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Photo Album | Debate | Sustainable City solutions: a central pillar for the next phase of the EU energy transition?

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INVITATION | Sustainable City solutions: a central pillar for the next phase of the EU energy transition? (June 20)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on sustainable city solutions as a central pillar for the next phase of the EU energy transition with our distinguished speakers Mr Dimitrios Sofianopoulos, New Energy Technologies, Innovation and Clean Coal, European Commission, DG ENERG, Ms Dorthe Nielsen, Policy Director, Eurocities, Mr Adrian Joyce, Secretary General, European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE) and Mr Marco Marijewycz, Technology Policy & Modelling, E.ON.

The debate will be moderated bu Hughes Belin, freelance journalist.

This event was kindly sponsored by

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About the debate

The executive body of the European Union announced its willingness “to lead the energy transition, not only adapt to it. For this reason, the EU has committed to cut CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 while modernising the EU’s economy and delivering on jobs and growth for all European citizens”. The bold stance of the European Commission has multiple goals: firstly, the fostering of the modernisation of European economy and society in order to remain coherent with the obligations stemming from both the issue of climate change and the commitments of the Paris agreement. Secondly, this policy setting should not only lower both the demand and the dependency on fossil fuels, but should also lower energy costs for EU citizens who could eventually benefit from a more sustainable environment by the use of affordable and advanced solutions.

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Photo Album | Debate | Payments security: do the EBA RTS on strong customer authentication create an open and secure market for retail payments in Europe?

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INVITATION | Payments security: do the EBA RTS on strong customer authentication create an open and secure market for retail payments in Europe? (May 31)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on the European Banking Authority’s (EBA) regulatory technical standards (RTS) on strong customer authentication and the creation of an open and secure market for retail payments in Europe with our distinguished speakers Ms Silvia Kersemakers, European Commission, Retail Financial Services and Payments, DG FISMA, Ms Marie Pascale Brien, Senior Policy Advisor, European Banking Federation, Mr Matthias Hönisch, Head of Card Business Unit, National Federation of Cooperative Banks and Ms Emma Mohan-Satta, Fraud Prevention Consultant, Kaspersky Fraud Prevention.

Ms Emma Mohan-Satta, Kaspersky Fraud Prevention will hold an introductory speech, while Mr Pascal König, Policy Advisor, E-commerce Europe, will be also present for comments.

The debate will be moderated by John Rega, Chief Correspondent, Financial Services at MLex

This event was kindly sponsored by

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About the debate

The European Banking Authority (EBA) published on the 23rd of February its final draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on strong customer authentication and common and secure communication. These RTS, which were mandated under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) and developed in close cooperation with the European Central Bank (ECB), are meant to lay the first stone for an open and secure market in retail payments in Europe. The final draft RTS are – in the EBA own words – “the result of difficult trade-offs between the various, at times competing, objectives of the PSD2, such as enhancing security, facilitating customer convenience, ensuring technology and business-model neutrality, contributing to the integration of the European payment markets, protecting consumers, facilitating innovation, and enhancing competition through new payment initiation and account information services”.

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Photo Album | Debate | The ‘two-speed Europe’ project and the Brexit negotiations: a combined unity test?

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INVITATION | DEBATE | The ‘two-speed Europe’ project and the Brexit negotiations: a combined unity test? (April 26)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on the ‘two-speed Europe’ project and the Brexit negotiations as a unity test for the EU with our distinguished speakers Ms Danuta Maria Hubner MEP (EPP/PL), Mr Jo Leinen MEP (S&D/DE), Mr Michael Theurer MEP (ALDE/DE).

The debate will be moderated by Graham Bishop, leading expert in EU and UK Economic, Financial and Government Affairs.

About the debate

While the UK was grappling with internal disagreements on both the timing of the triggering of Article 50 and the establishment of the extent to which the British Parliament should have controlled the Brexit process, the leaders of the EU’s four largest economies organised a meeting in Paris in order to prepare the 25th of March EU summit in Rome and (re) launch the so-called ‘two-speed Europe’ proposal, namely a newly reinvigorated method to forge ahead with integration, while leaving those not on board free to join when they deem it appropriate. These political developments can also have been interpreted as a first reaction to the so-called ‘White Paper’ in which President Juncker outlined the main challenges and opportunities for Europe in the coming decade and presented five scenarios according to which the European Union could evolve by 2025, depending on how it will respond.

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(EN) Photo Album | Debate | ETS and renewables: a win-win strategy? (March 21)

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INVITATION | Debate | ETS and renewables: a win-win strategy? (March 21)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on the link between the European emission trading system (ETS) and renewables with our distinguished speakers Mr Peter Zapfel, Head of Unit, ETS Policy Development and Auctioning, European Commission, Mr Ruud Kempener, Policy Officer, Renewables and CCS Policy Unit, European Commission, Mr Michel Matheu, Head of EU strategy, EDF, and Mr Daniel Fraile, Senior Analyst, Wind Europe.

Mr Florent Le Strat, Researcher and Expert, Climate policy R&D, EDF, will hold an introductory speech about a recent EDF study entitled “Towards a successful coordination of climate energy policies”

The debate will be moderated by Hughes Belin, freelance journalist

This event was kindly sponsored by

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About the debate

The emission trading system (ETS) revision, one of the European Union’s pivotal policy instruments for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) for the period 2021-2030, has been approved by the European Parliament’s plenary vote in mid-February and is now to be discussed under the lead of the Maltese Presidency. Given the width of the scope, the European and international repercussion of the EU decision-making on climate change, as well as the issues at stake for the industry, the draft law has this far been object of intense discussions. Many commentators and policy makers are not convinced that this setting will be sufficient to strengthen the climate-change ambition of the ETS.One of the reasons is that the more general issue of ensuring a cost-effective energy transition has been set aside. The difficulties in maintaining consistency between the ETS and so-called ‘overlapping policies’ might well have been under-estimated. In particular, the interplay between the reform and the growth of power generation from renewable sources is a crucial factor for a cost-effective energy transition and has been overshadowed by the request for exemptions for specific economic sectors.

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Photo Album | Debate | What could be the features of the Pan-European Personal Pensions initiative (PEPP)? (March 8)

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INVITATION | Debate | What could be the features of the Pan-European Personal Pensions initiative (PEPP)? (March 8)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion about  the possible features of the Pan-European Personal Pensions initiative (PEPP) with our distinguished speakers Ms Nathalie Berger, Head of Unit, Insurance and Pension, European Commission, DG FISMA, Mr Heinz K. Becker MEP (EPP/AU), Mr Bernard Delbecque, Senior Director, Economics & Research, EFAMA and Mr Guillaume Prache, Managing Director, Better Finance.

Ms Sultana Sandrell, Trade, Economic and Financial Affairs Unit, Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU and Mr Philippe Setbon, Member of the AFG Strategic Committee, will respectively hold an introductory speech.

The debate will be moderated by Mr Pierre Bollon, Chief Executive, AFG (French Asset Management Association). 

This event was kindly sponsored by

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About the debate

The European Commission has recently announced that it will propose a legislative initiative to launch a framework for Pan-European Personal Pensions (PEPP) by the summer 2017, with the objective of enhancing the resources of future pensioners. European pension systems are indeed facing the dual challenge of remaining financially sustainable  while being able to provide Europeans with adequate resources when retiring. Along with occupational retirement schemes  such as  pension funds, PEPPs are be seen as a complement to state-run pension systems. The future PEPPs could also be a useful tool for the growing category of self-employed workers  who  cannot access an employee retirement scheme, and the increasing mobility of workers. Lastly they could  fit appropriately into the Capital Market Union project as they could provide long-term financing for the European economy.

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