The European Parliament has regular meetings with counterparts from the Member States’ national parliaments,
in particular at committee level. The Parliament’s committees also regularly seek direct input from experts and
stakeholders in public hearings, to feed their deliberations on specific topics. Citizens also have various means to
make contact with the Parliament, either by visiting the institution, raising questions informally with the Citizens’
Enquiries (Ask EP) service, or delivering a petition for consideration by the Petitions Committee. The figures below
give a flavour of these activites in the eighth term so far, from July 2014 to December 2016.