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.

19-06-2018 - Joint hearing on assessing the flow of external EU migration funding

BUDG CONT AFET DEVE 18-06-2018 - 12:07
Rohingya refugees

On Tuesday 19 June 2018, the Committees on Budget (BUDG), Budgetary Control (CONT), Foreign Affairs (AFET) and Development (DEVE) are jointly organising a public hearing entitled ‘Assessing the flow of external EU migration funding’. (Read more)

19-06-2018 - PEST hearing on Commission approval of active substances

PEST 10-10-2018 - 16:55
Vector with illustration of a molecule and a beaker

On 19 June 2018, the Special Committee on the Union’s authorisation procedure for pesticides held a public hearing on the Commission approval of active substances. Representatives from the European Commission, the OECD, the European Ombudsman and Agriculture University Wageningen answered questions raised by Committee members. (Read more)

19-06-2018 - Addressing unfair trading practices in B2B relations in the online environment

IMCO 21-06-2018 - 10:54
Addressing unfair trading practices in B2B relations in the online environment

The hearing addressed broadly the emergence of unfair practices in platform to business relationships bearing in mind the increasingly important role of online platforms as vehicles for market access and explored any problems that may arise in terms of lack of redress and more broadly the risk of fragmentation in the internal market. Experts, stakeholders and policy makers exchanged views with the Members. (Read more)

19-06-2018 - Human rights enhancement via democracy support

DROI 18-06-2018 - 12:14
DROI

In association with Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group The European Parliament's election observation missions aim at strengthening, in third countries concerned by elections or referendums, the legitimacy of national electoral processes, increasing public confidence in elections, avoiding electoral fraud, better protecting human rights and contributing to conflict solution. (Read more)

19-06-2018 - Public hearing on the mis-selling of financial products

ECON 20-06-2018 - 16:01

On Tuesday 19 June from 11.00 to 12.30 the ECON committee held a hearing on the Mis-selling of financial products. (Read more)

19-06-2018 - The EU’s horizontal regulatory framework for illegal content removal in the DSM

IMCO 20-06-2018 - 14:29
The EU’s horizontal regulatory framework for illegal content removal in the DSM

IMCO committee held a public hearing on the 'EU’s horizontal regulatory framework for illegal content removal in the digital single market: Towards a balanced and predictable overall liability regime for online platforms'. The hearing brought together a number of experts and speakers representing views of online intermediaries, stakeholders, academia and MS authorities to exchange on the existing and the potential future approaches and measures towards tackling, in a balanced & efficient way, (Read more)

07-06-2018 - PEST hearing on EFSA opinion and ECHA classification of active substances

PEST 11-10-2018 - 11:12
two hands holding a globe and a tree

The Special Committee on the Union’s authorisation procedure for pesticides held a public hearing on “EU authorisation procedure for pesticides - EFSA opinion on draft assessment reports and ECHA classification of active substances” on 7 June 2018. At the hearing, representatives from EFSA, ECHA and the Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM), as well as Mr. Christopher Portier (private consultant) answered questions raised by Committee members. (Read more)

04-06-2018 - HEARING ON THE FACEBOOK/CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA CASE Part 1

LIBE 04-06-2018 - 12:15
Facebook/Cambridge Analytica

On 22 May 2018, the Conference of Presidents, the Chair of the Conference of Committees Chairs, and the Chair and Rapporteur of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs met with Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Founder of Facebook in order to hear Mr Zuckerberg about the use of Facebook users' data by Cambridge Analytica and the consequences for data protection, the possible impact on electoral processes, fake news, the market position of Facebook and so forth. (Read more)

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)