Corporate Dispatch Europe Explained – The Week Ahead

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A quick glance at the main forthcoming events in the European Union including EU Council, Commission and Parliament meetings and other EU-related conferences and events. Events for the week of 20 to 26 May 2019.

Legislative work in the European Parliament’s eighth term ended on 18 April 2019. In a direct vote on 23-26 May, citizens in all EU member states will elect their MEPs to form the new House.

Monday 20 May, in Romania the Single digital gateway hackathon – Bucharest edition organized by the European Commission opens. The Bucharest single digital gateway hackathon is one of a series of high-level hackathons hosted in cities across Europe.

Citizens, businesses, professionals, students, NGOs etc. – any creative minds – can put their heads together to shape the all-in-one digital gateway for smarter e-services and information anywhere in the EU.

The Bucharest teams’ challenge will be to develop and design an assistance service finder – a tool which guides users through a well-structured path to the right assistance service provider.

In Brussels on the same day, the Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth 2019 opens. The Annual convention for inclusive growth is an action-oriented platform bringing together civil society organisations and policymakers to discuss how to achieve truly inclusive growth. The convention will be opened by Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for employment, social affairs, skills and labour mobility.

The President of the European Council Donald Tusk will have a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, will be in the Horn of Africa on official mission. Commissioner Karmenu Vella in Bucharest, Romania (until 21/05) to represents the European Commission at the Informal Environment Council.

Tuesday 21 May the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a public hearing, with the theme “Towards a better economic convergence and competitiveness within EU macro-regions” in Bucharest, Romania, with the participation of stakeholders to explore how project-oriented policies can be directed towards the development of transnational networks. The hearing will also reflect the added value of transnational clusters for achieving economic convergence and reducing territorial disparities. In Brussels, the General Affairs Council, composed of European affairs ministers from all EU Member States, hold its monthly meeting.

The Council will discuss funding for external action within the next long-term EU budget (MFF) and prepare for the June European Council. The Commission will also present its communication on strengthening the rule of law in the EU.

In the Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest, Romania, the Ministerial Conference on a Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea opens. The conference is co-organized by Romania and the European Commission. Its aim is to enable the Black Sea littoral countries (Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine) and the Republic of Moldova to adopt a Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea at the level of ministers with competences in the field of maritime affairs, in the presence of a high-level representative of the European Commission. Commissioner Karmenu Vella will be in Bucharest, to represents the European Commission at the Informal Environment Council; delivers a speech at the High Level Panel Water Conference; delivers a speech at the Black Sea Ministerial Meeting on the Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea; participates in the handover of public consultation signatures on the Water Framework Directive.

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker delivers the opening speech at the 14th Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), in Vienna, Austria.

Wednesday 22 May, in Brussels the Education, Youth, Culture & Sport Council (EYCS) meets. The EYCS Council is composed of ministers responsible for education, culture, youth, media, communication and sport from all EU Member States. Its main objective is to preserve Europe’s cultural heritage, support its cultural industries, ensure a high quality of education and promote physical activity.

Thursday 23 May, the UK and the Netherlands open the voting in the European Parliament elections.

The Conference on biodiversity and ecosystem services: a common agenda to 2020 and beyond opens in Brussels. The European Commission, in cooperation with the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), is organising this conference with the objective to look back at what has been achieved by the EU, to draw on lessons learned, and to reflect on the main challenges for the future. The conference provides the starting point for the public consultation of the final evaluation of the EU biodiversity strategy to 2020.

Commissioner Karmenu Vella delivers a speech at the High-Level Conference on biodiversity and ecosystem services, in Brussels.


Friday 24 May Ireland and the Czech Republic go to the polls for the European Parliament.

President Donald Tusk will have a meeting with Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte in Rome. Commissioner Karmenu Vella receives Mr Thierry de l’Escaille, General Secretary of the European Landowners’ Organization in Brussels.

Saturday 25 May Malta, Latvia and Slovakia go to the polls for the European Parliament.

Sunday 26 May

Austria, Belgium, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,  Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden go to the polls for the European Parliament.

Via CiConsulta Geopolitics and Eu Affairs Advisory Service. 



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