The Municipal Council interpellation (questioning) procedure
Article 68 – All citizens aged 18, residing in the municipality, shall be entitled, subject to the conditions featured in this chapter, to interpellate the municipal authorities.
The municipal councillors, the social welfare councillors shall not enjoy this right.
Article 69 – All citizens seeking to exercise their right to address an interpellation have to let the Mayor know the purpose of their request and do so via a written statement together with a document spelling out the questions put or the facts for which explanations are sought, and the considerations they propose to put forward.
Article 70 – The interpellation has to be of relevance to the municipality. It may also refer to an item on the agenda of the Council meeting for the same day.
Article 71 – The Municipal Board of Mayor and Aldermen shall make a review to ensure the request is compliant, rejecting any requests that are inconsistent with this section (particularly in terms of the time limits, the subject referred to, etc.). The Board may also refuse to countenance an interpellation when the subject matter is entirely private or could be detrimental to the general good. The same applies to interpellations that may affect public morals, fail to respect the religious or philosophical convictions of one or more citizens, or express racist or xenophobic sentiments. Similarly, questions concerning ... may not give rise to an interpellation.
Compliant written requests shall be submitted to the Municipal Council during its next meeting pursuant to the Municipal Council's periods of notice.Article 72 – The Municipal Board of Mayor and Aldermen's public interpellations may take place during the Municipal Council's public meeting, without any need for a quorum of attendance, without any debate and without any vote for validating them.
They shall begin 15 minutes prior to the time set for the Municipal Council meeting. When these interpellations have been completed the Municipal Council shall start.
The members of the public in attendance have to obey the same rules as during a Municipal Council public meeting, with the Mayor or the official replacing the Mayor exercising police powers during the meeting.
Article 73 – Citizens shall have a maximum time of five minutes to put forward their interpellation.
The Mayor or alderman or the president of the Social Welfare Council and/or the municipal councillor approached by the Mayor shall have the same maximum time limit of five minutes to provide an answer.
Citizens shall then also have a maximum time limit of five minutes to finalise and conclude their interpellation.
Only one interpellation may be put forward per Council meeting.
Article 74 –
§1. A subject may be referred to via an interpellation only twice during a 12-month period.
§2. The same speaker may not be heard more than once every three months.
Article 75 - No interpellation may be addressed within the six months preceding a municipal election.
Article 76 - The Mayor or the official replacing the Mayor shall manage the speaking time earmarked for interpellations by citizens.
The interpellations shall be heard in the chronological order they are received by the Mayor.
Municipal Council minutes
Featured here are the latest minutes of the meetings held by the Municipal Council of the City of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve.