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Inter-parliamentary Committee Meeting - 5 March 2020

14-02-2020

This briefing was requested by the FEMM Committee for an Inter-parliamentary Committee Meeting to be held on 5 March 2020 in connection with International Women's Day on 8 March 2020. This thematic briefing concentrates on women and the economy, violence against women, women and climate change, and the backlash against women's rights and gender equality.

This briefing was requested by the FEMM Committee for an Inter-parliamentary Committee Meeting to be held on 5 March 2020 in connection with International Women's Day on 8 March 2020. This thematic briefing concentrates on women and the economy, violence against women, women and climate change, and the backlash against women's rights and gender equality.

Fact-finding visit to Bulgaria

05-02-2020

The PETI Committee decided to organise a fact-finding visit to Bulgaria as a result of a relatively large number of petitions it has received from Bulgarian citizens on the Bulgarian Code of Civil Procedure (CCP). Petitioners allege breaches of consumer rights, corruption, the role of bailiffs, violation of the right to a fair trial, and breaches of Directive 93/13/EEC on unfair terms in consumer contracts. The aim of the visit is to hear the petitioners and to investigate and discuss the subject ...

The PETI Committee decided to organise a fact-finding visit to Bulgaria as a result of a relatively large number of petitions it has received from Bulgarian citizens on the Bulgarian Code of Civil Procedure (CCP). Petitioners allege breaches of consumer rights, corruption, the role of bailiffs, violation of the right to a fair trial, and breaches of Directive 93/13/EEC on unfair terms in consumer contracts. The aim of the visit is to hear the petitioners and to investigate and discuss the subject matter of the petitions with the Bulgarian authorities.

Leistungen des Petitionsausschusses in der Wahlperiode 2014-2019 und Herausforderungen für die Zukunft

03-07-2019

In der Wahlperiode 2014-2019 haben sich die Europäische Union und insbesondere das Europäische Parlament mit seinem engagierten Petitionsausschuss (PETI) weiterhin für das Recht der Bürger eingesetzt, Petitionen beim EP einzureichen, um Fragen und Probleme anzusprechen und Rechtsbehelfe und Maßnahmen in den Zuständigkeitsbereichen der EU zu fordern, indem sie die Organe und die Mitgliedstaaten sowohl für Themen im Mittelpunkt der politischen Debatte als auch für vernachlässigte oder ruhende Themen ...

In der Wahlperiode 2014-2019 haben sich die Europäische Union und insbesondere das Europäische Parlament mit seinem engagierten Petitionsausschuss (PETI) weiterhin für das Recht der Bürger eingesetzt, Petitionen beim EP einzureichen, um Fragen und Probleme anzusprechen und Rechtsbehelfe und Maßnahmen in den Zuständigkeitsbereichen der EU zu fordern, indem sie die Organe und die Mitgliedstaaten sowohl für Themen im Mittelpunkt der politischen Debatte als auch für vernachlässigte oder ruhende Themen mobilisiert haben. Um den EU-Bürgern besser dienen zu können, hat der Ausschuss ein Internetportal für Petitionen entwickelt, das eine einfachere Einreichung von Petitionen, mehr Interaktion und Informationsdienste ermöglicht. Er hat neue und aktualisierte Leitlinien angenommen, um die Bearbeitung von Petitionen und den Beschlussfassungsprozess des Ausschusses zu vereinfachen. Ferner konnte er einige vorteilhafte Änderungen der Geschäftsordnung des EP bewirken. Die Zusammenarbeit mit anderen Ausschüssen des EP wurde verstärkt und verbessert, auch durch die Einrichtung eines Petitionsnetzes. Zum ersten Mal hat der PETI-Ausschuss eine besondere Arbeitsgruppe eingesetzt, die Arbeitsgruppe zum Wohlergehen von Kindern, die dafür zuständig war, eine Reihe von Petitionen zu den Rechten von Kindern zu prüfen und dem Ausschuss im Rahmen von Empfehlungen darüber zu berichten. Der PETI-Ausschuss hat seine guten Arbeitsbeziehungen zur Kommission, den Mitgliedstaaten und der Europäischen Bürgerbeauftragten aufrechterhalten. Er hat eng mit den Dienststellen des EP, insbesondere dem Juristischen Dienst des EP, zusammengearbeitet und deutlich häufiger auf das Fachwissen der Fachabteilung Bürgerrechte und konstitutionelle Angelegenheiten für Studien und Workshops sowie auf den wissenschaftlichen Dienst des EP (EPRS) zurückgegriffen. Zudem hat er in der Wahlperiode 2014-2019 eine große Zahl öffentlicher Anhörungen durchgeführt. Gleichzeitig ist es dem Ausschuss gelungen, die allgemeine parlamentarische Tätigkeit im Hinblick auf die Zahl der Berichte, Stellungnahmen, mündlichen Anfragen, Entschließungen und Informationsbesuche in der Wahlperiode 2014-2019 gegenüber der Wahlperiode 2009-2014 weitgehend stabil zu halten (siehe Anlage 1). Vor diesem Hintergrund hat der PETI-Ausschuss weiterhin eine große Zahl von Petitionen geprüft, in denen Fragen zu allen Bereichen der EU-Tätigkeit behandelt wurden: Grundrechte, Migration, Petitionsrecht, Unionsbürgerschaft, Freizügigkeit, Diskriminierung, Europäische Bürgerinitiative, Kinderrechte, Umwelt, Tierschutz, Behinderung, Sozialpolitik und Beschäftigung, Brexit, bessere Rechtsetzung und Anwendung des EU-Rechts, Offenheit, Transparenz, Zugang zu Dokumenten, Interessenkonflikte und internationale Abkommen. Der PETI-Ausschuss hat sich ferner mit einigen sehr speziellen Fragen beschäftigt, beispielsweise dem Hypothekenrecht und riskanten Finanzinstrumenten. Aufgrund seiner wichtigen Rolle bei der Feststellung von Verletzungen der Rechte von Menschen mit Behinderungen (die sogenannte „Schutzfunktion“ innerhalb des EU-Rahmens zur Umsetzung des Übereinkommens der Vereinten Nationen über die Rechte von Menschen mit Behinderungen auf EU- und Mitgliedstaatenebene) hat der PETI-Ausschuss dem Thema Behinderungen viel Aufmerksamkeit gewidmet.

FEMM Mission to Italy - 17-19 December 2018

13-12-2018

The FEMM Committee requested the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs to provide a briefing for a mission to Italy (17-19 December 2018). The focus of this FEMM mission is on conscientious objection to abortion in Italy and the trafficking of migrant women for prostitution in Italy. This briefing provides background information on both subjects.

The FEMM Committee requested the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs to provide a briefing for a mission to Italy (17-19 December 2018). The focus of this FEMM mission is on conscientious objection to abortion in Italy and the trafficking of migrant women for prostitution in Italy. This briefing provides background information on both subjects.

The role of ombudsmen and petitions committees in detecting breaches of EU law

26-11-2018

Over the last decades, national and EU political institutions have sought ways to get closer to citizens, who are showing an increasing dissatisfaction with the performance of democratic institutions. The right to petition and the right to submit complaints to ombudsmen (the twin rights) can be considered two privileged instruments for strengthening this relationship, since they are two of the most accessible ways for citizens to address political institutions, notably to react to the application ...

Over the last decades, national and EU political institutions have sought ways to get closer to citizens, who are showing an increasing dissatisfaction with the performance of democratic institutions. The right to petition and the right to submit complaints to ombudsmen (the twin rights) can be considered two privileged instruments for strengthening this relationship, since they are two of the most accessible ways for citizens to address political institutions, notably to react to the application of EU law and policy. Pioneering efforts have been made to enhance the relationship with the citizens, notably through the use of new technologies. These technologies facilitate the exercise of the twin rights, they democratise access to information or facilitate communication between institutions and citizens. One of the major shortcomings in the petitions/complaints process is the lack of knowledge of the profile of those who make use of their right to petition or to complain. This briefing provides some recommendations on how to empower parliaments and enforce citizens’ rights through the petitions and complaints process.

Externe Autor

Tiago Tiburcio

Case analysis: the transposition and implementation of Regulation 261/2004 on air passenger rights

26-11-2018

This briefing draws on the latest available data to analyse the implementation and application of Regulation 261/2004 which introduces common rules on assistance and compensation to air passengers when their travel is disrupted. The briefing explains why the European Union enacted air passenger rights and the current state of play in terms of their enjoyment. It further sets out the current legal framework before exploring its shortcomings. Finally, it gives examples of best practice and presents ...

This briefing draws on the latest available data to analyse the implementation and application of Regulation 261/2004 which introduces common rules on assistance and compensation to air passengers when their travel is disrupted. The briefing explains why the European Union enacted air passenger rights and the current state of play in terms of their enjoyment. It further sets out the current legal framework before exploring its shortcomings. Finally, it gives examples of best practice and presents some recommendations for national parliaments and EU institutions to improve the enforcement of citizens’ rights.

Externe Autor

Sara Drake, Senior Lecturer in European Union Law Cardiff School of Law and Politics

Implementation of EIA Directive 2014/52/EUon the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment

26-11-2018

Proper implementation of EU law is essential to deliver the EU policy goals as defined in the Treaties and secondary legislation. This briefing aims to give an overview of the transposition and implementation of Directive 2014/52/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (the EIA Directive). It presents the key elements of this Directive. The amendments brought by Directive 2014/52/EU to the previous legal text aim to improve the quality of Environmental ...

Proper implementation of EU law is essential to deliver the EU policy goals as defined in the Treaties and secondary legislation. This briefing aims to give an overview of the transposition and implementation of Directive 2014/52/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (the EIA Directive). It presents the key elements of this Directive. The amendments brought by Directive 2014/52/EU to the previous legal text aim to improve the quality of Environmental Impact Asessment reports and the information gathered, as well as to reinforce environmental protection in the assessment of the impacts on the environment.

Externe Autor

Marta Ballesteros

Mission to Austria 11/12 October 2018

08-10-2018

This document was prepared to provide background information for Members of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) participating in the Conference "Gender Equality and YOU"organised by the Austrian presidency (Vienna, 11-12 October 2018). It is intended to provide information on various aspects of gender equality, based on studies and analyses which have been commissioned by the Policy Department and delivered to FEMM in the course of the current legislature. Of two recent studies ...

This document was prepared to provide background information for Members of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) participating in the Conference "Gender Equality and YOU"organised by the Austrian presidency (Vienna, 11-12 October 2018). It is intended to provide information on various aspects of gender equality, based on studies and analyses which have been commissioned by the Policy Department and delivered to FEMM in the course of the current legislature. Of two recent studies a short summary, as well as a link to the full text of the study is given. A number of other Policy Department studies on specific aspects of gender equality in the EU are listed for further reading.

Fact-finding visit to Spain - 19 - 21 September 2018

12-09-2018

This briefing provides background information on the history, the development and the current situation of the Doñana National Park in the south of Spain. The PETI Committee has received a number of petitions on environmental issues concerning Doñana and decided to send a small delegation of its members on a fact-finding visit to the area. The briefing also provides the latest information on the state of play of the petitions, in particular with regard to the response of the European Commission to ...

This briefing provides background information on the history, the development and the current situation of the Doñana National Park in the south of Spain. The PETI Committee has received a number of petitions on environmental issues concerning Doñana and decided to send a small delegation of its members on a fact-finding visit to the area. The briefing also provides the latest information on the state of play of the petitions, in particular with regard to the response of the European Commission to the petitions.

FACT-FINDING VISIT TO LUSATIA, GERMANY. 14-16 February 2018

08-02-2018

This briefing note was prepared by the Policy Department for the PETI Committee and provides background information on the region of Lusatia in Germany. In particular it contains background information on the Sorb population of this region and on various aspects concerning the lignite mining activities and its consequences for the population, the economy and the environment of the region.

This briefing note was prepared by the Policy Department for the PETI Committee and provides background information on the region of Lusatia in Germany. In particular it contains background information on the Sorb population of this region and on various aspects concerning the lignite mining activities and its consequences for the population, the economy and the environment of the region.

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