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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.

 
 
 
Petitions to the European Parliament: How does it work?
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What is the procedure for submitting a petition to the European Parliament? Citizens are broadly aware of their right to submit a petition, however they often request further information about the procedure to send the petition and on the way the petitions are afterwards discussed in the EP Committee. Any citizen of the Union, and any natural or legal person residing or having its registered office in a Member State, have the right to address, individually or in association with other citizens or persons, a petition to the European Parliament on a matter which comes within the Union's fields of activity and which affects him, her or it directly (Art. 227 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and Rule 215 of the Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament).

To receive full information in any of the official EU languages, please write to the Citizens' Enquiries unit (Ask EP).

 
 
How does the EU promote sign languages?
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In reference to sign languages, citizens contact the European Parliament requesting information on the status of sign languages at EU level, the actions taken to promote it and how its interpretation works in the EU institutions. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Convention), ratified by the European Union on 23 December 2010, recognises the freedom of expression and opinion and access to information of persons with disabilities, including by accepting and facilitating the use of sign languages (Article 21).

To receive full information in any of the official EU languages, please write to the Citizens' Enquiries unit (Ask EP).

 
 
What measures is the EU taking to combat terrorism?
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Following various terrorist attacks in Europe, citizens write to the European Parliament expressing their deepest rejection of these acts of terrorism. Citizens also ask the EU institutions to adopt new measures to combat and prevent these crimes. Many European countries have been affected by terrorism in one form or another. Heinous terrorist attacks have demonstrated once again the challenge of the fight against terrorism and of the prevention of these crimes, while safeguarding citizens' fundamental rights and freedoms.

To receive full information in any of the official EU languages, please write to the Citizens' Enquiries unit (Ask EP).

 
 
Renewal of the authorisation of the use of the herbicide substance glyphosate
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Many citizens want to know what is the European Parliament's position on the renewal of the authorisation of the use of glyphosate. On November 2015, the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) declared that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans and the evidence does not support classification with regard to its carcinogenic potential according to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008. In light of these conclusions, the European Commission has to decide about the renewal of glyphosate in the EU list of approved active substances. However, as these conclusions are not shared in previous studies published on this substance, many citizens turned to the European Parliament asking for its intervention in order for the authorisation renewal of glyphosate to be refused.

To receive full information in any of the official EU languages, please write to the Citizens' Enquiries unit (Ask EP).

 
 
Plastic bags: EU’s response to reducing consumption
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Citizens want to know what the EU is doing to reduce the consumption of plastic bags given the negative impact on marine wildlife and the environment. In the EU, plastic carrier bags are considered as packaging under Directive 94/62/EC. The use of plastic carrier bags result in littering and an inefficient use of resources. Moreover, the unmanaged disposal of these bags leads to environmental pollution and aggravates the widespread problem of litter in water bodies, threatening aquatic eco-systems worldwide.

To receive full information in any of the official EU languages, please write to the Citizens' Enquiries unit (Ask EP).

 
 
 
 
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