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.

An image of a rural area in the region of the Sahel

On Tuesday, 23 January 2024 a joint hearing on “The European Union’s Strategy in the Sahel” will be organised by the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Development and the Sub-Committee on Security and Defence. It will be an opportunity to critically reflect on the EU's policy and approach towards this important region in light of recent coup d’états.

African union and european union flags next to each other
Hearings DEVE

On 28 November 2023, the Committee on Development held a public hearing on the EU-Africa Strategy. Members discussed how it delivered against the background of geopolitical tensions and changes that development cooperation has undergone recently. Moderators: Mr Carlos Zorrinho and Mr Karsten Lucke

Congo basin
Hearings DEVE

The Committee on Development, held a public hearing on 24 October to discuss ‘Team Europe initiative: saving the Congo Basin and providing development opportunities for Congo Basin countries’, moderated by Hildegard Bentele (EPP, DE) and Malte Gallée (The Greens/EFA, DE)

Image of small samples of critical raw materials
Hearings DROI DEVE

On 19 July 2023, DROI will hold a public hearing "The human rights impact of sourcing critical raw materials (sub-issue on Orinoco Mining Arc)". The hearing will be held in association with the Committee on Development.

globe with the EU flag
Hearings DEVE AFET

This hearing served to prepare the joint report on “Implementation of the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) – Global Europe", two years since the beginning of the MFF 2021-2027 and the entry into force of the regulation.

People walking in a road in the countryside of Uganda
Hearings DEVE

The Committee on Development, in association with the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly held a public hearing on 28 June to discuss the ‘Debt crisis and relief in developing countries’, moderated by Udo Bullmann (S&D, DE) and Charles Goerens (Renew, LU).

Group of young people listening to a man transmitting his knowledge in aquaculture at his farm
Hearings DEVE

On 21 March, the Committee on Development held a public hearing on how to create sustainable and decent employment opportunities in Africa for its increasingly young population.

Poster of the Public Hearing on the African Union and its human rights and democracy mechanisms - with a visual of the logo of the African Union
Hearings DROI DEVE

The Subcommittee on Human Rights, in association with the Committee on Development and the Delegation for relations with the Pan-African Parliament, will hold a public hearing on the African Union and its human rights and democracy mechanisms. This part (Part I) of the hearing will focus on the views of the civil society organisations.

DEVE hearing on NDICI
Hearings DEVE

The Committee on Development held a public hearing on 30 November 2022 to discuss ‘The implementation of NDICI-Global Europe: how to involve local and regional authorities and communities?’, moderated by Charles Goerens (Renew, LU) and Udo Bullmann (S&D, DE).

Image showing the map of Africa having Chinese flag on top of it

The November 17 ING2 hearing on “China’s interference and disinformation activities in Africa” will tackle Chinese interference and disinformation activities in Africa. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has an increasing commercial presence on the continent, as Africa represents a major purveyor of natural resources and raw materials, and the risk that this presence develops itself in malicious interference in the domestic political affairs of a number of African countries should be analysed.

refugee camp, Tigray (Ethiopia)
Hearings DEVE

The Committee on Development held a hearing on 26 October 2022 to discuss ‘Education in emergencies and protracted crises: providing access to education and training for young people’. This hearing was moderated by MEP György Hölvényi (EPP, HU), Standing Rapporteur for Education.

High angle view on water supply in Melkadida refugee camp in Somali Region, Dollo Ado. Water tanks in foreground with little huts and shelter, desert and hills in background.
Hearings DEVE

On 14 June, the Committee on Development held a Public Hearing on Achieving more efficient humanitarian action: advancing the humanitarian-development-peace nexus in a multilateral system. The hearing was chaired by MEP Mónica Silvana González, Standing Rapporteur for Humanitarian Aid.