Petitions Committee

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A petitions committee is a parliamentary committee or a committee in municipal representative bodies , such as the Bundestag , the Landtag or the municipal council , which deals with petitions from citizens who feel they have been treated unfairly by an authority or a state body. Citizens who have suggestions for changes to existing laws can also petition the petitions committee of the responsible legislature. The Petitions Committee therefore forms an important interface between the elected representatives and the population.

Right of petition in Germany

In Germany, the right of petition is regulated in Art. 20 , Paragraph 2, Item d of the TFEU and in Art. 17 of the Basic Law. In the latter it says: "Everyone has the right, individually or in association with others, to turn in writing with requests or complaints to the responsible authorities and to the parliament." Neither German citizenship nor legal age is required to use this extrajudicial remedy . Petitions in favor of third parties are also possible.

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