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 23 February, the Special Committee on Beating Cancer put the spotlight on paediatric, adolescent and rare cancers. The public hearing addressed research, treatment and rare cancer care and the rights and needs of patients, parents and survivors and caregivers.

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On World Cancer Day, 4 February, the Special Committee on Beating Cancer examined the alarming impact of the COVID19-pandemic and other health threats on cancer during a public hearing in the European Parliament.

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On Thursday 28 January, MEPs from the Beating Cancer committee discussed with ten leading experts how to deliver the best possible care to cancer patients in the EU. Topics ranged from cancer drugs to multidisciplinary cancer care, with a specific angle on paediatric and rare cancers and the social determinants in accessing cancer care.

BECA Hearing

The Beating Cancer committee (BECA) put patients and their caregivers first on Monday 11 January 2021during a hearing that was entirely dedicated to patients' experiences and their recommendations for the forthcoming BECA report.

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On Friday 11 December the BECA committee heard from seven leading specialists in cancer prevention about the effect the environment can have on everybody's risk of developing cancer, including radiation, air pollution, exposure to chemicals and pesticides, and being exposed to carcinogens at work.

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On Wednesday 2 December from 9.00 - 12.00 the BECA committee discussed with seven leading specialists in cancer prevention about the most common causes of cancer related to lifestyle such as tobacco - and alcohol use, nutrition and physical activity, and discuss prevention strategies. All the experts' presentations and the webstreaming link to watch the hearing again can be found below.

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On 12 November, four high-level experts provided Members with in-depth information on how to support cancer research in terms of strengthening prevention, diagnosis, treatment and innovation, also with a view to achieving the new Mission on Cancer within Horizon Europe, including financial support. The hearing addressed areas where Member States alone cannot be successful, as in the case of child cancer, rare cancers or research into unknown causes of cancer, which represent 50 % of the cases.

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The Special Committee on Beating Cancer of the European Parliament (BECA), in association with the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) organised a hearing on “Beating Breast Cancer: Challenges and opportunities” on Tuesday 27 October 2020.