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.

24-04-2017 - Hearing on the Implementation of the landing obligation and allocation of quotas

PECH 30-03-2017 - 11:44
Poster of the public hearing on implementation of the landing obligation and allocation of quotas

On 24 April 2017, the Committee on Fisheries will hold a hearing on the "State of play of the implementation of the landing obligation and allocation of quotas by the Member States". (Read more)


11-04-2017 - Hearing on the e-Privacy reform

LIBE 30-03-2017 - 12:18

On 11 April 2017 the LIBE Committee organises a hearing on the proposed rules for the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in the electronic communications in the EU” (ePrivacy), presented by the Commission on 10 January 2017. (Read more)

11-04-2017 - Joint hearing on Child Marriages

DROI FEMM 30-03-2017 - 11:50

The Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality will organise a Joint Hearing on Child Marriages on 11 April 2017 from 15.00 to 17.00. Prof Benyam Dawit Mezmur, Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child accepted the invitation to the hearing, together with Mr Fredrik Malmberg, Ombudsman for Children from Sweden, Ms Lakshmi Sundaram, Executive Director of Girls not Brides, UK and other experts. (Read more)

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

JURI ENVI 29-03-2017 - 21:37

On 11 April 2017, the JURI and ENVI Comittees will hold 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)

06-04-2017 - Impact of the schemes revealed by the Panama Papers on Developing Countries

PANA 30-03-2017 - 15:07
PANA Public hearing on “Impact of the Panama Papers on Developing Countries”

On Thursday 06 April 2017 from 09:00 - 12:00, the Members of the PANA Committee will try to get a better understanding of the impact of money-laundering and tax evasion on developing countries. (Read more)

27-03-2017 - LIBE-FEMM hearing on the EU accession to the Istanbul Convention - 27.03.2017

LIBE FEMM 29-03-2017 - 15:26

The LIBE and FEMM committees will hold a joint hearing on the EU accession to the Istanbul Convention on combating violence against women. (Read more)

23-03-2017 - Hearing on the Unitary Patent: state of play

JURI 27-03-2017 - 17:10

On 23 March, Members of the Legal Affairs Committee will have a presentation by the President of the European Patent Office and by a representative of the Commission on the latest state of play on the Unitary Patent. A discussion will follow with Bernhard Rapkay, former Member of the European Parliament and rapporteur for the unitary patent. (Read more)

22-03-2017 - Hearing on Statute for social and solidarity-based enterprises

JURI EMPL 15-03-2017 - 16:03
timing of the hearing, logo of the Parliament in the upper right corner; title of the hearing below this; below the title are the documents and glasses and names of the chairs and rapporteurs

On 22 March, the JURI and EMPL Committees will organise a hearing on a "Statute for social and solidarity-based enterprises", from 17.00 to 18.30. The purpose of this hearing is to provide an overview of the current state of the legislation on social and solidarity-based enterprises in Europe and to provide information of how the proliferation of this kind of enterprises could boost employment, improve community welfare and advance economic growth. (Read more)

22-03-2017 - The East and South China Sea Tensions - Implications for Global Security

SEDE AFET 28-03-2017 - 15:19
Poster AFET/SEDE Public Hearing The East and South China Sea Tensions - photo of sea with boats

The East and South China Sea is a strategic maritime link and a major trade route with rich fishing grounds and oil and gas reserves. Mounting conflicts between neighbouring countries (in particular China, the Philippines and Vietnam) have resulted in growing security tension and militarisation of the region. The hearing will therefore address security implications of the territorial disputes for global and European security, and the role the EU could play in easing tensions in the region. (Read more)

22-03-2017 - Clean energy for all Europeans

ITRE 27-03-2017 - 12:43
ITRE public hearing-Clean energy for all Europeans

On 22 March 2017 ITRE will hold a public hearing on ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans.’ The hearing follows the publication of a European Commission legislative package of the same name. (Read more)