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Extraordinary meetings of Committee on International Trade (INTA)

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 8 dicembre 2020

Brussels, ANTALL building 4Q2 Thursday, 10 December 2020, 16:45-18:45. The meetings are held with physical and remote participation (Members are able to view and listen to the proceedings, ask for the floor and intervene in the meetings, and vote).Trade MEPs’ opinion on a WTO-compatible carbon adjustment mechanism, for the report prepared by the environment committee. Rapporteur: Karin Karlsbro (Renew, SE). Draft opinion, amendments (Vote on amendments from 15:35 Mon, final vote from 18:30 Thu, announcement of result on Fri)On the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement, a free-trade deal signed by 15 Asian-Pacific countries in November. The agreement covers 30% of the world’s population and 30% of its GDP. (Thu 16:50-17:40)On the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement and where things stand. Standing rapporteur is Jordi Cañas (Renew, ES). (Thu 17:40-18:30) Trade policy and greening: what role can international trade play in making the Green Deal happen? Opening remarks by trade committee chair Bernd Lange (S&D, DE) and environment committee chair Pascal Canfin (Greens/EFA, FR), followed by a panel discussion of experts. Detailed program here. (Mon, 13:45-15:30)

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European Parliament: The week ahead 26 October – 01 November 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 ottobre 2020

Brussels Committee meetings. MFF/Own Resources. Negotiations on future EU financing continue with two meetings scheduled between Parliament and Council. MEPs defend real top-ups for 15 flagship EU programmes for the benefit of citizens, students, researchers, businesses, health workers and many others, as well as new sources of revenue for the EU budget in order to save EU countries money (Monday, Wednesday). Rule of Law. Parliament, Council and Commission will continue their talks on the rule of law conditionality regulation, which may lead to member states having their EU funding suspended or cut if they do not respect fundamental rights. Parliament’s key demand is an effective mechanism that can be applied in practice (Tuesday). 2021 EU Budget. The Budgets Committee will adopt Parliament’s priorities for next year’s EU budget. MEPs want to boost funding for programmes and projects that will support the young, researchers, health workers, entrepreneurs as well as transport infrastructure, agriculture, fundamental rights, security and external action (Wednesday). InvestEU. The Budgets and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees will vote to reinforce the existing EU investment support mechanism for 2021-2027, to help EU companies and ensure private investment for medium- and long-term priorities, such as the Green Deal and the digital transition (Wednesday). Protecting EU’s products in China. The International Trade Committee will have its final vote on the EU and China agreement to mutually protect over 200 products with geographical indications. These include Cava, Champagne, Feta, Irish whiskey, Münchener Bier, Ouzo, Polska Wódka, Porto, Prosciutto di Parma and Queso Manchego. For the agreement to enter into force, Parliament consent is required (Tuesday). COVID-19 and EU values. The Civil Liberties Committee will vote on a report assessing the emergency measures adopted by EU countries to fight against the pandemic and their impact on democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental rights (Tuesday). Migration/Greek islands. The Civil Liberties Committee will take stock of the situation at the Greek islands following the fire that destroyed the Moria refugee camp and left around 12,000 asylum-seekers homeless, most of whom were moved to the urgently-established, temporary Kara Tepe camp (Tuesday). EU “right to repair”. The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee will vote to ask the Commission to establish a consumers’ “right to repair”. This would aim to promote a culture of reuse, making repairs cost-efficient, as well as sustainable production, business models and consumption. (Monday) Initiatives on Artificial intelligence. MEPs from the new special committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA) will hold a debate with Commissioners Breton and Vestager on the EU data strategy and Commission’s white paper on AI. They will also discuss initiatives taken within the OECD with Andrew W. Wyckoff – its Director for Science, Technology and Innovation (Monday and Tuesday). European Gender Equality Week. To mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the European Parliament, at the initiative of its Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee, decided to hold for the first time a European Gender Equality Week from Monday 26 to Thursday 29 October. Several EP Committees will hold debates and hearings on topics related to gender equality. President’s diary. President Sassoli will have a video meeting with the Presidents of Switzerland’s two Federal Chambers Isabelle Moret and Hans Stöckli, on Tuesday. He will have a video meeting with European Ombudsman, Ms Emily O’Reilly, and chair the third debate of the cycle “Ideas for a new world” on “Internet access as a human right” with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and former Commission President and Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, on Wednesday.

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The week ahead 21 – 27 September 2020: Committee meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 20 settembre 2020

Brussels Belarus. MEPs in the Foreign Affairs Committee will meet with exiled Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who will be physically present, to discuss the latest developments in the country. They will also adopt recommendations on how the EU should reassess its relations with Belarus following the fraudulent presidential elections, subsequent popular uprising and brutal crackdown by the authorities (Monday)
Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights. The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will vote on a legislative initiative that envisages a permanent EU mechanism to monitor and prevent backsliding on EU values in all member states through country-specific recommendations, with timelines and targets for implementation (Tuesday).
The New Pact on Asylum and Migration. Following the formal presentation on Wednesday of the proposals for a new EU policy on asylum and migration, Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson will present and hold a first debate on the initiatives with MEPs in the Civil Liberties Committee (Thursday)
EU-China relations. The ongoing negotiations on an investment deal between the EU and China, disinformation, the situation in Hong Kong, human rights, climate change and how to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to be among the issues raised in a meeting between MEPs in the Foreign Affairs Committee and China’s EU ambassador Ming Zhang (Monday).
Youth Guarantee. The youth unemployment rate stood at 17% in the EU in July 2020 (up from 14.9 % before the COVID-19 crisis) and is expected to rise sharply. In light of this, the Employment and Social Affairs Committee will vote on a resolution calling for a swift reinforcement of the Youth Guarantee and a substantial increase in its financing (Monday).
COVID-19 vaccines. MEPs from the Public Health and the Industry Committees will hold a public hearing with researchers and representatives from pharmaceutical companies and civil society organisations on how to secure access to COVID-19 vaccines for all, including challenges linked to clinical trials, production and distribution (Tuesday).
New Committees. The Special Committees on foreign interference in all democratic processes in the EU, on artificial intelligence and the digital transformation, on beating cancer as well as the Subcommittee on taxation and the Committee of inquiry on animal transport will hold their constitutive meetings and elect their chairs and vice-chairs (Wednesday).
President’s diary. On Monday at noon, President Sassoli will meet with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of the opposition in Belarus. In the afternoon, he will have a video meeting with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to discuss the EU’s long-term budget and on Tuesday he will meet the Alternate Minister of Migration and Asylum for Greece, Georgios Koumoutsakos, also via video conference. On Wednesday, the President will meet with Parliament’s Multiannual Financial Framework-Own Resources Contact Group before taking part in the debate on “Will Europe be the engine of a green and socially fair transformation?”,with Gunter Pauli and Beppe Grillo. On Thursday at 15.00, President Sassoli will address the EU summit and hold a press conference at 15.30.

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Committees meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 agosto 2020

Brussels. Committee on Constitutional Affairs & videoconferenceThe week ahead 31 August – 6 September 2020. EU long-term budget. Members of the Committee on Budgets will debate the state of play of the negotiations on the EU’s next long-term budget 2021-2027 (MFF), the reform of the own-resources system and the recovery plan. Parliament’s negotiating team will report back to the committee on the first round of interinstitutional talks, which took place on 27 August. (Tuesday)
Human Rights/Denis Mukwege. The Subcommittee on Human Rights will hold an exchange of views with Dr Denis Mukwege, laureate of the Sakharov Prize in 2014 and Nobel Peace Prize in 2018. Dr Mukwege has been repeatedly subject to death threats for denouncing human rights abuses, sexual violation against women and recent worrying development including mass murders in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Monday)
COVID-19. The Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Andrea Ammon will brief the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety on the latest COVID-19 situation update. (Wednesday)German Presidency. In a second set of meetings after the summer break, ministers will conclude the presentation of German priorities in the areas of fisheries, international trade, economy, budget, culture, justice and constitutional affairs. The first set of discussions took place between 3 and 16 July. Germany will hold the Presidency of the Council until the end of 2020 (Tuesday and Thursday).Digital issues. EU’s future initiatives on digital, artificial intelligence and data will be discussed in the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. MEPs will assess the opportunities and challenges posed by new technologies and how the EU should regulate and lead the way in these fields. (Thursday)LUX Award. Sabine Verheyen, Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education, will launch the new LUX Award at the Venice Film Festival. LUX, the European Audience Film Award, is given annually to a competing film by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy, in partnership with the European Commission and Europa Cinemas. (Saturday)
Childhood Cancer Awareness. The European Parliament will light up in gold the first week of September in symbol of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The international month aims to raise support, funding and awareness of childhood cancers and the impact for sufferers and families. Parliament recently decided to set up a special committee on beating cancer tasked with evaluating opportunities for the EU to take concrete action, identifying legislation and other measures that can help prevent and fight cancer.
President’s diary. On Tuesday, EP President David Sassoli will meet with the Multiannual Financial Framework-Own Resources Contact Group before attending the inauguration of the “Citizen’s Garden” in the former home of Belgian artist Antoine Wiertz. On Wednesday, the President will meet with Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees. On Friday, he will attend the opening of the Italian Capital of Culture in Parma and the Festa Nazionale.

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Committee and political groups meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 29 giugno 2020

Brussels The week ahead 29 June – 05 July 2020 EU approach to energy storage. As part of efforts to achieve the goal of a carbon-neutral EU by 2050, the Industry and Energy Committee will vote on proposals to increase energy storage capacity and guarantee the security of energy supply, with renewables making up an increasingly larger part of Europe’s energy mix. MEPs should present ideas to develop storage through hydrogen, batteries and other solutions (Monday).
Chemicals strategy for sustainability. The Environment, Public Health and Food Security Committee will adopt a resolution calling for a chemicals strategy for sustainability that effectively ensures a high level of protection of human health and the environment, minimising exposure to hazardous chemicals. The Commission should present a chemicals strategy for sustainability after the summer (Monday).
Appointment of EBA Executive Director. The European Banking Authority’s candidate for Executive Director, Francois-Louis Michaud, will be heard by Economic and Monetary Affairs MEPs, who will then vote on whether to confirm or reject the candidate. In January this year, MEPs rejected Gerry Cross for the same post (Monday: hearing, Thursday: vote results).
MFF/EU long-term and recovery budget. The EP’s Multiannual Financial Framework and Own Resources Contact Group, chaired by President Sassoli, will meet in the morning. They will discuss Parliament’s key conditions and negotiating strategy on the revised proposals for the MFF 2021-2027 and Own Resources as well as for the European Recovery Instrument, ahead of 17 July European Council. Budgets Committee Chair Johan Van Overtveldt will hold a press conference, at around 11:30 (Tuesday).
Monitoring mechanism for core EU values. An update on the establishment of an EU Mechanism on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights, which would regularly assess the rule of law situation in all member states, will be discussed in the Civil Liberties Committee. Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders, President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Rik Daems, European Network of Councils for the Judiciary President Filippo Donati, and Jonas Grimheden, Programme Manager at the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, will join the discussion (Monday).
French minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly. The Security and Defence Subcommittee will meet with France’s Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly to make an overall assessment of the defence and security challenges facing Europe (Thursday).
Plenary preparations. Political groups will discuss topics on the agenda of the 8-10 July Brussels plenary part-session and prepare for debates with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel on the programme of the incoming German Council presidency and with EU Council President Charles Michel on the outcome of the MFF-focused 19 June EU summit. MEPs will also discuss upcoming votes on the mobility package and sectorial COVID-19 measures and prepare their input to debates on the future EU Health Strategy, on the fight against money laundering, on EIB activities, on EU energy networks and storage and on the 2019 Human Rights report.
President’s diary. EP President David Sassoli will chair the Multiannual Financial Framework – Own resources Contact Group meeting, hold a video meeting with the German Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office, Michael Roth, and have a phone call with the Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, Yariv Levin, on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the President will have a video meeting with the President of the European Trade Union Confederation, Roberto Visentini.

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Brussels Committee and political groups meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 giugno 2020

Brussels: The week ahead 22 – 28 June 2020. MFF/EU long-term and recovery budget. The EP’s President and political group leaders (Conference of Presidents) will meet with Commission President von der Leyen to discuss upcoming negotiations on the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). As follow-up, Parliament’s MFF and Own Resources Contact Group, chaired by President Sassoli, will convene right after to discuss the way forward (Tuesday).
COVID-19/WHO Director-General. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation, will debate the current pandemic with the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee. It is the first time he will appear in the European Parliament in this legislature (Thursday).
EU strategy for COVID-19 vaccines. Commissioner Kyriakides will be present at a debate with the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee on an EU Strategy for COVID-19 vaccines. It proposes a joint EU approach to accelerate the development of vaccines (Monday).
Chemicals strategy for sustainability. The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee will vote on a resolution calling for a chemicals strategy for sustainability that effectively ensures a high level of protection of human health and the environment, minimising exposure to hazardous chemicals. The Commission is scheduled to present a chemicals strategy for sustainability later this year (Thursday).
Terrorism situation in 2020. Manuel Navarrete, Head of Europol’s European Counter Terrorism Centre, will present the 2020 EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT) and debate with the Civil Liberties Committee. The report provides data on terrorism in the EU and identifies trends in crime (Tuesday).
EU Employment Guidelines. The Employment Committee will ask the Commission to update EU employment guidelines to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, in a resolution that will also include MEPs’ recommendations on how to boost labour demand and improve access to employment as well as promote equal opportunities (Tuesday).
Support to Syrian refugees. The Budgets Committee will vote to mobilise 100 million euros in EU aid to support refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon as well as 485 million euros to ensure that urgent humanitarian support continues for refugees in Turkey (Wednesday).
Human rights/Steven Donziger. The Subcommittee on Human Rights will discuss human rights due diligence legislation with, among others, Steven Donziger, an American lawyer known for his legal battles with Chevron. Donziger is currently under house arrest awaiting trial, a move condemned by 29 Nobel laureates as “judicial harassment” by Chevron (Monday).
President’s diary. EP President David Sassoli will meet with the President of the Economic and Social Committee, Luca Jahier, on Tuesday.

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The week ahead 08 – 14 June 2020: Committee and political groups meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 7 giugno 2020

Bruxelles. European Central Bank/Lagarde. ECB President Christine Lagarde will discuss with the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee the ECB’s response to the COVID-19 crisis aimed at supporting EU firms and families. MEPs will have the opportunity to ask questions on the international role of the euro, systemic risks for the euro area and on the ruling of Germany’s Constitutional Court on mass bond-buying (Monday).
EU response to economic crisis. Changes to EU rules on banks’ capital requirements to facilitate banks’ ability to support households and businesses in the EU, will be debated and voted upon by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (Monday: vote, Tuesday: results).
EU-UK negotiations. Parliament’s draft recommendations on the ongoing EU-UK negotiations are set to be approved by the Foreign Affairs and International Trade committees, which will also include input from 17 other committees, each in its own remit (Friday).
Reform of road transport sector. The Transport and Tourism Committee will vote on a deal reached with EU ministers on new rules to better tackle illegal practices in the road transport sector, define for which transport operations posting of workers rules apply and amend drivers’ rest times (Monday).A New Consumer Agenda. Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders will discuss with the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee the future Consumer Agenda and the Commission Work Programme for 2020, which has been adjusted following the COVID-19 outbreak. Contact tracing apps, as well as current issues faced by the tourism sector, are also likely to be raised by MEPs (Monday).Classifying SARS-CoV-2. The Employment and Social Affairs Committee will vote on whether biological agent SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, should be classified in risk group 3 or 4 to better protect the health and safety of workers. Several groups oppose the Commission’s decision to classify the virus as a level-3 hazard, arguing that it provides insufficient protection to workers. (Thursday)
Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for the 17 to 19 June plenary session, where MEPs will discuss the 19 June Council summit, the future partnership with the UK, the fight against disinformation, the situation in the Schengen area, the set-up of the Conference on the Future of Europe as well as transport and tourism in 2020 and beyond. During the plenary session, MEPs will also discuss and vote on how to protect strategic industries from foreign takeover, how to invest sustainably, how to support farmers and how to protect cross-border and seasonal workers.
President’s diary. On Thursday, EP President David Sassoli will chair the meeting of Parliament’s Conference of Presidents, hold a videoconference with Amélie de Montchalin, French Secretary of State for European Affairs, and meet with Rome’s ‘Camera di Commercio’.

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Committee and political groups meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 maggio 2020

Brussels The week ahead 04 – 10 May 2020.Conference of Presidents. EP President Sassoli and political group leaders will debate with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on the Commission work programme for 2021 and a new proposal for the long-term EU budget (MFF) (Tuesday).Update on the COVID-19 situation. The Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) will brief the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety on the ECDC’s work to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including on its latest risk assessment and a report looking at ways to limit transmission of the virus on public transport (Monday).
Safety net to protect beneficiaries of EU programmes. The Budgets Committee will vote on a request to the Commission to set up a contingency plan to extend all EU programmes beyond 2020, so that regions, firms and citizens can continue receiving EU support, if agreement is not reached in time on the 2021-2027 long-term budget. The file falls under the legislative initiative procedure, which means the Commission has a duty to react (Monday).
Security, migration and privacy during the crisis. How home affairs policies, including Schengen, security and asylum and migration, are influenced by the response to COVID-19 will be debated by the Civil Liberties Committee with Commissioner Johansson. In a separate discussion with data protection experts, MEPs will debate the use of personal data in the fight against the pandemic (Thursday).
Impact of the pandemic on ERASMUS, media and creative sector. The Culture and Education Committee will debate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on ERASMUS+ students as well as on media and the creative sector, with Commissioners Gabriel and Breton. This is the follow-up to a letter written by the committee to the Commission, proposing, inter alia, an ad-hoc financial instrument for the culture sector and an emergency fund to support media (Monday).
Role of digital technologies in tackling the COVID-19 crisis. EU measures to tackle the COVID-19 crisis and ways the digital transformation can boost recovery will be discussed by the Internal Market Committee with Commission Executive Vice-President Vestager (Monday).
Digital Services Act. The first draft recommendations to the EU Commission on how digital services, including online platforms, should be regulated in the future Digital Services Act, will be discussed in the Internal Market Committee and Legal Affairs Committee (Monday and Thursday, respectively).
Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for the 13-16 May Brussels plenary session with a strong focus on the expected new long-term budget (MFF) proposal and EU Recovery plan as well as the conclusions of the 23 April European Council, to be presented by President Michel. They will also discuss votes to be taken on budgetary matters (discharge 2018, budget 2021) and on setting up an MFF contingency plan. Other topics likely to be discussed within political groups include the impact of COVID-19 on foreign affairs, rule of law and the fight against disinformation.
Europe Day. To mark Europe Day and the 70th anniversary of the Schuman declaration, Parliament will host a “stay-at-home” Open Day, where doors will be opened to citizens virtually, with a programming schedule across EP media channels. This year, the focus is on EU citizens, particularly those directly helping in the crisis, as well as on informing citizens about and debating on EU solidarity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (Saturday).

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European Parliament: Committee and political groups meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 aprile 2020

Brussels The week ahead 27 April – 03 May 2020.In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Parliament is reducing the need for physical meetings on its premises, without compromising its role of democratic scrutiny nor its ability to approve the necessary legislative measures to combat the virus and support the public, consumers, businesses and emergency services.The required social distancing will be respected on EP premises at all times. Any parliamentary activities, like committee and plenary meetings, which are still taking place will be web-streamed and can be followed by the media without requiring their physical presence on EP premises. MEPs, Commissioners and Council representatives will be able to participate remotely.
Economic impact and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will debate with Commission Executive Vice-President for An Economy that Works for People Valdis Dombrovskis and Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni on the economic impact and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic (Monday).Impact of COVID-19 crisis on transport. The Transport and Tourism Committee will debate with Transport Commissioner Adina-Ioana Vălean on the Commission’s response to the COVID-19 crisis in the transport sector (Tuesday).
Libya/migration. The situation in Libya and on the Central Mediterranean Route will debated by the Civil Liberties Committee. The list of invited speakers include : Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović as well as representatives from the Commission, Frontex, UNHCR, Médecins Sans Frontières and Sea Eye (Monday).

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Brussels: Committee and political groups meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 marzo 2020

The week ahead 02 – 08 March 2020 Climate change/Greta Thunberg. During an extraordinary meeting of the Environment and Public Health Committee open to all MEPs, members will discuss, with climate activist Greta Thunberg, the EU climate law and targets due to be announced the same day. Before the meeting, at 12:30, EP President David Sassoli will meet Ms Thunberg (Wednesday).
EU response to COVID-19 outbreak. Members of the Environment and Public Health Committee will discuss with the Commission how the EU is confronting, together with member states, the coronavirus Covid-19 (Thursday).
EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The Environment and Public Health Committee will vote on the financing of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) for 2021-2027. The UCPM, designed to help member states deal with crises, including those that are health-related, has been recently mobilised to co-finance the repatriation of EU citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan, following the outbreak of the COVID-19 (Thursday).
International Women’s Day (IWD). In the run-up to the 2020 IWD, the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee is organising an inter-parliamentary meeting on “The 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration”. EP President Sassoli and Commission Vice-President Jourová will deliver opening speeches, followed by two panel discussions on women in economy and women’s role in the fight against climate change. A press point with Committee Chair Evelyn Regner and Equality Commissioner Dalli will be held at 12.30, outside the meeting room 2Q2 (ANTALL building) (Thursday).
Climate change/2020 Covenant of Mayors. The ‘2020 Ceremony of the Covenant of Mayors & European Climate Pact’ will take place in the EP to debate measures towards climate-neutral cities. EP President David Sassoli will open the afternoon session. A number of mayors from cities across the EU will be among the guest speakers. The mayors of three cities, winners of the Covenant 2020 Awards, will be announced during the event (Wednesday).
Plenary preparations. Political groups will prepare for a debate with Council President Charles Michel on the failure of member states to agree on the long-term budget and to discuss the agenda of the next European Council meeting. Furthermore, they will discuss their expectations regarding upcoming Commission proposals on the climate law and the Circular Economy plan. MEPs will also draw their conclusions from the findings of the recent delegation to Czechia to fine-tune the draft resolution that is scheduled for a vote. The “European Semester” Growth Survey, in particular its social aspects, and reports on the Banking Union and EU competition policy will be finalised.
President’s diary. EP President David Sassoli will meet Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, on Tuesday. President Sassoli will meet Polish Sejm’s Deputy Speaker Włodzimierz Czarzasty and Committee of the Regions’ President Apostolos Tzitzikostas, on Wednesday.
Pre-session press briefing. The EP Press Service will hold a press briefing with the EP’s political group spokespersons at 11.00 on Friday (Anna Politkovskaya room, press centre, Brussels).

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Special and extraordinary shareholders’ meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 24 settembre 2019

The special and extraordinary shareholders’ meetings that will be held on Tuesday 22 October 2019 at 2:00 p.m. (CEST) at the Company’s registered office.The items on the agenda of the special and extraordinary general meetings of shareholders include, amongst other things, the appointment of Mr. Daniel O’Day and Dr. Linda Higgins as directors of the Company, the approval of the issuance of two warrants for the benefit of Gilead Therapeutics A1 Unlimited Company, and the renewal of the Company’s authorized capital by up to 20% of the share capital.In order to be admitted to the shareholders’ meetings, the holders of securities issued by the Company must comply with article 536 of the Belgian Companies Code of 7 May 1999 and article 29 of the Company’s articles of association, and fulfill the formalities described in the convening notice. The convening notice and other documents pertaining to the shareholders’ meetings, including the biographies of Mr. O’Day and Dr. Higgins, can be consulted on our website (www.glpg.com).
Galapagos (Euronext & NASDAQ: GLPG) discovers and develops small molecule medicines with novel modes of action, three of which show promising patient results and are currently in late-stage development in multiple diseases. Our pipeline comprises Phase 3 through to discovery programs in inflammation, fibrosis, osteoarthritis and other indications. Our ambition is to become a leading global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative medicines. More information at http://www.glpg.com.

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DPW Holdings, Inc. Announces Adjournment of Annual Meeting of Stockholders

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 luglio 2019

DPW Holdings, Inc. (NYSE American: DPW) a diversified holding company (“DPW,” or the “Company”) today announced partial results and the partial adjournment of the Company’s 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”), which was held at 9:00 a.m. on July 2, 2019 and, at which time, all director nominees were elected and Proposals 2, 3 and 6, as set forth in the Company’s Definitive Proxy Statement, were approved by stockholders. Stockholders voted, on an advisory basis, in favor of annual votes on executive compensation (Proposal 4).
The Company adjourned the meeting with respect to Proposal 5 (to approve a reverse stock split of our common stock by a ratio of not less than one-for-5 and not more than one-for-40, with the exact ratio to be set by the board of directors) and Proposal 7 (to approve an amendment to our 2018 Stock Incentive Plan, which would, among other things, increase the number of shares of our common stock that may be issued thereunder to a total of 7,000,000 shares), in each case for the limited purpose of allowing additional time for stockholders to vote on the proposal.While Proposal 5 exceeded 64% approval of the votes cast, approval of more than 50% of all outstanding shares of our capital stock is necessary for the proposal to be approved. While the votes cast prior to adjournment strongly favored the reverse split proposal, no more than approximately 43.1% of votes were cast; approximately 33% of the shares remained unvoted on Proposal 5.Proposal 7 did not require approval of more than 50% of all outstanding shares of our capital stock for the proposal to be approved, no more than approximately 33% of the votes were cast in favor of Proposal 7, whereas approximately 64% of such votes were case against Proposal 7.Based on the total votes cast prior to adjournment in the case of Proposal 5 and the votes against in the case of Proposal 7, and in order to simplify these proposals, the board of directors (the “Board”) elected to withdraw Proposals 5 and 7 and adjourn the Annual Meeting until 9:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) on July 19, 2019 for the sole purpose of allowing additional time for stockholders to vote on Proposals 5 and 7.

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MiMedx Continues to Fight against Holding 2019 Annual Meeting

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 18 giugno 2019

MiMedx Shareholder Group issued the following statement to fellow shareholders of MiMedx Group, Inc. (OTC PINK:MDXG) (‘MiMedx”): Hialeah Municipal Fund, a MiMedx shareholder, filed a lawsuit April 18, 2019, to force the Company to hold the 2019 Annual Meeting for the election of three Class III directors on June 17, 2019, at the same time as the Court ordered the Company to hold the 2018 Annual Meeting.Just as MiMedx did in opposing the first Hialeah lawsuit regarding the 2018 Annual Meeting for the election of three Class II directors, they are refusing to agree on a date to hold the 2019 Annual Meeting. The Company filed a Notice of Hearing for its Motion to Dismiss the second Hialeah lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Leon County, Florida on June 11, 2019.
The Petit Slate successfully supported Hialeah’s efforts to require the Company to hold the 2018 Annual Meeting. The Company refuses to schedule the 2019 Annual Meeting, even though the three year term of the Class III directors should have ended May 18, 2019, and would have ended then if the Company had continued to hold its Annual Meetings as they were previously held.To avoid and delay the 2019 Annual Meeting and frustrate shareholders’ right to elect the three Class III directors, the Company intends to appoint three Class III directors five days after the 2018 Annual Meeting. If the Company does so, these directors will continue to serve until the 2019 Annual Meeting is held, at which time they will stand for election. Heavily criticized Audit Committee Chairman, Terry Dewberry, is a Class III director, and he would be left in office indefinitely. An additional negative consequence is this could cause a significant delay in the election of the four Class I directors at the 2020 shareholder meeting.The Leon County Circuit Judge is expecting on or before July 5, 2019, for the Company and Hialeah to suggest dates for the 2019 Annual Meeting. Assuming no agreement is reached on that date, the Court will hear the Company’s Motion to Dismiss and Hialeah’s Motion for Summary Judgment August 8, 2019. Whatever the Court decides, the decision is subject to appeal, which would further delay the 2019 Annual Meeting.

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Cvent and InterContinental San Diego Kick Off First Elite Meetings Alliance Event of 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 16 aprile 2019

The world’s largest luxury hotel brand, InterContinental Hotels Group, and market-leading meetings, event and hospitality technology provider Cvent, are excited to announce the first event of Cvent’s Elite Meetings Alliance 2019 series hosted at the InterContinental San Diego. The two-day event, which runs from Saturday, April 13 to Monday, April 15, brings qualified corporate and association event planners together with luxury hotel representatives and industry suppliers for one-on-one meetings, CMP accredited education sessions and unique networking opportunities.“InterContinental San Diego offers groups a sophisticated new urban experience with amenities and refined service typically found at Southern California’s premier resorts,” said Director of Group Sales, Rachael Strong. “By attending the Elite Meetings Alliance at our venue, planners will see San Diego through fresh eyes, experiencing both the excitement of the city and the relaxation of the waterfront in a more intimate, more accessible downtown setting.”Event attendees will enjoy first-class dining, a private property tour, and The InterContinental San Diego will host exclusive unique experiences including a farmer’s market-style luncheon utilizing the historic 45,000 sq. ft. Lane Field Park – the former baseball stadium of the San Diego Padres – and a Valle de Guadalupe-inspired Baja wine dinner on the property’s 4,500 sq. ft. Bayview Terrace.

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Orion Engineered Carbons Announces General Meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 marzo 2019

Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. (NYSE: OEC) (the “Company”), a worldwide supplier of specialty and high-performance Carbon Black, today announced that it will hold its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on April 16, 2019. The Company will also hold an Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders on April 16, 2019. The Company has established March 11, 2019, as the record date for both meetings. The convening notice and agendas for the meetings as well as the proxy card for both General Meetings of Shareholders of the Company will together with further materials be published on the website of the Company (https://investor.orioncarbons.com/sec-filings).The agenda for the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders includes a resolution on the partial renewal of the Company’s authorized share capital for a period of five years. Pursuant to Luxembourg law, the shareholders of the Company may authorize unissued share capital and permit the Board of Directors to issue shares up to the maximum of this authorized amount of for a period not exceeding five years. The current authorized but unissued share capital totaling EUR 29,817,500 will expire on July 28, 2019. Accordingly, it is proposed that the Extraordinary General Meeting of shareholders approves the renewal of an authorized but unissued share capital now only in the amount of EUR 5,000,000, consisting of 5,000,000 common shares. This partial renewal of the authorized share capital will enable the continued granting, vesting or exercise of awards pursuant to the Company’s equity incentive plans.The Board of Directors issued a report with respect to this resolution, which will be published on the website of the Company (https://investor.orioncarbons.com/sec-filings).

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Gamida Cell to Present Data from NiCord® Programs at the 2018 BMT Tandem Meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 febbraio 2018

Gamida Cell, a leading cellular and immune therapeutics company, today announced two presentations from its NiCord programs in high-risk hematologic malignancies and sickle cell disease (SCD) at the 2018 BMT Tandem Meetings, held from February 21 – 25 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT. Details for the presentations are as follows: NiCord Single Unit Expanded Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation (UCBT): Final Results of a Multicenter Phase I/II Trial; Mitchell Horwitz, M.D., Session G: Alternative Donor / Immune Reconstitution, Feb. 23, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. MT in Ballroom I
A Novel Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease (SCD): Co-Transplantation of NiCord [Ex-Vivo Expanded Umbilical Cord Blood (UCB) Progenitor Cells with Nicotinamide] and an Unmanipulated Unrelated UCB Graft Leads to Successful Engraftment and Cure of Severe SCD; Suhag H. Parikh, M.D., Poster Session 1: Cord Blood, Feb. 21, 2018 at 6:45 p.m. MT in Hall E
“We are pleased with the results of the data being presented at the BMT Tandem Meetings, which highlight the promise of NiCord as a potential graft for transplantation in multiple patient populations,” said Ronit Simantov, M.D., chief medical officer of Gamida Cell. “These data are the basis of our phase III study that is currently enrolling patients with high-risk hematologic malignancies, and support our future plans to evaluate NiCord as a stand-alone graft in patients with sickle cell disease.”

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LIBE meetings in Brussels: Visa liberalisation for Turkey/Reform of EU asylum system/10.000 migrant children missing/Foreign fighters

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 aprile 2016

Bruxelles Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 April 2016 9.00 – 12.30 and 15.00 – 18.30 – Room József Antall (JAN) 4Q2 Debate with the Commission on the progress made by Turkey in fulfilling the requirements of its visa liberalisation roadmap. As part of the deal with Turkey to better handle migration and refugee flows, the leaders of the EU agreed to accelerate the visa liberalisation roadmap, with a view to lifting the visa requirements for Turkish citizens at the latest by the end of June 2016, provided Ankara fulfils all the requirements. (Thursday, 10.00 – 10.50)
Mission to Turkey (8 – 11 February 2016) – Presentation of a draft mission report. The delegation of MEPs from the Civil Liberties Committee, headed by EP Vice-President Ms Sylvie Guillaume (S&D, FR), visited various facilities and projects for refugees and met with representatives of the Turkish government as well as international ONGs. (Wednesday, 10.15 – 10.30)
Possible ways forward as regards the situation of non-reciprocity with the US and Canada in the area of visa policy – Presentation and debate with the Commission. The Parliament has to inform the Commission on its position on the subject by 12 July at the latest. (Wednesday, 9.10 – 10.00)
Reform of the common European asylum system – Presentations by the Commission and by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) (Wednesday, 10.30 – 11.30)
Discussion with representatives of Europol, the Fundamental Rights Agency and “Missing children Europe” on Europol´s statement about the 10.000 migrant children gone missing after entering the EU. (Thursday, 15.00 – 16.00)
Foreign Fighters. Presentation of Eurojust´s report on the phenomenon and the criminal justice Response. (Wednesday, 11.30 – 12.30).
Combating terrorism and replacing Council Framework Decision 2002/475/JHA on combating terrorism – debate on amendments, rapporteur Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE). (Thursday, 16.30 – 17.30).
New governance rules for Europol. Consideration of recommendation for second reading. Parliament and Council negotiators reached an agreement in November to give Europol new powers to step up EU police cooperation and fight terrorism. Rapporteur Agustín Díaz de Mera García Consuegra (EPP, ES) (Wednesday, 9.00 – 9.10)
Presentation of draft reports on the European travel document for the return of illegally staying third-country nationals (rapporteur Jussi Halla-aho (ECR, FI)) and on the reinforcement of checks against relevant databases at external borders (rapporteur Monica Macovei (ECR, RO)). (Thursday, 9.00-10.00)
Presentation of a draft report on the establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights – rapporteur Sophia in ‘t Veld (ALDE, NL). (Thursday, 17.30-18.15)

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Commissioner Hogan on official visit to Sofia, Bulgaria

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 luglio 2015

bulgariaPhil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, is today (10 July 2015) on official visit in Sofia, Bulgaria. He will meet with the Bulgarian President, Mr Rossen Plevneliev, with the Prime Minister, Mr Boyko Borissov, and with the Minister of Agriculture and Food, Ms Desislava Taneva. Together with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Agriculture, he will open a factory for meat processing financed by the Bulgarian Rural Development Programme. Commissioner Hogan will also deliver a speech to the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Food and will participate in a European debate with Ms Meglena Kuneva, Deputy Prime Minister for European Policies Coordination and Institutional affairs, as well as with Ms Desislava Taneva. They will discuss the key role of Agriculture and Rural Development for jobs creation and investment. In addition to these political meetings, he will also launch the Initiative for Social Empowerment (ISE)’s pilot project empowering disadvantaged communities (predominately women and Roma) from rural areas to start their own micro-enterprises in local herbal products.

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Civil Liberties Committee delegation to Istanbul on the Visa Package

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 aprile 2015

Meetings in Brussels on 13 and 14 April Room: Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) 1A002. Members from the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee will go on a mission to istanbul (Turkey) on 9 and 10 April in the framework of the legislative work on the Visa Package, which includes proposals aiming at shortening and simplifying the procedures for non-EU nationals wishing to come to the EU for short stays, reducing costs and bureaucracy, whilst maintaining the level of security.MEPs will visit EU member states’ consulates, meet with representatives of the Local Schengen Cooperation and visit the External Services provider (VFS Global), which deals with visa applications.The delegation will be composed by the rapporteurs on the Visa Package, Juan Fernando López Aguilar (head of the delegation, S&D, ES) and Brice Hortefeux (EPP, FR), Heinz Becker (EPP, AT), Pal Csáky (EPP, SL), Nathalie Griesbeck (ALDE, FR) and Ignazio Corrao (EFDD, IT). The Civil Liberties Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday 14 April, from 15.00 to 18.30, to discuss with experts the evolving terrorist threats and the policy approach to take, both in the field of counter-radicalisation and in the field of law enforcement and criminal justice.The first session will focus on the evolving terrorist threats and the implications for EU internal security. Contributions will come from Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, Dolgor Solongo, from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Lord of Lothian (tbc), Member of the House of Lords’ Intelligence and Security Committee.The second session will focus on ways to countering violent extremism and preventing radicalisation. The invited speakers are Peter Neumann, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, Didier Bigo (tbc), from the King’s College of London and co-author of the study on countering youth radicalisation, and Said Aberkan, Islamic consultant from Antwerp’s prison service.The last session will focus on policy instruments in the fight against terrorism. Anna Nellberg-Dennis, Chair of EUROCOP, Frédéric Van Leeuw, Federal prosecutor in Belgium, and Quirine Eijkman, from the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism of Leiden University, will present their views (draft programme)

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70 Nobel laureates and 672 young scientists expected at Lindau

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 6 marzo 2015

LindauLindau, 70 laureates and 672 young scientists from 88 countries will participate in the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. The young participants, all of whom are excellent students, PhD candidates, and post-docs aged up to 35, have their research focus in the fields of medicine, physics, or chemistry. They had successfully passed a multi-step international selection process, the results of which have now been published. Conceived as an interdisciplinary forum, the meeting will be held from 28 June to 3 July. Its cause is to foster exchange and networking, and to provide inspiration. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings have taken place in the Southern German town of Lindau at Lake Constance annually ever since 1951.Among the 70 participating laureates are three of last year’s award-winning researchers: Germany’s Stefan Hell as well as the US-Americans Eric Betzig and William E. Moerner. They shared the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Many of the other laureates are regular guests at Lindau and have participated in the meetings many times. For instance, it will be the 27th meeting already for Swiss microbiologist and geneticist Werner Arber, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine of 1978.As is the case every five years, the 65th meeting of its kind will bring together scientist of all three natural sciences that are Nobel Prize disciplines. “The scientific landscape of the future will be significantly more interdisciplinarily organised than today because this is the only way we can succeed in dealing with the pending big challenges of mankind. With our interdisciplinary meetings we want to make a contribution to educating the next generation of leading researchers working at the interface of the classical scientific disciplines“, says Wolfgang Lubitz, director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion and Vice-President of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.A six-day programme abundant with lectures and panel discussions is in store for the 672 selected young participants. Many consider presenting in one of the master classes a special opportunity. Exchange, networking, and inspiration have been at the core of the Lindau Meetings ever since their establishment in 1951.The attendance steadily became more international as part of the continuous expansion of the network of academic partner institutions. This year’s participants represent 88 countries, including great research nations like the US, the United Kingdom, Japan, Israel, and Germany just as developing countries like Bangladesh or Simbabwe. About 200 academies of science, universities, foundations, and researching enterprises of more than 50 countries played an active part in the course of the selection process for young scientists.“Compared to previous years the quality of the applications has once more increased significantly,” says Burkhard Fricke, professor emeritus for theoretical physics, member of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and coordinator of the selection process. “Never before have we seen such an interdisciplinary attendance representing such a broad range of fields like in 2015. A PhD candidate who applies physical-technical methods and uses chemical means to tackle medical questions is not at all an isolated case“.

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