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October

1-3 October – Orasac, Croatia. A European Commission workshop considering "New policies for the protection of aging consumers" in the EU. 1 October is the UN International Day for Older Persons. www.afeinnovnet.eu

2 October – Rome. European Central Bank Governing Council. www.ecb.eu

2-3 October – Milan. Informal meeting of EU Telecoms Ministers. www.italia2014.eu

2-3 October – Brussels. A conference organised by the European Commission and the Council of Europe about inclusion of Roma people into society. ec.europa.eu/social

3 October – Yom Kippur, Jewish holiday

4 October – Latvia. Parliamentary elections

5 October – Bulgaria. Parliamentary elections are being held two years early in an attempt to create a stable government. The current socialist-led administration of PM Oresharski has been plagued by internal divisions, persistent street protests, and a run on the banks at the end of June. uk.reuters.com

6-7 October – Brussels. "The Future of Europe is Science" conference ec.europa.eu/social

6-9 October – Brussels. 12th European Week of Regions and Cities – Open Days, organised by the Committee of the Regions. ec.europa.eu/regional_policy

7-8 October – Brussels. Plenary session of the Committee of the Regions. www.cor.europa.eu

7-9 October – Rome. EurOCEAN 2014 considers better management of Europe’s marine resources. eurocean2014.eu

8 October – Brussels. European Energy 2014 conference, organised by the European Voice newspaper, focuses on future security of energy supplies. www.euroenergy.economist.com

At the same time the association of European energy providers, Eurelectric, seems to be holding a conference on much the same subject. www.eurelectric.org

8 October – Luxembourg. EU Transport Ministers meet. www.italia2014.eu

9 October – Clacton, England. Parliamentary by-election which might well see the first MP for the anti-EU party, UKIP, following Douglas Carswell’s defection from the Conservative Party. This is also David Cameron’s birthday. www.ipswichstar.co.uk

9-10 October – Luxembourg. EU Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs meet. www.italia2014.eu

10-12 October – Sochi. Russian Grand Prix. www.formula1.com

12 October – Bosnia and Herzegovina. General election. Voters will elect the national Presidency and House of Representatives, as well as the presidents and legislatures of the two entities. According to the US Institute for Peace, Bosnia is in the deepest political crisis since the Dayton Peace Agreement ended the war in 1995. Years of political deadlock and poor economic conditions, including an unemployment rate around 44%, fuelled violent protests across the country and led a number of government officials to resign

13-14 October – Luxembourg. EU Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries meet. www.italia2014.eu

13 October – Luxembourg. EU Finance Ministers from the Eurozone countries meet in the Eurogroup. www.italia2014.eu

14 October – Luxembourg. EU Finance Ministers from all 28 member states meet. www.italia2014.eu

14 October – Eid-al-Adha. Holiday in most Islamic countries

15 October – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council. www.ecb.eu

16 October – Luxembourg. EU Ministers for Employment, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer issues meet in the EPSCO Council. www.italia2014.eu

16 October – Rome. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation stages events to raise the profile of food poverty on World Food Day. www.fao.org

16-17 October – Milan. ASEM Summit – a meeting of the heads of state or government from Asian and European countries. www.aseminfoboard.org

18 October – London. Mass demonstration by UK trades unionists against austerity measures that they say have protected the rich and caused big increases in the cost of living for public service workers such as nurses and teachers. www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk

19-24 October – Bristol. The Wildscreen International Film Festival of Natural history. www.wildscreenfestival.org

20-21 October – Luxembourg. EU Foreign Ministers meet in the Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Councils. www.italia2014.eu

20-21 October – Milan. Informal meeting of EU Sports Ministers. www.italia2014.eu

20-23 October – Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. MEPs are due to vote on the new College of Commissioners after a series of hearings with the member states’ nominees. www.europarl.europa.eu

21 October – Luxembourg. EU Environment Ministers meet. www.italia2014.eu

23-24 Brussels. European Summit. www.italia2014.eu

25 October – Al Hijra. Islamic New Year

26 October – Europe. Summer time ends. Clocks go back

26 October – Ukraine. General election called by President Poroshenko when their military forces were fighting Russian-backed separatists in Eastern Ukraine

 

 

November

1 November – Brussels. The new College of EU Commissioners is due to take office for a 5-year term, unless the process is delayed by European Parliament objections to some nominees

2 November – Romania. Presidential election. The second round will be on 16

3-4 November – London. 18th Chatham House Climate Change Conference. www.chathamhouse.org

4 November – Brussels. EU Telecommunication Ministers meet in the TTE Council. www.italia2014.eu

6 November – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council. www.ecb.eu

6 November – Brussels. Finance Ministers from the 18 eurozone countries meet in the Eurogroup. www.italia2014.eu

7 November – Brussels. Finance Ministers from all 28 EU member states meet in the ECOFIN Council. www.italia2014.eu

9 November – Berlin. The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall will be marked by special events and exhibitions. www.visitberlin.de

9 November – Catalonia. The President of Catalonia has announced an independence referendum, but the Madrid government has declared it illegal. On 29 September the Constitutional Court suspended Catalonia's plan pending a full hearing of the government's case

10-11 November – Brussels. EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers meet. www.italia2014.eu

12 November – Space. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe is due to guide its Philae lander on to the surface of Comet 67P, 405 million kilometers from Earth, in a quest to discover if comets can "seed life" by providing water and carbon. www.esa.eu

12-13 November – Brussels. European Parliament mini-plenary session. www.europarl.europa.eu

15 November – Belfast. 30th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher and Dr. Garrett Fitzgerald signing the Anglo-Irish Agreement, which gave Dublin a say in Northern Irish affairs

16 November – Romania. Second round of presidential election

17-18 November – EU Foreign Ministers and Defence Ministers meet in the Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Councils. www.italia2014.eu

19 November – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council. www.ecb.eu

21 November – Brussels. EU Foreign Ministers meet to discuss international trade. www.italia2014.eu

21 November – World Television Day. www.un.org

24-27 November – Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. www.europarl.europa.eu

25 November – Brussels. EU Ministers for Culture and Sport meet. www.italia2014.eu

 

 

December

1 December – Brussels. The new President of the European Council, former Polish PM Donald Tusk, and the new EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Frederica Mogherini from Italy, are due to take office, replacing Herman Van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton

1 December – Brussels. EU health Ministers meet in the EPSCO Council. www.italia2014.eu

3 December – Brussels. EU Transport Ministers meet. www.italia2014.eu

4-5 December – Brussels. EU Ministers for Industry and Research meet in the Competitiveness Council. Also Justice and Home Affairs Ministers meet. www.italia2014.eu

4-5 December – Basel. The annual OSCE Ministerial Council. www.osce.org

8 December – Brussels. Finance Ministers from the Eurozone meet in the Eurogroup

9 December – Brussels. Finance Ministers from all 28 member states meet in the ECOFIN Council. www.italia2014.eu

9 December – Brussels. EU Energy ministers meet. www.italia2014.eu

11 December – Brussels. EU Ministers for Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs meet. www.italia2014.eu

12 December – Brussels. EU Foreign and Development Ministers meet on Development Issues. www.italia2014.eu

12 December – Brussels. EU Education Ministers meet. www.italia2014.eu

15-16 December – Brussels. EU Foreign Ministers meet in the Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Councils. www.italia2014.eu

15-16 December – Brussels. EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers meet. Usually the December meeting agrees fishing quotas for the following year. www.italia2014.eu

15-18 December – Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. www.europarl.europa.eu

17 December – Brussels. EU Environment Ministers meet. www.italia2014.eu

18-19 December – Brussels. European Summit. www.italia2014.eu

24-26 December – Brussels. EU institutions closed for Christmas

31 December – The last day of Italy’s six months’ Presidency of the European Council. Latvia will take over in January


2015

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

On 1 January, Lithuania will adopt the euro, at a conversion rate of 3.45 litas to the euro, becoming the 19th eurozone state.

Bristol will take over from Copenhagen as European Green Capital of the year, recognising its environmental achievements.

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

October 2014

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