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.

21-03-2017 - European Electronic Communications Code

IMCO 28-03-2017 - 10:09
poster for the public hearing on European Electronic Communications Code - boosting consumer confidence, connectivity and innovation?

On 21 March, IMCO will hold a public hearing on the proposed directive establishing a European Electronic Communications Code (ITRE lead Committeee, IMCO associated Committee with Dita Charanzova, ALDE, as rapporteur). The hearing will focus on the main areas under IMCO competence and will be divided into two Panels: one focusing on new approaches to Universal Service Obligation, and the other one on end-user rights in the electronic communications sector. (Read more)

26-01-2017 - European Standards for the 21st Century

IMCO 01-02-2017 - 16:13
Poster for the public hearing on European Standards for the 21st century

IMCO held a public hearing on European Standards for the 21st Century. The hearing consisted of two panels. Panel one was focus on innovative, interconnected and interoperable standards for the future and panel two wasl focus on how to make standards serve a modern inclusive society. Members had the opportunity to discuss this issue with experts present at the hearing. (Read more)

09-11-2016 - European Youth Hearing (EYE2016)

IMCO 22-11-2016 - 14:20
European Youth Hearing in IMCO

Thousands of young people took part in the European Youth Event (#EYE2016) at the EP in Strasbourg last May with the aim of producing ideas for Europe’s future. Former EYE2016 participants presented some of the most impactful ideas collected and exchanged views with MEPs, with the aim of having an impact on the future agenda of the EU and make positive change. The topics for the IMCO committee meeting covered consumer protection, collaborative online economy and cibersecurity. (Read more)

09-11-2016 - The revision of the Consumer Protection Cooperation Regulation

IMCO 10-11-2016 - 16:45
poster for the IMCO hearing on Consumer Protection Cooperation

This public hearing is meant to concentrate on the 2016 Commission proposal (COM(2016) 283 final - 2016/0148 (COD)) revising the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Regulation 2006/2004. The proposal is part of the e-Commerce package adopted by the Commission on 25 May 2016. (Read more)

24-05-2016 - Contractual relations and consumer remedies in the digital sphere

IMCO JURI 26-05-2016 - 09:16
Poster

The IMCO and JURI committees held jointly a public hearing with experts and stakeholders on contractual relations and consumer remedies in the digital sphere. The first part of the joint hearing was focus on contracts for the supply of digital content. The second part held by the Internal Market Committee only focused on contracts for the online sales of goods. (Read more)

21-04-2016 - How to make defence procurement work better for the Single Market?

IMCO 26-04-2016 - 15:34
Poster of the hearing on Defence procurement

IMCO will hold a public hearing on The Defence procurement and transfers Directives: How to make defence procurement work better for the Single Market? The Hearing will provide for an exchange of views with experts allowing Members to benefit from their knowledge and share ideas on the Defence procurement directive, the Defence transfers directive and the impact of the internal market rules on defence capabilities. (Read more)

20-04-2016 - TTIP: Public Procurement - challenges and opportunities for the EU and the US

IMCO INTA 25-04-2016 - 15:12
Poster

IMCO held a joint public hearing with INTA on the TTIP: Public Procurement - challenges and opportunities for the EU and the US. The Hearing provided for an exchange of views with experts allowing Members to benefit from their knowledge and share ideas on increasing access to respective public procurement market and ensuring non-discriminatory and transparent procurement procedures. (Read more)

15-03-2016 - The revision of the Firearms Directive

IMCO 18-03-2016 - 12:31
Poster

A public hearing on the Firearms Directive regarding the control of the acquisition and possession of weapons will be held on 15 March at 15.00. The hearing with experts will focus on the scope and exceptions of the Directive, on the caterogies of firearms and on the EU fireamrs rules and control of illicit use and trafficking. (Read more)

23-02-2016 - Single Market Strategy

IMCO 14-03-2016 - 14:53
Poster

This public hearing informed IMCO's work on the report of Ms Comi on the same subject which is drafted in response to the Commission's Upgrading the Single Market Strategy. Discussions which will be devoted to "creating more opportunities for consumers, professionals and businesses, and boosting enforcement" and to “encouraging and enabling the modernisation and innovation that Europe needs”. (Read more)

15-02-2016 - Retail Market Roundtable

IMCO 21-03-2016 - 16:27
Poster

How can the Digital Single Market reduce legal and practical barriers in retail and how to best deal with current trade laws hindering the ability of retailers to operate in certain member states are among the topics to be discussed in the second Retail Market Roundtable, on 15 February 2016. (Read more)