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January

1 January – Latvia takes over the EU Council Presidency from Italy for the first half of the year - organising ministers’ meetings and other events for the member states. www.eu2015.lv

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

1 January – Bristol will take over from Copenhagen as European Green Capital of the year, recognising its environmental achievements. bristolgreencapital.org

6 January – EU. Epiphany – a holiday in 11 EU countries

7 January – Christian Orthodox Christmas

7 January – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council. They are certain to discuss the coming election in Greece which could seriously affect the stability of the euro. www.ecb.eu

8 January – Riga, Latvia. The European Commission visits to meet the Latvian government ministers who are to hold the Presidency of the Council for the next six months, and to attend an opening ceremony for the Presidency. www.eu2015.lv

9 January – Riga. Opening event for the European Year of Development 2015. www.eu2015.lv

11 January – Croatia. The run-off vote in presidential elections, between the incumbent, Ivo Josipovic, and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic from the centre-right opposition party, the HDZ. She has said she will bring down the centre-left government if elected, blaming it for economic mismanagement. The former Yugoslav republic, which joined the EU in July last year, has had six years of recession with prospects of zero growth in 2015

12-15 January – Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. On 14 January, Latvian Prime Minister, Laimdota Straujuma, will present the Presidency programme for the first half of the year to MEPs. www.europarl.europa.eu

16-25 January – Berlin. International Green Week (not to be confused with European Green Week, the EU environment conference in June). This is the world’s biggest consumer fair for food and the agricultural and horticultural industries. www.berlin.de

19 January – Brussels. EU Foreign Ministers meet in the Foreign Affairs Council. Relations with Russia and terrorism are likely to be on the agenda. www.eu2015.lv

20 January – Brussels. EU Foreign Ministers and Europe Ministers meet in the General Affairs Council, and are expected to adopt the work programme for the first half of the year prepared by the Latvian Presidency. www.eu2015.lv

21-24 January – Davos. The World Economic Forum. www.weforum.org

22 January – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council. www.ecb.eu

23-25 January – London. The France Show at Olympia. www.thefranceshow.com

25 January – Greece. A snap general election triggered on 29 December when MPs refused to elect the presidential candidate of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. Opinion polls suggest that the left wing Syriza party will win power. They have pledged to end the tough austerity programme implemented by the coalition government as a condition of receiving huge bailouts from the EU and IMF. If Greece refuses to cut public spending and abide by the bailout agreements, a new eurozone crisis could develop with Greece unable to pay its debts. www.bbc.co.uk/news

26 January – Brussels. EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers meet. www.eu2015.lv

26 January – Brussels. Finance Ministers of the 19 eurozone countries will meet in the Eurogroup. www.eu2015.lv

26 January - 1 February – Stockholm. European Figure Skating Championships

27 January – Brussels. Finance Ministers from all 28 EU member states will meet in the ECOFIN Council. www.eu2015.lv

28 January – Brussels. European Parliament mini-plenary. www.europarl.europa.eu

28 January – Brussels. "Investing in the Future Power System" is the title of a conference on Europe’s energy supplies organised by Eurelectric, the European Association of Power Generators. www.eurelectric.org

29-30 January – Latvia. Informal meeting of EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers. www.eu2015.lv

31 January - 1 February – Tabor, Czech Republic. World Cyclo-Cross Championships

 

February

2 February – Brussels. Green Transport Information event organised by the European Commission. europa.eu/newsroom

2 February – Brussels. European Parliament mini-plenary. www.europarl.europa.eu

3-8 February – Leipzig. Hockey Indoor World Championships. www.fih.ch

4 February – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council. www.ecb.eu

6-7 February – Brussels. EU Studies Fair organised by the European Voice newspaper, where universities seek to attract students to the European courses. www.europeanvoice.com

9-10 February – Brussels. EU Foreign Ministers meet in the Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Councils. www.eu2015.lv

9-10 February – London. Chatham House conference on the challenge of "Ageing and Health". www.chathamhouse.org

9-12 February – Strasbourg. European Parliament plenary session. www.europarl.europa.eu

12-13 February – Brussels. European Summit. www.eu2015.lv

16 February – Brussels. Finance Ministers from the eurozone countries meet in the Eurogroup. www.eu2015.lv

16-17 February – Brussels. EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers meet. www.eu2015.lv

17 February – Brussels. Finance Ministers from all the EU member states meet in the ECOFIN council. www.eu2015.lv

18 February – Frankfurt. European Central Bank Governing Council. www.ecb.eu

18-19 February – London. The Annual Global Summit of the AIB – Association of International Broadcasting. www.aib.org.uk

18-19 February – Latvia. Informal meeting of EU Defence Ministers. www.eu2015.lv

18-22 February – Saint-Quentin, France. Track Cycling World Championships

23-24 February – London. Chatham House conference on Security and Defence. www.chathamhouse.org

23 February - 8 March – Winterberg, Germany. World Bobsleigh Championships

25 February – Brussels. European Parliament mini-plenary. www.europarl.europa.eu

26-27 February – Latvia. Informal meeting of EU Trade Ministers. www.eu2015.lv

 

 

March

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. www.eu2015.lv

5 March – Cyprus. European Central Bank Governing Council. www.ecb.eu

5 March – Brussels. EU Ministers for Energy, Transport and Telecoms meet in the TTE Council, with this meeting focusing on energy. www.eu2015.lv

6 March – Brussels. EU Environment Ministers meet. www.eu2015.lv

6-8 March – Prague. European Indoor Athletics Championships

9 March – Brussels. EU Ministers for Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs meet in the EPSCO Council. www.eu2015.lv

9 March – Brussels. Finance Ministers from the 19 eurozone countries meet in the Eurogroup. www.eu2015.lv

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

10 March – Brussels. EU Finance Ministers meet in the ECOFIN Council. www.eu2015.lv

12-13 March – Brussels. EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers meet. www.eu2015.lv

13 March – Brussels. EU Transport Ministers meet in the TTE Council. www.eu2015.lv

16-17 March – EU Foreign Ministers meet in the Foreign Affairs and General Affairs Councils. www.eu2015.lv

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

19-20 March – Brussels. European Summit. www.eu2015.lv

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

22 March – Sweden. General election that was called when left of centre government of just three months lost a budget vote. www.bbc.co.uk/news

25 March – Brussels. European Parliament mini-plenary. www.europarl.europa.eu

26 March – Latvia. EU Ministers for Trade, Industry and Research hold an informal meeting of the Competitiveness Council. www.eu2015.lv

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


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.

The UK general election is scheduled for 7 May, with the Conservatives promising an in-out EU referendum by the end of 2017.

8 May will be the 70th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe in 1945).

The World Expo will be held in Milan from May to October.

18 June will be the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo where Napoleon was finally defeated. Also in June the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta will be celebrated in the UK.

Pope Francis 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 20C.

 

 

Europe Diary

January 2015

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