Parliament’s Rules of Procedure: what will change 


A wide-ranging overhaul of Parliament’s rule of procedure, prepared by Richard Corbett (S&D, UK), was approved by the plenary on Tuesday 13 December. The key features of the reform are enhanced transparency within Parliament and changes in the organisation of plenary sessions.

It also includes measures to improve efficiency, enable groups to propose current affairs debates, tougher penalties for racist and defamatory language or behaviour, and provisions for implementing the 13 April 2016 inter-institutional agreement on better law-making.

Under Rule 227, the approved amendments will enter into force on the first day of the part-session following their adoption, i.e. on 16 January 2017.