30.11.2006   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

CE 291/329


MINUTES

(2006/C 291 E/04)

PROCEEDINGS OF THE SITTING

IN THE CHAIR: Janusz ONYSZKIEWICZ

Vice-President

1.   Opening of sitting

The sitting opened at 10.00.

2.   Membership of political groups

The IND/DEM Group had informed the Chair that Umberto Bossi, Matteo Salvini, Mario Borghezio, Francesco Enrico Speroni, Dariusz Maciej Grabowski, Urszula Krupa, Bogdan Pęk, Mirosław Mariusz Piotrowski, Bogusław Rogalski, Witold Tomczak and Andrzej Tomasz Zapałowski were no longer members of that group.

The Members concerned had thus become non-attached Members with effect from 15.03.2006.

The following spoke: Mario Borghezio, who objected to the procedure that had been followed, which he believed to be irregular and illegitimate, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, on the attendance register, Manuel Medina Ortega, who protested about the fact that he had not yet received a written answer to a question he had put to the Council during Question Time on Tuesday and to which he had not received a satisfactory reply at the time, and Francesco Enrico Speroni, who supported Mario Borghezio's remarks and asked for the procedure in question to be checked (the President noted his request).

3.   Documents received

The following documents had been received:

1)   from the Council and Commission

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning structural business statistics (COM(2006)0066 — C6-0063/2006 — 2006/0020(COD))

referred to

responsible: ECON

opinion: ITRE

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on enhancing supply chain security (COM(2006)0079 — C6-0074/2006 — 2006/0025(COD))

referred to

responsible: TRAN

opinion: LIBE

Proposal for a Council regulation (Euratom) laying down the rules for the participation of undertakings, research centres and universities in actions under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community and for the dissemination of research results (2007-2011) (COM(2006)0042 — C6-0080/2006 — 2006/0014(CNS))

referred to

responsible: ITRE

opinion: BUDG

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the European Globalisation adjustment Fund (COM(2006)0091 — C6-0082/2006 — 2006/0033(COD))

referred to

responsible: EMPL

opinion: INTA, BUDG, ECON, ITRE, IMCO, REGI

Proposal for a Council regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1785/2003 as regards the arrangements for importing rice (COM(2006)0098 — C6-0085/2006 — 2006/0028(CNS))

referred to

responsible: AGRI

opinion: INTA

Proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund according to point 3 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 7 November 2002 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on the financing of the European Union Solidarity Fund, supplementing the Interinstitutional Agreement of 6 May 1999 on budgetary discipline and improvement of the budgetary procedure (COM(2006)0114 — C6-0086/2006 — 2006/2064(ACI))

referred to

responsible: BUDG

opinion: REGI

Proposal for transfer of appropriations DEC 06/2006 — Section III — Commission (SEC(2006)0243 — C6-0088/2006 — 2006/2065(GBD))

referred to

responsible: BUDG

2)   from Members

2.1)   proposed amendments to the Rules of Procedure (Rule 202)

Gargani Giuseppe — Proposal for amendment of Parliament's Rules of Procedure — Amendment of Rule 201

referred to responsible: AFCO

4.   Written declarations (Rule 116)

In accordance with Rule 116(5), written declarations 68, 82/2005 lapsed as they had not obtained the required number of signatures.

5.   Community action programme in the field of health (2007-2013) ***I (debate)

Report on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Programme of Community action in the field of Health and Consumer protection 2007-2013 — Health aspects [COM(2005)0115 — C6-0097/2005 — 2005/0042A(COD)] — Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

Rapporteur: Antonios Trakatellis (A6-0030/2006)

Markos Kyprianou (Member of the Commission) spoke.

Antonios Trakatellis introduced the report.

The following spoke: Anders Samuelsen (draftsman of the opinion of the BUDG Committee), John Bowis, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Linda McAvan, on behalf of the PSE Group, Holger Krahmer, on behalf of the ALDE Group, Hiltrud Breyer, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Adamos Adamou, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Johannes Blokland, on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, Liam Aylward, on behalf of the UEN Group, Andreas Mölzer, Non-attached Member, Ria Oomen-Ruijten, Evangelia Tzampazi, Georgs Andrejevs, Caroline Lucas, Bairbre de Brún (who spoke Irish at the beginning and end of her speech. The President pointed out that her remarks in Irish would not be transcribed in the Verbatim Report of Proceedings or interpreted), Urszula Krupa, Irena Belohorská and Thomas Ulmer.

IN THE CHAIR: Gérard ONESTA

Vice-President

The following spoke: Dorette Corbey, Frédérique Ries, Carl Schlyter, Kathy Sinnott, Zuzana Roithová, Anne Ferreira, Marios Matsakis, Avril Doyle, Karin Jöns, Frieda Brepoels, Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg, Christofer Fjellner, David Casa, Péter Olajos, Richard Seeber and Markos Kyprianou.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 16.03.2006, Item 9.1.

6.   Community action programme in the field of consumer protection (2007-2013) ***I (debate)

Report on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Programme of Community action in the field of Health and Consumer protection 2007-2013 — Consumer aspects [COM(2005)0115 — C6-0225/2005 — 2005/0042B(COD)] — Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection.

Rapporteur: Marianne Thyssen (A6-0032/2006)

Markos Kyprianou (Member of the Commission) spoke.

Marianne Thyssen introduced the report.

Reinhard Rack spoke on the organisation of business.

The following spoke: Brigitte Douay (draftsman of the opinion of the BUDG Committee), Aloyzas Sakalas (draftsman of the opinion of the JURI Committee) and Alexander Stubb, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group.

The debate was suspended at that point for voting time. It would resume later that afternoon.

7.   Communication of Council common positions

The President announced, pursuant to Rule 57(1), that the following common positions had been received from the Council, together with the reasons which had led to their adoption, and the Commission's position on:

Common position adopted by the Council on 10 March 2006 with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on medicinal products for paediatric use and amending Regulation (EEC) No 1768/92, Directive 2001/20/EC, Directive 2001/83/EC and Regulation (EC) No 726/2004 (15763/3/2005 — 6603/2006 — COM(2006)0118 — C6-0087/2006 — 2004/0217(COD))

referred to responsible: ENVI

Common position adopted by the Council on 10 March 2006 with a view to the adoption of a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the implementation of the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation (recast) (15623/7/2005 — 6602/2006 — COM(2006)0108 — C6-0089/2006 — 2004/0084(COD))

referred to responsible: FEMM

Council Common position adopted on 9 March 2006 with a view to adopting a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 3922/91 on the harmonisation of technical requirements and administrative procedures in the field of civil aviation (13376/1/2005 — 5918/2006 — COM(2006)0128 — C6-0090/2006 — 2000/0069(COD))

referred to responsible: TRAN

Common position adopted by the Council on 23 February 2006 with a view to the adoption of a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down technical requirements for inland waterway vessels and repealing Council Directive 82/714/EEC (13274/1/2005 — 6207/2006 — COM(2006)0126 — C6-0091/2006 — 1997/0335(COD))

referred to responsible: TRAN

The three-month period available to Parliament to adopt its position would therefore begin the following day, 17.03.2006.

IN THE CHAIR: Ingo FRIEDRICH

Vice-President

8.   Statement by the President

The President read out a statement from the Conference of Presidents concerning the detention in Belarus of a large number of opponents of the regime in that country (politicians, journalists and those involved with NGOs), including:

 

Siarhiej Malčyk, Viktar Sazonau, Vadzim Sarančukou, Andrej Pisalnik, Mikoła Lemianouski, Alaksiej Trubkin, Siaržuk Hudzilin, Jauhien Vaukauviec, Aleś Čurejka, Vital Brouka, Vasil Leučanka, Tacciana Klimovič, Dzmitry Šymanski, Ryhor Bakijevič, Anatol Labiedžka, Siarhiej Niarouny and Vincuk Viačorka, as well as four other people (including Pavieł Lachnovič) arrested in Pinsk, and six people arrested in Svietłahorsk.

The Conference of Presidents called for their immediate release.

Zita Pleštinská spoke.

9.   Voting time

Details of voting (amendments, separate and split votes, etc.) appear in the ‘Results of votes’ annex to the Minutes.

The following spoke: Marianne Thyssen, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, who moved under Rule 170(4) that the vote on her report (A6-0032/2006) be adjourned to the March II part-session, and Evelyne Gebhardt, on behalf of the PSE Group, on Mrs Thyssen's request.

Parliament approved the request.

Mirosław Mariusz Piotrowski spoke on the announcement made by the President that morning concerning the membership of political groups (Minutes of 16.03.2006, Item 2).

9.1.   Community action programme in the field of health (2007-2013) ***I (vote)

Report on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Programme of Community action in the field of Health and Consumer protection 2007-2013 — Health aspects [COM(2005)0115 — C6-0097/2005 — 2005/0042A(COD)] — Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

Rapporteur: Antonios Trakatellis (A6-0030/2006)

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: ‘Results of votes’, Item 1)

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended (P6_TA(2006)0093)

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted (P6_TA(2006)0093)

The following spoke on the vote:

Kathy Sinnott, who moved two oral amendments to amendments 120 and 138, which were incorporated;

Gerard Batten, on the voting procedure.

9.2.   Agricultural products and foodstuffs as traditional specialities guaranteed * (vote)

Report on the proposal for a Council regulation on agricultural products and foodstuffs as traditional specialities guaranteed [COM(2005)0694 — COM(2005)0694 — 2005/0270(CNS)] — Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

Rapporteur: Friedrich-Wilhelm Graefe zu Baringdorf (A6-0033/2006)

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: ‘Results of votes’, Item 2)

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended (P6_TA(2006)0094)

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted (P6_TA(2006)0094)

The following spoke on the vote:

Francis Wurtz, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, who requested a separate vote on amendment 3;

Parliament agreed to the request by electronic vote (338 in favour, 134 against, 76 abstentions).

9.3.   Protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs * (vote)

Report on the proposal for a Council regulation on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs [COM(2005)0698 — COM(2005)0698 — 2005/0275(CNS)] — Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

Rapporteur: Friedrich-Wilhelm Graefe zu Baringdorf (A6-0034/2006)

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: ‘Results of votes’, Item 3)

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended (P6_TA(2006)0095)

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted (P6_TA(2006)0095)

The following spoke on the vote:

Francis Wurtz, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, who requested a separate vote on amendment 18.

Parliament agreed to the request.

9.4.   2005 enlargement strategy paper (vote)

Report on the Commission's 2005 enlargement strategy paper [2005/2206(INI)] — Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Rapporteur: Elmar Brok (A6-0025/2006)

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: ‘Results of votes’, Item 4)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted (P6_TA(2006)0096)

The following spoke on the vote:

Zbigniew Zaleski, who moved an oral amendment to paragraph 21.

As more than 37 Members objected to the oral amendment, it was not incorporated.

Jan Marinus Wiersma who moved an oral amendment to amendment 4/rev., which was incorporated;

Elmar Brok (rapporteur), who pointed out that amendment 15 had fallen as paragraph 43 had been adopted.

9.5.   State of negotiations on the Human Rights Council (Geneva — 62nd session — UNCHR) (vote)

Motions for resolution B6-0150/2006, B6-0151/2006, B6-0154/2006, B6-0169/2006 and B6-0187/2006

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: ‘Results of votes’, Item 5)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION RC-B6-0150/2006

(replacing B6-0150/2006, B6-0151/2006, B6-0154/2006, B6-0169/2006 and B6-0187/2006):

tabled by the following Members:

 

Simon Coveney and José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group,

 

Pasqualina Napoletano, Ana Maria Gomes and Józef Pinior, on behalf of the PSE Group,

 

Cecilia Malmström and Alexander Lambsdorff, on behalf of the ALDE Group,

 

Hélène Flautre, Frithjof Schmidt and Raül Romeva i Rueda, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group,

 

Inese Vaidere, on behalf of the UEN Group.

Panagiotis Beglitis had also signed the PSE Group's motion for a resolution.

Adopted (P6_TA(2006)0097)

The following spoke on the vote:

Ana Maria Gomes, who moved two oral amendments to paragraphs 5 and 18, which were incorporated.

9.6.   Preparations for the COP-MOP meeting on biological diversity and security (Curitiba, Brazil) (vote)

Motion for a resolution B6-0170/2006

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: ‘Results of votes’, Item 6)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted (P6_TA(2006)0098)

10.   Agenda and tabling deadlines

In the light of a decision taken by the Conference of Presidents, the President proposed the following changes to the agenda for the sittings of 22 and 23 March 2006 in Brussels:

1.   Tabling deadlines:

Oral questions on security of energy supply in the European Union (Item 51 on the agenda)

Council statement: Criteria for EU military crisis management especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Item 79 on the agenda)

Extension of deadline for tabling amendments and joint motions for resolutions: 20.03.2006, 18.00

Report on the development impact of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) [2005/2162(INI)] — Committee on Development.

Rapporteur: Luisa Morgantini (A6-0053/2006) (Item 73 on the agenda)

Deadline for tabling amendments: 20.03.2006, 18.00

2.   Inclusion of a report on the agenda of 22.03.2006:

Report on European contract law and the revision of the acquis: the way forward [2005/2022(INI)] — Committee on Legal Affairs.

Rapporteur: Klaus-Heiner Lehne (A6-0055/2006)

Deadline for tabling amendments: 20.03.2006, 18.00

Parliament agreed to the proposed changes.

11.   Explanations of vote

Written explanations of vote:

Explanations of vote submitted in writing under Rule 163(3) appear in the Verbatim Report of Proceedings for the sitting.

Oral explanations of vote:

Report: Elmar Brok — A6-0025/2006

Bernd Posselt, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Andreas Mölzer, Charles Tannock, Eija-Riitta Korhola

Preparations for the COP-MOP meeting on biological diversity and security (Curitiba, Brazil)

Marie Anne Isler Béguin

12.   Corrections to votes and voting intentions

Corrections to votes

Corrections to votes appear on the ‘Séance en direct’ website under ‘Votes’/‘Results of votes’/‘Roll-call votes’. They are published in hard copy in the ‘Result of roll-call votes’ annex.

The electronic version on Europarl will be regularly updated for a maximum of two weeks after the day of the vote concerned.

After the two-week deadline has passed, the list of corrections to votes will be finalised so that it can be translated and published in the Official Journal.

Voting intentions

The Presidency had been notified of the following voting intentions (in respect of votes that had not been cast):

Report: Elmar Brok — A6-0025/2006

paragraph 6

in favour: Gilles Savary, Antolín Sánchez Presedo, Marielle De Sarnez

amendment 13

in favour: Pedro Guerreiro

against: Fiona Hall

resolution (as a whole)

in favour: Ioannis Varvitsiotis, Giorgos Dimitrakopoulos

(The sitting was suspended at 13.10 and resumed at 15.00.)

IN THE CHAIR: Mario MAURO

Vice-President

13.   Approval of Minutes of previous sitting

Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin and Mirosław Mariusz Piotrowski had informed the Presidency that they had been present but that their names were not on the attendance register.

The Minutes of the previous sitting were approved.

*

* *

Neena Gill had informed the Presidency that she had been present at the sitting of 14.03.2006 but that her name was not on the attendance register.

14.   Membership of committees and delegations

At the request of the PSE Group, Parliament ratified the following appointments:

 

JURI Committee:

Rosa Díez González to replace Antonio Masip Hidalgo

 

LIBE Committee:

Antonio Masip Hidalgo to replace Rosa Díez González.

15.   Community action programme in the field of consumer protection (2007-2013) ***I (continuation of debate)

The following spoke: Béatrice Patrie, on behalf of the PSE Group, Cecilia Malmström, on behalf of the ALDE Group, Gerard Batten, on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, Zdzisław Zbigniew Podkański, on behalf of the UEN Group, Andreas Mölzer, Non-attached Member, Zita Pleštinská, Evelyne Gebhardt, Adam Jerzy Bielan, Edit Herczog (the President asked those Members from the new Member States who usually read out their speeches in the Chamber to speak more slowly in order to make things easier for the interpreters), Bogusław Sonik, on the President's remarks, and Markos Kyprianou (Member of the Commission).

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 23.03.2006, Item 11.6.

16.   Debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (debate)

(For the titles and authors of the motions for resolutions, see Minutes of 14.03.2006, Item 4)

16.1.   Human rights in Moldova and in Transnistria in particular

Motions for resolution B6-0168/2006, B6-0174/2006, B6-0178/2006, B6-0180/2006, B6-0183/2006 and B6-0186/2006

Marios Matsakis, Bogusław Sonik, Erik Meijer, Elisabeth Schroedter and Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg introduced motions for resolutions.

The following spoke: Laima Liucija Andrikienė, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Józef Pinior, on behalf of the PSE Group, Ryszard Czarnecki, Non-attached Member, Bernd Posselt and Benita Ferrero-Waldner (Member of the Commission).

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 16.03.2006, Item 17.1.

16.2.   Kazakhstan

Motions for resolution B6-0167/2006, B6-0173/2006, B6-0175/2006, B6-01772006, B6-0181/2006 and B6-0184/2006

Ona Juknevičienė and Albert Jan Maat introduced motions for resolutions.

Bernd Posselt pointed out that he had lit a candle in the Chamber as a symbol of solidarity with the people of Belarus (the President informed him that under Parliament's safety regulations it was strictly prohibited to light candles in the Chamber and asked him to extinguish the candle).

Józef Pinior, Erik Meijer, Carl Schlyter and Janusz Wojciechowski introduced motions for resolutions.

The following spoke: Charles Tannock, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, John Attard-Montalto, on behalf of the PSE Group, Andreas Mölzer, Non-attached Member, Karin Scheele and Benita Ferrero-Waldner (Member of the Commission).

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 16.03.2006, Item 17.2.

16.3.   Impunity in Africa and in particular the case of Hissène Habré

Motions for resolution B6-0171/2006, B6-0172/2006, B6-0176/2006, B6-0179/2006, B6-0182/2006 and B6-0185/2006

Raül Romeva i Rueda, Jürgen Schröder, Ana Maria Gomes, Erik Meijer and Marios Matsakis introduced motions for resolutions.

The following spoke: Karin Scheele, on behalf of the PSE Group, and Urszula Krupa, Non-attached Member.

Benita Ferrero-Waldner (Member of the Commission).

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 16.03.2006, Item 17.3.

17.   Voting time

Details of voting (amendments, separate and split votes, etc.) appear in the ‘Results of votes’ annex to the Minutes.

17.1.   Human rights in Moldova and in Transnistria in particular (vote)

Motions for resolution B6-0168/2006, B6-0174/2006, B6-0178/2006, B6-0180/2006, B6-0183/2006 and B6-0186/2006

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: ‘Results of votes’, Item 7)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION RC-B6-0168/2006

(replacing B6-0168/2006, B6-0174/2006, B6-0178/2006, B6-0180/2006, B6-0183/2006 and B6-0186/2006):

tabled by the following Members:

 

Bogusław Sonik, Charles Tannock, Bernd Posselt and Jürgen Schröder, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group,

 

Pasqualina Napoletano, Jan Marinus Wiersma and Marianne Mikko, on behalf of the PSE Group,

 

Jelko Kacin and Marios Matsakis, on behalf of the ALDE Group,

 

Elisabeth Schroedter, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group,

 

Erik Meijer, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group,

 

Zdzisław Zbigniew Podkański and Inese Vaidere, on behalf of the UEN Group

Adopted (P6_TA(2006)0099)

17.2.   Kazakhstan (vote)

Motions for resolution B6-0167/2006, B6-0173/2006, B6-0175/2006, B6-0177/2006, B6-0181/2006 and B6-0184/2006

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: ‘Results of votes’, Item 8)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION RC-B6-0167/2006

(replacing B6-0167/2006, B6-0173/2006, B6-0175/2006, B6-0177/2006, B6-0181/2006 and B6-0184/2006):

tabled by the following Members:

 

Albert Jan Maat, Jürgen Schröder and Bernd Posselt, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group,

 

Pasqualina Napoletano and Bernadette Bourzai, on behalf of the PSE Group,

 

Ona Juknevičienė and Marios Matsakis, on behalf of the ALDE Group,

 

Bart Staes and Cem Özdemir, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group,

 

Vittorio Agnoletto, André Brie, Erik Meijer and Esko Seppänen, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group,

 

Cristiana Muscardini and Janusz Wojciechowski, on behalf of the UEN Group.

Adopted (P6_TA(2006)0100)

The following spoke:

Albert Jan Maat, who moved an oral amendment to recital B, which was incorporated.

17.3.   Impunity in Africa and in particular the case of Hissène Habré (vote)

Motions for resolution B6-0171/2006, B6-0172/2006, B6-0176/2006, B6-0179/2006, B6-0182/2006 and B6-0185/2006

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: ‘Results of votes’, Item 9)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION RC-B6-0171/2006

(replacing B6-0171/2006, B6-0172/2006, B6-0176/2006, B6-0179/2006, B6-0182/2006 and B6-0185/2006):

tabled by the following Members:

 

Nirj Deva, Maria Martens, Bernd Posselt and Jürgen Schröder, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group,

 

Pasqualina Napoletano and Ana Maria Gomes, on behalf of the PSE Group,

 

Johan Van Hecke, Fiona Hall and Marios Matsakis, on behalf of the ALDE Group,

 

Marie-Hélène Aubert, Marie Anne Isler Béguin and Frithjof Schmidt, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group,

 

Luisa Morgantini and Gabriele Zimmer, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group,

 

Eoin Ryan and Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis, on behalf of the UEN Group

Adopted (P6_TA(2006)0101)

18.   Corrections to votes and voting intentions

Corrections to votes

Corrections to votes appear on the ‘Séance en direct’ website under ‘Votes’/‘Results of votes’/‘Roll-call votes’. They are published in hard copy in the ‘Result of roll-call votes’ annex.

The electronic version on Europarl will be regularly updated for a maximum of two weeks after the day of the vote concerned.

After the two-week deadline has passed, the list of corrections to votes will be finalised so that it can be translated and published in the Official Journal.

Voting intentions

The Chair had been notified of the following voting intentions (in respect of votes that had not been cast):

Human rights in Moldova and in Trasnistria in particular (RC-B6-0168/2006)

in favour: Rainer Wieland

19.   Decisions concerning certain documents

Authorisation to draw up own-initiative reports (Rule 45)

ECON Committee

Situation of the European economy: preparatory report on the broad economic policy guidelines for 2006 (2006/2047(INI))

(opinion: EMPL)

EMPL Committee

The transitional arrangements restricting the free movement of workers on EU labour markets (2006/2036(INI))

ENVI Committee

Thematic strategy on the Urban Environment (2006/2061(INI))

(opinion: ITRE, TRAN, REGI)

Pandemic influenza preparedness and response planning in the European Community (2006/2062(INI))

(opinion: LIBE)

Improving the mental health of the population — Towards a strategy on mental health for the European Union (2006/2058(INI))

(opinion: EMPL, ITRE, LIBE, FEMM)

Thematic strategy on air pollution (2006/2060(INI))

(opinion: ITRE, TRAN, REGI, AGRI)

IMCO Committee

Consumer confidence in the digital environment (2006/2048(INI))

(opinion: ITRE)

Cross-border Client Liability for Service Provision in the Internal Market (2006/2049(INI))

(opinion: JURI)

AGRI Committee

The protection and welfare of animals 2006-2010 (2006/2046(INI))

(opinion: INTA, ENVI)

Biotechnology: prospects and challenges for agriculture in Europe (2006/2059(INI))

(opinion: ENVI, ITRE)

PECH Committee

The operation of Council Regulation (EC) No 1185/2003 on the removal of fins of sharks on board vessels. (2006/2054(INI))

(opinion: ENVI)

2006-2008 action plan for simplifying and improving the Common Fisheries Policy (2006/2053(INI))

CULT Committee

European cultural and architectural heritage at local level: promotion of an unrecognised heritage (2006/2050(INI))

(opinion: REGI)

JURI Committee

Recent developments in and prospects for company law (2006/2051(INI))

(opinion: ECON)

LIBE Committee

Strategies and means for the Integration of third-country nationals in the European Union (2006/2056(INI))

(opinion: AFET, DEVE, EMPL, CULT, FEMM)

FEMM Committee

Women in international policy (2006/2057(INI))

Referral to committees

DEVE Committee

The situation of women in armed conflicts and their role in reconstruction and the democratic process in countries after a conflict (2005/2215(INI))

referred to responsible: FEMM

opinion: AFET, DEVE

The external dimension of the fight against international terrorism (2006/2032(INI))

referred to responsible: AFET

(opinion: DEVE, LIBE)

ITRE Committee

Revision of directives on medical devices (COM(2005)0681 — C6-0006/2006 — 2005/0263(COD))

referred to responsible: ENVI

opinion: ITRE, IMCO

FEMM Committee

Coordination of social security systems: implementing procedures (COM(2006)0016 — C6-0037/2006 — 2006/0006(COD))

referred to responsible: EMPL

opinion: FEMM

Coordination of certain of the Member States' provisions on television broadcasting (COM(2005)0646 — C6-0443/2005 — 2005/0260(COD))

referred to responsible: CULT

opinion: ECON, ITRE, IMCO, LIBE, FEMM

JURI Committee

Research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007-2013) (COM(2005)0119 [01] — C6-0099/2005 — 2005/0043(COD))

referred to responsible: ITRE

opinion: BUDG, ENVI, TRAN, REGI, AGRI, PECH, JURI, FEMM

Simplification of Community legislation (2005/2238(REG))

referred to responsible: AFCO

opinion: JURI

Enhanced cooperation between committees

ENVI Committee

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on type approval of motor vehicles with respect to emissions and on access to vehicle repair information, amending Directive 72/306/EEC and Directive 00/00/EC (COM(2005)0683 — C6-0007/2006 — 2005/0282(COD))

(opinion: ITRE, TRAN)

Enhanced cooperation between committees: ENVI, IMCO

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 9.03.2006)

JURI Committee

Recent developments in and prospects for company law (2006/2051(INI))

Enhanced cooperation between committees JURI, ECON

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 9.03.2006)

Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the exercise of voting rights by shareholders of companies having their registered office in a Member State and whose shares are admitted to trading on a regulated market and amending Directive 2004/109/EC (COM(2005)0685 — C6-0003/2006 — 2005/0265(COD))

Enhanced cooperation between committees JURI, ECON

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 9.03.2006)

20.   Written declarations included in the register (Rule 116)

Number of signatures obtained by the written declarations in the register (Rule 116(3)):

Document

Author

Signatures

68/2005

Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, José Ribeiro e Castro, Kathy Sinnott, Nathalie Griesbeck and Konrad Szymański

187

75/2005

Marie-Arlette Carlotti, Philippe Busquin, Joseph Daul, Mario Mauro and Bogusław Sonik

362

83/2005

Yannick Vaugrenard, Harlem Désir, Kader Arif, Françoise Castex and Jean Louis Cottigny

72

1/2006

John Bowis, Georgs Andrejevs, Dorette Corbey and Karin Scheele

285

2/2006

Vittorio Agnoletto, Giovanni Berlinguer, Patrizia Toia, Pier Antonio Panzeri and Pia Elda Locatelli

70

3/2006

Andreas Mölzer

21

4/2006

Andreas Mölzer

9

5/2006

Libor Rouček, Csaba Sándor Tabajdi, Marek Siwiec, Borut Pahor and Monika Beňová

126

6/2006

Jana Hybášková, Paulo Casaca, Elizabeth Lynne, Willy Meyer Pleite and Mogens N.J. Camre

97

7/2006

David Martin, Glyn Ford and Neil Parish

144

8/2006

Filip Kaczmarek

41

9/2006

Mario Borghezio

17

10/2006

Frank Vanhecke, Philip Claeys and Koenraad Dillen

11

11/2006

Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Robert Navarro, Dirk Sterckx and Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert

39

12/2006

Jean-Claude Martinez

7

13/2006

Maciej Marian Giertych

11

14/2006

Janusz Wojciechowski, Caroline Lucas, Ioannis Gklavakis and Thijs Berman

47

15/2006

Andreas Mölzer

11

16/2006

Matteo Salvini

6

17/2006

Daniel Strož

6

21.   Forwarding of texts adopted during the sitting

Pursuant to Rule 172(2), the Minutes of that day's sitting would be submitted to Parliament for its approval at the beginning of the next sitting.

With Parliament's agreement, the texts that had been adopted would be forwarded forthwith to the bodies named therein.

22.   Action taken on Parliament's resolutions

The Commission communication on the action taken on the resolutions adopted by Parliament at the November I and II part-sessions had been distributed.

23.   Dates for next sittings

The next sittings would be held on 22.03.2006 and 23.03.2006.

24.   Adjournment of session

The session of the European Parliament was adjourned.

The sitting closed at 16.50.

Julian Priestley

Secretary-General

Josep Borrell Fontelles

President


ATTENDANCE REGISTER

The following signed:

Adamou, Agnoletto, Albertini, Allister, Alvaro, Andersson, Andrejevs, Andria, Andrikienė, Arif, Arnaoutakis, Assis, Atkins, Attard-Montalto, Attwooll, Aubert, Audy, Auken, Ayala Sender, Aylward, Bachelot-Narquin, Baco, Badia I Cutchet, Barsi-Pataky, Batten, Batzeli, Bauer, Beaupuy, Beazley, Becsey, Beer, Beglitis, Belder, Belet, Belohorská, Bennahmias, Berend, Berès, van den Berg, Berger, Berlato, Berman, Bersani, Bielan, Birutis, Blokland, Bobošíková, Böge, Bösch, Bonde, Bono, Borghezio, Borrell Fontelles, Bourzai, Bowis, Bowles, Bradbourn, Braghetto, Brejc, Brepoels, Breyer, Brie, Brok, Budreikaitė, van Buitenen, Buitenweg, Bullmann, van den Burg, Bushill-Matthews, Busk, Busquin, Busuttil, Buzek, Calabuig Rull, Callanan, Camre, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carlshamre, Carnero González, Carollo, Casa, Casaca, Caspary, Castex, Castiglione, del Castillo Vera, Catania, Cavada, Cederschiöld, Cercas, Chatzimarkakis, Chiesa, Chmielewski, Christensen, Claeys, Clark, Coelho, Cohn-Bendit, Corbett, Corbey, Correia, Costa, Cottigny, Coûteaux, Cramer, Crowley, Marek Aleksander Czarnecki, Ryszard Czarnecki, Daul, Davies, de Brún, Degutis, De Keyser, Deprez, De Rossa, De Sarnez, Descamps, Désir, Deß, Deva, De Veyrac, De Vits, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dičkutė, Didžiokas, Díez González, Dillen, Dimitrakopoulos, Dobolyi, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Douay, Dover, Doyle, Drčar Murko, Duchoň, Dührkop Dührkop, Duff, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Ehler, El Khadraoui, Elles, Esteves, Estrela, Ettl, Eurlings, Jill Evans, Robert Evans, Fajmon, Farage, Fatuzzo, Fava, Fazakas, Ferber, Fernandes, Fernández Martín, Anne Ferreira, Elisa Ferreira, Figueiredo, Fjellner, Flasarová, Flautre, Florenz, Foltyn-Kubicka, Fontaine, Ford, Fourtou, Fraga Estévez, Frassoni, Freitas, Friedrich, Fruteau, Gahler, Gaľa, Galeote, García-Margallo y Marfil, García Pérez, Garriga Polledo, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gebhardt, Gentvilas, Geremek, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gewalt, Gierek, Giertych, Gill, Gklavakis, Glante, Glattfelder, Goebbels, Goepel, Golik, Gollnisch, Gomes, Gomolka, Goudin, Grabowska, Grabowski, Graça Moura, Graefe zu Baringdorf, Gräßle, Grech, Griesbeck, Gröner, de Groen-Kouwenhoven, Groote, Grosch, Grossetête, Guardans Cambó, Guellec, Guerreiro, Gurmai, Gutiérrez-Cortines, Guy-Quint, Gyürk, Hänsch, Hall, Hammerstein Mintz, Hamon, Handzlik, Hannan, Harbour, Harkin, Harms, Hasse Ferreira, Hassi, Hatzidakis, Haug, Hazan, Heaton-Harris, Hedh, Hedkvist Petersen, Hegyi, Helmer, Henin, Hennicot-Schoepges, Hennis-Plasschaert, Herczog, Herranz García, Herrero-Tejedor, Higgins, Hökmark, Honeyball, Hoppenstedt, Horáček, Howitt, Hudacký, Hudghton, Hughes, Hutchinson, Hybášková, Ibrisagic, in't Veld, Isler Béguin, Itälä, Iturgaiz Angulo, Jackson, Jäätteenmäki, Jałowiecki, Janowski, Járóka, Jarzembowski, Jeggle, Jensen, Joan i Marí, Jöns, Jørgensen, Jonckheer, Jordan Cizelj, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Kaczmarek, Kallenbach, Kamall, Kamiński, Karas, Karatzaferis, Karim, Kasoulides, Kaufmann, Kauppi, Tunne Kelam, Kindermann, Kirkhope, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Klinz, Knapman, Konrad, Korhola, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Kozlík, Krahmer, Krasts, Krehl, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kristensen, Kristovskis, Krupa, Kuc, Kudrycka, Kuhne, Kułakowski, Kušķis, Kusstatscher, Kuźmiuk, Lagendijk, Laignel, Lamassoure, Lambert, Lambrinidis, Lambsdorff, Landsbergis, Lang, Langen, Langendries, Laperrouze, Lax, Lechner, Le Foll, Lehideux, Lehne, Lehtinen, Leichtfried, Leinen, Marine Le Pen, Le Rachinel, Lewandowski, Libicki, Lichtenberger, Lienemann, Liese, Lipietz, Locatelli, López-Istúriz White, Lucas, Ludford, Lulling, Lundgren, Lynne, Maat, Maaten, McAvan, McGuinness, McMillan-Scott, Madeira, Malmström, Manders, Maňka, Erika Mann, Thomas Mann, Manolakou, Markov, Marques, Martens, David Martin, Hans-Peter Martin, Martinez, Martínez Martínez, Masiel, Masip Hidalgo, Maštálka, Mastenbroek, Mathieu, Matsakis, Matsis, Matsouka, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Mayor Oreja, Medina Ortega, Meijer, Méndez de Vigo, Menéndez del Valle, Meyer Pleite, Mikko, Mikolášik, Millán Mon, Mitchell, Mölzer, Montoro Romero, Moraes, Moreno Sánchez, Morillon, Moscovici, Mote, Mulder, Musacchio, Muscat, Mussolini, Myller, Napoletano, Nassauer, Nattrass, Navarro, Newton Dunn, Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Niebler, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Obiols i Germà, Özdemir, Olajos, Olbrycht, Onesta, Onyszkiewicz, Oomen-Ruijten, Őry, Oviir, Paasilinna, Pack, Pafilis, Pahor, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Panzeri, Papadimoulis, Papastamkos, Parish, Patrie, Peillon, Pęk, Alojz Peterle, Pflüger, Piecyk, Pieper, Pīks, Pinheiro, Pinior, Piotrowski, Pirilli, Piskorski, Pistelli, Pittella, Pleštinská, Podkański, Poettering, Poignant, Polfer, Pomés Ruiz, Portas, Posdorf, Posselt, Prets, Prodi, Protasiewicz, Purvis, Queiró, Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Rack, Radwan, Ransdorf, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Remek, Resetarits, Reul, Reynaud, Riera Madurell, Ries, Riis-Jørgensen, Rivera, Rizzo, Rocard, Rogalski, Roithová, Romagnoli, Romeva i Rueda, Rosati, Roszkowski, Roth-Behrendt, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Rudi Ubeda, Rübig, Rühle, Rutowicz, Ryan, Sacconi, Saïfi, Sakalas, Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Salinas García, Salvini, Samaras, Samuelsen, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Saryusz-Wolski, Savary, Savi, Schapira, Scheele, Schenardi, Schlyter, Schmidt, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schroedter, Schuth, Schwab, Seeber, Seeberg, Segelström, Seppänen, Siekierski, Sinnott, Siwiec, Sjöstedt, Škottová, Smith, Sommer, Spautz, Speroni, Staes, Staniszewska, Starkevičiūtė, Šťastný, Sterckx, Stevenson, Stockmann, Strejček, Strož, Stubb, Sturdy, Sudre, Surján, Svensson, Swoboda, Szájer, Szejna, Szent-Iványi, Szymański, Tabajdi, Tajani, Takkula, Tannock, Tarabella, Tarand, Thomsen, Thyssen, Titley, Tomczak, Toubon, Toussas, Trakatellis, Trautmann, Triantaphyllides, Trüpel, Turmes, Tzampazi, Uca, Ulmer, Väyrynen, Vaidere, Vakalis, Vanhecke, Van Lancker, Van Orden, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Varvitsiotis, Vatanen, Vaugrenard, Ventre, Vergnaud, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras, de Villiers, Vincenzi, Virrankoski, Vlasák, Vlasto, Voggenhuber, Wagenknecht, Wallis, Walter, Watson, Henri Weber, Manfred Weber, Weiler, Weisgerber, Westlund, Whittaker, Wieland, Wiersma, Willmott, Wise, von Wogau, Wohlin, Bernard Piotr Wojciechowski, Janusz Wojciechowski, Wurtz, Yañez-Barnuevo García, Záborská, Zahradil, Zaleski, Zani, Zapałowski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Ždanoka, Železný, Zieleniec, Zīle, Zingaretti, Zvěřina, Zwiefka

Observers:

Arabadjiev Alexander, Athanasiu Alexandru, Bărbuleţiu Tiberiu, Bliznashki Georgi, Buruiană Aprodu Daniela, Christova Christina Velcheva, Cioroianu Adrian Mihai, Corlăţean Titus, Coşea Dumitru Gheorghe Mircea, Creţu Corina, Dimitrov Martin, Dîncu Vasile, Duca Viorel, Ganţ Ovidiu Victor, Hogea Vlad Gabriel, Ilchev Stanimir, Ivanova Iglika, Kazak Tchetin, Kirilov Evgeni, Kónya-Hamar Sándor, Mihăescu Eugen, Morţun Alexandru Ioan, Parvanova Antonyia, Paşcu Ioan Mircea, Podgorean Radu, Popa Nicolae Vlad, Popeangă Petre, Severin Adrian, Stoyanov Dimitar, Vigenin Kristian, Zgonea Valeriu Ştefan


ANNEX I

RESULTS OF VOTES

Abbreviations and symbols

+

adopted

-

rejected

lapsed

W

withdrawn

RCV (…, …, …)

roll-call vote (for, against, abstentions)

EV (…, …, …)

electronic vote (for, against, abstentions)

split

split vote

sep

separate vote

am

amendment

CA

compromise amendment

CP

corresponding part

D

deleting amendment

=

identical amendments

§

paragraph

art

article

rec

recital

MOT

motion for a resolution

JT MOT

joint motion for a resolution

SEC

secret ballot

1.   Community action programme in the field of health (2007-2013) ***I

Report: Antonios TRAKATELLIS (A6-0030/2006)

Subject

Am No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

Proposal for a decision

Amendments by the committee responsible — block vote

1-4

6-17

19-25

27-32

34-52

54-63

65-82

84-86

88-91

93

95-102

105-128

131-140

Committee

 

+

oral amendment (120 and 138)

Amendments by the committee responsible — separate vote

5

Committee

sep

+

 

18

Committee

split

 

 

1

+

 

2

+

 

26

Committee

split

 

 

1

+

 

2/EV

+

357, 168, 33

33

Committee

sep

+

 

83

Committee

sep

+

 

87

Committee

split

 

 

1

+

 

2/EV

+

290, 275, 4

129

Committee

sep

+

 

130

Committee

sep

+

 

Article 3, § 2, point (b)

141

ALDE

split

 

 

1

-

 

2

-

 

53

Committee

split

 

 

1

+

 

2

+

 

Article 5, § 1

64

Committee

EV

+

367, 183, 14

151

PPE-DE

 

 

Article 5, after §§ 1 and 2

152

PPE-DE

 

+

 

153

PPE-DE

 

+

 

Article 7, § 1, after point (a)

146

PPE-DE

 

+

 

Article 10, § 1

147

PPE-DE

 

+

 

Annex 2, Objective 1

156

GUE/NGL

 

-

 

Annex 2, Objective 2, point 3, after sub-point 3.3

144

PSE

 

-

 

92

Committee

 

+

 

Annex 2, Objective 2, point 3, after sub-point 3.4

154

Verts/ALE

 

-

 

148

PPE-DE

EV

+

311, 242, 13

94

Committee

 

 

Annex 2, Objective 3, point 4, sub-point 4.1

103

Committee

 

+

 

142

ALDE

 

-

 

Annex 2, Objective 3, point 4, sub-point 4.2

157

GUE/NGL

 

-

 

104

Committee

 

+

 

143

ALDE

 

-

 

Annex 2, point 6

155

Verts/ALE

RCV

-

162, 388, 15

after recital 1

145

PPE-DE

 

+

 

vote: amended proposal

 

+

 

Draft legislative resolution

after § 1

149

PPE-DE

 

-

 

150

PPE-DE

 

-

 

vote: legislative resolution

 

+

 

Requests for roll-call votes

Verts/ALE: am 155

Requests for split votes

IND/DEM

am 53

First part: text as a whole without the figure ‘75 %’

Second part: that figure

am 141

First part: text as a whole without the figure ‘75 %’

Second part: that figure

am 87

First part: text as a whole without the word ‘illegal’

Second part: that word

PSE

am 26

First part:‘It is important to promote best practices … for specific conditions.’

Second part:‘It is also important … individual reasons.’

am 18

First part: text as a whole without the words‘, including those that … to prescription drugs,’

Second part: those words

Requests for separate votes

PPE-DE: am 64

IND/DEM: am 64

PSE: ams 5, 33, 83, 87, 129 and 130

Miscellaneous

Kathy Sinnott moved oral amendments to amendments 120 and 138, which now read as follows:

Am 120

‘5.7a

Promoting the availability, traceability and accessibility across the Community of organs and substances of human origin of high quality and safety for medical use.’

Am 138

‘5.7.1

Activities to help enhance the safety, quality and traceability of organs and substances of human origin, including blood, blood components and blood precursors.’

2.   Agricultural products and foodstuffs as traditional specialities guaranteed *

Report: Friedrich-Wilhelm GRAEFE ZU BARINGDORF (A6-0033/2006)

Subject

Am No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

Amendments by the committee responsible — block vote

1-2

4-16

Committee

 

+

 

 

3

Committee

 

+

 

Article 7, § 7

17

UEN

 

+

 

vote: amended proposal

 

+

 

vote: legislative resolution

RCV

+

538, 15, 7

Requests for roll-call votes

PPE-DE: final vote

3.   Protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs *

Report: Friedrich-Wilhelm GRAEFE ZU BARINGDORF (A6-0034/2006)

Subject

Am No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

Amendments by the committee responsible — block vote

1-4

6-14

16-17

20-21

23-28

33-37

39

Committee

 

+

 

 

18

Committee

 

+

 

Amendments by the committee responsible — separate vote

32

Committee

sep/EV

+

280, 262, 6

38

Committee

split

 

 

1

+

 

2/EV

+

356, 191, 5

Article 2, § 1, point (b), indent 3

51

Verts/ALE

EV

+

302, 242, 13

Article 4, § 2, after point (e)

40

PSE

EV

-

277, 277, 3

43

UEN

 

-

 

Article 5, § 4, subpara 2

48

Verts/ALE,

PPE-DE

 

+

 

19

Committee

EV

-

316, 232, 7

Article 5, § 9, subpara 1

44

UEN

 

-

 

22

Committee

 

+

 

Article 7, § 1

49

Verts/ALE

 

+

 

Article 8, § 3

47

PPE-DE

 

+

 

Article 10

45/rev

UEN

 

-

 

29-31

Committee

 

+

 

Article 11, § 2

41

PSE

 

-

 

Article 11, § 4

52

Verts/ALE,

PPE-DE

 

+

 

Article 12, after § 2

53

Verts/ALE,

PPE-DE

 

+

 

Article 14, § 1

50

Verts/ALE,

PPE-DE

 

+

 

Article 15, § 3

54

Verts/ALE,

PPE-DE

 

+

 

Article 17, after § 2

46/rev

UEN

 

-

 

Recital 12

42

UEN

 

+

 

5

Committee

 

 

vote: amended proposal

 

+

 

vote: legislative resolution

 

+

 

Requests for separate votes

PPE-DE: am 32

Requests for split votes

PPE-DE

am 38

First part: text as a whole without the word ‘spices’

Second part: that word

4.   2005 enlargement strategy paper

Report: Elmar BROK (A6-0025/2006)

Subject

Am No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

§ 5

7

ALDE

EV

-

260, 284, 10

§ 6

§

original text

RCV

+

416, 107, 19

§ 10

8

ALDE

RCV

-

192, 333, 33

after § 24

13

IND/DEM

RCV

-

102, 423, 22

after § 27

14

IND/DEM

RCV

-

85, 439, 32

§ 29

33

PPE-DE

 

W

 

9

ALDE

 

-

 

1

Verts/ALE

 

-

 

4/rev

PSE

 

+

oral amendment

after § 32

30

UEN

 

-

 

§ 35

20

PPE-DE

 

+

 

after § 35

31

UEN

 

-

 

after § 36

32

UEN

 

W

 

§ 37

5=

29=

PSE

UEN

 

+

 

§ 39

28

PPE-DE

 

+

 

§ 41

21

PPE-DE

 

+

 

§ 43

16

IND/DEM

RCV

-

62, 446, 37

§

original text

split

 

 

1

+

 

2/EV

+

279, 215, 41

after § 43

19

PPE-DE

 

W

 

15

IND/DEM

 

 

§ 51

22

PPE-DE

 

+

 

§ 52

23

PPE-DE

 

+

 

§ 54

10

ALDE

EV

-

134, 235, 160

24

PPE-DE

 

+

 

after § 54

11

ALDE

 

-

 

§ 55

2

Verts/ALE

EV

-

99, 412, 17

25

PPE-DE

 

+

 

12

ALDE

 

 

after § 55

18

PPE-DE

 

+

 

§ 56

26

PPE-DE

 

+

 

3

Verts/ALE

 

 

§ 58

27

PPE-DE

 

+

 

after citation 6

6

ALDE

 

+

 

after citation 7

17

PPE-DE

EV

+

281, 213, 29

vote: resolution (as a whole)

RCV

+

397, 95, 37

Requests for roll-call votes

IND/DEM: ams 13, 14 and 16

GUE/NGL: § 6

Verts/ALE: am 8 and final vote

Requests for split votes

PPE-DE, PSE

§ 43

First part:‘calls on the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia … the unresolved problem of the country's name;’

Second part:‘takes the view … into the European fold;’

Miscellaneous

Jan Marinus Wiersma moved an oral amendment to amendment 4/rev., which now read as follows:

‘29.

Welcomes the agreement reached at the General Affairs Council of 27 February 2006 on the adoption of the regulation establishing an instrument of financial support for encouraging the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community; calls on the Council to make renewed efforts, based on the Council conclusions of 26 April 2004 and taking into account the consultations held under the Luxembourg Presidency, and on the basis of Protocol No 10 to the Act of Accession of the Republic of Cyprus, to reach an agreement on trade facilitation regulation concerning the northern part of Cyprus;’

The following Members had also signed amendment 29: Cristiana Muscardini, Sergio Berlato, Alessandro Foglietta, Romano Maria La Russa, Umberto Pirilli, Adriana Poli Bortone and Salvatore Tatarella.

5.   62nd session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR, Geneva)

Motion for a resolution: B6-0150/2006, B6-0151/2006, B6-0154/2006, B6-0169/2006, B6-0187/2006

Subject

Am No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

Joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0150/2006

(PPE-DE, PSE, ALDE, Verts/ALE, UEN)

§ 5

§

original text

 

+

oral amendment

§ 18

§

original text

 

+

oral amendment

vote: resolution (as a whole)

 

+

 

Motions for resolutions by political groups

B6-0150/2006

 

ALDE

 

 

B6-0151/2006

 

PPE-DE

 

 

B6-0154/2006

 

UEN

 

 

B6-0169/2006

 

Verts/ALE

 

 

B6-0187/2006

 

PSE

 

 

Miscellaneous

Panagiotis Beglitis had also signed the PSE Group's motion for a resolution.

On behalf of the PSE Group, Ana Maria Gomes moved oral amendments to paragraphs 5 and 18. They now read as follows:

‘5.

Welcomes the retention of the practice of the participation of human rights NGOs in the debates and hopes that this participation is improved and strengthened in the future; reiterates its call for a reform of the UN Committee on NGOs, so as to ensure the effective participation of independent NGOs;’

‘18.

Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council and Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the UN Security Council, the UN Secretary-General, the President of the 60th General Assembly and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.’

6.   Preparations for the COP-MOP meeting on biological diversity and security (Curitiba, Brazil)

Motion for a resolution: B6-0170/2006

Subject

Am No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

Joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0170/2006

(PPE-DE, PSE, ALDE, Verts/ALE, UEN)

§ 4, indent 6

1

PSE

split

 

 

1/EV

+

311, 132, 4

2

-

 

§ 4, after indent 8

3

Verts/ALE

 

+

 

4

Verts/ALE

 

+

 

recital C

2

Verts/ALE

 

+

 

vote: resolution (as a whole)

RCV

+

419, 1, 15

Request for roll-call vote

Verts/ALE: final vote

Requests for split votes

Verts/ALE

am 1

First part: text as a whole without the words ‘on a case-by-case basis and’

Second part: those words

7.   Human rights in Moldova and in Transnistria in particular

Motion for a resolution: B6-0168/2006, B6-0174/2006, B6-0178/2006, B6-0180/2006, B6-0183/2006, B6-0186/2006

Subject

Am No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

Joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0168/2006

(PPE-DE, PSE, ALDE, Verts/ALE, GUE/NGL, UEN)

§ 5

§

original text

split

 

 

1

+

 

2

+

 

vote: resolution (as a whole)

RCV

+

77, 1, 0

Motions for resolutions by political groups

B6-0168/2006

 

ALDE

 

 

B6-0174/2006

 

PPE-DE

 

 

B6-0178/2006

 

PSE

 

 

B6-0180/2006

 

GUE/NGL

 

 

B6-0183/2006

 

Verts/ALE

 

 

B6-0186/2006

 

UEN

 

 

Requests for roll-call votes

PPE-DE: final vote

Requests for split votes

GUE/NGL:

§ 5

First part:‘Expresses its strong and continuing support … their democratisation process’

Second part:‘and use all diplomatic means … illegal regime in Transnistria’

8.   Kazakhstan

Motion for a resolution: B6-0167/2006, B6-0173/2006, B6-0175/2006, B6-0177/2006, B6-0181/2006, B6-0184/2006

Subject

Am No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

Joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0167/2006

(PPE-DE, PSE, ALDE, Verts/ALE, GUE/NGL, UEN)

§ 1

3D

UEN

 

W

 

§

original text

split

 

 

1

+

 

2

-

 

§ 2

§

original text

split

 

 

1

+

 

2

-

 

§ 3

4D

UEN

 

W

 

§

original text

split

 

 

1

+

 

2/EV

-

35, 44, 2

§ 6

5D

UEN

 

-

 

Recital B

§

original text

 

+

oral amendment

Recital C

1D

UEN

 

+

 

§

original text

sep

 

Recital F

2D

UEN

 

+

 

vote: resolution (as a whole)

RCV

+

85, 0, 2

Motions for resolutions by political groups

B6-0167/2006

 

ALDE

 

 

B6-0173/2006

 

PPE-DE

 

 

B6-0175/2006

 

UEN

 

 

B6-0177/2006

 

PSE

 

 

B6-0181/2006

 

GUE/NGL

 

 

B6-0184/2006

 

Verts/ALE

 

 

Requests for roll-call votes

PPE-DE: final vote

Requests for split votes

UEN, PPE-DE:

§ 1

First part: text as a whole without the words ‘and the other politically motivated killings’

Second part: those words

§ 3

First part:‘Calls on the Kazakhstan authorities … transparent manner’

Second part:‘and to refrain from … circumstances of the murder’

PPE-DE

§ 2

First part:‘Expresses its great concern … opposition politicians were killed’

Second part:‘and at the degeneration … fully registered’

Requests for separate votes

PPE-DE: recital C

Miscellaneous

Albert Jan Maat moved an oral amendment to recital B, which now read as follows:

‘B

whereas on 12 November 2005 another opposition leader, Nurkadilov Zamanbek, was found shot dead in mysterious circumstances after he had accused the government of corruption; whereas the official investigation concluded that he had committed suicide,’

9.   Impunity in Africa and in particular the case of Hissène Habré

Motion for a resolution: B6-0171/2006, B6-0172/2006, B6-0176/2006, B6-0179/2006, B6-0182/2006, B6-0185/2006

Subject

Am No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

Joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0171/2006

(PPE-DE, PSE, ALDE, Verts/ALE, GUE/NGL, UEN)

vote: resolution (as a whole)

RCV

+

85, 0, 1

Motions for resolutions by political groups

B6-0171/2006

 

Verts/ALE

 

 

B6-0172/2006

 

PPE-DE

 

 

B6-0176/2006

 

PSE

 

 

B6-0179/2006

 

UEN

 

 

B6-0182/2006

 

GUE/NGL

 

 

B6-0185/2006

 

ALDE

 

 

Request for roll-call vote

PPE-DE: final vote


ANNEX II

RESULT OF ROLL-CALL VOTES

1.   Report: Trakatellis A6-0030/2006

Amendment 155

For: 162

ALDE: Alvaro, Attwooll, Carlshamre, Chiesa, Deprez, Drčar Murko, Duff, Harkin, Kacin, Lynne, Resetarits, Ries, Samuelsen

GUE/NGL: Adamou, Agnoletto, Brie, Catania, de Brún, Figueiredo, Flasarová, Henin, Kaufmann, Markov, Maštálka, Meijer, Meyer Pleite, Morgantini, Musacchio, Papadimoulis, Pflüger, Portas, Ransdorf, Seppänen, Sjöstedt, Strož, Svensson, Triantaphyllides, Uca, Wagenknecht, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Belder, Blokland, Bonde, Coûteaux, Karatzaferis, Sinnott, de Villiers

NI: Borghezio, Gollnisch, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Le Rachinel, Martin Hans-Peter, Martinez, Mölzer, Mussolini, Romagnoli, Schenardi, Speroni

PPE-DE: Bauer, Beazley, Bowis, Doorn, Eurlings, Itälä, Karas, Korhola, Langen, Langendries, Martens, Oomen-Ruijten, Rack, Rübig, Seeber, Seeberg

PSE: Arif, Arnaoutakis, Batzeli, Beglitis, Berès, Berger, Berman, Bösch, Bono, Bourzai, Castex, Cottigny, De Rossa, Douay, Ettl, Ferreira Anne, Guy-Quint, Hamon, Haug, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kristensen, Laignel, Lambrinidis, Le Foll, Matsouka, Moscovici, Navarro, Pahor, Patrie, Peillon, Prets, Reynaud, Rocard, Roure, Savary, Schapira, Scheele, Trautmann, Tzampazi, Vaugrenard, Vergnaud, Weber Henri

UEN: Aylward, Crowley, Kristovskis, Ryan, Zīle

Verts/ALE: Aubert, Auken, Beer, Bennahmias, Breyer, Buitenweg, Cohn-Bendit, Cramer, Evans Jillian, Flautre, Frassoni, Graefe zu Baringdorf, de Groen-Kouwenhoven, Hammerstein Mintz, Harms, Hassi, Horáček, Hudghton, Isler Béguin, Jonckheer, Kusstatscher, Lagendijk, Lambert, Lichtenberger, Lipietz, Lucas, Özdemir, Onesta, Romeva i Rueda, Rühle, Schlyter, Schmidt, Schroedter, Smith, Staes, Trüpel, Turmes, Voggenhuber, Ždanoka

Against: 388

ALDE: Andrejevs, Andria, Beaupuy, Bowles, Budreikaitė, Busk, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Costa, Davies, De Sarnez, Fourtou, Geremek, Griesbeck, Guardans Cambó, Hall, Hennis-Plasschaert, in't Veld, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Karim, Koch-Mehrin, Krahmer, Kułakowski, Lambsdorff, Laperrouze, Lax, Lehideux, Ludford, Maaten, Malmström, Manders, Matsakis, Morillon, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Onyszkiewicz, Oviir, Pistelli, Polfer, Prodi, Riis-Jørgensen, Schuth, Staniszewska, Starkevičiūtė, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Takkula, Väyrynen, Virrankoski, Wallis, Watson

IND/DEM: Batten, Clark, Farage, Goudin, Knapman, Lundgren, Nattrass, Wise, Wohlin, Železný

NI: Bobošíková, Czarnecki Marek Aleksander, Czarnecki Ryszard, Giertych, Grabowski, Helmer, Krupa, Masiel, Mote, Pęk, Piotrowski, Rivera, Rogalski, Rutowicz, Tomczak, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr, Zapałowski

PPE-DE: Albertini, Andrikienė, Atkins, Audy, Bachelot-Narquin, Barsi-Pataky, Becsey, Belet, Berend, Böge, Bradbourn, Brejc, Brepoels, Brok, Bushill-Matthews, Buzek, Callanan, Casa, Caspary, Castiglione, Cederschiöld, Chmielewski, Coelho, Daul, Demetriou, Descamps, Deß, De Veyrac, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dimitrakopoulos, Dombrovskis, Dover, Doyle, Duchoň, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Ehler, Elles, Esteves, Fajmon, Ferber, Fernández Martín, Fjellner, Florenz, Fontaine, Freitas, Friedrich, Gahler, Gaľa, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gewalt, Gklavakis, Glattfelder, Goepel, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, Grosch, Grossetête, Guellec, Gyürk, Handzlik, Harbour, Hatzidakis, Heaton-Harris, Hennicot-Schoepges, Higgins, Hökmark, Hoppenstedt, Hudacký, Hybášková, Ibrisagic, Iturgaiz Angulo, Jałowiecki, Járóka, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Kaczmarek, Kamall, Kasoulides, Kelam, Kirkhope, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Konrad, Kudrycka, Kušķis, Lamassoure, Landsbergis, Lehne, Lewandowski, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, Maat, McGuinness, Mann Thomas, Marques, Mathieu, Matsis, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Mayor Oreja, Mikolášik, Mitchell, Montoro Romero, Nassauer, Nicholson, Niebler, Novak, Olajos, Olbrycht, Őry, Pack, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Parish, Peterle, Pieper, Pīks, Pinheiro, Piskorski, Pleštinská, Poettering, Pomés Ruiz, Posselt, Protasiewicz, Purvis, Queiró, Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Radwan, Reul, Roithová, Saïfi, Samaras, Saryusz-Wolski, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schwab, Siekierski, Škottová, Sommer, Sonik, Spautz, Šťastný, Stevenson, Strejček, Stubb, Sturdy, Surján, Szájer, Tajani, Tannock, Thyssen, Toubon, Trakatellis, Ulmer, Vakalis, Van Orden, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Varvitsiotis, Vatanen, Ventre, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras Roca, Vlasák, Vlasto, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, von Wogau, Záborská, Zahradil, Zaleski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec, Zvěřina

PSE: Andersson, Assis, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia I Cutchet, van den Berg, van den Burg, Busquin, Calabuig Rull, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Casaca, Cercas, Christensen, Corbett, Corbey, Correia, De Keyser, Désir, De Vits, Dobolyi, El Khadraoui, Estrela, Fava, Fazakas, Ferreira Elisa, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Gill, Glante, Goebbels, Golik, Gomes, Grabowska, Grech, Gröner, Groote, Gurmai, Hänsch, Hasse Ferreira, Hazan, Hedh, Hedkvist Petersen, Hegyi, Herczog, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jöns, Jørgensen, Kindermann, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Kuc, Kuhne, Lehtinen, Leinen, Locatelli, McAvan, Madeira, Maňka, Mann Erika, Martin David, Martínez Martínez, Masip Hidalgo, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Muscat, Myller, Napoletano, Paasilinna, Panzeri, Piecyk, Pinior, Pittella, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Riera Madurell, Rosati, Rothe, Rouček, Sacconi, Sakalas, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Schulz, Segelström, Siwiec, Stockmann, Szejna, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Tarand, Thomsen, Titley, Van Lancker, Vincenzi, Walter, Weiler, Westlund, Wiersma, Willmott, Yañez-Barnuevo García, Zani, Zingaretti

UEN: Berlato, Bielan, Foltyn-Kubicka, Janowski, Kamiński, Kuźmiuk, Libicki, Pirilli, Podkański, Roszkowski, Szymański, Vaidere, Wojciechowski Janusz

Abstention: 15

ALDE: Klinz

GUE/NGL: Pafilis, Remek

NI: Allister, Baco, Belohorská, Claeys, Dillen, Vanhecke

PPE-DE: Lechner, Liese, van Nistelrooij

UEN: Camre, Krasts

Verts/ALE: van Buitenen

Corrections to votes

For

Frederika Brepoels

2.   Report: Graefe Zu Baringdorf A6-0033/2006

Resolution

For: 538

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Andria, Attwooll, Beaupuy, Bowles, Budreikaitė, Busk, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Chiesa, Davies, Deprez, De Sarnez, Drčar Murko, Duff, Fourtou, Geremek, Griesbeck, Guardans Cambó, Hall, Harkin, Hennis-Plasschaert, in't Veld, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Karim, Klinz, Koch-Mehrin, Krahmer, Kułakowski, Lambsdorff, Laperrouze, Lax, Lehideux, Lynne, Maaten, Malmström, Manders, Matsakis, Morillon, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Onyszkiewicz, Oviir, Pistelli, Polfer, Prodi, Resetarits, Ries, Riis-Jørgensen, Schuth, Staniszewska, Starkevičiūtė, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Takkula, Väyrynen, Virrankoski, Wallis, Watson

GUE/NGL: Adamou, Agnoletto, Brie, Catania, de Brún, Figueiredo, Guerreiro, Henin, Kaufmann, Markov, Meijer, Meyer Pleite, Morgantini, Musacchio, Pafilis, Papadimoulis, Pflüger, Portas, Seppänen, Sjöstedt, Svensson, Triantaphyllides, Uca, Wagenknecht, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Belder, Blokland, Coûteaux, Karatzaferis, Sinnott, de Villiers, Železný

NI: Allister, Baco, Bobošíková, Borghezio, Claeys, Czarnecki Marek Aleksander, Czarnecki Ryszard, Dillen, Giertych, Gollnisch, Grabowski, Helmer, Krupa, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Le Rachinel, Martin Hans-Peter, Martinez, Masiel, Mölzer, Mussolini, Pęk, Piotrowski, Rivera, Rogalski, Romagnoli, Rutowicz, Schenardi, Speroni, Tomczak, Vanhecke, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr, Zapałowski

PPE-DE: Albertini, Andrikienė, Atkins, Audy, Bachelot-Narquin, Barsi-Pataky, Bauer, Beazley, Becsey, Belet, Berend, Böge, Bowis, Bradbourn, Brejc, Brepoels, Brok, Bushill-Matthews, Buzek, Callanan, Casa, Caspary, Castiglione, Cederschiöld, Chmielewski, Coelho, Daul, Demetriou, Descamps, Deß, De Veyrac, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dimitrakopoulos, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Dover, Doyle, Duchoň, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Ehler, Elles, Esteves, Eurlings, Fajmon, Ferber, Fernández Martín, Fjellner, Florenz, Fontaine, Freitas, Friedrich, Gahler, Gaľa, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gewalt, Gklavakis, Glattfelder, Goepel, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, Grosch, Grossetête, Guellec, Gyürk, Handzlik, Harbour, Hatzidakis, Heaton-Harris, Hennicot-Schoepges, Higgins, Hökmark, Hoppenstedt, Hudacký, Hybášková, Ibrisagic, Itälä, Jałowiecki, Járóka, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Kaczmarek, Kamall, Karas, Kasoulides, Kelam, Kirkhope, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Konrad, Korhola, Kudrycka, Kušķis, Lamassoure, Landsbergis, Langen, Langendries, Lechner, Lehne, Lewandowski, Liese, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, Maat, McGuinness, Mann Thomas, Marques, Martens, Mathieu, Matsis, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Mayor Oreja, Mikolášik, Mitchell, Montoro Romero, Nassauer, Nicholson, Niebler, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olajos, Olbrycht, Oomen-Ruijten, Őry, Pack, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Parish, Peterle, Pīks, Pinheiro, Piskorski, Pleštinská, Poettering, Pomés Ruiz, Posdorf, Posselt, Protasiewicz, Purvis, Queiró, Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Radwan, Reul, Roithová, Rübig, Saïfi, Samaras, Saryusz-Wolski, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schwab, Seeber, Seeberg, Siekierski, Škottová, Sommer, Sonik, Spautz, Šťastný, Stevenson, Strejček, Stubb, Sturdy, Surján, Szájer, Tajani, Tannock, Thyssen, Toubon, Trakatellis, Ulmer, Vakalis, Van Orden, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Varvitsiotis, Vatanen, Ventre, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras Roca, Vlasák, Vlasto, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, von Wogau, Záborská, Zahradil, Zaleski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec, Zvěřina

PSE: Andersson, Arif, Arnaoutakis, Assis, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia I Cutchet, Batzeli, Beglitis, Berès, van den Berg, Berger, Berman, Bösch, Bono, Bourzai, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Calabuig Rull, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Casaca, Castex, Cercas, Christensen, Corbett, Corbey, Correia, Cottigny, De Keyser, De Rossa, Désir, De Vits, Dobolyi, Douay, El Khadraoui, Estrela, Ettl, Fava, Fazakas, Fernandes, Ferreira Anne, Ferreira Elisa, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Gill, Glante, Golik, Gomes, Grabowska, Grech, Gröner, Groote, Gurmai, Guy-Quint, Hänsch, Hamon, Hasse Ferreira, Haug, Hedh, Hedkvist Petersen, Hegyi, Herczog, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jöns, Jørgensen, Kindermann, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kuc, Kuhne, Laignel, Lambrinidis, Le Foll, Lehtinen, Leinen, Locatelli, McAvan, Madeira, Maňka, Mann Erika, Martin David, Martínez Martínez, Masip Hidalgo, Matsouka, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Moscovici, Muscat, Myller, Napoletano, Navarro, Obiols i Germà, Paasilinna, Pahor, Panzeri, Patrie, Piecyk, Pinior, Pittella, Prets, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Reynaud, Riera Madurell, Rocard, Rosati, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Sacconi, Sakalas, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Savary, Schapira, Scheele, Schulz, Segelström, Siwiec, Stockmann, Swoboda, Szejna, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Tarand, Thomsen, Titley, Trautmann, Tzampazi, Van Lancker, Vaugrenard, Vergnaud, Vincenzi, Walter, Weber Henri, Weiler, Westlund, Wiersma, Willmott, Yañez-Barnuevo García, Zani, Zingaretti

UEN: Aylward, Berlato, Bielan, Camre, Crowley, Foltyn-Kubicka, Janowski, Kamiński, Krasts, Kristovskis, Kuźmiuk, Pirilli, Podkański, Roszkowski, Ryan, Szymański, Vaidere, Wojciechowski Janusz, Zīle

Verts/ALE: Aubert, Beer, Bennahmias, Breyer, Buitenweg, Cohn-Bendit, Cramer, Evans Jillian, Flautre, Frassoni, Graefe zu Baringdorf, de Groen-Kouwenhoven, Hammerstein Mintz, Harms, Hassi, Horáček, Isler Béguin, Jonckheer, Kusstatscher, Lagendijk, Lambert, Lichtenberger, Lipietz, Lucas, Özdemir, Onesta, Romeva i Rueda, Rühle, Schlyter, Schmidt, Schroedter, Smith, Staes, Trüpel, Turmes, Voggenhuber, Ždanoka

Against: 15

GUE/NGL: Ransdorf, Remek, Strož

IND/DEM: Batten, Clark, Farage, Goudin, Knapman, Lundgren, Nattrass, Wise, Wohlin

NI: Mote

PPE-DE: Iturgaiz Angulo

Verts/ALE: Auken

Abstention: 7

ALDE: Samuelsen

GUE/NGL: Flasarová, Maštálka

IND/DEM: Bonde

NI: Belohorská

PPE-DE: Pieper

Verts/ALE: van Buitenen

3.   Report: Brok A6-0025/2006

Amendment 6

For: 416

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Andria, Attwooll, Beaupuy, Bowles, Budreikaitė, Busk, Carlshamre, Cavada, Costa, Deprez, Drčar Murko, Duff, Fourtou, Griesbeck, Guardans Cambó, Hall, Harkin, Hennis-Plasschaert, in't Veld, Jäätteenmäki, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Klinz, Koch-Mehrin, Krahmer, Kułakowski, Lambsdorff, Laperrouze, Lax, Lehideux, Ludford, Lynne, Maaten, Malmström, Manders, Matsakis, Morillon, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Onyszkiewicz, Oviir, Pistelli, Polfer, Prodi, Resetarits, Ries, Schuth, Staniszewska, Starkevičiūtė, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Virrankoski, Wallis, Watson

GUE/NGL: Kaufmann

NI: Baco, Belohorská, Claeys, Czarnecki Ryszard, Dillen, Masiel, Mussolini, Rivera, Vanhecke

PPE-DE: Albertini, Andrikienė, Audy, Bachelot-Narquin, Barsi-Pataky, Bauer, Beazley, Becsey, Belet, Berend, Böge, Brejc, Brepoels, Brok, Casa, Caspary, Castiglione, Cederschiöld, Chmielewski, Coelho, Daul, Demetriou, Descamps, Deß, De Veyrac, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dimitrakopoulos, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Doyle, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Ehler, Esteves, Eurlings, Ferber, Fernández Martín, Fjellner, Florenz, Fontaine, Freitas, Friedrich, Gahler, Gaľa, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gewalt, Gklavakis, Glattfelder, Goepel, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, Grosch, Grossetête, Guellec, Gyürk, Handzlik, Hatzidakis, Hennicot-Schoepges, Higgins, Hökmark, Hoppenstedt, Hudacký, Ibrisagic, Itälä, Iturgaiz Angulo, Jałowiecki, Járóka, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Kaczmarek, Karas, Kasoulides, Kelam, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Konrad, Korhola, Kudrycka, Kušķis, Lamassoure, Landsbergis, Langen, Langendries, Lechner, Lehne, Lewandowski, Liese, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, Maat, McGuinness, Mann Thomas, Marques, Martens, Mathieu, Matsis, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Mikolášik, Mitchell, Montoro Romero, Nassauer, Niebler, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olajos, Olbrycht, Oomen-Ruijten, Őry, Pack, Peterle, Pieper, Pīks, Pinheiro, Piskorski, Pleštinská, Poettering, Posdorf, Protasiewicz, Queiró, Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Radwan, Reul, Roithová, Rübig, Saïfi, Samaras, Saryusz-Wolski, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schwab, Seeber, Seeberg, Siekierski, Sommer, Sonik, Spautz, Šťastný, Stubb, Surján, Szájer, Tajani, Thyssen, Toubon, Trakatellis, Ulmer, Vakalis, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Varvitsiotis, Vatanen, Ventre, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras Roca, Vlasto, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, von Wogau, Záborská, Zaleski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec

PSE: Andersson, Arnaoutakis, Assis, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia I Cutchet, Batzeli, Beglitis, van den Berg, Berger, Berman, Bösch, Bono, Bourzai, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Calabuig Rull, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Casaca, Cercas, Christensen, Corbett, Corbey, Correia, Cottigny, De Keyser, De Rossa, De Vits, Dobolyi, Douay, El Khadraoui, Estrela, Ettl, Fava, Fazakas, Fernandes, Ferreira Elisa, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Gill, Glante, Goebbels, Golik, Gomes, Grabowska, Grech, Gröner, Groote, Gurmai, Guy-Quint, Hänsch, Haug, Hedh, Hedkvist Petersen, Hegyi, Herczog, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jöns, Jørgensen, Kindermann, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kuc, Kuhne, Lambrinidis, Le Foll, Lehtinen, Leinen, McAvan, Madeira, Maňka, Martin David, Martínez Martínez, Masip Hidalgo, Matsouka, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Moscovici, Muscat, Myller, Napoletano, Navarro, Obiols i Germà, Paasilinna, Pahor, Panzeri, Peillon, Piecyk, Pinior, Pittella, Prets, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Reynaud, Riera Madurell, Rocard, Rosati, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Sacconi, Sakalas, dos Santos, Schapira, Scheele, Schulz, Segelström, Siwiec, Stockmann, Swoboda, Szejna, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Tarand, Thomsen, Titley, Trautmann, Tzampazi, Van Lancker, Vaugrenard, Vergnaud, Vincenzi, Walter, Weiler, Westlund, Wiersma, Willmott, Yañez-Barnuevo García, Zani, Zingaretti

UEN: Aylward, Berlato, Crowley, Kristovskis, Pirilli, Ryan, Vaidere

Verts/ALE: Aubert, Auken, Beer, Bennahmias, Breyer, Buitenweg, Cohn-Bendit, Cramer, Evans Jillian, Flautre, Graefe zu Baringdorf, de Groen-Kouwenhoven, Hammerstein Mintz, Harms, Hassi, Jonckheer, Kusstatscher, Lambert, Lichtenberger, Lipietz, Özdemir, Onesta, Rühle, Schroedter, Staes, Trüpel, Turmes, Voggenhuber, Ždanoka

Against: 107

ALDE: Chiesa, Geremek, Samuelsen, Takkula, Väyrynen

GUE/NGL: Adamou, Agnoletto, Brie, Catania, de Brún, Figueiredo, Guerreiro, Markov, Maštálka, Meijer, Meyer Pleite, Morgantini, Musacchio, Papadimoulis, Pflüger, Portas, Ransdorf, Remek, Rizzo, Seppänen, Sjöstedt, Svensson, Triantaphyllides, Uca, Wagenknecht, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Batten, Belder, Blokland, Bonde, Clark, Coûteaux, Farage, Goudin, Knapman, Lundgren, Nattrass, de Villiers, Wise, Wohlin

NI: Bobošíková, Borghezio, Giertych, Gollnisch, Helmer, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Le Rachinel, Martinez, Mölzer, Mote, Romagnoli, Schenardi, Speroni, Tomczak, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr

PPE-DE: Atkins, Bowis, Bradbourn, Bushill-Matthews, Callanan, Dover, Duchoň, Fajmon, Harbour, Heaton-Harris, Kamall, Kirkhope, Nicholson, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Parish, Purvis, Škottová, Stevenson, Strejček, Sturdy, Tannock, Van Orden, Vlasák, Zahradil, Zvěřina

PSE: Castex, Ferreira Anne, Mann Erika

UEN: Bielan, Camre, Foltyn-Kubicka, Janowski, Kamiński, Krasts, Kuźmiuk, Libicki, Podkański, Roszkowski, Szymański, Wojciechowski Janusz

Verts/ALE: Lucas, Romeva i Rueda, Schlyter, Smith

Abstention: 19

GUE/NGL: Flasarová, Henin, Pafilis

IND/DEM: Karatzaferis, Železný

NI: Czarnecki Marek Aleksander, Grabowski, Krupa, Martin Hans-Peter, Pęk, Piotrowski, Rogalski, Rutowicz, Zapałowski

PPE-DE: Posselt

PSE: Hamon, Patrie, Weber Henri

Verts/ALE: van Buitenen

4.   Report: Brok A6-0025/2006

Amendment 8

For: 192

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Andria, Attwooll, Beaupuy, Bowles, Budreikaitė, Busk, Carlshamre, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Chiesa, Costa, Deprez, De Sarnez, Drčar Murko, Duff, Fourtou, Geremek, Griesbeck, Guardans Cambó, Hall, Harkin, Hennis-Plasschaert, in't Veld, Jäätteenmäki, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Klinz, Koch-Mehrin, Krahmer, Kułakowski, Lambsdorff, Laperrouze, Lax, Lehideux, Ludford, Lynne, Maaten, Malmström, Manders, Matsakis, Morillon, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Onyszkiewicz, Oviir, Pistelli, Polfer, Prodi, Resetarits, Ries, Riis-Jørgensen, Samuelsen, Schuth, Staniszewska, Starkevičiūtė, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Takkula, Väyrynen, Wallis, Watson

GUE/NGL: Agnoletto, Brie, Catania, de Brún, Figueiredo, Flasarová, Guerreiro, Markov, Maštálka, Meijer, Meyer Pleite, Morgantini, Musacchio, Papadimoulis, Portas, Ransdorf, Rizzo, Seppänen, Sjöstedt, Svensson, Uca, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Karatzaferis, Železný

NI: Belohorská, Giertych, Grabowski, Krupa, Pęk, Piotrowski, Rogalski, Tomczak, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr, Zapałowski

PPE-DE: Albertini, Beazley, Becsey, Bowis, Cederschiöld, De Veyrac, Fjellner, Guellec, Hökmark, Ibrisagic, Nicholson, Roithová, Stubb, Ulmer

PSE: Andersson, Casaca, Corbett, Ferreira Anne, Gill, Gröner, Hasse Ferreira, Hedh, Hedkvist Petersen, Hegyi, Herczog, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, McAvan, Madeira, Mann Erika, Martin David, Paasilinna, Pahor, Piecyk, Pinior, Savary, Segelström, Titley, Weiler, Westlund, Willmott

UEN: Berlato, Camre, Foltyn-Kubicka, Janowski, Kamiński, Krasts, Kristovskis, Kuźmiuk, Libicki, Pirilli, Podkański, Roszkowski, Szymański, Wojciechowski Janusz

Verts/ALE: Aubert, Auken, Beer, Bennahmias, Breyer, Buitenweg, Cohn-Bendit, Cramer, Evans Jillian, Flautre, Frassoni, Graefe zu Baringdorf, de Groen-Kouwenhoven, Hammerstein Mintz, Harms, Hassi, Horáček, Isler Béguin, Kusstatscher, Lambert, Lichtenberger, Lipietz, Lucas, Özdemir, Onesta, Romeva i Rueda, Rühle, Schlyter, Schmidt, Schroedter, Smith, Staes, Trüpel, Turmes, Voggenhuber, Ždanoka

Against: 333

ALDE: Virrankoski

IND/DEM: Batten, Belder, Blokland, Bonde, Clark, Coûteaux, Farage, Goudin, Knapman, Lundgren, Nattrass, Sinnott, de Villiers, Wise, Wohlin

NI: Bobošíková, Borghezio, Claeys, Czarnecki Marek Aleksander, Czarnecki Ryszard, Dillen, Gollnisch, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Le Rachinel, Martin Hans-Peter, Martinez, Masiel, Mölzer, Mote, Mussolini, Romagnoli, Rutowicz, Schenardi, Speroni, Vanhecke

PPE-DE: Andrikienė, Audy, Bachelot-Narquin, Barsi-Pataky, Bauer, Belet, Berend, Böge, Brejc, Brepoels, Brok, Buzek, Casa, Caspary, Castiglione, Chmielewski, Coelho, Daul, Demetriou, Descamps, Deß, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dimitrakopoulos, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Doyle, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Ehler, Esteves, Eurlings, Fajmon, Ferber, Fernández Martín, Fontaine, Freitas, Friedrich, Gahler, Gaľa, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gewalt, Gklavakis, Glattfelder, Goepel, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, Grosch, Grossetête, Gyürk, Handzlik, Hatzidakis, Hennicot-Schoepges, Hoppenstedt, Hudacký, Itälä, Iturgaiz Angulo, Jałowiecki, Járóka, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Kaczmarek, Karas, Kasoulides, Kelam, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Konrad, Korhola, Kudrycka, Kušķis, Lamassoure, Landsbergis, Langen, Langendries, Lechner, Lehne, Lewandowski, Liese, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, Maat, McGuinness, Mann Thomas, Marques, Martens, Mathieu, Matsis, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Mitchell, Montoro Romero, Nassauer, Niebler, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olajos, Olbrycht, Oomen-Ruijten, Őry, Pack, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Peterle, Pieper, Pīks, Pinheiro, Piskorski, Pleštinská, Poettering, Pomés Ruiz, Posdorf, Posselt, Protasiewicz, Queiró, Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Radwan, Rübig, Saïfi, Samaras, Saryusz-Wolski, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schwab, Seeber, Seeberg, Siekierski, Škottová, Sommer, Sonik, Šťastný, Strejček, Surján, Szájer, Tajani, Thyssen, Toubon, Trakatellis, Vakalis, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Varvitsiotis, Vatanen, Ventre, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras Roca, Vlasto, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, von Wogau, Záborská, Zahradil, Zaleski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec, Zvěřina

PSE: Arif, Arnaoutakis, Assis, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia I Cutchet, Batzeli, Beglitis, Berès, van den Berg, Berger, Berman, Bösch, Bono, Bourzai, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Calabuig Rull, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Cercas, Christensen, Corbey, Correia, Cottigny, De Keyser, De Rossa, Désir, De Vits, Dobolyi, Douay, El Khadraoui, Estrela, Ettl, Fava, Fazakas, Fernandes, Ferreira Elisa, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Glante, Goebbels, Golik, Gomes, Grabowska, Grech, Groote, Gurmai, Guy-Quint, Hänsch, Hamon, Haug, Hutchinson, Jöns, Jørgensen, Kindermann, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kuc, Kuhne, Laignel, Lambrinidis, Le Foll, Lehtinen, Leinen, Locatelli, Maňka, Martínez Martínez, Masip Hidalgo, Matsouka, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Moscovici, Muscat, Myller, Napoletano, Navarro, Obiols i Germà, Panzeri, Patrie, Peillon, Pittella, Prets, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Reynaud, Riera Madurell, Rocard, Rosati, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Sacconi, Sakalas, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Schapira, Scheele, Schulz, Siwiec, Stockmann, Swoboda, Szejna, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Tarand, Thomsen, Trautmann, Tzampazi, Van Lancker, Vaugrenard, Vergnaud, Vincenzi, Walter, Weber Henri, Wiersma, Yañez-Barnuevo García, Zani, Zingaretti

UEN: Aylward, Crowley, Ryan, Vaidere, Zīle

Verts/ALE: Jonckheer

Abstention: 33

GUE/NGL: Adamou, Henin, Kaufmann, Pafilis, Pflüger, Remek, Strož, Triantaphyllides, Wagenknecht

NI: Baco, Helmer, Rivera

PPE-DE: Atkins, Bradbourn, Bushill-Matthews, Callanan, Dover, Duchoň, Harbour, Heaton-Harris, Kamall, Kirkhope, Parish, Purvis, Reul, Stevenson, Sturdy, Tannock, Van Orden, Vlasák

PSE: Castex

UEN: Bielan

Verts/ALE: van Buitenen

Corrections to votes

For

Gitte Seeberg

5.   Report: Brok A6-0025/2006

Amendment 13

For: 102

ALDE: Deprez, Fourtou, Hennis-Plasschaert, Matsakis

GUE/NGL: Adamou, Agnoletto, Brie, de Brún, Figueiredo, Flasarová, Kaufmann, Markov, Maštálka, Meijer, Meyer Pleite, Morgantini, Musacchio, Papadimoulis, Pflüger, Portas, Seppänen, Sjöstedt, Strož, Svensson, Triantaphyllides, Uca, Wagenknecht, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Belder, Blokland, Bonde, Coûteaux, Karatzaferis, Lundgren, de Villiers

NI: Baco, Borghezio, Claeys, Dillen, Giertych, Grabowski, Krupa, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Le Rachinel, Martin Hans-Peter, Martinez, Mölzer, Pęk, Piotrowski, Rogalski, Romagnoli, Schenardi, Speroni, Tomczak, Vanhecke, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr, Zapałowski

PPE-DE: Audy, Demetriou, Descamps, De Veyrac, Dimitrakopoulos, Fontaine, Gaubert, Gklavakis, Grossetête, Guellec, Hatzidakis, Kasoulides, Korhola, Lamassoure, Langen, Mathieu, Matsis, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Saïfi, Samaras, Toubon, Trakatellis, Vakalis, Varvitsiotis, Vlasto

PSE: Locatelli

UEN: Berlato, Bielan, Camre, Foltyn-Kubicka, Janowski, Kamiński, Krasts, Kuźmiuk, Libicki, Pirilli, Podkański, Roszkowski, Szymański, Wojciechowski Janusz

Against: 423

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Andria, Attwooll, Bowles, Budreikaitė, Busk, Carlshamre, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Costa, De Sarnez, Duff, Geremek, Guardans Cambó, Harkin, Jäätteenmäki, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Klinz, Koch-Mehrin, Krahmer, Lambsdorff, Laperrouze, Lax, Ludford, Lynne, Maaten, Malmström, Manders, Morillon, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Onyszkiewicz, Oviir, Pistelli, Polfer, Prodi, Resetarits, Ries, Riis-Jørgensen, Samuelsen, Schuth, Staniszewska, Starkevičiūtė, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Takkula, Väyrynen, Virrankoski, Wallis, Watson

IND/DEM: Sinnott

NI: Belohorská, Czarnecki Marek Aleksander, Czarnecki Ryszard, Gollnisch, Helmer, Masiel, Mussolini, Rutowicz

PPE-DE: Albertini, Andrikienė, Atkins, Bachelot-Narquin, Barsi-Pataky, Bauer, Beazley, Becsey, Belet, Berend, Böge, Bowis, Bradbourn, Brejc, Brepoels, Brok, Bushill-Matthews, Buzek, Callanan, Casa, Caspary, Castiglione, Cederschiöld, Chmielewski, Coelho, Daul, Deß, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Dover, Doyle, Duchoň, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Ehler, Elles, Esteves, Eurlings, Fajmon, Ferber, Fernández Martín, Fjellner, Florenz, Freitas, Friedrich, Gahler, Gaľa, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gauzès, Gewalt, Glattfelder, Goepel, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, Grosch, Gyürk, Handzlik, Harbour, Heaton-Harris, Higgins, Hökmark, Hoppenstedt, Hudacký, Ibrisagic, Itälä, Iturgaiz Angulo, Jałowiecki, Járóka, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Kaczmarek, Kamall, Karas, Kelam, Kirkhope, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Konrad, Kudrycka, Kušķis, Landsbergis, Langendries, Lechner, Lehne, Lewandowski, Liese, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, Maat, McGuinness, Mann Thomas, Marques, Martens, Mikolášik, Mitchell, Montoro Romero, Nassauer, Nicholson, Niebler, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olajos, Olbrycht, Oomen-Ruijten, Őry, Pack, Parish, Peterle, Pieper, Pīks, Pinheiro, Piskorski, Pleštinská, Poettering, Pomés Ruiz, Posdorf, Posselt, Protasiewicz, Purvis, Queiró, Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Radwan, Reul, Roithová, Rübig, Saryusz-Wolski, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schwab, Seeber, Seeberg, Siekierski, Škottová, Sommer, Sonik, Spautz, Šťastný, Stevenson, Strejček, Stubb, Sturdy, Surján, Szájer, Tannock, Thyssen, Ulmer, Van Orden, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Vatanen, Vidal-Quadras Roca, Vlasák, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, von Wogau, Záborská, Zahradil, Zaleski, Zatloukal, Zieleniec, Zvěřina

PSE: Andersson, Arif, Arnaoutakis, Assis, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia I Cutchet, Batzeli, Beglitis, Berès, van den Berg, Berger, Berman, Bösch, Bono, Bourzai, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Calabuig Rull, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Casaca, Castex, Cercas, Christensen, Corbett, Corbey, Correia, Cottigny, De Keyser, De Rossa, Désir, De Vits, Dobolyi, Douay, El Khadraoui, Estrela, Ettl, Fava, Fazakas, Fernandes, Ferreira Anne, Ferreira Elisa, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Gill, Glante, Goebbels, Golik, Gomes, Grabowska, Grech, Gröner, Groote, Gurmai, Guy-Quint, Hänsch, Hasse Ferreira, Haug, Hedh, Hedkvist Petersen, Hegyi, Herczog, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jöns, Jørgensen, Kindermann, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kuc, Kuhne, Laignel, Lambrinidis, Le Foll, Lehtinen, Leinen, McAvan, Madeira, Maňka, Mann Erika, Martin David, Martínez Martínez, Masip Hidalgo, Matsouka, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Moscovici, Muscat, Myller, Napoletano, Navarro, Obiols i Germà, Paasilinna, Pahor, Panzeri, Patrie, Piecyk, Pinior, Pittella, Prets, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Reynaud, Riera Madurell, Rocard, Rosati, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Sacconi, Sakalas, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Savary, Schapira, Scheele, Schulz, Segelström, Siwiec, Stockmann, Swoboda, Szejna, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Tarand, Thomsen, Titley, Trautmann, Tzampazi, Van Lancker, Vaugrenard, Vergnaud, Vincenzi, Walter, Weber Henri, Weiler, Westlund, Wiersma, Willmott, Yañez-Barnuevo García, Zani, Zingaretti

UEN: Aylward, Crowley, Kristovskis, Ryan, Vaidere, Zīle

Verts/ALE: Aubert, Auken, Beer, Bennahmias, Breyer, Buitenweg, Cohn-Bendit, Cramer, Evans Jillian, Flautre, Frassoni, Graefe zu Baringdorf, de Groen-Kouwenhoven, Hammerstein Mintz, Harms, Hassi, Horáček, Isler Béguin, Jonckheer, Kusstatscher, Lambert, Lipietz, Lucas, Özdemir, Onesta, Romeva i Rueda, Rühle, Schmidt, Schroedter, Smith, Staes, Trüpel, Turmes, Ždanoka

Abstention: 22

ALDE: Chiesa

GUE/NGL: Henin, Pafilis, Remek

IND/DEM: Batten, Clark, Farage, Goudin, Knapman, Nattrass, Železný

NI: Bobošíková, Mote, Rivera

PPE-DE: Tajani, Ventre, Vernola, Zappalà

Verts/ALE: van Buitenen, Lichtenberger, Schlyter, Voggenhuber

Corrections to votes

For

Frédérique Ries

Against

Janelly Fourtou

6.   Report: Brok A6-0025/2006

Amendment 14

For: 85

ALDE: Chiesa, Deprez, Matsakis, Ries

GUE/NGL: Adamou, Agnoletto, Brie, Catania, de Brún, Figueiredo, Flasarová, Guerreiro, Maštálka, Meyer Pleite, Morgantini, Musacchio, Pafilis, Papadimoulis, Portas, Ransdorf, Remek, Seppänen, Sjöstedt, Strož, Svensson, Triantaphyllides, Uca, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Bonde, Coûteaux, Goudin, Karatzaferis, Lundgren, de Villiers, Wohlin, Železný

NI: Bobošíková, Borghezio, Claeys, Dillen, Giertych, Gollnisch, Grabowski, Helmer, Krupa, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Le Rachinel, Martinez, Mölzer, Mote, Pęk, Piotrowski, Rogalski, Romagnoli, Schenardi, Speroni, Tomczak, Vanhecke, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr, Zapałowski

PPE-DE: Demetriou, De Veyrac, Dimitrakopoulos, Gklavakis, Hatzidakis, Kasoulides, Matsis, Mavrommatis, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Samaras, Trakatellis, Vakalis, Varvitsiotis

UEN: Camre, Kamiński, Kristovskis, Pirilli, Roszkowski, Szymański, Wojciechowski Janusz, Zīle

Verts/ALE: Onesta

Against: 439

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Andria, Attwooll, Beaupuy, Bowles, Budreikaitė, Busk, Carlshamre, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Costa, De Sarnez, Drčar Murko, Duff, Fourtou, Geremek, Griesbeck, Guardans Cambó, Hall, Harkin, Hennis-Plasschaert, in't Veld, Jäätteenmäki, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Klinz, Koch-Mehrin, Krahmer, Kułakowski, Lambsdorff, Laperrouze, Lax, Lehideux, Ludford, Lynne, Maaten, Malmström, Manders, Morillon, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Onyszkiewicz, Oviir, Pistelli, Polfer, Prodi, Resetarits, Riis-Jørgensen, Samuelsen, Schuth, Staniszewska, Starkevičiūtė, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Takkula, Väyrynen, Virrankoski, Wallis, Watson

GUE/NGL: Meijer

NI: Belohorská, Czarnecki Marek Aleksander, Czarnecki Ryszard, Masiel, Mussolini, Rivera, Rutowicz

PPE-DE: Albertini, Andrikienė, Atkins, Bachelot-Narquin, Barsi-Pataky, Bauer, Beazley, Becsey, Belet, Berend, Böge, Bowis, Bradbourn, Brejc, Brepoels, Brok, Bushill-Matthews, Buzek, Callanan, Casa, Castiglione, Cederschiöld, Chmielewski, Coelho, Daul, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Dover, Doyle, Duchoň, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Ehler, Elles, Esteves, Eurlings, Fajmon, Ferber, Fernández Martín, Fjellner, Florenz, Freitas, Friedrich, Gahler, Gaľa, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gewalt, Glattfelder, Goepel, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, Grosch, Gyürk, Handzlik, Harbour, Heaton-Harris, Hennicot-Schoepges, Higgins, Hökmark, Hoppenstedt, Hudacký, Ibrisagic, Itälä, Iturgaiz Angulo, Jałowiecki, Járóka, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Kaczmarek, Kamall, Karas, Kelam, Kirkhope, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Konrad, Korhola, Kudrycka, Kušķis, Lamassoure, Landsbergis, Langen, Langendries, Lechner, Lehne, Lewandowski, Liese, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, Maat, McGuinness, Mann Thomas, Marques, Martens, Mauro, Mikolášik, Mitchell, Montoro Romero, Nassauer, Nicholson, Niebler, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olajos, Olbrycht, Oomen-Ruijten, Őry, Pack, Parish, Peterle, Pieper, Pīks, Pinheiro, Piskorski, Pleštinská, Poettering, Pomés Ruiz, Posdorf, Posselt, Protasiewicz, Purvis, Queiró, Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Radwan, Reul, Roithová, Rübig, Saryusz-Wolski, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schwab, Seeber, Seeberg, Siekierski, Škottová, Sommer, Sonik, Spautz, Šťastný, Stevenson, Strejček, Stubb, Sturdy, Surján, Szájer, Tajani, Tannock, Thyssen, Ulmer, Van Orden, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Vatanen, Ventre, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras Roca, Vlasák, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, von Wogau, Záborská, Zahradil, Zaleski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec, Zvěřina

PSE: Andersson, Arif, Arnaoutakis, Assis, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia I Cutchet, Batzeli, Beglitis, Berès, van den Berg, Berger, Berman, Bösch, Bono, Bourzai, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Calabuig Rull, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Casaca, Castex, Cercas, Christensen, Corbett, Corbey, Correia, Cottigny, De Keyser, De Rossa, Désir, De Vits, Dobolyi, Douay, El Khadraoui, Estrela, Ettl, Fava, Fazakas, Fernandes, Ferreira Anne, Ferreira Elisa, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Gill, Glante, Goebbels, Golik, Gomes, Grabowska, Grech, Gröner, Groote, Gurmai, Guy-Quint, Hänsch, Hamon, Hasse Ferreira, Haug, Hedh, Hedkvist Petersen, Hegyi, Herczog, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jöns, Jørgensen, Kindermann, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kuc, Kuhne, Laignel, Lambrinidis, Le Foll, Lehtinen, Leinen, Locatelli, McAvan, Madeira, Maňka, Mann Erika, Martin David, Martínez Martínez, Masip Hidalgo, Matsouka, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Moscovici, Muscat, Myller, Napoletano, Navarro, Obiols i Germà, Paasilinna, Pahor, Panzeri, Patrie, Piecyk, Pinior, Pittella, Prets, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Reynaud, Riera Madurell, Rocard, Rosati, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Sacconi, Sakalas, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Savary, Schapira, Scheele, Schulz, Segelström, Siwiec, Stockmann, Swoboda, Szejna, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Tarand, Thomsen, Titley, Trautmann, Tzampazi, Van Lancker, Vaugrenard, Vergnaud, Vincenzi, Walter, Weber Henri, Weiler, Westlund, Wiersma, Willmott, Yañez-Barnuevo García, Zani, Zingaretti

UEN: Aylward, Crowley, Ryan, Vaidere

Verts/ALE: Aubert, Auken, Beer, Bennahmias, Breyer, Cohn-Bendit, Cramer, Evans Jillian, Flautre, Frassoni, Graefe zu Baringdorf, de Groen-Kouwenhoven, Hammerstein Mintz, Harms, Hassi, Horáček, Isler Béguin, Jonckheer, Kusstatscher, Lambert, Lichtenberger, Lipietz, Lucas, Özdemir, Romeva i Rueda, Rühle, Schlyter, Schmidt, Schroedter, Smith, Staes, Trüpel, Turmes, Voggenhuber, Ždanoka

Abstention: 32

GUE/NGL: Henin, Kaufmann, Pflüger, Wagenknecht

IND/DEM: Batten, Belder, Blokland, Clark, Farage, Knapman, Nattrass, Sinnott

NI: Baco, Martin Hans-Peter

PPE-DE: Audy, Descamps, Deß, Fontaine, Grossetête, Guellec, Mathieu, Saïfi, Toubon, Vlasto

UEN: Berlato, Bielan, Foltyn-Kubicka, Janowski, Kuźmiuk, Libicki, Podkański

Verts/ALE: van Buitenen

Corrections to votes

Against

Gérard Onesta

7.   Report: Brok A6-0025/2006

Amendment 16

For: 62

ALDE: Chiesa, Matsakis

GUE/NGL: Adamou, de Brún, Figueiredo, Guerreiro, Pafilis, Papadimoulis, Ransdorf, Seppänen, Triantaphyllides

IND/DEM: Bonde, Karatzaferis, Železný

NI: Borghezio, Grabowski, Krupa, Pęk, Piotrowski, Rogalski, Romagnoli, Speroni, Tomczak, Zapałowski

PPE-DE: Beazley, Demetriou, Descamps, Deß, De Veyrac, Dimitrakopoulos, Fajmon, Gklavakis, Hatzidakis, Kasoulides, Langen, Matsis, Mavrommatis, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Samaras, Škottová, Strejček, Trakatellis, Vakalis, Varvitsiotis, Vidal-Quadras Roca, Vlasák, Zahradil, Zvěřina

PSE: Arnaoutakis, Batzeli, Beglitis, Lambrinidis, Matsouka, Tzampazi

UEN: Berlato, Bielan, Camre, Krasts, Pirilli, Vaidere, Wojciechowski Janusz

Against: 446

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Andria, Attwooll, Beaupuy, Budreikaitė, Busk, Carlshamre, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Costa, Deprez, De Sarnez, Drčar Murko, Duff, Fourtou, Geremek, Griesbeck, Guardans Cambó, Hall, Harkin, Hennis-Plasschaert, in't Veld, Jäätteenmäki, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Klinz, Koch-Mehrin, Kułakowski, Lambsdorff, Laperrouze, Lax, Lehideux, Ludford, Lynne, Maaten, Malmström, Manders, Morillon, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Onyszkiewicz, Oviir, Pistelli, Polfer, Prodi, Resetarits, Ries, Riis-Jørgensen, Samuelsen, Schuth, Staniszewska, Starkevičiūtė, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Takkula, Väyrynen, Virrankoski, Wallis, Watson

GUE/NGL: Agnoletto, Brie, Kaufmann, Markov, Meijer, Meyer Pleite, Morgantini, Pflüger, Sjöstedt, Strož, Uca, Wagenknecht

IND/DEM: Goudin, Lundgren, Wohlin

NI: Belohorská, Bobošíková, Czarnecki Marek Aleksander, Czarnecki Ryszard, Giertych, Helmer, Masiel, Mussolini, Rivera, Rutowicz, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr

PPE-DE: Albertini, Andrikienė, Atkins, Audy, Bachelot-Narquin, Barsi-Pataky, Bauer, Becsey, Belet, Berend, Böge, Bowis, Bradbourn, Brejc, Brepoels, Brok, Bushill-Matthews, Buzek, Callanan, Casa, Caspary, Castiglione, Cederschiöld, Chmielewski, Coelho, Daul, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Dover, Doyle, Duchoň, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Elles, Esteves, Eurlings, Ferber, Fernández Martín, Fjellner, Florenz, Fontaine, Freitas, Friedrich, Gahler, Gaľa, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gewalt, Glattfelder, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, Grosch, Grossetête, Guellec, Gyürk, Handzlik, Harbour, Heaton-Harris, Hennicot-Schoepges, Higgins, Hökmark, Hoppenstedt, Hudacký, Ibrisagic, Itälä, Iturgaiz Angulo, Jałowiecki, Járóka, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Kaczmarek, Kamall, Karas, Kelam, Kirkhope, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Konrad, Korhola, Kudrycka, Kušķis, Lamassoure, Landsbergis, Langendries, Lechner, Lehne, Lewandowski, Liese, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, Maat, McGuinness, Mann Thomas, Marques, Martens, Mathieu, Mauro, Mikolášik, Mitchell, Montoro Romero, Nassauer, Nicholson, Niebler, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olajos, Olbrycht, Oomen-Ruijten, Őry, Pack, Parish, Peterle, Pieper, Pīks, Piskorski, Pleštinská, Poettering, Pomés Ruiz, Posdorf, Posselt, Protasiewicz, Purvis, Queiró, Radwan, Reul, Roithová, Rübig, Saïfi, Saryusz-Wolski, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schwab, Seeber, Seeberg, Siekierski, Sommer, Sonik, Spautz, Šťastný, Stevenson, Stubb, Sturdy, Surján, Szájer, Tajani, Tannock, Thyssen, Toubon, Ulmer, Van Orden, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Vatanen, Ventre, Vernola, Vlasto, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, von Wogau, Záborská, Zaleski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec

PSE: Andersson, Arif, Assis, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia I Cutchet, Berès, van den Berg, Berger, Berman, Bösch, Bono, Bourzai, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Calabuig Rull, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Casaca, Castex, Cercas, Christensen, Corbett, Correia, Cottigny, De Keyser, De Rossa, De Vits, Dobolyi, Douay, El Khadraoui, Estrela, Ettl, Fava, Fazakas, Fernandes, Ferreira Anne, Ferreira Elisa, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Gill, Glante, Goebbels, Golik, Gomes, Grabowska, Grech, Gröner, Groote, Gurmai, Guy-Quint, Hänsch, Hamon, Hasse Ferreira, Haug, Hedh, Hedkvist Petersen, Hegyi, Herczog, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jöns, Jørgensen, Kindermann, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kuc, Kuhne, Laignel, Le Foll, Lehtinen, Leinen, Locatelli, McAvan, Madeira, Maňka, Martin David, Martínez Martínez, Masip Hidalgo, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Moscovici, Muscat, Myller, Napoletano, Navarro, Obiols i Germà, Paasilinna, Pahor, Panzeri, Piecyk, Pinior, Pittella, Prets, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Reynaud, Riera Madurell, Rocard, Rosati, Rothe, Roure, Sacconi, Sakalas, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Savary, Schapira, Scheele, Schulz, Segelström, Siwiec, Stockmann, Swoboda, Szejna, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Thomsen, Titley, Trautmann, Van Lancker, Vergnaud, Vincenzi, Walter, Weber Henri, Weiler, Westlund, Wiersma, Willmott, Yañez-Barnuevo García, Zani, Zingaretti

UEN: Aylward, Crowley, Foltyn-Kubicka, Kristovskis, Kuźmiuk, Libicki, Podkański, Roszkowski, Ryan, Szymański

Verts/ALE: Aubert, Auken, Beer, Bennahmias, Breyer, Cohn-Bendit, Cramer, Evans Jillian, Flautre, Frassoni, Graefe zu Baringdorf, de Groen-Kouwenhoven, Hammerstein Mintz, Harms, Hassi, Horáček, Isler Béguin, Jonckheer, Kusstatscher, Lambert, Lichtenberger, Lipietz, Lucas, Özdemir, Onesta, Romeva i Rueda, Rühle, Schlyter, Schmidt, Schroedter, Smith, Staes, Trüpel, Turmes, Ždanoka

Abstention: 37

GUE/NGL: Catania, Flasarová, Henin, Maštálka, Musacchio, Portas, Remek, Rizzo, Svensson, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Batten, Belder, Blokland, Clark, Knapman, Nattrass, Sinnott, Wise

NI: Baco, Claeys, Dillen, Gollnisch, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Le Rachinel, Martin Hans-Peter, Martinez, Mölzer, Mote, Schenardi, Vanhecke

UEN: Janowski, Kamiński, Zīle

Verts/ALE: van Buitenen, Voggenhuber

8.   Report: Brok A6-0025/2006

Resolution

For: 397

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Andria, Attwooll, Beaupuy, Budreikaitė, Carlshamre, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Costa, Deprez, De Sarnez, Drčar Murko, Fourtou, Geremek, Griesbeck, Guardans Cambó, Hall, Hennis-Plasschaert, in't Veld, Jäätteenmäki, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Klinz, Koch-Mehrin, Kułakowski, Lambsdorff, Laperrouze, Lax, Lehideux, Ludford, Lynne, Maaten, Malmström, Manders, Matsakis, Morillon, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Onyszkiewicz, Pistelli, Polfer, Prodi, Resetarits, Ries, Riis-Jørgensen, Samuelsen, Schuth, Starkevičiūtė, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Takkula, Väyrynen, Virrankoski, Watson

GUE/NGL: Adamou

IND/DEM: Bonde

NI: Belohorská, Czarnecki Marek Aleksander, Czarnecki Ryszard, Giertych, Masiel, Mussolini, Rivera, Rutowicz, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr

PPE-DE: Albertini, Andrikienė, Atkins, Audy, Bachelot-Narquin, Barsi-Pataky, Bauer, Beazley, Becsey, Belet, Berend, Böge, Bowis, Brejc, Brepoels, Brok, Bushill-Matthews, Buzek, Callanan, Casa, Caspary, Castiglione, Cederschiöld, Chmielewski, Coelho, Daul, Demetriou, Descamps, Deß, De Veyrac, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Dover, Doyle, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Elles, Esteves, Eurlings, Ferber, Fernández Martín, Fjellner, Florenz, Fontaine, Freitas, Friedrich, Gahler, Gaľa, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gewalt, Gklavakis, Glattfelder, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, Grosch, Grossetête, Guellec, Gyürk, Handzlik, Hatzidakis, Heaton-Harris, Hennicot-Schoepges, Higgins, Hökmark, Hoppenstedt, Hudacký, Itälä, Jałowiecki, Járóka, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Kaczmarek, Karas, Kasoulides, Kelam, Kirkhope, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Konrad, Korhola, Kušķis, Lamassoure, Landsbergis, Langen, Langendries, Lechner, Lehne, Lewandowski, Liese, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, Maat, McGuinness, Mann Thomas, Marques, Martens, Mathieu, Matsis, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Mikolášik, Mitchell, Montoro Romero, Nassauer, Nicholson, Niebler, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olajos, Olbrycht, Oomen-Ruijten, Őry, Pack, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Parish, Peterle, Pieper, Pīks, Piskorski, Pleštinská, Poettering, Pomés Ruiz, Posdorf, Posselt, Protasiewicz, Purvis, Queiró, Radwan, Reul, Roithová, Rübig, Saïfi, Samaras, Saryusz-Wolski, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Seeber, Seeberg, Siekierski, Sommer, Sonik, Spautz, Šťastný, Stevenson, Stubb, Sturdy, Surján, Szájer, Tajani, Tannock, Thyssen, Toubon, Trakatellis, Ulmer, Vakalis, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Vatanen, Ventre, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras Roca, Vlasto, Weber Manfred, Wieland, von Wogau, Záborská, Zaleski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec

PSE: Andersson, Arif, Arnaoutakis, Assis, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia I Cutchet, Batzeli, Beglitis, Berès, van den Berg, Berger, Berman, Bösch, Bono, Bourzai, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Calabuig Rull, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Casaca, Cercas, Christensen, Corbett, Corbey, Correia, Cottigny, De Keyser, De Rossa, Désir, De Vits, Dobolyi, Douay, El Khadraoui, Estrela, Ettl, Fava, Fazakas, Fernandes, Ferreira Anne, Ferreira Elisa, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gill, Glante, Goebbels, Golik, Gomes, Grabowska, Grech, Groote, Gurmai, Guy-Quint, Hänsch, Hamon, Haug, Hedh, Hedkvist Petersen, Hegyi, Herczog, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jöns, Jørgensen, Kindermann, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kuc, Kuhne, Laignel, Lambrinidis, Le Foll, Lehtinen, Leinen, McAvan, Madeira, Maňka, Mann Erika, Martin David, Martínez Martínez, Masip Hidalgo, Matsouka, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Moscovici, Muscat, Myller, Napoletano, Navarro, Obiols i Germà, Paasilinna, Pahor, Panzeri, Piecyk, Pinior, Pittella, Prets, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Reynaud, Riera Madurell, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Sacconi, Sakalas, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Savary, Schapira, Scheele, Schulz, Segelström, Siwiec, Stockmann, Swoboda, Szejna, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Thomsen, Titley, Trautmann, Tzampazi, Van Lancker, Vergnaud, Vincenzi, Walter, Weber Henri, Weiler, Westlund, Wiersma, Willmott, Yañez-Barnuevo García, Zani, Zingaretti

UEN: Aylward, Berlato, Crowley, Krasts, Kristovskis, Pirilli, Vaidere, Zīle

Verts/ALE: Graefe zu Baringdorf

Against: 95

ALDE: Duff, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Staniszewska

GUE/NGL: Flasarová, Henin, Maštálka, Pafilis, Pflüger, Remek, Strož, Wagenknecht

IND/DEM: Batten, Clark, Goudin, Karatzaferis, Knapman, Lundgren, Wise, Wohlin

NI: Bobošíková, Borghezio, Claeys, Dillen, Gollnisch, Grabowski, Krupa, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Le Rachinel, Martin Hans-Peter, Martinez, Mölzer, Mote, Pęk, Piotrowski, Romagnoli, Schenardi, Tomczak, Vanhecke, Zapałowski

PPE-DE: Duchoň, Fajmon, Harbour, Škottová, Strejček, Vlasák, Zahradil, Zvěřina

UEN: Bielan, Camre, Foltyn-Kubicka, Janowski, Kamiński, Kuźmiuk, Libicki, Podkański, Roszkowski, Szymański, Wojciechowski Janusz

Verts/ALE: Aubert, Auken, Beer, Bennahmias, Breyer, Cohn-Bendit, Cramer, Evans Jillian, Flautre, Frassoni, de Groen-Kouwenhoven, Hammerstein Mintz, Harms, Hassi, Isler Béguin, Jonckheer, Kusstatscher, Lambert, Lichtenberger, Lipietz, Lucas, Özdemir, Onesta, Romeva i Rueda, Rühle, Schlyter, Schmidt, Schroedter, Smith, Staes, Trüpel, Turmes, Voggenhuber, Ždanoka

Abstention: 37

ALDE: Chiesa, Harkin, Mulder, Wallis

GUE/NGL: Agnoletto, Brie, Catania, de Brún, Figueiredo, Guerreiro, Kaufmann, Markov, Meijer, Meyer Pleite, Morgantini, Musacchio, Papadimoulis, Portas, Ransdorf, Rizzo, Seppänen, Sjöstedt, Svensson, Triantaphyllides, Uca, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Belder, Blokland, Sinnott

NI: Helmer

PPE-DE: Ehler, Ibrisagic, Kamall, Van Orden

PSE: Castex

Verts/ALE: van Buitenen, Horáček

Corrections to votes

Against

Antonis Samaras, Eva-Britt Svensson

9.   B6-0170/2006 — COP-MOP

Resolution

For: 419

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Andria, Attwooll, Beaupuy, Budreikaitė, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Chiesa, Deprez, De Sarnez, Drčar Murko, Fourtou, Geremek, Griesbeck, Guardans Cambó, Hall, Harkin, Hennis-Plasschaert, in't Veld, Jäätteenmäki, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Klinz, Koch-Mehrin, Kułakowski, Lambsdorff, Laperrouze, Lehideux, Lynne, Maaten, Malmström, Manders, Matsakis, Morillon, Mulder, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Onyszkiewicz, Pistelli, Polfer, Prodi, Ries, Riis-Jørgensen, Schuth, Starkevičiūtė, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Takkula, Väyrynen, Virrankoski, Wallis, Watson

GUE/NGL: Adamou, Agnoletto, Brie, de Brún, Figueiredo, Guerreiro, Henin, Kaufmann, Maštálka, Meijer, Meyer Pleite, Morgantini, Musacchio, Papadimoulis, Pflüger, Ransdorf, Remek, Rizzo, Seppänen, Strož, Svensson, Triantaphyllides, Uca, Wagenknecht, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Belder, Blokland, Bonde, Goudin, Lundgren, Sinnott, Wohlin

NI: Claeys, Czarnecki Ryszard, Dillen, Giertych, Gollnisch, Krupa, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Rachinel, Martin Hans-Peter, Martinez, Masiel, Mölzer, Mussolini, Pęk, Rivera, Rogalski, Romagnoli, Rutowicz, Tomczak, Vanhecke, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr, Zapałowski

PPE-DE: Albertini, Andrikienė, Audy, Bachelot-Narquin, Bauer, Beazley, Becsey, Belet, Berend, Bowis, Brejc, Brepoels, Brok, Bushill-Matthews, Casa, Cederschiöld, Chmielewski, Coelho, Daul, Demetriou, Descamps, Deß, De Veyrac, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Dover, Doyle, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Ehler, Elles, Esteves, Eurlings, Ferber, Fjellner, Florenz, Freitas, Friedrich, Gahler, Gaľa, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gewalt, Gklavakis, Glattfelder, Gomolka, Gräßle, Grosch, Grossetête, Guellec, Gyürk, Handzlik, Harbour, Hatzidakis, Hennicot-Schoepges, Higgins, Hökmark, Hudacký, Itälä, Jałowiecki, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Kaczmarek, Kamall, Karas, Kasoulides, Kelam, Klaß, Klich, Konrad, Korhola, Kušķis, Lamassoure, Landsbergis, Langen, Langendries, Lehne, Lewandowski, Liese, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, Maat, McGuinness, Mann Thomas, Mathieu, Matsis, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Mikolášik, Mitchell, Montoro Romero, Nassauer, Nicholson, Niebler, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olajos, Olbrycht, Oomen-Ruijten, Őry, Pack, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Parish, Peterle, Pieper, Pīks, Piskorski, Pleštinská, Poettering, Posdorf, Posselt, Protasiewicz, Purvis, Radwan, Reul, Roithová, Rübig, Samaras, Saryusz-Wolski, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Sommer, Sonik, Spautz, Šťastný, Stevenson, Stubb, Surján, Szájer, Tajani, Tannock, Thyssen, Toubon, Trakatellis, Ulmer, Vakalis, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Vatanen, Ventre, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras Roca, Vlasto, Weber Manfred, Wieland, Záborská, Zaleski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec

PSE: Arif, Arnaoutakis, Assis, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Batzeli, Beglitis, van den Berg, Berger, Berman, Bösch, Bono, Bourzai, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Casaca, Cercas, Christensen, Corbett, Corbey, Correia, Cottigny, De Keyser, De Rossa, Désir, Estrela, Ettl, Fernandes, Ferreira Anne, Ferreira Elisa, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gill, Glante, Gomes, Grech, Groote, Gurmai, Guy-Quint, Hänsch, Hamon, Haug, Hedh, Hedkvist Petersen, Hegyi, Howitt, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jöns, Jørgensen, Kindermann, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Kuc, Laignel, Lambrinidis, Lehtinen, Leinen, Madeira, Maňka, Martínez Martínez, Masip Hidalgo, Matsouka, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Moreno Sánchez, Muscat, Myller, Napoletano, Navarro, Obiols i Germà, Piecyk, Pinior, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Reynaud, Riera Madurell, Rothe, Rouček, Sacconi, Sakalas, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Savary, Scheele, Schulz, Segelström, Siwiec, Swoboda, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Thomsen, Titley, Trautmann, Tzampazi, Van Lancker, Vergnaud, Vincenzi, Walter, Weber Henri, Weiler, Westlund, Wiersma, Willmott, Yañez-Barnuevo García, Zingaretti

UEN: Berlato, Bielan, Camre, Crowley, Foltyn-Kubicka, Janowski, Krasts, Kristovskis, Libicki, Podkański, Roszkowski, Wojciechowski Janusz, Zīle

Verts/ALE: Aubert, Auken, Bennahmias, Breyer, Cohn-Bendit, Cramer, Evans Jillian, Frassoni, Graefe zu Baringdorf, de Groen-Kouwenhoven, Hammerstein Mintz, Harms, Hassi, Isler Béguin, Jonckheer, Kusstatscher, Lambert, Lichtenberger, Lipietz, Lucas, Özdemir, Onesta, Romeva i Rueda, Rühle, Schlyter, Schmidt, Schroedter, Smith, Staes, Turmes, Voggenhuber

Against: 1

PSE: Goebbels

Abstention: 15

GUE/NGL: Pafilis

IND/DEM: Batten, Clark, Wise

NI: Bobošíková

PPE-DE: Duchoň, Fajmon, Škottová, Strejček, Vlasák, von Wogau, Zahradil, Zvěřina

PSE: Dobolyi

Verts/ALE: van Buitenen

10.   RC B6-0168/2006 — Moldova

Resolution

For: 77

ALDE: Budreikaitė, Chatzimarkakis, Geremek, Hall, Juknevičienė, Lynne, Matsakis, Onyszkiewicz

GUE/NGL: Adamou, Meijer, Strož

IND/DEM: Bonde, Sinnott

NI: Krupa, Rutowicz, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr

PPE-DE: Andrikienė, Audy, Bowis, Caspary, Chmielewski, Deß, Elles, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gauzès, Gomolka, Grossetête, Hatzidakis, Kaczmarek, Karas, López-Istúriz White, Maat, Mann Thomas, Mathieu, Matsis, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Montoro Romero, Nicholson, Papastamkos, Pleštinská, Posselt, Purvis, Roithová, Saryusz-Wolski, Schröder, Sommer, Sonik, Tannock, Vatanen, Vidal-Quadras Roca, Zaleski

PSE: Attard-Montalto, Carnero González, Casaca, Ettl, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gomes, Hutchinson, Kindermann, Kuc, Martínez Martínez, Medina Ortega, Miguélez Ramos, Pinior, Sakalas, Sánchez Presedo, Scheele, Yañez-Barnuevo García

UEN: Podkański, Wojciechowski Janusz

Verts/ALE: Breyer, Onesta, Romeva i Rueda, Schlyter

Against: 1

GUE/NGL: Pafilis

11.   RC B6-0167/2006 — Kazakhstan

Resolution

For: 85

ALDE: Budreikaitė, Chatzimarkakis, Geremek, Hall, Juknevičienė, Lynne, Matsakis, Onyszkiewicz

GUE/NGL: Adamou, Meijer, Strož

IND/DEM: Bonde, Sinnott

NI: Czarnecki Ryszard, Giertych, Rutowicz, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr

PPE-DE: Andrikienė, Audy, Bowis, Caspary, Chmielewski, Deß, Elles, Gahler, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gauzès, Gomolka, Grossetête, Hatzidakis, Kaczmarek, Karas, López-Istúriz White, Maat, Mann Thomas, Mathieu, Matsis, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Montoro Romero, Nicholson, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Pleštinská, Posselt, Purvis, Roithová, Samaras, Saryusz-Wolski, Schröder, Sommer, Sonik, Tannock, Trakatellis, Vatanen, Vidal-Quadras Roca, Wieland, Zaleski

PSE: Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Carnero González, Casaca, Ettl, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gomes, Hutchinson, Kindermann, Kuc, Martínez Martínez, Medina Ortega, Miguélez Ramos, Pinior, Sakalas, Sánchez Presedo, Scheele, Yañez-Barnuevo García

UEN: Podkański, Wojciechowski Janusz

Verts/ALE: Breyer, Isler Béguin, Onesta, Romeva i Rueda, Schlyter

Abstention: 2

GUE/NGL: Pafilis

NI: Krupa

12.   RC B6-0171/2006 — Impunity in Africa

Resolution

For: 85

ALDE: Budreikaitė, Geremek, Hall, Juknevičienė, Lynne, Matsakis, Onyszkiewicz

GUE/NGL: Adamou, Meijer, Strož

IND/DEM: Bonde, Sinnott

NI: Czarnecki Ryszard, Giertych, Krupa, Rutowicz, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr

PPE-DE: Andrikienė, Audy, Bowis, Caspary, Chmielewski, Deß, Elles, Gahler, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gauzès, Gomolka, Grossetête, Hatzidakis, Kaczmarek, Karas, López-Istúriz White, Maat, Mann Thomas, Mathieu, Matsis, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Montoro Romero, Nicholson, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Pleštinská, Posselt, Purvis, Roithová, Samaras, Saryusz-Wolski, Schröder, Sommer, Sonik, Tannock, Trakatellis, Vatanen, Wieland, Zaleski

PSE: Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Carnero González, Casaca, Ettl, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gomes, Hutchinson, Kindermann, Koterec, Kuc, Martínez Martínez, Medina Ortega, Miguélez Ramos, Pinior, Sakalas, Sánchez Presedo, Scheele, Yañez-Barnuevo García

UEN: Podkański, Wojciechowski Janusz

Verts/ALE: Breyer, Isler Béguin, Onesta, Romeva i Rueda, Schlyter

Abstention: 1

GUE/NGL: Pafilis


TEXTS ADOPTED

 

P6_TA(2006)0093

Community action programme in the field of health (2007-2013) ***I

European Parliament legislative resolution on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Programme of Community action in the field of Health and Consumer protection (2007-2013) — Health aspects (COM(2005)0115 — C6-0097/2005 — 2005/0042A(COD))

(Codecision procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2005)0115) (1),

having regard to Article 251(2) and Article 152 of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C6-0097/2005),

having regard to the decision by the Conference of Presidents on 30 June 2005 to split the Proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a programme of Community action in the field of health and consumer protection (2007-2013) in order to assign it to both the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection for the drawing-up of two separate reports,

having regard to Rule 51 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and the opinion of the Committee on Budgets (A6-0030/2006),

1.

Approves the Commission proposal as amended;

2.

Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it intends to amend the proposal substantially or replace it with another text;

3.

Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council and Commission.


(1)  Not yet published in OJ.

P6_TC1-COD(2005)0042A

Position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading on 16 March 2006 with a view to the adoption of Decision No …/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a second programme of Community action in the field of health (2007-2013)

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 152 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee  (1) ,

Having regard to the opinion of the Committee of the Regions  (2) ,

Acting in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty  (3) ,

Whereas:

(1)

The Community is committed to promoting and improving health, preventing and reducing disease, and countering potential threats to health. It must address in a coordinated and coherent way public concerns and expectations. The Community can contribute to protecting the health and safety of citizens through actions in the field of public health which add value to those of Member States.

(2)

A high level of health protection should be ensured in the definition and implementation of all Community policies and activities. Under Article 152 of the Treaty, the Community is required to play an active role by taking measures which cannot be taken by individual Member States and in coordinating measures taken by Member States, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity. The Community fully respects the prerogatives of Member States in the organisation and delivery of health services and medical care.

(3)

Whilst being committed to preserving and improving the health of its citizens, the Community should also take ethical values into consideration, so as not to breach the existing codes of conduct.

(4)

The health sector is characterised on the one hand by its considerable potential for growth, innovation and dynamism, and on the other by the challenges it faces in terms of financial and social sustainability and efficiency of healthcare systems due, among other things, to the rise in life expectancy and to medical advances.

(5)

The programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)  (4) was the first integrated European Community programme in this field, and has already delivered a number of important developments and improvements.

(6)

A number of serious cross-border health threats with a possible world-wide dimension exist and new ones are emerging which require further Community action. The Community should treat serious cross-border health threats as a matter of priority. Monitoring, early warning and action to combat serious threats to health require a capacity of the Community to respond in an effective and coordinated fashion.

(7)

According to the WHO European Health Report 2005, in terms of Disability Adjusted Life-Years (DALYs) the most important causes of the burden of disease in the WHO European Region are non-communicable diseases (NCDs — 77 % of the total), external causes of injury and poisoning (14 %) and communicable diseases (9 %). Seven leading conditions — ischaemic heart disease, unipolar depressive disorders, cerebrovascular disease, alcohol use disorders, chronic pulmonary disease, lung cancer and road traffic injuries — account for 34 % of the DALYs in the Region. Seven leading risk factors — tobacco, alcohol, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, low fruit and vegetable intake and physical inactivity — account for 60 % of DALYs. In addition, communicable diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, influenza, tuberculosis and malaria are also becoming a threat to the health of all people in Europe. An important task of the programme would be to identify better the main health burdens in the Community.

(8)

Eight leading causes of death from NCDs in the WHO European Region are cardiovascular disease, neuropsychiatric disorders, cancer, digestive diseases, respiratory diseases, sense organ disorders, musculoskeletal diseases and diabetes mellitus. Furthermore, findings of a recent study, based on a disease model used by the WHO, suggest that mortality attributable to diabetes is likely to be considerably higher than previous global estimates based on death certificates, because individuals with diabetes most often die of cardiovascular and renal disease.

(9)

A holistic and pluralist approach to public health is necessary and therefore complementary and alternative medicine should be included in the actions supported by the programme.

(10)

Diabetes and obesity are serious threats to European Union citizens and therefore the programme should also address this important issue on the basis inter alia of collection and analysis of relevant data.

(11)

A great percentage of all cancers are preventable. Continued effort is required to strengthen and accelerate the translation of cancer prevention and control knowledge into public health action.

(12)

Microbial resistance to antibiotics and nosocomial infections are becoming a threat to health in Europe. Lack of research into new antibiotics as well as how to ensure the proper use of existing antibiotics are major concerns. Therefore it is important to collect and analyse relevant data.

(13)

Strengthening the role of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is important to centrally reduce the impact of communicable diseases.

(14)

Continued effort is required in order to meet the objectives and targets already established by the Community in the field of public health. It is therefore appropriate to establish a second programme of Community action on health (2007-2013), hereinafter ‘the Programme’, as set out in this Decision , replacing Decision No 1786/2002/EC which should therefore be repealed.

(15)

The Programme builds on the structure, mechanisms and activities of the previous programme for Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008), adds new objectives and benefits from the experience and knowledge gained through the implemented actions and measures. It will contribute towards the attainment of a high level of physical and mental health and greater equality in health matters throughout the Community, by directing actions towards improving public health, preventing human diseases and disorders, and obviating sources of danger to health with a view to combating morbidity and premature mortality, while taking gender, ethnic origin and age into consideration.

(16)

The Programme will place emphasis on improving health and promoting a healthy lifestyle among children and young people.

(17)

The Programme should help to meet objectives on protecting citizens from health risks and threats, including those that are beyond the control of individuals, such as addiction to prescription drugs, and to help them to optimise their level of physical and mental health, provide them with better access to information on such risks and threats, and thereby increase their ability to make decisions which cater best for their interests .

(18)

The Programme should support the mainstreaming of health objectives in all Community policies and activities.

(19)

Increasing Healthy Life Years (HLY), also called disability-free life expectancy indicator, by preventing disease and promoting ageing with good health is important for the well-being of EU citizens and helps to meet the challenges of the Lisbon process as regards the knowledge society and the sustainability of public finances which are under pressure from rising healthcare and social security costs.

(20)

The enlargement of the European Union has brought additional concerns in terms of health inequalities within the EU and this is likely to be accentuated by further enlargements. This issue should, therefore, be one of the priorities of the Programme.

(21)

The Programme should help to identify the causes of health inequalities and encourage, among other things, the exchange of best practice to tackle them.

(22)

It is essential to systematically collect, process and analyse comparable data for an effective monitoring of the state of health in the European Union. This would enable the Commission and the Member States to improve information to the public and formulate appropriate strategies, policies and actions to achieve a high level of human health protection. Compatibility and interoperability of the systems and networks for exchanging information and data for the development of public health should be pursued in the actions and support measures. Gender, age, and ethnic origin are important health considerations. Therefore, relevant data should be analysed accordingly.

(23)

The collection of data must be in compliance with the relevant legal provisions on the protection of personal data.

(24)

Best practice is the most appropriate option because health promotion, prevention and the treatment of diseases and injuries should be measured on the basis of efficiency and effectiveness and not purely in economic terms. It is, therefore, of primary importance to establish guidelines and indicators and organise the exchange of best practice.

(25)

It is important to promote best practice and latest treatment methods for diseases and injuries in order to prevent further deterioration of health, and to develop centres of reference for specific conditions. It is also important to promote sound alternatives, which may be preferable for social, ethical and other individual reasons.

(26)

Action should be taken in order to prevent injuries by collecting data, developing injury determinants and disseminating relevant information.

(27)

The Programme should contribute to the collection of data and the promotion of relevant policies on patient mobility as well as on the mobility of health professionals. It should facilitate the further development of the European e-Health Area, and especially the European health insurance card, through joint European initiatives with other EU policy areas, while establishing strict quality criteria for health-related websites.

(28)

The promotion of telemedicine applications may contribute to patient mobility and to medical care at home, thereby relieving the pressure on primary care and reducing the burden caused by disease and injury.

(29)

Environmental pollution is a serious risk to health and a major source of concern for European citizens. Special action should focus on children and other groups which are particularly vulnerable to hazardous environmental conditions. The Programme should complement the actions taken under the Environment and Health Action Plan 2004-2010  (5).

(30)

The Programme should also address illnesses related to gender (such as breast and prostate cancer, osteoporosis, etc.).

(31)

The Programme should help to combat prejudices on grounds of gender and age in the clinical treatment of patients, in healthcare systems, in research and in government policy.

(32)

Health factors contributing to Europe's falling birth rates should also be adequately addressed.

(33)

The precautionary principle and risk assessment are key factors for the protection of human health and should therefore be part of further integration into other Community policies and activities.

(34)

In order to ensure a high level of coordination between actions and initiatives taken by the Community and Member States in the implementation of the Programme, it is necessary to promote cooperation between Member States and to enhance the effectiveness of existing and future networks in the field of public health.

(35)

The participation of national, regional and local authorities at the appropriate level in accordance with national systems should be taken into account in regard to the implementation of the Programme.

(36)

Coordination with other Community policies and programmes is a key part of the objective of mainstreaming health policy in other policies. In order to promote synergies and avoid duplication, joint actions will be undertaken with related Community programmes and actions and appropriate use will be made of other Community funds and programmes including the Community framework programmes for research and their outcomes, the Structural Funds, the Cohesion Fund , the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund, the European Solidarity Fund and the Community Statistical Programme. It should also be ensured that they all incorporate the health aspect.

(37)

It is necessary to increase EU investment in health and health-related projects. In this regard, Member States should identify health improvements as a priority in their national programmes. Better awareness about the possibilities of EU funding for health is needed. Exchange of experience between the Member States on funding health through the Structural Funds must be encouraged.

(38)

Non-governmental organisations and specialised networks also play an important role in promoting public health and representing citizens' interests in health policy in the Community. They require Community contributions to enable them to develop and function. Eligibility criteria and provisions regarding financial transparency for non-governmental organisations and specialised networks qualifying for Community support should be established under this Decision. Given the particular nature of the organisations concerned and in cases of exceptional utility, the renewal of Community support to the functioning of such organisations should not be subject to the principle of gradual decrease of the extent of Community support.

(39)

Implementation of the Programme should include the Executive Agency for the Public Health Programme set up by Commission Decision 2004/858/EC of 15 December 2004  (6) as well as close cooperation with relevant organisations and agencies, in particular with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control established by Regulation (EC) No 851/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004  (7). The Commission should communicate to the Centre all information and data collected under the Programme which are relevant to its mission.

(40)

The measures necessary for the implementation of this Decision should be adopted in accordance with Council Decision 1999/468/EC of 28 June 1999 laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission (8), respecting the need for transparency as well as a reasonable balance between the different objectives of the Programme .

(41)

The Agreement on the European Economic Area (hereinafter referred to as the EEA Agreement) provides for cooperation in the field of health between the European Community and its Member States, on the one hand, and the countries of the European Free Trade Association participating in the European Economic Area (hereinafter referred to as the EFTA/EEA countries), on the other. Provision should also be made to open the Programme to participation by other countries, in particular the neighbouring countries of the Community, countries that are applying for, candidates for or acceding to membership of the Community, taking particular account of the potential for threats to health arising in other countries to have an impact within the Community.

(42)

Appropriate relations with third countries not participating in the Programme should be facilitated in order to help achieve the objectives of the Programme , taking account of any relevant agreements between those countries and the Community. This may involve third countries taking forward complementary activities to those financed through the Programme on areas of mutual interest, but will not involve a financial contribution under the Programme .

(43)

In order to maximise the effectiveness and efficiency of actions relating to health at Community and international level, it is appropriate to develop cooperation with relevant international organisations such as the United Nations and its specialised agencies including the World Health Organisation, as well as with the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development .

(44)

Progress towards meeting the health objectives under this Programme needs to be measured and evaluated in order to increase the value and impact of the Programme. There should be regular monitoring and evaluation, including independent external evaluations, of the measures taken.

(45)

In accordance with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality set out in Article 5 of the Treaty, Community action on matters which do not fall within the exclusive competence of the Community, such as those in the field of public health, should be undertaken only if and in so far as, by reason of its scale or effects, its objective can be better achieved by the Community. The objectives of the Programme cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States because of the complexity, transnational character and lack of complete control at Member State level over the factors affecting health, and therefore the Programme should support and complement the Member States' actions and measures. The Programme can provide significant added value to health promotion and to health systems in the Community through the support of structures and programmes which enhance the capabilities of individuals, institutions, associations, organisations and bodies in the health field by facilitating the exchange of experience and best practice and by providing a basis for a common analysis of the factors affecting public health. Also, the Programme may have added value in the event of threats to public health of a cross-border nature, such as infectious diseases, environmental pollution or food contamination, to the extent that they prompt joint strategies and actions with a view to protecting health and safety, promoting health-related economic interests of citizens and alleviating the economic burden to European citizens as patients.

(46)

In accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty, which provides that equality between men and women is a principle of the European Community, and in accordance with Article 3(2) thereof, which provides that the Community shall aim to eliminate inequalities, and to promote equality, between men and women in all Community activities including the attainment of a high level of health protection, all objectives and actions covered by the Programme will promote a better understanding and recognition of men's and women's respective needs and approaches to health.

(47)

The Commission should ensure an appropriate transition between the Programme and the first programme it replaces, in particular regarding the completion of the financing obligations undertaken,

HAVE ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

Establishment of the Second programme

The second programme of Community action in the field of health covering the period from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2013, hereinafter referred to as ‘the Programme ’, is hereby established.

Article 2

Aim and objectives

1.    The Programme shall complement, support and add value to the policies of the Community and Member States and shall contribute to protecting and promoting human health and safety, preventing human illness, diseases and injuries and improving public health .

2.     The objectives to be pursued through the actions and instruments set out in the Annex to this Decision shall be:

(a)

to protect citizens against health threats;

(b)

to promote policies that lead to a healthier way of life;

(c)

to contribute to reducing the incidence, morbidity and mortality of major diseases and injuries ;

(d)

to improve efficiency and effectiveness in health systems; and

(e)

to improve information and knowledge for the development of public health and to contribute to mainstreaming of health objectives.

3.     The Programme shall further contribute to:

(a)

ensuring a high level of human health protection in the definition and implementation of all Community policies and activities, through the promotion of a multi-faceted approach to health;

(b)

tackling inequalities of all kinds in the field of health which exist both amongst and within Member States so that all EU citizens have access to healthcare of a comparable standard, irrespective of sex, age, ethnic origin, education or place of residence;

(c)

encouraging cooperation between Member States in the areas covered by Article 152 of the Treaty and empowering citizens by facilitating patient mobility and increasing transparency between the various countries' health systems.

Article 3

Methods of implementation

1.   Actions in pursuit of the aim and objectives set out in Article 2 shall make full use of appropriate methods of implementation and funding adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 7(2), including in particular:

(a)

direct or indirect implementation by the Commission on a centralised basis; and

(b)

joint management with international organisations.

2.   For the purposes of paragraph 1(a), financial contributions by the Community shall not exceed the following levels:

(a)

60 % for an action intended to help achieve an objective forming part of a Community policy within the field of health, except in cases of exceptional utility where the Community contribution shall not exceed 80 %; and

(b)

75 % of expenditure for the functioning of a body or a specialised network which is non-governmental, non-profit-making and independent of industry, commercial and business or other conflicting interests, has members in at least half of the Member States and has as its primary objective the promotion of health or the prevention or treatment of diseases in the European Community, where such support is necessary to ensure representation of health interests at Community level or to implement key objectives of the Programme. Applicants must provide the Commission with full and updated accounts of their membership, internal rules and sources of funding . In cases of exceptional utility, the Community contribution shall not exceed 95 %. The criteria for assessing whether or not exceptional utility applies shall be established in advance in the annual plan of work referred to in Article 8(1)(a) and shall be published. The renewal of such financial contributions to non-governmental organisations and specialised networks may be exempted from the principle of gradual decrease.

The Commission can, as a general rule, seek to grant core funding on a two-year basis by means of a framework partnership convention. In accordance with Article 163 of Commission Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2342/2002 of 23 December 2002 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities  (9) , such a partnership establishes a long-term cooperation between the recipient and the Commission, but shall not exceed two years.

3.   For the purposes of paragraph 1(a), financial contributions by the Community may, where appropriate given the nature of the objective to be achieved, include joint financing by the Community and one or more Member States or by the Community and the competent authorities of other participating countries. In this case, the Community contribution shall not exceed 50 %, except in cases of exceptional utility, where the Community contribution shall not exceed 70 %. These Community contributions may be awarded to a public body or a non-profit-making body designated by the Member State or the competent authority concerned and agreed by the Commission. These Community contributions should be granted on the basis of the criteria for patients' and consumers' organisations adopted by the European Medicines Agency (September 2005).

4.   For the purposes of paragraph 1(a), financial contributions by the Community may also be given in the form of flat-rate financing where this is suited to the nature of the actions concerned. For such financial contributions the percentage limits stipulated in paragraphs 2 and 3 above shall not apply. The criteria for selecting, monitoring and evaluating such actions shall be adapted as necessary.

Article 4

Implementation of the Programme

1.    The Commission shall ensure the implementation, in close cooperation with the Member States, of the actions and measures set out in the Programme in accordance with the provisions of Articles 7 and 8 and ensuring its harmonious and balanced development .

2.     In order to assist the implementation, the Commission shall ensure the coordination and, if necessary, the integration of networks for health monitoring and rapid reaction to health threats.

3.     The Commission and the Member States shall take appropriate action, within their respective areas of competence, to ensure the efficient running of the Programme and to develop mechanisms at Community and Member State level to achieve the objectives of the Programme. They shall ensure that appropriate information is provided about actions supported by the Programme and that the widest possible participation is obtained in actions requiring implementation through local and regional authorities and non-governmental organisations.

4.     The Commission shall ensure that all activities pertaining to the recording, processing and communication of data comply with the overall approach of the ‘Open Method of Coordination in Health Care’.

5.     The Commission shall, in close cooperation with the Member States, pursue the comparability of data and information, and the compatibility and interoperability of the systems and networks for exchange of data and information on health.

6.     The Commission shall ensure, in close cooperation with the Member States, the necessary cooperation and communication with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control for the attainment of the objectives of the Programme.

7.     In implementing the Programme, the Commission, together with the Member States, shall ensure compliance with all relevant legal provisions regarding personal data protection and, where appropriate, the introduction of mechanisms to ensure the confidentiality and safety of such data.

8.     The Commission, in close cooperation with the Member States, shall ensure the transition between those actions developed within the first programme adopted by the Decision referred to in Article 12 which contribute to the priorities set out in this Programme, and those to be implemented under this Programme.

Article 5

Joint strategies and actions

1.     To ensure a high level of human health protection in the definition and implementation of all Community policies and activities and to promote the mainstreaming of health, the objectives of the Programme may be implemented as joint strategies and joint actions by creating links with relevant Community programmes, actions and funds.

2.     The Commission shall ensure that the Programme ties in optimally with other Community programmes, actions and funds. In particular, cooperation with the 7th Framework Programme of Research  (10) should reinforce the impact of the Programme.

Article 6

Funding

1.   The indicative financial framework for the implementation of the Programme is set at 1 500 million  euro for the seven-year period starting on 1 January 2007.

2.     The overall administrative expenditure of the Programme, including internal and management expenditure for the Executive Agency, should be proportionate to the tasks provided for in the Programme and shall be subject to the decision of the budgetary and legislative authorities.

3.   Annual appropriations shall be authorised by the budgetary authority within the limits of the Financial Perspective.

4.     The Commission shall ensure that the financial provisions for the funding of the Programme comply with the provisions of Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 of 25 June 2002 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities  (11).

5.     Access to financial contributions shall be facilitated by the application of the principle of proportionality as regards the documents to be supplied and by the creation of a database for the submission of applications.

Article 7

Committee

1.   The Commission shall be assisted by a Committee (hereinafter ‘the Committee’).

2.   Where reference is made to this paragraph, Articles 4 and 7 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, having regard to the provisions of Article 8 thereof.

The period laid down in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be set at two months.

3.   Where reference is made to this paragraph, Articles 3 and 7 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, having regard to the provisions of Article 8 thereof.

4.   The Committee shall adopt its rules of procedure.

Article 8

Implementation measures

1.   The measures necessary for the implementation of this Decision relating to the following shall be adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 7(2):

(a)

the annual plan of work for the implementation of the Programme , setting out priorities and actions to be undertaken, including the allocation of resources;

(b)

the arrangements, criteria, transparency measures and procedures for selecting and financing the actions of the Programme;

(c)

the arrangements for the coordination, transmission, exchange and dissemination of information and intellectual property and the detention of data relating to actions and measures referred to in the Annex;

(d)

the arrangements for implementing the joint strategies and actions referred to in Article 5;

(e)

the arrangements for evaluating the Programme referred to in Article 11.

2.   The Commission shall adopt any other measures necessary for the implementation of this Decision in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 7(3) .

Article 9

Participation of third countries

The Programme shall be open to the participation of:

(a)

the EFTA/EEA countries in accordance with the conditions established in the EEA Agreement; and

(b)

third countries, in particular countries in the European neighbourhood, countries that are applying for, candidates for or acceding to membership of the Union, and the western Balkan countries included in the stabilisation and association process, in accordance with the conditions laid down in the respective bilateral or multilateral agreements establishing the general principles for their participation in Community programmes.

Article 10

International cooperation

In the course of implementing the Programme , relations with third countries that are not participating in the Programme and relevant international organisations, in particular the WHO, shall be encouraged.

Article 11

Monitoring, evaluation and dissemination of results

1.   The Commission, in close cooperation with the Member States, shall monitor, where appropriate with the help of experts, the implementation of the actions of the Programme in the light of its objectives. It shall report to the Committee. The Commission shall keep the European Parliament and the Council informed and shall forward to them a copy of its main findings .

2.    The Commission shall submit to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions:

(a)

an external and independent interim evaluation report on the results obtained and the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the implementation of the Programme three years after its adoption; the report shall in particular make it possible to assess the impact of measures on all countries; the report shall contain a summary of the main conclusions and remarks by the Commission;

(b)

a Communication on the continuation of the Programme no later than four years after its adoption;

(c)

no later than 31 December 2015, a detailed external and independent ex-post evaluation report covering the implementation and results of the Programme, to be drawn up on completion of its implementation.

3.     The Commission shall publish every two years after the adoption of the Programme a report on Health Status in the European Union based on all data and indicators and including a qualitative and quantitative analysis.

4.   The Commission shall make the results of actions undertaken in accordance with this Decision publicly available and shall ensure their dissemination.

Article 12

Repeal

Decision No 1786/2002/EC is repealed.

Article 13

Transitional measures

The Commission shall adopt any measures necessary to ensure the transition between the measures adopted under Decision No 1786/2002/ EC and those to be implemented under the Programme .

Article 14

Final provision

This Decision shall enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Done at …, on …

For the European Parliament

The President

For the Council

The President


(1)  OJ …

(2)  OJ …

(3)  Position of the European Parliament of 16 March 2006.

(4)   Decision No 1786/2002/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 September 2002 adopting a programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008) ( OJ L 271, 9.10.2002, p. 1 ). Decision as amended by Decision No 786/2004/EC ( OJ L 138, 30.4.2004, p. 7 ).

(5)   COM (2004)0416.

(6)  OJ L 369, 16.12.2004, p. 73.

(7)  OJ L 142, 30.4.2004, p. 1.

(8)  OJ L 184, 17.7.1999, p. 23.

(9)   OJ L 357, 31.12.2002, p. 1 . Regulation as amended by Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1261/2005 ( OJ L 201, 2.8.2005, p. 3 ).

(10)   COM(2005)0119.

(11)   OJ L 248, 16.9.2002, p. 1 .

ANNEX

ACTIONS AND SUPPORT MEASURES

Objective 1:   protect citizens against health threats

1.1.   ENHANCE SURVEILLANCE AND CONTROL OF HEALTH THREATS BY

1.1.1.

Enhancing the capacity to tackle communicable diseases by supporting the further implementation of Decision No 2119/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 September 1998 setting up a network for the epidemiological surveillance and control of communicable diseases in the Community  (1), taking into account the activities of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control;

1.1.2.

Developing strategies and mechanisms for preventing, exchanging information on and responding to non-communicable disease threats;

1.1.3.

Exchanging information on strategies and developing joint strategies to detect and obtain reliable information on health threats from physical, chemical or biological sources, including those relating to deliberate release acts, and developing and using, when appropriate, Community approaches and mechanisms in coordination with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control ;

1.1.4.

Improving laboratory co-operation to ensure high-quality diagnostic capabilities for pathogens across the Community, including a Community reference laboratory structure for pathogens requiring enhanced Community collaboration;

1.1.5.

Developing new and improved prevention, vaccination and immunisation policies, partnerships and tools and monitoring immunisation status;

1.1.6.

Monitoring the resistance of bacteria to antibiotics and of nosocomial infections, and developing strategies to prevent and treat them;

1.1.7.

Developing and implementing vigilance networks and reporting systems for adverse events when using preventive health measures and substances of human origin;

1.1.8.

Developing measures to prevent disease and injury in socially isolated individuals and to raise the awareness of immigrants in matters of health;

1.1.9.

Encouraging Member States to establish genuinely independent drug scrutiny boards to monitor the usage and effects of all new prescription drugs from the date of their approval;

1.1.10.

Technical assistance for the analysis of issues related to the development and implementation of policies and legislation.

1.2.   DELIVER RESPONSE TO HEALTH THREATS BY

1.2.1.

Elaborating risk management procedures for health emergencies , including procedures for mutual assistance in the event of pandemics, and enhancing capability for coordinated responses to health emergencies;

1.2.2.

Developing and maintaining capacity for appraising and addressing the needs and gaps in preparedness and response and for rapid and reliable communications and consultation on counter-measures;

1.2.3.

Developing risk communication strategies and tools for information and guidance to the public and health professionals, and improving awareness and interaction among actors;

1.2.4.

Developing strategies and procedures for drawing up, testing, evaluating and revising general contingency and specific health emergency plans and their inter-operability between Member States and conducting exercises and tests;

1.2.5.

Developing strategies and mechanisms for reviewing and improving the availability and adequacy of, and access to, facilities (e.g. laboratories) and equipment (detectors etc), as well as readiness, surge capacity and infrastructure of the health sector to react rapidly;

1.2.6.

Developing strategies and mechanisms for assessing the need for and promoting the establishment of public health assets that can be deployed rapidly in emergencies and setting up mechanisms and procedures for the transfer of health assets to requesting states and international organisations;

1.2.7.

Establishment and maintenance of a trained and permanently available core group of public health experts for global rapid deployment to places of major health crises together with mobile laboratories, protective equipment and isolation facilities.

Objective 2:   promote policies that lead to a healthier way of life

2.   PROMOTE HEALTH BY TACKLING DETERMINANTS

Actions will support the preparation, development and implementation of activities, strategies and measures on health determinants by addressing:

2.1.

Health determinants linked to addictions, notably tobacco, alcohol, medical prescription drugs, illegal drugs and other addictive substances;

2.2.

Practices which lead to a healthier life, in order to improve children's health;

2.3.

Lifestyle-related health determinants, notably nutrition and physical activity, sexual health, reproductive health and mental health ;

2.4.

Injury-related health determinants;

2.5.

Social and economic determinants of health, with a particular focus on inequalities in health and on the impact of social and economic factors on health, and on discrimination against vulnerable groups ;

2.6.

Identification of the causes of health inequalities, which have an impact on prevention and optimal healthcare, with particular attention to health inequalities in the new Member States;

2.7.

Environmental determinants of health, with a particular emphasis on the health impact of environmental factors, including indoor air quality and exposure to toxic chemicals, in particular carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic and allergenic substances ;

2.8.

Analysis of genetic determinants and personal and biological factors of major diseases and development of prevention strategies, including genetic screening, but excluding the possibility that data could be used for employment, insurance, eugenic or family planning purposes;

2.9.

The quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness of public health interventions;

2.10.

The development of strategies and the exchange of correct practices in order to prevent disability, where possible, and promote the health of people with disabilities;

2.11.

Support for the development of education units on nutrition for parents and children, with actions which reach also strata remote from education;

2.12.

Support for strategies for health promotion and disease prevention in businesses;

2.13.

Support for actions to improve diagnosis and therapy for older persons;

2.14.

Gender and age aspects of health;

2.15.

Support for public awareness activities, training and capacity building actions related to the priorities set out in the previous paragraphs;

2.16.

Technical assistance for the analysis of issues related to the development and implementation of policies and legislation.

Objective 3:   contribute to reducing the incidence, morbidity and mortality of major diseases and injuries

3.   PREVENT DISEASES AND INJURIES

In coordination with work on determinants , the Programme shall support:

3.1.

Development and implementation of actions on major diseases of particular significance in view of the overall burden of disease and of the main causes of potential life years lost and incapacities in the Community where Community action can provide significant added value to national efforts;

3.2.

Preparation and implementation of strategies and measures on disease prevention and rehabilitation , in particular in the case of major diseases, by:

focusing on primordial prevention (to prevent the development of disease risk in the next generations),

developing primary prevention in asymptomatic adults including mass prevention and high-risk strategies,

identifying best practice and developing guidelines and recommendations (with particular emphasis on strategies aiming at closing the gap between guidelines, recommendations and actual practice), including on secondary prevention, for example screening and early detection,

promoting and developing risk-assessment tools, and

addressing gender differences and population ageing.

Accordingly, the Commission will submit, during the course of this Framework Programme, proposals for Council Recommendations on the prevention, diagnosis and control of major diseases;

3.3.

Preparation of strategies and measures on immunisation and vaccination and recommendations for their implementation;

3.4.

Exchange of best practice and knowledge as well as the coordination of strategies to promote mental health and to prevent mental illness;

3.5.

Development of strategies and measures to address and rectify the causes of health inequalities;

3.6.

Promotion of best practice for diseases and injuries in order to prevent further deterioration of health;

3.7.

Promotion of telemedicine with a view to the networking of health services, facilitating patient mobility and the provision of care at home, principally for the elderly, the disabled or isolated individuals;

3.8.

Preparation and implementation of strategies and measures on prevention of injuries , based on injury determinants ;

3.9.

Development of best practice and guidelines on injuries based on the analysis of collected data;

3.10.

Support for knowledge exchange, training and capacity building actions related to the diseases addressed and injury prevention;

3.11.

Identification of knowledge gaps in order to combat major diseases and provide incentives for research in EU research programmes.

Objective 4:   improving effectiveness and efficiency in health systems

4.   ACHIEVE SYNERGIES BETWEEN NATIONAL HEALTH SYSTEMS BY

4.1.

Facilitating cross-border healthcare purchasing and provision through cooperation between the Member States to improve the complementarity of their health services in cross-border areas and patient mobility, including, inter alia:

information gathering and exchange to enable sharing of capacity and use of cross-border care especially in the case of rare and extremely rare diseases;

information about healthcare providers and services available abroad as well as rules regarding the reimbursement of healthcare costs;

information on treatments which are not available in the patient's Member State of origin and in regard to access to treatments which, though urgent, cannot be provided immediately in the patient's Member State of origin;

4.2.

Collecting data and sharing information on and managing the consequences of the mobility of health professionals and promoting policies on patient mobility;

4.3.

Establishing a Community system for cooperation on centres of reference and other collaborative structures between health systems of more than one Member State which would enable doctors and other healthcare practitioners to apply best practice and best knowledge on prevention and treatment available within the EU;

4.4.

Using standardised data and common indicators to measure gender inequalities in medical and health services in the EU;

4.5.

Developing a network for strengthening the capacity to develop and share information and assessments regarding health technologies and techniques (health technology assessment);

4.6.

Providing information for patients, professionals and policy-makers on health systems and medical care in liaison with overall health information actions, and including mechanisms for sharing and disseminating information with the action plan for a European e-health area, while establishing strict quality criteria for health-related websites ;

4.7.

Developing instruments for assessing the impact of Community policies on health systems, including the consequences of enlargement and the Lisbon strategy;

4.8.

Developing and implementing actions to promote patient safety and high-quality care;

4.9.

Promoting the availability, traceability and accessibility across the Community of organs and substances of human origin of high quality and safety for medical use;

4.10.

Supporting health systems policy development, in particular linked to the open method of coordination on healthcare and long-term care.

Objective 5:   To improve health information and knowledge for the development of public health and to contribute to mainstreaming of health objectives

Actions and instruments contributing to all the above objectives:

5.   DATA COLLECTION, HEALTH MONITORING AND INFORMATION

5.1.   DATA COLLECTION, HEALTH MONITORING AND DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION

5.1.1.

Continue further developing a sustainable health monitoring system, paying special attention to health inequalities and covering data on health status, health determinants, health systems and injuries; the statistical element of this system will be further developed, using as necessary the Community Statistical Programme;

5.1.2.

Increasing understanding of the health status of various groups and of how they have their needs for care met in society by, for instance, collecting, processing and analysing statistics broken down by social group, ethnic background and gender;

5.1.3.

Collecting and analysing data on lifestyle-related factors (e.g. nutrition and tobacco and alcohol consumption) and injuries, establishing Europe-wide registries for major diseases (e.g. cancer), and developing methodologies and database maintenance;

5.1.4.

Providing other relevant health-related knowledge;

5.1.5.

Defining relevant additional indicators;

5.1.6.

Developing appropriate mechanisms of reporting;

5.1.7.

Arranging for regular collection of such information, together with the Statistical Programme, international organisations and agencies and through projects;

5.1.8.

Supporting analysis of Community health issues through regular Community health reports, the maintenance of dissemination mechanisms such as the Health Portal, support for consensus conferences and targeted information campaigns coordinated between concerned parties;

5.1.9.

Focusing on providing a regular and reliable source of information to citizens, including in formats accessible to disabled persons , and to decision makers, to patients, carers and health professionals and to other interested parties;

5.1.10.

Collecting and analysing data on disabilities as well as combating and preventing them;

5.1.11.

Developing strategies and mechanisms for preventing, exchanging information on and responding to rare diseases;

5.1.12.

Collecting and analysing data on sub-fertility;

5.1.13.

Providing updated information on the price in the different Member States of individual pharmaceutical products, based on the active ingredient.

5.2.   IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH EU CITIZENS ON HEALTH ISSUES BY ADDING VALUE TO THE INITIATIVES OF THE COMMUNITY AND MEMBER STATES

5.2.1.

Awareness-raising campaigns;

5.2.2.

Surveys;

5.2.3.

Conferences, seminars, experts' and stakeholders' meetings;

5.2.4.

Publications on issues of interest for health;

5.2.5.

Provision of online information;

5.2.6.

Development and use of information points.

COOPERATION AND INTEGRATION

5.3.   INCREASE CIVIL SOCIETY AND STAKEHOLDERS' PARTICIPATION IN POLICY-MAKING RELATED TO HEALTH

5.3.1.

Promote and strengthen Community-level health organisations;

5.3.2.

Training and capacity-building for health organisations;

5.3.3.

Networking of non-governmental health organisations and other stakeholders;

5.3.4.

Strengthening of Community-level consultative bodies and mechanisms;

5.3.5.

Recognising that patients have rights also as healthcare consumers.

5.4.   DEVELOP AN APPROACH FOR INTEGRATING HEALTH CONCERNS INTO OTHER COMMUNITY POLICIES

5.4.1.

Development and application of methods to assess the impact of Community policies and activities on health;

5.4.2.

Exchange best practice with Member States on national policies;

5.4.3.

Studies on impact of other policies on health;

5.4.4.

Develop joint strategies and joint actions by creating links and synergies with relevant Community programmes, actions and funds.

RISKS, SAFETY AND HORIZONTAL ISSUES

5.5.   PROMOTE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION RELATED TO HEALTH

5.5.1.

Cooperation measures with international organisations;

5.5.2.

Cooperation measures with third countries which are not participating in the Programme;

5.5.3.

Encourage dialogue between health organisations.

5.6.   IMPROVE THE EARLY DETECTION, EVALUATION AND COMMUNICATION OF RISKS BY:

5.6.1.

Supporting scientific advice and risk evaluation, including the tasks of the independent scientific committees established by Commission Decision 2004/210/EC of 3 March 2004 setting up Scientific Committees in the field of consumer safety, public health and the environment  (2) ;

5.6.2.

Collection and collation of information and establishment of networks of specialists and institutes;

5.6.3.

Promoting the development and harmonisation of risk assessment methodologies;

5.6.4.

Actions for collecting and assessing information on the exposure of populations and sub-groups to chemical, biological and physical hazards to health, including the effects of such hazards;

5.6.5.

Establishing mechanisms concerning early detection of emerging risks and action on newly identified risks;

5.6.6.

Strategies to improve risk communication;

5.6.7.

Training in risk assessment.

5.7.   PROMOTE THE SAFETY OF ORGANS, SUBSTANCES OF HUMAN ORIGIN, BLOOD AND BLOOD DERIVATIVES

5.7.1.

Activities to help enhance the safety, quality and traceability of organs and substances of human origin, including blood, blood components and blood precursors;

5.7.2.

Supporting strategies and mechanisms for the promotion of living donor transplantation and for tackling the issue of organ shortage taking into account ethical considerations;

5.7.3.

Developing and operating common platforms between donors and recipients for establishing best practice on organs and substances of human origin;

5.7.4.

Creating a European organ donor card.

5.8.   HORIZONTAL ISSUES

Technical assistance for the analysis of issues related to the development and implementation of policies and legislation.


(1)   OJ L 268, 3.10.1998, p. 1 . Decision as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003 ( OJ L 284, 31.10.2003, p. 1 ).

(2)   OJ L 66, 4.3.2004, p. 45 .

P6_TA(2006)0094

Agricultural products and foodstuffs as traditional specialities guaranteed *

European Parliament legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council regulation on agricultural products and foodstuffs as traditional specialities guaranteed (COM(2005)0694 — C6-0026/2006 — 2005/0270(CNS))

(Consultation procedure)

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Commission proposal to the Council (COM(2005)0694) (1),

having regard to Article 37 of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Council consulted Parliament (C6-0026/2006),

having regard to Rule 51 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (A6-0033/2006),

1.

Approves the Commission proposal as amended;

2.

Calls on the Commission to alter its proposal accordingly, pursuant to Article 250(2) of the EC Treaty;

3.

Calls on the Council to notify Parliament if it intends to depart from the text approved by Parliament;

4.

Asks the Council to consult Parliament again if it intends to amend the Commission proposal substantially;

5.

Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council and Commission.

(7)

The labelling of agricultural products and foodstuffs is subject to the general rules laid down in Council Directive 2000/13/EC of 20 March 2000 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the labelling, presentation and advertising of foodstuffs. In view of their specific character, however, special additional provisions should be adopted for traditional specialities guaranteed. In order to make for easier and quicker identification of traditional specialities guaranteed produced within the Community, use of the expressions and Community symbols concerned should be made obligatory on their labelling, while affording operators a reasonable amount of time to adjust to this requirement.

(7)

The labelling of agricultural products and foodstuffs is subject to the general rules laid down in Directive 2000/13/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 March 2000 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the labelling, presentation and advertising of foodstuffs. In view of their specific character, however, special additional provisions should be adopted for traditional specialities guaranteed. In order to make for easier and quicker identification of traditional specialities guaranteed produced within the Community, use of the expressions and the specific Community symbol associated with the relevant traditional speciality guaranteed should be made obligatory on their labelling, while affording operators a reasonable amount of time to adjust to this requirement.

(7a)

With regard to the extension of the scope of application of this Regulation to products from third countries, and in order to safeguard consumers against the risk of confusion between the Community symbol and the origin of the product, the label should indicate the place of origin and the place of processing of the agricultural product or foodstuff marketed, with an indication of the traditional speciality guaranteed.

(b)

‘traditional’ means proven usage on the Community market for a period at least equal to that generally ascribed to a human generation;

(b)

‘traditional’ means a product that has proven specific characteristics which distinguish it from other similar products in the same category, and that has been used on the market since before the Second World War;

The Commission shall keep a register of the traditional specialities guaranteed recognised throughout the Community under this Regulation.

The Commission shall keep a register of the traditional specialities guaranteed recognised throughout the Community under this Regulation and publish it on the Internet .

In no circumstances shall it be permitted to use names that have been registered as products of designated origin (PDOs) or products of geographical indication (PGIs).

(da)

any other information which, on duly justified grounds, the Member State considers to be necessary.

5.   When undertaking the scrutiny referred to in the second subparagraph of paragraph 4, Member States shall introduce a national objection procedure ensuring adequate publication of the application and providing for a reasonable period in which any legitimately concerned individual established on its territory may lodge an objection to the application.

5.   When undertaking the scrutiny referred to in the second subparagraph of paragraph 4, Member States shall introduce a national objection procedure ensuring adequate publication of the application and providing for a period of 3 months within which any legitimately concerned individual established on its territory may lodge an objection to the application.

Where that information proves insufficient, the Commission shall be entitled to demand from the group in a third country all the relevant supplementary information, including proof of compatibility with Community standards in the field of environmental protection, food and animal feeds hygiene, animal welfare and worker protection.

1.   The Commission shall scrutinise the application in order to check that it is justified and meets the conditions laid down in this Regulation.

1.    Within a period of four months of receipt, the Commission shall scrutinise the application in order to check that it is justified and meets the conditions laid down in this Regulation.

2.   Where the conditions of this Regulation appear to be met, the Commission shall publish in the Official Journal of the European Union the product specification referred to in Article 6, and the details of the applicant group and of the inspection structure(s) laid down in Article 15.

2.   Where the conditions of this Regulation appear to be met and within a period of no longer than six months from the date of receipt of the application referred to in Article 7(6) , the Commission shall publish in the Official Journal of the European Union the product specification referred to in Article 6, and the details of the applicant group and of the inspection structure(s) laid down in Article 15.

The registration shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The registration shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union and on the Internet and shall include the publication details of the product specification referred to in the first subparagraph of Article 8(2) .

2.   Where reference is made to a traditional speciality guaranteed on the labelling of an agricultural product or foodstuff produced within the Community, the registered name, the expression ‘traditional speciality guaranteed’ or its abbreviation ‘TSG’ as well as the associated Community symbol shall appear thereon.

2.   Where reference is made to a traditional speciality guaranteed on the labelling of an agricultural product or foodstuff produced within the Community, the registered name, the expression ‘traditional speciality guaranteed’ or its abbreviation ‘TSG’ as well as the specific associated Community symbol shall appear thereon.

3a.     The place of origin and the place of processing of each agricultural product or foodstuff marketed with a Community certificate of specific character in accordance with this Regulation shall be clearly and visibly indicated on the label.

Existing private inspection bodies may seek such accreditation within one year from the date of publication of this Regulation.

3.   The public or private inspection bodies referred to in paragraph 1 shall have the powers to enforce compliance with this Regulation, including, where appropriate, by imposition of penalties, if they find that an agricultural product or foodstuff designated as a traditional speciality guaranteed does not comply with the requirements laid down in the product specification.

3.   The public inspection bodies referred to in paragraph 1 shall have the powers to enforce compliance with this Regulation, including, where appropriate, by imposition of penalties, if they find that an agricultural product or foodstuff designated as a traditional speciality guaranteed does not comply with the requirements laid down in the product specification.

2a.     If a processed product contains an agricultural product or foodstuff that has been registered under this Regulation, the use of the relevant expression on the label of the processed product shall be subject to the specific authorisation of the group that obtained recognition.

3.     Where reference is made to this paragraph, Articles 4 and 7 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply.

The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months.

deleted


(1)  Not yet published in OJ.

P6_TA(2006)0095

Protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs *

European Parliament legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council regulation on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs (COM(2005)0698 — C6-0027/2006 — 2005/0275(CNS))

(Consultation procedure)

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Commission proposal to the Council (COM(2005)0698) (1),

having regard to Article 37 of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Council consulted Parliament (C6-0027/2006),

having regard to Rule 51 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (A6-0034/2006),

1.

Approves the Commission proposal as amended;

2.

Calls on the Commission to alter its proposal accordingly, pursuant to Article 250(2) of the EC Treaty;

3.

Calls on the Council, as a first step, to make only those amendments to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2081/92 (2) which are necessary in the light of the ruling of the World Trade Organisation, and to debate without time pressure those elements of the Commission proposal which are more far-reaching;

4.

Calls on the Council to notify Parliament if it intends to depart from the text approved by Parliament;

5.

Asks the Council to consult Parliament again if it intends to amend the Commission proposal substantially;

6.

Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council and Commission.

(3)

Some consumers tend to attach greater importance to the quality of foodstuffs in their diet rather than to quantity. This quest for specific products generates a demand for agricultural products or foodstuffs with an identifiable geographical origin.

(3)

A constantly increasing number of consumers attach greater importance to the quality of foodstuffs in their diet rather than to quantity. This quest for specific products generates a demand for agricultural products or foodstuffs with an identifiable geographical origin.

(5)

The labelling of agricultural products and foodstuffs is subject to the general rules laid down in Directive 2000/13/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 March 2000 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the labelling, presentation and advertising of foodstuffs. In view of their specific nature, additional special provisions should be adopted for agricultural products and foodstuffs from a specified geographical area. The use of the indications and Community symbols concerned should also be made obligatory in the case of Community designations, on the one hand, to make this category of products and the guarantees attached to them better known to consumers and, on the other, to permit easier identification of these products on the market so as to facilitate checks. A reasonable length of time should be allowed for operators to adjust to this obligation.

(5)

The labelling of agricultural products and foodstuffs is subject to the general rules laid down in Directive 2000/13/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 March 2000 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the labelling, presentation and advertising of foodstuffs. In view of their specific nature, additional special provisions should be adopted for agricultural products and foodstuffs from a specified geographical area. The use of the indications and Community symbols concerned should also be made obligatory in the case of Community designations, on the one hand, to make this category of products and the guarantees attached to them better known to consumers and, on the other, to permit easier identification of these products on the market so as to facilitate checks. To this end, and as a result of such obligation, the Community symbols associated with the various indications should be properly differentiated from each other, so as to ensure that there is a clear link between the indication and its specific symbol. A reasonable length of time should be allowed for operators to adjust to this obligation.

(5a)

In the light of the extension of the scope of this Regulation to third-country products and in order to ensure that there is no risk of consumer confusion between the Community symbol and the origin of a product, the place of origin and the place of processing agricultural products or foodstuffs marketed under a registered name should be indicated on the label.

(6a)

The strengthening of Community policy on designations of origin and geographical indications requires, in addition to the clarification and simplification referred to in this Regulation, the negotiation of a multilateral register under the auspices of the WTO, with the objective of ensuring the durability of that policy.

(12)

The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement 1994, contained in Annex 1C to the Agreement establishing the World Trade Organisation) contains detailed provisions on the existence, acquisition, scope, maintenance and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

(12)

The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement 1994, contained in Annex 1C to the Agreement establishing the World Trade Organisation) contains detailed provisions on the existence, acquisition, scope, maintenance and enforcement of intellectual property rights. For the European Union, the importance of the protection of intellectual property in world trade is constantly increasing. Geographical indications and designations of origin play a special role in this connection and hence, in the context of the ongoing negotiations on the Doha Development Agenda, it is essential to ensure that international protection of geographical indications and designations of origin is broadened to cover an increasingly large number of agricultural products.

(13)

The protection afforded by this Regulation, subject to registration, should be open to the geographical indications of third countries where these are protected in their country of origin.

(13)

The protection afforded by this Regulation, subject to registration, should be open to the geographical indications of third countries where these are protected in their country of origin. In parallel, the Commission should endeavour to obtain recognition by third countries of Community products of designated origin and geographical indication. In order to raise consumer awareness, information and promotional measures are appropriate within and outside the European Union.

(a)

‘designation of origin’ means the name of a region, a specific place or, in exceptional cases, a country, used to describe an agricultural product or a foodstuff

(a)

‘designation of origin’ means the name of a region, a specific place or, in exceptional cases, a country, used to describe and/or to identify an agricultural product or a foodstuff

the production, processing and preparation of which take place in the defined geographical area;

the production, processing , preparation and, where appropriate, packaging of which take place in the defined geographical area;

(b)

‘geographical indication’ means an indication serving to identify an agricultural product or a foodstuff

(b)

‘geographical indication’ means an indication or the name of a region, of a specific place or of a country serving to designate and/or to identify an agricultural product or a foodstuff

as originating in a region, specific place or country,

as originating in a region, specific place or (in exceptional cases) country,

After an appropriate transitional period, and at any rate no later than ten years after the entry into force of this Regulation, all production, preparation or processing activities must take place within the defined geographical area.

If raw materials come from a geographical area larger than or different from the processing area, this may be approved by means of the procedure referred to in Article 15(2), provided that:

(i)

the production area of the raw materials is defined,

(ii)

special conditions for the production of the raw materials exist, and

(iii)

there are inspection arrangements to ensure that the conditions referred to in point (ii) are adhered to.

2.   Traditional geographical or non-geographical names designating an agricultural product or a foodstuff originating in a region or a specific place which fulfil the conditions referred to in the second and third intents of paragraph 1(a) shall also be considered as designations of origin.

2.   Traditional geographical or non-geographical names designating an agricultural product or a foodstuff originating in a region or a specific place which fulfil the conditions referred to in the second and third intents of paragraph 1(a) and in paragraph 1(b) shall also be considered as designations of origin or geographical indications .

3.   Notwithstanding paragraph 1(a), certain geographical designations shall be treated as designations of origin where the raw materials for the products concerned come from a geographical area larger than or different from the processing area, provided that:

3.   Notwithstanding paragraph 1(a) and (b) , certain geographical designations shall be treated as designations of origin or geographical indications where the raw materials for the products concerned come from a geographical area larger than or different from the processing area, provided that:

(ca)

the beneficiary of the derogation indicates the origin of the raw materials on the label or the packaging.

The designations in question must have been recognised as designations of origin in the country of origin before 1 May 2004.

Deleted

(h)

any specific labelling rule for the agricultural product or foodstuff in question;

(h)

any specific labelling rule for the agricultural product or foodstuff in question and, as appropriate, the terms and conditions for the use of protected geographical terms on the labels of processed products in order to indicate any product ingredients that benefit from a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication ;

(ha)

where appropriate, the rightholder's decision to have certain packaging operations carried out solely in the production area in order to guarantee the elements that justify the links referred to in subparagraph (f);

(ii)

a concise description of the link between the product and the geographical environment or geographical origin referred to in Article 2(1)(a) or (b), as the case may be, including, where appropriate, the specific elements of the product description or production method justifying the link.

(ii)

a concise description of the link between the product and the geographical environment or geographical origin referred to in Article 2(1)(a) or (b), as the case may be, including factors relating to the natural and sociocultural environment, and , where appropriate, the specific elements of the product description or production method justifying the link.

The Member State shall scrutinize the application by appropriate means to check that it is justified and meets the conditions of this Regulation.

The Member State , if appropriate in cooperation with the regional authorities, shall immediately scrutinize the application by appropriate means to check that it is justified and meets the conditions of this Regulation.

5.   As part of the scrutiny referred to in paragraph 4, the Member State shall initiate an objection procedure at national level, ensuring adequate publication of the application allowing a reasonable period within which any person having a legitimate interest and established or resident on its territory may declare their objection to the application.

5.   As part of the scrutiny referred to in paragraph 4, the Member State shall initiate an objection procedure at national level, ensuring adequate publication of the application allowing a period of three months within which any person having a legitimate interest and established or resident on its territory may declare their objection to the application.

(aa)

the product specification referred to in Article 4;

9.   Where the registration application concerns a geographical area situated in a third country, it shall comprise the elements provided for in paragraph 3 and also proof that the name in question is protected in its country of origin.

9.   Where the registration application concerns a geographical area situated in a third country, it shall comprise the elements provided for in paragraph 3 and also proof that the name in question is protected in its country of origin. If the Commission is not satisfied as to certain elements of the application, it shall be entitled to insist that a third-country applicant provide all relevant additional information, including a copy of the specification.

1.   The Commission shall scrutinize the application in an appropriate manner to check that it is justified and meets the conditions of this Regulation.

1.    Within six months, the Commission shall scrutinize the application in an appropriate manner to check that it is justified and meets the conditions of this Regulation.

2.   Where the conditions laid down in this Regulation appear to be met, the Commission shall publish in the Official Journal of the European Union the single document and the reference to the publication of the specification referred to in the fifth subparagraph of Article 5(5).

2.   Where the conditions laid down in this Regulation appear to be met and no longer than 6 months after receipt of the application referred to in Article 5(7) , the Commission shall publish in the Official Journal of the European Union the single document and the reference to the publication of the specification referred to in the fifth subparagraph of Article 5(5).

1.   Within four months from the date of publication in the Official Journal of the European Union provided for in the first subparagraph of Article 6(2), any Member State or third country may object to the registration proposed, by sending a duly substantiated statement to the Commission.

1.   Within six months from the date of publication in the Official Journal of the European Union provided for in the first subparagraph of Article 6(2), any Member State or third country may object to the registration proposed, by sending a duly substantiated statement to the Commission.

The registration shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The registration shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union and on the Internet and shall include the publication details of the specification referred to in Article 5(5) . If the application for registration relates to a geographical area situated in a third country, the Commission shall publish the specification pursuant to Article 5(5).

6.   The Commission shall maintain updated a register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications.

6.   The Commission shall maintain updated a register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications and publish the register on the Internet .

The Community symbols shall be distinguished by means of colour codes specific to each symbol.

In the case of agricultural products and foodstuffs originating in third countries marketed under a name registered in accordance with this Regulation the indications referred to in the second subparagraph and the associated Community symbols may also appear on the labelling.

In the case of agricultural products and foodstuffs originating in third countries marketed under a name registered in accordance with this Regulation the indications referred to in the second subparagraph, but not the associated Community symbols, may also appear on the labelling.

The place of origin and the place of processing of each agricultural product or foodstuff marketed under a name registered in accordance with this Regulation shall be clearly and visibly indicated on the label.

3.   In accordance with Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 the Member States shall designate a competent central body specifically responsible for implementing the control system relating to this Regulation.

3.   In accordance with Article 4 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 the Member States shall designate an official body responsible for monitoring compliance with Community rules on geographical indication.

3a.     Rightholders may lodge complaints with their national monitoring body and ask that it intervene to protect their registered name.

3b.     A list of these monitoring bodies shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union and shall be regularly updated.

4.   Each Member State shall notify the Commission of the name and address of the competent authority referred to in Article 10(3), the name and address of whatever official inspection services are designated and the name and address of delegated private inspection bodies as referred to in the first subparagraph of paragraph 1, their respective tasks and any changes to this information.

In the case of names referring to a geographical area in a third country, the group shall send the Commission, either direct or via the authorities of the country concerned, the information listed in the first subparagraph.

The Commission shall make public the information referred to in the first and second subparagraphs and update it regularly.

4.   Each Member State shall notify the Commission of the name and address of the competent authority referred to in Article 10(3), the name and address of whatever official inspection services are designated and the name and address of delegated private inspection bodies as referred to in the first subparagraph of paragraph 1, their respective competences and any changes to this information.

In the case of names referring to a geographical area in a third country, the group shall send the Commission, either direct or via the authorities of the country concerned, the information listed in the first subparagraph.

The Commission shall publish the information referred to in the first and second subparagraphs in the Official Journal of the European Union and on the internet and update it regularly.

6.   The costs of the controls referred to in this Article shall be borne by the operators subject to those controls.

6.   The costs of the controls referred to in this Article may be borne by the operators subject to those controls.

The interested parties within the Member State concerned shall be consulted in respect of any application for cancellation.

2a.     For a period of five years from the date of announcement of the cancellation in the Official Journal of the European Union, the protected name may not be used for registration as a trademark pursuant to Council Regulation (EC) No 40/94 of 20 December 1993 on the Community trade mark  (3) or comparable national provisions.

Specific provisions may be adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 15(2).

(a)

any direct or indirect commercial use of a registered name in respect of products not covered by the registration insofar as those products are comparable to the products registered under that name or insofar as using the name exploits the reputation of the protected name;

(a)

any direct or indirect commercial use, in particular on any type of manufactured label or packaging, in whole or in part, and in any form, of a registered name in respect of products not covered by the registration insofar as those products are comparable to the products registered under that name or insofar as using the name exploits the reputation of the protected name;

(aa)

the commercial use of a registered name for foodstuffs without the prior consent of the rightholder;

If a processed product contains an agricultural product or foodstuff that has been registered under this Regulation, the use of the relevant expression on the label of the processed product must be subject to the specific authorisation of the group that obtained recognition.

1a.     Where agricultural products or foodstuffs benefit from a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication, other geographical terms which are included in the protected geographical area may not be used on similar products not covered by that protected designation of origin or protected geographical indication.

(b)

in the case of other designations of origin and geographical indications registered under this Regulation, after the date of submission of the registration application to the Commission.

(b)

in the case of other designations of origin and geographical indications registered under this Regulation, after the date of submission of the registration application to a Member State or the Commission , whichever the earlier .

3.     Where reference is made to this paragraph, Articles 4 and 7 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply.

The period provided for in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be three months.

deleted

wine vinegar,

currant vinegar,

wine made from berries or fermented berry-based beverages a well as cider and perry,

salt, traditional sea salt and hand-harvested sea salt (‘fleur de sel’),

spices,

herbal mixtures.

wicker,

wicker and wicker products,


(1)  Not yet published in OJ.

(2)  OJ L 208, 24.7.1992, p. 1.

(3)   OJ L 11, 14.1.1994, p. 1 .

P6_TA(2006)0096

2005 enlargement strategy paper

European Parliament resolution on the Commission's 2005 enlargement strategy paper (2005/2206(INI))

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Commission's 2005 enlargement strategy paper (COM(2005)0561),

having regard to the Commission's proposal for a Council decision on the Principles, Priorities and Conditions contained in the Accession Partnership with Croatia (COM(2005)0556),

having regard to the Commission's proposal for a Council decision on the Principles, Priorities and Conditions contained in the Accession Partnership with Turkey (COM(2005)0559),

having regard to the Commission's opinion on the application from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for membership of the European Union (COM(2005)0562) and its related proposal for a Council decision on the Principles, Priorities and Conditions contained in the European Partnership with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (COM(2005)0557),

having regard to the communication from the Commission to the Council on the progress achieved by Bosnia and Herzegovina in implementing the priorities identified in the Feasibility Study on the preparedness of Bosnia and Herzegovina to negotiate a Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the European Union (COM(2005)0529),

having regard to the Commission's Progress Reports on Albania (SEC(2005)1421), Kosovo (SEC(2005)1423), Bosnia and Herzegovina (SEC(2005)1422), Serbia and Montenegro (SEC(2005)1428), Turkey (SEC(2005)1426) and Croatia (SEC(2005)1424),

having regard to the Communication from the Commission of 27 January 2006 entitled ‘The Western Balkans on the road to the EU: consolidating stability and raising prosperity’ (COM(2006)0027),

having regard to its resolution of 28 September 2005 on the opening of negotiations with Turkey (1),

having regard to its resolutions of 16 September 2004 (2) and 29 September 2005 (3) on the situation of ethnic and national minorities in the Serbian region of Vojvodina and the report of its fact-finding mission to the region of January-February 2005,

having regard to Rule 45 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (A6-0025/2006),

1.

Welcomes the fact that the Commission's Strategy Paper advocates an outward looking Union which continues to present itself as a reliable partner for its neighbouring countries, committed to promoting stable democracies and prosperous economies;

2.

Calls on the Member States and the Commission to work in close cooperation in drawing up a communication strategy so as to meet the legitimate concerns of the European public regarding European enlargement and integration;

3.

Notes with satisfaction that the incentive offered by the European Union enlargement strategy has undeniably contributed to the commencement of reforms in Turkey, Croatia and the western Balkan countries;

4.

Approves and supports the emphasis placed by the Commission on fair and rigorous conditionality, whereby the Commission will lay down clear and objective requirements for each phase of the accession process and will allow negotiations to proceed only if it is fully satisfied that all the relevant conditions have been met; reiterates, therefore, that the progress made by each candidate country will depend on that country's own merits;

5.

Recalls that the capacity for absorption of the Union, as set out at the 1993 Copenhagen European Council, remains one of the conditions for the accession of new countries; believes that defining the nature of the European Union, including its geographical borders, is fundamental to understanding the concept of absorption capacity; requests the Commission to submit a report by 31 December 2006 setting out the principles which underpin this concept; invites the Commission to factor this element into the overall negotiation timetable; calls for the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, together with its Constitutional Affairs Committee, to be authorised to draw up an own-initiative report on this issue;

6.

Is of the opinion that the stalemate in the ratification of the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe is preventing the Union from enhancing its absorption capacity;

7.

Reminds the Council that, before taking a final decision on any new Member State joining the European Union, it must ensure that adequate budgetary resources are available to allow the proper financing of the European Union's policies;

8.

Reiterates its call for an increase of 2,5 billion euro and a redeployment of 1,2 billion euro under Heading 4 (The EU as a global partner) as compared to the relevant Commission proposal in particular for Pre-accession (IPA) and Neighbourhood and Partnership (ENPI) instruments;

9.

Recalls that the long-term European perspective remains the objective to be pursued on the basis of the criteria and conditions already referred to, including the absorption capacity of the Union, as well as on the basis of the commitments made by the Union, which must all form part of a possible negotiation timetable;

10.

Therefore calls on the Commission and the Council, should this perspective require a broader spectrum of operational possibilities, to submit, for all European countries currently without membership prospects, proposals for a close multilateral relationship with the EU; underlines that it is up to all countries with recognised membership prospects to join this multilateral framework as an intermediate step towards full membership;

11.

Is of the opinion that such an option would also offer the European perspective which is necessary in order to promote the many internal reforms required in the countries in question;

12.

Reaffirms that the EU integration process cannot be guided by purely technocratic criteria but requires a wholehearted commitment to the fundamental principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law; will consider compliance with these values a decisive factor in assessing preparedness to join the Union;

13.

Calls on the Member States of the European Union to respect their commitments regarding the possible accession of the countries concerned; points out that the effective application of political conditionality depends also on belief in the European Union adhering firmly to its decisions regarding European prospects for those countries;

14.

Reminds candidate and potential candidate countries, however, that the rigorous implementation and enforcement of legislation adopted to comply with EC law is crucial; is convinced, in this context, that a truly independent, well-functioning public administration and judiciary system, endowed with the necessary logistical and financial resources, are essential pre-requisites; therefore calls on those countries, with the assistance of the Commission, to take concrete measures in this direction;

15.

Considers that the candidate countries have to demonstrate their capability to protect the outside borders of the Union once they have become parties to the Schengen Agreement;

16.

Reiterates the need to promote regional cooperation on crucial issues affecting the western Balkans, such as ethnic and religious reconciliation, cross-border cooperation and free movement of persons, fighting organised crime, facilitating refugee returns, establishing a free trade area capable of attracting foreign investment, sharing environmental resources and developing integrated trans-border networks; believes that the Commission should, in the different negotiating fora and via the different assistance programmes at its disposal, actively pursue this objective by providing real incentives; recalls the contribution made by the Stability Pact in this respect and supports its efforts to promote greater ownership, amongst western Balkan countries, of the regional integration process;

17.

Considers that regional development and investment programmes, joint education and employment initiatives and common transport and tourism projects should result in the establishment of joint mechanisms, such as a Western Balkan Customs Union, well before all the countries concerned join the EU;

18.

Urges the western Balkan countries to secure the rights of minorities and the right of members of those minorities to return to their place of origin;

19.

Welcomes the declaration by Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia-Montenegro on the return of refugees and property reparations, signed on 31 January 2005 in Sarajevo, as an important step towards tackling the legacy of some three million refugees and internally displaced persons; urges the Commission and the Member States not to further decrease their contributions to housing reconstruction and economic sustainability projects and, where possible, to make donations, loans and investments conditional on employment opportunities for returnees;

20.

Notes that, despite economic growth, unemployment is still unacceptably high in the western Balkans; calls, therefore, on the Commission to include job creation as one of its priorities in its overall policy concerning the region;

Turkey

21.

Believes that a democratic and secular Turkey could play a constructive role in promoting understanding between civilisations;

22.

Notes that, while Turkey's process of political transition is under way, the pace of change has slowed in 2005 and that implementation of the reforms remains uneven; expresses the hope that the opening of negotiations will act as leverage for further necessary reforms which should be pursued by Turkey in order to fully satisfy all political and economic criteria; expects the Commission to conduct a rigorous and thorough scrutiny of the developments on the ground regarding the effective implementation by Turkey of legal provisions regarding, in particular, human rights and fundamental freedoms, the rule of law and democracy;

23.

Urges Turkey to remove all existing legislative and practical obstacles to full enjoyment of fundamental rights and freedoms by all Turkish citizens, notably freedom of expression, religious freedom, cultural rights, the rights of minorities in general and in particular the rights of the Ecumenical Patriarch as well as the rights of the Greek minorities in Istanbul, Imbros and Tenedos;

24.

Expects Turkey to ensure full independence of the judiciary and its proper functioning, to eradicate torture and ill-treatment immediately, to pursue vigorously efforts to promote women's rights and to prosecute violence against women; urges Turkey to provide shelters for women at risk of being victims of violence;

25.

Welcomes the positive remarks of Prime Minister Erdogan on the need to resolve the Kurdish issue by democratic means; deplores the degradation of the current security situation in the south-east, in particular the increase in violence after the resumption of terrorist attacks; reminds all parties concerned that further provocation or an escalation of violence would not only seriously affect the people of this region, but would also form an obstacle in the negotiating process;

26.

Welcomes the decision by the Turkish judicial authorities to discontinue the prosecution of Orhan Pamuk, but denouces the further prosecution of others for non-violent expression of opinion; therefore urges the Turkish authorities to revise the legal provisions sometimes applied by the judiciary, even on the basis of the recently adopted Penal Code, to prosecute and, in some cases, convict individuals despite the fact that they have expressed their opinions in a non-violent way;

27.

Regrets the unilateral Declaration made by Turkey on the occasion of the signature of the Additional Protocol to the EC-Turkey Association Agreement (Ankara Agreement); reminds Turkey that recognition of all Member States is a necessary component of the accession process;

28.

Calls on the Turkish authorities to fully implement the provisions stemming from the Ankara Agreement and the priorities in the Accession Partnership and to remove without delay all restrictions on the free movement of goods affecting, inter alia, vessels flying the flag of the Republic of Cyprus or ships approaching Turkish ports from harbours in the Republic of Cyprus, or Cypriot aircraft; calls on the Turkish government to state clearly that the above-mentioned unilateral Declaration is not part of the ratification process in the Turkish Grand National Assembly, thereby enabling the European Parliament to ratify the above-mentioned Additional Protocol;

29.

Welcomes the agreement reached at the General Affairs Council of 27 February 2006 on the adoption of the regulation establishing an instrument of financial support for encouraging the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community; calls on the Council to make renewed efforts, based on the Council conclusions of 26 April 2004 and taking into account the consultations held under the Luxembourg Presidency, and on the basis of Protocol No 10 to the Act of Accession of the Republic of Cyprus, to reach an agreement on trade facilitation regulation concerning the northern part of Cyprus;

30.

Reiterates its position that those priorities in the Accession Partnership which relate to the political criteria have to be accomplished in the first phase of the negotiations; notes with satisfaction that the Commission now supports this view as well by stating that those criteria have to be fulfilled within one or two years; calls on Turkey to present as soon as possible a plan including a timetable and specific measures to meet these deadlines; urges the Commission and the Council to make the progress of the negotiations conditional on the timely accomplishment of those priorities;

31.

Expects Turkey to refrain from obstructing the application of the EU-NATO Berlin Plus Agreement;

Croatia

32.

Welcomes the EU's decision to open accession negotiations with Croatia in October 2005, in the wake of the assessment by the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) that Croatia is now fully cooperating, and commends it on the good progress made so far; urges its authorities to continue to implement its reform programme, to maintain full cooperation with the ICTY and to strengthen overall its administrative and judicial capacity;

33.

Welcomes the capture of General Gotovina by the Spanish authorities; hopes that this will put additional pressure on Serbia and the Republika Srpska to cooperate fully with the ICTY and that his trial will contribute to an open discussion on the events of the war in the former Republic of Yugoslavia in which General Gotovina was involved;

34.

Is pleased to note that Croatia meets the necessary political criteria but points out that it faces a number of major challenges in the field of judicial reform, particularly with regard to the large backlog of cases and with judgments showing an ethnic bias against Serb defendants in the prosecution of war crimes; in addition, stresses that efforts to reduce corruption need to be stepped up, and that, despite the Constitutional Law on National Minorities being in place, urgent action is needed to further improve the situation of the Roma;

35.

Recognises that there has been progress in the area of regional cooperation as regards both relations with Croatia's neighbours and regional initiatives; considers that what is needed is a major push to resolve on-going bilateral issues, particularly border- and property-related ones; asks Croatia and Slovenia to solve their bilateral problems in an atmosphere of good neighbourhood and mutual respect; regrets the fact that, despite the decision of the Croatian Government to send to the Parliament for ratification the draft Agreement on the State border between the Republic of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Agreement could not be ratified given the Republika Srpska's opposition to certain aspects of the Agreement; encourages the governments of both countries to pursue diplomatic efforts towards a final settlement of the border issue;

36.

Stresses that more needs to be done to create the conditions which will promote the sustainable return of refugees in the framework of the above-mentioned Sarajevo Declaration on refugee returns; welcomes in this respect the joint initiative by the OCSE Mission in Croatia, the Croatian Government, the UNHCR and the EC Delegation to Croatia to launch a public awareness campaign on refugee returns; believes that initiatives aimed at actively promoting reconciliation amongst the different ethic groups are essential for the future stability of the country and the region as a whole;

37.

Welcomes the fact that Croatia can be regarded as a functioning market economy and that it will be able to cope with competition as long as it continues to implement its reforms; draws Croatia's attention to the remaining weaknesses such as excessive state intervention in the economy, and the complex rules and deficiencies in public administration which are hampering development in the private sector and in the field of foreign direct investment; calls on the Croatian authorities to permit all European Union citizens, without discrimination, to have access to the housing property market;

38.

Welcomes the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of the National Fund, which provides a legal basis for the introduction of a decentralised implementation system for EU pre-accession assistance;

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

39.

Welcomes the Council's decision to grant the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia the status of candidate country; considers this a deserved recognition of the efforts made by that country to fully implement the Ohrid Agreement and to create a stable, democratic, multi-ethnic state and society, to reform its judiciary and police structures and to establish an efficient market economy;

40.

Considers that particular attention must be paid to the development of further strategies aimed at strengthening the Ohrid Agreement and thus the country's future stability;

41.

Notes with satisfaction the progress made by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in complying with EU standards and EU law; is concerned by delays in areas such as the free movement of goods, intellectual property law, competition policy and financial control; joins the Commission in urging the authorities of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to step up efforts to implement legislation in several key areas, including justice and home affairs, and to implement the recommendations made by the OSCE/ODHIR before the next parliamentary elections; emphasises in this respect the need to ensure that the Election Commission and its subsidiary bodies are fully independent of any political interference whilst remaining mindful of the interests and views of all political parties;

42.

Is convinced that the pace of adoption of the acquis communautaire should go hand in hand with the development of the required implementation and enforcement capacities lest the credibility of EU legislation in the public eye be otherwise compromised; commends in this context the increasing cooperation between the Republic of Croatia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia with a view to sharing experience and expertise;

43.

Calls on the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to seek in a constructive and flexible manner, together with Greece, a prompt, mutually acceptable solution to the unresolved problem of the country's name; takes the view that the question of the name of the republic does not constitute an obstacle to its further integration into the European fold;

Other western Balkan countries

44.

Recalls and fully endorses the presidency conclusions of the Thessaloniki European Council of 19-20 June 2003, when the Heads of State and Government reiterated their determination to fully and effectively support the European perspective of the western Balkan countries, which will become an integral part of the EU once they have met the established criteria;

45.

Believes that the European integration strategy, with its prospect of EU membership, is the ultimate incentive to achieve the reforms which are necessary to create lasting peace and stability in the western Balkans, a European region which will soon be completely surrounded by EU Member States;

46.

Considers that the future accession of the western Balkans is to be seen as a next phase in the reunification of Europe after the Cold War;

47.

Notes that the pre-accession Road Map for the western Balkans needs both a detailed and a concrete approach, as well as a more policy-driven, incentive-based approach that is tailored to the countries concerned, which share weak central-state institutions, and is capable of keeping up the momentum for reform over a foreseeably long period;

48.

Encourages the Commission to continue its re-orientation of Community assistance in this region and to focus EU support on the development of an efficient state administration and judiciary, the establishment of modern, non-segregational education systems and, finally, the promotion of social and economic inclusion measures for returnees; believes that this assistance should also be used to pursue a more future-oriented visa policy towards those countries, targeted at fighting organised crime but not hindering trans-border exchanges between the business community, social partners, academic staff and students;

49.

Notes that Albania is close to finalising negotiations for a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA), which bears witness to the efforts undertaken by that country to meet European standards, but urges the political authorities to implement the laws adopted and expects them to achieve tangible results in the fight against corruption and in the promotion of free independent media before the conclusion of an SAA; urges the Government and the Parliament of Albania to change the electoral law before the next elections in order to guarantee fair representation in Parliament of the political forces supported by the Albanian citizens and to prevent existing practices of tactical voting;

50.

Urges the Commission to help Albania to put an end to the ongoing blood feud which, inter alia, hinders children from attending school and others from exercising their right to vote;

51.

Welcomes the decision by the General Affairs and External Relations Council to open SAA negotiations with Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) but urges the BiH authorities, with the support of the Commission and the incoming High Representative, to review Dayton's constitutional arrangements by further consolidating State-level institutions whilst ensuring that the transfer of competences in the justice, defence and police sectors are matched by commensurate financial transfers; emphasises that such constitutional reforms must seek to combine democracy and effectiveness with representativeness and multi-ethnicity; notes with regret the stalemate in the cross-party negotiations on constitutional reform of the country and calls on the new High Representative to use his good offices in order to relaunch this process; reminds the BiH authorities that full cooperation with the ICTY remains a fundamental requirement for SAA negotiations with the EU;

52.

Recalls the statements by the former High Representative that BiH is finally leaving Dayton behind and moving resolutely towards Europe; welcomes the resolution shown by the new High Representative Mr Christian Schwarz-Schilling to assist that country in making substantial political, social and economic progress; believes that, in this crucial phase, Community assistance programmes and CFSP missions should be closely co-ordinated; therefore urges the relevant EU actors to take the appropriate steps to ensure that the European Union speaks with one voice;

53.

Considers that in the framework of the negotiations for the conclusion of an SAA, priority must be given to further reducing the need for international intervention in the governance of Bosnia-Herzegovina; calls on the Council and the Commission carefully to pave the way for winding down the Office of the High Representative;

54.

Respects the wish of the Montenegrin authorities to submit to a popular vote, in compliance with the constitutional provisions of Serbia and Montenegro and with European standards, the question of Montenegro's status within the State Union; is confident that the government and the opposition will succeed, with the mediation of the European Union, in jointly defining the terms and procedures for holding the referendum, so that the result may enjoy full national and international legitimacy; whatever the final outcome, urges the authorities of the two republics to cooperate closely and constructively in the context of the negotiations for an SAA and to adopt the measures required to achieve full economic integration of their respective markets;

55.

Recognises the significant progress made by Belgrade's authorities in cooperating with the ICTY; endorses and repeats the call by the UN Chief Prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, for former commander Ratko Mladic and former leader of Republika Srpska Radovan Karadjic to be immediately handed over to the ICTY; recalls that full and active cooperation with the ITCY is an essential prerequisite for pursuing negotiations on an SAA; therefore urges the Serb authorities not to miss the window of opportunity which is being offered to them and to pursue resolutely their policy of further European integration; reminds them that it is vital to ensure that the government's policy towards the ICTY enjoys the full support, at all levels, of the administration, police, judiciary and army;

56.

Notes the strategic importance of preserving the present multiethnic nature of the Vojvodina region;

57.

Welcomes the fact that the first negotiation talks have taken place in a climate of mutual respect; is concerned, however, by the fact that, as described in the report of the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy, the situation of inter-ethnic relations and minority rights, particularly with regard to the Serb and Roma minorities, remains ‘grim’; calls on the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government to submit proposals, in the framework of the decentralisation talks, in order to address this problem;

58.

Joins the Commission in emphasising the progress made by Kosovo but also the many shortcomings in the implementation of UN standards;

59.

Reiterates that the conclusion of the status negotiations presupposes full compliance with the UN standards and agrees with the Council that the solution to the status question can only be a multi-ethnic Kosovo where all citizens are free to live, work and travel, a Kosovo whose territorial integrity is safeguarded by the UN and the European Union; emphasises that the final settlement should be acceptable to the people of Kosovo; takes the view that the question should be considered in the light of Kosovo's integration into the EU and must contribute to strengthening peace, security and stability in the region;

60.

Furthermore believes that the decision on the final status should be accompanied by a roadmap for its implementation, detailing the conditions necessary to avoid destabilisation in the region;

61.

Urges the European Union and the Commission to play a leading role, in close cooperation with the United Nations and all members of the Contact Group (France, Germany, Russia, UK, USA), in the negotiations on the future status of Kosovo; believes that these negotiations are a challenge for the whole region and that it is for all the countries concerned to support the process and to endorse its final outcome;

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62.

Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the parliaments and governments of the Member States, the parliaments and governments of Turkey, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government in Kosovo and the United Nations Mission to Kosovo.


(1)  Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2005)0350.

(2)  OJ C 140 E, 9.6.2005, p. 163.

(3)  Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2005)0369.

P6_TA(2006)0097

62nd session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR, Geneva)

European Parliament resolution on the outcome of the negotiations on the Human Rights Council and on the 62nd session of the UNCHR

The European Parliament,

having regard to its previous resolutions on the UN Commission on Human Rights since 1996, as well as those of 29 January 2004 on the relations between the European Union and the United Nations (1), of 9 June 2005 on the reform of the United Nations (2), and of 29 September 2005 on the outcome of the United Nations World Summit of 14-16 September 2005 (3),

having regard to the 62nd session of the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR), which was planned to take place from 13 March to 21 April 2006,

having regard to the report entitled ‘A more secure world: our shared responsibility’ by the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change of 1 December 2004,

having regard to the report entitled ‘In larger freedom: towards development, security and human rights for all’ by the UN Secretary-General of 21 March 2005,

having regard to the Outcome Document of the 2005 UN World Summit adopted in New York on 16 September 2005, where it was resolved to create a Human Rights Council which would replace the Commission on Human Rights and to entrust the President of the UN General Assembly with the task of conducting negotiations, to be completed as soon as possible during the 60th session, in order to define its mandate and composition,

having regard to the draft resolution on the Human Rights Council presented on 23 February 2006 by the President of the UN General Assembly,

having regard to Rule 103(4) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.

whereas respect for, and the promotion and safeguarding of, the universality of human rights is part of the European Union's ethical and legal acquis and one of the cornerstones of European unity and integrity,

B.

whereas the United Nations potentially constitutes, now as in the past, one of the most appropriate organisations to deal comprehensively with human rights issues and challenges facing mankind today,

C.

whereas the draft resolution on the Human Rights Council (HRC) was the outcome of many months of efforts to reach consensus;

D.

whereas, while not addressing some of the major concerns that have been voiced, the HRC could provide an effective platform for strengthening human rights protection and promotion within the UN framework, which unfortunately has not always achieved the desired effectiveness in terms of results,

E.

whereas the 62nd session of the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) will be its last session prior to the actual establishment of the HRC,

F.

whereas an ad hoc European Parliament delegation has been established for this year's annual session of the UNCHR, as has been the case for the past seven years,

Human Rights Council

1.

Welcomes the adoption of the resolution creating the HRC; takes note in this respect of the EU's contribution towards the outcome of the negotiations;

2.

Welcomes the establishment of a smaller, permanent UN body, directly elected by the General Assembly, as a first step in meeting the 2005 World Summit's commitment to strengthen the United Nations human rights machinery;

3.

Welcomes, in particular, the fact that the HRC will be able to meet regularly in the course of the year, holding not fewer than three sessions per year, and to convene special sessions outside its regular meetings in order to address rapidly developing human rights crises;

4.

Welcomes the retention of the UNCHR's system of independent ‘special procedures’; notes that these special procedures will be subject to review within one year and calls on the EU to remain vigilant so as to ensure that they are maintained;

5.

Welcomes the retention of the practice of the participation of human rights NGOs in the debates and hopes that this participation is improved and strengthened in the future; reiterates its call for a reform of the UN Committee on NGOs, so as to ensure the effective participation of independent NGOs;

6.

Welcomes the establishment of a universal periodic review mechanism, ‘the peer review’, as a means of reinforcing the universality of coverage and equal treatment of Member States with regard to the monitoring of human rights throughout the world; takes note of the specification that this mechanism should not duplicate the work of UN treaty bodies; calls on the HRC to ensure, in establishing the modalities of this review, that the session dedicated thereto is additional to the minimum three sessions and ten weeks provided for in the resolution;

7.

Regrets that the proposal for the election of members of the HRC by a strengthened, two-thirds majority has not been retained; considers, nevertheless, that the procedure whereby members are elected directly and individually by secret ballot by an absolute majority of the General Assembly, and governments are required to consider candidates' human rights records and commitments, could prevent gross human rights violators from sitting on the HRC; welcomes the setting-up of a mechanism for the suspension, by a two-thirds majority vote of the General Assembly, of the membership rights in the HRC of a member that commits gross and systematic violations of human rights;

8.

Calls on all UN Member States to endeavour to elect the candidate countries with the highest human rights standards, which have ratified core human rights treaties, complied with their reporting obligations, issued open invitations to the UN special procedures and endeavoured to implement their recommendations; calls on the EU to insist that nominations be presented at least thirty days prior to election, to allow for public scrutiny of their human rights records and pledges;

9.

Reaffirms its view that the HRC's ability to protect human rights will depend on all the parties' political willingness to make it a strong and effective body;

10.

Calls, therefore, on all UN Member States to fulfil the mandate which they have defined and to implement the mechanisms developed so as to ensure the ability of the HRC to meaningfully protect and promote human rights;

11.

Urges the EU to play a pioneering role in the HRC and to set an example for working towards a strengthened UN human rights body, capable of addressing and reacting to human rights situations all over the world;

12.

Reaffirms the need for strengthened consultation, cooperation and coordination between the EU and the UN, in particular the new HRC;

13.

Reaffirms the need for a coordinated, concerted and well prepared approach on the part of the EU prior to, during and after the HRC sessions so as to ensure an efficient and effective contribution to its proceedings;

14.

Considers it appropriate, following Parliament's practice of participating in the annual sessions of the UNCHR, to continue sending a delegation to attend relevant sessions of the HRC;

62nd session of the UNCHR

15.

Takes note of the decision to make the 62nd session of the UNCHR a transitional, procedural, shortened session;

16.

Considers, nevertheless, that these modalities should not prevent the UNCHR from carrying out its protection mandate and that all activities of the UNCHR in standard- setting should be duly adopted or otherwise followed-up;

17.

Calls, therefore, on members of the Commission on Human Rights to ensure that the work of special procedures mandated at the last session, such as the report of the Secretary-General on cooperation with representatives of United Nations human rights bodies, is presented, acknowledged and fully debated, and that those mandates that come to an end, such as the mandate of the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders, are renewed; stresses that the ability of human rights defenders to address the Commission and take part in the debates must be maintained;

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18.

Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council and Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the UN Security Council, the UN Secretary-General, the President of the 60th General Assembly and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.


(1)  OJ C 96 E, 21.4.2004, p. 79.

(2)  Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2005)0237.

(3)  Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2005)0362.

P6_TA(2006)0098

Preparations for the COP-MOP meetings on biological diversity and biosafety (Curitiba, Brazil)

European Parliament resolution on preparations for the COP-MOP meetings on biological diversity and biosafety in Curitiba, Brazil

The European Parliament,

having regard to the 8th Conference of the Parties (COP8) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to be held from 20 to 31 March 2006 in Curitiba, Brazil,

having regard to the 3rd Meeting of Parties (MOP3) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (BSP) being held from 13 to 17 March 2006 in Curitiba, Brazil,

having regard to the conclusions of the Göteborg European Council of 15 and 16 June 2001,

having regard to Rule 103(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.

whereas the CBD is the largest global agreement on the protection of biodiversity, addressing the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources, and whereas it has been signed by 188 parties, including the 25 EU Member States and the European Community,

B.

whereas the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety sets common minimum standards for trans-boundary movements of living modified organisms (LMOs) and has been ratified by 131 countries,

C.

whereas biological diversity, including genetic, species and ecosystem diversity, constitutes the fabric of life and is the very foundation of human health, quality of life and prosperity, and has an inherent value in itself,

D.

whereas there is a direct link between the conservation of biological diversity and the provision of ecosystem services, such as food production, water purification, nutrient circulation and climate regulation; whereas human consumption of natural resources, the destruction of habitats, climate change, the overexploitation of wild species and the unsustainable and illegal trade in wild fauna and flora are increasing in intensity and already put ecosystem services under severe stress,

E.

whereas Parties to the CBD, by Decision CBD VI/26, and, independently, Parties at the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in 2002 agreed to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss significantly by 2010,

F.

whereas the European Community has committed itself to halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010,

G.

whereas UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/59/25 of 17 November 2004 calls for urgent action to ‘consider on a case-by-case basis and on a scientific basis, including the application of the precautionary approach, the interim prohibition of destructive fishing practices, including bottom trawling that has adverse impacts on vulnerable marine ecosystems, including seamounts, hydrothermal vents and cold water corals located beyond national jurisdiction, until such time as appropriate conservation and management measures have been adopted in accordance with international law’,

H.

whereas the recent UN Food and Agriculture Organization's Forest Resources Assessment (FRA 2005) underscores the dramatic loss of the world's last ancient forests, estimating forest loss at more than 13 million hectares per year globally,

I.

whereas at COP8 parties are expected to take stock of the commitments made in the work programme on forest biological diversity, CBD Decisions VI/22 and VII/28, regarding the sustainable use and consumption of and trade in biological resources, as well as forest law enforcement and governance and action against illegal logging,

J.

whereas CBD Decision V/5, section III, taken by COP5 in 2000, lays down a moratorium on the field-testing and marketing of V-GURT technology (Varietal Genetic Use Restriction Technologies) designed to prevent, by means of sterility-inducing gene constructs, farm-saved seeds from germinating,

K.

whereas the use of genetic engineering to produce sterile seeds would force farmers to purchase new seed each season and could therefore threaten food security, in particular in developing countries, and whereas such genes could contaminate non-GM crops as a result of cross-fertilisation and accidental mixing,

1.

Is deeply concerned at the continued loss of biodiversity and at the European Union's ever increasing ecological footprint, which extends the impact on biodiversity well beyond the borders of the European Union;

2.

Calls on the European Commission and the Member States to show leadership and conviction by agreeing to and facilitating concrete measures for the protection of biodiversity, both domestically and internationally;

3.

Considers that the requirements of the global moratorium on the field-testing and marketing of V-GURT technology with regard to, inter alia, the ecological and socioeconomic impact and any adverse impact on biological diversity, food security and human health, have not been met;

4.

Urges the European Commission and the Member States to:

set specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound global targets for the review of the 2010 biodiversity target;

build on and accelerate implementation of the recent CBD decisions on forest biological diversity and protected areas;

allocate additional resources and develop new international financing mechanisms to establish a global network of protected areas by 2010 on land, and by 2012 at sea, with special emphasis on large intact ecosystems, which are vital to the protection of the world's biodiversity;

develop strong measures to ensure sustainable use and consumption of and trade in biodiversity resources, improve forest law enforcement and governance, and combat illegal logging and the related trade, taking into account the recommendations contained in Parliament's resolution of 7 July 2005 on speeding up implementation of the EU action plan on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) (1);

make use of the FLEGT initiative and other similar regional processes to enhance the implementation of the CBD objectives and contribute to achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);

protect marine biodiversity from destructive practices affecting vulnerable marine ecosystems, insist on the consideration on a scientific basis, including the application of the precautionary approach, of the interim prohibition of destructive fishing practices, including bottom trawling, that has adverse impacts on vulnerable marine ecosystems until such time as appropriate conservation and management measures have been adopted in accordance with international law, and stress the need to strengthen, as appropriate, the conservation powers of existing Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) and establish new RFMOs where needed;

develop a legally binding instrument to ensure fair and equitable access and benefit sharing (ABS) in respect of genetic resources within an agreed time-frame;

ensure the full and effective participation of local communities and indigenous peoples in implementing the CBD work programme;

reject any proposals to undermine the moratorium on the field-testing and marketing of so-called terminator technologies set by CBD Decision V/5 through a ‘case-by-case’ assessment or approval of Genetic Use Restriction Technologies;

defend robustly an EU policy to require that no open-air growing of crops involving Genetic Use Restriction Technologies can be permitted until thorough research on ecological and socio-economic impacts and on any adverse effects for biodiversity, food security and human health has been carried out in a transparent manner;

ensure that biodiversity indicators are developed, since effective implementation is hampered by a lack of coherent information on the effectiveness of measures already taken, and by the difficulty of presenting information on the state of biodiversity; and

insist that agreement is reached on a robust regime of requirements for the documentation accompanying shipments of LMOs, so that the legality of imported LMOs can be determined in the country of destination and the importing party can establish adequate traceability and monitor unintended releases into the environment and the use and consumption of LMOs in processed food and feed;

5.

Urges, in addition, the European Commission and the Member States to speed up progress towards meeting the Community's target of halting the loss of biodiversity, including by integrating the CBD objectives into EU development and aid policy, notably into the forthcoming EU Country and Regional Strategy Papers, and drastically improving the implementation of the EU's Habitats (2) and Birds (3) Directives and the related Natura 2000 network;

6.

Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council and Commission and to the Parties to the CBD and the BSP.


(1)  Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2005)0300.

(2)  Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (OJ L 206, 22.7.1992, p. 7).

(3)  Council Directive 79/409/EEC of 2 April 1979 on the conservation of wild birds (OJ L 103, 25.4.1979, p. 1).

P6_TA(2006)0099

Human rights in Moldova and in Transnistria in particular

European Parliament resolution on human rights in Moldova, and in Transnistria in particular

The European Parliament,

having regard to its previous resolutions on Moldova, in particular that of 18 December 2003 (1), that of 24 February 2005 (2) on the parliamentary elections in Moldova and that of 28 April 2005 on the Annual Report on Human Rights in the World (2004) and the EU's policy on the matter (3),

having regard to the Final Statement and Recommendations of the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Cooperation Committee meeting of 6 and 7 October 2005,

having regard to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Moldova and the European Union (EU), which was signed on 28 November 1994 and entered into force on 1 July 1998,

having regard to the statements of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) 1999 Summit in Istanbul and the 2002 OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Oporto,

having regard to the Action Plan for Moldova adopted by the seventh EU-Moldova Cooperation Council meeting on 22 February 2005,

having regard to the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission Final Report on the parliamentary elections of 6 March 2005, which elections complied in general with most of the commitments made to the OSCE with the standards laid down by the Council of Europe and other international bodies for democratic elections despite the shortcomings identified regarding campaign conditions and access to the media,

having regard to Council Decision 2006/96/CFSP implementing Common Position 2004/179/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against the leadership of the Transnistrian region of Moldova (4) and Council Common Position 2006/95/CFSP (5) renewing these restrictive measures for a further period of 12 months,

having regard to the interim resolution adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 1 March 2006 concerning the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) of 8 July 2004 in the case of Ilaşcu and others against Moldova and the Russian Federation,

having regard to Rule 115(5) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.

whereas the European Neighbourhood Policy recognises Moldova's European aspirations and the importance of Moldova as a country with deep historical, cultural and economic links to the Member States,

B.

whereas within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy an Action Plan has been adopted which includes proposals aimed at encouraging the political and institutional reforms which will enable Moldova to integrate progressively into EU policies and programmes,

C.

whereas the European Union took important steps recently to enhance its engagement with the Republic of Moldova and the search for a resolution of the Transnistria conflict, by opening a permanent European Commission delegation in Chisinau, by appointing an EU Special Representative (EUSR) for Moldova with a mandate to contribute towards a sustainable settlement of the Transnistria conflict and by establishing an EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) to Moldova and Ukraine,

D.

whereas Transnistria declared independence in 1992, after an armed conflict involving Russian military support, thereby destabilising the entire country,

E.

whereas there are concerns, notably with regard to Transnistria, about the serious level of criminal activity, the pervasiveness of corruption throughout society, the existence of a deeply rooted unofficial economy and the lack of respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights,

F.

whereas the self-proclaimed Transnistrian authorities continue to harass the independent media and NGOs, and to discriminate against and persecute the Romanian-speaking population,

G.

whereas the self-proclaimed Transnistrian authorities continue to refuse to comply with the ECHR ruling requiring them to put an end to the unlawful and arbitrary detention of Mr Andrei Ivantoc and Mr Tudor Petrov-Popa,

H.

whereas Andrei Ivantoc has reportedly been on hunger strike since 27 February 2006 in protest at the inhuman and degrading treatment meted out by the employees of the penitentiary in Tiraspol,

1.

Strongly condemns the repression, harassment and intimidation by the Transnistrian regime of representatives of the independent media, citizens criticising the self-proclaimed Transnistrian authorities and members of NGOs and of the opposition; condemns the prohibition of funding of NGOs by foreign donors; deplores the unwillingness of the regime to engage fully in efforts to reach a peaceful and comprehensive solution to the Transnistria conflict; welcomes, therefore, the extension of the EU visa ban on members of the Transnistrian regime;

2.

Deeply deplores the fact that the self-proclaimed Transnistrian authorities, more than one and a half years after delivery of the judgment of the ECHR in the case of Ilaşcu and others, continue to keep two of the applicants in that case imprisoned; notes that, in its judgment, the ECHR held in particular that the two respondent States were to take all necessary measures to put an end to the arbitrary detention of the applicants still imprisoned and secure their immediate release;

3.

Calls on the Moldovan authorities to continue their efforts towards putting an end to the unlawful and arbitrary detention of Mr Andrei Ivantoc and Mr Tudor Petrov-Popa and securing their immediate release; strongly urges the Russian authorities actively to explore all effective avenues capable of putting an end to the unlawful and arbitrary detention of both prisoners and of securing their immediate release; calls on the Council, the Commission and the Member States to plea for the immediate release of those prisoners;

4.

Calls on the Moldovan authorities, with regard to the high-profile and controversial conviction of former Defence Minister Valeriu Pasat, to ensure that the appeal process will be allowed to proceed in a transparent fashion in accordance with international legal norms;

5.

Expresses its strong and continuing support for the efforts of the Moldovan authorities to successfully implement the Action Plan as part of the EU's Neighbourhood Policy; calls on the Commission and the Council to support the Moldovan authorities in their democratisation process and to use all diplomatic means to weaken the authoritarian and illegal regime in Transnistria;

6.

Urges the Moldovan Government to continue the process of reforms so as to strengthen the rule of law and redress corruption in the institutions in compliance with the commitments stemming from the Action Plan, and to step up efforts in the fight against any trafficking in human beings;

7.

Takes note of the Law on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Persons, enacted on 20 October 2005, which provides for free social services for victims of trafficking; calls on the Moldovan authorities to provide further clarification as to the way in which implementation of the Law will be funded; stresses the importance of providing additional funding and staff for advisory bodies on trafficking in women, and of greater cooperation on the part of NGOs active in this field;

8.

Welcomes the constructive cooperation between the different political parties in the Moldovan Parliament; recognises the importance of the reforms regarding the independence of the judiciary, the intelligence services, legislation on elections and the Court of Auditors; calls for the reinforcement of Moldova's judicial capacity; underlines the importance of the implementation of these and other reforms without delay;

9.

Is convinced that reforms in Moldova will be successful only when they are carried out with respect for the rule of law and fundamental freedoms; urges all the parties concerned, including members of civil society, to work together to foster the further development of the country's democracy;

10.

Welcomes the implementation of the Joint Declaration on Customs of the Ukrainian and Moldovan Prime Ministers of 30 December 2005; calls on economic agents in the Transnistrian region of Moldova to register with the relevant authorities in Chisinau in order to promote the unimpeded flow of goods across the border; calls on the self-proclaimed Transnistrian authorities not to block such registration;

11.

Welcomes the deployment of the EUBAM to Moldova and Ukraine, which may contribute to wider efforts to find a viable and sustainable solution to the Transnistria conflict; stresses that better border controls are an essential element in bringing the conflict to an end, including by limiting the arms trade;

12.

Calls on the Commission, the Council and the EUSR for Moldova to make every effort to prevent any escalation of the present border crisis;

13.

Takes note of the positive, though in certain respects critical, declaration by the Moldovan Parliament on the Ukrainian initiative to settle the Transnistria conflict; calls on all the parties involved to fully engage themselves in the 5 + 2 negotiations in which Moldova, the Transnistrian region of Moldova, Russia, Ukraine and the OSCE are participating with the EU and the United States of America as observers, and to come to a political settlement of the Transnistria conflict;

14.

Calls on Russia immediately to discontinue its support for the Transnistrian regime, to reaffirm its commitment to Moldova's territorial integrity as defined by the Moldovan Constitution and unconditionally to withdraw its troops, including their heavy weaponry and munitions; stresses that, under the decision taken at the 1999 OSCE Summit in Istanbul, the troops should have been withdrawn by the end of 2002; calls on the Council to include this item on the agenda of the next EU-Russia summit;

15.

Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Government and Parliament of Moldova, the Government of Romania, the Government of Ukraine, the Government of the Russian Federation, the Government of the United States of America, the Secretary-General of the OSCE and the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe.


(1)  OJ C 91 E, 15.4.2004, p. 692.

(2)  OJ C 304 E, 1.12.2005, p. 398.

(3)  OJ C 45 E, 23.2.2006, p. 107.

(4)  OJ L 44, 15.2.2006, p. 32.

(5)  OJ L 44, 15.2.2006, p. 31.

P6_TA(2006)0100

Kazakhstan

European Parliament resolution on Kazakhstan

The European Parliament,

having regard to its previous resolutions on Kazakhstan,

having regard to the European Union's Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) with Kazakhstan, which was signed on 23 January 1995 and entered into force on 1 July 1999,

having regard to the EU statement of 16 February 2006 on the death of Mr Altynbek Sarsenbayev in Kazakhstan,

having regard to the Commission's Central Asia Strategy Paper 2002-2006,

having regard to the conclusions of the fourth meeting of the EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council,

having regard to the official results of the presidential elections of 4 December 2005,

having regard to Rule 115(5) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.

whereas Mr Altynbek Sarsenbayev, a prominent politician and the co-chairman of the True Ak Zhol opposition party, was brutally murdered on 13 February 2006, together with his bodyguard and driver,

B.

whereas, on 12 November 2005, another opposition leader, Nurkadilov Zamanbek, was found shot dead in unexplained circumstances after he had accused the government of corruption; whereas the official investigation concluded that he had committed suicide,

C.

whereas twelve opposition activists, as well as a number of journalists, were jailed for five to fifteen days or fined for holding a rally on 26 February 2006 in memory of the slain opposition leader, Altynbek Sarsenbayev,

D.

whereas the Secretary-General of the Senate was arrested for the killing of Mr Sarsenbayev, together with five members of the state security services, and charged with kidnapping and killing, prompting the resignation of the head of the state security agency,

E.

whereas Kazakhstan is a key ally in the fight against international terrorism and religious fundamentalism, and whereas it wishes to chair the OSCE from 2009,

F.

stressing that respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law is a fundamental element of the EU-Kazakhstan Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, upon which the development of future relations will be based,

1.

Condemns the murder of Mr Altynbek Sarsenbayev, and extends its condolences to the family of the victim;

2.

Expresses its great concern at the fact that over a period of three months two prominent opposition politicians were killed;

3.

Calls on the Kazakhstan authorities to carry out the ongoing investigation into the circumstances of the death of Mr Altynbek Sarsenbayev and the two persons who accompanied him in a full, independent and transparent manner;

4.

Welcomes President Nazarbayev's statement of 21 February 2006 condemning the murders and promising severe punishment for those involved;

5.

Welcomes the release of Mr Galymzhan Zhakianov from his internal exile;

6.

Condemns the jailing of opposition activists and journalists for five to fifteen days for taking part in the peaceful rally following the death of Mr Altynbek Sarsenbayev;

7.

Urges the Kazakhstan government to honour its commitments under the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, in particular to respect democracy, the principles of international law and human rights and move towards democratisation, the provision of guarantees of greater freedom for citizens and liberalisation; reiterates the importance it places on cooperation between Kazakhstan and the EU in the economic, political and cultural fields;

8.

Calls on the Council and Commission to place the issue of respect for human rights at the core of the next Cooperation Council meeting, linking progress in this field to the further implementation of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, and to strengthen the TACIS democracy programmes for Kazakhstan, aiming, in particular, at strengthening and developing democratic institutions, independent media and the fight against corruption; calls for the inclusion of these topics in the agenda for the next meeting of the EU-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, which is due to take place on 29 and 30 May 2006;

9.

Stresses that respect for the principles of democracy, the rule of law and human rights, as clearly laid down in the PCA, is a prerequisite if Kazakhstan is to fulfil its intention to chair the OSCE from 2009;

10.

Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the UN Secretary-General, the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, and the Government and President of Kazakhstan.

P6_TA(2006)0101

Impunity in Africa and in particular the case of Hissène Habré

European Parliament resolution on impunity in Africa and in particular the case of Hissène Habré

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Treaty on the International Criminal Court,

having regard to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1638 requiring the UN Mission in Liberia to apprehend and detain former President Taylor in the event of his return to Liberia and to transfer him or facilitate his transfer to Sierra Leone for prosecution before the Special Court for Sierra Leone,

having regard to its previous resolutions on Chad and Liberia, in particular that of 24 February 2005 on the extradition of Charles Taylor, (1)

having regard to the 38th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights held in Banjul, The Gambia, from 21 November to 5 December 2005,

having regard to Rule 115(5) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.

recalling the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and stressing that it has been 50 years since the United Nations first recognised the need to establish an international criminal court to prosecute those suspected of crimes such as genocide,

B.

whereas Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General, has stated that amnesties for gross human rights violations remain unacceptable to, and cannot be recognised by, the UN unless they exclude genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes,

C.

noting with concern the numerous human rights abuses in parts of the African continent and that the perpetrators of these crimes are rarely brought to justice, while the victims are frequently denied an effective remedy,

D.

whereas international law clearly states that war criminals must be tried at all times and that States are obliged to extradite people suspected of having committed war crimes,

E.

noting that the Constitutive Act of the African Union, at Article 4(o), expressly condemns and rejects impunity,

F.

welcoming the declarations by the African Union against impunity and taking the view that the union will enhance its credibility by demonstrating its determination to take practical measures against impunity for human rights violations,

G.

whereas numerous crimes, including crimes against humanity, committed by African dictators and their accomplices remain unpunished, constituting a further wrong to the next of kin of the victims and encouraging the commission of fresh crimes,

H.

further noting that 27 African States have ratified the Rome Statute and that some of them have made efforts to give legal effect to the application of the Rome Statute nationally,

I.

whereas various former African dictators, particularly Charles Taylor, Mengistu Haile Mariam and Hissène Habré, and their accomplices, who have committed serious crimes, are now living out their days in tranquillity, enjoying complete impunity,

J.

whereas an international arrest warrant has been issued, charging Chad's exiled former president, Hissène Habré, with human rights crimes committed during his 1982-1990 rule,

K.

whereas the victims have used the Habré case to seek broader justice and open up new avenues for justice in Chad and elsewhere,

L.

whereas the African Union decided on 24 January 2006 to create a group of legal experts to recommend where and how Hissène Habré should be tried, giving preference to ‘an African mechanism’,

M.

whereas Nigerian President Obasanjo is expected to announce in the near future that he will surrender Charles Taylor to face trial for his alleged crimes, giving him an opportunity to demonstrate Nigeria's commitment to the rule of law in West Africa,

N.

whereas the Special Court for Sierra Leone was set up in 2002 to try those most responsible for war crimes committed during Sierra Leone's armed conflict; whereas Charles Taylor has been accused of 17 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the Special Court,

O.

whereas the brutal former dictator of Ethiopia, Colonel Mengistu, still enjoys asylum in Zimbabwe,

1.

Recalls that without an international criminal court to establish individual responsibility as an enforcement mechanism, acts of genocide and egregious violations of human rights would often go unpunished;

2.

Stresses that it has become customary international law that, irrespective of their status, perpetrators will not enjoy amnesty or immunity for human rights violations, and strongly supports the bringing to justice of those responsible for crimes and atrocities;

3.

Reiterates that the fight against impunity is one of the cornerstones of the Union's human rights policy and calls on the Commission, the Council and the Member States of the African Union to continue to pay due attention to this question;

4.

Considers that sustainable peace cannot be achieved through deals to protect those responsible for systematic human rights abuses;

5.

Urges Member States of the African Union that have not yet done so to ratify the Rome Statute and to adopt a national action plan for the effective implementation of the Rome Statute at national level;

6.

Encourages the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union to urge its Member States to condemn and reject impunity;

7.

Calls on the African Union to take practical measures which would contribute to regional efforts in the fight against impunity;

8.

Encourages the African Union to develop its criminal-law institutions and organise better judicial cooperation in criminal matters among its members and with the authorities of other continents in order to reduce impunity for crimes against humanity committed by African authorities and by, or with the complicity of, nationals from other continents;

9.

Recalls that the international community has established an accountability mechanism by means of ad hoc tribunals for the perpetrators of crimes and atrocities in Rwanda and in Sierra Leone, for instance, and emphasises that the international community has to speak with one voice in order to help promote effective accountability;

10.

Recalls the proceedings of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Arusha, and the extreme difficulties encountered by outside investigators in bringing to justice those responsible for the Rwandan genocide in 1994;

11.

Considers it particularly shocking that those who perpetrated human rights abuses during the massacre of civilians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where, during the six years of conflict, at least three million people have died and in the Great Lakes region too continue to enjoy impunity;

12.

Calls on Senegal to guarantee a fair trial to Hissène Habré, through his extradition to Belgium if there is not an African alternative, in accordance with the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment;

13.

Calls on the African Union, within the framework of the case against Hissène Habré, to ensure that Senegal respects its international commitments as a State Party to the convention against torture;

14.

Considers the move by African Heads of State on the Habré issue to be a significant step, since African leaders have clearly affirmed that it is necessary to fight impunity;

15.

Calls on the Government of Nigeria to act in the continued interests of the Liberian peace process and in support of the rule of law by surrendering Charles Ghankay Taylor forthwith to the jurisdiction of the Special Court for Sierra Leone;

16.

Welcomes the fact that Liberia's newly-elected President Johnson-Sirleaf has very recently requested Nigeria to surrender Charles Taylor and applauds her for delivering on her pledge that her presidency will stand for accountability and the rule of law;

17.

Calls on Member States to do whatever they can to ensure that nationals of European countries who have committed crimes or acted as accomplices to crimes in Africa and in developing countries elsewhere are likewise prosecuted and that the victims of such crimes receive compensation;

18.

Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the ACP-EU Council of Ministers, the Governments of Chad, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal, the African Union and the Secretary General of the United Nations.


(1)  OJ C 304 E, 1.12.2005, p. 408.