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.

09-02-2017 - Hearing on Prisons’ Systems and Conditions in the EU

LIBE 26-01-2017 - 11:38
Prisons' systems and conditions in the EU

The objective of the hearing on prisons' systems and conditions is to listen to experts in the field from different backgrounds to identify gaps in the application of existing rules and mechanisms and compare best practices in Member States. (Read more)

08-12-2016 - Hearing on the Fundamental Rights Implications on Big Data

LIBE 15-12-2016 - 11:37
Hearing on Big Data

On 8 December 2016 the LIBE Committee organises a hearing on the Fundamental Rights Implications on Big Data: privacy, data protection, non-discrimination, security and law-enforcement in the framework of the own-initiative report by the LIBE Committee on this topic (rapporteur Ms Ana GOMES (S&D)). It aims to address the implications of big data on fundamental rights, both as regards the use of big data for commercial activities or for public administration or law enforcement purposes. (Read more)

29-11-2016 - Hearing on "Preventing and countering radicalisation and violent extremism"

LIBE 20-12-2016 - 18:13
Preventing and Countering Radicalisation and Violent Extremism

Preventing and countering radicalisation and violent extremism is a vital element in the fight against terrorism. This Hearing will take stock of the progress made in this area since Parliament's resolution on this topic last year and will look ahead on future challenges. (Read more)

29-11-2016 - The EU accession to the Istanbul Convention

FEMM LIBE 15-12-2016 - 09:45

Some days after the international day on the elimination of violence against women, LIBE and FEMM committees held a joint hearing on the EU accession to the Istanbul Convention on combating violence against women. Key speakers included Ms Dubravka Šimonović, UN Special Rapporteur; Ms Tiina Astola, European Commission; Mr Marian Filcik, Council Presidency; Ms Corazza Bildt and Ms Revault d'Allonnes Bonnefoy, EP co-rapporteurs. (Read more)

14-11-2016 - Hearing on "EU Resettlement Framework"

LIBE 15-11-2016 - 17:30
Hearing on "EU resettlement Framework"

The Hearing takes place in the frame of the work on the proposed Regulation on establishing a Union Resettlement Framework. The proposed regulation is intended, as stated by the Commission, to provide for a permanent framework with a unified procedure for resettlement across the EU meaning the admission of third-country nationals and stateless persons to the territory of the Member States with a view to granting them international protection. (Read more)

07-11-2016 - Hearing on "Reforming the EU Blue Card"

LIBE 15-11-2016 - 17:27
Hearing on the reforming the EI Blue Card

The European Commission presented in June 2016 its legislative proposal for a new "EU Blue Card", to replace the 2009 Directive. The instrument aims at attracting highly qualified workers from around the world, thereby contributing to addressing labour and skills shortages within the EU, strengthening the EU’s competitiveness and providing a response to the demographic evolution of the continent. (Read more)

12-10-2016 - The Schengen cooperation: present and future

LIBE 11-10-2016 - 14:41
Hearing Schengen

The Schengen areas has come under stress after the large-scale influx migrants over the last few years. There have been comments to the effect that Schengen was dead or that it should be abolished. In this hearing, the LIBE committee wants to look at what the present state of Schengen is and what evolutions are to be expected in the near future. (Read more)

10-10-2016 - The reform of the Dublin System and Crisis Relocation

LIBE 15-11-2016 - 17:33

Since several years, the Southern Member States of the European Union are faced with increasing numbers of applicants for international protection which cumulated in 2015 in more than 1 mio applications. Most of them arrived in Greece and Italy overstretching their registration and reception capacities. (Read more)

30-06-2016 - Joint hearing on Budgetary implications of the current refugee and migration crisis

BUDG AFET DEVE LIBE 16-09-2016 - 14:22

On 30 June from 9.00, BUDG committee held a high-level joint hearing with LIBE, AFET and DEVE committees on the budgetary implications of the refugee and migration crisis. The keynote speech was given by Mr George Soros, founder and Chair of Open Society foundations. Other speakers included the Commission's Directors General for Budget, DEVCO and NEAR, Directors of Frontex and EASO, the UNHCR Europe Director, ECRE Secretary General and Oxfam representative. (Read more)

16-06-2016 - The situation of fundamental rights in the European Union in 2015

LIBE 14-06-2016 - 17:14

The European Parliament is uniquely placed as a fundamental rights actor. As a co-legislator, it has a decisive role in most EU law- and policy-making; its competences on the EU’s budget also enable it to play a great role in shaping the fundamental rights policy of the EU. Moreover, it is a privileged litigant before the Court of Justice of the European Union. (Read more)