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23-09-2020 13:30 - EPRS online policy roundtable: The United Nations at 75

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EPRS online policy roundtable

Full title: The United Nations at 75: What has the multilateral system achieved and where is it going?
As we approach the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the United Nations on 24 October 1945, the global health crisis, with its economic, social and security implications has highlighted more than ever the need for international coordination and cooperation. Although the United Nations system is best placed to coordinate the global response to the crisis, [...]

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It has come under increased scrutiny over the past years, including by the country that was formerly the main driver of multilateralism, the United States. This EPRS policy roundtable will look at the UN's achievements and future prospects, at the EU's role in the U.N system and at how the EU can uphold multilateralism at a time when its benefits are being contested. Our panel of experts will include Barbara Pesce-Monteiro, Director of the UN/UNDP Brussels Representation Office, and Prof. Jan Wouters, Director of the Institute for International Law and of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies at KU Leuven.
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Location: Live event via the WebEx platform
Last updated: 22-09-2020

22-09-2020 09:00 - How to secure access to COVID-19 vaccines for EU citizens

Hearing - ENVI ITRE
An EU Strategy for COVID-19 vaccines ©European Union 2020/EC-Slovak Academy of Sciences

On Tuesday 22 September, from 9.00 - 12.00, ENVI and ITRE will be holding a joint public online hearing on the critical issue of "How to secure access to COVID-19 vaccines for EU citizens."

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The members of both committees will be hearing key players representing the pharmaceutical industry, academia, civil society and the European Medicines Agency addressing the multiple challenges the EU faces regarding the deployment of a future vaccine.

The debate between the members and the experts will focus on the questions of adequate clinical trials, speedy manufacturing and commercialisation as well as equitable distribution of a safe vaccine across the EU.

Location: Brussels, European Parliament, Room: József Antall 4Q2
Last updated: 21-09-2020

    Programme - Joint ENVI-ITRE Public Hearing

21-09-2020 14:00 - Joint JURI-FEMM hearing “Women on Boards” - 21.09.2020

Hearing - FEMM
Women on Boards

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On 21 September 2020, JURI and FEMM organized a joint hearing on the 'Women on Boards' proposal (2012/0299 (COD)).

Juliane Seifert, Permanent State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, made an introductory statement on behalf of the German Presidency, followed by Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality.

The following experts contributed with perspectives from the academic, business and entrepreneurship fields: Linda Senden, Professor of European Law at the Utrecht University, Bríd Horan, Co-chair of "Balance for Better Business", Paivi Jokinen, Chairwoman of "European Women on Boards" and Elke Benning-Rohnke, Vice-president of "Frauen in die Aufsichtsräte (FidAR)".
The presentations were followed by a debate with MEPs from the JURI and FEMM Committees.

Location: Room József Antall (4Q1) & with remote participation
Last updated: 23-09-2020

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10-09-2020 14:00 - Halt and reverse EU-driven deforestation

Workshop - ENVI
a hill with trees and ground with no trees

The workshop will bring together four leading, independent experts in the field of deforestation from two renowned institutions (Environment Agency Austria and Cambridge Econometrics), in order to inform the ENVI Committee Members of the most important concerns in this area and to provide a forum for discussion.

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With the aim of collecting independent research contributions for the legislative own initiative report on "An EU legal framework to halt and reverse EU-driven global deforestation", the workshop will cover the scale of EU-driven global deforestation, the supply chain of products and raw materials originating from deforested areas as well as an assessment of the current policies aiming at addressing global deforestation and the prospects for a future EU regulatory framework.

Last updated: 11-09-2020

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      Presentation by Cristina Müller and Helmut Gaugitsch, Environment Agency Austria
      Presentation by Dr Cornelia Suta and Hector Pollitt, Cambridge Econometrics

07-09-2020 14:00 - Webinar on Trade-related aspects of carbon border adjustment mechanisms

Workshop - INTA
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A webinar on Trade-related aspects of carbon border adjustment mechanisms took place on 7 September 2020. INTA Chair Bernd Lange, rapporteur Karin Karlsbro and other Members, as well as outside attendees, heard presentations by four experts analysing different aspects of the upcoming Commission proposal. The four topics covered were: possible carbon adjustment policies, economic assessments of carbon leakage and carbon border adjustment, a legal assessment of planned measures and political assessment of the potential reactions of trading partners.

Last updated: 08-09-2020

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14-07-2020 09:30 - JURI-AFCO: Hearing on the Consequences of the Judgment of German Constitutional Court

Hearing - AFCO JURI
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On 14 July 2020, the Committee on Legal Affairs and the Committee on Constitutional Affairs held a public remote hearing on the Consequences of the Judgment of 5 May 2020 of the Second Senate of the German Constitutional Court.

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On 5 May 2020, the Second Senate of the German Federal Constitutional Court delivered a judgment concerning the implementation in Germany of the bond-buying programme of the ECB known as Public Sector Purchase Programme ('PSPP'). Although this Judgment does not affect the ability of the ECB and the ESCB to continue the implementation of the PSPP, it has put in question the role and the attributions of the Court of Justice in the constitutional architecture of the European Union, as well as, to a certain extent, the principle of supremacy of EU law.

Against this background, the hearing brought together Members of the European Parliament and a number of experts with a view to discussing the legal and constitutional consequences of this Judgment from an EU law perspective.

Location: Altiero Spinelli - 1G3
Last updated: 14-07-2020

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07-07-2020 15:00 - STOA roundtable on deconfinement going digital: The rise of contact tracing apps

Workshop - STOA

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

Contact-tracing applications use smartphones to alert users if they've been in contact with someone who's had the disease. This Bluetooth-enabled digital tool that can trace cases at scale has the potential to play a key role in all phases of crisis management, especially when time will be ripe to gradually lift social distancing measures. As several Member States have been deploying tracing apps throughout the last few weeks, questions arise about the efficiency, accuracy and privacy-friendly character of this technology.

Some of the biggest issues are making sure there is a critical mass of people signing up, the use of decentralized or centralized contact tracing apps, the mandatory or voluntary character and the need to introduce solid ethical and legal safeguards. The EU Member States, together with the European Commission have developed a Common EU Toolbox to support a common European approach for tracing apps, a Guidance on data protection for mobile apps to set out the features and requirements needed to ensure compliance with EU privacy and personal data protection legislation and a set of technical specifications to ensure a safe exchange of information between national contact tracing apps based on a decentralized architecture.

The STOA Panel has invited high-level experts to discuss the technology behind contact tracing applications, its accuracy, security and effectiveness in breaking the chains of transmission of an infectious disease; the lessons learned so far by their gradual deployment in Europe and the best practices developed to effectively contact trace while maintaining privacy in a centralized or decentralized way; to shed light on the possible impacts of this technology on the protection of personal data and citizens' trust and explore the main ethical concerns relating to the use of this app by individuals; and to examine the adequacy of the current EU legal framework to safeguard the responsible use of these applications.


15:00-15:05: Introductory remarks

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

15:05-15:50: Experts' presentations

15:05-15:20: What's the tech and how does it work?

  • Marco MARSELLA, Head of Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Diego CIULLI, Public Policy Manager, Google

15:20-15:35: What are the lessons we have learned so far?

  • Professor Michael BACKES, co-developer of the Corona-Warn-App / Chairman and Scientific Director of the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
  • Dr Christof TSCHOHL, Research Director at the Research Institute / Red Cross Austria - Stopp Corona-App

15:35-16:50 - Privacy risks, data security and possible effects on civil rights

  • Leonardo CERVERA NAVAS, Director of European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)
  • Professor Ross ANDERSON, Computer Laboratory - University of Cambridge

15:50-16:25: Discussion

16:25-16:30: Closing remarks

  • Petra DE SUTTER, MEP, Member of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA)

Location: WebEx (online) Event
Last updated: 16-07-2020

    Presentation of Christof Tschohl
    Presentation of Willem Jonker

06-07-2020 13:45 - Follow-up of OLAF case files, fighting fraud, corruption and other irregularities

Hearing - CONT
CONT Hearing on follow-up of OLAF case files

On 06.07.2020, the CONT Committee held a public hearing entitled 'Follow-up of OLAF case files, fighting fraud, corruption and other irregularities in the Member States'. This public hearing focused on the follow-up of OLAF's recommendations and, in this regard, aimed to present different views from the Member States' authorities.

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At the hearing, there were presentations on three case studies: (Germany, Romania and Italy), and on the views of the European Institutions (OLAF, European Court of Justice, European Public Prosecutor's Office and the European Parliament).

In 2018, judicial authorities in Member States took 319 decisions on the follow-up of OLAF's recommendations: in almost two-third of the decisions taken (203) the OLAF cases were dismissed; in 116 cases the judicial authorities pressed charges. It would appear that judicial authorities of some Member States do not regard the follow-up of OLAF's recommendations on misuse of EU money as a priority. An essential factor effecting the follow-up to OLAF's recommendations relates to the admissibility of evidence collected by OLAF in national judicial proceedings.

Location: Remote meeting
Last updated: 13-07-2020

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06-07-2020 09:10 - Geopolitical implications of the COVID-19 crisis - online hearing

Hearing - AFET
COVID and foreign affairs

On 6 July, the Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold an online hearing on the geopolitical implications of the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has had profound geopolitical consequences that inevitably affect key aspects of EU foreign policy, including relations with major global powers, humanitarian aid, development and peacekeeping, and the fight against disinformation and cyber-attacks.

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The hearing will provide AFET Members with more insights on foreign policy consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak from leading experts in the area.

Location: (Remote) - 2Q2 - European Parliament - Brussels
Last updated: 29-06-2020

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

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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.

Location: Live event through the WebEx platform
Last updated: 08-07-2020


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