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The Europe Diary

A calendar of events from European institutions for journalists and broadcasters.

 

February 2016 edition

Please check entries before broadcast or publication: see contacts at end of Diary.

 

 

February

1st

Geneva. The Syria peace conference may get underway this week if groups opposed to President Assad can agree on who will represent them. http://news.yahoo.com/syria-peace-talks-start-geneva-friday-un-envoy-143943436.html

1st

Brussels. It's reported that Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, may publish a draft text about Britain's negotiation of terms of EU membership. David Cameron is said to be 'closing in' on a deal. www.politico.eu/article/cameron-closes-in-on-eu-reform-deal-denmark-sweden/

1st-2nd

Amsterdam. Informal meeting of EU Ministers responsible for overseas Development and Trade. www.eu2016.nl

1st- 4th

Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. www.europarl.europa.eu

3rd

Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council. www.ecb.eu

4th

London. The UK, Germany, Kuwait, Norway and the UN will co-host a conference on the humanitarian crisis in Syria. www.supportingsyria2016.com

4th-5th

Amsterdam.  Informal meeting of EU Ministers for Defence.  www.eu2016.nl

5th-6th

Amsterdam.  Informal meeting of  EU Foreign Ministers in the Gymnich Council.  www.eu2016.nl

6th

Brussels. EU Studies Fair showcasing undergraduate and post-graduate courses in EU affairs, organised by the Politico newspaper. www.politico.eu/eu-studies-fair/     www.eustudiesfair.com

6th

UK. Elizabeth became Queen this day in 1952, 64 years ago, crowned the following year. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proclamation_of_accession_of_Elizabeth_II

6th–Mar 19th

Paris. Start of the Six Nations Championship, rugby's European international contest between France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy. www.rbs6nations.com

10th

Amsterdam. Meeting of the Management Board of Frontex, the EU agency attempting to control the union's borders in the face of the refugee and migration crisis. http://english.eu2016.nl/latest/events/2016/02/10/frontex-management-board

10th-11th

Brussels. EU Committee of the Regions plenary session. www.cor.europa.eu 

11th

Brussels. EU Finance Ministers from the eurozone meet in the Eurogroup. www.eu20-16.nl

12th

Brussels. EU Finance Ministers from all 28 member states meet in the ECOFIN Council. www.eu2016.nl

12th

Brussels.  (Date to be confirmed). Around this time defence ministers from the 26 countries in the anti-ISIS/ISIL coalition will meet at a summit called by the Americans. http://politi.co/1SxdfF5

15th-16th

Brussels. EU Foreign Ministers meet in the Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Councils.  www.eu2016.nl

16th-17th

Amsterdam. European conference on 'Vocational Education and Training skills for a lifetime', organised by the Dutch Presidency. http://english.eu2016.nl/latest/events/2016/02/16/

17th

Frankfurt.  European Central Bank Governing Council. www.ecb.eu

18th-19th

Brussels. European Summit. This has been presented as decision-time on Britain's demands for a new relationship with the EU, with David Cameron's requirement for 4-year restrictions on benefits for incoming EU citizens the main sticking point for the other 27 member states. If agreement can be reached, expect the UK referendum to be held in the summer. http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/european-council/2016/02/18-19

19th

London. 'Getting to Grips with the Refugee Crisis'. Panel discussion at the European Parliament Office. www.europarl.org.uk/en/uk-events/forthcomingevents/relocation.html

22nd-23rd

Amsterdam.  Conference on the EU”s Approach to Healthier Food (reduction in salt, saturated fat and calorie content). www.eu2016.nl

23rd

Amsterdam. International conference on 'Surveillance in a Europe without Borders', organised by the European Commission. www.eu2016.nl

24th

Brussels. EU Ministers for Education and Sport meet. www.eu2016.nl

24th-25th

Brussels. European Parliament mini-plenary. www.europarl.europa.eu

25th

Brussels. A conference on providing electricity to everyone in the world following the Millennium Development Goals agreed in September - organised by the European Electricity Industry Association. www.eurelectric.org 

26th

Zurich.  FIFA are due to elect a new President following the banning of Sep Blatter over ethics scandals. There are now 5 approved candidates. www.fifa.com   Seven Fifa officials were arrested at a Zurich hotel in May 2015. And US authorities have charged 39 football officials and sports business executives over more than £134m ($200m) in bribes for television and marketing deals.  Swiss prosecutors are also investigating Fifa's management as well as the award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

29th-1stMar

Brussels. EU Research, Single Market and Industry Ministers meet in the Competitiveness Council. www.eu2016.nl  www.consilium.europa.eu/en/council-eu/configurations/compet/

March

2nd-6th

London. World Track Cycling Championships. www.trackcyclingworlds2016.london

3rd

Brussels. EU Ministers for Transport, Telecoms and Energy meet. www.eu2015.nl

4th

Brussels. EU Environment Ministers meet. www.eu2016.nl

5th

Slovakia. General election. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovak_parliamentary_election,_2016

7th

Brussels. EU Ministers for Employment, Health, Social Policy and Consumer Affairs meet in the EPSCO Council. www.eu2016.nl

7th

Brussels. Finance Ministers from the 19 Eurozone countries meet in the Eurogroup.  www.eu2012.nl

7th-10th

Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. www.europarl.europa.eu

8th

Brussels. Finance Ministers from all EU 28 member states meet in the ECOFIN Council. www.eu2016.nl

10th-11th

Brussels. EU Ministers for Justice and Home Affairs meet.  www.eu2016.nl

11th

Zagreb. Deadline for entries for the 'Prix Circom' the annual prizes for the best regional TV programmes awarded by CIRCOM, Europe's Association Regional Television. www.circom-regional.com

14th

Kazakhstan. Launch of the first stage of the European Space Agency's 'ExoMars' programme, due to arrive at the red planet in October, when an orbiter and a lander will analyse the atmosphere on Mars. http://exploration.esa.int/mars/46124-mission-overview/

14th

Brussels. EU Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries meet.  www.eu2016.nl

14th

Brussels. EU Foreign Ministers meet.   www.eu20126.nl

14th-16th

Lausanne. Annual symposium of WADA, the World Anti-doping Agency which has exposed widespread cheating in Russia.  www.wada-ama.org

15th

Brussels. EU Ministers for Transport, Telecoms and Energy meet. www.eu2016.nl 

15th

Ireland. Proclamation Day in schools as part of the build up to the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising which led eventually to Irish independence.  www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/easter-rising-commemorative-programme-revealed-1.2160368

15th

London. 'Next Steps for European Media Policy', a seminar organised by the Westminster Media Forum as the European Commission undertakes a consultation on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive – AVMSD. www.westminstermediaforum.co.uk

17th-18th

Brussels. European Summit. www.2016.nl 

21st-22nd

Amsterdam. A European conference on Administrative Measures Against Organised Crime.  http://english.eu2016.nl/latest/events/2016/03/21/administrative-measures-against-organised-crime

22nd

Brussels. Forum for the Future of Agriculture, organised by the European Landowners' Association, Friends of the Countryside, Syngenta and others. www.forumforagriculture.com

26th-27th

Dublin. Events to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising which led to Irish independence. On Easter Saturday, a State reception is expected to attract 5,000 relatives of those who were involved during Easter week 1916. The main parade will take place on Easter Sunday from Dublin Castle past the Post Office to Parnell Square. www.visitdublin.com

April

6th

Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council. www.ecb.eu

7th-8th

Brussels. Committee of the Regions plenary session.  www.cor.europa.eu

11th

Amsterdam. Informal meeting of EU Energy ministers. www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/tte/2016/04/11/

11th-12th

Luxembourg. EU Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries meet. www.eu2016.nl

11th-14th

Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. On 12th the European Commission will hold its weekly meeting in Strasbourg. www.europarl.europa.eu

12th

Amsterdam. Informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in the General Affairs Council. www.eu2016.nl

14th-15th

Amsterdam. Informal meeting of EU Environment and Transport Ministers. www.eu2016.nl

16th

London. A mass demonstration against austerity has been called by left-wing groups. www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk

18th-19th

Luxembourg. EU Foreign and Defence Ministers meet. www.eu2016.nl

18th-20th  

Amsterdam. Informal meeting of EU Health and Social Affairs Ministers in the EPSCO Council. www.eu2016.nl

18th-21st

Seville. The 7th annual I-COM Global Summit on the business value of marketing data and measurement. www.i-com.org/seville-overview-2016/

18th-21st

Seville. The 7th annual I-COM Global Summit on the business value of marketing data and measurement. www.i-com.org/seville-overview-2016/

21st

UK. The 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.  The celebrations will take place in May and in June when her 'official birthday' takes place. www.hmq90.co.uk

21st

Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.  www.ecb.eu

22nd-23rd

Amsterdam.  EU Finance Ministers meet informally. www.eu2016.nl

23rd

UK. The 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare will be marked by performances and events across the country, with a Shakespeare Festival on the BBC launched today. www.shakespeare400.org  www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2015/rsc-bbc-shakespeare

24th

Macedonia. Parliamentary elections. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macedonian_parliamentary_election,_2016

26th-28th

London. 'TV Connect', billed as the world's leading event in connected entertainment – OTT TV, Pay TV, Broadcast, Cable, Broadband and Telco. http://tvconnectevent.com

27th-28th

Brussels. European Parliament mini-plenary.  www.europarl.europa.eu

30th

EU. Mobile phone charges when you travel around Europe will be reduced significantly as an interim measure before they are scrapped in 2017 (national rates will apply across the 28 member states). http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34646434

 

 

Also in 2016

 

June/July:  France will host the Euro 2016 Football Championship.

 

July 1st. The centenary of the Battle of the Somme will be commemorated at Thiepval memorial in France. 10,000 people are expected with 8,000 free tickets selected by ballots in Britain, France and Ireland. www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34361335

 

July: The Pope will attend Catholic World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, which is likely to attract millions of young pilgrims.

 

August/September:  The Olympic Games and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro with 35 European countries taking part.

 

September:  Europe play the USA in the Ryder Cup Golf in Minnesota.

 

In 2016 there will be elections in Austria, Ireland, Lithuania, Romania and Slovakia.

 

 

The T-Media Europe Diary, updated monthly, is available online at www.moderatorseurope.eu, the conference facilitator network.

 

All information on the European Events Diary should be checked with the appropriate European department before publication, (see contacts below).  T-Media cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided.

 

Contacts

 

The EU Calendar from the European Commission is at: http://europa.eu/newsroom/calendar 

The news website, Euractiv has a calendar, but only for subscribers:  www.euractiv.com

All EU press releases are posted at http://europa.eu/press_room/index_en.htm

 

European Commission:

Media information is handled by the Directorate-General for Communication.

Commission contacts can be found via http://ec.europa.eu/contact/index_en.htm

Also each Directorate-General (DG) has its own Information Unit.

Call the general number in Brussels, +322 299 1111, and ask for either the

Spokesperson of the appropriate DG - for political matters and

interview requests with the Commissioner - or the “Information Unit” of the

directorate (e.g. Agriculture DG or Environment DG).   

 

For broadcast facilities: Simona Pilko, Head of News, Audiovisual Division at DG

Communication.   Tel: +322 296 8294. Email:  simona.pilko@ec.europa.eu

A/V Planning Office:  Tel: +322 295 2123. Email: planning-audiovisual@ec.europa.eu 

There is a "virtual press office" on the web, which carries news releases, background material and video-streaming. http://europa.eu/comm/press_room   Press releases are at http://europa.eu/rapid/

TV coverage on Europe-by-Satellite   http://europa.eu/comm/ebs/schedule.cfm

TV topical features are available free from Mostra Communication.  www.tvlink.org 

Email: media@mostra.com to request tapes (Beta or DV-Cam)   +322 537 4400.

 

The London Press Office of the Commission: 020 7973 1971 http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom

Press Office: 020 7973 1971   Email: EU-UK-Press@ec.europa.eu 

 

European Parliament:      www.europarl.europa.eu  Watch live online: www.europarltv.eu

Audiovisual Division in Brussels.  Tel: +322 284 4811.  

Audiovisual Facilities Planning Office: +322 284 2010   tvplanning@europarl.europa.eu 

Information and Broadcast Facilities:  +322 284 4817.  www.europarl.ep.ec/dg3/audiov/en/ftv.htm

The London Office of the Parliament: 020 7227 4300   Website: www.europarl.org.uk                  

Press officer: zuzana.pavlickova@ep.europa.eu

 

EU Council of Ministers: http://consilium.europa.eu

TV pix:  http://tvnewsroom.consilium.europa.eu

Head of Press Office:  Nicolas Kerleroux.  Tel: +322 281 8239

Press Office: Tel: +322 281 6319   Email: press.office@consilium.europa.eu 

Netherlands Presidency website:    www.eu2016.nl

 

EU News, information and contacts are also available on the Europa ‘Europe Direct’ site.  www.europa.eu/europedirect

 

Council of Europe:    www.coe.int

CoE Press Service.  pressunit@coe.int  Jeremy Moakes  +33 3 90 21 50 52  jeremy.moakes@coe.int or Alun Drake (audio-visual)  +33 3 88 41 25 64  alun.drake@coe.int

European Court of Human Rights: Emma Hellyer  emma.hellyer@coe.int

 

NATO:    www.nato.int      Press Service:  +322 707 5041.  press@hq.nato.int

 

 

Europe Diary February 2016............................................................................www.t-media.org.uk