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Absolute majority (in the European Parliament)

This refers to the majority of members who make up the European Parliament. In the current configuration of the European Parliament (made up of 736 MEPs), the threshold for an absolute majority is 369 votes. Within the codecision procedure, absolute majority is necessary in plenary when voting on a second reading in order to reject the Council position at first reading or to adopt amendments.

Amendment

In the Parliament, MEPs can propose changes to the texts that are submitted to them. These changes are known as amendments.

An amendment in the European Parliament can be presented either by a political group or by 40 MEPs.

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