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24-01-2017 09:00 - "The role of lawyers, accountants and bankers in Panama Papers" - Part I

Hearing - PANA
Public hearing of the PANA Committee of 24 January 2017 - Panama Papers - Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion

As part of its fact finding, the PANA Inquiry Committee organises three hearings to look specifically into the roles played by banks, accountants and lawyers in the setting-up of secret offshore constructions for their clients. The first hearing on 24 January will focus on the professions in general. To what extent are they regulated and how do the applicable rules play out in practice? The subsequent hearings on 9 February and 6 March will zoom in on concrete cases in different Member States.

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Location: József Antall (JAN) 6Q2, Brussels
Last updated: 18-01-2017

24-01-2017 10:30 - Workshop on Building blocks of a future EU cohesion policy - first reflections

Workshop - REGI
Cover page of a poster of workshop on Building blocks of a future EU cohesion policy - first reflections, DG IPOL, Committee on Regional Development

On Tuesday, 24 January 2017, a workshop on “Building blocks of a future EU cohesion policy - first reflections” will take place during the REGI committee meeting. It is linked to an ongoing REGI own-initiative report about the post 2020 cohesion policy whose rapporteur is Ms Kerstin Westphal (S&D). The aim of this workshop is to provide input to the Committee on Regional development and to the Rapporteur and to trigger reflections about the next generation of cohesion policy.

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The invited experts will tackle a wide range of topics linked to broader strategic directions of the future policy, (new) challenges, assessment of the alignment with economic governance processes (relevant country-specific recommendations), integrated approach in practice and finally, the role of the policy in addressing social challenges.

Both DG REGIO and DG EMPL representatives will join the debate, where the European Commission is invited to outline its work and next steps in preparation of the future legislative proposals. After the presentations given by the researchers, the Members of the REGI Committee will have the possibility to discuss these issues.

This workshop is organised by the Policy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies upon request of the Committee on Regional Development.

Location: Paul-Henri Spaak, room PHS 1A002 (1st floor), European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, Brussels, Belgium
Last updated: 18-01-2017

    Draft programme of Workshop on Building blocks of a future EU cohesion policy - first reflections

24-01-2017 14:00 - Workshop : Human Rights in Iran after the nuclear deal

Hearing - DROI
Workshop Policy Dept DROI

The Policy Department of the Directorate General for External Policies is holding a workshop for the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) and the Delegation for relations with Iran(D-IR) on 24 January 2017, 14.00-15.30. Chaired by Elena Valenciano, Chair of DROI and Janusz Lewandowski, Chair of D-IR, the workshop will focus on the recent trends in the human rights situation in Iran and in particular on the way the EU could promote change.

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For further information please contact : Poldep-expo@europarl.europa.eu


Location: Meeting room ASP 5E2, BRUSSELS
Last updated: 19-01-2017

24-01-2017 15:00 - Academic Further and Distance Education as Part of the Lifelong Learning Strategy

Hearing - CULT
CULT Public hearing 24-01-17

The purpose of the hearing on "Academic Further and Distance Education as Part of the European Lifelong Learning Strategy" is to debate issues relating to academic and further distance education in the EU, with particular emphasis on the potential of both distance and "on-the-spot" studies in the context of the European lifelong learning strategy.

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In addition, the outcomes of the discussion may serve as input for the own-initiative report on the same subject and currently under preparation.

Location: Building paul-henri Spaak, room 5B001, European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, Brussels
Last updated: 20-01-2017

24-01-2017 15:00 - Hearing of AUDI AG

Hearing - EMIS

On 24 January, EMIS Committee will hear AUDI AG, represented at the hearing by Mr Florian Heuberger, Head of Technical Service and Mr Oliver Hoffmann, Vice President, Development Powertrain.

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AUDI AG is a German company which produces cars under the Audi brand. AUDI AG is part of the Volkswagen Group and includes Automobili Lamborghini as a fully owned subsidiary. The company is headquartered in Ingolstadt, Germany, where a large proportion of production, technical development, sales and administration are based. The global network of Audi Group includes various production plants in Europe (Germany, Italy, Hungary, Belgium, Slovakia and Spain) as well as in other parts of the world. Altogether the Audi Group employs approximately 85.000 people and delivers annually about 2 million cars to its customers. Volkswagen AG holds around 99.55 per cent of the share capital of AUDI AG.

Location: Altiero Spinelli (ASP) 1G-3, European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, Brussels, Belgium
Last updated: 17-01-2017

25-01-2017 14:30 - Ethical and social challenges of agricultural technologies

Other event - STOA
Poster for STOA workshop on Ethical and social challenges of agricultural technologies

The workshop will discuss considerations such as socio-economic sustainability, societal benefits and ethical acceptability in risk governance and decision-making related to agricultural biotechnologies. How feasible, or even necessary, is the inclusion of socio-economic considerations into the current framework? How can policy-makers deal with the challenges presented by scientific uncertainties, speed of technological advances, technological complexities and public perception?

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Chair: Marijana Petir, MEP, STOA Panel

Moderator: Julian Kinderlerer, University of Cape Town, South Africa, former President (2010-2016) of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE)

Speakers:

  • Opening: Marijana Petir, MEP, STOA Panel
  • Setting the scene: Innovation and (bio)ethics: Julian Kinderlerer, University of Cape Town, South Africa, former President (2010-2016) of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE)
  • Synthetic biology in agriculture and challenges for risk governance: Helge Torgersen, Institute of Technology Assessment, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Genetic modification in agriculture and challenges for risk governance: Anne Ingeborg Myhr, GenØk-Centre for Biosafety, Tromsø, Norway
  • The precautionary principle - between European bioethical tradition and American pragmatism: Amir Muzur, School of Medicine, University of Rijeka, Croatia


Location: European Parliament Brussels - Paul Henri Spaak (PHS) 7C050
Last updated: 17-01-2017

25-01-2017 15:30 - Hearing on the situation of human rights in Syria : the Syria Emergency

Hearing - DROI
DROI

On 25 January the Subcommittee on Human Rights, in association with the Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries, will hold a public hearing on the human rights situation in Syria. The invited speakers will focus on human rights abuses against civilians committed by the Syrian regime and other parties of the Syrian conflict.

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Location: Meeting room ASP A1G-3 from 15.30 - 17.30
Last updated: 19-01-2017

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26-01-2017 10:15 - The Review of the Framework for Electronic Communications

Hearing - ITRE

On 26 January 2017 ITRE is organising a public hearing to discuss and gather expertise on the future of electronic communications. The organisation of this hearing is based on the proposal for a European Electronic Communications Code and the proposal for a BEREC Regulation that the Commission adopted as part of the Connectivity Package on 14 September 2016.

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The hearing will look at aspects related to networks such as mapping, market analysis, investment and availability. It will also consider the role of services and aspects such as the security of services. WiFi4eu and the topic of governance will also be touched upon while the issues of investment, digital divide and 5G will be treated as key cross-cutting themes for the sector.

With this hearing the European Parliament wishes to engage in a multi-stakeholder dialogue on overcoming the barriers to a better integrated and improved European communication society.

Location: Brussels, Room 2Q2 (JAN building)
Last updated: 18-01-2017

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26-01-2017 14:00 - "Offshore activities and money laundering: recent findings and challenges”

Workshop - PANA
PANA Workshop on "Offshore activities and money laundering: recent findings and challenges"

On 26 January, Committee Members will participate in a workshop on offshore activities and money laundering organised by the Policy Department A. Professor Brigitte Unger from the University of Utrecht will present her views on the Panama Leaks, Anti-Money Laundering Policy.

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In particular, she will point out certain large gaps and differences in implementation of legislation among Member States and provide concrete policy recommendations. Based on the input and questions from the workshop, she will write a policy paper for the PANA Committee.

Professor Unger is an expert on corporatism, economic policy, tax competition and money laundering. She holds a chair for public sector economics at the Utrecht University School of Economics and often works as an expert for the Dutch Ministry of Finance, the UNODC and the European Commission on money laundering issues. She has carried out a comprehensive study on the 'Economic and Legal Effectiveness of the Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Terrorism Financing Policy in all EU Member States', published many books with Edward Elgar and several academic articles on money laundering.

Location: Altiero Spinelli, room ASP 1G3 (1st floor), European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, Brussels, Belgium
Last updated: 18-01-2017

30-01-2017 15:00 - Hearing on the Marrakesh Treaty

Hearing - JURI
flying books, braille signs on the blue background

On 30 January, the JURI Committee is organising a hearing on "The Treaty of Marrakech: realising the potential", from 15.00 to 16.00. The purpose of this hearing is to offer participants an opportunity to hear about the origins and negotiation of the Treaty, and the challenges of its implementation. Experts, stakeholders and high-ranking officials from the institutions will participate.

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Last updated: 20-01-2017

31-01-2017 13:30 - Supporting the market for Secondary Raw Materials in a circular economy

Workshop - ENVI ITRE
Supporting the market for SECONDARY RAW MATERIALS in a circular economy

This joint ENVI/ITRE-workshop is part of the follow-up to the Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan. As such it aims at contributing to the better understanding of the role and opportunities for secondary raw materials (SRM) in the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan.

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The workshop intends to help understand the SRM market, examine barriers in the value chain, highlight production challenges and suggest potential policy measures to support the SRM market.

Please note that while the workshop is in principle open to the public, you need to have access to the EP to be able to attend. (No special registration for the workshop available).


The workshop will be webstreamed.

Location: József Antall 4Q2.
Last updated: 20-01-2017

06-02-2017 15:00 - EU Energy Independence, Security of Supply and Diversification of Sources

Workshop - ITRE
EU Energy Independence, Security of
Supply and Diversification of Sources

During this workshop the current situation concerning the security of energy supply and its likely evolution will be presented and evaluated, with possible policy initiatives identified to efficiently address the challenges. The workshop will consist of six short presentations by high level speakers, followed by a short question and answer session.

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Location: József Antall 2Q2
Last updated: 20-01-2017

07-02-2017 13:00 - 2017: Another year of shocks and shifts?

Other event - EPRS

Which developments will shape the EU in the coming year? How will the global geopolitical balance develop? What will happen to Europe's cohesion and society? Can the EU evolve as an 'indispensable power' for peace and security in Europe and the world, as High Representative/Vice President Mogherini said following the US elections? The EPRS kicks off the new year with a panel discussion on the internal and external challenges that will matter for the EU and the EP in 2017.

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Speakers: Dr Lars Brozus, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik; Graham Hutchings, Principal, Oxford Analytica; Joan Hoey, The Economist Intelligence Unit; Etienne Bassot, Director Members' Research Service, EPRS

Last updated: 16-01-2017

09-02-2017 09:00 - "The role of lawyers, accountants and bankers in Panama Papers" - Part II

Hearing - PANA
Public hearing on "The role of lawyers, accountants and bankers in the Panama Papers" (Part II) - Committe of inquiry into money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion (PANA)

Following the kick-off meeting on 24 January in which Members discussed about the respective roles of the three professions (lawyers, bankers and accountants) with the Brussels based professional representatives and independent experts, the PANA Inquiry Committee organises a follow-up hearing on 9 February in which invitees and members will zoom in on the Scandinavian and German practice in order to see if lessons can be drawn from there.

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Following introductions by journalists who researched cases in Germany and Scandinavian countries, German and Swedish bankers, lawyers and other experts will share their views on what could be improved and what, in their views, needs to be done to avoid the setting-up of offshore schemes for tax evasion of money laundering purposes in the future.

Last updated: 18-01-2017

09-02-2017 17:30 - Fact-finding mission of the PANA Committee to United Kingdom

Other event - PANA
The United Kingdom © European Union

On 9 and 10 February 2017, the PANA Committee will conduct a fact-finding missions to the UK. This fact-finding mission is designed to take place in full cooperation with the national legislators in order to discuss and scrutinise the effective implementation and enforcement of Union law as specified in the PANA Committee's mandate.

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PANA members will meet with their counterparts of the national parliaments, the competent Ministers, representatives of the tax and anti-money laundering authorities and relevant stakeholders from businesses and civil society.

Location: London, UK
Last updated: 22-12-2016

20-02-2017 08:00 - Fact-finding mission of the PANA Committee to Malta

Other event - PANA
Malta

On 20 February 2017, the PANA Committee will conduct a fact-finding mission Malta. This fact-finding mission is designed to take place in full cooperation with the national legislators in order to discuss and scrutinise the effective implementation and enforcement of Union law as specified in the PANA Committee's mandate.

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PANA members will meet with their counterparts of the national parliaments, the competent Ministers, representatives of the tax and anti-money laundering authorities and relevant stakeholders from businesses and civil society.

Location: Malta (La Valette)
Last updated: 22-12-2016

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.

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