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.

Internet user booking a trip

An IMCO hearing on the performance of the Package Travel Directive and Consumer Protection provided a platform for a discussion between Members, the Commission, and experts on the performance of the Package Travel Directive. It shed light on the weaknesses exposed by the Covid pandemic and provided insights into this evolving landscape.

An online payment being made by card

IMCO organised a hearing on Late Payments, which provided Members the opportunity to exchange views with experts and the Commission in relation to the revision of the Late Payment Directive 2011/7/EU.

Children holding up toys

Members discussed with the Commission and other invited experts the revision of the current Toy Safety Directive, which has been in force since 2011. The new proposal, adopted by the Commission in July 2023, should make toys even safer for children, as well as further strengthen the single market for toys.

EU flag and binary codes

Members discussed with representatives from parliaments of candidate countries the latest Union legislation in the digital domain, notably the Digital Markets and the Digital Services Acts, and the impact on the latter. Representatives from Kosovo, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Ukraine took part in the discussion. The aim of the exchange of views was to discuss the pertinent topics of the digital single market.

A minor using a tablet

IMCO organised a public hearing on online safety of vulnerable consumers. The hearing focused on the progress made in online child protection, the challenges faced, and the need for ongoing efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of vulnerable consumers, particularly children, in the digital environment.

IMCO hearing on platforms intermediating short-term accommodation services

IMCO held a public hearing on the regulation of online platforms intermediating short-term accommodation rental services. IMCO Members had the opportunity to discuss with representatives of the Commission, national and local authorities, stakeholders and researchers the ways to strengthen the free movement of short-term rental services, while protecting consumers and promoting sustainable tourism and housing market.

IMCO hearing on consumer rights

IMCO held a public hearing on the state of consumer rights in the EU in times of crisis, the aim of which was to contribute to the discussion on current challenges, strategic priorities, and possible future developments in European consumer rights and enforcement by way of redress. The hearing covered several important topics related to the quality and efficiency of the instruments available to enforce consumer rights.


The CULT Committee in association with LIBE and IMCO committees, organises on 6 February at 16.30 a public hearing dedicated to the "Media Freedom Act", a long awaited legislative proposal aiming to strengthen media pluralism and media freedom in the European Union.

Media freedom

The LIBE committee in association with CULT and IMCO committees, organised on 31st of January a hearing dedicated to the "Media Freedom Act", a long awaited legislative proposal aiming to strengthen media pluralism and media freedom in the European Union. Various stakeholders, including representatives of the Council of Europe, of EDPS, of journalists associations and of academia participated in this hearing that aimed at serving as input for the work on the legislative proposal.


IMCO held a hearing on Standardisation in the Single Market. The aim was to give Members the chance to exchange views with the Commission, European Standardisation Organisations and stakeholders on current challenges, strategic priorities and future developments in European standardisation.

Close up of an hand repairing a mobile phone

On 8 December, IMCO held a public hearing to follow up on Parliament’s motion for a resolution on the right to repair, adopted in April 2022. The aim of the hearing is to feed into the discussion related to the upcoming Commission proposal on the right to repair and more specifically, to look at how consumer rights and guarantees can be strengthened.

30 Year Anniversary of the Single Market

Next year marks the 30th anniversary of the Single Market. It is an occasion to celebrate the achievements reached and the contribution this has made towards European integration. At the same time, given the current challenging situation, it is also crucial to look ahead and identify further growth potential and ways of rendering the Single Market ever more resilient.