General Market

CALENDRIER du 12 juin au 18 juin 2017

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

 

Lundi 12 juin 2017

12-15/06 European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

12-13/06 Agriculture and Fisheries Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mardi 13 juin 2017

College meeting

European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

Agriculture and Fisheries Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mercredi 14 juin 2017

European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jeudi 15 juin 2017

European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vendredi 16 juin 2017

Economic and Financial Affairs Council in Luxembourg

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

EU – US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

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

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

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

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

Mr Johannes Hahn in Azerbaijan: on official visit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Samedi 17 juin 2017

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

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

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

 

Prévisions du mois de juin:

12-13/06 Agriculture and Fisheries Council

12-15/06 European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

15/06 Eurogroup

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

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

16/06 Economic and Financial Affairs Council

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

19/06 Foreign Affairs Council

19/06 Environment Council

20/06 General Affairs Council

23/06 European Council

 

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

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

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

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

General Market

CALENDRIER du 12 juin au 18 juin 2017

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

 

Lundi 12 juin 2017

12-15/06 European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

12-13/06 Agriculture and Fisheries Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mardi 13 juin 2017

College meeting

European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

Agriculture and Fisheries Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mercredi 14 juin 2017

European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jeudi 15 juin 2017

European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vendredi 16 juin 2017

Economic and Financial Affairs Council in Luxembourg

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

EU – US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

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

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

00:00 Mr Valdis Dombrovskis

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

Mr Johannes Hahn in Azerbaijan: on official visit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Samedi 17 juin 2017

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

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

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

 

Prévisions du mois de juin:

12-13/06 Agriculture and Fisheries Council

12-15/06 European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

15/06 Eurogroup

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

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

16/06 Economic and Financial Affairs Council

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

19/06 Foreign Affairs Council

19/06 Environment Council

20/06 General Affairs Council

23/06 European Council

 

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

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

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

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

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Daily News 19 / 04 / 2017

President Juncker and Members of the Commission at the IMF/World Bank Spring meetings in Washington DC

As of tomorrow, President Juncker and several Members of the Commission will travel to Washington DC (USA) for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Spring Meetings on 20-22 April. President Juncker, Vice-President Dombrovskis, Commissioner Hahn, and Commissioner Moscovici will represent the Commission at different events hosted in that framework. The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meetings will also be held in the margins. President Juncker will meet, among others with World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and United Nations Secretary General António Guterres. He will also have a working dinner with Sir Suma Chakrabarti, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; Mr. Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank; Mr. Rolf Wenzel, Governor of the Council of Europe Development Bank; Mr. Jin Liqun, President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank; Mr. Takehiko Nakao, President of the Asian Development Bank; Mr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, and Mr. Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank. The other Members of the Commission present in Washington also have a variety of high-level bilateral meetings, speaking engagements and other commitments. A more detailed calendar is available here. (For more information: Margaritis Schinas – Tel.: +32 229 60524; Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153)

Commission renews cooperation for sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean

Today, the European Commission launches a new initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean region that will increase maritime safety and security, promote sustainable blue growth and jobs, and preserve ecosystems and biodiversity. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said: “Millions of holiday makers have a happy association with the Western Mediterranean. Like the millions more who live across the region, they understand the fragile link between conserving national habitats and traditions and ensuring economic viability. Blue economy is important for each of the countries involved and they have recognised the strength of working together.” The initiative is an example of EU’s successful neighbourhood policy as five EU Member States (France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Malta) and five Southern partner countries (Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia) will work jointly on their shared interests in the region. Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said: ”This new regional initiative recognises and taps into the economic potential of the Mediterranean Sea and its coast lines to further enhance economic growth, contribute to job creation and eventually the stabilisation of the region. It is an important step towards closer coordination and cooperation among participating countries.” The enhanced cooperation is particularly timely as just three weeks ago the Commission secured a 10-year pledge to save Mediterranean fish stocks in the Ministerial MedFish4Ever Declaration. Among others, the initiative’s targeted actions include cooperation between coast guards, response to accidents and oil spills, habitat conservation, biotechnology, data sharing, marine knowledge and coastal tourism. For more information on the priorities and specific actions of the initiative a full press release and MEMO are online. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: + 32 229 56185; Iris Petsa – Tel.: + 32 229 93321)

 

Commission launches public consultation on how excise duties are applied to alcoholic beverages

The European Commission has today launched a public consultation on how excise duties are applied to alcohol and alcoholic beverages (“excise duty structures”). EU excise duty rules for alcohol aim to prevent trade distortions in the Single Market, ensure fair competition between businesses, and reduce administrative burden for businesses. Concretely, the rules define product categories, methods to charge the duty and provide for reduced rates and exemptions from excise duty. However, these rules have not changed since 1992 and a recent Commission report has recommended clearer tax rules to support small producers of alcoholic beverages and to fight the sale of dangerous counterfeit alcohol. The Commission is also keen to reduce costs for smaller businesses. In December, EU Finance Ministers requested that the Commission carry out the necessary studies to prepare a possible legislative proposal to revise the common rules. The aim now is to identify ways to alleviate the administrative burden for both Member States and business, while reducing distortions in the internal market. Excise duties are indirect taxes on the sale or use of specific products. They are usually applied as an amount per quantity of the product – e.g. per 1,000 litres in the case of alcohol. Revenues from excise duty go directly to the coffers of EU Member States. The consultation will run until 7 July 2017 and is available here. (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Patrick McCullough – Tel.: +32 229 87183)

 

Eurostat: Mars 2017: Le taux d’inflation annuel de la zone euro en baisse à 1,5% – Celui de l’UE en baisse à 1,6%

Le taux d’inflation annuel de la zone euro s’est établi à 1,5% en mars 2017, contre 2,0% en février. Un an auparavant, il était de 0,0%. Le taux d’inflation annuel de l’Union européenne s’est établi à 1,6% en mars 2017, contre 2,0% en février. Un an auparavant, il était de 0,0%. Ces chiffres sont publiés par Eurostat, l’office statistique de l’Union européenne. En mars 2017, les taux annuels les plus faibles ont été observés en Roumanie (0,4%) ainsi qu’en Irlande et aux Pays-Bas (0,6% chacun). Les taux annuels les plus élevés ont été enregistrés en Lettonie (3,3%), en Lituanie (3,2%) et en Estonie (3,0%). Par rapport à février 2017, l’inflation annuelle a baissé dans dix-sept États membres, est restée stable dans six et a augmenté dans cinq autres. Un communiqué de presse est disponible ici. (Pour plus d’informations: Annika Breidthardt – Tél.: +32 229 56153; Juliana Dahl – Tél:+32 229-59914)

Eurostat: Février 2017: Excédent de 17,8 milliards d’euros du commerce international de biens de la zone euro – Excédent de 1,7 mrd d’euros pour l’UE28

D’après les premières estimations pour le mois de février 2017, les exportations de biens de la zone euro (ZE19) vers le reste du monde se sont établies à 170,3 milliards d’euros, en hausse de 4% par rapport à février 2016 (163,2 mrds). Les importations depuis le reste du monde ont quant à elles été de 152,6 mrds d’euros, en hausse de 5% par rapport à février 2016 (144,9 mrds). En conséquence, la zone euro a enregistré en février 2017 un excédent de 17,8 mrds d’euros de son commerce international de biens avec le reste du monde, contre un excédent de 18,2 mrds en février 2016. Le commerce intra-zone euro a progressé à 149,1 mrds d’euros en février 2017, en hausse de 5% par rapport à février 2016. Un communiqué de presse est disponible ici. (Pour plus d’informations:Daniel Rosario – Tel.: + 32 229 56185; Kinga Malinowska- Tel.: +32 229 Kinga 51383)

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First Vice-President Timmermans on a visit to Romania

Tomorrow, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans will travel to Bucharest, Romania, where he will participate in a Citizens’ Dialogue to exchange views with Romanians on the White Paper on the Future of Europe and the 60-year anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. During the visit, the First Vice-President will meet Prime Minister Sorin Mihai Grindeanu, the Minister of Justice, Tudorel Toader, and the Minister of the Interior, Carmen Daniela Dan to discuss progress in bringing forward the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) reform. He will also discuss these matters with representatives from the Romanian Parliament including the Speaker of the Senate, Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu, and the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Liviu Dragnea. These meetings will be followed by a joint discussion with members of the Justice and European Affairs Committees of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate. The First Vice-President will also attend a meeting with the leaders of parliamentary opposition parties and will further discuss the CVM with the relevant partners and stakeholders in the field of justice. A joint press conference with the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior and First Vice-President is scheduled for 13:00 (local time). The Citizens’ Dialogue will take place at 17:30 (local time) and will be followed by a press doorstep. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Katarzyna Kolanko – Tel.: +32 229 63444)

La Commissaire Thyssen rencontrera les autorités et partenaires sociaux belges dans le cadre du Semestre européen

Demain 20 avril, la Commissaire responsable de l’emploi, des affaires sociales, des compétences et de la mobilité de travailleurs, Marianne Thyssen, sera en Belgique dans le cadre du Semestre européen, le cycle annuel de surveillance budgétaire et socio-économique européenne. Le matin, elle rencontrera d’abord le Premier Ministre Charles Michel et le Vice Premier Ministre Kris Peeters. Cette rencontre sera suivie d’une conférence de presse qui sera diffusée ici. Le discours de la Commissaire sera publié ici. La Commissaire Thyssen participera ensuite à un échange de vues au parlement fédéral avec les comités budgets et finances et affaires sociales et avec le comité d’avis sur les affaires européennes. Son discours sera publié ici. L’après-midi est réservé à une rencontre avec les Ministres régionaux et communautaires de l’emploi et à une discussion avec les partenaires sociaux interprofessionnels au sein du Conseil national de travail et du Conseil central de l’économie. L’objectif de cette journée de rencontres est de préparer les recommandations spécifiques par pays que la Commission européenne proposera en mai au Conseil. (Pour plus d’informations: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: +32 229 67094)

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Remarks by Commissioners Avramopoulos, Jourová and King at the press conference on terrorism financing, the Schengen Information System and visa reciprocity

Remarks by Commissioner Avramopoulos

Dear all,

We meet in this press room today in the shadow of the tragic events in Berlin on Monday night, which have deeply shocked and saddened us all.

At a time when Europeans are gathering ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations, we are now overcome by grief.

Our thoughts are first and foremost with all those who have been affected directly and indirectly by the events in Berlin. Our thoughts are with all the Berliners. Our thoughts are with all of Germany.

But it is in times like these that we must stick together: as citizens, as neighbours, as Europeans.

We must not give in to fear, and we must not alter our way of living, gathering and celebrating.

We must never renounce our basic principles and fundamental values that define our free and open societies.

Unfortunately, we have had to go through similar moments across Europe in the past year.

But such events have not intimidated us – they have strengthened our determination and our resilience.

In fact, Europe altogether is stronger and more resilient now than a year ago.

Ever since we put the European Agenda on Security on the table in April 2015, we have made significant progress in our joint fight against terrorism, in improving the tools to increase information sharing amongst Member States, and in strengthening the management of our external borders – thereby increasingly adding the building blocks towards an effective Security Union.

We have created and upgraded the European Counter Terrorism Centre at Europol to improve information exchange and foster more trust; and Europol is already being mobilised to help the German authorities.

We have agreements on the terrorism and firearms directives which will help us fight terrorism already in the early stages, by targeting its tools and means.

Today we add additional instruments through our terrorist financing package on the criminalisation of money laundering, illicit cash flows, and freezing and confiscation of assets – which Commissioners Jourova and King will further explain.

We have also collectively stepped up our preventive activities through the Radicalisation Awareness Network and the Internet Forum, in an effort to counter radicalisation, particularly at the individual, solitary and online level, before it turns into violence.

But it’s not just about improving trust – it’s equally about improving the operational actions on the ground, better connecting all the dots, and all our information systems.

As I have said many times before: terrorism knows no borders – which is precisely why effective external border management plays a vital role in safeguarding our overall internal security.

The establishment of the European Border and Coast Guard is an important milestone in that regard.

We are now also operationalising our EU Passenger Name Record framework, and we have recently obtained an agreement on systematic checks for everyone who crosses our external borders.

In addition, we have also proposed the Entry-Exit System to monitor all cross-border movements of third-country nationals, the European Travel Information and Authorisation System for visa-free travellers, as well as an Action Plan to counter Travel Document Fraud.

Today we go a step further, with our proposals to reinforce the Schengen Information System to better fight terrorism, cross-border crime and irregular migration.

Very concretely, we introduce the obligation to create a SIS alert in cases related to terrorist offences and a new ‘inquiry check’, as well as new alert categories for “unknown wanted persons”   and return decisions.

This will contribute to the effective enforcement of any entry ban for third-country nationals at the external border by making its introduction in the SIS compulsory.

In addition, Europol and Eurojust get full access rights, and the new European Border and Coast Guard too.

However, enhancing our security when mobility is increasing globally does not mean we should limit mobility as such.

We want Europe to become safer, but not closed.

Our visa reciprocity progress report today should be seen precisely in this context, where we are working towards full visa-waiver reciprocity between the EU and both Canada and the US respectively.

Finally, I wish to end on two points.

Firstly, fighting terrorism is not just a European challenge, but a global one.

We are united with our neighbours and partners in Turkey, in the Middle East and in Northern Africa,

but also the United States, in this joint fight and endeavour to make the world a safer place for all.

Secondly, while we say that our openness should not come at the expense of our security – so too our security should not come at the expense of our openness and tolerance.

We must remain an open and hospitable society, where freedom and security are two sides of the same coin.

Thank you.

Remarks by Commissioner Jourová

Ladies and gentlemen,

When it comes to fighting terrorism and other criminal activity, time is of the essence. Every minute counts.

As soon as we detect terrorists’ funds, we must be able to stop them from being used. This has to happen fast, before these funds serve as financial basis to commit an attack or before they hide them, possibly in another country.

The fight against terrorism in Europe will only be successful if police and judicial authorities cooperate more intensely. This is where our proposal matters.

It is about facilitating the recognition of confiscation and freezing orders across borders.

Let me give you an example: A group of radicalised persons is preparing a terrorist attack. They need to buy weapons, explosives, phones, and to rent cars. To finance their operation, they rely on money derived from drug trafficking. This money is currently placed in bank accounts located in several EU countries. Fortunately, the group has been spotted by the intelligence services and the police have been able to identify their assets. A judge decides to freeze all the bank accounts linked to the preparation of the terrorist attack.

Currently, due to a lack of modern and efficient rules on the mutual recognition, this takes some time and despite the intelligence efforts, the financing might not be blocked on time.

Thanks to the new rules on mutual recognition which we propose today, the bank accounts located in all the concerned Member States will have to be frozen within 48 hours maximum. This is a huge step forward for effective judicial cooperation.

In addition, today, 98.9% of estimated criminal profits are not confiscated and remain at the disposal of criminals. This has to be improved in order to have an efficient response to address crime in Europe.

Our proposal focuses on three main points:

First, simplifying and speeding up the mutual recognition procedures. The rules would apply immediately in all Member States, in the same way, in all countries, avoiding inefficiencies or delays due to differences in the transposition.

Confiscation and freezing orders will be made through a standard form to simplify the procedure easy to use for the authorities.

Mutual recognition will be fast. The new rules set clear deadlines for confiscation and freezing orders.

Second, the new rules will close loopholes. For example, under current rules we cannot confiscate assets cross-border if the criminal isn’t convicted.

This can unfortunately happen quite often for example if the terrorist or criminal dies during the attack or escapes. In such cases, we must nevertheless be able to seize their assets if linked to terrorist or criminal activities as they might be used by others.

The current rules also don’t allow the cross-border confiscation from people connected to the criminal. Terrorists and criminals can all too easily transfer funds to others – their partners in crime, their spouses or other relatives…

Our broadening of the rules will ensure that terrorist organisations never have a way of keeping their funds.

Finally, we will be able to better compensate the victims of terrorist attacks and other criminal acts. .

Surviving victims – or the families of those who pass away – have the right to compensation.

This right must be guaranteed even if the assets are being confiscated cross-border.

Under current rules, if a terrorist attack takes place in one country, but the terrorist’s assets are in another, the assets would be divided 50-50 between the two countries.

With the new rules, if the victim received a decision on compensation, their right would take priority over the rights of the countries.

In conclusion, the new regulation on the mutual recognition of confiscation and freezing orders will be a leap ahead to improve the cooperation between law enforcement authorities across the EU in order to effectively address crime in Europe. We need to have these rules in place as quickly as possible to stop terrorists and criminals from using the proceeds of crime.

Now speaking on behalf of Commissioner Moscovici, I’d like to explain briefly what we’ll do to improve cash controls at the EU’s external borders.

We are proposing today to equip customs authorities with the tools they need to detect terrorists and those who support them financially.

The current rules on cash controls, which mean that amounts above €10,000 must be declared when entering or leaving the EU, will be bolstered by ensuring that amounts sent via postal parcels and via freight are subject to the same customs rules as amounts being carried directly by individuals.

We also want to improve how information is shared between customs authorities and financial intelligence authorities, as well as changing the definition of cash for the purposes of control to reflect the real issues on the ground.

Today we extend that definition to precious commodities such as gold, and to prepaid payment cards which are currently not covered by the standard customs declaration.

Remarks by Commissioner King

Our thoughts are with all of those who have lost someone they loved in the terrible attack in Berlin and our solidarity is with all those affected.

More generally, those who commit these attacks seek to destroy our way of life and our values. But we should not give them satisfaction, we should not stop living our lives.

The French authorities were right to go ahead with the Euro2016 championships this summer, so are the German authorities when they allow Christmas markets to go ahead.

But we can’t ignore the risk that exists. There can never be ‘zero risk’.

We can and must continue to reduce the risk of attacks as far as we possibly can.

National, regional and local authorities are in the front line to both prevent attacks and to deal with the aftermath when they happen – but by standing together, we can be stronger.

The EU can and does play a key supporting role.

We’ve demonstrated that added value in the last few months as we report on in today’s 3rd Progress Report on the Security Union. We are delivering what we said we’d do.

– In recent weeks, we’ve agreed the revised Schengen Border code. This will toughen controls on those coming in and out of the EU. It is particularly important when some foreign terrorist fighters – as well as non-combatants – may decide to try and return to Europe as some of their strongholds weaken.

– we’ve also made progress strengthening our security behind our borders – we are working on improving the effectiveness of the various databases we have and how they work together because we are only as strong as our weakest system or database. Today’s proposal on SIS which Dimitri has presented is an important step. But SIS is only as good as the data inputted into it, and if it’s available and accessible to the right people at the right time. This will be a top priority for 2017.

– We also need to hit the terrorists where it hurts them: making it harder for them to travel, to train, to finance themselves, to acquire the weapons and explosive they are looking for.

We’ve agreed a deal on firearms – it’s not perfect, but it will remove the most dangerous military grade weapons from wider circulation, where they have no place.

And we’ve agreed the counter-terrorism directive – travel to and from combat zones, training for the purposes of fighting and the financing of such activities will now be criminalised across the EU.

And we strengthen our action on financing with today’s proposal on the criminalisation of money laundering.

Today, countries across the EU have different ways of criminalising money laundering. As a result, the judicial and law enforcement authorities face real difficulties in dealing with more complex money laundering cases, which often have a cross-border dimension. Indeed, the number of money laundering criminal investigations involving several EU countries is between 10 and 70% depending on EU Member States.

The end result is that criminals and sometimes terrorists don’t end up where they should – which is behind bars. Again, making it harder for criminals and terrorists to finance themselves is an effective way of disrupting planning for attacks.

So while implementing our international obligations, we are taking the opportunity to harmonise our approach to the criminalisation of money laundering – both in terms of definitions and sanctions – and this will make it easier and more effective to pursue cases within and between countries.

More generally, on top of making it harder for criminals and terrorists to finance themselves, following the money trail can be extremely effective for tracking down criminals and terrorists and their contacts and accomplices.

After the Paris and Brussels attacks, in the context of Opération Fraternité, the EU-US terrorist finance tracking programme (TFTP) provided 800 such leads.

When the Commission presented its action plan to counter terrorism financing back in February, we agreed to look further at the EU-US TFTP and whether a complementary EU system might be necessary.

In 2013, we looked at this issue and concluded no complementary EU system was necessary. Since then quite a few things have changed: the terrorist threat has increased and changed in nature, the way that terrorists finance themselves is different, there have been enormous technological advances in the areas of payments so lots of new ways of transferring money which are not covered by the TFTP. On that basis, we’re committing in today’s Security Union report to consider the options further, do the appropriate studies, and we’ll report back by the summer.

Taken together, all these measures – once agreed and fully implemented – squeeze the space criminals and terrorists can operate in. They don’t eliminate all risk but they do make us more resilient and better able to deal with attacks if they happen. We need to continue our efforts, cooperate even more closely and stand together to beat those who are trying to do us harm.