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DIARY-Political and General News Events from Feb 10

PUBLISHED: Wed, 10 Feb 2021 12:46:49 GMT

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10

** BRUSSELS – Prime Minister of Romania Florin Citu will pay a working visit to Brussels, during which he will have a series of meetings with senior EU officials, including the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen. (to Feb. 11)

** CAPE TOWN – South Africa’s health minister to brief media on the country’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout after temporarily putting on hold plans to distribute AstraZeneca’s vaccine to healthcare workers and opting to use Johnson & Johnson shots first – 0530 GMT. ** BRUSSELS – Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani meets with EU Council President Charles Michel – 1000 GMT. ** BELGRADE – Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis meets his Serbian counterpart Ana Brnabic in Belgrade and visits coronavirus vaccination points in Serbian capital – 1230 GMT. ** BRUSSELS – Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou meets EU Council President Charles Michel – 1130 GMT. ** BRUSSELS – Press conference opening remarks by Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Europe fit for the Digital Age, and Commissioner for Competition at the European Commission in Brussels – 1300 GMT. ** BRUSSELS – European Council president Charles Michel speaks at Atlantic Council event on the future of EU-US relations and transatlantic cooperation – 1530 GMT. HEL, Poland – The presidents of Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia start a two-day meeting at a presidential residence on Poland’s Hel peninsula. (final day) VENICE, Italy – Venice Carnival 2021 (to Feb. 16). KUWAIT CITY/ MUSCAT/ DOHA – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu travels to Kuwait, Oman and Qatar to meet officials on a trip which comes after Gulf leaders moved to end a regional dispute with Qatar. (to Feb. 11)

BRUSSELS – EU Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine give a press conference in Brussels – 1345 GMT. BRUSSELS – European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen debates the state of play of the EU’s vaccination strategy with EU lawmakers who are expected to reiterate their support for a united EU approach to COVID-19 vaccines – 0800 GMT. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, FEB. 11

** BRUSSELS – High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell and Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine give a press conference in Brussels following the EU-Ukraine Association Council – 1630 GMT. ** PARIS – French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire to attend a parliamentary hearing on EDF restructuring plans – 0900 GMT. ** MONROVIA – Liberian finance minister Samuel Tweah outlines plan to help COVID-hit economy – 0900 GMT. ** MADRID – Spain’s economy minister Nadia Calvino opens Vocento Euroforum conference at Vocento’s headquarters in Madrid – 1100 GMT. ** LONDON – Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove to meet European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic for talks in London.

BRUSSELS – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will meet with the Minister of Defence of Belgium Ludivine Dedonder at NATO Headquarters. BRUSSELS – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will meet with the Foreign Minister of North Macedonia Bujar Osmani at NATO Headquarters. BANGKOK – Thailand Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith speaks at a seminar on the capital market and the country’s economic development 2021 – 0200 GMT. BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel to deliver a speech in parliament on her government’s strategy to contain the coronavirus pandemic – 0800 GMT. VIENNA – VIENNA Opera Ball 2021 CAPE TOWN – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address in parliament. – 1700 GMT

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FRIDAY, FEB. 12

LONDON – United Kingdom to lead G7 discussion on COVID-19 economic recovery. – – – – – – – – –

SATURDAY, FEB. 13

N’DJAMENA – French president Emmanuel Macron pays a 4-day visit to Chad. (To Feb. 16) BEIRUT – 13th anniversary of the death of Hezbollah commander Imad Moughniyah.

GLOBAL – World Radio Day. – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, FEB. 14

CATALONIA, Spain – Catalonia 2021 regional election to be held. PRISTINA – Kosovo holds early parliamentary election. GLOBAL – Valentine’s Day.

BEIRUT – 16th anniversary of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. – – – – – – – – –

MONDAY, FEB. 15

BRUSSELS – Euro zone finance ministers meet – 1400 GMT. TRIPOLI, Libya – Tripoli municipal election. ASIA – Parinirvana day, Buddhist festival marking the anniversary of Buddha’s death BRUSSELS – Video conference of the Eurogroup. – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, FEB. 16

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s finance minister, Heng Swee Keat, will announce his budget for 2021 – 0700 GMT

BRUSSELS – EU Video conference of economic and finance ministers. – – – – – – – – – WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17

** BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Margaritis Schinas gives a press conference on the EU’s bio-defence preparedness program. ** KRAKOW – President of the European Council, Charles Michel attends meeting of Visegrad Four leaders in Krakow, Poland. ** BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Margrethe Vestager presents the EU’s action plan on synergies between civil, defence and space industries. BRUSSELS – NATO Defence Ministers hold video conference (To Feb 18)

PRISTINA – 13th anniversary of Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia. – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, FEB. 21

NIGER – Niger holds second round of presidential election

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MONDAY, FEB. 22

BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. WELLINGTON – Deputy finance ministers of Asia-Pacific countries meet in preparation for APEC Summit in New Zealand. (to March 07) – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, FEB. 23 COLOMBO – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka

BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, FEB. 25

BRUSSELS – Euro zone finance ministers meet to discuss macroeconomic developments and policy prospects in the euro zone – 1400 GMT. – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, FEB. 26

BRUSSELS – EU leaders hold video conference on on security and defence and on the EU’s Southern Neighborhood. – 0800 GMT.

ROME – G20 Meetings of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, videoconference (to Feb. 27). – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, FEB. 28

EL SALVADOR – Salvadorian Legislative Assembly election.

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MONDAY, MAR. 1

BUENOS AIRES – Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández addresses the Parliament at the opening of the annual sessions.

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TUESDAY, MAR. 02

LISBON – Informal meeting of defence ministers (to Mar. 3)

MICRONESIA, FEDERATED STATES OF – Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia election.

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WEDNESDAY, MAR. 03

** BANGKOK – Thailand Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith speaks at a business seminar – 0530 GMT.

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THURSDAY, MAR. 4

LISBON – Informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers – Gymnich (to Mar. 5). VIENNA – The 14th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting via videoconference. – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, MAR. 7

BOLIVIA – Local elections in Bolivia – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, MAR. 09

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on “Europe’s Digital Decade: 2030 Digital Targets.” – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, MAR. 11

BRUSSELS – EU Justice and Home Affairs Council (to Mar. 12) – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, MAR. 14

STUTTGART, Germany – Baden Wuerttemberg state elections. MAINZ, Germany – The German state of Rhineland Palatinate (Rheinland Pfalz) holds state elections.

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MONDAY, MAR. 15 BRUSSELS – Euro zone finance ministers meet – 1400 GMT.

BRUSSELS – Eurogroup meeting.

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BRUSSELS – EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 17

BRUSSELS – European Commission Pice-president Maros Sefcovic speaks to press regarding better regulation in the EU – 1100 GMT. BRUSSELS – European Commission Vice-President Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on “Updating the new industrial strategy for Europe”. NETHERLANDS – Dutch Second Chamber election. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, MAR. 18

BRUSSELS – EU Environment Council

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MONDAY, MAR. 22

BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, MAR. 23

BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council meeting. ISRAEL – Israeli Knesset election. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, MAR. 25

BRUSSELS – European Council meeting (to Mar. 26). – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, MAR. 26

DHAKA – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Bangladesh. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 31

BRUSSELS – European Commission Pice-president Frans Timmermans gives a news conference on the EU’s action plan for the development of organic production: on the way to 2030. CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE) – President election.

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