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Catch the Eye (plenary)

At the end of any debate in a European Parliament plenary session, any MEP who manages to "catch the eye" of the President of the Parliament may make a brief contribution.

These short free-for-alls contrast with the regimented bulk of the Parliament's debates, when speakers representing each political grouping take part according to pre-arranged lists.

The procedure resembles protocol in Westminster, where MPs try to catch the eye of the Speaker in order to be called to speak.

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