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.

29-11-2016 - Hearing on the Implementation of the Biotech Directive

JURI 06-12-2016 - 10:56
laboratory instruments, light bulbs, growing plants, DNA, molecules on a white background

On 29 November 2016, the Committee on Legal Affairs held a public hearing on intellectual property law and the implementation of the Biotech Directive with the participation of the Committee on Agricultural and Rural Development. The hearing concentrated on the current developments in the area of biotechnology and intellectual property law, with a particular focus on patenting products resulting from essential biological processes. (Read more)

29-11-2016 - Hearing on Copyright reform

JURI 06-12-2016 - 10:57
a person sitting in front of the computer screen, uploading files

On 29 November 2016, the Committee on Legal Affairs held a public hearing on Copyright reform. The aim of this hearing was to examine, after the Commission has published its copyright reform, the copyright directive proposal and especially the question of the so-called "value gap" in the context of the use of protected content by online services. (Read more)

13-10-2016 - Public international law and the prosecution of Daesh’s crimes against women/girls

JURI FEMM 06-12-2016 - 11:33
Poster

On 13 October 2016, the Committee on Legal Affairs and the Committee on Women’s Rights held a public hearing on public international law perspectives on the prosecution of Daesh’s crimes against women and girls before international jurisdictions. (Read more)

12-07-2016 - Limitation periods for road traffic accidents: The state of play and the way forward

JURI 24-08-2016 - 14:30
Poster

On 12 July 2016, the Committee on Legal Affairs will hold a public hearing on limitation periods for road traffic accidents in the EU. This hearing relates to the legislative initiative report (rapporteur: Pavel Svoboda) on the same topic (2015/2087 (INL)). (Read more)

14-06-2016 - Hearing on Reform of the judiciary in Ukraine

JURI 06-12-2016 - 10:54
Poster

The Committee on Legal Affairs held a public hearing on the Reform of the Judiciary in Ukraine on 14 June 2016, at 15.30-18.30 in JAN 6Q2 in association with the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee. Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová made introductory remarks at the event, which brought together Ukrainian civil society representatives and public leaders, including Deputy Speaker Oksana Syroid and Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko. (Read more)

24-05-2016 - Contractual relations and consumer remedies in the digital sphere

IMCO JURI 26-05-2016 - 09:16
Poster

The IMCO and JURI committees held jointly a public hearing with experts and stakeholders on contractual relations and consumer remedies in the digital sphere. The first part of the joint hearing was focus on contracts for the supply of digital content. The second part held by the Internal Market Committee only focused on contracts for the online sales of goods. (Read more)

21-04-2016 - Hearing on Legal and ethical aspects of robotics and artificial intelligence

JURI 06-12-2016 - 10:53
Poster

On 21 April, the JURI Committee organised a hearing on legal and ethical aspects of robotics and artificial intelligence, following on from the work of the Working Group headed by Mady Delvaux. (Read more)

20-04-2016 - Hearing on Modernisation of EU rules on copyright – Portability

JURI 06-12-2016 - 10:53

On 20 April, the JURI Committee held a hearing at which the Commission presented the proposal and the Committee heard expert testimony from industry representatives from a technical perspective as well as from the viewpoint of consumers, authors, producers and content providers. (Read more)

15-03-2016 - Union Citizenship in practice

JURI LIBE AFCO PETI 06-12-2016 - 10:52
Poster Hearing Union Citizenship in Practice

A hearing was jointly organised by the European Commission (DG Justice and Consumers) and the European Parliament (LIBE, PETI, AFCO and JURI Committees) on 15 March 2016. The hearing gave a timely opportunity to further reflect, with all actors concerned, on concrete avenues to advance EU citizenship. (Read more)

14-03-2016 - Hearing on the protection of vulnerable adults

JURI 06-12-2016 - 10:52
Poster

On 14 March, from 15.00 to 16.30, in room ASP 5E2, the JURI committee held a hearing on the protection of vulnerable adults. This is a major issue, as there is an increasing number of mobile senior citizens within the European Union. Each Member State has a legal system in place to protect such persons, but there is no effective system to ensure that the protection remains in place following a move - or even during a temporary stay - in an other Member State. (Read more)