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1 April – Brussels. The 7th Forum for the Future of Agriculture.

1 April – Paris. European Shale Gas Revolution – a conference organised by European Voice newspaper.

1-2 April – Zappeion, Megaron, Athens. Informal meeting of EU Finance Ministers.

1-3 April – Hamburg. In-cosmetics, the annual trade exhibition of the cosmetics industry.

1-3 April – Birmingham. Sustainability Live exhibition.

2-3 April – Brussels. European Parliament mini-plenary, the first to be held in Brussels since the summer of 2012, when cracks in the ceiling of the hemicycle forced its closure and a temporary move of the nearby press centre.

2-3 April – Brussels. Fourth EU-Africa Summit. 80 national delegations will gather in Brussels to debate three themes – People, Prosperity and Peace.

2-3 April – Brussels. Plenary Meeting of the EU Committee of the Regions.

3 April – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council. Eurozone interest rates are currently at an all-time low of 0.25%.

3-4 April – Brussels. The EU’s first Chronic Diseases Summit.

3-4 April – Brussels. COGEN Europe annual conference about the co-generation industry, also known as combined heat and power.

3-11 April – Brussels. International Documentary Film Festival.

4-5 April – Lagonisi, Attica, Greece. Informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in the Gymnich Council likely to be dominated by Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the possibility of more military action to expand the Russian Federation in the region, and what further sanctions could be imposed to prevent this.

6 April – Hungary. Parliamentary elections, with commentators predicting that the controversial Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s right-of-centre Fidesz party will win another term after sweeping away the Socialist government four years ago.

7-11 April – Berlin. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will present its report on mitigation and adaptation (coping with the effects of CC), the third part of the Fifth Assessment Report.

8 April – Paris. Food Safety Summit organised by European Voice newspaper.

10 April – Paris. Conference on the Future of Transatlantic Trade, organised by European Voice and Washington Post newspapers.

13 April – Macedonia. The first round of a presidential election. The second round if necessary will be on 27 April at the same time as parliamentary elections.

14-15 April – Luxembourg. EU Foreign, European Affairs and Defence Ministers meet in the General Affairs and Foreign Affairs Councils.

14-15 April – Luxembourg. EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers meet.

14-15 April – Athens. An audio-visual conference on "The Protection of Minors in the Digital Age", organised by the Greek EU presidency.

14-17 April – Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session, the last before the European elections. Election information available from the Download Centre

16 April – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

17-21 April – EU institutions closed for Easter

24-25 April – Athens. Informal meeting of EU Ministers for Industry, Research and Internal Market meet in the Competitiveness Council.

27 April – Macedonia. General election.

28-29 April – Athens. Informal meeting of EU Ministers for Health, Employment, Social Policy and Consumer Affairs in the EPSCO Council.




1 May – EU. May Day/Labour Day. Holiday in many countries. EU institutions closed

3 May – World Press Freedom Day.

4-6 May – Athens. Informal meeting of EU Agriculture Ministers.

5 May – Brussels. Finance Ministers from the Eurogroup meet. Provisional agreement on the proposed Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM) for the Banking Union has been reached by the European Parliament and the Council. The SRM complements the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) which, once fully operational in late 2014, will see the European Central Bank directly supervise banks in the eurozone and in other member states that decide to join the Banking Union. The SRM will be governed by two texts: an SRM Regulation covering the main aspects of the mechanism, and an intergovernmental agreement related to specific aspects of the Single Resolution Fund (SRF): press releases 20140319 IPR 39310. europa.e/newsroom

6 May – Brussels. Finance Ministers from all 28 EU countries meet in the Ecofin Council.

7-8 May – Athens. Informal meeting of EU Ministers for Maritime Affairs.

8 May – Brussels. European Central Bank Governing Council.

8 May – Brussels. EU Foreign Ministers meet with trade the focus.

8-9 May – Athens. Informal meeting of EU Transport Ministers.

8-9 May – Cavtat, Croatia. The 32nd Annual Conference of CIRCOM, Europe’s Association of Regional Television, with Prix Circom awards for the best programmes in several categories.

9 May – EU. Europe Day marking the original Schuman Declaration in 1950 which began the European project. EU institutions closed

9-11 May – Barcelona. Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya.

10 May – EU. Europe Clean-up Day when thousands of volunteers pick up litter from streets, countryside and beaches, emphasising the need for much more recycling of waste.

12-13 May – Brussels. EU Foreign Ministers meet in the Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Councils.

14-25 May – Cannes. The 67 Cannes Film Festival.

14-15 May – Brussels. The European Business Summit.

15 May – Europe. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is organising and broadcasting live a European Presidential Debate between the would-be Presidents of the European Commission.

15-16 May – Brussels. European Summit.

16 May – Paris. A conference on the new EU regulations on Clinical Trials, organised by European Voice newspaper.

19-20 May – Brussels. EU Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries meet.

19-20 May – London. Cyber Security – Building Resilience, Reducing Risks. A Chatham House conference.

21 May – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

21-23 May – Leipzig. International Transport Forum.'

22-23 May – Vienna. 40th annual assembly of EGTA, Europe’s association of TV and Radio marketing and sales houses.

22-25 May – Elections for the European Parliament, the biggest exercise in democracy outside India. Polls suggest the main centre-right and centre-left groups are level-pegging, with extreme right and left parties set to make significant gains. The results will be declared during the evening of 25 May. For the first time, the main political groups in the parliament have proposed candidates for the next President of the European Commission (the term of office for the current Commission ends in October). The party group with most seats will expect their candidate to be elected. The line-up of candidates is now: Jean-Claude Juncker, EPP; Martin Schulz, PES; Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE; Alexis Tsipras, GUE; and, for the European Green Party, José Bové or Ska Keller. (Whether the nation states agree to this method of selecting the Commission President remains to be seen. The Lisbon Treaty says that EU leaders must "take account" of the Parliament’s preferred candidate.)

Election campaign news: The latest polls and analysis are available on Poll Watch. The Audiovisual Department of the European Parliament is offering a special newsletter during the run-up to the elections with information about the services and products related to the campaign, which started with the ‘ACT REACT IMPACT’ promotion and includes an election website, a download center, a press kit and audiovisual material. Subscribe to the EE2014 Newsletter

27 May – Brussels. The EU’s national leaders are scheduled to meet to discuss possible candidates for EU Commission President. If there is no clear-cut winner after the EP elections, compromise candidates might be put forward by the member states

22-24 May – Monaco Grand Prix.

24 May – Lisbon. UEFA Champions League Final.

25 May – Ukraine. A presidential election has been scheduled by the new government, after the ousting of President Yanukovych. It is feared that President Putin may try to disrupt the election. Thousands of Russian troops are massed on Ukraine’s eastern borders

25 May – Lithuania. Presidential election. Dalia Brybauskaite is seeking a second presidential term; the popular independent is well ahead in the opinion polls.

25 May – Belgium. Federal elections.

25 May-8 June Paris. French Open Tennis.

26-27 May – Brussels. EU Ministers for Industry, Research and the Internal Market meet.

27 May – Athens. European Business Awards.

29 May – EU institutions closed – Ascension Day holiday




2-3 June –  London. The annual convention of Eurelectric, the association of European electricity providers, debates ‘The Future of European Energy’.

3-5 June – Brussels. European Green Week, the annual conference and exhibition about environmental subjects. This year the theme is "The Circular Economy – saving resources, creating jobs". On 3 June, there will be an Environmental Summit with a broader agenda, before the official opening of Green Week. World Environment Day is on 5 June.

4-5 June – Sochi, Russia. The scheduled G8 Summit has been cancelled by the G7 countries after Russia’s seizure of Crimea. Also an EU-Russia summit was due to be held at the same time

5 June – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

5-6 June – Luxembourg. EU Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs meet.

5-6 June – Luxembourg. EU Ministers for Transport and Telecoms meet.

9 June – EU. Institutions closed for Whitsun

10 June – Luxembourg. EU Ministers for Education and Youth meet.

11-14 June – Kosice, Slovakia. The 20th International Festival of Local Television, with the Golden Beggar awards, named after a famous local statue.

12 June – Luxembourg. EU Energy Ministers meet.

12 June – Brazil. The World Cup begins with the hosts Brazil playing Croatia. Europe has 13 teams in the finals, with Spain hoping to retain the trophy they won 4 years ago.

13 June – Luxembourg. EU Environment Ministers meet.

16-17 June – Luxembourg. EU Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries meet.

17 June – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

19 June – Luxembourg. Finance Ministers from the Eurozone countries meet in the Eurogroup.

20 June – Luxembourg. Finance Ministers from all 28 EU member states meet in the Ecofin Council.

20 June – Luxembourg. EU Health Ministers meet in the EPSCO Council.

21 June – France. Fête de la Musique, a day of free concerts now being copied by many countries as World Music Day

20-22 June – Spielberg. The Austrian Grand Prix at the renovated Red Bull Circuit, the first Formula 1 Grand Prix in Austria for 11 years.

23 June – Brussels. Start of EU Sustainable Energy Week.

23 June-6 July Wimbledon. Lawn Tennis Championships, the oldest tennis tournament in the world and the only Major played on grass.

25-26 June – Brussels. Plenary session of the EU Committee of the Regions.

26-27 June – Brussels. European Summit.

30 June – The end of Greece’s six-month rotating Presidency of the European Council. For the next six months, Italy will be organising business and chairing the meetings



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

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

April 2014


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