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Newsletter planning ahead from 11 October to 11 November

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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Commissioner visits to the UK

17-18 October, London and Oxford

European Commission Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue Valdis Dombrovskis will take part in an Oxford Union debate on the Euro and in an event organised by Politico.

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.

12 October, Brussels – EU budget for the future

The Commission is organising a conference to discuss the strategic choices for the next EU budget and how to maximise its added value. Among the key speakers are: EU Budget Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Romania's Minister Delegate for European affairs Victor Negrescu and Austria's State Secretary in the Ministry of the Interior Karoline Edtstadler.


15-16 October, Brussels – High-Level conference on election security

EU Security Union Commissioner Julian King, the Commission's Security Union Task Force and the European Political Strategy Centre are organising the conference which will bring together leading experts and political figures from around the world to discuss ways to address challenges to election security. Over the past years, the Commission has taken a number of legislative measures, including strengthening data protection rules, reinforcing cybersecurity and building resilience against hybrid threats. EU Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel will also speak at the conference.


16 October, Brussels – Connected Transport Summit

The conference will discuss connectivity as a tool to improve efficiency, sustainability and safety. It will also address the regulatory aspect of mobility in a digital age, in view of the recently announced Europe on the Move package. The participants will discuss topics such as: the most promising real-world applications of technology in connected transport, the key regulatory challenges to multimodal networks and how best to use artificial intelligence and/or alternative fuels to support intelligent mobility in future. Commission Vice-President for Energy Maroš Šefčovič and EU Transport Commissioner, Violeta Bulc will also participate.

Fees apply to register for this event.


17-18 October, Brussels – European Council

The October European Council will focus on migration and internal security. EU27 leaders will also meet in a European Council (Art.50) format to discuss Brexit.

More information

Media accreditation

25-26 October, Berlin – Arctic science ministerial meeting

The European Commission, Finland and Germany will co-host the second Arctic science ministerial meeting which aims to increase capacity to respond to major societal challenges in the Arctic and encourage further scientific cooperation among a large number of countries and representatives of indigenous peoples.


On 12 October, in a separate event, Queen Mary University of London will host a workshop on Arctic cooperation.

Detail and registration

UK events

11 October, London – A second Brexit referendum: exactly what, how and when?

The Constitutional Unit and the School of Public Policy at University College London are organising a discussion on whether another referendum on Brexit is feasible and what could the questions on the ballot paper be. Confirmed speakers are Professor Meg Russell and Dr Alan Renwick from UCL.


11 October, London – We need to talk about Brexit

The UK in a Changing Europe, an independent research initiative, is organising a panel discussion on the latest developments in the Brexit process. Confirmed speakers are: Adrian O ‘Neill, Ambassador of Ireland to the UK, Ali McGovern MP, Professor Anand Menon, The UK in a Changing Europe and Henry Newman, Open Europe.


22 October, Europe House, London – EU citizenship rights in the shadow of Brexit

The Federal Trust is organising a one-day conference to take stock of the situation of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in other EU countries. The participants will address questions such as: will settled status end the uncertainty; how can the rights of Britons in Europe be protected; what will replace free movement in the future; how can trust be rebuilt in local communities and nationally; will Brexit have an impact on political participation and what are the human rights implications of Brexit for citizens.

List of speakers


23 October, LSE, London – Brexit: the impact on Government and Parliament

The London School of Economics' European Institute is hosting Dominic Grieve, MP, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, King's College and Joe Owen, Institute for Government, who will discuss how Brexit could affect Parliament and the Government in view of the approaching deadline.

A ticket is required to attend this event.


31 October, Chatham House, London – Brexit negotiations: the final phase?

Sir Simon Fraser, Deputy Chairman, Chatham House, and former British diplomat, will reflect on the state of the Brexit negotiations after the October European Council and consider the political choices ahead. Can a deal be achieved and if so what sort of deal will it be? How big is the risk of no deal? And is there still a possibility that Brexit could be reversed?


1 November – Trade 2018

This one-day Chatham House conference will address the uncertainties for global trade in light of protectionist trade policies,  fast evolving new technologies and the future trade relationship between the UK and the EU after Brexit. The European Commission Chief Trade Economist Lucian Cernat will join the forum.

The conference will be held under Chatham House rules.