Upcoming events

21-01-2020 09:15 - The Eastern Partnership - vision of development after 2020

Hearing - AFET
Eastern Partnership

On Tuesday 21 January 2020, The Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) will hold a public hearing on the Eastern Partnership - vision of development after 2020.

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On 21 January, the Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold a public hearing on the future of the Eastern Partnership. The Members will discuss with experts the achievements and shortcomings of the Eastern Partnership both at the regional and multilateral level. They will also analyse possible evolution of the EU's relations with its six Eastern partners and a way forward for the Eastern Partnership in the next decade.

The hearing will constitute the Parliament's contribution to the Eastern Partnership summit, which is foreseen in spring 2020.

Location: JAN 2Q2, european Parliament, Brussels
Last updated: 17-01-2020

21-01-2020 13:00 - Outlook for the MENA Region: What future for stabilisation and reconstruction?

Other event - EPRS
EPRS event on 21 January

While conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are still ongoing, stabilisation and reconstruction remain top priorities on the international and regional agenda. Years of war have created new political and economic dynamics in Syria, Libya and Iraq, which make traditional approaches to these challenges difficult and problematic. How will the new realities on the ground influence the EU and international community’s willingness and capacity to respond? […]

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The repercussions of continued conflicts need to be analysed closely. Stabilisation and reconstruction remain a priority for many of the actors - whether local, regional or international - that have over time been involved in these conflicts.

Professor Luigi Narbone, Director of the EUI Middle East Directions Programme, and Professor Steven Heydemann of Smith College will debate these issues with a panel of experts. This event draws insights from the eBook 'Fractured stability: war economies and reconstruction in the MENA', which is available to download free at https://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/64127 (short link http://bit.ly/32pBgFz). The eBook explores alternative approaches to reconstruction given the shortcomings of contemporary approaches to post-conflict reconstruction, and offers useful insights and recommendations to policy-makers.

Location: Library Reading Room, Altiero Spinelli Building, 5th floor, European Parliament, Brussels
Last updated: 13-01-2020

21-01-2020 15:00 - Trade Policy Day 2020

Hearing - INTA
INTA Trade Policy Day 2020

The resolution of tensions in the international trade relations and of the deep crisis of the multilateral fora will shape the course of the global economy and its sustainability for the decades to come. What is the way forward for the EU trade policy in these turbulent times? How can trade help attain the Sustainable Development Goals?

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At INTA's fourth Trade Policy Day, DG Trade's Director General Sabine Weyand and other distinguished speakers from international organisations (OECD, UNCTAD, WTO), academia, and stakeholders' organisations will exchange their views about these topics.

Location: Paul-Henri Spaak 1A002
Last updated: 15-01-2020

21-01-2020 16:00 - Reducing GHGemissions from EU-related maritime transport: what’s next after EU MRV?

Hearing - ENVI
ENVI Public Hearing on MRV

The ENVI Committee will hold a public hearing on the topic of decarbonisation of the maritime transport in context of the ENVI Committee’s current work on the Commission proposal to amend Regulation (EU) 2015/757 on the monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport (“MRV shipping”).

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According to international projections, global shipping emissions could grow by between 50 % and 250 % by 2050, depending on future economic and energy developments. If left unchecked, these emissions risk undermining the goals of the Paris Agreement and cancelling out the emission reductions achieved in other sectors. In her political guidelines, President Ursula von der Leyen committed to extending the EU Emissions Trading System, to cover the maritime sector.

The public hearing will consist of two panels:

First panel - GHG emissions from EU-related maritime transport state of play and future prospects

Second panel - Reducing GHG emissions from EU-related maritime transport: towards the setting of GHG emissions reduction objectives and the extension of the EU ETS to maritime transport

The hearing will be web-streamed. You can follow it here.

Location: Jozsef Antall building, room 4Q2
Last updated: 16-01-2020

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Powerpoint Presentations and CV's of speakers

      Mr Erik Fridell - CV
      Mr Simon Christopher Bergulf - CV
      Ms Verena Graichen - CV
      Mr Faig Abbasov - CV

22-01-2020 13:30 - Understanding EU policy on data protection: State-of-play and future challenges

Other event - EPRS
EPRS Event on 22 January 2020

The monthly ‘Understanding the European Union’ series of briefing seminars gather in-house and outside experts to explain EU processes, policies and issues from first principles. This seminar will address recent developments and challenges ahead for the new European Parliament in the important field of data protection and privacy. The discussion will explain EU legislative work expected in the coming term, notably pending legislation and the forthcoming evaluation of the GDPR. […]

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It will also touch upon new challenges that policy-makers will have to tackle in coming years, such as the future of data protection and privacy rights in light of Artificial Intelligence, facial recognition, and the Internet of Things (IoT). This EPRS event is organised to coincide with, and in conjunction with, the 13th International Conference on Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP).

Location: Library Reading Room, Altiero Spinelli Building, 5th floor, European Parliament, Brussels
Last updated: 16-01-2020

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22-01-2020 14:30 - ‘Effectiveness, efficiency and results of EU aid for sustainable development’

Hearing - DEVE
Poster to announce hearing on "Effectiveness, efficiency and results of EU aid for sustainable development"

On Wednesday 22 January 2020, the Committee on Development (DEVE) will hold a public hearing on effectiveness, efficiency and results of EU aid for sustainable development with experts, including the Co-Chair of the Global Partnership of Effective Development Cooperation, OECD DAC Chair Susanna Moorehead, Vitalice Meja of the network "Reality of Aid Africa" and Jean-Letitia Saldanha of the European Network on Debt and Development.

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The aim of the hearing would be to ensure that the EU aid for sustainable development is effective and efficient and it will feed into a Parliament resolution on increasing the effectiveness of development cooperation that DEVE Committee will prepare in the first semester of 2020.

Location: Paul-Henri Spaak 5B001
Last updated: 17-01-2020

22-01-2020 14:30 - Product Liability Directive: protecting consumers in the Digital Single Market

Hearing - IMCO
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The aim of the hearing is to hear the views of stakeholders (business and consumers associations) and academia on the need to review the Product Liability Directive and on related challenges in the new digital age. It would allow participants to present their views on whether the overall liability regime is adequate to facilitate the uptake of the new technologies, and to address the matter from different perspectives.

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It will also offer the opportunity to hear the Commission's conclusions of its evaluation work and results achieved in the Expert group on liability and new technologies together with a presentation of further plans in this regard.

Location: József Antall building, Room 4Q1
Last updated: 15-01-2020

    Programme - Hearing on product liability directive

23-01-2020 09:30 - EU Own Resources and Fiscal Policy harmonisation: untapped potential for synergies?

Hearing - BUDG
Own Resources

On 23 January, the BUDG committee will hold a public Hearing entitled "Own Resources and Fiscal Policy harmonisation: Untapped potential for synergies?", under the chairmanship of the two own-resources rapporteurs Mr José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT) and Ms Valérie Hayer (RE, FR).

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The objective of the hearing is to examine the reform of the own resources system from an angle of possible fiscal harmonisation and overall efficiency of public finances in the EU. It will look beyond the own resources' primary function of financing the EU budget and also consider the added value of potential economic impact and policy co-benefits, thus aiming to provide timely input for the ongoing negotiations of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027.

Organised in two panels, the hearing will present a variety of speakers from the institutions as well as academia.

Location: József Antall building, 6Q2
Last updated: 17-01-2020

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23-01-2020 13:30 - 'This is not Propaganda': Adventures in the War against Reality

Other event - EPRS
Event on 23 January 2020

In his new book, 'This is not Propaganda', Peter Pomerantsev, author of the best-selling ‘Nothing is True and Everything is Possible’, takes the reader to the front-line of the new ‘disinformation wars’. In a book which is ‘part reportage, part intellectual adventure’, Pomerantsev meets with ‘Twitter revolutionaries, pop-up populists, behavioural-change salesmen, Jihadi fan-boys, identitarians, truth cops’, and many more involved in these battles. […]

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His research took him, among other places, to the Philippines, Mexico City, Russia, Ukraine and Serbia. 'This is not Propaganda' explores how we might 'reimagine our politics and ourselves' in a time where truth is under threat. In this latest EPRS Book Talk, Peter Pomerantsev - who has published in the Financial Times, London Review of Books, The New Yorker, WSJ, Foreign Policy, Newsweek and Le Monde diplomatique, and also worked as a consultant for the EU and World Bank - will discuss his new book with Naja Bentzen, Policy Analyst in the Members' Research Service of EPRS.

Location: Library Reading Room, Altiero Spinelli Building, 5th floor, European Parliament, Brussels
Last updated: 07-01-2020

28-01-2020 13:30 - Western Balkans: A rocky road to enlargement

Other event - EPRS

Despite a reaffirmed EU commitment to enlargement, Member States' positions diverge on the speed and schedule of the process. However, maintaining a credible perspective on future accession is crucial for the Western Balkans countries, as well as for the European Union. In a resolution adopted on 24 October 2019, the European Parliament expressed deep disappointment over the failure to agree on opening EU accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia. […]

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A failure to deliver on EU commitments could increase regional instability and frustration, both sources of nationalist policies, boosting the influence of third countries. Ahead of the Zagreb Western Balkans Summit, policy-makers and experts will discuss the state of play of enlargement policy, followed by an opportunity for questions and comments from the audience.

Location: Library Reading Room, 5th floor, Altiero Spinelli Building (05D), European Parliament, Brussels
Last updated: 09-01-2020

29-01-2020 13:00 - Where all students can succeed: The latest OECD PISA results

Other event - EPRS

This EPRS policy roundtable, held in conjunction with the OECD, will look at the quality and equity of learning outcomes attained around the world, based on the latest results of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) for the year 2018. PISA measures, every three years, 15-year-olds’ ability to use their reading, mathematics and science knowledge and skills to meet real-life challenges.[…]

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Its findings are often used as guidelines for governments and parliaments to shape educational policies. The roundtable will bring together experts from the European Parliament, OECD and CEPS to discuss issues such as what students know and can do, how education systems are succeeding in helping all students learn, and what school means for students' lives in different countries.

Location: Library Reading Room, Altiero Spinelli Building, 5th floor, European Parliament, Brussels
Last updated: 16-01-2020

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29-01-2020 18:15 - The Future of Artificial Intelligence for Europe

Workshop - STOA
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Programme

  • 18:15 - 18:20 Welcome and introduction

Eva Kaili, MEP and STOA Chair

  • 18:20 - 19:00 Conversation with

Margrethe Vestager, European Commission Executive Vice-President

  • 19:00 - 19:20 Fireside chat with

Anthony Gooch, OECD

Staci Warden, Milken Institute

  • 19:20 - 20:00 Q&A Discussion





Location: European Parliament, Brussels - Altiero Spinelli building, room 3G3
Last updated: 17-01-2020

30-01-2020 13:30 - ‘Sidetracked’ - A dystopian Brexit novel: David Harley in conversation

Other event - EPRS

EPRS is hosting a Book Talk with David Harley, former Deputy Secretary-General of the European Parliament, who has recently published ‘Sidetracked’, a political thriller set in post-Brexit England. In the novel, Matt Barker quits his Westminster job and sets up a movement to bring down an English nationalist government. Against the odds, his personal idealism and radical proposals draw increasing support. […]

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The prime minister uses every means to crush the uprising, but at the next general election, Barker narrowly wins. The establishment refuses to accept the result. A major crisis follows...

Location: Library Reading Room, 5th floor, Altiero Spinelli Building, European Parliament, Brussels
Last updated: 17-01-2020

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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

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