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.

22-11-2017 - The security dimension of climate change - what implications for CSDP?

SEDE 14-11-2017 - 16:14
Military conflict in Africa showing soldier carrying a machine gun

On 22 November, the Subcommittee will discuss, with the involvement of 3 experts, risks and trends and their security implications for the EU as well as EU efforts to mitigate the security relevant effects of climate change. It will also examine to what extent increased economic/military activities, impact on desertification, land degradation, water and food scarcity can be linked to climate change and what major effects they have on EU security. (Read more)

11-10-2017 - The Militarisation in the Black Sea

SEDE 10-10-2017 - 12:16
war ship

On 11 October, SEDE will hold a public hearing on the militarisation in the Black Sea. The hearing is timely, as the regional security situation on the eastern flank has become very challenging for the EU and NATO. It will focus on the security situation following the Russian illegal annexation of Crimea and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Furthermore, the hearing will analyse the military strategic consequences of the conflicts and the possibilities to foster stability and cooperation. (Read more)

04-09-2017 - Security developments in the post-Soviet space, particularly in Ukraine and Belarus

SEDE 12-09-2017 - 09:46
SEDE Hearing Security developments in the post-Soviet space, particularly in Ukraine and Belarus

The continued fragile security situation in Eastern Europe and the resurgence of Russian power politics prompts the Subcommittee on Security and Defence to examine, also in the context of the upcoming Russian-Belorussian military exercise "Zapad 2017" to take place in Belorussia in mid-September and close to the EU's external borders, various angles of the ongoing development in the post-Soviet space, which impact on regional stability and beyond. (Read more)

22-03-2017 - The East and South China Sea Tensions - Implications for Global Security

SEDE AFET 28-03-2017 - 15:19
Poster AFET/SEDE Public Hearing The East and South China Sea Tensions - photo of sea with boats

The East and South China Sea is a strategic maritime link and a major trade route with rich fishing grounds and oil and gas reserves. Mounting conflicts between neighbouring countries (in particular China, the Philippines and Vietnam) have resulted in growing security tension and militarisation of the region. The hearing will therefore address security implications of the territorial disputes for global and European security, and the role the EU could play in easing tensions in the region. (Read more)

12-10-2016 - International efforts to combat ISIL: military and strategic dimension

SEDE 10-10-2016 - 15:19

An International Coalition including EU Member States is fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and has made considerable progress in the last months. However, the Islamic State is spreading its influence further in North Africa and is conducting terrorist attacks in the Muslim World and in Europe. The hearing aims to look at the situation in Iraq, Syria and North Africa, the progress of the military campaign as well as the perspectives for further engagement against the Islamic State. (Read more)

30-06-2016 - The use of drones and the fight against terrorism - the impact on human rights

DROI SEDE 23-06-2016 - 16:00

The objective of this hearing, on 30 June from 9.00-11.00, is to assess whether the use of drones complies with international law including respect for human rights and international humanitarian law. Issues related to civilian casualties and impact on affected communities, the question of transparency and accountability as well as the need for meaningful compensation mechanisms will also be addressed. (Read more)

21-04-2016 - Cyber warfare: a real menace to EU security

SEDE 03-05-2016 - 14:21

On 21 April, SEDE held a public hearing to address the cyber defence and resilience from the CSDP perspective at the EU level and national levels. How to build the resilience and efficiently protect critical infrastructures? Which are the cyber warfare capabilities in our changing world? Given that cyber security stays high on the European agendas and is one of the Presidency priorities, it will be extremely interesting to gather different experts and hear which their insights are. (Read more)

20-04-2016 - Securing the External Borders of the EU

LIBE SEDE 15-04-2016 - 11:06
Poster of the hearing

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will hold on 20 April, jointly with the Subcommittee on Security and Defence, a hearing on "Securing the External Borders of the EU - a challenge for External and Internal Security". (Read more)

16-03-2016 - The crisis in Syria and the role of international and regional actors

SEDE 21-03-2016 - 15:34

The public hearing "The crisis in Syria and the role of international and regional actors: security implications for Europe" was held on 16 March with researchers closely working on the issue and a representative from the EEAS. The hearing provided a better understanding of the situation on the ground, a vital requirement for bringing the conflict to an end. (Read more)

03-12-2015 - The use of Private Security Companies in the context of European security and defence

SEDE 27-11-2015 - 11:57

The hearing will look at the use of private security companies in external operations and the relevant rules in Europe. (Read more)