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16-11-2020 17:00 - The Athens Roundtable on Artificial Intelligence and the Rule of Law

Atelier - STOA
'The Athens Roundtable on Artificial Intelligence and the Rule of Law' written in white on dark blue background

In view of the recent launching of its new Centre for Artificial Intelligence (C4AI), STOA is co-hosting with UNESCO and other prominent institutions the 2020 edition of The Athens Roundtable on Artificial Intelligence and the Rule of Law. The Roundtable is a major international, multi- stakeholder event specifically focused on legal systems and the rule of law.

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Co-founded in 2019 by IEEE SA, The Future Society, and ELONtech, the Roundtable is held under the patronage of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Ms Katerina Sakellaropoulou. Its mission is to advance the global dialogue on policy, practice, international cooperation, capacity-building and evidence-based instruments for the trustworthy adoption of AI in government, industry and society, under the prism of legal systems, the practice of law and regulatory compliance.

The 2020 (virtual) event, hosted from New York City, will welcome many of the previous participants in order to create continuity in the roundtable's purpose, but will also expand its participation to the Global South, with the support of STOA and of UNESCO. The objective of the 2020 proceedings will be to review the progress of the AI governance initiatives of key participating regulatory and non-regulatory bodies, to hear the perspectives of senior representatives of global corporations and civil society stakeholders, to exchange views on emerging best practices, to discuss the world's most mature AI standards and certifications initiatives, and to examine those initiatives in the context of specific real-world AI applications.

Τhe event will take place over two consecutive days (16-17 November, 2020, from 17:00 - 20:30 Central European Time). It will feature prominent speakers from international regulatory and legislative bodies (including STOA Chair Eva Kaili), industry, academia and civil society, and a diverse global audience.


DAY 1: November 16

11:00am - 11:15am US ET | 17:00 - 17:15 CET: Welcome remarks.

● Nicolas Economou, CEO, H5; Chair, Law Committee, IEEE Global Initiative; Chair, Law & Society Initiative, The Future Society

● Eva Kaili, MEP and Chair of the Future of Science and Technology Panel, European Parliament (STOA)

● Sasha Rubel, Program Specialist, Digital Innovation and Transformation, UNESCO

● Konstantinos Karachalios, Managing Director, IEEE Standards Association

11:15am - 11:35am US ET | 17:15 - 17:35 CET: Opening addresses.

● Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and former Foreign Minister of Sweden; Senior Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP

● Representative Yvette D. Clarke, U.S. House of Representatives, Vice Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee

11:35am - 12:30pm US ET | 17:35 - 18:30 CET: AI regulatory and non-regulatory initiatives: updates and objectives.

● Kilian Gross, Head of Unit Technologies & Systems for Digitising Industry, European Commission

● Jan Kleijssen, Director, Information Society and Action against Crime, (including Ad Hoc Committee on AI (CAHAI)), Directorate General, Council of Europe

● Eileen M. Lach, Executive Committee Member, The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems; Member, Board of Directors, The Future Society

● Moderator: Alison Snyder, Managing Editor, Axios

12:35pm - 1:30pm US ET | 18:35 - 19:30 CET: Trustworthy AI: A view from industry.

● Julia Brickell, Esq., Executive Managing Director and General Counsel, H5; Lecturer, Law & Technology, Columbia University

● Michael Fitzpatrick, Head of Global Regulatory Affairs, Google

● Freek Staehr, Senior Vice President, SAP Legal; Member, SAP AI Ethics Steering Committee

● Frank Torres, Director of Consumer Affairs, Microsoft

● Jochen van der Burgt, Head of Digital Risk Management, Daimler

● Moderator: Lee Tiedrich, Partner, IP/Tech Transactions and Co-Chair, Artificial Intelligence Initiative, Covington & Burling LLP

1:35pm - 2:30pm US ET | 19:35 - 20:30 CET: Breakout sessions.

See list and speakers following the plenary agenda, below.

DAY 2: November 17

11:00am - 11:20am US ET | 17:00 - 17:20 CET: Opening remarks: Operationalizing AI ethics.

● Isabela Ferrari, Federal Judge, Second Regional Federal Court (Rio de Janeiro), Brazil

● Francesca Rossi, IBM AI Ethics Global Leader, AAAI President-Elect

11:20am - 12:15pm US ET | 17:20 - 18:15 CET: Trustworthy AI: a discussion with international legislators and legal practitioners.

● Lord Tim Clement-Jones, Member, UK House of Lords, former Chair, House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, and Co-Chair, All-Party, Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence

● Martin Hansen, Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP

● Eva Kaili, MEP and Chair of the Future of Science and Technology Panel, European Parliament (STOA)

● VK Rajah, former Attorney-General and current Chairman, Advisory Council on the Ethical Use of AI and Data, Singapore

● Jim Shaughnessy, Executive Vice President, Head of Global Affairs, Workday

● Moderator: Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head, Artificial Intelligence, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum; Member, Lord Chief Justice's Advisory Panel on AI and Law; Member of Doughty Street Chambers and a Master of the Inner Temple, UK

12:20pm - 1:15pm US ET 18:20 - 19:15 CET: The search for the Unicorn: is there such a thing as a unified, values-driven, evidence-based AI Governance Framework?

● Clementina Barbaro, Co-Secretary, Ad Hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI), Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law, Council of Europe

● Merethe Eckhardt, Member, Working Group on the Quality of Justice, European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), Council of Europe

● Nicolas Economou, CEO, H5; Chair, Law Committee, IEEE Global Initiative; Chair, Law & Society Initiative, The Future Society

● Elham Tabassi, Chief of Staff, Information Technology Laboratory, United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

● Moderator: Marc Canellas, Vice-Chair, AI Policy Committee, IEEE-USA

1:20pm - 2:20pm US ET | 19:20 - 20:20 CET: The future of international AI governance: cooperation or competition?

● Bertrand Braunschweig, former Director, Paris Center of Excellence, Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI)

● Laura Galindo, OECD Artificial Intelligence Policy, OECD ONE AI Secretariat

● Jan Kleijssen, Director, Information Society and Action against Crime, (including Ad Hoc Committee on AI (CAHAI)), Directorate General, Council of Europe.

● Paul Nemitz, Principal Adviser, Directorate General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission

● Sasha Rubel, Program Specialist, Digital Innovation and Transformation, UNESCO

● Moderator: Nicolas Miailhe, President, The Future Society

2:20pm - 2:30pm US ET | 20:20 - 20:30 CET: Closing remarks, next steps.

● Eva Kaili, MEP and Chair of the Future of Science and Technology Panel, European Parliament (STOA)

● Nicolas Miailhe, President, The Future Society

The Athens Roundtable is committed to advancing legal stakeholder education in AI and the law. The Roundtable is being held with the intention that attendees qualify for continuing legal education in their areas of professional practice.

Attendance is upon invitation only. If you wish to attend, please request an invitation at aiathens@thefuturesociety.org.

Ultima actualizare: 15-11-2020

    Breakout sessions (16 November 2020)

16-11-2020 16:45 - The role of tax policies in the context of the economic recovery

Audiere - FISC
Subcommittee on Tax Matters

On 16 November 2020, FISC Members will exchange views with Mrs Grace Perez Navarro, Deputy Director at the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, Mr Joaquim Miranda Sarmento, Professor at the University of Lisbon and Mrs Liina Carr, ETUC Confederal Secretary.

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They will discuss on how an EU coordinated tax policy will help smoothing the economic recovery, notably by assisting Member States in better fighting tax avoidance and evasion. They will also examine how well calibrated tax policy orientations can create the right conditions for economic growth and investments in the Union.

Locul de amplasare: Public hearing held by remote participation
Ultima actualizare: 17-11-2020

    Draft programme of the hearing
    Poster of the hearing

Grace Perez Navarro, Deputy Director of the OECD's Centre for Tax Policy and Administration

      Opening remarks

Joaquim Miranda Sarmento, Professor of Finance at Lisbon School of Economics and Management (University of Lisbon)

      Powerpoint presentation

Liina Carr, Confederal Secretary at European Trade Union

      Speaking notes

16-11-2020 14:15 - Workshop on Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

Atelier - JURI
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On 16 November 2020, the Policy Department for Citizens Rights and Constitutional Affairs organised a workshop on "The 40th Anniversary of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction" for the JURI Committee, in the presence of the EP Coordinator of Children's' Rights, Ms Ewa Kopacz.

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The workshop marked the 40th anniversary of the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and was aimed at examining assessing the success and importance of the Convention in ensuring the prompt return and thus the best interests of the abducted children. Against this background, the workshop brought together Members of the European Parliament and a number of experts, practitioners and academics with a view to presenting the functioning of the Convention from the child's rights dimension and pointing out ongoing issues with its implementation.

Locul de amplasare: Brussels
Ultima actualizare: 19-11-2020

    Biographies of experts
    Gérardine GOH ESCOLAR - Speaking notes - Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction Recent Developments, Current Status and Challenges
    Gérardine GOH ESCOLAR: Presentation on Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction Recent Developments, Current Status and Challenges

12-11-2020 17:00 - Exchange of views on "Women in Belarus"

Audiere - FEMM
Women's fight in Belarus

The Committee on Gender Equality and Women's Rights (FEMM), in association with the Delegation for relations with Belarus (D-BY), organized an exchange of views on “Women in Belarus” on 12 November 2020 from 17.00-17.45 remotely.

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The FEMM Committee considers it essential that the European Union supports the Belarusian women in their fight for democracy and an equal society. Thousands of strong women have been peacefully taking to the streets of Belarus and they have been at the forefront of the protests and a strong force for change.
The exchange of views had as invited guests two women who became the face of the protests opposing the rule of Alyaksandr Lukashenka. They have been protesting against the rigged elections, beating up and torturing citizens, kidnapping opposition leaders. Members concluded that it is essential that the European Parliament shows its full support to women in Belarus.

Invited guests:
  • Ms Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Leader of Democratic Belarus
  • Ms Veranika Tsapkala, Belarusian political activist

Locul de amplasare: JAN Building, 6Q2. Remote participation
Ultima actualizare: 14-11-2020

12-11-2020 16:45 - Supporting research on cancer - New mission on cancer within Horizon Europe

Audiere - BECA
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On 12 November, four high-level experts provided Members with in-depth information on how to support cancer research in terms of strengthening prevention, diagnosis, treatment and innovation, also with a view to achieving the new Mission on Cancer within Horizon Europe, including financial support. The hearing addressed areas where Member States alone cannot be successful, as in the case of child cancer, rare cancers or research into unknown causes of cancer, which represent 50 % of the cases.

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Members also discussed the issue of occupational cancer, the primary cause of work-related deaths, inequalities in access to treatment and research programmes, the importance of personalized medicines and access to clinical trials for children and adolescents.
Members furthermore underlined the importance of establishing a common database in the EU and adequate funding for research.

The expert presentations and biographies can be found below, as well as the link to watch the hearing again.
Supporting cancer research is an integral part of the BECA committee's mandate according to Parliament's decision of 18 June 2020. This decision mandates BECA to evaluate the best possible way of supporting research to strengthen prevention, diagnosis, treatment and innovation, especially with a view to achieving the new mission on cancer within Horizon Europe, focusing on areas where Member States alone cannot be successful enough.

Locul de amplasare: Brussels, European Parliament, Room: József Antall building 4Q1 and remote participation
Ultima actualizare: 23-11-2020

    Presentation: Horizon Europe Mission on Cancer - Ricciardi and Weiderpass
    Presentation by Professor Kearns
    Presentation Dr Freddie Bray
    Biography Professor Walter Ricciardi
    Biography Dr Elisabete Weiderpass
    Biography Professor Pamela Kearns
    Biography Dr Freddie Bray
    Poster Public Hearing "Supporting research on cancer: new mission on cancer withing Horizon Europe"
    BECA mandate

10-11-2020 14:15 - The Annual Rule of Law Report by the Commission and the Role of National Parliaments

Alt eveniment - LIBE
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The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs with the support of the Directorate for relations with National Parliaments organises an Inter-parliamentary Committee meeting (ICM) on "The first Annual Rule of Law Report by the Commission and the role of national Parliaments". The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 10 November 2020, from 14.15 to 18.40, via remote participation.

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The inter-parliamentary committee meeting will be dedicated to an assessment of the first Annual Rule of Law Report adopted by the European Commission on 30 September 2020, in the context of the Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights (DRF) mechanism proposed by the Parliament. It will also provide an overview of the impact of COVID-19 measures on Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights, with a particular focus on the scrutiny exercised by national parliaments during this period. The meeting envisages the participation of the relevant Commissioner, the Council of Europe and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) as well as academia and civil society.

Locul de amplasare: European Parliament, remote participation
Ultima actualizare: 10-11-2020

10-11-2020 13:00 - Mental Health

Atelier - ENVI
Mental health

The Health Working Group of the ENVI Committee requested the Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies to organise a webinar on the issue of mental health, covering issues such as the impediments to mental health care, the costs of neglecting Mental Health care, COVID-19 fatigue and the consequences of the emergency status we are experiencing in Europe, affecting both the economic and the social lives of all citizens.

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The webinar will bring together experts in the field of mental health in order to inform Members of the most important aspects in this area, providing a forum for discussion.

The webinar will be held on Tuesday, 10 November 2020 from 13h00 - 14h30 on the WebEx platform.

Locul de amplasare: WebEx
Ultima actualizare: 09-11-2020

    Mental Health Program

09-11-2020 14:30 - Public Hearing on "Sexual harassment in the EU institutions”

Audiere - FEMM
sexual harassment hearing poster

The Committee on Gender Equality and Women's Rights (FEMM) organized a hearing on “Sexual harassment in the EU institutions: follow-up of the EP resolution” on 9 November 2020 from 14.30-15.45 remotely.

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Sexual harassment is a form of violence against women and girls and is the most extreme yet persistent form of gender-based discrimination. The hearing discussed the European Parliament's follow-up of its resolution on 'Combating sexual harassment and abuse in the EU', adopted on 26 October 2017. It aimed to identify any shortcomings and address recommendations for a workplace free of sexual harassment.

Main speakers:

  • MEP Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Chair of the EP High-level Group on Gender Equality and Diversity
  • MEP Anne Sander, Questor, Acting Chair of the EP Advisory Committee dealing with Harassment Complaints concerning Members of the European Parliament
  • Miriam-Lena Horn, Accredited assistant, staff representative of the MeTooEP movement
  • Ellen Robson, President of the EP consultative committee on harassment and its prevention at the workplace

Locul de amplasare: ASP 1G3 & Remote Participation
Ultima actualizare: 20-11-2020

09-11-2020 14:15 - Webinar on the impact of Covid-19 on the Internal Market and consumer protection

Atelier - IMCO
Image with several areas involved in the Coronavirus pandemia

The webinar aims to facilitate an information exchange between policy makers and experts regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the Internal Market and on consumer protection.

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This webinar aims to discuss the effects of the measures introduced at national and EU level to mitigate the negative consequences of the COVID-19 crisis on the Internal Market, and to suggest what more could be done to ensure a well-functioning Internal Market in these circumstances and in future crises. Best practices and lessons learnt will be highlighted, together with possible future measures useful for alleviating the impacts of similar possible crises on the Internal Market.

Locul de amplasare: Brussels, Room József Antall (4Q1)
Ultima actualizare: 09-11-2020

    Webinar agenda
    Biographies of the speakers

Presentations by the speakers

      Presentation by Professor Roberto Baratta
      Presentation by Professor Sophie Robin-Olivier
      Presentation by Ms Karen Ghysels
      Presentation by Professor Pier Luigi Sacco
    Background paper


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