Parliament is to hold a public hearing next Monday on the universal right to clean water, the first EP hearing under the European Citizens' Initiative allowing the public to ask the EU authorities for new legislation.
Protecting citizens against discrimination, defending their rights to property and free movement and safeguarding the environment are key concerns for the EP Petitions Committee, says its 2012 activity report, approved on Tuesday. The EP received 1,985 petitions in 2012, mostly from German, Spanish, Italian, Romanian and British citizens.
The following is a summary of the priorities of the Lithuanian Council Presidency outlined to the different parliamentary committees by Lithuanian ministers this week, from 8 to 12 July. This text is going to be updated daily
Members asked the six candidates for the post of European Ombudsman what they could offer by way of independence, visibility and transparency, in a series of public hearings held by the Petitions Committee on Tuesday. The new Ombudsman will be elected by the full Parliament in July.
Defending citizens’ rights in the fields of justice, property and free movement and protecting the environment are the main concerns of the EP petitions committee, says its 2011 activity report, approved on Thursday. MEPs also call for full clarification of the committee's involvement in hearings on successful citizens' initiatives.
Five complaints calling on MEPs to reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), one supported by over 2.8 million people from all over the world, were discussed by the European Parliament Committee on Petitions on Tuesday. MEPs decided to keep the complaints open and await the outcome of the final votes in the International Trade Committee and Parliament as a whole, in plenary session.
A petition calling on MEPs "to stand for a free and open Internet and reject the ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)" was received by the European Parliament on Tuesday. The petition had been signed by almost 2.5 million people from all over the world.
Discussion on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in the International Trade Committee starts Wednesday. Parliament will need to decide whether or not to approve the agreement. On Tuesday a petition against ACTA will be handed to the Petitions Committee, and on 1 March a public workshop with experts and bloggers will look at issues such as ACTA's potential impact on civil liberties.
Protecting the environment and standing up for citizens’ rights are the major goals of the EP Petitions Committee, as highlighted in its 2010 activity report approved on Tuesday. MEPs also call for the committee to play a key role in dealing with citizens' initiatives and for a dedicated web portal to be set up for petitions.
Cross-border family disputes and the protection of children's rights, especially of those with separated parents, are matters that the EU needs to address, said Parliament's Petitions Committee on Monday. Compulsory recognition of national courts' decisions on custody and visits, special training for judges on parental responsibility in cross-border separations and encouragement for family mediation should give more legal certainty to international couples.