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Friday, 19 May 2017

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Benoît Cœuré: Scars or scratches? Hysteresis in the euro area
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President of the European Council Donald Tusk and High Representative Federica Mogherini met with the Special Envoy of President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission held meetings today, in Brussels, with Professor Yoon Je Cho, the Special Envoy of President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea. 

The decision of President Moon to send a special envoy to the European Union is an indication of the strength of the Strategic Partnership between the European Union and the Republic of Korea. President Tusk had earlier today spoken with President Moon, with both sides agreeing to work together to consolidate the Strategic Partnership and to meet at the G20 Summit in Hamburg in July.  

The exchanges with the Special Envoy focused on the Korean Peninsula and other regional and global matters of common interest. President Tusk and the High Representative/Vice-President conveyed that the EU will remain a strong partner in promoting peace, security and an open, rules-based trading system.  

President Tusk and High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini stressed that the European Union is ready to increase its work, in full coordination with the Republic of Korea and the international community, to de-escalate tensions and peacefully denuclearise the Korean Peninsula. The EU will also continue its work to promote respect for human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and to ensure that the current sanctions regimes regarding North Korea are effectively implemented by the international community.  The European Union is implementing all the restrictive measures imposed by the UN Security Council and its additional autonomous restrictive measures on the DPRK are the most stringent the European Union has on any third country. The European Union calls upon North Korea to engage in a credible and meaningful dialogue with the international community and is ready to support such dialogue. The High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini also discussed with Professor Yoon Je Cho the experience the EU has on the nuclear-non-proliferation agenda, that is at the full disposal of the international community.

President Tusk and the High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini both expressed their readiness to work closely with President Moon and the new Korean government.

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Indicative programme - Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council of 22 and 23 May 2017

Place:        Europa building, Brussels 

Chair(s):    Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Education and Employment of Malta
                   Dr Owen Bonnici, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government 

All times are approximate and subject to change 

MONDAY, 22 MAY 2017

 +/- 09.30      
Doorstep by Minister Bartolo 

+/- 10.00      
Beginning of Council meeting
Adoption of the agenda
Adoption of legislative A Items (public session)
Adoption of non-legislative A items 


+/- 10.35 
Conclusions on the role of youth work in supporting young people's development of essential life skills  Adoption 
+/- 10.45 
Conclusions on the strategic perspectives for European cooperation in the youth field post-2018 - Adoption 
+/- 10.55      
Resolution on the Structured Dialogue and the future development of the dialogue with young people  -Adoption
+/- 11.05      
Building Europe's future - listening to and supporting young people (public session) -Debate 


+/- 15.15      
Decision on a common framework for the provision of better services for skills and qualifications (Europass) (public session) - Progress report
+/- 15.25      
Recommendation on the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning - Adoption
+/- 15.35
Giving learners a voice: how to improve and modernise our systems to provide high quality education for all - Debate

+/- 18.00      
Press conference
(live streaming) - main press room Justus Lipsius building 

TUESDAY, 22 MAY 2017

+/- 09.15      
Doorstep by Minister Bonnici 

+/- 10.00      
Beginning of Council meeting


+/- 10.10      
Directive on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services in view of changing market realities (public session
+/- 11.40      
Council conclusions on an EU strategic approach to international cultural relations -Adoption 

+/- 13.15      
Press conference - tbc
(live streaming) - - main press room Justus Lipsius building  


+/- 15.15      
Conclusionson sport as a platform for social inclusion through volunteering -Adoption 
+/- 15.30      
Resolution on the European Union Work Plan for Sport (1 July 2017 - 31 December 2020) - Adoption
+/- 15.40      
Sports media and its role in strengthening social inclusion (public session) - Debate

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Media advisory for the EU-China Summit on 1 and 2 June 2017

Europa and Justus Lipsius building - Brussels

The 19th bilateral summit between the EU and China will take place on 1-2 June in Brussels. European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will represent the European Union. China will be represented by Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

Media Programme 

The media programme will be available in the coming days. The meeting is expected to start late afternoon on 1 June and finish around lunchtime on 2 June. 


  • Journalists holding a 6-month badge (01.01.2017 - 30.06.2017) do not need to register.
    Journalists without the above badge must apply on https://eventaccreditationjour.consilium.europa.eu
  • Media representatives applying for the first time or who have not been recently screened will be the subject of a comprehensive and detailed verification by our security service. Considering the time and resources needed for these verifications, not all requests may be processed. Media are therefore advised to avoid sending representatives falling into these categories. 
  • You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt by email. Please read it carefully as it includes the list of original documents you will be asked to present when collecting your badge. Depending on your profile, the requested documents will include: Passport or ID card, press card and/or a signed original letter from your editor-in chief as well as the signed original of your authorisation for security screening (only for media representatives resident in Belgium). The press centre may contact you to request additional information if necessary. No accreditation badge will be issued if you cannot provide all required documents.

Collection of badges

Accreditation badges must be collected in person from the LEX building (145 rue de la Loi, Brussels)  

  • Thursday 1 June - 14.00 - 19.00
  • Friday 2 June - 8.30 to the end of the final press conference

Photos and video coverage of the event will be available for preview and download on http://tvnewsroom.consilium.europa.eu

Live streaming will be available on http://video.consilium.europa.eu

For more details on the EU-China Summit,  see the meeting page.

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Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk

Tuesday 23 May 2017
13.00 Meeting with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

Wednesday 24 May 2017
Aachen (Germany)
19.30 Speech at the dinner in honour of Charlemagne Prize Laureate 2017, Timothy Garton Ash

Thursday 25 May 2017
EU-US Leaders' meeting (Europa building)
10.00 Welcome of President of the United States Donald Trump
10.05 Meeting with President of the United States Donald Trump and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker
10.20 Enlarged meeting including European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and High Representative Federica Mogherini

13.00 Meeting with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 May 2017
Taormina (Italy)
10.15 Joint press briefing with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker 

G7 Summit

Sunday 28 May 2017
12.30 Intervention at the Globsec 2017 conference

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