Event: Final CHEETAH project event – “Running faster towards 2030: Private investment behaviour and IEA’s 3% efficiency improvement challenge” (Brussels, 26 November 2019)

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European Union as a hub for ethical data use

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Event: Solvay Business Voice Series: “The Future of Work”! (Brussels, 26 November 2019)

The labor market is undergoing profound changes, raising multiple policy challenges. There is a need to stimulate labor mobility while protecting workers, increase productivity and employment levels while containing income inequality, accommodate globalization and technological change while ensuring equal opportunities for everyone. How can the world’s economies anticipate and thrive amid such challenges?

To address these questions, the newly created Global Economic Challenges Network, Georgetown University, and the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management invited world renowned experts of employment and social policy, as well as László Andor, Secretary-General of FEPS and former Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility at the European Commission, and Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson, CEO of POLITICO Europe.

Press Release: Latest updates to Reports on User Needs and Requirements released

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has released updates to its Reports on User Needs and Requirements. This series of reports is compiled following a systematic process of consultation with the community of users of position, navigation, and time services and technologies. Thanks to these consultations it is possible to take users’ needs and requirements into account in the short and long-term evolution of European GNSS.

Press Release: European Parliament delegation to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2019 Berlin

A cross-committee delegation of the European Parliament will participate in the 14th meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin from 25 to 29 November. The IGF is a multi-stakeholder discussion platform of the United Nations that addresses current legal, political, social and technical aspects of the Internet.

Event: Supporting the deployment of the EU Cybersecurity Certification Framework (Brussels, 5 December 2019)

The theme of the validation workshop is “Supporting the deployment of EU Cybersecurity Certification Framework” and aims to present and touch upon the efforts of ENISA and the European Commission on the deployment of the EU Cybersecurity Certification Framework.

The main objective of this workshop is to present recent ENISA preparatory and support activities and studies while engaging invited participants in a lively exchange of opinions,  experience so far and future considerations.

Event: Trade, Investment and Technology Policy in Transatlantic Security (Brussels, 21 November 2019)

CEPS will be hosting Bureau of Industry Security Assistant Secretary Rich Ashooh for an event on “Trade, Investment and Technology Policy in Transatlantic Security”.   Assistant Secretary Ashooh is ultimately responsible for several key U.S. policy issues including the entity list, 5G policy, dual-use export controls, and emerging technology policy.

Press Release: Effective living wills for everybody: DIPAT joins EIT Digital accelerator

The online medical service DIPAT enables users to independently create effective medical living wills, deposit them online and update them regularly. The company has now joined the EIT Digital Accelerator to expand internationally.

EDPB Report: EU – U.S. Privacy Shield – Third Annual Joint Review

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Minutes: Board of Member States on ERNS meeting (25 June 2019)

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (20 & 22 November 2019)

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Event: Smart City Expo World Congress (Barcelona, 19-21 November 2019)

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Agenda: EP LIBE Committee meeting (25-26 November 2019)

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Agenda: EP IMCO Committee Meeting (6 November 2019)

Update: the minutes of the meeting, including the minutes of the coordinators’ meeting are now available

Agenda items concern digital, food & drink and internal market policies.

Press Release: Galileo Incident of July 2019: Independent Inquiry Board provides final recommendations

On 10 July 2019, during a system upgrade, a service incident occurred in the Galileo ground infrastructure. Despite intense recovery efforts, it resulted in a six-day interruption of the Galileo initial navigation and timing services.

The European Commission set up an independent Inquiry Board to investigate the incident and provide recommendations to avoid similar incidents in the future. The Board – composed of Member States’ experts with significant experience in complex operational transport, space and defence projects – delivered its final recommendations to the Commission on 4 November.

Notice to Members: EP JURI Committee on the proposal on the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (recast)

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Competitiveness Council (28-29 November 2019)

On 28 November, The Council will be invited to agree its position (general approach) on two legislative proposals: directive on representative actions for consumers and the directive on country-by-country reporting. Ministers will also debate the external dimension of European competitiveness.

On 29 November, the Council will adopt conclusions on space solutions for a sustainable Arctic and Ministers will also debate on ways of fostering a sustainable space economy. In the afternoon, the Council will be invited to agree partial general approaches on several initiatives: European Institute of Technology (EIT), the strategic innovation agenda of the EIT (TBC), recitals and annex IV of the Horizon Europe regulation on the future Euratom research programme and future Euratom research programme (TBC). In addition, the Council will adopt conclusions on the updated EU bioeconomy strategy. Over lunch, ministers will exchange views on the contribution of Horizon Europe to attracting private research and development investments for sustainable growth.

Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council (21 – 22 November 2019)

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Stakeholder Position Paper: CLEPA – Review of Product Liability Directive 85/374/EEC (PLD)

By European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA)

Particularly given the fast-emerging market developments in digitalization, connectivity, autonomous driving, the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, which are supported by intangible products and / or services, such as software, sensors, connectivity, apps, it is the view of CLEPA that the scope and the application of strict liability should be extended to include all relevant market participants and stakeholders, involved in this new ecosystem. That would include all those who provide reasonably expected levels of safety throughout the supply chain, who bring their specific use cases and / or applications to the deployment of CAVs, such as all kinds of services, data, connectivity, telecom, software and infrastructure providers (currently excluded from product liability).

Press Release: Space programme in focus at Brussels meetings

The European Space Programme was very much in focus at two meetings in Brussels at the start of November. The first, on 5 November, was a meeting of the European Council’s Space Working Party, dealing with space solutions for a sustainable Arctic, while the second, on 6 November, dealt with European space policy – perspectives for business. At both meetings, the invaluable contribution of EGNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) was underscored.

Event: The Code of Practice on disinformation: social media and platforms accountability (Webinar, 11 December 2019)

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