Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament
7th parliamentary term - March 2014
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AnnexesIIIIIIIVVVIVIIVIIIIXXXIXIIXIIIXIVXVXVIXVIIXVIIIXIXXX XXIXXII

TITLE I : MEMBERS, PARLIAMENT BODIES AND POLITICAL GROUPS
CHAPTER 1 : MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

Rule 1  : 
The European Parliament

Rule 2  : 
The independent mandate

Rule 3  : 
Verification of credentials

Rule 4  : 
Term of office of Members

Rule 5  : 
Privileges and immunities

Rule 6  : 
Waiver of immunity

Rule 6a  : 
Defence of privileges and immunity

Rule 6b  : 
Urgent action by the President to assert immunity

Rule 7  : 
Procedures on immunity

Rule 8  : 
Implementation of the Statute for Members

Rule 9  : 
Members' financial interests, standards of conduct, mandatory transparency register and access to Parliament

Rule 10  : 
Internal investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)

Rule 11  : 
Observers
CHAPTER 2 : OFFICERS OF PARLIAMENT

Rule 12  : 
Provisional Chair

Rule 13  : 
Nominations and general provisions

Rule 14  : 
Election of President - opening address

Rule 15  : 
Election of Vice-Presidents

Rule 16  : 
Election of Quaestors

Rule 17  : 
Term of office of Officers

Rule 18  : 
Vacancies

Rule 19  : 
Early termination of an office
CHAPTER 3 : BODIES AND DUTIES

Rule 20  : 
Duties of the President

Rule 21  : 
Duties of the Vice-Presidents

Rule 22  : 
Composition of the Bureau

Rule 23  : 
Duties of the Bureau

Rule 24  : 
Composition of the Conference of Presidents

Rule 25  : 
Duties of the Conference of Presidents

Rule 26  : 
Duties of the Quaestors

Rule 27  : 
Conference of Committee Chairs

Rule 28  : 
Conference of Delegation Chairs

Rule 29  : 
Accountability of the Bureau and the Conference of Presidents
CHAPTER 4 : POLITICAL GROUPS

Rule 30  : 
Formation of political groups

Rule 31  : 
Activities and legal situation of the political groups

Rule 32  : 
Intergroups

Rule 33  : 
Non-attached Members

Rule 34  : 
Allocation of seats in the Chamber

TITLE II : LEGISLATIVE, BUDGETARY AND OTHER PROCEDURES
CHAPTER 1 : LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURES - GENERAL PROVISIONS

Rule 35  : 
The Commission Work Programme

Rule 36  : 
Respect for the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

Rule 37  : 
Verification of legal basis

Rule 37a  : 
Delegation of legislative powers

Rule 38  : 
Verification of financial compatibility

Rule 38a  : 
Examination of respect for the principle of subsidiarity

Rule 39  : 
Access to documents and provision of information to Parliament

Rule 40  : 
Representation of Parliament in Council meetings

Rule 41  : 
Rights of initiative conferred on Parliament by the Treaties

Rule 42  : 
Initiative pursuant to Article 225 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union

Rule 43  : 
Consideration of legislative documents

Rule 44  : 
Legislative procedures on initiatives originating from Member States
CHAPTER 2 : PROCEDURE IN COMMITTEE

Rule 45  : 
Legislative reports

Rule 46  : 
Simplified procedure

Rule 47  : 
Non-legislative reports

Rule 48  : 
Own-initiative reports

Rule 49  : 
Opinions of committees

Rule 50  : 
Procedure with associated committees

Rule 51  : 
Procedure with joint committee meetings

Rule 52  : 
Drafting of reports
CHAPTER 3 : FIRST READING
Committee stage

Rule 53  : 
Modification of a proposal for a legislative act

Rule 54  : 
Commission and Council position on amendments
Plenary stage

Rule 55  : 
Conclusion of first reading

Rule 56  : 
Rejection of a Commission proposal

Rule 57  : 
Adoption of amendments to a Commission proposal
Follow-up procedure

Rule 58  : 
Follow-up to Parliament's position

Rule 59  : 
Renewed referral to Parliament

Rule 60  : 
Deleted
CHAPTER 4 : SECOND READING
Committee stage

Rule 61  : 
Communication of the Council's position

Rule 62  : 
Extension of time limits

Rule 63  : 
Referral to and procedure in the committee responsible
Plenary stage

Rule 64  : 
Conclusion of second reading

Rule 65  : 
Rejection of the Council's position

Rule 66  : 
Amendments to the Council's position
CHAPTER 5 : THIRD READING
Conciliation

Rule 67  : 
Convening of the Conciliation Committee

Rule 68  : 
Delegation to the Conciliation Committee
Plenary stage

Rule 69  : 
Joint text
CHAPTER 6 : CONCLUSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURE

Rule 70  : 
Interinstitutional negotiations in legislative procedures

Rule 70a  : 
Approval of a decision on the opening of interinstitutional negotiations prior to the adoption of a report in committee

Rule 71  : 
First-reading agreement

Rule 72  : 
Second-reading agreement

Rule 73  : 
Requirements for the drafting of legislative acts

Rule 74  : 
Signing of adopted acts
CHAPTER 6a : CONSTITUTIONAL MATTERS

Rule 74a  : 
Ordinary Treaty revision

Rule 74b  : 
Simplified Treaty revision

Rule 74c  : 
Accession treaties

Rule 74d  : 
Withdrawal from the Union

Rule 74e  : 
Breach by a Member State of fundamental principles

Rule 74f  : 
Composition of Parliament

Rule 74g  : 
Enhanced cooperation between Member States
CHAPTER 7 : BUDGETARY PROCEDURES

Rule 75  : 
Multiannual financial framework

Rule 75a  : 
Working documents

Rule 75b  : 
Consideration of the draft budget - first stage

Rule 75c  : 
Financial trilogue

Rule 75d  : 
Budgetary conciliation

Rule 75e  : 
Definitive adoption of the budget

Rule 75f  : 
Provisional twelfths system

Rule 76  : 
Discharge to the Commission in respect of implementation of the budget

Rule 77  : 
Other discharge procedures

Rule 78  : 
Parliamentary control over implementation of the budget
CHAPTER 8 : INTERNAL BUDGETARY PROCEDURES

Rule 79  : 
Estimates of Parliament

Rule 79a  : 
Procedure to be applied when drawing up Parliament's estimates

Rule 80  : 
Power to incur and settle expenditure
CHAPTER 9 : CONSENT PROCEDURE

Rule 81  : 
Consent procedure
CHAPTER 10 : Deleted

Rule 82  : 
Deleted
CHAPTER 11 : OTHER PROCEDURES

Rule 83  : 
Procedure for delivering opinions pursuant to Article 140 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union

Rule 84  : 
Procedures relating to dialogue between management and labour

Rule 85  : 
Procedures for scrutiny of voluntary agreements

Rule 86  : 
Codification

Rule 87  : 
Recasting

Rule 87a  : 
Delegated acts

Rule 88  : 
Implementing acts and measures

Rule 88a  : 
Consideration under the procedure with associated committees or the procedure with joint committee meetings

TITLE IIA : EXTERNAL RELATIONS
CHAPTER 12 : INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS

Rule 89  : 
Deleted

Rule 90  : 
International agreements

Rule 91  : 
Procedures based on Article 218 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union in the case of the provisional application or suspension of international agreements or the establishment of the Union's position in a body set up by an international agreement
CHAPTER 13 : EXTERNAL REPRESENTATION OF THE UNION AND THE COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY

Rule 92  : 
Deleted

Rule 93  : 
Special representatives

Rule 94  : 
Deleted

Rule 95  : 
International representation

Rule 96  : 
Consultation of, and provision of information to, Parliament within the framework of the common foreign and security policy

Rule 97  : 
Recommendations within the framework of the common foreign and security policy

Rule 98  : 
Breach of human rights
CHAPTER 14 : Deleted

Rule 99  : 
Deleted

Rule 100  : 
Deleted

Rule 101  : 
Deleted
CHAPTER 15 : Deleted

Rule 102  : 
Deleted

TITLE III : TRANSPARENCY OF BUSINESS

Rule 103  : 
Transparency of Parliament's activities

Rule 104  : 
Public access to documents

TITLE IV : RELATIONS WITH OTHER BODIES
CHAPTER 1 : APPOINTMENTS

Rule 105  : 
Election of the President of the Commission

Rule 106  : 
Election of the Commission

Rule 107  : 
Motion of censure on the Commission

Rule 107a  : 
Nomination of Judges and Advocates-General at the Court of Justice of the European Union

Rule 108  : 
Appointment of the Members of the Court of Auditors

Rule 109  : 
Appointment of the Members of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank
CHAPTER 2 : STATEMENTS

Rule 110  : 
Statements by the Commission, Council and European Council

Rule 111  : 
Statements explaining Commission decisions

Rule 112  : 
Statements by the Court of Auditors

Rule 113  : 
Statements by the European Central Bank

Rule 114  : 
Recommendation on the broad guidelines of economic policies
CHAPTER 3 : PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

Rule 115  : 
Questions for oral answer with debate

Rule 116  : 
Question Time

Rule 117  : 
Questions for written answer

Rule 118  : 
Questions for written answer to the European Central Bank
CHAPTER 4 : REPORTS OF OTHER INSTITUTIONS

Rule 119  : 
Annual and other reports of other institutions
CHAPTER 5 : RESOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Rule 120  : 
Motions for resolutions

Rule 121  : 
Recommendations to the Council

Rule 122  : 
Debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law

Rule 123  : 
Written declarations

Rule 124  : 
Consultation of the European Economic and Social Committee

Rule 125  : 
Consultation of the Committee of the Regions

Rule 126  : 
Requests to European Agencies
CHAPTER 6 : INTERINSTITUTIONAL AGREEMENTS

Rule 127  : 
Interinstitutional agreements
CHAPTER 7 : REFERRALS TO THE COURT OF JUSTICE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

Rule 128  : 
Proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union

Rule 129  : 
Deleted

TITLE V : RELATIONS WITH NATIONAL PARLIAMENTS

Rule 130  : 
Exchange of information, contacts and reciprocal facilities

Rule 131  : 
Conference of European Affairs Committees (COSAC)

Rule 132  : 
Conferences of parliaments

TITLE VI : SESSIONS
CHAPTER 1 : SESSIONS OF PARLIAMENT

Rule 133  : 
Parliamentary term, sessions, part-sessions, sittings

Rule 134  : 
Convening of Parliament

Rule 135  : 
Venue of sittings and meetings

Rule 136  : 
Attendance of Members at sittings
CHAPTER 2 : ORDER OF BUSINESS OF PARLIAMENT

Rule 137  : 
Draft agenda

Rule 138  : 
Procedure in plenary without amendment and debate

Rule 139  : 
Short presentation

Rule 140  : 
Adopting and amending the agenda

Rule 141  : 
Extraordinary debate

Rule 142  : 
Urgent procedure

Rule 143  : 
Joint debate

Rule 144  : 
Time limits
CHAPTER 3 : GENERAL RULES FOR THE CONDUCT OF SITTINGS

Rule 145  : 
Access to the Chamber

Rule 146  : 
Languages

Rule 147  : 
Transitional arrangement

Rule 148  : 
Distribution of documents

Rule 149  : 
Allocation of speaking time and list of speakers

Rule 150  : 
One-minute speeches

Rule 151  : 
Personal statements
CHAPTER 4 : MEASURES TO BE TAKEN IN THE EVENT OF NON-COMPLIANCE WITH THE STANDARDS OF CONDUCT OF MEMBERS

Rule 152  : 
Immediate measures

Rule 153  : 
Penalties

Rule 154  : 
Internal appeal procedures
CHAPTER 5 : QUORUM AND VOTING

Rule 155  : 
Quorum

Rule 156  : 
Tabling and moving amendments

Rule 157  : 
Admissibility of amendments

Rule 158  : 
Voting procedure

Rule 159  : 
Tied votes

Rule 160  : 
Principles governing voting

Rule 161  : 
Order of voting on amendments

Rule 162  : 
Committee consideration of plenary amendments

Rule 163  : 
Split voting

Rule 164  : 
Right to vote

Rule 165  : 
Voting

Rule 166  : 
Final vote

Rule 167  : 
Voting by roll call

Rule 168  : 
Electronic voting

Rule 169  : 
Voting by secret ballot

Rule 170  : 
Explanations of vote

Rule 171  : 
Disputes on voting
CHAPTER 6 : INTERRUPTIVE AND PROCEDURAL MOTIONS

Rule 172  : 
Procedural motions

Rule 173  : 
Points of order

Rule 174  : 
Moving the inadmissibility of a matter

Rule 175  : 
Referral back to committee

Rule 176  : 
Closure of a debate

Rule 177  : 
Adjournment of a debate and vote

Rule 178  : 
Suspension or closure of the sitting
CHAPTER 7 : PUBLIC RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

Rule 179  : 
Minutes

Rule 180  : 
Texts adopted

Rule 181  : 
Verbatim reports

Rule 182  : 
Audiovisual record of proceedings

TITLE VII : COMMITTEES AND DELEGATIONS
CHAPTER 1 : COMMITTEES - SETTING-UP AND POWERS

Rule 183  : 
Setting-up of standing committees

Rule 184  : 
Setting-up of special committees

Rule 185  : 
Committees of inquiry

Rule 186  : 
Composition of committees

Rule 187  : 
Substitutes

Rule 188  : 
Duties of committees

Rule 189  : 
Committee responsible for the verification of credentials

Rule 190  : 
Subcommittees

Rule 191  : 
Committee bureaux

Rule 192  : 
Committee coordinators and shadow rapporteurs
CHAPTER 2 : COMMITTEES - FUNCTIONING

Rule 193  : 
Committee meetings

Rule 194  : 
Minutes of committee meetings

Rule 195  : 
Voting in committee

Rule 196  : 
Provisions concerning plenary sittings applicable in committee

Rule 197  : 
Question Time in committee

Rule 197a  : 
Public hearings on citizens’ initiatives
CHAPTER 3 : INTERPARLIAMENTARY DELEGATIONS

Rule 198  : 
Setting-up and duties of interparliamentary delegations

Rule 199  : 
Cooperation with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Rule 200  : 
Joint parliamentary committees

TITLE VIII : PETITIONS

Rule 201  : 
Right of petition

Rule 202  : 
Examination of petitions

Rule 203  : 
Notice of petitions

Rule 203a  : 
Citizens' initiative

TITLE IX : OMBUDSMAN

Rule 204  : 
Election of the Ombudsman

Rule 205  : 
Activities of the Ombudsman

Rule 206  : 
Dismissal of the Ombudsman

TITLE X : PARLIAMENT'S SECRETARIAT

Rule 207  : 
Secretariat

TITLE XI : POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES RELATING TO POLITICAL PARTIES AT EUROPEAN LEVEL

Rule 208  : 
Powers and responsibilities of the President

Rule 209  : 
Powers and responsibilities of the Bureau

Rule 210  : 
Powers and responsibilities of the committee responsible and of Parliament's plenary

TITLE XII : APPLICATION AND AMENDMENT OF THE RULES OF PROCEDURE

Rule 211  : 
Application of the Rules of Procedure

Rule 212  : 
Amendment of the Rules of Procedure

TITLE XIII : MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

Rule 213  : 
The symbols of the Union

Rule 214  : 
Unfinished business

Rule 215  : 
Arrangement of annexes

Rule 216  : 
Corrigenda

ANNEX I
Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament with respect to financial interests and conflicts of interest

ANNEX II
Conduct of Question Time under Rule 116

ANNEX III
Guidelines for questions for written answer under Rules 117 and 118

ANNEX IV
Guidelines and general principles to be followed when choosing the subjects to be included on the agenda for the debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law provided for under Rule 122

ANNEX V
Deleted

ANNEX VI
Procedure for the consideration and adoption of decisions on the granting of discharge

ANNEX VII
Powers and responsibilities of standing committees

I. : 
Committee on Foreign Affairs

II. : 
Committee on Development

III. : 
Committee on International Trade

IV. : 
Committee on Budgets

V. : 
Committee on Budgetary Control

VI. : 
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

VII. : 
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

VIII. : 
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

IX. : 
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

X. : 
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection

XI. : 
Committee on Transport and Tourism

XII. : 
Committee on Regional Development

XIII. : 
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

XIV. : 
Committee on Fisheries

XV. : 
Committee on Culture and Education

XVI. : 
Committee on Legal Affairs

XVII. : 
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

XVIII. : 
Committee on Constitutional Affairs

XIX. : 
Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality

XX. : 
Committee on Petitions

ANNEX VIII
Confidential and sensitive documents and information

ANNEX IX
Detailed provisions governing the exercise of the European Parliament's right of inquiry

ANNEX X
Transparency register

ANNEX XI
Performance of the Ombudsman's duties

ANNEX XII
Prevention of fraud, corruption and any illegal activity detrimental to the Communities' interests

ANNEX XIII
Agreement between the European Parliament and the Commission on procedures for implementing Council Decision 1999/468/EC laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission, as amended by Decision 2006/512/EC

ANNEX XIV
Framework Agreement on relations between the European Parliament and the European Commission

ANNEX XV
Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 on public access to documents

ANNEX XVI
Guidelines for the interpretation of the standards of conduct of Members

ANNEX XVII
Guidelines for the approval of the Commission

ANNEX XVIII
Procedure for granting authorisation to draw up own-initiative reports

ANNEX XIX
Communicating Europe in partnership

ANNEX XX
Joint Declaration of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission of 13 June 2007 on practical arrangements for the codecision procedure (Article 251 of the EC Treaty)

ANNEX XXI
Code of conduct for negotiating in the context of the ordinary legislative procedures

ANNEX XXII
Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament and the European Central Bank on the practical modalities of the exercise of democratic accountability and oversight over the exercise of the tasks conferred on the ECB within the framework of the Single Supervisory Mechanism
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