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.

On 14 October from 16:15 until 17:15, in association with the EP Liaison Office in Washington DC and the EP delegation for relations with the United States of America (D-US), INGE Special Committee will hold an exchange of views on "Causes and responses to the disinformation crisis" with Chris Krebs.

On 14 October INGE Special Committee will discuss the damage of foreign interference and disinformation in economy, included the date market.

Picture of some of MEPs of the INGE Special Committee

The INGE Special Committee sent a mission to Athens, Greece, from 21 to 22 September 2021. The main purpose of the mission was to meet and establish high-level contacts with the EU Cybersecurity Agency (ENISA), in view of cross-border cybersecurity coordination and responses.

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

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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.

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.

INGE Committee hearing on Disinformation and discrimination

On 12 July, the INGE Committee started with a hearing on the impact of disinformation on minorities, LGBTI+ people and migrants. These groups are often the victims of malicious disinformation campaigns. The second part of the meeting addressed "Strategic or critical infrastructures", which was done in association with the LIBE Committee. It was followed by a debate on the use of common terminology in foreign information manipulation together with the EEAS StratCom Task Forces.

Countering hybrid threats

On 22 June, MEPs discussed three important documents on how to make the EU more resilient: a study about how to involve the whole society, a study about investments used to destabilise democracy and the 4th working document of INGE rapporteur Sandra Kalniete, called "Building EU resilience against hybrid threats".

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In association with the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT), INGE held a hearing on the role of history, culture and education to combat disinformation.

Social Network Interface

On Monday 10 May, from 15.45 to 18.45, INGE committee had consideration of the new working document and talks with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. ITRE and IMCO committees were associated to the hearing with online platform representatives.

INGE Committee meeting 10 May 2021

On Monday 10 May from 13.00 to 14.00, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Dossier Center, joined the INGE committee as a guest for a one hour discussion on interference with origin in Russia.