Daily News 23 / 10 / 2017

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EU pledges additional €30 million for the Rohingya crisis at Geneva donors’ conference
The European Union is co-hosting today in Geneva a ‘Pledging Conference on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis’. Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides has announced the EU’s contribution of an additional €30 million for the Rohingya communities in Bangladesh. This comes on the top of over €21 million in overall EU assistance already allocated to Rohingya and host communities in both Bangladesh and Myanmar, bringing total EU support for this year to over €51 million. “Today, we stand united for the right cause. The cause of stateless people who have suffered for too long: the Rohingya. The Rohingya deserve nothing less than every other human being in the world. They deserve a future. We have a moral duty to give these people hope. Our humanitarian support will work to provide essentials like water, sanitation, food, healthcare, protection, and education”, said Commissioner Stylianides. Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica said: “Beyond the immediate response, we need to think of long-term solutions for Rohingya and host populations alike. Whilst the focus should remain on creating an enabling environment for safe and dignified voluntary returns of Rohingya to Myanmar, we need to also ensure that local communities, who are already facing enormous challenges, are not left behind and that we provide them medium and long-term development assistance. Any solution has to inevitably include political dialogue with all parties involved.” Commissioner Stylianides will travel to Bangladesh next week to meet with Rohingya refugees and visit EU aid projects in the affected areas.Read the full press release here. (For more information: Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 69140; Christina Wunder – Tel.: +32 229 92256)
 
Commission proposes €5.4 million from Globalisation Fund for former retail workers in Greece and Finland
Today, the European Commission has proposed to provide Greece with €2.9 million euro and Finland with €2.5 million euro from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) following a significant number of redundancies in the Greek and Finnish retail sector. Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, commented: “The retail sector in both Greece and Finland has been hit hard by the economic crisis and changing trade patterns. The proposed support from Europe’s Globalisation Adjustment Fund now aims at helping these redundant workers to adapt their skills and facilitate their transition to new jobs or help them set up their own enterprises.” Greece applied for support from the Globalisation Fund following the dismissal of 725 workers in 9 enterprises operating in the retail sector. The redundancies occurred mainly in the Attica region, but ten other regions have also been affected by the layoffs. The measures co-financed by the Globalisation Fund will help the 725 former retail workers by providing them with occupational guidance and counselling; vocational training; contribution to business start-up; hiring incentives; and job-search and training allowances. Finland, on the other hand, applied for support from the EGF following the dismissal of 1,660 workers in three retail enterprises. Thanks to this financial support, 1,500 Finnish redundant workers will be offered support and guidance to find new jobs, for example through vocational and re-training courses. The proposals now go to the European Parliament and the EU’s Council of Ministers for approval. (For more information: Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094)
 
Publication of latest agri-food trade figures: high performance of EU agri-food exports continues
Published today by the European Commission, the latest monthly trade report shows that European agri-food exports remain strong for August 2017 further increasing the trade balance to €2.4 billion. The European agri-food exports rose to €11.5 billion in August 2017, an 8% increase compared to July 2017. Highest increases of monthly exports were again towards Russia and the USA, with respectively an added €153 million and €108 million compared to 2016. By sector, exports of wine and vermouth and milk powders have increased the most with respectively an extra €130 million and an added €123 million compared to last year. EU agri-food imports have also increased by 4% compared to the same time last year, resulting in a surplus of €2.4 billion in the agri-food trade balance.This month’s report focuses on agri-food trade with Russia. After an initial drop, both in banned products and non-banned products, EU exports of non-banned products to Russia resumed growth and reached € 6 299 million in the period September 2016 to August 2017, which represents an increase in value by 14% compared to the previous period. This brings back Russia now to be the 4th biggest export destination for EU agri-food products, just before Japan. The full report is online. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: + 32 229 56185; Clémence Robin – Tel.: +32 229 52509)
 
Ahead of Commissioners’ participation in Council discussion on Digital Single Market: Commission publishes new study to support 5G roll-out
Ahead of tomorrow’s Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council that will concentrate on most pertinent Digital Single Market issues, the Commission published today the latest study on spectrum assignments that will support the EU’s work towards successful 5G deployment. The results affirm that licence duration and auction prices influence investments in better network coverage. For example, there is a tendency for higher investment levels in countries that have awarded longer licences. There is additionally evidence that high spectrum prices can be associated with lower 4G availability. These findings will provide supplementary input to the ongoing negotiations with the European Parliament and the Council on the Commission’s proposal for new EU telecoms rules – the European Electronic Communications Code. Tomorrow’s Council meeting in Luxembourg aims to accelerate progress on the Digital Single Market legislative files, in particular on spectrum and 5G deployment. Additionally, the Ministers hold a follow-up debate on cybersecurity following the European Council conclusions, the Tallinn Digital Summit and the Commission’s proposals to scale up the EU’s response to cyber-attacks. For the Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip, Commissioner Julian King in charge of Security Union, as well as Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel will participate. The European Electronic Communications Code is crucial for creating the Digital Single Market, as it will boost investments in high-speed and quality networks. It provides the necessary basis for the 5G roll-out at the same time all across the EU. Read more about the topic in the proposal from 2016. Further details on the spectrum assignments study can be found here. Spectrum factsheet will be available soon here. Overview factsheets on the Digital Single Market can be found here: state of play, timeline, cybersecurity. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698)
 
Commission publishes report and its proposal on sustainable development following the latest negotiating round with Mercosur
The Commission’s report from the latest round of trade negotiations between the European Union and Mercosur – the block including Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay – is now online. The Commission has also made available online its negotiating proposal on the enforcement of the trade and sustainable development chapter. Both publications come as part of the Commission’s commitment to a more transparent trade policy. Other EU negotiating proposals for an agreement with Mercosur are available here. During the round held between 2 and 6 October, all issues were covered and talks advanced in a number of areas. The round report includes details on all of them, including trade in goods and services, technical barriers to trade, government procurement, as well as intellectual property rights (including geographical indications). As regards market access, the EU fulfilled now its commitment by putting on the table the remaining elements of its market access offer in time with a view to reaching a political agreement by the end of the year. This is a well-calibrated offer that takes into account Europe’s agricultural sensitivities. The EU remains committed to reaching a comprehensive, balanced and ambitious trade agreement with Mercosur. Both sides agreed to hold the next round in Brasilia from 6 to 10 November. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: +32 229 56185; Kinga Malinowska – Tel: +32 229 51383)
 
Citizens’ Initiative: Commission receives organisers of ‘Stop Glyphosate’ Initiative 
This morning, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner for Health & Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis received the organisers of the ‘Stop Glyphosate’ European Citizens’ Initiative, after they collected and submitted to the Commission over 1 million signatures in support of their Initiative.  This is the 4th successful European Citizens’ Initiative so far. The ‘Stop Glyphosate’ Initiative calls on the European Commission “to propose to member states a ban on glyphosate, to reform the pesticide approval procedure, and to set EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use”. In line with the Citizens’ Initiative regulation, the Commission has invited the organisers to Brussels to present their ideas in more depth. A public hearing will also be arranged in the European Parliament to allow all stakeholders to present their views, and then the Commission will decide, within 3 months of submission of the Initiative (on Friday 6 October 2017), whether to act by proposing legislation, act in some other way to achieve the goals of the Initiative, or not act at all; all three options are possible under Article 11(4) of the Treaty of the European Union. In all cases, the Commission will present a Communication explaining its reasoning. The European Citizens’ Initiative is a valuable tool in the hands of citizens, and allows them to contribute to shaping EU law and policy. The Commission recently presented a proposed reform of the Citizens’ Initiative Regulation, to make the tool even more accessible to citizens and to encourage its wider use. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Anca Paduraru – Tel.: +32 229 91269; Tim McPhie – Tel.: +32 229 58602; Aikaterini Apostola – Tel.: +32 229 87624)

Maritime Transport: passenger ships will be safer thanks to the EU
The European Commission welcomes the final adoption of a number of legal texts to simplify and improve passenger ship safety rules by the Council of the EU today. Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: “The adoption of these new safety rules is an important deliverable in our EU maritime year. At times when citizens expect the European Union to protect them, we are sending a clear message: your safety is our priority.” The adopted package ensures that the passenger ship safety rules are clear, proportionate and deliver a common level of safety for EU citizens. For example, once fully implemented by Member States, all competent authorities will have immediate access to passenger data in case of emergency and all passenger ships longer than 24 meters made of steel and aluminium will be built according to common European safety standards. The adopted package is a result of proposals made by the European Commission in June 2016, following recommendations made within the Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) Programme. The new rules will enter into force 20 days after the publication in the Official Journal. More information is available here. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172; Alexis Perier – Tel.: +32 229 6 91 43)
 
EU announces €106 million support package for people affected by the crises in Sudan
The European Commission has announced a €106 million support package – €46 million in humanitarian assistance and €60 million for development – to directly assist people in Sudan affected by forced displacement, undernutrition, disease outbreaks and recurrent extreme climatic conditions. Some 4.8 million people in Sudan currently need urgent assistance. The announcement comes as Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides is currently in Sudan, visiting EU humanitarian aid projects in South Darfur. “Here in Sudan the humanitarian situation continues to be critical. Millions have been displaced for many years in Darfur. Our new EU funding is crucial to respond to the needs of the increasing numbers of refugees, notably from South Sudan, and internally displaced people, as well as of the hosting communities. The humanitarian aid I am announcing today will help bring life-saving relief to the most vulnerable populations. Full humanitarian access throughout the country is crucial so that humanitarian workers can deliver aid safely to those in need”, said Commissioner Stylianides. Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica said: “The European Union is committed to directly support the people of Sudan. Our new development aid will boost our ongoing efforts through the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. It addresses the needs of the most vulnerable Sudanese communities and offer livelihood opportunities, by better linking the EU’s humanitarian and development work in Sudan”. The full press release is available here. (For more information: Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 69140; Christina Wunder – Tel.: +32 229 92256)

Commission warns Vietnam over insufficient action to fight illegal fishing
The Commission is continuing its fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing worldwide by warning Vietnam, with a “yellow card”, about the risk of it being identified as a non-cooperating country. Today’s decision highlights that Vietnam is not doing enough to fight illegal fishing, due to the lack of an effective sanctioning system to deter IUU fishing activities and the lack of action to address illegal fishing activities conducted by Vietnamese vessels in waters of neighbouring countries, including Pacific Small Island Developing States. Furthermore, Vietnam has a poor system to control landings of fish that is processed locally before being exported to international markets, including the EU. Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, said: “With this action today we demonstrate our firm commitment to fight illegal fishing globally. We cannot ignore the impact that illegal activities conducted by Vietnamese vessels are having on marine ecosystems in the Pacific. We invite the Vietnamese authorities to step up their fight so we can reverse this decision quickly. We are offering them our technical support.” The decision does not, at this stage, entail any measures affecting trade. The “yellow card” is considered as a warning and offers the possibility for Vietnam to take measures to rectify the situation within a reasonable timeframe. To this end the Commission has proposed an action plan to support the country in addressing the identified shortcomings. A press release is available here. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: + 32 229 56172; Iris Petsa – Tel.: +32 229 93321)

La Commission approuve trois nouvelles indications géographiques de Croatie, Danemark et France
La Commission européenne a approuvé la demande d’inscription de trois nouveaux produits dans le registre des indications géographiques: le «Danbo» (IGP), le «Kintoa» (AOP) et le «Varaždinsko zelje» (AOP). Provenant du Danemark, le Danbo est un fromage affiné à pâte demi-dure élaboré à base de lait de vache. L’appellation Danbo est une combinaison des deux noms danois Dan et Bo. Etymologiquement, Dan est le dérivé scandinave de Danerne, nom désignant le peuple des Danois, tandis que Bo signifie «l’habitant». Le nom Danbo est ainsi l’appellation historique d’un habitant du Danemark. Le Kintoa provient de France et plus particulièrement du Pays basque français. Il s’agit d’une viande de porc issue de la race «Pie noir du Pays basque». Le terme Kintoa trouve son origine dans ce qu’on appelait le droit de quinta: depuis le XIIIème siècle, les rois de Navarre autorisaient les éleveurs de porcs à les emmener en transhumance dans les montagnes royales de Navarre et en échange, ils prélevaient un porc sur cinq, d’où le nom donné à ce droit (quinta).  Enfin, le Varaždinsko zelje est un chou de Croatie cultivé dans le département de Varaždin au nord du pays. Les membres de la famille, toutes générations confondues, participent à la récolte et se transmettent ainsi l’expérience et le savoir-faire nécessaires pour effectuer la récolte manuelle du produit. Ces trois appellations vont rejoindre plus de 1405 produits déjà protégés dont la liste est disponible dans la base de données DOOR. Pour plus d’informations, voir aussi les pages sur la politique de qualité. (Pour plus d’information: Daniel Rosario – Tel: +32 2 29 56185; Clémence Robin – Tel: +32 229 52 509)

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of legal support service firm CPA by LGP
The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of CPA Global Group (CPA) of the UK by Leonard Green & Partner, L.P. (LGP) of the US. CPA is active in the legal support services sector, more specifically in patent renewal and related services. LGP is a private equity investment firm, which primarily focuses on companies providing services, including consumer, business and healthcare services, as well as retail. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns because the companies are not active on the same or related markets. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8650. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Sarantopoulou – Tel.: +32 229 13740)

Eurostat: Transmission des données du déficit et de la dette pour 2016 – 2ème notification, déficit public de la zone euro et de l’UE28 respectivement de 1,5% et 1,7% du PIB, dette publique à 88,9% et 83,2%
Le déficit ainsi que la dette publique se sont réduits en termes relatifs en 2016 par rapport à 2015, tant dans la zone euro (ZE19) que dans l’UE28. Le ratio du déficit public par rapport au PIB a baissé dans la zone euro, passant de 2,1% en 2015 à 1,5% en 2016, ainsi que dans l’UE28, de 2,4% à 1,7%. Le ratio de la dette publique par rapport au PIB a reculé dans la zone euro, passant de 89,9% à la fin de l’année 2015 à 88,9% à la fin de l’année 2016, ainsi que dans l’UE28, de 84,5% à 83,2%. Dans ce communiqué de presse, Eurostat, l’office statistique de l’Union européenne, fournit les données relatives au déficit et à la dette des administrations publiques, sur la base des chiffres déclarés par les États membres lors de la deuxième notification de 2017 pour les années 2013 à 2016, dans le cadre de l’application de la procédure concernant les déficits excessifs (PDE). Cette notification est fondée sur le système des comptes nationaux SEC 2010. Ce communiqué de presse inclut également des données sur les dépenses et recettes des administrations publiques. Le communiqué EUROSTAT est disponible en ligne. (Pour plus d’informations: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153)
 
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Vice-President Šefčovič in Luxembourg for second Energy Union Tour
On Monday 23 October, Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič will be in Luxembourg for the second Energy Union Tour. The Vice-President will meet Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy Etienne Schneider as well as the Minister for the Environment and Climate Carole Dieschbourg. Vice-President Šefčovič will promote the different components of the Energy Union stressing the need for investment in the clean energy transition which is at the heart of the Clean Energy for All Europeans proposals. Further he will call on the Luxembourgish authorities to use its forward-looking “Third Industrial Revolution” Strategy and its new “Climate Pact” to meet the goals of the Energy Union. The Vice-President will also visit the LuxÉnergie biomass co-generation plant. Ahead of his visit, Vice-President Šefčovič said: “Luxembourg is making good progress towards its 2020 climate and energy targets, as its emissions decreased by 16 percent between 2005 and 2016. I believe that the recently adopted “Climate Pact” between the state and municipalities is an excellent way forward and even a model for others. Local involvement and leadership is vital for our success in this area.” information on the 2017 Energy Union tour are available here. More information on the Energy Union is available here. More information on the Commission’s website here (For more information: Anca Paduraru – Tel.: +32 229 91269; Nicole Bockstaller – Tel.:+32 229 52589)
 
Vice-President Jyrki Katainen in Facebook live chat
European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, will participate today Monday 23 October at 15.00 CET in a Facebook live chat on “Trade and the Global Economy” on the European Commission’s Facebook page. Following the State of the Union speech by President Jean-Claude Juncker, the Commission unveiled in September a progressive and ambitious trade package. Vice-President Jyrki Katainen said: “Global trade needs to be proactively shaped and managed to ensure it is fair, projects values and remains firmly anchored in a rules-based system. With the rising threat of protectionism and weakened commitment of large players to global trade governance, the EU must step up to take the lead. Our approach is balanced and responsible: we open markets, but we also set high rules and standards to govern globalisation, and we make sure there is a level playing-field. Trade enables EU’s industry to thrive, it creates opportunities for SMEs to export and allows them to create jobs.” (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: +32 229 56185; Kinga Malinowska – Tel: +32 229 51383)
 

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Déplacements et visites

Lundi 25 septembre 2017

General Affairs Council (GAC), in Brussels

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives the members of the European Affairs Committee of the Dutch Senate.

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Ms Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs of France.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Turin, Italy (until 26/09): participates in the G7 ICT and industry.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Tournai, Belgium: on Energy Union Tour: meets Ms Marie-Christine Marghem, Federal Minister for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development of Belgium; attends a presentation about and visits the EU-funded project Centre Terre et Pierre’; meets Mr Vincent Van Quickenborne, Mayor of Kortrijk; and attends a presentation of smart cities projects in the City of Kortrijk.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Henrique de Campos Meirelles, Minister for Finance of Brazil.

Mr Günther H. Oettinger receives Mr Sandro Gozi, Secretary of State for European Affairs of Italy.

Mr Günther H. Oettinger hosts ‘The future of EU finances’ conference, at which Ms Corina Creţu and Ms Mariya Gabriel deliver keynote speeches,in Brussels.

Ms Cecilia Malmström inLuxembourg: meets Mr Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg; Mr Jean Asselborn, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg; representatives of Trade Unions; representatives of employers’ federations; and participates in a conference on ‘The Future of free trade – Globalisation reloaded’.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Georgios Katrougalos, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Ms María del Pilar del Olmo Moro, Economic and Budgetary Counsellor in the region of Castilla y Leon, Spain.

Mr Karmenu Vella and Ms Corina Creţu receive Ms Nikolina Angelkova, Minister for Tourism of Bulgaria; Mr Ivaylo Moskovski, Minister for Transport, Information Technology and Communications of Bulgaria; Mr Neno Dimov, Minister for Environment and Water of Bulgaria; and Mr Nikolay Nankov, Minister forRegional Development and Public Works of Bulgaria.

Mr Karmenu Vella receives Mr Mats Harborn, President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

Mr Karmenu Vella receives Mr Stéphane Travert, Minister for Agriculture and Food of France.

Mr Karmenu Vella receives Mr Leo Donovan, CEO of WEEE Ireland; and Mr Joe Attard, CEO of WEEE Malta.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives Mr Stéphane Travert, Minister for Agriculture and Food of France.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives Ms Ilona Kickbusch, Director of Global Health Centre.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives Mr Florian Bodog, Minister for Health of Romania; and Mr Victor Negrescu, Minister-delegate for European Affairs of Romania.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Paris, France: participe à une conférence sur l’avenir de l’Europe organisée par l’École supérieure de commerce de Paris (ESCP Europe).

Mr Phil Hogan receives Mr Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe in the Scottish Parliament.

Mr Phil Hogan meets members of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Mr Mats Harborn, President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives members of the Committee on Security and Justice of the Tweede Kamer (Parliament) of the Netherlands.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Luxembourg: delivers a speech at the 3rd Global Education Industry Summit; and meets Mr Liviu Pop, Minister for National Education and Scientific Research of Romania.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Athens, Greece: meets Mr Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece; delivers the welcome address and keynote speech at Conference on the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area – PRIMA, organised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs of Greece.

Mr Julian King in Cardiff, the United Kingdom: meets Mr Dame Shan Morgan, Permanent Secretary to the Welsh Government; Mr Mark Drakeford, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government in the Welsh Government; and Mr Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure in the Welsh Government; visits the National Cyber Security Academy of the University of South Wales; and the Airbus Research Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Analytics at Cardiff University’s School of Computer Science and Informatics.

Ms Mariya Gabriel receives Ms Monique Goyens, Director-General of The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC); Ms Ursula Pachl, Deputy Director-General of BEUC; and Mr Agustín Reyna, Senior Legal Officer.

Mardi 26 septembre 2017

General Affairs Council (Art. 50), in Brussels

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Claude Wiseler, President of the parliamentary group of the Christian Social People’s Party (CSV) in the Luxemburgish Parliament.

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the Committee of the Regions.

Mr Frans Timmermans,Mr Karmenu Vella andMs Elżbieta Bieńkowska deliver keynote speeches at the Commission’s Stakeholder Conference on Plastic Strategy, in Brussels.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Victor Negrescu, Minister-delegate for European Affairs of Romania.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Tilak Janak Marapana, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Development Assignments of Sri Lanka.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives a group of Azerbaijani religious leaders.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Turin, Italy: meets Mr Manabu Sakai, State Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan; and Mr Daisaku Hiraki, Vice-Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan; and takes part in the G7 Industry/ICT Ministerial Meeting.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the Eurogroup.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a keynote speech at the Helsinki Challenge Global Impact Camp, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen,Mr Tibor Navracsics and Mr Carlos Moedas deliver keynote speeches at the 60th Anniversary/Annual Conference of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) ‘EU4FACTS: Evidence for policy in a post-fact world ‘, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Ilkka Niemelä, President of Aalto University.

Mr Johannes Hahn receivesMr Victor Dolidze, State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Mats Harborn, President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Ramon M. Lopez, Secretary for Trade and Industry of the Philippines.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade of the United Kingdom.

Ms Cecilia Malmström participates at a roundtable on ‘Europe’s Union in Transition: Coping with Change and Diversity’, at the European University Institute, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica delivers opening remarks at the conference ‘Political Empowerment of Women in Africa and in Europe’, in the framework of Africa Week 2017, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica receives Mr Marcel Amon-Tanoh, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Côte d’Ivoire.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Ms Monique Goyens, Director-General of the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC).

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives representatives of several NGOs active in the energy and climate policy area.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis hosts a high-level ministerial meeting on fipronil, with the relevant Ministers from France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Belgium, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis participates in the European Community of Consumer Co-operatives (EuroCoop) 60th Anniversary opening ceremony and gala dinner, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos receives Mr Marc Pierini, Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Europe.

Ms Marianne Thyssen receives Mr Thierry Semey, Director of Syntra Midden-Vlaanderen.

M. Pierre Moscovici reçoit M. Christophe Rouillon, Maire de Coulaines, Rapporteur du document de réflexion sur l’approfondissement de l’Union économique et monétaire à horizon 2025 du Comité européen des régions (CdR), à Bruxelles.

M. Pierre Moscovici participe à un groupe de travail à haut niveau avec des experts économiques du Parti Socialiste Européen, à Bruxelles.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Supervisor General of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre.

Mr Phil Hogan receivesMs Helen McEntee, Minister of State for European Affairs of Ireland.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska receives Mr Mircea-Titus Dobre, Minister for Tourism of Romania.

Ms Vĕra Jourová delivers a keynote speech at ‘Join us, Support me’ conference, held under the auspices of the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics hosts a roundtable discussion with two former Commissioners of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in the framework of the 60th Anniversary/Annual Conference of JRC ‘EU4FACTS: Evidence for policy in a post-fact world’, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics delivers a speech on the occasion of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) House opening event, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics delivers a speech at an Award Ceremony for Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant holders, in Brussels.

Ms Corina Creţu receives Mr Magnus Berntsson, President of the Assembly of European Regions (AER).

Ms Corina Creţu receives Mr Mircea-Titus Dobre, Minister for Tourism of Romania.

Ms Margrethe Vestager delivers a speech at the European Policy Centre (EPC) Breakfast Policy Briefing ‘Ensuring fair competition, locally and globally – The role of EU competition policy’, in Brussels.

Ms Margrethe Vestager delivers a speech at an evening event of the Danish Church, in Brussels.

Ms Mariya Gabriel receives Ms Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director-General of DIGITALEUROPE.

Ms Mariya Gabriel receives Mr Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services of Belgium.

Ms Mariya Gabriel receives Mr Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Ms Mariya Gabriel delivers the opening speech at an event organised by Ms Pilar del Castillo Vera, Member of the European Parliament; and Maria Rosa Gibellini, Director-General of the European Internet Forum, at the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Ms Mariya Gabriel delivers the keynote speech at a high-level dinner ‘The transatlantic digital agenda workshop ― defining a digital social contract’, in Brussels.

Mercredi 27 septembre 2017

College meeting

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Markus Ederer, State Secretary of the German Federal Foreign Office.

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives the 2017 Sparlöwe Award of the Taxpayers Federation of Bavaria (Bund der Steuerzahler Bayern).

Mr Andrus Ansip delivers the closing keynote speech at FT-ETNO Summit 2017: Digital Rulemaking in Times of Change, in Brussels.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bucharest, Romania (until 28/09); on Energy Union Tour: delivers a keynote speech and participates at a roundtable debate at the Aspen Energy Summit; meets Mr Toma-Florin Petcu, Minister for Energy fo Romania; meets representatives of the Energy, Transport, Industry and Services, and European Affairs Committees of the Romanian Parliament; Mr Mihai Tudose, Prime Minister of Romania; visits blocks of flats that have undergone thermal rehabilitation funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the city of Ploiesti; and meets representatives of start-ups and researchers on social innovation for sustainable energy.

Mr Jyrki Katainen, Mr Karmenu Vella, Ms Marianne Thyssen,Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Mr Tibor Navracsics and Ms Mariya Gabriel deliver speeches at ‘A European Strategy to enhance the Competitiveness of the Tourism Industry, a key driver for job creation’ high-level event, organised by Mr Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament and the Intergroup for Tourism Development, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Mats Harborn, President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

Mr Jyrki Katainen attends the opening of the Brussels office of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Mr Jyrki Katainen attends a concert evening in honour of Finland’s centenary at the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, in Brussels

Mr Günther H. Oettinger receives Mr Magnus Berntsson, President of the Assembly of European Regions (AER).

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Ms Jadranka Joksimović, Minister for European Integration of Serbia.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Leif Johansson, Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of AstraZeneca.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Bucharest, Romania (until 28/09): participates in the Central and South-Eastern European Gas Connectivity (CESEC) event.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis delivers a speech at European Prostate Awareness Day (EPAD) 2017, at the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Ms Marianne Thyssen delivers a keynote speech at the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) Conference, in Brussels.

M. Pierre Moscovici reçoit M. Stavros Theodorakis, Député de La Canée et Président de To Potami part politique, à Bruxelles.

M. Pierre Moscovici reçoit M. Georgios Stathakis, Ministre de l’Environnement et de l’Energie de la Grèce.

Pierre Moscovici reçoit M. Alden McLaughlin, Premier ministre des Iles Cayman, Ministre de l’intérieur, de la santé et de la culture; et Mme Tara Rivers, Ministre des Services Financiers et des Affaires Intérieures des Iles Cayman.

M. Pierre Moscovici reçoit la délégation de la Fédération Européenne d’Associations Nationales Travaillant avec les Sans-Abri (FEANTSA) de la France.

Mr Phil Hogan delivers the closing address at the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) conference: ‘European Young Farmers: Building a sustainable sector’, in Brussels.

Mr Phil Hogan receives Mr Mats Harborn, President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

Ms Violeta Bulc in Indonesia (until 29/09): for the Transport Ministers’ Meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Ms Gabriela Matečná, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development of Slovakia.

Ms Vĕra Jourová delivers a keynote speech at the conference ‘</a>Different Quality of products in the Single Market’, organised by the S&D Group at the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Ms Corina Creţu participates in a structured dialogue with the Committee of the Regions (CoR) on the Reflection paper on the future of EU finance, in Brussels.

Ms Margrethe Vestager receives members from the Danish Conservative Peoples’ Party.

Ms Margrethe Vestager receives Mr Augusto Santos Silva, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Portugal.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Turin, Italy (until 28/09): participates in the G7 Science Ministerial Meeting; and in the working dinner.

Mr Julian King in The Hague, the Netherlands: delivers a speech at the 5 Europol-INTERPOL Cybercrime Conference.

Ms Mariya Gabriel delivers a keynote introduction and participates in a panel at FT-ETNO Summit 2017: Digital Rulemaking in Times of Change; and has bilateral meetings with CEOs, in Brussels.

Ms Mariya Gabriel receives Mr Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange.

Jeudi 28 septembre 2017

Informal dinner of the EU heads of state or government on the Future of Europe, in Tallinn

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr David Coburn, Member of the European Parliament.

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda.

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Tallinn, Estonia (until 29/09): attends the informal working dinner ahead of the Digital Summit.

Ms Federica Mogherini in Maastricht, the Netherlands: delivers a keynote speech at the conference ‘Thinking Europe Forward’ on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Treaty of Maastricht.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bucharest, Romania: on Energy Union Tour: delivers a keynote speech and participates in a debate at the Central and South-Eastern European Gas Connectivity (CESEC) event.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava, Slovakia (until 29/09): participates in a debate with the Alumni Club of the Faculty of Law at the University of Bratislava; and exchanges view with students at the event organised by Café Europe on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus program.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Alden McLaughlin, Premier of the Cayman Islands, Minister for Home Affairs, Health and Culture; and Ms Tara Rivers, Minister for Financial Services and Home Affairsof the Cayman Islands.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Suma Chakrabarti, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a keynote speech at the III Energy for Europe Conference, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a speech at the event ‘2017: A turning point for China. An opportunity to promote openness and foreign investment? ‘, organised by BusinessEurope, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Ms Pirkko Mattila, Minister for Social Affairs and Health of Finland; and Mr Jan Vapaavuori, Mayor of Helsinki.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Behgjet Isa Pacolli, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kosovo.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Stockholm, Sweden (until 29/09):meets Ms Ann Linde, Minister for EU Affairs and Trade of Sweden; participates in a meeting at the Swedish Parliament/Riksdag; and in a conference on Japan at Stockholm Business School: ‘We believe in building bridges not walls.’

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Bucharest, Romania: participates in the Central and South-Eastern European Gas Connectivity (CESEC) event.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Geneva, Switzerland (until 29/09): attends the High-Level Segment of the first meeting of the UNEP Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1).

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis and Mr Phil Hogan deliver speeches at at the high-level conference on: ‘Modern Biotechnologies in agriculture – Paving the way for responsible innovation’, hosted by the European Commission, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis delivers opening remarks at an event on labelling of alcoholic beverages, organised by the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Ms Marianne Thyssen receives Ms Pirkko Mattila, Minister for Social Affairs and Health of Finland.

Ms Marianne Thyssen in Leuven, Belgium:delivers a keynote speech at the High-Level Conference on Social Dimension of the EU.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Stockholm, Suède: rencontre Mme Magdalena Andersson, Ministre des Finances de la Suède; et M. Stefan Ingves, Gouverneur de la Banque Centrale de la Suède; participe à un séminaire sur l’approfondissement de l’Union Economique et Monétaire organisé par The Centre for Business and Policy Studies; à une réunion à haut niveau sur l’approfondissement de l’UEM organisée par la représentation de la Commission européenne; visite le centre pour migrants de Fryshuset; et rencontre membres des commissions des Finances, Affaires européennes et Fiscalité du Parlement suédois.

Mr Phil Hogan delivers a speech at the European Policy Centre (EPC) Dialogue on: ‘Water and agriculture in Europe – Time for an integrated approach’, in Brussels.

Mr Phil Hogan receives representatives from the European Union Academy of Agriculture (UEAA).

Ms Violeta Bulc in Indonesia: for the Transport Ministers’ Meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Poland (until 29/09): participates in aCitizens’ dialogue, in Szczecin.

Ms Vĕra Jourová delivers a keynote speech at the release of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s Consumer Public Opinion Poll on European Collective Redress and Third Party Litigation Funding, in Brussels.

Ms Vĕra Jourová delivers a keynote speech at the Business Circle Luncheon, organised by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg, in Brussels.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Mr Sotir Tsatsarov, Prosecutor General of Bulgaria.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Belgrade, Serbia, delivers opening remarks at the Western Balkans Platforms on Education and Training’s conference and participates in panel debates during the conference.

Ms Corina Creţu receives Mr Kostas Bakoyannis, Governor of the Region of Central Greece.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Turin, Italy: participates in the G7 Science Ministerial Meeting.

M. Julian King à Nice, France: participe au Dialogue citoyen; et à la Conférence Euro-Méditerranéenne des Villes sur la Prévention de la Radicalisation.

Vendredi 29 septembre 2017

Digital Summit, in Tallinn

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Tallinn, Estonia: participates in the Digital Summit, hosted by the Estonian Presidency of the Council.

Mr Frans Timmermans in Riga, Latvia (until 30/09): holds a Citizens’ dialogue on the future of Europe; meets Mr Raimonds Vējonis, President of Latvia; Ms Inese Lībiņa-Egnere, Deputy Speaker of the Saeima (Latvian Parliament); and business leaders.

Ms Federica Mogherini and Mr Christos Stylianides: host the Informal Ministerial Meeting with Foreign Ministers of the Member States (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda) of the Inter-governmental Authority for Development (IGAD), in Brussels.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Behgjet Isa Pacolli, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kosovo.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava, Slovakia: attends the opening of the InnoEnergy Hub; a meeting of Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant holders; the official opening of the Festival of Science – Researchers Night 2017; and participates in a debate on the Future of Jobs.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Riga, Latvia: meets Mr Arvils Ašeradens, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Economics of Latvia; and participates in discussions at the Rīga Conference 2017.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Olavi Huhtala, Head and Executive Vice-President of SSAB Europe; and Mr Roeland Baan, President and CEO of Outokumpu.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Antti Rinne, Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Finland; and members of the board.

Mr Günther H. Oettinger pays an official visit to Belgium: meets Mr Johan Van Overtveldt, Federal Minister for Finance of Belgium; Mr Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs; visits the Federal Parliament; and meets members of the bi-cameral Federal Advisory Committee for European Affairs and the Committee for Finances.

Mr Johannes Hahn in Vienna, Austria: meets Mr Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Stockholm, Sweden:participates in a Citizens’ dialogue on Globalisation: ‘Protectionism does not protect’; and delivers a keynote speech at the European Dairy Association (EDA) Annual Convention: ‘Global Trade for Global Dairy’.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Geneva, Switzerland: attends the High-Level Segment of the first meeting of the UNEP Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1).

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Rome, Italy: meets Mr José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of United Nations (FAO), and signs a letter of intent to strengthen EU-FAO cooperation in the areas of food waste and antimicrobial resistance; and meets Ms Beatrice Lorezin, Minister for Health of Italy.

Ms Marianne Thyssen in Turin, Italy (until 30/09): participates in G7 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Copenhague, Danemark: rencontre M. Karsten Lauritzen, Ministre en charge de la fiscalité de Danemark; prononce un discours à la conférence Copenhagen EU Tax Law organisée par Kromann Reumert and The Amsterdam Centre for Tax Law; rencontre les membres des commissions des Finances, Affaires européennes et Fiscalité du Parlement danois; le gouverneur de la banque centrale danoise; et participe à une échange sur le future de la fiscalité européenne organisé par le Think-Thank Europa.

Mr Phil Hogan in London, the United Kingdom: meets Mr Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom.

Ms Violeta Bulc in Jakarta, Indonesia: meets Mr Budi Karya Sumadi, Minister for Transportation of Indonesia; Mr Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs; delivers a keynote speech at an event on sustainable transport organised by the Delegation of the European Union in Indonesia.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Sopot, Poland: participates in aCitizens’ dialogue.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Budapest, Hungary: delivers a speech at an European Days of Sports event; and a speech on the occasion of the inauguration of St Michael’s statue of Hungary.

Samedi 30 septembre 2017

Mr Frans Timmermans in Riga, Latvia: meets representatives of the Latvian Jewish Community; and Mr Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Latvia; and participates in the international Riga Conference 2017 as a panel speaker on Political and Economic Consequences of Populism in Europe.

Ms Marianne Thyssen in Turin, Italy: participates in the G7 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting; meets members of ILO Commission on the Future of Work; participates in the Third Working Session on Strengthening Social Infrastructure to Ensure a Sustainable and Inclusive Process of Change; and attends the Closing Session and Approval of the Ministerial Declaration.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Paris, France: intervient devant le Comité pour les relations nationales et internationales des Associations de Jeunesse et d’Education Populaire (CNAJEP).

Prévisions du mois d’octobre:

02-05/10 European Parliament plenary session, in Strasbourg.

09/10 Eurogroup, in Luxembourg.

09-10/10 Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH), in Luxembourg.

10/10 Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN), in Luxembourg.

12-13/10 Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA), in Luxembourg.

13/10 Environment Council (ENVI), in Luxembourg.

16/10 Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), in Luxembourg.

17/10 General Affairs Council (GAC), in Luxembourg.

17/10 General Affairs Council (Art. 50), in Luxembourg.

17/10 Competitiveness Council (COMPET), in Luxembourg.

18/10 Tripartite Social Summit, in Brussels.

19-20/10 European Council, in Brussels.

23/10 Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO), in Luxembourg.

23-26/10 European Parliament plenary session, in Strasbourg.

24/10 Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE), in Luxembourg.

Prévisons du mois de novembre:

06/11 Eurogroup, in Brussels.

06-07/11 Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH), in Brussels.

07/11 Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN), in Brussels.

09/11 Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA), in Brussels.

10/11 Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), in Brussels.

13-14/11 Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), in Brussels.

13-16/11 European Parliament plenary session, in Strasbourg.

15/11 General Affairs Council (GAC), in Brussels.

17/11 Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN), in Brussels.

17/11 Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth, in Gothenburg.

20/11 General Affairs Council (GAC), in Brussels.

20-21/11 Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council (EYCS), in Brussels.

24/11 Eastern Partnership summit, in Brussels.

27/11 Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), in Brussels.

29-30/11 European Parliament plenary session, in Brussels.

30/11 – 01/12 Competitiveness Council (COMPET), in Brussels.

Prévisions du mois de décembre:

30/11 – 01/12 Competitiveness Council (COMPET), in Brussels.

04/12 Eurogroup, in Brussels.

04-05/12 Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE), in Brussels.

05/12 Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN), in Brussels.

07-08/12 Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA), in Brussels.

07-08/12 Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO), in Brussels.

11/12 Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), in Brussels.

11-12/12 Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH), in Brussels.

11-14/12 European Parliament plenary session, in Strasbourg.

12/12 General Affairs Council (GAC), in Brussels.

12/12 General Affairs Council (Art. 50), in Brussels

14-15/12 European Council, in Brussels.

18/12 Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE), in Brussels.

19/12 Environment Council (ENVI), in Brussels.

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CALENDRIER du 16 janvier au 22 janvier 2017

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

 

Lundi 16 janvier 2017

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Joseph Daul, President of the European People’s Party (EPP); and Mr Manfred Weber, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament.

Ms Federica Mogherini chairs the Foreign Affairs Council.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Teodor Meleșcanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Angelino Alfano, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Daniel Mitov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Timo Soini, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Mr Neven Mimica in Zagreb, Croatia: for the 25th anniversary of international recognition of Croatia’s independence.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Paris, France: attends a dinner hosted byMs Marisol Touraine, Minister of Social Affairs and Health of France, ahead of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Health Ministerial Meeting.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos in Paris, France: meets Mr Bernard Cazeneuve, Prime Minister of France; Mr Bruno Le Roux, Minister of the Interior of France; and Mr Gérard Larcher, President of the French Senate; and attends the “Youth and Leaders Summit 2017” at Sciences Po.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Filippo Lombardi, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Migration of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly.

Ms Vĕra Jourová in Vienna, Austria: meets Mr Wolfgang Brandstetter, Minister of Justice of Austria; and representatives of the Public Prosecutors Office for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption of Austria.

Ms Vĕra Jourová in Eggenburg, Austria: visits a reception centre for refugee children.

 

Mardi 17 janvier 2017

College meeting

Mr Frans Timmermans in Davos, Switzerland (until 20/01): participates in the 2017 World Economic Forum; and meets Mr Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

Ms Vĕra Jourová in Bratislava, Slovakia: meets Ms Lucia Žitňanská, Minister of Justice of the Slovak Republic.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Strasbourg, France: meets Mr Loránt Vincze, President of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN).

 

Mercredi 18 janvier 2017

President Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the plenary of the European Parliament on the start of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in Strasbourg.

Mr Frans Timmermans in Davos, Switzerland: meets Mr Johann Schneider-Ammann, Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) of Switzerland; Mr Dick Boer, President and CEO of Ahold Delhaize; Mr Frans Muller, Deputy CEO and Chief Integration Officer of Ahold Delhaize; and Mr Michael Rake, Chairman of BT Group plc.

Ms Federica Mogherini in Davos, Switzerland (until 20/01): participates in the 2017 World Economic Forum.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Davos, Switzerland (until 19/01): participates in the 2017 World Economic Forum; meets Mr Alain Berset, Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA) of Switzerland; Ms Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM; Mr Joseph Jimenez, CEO of Novartis; Mr Dick Boer, President and CEO of Ahold Delhaize; Mr Johan Dennelind, CEO of Telia Company; Ms Sheryl Sandberg, CEO of Facebook; and Ms Brigitte Mohn, Member of the Executive Board of Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Davos, Switzerland (until 20/01): participates in the 2017 World Economic Forum; attends a roundtable discussion on “Unleashing the Power of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the Electricity System”; attends the “Governors Policy Meeting for Infrastructure and Urban Development”; attends a session on “Energy System Security and Resilience”; meets Mr Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway; Ms Doris Leuthard, President of the Swiss Confederation and Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC); Ms Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris; and Mr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the  International Energy Agency.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Davos, Switzerland (until 20/01): participates in the 2017 World Economic Forum; meets Mr Douglas Peterson, President and CEO of S&P Global; Mr Nicolas Huss, CEO of Visa Europe Limited; Mr Timothy Adams, President and CEO of Institute of International Finance; Mr Peter Beshar, Executive Vice-President and General Counsel of Marsh & McLennan Companies; and Mr José Viñals, Chairman of Standard Chartered PLC.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Davos, Switzerland (until 20/01): participates in the 2017 World Economic Forum; in a lunch with representatives of Clooney Foundation for Justice Association; and attends the “FDI: Rhetoric & Reality” session.

Mr Pierre Moscovici in Davos, Switzerland (until 20/01): participates in the 2017 World Economic Forum; attends the “The European Disunion” session.

Ms Violeta Bulc in Davos, Switzerland (until 20/01): participates in the 2017 World Economic Forum; participates in sessions on “Future of Urban and Autonomous Mobility” and “Envisioning the Future of Travel”.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Madrid, Spain (until 19/01): meets Mr Taleb Rifai, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General; delivers opening speeches at official Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 and LGBT Tourism Awards Fitur Gay; and attends the 13th UNWTO Awards dinner. 

Ms Vĕra Jourová in Prague, Czech Republic: delivers a speech at the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic on the Commission Work Programme 2017.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Davos, Switzerland (until 19/01): participates in the 2017 World Economic Forum; attends a lunch with representatives of Clooney Foundation for Justice Association; participates in the “Safe Havens for Heritage in Wartime: Cultural Leadership in a Dangerous World” event; attends the Open Forum on “New Models for Europe“; and meets Mr Marco Comastri, President of CA Technologies Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Mr Carlos Moedas in Davos, Switzerland (until 20/01): participates in the 2017 World Economic Forum; attends the panel on “Smart Cities – Smart Nations”; the session on “Europe Roundtable: Fostering Inclusion and Competitiveness”; takes part in a discussion on “Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance: Incentive Mechanisms and Public-Private Sector Collaboration”; meets Mr Johann Schneider-Ammann, Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) of Switzerland; Mr Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft; Mr Carlo Ratti, Director of MIT Senseable City Lab; and Mr W. Lee Howell, Head of Global Programming and Member of the Managing Board of World Economic Forum Geneva.

Jeudi 19 janvier 2017

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Jacques Santer, former President of the European Commission.

President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a speech at the annual reception of the Academy of European Law (ERA), in Brussels.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Davos, Switzerland: participates in the 2017 World Economic Forum; meets Mr Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO of AT&T; Mr Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum; and participates in the session on “New realities: a new Europe?”.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Davos, Switzerland: attends a roundtable discussion on “Partnering to Accelerate Sustainable Energy Innovation”; and the session on “New Realities: A New Europe?”.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Davos, Switzerland: participates in the session on “Taxation without Borders: A Fair Share from Multinationals”.

Mr Johannes Hahn in Davos, Switzerland (until 20/01): participates in the 2017 World Economic Forum.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Adam Posen, President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics; and Ms Ulla Karvo, Director of the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Davos, Switzerland: participates in the sessions on “Women in Parliaments Global Forum and the Council of Women World Leaders”; attends a meeting with Mr Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum; and sessions on “New realities: a new Europe?”, “International Trade and Investment Stewards” and “Protectionism – back to the future?”.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Athens, Greece: meets Mr Georgios Stathakis, Minister of Environment and Energy of Greece.

Mr Karmenu Vella receives Ms Clarissa Morawski, Co-founder and Managing Director of Reloop Platform.

Mr Karmenu Vella receives Mr José Fiscal, Regional Minister for Environment and Land Planning of the Andalusia Regional Government.

Mr Karmenu Vella receives Mr Michel Goujon, Managing Director of the Organisation of Producers of Frozen and Deep-frozen Tuna (ORTHONGEL); Mr Julio Morón, Managing Director of Organisation of Associated producers of Large Tuna Freezers and Association of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC/AGAC); and Mr Juan Pablo Rodríguez-Sahagún, Managing Director of the Spanish National Association of Tuna Freezer Vessels Ship-Owners (ANABAC).

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Berlin, Germany (until 20/01): meets Ms Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany; Mr Blairo Maggi, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply of Brazil; Mr Taras Kutovyy, Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine; representatives of the Committee on Health of the German Parliament; participates in a Citizens’ Dialogue “60 years after the Treaties of Rome: What constitutes our European community today?”; and participates in International Green Week Berlin 2017.

Ms Marianne Thyssen receives Mr Uwe Combüchen, Director-General of the Council of European Employers of the Metal, Engineering and Technology-based industries (CEEMET).

Ms Marianne Thyssen receives Mr Juan Antonio Pedreño Frutos, President of Social Economy Europe (SEE).

Mr Phil Hogan in Berlin, Germany (until 22/01): attends the launch of “Agriculture 4.0” Whitepaper of Agricultural Machinery in Europe (CEMA); and delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of International Green Week Berlin 2017.

Ms Violeta Bulc in Davos, Switzerland: participates in the session on “Power of Platforms”; participates in the multilateral EU-KSC meeting between representatives of the EU institutions and Mr Klaus Schwab; takes part in the Boardroom Discussion “Mobility System Stewards Meeting”

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Madrid, Spain: meets Mr Álvaro Nadal, Minister of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda of Spain and Mr Luis de Guindos Jurado, Minister of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain.

Ms Vĕra Jourová in Prague, Czech Republic: meets Mr Jan Chvojka, Minister of Human Rights, Equal Opportunities and Legislation of Czech Republic; and participates in a roundtable exchange of views with stakeholders.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Davos, Switzerland: participates in the Stewardship Board of the World Economic Forum System Initiative on “Shaping the Future of Information and Entertainment”; attends a meeting with Mr Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum; attends the “New Realities: A New Europe?” session and the “Deciphering Human Decision-Making with the University of Oxford” event.

Ms Corina Creţu in Bucharest, Romania (until 20/01): meets Mr Sorin Grindeanu, Prime Minister of Romania; Ms Sevil Shhaideh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds of Romania; and Ms Mihaela Virginia Toader, Minister-Delegate of European Funds of Romania.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Davos, Switzerland: takes part in the workshop on “Technology Pioneers Partners Workshop on Culture, Innovation & Collaboration” and in the “New Realities: A New Europe?” session.

Mr Pierre Moscovici in Davos, Switzerland: takes part in the Informal Gathering of World Economic Leaders (IGWEL) on “Structural Reforms for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth”.

Mr Julian King meets Mr Jan Jambon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Security and the Interior of Belgium, in charge of the Buildings Agency, in Brussels.

Vendredi 20 janvier 2017

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Serge Telle, Minister of State of the Principality of Monaco.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Davos, Switzerland: attends the Informal Gathering of World Economic Leaders (IGWEL) on “Agile Governance for the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Davos, Switzerland: meets Mr Ueli Maurer, Head of the Federal Department of Finance of Switzerland; and Mr Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former President of Estonia.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Steven Maijoor, Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA); Mr Andrea Enria, the first Chairperson of the European Banking Authority (EBA); and Ms Paula Lehtomäki, Mr Jari Partanen, Mr Samuli Virtanen and Mr Risto Artjoki, the State Secretaries of the Finnish Government.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Davos, Switzerland: co-hosts, with Mr François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade of Canada, a ministerial-level breakfast discussion on “Working towards a multilateral investment court”; and participates in an informal meeting on World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Athens, Greece: addresses the Special Standing Committee on European Affairs, the Standing Committee on Production and Trade and the Special Permanent Committee on Environmental Protection of the Hellenic Parliament.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Berlin, Germany: meets Mr Hermann Gröhe, Federal Minister of Health of Germany; and participates in a Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisations (COPA) and General Committee for Agricultural Cooperation in the European Union (COGECA) seminar organised in the framework of the International Green Week Berlin 2017.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Jamie McGoldrick, United Nations Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for the Republic of Yemen.

Mr Phil Hogan in Berlin, Germany (until 22/01): attends the International Green Week Berlin 2017; meets Mr Olaf Tschimpke, President of the German Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU); participates in the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) High Level Panel on “Food security and water management”; and hosts a debate with Mr Christian Schmidt, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture of Germany on the “Cork 2.0 Declaration – From Reflection to Action”.

Ms Violeta Bulc in Davos, Switzerland: takes part in the “Digital Transformation Initiative: Platform Economy” workshop.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Budapest, Hungary: meets Mr Miklós Király, Dean of the Faculty of Law at Eötvös Loránd University.

Ms Corina Creţu in Bucharest, Romania: meets Mr Teodor Meleșcanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania; Ms Ana Birchall, Minister Delegate for European Affairs of Romania; and Mr Pavel Năstase, Minister of National Education of Romania.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Davos, Switzerland: participates in the Informal Gathering of World Economic Leaders (IGWEL) on “Agile Governance for the Fourth Industrial Revolution”; and in the “Breaking through the Unknown” session.

Mr Pierre Moscovici in Davos, Switzerland: takes part in the “New Realities: a New Europe?” session.

M. Julian King à Paris, France: rencontre M. Bruno Le Roux, Ministre de l’Intérieur de la République française; et visite le centre de lutte contre les criminalités numériques (C3N)du Service Central du renseignement criminel (SCRC) de la gendarmerie nationale.

 

Samedi 21 janvier 2017

Mr Karmenu Vella in Essen, Germany: participates in the European Green Capital (EGC) Handover Ceremony 2017 and Essen’s official Opening Ceremony, marking the official start of Essen’s year as European Green Capital 2017.

Mr Phil Hogan in Berlin, Germany (until 22/01): participates in the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) 9th Berlin Agricultural Ministers’ Conference; meets Mr Joachim Rukwied, President of the German Farmers Association (DBV); Mr Barnaby Joyce, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources of Australia; and Mr José Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa, Secretary of Agriculture of Mexico.

 

Dimanche 22 janvier 2017

Mr Phil Hogan in Berlin, Germany: participates in the G20 Agricultural Ministers Meeting.  

Prévisions du mois de janvier:

16/01 Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), in Brussels.

16-19/01 European Parliament Plenary session, in Strasbourg.

17-20/01 World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland.

23/01 Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH), in Brussels.

23-24/01 Informal General Affairs Council (GAC), in Valletta, Malta.

26-27/01 Informal Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA), in Valletta, Malta.

26/01 Eurogroup, in Brussels.

27/01 Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN), in Brussels.

 

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CALENDRIER du 28 novembre au 4 décembre 2016

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

Lundi 28 novembre

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Jürgen Linden, Chairman of the Charlemagne Prize Board of Directors; and Mr Marcel Philipp, Mayor of Aachen, Germany.

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Pavel Filip, Prime Minister of Moldova.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Mr Frans Timmermans receives a delegation of “Operazione Colomba“, the Nonviolent Peace Corps of the Pope John XXIII Community.

Mr Frans Timmermans speaks at the 15th Anniversary of the International Press Association (IPC), organised by the Association de la Presse Internationale/International Press Association (API/IPA).

Ms Federica Mogherini opens the 1st EU-Indonesia Joint Committee meeting together with Ms Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Pavel Filip, Prime Minister of Moldova.

Mr Andrus Ansip speaks at the Friends of Europe initiative “The 4th Industrial Revolution – Working Group meeting”, in Brussels.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič receives Mr Pavel Filip, Prime Minister of Moldova.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič receives Mr Amos Hochstein, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs of the United States.                    

Mr Maroš Šefčovič meets Mr Peter Plavčan, Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, in Brussels.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič gives a keynote speech at the CER’s (The Voice of European Railways) event on “Rail’s contribution to a low-carbon transport”, co-organised with the Slovak Presidency, in Brussels.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Pavel Filip, Prime Minister of Moldova.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives representatives of BURDA on online platforms and free flow of data, in Brussels.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives Mr Klaus Schäfer, Chairman of the Board of UNIPER, on Digital Agenda, in Brussels.

Mr Günther Oettinger attends and delivers a keynote speech at the 49+2 Energy Symposium, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn addresses the Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Pavel Filip, Prime Minister of Moldova.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Washington D.C., USA: meets Mr Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Amos Hochstein, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs of the United States.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Vidar Helgesen, Minister of Climate and Environment of Norway.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Stefan Kapferer, Chairman of the General Executive Management Board and Member of the Executive Board of BDEW (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft).

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives German CEOs of companies from the energy sector.

Mr Karmenu Vella receives Mr Vidar Helgesen, Minister of Climate and Environment of Norway.

Mr Karmenu Vella participates in a ceremony with the EU Indonesia Joint Committee to celebrate the entry into force of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Agreement, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives representatives from the European Union of Private Hospitals (UEHP).

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives representatives from the HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum (CSF).

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos in Athens, Greece: speaks at the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) Consultative Forum plenary meeting.

Mr Pierre Moscovici in Athens, Greece: (until 29/11): meets Mr Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister; Mr Eucleid Tsakalotos, Minister of Finance; Mr Dimos Papadimitriou, Minister of Economy and Development; and Ms Efi Ahtsioglou, Minister of Labour, Social Insurance and Social Solidarity. He also gives a keynote speech at the Greek Economy Conference dinner; meets with representatives of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises, including its Chairman, Mr Theodoros Fessas; and visits Geraka’s Primary and Nursery School.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Osman Ahmed Fadul, Minister of International Cooperation of the Republic of Sudan.

Ms Violeta Bulc in Finland (until 29/11): meets Ms Anne Berner, Minister of Transport and Communications of Finland; meets with Members of the Parliament of Finland; and participates in a citizens’ dialogue.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Budapest, Hungary: delivers a speech at the Committee on European Affairs at the National Assembly of Hungary.

Ms Margrethe Vestager receives Mr Stefan Kapferer, Chairman of the General Executive Management Board and Member of the Executive Board of BDEW (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft).

Ms Margrethe Vestager receives Mr Niels Thygesen, Chair of the European Fiscal Board.

Ms Margrethe Vestager participates at the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE) dinner debate on “The Competition policy and the network industries”, in Brussels.

Mr Carlos Moedas receives Mr Ren Zhengfei, President of Huawei.

Mr Carlos Moedas participates in the high-level working lunch on Venture Capital for Growth: New Challenges, New Collaborations, in Brussels.

Mr Carlos Moedas receives Mr Vidar Helgesen, Minister of Climate and Environment of Norway.

Mr Julian King receives Ms Yvette Cooper, Chair of Home Affairs Committee in the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

 

Mardi 29 novembre

Mr Frans Timmermans hosts the annual High-Level meeting with Religious Leaders.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives a Provincial-Executive delegation of Limburg, Belgium.

Ms Federica Mogherini in Warsaw, Poland: attends the V4-Western Balkans Ministerial Meeting.

Mr Andrus Ansip participates in the Digital Minds Event with Mr Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecommunications and Postal Services of Belgium, in Brussels.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič receives Chief Executives and Chairmen from the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT).

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Arseniy Yatsenyuk, former Prime Minister of Ukraine.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis delivers opening remarks at the High-Level Expert Seminar “Structural Changes and New Realities: How the European Pillar of Social Rights Can Facilitate the Transitions”, organised by the European Political Strategy Centre, in Brussels.

Mr Günther Oettinger delivers the opening speech at the European Business Summit, in Brussels.

Mr Günther Oettinger delivers the opening speech at the DIGITEC Forum for the Information and communication technologies (ICT) communities, in Brussels.

Mr Günther Oettinger delivers the keynote speech on the industrial internet at the Industry 4.0 event of SAP (German software company), in Brussels.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives Mr Arseniy Yatsenyuk, former Prime Minister of Ukraine.

Mr Günther Oettinger delivers a keynote speech on the value of copyright at an event of the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA), in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn in Tunis, Tunisia: attends the International Investment Conference Tunisia 2020.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Ms Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Louis-Paul Motazé, Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development of Cameroon.

Mr Neven Mimica addresses the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Council of Ministers on the post-Cotonou Communication.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Madrid, Spain: gives a keynote speech at the Conference “III Foro Solar Español”, organised by Union Española Fotovoltaica (UNEF).

Mr Karmenu Vella participates in the European Tourism Day 2016 “Enhancing synergies between tourism and cultural and creative industries – Innovative solutions as the main driver for jobs and growth”, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis delivers a speech on “Health and Food Safety: EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste – Working together to reach a Sustainable Development Goal”, at the “kick-off meeting” of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste (FLW), in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos participates in the high-level meeting with religious leaders, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos participates in the 10th European Forum on the rights of the Child: “The protection of Children in Migration”, in Brussels.

Ms Marianne Thyssen receives Mr Juan Manuel Moreno Bonnilla, President of Partido Popular Andalucia, Spain.

Ms Marianne Thyssen attends a High-Level Seminar organised by the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) on “Structural Changes and New Realities: What Role for Social Pillars of European Rights.

Ms Marianne Thyssen attends the Access City Award Ceremony 2017 , in Brussels.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Pascal Apostolides, President of the Hellenic Association of Pharmaceutical Companies.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Elder Patrick Kearon, President of the Europe area of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Mr Phil Hogan receives Mr Angel Francisco Estevez Bourdierd, Minister of Agriculture of the Dominican Republic, and participates, in the handover ceremony of the diploma for “Café de Valdesia”, the Dominican Republic’s first Geographical Indication (GI).

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska delivers the closing speech at the European Tourism Day, in Brussels.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska receives a delegation of local authorities of Southern Poland.

Ms Vĕra Jourová speaks at the Plenary session of the 10th European Forum on the rights of the Child: “The protection of Children in Migration”, in Brussels.

Ms Vĕra Jourová speaks at the conference Start-Ups and The Digital Entrepreneur: The View from Central Europe, organized by Ms Dita Charanzová, Mr Ivan Štefanec, Ms Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz, Mr Michal Boni, Members of the European Parliament, and Aspen Institute Prague, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Budapest, Hungary: delivers an opening speech at the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers for Sport.

Mr Tibor Navracsics delivers closing remarks at an event marking the 20th anniversary of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, organised by DG EAC (Education And Culture), in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics delivers the closing remarks at the European Tourism Day conference on synergies between tourism, cultural and creative industries, in Brussels.

Ms Corina Creţu attends the 6th High-Level Working Group on simplification, in Brussels.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Copenhagen, Denmark: meets Ms Pia Olsen Dyhr, Member of the Parliament of Denmark.

Mr Carlos Moedas meets Mr Chris Agius, Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport of Malta and Mr Sander Dekker, Undersecretary for the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands, in Brussels.

Mr Julian King delivers a speech at the conference on “Establishing Victims’ Rights and Support Services in Challenging Times”, organised by Victims Support Europe, in Brussels.

 

Mercredi 30 novembre

College meeting

President Jean-Claude Juncker meets Mr Donald Tusk, President of the European Council; and Mr Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary-General of NATO, for a working lunch, in Brussels.

President Jean-Claude Juncker meets Mr Mladen Ivanić, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Béji Caïd Essebsi, President of Tunisia.

Mr Frans Timmermans gives a concluding speech at the Plenary session of the 10th European Forum on the rights of the Child: “The protection of Children in Migration”, in Brussels.

Ms Federica Mogherini participates in the Black Blade Exercise, in the framework of the Distinguished Visitors Day, organised by the European Defence Agency, at the air base of Florennes, in Belgium.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva attends the European Parliament plenary vote on the EU Budget for 2017, in Brussels. 

Ms Kristalina Georgieva attends the “Inauguration of Rond-point Schuman Lights Up”, in Brussels. 

Mr Andrus Ansip delivers a keynote speech at European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) event on free flow of data, in Brussels.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Joseph Daul, President of the European People’s Party (EPP).

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Robert Rooney, Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Stanley International.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Béji Caïd Essebsi, President of Tunisia.

Mr Karmenu Vella receives representatives from the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE).

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis participates in a conference on “Reducing Food Waste – Improving Food Safety”, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos meets Mr Ömer Çelik, Minister of European Union Affairs of Turkey, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos meets representatives from the European Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Denmark, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos meets Mr Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.

M. Pierre Moscovici participe à l’audition de la commission spéciale “Fraude fiscale internationale/Panama Papers” de la Chambre des représentants de Belgique, à Bruxelles.

M. Pierre Moscovici rencontre Mme Susana Diaz, Présidente du gouvernement de la Région de l’Andalousie, à Bruxelles.

Mr Christos Stylianides takes part in the Education in Emergencies Forum, in Brussels.

Ms Violeta Bulc in London, UK: delivers a keynote speech at the FT European Infrastructure Summit.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Lucerne, Switzerland (until 01/12): participates in the European Space Agency (ESA) Ministerial Meeting.

Ms Vĕra Jourová speaks at the meeting of the European Platform for Roma Inclusion, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics delivers a speech at the “New Societal Challenges and Europe’s Search for Identity” conference, organised by the Hanns Seidel Foundation, in Brussels.

Ms Corina Creţu receives Ms Susana Diaz, President of the Regional Government of Andalusia.

Ms Margrethe Vestager receives representatives from the European Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Denmark.

 

Jeudi 1er décembre

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Madrid, Spain: meets His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain; Mr Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister of Spain; and Ms Ana Pastor, President of the Congress of Deputies.

Mr Frans Timmermans in Rome, Italy: attends the Mediterranean Dialogues.

Ms Federica Mogherini attends a European Parliament Plenary debate on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Brussels.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Béji Caïd Essebsi, President of Tunisia.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organisation for Migration.

Mr Andrus Ansip launches the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Conference and delivers a keynote speech, in Brussels.

Mr Andrus Ansip delivers a speech at the High level event on Digitalisation for Development, in Brussels.

Mr Andrus Ansip speaks at the Politico event “Transforming Health Care through Disruptive Innovation“, in Brussels.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava, Slovakia: gives a keynote speech at the SET Plan 2016 – Central European Energy Conference on Energy Union: “Towards a transformed European energy system with the new Integrated Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy“; participates with Mr Ivo Nesrovnal, Mayor of Bratislava, in a Citizens’ Dialogue with young Europeans.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives representatives from the EU-China Business Association.

Mr Günther Oettinger delivers a speech at the European Film Forum 2016, in Brussels.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives Ms Deborah Turness, President of NBC News.

Mr Günther Oettinger takes part in the ministerial meeting on connected and automated cars, in Brussels.

Mr Günther Oettinger delivers a keynote speech on digitisation in e-commerce and logistics at a HERMES event, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.

Mr Neven Mimica in Zagreb, Croatia (until 05/12): attends a meeting with representatives from the European Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Croatia; participates in an event on cross-border investment opportunities in the Energy sector.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Rome, Italy: participates at the Euro-Mediterranean Energy Forum.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Lithuania (until 02/12): meets with representatives from the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) Alumni Association Constituent Assembly, in Kaunas; meets with students of the History Faculty of Vilnius University; and meets Mr Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Seimas of Lithuania, in Vilnius.

Ms Marianne Thyssen in Bratislava, Slovakia: gives a keynote speech at the International conference on Social Economy under the Slovak Presidency of the EU and attends the meeting of the Public Employment Services Board.

Mr Christos Stylianides delivers a keynote speech at the Partners’ Conference 2016, organised by DG ECHO (European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations), in Brussels.

Mr Christos Stylianides participates in the “Educating the Refugee Children” event, in Brussels.

Mr Phil Hogan addresses the 3rd meeting of the Rural Networks’ Assembly, in Brussels.

Ms Vĕra Jourová speaks at the 7th Annual European Data Protection and Privacy Conference, organized by Forum Europe, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics delivers introductory remarks at a roundtable lunch marking the launch of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, organised by DG Connect (Digital Economy and Society), in Brussels.

Ms Corina Creţu in Leipzig, Germany: attends a Panel discussion on “The Future of Cohesion Policy”, organised by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, together with Mr Fritz Jaeckel, Chief of the State Chancellery and State Minister for Federal and European Affairs of Saxony, and  Ms Dorothee Dubrau, Mayor and Councillor for Urban Development and Construction for the city of Leipzig.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Paris, France: participates in the 15thOECD Global Forum on Competition; participates in a Hearing at the French National Assembly before the Committee on European Affairs and the Committee on Finance; participates in a Hearing at the French Senate before the Committee on European Affairs and the Committee on Finance.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Bratislava, Slovakia: participates and delivers a keynote speech at the SET Plan 2016 – Central European Energy Conference.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Vienna, Austria: meets with Mr Reinhold Mitterlehner, Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy of Austria; participates and delivers a speech at the event “Austria’s Open Innovation Strategy – The road towards a European Open Innovation Culture”.

 

Vendredi 2 décembre

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.

Ms Federica Mogherini chairs the Association Council with Georgia, in Brussels.

Ms Federica Mogherini delivers a keynote speech at the EU-NGO Human Rights Forum, in Brussels.

Mr Andrus Ansip participates in the fireside chat on “The DSM: More access to more content” at the European Film Forum event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of MEDIA programme, in Brussels.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava, Slovakia: meets the Chairpersons of the Economic Affairs Committees of the National Parliaments on the State of the Energy Union.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis delivers the opening speech at the European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions Ordinary Congress 2016, in Brussels.

Mr Günther Oettinger in Nürnberg, Germany: delivers the closing speech at the Ludwig Erhard Symposium.

Mr Günther Oettinger in Bayreuth, Germany: delivers a speech on digital strategies at the Chamber of Commerce of Oberfranken Bayreuth.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Madrid, Spain: meets Mr Gonzalo Urquijo Fernandez de Araoz, President of ArcelorMittal; Mr José Manuel Vargas, President and CEO of Aena S.A; and Mr Alejandro Sanchez, lawyer at the Al-Andalus Business Consulting.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Vilnius, Lithuania: holds a series of meetings including with Mr Andriejus Stančikas, Chairman of the Rural Affairs Committee of the Seimas; with Ms Agnė Širinskienė, Chairman of the Health Affairs Committee of the Seimas; and with representatives of the European Affairs Committee of the Seimas.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Paris, France: rencontre Mme Ericka Bareigts, Ministre française des Outre-Mer.

M. Phil Hogan à Nice, France: assiste au Congrès Annuel de l’Association Laitière Européenne (EDA).

Ms Violeta Bulc in Ljubljana, Slovenia: presents the 2017 Commission Work Programme to the European Affairs Committee of the National Assembly of Slovenia.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Zagreb, Croatia: participates and delivers the opening speech at the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) Ministerial Meeting.

Ms Vĕra Jourová speaks at the Plenary Session of The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, in Brussels.

Ms Corina Creţu in Dresden, Germany: meets Mr Martin Dulig, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport of the Free State of Saxony; visits the Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology together with Ms Eva-Maria Stange, State Minister for Science and the Arts of the Free State of Saxony; meets Mr Stanislaw Tillich, Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Warsaw, Poland: meets Mr Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development and Finance of Poland; meets Mr Krzysztof Tchórzewski, Minister of Energy of Poland; and participates in the 37th ALDE Party Congress.

 

Samedi 3 décembre

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Geneva, Switzerland (until 06/12): participates in the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) Concluding Ministerial Meeting.

 

Dimanche 4 décembre

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos in Washington D.C., USA: attends the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial meeting.

 

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