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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 VII : SESSIONS
CHAPTER 5 : QUORUM, AMENDMENTS AND VOTING

Rule 179 : Thresholds (1)

1.   For the purposes of these Rules, and unless specified otherwise, the following definitions shall apply:

(a)   “low threshold” means one-twentieth of Parliament’s component Members or a political group;

(b)   “medium threshold” means one-tenth of Parliament’s component Members, made up of one or more political groups or individual Members, or a combination of the two;

(c)   “high threshold” means one-fifth of Parliament’s component Members made up of one or more political groups or individual Members, or a combination of the two.

2.   Where, for the purpose of determining whether an applicable threshold has been reached, a Member’s signature is required, that signature may be either handwritten or in electronic form, in which case it shall be produced by the electronic signature system of Parliament. Within the relevant time-limits, a Member may withdraw, but may not subsequently renew, his or her signature.

3.   Where the support of a political group is necessary in order for a threshold to be reached, the group shall act through its Chair or through a person duly designated by him or her for that purpose.

4.   For the application of the medium and high thresholds, the support of a political group shall be counted as follows:

-   where a Rule laying down such a threshold is invoked in the course of a sitting or meeting: all Members who belong to the supporting group and are physically present;

-   in all other cases: all Members who belong to the supporting group.

(1) Rule 179 applies mutatis mutandis to committees (see Rule 219).
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