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EP answers: a citizen-tailored service

EP answers are a selection of answers to frequent questions and concerns of citizens who have addressed them to the European Parliament.

Citizens from all over Europe write to the European Parliament to express their opinion on how the Parliament and the EU should (or should not) act. Many of these messages are treated by a department called the Citizens’ Enquiries Unit, or in short: Ask EP.

Service for citizens

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Ask EP launched the EP answers in 2014 on the EPRS blog with the aim of making information on recurrent issues (based on answers that have been sent in reply to individual citizen’s enquiries) available to the wider public. EP answers is a citizen-tailored service, which complements the EPRS studies and analyses, written and published by EPRS experts.

The Ask EP service provides information on the activities, powers and organisation of the European Parliament. Often this means that we help to explain the complex EU decision-making process and to clarify the responsibilities of and interactions between the different EU institutions, and between national and EU levels.

Broad spectrum of questions and answers

The thematic scope of EP answers is as broad as the spectrum of questions that Ask EP receives. The topics of citizens’ enquiries range from international conflicts (e.g. Ukraine-Russia) and trade agreements (e.g. TTIP) to cross-border issues (e.g. migration) to hands-on questions (e.g. pension rights) and concrete institutional aspects (e.g. MEPs’ activities, EP’s three workplaces). Sometimes a specific event (e.g. changing of the clocks) motivates citizens to send a message to the Parliament. This list is far from exhaustive.

Citizens’ messages often refer to issues that are constantly evolving; so Ask EP also publishes updated EP answers on ‘hot topics’, such as the negotiations on TTIP.

All EP answers close with the words: ‘Do you have any questions on this issue or another EP-related concern? Please use our web form. You write, we answer.’

In this spirit we would like to encourage you: Keep writing to us. We will keep answering you.

About Ask EP

The Citizens' Enquiries Unit provides information on the activities, powers and organisation of the European Parliament. You ask, we answer.

Discussion

3 thoughts on “EP answers: a citizen-tailored service

  1. Io mi sono laureata all Universita di Bergamo e il tema della mia tesi era in diritto internazionale e piu specificamente della Comunita Europea. Mi fa male pensare di tutto quello che si sta discutendo riguardo la sospensione della zona Schengen. Non so la decisione che i leader Europei andranno a prendere domani venerdi l11/12/15, ma esprimo fermamente la mia opinione che Schengen e e deve rimanere tale quele. La soluzione al terorismo non ee non potra essere chiudere le dogane. Paesi come gli Stati Uniti e UK hanno sempre avuto controlli passaporto ma questo non gli ha e non potra proteggerli da attacchi terroristici. Schengen e il piugrande successo dellintegrazione Europea. Il terorismo va combattuto sul posto da tutti i paesi europei e non europei ,che sono contro il terrorismo internazionale.
    SI, ai controlli dei social network dove i jihadisti reclutano i loro seguaci, SI, ai controlli della importazione ed exportazione di armi, SI, agli scambi di informazione e di dati tra i servizi segreti europei e non europei, SI, allo stile americano di condiviosione dei dati di identificazione dei passegeri aerei, SI, ai controlli dei passeggeri basati sullinformazioni della polizia, SI, a un sistematico controllo dei movimenti di persone note gia agli organi della polizia e dei servizi segreti come potenziali terroristi o simpatizzanti del terrorismo.
    NO, alla sospensione della zona Schengen, NO, alla sospensione del border-frre travel zone. No, al riportare i posti di blocco in tutto il continente. NO, al mini Schengen. NO, alla esclusione dell
    Italia, Spagna, Grecia e alcuni paesi dellEst europeo dalla free zone.
    Noi tutti dobbiamo lavorare per mantenere Schengen e farlo funzionare correttamente. Non dobbiamo rinunciare alla nostra liberta e la nostra privacy sotto la paura e la minaccia dei terroristi. Noi siamo milioni contro mille. Dobbiamo soltanto unire le nostre forze in modo intelligente ed efficace per sconfiggere questa minaccia. Europa UNITA ha superato e ha sconfitto tante difficulta
    nel corso degli anni e non Europa DIVISA e DEBOLE come la vogliono i nostri nemici. E non dimenticare mai che l`UNIONE fa la FORZA. Grazie

    Cordiali saluti

    Tania Halatcheva

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    Posted by Tania Halatcheva | December 10, 2015, 13:29
  2. All ministers acting in EU Council should administer an oath to respect EU law and act in favour of the EU. – Today, without this oath, these persons mainly act in pure national interests.

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    Posted by @Europolitikus (twitter) | July 31, 2015, 14:40

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