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.

AI and Transport

On Monday 11 October, 13.45-15.45, the Members of AIDA Special Committee and of TRAN Committee will hold a joint hearing on AI and Transport. In the two panels representatives from the academia, private sector and civil society will share their views on the long-term impact of the AI on transport modes and mobility. The discussion will cover also the EU Transport Policies with a special attention for minimizing risks.

Data Act

On Thursday 30 September, 9.00-12.00, the AIDA Special Committee will hold a public hearing on the "Data strategy". The EP rapporteur for the INI report on the 'European strategy for data' and AIDA Vice-Chair - Miapetra Kumpula-Natri will be opening the event together with the AIDA Chair - Dragoş Tudorache, and he will be making the concluding remarks.

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The EU and the US share values and objectives but what are the concrete actions they can take jointly or in coordination to ensure that they are reflected in the global trade order? The EU Ambassador in Washington will set the scene for two panel discussions on US trade policy with eminent experts focusing respectively on global fair trade and enforcement of international labour commitments.

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The hearing adresses the issue of foreign interference through spying and surveillance operations of European politicians and institutions.

FISC - Subcommittee on Tax Matters - Public hearing on Tax Transparency

On 9 September, FISC held a hearing on "Tax Transparency". In an increasingly complex and rapidly evolving global tax landscape, tax transparency has gained importance and come to occupy an important place in the agenda of international institutions such as the European Union (EU), the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the G20 and the United Nations. Ongoing discussions have resulted in the definition of a number of standards, best practices and legislation.

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Jointly organised with CULT committee, this session will assess cultural, educational and media aspects of foreign interference

Image shows Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age and Competition, European Commission, giving a speech

On 6 September, Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the European Union, including Disinformation (INGE), welcomed Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager to its meeting. Members questioned her on the Commission's digital policies, such as the DSA and the EU strategy on data.

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On 6 September ANIT organised a public hearing on "Alternatives to long-distance live animal transport and farmers' experience of the shift to alternatives". It provided Members with an overview of and insights into alternatives to long-distance animal transport, such as on-farm slaughter, mobile slaughter, meat-and-carcass transport, as well the transport of genetic material.

Currency concept: Euro on digital background

On 2 September 2021, the Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) organised a public hearing on the topic "digitalising the oversight of European money flows including a more effective control, particularly in the area of shared management".

Digital Democracy

In the morning of 2 September, the INGE Committee held two hearings to explore and discuss possible solutions to foreign interference. The first hearing was about the Commission's proposals addressing foreign interference and disinformation. The second hearing explored a possible foreign interference sanctions regime and other collective countermeasures.

High-Level Conference on the Global State of Human Rights

On 16 July 2021, the first Global State of Human Rights conference will take place at the Monastery of San Nicolò – Venice-Lido (Italy) and at the European Parliament (Brussels), to discuss the state of Human Rights in the world. This event, jointly organised by the Global Campus of Human Rights and the European Parliament, will gather MEPs, EU Commissioners, Nobel Peace Prize Recipients, Sakharov Prize Laureates, International organisations’ high representatives, academia and stakeholders.

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On 15 July ANIT organisesd a hearing on "Experiences of strengthening and changing legislation, within and outside of Europe", which looked at precedents of changing legislation within and outside the EU. A central part of the hearing was the perspective of stakeholders such as farmers and transporters, who have been impacted by and have adapted to these changes. Six experts had been invited and their presentations were followed by an exchange of views with Members.