Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament
7th parliamentary term - December 2009


Rule 103 : Transparency of Parliament's activities

1.   Parliament shall ensure that its activities are conducted with the utmost transparency, in accordance with the second paragraph of Article 1 of the Treaty on European Union, Article 15 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and Article 42 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

2.   Debates in Parliament shall be public.

3.   Committees shall normally meet in public. They may, however, decide, at the latest when the agenda for a meeting is adopted, to divide that agenda into items open to the public and items closed to the public. However, if a meeting is held in camera, the committee may, subject to Article 4(1) to (4) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council, open documents and minutes from the meeting to public access. Rule 153 shall apply in the event of any breach of the rules governing confidentiality.

4.   Consideration by the committee responsible of requests relating to procedures on immunity under Rule 7 shall always take place in camera.

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