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24-02-2020 09:00 - Fact Finding Visit to Bulgaria: 24 - 26 February 2020

Other event - PETI
The Flag of Bulgaria in the World Map

The Committee on Petitions is organising a fact-finding visit to Bulgaria in the period 24-26 February 2020. In the first part, the members of the delegation will meet petitioners in Sofia along with the responsible state authorities, professional associations, consumer protection organizations and the Bulgarian Ombudsman to discuss issues related to the banking system and private enforcement agents.

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In the second part, the delegation will address another topical issue: waste management. MEPs will visit the landfill in the town of Montana and meet with the city's mayor and the regional environmental bodies to discuss alleged shortcomings regarding access to documents in environmental matters.

Last updated: 14-02-2020

03-03-2020 13:30 - Demographic Outlook for the EU in 2020: Understanding population trends in the EU

Other event - EPRS
EPRS event on 3 March 2020

This policy roundtable presents the 2020 edition of the EPRS’s ‘Demographic Outlook of the EU’, which tracks demographic change at European level. The study uses the latest data from Eurostat and the United Nations to explore the main demographic indicators, such as the median age, fertility rates or life expectancy, comparing them between EU Member States and between the EU and the rest of the world. [...]

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The dramatically ageing population of the EU has serious implications across a wide range of policy areas, including the economy, healthcare and pensions. Free movement within the EU and migration from third countries also play an important role in shaping demography in individual Member States and regions.
The special in-focus section of this latest edition of the study deals with the relationship between food, nutrition and demographic change annual. Themes analysed include the connection between food quality and life expectancy, the nutrition needs and habits of different age groups, and food insecurity as a trigger for migration towards the EU. Possible solutions such as labelling for healthier food, climate labelling and insect food products are also addressed. The presentation of the study will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives of the FAO, European Commission and Joint Research Centre, as well as the European Parliament.

Location: Library Reading Room, Altiero Spinelli Building, 5th floor
Last updated: 18-02-2020


05-03-2020 12:30 - Has the EU become a regulatory superpower? How it's rules are shaping global markets

Other event - EPRS
EPRS book talk on 5 March 2020

Professor Anu BRADFORD, Director of the European Legal Studies Center at Columbia Law School in New York, is publishing a book, ‘The Brussels Effect: How Europe rules the world’, in which she analyses the EU’s growing ability to regulate global markets through standard-setting. […]

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Seemingly without the need to resort to international institutions or seek other nations' formal agreement, the EU has been acquiring and exercing a unique ability to adopt regulations that increasingly shape the global economic environment, raising standards worldwide and leading to a 'Europeanisation' of many important aspects of global commerce. Either because foreign jurisdictions choose voluntarily to adopt EU standards or because market forces alone are sufficient to convert EU standards into the global ones, especially as multinational companies voluntarily extend the EU rule to govern their global operations, the Union is finding that it is able to exercise a new and significant form of soft power. At this EPRS Book Talk, Professor BRADFORD will explore some of the issues set out in her new book with Dr Andrea RENDA, a leading authority on EU regulation based at CEPS in Brussels.

Location: Library Reading Room, 5th floor, Altiero Spinelli Building, European Parliament, Brussels
Last updated: 19-02-2020


06-03-2020 10:00 - Ratification of International Treaties: A Comparative Law Perspective (Second part)

Other event - EPRS
EPRS event on Friday 6 March 2020

The aim of this latest EPRS conference in the field of comparative law is to analyse the ratification of international treaties processes in different Member States – namely Germany, Italy and Portugal – particularly the key applicable elements of the various legal systems and the actors involved and the procedures in place, as well as the estimated time required for ratification. […]

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This event forms the second part of an on-going series of EPRS conferences on this subject, a process backed by the publication of a set of detailed studies on the situation in various jurisdictions.

Location: Library Reading Room, 5th floor, Altiero Spinelli Building, European Parliament, Brussels
Last updated: 19-02-2020

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18-03-2020 09:30 - AI and Blockchain: opportunities and challenges for the Single Market

Hearing - IMCO
Global communication technology and telecommunication financial network around planet Earth. Blockchain and cryptocurrency concept with copyspace

The aim of the hearing is to explore the opportunities and challenges that two new technologies – artificial intelligence and blockchain – present for the single market. The hearing will be made up of two panels of experts: the first dealing with the use of AI tools in the services sector; the second dealing with the potential of blockchain to improve product safety.

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The AI panel will address questions like the following: To what extent does the EU's regulatory framework for services need to be adapted? Are the transparency obligations in the e-Commerce Directive adequate in the age of AI-algorithms? Are EU rules for AI-powered professional services adequate to ensure the protection of consumers?

The Blockchain panel will address questions like the following: What role could blockchain play in the EU's product safety framework, for example making market surveillance and traceability of products more effective? Can DLTs improve the quality and accessibility of product information for consumers? What role can standardisation play in ensuring interoperability of DLTs and avoiding fragmentation and technical barriers within the single market?

Location: ANTALL, 6Q2
Last updated: 19-02-2020

19-03-2020 10:30 - Consumer aspects around planned obsolescence: towards longer-lasting products

Hearing - IMCO
consumer electronics home appliances with different damages. Broken household goods: monitor,microwave,refrigerator,washing machine,vacuum cleaner etc

The aim of the hearing is discuss the different aspects of planned obsolescence from a consumer protection perspective. Panellists are invited to share their views on the causes and facts behind product obsolescence, to comment on existing policy measures and to issue recommendations for a possible future EU regulatory framework to counter planned obsolescence, with a focus on ensuring a high degree of consumer protection.

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In particular, the panellists may comment on recommended consumer information obligations and product labelling (e.g. mandatory durability labelling, reparability scoring systems), consumer rights (right to repair, specificities of IoT goods, software obsolescence), on pioneering national legislation such as the French or Italian examples and initiatives promoting product durability, repair and sustainable consumption in general. Members will also have the opportunity to hear the Commission's perspective and details of its work in the area of sustainable

Location: ANTALL Building, 6Q2
Last updated: 06-02-2020

22-03-2020 17:30 - Sixth meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group (JPSG) on Europol

Other event - LIBE
Logo of the Croatian Presidency of the EU Council

The sixth meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol (JPSG) will take place on 22-23 March 2020 in Zagreb. The JPSG brings together Members of national parliaments and the European Parliament to fulfil the scrutiny and oversight on the activities of Europol including on fundamental rights. The JPSG meets at least twice a year. It is Co-Chaired by the European Parliament and the country holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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The agenda includes points resulting from the obligations formulated in articles 12, 51 and 52 of the Europol Regulation (regulation (EU)2016/794) including hearing the European data Protection Supervisor, the Europol Executive Director, the Chairperson of the Europol Management Board and discussing the Multiannual Work Programme. The agenda also includes high profile discussions on topics such as Europol External Strategy and Operational Agreements with Third Countries, the EU Internal Security Strategy and the Role of Europol and Innovation and Research at Europol. The meeting will give the LIBE Members the opportunity to obtain first-hand information on these topics and will enable them to scrutinise Europol's activities as foreseen in article 88 TFEU.

Location: National and University Library, Zagreb, Croatia
Last updated: 20-02-2020


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