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.
The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy will hold a public hearing jointly with the Committee on International Trade on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership trade agreement - which is currently being negotiated with the US. The hearing will be held on 24.02.15 and will focus particularly on the TTIP's potential impact on the EU's industrial, research, innovation and energy policies.
The ITRE Committee will hold a hearing on "supporting Innovative start-ups and SMES". The hearing will focus on how the different governing actors in the European Union as well as the private sector can do more to untap the potential of SMEs in being creative and in translating that creativity into innovative marketable products, both inside the European Union as well as in third countries.
The ITRE Committee organised a hearing on 5 November on "EU energy security strategy under the conditions of the internal energy market".
The hearing focused on issues relating to the European Energy Security Strategy that was released in May by the Commission in response to the political crisis in Ukraine and the overall importance of energy security.