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Most EU institutions are closed in August for the summer holiday. During the month, the EU member states will be continuing to put forward their nominations for each country’s EU Commissioner

3 August – Glasgow. Closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games

4 August – Glasgow/London. The centenary of the day Britain declared war on Germany at the start of World War I will be marked by a service at Glasgow Cathedral, attended by the Queen and other Heads of State, on the day after the end of the Commonwealth Games. The day will end with candle-light vigil at Westminster Abbey, with a single candle being extinguished at 11 p.m to reflect Viscount Gray’s remark, "The lamps are going out all over Europe".

6 August – Space. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe is due to rendezvous with the speeding Comet 67P after a 10-year journey, and will attempt to put its lander on to the comet’s surface in November. It’s one of the most ambitious unmanned space missions, hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, which hopes to establish if comets could have been the source of life on Earth.

7 August – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council meets after poor economic figures for the Eurozone, showing industrial production fell by 1.1% in May.

12 August – Cardiff. The UEFA Super Cup between the winners of the Champions League (Real Madrid) and Europa League (Seville).

12-17 August – Zurich. European Athletics Championships.

22-24 August – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. Belgian Grand Prix.

23 August - 7 September – Normandy. World Equestrian Games.

24-28 August – Prague. Ninth World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in Life Sciences.

27 August - 6 September – Venice. International Film Festival.

28-29 August – Milan. Informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in the General Affairs Council.

30 AugustBrussels. Special European Summit called by Council President, Herman van Rompuy, to select the next High Representative for Foreign Affairs and the President of the European Council, following a failure to agree in July. Sanctions against Russia are also likely to be discussed.

The calendar before the scheduled start of the next European Commission under Jean-Claude Juncker is becoming squeezed. Many EU countries have still not put forward their nominations for Commissioner, a task made more difficult by the need for better gender balance. Van Rompuy has said it will still be possible for Juncker to complete his European Commission line-up and for the Parliament to hold hearings in time for a confirmation vote on the College of Commissioners in October, so that the new Commission could start work at the beginning of November. Some observers say the Parliament will not necessarily endorse some of the nominated commissioners, and that a 1 December date for the start of the new Commission is more likely.

Schedule for remaining EU offices:

August. Member states forward their nominations for European Commissioners

September. Hearings of the Commissioner nominees at the European Parliament

20-23 October. European Parliament votes on whether to approve the new College of Commissioners

1 November. New Commissioners take office

November. Member states select a new President of the European Council, to replace Herman Van Rompuy, and a new EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, to replace Catherine Ashton

1 December. The new President of the European Council and High Representative take office




4 SeptemberFrankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

4-5 SeptemberNewport, South Wales. NATO Summit the first for two years to be held at the Celtic Manor Resort and hosted by David Cameron. When announcing the summit, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said it would mark the end of their ISAF Mission to Afghanistan (at the end of 2014). Since then, Russia’s annexation of Crimea, its backing for the separatists in eastern Ukraine and the shooting down of MH17 have strained relations with the Kremlin. Georgia is seeking closer ties with NATO.

5-7 SeptemberMonza. Italian Grand Prix.

9-10 SeptemberMilan. Informal meeting of EU Defence Ministers.

10-14 SeptemberLondon. The Invictus Games at the Olympic Park will see 400 competitors from 14 nations in sporting events for wounded servicemen and women.

11-16 SeptemberAmsterdam. IBC – International Broadcasting Convention, the huge annual conference and exhibition of the latest broadcasting technology.

12 SeptemberMilan. Informal meeting of EU Finance Ministers from the Eurozone.

13 SeptemberMilan. Informal meeting of EU Finance Ministers from the 28 member states.

14 SeptemberSweden. General election

15 SeptemberBrussels. EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers meet

15 SeptemberEU. Closing date for an EU public consultation on how to guarantee high-quality drinking water is available to every European citizen. This is in response to Right2Water the first successful Citizens’ Initiative.

15-18 SeptemberStrasbourg. European Parliament plenary session.

16-22 SeptemberEurope. European Mobility Week promoting more use of public transport and biking or walking in cities, ending with "leave your car at home day" on 22 September.

17-18 SeptemberFrankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

18 SeptemberScotland. Referendum with the question, "Should Scotland be an independent country – Yes or No?" Opinion polls show the Better Together pro-union side ahead, but 11-15% of Scots say they are undecided.

22-23 SeptemberItaly. Informal meeting of Ministers for Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs in the EPSCO Council.

23 SeptemberNew York. UN Climate Summit, with the EU leading calls for targets for a low-carbon economy.

23 SeptemberBrussels. European Transport Forum 2014: Building an Interconnected European Transport System.

24 SeptemberTurin. Informal meeting of EU Culture Ministers.

25 SeptemberNyon, Switzerland. UEFA are due to announce the 13 cities to be allocated games in the Euro 2020 football competition, which will be spread around Europe for the first time. England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland have are among 19 countries that have submitted bids to host matches

25-26 SeptemberBrussels. EU Ministers for Industry, Research and Single Market meet in the Competitiveness Council.

26 SeptemberEurope. The Council of Europe’s European Day of Languages.

29 SeptemberBrussels. EU Foreign Ministers or European Affairs Ministers meet.

29-30 SeptemberMilan. Informal meeting of EU Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries.





2 October – Rome. European Central Bank Governing Council.

3 October – Yom Kippur, Jewish holiday

5 October – Bulgaria. Parliamentary elections being held two years early in an attempt to create a stable government. The current socialist lead administration of PM Oresharski has been plagued by internal divisions, persistent street protests, and a run on the banks at the end of June.

6-9 October – Brussels. Twelfth European Week of Regions and Cities – Open Days, organised by the Committee of the Regions.

7-8 October – Brussels. Plenary session of the Committee of the Regions.

8 October – Brussels. European Energy 2014 conference, organised by the European Voice newspaper, focuses on future security of energy supplies.

8 October – Luxembourg. EU Transport Ministers meet.

9-10 October – Luxembourg. EU Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs meet.

13-14 October – Luxembourg. EU Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries meet.

13 October – Luxembourg. EU Finance Ministers from the Eurozone countries meet in the Eurogroup.

14 October – Luxembourg. EU Finance Ministers from all 28 member states meet.

14 October – Eid-al-Adha. Holiday in most Islamic countries

15 October – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

16 October – Luxembourg. EU Ministers for Employment, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer issues meet in the EPSCO Council.

16 October – Rome. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation stages events to raise the profile of food poverty on World Food Day.

16-17 October – Milan. ASEM Summit – a meeting of the heads of state or government from Asian and European countries.

18 October – London. Mass demonstration by UK trades unionists against austerity measures which they say have protected the rich and caused big increases in the cost of living for public service workers such as nurses and teachers.

20-21 October – Luxembourg. EU Foreign Ministers meet in the Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Councils.

20-21 October – Milan. Informal meeting of EU Sports Ministers.

20-23 October – Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. MEPs are due to vote on the new College of Commissioners after a series of hearings with the member states’ 28 nominees.

21 October – Luxembourg. EU Environment Ministers meet.

23-24 October – Brussels. European Summit.

25 October – Al Hijra. Islamic New Year

26 October – Europe. Summer time ends. Clocks go back


This year will be the European Year for Development. It coincides with the UN Millennium Development Goals being replaced by new Sustainable Development Goals.

On 1 January, Lithuania will adopt the euro, at a conversion rate of 3.45 litas to the euro, becoming the 19th Eurozone state.

Bristol will take over from Copenhagen as European Green Capital of the year, recognising its environmental achievements.

The UK general election is scheduled for 7 May, with the Conservatives promising an in-out EU referendum by the end of 2017.

18 June will be the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo where Napoleon was finally defeated.

The World Expo will be held in Milan from May to October.

In December, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will hold a summit in Paris, to seek a global deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions.



Europe Diary

August 2014


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