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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ANIT

ANIT organises a public hearing on the protection of animals during transport and related operations to get a comprehensive overview of the enforcement of Regulation 01/2005 to tackle the different responsibilities of the Member States and the Commission.

Women's Rights Defenders
FEMM

On 7 December 2020, between 14.00 - 15.00, the FEMM Committee will hold a Public Hearing on "Women’s Rights Defenders (WRD) - EU’s role to combat the increasing attacks against WRD and women’s rights"

Poster for a Public hearing on Education package
CULT

On 2 December 2020, from 16.50 to 18.45, the Committee on Culture and Education will hold a public hearing on "The education package: aims, challenges and prospects for success". The hearing represents an opportunity for the CULT Committee to engage with stakeholders and experts in dissecting the 'education package' published by the Commission on 30 September.

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ECON

On 2 December 2020 from 13:45 to 15:45 the ECON Committee will organise a public hearing on "Improving the Accountability of the European Central Bank".

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BECA

On Wednesday 2 December from 9.00 - 12.00 the BECA committee will hear from 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.

AIDA Hearing on
AIDA

On Wednesday, 2 December, AIDA Special Committee will organise a remote Hearing on "AI and Health". The event will include two panels. The first panel will focus on digital governance with the participation of the Minister of Digital Governance of Greece, Kyriakos Pierrakakis, as well as the Head of Unit Public Health Functions, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Vicky Lefevre and Deputy Director General of DG-SANTE, Claire Bury.

Subcommittee on Tax Matters
FISC

On 1 December, the Subcommittee on Tax Matters will hold a public hearing on ""Do harmful tax practices within and outside the EU create distortions of competition in the Single Market?”.

Teenage girl suffering from cyber bullying, cyber violence, online hate
FEMM LIBE

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) held a joint hearing on “Combating Gender based Violence: Cyber Violence” on 30 November 2020.

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TRAN

Tourism has been high on the TRAN committee’s agenda, with Members actively involved in an ongoing dialogue on sustainable recovery. TRAN also looks towards the future, bearing the strategic orientations of tomorrow’s tourism in mind, and as part of this effort held a public hearing on "Future-proofing the Tourism Sector: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead".

Subcommittee on Tax Matters
FISC

On 16 November 2020, FISC Members will exchange views with Mrs Grace Perez Navarro, Deputy Director at the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, Mr Joaquim Miranda Sarmento, Professor at the University of Lisbon and Mrs Liina Carr, ETUC Confederal Secretary.

Women's fight in Belarus
FEMM

The Committee on Gender Equality and Women's Rights (FEMM), in association with the Delegation for relations with Belarus (D-BY), organized an exchange of views on “Women in Belarus” on 12 November 2020 from 17.00-17.45 remotely.

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BECA

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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