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

Utfrågning - 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.

Plats: (Remote) - 2Q2 - European Parliament - Brussels
Senaste uppdatering: 29-06-2020

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

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

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

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At the hearing, there will be 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.

Plats: Remote meeting
Senaste uppdatering: 01-07-2020

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

Seminarium - STOA
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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.


Programme


15:00-15:05: Introductory remarks

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


15:05-15:50: 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)



Plats: WebEx (online) Event
Senaste uppdatering: 03-07-2020

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