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IEU Weekly Agenda Telegram 30 September 2019

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Our IEU AGENDA this week:  EU COMMISSION:  EU Commission Upcoming Events +++  7 October 2019: 5th Ministerial Meeting of the EU Internet Forum in Luxembourg +++  EU Commission Calendar +++  30 September 2019 +++  1 October 2019 +++  2 October 2019 +++  3 October 2019 +++  4 October 2019 +++  5 October 2019 +++  6 October 2019 +++  Outlook October 2019 +++  EU COMMISSION - EXPERT GROUPS Meetings of EU Commission expert groups 11th Commission Expert Group on Banking, Payments and Insurance (Insurance Formation) Meeting of the Expert Group Crops Market Observatory 10th meeting of the Expert Group on EU Trade agreements Expert Group on a Delegated Act under Veterinay Medicinal Products Regulation on the Equine Passport ECCG54 joint with TCG on 2&3 October 2019 AI HLEG Meeting) NETWORK OF FIRST INSTANCE REVIEW BODIES ON PUBLIC PROCUREMENT DIKE 21st meeting Expert Group for Monitoring and Evaluating the CAP INFORMAL EXPERTS GROUP MEETING ON TRADE A

IEU Single Market Telegram 27 September 2019

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Our telegram headlines today*:  COMPETITIVENESS:  Updated main results of the Competitiveness Council +++  Finnish EU Presidency: Competitiveness  Council discussed the EU’s strategy on sustainable growth +++  THE JUNCKER PLAN:  Juncker Plan: Structural Reform Support Service and European Investment Bank join forces to provide advisory services and improve investment climate +++  The Juncker Plan supports Polish businesses with record European Investment Bank Group deal +++  CONSUMER PROTECTION:  Delivering Consumer Value in Digital Times - Study Presentation and Keynote Debate +++  WELLBEING High-level Conference on the Economy of Wellbeing: People’s wellbeing and economic growth must be discussed at the same table EMPLOYMENT EP Briefing - Skills for the labour market: EU policies for VET and upskilling EP Briefing - Health and safety in the workplace of the future SME EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Developing apps for SMEs - E-002

IEU Trade & Commerce Telegram 27 September 2019

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Our telegram headlines today*:  RULES OF ORIGIN:  Civil Society Dialogue on Rules of Origin and Foreign Direct Investment Screening +++  SAFEGUARD MEASURES:  Steel imports: EU Commission adopts adjustments to the existing safeguards +++  TRADE & WOMEN:  DG Trade: Female participation in EU exporting activities: jobs and wages +++  CHINA Report of the 23rd round of negotiations for the EU-China Investment Agreement Report of the 22nd round of negotiations for the EU-China Investment Agreement BREXIT Using customs procedures in a no-deal Brexit JAPAN EU Commission recommends opening negotiations with Japan on the transfer of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data Discours d'ouverture du Président Jean-Claude Juncker au Europa Connectivity Forum Altmaier beim Europa Connectivity Forum der EU in Brüssel SOUTH KOREA EU beef exports to Korea resume after almost 20 years VIET NAM EU Commission: Answer to a written question - EU-Vietnam agreem

IEU Euro & Finance Telegram 27 September 2019

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Our telegram headlines today*:  GREECE:  Greece: IMF Staff Concluding Statement of the 2019 Article IV Mission +++  EMU:  EESC reiterates its call for a stronger architecture of the European Monetary Union +++  ECB:  Decisions taken by the Governing Council of the ECB (in addition to decisions setting interest rates) +++  ECB enhances reporting on FX interventions +++  ECB publishes the Euro money market study 2018 +++  ECB: Latest letters to MEPs +++  Letter from the ECB President to Mr Domènec Ruiz Devesa, MEP, on monetary policy +++  Letter from the ECB President to Mr Sven Giegold, MEP, on institutional matters +++  Letter from the ECB President to Mr Matt Carthy MEP, on institutional matters +++  Letter from the ECB President to Ms Eva Kaili, MEP, on stablecoin initiatives +++  End of the Draghi era at the ECB [What Think Tanks are thinking] +++  BANKING UNION The financial agenda of the European Banking Federation ESMA ESMA study finds high

IEU Legal & Corporate Telegram 27 September 2019

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Our telegram headlines today*:  THE NEXT EU COMMISSION:  Answers from Commissioners-designate to Parliament’s written questions +++  Monday's commissioner hearings: Šefčovič, Hogan, Gabriel +++  EP Briefing - Hearings of the Commissioners-designate: Dubravka Šuica – Vice-President: Democracy and Demography +++  EP Briefing - Hearings of the Commissioners-designate: Johannes Hahn – Budget and Administration +++  EP Hearing of the EU Commissioner-designate Gentiloni - 03.10.2019 - Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs +++  EP Highlights - Equality Commissioner-designate - Hearing - 2.10.2019 - Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality +++  Die Grünen/EFA: Anhörungen der Kandidaten für die EU-Kommission: Europa kann sich keine Skandal-Kommissare leisten +++  GUE/NGL: Commissioner-designates conflicts of interest decision ‘final’ +++  Bruegel: Questions to the Competition Commissioner-designate +++  BREXIT Statement by the EU Commission following

IEU Environment Telegram 27 September 2019

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Our telegram headlines today*:  WATER MANAGEMENT:  Improved water management is crucial for climate action – UN-Water policy brief +++  CYANIDE MINING:  EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Cyanide mining - E-002375/2019(ASW) +++  MERCURY:  EU Commission Answer to a written question - RoHS 2 in respect of toxic mercury in lamps - E-002457/2019(ASW) +++  PESTICIDES Double standard: Germany exporting banned pesticides - Pesticide Action Network FOOD Food, feed, fibres, fuels. Enough biomass for a sustainable bioeconomy? Prévenir le gaspillage alimentaire et promouvoir l'économie circulaire: la méthodologie commune de mesure au niveau de l'UE entre en vigueur EU COMMISSION REGISTER DG ENV COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT EU green public procurement criteria for food, catering services and vending machines DG GROW COMMISSION OPINION on the draft Programming Document 2020-2022 of the European Chemicals Agency EU COUNCIL REGIST

IEU Climate Telegram 27 September 2019

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Our telegram headlines today*:  OZONE:  Recommendation for a Council Decision authorising the Commission to negotiate, on behalf of the Union, amendments to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer +++  CLIMATE FINANCE:  Events - Low Emission Development Strategies around the World: Linking climate action and sustainable development based on the experience of two EU-funded projects +++  UN CLIMATE SUMMIT:  UNECE issues recommendations to accelerate energy efficiency and renewable energy shift in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Russian Federation +++  CEEP on UN Climate Summit – Public services and services of general are at the heart of mitigation and adaptation to climate change +++  EU COUNCIL REGISTER Cm 4061 2019 Rev 1 Shipping Working Party Cm 4087 2019 Init WORKING PARTY ON TECHNICAL HARMONISATION (Motor Vehicles) St 12545 2019 Init Transition to

IEU Energy Telegram 27 September 2019

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Our telegram headlines today*:  ENERGY REGULATION:  New Director of the European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators designated +++  2019 Gas Forum focuses on new gas infrastructure, innovative use of gas and future structure of supply routes +++  ENERGY MARKETS:  Control of abusive practices in electricity generation/wholesale trade: Bundeskartellamt and Bundesnetzagentur publish guidelines +++  ENERGY UNION:  Eurelectric publishes its September Power Bulletin +++  ENERGY EFFICIENCY UNECE issues recommendations to accelerate energy efficiency and renewable energy shift in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Russian Federation ENERGY STARTUPS IEA: Non-traditional energy companies lead a record year for corporate investment in energy start-ups NUCLEAR ENERGY The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2019 EU COUNCIL REGISTER Cm 4093 2019 Init WORKING PARTY ON ENERGY *Note  We publish our IEU telegrams de

IEU Single Market Telegram 26 September 2019

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Our telegram headlines today*:  COMPETITIVENESS:  Main results of the Competitiveness Council (Internal Market and Industry) on 26 September 2019 +++  NEW SKILLS:  Education and training in the EU: supporting teachers is critical to build the European Education Area +++  EMPLOYMENT:  EP Briefing - Regulating working conditions - EU employment law outlook and challenges +++  EU Commissioner Thyssen attends 2019 Employment and Social Development Conference +++  INNOVATION EU Commission experts support the development of 13 Bulgarian research and innovation centres PLATFORM ECONOMY Bundeswirtschaftsministerum: Mehr Wachstumschancen für Start-ups in der Plattformökonomie EU COMMISSION REGISTER DG GROW Commission reply to the European Ombudsman - Complaint ref. 2111/2017 EU COUNCIL REGISTER Cm 4108 2019 Init WORKING PARTY ON TECHNICAL HARMONISATION (Construction Products) St 12238 2019 Add 1 COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (Competitiveness (Internal

IEU Trade & Commerce Telegram 26 September 2019

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Our telegram headlines today*:  CHINA:  EU Commission: Civil Society Dialogue on State of Play of the EU-China Investment Negotiations +++  UKRAINE:  Remarks by President Trump and President Zelensky of Ukraine Before Bilateral Meeting in NYC +++  BREXIT:  British Ambassador Dame Barbara Woodward’s Op-Ed on UK-China cooperation on global challenges +++  UNGA74 EU Commission at the UNGA 74 on Thursday  Address by EU Council President Donald Tusk to the 74th United Nations General Assembly EU4Human Rights: the EU stands up for human rights in New York S&Ds: It is Europe’s responsibility to lead climate action and speed up implementation of SDGs EU ASIA CONNECTIVITY EU charts new ground in global connectivity - looks to boost strategic ties with Asia SYRIA Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on Syria TURKEY Sergey Lagodinsky (Grüne/EFA) zum neuen Vorsitzenden der Türkei-Delegation des Europäischen Parlaments gewählt

IEU Euro & Finance Telegram 26 September 2019

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Our telegram headlines today*:  GREEN FINANCE:  IMF Joins Global Network of Central Banks and Supervisors as an Observer, Aiming to ‘Green the Financial System’ +++  Moving the Money to Finance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - By David Lipton, IMF Acting Managing Director +++  Oversubscribed SDG-Linked Bond Signals Market Readiness for Sustainable Investing, Deputy Secretary-General Tells Financing for Development Luncheon Event +++  FINTECH:  Banking disrupted by FinTech and Big Tech on 9 October 2019 +++  CAPITAL MARKETS UNION:  Conference: How can technology driven transparency fuel the capital markets union? +++  ECB Macroprudential policy in Europe - Welcome remarks by Mario Draghi, President of the ECB and Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board, at the fourth annual conference of the ESRB EÜ Think-tank: Study - The ECB’s Unfinished Business: Challenges ahead for EMU Monetary and Fiscal Policy Architecture EP Think-tank: In-Depth Analy

IEU Legal & Corporate Telegram 26 September 2019

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Our telegram headlines today*:  THE NEXT EU COMMISSION:  Hearings of the Commissioners-designate - Committee on Constitutional Affairs +++  Briefings on the new Commissioners-designate +++  Briefing - Hearings of the Commissioners-designate: Josep Borrell Fontelles – High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President: A Stronger Europe in the World - 26-09-2019 +++  Briefing - Hearings of the Commissioners-designate: Maroš Šefčovič – Vice-President: Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight - 26-09-2019 +++  Briefing - Hearings of the Commissioners-designate: Margaritis Schinas – Vice-President: Protecting our European way of life - 26-09-2019 +++  Briefing - Hearings of the Commissioners-designate: Margrethe Vestager – Vice-President: A Europe fit for the digital age - 26-09-2019 +++  Briefing - Hearings of the Commissioners-designate: Frans Timmermans – Vice-President: European Green Deal - 26-09-2019 +++  Briefing - Hearings

IEU Environment Telegram 26 September 2019

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Our telegram headlines today*:  CIRCULAR ECONOMY:  Chemical recycling: welcomed step in the right direction - ZWE +++  PESTICIDES:  Bees and pesticides: second consultation begins on guidance review +++  WATER QUALITY:  EU Water Innovation Conference 2019 +++  EU COMMISSION REGISTER DG BUDG REPLIES OF THE COMMISSION TO THE SPECIAL REPORT OF THE EUROPEAN COURT OF AUDITORS “EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMIC ACCOUNTS: USEFULNESS FOR POLICYMAKERS CAN BE IMPROVED” EU COUNCIL REGISTER St 11660 2019 Init Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy SCHEER BRIEFS SCHEER - Draft agenda of the 14th Plenary meeting, Luxembourg, 3 October 2019 EFSA BRIEFS Public consultation on the active substance Fluazinam Bees and pesticides: second consultation begins on guidance review *Note  We publish our IEU telegrams delayed by one day. We

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