Global Political Calendar: Electoral College vote, Vienna meeting on Iran nuclear deal
The U.S. Electoral College electors are set to vote on Monday, the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will meet in Vienna on Wednesday, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin will hold an annual press conference via video link on Thursday.
Electoral College electors cast finalizing vote
The U.S. Electoral College members are set to meet in their separate states and cast their votes on Monday for the U.S. president based on the certified results in their states, a finalizing step to confirm Joe Biden as the president-elect.
The Federal Law rules the day as the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, being December 14 this year.
The U.S. Senate will then open and count the electoral votes on January 6 before inauguration day for the next president on January 20.
A total of 538 Electoral College votes (EVs) are split between the states and D.C.. The EVs are weighted by population and mirror the spread of seats in Congress: 435 representatives, 100 senators plus an additional three votes for D.C. equals 538.
The Joint Commission of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will meet in Vienna on Wednesday to discuss work underway for preserving the deal and ways to ensure all sides fully implement the agreement, according to the official website of the European Union.
The meeting will be chaired by EU officials and attended by representatives of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran.
The JCPOA was inked by Iran in July 2015, with the six signatory states, together with the EU.
President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the deal in 2018 and unilaterally reimposed sanctions on Tehran, despite objections from the international community.
China has said that it hopes all parties will take this meeting as an opportunity to further safeguard and faithfully implement the JCPOA and the UN Security Council's Resolution 2231, discuss effective ways to respond to current challenges, and continue to advance the political settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue.
It has also called for the U.S. to "return to the JCPOA at an early date and take concrete actions to assume its due responsibility for maintaining the international nuclear non-proliferation system."
Day by day
Monday: Video conference of EU Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting, Video conference of EU Energy Ministers.
Tuesday: Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali visits India to participate in the Sixth Meeting of Nepal-India Joint Commission (To Dec.16); European Commission Vice-Presidents Margrethe Vestager, Margaritis Schinas and Josep Borrell give a news conference on the EU's cybersecurity strategy; European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis gives a news conference on strengthening Europe's economic and financial sovereignty as well as fair minimum wages for workers in the EU.
Wednesday: JCPOA Joint Commission to meet in Vienna; Eurozone finance ministers meet to assess euro area member states' Draft Budgetary Plans, euro area budgetary situation and prospects and euro area recommendations for 2021.
Thursday: Russia President Vladimir Putin holds annual press conference via video link; EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting;
Friday: A quiet day in politics.
Saturday: A quiet day in politics.
Sunday: The 21st anniversary of Macao's return to China.