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Parliamentary questions
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1 December 2016
E-009136-16
Question for written answer E-009136-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Csaba Molnár (S&D)

 Subject:  Commission's answers to written questions
 Answer in writing 

For Members of the European Parliament who are elected by the citizens of Europe, questions to the Commission are one of the most important instruments of democratic and parliamentary control. Regrettably, in view of the large number of written questions, previous European Parliament legislation has limited the number of questions that Members of the EP are permitted to table (to a maximum of five per month per Member, with a maximum of 200 words and three sub-questions per question).

The European Parliament’s Rules of Procedure also stipulate that the Commission must answer priority questions within three weeks and non-priority questions within six weeks. Regrettably, however, the Commission often fails to respect the deadlines for answering questions, and even misses them by several months. In the European legal order, infringements of rules are penalised. Moreover, in many cases the Commission’s answers disregard factual information, which hampers Members of the European Parliament in their task of exercising their right of democratic scrutiny.

1. Why does the Commission often fail to abide by the time limits for answering written questions, and how will it ensure that in future it respects them?2. What penalties will the Commission impose if the rules on the time limits for answers to written questions are breached?3. How does the Commission explain the fact that in many cases its answers disregard substantive information?

Original language of question: HU 
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