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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.

09-02-2017 - Hearing on Prisons’ Systems and Conditions in the EU

LIBE 29-03-2017 - 15:32
Prisons' systems and conditions in the EU

The objective of the hearing on prisons' systems and conditions is to listen to experts in the field from different backgrounds to identify gaps in the application of existing rules and mechanisms and compare best practices in Member States.

In its Resolution of 13 December 2016 on the Situation of fundamental rights in the EU, the European Parliament expressed concerns regarding prison conditions in some Member States, often characterised by overcrowding and ill-treatment and pointed out that the fundamental rights of prisoners must be guaranteed. In previous resolutions it had already called on the European Commission to develop and implement minimum standards for prison and detention conditions in the EU and on the Member States to keep the issue high on their political agenda and to devote appropriate human and financial resources to addressing the situation.
Among the common problems observed in Member States, special attention should be paid to overcrowding, the use of pre-trial detention, the situation of vulnerable prisoners such as children and persons with mental disabilities and the phenomenon of radicalisation.

Background documents

      Briefing: Prison conditions in the Member States: selected European standards and best practices