Event series

INVITATION | Live Streaming | AI in Farming: making the “Farm to Fork” agenda a global standard for sustainability? (June 2)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion regarding AI in farming and the “Farm to Fork” strategy as a global standard for sustainability with our distinguished speakers Ms Eva Kaili MEP (S&D/GR), Mr Juha Heikkila, Head of Unit, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, DG CNECT, European Commission, Mr Gijsbertus 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.

Mr Jakša Petrić, Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Croatia will hold 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 will hold a keynote speech and take part to the panel discussion.

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

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

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About the debate

In Europe and around the globe, biodiversity is disappearing as a consequence of unsustainable human activities. This loss is closely connected to climate change and is disrupting ecosystems that support life on earth. As a result, farmers are increasingly suffering from rises in crop disease, water stress, nutrient deficits and, more generally, from environmental damage. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations member states, has provided a shared blueprint for climate action and prosperity for people and the planet through the unfolding of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The importance of the SDGs for Europe has been reflected in the mission letters President von der Leyen sent to the Commissioners designate at the very beginning of the mandate whereby each member of the College has been exhorted to work towards the achievement of SDGs. Shortly after, the Commission has released the “Farm to Fork” strategy by acknowledging that farming is a crucial sector to make production and consumption sustainable, and to improve the health of European citizens and the innovation of the old continent’s businesses at the same time.

Within this context, several experts have highlighted that agriculture is impacted by global trends related to demographics, economics and climate change. For both the question of biodiversity and agriculture there are solutions but they require deep and transformative changes in the way we produce, consume and trade. In the domain of agriculture, the adoption of new digital farming methods based on Artificial Intelligence (AI), but also on robotics, the blockchain, high performance computing (HPC), the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G-related technologies can increase farm efficiency. At the same time, those technologies can valuably improve environmental sustainability. Indeed, smarter, digitally enabled farming has already proven to help achieving higher quantity and quality yields, as well as increasing resource efficiency and curbing substantially greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, IoT-based applications in agriculture have also been designed to reduce resource depletion and enhance productivity, whereas the future of farming lies in the benefits of connecting, collecting and analysing big data.

As highlighted in a study of the European Parliament ”a farm-tech revolution is emerging within the scope of global trends which generate structural changes in farms and the wider value chain in unexplored ways, comparable to what happened in the 1950s when tractors started to be used more widely”. Furthermore, the same research highlighted how collaborations rather than takeovers between established companies, start-ups and SMEs are becoming more common as there are mutual benefits to be gained by both parties. SMEs need to collaborate with partners to remain innovative. The framework for this collaboration needs to continue and thrive. However, it needs to be further clarified how Europe and the rest of the globe can adapt to the new technological advancements in order to maximise their benefits for a more prosperous and sustainable future.

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

This event will be 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 at 6.00 pm and it will be held in streaming. After the panel debate there will be an opportunity for questions and discussions.

We look forward to hosting you at 6.00 pm on the 2nd of June 2020

Photo Album | LIVE STREAMING | Is a global consensus on non-personal data governance possible? (May 5)

INVITATION | LIVE STREAMING | Is a global consensus on non-personal data governance possible? (May 5)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on the prospect and the importance of a global consensus on non-personal data with our distinguished speakers 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 will hold the introductory remarks.

The debate will be moderated by Matthew Newman, EU Chief Correspondent, MLex

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, this event was held in streaming.

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About the debate

Over the last decade, the question of data flows has become a primary issue of concern for businesses, governments and citizens alike, both in Europe and across the world. At the EU level, along with the GDPR and the other EU data protection rules, the entering into force of last year’s regulation aimed at fostering the free flow of non-personal data in the internal market has marked the European Union’s formal recognition of data flowing as a pre-requisite for innovation, research and a successful finalisation of the digital transformation of the economy. Furthermore, the recently released EU Data Strategy has confirmed this stance by highlighting that the increasing volume of non-personal industrial data and public data in Europe, coupled with the current technological shift in how data is stored and processed, will constitute “a potential source of innovation and growth that should be tapped”.

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Photo Album | LIVE STREAMING | Building synergies and optimising cooperation: how far can the EU cyber capacity go? (April 29)

INVITATION | Building synergies and optimising cooperation: how far can the EU cyber capacity go? (April 29)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on the upcoming set up of a European Cyber Competence Centre and its partner national network and their role to enhance the EU cyber capacity with our distinguished speakers 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 will be moderated by Ms Vesela Gladicheva, Senior Correspondent, MLex

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


About the debate

In the last decade, citizens, businesses and governments alike in Europe and across the globe have become increasingly dependent on digital technologies. However, along with the exponential increase of opportunities, the number, complexity and scale of cybersecurity threats and their impact on the economy and society have also grown. In addition, technological developments have de facto changed the very concept of security, as both strategic economic sectors, such as energy, finance, health and transports, and defence capacities largely rely on digital infrastructures. This trend is expected to increase with the roll out of Internet of Things (IoT), while the prospect of the shift from 4G-based to 5G-based technologies will further extend the array of opportunities and threats. For these reasons and as a result of the numerous EU initiatives aiming to foster and secure the Digital Single Market, the European Union is about to finalise, at an institutional level, the set up of a European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre, together with a Network of National Coordination Centres.

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

INVITATION only | How to make Europe’s energy transition a reality with the help of smart technologies (February 19)


The European Smart Energy Solution Providers – ESMIG is delighted to invite you to an evening dinner, co-hosted by Ms Maria Carvalho MEP (EPP/PT), Mr Ville Niinistö MEP (Greens/FI) and Ms Claudia Gamon MEP (Renew/AT).

The event will be held on Wednesday, 19th of February from 18.30 to 21.30 at the European Parliament Members’ Salon, ASP 0 G salon, in Brussels and will consist of a discussion on how to make Europe’s energy transition a reality with the help of smart technologies.

Mr Thor-Sten Vertmann, Member of the Cabinet Member 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 and Mr Dieter Brunner, President of ESMIG and President of the board of Directors at Iskraemeco, will be the distinguished guest speakers for the evening.

Please follow this link to download the programme of the evening.

Please note that this is an invitation only event


About the event

The question of climate and the necessity to implement a highly needed energy transition has gained further momentum in the European and international global agenda. In addition, the new President of the European Commission, Ms Ursula Von der Leyen, pledged to make a “European Green Deal to become Europe’s hallmark” and appointed Mr Frans Timmermans as Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, as well as Climate Action Commissioner.

Within this context, the “importance of integrated, holistic and balanced non-market approaches”, as outlined in the Paris Agreement, has emerged as a crucial question of the energy transition process and has dotted the bottom lines for an energy-generation based on demand, rather than on market developments, as well as for a regulatory framework that encourages the trend towards a digitalised, decentralised, consumer focused energy system.

In fact, this approach concentrates the attention more and more on the implementation of the existing regulatory framework and emphasises the importance of the end-users, who should be able to become both producers and consumers, namely “prosumers”, and be incentivised to take a more active part in the energy transition due to the easy management of their own data.

As a result, the European Smart Energy Solution Providers (ESMIG) has pledged to enable the consumer to proactively engage in the European energy transition by using their data to manage their consumption, produce and store their own energy according to their demands, and potentially trade with other consumers or energy providers.

To make this new energy market a reality, a clear regulatory framework and a resolute policy implementation are necessary in order to create the right market conditions and to place the consumer at the heart of the energy system.

The guarantee of the security of data provided by the consumers and how to ensure their privacy are also matters of concern as the decentralised energy distribution systems may give more opportunity for cyber attacks, if they are not carefully designed and equipped to prevent them.

The event will bring together a cross-national and cross-party group of MEPs, Policy Advisors and Professionals interested in the energy transition towards a digitalised, decentralised, consumer focused energy system integrating renewables, as well as in the implementation of the Clean Energy for all Europeans Package.

The event will commence with a welcome drink followed by the introductory and keynote speeches at 18.30 pm, and a discussion at 20.00 pm.

During the dinner there will be the opportunity for questions and answers.

We look forward to seeing you at 18.30 pm on the 19th of February 2020 at the European Parliament Members’ Salon, ASP 0 G salon, Brussels.

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

[FR] INVITATION | Le Sahel : état des lieux sécuritaire, enjeux et défis pour l’Union européenne (4 Décembre)






Nous sommes heureux de vous inviter au débat organisé par PubAffairs Bruxelles et la Représentation Permanente de l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie auprès de l’UE avec nos orateurs 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 Fond fiduciaire pour le Sahel, Service européen pour l’action extérieure, SEAE/EEAS, M. Mark Stalmans, Chef de secteur – Sahel, Chargé d’aide et de coopération internationales, Commission européenne, DG DEVCO et 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, tiendra un discours d’introduction.

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

À propos du débat

La région du Sahel doit faire face à plusieurs phénomènes qui la rendent vulnérable et qui sont notamment à l’origine d’une crise multidimensionnelle sans précédent. Plusieurs observateurs européens et internationaux ont d’ailleurs affirmé qu’elle est parmi les zones de la planète les plus négligées et les plus conflictuelles. Affectée plus que toutes autres régions de l’Afrique par le changement climatique et une croissance rapide de population, le Sahel a récemment connu, selon les termes de la Commission européenne, une «résurgence et une propagation des conflits qui, conjuguées aux effets durables des précipitations irrégulières et des prix élevés des denrées alimentaires, continuent de menacer la vie de millions de personnes». La situation sécuritaire s’est particulièrement détériorée, ces derniers temps, à cause des attaques de groupes armés qui se sont multipliées, notamment au Burkina Faso, au Mali et au Niger, ayant fait de nombreuses victimes chez les forces de défense et de sécurité et les populations civiles.

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