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14-01-2021 09:00 - ENVI Public Hearing: Loss of biodiversity and the risk of pandemics

Smigħ - ENVI
Biodiversity Hearing

On Thursday 14 January, the ENVI committee held a public meeting on "Facing the sixth mass extinction and increasing risk of pandemics: What role for the EU Biodiversity strategy to 2030?"

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This hearing considered the loss of biodiversity and the extent to which this increases the risk of pandemics due to land use change, climate change and wildlife trade. There was a discussion on the role and possibilities of the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 in countering biodiversity loss and in increasing commitment in the EU as well as globally. In addition, results of the IPBES July 2020 workshop on biodiversity and pandemics were presented.

Aġġornata l-aħħar: 15-01-2021

    Public Hearing on Biodiversity_Programme
    Presentation Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (Anne Larigauderie)
    Presentation World Wildlife Fund (Sabien Leemans)
    Presentation OECD (Katia Karousakis)
    Presentation Austrian Fed.Institute of Agricultural Economics (Thomas Resl)
    Presentation Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (Peter Daszak)
    Presentation Wildlife Conservation Society (Chris Walzer)

12-01-2021 13:30 - EPRS online policy roundtable: Europe's challenges in 2021 - Ten issues to watch

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EPRS online policy roundtable

Once again, the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) opens its events for the New Year with a series of presentations by some of its own policy analysts on ten of the major issues that are likely to shape the coming twelve months. [...]

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[...] The issues include the race for a coronavirus vaccine, the EU recovery plan, access to food, rising inequality, challenges to culture and the performing arts, a digital boost for the circular economy, critical raw materials, border controls, Turkey and the eastern Mediterranean, and the advent of the new Biden Administration in the United States.
Please join us for what promises to be a stimulating launch to the series of EPRS policy roundtables for 2021.

No registration needed.

Post: Live event via the WebEx Events platform
Aġġornata l-aħħar: 07-01-2021

11-01-2021 16:45 - Conservation of agricultural biodiversity

Smigħ - AGRI
A patchwork of pictures representing a beekeeper, a swallow over a field, a harvester, forest and fields, a farmer in front of his cows, pigs

The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development held a Public Hearing on the "Conservation of agricultural biodiversity" in remote. The hearing was intended to assess and discuss the impact on the agricultural sector of the Commission's Communication on the “EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030: Bringing nature back into our lives”.

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Eight experts on two separated panels delivered presentations, followed by Q&A sections, concerning the impact on the European farmers in order to assess the challenges faced by the sector with several of the biodiversity targets.

DG ENV and DG AGRI from the European Commission participated as well with two representatives in order to give a presentation of the measures proposed in the EC Communication.

Post: Paul-Henri Spaak (3C50) Brussels
Aġġornata l-aħħar: 15-01-2021

    Draft programme

Panel 1: How will the EU Biodiversity strategy for 2030 impact agriculture?

      Links between the strategy and EU agricultural competitiveness and sustainability and food security - P. Borgström, COPA COGECA
      How can farmers enhance their environmental performance while ensuring economic and social sustainability? - A. Arroyo Schnell, International Union for Conservation of Nature
      Speaking points - H. Delgado Rosa, European Commission, DG ENV

Panel 2: What tools for the European Agriculture achieve the biodiversity strategy goals?

      Focus on tracking expenditure and impact of CAP measures - F. Bas-Defossez, Institute for European Environmental Policy
      How can scientific evidence support EU commitments and measures? - G. De Santi, Joint Research Centre
      Tools for targeted Biodiversity Management to benefit Conservation and Farming - F. Wäckers, BiobestGroup
      Speaking points - P. Bascou, European Commission, DG AGRI

11-01-2021 13:45 - Public Hearing: Beating cancer - empowering patients and their caregivers

Smigħ - BECA
BECA Hearing

The Beating Cancer committee (BECA) put patients and their caregivers first on Monday 11 January 2021during a hearing that was entirely dedicated to patients' experiences and their recommendations for the forthcoming BECA report.

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Cancer patients face various problems such as:
  • physical trauma
  • mental health issues
  • difficulties to return to school, work or leisure
  • work-life balance issues
They also often lack adequate medical, psychological, social and financial support during their treatments, as do their families and caregivers. Additionally, people with work-related cancer sometimes face additional challenges resulting from the lack of recognition of their disease. Another difficulty is the lack of a recognized legal status for caregivers in some Member States.

Watch the hearing again by clicking on the below links.

Post: Brussels, European Parliament, Room: ANTALL 4Q1 and with remote participation
Aġġornata l-aħħar: 12-01-2021

    Hearing programme
    Presentation Dr Stanimir Hasardzhiev

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

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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.

Post: Live event through the WebEx platform
Aġġornata l-aħħar: 26-11-2020

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

Smigħ - 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 Friday 11 December the BECA committee heard 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 consisted 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 participated remotely and gave an overview of the state of play as regards environmental risk factors for cancer.

Post: Public Hearing. Meeting room: ANTALL 2Q2 and with remote participation
Aġġornata l-aħħar: 15-12-2020

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

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EPRS 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.

Post: Live event via the WebEx Events platform
Aġġornata l-aħħar: 07-12-2020

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

Smigħ - ANIT
Plenty of pigs during transport by truck©Somrek/AdobeStock

ANIT organised 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 had 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.

Post: SPAAK 1A2
Aġġornata l-aħħar: 11-12-2020

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

Written questions to experts and answers

      Questions and Answers DJGT
      Questions and Answers Danish Food Council
      Questions and Answers Animals' Angels
      Questions and Answers CIWF
      Questions and Answers FVE


      Presentation Nancy De Briyne - FVE
      Presentation Olga Kikou - CIWF
      Presentation Silvia Meriggi - Animal Angels
      Presentation Trine Vig Tamstorf - Danish Food Council

Experts' CVs

      Christoph Maisack
      Trine Vig Tamstorf
      Nancy De Briyne
      Silvia Meriggi
      Olga Kikou

Additional documents

      Silvia Meriggi - Animal Angels
      Silvia Meriggi - Animal Angels -Master thesis Helena Bauer
      Silvia Meriggi - Animal Angels Letter to EU Commission
      Silvia Meriggi - The harmonization of animal protection during transport

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

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STOA Annual Lecture

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this STOA event is taking place online.

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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



  • 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
  • 15:55-16:55, 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

  • 16:55-17:00, Closing remarks, Eva KAILI, STOA Chair

Aġġornata l-aħħar: 11-01-2021

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