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 22 April 2021, the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) and the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) will organize a joint hearing on the Commission proposal for a Pay Transparency Directive.

Public hearing of the FISC subcommittee

Following an exchange of views on 19 April with Lyudmila Petkova, Chair of the Code of Conduct Group, the FISC Subcommittee will host a public hearing on “The reform of the Code of Conduct Group criteria and process” from 15:00-16:15 (CET).

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On Monday, 19 April 2021, the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM), will organize the Public Hearing on "Empowering EU supports for women entrepreneurs and investors, including through MFF 2021-2027".

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On 15 April, the Beating Cancer Committee explored how the EU could further promote and facilitate cooperation and the sharing of knowledge, expertise and data on cancer research and care, for instance through the European Reference Networks and cancer registries, but also by improving the cross-border healthcare directive.

Hearing on AI and the future of democracy

On 15 April, the AIDA and INGE Special Committees will hold a hearing on the future of democracy in the digital age and on how to strike the right regulatory balances in our increasingly tech-driven societies. The two panels address the challenges the EU is facing in its current trajectory towards the 2030 Digital Decade, such as the impact of AI on democratic and electoral processes, as well as how AI is affecting the notions of active citizenship, political participation, and policy-making.

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On 15.04.2021, the CONT Committee held a public hearing on the early-detection and exclusion system (EDES) which is a mechanism set up in 2016 by the European Commission. Its purpose is to reinforce the protection of the Union's financial interests and to ensure sound financial management. Since the revision of 2018, the Financial Regulation contains detailed provisions on the functioning of EDES (Articles 135 to 145).

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A distinguished panel of speakers will debate the main challenges for the future reform of the EU Generalised System of Preferences, at the INTA public hearing on 14 April March 2021 from 13:45 to 15:45. Mrs Isabelle DURANT, Acting Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Mr Radboud REIJN, GSP Platform Coordinator, Mrs Stéphanie LUONG, Vice President for Public Affairs, Amfori / Trade with Purpose, and

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The hearing on boosting the use of alternative fuels in the transport sector provided Members an opportunity to gain insight from experts in the field.

Hearing on Arctic - AFET Meeting

On 13 April, the Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold an online hearing "The Arctic: a new arena of geostrategic importance and great powers' rivalry". The growing geo-economic and geopolitical importance of the Arctic region for European economy and security calls for an updated, more integrated EU approach towards this region.

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On 13 April, the INGE Special Committee organised, in association with the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), a hearing on "Interference through advertisement".

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The election of MEPs is mainly governed by national legislation and the 1976 Electoral Act. In 2015, Parliament adopted a proposal, based on a report from AFCO, to amend the 1976 Act. The Council adopted its decision in 2018 after obtaining Parliament's consent but that decision is yet to be ratified by all Member States. It is within this context that AFCO will be drafting a new proposal for modification of the Electoral Act.

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