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.

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

SEDE AFET 15-03-2017 - 09:51
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
Poster

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
Poster

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
Poster

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

30-11-2015 - Development and Security, particularly in the Sahel region

SEDE DEVE 16-09-2016 - 14:43

The Subcommittee on Security and Defence and the Committee on Development held a public hearing to discuss the intertwined challenges of development and security and how to address them in a joined-up approach. (Read more)

12-11-2015 - Cooperation with third countries and organisations in the field of CSDP

SEDE 18-12-2015 - 10:30
Poster

The public hearing presented an overview of the current CSDP partnerships with third countries and organisations, the possibilities of evolution and general tendencies. (Read more)

15-10-2015 - The situation of women in armed conflicts

DROI SEDE FEMM 04-04-2016 - 10:59
Poster - hearing on Women in armed conflicts

The hearing is on the situation of women in armed conflicts, in the context of the 1325 UN Security Council resolution on Women, Peace and Security, organised on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the landmark resolution. (Read more)