Every EU citizen, resident or registered company may file a petition with the European Parliament. The petition must be related to an issue that the Union is authorised to regulate. Also, the petition must have a direct effect on the petitioner. Often the petition is a complaint but it may also be a request to do something. The petition is addressed to the European Parliament which represent the citizens in the Union. The purpose of the petition is to notify the European Parliament of any violation of the citizens’ rights within the Union. This makes it possible for the European Parliament to take action against a member state, authorities or institutions.
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