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 2022, the Committee on Agriculture and Rural development (AGRI) in association with the Committee on Regional Development (REGI) held a public hearing on “A long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas”


How to reconcile economic potentials of forestry beyond wood with reaching biodiversity and climate targets

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Joint AGRI-ENVI public hearing on "the impact of the Farm to Fork Strategy on agriculture and food systems"

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The Impact of Brexit on European agricultural markets: most affected sectors and Member States; market adjustment and mitigation measures

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Economic comparison of the performance, viability and competitiveness of the EU agriculture (for main commodities) with the main competitors outside the EU

woman in tractor

The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development organised a public hearing “Women in the countryside - an academic and a farmer’s perspective”. The Hearing took place in the framework of the Gender Equality Week 2021, on initiative of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality.

Several pictures: cows in a field in front of farm sheds, a hessian bag with euro logo on it next to a tractor, EU flag, cows in a field, a huge hangar for intensive farming with tanks and wind turbines in the background.

The Committee held a public hearing on 'Animal welfare: support, enablers and incentives to reinforce EU leadership and guarantee economic sustainability for farmers' to comprehensively assess the implementation of the related policies.

3 pictures assembled together. Main one with a father and son with their backs looking at sheep in the distance. The 2nd one with a female farmer holding a computer tablet sitting among hens. The 3rd one with a cow (only the head) eating grass from a n an outstretched hand.

The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development organised a public hearing on the perspectives of animal production in the EU in the context of the Green Deal, Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies. Members of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety also participated in the meeting.

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On 16 June 2021, the PETI and AGRI Committees organised a joint hearing on How to treat farmers in a fair and equal manner across the EU. The hearing began presenting two petitions from Lithuania and Poland complaining about the fact that farmers still receive direct payments per hectare below the EU average. It was structured in two panels; the first panel discussed the currently on-going CAP reform; the second panel dealt with how to solve inequality in CAP payments.

AI, Agriculture and Food Security

On Monday 14 June 2021, AIDA in association with the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) will organise a joint hearing on the future of agriculture and food security in the digital age. The hearing addresses the important topic of the impact of technological applications on agriculture and farming practices, and the challenges of regulating AI for a more sustainable and innovative Common Agricultural Policy.

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The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, with the participation of ENVI and JURI, organised a public hearing on Enabling innovation for sustainable agriculture. Academics, civil society and practitioners from the European Innovation Partnership EIP-AGRI discussed 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.