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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 3 : FIRST READING
Plenary stage

Rule 56 : Rejection of a Commission proposal

1.   If a Commission proposal fails to secure a majority of the votes cast or if a motion for its rejection, which may be tabled by the committee responsible or by at least 40 Members, has been adopted, the President shall, before Parliament votes on the draft legislative resolution, ask the Commission to withdraw the proposal.

2.   If the Commission does so, the President shall declare the procedure closed and shall inform the Council accordingly.

3.   If the Commission does not withdraw its proposal, Parliament shall refer the matter back to the committee responsible without voting on the draft legislative resolution, unless Parliament, on a proposal of the Chair or rapporteur of the committee responsible or of a political group or at least 40 Members, proceeds to vote on the draft legislative resolution.

In the event of referral back, the committee responsible shall, orally or in writing, report to Parliament within a period decided by Parliament which may not exceed two months.

4.   If the committee responsible is unable to meet the deadline, it shall request referral back to committee pursuant to Rule 175(1). If necessary, Parliament may set a new time-limit pursuant to Rule 175(5). If the committee's request is not accepted, Parliament shall proceed to the vote on the draft legislative resolution.

Last updated: 30 November 2009Legal notice