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05-12-2016 - The Situaiton in the African Great Lakes Region

Hearing - AFET
Public hearing on the Situation in the African Great Lakes Region

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Location: Brussels JAN 2Q2
Last updated: 02-12-2016

05-12-2016 - Hearing on Greek labour market reform

Hearing - EMPL
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On 5 December Mr Pedro Martins, Professor from the London School of Business and Management in London will take part at the hearing as a member of the "Expert Group for the review of the Greek labour market institutions" to present their recommendations adopted on 27 September 2016.

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The expert group consists of eight independent experts, its composition was jointly agreed with the Greek government and the institutions and was set-up in April 2016. It was tasked with helping Greece and the international institutions (European Commission, European Central Bank, European Stability Mechanism, International Monetary Fund) to reach an agreement on labour reforms.

Location: JAN 4Q1
Last updated: 02-12-2016

06-12-2016 - 13:30-15:00 Base erosion and profit shifting: Challenges for international taxation

Other event - EPRS
Poster for an event on "base erosion and profit shifting: challenges for international taxation", which will take place on Tuesday 6 December at 13:30 in the Library Reading Room of the European Parliament.

International tax issues are high on the political agenda, underscoring the need to improve tax transparency to address tax evasion and close the loopholes that facilitate tax avoidance. Following the outcomes of the OECD/G20 project to address Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), the challenge is now to ensure their consistent and effective implementation, building on the strong political momentum. The session will provide an overview of the project and next steps, with the EU in focus.

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Location: Library Reading Room - Altiero Spinelli Building - ASP 05D
Last updated: 25-11-2016

07-12-2016 - The 1976 Electoral Act 40 years on: History and significance for Democracy today

Other event - EPRS

The 'Act concerning the election of the Members of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage' entered into force in 1976. This anniversary offers an opportunity to look back to the origins of European elections and their historical context, and to take stock of the Parliament’s continuing efforts to modernise and 'Europeanise' the common electoral procedure. This EP history roundtable is held at the European University Institute in Florence, with a video link to Brussels.

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  • Elmar Brok, MEP, Chair, EP Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Jo Leinen, MEP, Co-Rapporteur, The Reform of the Electoral Law of theEuropean Union
  • Giorgio Napolitano, Senator, former President of the Italian Republic(tbc)
  • Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, Spanish Minister of Education, Culture and Sport,former MEP (tbc)
  • Brigid Laffan, Professor and Director, Robert Schuman Centre, EUI
  • Federico Romero, Professor and Co-Director, Alcide de Gasperi Centre,EUI
  • Ulrike Guérot, Professor, Danube University Krems
  • Andrew Duff, Visiting Fellow, European Policy Centre, former MEP
  • Olivier Costa, Professor, College of Europe, Bruges, and University of Bordeaux
  • Wilfried Loth, Professor emeritus, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Laura Tilindyte, Policy Analyst, EPRS

Location: ASP 06D128, access through the Library Reading Room, Altiero Spinelli Building, 5th floor
Last updated: 30-11-2016

07-12-2016 - 17:30-19:00 Earliest forms of European cooperation: Religious orders and universities

Other event - EPRS
Poster for the event on earliest forms of European Cooperation, to be held at the European Parliament on Wednesday 7 December 2016 at 17:30.

In this round table on the earliest forms of European Cooperation, proposed by Catherine Stihler, MEP, the presentations of panellists will cover the long period from the 11th to the 20th century. Topics include Medieval Monastic Europe, concepts and reality behind European political cooperation in the 16th and 17th centuries, and external motives for European Unity in the 19th and 20th centuries. The panel will conclude offering a perspective on today's European cooperation.

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Catherine Stihler MEP, Vice-Chair of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Frances Andrews, Professor in Mediaeval History at St Andrews University
Mía Rodriguez-Salgado, Professor of International History at London School of Economics
Patrick Pasture, Professor of History, Director of the 'Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives' at KU Leuven
Christian Salm, Policy Analyst in DG EPRS

Welcome words will be given by Joe Dunne, Director for the Library, and the event is moderated by Étienne Deschamps, Curator of the House of European history.

Location: Library Reading Room - Altiero Spinelli Building - ASP 05D
Last updated: 28-11-2016

08-12-2016 - Hearinng on the Fundamental Rights Implications on Big Data

Hearing - LIBE
Hearing on Big Data

On 8 December 2016 the LIBE Committee organises a hearing on the Fundamental Rights Implications on Big Data: privacy, data protection, non-discrimination, security and law-enforcement in the framework of the own-initiative report by the LIBE Committee on this topic (rapporteur Ms Ana GOMES (S&D)). It aims to address the implications of big data on fundamental rights, both as regards the use of big data for commercial activities or for public administration or law enforcement purposes.

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The guest speakers will provide the LIBE Committee with the views of different actors involved: industry, consumers, NGOs, public administration, law enforcement sector, European Data Protection Supervisor and the European Commission.
Big data has the potential to bring undeniable benefits and opportunities for citizens, businesses and governments. The fast growing and development of new information technologies, which become cheaper and affordable, is making easier for companies and public authorities to engage in advance processing techniques using complex algorithms to correlate personal data and information in order to identify patterns, trends, predict or shape human behaviour of large categories of population for a broad range of different purposes.
But big data also entails significant risks, namely with regard to the protection of fundamental rights as guaranteed by the EU Charter and Union law.

Last updated: 02-12-2016


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