Upcoming EU events

The following EU-related events are taking place in June - December 2018:


A European retail sector fit for the 21st century (June 19, 2018)


The European Commission is hosting a high-level conference to discuss development in the European retail sector and the opportunities and challenges the sector is facing. The conference follows the adoption on April 19, of the Communication on a European retail sector fit for the 21st century. 


A boost for retail is a boost for competitiveness and innovation in the broader economy. The conference will focus on best practices to facilitate retail establishment and reduce restrictions on retail operations. Additionally, it will explore the issues of digitalisation and modernisation of small retailers. Stakeholders (including EU and national policy makers, representatives of the retail sector, civil society and academia) will have the opportunity to discuss:

  • The economics of the retail sector
  • Reforms and best practices in EU countries
  • Current challenges – digitalisation and modernisation of the small retail sector

For registration, please contact (GROW-RETAIL@ec.europa.eu)


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Industry, Partnerships - a new impetus (June 26, 2018)


The aim of this conference is to:

  • Discuss the role of contractual partnerships with industry in the future
  • Develop a clear concept for these European partnerships under the "Horizon Europe" EU Framework Programme for Research & Innovation (2021-2027)
  • Focus on European industry-driven priorities in manufacturing, processing, construction, ICT and automotive

The event is organised by the European Commission's Directorate General for Research & Innovation and will be opened by the Director General, Mr Jean-Eric Paquet.

High-level speakers from industry, European institutions and Member States will discuss their expectations for these partnerships, as well as the impact of the digital, low carbon and circular economy on manufacturing and processing.


Registration closes June 19, 2018.


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Public hearing: Making the capital markets union work for retail investors (June 29, 2018)


In the context of the capital markets union action plan, the European Commission organises a public hearing on how to make markets work better for retail investors. Fostering retail investments is one of the key objectives of the action plan launched by the Commission in 2015.


The debate will mainly focus on the importance of rebuilding confidence of retail investors. Also, there will be time to wonder if the distribution of retail investment products fits for purpose.

The new EU regulatory framework will be presented by experts from the political and the private sector, and they will explain what measures have been adopted to make sure it works.

Finally, the new distribution models developed by Fintech and how it can lead to better outcomes for retail investors will be presented.


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Katowice climate change conference (COP 24) (December 3 - 14, 2018, Poland)


One of the most important tasks of the 24th Session of the of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) will be to work out and adopt a package of decisions ensuring the full implementation of the Paris Agreement, in accordance with the decisions adopted in Paris (COP21) and in Marrakesh (CMA1.1).


Moreover, COP24 will include the so-called Facilitative Dialogue intended to support the implementation of national commitments. In the course of the 2018 Climate Summit, Poland would like to demonstrate how neutrality in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, i.e. a balance between CO2 emissions and its sequestration by soils and forests, can be attained.


The events will be selected on the basis of an online application system available from Monday 4 to Friday 22 June 2018.


More information or please contact (CLIMA-EU-SIDE-EVENTS@ec.europa.eu)



EU Water conference 2018 (September 20 - 21, 2018, Austria)


The 5th European Water Conference aims to present and discuss progress in the implementation of EU water legislation. The event is jointly organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for the Environment and the forthcoming Austrian EU Presidency.


Around 400 representatives (including representatives from EU countries, the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, other EU institutions, and stakeholder groups from relevant economic -, social - and environmental sectors) will have the opportunity to debate the findings of the different water-related reports and learn from each other's experiences in view of the next water planning cycles. The ongoing Fitness Check of the Water Framework Directive, its associated Directives and the Floods Directive, and the evaluation of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD) will also be discussed.  


More information and registration



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