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Highlights - ENVI-AGRI Public Hearing "Save bees and farmers!" - Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

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Saturday, January 21, 2023

ENVI-AGRI Public Hearing "Save bees and farmers!"

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  • ENVI-AGRI Public Hearing "Save bees and farmers!"
  • 20-01-2023 - 13:38
    On Tuesday 24 January, the ENVI and AGRI Committees, in association with the Committee on Petitions will hold a public hearing on the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) "Save bees and farmers!
  • The Initiative calls on the Commission to propose legal acts to phase-out synthetic pesticides by 2035, restore biodiversity, and support farmers in the transition.
  • The ECI organisers will be invited to present the initiative's objectives and engage with Members and the European Commission's representatives.

Antitrust by association(s)

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Saturday, January 21, 2023

Nevertheless, their activities have sometimes involved them in practices which have been condemned by the courts as violations of the antitrust laws.

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  • Nevertheless, their activities have sometimes involved them in practices which have been condemned by the courts as violations of the antitrust laws.
  • Today’s trade associations typically serve many legitimate purposes, and from an antitrust perspective, most trade association activities are procompetitive or benign.
  • Trade association conduct or rules that restrict competition in a way that harms consumers will continue to invite antitrust scrutiny.
  • As the FTC celebrates its centennial year, it’s worth recalling old-time antitrust principles that still guide modern-day trade group collaboration.

Association of Information Access Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand (AIAC) meeting communique

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Monday, January 16, 2023

Association of Information Access Commissioners meeting communique

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  • Association of Information Access Commissioners meeting communique
    Communiqué of the Association of Information Access Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand (AIAC) meeting held on 7 to 8 December 2022 in Wellington, New Zealand
    The Association of Information Access Commissioners (AIAC) met in Wellington, New Zealand, on 7 to 8 December, for its second meeting of 2022, hosted by New Zealand’s Chief Ombudsman, Peter Boshier.
  • The AIAC is comprised of independent information commissioners and ombudsmen of Australia and New Zealand who have oversight responsibilities, under their respective state and national jurisdictions, for access to government information laws.
  • The introduction of these first information access laws in 1982 was game-changing for both countries.
  • The right to access information has now further developed in some states and territories where information access laws have evolved to mandate the disclosure of some government-held information.

FTC Issues Order Ratifying Previous Orders Regarding Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rules

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Monday, January 16, 2023

The Federal Trade Commission has issued an order that ratifies its previous orders regarding rules issued by the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority.

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  • The Federal Trade Commission has issued an order that ratifies its previous orders regarding rules issued by the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority.
  • The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, which recognized the Authority, includes a requirement that its rules must be submitted for approval to the FTC.
  • The Commission issued today’s order to avoid any doubt about the force and effect of the horseracing rules that the Commission previously approved, including the Authority’s rules on racetrack safety, enforcement, assessment methodology, and registration.
  • Follow the FTC on social media, read our blogs and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.

Highlights - PEGA: "Spyware used in third countries and implications for EU foreign relations" - Committee of Inquiry to investigate the use of Pegasus and equivalent surveillance spyware

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

PEGA: "Spyware used in third countries and implications for EU foreign relations"

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  • PEGA: "Spyware used in third countries and implications for EU foreign relations"
    This PEGA hearing, organized on 15 December in association with AFET Committee, will look whether the use of the Pegasus or equivalent surveillance spyware, directly or indirectly involving entities linked to the EU, contributed to illegal spying on journalists, politicians, diplomats, lawyers, business people, civil society actors in 3rd countries and whether it led to human rights violations that are of serious concern as regards the objectives of the EUs common foreign and security policy.
  • Programme of the hearings
    09.00 Opening remarks by the Chair of the Committee
    09.05 - 09.35 Panel 1:
    Mr Omer Benjakob, Cyber & Disinformation Reporter for Haaretz
    Ms Ilia Siatitsa, Programme Director and Senior Legal Officer, Privacy International
    Mr Guilhem Giraud, Expert, surveillance technologies
    09.35 - 10.40 Discussion: Q&A session based on the principles of catch-the-eye and ping-pong
    10.40 - 11.00 Panel 2:
    Mr Pedro Vaca Villareal, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)
    Ms Marta Hirsch-Ziembinska, Principal Adviser on the Charter of Fundamental Rights, European Ombudsman
    11.00 - 11.50 Discussion: Q&A session based on the principles of catch-the-eye and ping-pong
    11:50 Closing remarks by the Chair of the Committee

Highlights - The African Union and its human rights and democracy mechanisms - Part I - Subcommittee on Human Rights

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Friday, December 2, 2022

The African Union and its human rights and democracy mechanisms - Part I

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  • The African Union and its human rights and democracy mechanisms - Part I
    02-12-2022 - 12:51
    The Subcommittee on Human Rights, in association with the Committee on Development and the Delegation for relations with the Pan-African Parliament, will hold a public hearing on the African Union and its human rights and democracy mechanisms.
  • This part (Part I) of the hearing will focus on the views of the civil society organisations.

Highlights - Hearing on sanctions against Russia and Belarus - Committee on Legal Affairs

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Hearing on sanctions against Russia and Belarus

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  • Hearing on sanctions against Russia and Belarus
    01-12-2022 - 14:32
    On 5 December 2022, the Committee on Legal Affairs, in association with the Committee on Foreign Affairs, will hold a hearing on "The notion of EU sanctions against third countries a legal perspective: examples of EU sanctions against Russia and Belarus in the context of the aggression against Ukraine".
  • - Which jurisdictions could hear cases of potential breaches of international law like the violation of State assets immunity?
  • - What are the legal and factual obstacles to the imposition and enforcement of sanctions?
  • - Programme (PDF - 371 KB)
    - Evaluating EU sanctions against Russia after the invasion of Ukraine (Clara Portela, Janis Kluge) (PDF - 756 KB)
    - EU horizontal sanctions and the courts: Questions of interface (Clara Portela) (PDF - 755 KB)
    - Implementation and enforcement (Clara Portela) (PDF - 87 KB)
    - Sanctions, conflict and democratic backsliding (Clara Portela) (PDF - 1 MB)

ECB joins European data and cloud network initiative

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Saturday, November 26, 2022

- PRESS RELEASE

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  • - PRESS RELEASE
    ECB joins European data and cloud network initiative
    17 November 2022
    - ECB joins Gaia-X to help build European data ecosystem
    - Gaia-X Association aims to boost European digital sovereignty
    The European Central Bank (ECB) today became a member of Gaia-X, a non-profit association advocating digital sovereignty for Europe.
  • For example, they will be able to store their data with one service provider and analyse those data with the services offered by another.
  • Data owners can for instance ensure that their data are solely stored in Europe and subject to European law.
  • Notes
    - The Gaia-X Association for Data and Cloud AISBL (Gaia-X) is an international non-profit association with more than 350 members.