Europe: the Year Ahead Source: Council of Europe
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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 the euro.
  • Latvian presidency of the European Council starts.
  • Germany introduces a national minimum wage of 8.50 euro an hour. 
  • 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 February.



  • 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 membership.
  • The 56th International Art Exhibition organised by Venice Biennale starts, running from 9 May to 22 November.
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  • 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 May.


  • 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 28 June.


  • Roskilde Festival, one of Europe’s largest rock music festivals takes place in Denmark.



  • Danish general election to be held on or before 14 September.
  • Oktoberfest starts in Munich on 19 September, lasting until 4 October.


  • Parliamentary elections are held in Poland.



  • Roaming Charges in the European Union to be eliminated by 15 December.
  • General election is held in Spain.
  • The United Nations Climate Change Conference takes place in Paris at the beginning of the month. 
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