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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.

You ask, we answer

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

What is the EU doing to combat cybercrime?
Keyboard with cybercrime button   © ArtemSam / Fotolia

Citizens write to the European Parliament to find out what the EU is doing to combat cybercrime. To tackle cybercrime, the EU has implemented legislation and supports cooperation as part of the 2013 EU Cybersecurity Strategy.

Wintertime: changing of the clocks, but why?
Clock going back to wintertime   © Jan Engel / Fotolia

Citizens recurrently turn to the European Parliament with comments on the changing of the clocks. Some citizens are in favour of the summertime/wintertime arrangement; others call on the Parliament to abolish it. On Sunday, 29 October 2017 the clocks go back one hour – but why?

What is the EU doing to reduce food waste?
Recyclable food waste in bin   © Gary Perkin / Fotolia

In the EU, food waste is estimated at some 88 million tonnes in a single year, which equates to 173 kilograms per person. The total amount of food produced in the EU in 2011 was around 865 kg/person. This means that we are wasting 20 % of the total food produced. In this context, citizens turn to the European Parliament to request information on what the EU is doing to reduce food waste, as well as calling for European legislation to end food waste in every country in Europe, including several petitions introduced on this matter.

How is the EU reforming air passenger rights?
Flight information screen   © European Parliament Audiovisual service

Citizens recurrently turn to the European Parliament to request information about their rights as passengers. Ongoing legislative framework reform intends to clarify certain aspects of air passenger rights, to ensure a better application of the regulation.

Erasmus+’: the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport
Sign with vocational education   © putilov_denis / fotolia

Young people want to know more about Erasmus+ and are asking for information on mobility opportunities so that they can enhance their skills and improve their job prospects. They frequently pose questions to the European Parliament to find out what support the EU provides for youth training and education.

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