Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament
7th parliamentary term - July 2009


Rule 120 : Motions for resolutions

1.   Any Member may table a motion for a resolution on a matter falling within the sphere of activities of the European Union.

The motion may not comprise more than 200 words.

2.   The committee responsible shall decide what procedure is to be adopted.

It may combine the motion for a resolution with other motions for resolutions or reports.

It may adopt an opinion, which may take the form of a letter.

It may decide to draw up a report pursuant to Rule 48.

3.   The authors of a motion for a resolution shall be informed of the decisions of the committee and the Conference of Presidents.

4.   The report shall contain the text of the motion for a resolution.

5.   Opinions in the form of a letter addressed to other institutions of the European Union shall be forwarded by the President.

6.   The author or authors of a motion for a resolution tabled pursuant to Rule 110(2), 115(5) or 122(2) shall be entitled to withdraw it before the final vote.

7.   A motion for a resolution tabled pursuant to paragraph 1 may be withdrawn by its author, authors or first signatory before the committee responsible has decided, pursuant to paragraph 2, to draw up a report on it.

Once the motion has been thus taken over by the committee, only the committee shall be empowered to withdraw it up until the opening of the final vote.

8.   A motion for a resolution withdrawn may be taken over and retabled immediately by a group, a committee or the same number of Members who are entitled to table it.

Committees have a duty to ensure that motions for resolutions tabled pursuant to this Rule which meet the requirements laid down are followed up and duly referred to in documents produced as a result.

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