DIARY-Political and General News Events from March 9

PUBLISHED: Tue, 09 Mar 2021 13:42:06 GMT
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** ACCRA – Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo addresses the nation in his first State of the Nation speech after re-election – 1300 GMT. ** BRUSSELS – The EU’s foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell debates the political situation in Georgia with European lawmakers – 1530 GMT. ** BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the National Integration Summit at the Chancellery in Berlin – 1130 GMT. ** MADRID – Spain’s economy minister Nadia Calvino speaks at a plenary session in Senate – 1500 GMT. ** ABU DHABI – Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov meets Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed and Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed during his visit to the United Arab Emirates. ** BRUSSELS – United States climate envoy John Kerry and European Union Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans give a statement on Kerry’s visit to Brussels to discuss the preparation of this year’s United Nations climate change summit – 1330 GMT. ** NICOSIA – Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio pays a working visit to Cyprus where he will meet with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides – 1100 GMT. ** ISTANBUL – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visits Uzbekistan and holds a news conference with his Uzbek counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov – 0700 GMT. 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)

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, MARCH 10

** BISHKEK – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will make an official visit to Kyrgyzstan. ** BRUSSELS – High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security, Joseph Borrell, speaks on the EU’s humanitarian aid in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond – 1000 GMT. 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, MARCH 11

** 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. ** TASHKENT – The president of Kyrgyzstan, Sadyr Japarov, will make a state visit to Uzbekistan. (to March 12) 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

** 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 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, 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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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 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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