What is your opinion on the EU

How can I give my opinion to the EU?

From online surveys to European citizens' initiatives to the right to petition

As part of public consultations On the Internet, the European Commission asks you for your opinion on planned legislation, EU initiatives and political measures. The European Commission summarizes the contributions in a report. In the report she explains which contributions she has taken into account and why she cannot take up some suggestions.

As part of the European citizens' initiative a group of at least one million EU citizens can ask the European Commission to propose legislation. Before submitting an initiative, you need to form an organizing committee. This must include at least seven EU citizens from seven different member states. The signatories of the citizens' initiative must also come from at least seven EU countries. You can submit a European citizens' initiative via the website of the European Commission. There you will find information about ongoing and completed initiatives.

About the Petition process Citizens have the opportunity to ask the European Parliament to act. The matter must fall within the scope of the EU and affect you directly. The petition grant checks the submitted petitions and passes them on with its opinion to the responsible authorities. Its task is also to record the extent to which the institutions of the European Union respond to the wishes and demands of the citizens. You can submit a new petition or support petitions that have already been submitted via the website of the European Parliament.

You can contact the with questions, criticism and suggestions Members of the European Parliament turn. On the website of the European Parliament's Liaison Office in Germany, you can see which MEPs are responsible for which federal states. On the website of the European Parliament you can find the MEPs of all EU countries and filter by country, committee and political group affiliation. There you will find the contact details of the MEPs' offices.

Suggestions for Reducing bureaucracy you can contribute to the REFIT portal. On this platform, the public can express their opinion on EU rules and initiatives and thus contribute to reducing bureaucracy and making legislation in the EU more cost-effective and effective. Citizens, national and local parliaments and small businesses can get involved via the REFIT portal.