Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament
8th parliamentary term - January 2017
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TITLE V : RELATIONS WITH OTHER INSTITUTIONS AND BODIES
CHAPTER 3 : PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

Rule 128 : Questions for oral answer with debate

1.   Questions to the Council, to the Commission or to the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy may be put by a committee, a political group or Members reaching at least the low threshold, accompanied with a request that they be placed on the agenda of Parliament.

Such questions shall be submitted in writing to the President. The President shall immediately refer them to the Conference of Presidents.

The Conference of Presidents shall decide whether or not to place those questions on the draft agenda in accordance with Rule 149. Questions not placed on Parliament's draft agenda within three months of being submitted shall lapse.

2.   Questions to the Commission and to the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy shall be referred to the addressee at least one week before the sitting on the agenda of which they are to appear and questions to the Council at least three weeks before that date.

3.   Where the questions concern the common security and defence policy, the time limits provided for in paragraph 2 shall not apply, and the reply must be given sufficiently promptly for Parliament to be kept properly informed.

4.   One of the questioners may move the question in Parliament. The addressee shall answer.

5.    Rule 123(2) to (8) concerning the tabling and voting of motions for resolutions shall apply mutatis mutandis.

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