20.3.2008   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

CE 74/680


MINUTES

(2008/C 74 E/04)

PROCEEDINGS OF THE SITTING

IN THE CHAIR: Alejo VIDAL-QUADRAS

Vice-President

1.   Opening of sitting

The sitting opened at 10.00.

The following spoke: Richard Corbett, who pointed out that he, along with other Members, had tabled a written declaration on the Bureau's reversal of the complete ban on smoking on Parliament's premises.

The relevant departments and the President had notified him that the written declaration was inadmissible as it pertained to an internal Parliament matter. Mr Corbett called for the matter to be referred to the AFCO Committee in order for that committee to provide an interpretation of the provisions of the relevant Rule (Rule 116) (the President agreed to proceed as Mr Corbett suggested).

2.   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 meat and livestock statistics (COM(2007)0129 — C6-0099/2007 — 2007/0051(COD))

referred to

responsible: AGRI

Proposal for a Council and Commission decision on the conclusion of the Protocol to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Ukraine, of the other part, to take account of the accession of the Republic of Bulgaria and Romania to the European Union (COM(2007)0007 — C6-0102/2007 — 2007/0004(CNS))

referred to

responsible: AFET

 

opinion: INTA

Proposal for a Council and Commission decision on the conclusion of the Protocol to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Moldova, of the other part, to take account of the accession of the Republic of Bulgaria and Romania to the European Union (COM(2007)0009 — C6-0103/2007 — 2007/0003(CNS))

referred to

responsible: AFET

 

opinion: INTA

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 1408/71 on the application of social security schemes to employed persons, to self-employed persons and to members of their families moving within the Community (COM(2007)0159 — C6-0104/2007 — 2007/0054(COD))

referred to

responsible: EMPL

Proposal for transfer of appropriations DEC 10/2007 — Section III — Commission (SEC(2007)0370 — C6-0107/2007 — 2007/2070(GBD))

referred to

responsible: BUDG

Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to the installation of lighting and light-signalling devices on wheeled agricultural and forestry tractors (Codified version) (COM(2007)0192 — C6-0108/2007 — 2007/0066(COD))

referred to

responsible: JURI

Proposal for a Council directive amending Directive 2003/96/EC as regards the adjustment of special tax arrangements for gas oil used as motor fuel for commercial purposes and the coordination of taxation of unleaded petrol and gas oil used as motor fuel (COM(2007)0052 — C6-0109/2007 — 2007/0023(CNS))

referred to

responsible: ECON

 

opinion: ENVI, ITRE, TRAN

Proposal for a Council regulation Establishing a multi-annual recovery Plan for Bluefin tuna in the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean (COM(2007)0169 — C6-0110/2007 — 2007/0058(CNS))

referred to

responsible: PECH

 

opinion: ENVI

Proposal for a Council regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 on the financing of the common agricultural policy (COM(2007)0122 — C6-0116/2007 — 2007/0045(CNS))

referred to

responsible: AGRI

 

opinion: BUDG, CONT

2)

from Members:

a)

proposals for recommendations (Rule 114)

Graham Watson, Marco Cappato, Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck and Marco Pannella, on behalf of the ALDE Group. Proposal for a recommendation to the Council on production of opium for medical purposes in Afghanistan B6-0187/2007)

referred to

responsible: AFET

 

opinion: LIBE

3.   Transfers of appropriations

The Committee on Budgets had considered the Commission's proposal for transfer of appropriations DEC 02/2007 (C6-0070/2007 — SEC(2007)0027 final).

Having noted the Council's opinion, it had authorised the transfer in part under Article 24(3) of the Financial Regulation of 25 June 2002, as amended on 13 December 2006.

*

* *

The Committee on Budgets had considered the Commission's proposal for transfer of appropriations DEC 03/2007 (C6-0069/2007 — SEC(2007)0028 final).

Having noted the Council's opinion, it had authorised the transfer in full under Article 24(3) of the Financial Regulation of 25 June 2002, as amended on 13 December 2006.

*

* *

The Committee on Budgets had considered the Commission's proposal for transfer of appropriations DEC 04/2007 (C6-0071/2007 — SEC(2007)0155 final).

Having noted the Council's opinion, it had authorised the transfer in full under Article 24(3) of the Financial Regulation of 25 June 2002, as amended on 13 December 2006.

*

* *

The Committee on Budgets had considered the Commission's proposal for transfer of appropriations DEC 05/2007 (C6-0072/2007 — SEC(2007)0156 final).

Having noted the Council's opinion, it had authorised the transfer in full under Article 24(3) of the Financial Regulation of 25 June 2002, as amended on 13 December 2006.

*

* *

The Committee on Budgets had considered the Commission's proposal for transfer of appropriations DEC 06/2007 (C6-0073/2007 — SEC(2007)0157 final).

Having noted the Council's opinion, it had authorised the transfer in full under Article 24(3) of the Financial Regulation of 25 June 2002, as amended on 13 December 2006.

*

* *

The Committee on Budgets had considered the Commission's proposal for transfer of appropriations DEC 07/2007 (C6-0074/2007 — SEC(2007)0158 final).

Having noted the Council's opinion, it had authorised the transfer in full under Article 24(3) of the Financial Regulation of 25 June 2002, as amended on 13 December 2006.

*

* *

The Committee on Budgets had considered the Commission's proposal for transfer of appropriations DEC 08/2007 (C6-0092/2007 — SEC(2007)0159 final).

Having noted the Council's opinion, it had authorised the transfer in full under Article 24(3) of the Financial Regulation of 25 June 2002, as amended on 13 December 2006.

4.   Relations between the EU and Switzerland (debate)

Commission statement: Relations between the EU and Switzerland

Joaquín Almunia (Member of the Commission) made the statement.

The following spoke: Andreas Schwab, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Pervenche Berès, on behalf of the PSE Group, Diana Wallis, on behalf of the ALDE Group, Mario Borghezio, on behalf of the UEN Group, Andreas Mölzer, on behalf of the ITS Group, James Nicholson, Aloyzas Sakalas, Mieczysław Edmund Janowski, Daniel Hannan, Ryszard Czarnecki and Joaquín Almunia.

The debate closed.

5.   Situation of disabled women in the European Union (debate)

Report on the situation of disabled women in the European Union [2006/2277(INI)] — Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality.

Rapporteur: Esther Herranz García (A6-0075/2007)

Esther Herranz García introduced the report.

The following spoke: Joaquín Almunia (Member of the Commission) spoke.

The following spoke: Anna Záborská, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Lissy Gröner, on behalf of the PSE Group, Eva-Britt Svensson, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Urszula Krupa, on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, Lydia Schenardi, on behalf of the ITS Group, Hiltrud Breyer, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Amalia Sartori, Ilda Figueiredo, Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Piia-Noora Kauppi and Silvia-Adriana Ţicău.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.04.2007, Item 8.4.

6.   Communication of Council common positions

Pursuant to Rule 57(1), the President announced that the Council had sent the following common position, along with the reasons for its adoption and the Commission's position on:

Common position adopted by the Council on 19 April 2007 with a view to the adoption of a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 76/769/EEC relating to restrictions on the marketing of certain measuring devices containing mercury (05665/1/2007 — C6-0114/2007 — 2006/0018(COD))

referred to

responsible: ENVI

The three-month period available to Parliament to adopt its position would therefore begin the following day, 27.04.2007.

(The sitting was suspended at 11.20 pending voting time and resumed at 12.05.)

IN THE CHAIR: Hans-Gert PÖTTERING

President

7.   Announcement by the President

The President pointed out that, at its meeting that morning, the Conference of Presidents had voted by a very large majority to express its backing for the press release made by the Presidency the previous day concerning the withdrawal of Bronisław Geremek's mandate. He then read out the press release:

So far the European Parliament has not received any information from the Polish authorities in relation to Mr Geremek's mandate. Mr Geremek is a political personality of the highest esteem who has always stood up for democracy in his country and for European unification. We will examine all legal possibilities with a view to enabling him to continue his work. According to our information the Polish Constitutional Court is currently examining the law on which the withdrawal of the mandate of Mr Geremek is based. A decision of the Court is expected during the next few weeks.

I have asked the Legal Service of the European Parliament to examine the exact legal situation. The Conference of Presidents will discuss the matter further at its meeting tomorrow.

The President added that at that meeting, the Conference of Presidents had expressed its sympathy for and solidarity with Mr Geremek.

8.   Voting time

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

8.1.   Directives concerning the protection of health and safety of workers: simplifying and rationalising practical implementation reports ***I (Rule 131) (vote)

Report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 89/391/EEC, its individual Directives and Council Directives 83/477/EEC, 91/383/EEC, 92/29/EEC and 94/33/EC with a view to simplifying and rationalising the reports on practical implementation [COM(2006)0390 — C6-0242/2006 — 2006/0127(COD)] — Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.

Rapporteur: Ilda Figueiredo (A6-0059/2007)

(Simple majority)

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

COMMISSION PROPOSAL, AMENDMENTS and DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted by single vote (P6_TA(2007)0157)

8.2.   Compensation for certain fishery products * (Rule 131) (vote)

Report on the proposal for a Council regulation introducing a scheme to compensate for the additional costs incurred in the marketing of certain fishery products from the Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, and the French departments of Guiana and Réunion from 2007 to 2013 [COM(2006)0740 — C6-0505/2006 — 2006/0247(CNS)] — Committee on Fisheries.

Rapporteur: Duarte Freitas (A6-0083/2007)

(Simple majority)

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

COMMISSION PROPOSAL, AMENDMENTS and DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted by single vote (P6_TA(2007)0158)

8.3.   Common Fisheries Policy (Regional Advisory Councils) * (Rule 131) (vote)

Report on the proposal for a Council decision amending Decision 2004/585/EC establishing Regional Advisory Councils under the Common Fisheries Policy [COM(2006)0732 — C6-0051/2007 — 2006/0240(CNS)] — Committee on Fisheries.

Rapporteur: Elspeth Attwooll (A6-0078/2007)

(Simple majority)

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

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted by single vote (P6_TA(2007)0159)

8.4.   Situation of disabled women in the European Union (Rule 131) (vote)

Report on the situation of disabled women in the European Union [2006/2277(INI)] — Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality.

Rapporteur: Esther Herranz García (A6-0075/2007)

(Simple majority)

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

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted by single vote (P6_TA(2007)0160)

8.5.   Basic information on purchasing power parities ***I (vote)

Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing common rules for the provision of basic information on Purchasing Power Parities and for their calculation and dissemination [COM(2006)0135 — C6-0100/2006 — 2006/0042(COD)] — Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Rapporteur: Sharon Bowles (A6-0077/2007)

(Simple majority)

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

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended (P6_TA(2007)0161)

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted (P6_TA(2007)0161)

8.6.   Rapid Border Intervention Teams ***I (vote)

Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a mechanism for the creation of Rapid Border Intervention Teams and amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2007/2004 as regards that mechanism [COM(2006)0401 — C6-0253/2006 — 2006/0140(COD)] — Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

Rapporteur: Gérard Deprez (A6-0135/2007)

(Simple majority)

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

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended (P6_TA(2007)0162)

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted (P6_TA(2007)0162)

8.7.   Conservation and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources * (vote)

Report on the proposal for a Council regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 2371/2002 on the conservation and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources under the Common Fisheries Policy [COM(2006)0587 — C6-0402/2006 — 2006/0190(CNS)] — Committee on Fisheries.

Rapporteur: Ioannis Gklavakis (A6-0085/2007)

(Simple majority)

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

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended (P6_TA(2007)0163)

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted (P6_TA(2007)0163)

8.8.   Galileo (vote)

Motion for a resolution B6-0155/2007

(Simple majority)

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

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted (P6_TA(2007)0164)

8.9.   Human rights in the world 2006 and the EU's policy on the matter (vote)

Report on the Annual Report on Human Rights in the World 2006 and the EU's policy on the matter [2007/2020(INI)] — Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Rapporteur: Simon Coveney (A6-0128/2007)

(Simple majority)

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

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted (P6_TA(2007)0165)

The following spoke on the vote:

Sarah Ludford, who moved two oral amendments to Amendment 19 and Amendment 13 respectively, which were supported by Simon Coveney (rapporteur) and accepted;

Simon Coveney, who moved an oral amendment to paragraph 94, which was accepted;

Józef Pinior, who moved an oral amendment to paragraph 150, which was not accepted, as more than 40 Members objected.

8.10.   Moratorium on the death penalty (vote)

Motion for a resolution B6-0164/2007

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: ‘Results of votes’, Item 10)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted (P6_TA(2007)0166)

The following spoke on the vote:

Marco Cappato, who moved an oral amendment to citation 4, which was accepted.

8.11.   Homophobia in Europe (vote)

Motions for resolution B6-0167/2007, B6-0168/2007, B6-0170/2007 and B6-0171/2007

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: ‘Results of votes’, Item 11)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION RC-B6-0167/2007

(replacing B6-0167/2007, B6-0168/2007 and B6-0171/2007):

tabled by the following Members:

Martine Roure and Michael Cashman, on behalf of the PSE Group,

Sophia in 't Veld, Alexander Alvaro, Sarah Ludford and Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, on behalf of the ALDE Group,

Monica Frassoni, Kathalijne Maria Buitenweg and Raül Romeva i Rueda, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group,

Giusto Catania, Mary Lou McDonald, Eva-Britt Svensson, Miguel Portas, Gabriele Zimmer, Vittorio Agnoletto and André Brie, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group

Adopted (P6_TA(2007)0167)

(Motion for a resolution B6-0170/2007 fell.)

The following spoke on the vote:

Zbigniew Zaleski, who referred to the wording used in the joint motion for a resolution;

Kathalijne Maria Buitenweg, who moved an oral amendment to insert a new paragraph 12a, which was rejected, as more than 40 Members opposed its inclusion.

8.12.   Public Finances in the EMU 2006 (vote)

Report on Public Finances in EMU 2006 [2007/2004(INI)] — Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Rapporteur: Kurt Joachim Lauk (A6-0076/2007)

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: ‘Results of votes’, Item 12)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted (P6_TA(2007)0168)

9.   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: Ilda Figueiredo — A6-0059/2007: Andreas Mölzer

Report: Esther Herranz García — A6-0075/2007: Zita Pleštinská

Report: Gérard Deprez — A6-0135/2007: Koenraad Dillen, Philip Claeys and Andreas Mölzer

Homophobia in Europe — RC-B6-0167/2007: Eija-Riitta Korhola, Koenraad Dillen, Albert Deß and Manfred Weber

10.   Corrections to votes and voting intentions

Corrections to votes and voting intentions 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 and voting intentions will be finalised so that it can be translated and published in the Official Journal.

Arlene McCarthy stated that, owing to technical reasons, she had been unable to vote on the joint motion for a resolution (as a whole) RC-B6-0167/2007 (Homophobia in Europe).

(The sitting was suspended at 12.50 and resumed at 15.00.)

IN THE CHAIR: Diana WALLIS

Vice-President

11.   Approval of Minutes of previous sitting

The Minutes of the previous sitting were approved.

12.   Agenda

At its meeting that morning, the Conference of Presidents had decided to propose the following changes to the agenda for the sittings of 9 and 10 May 2007:

Council and Commission statements: EU-Russia summit

Deadline for tabling amendments and joint motion for a resolution: Tuesday, 8 May 2007, at 10.00.

The recommendation for second reading by Lissy Gröner (A6-0147/2007): Combating violence (Daphne III programme), the vote on which had been scheduled for Thursday, 10 May, would be included with debate on the agenda of the May 2007 part-session in Strasbourg.

Establishment of a temporary committee on climate change:

The nominations put forward by the Conference of Presidents would be announced at the beginning of the sitting on Wednesday, 9 May 2007.

Deadline for tabling amendments: Wednesday, 9 May 2007, at 18.00.

Vote: Thursday, 10 May 2007

The House agreed to the changes.

13.   Zimbabwe (debate)

Council and Commission statements: Zimbabwe

Nooke (President-in-Office of the Council) and Joaquín Almunia (Member of the Commission) made the statements.

The following spoke: Geoffrey Van Orden, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Margrietus van den Berg, on behalf of the PSE Group, Ryszard Czarnecki, on behalf of the UEN Group, Athanasios Pafilis, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Bastiaan Belder, on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, Michael Gahler, Ana Maria Gomes, James Nicholson and Józef Pinior.

Motions for resolutions to wind up the debate tabled pursuant to Rule 103(2):

Geoffrey Van Orden, Nirj Deva and Michael Gahler, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, on the situation in Zimbabwe (B6-0162/2007);

Gabriele Zimmer and Vittorio Agnoletto, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, on Zimbabwe (B6-0163/2007);

Marek Aleksander Czarnecki and Eoin Ryan, on behalf of the UEN Group, on Zimbabwe (B6-0165/2007);

Margrietus van den Berg and Glenys Kinnock, on behalf of the PSE Group, on the situation in Zimbabwe (B6-0166/2007);

Marie-Hélène Aubert and Frithjof Schmidt, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, on Zimbabwe (B6-0169/2007);

Thierry Cornillet, Marios Matsakis, Johan Van Hecke and Fiona Hall, on behalf of the ALDE Group, on the situation in Zimbabwe (B6-0188/2007).

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.04.2007, Item 15.4.

14.   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 24.04.2007, Item 2)

14.1.   Recent repression of demonstrations in Russia

Motions for resolution B6-0172/2007, B6-0175/2007, B6-0178/2007, B6-0179/2007, B6-0182/2007 and B6-0186/2007

Danutė Budreikaitė, Michał Tomasz Kamiński, Milan Horáček, Tunne Kelam, Erik Meijer and Panagiotis Beglitis introduced motions for resolutions.

The following spoke: Gabriele Stauner, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Józef Pinior, on behalf of the PSE Group, Marcin Libicki, on behalf of the UEN Group, Witold Tomczak, on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, Bernd Posselt, Justas Vincas Paleckis, Günter Nooke (President-in-Office of the Council) and Joaquín Almunia (Member of the Commission).

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.04.2007, Item 15.1.

14.2.   Kidnapping in Gaza of the journalist Alan Johnston

Motions for resolution B6-0159/2007, B6-0161/2007, B6-0174/2007, B6-0177/2007, B6-0180/2007 and B6-0184/2007

Richard Howitt, Marcin Libicki, Marios Matsakis, Erik Meijer, Carl Schlyter and Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou introduced motions for resolutions.

The following spoke: Simon Coveney, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Elizabeth Lynne, on behalf of the ALDE Group, Zuzana Roithová, Sarah Ludford, Günter Nooke (President-in-Office of the Council) and Joaquín Almunia (Member of the Commission).

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.04.2007, Item 15.2.

14.3.   Human rights situation in the Philippines

Motions for resolution B6-0160/2007, B6-0173/2007, B6-0176/2007, B6-0181/2007, B6-0183/2007 and B6-0185/2007

Karin Scheele, Marios Matsakis, Tobias Pflüger, Raül Romeva i Rueda, Thomas Mann and Michał Tomasz Kamiński introduced motions for resolutions.

The following spoke: Charles Tannock, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Günter Nooke (President-in-Office of the Council) and Joaquín Almunia (Member of the Commission).

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.04.2007, Item 15.3.

Simon Coveney spoke on behalf of the PPE-DE Group to welcome the first occasion of Council participation in the Thursday afternoon debates on human rights.

15.   Voting time

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

15.1.   Recent repression of demonstrations in Russia (vote)

Motions for resolution B6-0172/2007, B6-0175/2007, B6-0178/2007, B6-0179/2007, B6-0182/2007 and B6-0186/2007

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: ‘Results of votes’, Item 13)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION RC-B6-0172/2007

(replacing B6-0172/2007, B6-0175/2007, B6-0178/2007, B6-0179/2007, B6-0182/2007 and B6-0186/2007):

tabled by the following Members:

Edward McMillan-Scott, Bernd Posselt, Ria Oomen-Ruijten, Tunne Kelam, Eija-Riitta Korhola and Simon Coveney, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group,

Pasqualina Napoletano, Panagiotis Beglitis and Jan Marinus Wiersma, on behalf of the PSE Group,

Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Henrik Lax, Marco Cappato, Marios Matsakis and Janusz Onyszkiewicz, on behalf of the ALDE Group,

Michał Tomasz Kamiński, Hanna Foltyn-Kubicka, Konrad Szymański, Adam Bielan, Inese Vaidere, Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis, Gintaras Didžiokas and Ryszard Czarnecki, on behalf of the UEN Group,

Bart Staes, Milan Horáček and Angelika Beer, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group,

Vittorio Agnoletto and André Brie, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group

Adopted (P6_TA(2007)0169)

15.2.   Kidnapping in Gaza of the journalist Alan Johnston (vote)

Motions for resolution B6-0159/2007, B6-0161/2007, B6-0174/2007, B6-0177/2007, B6-0180/2007 and B6-0184/2007

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: ‘Results of votes’, Item 14)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION RC-B6-0159/2007

(replacing B6-0159/2007, B6-0161/2007, B6-0174/2007, B6-0177/2007, B6-0180/2007 and B6-0184/2007):

tabled by the following Members:

Ioannis Kasoulides, Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Simon Coveney, Charles Tannock, John Bowis, Frieda Brepoels and Eija-Riitta Korhola, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group,

Richard Howitt, Pasqualina Napoletano, Elena Valenciano Martínez-Orozco, Thijs Berman and Panagiotis Beglitis, on behalf of the PSE Group,

Elizabeth Lynne, Chris Davies, Sarah Ludford and Marios Matsakis, on behalf of the ALDE Group,

Brian Crowley, Konrad Szymański and Gintaras Didžiokas, on behalf of the UEN Group,

Margrete Auken, Jill Evans and Caroline Lucas, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group,

Francis Wurtz, Luisa Morgantini and André Brie, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group

Adopted (P6_TA(2007)0170)

15.3.   Human rights situation in the Philippines (vote)

Motions for resolution B6-0160/2007, B6-0173/2007, B6-0176/2007, B6-0181/2007, B6-0183/2007 and B6-0185/2007

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: ‘Results of votes’, Item 15)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION RC-B6-0160/2007

(replacing B6-0160/2007, B6-0173/2007, B6-0176/2007, B6-0181/2007, B6-0183/2007 and B6-0185/2007):

tabled by the following Members:

Thomas Mann, Bernd Posselt and Eija-Riitta Korhola, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group,

Pasqualina Napoletano and Marc Tarabella, on behalf of the PSE Group,

Jules Maaten and Marios Matsakis, on behalf of the ALDE Group

Gintaras Didžiokas, on behalf of the UEN Group,

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

Tobias Pflüger, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group

(Michał Tomasz Kamiński, Adam Bielan and Marek Aleksander Czarnecki had withdrawn their signatures on behalf of the UEN Group.)

Adopted (P6_TA(2007)0171)

15.4.   Zimbabwe (vote)

Motions for resolution B6-0162/2007, B6-0163/2007, B6-0165/2007, B6-0166/2007, B6-0169/2007 and B6-0188/2007

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: ‘Results of votes’, Item 16)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION RC-B6-0162/2007

(replacing B6-0162/2007, B6-0165/2007, B6-0166/2007, B6-0169/2007 and B6-0188/2007):

tabled by the following Members:

Geoffrey Van Orden and Michael Gahler, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group

Margrietus van den Berg and Glenys Kinnock, on behalf of the PSE Group,

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

Marek Aleksander Czarnecki and Eoin Ryan, on behalf of the UEN Group,

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

Adopted (P6_TA(2007)0172)

(Motion for a resolution B6-0163/2007 fell.)

16.   Corrections to votes and voting intentions

Corrections to votes and voting intentions 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 and voting intentions will be finalised so that it can be translated and published in the Official Journal.

17.   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.

18.   Membership of Parliament

The Romanian authorities had informed Parliament of the appointment of Cristian Silviu Buşoi and Horia-Victor Toma to replace Adrian Mihai Cioroianu and Ovidiu Ioan Silaghi respectively as Members of the European Parliament, with effect from 24.04.2007.

Under Rule 3(2), until such time as their credentials had been verified or a ruling had been given on any dispute, and provided that they had previously made a written declaration stating that they did not hold any office incompatible with that of Member of the European Parliament, Cristian Silviu Buşoi and Horia-Victor Toma would take their seats in Parliament and on its bodies and would enjoy all the rights attaching thereto.

19.   Membership of committees and delegations

At the request of the PPE-DE, PSE and UEN Groups, Parliament ratified the following appointments:

Subcommittee on Human Rights: Riccardo Ventre

LIBE Committee and FEMM Committee: Esther De Lange

Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly: Michael Cashman to replace Glenis Willmott

Delegation for relations with the countries of south-east Europe: Glenis Willmott

Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia:

Edit Bauer to replace Christian Ehler

Mirosław Mariusz Piotrowski

Delegation for relations with India: Christian Ehler to replace Edit Bauer

Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China: Joop Post to replace Ria Oomen-Ruijten

Delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula: Astrid Lulling

20.   Verification of credentials

At the proposal of the JURI Committee, Parliament validated the mandate of Joop Post with effect from 1 March 2007.

21.   Decisions concerning certain documents

Enhanced cooperation between committees

ENVI Committee

The placing of plant protection products on the market (COM(2006)0388 — C6-0245/2006 — 2006/0136(COD))

(opinion: ITRE)

Enhanced cooperation between committees ENVI, AGRI, IMCO

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 07.12.2006)

ITRE Committee

Prospects for the internal gas and electricity market (2007/2089(INI))

(opinion: ENVI, IMCO, REGI)

Enhanced cooperation between committees ITRE, ECON

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 19.04.2007)

LIBE Committee

Towards an EU strategy on the rights of the child (2007/2093(INI))

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

Enhanced cooperation between committees LIBE, FEMM

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 19.04.2007)

Referral to committees

JURI Committee

Amendment of the Rules of Procedure in the light of the Statute for Members (2006/2195(REG))

referred to

responsible: AFCO

 

opinion: JURI

Decision to draw up own-initiative reports

FEMM Committee

Report on equality between women and men in the European Union — 2007 (2007/2065(INI))

(opinion: CULT, AGRI, EMPL, LIBE, REGI)

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 21.03.2007)

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

AFCO Committee

The road-map for the Union's constitutional process (2007/2087(INI))

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 19.04.2007)

AFET Committee

A more effective EU policy for South Caucasus: from promises to actions (2007/2076(INI))

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 19.04.2007)

Strengthening the European neighbourhood policy (2007/2088(INI))

(opinion: LIBE, INTA, REGI)

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 19.04.2007)

CONT Committee

Court of Auditor' Special Report No 9/2006 concerning translation expenditure incurred by the Commission, the Parliament and the Council (2007/2077(INI))

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 19.04.2007)

CULT Committee

The role of sport in education (2007/2086(INI))

(opinion: FEMM)

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 19.04.2007)

ECON Committee

Contribution of taxation and customs policies to the Lisbon Strategy (2007/2097(INI))

(opinion: ITRE, JURI, IMCO)

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 19.04.2007)

Report on Competition Policy 2005 (2007/2078(INI))

(opinion: ENVI, EMPL, ITRE, IMCO, TRAN)

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 19.04.2007)

ENVI Committee

International Health Regulations (2007/2079(INI))

(opinion: LIBE)

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 19.04.2007)

ITRE Committee

A Road Map for renewable energy in Europe (2007/2090(INI))

(opinion: DEVE, AFET, AGRI, ENVI, ECON, INTA, IMCO, TRAN, REGI)

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 19.04.2007)

Conventional energy sources and energy technology (2007/2091(INI))

(opinion: DEVE, AFET, ENVI, ECON, INTA, IMCO, TRAN, REGI)

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 19.04.2007)

Prospects for the internal gas and electricity market (2007/2089(INI))

(opinion: ENVI, IMCO, REGI, ECON)

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 19.04.2007)

JURI Committee

Better Regulation in the European Union (2007/2095(INI))

(opinion: PETI, FEMM, AFCO, DEVE, CULT, AFET, PECH, AGRI, ENVI, EMPL, BUDG, ITRE, ECON, CONT, LIBE, INTA, IMCO, TRAN, REGI)

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 19.04.2007)

Strategy for the simplification of the regulatory environment (2007/2096(INI))

(opinion: PETI, FEMM, AFCO, DEVE, CULT, AFET, PECH, AGRI, ENVI, EMPL, BUDG, ITRE, ECON, CONT, LIBE, INTA, IMCO, TRAN, REGI)

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 19.04.2007)

LIBE Committee

Towards an EU strategy on the rights of the child (2007/2093(INI))

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

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 19.04.2007)

Application of Directive 2000/43/EC of 29 June 2000 implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin (2007/2094(INI))

(opinion: FEMM, EMPL)

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 19.04.2007)

TRAN Committee

Airport capacity and ground handling: towards a more efficient policy (2007/2092(INI))

(opinion: ENVI, EMPL, ITRE, ECON, LIBE, REGI)

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 19.04.2007)

Decision to draw up own-initiative reports (Rule 114)

LIBE Committee

On progress in the negotiations concerning the framework decision on combating racism and xenophobia (2007/2067(INI))

(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 19.04.2007)

22.   Written declarations entered in the register (Rule 116)

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

Document number

Author

Signatures

6/2007

Adriana Poli Bortone

25

7/2007

Oldřich Vlasák

13

8/2007

Jo Leinen, Frédérique Ries, Erik Meijer and Bernat Joan i Marí

264

9/2007

Jim Higgins, Dan Jørgensen, John Bowis and Linda McAvan

153

10/2007

Elmar Brok, Nicole Fontaine, Bronislaw Geremek, Jo Leinen and Iñigo Méndez de Vigo

277

11/2007

Michael Cashman, Sophia in 't Veld, Raül Romeva i Rueda, Alexander Stubb and John Bowis

238

12/2007

Graham Watson, Joseph Daul, Martin Schulz, Cristiana Muscardini and Daniel Cohn-Bendit

229

13/2007

Daniel Strož

12

14/2007

Jamila Madeira

50

15/2007

Adriana Poli Bortone

37

16/2007

Zita Gurmai, Anders Wijkman, Vittorio Prodi, Umberto Guidoni and Claude Turmes

304

17/2007

Véronique Mathieu, Anne Van Lancker, Sophie in't Veld, Luisa Morgantini and Hiltrud Breyer

153

18/2007

Urszula Krupa and Witold Tomczak

15

19/2007

Daniel Strož, Athanasios Pafilis and Tobias Pflüger

41

20/2007

Gianni Pittella, Lapo Pistelli, Luciana Sbarbati, Lilli Gruber and Claudio Fava

92

21/2007

Alyn Smith, Karin Resetarits, Luisa Morgantini, Marie-Arlette Carlotti and Anna Záborská

46

22/2007

Pierre Schapira, Kader Arif, Johan Van Hecke, Luisa Morgantini and Caroline Lucas

93

23/2007

Mojca Drčar Murko, Jelko Kacin, Sepp Kusstatscher, Karin Resetarits and Csaba Sándor Tabajdi

23

24/2007

Elizabeth Lynne, Angelika Beer, Véronique De Keyser and Mihael Brejc

148

25/2007

Andreas Mölzer

10

26/2007

Andreas Mölzer

2

27/2007

Aldo Patriciello

40

28/2007

Marco Cappato, Gérard Onesta, Riccardo Ventre, Józef Pinior and Marco Pannella

72

29/2007

Caroline Lucas, Mojca Drčar Murko, Karin Scheele, Satu Hassi and Jens Holm

75

30/2007

Adrian-Mihai Cioroianu and Alexandru Ioan Morţun

14

31/2007

Andreas Mölzer

8

32/2007

Elizabeth Lynne

60

33/2007

Jacky Henin and Marco Rizzo

11

34/2007

Viorica-Pompilia-Georgeta Moisuc

10

35/2007

Karin Riis-Jørgensen, Silvia Ciornei, Simon Coveney, Lissy Gröner and Raül Romeva i Rueda

101

36/2007

Romana Jordan Cizelj and Jan Christian

Ehler 20

37/2007

Ivo Belet, Jean-Luc Bennahmias, Adeline Hazan, Guy Bono and Patrick Gaubert

60

38/2007

Cristian Stănescu

4

39/2007

Věra Flasarová

10

40/2007

Jens Holm, Rebecca Harms, John Bowis, Martine Roure and Mojca Drčar Murko

42

41/2007

Geoffrey Van Orden, Struan Stevenson, Ivo Strejček, Syed Kamall and Nina Škottová

30

42/2007

Glyn Ford, Bernd Posselt, Viktória Mohácsi, Claude Moraes and Feleknas Uca

37

43/2007

Roberto Musacchio, Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Françoise Castex, Maria da Assunção Esteves and Jean Lambert

50

44/2007

Diana Wallis, Gérard Onesta, Marc Tarabella, Alejo Vidal-Quadras and Dimitrios Papadimoulis

124

45/2007

Nikolaos Vakalis, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, David Hammerstein Mintz and Pia Elda Locatelli

49

23.   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.

24.   Dates for next sittings

The next sittings would be held on 09.05.2007 and 10.05.2007.

25.   Adjournment of session

The session of the European Parliament was adjourned.

The sitting closed at 17.00.

Harald Rømer

Secretary-General

Hans-Gert Pöttering

President


ATTENDANCE REGISTER

The following signed:

Adamou, Agnoletto, Aita, Albertini, Allister, Alvaro, Anastase, Andersson, Andrejevs, Andria, Andrikienė, Arif, Arnaoutakis, Ashworth, Athanasiu, Attard-Montalto, Attwooll, Aubert, Audy, Ayala Sender, Aylward, Ayuso, Bachelot-Narquin, Baco, Badia i Cutchet, Bărbuleţiu, Barsi-Pataky, Batten, Battilocchio, Bauer, Beaupuy, Beazley, Becsey, Beglitis, Belder, Belet, Belohorská, Bennahmias, Beňová, Berend, Berès, van den Berg, Berlinguer, Berman, Bielan, Birutis, Bliznashki, Blokland, Böge, Bösch, Bonde, Bono, Borghezio, Bourlanges, Bourzai, Bowis, Bowles, Bozkurt, Bradbourn, Braghetto, Brejc, Brepoels, Breyer, Březina, Brie, Budreikaitė, van Buitenen, Buitenweg, Bulfon, Bullmann, van den Burg, Buruiană-Aprodu, Bushill-Matthews, Busk, Buşoi, Busquin, Busuttil, Buzek, Callanan, Camre, Capoulas Santos, Cappato, Carlotti, Carnero González, Casa, Casaca, Cashman, Casini, Caspary, Castex, Castiglione, del Castillo Vera, Catania, Cavada, Cederschiöld, Cercas, Chatzimarkakis, Chervenyakov, Chichester, Chmielewski, Christensen, Chruszcz, Ciornei, Claeys, Clark, Cocilovo, Coelho, Cohn-Bendit, Corbett, Corbey, Cornillet, Correia, Coşea, Paolo Costa, Cottigny, Coveney, Cramer, Corina Creţu, Ryszard Czarnecki, Daul, Davies, De Blasio, Degutis, Dehaene, De Keyser, Demetriou, Deprez, De Rossa, De Sarnez, Descamps, Désir, Deß, Deva, De Veyrac, De Vits, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dičkutė, Didžiokas, Díez González, Dillen, Dimitrakopoulos, Martin Dimitrov, Philip Dimitrov Dimitrov, Dîncu, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Douay, Dover, Doyle, Drčar Murko, Dührkop Dührkop, Duff, Duka-Zólyomi, Dumitrescu, Ebner, El Khadraoui, Esteves, Ettl, Fajmon, Falbr, Fatuzzo, Fava, Fazakas, Ferber, Fernandes, Anne Ferreira, Elisa Ferreira, Figueiredo, Flasarová, Flautre, Florenz, Foltyn-Kubicka, Fontaine, Fourtou, Fraga Estévez, Frassoni, Freitas, Fruteau, Gahler, Gál, Gaľa, Galeote, Ganţ, García-Margallo y Marfil, García Pérez, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gebhardt, Gentvilas, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gewalt, Gibault, Gierek, Gill, Gklavakis, Glante, Glattfelder, Goebbels, Goepel, Golik, Gollnisch, Gomes, Gomolka, Gottardi, Goudin, Grabowska, Grabowski, Graça Moura, Graefe zu Baringdorf, de Grandes Pascual, Grech, Griesbeck, Gröner, de Groen-Kouwenhoven, Groote, Grosch, Grossetête, Guardans Cambó, Guellec, Guerreiro, Gurmai, Gutiérrez-Cortines, Guy-Quint, Gyürk, Hänsch, Hammerstein, Hamon, Handzlik, Hannan, Harbour, Harms, Hasse Ferreira, Hassi, Haug, Hazan, Heaton-Harris, Hedh, Hegyi, Hellvig, Helmer, Henin, Hennicot-Schoepges, Hennis-Plasschaert, Herczog, Herranz García, Herrero-Tejedor, Hieronymi, Hökmark, Holm, Honeyball, Hoppenstedt, Horáček, Howitt, Hudacký, Hughes, Hutchinson, Iacob-Ridzi, Ibrisagic, Ilchev, in 't Veld, Itälä, Iturgaiz Angulo, Jackson, 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, Kelemen, Kindermann, Kinnock, Kirilov, Kirkhope, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Koch, Kohlíček, Konrad, Kónya-Hamar, Korhola, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krasts, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Krehl, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kristovskis, Krupa, Kuc, Kudrycka, Kuhne, Kułakowski, Kušķis, Kusstatscher, Kuźmiuk, Lagendijk, Laignel, Lambert, Lambrinidis, Lambsdorff, Lang, De Lange, Langen, Langendries, La Russa, Lauk, Lax, Lechner, Lehideux, Lehtinen, Leichtfried, Leinen, Jean-Marie Le Pen, Marine Le Pen, Le Rachinel, Lévai, Lewandowski, Liberadzki, Lichtenberger, Lienemann, Liese, Liotard, Lipietz, Locatelli, López-Istúriz White, Louis, Lucas, Ludford, Lulling, Lundgren, Lynne, Maaten, McAvan, McGuinness, Madeira, Maldeikis, Manders, Maňka, Erika Mann, Thomas Mann, Mantovani, Marinescu, Markov, Martens, David Martin, Martinez, Martínez Martínez, Masiel, Maštálka, Mastenbroek, Mathieu, Mato Adrover, Matsakis, Matsis, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Mayer, Mayor Oreja, Medina Ortega, Meijer, Menéndez del Valle, Meyer Pleite, Miguélez Ramos, Mihăescu, Mihalache, Mikko, Mikolášik, Millán Mon, Mitchell, Mölzer, Mohácsi, Moisuc, Moreno Sánchez, Morgantini, Morillon, Morţun, Moscovici, Mote, Mulder, Musacchio, Muscat, Mussolini, Napoletano, Nassauer, Nattrass, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson, Nicholson of Winterbourne, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Obiols i Germà, Öger, Özdemir, Olbrycht, Ó Neachtain, Onesta, Onyszkiewicz, Oomen-Ruijten, Ortuondo Larrea, Őry, Ouzký, Oviir, Paasilinna, Pack, Pafilis, Pahor, Paleckis, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Pannella, Panzeri, Papadimoulis, Paparizov, Papastamkos, Parvanova, Paşcu, Patrie, Pęk, Petre, Pflüger, Pieper, Pīks, Pinheiro, Pinior, Piotrowski, Pirilli, Pirker, Piskorski, Pittella, Pleštinská, Podestà, Podgorean, Podkański, Pöttering, Poignant, Pomés Ruiz, Popeangă, Portas, Posdorf, Posselt, Post, Prets, Vittorio Prodi, Protasiewicz, Purvis, Queiró, Rack, Radwan, Ransdorf, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Remek, Resetarits, Reul, Reynaud, Ribeiro e Castro, Ries, Rogalski, Roithová, Romagnoli, Romeva i Rueda, Rosati, Roszkowski, Roth-Behrendt, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Rudi Ubeda, Rübig, Rühle, Rutowicz, Sacconi, Saïfi, Sakalas, Saks, Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Salinas García, Samuelsen, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Sârbu, Sartori, Saryusz-Wolski, Savi, Sbarbati, Schaldemose, Schapira, Scheele, Schenardi, Schierhuber, Schlyter, Olle Schmidt, Frithjof Schmidt, Schmitt, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Jürgen Schröder, Schroedter, Schuth, Schwab, Seeber, Seeberg, Segelström, Seppänen, Şerbu, Severin, Shouleva, Siekierski, Silva Peneda, Simpson, Sinnott, Siwiec, Skinner, Škottová, Sommer, Søndergaard, Sonik, Sornosa Martínez, Sousa Pinto, Spautz, Speroni, Staes, Stănescu, Staniszewska, Starkevičiūtė, Šťastný, Stauner, Sterckx, Stevenson, Stihler, Stockmann, Strejček, Strož, Stubb, Sudre, Surján, Svensson, Szabó, Szájer, Szejna, Szent-Iványi, Szymański, Tabajdi, Tajani, Tannock, Tarabella, Tarand, Tatarella, Thyssen, Ţicău, Ţîrle, Titley, Toma, Tomczak, Trakatellis, Trautmann, Triantaphyllides, Turmes, Uca, Ulmer, Vaidere, Vakalis, Vălean, Van Hecke, Van Lancker, Van Orden, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Varvitsiotis, Vatanen, Vaugrenard, Ventre, Veraldi, Vergnaud, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras, Vigenin, de Villiers, Virrankoski, Vlasák, Vlasto, Voggenhuber, Wagenknecht, Wallis, Walter, Watson, Henri Weber, Manfred Weber, Weiler, Weisgerber, Westlund, Whittaker, Wieland, Wiersma, Wijkman, Willmott, Wise, Wohlin, Bernard Wojciechowski, Janusz Wojciechowski, Wortmann-Kool, Yáñez-Barnuevo García, Záborská, Zahradil, Zaleski, Zani, Zapałowski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Ždanoka, Železný, Zieleniec, Zīle, Zingaretti, Zwiefka


ANNEX I

RESULTS OF VOTES

Abbreviations and symbols

+

adopted

-

rejected

lapsed

W

withdrawn

RCV (..., ..., ...)

roll-call vote (in favour, against, abstentions)

EV (..., ..., ...)

electronic vote (in favour, 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.   Directives concerning the protection of health and safety of workers: simplifying and rationalising practical implementation reports ***I

Report: Ilda FIGUEIREDO (A6-0059/2007)

Subject

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

single vote

 

+

 

2.   Compensation for certain fishery products *

Report: Duarte FREITAS (A6-0083/2007)

Subject

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

single vote

 

+

 

3.   Common Fisheries Policy (Regional Advisory Councils) *

Report: Elspeth ATWOOLL (A6-0078/2007)

Subject

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

single vote

 

+

 

4.   Situation of disabled women in the European Union

Report: Esther HERRANZ GARCÍA (A6-0075/2007)

Subject

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

single vote

 

+

 

5.   Basic information on purchasing power parities ***I

Report: Sharon BOWLES (A6-0077/2007)

Subject

Amendment No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

block 1

(text as a whole)

1-9

11-23

28-32

committee

 

+

 

block 2

(text as a whole)

33-37

39

ALDE

 

+

 

art 2, § 1

40

ALDE

 

+

 

10

committee

 

 

art 12

38

ALDE

 

+

 

24-27

committee

 

 

vote: amended proposal

 

+

 

vote: legislative resolution

 

+

 

6.   Rapid Border Intervention Teams ***I

Report: Gérard DEPREZ (A6-0135/2007)

Subject

Amendment No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

proposal to reject the commission proposal

2

GUE/NGL

 

-

 

text as a whole

1

committee

 

+

 

after art 8

3

GUE/NGL

 

-

 

vote: amended proposal

 

+

 

vote: legislative resolution

RCV

+

526, 63, 28

Requests for roll-call votes

ALDE: final vote

7.   Sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources *

Report: Ioannis GKLAVAKIS (A6-0085/2007)

Subject

Amendment No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

amendments by the committee responsible — block vote

1-2

committee

 

+

 

art 11, § 5

3

PSE

 

+

 

vote: amended proposal

 

+

 

vote: legislative resolution

RCV

+

572, 35, 10

Requests for roll-call votes

PPE-DE: final vote

8.   Galileo

Motion for a resolution: (B6-0155/2007)

Subject

Amendment No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

motion for a resolution B6-0155/2007

(ITRE committee)

vote: resolution (as a whole)

 

+

 

9.   Human rights in the world 2006 and the EU's policy on the matter

Report: Simon COVENEY (A6-0128/2007)

Subject

Amendment No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

after § 3

1

ALDE

RCV

+

315, 251, 50

§ 4

§

original text

sep

+

 

§ 15

2

ALDE

 

+

 

§ 16

§

original text

split

 

 

1

+

 

2

+

 

§ 19

3

ALDE

RCV

+

575, 32, 10

§ 21

§

original text

split

 

 

1

+

 

2

+

 

§ 28

19

PPE-DE

 

+

oral amendment

§

original text

 

 

§ 29

21

PPE-DE

 

+

 

§ 36

§

original text

sep

+

 

§ 47

§

original text

sep

+

 

§ 56

18D

PPE-DE

 

-

 

after § 65

11

PSE

 

+

 

after § 66

4

ALDE

 

+

 

§ 68

20

PPE-DE

 

+

 

§ 81

5

ALDE

 

-

 

after § 84

6

ALDE

RCV

-

89, 520, 9

§ 85

17

PPE-DE

 

+

 

§ 93

16

PPE-DE, PSE

 

+

 

§ 94

§

original text

 

+

oral amendment

§ 106

15

PPE-DE

 

+

 

after § 109

7=

14=

ALDE,

Verts/ALE, PSE

RCV

+

327, 281, 5

§ 122

§

original text

split

 

 

1

+

 

2

+

 

3

+

 

4

+

 

§ 126

8

ALDE

split

 

 

1

+

 

2/EV

+

332, 273, 8

§ 132

§

original text

sep

+

 

after § 133

9

ALDE

RCV

+

333, 233, 40

§ 144

10

ALDE

RCV

+

524, 45, 53

12

PSE

 

W

 

after § 145

13

PSE

 

+

oral amendment

§ 149

§

original text

sep

+

 

§ 150

§

original text

sep

+

 

vote: resolution (as a whole)

 

+

 

Requests for roll-call votes

ALDE: ams 1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10

Requests for separate votes

PSE: § 150

PPE-DE: §§ 4, 28, 36, 47, 132, 149 and 150

Requests for split votes

PSE, GUE/NGL

§ 122

1st part:‘Recalls its ... human rights;’

2nd part:‘more specifically’

3rd part:‘is concerned ... 14 February 2006’

4th part:‘stresses ... third countries;’

PPE-DE

§ 16

1st part: text as a whole without the words ‘the need to ratify ... Families’

2nd part: those words

§ 21

1st part: text as a whole without the words ‘between the parties to the conflict’

2nd part: those words

am 8

1st part:‘Expresses its deep ... to enter Member States;’

2nd part: remainder

Miscellaneous

Sarah Ludford moved an oral amendment to amendment 19, which then read as follows:

28. Expresses its concern at the effect on the ordinary Palestinian people of the EU decision to suspend the provision of aid through the Palestinian Authority, as a result of the failure of the Authority to fulfil legitimate conditions; urges expansion of the temporary international mechanism and urges the Council and the Commission to monitor changing circumstances that would allow for the resumption of the provision of aid through the Authority;

Simon Coveney (rapporteur) moved an oral amendment to § 94, which then read as follows:

94. Recognises the significant human rights consequences of the ongoing war in Iraq and the complex nature of the current fragile political situation; notes the reports and resolutions adopted by Parliament on Iraq and the recommendations contained within them; urges the Council and the Commission to constantly assess how the EU could play a more constructive role in bringing about stability in Iraq; notes with total stupefaction the provisional suspension by ECHO of humanitarian aid for Iraq, notwithstanding the disastrous situation afflicting the suffering Iraqi people and Iraqi refugees; welcomes, however, the resumption of this aid from February 2007;

Sarah Ludford moved an oral amendment to amendment 13, which then read as follows:

145a. Recalls its Resolution of 18 January 2007 on Gender Mainstreaming in the Work of the Committees; calls on its committees to make every reasonable effort to respect gender balance in their activities (including the composition of delegations and invited speakers) and to implement gender action plans put forward by the Members appointed within each Committee as responsible for gender mainstreaming;

10.   Universal moratorium on the death penalty

Motion for a resolution: (B6-0164/2007)

Subject

Amendment No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

motion for a resolution B6-0164/2007

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

vote: resolution (as a whole)

 

+

oral amendment to citation 4

Miscellaneous

Marco Cappato moved an oral amendment to citation 4, which then read as follows:

having regard to the statement on abolition of the death penalty delivered on 19 December 2006 in the UN General Assembly by the EU Presidency, which was initially signed by 85 countries from all geographical groups,

11.   Homophobia in Europe

Motions for resolutions: (B6-0167/2007, B6-0168/2007, B6-0170/2007, B6-0171/20070)

Subject

Amendment No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

joint motion for a resolution: RC-B6-0167/2007

(PSE, ALDE, Verts/ALE, GUE/NGL)

§ 6

§

original text

sep/EV

+

324, 245, 22

§ 8

§

original text

sep

+

 

rec C

§

original text

sep/EV

+

301, 256, 34

rec H

§

original text

sep

+

 

rec K

§

original text

sep

+

 

rec M

§

original text

sep

-

 

rec Q

§

original text

sep/EV

+

296, 261, 41

vote: resolution (as a whole)

RCV

+

325, 124, 150

motions for resolutions by political groups

B6-0167/2007

 

ALDE

 

 

B6-0168/2007

 

PSE

 

 

B6-0170/2007

 

UEN

 

 

B6-0171/2007

 

Verts/ALE

GUE/NGL

 

 

Requests for roll-call votes

UEN: final vote

Verts/ALE: final vote

PSE: final vote

Requests for separate votes

ALDE: recs C, H, K, M and Q, §§ 6 and 8

PSE: rec M

12.   Public finances in EMU — 2006

Report: Kurt Joachim LAUK (A6-0076/2007)

Subject

Amendment No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

§ 1

11

Verts/ALE

 

-

 

3

PSE

 

+

 

§ 2

12

Verts/ALE

RCV

-

204, 344, 42

§ 3

§

original text

sep

+

 

§ 4

§

original text

sep

+

 

§ 5

4

PSE

 

-

 

§

original text

split

 

 

1

+

 

2/EV

+

305, 257, 13

§ 6

5

PSE

 

+

 

§ 7

§

original text

split

 

 

1

+

 

2

+

 

§ 9

6

PSE

 

+

 

§

original text

 

 

§ 14

13

Verts/ALE

 

-

 

7

PSE

 

-

 

§ 18

§

original text

split

 

 

1

+

 

2

+

 

§ 19

§

original text

sep

+

 

§ 20

8=

14=

PSE,

Verts/ALE

RCV

-

278, 283, 7

1

PPE-DE

RCV

-

212, 335, 35

15

ALDE

 

+

 

§

original text

 

 

after § 20

9

PSE

 

+

 

§ 23

§

original text

sep

+

 

§ 26

2D

PPE-DE

EV

-

272, 285, 21

vote: resolution (as a whole)

RCV

+

277, 142, 130

Amendment 10 had been cancelled.

Requests for roll-call votes

PPE-DE: final vote

PSE: ams 1 and 8/14

Verts/ALE: ams 1, 8/14 and 12

Requests for separate votes

GUE/NGL: §§ 3, 4, 19 and 23

Verts/ALE: § 20

Requests for split votes

GUE/NGL

§ 5

1st part:‘Stresses that ... of the SGP;’

2nd part: remainder

§ 7

1st part:‘is concerned ... in some Member States;’

2nd part: remainder

§ 18

1st part:‘Calls for the reorientation ... human capital accumulation;’

2nd part: remainder

13.   Recent repression of demonstrations in Russia

Motions for resolutions: B6-0172/2007, B6-0175/2007, B6-0178/2007, B6-0179/2007, B6-0182/2007, B6-0186/2007

Subject

Amendment No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

joint motion for a resolution: RC-B6-0172/2007

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

vote: resolution (as a whole)

RCV

+

65, 0, 2

motions for resolutions by political groups

B6-0172/2007

 

PSE

 

 

B6-0175/2007

 

ALDE

 

 

B6-0178/2007

 

UEN

 

 

B6-0179/2007

 

Verts/ALE

 

 

B6-0182/2007

 

PPE-DE

 

 

B6-0186/2007

 

GUE/NGL

 

 

Requests for roll-call votes

PPE-DE: final vote

14.   Kidnapping in Gaza of the journalist Alan Johnston

Motions for resolutions: (B6-0159/2007, B6-0161/2007, B6-0174/2007, B6-0177/2007, B6-0180/2007, B6-0184/2007)

Subject

Amendment No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

joint motion for a resolution: RC-B6-0159/2007

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

vote: resolution (as a whole)

 

+

 

motions for resolutions by political groups

B6-0159/2007

 

UEN

 

 

B6-0161/2007

 

PSE

 

 

B6-0174/2007

 

ALDE

 

 

B6-0177/2007

 

GUE/NGL

 

 

B6-0180/2007

 

Verts/ALE

 

 

B6-0184/2007

 

PPE-DE

 

 

15.   Human rights situation in the Philippines

Motions for resolutions: (B6-0160/2007, B6-0173/2007, B6-0176/2007, B6-0181/2007, B6-0183/2007, B6-0185/2007)

Subject

Amendment No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

oint motion for a resolution: RC-B6-0160/2007

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

§ 1

§

original text

split

 

 

1

+

 

2/RCV

-

29, 41, 0

vote: resolution (as a whole)

RCV

+

68, 0, 0

motions for resolutions by political groups

B6-0160/2007

 

PSE

 

 

B6-0173/2007

 

ALDE

 

 

B6-0176/2007

 

GUE/NGL

 

 

B6-0181/2007

 

Verts/ALE

 

 

B6-0183/2007

 

PPE-DE

 

 

B6-0185/2007

 

UEN

 

 

Requests for split votes

PPE-DE

§ 1

1st part: text as a whole without the words ‘the role that army forces play in perpetrating such murders’

2nd part: those words

Requests for roll-call votes

PPE-DE: final vote

16.   Zimbabwe

Motions for resolutions: (B6-0162/2007, B6-0163/2007, B6-0165/2007, B6-0166/2007, B6-0169/2007, B6-0188/2007)

Subject

Amendment No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

joint motion for a resolution: RC-B6-0162/2007

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

rec L

1

Verts/ALE

 

-

 

vote: resolution (as a whole)

RCV

+

68, 1, 1

motions for resolutions by political groups

B6-0162/2007

 

PPE-DE

 

 

B6-0163/2007

 

GUE/NGL

 

 

B6-0165/2007

 

UEN

 

 

B6-0166/2007

 

PSE

 

 

B6-0169/2007

 

Verts/ALE

 

 

B6-0188/2007

 

ALDE

 

 

Requests for roll-call votes

PPE-DE: final vote


ANNEX II

RESULT OF ROLL-CALL VOTES

1.   Deprez report A6-0135/2007

Resolution

For: 526

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Andria, Attwooll, Bărbuleţiu, Beaupuy, Bourlanges, Bowles, Budreikaitė, Busk, Cappato, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Ciornei, Cocilovo, Cornillet, Costa, Davies, Deprez, De Sarnez, Drčar Murko, Duff, Fourtou, Gentvilas, Geremek, Gibault, Griesbeck, Guardans Cambó, Hall, Hellvig, Hennis-Plasschaert, Ilchev, in 't Veld, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Karim, Kułakowski, Lambsdorff, Lax, Lehideux, Ludford, Lynne, Manders, Matsakis, Mohácsi, Morillon, Morţun, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Onyszkiewicz, Ortuondo Larrea, Oviir, Pannella, Parvanova, Piskorski, Prodi, Resetarits, Ries, Samuelsen, Savi, Sbarbati, Schmidt Olle, Schuth, Şerbu, Shouleva, Staniszewska, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Vălean, Van Hecke, Veraldi, Virrankoski, Wallis, Watson

IND/DEM: Belder, Blokland, Karatzaferis, Sinnott

ITS: Buruiană-Aprodu, Claeys, Coşea, Dillen, Gollnisch, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Martinez, Mihăescu, Mölzer, Moisuc, Mussolini, Popeangă, Romagnoli, Schenardi, Stănescu

NI: Battilocchio, Belohorská, Martin Hans-Peter

PPE-DE: Albertini, Anastase, Andrikienė, Audy, Ayuso, Bachelot-Narquin, Barsi-Pataky, Bauer, Beazley, Becsey, Belet, Berend, Böge, Braghetto, Brejc, Brepoels, Březina, Busuttil, Buzek, Casa, Casini, Caspary, Castiglione, del Castillo Vera, Cederschiöld, Chmielewski, Coelho, Daul, De Blasio, Dehaene, Demetriou, Descamps, Deß, De Veyrac, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dimitrov Martin, Dimitrov Philip Dimitrov, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Esteves, Fajmon, Ferber, Fjellner, Florenz, Fontaine, Fraga Estévez, Gahler, Gál, Gaľa, Galeote, Ganţ, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gewalt, Gklavakis, Glattfelder, Goepel, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, de Grandes Pascual, Grosch, Grossetête, Guellec, Gutiérrez-Cortines, Gyürk, Handzlik, Hennicot-Schoepges, Herranz García, Herrero-Tejedor, Hieronymi, Hökmark, Hoppenstedt, Hudacký, Hybášková, Iacob-Ridzi, Ibrisagic, Itälä, Iturgaiz Angulo, Jałowiecki, Járóka, Jarzembowski, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Kaczmarek, Karas, Kauppi, Kelam, Kelemen, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Koch, Konrad, Kónya-Hamar, Korhola, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Kudrycka, Kušķis, De Lange, Langen, Lauk, Lechner, Lewandowski, Liese, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, McGuinness, Mann Thomas, Mantovani, Marinescu, Marques, Martens, Mathieu, Mato Adrover, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Mayer, Mayor Oreja, Mikolášik, Millán Mon, Nassauer, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olajos, Olbrycht, Oomen-Ruijten, Őry, Ouzký, Pack, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Petre, Pieper, Pīks, Pinheiro, Pirker, Pleštinská, Podestà, Pomés Ruiz, Posdorf, Posselt, Protasiewicz, Queiró, Rack, Radwan, Reul, Ribeiro e Castro, Roithová, Rudi Ubeda, Rübig, Saïfi, Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Sartori, Saryusz-Wolski, Schierhuber, Schmitt, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schwab, Seeber, Seeberg, Siekierski, Silva Peneda, Škottová, Sommer, Sonik, Spautz, Šťastný, Stauner, Strejček, Stubb, Sudre, Surján, Szabó, Szájer, Tajani, Thyssen, Ţîrle, Trakatellis, Ulmer, Vakalis, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Varvitsiotis, Vatanen, Ventre, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras, Vlasák, Vlasto, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, Wijkman, von Wogau, Wohlin, Wortmann-Kool, Záborská, Zaleski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec, Zwiefka

PSE: Andersson, Arif, Arnaoutakis, Athanasiu, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia i Cutchet, Beglitis, Beňová, van den Berg, Berlinguer, Berman, Bliznashki, Bösch, Bono, Bourzai, Bozkurt, Bulfon, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Casaca, Cashman, Castex, Cercas, Chervenyakov, Christensen, Corbett, Corbey, Correia, Cottigny, Creţu Corina, De Keyser, De Rossa, Désir, De Vits, Díez González, Dîncu, Douay, Dührkop Dührkop, Dumitrescu, El Khadraoui, Ettl, Falbr, Fava, Fazakas, Ferreira Anne, Ferreira Elisa, Fruteau, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Gill, Glante, Goebbels, Golik, Gomes, Gottardi, Grabowska, Grech, Gröner, Groote, Gurmai, Guy-Quint, Hänsch, Hamon, Hasse Ferreira, Haug, Hazan, Hedh, Hegyi, Herczog, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jöns, Jørgensen, Kindermann, Kinnock, Kirilov, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kuhne, Laignel, Lambrinidis, Lehtinen, Leichtfried, Leinen, Liberadzki, Lienemann, Locatelli, McAvan, McCarthy, Madeira, Maňka, Mann Erika, Martin David, Martínez Martínez, Mastenbroek, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mihalache, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Moscovici, Muscat, Myller, Napoletano, Obiols i Germà, Öger, Paasilinna, Pahor, Paleckis, Panzeri, Paparizov, Paşcu, Patrie, Piecyk, Pinior, Pittella, Podgorean, Poignant, Prets, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Reynaud, Rosati, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Sacconi, Sakalas, Saks, Salinas García, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Sârbu, Schaldemose, Schapira, Scheele, Schulz, Segelström, Severin, Simpson, Siwiec, Skinner, Sornosa Martínez, Sousa Pinto, Stihler, Stockmann, Szejna, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Tarand, Ţicău, Titley, Trautmann, Van Lancker, Vaugrenard, Vergnaud, Vigenin, Walter, Weber Henri, Weiler, Westlund, Wiersma, Willmott, Yáñez-Barnuevo García, Zani, Zingaretti

UEN: Aylward, Borghezio, Crowley, Krasts, Kristovskis, Kuc, Maldeikis, Ó Neachtain, Pirilli, Speroni, Tatarella, Vaidere, Zīle

Verts/ALE: Aubert, Bennahmias, Breyer, Buitenweg, Cohn-Bendit, Cramer, Frassoni, Graefe zu Baringdorf, de Groen-Kouwenhoven, Hammerstein, Harms, Hassi, Horáček, Jonckheer, Kallenbach, Kusstatscher, Lagendijk, Lambert, Lichtenberger, Lipietz, Özdemir, Onesta, Romeva i Rueda, Rühle, Staes, Turmes, Ždanoka

Against: 63

GUE/NGL: Agnoletto, Aita, Brie, Catania, Figueiredo, Flasarová, Guerreiro, Henin, Holm, Kaufmann, Liotard, Markov, Maštálka, Meijer, Meyer Pleite, Morgantini, Musacchio, Pafilis, Papadimoulis, Pflüger, Portas, Ransdorf, Remek, Seppänen, Søndergaard, Svensson, Uca, Wagenknecht, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Batten, Bonde, Clark, Goudin, Louis, Lundgren, Nattrass, Tomczak, de Villiers, Whittaker, Wise, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr, Železný

ITS: Mote

NI: Allister, Chruszcz, Helmer

UEN: Czarnecki Ryszard, Foltyn-Kubicka, Grabowski, Janowski, Kamiński, Kuźmiuk, Masiel, Pęk, Piotrowski, Podkański, Rogalski, Roszkowski, Rutowicz, Szymański, Wojciechowski Janusz, Zapałowski

Verts/ALE: Schlyter

Abstention: 28

IND/DEM: Krupa

NI: Baco

PPE-DE: Ashworth, Bowis, Bradbourn, Bushill-Matthews, Callanan, Chichester, Deva, Dover, Doyle, Hannan, Heaton-Harris, Jackson, Kamall, Kirkhope, Mitchell, Nicholson, Purvis, Stevenson, Tannock, Van Orden

Verts/ALE: van Buitenen, Flautre, Lucas, Schmidt Frithjof, Schroedter, Voggenhuber

2.   Gklavakis report A6-0085/2007

Resolution

For: 572

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Andria, Attwooll, Bărbuleţiu, Beaupuy, Bourlanges, Bowles, Budreikaitė, Busk, Cappato, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Ciornei, Cocilovo, Cornillet, Costa, Davies, Deprez, De Sarnez, Drčar Murko, Duff, Fourtou, Gentvilas, Geremek, Gibault, Griesbeck, Guardans Cambó, Hall, Hellvig, Hennis-Plasschaert, Ilchev, in 't Veld, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Karim, Kułakowski, Lambsdorff, Lax, Lehideux, Ludford, Lynne, Manders, Matsakis, Mohácsi, Morillon, Morţun, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Onyszkiewicz, Ortuondo Larrea, Oviir, Pannella, Parvanova, Piskorski, Prodi, Resetarits, Ries, Samuelsen, Savi, Sbarbati, Schuth, Şerbu, Shouleva, Staniszewska, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Vălean, Van Hecke, Veraldi, Virrankoski, Wallis, Watson

GUE/NGL: Agnoletto, Aita, Brie, Catania, Figueiredo, Flasarová, Guerreiro, Henin, Kaufmann, Maštálka, Meyer Pleite, Morgantini, Musacchio, Papadimoulis, Pflüger, Portas, Ransdorf, Remek, Uca, Wagenknecht, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Belder, Blokland, Karatzaferis, Sinnott

ITS: Buruiană-Aprodu, Claeys, Coşea, Dillen, Gollnisch, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Le Rachinel, Martinez, Mihăescu, Mölzer, Moisuc, Mote, Mussolini, Popeangă, Romagnoli, Schenardi, Stănescu

NI: Allister, Baco, Battilocchio, Belohorská, Helmer, Martin Hans-Peter

PPE-DE: Albertini, Anastase, Andrikienė, Ashworth, Audy, Ayuso, Bachelot-Narquin, Barsi-Pataky, Bauer, Beazley, Becsey, Belet, Berend, Böge, Bowis, Bradbourn, Braghetto, Brejc, Brepoels, Březina, Bushill-Matthews, Busuttil, Buzek, Callanan, Casa, Casini, Caspary, Castiglione, del Castillo Vera, Cederschiöld, Chichester, Chmielewski, Coelho, Coveney, Daul, De Blasio, Dehaene, Demetriou, Descamps, Deß, Deva, De Veyrac, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dimitrov Martin, Dimitrov Philip Dimitrov, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Dover, Doyle, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Esteves, Fatuzzo, Ferber, Fjellner, Florenz, Fontaine, Fraga Estévez, Freitas, Gahler, Gál, Gaľa, Galeote, Ganţ, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gewalt, Gklavakis, Glattfelder, Goepel, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, de Grandes Pascual, Grosch, Grossetête, Guellec, Gutiérrez-Cortines, Gyürk, Handzlik, Harbour, Heaton-Harris, Hennicot-Schoepges, Herranz García, Herrero-Tejedor, Hieronymi, Hökmark, Hoppenstedt, Hudacký, Hybášková, Iacob-Ridzi, Ibrisagic, Itälä, Iturgaiz Angulo, Jackson, Jałowiecki, Járóka, Jarzembowski, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Kaczmarek, Karas, Kauppi, Kelam, Kelemen, Kirkhope, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Koch, Konrad, Kónya-Hamar, Korhola, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Kušķis, De Lange, Langen, Lauk, Lechner, Lewandowski, Liese, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, McGuinness, Mann Thomas, Mantovani, Marinescu, Marques, Martens, Mathieu, Mato Adrover, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Mayer, Mayor Oreja, Mikolášik, Millán Mon, Mitchell, Nassauer, Nicholson, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olajos, Oomen-Ruijten, Őry, Pack, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Petre, Pieper, Pīks, Pinheiro, Pirker, Pleštinská, Podestà, Pomés Ruiz, Posdorf, Posselt, Post, Protasiewicz, Purvis, Queiró, Rack, Radwan, Reul, Ribeiro e Castro, Roithová, Rudi Ubeda, Rübig, Saïfi, Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Sartori, Saryusz-Wolski, Schierhuber, Schmitt, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schwab, Seeber, Seeberg, Siekierski, Silva Peneda, Sommer, Sonik, Spautz, Šťastný, Stevenson, Stubb, Sudre, Surján, Szabó, Szájer, Tajani, Tannock, Ţîrle, Trakatellis, Ulmer, Vakalis, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Varvitsiotis, Vatanen, Ventre, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras, Vlasto, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, Wijkman, von Wogau, Wortmann-Kool, Záborská, Zaleski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec, Zwiefka

PSE: Arif, Arnaoutakis, Athanasiu, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia i Cutchet, Beglitis, Beňová, Berlinguer, Berman, Bliznashki, Bösch, Bono, Bourzai, Bozkurt, Bulfon, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Cashman, Castex, Cercas, Chervenyakov, Corbett, Corbey, Correia, Cottigny, Creţu Corina, De Keyser, De Rossa, Désir, De Vits, Díez González, Dîncu, Douay, Dührkop Dührkop, Dumitrescu, El Khadraoui, Ettl, Falbr, Fazakas, Ferreira Anne, Ferreira Elisa, Fruteau, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Gill, Glante, Goebbels, Golik, Gomes, Gottardi, Grabowska, Grech, Gröner, Groote, Gurmai, Guy-Quint, Hänsch, Hamon, Hasse Ferreira, Haug, Hazan, Herczog, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jöns, Kindermann, Kirilov, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kuhne, Laignel, Lambrinidis, Lehtinen, Leichtfried, Leinen, Liberadzki, Lienemann, Locatelli, McAvan, McCarthy, Madeira, Maňka, Mann Erika, Martin David, Martínez Martínez, Mastenbroek, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mihalache, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Moscovici, Muscat, Myller, Napoletano, Obiols i Germà, Öger, Paasilinna, Pahor, Paleckis, Panzeri, Paparizov, Paşcu, Patrie, Piecyk, Pinior, Pittella, Podgorean, Poignant, Prets, Rapkay, Reynaud, Rosati, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Sacconi, Sakalas, Saks, Salinas García, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Sârbu, Schapira, Scheele, Schulz, Severin, Simpson, Siwiec, Skinner, Sornosa Martínez, Sousa Pinto, Stihler, Stockmann, Szejna, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Tarand, Ţicău, Titley, Trautmann, Van Lancker, Vaugrenard, Vergnaud, Vigenin, Walter, Weber Henri, Weiler, Wiersma, Willmott, Yáñez-Barnuevo García, Zani, Zingaretti

UEN: Aylward, Borghezio, Crowley, Czarnecki Ryszard, Foltyn-Kubicka, Grabowski, Janowski, Kamiński, Krasts, Kristovskis, Kuc, Kuźmiuk, Libicki, Maldeikis, Masiel, Ó Neachtain, Pęk, Piotrowski, Pirilli, Podkański, Rogalski, Roszkowski, Rutowicz, Speroni, Szymański, Vaidere, Wojciechowski Janusz, Zapałowski, Zīle

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

Against: 35

GUE/NGL: Holm, Liotard, Markov, Meijer, Seppänen, Søndergaard, Svensson

IND/DEM: Batten, Bonde, Clark, Goudin, Lundgren, Nattrass, Whittaker, Wise, Železný

PPE-DE: Fajmon, Hannan, Ouzký, Škottová, Strejček, Van Orden, Vlasák, Wohlin

PSE: Andersson, van den Berg, Christensen, Hedh, Hegyi, Jørgensen, Kinnock, Rasmussen, Schaldemose, Segelström, Westlund

Abstention: 10

ALDE: Schmidt Olle

GUE/NGL: Pafilis

IND/DEM: Krupa, Louis, Tomczak, de Villiers, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr

NI: Chruszcz

PPE-DE: Kamall

Verts/ALE: van Buitenen

3.   Coveney report A6-0128/2007

Amendment 1

For: 315

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Andria, Attwooll, Bărbuleţiu, Beaupuy, Bourlanges, Bowles, Budreikaitė, Busk, Cappato, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Ciornei, Cocilovo, Cornillet, Costa, Davies, Deprez, De Sarnez, Drčar Murko, Duff, Fourtou, Gentvilas, Geremek, Gibault, Griesbeck, Guardans Cambó, Hall, Hellvig, Hennis-Plasschaert, Ilchev, in 't Veld, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Karim, Kułakowski, Lambsdorff, Lax, Lehideux, Ludford, Lynne, Manders, Matsakis, Mohácsi, Morillon, Morţun, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Onyszkiewicz, Ortuondo Larrea, Oviir, Pannella, Parvanova, Piskorski, Prodi, Resetarits, Ries, Samuelsen, Savi, Sbarbati, Schmidt Olle, Schuth, Şerbu, Shouleva, Staniszewska, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Vălean, Van Hecke, Veraldi, Virrankoski, Wallis, Watson

GUE/NGL: Agnoletto, Aita, Brie, Catania, Flasarová, Henin, Kaufmann, Liotard, Markov, Maštálka, Morgantini, Musacchio, Papadimoulis, Portas, Ransdorf, Remek, Uca, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Karatzaferis

ITS: Buruiană-Aprodu, Coşea, Mihăescu, Mussolini

NI: Belohorská

PPE-DE: Belet, Brepoels, Buzek, Cederschiöld, Dehaene, Esteves, Fjellner, Gklavakis, Hökmark, Hybášková, Ibrisagic, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Mavrommatis, Olajos, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Seeberg, Thyssen, Trakatellis, Vakalis, Varvitsiotis, Wijkman

PSE: Andersson, Arif, Arnaoutakis, Athanasiu, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia i Cutchet, Beglitis, Beňová, van den Berg, Berlinguer, Berman, Bliznashki, Bösch, Bono, Bourzai, Bozkurt, Bulfon, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Casaca, Cashman, Castex, Chervenyakov, Christensen, Corbett, Corbey, Correia, Cottigny, Creţu Corina, De Keyser, De Rossa, Désir, De Vits, Díez González, Dîncu, Douay, Dührkop Dührkop, Dumitrescu, El Khadraoui, Ettl, Falbr, Fava, Fazakas, Ferreira Anne, Ferreira Elisa, Fruteau, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Gill, Glante, Goebbels, Golik, Gomes, Gottardi, Grabowska, Grech, Gröner, Groote, Gurmai, Guy-Quint, Hänsch, Hamon, Hasse Ferreira, Haug, Hazan, Hedh, Hegyi, Herczog, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jöns, Jørgensen, Kindermann, Kinnock, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kuhne, Laignel, Lambrinidis, Lehtinen, Leichtfried, Leinen, Liberadzki, Lienemann, Locatelli, McAvan, McCarthy, Madeira, Maňka, Mann Erika, Martin David, Martínez Martínez, Mastenbroek, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mihalache, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Moscovici, Muscat, Myller, Napoletano, Obiols i Germà, Öger, Paasilinna, Pahor, Paleckis, Panzeri, Paparizov, Paşcu, Patrie, Piecyk, Pinior, Pittella, Podgorean, Poignant, Prets, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Reynaud, Rosati, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Sacconi, Sakalas, Saks, Salinas García, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Sârbu, Schaldemose, Schapira, Scheele, Schulz, Segelström, Severin, Simpson, Siwiec, Skinner, Sornosa Martínez, Sousa Pinto, Stihler, Stockmann, Szejna, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Tarand, Ţicău, Titley, Trautmann, Van Lancker, Vaugrenard, Vergnaud, Vigenin, Walter, Weber Henri, Weiler, Westlund, Wiersma, Willmott, Yáñez-Barnuevo García, Zani, Zingaretti

UEN: Aylward, Crowley, Kuc, Ó Neachtain

Verts/ALE: Bennahmias, Breyer, Cohn-Bendit, Frassoni, Graefe zu Baringdorf, de Groen-Kouwenhoven, Harms, Lichtenberger, Özdemir, Onesta, Schroedter, Staes

Against: 251

GUE/NGL: Meyer Pleite

IND/DEM: Batten, Belder, Blokland, Bonde, Clark, Goudin, Lundgren, Nattrass, Sinnott, Tomczak, Wise, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr, Železný

ITS: Le Rachinel

NI: Allister, Chruszcz, Helmer

PPE-DE: Albertini, Anastase, Andrikienė, Ashworth, Audy, Ayuso, Bachelot-Narquin, Barsi-Pataky, Bauer, Beazley, Becsey, Berend, Böge, Bowis, Bradbourn, Braghetto, Brejc, Březina, Bushill-Matthews, Busuttil, Callanan, Casa, Casini, Caspary, Castiglione, del Castillo Vera, Chichester, Chmielewski, Coelho, Coveney, Daul, De Blasio, Demetriou, Descamps, Deß, Deva, De Veyrac, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dimitrov Martin, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Dover, Doyle, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Fajmon, Fatuzzo, Ferber, Florenz, Fontaine, Fraga Estévez, Freitas, Gahler, Gál, Gaľa, Galeote, Ganţ, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gewalt, Glattfelder, Goepel, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, de Grandes Pascual, Grosch, Grossetête, Guellec, Gutiérrez-Cortines, Gyürk, Handzlik, Hannan, Harbour, Heaton-Harris, Hennicot-Schoepges, Herranz García, Herrero-Tejedor, Hieronymi, Hoppenstedt, Hudacký, Iacob-Ridzi, Itälä, Iturgaiz Angulo, Jackson, Jałowiecki, Járóka, Jarzembowski, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Kaczmarek, Kamall, Karas, Kauppi, Kelam, Kelemen, Kirkhope, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Koch, Konrad, Kónya-Hamar, Korhola, Kudrycka, Kušķis, De Lange, Langen, Lauk, Lechner, Lewandowski, Liese, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, McGuinness, Mann Thomas, Mantovani, Marinescu, Marques, Martens, Mathieu, Mato Adrover, Mauro, Mayer, Mayor Oreja, Mikolášik, Millán Mon, Mitchell, Nassauer, Nicholson, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olbrycht, Oomen-Ruijten, Őry, Ouzký, Pack, Petre, Pieper, Pīks, Pinheiro, Pirker, Pleštinská, Podestà, Pomés Ruiz, Posdorf, Posselt, Protasiewicz, Purvis, Queiró, Rack, Radwan, Reul, Ribeiro e Castro, Roithová, Rudi Ubeda, Rübig, Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Sartori, Saryusz-Wolski, Schierhuber, Schmitt, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schwab, Seeber, Siekierski, Silva Peneda, Škottová, Sommer, Spautz, Šťastný, Stauner, Stevenson, Strejček, Stubb, Sudre, Surján, Szabó, Szájer, Tajani, Tannock, Ţîrle, Ulmer, Van Orden, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Vatanen, Ventre, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras, Vlasák, Vlasto, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, von Wogau, Wohlin, Wortmann-Kool, Záborská, Zaleski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec, Zwiefka

UEN: Bielan, Borghezio, Czarnecki Ryszard, Foltyn-Kubicka, Grabowski, Janowski, Kamiński, Krasts, Kristovskis, Kuźmiuk, Libicki, Maldeikis, Masiel, Pęk, Piotrowski, Pirilli, Podkański, Rogalski, Roszkowski, Rutowicz, Speroni, Szymański, Tatarella, Vaidere, Wojciechowski Janusz, Zapałowski, Zīle

Abstention: 50

GUE/NGL: Holm, Meijer, Pafilis, Seppänen, Søndergaard, Svensson

IND/DEM: Krupa, Louis, de Villiers

ITS: Claeys, Dillen, Gollnisch, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Martinez, Mölzer, Moisuc, Mote, Popeangă, Romagnoli, Schenardi, Stănescu

NI: Baco, Battilocchio, Martin Hans-Peter

PPE-DE: Saïfi, Sonik

Verts/ALE: Aubert, van Buitenen, Buitenweg, Cramer, Flautre, Hammerstein, Hassi, Horáček, Jonckheer, Kallenbach, Kusstatscher, Lagendijk, Lambert, Lipietz, Lucas, Romeva i Rueda, Rühle, Schlyter, Schmidt Frithjof, Turmes, Voggenhuber, Ždanoka

4.   Coveney report A6-0128/2007

Amendment 3

For: 575

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Andria, Attwooll, Bărbuleţiu, Beaupuy, Bourlanges, Bowles, Budreikaitė, Busk, Cappato, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Ciornei, Cocilovo, Cornillet, Costa, Davies, Deprez, De Sarnez, Drčar Murko, Duff, Fourtou, Gentvilas, Geremek, Gibault, Griesbeck, Guardans Cambó, Hall, Hellvig, Hennis-Plasschaert, Ilchev, in 't Veld, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Kułakowski, Lambsdorff, Lax, Lehideux, Ludford, Lynne, Manders, Matsakis, Mohácsi, Morillon, Morţun, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Onyszkiewicz, Ortuondo Larrea, Oviir, Pannella, Parvanova, Piskorski, Prodi, Resetarits, Ries, Samuelsen, Savi, Sbarbati, Schmidt Olle, Schuth, Şerbu, Shouleva, Staniszewska, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Vălean, Van Hecke, Veraldi, Virrankoski, Wallis, Watson

GUE/NGL: Agnoletto, Aita, Brie, Catania, Flasarová, Henin, Holm, Kaufmann, Liotard, Markov, Maštálka, Meijer, Morgantini, Musacchio, Papadimoulis, Portas, Ransdorf, Remek, Seppänen, Søndergaard, Svensson, Uca, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Bonde, Goudin, Karatzaferis, Lundgren, Železný

ITS: Mihăescu

NI: Allister, Belohorská, Helmer, Martin Hans-Peter

PPE-DE: Albertini, Anastase, Andrikienė, Ashworth, Audy, Ayuso, Bachelot-Narquin, Barsi-Pataky, Bauer, Beazley, Becsey, Belet, Berend, Böge, Bowis, Bradbourn, Braghetto, Brejc, Brepoels, Březina, Bushill-Matthews, Busuttil, Buzek, Callanan, Casa, Casini, Caspary, Castiglione, del Castillo Vera, Cederschiöld, Chichester, Chmielewski, Coelho, Coveney, Daul, De Blasio, Dehaene, Demetriou, Descamps, Deß, Deva, De Veyrac, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dimitrov Martin, Dimitrov Philip Dimitrov, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Dover, Doyle, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Esteves, Fajmon, Fatuzzo, Ferber, Fjellner, Florenz, Fontaine, Fraga Estévez, Freitas, Gahler, Gál, Gaľa, Ganţ, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gewalt, Gklavakis, Glattfelder, Goepel, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, de Grandes Pascual, Grosch, Grossetête, Guellec, Gutiérrez-Cortines, Gyürk, Handzlik, Hannan, Harbour, Heaton-Harris, Hennicot-Schoepges, Herranz García, Herrero-Tejedor, Hieronymi, Hökmark, Hoppenstedt, Hudacký, Hybášková, Iacob-Ridzi, Ibrisagic, Itälä, Iturgaiz Angulo, Jackson, Jałowiecki, Járóka, Jarzembowski, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Kaczmarek, Kamall, Karas, Kauppi, Kelam, Kelemen, Kirkhope, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Koch, Konrad, Kónya-Hamar, Korhola, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Kudrycka, Kušķis, De Lange, Langen, Lauk, Lechner, Liese, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, McGuinness, Mann Thomas, Mantovani, Marinescu, Marques, Martens, Mathieu, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Mayer, Mayor Oreja, Mikolášik, Millán Mon, Mitchell, Nassauer, Nicholson, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olajos, Olbrycht, Oomen-Ruijten, Őry, Ouzký, Pack, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Petre, Pieper, Pīks, Pinheiro, Pirker, Pleštinská, Podestà, Posdorf, Posselt, Post, Protasiewicz, Purvis, Queiró, Rack, Radwan, Reul, Ribeiro e Castro, Roithová, Rudi Ubeda, Rübig, Saïfi, Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Sartori, Saryusz-Wolski, Schierhuber, Schmitt, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schwab, Seeber, Seeberg, Siekierski, Silva Peneda, Škottová, Sommer, Sonik, Spautz, Šťastný, Stauner, Stevenson, Strejček, Stubb, Sudre, Szabó, Szájer, Tajani, Tannock, Thyssen, Ţîrle, Trakatellis, Ulmer, Vakalis, Van Orden, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Varvitsiotis, Vatanen, Ventre, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras, Vlasák, Vlasto, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, Wijkman, von Wogau, Wortmann-Kool, Záborská, Zaleski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec, Zwiefka

PSE: Andersson, Arif, Arnaoutakis, Athanasiu, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia i Cutchet, Beglitis, Beňová, van den Berg, Berlinguer, Berman, Bliznashki, Bösch, Bono, Bourzai, Bozkurt, Bulfon, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Casaca, Cashman, Castex, Cercas, Chervenyakov, Christensen, Corbett, Corbey, Correia, Cottigny, Creţu Corina, De Keyser, De Rossa, Désir, De Vits, Díez González, Dîncu, Douay, Dührkop Dührkop, Dumitrescu, El Khadraoui, Ettl, Falbr, Fava, Fazakas, Ferreira Anne, Ferreira Elisa, Fruteau, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Gill, Glante, Goebbels, Golik, Gomes, Gottardi, Grabowska, Grech, Gröner, Groote, Gurmai, Guy-Quint, Hänsch, Hamon, Hasse Ferreira, Haug, Hazan, Hedh, Hegyi, Herczog, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jöns, Jørgensen, Kindermann, Kinnock, Kirilov, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kuhne, Laignel, Lambrinidis, Lehtinen, Leichtfried, Leinen, Liberadzki, Lienemann, Locatelli, McAvan, McCarthy, Madeira, Maňka, Mann Erika, Martin David, Martínez Martínez, Mastenbroek, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mihalache, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Moscovici, Muscat, Myller, Napoletano, Obiols i Germà, Öger, Paasilinna, Pahor, Paleckis, Panzeri, Paparizov, Paşcu, Patrie, Piecyk, Pinior, Pittella, Podgorean, Poignant, Prets, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Reynaud, Rosati, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Sacconi, Sakalas, Saks, Salinas García, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Sârbu, Schaldemose, Schapira, Scheele, Schulz, Segelström, Severin, Simpson, Siwiec, Skinner, Sornosa Martínez, Sousa Pinto, Stihler, Stockmann, Szejna, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Tarand, Ţicău, Titley, Trautmann, Van Lancker, Vaugrenard, Vergnaud, Vigenin, Walter, Weber Henri, Weiler, Westlund, Wiersma, Willmott, Yáñez-Barnuevo García, Zani, Zingaretti

UEN: Aylward, Bielan, Borghezio, Crowley, Foltyn-Kubicka, Grabowski, Janowski, Kamiński, Krasts, Kristovskis, Kuc, Kuźmiuk, Libicki, Maldeikis, Masiel, Ó Neachtain, Pęk, Piotrowski, Pirilli, Podkański, Roszkowski, Rutowicz, Speroni, Szymański, Tatarella, Vaidere, Wojciechowski Janusz, Zapałowski, Zīle

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

Against: 32

IND/DEM: Batten, Belder, Blokland, Clark, Krupa, Louis, Nattrass, Tomczak, de Villiers, Whittaker, Wise, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr

ITS: Buruiană-Aprodu, Claeys, Coşea, Dillen, Gollnisch, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Le Rachinel, Mölzer, Moisuc, Mussolini, Popeangă, Romagnoli, Schenardi, Stănescu

NI: Chruszcz

PPE-DE: Pomés Ruiz

UEN: Czarnecki Ryszard, Rogalski

Abstention: 10

GUE/NGL: Meyer Pleite, Pafilis

IND/DEM: Sinnott

ITS: Martinez, Mote

NI: Baco, Battilocchio

PPE-DE: Lewandowski, Wohlin

Verts/ALE: van Buitenen

5.   Coveney report A6-0128/2007

Amendment 6

For: 89

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Andria, Attwooll, Bărbuleţiu, Beaupuy, Bourlanges, Bowles, Budreikaitė, Busk, Cappato, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Ciornei, Cocilovo, Cornillet, Costa, Davies, Deprez, De Sarnez, Drčar Murko, Duff, Fourtou, Gentvilas, Geremek, Gibault, Griesbeck, Guardans Cambó, Hall, Hellvig, Hennis-Plasschaert, Ilchev, in 't Veld, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Karim, Kułakowski, Lambsdorff, Lax, Lehideux, Ludford, Lynne, Manders, Matsakis, Mohácsi, Morillon, Morţun, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Onyszkiewicz, Ortuondo Larrea, Oviir, Pannella, Parvanova, Piskorski, Prodi, Resetarits, Ries, Samuelsen, Savi, Sbarbati, Schmidt Olle, Schuth, Şerbu, Shouleva, Staniszewska, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Vălean, Van Hecke, Veraldi, Virrankoski, Wallis, Watson

IND/DEM: Karatzaferis

ITS: Coşea, Mussolini

NI: Belohorská

PPE-DE: Posselt, Saïfi, Wijkman

PSE: Paparizov, Tarand

UEN: Aylward, Crowley, Ó Neachtain

Against: 520

GUE/NGL: Agnoletto, Aita, Brie, Catania, Figueiredo, Flasarová, Guerreiro, Henin, Holm, Kaufmann, Liotard, Markov, Maštálka, Meijer, Meyer Pleite, Morgantini, Musacchio, Pafilis, Papadimoulis, Pflüger, Portas, Ransdorf, Remek, Seppänen, Søndergaard, Svensson, Uca, Wagenknecht, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Batten, Belder, Blokland, Clark, Goudin, Louis, Lundgren, Nattrass, de Villiers, Whittaker, Wise, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr, Železný

ITS: Buruiană-Aprodu, Claeys, Dillen, Gollnisch, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Le Rachinel, Martinez, Mihăescu, Mölzer, Moisuc, Mote, Popeangă, Romagnoli, Schenardi, Stănescu

NI: Allister, Battilocchio, Chruszcz, Helmer, Martin Hans-Peter

PPE-DE: Albertini, Anastase, Andrikienė, Ashworth, Audy, Ayuso, Bachelot-Narquin, Barsi-Pataky, Bauer, Beazley, Becsey, Belet, Berend, Böge, Bowis, Bradbourn, Braghetto, Brejc, Brepoels, Březina, Bushill-Matthews, Busuttil, Buzek, Callanan, Casa, Casini, Caspary, Castiglione, del Castillo Vera, Cederschiöld, Chichester, Chmielewski, Coelho, Coveney, Daul, De Blasio, Dehaene, Demetriou, Descamps, Deß, Deva, De Veyrac, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dimitrov Martin, Dimitrov Philip Dimitrov, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Dover, Doyle, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Esteves, Fajmon, Fatuzzo, Ferber, Fjellner, Florenz, Fontaine, Fraga Estévez, Freitas, Gahler, Gál, Gaľa, Galeote, Ganţ, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gewalt, Gklavakis, Glattfelder, Goepel, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, de Grandes Pascual, Grosch, Grossetête, Guellec, Gutiérrez-Cortines, Gyürk, Handzlik, Hannan, Harbour, Heaton-Harris, Hennicot-Schoepges, Herranz García, Herrero-Tejedor, Hieronymi, Hökmark, Hoppenstedt, Hudacký, Hybášková, Iacob-Ridzi, Ibrisagic, Itälä, Iturgaiz Angulo, Jackson, Jałowiecki, Járóka, Jarzembowski, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Kaczmarek, Kamall, Karas, Kauppi, Kelam, Kelemen, Kirkhope, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Koch, Konrad, Kónya-Hamar, Korhola, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Kudrycka, Kušķis, De Lange, Langen, Lauk, Lechner, Lewandowski, Liese, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, McGuinness, Mann Thomas, Mantovani, Marinescu, Marques, Martens, Mathieu, Mato Adrover, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Mayer, Mayor Oreja, Mikolášik, Millán Mon, Mitchell, Nassauer, Nicholson, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olajos, Olbrycht, Oomen-Ruijten, Őry, Ouzký, Pack, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Petre, Pieper, Pīks, Pinheiro, Pirker, Pleštinská, Podestà, Pomés Ruiz, Posdorf, Protasiewicz, Purvis, Queiró, Rack, Radwan, Reul, Ribeiro e Castro, Roithová, Rudi Ubeda, Rübig, Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Sartori, Saryusz-Wolski, Schmitt, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schwab, Seeber, Seeberg, Siekierski, Silva Peneda, Škottová, Sommer, Sonik, Spautz, Šťastný, Stauner, Stevenson, Strejček, Stubb, Sudre, Surján, Szájer, Tajani, Tannock, Thyssen, Ţîrle, Trakatellis, Ulmer, Vakalis, Van Orden, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Varvitsiotis, Vatanen, Ventre, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras, Vlasák, Vlasto, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, von Wogau, Wohlin, Wortmann-Kool, Záborská, Zaleski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec, Zwiefka

PSE: Andersson, Arif, Arnaoutakis, Athanasiu, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia i Cutchet, Beglitis, Beňová, van den Berg, Berlinguer, Berman, Bliznashki, Bösch, Bono, Bourzai, Bozkurt, Bulfon, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Casaca, Cashman, Castex, Cercas, Chervenyakov, Christensen, Corbett, Corbey, Correia, Cottigny, Creţu Corina, De Keyser, De Rossa, Désir, De Vits, Díez González, Dîncu, Douay, Dührkop Dührkop, Dumitrescu, El Khadraoui, Ettl, Falbr, Fava, Fazakas, Ferreira Anne, Ferreira Elisa, Fruteau, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Gill, Glante, Goebbels, Golik, Gomes, Gottardi, Grabowska, Grech, Gröner, Groote, Gurmai, Guy-Quint, Hänsch, Hasse Ferreira, Haug, Hazan, Hedh, Hegyi, Herczog, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jöns, Jørgensen, Kindermann, Kinnock, Kirilov, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kuhne, Laignel, Lambrinidis, Lehtinen, Leichtfried, Leinen, Liberadzki, Lienemann, Locatelli, McAvan, McCarthy, Madeira, Maňka, Mann Erika, Martin David, Martínez Martínez, Mastenbroek, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mihalache, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Moscovici, Muscat, Napoletano, Obiols i Germà, Öger, Paasilinna, Pahor, Paleckis, Panzeri, Paşcu, Patrie, Piecyk, Pinior, Pittella, Podgorean, Poignant, Prets, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Reynaud, Rosati, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Sacconi, Sakalas, Saks, Salinas García, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Sârbu, Schaldemose, Schapira, Scheele, Schulz, Segelström, Severin, Simpson, Siwiec, Skinner, Sornosa Martínez, Sousa Pinto, Stihler, Stockmann, Szejna, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Ţicău, Titley, Trautmann, Van Lancker, Vaugrenard, Vergnaud, Walter, Weber Henri, Weiler, Westlund, Wiersma, Willmott, Yáñez-Barnuevo García, Zani, Zingaretti

UEN: Bielan, Borghezio, Czarnecki Ryszard, Foltyn-Kubicka, Grabowski, Janowski, Kamiński, Krasts, Kristovskis, Kuc, Kuźmiuk, Libicki, Maldeikis, Masiel, Pęk, Piotrowski, Pirilli, Podkański, Rogalski, Roszkowski, Rutowicz, Speroni, Szymański, Tatarella, Vaidere, Wojciechowski Janusz, Zapałowski, Zīle

Verts/ALE: Aubert, Breyer, Buitenweg, Cramer, Flautre, Frassoni, Graefe zu Baringdorf, de Groen-Kouwenhoven, Hammerstein, Harms, Hassi, Horáček, Kallenbach, Kusstatscher, Lagendijk, Lambert, Lichtenberger, Lipietz, Lucas, Özdemir, Onesta, Romeva i Rueda, Rühle, Schlyter, Schmidt Frithjof, Schroedter, Staes, Voggenhuber, Ždanoka

Abstention: 9

IND/DEM: Bonde, Krupa, Sinnott, Tomczak

NI: Baco

PPE-DE: Szabó

PSE: Vigenin

Verts/ALE: Bennahmias, van Buitenen

Corrections to votes and voting intentions

Against: Claude Turmes, Tokia Saïfi

6.   Coveney report A6-0128/2007

Amendments 7 + 14

For: 327

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Andria, Attwooll, Bărbuleţiu, Beaupuy, Bowles, Budreikaitė, Cappato, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Ciornei, Cocilovo, Cornillet, Costa, Davies, Deprez, De Sarnez, Drčar Murko, Duff, Fourtou, Gentvilas, Geremek, Gibault, Griesbeck, Hall, Hellvig, Hennis-Plasschaert, Ilchev, in 't Veld, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Karim, Lambsdorff, Lax, Lehideux, Ludford, Lynne, Manders, Matsakis, Mohácsi, Morillon, Morţun, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Onyszkiewicz, Ortuondo Larrea, Oviir, Pannella, Parvanova, Piskorski, Prodi, Resetarits, Samuelsen, Savi, Sbarbati, Schmidt Olle, Schuth, Şerbu, Shouleva, Staniszewska, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Vălean, Van Hecke, Veraldi, Virrankoski, Wallis, Watson

GUE/NGL: Agnoletto, Aita, Brie, Figueiredo, Flasarová, Guerreiro, Henin, Holm, Kaufmann, Liotard, Markov, Maštálka, Meijer, Meyer Pleite, Morgantini, Musacchio, Papadimoulis, Pflüger, Portas, Ransdorf, Remek, Seppänen, Søndergaard, Svensson, Uca, Wagenknecht, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Bonde, Karatzaferis, Sinnott

ITS: Mussolini

NI: Battilocchio, Belohorská, Martin Hans-Peter

PPE-DE: Belet, Brepoels, Dehaene, Grosch, Posselt, Saïfi, Seeberg, Thyssen, Wijkman

PSE: Andersson, Arif, Arnaoutakis, Athanasiu, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia i Cutchet, Beglitis, Beňová, van den Berg, Berlinguer, Berman, Bliznashki, Bösch, Bono, Bourzai, Bozkurt, Bulfon, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Casaca, Cashman, Castex, Cercas, Chervenyakov, Christensen, Corbett, Corbey, Correia, Cottigny, Creţu Corina, De Keyser, De Rossa, Désir, De Vits, Díez González, Dîncu, Douay, Dührkop Dührkop, Dumitrescu, El Khadraoui, Ettl, Falbr, Fava, Fazakas, Ferreira Anne, Ferreira Elisa, Fruteau, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Gill, Glante, Goebbels, Golik, Gomes, Gottardi, Grabowska, Grech, Gröner, Groote, Gurmai, Guy-Quint, Hänsch, Hamon, Haug, Hazan, Hedh, Hegyi, Herczog, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jöns, Jørgensen, Kindermann, Kinnock, Kirilov, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kuhne, Laignel, Lambrinidis, Lehtinen, Leichtfried, Leinen, Liberadzki, Lienemann, Locatelli, McAvan, McCarthy, Madeira, Maňka, Mann Erika, Martin David, Martínez Martínez, Mastenbroek, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mihalache, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Moscovici, Muscat, Myller, Napoletano, Obiols i Germà, Öger, Paasilinna, Pahor, Paleckis, Panzeri, Paparizov, Paşcu, Patrie, Piecyk, Pinior, Pittella, Podgorean, Poignant, Prets, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Reynaud, Rosati, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Sacconi, Sakalas, Saks, Salinas García, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Sârbu, Schaldemose, Schapira, Scheele, Schulz, Segelström, Severin, Simpson, Siwiec, Skinner, Sornosa Martínez, Sousa Pinto, Stihler, Stockmann, Szejna, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Tarand, Ţicău, Titley, Trautmann, Van Lancker, Vaugrenard, Vergnaud, Vigenin, Walter, Weber Henri, Weiler, Westlund, Wiersma, Willmott, Yáñez-Barnuevo García, Zani, Zingaretti

UEN: Aylward, Crowley, Ó Neachtain

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

Against: 281

IND/DEM: Batten, Belder, Blokland, Clark, Goudin, Krupa, Lundgren, Nattrass, Tomczak, Whittaker, Wise, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr, Železný

ITS: Buruiană-Aprodu, Claeys, Coşea, Dillen, Gollnisch, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Le Rachinel, Martinez, Mihăescu, Mölzer, Moisuc, Mote, Popeangă, Romagnoli, Schenardi, Stănescu

NI: Allister, Baco, Chruszcz, Helmer

PPE-DE: Albertini, Anastase, Ashworth, Audy, Ayuso, Bachelot-Narquin, Barsi-Pataky, Bauer, Beazley, Becsey, Berend, Böge, Bowis, Bradbourn, Braghetto, Brejc, Březina, Bushill-Matthews, Busuttil, Buzek, Callanan, Casa, Casini, Caspary, Castiglione, del Castillo Vera, Cederschiöld, Chichester, Chmielewski, Coelho, Coveney, Daul, De Blasio, Demetriou, Descamps, Deß, Deva, De Veyrac, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dimitrov Martin, Dimitrov Philip Dimitrov, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Dover, Doyle, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Esteves, Fajmon, Fatuzzo, Ferber, Fjellner, Florenz, Fontaine, Fraga Estévez, Freitas, Gahler, Gál, Gaľa, Galeote, Ganţ, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gewalt, Gklavakis, Glattfelder, Goepel, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, de Grandes Pascual, Grossetête, Guellec, Gutiérrez-Cortines, Gyürk, Handzlik, Hannan, Harbour, Heaton-Harris, Hennicot-Schoepges, Herranz García, Herrero-Tejedor, Hieronymi, Hökmark, Hoppenstedt, Hudacký, Hybášková, Iacob-Ridzi, Ibrisagic, Itälä, Iturgaiz Angulo, Jackson, Jałowiecki, Járóka, Jarzembowski, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Kaczmarek, Kamall, Karas, Kauppi, Kelam, Kelemen, Kirkhope, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Koch, Konrad, Kónya-Hamar, Korhola, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Kudrycka, Kušķis, De Lange, Langen, Lauk, Lechner, Lewandowski, Liese, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, McGuinness, Mann Thomas, Mantovani, Marinescu, Marques, Martens, Mathieu, Mato Adrover, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Mayer, Mayor Oreja, Mikolášik, Millán Mon, Mitchell, Nassauer, Nicholson, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olajos, Olbrycht, Oomen-Ruijten, Őry, Ouzký, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Petre, Pieper, Pīks, Pinheiro, Pirker, Pleštinská, Podestà, Pomés Ruiz, Posdorf, Post, Protasiewicz, Purvis, Queiró, Rack, Radwan, Reul, Ribeiro e Castro, Roithová, Rudi Ubeda, Rübig, Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Sartori, Saryusz-Wolski, Schierhuber, Schmitt, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schwab, Seeber, Siekierski, Silva Peneda, Škottová, Sommer, Sonik, Spautz, Šťastný, Stauner, Stevenson, Strejček, Stubb, Sudre, Surján, Szájer, Tajani, Tannock, Ţîrle, Trakatellis, Ulmer, Vakalis, Van Orden, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Varvitsiotis, Vatanen, Ventre, Vernola, Vlasák, Vlasto, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, von Wogau, Wohlin, Wortmann-Kool, Záborská, Zaleski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec, Zwiefka

UEN: Bielan, Borghezio, Czarnecki Ryszard, Foltyn-Kubicka, Grabowski, Janowski, Kamiński, Krasts, Kristovskis, Kuc, Kuźmiuk, Libicki, Maldeikis, Masiel, Pęk, Piotrowski, Pirilli, Podkański, Rogalski, Roszkowski, Rutowicz, Speroni, Szymański, Tatarella, Vaidere, Wojciechowski Janusz, Zapałowski, Zīle

Abstention: 5

GUE/NGL: Pafilis

IND/DEM: Louis, de Villiers

PPE-DE: Szabó

Verts/ALE: van Buitenen

7.   Coveney report A6-0128/2007

Amendment 9

For: 333

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Andria, Attwooll, Bărbuleţiu, Beaupuy, Bowles, Busk, Cappato, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Ciornei, Cocilovo, Cornillet, Costa, Davies, Drčar Murko, Duff, Fourtou, Gentvilas, Geremek, Gibault, Griesbeck, Guardans Cambó, Hall, Hellvig, Hennis-Plasschaert, Ilchev, in 't Veld, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Karim, Kułakowski, Lambsdorff, Lax, Lehideux, Ludford, Lynne, Manders, Mohácsi, Morţun, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Onyszkiewicz, Ortuondo Larrea, Oviir, Pannella, Parvanova, Piskorski, Prodi, Resetarits, Samuelsen, Sbarbati, Schmidt Olle, Schuth, Şerbu, Shouleva, Staniszewska, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Vălean, Van Hecke, Veraldi, Wallis, Watson

GUE/NGL: Agnoletto, Aita, Brie, Catania, Figueiredo, Flasarová, Guerreiro, Henin, Holm, Kaufmann, Liotard, Markov, Maštálka, Meijer, Meyer Pleite, Morgantini, Musacchio, Papadimoulis, Pflüger, Portas, Ransdorf, Remek, Seppänen, Søndergaard, Svensson, Uca, Wagenknecht, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Bonde, Goudin, Karatzaferis, Lundgren, Sinnott

ITS: Coşea, Mussolini

NI: Belohorská, Martin Hans-Peter

PPE-DE: Audy, Daul, Dehaene, Descamps, De Veyrac, Gaubert, Gklavakis, Glattfelder, Grossetête, Kauppi, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Mathieu, Mavrommatis, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Seeberg, Stubb, Sudre, Trakatellis, Vakalis, Varvitsiotis, Ventre, Wijkman

PSE: Andersson, Arif, Arnaoutakis, Athanasiu, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia i Cutchet, Beglitis, Beňová, van den Berg, Berlinguer, Berman, Bliznashki, Bösch, Bono, Bourzai, Bozkurt, Bulfon, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Carlotti, Carnero González, Casaca, Cashman, Castex, Cercas, Chervenyakov, Christensen, Corbett, Corbey, Correia, Cottigny, Creţu Corina, De Keyser, Désir, De Vits, Díez González, Dîncu, Douay, Dührkop Dührkop, Dumitrescu, El Khadraoui, Ettl, Falbr, Fava, Fazakas, Ferreira Anne, Ferreira Elisa, Fruteau, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Gill, Glante, Goebbels, Golik, Gomes, Gottardi, Grabowska, Grech, Gröner, Groote, Gurmai, Hänsch, Hamon, Hasse Ferreira, Haug, Hazan, Hedh, Hegyi, Herczog, Honeyball, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jöns, Jørgensen, Kindermann, Kinnock, Kirilov, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kuhne, Laignel, Lambrinidis, Lehtinen, Leichtfried, Leinen, Liberadzki, Lienemann, Locatelli, McAvan, McCarthy, Madeira, Maňka, Mann Erika, Martin David, Martínez Martínez, Mastenbroek, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mihalache, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Moscovici, Muscat, Myller, Obiols i Germà, Öger, Paasilinna, Pahor, Paleckis, Panzeri, Paparizov, Paşcu, Patrie, Piecyk, Pinior, Pittella, Podgorean, Poignant, Prets, Rapkay, Reynaud, Rosati, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Sacconi, Sakalas, Saks, Salinas García, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Sârbu, Schaldemose, Scheele, Schulz, Segelström, Severin, Simpson, Siwiec, Skinner, Sornosa Martínez, Sousa Pinto, Stihler, Stockmann, Szejna, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Tarand, Ţicău, Titley, Trautmann, Van Lancker, Vaugrenard, Vergnaud, Vigenin, Walter, Weber Henri, Weiler, Westlund, Wiersma, Willmott, Yáñez-Barnuevo García, Zani, Zingaretti

UEN: Crowley, Kuc, Ó Neachtain

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

Against: 233

ALDE: Bourlanges, Deprez, Morillon, Virrankoski

IND/DEM: Belder, Blokland, Krupa, Tomczak, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr, Železný

ITS: Buruiană-Aprodu, Claeys, Dillen, Gollnisch, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Le Rachinel, Martinez, Mölzer, Moisuc, Mote, Popeangă, Romagnoli, Schenardi, Stănescu

NI: Allister, Chruszcz

PPE-DE: Albertini, Anastase, Andrikienė, Ayuso, Bachelot-Narquin, Barsi-Pataky, Bauer, Becsey, Berend, Böge, Braghetto, Brejc, Brepoels, Březina, Busuttil, Buzek, Casa, Casini, Caspary, Castiglione, del Castillo Vera, Chmielewski, Coelho, Coveney, De Blasio, Demetriou, Deß, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dimitrov Martin, Dimitrov Philip Dimitrov, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Doyle, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Fajmon, Fatuzzo, Ferber, Florenz, Fontaine, Fraga Estévez, Freitas, Gahler, Gál, Gaľa, Ganţ, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gauzès, Gewalt, Goepel, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, de Grandes Pascual, Grosch, Gyürk, Handzlik, Hannan, Hennicot-Schoepges, Herranz García, Herrero-Tejedor, Hieronymi, Hökmark, Hoppenstedt, Hudacký, Hybášková, Iacob-Ridzi, Itälä, Iturgaiz Angulo, Jałowiecki, Járóka, Jarzembowski, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Kaczmarek, Karas, Kelam, Kelemen, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Koch, Konrad, Kónya-Hamar, Kudrycka, Kušķis, De Lange, Langen, Lauk, Lechner, Lewandowski, Liese, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, McGuinness, Mann Thomas, Mantovani, Marinescu, Marques, Martens, Mato Adrover, Mauro, Mayer, Mayor Oreja, Mikolášik, Millán Mon, Mitchell, Nassauer, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olajos, Olbrycht, Oomen-Ruijten, Őry, Ouzký, Pack, Petre, Pieper, Pīks, Pinheiro, Pirker, Pleštinská, Podestà, Pomés Ruiz, Posdorf, Posselt, Post, Protasiewicz, Queiró, Rack, Radwan, Reul, Ribeiro e Castro, Roithová, Rudi Ubeda, Rübig, Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Sartori, Saryusz-Wolski, Schierhuber, Schmitt, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schwab, Seeber, Siekierski, Silva Peneda, Škottová, Sommer, Sonik, Spautz, Šťastný, Stauner, Strejček, Surján, Szájer, Tannock, Ţîrle, Ulmer, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Vatanen, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras, Vlasák, Vlasto, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, von Wogau, Wohlin, Wortmann-Kool, Záborská, Zaleski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec, Zwiefka

UEN: Bielan, Borghezio, Czarnecki Ryszard, Foltyn-Kubicka, Grabowski, Janowski, Kamiński, Krasts, Kristovskis, Kuźmiuk, Libicki, Maldeikis, Masiel, Pęk, Piotrowski, Pirilli, Podkański, Rogalski, Roszkowski, Rutowicz, Speroni, Szymański, Tatarella, Vaidere, Wojciechowski Janusz, Zapałowski, Zīle

Abstention: 40

ALDE: Budreikaitė, Matsakis, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Ries, Savi

IND/DEM: Batten, Clark, Louis, Nattrass, de Villiers, Whittaker, Wise

NI: Baco, Battilocchio, Helmer

PPE-DE: Ashworth, Beazley, Belet, Bowis, Bradbourn, Bushill-Matthews, Cederschiöld, Chichester, Dover, Esteves, Fjellner, Harbour, Heaton-Harris, Ibrisagic, Jackson, Kamall, Korhola, Nicholson, Purvis, Saïfi, Stevenson, Szabó, Thyssen, Van Orden

Verts/ALE: van Buitenen

Corrections to votes and voting intentions

For: Claude Turmes

Abstention: Charles Tannock

8.   Coveney report A6-0128/2007

Amendment 10

For: 524

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Andria, Attwooll, Bărbuleţiu, Beaupuy, Bowles, Budreikaitė, Busk, Cappato, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Ciornei, Cocilovo, Cornillet, Costa, Davies, Deprez, De Sarnez, Drčar Murko, Duff, Fourtou, Gentvilas, Geremek, Gibault, Griesbeck, Guardans Cambó, Hall, Hellvig, Hennis-Plasschaert, Ilchev, in 't Veld, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Karim, Kułakowski, Lambsdorff, Lax, Lehideux, Ludford, Lynne, Manders, Matsakis, Mohácsi, Morillon, Morţun, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Onyszkiewicz, Ortuondo Larrea, Oviir, Pannella, Parvanova, Piskorski, Prodi, Resetarits, Ries, Samuelsen, Savi, Sbarbati, Schmidt Olle, Schuth, Şerbu, Shouleva, Staniszewska, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Vălean, Van Hecke, Veraldi, Virrankoski, Wallis, Watson

IND/DEM: Bonde, Goudin, Karatzaferis, Krupa, Lundgren, Tomczak, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr

ITS: Gollnisch, Mussolini

NI: Belohorská, Chruszcz, Helmer, Martin Hans-Peter

PPE-DE: Albertini, Anastase, Andrikienė, Ashworth, Audy, Ayuso, Bachelot-Narquin, Barsi-Pataky, Bauer, Beazley, Becsey, Belet, Berend, Böge, Bowis, Bradbourn, Braghetto, Brejc, Brepoels, Březina, Bushill-Matthews, Busuttil, Buzek, Callanan, Casa, Casini, Caspary, Castiglione, del Castillo Vera, Cederschiöld, Chichester, Chmielewski, Coelho, Coveney, Daul, De Blasio, Dehaene, Demetriou, Descamps, Deß, Deva, De Veyrac, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dimitrov Martin, Dimitrov Philip Dimitrov, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Dover, Doyle, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Esteves, Fajmon, Fatuzzo, Ferber, Fjellner, Florenz, Fontaine, Fraga Estévez, Freitas, Gahler, Gál, Gaľa, Galeote, Ganţ, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gewalt, Glattfelder, Goepel, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, de Grandes Pascual, Grosch, Grossetête, Guellec, Gutiérrez-Cortines, Gyürk, Handzlik, Hannan, Harbour, Heaton-Harris, Hennicot-Schoepges, Herranz García, Herrero-Tejedor, Hieronymi, Hökmark, Hoppenstedt, Hudacký, Hybášková, Iacob-Ridzi, Ibrisagic, Itälä, Iturgaiz Angulo, Jackson, Jałowiecki, Járóka, Jarzembowski, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Kaczmarek, Kamall, Karas, Kauppi, Kelam, Kelemen, Kirkhope, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Koch, Konrad, Kónya-Hamar, Korhola, Kudrycka, Kušķis, De Lange, Langen, Lauk, Lechner, Lewandowski, Liese, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, McGuinness, Mann Thomas, Mantovani, Marinescu, Marques, Martens, Mathieu, Mato Adrover, Mauro, Mayer, Mayor Oreja, Mikolášik, Millán Mon, Mitchell, Nassauer, Nicholson, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olajos, Olbrycht, Oomen-Ruijten, Őry, Ouzký, Pack, Petre, Pieper, Pīks, Pinheiro, Pirker, Pleštinská, Podestà, Posdorf, Posselt, Post, Protasiewicz, Purvis, Queiró, Rack, Radwan, Reul, Ribeiro e Castro, Roithová, Rudi Ubeda, Rübig, Saïfi, Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Sartori, Saryusz-Wolski, Schierhuber, Schmitt, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schwab, Seeber, Seeberg, Siekierski, Silva Peneda, Škottová, Sommer, Spautz, Šťastný, Stauner, Stevenson, Strejček, Stubb, Sudre, Surján, Szabó, Szájer, Tajani, Tannock, Thyssen, Ţîrle, Ulmer, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Vatanen, Ventre, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras, Vlasák, Vlasto, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, Wijkman, von Wogau, Wortmann-Kool, Záborská, Zaleski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec, Zwiefka

PSE: Andersson, Arif, Arnaoutakis, Athanasiu, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia i Cutchet, Beglitis, Beňová, van den Berg, Berlinguer, Berman, Bliznashki, Bösch, Bono, Bourzai, Bozkurt, Bulfon, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Casaca, Cashman, Castex, Cercas, Chervenyakov, Christensen, Corbett, Corbey, Correia, Cottigny, Creţu Corina, De Keyser, De Rossa, Désir, De Vits, Díez González, Dîncu, Douay, Dührkop Dührkop, Dumitrescu, El Khadraoui, Ettl, Falbr, Fava, Fazakas, Ferreira Anne, Ferreira Elisa, Fruteau, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Gill, Glante, Goebbels, Golik, Gomes, Gottardi, Grabowska, Grech, Gröner, Groote, Gurmai, Guy-Quint, Hänsch, Hamon, Hasse Ferreira, Haug, Hazan, Hedh, Hegyi, Herczog, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jöns, Jørgensen, Kindermann, Kinnock, Kirilov, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kuhne, Laignel, Lambrinidis, Lehtinen, Leichtfried, Leinen, Liberadzki, Lienemann, Locatelli, McAvan, McCarthy, Madeira, Maňka, Mann Erika, Martin David, Martínez Martínez, Mastenbroek, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mihalache, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Moscovici, Muscat, Myller, Napoletano, Obiols i Germà, Öger, Paasilinna, Pahor, Paleckis, Panzeri, Paparizov, Paşcu, Patrie, Piecyk, Pinior, Pittella, Podgorean, Poignant, Prets, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Reynaud, Rosati, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Sacconi, Sakalas, Saks, Salinas García, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Sârbu, Schaldemose, Schapira, Scheele, Schulz, Segelström, Severin, Simpson, Siwiec, Skinner, Sornosa Martínez, Sousa Pinto, Stihler, Stockmann, Szejna, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Tarand, Ţicău, Titley, Trautmann, Van Lancker, Vaugrenard, Vergnaud, Vigenin, Walter, Weber Henri, Weiler, Westlund, Wiersma, Willmott, Yáñez-Barnuevo García, Zani, Zingaretti

UEN: Aylward, Crowley, Maldeikis, Ó Neachtain, Zīle

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

Against: 45

GUE/NGL: Meyer Pleite

IND/DEM: Belder, Blokland

ITS: Buruiană-Aprodu, Claeys, Coşea, Dillen, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Le Rachinel, Martinez, Mihăescu, Mölzer, Moisuc, Mote, Popeangă, Romagnoli, Schenardi, Stănescu

NI: Allister

PPE-DE: Pomés Ruiz

UEN: Bielan, Borghezio, Czarnecki Ryszard, Foltyn-Kubicka, Grabowski, Janowski, Kamiński, Krasts, Kristovskis, Kuc, Kuźmiuk, Libicki, Masiel, Pęk, Piotrowski, Podkański, Rogalski, Roszkowski, Rutowicz, Speroni, Szymański, Wojciechowski Janusz, Zapałowski

Abstention: 53

GUE/NGL: Agnoletto, Aita, Brie, Catania, Figueiredo, Flasarová, Guerreiro, Henin, Holm, Kaufmann, Liotard, Markov, Maštálka, Meijer, Morgantini, Musacchio, Pafilis, Papadimoulis, Pflüger, Portas, Ransdorf, Remek, Seppänen, Søndergaard, Svensson, Uca, Wagenknecht, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Batten, Clark, Louis, Nattrass, Sinnott, de Villiers, Whittaker, Wise, Železný

NI: Baco, Battilocchio

PPE-DE: Gklavakis, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Mavrommatis, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Sonik, Trakatellis, Vakalis, Van Orden, Varvitsiotis

UEN: Pirilli, Tatarella, Vaidere

Verts/ALE: van Buitenen

Corrections to votes and voting intentions

For: Javier Pomes

9.   RC-B6-0167/2007 — Homophobia in Europe

Resolution

For: 325

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Andria, Attwooll, Bărbuleţiu, Beaupuy, Bowles, Busk, Cappato, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Ciornei, Cocilovo, Cornillet, Davies, De Sarnez, Drčar Murko, Duff, Fourtou, Gentvilas, Gibault, Griesbeck, Guardans Cambó, Hall, Hellvig, Ilchev, in 't Veld, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Karim, Lambsdorff, Lax, Ludford, Lynne, Manders, Mohácsi, Morţun, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Ortuondo Larrea, Oviir, Pannella, Parvanova, Piskorski, Prodi, Resetarits, Ries, Sbarbati, Schmidt Olle, Schuth, Şerbu, Shouleva, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Vălean, Van Hecke, Veraldi, Wallis

GUE/NGL: Agnoletto, Aita, Brie, Catania, Figueiredo, Flasarová, Guerreiro, Henin, Holm, Kaufmann, Liotard, Markov, Maštálka, Meijer, Meyer Pleite, Morgantini, Musacchio, Papadimoulis, Pflüger, Portas, Ransdorf, Remek, Seppänen, Søndergaard, Svensson, Uca, Wagenknecht, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Goudin, Lundgren, Železný

NI: Baco, Battilocchio, Belohorská, Martin Hans-Peter

PPE-DE: Bachelot-Narquin, Belet, Bowis, Brepoels, Cederschiöld, Coveney, Dehaene, De Veyrac, Doorn, Doyle, Fjellner, Fontaine, Freitas, Gaubert, Grosch, Grossetête, Guellec, Hökmark, Ibrisagic, Itälä, Kauppi, Korhola, Mathieu, Saïfi, Seeberg, Stubb, Thyssen, Vlasto, Wijkman, Wohlin

PSE: Andersson, Arif, Arnaoutakis, Athanasiu, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia i Cutchet, Beglitis, Beňová, van den Berg, Berlinguer, Berman, Bliznashki, Bösch, Bono, Bourzai, Bozkurt, Bulfon, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Casaca, Cashman, Castex, Cercas, Chervenyakov, Christensen, Corbett, Corbey, Correia, Cottigny, Creţu Corina, De Keyser, De Rossa, Désir, De Vits, Díez González, Dîncu, Douay, Dührkop Dührkop, Dumitrescu, El Khadraoui, Ettl, Falbr, Fava, Fazakas, Ferreira Anne, Ferreira Elisa, Fruteau, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Gill, Glante, Goebbels, Gomes, Gottardi, Grech, Gröner, Groote, Gurmai, Guy-Quint, Hänsch, Hamon, Haug, Hazan, Hedh, Hegyi, Herczog, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jöns, Jørgensen, Kindermann, Kirilov, Kósáné Kovács, Krehl, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kuhne, Laignel, Lambrinidis, Lehtinen, Leichtfried, Leinen, Lienemann, Locatelli, McAvan, Madeira, Maňka, Martin David, Martínez Martínez, Mastenbroek, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mihalache, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Moscovici, Muscat, Myller, Napoletano, Obiols i Germà, Öger, Paasilinna, Pahor, Paleckis, Panzeri, Paparizov, Paşcu, Patrie, Piecyk, Pinior, Pittella, Podgorean, Poignant, Prets, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Reynaud, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Sacconi, Sakalas, Saks, Salinas García, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Sârbu, Schaldemose, Schapira, Scheele, Schulz, Segelström, Severin, Simpson, Siwiec, Skinner, Sornosa Martínez, Sousa Pinto, Stockmann, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Tarand, Ţicău, Titley, Trautmann, Van Lancker, Vaugrenard, Vergnaud, Vigenin, Walter, Weber Henri, Weiler, Westlund, Wiersma, Willmott, Yáñez-Barnuevo García, Zani, Zingaretti

UEN: Kuc

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

Against: 124

ALDE: Deprez, Morillon, Virrankoski

IND/DEM: Batten, Belder, Blokland, Clark, Krupa, Louis, Tomczak, de Villiers, Whittaker, Wise, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr

ITS: Buruiană-Aprodu, Claeys, Coşea, Dillen, Gollnisch, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Le Rachinel, Martinez, Mölzer, Moisuc, Mote, Mussolini, Romagnoli, Schenardi, Stănescu

NI: Allister, Chruszcz, Helmer

PPE-DE: Andrikienė, Becsey, Berend, Buzek, Callanan, Casini, Chmielewski, Deß, Ebner, Fajmon, Fatuzzo, Ferber, Handzlik, Hoppenstedt, Hudacký, Hybášková, Jałowiecki, Kaczmarek, Klaß, Klich, Konrad, Kudrycka, Lechner, Lewandowski, Liese, Marques, Mauro, Mayer, Mayor Oreja, Mikolášik, Olbrycht, Ouzký, Pīks, Pleštinská, Pomés Ruiz, Posselt, Post, Protasiewicz, Queiró, Reul, Saryusz-Wolski, Schnellhardt, Siekierski, Silva Peneda, Škottová, Sommer, Sonik, Spautz, Strejček, Surján, Ţîrle, Vlasák, Záborská, Zaleski, Zwiefka

PSE: Golik, Grabowska, Liberadzki, Rosati, Szejna

UEN: Aylward, Bielan, Borghezio, Crowley, Czarnecki Ryszard, Foltyn-Kubicka, Grabowski, Janowski, Kamiński, Krasts, Kristovskis, Kuźmiuk, Libicki, Maldeikis, Masiel, Ó Neachtain, Pęk, Piotrowski, Pirilli, Podkański, Rogalski, Roszkowski, Rutowicz, Speroni, Szymański, Tatarella, Vaidere, Wojciechowski Janusz, Zapałowski, Zīle

Abstention: 150

ALDE: Budreikaitė, Costa, Geremek, Kułakowski, Lehideux, Matsakis, Onyszkiewicz, Savi, Staniszewska

IND/DEM: Bonde, Karatzaferis

PPE-DE: Albertini, Anastase, Ashworth, Audy, Ayuso, Barsi-Pataky, Bauer, Beazley, Böge, Braghetto, Brejc, Březina, Busuttil, Casa, Caspary, Castiglione, del Castillo Vera, Chichester, Daul, De Blasio, Demetriou, Descamps, Deva, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dimitrov Martin, Dimitrov Philip Dimitrov, Dombrovskis, Dover, Duka-Zólyomi, Esteves, Fraga Estévez, Gahler, Gál, Gaľa, Galeote, Ganţ, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gauzès, Gewalt, Gklavakis, Glattfelder, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, de Grandes Pascual, Gyürk, Hannan, Heaton-Harris, Hennicot-Schoepges, Herranz García, Herrero-Tejedor, Hieronymi, Iacob-Ridzi, Iturgaiz Angulo, Jackson, Járóka, Jarzembowski, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Kamall, Karas, Kelam, Kelemen, Kirkhope, Klamt, Koch, Kónya-Hamar, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Kušķis, De Lange, Langen, Lauk, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, Mann Thomas, Mantovani, Marinescu, Martens, Mato Adrover, Mavrommatis, Millán Mon, Mitchell, Nassauer, Nicholson, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olajos, Oomen-Ruijten, Őry, Pack, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Petre, Pieper, Pinheiro, Podestà, Posdorf, Purvis, Rack, Radwan, Roithová, Rudi Ubeda, Rübig, Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Sartori, Schierhuber, Schmitt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schwab, Seeber, Šťastný, Stauner, Stevenson, Sudre, Szabó, Tajani, Tannock, Trakatellis, Ulmer, Vakalis, Van Orden, Varvitsiotis, Vatanen, Ventre, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, von Wogau, Wortmann-Kool, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec

PSE: Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Koterec

Verts/ALE: van Buitenen

Corrections to votes and voting intentions

For: Arlene McCarthy, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert

Against: Jean Marie Beaupuy

Abstention: Eija-Riitta Korhola, Cristina Gutiérrez-Cortines, Javier Pomes

10.   Lauk report A6-0076/2007

Amendment 12

For: 204

ALDE: Cornillet, Drčar Murko

NI: Belohorská

PSE: Andersson, Arif, Arnaoutakis, Athanasiu, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia i Cutchet, Beglitis, Beňová, van den Berg, Berlinguer, Berman, Bliznashki, Bösch, Bono, Bourzai, Bozkurt, Bulfon, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Capoulas Santos, Carnero González, Casaca, Cashman, Castex, Cercas, Chervenyakov, Christensen, Corbett, Corbey, Correia, Cottigny, De Keyser, De Rossa, Désir, De Vits, Díez González, Dîncu, Douay, Dührkop Dührkop, Dumitrescu, El Khadraoui, Ettl, Falbr, Fava, Fazakas, Ferreira Anne, Ferreira Elisa, Fruteau, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Gill, Glante, Goebbels, Golik, Gomes, Gottardi, Grabowska, Grech, Gröner, Groote, Gurmai, Guy-Quint, Hamon, Haug, Hegyi, Herczog, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jöns, Jørgensen, Kindermann, Kirilov, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kuhne, Laignel, Lambrinidis, Lehtinen, Leichtfried, Leinen, Liberadzki, Lienemann, Locatelli, McAvan, Madeira, Maňka, Mann Erika, Martin David, Martínez Martínez, Mastenbroek, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mihalache, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Moscovici, Muscat, Myller, Napoletano, Obiols i Germà, Öger, Paasilinna, Pahor, Paleckis, Panzeri, Paparizov, Paşcu, Patrie, Piecyk, Pinior, Pittella, Podgorean, Poignant, Prets, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Reynaud, Rosati, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Sacconi, Sakalas, Saks, Salinas García, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Sârbu, Schaldemose, Schapira, Scheele, Schulz, Segelström, Severin, Simpson, Siwiec, Skinner, Sornosa Martínez, Sousa Pinto, Stockmann, Szejna, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Tarand, Ţicău, Titley, Trautmann, Van Lancker, Vaugrenard, Vergnaud, Vigenin, Walter, Weber Henri, Weiler, Westlund, Wiersma, Willmott, Yáñez-Barnuevo García, Zani

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

Against: 344

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Andria, Attwooll, Bărbuleţiu, Bowles, Budreikaitė, Busk, Cappato, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Ciornei, Cocilovo, Costa, Deprez, De Sarnez, Duff, Fourtou, Gentvilas, Geremek, Gibault, Griesbeck, Guardans Cambó, Hall, Hellvig, Hennis-Plasschaert, Ilchev, in 't Veld, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Karim, Kułakowski, Lambsdorff, Lax, Lehideux, Ludford, Lynne, Manders, Mohácsi, Morillon, Morţun, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Onyszkiewicz, Ortuondo Larrea, Oviir, Pannella, Parvanova, Piskorski, Prodi, Resetarits, Ries, Savi, Sbarbati, Schmidt Olle, Schuth, Şerbu, Shouleva, Staniszewska, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Vălean, Van Hecke, Veraldi, Virrankoski, Wallis

GUE/NGL: Pafilis

IND/DEM: Batten, Belder, Blokland, Bonde, Clark, Goudin, Karatzaferis, Lundgren, Whittaker, Wise, Železný

ITS: Buruiană-Aprodu, Claeys, Coşea, Dillen, Gollnisch, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Le Rachinel, Martinez, Mihăescu, Mölzer, Moisuc, Mote, Mussolini, Popeangă, Romagnoli, Schenardi, Stănescu

NI: Helmer

PPE-DE: Albertini, Anastase, Andrikienė, Ashworth, Audy, Ayuso, Bachelot-Narquin, Barsi-Pataky, Bauer, Beazley, Becsey, Belet, Berend, Böge, Bowis, Bradbourn, Braghetto, Brejc, Brepoels, Březina, Bushill-Matthews, Buzek, Callanan, Casa, Casini, Caspary, Castiglione, del Castillo Vera, Cederschiöld, Chichester, Chmielewski, Coveney, Daul, De Blasio, Dehaene, Demetriou, Descamps, Deß, De Veyrac, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dimitrov Martin, Dimitrov Philip Dimitrov, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Dover, Doyle, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Esteves, Fajmon, Fatuzzo, Ferber, Fjellner, Fontaine, Fraga Estévez, Freitas, Gahler, Gál, Gaľa, Galeote, Ganţ, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gewalt, Gklavakis, Glattfelder, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, de Grandes Pascual, Grosch, Grossetête, Guellec, Gyürk, Handzlik, Hannan, Heaton-Harris, Hennicot-Schoepges, Herranz García, Herrero-Tejedor, Hieronymi, Hökmark, Hoppenstedt, Hudacký, Iacob-Ridzi, Ibrisagic, Itälä, Iturgaiz Angulo, Jackson, Jałowiecki, Járóka, Jarzembowski, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Kaczmarek, Kamall, Karas, Kauppi, Kelam, Kelemen, Kirkhope, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Koch, Konrad, Kónya-Hamar, Korhola, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Kudrycka, Kušķis, De Lange, Langen, Lauk, Lechner, Liese, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, Mann Thomas, Mantovani, Marinescu, Marques, Martens, Mathieu, Mato Adrover, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Mayer, Mayor Oreja, Mikolášik, Millán Mon, Mitchell, Nassauer, Nicholson, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olajos, Olbrycht, Oomen-Ruijten, Ouzký, Pack, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Petre, Pieper, Pīks, Pinheiro, Pleštinská, Podestà, Posdorf, Posselt, Post, Protasiewicz, Purvis, Queiró, Radwan, Reul, Roithová, Rudi Ubeda, Rübig, Saïfi, Sartori, Saryusz-Wolski, Schierhuber, Schmitt, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schwab, Seeber, Seeberg, Siekierski, Silva Peneda, Škottová, Sommer, Sonik, Spautz, Šťastný, Stauner, Stevenson, Strejček, Stubb, Sudre, Surján, Szájer, Tajani, Tannock, Thyssen, Ţîrle, Trakatellis, Ulmer, Vakalis, Van Orden, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Varvitsiotis, Vatanen, Ventre, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras, Vlasák, Vlasto, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, Wijkman, Wohlin, Wortmann-Kool, Záborská, Zaleski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec, Zwiefka

UEN: Aylward, Bielan, Borghezio, Crowley, Czarnecki Ryszard, Foltyn-Kubicka, Grabowski, Janowski, Kamiński, Krasts, Kristovskis, Kuc, Kuźmiuk, Libicki, Maldeikis, Masiel, Ó Neachtain, Pęk, Piotrowski, Pirilli, Podkański, Rogalski, Rutowicz, Speroni, Tatarella, Vaidere, Wojciechowski Janusz, Zapałowski, Zīle

Abstention: 42

GUE/NGL: Agnoletto, Aita, Brie, Catania, Figueiredo, Flasarová, Guerreiro, Henin, Holm, Kaufmann, Liotard, Markov, Maštálka, Meijer, Meyer Pleite, Morgantini, Musacchio, Papadimoulis, Pflüger, Portas, Ransdorf, Remek, Seppänen, Søndergaard, Svensson, Wagenknecht, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Krupa, Louis, Tomczak, de Villiers, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr

NI: Allister, Battilocchio, Chruszcz, Martin Hans-Peter

PPE-DE: Szabó, von Wogau

PSE: Carlotti, Hänsch, Hedh

Verts/ALE: van Buitenen

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Amendments 8 + 14

For: 278

ALDE: Andria, Cocilovo, Costa, Ortuondo Larrea, Sbarbati

GUE/NGL: Agnoletto, Aita, Brie, Catania, Figueiredo, Flasarová, Guerreiro, Henin, Holm, Kaufmann, Liotard, Markov, Maštálka, Meijer, Meyer Pleite, Musacchio, Pafilis, Papadimoulis, Pflüger, Ransdorf, Remek, Seppänen, Søndergaard, Svensson, Wagenknecht, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Goudin, Lundgren

ITS: Buruiană-Aprodu, Claeys, Coşea, Dillen, Lang, Le Pen Marine, Martinez, Mihăescu, Mölzer, Moisuc, Mussolini, Romagnoli, Schenardi, Stănescu

NI: Baco, Battilocchio, Belohorská, Helmer

PPE-DE: Ashworth, Beazley, Bowis, Bradbourn, Bushill-Matthews, Callanan, Chichester, Dover, Hannan, Jackson, Kamall, Kirkhope, Nicholson, Protasiewicz, Purvis, Stevenson, Tannock, Wohlin

PSE: Andersson, Arif, Arnaoutakis, Athanasiu, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia i Cutchet, Beglitis, Beňová, van den Berg, Berlinguer, Berman, Bliznashki, Bösch, Bourzai, Bozkurt, Bulfon, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Casaca, Cashman, Castex, Cercas, Chervenyakov, Christensen, Corbett, Correia, Cottigny, Creţu Corina, De Keyser, De Rossa, Désir, De Vits, Díez González, Dîncu, Douay, Dührkop Dührkop, Dumitrescu, El Khadraoui, Ettl, Falbr, Fava, Fazakas, Ferreira Anne, Ferreira Elisa, Fruteau, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Gill, Glante, Goebbels, Gomes, Grabowska, Grech, Gröner, Groote, Gurmai, Guy-Quint, Hänsch, Hamon, Hasse Ferreira, Haug, Hazan, Hedh, Hegyi, Herczog, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jöns, Jørgensen, Kindermann, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Laignel, Lambrinidis, Lehtinen, Leichtfried, Leinen, Liberadzki, Lienemann, Locatelli, McAvan, Madeira, Maňka, Mann Erika, Martin David, Martínez Martínez, Mastenbroek, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mihalache, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Muscat, Myller, Napoletano, Obiols i Germà, Öger, Paasilinna, Pahor, Paleckis, Panzeri, Paparizov, Paşcu, Patrie, Piecyk, Pinior, Pittella, Podgorean, Poignant, Prets, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Reynaud, Rosati, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Sacconi, Sakalas, Saks, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Sârbu, Schaldemose, Schapira, Scheele, Schulz, Segelström, Severin, Simpson, Siwiec, Skinner, Sornosa Martínez, Stockmann, Szejna, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Tarand, Ţicău, Titley, Trautmann, Van Lancker, Vaugrenard, Vergnaud, Vigenin, Walter, Weiler, Westlund, Wiersma, Willmott, Yáñez-Barnuevo García, Zani

UEN: Aylward, Bielan, Crowley, Czarnecki Ryszard, Foltyn-Kubicka, Janowski, Kuc, Libicki, Masiel, Ó Neachtain, Pirilli, Roszkowski, Rutowicz, Tatarella

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

Against: 283

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Attwooll, Bărbuleţiu, Beaupuy, Bourlanges, Bowles, Budreikaitė, Busk, Cappato, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Ciornei, Deprez, Drčar Murko, Duff, Fourtou, Gentvilas, Geremek, Gibault, Griesbeck, Guardans Cambó, Hall, Hellvig, Hennis-Plasschaert, Ilchev, in 't Veld, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Karim, Lambsdorff, Lax, Lehideux, Lynne, Manders, Matsakis, Mohácsi, Morillon, Morţun, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Onyszkiewicz, Oviir, Pannella, Parvanova, Piskorski, Prodi, Resetarits, Ries, Savi, Schmidt Olle, Schuth, Şerbu, Shouleva, Staniszewska, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Vălean, Van Hecke, Veraldi, Virrankoski, Wallis

IND/DEM: Batten, Belder, Blokland, Clark, Krupa, Louis, Tomczak, de Villiers, Whittaker, Wise, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr, Železný

ITS: Mote, Popeangă

NI: Chruszcz

PPE-DE: Albertini, Anastase, Andrikienė, Audy, Ayuso, Bachelot-Narquin, Barsi-Pataky, Bauer, Becsey, Belet, Berend, Böge, Braghetto, Brejc, Brepoels, Busuttil, Buzek, Casa, Casini, Caspary, Castiglione, del Castillo Vera, Cederschiöld, Chmielewski, Coelho, Coveney, Daul, De Blasio, Dehaene, Demetriou, Descamps, Deß, De Veyrac, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dimitrov Martin, Dimitrov Philip Dimitrov, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Doyle, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Esteves, Fajmon, Fatuzzo, Ferber, Fjellner, Fontaine, Fraga Estévez, Freitas, Gahler, Gál, Gaľa, Ganţ, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gewalt, Gklavakis, Glattfelder, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, de Grandes Pascual, Grosch, Grossetête, Guellec, Gutiérrez-Cortines, Gyürk, Handzlik, Hennicot-Schoepges, Herranz García, Herrero-Tejedor, Hieronymi, Hökmark, Hoppenstedt, Hudacký, Iacob-Ridzi, Ibrisagic, Itälä, Iturgaiz Angulo, Jałowiecki, Járóka, Jarzembowski, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Karas, Kauppi, Kelam, Kelemen, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Koch, Konrad, Kónya-Hamar, Korhola, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Kudrycka, Kušķis, De Lange, Langen, Lauk, Lechner, Liese, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, McGuinness, Mann Thomas, Mantovani, Marinescu, Marques, Martens, Mathieu, Mato Adrover, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Mayer, Mikolášik, Millán Mon, Mitchell, Nassauer, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olajos, Olbrycht, Oomen-Ruijten, Őry, Ouzký, Pack, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Petre, Pieper, Pīks, Pinheiro, Pleštinská, Podestà, Posdorf, Posselt, Post, Queiró, Radwan, Reul, Roithová, Rudi Ubeda, Rübig, Saïfi, Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Sartori, Saryusz-Wolski, Schierhuber, Schmitt, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schwab, Seeber, Seeberg, Silva Peneda, Škottová, Sommer, Sonik, Spautz, Šťastný, Stauner, Strejček, Stubb, Sudre, Surján, Szájer, Tajani, Thyssen, Ţîrle, Trakatellis, Ulmer, Vakalis, Van Orden, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Varvitsiotis, Vatanen, Ventre, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras, Vlasák, Vlasto, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, Wijkman, von Wogau, Wortmann-Kool, Záborská, Zaleski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec, Zwiefka

UEN: Krasts, Kristovskis, Maldeikis, Pęk, Vaidere, Zīle

Abstention: 7

IND/DEM: Bonde, Karatzaferis

ITS: Gollnisch

NI: Martin Hans-Peter

PPE-DE: Szabó

UEN: Borghezio

Verts/ALE: van Buitenen

Corrections to votes and voting intentions

For: Luisa Morgantini, Geoffrey Van Orden

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Amendment 1

For: 212

ALDE: Ortuondo Larrea

GUE/NGL: Ransdorf

IND/DEM: Belder, Blokland, Krupa, Tomczak, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr

NI: Belohorská, Chruszcz

PPE-DE: Albertini, Anastase, Andrikienė, Audy, Ayuso, Bachelot-Narquin, Barsi-Pataky, Bauer, Becsey, Belet, Berend, Böge, Braghetto, Brejc, Brepoels, Busuttil, Buzek, Casa, Casini, Caspary, Castiglione, del Castillo Vera, Cederschiöld, Chmielewski, Coelho, Daul, De Blasio, Dehaene, Demetriou, Descamps, Deß, De Veyrac, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dimitrov Martin, Dimitrov Philip Dimitrov, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Esteves, Fajmon, Fatuzzo, Ferber, Fjellner, Fontaine, Fraga Estévez, Freitas, Gahler, Gál, Gaľa, Galeote, Ganţ, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gewalt, Gklavakis, Glattfelder, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, de Grandes Pascual, Grosch, Grossetête, Guellec, Gutiérrez-Cortines, Gyürk, Handzlik, Hennicot-Schoepges, Herranz García, Herrero-Tejedor, Hieronymi, Hökmark, Hoppenstedt, Hudacký, Iacob-Ridzi, Ibrisagic, Itälä, Iturgaiz Angulo, Jałowiecki, Járóka, Jarzembowski, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Karas, Kauppi, Kelam, Kelemen, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Koch, Konrad, Kónya-Hamar, Korhola, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Kudrycka, Kušķis, De Lange, Langen, Lauk, Lechner, Liese, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, Mann Thomas, Mantovani, Marinescu, Marques, Martens, Mathieu, Mato Adrover, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Mayer, Mayor Oreja, Mikolášik, Millán Mon, Nassauer, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olajos, Olbrycht, Oomen-Ruijten, Ouzký, Pack, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papastamkos, Petre, Pieper, Pīks, Pinheiro, Pleštinská, Podestà, Posdorf, Posselt, Post, Protasiewicz, Queiró, Radwan, Reul, Roithová, Rudi Ubeda, Rübig, Saïfi, Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Sartori, Saryusz-Wolski, Schierhuber, Schmitt, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schwab, Seeber, Seeberg, Silva Peneda, Škottová, Sommer, Sonik, Spautz, Šťastný, Stauner, Strejček, Stubb, Sudre, Surján, Szabó, Szájer, Thyssen, Ţîrle, Trakatellis, Ulmer, Vakalis, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Varvitsiotis, Vatanen, Ventre, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras, Vlasák, Vlasto, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, Wijkman, von Wogau, Wohlin, Wortmann-Kool, Záborská, Zaleski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec, Zwiefka

PSE: Bliznashki, Severin

UEN: Krasts, Kristovskis, Maldeikis, Vaidere, Zīle

Against: 335

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Andria, Attwooll, Bărbuleţiu, Beaupuy, Bowles, Budreikaitė, Busk, Cappato, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Ciornei, Cocilovo, Cornillet, Deprez, De Sarnez, Drčar Murko, Duff, Fourtou, Gentvilas, Geremek, Gibault, Griesbeck, Guardans Cambó, Hall, Hellvig, Hennis-Plasschaert, Ilchev, in 't Veld, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Karim, Kułakowski, Lambsdorff, Lax, Lehideux, Ludford, Lynne, Manders, Matsakis, Mohácsi, Morillon, Morţun, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Onyszkiewicz, Oviir, Pannella, Parvanova, Piskorski, Prodi, Resetarits, Ries, Savi, Sbarbati, Schmidt Olle, Schuth, Şerbu, Shouleva, Staniszewska, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Vălean, Van Hecke, Veraldi, Virrankoski, Wallis

GUE/NGL: Agnoletto, Aita, Brie, Catania, Figueiredo, Flasarová, Guerreiro, Henin, Kaufmann, Markov, Maštálka, Meyer Pleite, Morgantini, Musacchio, Pafilis, Papadimoulis, Pflüger, Portas, Remek, Wagenknecht, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Batten, Clark, Goudin, Karatzaferis, Lundgren, Whittaker, Wise

ITS: Buruiană-Aprodu, Claeys, Coşea, Dillen, Gollnisch, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Le Rachinel, Martinez, Mihăescu, Mölzer, Moisuc, Mussolini, Popeangă, Romagnoli, Schenardi, Stănescu

NI: Battilocchio

PPE-DE: Coveney, Doyle, McGuinness, Mitchell

PSE: Andersson, Arif, Arnaoutakis, Athanasiu, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia i Cutchet, Beglitis, Beňová, van den Berg, Berlinguer, Berman, Bösch, Bono, Bourzai, Bozkurt, Bulfon, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Casaca, Cashman, Castex, Cercas, Chervenyakov, Christensen, Corbett, Correia, Cottigny, Creţu Corina, De Keyser, De Rossa, Désir, De Vits, Díez González, Dîncu, Douay, Dührkop Dührkop, Dumitrescu, El Khadraoui, Ettl, Falbr, Fava, Fazakas, Ferreira Anne, Ferreira Elisa, Fruteau, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Gill, Glante, Goebbels, Gomes, Grabowska, Grech, Gröner, Groote, Gurmai, Guy-Quint, Hamon, Hasse Ferreira, Haug, Hazan, Hedh, Hegyi, Herczog, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jöns, Jørgensen, Kindermann, Kirilov, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Laignel, Lambrinidis, Lehtinen, Leichtfried, Leinen, Liberadzki, Lienemann, Locatelli, McAvan, Madeira, Maňka, Mann Erika, Martin David, Martínez Martínez, Mastenbroek, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mihalache, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Muscat, Myller, Napoletano, Obiols i Germà, Öger, Paasilinna, Pahor, Paleckis, Panzeri, Paparizov, Paşcu, Patrie, Piecyk, Pinior, Podgorean, Poignant, Prets, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Reynaud, Rosati, Rothe, Rouček, Roure, Sacconi, Sakalas, Saks, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Sârbu, Schaldemose, Schapira, Scheele, Schulz, Segelström, Simpson, Siwiec, Skinner, Sornosa Martínez, Sousa Pinto, Stockmann, Szejna, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Tarand, Ţicău, Titley, Trautmann, Van Lancker, Vaugrenard, Vergnaud, Vigenin, Walter, Weber Henri, Weiler, Westlund, Wiersma, Willmott, Yáñez-Barnuevo García, Zani

UEN: Aylward, Bielan, Borghezio, Crowley, Czarnecki Ryszard, Foltyn-Kubicka, Janowski, Kuc, Libicki, Masiel, Ó Neachtain, Pęk, Pirilli, Roszkowski, Rutowicz, Speroni, Tatarella

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

Abstention: 35

GUE/NGL: Holm, Liotard, Meijer, Seppänen, Søndergaard, Svensson

IND/DEM: Bonde, Louis, de Villiers, Železný

ITS: Mote

NI: Allister, Baco, Helmer, Martin Hans-Peter

PPE-DE: Ashworth, Beazley, Bowis, Bradbourn, Bushill-Matthews, Callanan, Chichester, Dover, Hannan, Heaton-Harris, Jackson, Kamall, Kirkhope, Nicholson, Purvis, Stevenson, Tannock, Van Orden

PSE: Hänsch

Verts/ALE: van Buitenen

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Resolution

For: 277

ALDE: Alvaro, Andrejevs, Andria, Attwooll, Bărbuleţiu, Beaupuy, Bourlanges, Bowles, Budreikaitė, Busk, Cappato, Cavada, Chatzimarkakis, Ciornei, Cornillet, Deprez, De Sarnez, Drčar Murko, Duff, Fourtou, Gentvilas, Geremek, Gibault, Griesbeck, Guardans Cambó, Hall, Hellvig, Hennis-Plasschaert, Ilchev, in 't Veld, Jensen, Juknevičienė, Kacin, Karim, Kułakowski, Lambsdorff, Lax, Lehideux, Ludford, Lynne, Manders, Matsakis, Mohácsi, Morillon, Morţun, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Onyszkiewicz, Ortuondo Larrea, Oviir, Pannella, Parvanova, Piskorski, Prodi, Resetarits, Savi, Schmidt Olle, Schuth, Şerbu, Shouleva, Staniszewska, Sterckx, Szent-Iványi, Vălean, Veraldi, Virrankoski, Wallis

IND/DEM: Belder, Blokland

ITS: Moisuc, Popeangă

PPE-DE: Albertini, Anastase, Andrikienė, Audy, Ayuso, Bachelot-Narquin, Barsi-Pataky, Bauer, Beazley, Becsey, Belet, Berend, Böge, Braghetto, Brejc, Brepoels, Březina, Busuttil, Buzek, Casini, Caspary, Castiglione, del Castillo Vera, Cederschiöld, Chmielewski, De Blasio, Dehaene, Demetriou, Descamps, Deß, De Veyrac, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dimitrov Martin, Dimitrov Philip Dimitrov, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Duka-Zólyomi, Ebner, Esteves, Fatuzzo, Ferber, Fjellner, Fontaine, Fraga Estévez, Freitas, Gahler, Gál, Gaľa, Galeote, Ganţ, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gaubert, Gauzès, Gewalt, Gklavakis, Glattfelder, Gomolka, Graça Moura, Gräßle, de Grandes Pascual, Grosch, Grossetête, Guellec, Gyürk, Handzlik, Hennicot-Schoepges, Herranz García, Herrero-Tejedor, Hieronymi, Hökmark, Hudacký, Iacob-Ridzi, Ibrisagic, Jałowiecki, Járóka, Jarzembowski, Jeggle, Jordan Cizelj, Karas, Kauppi, Kelam, Klamt, Klaß, Klich, Koch, Konrad, Kónya-Hamar, Korhola, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Kudrycka, Kušķis, De Lange, Langen, Lauk, Lechner, Liese, López-Istúriz White, Lulling, McGuinness, Mann Thomas, Mantovani, Marinescu, Martens, Mauro, Mavrommatis, Mayer, Mayor Oreja, Mikolášik, Millán Mon, Nassauer, van Nistelrooij, Novak, Olajos, Olbrycht, Oomen-Ruijten, Őry, Pack, Papastamkos, Petre, Pieper, Pīks, Pinheiro, Pleštinská, Podestà, Posdorf, Posselt, Post, Protasiewicz, Purvis, Queiró, Radwan, Reul, Rübig, Saïfi, Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Sartori, Saryusz-Wolski, Schierhuber, Schmitt, Schnellhardt, Schöpflin, Schröder, Schwab, Seeber, Seeberg, Silva Peneda, Sommer, Sonik, Spautz, Stauner, Stubb, Sudre, Surján, Szabó, Szájer, Tajani, Thyssen, Ţîrle, Trakatellis, Ulmer, Vakalis, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Varvitsiotis, Vatanen, Ventre, Vernola, Vidal-Quadras, Vlasto, Weber Manfred, Weisgerber, Wieland, von Wogau, Wortmann-Kool, Záborská, Zaleski, Zappalà, Zatloukal, Zieleniec, Zwiefka

PSE: Bulfon, Dîncu, Dumitrescu, Glante, Jöns, Kirilov, Lehtinen, Leinen, Obiols i Germà, Öger, Rosati, Siwiec, Stockmann, Weber Henri

UEN: Aylward, Borghezio, Crowley, Kuc, Maldeikis, Ó Neachtain, Pirilli, Speroni, Tatarella, Vaidere, Zīle

Against: 142

ALDE: Cocilovo, Costa, Sbarbati

GUE/NGL: Agnoletto, Aita, Brie, Catania, Figueiredo, Guerreiro, Henin, Holm, Kaufmann, Liotard, Markov, Meijer, Meyer Pleite, Morgantini, Musacchio, Pafilis, Papadimoulis, Pflüger, Ransdorf, Remek, Seppänen, Søndergaard, Svensson, Wagenknecht, Wurtz

IND/DEM: Batten, Clark, Goudin, Krupa, Louis, Lundgren, Tomczak, de Villiers, Whittaker, Wise, Wojciechowski Bernard Piotr, Železný

ITS: Buruiană-Aprodu, Claeys, Coşea, Dillen, Gollnisch, Lang, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Le Pen Marine, Le Rachinel, Martinez, Mihăescu, Mölzer, Mussolini, Romagnoli, Schenardi, Stănescu

NI: Chruszcz, Martin Hans-Peter

PPE-DE: Coveney, Doyle, Fajmon, Ouzký, Škottová, Strejček, Vlasák

PSE: Arif, Berman, Bliznashki, Bono, Bourzai, Carlotti, Casaca, Castex, Cottigny, Creţu Corina, Désir, Douay, El Khadraoui, Ferreira Anne, Ferreira Elisa, Fruteau, Guy-Quint, Hamon, Hazan, Hedh, Hutchinson, Jørgensen, Laignel, Lambrinidis, Leichtfried, Lienemann, Patrie, Poignant, Reynaud, Roure, Sacconi, Sakalas, Schapira, Trautmann, Van Lancker, Vaugrenard, Vergnaud

UEN: Bielan, Czarnecki Ryszard, Foltyn-Kubicka, Janowski, Libicki, Masiel, Roszkowski, Rutowicz, Szymański

Verts/ALE: Aubert, Bennahmias, Breyer, Buitenweg, Cohn-Bendit, Cramer, Flautre, Frassoni, Graefe zu Baringdorf, de Groen-Kouwenhoven, Hammerstein, Harms, Hassi, Horáček, Jonckheer, Kallenbach, Kusstatscher, Lagendijk, Lambert, Lichtenberger, Lipietz, Özdemir, Onesta, Romeva i Rueda, Rühle, Schlyter, Schmidt Frithjof, Schroedter, Staes, Turmes, Ždanoka

Abstention: 130

NI: Baco, Battilocchio

PPE-DE: Ashworth, Bowis, Bradbourn, Bushill-Matthews, Callanan, Chichester, Dover, Hannan, Heaton-Harris, Hoppenstedt, Jackson, Kamall, Kelemen, Kirkhope, Mathieu, Nicholson, Stevenson, Tannock, Van Orden

PSE: Andersson, Arnaoutakis, Attard-Montalto, Ayala Sender, Badia i Cutchet, Beglitis, Beňová, van den Berg, Berlinguer, Bösch, Bozkurt, Bullmann, van den Burg, Busquin, Capoulas Santos, Carnero González, Cashman, Cercas, Chervenyakov, Christensen, Corbett, Corbey, Correia, De Keyser, De Rossa, Díez González, Dührkop Dührkop, Ettl, Falbr, Fava, García Pérez, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Gill, Goebbels, Gomes, Grabowska, Grech, Gröner, Groote, Gurmai, Hänsch, Hasse Ferreira, Haug, Hegyi, Herczog, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, Kindermann, Kósáné Kovács, Koterec, Krehl, Liberadzki, Locatelli, McAvan, Madeira, Maňka, Mann Erika, Martin David, Martínez Martínez, Mastenbroek, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Mihalache, Mikko, Moreno Sánchez, Napoletano, Paasilinna, Paleckis, Panzeri, Paparizov, Paşcu, Piecyk, Pittella, Podgorean, Prets, Rapkay, Rasmussen, Rothe, Rouček, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Sârbu, Schaldemose, Scheele, Schulz, Segelström, Severin, Simpson, Skinner, Sornosa Martínez, Sousa Pinto, Szejna, Tabajdi, Tarabella, Ţicău, Titley, Vigenin, Walter, Weiler, Westlund, Wiersma, Willmott, Yáñez-Barnuevo García, Zani

Verts/ALE: van Buitenen

Corrections to votes and voting intentions

Against: Mairead McGuinness

Abstention: Dan Jørgensen

14.   RC-B6-0172/2007 — Repression in Russia

Resolution

For: 65

ALDE: Budreikaitė, Ludford, Lynne, Matsakis, Onyszkiewicz

GUE/NGL: Meijer

IND/DEM: Krupa, Tomczak

PPE-DE: Andrikienė, Audy, Bauer, Bowis, Braghetto, Březina, Castiglione, Chichester, Coveney, Daul, Deß, Dover, Duka-Zólyomi, Gauzès, Grossetête, Kaczmarek, Kelam, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Lauk, Mann Thomas, Mavrommatis, Nicholson, Pleštinská, Posselt, Purvis, Roithová, Saryusz-Wolski, Schöpflin, Sonik, Stauner, Sudre, Tannock, Van Orden, Záborská, Zaleski, Zwiefka

PSE: Bourzai, Bullmann, Ettl, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Howitt, Martínez Martínez, Paleckis, Pinior, Roure, Sakalas, Scheele, Trautmann

UEN: Bielan, Kuc, Libicki, Rutowicz, Zīle

Verts/ALE: Onesta, Romeva i Rueda, Schlyter

Abstention: 2

GUE/NGL: Pafilis

IND/DEM: Wise

15.   RC-B6-0160/2007 — Human rights situation in the Philippines

Paragraph 1/2

For: 29

ALDE: Budreikaitė, Ludford, Lynne, Matsakis, Onyszkiewicz

GUE/NGL: Meijer, Pafilis, Pflüger

IND/DEM: Tomczak

PSE: Ayala Sender, Bourzai, Bullmann, Cashman, Ettl, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gill, Howitt, Martínez Martínez, Paleckis, Pinior, Roure, Sakalas, Scheele, Trautmann, Vigenin

Verts/ALE: Onesta, Romeva i Rueda, Schlyter

Against: 41

IND/DEM: Krupa

PPE-DE: Audy, Bauer, Bowis, Braghetto, Březina, Castiglione, Chichester, Coveney, Daul, Deß, Dover, Duka-Zólyomi, Gauzès, Grossetête, Kaczmarek, Kelam, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Lauk, Mann Thomas, Mavrommatis, Nicholson, Pleštinská, Posselt, Purvis, Roithová, Saryusz-Wolski, Schöpflin, Sonik, Stauner, Sudre, Tannock, Van Orden, Záborská, Zaleski, Zwiefka

UEN: Bielan, Kuc, Libicki, Rutowicz, Zīle

16.   RC-B6-0160/2007 — Human rights situation in the Philippines

Resolution

For: 68

ALDE: Budreikaitė, Ludford, Lynne, Matsakis, Onyszkiewicz

GUE/NGL: Meijer, Pflüger

IND/DEM: Krupa, Tomczak

PPE-DE: Andrikienė, Audy, Bauer, Bowis, Braghetto, Březina, Castiglione, Chichester, Coveney, Daul, Deß, Dover, Duka-Zólyomi, Gauzès, Grossetête, Kaczmarek, Kelam, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Lauk, Mann Thomas, Mavrommatis, Nicholson, Pleštinská, Posselt, Purvis, Roithová, Saryusz-Wolski, Schöpflin, Sonik, Stauner, Sudre, Tannock, Van Orden, Záborská, Zaleski, Zwiefka

PSE: Ayala Sender, Bourzai, Bullmann, Cashman, Ettl, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gill, Paleckis, Pinior, Roure, Sakalas, Scheele, Trautmann, Vigenin

UEN: Bielan, Kuc, Libicki, Rutowicz, Zīle

Verts/ALE: Onesta, Romeva i Rueda, Schlyter

17.   RC-B6-0162/2007 — Zimbabwe

Resolution

For: 68

ALDE: Budreikaitė, Ludford, Lynne, Matsakis, Onyszkiewicz

GUE/NGL: Meijer

IND/DEM: Krupa, Tomczak

PPE-DE: Andrikienė, Audy, Bauer, Bowis, Braghetto, Březina, Castiglione, Chichester, Coveney, Daul, Deß, Dover, Duka-Zólyomi, Gauzès, Grossetête, Kaczmarek, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Lauk, Mann Thomas, Mavrommatis, Nicholson, Pleštinská, Posselt, Purvis, Roithová, Saryusz-Wolski, Schöpflin, Sonik, Stauner, Sudre, Tannock, Van Orden, Záborská, Zaleski, Zwiefka

PSE: Ayala Sender, Bourzai, Bullmann, Cashman, Ettl, Gebhardt, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gill, Howitt, Martínez Martínez, Paleckis, Pinior, Roure, Sakalas, Scheele, Trautmann, Vigenin

UEN: Bielan, Kuc, Libicki, Rutowicz, Zīle

Verts/ALE: Onesta, Romeva i Rueda, Schlyter

Against: 1

GUE/NGL: Pafilis

Abstention: 1

GUE/NGL: Pflüger


TEXTS ADOPTED

 

P6_TA(2007)0157

Directives concerning the protection of health and safety of workers: simplifying and rationalising practical implementation reports ***I

European Parliament legislative resolution of 26 April 2007 on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 89/391/EEC, its individual Directives and Council Directives 83/477/EEC, 91/383/EEC, 92/29/EEC and 94/33/EC with a view to simplifying and rationalising the reports on practical implementation (COM(2006)0390 — C6-0242/2006 — 2006/0127(COD))

(Codecision procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2006)0390) (1),

having regard to Article 251(2) and Article 137(2) of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C6-0242/2006),

having regard to Rule 51 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (A6-0059/2006);

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(2006)0127

Position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading on 26 April 2007 with a view to the adoption of Directive 2007/.../EC of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 89/391/EEC, its individual Directives and Council Directives 83/477/EEC, 91/383/EEC, 92/29/EEC and 94/33/EC with a view to simplifying and rationalising the reports on practical implementation

(As an agreement was reached between Parliament and Council, Parliament's position at first reading corresponds to the final legislative act, Directive 2007/30/EC.)

P6_TA(2007)0158

Compensation for certain fishery products *

European Parliament legislative resolution of 26 April 2007 on the proposal for a Council regulation introducing a scheme to compensate for the additional costs incurred in the marketing of certain fishery products from the Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, and the French departments of Guiana and Réunion from 2007 to 2013 (COM(2006)0740 — C6-0505/2006 — 2006/0247(CNS))

(Consultation procedure)

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Commission proposal to the Council (COM(2006)0740) (1),

having regard to Articles 37 and 299(2) of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Council consulted Parliament (C6-0505/2006),

having regard to Rule 51 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Fisheries and the opinions of the Committee on Budgets and the Committee on Regional Development (A6-0083/2007);

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 the Commission.

TEXT PROPOSED BY THE COMMISSION

AMENDMENTS BY PARLIAMENT

Amendment 1

Title

Proposal for a Council regulation introducing a scheme to compensate for the additional costs incurred in the marketing of certain fishery products from the Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, and the French departments of Guiana and Réunion from 2007 to 2013

Proposal for a Council regulation introducing a scheme to compensate for the additional costs incurred in the marketing of certain fishery products from the Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, and the French departments of Guiana and Réunion, as a result of those regions' remoteness

(This amendment applies throughout the text.)

Amendment 2

Recital -1 (new)

 

(-1) The outermost regions have fragile economies, with permanent structural constraints on their development and few possibilities for economic diversification, in which the fisheries sector and ancient fishing communities play an important role in maintaining economic activity and employment, upstream and downstream, and in promoting economic and social cohesion.

Amendment 3

Recital -1a (new)

 

(-1a) The specific features and existing sectoral differences of the outermost regions should be taken into account, given that these regions each have their own particular needs.

Amendment 4

Recital -1b (new)

 

(-1b) The increase which the marked rise in oil prices has brought about, especially since 2003, in transport and other related costs should be taken into account, since its end effect is to add still further to the additional costs arising from remoteness.

Amendment 5

Recital 1

(1) The fisheries sector in the outermost regions of the Community is facing difficulties, and in particular additional costs incurred in the marketing of certain fishery products due to the particular handicaps recognised by Article 299(2) of the Treaty, and resulting mainly from the transport costs to continental Europe.

(1) The fisheries sector in the outermost regions of the Community is facing difficulties, and in particular additional costs relating to the production and marketing of certain fishery products due to the particular handicaps recognised by Article 299(2) of the Treaty, and resulting namely from the transport costs to continental Europe.

Amendment 6

Recital 5

(5) Member States should set the compensation amount at a level which allows appropriate off-setting of additional costs, arising from the specific handicaps of the outermost regions and in particular from the costs of transporting the products to the European mainland. To avoid overcompensation, the amount should be proportional to the additional costs the aid off-sets and in no case exceed a determined share of the transport and other related costs to the European continent. To this end, it should also take into account other types of public intervention having an impact on the level of additional costs.

(5) Member States should set the compensation amount at a level which allows appropriate off-setting of additional costs, arising from the specific handicaps of the outermost regions , and namely from the costs of transporting the products to the European mainland. To avoid overcompensation, the amount should be proportional to the additional costs the aid off-sets. To this end, it should also take into account other types of public intervention having an impact on the level of additional costs.

Amendment 7

Recital 5a (new)

 

(5a) Due account should be taken of the socio-economic importance to the outermost regions of small-scale inshore fishing and non-industrial fishing and of the need to create the conditions required for their development.

Amendment 8

Recital 5b (new)

 

(5b) It should be permissible to obtain supplies on the Community market, without exceeding existing production capacity, when catches by the outermost regions' fishing fleets are insufficient to supply the local fish-processing industry.

Amendment 9

Recital 6

(6) In order to achieve properly the objectives of this Regulation and to guarantee the compliance with the Common Fisheries Policy, support should be limited to fishery products harvested and processed in accordance with its rules.

(6) In order to achieve properly the objectives of this Regulation and to guarantee compliance with the Common Fisheries Policy, support should be granted to fishery products harvested and processed in accordance with its rules , and to other raw materials used in fish processing .

Amendment 10

Recital 7a (new)

 

(7a) A derogation may be granted from the Commission's consistent policy of not authorising State operating aid for the production, processing and marketing of fishery products listed in the Treaty in order to mitigate the specific constraints on fishing in the outermost regions as a result of their remoteness, insularity, small size, topography and climate and their economic dependence on a few products.

Amendment 11

Recital 9

(9) To enable a decision to be taken on whether to continue the compensation scheme after 2013 the Commission should submit a report to the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Economic and Social Committee based on an independent evaluation in due time before the end of the scheme .

(9) To enable the compensation scheme to be revised, taking into account the real progress made in attaining the objectives of this Regulation, the Commission should, by 31 December 2011 , submit a report to the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Economic and Social Committee based on an independent evaluation showing the impact of the measures implemented under this Regulation, accompanied, where necessary, by appropriate legislative proposals .

Amendment 12

Article 1, introductory part

This Regulation introduces a scheme for the period 2007 to 2013 to provide compensation for the additional costs incurred by the operators set out in Article 3 in the marketing of certain fishery products from the following regions as a result of those regions' specific handicaps (hereinafter referred to as ‘the compensation’):

This Regulation introduces a scheme to provide compensation for the additional costs incurred by the operators set out in Article 3 in the marketing of certain fishery products from the following outermost regions as a result of those regions' specific handicaps and remoteness (hereinafter referred to as ‘the compensation’):

Amendment 13

Article 3, paragraph 1, introductory part

1. The compensation shall be paid to the following operators who incur additional costs in the marketing of fishery products:

1. The compensation shall be paid to the following operators who incur additional costs in the marketing of fishery products in the regions referred to in Article 1 as a result of those regions' remoteness:

Amendment 14

Article 3, paragraph 1, point (c)

(c)

the operators in the processing and marketing sector or associations of such operators, who incur additional costs in marketing the products concerned.

(c)

the operators in the processing and marketing sector or associations of such operators, who incur additional costs in producing, processing and marketing the products concerned.

Amendment 15

Article 4, paragraph 3, point (ca) (new)

 

(ca) Monitoring.

Amendment 16

Article 4, paragraph 4, point (b)

(b)

caught by Community fishing vessels that are not registered in a port of one of the regions referred to in Article 1,

(b)

caught by Community fishing vessels that are not registered in a port of one of the regions referred to in Article 1, except where use is to be made of fish caught by Community vessels in cases where catches in the regions referred to in Article 1 are insufficient to supply those regions' processing industries,

Amendment 17

Article 4a (new)

 

Article 4a

Other eligible products

Compensation may also be granted for products used in processing fishery products, provided that it does not overlap with Community aid for those products.

Amendment 18

Article 5, paragraph 2, point (a)

(a)

for each fishery product the additional costs resulting from the specific handicaps of the regions concerned, in particular the expenditure for the transport to the European continent,

(a)

for each fishery product, the additional costs resulting from the specific handicaps of the regions concerned, namely the expenditure for transport to the European continent or between neighbouring regions referred to in Article 1 ,

Amendment 19

Article 5, paragraph 2, point (b)

(b)

any other type of public intervention affecting the level of additional costs.

(b)

for each fishery product, the additional costs arising from geographical fragmentation incurred in transport within each of the regions referred to in Article 1,

Amendment 20

Article 5, paragraph 2, point (ba) (new)

 

(ba)

the category of recipients, giving particular attention to small-scale inshore fishing and non-industrial fishing,

Amendment 21

Article 5, paragraph 2, point (bb) (new)

 

(bb)

any other type of public intervention affecting the level of additional costs.

Amendment 22

Article 5, paragraph 3

3. The compensation to the additional costs shall be proportional to the additional costs it intends to off-set and shall not exceed 75 % of the transport and other related costs to the European continent.

3. The compensation to the additional costs shall be proportional to the additional costs it intends to off-set and shall cover the cost of transport to the European continent and between regions referred to in Article 1 and other related costs.

Amendment 23

Article 5, paragraph 4, point (a)

(a) Azores and Madeira: EUR 4 283 992

(a) Azores and Madeira: EUR 4 855 314

Amendment 24

Article 5, paragraph 4, point (b)

(b) Canary Islands: EUR 5 844 076

(b) Canary Islands: EUR 6 623 454

Amendment 25

Article 5, paragraph 4, point (c)

(c) French Guiana and Réunion: EUR 4 868 700

(c) French Guiana and Réunion: EUR 5 518 000 .

Amendment 26

Article 5, paragraph 4a (new)

 

4a. Each year the amounts referred to in paragraph 4 shall be subject to technical adjustment as provided for in point 16 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management (2).

Amendment 27

Article 7, paragraph 1

1. Within four months of the entry into force of this Regulation the Member States concerned shall submit to the Commission the list and quantities referred to in Article 4(1) and the level of compensation referred to in Article 5(1), hereinafter jointly referred to as ‘the compensation plan’.

1. Within four months of the entry into force of this Regulation the Member States concerned shall submit to the Commission the list and quantities referred to in Article 4(1) , the level of compensation referred to in Article 5(1) and a detailed list of measures to be applied to ensure compliance with the provisions of Articles 4(2) to 4(4) , hereinafter jointly referred to as ‘the compensation plan’.

Amendment 28

Article 7, paragraph 4

4. If a Member State makes amendments pursuant to Article 6, it shall submit its amended compensation plan to the Commission and the procedure laid down in paragraph 2 and 3 shall apply mutatis mutandis .

4. If a Member State makes amendments pursuant to Article 6, it shall submit its amended compensation plan to the Commission. If the Commission fails to react within a period of four weeks after receiving the amended plan, the amended plan shall be deemed to have been approved.

Amendment 29

Article 7a (new)

 

Article 7a

Adjustment of amounts

An adjustment may be made among regions belonging to the same Member State within the limits of the overall financial framework for this Regulation.

Amendment 30

Article 7b (new)

 

Article 7b

State aid

1. For the fishery products to which Articles 87, 88 and 89 of the Treaty apply, the Commission may authorise operating aid in the sectors producing, processing and marketing those products with a view to mitigating the specific constraints on the outermost regions as a result of their special characteristics and conditions.

2. In such cases, the Member States shall notify the Commission of the aid as part of the compensation schemes and it shall be approved by the Commission in accordance with Article 7. Aid thus notified shall be deemed to meet the obligation to provide information laid down in the first sentence of Article 88(3) of the Treaty.

Amendment 31

Article 8, paragraph 1

1. Each Member State concerned shall draw up an annual report on the implementation of the compensation and submit it to the Commission by 30 April of each year.

1. Each Member State concerned shall draw up an annual report on the implementation of the compensation and submit it to the Commission by 30 June of each year.

Amendment 32

Article 8, paragraph 2

2. By 31 December 2011 at the latest, the Commission shall on the basis of an independent evaluation report to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee on the implementation of the compensation, accompanied where necessary , by legislative proposals.

2. By 31 December 2011 at the latest, and thereafter every five years, the Commission shall , on the basis of an independent evaluation , report to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee on the implementation of the compensation, accompanied where necessary by legislative proposals.

Amendment 33

Article 10

Member States shall adopt appropriate provisions to ensure compliance with the requirements set out in this Regulation and the regularity of operations.

Member States shall adopt appropriate provisions to ensure compliance with the requirements set out in this Regulation and the regularity of operations. Provisions on the traceability of fisheries products shall be sufficiently detailed to allow the identification of products that are not eligible for compensation.

Amendment 34

Article 14, paragraph 2

It shall apply from 1 January 2007 until 31 December 2013.

It shall apply as from 1 January 2007.


(1)  Not yet published in OJ.

(2)   OJ C 139, 14.6.2006, p. 1.

P6_TA(2007)0159

Common Fisheries Policy (Regional Advisory Councils) *

European Parliament legislative resolution of 26 April 2007 on the proposal for a Council decision amending Decision 2004/585/EC establishing Regional Advisory Councils under the Common Fisheries Policy (COM(2006)0732 — C6-0051/2007 — 2006/0240(CNS))

(Consultation procedure)

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Commission proposal to the Council (COM(2006)0732) (1),

having regard to Article 37 of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Council consulted Parliament (C6-0051/2007),

having regard to Rule 51 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Fisheries (A6-0078/2007);

1.

Approves the Commission proposal;

2.

Recognises that the current proposal relates only to the financial aspects of Regional Advisory Councils and that other aspects remain to be resolved at the time of the forthcoming review, in particular those relating to their number and composition;

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.


(1)  Not yet published in OJ.

P6_TA(2007)0160

The situation of women with disabilities in the EU

European Parliament resolution of 26 April 2007 on the situation of women with disabilities in the European Union (2006/2277(INI))

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 December 2006,

having regard to the Manifesto of Disabled Women in Europe adopted on 22 February 1997 by the European Disability Forum,

having regard to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (1),

having regard to European Year of Equal Opportunities for All (2007),

having regard to Article 13 of the Treaty establishing the European Community,

having regard to the Commission Communication entitled ‘Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities: a European Action Plan’ (COM(2003)0650),

having regard to Rule 45 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (A6-0075/2007),

A.

whereas in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Convention) it is recognised that women and girls with disabilities are often at greater risk, both within and outside the home, of violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation,

B.

whereas the Convention also emphasises the need to incorporate a gender perspective in all efforts to promote the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms by persons with disabilities,

C.

whereas the Convention recognises the right of all persons with disabilities who are of marriageable age to marry and to start a family,

D.

whereas nearly 80 per cent of women with disabilities are victims of psychological and physical violence and whereas the risk of sexual violence is greater for them than for other women; whereas violence is not only a common feature of the lives of women with disabilities but is also sometimes the cause of their disability,

E.

whereas persons with disabilities constitute a diverse population group, and actions designed to support them must take into account both this diversity and the fact that some groups, such as women with disabilities, face additional difficulties and multiple discrimination,

F.

whereas, according to research carried out in the Member States, it is the mothers of disabled children in particular who take steps (medical, educational, administrative, etc.) aimed at finding out about their child's disability and finding the best solutions for tackling it,

G.

whereas responsibility for disabled and dependent persons is usually taken on by women and this means, in certain cases where there are no appropriate care facilities, that they must leave the labour market,

H.

whereas both the EU institutions and the Member States' central and regional authorities should take action designed to ensure that equality for all is real and effective, and whereas the Year of Equal Opportunities for All (2007) should serve as a catalyst for this,

I.

whereas women with disabilities suffer multiple discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, impairment and disability and are at greater risk of poverty and social exclusion,

J.

whereas the equal treatment of women with disabilities and mothers of children with disabilities is a fundamental human right and an ethical obligation;

1.

Calls on the Commission and the Member States to ensure the removal of existing barriers and obstacles, including architectural barriers, with a view to creating equal rights and opportunities for women and girls with disabilities to play a part in family, political, cultural, social and professional life, particularly through better implementation of Community anti-discrimination and gender-equality legislation and better use of the opportunities provided by relevant Community programmes and the European Social Fund;

2.

Calls on the Member States to take full account of the needs of persons with disabilities and the special needs of women in all national, regional and local policies, particularly those relating to town planning, education, employment, housing, transport, health and social services;

3.

Calls on the Commission and the Member States to adopt and implement the necessary measures to support women with disabilities so that they may progress in those areas of social life and the world of work, culture and politics in which they are still underrepresented;

4.

Calls on national and regional governments to promote and fund, with adequate resources, innovative policies and services addressing gender and disability, in particular regarding personal assistance, mobility, health, education, training, lifelong learning, employment, independent living and social security;

5.

Calls on the Commission and the Member States to put in place effective legislation and policies focusing on women and children which will ensure that instances of exploitation, violence against and sexual abuse of persons with disabilities — within their places of residence and elsewhere — are identified and investigated and, where appropriate, lead to prosecution; suggests that, in that context, particular attention be paid to women with disabilities whose disability prevents them from representing themselves and that preventive measures be drawn up to eliminate any differences between the rights of disabled women and those of other women as regards their personal physical integrity and their sexual expression;

6.

Is shocked at the fact that women with disabilities are three times as likely to be the victims of violence as women without disabilities and calls therefore for the Daphne Programme to be used also to combat this type of violence;

7.

Emphasises the importance of actively combating the segregation from childhood onwards of people with disabilities;

8.

Calls on the Commission and the Member States to promote pilot schemes and tried and tested procedures for integrative establishments from kindergarten, school and training to professional life;

9.

Stresses the need for the European Union to take all possible steps, including legislative action, to streamline its aid system and make more funding available for women and children with disabilities;

10.

Calls on the Member States to address the lack of adequate health care for women with disabilities by providing specialist medical staff and appropriate infrastructures;

11.

Calls on the Commission, in conjunction with the competent national authorities, to investigate the particular health and medical care problems suffered by women with disabilities, focusing on prevention and information;

12.

Considers there to be a relationship between disability and a lower level of educational achievement which subsequently affects employment rates amongst disabled people;

13.

Expresses its concern at the fact that women with disabilities have lower levels of educational achievement, which makes it more difficult for them to gain access to, stay in and be promoted in the labour market; considers that people with disabilities must be given the same opportunities to study and must have a right of access to the labour market so that they can support themselves; considers that women and girls with disabilities should be encouraged to seek education and employment on the basis of their resources and interests rather than of what they are lacking;

14.

Calls on the Commission and the Member States to foster implementation of the principle of universal access in the environment and to goods and services, so that women with disabilities may enjoy as much autonomy as possible;

15.

Calls on the Commission and the Member States, in view of the fact that, in many situations, ITC facilities are a fundamental instrument for the integration of persons with a disability, to draw up appropriate measures to eliminate the digital divide between the sexes, so that women with disabilities may have access to ITC facilities and benefit from them under equal conditions with men;

16.

Believes that, with a view to improving access to the labour market for persons with disabilities and enabling them to become more active and develop their abilities, use should be made of all possible incentive measures, including tax incentives, to encourage employers to take on persons with disabilities and tailor working hours to the needs of parents bringing up children with disabilities;

17.

Calls on the Commission and Member States, in their efforts to increase the employment of women with disabilities, to prevent discrimination by employers in connection with the appointment of women with disabilities;

18.

Calls on the Commission and the Member States to incorporate flexibility into matters relating to disability in recognition of the fact that every disabled person has different needs, in order that, in a diverse community of citizens, assistance can be tailored to each individual situation;

19.

Considers that the measures created should be geared towards greater integration;

20.

Points out that it is women who, in most cases, care for people with disabilities, and hence considers it necessary to develop measures to raise social awareness in order to ensure that men too are involved in this task;

21.

Calls upon the Commission and the Member States to seek to make responsibility for the care and participation of people with disabilities the responsibility of society as a whole rather than that only of the families of persons with disabilities and to take into account, when devising policies, the particular dedication of women who are responsible for persons with disabilities and the situation of those persons — often relatives — who take responsibility for persons with disabilities; considers it important to reiterate the fact that this work is mainly done by women and that women are therefore particularly affected by cuts in public care services, both as paid carers and as relatives;

22.

Calls on the Commission and the Member States to draw up the necessary measures to assist the work of families and organisations that support both people with disabilities and their families;

23.

Considers that various support measures must be proposed so that both people with disabilities and their families can live normal lives on the same terms as people without disabilities and their families, as well as support measures for those — often relatives — who take economic and social responsibility for people with disabilities who, in many cases, require total dedication, something which isolates them and necessitates support at many levels; notes that, as things currently stand, women bear a large share of such responsibilities, both paid and unpaid; considers it self-evident that this is not a task primarily for one sex or the other and that the view that this is a responsibility for women should be actively combated;

24.

Proposes that Member States should harmonise municipal regulations governing parking for the disabled and consider whether to reduce transport fares for those who accompany disabled persons;

25.

Considers that one of the main objectives which the European Union should set itself is to improve the quality of life of disabled people and their families and ensure that they are fully integrated into society;

26.

Stresses the need to raise the profile and improve the image of women with disabilities in the media, which will make the general public more aware of their daily lives and give them greater opportunities to express themselves and take part in social and political life;

27.

Stresses how important it is for Member States to recognise the self-evident right of women with disabilities to their own sexual expression and their right to start a family;

28.

Calls on the Commission and the Member States to put in place legislation ensuring independent living for disabled women and men, acknowledging that this is a fundamental right that must be respected;

29.

Calls on the Commission and the Member States to ensure that children, young people and adults with disabilities enjoy the necessary conditions for independence and self-determination and, in so doing, to devote special attention to equality issues;

30.

Recognises that even in relation to existing independent-living services and health services disabled women experience discrimination in access;

31.

Highlights the role played by the education of children of both sexes in the building of the society of the future, and stresses that efforts must be made in order to gear it towards ensuring that disability is not an obstacle to their playing a part in society on the basis of the same rights and opportunities, with a view to fostering a framework for cooperation, integration and disability awareness-raising at school, the latter being an indispensable tool for making this a reality;

32.

Stresses the important role of non-governmental organisations working with disabled women and calls on the Commission and the Member States to support them;

33.

Stresses the need for recent data broken down by gender to be gathered on the subject of disability and for research to be carried out using gender equality indicators in order to discover the real situation of women and girls with disabilities;

34.

Stresses the need to ensure care for the reproductive health of women with disabilities, paying attention to aspects such as family planning, health services and information about motherhood, so that they may be able to establish relationships that are equitable, responsible and satisfying;

35.

Takes the view that EU policy should give employers' organisations, trade unions and nongovernmental organisations greater encouragement to devise more effective means of assisting persons with disabilities;

36.

Calls on the Commission to facilitate the creation of a network for disabled women across the European Union and in candidate countries, allowing for the exchange of best practices, capacity-building and empowerment;

37.

Highlights the need for free access to the new audiovisual media for women with disabilities;

38.

Reminds the Commission that thorough knowledge of this matter and of the ‘social model of disability’, which focuses on society's barriers, as opposed to the ‘medical model of disability’, which deals only with the medical aspects of disability, is the proper basis for providing solutions, services and support, for devising policies, for assigning resources and for measuring the impact of policies on the situation of persons with disabilities;

39.

Reminds the Member States that their collaboration in advancing and improving the situation of women and girls suffering from any kind of disability is of fundamental importance;

40.

Calls on the Member States to promote citizens' initiatives aimed at supporting those with disabilities;

41.

Recalls the importance of the social partners, business and civil society, and in particular organisations of women and of parents of children with disabilities, in promoting and furthering equal opportunities, access to employment and lifelong learning for people with disabilities that has due regard for special needs;

42.

Pays homage to the work of parents' associations, usually created and run by the mothers of children with disabilities, who, via their organisations and Internet sites, compile information (on specialised medical centres and regulations on education, social security, etc.) thereby helping other parents and raising the awareness of the public authorities;

43.

Calls on the Member States to report to the European Parliament and Commission on the situation of women and girls with disabilities as they do in their country reports and on the measures which they have taken to comply with the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women;

44.

Considers that disabilities should be regarded as a natural phenomenon which is part of everyday life, and not as a deviation from it; notes that there will always be citizens with disabilities and that it is therefore self-evident that disabilities are an integral part of society;

45.

Believes that it ought itself promote greater development and exploitation of technology and facilities to eliminate environments that are hostile to disabled persons; considers that development work should be based on the fact that men and women sometimes have different needs;

46.

Calls on the Commission and Member States to promote equality of living conditions for girls and boys and women and men with disabilities;

47.

Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the Council of Europe and the Secretary-General of the United Nations.


(1)  OJ C 364, 18.12.2000, p. 1.

P6_TA(2007)0161

Basic information on purchasing power parities ***I

European Parliament legislative resolution of 26 April 2007 on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing common rules for the provision of basic information on Purchasing Power Parities and for their calculation and dissemination (COM(2006)0135 — C6-0100/2006 — 2006/0042(COD))

(Codecision procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2006)0135),

having regard to Article 251(2) and Article 285(1) of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C6-0100/2006),

having regard to Rule 51 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the opinion of the Committee on Regional Development (A6-0077/2007);

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 the Commission.

P6_TC1-COD(2006)0042

Position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading on 26 April 2007 with a view to the adoption of Regulation (EC) No .../2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing common rules for the provision of basic information on Purchasing Power Parities and for their calculation and dissemination

(As an agreement was reached between Parliament and Council, Parliament's position at first reading corresponds to the final legislative act, Regulation (EC) No .../2007.)

P6_TA(2007)0162

Rapid Border Intervention Teams ***I

European Parliament legislative resolution of 26 April 2007 on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a mechanism for the creation of Rapid Border Intervention Teams and amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2007/2004 as regards that mechanism (COM(2006)0401 — C6-0253/2006 — 2006/0140(COD))

(Codecision procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2006)0401) (1),

having regard to Article 251(2) and Articles 62(2)(a) and 66 of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C6-0253/2006),

having regard to Rule 51 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (A6-0135/2007);

1.

Approves the Commission proposal as amended;

2.

Approves the annexed declaration;

3.

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;

4.

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


(1)  Not yet published in OJ.

P6_TC1-COD(2006)0140

Position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading on 26 April 2007 with a view to the adoption of Regulation (EC) No .../2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a mechanism for the creation of Rapid Border Intervention Teams and amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2007/2004 as regards that mechanism and regulating the tasks and powers of guest officers

(As an agreement was reached between Parliament and Council, Parliament's position at first reading corresponds to the final legislative act, Regulation (EC) No 863/2007.)

ANNEX

STATEMENT BY THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL AND THE COMMISSION

The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission stress that in a situation of urgent and exceptional pressure at the external borders requiring the intervention of a Rapid Border Intervention Team, and possible insufficiency of financial means in the budget of the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (Frontex) to do so, all possibilities to ensure funding should be explored. The Commission will verify with extreme urgency whether funds could possibly be redeployed. In the event of a decision of the budgetary authority becoming necessary, the Commission will initiate a procedure in accordance with the provisions of the Financial Regulation, namely Articles 23 and 24, in order to secure a timely decision of the two arms of the budgetary authority on the means of providing for additional funding for Frontex to deploy a Rapid Border Intervention Team. The budgetary authority commits itself to act as quickly as possible, taking into account the urgency.

P6_TA(2007)0163

Conservation and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources *

European Parliament legislative resolution of 26 April 2007 on the proposal for a Council regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 2371/2002 on the conservation and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources under the Common Fisheries Policy (COM(2006)0587 — C6-0402/2006 — 2006/0190(CNS))

(Consultation procedure)

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Commission proposal to the Council (COM(2006)0587) (1),

having regard to Article 37 of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Council consulted Parliament (C6-0402/2006),

having regard to Rule 51 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Fisheries (A6-0085/2007);

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.

TEXT PROPOSED BY THE COMMISSION

AMENDMENTS BY PARLIAMENT

Amendment 3

ARTICLE 1, POINT 1

Article 11(5) (Regulation (EC) No 2371/2002)

5. Between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2006, on fishing vessels of 5 years of age or more, modernisation over the main deck to improve safety on board, working conditions, hygiene and product quality may increase the tonnage of the vessel, provided that such modernisation does not increase the ability of the vessel to catch fish. The reference levels, as established in accordance with this Article and with Article 12, shall be adapted accordingly. The corresponding capacity need not be taken into account for the establishment of the balance of entries and exits by Member States under Article 13.

5. Modernisation over the main deck to improve safety on board, working conditions, hygiene and product quality may increase the tonnage of the vessel, provided that such modernisation does not increase the ability of the vessel to catch fish. The reference levels, as established in accordance with this Article and with Article 12, shall be adapted accordingly. The corresponding capacity need not be taken into account for the establishment of the balance of entries and exits by Member States under Article 13.

Amendment 1

ARTICLE 1, POINT 1

Article 11, paragraph 6, indents 1 and 2 (Regulation (EC) No 2371/2002)

4 % of the average annual tonnage withdrawn with public aid between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2006 for the Member States that were part of the Community on 1 January 2003 and 4 % of the annual average tonnage withdrawn with public aid between 1 May 2004 and 31 December 2006 for the Member States that acceded to the Community on 1 May 2004 and,

10 % of the average annual tonnage withdrawn with public aid between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2006 for the Member States that were part of the Community on 1 January 2003 and 10 % of the annual average tonnage withdrawn with public aid between 1 May 2004 and 31 December 2006 for the Member States that acceded to the Community on 1 May 2004 and,

4 % of the tonnage withdrawn from the fleet with public aid as from 1 January 2007

10 % of the tonnage withdrawn from the fleet with public aid as from 1 January 2007

Amendment 2

ARTICLE 1, POINT 2

Article 13, paragraph 1, point (c), subparagraphs 1a and 1b (new) (Regulation (EC) No 2371/2002)

 

Nevertheless, this reduction in power must not under any circumstances diminish the vessel's safeness, habitability or the efficiency of fish-processing systems.

Furthermore, given that the objective of the reduction is to avoid any increase in the vessel's fishing capacity, the provisions of the first subparagraph shall not be taken into account where the engine is replaced in order to conserve energy and/or improve the vessel's performance in areas other than fishing capacity, or where more selective fishing methods, as regards the use of the vessel, have been opted for.


(1)  Not yet published in OJ.

P6_TA(2007)0164

Galileo concession contract negotiations

European Parliament resolution of 26 April 2007 on the Galileo concession contract negotiations

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Commission proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the implementation of the deployment and commercial operating phases of the European programme of satellite radionavigation (COM(2004)0477), and to its position adopted at first reading on 6 September 2005 (1),

having regard to the Commission proposal for a Council regulation amending the Statutes of the Galileo Joint Undertaking annexed to Council Regulation (EC) No 876/2002 (COM(2006)0351), and its position of 24 October 2006 (2),

having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1321/2004 of 12 July 2004 on the establishment of structures for the management of the European satellite radio-navigation programmes (3) and to the Commission proposal for a Council regulation amending that Regulation (COM(2005)0190), and its position of 12 October 2006 (4),

having regard to its resolution of 28 September 2006 on taking stock of the Galileo Programme (5),

having regard to the conclusions adopted by the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE) on the status of the concession contract negotiations in respect of the global navigation satellite system, held on 22 March 2007,

having regard to the relevant documents submitted to the TTE Ministers, such as the letter from Vice-President Barrot of the Commission concerning the status of the concession negotiations and the report from the current President of the Council concerning the outstanding issues listed by the bidding consortium,

having regard to the dual mandate conferred by the TTE Council on Vice-President Barrot of the Commission to submit, to the June 2007 Council meeting, proposals for attaining the long-term public financial objectives and for alternative scenarios, in the event of failure, for resuming effective negotiations that have a time limit with the bidding consortium,

having regard to Rule 103(2) of its Rules of Procedure;

1.

Reiterates its support for the Galileo Programme, including the EGNOS satellite navigation services as a precursor to Galileo, but is deeply concerned by the fact that the concession negotiations have remained at a standstill for several months and that such delays will have a significant impact on overall cost;

2.

Recalls its resolution of 28 September 2006, which called on the parties concerned in the negotiations to reach agreement in a constructive manner; welcomes, therefore, the letter by the Vice- President of the Commission responsible for the Galileo Programme and the conclusions of the TTE Council of 22 March 2007, and emphasises the importance of implementing, by the parties concerned, the decisions reached in December 2005 (the so-called van Miert agreement);

3.

Points out that the Parliament, the Council, the Commission and the consultative bodies of the EU overwhelmingly support the clear mandate given to the Vice-President of the Commission responsible for the Galileo Programme to submit to the June 2007 Council, in particular:

(a)

a credible roadmap for concluding contracts as soon as possible,

(b)

possible solutions for meeting the long-term financial obligations,

(c)

a scenario for the earliest possible provision of EGNOS satellite navigation services,

(d)

alternative scenarios for the realisation of the programme, especially for costs, risk and affordability;

4.

Calls on the Commission to speed up the legislative process related to the regulated market, based on the Commission's Green Paper on Satellite Navigation Applications, in order to ensure a credible business plan;

5.

Calls on the Commission to make a proposal — together with the European Space Agency — capable of solving the problem of better public governance by ensuring clear political responsibility and leadership on the part of the Commission;

6.

Calls on the Commission, given the Community character of the project, to respect the Framework Agreement on relations between the European Parliament and the Commission (6) and, in particular, paragraph 19 on external relations, and thus to ensure that Parliament is fully informed of the implementation of the Council's decision authorising the Commission to negotiate with third countries with a view to concluding agreements on their associate membership for participation in the Galileo Supervisory Authority;

7.

Calls on the Commission to submit to it one progress report by mid-July 2007 and another well before the negotiations reach the point of a revised proposal for a modified legal base for financing the Galileo Programme being made available;

8.

Calls on the Council to ensure that any further delays to this project are kept to a minimum;

9.

Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the governments and parliaments of the Member States.


(1)  OJ C 193 E, 17.8.2006, p. 61.

(2)  Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2006)0423.

(3)  OJ L 246, 20.7.2004, p. 1.

(4)  Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2006)0401.

(5)  Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2006)0385.

(6)  See the Annex to Parliament's Decision of 26 May 2005 (OJ C 117 E, 18.5.2006, p. 125).

P6_TA(2007)0165

Human rights in the world 2006 and the EU's policy on the matter

European Parliament resolution of 26 April 2007 on the Annual Report on Human Rights in the World 2006 and the EU's policy on the matter (2007/2020(INI))

The European Parliament,

having regard to the eighth EU Annual Report on Human Rights (2006) (1),

having regard to Articles 3, 6, 11, 13 and 19 of the Treaty on European Union and Articles 177 and 300 of the EC Treaty,

having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to all relevant international human rights instruments (2),

having regard to the United Nations Charter,

having regard to all UN human rights conventions and their optional protocols,

having regard to the entry into force on 1 July 2002 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and to its resolutions related to the ICC (3),

having regard to the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings and the 2005 EU plan on best practices, standards and procedures for combating and preventing trafficking in human beings (4);

having regard to Protocol No. 13 to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR), concerning the abolition of the death penalty in all circumstances,

having regard to the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,

having regard to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (5),

having regard to the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement and its revision (6),

having regard to its previous resolutions on human rights in the world,

having regard to its resolution of 16 March 2006 on the outcome of the negotiations on the Human Rights Council and on the 62nd session of the UNCHR (7),

having regard to its resolution of 14 February 2006 on the human rights and democracy clause in European Union agreements (8),

having regard to its resolution of 1 February 2007 on the initiative in favour of a universal moratorium on the death penalty (9),

having regard to all urgency resolutions adopted by it on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law,

having regard to its resolution of 18 January 2007 on the Council's Seventh and Eighth Annual Reports according to Operative Provision 8 of the European Union Code of Conduct on Arms Exports (10),

having regard to Regulation (EC) No 1889/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 on establishing a financing instrument for the promotion of democracy and human rights worldwide (11),

having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 168/2007 of 15 February 2007 establishing a European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (12),

having regard to the conclusions of the EU Annual Forum on Human Rights, organised by the Finnish Presidency and the Commission and held in Helsinki in December 2006,

having regard to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted by UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/106 on 13 December 2006, which lays down an obligation to incorporate the interests and concerns of persons with disabilities in human rights actions towards third countries,

having regard to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, adopted by General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/177 on 20 December 2006 and opened for signature on 6 February 2007,

having regard to the European Union Guidelines on promoting compliance with international humanitarian law (IHL) (13),

having regard to Rule 45 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (A6-0128/2007),

A.

whereas the Council and Commission's EU Annual Report on Human Rights 2006 provides a general overview of the activities of the European Union institutions regarding human rights inside and outside the EU,

B.

whereas this resolution sets out to examine, evaluate and, in specific cases, offer constructive criticism of the human rights activities of the Commission and the Council and of the overall activities of Parliament, in particular by drawing attention to issues neglected in those activities,

C.

whereas it should be acknowledged that there is a link between the EU's internal and external policies on the basis that the EU's internal human rights record has a direct impact on its credibility and ability to implement an effective external policy,

D.

whereas respect for human rights and a democratic system of governance are necessarily interrelated, and whereas the promotion of human rights should be linked to the promotion and application of democratic governance,

E.

whereas efforts must be made in general to focus greater attention on respect for fundamental human rights, in particular political rights, in negotiating bilateral or regional trade agreements even with important trading partners;

1.

Welcomes the fact that the EU is playing an increasingly active role on the world stage to improve human rights and democracy globally; considers that the most recent enlargement of the EU to 27 Member States with 494 million inhabitants has increased the global importance of the EU and has thus given it greater weight in its efforts to promote human rights and democracy internationally;

2.

Considers that greater priority needs to be given to improving the ability of the EU to respond to human rights breaches by third countries, not least by mainstreaming human rights policy with respect to EU policies vis-à-vis such countries, including the external impact of EU internal policies;

3.

Continues to emphasise the need for a consistent policy implemented by all EU Member States in their bilateral relations with third countries where human rights are frequently violated or where there is a genuine risk that they may be, and calls upon Member States to conduct their bilateral contacts with those countries in a manner consistent with EU policy, particularly as regards active efforts to ensure respect for human rights;

4.

Takes the view that a consistent European foreign policy must give absolute priority to promoting democracy, given that democratic society is the basis for upholding human rights;

5.

Considers that the progress made in setting up the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights represents a first step in responding to Parliament's call for the establishment of an integrated framework of rules and institutions designed to confer binding force on the Charter of Fundamental Rights and to ensure compliance with the system provided for in the ECHR; underlines the fact that the mandate of the Agency also covers those countries which have concluded a Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the EU; believes that the Agency should have the competence to play a role in assisting the EU in the implementation of its external policies, when these require an assessment of the situation in a third country with respect to human rights;

The EU Annual Report on Human Rights in the World 2006 (drawn up by the Council and the Commission)

6.

Underlines the importance of the EU Annual Report on Human Rights in analysing and evaluating the EU's human rights policy, notably with a view to raising the visibility of human rights issues in general;

7.

Welcomes the public presentation of the 2006 Report by the Council and the Commission at the December 2006 plenary, in parallel with Parliament's award of its annual Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Mr Aliaksandr Milinkevich, the freedom and democracy campaigner from Belarus; considers that, by establishing this practice, the December European Parliament plenary session has become an annual focal point for the EU's activities on human rights;

8.

Recognises the volume of EU human rights-related activities in different parts of the world, but reiterates its call for increased assessment of the use of EU instruments and initiatives in third countries; welcomes the evaluations mentioned in the report by the Council and the Commission; considers that a mechanism should be developed enabling Members of Parliament to receive evaluations carried out in specific subject areas, such as individual countries, groups of countries and geographic areas, but, first and foremost, regarding specific human rights problem areas; considers that such a mechanism should enable Parliament to discuss the outcome of those evaluations within the most appropriate framework;

9.

Underscores the importance of ongoing efforts to promote the mainstreaming of human rights and democracy and the coherence and consistency of the policies and actions of the Council, the Commission, the European Parliament and the Member States of the EU in the field of human rights and democracy;

10.

Regards it as a positive development that the report endeavours to do justice to the activities of the European Parliament, but reiterates its request, included in the 2006 Parliament resolution on human rights, that future Presidencies report in the EU Annual Reports on the ways in which Parliament's resolutions — including urgency resolutions on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law — have been taken into account by the Council and the Commission; notes with satisfaction the developments mentioned in paragraph 13 below;

11.

Reiterates that, in their future Annual Reports on Human Rights, the Council and the Commission should analyse the ways in which human rights are dealt with in other EU policies, such as the Common Foreign and Security Policy, the policies on development and trade and immigration, and other relevant policies relating to the EU's external relations, in particular within the Council's working groups and in specific mechanisms established in cooperation agreements; considers that they should also take note of decisions made by the European Court of Human Rights;

12.

Calls on the Council and the Commission to consider adopting the approach taken by governments of some Member States and by certain international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and thus to identify an overall list of ‘countries of particular concern’ with respect to human rights violations in the context of their Annual Report each year;

13.

Understands that, especially in the area of human rights, EU activities such as demarches to third countries must sometimes be confidential; however, believes that a list of those activities should be included in the Annual Report while allowing some scope for bilateral diplomatic contacts with governments in full confidentiality;

14.

Welcomes the increased consultation with the European Parliament and moves towards the drafting of an EU Annual Report that represents the activities of the Council, the Commission and the European Parliament, while taking the view that Parliament must continue to issue its own report on this matter; considers in this context that in the future an open discussion at draft stage in Committee would give Parliament an opportunity to improve the accuracy and content of the report;

Council and Commission activities in the area of human rights in international fora

15.

Pays tribute to the excellent work of the outgoing Personal Representative of the Secretary-General/High Representative on Human Rights in the area of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), Mr Michael Matthiessen, during 2006; continues to support the newly appointed Personal Representative, Mrs Riina Kionka, in her efforts to increase the visibility and strengthen the role of the EU in international human rights fora; expects that the High Representative, the Council and all Member State representatives will fully support her work at all times;

16.

Considers that the EU's capacity to prevent, respond to and manage crises is insufficient at present; recommends that a new infrastructure be put in place for the prevention and management of civil conflicts requiring proactive/preventive measures, the provision of suitable civilian early warning systems, the introduction of preventive contingency planning, the training of specialised personnel for international conflict management missions and greater concentration on promoting societies that are structurally capable of living in peace; stresses the importance of carefully considering human rights aspects in connection with the planning of preventive and conflict-management measures in relation to each crisis with which the EU is involved;

17.

Requests the Commission to encourage EU Member States to sign up to, and ratify, all core UN and Council of Europe human rights conventions and the optional protocols thereto; draws the attention of EU Member States to, in particular, the need to ratify the 1990 International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families and the newly adopted International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance;

18.

Recognises the active involvement of the EU and its Member States with respect to human rights and democracy issues in a variety of international fora in 2006, including the newly established UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the UN General Assembly, the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe;

19.

Welcomes the Council's intention to strengthen the relationship between the European Union and the Council of Europe; to that end, calls on the Council and the Commission to take into account the recommendations set out in the Juncker report of 11 April 2006 entitled ‘Council of Europe-European Union: a sole ambition for the European continent’;

20.

Notes that the new UNHRC has the potential to develop into a valuable framework for the EU's multilateral human rights efforts and recognises that, in its first year of existence, the UNHRC set an ambitious working programme which includes reviewing and maintaining of the system of Special Procedures, the establishment and implementation of the Universal Periodic Review to which all states will be subject, the definition of its working methods and the promotion and protection of human rights, especially where those rights have been violated or are at risk; regrets, however, that the new UNHRC has proven to be ineffectual in responding appropriately to human rights crises around the world due to the use of the UNHRC by many states as a forum for political pressure instead of the promotion of human rights; calls on the EU institutions and EU Member States to play a more active role in the UNHRC within the framework of the community of democracies, in order to strengthen and deepen democratic norms and practices worldwide;

21.

Calls on EU Foreign Ministers and Presidencies to use their political influence to work towards tackling the difficulties encountered by the new UNHRC; affirms the need for a clear political agenda as regards action by Member States within the UNHRC; stresses that the UNHRC must no longer be used as a political forum for conflict between different geographical and ideological blocs globally; therefore urges EU Foreign Ministers and Presidencies to work towards building a consensus within the UNHRC in favour of greater involvement on the part of the international community in contributing to the resolution of serious human rights and humanitarian abuses;

22.

Reiterates its call for a wide-ranging human rights agreement between the parties to the conflict in Sri Lanka and its facilitation by an effective, independent international monitoring mission, with unhindered access to areas controlled both by the government and by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, as recommended by the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, Mr Philip Alston; considers that the European Union, as Co-Chair of the Tokyo Donor Conference, should take the lead in developing a consensus on the proposals submitted to the UNHRC in this regard;

23.

Recognises the need for the EU to make more effective use of its leverage in order to promote important issues on the agenda of the UNHRC and to better fine-tune its lobbying and outreach activities;

24.

Reminds the Council of its above-mentioned resolution of 16 March 2006, which welcomed the establishment of the UNHRC and called on the EU to play a pioneering role within that institution; welcomes, in this context, the setting-up of a mechanism aimed at holding special sessions to respond to urgent crises and human rights violations; is concerned, however, about the already high degree of politicisation of UNHRC special sessions; calls for the retention and protection of the independence of the Special Procedures; welcomes the creation of a universal periodic review mechanism and calls in this regard for an evaluation process based on the implementation of the recommendations made by UN independent mechanisms; encourages the involvement of independent civil society where appropriate, and recognises the value of the involvement of victims of human rights violations in an interactive dialogue with the international community, especially in cases where people cannot express their opinions in their own countries; calls on EU members of the UNHRC to explain their votes on all resolutions;

25.

Underlines the positive role that Special Rapporteurs can play in the UNHRC structure, and calls for continued support for such special procedures; recognises, however, that, if Special Rapporteurs are to be effective, they need to be properly financed and staffed; underlines that their independence should be preserved;

26.

Urges Member States, in their bilateral dealings with UNHRC members, to push the agenda of the UNHRC in a positive direction; recognises that Parliament and the EU must continue to forge alliances outside Geneva, particularly with influential states; considers that Parliament needs to continue to attend UNHRC meetings on a regular basis;

27.

Expresses its disappointment at the weakness of the UNHRC resolution on Darfur; considers that the Darfur conflict is increasingly affecting the stability of the Central African region and constitutes a threat to international peace and security; deplores the fact that the UNHRC delegation was prevented from entering Sudan by not being granted visas by the authorities; considers that immediately halting the spread of violence and protecting the people of Darfur must remain the highest priority for the international community; recognises also that long-term security can only be guaranteed with a political settlement of disputes in the region; urges both the Council and the Commission to work within the UNHRC towards the establishment of a comprehensive peace strategy involving all parties; urges the European Union and Member States to make more effective use of their leverage at UNHRC level and for the UNHRC to adopt appropriate and strong measures to respond to the humanitarian catastrophe in Darfur, following the report of the special UNHRC mission;

28.

Expresses its concern at the difficulties experienced by EU Member States in reaching agreement with the Organization of the Islamic Conference on a series of UNHRC resolutions; considers that the continuing unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a major stumbling block to positive cooperation;

29.

Expresses its concern at the effect on the ordinary Palestinian people of the EU decision to suspend the provision of aid through the Palestinian Authority, as a result of the failure of the Authority to fulfil legitimate conditions; urges expansion of the temporary international mechanism and urges the Council and the Commission to monitor changing circumstances closely and to encourage circumstances that would allow for the resumption of the provision of aid through the Authority;

30.

Encourages EU members of the UNHRC to examine how they might make more effective use of their debating time;

31.

Is concerned that, despite the fact that the Council's Working Party on Human Rights (COHOM) has increased the number of meetings it holds, more time and resources are required to achieve EU goals at UNHRC level; calls on Member States and the Commission to strengthen available human resources in Geneva;

32.

Urges Member States not to support as candidates for positions of responsibility in international fora countries which have been shown to commit gross and systematic human rights and democracy violations; calls on Member States to enter into negotiations with like-minded influential states aimed at blocking the election of such countries to such positions; supports the call for all candidate countries to be required to cooperate with Special Procedures and other mechanisms set up by the UNHRC; in this respect, calls once again on Member States to express support for membership criteria which would link accession to the UNHRC to the obligation for Member States to issue a standing invitation to UN mechanisms;

33.

Encourages the Council to use targeted sanctions, as introduced against the Belarusian regime, to penalise persons particularly responsible for violations of human rights in other countries;

34.

Reiterates its request to the Council to explain how it was possible for Belarus to be elected onto the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in June 2005 when four major EU countries are permanent members of that Governing Body; asks the Council to explain its diplomatic demarches prior to that election and whether it considered opposing Belarus' membership;

35.

Notes with concern that in October 2006 a report of a UN group of experts concluded that conflict diamonds from Côte d'Ivoire were infiltrating the legitimate diamond trade through Ghana, a Kimberley Process participant; calls on the Commission to use its position, as Chair of the Kimberley Process throughout 2007, to strengthen the mechanisms designed to stem the flow of conflict diamonds; recommends that the Commission work towards building a consensus requiring all sectors of the diamond trade to implement systems which track diamonds from the mines to the retailer, to have responsible and transparent policies in place with warranties verified by an independent auditor and to improve the accuracy of the rough diamond trade statistics so that effective analyses may be produced quickly enough to detect any trade in conflict diamonds;

36.

Calls on the Council and the Commission to uphold the Oslo Declaration on Cluster Munitions of 23 February 2007, signed by 46 countries, which seeks the conclusion by 2008 of an international treaty prohibiting the production, use, transfer or storage of cluster bombs in accordance with the principles of international humanitarian law; calls on the Council and the Commission to take action at European Union level to ensure that the various Member States follow the example of Austria and Belgium in banning cluster bombs and at international level to ensure that those countries which have not yet signed the Oslo Declaration now do so;

37.

Calls on the Council and the Commission to continue their vigorous efforts to promote the universal ratification of the Rome Statute and the adoption of the necessary national implementing legislation, in conformity with Council Common Position 2003/444/CFSP of 16 June 2003 on the International Criminal Court (14) and the related Action Plan of 4 February 2004; welcomes the fact that Chad recently ratified the Rome Statute, thereby bringing the total number of states parties to 104 as at 1 January 2007; urges the Czech Republic, as the only remaining EU Member State not to have ratified the Rome Statute, to do so without delay; in the same spirit, calls on the Council and the Commission to encourage third countries to promote transitional justice mechanisms on their territory as a step towards securing justice for the victims of grave violations of human rights;

38.

Welcomes the fact that references to the ICC have been included in several new European Neighbourhood Action Plans (relating to Egypt, Jordan, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Lebanon and Ukraine) and are being negotiated in the context of other new Action Plans as well as Partnership and Cooperation Agreements with several countries; fully supports the Commission's financing, via the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), of the work of, inter alia, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, of No Peace Without Justice, of the International Federation for Human Rights and of Parliamentarians for Global Action to promote the ratification and implementation of the Rome Statute;

39.

Recognises the importance that ratification of the Rome Statute by the United States would have from a global perspective; calls once again on the Council and the Commission to use all available mechanisms to encourage the US to sign and ratify the Rome Statute and also to express strong disapproval of US efforts to actively prevent other countries from ratifying the Statute and from proposing to third countries parallel agreements such as bilateral exemption treaties;

40.

Urges all Member States to collaborate fully in international criminal justice mechanisms, and especially in bringing fugitives to justice;

41.

Urges all Member States to contribute actively to ad hoc international judicial mechanisms, particularly those receiving voluntary funding;

42.

Stresses that the above-mentioned transitional judicial mechanisms must never deviate from respect for human rights and the rule of law, this being the only means of ensuring justice for victims and preventing continued impunity for the most serious human rights violations;

Performance regarding the EU Human Rights Guidelines

43.

Appreciates the ongoing efforts to implement the methods and policy priorities outlined in the five EU guidelines on human rights as well as the production of impact assessments for each of those guidelines, weighing up their effectiveness in forging change in third countries; is concerned at regular reports that the embassies of EU Member States in third countries and EU missions have little or no knowledge of the guidelines;

44.

Asks the Commission to ensure that all its staff, in particular those working in the field of development policy, are sufficiently aware of the human rights guidelines; recognises the need for greater transparency regarding the way in which the different guidelines are operated, including feedback on individual cases and information on action taken by NGOs; calls for regular and transparent evaluations of the implementation of the EU guidelines involving Parliament, so as to allow it to play an active role in accountability;

45.

Commends the German Presidency's commitment to establish EU human rights guidelines on the rights of the child; encourages it to consult Parliament, the Commission and civil society on the detail of such guidelines and, if necessary, to coordinate with the future Portuguese Presidency in order to complete the introduction of those guidelines, which should aim at the effective elimination of child labour, focusing principally on teaching and educating children, this being one of the Millennium Development Goals;

46.

Notes that the EU guidelines relate to different countries in different ways and that individual plans to implement the guidelines are required in different circumstances;

47.

Notes the responsibility of EU Special Representatives and EU missions abroad in promoting the EU guidelines; encourages a more proactive approach to promoting the guidelines at all levels; underlines the resource and personnel problem within EU missions in third countries concerning guideline awareness, monitoring and implementation; calls on the Member State representations in third countries and the Commission delegations to coordinate more effectively, sharing structures and staff so as to create genuine ‘European Union embassies’ throughout the world and thereby assume responsibilities in the field of human rights;

Death penalty

48.

Urges Presidencies to continue the approach of promoting the abolition of the death penalty by prioritising a specific number of countries where there are prospects for a positive change in policy;

49.

Encourages Presidencies to disclose which countries they intend to target in the context of the EU guidelines on the death penalty under the so-called ‘countries on the cusp’ campaign aimed at states whose policy on the death penalty is in flux; encourages the Council and the Commission to seek greater support for moves by the current UN General Assembly to achieve a universal moratorium on capital punishment leading to its total abolition, including sentencing; urges the Council to update the guidelines, which date back to 1998, so that new elements and strategies which have developed since then can be taken into consideration;

50.

Suggests that the Council undertake a review of the guidelines and that this review could provide for the EU to intervene with regard to individual cases of particular concern which do not fall under UN minimum standards as provided for in the guidelines;

51.

Calls on the Presidency to encourage those remaining countries which have not signed up to and ratified the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to do so, as well as those Member States that have not signed Protocol No. 13 to the ECHR concerning the abolition of the death penalty in all circumstances (15); recognises, in that regard, that the guidelines on the death penalty could be implemented more coherently if Member States were to sign up to and ratify such protocols and conventions;

52.

Welcomes the organisation in Paris (1-3 February 2007) of the third World Congress against the Death Penalty and associates itself with its final declaration; intends to follow up on the Congress, notably by developing the parliamentary dimension of the global campaign against the death penalty and raising the matter through its inter-parliamentary delegations and participations in joint parliamentary assemblies; calls on the Council and the Commission to take every possible opportunity to support the establishment of regional abolitionist coalitions, with a special focus on Arab countries;

53.

Welcomes — as a good example of the effective use of the EU guidelines on the death penalty — the coordinated and public reaction of EU representations in Peru to the proposals to extend the death penalty in that country in violation of the Peruvian constitution and the American Convention on Human Rights;

54.

Applauds the coordinated, effective action — both public and diplomatic — of the European Parliament, the Commission, concerned Member States and NGOs to secure the sovereign decision of the President of Pakistan to commute the death sentence imposed on, and ultimately release, Mirza Tahir Hussain, a British national who had served 18 years on death row in Pakistan; urges the EU to continue to raise individual cases under the death penalty guidelines and recommends that the Council and the Commission make effective use of the parliamentary dimension in this regard, having recourse, in particular, to timely and useful interventions by inter-parliamentary delegations;

Torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment

55.

Welcomes the entry into force on 22 June 2006 of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT); notes that only 19 EU Member States have so far signed and only 9 ratified the Protocol (16); urges all EU Member States which have not so far signed and ratified the OPCAT to do so in the coming year;

56.

Welcomes the launch of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance; asks all EU Member States to sign and ratify it promptly;

57.

Recommends that the EU continue to raise individual cases of torture under the torture guidelines in the same way as it has done with death penalty cases under the death penalty guideline;

58.

Approves of the Council's decision to make the terms of certain demarches public, and recognises this step as progress towards greater transparency; asks the Council and the Commission to take into particular consideration the conclusions and recommendations of Parliament's study concerning implementation of the EU guidelines on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment;

59.

Underlines that, although those guidelines were adopted as long ago as 2001, the use of political dialogues, declarations and demarches in relation to the actual practice of torture has been minimal; encourages future Presidencies to carry out an assessment, evaluation and planning for the torture guidelines; calls on the Council to take into consideration the recommendations provided by the study on this matter requested by its Subcommittee on Human Rights within the Foreign Affairs Committee in the future process of evaluation of those guidelines; encourages the EU to broaden the scope of implementation, in particular by developing a procedure to identify and demarche on individual cases in selected countries;

60.

Recommends to the German and Portuguese Presidencies that they continue the series of demarches on torture when and where relevant; underlines nevertheless that demarches alone are not enough and that other complementary actions should be carried out consistently and after thorough analysis of local situations, for example by strengthening relations with civil society groups working in the field of torture and illtreatment, considering efficient ways to address individual cases of torture and ill-treatment in addition to those involving well-known human rights defenders and ensuring the coherence and continuity of action of EU missions committed to fighting torture and ill-treatment in third countries;

61.

Emphasises that the regular presence of the Presidency or the Council Secretariat in the relevant UN Committees as well as further cooperation with the Council of Europe and its Committee for the Prevention of Torture can result in substantial and useful material input into decision-making concerning demarches towards certain countries;

62.

Urges the Council and the Commission to continue the practice of demarches in respect of all of the EU's international partners regarding the ratification of international conventions banning the use of torture and ill-treatment, as well as the provisions of rehabilitation to torture survivors; calls on the EU to regard the fight against torture and ill-treatment as a top priority of its human rights policy, in particular through enhanced implementation of the EU guidelines and all other EU instruments such as the EIDHR and by ensuring that EU Member States refrain from using diplomatic assurances with third countries where there is a real risk of people being subjected to torture or ill-treatment;

63.

Reaffirms that female genital mutilation is a violation of the human right to physical integrity and is alarmed at attempts to place such acts of mutilation in the same category as standard medical practices;

Children and armed conflict (CAAC)

64.

Welcomes the appointment of Ms Radhika Coomaraswamy as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict in April 2006, with the mandate of defining strategies to deliver tangible protection for children affected by armed conflict and to ensure the full implementation of international child protection standards and norms;

65.

Welcomes the joint organisation by the French Foreign Minister and the UN Children's Fund (Unicef) of the Conference entitled ‘Free Children from War’ in February 2007, and the adoption of the Paris Principles and guidelines on children associated with armed forces or armed groups, as an important step in motivating the international community to promote protection, to raise awareness and to make the issue of children in armed conflicts central to peacekeeping and peace-building;

66.

Stresses that girl soldiers give particular cause for concern, being victims of both sexual exploitation and all too frequent ostracism within their communities following their demobilisation, and calls for measures specifically addressing their problems and helping them to adapt following their demobilisation and return to civilian life;

67.

Calls on all the Member States to ratify the optional protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child;

68.

Notes that many countries, including some EU Member States, train children for armed conflict; calls on all countries to take steps to ensure that persons under the age of 18 are not given training for armed conflict;

69.

Welcomes the Implementation Strategy (IS) adopted in April 2006 by the Austrian Presidency, which identifies specific recommendations for action, and its indications that human rights issues should be considered systematically in the early stages of the planning of European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) operations; praises the efforts made by the Finnish Presidency with a view to implementation of the IS; regrets that political tools available to the EU (such as demarches and political dialogues) have not been applied to their full potential since the adoption of the guidelines in 2003;

70.

Emphasises the importance of continuing to focus on the guidelines in addition to the IS, inasmuch as the guidelines are more holistic; regrets that the Finnish Presidency undertook only very few demarches and other steps regarding CAAC; insists that the EU maintain high standards of quality and depth when monitoring and reporting on CAAC; urges the Commission and the High Representative for the CFSP to ensure that future Presidencies are fully aware of the IS;

71.

Asks the Commission and the Council to draw up a list of questions for heads of mission to refer to in order to assist them in their regular reporting; asks the Commission and the Council to draw up a list of criteria determining whether or not a country is a ‘priority’, and asks that the Commission and the Council consult more with stakeholders with a view to seeking their opinions; urges the Commission and the Council to produce a paper, as suggested in the IS recommendations, containing proposals as to how to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1612 (2005);

72.

Calls on the Commission to better reflect the aims of the guidelines by mainstreaming CAAC in all areas, including development cooperation;

73.

Welcomes the call for proposals launched by the Commission in early 2006 with a view to selecting for funding projects that fight against the trafficking of women and children and seek to protect the rights of vulnerable groups in armed conflicts, especially children's rights;

74.

Welcomes also the adoption in December 2006 of the EU Concept for support to Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration, containing strong and systematic references to children, and EC support (via the Commission's Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid, ECHO) to the Unicef-led process of revision of the ‘Cape Town Principles’ on the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of children;

Human rights defenders

75.

Stresses that full implementation of the 2004 EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders must be prioritised and that the Council recommendations adopted in June 2006, further to the first review of the implementation of the guidelines conducted by the Austrian Presidency, must be followed up with concrete action; encourages the Council to facilitate adequate follow-up to demarches, and the evaluation of the impact of action taken on behalf on individuals, by creating a central database in respect of EU demarches;

76.

Stresses that the EU needs to increase the level of awareness among all EU actors in Brussels, in capitals and at mission level about the existence, purpose, content and operational application of the guidelines; recognises that internal awareness-raising should aim at creating a deeper understanding of the work of human rights defenders; calls on the Commission and on Member States to organise training workshops for regional departments as well as staff in delegations, embassies and consulates on the application of those guidelines, with human rights defenders participating at an early stage, as well as exchanges of good practice regarding the provision of financial and non-financial support to human rights defenders; considers that the idea of issuing visas for human rights defenders in grave danger, as recommended by the Council, should be an important priority;

77.

Emphasises the importance of making the handbook for the implementation of the guidelines available to human rights defenders on the ground; encourages COHOM to disseminate translations of the EU Guidelines for Human Rights Defenders in EU languages that are the lingua franca in third countries and in key non-EU languages amongst regional desks and embassies/delegations; stresses that EU missions need to reach out to local human rights defenders in a more proactive manner;

78.

Calls on the Council and the Commission to raise the situation of human rights defenders systematically in all political dialogues including bilateral dialogues with EU Member States; calls on the Council to inform Parliament systematically about the implementation of the guidelines on the ground and to involve it fully in the process of evaluating them; welcomes the fact that one of the priorities of the EIDHR is the protection of human rights defenders, which includes the introduction of urgent protection measures by the EU; welcomes also the initiative of the global EU campaign in support of women human rights defenders; notes the reports and recommendations of the UN Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders, Ms Hina Jilani;

Guidelines on human rights dialogues and recognised consultations with third countries

79.

Stresses that the European Union global strategy for the promotion of human rights and democracy cannot be based solely on bilateral or multilateral relations between States, but must involve and encompass as far as possible non-governmental actors, including parliamentarians, academics, intellectuals, journalists, the defenders of democratic values, activists, NGO leaders and opinion makers;

80.

Welcomes the fact that the Council has drawn up a document providing an overview of human rights dialogues and consultations; asks the Council to take into consideration Parliament's own-initiative report, currently being drafted, on the evaluation of human rights dialogues and consultations with third countries; in this context, regrets that the Council's evaluation was declared confidential and asks the Council to respond favourably to the invitation to develop, together with Parliament, a system whereby selected Members of the European Parliament can be kept informed about classified activities; suggests once again that such a scheme could be modelled on the system for informing selected MEPs about classified material regarding security and defence; takes the view that, in general, dialogue concerning human rights should be planned and conducted transparently, with appropriate means being sought to attain that purpose;

81.

Emphasises the need to strengthen and improve the EU-China human rights dialogue considerably; recognises that China has now decided to have all death penalty cases reviewed by the Supreme Court, but remains concerned that China still carries out the majority of executions worldwide; stresses that China's human rights record remains a matter of serious concern; calls on the Council to provide a more detailed briefing to Parliament in public session following discussions; stresses the importance of reiterating points that were raised in previous dialogues; supports the Commission and the Council in their current reflections on ways of improving the dialogue; notes that, despite significant economic reforms, political and human rights concerns still persist regarding such matters as political imprisonment, forced labour, freedom of expression and religion, rights of religious and ethnic minorities, the Laogai camp system and allegations of organ harvesting; notes that such concerns should receive more focus in the build-up to the Beijing Olympic games; urges the EU to ensure that its trading relationship with China is contingent upon human rights reforms and calls in this regard on the Council to make a comprehensive evaluation of the human rights situation before finalising any new Partnership and Cooperation Framework Agreement; calls on the Council and the Commission to raise the issue of Tibet and to actively support the strengthening of the dialogue between the Chinese Government and envoys of the Dalai Lama;

82.

Is very concerned that the human rights dialogue with Iran has been interrupted since 2004 due to a lack of cooperation from Iran; regrets that, according to the Council, no progress had been made; urges Iran to re-engage in the dialogue and, drawing on input from the EU, to define benchmarks aimed at real improvements in the field; calls on the Commission to implement all actions required within the framework of the EIDHR, so as to promote contacts and cooperation with Iranian civil society and to further support democracy and human rights; expresses its deep concern regarding the deterioration of the human rights situation in Iran and points out, in particular, the intensification of the repression directed against human rights defenders; at the same time, deplores the fact that Iran continues to apply the death penalty under conditions which violate international standards, and denounces in particular the executions of juvenile offenders; calls on the Council to express concern about the human rights situation in the country in all its contacts with the Iranian government and to concentrate its efforts on protecting human rights defenders, and especially women, as well as to persuade Iran to adopt an immediate moratorium on executions as a first step towards abolition;

83.

Notes the continuation of the EU human rights consultations with Russia; supports the Council in its aim of developing those consultations into a frank and genuine EU-Russia human rights dialogue and calls for the involvement of the European Parliament and of European and Russian NGOs in such a process; regrets that the EU has had only limited success in bringing about policy change as a result of raising difficult issues such as the situation in Chechnya, impunity and the independence of the judiciary, the treatment of human rights defenders, the independence of the media and freedom of expression, the treatment of ethnic minorities, respect for the rule of law and human rights protection in the armed forces, discrimination based on sexual orientation as well as other issues; is concerned about Russian legislation limiting the activities of NGOs; deplores the fact that journalists and human rights defenders have been threatened and remains appalled at the murder of Anna Politkovskaja; expects that Russia will take further measures to protect freedom of expression and the security of journalists and human rights defenders; considers, in this regard, that Russian cooperation with UN human rights mechanisms as well as the ratification of all relevant human rights conventions should be regarded as a priority by the EU; is concerned about allegations that the Russian government is behind the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, who died in November 2006 in London; expresses concern at new allegations being brought against Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former Yukos chief detained in 2003, and is equally concerned about his alleged treatment while in detention; urges the Commission and the Council to raise such cases with Russian authorities at the highest level and in the new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Russia; urges the Commission to lay down clearer obligations and establish more efficient monitoring mechanisms, in addition to the human rights clause, in order to achieve a real improvement in the human rights situation;

84.

Welcomes the efforts made so far by the Council, the Commission and the European Parliament to combat human rights abuses in Belarus; stresses that this policy should be continued, with particular emphasis on violations of freedom of speech and of the rights of peaceful assembly and association, as well as violations of the rights of national minorities; points to the need to support the political opposition, which is a target of repression;

85.

Urges the Commission and the Council to set up human rights subcommittees with all neighbourhood countries aimed at the promotion of human rights and democracy, as has been the case for Morocco and Jordan and as is presently envisaged for Egypt, Tunisia and Lebanon; reiterates its call for Parliament to be associated with the preparation of these meetings and to be duly informed of their outcome;

86.

Recognises attempts to set up a human rights dialogue with Uzbekistan, but notes that this has not been possible due to the inability of Uzbekistan to approach such a dialogue in a constructive way; considers, in this regard, that engaging in a human rights dialogue with Uzbekistan should not lead to the lifting of sanctions imposed on that country if no progress is made in the area of human rights and democracy; consequently, calls on the Council to make a comprehensive evaluation of the human rights situation before taking any decision;

87.

Is confident that progress in the Six-Party Talks will contribute to a more favourable political climate in which the human rights dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea might be re-opened; calls on the Commission and the Council to vigorously pursue that objective in the course of contacts and negotiations with the DPRK;

88.

Notes the negotiations by the Commission and the Council in relation to Turkey's road to accession and the problems that have been encountered; is concerned about the limited progress achieved to date and the need for greater focus on human rights issues in Turkey, especially as regards freedom of religion for all religious communities and full enjoyment of their property rights, protection of minorities, freedom of expression and human rights concerns relating to the population of Kurdish origin in the south-east of the country; condemns the tragic murder of journalist Hrant Dink in January 2007, which exemplifies a nationalistic feeling amongst certain sections of Turkish society, but was encouraged by the strong condemnation of the murder across the country including by the government and the swift apprehension of the perpetrators; encourages the Turkish government to change Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code, which clearly limits freedom of expression in the media;

89.

Asks the Council and the Commission, particularly in post-conflict situations, including situations in which the rape of women and girls has been used as a weapon of war, and in which violence against women is still widespread, to take into account efforts of partner countries to address past human rights violations as evidence of current commitments to human rights issues;

90.

Underlines that, during human rights dialogues and consultations, EU institutions should raise all concerns relating to violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms as well as cases of discrimination; stresses the importance of such dialogues and consultations when violations are widespread and/or systematic and recognises that international pressure can play a role in preventing further violations;

91.

Notes with concern that the participation of Parliament is not always as comprehensive as it should be in human rights dialogues and consultations, and encourages the Council and the Commission to open up the dialogues to increased participation by Members of the European Parliament;

General scrutiny of Council and Commission activities including the performances of the two Presidencies

92.

Commends the cooperation between the Finnish and Austrian Presidencies aimed at ensuring a consistency of approach towards human rights and democracy issues; looks forward to the German, Portuguese and Slovene Presidencies' continuation of this process of collaboration;

93.

Supports the Council and the Commission in their stance against the ongoing human rights and democracy violations in Burma/Myanmar and the EU's commitment to attaining its stated objectives, namely to see the establishment of a legitimate, democratically elected civilian government which respects the human rights of its people and restores normal relations with the international community; urges the Commission and the Council to strengthen the EU's common position by adopting more effective and targeted sanctions in light of the reality that the situation in Burma/Myanmar continues to deteriorate; encourages the Council and the Commission — as part of the common position on Burma/Myanmar — to engage more proactively with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries and neighbouring states to urge them to use their influence responsibly so as to bring about positive change; calls for a proactive initiative to be taken by the UNHRC, which could take the form of a special session on this matter; encourages the Council and the Commission to urge China, India and other countries which continue to supply weaponry and other support to the military junta to desist from this and to join the international community in its efforts to bring about change for the better in Burma/Myanmar; notes the efforts made to date at UN Security Council level in recognition of the continuing humanitarian crisis; urges the Council and the Commission to seek a consensus with China, Russia and South Africa on a binding resolution, requiring meaningful tripartite dialogue between the State Peace and Development Council, the National League for Democracy and the ethnic nationalities, and the release of all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi;

94.

Expresses its disappointment at the lack of any positive results in the process to obtain the release of, or ensure a fair trial for, five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor, who were detained and sentenced to death by the Libyan regime for intentionally infecting children with the AIDS virus, on the grounds of confessions obtained through torture; notes that, despite ongoing efforts by the Commission to resolve the issue through political dialogue and by providing medical treatment to the infected children, the Libyan regime remains as defiant as ever with regard to the case and continues to issue provocative statements in the media; in light of this, urges the Commission to review its policy tools vis-à-vis Libya so as to find a more efficient approach to resolving the issue quickly and put an end to eight years of agony and flagrant human rights violations;

95.

Regrets that the Council and the Commission have failed to take any decisive action to persuade the Ethiopian Government to immediately and unconditionally release all elected Members of Parliament and other political prisoners and to fulfil its obligations with respect to human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law; recalls the several European Parliament resolutions on Ethiopia, adopted since the 2005 Ethiopian elections observed by the EU, and especially the most recent of these, adopted on 16 November 2006 (17);

96.

Invites the Council and the Commission to encourage and assist the government of Senegal in preparing for the prompt and fair trial of Hissène Habré, in order to answer accusations of mass violations of human rights;

97.

Recognises the significant human rights consequences of the ongoing war in Iraq and the complex nature of the current fragile political situation; notes the reports and resolutions adopted by Parliament on Iraq and the recommendations contained within them; urges the Council and the Commission to constantly assess how the EU could play a more constructive role in bringing about stability in Iraq; notes with total stupefaction the provisional suspension by ECHO of humanitarian aid for Iraq, notwithstanding the disastrous situation afflicting the suffering Iraqi people and Iraqi refugees; welcomes, however, the resumption of this aid from February 2007;

98.

Commends the Commission for raising the profile of the problem of human trafficking in the EU and urges that the necessary measures be taken to combat the trafficking of human beings, in particular women and children; urges the Commission to continue to hold to account Member States which have not complied with agreed anti-trafficking conventions and directives, particularly Council Directive 2004/81/EC of 29 April 2004 on the residence permit issued to third-country nationals who are victims of trafficking in human beings or who have been the subject of an action to facilitate illegal immigration, who cooperate with the competent authorities (18); also emphasises that in the fight against trafficking in human beings a human rights approach with respect to the victims of trafficking should be adopted; praises the Austrian Presidency in particular for organising a number of anti-trafficking initiatives including an EU expert conference in June 2006 on the implementation of the EU Plan on Trafficking in Human Beings, and notes the conclusions and recommendations resulting from that two-day event;

99.

Regrets that the Finnish Presidency did not organise a fourth meeting of the EU Network of contact points in respect of persons responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, which represents an invaluable means of strengthening cooperation among EU Member States in investigations and prosecutions of international crimes at national level; draws attention to the commitment in the Council's conclusions on the EU Network to hold one meeting during each Presidency, and calls for effective implementation of the conclusions of previous EU Network meetings; asks each Presidency to make this a standard point in its programme;

100.

Welcomes the communication from the Commission entitled ‘Towards an EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child’ (COM(2006)0367); hopes that the Commission is thereby providing a solid basis for more effective and comprehensive policies designed to protect the most fundamental rights of the child; is concerned, however, at the increasing lack of respect for the rights of the child being shown at international level;

101.

Deplores the fact that the violence in Darfur has continued unchecked, and that the Sudanese government has not been held accountable for its repeated failures to comply with international demands and protect its citizens from violence, while welcoming the recent indictments issued by the ICC; regrets that the EU has not taken more unilateral action regarding the crisis in Darfur and has not tried harder to persuade the government of Sudan to accept an international peacekeeping force; stresses that persistent diplomatic pressure is needed to demonstrate to the government of Sudan that its verbal commitments must be followed by comprehensive and sustained efforts aimed at halting the violence in Darfur, and that the international community will not accept further neglect by Sudan of its commitments and its responsibility to protect its citizens; urges the Council to agree a plan of specific, targeted sanctions to be imposed on the Khartoum regime, in accordance with a clear timetable, in the event of non-compliance with the demands of the international community; urges the EU to contribute (and to put pressure on others to also contribute) to an international peacekeeping force and the enforcement of the no-fly zone over Darfur, and to ensure that the African Union is adequately resourced and assisted to fulfil its mandate; asks that the EU push for a UN peacekeeping mission in Chad with a strong civilian protection mandate; implores the Member States, the Council and the Commission to assume their responsibilities and to provide effective protection for the people of Darfur from a humanitarian disaster;

102.

Calls for the adoption of a code of conduct on the standards to be adhered to by military and civilian peacekeeping and humanitarian personnel while on mission in areas of armed conflict, to include sanctions for non-compliance with the high standards of conduct expected, especially in relation to any form of gender-based violence;

103.

Welcomes the fact that five Member States have appointed special Ambassadors for Human Rights in order to conduct outreach activities, specifically in the human rights area, to third countries and notes the ongoing work in this area; asks other Member States to consider taking the same step;

104.

Requests from the Commission and the Council an overview of countries which have not issued standing invitations to all Special Mechanisms, Special Rapporteurs and Special Representatives of the United Nations;

105.

Welcomes the use of the new instrument of an EU list of ‘prisoners/detainees of concern’ in respect of a few individual countries; reiterates its request that the Council should establish EU lists of ‘prisoners/detainees of concern’ for each third country where there are human rights concerns and that it should raise the relevant list at each political dialogue meeting; asks the Commission to inform Parliament about all such existing lists;

106.

Welcomes the fact that the Commission and the Council now establish and regularly update lists of ‘focus countries’ in relation to specific issues, notably the list of countries ‘on the cusp’ for the death penalty, ‘focus countries’ in relation to torture and countries where the situation of human rights defenders is particularly distressing;

107.

Is surprised that the Council Secretariat has so far not adhered to the decisions of the General Affairs Council of 12 December 2005 adopting the provision that the Council's updated EU human rights fact sheets are to be made available to all EU institutions (19); looks forward to receiving the current version of those fact sheets as soon as possible;

108.

Welcomes the recognition by the Council that the newly adopted International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will further enable the EU to turn its attention outward in the promotion and protection of disability rights and, in the context of that new Convention, requests that the EU more effectively monitor the human rights situation of persons with disabilities in third countries with a view to reporting on key findings by 2009-2010;

109.

Insists that all human rights and democracy discussions with third countries, instruments, documents and reports including the Annual Reports need to address explicitly discrimination issues including the issues of ethnic minorities, religious freedoms including discriminatory practices towards minority religions, and explicitly the protection and promotion of the rights of ethnic minorities, the human rights of women, the rights of children, the rights of indigenous peoples, disabled people including people with intellectual disabilities, and people of all sexual orientations, fully involving their organisations, both within the EU and in third countries, where appropriate;

110.

Takes the view that an active policy to promote human rights cannot be confined to the cases attracting greatest public notice; points out that serious violations of rights occur on the fringe of public scrutiny, in closed institutions, for children, the elderly and the sick, and in prisons; points to the need for the Union to bring expert scrutiny to bear on the life of those institutions;

111.

Asks the Council to reassess the procedure for listing terrorist groups and also to consider a clear method for taking groups off the list if they deserve to be removed therefrom (taking into account their attitude, history and practice);

112.

Considers that a clear, efficient and harmonised common arms export control policy, anchored in a legally binding code of conduct, can play a decisive role in the fight against terrorism, in conflict prevention, in regional stability and in the promotion of human rights, and calls on the EU Presidency, the Council, the Commission and Member States to continue to be supportive of an International Arms Trade Treaty;

113.

Deplores, as expressed in its resolution of 14 February 2007, the failure by the Council and the EU Presidencies to comply with their obligations to keep Parliament fully informed of the main aspects and basic choices of CFSP in relation to the work of its Temporary Committee investigating the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transportation and illegal detention of prisoners;

114.

Underlines that, at this stage when it is not possible for the EU to offer Belarus full participation in the neighbourhood policy, the EU should still make every effort to find appropriate ways to prevent further anti-democratic developments and human rights violations in that country, which is a direct neighbour of the EU; therefore calls on the Council and the Commission to monitor closely the situation in Belarus and to increase their support for the activities of civil society, NGOs and the political opposition;

The Commission's external assistance programmes

The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)

115.

Welcomes the fact that the Commission and the Council agreed with Parliament, at the latter's insistence, that a special financing instrument (the EIDHR) was needed for the promotion of democracy and human rights worldwide;

116.

Welcomes the consultations carried out by the Commission with NGOs and civil society in relation to the implementation of the new EIDHR; calls for complete transparency regarding the ways in which money is spent and projects are chosen and assessed under that instrument;

117.

Welcomes the adoption, under the EIDHR, of a new measure (among the ad hoc measures recently introduced under that instrument), making it possible to take urgent action for the protection of human rights defenders without the need for a tendering procedure; calls on the Commission to implement this new measure rapidly and effectively;

118.

Notes that EIDHR funds used for European Union election observation missions in 2006 amounted to 23 % of the total EIDHR funds used (EUR 35 176 103) and that such missions were conducted to 13 countries and territories including Aceh, Fiji and the Democratic Republic of Congo;

119.

Notes that a large proportion (49 %) of the total EIDHR funding for projects contracted in 2006 went to big thematic projects and only a small proportion (24 %) to micro projects implemented by EC delegations; expects that the new financial instrument will enable the Commission to finance those NGOs which play a key role in the promotion of human rights and democracy in their countries but which are not legally recognised by the authorities in those countries;

120.

Remains concerned that the administrative burden on civil society organisations as recipients of funding must be reduced and flexibility in the disbursement of funds increased by allowing re-granting, smaller grants for grassroots organisations and funding for unregistered NGOs;

121.

Recommends that the Commission draft clear guidelines in order that potential recipients of funding understand the objectives and qualifying criteria;

Assistance programmes in general

122.

Welcomes the fact that the Commission has begun to mainstream issues related to respect for human rights, democratic principles, the rule of law and good governance into programming meetings and documents when developing legal bases for instruments, country strategies, national indicative programmes, sectoral programmes, individual projects and evaluations; welcomes the fact that officers preparing projects or programmes have guidelines on how to mainstream such issues;

123.

Welcomes the fact that the Commission (DG EuropeAid) is in the process of commissioning a study on how to mainstream into its activities a number of governance areas such as democratisation, the promotion and protection of human rights, reinforcement of the rule of law and the administration of justice, empowerment of civil society, public administration reform including anti-corruption, decentralisation and local governance; supports the Commission's work in developing this study into a practical tool to be used for the mainstreaming of governance into EC development cooperation for the benefit of programme managers in delegations and at headquarters level and consultants involved in the design or implementation of EC programmes; looks forward to receiving the study once it has been finalised;

124.

Welcomes the fact that the Commission is in the process of drafting governance profiles for all ACP countries in the context of the 10th European Development Fund programme; calls, however, for greater transparency in the process of developing the governance profiles, to involve real and effective consultation with all stakeholders, including ACP partners and civil society organisations; calls on the Commission to include, in the section on social governance, government performance in the provision of basic social services to their entire populations;

125.

Welcomes the fact that the Instrument for Economic Cooperation and Development Cooperation (ECDCI) has been split into two in such a manner that developing countries are now separated from industrialised ones (20); remains concerned, however, that no instrument now appears to cover conflict prevention;

Implementation of human rights and democracy clauses in external agreements

126.

Recalls its above-mentioned resolution of 14 February 2006 regarding future EU policy on the application of human rights clauses in all EU agreements; notes as a first reaction that the Commission outlined several measures to improve the application of the clause, such as gradually extending human rights committees to more third countries; points out that the Council has not yet given a specific reply to the above-mentioned resolution, preferring continued implementation of the clause in the more general foreign policy context; welcomes the fact that heads of Commission delegations in third countries are required, as part of their mandate, to emphasise human rights more specifically; is concerned, however, by the recent Commission proposal to exempt India from the rule that all EU agreements must include a human rights and democracy clause, in the context of the negotiations for the EU-India Free Trade Agreement; considers that such a move would be a retrograde step and could set a worrying precedent for future negotiations on trade agreements; requests, therefore, that the Commission and the Council adopt a clear position on the detailed proposals contained in the above-mentioned resolution of 14 February 2006; stresses in particular the need to introduce a monitoring mechanism, regular assessment of compliance with human rights obligations and a progressive system of penalties for non-compliance in order to ensure proper implementation of the human rights and democracy clause contained in agreements concluded by the EU with third countries;

127.

Notes that the Commission intends to draft new measures to improve implementation of the democratic clause, such as the progressive extension of human rights committees to encompass a larger number of third countries, or the invitation to the ‘EU heads of delegation’ throughout the world to place greater emphasis on human rights; observes, however, that it is necessary for the Commission to table a strategic political plan together with a specific legislative initiative for the comprehensive reform of the democratic clause as indicated by Parliament, this being a strategic problem concerning the general approach of the European Union to the issue of human rights;

128.

Draws the attention of the Council and the Commission to, in particular, the need to systematically include a human rights clause in all new-generation sector-based agreements such as trade agreements so as to further foster the promotion, protection and realisation of human rights within the aims of those agreements;

Mainstreaming of human rights

129.

Continues to support the Council in its efforts to mainstream human rights and democracy throughout the EU's work, in particular by focusing on the regular review and implementation of a particular set of EU human rights guidelines;

130.

Points out that numerous internal policies, particularly those relating to asylum, immigration and anti-terrorist measures, are having a major impact on respect for human rights in third countries; considers that greater efforts must be made to ensure that the internal policies in question comply with human rights and international humanitarian law; expresses its deep concern at the high number of deaths of refugees trying to enter Member States; calls for more legal options to seek asylum and urges the Member States to take into account human rights violations, considering the right of persons coming from third countries to be granted asylum in a Member State; observes that, under the body of case-law established by the European Court of Human Rights, European States may under no circumstances return individuals to States where they are in danger of being subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment;

131.

Welcomes the ongoing work that the Council and the Commission are undertaking in order to strengthen the coherence between the EU's human rights policy and other international policies; considers it vital for the pursuit of a credible EU human rights policy that such coherence be reinforced; considers it necessary for Europe in future to speak with one voice; approves of the central theme of the EU Human Rights Forum entitled ‘Mainstreaming Human Rights and Democracy into European Union Policies’;

132.

Calls on the Commission to continue to monitor closely the granting of GSP+ benefits (Generalised System of Benefits) to countries which have shown serious flaws in the implementation of the eight ILO conventions relating to core labour standards, on account of breaches of civil and political rights or the use of prison labour; asks the Commission to develop criteria for when the GSP should be withdrawn on human rights grounds;

133.

Condemns unconditionally all forms of exploitation of children, whether in the form of sexual exploitation, including child pornography and child sex tourism, or compulsory labour, together with all forms of human trafficking; notes with indignation the absence of any real reduction in the sexual exploitation of children, particularly as a result of internet use; takes the view that serious criminal offences are hereby being committed which must be prosecuted and punished;

134.

Urges the Commission to continue to promote corporate social responsibility with European and local companies; asks the Council to report back to Parliament on any feedback from the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, Mr John Ruggie, clarifying standards of corporate responsibility and accountability for transnational corporations and other business enterprises with regard to human rights;

135.

Welcomes the conclusions of the General Affairs Council of 13 November 2006 on promoting gender equality and gender mainstreaming in crisis management;

136.

Recognises that immigration policy has become a priority on the Union's internal and external policy agenda and that in its texts the Union has been attempting to link immigration and development and ensure that the fundamental rights of immigrants are respected; maintains, however, that the reality on the ground gives the lie to those texts; expresses particular disquiet at the fact that agreements for the readmission of illegal immigrants are being concluded with third countries that do not have the legal and institutional machinery needed in order to handle the readmission of nationals and protect their rights; calls on the Council and the Commission to brief it on the progress made in this area since the publication, in 2005, of the first annual monitoring and evaluation report on cooperation by third countries to combat illegal migration; recommends that Parliament be involved from the outset when readmission agreements are to be negotiated and concluded; and maintains, in short, that any migration policy has to be a common policy and, above all, preventive rather than punitive;

137.

Reiterates the importance of EU internal policy promoting adherence to international human rights law and the need for Member States to legislate in a way consistent with, inter alia, the obligations arising out of the Geneva Conventions, the Convention against Torture, the Genocide Convention and the Rome Statute of the ICC; welcomes the progress made in the application of universal jurisdiction in some Member States; in pursuit of greater coherence of internal and external policies, encourages the Council, the Commission and the Member States to incorporate the fight against impunity for serious international crimes in the development of a common EU area of freedom, security and justice;

138.

Asks the Commission, the Council and the Member States to systematically include in the framework of discussions on human rights and fundamental freedoms with third countries the issue of persecution of, or discrimination against, persons on the basis of their sexual orientation, and to take appropriate progressive measures when similar human rights violations take place; requests them to take all necessary initiatives at the international level to stop persecutions based on sexual orientation as well as for decriminalisation, such as the adoption of a resolution on these issues by UN bodies, and decides to sponsor and celebrate every year, on 17 May, the International Day Against Homophobia;

Effectiveness of the European Parliament's interventions in human rights cases

139.

Welcomes Parliament's important role in the human rights sphere, and in safeguarding commitments to improving human rights and democracy throughout the world by scrutinising the activities of other institutions and, in particular, through the Sakharov Prize;

140.

Asks the Council and the Commission to note the study by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation entitled ‘Beyond Activism: The impact of the resolutions and other activities of the European Parliament in the field of human rights outside the European Union’, finalised in October 2006;

141.

Welcomes the activities of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, including regular reports by the Presidency, the Commission and the Personal Representative for Human Rights, exchanges of views (notably with UN Special Rapporteurs and independent experts), numerous hearings, expert testimony and studies; suggests that the impact of its work could be enhanced by systematic association with other committees such as the Committees on Development, International Trade, Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Women's Rights and Gender Equality and Budgets;

142.

Recognises that the Subcommittee on Human Rights has continued to be committed to evaluating the implementation of the EU instruments in the fields of human rights and democracy, with special focus on the EU guidelines on torture, to making the Commission and the Council accountable for their actions in this field, to setting up a constant dialogue with international institutions on human rights issues, to providing a platform of expertise and, at the same time, an input on human rights and democracy aspects in response to reports from the Foreign Affairs Committee, to drafting own-initiative reports on specific human rights instruments, to mainstreaming human rights issues throughout the different bodies of the Parliament (committees and delegations), to organising and preparing the Sakharov Prize award procedure and to providing a platform for a permanent dialogue with civil society representatives;

143.

Stresses the importance of enhanced cooperation with national parliamentarians with a view to coordinating the monitoring of human rights policies; considers that the Subcommittee on Human Rights should seek to open channels of communication and organise meetings with analogous committees of the national parliaments of EU Member States as well as of the third countries;

144.

Calls for a more constructive role for the Subcommittee on Human Rights in the development of consistent and transparent criteria for the selection of urgency topics so as to ensure that parliamentary interventions are timely and have maximum impact; suggests that debates and voting time on urgency resolutions should be reorganised so that the Council may participate;

145.

Recommends full implementation of the guidelines for Parliament delegations on visits to third countries;

146.

Recommends translating resolutions and other key documents relating to human rights issues into the language spoken in the targeted countries;

147.

Welcomes the active role played by the Subcommittee on Human Rights, the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Development and the President of Parliament in standing up to cases of injustice around the world, especially through the award of the Sakharov Prize; considers that Parliament should aim at conferring more than a momentary visibility and that it should better fulfil the expectations raised, e.g. through systematic liaison with former laureates and sustained support; takes the view that the European Parliament should facilitate the establishment of a network of Sakharov Prize laureates, with regular meetings being held in the European Parliament so that the Sakharov Prize laureates may associate themselves with Parliament's activities in the field of human rights; strongly regrets the response of the Burmese and Cuban authorities to Parliament's request for their agreement to the sending of a delegation to visit former Sakharov Prize laureates;

148.

Asks the Subcommittee on Human Rights to raise the profile of public hearings by improving attendance by MEPs and media visibility; calls on the Subcommittee to continue to invite prominent experts and key actors to attend, and to consider extending invitations to third country representatives and heads of EU missions; asks the Subcommittee to draw operational conclusions from all its meetings and exchanges of views with a view to following up on commitments and information obtained and on policy options devised;

149.

Welcomes the resolutions passed by Parliament calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention centre and the contributions that Parliament has made to raising the profile of that centre and its human rights concerns relating thereto; calls on the Council and the Commission to urge the US Government to find a mechanism that will facilitate the charging or releasing of detainees in accordance with international law; welcomes the fact that, in May 2006, Albania became the first country to resettle five Chinese Uighurs from Guantanamo, but regrets that 13 Chinese Uighurs who have been cleared for release by the United States Government remain in Guantanamo Bay as the United States Government has rightly concluded that they cannot be returned to China for fear of torture; calls on the Council, the Commission and Member States to work with the United States Government to facilitate the settlement of all those remaining individuals who the United States has concluded pose no threat to the United States or its allies but who cannot be returned to their home countries for fear of torture; is concerned that the very existence of the Guantanamo Bay detention centre continues to send out a negative signal as to how the fight against terrorism is being pursued;

150.

Considers that the effectiveness of Parliament's work on human rights and democracy could be enhanced by establishing priorities for its actions, notably by focusing on issues where it is possible to reach a broad political consensus; considers that its Subcommittee on Human Rights should set up small working groups to follow each of the human rights guidelines; considers that existing formal powers should be better used to promote human rights, in particular the budgetary powers and the right to give assent;

151.

Recalls its resolution of 18 January 2007 on Gender Mainstreaming in the Work of the Committees (21); calls on its committees to make every reasonable effort to respect gender balance in their activities (including the composition of delegations and invited speakers) and to implement gender action plans put forward by the Members appointed within each Committee as responsible for gender mainstreaming;

152.

Suggests that different policy areas within the European Parliament could be better linked through the work of the committees in charge of human rights, budgets and international trade, in such a way as to improve the integration of budgetary and trade issues in the articulation of human rights concerns, so as to make the latter more realistic in terms of achievement and better attuned to the formal powers of the European Parliament;

153.

Calls on the Council systematically to invite MEPs to attend preparatory and de-briefing sessions, such as those organised with NGOs, for human rights dialogues with third countries as well as European Neighbourhood Policy subcommittees on human rights;

154.

Regards it as a priority to continue to work closely with the United Nations, in particular the UNHRC, and with Council of Europe representatives and bodies; considers that it is also important to establish closer working relations with the ACP, Euro-Mediterranean (EMPA) and Euro-Latin American (Eurolat) parliamentary assemblies in order to exchange specialist knowledge and ensure greater coherence with regard to activities in the field of human rights and democracy;

155.

Acknowledges the work of its Temporary Committee on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transport and illegal detention of prisoners, and the report of that Committee adopted on 14 February 2007 (22); welcomes the efforts to collect information, examine the allegations and establish the facts in that regard and to raise the profile of extraordinary rendition and the use of EU countries by CIA aircraft to transport victims as a breach of human rights and a violation of international law; notes the criticism, as well as the recommendations, addressed to the Council, its Secretary General/High Representative and Member States; notes the role of its competent committees in ensuring the appropriate political follow-up to the above-mentioned report; requests the EU and Member States to work together at all levels to denounce the practice of extraordinary rendition now and in the future;

156.

Welcomes the adoption of its resolution of 1 February 2007 on the human rights situation of the Dalits in India (23);

Resources devoted to human rights work

157.

Welcomes the fact that the Commission now gives greater prominence to human rights in the mandate of heads of Commission delegations in third countries;

158.

Welcomes the fact that, in the ongoing process of renewing the mandates of the EU Special Representatives, a reference to human rights has been added to all the mandates;

159.

Advocates that increased human resources in the human rights area be made available to all Special Representatives appointed by the Council;

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160.

Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Member States and the candidate countries, the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, the governments of the countries and territories mentioned in this resolution, and the offices of the main human rights NGOs based in the EU.


(1)  Council document 13522/1/2006.

(2)  For all relevant basic texts, please consult the table in Annex III to report A6-0128/2007 of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

(3)  OJ C 379, 7.12.1998, p. 265; OJ C 262, 18.9.2001, p. 262; OJ C 293 E, 28.11.2002, p. 88; OJ C 271 E, 12.11.2003, p. 576.

(4)  OJ C 311, 9.12.2005, p. 1.

(5)  OJ C 364, 18.12.2000, p. 1.

(6)  OJ L 317, 15.12.2000, p. 3; OJ L 209, 11.8.2005, p. 27.

(7)  OJ C 291 E, 30.11.2006, p. 409.

(8)  OJ C 290 E, 29.11.2006, p. 107.

(9)  Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2007)0018.

(10)  Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2007)0008.

(11)  OJ L 386, 29.12.2006, p. 1.

(12)  OJ L 53, 22.2.2007, p. 1.

(13)  OJ C 327, 23.12.2005, p. 4.

(14)  OJ L 150, 18.6.2003, p. 67.

(15)  As at 7 February 2007, France, Italy, Latvia, Poland and Spain had signed but not ratified Protocol No. 13.

(16)  Signed but not yet ratified (as of January 2007): Austria (2003), Belgium (2005), Cyprus (2004), Finland (2003), France (2005), Germany (2006), Italy (2003), Luxembourg (2005), the Netherlands (2005), Portugal (2006) and Romania (2007). Signed and ratified: the Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Malta, Estonia and Slovenia. Therefore, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia have so far neither signed nor ratified the OPCAT.

(17)  Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2006)0501.

(18)  OJ L 261, 6.8.2004, p. 19.

(19)  Council Conclusions of 12 December 2005, 15293/1/05 REV 1, Annex, p. 14.

(20)  Regulation (EC) No 1905/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 establishing a financing instrument for development cooperation (OJ L 378, 27.12.2006, p. 41) and Council Regulation (EC) No 1934/2006 of 21 December 2006 establishing a financing instrument for cooperation with industrialised and other high-income countries and territories (OJ L 29, 3.2.2007, p. 16).

(21)  Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2007)0010.

(22)  Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2007)0032.

(23)  Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2007)0016.

P6_TA(2007)0166

Universal moratorium on the death penalty

European Parliament resolution of 26 April 2007 on the initiative for a universal moratorium on the death penalty

The European Parliament,

having regard to its resolution of 1 February 2007 on the initiative in favour of a universal moratorium on the death penalty (1),

having regard to the Guidelines on EU policy towards third countries on the death penalty of 29 June 1998,

having regard to the final declaration of the third World Congress against the Death Penalty held in Paris between 1 and 3 February 2007,

having regard to the statement on abolition of the death penalty delivered on 19 December 2006 in the UN General Assembly by the EU Presidency, which was initially signed by 85 countries in all geographical groups,

having regard to the statement read by the EU Presidency on behalf of the European Union during the fourth session of the UN Human Rights Council on 29 March 2007,

having regard to the public support for a moratorium expressed by the Secretary-General of the UN during his recent visit to Rome,

having regard to Rule 103(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.

whereas the call for a universal moratorium on the death penalty is a strategic move towards the abolition of the death penalty in all countries,

B.

whereas its resolution of 1 February 2007 called on the EU Presidency to urgently submit a resolution to the current UN General Assembly and to keep Parliament informed of the results achieved; whereas at this stage no resolution has been submitted to the current UN General Assembly,

C.

whereas the statement on the death penalty presented by the European Union in the UN General Assembly on 19 December 2006 has now gathered 88 signatures from countries in all geographical groups;

1.

Reiterates its call to the EU Member States to gather third-country support for the statement;

2.

Encourages the EU to seize the existing opportunities and press its case and calls on the EU Member States and the EU to immediately submit — seeking the co-sponsorship of countries in other continents — a resolution for a universal moratorium on the death penalty to the current UN General Assembly;

3.

Calls on the EU Presidency to encourage those remaining countries which have not signed and ratified the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to do so, and those Member States that have not signed Protocol No 13 to the European Convention on Human Rights on the death penalty to do so;

4.

Fully endorses the final declaration of the third World Congress and intends to follow up the Congress, notably by developing the parliamentary dimension of the global campaign against the death penalty and raising the matter through its interparliamentary delegations and participation in the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly;

5.

Calls on the Council and the Commission to take every possible opportunity to support the establishment of regional abolitionist coalitions;

6.

Calls on all institutions of the European Union, together with the Council of Europe, to support the World Day against the Death Penalty by declaring 10 October a European Day against the Death Penalty, from 2007 onwards, and endorses the initiative of organising a high-profile European conference against the death penalty in connection with that day; mandates its President to represent the European Parliament, together with the relevant delegation, on that occasion;

7.

Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the EU Member States, the UN Secretary-General, the Chair of the UN General Assembly and the UN Member States.


(1)  Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2007)0018.

P6_TA(2007)0167

Homophobia in Europe

European Parliament resolution of 26 April 2007 on homophobia in Europe

The European Parliament,

having regard to international instruments guaranteeing human rights and fundamental freedoms and prohibiting discrimination, notably the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR),

having regard to Articles 6 and 7 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and Article 13 of the EC Treaty, which commit the EU and the Community, respectively, as well as the Member States, to upholding human rights and fundamental freedoms and which provide means at European level to fight discrimination and human rights violations,

having regard to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, in particular Article 21 thereof, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation,

having regard to EC activities to fight homophobia and discrimination based on sexual orientation, in particular Council Directive 2000/78/EC of 27 November 2000 establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation (1) and Decision No 771/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2006 establishing the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All (2007) — towards a just society (2),

having regard to its previous resolutions on homophobia, protection of minorities and anti-discrimination policies, and notably to those of 18 January 2006 on homophobia in Europe (3) and of 15 June 2006 on the increase in racist and homophobic violence in Europe (4),

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

A.

whereas Parliament has monitored a proliferation of hate speech targeting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in a number of European countries,

B.

whereas statements and actions by political and religious leaders have a major impact on public opinion, so that they have an important responsibility in contributing positively to a climate of tolerance and equality,

C.

whereas this resolution, like the above-mentioned resolutions, has been triggered by the proliferation of hate speech and other series of worrying events, such as the prohibition by local authorities of holding equality and gay pride marches, the use by leading politicians and religious leaders of inflammatory or threatening language or hate speech, and the failure by the police to provide adequate protection against violent demonstrations by homophobic groups, even while breaking up peaceful demonstrations,

D.

whereas equality and gay pride events are planned throughout Europe and the world in the forthcoming months, with participants and organisers facing possible physical violence, despite their fundamental right to freedom of expression and assembly, as recalled inter alia by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights,

E.

whereas Matteo, a 16-year-old Italian citizen from Turin, recently committed suicide and left two suicide notes citing as the reason for his suicide the bullying that he suffered because of his sexual orientation; whereas civil society organisations in the United Kingdom have signalled an increase in instances of homophobic bullying in secondary schools throughout the United Kingdom; whereas a gay man was bludgeoned to death in the Netherlands solely for his sexual orientation and feminine appearance,

F.

whereas Parliament has repeatedly asked for the completion of the anti-discrimination legislative package based on Article 13 of the EC Treaty, and periodically asks the Commission to propose a directive prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation in all sectors,

G.

whereas in its above-mentioned resolution of 15 June 2006, Parliament has already expressed its serious concern at the situation in Europe and notably in Poland, condemning the declarations of incitement to hatred and violence by the leaders of the Party of the League of Polish Families and, notably, by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education,

H.

whereas in March 2007 the Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education announced draft legislation punishing ‘homosexual propaganda’ in schools, and illustrated its content, which is to provide for dismissing, fining or imprisoning school heads, teachers and pupils in the event of LGBT rights ‘activism’ in schools,

I.

whereas the Polish Deputy Minister for Education confirmed that the administration is drafting such legislation and declared that ‘teachers who reveal their homosexuality will be fired from work’; whereas various members of the Polish Government reacted in different ways, leaving it unclear whether the legislation will in fact be proposed,

J.

whereas the Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education has expressed a desire to promote the adoption of similar laws at European level,

K.

whereas the proposed legislation received the support of the Polish Prime Minister, who declared that ‘promoting a homosexual lifestyle for young people in school as an alternative to normal life goes too far, and that these kinds of initiatives in schools have to be stopped’, thus presenting a distorted interpretation of education and tolerance,

L.

whereas the Polish Ombudsman for Children has stated that she is preparing a list of jobs for which homosexuals are unfit,

M.

whereas in June 2006 the State Prosecutor's office ordered checks on the funding of LGBT organisations in connection with ‘criminal movements’ and their presence in schools, in order to find traces of criminal activities, without any result,

N.

whereas on 8 June 2006 the Polish Government sacked the head of the Centre for Teacher Development and prohibited the distribution of an official Council of Europe anti-discrimination manual, and whereas the new head of the Centre stated on 9 October 2006 that ‘improper patterns must not be present in schools, because the objective of school is to explain the difference between good and evil, beauty and ugliness ... school must explain that homosexual practices lead to drama, emptiness and degeneracy’,

O.

whereas Secretary-General of the Council of Europe Terry Davis reacted to the events described by stating that ‘the Polish Government is free to decide whether it wishes to use Council of Europe material for human rights education, but if the teaching material is optional, the values and principles contained therein are certainly not’ and expressed concern about ‘some policies promoting homophobia ... and homophobic behaviours being accepted by the government’,

P.

whereas the Polish Government has also denied funding for projects sponsored by LGBT organisations in the framework of the European Youth Programme, and illustrated this decision in a letter to those organisations by stating that ‘the policy of the Ministry does not support actions that aim to propagate homosexual behaviour and such an attitude among young people ... [and] the role of the Ministry is not to support cooperation with homosexual organisations’,

Q.

whereas a number of positive developments may also be noted, such as the successful gay pride event in Warsaw in June 2006, the massive demonstration for tolerance and democracy in Warsaw in November 2006 after the banning of a tolerance demonstration in Poznan, the protection of the gay rights march in Krakow in April 2007, and the fact that gay pride marches are no longer systematically banned,

R.

whereas Parliament has asked the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia to conduct an inquiry into the emerging climate of racist, xenophobic and homophobic intolerance in Poland, and has asked the Commission to verify whether the actions and declarations of the Polish Minister for Education are consistent with Article 6 of the TEU, while recalling the sanctions provided for breaching it, and whereas those requests have remained unmet;

1.

Underlines that the European Union is first and foremost a community of values, with respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, democracy and the rule of law, equality and non-discrimination among its most cherished values;

2.

Affirms that the EU institutions and Member States have a duty to ensure that the human rights of people living in Europe are respected, protected and promoted, as provided for by the ECHR, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, Article 6 of the TEU, Council Directive 2000/43/EC of 29 June 2000 implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin (5) and Council Directive 2000/78/EC;

3.

Reiterates its request to the Commission to ensure that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in all sectors is prohibited by completing the anti-discrimination package based on Article 13 of the EC Treaty, without which lesbians, gays, bisexuals and other individuals facing multiple discrimination continue to be at risk of discrimination; calls for a worldwide decriminalisation of homosexuality;

4.

Will mark International Day against Homophobia on 17 May each year;

5.

Urges the Commission to speed up the review of implementation of the anti-discrimination directives and to institute proceedings against Member States in the event of violations of their obligations under Community law;

6.

Reminds all Member States that, in accordance with the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, the right to freedom of assembly may be exercised even when the views of those exercising that right challenge the views of the majority and that, in consequence, discriminatory bans of pride marches, as well as the failure to provide proper protection to those taking part in them, contravene the principles protected by the ECHR; invites all competent authorities, including local authorities, to authorise such marches and protect participants adequately;

7.

Condemns the discriminatory remarks by political and religious leaders targeting homosexuals, since they fuel hate and violence even if later withdrawn, and asks the respective organisations' hierarchies to condemn them;

8.

Reiterates its invitation to all Member States to propose legislation to overcome the discrimination experienced by same-sex couples, and asks the Commission to make proposals to ensure that the mutual recognition principle is applied in this field also, in order to ensure the freedom of movement for all persons in the EU without discrimination;

9.

Expresses its solidarity with, and support for, fundamental rights activists and defenders of equal rights for members of the LGBT community;

10.

Urges the competent Polish authorities to refrain from proposing or adopting legislation as described by the Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education or from implementing intimidating measures against LGBT organisations;

11.

Calls on the competent Polish authorities publicly to condemn and take measures against declarations by public leaders inciting discrimination and hatred based on sexual orientation; believes that any other behaviour would constitute a violation of Article 6 of the TEU;

12.

Requests the Polish authorities to facilitate the implementation of the Year of Equal Opportunities 2007, and requests the Commission to monitor the implementation of the Year, in particular the clause whereby funding is conditional on ensuring that all grounds for discrimination are addressed equally in the national programmes;

13.

Asks the Conference of Presidents to authorise the sending of a delegation to Poland on a factfinding mission, with a view to obtaining a clear picture of the situation and entering into dialogue with all the parties concerned;

14.

Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments of the Member States and the candidate countries, and the Council of Europe.


(1)  OJ L 303, 2.12.2000, p. 16.

(2)  OJ L 146, 31.5.2006, p. 1.

(3)  OJ C 287 E, 24.11.2006, p. 179.

(4)  Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2006)0273.

(5)  OJ L 180, 19.7.2000, p. 22.

P6_TA(2007)0168

Public Finances in the EMU 2006

European Parliament resolution of 26 April 2007 on Public Finances in the EMU 2006 (2007/2004(INI))

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Commission communication entitled ‘Public Finances in EMU 2006 — The first year of the revised Stability and Growth Pact’ (COM(2006)0304),

having regard to the Presidency conclusions of the Stockholm European Council of 23 and 24 March 2001 calling for regular review of the long-term sustainability of public finances, including the expected strains caused by the demographic changes ahead,

having regard to the Commission communication on the long-term sustainability of public finances in the EU (COM(2006)0574),

having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1056/2005 of 27 June 2005 amending Regulation (EC) No 1467/97 on speeding up and clarifying the implementation of the excessive deficit procedure (1),

having regard to the Commission Convergence Report December 2006 (COM(2006)0762),

having regard to the Commission's recommendations on Member States' stability and convergence programmes for 2006-2007,

having regard to the Presidency conclusions of the Brussels European Council of 22 and 23 March 2005 on the review of the Stability and Growth Pact,

having regard to the Commission communications relating to the second report on the practical preparations for the future enlargement of the euro area (COM(2005)0545) and the 2006 Annual Statement on the Euro Area (COM(2006)0392),

having regard to its resolutions of 1 June 2006 on the enlargement of the euro zone (2) and of 14 November 2006 on the 2006 annual report of the euro area (3),

having regard to Rule 45 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (A6-0076/2007),

A.

whereas Member States are expected to maintain their budget deficits below 3% of GDP in line with the rules underpinning the single currency; and whereas that rule has been regularly flouted; whereas whenever the budget deficit is above 3% this can be judged more favourably if it is coupled with high growth and declining debt ratio (excluded privatisation revenue), also bringing down the annual deficit under 3% in the medium term,

B.

whereas the OECD's recent deficit warning calls on the Member States to focus on reforms to consolidate their economic progress by using the economic recovery to cut their budget deficits and by making labour markets more competitive,

C.

whereas the average debt ratio for the euro area was 70,6 % in 2005 and around 69,4 % in 2006 and is projected to fall to 68 % in 2007; whereas the difference between the lowest and the highest debt ratio was in excess of 100 percentage points of GDP in both 2005 and 2006, and the same spread is expected to be maintained in 2007; whereas these figures are still much higher than the reference value of 60 % for the debt-GDP ratio, one of the two pillars of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP),

D.

whereas the average deficit for the euro area was -2,6% of GDP in 2005 and around -2,0% in 2006 and is projected to fall to -1,5% in 2007; whereas the spread in the deficit ratio was close to 9 percentage points in 2005 and 2006 and is projected to fall to around 7 percentage points in 2007,

E.

whereas the average GDP growth rate for the euro area in 2005 was 1,4% and around 2,6% in 2006 and is projected to measure 2,1 % in 2007; whereas the spread in the growth rate in 2005 and 2006 was around 5 percentage points and is projected to remain at around 5 percentage points in 2007; whereas these growth rates are clearly lower than those of other areas of the world,

F.

whereas the unemployment rate in the euro area was 8,6% (12 600 000) in 2005 and went down to 8,1% (11 900 000) in 2006; whereas the unemployment rate is projected to fall to 7,7% (11 500 000) in 2007 and whereas the projected fall shows that deficit reduction enhances economic activity and reduces unemployment,

G.

whereas age-related expenditure is projected to increase by 4% of GDP by 2050; whereas in a number of Member States, as a consequence, age-related public expenditure will increase by 5 % to 13 % of GDP, which will put enormous pressure on the sustainability of their public finances, while growth is projected to fall from 2,4 % during the period 2004 to 2010 to 1,9% during the period 2011 to 2030 and further to 1,2% only during the period 2031 to 2050; whereas declining growth and increased agerelated expenditure may jeopardise the economic and social well-being of European citizens and the social cohesion of our societies, and may put disintegration pressure on the European institutions and common policies,

H.

whereas the Commission and the ECB biennially assess the fulfilment of the Maastricht criteria for adopting the euro by all Member States with a derogation,

Experiences with the revised SGP

1.

Recalls that the main objective of the SGP is to ensure budgetary positions that are close to balance or in surplus over the medium term and the sustainability and stability of government finances, which is essential in view of the upcoming demographic challenges;

2.

Welcomes the fact that a good many Member States have made a considerable effort in trying to meet their obligations with regard to the SGP; points out, however, that it is still too early to evaluate the results obtained following the coming into force of the revised SGP;

3.

Shares the Commission's concerns regarding the implementation of the preventive arm of the SGP, especially with regard to those Member States which have not yet managed to balance their public finances;

4.

Fears that the revised SGP, in particular its corrective arm, if enforced in a lenient way, entails a risk of high and persistent public debt, which could pose a serious threat to balanced public finances and employment opportunities;

5.

Stresses that the attitude of the Member States towards the revised SGP will ultimately decide the success or failure of the SGP; warns that any further revision is unlikely to be accepted by the public or by economic actors;

6.

Is concerned that the different spreads among the Member States in the fields of deficit, debt and growth may widen, which could have the effect of undermining the single currency, stifling economic growth and reducing employment prospects; encourages Member States to implement coordinated economic policies that narrow the identified spreads and lead to further convergence towards lower deficit and debt levels and higher growth;

7.

Is concerned about the slow pace of public debt reduction in some Member States; opposes neverending and inconclusive deficit procedures and therefore urges the Council and the Commission to act in a swift and decisive manner; suggests that the credibility of the excessive deficit procedure be maintained and that Member States continue to be judged according to the same single standard;

8.

Wonders to what extent European growth may be cyclical and draws attention to the need to increase the European Union's growth potential as a means of creating employment; reminds Member States that increased growth and higher employment should lead to a substantial increase in tax revenue, thus reducing the risk of excessive deficits while allowing for substantial reductions in public debt;

9.

Underlines that violations of the SGP could ultimately undermine the common monetary policy and add to the pressure to increase interest rates; emphasises that an independent European Central Bank is essential to maintaining price stability, thereby creating conditions for economic policies that contribute to high levels of growth and employment;

10.

Sees, therefore, an urgent need for the Member States to adapt their fiscal policies to the requirements of the common Economic and Monetary Policy in order further to increase the welfare of European citizens and that a common budgetary timetable and framework should apply to all Member States;

11.

Welcomes the fact that the revised SGP allows for reform programmes to be developed that have realistic deadlines and medium-term budgetary targets;

12.

Agrees that tailor-made reform programmes adapted to Member States' needs should allow for better implementation of the preventive arm of the SGP;

13.

Regrets that Member States do not sufficiently exploit their positive economic situation in order to implement significant structural reforms that increase the efficiency of the markets in goods, services, employment and capital and that in the longer term would ensure fiscal consolidation, economic growth and higher employment;

Challenges ahead

14.

Recalls that the SGP is the main and strongest instrument for the coordination of economic policies in the European Union; stresses that so long as the SGP is implemented consistently and vigorously, the economic policies will continue to lead to higher growth and increased employment;

15.

Is alarmed by the Commission's projections showing a dramatic increase in age-related expenditure whilst long-term growth prospects show a future decline which, taken together, will inevitably put enormous pressure on the sustainability of the Member States' public finances;

16.

Is concerned that six Member States are considered to be exposed to a high risk as regards the longterm sustainability of their public finances as a result of the budgetary impact of ageing populations, while ten other Member States are regarded to be facing a medium risk, and only nine Member States a low risk;

17.

Urges that such a major EU budgetary challenge be addressed; recalls that the reduction of public debt should be accelerated during periods of economic upturn whilst avoiding pro-cyclical measures and implementing structural and tax reforms to improve the economic performance of Member States; encourages Member States to use the current upswing in the economy to conduct necessary reforms in the labour market, services sector and reduce administrative burdens on business; considers that there is still room and a need for further acceleration in investment activity and thus calls for structural reforms and additional measures that would permanently improve the investment climate and boost investment;

18.

Calls for the reorientation of public expenditure towards physical and human capital accumulation and the creation of public-private partnerships operating in areas such as innovation, renewable energies, education and training, research, information technologies, telecommunication, and transportation networks;

19.

Welcomes the fact that projections made by Member States for 2007 and 2008 have incorporated the GDP deficit reduction of 0,5% foreseen by the revised SGP; shares the Commission's concerns that the average annual structural adjustment for 2006 does not reach that target; is convinced that given the good economic prospects there is scope for structural adjustment going far beyond the recommended 0,5% in most Member States;

20.

Urges Member States to avoid unsubstantiated budgetary projections and to refrain from one-off measures and creative accounting; advises the Council to ensure that Member States running an unsustainable public debt render new public debt either unconstitutional or unlawful by 2015, thus drawing on the best practices of certain Member States and regions in the European Union; recommends that the Commission prepare a study on best practices concerning the statistical governance of fiscal data reporting and the accounting of public assets and liabilities in Member States;

21.

Welcomes the recent agreements of the Eurogroup to jointly discuss budgetary projections in order to determine ex ante the appropriate fiscal strategy for the respective following year, and is convinced that a public debate on those projections should take place in the European Parliament together with representatives of national parliaments;

22.

Recommends exploring whether to set a uniform calendar for budgetary procedures across the European Union, while extending the budgetary planning beyond the current one-year span; takes the view that Member States' budget planning must be based on uniform assumptions regarding key economic parameters to be uniformly assessed and established across the European Union;

23.

Warns Member States to report statistics that are of a high standard to the Commission in order to ensure that public deficit and debt can be compared; encourages the Commission to check vigorously the quality of statistics reported by Member States; urges the Commission to take every step necessary, including penalty measures, to ensure that Member States provide high-quality, reliable , uniform and comparable statistics, incorporating all present and future liabilities (such as pensions and health care); invites the Commission to complete its work rapidly;

24.

Agrees with the Commission that independent institutions and specific rules concerning budgetary balance have a very positive influence on Member States' medium-term objectives and on the long-term stability of balanced public finances;

25.

Notes that in its latest convergence report in December 2006 the Commission considers that most of the assessed Member States have made progress, but that none presently meets all of the necessary conditions for adopting the euro;

26.

Recalls that the Maastricht criteria against which the Commission makes its assessment must be applied in an even way, that is, without, in particular circumstances, making it more difficult for Member States to join the euro-zone or interpreting the criteria in a lenient way;

27.

Encourages the Commission to explore the advantages of establishing national independent bodies in charge of determining the annual level of deficit consistently with the medium-term objective of a balanced budget;

28.

Welcomes the efforts of the Council and the Commission to improve statistical governance reporting of fiscal data with a recommendation to Member States on EU-wide standards concerning statistical institutes, including principles on professional independence, the confidentiality, reliability, and timeliness of data, and the adequacy of resources of statistical institutes and improved monitoring rights for the Commission;

29.

Considers that there is room for improvement in the accounting of public assets and implicit liabilities in order to increase transparency and comparability and to provide a sounder basis for taking decisions; considers that the Commission should launch an initiative in this field;

30.

Deplores the lack of policy coordination in the euro-zone, draws attention to the divergence in fiscal policies of the Member States in the euro-zone and is concerned about possible antagonistic effects of such a lack of coordination; encourages further research into the different kinds of and measures relating to structural and macroeconomic reform and their interaction and mutual impact at different phases of the economic cycle in order to identify the best possible means of strengthening public finances while at the same time achieving the Lisbon Strategy;

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31.

Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the governments and parliaments of the Member States.


(1)  OJ L 174, 7.7.2005, p. 5.

(2)  OJ C 298 E, 8.12.2006, p. 249.

(3)  Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2006)0485.

P6_TA(2007)0169

Recent repression of demonstrations in Russia

European Parliament resolution of 26 April 2007 on Russia

The European Parliament,

having regard to the objectives of consolidating democracy and political freedoms in the Russian Federation, as laid down in the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Russian Federation, of the other part (PCA) (1), which entered into force in 1997 and expires in 2007,

having regard to the EU-Russia human rights dialogue,

having regard to its previous resolutions on Russia, and in particular to its resolution of 25 October 2006 on EU-Russia relations following the murder of the Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya (2) and its resolution of 13 December 2006 on the EU-Russia Summit in Helsinki on 24 November 2006 (3),

having regard to Rule 115(5) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.

whereas Russian opposition members rallied in Moscow's Pushkin Square on 14 April 2007; whereas the so-called Dissenters' March was organised by Another Russia, an umbrella group which includes various movements with different political backgrounds,

B.

whereas minutes after the march began, the 2 000 protesters found themselves outnumbered by more than four to one by security forces, who quickly dispersed the activists, beating and briefly detaining those who sought to break through the riot-control lines,

C.

whereas among those detained were the leader of the United Civic Front, former world chess champion Gari Kimovič Kasparov and Maria Gaidar, the daughter of Russia's first post-Soviet reformist prime minister; whereas former prime minister Mikhail Mikhailovitch Kasyanov only avoided arrest because his bodyguards helped him to escape; whereas many journalists, including ARD correspondent Stephan Stuchlik, who tried to capture the events and disseminate them to the West, were also beaten and arrested,

D.

whereas on 15 April 2007 another protest, albeit far smaller, organised by the same grouping, was broken up in a similar way in St Petersburg, though Gari Kimovič Kasparov was detained before the protest even began and some demonstrators were arrested pre-emptively whilst en route to the event,

E.

whereas Vladimir Petrovich Lukin, Russia's human rights ombudsman, said that he believed police in both cities had exceeded their authority and whereas Valentina Ivanovna Matviyenko, the governor of St Petersburg, ordered an investigation into human rights violations that took place at the rally in St Petersburg,

F.

whereas the Russian authorities, in the run-up to the parliamentary and presidential elections, are putting increased pressure on opposition groups and non-governmental organisations to refrain from any activities directed against the president and the government and to prevent the media from reporting any such activities,

G.

whereas democracy has been weakened in Russia, in particular by the bringing of all major TV stations and most radio stations under government control, the spread of self-censorship among the print media, new restrictions on the right to organise public demonstrations and a worsening climate for NGOs,

H.

whereas the right of free assembly is a fundamental part of the democratic principles and human rights standards that Russia has committed itself to upholding and repeatedly expressed its commitment to; whereas those principles and values are also the basis for the strategic partnership between the EU and Russia,

I.

whereas as a member of the United Nations, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Council of Europe, the Russian Federation has undertaken to respect freedom of speech and assembly; whereas observance of those principles is of particular importance in view of the forthcoming elections in Russia;

1.

Strongly condemns the use of excessive force by the Russian anti-riot police during last weekend's peaceful demonstrations in Moscow and St Petersburg, and calls on the Russian authorities to comply with their international obligations and to respect freedom of expression and freedom of assembly;

2.

Condemns, in particular, the repressive actions of the security forces against journalists carrying out their professional duty; regards such assaults on the media as unacceptable;

3.

Calls on the Russian authorities to order an investigation into the human rights violations that took place at both rallies and to identify and bring to justice those responsible for the violations;

4.

Encourages the Russian State Duma to set up a working group to investigate why such force was used against peaceful demonstrators;

5.

Urges the Commission and the Council to express those concerns clearly in their contacts with the Russian Government, in particular during the next EU-Russian Summit, to be held on 18 May 2007 in Samara;

6.

Calls on the Russian leadership to do its utmost to avoid any repetition of those regrettable events, in particular in the run-up to the next presidential and Duma elections, and to guarantee all political parties and movements a chance to take part in the democratic process; calls on the Central Election Commission and on the Russian judiciary to be vigilant, objective and impartial in scrutinising the campaign and election processes;

7.

Is deeply disturbed by an emerging pattern of use of excessive force by the Russian authorities towards opposition activists, which raises deep concern as regards democracy and respect for human rights in the Russian Federation;

8.

Reiterates its call for the EU-Russia Human Rights Dialogue to be stepped up so as to make it more effective and result-oriented, while fully involving the European Parliament at all levels, with a view to strengthening that element in the new PCA, which is due to be negotiated soon;

9.

Emphasises that, in order to achieve visible progress as regards democracy in Russia, the EU common policy and Member States' bilateral relations with Russia should be guided by jointly agreed principles and common positions;

10.

Urges the Russian authorities to fully respect, during the run-up to the parliamentary and presidential elections, the democratic standards and principles laid down by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Council of Europe; calls on the Council of Europe to investigate the human rights violations that took place at the rallies in Moscow and St Petersburg;

11.

Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Council of Europe and the Government and Parliament of the Russian Federation.


(1)  OJ L 327, 28.11.1997, p. 1.

(2)  Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2006)0448.

(3)  Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2006)0566.

P6_TA(2007)0170

Kidnapping in Gaza of the journalist Alan Johnston

European Parliament resolution of 26 April 2007 on the kidnapping in Gaza of the journalist Alan Johnston

The European Parliament,

having regard to Rule 115(5) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.

whereas BBC journalist Alan Johnston was abducted at gunpoint on 12 March 2007 while returning home in Gaza City and his whereabouts have remained unknown since that date,

B.

whereas Mr Johnston has remained in Gaza for the past three years during a period of increased violence, precisely to report on what is happening in Gaza to the outside world,

C.

whereas the Palestinian media community, public and politicians from all sides have condemned the kidnapping and are calling for his immediate release and an end to all kidnappings, proving the extent to which his work is appreciated by the local population,

D.

whereas the Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has confirmed publicly that there is credible evidence that Mr Johnston is alive, that he is being held in secure conditions and that there is some information as to which group is holding him,

E.

whereas no group has claimed responsibility for Mr Johnston's abduction, which has been condemned by President Abbas and all the heads of the leading Palestinian movements,

F.

whereas, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), 15 foreign journalists have been kidnapped in the Gaza Strip since August 2005, and thousands of journalists around the world face the threat of kidnapping, violence and intimidation on a daily basis,

G.

whereas the BBC retains a justified reputation as one of the world's leading broadcasters, upholding the values of impartiality, objectivity and fairness in its reporting,

H.

whereas press freedom is of primary importance for democracy and respect for humans rights and fundamental freedoms, given its essential role in guaranteeing the free expression of opinions and ideas and in contributing to people's effective participation in democratic processes;

1.

Calls for Mr Johnston to be immediately and unconditionally released unharmed and returned to safety;

2.

Expresses its warm support for Mr Johnston's family in these difficult circumstances, and for his BBC colleagues and management, who have been campaigning tirelessly to build public and political support for his release;

3.

Pays tribute to Mr Johnston's record as a journalist of the highest integrity, with a record of sixteen years working for the BBC and, in particular, the past three years spent in Gaza, where he has been the only permanently-based foreign journalist from a major media organisation;

4.

Expresses solidarity with the IFJ and its member unions, including the Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate, in their efforts to secure Mr Johnston's release and their campaign for a new global commitment to ending threats to independent journalism; recalls in this regard the appeal delivered by the IFJ to the leaders of the Palestinian National Authority on 19 April 2007, with the signatures of 197 Members of the European Parliament;

5.

Calls on the Palestinian National Authority to redouble its efforts to secure Mr Johnston's speedy release, to ensure that journalists in Gaza are able to carry out their duties free from the threat of kidnap and harassment and to ensure that all attacks against journalists and other civilians are investigated thoroughly and those responsible brought to justice;

6.

Calls on the European Commission's Technical Assistance Office to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the diplomatic representatives of the EU Member States and the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) to strengthen and coordinate their efforts to secure Mr Johnston's release and support the Palestinian National Authority's efforts in this regard;

7.

Condemns this and all other acts of violence and intimidation against the free exercise of journalism and freedom of expression; stresses that the safety of journalists must be treated as a priority by all those attached to an open and democratic society and to progress towards peace everywhere, in line with the unanimously agreed United Nations Security Council Resolution S/RES/1738 (2006) adopted on 23 December 2006;

8.

Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the High Representative for the CFSP, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the President of the Palestinian National Authority, the Palestinian Legislative Council and the UN Secretary-General.

P6_TA(2007)0171

Human rights situation in the Philippines

European Parliament resolution of 26 April 2007 on the human rights situation in the Philippines

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Report of the independent Commission to Address Media and Activist Killings, chaired by Justice Jose Melo (the Melo Commission), which was released on 22 February 2007,

having regard to the preliminary report by Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions,

having regard to the statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Martin Scheinin, of 12 March 2007,

having regard to the pledges the Philippine Government gave to the international community prior to its election to the UN Human Rights Council,

having regard to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment of 1984, as ratified by the Philippines on 18 June 1986, and its First and Second Optional Protocols allowing, respectively, individual complaints and visits to detention facilities by independent bodies,

having regard to the UN International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance of 2006,

having regard to the Congressional and local elections in the Philippines scheduled for 14 May 2007, and the EU observer mission to be deployed,

having regard to the 16th EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting Joint Co-Chairmen's Statement of 15 March 2007,

having regard to the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) of Foreign Ministers scheduled for 28 and 29 May 2007 in Hamburg,

having regard to the Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union of 26 June 2006 on the complete abolition of the death penalty in the Philippines,

having regard to the European Commission's Country Strategy Paper (CSP) and the National Indicative Programme (NIP) 2005-2006 for the Philippines,

having regard to its previous resolutions on the Philippines,

having regard to Rule 115(5) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.

whereas in recent years the number of politically motivated killings in the Philippines has dramatically risen and the human rights situation in the country gives reason for serious concern,

B.

whereas the local human rights organisation Karapatan has recorded 180 forced disappearances and over 800 killings, most of them by unidentified gunmen, since 2001,

C.

whereas most of those killed, such as opposition party members, church people, community leaders, peasants, journalists, lawyers, human rights activists, trade unionists or simply witnesses of extra-judicial killings, have been accused by government representatives of being members of front organisations for illegal armed groups and ‘terrorists’,

D.

whereas the President of the Republic of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, has appointed the above mentioned Melo Commission to examine the problem and a national-level police task force (Task Force Usig) to investigate the killings promptly and to prosecute the perpetrators,

E.

whereas both the findings of the Melo Commission and the results of the investigations by the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions indicate the involvement of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in those political killings and whereas attacks rarely result in the arrest, charge or prosecution of the murderers,

F.

whereas the Melo Commission's recommendations include: the creation of an independent civilian investigative agency with authority to execute warrants and make arrests; training for prosecutors; the creation of Special Courts to handle these cases; enhancement of the Witness Protection Programme; increasing the investigative capabilities of the police; and orientation and training for security forces,

G.

whereas as a follow-up to the recommendations of the Melo Commission, President Arroyo has issued a 6-point plan to stop extrajudicial killings, including an order to the Department of Justice to broaden and enhance the Witness Protection Programme, requests to the Supreme Court to create Special Courts to try those accused of killings of a political or ideological nature, to the AFP to issue a new document on Command Responsibility and to the Department of Justice and the Department of National Defence to coordinate with the independent Melo Commission on Human Rights and an order to the Department of Foreign Affairs to submit a formal request to the European Union, Spain, Finland and Sweden to send investigators to assist the Commission,

H.

whereas recent anti-terrorist measures adopted by the Government give rise to serious concern regarding the possible breaches of human rights of the persons detained on the basis of this law;

1.

Expresses its grave concern at the increasing number of political killings that have occurred in recent years in the Philippines and urges the Philippine authorities to make the necessary investigations in a timely, thorough and transparent manner and to bring those responsible to justice;

2.

Condemns in the strongest terms the murder of Mrs Siche Bustamante-Gandinao, a dedicated human rights activist who was killed just days after testifying to the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and is concerned about the lack of any police investigation concerning this important case;

3.

Takes the view that the adoption of the Human Security Act 2007, which will enter into force in July 2007, is liable to further increase the incidence of human rights violations by the Security Forces because it will allow arrest without warrant and arbitrary detention for up to three days; calls in this respect upon the Government of the Philippines to introduce concrete protection measures to avoid human rights abuses that could result from the application of this law;

4.

Denounces attacks on legal opposition groups, and calls on the authorities to put an end to allegations of collusion between peaceful opposition groups and illegal armed groups;

5.

Welcomes the establishment and the recommendations of the Melo Commission and the establishment of the Task Force Usig, as well as President Arroyo's declaration of 30 January 2007 that she has ‘no tolerance for human rights violations’, as a first step;

6.

Calls upon the Philippine Government to adopt measures to end the systematic intimidation and harassment of witnesses in connection with prosecutions for killings and to ensure truly effective witness protection; stresses also the need to stop inciting violence towards certain political or civil-society groups and to restore normal accountability mechanisms to check government abuses; calls particularly in this respect on the Philippine Ombudsman to take seriously his constitutional role in responding to extrajudicial killings attributed to public officials;

7.

Views positively the 6-point plan of the Government to end the political killings; stresses, however, that the Government of the Philippines must show real commitment to investigating those killings and a readiness to bring those responsible for them, including representatives of the security forces, to justice; notes that so far most police investigations have tended to be flawed;

8.

Welcomes the signing by President Arroyo on 24 June 2006 of legislation abolishing the death penalty in the Philippines (Act No. 9346 or ‘An Act Prohibiting the Imposition of Death Penalty in the Philippines’); also calls on the Philippine authorities to ratify the newly adopted UN Convention on Enforced Disappearances and to adopt implementing legislation;

9.

Is concerned that the climate of impunity has a corrosive impact on public confidence in the rule of law and that the killings are creating a climate in which people in the Philippines do not feel free to exercise their rights of political expression and association;

10.

Appeals to President Arroyo to take immediate action in order to prevent the risk of the further escalation of violence before and during the upcoming polls;

11.

Calls on the Government of the Philippines to guarantee the security of those applying for the redistribution of land under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Programme (CARP) and to expedite the implementation of the land reform programme in order to curb one of the root causes of political violence;

12.

Welcomes the Commission's announcement that it will contribute to the Philippine Government's efforts with regard to the inquiries into extrajudicial killings by sending a team of experts;

13.

Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the UN Human Rights Council, the governments of the ASEAN Member States and the Government and Parliament of the Philippines.

P6_TA(2007)0172

Zimbabwe

European Parliament resolution of 26 April 2007 on Zimbabwe

The European Parliament,

having regard to its resolutions of 15 January 2004 (1), 16 December 2004 (2), 7 July 2005 (3) and 7 September 2006 (4),

having regard to the Emergency Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit of 28-29 March 2007, held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,

having regard to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly Bureau's Declaration of 21 March 2007 the on the ill-treatment of the Zimbabwean opposition MP Nelson Chamisa,

having regard to Council Common Position 2007/120/CFSP (5)of 19 February 2007 renewing restrictive measures against Zimbabwe until 20 February 2008,

having regard to Commission Regulation (EC) No 236/2007 (6) extending the list of those persons in Zimbabwe targeted by the restrictive measures,

having regard to the Declaration on Zimbabwe of the African Civil Society Forum 2007 of 24 March 2007,

having regard to the International Crisis Group's report of 5 March 2007 entitled ‘Zimbabwe: An End to the Stalemate?’,

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

A.

whereas this month marks the 27th anniversary of Zimbabwean independence but the Zimbabwean people have yet to gain their freedom,

B.

whereas members of the opposition parties, civil society groups and individuals in Zimbabwe are assaulted and/or arbitrarily arrested, and are victims of police and government security service brutality in a climate of systematic political violence aimed at destroying the structures of the opposition and civil society before the 2008 elections,

C.

whereas, since the violent break-up of the opposition gathering of 11 March 2007, in which two people were killed, more than 300 members of civil society groups and opposition parties have been arrested,

D.

whereas the Bureau of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly has stated that it ‘condemns the brutal attack on its colleague Nelson Chamisa in the strongest possible terms’,

E.

whereas the country's political and economic situation has now been deteriorating for eight years and Zimbabweans continue to face serious food shortages, with the World Food Programme providing emergency food aid to 1,5 million Zimbabweans in the first three months of 2007 but calculating that over 4,5 million suffer from malnutrition,

F.

whereas life expectancy in Zimbabwe is now among the lowest in the world, at 37 for men and 34 for women, and 20 % of adults are HIV-positive, with over 3 200 people dying each week from the disease, creating the world's highest orphan rate,

G.

whereas 80 % of the population is living below the poverty line, the country has an unemployment rate of 80 % in the formal sector and the few Zimbabweans who are in employment do not earn enough to meet even their basic needs, suffering from massive de-skilling, corruption, prohibitive school fees and the collapse of the health system and vital services,

H.

whereas a third of Zimbabwe's population live within the borders of neighbouring countries, millions of Zimbabweans have already fled the country and currently 50 000 Zimbabweans are fleeing the country each month,

I.

whereas alarm is growing within the region at the repercussions of Zimbabwe's economic disaster on neighbouring countries,

J.

whereas all forms of gathering of over three people are now subject to prior police consent under the Public Order and Security Act as a consequence of the amendments made by President Robert Mugabe to the Constitution prior to February 2007, and whereas media laws are repressive and the Electoral Act is undemocratic,

K.

whereas many Zimbabweans do not receive information on the violence the security forces have unleashed on the opposition and civil society activists because of the absence of any independent daily press and media; whereas, however, the stories of the victims of violence are widespread,

L.

whereas, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), every African country will enjoy positive economic growth in 2007 with the exception of Zimbabwe, whose economy has contracted by 40 % in the last decade and will contract by a further 5,7 % this year; whereas Zimbabwe moved into technically defined ‘hyper-inflation’ when its annualised inflation rate surged to 2 200 % in March 2007 and whereas, according to the IMF, that rate could top 5 000 % by the end of the year,

M.

whereas, according to the Zimbabwean Chamber of Mines, the gold mining sector, which is the country's biggest exporter and accounts for 52 % of its mineral output, is facing collapse; whereas the Zimbabwe tobacco industry, which accounts for approximately 50 % of the country's foreign exchange, is facing a similar position with the start of the 2007 tobacco selling season being postponed; and whereas agricultural productivity has fallen by 80 % since 1998,

N.

whereas the development of Africa is a priority for the Western democracies, whereas aid alone can achieve little and whereas African governments are expected to commit themselves to democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights,

O.

whereas the African Union (AU), the SADC and in particular South Africa all have vital roles to play in resolving the crisis, and whereas the SADC meeting on 28-29 March 2007 was a significant step in this direction;

1.

Strongly condemns the Mugabe dictatorship for its relentless oppression of the Zimbabwean people, opposition parties and civil society groups and its destruction of the Zimbabwean economy, which has deepened the misery of millions of Zimbabweans;

2.

Welcomes the Council Conclusions of 23 April 2007 expressing strong concern at the rapidly deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe and the wide-scale human rights abuses still taking place in the country, and urges the Zimbabwean Government to honour its own commitments, as a signatory to the SADC Treaty and the Protocols thereto, the Constitutive Act of the AU, the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights and the New Partnership for Africa's Development, to democratic principles, human rights and the rule of law;

3.

Deplores the fact that, despite the condition of the country, regional and international criticism and a 27-year rule, Robert Mugabe was again endorsed as the Zimbabwe African National Union — Patriotic Front's (Zanu-PF) candidate for President in 2008 by its central committee and that a campaign of intimidation is already taking place in order to destroy the structures of the opposition and civil society and to ensure the result of the parliamentary and presidential elections;

4.

Calls again on Robert Mugabe to abide by his own promise to stand down, sooner rather than later, which would be the largest single step possible towards reviving Zimbabwean society, politics and the economy;

5.

Strongly condemns the violent break-up of the Save Zimbabwe Campaign prayer rally organised on 11 March 2007 by opponents of Mugabe; condemns, in particular, the murders and expresses profound sorrow at the deaths of Gift Tandare, an opposition activist, who was shot and whose body was snatched and secretly buried without his family's knowledge , Itai Manyeruke, who died a day later after being severely beaten up by the police, and the journalist Edmore Chikomba on 30 March 2007;

6.

Strongly condemns the attacks on opposition leaders and the subsequent arrest of Morgan Tsvangirai, Chairman of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Nelson Chamisa, Grace Kwinjeh, Lovemore Madhuku, William Bango, Sekai Holland, Tendai Biti, Arthur Mutambara and many others, their brutal treatment by the police forces and the prohibition on seeking medical treatment outside Zimbabwe; deeply deplores the fact that several other participants in the gathering were savagely assaulted by the Zimbabwe police; expresses deep consternation at the fact that on the same occasion Zimbabwe's Information Minister, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, rejected the reports of police brutality and torture, instead accusing the opposition of attacking the police;

7.

Protests at the re-arrest of MDC members including Morgan Tsvangirai and others on 28 March 2007, the continued detention of many opposition activists, including Ian Makone, special adviser to Mr Tsvangirai, the renewed attacks against MDC members, the on-and-off court trials they face on unsustainable charges and the ongoing arrests and abductions of suspected opposition members;

8.

Finds unacceptable the attack on Nelson Chamisa, perpetrated on his way to Harare airport, where he was to take a flight to attend the meetings of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU JPA);

9.

Is deeply concerned by the news that 56 women belonging to Zimbabwe's NGO ‘Women of Zimbabwe Arise’ were arrested on 23 April 2007 and that ten of their babies were jailed with them;

10.

Strongly condemns the indiscriminate police and army violence against civilians, as took place on the eve of the Easter holiday, with heavily armed riot police assaulting people waiting for transport to their holiday destinations — a tactic which is clearly designed to sow terror;

11.

Calls on the Government of Zimbabwe to restore the rule of law and to immediately halt violent attacks on opposition and civil society groups and individuals, to end ‘disappearances’ and arbitrary detentions, to end torture and the abuse of detainees, to respect the courts and members of the legal profession, and to respect and uphold the rights to freedom of expression and assembly;

12.

Calls on the Government of Zimbabwe to begin an immediate process to end the country's crisis by agreeing to a credible road map for a democratic transition, the immediate restoration of the rule of law, a framework for free and fair elections under international supervision, and transitional guarantees of nonpartisan control of key state institutions such as the army and the police;

13.

Calls also for the necessary constitutional changes to be enacted and for the Electoral Commission to be properly empowered as a genuinely independent body able to oversee the conduct of free and fair elections, through a transparent system, and considers that an essential part of this process will be complete control of ballot papers, properly audited from beginning to end with a reliable record of how many ballot papers have been printed, how many are distributed to each district and how many are validly used;

14.

Offers, in this regard, its assistance in the implementation of any agreed process that will establish the basis for truly free and fair elections, including the deployment of an EU Election Observation Mission, and trusts that other organisations, such as the Commonwealth, will also be invited to send electoral observers;

15.

Welcomes the new-found unity of purpose among opposition parties and groups in Zimbabwe, including all elements of the MDC, the Churches and the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), and their determination to work together in defiance of government oppression in order to bring democracy and freedom to the people;

16.

Welcomes the recognition by SADC that a crisis exists in Zimbabwe and the appointment of President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa to facilitate dialogue between Zanu-PF and the opposition MDC; supports the frank assessments of the situation in Zimbabwe by Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa, Ghanaian President John Kuffour, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo; emphasises that there are no economic sanctions against Zimbabwe, only restrictive measures targeted at the Mugabe regime; welcomes the SADC's initiative in seeking a solution that will benefit both the citizens of Zimbabwe and the region as a whole; and urges the entire international community, and particularly African nations, to seize this opportunity;

17.

Trusts that the mediation of South African President Mbeki will bring an end to the current cycle of violence and intimidation, without which his mandate to facilitate dialogue between the opposition and the Government in Zimbabwe and a wide national dialogue beyond Zanu-PF and the MDC, including Church leaders, business, trade unions and other civil society players, cannot be adequately fulfilled;

18.

Supports the student movement in Zimbabwe, whose leaders and activists are continually arrested, beaten and harassed, and the ongoing campaign of the ZCTU, and applauds their bravery in having staged a two-day ‘national stay-away’, denouncing the incapacity of Mugabe to stop the economic collapse of the country, despite the fact that there were reports of police brutality and that the ZCTU's leaders were severely assaulted by police after their last demonstration in 2006; regrets that no constructive engagement is possible with a violent government;

19.

Deplores the renewed declaration by the Zimbabwe Government of its intention to harass and close down NGOs which it deems to be supporting opposition and political change, and sees this threat as a serious indication of bad faith on the part of the government in relation to finding a way forward for the country;

20.

Calls on the Council to ensure that all Member States rigorously apply existing restrictive measures, including the arms embargo and the travel ban, emphasising that Zimbabwe cannot be treated as a separate issue from the EU's wider relations with Africa; calls, therefore, on the Council to ensure that no banned persons are invited to, or attend, the planned EU-Africa Summit in Lisbon in December 2007; considers that weakness in the application of targeted sanctions severely undermines the EU's policy towards Zimbabwe and gravely disappoints those in Zimbabwe who seek the support of the international community;

21.

Calls on the Council further to expand the scope of the targeted restrictive measures and to enlarge the list of banned individuals so that it encompasses even more of Mugabe's power structure, including government ministers, deputies and governors, military personnel, the Central Intelligence Organisation and police personnel, and the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe;

22.

Observes that the EU is the most important donor to Zimbabwe, with total funding of EUR 193 million in 2006, of which the total funding from the EU Member States amounts to EUR 106,9 million and the total funding from the Commission amounts to EUR 86,1 million, and that EUR 94,7 million alone go to food and humanitarian and emergency aid and EUR 49,9 million to human and social development; deeply regrets, however, that the Mugabe regime manipulates such support, particularly food aid, using it as a political weapon with which to punish those who dare voice opposition to the regime;

23.

Insists that all aid for Zimbabwe must be delivered through genuine non-governmental organisations and must reach the people for whom it is intended without being intercepted in any way by agents of the Mugabe regime;

24.

Calls on the United Kingdom, which assumed the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council in April 2007, to put Zimbabwe on the agenda of the Security Council, and expects that South Africa will play a constructive role as a non-permanent member of the Security Council;

25.

Repeats its demand that the Mugabe regime derive absolutely no financial benefit or propaganda value from either the run-up to the 2010 World Cup or the tournament itself; in this regard, calls on South Africa, the host nation, and on FIFA to exclude Zimbabwe from participating in pre-World Cup matches, holding international friendly games or hosting national teams involved in the event;

26.

Welcomes the initiative of the ACP-EU JPA of sending a joint delegation to Zimbabwe to ascertain the situation on the ground, calls on the ACP-EU JPA to carry out this investigation as soon as possible and calls on the Government of Zimbabwe to grant access to Zimbabwe to all members of such a delegation; stresses that the delegation should be given access to all areas of civil society and should not be restricted to meeting government-organised groups; requests the Commission to organise a visit to Zimbabwe and urges the authorities in Zimbabwe to cooperate with regard to the idea of a visit;

27.

Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the Government and Parliament of Zimbabwe, the Government and Parliament of South Africa, the Secretary-General of the Southern African Development Community, the Co-Presidents of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, the Chairmen of the Commission and Executive Council of the African Union, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, the Secretary General of the United Nations, the governments of the G8 countries and the President of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).


(1)  OJ C 92 E, 16.4.2004, p. 417.

(2)  OJ C 226 E, 15.9.2005, p. 358.

(3)  OJ C 157 E, 6.7.2006, p. 491.

(4)  Texts Adopted, P6_TA(2006)0358.

(5)  OJ L 51, 20.2.2007, p. 25.

(6)  Commission Regulation (EC) No 236/2007 of 2 March 2007 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 314/2004 concerning certain restrictive measures in respect of Zimbabwe (OJ L 66, 6.3.2007, p. 14).