Petitions to the European Parliament
Legal Basis: Article 227 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (former 194 TEC).
Year this right was established:Introduced by the Treaty on European Union in 1993.
Number of Complaints:in 2011 the Committee of Petition received 2091 complaints and 998 of those were considered admissible. The petitions are presented in the field of environment, fundamental rights and internal market issues. Read the latest report.
Submitting a petition is simple and all you need to include is certain personal details and a full account of your complaint. Your petition may be submitted through the post or online via the Parliament’s website. If your petition is declared admissible, the Commission may be asked to take up the complaint or the petition may be referred to another committee. Alternatively, the petition’s committee may take a more active role by undertaking a fact finding mission or submitting a full report to be voted on in plenary.