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PubAffairs Bruxelles is a cross-sectorial network of professionals working in the fields of public and regulatory affairs correlated to the European Union. PubAffairs Bruxelles aims at creating an open platform to foster debate, information exchange as well as the development of ideas among its members, establishing a diverse community which encompasses young, as well as experienced professionals



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Pub Affairs Bruxelles
Facebook IconSeptember 27, 2016 at 9:43 am

Hillary #Clinton stays calm while #Trump loses cool during first presidential #Debate, TheGuardian.com

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Clinton repeatedly puts Trump on defensive, accusing him of perpetrating a ‘racist lie’ with birther movement and ‘stiffing thousands’ of blue-collar workers

Pub Affairs Bruxelles
Facebook IconSeptember 27, 2016 at 9:38 am

No allowances should be made for London on #Brexit, says #Draghi, Ilsole24ore.com

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As the economic recovery shows “slightly less momentum” than expected, the President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, seized ...

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Facebook IconSeptember 27, 2016 at 9:36 am

#Italy lays out 'vision' of #EUArmy, EUObserver.com

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Italy has laid out plans for the creation of a “European force” that goes beyond Franco-German proposals on defence integration.

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Facebook IconSeptember 27, 2016 at 9:35 am

#France, #Germany to table #defence plan at Bratislava ministerial meeting. Euractiv.com

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At the informal defence ministerial in Bratislava starting today (27 September) France and Germany will make the case for the EU’s most ambitious defence plan in almost two decades, aiming to persuade sceptical easterners and avoid a showdown with Britain over its military future outside the bloc.

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Facebook IconSeptember 26, 2016 at 1:17 pm

Pub Affairs Bruxelles added an event.

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SAVE the DATE Cybersecurity Challenges for the European Industry

SAVE the DATE Cybersecurity Challenges for the European Industry

We are delighted to invite you to the debate organised by PubAffairs Bruxelles which will be held on Tuesday the 25th of October at 19.00 at the premises of Science14 Atrium, rue de la Science, 14-B, Brussels. The debate will investigate the cybersecurity challenges of the European industry digitisation process.

Although speakers and event details will be announced in the coming days, we are publishing this event now to make sure you save the date.

About the debate

The Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 19 July 2016 and it represents one of the main steps towards the creation of a pan-European digital market along with the launch of the Digital Single Market strategy and the Data Protection reform. While digital technologies allow companies to operate in a more efficient way, reduce their costs and exploit new market opportunities, they also expose them more to cyber security threats.

Although in its early stage of implementation, the NIS Directive requires EU member states to adopt a national ‘NIS strategy’ and to set up a cooperation group – which will be composed of representatives from the member states, the Commission and the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and which will coordinate action with the EU-wide network of Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) – with the primary aim of facilitating the exchange of information in order to promptly handle possible incidents and risks, discuss cross-border security issues and enact coordinated responses. Furthermore, the directive establishes security and notification requirements for operators of essential services and digital service providers and requires member states both to designate a national competent authority and to create a single point of contact which should liaise with the CSIRTs. More precisely, according to the NIS Directive an operator of essential services will be required to take measures to both manage the risks posed to the security of its network and information system and to prevent and minimize the impact of incidents, in order to facilitate the continuation of the services it provides.

The NIS Directive has notably been put forward by the Commission not only to address the cybersecurity side of the Digital Single Market strategy, but also to ensure that Europe will be able to maximise the benefits of the digitisation process of the European industry. As experts estimate that the manufacturing sector, for example, accounts for around 33 million jobs and has the potential of roughly 60% of productivity growth and that the digitisation of products and services may add over 110 billion euros in revenues on an annual basis, the economic stakes become immediately evident. Moreover, the cybersecurity market in itself is expected to perform as the fastest growing ICT sector on a global scale. Nevertheless, other experts have pointed out how the NIS Directive has adopted a mere risk-based approach, while the increasingly higher number of threats may fail to be countered due to an incorrect evaluation of a given situation’s gravity or due to rapid changes in the threat landscape. While the EU will be in charge of coordination, the identification of essential services, as well as the first situation assessment will be provided in a decentralised manner at member states level.

Finally, the ways through which businesses’ and consumers’ confidence will increase is still an issue of capital importance. Several institutional and non-institutional surveys acknowledge that financial and/or reputational losses, as well as possible operational disruptions are hindering European industries from making the best of possibilities offered by new technologies. Furthermore, some commentators recognise that the current industrial infrastructure has not been built with security in mind. Therefore in their view Europe would benefit from more business-to-business cooperation and private public partnerships in order to make its industrial infrastructure more secure. Which cybersecurity challenges lie ahead for the digitisation of the European industry?

This event is held under the Chatham House Rule. Participants are free to use the information received but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the attendees may be revealed. For this reason, unless explicitly authorised by PubAffairs Bruxelles, the filming and/or the recording of the event by any means are strictly forbidden.

The event will commence with a welcome drink at 7h00 pm, followed by a debate at 7h30 pm. After the debate there will be an opportunity for questions and discussions.�

We look forward to seeing you at 7h00 pm on the 25th of October at Science14 Atrium, rue de la Science 14-B, Brussels.

All our debates are followed by a drink in a convivial atmosphere.

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Facebook IconSeptember 26, 2016 at 11:46 am

John #McDonnell: Intervention key to post-Brexit prosperity, BBC.com

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A future Labour government will intervene in the economy to ensure a "manufacturing renaissance", John McDonnell is to tell the party's conference.

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Facebook IconSeptember 26, 2016 at 11:45 am

#US presidential debate hinges on an unpredictable #Trump, FT.com

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Former Republican rivals warn Clinton not to take his bait

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Facebook IconSeptember 26, 2016 at 11:44 am

Deal-making and dirty tricks: inside the race for #UN SecretaryGeneral, TheGuardian.com

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Geopolitical struggle and Balkan intrigue mean there is no clear favourite to succeed Ban Ki-moon in the world’s top diplomatic job

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Facebook IconSeptember 26, 2016 at 11:42 am

Why #European #defence research matters, Euractiv.com

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Defence can no longer be looked at simply from a national perspective. European defence is stronger than the sum of its parts and it needs greater cooperation in defence innovation, in cutting-edge capabilities, in research and technology. And it needs to happen now, argues Jorge Domecq.

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Facebook IconSeptember 23, 2016 at 11:02 am

#Yahoo 'state' hackers stole #data from 500 million users, BBC.COM

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Yahoo says 'state-sponsored' hackers stole information from about 500 million users in 2014 in what appears to be the largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history.

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Facebook IconSeptember 23, 2016 at 10:58 am

Donald Trump’s Crime Policies Might Hit Minorities Harder, Experts Say, NYTimes.com

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Civil rights activists and national security veterans fear Mr. Trump’s plan could have the effect of treating minorities with suspicion and singling them out for scrutiny.

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Facebook IconSeptember 23, 2016 at 10:57 am

U.S. Abandons #Syria Truce Efforts and Lays The Blame With Russia, Bloomberg.com

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry abandoned his bid to salvage a cease-fire aimed at easing Syria’s 5 1/2-year civil war, saying it was pointless to press ahead without a “major gesture” from Russia to end the violence.

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Facebook IconSeptember 23, 2016 at 10:56 am

Downing St rebuffs #Johnson on #Brexit timetable, FT.COM

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Foreign secretary claimed Article 50 would be invoked in early 2017

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Facebook IconSeptember 23, 2016 at 10:55 am

#Brexit won because those who opposed it did not address its core #philosophy, TheGuardian.com

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Some scientists claim that philosophy is dead – but recent politics proves we need it more than ever

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Facebook IconSeptember 22, 2016 at 10:12 am

US election: Hillary #Clinton and Donald #Trump compared to world leaders, BBC.COM

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How do Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stack up against world leaders like Merkel, Trudeau and May on key issues?

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Facebook IconSeptember 22, 2016 at 10:10 am

#Juncker-#Schulz Partnership A Test for #EUDemocracy, Spiegel.de/

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Parliament President Martin Schulz entered office pledging to make the European Union more democratic. Now, the two appear more worried about helping each other keep their jobs.

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Facebook IconSeptember 22, 2016 at 10:09 am

Financiers want #climate risk integrated into EU’s #CapitalMarketsUnion, Euractiv.com

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Investors managing over 13 trillion euros in assets have called on EU regulators to foster a financial system that better takes climate risk into account when the European Commission reviews its Capital Markets Union next year.

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Facebook IconSeptember 22, 2016 at 10:08 am

Boris #Johnson: 'the case against #Russia on the #UN convoy attack in #Syria is strong' - video, TheGuardian.com

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The UK foreign secretary speaks after a security council meeting on Syria

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Facebook IconSeptember 21, 2016 at 10:36 am

How #Tesla and #Apple could be good for each other, NyTimes.com

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Facebook IconSeptember 21, 2016 at 10:35 am

The May doctrine: #Britain is still a global player, Politico.eu #UK #Brexit

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Facebook IconSeptember 21, 2016 at 10:32 am

Thousands protest in Brussels against US, Canada trade deals, Euractiv.fr #TTIP #CETA

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Thousands of protesters marched through Brussels on Tuesday (20 September) to demand the European Union abandon planned transatlantic free trade deals they say will worsen labour conditions and allow big business to challenge governments.

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Facebook IconSeptember 21, 2016 at 10:30 am

Italy’s #Renzi blasts at EU: ‘You deal with migrant crisis or we will’, Express.co.uk

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MATTEO Renzi has issued the European Union with an ultimatum over the migrant crisis.

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Facebook IconSeptember 21, 2016 at 10:29 am

Brussels Briefing: Saving #CETA (and ta ra, #TTIP), Brussels.Blog.FT

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Brussels Briefing: Saving CETA (and ta ra, TTIP)

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To receive the Brussels Briefing in your inbox every morning, sign up here Brussels is making a last gasp push to save CETA, the EU’s controversial free trade deal with Canada, as officials admit that a similar deal with the US is – for now – dead.

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Facebook IconSeptember 21, 2016 at 10:21 am

#Obama’s Last Lecture, WSJ.com #UN #Migration #Refugees

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One more Obama sermon at the U.N., one more cease-fire collapse in Syria, the Wall Street Journal writes in an editorial.

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Facebook IconSeptember 21, 2016 at 10:19 am

Calais: Work begins on UK-funded border wall - BBC.com News #Migration

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Construction work begins on a UK-funded wall near the so-called Jungle camp in Calais, in an attempt to prevent illegal migrants from entering the UK.


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