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1 July – Luxembourg/Brussels. First day of Luxembourg's 6-month Presidency of the European Council, chairing meetings of the 28 member states. The Grand Duchy, which will hold the Presidency until 31 December, has set out a number of priorities, including: stimulating investment to boost growth and employment; deepening the Union's social dimension; managing migration; and revitalising the single market by focusing on its digital dimension. On 3 July, the European Commission will visit Luxembourg to hear about the priorities and programme for the Presidency period. The Presidency will be launched with a “European Picnic” with live music in the City of Luxembourg. The Presidency website is

1 July – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

4-26 July – Netherlands and France. 102 Tour de France sets off from Utrecht.

5 July – Greece. Referendum on whether or not to accept the tough terms required by its international creditors to rescue Greece's financial system, or default and crash out of the euro. Recent polls suggest that the vast majority of Greeks—about 80%—want the country to remain in the euro. At the same time, Tsipras’s far-left anti-austerity Syriza party consistently tops national polls.

6-7 July – Vienna. Alliance Against Trafficking in Persons Conference, hosted by the OSCE.

6-7 July – Luxembourg. Informal meeting of EU Sports Ministers.

6-9 July – Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. The European Commission will hold its weekly meeting on 7 July in Strasbourg. The contentious TTIP trade deal between the EU and the USA might be brought before MEPs for a second time after the large number of tabled amendments have been whittled down. On 9 July, MEPs are expected to vote on a proposal to modernise Europe's copyright laws to bring them in line with practice in the digital age. The Commission is due to present a detailed proposal by the end of the year.

9 July – Silverstone. British Grand Prix.

9-10 July – Luxembourg. Informal meeting of EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers.

13 July – Brussels. EU Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries meet.

13 July – Brussels. Finance Ministers from the 19 eurozone members meet in the Eurogroup. Will Greece still be a member?

13-19 July – Glasgow. IPC World Swimming Championships.

14 July – Brussels. Finance ministers from all 28 EU member states meet in the ECOFIN Council.

14 July – France. Bastille Day

16 July – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council monetary policy meeting.

16-19 July – St Andrews, Scotland. 144th Open Golf.

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

17 July – Eid al-Fitr Islamic Holiday

18-19 July – Luxembourg. EU Energy Ministers meet for an Economic Forum on Climate and Energy.

20 July – Zurich. FIFA holds an extraordinary executive committee meeting to decide on the date for a new election for President. Sepp Blatter resigned four days after being re-elected for a fifth term amid corruption allegations against senior officials and with the FBI launching a criminal investigation. He will remain as president until the election, expected in December or early next year.

20 July – Brussels. EU Foreign Ministers meet.

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

22-23 July – Luxembourg. Informal meeting of EU Environment Ministers

23-24 July – Luxembourg. Informal meeting of EU Foreign and Europe Ministers in the General Affairs Council.

26 July – Budapest. Hungarian Grand Prix.

26 July – Paris. The Tour de France arrives in the French capital



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

5 August – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

6 and 9 August – Japan. 70th anniversary of the dropping of atom bombs on Horoshima and Nagasaki by the United States. 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 start 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.




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.

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

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.

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

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

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 eighth 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.

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



Europe Diary

July 2015


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