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INVITATION | Cyber Skills Gap : can gender balance fill the void? (November 7)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion about the cyber skills gap and whether a more gender balanced workforce could fill the void with our distinguished speakers Mr Rodrigo Ballester, Cabinet Member of Commissioner Navracsics, European Commission, Ms Silvia Merisio, Digital Economy and Skills, DG CONNECT , European Commission, Ms Lyndsay Turley, Head of Comms & Public Affairs EMEA, ISC(2), Ms Jacky Fox,  Director – Cyber Risk , Deloitte and Ms Emma Mohan-Satta, Fraud Prevention Consultant, Kaspersky Lab.

Mr Martijn van Lom, General Manager Kaspersky Lab Benelux, will hold an introductory speech.

The debate will be moderated by Magnus Franklin, Chief Correspondent, MLex.

This event was kindly sponsored by

Within the framework of the European Cybersecurity Month

About the debate

Never before has there been a greater focus on cybersecurity, with large scale data breaches occurring on an almost weekly basis and devastating strains of Ransomware creating chaos across the globe, as Wannacry did in May 2017 and ExPetya last July. Governments around the world are struggling to come to terms with the challenges of network and data security, putting measures in place to protect businesses, citizens and the infrastructure upon which their economies are built. At the European level the Network Information Security Directive, the General Data Protection Regulation as well as the E-Privacy Regulation have been carefully designed in order to achieve these aims and the Communication “Resilience, Deterrence and Defence: Building strong cybersecurity for the EU”, which the Commission published on the 13th September 2017 reinforces such an action plan presenting new initiatives to further improve EU cyber resilience and response.

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[FR] Résumé | Quelles conséquences économiques pour l’UE après le départ du Royaume-Uni?

Le lundi 25 septembre, la Représentation de l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie auprès de l’UE et PubAffairs Bruxelles ont organisé un débat sur les conséquences économiques pour l’UE après le départ du Royaume-Uni. L’événement était modéré par M. Gabriel Grésillon, correspondant à Bruxelles pour Les Échos et participaient à titre d’orateurs Mme Pervenche Berès, Députée européenne, membre de la commission des affaires économiques et monétaires, Mme Cinzia Alcidi, Chef de l’unité de politique économique au Centre d’études politiques européennes – CEPS, et M. Mathieu Maes, Secrétaire général de la Chambre de Commerce Internationale – Belgique.

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EU Public Policy Assistant (Internship) – The Call for applications will be opened until October 31st

The call for applications is open until the 31th October 2017 at 12.00PM GMT+1 

The Intern is supposed to be available to start on the 20th of November  

PubAffairs Bruxelles is a membership-based organisation created to foster understanding, transparency and participation in the work of the European Union. PubAffairs Bruxelles aims at creating an open platform for debate, information exchange as well as the development of ideas among its members, establishing a diverse community. For ore info please visit our website: www.pubaffairsbruxelles.eu

EU Public Policy Assistant

PubAffairs Bruxelles is looking for a highly-motivated Public Policy Intern who is willing to gain a hands-on approach to EU Public Policies and Communications or to improve his/her knowledge and experience in this domain. The Intern will be hired at the latest on the 20th of November for a period of 6 months. The internship may lead to a further 6 months extension and, eventually, to a permanent position.

General profile:

The Intern will be part of a small and dynamic team and will have the chance to be involved in all operational aspects of the organisation. It is essential that applicants have excellent academic credentials on EU-related studies, possess very good IT and communications skills, accuracy and attention for details, and are ready to work in a flexible and fast-paced manner. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of both the President of PubAffairs Bruxelles and of the Communications Director.

Tasks:

    • Monitoring EU public policies of interest to PubAffairs Bruxelles;
    • Producing ad hoc researches, background notes and/or presentations on relevant items debated within EU Institutions;
    • Drafting documents and reports for internal and external use;
    • Assisting in the communications activities;
    • Assisting in the organisation of events and meetings, as well as in other PR and commercial tasks;
    • Acting as a back-up to other colleagues;
    • Logistic organisation as well as some administrative and commercial work is also an important part of the job.

Professional profile:

    • Graduate or recent graduate in Law, European Studies, Political Sciences, Economics or related disciplines;
    • Hard-working and willing to achieve results
    • Excellent analytical, writing, and communication skills;
    • Demonstrated interest and knowledge in EU affairs, public policy and European political mainstreams;
    • Excellent team-player and capable of working both independently and as a team;
    • Proactive, problem solving and positive attitude;
    • Native or nearly-native English language skills;

Desirable:

  • Very good knowledge of French and/or German. Other languages are an asset, too.
  • Very good knowledge of a/more sectorial policies is definitely an advantage;
  • Previous experience in European Affairs or EU institutions (Blue Book trainees welcome);
  • Work experience in communications tools, design programs and social media.
  • Sense of humour and humble-but-confident attitude

What we offer:

  • A six months paid internship within a well growing organisation;
  • A valuable working experience in a dynamic and well-growing organisation;
  • The possibility of gaining or expanding your knowledge and your operational expertise in the domain of EU public policy-making, as well as the chance of gaining a permanent position.

The deadline for the applications is the 31th of October 2017 at 12.00PM GMT+1.

How to apply:

Please send your motivation letter (maximum 1 page) and CV (maximum 2 pages)   in this order, in one document and in .pdf format to info@pabxl.eu

The e-mail should: be addressed to Ms Monaco, contain “Surname and Name – EU Public Policy Assistant – Application” in the subject line, as well as  a simple text on the core of the mail (e.g. not your motivation letter) with your contact details including current address of residence, phone and e-mail.

Please note that applications which are not complying with the following instructions will be disregarded 

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Photo Album | Debate | What role for ‘Local Energy Communities’ in the EU energy transition process?

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Album photos | Débat | Quelles conséquences économiques pour l’UE après le départ du Royaume-Uni?

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[FR] Débat | Quelles conséquences économiques pour l’UE après le départ du Royaume-Uni? | Lundi 25 septembre

Nous sommes heureux de vous inviter à participer à une soirée de discussion autour de la question des conséquences économiques pour l’UE après le départ du Royaume-Uni avec nos orateurs: Madame Pervenche Berès, députe européen, membre de la commission des affaires économiques et monétaires, Madame Cinzia Alcidi, chef de l’Unité de politique économique, Centre d’études politiques européennes – CEPS et Monsieur Mathieu Maes, Secrétaire général, Chambre de Commerce Internationale – Belgique.

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 Gabriel Gresillon, correspondant à Bruxelles pour Les Echos.

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À propos du débat

Suite au referendum du juin 2016, en mars 2017, la Grande Bretagne a notifié au reste des pays de l’UE son intention de quitter l’Union conformément à l’article 50 du traité de Lisbonne. La sortie du Royaume-Uni de l’UE a soulevé une série de questions politiques, économiques et légales complexes et de nature différente, y compris s’agissant des obligations résultant de l’Article 50. Comme l’établi cet article du traité sur l’Union européenne, la période de négociation prévue de deux ans s’écoulera le 30 mars 2019 étant donné que le gouvernement britannique a informé le Conseil de l’intention de se retirer le 29 mars 2017. Cette date pourra être prolongée seulement avec un vote à l’unanimité des Etats membres. En ce qui concerne les négociations, fin juillet, le négociateur en chef de la Commission, Michel Barnier, déclarait après le deuxième round des discussions que, si « celui-ci était consacré à la présentation de nos positions communes, le troisième devra être celui des clarifications ».

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The EU and the US: a relationship in motion, by M. Demertzis | Bruegel

Trade Agreement USA and EU. Symbol for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership TTIP

Europe’s post-crisis recovery has been disappointing in comparison with the USA. But lower rates of inequality are staving off populism and bolstering support for globalisation. With the USA an increasingly unpredictable partner, the EU must address internal imbalances and build alliances to defend the multilateral order. The legacy of the financial crisis has left a different trail in the EU economy by comparison to that of the US. Almost a decade after the start of what was undoubtedly the worst financial crisis in the last 50 years, the US has managed to restore financial stability and deliver a convincing path back to growth. The EU, by contrast, has not achieved a credible return to economic vigour. It is true that Europe has seen some renewed growth recently, but it remains weak and precarious. This is in part due to the EU’s weaker institutional resilience. High unemployment, particularly for the young, an excess of non-performing loans on banks’ balance sheets, and an incomplete banking union, all help explain the precarious nature of the stability and growth that we observe.

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PubAffairs Mid-Term Review | Past, Upcoming events & Editorial activities | July 2017

Dear Member/Follower,

We would like to thank you for your interest, participation and/or collaboration with PubAffairs.

We are pleased to announce that we are preparing for the next phase of our event series which will restart in September.

We are also pleased to give you an overview of our event series, which, from January to June 2017, included the following debates:

 

Sustainable City solutions: a central pillar for the next phase of the EU energy transition? 

Mr Dimitrios Sofianopoulos, New Energy Technologies, Innovation and Clean Coal, European Commission, DG ENERG, Ms Dorthe Nielsen, Policy Director, Eurocities, Mr Adrian Joyce, Secretary General, European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE) and Mr Marco Marijewycz, Technology Policy & Modelling, E.ON discussed the question of sustainable city solutions and their relevance with the next phase of the EU energy transition process.

The debate was moderated by Hughes Belin, freelance journalist.

Event highlights available here | Event pictures available here


 

Payments security: do the EBA RTS on strong customer authentication create an open and secure market for retail payments in Europe?

Ms Silvia Kersemakers, European Commission, Retail Financial Services and Payments, DG FISMA, Ms Marie Pascale Brien, Senior Policy Advisor, European Banking Federation, Mr Matthias Hönisch, Head of Card Business Unit, National Federation of Cooperative Banks and Ms Emma Mohan-Satta, Fraud Prevention Consultant, Kaspersky Fraud Prevention, together discussed the effects of the recently released European Banking Authority’s regulatory technical standards on strong customer authentication and the creation of an open and secure market for retail payments in Europe.

Ms Emma Mohan-Satta held an introductory speech, while Mr Pascal König, Policy Advisor, E-commerce Europe, was also present for comments.

The debate was moderated by John Rega, Chief Correspondent, Financial Services at MLex

Event highlights available here | Event pictures available here

 


 

The ‘two-speed Europe’ project and the Brexit negotiations: a combined unity test? 

Ms Danuta Maria Hubner MEP (EPP/PL) and Mr Michael Theurer MEP (ALDE/DE) engaged in two topical matters for the future of the European Union while the UK was grappling with internal disagreements on both the timing of the triggering of Article 50 and the establishment of the extent to which the British Parliament should have controlled the Brexit process. In this context, the leaders of the EU’s four largest economies organised a meeting in Paris in order to prepare the 25th of March EU summit in Rome as well as to (re) launch the so-called ‘two-speed Europe’ proposal.

The debate was moderated by Graham Bishop, leading expert in EU and UK Economic, Financial and Government Affairs.

Event highlights available here | Event pictures available here

 


ETS and renewables: a win-win strategy?

Mr Peter Zapfel, Head of Unit, ETS Policy Development and Auctioning, European Commission, Mr Ruud Kempener, Policy Officer, Renewables and CCS Policy Unit, European Commission, Mr Michel Matheu, Head of EU strategy, EDF, and Mr Daniel Fraile, Senior Analyst, Wind Europe together discussed the long-standing issues of the emission trading system (ETS) revision, notably one of the European Union’s pivotal policy instruments for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) for the period 2021-2030.

Mr Florent Le Strat, Researcher and Expert, Climate policy R&D, EDF  held an introductory speech about a recent EDF study entitled “Towards a successful coordination of climate energy policies”.

The debate was moderated by Hughes Belin, freelance journalist

Event highlights available here | Event pictures available here


 

What could be the features of the Pan-European Personal Pensions initiative (PEPP)?

Ms Nathalie Berger, Head of Unit, Insurance and Pension, European Commission, DG FISMA, Mr Heinz K. Becker MEP (EPP/AU), Mr Bernard Delbecque, Senior Director, Economics & Research, EFAMA and Mr Guillaume Prache, Managing Director, Better Finance discussed the European Commission’s  legislative initiative to launch a legislative framework for a Pan-European Personal Pensions (PEPP) system.

Ms Sultana Sandrell, Trade, Economic and Financial Affairs Unit, Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU and Mr Philippe Setbon, Member of the AFG Strategic Committee, respectively held an introductory speech.

The debate was moderated by Mr Pierre Bollon, Chief Executive, French Asset Management Association.

Event highlights available here | Event pictures available here



Will the year 2017 be a defining moment for the EU? 

Mr Reinhard Butikofer MEP (Greens/DE), Mr Pawel Swieboda, Deputy Head of the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) and Mr Roland Freudenstein, Policy Director of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies discussed the role of the European Union in the global context with special regard to Transatlantic relations as well as  the possible ways to finalise some of the most important initiatives related to the deepening of the EU integration process ahead of the Commission’s White Paper on the future of Europe.

The debate was moderated by Chris Burns, long-time journalist and moderator.

Event highlights available here | Event pictures available here


We hope you have enjoyed participating in our debates as well as following our daily news.

We will continue to keep you up to date on the latest cutting-edge EU-related issues trough our website, as well as through our social media channels.

 
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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS | Sustainable City Solutions: a central pillar for the next phase of the EU energy transition?

On the 20th of June, PubAffairs Bruxelles hosted a debate on sustainable city solutions as a central pillar for the next phase of the EU energy transition. Mr Dimitrios Sofianopoulos, New Energy Technologies, Innovation and Clean Coal, European Commission, DG ENERG, Ms Dorthe Nielsen, Policy Director, Eurocities, Mr Adrian Joyce, Secretary General, European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE) and Mr Marco Marijewycz, Technology Policy & Modelling, E.ON were all present as speakers. The debate was moderated by Hughes Belin, freelance journalist.

Sustainable Cities WEB

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Featured Analysis | Bloody difficult’ Britain has already blown its chances of a good deal from the EU27 | Europp – LSE Blog

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The run-up to the Brexit negotiations has been disastrous for the UK, writes former negotiator Steve Bullock. It has hectored and insulted the EU27’s intelligence and undermined its own credibility. The chances of securing a good deal in the time left are minimal: approaching extremely complex negotiations, Britain chose to be ‘bloody difficult’. Being “tough” and being “difficult” are not the same thing. Being tough can work, but only if deployed sparingly at strategic points in negotiations. Being difficult for difficult’s sake never works. It simply breaks trust and creates resentment leading to a justifiable unwillingness in partners to compromise. Successful negotiation in the EU is not, contrary to popular belief, about thumping the table and demanding you get everything you want for nothing in return. It’s also not about undermining your opposite numbers (oppos in Brussels-speak), or insulting their intelligence by making outlandish claims. Yet, in preparing for Brexit negotiations, the UK government has done all of these things with, it seems, gusto and pride. Trust is key to a successful negotiation. Both sides must know that the other is negotiating in good faith. Both may know that walking away is an option in extremis, but openly threatening this undermines trust that a solution is being sought. Any compromises or concessions require trust and good faith.

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