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DIARY-Political and General News Events from March 11

PUBLISHED: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 12:33:05 GMT

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—————————————————————— This diary is filed daily. Indicates new events —————————————————————— THURSDAY, MARCH 11 ** QATAR – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visits Qatar and meets with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. Cavusoglu will also attend Turkey-Qatar-Russia trilateral meeting, news conference will follow. (To March 11)

** MEXICO CITY – Mexican Finance Minister Arturo Herrera and his deputy Gabriel Yorio as well as Central Bank Governor Alejandro Diaz de Leon and deputy Galia Borja will all speak at the country’s annual banking association. ** ABU DHABI – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit the United Arab Emirates. ** OTTAWA – Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland testifies before a parliamentary committee on government supports during the COVID-19 pandemic – 2030 GMT.

TALLINN/ OSLO – UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will visit Tallinn on Wednesday to attend talks with the Baltic states and will then travel to Oslo on Thursday for talks with the foreign ministers of the five Nordic nations – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – to discuss climate change and international security. (To Mar. 11)

RIYADH/ABU DHABI – The Prime Minister of Malaysia Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be undertaking a four-day official visit to Saudi Arabia from March 6 to March 9, followed by an official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from March 9 to March 11. (To Mar. 11) ABU DHABI/ RIYADH/ DOHA – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar (to Mar.12)

SINGAPORE – Amchams of Asia Pacific business summit. (To Mar. 11) GENEVA – World Trade Organization opens a two-day meeting on its agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights to reconsider a proposal by India and South Africa for a a waiver on patent rights on vaccines, drugs and diagnostics for COVID-19. (To Mar. 11)

TALLINN – British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab gives a joint press briefing with Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets following his visit to the Baltic country to meet with Liimets and their counterparts from Lithuania and Latvia. – 0800 GMT OSLO – British foreign minister Dominic Raab visits his Norwegian counterpart, Ine Eriksen Soereide, in Oslo to discuss security policy, international cooperation, climate change and COVID-19. – 1400 GMT BRUSSELS – European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen meets Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic. – 1500 GMT

BRUSSELS – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will meet with the Prime Minister of Croatia, Andrej Plenković, at NATO Headquarters. PARIS – OECD Economic Surveys: Indonesia 2021 PARIS – OECD Economic Surveys: Canada 2021

JERUSALEM – Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and Czech prime minister Andrej Babis will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss policies to fight COVID-19 as a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps central Europe. LONDON – UK finance minister Rishi Sunak speaks to parliament’s Treasury Committee about his budget – 1430 GMT. LONDON – OPEC issues latest Monthly Oil Market report with supply and demand forecasts for 2021. BRUSSELS – Elisa Ferreira, European Union Commissioner for Cohesion and Reform, speaks at an event on Poland’s plans to shift its energy mix away from heavy dependency on coal, to help meet the EU’s climate change targets – 1130 GMT. MADRID – Spain’s economy minister Nadia Calviño virtually participates in the conference “Spain’s Economic Recovery after COVID-19” – 1500 GMT. CAIRO – Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Egypt.

TASHKENT – President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov will visit Uzbekistan (To Mar 12).

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

FRIDAY, MARCH 12 ** BRUSSELS – Press conference by EU Vice President Maros Sefcovic, EU Commissioner Breton, Minister Peter Altmaier and Minister Bruno Le Maire, following the fifth high-level meeting of the European Battery Alliance – 1030 GMT.

BRUSSELS – European Home affairs ministers meet via videoconference to discuss a proposal for a directive to enhance the resilience of critical entities providing essential services in the EU and external aspects of migration. – 0900 GMT

WASHINGTON DC – U.S. President Joe Biden will meet virtually with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison as part of “Quad” event.

DUBLIN – Interview with Irish Finance Minister and President of the Eurogroup of finance ministers Paschal Donohoe. BRUSSELS – Keynote speech by EU commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the German Symposium – 1000 GMT.

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

SUNDAY, MARCH 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, MARCH 15 MONTAUBAN – French President Emmanuel Macron meets Spanish President Pedro Sanchez to discuss security, defence and economic matters as part of a Franco-Spanish summit in Montauban.

TOKYO – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are to visit Japan and South korea. (To March 18)

BRUSSELS – EU Informal videoconference of foreign affairs and home affairs ministers meeting.

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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BRUSSELS – Informal video conference of health ministers 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, MARCH 17

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Margaritis Schinas gives a press conference on COVID-19. 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, MARCH 18

BRUSSELS – EU Environment Council

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FRIDAY, MARCH 19

CURACAO – Estates of Curacao election.

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

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

TUESDAY, MARCH 23

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

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans gives a news conference on the EU’s action plan “for the development of organic production: on the way to 2030.” GLOBAL – World Tuberculosis Day. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, MARCH 25

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

FRIDAY, MARCH 26

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

MONDAY, MARCH 29

BRUSSELS – The European Commission hosts the fifth Brussels Conference in virtual format on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region.” (To MARCH 30) – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, MARCH 30

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

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

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 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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VIENNA – 15th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting via videoconference. – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, APRIL 4

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

TUESDAY, APRIL 6

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

FRIDAY, APRIL 9 SAMOA – Samoan Legislative Assembly election.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 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. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14 ** BRUSSELS – European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Commissioner for Budget Johannes Hahn give a press conference on Next Generation EU funding strategy.

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Margaritis Schinas gives a press conference on the “EU Agenda to tackle organized crime (2021-2025)” and on a new “EU strategy towards the eradication of trafficking in human beings.” – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, APRIL 15

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

FRIDAY, APRIL 16

BRUSSELS – Eurogroup meeting.

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

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MONDAY, APRIL 19

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

BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice president Valdis Dombrovskis gives a press conference on a communication on a climate change mitigation and adaptation taxonomy. BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis gives a news conference on the review of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive. BRUSSELS – European Commission digital chief Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on artificial intelligence and on “A trusted and secure European e-ID.” – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, APRIL 22

PORTUGAL – Informal meeting of energy ministers – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, APRIL 23

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

SUNDAY, APRIL 25

ALBANIA – Parliament of Albania election. – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, APRIL 27

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic speaks to press regarding better regulation in the EU – 1000 GMT. BRUSSELS – European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and European Commissioner for Budget Johannes Hahn give a press conference on Next Generation EU funding strategy. BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on “Updating the new industrial strategy for Europe.” – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, APRIL 30

BENIN – Benin holds presidential elections.

CHAD – Chad holds presidential elections.

TUESDAY, MAY 4 BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council (Defence) meeting.

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