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.

17-03-2016 - Palm oil and rainforests: what can the EU do to stop deforestation?

ENVI 20-04-2016 - 10:47

The aim of the hearing would be to have an exchange of views between MEPs and experts on the environmental impact of the palm oil industry. This industry is linked to major environmental issues, such as deforestation and habitat degradation, as the land and forests must be cleared for the development of the oil palm plantations. (Read more)

23-02-2016 - Real driving emissions tests

ENVI 21-03-2016 - 16:45

In September 2015, ENVI adopted its position on the Commission proposal of January 2014 on the reduction of pollutant emissions from road vehicles. A key feature of ENVI's position is that test procedures for certain pollutant emissions should reflect real driving conditions, a timely response given the revelation of Volkswagen's use of defeat devices in laboratory emissions testing. This hearing will host expert speakers, aiming to inform ENVI on the development of real driving emissions tests. (Read more)


ENVI 21-03-2016 - 16:39

The European Commission presented in July 2015 a legislative proposal to revise the EU emissions trading system for the period after 2020. The reform is the first step in delivering on the EU's target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% domestically by 2030 in line with the 2030 climate and energy policy framework and as part of its contribution to the new global climate deal. The proposal will be analysed by several experts and discussed with the Members of the ENVI Committee. (Read more)

12-10-2015 - Investing in nature and biodiversity: challenges and opportunities

ENVI 21-03-2016 - 16:08

This hearing is part of the deliberations of the Committee on the own-initiative report on "The Mid-term review of the EU's Biodiversity Strategy". This strategic own-initiative report will respond to the State of Nature in Europe report, and the mid-term review of the EU's Biodiversity Strategy. (Read more)

22-06-2015 - Sustainable Development Goals - an ambitious agenda

DEVE ENVI 26-06-2015 - 10:32

The agenda for the sustainable development goals (SDGs) will be discussed during a public hearing with experts that will be held jointly by the Committee on Development and the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. (Read more)

23-02-2015 - Cloning of animals for farming purposes (joint hearing)

AGRI ENVI 02-03-2015 - 14:05
Poster EN

Poster EN Poster FR

On 23 February, the ENVI and AGRI Committees hosted a joint public hearing on the cloning of animals for farming purposes. MEPs debated with experts on issues related to the animal cloning technique and on the impact of the Commission proposals for two Directives on this matter. (Read more)