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DIARY-Political and General News Events from Feb. 24

PUBLISHED: Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:09:33 GMT

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—————————————————————- This diary is filed daily. ** Indicates new events —————————————————————- WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24 ** GENEVA – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Iranian ambassador Baghaei Hamaneh are among speakers at the U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament – 0900 GMT. ** BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on an EU consultation on gig workers’ working conditions.

KYIV – Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis will pay a working visit to Ukraine (final day). MEXICO CITY – Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez visits Mexico (final day) WELLINGTON – Deputy finance ministers of Asia-Pacific countries meet in preparation for APEC Summit in New Zealand. (to March 07)

COLOMBO – Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan holds bilateral meetings with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa during a two-day visit to Sri Lanka. (final day)

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president and digital commissioner Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on the EU Roaming Regulation. BRUSSELS – EU Industry Days with Frans Timmermans, European Commission Executive Vice-President, and Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank – 0900 GMT.

BRUSSELS – NATO Deputy Secretary General, Mircea Geoană will meet with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Finland, Pekka Haavisto, at NATO Headquarters.

MADRID – Spain’s economy minister Nadia Calvino chairs a meeting to work on the recovery, transformation and resilience plan – 1600 GMT. MOSCOW – New President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov visits Moscow, meets Russian President Vladimir Putin (to Feb. 25) CAPE TOWN – South Africa’s finance minister Tito Mboweni to present the April 2021-March 2022 fiscal year budget to parliament. – 1200 GMT

MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador meets Argentina counterpart, Alberto Fernandez. AMLO invited Fernandez to attend Mexico’s 200 Independence anniversary celebrations.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 25

** BRUSSELS – EU leaders hold video conference to coordinate efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic – 1400 GMT. ** BRUSSELS – The IMF’s (relatively) new European Director, Alfred Kammer, will brief selected reporters on IMF views on European policy issues.off-the-record – 1330 GMT. ** GENEVA – WHO to host news conference with Dr. Hans Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe, and technical experts, focusing on ‘long COVID’ – 1000 GMT.

** NAYPYITAW – Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi visits Myanmar

MADRID – Spain’s economy affairs minister Nadia Calvino appears in the European Union parliament-senate combined committe – 1500 GMT. BRUSSELS – European Commissioner for humanitarian aid Janez Lenarcic debates the bloc’s humanitarian response during COVID-19 with European lawmakers – 1300 GMT.

BRUSSELS – Video conference of the members of the European Council. (To Feb. 26)

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

FRIDAY, FEB. 26

** BRUSSELS – EU Industry Days with Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission’s Executive Vice-President, and Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal Market – 0900 GMT. ** GENEVA – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), to give press conference on the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

** BERLIN – German economy and industry event, BVMW, with German Health Minister Jens Spahn, German Economics Minister Peter Altmaier, FDP chief Christian Lindner and ECB chief Christine Lagarde – 1600 GMT. ** BERLIN – 71st Berlin International Film Festival (to Mar. 5). 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

** GLOBAL – International Day for Ear and Hearing. BRUNEI – ASEAN+3 Finance and Central Bank Task Force Meeting via videoconference (to Mar. 4).

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

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THURSDAY, MAR. 4

DHAKA – Minister of External Affairs of India Subrahmanyam Jaishankar will visit Dhaka to do the groundwork for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Bangladesh towards the end of the month. LISBON – Informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers – Gymnich (to Mar. 5). VIENNA – The 14th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting via videoconference. – – – – – – – – – FRIDAY, MAR. 5

** MOSCOW – 68th death anniversary of Soviet leader Josef Stalin. NICOSIA – EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell will visit Cyprus (to March 06). – – – – – – – – –

SATURDAY, MAR. 6

IVORY COAST – Ivory Coast holds legislative elections. SINGAPORE – First Finance and Central Bank Deputies’ Meeting.

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SUNDAY, MAR. 7

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

Monday, MAR. 8

** GLOBAL – International Women’s Day. – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, MAR. 9

BRUSSELS – High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security, Josep Borrell, speaks on EU’s humanitarian aid in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

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

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 10

** TIBET – 62nd anniversary of Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, fleeing into exile after a failed uprising. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, MAR. 11

** SENDAI, Japan – 10th anniversary of Sendai earthquake and tsunami. BRUSSELS – EU Justice and Home Affairs Council (to Mar. 12) – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, MAR. 12

** DUBLIN, Ireland – St. Patrick’s Festival (to Mar. 17) – – – – – – – – –

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 ** GLOBAL – World Day of Action against Seal Hunting.

** DAMASCUS – Syria marks the 10th anniversary of an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. BRUSSELS – Euro zone finance ministers meet – 1400 GMT.

BRUSSELS – Eurogroup meeting.

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** HALABJA, Iraq – 33rd anniversary of 5,000 civilian Kurds being killed in Iraqi chemical weapons attack. BRUSSELS – EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 17

** ITALY – Anniversary of the unification of Italy

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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FRIDAY, MAR. 19

** EGYPT – 10th anniversary of Egyptian referendum on constitutional reforms. – – – – – – – – –

MONDAY, MAR. 22 ** GLOBAL – World Water Day. BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, MAR. 23

** GLOBAL – World Meteorological Day. BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council meeting. ISRAEL – Israeli Knesset election. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 24

** GLOBAL – World Tuberculosis Day. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, MAR. 25

BRUNEI – ASEAN+3 Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meeting via videoconference. BRUSSELS – European Council meeting (to Mar. 26). – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, MAR. 26

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

TUESDAY, MAR. 30

BRUNEI – 25th ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting via videoconference.

BRUNEI – 7th ASEAN Finance Ministers’ and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting via videoconference. – – – – – – – – –

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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SUNDAY, APR. 4

SOFIA – Bulgarians vote in a parliamentary election – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, APR. 6

GREENLAND – Greenland holds general election. – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, APR. 9 SAMOA – Samoan Legislative Assembly election.

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SUNDAY, APR. 11

CHILE – Local and constitutional convention elections in Chile.

ECUADOR – Ecuador holds second round of presidential elections for 2021-2025 term. PERU – Peru holds presidential elections. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, APR. 15

BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council (Cohesion) meeting. – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, APR. 16

BRUSSELS – EU Informal meeting of economic and financial affairs ministers. (To Apr. 17)

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MONDAY, APR. 19

BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, APR. 20

BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – – THURSDAY, APR. 23

BRUSSELS – EU Informal meeting of environment ministers. – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, APR. 25

ALBANIA – Parliament of Albania election. – – – – – – – – – FRIDAY, APR. 30

BENIN – Benin holds presidential elections.

CHAD – Chad holds presidential elections.

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