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Thursday, 31 January 2008 - Brussels
Duties of the President (interpretation of Rule 19)

European Parliament decision of 31 January 2008 on interpretation of Rule 19 of Parliament's Rules of Procedure on the duties of the President

The European Parliament,

-   having regard to the letter of 24 January 2008 from the chairman of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs,

-   having regard to Rule 201 of its Rules of Procedure,

1.  Adopts the following interpretation of Rule 19:"

'Rule 19(1) can be interpreted as meaning that the powers conferred by that Rule include the power to call an end to the excessive use of motions such as points of order, procedural motions, explanations of vote and requests for separate, split or roll-call votes where the President is convinced that these are manifestly intended to cause and will result in a prolonged and serious obstruction of the procedures of the House or the rights of other Members';


2.  Instructs its President to forward this decision to the Council and the Commission, for information.

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