Derek Vaughan MEP

Working hard for Wales in Europe

Written declarations

A Written Declaration in the European Parliament is similar to an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons or a Statement of Opinion in the National Assembly for Wales.

It is a tool for MEPs to launch or re-launch the debate on a matter falling within the European Union’s scope of activities.  It consists of a text of less than 200 words which is a policy statement put before the Parliament for signature.  If other MEPs agree with the statement, they can sign up.

For a Written Declaration to become the official position of the Parliament, more than half of all MEPs (currently 393) have to sign.  Normally a Declaration will attract less than the required number of signatories and lapse within three months.  However, it is a very useful way to raise the profile of an issue within the Parliament, the public and the media.

Derek has signed up to the recent Written Declarations listed below

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