12. What action is taken in the case of admissible petitions?
If your petition fulfils the admissibility requirements, it will be declared admissible by the Committee on Petitions, which will then decide what type of action should be taken according to Article 227 of the Parliament's Rules of Procedure.
Depending on the circumstances, the Committee on Petitions may proceed in one or several of the following ways:
- ask the European Commission to conduct a preliminary investigation on your petition and provide information regarding compliance with relevant EU legislation;
- refer your petition to other European Parliament committees for information or further action (a committee might, for example, take account of a petition in its legislative activities) or to another EU institution, body or agency;
- ask the national authorities for information or clarifications in relation to the issues raised in your petition;
- in some exceptional cases, prepare and submit reports or resolutions to be voted on by the European Parliament in plenary, or conduct a fact-finding visit to the country or region concerned and issue a report containing its observations and recommendations;
- suggest an alternative means of redress, such as SOLVIT. When your rights as a citizen or as a business have been breached by public authorities in another Member State, the Committee on Petitions can recommend that you contact SOLVIT - an online service provided by the national administration in each EU country. The Committee on Petitions does not forward petitions directly to SOLVIT as it should be your choice whether or not to make use of this option; take any other action considered appropriate to try to resolve an issue or deliver a suitable response to your petition;
- place your petition on the Committee’s agenda and discuss it in a meeting to which you will be invited.
Whatever is decided, the Committee on Petitions will inform you as soon as possible in writing after the decision has been made.