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.

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.

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On 8 December from 13.30 to 14.30, Ms Laura Harth, representing the non-profit organisation Safeguard Defenders, will present the main findings of the organisation's latest report entitled "110 Overseas - Chinese Transnational Policing Gone Wild" in the meeting of the ING2 special committee. This report reveals the existence of a far-reaching network of overseas Chinese police stations targeting Chinese expatriates established within the Member States of the European Union, and beyond.

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On December 1st 2022, PETI Committee held a public hearing entitled 'Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation', in association with LIBE Committee and JURI Committee. This public hearing addressed different forms of discrimination of LGBTI persons in some Member States.

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The Committee on Budgetary Control and the Committee on Civil Libertes, Justice and Home Affairs held a hearing with authorities of Member States on the financial support for the treatment and accompanying of Ukrainian refugees on 30 November 2022.

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LIBE and FEMM Committees of the European Parliament organized a joint Hearing on ''Combating trafficking in human beings for sexual exploitation (in the context of the war against Ukraine) on 29 November 2022, from 09h00 to 10h30, in the European Parliament, in Brussels.

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On Tuesday, 29 November 2022, the FEMM Committee jointly with the LIBE Committee will hold a public hearing on "Combating trafficking in human beings for sexual exploitation (in the context of the war against Ukraine)".


On Thursday, 17 November 2022, the FEMM Committee jointly with the LIBE Committee will hold a public hearing on “Consequences of the de facto abortion ban in Poland”.

Public hearing on 'Law enforcement aspects of surveillance in the public space'

On 17 November LIBE Committee organized a public hearing on 'Law enforcement aspects of surveillance in the public space'.

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The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs in association with the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality held a hearing on the implementation of the temporary protection directive in the EU on 7 November 2022.

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ENVI and LIBE Committees organized a public hearing on 'Depathologisation of transgender and non-binary persons'. The European Parliament has strongly condemned all forms of discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people, including LGBTIQ+ conversion 'therapies'. Moreover, it has also made repeated calls on the Member States to ban such practices.

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The ING2 Special Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday 27 October from 14.30 to 16.30 on "Russian interference in the European Union: the distinct cases of Hungary and Spain". Members will exchange views with experts about interference from Russia in the European Union, looking specifically at two cases: Hungary and Spain.

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.