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26 November – Moscow. French President Hollande meets Vladimir Putin on the latest leg of his attempt to put together a grand coalition against ISIS

26 November – Gibraltar. Parliamentary election

26 November – Brussels. EU Energy Ministers meet.

27 November – Brussels. EU Foreign Ministers meet to discuss international trade.

27-29 November – Ghent. Davis Cup Tennis Final, Belgium v Britain, going ahead despite the security alert in Belgium.

29 November – Brussels. A special summit of EU leaders and Turkey's President Erdogan to try to agree ways of stemming the flow of migrants into Europe. The EU is offering Turkey €3bn over two years to help finance measures to stop the flow of migrants into Europe.

29 November – World. Environmental groups are calling for “The People's Climate March” to be held across the world on the eve of the UN Climate Summit. A very large march is predicted for London after the French government cancelled the march in Paris itself on security grounds.

30 November – Brussels. EU Ministers for Trade, Industry and Research meet in the Competitiveness Council.

30 November-2 December Bremen. International conference on the latest wind turbine technologies.

30 November-11 December – Paris. The UN Climate Change Summit, COP 21, held amid extremely tight security after the 13 November attacks. It is regarded as a last chance for an all-nations agreement to keep global warming to 2oC higher than pre-industrial levels. The UN climate chief Christiana Figueres told the European Parliament that 3oC by the end of the century is more likely because national pledges do not add up to the required reduction in harmful emissions. Will the increasing evidence that climate change is already causing severe effects in many parts of the world – and a plea from the Pope for urgent action – concentrate minds this time? The European Commission is calling for a binding greenhouse gases emission cuts target of at least 40% by 2030.



1 December – Brussels. EU Research and Trade Ministers meet in the Competitiveness Council.

1 December – World AIDS Day (UN)

1-2 December – Brussels. EU Agricultural Outlook Conference with the Commission's 10-year lookahead for farming in Europe.

2 December – Brussels. European Parliament mini-plenary.

3 December – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

3-4 December – Brussels. EU Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs meet. Discussions are expected to continue on closer security cooperation between member states following the Paris attacks.

3-4 December – Brussels. The Committee of the Regions plenary session.

7 December – Brussels. Finance Ministers from the 19 eurozone countries meet in the Eurogroup.

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

8 December – Rome. The opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter's starts an “Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy” in 2016, a major event in the Catholic Church.

7-8 December – Brussels. EU Ministers for Health, Social Affairs and Employment meet in the EPSCO Council.

7-10 December – Brussels. The 7th European Innovation Summit.

9 December – Brussels. European Biodiversity Conference organised by the European Landowners' Organisation.

9-10 December – Luxembourg. Informal meeting of EU Development Ministers, with the refugee crisis certain to be on the agenda.

10-11 December – Brussels. EU Ministers responsible for Transport and Telecom meet in the TTE Council.

11 December – Paris. The COP21 UN Climate Summit is due to end. Will there be a binding agreement?

12 December – Paris. The draw for the finals of the Euro 2016 Football to be held in France. The 24 qualifying teams will play in six groups.

14 December – Brussels. Conference on the transition required for sustainable energy in Europe, organised by Eurelectric, the electricity industry association.

14-15 December – Brussels. EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers meet. The December meeting is usually when fishing quotas are agreed for the following year.

14-15 December – Brussels. EU Foreign Ministers meet in the Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Councils.

14-17 December – Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. On 15 December, the European Commission will hold its weekly meeting in Strasbourg. EP President Martin Schultz has asked UK Prime Minister David Cameron to address the assembly; according to Downing Street, he is considering the request.

15 December – Kazakhstan. The first official British astronaut, Tim Peake, is due to blast off in a Soyuz rocket to join the International Space Station. He will conduct experiments for the European Space Agency and schools around the UK will be involved in projects linked to the mission.

16 December – Brussels. EU Environment Ministers meet.

16-17 December – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council and General Council meetings.

17-18 December – Brussels. European Summit. As well as the Paris attacks and the 'War' against ISIS, the divisive migration crisis, the EU reaction to the Paris Climate Summit, the controversial TTIP trade deal with the US, and continuing economic difficulties in the eurozone, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to lay out his proposals for reform before the In-Out referendum which might be held in 2016.

20 December – Spain. General election – it had to be held by this date according to the constitution. Polls suggest a close race and probably a coalition government. Gibraltar must also hold an election by this date.

23 December – Brussels. The last weekly meeting of the European Commission before the Christmas break

24 December – EU. The institutions will be closed, in effect until Monday January 4, with only 28 December and New Year's Day not designated as EU holidays

31 December – EU. The last day of Luxembourg's six-month Presidency of the European Council. The Netherlands will take over the role for the first half of 2016




1 January – Netherlands takes over the Presidency of the EU Council, organising and chairing ministerial meetings and conferences. In December they will publish a schedule of meetings. In early January the European Commission will meet in the Hague to agree the six-month work programme. The Presidency website is likely to be

18-21 January – Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session.

20-22 January – Davos Switzerland. The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

24 January – Portugal. Presidential election. If no candidate wins 50% of the vote, there will be a second round on 14 February

26-28 January – Brussels. Conference on European Agricultural Research and Innovation organised by the European Commission.

27-29 January – Berlin. International Nuclear Decommissioning “Summit”.

Also in 2016

There will be elections in Austria, Ireland, Lithuania, Romania and Slovakia.

January: The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is due to issue the second part of its report into drug use in athletics, which the head of the agency, Dick Pound, has said will have “wow factor” and “people will ask how could this happen?”

February: An EU summit is expected to reveal the deal David Cameron will have struck to reform various aspects of the UK's relationship with the EU.

26 February: FIFA are due to elect a new President following the corruption scandals. There are now five approved candidates.

March: “ExoMars”. The European Space Agency in a collaboration with the Russian Federal Space Agency will launch an orbiter to Mars to analyse the atmosphere in preparation for the landing of exploratory rovers in 2018.

April: Mobile phone charges in the EU will be reduced, and in 2017 will be scrapped (national rates will apply across the 28 member states).

April: The 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare will be marked by special events at Stratford upon Avon, to be broadcast by the BBC.

June: It has been reported by The Independent newspaper that British Prime Minister Cameron has “pencilled in” June 2016 for a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU. The referendum must be held before the end of 2017.

June/July: France will host the Euro 2016 Football Championship.

1 July: The centenary of the Battle of the Somme will be commemorated at Thiepval memorial in France. 10,000 people are expected with 8,000 free tickets selected by ballots in Britain, France and Ireland.

July: The Pope will attend Catholic World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, which is likely to attract millions of young pilgrims.

August/September: The Olympic Games and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro with 35 European countries taking part

September: Europe play the USA in the Ryder Cup Golf in Minnesota.



Europe Diary

November 2015


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