Events 2018


Working Group AUTOMOTIVE

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 from 13:00 to 14:30 hrs


“Clean and Energy-efficient road transport vehicles”



Andrzej GRZYB, MEP, EPP/Poland, Rapporteur, Member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Lars JOHANSSON, Head of Public Affairs, Volvo Bus

Michael SCHMITZ, Advisor, German County Association


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Speech Mr. Johannsson
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Events 2016

Working Group AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY, Wednesday, 15 June 2016 from 13:00 to 14:30 hrs


“Unlocking the potential of ITS for road transport – learnings from the Truck Platooning Challenge”



Wim van de CAMP, MEP, EPP/Netherlands, Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism

Dirk-Jan de BRUIJN, Programme Director EU Truck Platooning Challenge

Erik JONNAERT, Secretary General, ACEA

Uwe PUETZSCHLER, Head of Car2X, Nokia

Raimo TAPIO, Deputy Chairman, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)


Transporting 18 billion tonnes of goods per year, trucks deliver 75% of all goods carried over land in Europe. Road transport is a formidable enabler of economic growth. But it also faces challenges – environmental impact, safety, congestion.

Forward-thinking investments in intelligent transport systems (ITS) can help make road transport safer, cleaner and more efficient in the future. Truck platooning is one example of promising ITS developments.

In this context, the Dutch Presidency completed an unprecedented initiative this year: The European Truck Platooning Challenge. Truck platooning is the linking of two or three trucks in a convoy. These vehicles closely follow each other at a set, close distance by using connectivity technology and automated driving support systems.

The Challenge brought truck convoys to public roads and across borders for the first time. The initiative is more than just a technical project. It is about getting together to learn how to facilitate border crossing as well as compatibility on legal and technical issues.

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Tuesday, 24 MAY 2016 from 8:00 to 9:30 hrs


Reforming the approval and market surveillance regime: How to foster harmonisation and restore consumer trust in the car industry?”



Daniel DALTON MEP, ECR/UK, Rapporteur, Member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection


Catherine RYAN, Policy Advisor, International Vehicle Standards, Department for Transport

Mike LOWE, Active Head, Automated and Connected Vehicles Branch, International Vehicle Standards, Department for Transport

Richard GOEBELT, Vice Director Brussels Office, VdTÜV Verband der TÜV e.V.


The current EU type-approval regime and market surveillance practices for the automotive industry have come under heavy criticism recently. The Commission had been working on revising the system for years in order to harmonise practices and make them more efficient, but recent events have created a new sense of urgency.

Gathering representatives from national type-approval authorities, the European Parliament and the European Commission, this Kangaroo breakfast debate aims at taking a look at current practices, what the Commission proposes to change and ultimately how to set up a robust and trustworthy, yet workable, system to ensure efficient approval and market surveillance of vehicles in Europe.


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Events 2015

Working Group Automotive Industry

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 from 13:00 until 14:30 hrs


“Clean Air for Europe – the Role of
Road Transport”



Helmut GREIM, Chairman of research advisory board of the European Research Group on Environment & Health in the Transport sector (EUGT). Independent expert on toxicology. Former member or the Healtz Effects Institute (HEI) research committee

Ulrich KEIL, Professor emeritus and former Director of the Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine of the University of Münster. Independent expert on epidemiology & public health. Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians

Julie GIRLING, MEP/ECR, NEC Rapporteur

Elliot TREHARNE, Chair of EUROCITIES working group on air quality and London´s air quality manager, EUROCITIES

Eric JONNAERT, Secretary General, European Automobile Manufacturers Assiciation (ACEA)

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Next Events

10th Strasbourg Lunch,

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 at 13.15 hrs


"Beyond the Common Agricultural Policy: Why do we need a

Common Food Policy?

Integrating the EU Green Deal in Agriculture, Food and Health"


Keynote Speech:

Tugomir MAJDAK, State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Croatia



Norbert LINS MEP, EPP/Germany, Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

Paolo DE CASTRO MEP, S&D/Italy, Member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

Sabine JÜLICHER, Director, DG Sante



Herbert DORFMANN MEP, EPP/Italy, Member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

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Wednesday, 4 December 2019 from 13:00 until 14:30 hrs


“Towards a stronger European Defence Cooperation: clear sailing or storm brewing ahead?”


Keynote Speech:

Thomas MUELLER, CEO, Hensoldt



Alain ALEXIS, Head of Unit, DG Grow

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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."

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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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