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.

23-03-2017 - Hearing on the Unitary Patent: state of play

JURI 27-03-2017 - 17:10

On 23 March, Members of the Legal Affairs Committee will have a presentation by the President of the European Patent Office and by a representative of the Commission on the latest state of play on the Unitary Patent. A discussion will follow with Bernhard Rapkay, former Member of the European Parliament and rapporteur for the unitary patent. (Read more)

22-03-2017 - Hearing on Statute for social and solidarity-based enterprises

JURI EMPL 15-03-2017 - 16:03
timing of the hearing, logo of the Parliament in the upper right corner; title of the hearing below this; below the title are the documents and glasses and names of the chairs and rapporteurs

On 22 March, the JURI and EMPL Committees will organise a hearing on a "Statute for social and solidarity-based enterprises", from 17.00 to 18.30. The purpose of this hearing is to provide an overview of the current state of the legislation on social and solidarity-based enterprises in Europe and to provide information of how the proliferation of this kind of enterprises could boost employment, improve community welfare and advance economic growth. (Read more)

22-03-2017 - Hearing on Copyright reform: the new mandatory exceptions

JURI 27-03-2017 - 17:29
logo of the Parliament in the upper right corner; the title and timing of the hearing; below the copyright signs in different colours, three of them are crossed out

On 22 March 2017, from 11.30 to 12.30, the Committee on Legal Affairs will hold a second public hearing on the legislative proposal on copyright, focusing on mandatory exceptions. (Read more)

30-01-2017 - Hearing on the Marrakesh Treaty

JURI 16-02-2017 - 17:50
flying books, braille signs on the blue background

On 30 January, the JURI Committee organised a hearing on "The Treaty of Marrakesh: realising the potential", from 15.00 to 16.00. The purpose of this hearing was to offer participants an opportunity to hear about the origins and negotiation of the Treaty, and the challenges of its implementation. Experts, stakeholders and high-ranking officials from the institutions participated. (Read more)

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

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

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

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

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)