On 30 June from 9.00, BUDG committee will hold a high-level joint hearing with LIBE, AFET and DEVE committees on the budgetary implications of the refugee and migration crisis. The keynote speech will be given by Mr George Soros, founder and Chair of Open Society foundations. Other speakers include the Commission's Directors General for Budget, DEVCO and NEAR, Directors of Frontex and EASO, the UNHCR Europe Director, ECRE Secretary General and Oxfam representative.
MEPs will discuss the past andpresent budgetary initiatives, solidarity and cost-sharing between MemberStates and the EU external actions' financing in relation to the crisis.
Location: Paul-Henri Spaak PHS 3C50 (3rd floor), European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, Brussels, Belgium
Last updated: 30-06-2016
In order for the Parliament to give its own input and hear more expert and/or stakeholder views on the forthcoming revision of the financial regulation, a workshop on this issue will take place at the BUDG meeting of 11 July 2016.
The European Commission will present its first evaluation of its last public consultation and an outlook on its proposal, the Court of Auditors will express its request for the next reform of the financial regulation. Then, different stakeholders involved in direct management will give their views. A debate will follow all presentations.
Rapporteur from BUDG Committee: Inge Gräßle
Location: József Antall Building (JAN), room 4Q2, European Parliament, Brussels
Last updated: 30-06-2016
On 12 July 2016, the Committee on Legal Affairs will hold a public hearing on limitation periods for road traffic accidents in the EU. This hearing relates to the legislative initiative report (rapporteur: Pavel Svoboda) on the same topic (2015/2087 (INL)).
More than 8 years have passed since Parliament’s resolution on ‘Limitation periods in cross-border disputes involving personal injuries and fatal accidents’ (2006/2014 (INL)), and despite relevant public consultations and studies, the Commission has not yet prepared a specific legislative proposal.
Limitation periods for tort claims vary widely between the Member States. Specifically, while legal systems in continental Europe refer to ‘prescription periods’, namely periods of time after the expiry of which a claim is deemed extinguished; in common law countries there are only ‘limitation periods’, which indicate the time after which the right to lodge a claim is barred, albeit the claim itself is not extinguished. What is more, discrepancies in national limitation laws exist with regard to the commencement of the running of time in general, or in the case of minors and disabled persons in particular, as well as with regard to the capacity to stop or interrupt the running of limitation.
In cross-border accidents, the time limits applicable for instituting a claim are determined based on the law of the Member State where the accident occurred, in accordance with the Rome II Regulation (Article 15). National laws on limitation and prescription periods can be very complex, and victims will often not be familiar with the rules of the Member States they are travelling in. This, combined with the discrepancies between different limitation laws, can lead to undesirable consequences for the victims, creating unnecessary obstacles to securing their right to reparation and to timely litigation at reasonable cost.
Limitation periods for claims are essential to ensure legal certainty and the finality of disputes. These interests should be balanced with the fundamental right to obtain an effective remedy, since unnecessarily short limitation periods could obstruct effective access to justice across the EU. EU legislation has not harmonised the rules on limitation and prescription periods, neither in general nor concerning traffic accidents in particular.
The forthcoming hearing 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 limitation periods in Europe through the establishment of common standards concerning cross-border traffic accidents. 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 create common standards for road traffic accidents in the EU. The Commission, personal injury and insurance lawyers, insurance and road traffic accidents associations will offer their views on this matter.
The hearing will take place at the European Parliament in Brussels, in room ASP 3E2, from 10.30 to 12.30.
Location: ASP 3E2
Last updated: 16-06-2016
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE HEARING WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER! In October 2016, the Committee on Legal Affairs and the Committee on Women’s Rights will hold a public hearing on public international law perspectives on the prosecution of Daesh’s crimes against women and girls before international jurisdictions.
A wide range of heinous crimes is being committed by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham/Greater Syria (also known as “ISIS”) against civilians and minority populations in the areas in which it operates. There is currently sufficient and reliable evidence and information showing that Daesh has strategically targeted and systematically raped, tortured, enslaved and killed women and girls due to ideological grounds. While there has been global condemnation of Daesh’s crimes, the international community has a long way to go before it can ensure that those responsible for these atrocities can be held accountable.
Against this background, the forthcoming hearing will bring together Members of the European Parliament and a number of experts, practitioners and academics with a view to discussing the avenues offered by public international law to prosecute crimes committed by Daesh against women and girls, before international jurisdictions, such as the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Representatives of Human Rights, the UN, academia and international criminal jurisdictions will offer their views on this matter.
Location: Brussels, ASP 3E2
Last updated: 30-06-2016
The purpose of the workshop is to provide background information and advice for Members on the latest findings and trends in the fields of cancer prevention and treatment, and the role played and potential contribution of education, sports and physical activity. It will gather distinguished speakers to provide innovative views on the above subjects, around the period of 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
The workshop will cover topics such as the role of education for avoiding or diminishing cancer health risks by influencing positively the individual choices and behaviours; the role of physical activity and sports in cancer primary prevention and the improvement of treatment outcomes, including the emotional and psychological benefits; how to support healthy policies in education for children, young people and the public at large as well as the encouragement of physical activities and sports by local, regional, national and EU institutions, health and sports professionals, civil society and the media.
Location: Altiero Spinelli A1G2
Last updated: 29-06-2016
The aim of the workshop is to provide information and advice for MEPs on Access to Medicines as well as the future EU strategies to improve it. Access to affordable medicines is of utmost importance to improve the health of the population.
According to the WHO, access to essential medicines is part of the right to health. However the economic crisis as well as the high price of new medicines are increasing difficulties in access to medicines. In addition, differences on health systems between countries are enormous. A number of barriers need to be overcome including R&D models. Speakers of excellence in the topic will participate in the workshop leading to debates and discussions.
Location: Altiero Spinelli A3G-2
Last updated: 30-06-2016
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 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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