Rules of procedure

Inaugural meeting
The new Welfare Council will be organized at the inaugural meeting at the onset of the period.

Meeting management
The Executive Committee opens the meeting in the Welfare Council. The meeting management includes one or several moderator(s) and a minutes-taker. The meeting management is responsible for the practical execution of the meeting.

Rights and duties
The representatives of the Welfare Council have the obligation to attend meetings. The deputy board members are summoned in the case of apologies for absence at meetings. The representatives are obliged to report as soon as they know that they are unable to join the meeting. If a representative has to leave the meeting in the Welfare Council before it is finished, he or she must submit a leave application. Leave applications from meetings must be submitted in writing to the meeting management and be decided by the Welfare Council. 

The negotiations 
Time allotted for speaking is three minutes for notions and one minute for replies. Two replies and one rejoinder are allowed for each notion. The time allotted for notions and replies can be adjusted by a 2/3 majority. New motions that are made to the Welfare Council during negotiations must be presented orally by the proponent before it must be delivered in writing to the moderator(s). Notions to the rules of procedure, the agenda, and case information will pause the case debated. Such notions cannot last longer than two minutes. Suggestions regarding the agenda, the rules of procedure, and the voting order must be voted on directly. The moderator(s) and the representatives with the right of initiative can submit proposals to conclude the negotiation. During conclusions, the list of speakers must be read aloud before voting, and there must be a general majority. The moderator(s) must inform that all motions must be announced and submitted before the case is concluded. When a conclusion is decided, the moderator(s) must inform about the opportunity to sign up to speak both before and during the next speaker’s notion. Suggestions to conclude a debate that will also affect speakers already signed up to speak require a 2/3 majority. After the debate has been concluded, there will be no occasions to make or withdraw motions. Everyone with the right of initiative can suggest revocation of conclusions, which must be passed by a 2/3 majority. 

All motions within case questions not regarding the agenda, the rules of procedure, or the voting order must be submitted in writing to the moderator(s). All motions must be signed with full name. 

The moderators will read aloud all the motions submitted when the debate is ended. They can then decide to pause the negotiations to make suggestions for further discussion/voting order if they see this as necessary. Submitted motions are discussed by putting the most far-reaching motions up against each other so that the choice is ultimately between a proposal and a counterproposal. Voting is usually done by a show of hands. Written voting must be done if this is wished by one or more of the representatives.

Unless otherwise is provided by the regulations or the rule of procedure, resolutions are passed by the general majority. In cases requiring a qualified majority, the representatives are obligated to vote for or against the motion, and they cannot abstain. 
Amendments to the rules of procedure require a 2/3 majority.

Record of objection
Record of objections can be requested by all the representatives with the right of initiative. Record of objections must be reported before the discussion of the case is finished and be submitted in writing to the moderator(s). Everyone who agrees with the record of objection must report this before the end of the meeting, and these will be added to the record of objection.

Final provisions 
The regulations will be applicable if the rules of procedure contravene the regulations. The Welfare Council can with a general majority decide what practice to apply if a question is not regulated by the rules of procedure or the regulations. These rules of practice are applicable until other rules are passed in the Welfare Council. 

Simple majority: The highest number of casted votes, regardless of the total sum. 
General majority: More than half of the casted votes, not including abstentions 
Absolute majority: More than half of the casted votes, including abstentions 
Qualified majority: 2/3 of the representatives eligible to vote. The representatives are not allowed to abstain.