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.

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On 16 March, the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, with the participation of ENVI and JURI, is organising a public hearing on Enabling innovation for sustainable agriculture. Academics, civil society and practitioners from the European Innovation Partnership EIP-AGRI will discuss with Members and the European Commission about different aspects of innovation both in animal and plant production.

Farm to fork strategy

The ENVI and AGRI Committees are co-organising a public hearing on 4 February from 09.00 to 12.00, about the Farm to Fork Strategy.

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The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development held a Public Hearing on the "Conservation of agricultural biodiversity" in remote. The hearing was intended to assess and discuss the impact on the agricultural sector of the Commission's Communication on the “EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030: Bringing nature back into our lives”.

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The AGRI Committee held a Public Hearing on “EU agriculture after Brexit” with remote participation. The hearing was intended to tackle the impact of Brexit on agricultural trade flows, including the particular situation of Ireland and the protection of geographical indications. Experts representing EU Agriculture and Agri-Food presented their views on the above-mentioned issues, with focus on the most affected sectors/Member States.

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The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development held a Public Hearing on the “Fruits, vegetables and wine market situation – the impact of the ”. The hearing was intended to address the impact on the agricultural market of the measures implemented to tackle the pandemic. Six experts on two separated panels delivered presentations, followed by Q&A sections, concerning the impact of European measures on wine, fruits and vegetables sectors.

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The public hearing taking place on 18 February focused on EU support for Innovation in Agriculture: first, within the Common Agriculture Policy and the AGRI-EIP and second, in the EU Framework programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon Europe) and the future Mission “Soil health Food”.

CAP reform

On 4 December, the AGRI Committee, in association with the ENVI committee, organised a public hearing on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). This meeting took place during the current legislative work on the CAP beyond 2020. It addressed the components of the CAP reform package, as amended by the AGRI Committee, which might be appropriate for further consideration.

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On 18 November, the AGRI Committee organised a hearing to analyse the potential impacts of the Mercosur agreement on the agricultural market. Following 20 years of negotiations, the EU and Mercosur countries struck a political agreement in June 2019 which aims to bring political and economic relations between the trading partners closer together, and to create the world's biggest market (by population size), for goods and services.

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On 4 March at 16.30h, the Committee held a public hearing on the “Evolution of the Performance Framework in the Common Agricultural Policy”. This hearing fell within the current AGRI legislative work on the CAP beyond 2020. A shift towards a more performance-oriented CAP is indeed an important component of the reform package proposed by the European Commission.