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Parliamentary questions
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3 September 2020
Question for written answer E-004819/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Elżbieta Kruk (ECR)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Questions for written answer

Pursuant to Article 138 of the Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament, Members, political groups and parliamentary committees have the right to submit questions for written answer to the Commission, the President of the European Council, the Council and the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union.

Questions for written answer are an instrument that enables Parliament to obtain the additional information it needs to carry out its legislative functions, as well as to properly perform the functions of supervision and control on behalf of voters from the countries of the European Union.

There can be no talk of a functioning democracy without transparent procedures, accountability and well-functioning institutions.

Unfortunately, the procedure for answering questions is not transparent. In addition, the answers are too often vague or evasive. As a result, they do not receive specific answers or information on matters of interest to them, which makes this instrument of parliamentary oversight illusory.

In connection with the above, would the Commission answer the following questions:

1. What are the formal procedures for replying to the questions referred to in Article 138 of the Rules of Procedure?

2. Who are the actual authors of draft answers?

3. Does the Commission intend to amend the procedure for replying to Parliament’s questions so as to provide timely and comprehensive responses?

Original language of question: PL
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