How to: Submit Feedback to an EU Public Consultation

In the EU, the only institution that can start new legislation (or reform it) is the European Commission. Over the last decade, the EU committed to more transparency in the adoption and reform of EU laws. One central instrument to ensure transparent rule-making in the EU has been public consultations, which allow all parties, including individuals and nonprofits, a means to express their views , data and positions on policies, laws, and regulations at the very beginning of the preparation.

Yet, what is public consultation and how does it work? How to submit feedback to an EU Public Consultation?

This toolkit will describe in detail what public consultation is, and its different types. You will also learn what are the different steps required to submit a notice which will allow you to express your views to lawmakers in the course of setting policy orientations and drafting legislation. It will also provide you with all the resources needed to submit your first feedback.

This open-access toolkit was written by Alice Di Concetto, a French and US-educated lawyer specialising in animal law. In 2021, She founded the first female-founded consultancy in Brussels, Belgium dedicated to assisting organisations advance the interests of animals in Euro-pean law and policy. Prior to her arrival in Brussels, she completed a two-year appointment as a fellow in the Animal Law & Policy Program at Harvard Law School.