Category Archives: Coming Week

Coming Week beginning 28 March

Here’s what’s on our plate next week

Monday:
VP Siim Kallas (Transport) gives a press conference on the Commission’s Transport White Paper
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (Science and Innovation) meets Paul Walsh, CEO of Diageo

Tuesday:
HR/VP Catherine Ashton attends the London conference on Libya
John Dalli (Health and Consumer Protection) meets Sir John Beddington, UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser

Wednesday:
Gunther Oettinger (Energy) meets Sir John Beddington, UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser
Business for New Europe, Fabian Society and others hold event on the future of the eurozone after the economic crisis at Europe House

Thursday:
VP Siim Kallas (Transport) meets Philip Hammond, UK Secretary of State for Transport

Friday
Michel Barnier (Internal Market) visits London, where he will meeet Business Secretary Vince Cable, attend Trustee Meeting of the IFRS Foundation and visit the Chairman and Board of Supervisors of the European Banking Authority

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Coming week – 7 to 13 February

It’s a busy one, with several Commissioners in town

Monday 7 February

Commissioner Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda) is in London at the Business for New Europe seminar “Building a Digitial Single Market”

Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (Research, Innovation and Science) is in London, meeting the UK Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts, Government Chief Scientific Adviser Sir John Beddington and making a speech at the Royal Society

Foreign and Commonwealth Office launches a new website highlighting the opportunities for careers in the EU

Tuesday 8 February

Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski (Financial Programming and Budget) visit London and addresses the House of Lords European Select Committee

Commissioner John Dalli (Health and Consumer Policy) meets President of Diageo Europe Andrew Morgan in Brussels

Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (Research, Innovation and Science) meets Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Michael Russell in Brussels

Commissioner Maria Damanaki (Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) and Commissioner Connie Hedegaard (Climate Action) meet the Scottish Minister for Environment and Climate Change Rosetta Cunningham in Brussels.

Wednesday 9 February

HRH the Prince of Wales attends the International Sustainability Roundtable in Brussels, hosted by Commission Presidency José-Manuel Barroso

BBC Director General Mark Thompson meets Commissioner Androulla Vassilliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth) in Brussels. Also meets Commissioner Michel Barnier (Internal Market and Services) on 10 February

Opening of Mimicry, an exhibition of 3D fashion photographs from Slovenia at Europe House, Smith Square

Thursday 10 February

Commissioner Gunther Oettinger (Energy) visits London, where he meets the Minister for Europe David Lidington, Minister for Energy and Climate Change Charles Hendy and makes a speech at the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security of King’s College London

Friday 11 February

Commissioner László Andor (Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) is in London, speaking at the conference “What future for Europe? What role should the UK play?”

Commissioner Michel Barnier (Internal Market and Services) meets the Chairman of the UK Financial Services authority Lord Adair Turner in Brussels.

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Coming Week beginning 24 January 2011

A round-up of UK-focused European Commission events and activities for the next week:

Monday 24 January

Fisheries Council being held in Brussels

Committee stage of the European Union Bill (also 25 January) in House of Commons

Tuesday 25 January

Harriet Harman, deputy leader of the Labour Party and shadow Secretary for International Development is due to meet Commissioner Piebalgs in Brussels.

Wednesday 26 January

Commission is expected to adopt policy papers on resource efficiency and raw materials.

High Representative/Vice-President Ashton meets the Foreign Minister of Brazil in Brussels.

Oral question on the European Arrest Warrant in the House of Lords

Thursday 27 January

Commission launches a consultation on modernising public procurement.

Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik visits London. He will make a speech at Chatham House, have meetings with ministers and NGOs and visit the International Maritime Organisation.

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Onward and upward in 2011

First off, a Happy New Year to all my readers (both of you…)

I was looking back through the blog today looking for a specific post, and it’s obvious that I write much less than I did when I first arrived. Some of that might be personal – less enthusiasm, more of other stuff that gets in the way. But I think to some extent it’s because we’ve developed other digital media channels which do (much better) what this blog was trying to do. The “in the press” section of our Rep website addresses the Euromyths that were a lot of what I did at the beginning. The Facebook page does the more fun stories. The EU and me site has the info about what’s going on, and links to practical sources of information. And I can interact with people via Twitter. So that doesn’t leave me a lot to talk about  here 🙂 I will of course keep writing, and certainly will try to keep up with the Coming Week information about events of specific UK interest. And I will take a particular interest in the European Year of Volunteering and hope to write quite a bit about that.

Have a great 2011!

Update, 17.15 Nice irony that today’s WordPress announcement was about their challenge to blog more often in 2011

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Coming Week beginning 18 October

Monday 18 October

Anti-trafficking Day

FCO event on getting more British graduates interested in EU careers. Jonathan Scheele and I will be taking part in the panel discussion.

Wednesday 20 October

EU Sport Summit being held at the Oval, organised by CCPR

Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Crisis Management, Kristalina Georgieva meeting Baroness Amos, Member of the House of Lords and UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

Thursday 21 October

Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neeli Kroes visits the UK, including a meeting with Ed Vaizey, UK Minister for Communication, Culture and the Creative Industries, and the Hello Digital event in Birmingham. (to 22 October)

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Coming week beginning 11 October

11 October

Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik meets Barry Gardiner MP & Chair of Globe International.

Competitiveness Council in Luxembourg

13 October

Justice Commissioner Vivianne Reding meets John Cridland Deputy Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry in Brussels

Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger launches a policy document on the safety of offshore oil and gas activities with a press conference at 11.30 UK time.

Internal Markets Commissioner Michel Barnier launches a consultative Green Paper on the audit sector.

14 October

Taxation Commissioner Algirdas Semeta meets Justine Greening, UK Treasury Minister, in Brussels.

Environment Council in Luxembourg

15 October

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council in Luxembourg

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Coming Week beginning 4 October

I suppose it’s because of the party conference season, coupled with our office move to new premises, but there are no events of UK interest in terms of the activities of European Commissioners this week. Normal service will resume very soon, I suspect!

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