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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 6 a : CONSTITUTIONAL MATTERS

Rule 74 e : Breach by a Member State of fundamental principles

1.   Parliament may, on the basis of a specific report of the committee responsible drawn up in accordance with Rules 41 and 48:

(a)   vote on a reasoned proposal calling on the Council to act pursuant to Article 7(1) of the Treaty on European Union;

(b)   vote on a proposal calling on the Commission or the Member States to submit a proposal pursuant to Article 7(2) of the Treaty on European Union;

(c)   vote on a proposal calling on the Council to act pursuant to Article 7(3) or, subsequently, Article 7(4) of the Treaty on European Union.

2.   Any request from the Council for consent in relation to a proposal submitted pursuant to Article 7(1) and (2) of the Treaty on European Union along with the observations submitted by the Member State in question shall be announced to Parliament and referred to the committee responsible in accordance with Rule 81. Except in urgent and justified circumstances, Parliament shall take its decision on a proposal from the committee responsible.

3.   Decisions under paragraphs 1 and 2 shall require a two-thirds majority of the votes cast, constituting a majority of Parliament’s component Members.

4.   Subject to the authorisation of the Conference of Presidents, the committee responsible may submit an accompanying motion for a resolution. That motion for a resolution shall set out Parliament’s views on a serious breach by a Member State, on the appropriate sanctions and on varying or revoking those sanctions.

5.   The committee responsible shall ensure that Parliament is fully informed and, where necessary, asked for its views on all follow-up measures to its consent as given pursuant to paragraph 3. The Council shall be invited to outline developments as appropriate. On a proposal from the committee responsible, drawn up with the authorisation of the Conference of Presidents, Parliament may adopt recommendations to the Council.

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