What is a written declaration?
A Written Declaration is the European Parliament’s equivalent of an Early Day Motion at the House of Commons. It is a statement of policy, sponsored by as many as five MEPs, which is placed before the Parliament for signature. Any MEP can sign up if they support the Written Declaration and would like it to become the official position of the European Parliament. More than half the MEPs – currently 366 – need to add their signatures for this to happen and it is rare for a Written Declaration to be successfully adopted. More usually, they simply lapse after three months but are used as way of launching or relaunching debate on a particular subject and, crucially, raising its profile with the media and public.
EU residents can influence the outcome of a Written Declaration by lobbying MEPs and asking them to sign up.. Find your MEP here – just click on the map of the UK and your European electoral region (eg South-East) to see a list of your MEPs and their email addresses.
To see a complete list of current and archived Written Declarations, click here to visit the European Parliament’s web pages.
Caroline Lucas’s Written Declarations
During her time as an MEP, Caroline sponsored Written Declarations on a range of subjects, including human rights abuses in West Papua and the need to ban energy inefficient lightbulbs. You can access these Written Declarations by topic via the animal rights, environment and health, food and farming, human rights, international trade and development, peace and anti nuclear or transport and aviation pages on her archived MEP website.