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European Parliament
Advocacy Toolbox

This toolbox gives access to online tools to help advocates access essential information on EU decision-making and influencing efficiently.

Access to document requests - AskTheEU.org

Consult the outcome of requests for access to documents of EU institutions under Regulation 2001/1049 or file your own request. AskTheEU.org is a civil society open source platform. Requests can also be filed via the website of the institution holding the documents.

Access documents, Map interest groups

Committees

All information on work at Committee level including calendar of meetings, documents, broadcasts, results of votes and hearings.

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Delegations of the EP

Find out the membership and calendar of meetings of the delegations of the EP to joint parliamentary assemblies, bilateral inter-parliamentary committees and third countries.

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EUR-Lex

Register of EU law, EU case law and parliamentary questions. Includes a feature to search by EU lawmaking procedures. Also includes a register of national law and case law of Member states.

Access documents, Know rules & processes, Track decision-making

Guide to drafting EU legislation

Understand the different parts of EU legislative acts and the principles that guide their drafting and amending.

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Legislative Observatory

European Parliament's database for monitoring the EU decision-making process

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Parliamentary questions

Register of written and oral questions adressed by MEPs, political groups and committees to the President of the European Council, the Council, the Commission and the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Understand policies & issues, Provide input

Political group: ECR

Identify coordinators (download 'ECR Vademecum') and advisors (go to 'Contacts') for each EP committee .

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Political group: Greens/EFA

Identify coordinators (see 'Our MEPs') and advisors ('Our Staff') for each EP committee .

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REGPEX - Scrutiny of EU legislation by Regions

Find opinions from regional parliaments on proposed EU legislation, in particular with regards to the respect of the principle of subsidiarity. See also IPEX for information on the scrutiny of legislative proposals by national parliaments. See also the 'Subsidiarity control mechanism' tool in the Commission toolbox.

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Secondary legislation: procedure for implementing & delegated acts

Understand the decision-making process for secondary legislation.

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VoteWatch Europe

Analysis of votes in the EP and Council for all policy areas.

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Calendar 2022

Calendar of EP plenaries, committee meeting weeks, group meeting weeks and constituency weeks in 2022.

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Committees - eMeeting

Committee meeting agendas and documents.

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Directory of MEPs

Directory of MEPs by country, political group and committee, and of their assistants

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European Ombudsman

Independent and impartial non-judicial body that holds the EU’s institutions and agencies to account. File a complaint to report maladministration by an institution. Read the reports of the Ombudsman's proactive investigations on systemic issues.

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IPEX - EU Interparliamentary Exchange Platform

Find opinions from national parliaments on proposed EU legislation, in particular with regards to the respect of the principle of subsidiarity. Also provides a calendar of interparliamentary conferences and meetings. See also the 'Subsidiarity control mechanism' tool in the Commission toolbox. See also REGPEX for information on the scrutiny of legislative proposals by the Committee of Regions.

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Legislative Train

Synopsis and state of play of all legislative and non-legislative files handled by the EP with links to key documents.

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Parltrack

Scrapes information from the EP website and allows you to track information on MEPs, legislative files, amendments, votes and committee agendas.

Prepare for a vote, Track decision-making, Identify decision-makers

Political group: EPP

Identify coordinators and advisors for each EP committee

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Political group: Renew Europe

Identify coordinators (see 'Our MEPs') and advisors (see 'EP Committees') for each EP committee .

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Rules of Procedure

Rules of procedure of the European Parliament (updated January 2021)

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TTTP

Map MEPs by committee, country and political group, download contacts

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Work in Progress Listing

Weekly updated listing of the work in progress in each parliamentary committee.

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Calendar 2023

Calendar of EP plenaries, committee meeting weeks, group meeting weeks and constituency weeks in 2023

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Conference of Committee Chairs (CCC)

The Conference of Committee Chairs (CCC) coordinates the work of the committees. It plays an important role at the start of a legislative process as it resolves conflicts of competence between Committees. It consists of the Chairs of all committees and meets on Tuesdays during plenary weeks in Strasbourg.

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EU Whoiswho

Official directory of the EU

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European Parliament Research Service / EP Think Tank

In-house think tank of the EP. Find two-pagers ('At a glance'), briefings, studies, infographics, updates on legislation in progress, check-lists to support the scrutiny of the Commission and Council by the EP.

Understand policies & issues

Intergroups

List of intergroups officially approved by the EP. They focus on specific topics and bring together MEPs of different political groups and stakeholders. Many other non-registered cross-party groups exist, see 'MEP-industry forums' and genuine MEP-led groups such as https://responsiblebusinessconduct.eu.

Map interest groups, Identify decision-makers, Understand policies & issues

MEP-Industry forums

Corporate Europe Observatory table of unofficial industry-led cross-party groups. Genuine MEP-led groups also exist such as https://responsiblebusinessconduct.eu. See also 'Intergroups'.

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Plenary

Plenary agendas, documents, broadcasts, voting lists and results.

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Political group: GUE/NGL

Identify coordinators (see 'Members') and advisors (see 'Staff') for each EP committee .

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Political group: S&D

Identify coordinators (see 'Members') and advisors (see 'Team') for each EP committee .

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Secondary legislation: Register of delegated and implementing acts

Access to the various steps in the preparation, adoption, scrutiny and publication of secondary legislation. Calendar of meetings of expert groups advising the Commission on Delegated Acts.

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Transparency Register

What interests are being pursued, by whom and with what budgets? See also lobbyfacts.eu and www.integritywatch.eu

Map interest groups