Upcoming events

18-06-2018 13:30 - The EU and the Western Balkans: Where next?

Other event - EPRS

The Western Balkans have gained visibility on the 2018 EU agenda. In February, the European Commission published a new enlargement strategy giving the region a credible adhesion perspective and released its new enlargement reports in April. The month of May saw the first EU-Western Balkans summit in 15 years. This event comes at a timely moment to evaluate the state of play and achievements of the EU enlargement process to the Western Balkans and discuss the remaining significant challenges.

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  • Tonino PICULA, MEP, Chair, Delegation for relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo
  • Genoveva RUIZ CALAVERA, Director, DG for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission
  • Ivan VEJVODA, Director, Europe project, and Permanent Fellow, Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna
  • Erwan FOUÉRÉ, Associate Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels
  • Isabelle IOANNIDES, Policy Analyst, Ex-Post Evaluation Unit, EPRS

Moderator: Monika NOGAJ, Acting Head of External Policies Unit, Members' Research Service, EPRS

Location: Library Reading Room, 5th floor, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP 05D)
Last updated: 15-06-2018

19-06-2018 10:30 - The EU’s horizontal regulatory framework for illegal content removal in the DSM

Hearing - IMCO
The EU’s horizontal regulatory framework for illegal content removal in the DSM

IMCO committee will hold a public hearing on the 'EU’s horizontal regulatory framework for illegal content removal in the digital single market: Towards a balanced and predictable overall liability regime for online platforms'. The hearing will bring together a number of experts and speakers representing views of online intermediaries, stakeholders, academia and MS authorities to exchange on the existing and the potential future approaches and measures towards tackling, in a balanced & efficient

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way, illegal digital content while taking into consideration the existing EU horizontal legal framework and the e- commerce directive 200/31/EC in particular. The hearing will also discuss the way forward proposed in the EU Communication, and the non-binding measures/guidance recommended most recently in the EC Recommendation as well as different approaches to tackling illegal content in the EU adopted by the MS, the experience and good practices developed through voluntary measures, alternative dispute resolutions, cooperation with law enforcement authorities, remedies/redress, and impact on the efficiency and smooth functioning of the Single Market.

This hearing is open to the public. To obtain an entrance badge to theEP please send an email to imco-secretariat@europarl.europa.eu providing the following details: full name, date of birth, nationality, the type of identity card (passport, drivers licence, ID card etc.), the number of the ID card) no later than 15/06/18 at 18:00

Location: József Antall building, room 4Q1
Last updated: 14-06-2018

19-06-2018 11:00 - Public hearing on the mis-selling of financial products

Hearing - ECON

On Tuesday 19 June from 11.00 to 12.30 the ECON committee will hold a hearing on the Mis-selling of financial products.

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Speakers include Robert Ophèle , Chairman of the French Financial Markets Regulator (AMF) and Flavio Bongiovanni, Head of the Office for Supervision of Intermediaries, Networks and Financial Advisors at the Italian Companies and Exchange Commission (CONSOB). Better Finance will also be represented, by their President, Jella Benner-Heinacher, as well as the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), by Timothy Shakesby, Principal Expert on Financial Innovation in the Consumer Protection Department and the European Commission, by Tilman Lueder, Head of the Securities Markets unit

Last updated: 12-06-2018

19-06-2018 14:30 - Addressing unfair trading practices in B2B relations in the online environment

Hearing - IMCO
Addressing unfair trading practices in B2B relations in the online environment

The hearing will address broadly the emergence of unfair practices in platform to business relationships bearing in mind the increasingly important role of online platforms as vehicles for market access and will explore any problems that may arise in terms of lack of redress and more broadly the risk of fragmentation in the internal market. Experts, stakeholders and policy makers will exchange views with the Members.

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This hearing is open to the public. In case you are not in possession of an entrance badge to the European Parliament please contact the IMCO secretariat (imco-secretariat@europarl.europa.eu) providing the following details:
full name, date of birth, nationality, the type of identity card
(passport, drivers licence, ID card etc.), the number of the ID card)
no later than 15/06/18 at 18:00

Location: József Antall building, room 4Q1
Last updated: 15-06-2018

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19-06-2018 15:00 - The future of sustainable development chapters in EU free trade agreements

Workshop - INTA
Hand writing Workshop with blue marker on transparent wipe board.

INTA Committee in cooperation with the DG EXPO Policy Department is organizing a Workshop entitled: "The future of sustainable development chapters in EU free trade agreements". Workshop will take place on Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 15.00 to 17.30. Deadline for registration is on 15 June 2018.

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Location: Brussels, room ASP 1E-2
Last updated: 07-06-2018

19-06-2018 15:00 - PEST hearing on Commission approval of active substances

Hearing - PEST
Vector with illustration of a molecule and a beaker

On 19 June 2018, the Special Committee on the Union’s authorisation procedure for pesticides will hold a public hearing on the Commission approval of active substances. At the hearing, representatives from the European Commission, the OECD, as well as the European Ombudsman and Prof. Violette Geissen (Wageningen University) will answer questions raised by Committee members.

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As was the case at previous hearings, the debate will be held in "ping-pong" format in order to ensure that MEPs receive a direct reply and have the possibility to ask follow-up questions.

Location: Altiero Spinelli 3G3
Last updated: 15-06-2018

Experts' presentations

      Bob Diderich - OECD

19-06-2018 16:00 - Joint hearing on assessing the flow of external EU migration funding

Rohingya refugees

On Tuesday 19 June 2018, the Committees on Budget (BUDG), Budgetary Control (CONT), Foreign Affairs (AFET) and Development (DEVE) are jointly organising a public hearing entitled ‘Assessing the flow of external EU migration funding’.

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The aim of the hearing is to assess the flow of current expenditure on the migration-related projects and the EU Trusts Funds and to analyse to what extent they bring added value to the EU budget. Speakers include Mr Hassoumi Massoudou (Minister of Finance of Niger), as well as representatives of the EEAS (Deputy Secretary General Christian Leffler), Member States' agencies, think tanks and civil society. The meeting will take place in Brussels, room Paul Henri Spaak 3C050 and will be live webstreamed.

Last updated: 13-06-2018

19-06-2018 16:00 - Brexit and ICT policy

Workshop - ITRE
European flag jigzaw puzzle with one piece separated and of the UK flag

The aim of the workshop is to give Members the chance to explore in detail the impacts of Brexit on the EU27 ICT policies. Four high level speakers will give a general overview of the potential impacts of Brexit; consider the implications for digital innovation; examine the implications for policymaking and regulation; and discuss the implications on innovation and deployment of 5G. Their presentations will be followed by a question and answer session with Members.

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The workshop is organised by Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies at the request of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).

The workshop will be held on 19 June 2018 from 16.00 - 17.30.

Please note that no special registration is available for the workshop. While the workshop is in principle open to the public, you need to have access to the European Parliament to be able to attend. Alternatively you can follow the workshop via webstreaming.

Location: József Antall 2Q2
Last updated: 05-06-2018

    Draft programme for the workshop on Brexit and ICT policy
    Speakers’ biographies for the workshop on Brexit and ICT policy

20-06-2018 09:00 - How to better combat fraud?

Workshop - CONT
Anti-Fraud Workshop

Follow up of the Commission’s anti-corruption sharing programme

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Since April 2015, the European Commission has organised 8 workshops on effective asset disclosure, whistle-blower protection, healthcare corruption, local public procurement, private sector corruption, political immunities., anti-corruption indicators and economic impact of corruption. Firstly, the workshop will focus on the most important subjects and assess the outcome of the Commission workshops. it will also try to know what impact did they have on improving effectives of competent national authorities in fighting corruption? How should the European Commission encourage Member States to fight against corruption?

The main part of the workshop will be devoted to the question what are the EU and Member States doing to tackle corruption and what are the key best practices to share at EU level?

Location: European Parliament, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak Building, Room PHS5B001
Last updated: 28-05-2018

20-06-2018 10:15 - Public hearing on Digitalisation in transport

Hearing - TRAN
Digitalisation in transport

The hearing seeks to understand better the impact of digitalisation in transports. In particular, the Committee on Transport and Tourism has recognised that digitalisation must continue being one of the top priorities for the transport sector in order to foster its attractiveness and ensure its strong economic position in Europe and vis-à-vis third countries.

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A strong message from the European Parliament would aid to stimulate and expedite the Commission's processes and would be an important driving force to encourage reluctant Member States to acknowledge the benefits of the digital age and the need to support harmonisation in digital solutions. The hearing will be held on Wednesday 20 June 2018, from 10h15 to 11h45, in the European Parliament in Brussels, room JAN 4Q1, and will be webstreamed.

Location: JAN 4Q1
Last updated: 06-06-2018

20-06-2018 11:00 - Gender Budgeting: State of Play and way forward - Hearing - 20.6.2018

Hearing - FEMM
Gender Pay Gap

The Council of Europe defines gender budgeting as a 'gender based assessment of budgets incorporating a gender perspective at all levels of the budgetary process and restructuring revenues and expenditures in order to promote gender equality'. The FEMM Committee wants to discuss this sensitive issue especially in the framework of the future MFF and in relation to the implementation of the Daphne program.

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The hearing will count the participation of researchers and practitioners in the field of budgeting, gender and social affairs. The outcome of the event will provide a key input for an oral question and a resolution to be tabled on behalf of FEMM.

Location: Altiero Spinelli, room 5G3, Brussels
Last updated: 04-06-2018

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20-06-2018 13:00 - The development of European Integration: Crisis as opportunity?

Other event - EPRS

One of the most widely held and least challenged assumptions in the history of the European project is that crises have been instrumental in propelling deeper political and economic integration. Why is the idea of "crisis as opportunity" so central to the narrative of EU history? What impact have crises really had on the EU's development? What were the policy implications of "crisis as opportunity" for the EU during the tumultuous decade since 2008?

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  • Luuk VAN MIDDELAAR, Professor of EU Law, Leiden University
  • Andrew DUFF, President of the Spinelli Group; Visiting Fellow, European Policy Centre; MEP 1999-2014
    Professor Brigid LAFFAN, Director, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence (via video link)
  • Brigid LAFFAN, Director, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence
  • Desmond DINAN, Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University;
    Visiting Fellow, EPRS

Moderator: Dr Gaby UMBACH, Strategy and Coordination Unit, EPRS

Location: Library Reading Room, 5th floor, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP 05D)
Last updated: 11-06-2018

20-06-2018 15:00 - Is SESAR delivering results

Workshop - CONT

Safe and efficient air transport requires well-coordinated air traffic management (ATM). The Single European Sky initiative (SES) was established with an aim to improve the efficiency of the fractured ATM system in Europe. Every euro invested in SESAR R&D results in a 6-euro return on investment for Europe.

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SES in its current form includes regulatory instruments to minimize the negative effects of fragmented ATM services in Europe. SES regulatory framework also provides for financial support to the coordinated development of new ATM technologies to increase the capacity of the European ATM system. The SESAR project, which is the SES's technological pillar, has successfully promoted coordination and is gradually releasing technological improvements. However, it has fallen behind its initial schedule and has become significantly more costly than anticipated.

The workshop would focus on the cost-efficiency of the EU funding allocated to ATM harmonization and technological development. The discussions will be held between the European Court of Auditors, the European Commission, Eurocontrol, the coordinating Joint Undertaking (SESAR), EASA, and most relevant stakeholders.

Location: European Parliament, Brussels, Paul-Henri Spaak PHS5B001
Last updated: 13-06-2018

20-06-2018 15:00 - EU Investing in its Transport Networks beyond 2020

Other event - TRAN
TEN-T networks

An exchange of views between Members and representatives from the National Parliaments will focus on experiences and best practices on the implementation of TEN-T projects, with particular attention to cross-border links, which include much European added value, as well as the outlook for the post-2020 period in the field of transport infrastructure investments.

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Location: József Antall, room JAN 4Q1 (4th floor), European Parliament, Rue de Trèves 1A, 1050 Bruxelles
Last updated: 15-06-2018

Background documents: TEN-T

Background documents: MFF post-2020 programme

      Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) - Proposal COM(2018)0438
      Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) - Proposal COM(2018)0438 Annex
      Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) - Factsheet
      InvestEU Programme - Proposal COM(2018)0439
      InvestEU Programme - Proposal COM(2018)0439 Annex 1
      InvestEU Programme - Proposal COM(2018)0439 Annex 2
      InvestEU Programme - Proposal COM(2018)0439 Annex 3
      InvestEU Programme - Proposal COM(2018)0439 Annex 4
      Commission Communication on the MFF 2021-2027 - Proposal COM(2018)0321
      Commission Communication on the MFF 2021-2027 - Proposal COM(2018)0321 Annex
      Cohesion Fund and European Regional Development Fund – Proposal COM(2018)0372
      Cohesion Fund and European Regional Development Fund – Proposal COM(2018)0372 Annex 1
      Cohesion Fund and European Regional Development Fund – Proposal COM(2018)0372 Annex 2
      Common Provisions Regulation – Proposal COM(2018)0375
      Common Provisions Regulation – Proposal COM(2018)0375 Annex 1

21-06-2018 09:00 - Lessons learnt from the Paradise Papers

Hearing - TAX3
TAX3 Special Committee - Public hearing on "Lessons learnt from the Paradise Papers” of 21 June 2018

After the informative workshop held by the committee on crypto currencies, digitalisation and the European Semester, next 21 June 2018, in the morning, the committee will host a hearing entitled "Lesson learnt from the Paradise Papers". The hearing will be structured in two panels.

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The first of which will be devoted to analysing whether the "Paradise Papers" show loopholes in the EU tax legislation and whether further action needs to be taken. A representative from the OECD, a journalist from the ICIJ consortium and an academic have been invited to share their views with the committee.

The second panel will consist of a hearing with multinational corporations on alleged aggressive tax planning schemes within the EU. Two multinationals, McDonald's and Nike, have already confirmed their participation.

Location: József Antall (JAN) 6Q2
Last updated: 15-06-2018

25-06-2018 15:00 - State Aid and EU funding - Are they compatible?

Hearing - CONT
CONT hearing on 25 June 2018

On Monday 25 June 2018, the Budgetary Control Committee (CONT) is organising a public hearing entitled "State aid and EU funding - Are they compatible?".

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State aid involves the transfer of state resources. These are resources which are controlled by public
authorities. EU funds which are granted directly to undertakings without coming under the control
of a public authority of a Member State cannot be considered to be state resources. However, EU
funds channelled through managing authorities become state resources and can constitute state
aid if all the other criteria of Article 107(1) TFEU are satisfied.

Location: József Antall building, room 4Q1, European Parliament, Brussels
Last updated: 11-06-2018

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Hearing - LIBE
Facebook/Cambridge Analytica

On 4 June 2018, the LIBE Committee – in association with the ITRE, AFCO and JURI Committees – held the first part of the hearing on the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica case.

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The contributions made by speakers showed the need to further investigate the consequences this data breach has had on data protection and privacy, the possible impact on electoral processes, consumers' trust in digital platforms, cybersecurity, the market position of Facebook etc. In this second part, Members will question experts and Facebook representatives on issues such as data protection implications, alleged election interference and cybersecurity.

Location: European Parliament, Paul-Henri Spaak building, room PHS 3C050
Last updated: 14-06-2018

28-06-2018 09:00 - Universal Jurisdiction and International Crimes: Constraints and Best Practices



The Policy Department of the Directorate General for External Policies is organising a workshop for the Subcommittee on Human Rights, in association with the Committee on Legal Affairs and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

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The workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss international trends as regards the concept of universal jurisdiction, the EU's approach to promoting universal jurisdiction through its external relations and concrete experiences in EU Member States.

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

Location: PHS 4B001, Brussels
Last updated: 13-06-2018

28-06-2018 13:30 - Countering online disinformation in Europe: Next steps

Other event - EPRS

Ahead of the European elections in less than a year from now, there is increasing concern over third-party disinformation campaigns in Europe. With the Commission's April 2018 'Communication on Tackling online disinformation' as a starting point, the panel will discuss the key challenges and opportunities for Member States and stakeholders (including media, online platforms, fact-checkers and civil society), and the EU institutions, not least the European Parliament.

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  • Ramón Luis VALCÁRCEL SISO, Vice-President of the European Parliament
  • David ALANDETE, Deputy-Director, El Pais, Spain
  • Ida EKLUND LINDWALL, East StratCom task force, EEAS
  • Naja BENTZEN, Policy analyst, External Policies Unit, EPRS

Moderator: Jesus CARMONA, Head of Citizens' Policies Unit, EPRS

Location: Library Reading Room, 5th floor, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP 05D)
Last updated: 05-06-2018

11-07-2018 18:30 - 100 years on: A literary and historical evocation of World War I

Other event - EPRS

Contemporary authors writing on conflicts in the 20th century tend to focus much more on WW2 than on WW1. But the memory and understanding of WW1, and historical research on that period, are essential for the integration of the European continent. This event brings together two young authors, one French and one German, in a presentation and a conversation on their respective books. This event will take place in French and German (interpretation FR-DE available).

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  • Nathalie GRIESBECK, MEP
  • Lise CHASTELOUX, Head of collections, Gallimard Publishing
  • Daniel SCHÖNPFLUG, Professor, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Philippe PERCHOC, Policy Analyst, External Policies Unit, Members' Research Service, EPRS

Moderator: Etienne BASSOT, Director, Members' Research Service, EPRS

Location: Library Reading Room, 5th floor, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP 05D)
Last updated: 13-06-2018


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