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.

03-12-2019 - Can we save the WTO Appellate Body?

INTA 20-11-2019 - 16:45
Initials WTO

The WTO Appellate Body, which is part of the WTO dispute settlement, is in major crisis. On 10 December 2019, it will no longer be able to function, as the mandates of two of its three remaining members, out of seven, will expire. This can have major implications for the multilateral trading system. (Read more)

19-02-2019 - EU-Taiwan trade relations

INTA 22-02-2019 - 10:01
city view

The purpose of this hearing was primarily to look at the state of play of the bilateral economic relations between the EU and Taiwan. Representatives of the Commission and of the EEAS brought up the institutional approach, while the business angle was delivered by a representative of a German company active in Taiwan on the field of wind-turbine (ENERCON Taiwan). (Read more)

23-01-2019 - EU-Asia connectivity and its impact on trade

INTA 31-01-2019 - 16:58
Image of the planet

This hearing addressed the different approaches to EU-Asia connectivity and the issues at stake when it comes to trade. The first panel focused on the possible synergies and challenges with the different approaches and the promotion of multilateral solution, with two well known academics and representatives of Institutions. (Read more)

19-11-2018 - Trade Policy Day: “Trade-for-All: What are the benefits for our people?”

INTA 21-11-2018 - 14:37
Image of two strips red and blue with white letters stating trade policy day

The theme of this years´ edition of the Trade Policy Day was “Trade-for-All: What are the benefits for our people?” INTA held its' third Trade Policy Day focussing on the implementation of the Commission`s Trade for All strategy which was adopted in October 2015. Alan Beattie from the Financial Times moderated a high-level panel with seven speakers including Trade Commissioner Malmström. (Read more)

10-10-2018 - EU-Vietnam Free Trade and Investment Protection Agreements

INTA 21-11-2018 - 14:46
Image of the city busy street at night with old and new buildings in contrast to each other.

On 10 October, the INTA Committee organized a public hearing on Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) between the European Union and Vietnam. The agreements were concluded recently and the European Parliament will be requested to give its consent to these historic deals. The hearing hosted chief negotiators of the agreements from both sides, as well as experts and stakeholders (business, human rights, including labour and environment) from the EU and from Vietnam. (Read more)

09-07-2018 - The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

INTA 25-07-2018 - 10:02
Image of EU and Japan flags

Members of INTA Committee took a close look at the landmark Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan – just two days before the deal was signed by EU and Japan leaders in Brussels and during times of mounting global trade tensions. The former Japanese chief negotiator, Mr. SUZUKI, DG TRADE's Director-General, Mr. DEMARTY, as well as wide range of stakeholders from the EU and Japan, including business, trade unions and Civil Society, discussed its content and potential impact. (Read more)

20-06-2018 - Strengthening ties: EU-Latin America trade relations

INTA 03-07-2018 - 11:47
Image of a bridge over water connecting two lands

Strengthening trade and political ties with our Latin American partners is a key priority especially in times when protectionism is raising and the multilateral trading system is at stake. INTA held a public hearing focussing on the modernisation of the Mexico and Chile agreements, the MERCOSUR negotiations and the implementation of trade agreements with Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Central America. (Read more)

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)