#5 Dialogue with politicians


First, identify the people who will decide the cause of your petition. Get in touch with these people. This often turns out to be useful.

It is also worth getting in touch with non-political decision-makers, such as actors from business or culture. Before the decision is made on the petition, they can communicate, exchange ideas and possibly jointly draw attention to the petition in the media.


Contact the decision-maker via email and request a face-to-face meeting to hand over the petition. Write in the e-mail how many signatures you have already collected and what your demands are. Be sure to use the correct designation of the MP(s).

If there is a handover, you should definitely draw up a press release . Let the journalists know about it - we're happy to help.

If no appointment can be made, ask your supporters for help and together contact the decision-making person via Twitter, email, letter. For example, if many supporters tag or tag the MP in a tweet or Facebook post and ask for a personal handover, you can increase the pressure together. An individual hashtag used by everyone can also help to spread your request and ultimately reach the appropriate recipient.

Is there a handover date? Here are tips for the perfect handover .

Support through openPetition: We are at your side with all these steps. It is important that you keep us up to date. If we notice that you are strongly committed, then we will also be committed to you. For example, if we learn of a planned handover, we can advise you and, if necessary, draw your attention to it via our channels.

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