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A rapporteur is a person who is appointed by an organization to report on the proceedings of its meetings. The term is a French-derived word.

For example, Dick Marty was appointed rapporteur by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to investigate extraordinary rendition by the CIA.

Rapporteur of the European Parliament[edit]

The rapporteur is an eminent role in the legislative process of the European Parliament (EP). They are a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) responsible for handling a legislative proposal – both procedurally and with regard to its substance – on behalf of the European Commission, the Council of the European Union or the EP.[1] Based on the relevant proposal, the rapporteur is appointed by the relevant Committees of the European Parliament charged with drawing up a legislative recommendation for the EP to vote on. The rapporteur, therefore, has a substantial influence in the process leading to the adoption of EU-legislation.[2]

Their key-functions are:

  • Analyze the proposal and, based on this, draft an EP Own-initiative Report
  • Lead discussion within the relevant Committee
  • Consult with third party specialists and parties affected
  • Recommend the political line to be followed
  • Present the report to the EP Plenary
  • Lead negotiations with European Commission or European Council, where needed.[3]

Shadow rapporteur of the European Parliament[edit]

Political groups within the committee in charge of drafting a legislative recommendation may appoint a shadow rapporteur to represent their views.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ A rapporteur - the person who presents reports to Parliament Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  2. ^ What is a rapporteur? Archived 2019-04-03 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  3. ^ The roles of a rapporteur Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  4. ^ Shadow rapporteur Retrieved 1 April 2019.

(References:) Oxford Online Dictionary