Social and civil rights and the environment top EU citizens' petitions 

Protecting citizens against discrimination, defending their social and civil rights, especially in a period of crisis, and safeguarding the environment are key concerns for EU citizens and Parliament's Petitions Committee, says its 2012 activity report, to be adopted by Parliament on Thursday. Parliament received 1,985 petitions in 2012, mostly from German, Spanish, Italian, Romanian and British citizens.

Any European Union citizen or resident may, individually or in association with others, submit a petition to the European Parliament on a subject that comes within the EU's fields of activity and affects them directly.

Procedure: Non-legislative resolution
Debate: Thursday, 10 October
Vote: Thursday, 10 October