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.

Man carrying a basket full of fresh coloured vegetables

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

Two miners in the mine

Over the past years PETI has received many petitions denouncing the bad consequences of reckless mining activities in different Member States, in breach of different EU environmental provisions, and with negative socioeconomic implications, for instance in the field of agriculture ,rural tourism, as well as public health.

CH4_methane

On Thursday 27 May, from 9:00 to 11:00, the ENVI Committee, in association with the ITRE and AGRI committees, will hold a public hearing on “The EU strategy to reduce methane emissions”.

Sprouting plant surrounded by coins

On 26 May, from 16:45 to 18:45, the Committees on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) organised jointly a public hearing on Sustainable Finance.

GM string

On 10 May 2021, the ENVI Committee held a public hearing with ensuing discussion on new GM techniques in the food sector and their impacts on health and the environment.

Vaccine against coronavirus

This joint hearing entitled "How to increase the capacity of COVID-19 vaccine production and improve delivery" gave ENVI and ITRE Members the opportunity to debate ways of removing obstacles to faster commercialisation, manufacturing and distribution of vaccines with CEOs of leading pharmaceutical companies, including AstraZeneca, Moderna, CureVac and Novavax.

display of plastic bottles in water and in waste

On 25 February 2021, the PETI and ENVI Committees held a joint public hearing on plastics and waste management in the circular economy. EU Citizens are very concerned with the impact of plastics on the environment and in particular with the end-of-life stage of plastics.

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.

Biodiversity Hearing

On Thursday 14 January, the ENVI committee held a public meeting on "Facing the sixth mass extinction and increasing risk of pandemics: What role for the EU Biodiversity strategy to 2030?"

Environmental standards recognition EU-UK

On Monday 12 October 2020, from 13.45 to 15.40, the ENVI held a public hearing on “Prospects and Perils for the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety in the Future EU-UK Relationship”. Committee Members heard from academic, NGO and industry experts about possible divergences between EU and UK standards in the areas of the environment, public health and food safety and consider policy measures that might be adopted to combat any adverse effects

An EU Strategy for COVID-19 vaccines ©European Union 2020/EC-Slovak Academy of Sciences

On Tuesday 22 September 2020, from 9.00 - 12.00, ENVI and ITRE held a joint public online hearing on the critical issue of "How to secure access to COVID-19 vaccines for EU citizens."

Revaluation of the wolf population in the EU

For decades, the wolf was regarded as strongly endangered in Europe. Its population is now recovering in many areas of the continent.The joint ENVI-PETI public hearing, with the association of AGRI, focused on the wolf population within the EU.