The ep as the only directly elected eu institution, portrays itself as the forum that is open not only to input by lobby groups but to that of ‘average’ citizens. This paper probes the contribution of the internet in this quest to connect members of the european parliament (meps) with citizens and here specifically we examine the role of the ep's standing committees. The analysis is rooted within the larger debate of the possible contribution of the internet to encouraging the development of a european public space. The discussion focuses on the use of new technologies, including interactive and non-interactive communication methods such as email and discussion fora. It attempts to generate a series of topics for further investigation by outlining some initial results from interviews, carried out at the european level.