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Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament
9th parliamentary term - July 2019
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CONTENTS
NOTE TO THE READER
COMPENDIUM OF THE MAIN LEGAL ACTS RELATED TO THE RULES OF PROCEDURE

TITLE II : LEGISLATIVE, BUDGETARY, DISCHARGE AND OTHER PROCEDURES
CHAPTER 3 : ORDINARY LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURE
SECTION 2 - SECOND READING

Rule 67 : Vote in Parliament – second reading

1.   Parliament shall first vote on any proposal for the immediate rejection of Council's position that has been tabled in writing by the committee responsible, a political group or Members reaching at least the low threshold. For it to be adopted, such a proposal for rejection shall require the votes of a majority of the component Members of Parliament.

If that proposal for rejection is adopted, the Council's position is rejected and the President shall announce in Parliament that the legislative procedure is closed.

If that proposal for rejection is not adopted, Parliament shall then proceed in accordance with paragraphs 2 to 5.

2.   Any provisional agreement tabled under Rule 74(4) by the committee responsible  shall be given priority in voting and put to a single vote, unless, at the request of a political group or Members reaching at least the low threshold, Parliament decides to proceed immediately with the vote on amendments in accordance with paragraph 3.

If, in a single vote, the provisional agreement secures the votes of a majority of the component Members of Parliament, the President shall announce in Parliament that the second reading of Parliament has been concluded.

If, in a single vote, the provisional agreement fails to secure the majority of the component Members of Parliament, Parliament shall then proceed in accordance with paragraphs 3, 4 and 5.

3.   Except where a proposal for rejection has been adopted in accordance with paragraph 1 or a provisional agreement has been adopted in accordance with paragraph 2, any amendments to the Council’s position, including those contained in the provisional agreement tabled in accordance with Rule 74(4) by the committee responsible, shall then be put to the vote. Any amendment to the Council’s position shall be adopted only if it secures the votes of a majority of the component Members of Parliament.

Before voting on the amendments, the President may ask the Commission to state its position and the Council to comment.

4.   Notwithstanding a vote by Parliament against the initial proposal to reject the Council's position under paragraph 1, Parliament may, on the proposal of the Chair or the rapporteur of the committee responsible or of a political group or Members reaching at least the low threshold, consider a further proposal for rejection after voting on the amendments under paragraphs 2 or 3. For it to be adopted, such a proposal shall require the votes of a majority of the component Members of Parliament.

If the Council's position is rejected, the President shall announce in Parliament that the legislative procedure is closed.

5.   After the votes taken under paragraphs 1 to 4 and the votes subsequently taken on amendments to the draft legislative resolution relating to procedural requests, the President shall announce that the second reading of Parliament has been concluded and the legislative resolution shall be deemed to have been adopted. If necessary, the legislative resolution shall be modified, pursuant to Rule 203(2), in order to reflect the outcome of the votes taken under paragraphs 1 to 4 or the application of Rule 69.

The text of the legislative resolution and of Parliament's position, if any, shall be forwarded by the President to the Council and to the Commission.

Where no proposal to reject or amend the Council's position has been tabled, it shall be deemed to have been approved.

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