Hearings


A committee is permitted to organise a hearing with experts, where this is considered essential to its work on a particular subject. Hearings can also be held jointly by two or more committees. Most committees organise regular hearings, as they allow them to hear from experts and hold discussions on the key issues. On this page you will find all the available information relating to committee hearings, including programmes and contributions from speakers.

23-11-2017 - Implementation of Young Farmers' Policies after the 2013 CAP Reform

AGRI 23-11-2017 - 15:59
Young Couple of farmers with tractor

The AGRI Committee is drawing up an ‘implementation report’ on the measures agreed in the 2013 CAP Reform to support young farmers, for which Mr Caputo (S&D, IT) is the rapporteur. On 23 November 2017, Members heard from a variety of protagonists how EU policies for young farmers are being implemented. The hearing gathered speakers from the Court of Auditors, the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA), the Italian Council for Research in Agriculture (CREA) and the Committee of the Regions. (Read more)

11-10-2017 - The Monsanto papers and glyphosate

ENVI AGRI 12-10-2017 - 12:04
Structural model of glyphosate molecule on a blackboard.

On 11 October, a joint ENVI/AGRI public hearing was held on "The Monsanto papers and glyphosate”. Glyphosate is a widely used, but highly controversial plant protection product and the active substance in Monsanto's weed killer Roundup. EFSA and ECHA concluded that glyphosate is safe, while the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified it as “probably carcinogenic to humans”. (Read more)

25-09-2017 - A comparative analysis of global agricultural policies. Lessons for Europe?

AGRI 27-09-2017 - 12:38
A comparative analysis of global agricultural policies: lessons for Europe?

Ahead of the Commission's Communication on the CAP post 2020, Members felt it useful to discuss the Common Agricultural Policy by comparing it to other agricultural models in the US, Canada, Australia and other parts of the world. Invited experts included: Professor Thia Hennessy, of the Cork University Business School (Ireland); Professor Erik Mathijs, of the University of Leuven in Belgium; and Mr Joshua Anderson, Head of EU Affairs at Meat and Livestock Australia in Brussels. (Read more)

20-03-2017 - Sustainable Plant Protection: Opportunities and Challenges for the AGRI Sector

AGRI 19-04-2017 - 11:26
Sustainable plant protection

AGRI organised a hearing on Sustainable Plant Protection. Five experts had been invited to address Members: Mr Chinn, Centre for Applied Crop Science, UK, Mr Lembacher, Austrian Chamber of Agriculture, Ms Kienzle, Organic Fruit Growing Organisation, Germany, Mr. Alarcón Roldán, DG for Agricultural and Livestock Production of Andalucía and Mr Danielewicz, Institute of Plant Protection, National Research Institute, Poland. (Read more)

09-01-2017 - The Conclusions of the Agricultural Markets Task Force - AMTF

AGRI 12-01-2017 - 13:44
Task force on agricultural markets

The AGRI Committee organised a public hearing on the "Conclusions of the Agriculture Markets Task Force - AMTF" on 9 January 2017 with the participation of Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan and Mr Helfried Giesen, member of the Task Force, in the presence of Ms Juhasz. The Agricultural Markets Task Force (AMTF) was set up in 2015 with the aim to study options to improve farmers' positions in the food chain and presented a final report in November 2016. (Read more)

28-11-2016 - Resource efficient and innovative agriculture - EU and global best practice

AGRI 05-12-2016 - 10:07
Hearing on Agriculture 28 Nov. 2016

Hearing on Agriculture 28 Nov. 2016 Hearing on Agriculture 28 Nov. 2016

Feeding the world with less resources is one of the main challenges in the coming decades. (Read more)

07-11-2016 - The role of conservation agriculture - productivity and ecosystem services

AGRI 14-11-2016 - 10:36
Conservation Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture Agriculture de Conservation

The AGRI Committee organised a hearing on the role of conservation agriculture in enhancing agricultural productivity and ecosystem services on 7 November. Conservation agriculture has taken shape as a response to soil degradation which is caused by tillage, in particular. Its methods aim at supporting productive agricultural systems capable of delivering maximum yields and ecosystem services while being resource efficient and resilient. (Read more)

13-07-2016 - The future of the sugar market after the abolition of sugar quotas in 2017

AGRI 26-07-2016 - 15:56
Poster

Poster poster

AGRI organised a hearing on "The future of the EU sugar market after the abolition of sugar quotas in 2017". Seven experts were invited to address Members: H. Bleckwenn, North German Umbrella Association of Sugar Beet Growers, J.-I. Senovilla, Union of Small Farmers, P. Myllymäki, MTK Sugarbeet Committee, L. Girol, European Sugar Refineries Association, P. Giry, Saint Louis Sucre, G. Tamburini, Unionzucchero and K. Nykiel, National Union of Sugar beet planters. (Read more)

21-06-2016 - Improving European Plant Protein Supplies

AGRI 23-06-2016 - 11:40
Poster

Poster Poster

AGRI organised a hearing on "Improving European Plant protein supplies". Five experts were invited to address Members and reply to their questions: Prof. Dr. Bernhard C. Schäfer, South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences, Germany; Dr. Andrzej Gąsowski, Institute of Political Science of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Poland; Matthias Krön, Danube Soya Association, Austria; Maria Pelletier, Moulin Marion, France and David Mc Naughton, Soya UK, United Kingdom. (Read more)

25-05-2016 - New exceptional market measures limiting milk production

AGRI 17-08-2016 - 14:59
Poster

The comAGRI organised a hearing on New exceptional market measures limiting milk production. For this purpose, the Committee received Mr Hans Hoogeven, Vice-Minister of agriculture of the Netherlands, representing the Council, and Mr Joost Korte, Deputy Director General in DG AGRI, representing the European Commission. (Read more)