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Weekly European Agenda |21/09/2020

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21-27 September 2020

Monday 21 September

Tuesday 22 September

Wednesday 23 September

Thursday 24 September

Friday 25 September

Sunday 27 September

European Movement International

Wednesday 23 September

Talking Europe
Join us on Wednesday, 23 September from 15:30 to 16:30 CET, for the next digital edition of Talking Europe, organised in partnership with the European Commission. This new series of online events aims to discuss the EU's work and how it affects all Europeans. Our guest, Wolfgang Burtscher, Director General of DG for Agriculture and Rural Development, will discuss with us the recent exceptional measures implemented to support the agri-food sector, the structure and modalities of the next CAP and how the CAP fits in and contributes to the ambitious Green Deal.

More information about the event here.

More information about EMI events can be found here.

Institutional Agendas

European Parliament

Monday 21 September

Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)
Votes: on a proposal on the relations with Belarus; on the implementation of the EU Association Agreement with the Republic of Moldova; A new EU-Africa Strategy; Implementation and governance of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), general budget.
Debates: with Zhang Ming, Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU, focusing mainly on the ongoing negotiations to conclude a long-standing investment deal between the EU and China, disinformation, the situation in Hong Kong, human rights, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic; Exchange of views on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-27.

Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
Votes: on amendments on general budget; on amendments on the impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations in developing countries.

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)
Votes: on amendments on equivalence of field inspections carried out in Ukraine on cereal seed-producing crops and on the equivalence of cereal seed produced in Ukraine; on amendments on the general budget; on amendments on an EU legal framework to halt and reverse EU-driven global deforestation: on amendments on a new strategy for European SMEs; on amendments on a European strategy for data.
Debates: Exchange of views on the Recovery Package and revised MFF; Exchange of views with Ruben Tascon, Acting Director for Health and Food Audits and Analysis, DG SANTE.

Committee on Culture and Education (CULT)
Votes: Strengthening Media Freedom: the Protection of Journalists in Europe, Hate Speech, Disinformation and the Role of Platforms; The future of European education in the context of Covid-19.
Debates: Artificial intelligence in education, culture and the audiovisual sector; Strengthening Media Freedom: the Protection of Journalists in Europe, Hate Speech, Disinformation and the Role of Platforms; Exchange of views with the Commission on the European Heritage Label.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs(LIBE)
Votes: on amendments on the Establishment of an EU Mechanism on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights: on Digital Services Act and fundamental rights issues posed; Framework of ethical aspects of artificial intelligence, robotics and related technologies; A new EU-Africa Strategy.
Debates: Amending Regulation (EU) No 514/2014 of the European Parliament and the Council, as regards the decommitment procedure; directive on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime; Presentation on the state of play on PNR international agreements; The Implementation of the European Arrest Warrant and the Surrender Procedures between Member States.

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
Votes: resolution calling for a swift reinforcement of the Youth Guarantee and a substantial increase in its financing.

Tuesday 22 September

Committee on Budgets (BUDG)
Votes: Draft amending budget to the general budget 2020 Update of revenue (own resources).
Debates: Exchange of views with Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President ad interim of the European Research Council (ERC); General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2021.

Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI)
Votes: final vote on equivalence of field inspections carried out in Ukraine on cereal seed-producing crops and on the equivalence of cereal seed produced in Ukraine; final vote on the general budget; final votes on an EU legal framework to halt and reverse EU-driven global deforestation: final votes on a new strategy for European SMEs; final votes on a European strategy for data.

Committee on Fisheries (PECH)
Votes: general budget. Debates: Towards more sustainable fishing in the EU: state of play and orientations for 2021; Proposal for a Regulation laying down management, conservation and control measures applicable in the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Convention area; on the implementation of the Multiannual Plan for the stocks of cod, herring and sprat in the Baltic Sea and the fisheries exploiting those stocks.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Votes: final votes on the Establishment of an EU Mechanism on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights; Digital Services Act and fundamental rights issues posed; Framework of ethical aspects of artificial intelligence, robotics and related technologies; A new EU-Africa Strategy; The impact of Covid-19 measures on democracy, fundamental rights and rule of law.
Debates: Security Dialogue on police information exchange and in particular the future developments regarding Prüm and the API Council Directive.

Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
Votes: final vote on General budget; final vote on the impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations in developing countries; possibilities and challenges related to ageing policy post 2020.
Debates: general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation in light of the UNCRPD; A strong social Europe for Just Transition.

Committee on Culture and Education (CULT)
Debates: Exchange of views with Vice-President Margaritis Schinas; European Day of Languages - Exchange of views with ALTE (Association of
Language Testers in Europe) and the Council of Europe; Challenges of sport events' organisers in the digital environment; A new strategy for European SMEs; Ensuring European leadership in the digital age and an EU approach to Artificial Intelligence.

Committee on Petitions (PETI)
Debates: Petitions from Romanian citizens on alleged violation of labour rights in Iceland; Petition from British citizen on the situation of foreign-language lecturers in Italy; Petition from Irish citizen on the need to take account of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights and EU legislation in national court proceedings; Petition from Bulgarian citizen on implementing EU subsidised COVID-19 testing for individuals arriving in EU member states for leisure and tourism purposes; Petition from French citizen on the impact of the use of SDHI fungicides on human health and the eco-systems; Petition from Spanish citizen on the implementation of dissuasive measures for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Hearing on securing access to COVID-19 vaccines for EU citizens
The Committees on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), and on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) will hold a hearing on securing access to COVID-19 vaccines for EU citizens, focusing on the questions of adequate clinical trials, speedy manufacturing and commercialisation, and an equitable distribution of a safe vaccine. The pharmaceutical industry, academia, civil society and the European Medicines Agency will also participate in the hearing.

DROI-LIBE Meeting on racial equity, equality, and justice
The Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) will hold a meeting with the United States Congress and the United States Helsinki Commission, on racial equity, equality and justice. The aim is to reinforce US-EU parliamentary coordination to combat racism and systemic discrimination, while strengthening dialogue and promoting equality.

Wednesday 23 September

Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN)
Votes: on amendments on general budget; Establishing the InvestEU Programme.
Debates: with stakeholders to take stock of the situation of the EU tourism sector, in light of the recovery process from the coronavirus crisis. Members will also seek to obtain input relevant to a forthcoming report on establishing a sustainable tourism strategy; Cohesion Policy and regional environment strategies in the fight against climate change; Sustainable and smart urban transport, Presentation of a study by the Policy Department.

Election of committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs
The Special Committees on foreign interference in all democratic processes in the EU, on artificial intelligence and the digital transformation, the Special Committee on beating cancer, the Subcommittee on taxation and the Committee of inquiry on animal transport will hold their constitutive meetings and elect their chairs and vice-chairs.

Thursday 24 September

Committee on International Trade (INTA)
Votes: amendments on Introducing exceptional trade measures for countries and territories participating in or linked to the European Union's Stabilisation and Association process: A new strategy for European SMEs. Debates: Elimination of customs duties on certain products; Exchange of views with Denis Redonnet, Chief Trade Enforcement Officer; State of play of ongoing trilogue negotiations; New Circular Economy Action Plan.

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
Debates: The New Pact on Asylum and Migration: Directive on the use of technologies by number-independent interpersonal communications service providers for the processing of personal and other data for the purpose of combatting child sexual abuse online.

Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO)
Debates: Amendments to the Rules of Procedure in order to ensure the functioning of Parliament in extraordinary circumstances; Presentation of EPRS research on transnational lists: Hearing on 'Transnational lists and the Spitzenkandidaten principle' presentation by experts - exchange of views with Members.

Committee on Regional Development (REGI)
Votes: on the proposed Public Sector Loan Facility under the Just Transition Mechanism, of which the aim is to support public investment in the territories most negatively affected by the climate transition; on a Recovery and Resilience Facility, aiming to support reforms and investments by Member States to mitigate the economic and social consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN)
Votes: Final votes on general budget; Establishing the InvestEU Programme. Debates: European Year of Rail (2021); A new strategy for European SMEs.

Find an overview of the parliamentary agenda here.

European Council

Wednesday 24 September - Thursday 25 September

Summit - Special European Council
EU leaders will meet in Brussels to discuss the single market, industrial policy and digital transformation, as well as external relations, in particular relations with Turkey and with China. The summit will also be an opportunity to take stock of the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting page can be found here.

Council of Ministers

Monday 21 September

Informal meeting trade ministers
Trade Ministers will convene to discuss current trade deal policy challenges.

Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH)
EU agriculture ministers will meet in Brussels on 21 September to discuss some elements of the reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP) and trade-related issues in the agricultural sector.

Foreign Affairs Council(FAC)
Ministers will exchange views on Belarus, Libya and the African Union.

Tuesday 22 September

General Affairs Council (GAC)
Deliberations on MFF and exchange of views on: Preparation of the Special European Council on 24-25 September, Preparation of the European Council on 15-16 October, and on EU-UK negotiations.

An overview of planned Council meetings can be found here.

European Commission and High Representative

Monday 21 September

Citizens' Dialogue online
Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the portfolio 'A Europe fit for the digital age' and Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for the environment, oceans and fisheries, will discuss the priorities of the European Commission with citizens online. More on the event can be found here.

Von der Leyen meets Divid Sassoli and Angela Merkel

Tuesday 22 September - Wednesday 24 September

European Research and Innovation Days
The European Research and Innovation Days are the European Commission's annual flagship research and innovation event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the public to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be fully virtual. By creating connections between cutting-edge scientific research and the most pressing challenges of a generation, this event represents a unique opportunity to join the conversation and enact real change. From tackling the climate crisis to building a digital world that works for everyone, we will delve into the questions that shape who we are and the future we want to live in: it's time to get involved!

Tuesday 22 September

Schmit takes part in a meeting with the Slovenian Minister of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
Commissioner on Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, takes part in a meeting with the Slovenian Minister of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Mr. Cigler Kralj.

Olivér Várhelyi meets Deputy Prime Minister of North Macedonia
Commissioner on Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, meets Deputy Prime Minister of North Macedonia Mr Nikola Dimitrov.

Wednesday 23 September

College Meeting
The Commission will be launching its new pact on Migration and Asylum. Originally the announcement of the pact was scheduled on the 30th of September, however new urgency was created by the fire that destroyed the Moria refugee camp. Furthermore, the Annual Rule of Law Report is expected to be adopted. The Commission is to ensure that money from the budget and NextGenerationEU is protected against any kind of fraud, corruption and conflict of interest. On top of that, the Digital Finance package is also on the agenda. Lastly, the Commission will present its Customs Union Action Plan. This action plan will take the customs union to the next level, in the context of a fast changing and complex world. It will propose a revised long-term customs union strategy, fit and agile to tackle the growing internal and external demands.

Olivér Várhelyi exchanges views with Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs

Thursday 24 September

Nicolas Schmit speaks with Portuguese Employment Minister
Commissioner Schmit on Jobs and Social Rights speaks with Ms Ana Mendes Godinho, Minister for Employment and Social Affairs.

A full list with meetings of Commissioners can be found here; the Commissioners' weekly activities can be found here; the agenda of the College Meetings can be found here; Commission events can be found here.

Committee of the Regions

Tuesday 22 September

Commission meeting
On the agenda for the Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs (CIVEX): The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the future of EU governance and a debate on the situation in Belarus.

Thursday 24 September

Commission meeting
The Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy (COTER) holds several debates.

More information about Committee of the Regions events can be found here. The agendas of the different Committee of the Regions meetings can be found here.

Monday 21 September

Virtual ministerial conference
In this virtual ministerial conference, we want to focus on innovative and climate-friendly rail transportation that harnesses the potential of connectivity and digitalisation across Europe. The main focus of the conference will be the Berlin Declaration on the evolution of European rail freight within the context of European corridors for competitive rail freight. The objective is to adopt this declaration together with other European transport ministers.

Tuesday 22 September

Digital conference series
In the series of conferences on 'Pluralism and responsibility - Media in the digital society', media players from all over Europe look at current challenges facing the European media landscape and discuss possibilities for shaping it in the future. 'Protecting Freedom' - under this overarching maxim, the focus session of the European regulators group for audiovisual media services (ERGA) searches for effective solutions for a sustainable balance between the protection of fundamental values and the requirements of European content providers. National audiovisual regulators within ERGA are sure that increasing digital distribution of content leads to increasing cross-border violation of rules, which subsequently leads to an increased need for regulatory answers. What could synchronised European solutions look like here? More can be found here.

The agenda of the German Presidency can be found here.

European Central Bank

Wednesday 23 September

Governing Council meeting
Non-monetary policy meeting in Frankfurt.

Thursday 24 September

Governing Council meeting
General Council meeting of the ECB in Frankfurt.

More information about ECB events can be found here.

Council of Europe

Monday 21, Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23, Friday 25 September

Plenary committee meeting

Wednesday 23 September - Friday 25 September

Venice committee
The Venice Commission will participate in a video Conference of the Association of the Asian Constitutional Courts (AACC) 'Freedom of expression: experience of the AACC members', organised by the Secretariat for Research and Development established by the AACC.

Find an overview of Council of Europe events here; the PACE diary here; the Congress calendar of events here; information on forthcoming judgments here; the calendar of hearings here; information on Venice Commission events here; the agenda of the Commissioner of Human Rights here; and the Chairmanship agenda here.

National Elections

Sunday 27 september

Romanian parliamentary elections

Swiss referenda
Switzerland votes on three topics. One in particular, on migration, will determine the outcome of the deal on free movement of persons between Switzerland and the European Union.