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.

Planned hearings:

• Exchange of views with Members of the European Parliament who have been targeted with spyware on 6 October 2022, 9.00 to 12.00

• A hearing on "The impact of Spyware on Fundamental Rights" on 20 October, 9.00 to 12.00

Foreign interference during electoral processes, including through cyber-attacks, data leaks and malign communication

On 15 September PEGA committee organized a hearing on 'Use of spyware in Poland'. This hearing was a preparation for the PEGA delegation to Poland on 19 - 21 September. The hearing, as the delegation, has focused on fact-finding relating to the committee's mandate and on questions relating to the use of spyware in Poland.

Protection of journalists

In the light of recent revelations in the press regarding the use of spyware in Greece, on 8 September PEGA committee has organized a hearing on 'Use of spyware in Greece'.

Parliament is calling for a stricter control on exports of “dual-use goods”,  in particular civilian technologies that could be used by authoritarian regimes to spy on citizens.

On 30 August PEGA committee held a hearing on 'Spyware - Victims and Remedies'. Hearing focused on effect on victims of spyware and whether such persons that suspect that their rights have been violated by the use of spyware have access to effective remedy.

Spyware, network, big tech

On 30 August PEGA committee organized a hearing on 'Spyware used against citizens'. Hearing focused on the alleged failure of Member States to act in respect of the involvement of entities in the EU in the development, dissemination or financing of the Pegasus and equivalent surveillance spyware, including the supply chain in terms of technology and its exploitation, in so far as it is in breach of Union law, including Regulation (EU) 2021/821.

Israeli flag in the background. Title "Pegasus spyware" in the front.

On 12 July PEGA committee held a hearing on 'Israel and Spyware'. This hearing was a preparation for the PEGA delegation to Israel on 18 - 20 July. The hearing, as the delegation, focused on fact-finding relating to the committee's mandate and on questions relating to the production and use of spyware in Israel.

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On 21 June PEGA committee organized an exchange of views with the representatives of the NSO Group. It was followed by a hearing on 'Stock-taking of EU spyware providers'. The aim of the hearing was to hear the experts to take stock of the current landscape of spyware providers in Europe.

Global digital connections - human figurines

On 14 June PEGA committee held hearing on 'Big tech and spyware'. The hearing brought together Members of the European Parliament and a number of experts.

Cybersecurity concept of data protection in digital technology. There is a padlock in a prominent shield on the left, an abstract circuit surrounding the binary and fractal code. dark blue background.

On 13 June PEGA committee held hearing on 'Spyware - Use, supervision and safeguards'. The hearing brought together Members of the European Parliament and a number of experts.

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On 9 June 2022, the PEGA committee organized an exchange of views with Dr. Ana Brian Nougrères, UN Special Rapporteur for Privacy.

LIBE Inquiry

On 10 May 2022, the PEGA committee held a hearing on Functioning of Pegasus and equivalent surveillance spyware. The panelists addressed the question of how Pegasus and equivalent spyware works.

The PEGA Committee Chair, Jeroen Lenaers, is standing in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. The background is blurred.

On 10 March, MEPs decided to set up an inquiry committee to investigate the use of the Pegasus and equivalent surveillance spyware.