Brussels Debates 




Tuesday, 9 June 2020 at 14:30 -16.00 hrs


“How to drive investment in Europe for data storage infrastructure”


There is a distinct feeling that the European economy keeps losing out on digital opportunities. A regular argument in the debate is a lack of a level-playing field, in particular for SMEs. In terms of digital data, two models have emerged so far: the US model which is purely market driven on the one hand, and the Chinese model where data is state-controlled. Recently, the European Commission has picked up the challenge and presented a double strategy, the European Data Strategy and another one on artificial intelligence. Commissioner Thierry Breton insists that Europe has the largest industry sector in the world and therefore, should become the global leader when it comes to industrial digital data.

The big question behind these two initiatives is: Can Europe establish a third model, one that is more citizen-centred and still providing a substantial contribution to the European economy? What could be innovative ways to use data, while keeping citizens’ rights in mind and what role can European legislation play in this context? Axel Voss as the rapporteur for the report on liability for Artificial Intelligence and in charge for the EPP Group of the topic of “digital sovereignty” will discuss jointly with Pierre Chastanet from DG Connect, Rafael Laguna from the German Federal agency for Disruptive Innovation and Sebastiano Toffaletti from the Digital SME Alliance from different angles about these issues.



➢ Christoph RAAB, Member of the Kangaroo Group


Introductory Statement:

➢ Pierre CHASTANET, Head of Unit, “Cloud & Software”, DG Connect, European Commission



➢ Axel VOSS MEP, EPP/Germany, Member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, Coordinator

➢ Rafael LAGUNA DE LA VERA, Executive Director, Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovation, Germany

➢ Sebastiano TOFFALETTI, Secretary General, DIGITAL SME Alliance



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Due to unexpected reasons, we have to CANCEL our next Brussels lunch debate taking place on Thursday 5 March 2020 at 13:00 hrs in the European Parliament, Salon/Restaurant des Députés.

We apologize for the inconvenience and we hope to see you at a future lunch debate of the Kangaroo Group.


Tuesday, 9 April 2018 from 8:00 to 9:30 hrs


“Exploring a global systems approach for urban sustainability: What’s in it for the EU?”



Professor Xuemei BAI, Australian National University, 2018 Volvo Environment Prize Laureate



Linnéa ENGSTRÖM MEP, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance/Sweden, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Fisheries

Wallis GOELEN-VANDEBROCK, Senior Expert for Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development, DG REGIO



for further infromation of this event:


Volvo Environment Prize 2018 Laureate film

Nature WV Advanceecosystem approach in cities
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Six research priorities for CCC Nature
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NatSust Urban south and global sustainability
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Difining and advancing systems approach in cities
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Tuesday, 4 September 2018 from 14:00 to 15:30 hrs


“Organised Crime and Excise Fraud – The Illicit Cigarette Market in the EU”



Cathy HAENLEIN, Senior Research Fellow, National Security and Resilience, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI)

Charlie SIMPSON, Partner, KPMG Global Strategy Group



Howard PUGH, Senior Specialist, Operations Department, EUROPOL


Here a link to the full report of the Project SUN:


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Executive Summary Projekt SUN
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Thursday, 22 February 2018 from 13:00 to 14:30 hrs


Introduction: Wolf KLINZ MEP, ALDE/Germany, Member of the Committees on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Budgetary Control


Moderator: David DOYLE, Member of the Board, Kangaroo Group


Keynote Speaker:David WARREN, Chief Executive Officer, London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG)



Kay SWINBURNE MEP, ECR/UK, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

Simon LEWIS, Chief Executive, Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME)

Peter DE PROFT, Director General, European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA)

Rafael PLATA, Director General, European Association of CCP Clearing Houses (EACH)

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Brussels Lunch Debate


"Is there a Role for Self-Regulation in Regulatory Risk Management?"



Jim ROMINE, Head of the Research Institute For Fragrance Materials (RIFM)
Andreas SCHWAB MEP, EPP/Germany, Member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection


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Wednesday, 6 December 2017 from 13:00 until 14:30 hrs


“Space and Security strategy for Europe”



Kai-Uwe SCHROGL, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Strategy Department,

European Space Agency (ESA)

PDF-Dokument [437.9 KB]



Wednesday, 21 June 2017 from 08:00 to 09:30 hrs


“Smart Metering for Smart Communities –

The Energy Union and municipal utilities”




Norbert LINS MEP, Member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, European Parliament

Manuel SANCHEZ JIMENEZ, Policy Officer-Senior Officer for Smart Grids, DG ENER

Nicola POCHETTINO, Head of Division Electricity Networks, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg

Frank GUTZEIT, President of the Division Board DIEHL METERING, Member of the Executive Board DIEHL

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Brussels Lunch Debate

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 from 13:00 to 14:30 hrs


"Transport Industry perspective on the Digital Single Market"



Günther OETTINGER, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

Martin LUNDSTEDT, President and CEO, Volvo Group

Jean-Dominique SENARD, CEO and Managing General Partner, Michelin

Breakfast Meeting, Energy Debate, Wednesday, 15 June 2016


BRUSSELS-DEBATE, Tuesday, 3 May 2016 from 18:30 to 21:00 hrs


Bioterrorism – Is the EU prepared?



  • Monika HOHLMEIER MEP, EPP/Germany, Rapporteur, Member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs


  • John GATT RUTTER, Head of Counter-Terrorism Division, EEAS             

  • Jorge Manuel BENTO SILVA, Acting Head of Terrorism and Crisis Management Unit, DG Home

  • Levent ALTAN, Executive Director, Victim Support Europe

  • Dr. Steven CHATFIELD, Senior Adviser, Emergent BioSolutions


In the wake of the Brussels bombings, the European Parliamentary Research Service concluded that: “While attacks against public transportation systems are unfortunately not a new phenomenon, coordination between Member States on the possibility of a terrorist attack using non-conventional weapons such as chemical, biological, radiological or even nuclear materials is also now urgently needed.” Should the unthinkable ever happen does Europe have the tools and medical countermeasures in place to protect citizens and save lives?

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BRUSSELS-DEBATE, Wednesday, 20 April 2016 from 8:00 to 9:30 hrs


Market Economy for China - The end of effective EU-trade defence? Challenges for the Steel Industry



  • Bernd LANGE MEP, Chair of the Committee on International Trade
  • Martin THEURINGER, Director for Economics and Chief Economist, German Steel Federation

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Brussels-Breakfast-Debate, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 from 8:00 to 9:30 hrs


Transparent prices versus confidential agreements:

What’s best for patient access and sustainable healthcare?”


Introduction: Paul RÜBIG MEP, EVP/Austria, Member of the Committees on Industry, Research and Energy and Budgets


Presentation: Dermot GLYNN, Europe Economics, Author of the Study « External Reference Pricing – the case for transparency in pricing »



  • Andrzej Jan RYS, Director, Health Systems, Medical Products and Innovation, DG SANTE

  • David SAUNDERS, former Chief Executive of UK Competition Commission

  • Erik MEINHARDT, Market Access Lead for Europe and Canada, MSD Menno AARNOUT, Executive Director, International Association of Mutual Benefits Societies (AIM)


Conclusion: Nicola BEDLINGTON, Secretary General of the European Patients' Forum (EPF)



With the completion of the Single Market being one of its key goals, inequalities in access to innovative medicines are of concern to the Kangaroo Group. The Dutch EU Council Presidency has called for greater transparency in how prices are set in its “Summary of Medicines Plan”. Health minister Edith Schippers furthermore argued that it was unfair that pharmaceutical companies knew the prices of their drugs in 28 EU Member States, but that health ministers could not exchange such information. The European Commission has recently published a study “Enhanced cross-country collaboration in the area of pharmaceutical product pricing” and is also in the process of developing, together with Member States, the EURIPID pricing database to help exchange information in the context of the Transparency Directive.

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Christmas Dinner

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 at 18:30 hrs

127th Board Meeting of the Kangaroo Group

Open to all Members of the Kangaroo Group
We will use this opportunity to discuss Goals and Projects
of the Kangaroo Group for 2016

ChristmasD 20151202.pdf
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Brussels Debate, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 from 13:00 until 14:30 hrs - European Parliament Brussels


"5G - The next Generation of Mobile Networks will revolutionize our Communications"



Lauri OKSANEN, Vice-President Research and Technology, NOKIA (Head of Nokia Networks R&D)



Pilar DEL CASTILLO VERA MEP, Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

Paul RÜBIG MEP, Member of the Committee on Budgets and Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015 from 13:00 until 14:30 hrs


“The Energy Union – Keeping Europe Competitive”




  • Miguel ARIAS CANETE, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy



  • Ian DUNCAN MEP, Member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

  • Ana GOMES MEP, Member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

  • Emmanuel HATON, Director European Government Affairs, BP


Other speakers to be confirmed



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Evening Debate and Reception

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 from 17:00 until 20:30 hrs


"The EU and Japan: A New Stage in Partnerships"


Opening Speech by H.E. Keiichi Katakami, Ambassador from the Mission of Japan to the EU

here you can download the programme
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Breakfast Debate

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 from 8:00 until 9:30 hrs


"Can Europe get along without importing energy?"



Yvonne STAUSBØLL, Secretary General of UPEI



Hubertus BARDT, Economic Institute Köln, author of the study "Does Dependency equal Vulnerability?"



Mechthild WOERSDOERFER, Director, DG Energy

Claude TURMES, MEP, Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy


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Breakfast Debate

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 from 8:00 until 9:30 hrs


"Towards a new Industrial Policy on Life Sciences: External Reference Pricing - Remedy for Strained Health Budgets or Barrier of Innovation?"



Sören BO CHRISTIANSEN, Senior Vice-President Europe & Canada, MSD



Gwenole COZIGOU, Director, DG Enterprise

Dermot GLYNN, Europe Economics, Author of the Study "External Reference Pricing"

Ri DE RIDDER, Deputy Director, Belgian Pricing Reimbursment Agency, INAMI

Achim KAUTZ, Policy Director, European Liver Patients Association, ELPA

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Lunch Debate

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 from 13:00 until 14:30 hrs


"Shaping the Future of Transport in Europe"



Olof Persson, CEO and President of the VOLVO Group

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CV Olov Persson
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Next Events

>>>>>>   Update   >>>>>>>


Dear Friend of the Kangaroo Group,
Unfortunately, the online debate foreseen Tuesday, 14 July 2020 at 13.00 hrs has had to be deferred.

We will inform you as soon as we have a new date.
Many thanks for your understanding and kind regards,
Josepha von Metternich
(Director, Kangaroo Group, Brussels  

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Wednesday, 2nd September 2020 from 13:00 to 14:30 hrs


“The Revised MiFID II regime - targeted or full revision?”



Markus FERBER MEP, Chair, KG Financial Services Working Group



David DOYLE, Member of the Board, Kangaroo Group



Markus FERBER MEP, ECON member and Rapporteur on MiFID II/MiFID

Tilman LUEDER, Head, DG FISMA, Securities Markets Unit, European Commission

Georg HUBER, Head of Office, Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband (DSGV)

Benjamin QUATRE, Director in charge of European and International Public Affairs and Export Finance, French Banking Federation (FBF)

Andreas STEPNITZKA, Senior Regulatory Policy Advisor, European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA)  

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    Dear Friends of the Kangaroo Group,
the curfew announced by the Belgian authorities they have asked to favour telework in order to slow the spread of covid19.
Therefore all events organized by the Kangaroo Group are cancelled or rather postponed.
The Kangaroo Group's staff will work remotely for the entire period required and you can reach us via email.
Hoping that these restrictive measures will allow us to continue working under correct conditions and that we can soon resume normal activity. We will keep you informed about our planned events foreseen for the coming month'.
Many thanks for your understanding and take care of yourselves,
Josepha & Florence     

Recent Publications

The City could find it cold in “Canada”


Discussion paper from Kangaroo Group Member Graham Bishop


New Year media reports suggest the UK Government thinks the EU27 is bluffing when chief negotiator Barnier states that UK-based banks will lose their “passports” to do business in the EU27. Instead, DexEU Secretary Davis has called for a “Canada plus plus plus” trade deal – implying that financial services will not find themselves at a disadvantage.

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Euro “clearing”: Liability and Location 

Discussion paper from Kangaroo Group Member Graham Bishop

"The key interest rate contracts cleared in the UK are more than 50 times UK GDP, and 10 times the Eurozone’s GDP. Put starkly: €117 trillion of euro derivatives may have to be supported by liquidity based on the ECB’s €0.011 trillion capital and that of National Central Banks."

read whole artice below

Euro “clearing”: Liability and Location

16 January 2017

This issue of `clearing’ is likely to come to a head quickly once Article 50 Notice of `intention to leave’ is served by the UK - as a direct consequence of the G20 commitment to ensure there are no more taxpayer-funded bailouts of EU financial institutions. Post Brexit, Eurozone Member States are likely to be very concerned about capital market activities denominated in euro that – in a crisis – could create liabilities for their taxpayers. At that stage, UK-based financial firms will not be subject to EU law and therefore outside the ECB’s ability to enforce any necessary managerial change – unless the UK agrees to surrender control to EU institutions. 

However, it is very disturbing to an outsider that, eight years after the Lehman crash, there are still good grounds for concern in a systemic crisis– especially flowing from the “clearing” of euro:

ESMA 2016 stress test “A CM defaulting in one CCP would also be considered to be in default in all CCPs, in which it is a member, leading to more than 25 CM defaulting EU-wide…” 

The Commission’s December 2016 CCP Resolution Proposal “No Member State has yet developed a full national regime for CCP recovery and resolution which fully complies with the G20-endorsed FSB principles, including as regards the need for effective coordination and oversight against cross-border spill-overs.”

The magnitude of the risks are extraordinary: The key interest rate contracts cleared in the UK are more than 50 times UK GDP, and 10 times the Eurozone’s GDP. Put starkly: €117 trillion of euro derivatives may have to be supported by liquidity based on the ECB’s €0.011 trillion capital and that of National Central Banks. Any resultant credit losses would be a major political concern for Eurozone taxpayers, governments and Parliaments.

Does the EU27/ECB need to “do” anything further about Brexit? The ECB’s post-Brexit re-statement of its “oversight policy” provides a powerful analysis – implicitly - of the post-Brexit situation when it would have no powers to “induce change” in critical offshore financial market infrastructures. Once the Article 50 Notice has been served, all UK firms will be fully aware that their “EEA Authorisation” will expire at the moment of Brexit so they will need to make their own plans to continue their EU business.

The working assumption must be that the UK will not be a part of the European Economic Area (EEA) so any bespoke arrangement (normally taking the form of a Treaty) may require significant adjustment to many EU Directives and Regulations. The much-discussed “transitional arrangements” for UK firms might not be “in force” before 2023, given the necessary legislative processes. As risk-averse clients recognise the new risks, they may exercise their freedom to move their derivative positions to CCPs in a market where they can have a high degree of confidence that the ECB would supply liquidity in a crisis.

A major loss of derivatives business could worsen the UK’s balance of payments deficit by a third from its current record deficit - even at modest profitability levels for the derivative book. Parliament should require the BoE to analyse and publish the balance of payments implications in detail.

Original Text by Graham Bishop
Euro clearing 550 word article_FINAL.pdf
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Eurocorps as a pilot project for the European Defence Union


Discussion Paper on the basis of a meeting of the Kangaroo Group with General Ramirez


The decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union makes it necessary to rethink the European Union from the beginning. We have to ask ourselves what the citizens really expect from the European Union. In the past seventy years the European Union has made a major contribution to the security and prosperity of the European nations.

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Future of the Eurocorps


At a meeting with members of the Eurocorps in Strasbourg Karl von Wogau, Secretary General of the Kangaroo Group and Honorary Member of the European Parliament, stated that the Eurocorps should be moved into the center of the Common Security and Defence Policy. It should become the Preferred Headquarter of the European Union. Moreover its five framework nations France, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg should take the decision to put the Eurocorps at the permanent disposal of the European Union.

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In the present discussion about Monetary and Political Union the opinion is often heard that a Political Union consists in total harmonization. But this is certainly not what we want to achive. The strength of Europe is its variety and the peaceful competition between its Member States. On the contrary the hard core of a Political Union is a common foreign and defence policy.  ...


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The Role of the Multinational Corps


The European Council in June has not been very encouraging for those who believe in the necessity of an autonomous Security and Defence Policy of the European Union. Public attention was taken by the problems of Greece and the drama of the refugees in the Mediterranean. The discussion about Security and Defence took only a very short time.

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Europe War and Peace


The author looks at general rules for peace preservation from Kant, Fukuyama, Einstein and Freud as well as Henry Kissinger and tries to draw conclusions for the present security situation of Europe. The presentation was in October 2015.

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