A written declaration is a text of a maximum of 200 words on a matter which falls within the European Union’s interest areas. These are printed in all the official languages, distributed and entered in a register.
MEPs can use written declarations to launch or re-launch a debate on a subject that comes within the EU’s remit. Up to five MEPs can submit a written declaration by presenting a text to be signed by their colleagues. If the declaration is signed by a majority of the MEPs, it is forwarded to the President, who announces it in plenary.
At the end of the part-session, the declaration is forwarded to the institutions named in the text, together with the names of the signatories. It is then, included in the minutes of the sitting at which it is announced, with publication of the minutes closing the procedure.
Written declarations are printed and posted on a board at the entrance to the Chambers in Strasbourg and Brussels and published on Parliament’s website.
Declarations lapse after three months in the register if they have not been signed by at least half the MEPs.
Below you will find links to the different Written Declarations with Nick’s decisions on whether to support them or not.