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29-11-2021 13:45 - The Mutual Defence Clause (Article 42(7) TEU) in the face of new threats

Hearing - SEDE
SEDE Public Hearing on the Mutual Defence Clause 29 November 2021

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SEDE organises a public hearing on 'The Mutual Defence Clause (Article 42(7) TEU) in the face of new
threats' on Monday, 29 November 2021 from 13.45 to 15.15hrs in room SPINELLI 3E2 and remotely, with external experts.

Location: SPINELLI 3E2
Last updated: 24-11-2021


29-11-2021 16:45 - Competitiveness of EU agriculture

Hearing - AGRI
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Economic comparison of the performance, viability and competitiveness of the EU agriculture (for main commodities) with the main competitors outside the EU

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On 29 November, the AGRI Committee will hold a public hearing dedicated to the comparison of the performance of EU agriculture and that of its main competitors.

Last updated: 22-11-2021

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30-11-2021 09:00 - Eliminating Violence against Women - Inter-parliamentary committee meeting

Other event - FEMM
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The FEMM Committee is organising an inter-parliamentary committee meeting on “Eliminating Violence against Women” on 30 November 2021 from 09:00 to 18:45.

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For several years now, the European Parliament has been observing the International day for the Elimination of Violence against Women of 25 November with a special event bringing together Members of the EP and Members of the national Parliaments from across the European Union, in order to raise awareness of this important issue.

This year's meeting on "Eliminating Violence against Women" will consist of four sessions which will explore the current state of affairs in policy and practice in focused areas of gender-based violence. The first panel will be organised jointly with the Subcommittee on Human Rights and will deal with sexual violence as a weapon of war. The second panel will deal with preventing and combating violence against women and girls with disabilities. The third and fourth panels will be organised jointly with the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and deal with cyberviolence and with the Istanbul Convention respectively.

Location: European Parliament & remotely
Last updated: 25-11-2021

30-11-2021 09:30 - Public Hearing: Implementation of the EU anti-racism agenda and action plan 2020-2025

Hearing - LIBE
Stop racism

The LIBE Committee, in association with the EMPL Committee, will organise a public hearing on anti-racism on Tuesday, 30 November 2021, in Brussels and with remote participation.

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Racism and xenophobia continue to be relevant topics on EU's agenda. As a result of the EP resolution following the killing of George Floyd, the Commission developed the EU Anti-Racism Action Plan 2020-2025, adopted in September 2020. The objective of the hearing is to assess the EU anti-racism agenda and identify further steps to ensure its full development and implementation.

The hearing will benefit from the participation of representatives of the European Commission, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, Council of Europe, the European Network against Racism, the Belgian Coalition for the National Action Plan Against Racism, the European Roma Rights Centre. An incoming study on anti-racism will also be presented.

This hearing is part of a series of discussions organized by the LIBE Committee on specific topics related to anti-racism, such as the legal and policy framework against racism and xenophobia, or police violence against Roma, debated on the 9th of November 2021.

Location: Brussels, Antall 6Q2 and with remote participation
Last updated: 23-11-2021

30-11-2021 10:00 - Excellent, secure, resilient and energy efficient connectivity

Hearing - ITRE
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On 30th of November 4 speakers will shed the light on the complex issues of today's telecommunications priorities and challenges. With the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the need to keep in contact with one another have been stronger then never before. The hearing will address European digital connectivity goals, the barriers and difficulties in 5G rollout with the aim of effective 6G transition, building the fiber connectivity infrastructures, spectrum management and spectrum access.

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A special focus will be paid to the environmental aspects of the ICT sector, with the new efficiency measures already available.

Location: Brussels, Spaak building, Room PHS 3C50
Last updated: 25-11-2021

30-11-2021 13:45 - Public hearing on “Data collection and recreational fisheries”

Hearing - PECH
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Recent studies have estimated the importance of marine recreational fisheries (MRF) in Europe with 9 million people, or 1.6% of the population, participating, spending almost 6 billion euros, and fishing for around 77 million days each year. The size of the economic impact of marine recreational fisheries within Europe is significant enough to consider the development of a common and stable economic data collection program.

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Marine recreational fisheries should be considered in the upcoming policy reforms as a specific sector alongside commercial fisheries and aquaculture under the Common Fisheries Policy. The hearing will expose the vast complexity of interests around the recreational sector and is a must hear.

Last updated: 25-11-2021


30-11-2021 15:00 - INTA Delegation to the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference

Other event - INTA
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A delegation of Members of the INTA committee, led by INTA Chair Bernd Lange, will travel to Geneva to attend the 12th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation from 30 November to 3 December.

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The visit will be an important occasion to provide parliamentary scrutiny of the negotiations and ensure that Parliament's views, as expressed in its recent resolution, are being taken into account during the talks. Members will also participate in a number of bilateral meetings with the EU's global trade partners.

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Last updated: 26-11-2021

30-11-2021 16:45 - Tackling child labour in developing countries

Hearing - DEVE INTA
Child labor in developing countries

The Committees on Development and the Committee on International Trade will hold a joint hearing on 30 November 2021 to discuss the ways to tackle child labour in developing countries.

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2021 is the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour and Members of the European Parliament together with the distinguished panellists representing international organisations, private sector, governments and civil society will debate how the European development cooperation policy and initiatives and trade policies and agreements can best serve to address the root causes of child labour, notably in agricultural sector in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Location: European Parliament (József Antall 4Q1) + Remote
Last updated: 25-11-2021

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30-11-2021 16:45 - Tax avoidance and evasion in the Pandora Papers

Hearing - FISC
FISC Subcommittee

On 30 November 2021, from 16:45 to 18:15, the FISC Subcommittee will host a public hearing on "Tax avoidance and evasion in the Pandora Papers".

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The purpose of the hearing is to gather information from experts on the recent media revelations that have become known as the "Pandora Papers" and which cover a broad range of topics, including the role of tax havens, intermediaries and the use of shell companies by individuals to evade taxes. It will provide an opportunity for FISC Members to examine the revealed tax avoidance and evasion structures, assess the effectiveness of the European and international legal frameworks and identify possible solutions to the newly uncovered loopholes.

The following experts have been invited:

  • Mr Will Fitzgibbon, senior ICIJ reporter,
  • Ms Moran Harari, lead researcher and interim director of financial secrecy and governance, Tax Justice Network
  • Mr Benjamin Angel, Director for direct taxation, tax coordination, economic analysis and evaluation, DG TAXUD, European Commission.

Location: Altiero Spinelli 1G3
Last updated: 26-11-2021

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30-11-2021 17:00 - EPRS online Book Talk: From Bretton Woods to single currency [...]

Other event - EPRS
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Full title: From Bretton Woods to single currency: The intellectual odyssey of Robert Triffin, forgotten architect of the euro

This latest EPRS Book Talk looks at the life and work of Robert Triffin, the Belgian-American economist who played a central role in debates on European and international monetary policy from the second world war until his death in 1993.

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Ivo Maes and Ilaria Pasotti, co-authors of the recent biography, 'Robert Triffin: A Life' (OUP, 2021), will talk about how Robert Triffin's thinking and proposals helped shape both the process of post-war European integration and the nature of today's European Union. They will be joined by three people who knew Triffin personally - Jacques de Larosière, former Governor of the Banque de France and Managing Director of the IMF; Bernard Snoy, former Director of the EBRD and World Bank; and Professor Susan Howson, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto.

Location: Live event via the WebEx Events platform
Last updated: 25-11-2021

01-12-2021 09:00 - Public Hearing on Naiades III

Hearing - TRAN
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The TRAN Committee will hold a public debate on the "Naiades III - Strategic Tools for Sustainable Inland Waterways Transport within the EU" which will examine the major elements of the new programme and its implications for the sector. Specifically, experts could discuss how the proposed measures could contribute to reaching the economic and environmental objectives of the programme.

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Location: ANTALL 2Q2
Last updated: 23-11-2021

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01-12-2021 10:00 - ECON-LIBE public hearing on anti-money laundering

Hearing - ECON
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On Wednesday 1st of December from 10:00 to 12:00, ECON and LIBE Committees will have a joint public hearing on anti-money laundering, with 2 panels.

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  • Panel 1 - Exchanges on the new AML package (including the risks of crypto assets);
  • Panel 2 - Towards a better enforcement of AML rules.
ECON and LIBE Members will exchange with speakers from the European Commission, the Court of Auditors, Europol, as well as a representative of a think tank. ECON and LIBE Committees have requested to co-lead the AML legislative package.

Last updated: 26-11-2021

01-12-2021 13:45 - Public hearing on sustainable public procurement

Hearing - IMCO
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On 1 December, the IMCO Committee, in association with the ENVI Committee, will hold a public hearing on sustainable public procurement. The aim of the hearing is to determine how using the full potential of public buying can help to achieve goals of the European Green Deal. Green public procurement has the potential to be a key tool for sustainable procurement as Europe's public authorities are major consumers (14% GDP annually).

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By using their purchasing power to choose environmentally friendly goods, services and works, they can make an important contribution to sustainable consumption and production - what we call Green Public Procurement (GPP) or green purchasing. To be effective, GPP requires the inclusion of clear and verifiable environmental criteria for products and services in the public procurement process. During the hearing experts, representing various European universities, business organisations, EU Member States ministries and NGOs will discuss how to spread information and awareness on sustainable public procurement, how to target green procurement better, how to increase the use of it and how to ease access for socially responsible actors.

Last updated: 26-11-2021


01-12-2021 16:00 - Edge computing, 6G and satellite communications (online event)

Other event - STOA

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Europe is already moving forward on critical technologies that, with the roll out of artificial intelligence and the dramatic increase in new capabilities and online solutions, are bound to have an enormous effect on the life of EU citizens. The explosion in the number of connected devices will result in more than 500 billion of them by 2025, nearly 100 smart objects per inhabitant of the planet. The STOA Annual Lecture 2021 will investigate the challenges associated with having 80% of data being generated and processed at the edge and only 20% in the cloud. In the distributed environment that will come together with the massive deployment of new applications, such as autonomous driving, an excessive response time or a faulty connection can literally become a matter of life or death.

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16:00-16:05: Introductory remarks

· Eva KAILI, MEP, Chair of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA)

16:05-16:30: Scene-setting speech

· Thierry BRETON, European Commissioner for Internal Market

· Q&A

16:30-17:00: Keynote speech

· Vincent POOR, Princeton University

17:00-17:55: Discussion with experts, Members of the European Parliament and the public, including:

· Yuanyuan YANG, US National Science Foundation/Stony Brook University

· Eleni DIAMANTI, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

· Gerhard FETTWEIS, TU Dresden

17:55-18:00: Closing remarks

. Eva KAILI, MEP and STOA Chair

The event will be held in English only, without interpretation.
The event will be webstreamed. The link will be published below.

Last updated: 25-11-2021


02-12-2021 09:00 - Mental health and well-being in the digital world of work post COVID

Workshop - EMPL
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Increasingly digitalised workplaces and the ability to work anytime, anywhere create both opportunities and risks for the well-being of workers.

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The workshop will hear from experts on the current situation regarding mental health in the workplace and the impact of digitalisation. The experts will present best practice in managing psychosocial risks at work and make recommendations for future EU action post COVID-19. The discussions and findings from the workshop will feed into the EMPL own-initiative (INI) report on "Mental health in the digital world of work".

Last updated: 26-11-2021


02-12-2021 09:00 - Public Hearing on Environmental and social impacts of mining activity in the EU

Hearing - PETI ENVI
Two miners in the mine

Over the past years PETI has received many petitions denouncing the bad consequences of reckless mining activities in different Member States, in breach of different EU environmental provisions, and with negative socioeconomic implications, for instance in the field of agriculture ,rural tourism, as well as public health.

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On 2 December 2021, the Committee on Petitions will organise a hearing on "Environmental and social impacts of mining activity in the EU", in association with the ENVI Committee.
The hearing starts with the presentation of a study on the very same subject, commissioned by the Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs for the Committee on Petitions.
The following three panels, present the academic point of view on mining legislation, safety standards, social and environmental impacts of mines and the environmental citizenship, public participation and transparency in the mining sector in the EU. The hearing would provide further insight on the situation across the Union, legislative constraints and shortcomings, so as to give a structured response and a horizon to the different petitions received so far by the Committee.
The last panel will present experiences in addressing environmental and social impacts of the mining sector at EU level by NGOs.

Location: Brussels, Room ANTALL 6Q2
Last updated: 26-11-2021


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02-12-2021 09:00 - Hearing on “Foreign interference in the Western Balkans”

Hearing - INGE
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The INGE meeting on Thursday 2 December from 9.00 to 12.00 will start with a hearing on “Foreign interference in the Western Balkans”, which will be held in association with the Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Working Group on the Western Balkans. After the hearing, there will be a presentation of the in-depth analysis on “The misuse of social media platforms and other communication channels by authoritarian regimes: lessons learned”.

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During the hearing on "Foreign interference in the Western Balkans", Members will examine how different state actors are attempting to increase their influence in the region through various means. The invited experts to the hearing are:

  • Dr. Tena Prelec, Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford
  • Prof. Dr. Dejan Jović, Professor of Political Science, University of Zagreb and Visiting Professor at University of Belgrade
  • Dr. Arlinda Rrustemi, Lecturer at Leiden University and a Director of Peace Analytics
  • Mr Stefan Vladisavljev, Program Coordinator, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE) Foundation for a Responsible Society.

Last updated: 26-11-2021

02-12-2021 13:45 - Public Hearing on Minimum Wages_Workers Rights

Hearing - EMPL
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The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected our labour markets and brought permanent changes to the way we work.

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The public health crisis has presented us with economic and social challenges such as increased unemployment and isolation, but has also provided increased flexibility and new technical solutions which can represent opportunities but also risks e.g. to undermine the protection of labour rights. The COVID-19 crisis presents a unique opportunity to address the future of work, including the new realities of telework, and how to safeguard proper working conditions, as well as how to make European labour markets more inclusive and accessible to the benefit of our workers.

The purpose of the hearing would be to address the opportunities and challenges of the new way of work following the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, with increased flexibility, telework, labour market inclusiveness, as well as the experience and possible long-term prospects of crisis measures such as the SURE programme.

Location: Brussels - PHS 1A2
Last updated: 22-11-2021


09-12-2021 09:00 - ICM on The situation of the Rule of Law in the EU

Other event - LIBE
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The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs with the support of the Directorate for relations with National Parliaments organizes an Inter-parliamentary Committee meeting (ICM) on “The situation of the Rule of Law in the EU”.” The meeting is scheduled on Thursday, 9 December 2021, from 9.00 to 12.00, in the European Parliament premises in Brussels and remotely.

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The ICM will be dedicated to an assessment of the second Commission's rule of law report in the context of the Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights (DRF) mechanism and in the light of the Parliament's resolution of 24 June 2021 on the Commission's 2020 Rule of Law Report and it would serve as input into the ongoing work on the second monitoring report within LIBE. It is also a follow up of the inter-parliamentary meeting organized in November last year on the first annual rule of law report of the Commission. This meeting will provide the occasion for an in-depth exchange of views on the rule of law situation in the EU and on the role of national parliaments in the context of the EU efforts to protect and enforce the Union values. In this meeting the participation of the relevant Commissioner, of the EU Presidency, of the Council of Europe and of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), as well as of academia and civil society representatives, is envisaged.

Location: European Parliament, remote participation
Last updated: 25-11-2021


Under Rule 193 of the Rules of Procedure, 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, posters and contributions from speakers.


Workshops are organised by the policy departments and administered in accordance with the Financial Regulation. They are not necessarily held in public but may be held during a Committee meeting.

Workshops enable Members to put questions to and exchange views with experts on subjects associated with parliamentary business or subjects of current interest.

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