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More transparent and balanced interest representation: Commission adopts new expert group rules | European Commission – Daily News

Today, the Commission has adopted new rules on how it selects the advisory expert groups which provide external expertise to help inform the policy-making process. The Decision provides a single set of rules and principles aimed at increasing transparency, avoiding conflicts of interest and ensuring a balanced representation of interests. The new rules are binding on all Commission departments. First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “When we design rules and policies we need the help of outside expertise to help us get it right. Citizens rightly expect this to be done in a transparent and balanced way. Thanks to the measures we are taking today, the Commission will benefit from high quality expertise while avoiding possible conflicts of interests, and the public will be able to hold us to account. Today’s decision follows fruitful consultations with Members of the European Parliament, the European Ombudsman and representatives of civil society organisations, who are key partners in delivering a transparent approach to EU policy-making. This is another step forward in changing the way ‘Brussels’ works.” More information is available in this Press Release, and the Commission Decision and its Annexes and Communication are also available online.

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SAVE THE DATE – December 2 – Debate: “Long-Term Investments: which role for national promotional banks and the EIB?”

We are delighted to invite you to the debate organised by PubAffairs Bruxelles which will be held on the 2nd of December at 19.00 at the premises of Science14 Atrium, rue de la Science, 14-b, Brussels.The debate will concern the role of national promotional banks and the European Investment Bank in financing long-term investments. Although speakers and event details will be announced in the coming days, we are posting this event now to make sure you save the date.

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About the debate

On March 2014, the European Commission put forward a Communication on long-term financing of the European economy. The Commission Communication sets out a comprehensive framework of all needed measures to secure Europe’s position on a sustainable growth path, including by unlocking all possible means of finance of the economy. In fact, the recent economic and financial crisis has affected the ability of the EU financial sector to channel funds to the real economy, in particular to long-term investment. Long-term financing is defined in the Communication as the financing of long-term investment in a structured and engaged way. As already anticipated by the 2013 public consultation, while a well-defined and stable regulatory environment was underlined as very important, many stakeholders also called for better calibration of regulatory reform to take account of long-term financing objectives.

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS – Debate | What is State aid? | PubAffairs Bruxelles Editorial Team

On Tuesday 4th of March, at the premises of Science14 Atrium in Brussels, PubAffairs Bruxelles hosted a debate concerning the notion of State aid. The event was moderated by Mr Jacques Derenne, Partner and Head of the Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation practice at Hogan Lovells, while the discussants were Mr Clemens Kerle, case-handler in the State aid policy unit at DG COMP and member of the team authoring the draft Notice on the notion of State aid, and Mr Bertrand Jéhanno, French General Secretariat for European Affairs. Mr Vincent Verouden, Deputy Chief Economist at DG COMP, was also attending the session for comments.

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Photo Album: Debate – “What is State Aid?” (4 March)

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Thank you for attending our debate “What is State Aid?”

PubAffairs Bruxelles was delighted to host on March 4th the debate between our distinguished speakers, Mr Clemens Kerle, case-handler in the State aid policy unit at DG COMP and member of the team authoring the draft Notice on the notion of State aid and Mr Bertrand Jéhanno, French General Secretariat for European Affairs

We would like to thank our distinguished guests, our moderator Mr Jacques Derenne, Head of the Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation practice at Hogan Lovells, Mr Vincent Verouden, Deputy Chief Economist at DG COMP, who attended the session for comments, the public and our sponsors, Hogan Lovells, Burson-Marsteller, and Science 14 Atrium, for allowing this debate to take place.

PubAffairs Bruxelles is also pleased to announce that the next event will take place on the 18th of March 2014. We hope that all the contributors, attendees, as well as our present and future members will join us in the next debate.

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS – Debate | New EU rules on public procurement: better value for money, growth and sustainability? | PubAffairs Bruxelles Editorial Team

On Tuesday 18th of February, at the premises of Science14 Atrium in Brussels, PubAffairs Bruxelles hosted a debate concerning the new EU rules on public procurement recently approved by the European Parliament. The event was chaired by Professor Dermot Cahill, Chairman of the Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies, Bangor University (UK), while the discussants were Ms Heide Rühle MEP (Greens/DE) and Mr Joaquim Nunes de Almeida, Director for Public Procurement in the European Commission (DG Internal Market and Services).

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Invitation – Debate: What is State Aid? (4 March)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on the notion of State Aid with Mr Clemens Kerle, case-handler in the State aid policy unit at DG COMP and member of the team authoring the draft Notice on the notion of State aid and Mr Bertrand Jéhanno, French General Secretariat for European Affairs on the 4th of March at the premises of Science 14 Atrium


The debate will be moderated by Mr Jacques Derenne, Head of the Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation practice at Hogan Lovells. Mr Vincent Verouden, Deputy Chief Economist at  DG COMP, will also be attending the session for comments


More than 50 years of EU case law on State aid have not exhausted the question of the definition of State aid. The Commission will be adopting soon a notice on the notion of State aid.

In May 2012, the European Commission issued a communication on State aid modernisation in defining the objectives of an extensive reform package of the EU State aid policy: foster growth in a strengthened, dynamic and competitive internal market; focus enforcement on cases with the biggest impact on the internal market and, streamlining rules and obtaining faster decisions.

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Photo Album: Debate – “New EU rules on public procurement: better value for money, growth and sustainability?” (18 February)

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Thank you for attending our debate “New EU rules on public procurement: better value for money, growth and sustainability?”

PubAffairs Bruxelles was delighted to host on February 18th the debate between our distinguished speakers, Ms Heide Rühle MEP (Greens/DE) and Mr Joaquim Nunes de Almeida, Director for Public Procurement in the European Commission DG Internal Market and Services.

We would like to thank our distinguished guests, our Chair, Professor Dermot Cahill, the public and our sponsors, Hogan Lovells, Burson-Marsteller, and Science 14 Atrium, for allowing this debate to take place.

PubAffairs Bruxelles is also pleased to announce that the next event will take place on the 4th of March 2014. We hope that all the contributors, attendees, as well as our present and future members will join us in the next debate.

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Photo Album: Debate – Gender balance in business decision-making positions: is the EU on the right track?

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