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.

24-04-2018 - WTO: the way forward after Buenos Aires

INTA 15-05-2018 - 15:13
Image of flags of the countries, members of the WTO thrown in a disorderly pile

The 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Buenos Aires ended without any negotiated outcome. At the same time, the organisation is under pressure due to escalating tensions between major trading partners. Is the WTO in crisis? What is the way forward? INTA discussed this with WTO Deputy-Director General Frederic Agah and invited experts from China, the United States, India and the Geneva-based International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development. (Read more)

24-04-2018 - Strategies for EU-China relations

AFET INTA 23-04-2018 - 18:49
Poster for Strategies for EU-China relations hearing

The Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) in association with the Committee on International Trade (INTA) will hold a public hearing on 'Strategies for China' on 24 April at 14:30-15:50 in Brussels (room: JAN 2Q2). (Read more)

21-03-2018 - Brexit and future trade relations

INTA 09-04-2018 - 12:39
Image of two hands in the gesture to shake hands, painted in the colours of UK and EU flags

INTA held a public hearing on widely debated topic of Brexit and future EU-UK trade relations. Academics and other experts discussed the economic impact of the UK withdrawal on mutual trade and its wider implications, such as the effects on EU trade agreements with third countries and preferences for the least developed countries, as well as options for transition period after the exit date. (Read more)

23-01-2018 - Screening of foreign investment in the EU

INTA 09-04-2018 - 12:33
Finance Concept with Stack of Coins - FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) written on

For the first time key figures from policy makers to experts in the field publically discussed the screening of foreign investments in strategic sectors of the EU. The CFIUS Chair, MS, OECD, the EIB, a number of academic and social partners shared their views on one of the EU's Priority Dossiers for 2018. (Read more)

22-11-2017 - Trade Policy Day

INTA 29-01-2018 - 15:57
Image of signs and the text Trade Policy Day

INTA held its second "Trade Policy Day". Two years after the adoption of the Commission`s new trade and investment strategy entitled "Trade for all" and only two months after the presentation of the Commission´s midterm review of the Trade-for-all-strategy, 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 (CCP) and analyse the legitimacy of trade policy. (Read more)

11-10-2017 - Trade Related Aspects of Global Economic Governance

INTA 29-01-2018 - 15:48
Image of a globe with vectors pointing in different directions with the title of the hearing above

Three months after the 2017 G20 summit in Hamburg, INTA held a public hearing to discuss with different experts, stakeholders and representatives of international organisations the Trade related aspects of global economic governance. The European Union, via its institutions and Member States, is participating in various standard- setting fora in the field of international trade and external economy in order to stabilize and strengthen the global economic system. (Read more)

31-08-2017 - The revision of the EU Strategy on Aid for Trade

DEVE INTA 28-08-2017 - 18:53
DEVE/INTA hearing on Aid for Trade

The Committee on Development and the Committee on International Trade (INTA) are organising jointly a hearing on the revision of the EU Strategy on Aid for Trade, taking place on Thursday, 31 August, 9.00-11.00. (Read more)

20-06-2017 - Intellectual Property Rights in International Trade

INTA 07-08-2017 - 11:35
Image of the world map with magnifying glass focused on phrase "intellectual property"

Members of INTA Committee heard from experts, academics and industry how current IPRs impact trade and in turn how trade impacts IPRs. The hearing aimed at providing a view on existing IPR provisions in free trade agreements, their implementation and enforcement, possible improvements for the future, while taking account of the WTO and WIPO frameworks. (Read more)

11-05-2017 - Gender Equality in EU Trade Agreements – INTA-FEMM hearing

FEMM INTA 09-06-2017 - 10:15
Gender Equality in EU Trade agreements INTA-FEMM hearing 11 May 2016

The hearing counted with the participation of Ms Marzia Fontana, Research Associate at SOAS, University of London; Ms Mariama Williams, Senior Programme Officer at the South Centre; Ms Gea Meijers, Member of WIDE+ Trade and Gender WG; Ms Paola Subacchi, Chatham House and a representative from DG TRADE (EC). The hearing gave elements for drafting a future own initiative report. (Read more)