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Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament
7th parliamentary term - December 2009
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TITLE VI : SESSIONS
CHAPTER 6 : INTERRUPTIVE AND PROCEDURAL MOTIONS

Rule 173 : Points of order

1.   Members may be allowed to speak in order to draw the attention of the President to any failure to comply with Parliament's Rules of Procedure. They shall first specify to which Rule they are referring.

2.   A request to raise a point of order shall take precedence over all other requests to speak.

3.   Speaking time shall not exceed one minute.

4.   The President shall take an immediate decision on points of order in accordance with the Rules of Procedure and shall announce it immediately after the point of order has been raised. No vote shall be taken on the President's decision.

5.   Exceptionally, the President may state that he will announce the decision later, but not more than 24 hours after the point of order was raised. Postponement of the ruling shall not entail the adjournment of the debate. The President may refer the matter to the committee responsible.

A request to raise a point of order must relate to the agenda item under discussion. The President may take a point of order concerning a different matter at an appropriate time, e.g., after the discussion of the agenda item in question is closed or before the sitting is suspended.

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