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1 April – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

1 April – Paris. OECD Global Forum on Development.

2 April – UK. The date of the first televised debates by party leaders before the General Election on 7 May. After much tedious negotiating, it seems the parties have agreed:

2 AprilITV: Debate with the leaders of the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP, Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru

16 April BBC: Debate with the "challenger parties", i.e. Labour, UKIP, SNP, Plaid Cymru and Greens

30 April – BBC: “Question Time” with Cameron, Miliband and Clegg taking questions from the audience sequentially.

The DUP (Northern Ireland) are said to be examining whether to pursue legal action over their exclusion

2-6 April – EU institutions closed for Easter

3 April – Passover begins, ending on 11 April (Jewish holidays)

11 April – Malta. Referendum on abolition of the spring season for bird-hunting.

12 April – Orthodox/Coptic Easter Day

13-19 April – Montpellier. European Gymnastics Artistic Championships.

14-16 April – Latvia. EU Environment and Energy Ministers hold an informal meeting.

15 April – Brussels. European Parliament mini-plenary.

15 April – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

16-17 April – Brussels. Plenary session of the Committee of the Regions.

19 April – Finland. Parliamentary elections. Central issues are the economy and whether or not Finland should join NATO

20-21 April – Luxembourg. EU Foreign and Europe Ministers meet in the General Affairs and Foreign Affairs Councils. Also EU Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries meet.

20-22 April – Latvia. Informal meeting of EU Employment, Health and Consumer Affairs Ministers in the EPSCO Council.

22-23 April – Brussels. Plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee.

23-24 April – Riga. European Consumer Protection Conference.

24-25 April – Latvia. Informal meeting of EU Finance Ministers in the ECOFIN Council.

27-30 April – Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session.

30 April – Brussels/Paris. EU Finance Ministers have given France until the end of April to demonstrate structural reforms in exchange for being granted a 2-year extension to get its deficit below 3% of GDP. The deficit forecast for 2015 is 4.1%.

30 April – Frankfurt. The European Central Bank is due to release its latest inflation rate for the eurozone, predicted to be minus 0.32%

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 United Nations 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.



1 May – May Day. EU institutions closed

1 May-31 October – Milan. World Expo 2015, held under the themeFeeding the planet, energy for life”

3 May – World Press Freedom Day

6 May – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

6-7 May – Brussels. The European Civil Protection Forum, organised by the European Commission Directorate for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection.

6-7 May – Brussels. The European Business Summit 2015.

7 May – UK. General Election after 5 years of Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition. The result is unpredictable. Polls show the two main parties neck and neck, with the smaller parties, SNP, UKIP and Greens likely to gain ground. The Conservatives are promising an in-out EU referendum by the end of 2017

8 May – Europe celebrates the 70th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe 1945) when all Axis forces surrendered unconditionally. In France the day is known as ‘La Fête de la Victoire’ and is a national holiday. In the UK, Friday 8 May will be the start of three days of official celebrations, with a reception for 200 veterans and 100 beacons lit across the country. On 9 May, cathedral bells will ring, and there will be a 1940s themed concert in Horse Guards Parade, London, shown live on BBC television. On 10 May there will be a service of thanksgiving, a march of veterans down Whitehall and a flypast of wartime planes.

8-10 May – Europe. Let's Clean Up Europe Day.

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

10 May – Barcelona. Spanish Grand Prix.

10 May – Poland. Presidential election, with a possible second round on 24 May

11 May – Brussels. Finance Ministers from the Eurozone meet in the Eurogroup.

11-12 May – Brussels. EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers meet.

12 May – Brussels. Finance Ministers from all 28 member states meet in the ECOFIN Council.

13 May – Brussels. Likely date for the European Commission to announce a new “European Agenda for Migration”, spurred by the thousands of refugees and asylum seekers dying in the Mediterranean.

13-24 May – Cannes. The 67th Cannes Film Festival.

14-15 May – Brussels. Ascension holiday – EU institutions closed

18-19 May – Brussels. EU Foreign and Europe Ministers meet in the Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Councils.

18-19 May – Brussels. EU Ministers for Education, Culture and Sport meet.

18-21 May – Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. The European Commission will hold its weekly meeting in Strasbourg on 19 May.

20 May – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

21-22 May – Riga. EU Eastern Partnership Summit. With leaders of Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Ukraine and Georgia are seeking visa liberalisation

21-22 May – Dundalk. The 33rd annual conference of CIRCOM Regional, Europe’s Association of regional Television, with the Prix Circom awards for the best regional programmes.

24 May – Monaco Grand Prix.

25 May – EU. Whit Monday. European institutions closed

25 May-9 JuneParis. French Open Tennis.

26-27 May – Prague. European Energy Forum plenary meeting.

27 May – Brussels. European Parliament mini-plenary.

27 May – Warsaw. UEFA Europa League Final.

27-29 May – Leipzig. International Transport Forum.

28-29 May – Brussels. EU Ministers for Industry, Internal Market and Research meet in the Competitiveness Council.

29-31 May – Poznan, Poland. European Rowing Championships.

31 May-2 JuneLatvia. Informal meeting of EU Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries.




1-2 June – Berlin. Annual Convention of Eurelectric, Europe's association of energy generators and distributors.

3 June – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

3-4 June – Brussels. Plenary session of the Committee of the Regions

3-5 June – Brussels. European Green Week, the annual conference and exhibition on EU environmental action organised by the European Commission. This year the theme is “Nature – our health our wealth”. 5 June is World Environment Day.

6 June – Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Pope visits the Christian-Muslim divided Balkan state.

6 June – Berlin. UEFA Champions League Final.

7-8 June – Schloss Elmau, Germany. G7 Summit hosted by Angela Merkel.

8 June – Brussels. EU Energy ministers meet.

8-14 June – Riga. European Powerlifting Championships.

9-11 June – Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. On 9 June the European Commission will hold its weekly meeting in Strasbourg.

11-12 June – Brussels. Meetings of EU Justice and Home Affairs and Transport Ministers.

13 June – Turkey. General election

15 June – UK. The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta will be celebrated with an official ceremony at Runnymede Meadows in Surrey and a river pageant. On 13 June there will be a gala concert in Salisbury Cathedral.

15 June – Brussels. EU Environment Ministers meet.

15-19 June – Brussels. EU Sustainable Energy Week with renewable energy projects showcased across Europe.

16 June – Brussels. EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers meet.

17-18 June – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council and General Council.

17-20 June – Kosice Slovakia and Uzhgorod Ukraine. The 21st International Festival of Local Television, with the Golden Beggar prizes for the best local programmes.

18 June – Belgium/UK. The bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo where Napoleon was finally defeated. Among the many commemorations will be a re-enactment at the battlefield site on 19 and 20 June.

19 June – Brussels. EU Health Ministers meet in the EPSCO Council and Finance Ministers meet in the ECOFIN Council.

21 June – France. Fete de la Musique, now known as World Music Day, with 400 cities around the world staging events.

21 June – Spielberg. Austrian Grand Prix.

22 June – Milan. In the EU pavilion at Expo2015, a conference on Europe's Multi-Purpose Countryside – about the rural economy and the environment - organised by the RISE Foundation.

22-23 June – Brussels. EU Foreign and Europe ministers meet in the Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Councils.

24 June – Brussels. European Parliament mini-plenary.

25-26 June – Brussels. European Summit.

29 June-12 JulyLondon. Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.

30 June – EU. The end of Latvia's six-month Presidency of the European Council. Luxembourg will take over the task of organising meetings and events for the second half of the year.



Europe Diary

April 2015


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