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Plastic bags: EU’s response to reducing consumption

Citizens want to know what the EU is doing to reduce the consumption of plastic bags given the negative impact on marine wildlife and the environment. In the EU, plastic carrier bags are considered as packaging under Directive 94/62/EC. The use of plastic carrier bags result in littering and an inefficient use of resources. Moreover, … Continue reading

Citizens’ questions to the European Parliament in 2016

In both European and international politics, 2016 was a memorable year, and this was reflected in over 87 000 questions put by citizens to the President of the European Parliament or to its Citizens Enquiries Unit/Ask EP unit. Top topics: Poland, EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement and Migration The most pressing issue for citizens in 2016 was … Continue reading

EU actions to combat wildlife crime

What are the EU actions to combat wildlife crime and on the import of wild animal parts into the EU?  The European Parliament has, on many occasions, denounced the illicit trafficking of wild animal parts and strives to support the protection and welfare of wild animals.  The European Union seeks to protect and conserve endangered … Continue reading

Wintertime: why change the clocks?

Citizens recurrently turn to the European Parliament with comments on the changing of the clocks. Some citizens are in favour of the summertime /wintertime arrangements; others call on the Parliament to abolish it. On Sunday 30 October clocks go back one hour, but why? In fact, twice a year the clocks in all EU Member … Continue reading

Fight against corruption

Citizens recurrently turn to the European Parliament to comment on various cases of alleged corruption. Furthermore, they request information on how to lodge a complaint and to ask the EU to act in the fight against corruption.  Corruption remains a challenge for society as a whole and is one of the serious crimes that can … Continue reading

A guide to the Sakharov Prize (2016)

Find out more on the procedure related to the European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and how its nominees are chosen. Each year the European Parliament awards the Sakharov to honour individuals or organisations for their efforts on behalf of human rights and fundamental freedoms. This prize was set up in 1988 in … Continue reading

Trending: topics catching citizens’ attention in 2016

Every day, citizens from all over Europe and the rest of the world turn to the European Parliament to request information, express opinions or suggest solutions on a wide range of topics. Ask EP provides an overview of the main issues raised by the citizens who wrote to the European Parliament during the first six … Continue reading

Animal testing

There is a strong public interest in the issue of animal welfare, and many people have concerns about some of the methods used in animal testing. The protection and welfare of animals is an issue covered by a wide range of EU legislation, such as the protection of wildlife, zoo animals, farm animals, animals in … Continue reading

Emissions in the automotive sector

Citizens recurrently turn to the Parliament to request information about the EU’s actions to fight against air pollution by emissions from motor vehicles. After the car emissions scandal in September 2015, citizens asked for stricter controls of emission measurements in the automotive sector. Following the car emissions scandal in September 2015, the European Parliament adopted … Continue reading

Recognition of diplomas and professional qualifications

When moving from one EU country to another or whilst studying abroad, citizens frequently write to the European Parliament to request information about the legislation in force with regard to the recognition of professional or academic qualifications. In particular, they enquire about the administrative procedures and documents needed to get a diploma recognised in another … Continue reading

Patents and plant breeders’ rights

Following the decision of the European Patents Office (EPO) to authorise patents on certain products derived from conventional selection methods, many citizens have called on Parliament, as well as the Commission, to take steps in order to clarify existing EU rules and protect plant breeders’ access to biological resources. Plant breeding is an innovative process … Continue reading

Summertime: changing the clocks

Citizens recurrently turn to the Parliament with comments on the switch between summer and winter time. Some citizens are in favour of the summertime arrangements; others call on the Parliament to help to abolish the practice. Twice a year the clocks in all EU Member States are switched forward by one hour from winter to … Continue reading

Air passenger rights

Citizens recurrently turn to the European Parliament in order to request information about their rights as passengers. The ongoing legislative reform shall clarify certain aspects of air passenger rights, to ensure a better application of the EU law and to strike a fair balance between passenger rights and their financial cost. In complement to various … Continue reading

European citizens’ initiative

Citizens recurrently turn to the European Parliament in order to find out how to actively participate in the legislative process. The European citizens’ initiative (ECI), launched in April 2012, is a big step in bringing citizens closer to Europe, allowing them to participate in the democratic process. The European citizens’ initiative enables 1 million EU … Continue reading

Net neutrality

Citizens have written to the European Parliament with regard to the regulation on a European single market for electronic communications, asking in particular about the implications for net neutrality. The European Parliament has continuously underlined the need to strengthen the governance of the digital single market and to enshrine net neutrality as a regulatory principle, … Continue reading

Fight against terrorism

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris in January and November 2015, citizens wrote to the European Parliament expressing their deepest rejection of these acts of terrorism. Citizens also asked the EU institutions to adopt new measures to combat and prevent these crimes. Many European countries have been affected by terrorism in one form or another. … Continue reading

New context for the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data

The directive on the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime (EU PNR directive) is back on the EU agenda. Citizens writing to the European Parliament expressed their concerns about the PNR’s potential impact on fundamental rights and data protection. The Member … Continue reading

Mass surveillance of EU citizens

Citizens recurrently turn to the European Parliament in order to request more protection against mass surveillance and to safeguard their fundamental rights. The European Parliament has serious concerns about the US National Security Agency (NSA)’s activities and their impact on EU citizens’ fundamental rights and it took action immediately when allegations of the NSA’s activities … Continue reading

Changing of the clocks from summertime to wintertime

Citizens recurrently turn to the Parliament with comments on the changing of the clocks. Some citizens are in favour of the summertime arrangement; others call on the Parliament to abolish summertime arrangements. On Sunday 25 October 2015 at 3 a.m., clocks in the EU were turned back one hour to 2 a.m. local standard time. … Continue reading

EU measures to promote youth employment

Citizens recurrently turn to the Parliament with comments on youth unemployment in Europe, and request for more actions to help young people to find a job. Tackling youth unemployment in Europe is a top priority for the European Parliament. Parliament is fully aware that youth unemployment has a profound impact on individuals as well as … Continue reading

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