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1 March – Estonia. Parliamentary election. In 2007, Estonia became the first country to introduce internet voting in a general election

2-3 March – Brussels. EU Ministers for Trade, Industry and Research meet in the Competitiveness Council.

2-3 March – Berlin. Momentum for Europe conference, organised by the European Investment Bank, will be addressed by Angela Merkel and Jean-Claus Juncker.

2-4 March – Bratislava. The Sixth Annual GLOBSEC Security Forum, organised by the NGO Slovak Atlantic Commission.

2-6 March – Brussels. European Shipping Week organised by ECSA – European Community Ship-owners Association.

3 March – Brussels/Athens. The Greek government will send to EU partners a list of its proposed reforms. The list must be approved by international creditors for Athens to get a 4-month loan extension. Greece owes €323 billion, more than half of it to the other Eurozone countries. Greece's creditors – the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund – are expected to deliver their verdict on the proposals later on Tuesday, before the reforms are discussed in a conference call with eurozone finance ministers.

3 March – Brussels. International Conference on Ebola. The EU and key partners are organising a high-level conference on Ebola on 3 March to take stock of the fight against the outbreak, coordinate further action for the total eradication of the disease, and discuss the recovery process in the worst affected countries.

3-4 March – Brussels. Conference on ‘Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems’ (Drones).

4 March – Brussels. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet the European Commission, with plenty to discuss including Ukraine, Greece’s debt and slump in the eurozone. She may go on to Helsinki to join right-of-centre political leaders who will be discussing eurozone debt

5 March – Cyprus. European Central Bank Governing Council.

5 March – Brussels. EU Ministers for Energy, Transport and Telecoms meet in the TTE Council, with this meeting focusing on energy.

5 March – World Book Day.

6 March – Brussels. EU Environment Ministers meet.

6-8 March – Prague. European Indoor Athletics Championships.

7 March – Ukraine. The Ukrainian government and Russian-backed rebels are supposed to have pulled back from a buffer zone by this date, under the Minsk agreement, but continuing fighting puts the withdrawal in doubt

9 March – Brussels. EU Ministers for Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs meet in the EPSCO Council.

9 March – Brussels. Finance Ministers from the 19 eurozone countries meet in the Eurogroup.

9-12 March – Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. On 10 March the European Commission will hold its weekly meeting in Strasbourg.

10 March – Brussels. EU Finance Ministers meet in the ECOFIN Council.

12-13 March – Brussels. EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers meet. Ministers may be engaged in complex negotiations over security questions, including the collection of air-passengers’ personal data. The European Parliament wants legislation to guarantee privacy.

13 March – Brussels. EU Transport Ministers meet in the TTE Council.

16-17 March – EU. Foreign Ministers meet in the Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Councils.

17-19 March – Liège. Screenings and prize-giving for European "Vidographies", short films by young people (the deadline for submissions is past).

18-19 March – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council and General Council meetings.

19 March – Helsinki. "Digital Next" conference organised by EGTA, the European association of television and radio advertising marketing.

19-20 March – Brussels. European Summit.

20 March – North Atlantic. A total solar eclipse will occur, visible in parts of the North Atlantic area

21 England, Scotland, Italy. Final day of the Six Nations Rugby.

21-25 March – Oxford. Tenth Anniversary Conference of the Green Economics Institute.

22 March – Sweden. General election called when left of centre government of just 3 months lost a budget vote.

24 March – Paris. European Food Safety Summit organised by European Voice newspaper.

25 March – Brussels. European Parliament mini-plenary.

26 March – Latvia. EU Ministers for Trade, Industry and Research hold an informal meeting of the Competitiveness Council.

31 March – Brussels. The Eighth Forum for the Future of Agriculture.



1 April – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council.

2 April – UK. The proposed date (yet to be confirmed) of the first of three televised debates by party leaders before the General Election on 7 May – a new format proposed by the broadcasters after rows over participation by smaller parties. The other debates are proposed for 16 and 30 April.

2-6 April – EU institutions closed for Easter

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

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

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.

Later in 2015

On 15 June, the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta will be celebrated in the UK. On 18 June it will be the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo where Napoleon was finally defeated.

On 6 June, Pope Francis will visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, and later in the year he will make a state visit to France – 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 (2014 was the hottest year on record, and the ten warmest years globally have all been since 1998).




1 May – May Day. EU institutions closed

1 May-31 October – Milan. World Expo 2015, held under the theme "Feeding 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 five years of Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition. The result is unpredictable. Polls currently 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.

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

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.

13-24 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

25 May – EU. Whit Monday. European institutions closed

25 May-9 June Paris. French Open Tennis.

27 May – Brussels. European Parliament mini-plenary.

27-29 May – Leipzig. International Transport Forum.

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

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



Europe Diary

March 2015


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