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The Europe Diary

A calendar of events from European institutions for journalists and broadcasters.

April 2016 edition

Please check entries before broadcast or publication: see contacts at end of Diary.

 

April

 

1st

Hungary. The anti-immigration-quota-scheme referendum might be held in April. The date has yet to be announced.

www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-idUSKCN0VX1EJ

6th

Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council. www.ecb.eu Interest rates at 0% are a record low, with deposit rates negative.

6th

Netherlands. A non-binding referendum on the EU's trade agreement with Ukraine, triggered by a campaign by eurosceptic groups.

www.euractiv.com/section/europe-s-east/news/

7th-8th

Brussels. Committee of the Regions plenary session.  http://www.cor.europa.eu/

8th-9th

Oxford. An international conference on Migration organised by the Green Economics Institute. www.greeneconomics.org.uk

10th-16th

Forde. Norway. European Weight-Lifting Championships. http://ewcforde2016.no

11th

Amsterdam. Informal meeting of EU Energy Ministers. www.consilium.europa.eu

11th-12th

Luxembourg. EU Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries meet. www.eu2016.nl 

11th-14th

Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. On 12th the EuropeanCommission will hold its weekly meeting in Strasbourg. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/

12th

Amsterdam. Informal meeting of EU General Affairs Council, (Europe Ministers and State Secretaries). www.eu2016.nl

13th

Brussels. European Heritage Label Ceremony. Nine new sites will be awarded the label. www.europa.eu/newsroom/calendar

14th-15th

Amsterdam. Informal meetings of EU Transport and Environment Ministers. www.eu2016.nl  

16th

London. A mass demonstration against austerity has been called by left-wing groups.  www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk

17th

Italy. A referendum on offshore oil drilling that could close down some rigs. www.ansa.it 

18th-20th

Amsterdam. Informal meeting of EU ministers for Employment, Social Policy and Health in the EPSCO Council www.english.eu2016.nl

18th-19th

Luxembourg. EU Foreign and Defence Ministers meet. www.eu2016.nl  

18th-21st

Seville. The 7th annual I-COM Global Summit on the business value of marketing data and measurement. www.i-com.org/seville-overview-2016/

19th

Luxembourg. EU Defence Ministers meet. www.english.eu2016.nl

19th

Brussels. 2016 European Road Transport Conference. www.ec.europa.eu/transport

20th

Brussels. The European Tree of the Year Award organised by the European Landowners Organisation and Environmental Partnership Association. www.treeoftheyear.org/Uvod.aspx

21st

Luxembourg.  EU Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs. www.eu2016.nl

21st

UK. The 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.  The celebrations will take place in May and in June when her Official Birthday takes place. www.hmq90.co.uk

22nd-23rd

Amsterdam. Informal meeting of EU Finance Ministers. www.eu2016.nl

23rd

UK. The 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare will be marked by performances and events across the country, with a Shakespeare Festival on the BBC launched today. www.shakespeare400.org  www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2015/rsc-bbc-shakespeare  

24th

Serbia. General Election called two years early by PM Aleksander Vucic, who says, 'Serbia needs four more years of stability so that it is ready to join the EuropeanUnion'' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serbian_parliamentary_election,_2016

www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/serbia-goes-to-early-elections-03-02-2016  

24th

London. The London Marathon. 36,000 take to the streets. www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/

24th-29th

Hannover and London. President Obama will travel to Germany and join the U.S. delegation at the world's largest trade fair, the Hannover Messe. He will join Angela Merkel at the ceremonial opening of the fair, and hold talks with her about the TTIP the EU-US trade pact being negotiated at length and not without difficulty. During his trip to Europe, Barack Obama will visit David Cameron, and he is expected to urge British voters to choose to remain in the EU in the June referendum. The President will also attend a private dinner with the Queen at Windsor Castle. (Detailed schedule not yet available) www.hannovermesse.de

29th-May 1st

Sochi. Russian Grand Prix. www.formula1.com

30th

EU. Mobile phone roaming surcharges when you travel around Europe will be reduced significantly as an interim measure before they are scrapped in 2017, when national rates will apply across the 28 member states. www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34646434

May

 

1st

Athens. Commentators say that the Review of Greece's economic reforms by its creditors must be completed by early May for it to be able to receive the next instalment of its bailout, put at 86 billion euros. Creditors are complaining that Athens has made little headway in introducing agreed reforms. www.ft.com/indepth/greece-debt-crisis

1st

In May, the Olympic Committee is expected to receive a Task Force report into doping in Russia. If they confirm the ban on Russian athletes going to Rio, the Kremlin says there will be 'serious consequences'. www.iaaf.org

2nd

May Day holiday in some countries (1st is a Sunday).

3rd

UN. World Press Freedom Day. Journalism and freedom of expression are under threat in many parts of Europe. http://www.unesco.org/new/en/world-press-freedom-day

4th

Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council. www.ecb.eu

5th

Ascension Day, a holiday in many Christian countries.

5th

UK.  Elections for the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Assembly, and in England for Local Authorities, Police and Crime Commissioners, and Mayors in London, Bristol, Liverpool and Salford.

6th

EU. Institutions closed.

6th-29th

Italy. Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy) cycle race. www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/racing/giro-ditalia/giro-ditalia-route-192184

9th

EU. Europe Day marking the original Schuman Declaration in 1950 which began the European project.  EU Institutions closed.

9th-10th

Amsterdam. European Conference on Dementia. http://english.eu2016.nl/latest/events/2016/05/09/living-well-without-dementia

9th-12th

Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. The European Commission will hold its weekly meeting in Strasbourg on 10th. www.europarl.europa.eu

10th

Brussels. EU Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries meet. www.eu2016.nl

10th and 12th

Stockholm. The two semi-finals of the 61st Eurovision Song Contest with 43 countries taking part. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurovision_Song_Contest_2016

10th-13th

Rotterdam. “Adaptation Futures” international climate change conference. www.english.eu2016.nl/latest/events/

11th-22nd

Cannes. The 69th International Film Festival. www.festival-cannes.com/en.html

12th-13th

Brussels. EU Foreign and Development Ministers meet in the Foreign Affairs Council. www.eu2016.nl

12th-15th

London. The Queen's 90th Birthday Pageant in the private grounds of Windsor Castle, with music, dance and equestrian displays. There will be a huge street party in the Mall on her official birthday in June. www.hmq90.co.uk/about/programme-queens-90-birthday-celebration/

13th

Lyon. Rugby Union European Challenge Cup Final. www.epcrugby.com/europeanrugbychallengecup/index.php

13th-15th

Barcelona. Spanish Grand Prix. www.formula1.com

14th

Stockholm.  The Final of the Eurovision Song Contest.  www.eurovision.tv

16th

EU. European institutions closed for Whit Monday holiday.

16th-June 5th

Paris. French Open Tennis. www.rolandgarros.com

17th

Brussels. Finance Ministers from the eurozone countries meet in the Eurogroup. www.eu2016.nl

18th

Brussels. Finance Ministers from all 28 EU states meet in the Ecofin Council. www.eu2016.nl

18th

Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council. www.ecb.eu

18th

Basel. Europa League football final. www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/

18th-20th

Leipzig. International Transport Forum Summit. http://2016.itf-oecd.org

19th

Glasgow. The BBC will screen the first of three live pre-referendum debates about EU membership, this one aimed at young voters. www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2016/eu-referendum-debates

19th-20th

Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The 34th Annual Conference of Circom, Europe's Association of Regional Television, including the Prix Circom - awarding prizes for the best regional programmes in Europe. www.circom-regional.eu/programme

20th

Brussels. EU Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs meet. www.eu2016.nl  

20th

EU. The deadline for national governments to have put into law the TPI Tobacco Products Directive of 2014, which includes bigger health warnings on packs and traceability of packaging to combat counterfeiting.

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/440991/TPD_Consultation_Doc.pdf

20th-21st

Strasbourg. European Youth Event 2016. http://europa.eu/newsroom/calendar/events/ 2016/05/20_european_youth_event_en.htm

22nd

Cyprus. Parliamentary election.  www.cyprus-mail.com

22nd-June 5th

Paris. The French Open Tennis Championship. www.rolandgarros.com

23rd

Brussels. A conference on forestry called “Beyond Wood: the multiple services provided by Europe's forests”. www.europa.eu/newsroom/calendar

23rd-24th

Brussels. EU Foreign Ministers meet in the Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Councils. www.eu2016.nl

24th

Brussels. EU Finance Ministers from the eurozone meet in the Eurogroup. www.eu2016.nl  

25th

Brussels. EU Finance Ministers from all 28 member states meet in the Ecofin Council. www.eu2016.nl

25th-26th

Brussels. European Parliament mini-plenary. www.europarl.europa.eu

26th

Brussels. EU Ministers for Telecoms meet. www.eu2016.nl

26th-27th

Brussels. EU Ministers for Internal Market, Industry and Research meet in the Competitiveness Council. www.eu2016.nl

26th-27th

Ise-Shima, Japan. G7 Summit with the leaders of France, Italy, Germany, UK, USA, Canada and Japan. www.japan.go.jp/g7/summit/

27th-June 5th

The Hague. European Space Expo. www.european-space-solutions.eu/space-expo 

28th

Milan. UEFA Champions League Football Final. www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/

28th-29th

Monte Carlo. Monaco Grand Prix. www.formula1.com

30th-31st

Brussels. Meeting of EU Ministers for Education, Culture and Sport. www.eu2016.nl

30th-31st

Amsterdam. Informal meeting of EU Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries. www.eu2016.nl

30th– June 3rd

Brussels and EU countries. European Green Week with a theme of Investing for a Greener Future. The opening event will be in Ljubljana, the main conference on 1st is in Brussels, with a closing event on 3rd in Vienna linked to Sustainable Development Week. www.greenweek2016.eu

30th–June 5th

Brussels. European Sustainable Development Week. www.esdw.eu

June

 

1st

Turkey/EU. The deal to return to Turkey refugees arriving in Greece, designed to stop the flow across the Aegean, depends on visa liberalisation for Turks. The deal says this must “take place at the latest in June” but only if Turkey has implemented 72 benchmarks. Otherwise the deal may unravel. www.politico.eu

1st

Switzerland. The Gotthard Base Railway Tunnel under the Alps is scheduled to open. 55 kilometres long, it will be the longest and deepest traffic tunnel in the world. www.gottardo2016.ch/en

1st-2nd

Brussels. The European Business Summit 2016. www.ebsummit.eu

2nd

Vienna. European Central Bank Governing Council.  www.ecb.eu

4th

Epsom. The Derby. www.epsom.thejockeyclub.co.uk

5th

Macedonia. Parliamentary elections called as part of an agreement brokered by the European Union to end the protests against the government of Nikola Gruevski. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macedonian_parliamentary_election,_2016

6th

Islamic communities. First day of Ramadan – religious festival.

6th-7th

Vilnius. Annual conference and convention of Eurelectric, the association of Europe's electricity generators and distributors, with a theme of digital technology. www.eurelectric.org 

6th-7th

Luxembourg. EU Energy, Telecoms and Transport Ministers meet. www.eu2016.nl

6th-9th

Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. The European Commission will hold its weekly meeting in Strasbourg on 7th. www.europarl.europa.eu

9th-10th

Luxembourg. EU Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs meet. www.eu2016.nl

9th-10th

Cologne. Annual CEO summit of EGTA, the European trade association for television and radio advertising. www.egta.com 

10th

France. Start of the UEFA European Championship – Euro 2016. The final is on 10th July. www.uefa.com

10th

London. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will attend a National Service of Thanksgiving at the start of 3 days of celebration marking her 90th birthday.

11th

London. Horse Guards Parade. The Queen and members of the royal family attend the Queen's 90th Birthday Parade.

12th

London. A street party in The Mall for 10,000 people to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. www.royal.gov.uk

13th-17th

Brussels. European Sustainable Energy Week. www.eusew.eu

15th-16th

Brussels. Plenary session of the EU Committee of the Regions, the assembly of regional and local representatives. www.cor.europa.eu

15th-16th

Brussels. European Development Days – 'Devdays 2016'. www.eudevdays.eu

15th-19th

Kosice, Slovakia.  The 22nd International Festival of Local Television. www.festival.sk

16th-17th

Luxembourg. EU Employment and Health Ministers meet in the EPSCO Council. www.eu2016.nl

16th

Luxembourg. Finance Ministers from the eurozone countries meet in the Eurogroup. www.eu2016.nl

17th

Luxembourg.  Finance Minister from all 28 EU member states in the Ecofin Council. www.eu2016.nl

20th

Luxembourg.  EU Environment Ministers meet.  www.eu2016.nl

20th-21st

Luxembourg. EU Foreign ministers meet in the Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Councils. www.eu2016.nl

21st

France. Fête de la musique, also known as World Music Day. www.frenchmoments.eu/world-music-day-in-france/

21st

London. The BBC will screen the third of three live pre-referendum debates about EU membership; this one will be at the Wembley Arena in front of 12,500 people. www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2016/eu-referendum-debates

22nd-23rd

Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council and General Council meetings. www.ecb.eu

22nd-23rd

Brussels. European Parliament mini-plenary. www.europarl.europa.eu

23rd

UK. Referendum on EU membership.

23rd

Brussels. Scheduled EU Summit - on the same day as the UK referendum. Reports say that EU officials are trying to delay the summit, but this requires agreement of all 28 heads of government.  www.eu2016.nl

25th

Iceland. Presidential election. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icelandic_presidential_election,_2016

27th-28th

Brussels. Possible date of EU Summit – which may be postponed for four days to avoid clashing with the UK referendum on membership of the union. (Reuters)

27th-28th

Luxembourg. EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers meet.  www.eu2016.nl

27th-July 10th

London.  Wimbledon Lawn Tennis. www.wimbledon.com

28th-30th

London. 5G World at Olympia. www.5gworldevent.com

30th

EU. The end of the Netherlands six-month presidency, handing over to Slovakia. http://english.eu2016.nl

 

 

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The London Office of the Parliament: 020 7227 4300   Website: www.europarl.org.uk                 

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EU Council of Ministers: http://consilium.europa.eu     

TV pix:  http://tvnewsroom.consilium.europa.eu

Head of Press Office:  Nicolas Kerleroux.  Tel: +322 281 8239   

Press Office: Tel: +322 281 6319   Email: press.office@consilium.europa.eu 

Netherlands Presidency website:    www.eu2016.nl

 

EU News, information and contacts are also available on the Europa “Europe Direct” site. www.europa.eu/europedirect  

 

Council of Europe:  www.coe.int

CoE Press Service.  pressunit@coe.int  Jeremy Moakes  +33 3 90 21 50 52  jeremy.moakes@coe.int or Alun Drake (audio-visual)  +33 3 88 41 25 64  alun.drake@coe.int  

European Court of Human Rights: Emma Hellyer  emma.hellyer@coe.int    

 

NATO:    Press Service:  +322 707 5041.  press@hq.nato.int    www.nato.int

 

 

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