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Monday, 7 September 2015 - StrasbourgFinal edition

12. Interpretations of the Rules of Procedure

The President informed the House, under Rule 226(3), of the following interpretation of Rule 130(3), provided by the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, which had been consulted on the application of that provision:

"The expression "by way of exception" is to be interpreted as meaning that the additional question concerns a matter of urgency and that the submission of that question cannot wait until the following month. Furthermore, the number of questions tabled under the second subparagraph of paragraph 3 must be smaller than the norm of five questions per month."

If this interpretation was not contested by a political group or by at least 40 Members, in accordance with Rule 226(3), before the current minutes had been approved, it would be deemed to have been adopted. Otherwise, the matter would be put to the vote in Parliament.

The President informed Parliament, in accordance with Rule 226(3), of the following interpretation of Rule 191 provided by the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, which had been consulted on the application of that provision:

""If a request to suspend or close the sitting is presented, the procedure to vote on that request is to be initiated without undue delay. The usual means of announcing plenary votes should be used and, in line with existing practice, sufficient time should be given for Members to reach the Chamber.

By analogy with the second subparagraph of Rule 152(2), if such a request has been rejected, a similar request cannot be tabled again during the same day. In accordance with the interpretation to Rule 22(1), the President has the right to put an end to excessive use of requests presented under this Rule."

If this interpretation was not contested by a political group or by at least 40 Members, in accordance with Rule 226(3), before the current minutes had been approved, it would be deemed to have been adopted. Otherwise, the matter would be put to the vote in Parliament.

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