Know your rights

Any citizen of the Union and any natural or legal person residing or having its registered office in a Member State has the right to petition the European Parliament.

This right is enshrined in article 44 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

What to do if your rights have been breached

The authorities of EU countries are bound to comply with the Charter of Fundamental Rights only when implementing EU law. Fundamental rights are protected by your country's constitution.

How to report a breach of your rights

Addressing your complaint to the relevant national authority, government, national courts or a specialised human rights body.

What the Commission is doing to protect your rights


The right of petition is embodied in

Articles 20 and 24 of the Treaty of the functioning of the EU 
Article 44 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

Chapter 5 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights is on citizens' rights. This chapter also contains the following rights


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