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Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament
9th parliamentary term - February 2020
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CONTENTS
NOTE TO THE READER
COMPENDIUM OF THE MAIN LEGAL ACTS RELATED TO THE RULES OF PROCEDURE

TITLE II : LEGISLATIVE, BUDGETARY, DISCHARGE AND OTHER PROCEDURES
CHAPTER 9 : OTHER PROCEDURES

Rule 109 : Codification

1.   When a proposal for codification of Union legislation is submitted to Parliament, it shall be referred to the committee responsible for legal affairs. That committee shall examine the proposal in accordance with the arrangements agreed at interinstitutional level (1) in order to ascertain that the proposal is a straightforward codification, with no changes of a substantive nature.

2.   The committee which was responsible for the acts to be codified may, at its own request or at the request of the committee responsible for legal affairs, be asked to deliver an opinion on the desirability of codification.

3.   Amendments to the text of the proposal shall be inadmissible.

However, the Chair of the committee responsible for legal affairs may, at the rapporteur's request, submit, for that committee’s approval, technical adaptations, provided that those adaptations do not involve any substantive change to the proposal and are necessary in order to ensure that the proposal complies with the codification rules.

4.   If the committee responsible for legal affairs concludes that the proposal does not entail any substantive change to Union legislation, it shall refer it to Parliament for approval.

If the committee responsible for legal affairs takes the view that the proposal entails a substantive change, it shall propose that Parliament reject the proposal.

In either of those two cases, Parliament shall adopt a decision by means of a single vote, without amendment or debate.

(1) Interinstitutional Agreement of 20 December 1994, Accelerated working method for official codification of legislative texts, point 4 (OJ C 102, 4.4.1996, p. 2).
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