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.
On 14 January, IMCO organised a public hearing in order to discuss with experts non-tariff barriers (NTBs) to trade in the internal market. With the participation of eight experts and of representatives of the Dutch Council Presidency and the Commission, the hearing focused on what are the remaining NTBs - both high-level and sector-specific - and how to address them. This hearing will provide an input to the own-initiative report on non-tariff barriers in the single market (D. Dalton / ECR).
Tariff barriers were successfully removed almost fifty years ago, but it is the continuing challenge of removing non-tariff barriers that motivates single market initiatives today. The removal of NTBs would help businesses across the EU, but the main beneficiaries would be consumers through lower prices and increased choice.
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