PARLIAMENT
PARLIAMENT: Five mid-term changes in Parliamentary committee presidencies expected

Brussels, 20/01/2017 (Agence Europe)On Monday 23 January, the MEPs will start the process of voting for the presidencies and vice-presidencies of the 20 parliamentary committees and parliamentary sub-committees of the European Parliament. The terms for the positions last until the end of the legislative period 2014-2019.

According to a document of which EUROPE had sight on Friday 20 January, five parliamentary committees will have a new president.

The following have been elected: - committee on foreign affairs (AFET): David McAllister (EPP, Germany) will take over from Elmar Brok...

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Europe Diplomacy & Defense No. 952
Political dialogue between NATO and Russia has still not allowed contacts between military to be re-established

Brussels, 18/01/2017 (EDD)Political level meetings between NATO and the Russian Federation increased in number in 2016 but all attempts at restoring dialogue at military level have so far failed, said NATO Military Committee Chairman General Petr Pavel, speaking on Wednesday 18 February.

Pavel addressed a press conference after the two-day meeting in Brussels between allied chiefs of...

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1953 - 2016

On 12 March 1953, the first issue of the daily news bulletin "Europe" was published, and we are therefore celebrating our sixty-third anniversary. This is a ripe old age for a press agency, but is not extraordinary in and of itself: older news agencies exist, some of them much older. What is unusual about us is that we are exactly as old as the first European Community, the forerunner of today's European Union. In July 1952, the Paris Treaty came into force, giving rise to the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), and it was at the beginning of 1953 that the "ECSC levy" started being applied, the first European tax. In February 1953, the coal and steel markets were opened up to the six participating countries. This moment marked the end of prehistory and the beginning of history for the united Europe, and Agence Europe's newsletter took on its role of closely following developments in Europe's history from one day to the next.

Bulletin Quotidien Europe 11708 - 21/1/2017
INSTITUTIONAL
PARLIAMENT: Five mid-term changes in Parliamentary committee presidencies expected
SECTORAL POLICIES
AGRICULTURE: Brexit will cause significant gap in CAP financing
AGRICULTURE: Commission to open post-2020 CAP consultation on 2 February
AGRICULTURE: EU again refuses to return powdered milk to market
INTERNAL MARKET: Commission suggests three possible ways of improving Construction Products Regulation
DIGITAL: Possible infringement procedures for unjustified restrictions on free flow of data
MIGRATION: Commission defends its actions following Ombudsman's criticism of EU/Turkey agreement
SPACE: Commission plays down 'breakdowns' in Galileo programme
REGIONS: CEMR says third of new European Parliament presidency held local/regional office
ENVIRONMENT: Mixed review of national monitoring programmes for EU marine environments
ECONOMY - FINANCE - BUSINESS
FINANCE: Commission wonders if its proposed union of capital markets is sufficiently comprehensive
ECONOMY: More emphasis should be placed on product market reforms, say member states
COMPETITION: Commission reportedly sent statements of objections to Deutsche Boerse and London Stock Exchange
EXTERNAL ACTION
TRADE: Post-Brexit negotiations for an EU/UK free-trade agreement will not take priority, Malmström warns
CANADA: Progressive Caucus in European Parliament votes against CETA before ratification recommendation vote
RUSSIA: Mogherini says decisions about EU sanctions are not taken in Washington
RUSSIA-UKRAINE: Sefcovic confident about smooth transit of Russian gas through Ukraine this winter
SERBIA-KOSOVO: New high-level dialogue to begin on Tuesday 24 January
GAMBIA: EU congratulates Adama Jarrow, legitimate new president of Gambia, and urges Jammeh to stand down
TUNISIA: Renewed commitment to common action against terrorism, radicalisation and extremism
COUNCIL OF EUROPE
SOCIAL: Jagland calls for European Social Charter to be included in European Pillar of Social Rights
RUSSIA: Muiznieks argues pre-eminence of ECHR over Russian Constitutional Court
NEWS BRIEFS
AGRICULTURE: Commission gives protection to new Spanish PDO
BUDGET: 'Friends of the Presidency' group to discuss mid-term vision of MFF on 27 January
EDUCATION: First university joins Erasmus+ loans mechanism
ENVIRONMENT: Essen will be European Green Capital from 21 January
US: TABC calls for continued TTIP negotiations under Trump
INTERNAL MARKET: First anniversary of European Professional Card
DIGITAL: COREPER supports frequency reallocation (700 MHz)
RESEARCH: Commission recruits innovators for review of Horizon 2020
FOOD SAFETY: EFSA data on toxicity of chemicals only a click away
SYRIA: EU represented at Astana meeting
CORRIGENDUM
MONEY LAUNDERING: European Parliament rejects amendment to blacklist of at risk countries
CALENDAR
PRINCIPAL ACTIVITIES OF THE EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS: from 23/01 to 29/01
OTHER EVENTS: 23 to 29 January
EUROPE / DOCUMENTS
EUROPE/DOCUMENTS No. 2597 - MALTESE PRESIDENCY: A Presidency to reunite the Europeans
MALTESE PRESIDENCY: Decisions must be implemented if we are to be credible in the eyes of the citizens, says Ian Borg
MALTESE PRESIDENCY: Institutional calendar for the first half of 2017