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Photo Album | LIVE STREAMING | How could Europe create jobs during the COVID recovery through the transformation of work? (June 10)

INVITATION | Live Streaming | How could Europe create jobs during the COVID recovery through the transformation of work? (June 10)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on how Europe could create jobs during the COVID recovery through the transformation of work with our distinguished speakers Mr Antoine Kasel, Head of Commissioner Schmit Cabinet, European Commission, Ms Yana Toom MEP (Renew Europe/EE), Mr Mark Keese, Head of the Skills and Employability, OECD, Mr Menno Bart, Public Affairs Manager, Adecco, Mr Stefan Kröpfl, Global Head of Life Business Analysis, Zurich Insurance and Mr Russell Corbould-Warren, Head of Insurance, Uber EMEA.

The debate was moderated by Laura Shields, Founder and Managing Director, Red Thread

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The nature, forms and organisation of work have been constantly transformed by technological progress, demographic shifts, the conditions of the labour market, and macroeconomic variables. While this paradigm also applies to contemporary global society, the technological factor, along with the sustainability imperative, requires all actors of society to adapt and reshape their respective established cultural and organisational references. These changes may not be as fast or as deep as some observers might suggest, however, it is clear that there are ongoing shifts towards more diverse and broader concepts of work both within Europe and around the world.

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Photo Album | LIVE STREAMING | AI in Farming: making the “Farm to Fork” agenda a global standard for sustainability? (June 2)

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.

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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.

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Social bonds in response to the COVID-19 crisis: when financial markets save lives, by R. Karsenti, European Capital Market Institute (ECMI)

On the 20th of May, the European Capital Market Institute (ECMI) published  a Policy Brief by René Karsenti named Social bonds in response to the COVID-19 crisis: when financial markets save lives, which acknowledged that solidarity and concerted action should guide global emergency response.

A highly contagious respiratory virus is endangering humanity and our established order. Funding must be rapidly mobilised from all sources in the fight against COVID-19 and in the race to contain the resulting economic fallout and build resilience against future shocks. Several social COVID-19 bonds have already been issued by a number of multilateral institutions and public agencies and are already generating significant investor interest, paving the way for more issuances. The stage is now set for social bonds to move from a niche solution to a mainstream one.

A COVID-19 vaccine that is developed, licensed, manufactured and delivered on a global scale in 12 to 18 months would be an unprecedented achievement. Strong global collective action is critical to achieving this goal and bringing the pandemic to an end. Social bonds are poised to play a crucial role in these endeavours. In addition to direct contributions by governments and philanthropists, innovative finance mechanisms should be used to fund COVID-19 vaccines and health solutions. IFFIm Vaccine Bonds have shown that public and private money is available in the global financial markets to invest in an urgent and just cause – it only has to be allocated in the right way.

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About the author

René Karsenti is Senior Adviser and former President of the International Capital Market Association (ICMA), former Board Chair of the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm), Honorary Director General of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and former Chairman of the European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI) Board.

Asset Allocation in Europe: Reality vs. Expectations, by C. Amariei, European Capital Market Institute (ECMI)

On the 24th of April, the European Capital Market Institute (ECMI) published  a Policy Brief by Cosmina Amariei named “Asset Allocation in Europe: Reality vs. Expectations”, which acknowledged that capital markets in Europe are expected to play a more prominent role in corporate financing, retail/institutional saving/investment and private risk-sharing altogether.

In the current institutional cycle, CMU remains as relevant as ever. However, it needs rethinking at an EU level and real commitment from member states. The capacity of capital markets to enhance the resilience of our societies as a whole, especially when confronted with unprecedented shocks, should certainly be given more thorough consideration.

In order to contribute to the public debate, CEPS and ECMI invited relevant stakeholders– policymakers, supervisors, consumer associations, industry representatives, and academics – to take part in a dedicated Task Force on Asset Allocation in Europe: What challenges and opportunities lie ahead?”. A detailed overview of the overall proceedings is available here

The main objective of this initiative was to explore meaningful ways of activating long-term savings and investment channels across the EU, with a focus on households, asset/fund managers, insurers and pension funds, under the overarching theme of sustainability in the real economy. The recent developments related to COVID-19 were also taken into account.

To this end, we invite you to read the analytical sections in the final report as well as the accompanying list of policy and market recommendations.

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About the author

Cosmina Amariei joined the European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI) in May 2014, as part of the Financial Markets & Institutions Unit in CEPS.

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

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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)

Policy Insight | How is EU cooperation on the Covid-19 crisis perceived in member states? | CEPS

Even the most optimistic of observers recognise the coronavirus pandemic as one of the greatest challenges the EU has ever faced to its capacity to manage crises, muster solidarity and demonstrate supranational added value.

Drawing on the expertise of researchers in the EPIN network, Sophia Russack and Steven Blockmans asked how EU cooperation was perceived in their respective national contexts, via an expert poll. Nineteen institutes from 15 different countries, plus Iceland, responded to their call. The introduction and analysis below reflects the unique insights that were gleaned from this exercise.

See here for the brief reports of each country survey.

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