Investigates complaints about maladministration in the institutions and bodies of the European Union
If you are a citizen or an organization of a Member State of the Union or reside in a Member State, you can file a complaint to the European Ombudsman.
Any citizen (or organization) of the European Union, or resident in a Member State, may, individually or in association with others, submit a petition to the European Parliament on a subject which comes within the European Union's fields of activity and which affects them directly.
A European citizens' initiative is an invitation to the European Commission to propose legislation on matters where the EU has competence to legislate, for example environment, agriculture, transport or public health. It needs to be backed by at least one million EU citizens, coming from at least 7 out of the 27 member states. A minimum number of signatories is required in each of those 7 member states.
European citizens can participate in the policy-making process by participating in open consultations on a variety of issues such as public health, energy, etc. The easiest access point to this mechanism is the website -
Link: Your Voice in Europe
The Brussels based United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe - UNRIC provides information on UN activities to the countries of the region. It also provides liaison with institutions of the European Union in the field of information. Its outreach activities extend to all segments of society and joint campaigns, projects and events are organized with partners including the EU, governments, the media, NGOs, schools and local authorities.
United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC Brussels)
Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 155, Block C2,7th and 8th floor, Brussels 1040, Belgium
Tel.: +32 2 788 8484 / Fax: 32 2 788 8485