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(EPA, local authorities) are required to draft a report on the actions taken upon each individual complaint handled. The reports are not, however, actively distributed but are made accessible to the public upon requests by citizens. 348 The Petition Committee in 2010 received 17.000 submissions, out of which 479 concerned environmental matters. Environmental complaint-handling and mediation mechanisms at national level – a study commissioned by the EU Commission, DG Environment Page 319 Reporting to the larger public about individual complaints by local or regional ministries or agencies is not standard practice in Member States. Reporting by local and regional authorities and by other institutions such as the Ombudsmen needs to be distinguished. Ombudsmen in Member States analysed are required to report on their activities by the rules of the European Ombudsmen network. They focus on fewer cases than local or regional authorities, often investigate administrative practice and
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