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1 July – Brussels/Rome. Italy takes over the rotating presidency of the European Council for the next six months, organising the ministerial meetings and related events. Italy’s priorities for the next six months will emphasise the promotion of growth and jobs and the issue of migration. The Presidency website is (English version)

1 July – Brussels. The European Commission is due to put forward a "Green Employment Initiative" to support job creation in the renewables sector.

1-2 July – Vienna. The EU’s annual Central Europe Conference, promoting investment and trade opportunities.

1-3 July – Strasbourg. European Parliament "constituent part session", its first meeting since the European elections. MEPs are due to elect the President of the European Parliament. Almost certainly they will re-elect Martin Schultz to the role; he was the centre-left’s candidate for the Commission President, but conceded to Jean-Claude Juncker when his EPP group won most seats in the Parliament. On 2 July, Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will present to MEPs Italy’s priorities for its six-month Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

3 July – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

3 July – Brussels. The end-date for a public consultation on how to improve child protection systems across the EU.

3-4 July – Rome. The European Commissioners are holding their weekly meeting in Rome to discuss with Prime Minister Renzi Italy’s programme for its Presidency of the Council.

4-6 July – Silverstone. British Formula One Grand Prix.

5-27 July – France and UK. The 101st Tour de France starts in Leeds.

6 July – London. Final weekend of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.

7 July – Brussels. EU Finance Ministers from the eurozone countries meet in the Eurogroup.

7 July – Luxembourg. The President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, is due to appear at the European General Court (formerly the Court of First Instance) to explain his role in the controversial dismissal of John Dalli as European Commissioner for Health.

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

8-9 July – Milan. Informal meeting of EU Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs.

8-10 July – Brussels. The European Parliament is planning to hold hearings for with those nominated by the member states as replacement commissioners.

8 July – London. The annual IT Broadcast Workflow Conference at BAFTA organised by TVB Europe.

9-11 July – Oxford. Ninth Annual Green Economics Institute Conference.

10-11 July – Milan. Informal (non-voting) meeting of EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers

11 July – Turin. EU ministers are due to attend a Youth Unemployment Summit. Left-wing groups have threatened to disrupt the event.

11-12 July – Italy. Informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers or European Affairs Ministers in the General Affairs Council

13 July – Brazil. World Cup Final. Will it be an all-European final as last year? Netherlands, Greece, France, Switzerland, Germany and Belgium have got through to the knockout stages. Croatia, Spain, Italy, England, Bosnia, Portugal and Russia have been eliminated in the group stages.

13 July – Slovenia. An early general election has been called with the collapse of the governing coalition, against a background of corruption allegations

14 July – France. Bastille Day

14 July – Brussels. EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers meet.

14-15 July – Florence. Informal meeting of EU Ministers for Development.

14-17 July – Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. On 16 July, MEPs are due to elect the Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the Commission, as nominated by the member states.

16 July – Brussels. The European Commission is to host a donors’ conference for Serbia and Bosnia to help recover from the devastating floods that damaged infrastructure and made thousands homeless in May.

16-17 July – Milan. Informal meeting of EU Environment Ministers.

16-17 July – Warsaw. The OSCE/ODIHR Youth Forum discusses how to include more young people in the democratic process.

17 July – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

17 July – Brussels. EU Finance Ministers meet to consider next year’s EU budget

17-18 July – Italy. Informal meeting of EU Employment Ministers.

17-26 July – Suhl, Germany. IPC (Paralympic) Shooting World Championships.

18-20 July – Hockenheim. German Grand Prix.

21-22 July – Italy. Informal meeting of EU Ministers for Industry, Research and Single Market in the Competitiveness Council.

23 July-3 August – Glasgow. The 20th Commonwealth Games.

24 July – Italy. Informal meeting of EU Energy Ministers

25-27 July – Budapest. Hungarian Grand Prix.

28 July – Europe. The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. On 28 July 1914, the Austro-Hungarians fired the first shots in preparation for the invasion of Serbia. As Russia mobilised, Germany invaded neutral Belgium and Luxembourg before moving towards France, leading Britain to declare war on Germany on 4 August. There will be commemorative events around the world

29 July – Brussels. EU Foreign Ministers meet in the General Affairs Council.




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

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 candlelit 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 the comet’s surface in November.
7 August – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

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.

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

28-29 August – Italy. Informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in the General Affairs Council, t.b.c.



Schedule for remaining EU offices:

1-3 July. Strasbourg. First European Parliament plenary of the 2014-19 term. MEPs to elect the President of the Parliament

14-17 July. Strasbourg. Second European Parliament plenary. MEPs to elect the President of the Commission

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


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 is expected to adopt 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.




4 September – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

4-5 September – Newport, South Wales. NATO Summit 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 and continuing violence in Ukraine has strained relations with Russia. Georgia is seeking closer ties with NATO.

5-7 September – Monza. Italian Grand Prix.

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, the International Broadcasting Convention, the huge annual conference and exhibition of the latest broadcasting technology.

12 September – Brussels. EU Finance Ministers from the eurozone meet

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 one in five Scots say they are undecided.

20 September – World. Activists against climate change are calling for worldwide demonstrations to demand immediate reductions of greenhouse gases, before the UN Climate Summit

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’.

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

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 of European Affairs Ministers meet


Europe Diary

July 2014


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