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This newsletter summarises the main UK media-friendly events, announcements and visits scheduled by the European Commission for the month ahead.It provides media advisory and background information for journalists. All information is provisional and the European Commission reserves the right to make changes.

For more information and media opportunities, unless stated otherwise below:

EC London Press Office
Tel: + 44 (0) 207 973 1971

(Note: contact details may differ for some events outlined below)

    planning ahead  22 January to 22 February 2015

    Commissioner visits to the UK

    16-17 February, Europe House, London

    EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström will join an event organised by the Information Office of the European parliament in the UK – TTIP: facts, fiction and the future. She will give the latest update on the negotiations for a transatlantic trade deal with the US.

    24 February, Birmingham

    EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan will speak at the National Farmers Union Annual Conference.


    Brussels Agenda and sources

    All dates subject to change. For all announcements below, comprehensive press material will be made available on the day on the Commission's press release database Rapid
    Details of times of press conferences, live streaming and on-demand access via Europe by Satellite.

    21-24 January, World Economic Forum Davos – Commission participation

    Nine Commissioners are participating in the forum: first Vice-President Timmermans representing President Juncker, High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini, Vice-Presidents Šefčovič, Dombrovskis and Katainen, and Commissioners Oettinger, Malmström, Moscovici and Moedas. They will set out and promote the Commission's priorities, strategies and action to boost jobs, growth and competitiveness, enhance investment, and tackle global challenges ranging from global security issues, poverty, climate change and energy.

    Press conference with Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas, European Research Council (ERC) President Prof Jean-Pierre Bourguignon and Nobel laureate in Economics and ERC grantee Prof Sir Christopher Pissarides, on Saturday 24 January at 09:30 GMT (10.30 CET)  in the World Economic Forum Media Briefing Centre in Davos. The press conference will be available on website of the World Economic Forum and on EbS

    30 January, Luxemburg – Eurostat data on unemployment and inflation

    The EU's statistical office Eurostat will publish figures for December 2014 unemployment and a flash estimate for the Eurozone's inflation in January 2015.

    Information will be available on the Eurostat website.

    5 February, Brussels – Winter 2015 Economic Forecast

    The Commission will publish its winter economic forecast – part of a schedule introduced from autumn 2012 in response to the economic and financial crisis and the enhanced economic surveillance of member states. The forecasts look into a two-year horizon covering the current year and the next and into indicators such as gross domestic product (GDP), inflation, employment and public finances, a total of 180 variables. There is a forecast for each of the 28 member states, plus EU and euro area aggregates. The forecasts also include outlooks for some of the world's other major economies, and countries that are candidates for EU membership.

    The other two forecasts are in spring and in autumn.

    Press material will be made available on the day via Rapid

    Background on previous economic forecasts Index of economic forecasts - European Commission

    UK events

    22 January, Chatham House, London: Europe's Asylum and Migration Crisis

    Chatham House is organising a panel discussion to examine EU border and migration management policies and consider what actions could be taken to prevent further fatalities and to safeguard the rights of asylum seekers. The debate is organized after the end of the Italian naval operation Mare Nostrum and the UK’s withdrawal of support for search and rescue operations and amid concerns that the situation in the Mediterranean may deteriorate. Confirmed speakers for the event include: John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International, Professor Elspeth Guild, Queen Mary University of London,Sue Le Mesurier,International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

    Detail and registration

    26 January, London: EU and Ukraine – life after the Eastern Partnership

    The European Council for Foreign Relations, a think-thank, is hosting a keynote intervention by Lithuania's Foreign Minister, Linas Linkevičius. He is expected to speak about the crisis in Ukraine, how developments there have affected the EU's Eastern Partnership and how the EU, Ukraine and Russia can find a political settlement to the conflict.


    For more information about the event and how to register, please email  

    26 January, City University London – Benefits and EU Law: the law behind the story

    The Head of the European Commission Representation in the UK, Jackie Minor will participate in a panel discussion on benefits and EU law. The other panellists are: Professor Damian Chalmers, LSE, Professor Panos Koutrakos, City University host, Professor Niamh Nic Shuibhne, University of Edinburgh and Professor Philippa Watson, City Law School and Essex Court Chambers.


    26-30 January, King's College London – Europe and the World: internal and external challenges

    The European Society at King's College is organising a week of panel discussions to examine various challenges that the EU is facing. The topics range from modern security threats to the transatlantic trade negotiations with the US and if East-West migration is leading to a brain drain.

    Detail and registration

    29 January, Edinburgh: Scottish Capital Investment and Infrastructure: Delivery, opportunities, excellence

    Jonathan Taylor, vice-president of the European Investment Bank (EIB) will take part in a seminar on capital investment and infrastructure in Scotland, organised by MacKay Hannah, a public policy consultancy. In 2013 the EIB engagement in the UK totalled GBP 4.5 billion – the Bank's largest engagement in the country. For example, Strathclyde University received a GBP 90 million loan to build a technology and innovation centre and refurbish the campus.

    More about the event 

    To arrange interviews with the EIB, please email

    More detail about EIB engagement in the UK

    30 January, Chatham House, London: Towards Common Supervision in the Eurozone: Implications for the ‘Euro Outs’ and Potential for Cooperation

    Chatham House is organising a workshop that will discuss common supervision in Europe, assess the current state of play and future developments of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), and look at the implications, both economic and political. It will examine in particular the implications for those EU members not initially participating in the banking union, and therefore not fully part of the decision-making process. Confirmed speakers include: Dr Andreas Dombret,Deutsche Bundesbank, Megan Butler,Prudential Regulation Authority, Adam Farkas, European Banking Authority, Olivier Guersent, European Commission directorate-general Internal Market and Services, Jens Lundager, National Bank of Denmark and Richard Woolhouse, British Bankers’ Association.

    The event will be held under Chatham House rules.

    It is supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK.

    Detail and registration

    2 February, LSE London: A stress test of the welfare state

    The European Institute at the London School of Economics is hosting a public talk by Professor Tito Boeri on how social systems in Europe coped with the latest economic crisis and if they managed to reduce poverty during the economic downturn. Professor Boeri is currently Professor of Economics and Dean for Research at Bocconi University, Milan. The event is free and open to all, no registration is required. Places are distributed on a first come first served basis.

    More information

    10 February, Houses of Parliament, London: UK and EU attitudes towards Eastern Partnership

    The Foreign Policy centre is organising a series of debates on the EU's relationship with its eastern neighbours (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine) and the future of the Eastern Partnership. The debates will examine both the EU's objectives in the region and how Europe is perceived by these countries. Confirmed speakers for the first seminar are: John Whittingdale,MP, Gemma Doyle, MP (chair), Dr Kataryna Wolczuk, Birmingham University and Edward Lucas, The Economist.

    The series is supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK.


    To register, please email

    Also in the news

    24 January: Mons – European capital of culture 2015

    The Belgian city of Mons will kick-off its spell as European capital of culture. The other city to co-host the initiative this year is the Czech city of Pilsen which started their programme earlier this month. The European capitals of culture initiative is designed to celebrate the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe. It first started back in 1985 and has so far been awarded to 50 cities. Two British cities have been European capitals of culture – Glasgow (1990) and Liverpool (2008).


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    Contact details

    European Commission Representation in the UK, Press Office
    Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU
    Tel: 020 7973 1971| Email:

    European Commission Representation in the UK - @EULondonrep
    Mark English (Head of Media) - @EULondonMark


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