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.

19-03-2020 - Consumer aspects around planned obsolescence: towards longer-lasting products

IMCO 06-02-2020 - 17:36
consumer electronics home appliances with different damages. Broken household goods: monitor,microwave,refrigerator,washing machine,vacuum cleaner etc

The aim of the hearing is discuss the different aspects of planned obsolescence from a consumer protection perspective. Panellists are invited to share their views on the causes and facts behind product obsolescence, to comment on existing policy measures and to issue recommendations for a possible future EU regulatory framework to counter planned obsolescence, with a focus on ensuring a high degree of consumer protection. (Read more)

18-03-2020 - AI and Blockchain: opportunities and challenges for the Single Market

IMCO 19-02-2020 - 09:09
Global communication technology and telecommunication financial network around planet Earth. Blockchain and cryptocurrency concept with copyspace

The aim of the hearing is to explore the opportunities and challenges that two new technologies – artificial intelligence and blockchain – present for the single market. The hearing will be made up of two panels of experts: the first dealing with the use of AI tools in the services sector; the second dealing with the potential of blockchain to improve product safety. (Read more)

20-02-2020 - Hearing on Artificial Intelligence in Criminal Law

LIBE 18-02-2020 - 15:59
artificial intelligence (AI) and criminal law

On 20 February 2020, the LIBE Committee will hold a hearing on artificial intelligence in criminal law and its use by the police and judicial authorities in criminal matters (Read more)

19-02-2020 - Hearing on “The role of public transport in low-density areas”

TRAN 11-02-2020 - 12:31
A bus stop is depicted standing in front of a field. Dark clouds indicate a storm is coming. There is no one viewable in the image.

Four experts from Portugal, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Belgium will debate with TRAN Members on the role of public transport in low-density areas. They will raise the specific characteristics and challenges faced by those areas and the resulting importance of services ensuring mobility. The hearing should provide an overview of good practices and case studies and would outline possible recommendations (logistics, pricing policies, etc.) for the future. (Read more)

19-02-2020 - Public hearing - Measures to improve sustainable aquaculture in the EU

PECH 06-02-2020 - 17:43
Aquaculture farms

The objective of this hearing is to listen to different stakeholders about the current challenges facing the aquaculture sector, notably linked to production. The speakers include fish farmers from varied realities, ranging from sea-based aquaculture in the Atlantic and Mediterranean to the ponds of the Czech Republic. Other speakers include researchers and entrepreneurs involved in developing innovative practices, from Hungary, Belgium and Croatia. (Read more)

19-02-2020 - Hearing on the Implementation of the Dublin III Regulation

LIBE 12-02-2020 - 09:57
Dublin III

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament is organising on 19 February 2020 a Hearing on the Implementation of the Dublin III Regulation. (Read more)

18-02-2020 - Authoritarianism and shrinking space for freedom of expression

DROI 19-02-2020 - 16:18
DROI

Public hearing on authoritarianism and shrinking space for freedom of expression, press freedom and human rights defenders, with case studies on China, Egypt and Russia (Read more)

17-02-2020 - Respect for minorities, beliefs and religions

DROI 17-02-2020 - 16:28

This hearing will examine the state of international law on freedom of thought, conscience and religion and study lessons learned from past policies and actions that have contributed towards its protection. Participants will also discuss best practices of interreligious dialogue for promoting tolerance and fighting against discrimination based on religious motivations. (Read more)

17-02-2020 - Digital advertising and consumer information

IMCO 11-02-2020 - 12:08
promotion on the Internet for a web page, advertising, calling through a shout, online alerting

With the digital revolution and in particular the ever growing online shopping sector, we notice a shift in advertising, moving from the traditional concept of a "consumer" to the "user" of websites, online platforms and social media. Users are often subject to targeted advertising that can influence their choice and constitute profiling. While advertising via traditional channels has to abide by strict rules, digital advertisement is vastly unregulated. (Read more)