PETI tackles public-health and consumer rights (ES; UK) at its first December meeting
This month of December will witness PETI holding two half-day meetings: one on Dec. 5, 9h00 to 12h30, and a second one on the afternoon of Dec. 16.
Notable points on the Agenda for the first December meeting include:
- Veterinary checks at EU external borders for fruit flies;
- Consumer rights and building construction in Cyprus;
- alleged discrimination in France on land-leasing;
- alleged breaches of EU competition law by Greek Competition Commission;
- a first exchange of views on PETI´s 2013 Annual Report with Rapporteur J. Walesa.
Latest PETI JOURNAL (November 2013) is out!
PETI JOURNALtells it like it is and tries to "bring alive" the way in which the petition´s process works, while providing pieces of more general information about its activities.
This issue´s highlights include:
reporting from the floor of 3 (July, September and October) action-packed meetings (feat. Fact-Finding Visits to Spain; environmental concerns in Greece, Italy, France and UK; social rights; Reports and Opinions);
Ms. Erminia Mazzoni MEP -- Chairperson of the Committee on Petitions -- saluting the new European Ombuds(wo)man – Ms. Emily O´Reilly;
yet another unmissable PETI JOURNAL exclusive interview with Committee´s Vice-President Mr. Willy Meyer MEP (GUE/NGL, ES) who goes through several interesting and candid reflections;
a brand-new new PULSE highlighting the state-of-the-art of the petition´s process with a clear view of its future.
You are, of course, invited and welcome to join the conversation and forward our page to anyone you consider may be interested.
Welcome to the web pages of the Committee on Petitions where you can find information about the work and activities of the committee which I have presided since 2009.
The right to petition, contained in the Treaty on European Union, is a fundamental right inextricably linked to its citizenship. It is an important and often effective way for people to be directly involved in the Parliament's activity and to have their concerns, proposals or complaints specifically addressed by the Committee members.
The Committee often responds to petitions from EU citizens by working to resolve possible infringements of citizens' rights under the Treaty and by cooperating with national, regional and local authorities on issues related to the application of European laws on such subjects as the environment, social affairs, freedom of movement and so on.
It is an investigative committee, not a legislative one, and it tries to ensure non-judicial remedies are possible for citizens when their claims are substantiated. It can organise fact-finding visits and report to plenary.
It thus plays a vital role in reconnecting with European citizens and in reinforcing the democratic legitimacy and accountability of the EU decision-making process.