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.

04-06-2018 - Labelling of Origin for Agricultural and Food Products

AGRI ENVI 06-11-2018 - 15:10
Woman doing grocery shopping at the supermarket and reading food labels

The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) in association with the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) organised a public hearing entitled "Labelling of Origin for Agricultural and Food Products”. (Read more)

17-05-2018 - Use of New Breeding Techniques

AGRI ENVI 06-11-2018 - 14:56
Experiment Veal Cultivated Field

A hearing on New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) was organised in association with the ENVI committee. It is widely accepted that new crop varieties need to be developed to meet challenges such as climate change and the spread of plant diseases and an increasing number of plant breeding companies are already actively using NBTs. However some legal uncertainties have persisted in this field. (Read more)

24-04-2018 - Joint hearing on ‘The EU budget and Paris Climate Agreement’

BUDG ENVI 25-04-2018 - 14:41
Euro coins, Earth

On Tuesday 24 April 2018, the Committee on Budget (BUDG) and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament are organising a Public Hearing entitled ‘The EU budget and the Paris Climate Agreement’. The objective of the hearing is to assess the compatibility of the current and future EU budgets with the Paris climate agreement. (Read more)

22-03-2018 - Hearing: Impact of endocrine disruptors on public health

PETI ENVI 26-03-2018 - 13:53
images of endocrine glands

On 22 March, PETI and ENVI held a joint public hearing on the impact of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on public health and the environment, due to the high number of petitions received on the topic. Members listened to experts from EU and national regulatory agencies, academia, and civil society. The hearing consisted of two panels, focusing on the specificities of the EU regulatory approval process for EDCs, and whether it could be conceived differently in the future. (Read more)

04-12-2017 - The EU Forest Strategy - Joint AGRI, ENVI and ITRE Public Hearing

AGRI ENVI ITRE 28-05-2018 - 11:32
Wooden Logs with Forest on Background / Trunks of trees cut and stacked in the foreground, green forest in the background with sun rays

The public hearing aimed to provide input to the review to be carried out by 2018 to assess progress in the implementation of the EU Forest Strategy. This joint hearing also provided a platform for annual structural dialogue between the Parliament and the Commission on the implementation of the new EU Forest strategy. (Read more)

28-11-2017 - Brexit impact on the environment, public health and food safety

ENVI 04-12-2017 - 14:55
the two halves of a cracked eggshell, one patterned with the flag of the European Union and the other one patterned with the flag of the United Kingdom

The aim of the public hearing is to assess and discuss the possible impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on the environment, public health and food safety. The hearing is also an opportunity to demonstrate what the EU does to the benefit of its Member States. (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)

25-04-2017 - Added benefits of the EU on the environment, public health and food safety

ENVI 30-06-2017 - 12:30
Hearing poster

On 25 April, the ENVI Committee held a Public Hearing on Added benefits of the EU on the environment, public health and food safety. The aim of the hearing being to take stock and highlight the added value of the EU, its institutions and agencies and the important work they carry out to ensure high environmental standards and a high standard of living for our citizens. (Read more)

11-04-2017 - The Implementation of the Environmental Liability Directive

JURI ENVI 05-05-2017 - 08:14
the poster has dark blue background at the top, light yellow background for the lower part; there is information about the hearing itself, date, timing, below there is magnifying glass in the middle and different small icons around it

On 11 April 2017, the JURI and ENVI Comittees held a public hearing on the implementation of the Environmental Liability Directive (ELD). The ELD entered into force on 30 April 2004. The EU Member States had three years to transpose the Directive in domestic law. The transposition of ELD was completed by July 2010. The ELD was amended three times through Directive 2006/21/EC on the management of waste from extractive industries, through Directive 2009/31/EC on the geological storage of (Read more)

30-01-2017 - LULUCF

ENVI 14-03-2017 - 16:50
Poster of the meeting  on LULUCF

On 30 January, the ENVI committee held a public hearing on “Meeting the EU’s 2030 emission reduction targets: the role of the land use and forestry sectors”. The aim of the hearing was to feed into the work of the committee on the LULUCF legislative proposal, which requires that the land use and forestry sectors also contribute to meeting the EU's 2030 emission reduction targets. (Read more)