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

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 7 : 
Defence of privileges and immunity

Rule 8 : 
Urgent action by the President to assert immunity

Rule 9 : 
Procedures on immunity

Rule 10 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 11 : 
Members' financial interests and standards of conduct

Rule 12 : 
Internal investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)

Rule 13 : 
Observers
CHAPTER 2: OFFICERS OF PARLIAMENT

Rule 14 : 
Provisional Chair

Rule 15 : 
Nominations and general provisions

Rule 16 : 
Election of President - opening address

Rule 17 : 
Election of Vice-Presidents

Rule 18 : 
Election of Quaestors

Rule 19 : 
Term of office of Officers

Rule 20 : 
Vacancies

Rule 21 : 
Early termination of an office
CHAPTER 3: BODIES AND DUTIES

Rule 22 : 
Duties of the President

Rule 23 : 
Duties of the Vice-Presidents

Rule 24 : 
Composition of the Bureau

Rule 25 : 
Duties of the Bureau

Rule 26 : 
Composition of the Conference of Presidents

Rule 27 : 
Duties of the Conference of Presidents

Rule 28 : 
Duties of the Quaestors

Rule 29 : 
Conference of Committee Chairs

Rule 30 : 
Conference of Delegation Chairs

Rule 30a : 
Continuity of an office during the election period

Rule 31 : 
Accountability of the Bureau and the Conference of Presidents
CHAPTER 4: POLITICAL GROUPS

Rule 32 : 
Establishment and dissolution of political groups

Rule 33 : 
Activities and legal situation of the political groups

Rule 34 : 
Intergroups

Rule 35 : 
Non-attached Members

Rule 36 : 
Allocation of seats in the Chamber

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

Rule 37 : 
Annual programming

Rule 38 : 
Respect for fundamental rights

Rule 39 : 
Verification of legal basis

Rule 40 : 
Delegation of legislative powers and conferral of implementing powers

Rule 41 : 
Verification of financial compatibility

Rule 42 : 
Examination of respect for the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality

Rule 43 : 
Access to documents and provision of information to Parliament

Rule 44 : 
Representation of Parliament in Council meetings

Rule 45 : 
Right of Parliament to submit proposals

Rule 46 : 
Requests to the Commission for submission of proposals

Rule 47 : 
Consideration of legally binding acts

Rule 47a : 
Acceleration of legislative procedures

Rule 48 : 
Legislative procedures on initiatives originating from institutions other than the Commission or from Member States
CHAPTER 2: PROCEDURE IN COMMITTEE

Rule 49 : 
Legislative reports

Rule 50 : 
Simplified procedure

Rule 51 : 
Non-legislative reports

Rule 52 : 
Own-initiative reports

Rule 52a : 
Drafting of reports

Rule 53 : 
Opinions of committees

Rule 54 : 
Associated committee procedure

Rule 55 : 
Joint committee procedure

Rule 56 : 
(Deleted)
CHAPTER 3: ORDINARY LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURE
SECTION 1 - FIRST READING

Rule 57 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 58 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 59 : 
Vote in Parliament – first reading

Rule 59a : 
Referral back to the committee responsible

Rule 60 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 61 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 62 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 63 : 
Renewed referral to Parliament

Rule 63a : 
First-reading agreement
SECTION 2 - SECOND READING

Rule 64 : 
Communication of the Council's position

Rule 65 : 
Extension of time limits

Rule 66 : 
Procedure in the committee responsible

Rule 67 : 
Submission to Parliament

Rule 67a : 
Vote in Parliament – second reading

Rule 68 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 69 : 
Admissibility of amendments to the Council's position

Rule 69a : 
Second-reading agreement
SECTION 3 - INTERINSTITUTIONAL NEGOTIATIONS DURING THE ORDINARY LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURE

Rule 69b : 
General provisions

Rule 69c : 
Negotiations ahead of Parliament's first reading

Rule 69d : 
Negotiations ahead of Council's first reading

Rule 69e : 
Negotiations ahead of Parliament's second reading

Rule 69f : 
Conduct of negotiations
SECTION 4 - CONCILIATION AND THIRD READING

Rule 69g : 
Extension of time limits

Rule 70 : 
Convening of the Conciliation Committee

Rule 71 : 
Delegation to the Conciliation Committee

Rule 72 : 
Joint text
SECTION 5 - CONCLUSION OF THE PROCEDURE

Rule 73 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 74 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 75 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 76 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 77 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 78 : 
Signing and publication of adopted acts
CHAPTER 4: PROVISIONS SPECIFIC TO THE CONSULTATION PROCEDURE

Rule 78a : 
Modified proposal for a legally binding act

Rule 78b : 
Commission position on amendments

Rule 78c : 
Vote in Parliament

Rule 78d : 
Follow-up to Parliament's position

Rule 78e : 
Renewed referral to Parliament
CHAPTER 5: CONSTITUTIONAL MATTERS

Rule 79 : 
Ordinary Treaty revision

Rule 80 : 
Simplified Treaty revision

Rule 81 : 
Accession treaties

Rule 82 : 
Withdrawal from the Union

Rule 83 : 
Breach by a Member State of fundamental principles and values

Rule 84 : 
Composition of Parliament

Rule 85 : 
Enhanced cooperation between Member States
CHAPTER 6: BUDGETARY PROCEDURES

Rule 86 : 
Multiannual financial framework

Rule 86a : 
Annual budgetary procedure

Rule 87 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 88 : 
Parliament's position on the draft budget

Rule 89 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 90 : 
Budgetary conciliation

Rule 91 : 
Definitive adoption of the budget

Rule 92 : 
Provisional twelfths system

Rule 92a : 
Implementation of the budget

Rule 93 : 
Discharge to the Commission in respect of implementation of the budget

Rule 94 : 
Other discharge procedures

Rule 94a : 
Inter-institutional cooperation

Rule 95 : 
(Deleted)
CHAPTER 7: INTERNAL BUDGETARY PROCEDURES

Rule 96 : 
Estimates of Parliament

Rule 97 : 
Procedure to be applied when drawing up Parliament's estimates

Rule 98 : 
Power to incur and settle expenditure, to approve accounts and to grant discharge
CHAPTER 8: CONSENT PROCEDURE

Rule 99 : 
Consent procedure
CHAPTER 9: OTHER PROCEDURES

Rule 100 : 
Procedure for delivering opinions on derogations to the adoption of the euro

Rule 101 : 
Procedures relating to dialogue between management and labour

Rule 102 : 
Procedures for scrutiny of envisaged voluntary agreements

Rule 103 : 
Codification

Rule 104 : 
Recasting
CHAPTER 10: DELEGATED AND IMPLEMENTING ACTS

Rule 105 : 
Delegated acts

Rule 106 : 
Implementing acts and measures

Rule 107 : 
Consideration under the associated committee procedure or the joint committee procedure

TITLE III : EXTERNAL RELATIONS
CHAPTER 1: INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS

Rule 108 : 
International agreements

Rule 109 : 
Provisional application or suspension of the application of international agreements or establishment of the Union's position in a body set up by an international agreement
CHAPTER 2: EXTERNAL REPRESENTATION OF THE UNION AND THE COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY

Rule 110 : 
Special representatives

Rule 111 : 
International representation

Rule 112 : 
(Deleted)
CHAPTER 3: RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE UNION’S EXTERNAL ACTION

Rule 113 : 
Recommendations on the Union's external policies

Rule 113a : 
Consultation of, and provision of information to, Parliament within the framework of the common foreign and security policy

Rule 114 : 
Breach of human rights

TITLE IV: TRANSPARENCY OF BUSINESS

Rule 115 : 
Transparency of Parliament's activities

Rule 116 : 
Public access to documents

Rule 116a : 
Access to Parliament

TITLE V: RELATIONS WITH OTHER BODIES
CHAPTER 1: APPOINTMENTS

Rule 117 : 
Election of the President of the Commission

Rule 118 : 
Election of the Commission

Rule 118a : 
Multiannual programming

Rule 119 : 
Motion of censure on the Commission

Rule 120 : 
Nomination of Judges and Advocates-General at the Court of Justice of the European Union

Rule 121 : 
Appointment of the Members of the Court of Auditors

Rule 122 : 
Appointment of the Members of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank

Rule 122a : 
Appointments to the economic governance bodies
CHAPTER 2: STATEMENTS

Rule 123 : 
Statements by the Commission, Council and European Council

Rule 124 : 
Statements explaining Commission decisions

Rule 125 : 
Statements by the Court of Auditors

Rule 126 : 
Statements by the European Central Bank

Rule 127 : 
(Deleted)
CHAPTER 3: PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

Rule 128 : 
Questions for oral answer with debate

Rule 129 : 
Question Time

Rule 130 : 
Questions for written answer

Rule 130a : 
Minor interpellations for written answer

Rule 130b : 
Major interpellations for written answer with debate

Rule 131 : 
Questions for written answer to the European Central Bank

Rule 131a : 
Questions for written answer concerning the Single Supervisory Mechanism and the Single Resolution Mechanism
CHAPTER 4: REPORTS OF OTHER INSTITUTIONS AND BODIES

Rule 132 : 
Annual and other reports of other institutions or bodies
CHAPTER 5: RESOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Rule 133 : 
Motions for resolutions

Rule 134 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 135 : 
Debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law

Rule 136 : 
(Deleted)
CHAPTER 6: CONSULTATION OF OTHER INSTITUTIONS AND BODIES

Rule 137 : 
Consultation of the European Economic and Social Committee

Rule 138 : 
Consultation of the Committee of the Regions

Rule 139 : 
Requests to European Agencies
CHAPTER 7: INTERINSTITUTIONAL AGREEMENTS

Rule 140 : 
Interinstitutional agreements
CHAPTER 8: REFERRALS TO THE COURT OF JUSTICE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

Rule 141 : 
Proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union

TITLE VI: RELATIONS WITH NATIONAL PARLIAMENTS

Rule 142 : 
Exchange of information, contacts and reciprocal facilities

Rule 143 : 
Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs (COSAC)

Rule 144 : 
Conferences of parliaments

TITLE VII: SESSIONS
CHAPTER 1: SESSIONS OF PARLIAMENT

Rule 145 : 
Parliamentary term, sessions, part-sessions, sittings

Rule 146 : 
Convening of Parliament

Rule 147 : 
Venue of sittings and meetings

Rule 148 : 
Attendance of Members at sittings
CHAPTER 2: ORDER OF BUSINESS OF PARLIAMENT

Rule 149 : 
Draft agenda

Rule 149a : 
Adopting and amending the agenda

Rule 150 : 
Procedure in plenary without amendment and debate

Rule 151 : 
Short presentation

Rule 152 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 153 : 
Extraordinary debate

Rule 153a : 
Topical debate requested by a political group

Rule 154 : 
Urgent procedure

Rule 155 : 
Joint debate

Rule 156 : 
Time limits
CHAPTER 3: GENERAL RULES FOR THE CONDUCT OF SITTINGS

Rule 157 : 
Access to the Chamber

Rule 158 : 
Languages

Rule 159 : 
Transitional arrangement

Rule 160 : 
Distribution of documents

Rule 161 : 
Electronic handling of documents

Rule 162 : 
Allocation of speaking time and list of speakers

Rule 163 : 
One-minute speeches

Rule 164 : 
Personal statements

Rule 164a : 
Prevention of obstruction
CHAPTER 4: MEASURES TO BE TAKEN IN THE EVENT OF NON-COMPLIANCE WITH THE STANDARDS OF CONDUCT OF MEMBERS

Rule 165 : 
Immediate measures

Rule 166 : 
Penalties

Rule 167 : 
Internal appeal procedures
CHAPTER 5: QUORUM, AMENDMENTS AND VOTING

Rule 168 : 
Quorum

Rule 168a : 
Thresholds

Rule 169 : 
Tabling and moving amendments

Rule 170 : 
Admissibility of amendments

Rule 171 : 
Voting procedure

Rule 172 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 173 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 174 : 
Order of voting on amendments

Rule 175 : 
Committee filter of plenary amendments

Rule 176 : 
Split voting

Rule 177 : 
Right to vote

Rule 178 : 
Voting

Rule 179 : 
Final vote

Rule 179a : 
Tied votes

Rule 180 : 
Voting by roll call

Rule 180a : 
Voting by secret ballot

Rule 181 : 
Use of electronic voting system

Rule 182 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 182a : 
Disputes on voting

Rule 183 : 
Explanations of vote

Rule 184 : 
(Deleted)
CHAPTER 6: POINTS OF ORDER AND PROCEDURAL MOTIONS

Rule 184a : 
Points of order

Rule 185 : 
Procedural motions

Rule 186 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 187 : 
Moving the inadmissibility of a matter

Rule 188 : 
Referral back to committee

Rule 189 : 
Closure of a debate

Rule 190 : 
Adjournment of a debate or vote

Rule 191 : 
Suspension or closure of the sitting
CHAPTER 7: PUBLIC RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

Rule 192 : 
Minutes

Rule 193 : 
Texts adopted

Rule 194 : 
Verbatim reports

Rule 195 : 
Audiovisual record of proceedings

TITLE VIII: COMMITTEES AND DELEGATIONS
CHAPTER 1: COMMITTEES

Rule 196 : 
Setting-up of standing committees

Rule 197 : 
Special committees

Rule 198 : 
Committees of inquiry

Rule 199 : 
Composition of committees

Rule 200 : 
Substitutes

Rule 201 : 
Duties of committees

Rule 201a : 
Questions of competence

Rule 202 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 203 : 
Subcommittees

Rule 204 : 
Committee bureaux

Rule 205 : 
Committee coordinators

Rule 205a : 
Shadow Rapporteurs

Rule 206 : 
Committee meetings

Rule 207 : 
Minutes of committee meetings

Rule 208 : 
Voting in committee

Rule 209 : 
Provisions concerning plenary sittings applicable in committee

Rule 210 : 
Question Time in committee

Rule 210a : 
Procedure for the consultation by a committee of confidential information received by Parliament

Rule 211 : 
Public hearings on citizens’ initiatives
CHAPTER 2: INTERPARLIAMENTARY DELEGATIONS

Rule 212 : 
Setting-up and duties of interparliamentary delegations

Rule 213 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 214 : 
Joint parliamentary committees

Rule 214a : 
Cooperation with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

TITLE IX : PETITIONS

Rule 215 : 
Right of petition

Rule 216 : 
Examination of petitions

Rule 216a : 
Fact-finding visits

Rule 217 : 
Notice of petitions

Rule 218 : 
Citizens' initiative

TITLE X: OMBUDSMAN

Rule 219 : 
Election of the Ombudsman

Rule 220 : 
Activities of the Ombudsman

Rule 221 : 
Dismissal of the Ombudsman

TITLE XI: PARLIAMENT'S SECRETARIAT

Rule 222 : 
Secretariat

TITLE XII: POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES RELATING TO EUROPEAN POLITICAL PARTIES AND EUROPEAN POLITICAL FOUNDATIONS

Rule 223 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 223a : 
Powers and responsibilities relating to European political parties and European political foundations

Rule 224 : 
Powers and responsibilities of the Bureau (Deleted)

Rule 225 : 
Powers and responsibilities of the committee responsible and of Parliament's plenary (Deleted)

TITLE XIII: APPLICATION AND AMENDMENT OF THE RULES OF PROCEDURE

Rule 226 : 
Application of the Rules of Procedure

Rule 227 : 
Amendment of the Rules of Procedure

TITLE XIV: MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

Rule 228 : 
The symbols of the Union

Rule 229 : 
Unfinished business

Rule 230 : 
(Deleted)

Rule 231 : 
Corrigenda

ANNEX I
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT WITH RESPECT TO FINANCIAL INTERESTS AND CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

ANNEX II
CRITERIA FOR QUESTIONS AND INTERPELLATIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER UNDER RULES 130, 130A, 130B, 131 AND 131A

ANNEX III
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 135

ANNEX IV
PROCEDURE FOR THE CONSIDERATION AND ADOPTION OF DECISIONS ON THE GRANTING OF DISCHARGE

ANNEX V
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 VI
APPROVAL OF THE COMMISSION AND MONITORING OF COMMITMENTS MADE DURING THE HEARINGS

ANNEX VII
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DRAFTING OF ACTS ADOPTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ORDINARY LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURE
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