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Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament
7th parliamentary term - December 2009
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TITLE II : LEGISLATIVE, BUDGETARY AND OTHER PROCEDURES
CHAPTER 1 : LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURES - GENERAL PROVISIONS

Rule 43 : Consideration of legislative documents

1.   Proposals for legislative acts and other documents of a legislative nature shall be referred by the President to the committee responsible for consideration.

In cases of doubt the President may apply Rule 188(2) before the announcement in Parliament of referral to the committee responsible.

In cases where a proposal is listed in the Annual Legislative Programme the committee responsible may decide to appoint a rapporteur to follow the preparatory phase of the proposal.

Consultations by the Council or requests from the Commission for an opinion shall be forwarded by the President to the committee responsible for consideration of the proposal concerned.

The provisions for the first reading as set out in Rules 36 to 42, 53 to 60 and 71 shall apply to proposals for legislative acts whether they require one, two or three readings.

2.   Council positions shall be referred for consideration to the committee responsible at the first reading.

The provisions for the second reading as set out in Rules 61 to 66 and 72 shall apply to Council positions.

3.   During the conciliation procedure between Parliament and the Council following the second reading, no referral back to committee shall take place.

The provisions for the third reading as set out in Rules 67, 68 and 69 shall apply to the conciliation procedure.

4.   Rules 45, 46, 49, 55(1) and (3), 56, 57 and 175 shall not apply during the second and third readings.

5.   In the event of a conflict between a provision of the Rules of Procedure relating to the second and third readings and any other provision of the Rules, the provision relating to the second and third readings shall take precedence.

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