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5 September 2017

9th meeting of the High Level Group of SAM

The 9th meeting of the SAM HLG took place in Brussels with Carlos Moedas (European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation); Jos Delbeke (European Commission's Director General for Climate Action); Anne Bucher (Chair of the European Commission's Regulatory Scrutiny Board); the European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Bureau Chair Eva Kaili, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and 1st Vice Chair Paul Rübig, MEP; and European Academy organisation Presidents Günter Stock, Yves Caristan and Bernard Charpentier.

The HLG discussed progress with ongoing topics (Food from the Oceans; Authorisation Processes of Plant Protection Products in Europe; and Novel Carbon Capture and Utilisation Technologies) and candidate 'own-initiative' topics; follow-up of their scientific opinion on 'Closing the gap between light duty vehicle real-world CO2 emissions and laboratory testing'; and held an exchange of views on areas of common interest with the Regulatory Scrutiny Board and STOA Bureau.

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27-28 June 2017

8th meeting of the High Level Group of SAM

On 27 and 28 June 2017, the SAM HLG met for the 8th time, in Copenhagen, in order to allow its members to participate in the 4th European Conference for Science Journalists . The HLG met representatives of the SAPEA consortium and discussed progress with ongoing topics on Food from the Oceans, on Authorisation processes of plant protection products in Europe and on candidate ‘own-initiative’ topics on which the group may propose to deliver scientific advice to the College of European Commissioners. The HLG also adopted a scoping paper on Carbon capture and utilisation  PDF icon 362 KB .

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23-24 March 2017

7th meeting of the High Level Group of SAM

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HLG delivers its 2nd scientific opinion on Cybersecurity

On 23 and 24 March 2017, the SAM HLG met for the 7th time in Brussels. The HLG delivered a Scientific Opinion on Cybersecurity in the European Digital Single Market to Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation. This is the Group’s second Scientific Opinion and it will support the European Commission’s revision of the EU’s Cybersecurity Strategy and the development of the Digital Single Market Strategy, having been requested by Andrus Ansip, European Comission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market.

Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries also attended the meeting, discussing with the HLG their ongoing work on the Scientific Opinion, “Food from the Oceans”.

The HLG also adopted a scoping paper for the preparation of a Scientific Opinion on “Authorisation of plant protection products in Europe from a scientific point of view”, a request from Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety.

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30-31 January 2017

6th meeting of the High Level Group of SAM

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Vice-President Ansip and Commissioner Moedas at the meeting of the HLG of SAM

On 30 and 31 January 2017, the High Level Group (HLG) of Scientific Advisors met for the 6th time in Brussels. The group presented draft findings from their work on the forthcoming scientific opinion on Cybersecurity in the European Digital Single Market to Commissioner Moedas and Commission Vice-President Ansip, responsible for the Digital Single Market. This scientific opinion is intended for adoption by the HLG and publication at the end of March 2017. The Group also met representatives of the European Network of Academies, who are working closely with the HLG as part of the Scientific Advice Mechanism.

The group also discussed its work on other ongoing topics and took stock of its first year.

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24-25 November 2016

5th meeting of the High Level Group of SAM

The fifth meeting of the Scientific Advice Mechanism's High Level Group (SAM HLG) took place in Brussels on November 24th -25th 2016. During the meeting the scoping papers of two new topics submitted to the SAM HLG were approved: A full opinion on "Food from the Oceans" and an explanatory note on "New techniques in agricultural biotechnology".

Following the conclusion of the Horizon 2020 grant "Science Advice for Policy by European Academies" (SAPEA), the expected contribution to the ongoing work of the SAM HLG was discussed.

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28 September 2016

4th meeting of the High Level Group of SAM

The fourth meeting of the Scientific Advice Mechanism's High Level Group (SAM HLG) took place in Brussels on September 28th 2016. The meeting mainly focus was on the scientific advice to the various topics in which the SAM HLG is active at present: Real-world CO2 emission testing for Light Duty Vehicles; and cybersecurity.

New topics were discussed in fields of high priority for the European Commission including the ones proposed by Commissioner Andriukaitis "Advice to support the forthcoming evaluation of pesticides legislation and an explanatory note on new breeding techniques".

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25 July 2016

3rd meeting of the High Level Group of SAM

The third meeting of the High Level Group (HLG) of Scientific Advisors took place on 25 July 2016 in Manchester (UK) at the occasion of the European Science Open Forum (ESOF) 2016.

During the meeting, the HLG discussed the progress on the two ongoing topics "Closing the gap between light duty vehicle real-drive CO2 emissions and laboratory testing" and "Cybersecurity". The group discussed as well the new demands received from Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food safety, for scientific advice to support the forthcoming evaluation of pesticides legislation and for an explanatory note on new breeding techniques (NBT).

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17 March 2016

2nd meeting of the High Level Group of SAM

On 16 and 17 March, the High Level Group (HLG) of Scientific Advisors met for the second time in Brussels, with Carlos Moedas (Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation) and Commissioner Navracsics (Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport) and with the presidents of five European Networks of Academies (Euro-CASE, EASAC, ALLEA, FEAM, Academia Europaea).

The HLG is moving out of its launch phase, and progress is being made on the first two topics on which the HLG has been asked for advice: "Closing the gap between light duty vehicle real-drive CO2 emissions and laboratory testing" and "Cybersecurity", as well as on the identification of additional topics to be addressed by SAM.

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29 January 2016

1st meeting of the High Level Group of SAM

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The seven leading scientists who form the High Level Group met with Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and with Andrus Ansip, the Commission's Vice-President responsible for the Digital Single Market. They agreed that issues surrounding cybersecurity would be one subject for the Group's first scientific advice to the Commission, contributing to efforts to build trust in the development of the Digital Single Market. The group will also examine CO2 emissions from cars and vans, with a view to exploring possibilities for future policies regulating their measurement to ever closer reflect real-world driving conditions.

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  • 10th Meeting of the HLG
    29-30 November 2017

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