Corporate Dispatch Europe Explained – The Week Ahead 8-13 April 2019

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A quick glance at the main forthcoming events in the European Union including EU Council, Commission and Parliament meetings and other EU-related conferences and events. Events for the week of 8-13 April 2019.

Monday 8 April,  in Vienna, Austria, and Bratislava, Slovakia, the Conference on the 15th Anniversary of the 2004 EU Enlargement: “Looking back, looking forward.”

This event, co-organised by the European Political Strategy Center (EPSC) -the European Commission’s in-house think tank, operating directly under the authority of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker- and the European Commission’s Directorate‑General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), marks the 15th anniversary of the May 2004 first wave of EU enlargement in which eventually 11 Baltics, Central and South Eastern European countries joined the EU.

The event will focus on the identification and discussion of experiences from which wider lessons can be learnt, using concrete country cases. It will consider the channels through which EU membership has helped to speed up convergence, via analysis of the role e.g trade, investment, financial integration and institutional channels have played.

On the same day in the Charlemagne building, Brussels, Belgium, the Sustainable Europe 2030 conference opens. The conference follows the publication of the recent European Commission reflection paper ‘Towards a sustainable Europe by 2030’ and will gather leading experts from around the world to discuss how to best translate the SDGs at European level. European Commission Vice-Presidents Frans Timmermans and Jyrki Katainen will speak at this event.

In Luxembourg, the Foreign Affairs Council, made up of foreign ministers from all EU Member States, meets to discuss Venezuela, Eastern Partnership, and Afghanistan and with the latest developments in Libya and Brexit expected to dominate.

In the European Parliament in Brussels, the European Parliament Committee and Political Group Meetings take place. The Civil Liberties Committee will vote on a legislative proposal that would oblige internet providers to remove terrorist content within one hour following an order from authorities. Another vote will be on an update of the 2008 Return Directive, which sets common procedures in member states for returning non-EU irregular migrants such as border procedures, time limits for appeals and minimum detention period. It will be voted on by the Civil Liberties Committee.

Political groups will prepare for the 15-18 April plenary session in Strasbourg, the last one before the 23-26 May European elections, where MEPs will vote on protection of whistle blowers, social benefits for mobile workers as well as measures to boost workers’ rights, transparency of online platforms and search engines, an update of EU consumer rights, life-saving technologies for new cars, the InvestEU programme, CO2 reduction targets for trucks, new rules for short-stay visas as well as the EU Border and Coast Guards. MEPs will also continue the debate on the future of Europe with Latvia’s Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins.

EU President Jean-Claude Juncker will be in Kigali, Rwanda for the 25th anniversary of the genocide in this country and will meet Mr Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda.

Tuesday 9 April, the European Commission is organising a high-level conference on the future of work, “The future of work: Today. Tomorrow. For all.” hosted by President Jean-Claude Juncker together with Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis and Commissioner Marianne Thyssen in Brussels.

In Bucharest, Romania the Conference on health and safety at work will open as part of the Romanian Presidency. The conference aims to continue the debate over the occupational safety and health in the context of new forms of work and to facilitate the exchange of relevant information and good practices developed by key players in the field. The conference will be attended by the representatives of all stakeholders from all EU countries.

In Luxembourg, the General Affairs Council, in public session, will hold a policy debate on the next multi annual financial framework. It is also expected to adopt conclusions on the Commission’s reflection paper “Towards a sustainable Europe by 2030”. Under Article 7(1) of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), ministers will discuss the state of play regarding the rule of law in Poland and respect for EU values in Hungary. Later, ministers will focus on the upcoming European Parliament elections. The Council will also discuss the latest developments on Brexit ahead of the special European Council (Art. 50) on 10 April 2019.

The highlight of the day will be the EU-China summit in Brussels. European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will co-host the 21st EU-China summit. High Representative Federica Mogherini will also attend the summit. Ahead of the summit, the Commission and the High Representative issued a joint communication stressing that neither the EU nor any of its member states can effectively achieve their aims with China without full unity. EU and Chinese leaders will seek to strengthen bilateral cooperation. They will discuss bilateral trade and investment relations, including the fair and non-discriminatory treatment for their economic operators.

Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy, and Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, receive Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs of Indonesia and Tan Yew Chong, Secretary General of the Ministry of Primary Industries of Malaysia.

Karmenu Vella will also deliver a keynote speech at the final Conference on Maritime Achievements and Future Challenges of the European Parliament Intergroup on Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas (SEARICA), in Brussels.

Wednesday 10 April, in Brussels, the Special European Council (Art.50) will meet where the EU leaders will discuss the latest developments on Brexit after a decision of EU Council President Donald Tusk in view of the recent developments in the Brexit saga. In the European Parliament, Brussels, the members of the European Committee of the Regions will meet in their 134th plenary session. The initiative ‘Cities and regions for integration of migrants – Working together towards a more inclusive Europe’ will be launched at the beginning of the plenary session.

Commissioner Vella on this day will receive Magnus Berntsson, President of the Assembly of European Regions (AER) and meets the Board of Directors of Ocean Energy Europe, in Brussels.

Thursday 11 April, the European foundation for the improvement of living and working conditions (Eurofound) is organising this 1-day conference “The future of manufacturing in Europe”.With key contributions from leading thinkers on the future of manufacturing, the event will bring together up to 80 industry experts, representatives of national and regional public authorities, social partners, academics and EU institutions, to discuss how best to shape technological developments to promote economic growth and improve working conditions.

Friday 12 April, in Brussels the Central Asian sustainable energy conference opens. The conference will be both policy- and business-oriented and will feature presentations on policy developments, outcomes, and challenges in the different countries in the region, and opportunities for investment and transfer of innovative technologies and best practices with partecipation of five Central Asian countries’ – Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.


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