ENIL welcomes Cecilia Wikström from the Swedish liberal party to her newly elected post as chair of the EU Petitions Committee. Cecilia was a Vice-President of the EU Intergroup on disability issues during the last mandate period and has advocated for the rights of disabled people for many years.
Members of the European Parliament are divided up among twenty specialised standing committees that instruct legislative proposals through the adoption of reports, propose amendments to plenary and appoint a negotiation team to conduct negotiations with the Council on EU legislation. They also adopt own-initiative reports, organise hearings with experts and scrutinise the other EU bodies and institutions. For negotiations at the conciliation stage, a specific Conciliation Committee is set up. A committee consists of between 25 and 71 full members and an equivalent number of substitutes. Each committee elects a chair and up to four vice-chairs amongst its full members for a two and a half year mandate. The European Parliament can also set up sub-committees and special committees to deal with specific issues, and committees of inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions or maladministration of EU law. The work of the parliamentary committees is supported by a number of expertise and research sources, including the five Policy Departments covering all areas of activity of the European Parliament, the Economic Governance Support Unit and the European Parliamentary Research Service.
The petitions committee deals with complaints and comments from citizens of the European Union.Any citizen 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. The Petitions Committee is responsible for petitions, the organisation of public hearings on citizens’ initiatives pursuant to Rule197a, and relations with the European Ombudsman.
If you would like more information on Cecilia Wikstrom, MEP and her work on disability issues, please read the ENIL questionnaire for the 2014 European Elections she completed here.