Introduction

 

Intergroups can be formed by Members from any political group and any committee, with a view to holding informal exchanges of views on particular subjects and promoting contact between Members and civil society.

Intergroups are not Parliament bodies and therefore may not express Parliament’s opinion.

Intergroups are subject to internal rules adopted by the Conference of Presidents on 16 December 1999 (last updated on 11 September 2014), which set out the conditions under which intergroups may be established at the beginning of each parliamentary term and their operating rules.

Chairs of intergroups are required to declare any support they receive in cash or kind, according to the same criteria applicable to Members as individuals. The declarations must be updated every year and are filed in a public register held by the Quaestors.

The number of signatures available to the political groups for the establishment of intergroups (signature allocation scheme) in the 8th parliamentary term (2014-2019) has been determined by the Conference of Presidents at its meeting on 11 September 2014 as follows:

  • EPP: 22
  • S&D: 22
  • ECR: 9
  • ALDE: 9
  • GUE: 7
  • Greens: 7
  • EFDD: 7

The common calendar of the political groups for the establishment of intergroups foresees the following key deadlines:

  • 11 September 2014 – Adoption of the revised distribution key of signatures by the Conference of Presidents. Done.
  • 22 October 2014 – Submission by Members of the applications for the establishment of intergroups in accordance with the Rules governing the establishment of intergroups.
  • 26 November 2014 – Vote in each political group on their final priority list of intergroups.
  • 9 December 2014 – Presentation for the meeting of the Secretaries-General of the lists of the confirmed intergroups.
  • 11 December 2014 – Final approval of the intergroups by the Conference of Presidents.
 
 
 
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