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May

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 – Riga. World Press Freedom Day. The main UNESCO event will be held in Riga from 2-4 May. www.unesco.org

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

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

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

7 May – UK. General election

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.  www.gov.uk www.historytoday.com

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

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

10 May – Barcelona. Spanish Grand Prix. www.formula1.com

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. At the time of writing, there is no solution to the Greek debt crisis and the possibility of a Grexit. The last Eurogroup meeting was described as acrimonious, with Greece's Foreign Minister Varoufakis seen as intransigent on necessary reforms. Spain's Foreign Minister said: “All the ministers told him this can't go on.” The current bailout expires at the end of June. A deal must be agreed a few weeks before that for debts to be paid and public workers' salaries to be paid. www.eu2015.lv/en

11-12 May – Brussels. EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers meet. www.eu2015.lv/en

12 May – Brussels. Finance Ministers from all 28 member states meet in the ECOFIN Council. www.eu2015.lv/en

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. europa.eu/rapid

13-24 May – Cannes. The 67th Cannes Film Festival. www.festival-cannes.com

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. www.eu2015.lv/en

18-19 May – Brussels. EU Ministers for Education, Culture and Sport meet. www.eu2015.lv/en

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

20 May – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council. www.ecb.eu

21 May – Barcelona. The Retail Forum for Sustainability, organised by the European Commission to promote sustainable production and consumption in the retail sector. ec.europa.eu/environment

21 May – London. The CSI Summit – Future of TV Business Models. www.csimagazine.com

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. www.circom-regional.eu

21-22 May – Budapest. AGM and conference of EGTA, the European association of TV, radio and online advertising sales. www.egta.com

24 May – Poland. Possible second and decisive round of the presidential election

24 May – Monaco Grand Prix. www.formula1.com

24 May-7 June Paris. French Open Tennis

25 May – EU. Whit Monday. European institutions closed

25 May-9 June Paris. French Open Tennis. www.rolandgarros.com

26-27 May – Prague. European Energy Forum plenary meeting. www.europeanenergy forum.eu

27 May – Brussels. European Parliament mini-plenary. www.europarl.europa.eu

27 May – Warsaw. UEFA Europa League Final. www.uefa.com

27-29 May – Leipzig. International Transport Forum. 2015.international transportforum.org

28-29 May – Brussels. EU Ministers for Industry, Internal Market and Research meet in the Competitiveness Council. www.eu2015.lv/en

29-31 May – Poznan. European Rowing Championships. www.worldrowing.com

31 May-2 JuneLatvia. Informal meeting of EU Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries. www.eu2015.lv/en

 

June

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

2 June – London. Conference on “Public service broadcasting in the evolving television market”, organised by Westminster Media Forum. www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk

3 June – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council. www.ecb.eu

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. www.greenweek2015.eu

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

6 June – Berlin. UEFA Champions League Final. www.uefa.com

7 June – Turkey. General election. www.al-monitor.com

7 June – Luxembourg. Referendum on whether or not to lower the voting age to 16. www.electionguide.org

7-8 June – Schloss Elmau, Germany. G7 Summit hosted by Angela Merkel. www.g7germany.de

8 June – Brussels. EU Energy Ministers meet. www.eu2015.lv/en

8-14 June – Riga. European Powerlifting Championships. wpc-europe2015.com

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

11-12 June – Brussels. Meetings of EU Justice and Home Affairs and Transport Ministers. www.eu2015.lv/en

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. www.magnacarter800th.com www.salisburycathedral.org.uk

15 June – Brussels. EU Environment Ministers meet. www.eu2015.lv/en

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

16 June – Brussels. EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers meet. www.eu2015.lv/en

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

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. www.festival.sk

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. www.theculturalexperience.com

19 June – Brussels. EU Health Ministers meet in the EPSCO Council and Finance Ministers meet in the ECOFIN Council. www.eu2015.lv/en

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

21 June – Spielberg. Austrian Grand Prix. www.formula1.com

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. www.risefoundation.eu

22 June – Brussels. A conference on the potential of hydropower organised by Eurelectric, the European association of electricity generators and suppliers. www.eurelectric.org

22-23 June – Brussels. EU Foreign and Europe Ministers meet in the Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Councils. www.eu2015.lv/en

24 June – Brussels. European Parliament mini-plenary. www.europarl.europa.eu

25-26 June – Brussels. European Summit. www.eu2015.lv/en

29 June-12 JulyLondon. Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. www.wimbledon.com

30 June – Brussels/Athens. Deadline for Greece and its creditors to agree a reform package that would unlock access to the funds left from Greece's €172bn bailout

30 June – EU-Iran. The date set for a comprehensive nuclear accord to limit Iran's nuclear capacity, following an outline agreement reached in April after marathon talks in Switzerland. The final accord would lead to the lifting of economic sanctions imposed by the EU and US

30 June – EU. The end of Latvia's 6-month Presidency of the European Council. Luxembourg will take over the task of organising meetings and events for the second half of the year. www.eu2015.lv/en

 

 

July

1 JulyLuxembourg/Brussels. First day of Luxembourg's 6-month Presidency of the European Council, chairing meetings of the 28 member states. On 3 July, the European Commission will visit Luxembourg to hear about the priorities and programme for the Presidency period. The website will be www.eu2015lu.eu

1 JulyFrankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council. www.ecb.eu

4-26 JulyNetherlands and France. 102nd Tour de France sets off from Utrecht. www.letour.fr

6-7 JulyLuxembourg. Informal meeting of EU Sports Ministers

6-9 JulyStrasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. The European Commission will hold its weekly meeting on 7 July in Strasbourg. www.europarl.europa.eu

9 JulySilverstone. British Grand Prix. www.formula1.com

9-10 JulyLuxembourg. Informal meeting of EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers

13 JulyBrussels. EU Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries meet

13 JulyBrussels. Finance Ministers from the 19 eurozone countries meet in the Eurogroup

13-19 JulyGlasgow. IPC World Swimming Championships

14 JulyBrussels. Finance Ministers from all 28 EU member states meet in the ECOFIN Council

14 JulyFrance. Bastille Day

16 JulyFrankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council monetary policy meeting. www.ecb.eu

16-19 JulySt Andrews, Scotland. 144th Open Golf. www.standrews2015open.com

16-17 JulyLuxembourg. Informal meeting of EU Ministers for Employment, Health, Social Affairs and Consumer Issues in the EPSCO Council

17 JulyEid al-Fitr Islamic Holiday

20 JulyBrussels. EU Foreign Ministers meet (tbc)

20-21 JulyLuxembourg. Informal meeting of EU Ministers for Industry and Research in the Competitiveness Council

22-23 JulyLuxembourg. Informal meeting of EU Environment Ministers

23-24 JulyLuxembourg. Informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in the General Affairs Council

24 JulyBrussels. EU Finance Ministers meet to consider next year's EU budget

26 JulyBudapest. Hungarian Grand Prix. www.formula1.com

26 JulyParis. The Tour de France arrives in the French capital


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.

 

 

Europe Diary

May 2015

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