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Daily News 07 / 04 / 2017

Schengen Borders Code: Systematic checks of EU citizens crossing external Schengen borders mandatory as of today 

As of today, Member States are obliged to carry out systematic checks against relevant databases on EU citizens who are crossing the EU’s external borders, in addition to the systematic checks already being carried out on all third-country nationals entering the Schengen zone. Proposed by the Commission in a direct response to the attacks in Paris in November 2015 and the growing threat from foreign terrorist fighters, the new rules – adopted by the Council on 7 March – strengthen the management of our external borders. The revision ensures a good balance between the current security challenges and the need to avoid disproportionate impacts on traffic flows at border crossings. Alongside the ongoing roll-out of the European Border and Coast Guard, the reinforcement of the Schengen Borders Code reflects the EU’s joint commitment to preserving the freedom of movement within the Schengen area and ensuring the security of EU citizens. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Markus Lammert – Tel.: +32 229 80423)

Booking your holidays online: Commission and consumer protection authorities act on misleading travel booking websites

The European Commission and EU consumer protection authorities launched a coordinated screening of 352 price comparison and travel booking websites across the EU in October 2016, as these services were among the most frequent consumer complaints according to the European Consumer Centres. They found that prices were not reliable on 235 websites, two thirds of the sites checked. For example, additional price elements were added at a late stage of the booking process without clearly informing the consumer or promotional prices did not correspond to any available service. Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, said: “The Internet provides consumers with plenty of information to prepare, compare and book their holidays. However, if the reviews on comparison websites are biased or prices are not transparent, these websites are misleading consumers. The companies concerned need to respect the European consumer rules, just like a travel agent would. Consumer authorities will now require the websites to solve these issues. Consumers deserve the same protection online as offline.” Authorities have asked the websites concerned to bring their practices in line with EU consumer legislation, which requires them to be fully transparent about prices, and present their offers in a clear way, at an early stage of the booking process. A press release, a Q&A and a factsheet are available online. (For more information: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253;Mélanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659)

EU and Norway conclude negotiations to enhance trade of agricultural products 

The European Union and Norway came to an agreement which will facilitate bilateral trade in agricultural products, allowing EU exporters to reinforce their position on their 8th largest export market for agricultural products. Commissioner for agriculture, Phil Hogan, today said: “I welcome this agreement, which will facilitate trade between the EU and Norway. It will provide more market opportunities for our EU producers and contribute to the continuation of our EU agri-food export success. The EU is the number 1 agri-food exporter in the world with €130 billion of exports in 2016.” The agreement reached following two years of negotiations will grant mutual duty-free access for 36 tariff lines, including for example various types of live plants, corn for feed, various berries and fermented beverages such as perry and cider. As regards products such as meat, dairy, grains, vegetables and ornamental plants, the EU and Norway will grant each other tariff quotas. The draft agreements will now be forwarded to the relevant authorities in the EU and Norway, for scrutiny and formal adoption before their final entry into force. The exports of EU agricultural products to Norway have been steadily growing over the last decade and almost doubled during this period to €2.5 billion. Norway is a net importer of agricultural products and the agricultural trade balance is in favour of the EU. More information is available online.(For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: +32 229 56185; Clémence Robin – Tel: +32 229 52509)

Plus de 48 000 producteurs laitiers européens ont réduit leur production grâce au programme lancé par la Commission européenne

Les résultats définitifs du programme européen de réduction de la production laitière révèlent que 48 288 agriculteurs à travers toute l’Union européenne ont réduit de manière volontaire leur production de lait de presque 861 000 tonnes d’octobre 2016 à janvier 2017, contribuant ainsi à une remontée des prix du lait. Lancé l’été dernier et financé par un budget de €150 million, ce programme est l’une des mesures phares mises en place par la Commission européenne pour faire face à la crise du secteur laitier. Les premiers résultats avaient déjà révélé une forte participation des producteurs laitiers à ce programme sans précédent. Le prix moyen du lait en Union européenne a augmenté de 31% depuis l’été dernier, jusqu’à atteindre 33,7 c/kg en février 2017. Les modalités du programme prévoient que les producteurs participants reçoivent €0,14 pour chaque kilogramme de lait non produit. Chaque Etat membre avait la possibilité de compléter cette somme avec des fonds européens distribués en juillet 2016 par la Commission européenne sous forme d’enveloppe nationale. Les chiffres de la participation à ce programme sont disponibles en ligne. (Pour plus d’informations: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: +32 229 56185; Clémence Robin – Tel: +32 229 52509)

Commission proposes €2.6 million from Globalisation Fund to support former Nokia workers in Finland

The European Commission has proposed to provide Finland with €2.6 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 821 former workers of Nokia Network Systems to find new jobs. The measures co-financed by the Globalisation Fund would help the former workers by providing them with career coaching and individual guidance; employment and business services; a variety of vocational trainings; services for new entrepreneurs and start-up grants; hiring incentives; training-related allowances; pay subsidy and contributions to removal costs. Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, commented: “The global ICT sector constantly requires a new, educated workforce, as the life cycle of products and related software solutions is very short. Therefore, the competition between companies in this globalised sector is fierce. Today’s decision will help 821 former Nokia Network Systems workers to develop new skills for new job opportunities. By helping these workers to manage their difficult transitions, the Globalisation Fund proves its worth once again in mitigating the negative effects of changing trade patterns.” Finland applied for support from the European Globalisation Fund following the dismissal of 945 workers in Nokia and three of its suppliers and downstream producers. These job losses were the result of fierce competition between the Finnish ICT sector and its competitors. The total estimated cost of the package is €4.4 million, of which the Globalisation Fund would provide €2.6 million. The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the EU’s Council of Ministers for approval. (For more information: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: +32 229 67094)

State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into German plans for electricity capacity reserve

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether German plans to set up an electricity capacity reserve comply with EU state aid rules. The Commission has concerns that the measure may distort competition and favour power plant operators over demand response operators. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Reliable electricity supplies are crucial to a functioning economy and Germany has a legitimate interest to ensure security of supply for its citizens and businesses. It is our role to ensure that companies are granted state support only when it is truly necessary and in a manner that limits distortions of competition. We currently have a number of concerns regarding the need and design of the German strategic reserve. This is why we will investigate further and invite third parties to submit their views on the measure.” The Commission will now investigate further whether its initial concerns are justified. The opening of an in-depth investigation gives Germany and interested third parties an opportunity to submit comments. It does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. A full press release is available online in EN, FR and DE. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso  – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Yizhou Ren  Tel.: +32 229 94889)

Concentrations: La Commission autorise la création par Bolloré Energy et Total Marketing France du dépôt Rouen Petit-Couronne

La Commission européenne a approuvé, en vertu du règlement européen sur les concentrations, la création d’une entreprise commune de plein exercice, gérant le Dépôt Rouen Petit-Couronne, par Bolloré Energy et Total Marketing France. Toutes les entreprises sont françaises. L’entreprise commune sera chargée du développement et de la gestion du dépôt de produits pétroliers à Petit-Couronne (Rouen). Bolloré Energy est active dans le secteur du stockage d’hydrocarbures et de la distribution de produits pétroliers. Total Marketing France est actif au niveau mondial dans l’exploration, la production, le transport, le stockage et la vente de pétrole et gaz naturel, ainsi que dans le secteur du raffinage des produits pétroliers et de la vente au détail et en gros de produits raffinés. La Commission a conclu que l’acquisition envisagée ne soulèverait pas de problèmes de concurrence car elle aura un impact limité dans l’Espace Economique Européen. La transaction a été examinée dans le cadre de la procédure simplifiée du contrôle des concentrations. De plus amples informations sont disponibles sur le site internet concurrence de la Commission, dans le registre public des affaires sous le numéro d’affaire M.8438. (Pour plus d’informations: Ricardo Cardoso  – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Tsoni  Tel.: +32 229 90526)

Commission addresses regulatory barriers for innovators by signing first Innovation Deal on water reuse

Today, the European Commission, together with 14 partners from national and regional authorities, universities, knowledge centres, innovators and end-users, delivers on its commitment to help innovators overcome perceived regulatory barriers by signing the first Innovation Deal on “Sustainable Waste Water Treatment Combining Anaerobic Membrane Technology (AnMbR) and Water Reuse”. Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “The Innovation Deals is an instrument towards a more modern and responsive administration that helps innovators facing regulatory obstacles to innovation in the existing EU legislative framework. Implementing Innovation Deals shows that we are changing as an institution, from only setting rules to being pragmatic and pro-active in helping achieve policy objectives through innovation”. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said: “This first ‘Innovation Deal’ on water helps in our push for a circular economy. It comes as we are about to check how European water policy is working. We want our policy to be simpler to put in place and easier to use. The Innovation Deal helps us do this”. The Innovation Deal will explore solutions to overcome the perceived barriers, what the impacts and consequences of the solutions may be and which stakeholders should be involved. The Commission may decide to start follow-up actions. More information in the News Alert will be available here from 13.00 and you can find more information on Innovation Deals here. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 2 298 01 00; Mirna Talko – Tel.: +32 229 87278; Maud Noyon – Tel.: +32 229 80379)

 

STATEMENTS

 

International Roma Day: Statement by First Vice-President Timmermans, Commissioner Thyssen, Commissioner Jourová and Commissioner Creţu

“Equal treatment and fundamental rights are the corner stones of the European Union. Roma have faced a long history of social exclusion and prejudice. Europe’s largest minority – with 6 million Roma living in the EU – continues to be discriminated against and marginalised. We are determined to continue the fight anti-gypsyism and to push for the full integration of Roma in all EU societies and countries. (…) As decided by Social Affairs Ministers in December 2016, the Commission will launch an evaluation of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies. This evaluation will assess the impact of the European and national instruments put in place so far and provide ideas on how to improve the strategy and make it more effective in promoting Roma inclusion. Integration and acceptance starts on an individual level, and we call on all EU citizens to acknowledge and embrace the equality of Roma and to recognise that Roma history and culture play a unique role.” The full statement is available online. (For more information: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253;Mélanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659)

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

La Haute Représentante/Vice-Présidente Federica Mogherini se rend à Alger les 8 et 9 Avril

La Haute Représentante pour les affaires étrangères et la politique de sécurité/Vice-Présidente de la Commission européenne, Federica Mogherini, se rendra à Alger les 8 et 9 avril pour assurer le suivi du Conseil d’Association UE-Algérie qui a eu lieu le 13 mars 2017 à Bruxelles. Cette visite, à l’invitation du Ministre algérien des Affaires étrangères Mr Ramtane Lamamra, sera l’occasion de passer en revue les principaux dossiers qui constituent les Priorités de Partenariat dans les relations bilatérales UE-Algérie, telles qu’adoptées le 13 mars dernier. Cela sera aussi une opportunité pour explorer les moyens de renforcer davantage le dialogue et la coopération sur les défis régionaux actuels auxquels sont confrontés à la fois l’Europe et l’Algérie, en particulier en Libye, au Sahel, en Syrie, comme en matière de prévention et lutte contre le terrorisme et la radicalisation, ou sur les questions liées à la migration et à la mobilité. Lors de sa visite, la HR/VP rencontrera une série d’interlocuteurs, notamment le Premier Ministre algérien Mr Abdelmalek Sellal, le Ministre d’Etat, Ministre des Affaires étrangères et de la Coopération internationale, Mr Ramtane Lamamra et le Ministre des Affaires maghrébines, de l’Union africaine et de la Ligue des États arabes Mr Abdelkader Messahel. La HR/VP rencontrera également des représentants de la société civile et prononcera un discours à l’occasion du 30ème anniversaire du programme Erasmus à l’Université Algiers III. Toutes les opportunités de presse seront disponibles sur EbS. (Pour plus d’informations: Nabila Massrali  Tél.: + 32 229-69218; Lauranne Devillé  Tél.: +32 229-80833)

 

High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini travels to Lucca for G7

On Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 April, Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission will be in Italy to participate in the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Lucca. The focus of discussions will be on the main international issues of the day, including the situation in Syria, in light of recent developments and a week after the Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region. G7 participants will also discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the Middle East Peace Process, security in Asia, Iran, Africa, Iraq and Libya. Thematic topics for discussion include migration, maritime security, non-proliferation and disarmament, counter terrorism, climate change, peace and security in the framework of the United Nations, and cyber security. Whilst in Lucca, the High Representative will have several bilateral meetings, including with the Foreign Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, with whom she will discuss EU-Japan relations as well as the international response to repeated violations of UN Security Council Resolutions by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The European Union adopted additional restrictive measures to complement and reinforce the sanctions regime imposed by UNSC Resolutions on Thursday 6 April. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel: +32 229 86570; Adam Kaznowski – Tel: +32 229 89359)

 

Vice-President Ansip in Düsseldorf, Germany for the meeting of G20 Digital Ministers

Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip is in Düsseldorf, Germany, today for the meeting of G20 Digital Ministers. For the first time, G20 Digital Economy Ministers adopted a declaration this morning on the key issues for digital transformation. The text “Shaping Digitalisation for an Interconnected World” recognises the relevance of digital for guaranteeing inclusive economic development and endorses many elements already outlined in the EU’s Digital Single Market strategy. For example, strengthening trust in the digital world to enable free data flows, helping people to develop digital skills to harness the potential of global digitisation for inclusive growth and employment, and digitising production for growth. The Vice-President’s speech ahead of the signing ceremony can be found here. This afternoon, Vice-President Ansip will take part in the G20 Ministers working lunch, concentrating on digital entrepreneurship, startups and Micro and Small Medium Enterprises. Yesterday evening, the Vice-President participated in the G20 Ministers’ Working Dinner, focusing on digital skills, training and education. On the sidelines of the G20 event, Vice-President Ansip will meet the Japanese delegation to recognise the good cooperation in the dialogue for data protection and data flows between the EU and Japan. The Vice-President will also discuss cooperation options with the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services of the Republic of South Africa, Siyabonga Cwele. (For more information: Johannes Bahrke – Tel.: +32 229 58615; Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698)

 

Commissioner Malmström in Poland to participate in a Citizens’ Dialogue and discuss EU trade policy

Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström is in Warsaw today, where she is participating in a Citizens’ Dialogue at the Vistula University of Warsaw to discuss with students and others the benefits of the EU-Canada trade deal (CETA) for Poland. This dialogue is the 164th Citizens’ Dialogue with a Commissioner from the Juncker Commission, and is part of a CETA debate forum organised by a student team from the university. The event comes at a timely moment, as this agreement will soon enter into effect through provisional application following its approval by the European Parliament in February. This trade deal will bring new economic opportunities for Polish citizens and businesses by, for example, cutting nearly all tariffs for the roughly two thousand Polish companies currently exporting to Canada. It will create new economic benefits for farmers, food producers as well as car producers, and in sectors of the Polish economy such as cosmetics, fruit and vegetables, and luxury yachts. With 1.5 million Polish jobs depending on exports outside the EU, the Commissioner also set out in a speech the EU’s ambitious agenda of 20 ongoing trade negotiations, with partners such as Japan, Mexico and Southern American countries. In Warsaw, Commissioner Malmström is also meeting Mr Jerzy Kwieciński and Mr Tadeusz Kościński, Secretary and Undersecretary of State in the Ministry for Economic Development of Poland. Later, the Commissioner is visiting the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The Citizens’ Dialogue, for which the Commissioner is joined by Mr Tadeusz Kościński, is web-streamed as of 11:00 here. A program of the CETA Forum is available online. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: +32 229 56 185; Axel Fougner  Tel.: +32 229 57276)

Commissioner Arias Cañete in Rome for G7 Energy Ministerial Meeting

As part of the preparations for the gathering of the G7 leaders in Taormina, Sicily, on 26-27 May, Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete will be in Rome from 9-10 April to represent the European Union at the G7 Energy Ministerial. The meeting will focus on energy security, including cybersecurity, natural gas and Ukraine; and on the new energy drivers such as renewables energy, sustainable alternatives fuels, energy efficiency and innovation in clean technologies. In the margins of the G7 Ministerial, Commissioner Arias Cañete will hold bilateral meetings with the US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr. Ahead of the meeting, Commissioner Arias Cañete said: “The clean energy transition is now an irreversible process at global level. Putting energy high on the G7 agenda is key to cooperating beyond borders, and sends a strong joint message for more energy efficiency, clean energy technology, and innovation research and development. The EU will cooperate fully for more clean energy as a means to enhance sustainable growth, social inclusion and climate action”. A member of G7 since 1977, the EU is fully committed to developing a European Energy Union in line with the Paris Agreement to combat climate change. To this extent, last November the European Commission presented a ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package (see IP/16/4009) in order to foster investments, unlock Europe’s growth potential and create jobs as the clean energy transition is changing global energy markets. The official press conference is expected to take place at 14:15 CET, see preliminary press programme. More information on the Italian G7 website. (For more information: Anna-Kaisa Itkonen  Tel.: +32 229 56186; Nicole Bockstaller – Tel.: +32 229 52589)

Calendar

The Commissioners’ weekly activities

Upcoming events of the European Commission (ex-Top News)

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CALENDRIER du 3 octobre au 9 octobre 2016

­­­­­(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

Lundi 3 octobre

European Parliament plenary session, in Strasbourg (03-06/10).

Informal Meeting of Employment, Social Policy and Health Ministers (until 04/10), in Bratislava.

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Ms Maria João Rodrigues, Member of the European Parliament, and representatives of the Group of the Appeal of 9 May.

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Joseph Daul, President of the European People’s Party.

Ms Federica Mogherini in Paris, France: attends a meeting on Libya at the Quai d’Orsay.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava, Slovakia: meets Mr Peter Kažimír, Minister of Finance of Slovakia; Mr Peter Pellegrini, Deputy Prime Minister for Investment of Slovakia.   

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava, Slovakia: gives the opening speech at the European Nuclear Energy Forum plenary meeting.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava, Slovakia: meets Mr Ivo Nesrovnal, Mayor of Bratislava.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskisin New York City, the U.S. (until 6/10): Delivers keynote speech to Board Members of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association; meets Mr Jeffrey Sprecher, Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange and William C. Dudley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; meets Mr Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change; visits the New York Stock Exchange.

Mr Günther Oettinger in Lisbon, Portugal: participates in a “Going local” event on the Digital Single Market with Ms Maria Manuel Leitão Marques, Minister of the Presidency and Administrative Simplification of Portugal, and Mr Jorge Oliveira, Secretary of State for Internationalisation of Portugal; he delivers a keynote speech at the event. He also participates in a hearing at the Parliament with Members of the Committees for European Affairs, for Economy, Innovation and Public Works and for Culture, Communication, Youth and Sports; meets Mr Manuel Caldeira Cabral, Minister of Economy of Portugal, Mr João Vasconcelos, Secretary of State of Industry of Portugal. He also meets Members of the Portuguese Industrial Strategic Committee and Representatives of Portuguese enterprises.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Madrid, Spain: visits the premises of the Iveco Plant.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Bratislava, Slovakia (until 04/10): participates in the Informal Meeting of Health Ministers.

Ms Marianne Thyssen receives Members of the Caterpillar Joint Task Force.

Ms Corina Creţu in Bucharest, Romania: gives a keynote speech at the Conference and Urban Development Network workshop “My City in Our Europe”.

 

Mardi 4 octobre

College meeting

Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (until 05/10), in Brussels.

 

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg.

President Jean-Claude Juncker participates at the Conference of Committee Chairs of the European Parliament.

Ms Federica Mogherini meets Mr Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.

Ms Federica Mogherini chairs EU-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue.

Ms Federica Mogherini chairs the EU-Central Asia Ministerial meeting.

Ms Federica Mogherini meets Shri M. J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs of India.

Ms Federica Mogherini meets Mr Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway.

Ms Federica Mogherini meets Ms Rula Ghani, First Lady of Afghanistan.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Bratislava, Slovakia: participates in the Informal Meeting of Health Ministers.

 

Mercredi 5 octobre

Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, in Brussels.

President Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the plenary of the European Parliament on the Commission’s preparations for the October European Council.

Ms Federica Mogherini chairs the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič speaks at the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) conference “Industrial Regions and Climate Change Policies: Trade Unions’ Perspective”, in Brussels.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Javier Cavada Camino, President of Wärtsilä Corporation, and Mr Kari Hietanen, Executive Vice President for Energy Solutions of Wärtsilä Corporation.

Mr Karmenu Vella in New Delhi, India (until 07/10): participates in the World Sustainable Development Summit 2016.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Paris, France (until 06/10): meets with representatives of the European Affairs and Social Affairs Committees of the French National Assembly and the Senate of France.

Ms Marianne Thyssen in Lisboa, Portugal: meets Mr José António Vieira da Silva, Minister of Employment, Solidarity and Social Security of Portugal.

Mr Pierre Moscovici à Paris, France: est en audition à l’Assemblée Nationale française devant les Commissions des Affaires européennes et des Finances.

M Phil Hogan à Clermont-Ferrand, France; assiste au ’25ème Sommet de l’élevage’.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Paris, France: delivers the opening speech at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Forum on Procurement for Innovation with Mr Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD; she also meets Mr Peter Žiga, Minister of Economy of Slovakia; and delivers a keynote speech at the High-level Debate “Boosting Innovation through Public Procurement”.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives EU General Prosecutors for the European Public Prosecutors’ Office (EPPO).

Mr Carlos Moedas in Madrid, Spain: delivers two keynote speeches at the South Summit on “EUREKA, innovation across borders”, and on “Building the Digital Single Market: Opportunities for entrepreneurial ecosystems H2020”.

 

Jeudi 6 octobre

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Antoni Martí, Head of Government of Andorra.

President Jean-Claude Juncker in Paris, France: receives the Prize for European Engagement awarded by La Maison du Barreau and delivers a speech.

President Jean-Claude Juncker attends a dinner hosted by the Jacques Delors Institute.

Mr Frans Timmermans in Valetta, Malta: participates in a Citizens’ Dialogue

Mr Maroš Šefčovič exchanges views with representatives of City networks on the strategic objectives of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, in Brussels. 

Mr Valdis Dombrovskisin Washington D.C., the U.S. (until 10/10): participates in the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group Annual Meetings. He holds a series of bilateral meetings, including with Mr Zhou Xiaochuan, Governor of the People’s Bank of China, Mr Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the Financial Stability Board, Mr Scott Morrison, Treasurer of Australia, Mr John Tsang, Financial Secretary of Hong Kong, Mr Henrique Meirelles, Minister of Finance of Brazil. He also delivers keynote speech at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, participates in panel debate at the International Finance’s annual conference.

Mr Jyrki Katainen meets Mr Inge Thulin, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of 3M Company.

Mr Johannes Hahn in Syracuse, Italy: participates at the Fischer Symposium 2016 “Yearning for the unknown – Experiencing neighbourhood, living in an ‘enlarged’ Europe” addressing the Opening Speech “Europe-Unity in Diversity”.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives representatives of the car industry.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Inge G.Thulin, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of 3M Company.

Mr Karmenu Vella in New Delhi, India (until 07/10): participates in the World Sustainable Development Summit 2016.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Paris, France: meets Ms Marisol Touraine, Minister of Social Affairs and Health of France; Mr Stéphane Le Foll, Minister of Agriculture of France; Ms Élisabeth Guigou, President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly. He also meets Mr Philip Cordery, Member of the Social Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly; and with representatives of the consumer organisation “UFC-Que Choisir?”.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos in Bulgaria: participates in the official launch of the European Border and Coast Guard at the Kapitan Andreevo border crossing point.

Ms Marianne Thyssen in Lisboa and Sitra, Portugal; attends the Hearing at the Parliament and exchanges views on European Pillar of Social Rights; visits an EU-funded project CIAPA in Sintra; meets Mr José António Vieira da Silva, Minister of Employment, Solidarity and Social Security; Ms Margarida Marques, Secretary of State of European Affairs; Mr Miguel Cabrita, Secretary of State of Employment; Ms Cláudia Joaquim, Secretary of State of Social Security; Ms Ana Sofia Antunes, Secretary of State of Inclusion with Persons with Disabilities and Social partners.

Ms Marianne Thyssen in Lisboa, Portugal: attends the High Level Conference on the European Pillar of Social Rights.

Mr Christos Stylianides in Dublin, Ireland: meets Mr Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland; and with representatives of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Houses of the Oireachtas. He also meets Mr Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Chair of the Houses of the Oireachtas; Mr Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government of Ireland.

Mr Phil Hogan in Athens, Greece (until 07/10): meets Mr Evangelos Apostolou, Minister of Agricultural Development and Food of Greece; and Mr Nikolaos Voutsis, President of the Hellenic Parliament. He also participates in the Congress of European Farmers “Next steps to ensure a dynamic and sustainable EU agriculture sector”.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives EU General Prosecutors for the European Public Prosecutors’ Office (EPPO).

Ms Vĕra Jourováv participates in a meeting of the Consumer Protection Cooperation Network (CPC) on the ‘Volkswagen case’.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Kosice, Slovakia: participates in and delivers a speech at the European Youth Conference.

Ms Margrethe Vestager participates in the opening of the Stakeholders Conference “Sector inquiry into e-commerce“, in Brussels.

Mr Carlos Moedas in Madrid, Spain: participates in a working breakfast with Members of the Association of Spanish Rectors of Universities and Association of Portuguese Rectors of Universities. He also visits the Spanish National Center of Cardiovascular Research, and the Google Campus.

Vendredi 7 octobre

President Jean-Claude Juncker participates at a debate hosted by Politique Internationale.

President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a speech at the 20th anniversary of Jacques Delors Institute “Notre Europe”.

Mr Frans Timmermans in Valetta, Malta: meets with Mr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta; Mr Louis Grech, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for EU Affairs; Mr Carmelo Abela, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security. He also attends a meeting of the Foreign and European Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Malta; meets Mr José Carreira, Executive Director of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO).

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Copenhagen, Denmark: gives a keynote speech at the session “The Foreign Policy Dimension of Energy transition” at the Inter-Parliamentary Meeting of the European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources (EUFORES), attends a meeting at the European Environmental Agency (EEA).

Mr Jyrki Katainen, Mr Christos Stylianides, and Ms Margrethe Vestager receive a network group of Danish CEOs, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn in Syracuse, Italy: participates at the Fischer Symposium 2016 “Yearning for the unknown – Experiencing neighbourhood, living in an ‘enlarged’ Europe”.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Nihat Zeybekci, Minister of Economic Affairs of Turkey.

Mr Karmenu Vella in New Delhi, India: participates in the World Sustainable Development Summit 2016.

Mr Pierre Moscovici in Washington D.C., the U.S., (until 9/10): takes part in the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group as well as the G7 and G20 Finance Minister Meetings; delivers a keynote speech on prosperity and growth at the Atlantic Council.

Mr Phil Hogan in Athens, Greece: participates in the 3rd Panhellenic Congress on the Development of Greek Agriculture.

Ms Violeta Bulc receives Mr Nihat Zeybekci, Minister of Economy of Turkey.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Budapest, Hungary: meets representatives of the National Union of Students in Hungary (HÖOK) and the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Hungary (FIVOSZ).

Ms Corina Creţu receives Mr Sorin Grindeanu, President of the Timiș County Council of Romania, and Mr Cosmin Necula, Mayor of Bacău in Romania.

Ms Corina Creţu receives Mr Bogdan Marius Chirițoiu, President of the Romanian Competition Council.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Paris, France: participates in the event marking the 20th anniversary of Jacques Delors Institute “Notre Europe”.

Mr Julian King in Mechelen, Belgium: meets Mr Bart Somers, Mayor of Mechelen, to discuss the prevention of radicalisation.

 

Samedi 8 octobre

President Jean-Claude Juncker attends the convention of the Christian Social People’s Party (CSV) of Luxembourg.

 

Dimanche 9 octobre

Prévisions du mois d’octobre:

10/10 Eurogroup, in Luxembourg.

10-11/10 Agriculture and Fisheries Council, in Luxembourg.

11/10 Economic and Financial Affairs Council, in Luxembourg.

13/10 Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, in Luxembourg.

13-14/10 Justice and Home Affairs Council, in Luxembourg.

17/10 Environment Council, in Luxembourg.

17/10 Foreign Affairs Council, in Luxembourg.

18/10 General Affairs Council, in Luxembourg.

19/10 European Council – Tripartite Social Summit, in Brussels.

20-21/10 European Council, in Brussels.

Prévisions du mois de novembre:

07/11 Eurogoup, in Brussels.

08/11 Economic and Financial Affairs Council, in Brussels.

11/11 Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels.

14-15/11 Agriculture and Fisheries Council, in Brussels.

14-15/11 Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels.

15-16/11 General Affairs Council, in Brussels.

16/11 Economic and Financial Affairs Council, in Brussels.

21-22/11 Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council, in Brussels.

28/11 Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels.

28-29/11 Competitiveness Council, in Brussels.

Permanence DG COMM le WE du 1er au 2 octobre:

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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

Permanence DG COMM le WE du 28 au 29 novembre:

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