The European Business Summit, which will bring business and political leaders together and stimulate discussion on the most challenging European issues, will take place in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday.
One of the world’s largest seafood trade events, the Global Seafood Expo, will be held in Brussels where thousands of buyers and suppliers from around the world will convene from Tuesday to Thursday.
The informal European Council will bring together EU heads of state or government in Sibiu, Romania on Thursday. The EU leaders will discuss the EU's next strategic agenda for the period 2019-2024 and will exchange views on the EU’s future challenges and priorities.
The European Parliament (EP) is preparing for the next European elections that will take place on May 23-26. In a direct vote, citizens in all EU member states will elect their MEPs to form the new House. The newly elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will start negotiations to form political groups. On July 2, the ninth term of the EP will begin and MEPs will meet for its constituent session in Strasbourg.
An EU-U.S. high-level energy forum took place in Brussels last week. The EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Canete, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, along with American and European business representatives assembled to discuss commercial LNG trading opportunities.
After the U.S. administration's decision to forego renewing the waiver on the 1996 Helms-Burton Act, the U.S. federal law that strengthens and continues the U.S. embargo against Cuba, the European Union reiterated its strong opposition to the extraterritorial application of unilateral Cuba-related measures that are contrary to international law. The EU announced that it would consider all options at its disposal to protect its legitimate interests, including in relation to its World Trade Organization rights and through the use of the EU Blocking Statute that was originally introduced in 1996 to counteract U.S. sanctions imposed against Cuba, Iran, and Libya.
The European Union and the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and the U.K. last week criticized the U.S.’ decision not to extend waivers on oil trade with Iran and not to fully renew waivers for nuclear non-proliferation projects in the framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the agreement between the P5+1+EU and Iran, commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.