If you have started planning the year ahead, make sure you have a look at our political, social and cultural calendar of Europe in 2015!
Here’s a selection of the main events we will be talking about in Europe this year:
- Lithuania becomes the 19th EU member state to adopt
- Latvian presidency of the European Council starts.
- Germany introduces a national minimum wage of 8.50 euro
- The Eurasian Economic Union comes into effect.
- The European Year for Development 2015 starts.
- The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015 is held in
Davos-Klosters on 21 - 24 January.
- Legislative elections are held in Greece on 25 January to
elect members to the Parliament.
- Carnival of Venice takes places from 31 January to 17
- Parliamentary elections are held in Estonia on 1 March.
- The Berlin
Economic Forum 2015 is hosted by the Institute for Cultural
Diplomacy on 4 - 7 March.
- The Third EU-Southeast Europe Summit is held on 26 - 27
March in Split, Croatia, to discuss the political and economic future of the
Southeast Europe region.
- The Global Conference on Cyberspace is held in the Hague on 16 - 17 April.
- Parliamentary election is held in Finland on 19 April.
- The 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide is
commemorated on 24 April.
- Europe Day is celebrated on 9 May, marking the
anniversary of the Schuman Declaration. The EU
institutions will host open doors events in early May
in Brussels and Strasbourg.
- General election in the United Kingdom. If the
Conservatives win, David Cameron has promised a referendum on Britain’s EU
- The 56th International Art Exhibition organised by
Venice Biennale starts, running from 9 May to 22 November.
- The World Expo 2015 starts in Milan, lasting until the
end of October. The theme of Expo 2015 is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.
There will be an EU pavilion,
which will run a series of multimedia special effects screenings, scientific
conferences and official meetings.
- Cannes International Film Festival takes place on 13 - 24
- Luxembourg takes the presidency of the European Council
for the next six months.
- G7 summit presided
by Germany is held in Schloss Elmau on 7 - 8 June to discuss current
international challenges and priority issues in an international context.
- The first European Games are held in Baku between 12 and
- Roskilde Festival, one of Europe’s largest rock music
festivals takes place in Denmark.
International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe are
held in Scotland on 10 - 17 August.
- Sziget Festival, one of the biggest summer music and cultural festivals in
Europe, is held on Obuda Island in Budapest.
- Danish general election to be held on or before 14
- Oktoberfest starts in Munich on 19 September, lasting
until 4 October.
- Parliamentary elections are held in Poland.
- G20 summit is held in Turkey.
- Roaming Charges in the European Union to be eliminated by
- General election is held in Spain.
- The United Nations Climate Change Conference takes place in Paris at the beginning of the month.