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07-12-2020 10:00 - Health and environmental impacts of 5G

Ceardlann - STOA
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The imminent introduction of 5G across the EU is expected to bring new opportunities for citizens and businesses, through faster browsing, streaming, downloading, as well as better connectivity - a new stage in the evolution of our increasingly interconnected world. 5G wireless communication offers numerous advantages, for instance to medical research, which will benefit from having such extremely high gigabit connectivity. 5G is the foundation technology for the Internet of Things (IoT), where machines will communicate with each other. However, 5G may also bring new threats to human and animal health and to the environment.

In order to discuss these issues, the STOA Panel is organising this virtual workshop. The workshop will be structured around three main questions, which the panellists have been asked to address:

Q1. Is the 2020 International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) risk assessment of the health and environmental effects of electromagnetic fields, sufficiently robust and reliable for protective policymaking?

Q2. Are the ICNIRP recommended exposure limits for electromagnetic fields, which are based mainly on short term tissue heating effects, sufficiently protective to avoid harm from lower level, longer term exposures that are below the ICNIRP limits.

Q3. Is there enough independent research into the health and environmental effects of 5G, which would help to reassure the public and help minimise future liabilities?



- Michèle Rivasi, MEP and STOA Panel Member

- Ivo Hristov, MEP and STOA Panel Member

10:05-11:05 - HEALTH IMPACT OF 5G

- Fiorella Belpoggi, Ramazzini Institute, Bologna, Italy

- Elisabeth Cardis, Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Spain

- Rodney Croft, International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)

- Franz Karcher, DG Sante, European Commission


- Arno Thielens, Ghent University - imec, Ghent, Belgium

- Gerard Ledoigt, Clermont Université, Clermont-Ferrand, France


- Q&A from the audience

- Ivo Hristov, MEP and STOA Panel Member

- Michèle Rivasi, MEP and STOA Panel Member

Moderator: David Gee, Institute of Environment, Health, and Societies, Brunel University, London, UK

An nuashonrú is déanaí: 04-12-2020

07-12-2020 13:45 - What role can trade policy play to advance the objectives of the Green Deal?

Éisteacht - INTA
Green House

The INTA hearing, scheduled for 7 December, will focus on the trade policy measures that can help the EU to achieve the goals it set for itself in the Green Deal. To discuss with MEPs, INTA invited Ms Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of the Club of Rome, Professor Olivier De Schutter, UN Special rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights, Ms Luisa Santos, Deputy Director-General, Business Europe and Mr Wendel Trio, Director of the Climate Action Network.

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The debate will shed light how trade policy could be an enabler towards a climate neutral, resource efficient and circular global economy and support the achievement of the Green Deal and Sustainable Development Goals.

Suíomh: Antall 4Q2 and with remote participation
An nuashonrú is déanaí: 03-12-2020

    Final programme

07-12-2020 14:00 - Public Hearing on Women's Rights Defenders

Éisteacht - FEMM
Women's Rights Defenders

On 7 December 2020, between 14.00 - 15.00, the FEMM Committee will hold a Public Hearing on "Women’s Rights Defenders (WRD) - EU’s role to combat the increasing attacks against WRD and women’s rights"

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The hearing aims to discuss the situation of Women's Rights Defenders by assessing the EU existing frameworks and instruments that protect Human Rights Defenders in order to ensure the inclusion of a gender perspective. The specific challenges and risks faced by Women's Rights Defenders will be given due consideration.

Invited speakers:

  • Nana Namata Annette Mwafrika Mbarikiwa - activist from Uganda
  • Claire Ivers - Head of the EU Office at Front Line Defenders
  • Mary Lawlor - United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders

An nuashonrú is déanaí: 25-11-2020

    Hearing - Poster
    Hearing - Draft Programme

07-12-2020 17:15 - EU agriculture after Brexit

Éisteacht - AGRI
an egg split into two parts - one part with the EU flag and the other part with the UK flag

The AGRI Committee will hold a Public Hearing on “EU agriculture after Brexit” with remote participation. The hearing is intended to tackle the impact of Brexit on agricultural trade flows, including the particular situation of Ireland and the protection of geographical indications. Experts representing EU Agriculture and Agri-Food will present their views on the above-mentioned issues, with focus on the most affected sectors/Member States.

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The European Commission will particularly address the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session with AGRI Members.

Suíomh: József Antall (4Q2), Brussels
An nuashonrú is déanaí: 03-12-2020

    Draft programme

08-12-2020 17:00 - EPRS online policy roundtable: Towards European economic recovery [...]

Imeacht eile - EPRS
EPRS online policy roundtable

Full title: Towards European economic recovery: How big and how quick a rebound will we see in 2021?

The coronavirus pandemic is exacting a heavy toll on the European economy, but thanks to a strong policy response, more devastating outcomes have been avoided. Economic activity is forecast to rebound in 2021, [...]

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[...] though the strength of the recovery will crucially depend on the course of containment strategies amidst an intense second wave of infections, on people's behaviour, and on the degree of policy support.Prospects remain highly uncertain but a faster-than-expected vaccine availability could strengthen the rebound. How effective was the policy response in Europe so far in supporting workers and businesses and preventing permanent scarring? What needs to be done going forward to strengthen the rebound? How can the crisis response be leveraged to address medium-term challenges like climate change, digitalization, and rising inequality? This presentation and discussion of the most recent IMF's Regional Economic Outlook for Europe (October 2020) will address these questions and the appropriate policy mix to address the multiple risks ahead.

No registration needed.

Suíomh: Live event via the WebEx Events platform
An nuashonrú is déanaí: 03-12-2020

09-12-2020 15:00 - Digital human rights and the future of democracy: Lessons from the pandemic

Imeacht eile - STOA
STOA Annual Lecture

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this STOA event is taking place online. Concerning the registration, please ignore the information about the access badges.

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This year, STOA's Annual Lecture will focus on the disruptive effects of the digital revolution upon democracy and the protection of civil liberties and human rights in the context of the current pandemic. It will examine the impacts of digital technology on democratic decision-making and the notion of democratic citizenship. The Annual Lecture 2020, chaired by STOA Chair Eva KAILI (S&D, Greece), will investigate the challenges associated with the growing datafication of our societies and the need to reclaim data sovereignty in the era of artificial intelligence.

Following the opening remarks of the STOA Chair, the European Commission Vice-President for the European Way of Life, Margaritis SCHINAS, will deliver an introductory speech on the subject of the event. The keynote lecture will be delivered by Shoshana ZUBOFF, Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and award-winning author of 'The Age of Surveillance Capitalism'. Professor ZUBOFF is a world-class thinker whose research is focused on the contested digital transition, its relationship to the future of capitalism, and the consequences for individuals and society.

Her keynote speech will be followed by a panel discussion on various aspects of key new technologies, with the participation of Members of the European Parliament and two eminent experts: Fredrik HEINTZ, Associate professor of Computer Science at Linköping University, Sweden and President of the Swedish AI Society, and Karen YEUNG, Professor of Law, Ethics and Informatics, Birmingham Law School and School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, UK. An online public debate will close the event.

'Our digital century was to have been democracy's Golden Age. Instead, we enter its third decade marked by extreme asymmetries of knowledge and the power that accrues to such knowledge, as surveillance capitalism seizes control of information and learning itself. Today the unaccountable power of the tech companies threatens to remake society as it unmakes democracy, exposing a void where democratic power should be and alerting us to our historical condition: We march naked into the digital century without the charters of rights, legal frameworks, regulatory paradigms, and institutions necessary to ensure a digital future that is compatible with democracy. If digital technologies are to advance the aspirations of a democratic people in our time, then we must invent the laws and institutions that will make it so.'

- Shoshana Zuboff, author, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, Professor emerita, Harvard Business School

Draft Agenda

  • 15:00-15:10, Opening remarks, Eva KAILI, STOA Chair
  • 15:10-15:25, Introductory speech, Margaritis SCHINAS, European Commission Vice-President for Promoting the European Way of Life
  • 15:25-15:55, Keynote speech, Professor Shoshana ZUBOFF
  • 15:55-16:25, Discussion with experts, Members of the European Parliament and the public, including:

Fredrik HEINTZ, Associate professor of Computer Science at Linköping University, Sweden; President of Swedish AI Society, Director of Graduate School of Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software (WASP)

Karen YEUNG, Professor of Law, Ethics and Informatics, Birmingham Law School and School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

  • 16:25-16:30, Closing remarks, Eva KAILI, STOA Chair

An nuashonrú is déanaí: 02-12-2020

10-12-2020 16:45 - ANIT Public hearing on Enforcement of Regulation 1/2005

Éisteacht - ANIT
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ANIT organises a public hearing on the protection of animals during transport and related operations to get a comprehensive overview of the enforcement of Regulation 01/2005 to tackle the different responsibilities of the Member States and the Commission.

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Five experts and representatives have been invited to provide Members with information on the evolution and differences in compliance rates, the sanctions mechanisms in Member States, cross-border cooperation between Member States, as well as infringement procedures and other possible actions by the Commission to ensure proper implementation and compliance.

Suíomh: SPAAK 1A2
An nuashonrú is déanaí: 03-12-2020

    Programme of the ANIT hearing on Enforcement of Regulation 1/2005

10-12-2020 17:30 - EPRS online policy roundtable: What will think tanks take away from 2020?

Imeacht eile - EPRS
EPRS online policy roundtable

Full title: Beyond the coronavirus crisis: What will think tanks take away from 2020?

Although the year 2020 has been dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, many other events have taken place that will leave a mark on the world's politics and economy. [...]

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[...] The United States has elected a new President, who has the potential to change the direction of the global order. China has continued its assertive foreign policy drive. There were a number of serious trade spats, whilst climate diplomacy talks made little progress. Belarus protested massively against allegedly fraudulent presidential elections. Even if the outcome of the Brexit talks remained in doubt until the end, the European Union agreed a massive financial package of coronavirus support using debt financing for the first time. This year also marked the beginning of the 5G era, the acceleration of the energy transition and many other developments. The historic meaning of 2020 will be discussed by a group of leading think tankers in this last EPRS online policy roundtable of 2020.

No need for registration.

Suíomh: Live event via the WebEx Events platform
An nuashonrú is déanaí: 03-12-2020

11-12-2020 09:30 - Environmental & occupational cancers: understanding their risk factors

Éisteacht - BECA
Environment change and global warming environmental concept as a scene cut in two with half showing a dead tree as a human head in pollution and the opposite with healthy green clean air and plants.

On Wednesday 11 December from 9.30 - 12.30 the BECA committee will hear from seven leading specialists in cancer prevention about the effect the environment can have on everybody's risk of developing cancer, including radiation, air pollution, exposure to chemicals and pesticides, and being exposed to carcinogens at work.

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Up to 40 % of all cancer cases are preventable through coordinated actions on individual, social, environmental and commercial health determinants.
On 2 December the BECA committee explored the lifestyle factors which influence cancer risk, and the hearing on 11 December will focus on the environmental and occupational risk factors.

The hearing consists of two parts:
Part 1: Introduction to environmental risk factors for cancer, radiation and occupational exposure to carcinogens
Part 2: Exposure to air pollution, chemicals and pesticides

The invited experts will participate remotely and will give an overview of the state of play as regards environmental risk factors for cancer.

Suíomh: Public Hearing. Meeting room: ANTALL 2Q2 and with remote participation
An nuashonrú is déanaí: 04-12-2020

    Draft programme
    BECA Working Document on Inputs of the Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA) to influence the future Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan

16-12-2020 14:00 - EPRS online Book Talk | The story of the EU Global Strategy [...]

Imeacht eile - EPRS
Online Book Talk on 16 December 2020

Full title: The story of the EU Global Strategy - Defining the principles and priorities of Europe’s foreign policy

Dr Nathalie Tocci of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), who worked with HR/VP Federica Mogherini in drafting the latest EU Global Strategy in June 2016, will talk about her recent book on the process. Entitled Framing the EU Global Strategy: A Stronger Europe in a Fragile World, Tocci’s book explains the origins and substance of the strategy, […]

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[...] and offers a behind-the-scenes portrait of the players involved and the choices they made in seeking to define the principles and policies that encapsulate the Union's world view.
No registration needed.

Suíomh: Live event through the WebEx platform
An nuashonrú is déanaí: 26-11-2020


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