DIARY-Political and General News Events from March 3
** BELGRADE - EU envoy Miroslav Lajcak visits Serbia, meets top officials including President Aleksandar Vucic - 1700 GMT. KYIV/CHIȘINAU/TBILISI - President of the European Council Charles Michel will travel to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia (Final Day) BERLIN – 71st Berlin International Film Festival (to Mar. 5).Reuters | Updated: 03-03-2021 18:04 IST | Created: 03-03-2021 18:04 IST
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---------------------------------------------------------------- This diary is filed daily. ** Indicates new events ---------------------------------------------------------------- WEDNESDAY, MAR. 03 ** LONDON - OPEC + key ministers meet amid oil price recovery (to Mar.4). ** ISTANBUL - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will meet with his Georgian counterpart David Zalkaliani and hold a joint news conference - 1030 GMT. ** OTTAWA - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Innovation Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne speak to reporters about the COVID-19 pandemic - 1630 GMT. ** BELGRADE - EU envoy Miroslav Lajcak visits Serbia, meets top officials including President Aleksandar Vucic - 1700 GMT.
KYIV/CHIȘINAU/TBILISI - President of the European Council Charles Michel will travel to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia (Final Day) BERLIN – 71st Berlin International Film Festival (to Mar. 5). NUR-SULTAN – President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov will make an official visit to Kazakhstan. (Final Day). LISBON - Informal meeting of defence ministers (Final Day) VILNIUS - Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid in Lithuania for a working visit, will meet with Lithuanian president, prime minister and parliament speaker. KYIV - European Council President Charles Michel and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy give a joint news conference in Kyiv - 1115 GMT. LONDON - UK Finance minister Rishi Sunak holds news conference following Budget. BRUSSELS - NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg makes online speech to lawmakers at a conference on security and foreign policy organised by the European and Portuguese parliaments - 1430 GMT.
MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to host his counterpart from the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, Daur Kove, who will be on a working visit in Moscow. MADRID - Spain's economy minister, Nadia Calviño, takes part in the presentation of Spain Audiovisual Hub Plan - 0930 GMT. BRUSSELS - Sabine Weyand, director-general for trade at the European Commission, speaks at an online event on the EU's new trade strategy - 1330 GMT. BRUSSELS - European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis gives a press conference on "One year since the outbreak of COVID-19: fiscal policy response," he will also present EU Commission recommendations on "Effective Active Support to Employment" and an action plan on the implementation of the "European Pillar of Social Rights."
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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** JERUSALEM - Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz visit Israel in light of their alliance with Israel to produce second-generation vaccines against mutations of the coronavirus. ** BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meets Serbian counterpart Nikola Selakovic at the foreign ministry in Berlin - 1500 GMT. PARIS - French Prime Minister Jean Castex holds news conference on latest COVID-19 restrictions - 1700 GMT. BRUSSELS - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks at inter-parliamentary committee meeting for international women's day with David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament - 0800 GMT. BRUSSELS - European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis and European commissioner for economy Paolo Gentiloni speak with European lawmakers on the Autumn Fiscal Package of the 2020 European Semester and on COVID-19 fiscal policy response - 0800 GMT.
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 ** NICOSIA - EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell visits Cyprus as rival communities on the ethnically-split island prepare for another round of consultations to ease a logjam in reunification talks.
BAGHDAD - Pope Francis meets Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi upon arrival at Baghdad airport. 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
** KHARTOUM – Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi will visit Khartoum, Sudan. IVORY COAST - Ivory Coast holds legislative elections. SINGAPORE - First Finance and Central Bank Deputies’ Meeting.
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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 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. - - - - - - - - -
MONDAY, MAR. 15 ** 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.
- - - - - - - - - TUESDAY, MAR. 16 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 - - - - - - - - -
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 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. - - - - - - - - -
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. - - - - - - - - -
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 – Eurogroup meeting. BRUSSELS – EU Informal meeting of economic and financial affairs ministers. (To Apr. 17)
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BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. - - - - - - - - - TUESDAY, APR. 20 BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council meeting. - - - - - - - - - WEDNESDAY, APR. 21
** 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. - - - - - - - - - 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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