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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on the discriminatory treatment of non-attached Members in Parliament

Marine Le Pen, Matteo Salvini, Harald Vilimsky, Marcel de Graaff, Gerolf Annemans, Barbara Kappel, Georg Mayer, Olaf Stuger, Vicky Maeijer, Franz Obermayr, Aymeric Chauprade, Joëlle Mélin, Mireille D'Ornano, Florian Philippot, Louis Aliot, Steeve Briois, Sophie Montel, Marie-Christine Arnautu, Edouard Ferrand, Jean-Luc Schaffhauser, Jean-François Jalkh, Philippe Loiseau, Dominique Martin, Mario Borghezio, Mylène Troszczynski, Bernard Monot, Sylvie Goddyn, Lorenzo Fontana, Gianluca Buonanno, Mara Bizzotto, Gilles Lebreton, Marie-Christine Boutonnet, Dominique Bilde, Nicolas Bay, Janice Atkinson

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the discriminatory treatment of non-attached Members in Parliament  

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas all MEPs have been elected by universal suffrage, whether they be members of a group or non-attached;

B.     whereas it is unacceptable that in a parliament which is supposed to be democratic, Members belonging to a certain category are denied the same rights as the rest;

C.     whereas non-attached Members face a host of discriminatory barriers as they seek to fulfil their mandate, including being prevented from taking part in committee coordinators' meetings (Rule 205 of the Rules of Procedure), effectively being stopped from acting as rapporteur or shadow rapporteur (likewise Rule 205) and not being allowed to become a chair or vice-chair of a committee (Rule 204 and the D'Hondt method of allocation) or to select their representative in the Conference of Presidents by democratic vote (Rule 26);

D.     whereas non-attached Members have to deal with far more red tape and nit-picking administrative checks than Members who belong to one of the groups;

1.      Believes that all Members should be able to carry out their parliamentary duties to the full;

2.      Calls on the Committee on Constitutional Affairs to do away with any provisions in the Rules of Procedure which discriminate against non-attached Members.

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