First hormone replacement therapy for hypoparathyroidism

24/02/2017

First hormone replacement therapy for parathyroid disorder

Orphan medicine Natpar recommended by CHMP for conditional marketing authorisation

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended granting a conditional marketing authorisation in the European Union (EU) for Natpar (parathyroid hormone). Natpar is proposed as a treatment for patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism who cannot be adequately controlled with standard treatment with calcium and vitamin D. It is the first approved replacement therapy with parathyroid hormone for this rare condition.

Hypoparathyroidism is a hormone disorder where the parathyroid glands in the neck produce too little parathyroid hormone, in most cases because of damage to the parathyroid glands during surgery. This results in too little calcium and too much phosphate in the blood, which affects the normal functioning of nerves and muscles leading to symptoms such as tingling sensations and muscle spasms or even seizures and heart rhythm disorders. In the longer term, uncontrolled hypoparathyroidism increases the risk of bone fractures and calcium deposits, particularly on the kidney, brain and eye lens.

Natpar, a hormonal injection administered once daily, is identical to human parathyroid hormone. Injection of Natpar replaces to some extent the missing hormone in patients with hypoparathyroidism, thus helping to restore calcium and phosphate levels in those patients where standard therapy with calcium and vitamin D is insufficient or poorly tolerated. Currently, no treatment options are available for these patients.

EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recommended conditional approval for Natpar. Conditional approval is one of the Agency’s main mechanisms to facilitate earlier access by patients to medicines that fulfil unmet medical needs. Conditional approval allows EMA to recommend a medicine for marketing authorisation before all data from clinical trials become available, if the benefits of making this medicine available to patients immediately outweigh the risks inherent in the lack of comprehensive data.

The safety and effectiveness of Natpar were evaluated in a clinical trial of 124 participants who were randomly assigned to receive Natpar or a placebo (dummy treatment), in addition to the standard treatment with calcium and vitamin D. The trial was designed to determine whether Natpar can be used to help reduce the amount of calcium or vitamin D taken by the participants, while maintaining acceptable calcium and phosphate serum levels. Results showed that 54.8% of participants treated with Natpar were able to reduce the doses of calcium and vitamin D supplements by more than 50% while maintaining acceptable blood-calcium levels, compared to 2.5% of participants who received the placebo treatment.

As part of the conditional marketing authorisation, the applicant for Natpar is required to conduct a 26‑week clinical trial to further study the safety and efficacy of the medicine, confirm the dosing schedule and assess the effects of treatment on symptoms of the disease and on patients’ quality of life. The study will also look at how calcium and phosphate are processed in the body during treatment.

Because hypoparathyroidism is rare, Natpar received an orphan designation from the Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) in 2013. Orphan designation is the key instrument available in the EU to encourage the development of medicines for patients with rare diseases. Orphan-designated medicines qualify for ten years’ market exclusivity. In addition, orphan designation gives medicine developers access to incentives, such as fee reductions for marketing authorisation applications and for scientific advice.

The opinion adopted by the CHMP at its February 2017 meeting is an intermediary step on Natpar’s path to patient access. The CHMP opinion will now be sent to the European Commission for the adoption of a decision on an EU-wide marketing authorisation. Once a marketing authorisation has been granted, decisions about price and reimbursement will take place at the level of each Member State, taking into account the potential role/use of Natpar in the context of the national health system of that country.

Note: the title has been updated to reflect that this novel therapy is for a parathyroid disorder, and not a thyroid disorder.


Notes:

  • The applicant for Natpar is Shire Pharmaceuticals Ireland Limited.
  • Following this positive CHMP opinion, the COMP will assess whether the orphan designation for Natpar should be maintained.

First hormone replacement therapy for hypoparathyroidism

24/02/2017

First hormone replacement therapy for parathyroid disorder

Orphan medicine Natpar recommended by CHMP for conditional marketing authorisation

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended granting a conditional marketing authorisation in the European Union (EU) for Natpar (parathyroid hormone). Natpar is proposed as a treatment for patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism who cannot be adequately controlled with standard treatment with calcium and vitamin D. It is the first approved replacement therapy with parathyroid hormone for this rare condition.

Hypoparathyroidism is a hormone disorder where the parathyroid glands in the neck produce too little parathyroid hormone, in most cases because of damage to the parathyroid glands during surgery. This results in too little calcium and too much phosphate in the blood, which affects the normal functioning of nerves and muscles leading to symptoms such as tingling sensations and muscle spasms or even seizures and heart rhythm disorders. In the longer term, uncontrolled hypoparathyroidism increases the risk of bone fractures and calcium deposits, particularly on the kidney, brain and eye lens.

Natpar, a hormonal injection administered once daily, is identical to human parathyroid hormone. Injection of Natpar replaces to some extent the missing hormone in patients with hypoparathyroidism, thus helping to restore calcium and phosphate levels in those patients where standard therapy with calcium and vitamin D is insufficient or poorly tolerated. Currently, no treatment options are available for these patients.

EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recommended conditional approval for Natpar. Conditional approval is one of the Agency’s main mechanisms to facilitate earlier access by patients to medicines that fulfil unmet medical needs. Conditional approval allows EMA to recommend a medicine for marketing authorisation before all data from clinical trials become available, if the benefits of making this medicine available to patients immediately outweigh the risks inherent in the lack of comprehensive data.

The safety and effectiveness of Natpar were evaluated in a clinical trial of 124 participants who were randomly assigned to receive Natpar or a placebo (dummy treatment), in addition to the standard treatment with calcium and vitamin D. The trial was designed to determine whether Natpar can be used to help reduce the amount of calcium or vitamin D taken by the participants, while maintaining acceptable calcium and phosphate serum levels. Results showed that 54.8% of participants treated with Natpar were able to reduce the doses of calcium and vitamin D supplements by more than 50% while maintaining acceptable blood-calcium levels, compared to 2.5% of participants who received the placebo treatment.

As part of the conditional marketing authorisation, the applicant for Natpar is required to conduct a 26‑week clinical trial to further study the safety and efficacy of the medicine, confirm the dosing schedule and assess the effects of treatment on symptoms of the disease and on patients’ quality of life. The study will also look at how calcium and phosphate are processed in the body during treatment.

Because hypoparathyroidism is rare, Natpar received an orphan designation from the Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) in 2013. Orphan designation is the key instrument available in the EU to encourage the development of medicines for patients with rare diseases. Orphan-designated medicines qualify for ten years’ market exclusivity. In addition, orphan designation gives medicine developers access to incentives, such as fee reductions for marketing authorisation applications and for scientific advice.

The opinion adopted by the CHMP at its February 2017 meeting is an intermediary step on Natpar’s path to patient access. The CHMP opinion will now be sent to the European Commission for the adoption of a decision on an EU-wide marketing authorisation. Once a marketing authorisation has been granted, decisions about price and reimbursement will take place at the level of each Member State, taking into account the potential role/use of Natpar in the context of the national health system of that country.

Note: the title has been updated to reflect that this novel therapy is for a parathyroid disorder, and not a thyroid disorder.


Notes:

  • The applicant for Natpar is Shire Pharmaceuticals Ireland Limited.
  • Following this positive CHMP opinion, the COMP will assess whether the orphan designation for Natpar should be maintained.

SGLT2 inhibitors: information on potential risk of toe amputation to be included in prescribing information

24/02/2017

SGLT2 inhibitors: information on potential risk of toe amputation to be included in prescribing information

Diabetes patients reminded of importance of preventative foot care

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is informing about a potential increased risk of lower limb amputation (mostly affecting the toes) in patients taking the SGLT2 inhibitors canagliflozin, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin used for type 2 diabetes.

Patients taking these medicines are reminded to check their feet regularly and follow their doctor’s advice on routine preventative foot care. They should also tell their doctor if they notice any wounds or discoloration, or if their feet are tender or painful.

The review of SGLT2 inhibitors was prompted by an increase in lower limb amputations (mostly affecting the toes) in patients taking canagliflozin in two clinical trials, CANVAS and CANVAS-R. The studies, which are still ongoing, involved patients at high risk of heart problems and compared canagliflozin with placebo (a dummy treatment).

All patients with diabetes (especially those with poorly controlled diabetes and problems with the heart and blood vessels) are at higher risk of infection and ulcers (sores) which can lead to amputations. The mechanism by which canagliflozin may increase the risk of amputation is still unclear.

An increase in lower limb amputations has not been seen in studies with other medicines in the same class, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin. However, data available to date are limited and the risk may also apply to these other medicines.

Further data are expected from ongoing studies with canagliflozin, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin.

A warning of the potential increased risk of toe amputation will be included in the prescribing information for these medicines. For canagliflozin, the prescribing information will also list lower limb amputation as an uncommon side effect (occurring in between 1 and 10 patients in 1,000). Doctors may consider stopping treatment with canagliflozin if patients develop significant foot complications such as infection or skin ulcers.

The review of SGLT2 inhibitors was carried out by EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC). The PRAC recommendations have now been endorsed by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), and will be sent to the European Commission for a final legally-binding decision valid throughout the EU.


Information for patients

  • The diabetes medicine canagliflozin may increase the risk of lower limb amputation (mostly affecting the toes).
  • The risk of lower limb amputation with canagliflozin may also apply to other diabetes medicines in the same class, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin.
  • All patients with diabetes are at increased risk of infection and sores which can lead to amputations. It is currently not known how canagliflozin may increase the risk of toe amputation.
  • If you are taking medicines containing canagliflozin, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin to treat your type 2 diabetes, it is particularly important that you check your feet regularly and follow your doctor’s advice on routine preventative foot care and adequate hydration.
  • Tell your doctor about any wounds or discoloration, or if your feet are tender or painful.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your treatment, speak to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

Information for healthcare professionals

  • An increase in lower limb amputation (mostly affecting the toes) has been observed in two long-term clinical trials, CANVAS and CANVAS-R, in patients taking canagliflozin compared with those taking placebo. The studies, which are still ongoing, involved patients at high cardiovascular risk.
  • Although an increase in amputations has not been seen in studies with other SGLT2 inhibitors, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin, data available to date are limited and the risk may also apply to these other medicines.
  • The underlying mechanism by which canagliflozin may increase the risk of amputation has not been established and no risk factors apart from general risk factors for amputation have been identified.
  • As a precaution, patients taking an SGLT2-inhibitor should be counselled about the importance of routine preventative foot care.
  • For canagliflozin, consideration should also be given to carefully monitoring patients at higher risk of amputation and counselling them about the importance of maintaining adequate hydration.
  • Consideration may be given to stopping treatment with canagliflozin in patients who develop events preceding amputation such as lower-extremity skin ulcer, infection, osteomyelitis or gangrene.

Information about the CANVAS and CANVAS-R studies

CANVAS (CANagliflozin cardioVascular Assessment Study) is an ongoing long-term study to look at whether canagliflozin reduces cardiovascular (heart and blood vessels) disease. It compares the effects of canagliflozin and placebo (a dummy treatment) together with standard of care in diabetes patients at high risk of heart problems. CANVAS was authorised between 2009 and 2010 in the following EU countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.

As of September 2016, the incidence of lower limb amputation (mostly affecting the toes) in the CANVAS study was 7 in 1,000 patient-years with canagliflozin 100 mg daily and 5 in 1,000 patient-years with canagliflozin 300 mg daily, compared with 3 in 1,000 patient-years with placebo. (One patient-year is equivalent to 1 patient taking the medicine for 1 year.) The study enrolled around 4,300 patients.

The CANVAS-R study is an ongoing study with a similar population to CANVAS. The purpose of this study is to assess the effect of canagliflozin compared with placebo on progression of albuminuria (presence of albumin in the urine, which is an early sign of kidney disease) in patients with type 2 diabetes receiving standard of care but whose blood sugar is not well controlled and who are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease. CANVAS-R was authorised in the following EU countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom.

As of September 2016, the incidence of lower limb amputation was 8 in 1,000 patient-years with canagliflozin and 4 in 1,000 patient-years with placebo. The study enrolled over 5,800 patients.

The incidences of lower limb amputation given above for both CANVAS and CANVAS-R are based on interim data, and final incidence rates will depend on analysis of the final study datasets.

More about the medicines

Canagliflozin, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin are type 2 diabetes mellitus medicines of the class sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. They block a protein in the kidneys called SGLT2, which absorbs glucose back from the urine into the bloodstream as the blood is filtered in the kidneys. By blocking the action of SGLT2, these medicines cause more glucose to be lost in the urine, thereby reducing the levels of glucose in the blood.

This review covers the following medicines containing SGLT2 inhibitors: Ebymect (dapagliflozin / metformin), Edistride (dapagliflozin), Forxiga (dapagliflozin), Invokana (canagliflozin), Jardiance (empagliflozin), Synjardy (empagliflozin / metformin, Vokanamet (canagliflozin / metformin) and Xigduo (dapagliflozin/metformin).

More about the procedure

The review of canagliflozin was initiated at the request of the European Commission on 15 April 2016, under Article 20 of Regulation (EC) No 726/2004. The review was extended to include the other medicines in the same class, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin, on 7 July 2016.

The review was first carried out by the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC), the Committee responsible for the evaluation of safety issues for human medicines, which made a set of recommendations. The PRAC recommendations were sent to the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), responsible for questions concerning medicines for human use, which adopted the Agency’s opinion. The CHMP opinion will now be forwarded to the European Commission, which will issue a final legally binding decision applicable in all EU Member States in due course.

CALENDRIER du 27 février au 05 mars 2017

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

 

Lundi 27 février 2017

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

Mr Frans Timmermans receives a delegation of members of the Senate of Romania.

Ms Federica Mogherini in the Vatican City State: meets Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Vatican City State and Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Barcelona, Spain (until 28/02): participates in the Mobile World Congress; holds an exchange of views with CEOs of EU Telecoms on 5G; and delivers a speech at the GSMA Trans-Atlantic Dialogue on “Bringing the Future into Focus: Proactive Policy Making to Advance the Digital Economy”.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava, Slovakia: meets Mr Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia; Mr Peter Pellegrini, Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Minister for the Interior; and Mr Andrej Kiska, President of Slovakia.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives the members of the European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG) President’s Committee.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Mika Lintilä, Minister for Economic Affairs of Finland; and Mr Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister for Agriculture and the Environment of Finland.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Jonathan Taylor, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives a delegation from the European Union Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers an opening address at the “Investing in new healthcare models” seminar organised by the European Commission, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn participates it the Serbia-EU Intergovernmental Conference, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr José Manuel González-Páramo, Europe Chair of the Trans-Atlantic Business Council (TABC) and Director of BBVA’s Executive Board.

Ms Cecilia Malmström delivers a speech at the Stakeholder Conference of the Initiative for a Multilateral Investment Court, in Brussels.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister for Energy of Lithuania.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Mika Lintilä, Minister for Economic Affairs of Finland.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis delivers a speech at the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) seminar on “Strategic investments for the future of healthcare”, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos in Tbilisi, Georgia: meets Mr Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Paris, France: participe au Salon International de l’Agriculture.

Mr Christos Stylianides in Copenhagen, Denmark (until 28/02): addresses the Parliament of Denmark; meets Mr Thomas Ahrenkiel, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence; Mr Henning Thiesen, Director of the Danish Civil Protection Agency; and civil society including humanitarian partners.

Ms Corina Creţu in Florence, Italy: participates in a workshop “Policy – challenges and opportunities of innovation and industrial policy, the future of European industrial and innovation policy, the opportunity of digitisation of industry (Industry 4.0)”; and meets Mr Enrico Rossi, President of Tuscany Region.

Mr Julian King receives Mr Howard Davies, Chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland; and Ms Shriti Vadera, Chairwoman of Santander Bank UK.

 

Mardi 28 février 2017

Environment Council

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Philipp Rösler, Head of the Centre for Regional Strategies, Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum Geneva.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Srdjan Darmanović, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Montenegro.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Barcelona, Spain: participates in the Mobile World Congress; delivers a keynote speech on “Building the 5G Economy Policy & Regulation” and participates in the panel; and visits several exhibition stands.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Eoghan Murphy, Minister of State of Ireland for Financial Services, Government and Public Procurement.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis meets Mr Mario Greco, CEO of Zurich Insurance Group; and Mr Ron Kalifa, Vice-Chairman and Executive Director of Worldpay payment services, in Brussels.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives a delegation of journalists and local government representatives from Latvia.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis delivers a keynote speech at the conference “Fintech and Digital Innovation: Regulation and Disruption”, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Peter Olesen, Chairman of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT); and Mr Rolf Nagel, Member of the EIT Governing Board.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Ms Emma Marcegaglia, President of BusinessEurope.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Janez Potočnik, former Commissioner and current co-chair of the International Resource Panel of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives a delegation of directors from Soste, the Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a keynote speech on industrial competitiveness at the European Industry Day Conference, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a speech at a University of Eastern Finland event; and meets rectors of Finnish Universities, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen participates in a working dinner of the World Economic Forum, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Srdjan Darmanović, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Montenegro.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Andros Kyprianou, Secretary General of AKEL Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Socratis Famellos, Deputy Minister for Environment and Energy of Greece.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Nick Hurd, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry of the United Kingdom.

Mr Karmenu Vella meets Mr Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister for Agriculture and the Environment of Finland, in Brussels.

Mr Karmenu Vella meets Mr Slaven Dobrović, Minister for the Protection of the Environment and Energy of Croatia, in Brussels.

Mr Karmenu Vella meets Mr Marko Pomerants, Minister for the Environment of Estonia, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis delivers a speech at the Joint Action CHRODIS conference on “Addressing Chronic Diseases and Healthy Ageing across Europe“, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Leuven, Belgium: on the occasion of World Rare Disease Day participates in the launch event of the European Reference Networks (ERNs) with Ms Maggie De Block, Federal Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health of Belgium, and His Royal Highness Prince Laurent of Belgium.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos meets a delegation from the European Union Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos meets Mr Antros Kyprianou, Secretary General of AKEL Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus, in Brussels.

Ms Marianne Thyssen receives representatives of key civil society organisations in the field of Social Affairs to exchange views on the European Pillar of Social Rights and on the 2030 Agenda/ Sustainable Development Goal on poverty.

Mr Phil Hogan receives wine producers from Slovenia.

Ms Violeta Bulc receives Mr Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation.

Ms Violeta Bulc delivers a speech at “The Future of Shipping” event organised as part of the European Shipping Week 2017, in Brussels.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska delivers an opening speech at the European Industry Day Conference, in Brussels.

Ms Vĕra Jourová in Vienna, Austria: meets Mr Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria; Ms Muna Duzdar, State Secretary for Diversity, Public Service and Digitalisation; and delivers a keynote speech at the 10th Anniversary Symposium of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

Mr Tibor Navracsics participates in the official signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Ms Maja Makovec Brenčič, Minister for Education, Science and Sport of Slovenia, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics receives a delegation of education policy experts from the Bulgarian political party GERB to discuss modernisation of national education systems in the EU.

Ms Margrethe Vestager receives Mr Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister for Energy of Lithuania.

Mr Carlos Moedas delivers a keynote speechat the Conference: “Horizon 2020 – Performance and Further Simplification “, in Brussels.

Mr Carlos Moedas delivers a keynote speech on the role of new technologies and innovation at the European Industry Day Conference, in Brussels.

Mr Julian King in London, the UK: participates in an Oral Evidence Session on EU policing and security issues at the Home Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons, the UK Parliament.

 

Mercredi 01 mars 2017

College meeting

01-02/03 European Parliament Plenary Session in Brussels

President Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the European Parliament on the preparations ahead of the European Council.

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag.

President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a keynote speech on the 10th anniversary of the Liaison Office of the Bundestag, in Brussels.

Mr Frans Timmermans in Prague, the Czech Republic: attends the unveiling of Max van der Stoel Memorial.

Ms Federica Mogherini in the Western Balkans (until 04/03): on official visit.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Yves Mersch, Member of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Executive Board; and representatives of the Luxembourg Bankers’ Association and the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives Mr Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Stepan Kubiv First Vice-Prime Minister, Minister for Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete delivers an opening speech at “The Energy Transition – an Opportunity for Europe” conference organised by Claude Turmes, Member of the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Andros Kyprianou, Secretary General of AKEL Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Ms Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister for International Development and La Francophonie of Canada.

M Phil Hogan à Paris, France (jusqu’à 02/03); rencontre M. Bernard Cazeneuve, Premier Ministre de France et M. Stéphane Le Foll, Ministre de l’Agriculture, de l’Agroalimentaire et de la Forêt de France.

Ms Violeta Bulc delivers a speech at the European Shipping Week 2017 Conference, in Brussels.

 

Jeudi 02 mars 2017

02-03/03 Informal Meeting of Ministers responsible for Trade (FAC)

President Jean-Claude Juncker accompanied by Ms Violeta Bulc in Ljubljana, Slovenia (until 03/03): meets Mr Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia, on a working lunch; holds a joint press point with Mr Miro Cerar; and participates in a Citizens’ Dialogue with Mr Miro Cerar.

Mr Andrus Ansip receives Mr Chuck Robbins, CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of Cisco Systems.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Stepan Kubiv First Vice-Prime Minister, Minister for Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine; and a delegation of European IMF Executive Directors.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Sture Fjäder, President of Akava, the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland.

Mr Günther Oettinger meets Mr Manfred Weber, Chair of the Group of the European People’s Party (EPP) at the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Valletta, Malta (until 03/03): participates in the Informal meeting of Ministers responsible for Trade (FAC).

Mr Neven Mimica participates at “She Decides” international ministerial conference on women’s human rights, in particular their sexual and reproductive health, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica meets Mr Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica receives Mr Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Mr Karmenu Vella participates in a joint signature of the EU-China Blue Year Programme, and participates in a High Level Dialogue on an “Integrated Approach to Ocean Affairs – Integrated Maritime Policy”, with Mr Wang Hong, Administrator of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) of China.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos participates in the 3rd European Migration Forum meeting, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos meets Mr Marco Minniti, Minister for the Interior of Italy, in Brussels.

M. Pierre Moscovici rencontre les Directeurs Exécutifs européens du Fonds Monétaire International (FMI).

Mr Christos Stylianides in Greece (until 04/02): delivers a speech at the Delphi Economic Forum.

M Phil Hogan à Paris, France: participe au Salon International de l’Agriculture.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Mr Elliot Schrage, Vice-President of Global Communications, Marketing and Public Policy at Facebook.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Mr Chuck Robbins, CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of Cisco Systems.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Madrid, Spain: delivers a keynote speech at the official opening of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Digital Spain – the innovation partnership on digital transformation run by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

Ms Corina Creţu in Warsaw, Poland (until 03/03): participates in the opening session of the V4+4 ministerial meeting; attends an extraordinary meeting of the Committee of Regions’ Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER); exchanges views in a joint debate with V4+4 ministers and COTER members on the future of cohesion policy; and meets Mr Jerzy Kwieciński, State Secretary in the Ministry for Economic Development of Poland.

Mr Julian King receives Mr Hans-Georg Maaßen, President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution of Germany.

Vendredi 03 mars 2017

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

President Jean-Claude Juncker accompanied by Ms Violeta Bulc in Ljubljana, Slovenia: meets Mr Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia; Mr Milan Brglez, President of the National Assembly of Slovenia; and participates in the inauguration of the EU House in Ljubljana together with Mr Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, and Mr Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Vilnius, Lithuania: meets Ms Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania; Mr Saulius Skvernelis, Prime Minister of Lithuania; Mr Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Seimas of Lithuania, and members of the Seimas; delivers a keynote address at the conference “Destination – successful Lithuania: how to encourage investments, sustainable growth and social welfare”; and participates in a working lunch with Mr Mindaugas Sinkevičius, Minister for Economy, and Mr Vilius Šapoka, Minister for Finance.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a keynote speech at the High-level Event on Attractive Climate Solutions organised by the Finnish innovation fund Sitra, the Norwegian Mission to the EU and the Nordic Council of Ministers, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica in Conakry, Guinea (until 05/02): participates in Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) Board meeting.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Vilnius, Lithuania: delivers a speech at the conference “Destination – successful Lithuania, how to encourage investments, sustainable growth and social welfare?”; meets Mr Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Seimas of Lithuania; and representatives of the European Affairs and Economy Committees.

Ms Marianne Thyssen meets Ms Andrea Nahles, Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs of Germany, in Brussels.

Mr Phil Hogan in Dublin, Ireland: meets representativesof Ornua, the Irish agri-food co-operative.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Ms Kaia Iva, Minister for Social Protection of Estonia.

Ms Corina Creţu in Warsaw, Poland: delivers a keynote speech at the opening session of the Committee of Regions’ Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER) seminar on the Future of Cohesion policy beyond 2020.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Copenhagen, Denmark (until 04/03):meets Mr Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark; and delivers a keynote speech at the Business Academy Aarhus’ Finance Conference.

 

Samedi 04 mars 2017

Mr Christos Stylianides in Athens, Greece: meets Mr Antonios Avgerinos, President of the Hellenic Red Cross; and Ms Maria Damanaki, former Commissioner and current Global Managing Director for Oceans at The Nature Conservancy.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Copenhagen, Denmark: delivers a keynote speech on current European issues at the “Youth EU Summit” organised by Danish NGO FIC.

 

Dimanche 05 mars 2017

Mr Neven Mimica in N’Djamena,Tchad (until 08/02): meets Mr Idriss Déby, President of Tchad; and visits EU-funded projects.

Prévisions du mois de février/mars:

27/02 Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

28/02 Environment Council

01-02/03 European Parliament Plenary Session in Brussels

02-03/03 Informal Meeting of Ministers responsible for Trade (FAC)

03/03 Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

06/03 Foreign Affairs Council

06/03 Agriculture and Fisheries Council

07/03 General Affairs Council

08/03 Tripartite Social Summit

09-10/03 European Council

13-16/03 European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

20/03 Eurogroup

21/03 Economic and Social Affairs Council

25/03 Celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties

27-28/03 Justice and Home Affairs Council

Permanence DG COMM le WE du 18 au 19 février 2017:

Johannes BAHRKE: +32 (0)460 75 86 15

Permanence RAPID – GSM: +32 (0) 498 982 748

Service Audiovisuel, planning studio – tél. : +32 (0)2/295 21 23

CALENDRIER du 27 février au 05 mars 2017

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

 

Lundi 27 février 2017

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

Mr Frans Timmermans receives a delegation of members of the Senate of Romania.

Ms Federica Mogherini in the Vatican City State: meets Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Vatican City State and Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Barcelona, Spain (until 28/02): participates in the Mobile World Congress; holds an exchange of views with CEOs of EU Telecoms on 5G; and delivers a speech at the GSMA Trans-Atlantic Dialogue on “Bringing the Future into Focus: Proactive Policy Making to Advance the Digital Economy”.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava, Slovakia: meets Mr Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia; Mr Peter Pellegrini, Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Minister for the Interior; and Mr Andrej Kiska, President of Slovakia.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives the members of the European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG) President’s Committee.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Mika Lintilä, Minister for Economic Affairs of Finland; and Mr Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister for Agriculture and the Environment of Finland.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Jonathan Taylor, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives a delegation from the European Union Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers an opening address at the “Investing in new healthcare models” seminar organised by the European Commission, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn participates it the Serbia-EU Intergovernmental Conference, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia.

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr José Manuel González-Páramo, Europe Chair of the Trans-Atlantic Business Council (TABC) and Director of BBVA’s Executive Board.

Ms Cecilia Malmström delivers a speech at the Stakeholder Conference of the Initiative for a Multilateral Investment Court, in Brussels.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister for Energy of Lithuania.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Mika Lintilä, Minister for Economic Affairs of Finland.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis delivers a speech at the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) seminar on “Strategic investments for the future of healthcare”, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos in Tbilisi, Georgia: meets Mr Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Paris, France: participe au Salon International de l’Agriculture.

Mr Christos Stylianides in Copenhagen, Denmark (until 28/02): addresses the Parliament of Denmark; meets Mr Thomas Ahrenkiel, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence; Mr Henning Thiesen, Director of the Danish Civil Protection Agency; and civil society including humanitarian partners.

Ms Corina Creţu in Florence, Italy: participates in a workshop “Policy – challenges and opportunities of innovation and industrial policy, the future of European industrial and innovation policy, the opportunity of digitisation of industry (Industry 4.0)”; and meets Mr Enrico Rossi, President of Tuscany Region.

Mr Julian King receives Mr Howard Davies, Chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland; and Ms Shriti Vadera, Chairwoman of Santander Bank UK.

 

Mardi 28 février 2017

Environment Council

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Philipp Rösler, Head of the Centre for Regional Strategies, Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum Geneva.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Srdjan Darmanović, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Montenegro.

Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Barcelona, Spain: participates in the Mobile World Congress; delivers a keynote speech on “Building the 5G Economy Policy & Regulation” and participates in the panel; and visits several exhibition stands.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Eoghan Murphy, Minister of State of Ireland for Financial Services, Government and Public Procurement.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis meets Mr Mario Greco, CEO of Zurich Insurance Group; and Mr Ron Kalifa, Vice-Chairman and Executive Director of Worldpay payment services, in Brussels.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives a delegation of journalists and local government representatives from Latvia.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis delivers a keynote speech at the conference “Fintech and Digital Innovation: Regulation and Disruption”, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Peter Olesen, Chairman of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT); and Mr Rolf Nagel, Member of the EIT Governing Board.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Ms Emma Marcegaglia, President of BusinessEurope.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Janez Potočnik, former Commissioner and current co-chair of the International Resource Panel of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives a delegation of directors from Soste, the Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a keynote speech on industrial competitiveness at the European Industry Day Conference, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a speech at a University of Eastern Finland event; and meets rectors of Finnish Universities, in Brussels.

Mr Jyrki Katainen participates in a working dinner of the World Economic Forum, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Srdjan Darmanović, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Montenegro.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Andros Kyprianou, Secretary General of AKEL Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Socratis Famellos, Deputy Minister for Environment and Energy of Greece.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Nick Hurd, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry of the United Kingdom.

Mr Karmenu Vella meets Mr Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister for Agriculture and the Environment of Finland, in Brussels.

Mr Karmenu Vella meets Mr Slaven Dobrović, Minister for the Protection of the Environment and Energy of Croatia, in Brussels.

Mr Karmenu Vella meets Mr Marko Pomerants, Minister for the Environment of Estonia, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis delivers a speech at the Joint Action CHRODIS conference on “Addressing Chronic Diseases and Healthy Ageing across Europe“, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Leuven, Belgium: on the occasion of World Rare Disease Day participates in the launch event of the European Reference Networks (ERNs) with Ms Maggie De Block, Federal Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health of Belgium, and His Royal Highness Prince Laurent of Belgium.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos meets a delegation from the European Union Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos meets Mr Antros Kyprianou, Secretary General of AKEL Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus, in Brussels.

Ms Marianne Thyssen receives representatives of key civil society organisations in the field of Social Affairs to exchange views on the European Pillar of Social Rights and on the 2030 Agenda/ Sustainable Development Goal on poverty.

Mr Phil Hogan receives wine producers from Slovenia.

Ms Violeta Bulc receives Mr Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation.

Ms Violeta Bulc delivers a speech at “The Future of Shipping” event organised as part of the European Shipping Week 2017, in Brussels.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska delivers an opening speech at the European Industry Day Conference, in Brussels.

Ms Vĕra Jourová in Vienna, Austria: meets Mr Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria; Ms Muna Duzdar, State Secretary for Diversity, Public Service and Digitalisation; and delivers a keynote speech at the 10th Anniversary Symposium of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

Mr Tibor Navracsics participates in the official signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Ms Maja Makovec Brenčič, Minister for Education, Science and Sport of Slovenia, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics receives a delegation of education policy experts from the Bulgarian political party GERB to discuss modernisation of national education systems in the EU.

Ms Margrethe Vestager receives Mr Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister for Energy of Lithuania.

Mr Carlos Moedas delivers a keynote speechat the Conference: “Horizon 2020 – Performance and Further Simplification “, in Brussels.

Mr Carlos Moedas delivers a keynote speech on the role of new technologies and innovation at the European Industry Day Conference, in Brussels.

Mr Julian King in London, the UK: participates in an Oral Evidence Session on EU policing and security issues at the Home Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons, the UK Parliament.

 

Mercredi 01 mars 2017

College meeting

01-02/03 European Parliament Plenary Session in Brussels

President Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the European Parliament on the preparations ahead of the European Council.

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag.

President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a keynote speech on the 10th anniversary of the Liaison Office of the Bundestag, in Brussels.

Mr Frans Timmermans in Prague, the Czech Republic: attends the unveiling of Max van der Stoel Memorial.

Ms Federica Mogherini in the Western Balkans (until 04/03): on official visit.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Yves Mersch, Member of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Executive Board; and representatives of the Luxembourg Bankers’ Association and the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives Mr Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Stepan Kubiv First Vice-Prime Minister, Minister for Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete delivers an opening speech at “The Energy Transition – an Opportunity for Europe” conference organised by Claude Turmes, Member of the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Andros Kyprianou, Secretary General of AKEL Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Ms Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister for International Development and La Francophonie of Canada.

M Phil Hogan à Paris, France (jusqu’à 02/03); rencontre M. Bernard Cazeneuve, Premier Ministre de France et M. Stéphane Le Foll, Ministre de l’Agriculture, de l’Agroalimentaire et de la Forêt de France.

Ms Violeta Bulc delivers a speech at the European Shipping Week 2017 Conference, in Brussels.

 

Jeudi 02 mars 2017

02-03/03 Informal Meeting of Ministers responsible for Trade (FAC)

President Jean-Claude Juncker accompanied by Ms Violeta Bulc in Ljubljana, Slovenia (until 03/03): meets Mr Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia, on a working lunch; holds a joint press point with Mr Miro Cerar; and participates in a Citizens’ Dialogue with Mr Miro Cerar.

Mr Andrus Ansip receives Mr Chuck Robbins, CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of Cisco Systems.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Stepan Kubiv First Vice-Prime Minister, Minister for Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine; and a delegation of European IMF Executive Directors.

Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Sture Fjäder, President of Akava, the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland.

Mr Günther Oettinger meets Mr Manfred Weber, Chair of the Group of the European People’s Party (EPP) at the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Valletta, Malta (until 03/03): participates in the Informal meeting of Ministers responsible for Trade (FAC).

Mr Neven Mimica participates at “She Decides” international ministerial conference on women’s human rights, in particular their sexual and reproductive health, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica meets Mr Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica receives Mr Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Mr Karmenu Vella participates in a joint signature of the EU-China Blue Year Programme, and participates in a High Level Dialogue on an “Integrated Approach to Ocean Affairs – Integrated Maritime Policy”, with Mr Wang Hong, Administrator of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) of China.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos participates in the 3rd European Migration Forum meeting, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos meets Mr Marco Minniti, Minister for the Interior of Italy, in Brussels.

M. Pierre Moscovici rencontre les Directeurs Exécutifs européens du Fonds Monétaire International (FMI).

Mr Christos Stylianides in Greece (until 04/02): delivers a speech at the Delphi Economic Forum.

M Phil Hogan à Paris, France: participe au Salon International de l’Agriculture.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Mr Elliot Schrage, Vice-President of Global Communications, Marketing and Public Policy at Facebook.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Mr Chuck Robbins, CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of Cisco Systems.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Madrid, Spain: delivers a keynote speech at the official opening of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Digital Spain – the innovation partnership on digital transformation run by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

Ms Corina Creţu in Warsaw, Poland (until 03/03): participates in the opening session of the V4+4 ministerial meeting; attends an extraordinary meeting of the Committee of Regions’ Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER); exchanges views in a joint debate with V4+4 ministers and COTER members on the future of cohesion policy; and meets Mr Jerzy Kwieciński, State Secretary in the Ministry for Economic Development of Poland.

Mr Julian King receives Mr Hans-Georg Maaßen, President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution of Germany.

Vendredi 03 mars 2017

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

President Jean-Claude Juncker accompanied by Ms Violeta Bulc in Ljubljana, Slovenia: meets Mr Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia; Mr Milan Brglez, President of the National Assembly of Slovenia; and participates in the inauguration of the EU House in Ljubljana together with Mr Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, and Mr Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in Vilnius, Lithuania: meets Ms Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania; Mr Saulius Skvernelis, Prime Minister of Lithuania; Mr Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Seimas of Lithuania, and members of the Seimas; delivers a keynote address at the conference “Destination – successful Lithuania: how to encourage investments, sustainable growth and social welfare”; and participates in a working lunch with Mr Mindaugas Sinkevičius, Minister for Economy, and Mr Vilius Šapoka, Minister for Finance.

Mr Jyrki Katainen delivers a keynote speech at the High-level Event on Attractive Climate Solutions organised by the Finnish innovation fund Sitra, the Norwegian Mission to the EU and the Nordic Council of Ministers, in Brussels.

Mr Neven Mimica in Conakry, Guinea (until 05/02): participates in Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) Board meeting.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Vilnius, Lithuania: delivers a speech at the conference “Destination – successful Lithuania, how to encourage investments, sustainable growth and social welfare?”; meets Mr Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Seimas of Lithuania; and representatives of the European Affairs and Economy Committees.

Ms Marianne Thyssen meets Ms Andrea Nahles, Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs of Germany, in Brussels.

Mr Phil Hogan in Dublin, Ireland: meets representativesof Ornua, the Irish agri-food co-operative.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Ms Kaia Iva, Minister for Social Protection of Estonia.

Ms Corina Creţu in Warsaw, Poland: delivers a keynote speech at the opening session of the Committee of Regions’ Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER) seminar on the Future of Cohesion policy beyond 2020.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Copenhagen, Denmark (until 04/03):meets Mr Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark; and delivers a keynote speech at the Business Academy Aarhus’ Finance Conference.

 

Samedi 04 mars 2017

Mr Christos Stylianides in Athens, Greece: meets Mr Antonios Avgerinos, President of the Hellenic Red Cross; and Ms Maria Damanaki, former Commissioner and current Global Managing Director for Oceans at The Nature Conservancy.

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Copenhagen, Denmark: delivers a keynote speech on current European issues at the “Youth EU Summit” organised by Danish NGO FIC.

 

Dimanche 05 mars 2017

Mr Neven Mimica in N’Djamena,Tchad (until 08/02): meets Mr Idriss Déby, President of Tchad; and visits EU-funded projects.

Prévisions du mois de février/mars:

27/02 Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

28/02 Environment Council

01-02/03 European Parliament Plenary Session in Brussels

02-03/03 Informal Meeting of Ministers responsible for Trade (FAC)

03/03 Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

06/03 Foreign Affairs Council

06/03 Agriculture and Fisheries Council

07/03 General Affairs Council

08/03 Tripartite Social Summit

09-10/03 European Council

13-16/03 European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg

20/03 Eurogroup

21/03 Economic and Social Affairs Council

25/03 Celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties

27-28/03 Justice and Home Affairs Council

Permanence DG COMM le WE du 18 au 19 février 2017:

Johannes BAHRKE: +32 (0)460 75 86 15

Permanence RAPID – GSM: +32 (0) 498 982 748

Service Audiovisuel, planning studio – tél. : +32 (0)2/295 21 23

Daily News 24 / 02 / 2017

L’Europe aujourd’hui et demain: discours du Président Juncker

Le Président Juncker a prononcé un discours hier à l’Institut d’études européennes de l’Université catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve intitulé ‘l’Europe aujourd’hui et demain’. Le constat que le Président Juncker tire de l’histoire de l’intégration européenne est que “l’Europe n’est pas une évidence. L’Europe fut et l’Europe restera un choix.” En parlant du futur de l’Europe, le Président Juncker a affirmé que l’heure n’est pas à la redivision mais au rassemblement. Le président a cité plusieurs scénarios qui pourraient caractériser ce rassemblement et a plaidé à ce qu’une réponse soit apportée à la question de savoir s’il ne faudrait pas que ceux en Europe qui veulent avancer plus rapidement puissent le faire. Le discours complet est disponible en ligne. (Pour plus d’informations: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456)

WTO confirms Russian pork ban is illegal

The WTO’s Appellate Body confirmed that Russia’s import ban from 2014 on live pigs, pork and other pig products from the EU violates international trade rules. The ruling concerns a ban imposed by Russia because of the outbreak of African Swine Fever in areas in the EU close to the border with Belarus. In August 2016, a WTO panel acknowledged that the Russian measures are not based on the relevant international standards and violate WTO rules. The ruling confirms this finding, thereby sending another strong signal to Russia and all WTO Members on their obligation to respect international standards and, in particular, the principle of regionalisation, which would allow trade from individual areas of a country which are recognised as pest or disease-free, independent of the health status in the rest of the country. The EU has one of the world’s most efficient animal health and food safety systems, including high detection levels and stringent risk management rules. EU products from disease-free areas are safe, and there is no need for any country to maintain unjustified import restrictions. The EU calls on Russia to withdraw its unjustified measures and allow EU companies to resume normal business with their Russian partners. More information is available here. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: + 32 229 56185; Enrico Brivio – Tel.: + 32 229 56172; Axel Fougner – Tel.: +32 229 57276)

EU proposes €105 million in humanitarian assistance for Africa’s Lake Chad region

The European Commission plans to mobilise a total of €105 million in humanitarian support to populations in the Lake Chad region in Africa in 2017. Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides made the announcement today during an international conference in Oslo, Norway aimed at addressing the pressing humanitarian situation in the region. “With the crisis in the Lake Chad region growing at an extremely alarming rate, the EU is stepping up its response. Today I announced the EU’s allocation of €105 million in humanitarian aid for the crisis. These funds will help meet the life-saving needs of the affected populations and scale up our response. The conditions for delivering assistance remain particularly difficult. It is essential to ensure quick and safe access to people who need lifesaving assistance.” saidCommissioner Stylianides.Read the full press release here. (For more information: Carlos Martín Ruiz de Gordejuela – Tel.: + 32 229 65322; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 69140)

New Commission app for tracking invasive alien animals and plants in the EU

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has developed an online application that will help citizens identify and share information about 37 Invasive Alien Speciesin Europe. ‘Invasive Alien Species Europe’, which contains detailed information about and photos of those animals and plants, makes it possible for citizens to use their phones’ navigation system and cameras to capture images of them. By sending the exact location of a sighting and a photo via the app, users contribute to crowdsourcing the maps showing where invasive aliens species occur, and help to build the European Alien Species Information Network. Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the JRC, said: “The beauty of this app is that it turns its users into citizen-scientists, helping to monitor invasive alien species that threaten biodiversity in the EU. The information collected will enrich existing insights into invasive alien species. In this way we also foster citizens’ awareness of the problems caused by invasive alien species in Europe.” The list for instance includes the American grey squirrel, which transfers a poxyvirus that is lethal to native red squirrels and leads to their local extinction, the raccoon, which can harbour and spread diseases affecting humans as well as farmed and wild animals, and the signal crayfish that carries the crayfish plague fungus and leads to the extinction of native crayfish. A small proportion of alien species become invasive and seriously disturb ecosystems, causing damage worth millions of euros in the EU every year. The application is free and can be downloaded for android and iOS. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Joseph Waldstein – Tel.: +32 229 56184)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Harman by Samsung

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Harman International Industries, Incorporated of the US, by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. of South Korea. Harman designs and engineers software products and solutions for automakers, consumers and enterprises worldwide. Samsung is a global electronics company active in consumer electronics, information technology and mobile communications and device solutions. The activities of the parties overlap in several product areas, such as, headphones, audio home systems, speakers and DVD recorders. Some of Samsung’s memory integrated circuits (DRAMs and NANDs) are also destined for the automotive industry and used in Harman’s automotive products. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns because of the relatively low market shares and the existence of many strong competitors in the product markets concerned, including alternative suppliers of DRAMs and NANDs and alternative customers of these products. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8318. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Tsoni – Tel.: +32 229 90526; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Vice-President Ansip to call for vision, speed and cooperation on 5G at the Mobile World Congress

Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip participates in the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 February, the world’s largest event for the international mobile community, gathering policymakers, industry leaders and experts (see Vice-President Ansip’s blog post ahead of the event). On Tuesday at 11:00 am CET he will deliver a keynote speech asking Europe and its international partners to work together to deploy the next generation of communication networks, 5G. Common standards and spectrum coordination – both at global and European levels – are paramount for all sectors, from transport to healthcare, to fully benefit from first-class connectivity across borders. During the event, Vice-President Ansip will meet Spanish Minister of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda Álvaro Nadal, Brazilian Minister of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications Gilberto Kassab as well as the Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai. He will also meet CEOs of European telecoms companies, participates in a roundtable on connected and automated driving and contributes to the GSMA Trans-Atlantic dialogue on the future of the digital economy. Vice-President Ansip will visit a series of stands, including the Graphene experience zone which showcases the latest achievements of the EU-funded Graphene Flagship and innovation based on this revolutionary material (see Vice-President Ansip’s recent blog post on the European Future and Emerging Technology Flagships). During these visits, he will have bilateral meetings with the senior management of Ericsson, Nokia and AT&T. More details on Vice-President Ansip’s programme at the Mobile World Congress 2017 can be found in his agenda and in the Commission’s weekly calendar. Photo and video coverage will be available on EbS, his speech will be published here and webstreamed here. Regular updates will be posted on @Ansip_EU. See also this new factsheet on the main achievements so far under the Digital Single Market strategy.(For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698)

La Commission européenne présente au Salon de l’Agriculture à Paris pour célébrer l’agriculture française

Le Salon international de l’Agriculture ouvre demain ses portes à Paris pour une quinzaine de jours. Ce rendez-vous incontournable est l’occasion de prendre le pouls du secteur agricole français et européen et de célébrer ses réussites, sans occulter les défis et difficultés auxquels font face les agriculteurs français. Cette année, deux Commissaires européens visiteront le Salon de l’agriculture: Pierre Moscovici, Commissaire aux affaires économiques et financières, à la fiscalité et à l’Union douanière le lundi 27 février, et Phil Hogan, Commissaire à l’agriculture, le jeudi 2 mars. A cette occasion, les Commissaires s’entretiendront avec les représentants des éleveurs et producteurs agricoles en France. La Commission européenne sera présente tout au long de la durée du Salon avec un stand d’information pour renseigner le public sur la Politique Agricole Commune (PAC). C’est d’ailleurs au stand de la Commission que le Commissaire Hogan remettra le mercredi 1er mars les prix du Concours général agricole aux jeunes agriculteurs.A son arrivée à Paris le 1er mars, le Commissaire Hogan rencontrera le Premier ministre français, Bernard Cazeneuve, et le ministre de l’agriculture, Stéphane le Foll. La France reste le premier pays bénéficiaire de la Politique Agricole Commune. Plus d’informations sur la PAC en France sont disponibles en ligne. (Pour plus d’informations: Daniel Rosario – Tel: +32 229 56 185; Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Clemence Robin – Tel.: +32 229 52509)

Commissioner Vella travels to Indonesia for World Ocean Summit

Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for fisheries and maritime affairs, is attending the World Ocean Summit in Bali, Indonesia this week. Speaking at the session ‘the ocean economy – a whale of an opportunity?’ yesterday, he stressed the potential for sustainable ocean-based growth, for instance in emerging technologies like ocean energy, and laid out the EU’s international ocean governance agenda. “Blue economic growth is neither automatic nor inevitable. If our oceans are in bad shape, the blue economy cannot thrive. That is why, last November, the European Union proposed 50 actions to create the conditions for a sustainable blue economy around the world. We are creating a healthy investment environment for a healthy and productive marine environment,” Commissioner Vella said. On the margins of the Summit, he discussed ocean governance and the potential of the blue economy with Ms Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia, Mr John Maneniaru, Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources of the Solomon Islands, Mr Peter Thomson, President of the 71st United Nations General Assembly (UNPGA), and business leaders. Today, in the closing session, he will also draw attention to the fourth Our Ocean Conference, a high-level international event aimed at generating commitments for concrete and measurable actions for healthy, sustainable oceans worldwide. This year’s edition will be hosted by the EU in Malta on 5-6 October. For more information see here. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: + 32 229 56172; Aikaterini Apostola – Tel.: +32 229 87624)

 

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Upcoming events of the European Commission (ex-Top News)

EU proposes €105 million in humanitarian assistance for Lake Chad region

The European Commission plans to mobilise a total of €105 million in humanitarian support to populations in the Lake Chad region in Africa in 2017.

Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides made the announcement today during an international conference in Oslo, Norway aimed at addressing the pressing humanitarian situation in the region.

“With the crisis in the Lake Chad region growing at an extremely alarming rate, the EU is stepping up its response. Today I announced the EU’s allocation of €105 million in humanitarian aid for the crisis. These funds will help meet the life-saving needs of the affected populations and scale up our response. The conditions for delivering assistance remain particularly difficult. It is essential to ensure quick and safe access to people who need lifesaving assistance.” saidCommissioner Stylianides.

The funding would help meet the increasing humanitarian needs, notably in the areas of food, nutrition, water and sanitation, health and protection.

The European Union has been one of the largest aid donors to the crisis in region. Since January 2016 €177 million has now been provided in humanitarian aid and a further €159 million in development assistance from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa has recently been allocated to support 15 projects.

Background

The €105 million announced today consists of an initial allocation of €55 million for 2017 and a further amount of €50 million now proposed of humanitarian support to populations in the Lake Chad region.

The conflict between security forces and the armed group Boko Haram is having devastating humanitarian consequences in the Lake Chad basin. The crisis is heavily affecting populations in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Over 2.3 million people have been displaced within or out of their country.

Food insecurity has reached crisis levels in some parts of the region, and malnutrition rates are well beyond emergency levels. Only in Nigeria’s Northeast some 4.6 million people are in need of emergency food assistance. Access to basic services is severely limited and the risk of epidemics due to the lack of water, sanitation, shelter and health services also remains extremely high.

High levels of insecurity across the area continue to seriously hamper humanitarian access and is making the delivery of aid extremely difficult, in particular in Northeast Nigeria, the Extreme North of Cameroon and the Diffa region in Niger

For more information:

Chad factsheet

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/files/aid/countries/factsheets/chad_en.pdf

Cameroon factsheet

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/files/aid/countries/factsheets/cameroon_en.pdf

Niger factsheet

http://ec.europa.eu/echo/files/aid/countries/factsheets/niger_en.pdf

Nigeria factsheet

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OHA Investment Corporation Schedules its Earnings Release and Teleconference for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2016

NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OHA Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:OHAI) (the “Company”) today announced that it plans to report its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016 on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.  
All interested persons are invited to participate in a conference call at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Callers in the U.S. can access the conference call by dialing (877) 303-7617.  International callers can access the conference by dialing (760) 666-3609. Conference ID is 78685032. Callers are encouraged to dial in at least 5-10 minutes prior to the call. The presentation materials for the call will be accessible through the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website, www.ohainvestmentcorporation.comAbout OHA Investment Corporation
OHA Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:OHAI) is a specialty finance company designed to provide its investors with current income and capital appreciation. OHAI focuses primarily on providing creative direct lending solutions to middle market private companies across industry sectors. OHAI is externally managed by Oak Hill Advisors, L.P., a leading independent investment firm (www.oakhilladvisors.com).  Oak Hill Advisors has deep experience in direct lending, having invested approximately $4.0 billion in over 120 direct lending investments over the past 14 years.
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Persons considering an investment in OHA Investment Corporation should consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses of the Company carefully before investing.  Such information and other information about us is available in our annual report on Form 10-K, in our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, in our current reports on Form 8-K, and in prospectuses we issue from time to time in connection with our offering of securities.  Such materials are filed with the SEC and copies are available on the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov, and in the Investor Relations section of our website at www.ohainvestmentcorporation.com.  Prospective investors should read such materials carefully before investing.

Top Three Financial Publishing Firms Process 55% of 2016 SEC Transactions: The Vintage Group Maintains Leadership Position

NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — 55% of Securities and Exchange Commission Forms 10-12B, 10-12G, 1-A, F-1, N-2, S-1, S-11, S-3 and S-4 that were processed in 2016, were filed by Vintage and its top two industry peers. These particular SEC forms are very complex legal documents that require top-tier expertise and immaculate attention to detail in financial publishing. Within this top-tier group, Vintage executed 20% of the total filings.

Specifically, for Form S-1 filings, which are the capital markets’ most anticipated filings for IPOs and secondary offerings, Vintage ranked #2, winning, aside its top-tier peers, 32% of these coveted transactions.

“In 2016, Vintage firmly cemented our ranking in the top-tier alongside our industry peers, Donnelley Financial Solutions and Merrill Corporation,” said Bradley H. Smith, Director of Marketing at Vintage, a division of PR Newswire / Cision. “Underpinning our great numbers are the domain expertise and capabilities of our Operations Teams. They truly own and deliver our ‘fast turns, spot-on execution and absolute cost transparency’ marketing position,” closed Smith.

Direct feedback from Vintage clients can be viewed on the Vintage blog: https://irblog.prnewswire.com/category/client-praise/

In addition to the capital markets practice group that works with law firms, investment banks and M&A deal-drivers, Vintage also offers two other practice groups:

Vintage is headquartered in New York City with regional sales and service offices throughout the US and internationally. The company is now part of the expanding and worldwide Cision, Inc. organization.

The company also celebrated its #1 ranking for both China Form 20-F filings and JOBS Act Reg A+ / Form 1-A work.

A brief video explaining transaction drafting sessions can be viewed here: http://promotions.prnewswire.com/Vintage-transaction-solutions.html 

About The Vintage Group
Vintage, a PR Newswire division, is a top-three provider of full-service regulatory compliance and shareholder communications services, delivered across our three practice areas: Capital Markets, Corporate Services and Institutional & Fund Services. Founded in 2002 and acquired by PR Newswire in 2007, Vintage has evolved to become the industry’s intelligent value choice. We deliver a flexible balance of people, facilities and technology to ensure that regulatory compliance and shareholder communications processes are efficient, transparent and painless. Services include IPO registrations, transactions, virtual data rooms, EDGAR & XBRL filing, typesetting, financial printing and investor relations websites.

About PR Newswire
PR Newswire, a Cision company, is the premier global provider of multimedia platforms and distribution that marketers, corporate communicators, sustainability officers, public affairs and investor relations officers leverage to engage key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry over 60 years ago, PR Newswire today provides end-to- end solutions to produce, optimize and target content — and then distribute and measure results. Combining the world’s largest multi-channel, multi-cultural content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, PR Newswire powers the stories of organizations around the world. PR Newswire serves tens of thousands of clients from offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions. Cision is a leading global media intelligence company, serving the complete workflow of today’s communication professionals.

Media Contact:
Bradley H. Smith
Director of Marketing, IR and Compliance Services
PR Newswire & Vintage
+1 201.942.7157 
bradley.smith@prnewswire.com

SOURCE Vintage

Top Three Financial Publishing Firms Process 55% of 2016 SEC Transactions: The Vintage Group Maintains Leadership Position

NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — 55% of Securities and Exchange Commission Forms 10-12B, 10-12G, 1-A, F-1, N-2, S-1, S-11, S-3 and S-4 that were processed in 2016, were filed by Vintage and its top two industry peers. These particular SEC forms are very complex legal documents that require top-tier expertise and immaculate attention to detail in financial publishing. Within this top-tier group, Vintage executed 20% of the total filings.

Specifically, for Form S-1 filings, which are the capital markets’ most anticipated filings for IPOs and secondary offerings, Vintage ranked #2, winning, aside its top-tier peers, 32% of these coveted transactions.

“In 2016, Vintage firmly cemented our ranking in the top-tier alongside our industry peers, Donnelley Financial Solutions and Merrill Corporation,” said Bradley H. Smith, Director of Marketing at Vintage, a division of PR Newswire / Cision. “Underpinning our great numbers are the domain expertise and capabilities of our Operations Teams. They truly own and deliver our ‘fast turns, spot-on execution and absolute cost transparency’ marketing position,” closed Smith.

Direct feedback from Vintage clients can be viewed on the Vintage blog: https://irblog.prnewswire.com/category/client-praise/

In addition to the capital markets practice group that works with law firms, investment banks and M&A deal-drivers, Vintage also offers two other practice groups:

Vintage is headquartered in New York City with regional sales and service offices throughout the US and internationally. The company is now part of the expanding and worldwide Cision, Inc. organization.

The company also celebrated its #1 ranking for both China Form 20-F filings and JOBS Act Reg A+ / Form 1-A work.

A brief video explaining transaction drafting sessions can be viewed here: http://promotions.prnewswire.com/Vintage-transaction-solutions.html 

About The Vintage Group
Vintage, a PR Newswire division, is a top-three provider of full-service regulatory compliance and shareholder communications services, delivered across our three practice areas: Capital Markets, Corporate Services and Institutional & Fund Services. Founded in 2002 and acquired by PR Newswire in 2007, Vintage has evolved to become the industry’s intelligent value choice. We deliver a flexible balance of people, facilities and technology to ensure that regulatory compliance and shareholder communications processes are efficient, transparent and painless. Services include IPO registrations, transactions, virtual data rooms, EDGAR & XBRL filing, typesetting, financial printing and investor relations websites.

About PR Newswire
PR Newswire, a Cision company, is the premier global provider of multimedia platforms and distribution that marketers, corporate communicators, sustainability officers, public affairs and investor relations officers leverage to engage key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry over 60 years ago, PR Newswire today provides end-to- end solutions to produce, optimize and target content — and then distribute and measure results. Combining the world’s largest multi-channel, multi-cultural content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, PR Newswire powers the stories of organizations around the world. PR Newswire serves tens of thousands of clients from offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions. Cision is a leading global media intelligence company, serving the complete workflow of today’s communication professionals.

Media Contact:
Bradley H. Smith
Director of Marketing, IR and Compliance Services
PR Newswire & Vintage
+1 201.942.7157 
bradley.smith@prnewswire.com

SOURCE Vintage