General Market

CALENDRIER du 12 juin au 18 juin 2017

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

 

Lundi 12 juin 2017

12-15/06 European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

12-13/06 Agriculture and Fisheries Council

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg, France (until 14/06):receives Mr Nicolas Schmit, Minister for Labour of Luxembourg; Mr Sergei Stanishev, President of the Party of European Socialists (PES); Ms Pervenche Berès, Member of the European Parliament; and Ms Maria João Rodrigues, Member of the European Parliament, for an exchange of views on the European Commission’s proposal for a European Pillar of Social Rights; and receives Mr Manfred Weber, President of the European People’s Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Mr Andrus Ansip receives Mr Markus Borchert, President of Digitaleurope and Senior Vice-President, Market Europe at Nokia.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Astana, Kazakhstan: meets Mr Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan; and Mr Kanat Bozumbayev, Minister for Energy of Kazakhstan.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in London, the United Kingdom: delivers a keynote address at the 2017 International Monetary Conference.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Axel Eggert, Director-General of the European Steel Association (EUROFER); and CEOs from the European steel industry.

Mr Neven Mimica in Atlanta, the United States: participates in two panel discussions at the 108th Rotary International Convention; and meets Mr Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Bologna, Italy: participates in G7 Environment Ministerial Meeting.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Luxembourg (until 13/06): meets Mr Jacques Mézard, Minister for Agriculture and Food of France.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Berlin, Allemagne (jusqu’au 17/06): rencontre M. Sigmar Gabriel,  Ministre fédéral des Affaires étrangères et Vice-chancelier d’Allemagne; et M. Martin Schulz, Président du Parti social-démocrate d’Allemagne; et participe à la conférence “Africa Partnership : Investing in a Common Future” organisée par la présidence allemande du G20.  

Mr Phil Hogan in Luxembourg: meets Mr Jacques Mézard, Minister for Agriculture and Food of France; Mr Tarmo Tamm, Minister for Rural Affairs of Estonia; and Mr Andrew McDowell, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Mr Carlos Moedas delivers a keynote speech at the European Open Science Cloud Summit, in Brussels.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Strasbourg, France: participates in the European Parliament Plenary debates on the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA), the FP7 cost-effectiveness and the Midterm review of H2020.

 

Mardi 13 juin 2017

College meeting

European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

Agriculture and Fisheries Council

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg, France: addresses the plenary of the European Parliament on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus+ programme;receives Mr Ximo Puig, President of the regional Government of Valencia, Spain; and participates in the meeting of the European People’s Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament.

Ms Federica Mogherini in Oslo, Norway: attends the Oslo Forum co-hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Norway and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Strasbourg, France: meets Mr Joseph Daul, President of the European People’s Party (EPP).

Mr Karmenu Vella in Strasbourg, France: meets Mr Jacques Mézard, Minister for Agriculture and Food of France; and Mr Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, Minister for Plantation Industries and Commodities of Malaysia.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Luxembourg: meets leading representatives of European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM).

Ms Vĕra Jourová in Strasbourg, France: signs the accession of the EU to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention).

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Strasbourg, France: addresses the plenary of the European Parliament on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus+ programme; and inaugurates the Erasmus+ Exhibition.

Ms Corina Creţu in Greece (until 16/06): in Athens: participates in event on Resilience Cities, together with Mr Yiorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens; meets Mr Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece; and representatives of the Romanian community in Athens.

 

Mercredi 14 juin 2017

European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg, France: addresses the plenary of the European Parliament on the preparations of the upcoming European Council; attends the speech by Mr Alassane Ouattara, President of Ivory Coast, to the plenary of the European Parliament; and meets Mr Alassane Ouattara, President of Ivory Coast.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary-General of the Council of Europe.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Luxembourg: meets Mr Rimantas Šadžius, Member of the European Court of Auditors (ECA); and participates in a working dinner with Mr Jānis Reirs, Minister for Welfare of Latvia.

Mr Günther Oettinger in Warsaw, Poland: attends the V4+4 conference on future of EU Budget.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis delivers a speech at the meeting of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste, in Brussels.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Rome, Italy (until 15/06): visits Fucino Space Centre.

Ms Vĕra Jourová delivers a keynote speech at a conference for the Launching of the European Barnahus Movement on innovative ways to support child victims of violence, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Varna, Bulgaria (until 15/06): meets Ms Lilyana Pavlova, Minister for the EU Presidency of Bulgaria; Mr Krasen Kralev, Minister for Youth and Sports; Mr Ivan Portnih, Mayor of Varna; Mr Krasimir Valchev, Minister for Education and Science; and representatives of Varna universities; delivers an opening speech at the Annual meeting of the youth organisations under the theme “Youth Spaces”; and participates in a Citizens’ Dialogue.

Ms Corina Creţu in Chios, Greece: meets Ms Christiana Kalogirou, Governor of North Aegean region; and mayors of the North Aegean islands; and visits two EU-funded projects “Mastiha Museum” and “Nea Moni (New Monastery)”.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Leiden, the Netherlands: delivers a “Europa Lecture” at Leiden University.

Mr Carlos Moedas receives Ms Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

Jeudi 15 juin 2017

European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

15-16/06 EU – US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Geert Bourgeois, Minister-President of Flanders, Belgium.

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Belœil, Belgium: delivers a speech entitled “L’avenir de l’Europe” at a conference organised by the “Cercle de Belœil”.

Mr Frans Timmermans in Prague, the Czech Republic: delivers a keynote speech at the Prague European Summit; and meets Mr Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Ms Federica Mogherini in Oulu, Finland: participates in the high-level event on EU Arctic Policy “A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches”.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Valletta, Malta: participates in the Digital Assembly conference organised by the European Commission and the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič receives Mr Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister for Energy of Lithuania.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a keynote speech at the 2017 Water Innovation Europe conference, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica meets the National Authorising Officers of Western Africa, in Brussels.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Oulu, Finland (until 16/06): participates in the 2nd “Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit” in the panel “Visions for the Future”; and in the high-level event on EU Arctic Policy “A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches”.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos, Ms Vĕra Jourová and Mr Julian King in Valetta, Malta (until 16/06): participate in the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting.

Ms Marianne Thyssen in Luxembourg: participates in the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council; and in meeting of the Council on the Pillar of Social Rights.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Luxembourg: participe à la réunion annuelle du Conseil des gouverneurs du mécanisme européen de stabilité (MES).

Ms Violeta Bulc in Arnhem-Nijmegen, the Netherlands (until 16/06): participates in the global cycling summit Velo-City 2017; and delivers keynote speeches during the plenary and Mayors’ sessions of the summit.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Rome, Italy: delivers a speech at high-level conference “Space Policy for EU Integration”.

Ms Corina Creţu in Leros, Greece: meets Mr George Hadjimarkos, Governor of the South Aegean region; and mayors of South Aegean islands; and visits an EU-funded project: “Artemis Leros Boatyard”.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Bornholm, Denmark (until 16/06): attends “Folkemøde” – Denmark’s Political Festival.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Paris, France:delivers a keynote speech at Viva Technology Conference on “Tech & Politics”.

Vendredi 16 juin 2017

Economic and Financial Affairs Council in Luxembourg

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

EU – US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Yves Pozzo di Borgo and Mr Simon Sutour, Members of the French Senate.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič delivers a keynote speech at “Tackling energy poverty in Europe – What more needs to be done?” event, organised by the European Policy Centre, in Brussels.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič receives Mr Christian Thimann, Chairperson of the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and Group Head of Regulation, Sustainability and Insurance Foresight at the AXA Group.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Christian Thimann, Chairperson of the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and Group Head of Regulation, Sustainability and Insurance Foresight at the AXA Group.

Mr Johannes Hahn in Azerbaijan: on official visit.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Oulu, Finland (until 16/06): participates in the Arctic Stakeholder Forum “European investment priorities for the Arctic” as part of the high-level event on EU Arctic Policy “A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches”.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Luxembourg: meets Mr Florian-Dorel Bodog, Minister for Health of Romania; Mr Juha Rehula, Minister for Family Affairs and Social Services of Finland; Ms Ellen Trane Nørby, Minister for Health of Denmark; and Ms Edith Schippers, Minister for Health, Welfare and Sports of the Netherlands.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos, Ms Vĕra Jourová and Mr Julian King in Valetta, Malta: participate in the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting.

Ms Marianne Thyssen receives Mr Herman Van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council.

Mr Christos Stylianides in Nicosia, Cyprus: meets Mr Demetris Syllouris, President of the House of Representatives of Cyprus; presents the White Paper on the Future of Europe to the House of Representatives of Cyprus; and holds a speech at the Association for Social Reforms (OPEK).

Ms Corina Creţu in Athens, Greece: delivers a keynote speech at event on entrepreneurship, innovation and smart specialisation, organised by Attica region; visits an EU-funded project “State Museum of Modern Art”, accompanied by Ms Rena Dourou, Governor of Attica region; an EU-funded project: “Institute of Geodynamics National Observatory of Athens“; and meets Mr Dimitri Papadimitriou, Minister for Economy and Development of Greece; and Mr Alexis Charitsis,  Alternate Minister for Economy and Development.

 

Samedi 17 juin 2017

M. Frans Timmermans participe au colloque “Demain, une Union dans la fraternité” organisé par La Grande Loge de Belgique, à Bruxelles.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Berlin, Allemagne: rencontre M. Wolfgang Schäuble, Ministre fédéral allemand des Finances; et participe au Körber History Forum “Connecting Politics and History”, organisé par la Fondation Körber.

Ms Violeta Bulc in Florence, Italy: participates in the Executive Symposium on European Regulation of Airport Charges.

 

Prévisions du mois de juin:

12-13/06 Agriculture and Fisheries Council

12-15/06 European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

15/06 Eurogroup

15/06 Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

15-16/06 EU – US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

16/06 Economic and Financial Affairs Council

16/06 Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

19/06 Foreign Affairs Council

19/06 Environment Council

20/06 General Affairs Council

23/06 European Council

 

Permanence DG COMM le WE du 10 au 11 juin 2017:

Alexander WINTERSTEIN: +32 (0) 460 79 32 65

Permanence RAPID – GSM: +32 (0) 498 982 748

Service Audiovisuel, planning studio – tél. : +32 (0)2/295 21 23

General Market

CALENDRIER du 12 juin au 18 juin 2017

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

 

Lundi 12 juin 2017

12-15/06 European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

12-13/06 Agriculture and Fisheries Council

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg, France (until 14/06):receives Mr Nicolas Schmit, Minister for Labour of Luxembourg; Mr Sergei Stanishev, President of the Party of European Socialists (PES); Ms Pervenche Berès, Member of the European Parliament; and Ms Maria João Rodrigues, Member of the European Parliament, for an exchange of views on the European Commission’s proposal for a European Pillar of Social Rights; and receives Mr Manfred Weber, President of the European People’s Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Mr Andrus Ansip receives Mr Markus Borchert, President of Digitaleurope and Senior Vice-President, Market Europe at Nokia.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Astana, Kazakhstan: meets Mr Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan; and Mr Kanat Bozumbayev, Minister for Energy of Kazakhstan.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in London, the United Kingdom: delivers a keynote address at the 2017 International Monetary Conference.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Axel Eggert, Director-General of the European Steel Association (EUROFER); and CEOs from the European steel industry.

Mr Neven Mimica in Atlanta, the United States: participates in two panel discussions at the 108th Rotary International Convention; and meets Mr Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Bologna, Italy: participates in G7 Environment Ministerial Meeting.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Luxembourg (until 13/06): meets Mr Jacques Mézard, Minister for Agriculture and Food of France.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Berlin, Allemagne (jusqu’au 17/06): rencontre M. Sigmar Gabriel,  Ministre fédéral des Affaires étrangères et Vice-chancelier d’Allemagne; et M. Martin Schulz, Président du Parti social-démocrate d’Allemagne; et participe à la conférence “Africa Partnership : Investing in a Common Future” organisée par la présidence allemande du G20.  

Mr Phil Hogan in Luxembourg: meets Mr Jacques Mézard, Minister for Agriculture and Food of France; Mr Tarmo Tamm, Minister for Rural Affairs of Estonia; and Mr Andrew McDowell, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Mr Carlos Moedas delivers a keynote speech at the European Open Science Cloud Summit, in Brussels.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Strasbourg, France: participates in the European Parliament Plenary debates on the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA), the FP7 cost-effectiveness and the Midterm review of H2020.

 

Mardi 13 juin 2017

College meeting

European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

Agriculture and Fisheries Council

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg, France: addresses the plenary of the European Parliament on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus+ programme;receives Mr Ximo Puig, President of the regional Government of Valencia, Spain;andparticipates in the meeting of the European People’s Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament.

Ms Federica Mogherini in Oslo, Norway: attends the Oslo Forum co-hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Norway and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Strasbourg, France: meets Mr Joseph Daul, President of the European People’s Party (EPP).

Mr Karmenu Vella in Strasbourg, France: meets Mr Jacques Mézard, Minister for Agriculture and Food of France; and Mr Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, Minister for Plantation Industries and Commodities of Malaysia.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Luxembourg: meets leading representatives of European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM).

Ms Vĕra Jourová in Strasbourg, France: signs the accession of the EU to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention).

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Strasbourg, France: addresses the plenary of the European Parliament on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus+ programme; and inaugurates the Erasmus+ Exhibition.

Ms Corina Creţu in Greece (until 16/06): in Athens: participates in event on Resilience Cities, together with Mr Yiorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens; and meets representatives of the Romanian community in Athens.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Copenhagen, Denmark: meets Mr Kristian Jensen, Minister for Finance of Denmark.

 

Mercredi 14 juin 2017

European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg, France: addresses the plenary of the European Parliament on the preparations of the upcoming European Council; and attends the speech by Mr Alassane Ouattara, President of Ivory Coast, to the plenary of the European Parliament

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary-General of the Council of Europe.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Luxembourg: meets Mr Rimantas Šadžius, Member of the European Court of Auditors (ECA); and participates in a working dinner with Mr Jānis Reirs, Minister for Welfare of Latvia.

Mr Günther Oettinger in Warsaw, Poland: attends the V4+4 conference on future of EU Budget.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis delivers a speech at the meeting of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste, in Brussels.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Rome, Italy (until 15/06): visits Fucino Space Centre.

Ms Vĕra Jourová delivers a keynote speech at a conference for the Launching of the European Barnahus Movement on innovative ways to support child victims of violence, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Varna, Bulgaria (until 15/06): meets Ms Lilyana Pavlova, Minister for the EU Presidency of Bulgaria; Mr Krasen Kralev, Minister for Youth and Sports; Mr Ivan Portnih, Mayor of Varna; Mr Krasimir Valchev, Minister for Education and Science; and representatives of Varna universities; delivers an opening speech at the Annual meeting of the youth organisations under the theme “Youth Spaces”; and participates in a Citizens’ Dialogue.

Ms Corina Creţu in Chios, Greece: meets Ms Christiana Kalogirou, Governor of North Aegean region; and mayors of the North Aegean islands; and visits two EU-funded projects “Mastiha Museum” and “Nea Moni (New Monastery)”.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Leiden, the Netherlands: delivers a “Europa Lecture” at Leiden University.

Mr Carlos Moedas receives Ms Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

Jeudi 15 juin 2017

European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

15-16/06 EU – US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Geert Bourgeois, Minister-President of Flanders, Belgium.

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Belœil, Belgium: delivers a speech entitled “L’avenir de l’Europe” at a conference organised by the “Cercle de Belœil”.

Mr Frans Timmermans in Prague, the Czech Republic: delivers a keynote speech at the Prague European Summit; and meets Mr Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Ms Federica Mogherini in Oulu, Finland: participates in the high-level event on EU Arctic Policy “A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches”.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Valletta, Malta: participates in the Digital Assembly conference organised by the European Commission and the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a keynote speech at the 2017 Water Innovation Europe conference, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica meets the National Authorising Officers of Western Africa, in Brussels.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Oulu, Finland (until 16/06): participates in the 2nd “Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit” in the panel “Visions for the Future”; and in the high-level event on EU Arctic Policy “A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches”.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos, Ms Vĕra Jourová and Mr Julian King in Valetta, Malta (until 16/06): participate in the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting.

Ms Marianne Thyssen in Luxembourg: participates in the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council; and in meeting of the Council on the Pillar of Social Rights.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Luxembourg: participe à la réunion annuelle du Conseil des gouverneurs du mécanisme européen de stabilité (MES).

Ms Violeta Bulc in Arnhem-Nijmegen, the Netherlands (until 16/06): participates in the global cycling summit Velo-City 2017; and delivers keynote speeches during the plenary and Mayors’ sessions of the summit.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Rome, Italy: delivers a speech at high-level conference “Space Policy for EU Integration”.

Ms Corina Creţu in Leros, Greece: meets Mr George Hadjimarkos, Governor of the South Aegean region; and mayors of South Aegean islands; and visits an EU-funded project: “Artemis Leros Boatyard”.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Bornholm, Denmark (until 16/06): attends “Folkemøde” – Denmark’s Political Festival.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Paris, France:delivers a keynote speech at Viva Technology Conference on “Tech & Politics”.

Vendredi 16 juin 2017

Economic and Financial Affairs Council in Luxembourg

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

EU – US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Yves Pozzo di Borgo and Mr Simon Sutour, Members of the French Senate.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič delivers a keynote speech at “Tackling energy poverty in Europe – What more needs to be done?” event, organised by the European Policy Centre, in Brussels.

00:00 Mr Valdis Dombrovskis

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Christian Thimann, Chairperson of the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and Group Head of Regulation, Sustainability and Insurance Foresight at the AXA Group.

Mr Johannes Hahn in Azerbaijan: on official visit.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Oulu, Finland (until 16/06): participates in the Arctic Stakeholder Forum “European investment priorities for the Arctic” as part of the high-level event on EU Arctic Policy “A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches”.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Luxembourg: meets Mr Florian-Dorel Bodog, Minister for Health of Romania; Mr Juha Rehula, Minister for Family Affairs and Social Services of Finland; Ms Ellen Trane Nørby, Minister for Health of Denmark; and Ms Edith Schippers, Minister for Health, Welfare and Sports of the Netherlands.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos, Ms Vĕra Jourová and Mr Julian King in Valetta, Malta: participate in the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting.

Ms Marianne Thyssen receives Mr Herman Van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council.

Mr Christos Stylianides in Nicosia, Cyprus: meets Mr Demetris Syllouris, President of the House of Representatives of Cyprus; presents the White Paper on the Future of Europe to the House of Representatives of Cyprus; and holds a speech at the Association for Social Reforms (OPEK).

Ms Corina Creţu in Athens, Greece: delivers a keynote speech at event on entrepreneurship, innovation and smart specialisation, organised by Attica region; visits an EU-funded project “State Museum of Modern Art”, accompanied by Ms Rena Dourou, Governor of Attica region; an EU-funded project: “Institute of Geodynamics National Observatory of Athens“; and meets Mr Dimitri Papadimitriou, Minister for Economy and Development of Greece; and Mr Alexis Charitsis,  Alternate Minister for Economy and Development.

 

Samedi 17 juin 2017

M. Frans Timmermans participe au colloque “Demain, une Union dans la fraternité” organisé par La Grande Loge de Belgique, à Bruxelles.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Berlin, Allemagne: rencontre M. Wolfgang Schäuble, Ministre fédéral allemand des Finances; et participe au Körber History Forum “Connecting Politics and History”, organisé par la Fondation Körber.

Ms Violeta Bulc in Florence, Italy: participates in the Executive Symposium on European Regulation of Airport Charges.

 

Prévisions du mois de juin:

12-13/06 Agriculture and Fisheries Council

12-15/06 European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

15/06 Eurogroup

15/06 Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

15-16/06 EU – US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

16/06 Economic and Financial Affairs Council

16/06 Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

19/06 Foreign Affairs Council

19/06 Environment Council

20/06 General Affairs Council

23/06 European Council

 

Permanence DG COMM le WE du 10 au 11 juin 2017:

Alexander WINTERSTEIN: +32 (0) 460 79 32 65

Permanence RAPID – GSM: +32 (0) 498 982 748

Service Audiovisuel, planning studio – tél. : +32 (0)2/295 21 23

General Market

Daily News 16/12/15

President Juncker addresses the European Parliament on preparations for the European Council and calls for swift adoption of the new package on external borders

The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, today set out at the European Parliament plenary what can be expected at this week’s European Council (17-18 December). Setting out the comprehensive package of measures to strengthen the European Union’s external borders that the Commission adopted yesterday, President Juncker said, “We want to defend everything that Schengen represents, and as we prepare for a new year, our determination is stronger than ever. So let me tell you: Schengen is here to stay.” In its latest response to the refugee crisis, the Commission is proposing a new European Border and Coast Guard. “We Europeans no longer have many borders – we have one and we have a shared responsibility to protect it,” said President Juncker. Underlining the principle of shared responsibility, the President made it clear that “Member States will continue to keep their competence and sovereignty on their borders. They will continue to manage the external border day to day. The European Border and Coast Guard will assess migratory flows across the whole of the Union, identify our weak spots, and require Member States to take action when needed. Member States will be able to request joint operations and rapid border interventions. But where urgent problems persist and no action is taken, the Commission will assume its responsibility for the system as a whole and take together with the Member States appropriate decisions for the European Border and Coast Guard to intervene. If there is a serious problem at our external border, we cannot stand aside and do nothing. We have to act.” President Juncker called on the European Parliament and Council to treat the proposals as a matter of urgency. The President’s speech can be found here. (For more information: Margaritis Schinas – Tel.: +32 229 60524; Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456)

Refugee Crisis: Commission Presents Borders Package, Adopts Progress Reports on Migration in Greece, Italy and the Western Balkans, and Proposes Voluntary Humanitarian Admission Scheme with Turkey

Yesterday, the European Commission has adopted a substantial package of new measures setting out a common approach to managing Europe’s external borders and preserving the security of the internal Schengen area of free movement. The Commission has also reported on progress made by Greece and Italy in implementing the Hotspot system, and the steps taken by countries on the Western Balkans’ route following October’s Leaders Meeting. The Commission has also proposed a temporary suspension of Sweden’s obligations under the EU relocation scheme. Finally, the Commission has proposed a voluntary humanitarian admission scheme with Turkey. European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “In an area of free movement without internal borders, managing Europe’s external borders must be a shared responsibility. The crisis has exposed clear weaknesses and gaps in existing mechanisms aimed at making sure that EU standards are upheld. Therefore, it is now time to move to a truly integrated system of border management.” European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos added: “The current migration and security challenges know no borders, and require a truly European approach. Where Frontex used to be limited to supporting Member States in managing their external borders, the new Border Agency will go beyond this. What we are creating today is more Europe: to manage our external borders, to step up returns of irregular migrants, to allow our asylum system to function properly for those in need and to strengthen checks at the external borders of the European Union.” A recording of First Vice-President Timmermans’ and Commissioner Avramopoulos’ press conference can be found here. (For more information: Mina Andreeva – Tel.: +32 229 91382; Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Tim McPhie – Tel.: +32 229 58602; Markus Lammert – Tel.: +32 229 80423)

Commission confirms and welcomes the participation of Ireland in the EU relocation scheme

The Commission has today confirmed the participation of Ireland in the EU relocation scheme. In line with its ‘opt in’ under the Lisbon Treaty, Ireland notified the Commission on 6 October of its wish to participate in this Council Decision and to relocate 600 applicants for international protection from Italy and Greece. In accordance with the Treaty provisions, the Commission has today confirmed that the Council Decision now applies to Ireland. Relocations to Ireland can start immediately. On 14 September 2015, the Council adopted a Decision to implement a European relocation scheme for 40,000 applicants for international protection, following a Commission proposal to support Italy and Greece in coping with the extraordinary arrivals they were facing. The Relocation Scheme is accessible to persons who arrive on the territory of Italy and Greece from 15 August 2015 until 16 September 2017, from nationalities whose average asylum acceptance rate is over 75%. At the time the Decision was taken this concerned Syrians and Eritreans. It now also concerns Iraqis. For more information on relocation and the state of play of on-going relocations, see here. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Markus Lammert – Tel.: +32 229 80423)

Agreement on Commission’s EU data protection reform will boost Digital Single Market

Yesterday, an agreement was found on the European Commission’s EU Data Protection Reform with the European Parliament and the Council, following final negotiations between the three institutions (so-called ‘trilogue’ meetings).More than 90% of Europeans say they want the same data protection rights across the EU – and regardless of where their data is processed: this will soon be a reality. The Reform package will put an end to the patchwork of data protection rules that currently exists in the EU. Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, welcomed the agreement: “The agreement is a major step towards a Digital Single Market. It will remove barriers and unlock opportunities. The digital future of Europe can only be built on trust. With solid common standards for data protection, people can be sure they are in control of their personal information. We should not see privacy and data protection as holding back economic activities. They are, in fact, an essential competitive advantage. Today’s agreement builds a strong basis to help Europe develop innovative digital services.” An agreement was first reached on the General Data Protection Regulation, which will enable people to better control their personal data and allow businesses to make the most of the opportunities of the Digital Single Market by cutting red tape and benefiting from reinforced consumer trust. Another deal was struck on theData Protection Directive for the police and criminal justice sector which ensures that the data of victims, witnesses or suspects of crimes, are duly protected in the context of a criminal investigation or a law enforcement action. These harmonised rules will at the same time facilitate cross-border cooperation of police or prosecutors to combat crime and terrorism more effectively across Europe. Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality added: Today we deliver on the promise of the Juncker Commission to finalise data protection reform in 2015. These new pan-European rules are good for citizens and good for businesses. Citizens and businesses will profit from clear rules that are fit for the digital age, that give strong protection and at the same time create opportunities and encourage innovation in a European Digital Single Market. And harmonised data protection rules for police and criminal justice authorities will ease law enforcement cooperation between Member States based on mutual trust, contributing to the European Agenda for Security. See press release here. (For more information: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253; Melanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659)

EU announces new decisions to better manage migration and to address the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement

The European Commission has today announced a total of 16 actions worth almost €300 million to address the root causes of irregular migration and displacement, and to increase the positive impact of migration on the economic and social development in countries of origin, transit and destination of migratory flows. This includes a package of 10 actions for an amount of €253 million in the Horn of Africa, decided today by the first Operational Committee meeting of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, set-up at record speed to respond to the challenges of instability, irregular migration and forced displacement. Further Operational Committee meetings will be held as of the beginning of 2016 to decide on new actions. EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, said: “The adoption of the five-pillar action plan at the Valletta Summit on migration was a major first step towards a renewed partnership with African countries to address migration, mobility and forced displacement through concrete action. Today we are taking the second step, showing the real work has started. The fast-tracked approval of today’s new projects proves that this is not business as usual“. A press release and two factsheets are available. (For more information: Alexandre Polack – Tel.: +32 229 90677; Sharon Zarb – Tel.: +32 229 92256)

Record EU humanitarian budget adopted for 2016

The European Commission has today adopted its humanitarian aid budget for 2016. With nearly €1.1 billion as an initial allocation, it is the highest EU humanitarian budget for life-saving relief in man-made and natural disasters to date. The record budget comes as global humanitarian needs are increasing due to the growing number of refugees and displaced persons as a result of armed conflict, the increasing impact of natural disasters, climate change and the economic crisis. The delivery of aid and access to beneficiaries has also become more dangerous. “Next year we’ll have a record budget due to tragically high levels of needs. The EU will continue to play its role to address the needs of the most vulnerable and can be proud to remain among the leading global donors of humanitarian assistance in 2016. At the same, I call on other donors to step up their commitments. From the refugee crisis to the impact of natural disasters, a stronger global response is needed.” said Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management. The 2016 humanitarian budget will address the external dimension of the refugee crisis in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, the Western Balkans and Iraq. It will also assist people affected by other conflicts, such as in South Sudan and Ukraine, and it will address the needs of communities affected by complex and recurring crisis in the Sahel region and Lake Chad Basin. The funding will also help vulnerable people caught up in many of the world’s ‘forgotten crises’, such as to displaced people in Colombia, Myanmar and Afghanistan, which otherwise escape the attention of the international community. Read more in the press release here. (For more information: Alexandre Polack – Tel.: +32 229 90677; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 69140)

Making progress on better regulation: Commission endorses better law-making deal and appoints REFIT Platform members

On 15 December, the Commission endorsed a new Inter-institutional Agreement (IIA) on Better Law-Making with the European Parliament and Council to improve the quality and the results of European legislation. The agreement will enter into force once approved by all three institutions. The Commission has also approved today the appointment of the 18 members of the stakeholder group of the new REFIT Platform, an important tool to identify how existing laws might be improved with the help of those that have to comply with and benefit from them every day. These are important steps in implementing the Better Regulation for Better Results Communication that the Commission adopted in May 2015. First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “The Commission is committed to change how we do business in Brussels, and these are two important steps. The three institutions are agreeing to focus their energy on joint priorities where European action is clearly needed, and to give just as much attention to reviewing and improving existing rules. The REFIT Platform’s expertise will also help us to have an open, transparent and inclusive dialogue on how to best remove any unnecessary burdens and improve the quality of our laws.” A press release and memo are available. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tim McPhie – Tel.: +32 229 58602)

Agreement on Commission’s proposal to increase protection of children in criminal proceedings

Yesterday, an agreement was found with the European Parliament and the Council, following final negotiations between the three institutions (so-called ‘trilogue’ meetings), on the Commission’s proposal to increase the protection of children in criminal proceedings. Commissioner Věra Jourová, EU’s Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, welcomed the agreement: “Children need specific safeguards when facing criminal justice as they are particularly vulnerable. This proposal will better protect the 1 million children in the EU who are estimated to come into contact with police and judiciary every year. The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights states that we must act in the child’s best interests.Today’s breakthrough is an important step to better protect children and their rights if suspected or accused of a crime.” The rules will make sure that children will in most cases be assisted by a lawyer. Children are also set to benefit from other safeguards such as being assisted by their parents (or other appropriate persons) or not being questioned in public hearings. Children will also have the right to an individual assessment to make sure that their specific needs concerning protection, education, training and social integration are taken into account. Finally, children should be detained separately from adult inmates, to prevent ill-treatment and abuse. More information can be found in the press release and here. (For more information: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253; Melanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659)

EU provides €30 million to support reform efforts in Armenia

The European Commission has announced a new support programme of €30 million to help Armenia provide better work opportunities to it citizens, strengthen the country’s fiscal governance, and improve the participation of Armenia’s civil society in the democratic decision making processes. Announcing the package, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, said: “This renewed support to our eastern neighbour will allow crucial reforms to take place. This is good news for Armenian citizens as these reforms, be it through better public services or increased job opportunities will benefit them directly.” A press release and a factsheet are available. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Alceo Smerilli – Tel.: +32 229 64887)

Bringing candidate countries closer to the EU with cross-border cooperation: Commission adopts a programme for Italy, Albania and Montenegro

Yesterday the European Commission adopted the new cross-border cooperation programme for Italy, Montenegro and Albania, worth nearly €93 million, with almost €79 million coming from the European Regional Development Fund and the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA). This is the last cross-border cooperation programme to be adopted in 2015. Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu said: “I am glad to have adopted this programme today: it is a perfect example of how the EU mobilises its resources to bring candidate countries closer to the EU. Our interreg programmes are known to be real European success stories, as they create a real sense of solidarity and belonging beyond borders.” Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said: “This new cross-border cooperation programme contributes to pave the way for smart and sustainable economic development of the beneficiary area, which includes two candidate countries (Albania and Montenegro). The programme will support competitiveness of SME’s, environment protection and promotion of climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as the improvement of public infrastructure and transport.” A press release is available here. (For more information: Jakub Adamowicz – Tel.: +32 229 50595; Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570)

Ministers agree on fishing catch limits for 2016

EU ministers have reached an agreement on fishing opportunities for 2016 in the Atlantic, North Sea and Black Sea, following discussions at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 14 and 15 December. Karmenu Vella, the EU’s Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, had presented the Commission’s proposals to the Council and participated in the negotiations. Reacting to the outcome of the Council, Commissioner Vella said: “Our responsibility to our citizens and to the sector is to deliver on the objectives and ambitions of the Common Fisheries Policy. One of the fundamental objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy is that stocks are fished at a level that can keep them at maximum sustainable yield. We cannot jeopardise the longer term sustainability for the shorter term considerations. With this said, I am happy to announce that we have made good progress together with the Member States.” The Commission’s goal, and one of the pillars of the EU’s reformed Common Fisheries Policy(CFP), is to have all stocks fished at sustainable levels by 2020 at the latest. Fishing at Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) levels allows the fishing industry to take the highest amount of fish from the sea while keeping fish stocks healthy. Europe started in 2009 with only 5 Total Allowable Catches of stocks to MSY. Yesterday’s agreement will bring 36 stocks to MSY in the North Sea, the Atlantic and the Baltic Sea and sets the foundation so that all stocks are fished at sustainable levels in the next two years. The CFP also aims to eliminate the wasteful practice of discards in EU fisheries by gradually introducing an obligation to land all catches. The agreement therefore includes so-called quota “top-ups” for some fisheries that will come under the landing obligation in 2016. Full remarks by Commissioner Vella at press conference can be found here. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172; Iris Petsa – Tel.: +32 229 93321)

Aviation: Commission adopts new rules on aircraft tracking

Only days after the adoption of the new Aviation Strategy and the update of the Air Safety List, today the Commission took further action to enhance air safety by adopting new rules on aircraft tracking. These rules, which cover flight recorders, underwater locating devices and aircraft tracking systems, aim to address the issues raised by the accident of Air France flight AF447 in June 2009 and the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in March 2014. EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: “For the general public, it is not understandable that aircrafts are not permanently tracked wherever they fly. The rules we adopted today aim to address this deficiency. They are also another concrete step to show that safety of European citizens is an absolute priority of the Commission.” A press release is available in EN, FR and DE. (For more information: Jakub Adamowicz – Tel.: +32 229 50595; Alexis Perier – Tel.: +32 229 69143)

EU welcomes Liberia to the World Trade Organisation at the 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi

The European Commission welcomes the decision of the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to approve the accession of Liberia to the WTO. Once it will have ratified this decision, Liberia will become the 163rd Member of the WTO. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, who is present at the 10th Ministerial Conference of the WTO in Nairobi this week greeted the news saying: “The EU is very pleased to welcome Liberia – our partner in the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific group – as a new member of the WTO. This is a clear and tangible demonstration of our joint commitment to integrate the world’s least developed countries into the global trading system.” More background information on Liberia’s accession is available here. In her statement at the plenary of the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference, Commissioner Malmström reminded that the EU has worked hard to make this conference a success and that a substantially different approach is needed if the WTO is to regain the central role it deserves in trade negotiations: “For the last two years we have worked intensively to set the stage for this Ministerial Conference. The European Union, as a strong and dedicated supporter of the multilateral system, is clearly worried by this situation. We have to deliver for the world’s Least Developed Countries. The time has come to conclude this deal and there is no better place than Nairobi to do it.” The full speech as well as photo and video footage of Commissioner Malmström at the plenary is available online. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: +32 229 56 185; Joseph Waldstein – Tel.: +32 229 56184)

State aid: Commission approves restructuring aid to Hungarian bank MKB

The European Commission has concluded that Hungarian plans to grant state aid for the restructuring of Hungarian bank Magyar Kereskedelmi Bank Zrt (MKB) are in line with EU state aid rules. In particular, the Commission found that MKB’s restructuring plan will enable the bank to become viable in the long-term and ensured that the bank’s owners contribute to the cost of restructuring while limiting the distortions of competition created by the aid. Commissioner in charge of competition policy Margrethe Vestager said: “Today’s decision is an important step for the restructuring of MKB. Once it has cleaned up its balance sheet, MKB can focus on lending to Hungarian businesses and retail clients, and follow its restructuring plan to become viable on its own in the long run.” A full press release is online in EN, FR, DE and HU. (For more information: Lucia Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

Mergers: Commission clears Trafigura’s acquisition of de facto sole control of Nyrstar

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of sole control of Nyrstar of Belgium by Trafigura of the Netherlands. Trafigura is one of the world’s leading independent commodity traders, specialising in oil, minerals and metals markets. Nyrstar is an integrated mining and metals business, with established positions in zinc and lead. The Commission has concluded that the proposed acquisition of control of Nyrstar by Trafigura would not raise competition concerns in the European Economic Area (EEA) market for zinc metal because the companies are not close competitors and alternative suppliers would remain active after the merger. The transaction was examined under the normal merger review procedure. Trafigura has been building up its stake in Nyrstar over time until reaching a level of around 20% that, on the basis of historical attendance rates of Nyrstar’s shareholders’ meetings, leads to control over a stable majority of votes. Therefore the transaction is deemed to be notifiable under EU merger rules. A full press release is online in EN, FR, DE and NL. More information is available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.7779. (For more information: Lucia Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Carolina Luna Gordo – Tel.: +32 229 68386)

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Amlin by MS&AD in insurance sector

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Amlin plc of the United Kingdom by MS&AD Insurance Group of Japan, via its wholly owned subsidiary Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance. Both Amlin and MS&AD provide non-life insurance and reinsurance. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns because either the overlaps between the companies’ activities are not significant or the increment in market shares resulting from the transaction is very limited. The transaction was assessed 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.7803. (For more information: Lucia Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Carolina Luna Gordo – Tel.: +32 229 68386)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of SolarWinds by Thoma Bravo and Silver Lake Group

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of SolarWinds by Thoma Bravo and Silver Lake Group, all of the United States. Thoma Bravo and Silver Lake Group are both private equity firms. SolarWinds designs, develops and supplies enterprise-class information technology infrastructure management software to IT professionals to manage on-premise, hybrid cloud and public cloud environments. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, given the limited increase in market shares resulting from the merger and the presence of other strong competitors in the relevant 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.7856. (For more information: Lucia Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Carolina Luna Gordo – Tel.: +32 229 68386)

EUROSTAT: Annual inflation up to 0.2% in the euro area

Euro area annual inflation was 0.2% in November2015, up from 0.1% in October. In November 2014 the rate was 0.3%. European Union annual inflation was 0.1% in November2015, up from 0.0% in October. A year earlier the rate was 0.3%. These figures come from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In November2015, negative annual rates were observed in twelve Member States. The lowest annual rates were registered in Cyprus (-1.5%), Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia (all -0.9%). The highest annual rates were recorded in Belgium (1.4%), Malta (1.3%) and Sweden (0.8%). Compared with October2015, annual inflation fell in ten Member States, remained stable in two and rose in fifteen. The largest upward impacts to euro area annual inflation came from vegetables and restaurants & cafés (both +0.10 percentage points) and fruit (+0.08 pp), while fuels for transport (-0.54 pp), heating oil (-0.21 pp) and gas (-0.10 pp) had the biggest downward impacts. A Eurostat press release can be found here. (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Annikky Lamp – Tel.: +32 229 56151)

EUROSTAT: Euro area international trade in goods surplus €24.1 billion

The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in October 2015 was €181.1 billion, an increase of 1% compared with October 2014 (€180.1 billion). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €157.0 bn, nearly stable compared with October 2014 (€157.7 billion). As a result, the euro area recorded a €24.1 billion surplus in trade in goods with the rest of the world in October 2015, compared with +€22.4 billion in October 2014. Intra-euro area trade rose to €150.1 billion in October 2015, up by 1% compared with October 2014. A Eurostat press release can be found here. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: +32 229 56185; Joseph Waldstein – Tel.: +32 229 56184)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commission strengthens top management: appoints new Director-General for DG Justice and Consumers, three Deputy Directors-General and a Director

The European Commission has appointed, as of 1 February 2016, Ms Tiina Astolaas Director-General for Justice and Consumers. As of today, Ms Sixtine Bouygues and Mr Margaritis Schinas will join the top management team of DG Communication as Deputy-Directors General. Finally, Ms Claire Bury will move across from DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs to become Deputy Director-General of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology as of 1 January 2016. All four managers will bring highly relevant expertise to their new jobs. More information about their backgrounds is available in the press release here (also in FR, DE, FI, EL). The Commission has also appointed Mr Matthias Oel to the position of Director “Migration and Security funds” in DG Migration and Home Affairs. Mr Oel, a German national, has been working in the EU institutions in Brussels – the European Commission and the Council – since 1995. He joined DG Migration and Home Affairs in 2012, first as Head of the “DG HOME Task Force Greece” and then, as of 2013, as Head of Unit “Asylum”. (For more information: Alexander Winterstein – Tel.: +32 229 93265; Andreana Stankova – Tel.: +32 229 57857)    

General Market

CALENDRIER du 30 novembre au 6 décembre 2015

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

Dimanche 29 novembre

Meeting of the EU heads of state or government with Turkey, in Brussels.

 

Lundi 30 novembre

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

President Jean-Claude Juncker, Ms Federica Mogherini and Mr Miguel Arias Cañete participate in the opening of COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Paris.

In the margins of COP21, President Jean-Claude Juncker holds bilateral meetings with Canadian Prime Minister, Mr Justin P.J. Trudeau and Ukrainian President, Mr Petro Poroshenko.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Henk Kamp, Minister for Economic Affairs of the Netherlands.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives representatives of the Green 10 environmental NGOs.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Luxembourg: takes part in the conclusions of workshops and informal exchange of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Network meeting; addresses the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC); meets with Ms Marietta Karamanli, rapporteure sur le projet de loi République numérique de l’Assemblée Nationale française; delivers a speech and participates in a discussion at LIV COSAC meeting (Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union).

Mr Maroš Šefčovič participates in the viEUws live panel debate on the State of the Energy Union, in Brussels.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives a delegation from Intel.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives the executive leadership of Europeana (European Digital Library).

Johannes Hahn attends the IFIs (International financial institutions) South meeting addressing the opening and closing sessions, in Brussels.

Johannes Hahn receives Mr Ranko Krivokapić, President of the Parliament of Montenegro.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Paris: delivers a speech at the Centenary Conference of the CCSF (Chambre de Commerce Suédoise en France).

Mr Karmenu Vella receives Mr Branimir Gvozdenović, Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro.

Mr Karmenu Vella receives Mr Jeremy Wates, Secretary General of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB).

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis is in the U.S. (30/11- 04/12). On 30/11 in Atlanta: meets with Mr Tom Frieden, Director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including a site visit.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos in Sweden: meets with Mr Morgan Johansson, Minister for Justice and Migration, and Mr Anders Ygeman, Minister for Home Affairs.

Mme Marianne Thyssen rencontre Mr Bart Tommelein, Secrétaire d’Etat à la Lutte contre la fraude sociale en Belgique, à Bruxelles.

Mme Marianne Thyssen donne un discours lors de la conférence Benelux sur le rôle de la coopération régionale dans la lutte européenne contre le dumping social, à Bruxelles.

M. Pierre Moscovici reçoit des représentants des associations d’éditeurs belges de presse quotidienne et de magazines.

M. Pierre Moscovici conclue le colloque organisé par France Stratégie à l’Assemblée Nationale française sur le financement climatique, à Paris.

Mr Phil Hogan receives Mr Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Mr Jonathan Hill receives Mr Troels Lund Poulsen, Danish Minister for Business and Growth.

Ms Corina Creţu meets with representatives of the European Regions, in Brussels.

Ms Margrethe Vestager receives Mr Emmanuel Macron, French Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs.

Mr Carlos Moedas delivers an opening speech at the stakeholder workshop of the high-level group on the European Open Science Cloud, in Brussels.

Mr Carlos Moedas delivers a speech at the seminar “EU Innovation Union Strategy and the Black Sea Region” at the European Parliament, in Brussels.

 

Mardi 1 décembre

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Emomali Rahmon, President of Tajikistan.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Stéphane Dion, Foreign Minister of Canada.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Witold Waszczykowski, Polish Foreign Minister.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Emomali Rahmon, President of Tajikistan.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Ms Federica Mogherini participates at the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting, in Brussels.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva receives Mr Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva attends a meeting of the High-Level Group on Own Resources.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva receives Mr Philippe Le Houérou,Executive Vice-President and CEO of International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group.

Mr Andrus Ansip delivers a speech on Digital Single Market at the e-Government Conference on “Simple, secure & transparent public services”; Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič receives Mr Cyril Muller, Vice-President of the World Bank Group for Europe and Central Asia.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič receives Mr Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis delivers a speech at the conference “Completing the European Economic and Monetary Union Challenges and Opportunities for Belgium”, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen presents the Investment Plan for Europe at the Competitiveness Council.

Mr Jyrki Katainen meets with Mr Robert Greifeld, CEO of Nasdaq, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office.

Mr Günther Oettinger in Germany and Austria: speaks at the Conference “50 Years Copyright”, in Berlin; meets with Governor Wilfried Haslauer and State Parliamentary President, Ms Brigitta Pallauf, in Salzburg.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives the Management of the German Public Broadcaster, ARD.

Mr Johannes Hahn chairs the first high-level meeting between the European Commission and IFIs on enhanced cooperation for the enlargement and neighbourhood regions of Europe, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Alexey Ulyukaev, Russian Minister of Economic Development and Mr Pavlo Klimkin, Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, for trilateral talks between the European Union, Ukraine and the Russian Federation on the implementation of the Ukraine-European Union Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.

Mr Karmenu Vella receives Mr Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals.

Mr Karmenu Vella receives Mr Luca Visentini, General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis is in the U.S. (30/11- 04/12). On 01/12 in Boston: attends an event at Harvard Faculty Club on transatlantic relations and food policy; meets with Professor Walter Willett, Chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School; participates in a special session with Professor David Bloom’s class on ‘public health challenges in the EU’, at the Department of Global Health and Population from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; visits the Sanofi-Genzyme headquarters.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos in Paris: addresses the Committee on European Affairs of the French Assemblée Nationale.

Mr Christos Stylianides attends the opening of the Syria photo exhibition at the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Phil Hogan delivers a speech at the EU Agricultural Outlook Conference, on “The CAP: meeting the major challenges”, at the Charlemagne building, in Brussels.

Mr Phil Hogan receives Mr Franz Fischler, President of the European Forum Alpbach, and former European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries.

Mr Jonathan Hill in London: meets with Mr John McFarlane, Chairman of the board of TheCityUK; meets with Mr Jes Staley, CEO of Barclays; delivers a speech with Mr Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg Finance Minister, at an event organised by TheCityUK; meets with Mr Mark Goldring, Executive Director of Oxfam UK.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska takes part in the ITRE committee discussions on the 2016 work programme at the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska receives Mr Loïc Armand, Cosmetics Europe President, and Mr John Chave, Director-General, to discuss the situation in the cosmetics sector.

Mr Tibor Navracsics receives Prof. Patrick Cunningham, Emeritus Professor of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin, and former Chief Scientific Advisor to the Irish Government, for a hand-over of the 7th Framework Programme ex-Post evaluation report on the Joint Research Centre.

Ms Corina Creţu receives Mr Siim Kallas, Chairman of the High-Level Group on Simplification.

Ms Corina Creţu and Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska receive Mr Phil Wynn Owen, member of the Court of Auditors.

Mr Carlos Moedas meets with Ms Carmen Vela, Spanish Secretary of State for Innovation, in Brussels.

Mr Carlos Moedas meets with Ms Johanna Wanka, German Minister for Education, in Brussels.

Mr Carlos Moedas signs Tunisia’s Accession Agreement to the Horizon 2020 programme with Mr Chiheb Bouden, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Tunisia, followed by a bilateral meeting.

Mercredi 2 décembre

College meeting, in Brussels.

European Parliament plenary session, in Brussels.

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, Prime Minister of Vietnam.

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr José Maria Neves, Prime Minister of Cape Verde.

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Ms Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Vice-president of Les Républicains.

Ms Federica Mogherini participates in the signature of the agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Colombia on the short-stay visa waiver, followed by a bilateral with Mr Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva hosts a Budget focused on results meeting with special speaker Ms Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Ms Kristalina Georgieva receives Mr Kees Vendrik, Vice-President of the Court of Audit of the Netherlands.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva attends a meeting of the Irish women working in the EU.

Mr Andrus Ansip, Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska and Mr Carlos Moedas speak at AmCham EU’s 3rd Annual Transatlantic Digital Economy Conference, in Brussels.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis participates in Economic and Financial Affairs Committee at the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen speaks at the Economic Ideas Forum in Brussels at a roundtable entitled “The Collaborative Economy as a Driver of Growth and Jobs”.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Matti Lievonen, CEO of Neste.

M. Günther Oettinger reçoit Mme Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Vice-présidente du groupe Les Républicains.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives Mr Klaus Dieter Rennert, Chief Executive EMEA – CIS.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, Prime Minister of Vietnam.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis is in the U.S. (30/11- 04/12). On 02/12 in Washington: meets with U.S. agriculture and industry organisationson EU experience on food safety and EU efforts to fight antimicrobial resistance; attends George Washington University, School of Public Health, Department seminar on EU activities on antimicrobial resistance; meets with Ms Sylvia Burwell, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and senior US Health officials.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos receives Mr Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia.

Mr Pierre Moscovici rencontre M. François Hollande, Président de la République française, à Paris.

Mr Phil Hogan receives Mr Michel Nalet, President of the European Dairy Association.

Mr Jonathan Hill receives Mr Robert Greifeld, CEO of Nasdaq.

Mr Jonathan Hill receives representatives of Luxembourg Bankers’ Association (ABBL).

Mr Tibor Navracsics receives Mr Vinko Puljic, the Cardinal of Sarajevo.

Mr Carlos Moedas attends the meeting of the network on EU Budget focused on results.

 

Jeudi 3 décembre

Justice and Home Affairs Council, in Brussels (03-04/12).

Mr Frans Timmermans, Mr Jyrki Katainen, Mr Günther Oettinger and Mr Carlos Moedas attend the meeting of CEOs of the Business Europe Advisory and Support Group at the Berlaymont building, in Brussels.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Ms Meinie Nicolai, President of Médecins sans Frontières Belgium.

Ms Federica Mogherini participates in the OSCE Ministerial political dialogue, in Belgrade.

Mr Andrus Ansip visits London: meets with Mr John Whittingdale, Secretary State for Culture, Media and Sport and Mr Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industry; takes part in the Public and formal evidence session of the House of Lords and has a Roundtable Discussion on copyright with UK Film Industry (at Double Negative Visual Effects).

Mr Maroš Šefčovič on Energy Union Tour to Rome, Italy (03-04/12): meets with Ms Federica Guidi, Minister for Economic Development; participates in the parliamentary hearing with Industrial, Environment and European Committees of the Chamber of Deputies and the Italian Senate; participates in the Citizens’ dialogue together with Mr Gian Luca Galletti, Minister of Environment; gives a keynote speech at the “Confindustria” (Confederazione generale dell’industria italiana) event; meets with the CEOs of Eni, Terna, Enel and Edison.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis attends a meeting of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, in Frankfurt.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis on a European Semester visit to Poland (03-04/12): meets with Mr Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister of Poland; meets with social partners and members of the Polish Parliament.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Joel Kaplan, Vice-President, Global Public Policy, Facebook.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives Mr Matthias Brückmann, CEO of EWE.

M. Günther Oettinger reçoit M. Jean-Bernard Lévy, Président-Directeur général d’EDF.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, Frauenhofer Institut.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives Mr Joel Kaplan, Vice-President, Global Public Policy, Facebook.

Mr Günther Oettinger delivers a speech at “Media Leaders 2015”, in Berlin.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Volkan Bozkır, Turkish Minister of European Union Affairs.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Ms Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Austrian Minister of Interior.

 Ms Cecilia Malmström in Berlin for Citizens’ Dialogue on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Mr Neven Mimica is in Ivory Coast (03-04/12): holds a series of bilateral meetings.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Vagit Alekperov, President of Lukoil.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Paris, France (03-04/12): attends Association française des entreprises privées (AFEP) COP21 side-event on Circular Economy and Climate Change.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis is in the U.S. (30/11- 04/12). On 03/12 in Washington: meets with Congresswoman Louise Slaughter; meets with senior officials of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); meets with Mr Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative, and senior US Trade officials; attends an event on antimicrobial resistance (with U.S. Administration, NGOs, consumer organisations, farmer associations, retailers, industry associations).

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos participates in the 115th plenary session of the Committee of the Regions.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos receives Ms Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Minister of the Interior of Austria.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos, together with Ms Vĕra Jourová, launches the EU Internet Forum in the margins of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, in Brussels.

Ms Marianne Thyssen is in Sofia, Bulgaria (03-04/12): participates in Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit with European and Asian Labour Ministers; meets with Mr Boyko Borisov, Prime Minister.

M. Pierre Moscovici reçoit M. Jean-Bernard Lévy, Président-Directeur Général du groupe Électricité de France (EDF).

Mr Pierre Moscovici receives Mr Jürgen Fitschen and Mr Michael Kemmer, President and General Manager of the Federal Association of German Banks (Bundesverband Deutscher Banken).

Mr Phil Hogan in Munich: attends the “Jubiläum 70 Jahre Bayerischer Bauernverband” (70th Anniversary of the Bavarian Farmers Association).

Mr Jonathan Hill participates in the CMU Forum, hosted by Euromoney, in Brussels.

Mr Jonathan Hill receives Mr Hans Peter Wollseifer, President, Zentralverbands des Deutschen Handwerks.

Ms Vĕra Jourová meets with Mr Jari Lindström, Minister of Justice and Employment of Finland, in Brussels.

Ms Vĕra Jourová meets with Mr Ard van der Steur, Minister of Security and Justice of Netherlands, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics participates in an inter-parliamentary Conference on Education and Youth Policies at the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics meets with trainees at the European Parliament, in Brussels. 

Mr Carlos Moedas receives Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.

 

Vendredi 4 décembre

Mr Maroš Šefčovič on Energy Union Tour to Rome, Italy (03-04/12): gives a keynote speech at the conference organised by IAI (Istituto Affari Internazionali); meets with Mr Paolo Gentiloni, Minister for Foreign Affairs; meets with Mr Guido Bortoni, President of the Italian Electricity and Gas Regulatory Authority.

Mr Jyrki Katainen in Helsinki, Finland: speaks at the event Kiertotalous EU:ssa – kansainvälisen yhteistyön rakennuspalikat – “Circular Economy in EU – the building blocks of international cooperation”; meets with Mr Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland; meets with Mr Juha Sipilä, Prime Minister of Finland.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives members of the European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation Associations, EBLIDA.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives Mr Klaus Hommels, CEO of Lakestar.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives representatives of BEUC (Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs/European Consumer Organisation).

Mr Karmenu Vella in Paris, France (03-04/12): participates in the Oceans Day event at COP21 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); meets with Ms Catherine Novelli, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis is in the U.S. (30/11- 04/12). On 04/12 in Washington: meets with Mr Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; meets with Dr John Holdren, Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Dr Jo Handelsman, Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Ms Marianne Thyssen is in Sofia, Bulgaria (03-04/12): participates in Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit with European and Asian Labour Ministers; meets with Mr Ivaylo Kalfin, Minister of Labour; visits the European Social Fund project.  

M. Pierre Moscovici participe à une table ronde sur le financement climatique au Pavillon de l’Union Européenne de la COP 21, Le Bourget, France.

Mr Phil Hogan in Ireland: addresses the Agricultural European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI) Seminar on “Promoting creativity and learning through agricultural knowledge systems and interactive innovation”, in Meath; meets with Ms Margaret Ritchie, Member of Parliament for South Down, Ireland, and Mr Joe Byrne, SDLP Chairman and agriculture and rural development spokesman, in Dublin.

Mr Jonathan Hill in Venice: meets with Mr Pier Carlo Padoan, Italian Minister of Economy and Finances; meets with Mr Riccardo Donadon, CEO of H-Farm.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Mr Joel Kaplan, Vice-President, Global Public Policy, Facebook.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Ms Julie Brill, Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.  

Ms Corina Creţu receives Mr Emiliano Garcia Page, President of the Spanish Region of Castilla La Mancha.

Mr Carlos Moedas is in Lund, Sweden: participates in the “Lund Revisited: Tackling Societal Challenges” conference, where he will deliver an opening speech entititled: “The Political challenge: How to address the grand societal challenges in an aligned way.”

 

Samedi 5 décembre

 

Dimanche 6 décembre

Mr Maroš Šefčovič mets Mr Arseniy Yatseniuk, Prime Minister of Ukraine in Brussels.

Prévisions du mois de décembre:

07/12 Eurogroup, in Brussels

08/12 Economic and Financial Affairs Council, in Brussels

08/12 Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, in Brussels

09/12 Informal meeting of Ministers for Development Cooperation, in Luxembourg

10-11/12 Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, in Brussels

14-15/12 Agriculture and Fisheries Council, in Brussels

14-17/12 European Parliament plenary session, in Strasbourg

15/12 General Affairs Council, in Brussels

15/12 Foreign Affairs Council “Trade”, in Brussels

16/12 Environment Council, in Brussels

17-18/12 European Council, in Brussels

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