, State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia.

Wednesday 29 January – Thursday 30 January

Plenary session in Brussels

Wednesday 29 January

International Holocaust Remembrance Day – 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

Plenary session
The first plenary day will commemorate the International Holocaust Remembrance Day which took place on January 27.
MEPs will hold a debate and a vote on: Withdrawal Agreement of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community

Thursday 30 January

Plenary session
MEPs will hold debates on: Commission Work Programme 2020 , Gender pay gap

Find an overview of the parliamentary agenda here.

Council of Ministers


Monday 27 January

Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The meeting will include a presentation of the European Green Deal communication, followed by an exchange of views on the agricultural aspects of the communication. Ministers will also discuss the proposal for a regulation on CAP transitional rules which is aiming at providing continuity of CAP support to European farmers and other beneficiaries in 2021.

Tuesday 28 January

General Affairs Council
Ministers will hear a presentation of the Croatian Presidency’s priorities for the first half of 2020, followed by an exchange of views on the Conference on the Future of Europe.

An overview of planned Council meetings can be found here.

European Commission and High Representative


Monday 27 January

Timmermans in Maastricht
Vice-President Frans Timmermans attends the Limburgse Holocaust Remembrance in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Hogan receives Kristalina Georgieva
Commissioner Phil Hogan receives Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.

Tuesday 28 January

Von der Leyen presents Commission Work’s Programme
President Ursula von der Leyen participates in a meeting of the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament to present the Commission’s Work Programme.

High-level public conference on implementing the European Green Deal – the European Climate Law
The Commission plans to propose the first European Climate Law in the first 100 days of its mandate. The Climate Law will set the direction of travel for EU climate action, give predictability for investors, and anchor the irreversibility of the transformation.

Wednesday 29 January

College meeting

Dalli in Brussels
Commissioner Helena Dalli attends the meeting with the guest of honour, Senator Ms Liliana Segre, survivor of Auschwitz.

Sinkevičius delivers the opening speech at the conference on ‘Sustainable Oceans for the future – a call for Green Blue Deal’

Thursday 30 Thursday

Von der Leyen at ‘Presidents’ retreat: Preparing the future’
President von der Leyen meets with European Parliament President Sassoli and Council of the EU President Michel for a ‘Presidents’ retreat: Preparing the future’.

Timmermans receives Sigrid Kaag
Vice-President Frans Timmermans receives Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands.

Friday 31 January

Gabriel in Sofia
Commissioner Mariya Gabriel meets with EU information networks in Bulgaria for research and innovation actions; participates in a citizen’s dialogue on EU initiatives in research and innovation actions.

Kyriakides attends a workshop on sustainable food systems, in Brussels

Saturday 1 February

Wojciechowski in Nadarzyn, Poland
Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski participates in a Citizens’ Dialogue in Poland.

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


Monday 27 January – Friday 31 January

EU-Japan Follow-up Committee – Mission to Japan
During its mission to Japan this year, the EU-Japan Follow-up Committee will build on its former work in order to further strengthen its cooperation with its well-established network of organisations. Several bilateral meetings with economic and social stakeholders and Japanese authorities will take place, and a roundtable discussion will be organised on “Circular economy – what needs to be done?”.

Wednesday 29 January

Mainstream Biodiversity Conference
The purpose of this event is to offer a comprehensive approach to biodiversity in day-to-day life by engaging with a wide range of stakeholders and, in particular, youth. One of the objectives is to develop more innovative and creative approaches of addressing biodiversity issues, while creating an interactive and dynamic platform for discussion.

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 28 January

Stakeholders’ consultation on “The services package: An updated view from Europe’s local and regional authorities” 

Thursday 30 January

European Week of Regions and Cities 2020 – Kick-Off meeting

Stakeholder consultation “Bio-diverse cities and regions beyond 2020 at the UN CBD COP15 and in the next EU strategy”
The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is drafting an opinion on “Bio-diverse cities and regions beyond 2020 at the UN CBD COP15 and in the next EU strategy”. The objective is to adopt the official position of the CoR to disseminate in the ongoing preparatory meetings and events towards the 15th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UN CBD COP 15) and consequently to contribute to the post-2020 EU Biodiversity Strategy.

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


Wednesday 29 January

High-level Group on Gender Mainstreaming
The High-Level Group on Gender Mainstreaming is an informal group chaired by the European Commission. It helps the Presidencies and the Commission to identify gender equality subjects and priorities which are of political relevance, including for the Council debate.

Thursday 30 January

EU Conference on Gender Equality
The aim of the Conference is to discuss the possibility of decreasing the employment gap between women and men by addressing influencing factors to women’s full participation in the labour market.

The agenda of the Croatian Presidency can be found here.

European Data Protection Supervisor


Monday 27 January

The Circle of e-Life – a Lifetime Relationship with your Data
The majority of us are still in the dark about the issues surrounding our personal data. How many of these data doubles do we create and who controls them? These questions will be answered at this conference, organised by EDPS and EDPB trainees.

Wednesday 29 January

Annual New Year’s Reception hosted by the President of the European Commission, Participation of Wojciech Wiewiórowski

Find more information on EDPS events here

European Investment Bank


Monday 27 January

Connecting the Dots: Digitalization, Finance & Sustainable Development
This high-level conference will introduce the Task Force’s results and the outcomes of the “German Sustainable Fintech Stocktake”. The aim is to create a space for discussion on new trends in the finance sector and how to leverage innovation for financing sustainable development.

The agenda of the EIB can be found here.

Council of Europe


Monday 27 January – Friday 31 January

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe – first part 2020 Session
Debates on the agenda include a complementary joint procedure between the Committee of Ministers and the Assembly in response to a serious violation by a member State of its statutory obligations, the functioning of democratic institutions in Poland, and reported cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan.

Monday 27 January

75th anniversary of the liberation of German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz
Deputy Secretary General, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will participate to the event commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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.