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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 177 : Adjournment of a debate and vote

1.   At the start of a debate on an item on the agenda, a political group or at least 40 Members may move that the debate be adjourned to a specific date and time. Such a motion shall be put to the vote immediately.

The intention to move adjournment shall be notified at least 24 hours in advance to the President, who shall inform Parliament immediately.

2.   If the motion is carried, Parliament shall proceed to the next item on the agenda. The adjourned debate shall be resumed at the specified date and time.

3.   If the motion is rejected, it may not be tabled again during the same part-session.

4.   Before or during a vote, a political group or at least 40 Members may move that the vote be adjourned. Such a motion shall be put to the vote immediately.

Any decision by Parliament to adjourn a debate to a subsequent part-session shall specify the part-session on the agenda of which the debate is to be included, on the understanding that the agenda for that part-session is drawn up in accordance with Rules 137 and 140.

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