Past events

29-10-2020 16:00 - EPRS online policy roundtable - America’s moment of destiny? US Presidential election

Other event - EPRS
EPRS online event 29 October

The US Presidential election on Tuesday 3 November may stand out as a defining moment of twenty-first century politics. In the first of two EPRS policy roundtables on this key event, we will gather together leading US experts from the academic community, think tanks and the media, to share their thinking and insights on the coming contest. They will look at the opinion polls and broader political dynamics, and discuss what is at state for America, Europe and the world. [...]

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[...] The second event, to be held after the election, will analyse the outcome of the contest and its implications for the US and for EU-US relations.

Link to watch the event live: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/website/webstreaming.html?event=20201029-1600-SPECIAL-OTHER&rampActive=true

Location: Live event via the WebEx Events platform
Last updated: 29-10-2020

29-10-2020 13:45 - Joint Hearing - Union Citizenship: Empowerment, Inclusion, Participation

Hearing - AFCO JURI LIBE PETI

On 29 October 2020, a hearing on Union Citizenship will be jointly organised by the European Parliament (JURI, LIBE, AFCO and PETI Committees) and the European Commission. The hearing will see a keynote speech by Mr. Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice and the participation of the office of the European Ombudsman, as well as representatives from various NGOs.

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The objective of the hearing will be to offer a timely opportunity to further reflect, with all actors concerned, on concrete avenues to simplify and strengthen EU citizenship rights, promoting EU citizenship's values and citizens' democratic participation, also taking into account lessons learned from the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The internal border restrictions introduced during the initial months of the Covid-19 pandemic made clear the benefits to EU citizens of their right to freedom of movement, as well as the barriers to certain social groups in exercising their full EU citizenship rights.

At the same time, the need to come up with new ways of working, meeting, and communicating can provide an opportunity to explore innovative channels and formats for enhancing European democracy - ways which could reach more EU citizens directly and facilitate their participation in debates and European elections.

Location: ASP 1G3
Last updated: 29-10-2020

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    Eurobarometer Report - EU Citizenship and Democracy - July 2020
    Eurobarometer Report Summary - EU Citizenship and Democracy - July 2020
    Eurobarometer Report Inforgraphics - EU Citizenship and Democracy - July 2020
    Presentation by Europeans Throughout the World
    Presentation by the European Citizens’ Rights, Involvement and Trust Foundation
    Advocacy Paper by the European Citizens’ Rights, Involvement and Trust Foundation and Voters Without Borders
    Study on the benefits and drawbacks of remote voting solutions to support the preparation of a best practice guide for the use of digital tools to facilitate the exercise of EU citizens' political rights - Open Evidence
    European Commission factsheet on the public consultation on EU citizenship

29-10-2020 09:00 - Workshop on Open spaces at EU institutions versus traditional work spaces

Workshop - CONT
A woman and a man talking in a new office at Marr Plaza Business Center.

The workshop on open spaces at EU institutions versus traditional work spaces will focus on the difference between different kind of offices spaces. It will answer the question on advantages and disadvantages, how Covid-19 has influence on the use of office space and employee well-being at work. The workshop will also focus on the current situation in the EU institutions regarding work spaces.

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The concept of open office spaces is a topic of discussion. While it could contribute to the reduction of costs, improve team work and communication it affects employees overall well-being and productivity. The future of open office space is unsure with the outbreak of Covid-19, as diseases spread faster in an open office space where people are closer to one another. Some researchers suggest that open office space will continue for those companies that need a high level of team work and to save costs in the long term. The use of open office space should be based on the common goal of the company and they should communicate these goals to their employees. The best way to let employees adjust better to an open office space is to include them in the designing process. This will make the goals of the new work environment clear and helps them to create the best working space for them. In the end this could help to avoid the pitfalls of open office spaces.

Last updated: 22-10-2020

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28-10-2020 16:45 - Worskhop on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Workshop - PETI
Word disability on a background with several words related to disability concept

The 2020 Worskhop on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, organised by the Policy Department on Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs upon request of the Committee on Petitions, focuses this year on the new EU Disability Strategy 2021-2030. With the current EU Disability Strategy 2010-2020 coming to an end, the EU is working to equip itself with a new Disability Strategy for the years 2021-2030.

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The Commission is evaluating the current strategy and consulting institutions, stakeholders and the general public to build up a new comprehensive Strategy that ensures the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities by better implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The Committee on Petitions plays an important protection role in the EU framework for the implementation of the UN CPRD, as it receives petitions from citizens, discusses them and engages in discussions with other institutions and Member States so to find a solution. Thanks to this role of protection of citizens' rights, it is in a privileged position to discuss and make concrete proposals for the new Strategy, which is the aim of the 2020 Workshop.

Location: ROOM ASP 5G3, ALTIERO SPINELLI BUILDING, BRUSSELS
Last updated: 29-10-2020

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    Speech of Emily O’REILLY, European Ombudsman

28-10-2020 14:15 - Public Hearing "Women and digitalisation"

Hearing - FEMM AIDA
Women in Digitalisation

The Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM), in association with the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA), will hold a public hearing on “Women and digitalisation” on 28 October 2020 between 14:15 - 15:45 remotely.

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How to tackle the gender digital gap? Which gender aspects need to be taken into consideration when developing AI policies and legislation? How to increase the participation of girls and women in digital fields?

Such questions will be raised while exploring the gender aspects of the digital transition and of artificial intelligence, in the context of several dossiers on which the FEMM committee is currently working: "Closing the digital gender gap : women's participation in the digital economy", "Promoting gender equality in science, technology, engineering, and math education and careers" and "Shaping the digital future of Europe".

Main speakers: Marianne Dahl, Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Operations, Microsoft Western Europe; Manuela M. Veloso, Herbert A. Simon University Professor of Computer Science, and Head of the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University; Claire Fernandez, Executive Director, European Digital Rights (EDRi).

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Last updated: 24-10-2020

28-10-2020 12:00 - Climate Change and Health

Workshop - ENVI
Dry countryside with one green tree in the shape of a heart

The Health Working Group of the ENVI Committee requested the Policy Department A to organise a webinar on the issue of climate change and health, covering issues such as climate threat on physical health, the mental charge of climate change on vulnerable groups and regions and food and nutrition security concerns caused by climate change.

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The webinar will bring together leading experts in the field in order to inform the Members of the most important concerns in the area of climate change and health, providing a forum for discussion.

Last updated: 26-10-2020

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27-10-2020 16:45 - Workshop on "Liability of companies for environmental damage

Workshop - JURI
Woman hand turning pollution page revealing nature landscape

On 27 October 2020, the Policy Department for Citizens Rights and Constitutional Affairs will organise a workshop on "Liability of companies for environmental damage" for the JURI Committee.

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The workshop is aimed at examining the transposition, effectiveness and enforcement of the Directives on Environmental Liability and on Environmental Crime and the measures that could be envisaged for the prevention of environmental damage by corporations. It shall also be the occasion for the presentation to JURI of the findings and conclusions of the study commissioned by the Policy Department on Environmental Liability of Companies.

Location: Brussels
Last updated: 26-10-2020

27-10-2020 13:45 - Study presentation for PECH committee

Other event - PECH
Fishing boat and wind turbines at the sunset

On 27 October 2020, the Policy Department for Structural and Cohesion Policies presented a new study "Impact of the use of offshore wind and other marine renewables on European fisheries" at the PECH Committee meeting.

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The study provides an overview of general impacts of the development of offshore wind farms and other marine renewables on the European fishing sector. It further highlights pathways for possible co-existence solutions of both sectors, a description of best practice examples and lessons learnt, the identification of research gaps and last but not least the presentation of policy recommendations.

Last updated: 28-10-2020

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    Presentation by Dr. Vanessa Stelzenmüller and Dr. Antje Gimpel, Thünen Institute

27-10-2020 13:45 - Public Hearing “Beating Breast Cancer: Challenges and opportunities”

Hearing - BECA FEMM
Cancer prevention colourful ribbons

The Special Committee on Beating Cancer of the European Parliament (BECA), in association with the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) is organising a hearing on “Beating Breast Cancer: Challenges and opportunities” on Tuesday 27 October 2020 from 13.45 to 14.30, with remote participation.

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The hearing has been organized in the context of the October Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is part of the programme of the European Gender Equality Week, promoted by FEMM.

This event will represent an opportunity to hear the experts' contributions of Dr Isabel T. Rubio, President, European Society of Breast Cancer Specialists - EUSOMA and Mr Jürgen Vanpraet, Managing Director, Think Pink Europe on the state of play of the disease concerning research, prevention, detection, shared knowledge and expertise, equal access to treatment and support to patients and caregivers.

The draft agenda of the event is available below.

Location: European Parliament, József Antall (JAN) 4Q1, Brussels
Last updated: 27-10-2020

    Draft programme BECA hearing 27 October 2020
    CV Dr Isabel T. RUBIO
    Presentation Dr Isabel RUBIO
    CV Jürgen VANPRAET - Think Pink Europe
    Presentation Mr Jürgen VANPRAET
    European Parliament resolution on policy challenges and strategies against women’s cancers (February 2019)
    European Gender Equality Week - draft programme
    Gender equality: A review in progress (Topical Digest by the European Parliament
    Letter European Equality Week FEMM Chair Evelyn Regner

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