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.

TThe public hearing “Agriculture sustainability: Past, present and future - the role of data and indicators” brought together four experts from the FAO, Wageningen research and university and the Organic Agriculture research centre, Austria. The aim was provided insights into the actual management and use of data and indicators with the aim to monitor the sustainability of EU agriculture. The hearing was organised by AGRI Committee with ENVI Committee associated.

The impact of pesticides on human health and food security in developing countries

On Tuesday, 18 July 2023, the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, in association with the Committee on Agriculture will hold a public hearing on “How to make sure that pesticide manufacturers disclose results of toxicity studies”.

Save Cruelty Free Cosmetics

On Thursday 25 May, from 9.00, ENVI held a hearing on the European Citizens’ Initiative: ‘Save cruelty-free cosmetics – Commit to a Europe without animal testing’. The AGRI and PETI Committees will be associated.

Picture of a blue sky, green wood and grubbed-up soil

On Wednesday 24 May 2023, the Committee on Petitions, in association with the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, held a public hearing on “The state of implementation of the Habitats Directive”.

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Poster of the audition representing four photos. One with a ladybug eating aphids. Another with grape crops protected by a fabric bag. Another still with a sprinkler of organic product on a plant. And finally a photo of a field that has just been plowed.

The AGRI and ENVI Committees organised a joint public hearing on the IPMWORKS networks. IPMWORKS is a project supported by the Horizon 2020 Programme. Its objective is to coordinate and promote pioneering farms implementing Integrated Pest Management across Europe.

Picture showing watering crops with irrigation system using sprinklers in a cultivated field.

On 25 April, ENVI and AGRI Members jointly held a public hearing on the sustainable management of water resources in agriculture.

Sharks diving on the ocean floor in clear water

On Monday 27 March, the PECH Committee, in association with the ENVI and PETI Committees held a public hearing on the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) "Stop Finning – Stop the Trade".

Carbon Farming Hearing

On 22 March ENVI and AGRI committees are jointly organising a public hearing on carbon farming and its practical applications in the EU.

Part of the poster of the AGRI ENVI hearing representing a photo with an orange flower on which a bee browses and a photo of a couple of farmers in a field evaluating their crop

On Tuesday 24 January, the ENVI and AGRI Committees, in association with the Committee on Petitions held a public hearing on the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) "Save bees and farmers! Towards a bee-friendly agriculture for a healthy environment"

people, rainbow

ENVI and LIBE Committees organized a public hearing on 'Depathologisation of transgender and non-binary persons'. The European Parliament has strongly condemned all forms of discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people, including LGBTIQ+ conversion 'therapies'. Moreover, it has also made repeated calls on the Member States to ban such practices.

Image with a hand holding some wheat with a field background

On 25 October, the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development held a public hearing in cooperation with the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety on the impact of the war on EU agriculture and food security

IMCO in association with ENVI held a public hearing on 'Making the Internal Market for Construction Products fit for the 21st century'. The hearing focused on important objectives of the revision of the Construction Products Regulation. These are the improvement of the existing harmonised rules for such products, as well as their alignment with the goals of the Green Deal and the increased uptake of digital technologies.