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Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament
7th parliamentary term - December 2009
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TITLE VI : SESSIONS
CHAPTER 5 : QUORUM AND VOTING

Rule 155 : Quorum

1.   Parliament may deliberate, settle its agenda and approve the minutes, whatever the number of Members present.

2.   A quorum shall exist when one third of the component Members of Parliament are present in the Chamber.

3.   All votes shall be valid whatever the number of voters unless the President, on a request made before voting has begun by at least 40 Members, establishes at the time of voting that the quorum is not present. If the vote shows that the quorum is not present, the vote shall be placed on the agenda for the next sitting.

A request for the quorum to be established must be made by at least 40 Members. A request on behalf of a political group is not admissible.

When establishing the result of the vote, account must be taken, in accordance with paragraph 2, of all the Members present in the Chamber and, in accordance with paragraph 4, of all the Members who asked for the quorum to be established. The electronic voting system cannot be used for this purpose. The doors of the Chamber may not be closed.

If the number of Members required to make up the quorum is not present, the President shall not announce the result of the vote but shall declare that the quorum is not present.

The last sentence of paragraph 3 shall not apply to votes on procedural motions but only to votes on the subject-matter itself.

4.   Members who have asked for the quorum to be established shall be counted as being present within the meaning of paragraph 2, even if they are no longer in the Chamber.

Members who have asked for the quorum to be established must be present in the Chamber when the request is made.

5.   If fewer than 40 Members are present, the President may rule that there is no quorum.

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