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Press Releases: U.S.-EU Energy Council

The text of the following statement was issued by the U.S.-EU Energy Council.

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The seventh United States-European Union Energy Council met today in Washington, D.C., chaired by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, EU High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic and European Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete. Minister for the Environment of the Netherlands Sharon Dijksma represented the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Energy Council, a forum on U.S.-EU energy priorities, promotes transparent, open and secure global energy markets; fosters policy and regulatory cooperation on efficient and sustainable energy use; and pursues joint research and development on clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. Following the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015, the Energy Council also constitutes a platform for transatlantic dialogue on how to accelerate the clean energy transition in line with the ambition to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.

Bolstering Energy Security and Markets and Combatting Energy Vulnerabilities

The Council reaffirmed that energy security, through access to reliable, affordable, diversified, efficient and sustainable energy in the United States and Europe, remains a fundamental objective. The Council emphasized it is unacceptable to use energy as a political weapon and underscored its commitment to work together to improve energy diversification in the EU and its neighboring countries, including ensuring adequate market-based alternatives in terms of energy sources, suppliers, transportation routes, and demand-side management. The Council also underlined the importance of ensuring that global energy markets are open, transparent and liquid, and affirmed that enhancing transatlantic regulatory cooperation would help progress towards this goal.

The Council recognized that new supplies and suppliers, combined with diversified supply routes and sources, greater levels of interconnection, increased indigenous energy production, third-party access to gas transmission and storage facilities, access to LNG, as well as energy efficiency measures, will be critical to meeting the EU’s energy security objectives. In this respect, the development and better use of interconnections (including bi-directional), regasification and storage infrastructure is essential. It noted the importance of continuing efforts to swiftly implement EU Projects of Common Interest, particularly in Southeast and Central Eastern Europe, the Iberian Peninsula and the Baltic and Mediterranean regions, including interconnections to peripheral and vulnerable regions, and to complete internal market reforms. The Council also recognized the importance of respecting market needs when designing infrastructure and of open and predictable procedures to facilitate private sector investment and other participation in these projects, including by EU and U.S. companies. With a view to contributing to energy security in the gas market in the EU, the Council concurred that any new infrastructure should entirely comply with the Third Energy Package and other applicable EU legislation as well as with the objectives of the Energy Union. The Council reiterated its strong support for the opening of the Southern Gas Corridor, including the construction of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and underscored the importance of the Greece-Bulgaria Interconnector and the construction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, in Croatia (with evacuation pipelines), as well as in Greece if there is market demand. The Council recognized that the abovementioned infrastructure improvements would play a critical role in bringing alternative gas supplies into the Southeast and Central European region. The Council also acknowledged the potential of the Iberian Peninsula as an important gas entry point for the EU, as well as the Baltic connector and the Poland-Lithuania gas interconnector, which would bring essential alternative gas supplies to Finland and the Baltic States. In the electricity sector, the Council recognized the importance of fully integrating the Baltic States into the EU’s internal energy market and welcomed the completion of the Lithuania-Poland and Lithuania-Sweden power interconnections in December 2015.

The Council welcomed the lifting of U.S. crude oil export restrictions in 2015 and the commencement of U.S. LNG exports from the Gulf Coast in 2016, as they are important milestones for global energy markets that can also help improve security of supply globally and in Europe. The Council noted that the United States has already approved significant volumes of LNG exports to non-FTA countries and has applications for additional volumes currently under review. The United States is expected to become a significant natural gas exporter before the end of the current decade. The Council recognized the potential of the new gas resources in the Black Sea, the Caspian Basin, North Africa, and the Eastern Mediterranean for the energy security of the EU and the wider region. The Council stressed the need to respect the sovereignty and sovereign rights of EU Member States to explore and exploit their natural resources and stands ready to facilitate the development of these resources and corresponding infrastructure, underlining the need to respect international law.

The Council reaffirmed its commitment to the G-7 Principles of Energy Security endorsed by G-7 leaders at the Brussels and Elmau Summits in 2014 and 2015 as well as the commitment to provide energy sector support to Ukraine and other vulnerable countries. The Council stressed the role of Ukraine as an important natural gas transit country to the EU. Ensuring sufficient and diversified fuel supplies, including in the electricity sector, for Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and other vulnerable countries, remains a key priority for the United States and the European Union, and the Council welcomed their efforts to this end. The Council welcomed the close cooperation among the United States, the European Union and Canada to support Ukraine in developing a winter contingency plan, as well as the medium- and long-term efforts to improve Ukraine’s energy security. The Council underlined its support for the continuing reform of Ukraine’s energy sector, and for enhancing and making more transparent the legal, fiscal and policy framework and improving transparency in the context of the progressive integration of Ukraine into the European energy market. The Council noted the importance of Ukraine’s maintaining reform momentum and strengthening the implementation of energy sector reforms in line with its commitments under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and the Energy Community, including those as established with the concurrence of the IMF, World Bank, EBRD and EIB. In particular, the Council supported adjustments in energy prices to move closer to reflecting costs, adoption of legislation creating an independent regulator, an electricity market law, and progress in unbundling its state oil and gas company, Naftogaz, in particular by establishing co-operation between Naftogaz and the European TSOs to develop common standards for the operation of the Ukrainian gas network. These efforts can help encourage the necessary investments that will increase domestic production of both natural gas and renewable energy, enhance Ukraine’s gas storage capacity and address the significant potential for energy efficiency. The Council also acknowledges the EU and U.S. contributions to Ukraine’s energy security by enabling reverse flows of natural gas to Ukraine and welcomes the progress made in the construction of the gas interconnector between Romania and the Republic of Moldova.

The Council recognized the importance of regulatory cooperation to ensure effective market functioning and to realize key infrastructure projects. The Council welcomed the existing regulatory cooperation between the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) concerning the supervision and oversight of the wholesale energy markets. The Council looks forward to further strengthening of regulatory co-operation in areas of mutual interest and the signing of the Administrative Arrangement between the FERC and the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission concerning cooperation and the exchange of information related to the field of wholesale energy market regulation.

The Council took note of the ongoing work to complete the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) and the opportunity it presents to promote high standards for liberalized global trade and investment. In this context, the Council recognized T-TIP’s potential to foster free trade in energy and low carbon technologies by diminishing trade and investment restrictions, promoting cooperation and regulatory coherence, and enhancing transparency. The Council also recognized the potential for T-TIP to improve cooperation on technical regulations, standards, and conformity assessment, while protecting the rights of our respective governments to regulate to ensure secure, viable, efficient, open, and competitive energy markets, and high levels of health, safety and environmental protection.

The Council underlined the importance of nuclear safety and related research around the world, including U.S.-EU cooperation under the existing U.S. DOE-Euratom nuclear research cooperation agreements. The Council commends the close coordination of U.S. and EU authorities on the global promotion of nuclear safety including the recent Nuclear Security Summit and through the G7 initiatives on Chornobyl and Ukraine, among others. The 30-year commemoration of the accident at Chornobyl on April 26 and the upcoming EU activities on nuclear legacies in Central Asia highlight the dedication of the parties to ensuring continuing advances in nuclear safety. In this context, the Council reaffirmed its commitment to the promotion and implementation of the highest levels of standards of nuclear safety as well as independent and effective regulatory practices in third countries with civil nuclear programs and emphasized the role of the IAEA in strengthening international cooperation and information exchange.

The Council recognized the increasing cyber security risks and vulnerabilities to energy infrastructure in the United States and Europe. The Council highlighted U.S.-EU efforts under the G-7 Energy Ministerial to advance cooperation with universities, research institutions and the private sector to promote the development of resilient energy systems capable of effective responses to emerging cyber threats.

The Council noted that the Joint Caribbean-EU Partnership Strategy and the U.S. Caribbean Energy Security Initiative (CESI), and the Caribbean and Central American Energy Security Task Force, as well as work under the Africa-EU Energy Partnership, the Power Africa initiative and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), could serve as productive vehicles for collaboration in support of energy vulnerable regions. This includes meeting Sustainable Development Goal 7 (ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all). In this context, the Council committed to cooperate in accelerating access to renewable energy in Africa and developing countries in other regions, building on existing work and initiatives with a view to reducing energy poverty, increasing electricity access and mobilizing substantial financial resources from private investors, development finance institutions, and multilateral development banks.

Transformation to a Clean Energy Economy and Achieving Climate Change Objectives

The Council welcomed as a vital breakthrough the adoption of the Paris Agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2015 in Paris, and its signature by more than 170 parties on April 22, 2016 in New York. Recognizing that urgent and effective action is needed to address the threat of climate change, the Council committed to work towards addressing climate change.

The Council underlined the importance of the early entry into force of the Paris Agreement and urged all Parties to the UNFCCC to begin their domestic processes in order to ratify, accept or approve the Paris agreement as soon as possible, stressing the need for inclusiveness in decision-making and the importance for countries to transparently implement their nationally determined contributions.

Acknowledging the role of the High Ambition Coalition in the achievement of the Paris Agreement, the Council determined to continue cooperation commitment and momentum for climate action within this grouping of nations, while also seeking closer cooperation with Parties willing to raise the level of ambition of global climate action. The Council recognized the importance of the ongoing provision and mobilization of finance and technical assistance to those countries most in need, such as that under the Power Africa Initiative and Africa Renewable Energy Initiative, and strongly supports the Lima-Paris Action Agenda, including its focus on mobilizing all stakeholders.

The Council underscored the necessity of close U.S.-EU coordination to implement the commitments made at COP 21 in Paris, and acknowledged the essential role of clean and sustainable energy policies and technologies to meet these commitments. Furthermore, the Council committed to working towards addressing climate change, including by developing and deploying innovative technologies for the transformation of the energy sector by 2050, and to moving toward long-term national low-emission development.

The Council emphasized that the United States and the European Union can learn from each other’s best practices as well as work together to assist other countries in meeting their clean energy and climate targets. The Council recognizes the Clean Energy Ministerial as an important mechanism to facilitate implementation of COP21 commitments through sharing of best practices and coordination between the United States, the European Union and other major economies with forward-leaning clean energy strategies. The Council noted the importance of the second installment of the U.S. Quadrennial Energy Review, which is expected to assess the state of, and consider prospects for, the further development of the U.S. electricity sector in its totality.

The Council stressed that addressing climate change through scaling up clean, safe, secure and sustainable energy and energy efficiency is a critical component of a country’s security and economic development. In this respect, the Council specifically recognized that the creation of the appropriate enabling environment is a priority in both developed and emerging economies. In addition, by helping countries create enabling environments and establish trajectories to meet their clean energy goals, the United States and the European Union are working to generate momentum for the full implementation of the Paris Agreement, and to build confidence that Nationally Determined Contributions can be met and over time, be made more ambitious, in order to make progress toward the long-term goal agreed in Paris. The Council intends to explore the possibilities of cooperation between the DOE’s Grid Modernization Initiative and European Commission programs designed to manage the increasing share of renewable energy into the electricity grid.

The Council also emphasized the need for a substantial increase in public-private investment in research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects to accelerate the implementation of low-carbon energy and energy efficiency technologies and clean energy commitments. Recognizing the long-standing energy-research collaboration between the United States and the European Union, the Council welcomed efforts under Mission Innovation and the independent Breakthrough Energy Coalition to accelerate research and innovation in clean energy technology development as a significant outcome of COP21 and a critical enabler of increasing climate ambition over time. The Council committed to the long-term objective of encouraging effective energy policies and actions throughout the global economy, including facilitation of investments and contributions from the private sector. It also welcomed the upcoming signing of a Collaboration Arrangement between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission regarding Research and Development in Energy-Related Fields.

The Council underscored that in order to achieve a sustainable, secure and affordable supply of energy globally, it is necessary to be ambitious in promoting safe and environmentally sound low-carbon technologies. The Council welcomed the energy goal within the catalogue of the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The United States and the European Union strongly support universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services, and improvements in energy efficiency within the framework of the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 7. The Council noted the importance of market designs and infrastructure adaptations for electricity that are conducive to further integration of renewable energy resources into the grid.

The Council also welcomed the continued sharing of information in the following policy areas: LNG markets, smart grids, indigenous resources and Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCS), and noted the success of the joint U.S.-EU Electric Vehicle and Smart Grid Interoperability Centers.

The Council sees particular benefits in increased cooperation on energy efficiency, especially for globally traded products with a high energy savings potential. Where appropriate and allowed by law, this could involve alignment of test and measurement procedures, the convergence of minimum energy performance standards (MEPS), and joint outreach to other jurisdictions on the benefits and best practices of MEPS and energy labels, making use of relevant existing multilateral cooperation initiatives. This approach has been successfully implemented in the area of e-vehicles and smart grids, aligning priorities of public and private stakeholders to produce an agreed set of test procedures and standards on vehicle to grid communications, for example. The Council recognized the importance of exchanging best practices on energy efficiency in the buildings and transport sectors and intends to promote global commitment and cooperation on these issues in international fora.

Additionally, the Council underlined the importance of G20 countries phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies over the medium term.

Acknowledging the contributions of transport in the generation of harmful greenhouse gas emissions, the Council welcomed the new 21st Century Clean Transportation System initiative of the United States. The Council also underlined its support for efforts to address greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation and international shipping sectors, in the context of the discussions within the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), including for the adoption of a global market based measure to enable carbon neutral growth in international aviation from 2020 at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly meeting in September and the adoption of a global data collection system and continuation of discussions on further action at the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee meeting in October. Highlighting the continued need for action on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the Council also underlined the importance of adopting a Montreal Protocol phasedown amendment in 2016 that will contribute to improved appliance energy efficiency. Given the central role of the transport sector, common standards should be adopted in the medium term order to improve fuel quality, energy efficiency and emissions performance of heavy-duty vehicles, considering also the contribution of alternative fuels (such as natural gas, biomethane and sustainable biofuels).

The Council reiterated the importance of utilizing multilateral institutions to foster international energy cooperation, including the G-7, the G-20, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Energy Charter Treaty, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st century and the Clean Energy Ministerial. The Council affirmed the importance of concluding an ambitious WTO Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) by the G-20 Leaders meeting in September in Hangzhou that eliminates tariffs on a broad range of clean energy and environmental technologies. In addition, the Council discussed opportunities for cooperation in promoting clean and sustainable energy in other parts of the world, including mobilizing the long-term investments needed to transition to low-carbon economies. In this context, the Council took note of the work being carried out in the framework of the Clean Energy Ministerial and the Major Economies Forum, and the outcomes of the G-7 Energy Ministerial meeting in Japan on May 1-2, 2016.

The Council acknowledged the importance of research in the energy sector as agreed in the Joint Statement of the Energy Council of December 2014. The Council also acknowledged the importance of research in systems and technologies in the transport sector, as well as in fusion where ITER is a significant multilateral long-term research project. The Council noted the outcome of the Extraordinary ITER Council held in Paris on 27 April 2016.

The Council decided to establish a Climate Change Working Group, alongside the existing working groups on energy security, technology and policy. This working group will seek to increase and improve transatlantic cooperation bilaterally, as well as within multilateral and global settings, with a view to catalyzing and accelerating international efforts for the attainment of climate-related goals, and is mandated by the Council to hold its first meeting before the end of 2016.

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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