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Wednesday, 9 September 2015 - Strasbourg Final edition
Suspension or closure of a sitting (interpretation of Rule 191 of the Rules of Procedure)

European Parliament decision of 9 September 2015 concerning the suspension or closure of a sitting (interpretation of Rule 191 of the Rules of Procedure) (2015/2153(REG))

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the letter of 4 September 2015 from the Chair of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs,

–  having regard to Rule 226 of its Rules of Procedure,

1.  Decides to append the following interpretation to Rule 191 of the Rules of Procedure:" "If a request to suspend or close the sitting is presented, the procedure to vote on that request is to be initiated without undue delay. The usual means of announcing plenary votes should be used and, in line with existing practice, sufficient time should be given for Members to reach the Chamber.By analogy with the second subparagraph of Rule 152(2), if such a request has been rejected, a similar request cannot be tabled again during the same day. In accordance with the interpretation to Rule 22(1), the President has the right to put an end to excessive use of requests presented under this Rule.""

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

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