Event Highlights

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS | AI in Farming: making the “Farm to Fork” agenda a global standard for sustainability?

On the 2nd of June, PubAffairs Bruxelles organised an evening discussion regarding AI in farming and the “Farm to Fork” strategy as a global standard for sustainability with Ms Eva Kaili MEP (S&D/GR), Mr Juha Heikkilä, Head of Unit, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, DG CNECT, European Commission, Mr Gijs Schilthuis, Head of Unit, Policy Perspectives, DG AGRI, European Commission, Mr Luis Neves, CEO, Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and Mr David Meszaros CEO, SmartKas.

The debate was moderated by Dave Keating, Journalist and Brussels Correspondent for France 24.

Mr Jakša Petrić, Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Croatia held an introductory speech on behalf of the Croatian EU Presidency.

Mr Abraham Liu, Chief Representative to the EU Institutions and Vice-President for the European Region, Huawei, delivered a keynote speech and took part in the panel discussion.

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS | How could Europe create jobs during the COVID recovery through the transformation of work?

On the 10th of June, PubAffairs Bruxelles organised an evening of discussion on how Europe could create jobs during the COVID recovery through the transformation of work with Mr Antoine Kasel, Head of Commissioner Schmit Cabinet, European Commission, Ms Yana Toom MEP (Renew Europe/EE), Mr Mark Keese, Head of the Skills and Employability Division, OECD, Mr Menno Bart, Public Affairs Manager, Adecco, Mr Stefan Kröpfl, Global Head of Life Business Analysis, Zurich Insurance and Mr Russell Corbould-Warren, Head of Insurance, Uber EMEA.

The debate was moderated by Laura Shields, Founder and Managing Director, Red Thread.

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS | Is a global consensus on non-personal data governance possible?

In May 2020, PubAffairs Bruxelles organised an evening discussion on the question of the prospect and importance of a global consensus on non-personal data with Mr Christophe Kiener, Head of Unit, Services and Digital Trade, European Commission, Ms Helen Stylianou, Deputy Head of the Australian Mission to the EU, Mr Javier Lopez-Gonzalez, Senior Trade Policy Analyst, OECD, Mr Robert MacDougall, Head of Enterprise Public Policy, Vodafone Group and Mr Kevin Rogers, Head of Mobile Services, Panasonic.

Mr Alejandro Cainzos, Member, External digital connectivity, VP Vestager Cabinet, European Commission held the introductory remarks.

The debate was moderated by Matthew Newman, EU Chief Correspondent, MLex

 

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS | Building synergies and optimising cooperation: how far can the EU cyber capacity go?

At the end of April PubAffairs Bruxelles organised an evening of discussion on the upcoming set up of a European Cyber Competence Centre, its partner national network and their role in enhancing the EU cyber capacity with Ms Tamara Tafra, Counsellor for Cyber Issues, Croatian EU Presidency, Mr Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho, Head of Unit, Cybersecurity Technology and Capacity Building, European Commission, Mr Rasmus Andresen MEP (Greens/EFA,DE) and Mr Luigi Rebuffi, Secretary General European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO).

The event was moderated by Ms Vesela Gladicheva, Senior Correspondent, MLex.

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS | Evening discussion at the European Parliament | How to make Europe’s energy transition a reality with the help of smart technologies

In mid-February, the European Smart Energy Solution Providers – ESMIG held an evening discussion at the European Parliament exploring how to make Europe’s energy transition a reality with the help of smart technologies, co-hosted by Ms Maria Carvalho MEP (EPP/PT), Mr Ville Niinistö MEP (Greens/FI) and Ms Claudia Gamon MEP (Renew/AT).

Mr Thor-Sten Vertmann, Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson, Mr Zeljko Krevzelj, Counsellor for Energy, Croatian Presidency of the EU and Mr Mark Van Stiphout, Deputy Head of Unit, New Energy Technologies, Innovation and Clean Coal, DG ENER, European Commission delivered keynote speeches.

Mr Dieter Brunner, President of ESMIG and President of the board of Directors at Iskraemeco, presented the views of ESMIG in the introductory and concluding remarks while Mr Willem Strabbing, Managing Director at ESMIG, moderated the discussion.

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[FR] RÉSUMÉ | Débat | Le Sahel: état des lieux sécuritaire, enjeux et défis pour l’Union européenne

En novembre 2019, PubAffairs Bruxelles et la Représentation permanente de l’ Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) auprès de l’Union européenne ont organisé un débat pour faire un état des lieux sécuritaire et discuter des enjeux et défis pour l’Union européenne dans la région du Sahel. Participaient à la rencontre SEM Abdellahi Kebd, Ambassadeur, Mission de la Mauritanie auprès de l’UE, M. Pierre-Yves Boissy, Gestionnaire des politiques, Coordinateur pour la stratégie et le Fonds fiduciaire pour le Sahel, Service européen pour l’action extérieure (SEAE), M. Marc Stalmans, Chef de secteur – Sahel, Chargé d’aide et de coopération internationales, Commission européenne, DG DEVCO, M. Jeremy Lester, Président du Conseil d’Administration de Saferworld.

M. Stéphane Lopez, Ambassadeur, Représentant de l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie auprès de l’UE. Le débat était modéré par M. Philippe Darmuzey, Directeur Honoraire, Commission européenne.

Le débat était modéré par M. Philippe Darmuzey, Directeur Honoraire, Commission européenne.

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[FR] RÉSUMÉ | Débat |Dans quelle mesure pouvons-nous parler d’un « mode de vie européen» et s’il existe quel est-il?

En novembre 2019, PubAffairs Bruxelles et la Représentation permanente de l’ Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) auprès de l’Union européenne ont organisé un débat sur la question de l’existence d’un « mode de vie européen » avec M. László Trócsányi, Député européen (PPE/HU), M. Jean Leclercq, Professeur de Philosophie à l’UCL Louvain, M. Andrea Rea, Professeur de Sociologie à l’ULB, M. Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero, Secrétaire général de l’Union des Fédéralistes Européens (UEF.be) et M. Aymeric De Lamotte, avocat et conseiller communal.

M. Stéphane Lopez, Ambassadeur, Représentant de l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie auprès de l’UE, a tenu un discours d’introduction.

Le débat était modéré par M. Renaud Denuit, écrivain et éditorialiste pour le média Agence Europe.

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[FR] RÉSUMÉ | Débat | Nouvelles initiatives de l’UE en matière de sécurité et de défense : quelles perspectives pour l’avenir ?

Le 15 Octobre 2019, PubAffairs Bruxelles et la Représentation permanente de l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) auprès de l’Union européenne ont organisé un débat sur l’avenir des nouvelles initiatives de l’UE en matière de sécurité et défense avec SEM François Cornet d’Elzius, Ambassadeur, Représentant Permanent belge auprès du COPS, M. Arnaud Migoux, Chef de secteur, Sécurité et Défense, Service européen pour l’action extérieure (SEAE/EEAS), M. Mihnea Motoc, Chef adjoint, Centre européen de stratégie politique (CESP/EPSC), et M. Federico Santopinto, Chargé de recherche, Groupe de Recherche et d’information sur la Paix et la Sécurité (GRIP). M. Stéphane Lopez, Ambassadeur, Représentant de l’OIF auprès de l’UE, a tenu un discours d’introduction.

Le débat était modéré par Chris Burns, journaliste, Burnstorm Communications.

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS | Is certification the answer to cyber risk mitigation in Europe?

On the 19th of November, PubAffairs Bruxelles organised an evening discussion on the question of EU cybersecurity certification as a primary tool to mitigate cyber risks in Europe with Mr Jean-François Junger, Deputy Head of Unit, Cybersecurity Technology and Capacity Building, European Commission, Ms Tamara Tafra, Counsellor, Cyber Issues, Permanent Representation of Croatia, Mr Jon France, Head of Industry Security, Technology, GSMA, Professor Chris Mitchell, Department of Information Security, Royal Holloway, University of London and Dr Boutheina Chetali, Security and Certification Senior Expert, Huawei.

The event was moderated by Paolo Grassia, Director of Public Policy, ETNO.

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS | DEBATE | Digitalisation of SMEs: How to make it possible?

On the 16th of October, METRO in cooperation with PubAffairs Bruxelles and EuroCommerce hosted a debate on the possibilities of digitising small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with Mr Ivan Štefanec, Member of the European Parliament and President of SME Europe, Ms Jasmin Battista, DG CNECT, European Commission, Ms Katerina Borunska, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, Ms Birgit Winn, Head of Digital Projects, Hospitality.Digital, Metro AG, Mr Alexandre Nilo Fonseca, President of ACEPI (Portuguese Digital Economy Association), Ms Mira-Maria Kontkanen, Advisor, Federation of Finnish Enterprises and Ms Marta Mikliszanska, Head of Public Affairs, Allegro.

Mr Neil McMillan, Director of Public Affairs and Trade, EuroCommerce hold the welcome speech, Mr Petri Peltonen, Finnish SME Envoy delivered the keynote speech.

Mr Henrik Reimer, Head of Office, SME Connect, gave the closing remarks.

Michael Acton, Correspondent for MLex in Brussels, moderated the discussion.

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