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1 August – EU. Most of the European institutions shut down in August

5 August – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

6 and 9 August – Japan. The 70th anniversary of the dropping of atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the US. On 9 August, the Soviet Union declared war on Japan. On 10 August, the Japanese government communicated its intention to surrender under the terms of the Potsdam Declaration, but with too many conditions for the offer to be acceptable to the Allies. The news, however, was enough to begin early celebrations around the world

15 August – Japan and Europe. 70th anniversary of VJ Day when the Japanese surrender was accepted

15 August – Assumption. A holiday in many Christian countries

23 August – Spa-Francorchamps. The Belgian Grand Prix.

Later in 2015

Pope Francis will visit Paris and Lourdes – dates to be announced.

In November, Tim Peake will become Britain’s first official astronaut when he flies to the International Space Station.

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 – described as the “last chance” to keep global warming to no more than 2oC.


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's reported by The Independent that British Prime Minister Cameron has “pencilled in” June 2016 for a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU. The date is likely to be announced at the Tory Party Conference in October.

July: Catholic World Youth Day will be held in Krakow, Poland, and is likely to attract millions of young pilgrims.

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



3 September – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

4-5 September – Luxembourg. EU Foreign Ministers meet informally in the Gymnich.

4-9 September – Berlin. IFA 2015 – the big consumer electronics exhibition.

6 September – Poland. Referendum on changes to the electoral system

7-10 September – Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session.

10 September – UK. Queen Elizabeth II will surpass her great-great-grandmother, Victoria, as Britain's longest-reigning monarch, having reigned for 63 years and 217 days

12 September – London. A Special Conference of the Labour Party to announce the result of the leadership contest following the resignation of Ed Miliband after defeat in the general election

10-15 September – Amsterdam. IBC 2015 and IBC Content Everywhere. The conference and exhibition of the latest broadcasting technology.

11-12 September – Luxembourg. Informal meeting of EU Finance Ministers in the ECOFIN Council. Time to reflect on the Greek saga. Germany has indicated that some debt relief is possible if reforms are enacted quickly.

14 September – Luxembourg. Informal meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers.

15 September – Luxembourg. Informal EU Agriculture Ministers' meeting.

16 September – Brussels. European Parliament mini-plenary.

16 September – Brussels. Conference organised by Eurelectric, the Association of European electricity providers, looking ahead to the Paris Climate Change Summit in December.

16-17 September – Frankfurt. Governing Council and General Council of the European Central Bank.

16-18 September – Cambridge. The Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention, chaired by the BBC DG, Lord Hall. The theme is “TV in 2020”.

18 September – Brussels. EU Environment Ministers meet.

18 September-31 October England. Rugby World Cup. Held every four years, this will be the 8th World Cup, with 20 teams starting the competition in four groups.

20 September-11 October Portugal. General election

21-24 September – Luxembourg. European Youth Conference

22 September – Luxembourg. Informal meeting of EU Energy Ministers.

24-25 September – Luxembourg. Informal meeting of EU Ministers for Health in the EPSCO Council.

26 September – EU. European Day of Languages.

27-30 September – Brighton. Annual conference of the UK Labour Party, the first with a new leader in place

28-29 September – Luxembourg. Informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers responsible for Trade.




1-2 October – Brussels. EU Ministers for Industry and Research meet in the Competitiveness Council.

4-7 October – Manchester. Annual conference of the UK Conservative Party. PM David Cameron is expected to announce the date of a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU.

5 October – Brussels. EU Employment Ministers meet in the EPSCO Council.

5 October – Brussels. EU Finance Ministers from the 19 single currency countries meet in the Eurogroup. Greece may dominate yet again.

5-7 October – London. Content Delivery World exhibition and conference on digital media.

5-8 October – Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. The European Commission will hold its weekly meeting in Strasbourg on 6 October.

5-8 October – Cannes. MIPCOM the annual TV entertainment programme market.

6 October – Brussels. EU Finance Ministers meet in the ECOFIN Council.

7 October – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

7-8 October – Luxembourg. Informal (discussion, no voting) meeting of EU Transport Ministers.

8-9 October – Brussels. EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers meet.

11 October – Belarus. Presidential election with Lukashenko expected to stand for a 5 term

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

12-15 October – Brussels. The Committee of the Regions “Open Days – 13th European Week of Regions and Cities”.

13-14 October – Brussels. Committee of the Regions Plenary Session.

14 October – World. Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year) Holiday in most Islamic countries, subject to variation).

15 October – Brussels. On the eve of World Food Day, the European Commission will reveal the results of a wide-ranging consultation on 'How to feed the planet'.

15-16 October – Brussels. European Summit.

16 October – Rome. UN World Food Day coordinated by the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation.

18 October – Switzerland. Federal elections

22 October – Malta. European Central Bank monetary policy meeting.

22-23 October – Brussels. EU Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries meet.

23 October-1 November Glasgow. World Gymnastic Championships.

25 October – Poland. Parliamentary elections for both the Senate and the Sejm. In recent opinion polls, the pro-EU Civic Platform (PO) which rules in coalition with the Polish People's Party (PSL) is trailing the right-wing PIS party. Left wing parties are facing an electoral wipe-out.

26 October – Zürich. Deadline for nominations to be the next FIFA President. Michel Platini has said he will stand. The election will take place in February.

26-29 October – Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. On 27 October, the European Commission will hold its weekly meeting in Strasbourg.



Europe Diary

August 2015


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