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31-05-2016 - Innovation policy mix: can we get it right in Europe?

Other event - EPRS

In the last decade, innovation has been a key component of European policies for growth. Understanding innovation as a complex process has led to the design of a portfolio of policies and instruments, known as the innovation policy mix. This event brings together representatives from the EU institutions and experts in innovation policies to discuss how the EU could address the existing bottlenecks in order to improve the efficiency of the innovation process.

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Presentations by:

Paul RÜBIG, MEP, Chair of STOA panel


Robert MADELIN, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission

Stephan RAES, Head Economic Department, Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the European Union

Lena TSIPOURI, Professor at the Department of Economic Sciences, University of Athens

Luke GEORGHIU, Professor at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, University of Manchester


Location: EPRS Library Reading Room - Altiero Spinelli Building - ASP 05D
Last updated: 11-05-2016

14-06-2016 - Transformations in the Middle East: The EU's response

Other event - EPRS

Transformative changes have taken place in the Middle East and North Africa since the Arab uprising in late 2010 and early 2011. In an effort to optimise its response to the turbulences on its doorstep, the EU proposed a new approach to the southern neighbourhood in 2015. This event brings together experts from the EUI in Florence conducting research in the Middle East and North Africa and representatives of European institutions working with the countries in the southern neighbourhood.

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With the participation of:

  • Pierre-Antonio Panzeri, MEP, Chair, Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union
  • Fabio Massimo Castaldo, MEP
  • Olivier Roy, Chair in Mediterranean Studies, EUI
  • Brigid Laffan, Director, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
  • Luigi Narbone, Director, Middle East Directions Programme, EUI
  • Etienne Bassot, Director, European Parliamentary Research Service
  • Michael Docherty, Head of Sector, Mashreq countries, DG Near, European Commission
  • Agnès Favier, Non-Resident Research Fellow, EUI
  • Virginie Collombier, Research Fellow, EUI
  • Armelle Douaud, Head of Unit AFET, DG External Policies, European Parliament
  • Beatrix Immenkamp, Policy Analyst, Members' Research Service, EPRS

Location: Library Reading Room, fifth floor, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP 05D)
Last updated: 30-05-2016

14-06-2016 - Land expropriations issues in Greece

Workshop - CONT

On 14.06.2016, the Committee on Budgetary Control will hold a workshop on the land expropriations issues in Greece, as a follow-up of CONT Delegation to Greece that took place in September 2015. The workshop will examine the current status and the future prospects of land expropriations in Greece, offering clarification on undertaken reforms and recent legislation changes.

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The workshop will gather speakers from the Greek Ministries (the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks and the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism), from the European Commission (DG REGIO and SRSS), and the consultancy.


Rapporteur: Ingeborg Gräßle




Location: Paul-Henri Spaak, room 1A002, European Parliament, Brussels
Last updated: 26-05-2016

15-06-2016 - Common minimum standards of civil procedure

Workshop - JURI

On 15 June 2016, the Committee on Legal Affairs will hold a workshop on common minimum standards of civil procedure in the EU. This workshop relates to the legislative initiative report (rapporteur: Emil Radev) on the same topic (2015/2084 (INL)). Civil procedure provides the means for the enforcement of the substantive rights and duties of legal subjects in legal proceedings.

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As such, it is inextricably linked with the fundamental right to a fair trial and effective remedy guaranteed under the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (Article 47 CFREU) and the European Convention on Human Rights (Article 6 ECHR).


The Treaty of Amsterdam confirmed the EU’s competence in the area of civil procedure, and this competence was further expanded by the Treaty of Lisbon. The EU now has a certain number of common minimum standards in the area of criminal procedure. However, European citizens, especially those who move across borders, are now far more likely to come into contact with the civil procedure of another Member State. As part of the move towards a European Area of Justice based on mutual trust, common standards of civil procedure now seem indispensable.


Minimum standards do not substitute national procedural systems in their entirety, or even partially, but allow for more protective and effective national procedural rules. More importantly, minimum procedural standards at EU level could contribute to the modernisation of national proceedings, to a level playing field for businesses, and to increased economic growth via effective and efficient judicial systems, while facilitating citizens’ access to justice in the EU.


In the Action Plan implementing the Stockholm Programme, the Commission announced a green paper on minimum standards for civil procedure for 2013. What is more, in May 2014 a joint project for the preparation of ‘Transnational Principles of Civil Procedure for Europe’ was launched by the European Law Institute, in collaboration with the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT).


Against this background, this workshop will bring together Members of the European Parliament and a number of experts, practitioners, academics and stakeholders with a view to discussing the question of the convergence of civil procedure in Europe through the creation of minimum standards in EU law. It will also offer the possibility to present the findings of a recent European Added Value Study conducted by the Research Service of the European Parliament regarding the policy options and the scope of EU competences to harmonise civil procedures in the EU. The Commission, the ELI, the Fundamental Rights Agency as well as representatives of European judges, businesses and consumers will also be asked to offer their views on this matter.


The workshop is organised by DG IPOL's Policy Department C from 09.00 to 12.30 in room ASP 1G2 at the European Parliament in Brussels.


Location: ASP 1G2
Last updated: 17-05-2016

15-06-2016 - European Elections: Past and future

Other event - EPRS

This round table discussion brings together major experts in EU public opinion from the academic and political spheres. The debate will focus on key issues at stake in past and future European elections, including attitudes towards migration, euroscepticism, trust in the EU and expectations from it. Professors of European Election Studies will share their findings based on the 2014 Post-Electoral Survey and will discuss current evolutions and polls with the other panellists and the audience.

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  • Mairead McGuinness, MEP, Vice President of the European Parliament
  • Sylvie Guillaume, MEP, Vice President of the European Parliament
  • Hermann Schmitt, Professor in Electoral Politics, University of Manchester
  • Wouter van der Brug, Professor of Political Science, University of Amsterdam
  • Sebastian Popa, Researcher, University of Mannheim
  • Jacques Nancy, Head of Unit Public Opinion Monitoring Unit, DG COMM

Location: Library Reading Room, fifth floor, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP 05D)
Last updated: 30-05-2016

16-06-2016 - Europs's place in the world: Latest public opinion findings

Other event - EPRS

What does the European public opinion think about Europe's role as a humanitarian actors, provider of security, a trusted ally, and a normative power? Is Europe's future isolationist or do Europeans wish to see more Europe in international affairs? To answer this question, EPRS has teamed up with the Pew Research Center to discuss the results of their survey in ten European countries, conducted in Spring 2016, and a comparative survey in the United States, conducted in April 2016.

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Presentations by:

    • Sandra Kalniete, MEP, Rapporteur for the EP report on the EU in a global changing environment (tbc)
    • James Bell, Vice president for Global Strategy, Pew Research Center
    • Patryk Pawlak, Policy Analyst, External Policies Unit, EPRS

Chaired by Danièle Réchard, Head of Global Trends Unit, EPRS

Location: Library Reading Room, fifth floor, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP 05D)
Last updated: 30-05-2016


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