AFP Europe News Agenda

What’s happening in Europe on Thursday:

+ Belgian court holds attacks hearing

+ Egyptian delegation in Italy over student death

+ Pressure on public figures over Panama Papers

BRUSSELS: A Belgian court meets behind closed doors to review the case of Salah Abdeslam, the sole surviving suspect in the deadly November Paris attacks who is soon due to be extradited to France. It is also scheduled to examine the cases of two of his alleged accomplices and two suspects implicated in a new foiled plot in France. From 0700 GMT. Picture. Video. (FRANCE-ATTACKS-BELGIUM)

— A French parliamentary committee investigating the Paris attacks also visits Brussels to meet Europol officials, the EU counter-terrorism coordinator, intelligence officials and prosecutors. (FRANCE-ATTACKS-BELGIUM-PROBE)

ROME: A delegation of Egyptian prosecutors and police due to brief their Italian counterparts on the progress of their investigation into the torture and killing of Italian student Giulio Regeni in Cairo. Expected to start 0800 GMT. (ITALY-EGYPT-CRIME-REGENI)

REJKJAVIK/GENEVA/LONDON/PARIS: Monitoring the Panama Papers scandal which has forced Iceland’s prime minister out of office and led a top FIFA ethics official to resign. Picture. Video. (PANAMA-TAX-MEDIA)

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THE HAGUE: Following the outcome of a Dutch referendum on whether to back an EU deal with Kiev, seen as a proxy vote on broader ties with Brussels. (NETHERLANDS-EU-UKRAINE-POLITICS)

MADRID: Spain’s Socialists, far-left party Podemos and centrist upstart Ciudadanos hold their first three-way talks as they try to agree on a coalition government after inconclusive general elections. At 1530 GMT. Picture. Video (SPAIN-POLITICS)

METZ, France: French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold talks focused on the anti-terror fiight and the migrant crisis. Press conference at 1300 GMT. Picture. Video (FRANCE-GERMANY-DIPLOMACY-EU)

LISBON: European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi holds meetings with Portuguese policymakers amid pressure on the country’s banks. (PORTUGAL-ECONOMY-BANKING-ECB)

GENEVA: The World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo will present the agency’s global trade projections for 2016 and 2017. At 1000 GMT. (WTO-ECONOMY-TRADE-INDICATOR)

YEREVAN: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to visit Moscow’s ally Armenia following the worst outbreak of violence between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region that claimed at least 75 lives over the past days. Time to be confirmed. Picture (RUSSIA-ARMENIA-AZERBAIJAN-KARABAKH-UNREST-CEASEFIRE)

— In BAKU, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets his counterparts from Azerbaijan and Iran. Time to be confirmed. Picture (RUSSIA-ARMENIA-AZERBAIJAN-KARABAKH-UNREST-CEASEFIRE)

LONDON: Two girls convicted of murdering a woman in a brutal attack in her home when they were aged 13 and 14 are sentenced. (BRITAIN-CRIME)

LONDON: Second day of a 48-hour doctors strike in the state-run National Health Service (NHS) in England, the fourth walkout in a bitter dispute over a new contract. Picture. (BRITAIN-HEALTH-STRIKE)

BRUSSELS: The European commissioner for economic affairs, Pierre Moscovici, gives a press conference on a VAT action plan aimed at fighting fraud. 0930 GMT. Picture. (EU-TAX-COMPETITION)

PRISTINA: Following the election in February, Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci sworn in as new president at a Kosovo parliament session due at 0900 GMT. Picture. (KOSOVO-POLITICS)


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