Event series

Photo Album | DEBATE | How can the EU protect citizens from food scandals?

INVITATION | How can the EU protect citizens from food scandals? (October 16)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening discussion on the question of food safety in Europe with our distinguished speakers Mr Michael Scannell, Director, Food Chain, Stakeholders and International Relations, European Commission, DG SANTE and Mr Thilo Bode, Executive Director, Foodwatch.

The debate will be moderated by Joanna Sullivan, CEO, Conscience Consulting

 

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About the debate

As stated by the European Commission, every European citizen should be protected from health hazards, from fraud and from being misled. By upholding these principles, European institutions have adopted in 2002 the so-called General Food Law Regulation, which is considered the cornerstone of the EU regulatory framework covering the entire food chain, with special regard to food safety. The law was also put  forward to ensure that science-based analysis of risk assessment, management, and communication would be applied in order to both protect citizens from health risks and trace fraudulent or potentially harmful products and producers. In addition, EU institutions established the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as an independent scientific agency to provide risk assessment, which forms the basis of the measures taken by the EU in the food chain.

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Photo Album | DEBATE | Online counterfeiting: How best to be effective countering it?

INVITATION | Online counterfeiting: How best to be effective countering it? (October 15)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on the questions of online counterfeiting and the different mechanisms to deal with different types of illegal content online with our distinguished speakers Ms Natalia Zebrowska, Legal and Policy Officer, Intellectual Property and Fight Against Counterfeiting, European Commission, DG GROW, Ms Irene Roche-Laguna, Team Leader, E-commerce and Platforms, European Commission, DG CONNECT, Mr Charles Wright, Associate General Counsel, Amazon, Ms Sophie Peresson, Director, ICC-BASCAP – Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy – and Ms Ana Hinojosa, Director of Compliance and Facilitation, World Customs Organisation and Ms Delphine Sarfati-Sobreira, General Manager, UNIFAB – Union des Fabricants.

The event will be moderated by Lewis Crofts, Editor in Chief, MLex.

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About the debate

The Directive on electronic commerce (E-Commerce Directive) of 8 June 2000 created the basic legal framework for online services, and provided legal certainty to businesses and citizens in cross-border online transactions. However, over the last decade, there have been increased discussions on how to prevent illegal products and services from being sold and distributed online. Related policy proposals and court judgments ranged from issues as diverse as child sexual abuse material, dissemination and removal of terrorist content online or hate speech, to commercial practices and infringements of intellectual property rights as well as selling of counterfeit or other illicit goods.

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Photo Album | DEBATE | What priorities for Animal Welfare in the EU and beyond? (October 9)

INVITATION | What priorities for Animal Welfare in the EU and beyond?

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on the question of animal welfare in the EU and beyond with our distinguished speakers Mr Marco Valletta, Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commission, Ms Toni Shephard, Executive Director (UK), Animal Equality, Mr John Flack MEP (ECR/ UK), Ms Tilly Metz MEP (Greens/LU) and Ms Stephanie Ghislain, Project Leader, ‘Trade and Animal Welfare’, Eurogroup for Animals.

A video message from Ms Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP (EPP/FI) will be projected before the debate.

Mr Maxime Boonen, Director & Founder, B2C2 will hold an introductory speech.

The debate will be moderated by Robert McLeod, Chairman, MLex.

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About the debate

While Article 13 of the TFEU recognises animals as “sentient beings”, making the EU one of the few constitutions in the world to do so, the EU agricultural policy (the Common Agricultural Policy or “CAP”) provided ground for the first EU legislation on animal welfare as early as 1974, regulating the welfare of farm animals as agricultural products. More recently, in June 2018, the animal welfare issue has once again rose to prominence as the Commission has put forward a legislative proposal on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which defines some clear objectives on animal welfare as a production standard. Moreover, in recent decades, awareness and concern for animal welfare in terms of animal protection have steadily risen among citizens, businesses and policy-makers.

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[FR] Album photos | Débat | Quels défis pour la politique commerciale de l’UE à court et long termes?

[FR] INVITATION | Quels défis pour la politique commerciale de l’UE à court et long termes? (26 Septembre)

 

 

 

 

 

Nous sommes heureux de vous inviter à une soirée de discussion par PubAffairs Bruxelles et la Représentation Permanente de l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) auprès de l’UE sur les défis pour la politique commerciale de l’UE à court et long termes avec nos orateurs Monsieur François Roux, Ambassadeur, Représentant de la Belgique auprès de l’UE, Monsieur Pedro Velasco-Martins, Membre du Cabinet de la Commissaire chargée du commerce, Cecilia Malmström, Monsieur Mathieu Maes, Secrétaire général de la Chambre de Commerce Internationale – Belgique et Monsieur David Luff, Professeur associé, Collège de l’Europe.

Monsieur 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 Hermine Donceel, journaliste freelance.

 

À propos du débat

L’Union européenne est le plus grand exportateur mondial de produits manufacturés et de services, ainsi que le principal marché d’importation de plus de 100 pays, dont ceux membres de l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). L’Union est également le plus grand marché du monde. À lui seul, il réunit plus d’un quart de la richesse mondiale mesurée par le produit intérieur brut (PIB). Les consommateurs et investisseurs, européens comme étrangers, profitent des nombreux avantages d’un système simplifié qui garantit la libre circulation des personnes, des biens, des services et des capitaux. Une part de la croissance des Etats membres de l’OIF dépend de cet espace économique. Les institutions européennes sont responsables du marché européen et des relations commerciales que l’UE entretient avec le reste du monde. Cette dernière parle ainsi d’une seule voix. Jusqu’à présent, l’Union européenne a conclu différents type d’accords: accords établissant des unions douanières, accords de stabilisation et d’association, accords de libre-échange ou encore de partenariat économique. L’UE est ainsi l’une des économies les plus ouvertes vers l’extérieur, ainsi qu’un acteur économique et politique dynamique, dont les intérêts et responsabilités vont croissant à l’échelon régional et mondial.  

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Photo Album | DEBATE | How can cybersecurity certification schemes enhance Europe’s security and competitiveness?

INVITATION | How can cybersecurity certification schemes enhance Europe’s security and competitiveness? (September 25)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on how cybersecurity certification schemes can enhance Europe’s security and competitiveness with our distinguished speakers Mr Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho, Head of the Cybersecurity Technology and Capacity Building Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission, Ms Sara Bussière, Senior Advisor, Orange, Mr Jocelyn Delatre, Policy Officer, Smart Mobility Manager, European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association – ACEA and Mr Sylvain Bouyon, Head of Fintech Programme, CEPS.

The event will be moderated by Magnus Franklin, Director, Teneo cabinet DN and former Chief Correspondent at MLex.

 

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About the debate

The question of cybersecurity has emerged as a vital aspect of EU policy due to the fact that in the past few years digital threats have been evolving fast. According to the European Commission 2017 Cybersecurity Factsheet, ransomware attacks have increased by 300% since 2015, while the economic impact of cybercrime rose fivefold from 2013 to 2017, and could further rise by a factor of four by 2019. Cybersecurity has also been intensively in the spotlight due to a series of large-scale cyber-attacks aimed at Europe last year. In fact, the EU’s digital landscape is witnessing a rapid intensification of cybercrimes such as the theft of commercial trade secrets, business information and personal data, as well as disruption of services and infrastructures. At the same time, the rapid development of the Internet of Things is confirming that billions of devices will be evermore connected, and therefore vulnerable to such attacks, over the next decade, making the “security by design” of such devices a fundamental element. Against this background, private companies, including telecom undertakings, and public bodies have strengthened their tools to anticipate and fight against such attacks. Increasing coordination and overall level of security, as well as enhancing trust and confidence of citizens, will be essential to ensure the security and the competitiveness of the EU.

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