Past events

02-07-2020 13:30 - EPRS online Book Talk | Has the EU become a regulatory superpower?

Other event - EPRS
EPRS Book Talk - 3 July 2020

Professor Anu Bradford will talk about her new book, ‘The Brussels Effect: How Europe rules the world’ (2020), which analyses the EU’s growing ability to shape global markets through standard-setting. She argues that, without resort to international institutions or other nations’ formal agreement, the EU has been gradually acquiring and exercising the ability to influence the global economic environment resulting in a ‘Europeanisation’ of important aspects of global commerce.

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For operational reasons during the coronavirus crisis, this online event is only open to members of the EP community.
To register, please send an email to EPRS-Events@europarl.europa.eu

Location: Live event through the WebEx platform
Last updated: 23-06-2020

25-06-2020 14:30 - The big future of nanotechnology in medicine

Workshop - STOA
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Webex (online) event

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Please follow this link to watch the live webstream of this event.

The term nanotechnology has been around for a while, but recent advancements and applications of nanoscience are revolutionizing the fields of biology and medicine. Nano-sized artificial molecular motors and machines are created using biological molecules, while nanomedicine is utilized to target cancer cells, deliver drugs and fight antibiotic resistant bacteria.

The recent coronavirus crisis shows how the field of nanobiosensors may be key to finding innovative solutions for a quick response, and also to cope with future infectious outbreaks. And yet the discussion about the ethics of nanotechnology is ongoing: great opportunities come with huge responsibilities.

The aim of this online STOA workshop is to highlight how the latest developments in nanotechnology are transforming biology and medicine; how nanotechnology is being used to fight the coronavirus as well as future pandemics; and to discuss consumer perception of nanotechnology as well as responsible research and innovation in Europe.

Programme

14:30 - 14:40 Welcome by Lina GÁLVEZ MUÑOZ, MEP and STOA Panel Member

14:40 - 15:55 Presentations

  • Nano comes to life: how nanotechnology is transforming medicine and the future of biology
    Sonia CONTERA
    , Associate Professor of Biological Physics at Oxford Physics Department, author of Nano Comes to Life, Oxford, United Kingdom

  • Nanobiosensors in fight against coronavirus
    Laura M. LECHUGA
    , CSIC Research Professor and Group Leader of ICN2 Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group, head of CONVAT project, Barcelona, Spain

  • Ethics, and responsible research and innovation in nanotechnology
    Maurizio SALVI, Senior Policy Analyst, Unit RTD.03 - Chief Scientific Advisors, Scientific Advice Mechanism, European Commission

  • Consumer perception of nanotechnology
    Roxanne VAN GIESEN
    , Senior researcher consumer research at CentERdata, Tilburg, The Netherlands

15:55 - 16:20 Panel Discussion

16:20 - 16:30 Closing remarks by Lina GÁLVEZ MUÑOZ and Petra DE SUTTER, both MEP and STOA Panel Members


Last updated: 25-06-2020

    Booklet of the event

15-06-2020 17:00 - EPRS online Book Talk | A Certain Idea of France: The life of Charles de Gaulle

Other event - EPRS
EPRS online book talk - 15 June 2020

As we approach the 80th anniversary of the Appel du 18 juin 1940, Professor Julian Jackson will talk about his highly-acclaimed recent biography of General de Gaulle, ‘A Certain Idea of France: The life of Charles de Gaulle’ (2018). The author will share his experience of writing the book and reflect on the role of de Gaulle in French politics, from his war-time leadership of Free France to his resignation as President in 1969, as well as his legacy almost 50 years after his death.

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For operational reasons during the coronavirus crisis, this online event is only open to members of the EP community.

Location: Live event through the WebEx platform
Last updated: 23-06-2020

11-06-2020 15:00 - STOA Roundtable on Digital Sovereign Identity

Workshop - STOA
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In the digital age, citizens need to manage a range of online identities that are linked, in different ways, to their offline identity. In managing these identities and entering into agreements, citizens navigate a complex legal and technical infrastructure. As digital identities become increasingly important, it is worth considering how this infrastructure can be made more trustworthy, empowering users while increasing the availability of data and ensuring citizens' safety and privacy. This roundtable discussion will examine novel technologies and cutting-edge ideas about how to build such a trust infrastructure, including public policies, legal frameworks, business models and technical standards. This Roundtable is organised in cooperation with ELONTech and the IoT Council in the context of the work on identity of the Strategy Team of Next Generation Internet, a European Commission initiative to reimagine and reengineer the internet for the third millennium and beyond.

Programme

15:00-15:05: Introductory remarks

  • Eva KAILI, MEP, Chair of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA)

15:05-15:45: Experts' presentations and Q&A

  • Remy KNECHT, COO of ITSME.be

  • Daniel DU SEUIL, Convenor European Self Sovereign Identity Framework (EBSI)

  • Loretta ANANIA, Scientific Officer at DG Connect, European Commission

  • Thibaut VERBIEST, Head of Regulatory Affairs Europe & Africa at Diginex, ELONTech Advisor

  • Petros KAVASSALIS, Associate Professor at University of the Aegean, ELONTech Advisor

15:45-16:25: Discussion

16:25-16:30: Closing remarks

  • Ivars IJABS, MEP, 2nd Vice-Chair of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA)



Last updated: 16-06-2020

    Speakers' biographies
    Presentation of Petros Kavassalis
    Presentation of Loretta Anania
    Presentation of Remy Knecht

11-06-2020 09:00 - Implementation of EU funds

Hearing - CONT
Risk Management

On 11 June 2020, the CONT Committee organised a public hearing entitled 'Implementation of EU funds: towards more effective management and control systems under shared management (i.e risk assessment tools, conditionality and future role of EPPO)'. This hearing focused on the current situation concerning prevention and remedies of errors and fraud in shared management and discussed possible ways Member States and the Commission can respond to shortcomings in shared management.

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Speakers included representatives from the Commission, the European Court of Auditors, from regional/national authorities, an investigative journalist and an expert on rule of law.

The first panel allowed the Commission to present its role to make sure that EU funds are well managed and controlled effectively in shared management. Then the European Court of Auditors explained possible improvements to make management and control systems more effective.

The second panel started with a presentation by Commissioner Reynders on how conditionality, rule of law and the EPPO will be beneficial to shared management. Then Member States' representatives at both national and regional levels shared their experiences on the cooperation with the Commission, identified any shortcomings and areas for improvement and provided input, advice or suggestion on how management and control systems in shared management programs could be made more effective.

Location: József Antall (4Q1) - Remote Meeting
Last updated: 15-06-2020

    Programme
    Poster
    Background note for the CONT Public Hearing on Implementation of EU funds
    Presentation A. Tchobanov
    Presentation M. Wohlgschaft

03-06-2020 13:30 - EPRS online Book Talk | One of Them: From Albert Square to Parliament Square

Other event - EPRS
EPRS Book Takl - 3 June 2020

Michael Cashman will talk about his best-selling autobiography, ‘One of Them: From Albert Square to Parliament Square’ (2020), which tells the story of his life from being an internationally-known actor in the BBC’s ‘EastEnders’ to becoming a pioneering LGBT activist, then a Member of the European Parliament (1999-2014), and now an independent member of the British House of Lords.

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For operational reasons during the coronavirus crisis, this online event is only open to members of the EP community.

Location: Live event through the WebEx platform
Last updated: 11-06-2020

26-05-2020 14:00 - Sixth meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group (JPSG) on Europol

Other event - LIBE
Logo of the Croatian EP Presidency 2020

The sixth meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol (JPSG) was to be held on 22-23 March 2020 in Zagreb. Due to outbreak of the Covid-19 the JPSG Co-Chairs decided to cancel the meeting and organise instead an exchange of information by electronic means.

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The JPSG brings together Members of national parliaments and the European Parliament to fulfil the scrutiny and oversight on the activities of Europol including on fundamental rights. It meets at least twice a year and is co-chaired by the European Parliament and the parliament of the country holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The draft agenda of the planned Zagreb meeting included hearing the European Data Protection Supervisor, the Europol Executive Director, the Chairperson of the Europol Management Board and discussing the draft Multiannual Programming Document of Europol. Other high profile discussions on topics such as Europol External Strategy and Operational Agreements with Third Countries, the EU Internal Security Strategy and the Role of Europol, and Innovation and Research at Europol were also planned.

Due to the cancellation of the meeting, the keynote speakers submitted instead their contributions in written.

Location: Exchange of Information by Electronic Means
Last updated: 08-06-2020

Electronic Exchange of Information

      Cancellation letter - Sixth Meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group (JPSG) on Europol, Zagreb, Croatia
      Commissioner Johansson Article for Electronic exhange on JPSG
      EDPS Contribution for Electronic exchange
      Europol Contribution for Electronic exchange - Europol Innovation Lab
      Europol Contribution for Electronic exchange - Management Board activities 2019-2020

Agenda and organisational aspects

      Draft agenda EN
      Draft agenda FR
      Practical information EN
      Practical information FR
      Invitation
      Letter JPSG Co-Chairs postponement 6thJPSG meeting

Europol documents

      Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment - IOCTA 2019
      Interlocutory letter from the MB Chairperson to the EP
      Management summary - SIRIUS EU Digital Evidence Situation Report
      Sirius EU Digital Evidence Situation Report 2019
      Report Covid 19

Letters and written contributions from delegations

      Letter from the SE (Riksdagen) JPSG delegation to the Co-Chairs and Troika
      Letter from the NL (Tweede Kamer) JPSG delegation to the Co-Chairs
      Letter from the RO JPSG delegation to the Co-Chairs
      Reply from the Co-Chairs (LIBE-FI) to the SE (Riksdagen) JPSG delegation
      Letter from the Co-Chairs (LIBE-FI) to the Conference of Speakers - RoP review
      Reply from the Co-Chairs (LIBE-FI) to the NL(Tweede Kamer) JPSG delegation
      Letter from Mr Lopez Aguilar reporting on the 113th Europol Management Board meeting 10_12_2019_EN

Other relevant documents

      Rules of procedure

Co-Chair Conclusions and other documents

      Summary Conclusions by the Co-chairs, JPSG Fifth meeting, 23-24 September 2019

Written questions

      Bundestag WQ to Europol
      BREYER Patrick_Written question to Europol
      EUROPOL REPLY to BREYER Patrick_JPSG questions for written answer on Facial recognition
      Europol reply to Bundestag WQ
      BREYER Patrick_JPSG questions for written answer on Facial recognition
      Guide for members - written and oral questions

26-05-2020 10:00 - COVID-19 and the role of EIB in the EU response: public hearing

Hearing - BUDG ECON
Parliament has set out its position on an ambitious coronavirus recovery plan to reboot the EU economy. MEPs are calling for citizens, the environment and digitalisation to be at the heart of the next long-term budget and the economic recovery.

On 26 May from 10.00 to 12.00, the Committees on Budgets and on Economic and Monetary Affairs are organising jointly a public hearing on “The role of the European Investment Bank in the EU response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the post-crisis recovery”.

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The purpose of the hearing is to gather information from stakeholders on current and possible future EIB instruments to counter tightening of the credit supply in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to support investment during the recovery phase. Four experts have been invited via a teleconference.

Last updated: 25-05-2020

    BUDG-ECON Public Hearing Programme
    CVs of speakers

26-05-2020 10:00 - COVID-19 and the role of EIB in the EU response: public hearing

Hearing - BUDG
Parliament has set out its position on an ambitious coronavirus recovery plan to reboot the EU economy. MEPs are calling for citizens, the environment and digitalisation to be at the heart of the next long-term budget and the economic recovery.

On 26 May from 10.00 to 12.00, the Committees on Budgets and on Economic and Monetary Affairs are organising jointly a public hearing on “The role of the European Investment Bank in the EU response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the post-crisis recovery”.

More details

The purpose of the hearing is to gather information from stakeholders on current and possible future EIB instruments to counter tightening of the credit supply in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to support investment during the recovery phase. Four experts have been invited via a teleconference.

Last updated: 27-05-2020

    BUDG-ECON Public Hearing Programme
    CVs of speakers

Hearings

Under Rule 193 of the Rules of Procedure, a committee is permitted to organise a hearing with experts, where this is considered essential to its work on a particular subject. Hearings can also be held jointly by two or more committees. Most committees organise regular hearings, as they allow them to hear from experts and hold discussions on the key issues. On this page you will find all the available information relating to committee hearings, including programmes, posters and contributions from speakers.

Workshops

Workshops are organised by the policy departments and administered in accordance with the Financial Regulation. They are not necessarily held in public but may be held during a Committee meeting.

Workshops enable Members to put questions to and exchange views with experts on subjects associated with parliamentary business or subjects of current interest.

Other events

All other policy-related events.