Representation in United Kingdom

Newsletter planning ahead from 16 May to 23 June


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

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.

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

13-17 May, Poznań, Poland – European High Performance Computers Summit

The summit - part of a week of events - will bring together people who work on super computers and decision makers to share their expectations, needs and latest developments. Attending the summit requires registration which is now open.


Draft agenda

16-17 May, Lisbon – European Maritime Day      

Each year a coastal city in the EU hosts Europe's maritime community to meet, discuss and forge joint action. The focus in 2019 is on blue entrepreneurship, research, innovation and investment to boost sustainable technologies and emerging value chains in the wider ocean economy. The event strives to be more sustainable every year. After banning plastics from its catering, stationery and promotional material that participants bring, this year it has gone paperless and instead of printing a programme, an app contains all the relevant information.

Detail and programme

18 June, Brussels – Brussels economic forum

Registration is now open for the European Commission annual economic forum. In its 19th edition, it will bring together international policy makers, opinion leaders, academics and civil society to discuss what sort of new global order should there be, what kind of growth for Europe and how a new social contract for Europe could look. European Commission Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue Valdis Dombrovskis and Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Customs and Taxation, will attend.

Detail and programme

20-21 June, Brussels – European Council

Agenda and updated information will be available on this page

Detail on media accreditation

UK events

16 May, LSE, London – What might the European elections mean for the future of the EU?

Matthew Goodwin, University of Kent, Sara Hagemann and Sara Hobolt from LSE will discuss what implications the European Parliament elections might have on the EU as a negotiating partner in Brexit and on the future EU-UK relationship.


21 May, Chatham House, London – European Parliament elections 2019 – reset or continuity?

Professor Simon Hix, London School of Economics, will explore whether the rise of populist parties is the only change that will shape the European Parliament elections. He will try to answer the question whether French President Macron's initiatives mean that a more united front of convinced pro-Europeans could also become a reality. He will analyse in what way any further polarisation of European politics or the new composition of the European Parliament could affect the future UK-EU relationship.


21 May, LSE, London – Révolution française –Emmanuel Macron and the quest to reinvent a nation

The European Institute at the London School of Economics is hosting Sophie Pedder, Paris bureau chief for the Economist, for a talk in which she will explore the rise of Emmanuel Macron to become President of France and his time in office so far.


22 May, Chatham House, London – The UK services sector post-Brexit

Chatham House will host Anna Isaac, The Telegraph and John Springford, Centre for European Reform, who will explore how losing access to the single market could affect the UK services industry. They will try to outline the most pressing Brexit-related challenges for the sector.