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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 176 : Closure of a debate

1.   A debate may be closed before the list of speakers has been exhausted on a proposal from the President or at the request of a political group or at least 40 Members. Such a proposal or request shall be put to the vote immediately.

2.   If the proposal or request is carried, one Member only may speak from each political group which has not yet provided a speaker in that debate.

3.   After the speeches referred to in paragraph 2, the debate shall be closed and Parliament shall vote on the matter under debate, except where the time for the vote has been set in advance.

4.   If the proposal or request is rejected, it may not be tabled again during the same debate, except by the President.

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