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.

INGE Committee hearing on "Interference through advertisement"

On 11 July 2022, IMCO held a public hearing on the proposed Regulation on transparency and targeting of political advertising. This was an opportunity for Members to exchange views with stakeholders, experts and researchers from different domains on the main elements of the proposal. This proposes general transparency obligations for all actors involved in the financing, preparation, placement, and dissemination of political advertising, both offline and online.

Photo of Vice-President Věra Jourová of the European Commission

On 30 June from 11.00 to 13.00, ING2 Members will welcome Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Ms Věra Jourová, to the special committee. As a first follow-up to the recommendations from the INGE-report, ING2 Members will discuss, together with Members from IMCO, CULT and LIBE, what steps the Commission has taken since the adoption of the INGE report.

On 16 May 2022, IMCO held a public hearing on "Digital product passports: enhancing transparency and consumer information in the internal market".

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On 20 April 2022, the IMCO Committee held a public hearing on "Upholding consumer rights when shopping outside the EU".

the use of big data and Artificial Intelligence in fighting corruption and misuse of public funds: workshop

The IMCO & LIBE committees will hold a joint hearing on the 21 March on the proposal for an Artificial Intelligence Act. The aim of the hearing is to address main issues concerning the Artificial Intelligence (AI) legislative proposal put forward by the Commission on 21 April 2021 and help preparing the Parliament's position.

The IMCO committee held a hearing on the 16 March on the risks evolving from the use of Dark Patterns for consumers and the Digital Single Market.

On 28 February, the IMCO Committee held a hearing on the "Impact of restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 crisis on the free movement of professionals and way forward".

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On 1 February from 9.00 to 10.00 the Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the European Union, including Disinformation (INGE) welcomed Ms Maria A. Ressa, The Nobel Peace Prize 2021 laureate, Journalist and Author, Co-founder and CEO of Rappler to its meeting.

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On 9 December, IMCO held a public hearing on Digital public administration in support of daily lives of consumers and businesses in light of the Covid-19 era.

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On 1 December, the IMCO Committee, in association with the ENVI Committee, held a public hearing on sustainable public procurement. The aim of the hearing is to determine how using the full potential of public buying can help to achieve goals of the European Green Deal. Green public procurement has the potential to be a key tool for sustainable procurement as Europe's public authorities are major consumers (14% GDP annually).

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On 8 November, IMCO organised a public hearing on “Whistle-blower’s testimony on the negative impact of big tech companies’ products on users”. The former Facebook product manager Ms Frances Haugen was invited to testify before IMCO Members and Members of other Committees involved in the current legislative work on digital files, namely ITRE, JURI, LIBE, INGE, AIDA and ECON.

On 28 October, the IMCO Committee held a public hearing on dual quality of goods in the Single Market. The aim of this hearing is to provide an overview of the state of play on ‘dual quality’.