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.

21-04-2016 - The role of energy storage in the EU's future energy system

ITRE 20-04-2016 - 11:42

Energy storage will play a key role in contributing to the objectives of the Energy Union – security of supply, energy efficiency, decarbonisation of the economy, research & innovation and competitiveness. Energy storage can supply more flexibility and balancing to the grid, providing a back-up to intermittent renewable energy. (Read more)

17-03-2016 - Public Hearing on "New Energy Market Design"

ITRE 21-03-2016 - 10:03

ITRE is organising a public hearing on new energy market design. The hearing will look at how European energy markets, electricity markets in particular, should evolve so that they would better meet the needs of citizens, industry and the environment. (Read more)

23-02-2016 - Public Hearing on "Energy Costs and EU Industry Competitiveness"

ITRE 24-02-2016 - 16:04

ITRE is organising a Public Hearing on energy costs and EU industry competitiveness. The hearing will look at all major components of energy costs and in particular from the side of providers and users. Their impact on the competitiveness of European industry will be discussed in an international context. (Read more)

09-11-2015 - Public Hearing on "Green Action Plan for SMES: Opportunities and Challenges"

ITRE 19-11-2015 - 12:13

ITRE is organising a Public Hearing on the "Green Action Plan for SMEs: opportunities and challenges" as part of its annual programme of Public Hearings. SMEs constitute the backbone of the European Union’s employment and economy, and are the key drivers of European long-term economic growth. Employment in the environmental goods and services sector has been growing steadily despite the overall economic instability and this sector presents new opportunities for SMEs. (Read more)

12-10-2015 - Public Hearing on "Digitalisation of the manufacturing industry and SMEs"

ITRE 27-10-2015 - 12:24

The digitalisation of the European manufacturing industry, in particular SMEs, is a crucial process in the modernisation and the competitiveness of European industries, as the EU seeks to revitalise its industrial base and help its industries and SME’s be more competitive internationally. (Read more)

20-04-2015 - Public Hearing on "The internal energy market as a pillar for Energy Union"

ITRE 24-04-2015 - 10:08

On 20 April ITRE Committee organised a public hearing on the Internal Energy Markets. The hearing addressed the following issues: the integration of electricity and gas markets and solutions to eliminate obstacles and how Energy Union could enhance energy security and the role of domestic energy production, securing interconnections, the market for electricity from renewables, and markets aspects of reduction of emissions. (Read more)

24-03-2015 - Public Hearing on "Time to revisit Summer Time?"

JURI ITRE TRAN 15-04-2015 - 11:48
Summer time

The JURI, TRAN and ITRE Committees held a hearing on 24 March, from 16.00 to 18.00, in room PHS 03C050, entitled "Time to Revisit Summer Time". The hearing considered recent research findings on the effects of daylight saving on different aspects of the economy, but also on health and safety. The hearing also addressed major issues in connection with better regulation, subsidiarity and proportionality. (Read more)

24-02-2015 - Public Hearing on "Impact of TTIP on ITRE policy areas"

ITRE INTA 15-04-2015 - 11:46

The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy held 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 took place on 24.02.15 and focused particularly on the TTIP's potential impact on the EU's industrial, research, innovation and energy policies. (Read more)

03-12-2014 - Public Hearing "Supporting Innovative Start-Ups and SMEs"

ITRE 15-04-2015 - 11:55

The ITRE Committee held a hearing on "supporting Innovative start-ups and SMES". The hearing focused 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. (Read more)

05-11-2014 - Public Hearing "EU Energy Security Strategy"

ITRE 15-04-2015 - 11:53

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. (Read more)