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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On 14 June, the JURI Committee organised a public hearing on the Public international law protection of property rights and the question of future reparations and reconstruction in Ukraine. This hearing aimed at clarifying the limits that public international law poses to the confiscation of frozen and seized assets of Russian companies and individuals and of the Russian State.

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On 14 June, the JURI Committee organised a public hearing on the Recognition of parenthood in EU (09.00-10.30). The aim of this hearing was to examine the state of play on cross-border recognition of parenthood in the EU and to present the next steps to be taken at European level to address the issue of legal uncertainty concerning cross-border recognition of parenthood in order to safeguard the rights of children and families in such situations.

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The implementation of artificial intelligence in justice systems is key to the modernisation of access to justice and to the improvement of the quality of the legal environment in Europe. In this context, assessment of technical, legal and ethical aspects is important since citizens’ trust in artificial intelligence and related technologies will be essential for its implementation.

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On 15 March 2022, the PETI and JURI Committees jointly organised the hearing ‘EU Green Prosecutor - a common toolbox for fighting environmental crime’. The event, which was co-chaired by the Chairs of the two Committees, attracted strong interest, with many participants attending in person.

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On 1 December 2021, the Committee on Legal Affairs held a public hearing on "Improving correct application of IPR online through design". At this hearing, experts were invited to reflect on the question whether a correct application of IPR online could be improved through IPR data management and the use of new technologies such as Blockchain.

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On 15 November 2021, the JURI committee held a hearing on EU Private International Law system (14.30-15.30). The EU Private International Law system in respect of applicable law and competent courts set out in the Rome I and II, and Brussels I Regulation has been successfully in force for about fifteen years. However, during those fifteen years, society has changed substantially.

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The Committee on Legal Affairs together with the EP Coordinator on Children's Rights organised a public hearing entitled "Child protection under EU law" on Monday 28 June at 16.45-18.45. The main purpose of this hearing was to investigate the needs of children who find themselves facing civil, family or administrative proceedings and to explore how to achieve best practice in addressing these needs through EU law and policy, and in particular effective child friendly justice.

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The JURI and LIBE committees jointly organised a hearing via remote means dedicated to SLAPPs (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) on 3 June from 10.30 to 12.00.

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On 23 March 2021 from 13:45 to 15:45, the Committees on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and Legal Affairs (JURI) organised jointly a public hearing on "Wirecard – Lessons learnt".

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On 29 October 2020, a hearing on Union Citizenship will be jointly organised by the European Parliament (JURI, LIBE, AFCO and PETI Committees) and the European Commission. The hearing will see a keynote speech by Mr. Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice and the participation of the office of the European Ombudsman, as well as representatives from various NGOs.

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On 14 July 2020, the Committee on Legal Affairs and the Committee on Constitutional Affairs held a public remote hearing on the Consequences of the Judgment of 5 May 2020 of the Second Senate of the German Constitutional Court.

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On 3 December 2019, the JURI Committee hosted a public hearing on "Cross-border restitution claims of works of art and cultural goods looted in armed conflicts and wars". The event was organized as a follow-up to the European Parliament resolution of 17 January 2019 on cross-border restitution claims of works of art and cultural goods looted in armed conflicts and wars (2017/2023 (INI)).