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28-09-2020 10:00 - Seventh meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group (JPSG) on Europol

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The seventh meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol (JPSG) will take place on 28-29 September 2020 in Brussels and via remote participation due to the pandemic. 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.

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The JPSG meets at least twice a year. It is Co-Chaired by the European Parliament and the country holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The agenda includes interventions by Europol Executive Director, Ms Catherine De Bolle and keynote speeches by Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ms Ylva Johansson and Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Community of Germany, Mr Horst Seehofer. JPSG will hear also a presentation by the European Data Protection Supervisor, Mr Wojciech Wiewiórowski. High profile discussions include topics such as the Europol activities with a special focus on Covid-19 crisis, the Fight against right-wing extremism and terrorism and the future role of the Europol and the Brexit related challenges.

Aġġornata l-aħħar: 28-09-2020


      Connection and speaker guidlines all languages versions
      Draft agenda 7th JPSG
      Remote connection guidelines
      Remote connection speakers
      List of participants JPSG

Written contributions to agenda points

      Contribution from EDPS
      Europol Cooperation Board written contribution to the Seventh JPSG meeting of 28-29 September 2020
      Management Board (MB) on the occasion of the 7th meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol (JPSG)
      Written contribution to JPSG: Reporting on Multiannual Programming Document 2021-2023
      Written contribution to JPSG: Reporting on the fight against right-wing extremism and terrorism (RWE)
      Written contribution to JPSG: Reporting on Europol Activities March- September 2020 with special focus on Covid-19 crisis
      Presentation by Mr Bernhard WITTHAUT, President of the Domestic Intelligence Service of Lower Saxony

Letters and written contributions from delegations

      Written contribution by the Cyprus delegation to the JPSG
      Question NL-delegation as regards temporary working group on rules-of-procedure
      Suggestion of Creation of JPSG Working Group

Basic documents

      Regulation (EU) 2016/794 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 on the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol)
      Rules of procedure of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol
      JPSG Written and Oral Questions - Guide for Members

Written questions and replies

      Europol reply to written questions from MEP Breyer to the JPSG

24-09-2020 16:45 - AFCO: Hearing on Transnational lists and the Spitzenkandidaten principle

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Spitzenkandidaten Image

On 24 September 2020, the Committee on Constitutional Affairs will hold a public remote hearing on the 'Transnational lists and the Spitzenkandidaten principle', bringing together both internal and external experts who will discuss with AFCO Members the issues of transnational lists and the lead candidates system, based on lessons to be drawn from the last European elections and following inter-institutional nominations’ cycle.

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Members will hear from the following experts:

  • Mr János Martonyi, Professor of International Trade Law and European Law, University of Public Service, Budapest;
  • Ms Christine Verger, Vice-President of Institut Jacques Delors, Paris, France;
  • Mr Andreas Maurer, Professor at the University of Innsbruck - School of Social and Political Sciences, Austria; and
  • Mr Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Former Member of the European Parliament, 1994-2014, Verts/ALE.

In the context of the hearing, AFCO Members will also have the opportunity to hear from Maria Diaz Crego, from the Members' Research Service, on the main issues of an EPRS research paper entitled "Transnational lists: a way to further Europeanise European elections?", and which will be published in the coming weeks.

The conclusions of these discussions aim equally at contributing to the ongoing work on the draft report on stocktaking of European elections, led by its Rapporteur, Pascal Durand (Renew Europe, FR).

Post: Room: ANTALL 6Q2 + Interactio
Aġġornata l-aħħar: 23-09-2020

    Draft Programme

Mr János Martonyi

      CV Mr János Martonyi

Ms Christine Verger

      CV Ms Christine Verger

Mr Andreas Maurer

      CV Mr Andreas Maurer

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

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EPRS online policy roundtable

You can watch this event on the EPRS Youtube channel
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. [...]

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Although the United Nations system is best placed to coordinate the global response to the crisis, 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.

Post: Live event via the WebEx platform
Aġġornata l-aħħar: 24-09-2020

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

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.

Post: Brussels, European Parliament, Room: József Antall 4Q2
Aġġornata l-aħħar: 21-09-2020

    Programme - Joint ENVI-ITRE Public Hearing

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

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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.

Post: Room József Antall (4Q1) & with remote participation
Aġġornata l-aħħar: 23-09-2020

    Draft programme

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

Sessjoni ta' ħidma - 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.

Aġġornata l-aħħar: 11-09-2020

    Programme of the workshop


      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

Sessjoni ta' ħidma - INTA
Sprouting plant surrounded by coins

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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.

Aġġornata l-aħħar: 08-09-2020

    Draft programme
    PowerPoint presentation I
    PowerPoint presentation II
    Powerpoint presentation III
    PowerPoint presentation IV

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

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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.

Post: Altiero Spinelli - 1G3
Aġġornata l-aħħar: 14-07-2020

    Draft Programme

Prof. Ludwigs

      CV Prof. Ludwigs

Prof. Uitz

      CV Prof. Uitz

Prof. Galetta

      CV Prof. Galetta

Prof. Weiler

      CV prof. Weiler
      Presentaton part 1
      Presentation part 2

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

Sessjoni ta' ħidma - 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)

Post: WebEx (online) Event
Aġġornata l-aħħar: 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

Smigħ - 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.

Post: Remote meeting
Aġġornata l-aħħar: 13-07-2020

    Draft Programme
    Speakers’ Biographies

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