Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament
Provisional Edition - January 2017


Rule 130 : Questions for written answer

1.   Any Member may put questions for written answer to the President of the European Council, the Council, the Commission or the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in accordance with criteria laid down in an annex to these Rules of Procedure(1). The content of questions shall be the sole responsibility of their authors.

2.   Questions shall be submitted to the President. Doubts concerning the admissibility of a question shall be settled by the President. The President's decision shall be based not exclusively on the provisions of the annex referred to in paragraph 1 but on the provisions of these Rules of Procedure in general. The questioner shall be notified of the President's reasoned decision.

3.   Questions shall be submitted in electronic format. Each Member may submit a maximum of twenty questions over a rolling period of three months.

4.   A question may be supported by Members other than the author. Such questions shall only count  towards  the author’s and not the supporter’s maximum number of questions  under  paragraph 3.

5.   If a question cannot be answered by the addressee within three weeks (priority question) or of six weeks (non-priority question) of being forwarded to the addressee, it may, at the request of the author, be placed on the agenda for the next meeting of the committee responsible.

6.   Each Member may table one priority question each month.

7.   Questions, and any answers, including their related annexes, thereto, shall be published on Parliament’s website.

(1)See Annex II.
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