Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament
7th parliamentary term - December 2009
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Arabic numerals refer to Rules. Annexes are denoted by Roman numerals and the Arabic or Roman numerals or the letters that follow them refer to sections, Articles or paragraphs of these Annexes.
A
Access
to chamber145
to documents39 , 103 - 104 , 148 , VIII.B , VIII.C , XV
to gallery145
to Parliament9 , XVI
Accession
negotiations74 c , 200 , XIV.II
treaties74 c , 200
Accounting79 , 80 , VII.IV , VII.V
ACPVII.II
Acts adopted73 - 74
Adjournment of debate and vote172 , 177
Admissibility
amendments20 , 66 , 157 , 161
questions116
Questions for written answer117
Agencies
consultation126
Agenda
adoption140 - 141
amendment140 , 175 , 177
draft25 , 137 - 138
final draft122 , 138 , 140 , XIV
inclusion of items on7 , 52 , 57 - 58 , 64 , 69 , 97 , 115 , 122 , 137 - 138 , 141 - 142 , 175 , 188 , 204 , II , IV , VI.4
of committee4 , 63 , 117 - 118 , 193 , VIII.A
Allocation
seats in chamber34
speaking time122 , 149 , IV
Allowances153
Amendments156
admissibility20 , 87 , 157
adoption57
Commission's position54 , 57 - 58 , 61 , 66 , XIV
committee162 , 195
committee consideration of plenary amendments162
compromise57 , 63 , 66 , 160 - 161
deadlines156
distribution156
languages146 - 147 , 156
lapsing156 - 157
moving156
oral97 , 156 , 195
order of voting161
printing156
procedure without46 , 138
tabling156 , 195
taken over156
withdrawal156
Annexes212 , 215
Annual General Report119
Annual legislative programme35 , 42 - 43
Annual report on application of Community law119
Anthem213
Appeal procedures153 - 154
Appointments
European Central Bank109
Head of Commission external delegations95
Members of Court of Auditors108
Special Representatives for CFSP93
voting procedure169
Archives179 , 203
AssistantsX.2
Associated committees50 , 88
B
Blue card 149
Breaches
of fundamental principles74 c
of human rights, democracy and the rule of law122 , 137 , IV
Budget75 a - 75 f , 78 , VI , VII.IV , VII.V
control over implementation78 , 112
discharge76 - 77 , 112 , VI , VII.V
examination of in Parliament75 - 75 f
supplementary75 - 75 f
Bulletin29
Bureau
accountability29
committees185 , 191 , VIII.A
composition17 - 18 , 22
duties23 , 146 - 147 , 153 - 154 , 209
preliminary draft23 , 79
questions29
C
Censure107
Chamber (access to)145
Charter of Fundamental Rights36 , 103
Closer cooperation between Member States - see Enhanced cooperation
Code of conduct9 , X
Codification of Community legislation86
ComitologyXIII
Commission
adoption of amendments to proposal57
annual general report119
annual report on Community law119
discharge76
election106
follow-up58 - 59
implementing powers88 , XIII , XIV.I
information to ParliamentXIV
legislative and work programme35
Members106 , XIV
modification of proposal53
motion of censure107
negotiating mandate90
position on amendments54 , 57 - 58 , 61 , 66 , XIV
President105
programme of nominated Commission105
questions115 - 117 , II
rejection of proposal56 , 87
request for opinions43
resignation of a MemberXIV
speaking time149
statements110 - 111
withdrawal of proposal39 , 56 , 58 , 65
Committee coordinators192
Committee of the Regions125
Committees45 - 50 , 52 , 183 - 191 , 193 - 197 , VII
asked for an opinion49 , 188 , 195
associated50 , 88
bureau52 , 191
chairman27 , 52 , 88 , 185 , 191
composition25 , 186
conciliation (Article 251 EC)67 - 69
conflicts of competence188
corrigenda216
dialogue with the Council63
duties25 , 188 , VII
emergency meeting97
first reading37 - 38 , 39 , 53 - 54
joint meetings51 , 188
joint parliamentary200
meetings23 , 46 , 63 , 96 , 103 , 106 , 108 - 109 , 113 , 135 , 162 , 187 , 190 - 191 , 193 - 194 , VIII.A
members186 , 191
minutes103 , 194
of inquiry25 , 185 - 186 , 188 , IX
opinions49 - 50
plenary amendments162
powers and responsibilities183 - 184 , 188 , VII
procedure63 , 193 - 197
question time197
referral back175
report45 , 47 - 48 , 50 , 52 , 56 - 57
responsible42 - 43 , 63
rights186 - 187
second reading61 - 63
setting up183 - 185 , IX
standing183
subcommittees188 , 190
substitutes187
temporary (see special committees)
third reading67 - 68
venue135
verification of credentials3 , 189 , VII.XVI
voting195 - 196
Common foreign and security policy (CFSP)96 - 97 , VII.I , VIII.B
Special representatives93
Vice President of the Commission/High Representative96
Compromise amendments57 , 63 , 66 , 160 - 161
Conciliation
budgetary75 d
composition and procedure of committee68
third reading67 - 69
Conduct
code of conduct9 , X , XVI
of sittings23 , 145 - 154
standards of conduct9 , 152 , XVI
Conference of Committee Chairs27
Conference of Delegation Chairs28
Conference of Presidents
accountability29
composition24
duties25 , 153 , 210
questions29
Conferences of Parliaments132
Confidentiality5 , 29 , 103 , 185 , 205 , VIII.A , VIII.B , VIII.C , IX , XV
Conflict of interest
Consent procedure74 a - 74 e , 90
Constitutive sitting3 , 12 , 134
Consultation43 - 44
Article 122 EC83
CFSP96
Committee of the Regions125
Economic and Social Committee124
EU (or European) bodies126
legislative initiatives from Member States44
renewed59
report45
Convening
committees193
Parliament134
Cooperation
enhanced cooperation74 g
Corrigenda180 , 216
Corruption10 , XII
COSAC131
Council
consultations43 , 45
dialogue of committee responsible with58 , 63
meetings of40
position61
questions115 - 117 , II
recommendations to97 , 121
speaking time149
statements110
Council of Europe199
Council position
amendments66
approval72
communication61 - 63
rejection65
Court of AuditorsVI.1 , VII.V
appointment of members108
statements112
Court of Justice of the European Union (nominations)107 a
Court of Justice of the European Union (proceedings before)128 , 204 , 206 , VI.6
Court proceedings128
Credentials (verification)3 , 12 , 189
D
Deadlines
amendments156 , 161
debate and vote144
extension62 , 67 , 69
report52
roll-call votes167
split votes163
Debate
adjournment172 , 177
breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law122 , 137 , IV
closure172 , 176
extraordinary141
joint143
procedure without46 , 138
to wind up a statement110
Delegated acts87 a
Delegations23 , 146
ad-hoc25
chair28
interparliamentary198 , VII.II
standing25 , 198
to joint parliamentary committees200
Democracy36 , 122 , 209 - 210 , IV
Dialogue between management and labour84
Dialogue with the Council58 , 63
Discharge
Commission76
decisionsVI
other bodies77
Parliament80
President of Parliament77
statement by Court of Auditors112
Disruption outside the Chamber153 , XVI
Distribution144 , 148 , 179 , IV
Disturbances152 , 154 , XVI
immediate measures152
Documents
access to103 - 104 , 148 , VIII.A , VIII.B , VIII.C , XV
confidentialVIII
distribution144 , 148
lapsing214
legislative43
E
Economic and Social Committee124
Economic policies114
Election
Commission106 , XVII
Commission President105
Ombudsman204
Parliament1 , 214
President13 - 14 , 17 - 18
Quaestors13 , 16 - 18
Vice-Presidents13 , 15 , 18
Election of officers
President14
Quaestors16
Vice-President15
Electronic register of petitions202
Emergency sitting of Parliament134
Enhanced cooperation between Member States
Establishment plan (Secretariat)23 , 207
Estimates79 - 79 a
EurogroupII
European Central Bank
nominations109
questions for written answer118
statements113
European Council110
EuropolVII.XVII
Exclusion
from a committee193 , VIII.A
from a delegation153
from the Chamber153
Explanations of vote20 , 170
Extraordinary debate141
F
Finance80
Financial compatibility38 , 45 , 47
Financial implications36 , 96
Financial interests
of Members9 , I
of the Communities10 , XII
Financial protocol90
Financial statements45 , 47
Financial trilogue75 c
First reading36 - 37 , 38 a - 39 , 43 , 53 - 59 , 71
agreements70 - 71
budget
committee stage37 - 38 , 39 , 45 - 50 , 52 - 54
conclusion53 , 55
follow-up procedure58 - 59
plenary stage55 - 57
vote55
First-reading agreements70 - 71 , XX
Flag213
Follow-up procedure to Parliament's position58 - 59
Foreign policy96 - 97 , VII.I
Former Members9
Fraud10 , XII
Fundamental principles9 , VII.XVIII
Fundamental rights36 , VII.XVII
G
Governing bodies22 - 29
Groups30 - 31 , 33 - 34
Activities31
Formation30
Legal situation31
Members changing186 - 187
H
Hearings23 , 185 , 193 , 202 , XVII
Human rights74 e , 98 , 122 , 209 - 210 , IV
I
Immunity5 - 7 , VII.XVI
Implementing measures88 , 128 , XIII
Inadmissibility (moving)172 , 174
Initiative
legislative35 - 36 , 41 - 42
originating from a Member State44
own-initiative report41 , 48 , 50
pursuant to Article 225 EC42
Inquiry185 , IX
Inspection of files5
Intergroups32 , I
Interim report
Interinstitutional agreements127 , 215 , VIII.B , VIII.C , XIV.II
Interinstitutional negotiations in legislative procedures70
International agreements90 - 91
Interparliamentary delegations198
Interpretation146
Interruptive and procedural motions172 - 178
J
Joint debate143
Joint motion for a resolution110 , 115 , 122
Joint parliamentary committees200
Joint text69
Justifications45 , 47 , 49 , 156 , 212
L
Languages23 , 146 - 147 , 185 , 201 , XI
Lapsing
amendments156 - 157
documents214
Legal basis
Commission proposals (modification)59
committee responsibleVII.XVI
Constitutive sitting
first reading37
international agreements90
legislative initiative under Article 225 EC42
Legal-linguistic finalisation71 , 74 , 180
Legislative and work programme35
Legislative documents43
Legislative initiative35 , 41 - 42 , 44
Legislative procedures35 - 38 , 39 - 40 , 42 - 50 , 52 - 59 , 61 - 69 , 71 - 73 , 83 - 87 , 88 , 128 , 216 , XIV.I
Legislative resolution44 - 45 , 55 - 57 , 158
List of speakers176
Lobbyists9 , X
M
Majorities (qualified) and minimum numbers of Members required
Amendments
 draft amendments and proposed modifications at first reading of budget
 draft amendments at second reading of budget
 final draft agenda140
 objection to voting an amendment not distributed in all official languages146 - 147 , 156
 Rules of Procedure212
 tabling156
Annexes215
Appointments
 Commission (Members)106
 Commission (President)105
 Court of Auditors (request to postpone vote)108
 European Central Bank (request to postpone vote)109
 Ombudsman (appointment)204
 Ombudsman (dismissal)206
Decisions of Parliament
 accessions74 c
 assent procedure
 common position
amendments66
rejection65
 international agreements90
 joint text69
 legislative initiative42 , 44
 maintaining an action brought before the Court of Justice128
 motion of censure (adoption)107
 on whether to vote on compromise amendment161
Determination of a breach74 c
Election of officers
 nominations13
 President13
 Quaestors13
 Vice-President13
Formation of committees and groups
 committees of inquiry185 - 186
 political groups30
Objections
 Agenda
items taken without amendment or debate138
 change in voting order161
 committee recommendations on common foreign and security policy97
 interpretation of Rules of Procedure211
 vote on amendment not distributed in all official languages156
political parties at European level210
Recommendations to the Council121
Requests
 adjournment of debate177
 adjournment of vote177
 Agenda
extraordinary debate141
for item to be open to amendment138
to debate item without amendment138
 closure of debate176
 convening of Parliament134
 debates on breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law122
 establishment of quorum155
 referral back to committee175
 renewed consultation59
 roll-call vote167
 setting up of a committee of inquiry185
 suspension or closure of sitting178
 urgent procedure142
Tabling of motions
 for resolutions
debates on breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law122
questions for oral answer with debate115
refusing dischargeVI.4
statements by Commission, Council and European Council110
 of censure107
 proposal for a decision fixing a new maximum rate
 proposal for total rejection of budget
Termination (early) of office19
Mandate2 , VII.XVI
Members1 - 9 , 136
assistantsX
Commission106 , XIV
committee185 - 186 , IX
Court of Auditors108
European Central Bank109
exclusion153
expenses8
financial interests9 , I
non-attached33
term of office4
Minority opinions52 , 185
Minutes
Bureau29
committees194 , VIII.A
Conference of Presidents29
sittings179
Modification
Legislative proposal36 , 53
Rules of Procedure211 - 212
Monetary Policy113
Motions
for resolutions47 - 49 , 58 , 78 , 85 , 98 , 110 , 115 , 120 , 122 , 157 , 202 , 214 , IV
of censure on Commission107
procedural172
Motto213
Moving
amendments156
inadmissibility172 , 174
Multiannual financial framework75
N
National parliaments
reasoned opinions38 a
Negotiating mandate90
Nominations
Commissioners-designate106
committees186
European Central Bank109
officers of Parliament13 - 16 , 186
Ombudsman204
President of Parliament14
President of the Commission105
Quaestors16
Vice-Presidents15
Non-attached Members33
O
Observers11
Officers12 - 18 , 20 - 21 , 152 - 153
OLAF10
Ombudsman205 - 206
activities205 , XI
appointment
dismissal206
One-minute speeches150
Openness and transparency29 , 103 - 104 , I
Opinions
minority52 , 185
of committees37 - 38 , 46 , 49 - 50 , 121 , 188 , 202 - 203 , VI.1 , VII
of Parliament55 , 90 , 96 , 105 , 108 - 109 , 119 , 142 , 195
on Council recommendations83
requests for43 - 44
Order in the Chamber145 , 152 - 154 , XVI
Order of business137 - 138 , 140 , 142 - 144
P
Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe199
Parliamentary term133
Parliaments
conferences of132
of Member States25 , 130 - 131
Part-sessions133 - 134
Passes5 , 9 , X.1
Penalties153 - 154
Personal statements151
Petitions201 - 203 , 214 , VII.XX
Plenary
amendments49 - 50 , 156 , 162
budget75 a - 76
first reading55 - 57 , 69
minutes179
second reading64 - 66 , 72
third reading69
verbatim report181
Points of order20 , 173
Political Groups - see Groups
Political parties at European level208 - 210
committee of independent eminent persons210
exclusion from funding209
implementing rules23
powers and responsibilities of the Bureau209
powers and responsibilities of the committee responsible210
powers and responsibilities of the President208
programme210
recovery of amounts wrongly paid209
technical assistance209
Position
common61
of Commission44 , 54 , 57 - 58 , 61 , 66 , XIV
of Council58
President of Parliament
duties20 , 23 , 73 , 111 , 116 , 122 , 126 , 128 , 149 - 150 , 153 , 156 - 157 , 171 , 173 , 208 , 210 , 216 , II , XVI
election13 - 14 , 17 - 18
President of the Commission (election)105
Prevention of fraud and corruption10 , XII
Privileges and immunities5 - 7 , 207 , VII.XVI
Procedure
budget75 - 76 , 78 , VII.IV
conciliation67 - 69 , 75 d
discharge76 - 77 , 80
follow-up58 - 59 , 185
for voting138 , 158 - 159 , 195
in committee45 - 50 , 52 , 63 , 67 - 68 , 162 , 191 , 193 - 195 , 197 , 216 , VIII.A
legislative35 - 38 , 39 - 40 , 42 - 50 , 52 - 59 , 61 - 69 , 71 - 73 , 83 - 87 , 88 , 128 , 216
motions20 , 172
scrutiny of voluntary agreements85
simplified46 , 138
urgent142
without amendment and debate46 , 138
Proceedings before the Court of Justice128 , 204 , 206 , VI.6
Proportionality38 a
Provisional chair12
Provisional twelfths system75 f
Public access to documents29 , 103 - 104 , XV
Q
Quaestors
accountability29
duties9 , 22 - 23 , 26 , I , X
election13 , 16 - 17
financial interestsI
questions to29
Questions
brief and concise110 - 111
for oral answer with debate115
for written answer117 - 118 , III
priority117
Question Time116
to Bureau, Conference of Presidents and Quaestors29
to Council and Commission20 , 115 - 117 , II
to the European Central Bank118 , III
unfinished214
Question time
in committee197
in plenary116 , II
Quorum155 , 195
R
Readings37 - 38 , 39 - 40 , 42 - 50 , 52 - 59 , 61 - 69 , 71 - 73
Recast of Community legislation87
Recommendations42 , 64 , 120 - 121 , 123
accession treaties74 c , 200
broad guidelines of economic policies114
CFSP96 - 97
following inquiry185
for second reading63 - 64
from the Council pursuant to Article 122 EC83
negotiating mandate90
to the Council97 , 121
Referral back to committee
budget
Commission proposals
 postponement of vote (amendment not taken over by Commission)57
 rejection56
 second reading63
corrigenda216
Council's common position43
dischargeVI.5
procedural motions172
Referral to committee
corrigenda216
first reading43
second reading63
Register
of lobbyists9 , X
of Members' interestsI
of Parliament documents104 , XV
of petitions201 - 202
Rejection
Commission proposal56 , 87
common position65
Relations with other institutions25 , 34 , 105 - 107 , 108 - 125 , 127
Renewed referral to Parliament59
Report
application of Community law119
based on motion for resolution120
by Commission119
by committee of inquiry185 , IX
draft52
from other institutions119
interim
legislative45 , 55
minority opinions52 , 185
non-legislative47
on consultation45
on initiatives originating from Member States44
oral52 , 56 - 57 , 142
own-initiative25 , 41 - 42 , 48 , 50 , 74 c , 119 - 120
second56 - 57
Representation of Parliament in Council meetings40
Rule of law38 a , 74 e , 122 , 209 - 210 , IV
Rules of Procedure
amendment212 , VII.XVIII
application211 , VII.XVIII
interinstitutional agreements127
points of order173
S
Scientific opinions126
Scientific research and surveys126
Second reading43 , 61 - 66 , 72
agreements70 , 72
budget
committee stage61 - 63
conclusion64
extension of time-limits62
plenary stage64 - 66 , 72
recommendation for63 - 64
vote64 - 66 , 72 , 158
Second-reading agreements70 , 72 , XX
Second report56 - 57 , 175
Secrecy5 , VIII.B , VIII.C , XV
Secretariat23 , 207
non-attached Members33
Political Groups31
Secretary-General4 , 23 , 73 , 79 , 145 , 147 , 152 , 207 , 209
Sensitive information5 , VIII.B , VIII.C , XV
Sessions133 - 134
Shadow rapporteurs192
Short presentation procedure48 , 139
Signature of adopted acts73
Simplification of Community legislation86 - 87
Simplified procedure46 , 138
Sittings133
conduct23 , 145 - 154
minutes179
public conduct96 , 179 , 181 , 193 - 194 , VIII.A
public record179 , 181 - 182
suspension or closure140 , 152 , 154 , 172 , 178
venue135
verbatim report181
Speakers
allocation of speaking time122 , 149 , IV
calling
speaking list176
speaking time110 , 115 , 140 - 142 , 150 - 151 , 153 , 172 - 173
speeches
Special committees184 , 188 , 190
Standards of conduct9 , 152
Statements110 , 113 , 123
Commission53 , 110
Council110
Court of Auditors108 , 112
declaration of financial interests9 , I
European Central Bank109 , 113
European Council110
nominee for President of Commission105
Study and fact-finding missions188
Subcommittees188 , 190
Subsidiarity37 , 38 a , 44
Substitutes187
Supervisory powers88 , 128
Symbols of the Union213
T
Termination (early) of office19 , 153
Term of office
Members4
officers17
Texts adopted180
Third countries
Accession negotiations74 c , 200 , XIV.II
Accession Treaties74 c
ACPVII.II
associated with Community200
relations with25 , 200
Third reading
conciliation67 - 68 , 79 a
joint text69
plenary stage69
Tied votes159
Transmission of sensitive informationVIII.B
Transparency9
in legislative process39
in Parliament103 - 104
Members' financial interests
Treaties74 a - 74 c , VII.XVIII
ordinary revision74 a
simplified revision74 b
U
Unfinished business214
Union law
application128 , 185 , VII.XVI , IX , XIV.I
codification86
recast87
simplification86 - 87
Unofficial groupings of members32 , I
Urgent procedure142
V
Vacancies4 , 18
Venue of sittings and meetings135
Verbatim report181
Verification
credentials3 , 12 , 189 , VII.XVI
legal basis37
Verification of credentialsVII.XVI
Vice President of the Commission/High Representative96 , II
Vice-Presidents
duties21 - 22 , 25 , 68 , 104
election13 , 15 , 17 - 18
Voluntary agreements85
Voting158 - 161 , 163 - 165 , 167 - 171 , 176
adjournment56
amendments156 , 161 - 162
collectively20 , 83 , 160 - 161
committee195
disputes171
electronic168
explanations20 , 170
first reading55
order20 , 158 , 161
principles160
procedure158 , 195
right to vote164
roll call20 , 160 , 167 - 169 , 195
second reading64 - 66 , 72
secret169
show of hands165
sitting and standing165
split20 , 160 , 163
third reading69
tie14 - 15 , 22 , 159
validity155
W
Waiver of immunity6 - 7
Withdrawal from the Union74 d
Work programme35
Written declarations
appended to the Verbatim Report149
included in the register123
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