-we were instructing
The word instruíamos is the imperfect form of instruir in the first person plural.
See the full instruir conjugation


Sin embargo, hubo una propuesta en la que instruíamos a la Comisión a presentar una propuesta y, a este respecto, aquellos que lo hicimos en el Parlamento nos extralimitamos sin duda en el ejercicio de nuestros poderes.
We had a proposal, however, in which we instructed the Commission to put forward a proposal and, in that respect, those of us in Parliament no doubt exceeded the limits of our powers.
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