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Citizens' Enquiries (Ask EP)


If you want to find out more about the activities, powers and organisation of the European Parliament, you can contact the Citizens' Enquiries Unit (Ask EP) using the form below.

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You can find a selection of recent topics of particular concern to citizens writing to the European Parliament and our respective answers.

Trending: topics catching citizens’ attention in 2016
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Every day, citizens from all over Europe and the rest of the world turn to the European Parliament to request information, express opinions or suggest solutions on a wide range of topics. Ask EP provides an overview of the main issues raised by the citizens who wrote to the European Parliament during the first six months of 2016.

Animal testing
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There is a strong public interest in the issue of animal welfare, and many people have concerns about some of the methods used in animal testing. The protection and welfare of animals is an issue covered by a wide range of EU legislation, such as the protection of wildlife, zoo animals, farm animals, animals in transport and animals used for scientific and cosmetic purposes.

Emissions in the automotive sector
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Citizens recurrently turn to the Parliament to request information about the EU’s actions to fight against air pollution by emissions from motor vehicles. After the car emissions scandal in September 2015, citizens asked for stricter controls of emission measurements in the automotive sector.

Summertime: changing the clocks
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Twice a year the clocks in all EU Member States are switched forward by one hour from winter to summertime (on the last Sunday in March) and back by one hour from summer to wintertime (on the last Sunday in October). Citizens recurrently turn to the Parliament with comments on the switch between summer and winter time. Some citizens are in favour of the summertime arrangements; others call on the Parliament to help to abolish the practice.

European citizens’ initiative
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Citizens recurrently turn to the European Parliament in order to find out how to actively participate in the legislative process. The European citizens’ initiative (ECI), launched in April 2012, is a big step in bringing citizens closer to Europe, allowing them to participate in the democratic process.

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