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21-02-2018 09:00 - Hearing on Work-Life Balance

Hearing - EMPL
Two hands holding a wood balance "work" and "life"

On 21 February, the EMPL Committee held a public hearing on the Commission proposal on work-life balance for parents and carers, which fed into the preparation of the related legislative draft report by rapporteur David Casa (EPP, MT). The Commission proposal, presented in the overall framework of the European Pillar of Social Rights, aims to address women’s underrepresentation in the labour market through higher minimum standards for parental, paternity and carer’s leave.

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Location: PHS 1A002
Last updated: 21-02-2018

Expert's CV

      Dr Anna Borg
      Linda Laura Sabbadini
      Montserrat Mir Roca
      Arnold de Boer
      Dorota Szelewa


      Dr Anna Borg - Centre for Labour Studies, University of Malta
      Arnold de Boer - UEAPME
      Dorota Szelewa - University College Dublin

21-02-2018 11:00 - Hearing on "Collective redress in the EU: the state of play and next steps"

Hearing - JURI
in the upper third of the poster is the logo of the Parliament, the date and timing of the hearing; below is the title of the hearing and the photo of books and scales

The Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) will hold a public hearing on ‘Collective redress in the EU: the state of play and next steps' in Brussels, on 21 February 2018, from 11-12:30. The hearing assembles Members of the European Parliament, Commission representatives, stakeholders and an academic with a view to discussing the recently published Commission report on the implementation of the 2013 Recommendation on common principles for injunctive and compensatory collective redress mechanisms in

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the Member States as well as any follow-up actions to the report.

The Recommendation established principles which should be applicable in relation to violations of rights granted under Union law across all policy fields and in relation to both injunctive and compensatory relief. It follows from the Recommendation that all Member States should have collective redress systems at national level.

According to paragraph 41 of the EU 2013 Collective Redress recommendation, "the Commission should assess the implementation of the Recommendation on the basis of practical experience by 26 July 2017 at the latest. In this context, the Commission should in particular evaluate its impact on access to justice, on the right to obtain compensation, on the need to prevent abusive litigation and on the functioning of the single market, on SMEs, the competitiveness of the economy of the European Union and consumer trust.

Location: Brussels
Last updated: 15-02-2018

21-02-2018 14:30 - Public hearing on Sustainable Finance

Hearing - ECON
Public hearing on sustainable finance

On Wednesday 21 February at 14h30 the ECON Committee will hear experts on the subject of sustainable finance.

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Erik Usher, Head of the UNEP Finance Initiative, Emeritus Professor Michel Aglietta of CEPII and Dr. Joshua Ryan-Collins, senior associate of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), will address the committee. The hearing is taking place in the context of ECON's own-initiative Report on sustainable finance. Earlier this month Christian Thimann, the Chair of the High-Level Working Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG), has presented the final recommendations of the HLEG.

Last updated: 16-02-2018

21-02-2018 14:30 - Public hearing on the Revision of the Gas Directive

Hearing - ITRE
Gas tubes running in the direction of the setting sun pipeline

On 21 February 2018, the ITRE Committee will hold a public hearing on the revision of the gas directive.

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This hearing is organised in light of the current work on the recent proposal to amend Directive 2009/73/EC on common rules for the internal market in natural gas. The focus will be on the proposed extension of the Directive's provision to gas pipelines to and from third countries as well as the possible impact on the EU Internal Gas Market and the EU's security of gas supply.

Location: European Parliament, Brussels, JAN building, Room 4Q2
Last updated: 19-02-2018

22-02-2018 09:00 - National strategies for renewables

Workshop - ITRE
Solar panel on the roof of the house in the background wind turbines at sunset

The aim of this workshop is to discuss national strategies for renewable energy in relation to energy efficiency policies including building renovation and self-generation of electricity. The current situation and its likely evolution will be presented and evaluated. The workshop will consist of five presentations by high level speakers, followed by a question and answer session. The presentations will offer a comprehensive picture of relevant views and opinions on this subject across the EU.

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The workshop is being organised by the ITRE committee and the Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies in connection to the ongoing work on the legislative proposals of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package.

The workshop will be held on 22 February 2018 from 09.00 to 10.30.

Location: József Antall 4Q2
Last updated: 20-02-2018

22-02-2018 11:00 - Workshop on text and data mining

Workshop - JURI

The Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament will organise a workshop on "Text and data mining"(TDM). The workshop will aim at examining the TDM process and the legal aspects linked to copyright in the context of the Commission’s proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market which introduces a mandatory exception to copyright when carrying out text and data mining of protected works.

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To this aim, the Members of the Committee will hear Dr Eleonora Rosati (Southampton University) explain the procedure of TDM and the state of the art to a non-IT affiliated audience, including the different steps in the process of TDM, the technical requirements and the tools necessary for the different stages of the TDM process. A second speaker, Professor Christophe Geiger (Strasbourg University), will then focus on the legal aspects of TDM and explain at which stage or degree of the process intellectual property rights can be affected.

The presentations will be followed by a "questions & answers" session with the Members of the JURI Committee.

Last updated: 14-02-2018

27-02-2018 09:00 - Public Hearing on the Review of the European System of Financial Supervision

Hearing - ECON
ESFS hearing

On 27 February 2018 from 9.00 to 11.00 the ECON Committee is organising a Public Hearing on the Review of the European System of Financial Supervision.

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The European System of Financial Supervision (ESFS), consisting of three European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) - the European Banking Authority (EBA), the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) - and the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), was established in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

The review of the ESFS proposed by the Commission in September 2017 amends powers, governance and funding of the ESAs, governance of the ESRB and eight legislative acts in the financial markets area.

The purpose of this hearing is to receive information from stakeholders and experts on the impact and practical consequences of the proposed changes to the ESFS. Members will hear representatives of national regulators, academia and consumer protection organisations. Presentations will be followed by Q&A session with Members.

Location: József Antall building, room JAN4Q2, European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, Brussels, Belgium
Last updated: 14-02-2018

27-02-2018 14:30 - The UN Global Compacts on refugees and migrants and the role of Parliaments

Other event - LIBE
ICM UN Global compacts on migrants and refugees

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament in association with the Committee of Foreign Affairs organise an inter-parliamentary meeting with Members of National Parliaments under the title "The UN Global Compacts on refugees and migrants and the role of Parliaments”. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 27 February 2018, from 14h30 to 18h30, at the European Parliament premises in Brussels.

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The inter-parliamentary committee meeting aims at bringing together Members of the National parliaments and the European Parliament to discuss about the content of the UN Global Compacts. Furthermore, the inter-parliamentary committee intends to strengthen the parliamentary dimension of the EU position and to support the work of the EEAS and of the Member States in the final phase of the process leading to the adoption of the Compacts. The outcome of the conference will also contribute to develop an EP perspective on the negotiations, which will materialize in a plenary resolution to be adopted in March.
The UN agencies, the co-facilitators, the EEAS, the European Commission, the Council Presidency and different stakeholders from the civil society will participate in the discussions.

Location: European Parliament, József Antall Building, room JAN 2Q2
Last updated: 16-02-2018

27-02-2018 16:30 - Better law-making: A lawyer's perspective

Other event - EPRS
Poster ERA event on Better law-making

A new Inter-Institutional Agreement on Better Law-Making has entered into force that has practical consequences for the legislative work of the European Parliament. This third joint event between EPRS and the Academy of European Law (ERA) discusses four aspects of Better Law-Making – legislative planning, advance consultation, European added value and delegated acts – from a legal vantage-point.

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Location: Library Reading Room, 5th floor, Altiero Spinelli Building (ASP 05D)
Last updated: 14-02-2018


Under Rule 193 of the Rules of Procedure, 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, posters and contributions from speakers.


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