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Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament
7th parliamentary term - December 2009
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TITLE II A : EXTERNAL RELATIONS
CHAPTER 13 : EXTERNAL REPRESENTATION OF THE UNION AND THE COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY

Rule 96 : Consultation of, and provision of information to, Parliament within the framework of the common foreign and security policy

1.   When Parliament is consulted pursuant to Article 36 of the Treaty on European Union, the matter shall be referred to the committee responsible which may make recommendations pursuant to Rule 97.

2.   The committees concerned shall seek to ensure that the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Council and the Commission provide them with regular and timely information on the development and implementation of the Union's common foreign and security policy, on the costs envisaged each time that a decision entailing expenditure is adopted under that policy and on any other financial considerations relating to the implementation of actions under that policy. Exceptionally, at the request of the Commission, the Council or the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative, a committee may decide to hold its proceedings in camera.

3.   Twice a year, a debate shall be held on the consultative document drawn up by the Vice-President/High Representative on the main aspects and basic choices of the common foreign and security policy, including the common security and defence policy andthe financial implications for the Union budget. The procedures laid down in Rule 110 shall apply.

(See also interpretation under Rule 121.)

4.   The Council, the Commission and/or the Vice-President/High Representative shall be invited to every plenary debate that involves either foreign, security or defence policy.

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