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Fact-finding visit to Bulgaria

05-02-2020

The PETI Committee decided to organise a fact-finding visit to Bulgaria as a result of a relatively large number of petitions it has received from Bulgarian citizens on the Bulgarian Code of Civil Procedure (CCP). Petitioners allege breaches of consumer rights, corruption, the role of bailiffs, violation of the right to a fair trial, and breaches of Directive 93/13/EEC on unfair terms in consumer contracts. The aim of the visit is to hear the petitioners and to investigate and discuss the subject ...

The PETI Committee decided to organise a fact-finding visit to Bulgaria as a result of a relatively large number of petitions it has received from Bulgarian citizens on the Bulgarian Code of Civil Procedure (CCP). Petitioners allege breaches of consumer rights, corruption, the role of bailiffs, violation of the right to a fair trial, and breaches of Directive 93/13/EEC on unfair terms in consumer contracts. The aim of the visit is to hear the petitioners and to investigate and discuss the subject matter of the petitions with the Bulgarian authorities.

Logros de la Comisión de Peticiones durante la legislatura 2014-2019 y retos para el futuro

03-07-2019

Durante la legislatura 2014-19, la Unión y, en particular, el Parlamento Europeo, a través de su Comisión de Peticiones (PETI), ha seguido defendiendo el derecho de los ciudadanos a presentar peticiones al Parlamento Europeo para plantear cuestiones y preocupaciones y pedir reparación y medidas en ámbitos de competencia de la Unión, movilizando a las instituciones y a los Estados miembros tanto en relación con las cuestiones que ocupan un lugar central en el debate político como con las cuestiones ...

Durante la legislatura 2014-19, la Unión y, en particular, el Parlamento Europeo, a través de su Comisión de Peticiones (PETI), ha seguido defendiendo el derecho de los ciudadanos a presentar peticiones al Parlamento Europeo para plantear cuestiones y preocupaciones y pedir reparación y medidas en ámbitos de competencia de la Unión, movilizando a las instituciones y a los Estados miembros tanto en relación con las cuestiones que ocupan un lugar central en el debate político como con las cuestiones «huérfanas» o «latentes». Con el fin de servir mejor a los ciudadanos de la Unión, la comisión ha desarrollado un Portal de Peticiones para facilitar la presentación de peticiones y aumentar la interacción y los servicios de información. Adoptó directrices nuevas y actualizadas para facilitar la tramitación de las peticiones y el proceso de toma de decisiones de la comisión. También ha conseguido introducir algunos cambios positivos en el Reglamento interno del PE. La cooperación con otras comisiones del PE fue reforzada y mejorada, en particular a través de la creación de una Red de Peticiones. Por primera vez, la Comisión PETI creó un grupo de trabajo especial, el Grupo de Trabajo sobre Asuntos Relativos al Bienestar Infantil, que era responsable de investigar una serie de peticiones sobre los derechos de los niños y de informar a la comisión por medio de recomendaciones. La Comisión PETI mantuvo buenas relaciones laborales con la Comisión, el Consejo, los Estados miembros y el Defensor del Pueblo Europeo. Trabajó en estrecha colaboración con los servicios del PE, en particular con el Servicio Jurídico del Parlamento Europeo, y aumentó exponencialmente el uso de la experiencia de investigación del Departamento Temático de Derechos de los Ciudadanos y Asuntos Constitucionales para estudios y talleres, así como del EPRS. Además, en la legislatura 2014-2019, organizó un gran número de audiencias públicas. A su vez, la comisión consiguió mantener la actividad parlamentaria global notablemente estable al comparar el número de informes, opiniones, preguntas orales, resoluciones y visitas de información realizadas durante las legislaturas 2014-2019 y 2009-2014 (véase el anexo 1). En este contexto, la Comisión PETI siguió examinando un gran número de peticiones que planteaban problemas en todos los ámbitos de actividad de la Unión: derechos fundamentales, migración, derecho de petición, ciudadanía, libre circulación, discriminación, Iniciativa Ciudadana Europea; derechos del niño, medio ambiente, bienestar de los animales, discapacidad, política social y empleo, Brexit, mejora de la legislación y aplicación de la legislación de la Unión, apertura, transparencia, acceso a los documentos, conflictos de intereses, y acuerdos internacionales. La Comisión PETI también trató algunos temas muy específicos, por ejemplo, la legislación hipotecaria y los instrumentos financieros de riesgo. Debido a su importante papel en la detección de violaciones de los derechos de las personas con discapacidad (la llamada «función de protección» dentro del marco de la Unión establecido para aplicar la Convención de las Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad a escala de la Unión y de los Estados miembros), la Comisión PETI ha dedicado mucha atención al tema de la discapacidad.

FEMM Mission to Italy - 17-19 December 2018

13-12-2018

The FEMM Committee requested the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs to provide a briefing for a mission to Italy (17-19 December 2018). The focus of this FEMM mission is on conscientious objection to abortion in Italy and the trafficking of migrant women for prostitution in Italy. This briefing provides background information on both subjects.

The FEMM Committee requested the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs to provide a briefing for a mission to Italy (17-19 December 2018). The focus of this FEMM mission is on conscientious objection to abortion in Italy and the trafficking of migrant women for prostitution in Italy. This briefing provides background information on both subjects.

The role of ombudsmen and petitions committees in detecting breaches of EU law

26-11-2018

Over the last decades, national and EU political institutions have sought ways to get closer to citizens, who are showing an increasing dissatisfaction with the performance of democratic institutions. The right to petition and the right to submit complaints to ombudsmen (the twin rights) can be considered two privileged instruments for strengthening this relationship, since they are two of the most accessible ways for citizens to address political institutions, notably to react to the application ...

Over the last decades, national and EU political institutions have sought ways to get closer to citizens, who are showing an increasing dissatisfaction with the performance of democratic institutions. The right to petition and the right to submit complaints to ombudsmen (the twin rights) can be considered two privileged instruments for strengthening this relationship, since they are two of the most accessible ways for citizens to address political institutions, notably to react to the application of EU law and policy. Pioneering efforts have been made to enhance the relationship with the citizens, notably through the use of new technologies. These technologies facilitate the exercise of the twin rights, they democratise access to information or facilitate communication between institutions and citizens. One of the major shortcomings in the petitions/complaints process is the lack of knowledge of the profile of those who make use of their right to petition or to complain. This briefing provides some recommendations on how to empower parliaments and enforce citizens’ rights through the petitions and complaints process.

Autor externo

Tiago Tiburcio

Case analysis: the transposition and implementation of Regulation 261/2004 on air passenger rights

26-11-2018

This briefing draws on the latest available data to analyse the implementation and application of Regulation 261/2004 which introduces common rules on assistance and compensation to air passengers when their travel is disrupted. The briefing explains why the European Union enacted air passenger rights and the current state of play in terms of their enjoyment. It further sets out the current legal framework before exploring its shortcomings. Finally, it gives examples of best practice and presents ...

This briefing draws on the latest available data to analyse the implementation and application of Regulation 261/2004 which introduces common rules on assistance and compensation to air passengers when their travel is disrupted. The briefing explains why the European Union enacted air passenger rights and the current state of play in terms of their enjoyment. It further sets out the current legal framework before exploring its shortcomings. Finally, it gives examples of best practice and presents some recommendations for national parliaments and EU institutions to improve the enforcement of citizens’ rights.

Autor externo

Sara Drake, Senior Lecturer in European Union Law Cardiff School of Law and Politics

Implementation of EIA Directive 2014/52/EUon the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment

26-11-2018

Proper implementation of EU law is essential to deliver the EU policy goals as defined in the Treaties and secondary legislation. This briefing aims to give an overview of the transposition and implementation of Directive 2014/52/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (the EIA Directive). It presents the key elements of this Directive. The amendments brought by Directive 2014/52/EU to the previous legal text aim to improve the quality of Environmental ...

Proper implementation of EU law is essential to deliver the EU policy goals as defined in the Treaties and secondary legislation. This briefing aims to give an overview of the transposition and implementation of Directive 2014/52/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (the EIA Directive). It presents the key elements of this Directive. The amendments brought by Directive 2014/52/EU to the previous legal text aim to improve the quality of Environmental Impact Asessment reports and the information gathered, as well as to reinforce environmental protection in the assessment of the impacts on the environment.

Autor externo

Marta Ballesteros

Mission to Austria 11/12 October 2018

08-10-2018

This document was prepared to provide background information for Members of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) participating in the Conference "Gender Equality and YOU"organised by the Austrian presidency (Vienna, 11-12 October 2018). It is intended to provide information on various aspects of gender equality, based on studies and analyses which have been commissioned by the Policy Department and delivered to FEMM in the course of the current legislature. Of two recent studies ...

This document was prepared to provide background information for Members of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) participating in the Conference "Gender Equality and YOU"organised by the Austrian presidency (Vienna, 11-12 October 2018). It is intended to provide information on various aspects of gender equality, based on studies and analyses which have been commissioned by the Policy Department and delivered to FEMM in the course of the current legislature. Of two recent studies a short summary, as well as a link to the full text of the study is given. A number of other Policy Department studies on specific aspects of gender equality in the EU are listed for further reading.

Fact-finding visit to Spain - 19 - 21 September 2018

12-09-2018

This briefing provides background information on the history, the development and the current situation of the Doñana National Park in the south of Spain. The PETI Committee has received a number of petitions on environmental issues concerning Doñana and decided to send a small delegation of its members on a fact-finding visit to the area. The briefing also provides the latest information on the state of play of the petitions, in particular with regard to the response of the European Commission to ...

This briefing provides background information on the history, the development and the current situation of the Doñana National Park in the south of Spain. The PETI Committee has received a number of petitions on environmental issues concerning Doñana and decided to send a small delegation of its members on a fact-finding visit to the area. The briefing also provides the latest information on the state of play of the petitions, in particular with regard to the response of the European Commission to the petitions.

FACT-FINDING VISIT TO LUSATIA, GERMANY. 14-16 February 2018

08-02-2018

This briefing note was prepared by the Policy Department for the PETI Committee and provides background information on the region of Lusatia in Germany. In particular it contains background information on the Sorb population of this region and on various aspects concerning the lignite mining activities and its consequences for the population, the economy and the environment of the region.

This briefing note was prepared by the Policy Department for the PETI Committee and provides background information on the region of Lusatia in Germany. In particular it contains background information on the Sorb population of this region and on various aspects concerning the lignite mining activities and its consequences for the population, the economy and the environment of the region.

Delegation to Morocco - 17-20 July 2017 - Briefing note for FEMM Members

13-07-2017

This briefing note was prepared at the request of the FEMM Committee. The briefing provides information on the situation of women and gender equality in Morocco for FEMM Members joining an AFET delegation to Morocco from 17-20 July 2017. The briefing contains statistics and background information on the labour participation of women in Morocco, violence against women, women's political participation, and female illiteracy in Morocco. It also looks at the EU-Morocco partnership and the national and ...

This briefing note was prepared at the request of the FEMM Committee. The briefing provides information on the situation of women and gender equality in Morocco for FEMM Members joining an AFET delegation to Morocco from 17-20 July 2017. The briefing contains statistics and background information on the labour participation of women in Morocco, violence against women, women's political participation, and female illiteracy in Morocco. It also looks at the EU-Morocco partnership and the national and international legal context.

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