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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?

[FR] INVITATION | Dans quelle mesure pouvons-nous parler d’un « mode de vie européen» et s’il existe quel est-il? (20 novembre)

 

 

 

 

 

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 sur la définition d’un “mode de vie européen” avec nos orateurs M. László Trócsány, Député européen (PPE/HU), M. Jean Leclercq, Professeur, UCL Louvain, M. Andrea Rea, Professeur, ULB, M. Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero, Secrétaire Générale, Union des Fédéralistes – Belgique et M. Aymeric De Lamotte, Conseiller communale indépendant à Woluwe-Saint-Pierre et Avocat.

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 Renaud Denuit, écrivain et éditorialiste pour Agence Europe

 

À propos du débat

La décision de Mme Ursula von der Leyen, future Présidente de la Commission européenne, de nommer Margaritis Schinas en tant que Commissaire au portefeuille institué pour « protéger notre mode de vie européen » a généré de vives réactions de la part du monde politique et de la société civile. En effet, plusieurs députés ont demandé soit le changement de l’intitulé du portefeuille soit une audience supplémentaire avec M. Schinas. Depuis, ce dernier a été confirmé au poste de Commissaire et son intitulé n’a pas changé, mais le futur Commissaire s’est exprimé sur la controverse en reconnaissant l’importance du débat autour du nom de son portefeuille et affirmant son accord avec Mme von der Leyen lorsqu’elle explique que le « mode de vie européen » est intimement lié aux valeurs énoncées dans les traité de l’UE. Si la polémique s’est momentanément affaiblie, les questions soulevées pendant le débat public et parlementaire restent fondamentales. Il s’agit de savoir s’il existe une identité européenne à laquelle l’on pourrait éventuellement faire correspondre un « mode de vie européen ».

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Photo Album | DEBATE | Is certification the answer to cyber risk mitigation in Europe?

INVITATION | Is certification the answer to cyber risk mitigation in Europe? (November 19)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on the question of EU cybersecurity certification as a primary tool to mitigate cyber risks in Europe with our distinguished speakers Mr Jean-François Junger, Deputy Head of Unit, Cybersecurity Technology and Capacity Building, European Commission, Ms Tamara Tafra, Counsellor, Cyber Issues, Permanent Representation of Croatia, Mr Jon France, Head of Industry Security, Technology, GSMA and Professor Chris Mitchell, Department of Information Security, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Dr Boutheina Chetali, Security and Certification Senior Expert, Huawei, will hold an introductory speech.

The debate will be moderated by Mr Paolo Grassia, Director of Public Policy, ETNO.

This event was kindly sponsored by

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About the debate

Over the last three years, EU institutions have incrementally increased their focus on the question of cybersecurity and cybersecurity requirements. This process culminated this year with the adoption of the Cybersecurity Act. This piece of legislation aimed at further empowering ENISA as the EU Cybersecurity Agency, and at starting the process of establishing a risk-based cybersecurity framework which would enable the creation of EU certification schemes. The Commission consequently adopted a Recommendation which identified a number of actions to ensure an EU-wide approach to 5G networks and resulted in a report released by the NIS Cooperation Group, composed by EU member states’ cybersecurity experts, in cooperation with the European Commission and ENISA. This report identifies the main cyber threats and actors, the most sensitive assets, as well as key vulnerabilities and strategic risks and it will be used as a basis to create an EU toolbox of possible measures for risk mitigation.

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Photo Album | SPECIAL EVENT | Digitalisation of SMEs: How to make it possible?

INVITATION | SPECIAL EVENT | Digitalisation of SMEs: How to make it possible? (October 16)

DATE & TIME
Date:   16 October 2019
Welcome drink:  18h00
Event:    18h30-20h00
Cocktail reception:  20h00-21h00

WHERE
The Office, Rue d’Arlon 80, 1040, Brussels

PROGRAMME

WELCOME

Patricia Hoogstraaten, Vice President, EuroCommerce and General Manager, Vakcentrum, responsible for SMEs

KEYNOTE SPEECH

Petri Peltonen, Finnish SME Envoy

 

PANEL DISCUSSION

Ivan Štefanec, Member of the European Parliament and President of SME Europe

Jasmin Battista, DG CNECT, European Commission

Katerina Borunska, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Birgit Winn, Head of Digital Projects, Hospitality.Digital, METRO AG

Alexandre Nilo Fonseca, President of ACEPI (Portuguese Digital Economy Association)

Mira-Maria Kontkanen, Advisor, Federation of Finnish Enterprises

Marta Mikliszanska, Head of Public Affairs, Allegro

Moderation

Michael Acton, MLex Market Insights

 

CLOSING REMARKS

Henrik Reimer, Head of Office, SME Connect

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About the debate

The digital transformation of the economy is underway, offering new market opportunities in Europe and all over the world. This technological shift is fostering both innovation and exchanges across EU borders, as well as the opportunity to secure a share in the emerging markets for current and future products and services.

Within this context, micro as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are of strategic importance as they create two thirds of jobs in the private sector and contribute to more than half of the total added value generated by businesses in the EU. As the latest Annual Report on European SMEs states, the re-emergence of SMEs has continued over recent years, as this sector made a significant contribution to the recovery and subsequent expansion of the EU economy by accounting for 47% of the value added generated by the non-financial business sector between 2008 and 2017, and for 52% of the cumulative increase in employment in the sector.

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