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Weekly European Agenda 12/12/2022

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12-18 December 2022

Monday 12 December

Tuesday 13 December

Wednesday 14 December

Thursday 15 December

Friday 16 December

Saturday 17 December

Sunday 18 December

European Movement International

Monday 12 December

EuropeanChats with European Environmental Bureau & EUROMIL
At 11:00 CET, the European Movement International will hold its thirteenth edition of EuropeanChats, this time featuring the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and EUROMIL. EuropeanChats gathers activists and stakeholders from the European Movement International network, to discuss with European citizens different issues surrounding the debate around the future of Europe, and how the pandemic and the war in Ukraine affect the EU at large and civil society in particular. The event will stream live on our Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter. We will email you links directly to the stream when the event begins.

More information about the event here.

Wednesday 14 December

Talking Europe with Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, Director General of DG Communication
From 15:30-16:30 CET, the European Movement International will hold its fourteenth edition of Talking Europe organised in partnership with the European Commission, this time featuring Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, Director General of the Directorate-General for Communication. This series of online events launched in 2020 aims to discuss the EU’s work and how it affects all Europeans. Our guest will discuss the recent work and future activities carried out by DG COMM, including combating disinformation, the 2024 European Parliament election and the ongoing war in Ukraine.

More information about the event here.

What Future for Europe? Climate & Energy Crisis What can the EU do?
The European Movement International, together with the European Movement Austria, are holding a panel discussion on “What Future for Europe? Climate & Energy Crisis – What can the EU do?”. This event will be held in Vienna, at the Penthouse Hotel Topazz Lamée in Vienna at 18.00 – 19.30 CET and will be followed by a reception. The European Union is faced with a multitude of challenges of global proportions. This event is part of a series which aims to discuss those challenges from a European and national perspective by gathering together stakeholders and policy-makers and by looking at what the EU’s response should be. This event will consider how are the climate and the energy crisis impacting Europe, but also how the war influences the EU’s environmental policies and how the EU’s efforts to mitigate the effects of the climate crisis shape its response to the energy crisis.

More information about the event here.

More information about EMI events can be found here

Institutional Agendas

European Parliament

Monday 12 December

Plenary Session
Debates: Towards equal rights for persons with disabilities; Outcome of the COP27; A long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas; presentation report “Action plan to boost long-distance and cross-border passenger rail.”

Joint meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Committee on Development, and Subcommittee on Human Rights (AFET-DROI-DEVE)
Debate: Exchange of views with the 2022 Sakharov Prize laureates, the brave people of Ukraine, represented by Yulia PAJEVSKA, founder of the evacuation medical unit “Angels of Taira”; representatives from the Yellow Ribbon Civil Resistance Movement; Oleksandra MATVIYCHUK, Chair of the Center for Civil Liberties; Ivan FEDOROV, Mayor of Melitopol; and Serhiy KRUK from the State Emergency Service.

Joint meeting of Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (ECON-EMPL)
Debate: Economic Dialogue and exchange of views on the 2023 European Semester Autumn Package with the Commission.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Vote: Amended proposal for a Regulation on the establishment of ‘Eurodac’ for the comparison of biometric data for the effective application of the Regulation on Asylum and Migration Management and the Resettlement Regulation, for identifying an illegally staying third-country national or stateless person and on requests for the comparison with Eurodac data by Member States’ law enforcement authorities and Europol for law enforcement purposes and amending Regulations (EU) 2018/1240 and (EU) 2019/818 (2016/0132(COD)).

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)
Vote: Report on improving working conditions in platform work.

Tuesday 13 December

Plenary Session
Debates: Renewable Energy, Energy Performance of Buildings and Energy Efficiency Directives: amendments (REPowerEU); This is Europe – Debate with the Prime Minister of Slovenia, Robert Golob; Defending democracy from foreign interference; Prospects for the two-State solution for Israel and Palestine; Turkish airstrikes on northern Syria and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
Votes: Notification under the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA); Transport: repealing Regulation (EEC) No 1108/70 and Commission Regulation (EC) No 851/2006; Civil aviation: repealing Council Directive 89/629/EEC; Administrative cooperation in the field of excise duties; EU/New Zealand Agreement: exchange of personal data between Europol and New Zealand; Digital divide: the social differences created by digitalization.

Wednesday 14 December

Plenary Session
Debates: Preparation of the European Council meeting of 15-16 December 2022; Award of the Sakharov Prize; Upscaling the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework; Deliberations of the Committee on Petitions in 2021; Debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (Rule 144).
Votes: Mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund: assistance to Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Luxembourg, Spain and Greece; Annual implementing report on the EU association agreement with Georgia.

Thursday 15 December

Plenary Session
Debate: Implementation of the New European Agenda for Culture and the EU Strategy for International Cultural Relations.

Find an overview of the parliamentary agenda here.

European Council

Thursday 15 December

European Council
The European Council will convene to discuss the following topics: the ongoing war in Ukraine, energy and economy, security and defence, southern neighbourhood and external relations.

The meeting page can be found here.

Council of Ministers

Monday 12 December

Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministers meeting
Under the chairmanship of Josep Borrell, the Eastern Partnership (EaP) ministerial meeting will bring together EU foreign ministers and their counterparts from five of the six Eastern Partnership nations (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine). EU Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi will attend. The conversation will address the future of the Eastern Partnership, security issues, and the region’s impact from Russia’s war against Ukraine. EU-EaP participants will discuss ways to improve regional stability and prosperity. Ministers will debate how to boost partners’ resilience, bring the EU and its Eastern partners closer together, and advance rule of law and reforms in the region. Participants will also explore how to expedite the Economic and Investment Plan to advance the green and digital transitions and improve regional socio-economic recovery.

Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Agriculture and Fisheries Council will convene on 11-12 December to discuss the fishing rights for 2023, the market situation in member states, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) strategic plans, the evaluation of the EU animal welfare legislation, geographical education, the sustainable use of pesticides and the front of pack labelling.

Foreign Affairs Council
The Foreign Affairs Council will take place in Brussels starting at 13.00h. It will be preceded by a meeting of the Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministers. The Council will be informed about current affairs and exchange views on the Russian aggression against Ukraine and Iran. Under current affairs ministers will be informed about the situation in Moldova, the Southern neighbourhood, human rights, the European Peace Facility, and Tunisia. The High Representative will also inform ministers about developments concerning the EU’s efforts in global outreach, and the Global Gateway.

Tuesday 13 December

Extraordinary Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy)
The main item on the agenda of EU energy ministers will be a proposal for a Council regulation on a temporary gas market correction mechanism. The proposal would be a temporary emergency measure based on article 122 of the Treaty, introducing a market correction mechanism on the price of certain gas exchanges on the Title Transfer Facility (TTF), which could be triggered and deactivated when certain conditions on the market are met, and suspended if needed.

General Affairs Council
The General Affairs Council will prepare for the December European Council and seek to reach a general approach on the proposal for a regulation on the transparency and targeting of political advertising. Ministers will be called upon to approve the Joint Declaration on the EU legislative priorities for 2023-2024 and conclusions on enlargement and stabilisation and association process. They will also hold an annual rule of law dialogue and discuss follow-up to the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Wednesday 14 December

EU-ASEAN commemorative summit
The first-ever summit between the leaders of EU and ASEAN member states marks 45 years of diplomatic relations. The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the 2022 ASEAN Chair, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, will co-chair the EU-ASEAN commemorative summit. The summit is an opportunity to reconfirm both the EU’s and its Member States’ commitment to the EU-ASEAN strategic partnership. It will offer a political forum for the EU and ASEAN to demonstrate their shared commitment to the rules-based international order, respect for international law and the promotion of effective multilateralism. Leaders are expected to issue a joint statement at the end of the summit.

An overview of planned Council meetings can be found here.

European Commission and High Representative

Monday 12 December

von der Leyen participates in the G7 Leaders’ Meeting via videoconference
President Ursula von der Leyen will participate in the G7 Leaders’ Meeting via videoconference.

Várhelyi participates in the Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting
Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi will participate in the Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting.

Lenarčič participates virtually in the World Development Report 2023: High-Level Advisory Panel Meeting, World Bank
Commissioner Janez Lenarčič will participate virtually in the World Development Report 2023: High-Level Advisory Panel Meeting, World Bank.

Tuesday 13 December

College meeting
The College of Commissioners will present the new Security package containing the revision of the anti-trafficking Directive and the obligation of carriers to communicate advance passenger information (API).

Wojciechowski receives the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam
Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski will receive Lê Minh Hoan, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam.

Šefčovič meets the French Secretary of State for European Affairs
Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič will meet Laurence Boone, French Secretary of State for European Affairs.

Wednesday 14 December

von der Leyen participates in the EU-ASEAN commemorative summit
President Ursula von der Leyen will participate in the EU-ASEAN commemorative summit.

Vestager meets via videoconference with the Minister of Digital Affairs of Japan
Commissioner Margrethe Vestager will meet via videoconference with Taro Kono, Minister of Digital Affairs of Japan from her trip to Copenhague, Denmark.

Sinkevičius participates in the COP15 on biodiversity
Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius will participate in the COP15 on biodiversity in Montreal, Canada.

Thursday 15 December

Timmermans receives the Former Prime Minister of Sweden
Vice-President Frans Timmermans will receive Stefan Löfven, Former Prime Minister of Sweden.

Simson participates in the 20th Energy Community Ministerial Council meeting
Commissioner Kadri Simson will be in Vienna to participate in the 20th Energy Community Ministerial Council meeting.

Šuica participates in the EPP Summit
Commissioner Dubravka Šuica will participate in the EPP Summit.

Friday 16 December

Hahn receives the Belgian State Secretary for Science Policy, Recovery Programme and Strategic Investments
Commissioner Johannes Hahn will receive Thomas Dermine, State Secretary for Science Policy, Recovery Programme and Strategic Investments of Belgium.

Ferreira meets with the Spanish representatives for the launch event of the 2021-2027 Partnership Agreement
Commissioner Elisa Ferreira will be in Caceres, Spain to meet with María Jesús Montero Minister of Finance of Spain and Guillermo Fernández Vara President of the Regional Government of Extremadura, for the launch event of the 2021-2027 Partnership Agreement.

Jourová participates in a conference on Rule of Law compliance and enforcement in the European Union in Florence
Commissioner Vĕra Jourová will be in Italy to speak at the European University Institute in Florence, for the conference on Rule of Law compliance and enforcement in the European Union.

Saturday 17 December

von der Leyen participates in the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding for the development of the Black Sea Energy submarine cable
President Ursula von der Leyen will be in Bucharest, Romania to participate in the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding for the development of the Black Sea Energy submarine cable.

Sunday 18 December

Simson receives the Minister of State and Minister for Energy and Climate of the United Kingdom
Commissioner Kadri Simson will receive Graham Stuart, Minister of State and Minister for Energy and Climate of the United Kingdom.

An overview of the Commission College can be found here; the Commissioners’ weekly activities can be found here; the agenda of upcoming College meetings can be found here; Commission events can be found here.

European Economic and Social Committee

Monday 12 December

22nd meeting of the EU Advisory Group for the EU-Central America Association Agreement
The EU Advisory Group for the EU-Central America Association Agreement will meet.

Wednesday 14 December – Thursday 15 December

574th Plenary session
The EESC 574th Plenary session will entail the following debates: Young people and the labour market in the context of the European Year of Youth with Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner responsible for Jobs and Social Rights; Youth education for SDGs and sustainable food; EU’s relations with its Southern Neighbourhood, linked to the adoption of the REX/537 information report on “COVID-19: the role of civil society in the reconstruction and resilience of the Euro- Mediterranean region” and the REX/549 information report on the “Digital transition in the Euro- Mediterranean region”; Investments to promote gender equality: the role of finance and public recovery policies; Civil Society Prize award ceremony.

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 12 December

The 15th SEDEC commission meeting  
The meeting agenda includes: Election of the 1st vice-chair of the SEDEC commission; Discussion on Work Programme for 2023 of the Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC); Contribution of the SEDEC commission to the CoR Impact Report 2022. First discussion and adoption of the following opinions: Creating an enabling environment for the social economy, Rapporteur: Ricardo RIO (PT/EPP); European care strategy, Adequate minimum income for social inclusion: the local and regional perspective. Exchange of views for the opinions on: Amending the Directive on Asbestos; Zero long-term unemployment: the local and regional perspective.

Wednesday 14 December

Zero Pollution Stakeholder Conference  
On 14 December 2022, the Zero Pollution Stakeholder Conference will open with messages from the Executive Vice President of the Commission, Frans Timmermans and the Vice President of the Committee of the Regions. Thereafter, Patrick Child, Deputy Director General of DG Environment and moderator of the high-level session, will discuss with Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency and Bernard Magenhann, Deputy Director General of the Joint Research Centre the findings of the first Zero Pollution Monitoring and Outlook. This will be followed by a panel discussion of selected members of the Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform and a wider discussion with the participants. The high-level session will be closed by a message from Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.  The afternoon will allow discussions in three parallel ‘deep dive’ sessions on Zero Pollution & Health, Zero Pollution & Biodiversity and Zero Pollution & Circular Economy. 

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.

Czech Presidency

Tuesday 13 December

Global Forum on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
The Global Forum on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, hosted by the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union, under the patronage of UNESCO, on 13 December 2022. The Global Forum on the Ethics of AI is a major milestone in building of a robust international coalition towards ensuring the ethical development and use of AI worldwide. The Forum will bring together Ministers and senior officials from the EU and other regions of the world, as well as the leading experts and practitioners at the vanguard of AI ethics. It will place a spotlight on the national and regional good practices of harnessing the power of AI to achieve positive social, economic, and environmental outcomes for all, while mitigating the associated risks. The Programme of the Forum features two ministerial sessions, as well as the series of expert roundtables to explore the state of AI from different angles, such as addressing gender bias in AI, ensuring transparency and non-discrimination, promoting environmental protection, and engaging with the private sector.

The agenda of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU can be found here.

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Thursday 15 December – Friday 16 December

FRA Management and Executive Boards to meet
On 15 December, the Agency’s Executive Board will prepare for the Management Board meeting that will then follow. During the meeting, the Management Board will adopt the Agency’s Programming Document for 2023-2025 and the Preliminary Draft Budget 2024. It will exchange views with the Council of Europe’s Director General for Human Rights and Rule of Law, as well with the Directors of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) and Eurofound on human rights issues and cooperation with the Agency. The Board will also receive updates on ongoing FRA projects, including the implementation of the agreement with the EEA and Norway Grants.

Information on upcoming FRA events can be found here.

European Central Bank

Wednesday 14 December

Elderson speaks at the Finance and Biodiversity Day – COP15
Board member Frank Elderson will spealk at the Finance and Biodiversity Day – COP15 organised by Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat in Montreal.

Thursday 15 December

Governing Council of the ECB: monetary policy meeting in Frankfurt
The Governing Council of the ECB will have a monetary policy meeting in Frankfurt.

Tuominen participates to the “New Frontiers in Banking and Capital Markets” Conference
Board member Anneli Tuominen will participate to the “New Frontiers in Banking and Capital Markets” Conference in Rome.

More information about ECB events can be found here

European Investment Bank

Wednesday 14 December

Meeting No. 559 of the Board of Directors
In accordance with its Rules of Procedure, the EIB convenes the meetings of its Board of Directors at least six times a year. 

The agenda of the EIB can be found here.

Council of Europe

Friday 16 December – Saturday 17 December

Plenary session of the Venice Commission
During its plenary session, the Venice Commission is expected to adopt, inter alia, opinions on the amendments to the Judicial Code of Armenia, on draft amendments to the Election Code and the Law on Political Associations of Citizens in Georgia (jointly with OSCE/ODIHR), on the draft amendments to the Law on the Judicial Council and Judges of Montenegro, on the draft law of Kosovo* on the State Bureau for verification and compensation of unjustified assets, on the draft Law on Supreme Court of Justice of the Republic Moldova, on the Serbian draft legislation related to the constitutional amendments on the judiciary and on the prosecution service, as well as on the functioning of democratic institutions (joint with OSCE/ODIHR). The Venice Commission will also adopt amicus curiae briefs for Armenia and for the Republic of Moldova and will endorse its urgent opinions on the amendments to the Law on the President of Montenegro and on the selection of candidates for the Constitutional Court judge position in Ukraine. Vice-President of the European Commission Věra Jourová will take part in the plenary session.

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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