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.

24-01-2017 - Trade and investment prospects in Iran

INTA 21-02-2017 - 15:30

The main focus of the hearing was an exchange of views on the state of play of the EU-Iran economic relations one year after the end of the economic sanctions, and following the so-called "Iran nuclear deal" between the international community and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Members and invited experts also discussed the possible next steps envisaged to reinforce the EU-Iran bilateral trade and economic relations. (Read more)

09-11-2016 - Trade Policy Day

INTA 14-12-2016 - 15:43
Image of a globe with letters global trade

One year after the adoption of the Commission`s new trade and investment strategy entitled "Trade for all", the aim of the Trade Policy Day was to analyse and discuss with high-level guests, stakeholders and the civil society the state of play of the Union`s Common Commercial Policy and analyse the legitimacy of trade policy. (Read more)

12-10-2016 - "Trade policy and the sustainability of wildlife"

INTA 03-11-2016 - 10:27
Image of an elephant on savannah

The hearing brought together experts from the European Commission, World Customs Organisation, NGOs, law enforcement and the private sector. Together with the Members of the Committee on International Trade they analysed the links between trade policy, the implementation of free trade agreements and EU responsibilities for sustainable development, in particular, wildlife protection. (Read more)

13-07-2016 - "Africa Rising?"

INTA DEVE 08-08-2016 - 11:01
Poster of the hearing "Africa Rising?"

From tourism in Cape Verde to mobile phone banking in Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa does not lack entrepreneurial success stories. Nevertheless, despite the immense growth opportunities that have fuelled the 'Africa rising' narrative, numerous challenges preclude the continent from fully realising its potential. (Read more)

15-06-2016 - EU trade policies and the sustainability of the global value chains

INTA 27-06-2016 - 12:50

INTA Members debated at the public hearing with experts from the OECD, businesses, trade unions and civil society to find ways for trade policies to support the sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the context of the global value chains. (Read more)

24-05-2016 - International digital trade in goods and services

INTA 27-05-2016 - 10:27

INTA Members held a public hearing on the digital trade opportunities and gave a green light to the further phasing out of duties on the ITC products under an expanded Agreement on the Trade in Information Technology Products (ITA). (Read more)

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

IMCO INTA 25-04-2016 - 15:12

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 - Trade and economic relations with Latin America

INTA 21-03-2016 - 14:45
Poster of the Hearing "Trade and economic relations with Latin America"

The EU and Latin America are longstanding trade and investment partners. EU companies are the largest investors in Latin America with a portfolio that surpasses EU investment in other regions. (Read more)

16-02-2016 - Trade preferences for sustainable development: Scrutinising the new GSP+ mechanism af

INTA DROI 19-02-2016 - 12:57

The INTA Committee in co-operation with the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) co-organised a hearing to take stock of the functioning of the new "Generalised Scheme of Preferences" (GSP) since the entry into force of the Regulation in 2014. (Read more)

01-12-2015 - Trade relations with Australia and New Zealand

INTA 04-12-2015 - 12:15

Following the launch of the EU's new Trade and Investment Strategy, Members examined the outlook for forthcoming trade talks with Australia and New Zealand in the broader context of recently concluded and ongoing trade negotiations and the prospects of the EU's further integration into the Asia-Pacific value chains. (Read more)