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 guide was made for you! 

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 specializing in animal law. In 2021, She founded the first female-founded consultancy in Brussels, Belgium dedicated to assisting organizations 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.

At The Good Lobby, we believe that by engaging with citizens in the policy process, in providing expertise and resources to NGOs, and in connecting those working for the public good, we can create a society of citizen lobbyists, to preserve and strengthen civil society in Europe and beyond.

To this end, we hope this toolkit contributes to our goals of equipping citizens with participatory democracy tools available in Europe; encouraging them to connect with policymakers; and creating confident citizens who can help counter the influence exercised by interest groups in the policy process. 

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