18.5.2006   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

CE 117/1


MINUTES

(2006/C 117 E/01)

PROCEEDINGS OF THE SITTING

IN THE CHAIR: Josep BORRELL FONTELLES

President

1.   Resumption of session

The sitting opened at 15.10.

2.   Approval of Minutes of previous sitting

Corrections to votes

Date of sitting: 11.05.2005

Report: Alejandro Cercas — A6-0105/2005

amendment 20

against: John Attard-Montalto

amendment 49, 1st part

for: Luis de Grandes Pascual, Agustín Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, José Manuel García-Margallo y Marfil, Salvador Garriga Polledo, Cristina Gutiérrez-Cortines and Alejo Vidal-Quadras Roca

against: Britta Thomsen

amendment 27 (Article 22, paragraph 1a, (a)-(c))

against: Johannes Voggenhuber

legislative resolution

for: Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann

Date of sitting: 12.05.2005

The future of Europe 60 years after the Second World War — B6-0290/2005

paragraph 1, 2nd part

for: Antonio López-Istúriz White

resolution (as a whole)

against: Jeffrey Titford

Roberto Musacchio had informed the Chair that he had not wished to take part in the vote on the resolution, and that his vote against paragraph 1 had been cast in error.

Report: Luis Herrero-Tejedor — A6-0111/2005

amendment 12

against: Vittorio Agnoletto

Anna Elzbieta Fotyga had informed the Chair that she had been present at the sittings of 11 and 12.05.2005 but that her name was not on the attendance register.

Den Dover had informed the Chair that he had mistakenly signed opposite Avril Doyle's name at the sitting of 11.05.2005.

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The Minutes of the previous sitting were approved.

3.   Welcome

On behalf of Parliament, the President welcomed members of a delegation from the Knesset — led by Mrs Naomi Blumenthal, Chair of the Delegation for relations with the European Parliament — who had taken their seats in the official gallery.

4.   Statement by the President

The President informed the House that two MEPs had been detained the previous week at Havana airport and had been prevented from attending a meeting on promoting civil society in Cuba. Despite the fact that the two Members concerned were not part of an official delegation, the President joined the Council and the Commission in condemning what had occurred. He added that Oswaldo Payá, Sakharov Prize Laureate in 2002, had criticised the meeting in question, denouncing it as harmful to the opposition. Lastly, the President asked Members to find out as much as possible about the meetings they intended to attend.

5.   Documents received

The following documents had been received:

1)

from committees:

1.1)

reports:

* Report on the proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Chile on certain aspects of air services (COM (2004)0829 — C6-0011/2005 — 2004/0289(CNS)) — Committee on Transport and Tourism

Rapporteur: Costa Paolo (A6-0100/2005)

Report on security research — the next steps (COM(2004)0590 — 2004/2171(INI)) — Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rapporteur: Klich Bogdan (A6-0103/2005)

***I Report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to restrictions on the marketing and use of certain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in extender oils and tyres (twenty-seventh amendment of Council Directive 76/769/EEC) (COM(2004)0098 — C5-0081/2004 — 2004/0036(COD)) — Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Rapporteur: Adamou Adamos (A6-0104/2005)

***I Report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing an infrastructure for spatial information in the Community (Inspire) (COM(2004) 0516 — C6-0099/2004 — 2004/0175(COD)) — Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Rapporteur: Brepoels Frederika (A6-0108/2005)

* Report on the proposal for a Council regulation concerning management measures for the sustainable exploitation of fishery resources in the Mediterranean Sea and amending Regulations (EEC) No 2847/93 and (EC) No 973/2001 (COM(2003)0589 — C5-0480/2003 — 2003/0229(CNS)) — Committee on Fisheries

Rapporteur: Fraga Estévez Carmen (A6-0112/2005)

* Report on the proposal for a Council decision amending Decision 2000/439/EC of 29 June 2000 on a financial contribution from the Community towards the expenditure incurred by certain Member States in collecting data, and for financing studies and pilot projects for carrying out the common fisheries policy (COM(2004)0618 — C6-0243/2004 — 2004/0213(CNS)) — Committee on Fisheries

Rapporteur: Morillon Philippe (A6-0113/2005)

* Report on the proposal for a Council regulation on the conclusion of the Protocol setting out, for the period from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2007, the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Agreement between the European Economic Community and the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire on fishing off the coast of Côte d'Ivoire (COM(2004)0619 — C6-0138/2004 — 2004/0211(CNS)) — Committee on Fisheries

Rapporteur: Morillon Philippe (A6-0114/2005)

***I Report on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Decision 2000/819/EC on a multiannual programme for enterprise and entrepreneurship, and in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) (2001-2005) (COM(2004)0781 — C6-0242/2004 — 2004/0272(COD)) — Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

Rapporteur: Thomsen Britta (A6-0118/2005)

***I Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the addition of vitamins and minerals and of certain other substances to foods (COM (2003)0671 — C5-0538/2003 — 2003/0262(COD)) — Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Rapporteur: Scheele Karin (A6-0124/2005)

* Report on the proposal for a Council regulation on the financing of the common agricultural policy (COM(2004)0489 — C6-0166/2004 — 2004/0164(CNS)) — Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

Rapporteur: Schierhuber Agnes (A6-0127/2005)

***I Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on nutrition and health claims made on foods (COM(2003)0424 — C5-0329/2003 — 2003/0165(COD)) — Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Rapporteur: Poli Bortone Adriana (A6-0128/2005)

***I Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Financial Instrument for the Environment (LIFE+) (COM(2004)0621 — C6-0127/2004 — 2004/0218(COD)) — Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Rapporteur: Isler Béguin Marie Anne (A6-0131/2005)

***I Report on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Decision 2001/51/EC establishing a Programme relating to the Community framework strategy on gender equality and Decision No 848/2004/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Community action programme to promote organisations active at European level in the field of equality between men and women (COM(2004)0551 — C6-0107/2004 — 2004/0194(COD)) — Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality

Rapporteur: Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou Rodi (A6-0132/2005)

Report on EU — Russia relations (2004/2170(INI)) — Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rapporteur: Malmström Cecilia (A6-0135/2005)

Report on the links between legal and illegal migration and integration of migrants (COM (2004)0412 — 2004/2137(INI)) — Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Rapporteur: Gaubert Patrick (A6-0136/2005)

***I Report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering, including terrorist financing (COM(2004)0448 — C6-0143/2004 — 2004/0137(COD)) — Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Rapporteur: Nassauer Hartmut (A6-0137/2005)

* Report on the initiative by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg with a view to adopting a Council decision adjusting the basic salaries and allowances applicable to Europol staff (05429/2005 — C6-0037/2005 — 2005/0803(CNS)) — Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Rapporteur: Moraes Claude (A6-0139/2005)

Report on the protection of minorities and anti-discrimination policies in an enlarged Europe (2005/2008(INI)) — Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Rapporteur: Moraes Claude (A6-0140/2005)

Report on the Social Policy Agenda for the period 2006-2010 (2004/2191(INI)) — Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

Rapporteur: Oomen-Ruijten Ria (A6-0142/2005)

Report on promotion and protection of fundamental rights: the role of national and European instititutions, including the Fundamental Rights Agency (2005/2007(INI)) — Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Rapporteur: Gál Kinga (A6-0144/2005)

Report on the revision of the Framework Agreement on relations between the European Parliament and the European Commission (2005/2076(ACI)) — Committee on Constitutional Affairs

Rapporteur: Leinen Jo (A6-0147/2005)

* Report on the proposal for a Council decision on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States (COM(2005)0141 — C6-0111/2005 — 2005/0057(CNS)) — Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

Rapporteur: Mato Adrover Ana (A6-0149/2005)

Report on the Commission recommendation on the broad guidelines for the economic policies of the Member States and the Community in the framework of the integrated guidelines for growth and jobs (2005-2008) (2005/2017(INI)) — Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

Rapporteur: Goebbels Robert (A6-0150/2005)

1.2)

recommendations for second reading:

***II Recommendation for second reading on the Council common position for adopting a directive of the the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 74/408/EEC relating to motor vehicles with regards to the seats, their anchorages and head restraints (11935/3/2004 — C6-0031/2005 — 2003/0128(COD)) — Committee on Transport and Tourism

Rapporteur: Koch Dieter-Lebrecht (A6-0115/2005)

***II Recommendation for second reading on the Council common position for adopting a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 76/115/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to anchorages for motor-vehicle safety belts (11933/3/2004 — C6-0030/2005 — 2003/0136(COD)) — Committee on Transport and Tourism

Rapporteur: Costa Paolo (A6-0117/2005)

***II Recommendation for second reading on the Council common position for adoption a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 77/541/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to safety belts and restraint systems of motor vehicles (11934/3/2004 — C6-0029/2005 — 2003/0130(COD)) — Committee on Transport and Tourism

Rapporteur: Costa Paolo (A6-0120/2005)

***II Recommendation for second reading on the Council common position for adopting a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the compilation of quarterly non-financial accounts by institutional sector (15235/1/2004 — C6-0091/2005 — 2003/0296(COD)) — Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

Rapporteur: Lulling Astrid (A6-0152/2005)

2)

from Members:

2.1)

oral questions (Rule 108):

Pervenche Berès, on behalf of the ECON Committee, to the Commission: Possible stock exchange mergers in the European Union and future architecture of financial markets in the EU (B6-0240/2005);

Bart Staes, on behalf of the CONT Committee, to the Council: Cooperation within the budgetary authority on the allocation and possible use of the monetary payments resulting from the agreement Commission — Member States/Philip Morris to combat fraud (B6-0241/2005);

Giuseppe Gargani, on behalf of the JURI Committee, to the Commission: Regulation on the Community Patent and related legislation (B6-0242/2005);

Karl-Heinz Florenz, on behalf of the ENVI Committee, to the Council: European Union capabilities to respond to public health threats posed by bioterrorism (B6-0243/2005);

Karl-Heinz Florenz, on behalf of the ENVI Committee, to the Commission: European Union capabilities to respond to public health threats posed by bioterrorism (B6-0244/2005);

Marcin Libicki, on behalf of the PETI Committee, to the Commission: Lloyd's Names Petitioners: Implementation of the First Non-Life Insurance Directive (B6-0245/2005);

2.2)

motions for resolutions (Rule 113):

Muscardini Cristiana — Motion for a resolution on the application of WTO rules by China (B6-0317/2005)

referred

to responsible: INTA

 

opinion: EMPL

2.3)

motions for resolution (Rule 108(5)):

Jo Leinen, on behalf of the AFCO Committee, on the institutional aspects of the European External Action Service (B6-0320/2005)

2.4)

motions for resolutions (Rule 103(2)):

Johan Van Hecke, on behalf of the ALDE Group, on light weapons (B6-0321/2005);

Karl von Wogau, Armin Laschet and Bogdan Klich, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, on small arms and light weapons (B6-0322/2005);

Raül Romeva i Rueda, Angelika Beer and Bart Staes, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, on small arms and light weapons (B6-0323/2005);

Richard Howitt, Ana Maria Gomes and Jan Marinus Wiersma, on behalf of the PSE Group, on small arms and light weapons (B6-0324/2005);

Vittorio Agnoletto, Umberto Guidoni and Tobias Pflüger, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, on small arms and light weapons (B6-0325/2005);

Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis, on behalf of the UEN Group, on small arms and light weapons (B6-0326/2005)

2.5)

written declarations for entry in the Register (Rule 116):

Bill Newton Dunn, on informing our public more effectively (28/2005);

Lydia Schenardi, on the fight against the consumption of cannabis (29/2005);

Antonio Tajani, on establishing 9 November as ‘Freedom Day’ (30/2005);

Gisela Kallenbach, Jillian Evans, Tobias Pflüger, Jean-Luc Dehaene and Ana Maria Gomes, on the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (31/2005);

Johan Van Hecke, Maria Martens, Margrietus van den Berg and Luisa Morgantini, on the need to establish more and fairer trade relations with Africa (32/2005).

6.   Texts of agreements forwarded by the Council

The Council had forwarded certified true copies of the following:

Additional Protocol to the Europe Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Bulgaria, of the other part, to take account of the accession of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia, and the Slovak Republic to the European Union;

Convention on the accession of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovak Republic to the Convention on the Law Applicable to Contractual Obligations, opened for signature in Rome on 19 June 1980, and to the first and second protocols on its interpretation by the Court of Justice of the European Communities.

7.   Transfers of appropriations

The Committee on Budgets had considered the European Commission's proposal for transfer of appropriations DEC 04/2005 (C6-0102/2005 — SEC(2005)0186).

After noting the Council's opinion, the committee had authorised the transfer in full, pursuant to Article 24 (3) of the Financial Regulation of 25 June 2002.

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The Committee on Budgets had considered the European Commission's proposal for transfer of appropriations DEC 05/2005 (C6-0103/2005 — SEC(2005)0187).

After noting the Council's opinion, the committee had authorised the transfer in full, pursuant to Article 24 (3) of the Financial Regulation of 25 June 2002.

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The Committee on Budgets had considered the European Commission's proposal for transfer of appropriations DEC 06/2005 (C6-0104/2005 — SEC(2005)0244).

After noting the Council's opinion, the committee had authorised the transfer in full, pursuant to Article 24 (3) of the Financial Regulation of 25 June 2002.

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The Committee on Budgets had considered the European Commission's proposal for transfer of appropriations DEC 07/2005 (C6-0105/2005 — SEC(2005)0366).

After noting the Council's opinion, the committee had authorised the transfer in full, pursuant to Article 24 (3) of the Financial Regulation of 25 June 2002.

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The Committee on Budgets had considered the European Commission's proposal for transfer of appropriations DEC 10/2005 (C6-0107/2005 — SEC(2005)0368).

After noting the Council's opinion, the committee had authorised the transfer in full, pursuant to Article 24 (3) of the Financial Regulation of 25 June 2002.

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The Committee on Budgets had considered the European Commission's proposal for transfer of appropriations DEC 13/2005 (C6-0110/2005 — SEC(2005)0495).

After noting the Council's opinion, the committee had authorised the transfer in full, pursuant to Article 24 (3) of the Financial Regulation of 25 June 2002.

8.   Membership of Parliament

The British authorities had given notice of the appointment of Syed Salah Kamall to replace Theresa Villiers as Member of Parliament with effect from 12.05.2005.

The British authorities had given notice of the appointment of Sharon Margaret Bowles to replace Christopher Huhne as Member of Parliament with effect from 12.05.2005.

Mercedes Bresso had given notice in writing of her election as President of the Piedmont Region.

Since, pursuant to Article 7(3) of the Act concerning the election of the representatives of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage, this office was incompatible with that of Member of the European Parliament, Parliament established the vacancy pursuant to Rule 4(4) of its Rules of Procedure.

The Italian authorities had given notice of the appointment of Giovanni Rivera to replace Mercedes Bresso as Member of Parliament with effect from 25.05.2005.

The Italian authorities had given notice of the appointment of Vincenzo Lavarra to replace Ottaviano Del Turco as Member of Parliament with effect from 24.05.2005.

The President reminded the House of the provisions of Rule 3(5).

9.   Request for the defence of parliamentary immunity

Mr Andrzej Pęczak, a former Member of the European Parliament, had requested that his immunity and privileges be upheld in the context of legal proceedings against him in Poland.

Pursuant to Rule 6(3), the request had been referred to the committee responsible, the JURI Committee.

10.   Agenda

Jaime Mayor Oreja asked that Parliament should condemn the car bombing that had taken place that morning in Madrid, in which no-one had been killed (the President pointed out that the applause for Mr Mayor Oreja's remarks demonstrated Parliament's condemnation of the attack).

The order of business had been established (Minutes of 09.05.2005, point 12) and a corrigendum to the agenda had been distributed (PE 357.268/OJ/COR). The following change had been proposed:

Wednesday

The Claude Moraes report (A6-0140/2005: Protection of minorities and anti-discrimination policies in an enlarged Europe), had been withdrawn from the agenda.

The following spoke: Hannes Swoboda, on behalf of the PSE Group, who asked that legislative texts (such as the Peter Skinner report (A6-0146/2005), which had been withdrawn from the agenda) be given priority when it came to translation, and that the report in question be included on the agenda for the next partsession (the President agreed to do so); Claude Moraes, who supported Hannes Swoboda's remarks as his report (A6-0140/2005) had also been withdrawn from the agenda, and asked that the debate and vote on the report be held during the next part-session (the President replied that this would be the case); Peter Skinner, on the withdrawal of his report; Pervenche Berès, (Chairwoman of the ECON Committee), who protested about the disruption to the agenda caused by the withdrawal of reports (the President took note of her remarks); and Sarah Ludford, who asked for assurance that there would be no problems concerning air transport at the conclusion of the next part-session in Strasbourg.

The agenda was thus established.

11.   Motion of censure (debate)

Motion of censure on the European Commission (B6-0318/2005) (see annex to Minutes of 12.05.2005 for a list of signatories)

The following had confirmed their signatures:

Alyn Smith, Věra Flasarová, Jiří Maštálka, Esko Seppänen and Daniel Strož.

The following had withdrawn their signatures:

John Attard-Montalto, Umberto Guidoni, Helmuth Markov, Miguel Portas, Feleknas Uca, Karin Resetarits, Paul Verges and Gabriele Zimmer.

The President indicated that, under Rule 100(1), the required number of signatures to table a motion of censure had been obtained.

The following spoke: Nigel Farage, who introduced the motion of censure, and Roger Helmer, who, under Rule 141(4), put a question to Mr Farage, which Mr Farage answered.

The following spoke: José Manuel Barroso (President of the Commission), Hans-Gert Poettering, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Martin Schulz, on behalf of the PSE Group, Graham Watson, on behalf of the ALDE Group, Monica Frassoni, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Miguel Portas, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Jens-Peter Bonde, on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, Brian Crowley, on behalf of the UEN Group, Hans-Peter Martin, Non-attached Member, José Manuel Barroso and Jens-Peter Bonde, on José Manuel Barroso's remarks (the President cut him off).

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 08.06.2005, Item 6.1

12.   Framework Agreement on EP-Commission relations (debate)

Report on the revision of the Framework Agreement on relations between the European Parliament and the European Commission (2005/2076(ACI)) — Committee on Constitutional Affairs.

Rapporteur: Jo Leinen (A6-0147/2005)

Jo Leinen introduced the report.

The following spoke: José Manuel Barroso (President of the Commission) and Margot Wallström (Vice-President of the Commission).

IN THE CHAIR: Antonios TRAKATELLIS

Vice-President

The following spoke: Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Pervenche Berès, on behalf of the PSE Group, Andrew Duff, on behalf of the ALDE Group, Johannes Voggenhuber, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, James Hugh Allister, Non-attached Member, Genowefa Grabowska and Margot Wallström.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.05.2005, Item 8.8

13.   EU-Russia relations (debate)

Report on EU-Russia relations (2004/2170(INI)) — Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Rapporteur: Cecilia Malmström (A6-0135/2005)

Nicolas Schmit (President-in-Office of the Council) spoke.

Cecilia Malmström introduced the report.

Benita Ferrero-Waldner (Member of the Commission) spoke.

The following spoke: Armin Laschet, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Csaba Sándor Tabajdi, on behalf of the PSE Group, Janusz Onyszkiewicz, on behalf of the ALDE Group, Milan Horáček, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, and Jaromír Kohlíček, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group.

IN THE CHAIR: Manuel António dos SANTOS

Vice-President

The following spoke: Mirosław Mariusz Piotrowski, on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, Inese Vaidere, on behalf of the UEN Group, Elmar Brok, Jan Marinus Wiersma, Bart Staes, Georgios Karatzaferis, Wojciech Roszkowski, Bogdan Klich, Hannes Swoboda, Guntars Krasts, Charles Tannock, Józef Pinior, Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis, Helmut Kuhne, Justas Vincas Paleckis, Panagiotis Beglitis, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Bogdan Klich, on Benita Ferrero-Waldner's remarks, and Benita Ferrero-Waldner.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.05.2005, Item 8.21

14.   Promotion and protection of fundamental rights (debate)

Report on the promotion and protection of fundamental rights: the role of national and European institutions, including the Fundamental Rights Agency (2005/2007(INI)) — Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

Rapporteur: Kinga Gál (A6-0144/2005)

Kinga Gál introduced the report.

Franco Frattini (Vice-President of the Commission) spoke.

The following spoke: Manolis Mavrommatis (draftsman of the opinion of the CULT Committee), Timothy Kirkhope, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Martine Roure, on behalf of the PSE Group, Maria Carlshamre, on behalf of the ALDE Group, Johannes Voggenhuber, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Giusto Catania, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Bogdan Pęk, on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, Reinhard Rack, Stavros Lambrinidis, Kyriacos Triantaphyllides, Ashley Mote, Michael Cashman, María Elena Valenciano Martínez-Orozco, Katalin Lévai and Franco Frattini.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.05.2005, Item 8.22

15.   One-minute speeches on matters of political importance

Pursuant to Rule 144, the following Members who wished to draw the attention of Parliament to matters of political importance spoke for one minute:

Stanisław Jałowiecki, Justas Vincas Paleckis, Sarah Ludford, Urszula Krupa and Cristiana Muscardini.

IN THE CHAIR: Janusz ONYSZKIEWICZ

Vice-President

The following also made one-minute speeches: Bogusław Sonik, Proinsias De Rossa, Bogdan Pęk, Adam Jerzy Bielan, Paul Rübig and Bogusław Rogalski.

16.   Money laundering ***I (debate)

Report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering, including terrorist financing (COM (2004)0448 — C6-0143/2004 — 2004/0137(COD)) — Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

Rapporteur: Hartmut Nassauer (A6-0137/2005)

Charlie McCreevy (Member of the Commission) spoke.

Hartmut Nassauer introduced the report.

The following spoke: Joseph Muscat (draftsman of the opinion of the ECON Committee), who stopped speaking when it became apparent that there was no interpretation from Maltese, Phillip Whitehead (draftsman of the opinion and Chairman of the IMCO Committee), who endorsed Mr Muscat's comments and mentioned problems with interpretation in general before moving on the topic under discussion, Diana Wallis (draftsman of the opinion of the JURI Committee), Carlos Coelho, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Martine Roure, on behalf of the PSE Group, Sarah Ludford, on behalf of the ALDE Group, Giusto Catania, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, John Whittaker, on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, Marek Aleksander Czarnecki, Non-attached Member, Wolfgang Kreissl-Dörfler, Inger Segelström and Charlie McCreevy.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.05.2005, Item 8.12

17.   Equality action programmes ***I (debate)

Report on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Decision 2001/51/EC establishing a Programme relating to the Community framework strategy on gender equality and Decision No 848/2004/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Community action programme to promote organisations active at European level in the field of equality between men and women (COM(2004)0551 — C6-0107/2004 — 2004/0194(COD)) — Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality.

Rapporteur: Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou (A6-0132/2005)

Vladimír Špidla (Member of the Commission) spoke.

Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou introduced the report.

The following spoke: Anna Záborská, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Lissy Gröner, on behalf of the PSE Group, Eva-Britt Svensson, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Urszula Krupa, on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, Lydia Schenardi, Non-attached Member, Godfrey Bloom and Vladimír Špidla.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.05.2005, Item 8.13

(The sitting was suspended at 20.05 and resumed at 21.05.)

IN THE CHAIR: Sylvia-Yvonne KAUFMANN

Vice-President

18.   Multiannual programme for enterprise and entrepreneurship ***I (debate)

Report on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Decision 2000/819/EC on a multiannual programme for enterprise and entrepreneurship, and in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) (2001-2005) (COM(2004)0781 — C6-0242/2004 — 2004/0272(COD)) — Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.

Rapporteur: Britta Thomsen (A6-0118/2005)

Günther Verheugen (Vice-President of the Commission) spoke.

Britta Thomsen introduced the report.

The following spoke: Jan Březina, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, on behalf of the ALDE Group, and Paul Rübig.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.05.2005, Item 8.2

19.   Seats and head restraints in motor vehicles ***II — Safety belts and head restraints in motor vehicles ***II — Anchorages for safety belts in motor vehicles ***II — Frontal protection systems on motor vehicles ***I (debate)

Recommendation for second reading on the common position adopted by the Council with a view to the adoption of a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 74/408/EEC relating to motor vehicles with regard to the seats, their anchorages and head restraints (11935/3/2004 — C6-0031/2005 — 2003/0128(COD)) — Committee on Transport and Tourism.

Rapporteur: Dieter-Lebrecht Koch (A6-0115/2005)

Recommendation for second reading on the common position adopted by the Council with a view to the adoption of a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 77/541/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to safety belts and restraint systems of motor vehicles (11934/3/2004 — C6-0029/2005 — 2003/0130(COD)) — Committee on Transport and Tourism.

Rapporteur: Paolo Costa (A6-0120/2005)

Recommendation for second reading on the common position adopted by the Council with a view to the adoption of a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 76/115/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to anchorages for motor-vehicle safety belts (11933/3/2004 — C6-0030/2005 — 2003/0136(COD)) — Committee on Transport and Tourism.

Rapporteur: Paolo Costa (A6-0117/2005)

Report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to the use of frontal protection systems on motor vehicles and amending Council Directive 70/156/EEC (COM(2003) 0586 — C5-0473/2003 — 2003/0226(COD)) — Committee on Transport and Tourism.

Rapporteur: Ewa Hedkvist Petersen (A6-0053/2005)

Günther Verheugen (Vice-President of the Commission) spoke.

Renate Sommer (deputising for the rapporteur) introduced recommendation for second reading A6-0115/2005.

Ewa Hedkvist Petersen introduced the report (A6-0053/2005).

Paolo Costa introduced recommendations for second reading A6-0120/2005 and A6-0117/2005.

The following spoke: Malcolm Harbour (draftsman of the opinion of the IMCO Committee) and Jörg Leichtfried, on behalf of the PSE Group.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.05.2005, Item 8.9, Minutes of 26.05.2005, Item 8.10, Minutes of 26.05.2005, Item 8.11 and Minutes of 26.05.2005, Item 8.14

20.   Addition of vitamins and other substances ***I (debate)

Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the addition of vitamins and minerals and of certain other substances to foods (COM(2003)0671 — C5-0538/2003 — 2003/0262(COD)) — Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

Rapporteur: Karin Scheele (A6-0124/2005)

Markos Kyprianou (Member of the Commission) spoke.

Karin Scheele introduced the report.

The following spoke: Alexander Stubb (draftsman of the opinion of the IMCO Committee), Frédérique Ries, on behalf of the ALDE Group, Irena Belohorská, Non-attached Member, Richard Seeber, Urszula Krupa, María del Pilar Ayuso González, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, and Markos Kyprianou.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.05.2005, Item 8.16

21.   Nutrition and health claims in labelling ***I (debate)

Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on nutrition and health claims made on foods (COM(2003)0424 — C5-0329/2003 — 2003/0165(COD)) — Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

Rapporteur: Adriana Poli Bortone (A6-0128/2005)

Markos Kyprianou (Member of the Commission) spoke.

Adriana Poli Bortone introduced the report.

The following spoke: Angelika Niebler (draftsman of the opinion of the ITRE Committee), Alexander Stubb (draftsman of the opinion of the IMCO Committee), Renate Sommer, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Dorette Corbey, on behalf of the PSE Group, Jules Maaten, on behalf of the ALDE Group, Hiltrud Breyer, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Kartika Tamara Liotard, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Marianne Thyssen, Phillip Whitehead, Frédérique Ries, Jillian Evans, Åsa Westlund, Horst Schnellhardt, Avril Doyle, Markos Kyprianou, and Avril Doyle, who put a question that Markos Kyprianou answered.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.05.2005, Item 8.15

22.   Financing the common agricultural policy * (debate)

Report on the proposal for a Council regulation on the financing of the common agricultural policy (COM (2004)0489 — C6-0166/2004 — 2004/0164(CNS)) — Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

Rapporteur: Agnes Schierhuber (A6-0127/2005)

Mariann Fischer Boel (Member of the Commission) spoke.

Agnes Schierhuber introduced the report.

The following spoke: Janusz Wojciechowski, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Kyösti Tapio Virrankoski, on behalf of the ALDE Group, Mairead McGuinness and Mariann Fischer Boel.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.05.2005, Item 8.7

23.   Possible stock exchange mergers in the European Union and future architecture of financial markets in the EU (debate)

Oral question by Pervenche Berès, on behalf of the ECON Committee, to the Commission: Possible stock exchange mergers in the European Union and future architecture of financial markets in the EU (B6-0240/2005)

Ieke van den Burg (deputising for the author) moved the oral question.

Neelie Kroes (Member of the Commission) answered the oral question.

The debate closed.

24.   Agenda for next sitting

The agenda for the next sitting had been established (‘Agenda’ PE 357.268/OJJE).

25.   Closure of sitting

The sitting closed at 23.40.

Julian Priestley

Secretary-General

Josep Borrell Fontelles

President


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