Parliamentary questions
5 May 2015
O-000046/2015
Question for oral answer
to the Commission
Rule 128
Daniel Caspary, Jan Philipp Albrecht, Eric Andrieu, Georges Bach, Burkhard Balz, David Campbell Bannerman, Heinz K. Becker, Ivo Belet, Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, Andrea Bocskor, Reimer Böge, Elmar Brok, Klaus Buchner, Reinhard Bütikofer, Enrique Calvet Chambon, Nicola Caputo, Lorenzo Cesa, Nessa Childers, Alberto Cirio, Birgit Collin-Langen, Daniel Dalton, Nicola Danti, Michel Dantin, Marielle de Sarnez, Angélique Delahaye, Mark Demesmaeker, Albert Deß, Nirj Deva, Angel Dzhambazki, Christian Ehler, Frank Engel, Ismail Ertug, José Inácio Faria, Markus Ferber, José Manuel Fernandes, Santiago Fisas Ayxelà, Karl-Heinz Florenz, Vicky Ford, Ashley Fox, Michael Gahler, Elisabetta Gardini, Sven Giegold, Jens Gieseke, Julie Girling, Esteban González Pons, Beata Gosiewska, Ingeborg Gräßle, Nathalie Griesbeck, Matthias Groote, Andrzej Grzyb, András Gyürk, Marian Harkin, Rebecca Harms, Monika Hohlmeier, Peter Jahr, Danuta Jazłowiecka, Eva Kaili, Syed Kamall, Othmar Karas, Krišjānis Kariņš, Karol Karski, Manolis Kefalogiannis, Tunne Kelam, Ska Keller, Seán Kelly, Jude Kirton-Darling, Dieter-Lebrecht Koch, Andrey Kovatchev, Werner Kuhn, Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Giovanni La Via, Gabrielius Landsbergis, Bernd Lange, Werner Langen, Jérôme Lavrilleux, Jeroen Lenaers, Peter Liese, Norbert Lins, Sander Loones, Antonio López-Istúriz White, Bernd Lucke, Thomas Mann, Edouard Martin, Gabriel Mato, David McAllister, Emma McClarkin, Mairead McGuinness, Anthea McIntyre, Morten Messerschmidt, Miroslav Mikolášik, Anne-Marie Mineur, Alessia Maria Mosca, Ulrike Müller, James Nicholson, Angelika Niebler, Stanisław Ożóg, Alojz Peterle, Marijana Petir, Markus Pieper, Sirpa Pietikäinen, Georgi Pirinski, Jiří Pospíšil, Cristian Dan Preda, Franck Proust, Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Emil Radev, Julia Reda, Viviane Reding, Herbert Reul, Michèle Rivasi, Fernando Ruas, Tokia Saïfi, Anne Sander, Petri Sarvamaa, Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, Algirdas Saudargas, Sven Schulze, Andreas Schwab, Molly Scott Cato, Remo Sernagiotto, Birgit Sippel, Igor Šoltes, Renate Sommer, Bart Staes, Ivan Štefanec, Jutta Steinruck, Davor Ivo Stier, Dubravka Šuica, József Szájer, Tibor Szanyi, Adam Szejnfeld, Keith Taylor, Josep-Maria Terricabras, Michael Theurer, László Tőkés, Ruža Tomašić, Ulla Tørnæs, Evžen Tošenovský, Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski, Inese Vaidere, Adina-Ioana Vălean, Wim van de Camp, Sabine Verheyen, Axel Voss, Jarosław Wałęsa, Manfred Weber, Bogdan Brunon Wenta, Rainer Wieland, Hermann Winkler, Iuliu Winkler, Anna Záborská, Jan Zahradil, Pablo Zalba Bidegain, Joachim Zeller, Jana Žitňanská, Milan Zver

 Subject: Commission's answers to Written Questions

Questions for written answer to the Commission are an important component of parliamentary supervision by MEPs. Aware of the large number of written questions, Parliament has itself restricted the exercise of its right to put questions (five questions for written answer per MEP per month, maximum length 200 words, no more than three questions). Regrettably the Commission’s answers are often uninformative, which may result from the Commission’s internal requirements concerning responses to questions (e.g. apparently the answer may not exceed 25 lines).

1. What precise requirements and constraints has the Commission imposed upon itself for answering questions, and how does it justify the fact that its answers often lack any substantial content?

2. On what legal basis were these requirements introduced, and at what level was this decision taken?

3. Is the Commission making efforts to change its practice in responding to questions, so that detailed and conclusive answers may be expected in future?

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