Event series

SAVE THE DATE | Special Event | Smart and sustainable: How can Digital help the green transition? (July 12)

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Monday, 12th of July at 17.00.

We will discuss the role of ICT in finding smart and sustainable solutions for the green transition.

Please save the date. Speakers and event details will be announced in the coming days.

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

This event is co-organised with

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About the debate

In mid-July 2021, the European Commission will present the “Fit for 55” legislative package to fundamentally overhaul the EU’s climate policy architecture and put the EU on track to meet its 2030 climate target (55%).

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 means that European economies and societies will have to undergo a significant transformation to achieve the decoupling of resource use from economic growth. The EU climate targets pave the way for a flood of legislation that will change most aspects of EU citizens’ daily lives.

There is no doubt that the ICT sector will play an important role in this transformation. Digital infrastructures and services help other industries to save a significant part of their C02 emissions – smart solutions for cities, homes, transport, production or agriculture are key to achieving climate neutrality. This “enabling effect” is far greater than the C02 footprint of the ICT sector itself. Maximizing this potential is a key objective of the Green Digital Coalition, an industry initiative supported by the Commission, under which participating CEOs commit to investing in the development and deployment of green digital solutions with significant energy and material efficiencies that deliver a net positive impact across a wide range of sectors.

Nevertheless, the EU is only at the beginning of the journey. The new Industrial Strategy and Recovery Plan for Europe recently reaffirmed that the Commission sees the green and digital transition as a cornerstone of the post-Covid recovery process. However, some sectors paint a less optimistic picture, warning that the Green Deal will lead to deindustrialization and carbon leakage, as well as job losses. Within this context, it is critical to further explore the steps needed to make the EU a leader in clean technologies, as well as to understand how the green transition will affect Europe’s geopolitical power play and industrial competitiveness. These are unanswered questions that the old continent is and will be facing for a very long time to come.

The event will commence at 17.00 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 #Fit455

#EUGreenDeal

#EUDigital

#GreenTransition

#DigitalTransition

#ClimateAction

We look forward to hosting you at 17.00 on the 12th of July 2021.

INVITATION | Pesticides Residues: How to ensure EU agri-food competitiveness? (June 2)

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Wednesday, 2nd of June 2021 at 17.00.

The event will consist of an evening discussion on pesticide residues and how to ensure EU agri-food competitiveness with our distinguished speakers:

  • Ms Almut Bitterhof, Deputy Head of Unit, Pesticides and biocides, DG SANTE – European Commission;
  • Ms Eileen Gordon Laity, Secretary General, European Coffee Federation (ECF);
  • Ms Anna Boulova, Secretary General, European Federation of the Trade in Dried Fruit, Nuts, Processed Fruit, Vegetables and Fishery Products (FRUCOM);
  • Ms Mar Fernandez, Director, Spanish Association of Egg Producers (ASEPRHU);
  • Mr Okisegere Ojepat, Chief Executive Officer, Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya.

Mr Ondrej Knotek MEP (Renew/CZ) will hold a keynote speech.

The event will be moderated by Mr Sarantis Michalopoulos, Journalist, Euractiv.

This event is public, hence it will not be held under the Chatham House Rule

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

The production of crops in the EU coupled with the free flow of agricultural commodities, produced in other regions of the world and then imported into the EU, provides European consumers with a stable supply of affordable, safe and nutritious food. A wide variety of staple commodities, as well as fruits and vegetables that we enjoy all year round, are only placed on the EU market by respecting the EU’s very strict standards. No matter where the products come from, they have to respect the same high EU standards.

The international trade of agricultural products relies on the joint efforts of many countries to set, and adhere to, internationally agreed standards. These are key to allowing the free flow of agricultural goods around the world. One such standard is a Maximum Residue Level (MRLs) for pesticides. These are set to ensure that all traded agricultural goods adhere to good agricultural practices and comply with the latest scientific evaluations. MRLs are always set to guarantee consumer safety.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) conducts annual evaluations of both food grown in the EU, and of food imported from outside the EU. Year on year these evaluations have demonstrated that good agricultural practices are being respected by farmers and that nearly all food products on the EU market comply with EU MRLs. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of having free flowing, transparent and resilient food supply chains in the EU.

Farmers around the world have different needs when it comes to protecting their crops from pests and diseases. These farmers should not be unduly penalised when legally treating their crops and subsequently realizing that they will not be able to export to the EU. Trade-enabling policies help foster the development of agriculture in developing countries, a key sector to deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals of poverty eradication, zero hunger and economic growth.

MRLs not only provide fair market access for suppliers from non-EU countries, but also ensure the competitiveness of the entire EU agri-food value chain, including traders, processors, food and feed industry, as well as livestock producers. The EU relies on imports of key commodities that end up being further processed in the EU, resulting in added value food products such as chocolate or coffee, or directly enjoyed by EU consumers such as tropical fruits, nuts and spices.

The event will commence at 17.00 and it will be held in streaming

The session intends to cover the views from EU authorities, third countries and the EU agri-food chain on EU MRL policy, with a discussion on how to go towards a win-win scenario for EU agri-food competitiveness, third countries market access and EU consumer choice.

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

#Agriculture

#MRLs

#Trade

We look forward to hosting you at 17.00 on the 2nd of June 2021

Photo Album | LIVE STREAMING | 5G for Businesses: Evolution or Revolution?

INVITATION | 5G for Businesses: Evolution or Revolution? (March 16)

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Tuesday, 16th of March 2021 at 14.15

The event will consist of an afternoon session on the questions of 5G as a game changer in transforming business organisations and the roll out of 5G networks in Europe with our distinguished speakers:

  • Mr Pearse O’Donohue, Director, Future Networks, DG CONNECT – European Commission;
  • Ms Susana Solis-Perez MEP (Renew/ES);
  • Ms Hilary Mine, Head of strategy and technology, Cx, Nokia;
  • Ms Michaël Trabbia, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Orange;

Mr Roberto Viola, Director General, DG CONNECT – European Commission will hold a keynote speech.

Mr Frank Guldentops, 5G Project Manager, Covestro and Mr Mikael Shamim, CEO, Helicus will hold a short presentation on 5G business cases respectively in the domains of Industry 4.0 and Healthcare.

The event will be moderated by Matthew Newman, Chief Correspondent, MLex

This event be held under the Chatham House Rule

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

This event is co-organised with

About the debate

With the outbreak of the Corona crisis, boosting the digital transformation has been put at the forefront of Europe’s digital agenda. Making the EU more digital and greener is now the overarching principle leading the European Union as a whole, notably through the Recovery Plan. To fulfil the European Commission’s key priorities of investing in a greener, more digital and connected Europe, it is crucial to quickly deploy state-of-the-art networks, with special regard to 5G.

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Photo Album | LIVE STREAMING | Digital Markets Act: How to preserve innovation and competition in the EU digital economy?

INVITATION | Digital Markets Act: How to preserve innovation and competition in the EU digital economy? (January 25)

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Monday, 25th of January 2021 at 17.00.

The event will consist of an evening of discussion on how to preserve innovation and competition in the EU digital economy with special regard to the recent release of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) with our distinguished speakers Ms Deirdre Clune MEP (EPP/IR), Mr Alex Agius Saliba MEP (S&D/MT), Mr Martijn Snoep, Chairman, Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), Professor Nicolas Petit, Competition Law, European University Institute (EUI) and Mr Kayvan Hazemi-Jebelli, Competition Counsel, Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA).

The event will be moderated by Aoife White, Journalist, Bloomberg

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

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

This event is organised in collaboration with CCIA

About the debate

The European Commission’s newly released  Digital Markets Act (DMA) is poised to overhaul the EU single market and contribute to making “Europe fit for the digital ageby addressing questions around the fairness of platforms’ relationships with their business users and the contestability of online platform environments.

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Photo Album | LIVE STREAMING | Digital Farming: How can the EU turn ambitions into a reality?

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 an 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.

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Photo Album | LIVE STREAMING | Opening the gate: Why and how to regulate large platforms acting as gatekeepers?

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.

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