DIARY-Political and General News Events from March 8

PUBLISHED: Mon, 08 Mar 2021 13:06:18 GMT
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—————————————————————- This diary is filed daily. ** Indicates new events —————————————————————- MONDAY, MAR. 8 ** RIYADH/ ABU DHABI – 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) ** CAIRO – Greece Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will visit Cairo. ** BRUSSELS – European lawmakers debate the draft resolution on a WTO-compatible EU carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) – 1600 GMT. ** WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva discuss the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women, and how increasing inclusion of women could boost economic growth around the world – 1500 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 – European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses the European Parliament on International Women’s Day – 1630 GMT. ** BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Margrethe Vestager speaks at online Politico event on the occasion of International Women’s Day – 1530 GMT. ** BRUSSELS – U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will address the European Parliament by video to mark International Women’s Day 2021 – 1600 GMT. BAGHDAD – Pope Francis meets Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi upon arrival at Baghdad airport.(Final Day)

ABU DHABI/ RIYADH/ DOHA – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar (To Mar.12)

NICOSIA – Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias visits Cyprus on Monday to discuss bilateral issues and disputes with Turkey.

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

TUESDAY, MAR. 9

** BRUSSELS – Press briefing ahead of the March 15 informal video conference of EU foreign affairs and home affairs ministers – 1030 GMT. ** PARIS – OECD’s Chief Economist Catherine Mann releases the OECD interim economic outlook – 1000 GMT. ** BRUSSELS – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg takes part in a fireside chat with Rose Gottemoeller, Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University, and a former NATO Deputy Secretary General – 1900 GMT. ** SINGAPORE – Amchams of Asia Pacific business summit. (To Mar. 11) BERLIN – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meets with counterpart from Bosnia and Herzegovina Bisera Turkovic – 1000 GMT.

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

** 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) BERLIN – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meets his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi – 1200 GMT.

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

THURSDAY, MAR. 11

** 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, MAR. 12

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, 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 TOKYO – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are to visit Japan.

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, MAR. 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, MAR. 18

BRUSSELS – EU Environment Council

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FRIDAY, MAR. 19

CURACAO – Estates of Curacao election.

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

** 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, 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. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, APR. 14

** 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, APR. 15

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

FRIDAY, APR. 16

BRUSSELS – Eurogroup meeting.

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. – – – – – – – – – WEDNESDAY, APR. 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, APR. 22

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

FRIDAY, APR. 23

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

SUNDAY, APR. 25

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

TUESDAY, APR. 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, APR. 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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