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Parliamentary questions
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25 March 2020
P-001839/2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Gabriele Bischoff
 Subject: Parliament’s right of initiative

In her speech to Parliament on 16 July 2019, and just before her election, Ursula von der Leyen declared: ‘I support a right of initiative for the European Parliament. When this House, acting by majority of its Members, adopts Resolutions requesting the Commission to submit legislative proposals, I commit to responding with a legislative act in full respect of proportionality, subsidiarity, and better law-making.’

In his written answer to question E-003876/2019 on Parliament’s right of initiative, Vice-President Šefčovič stated that ‘the College of Commissioners will discuss all such resolutions and decide on their follow-up’, without specifying the nature of the follow-up.

1. Has the President of the Commission’s position on Parliament’s right of initiative changed since her election?

2. Does the College of Commissioners share the initial position of the President of the Commission?

3. Does the Commission commit to treating any Parliament resolution supported by a majority of its Members as equivalent to requests from the Council calling for legislative proposals?

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