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As requested by the Directive in intra-EU transfers of defence-related products, the European Commission currently evaluates how the Directive is implemented in EU Member States and whether it works efficiently. It will also evaluate to what extent the Directive met its objectives and whether it could, ultimately, contribute to opening up supply chains across Europe, foster industrial cooperation and improve security of supply. Later this year and on the basis of the study, the Commission will report to the European Parliament and the Council of the EU on the functioning of the Directive. The workshop will focus on the conclusions and recommendations drawn from this thorough assessment. The Commission will explain what it did or proposes to do to address issues identified. Representatives from Member States authorities and industry are invited to share their experiences concerning the implementation and application of the Directive, and to discuss proposals to improve the transfer of defence-related products within the EU.

 

Practitioners from Member States authorities dealing with the practical aspects of export control of defence products and industry representatives using the new licensing system introduced by the Directive are best suited to explain how the Directive works, and what could be done to make it more effective.

Workshop LEADER

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Sylvia Kainz-Huber

Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission

Sylvia Kainz-Huber is Deputy Head of the defence, aeronautic and maritime industries unit at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry since July 2013. She joined the unit just when the Commission was about to present its action plan to support the competitiveness of the European Defence and security sector. This action plan formed one of the two input documents for the discussion on the future of the CSDP and Europe’s defence industry at the European Council in December 2013. It highlighted the full implementation of the EU Directive on the intra-EU transfers of defence-related products as a key priority. Following a very positive reaction from European Heads of States and Governments, the Commission presented in June this year a more detailed roadmap explaining how it intends to implement its action plan in collaboration with other EU actors, Member States and industry. Before taking up her current responsibilities, Sylvia Kainz-Huber was Deputy Head of the unit responsible for the European space policy where she focused on issues related to space and security. Prior to that, she dealt with horizontal aspects of the EU’s industrial policy, the Directorate-General’s relations to other EU institutions, and SME policy. Her career in the European Commission also included posts in the Directorate-General for Research and Development where she dealt with SME access to the EU’s Research Framework Programme. Before joining the European Commission 1995, Sylvia Kainz-Huber worked with Siemens central business administration division and as journalist specialising in ICT.

European Commission

 

Sylvia Kainz-Huber is Deputy Head of the defence, aeronautic and maritime industries unit at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry since July 2013. She joined the unit just when the Commission was about to present its action plan to support the competitiveness of the European Defence and security sector. This action plan formed one of the two input documents for the discussion on the future of the CSDP and Europe’s defence industry at the European Council in December 2013. It highlighted the full implementation of the EU Directive on the intra-EU transfers of defence-related products as a key priority. Following a very positive reaction from European Heads of States and Governments, the Commission presented in June this year a more detailed roadmap explaining how it intends to implement its action plan in collaboration with other EU actors, Member States and industry. Before taking up her current responsibilities, Sylvia Kainz-Huber was Deputy Head of the unit responsible for the European space policy where she focused on issues related to space and security. Prior to that, she dealt with horizontal aspects of the EU’s industrial policy, the Directorate-General’s relations to other EU institutions, and SME policy. Her career in the European Commission also included posts in the Directorate-General for Research and Development where she dealt with SME access to the EU’s Research Framework Programme. Before joining the European Commission 1995, Sylvia Kainz-Huber worked with Siemens central business administration division and as journalist specialising in ICT.

Workshop programme

12:30 Registration and Coffee

13:00 Opening Remarks and Introductions

13:10 Findings of the Evaluation

Sylvia Kainz-Huber

Sylvia Kainz-Huber , Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission
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• Commission to present results and recommendations of its study

13:50 Current Challenges with the ICT Directive

Sylvia Kainz-Huber

Sylvia Kainz-Huber , Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission
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• MS and industry experiences on use of GTLs, certification -  to be defined 

14:30 Afternoon Tea

15:10 Current Challenges with the ICT Directive - continuation

Sylvia Kainz-Huber

Sylvia Kainz-Huber , Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission
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15:50 Way Forward – How to Make the Directive More Effective?

Sylvia Kainz-Huber

Sylvia Kainz-Huber , Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission
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16:30 Closing Remarks and Questions

16:45 End of Workshop

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WHAT IS CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

GLOBAL CPD

Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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