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 accessible 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.

  • Forced labour and child labour 

    27.6 million people (including 3.3 million children) are estimated to be in forced labour while child labour affects 160 million children (almost one in ten). These phenomena occur across all continents to varying degrees. The EU has a long history of promoting respect for human rights and related labour rights, including decent work and freedom from forced labour, through a variety of internal and external policies.

      
  • Minimum wages in the EU 

    EU member countries set their minimum wage individually, while the EU supports and complements their action. Minimum wages differ greatly throughout the union, with the lowest level in Bulgaria and the highest in Luxembourg.
    Minimum wage protection can be provided through collective agreements, statutory minimum wages set by law, or a combination of both. In 2022, the EU has adopted new rules that promote adequate minimum wages and help to improve working and living conditions for employees in EU countries.

      
  • Climate change 

    The atmosphere is warming, the climate is changing and ecosystems are more at risk with each passing year. The EU is taking a whole series of measures to place its economy and society on a sustainable path that protects citizens and the environment on a long-term basis.
    These climate ambitions are reflected in the EU budget.

      
  • Forest fires and forestry policy 

    In recent years, several countries around the world have been confronted with particularly intense and widespread forest fires.
    The protection of forests in the EU falls primarily under the national competence of the governments of EU countries. However, there are a number of ways in which the EU contributes to preventing and helping in the case of forest fires, both through EU funding and EU mechanisms.

      
  • Gender equality 

    Policies central to promoting gender equality, such as employment and social policy are mainly the responsibility of the EU countries. Nevertheless, the European Union is determined to protect gender equality, which is a fundamental right under EU law. The EU therefore strives to foster gender equality in all its actions.

      
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