(reply from Marcin Libicki, chairman, committee on petitions)


Dear Ms Maddock,


I would like to inform you that the Committee on Petitions considered your petition and decided that the issues which you raise are admissible in accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament, insofar as the subject matter falls within the sphere of activities of the European Union.


The committee began its examination of your petition and decided to ask the European Commission to conduct a preliminary investigation of the various aspects of the problem.  The committee will continue its examination of your petition as soon as it is in receipt of the necessary information.


I will keep you informed of any further action taken on your petition in due course.


Yours sincerely,


Marcin Libicki.