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[EN] INVITATION | Digital Farming: How can the EU turn ambitions into a reality? (November 10)

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Tuesday, 10th of November 2020 at 18.00.

The event will consist of a evening discussion on how to make the EU ambitions towards digital farming a reality with our distinguished speakers Ms Nathalie Sauze-Vandevyver, Director Quality policy, Research & Innovation, Outreach, DG AGRI, European Commission, Mr Franc Bogovič MEP (SLO/EPP), Mr Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General, Copa Cogeca, Mr Joao Pacheco, Senior Fellow, Farm Europe and Mr Daniel Pereira, Head of The Climate Corporation Europe Middle East and Africa, Bayer.

The debate will be moderated by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Journalist, Euractiv.

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, this event will be held in streaming

This event is kindly sponsored by

 

About the debate

Strengthening the Single Market and adapting it to the digital age is a key cornerstone for Europe’s recovery from the corona crisis. Digitalisation of farming is one of the most prominent features of the European Green Deal, more specifically digital and precision farming is highlighted in the Farm to Fork strategy as a key technology to help achieve the targets and deliver on sustainability goals set forth. Indeed, Europe’s green growth strategy aims at enhancing resource efficiency and global competitiveness by turning ever-pressing climate, biodiversity and environmental challenges into sustainable growth opportunities. While this comprehensive approach has been applied to all sectors of the EU economy, agriculture has emerged as a strategic sector given both food security evolving as a key issue following the Corona crisis, and its impact on the environment and natural resources. Accordingly, greater farming digitalisation has been pointed out by several commentators as a crucial innovation domain which is poised to allow all European farmers not only to better understand field and crop conditions on a far more granular level, but also to improve crop management and timing of decisions on inputs such as crop protection, water, fertilisers and/or energy consumption, so that the optimal amounts of resources are used only when needed.

In addition, the debate on the digital farming revolution has also highlighted that digital farming is ready for a swift rollout in Europe in the aftermath of the Corona crisis, given its capacity to help the EU farming sector improve its sustainability and recover from the outbreak’s impact. Nevertheless, the analyses on the ongoing evolution of the farming sector has also raised several questions as to the extent to which Europe will be able to put farmers in the position of achieving the full potential of digital technologies and make investments more attractive. Indeed, the public policy debate on agriculture in Europe has raised some concerns as to how the EU will find its way to innovation and digitalisation in the farming sector, given the already existing barriers which may slow farmers’ access to new production systems. Certainly, costs, return on investment, access to the digital infrastructures and regulations which do not fully account for the capabilities of digital farming tools have been highlighted as potential obstacles to the market fully taking off.

From an Europe-wide perspective, the policy framework has been set by the European Green Deal and the Farm to Fork strategy, whereas the traditional EU governance model of agriculture through the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), notably based on rules established at EU level, will incorporate a more flexible system to decide how best to meet the common objectives, while responding to the specific needs of both farmers and rural communities. However, the potential of the new EU-wide policy stances to achieve the ambitious EU climate and environmental goal will depend on the way new EU policy approaches will be shaped and implemented, as well as on how the EU agricultural sector as a whole will be able to shift towards a sustainable model. How can the EU turn ambitions into a reality?

This event will be held under the Chatham House Rule

The event will commence at 18.00 and it will be held in streaming

The audience will be able to ask questions during both the discussion and the Q&A session through sli.do #DigitalFarming

Please specify, whenever possible, to which speaker you wish to address the question. Questions without this specification will be intended as to be addressed to the panel as a whole.

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#SmartFarming

#SustainableFarming

#FutureofCAP

#CAPreform

We look forward to hosting you at 18.00 on the 10th of November 2020

[EN] INVITATION | Opening the gate: Why and how to regulate large platforms acting as gatekeepers? (November 10)

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Tuesday, 10th of November 2020 at 15.00.

The event will consist of an open discussion on the upcoming Digital Services Act package and how to regulate large platforms acting as gatekeepers with our distinguished speakers Mr Werner Stengg, Cabinet Member, EVP Margrethe Vestager, European Commission, Ms Stéphanie Yon-Courtin MEP (Renew/FR), ECON Vice-Chair and IMCO Member, European Parliament, Mr Robert Dehm, Digital Policy and Telecommunication Counsellor, German Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Mr Carel Maske, Director, Competition, Microsoft and Mr Fadhel Lakhoua, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Orange.

The debate will be moderated by Philippe Defraigne, Director, Cullen International.

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, this event will be held in streaming

This is a public event, the Chatham House Rule will not apply

This event is kindly sponsored by

 

About the debate

Under the second priority of the President von der Leyen-led European Commission’s ‘A Europe fit for the digital age’, at the beginning of this year, the EU executive body has started the elaboration of a new legislative action with the principal aims of reinforcing the EU single market for digital services, fostering innovation and enhancing competitiveness of the European online environment. Described as Europe’s first large overhaul of the approach to regulating the European online space for two decades, the Digital Services Act package is largely focused on online services, such as search engines, social media and e-commerce platforms. Those platforms have emerged as crucial actors of the digital transition, not only in terms of innovation and economic growth, but also for their societal effects and impacts on the European rule of law and democracy.

Some of them have developed a gatekeeping role over the years which can question consumers’ choice, or EU innovation and competitiveness and which raises the issue about how can we ensure that the digital economy remains fair and contestable. While competition law can address some of the concerns as shown by past decisions, there is a growing trend arguing in favour of imposing additional specific rules to efficiently tackle structural competition problems exerted by large digital platforms acting as gatekeepers. While such an issue is structuring for the future of the internal market it also is complex: there is a need for new rules but for who, on what and how?

These are the questions addressed by the Digital Services Act and by the New Competition Tool Commission initiative. The European Parliament is adopting its reports on the very matters paving the way for a better framing of the responsibilities of gatekeepers. Similarly the European Council in its 1 and 2 October meeting conclusions called for an update of competition law and for exploring the possibility of adopting rules on the systemic role and responsibilities of online platforms with significant network effects. Finally, numerous stakeholders answered the Commission’s consultations, including platforms and telecom operators. Among them, Orange has emphasised that it is essential to ensure that the online world remains competitive and contestable.

The reform of the EU rules applicable to European online space, with special regard to large platforms acting as gatekeepers, will have to take into consideration the current state of play of the digital single market and its possible evolutions. It should also take into consideration the impacts of any new rules on the various actors of the digital economy, and, as a result, to what extent Europe will be able to strengthen its competitiveness and digital sovereignty and set both internal and global standards on such a structuring initiative.

This is a public event, hence the Chatham House Rule will not apply.

 

The event will commence at 15.00 and it will be held in streaming

The audience will be able to ask questions during both the discussion and the Q&A session through sli.do #Gatekeepers

Please specify, whenever possible, to which speaker you wish to address the question. Questions without this specification will be intended as to be addressed to the panel as a whole.

#Gatekeepers

#DigitalServicesAct

We look forward to hosting you at 15.00 on the 10th of November 2020