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

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