19. How do I search for existing petitions?
Searching for previously submitted petitions may save time and effort: there might already be a petition of interest to you, which you can support. You do not need to be registered or logged in to search in the petitions database.
There are two search options:
The quick search function is located at the top right hand side of the page.
The quick search function works like a conventional search engine and displays a list of petitions sorted by relevance, allowing you to search for text in the summary title and in the summary of a petition. To search for a particular phrase, use "&" as a connector between search terms, e.g. "artistic&censorship" to search for the phrase "artistic censorship".
The advanced search will produce more targeted results than the quick search as it is customisable.
To access the search form, click on "show petitions".
You need to select at least one parameter to display results, either by completing fields and/or using the scrollable lists available. You can search by keyword, year, status and/ or country affected. Just select one or more parameters and click on “Search”. Results will be produced by order of relevance and will contain petitions that are already published, i.e. petitions for which there has already been a decision made on their admissibility.
Combined searches are possible by selecting more than one parameter. You can also select multiple values in one search parameter, by holding down the Ctrl key while clicking to select; see for example the “status” parameter below.
When typing in the “Keyword” field, you can use any search term in any of the 24 official EU languages. The results produced will contain this term in the title or in the summary of the petition. Logical connectors such as AND, OR, and * are not available, nor is it possible to search for an exact phrase by using quotation marks (“_”). Should you wish to search by petition number, please enter the number in the "NNNN/YYYY" form, e.g. "2728/2013", without any spaces.
Searches by using the “Year” field will produce results according to the year that a petition was submitted and thus registered. Multiple selections are also possible by holding down the Ctrl key while clicking to select.
The “Status” field contains only two options: admissible or not admissible. Selecting “admissible” will produce petitions that are still open AND petitions that were closed AND petitions that are or are not available for support. Not admissible will produce all petitions that were found inadmissible by the Committee on Petitions, whether on merits or on procedural shortcomings.
The “Select country affected” field will allow you to search for petitions referring to one or more specific countries. It is important to keep in mind that “European Union” does not mean that a search will be performed that will refer to all EU Member States; for this, you need to select all the EU Member States (multiple selection using the Ctrl key). “European Union” will produce petitions that refer to no specific country but rather express views or requests that apply to the EU in general.
Please note that petitions are uploaded gradually following the decision on their admissibility by the Committee on Petitions.