Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament
7th parliamentary term - December 2009
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TITLE XIII : MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

Rule 213 : The symbols of the Union

1.   Parliament shall recognise and espouse the following symbols of the Union:

-   the flag showing a circle of twelve golden stars on a blue background;

-   the anthem based on the "Ode to Joy" from the Ninth Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven;

-   the motto "United in diversity".

2.   Parliament shall celebrate Europe Day on 9 May.

3.   The flag shall be flown at all Parliament premises and on the occasion of official events. The flag shall be used in each meeting room of the Parliament.

4.   The anthem shall be performed at the opening of each constitutive sitting and at other solemn sittings, particularly to welcome heads of State or government or to greet new Members following enlargements.

5.   The motto shall be reproduced on Parliament's official documents.

6.   The Bureau shall examine further use of the symbols within the Parliament. The Bureau shall lay down detailed provisions for the implementation of this Rule.

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