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4 September – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

4-5 September – Newport, 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 has strained relations with the Kremlin. Georgia is seeking closer ties with NATO.

5-7 September – Monza. Italian Grand Prix.

5-10 September – Berlin. The IFA Conference, Europe’s leading consumer electronics event. Apple may launch its keenly awaited smart watch, called unofficially the iWatch.

9-10 September – Milan. Informal meeting of EU Defence Ministers.

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

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

12 September – Milan. Informal meeting of EU Finance Ministers from the Eurozone.

13 September – Milan. Informal meeting of EU Finance Ministers from the 28 member states.

14 September – Sweden. General election

15 September – Brussels. EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers meet

15 September – EU. 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 September – Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session.

16-22 September – Europe. 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 September – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

18 September – Scotland. 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.

18 September – Brussels. Green eMotion rally of electric vehicles, and a conference on electric transport organised by Eurelectric, the association of European electricity suppliers.

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

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

23 September – Brussels. European Transport Forum 2014: Building an Interconnected European Transport System.

23-28 September – Gleneagles, Scotland. The Ryder Cup – the top tournament in matchplay golf. Every two years Europe plays the USA in one of the only high-profile sporting events that sees EU flags being waved and huge crowds cheering for Europe.

24 September – Turin. Informal meeting of EU Culture Ministers.

25 September – Nyon, 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 September – Brussels. EU Ministers for Industry, Research and Single Market meet in the Competitiveness Council.

26 September – Europe. The Council of Europe’s European Day of Languages.

29 September – Brussels. EU Foreign Ministers or European Affairs Ministers meet.

29-30 September – Milan. Informal meeting of EU Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries.




2 OctoberRome. European Central Bank Governing Council.

3 OctoberYom Kippur, Jewish holiday

5 OctoberBulgaria. Parliamentary elections are 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 OctoberBrussels. 12th European Week of Regions and Cities – Open Days, organised by the Committee of the Regions.

7-8 OctoberBrussels. Plenary session of the Committee of the Regions.

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

8 OctoberLuxembourg. EU Transport Ministers meet.

9-10 OctoberLuxembourg. EU Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs meet.

10-12 OctoberSochi. Russian Grand Prix.

12 OctoberBosnia and Herzegovina. General election. Voters will elect the national Presidency and House of Representatives, as well as the presidents and legislatures of the two entities. According to the US Institute for Peace, Bosnia is in the deepest political crisis since the Dayton Peace Agreement ended the war in 1995. Years of political deadlock and poor economic conditions, including an unemployment rate around 44%, fuelled violent protests across the country and led a number of government officials to resign

13-14 OctoberLuxembourg. EU Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries meet.

13 OctoberLuxembourg. EU Finance Ministers from the Eurozone countries meet in the Eurogroup.

14 OctoberLuxembourg. EU Finance Ministers from all 28 member states meet.

14 OctoberEid-al-Adha. Holiday in most Islamic countries

15 OctoberFrankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

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

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

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

18 OctoberLondon. Mass demonstration by UK trade 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.

19-24 OctoberBristol. The Wildscreen International Film Festival of natural history.

20-21 OctoberLuxembourg. EU Foreign Ministers meet in the Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Councils.

20-21 OctoberMilan. Informal meeting of EU Sports Ministers.

20-23 OctoberStrasbourg. 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 OctoberLuxembourg. EU Environment Ministers meet.

23-24 OctoberBrussels. European Summit.

25 OctoberAl Hijra. Islamic New Year

26 OctoberEurope. Summer time ends. Clocks go back

26 OctoberUkraine. General election called by President Poroshenko as their military forces fight Russian-backed separatists in Eastern Ukraine




1 November Brussels. The new College of EU Commissioners is due to take office for a 5-year term, unless the process is delayed by objections by the European Parliament to some nominees

2 November Romania. Presidential election. The second round will be on 16 November

3-4 November London. The 18th Chatham House Climate Change Conference.

4 November Brussels. EU Telecommunication Ministers meet in the TTE Council.

6 November Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

6 November Brussels. Finance Ministers from the 18 eurozone countries meet in the Eurogroup.

7 November – Brussels. Finance Ministers from all 28 EU member states meet in the ECOFIN Council.

9 November Berlin. The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall will be marked by special events and exhibitions.

10-11 November Brussels. EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers meet.

11 November Space. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe is due to guide its Philae lander on to the surface of Comet 67P, 405m km from Earth, in a quest to discover if comets can "seed life" by providing water and carbon.

12-13 November Brussels. European Parliament mini-plenary session.

16 November Romania. Second round of presidential election

17-18 November EU Foreign Ministers and Defence Ministers meet in the Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Councils.

19 November Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

21 November Brussels. EU Foreign Ministers meet to discuss international trade.

21 November World Television Day.

24-27 November Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session.

25 November Brussels. EU Ministers for Culture and Sport meet.


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 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will hold a summit in Paris, to seek a global deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions.




Europe Diary

September 2014


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