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.

Two farmers with their arms in the air and hands clasped in a field of wheat
AGRI

The public hearing taking place on 18 February focused on EU support for Innovation in Agriculture: first, within the Common Agriculture Policy and the AGRI-EIP and second, in the EU Framework programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon Europe) and the future Mission “Soil health Food”.

CAP reform
AGRI

On 4 December, the AGRI Committee, in association with the ENVI committee, organised a public hearing on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). This meeting took place during the current legislative work on the CAP beyond 2020. It addressed the components of the CAP reform package, as amended by the AGRI Committee, which might be appropriate for further consideration.

AGRI audition Mercosur 18.11.2019
AGRI

On 18 November, the AGRI Committee will organise a hearing to analyse the potential impacts of the Mercosur agreement on the agricultural market. Following 20 years of negotiations, the EU and Mercosur countries struck a political agreement in June 2019 which aims to bring political and economic relations between the trading partners closer together, and to create the world's biggest market (by population size), for goods and services.

Target in front of a landscape of cultivated fields and forest
AGRI

On 4 March at 16.30h, the Committee held a public hearing on the “Evolution of the Performance Framework in the Common Agricultural Policy”. This hearing fell within the current AGRI legislative work on the CAP beyond 2020. A shift towards a more performance-oriented CAP is indeed an important component of the reform package proposed by the European Commission.