Representation in United Kingdom

Newsletter planning ahead from 17 April - 17 May


This newsletter summarises the main UK media-friendly events, announcements and visits scheduled by the European Commission – as well as think-tanks and other stakeholders in London – 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.

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EC London Press Office
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(Note: contact details may differ for some events outlined below)

Commissioner visits to the UK

None planned for the period.

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.

15-18 April, European Parliament Plenary, Strasbourg

Last session before the European Parliament elections from 23 to 26 May

Details and draft agenda

25 April, EU-Japan summit

EU28 and Japanese leaders will meet to discuss trade, strategic cooperation, and preparations for the G20 summit. The EU will be represented by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council and by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. Japan will be represented by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In particular, both sides will take stock of the implementation of the EU-Japan free trade agreement and the EU-Japan strategic partnership agreement, discuss closer cooperation on connectivity and climate change as well as foreign policy issues in EU's and Japan's respective neighbourhoods.


9 May, informal European Council, Sibiu, Romania 

EU27 heads of state or government will meet in Sibiu on 9 May 2019. The summit will be hosted by Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania, which currently holds the Presidency of the Council. The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, will chair the meeting.

Media accreditation

13-17 May, across Europe – EU Green week

A series of events and conferences across Europe will look at whether EU environmental laws bring benefits to EU citizens, how successfully are they implemented, how people from different walks of life can get involved in the process and whether the EU can better facilitate citizens' involvement. The week will be launched on 13 May in Warsaw, Poland. Events in the UK will take place in Milton Keynes, Guildford and Wetherby.

More about the week

More about the UK events

UK events

24 April, CER, London - 'Europe's climate change challenge'

The Centre for European Reform and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London will co-host this event which will debate questions on Europe and global climate leadership, a clean energy market and industry and innovation. Speakers include: Elina Bardram, Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission and Florian Ermacora, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission.


1 May, LSE, London – "Brexit: re-thinking the future of higher education in the UK"

Co-hosted by European Institute and School of Public Policy, this event will gather academics, practitioners and stakeholders to discuss the potential impacts on higher education policies, academic institutions, and the future of research and innovation following the UK’s departure from the EU. Speakers include: Professor Julia Black, LSE, Professor Edward Byrne, King's College and Nick Hillman, Higher Education Policy Institute.

This event is free. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.


7 May, Chatham House, London - Are ‘digital parties’ the future of democracy in Europe?

A panel discussion will debate to what extent new technologies and the internet have facilitated the advent of new political parties and movements such as the Pirate Parties in Northern Europe, the Five-star movement in Italy or Momentum in the UK. The panelists will also discuss how successful online platforms have been in increasing participation and revitalising political parties or whether online participation only reinforces existing political divisions. Confirmed speakers so far are: Richard Barbrook, University of Westminster, Paolo Gerbaudo, King's College London and Ásta Helgadóttir, former MEP (2015-17) for the Pirate Party, Germany.