Looking ahead: key events in 2009

December 17, 2008 12:00 am

, PARIS, Dec 17 – Some major events in 2009:

January 1: The Czech Republic takes over from France as president of European Union.

January 20: Barack Obama to be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.

February 22: The annual Oscars cinema awards in Hollywood.

April 3-4: North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Strasbourg, France, and nearby Kehl in Germany.

May 6: The Group of Eight industrialised powers hold their annual summit on the Italian island of La Maddalena.

May 13-24: Cannes film festival, France.

June 7: European parliament elections across the 27 nation European Union.

July 1: Sweden takes over from the Czech Republic as president of the European Union.

October 6-7: The World Bank and International Monetary Fund hold their annual meetings in Istanbul.

October: Annual Nobel Prize awards.


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