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 main objective of the public hearing is to contribute to the on-going dialogue on the mechanisms and methods to better safeguard the rule of law and the fundamental rights of persons in the Union, as well as to allow for an assessment of the Union's efforts to protect and promote its common values.
The public hearing brings together institutional actors, researchers and civil society organisations to discuss the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union. The first session will focus on the Union's recent initiatives to protect and promote fundamental rights and the rule of law and on the Union's institutional framework in this area. Contributions will come from First Vice-President of Commission Timmermans, Chair of Council's Working Party on Fundamental Rights, Citizens Rights and Free Movement of Persons (EU accession to ECHR) Kristīne Līce, Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice Kokott, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights Muižnieks, and Amnesty International. The second session will focus on specific threats to fundamentalrights in the European Union, bringing together the Fundamental Rights Agency, civil society organisations and several experts. The recent study on "The impact of the crisis on fundamental rights across the Member States of the EU," carried out at LIBE's request, will also be presented.
Location : European Parliament, Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) 1A002