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Document C2004/087E/02

MINUTES
Tuesday 18 November 2003

OJ C 87E , 7.4.2004, p. 19–69 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)

7.4.2004   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

CE 87/19


MINUTES

(2004/C 87 E/02)

PROCEEDINGS OF THE SITTING

IN THE CHAIR: Pat COX

President

1.   Opening of sitting

The sitting opened at 09.05.

2.   Announcement by the President

The President made a statement condemning the bomb attack of 12 November 2003 in Nasiriya which had killed 19 Italians and 8 Iraqis, and injured many others.

He indicated that he had already expressed, on behalf of Parliament, his sympathy to the families of the victims, the President of the Italian Republic, Mr Ciampi, the President of the Italian Council, Mr Berlusconi, the Minister of Defence, Mr Martino, the police, the Armed Forces and the people of Italy.

Parliament observed a minute's silence.

3.   Debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (announcement of motions for resolutions tabled)

Pursuant to Rule 50, the following Members or political groups had requested that such a debate be held on the following motions for resolution:

I.

SRI LANKA

John Walls Cushnahan, Thomas Mann, Philip Charles Bradbourn and Bernd Posselt, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, on Sri Lanka (B5-0490/2003),

Margrietus J. van den Berg and Maria Carrilho, on behalf of the PSE Group, on the situation in Sri Lanka (B5-0492/2003),

Gerard Collins, on behalf of the UEN Group, on the threat to the peace process in Sri Lanka (B5-0495/2003),

Ole Andreasen, on behalf of the ELDR Group, on the political situation in Sri Lanka (B5-0498/2003),

Reinhold Messner and Jean Lambert, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, on the peace process in Sri Lanka (B5-0505/2003),

Luigi Vinci, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, on Sri Lanka (B5-0510/2003);

II.

ACEH

Margrietus J. van den Berg and Linda McAvan, on behalf of the PSE Group, on the situation in the Aceh province of Indonesia (B5-0491/2003),

Ulla Margrethe Sandbæk, on behalf of the EDD Group, on the situation in Aceh (B5-0495/2003),

Ole Andreasen, on behalf of the ELDR Group, on Indonesia/Aceh (B5-0497/2003),

John Bowis, Charles Tannock and Bernd Posselt, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, on the situation in the Aceh province of Indonesia (B5-0501/2003),

Matti Wuori, Nelly Maes and Patricia McKenna, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, on the situation in the Aceh province, Indonesia (B5-0507/2003),

Giuseppe Di Lello Finuoli, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, on Indonesia/Aceh (B5-0508/2003);

III.

VIETNAM: FREEDOM OF RELIGION

Margrietus J. van den Berg, on behalf of the PSE Group Group, on freedom of religion in Vietnam (B5-0493/2003),

Bastiaan Belder, on behalf of the EDD Group, on Vietnam, freedom of religion (B5-0494/2003),

Anne André-Léonard, on behalf of the ELDR Group, on the absence of freedom of religion in Vietnam (B5-0499/2003),

Hartmut Nassauer, Bernd Posselt and Thomas Mann, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, on Vietnam: freedom of religion (B5-0502/2003),

Roberta Angelilli, on behalf of the UEN Group, on Vietnam: freedom of religion (B5-0503/2003),

Patricia McKenna, Marie Anne Isler Béguin and Monica Frassoni, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, on the absence of freedom of religion in Vietnam and the deliberate elimination of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) (B5-0506/2003),

Jonas Sjöstedt, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group Group, on human rights in Vietnam (B5-0509/2003).

Speaking time would be allocated in accordance with Rule 120.

4.   Legislative and work programme for 2004 — Eurostat (statement followed by debate)

Commission statement: Legislative and work programme for 2004

Oral question by María Antonia Avilés Perea, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, to the Commission, on Eurostat (B5-0415/2003)

Romano Prodi (President of the Commission), seconded the remarks made by the President, and then made the statement and answered the oral question.

Roberto Antonione (President-in-Office of the Council) spoke.

The following spoke: Hans-Gert Poettering, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Enrique Barón Crespo, on behalf of the PSE Group, Nicholas Clegg, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Freddy Blak, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Monica Frassoni, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Mogens N.J. Camre, on behalf of the UEN Group, Jens-Peter Bonde, on behalf of the EDD Group, Marco Pannella, Non-attached Member, and Françoise Grossetête.

IN THE CHAIR: Gerhard SCHMID

Vice-President

The following spoke: Johannes (Hannes) Swoboda, Ole B. Sørensen, Theodorus J.J. Bouwman, Roberta Angelilli, Jeffrey William Titford, Francesco Enrico Speroni, James E.M. Elles and Helmut Kuhne.

IN THE CHAIR: José PACHECO PEREIRA

Vice-President

The following spoke: Jan Mulder, Nelly Maes, Georges Berthu, José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Margrietus J. van den Berg, Giovanni Procacci, María Antonia Avilés Perea, Pervenche Berès, Joseph Daul, Anna Terrón i Cusí, Hartmut Nassauer, Manuel Medina Ortega, Jonathan Evans, Christa Prets, Arie M. Oostlander, Herbert Bösch, Diemut R. Theato, Paulo Casaca, Hubert Pirker, Proinsias De Rossa, Othmar Karas, Konstantinos Hatzidakis, Gabriele Stauner, Christopher Heaton-Harris, Generoso Andria, Juan José Bayona de Perogordo and Romano Prodi.

IN THE CHAIR: Pat COX

President

The following spoke: Hans-Gert Poettering on the statement by Romano Prodi, Enrique Barón Crespo, Daniel Marc Cohn-Bendit, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Graham R. Watson, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Francis Wurtz, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, and Cristiana Muscardini, on behalf of the UEN Group on the remarks by Hans-Gert Poettering.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 17.11.2003, Item 17.

VOTING TIME

Details of voting (amendments, separate and split votes, etc.) appear in Annex I to the Minutes.

5.   COM for hops * (Rule 110a) (vote)

Report on the proposal for a Council regulation amending Regulation (EEC) No 1696/71 on the common organisation of the market in hops [COM(2003) 0562 — C5-0460/2003 — 2003/0216(CNS)] — Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

Rapporteur: Joseph Daul (A5-0380/2003)

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: Annex I, Item 1)

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted by single vote (P5_TA(2003)0487).

6.   EC accession to the International Plant Protection Convention * (Rule 110a) (vote)

Report on the proposal for a Council decision approving the accession of the European Community to the International Plant Protection Convention, as revised and approved by Resolution 12/97 of the Twentyninth Session of the FAO Conference in November 1997. [COM(2003) 0470 — C5-0392/2003 — 2003/0178(CNS)] — Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

Rapporteur: Joseph Daul (A5-0379/2003)

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: Annex I, Item 2)

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted by single vote (P5_TA(2003)0488).

7.   High activity sealed radioactive sources * (Rule 110a) (vote)

Report on the proposal for a Council directive on the control of high activity sealed radioactive sources [COM(2003) 18 — C5-0019/2003 — 2003/0005(CNS)] — Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy.

Rapporteur: Françoise Grossetête (A5-0363/2003)

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: Annex I, Item 3)

COMMISSION PROPOSAL, AMENDMENTS and DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted by single vote (P5_TA(2003)0489).

8.   Signs at external border crossing points * (Rule 110a) (vote)

Report on the initiative of the Hellenic Republic with a view to adopting a Council decision determining the minimum indications to be used on signs at external border crossing points [8830/2003 — C5-0253/2003 — 2003/0815(CNS)] — Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs.

Rapporteur: Gérard M.J. Deprez (A5-0366/2003)

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: Annex I, Item 4)

INITIATIVE OF THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC, AMENDMENTS and DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted by single vote (P5_TA(2003)0490).

9.   Counterfeit euros * (Rule 110a) (vote)

Report on the proposal for a Council decision concerning the analysis and cooperation with regard to counterfeit euro coins [13203/2003 — C5-0471/2003 — 2003/0158(CNS)] — Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs.

Rapporteur: Gerhard Schmid (A5-0377/2003)

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: Annex I, Item 5)

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted by single vote (P5_TA(2003)0491).

10.   Recruitment of officials for enlargement * (Rule 110a) (vote)

Report on the proposal for a Council regulation introducing, on the occasion of the accession of Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, special temporary measures for recruitment of officials of the European Communities [COM(2003) 0351 — C5-0287/2003 — 2003/0123(CNS)] — Committee on Legal Affairs and the Internal Market.

Rapporteur: Manuel Medina Ortega (A5-0382/2003)

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: Annex I, Item 6)

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted by single vote (P5_TA(2003)0492).

11.   Community financial aid to trans-European networks ***I (vote)

Report on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council regulation amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2236/95 laying down general rules for the granting of Community financial aid in the field of trans-European networks [COM(2003) 220 — C5-0199/2003 — 2003/0086(COD)] — Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy.

Rapporteur: Imelda Mary Read (A5-0374/2003)

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: Annex I, Item 7)

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved (P5_TA(2003)0493)

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted (P5_TA(2003)0493).

12.   Pan-European e-government services ***I (vote)

Report on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council decision on Interoperable Delivery of pan-European e-Government Services to Public Administrations, Businesses and Citizens (IDABC) [COM(2003) 406 — C5-0310/2003 — 2003/0147(COD)] — Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy.

Rapporteur: Imelda Mary Read (A5-0375/2003)

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: Annex I, Item 8)

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended (P5_TA(2003)0494)

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted (P5_TA(2003)0494).

13.   Excise duties on petrol and commercial diesel fuel * (vote)

Report on the proposal for a Council directive amending Directive 92/81/EEC and Directive 92/82/EEC to introduce special tax arrangements for diesel fuel used for commercial purposes and to align the excise duties on petrol and diesel fuel [COM(2002) 410 — C5-0409/2002 — 2002/0191(CNS)] — Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Rapporteur: Piia-Noora Kauppi (A5-0383/2003)

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: Annex I, Item 9)

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Rejected

Pursuant to Rule 68(3), the matter was referred back to the committee responsible.

The following spoke:

Piia-Noora Kauppi, rapporteur, asked that the proposal for rejection of the Commission proposal be put to the vote first as presented by the committee responsible in the draft legislative resolution. Robert Goebbels supported her request. The President said he could not agree to this as no such proposal to reject had been tabled and the vote on the amendments took priority. Robert Goebbels pointed out that the ECON Committee had voted by a large majority in favour of rejection. The rapporteur then moved an oral amendment to reject the Commission proposal. As more than 32 Members opposed this, the oral amendment was not considered. Johannes (Hans) Blokland then asked what had happened to the rejecting amendment adopted in committee. The President replied that no such amendment had in fact been tabled for plenary and that he was therefore bound, under the provisions of Rule 130(1), to put the amendments to the vote before the original proposal.

Loyola de Palacio (Vice-President of the Commission) gave the Commission's position following the rejection of the Commission proposal.

14.   Investment in research (vote)

Report on the communication on investing in research: an action plan for Europe [COM(2003) 226 — C5-0381/2003 — 2003/2148(INI)] — Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy.

Rapporteur: Rolf Linkohr (A5-0389/2003)

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: Annex I, Item 10)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted (P5_TA(2003)0495).

15.   Implementation of the Telecommunications Regulatory Package (vote)

Report on the Eighth Report from the Commission on the implementation of the Telecommunications Regulatory Package [COM(2002) 695 — 2003/2090(INI)] — Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy.

Rapporteur: Nicholas Clegg (A5-0376/2003)

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: Annex I, Item 11)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted (P5_TA(2003)0496).

16.   Explanations of vote

Written explanations of vote:

Explanations of vote submitted in writing under Rule 137(3) appear in the verbatim report of proceedings for this sitting.

17.   Corrections to votes

Corrections to votes were submitted by the following Members:

Report Daul — A5-0379/2003

single vote

for: James (Jim) Fitzsimons, Christian Foldberg Rovsing, Joan Colom i Naval, Ria G.H.C. Oomen-Ruijten

Report Linkohr — A5-0389/2003

paragraph 28

against: Isabelle Caullery, Nicole Thomas-Mauro

Report Clegg — A5-0376/2003

resolution (as a whole)

for: Robert J.E. Evans, Bernard Poignant

END OF VOTING TIME

(The sitting was suspended at 12.55 and resumed at 15.05.)

IN THE CHAIR: Giorgos DIMITRAKOPOULOS

Vice-President

18.   Approval of Minutes of previous sitting

The following spoke: Ioannis Patakis, who enlarged upon remarks he had made concerning the attack in Iraq (Item 10) and Efstratios Korakas, who pointed out that his remarks on the situation in the Baltic States (Item 10) bore no connection to those of Charles Tannock.

The Minutes of the previous sitting were approved.

19.   Enhancing ship and port facility security *** I (debate)

Report on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council regulation on enhancing ship and port facility security [COM(2003) 229 — C5-0218/2003 — 2003/0089(COD)] — Committee on Regional Policy, Transport and Tourism.

Rapporteur: Rosa Miguélez Ramos (A5-0385/2003).

Loyola de Palacio (Vice-President of the Commission) spoke.

Rosa Miguélez Ramos introduced the report.

The following spoke: Marcelino Oreja Arburúa (draftsman of the opinion of the LIBE Committee), Christos Folias (draftsman of the opinion of the ITRE Committee), Georg Jarzembowski, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Bernard Poignant, on behalf of the PSE Group, Herman Vermeer, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Josu Ortuondo Larrea, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Dominique F.C. Souchet, Non-attached Member, Efstratios Korakas, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Konstantinos Hatzidakis, Samuli Pohjamo, Françoise Grossetête, Carlos Ripoll y Martínez de Bedoya, Sérgio Marques, Daniel Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Piia-Noora Kauppi and Loyola de Palacio.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 19.11.2003, Item 8.

20.   Market access to port services ***III (debate)

Report on the joint text, approved by the Conciliation Committee, of a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on market access to port services [PE-CONS 3670/2003 — C5-0461/2003 — 2001/0047(COD)].

Rapporteur: Georg Jarzembowski (A5-0364/2003)

Georg Jarzembowski introduced the report.

Loyola de Palacio (Vice-President of the Commission) spoke.

IN THE CHAIR: Alejo VIDAL-QUADRAS ROCA

Vice-President

The following spoke: Konstantinos Hatzidakis, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Wilhelm Ernst Piecyk, on behalf of the PSE Group, Herman Vermeer, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Erik Meijer, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Theodorus J.J. Bouwman, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Alain Esclopé, on behalf of the EDD Group, Koenraad Dillen, Non-attached Member, Gilles Savary, Dirk Sterckx, Sylviane H. Ainardi, Nelly Maes, Rijk van Dam, Carlos Ripoll y Martínez de Bedoya, Jan Marinus Wiersma, Samuli Pohjamo, Helmuth Markov, Jan Dhaene, Bent Hindrup Andersen, Brigitte Langenhagen, Juan de Dios Izquierdo Collado, Freddy Blak, Josu Ortuondo Larrea, Peter Pex, Anne E.M. Van Lancker, Ilda Figueiredo, Bart Staes, Marianne L.P. Thyssen, Mark Francis Watts, Arlette Laguiller, Inger Schörling, Luigi Cocilovo, Proinsias De Rossa, Miet Smet and Loyola de Palacio

IN THE CHAIR: Alonso José PUERTA

Vice-President

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 20.11.2003, Item 8.

21.   Question Time (Commission)

Parliament considered a number of questions to the Commission (B5-0414/2003).

First part

Question 33 by John Purvis: International Ship and Port Security Code.

Poul Nielson (Member of the Commission) answered the question and a supplementary by John Purvis.

Question 34 by Marialiese Flemming: Liberalisation of the water supply.

Poul Nielson answered the question and a supplementary by Marialiese Flemming.

Question 35 by Ewa Hedkvist Petersen: Trafficking of human beings.

António Vitorino (Member of the Commission) answered the question and a supplementary by Ewa Hedkvist Petersen.

Second part

Question 36 by Richard Corbett: Competition policy in diamond sector.

Mario Monti (Member of the Commission) answered the question and a supplementary by Richard Corbett.

Question 37 lapsed as its author was absent.

Question 38 by Claude Moraes: Reconstruction of Iraq.

Poul Nielson answered the question and supplementaries by Claude Moraes and Camilo Nogueira Román.

Question 39 by John Walls Cushnahan: Application of the EC-Israel Association Agreement.

Question 41 by Luisa Morgantini: Application of the EC-Israel Association Agreement.

Question 42 by Jacques F. Poos: Application of the EC-Israel Association Agreement.

Question 43 by Jan Dhaene: Application of the EC-Israel Association Agreement.

Question 44 by Johanna L.A. Boogerd-Quaak: Application of the EC-Israel Association Agreement.

Question 45 by Bartho Pronk: Application of the EC-Israel Association Agreement.

Poul Nielson answered the questions and supplementaries by John Walls Cushnahan, Ulla Margrethe Sandbæk, Luisa Morgantini, Jacques F. Poos, Jan Dhaene, Johanna L.A. Boogerd-Quaak and Bartho Pronk.

Question 46 by Patricia McKenna: Debt cancellation for low-income countries.

Poul Nielson answered the question and a supplementary by Patricia McKenna.

Question 47 by Glenys Kinnock: Capacity-building.

Poul Nielson answered the question and a supplementary by Glenys Kinnock.

Bill Newton Dunn spoke on the conduct of Question Time.

Question 48 by Bernd Posselt: Abortion and population programmes.

Poul Nielson answered the question and supplementaries by Bernd Posselt, Piia-Noora Kauppi and Paul Rübig.

Question 49 by Christos Zacharakis: Contraventions of democratic process in the local elections in Albania.

Poul Nielson answered the question.

Christos Zacharakis spoke.

Avril Doyle spoke on the conduct of Question Time and in particular on the fact that questions appearing in the third part would not receive oral answers. The President replied that Question Time had been held in accordance with the Rules of Procedure and bore the standard practice of the House.

Questions which had not been answered for lack of time would receive written answers.

Commission Question Time closed.

(The sitting was suspended at 19.05 and resumed at 21.00.)

IN THE CHAIR: Renzo IMBENI

Vice-President

22.   Cancer screening * (debate)

Report on the proposal for a Council recommendation on cancer screening [COM(2003) 230 — C5-0322/2003 — 2003/0093(CNS)] — Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy.

Rapporteur: Antonio Mussa (A5-0381/2003)

David Byrne (Member of the Commission) spoke.

Antonio Mussa introduced the report.

The following spoke: Karin Jöns (draftsman of the opinion of the FEMM Committee), Ria G.H.C. Oomen-Ruijten, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Catherine Stihler, on behalf of the PSE Group, Frédérique Ries, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Didier Rod, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, John Bowis, Minerva Melpomeni Malliori, Proinsias De Rossa and David Byrne.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 19.11.2003, Item 11

23.   European Network and Information Security Agency ***I (debate)

Report on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council regulation on establishing the European Network and Information Security Agency [COM(2003) 63 — C5-0058/2003 — 2003/0032(COD)] — Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy.

Rapporteur: Reino Paasilinna (A5-0353/2003)

Erkki Liikanen (Member of the Commission) spoke.

Massimo Baldini (President-in-Office of the Council).

Reino Paasilinna introduced the report.

The following spoke: Charlotte Cederschiöld (draftsman of the opinion of the LIBE Committee), W.G. van Velzen, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Erika Mann, on behalf of the PSE Group, Elly Plooij-van Gorsel, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Malcolm Harbour, Neena Gill, Erkki Liikanen, W.G. van Velzen, who asked the Council to answer his question, and Massimo Baldini, who answered.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 19.11.2003, Item 9.

24.   Waste shipments ***I (debate)

Report on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council regulation on shipments of waste [COM(2003) 379 — C5-0365/2003 — 2003/0139(COD)] — Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy.

Rapporteur: Johannes (Hans) Blokland (A5-0391/2003)

Margot Wallström (Member of the Commission) spoke.

Johannes (Hans) Blokland introduced the report.

The following spoke: María del Pilar Ayuso González, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Proinsias De Rossa, on behalf of the PSE Group, Alexander de Roo, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Avril Doyle, Patricia McKenna, Piia-Noora Kauppi and Margot Wallström.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 19.11.2003, Item 15.

25.   Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection (debate)

Report on the Commission communication: ‘Towards a Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection’ [COM(2002) 179 — C5-0328/2002 — 2002/2172(COS)] — Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy.

Rapporteur: Cristina Gutiérrez-Cortines (A5-0354/2003)

Cristina Gutiérrez-Cortines introduced the report.

Margot Wallström (Member of the Commission) spoke.

The following spoke: Rijk van Dam (draftsman of the opinion of the RETT Committee), Patricia McKenna, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, and Jean-Louis Bernié.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 19.11.2003, Item 17.

26.   Major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances ***III (debate)

Report on the joint text approved by the Conciliation Committee for a European Parliament and Council directive amending Council Directive 96/82/EC on the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances [PE-CONS 3665/2003 — C5-0435/2003 — 2001/0257(COD)].

Rapporteur: Giorgio Lisi (A5-0365/2003)

Giorgio Lisi introduced the report.

Margot Wallström (Member of the Commission) spoke.

Christine De Veyrac spoke on behalf of the PPE-DE Group.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 19.11.2003, Item 7.

27.   Identification and registration of sheep and goats * (debate)

Report on the proposal for a Council regulation establishing a system for the identification and registration of ovine and caprine animal and amending Regulation (EEC) No 3508/92 [COM(2002) 729 — C5-0027/2003 — 2002/0297(CNS)] — Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

Rapporteur: Gordon J. Adam (A5-0386/2003)

David Byrne (Member of the Commission) spoke.

Gordon J. Adam introduced the report.

The following spoke: Neil Parish, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, María Rodríguez Ramos, on behalf of the PSE Group, Elspeth Attwooll, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Eurig Wyn, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Encarnación Redondo Jiménez, Jonathan Evans, James Nicholson, Avril Doyle, David Byrne and Gordon J. Adam

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 19.11.2003, Item 12.

28.   Agenda for next sitting

The President referred Members to the document ‘Agenda’ PE 337.907/OJME.

29.   Closure of sitting

The sitting closed at 23.55.

Julian Priestley

Secretary-General

James L. C. Provan

Vice-President


ATTENDANCE REGISTER

The following signed:

Aaltonen, Abitbol, Adam, Nuala Ahern, Ainardi, Alavanos, Almeida Garrett, Alyssandrakis, Andersen, Andersson, Andreasen, André-Léonard, Andrews, Andria, Angelilli, Aparicio Sánchez, Arvidsson, Atkins, Attwooll, Auroi, Averoff, Avilés Perea, Ayuso González, Bakopoulos, Balfe, Baltas, Banotti, Barón Crespo, Bartolozzi, Bastos, Bayona de Perogordo, Beazley, Bébéar, Berend, Berenguer Fuster, Berès, van den Berg, Bergaz Conesa, Berger, Berlato, Bernié, Berthu, Beysen, Bigliardo, Blak, Blokland, Bodrato, Böge, Bösch, von Boetticher, Bonde, Boogerd-Quaak, Booth, Bordes, Borghezio, Boudjenah, Boumediene-Thiery, Bourlanges, Bouwman, Bowis, Bradbourn, Bremmer, Breyer, Brunetta, Buitenweg, van den Burg, Bushill-Matthews, Busk, Butel, Callanan, Calò, Camisón Asensio, Campos, Camre, Cappato, Cardoso, Carlotti, Carnero González, Carraro, Casaca, Cashman, Caudron, Caullery, Cauquil, Cederschiöld, Cercas, Cerdeira Morterero, Ceyhun, Chichester, Claeys, Clegg, Cocilovo, Coelho, Cohn-Bendit, Collins, Colom i Naval, Corbett, Corbey, Cornillet, Corrie, Raffaele Costa, Coûteaux, Cox, Crowley, Cushnahan, van Dam, Dary, Daul, Davies, De Clercq, Decourrière, Dehousse, De Keyser, Dell'Alba, Della Vedova, De Mita, Deprez, De Rossa, De Sarnez, Descamps, Désir, Deva, De Veyrac, Dhaene, Díez González, Dillen, Dimitrakopoulos, Di Pietro, Doorn, Dover, Doyle, Dührkop Dührkop, Duff, Duhamel, Dupuis, Dybkjær, Ebner, Echerer, El Khadraoui, Elles, Eriksson, Esclopé, Ettl, Jonathan Evans, Robert J.E. Evans, Färm, Fatuzzo, Fava, Ferber, Fernández Martín, Ferrández Lezaun, Ferreira, Ferrer, Ferri, Fiebiger, Figueiredo, Fiori, Fitzsimons, Flautre, Flemming, Flesch, Florenz, Folias, Ford, Formentini, Foster, Fourtou, Frahm, Fraisse, Frassoni, Friedrich, Fruteau, Gahler, Gahrton, Galeote Quecedo, Garaud, García-Margallo y Marfil, García-Orcoyen Tormo, Gargani, Garot, Garriga Polledo, Gasòliba i Böhm, de Gaulle, Gawronski, Gemelli, Ghilardotti, Gill, Gillig, Gil-Robles Gil-Delgado, Glante, Glase, Gobbo, Goebbels, Goepel, Gollnisch, Gomolka, Goodwill, Gorostiaga Atxalandabaso, Gouveia, Graefe zu Baringdorf, Graça Moura, Gröner, Grönfeldt Bergman, Grosch, Grossetête, Gutiérrez-Cortines, Guy-Quint, Hager, Hannan, Hansenne, Harbour, Hatzidakis, Haug, Hazan, Heaton-Harris, Hedkvist Petersen, Helmer, Hernández Mollar, Herranz García, Herzog, Honeyball, Hortefeux, Howitt, Hudghton, Hughes, Huhne, van Hulten, Hume, Hyland, Iivari, Ilgenfritz, Imbeni, Inglewood, Isler Béguin, Izquierdo Collado, Izquierdo Rojo, Jarzembowski, Jean-Pierre, Jeggle, Jensen, Jöns, Jové Peres, Junker, Karamanou, Karas, Karlsson, Kastler, Katiforis, Kaufmann, Kauppi, Keppelhoff-Wiechert, Keßler, Khanbhai, Kindermann, Glenys Kinnock, Kirkhope, Klamt, Klaß, Knolle, Koch, Konrad, Korakas, Korhola, Koukiadis, Koulourianos, Krarup, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kronberger, Kuhne, Kuntz, Lage, Lagendijk, Laguiller, Lalumière, Lamassoure, Lambert, Lang, Lange, Langen, Langenhagen, Lannoye, de La Perriere, Laschet, Lavarra, Lechner, Lehne, Leinen, Liese, Linkohr, Lipietz, Lisi, Lombardo, Ludford, Lulling, Lund, Lynne, Maat, Maaten, McAvan, McCarthy, McCartin, MacCormick, McKenna, McMillan-Scott, McNally, Maes, Malliori, Manders, Manisco, Erika Mann, Thomas Mann, Mantovani, Marchiani, Marinho, Marini, Marinos, Markov, Marques, Marset Campos, Martens, David W. Martin, Hans-Peter Martin, Hugues Martin, Martínez Martínez, Mastorakis, Mathieu, Matikainen-Kallström, Mauro, Hans-Peter Mayer, Xaver Mayer, Mayol i Raynal, Medina Ortega, Meijer, Méndez de Vigo, Menéndez del Valle, Mennea, Mennitti, Menrad, Miguélez Ramos, Miller, Miranda de Lage, Modrow, Mombaur, Monsonís Domingo, Montfort, Moraes, Morgan, Morgantini, Morillon, Müller, Mulder, Murphy, Muscardini, Musotto, Mussa, Musumeci, Myller, Naïr, Napoletano, Napolitano, Naranjo Escobar, Nassauer, Newton Dunn, Nicholson, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Niebler, Nisticò, Nobilia, Nogueira Román, Nordmann, Ojeda Sanz, Olsson, Ó Neachtain, Onesta, Oomen-Ruijten, Oostlander, Oreja Arburúa, Ortuondo Larrea, Paasilinna, Pacheco Pereira, Paciotti, Pack, Pannella, Parish, Pasqua, Pastorelli, Patakis, Patrie, Paulsen, Pérez Álvarez, Perry, Pesälä, Pex, Piecyk, Piétrasanta, Pirker, Pittella, Plooij-van Gorsel, Podestà, Poettering, Pohjamo, Poignant, Pomés Ruiz, Poos, Posselt, Prets, Procacci, Pronk, Provan, Puerta, Purvis, Queiró, Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Rack, Radwan, Rapkay, Raschhofer, Raymond, Read, Redondo Jiménez, Ribeiro e Castro, Ries, Riis-Jørgensen, Ripoll y Martínez de Bedoya, Rocard, Rod, Rodríguez Ramos, de Roo, Roth-Behrendt, Rothley, Roure, Rovsing, Rübig, Rühle, Ruffolo, Sacconi, Sacrédeus, Saint-Josse, Sakellariou, Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Sandberg-Fries, Sandbæk, Sanders-ten Holte, Santer, Santini, dos Santos, Sartori, Sauquillo Pérez del Arco, Savary, Scallon, Scarbonchi, Schaffner, Scheele, Schierhuber, Schleicher, Gerhard Schmid, Olle Schmidt, Schmitt, Schnellhardt, Schörling, Ilka Schröder, Jürgen Schröder, Schroedter, Schulz, Schwaiger, Segni, Seppänen, Sichrovsky, Sjöstedt, Skinner, Smet, Soares, Sörensen, Sommer, Sornosa Martínez, Souchet, Souladakis, Sousa Pinto, Speroni, Staes, Stauner, Stenmarck, Stenzel, Sterckx, Stevenson, Stihler, Stirbois, Stockmann, Stockton, Sturdy, Sudre, Sumberg, Suominen, Swiebel, Swoboda, Sylla, Sørensen, Tajani, Tannock, Terrón i Cusí, Theato, Theorin, Thomas-Mauro, Thorning-Schmidt, Thors, Thyssen, Titford, Titley, Torres Marques, Trakatellis, Trentin, Turchi, Turco, Turmes, Twinn, Uca, Vachetta, Väyrynen, Vairinhos, Valdivielso de Cué, Vallvé, Van Hecke, Van Lancker, Van Orden, Varaut, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Vatanen, van Velzen, Vermeer, de Veyrinas, Vidal-Quadras Roca, Villiers, Vinci, Virrankoski, Vlasto, Volcic, Wachtmeister, Walter, Watson, Watts, Weiler, Wenzel-Perillo, Whitehead, Wiersma, Wijkman, von Wogau, Wuermeling, Wuori, Wurtz, Wyn, Wynn, Zabell, Zacharakis, Zappalà, Zimeray, Zimmerling, Zissener, Zorba, Zrihen.

Observers:

Bagó Zoltán, Balsai István, Bastys Mindaugas, Bekasovs Martijans, Beneš Miroslav, Beňová Monika, Bielan Adam, Bonnici Josef, Christodoulidis Doros, Chronowski Andrzej, Chrzanowski Zbigniew, Ciemniak Grażyna, Cilevičs Boriss, Cybulski Zygmunt, Demetriou Panayiotis, Didžiokas Gintaras, Ékes József, Figel' Jan, Filipek Krzysztof, Frendo Michael, Gałażewski Andrzej, Gawłowski Andrzej, Giertych Maciej, Grabowska Genowefa, Gruber Attila, Grzebisz-Nowicka Zofia, Grzyb Andrzej, Gyürk András, Heriban Jozef, Holáň Vilém, Ilves Toomas Hendrik, Jaskiernia Jerzy, Kalisz Ryszard, Kāposts Andis, Kelemen András, Klich Bogdan, Kłopotek Eugeniusz, Klukowski Wacław, Konečná Kateřina, Kósa Kovács Magda, Kowalska Bronisława, Kozlík Sergej, Kreitzberg Peeter, Kriščiūnas Kęstutis, Kroupa Daniel, Kuzmickas Kęstutis, Kvietkauskas Vytautas, Laar Mart, Landsbergis Vytautas, Lepper Andrzej, Libicki Marcin, Lisak Janusz, Litwiniec Bogusław, Lydeka Arminas, Łyżwiński Stanisław, Macierewicz Antoni, Maldeikis Eugenijus, Mallotová Helena, Maštálka Jiří, Őry Csaba, Palečková Alena, Pasternak Agnieszka, Pęczak Andrzej, Pieniążek Jerzy, Pīks Rihards, Plokšto Artur, Podgórski Bogdan, Protasiewicz Jacek, Pusz Sylwia, Reiljan Janno, Rouček Libor, Rutkowski Krzysztof, Sefzig Luděk, Ševc Jozef, Siekierski Czesław, Smoleń Robert, Smorawiński Jerzy, Surján László, Szczygło Aleksander, Tabajdi Csaba, Tomczak Witold, Vaculík Josef, Valys Antanas, Vareikis Egidijus, Vastagh Pál, Vella George, Vėsaitė Birutė, Widuch Marek, Wikiński Marek, Wiśniowska Genowefa, Wittbrodt Edmund, Wojciechowski Janusz, Żenkiewicz Marian, Žiak Rudolf.


ANNEX I

RESULTS OF VOTES

Abbreviations and symbols

+

adopted

-

rejected

lapsed

W

withdrawn

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

roll-call vote (for, against, abstentions)

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

electronic vote (for, against, abstentions)

split

split vote

sep

separate vote

am

amendment

CA

compromise amendment

CP

corresponding part

D

deleting amendment

=

identical amendments

§

paragraph

art

article

rec

recital

MOT

motion for a resolution

JT MOT

joint motion for a resolution

SEC

secret ballot

1.   COM for hops *

Report: DAUL (A5-0380/2003)

Subject

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

single vote

 

+

 

2.   EC accession to the International Plant Protection Convention *

Report: DAUL (A5-0379/2003)

Subject

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

single vote

RCV

+

482, 3, 16

3.   High activity sealed radioactive sources *

Report: GROSSETÊTE (A5-0363/2003)

Subject

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

single vote

 

+

 

4.   Signs at external border crossing points *

Report: DEPREZ (A5-0366/2003)

Subject

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

single vote

 

+

 

5.   Counterfeit euros *

Report: SCHMID (A5-0377/2003)

Subject

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

single vote

 

+

 

6.   Recruitment of officials for enlargement *

Report: MEDINA ORTEGA (A5-0382/2003)

Subject

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

single vote

 

+

 

7.   Community financial aid to trans-European networks ***I

Report: READ (A5-0374/2003)

Subject

Amendment No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

vote: proposal for a regulation

 

+

 

vote: legislative resolution

 

+

 

8.   Pan-European e-government services ***I

Report: READ (A5-0375/2003)

Subject

Amendment No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

amendments by committee responsible — block vote

1-5

committee

 

+

 

vote: amended proposal

 

+

 

vote: legislative resolution

 

+

 

9.   Excise duties on petrol and commercial diesel fuel *

Report: KAUPPI (A5-0383/2003)

Subject

Amendment No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

art 8c

(Directive 92/81/EEC)

6

ELDR

 

-

 

7

ELDR

 

-

 

art 5a, §§ 1 and 2

(Directive 92/82/EEC)

8

ELDR

 

-

 

17

Verts/ALE

 

-

 

remainder of art 5a

(Directive 92/82/EEC)

9

ELDR

 

-

 

10

ELDR

 

-

 

11

ELDR

 

-

 

annex

12

ELDR

 

-

 

recital 1

1 D

ELDR

 

-

 

recital 11

13

Verts/ALE

 

-

 

after recital 11

2

ELDR

 

-

 

recital 14

14

Verts/ALE

 

-

 

after recital 14

15

Verts/ALE

 

-

 

recital 15

16

Verts/ALE

 

-

 

recital 16

3

ELDR

 

-

 

recital 18

4

ELDR

 

-

 

recital 19

5

ELDR

 

-

 

vote: amended proposal

 

-

 

vote: legislative resolution

 

 

referral back to committee (Rule 68(3))

10.   Investment in research

Report: LINKOHR (A5-0389/2003)

Subject

Amendment No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

§ 5

 

original text

split

 

 

1

+

 

2

+

 

§ 9

 

original text

sep

+

 

after § 9

1

PSE

EV

+

311, 193, 2

§ 26

 

original text

sep

+

 

§ 27

 

original text

sep

+

 

§ 28

 

original text

RCV

+

379, 131, 2

vote: resolution (as a whole)

 

+

 

Requests for roll-call votes

Verts/ALE: § 28

Requests for separate vote

Verts/ALE: §§ 9, 26, 27

Requests for split votes

Verts/ALE

§ 5

1st part: up to ‘... science and technology’

2nd part: remainder

11.   Implementation of the Telecommunications Regulatory Package

Report: CLEGG (A5-0376/2003)

Subject

Amendment No

Author

RCV, etc.

Vote

RCV/EV — remarks

vote: resolution (as a whole)

RCV

+

429,31,36

Requests for roll-call votes

PPE-DE: final vote


ANNEX II

RESULT OF ROLL-CALL VOTES

1.   Daul report A5-0379/2003

Resolution

For: 482

EDD: Abitbol, Andersen, Bernié, Blokland, Bonde, Butel, Coûteaux, van Dam, Esclopé, Kuntz, Mathieu, Raymond, Saint-Josse, Sandbæk

ELDR: Andreasen, André-Léonard, Boogerd-Quaak, Busk, Clegg, Davies, De Clercq, Duff, Dybkjær, Flesch, Formentini, Gasòliba i Böhm, Huhne, Jensen, Ludford, Lynne, Maaten, Manders, Monsonís Domingo, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Nordmann, Olsson, Paulsen, Pesälä, Plooij-van Gorsel, Pohjamo, Procacci, Ries, Riis-Jørgensen, Sanders-ten Holte, Schmidt, Sterckx, Sørensen, Thors, Väyrynen, Vallvé, Van Hecke, Vermeer, Virrankoski, Watson

GUE/NGL: Ainardi, Alavanos, Alyssandrakis, Bakopoulos, Blak, Bordes, Boudjenah, Caudron, Cauquil, Dary, Di Lello Finuoli, Eriksson, Fiebiger, Figueiredo, Frahm, Fraisse, Herzog, Jové Peres, Kaufmann, Korakas, Koulourianos, Krarup, Laguiller, Manisco, Markov, Marset Campos, Meijer, Morgantini, Naïr, Patakis, Puerta, Scarbonchi, Schröder Ilka, Seppänen, Uca, Vachetta, Vinci, Wurtz

NI: Berthu, Beysen, Gorostiaga Atxalandabaso, Hager, de La Perriere, Mennea, Souchet, Varaut

PPE-DE: Almeida Garrett, Andria, Arvidsson, Atkins, Averoff, Avilés Perea, Ayuso González, Balfe, Banotti, Bartolozzi, Bastos, Bayona de Perogordo, Beazley, Berend, Bodrato, Böge, von Boetticher, Bourlanges, Bowis, Bradbourn, Bremmer, Callanan, Camisón Asensio, Cardoso, Cederschiöld, Chichester, Cocilovo, Coelho, Cornillet, Corrie, Costa Raffaele, Cushnahan, Daul, De Mita, Deprez, De Sarnez, Descamps, Deva, De Veyrac, Dimitrakopoulos, Doorn, Dover, Doyle, Ebner, Elles, Evans Jonathan, Ferber, Fernández Martín, Ferrer, Fiori, Flemming, Florenz, Folias, Foster, Fourtou, Friedrich, Gahler, Galeote Quecedo, García-Margallo y Marfil, García-Orcoyen Tormo, Gargani, Garriga Polledo, Gawronski, Gemelli, Gil-Robles Gil-Delgado, Glase, Goepel, Gomolka, Goodwill, Gouveia, Grönfeldt Bergman, Grosch, Grossetête, Gutiérrez-Cortines, Hannan, Hansenne, Harbour, Hatzidakis, Heaton-Harris, Helmer, Hermange, Hernández Mollar, Inglewood, Jarzembowski, Jeggle, Karas, Kastler, Keppelhoff-Wiechert, Kirkhope, Klamt, Klaß, Knolle, Koch, Korhola, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Lamassoure, Langen, Langenhagen, Laschet, Lechner, Lehne, Liese, Lisi, Lulling, Maat, McCartin, Mann Thomas, Mantovani, Marinos, Marques, Martens, Martin Hugues, Matikainen-Kallström, Mayer Hans-Peter, Mayer Xaver, Méndez de Vigo, Mennitti, Menrad, Mombaur, Montfort, Musotto, Naranjo Escobar, Nassauer, Niebler, Nisticò, Ojeda Sanz, Oostlander, Oreja Arburúa, Pacheco Pereira, Pack, Parish, Pastorelli, Pérez Álvarez, Perry, Pex, Pirker, Podestà, Poettering, Pomés Ruiz, Posselt, Pronk, Provan, Purvis, Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Rack, Radwan, Redondo Jiménez, Ripoll y Martínez de Bedoya, Rübig, Sacrédeus, Santer, Santini, Scallon, Schaffner, Schierhuber, Schleicher, Schmitt, Schnellhardt, Schröder Jürgen, Schwaiger, Smet, Stauner, Stenmarck, Stenzel, Stevenson, Sturdy, Sudre, Suominen, Tajani, Tannock, Theato, Thyssen, Trakatellis, Twinn, Valdivielso de Cué, Van Orden, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, van Velzen, de Veyrinas, Vidal-Quadras Roca, Villiers, Wachtmeister, Wenzel-Perillo, Wijkman, von Wogau, Wuermeling, Zacharakis, Zappalà, Zimmerling, Zissener

PSE: Adam, Andersson, Aparicio Sánchez, Baltas, Barón Crespo, Berenguer Fuster, Berès, van den Berg, Berger, Bösch, Bowe, van den Burg, Campos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Carraro, Carrilho, Casaca, Cashman, Cercas, Cerdeira Morterero, Ceyhun, Corbett, Corbey, Dehousse, De Keyser, De Rossa, Désir, Dührkop Dührkop, Duhamel, El Khadraoui, Ettl, Evans Robert J.E., Färm, Fava, Ferreira, Ford, Fruteau, Garot, Ghilardotti, Gill, Gillig, Glante, Goebbels, Guy-Quint, Haug, Hazan, Hedkvist Petersen, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, van Hulten, Hume, Imbeni, Izquierdo Collado, Izquierdo Rojo, Jöns, Karamanou, Karlsson, Katiforis, Keßler, Kindermann, Kinnock, Koukiadis, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kuhne, Lage, Lalumière, Lavarra, Linkohr, Lund, McAvan, McCarthy, McNally, Malliori, Mann Erika, Marinho, Martin David W., Martin Hans-Peter, Martínez Martínez, Mastorakis, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Miller, Miranda de Lage, Moraes, Morgan, Müller, Murphy, Myller, Napoletano, Pittella, Poignant, Poos, Prets, Rapkay, Read, Rocard, Roth-Behrendt, Rothley, Roure, Ruffolo, Sacconi, Sakellariou, Sandberg-Fries, dos Santos, Savary, Scheele, Schmid Gerhard, Skinner, Soares, Sornosa Martínez, Souladakis, Sousa Pinto, Stihler, Stockmann, Swiebel, Swoboda, Theorin, Thorning-Schmidt, Titley, Torres Marques, Trentin, Vairinhos, Van Lancker, Volcic, Watts, Weiler, Whitehead, Wiersma, Wynn, Zimeray, Zorba, Zrihen

UEN: Andrews, Angelilli, Berlato, Bigliardo, Caullery, Collins, Crowley, Hyland, Marchiani, Muscardini, Mussa, Musumeci, Nobilia, Queiró, Ribeiro e Castro, Segni, Thomas-Mauro, Turchi

Verts/ALE: Aaltonen, Auroi, Boumediene-Thiery, Bouwman, Breyer, Buitenweg, Cohn-Bendit, Dhaene, Echerer, Flautre, Frassoni, Gahrton, Graefe zu Baringdorf, Hudghton, Isler Béguin, Jonckheer, Lagendijk, Lambert, Lannoye, Lipietz, MacCormick, McKenna, Maes, Mayol i Raynal, Onesta, Ortuondo Larrea, Piétrasanta, Rod, de Roo, Rühle, Schörling, Schroedter, Sörensen, Staes, Turmes, Wuori, Wyn

Against: 3

EDD: Booth, Titford

UEN: Camre

Abstention: 16

NI: Borghezio, Cappato, Claeys, Dell'Alba, Della Vedova, Dillen, Dupuis, Garaud, de Gaulle, Gobbo, Gollnisch, Lang, Pannella, Speroni, Stirbois, Turco

2.   Linkohr report A5-0389/2003

Paragraph 28

For: 379

EDD: Bernié, Blokland, Butel, van Dam, Esclopé, Mathieu, Raymond, Saint-Josse

ELDR: Andreasen, André-Léonard, Attwooll, Busk, Clegg, Davies, De Clercq, Duff, Dybkjær, Flesch, Formentini, Gasòliba i Böhm, Huhne, Jensen, Ludford, Lynne, Maaten, Manders, Monsonís Domingo, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Nordmann, Olsson, Paulsen, Pesälä, Plooij-van Gorsel, Pohjamo, Procacci, Ries, Riis-Jørgensen, Sanders-ten Holte, Schmidt, Sterckx, Sørensen, Thors, Väyrynen, Vallvé, Van Hecke, Vermeer, Virrankoski, Watson

NI: Beysen, Borghezio, Gobbo, Hager, Mennea, Speroni

PPE-DE: Almeida Garrett, Andria, Arvidsson, Atkins, Averoff, Avilés Perea, Ayuso González, Balfe, Banotti, Bartolozzi, Bastos, Bayona de Perogordo, Beazley, Berend, Bodrato, Böge, von Boetticher, Bourlanges, Bowis, Bradbourn, Bremmer, Callanan, Camisón Asensio, Cardoso, Cederschiöld, Chichester, Cocilovo, Coelho, Cornillet, Corrie, Costa Raffaele, Cushnahan, Daul, De Mita, Deprez, De Sarnez, Descamps, Deva, De Veyrac, Dimitrakopoulos, Doorn, Dover, Doyle, Ebner, Elles, Evans Jonathan, Ferber, Fernández Martín, Ferrer, Fiori, Flemming, Florenz, Folias, Foster, Fourtou, Friedrich, Gahler, Galeote Quecedo, García-Margallo y Marfil, García-Orcoyen Tormo, Gargani, Garriga Polledo, Gawronski, Gemelli, Gil-Robles Gil-Delgado, Glase, Goepel, Gomolka, Goodwill, Gouveia, Grönfeldt Bergman, Grosch, Grossetête, Gutiérrez-Cortines, Hannan, Hansenne, Harbour, Hatzidakis, Heaton-Harris, Helmer, Hermange, Hernández Mollar, Inglewood, Jarzembowski, Jeggle, Karas, Kastler, Kauppi, Keppelhoff-Wiechert, Kirkhope, Klamt, Klaß, Knolle, Koch, Korhola, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Lamassoure, Langen, Langenhagen, Laschet, Lechner, Lehne, Liese, Lisi, Lulling, Maat, McCartin, Mann Thomas, Mantovani, Marinos, Marques, Martens, Martin Hugues, Matikainen-Kallström, Mayer Hans-Peter, Mayer Xaver, Méndez de Vigo, Mennitti, Menrad, Mombaur, Montfort, Musotto, Naranjo Escobar, Nassauer, Niebler, Nisticò, Ojeda Sanz, Oomen-Ruijten, Oostlander, Oreja Arburúa, Pacheco Pereira, Pack, Parish, Pastorelli, Pérez Álvarez, Perry, Pex, Pirker, Podestà, Poettering, Pomés Ruiz, Posselt, Pronk, Provan, Purvis, Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Rack, Radwan, Redondo Jiménez, Ripoll y Martínez de Bedoya, Rovsing, Rübig, Sacrédeus, Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Santer, Santini, Scallon, Schaffner, Schierhuber, Schleicher, Schmitt, Schnellhardt, Schröder Jürgen, Schwaiger, Smet, Sommer, Stauner, Stenmarck, Stenzel, Stevenson, Sturdy, Sudre, Suominen, Tajani, Tannock, Theato, Thyssen, Trakatellis, Twinn, Valdivielso de Cué, Van Orden, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, van Velzen, de Veyrinas, Vidal-Quadras Roca, Villiers, Wachtmeister, Wenzel-Perillo, Wijkman, von Wogau, Wuermeling, Zacharakis, Zappalà, Zimmerling, Zissener

PSE: Adam, Andersson, Aparicio Sánchez, Baltas, Barón Crespo, Berenguer Fuster, Berès, van den Berg, Bösch, Bowe, van den Burg, Campos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Carrilho, Casaca, Cashman, Cercas, Cerdeira Morterero, Ceyhun, Colom i Naval, Corbett, Corbey, De Rossa, Dührkop Dührkop, Duhamel, Ettl, Evans Robert J.E., Färm, Ferreira, Ford, Fruteau, Garot, Gill, Gillig, Glante, Goebbels, Guy-Quint, Haug, Hazan, Hedkvist Petersen, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, van Hulten, Hume, Izquierdo Collado, Izquierdo Rojo, Jöns, Karamanou, Karlsson, Katiforis, Keßler, Kindermann, Kinnock, Koukiadis, Kuhne, Lage, Lalumière, Lavarra, Linkohr, Lund, McAvan, McCarthy, McNally, Malliori, Mann Erika, Marinho, Martin David W., Martínez Martínez, Mastorakis, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Miller, Miranda de Lage, Moraes, Morgan, Müller, Murphy, Myller, Pittella, Poos, Prets, Rapkay, Read, Rocard, Roth-Behrendt, Rothley, Ruffolo, Sakellariou, Sandberg-Fries, dos Santos, Scheele, Schmid Gerhard, Skinner, Soares, Sornosa Martínez, Souladakis, Stihler, Stockmann, Swiebel, Swoboda, Terrón i Cusí, Theorin, Thorning-Schmidt, Titley, Torres Marques, Trentin, Vairinhos, Volcic, Watts, Weiler, Whitehead, Wiersma, Wynn, Zimeray, Zorba

UEN: Angelilli, Berlato, Bigliardo, Caullery, Muscardini, Mussa, Musumeci, Nobilia, Thomas-Mauro, Turchi

Against: 131

EDD: Abitbol, Andersen, Bonde, Booth, Coûteaux, Kuntz, Sandbæk, Titford

ELDR: Boogerd-Quaak

GUE/NGL: Ainardi, Alavanos, Alyssandrakis, Bakopoulos, Bergaz Conesa, Blak, Bordes, Boudjenah, Caudron, Cauquil, Dary, Di Lello Finuoli, Eriksson, Fiebiger, Figueiredo, Frahm, Fraisse, Herzog, Jové Peres, Kaufmann, Korakas, Koulourianos, Krarup, Laguiller, Manisco, Markov, Marset Campos, Meijer, Modrow, Morgantini, Naïr, Patakis, Puerta, Scarbonchi, Schröder Ilka, Seppänen, Uca, Vachetta, Vinci, Wurtz

NI: Cappato, Claeys, Dell'Alba, Della Vedova, Dillen, Dupuis, Garaud, de Gaulle, Gollnisch, Gorostiaga Atxalandabaso, Lang, de La Perriere, Pannella, Stirbois, Turco, Varaut

PSE: Berger, Carraro, Dehousse, De Keyser, Désir, El Khadraoui, Fava, Ghilardotti, Imbeni, Kreissl-Dörfler, Martin Hans-Peter, Napoletano, Poignant, Roure, Sacconi, Savary, Sousa Pinto, Van Lancker, Zrihen

UEN: Andrews, Camre, Collins, Crowley, Fitzsimons, Hyland, Marchiani, Queiró, Ribeiro e Castro, Segni

Verts/ALE: Aaltonen, Auroi, Boumediene-Thiery, Bouwman, Breyer, Buitenweg, Cohn-Bendit, Dhaene, Echerer, Flautre, Frassoni, Gahrton, Graefe zu Baringdorf, Hudghton, Isler Béguin, Jonckheer, Lagendijk, Lambert, Lannoye, Lipietz, MacCormick, McKenna, Maes, Mayol i Raynal, Onesta, Ortuondo Larrea, Piétrasanta, Rod, de Roo, Rühle, Schörling, Schroedter, Sörensen, Staes, Turmes, Wuori, Wyn

Abstention: 2

NI: Berthu, Souchet

3.   Clegg report A5-0376/2003

Resolution

For: 429

EDD: Andersen, Blokland, Bonde, van Dam, Kuntz, Sandbæk

ELDR: Andreasen, André-Léonard, Attwooll, Boogerd-Quaak, Busk, Clegg, De Clercq, Duff, Dybkjær, Flesch, Formentini, Gasòliba i Böhm, Huhne, Jensen, Ludford, Lynne, Maaten, Manders, Monsonís Domingo, Mulder, Newton Dunn, Nicholson of Winterbourne, Nordmann, Olsson, Paulsen, Pesälä, Plooijvan Gorsel, Pohjamo, Procacci, Ries, Riis-Jørgensen, Sanders-ten Holte, Schmidt, Sterckx, Sørensen, Thors, Väyrynen, Vallvé, Van Hecke, Vermeer, Virrankoski, Watson

GUE/NGL: Blak

NI: Berthu, Beysen, Borghezio, Cappato, Dell'Alba, Della Vedova, Dupuis, Gobbo, Hager, Mennea, Pannella, Souchet, Speroni, Turco

PPE-DE: Almeida Garrett, Arvidsson, Atkins, Averoff, Avilés Perea, Ayuso González, Banotti, Bartolozzi, Bastos, Bayona de Perogordo, Beazley, Berend, Bodrato, Böge, von Boetticher, Bourlanges, Bowis, Bradbourn, Bremmer, Callanan, Camisón Asensio, Cardoso, Cederschiöld, Chichester, Cocilovo, Coelho, Cornillet, Corrie, Cushnahan, Daul, De Mita, Deprez, De Sarnez, Descamps, Deva, De Veyrac, Dimitrakopoulos, Doorn, Dover, Doyle, Ebner, Elles, Evans Jonathan, Ferber, Fernández Martín, Ferrer, Fiori, Flemming, Florenz, Folias, Foster, Fourtou, Friedrich, Gahler, Galeote Quecedo, García-Margallo y Marfil, García-Orcoyen Tormo, Gargani, Garriga Polledo, Gawronski, Gemelli, Gil-Robles Gil-Delgado, Glase, Goepel, Gomolka, Goodwill, Gouveia, Grönfeldt Bergman, Grosch, Grossetête, Gutiérrez-Cortines, Hannan, Hansenne, Harbour, Hatzidakis, Heaton-Harris, Helmer, Hermange, Hernández Mollar, Inglewood, Jarzembowski, Jeggle, Karas, Kastler, Kauppi, Keppelhoff-Wiechert, Kirkhope, Klamt, Klaß, Knolle, Koch, Korhola, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Lamassoure, Langen, Langenhagen, Laschet, Lechner, Lehne, Liese, Lulling, Maat, McCartin, Mann Thomas, Mantovani, Marinos, Marques, Martens, Martin Hugues, Matikainen-Kallström, Mayer Hans-Peter, Mayer Xaver, Méndez de Vigo, Mennitti, Menrad, Mombaur, Montfort, Musotto, Naranjo Escobar, Nassauer, Niebler, Nisticò, Ojeda Sanz, Oomen-Ruijten, Oostlander, Oreja Arburúa, Pacheco Pereira, Pack, Parish, Pastorelli, Pérez Álvarez, Perry, Pex, Pirker, Podestà, Poettering, Posselt, Pronk, Provan, Purvis, Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Rack, Radwan, Redondo Jiménez, Ripoll y Martínez de Bedoya, Rovsing, Rübig, Sacrédeus, Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Santer, Santini, Scallon, Schaffner, Schierhuber, Schleicher, Schmitt, Schnellhardt, Schröder Jürgen, Schwaiger, Smet, Sommer, Stauner, Stenmarck, Stenzel, Stevenson, Sturdy, Sudre, Suominen, Tajani, Tannock, Theato, Thyssen, Trakatellis, Twinn, Valdivielso de Cué, Van Orden, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, van Velzen, de Veyrinas, Vidal-Quadras Roca, Villiers, Wachtmeister, Wenzel-Perillo, Wijkman, von Wogau, Wuermeling, Zacharakis, Zappalà, Zimmerling, Zissener

PSE: Adam, Andersson, Aparicio Sánchez, Baltas, Barón Crespo, Berenguer Fuster, Berès, van den Berg, Berger, Bösch, Bowe, van den Burg, Campos, Carlotti, Carnero González, Carraro, Carrilho, Casaca, Cashman, Cercas, Ceyhun, Colom i Naval, Corbett, Corbey, Dehousse, De Keyser, De Rossa, Désir, Dührkop Dührkop, Duhamel, El Khadraoui, Ettl, Fava, Ferreira, Ford, Fruteau, Garot, Ghilardotti, Gill, Gillig, Glante, Goebbels, Guy-Quint, Haug, Hazan, Hedkvist Petersen, Honeyball, Howitt, Hughes, van Hulten, Hume, Imbeni, Izquierdo Collado, Izquierdo Rojo, Jöns, Karamanou, Karlsson, Katiforis, Keßler, Kindermann, Kinnock, Koukiadis, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kuhne, Lage, Lalumière, Lavarra, Linkohr, Lund, McAvan, McCarthy, McNally, Malliori, Mann Erika, Marinho, Martin David W., Martin Hans-Peter, Martínez Martínez, Mastorakis, Medina Ortega, Menéndez del Valle, Miguélez Ramos, Miller, Miranda de Lage, Moraes, Morgan, Müller, Murphy, Myller, Napoletano, Napolitano, Pittella, Poos, Prets, Rapkay, Read, Rocard, Roth-Behrendt, Rothley, Roure, Sacconi, Sakellariou, Sandberg-Fries, Scheele, Schmid Gerhard, Skinner, Sornosa Martínez, Souladakis, Stihler, Stockmann, Swiebel, Swoboda, Terrón i Cusí, Theorin, Thorning-Schmidt, Titley, Torres Marques, Trentin, Vairinhos, Van Lancker, Watts, Weiler, Whitehead, Wiersma, Zimeray, Zorba, Zrihen

UEN: Andrews, Angelilli, Berlato, Bigliardo, Collins, Crowley, Muscardini, Mussa, Musumeci, Nobilia, Segni, Turchi

Verts/ALE: Aaltonen, Auroi, Boumediene-Thiery, Bouwman, Breyer, Buitenweg, Cohn-Bendit, Dhaene, Echerer, Flautre, Frassoni, Gahrton, Graefe zu Baringdorf, Hudghton, Isler Béguin, Jonckheer, Lagendijk, Lambert, Lannoye, Lipietz, MacCormick, McKenna, Maes, Mayol i Raynal, Onesta, Ortuondo Larrea, Piétrasanta, Rod, de Roo, Rühle, Schörling, Schroedter, Sörensen, Staes, Turmes, Wuori, Wyn

Against: 31

EDD: Abitbol, Bernié, Booth, Butel, Coûteaux, Esclopé, Mathieu, Raymond, Saint-Josse, Titford

GUE/NGL: Alyssandrakis, Bordes, Cauquil, Figueiredo, Fraisse, Herzog, Jové Peres, Korakas, Krarup, Laguiller, Morgantini, Naïr, Patakis, Scarbonchi, Vachetta

NI: Claeys, Dillen, de Gaulle, Gollnisch, Lang, Stirbois

Abstention: 36

GUE/NGL: Ainardi, Alavanos, Bakopoulos, Bergaz Conesa, Boudjenah, Caudron, Dary, Di Lello Finuoli, Eriksson, Fiebiger, Frahm, Kaufmann, Koulourianos, Manisco, Markov, Marset Campos, Meijer, Modrow, Puerta, Schröder Ilka, Seppänen, Uca, Vinci, Wurtz

NI: Garaud, Gorostiaga Atxalandabaso, de La Perriere, Varaut

UEN: Camre, Caullery, Fitzsimons, Hyland, Marchiani, Queiró, Ribeiro e Castro, Thomas-Mauro


TEXTS ADOPTED

 

P5_TA(2003)0487

COM for hops *

European Parliament legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council regulation amending Regulation (EEC) No 1696/71 on the common organisation of the market in hops (COM(2003) 562 — C5-0460/2003 — 2003/0216(CNS))

(Consultation procedure)

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Commission proposal to the Council (COM(2003) 562) (1),

having regard to Article 37(2) of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Council consulted Parliament (C5-0460/2003),

having regard to Rule 67 and Rule 158(1) of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (A5-0380/2003),

1.

Approves the Commission proposal;

2.

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

3.

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

4.

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


(1)  Not yet published in the OJ.

P5_TA(2003)0488

EC accession to the International Plant Protection Convention *

European Parliament legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council decision approving the accession of the European Community to the International Plant Protection Convention, as revised and approved by Resolution 12/97 of the Twenty-Ninth Session of the FAO Conference in November 1997 (COM(2003) 470 — C5-0392/2003 — 2003/0178(CNS))

(Consultation procedure)

The European Parliament,

having regard to the proposal for a Council decision (COM(2003) 470) (1),

having regard to Article 37(2) of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Council consulted Parliament (C5-0392/2003),

having regard to Rule 67, Rule 97(7) and Rule 158(1) of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (A5-0379/2003),

1.

Approves the proposal for a Council decision;

2.

Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council and Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Member States and the Director of the FAO.


(1)  Not yet published in the OJ.

P5_TA(2003)0489

High activity sealed radioactive sources *

European Parliament legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council directive on the control of high activity sealed radioactive sources (COM(2003) 18 — C5-0019/2003 — 2003/0005(CNS))

(Consultation procedure)

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Commission proposal to the Council (COM(2003) 18) (1),

having regard to Article 31(2) and Article 32 of the Euratom Treaty, pursuant to which the Council consulted Parliament (C5-0019/2003),

having regard to Rule 67 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy (A5-0363/2003),

1.

Approves the Commission proposal as amended;

2.

Calls on the Commission to alter its proposal accordingly, pursuant to Article 119, second paragraph, of the Euratom 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 1

Article 2, point (a)

(a)

‘High activity source or source’ means a sealed source containing a radionuclide whose activity at the time of fabrication or of the first placing on the market is equal to or exceeds the relevant activity level specified in Annex I;

(a)

‘High activity source or source’ means a sealed source containing a radionuclide whose activity at the time of fabrication or of the first placing on the market is equal to or exceeds the relevant activity level specified in Annex I, i.e. when the dose rate is more than 1 mSv/h at a distance of one metre;

Amendment 2

Article 3, paragraph 2, point (a)

(a)

arrangements have been made for the safe management of high activity sources, including when they become disused sources;

(a)

arrangements have been made , in particular by the supplier, for the safe management of high activity sources, including when they become disused sources;

Amendment 3

Article 3, paragraph 2, point (b), subparagraph 1

(b)

financial provision has been made for the safe management of high activity sources when they become disused sources.

(b)

financial provision has been made , in particular by the supplier, for the safe management of high activity sources when they become disused sources.

Amendment 4

Article 4, paragraph 1a (new)

 

This system shall also take account of potential movements between Member States and of sources entering and leaving the European Union. In this case, Member States shall ensure effective cooperation between the competent authorities.

Amendment 5

Article 15

Member States shall lay down the rules on penalties applicable to infringements of the national provisions adopted pursuant to this Directive and shall take all measures necessary to ensure that they are implemented. The penalties provided for must be effective, proportionate and dissuasive. Member States shall notify those provisions to the Commission by the date specified in Article 16(1) at the latest and shall notify it without delay of any subsequent amendment affecting them.

Member States shall lay down the rules on penalties applicable to infringements of the national provisions adopted pursuant to this Directive and shall take all measures necessary to ensure that they are implemented. The penalties provided for must be effective, proportionate , dissuasive , and, as far as possible, harmonised among the Member States. Member States shall notify those provisions to the Commission by the date specified in Article 16(1) at the latest and shall notify it without delay of any subsequent amendment affecting them.


(1)  Not yet published in the OJ.

P5_TA(2003)0490

Signs at external border crossing points *

European Parliament legislative resolution on the initiative of the Hellenic Republic with a view to adopting a Council Decision determining the minimum indications to be used on signs at external border crossing points (8830/2003 — C5-0253/2003 — 2003/0815(CNS))

(Consultation procedure)

The European Parliament,

having regard to the initiative of the Hellenic Republic (8830/2003) (1),

having regard to Article 62(2)(a) of the EC Treaty,

having regard to Article 67 of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Council consulted Parliament (C5-0253/2003),

having regard to Rule 67 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs (A5-0366/2003),

1.

Approves the initiative of the Hellenic Republic as amended;

2.

Calls on the Council to alter the text accordingly;

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 initiative of the Hellenic Republic substantially;

5.

Instructs the President to forward its position to the Council and Commission, and to the Government of the Hellenic Republic.

TEXT PROPOSED BY THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC

AMENDMENTS BY PARLIAMENT

Amendment 1

Article 2, indent 1

The emblem of the European Union with the letters ‘EU’, ‘EEA’ and ‘CH’ within the circle of stars and the word ‘CITIZENS’ beneath the circle of stars, as shown in Annex I.

The emblem of the European Union with ‘EU’ within the circle of stars.

Amendment 2

Article 2, indent 2

The words ‘ALL NATIONALITIES’, as shown in Annex II.

‘NON-EU’ .

Amendment 3

Article 2, paragraph 1a (new)

 

In all romance-language countries the indications shall be ‘UE’ and ‘NON-UE’.

Amendment 4

Article 2, paragraph 1b (new)

 

In addition, in cases where the Member States deem it appropriate, the indications may appear in the characters of other alphabets.

Amendment 5

Article 3, paragraph 1

Citizens of the EU, nationals of States parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area and nationals of the Swiss Confederation shall, as a general rule, use the lane indicated by the sign in Annex I . All other third-country nationals shall use the lane indicated by the sign in Annex II .

Citizens of the EU, nationals of States parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area and nationals of the Swiss Confederation shall, as a general rule, use the lane indicated by the sign ‘EU’. They may also use the lane indicated by the sign ‘NON-EU’. All other third-country nationals shall use the lane indicated by the sign ‘NON-EU’ .

Amendment 6

Article 4, paragraph 1

At land border crossing points, Member States may separate vehicle traffic into different lanes for light and heavy vehicles, by using signs as shown in Annex III.

At land and sea port border crossing points, Member States may separate vehicle traffic into different lanes for light and heavy vehicles, by using signs as shown in Annex III.

Amendment 7

Article 4, paragraph 1a (new)

 

Member States may vary the indications on these signs where appropriate in the light of local circumstances.


(1)  OJ C 125, 27.5.2003, p. 6.

P5_TA(2003)0491

Counterfeit euros *

European Parliament legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council decision concerning the analysis and cooperation with regard to counterfeit euro coins (13203/2003 — C5-0471/2003 — 2003/0158(CNS))

(Consultation procedure)

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Council draft (13203/2003) (1),

having regard to Article 308 of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Council consulted Parliament (C5-0471/2003),

having regard to the initial Commission proposal (COM(2003) 426) (1),

having regard to Rule 67 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs (A5-0377/2003),

1.

Approves the Council proposal;

2.

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

3.

Points out that, pursuant to Article 10 of the EC Treaty, concerning full mutual cooperation between institutions and the Member States, Parliament should also have been consulted on the legislative proposal to which this draft decision relates, and that merely notifying Parliament of the basic text diminishes Parliament's role in the decision-making process;

4.

Asks therefore to be consulted on the initial Commission proposal;

5.

Calls for initiation of the conciliation procedure under the Joint Declaration of 4 March 1975 if the Council intends to depart from the text approved by Parliament;

6.

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

7.

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


(1)  Not yet published in the OJ.

P5_TA(2003)0492

Recruitment of officials for enlargement *

European Parliament legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council regulation introducing, on the occasion of the accession of Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, special temporary measures for recruitment of officials of the European Communities (COM(2003) 351 — C5-0287/2003 — 2003/0123(CNS))

(Consultation procedure)

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Commission proposal to the Council (COM(2003) 351) (1),

having regard to Article 283 of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Council consulted Parliament (C5-0287/2003),

having regard to Rule 67 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Legal Affairs and the Internal Market (A5-0382/2003),

1.

Approves the Commission proposal;

2.

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

3.

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

4.

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


(1)  Not yet published in the OJ.

P5_TA(2003)0493

Community financial aid to trans-European networks ***I

European Parliament legislative resolution on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council regulation amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2236/95 laying down general rules for the granting of Community financial aid in the field of trans-European networks (COM(2003) 220 — C5-0199/2003 — 2003/0086(COD))

(Codecision procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2003) 220) (1),

having regard to Articles 251(2) and Article 156(1) of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C5-0199/2003),

having regard to Rule 67 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy (A5-0374/2003),

1.

Approves the Commission proposal;

2.

Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it intends to amend its 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 the OJ.

P5_TA(2003)0494

Interoperable pan-European e-government services ***I

European Parliament legislative resolution on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council decision on Interoperable Delivery of pan-European e-Government Services to Public Administrations, Businesses and Citizens (IDABC) (COM(2003) 406 — C5-0310/2003 — 2003/0147(COD))

(Codecision procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Commission proposal to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2003) 406) (1),

having regard to Articles 251(2) and Article 156(1) of the EC Treaty, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C5-0310/2003),

having regard to Rule 67 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy and the opinion of the Committee on Budgets (A5-0375/2003),

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.

Considers that the financial statement of the Commission proposal is compatible with the ceiling of heading 3 of the Financial Perspective without restricting other policies;

4.

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


(1)  Not yet published in the OJ.

P5_TC1-COD(2003)0147

Position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading on 18 November 2003 with a view to the adoption of European Parliament and Council Decision No .../2003/EC on Interoperable Delivery of pan-European e-Government Services to Public Administrations, Businesses and Citizens (IDABC)

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 156(1) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission (1),

Having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee (2),

Having regard to the opinion of the Committee of the Regions (3),

Acting in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty (4),

Whereas:

(1)

In accordance with Article 154 of the Treaty, to help achieve the objectives referred to in Article 14 and Article 158 of the Treaty and to enable citizens of the Union, economic operators and regional and local communities to derive full benefit from the setting-up of an area without internal frontiers, the Community contributes to the establishment and development of trans-European networks.

(2)

Facilitation of the mobility of businesses and citizens across European borders contributes directly to removing the obstacles to the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital as well as to the free establishment of nationals of a Member State in the territory of another Member State.

(3)

In accordance with Article 157 of the Treaty, the Community and the Member States shall ensure that the conditions necessary for the competitiveness of the Community's industry exist.

(4)

By Decisions No 1719/1999/EC (5) and No 1720/1999/EC (6) the European Parliament and the Council adopted a series of actions, horizontal measures and guidelines including the identification of projects of common interest, with regard to trans-European networks for the electronic interchange of data between administrations (IDA). As those Decisions will expire on the 31 December 2004, it is necessary to provide for a framework for the follow-up of the IDA programme as set up by these Decisions.

(5)

The IDABC programme, which is the follow-on programme to the IDA programme, will build on the successes of the preceding programmes, which have improved the effectiveness of cross-border cooperation between public administrations.

(6)

In establishing and implementing the IDABC programme, due account should be taken of the achievements of the IDA programme and actions already initiated should be allowed to be completed.

(7)

Work completed under the IDABC programme is likely to form the basis for further work after the programme's expiry. This, combined with the fast pace of technological change, will require the programme to be adaptable to future developments.

(8)

The European Council, meeting in Lisbon in March 2000, adopted conclusions aimed at preparing the transition of the European Union by 2010 to the world's most competitive, dynamic, and knowledge-based economy, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs end greater social cohesion.

(9)

The European Council, meeting in Brussels in March 2003, drew attention to the importance of connecting Europe and so strengthening the internal market and underlined that electronic communications are a powerful engine for growth, competitiveness and jobs in the European Union and action should be taken to consolidate this strength and to contribute to the achievement of the Lisbon goals; to this end, it is necessary for Member State public administrations and the Community institutions to access, exchange and process, by electronic means (‘telematic networks’), increasing amounts of information.

(10)

The elimination of obstacles to electronic communications between public administrations at all levels and with businesses as well as with citizens contributes to improving the European business environment, lowering the administrative burden and reducing red tape. It may also encourage businesses and citizens of the European Union to reap the benefits of the information society and to interact electronically with public administrations.

(11)

Enhanced delivery of e-Government services enables businesses and citizens to interact with public administrations without having to acquire special Information Technology (IT) knowledge, such as e-inclusion, or requiring prior knowledge of the internal functional organisation of a public administration.

(12)

The deployment of trans-European telematic networks to interchange information between public administrations should not be considered as the end, but as the means to achieve interoperable information and interactive e-Government services at the pan-European level, building on and extending to citizens and businesses the benefits resulting from the co-operation between public administrations across Europe.

(13)

Pan-European e-Government services permit public administrations, businesses and citizens to interact better with public administrations across borders. The delivery of these services requires the availability of efficient, effective and interoperable information and communication systems between public administrations as well as interoperable administrative front and back office processes in order to exchange in a secure manner, understand and process public sector information across Europe.

(14)

It is important that the national efforts in support of e-Government take place giving the necessary consideration to the priorities of the European Union.

(15)

It is essential to maximise the use of standards or publicly available specifications or open specifications for information exchange and service integration to ensure seamless interoperability and thereby increasing the benefits of pan-European e-Government services and the underlying trans-European telematic networks.

(16)

The establishment of pan-European e-Government services and the underlying telematic networks of which the Community is a user or a beneficiary is incumbent on both the Community and the Member States.

(17)

It is essential to ensure close co-operation between the Member States and the Community and, where relevant, the Community institutions and stakeholders.

(18)

Actions at Community level should stimulate the successful development of e-Government services at the pan-European level and the associated commitments required at national, regional and local level, taking due account of the linguistic diversity of the Community.

(19)

Cross-fertilisation with relevant national, regional and local initiatives and delivery of e-Government services within the Member States should be ensured.

(20)

The Action Plan for eEurope 2005, endorsed by the European Council meeting in Seville in June 2002, in particular the chapter on e-Government, underlines the importance of the IDA programme in fostering the establishment of pan-European e-Government services in support of cross-border activities thus complementing and providing a framework for initiatives regarding e-Government at national, regional and local levels.

(21)

In order to make efficient use of the Community's financial resources, it is necessary to share the cost of pan-European e-Government services and the underlying telematic networks between the Member States and the Community on an equitable basis.

(22)

Productivity, responsiveness and flexibility in the establishment and operation of pan-European e-Government services and the underlying telematic networks can best be achieved by embracing a market-oriented approach and thus selecting suppliers on a competitive basis in a multi-vendor environment, while ensuring, where appropriate, the operational and financial sustainability ofmeasures.

(23)

Pan-European e-Government services should be developed in the context of specific projects of common interest whereas the necessary horizontal measures should be put in place to support the interoperable delivery of these services by establishing or enhancing infrastructure services in support of pan-European telematic networks.

(24)

The IDABC programme should consequently also be open to participation by the countries of the European Economic Area and the candidate countries, and co-operation with other third countries should be encouraged. International entities may take part in the implementation of projects of common interest and horizontal measures at their own costs.

(25)

In order to ensure a sound management of the financial resources of the European Union and to avoid needless proliferation of equipment, repetition of investigations and diversity of approach, it should be possible to use infrastructure services developed under the IDA programme or the IDABC programme in the framework of common foreign and security policy and police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, in accordance with Titles V and VI of the Treaty on European Union.

(26)

Since the objective of establishing pan-European e-Government services cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States and can therefore, by reason of the scale and effects of the action, be better achieved at Community level, the Community may adopt measures, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity as set out in Article 5 of the Treaty. In accordance with the principle of proportionality, as set out in that Article, this Decision does not go beyond what is necessary in order to achieve those objectives.

(27)

This Decision lays down, for the entire duration of the programme, a financial framework constituting the prime reference, within the meaning of point 33 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 6 May 1999 between the European Parliament, the Council and Commission on budgetary discipline and improvement of the budgetary procedure (7), for the budgetary authority during the annual budgetary procedure,

HAVE DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

Objectives

1.   This Decision establishes a programme for Interoperable Delivery of pan-European e-Government Services to Public Administrations, Businesses and Citizens (hereinafter the ‘IDABC programme’) aimed at promoting the establishment of pan-European e-Government services and the development of the underlying interoperable telematic networks.

2.   The objectives of this Decision are:

(a)

to enable the efficient, effective and secure interchange of information between public administrations, whether national, regional or local, as well as between such administrations and the Community institutions or other entities as appropriate, in order for the Member States and the Community to implement, within their respective areas of competence, the Community policies and activities referred to in Articles 3 and 4 of the Treaty;

(b)

to extend the benefits of the interchange of information as specified under (a) to businesses and citizens;

(c)

to facilitate communication between the Community institutions and support the Community decision-making process and develop the related strategic framework at the pan-European level;

(d)

to promote citizens' and businesses' participation in the construction of the European Union;

(e)

to achieve interoperability, both within and across different administrative sectors and, where appropriate, with businesses and citizens;

(f)

to converge networks under (a), (b), and (c) towards a common telematic interface;

(g)

to achieve substantial benefits for Member State public administrations and the Community in terms of streamlined operations, speeded-up implementations, security, efficiency, transparency, service culture and responsiveness;

(h)

to promote the spread of good practice and encourage the development of innovative telematic solutions in public administrations.

Article 2

Definitions

For the purposes of this Decision, the following definitions shall apply:

(a)

‘Telematic network’ means a comprehensive data-communication system, comprising the physical infrastructure and connections as well as the related services and application layers, thus enabling the interchange of information electronically between and within public administrations as well as between public administrations and businesses and citizens;

(b)

‘Pan-European e-Government services’ means public-sector information and interactive services provided by public administrations to public administrations, to businesses, including their associations and to citizens, including their associations, by means of interoperable trans-European telematic networks;

(c)

‘Project of common interest‘ means a project as identified in Annex I, which is undertaken or continued under this Decision, and which concerns the establishment or enhancement of pan-European e-Government services;

(d)

‘Infrastructure services’ means services provided to meet generic project requirements, comprising technology solutions and software applications, including a European interoperability framework, security, middleware and network services. Infrastructure services underpin the delivery of pan-European e-Government services;

(e)

‘Horizontal measure’ means an action as identified in Annex II, which is undertaken or continued under this Decision, and which concerns the establishment or enhancement of infrastructure services or strategic and support activities;

(f)

‘Interoperability’ means the ability of information and communication technology (ICT) systems and of the business processes they support to share and exchange information and knowledge.

Article 3

Priorities

For the purpose of establishing the work programme referred to in Article 8(1), priority shall be given to those projects of common interest and horizontal measures which, by means of the establishment or enhancement of pan-European e-Government services and the underlying telematic networks:

(a)

contribute to the objectives of the eEurope initiative and related Action Plans, in particular in relation to e-Government, aimed at benefiting businesses and citizens;

(b)

directly contribute to removing or reducing the obstacles to the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital;

(c)

directly contribute to the satisfactory operation of the economic and monetary union;

(d)

support the creation of a European area of freedom, security and justice;

(e)

encourage interinstitutional co-operation between the Community institutions as well as between the latter and national, regional and local public administrations, including national and regional parliaments;

(f)

contribute to the protection of the financial interests of the Community and the Member States or to the fight against fraud;

(g)

facilitate the application of the body of Community law (‘acquis communautaire’) following the enlargement of the European Union;

(h)

promote competitiveness in the Community, with particular emphasis on the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as enterpreneurship and innovation; or

(i)

support the citizenship of the Union and the participation in the European Union policy-making processes, e.g. by means of consultation of relevant stakeholders.

Article 4

Projects of common interest

In order to achieve the objectives laid down in Article 1, the Community shall, in co-operation with the Member States, implement projects of common interest as identified in Annex I and specified in the work programme referred to in Article 8(1), in accordance with the implementation principles laid down in Articles 6 and 7.

Projects of common interest shall, whenever possible, make use of the infrastructure services and provide the input required for the development of these services in accordance with the project requirements.

Article 5

Horizontal measures

1.   In order to achieve the objectives laid down in Article 1, the Community shall, in co-operation with the Member States, in support of projects of common interest, undertake horizontal measures as identified in Annex II and specified in the work programme referred to in Article 8(1), in accordance with the implementation principles laid down in Articles 6 and 7.

2.   Horizontal measures shall provide, maintain and promote infrastructure services for public administrations in the Community on the basis of a maintenance and access policy defined in the framework of the IDABC programme. They shall also establish strategic and support activities to promote pan-European e-Government services, perform strategic analysis of related developments in the Community and Member States, and ensure the programme management and the spread of good practice.

3.   In order to be able to identify the horizontal measures to be undertaken, the Community shall establish a description of the infrastructure services. The description shall include aspects such as the required management, organisation, related responsibilities and cost-sharing as well as a strategy to be used in the development and implementation of the infrastructure services. The strategy shall be based on the assessment of project requirements. The description shall be reviewed on a yearly basis.

Article 6

Implementation principles

1.   In implementing projects of common interest and horizontal measures, the principles set out in paragraphs 2 to 10 shall be observed.

2.   This Decision is the legal basis for the implementation of horizontal measures.

3.   The implementation of a project shall require a sectoral legal basis. For the purpose of this Decision, a project shall be considered to fulfil this requirement when it supports the delivery of pan-European e-Government services to public administrations, to businesses or to citizens in the framework of the implementation of a sectoral legal basis or any other relevant legal basis.

The first subparagraph does not apply to projects of common interest that support the delivery of e-Government services between Community institutions and European Agencies.

4.   Participation of all Member States in a project in support of pan-European e-Government services provided from public administrations to businesses, including their associations, or from public administrations to citizens, including their associations, is not required.

5.   Projects of common interest and horizontal measures shall encompass all actions necessary for the establishment or enhancement of pan-European e-Government services, including the establishment of working groups of Member State and Community experts, and the procurement of goods and services for the Community, as appropriate.

6.   Projects of common interest and horizontal measures include, whenever appropriate, a preparatory phase. They shall comprise a feasibility phase, a development and validation phase, and an implementation phase to be implemented in accordance with Article 7.

This paragraph shall not apply to strategic and support activities as defined in Part B of Annex II.

7.   The definition and implementation of each project of common interest or horizontal measure shall build, whenever appropriate, on suitable results achieved by other relevant Community and Member States activities, in particular the Community research and technological development programmes and other Community programmes, such as eTEN, eContent and Modinis.

8.   Projects of common interest or horizontal measures shall be technically specified with reference to European standards or publicly available specifications or open specifications for information exchange and service integration and shall comply with the infrastructure services, as appropriate, in order to ensure interoperability between national and Community systems within and across administrative sectors and with businesses and citizens.

9.   Projects of common interest and horizontal measures shall, where appropriate, take due account of the European interoperability framework provided, maintained and promoted by the IDABC programme.

10.   A post-implementation review of each project of common interest or horizontal measure shall be carried out within one year following the end of the implementation phase.

In the case of projects of common interest the review shall be carried out in co-ordination with the Member States in conformity with the rules governing the sectoral policy and presented to the relevant sectoral committee.

In the case of horizontal measures the review shall be carried out within the framework of the committee referred to in Article 11(1).

A review shall include a cost-benefit analysis.

Article 7

Additional principles

1.   In addition to the principles set out in Article 6, the principles set out in paragraphs 2 to 8 shall apply.

2.   The preparatory phase shall lead to the establishment of a preparatory report comprising the objectives, scope and rationale of the project of common interest or horizontal measure and in particular the anticipated costs and benefits, as well as the achievement of the necessary commitment and understanding among the participants through appropriate consultation, including an indication of the committee competent to follow the implementation of the project or measure.

3.   The feasibility phase shall lead to the establishment of a global implementation plan which shall cover the development and implementation phases and comprise the information contained in the preparatory report as well as:

(a)

a description of planned organisational development and, whenever appropriate, re-engineering of working procedures;

(b)

objectives, functionalities, participants and technical approach;

(c)

measures to facilitate multilingual communication;

(d)

the assignment of roles to the Community and to the Member States;

(e)

a breakdown of the expected costs and a description of the expected benefits which includes assessment criteria for measuring those benefits beyond the implementation phase and a detailed analysis of return on investment as well as milestones to be achieved;

(f)

a schema which defines an equitable sharing between the Community and the Member States and, whenever appropriate other entities, of the operational and maintenance costs of the pan-European e-Government and infrastructure services on conclusion of the implementation phase;

4.   During the development and validation phase, the solution proposed may, if relevant, be constructed, tested, evaluated and monitored on a small scale, and the results shall be used to adjust the global implementation plan accordingly.

5.   During the implementation phase, the fully functional services concerned shall be established in accordance with the global implementation plan.

6.   The preparatory report and the global implementation plan shall be established by making use of methodologies prepared as a support activity in the framework of the IDABC programme.

7.   The initiation and implementation of a project of common interest, the definition of its phases and the establishment of preparatory reports and global implementation plans shall be made and controlled by the Commission acting in accordance with the relevant sectoral committee procedure.

Where no sectoral committee procedure applies, the Community and the Member States shall set up groups of experts to examine all relevant issues.

The conclusions resulting from sectoral committees and, where applicable, from groups of experts shall be reported by the Commission to the committee referred to in Article 11(1).

8.   The initiation and implementation of a horizontal measure, the definition of its phases and the establishment of preparatory reports and global implementation plans shall be made and controlled by the Commission acting in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 11(2).

Article 8

Implementation procedure

1.   The Commission shall establish a work programme for the whole duration of this Decision for the implementation of projects of common interest and horizontal measures.

The Commission shall approve the work programme and any modification thereof in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 11(2).

2.   For each project of common interest and for each horizontal measure, the work programme referred to in the first paragraph shall, where appropriate, include:

a)

a description of the objectives, scope, rationale, potential beneficiaries, functionalities and technical approach;

b)

a breakdown of past expenditure and milestones achieved, as well as the costs and benefits anticipated and the milestones to be achieved;

c)

a specification of the infrastructure services to be used.

Article 9

Budgetary provisions

1.   Without prejudice to Article 8, the procedure referred to in Article 11(2) shall apply in respect of the indication of budget per project of common interest or horizontal measure, as necessary, to cover, subject to applicable budget rules, the full duration of the work programme.

2.   Funds shall be released on the basis of the achievement of specific milestones following the procedure applicable to the relevant sectoral committee for projects of common interest and to the committee referred to in Article 11(1) for horizontal measures. For the initiation of the preparatory phase the milestone shall be the inclusion of the project of common interest or horizontal measure to be undertaken in the work programme. For the initiation of the feasibility phase the milestone shall be the preparatory report. For the initiation of the subsequent development and validation phase the milestone shall be the global implementation plan. Milestones to be achieved during the development and validation phase as well as the implementation phase will be integrated in the work programme in accordance with Article 8.

3.   The procedure referred to in Article 11(2) shall also apply in respect of proposals for any budgetary increase of more than EUR 100 000 per project of common interest or horizontal measure within a year.

4.   The Programme shall be implemented on the basis of the rules of public procurement. The technical specifications of the calls for tender shall, for contract values in excess of EUR 1 000 000, be defined in coordination with the Member States in the framework of the relevant sectoral committee or the committee referred to in Article 11(1).

Article 10

Community financial contribution

1.   In the implementation of projects of common interest and horizontal measures, the Community shall bear costs in proportion to its interest.

2.   The financial contribution of the Community for each project of common interest or horizontal measure shall be determined in accordance with paragraphs 3 to 7.

3.   For a project of common interest or a horizontal measure to receive a financial contribution from the Community, concrete plans for financing the maintenance and operational costs of the post-implementation phase shall be required, with a clear assignment of roles to the Community and to the Member States or to other entities.

4.   In the preparatory and feasibility phases, the Community contribution may cover the full cost of the necessary studies.

5.   In the development and validation phase and in the implementation phase, the Community shall bear the cost of those tasks which are assigned to it in the global implementation plan of that project of common interest or horizontal measure.

6.   Community funding of a project of common interest or a horizontal measure concerning the delivery and maintenance of infrastructure services shall, in principle, cease after a maximum period of four years from the start of the preparatory phase.

7.   The financial resources provided for under this Decision shall not be assigned to projects of common interest and horizontal measures or phases of projects of common interest and horizontal measures which benefit from other sources of Community funding.

8.   By ...  (8) , mechanisms to ensure the financial and operational sustainability of infrastructure services, where appropriate, shall be defined and agreed in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 11(2).

Article 11

Committee

1.   The Commission shall be assisted by a committee called the Telematics between Administrations Committee (TAC).

2.   Where reference is made to this paragraph, Articles 4 and 7 of Council Decision 1999/468/EC of 28 June 1999 laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission  (9) shall apply, having regard to Article 8 thereof. The period laid down in Article 4(3) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be set at three months.

3.   The TAC shall adopt its rules of procedure.

4.   The Commission shall report annually to the TAC on the implementation of this Decision.

Article 12

Evaluation

1.   The Commission shall, in co-ordination with the Member States, carry out a midterm evaluation of the implementation of this Decision followed by a final evaluation at the end of the programme.

2.   The evaluation shall establish the progress and current status of the projects of common interest and horizontal measures identified in Annexes I and II respectively.

The evaluation shall also examine, in the light of the expenditure incurred by the Community, the benefits yielded by the pan-European e-Government and infrastructure services to the Community for the advancement of common policies and institutional co-operation as far as public administrations, businesses and citizens are concerned and identify areas for potential improvement and verify synergies with other Community activities in the area of pan-European e-Government and infrastructure services.

3.   The Commission shall forward the results of its quantitative and qualitative evaluation to the European Parliament and the Council together with any appropriate proposal for the amendment of this Decision. The results shall be forwarded no later than the draft budget for the years 2008 and 2010 respectively.

Article 13

International co-operation

1.   The IDABC programme may be opened, within the framework of their respective agreements with the Community, to participation by the countries of the European Economic Area and the candidate countries.

2.   Co-operation with other third countries, in implementing projects of common interest and horizontal measures, shall be encouraged, notably with public administrations in Mediterranean countries, the Balkans and the countries of Eastern Europe. Particular attention shall also be given to international cooperation in support of development and economic co-operation. Related costs shall not be covered by the IDABC programme.

3.   International organisations or other international entities may take part in the implementation of projects of common interest and horizontal measures at their own costs.

Article 14

Other networks

1.   With regard to the establishment or enhancement of other networks which are not projects of common interest or horizontal measures (hereinafter ‘other networks’), Member States and the Community shall, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Community legislation governing the implementation of those networks, ensure that paragraphs 2 to 6 are complied with.

2.   Subject to paragraphs 3 and 4, infrastructure services provided by the Community within the framework of this Decision may be used by other networks.

3.   In the definition and implementation of each of the other networks, care shall be taken to build, whenever appropriate, on suitable results achieved by other relevant Community activities, in particular the Community research and technological development programmes and other Community programmes, such as eTEN, eContent and Modinis.

4.   Each of the other networks shall be technically specified with reference to European standards or publicly available specifications, or open specifications for information exchange and service integration, as appropriate, in order to ensure interoperability between national and Community systems within and across administrative sectors and with businesses and citizens.

5.   By 31 October 2005, and at yearly intervals thereafter, the Commission shall forward to the committee referred to in Article 11(1) a report on the implementation of paragraphs 1 to 6 of this Article. In that report, the Commission shall specify any relevant user requirements or any other reason that prevent other networks from making use of the infrastructure services under paragraph 2 of this Article, and discuss the possibility of upgrading the infrastructure services in order to extend their use.

6.   The infrastructure services developed within the Community framework under the IDA or the IDABC programme may be used by the Council of the European Union with regard to the establishment or enhancement of activities in the framework of the common foreign and security policy and police and judicial co-operation in criminal matters in accordance with Titles V and VI of the Treaty on European Union respectively.

The use of such infrastructure services shall be decided upon and financed in accordance with Titles V and VI of the Treaty on European Union.

Article 15

Financial framework

1.   The financial framework for the implementation of the Community action under this Decision for the period from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2006is hereby set at EUR 59,1 million .

2.   Subject to compatibility with the future financial perspectives, the financial framework for the implementation of the Community action under this Decision for the period from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2009is hereby set at EUR 89,6 million .

3.   The annual appropriations for the period from 2007 to 2009 shall be authorised by the budgetary authority within the limit of the financial perspectives.

Article 16

Entry into force

This Decision enters into force on the 20th day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union and shall apply from 1 January 2005 until 31 December 2009.

Done at ..., on ...

For the European Parliament

The President

For the Council

The President


(1)  OJ C ...

(2)  OJ C ...

(3)  OJ C ...

(4)  Position of the European Parliament of 18 November 2003.

(5)  OJ L 203, 3.8.1999, p. 1. Decision as amended by Decision No 2046/2002/EC (OJ L 316, 20.11.2002, p. 4).

(6)  OJ L 203, 3.8.1999, p. 9. Decision as amended by Decision No 2045/2002/EC (OJ L 316, 20.11.2002, p. 1).

(7)  OJ C 172, 18.6.1999, p. 1. Agreement as amended by European Parliament and Council Decision 2003/429/EC (OJ L 147, 14.6.2003, p. 25).

(8)  Two years after the date of entry into force of this Decision.

(9)  OJ L 184, 17.7.1999, p. 23.

ANNEX I

PROJECTS OF COMMON INTEREST

Projects of common interest under the IDABC programme are those established notably in the following areas:

A.   IN GENERAL

1.

Community policies and activities (in accordance with section (B), interinstitutional information exchange (in accordance with section (C), international co-operation (in accordance with section (D) as well as other networks (in accordance with section (E).

2.

Functioning of the European Agencies and bodies and in support of the legal framework arising from the creation of the European Agencies.

3.

Policies related to the free movement of persons, notably in support of the delivery of equal services to citizens and businesses in the different Member States.

4.

Actions which, within the framework of the Community policies and activities and in unforseen circumstances, are urgently required to support the action of the Community and the Member States.

B.   COMMUNITY POLICIES AND ACTIVITIES

1.

Economic and monetary policy.

2.

Consolidation of the ‘acquis communautaire’ following the enlargement of the European Union.

3.

Regional and cohesion policies, notably to facilitate the collection, management, and dissemination of information concerning the implementation of regional and cohesion policies at the level of central and regional public administration.

4.

Community funding, notably to create an interface to existing Commission databases in order to facilitate the access of European organisations, and particularly SMEs, to Community sources of funding.

5.

Statistics, notably regarding the collection and dissemination of statistical information, as well as statistics in support of e-Government, in order to evaluate interoperability between systems and their efficiency as a measure of success.

6.

Publication of official documents and management of official information services.

7.

Agricultural and fisheries sectors, notably regarding support for the management of agricultural markets and structure, more efficient financial management, exchange of farm accounts data between national agencies and the Commission, and the fight against fraud.

8.

Industry and services sectors, notably concerning the exchange of information between public administrations in charge of business competitiveness issues, and between such public administrations and industry federations.

9.

Competition policy, notably through the implementation of improved electronic data exchange with the national public administrations in order to facilitate information and consultation procedures.

10.

Education, culture and audio-visual sector, notably for the exchange of information concerning content issues on open networks and to promote the development and free circulation of new audio-visual and information services.

11.

Transport sector, notably for the support of the exchange of data concerning drivers, vehicles, ships and transport operators.

12.

Tourism, environment, consumer protection and public health, and public procurement.

13.

Research policy, in particular to facilitate the collection, management and dissemination of information concerning the implementation of co-ordinated research policies at the level of national public administrations.

14.

Contributions to the objectives of the eEurope initiative and related action plan, in particular the chapter on e-Government and security, aimed at benefiting businesses and citizens.

15.

Immigration policy, notably through the implementation of improved electronic data exchange with the national public administrations in order to facilitate information and consultation procedures.

16.

Co-operation between judicial authorities.

17.

Information systems allowing the participation of national parliaments and civil society in the legislative process.

18.

Follow-up of the implementation of Community legislation in the Member States and exchange of information between Member States and Community institutions.

C.   INTERINSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION EXCHANGE

Interinstitutional exchange of information, notably:

1.

in support of the Community decision-making process and Parliamentary questions;

2.

for the setting up of the necessary telematic links between the Commission, European Parliament, the Council (including the site of the European Union Presidency-in-office, the Permanent Representation of the Member States and co-operating national ministries) and other Community institutions;

3.

in facilitation of multilinguism in interinstitutional information exchanges, means of translation workflow management and translation support tools, the development and sharing of multilingual resources, and the organisation of common access to such resources;

4.

for document sharing between European Agencies and bodies and the Community Institutions.

D.   INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION

Extension of projects of common interest to third countries, including candidate countries, and international organisations, with particular attention to initiatives for development and economic co-operation.

E.   OTHER NETWORKS

The projects of common interest which were previously funded by the IDA programme and which now have their own Community funding nevertheless fall within the group ‘other networks’ referred to in Article 14 of the Decision.

ANNEX II

HORIZONTAL MEASURES

Horizontal measures under the IDABC programme are notably:

A.   DELIVERY AND MAINTENANCE OF INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES

1.

Horizontal measures undertaken to provide and maintain software applications as turn-key tools for standard operational needs of public administrations in the context of delivery of pan-European e-Government services, such as:

(a)

A portal for the delivery of pan-European, multilingual online information and interactive services to businesses and citizens;

(b)

A single point access to e.g. legal online information services in Member States;

(c)

Interactive application for collecting stakeholders' opinions and experience on issues of public interest and on functioning of Community policies;

(d)

Common specifications and infrastructure services facilitating electronic procurement across Europe;

(e)

Machine translation systems and other multilingual tools, including dictionaries, thesaurus and classification systems in support of multilinguism;

(f)

Applications to support co-operative work between public administrations;

(g)

Applications to support multi-channel access to services;

(h)

Surveys of open source software-based tools and actions to facilitate the exchange of experiences between, and the take-up of solutions by, public administrations.

2.

Horizontal measures undertaken to provide and maintain technology solutions as services providing specific ICT-related functionalities, from communications to defined standards. Technology solutions comprise network services, middleware, security and guidelines, such as:

(a)

A secure and reliable communication for interchange of data between public administrations;

(b)

A secure and reliable system for management of dataflows inter-linked with different workflows;

(c)

Common telecommunication interfaces for trans-European applications;

(d)

Common toolkit for management of multilingual collaborating web sites and portals;

(e)

Platform accreditation with a view to handling classified information;

(f)

Establishment and implementation of an authentication policy for networks and projects of common interest;

(g)

Security studies and risk analysis in support of networks or other infrastructure services;

(h)

Mechanisms to establish trust between certification authorities to allow for the use of electronic certificates across Europe;

(i)

Public key infrastructure services;

(j)

A common framework for sharing and interchanging information and knowledge between European public administrations and with businesses and citizens, including architecture guidelines;

(k)

Application development based on a specification of XML vocabularies, schemae and related XML deliverables to support the interchange of data in networks;

(l)

Functional and non-functional model requirements for the management of electronic records in public administrations;

(m)

A metadata framework for public sector information in pan-European applications;

(n)

Comparison of open exchange standards with a view to establishing a policy on open formats.

B.   STRATEGIC AND SUPPORT ACTIVITIES

1.

Strategic activities in support of assessment and promotion of pan-European e-Government services, such as:

(a)

Analysis of eGovernment and IT strategies across Europe;

(b)

Organisation of awareness raising events involving the stakeholders concerned;

(c)

Promotion of the establishment of pan-European e-Government services with special attention to services to businesses and citizens.

2.

Support activities undertaken in support of programme management aiming at monitoring and improving effectiveness and efficiency of the programme, such as:

(a)

Quality assurance and control to improve the specification of project objectives as well as the project execution and results;

(b)

Programme evaluation and cost-benefit analysis of specific projects of common interest and horizontal measures.

3.

Support activities undertaken in support of spread of good practice in the application of information technologies to public administrations, such as:

(a)

Reports, web sites, conferences and, in general, initiatives addressed to the public;

(b)

Monitoring, analysis and web site dissemination of initiatives and best practice related to e-Government actions at Member State, Community and international level;

(c)

Promotion of the spread of best practice in the use of e.g. open source software by public administrations.

P5_TA(2003)0495

Investment in research

European Parliament resolution on Investing in research: an action plan for Europe (COM(2003) 226 — 2003/2148(INI))

The European Parliament,

having regard to the Commission Communication entitled ‘Investing in research: an action plan for Europe’ (COM(2003) 226),

having regard to the motions for resolutions by:

(a)

Antonio Mussa, on tax exemption for funding allocated to scientific and technological research (B5-0538/2002),

(b)

Antonio Mussa and others, on the gradual increase in the resources allocated to scientific and technological research up to 3 % of GDP (B5-0017/2003),

(c)

Salvador Garriga Polledo, on the creation of a European Research Council (B5-0408/2003),

having regard to the conclusions of the Special European Council of 23/24 March 2000 in Lisbon and of the European Council of 15/16 March 2002 in Barcelona,

having regard to its resolutions of 15 March 2000 on the Special European Council to be held in Lisbon on 23/24 March 2000 (1) and of 20 March 2002 on the results of the European Council meeting (Barcelona, 15/16 March 2002) (2),

having regard to its resolution of 23 October 2003 on entrepreneurship in Europe — Green Paper (3), covering also the Commission report on the implementation of the European Charter for Small Enterprises, the Commission communication entitled ‘Thinking small in an enlarging Europe’ and the Commission communication entitled ‘Innovation policy: updating the Union's approach in the context of the Lisbon strategy’,

having regard to its resolution of 23 October 2003 on the Commission communication entitled ‘Industrial Policy in an Enlarged Europe’ (4),

having regard to the Commission communication entitled ‘More research for Europe — Towards 3 % of GDP’ (COM(2002) 499), the Commission communication on ‘The European research area: providing new momentum — Strengthening — Reorienting — Opening up new perspectives’ (COM(2002) 565) and the Commission communication on ‘The role of the universities in the Europe of knowledge’ (COM(2003) 58),

having regard to the report by an Independent Expert Group to the European Commission ‘Raising EU R &D Intensity: Improving the Effectiveness of the Mix of Public Support — Mechanisms for Private Sector Research’ (5),

having regard to Decision No 1513/2002/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 27 June 2002 concerning the Sixth framework programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities, contributing to the creation of the European Research Area and to innovation (2002-2006) (6),

having regard to Rules 47(2) and 163 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy and the opinion of the Committee on Legal Affairs and the Internal Market (A5-0389/2003),

A.

convinced that, if Europe is to maintain a strong competitive position, a considerable increase in expenditure on research and development is essential,

B.

convinced that European research policy should give greater support to basic research,

C.

having regard to the 2002 Barcelona European Council's resolve to increase R &D expenditure to 3 % by 2010,

D.

whereas the EU's R &D expenditure must rise by 8 % per year to reach this objective , and whereas at the same time the financial resources available must be used more effectively,

E.

having regard to the Sapir report entitled ‘An agenda for a growing Europe’ (7),

F.

whereas there must above all be an increase in private investment in R &D if the EU is to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, as the European Council resolved in Lisbon,

G.

whereas the integration of women into scientific research both in universities and in industry has still not been achieved to a sufficient extent,

1.

Endorses the recommendations that the Commission has put forward in its communication;

2.

Takes the view that science and technology have been an intrinsic element of Europe's identity at least since the Renaissance;

3.

Calls on the Member States to increase their expenditure on research to 3 % of GDP by 2010;

4.

Is critical of the Council for not following up its words with deeds and of the Member States for making little or no effort to increase — and, in the case of some of them, even reducing — their R &D expenditure;

5.

Calls on the Council to take the Commission's proposals seriously, so that Europe may once again take its place as a world leader in all relevant areas of science and technology; and calls therefore for the idea of competition-oriented research to be incorporated more intensively into the European research landscape;

6.

Takes the view that the concept of a knowledge-based society is measured not solely by the amount of expenditure on research, but also by the extent of general scientific education;

7.

Therefore calls on the Member States and private investors to increase their R &D expenditure, the required increase being 6 % for public investment and 9 % for private investment, to reach the average of 8 % needed to achieve the target figure of 3 % of GDP overall by 2010;

8.

To this end, calls for an increase also in the European research framework programme, and therefore calls for an increase in the seventh research framework programme budget to EUR 30 billion for the whole period of the programme, to include allowing for enlargement to 25 or more Member States;

9.

In addition, calls for greater coordination between national R &D programmes and for the formation of forward-looking ‘technology communities’ (e.g. ITER) working in cooperation with the EU programmes, so that a limited number of ambitious key topics can be addressed throughout Europe; considers that these technology communities, in addition to engaging in activities covered by Article 169 of the EC Treaty, must operate in such a way that as broad as possible a spectrum of interests has the opportunity to become involved in them, irrespective of their organisational form;

10.

Calls, in the context of the Sixth research framework programme, for the ideas of ‘networks of excellence’ and ‘integrated projects’ to be geared more closely to the guiding notion of the European Research Area, and therefore for adjustments to be made, particularly in relation to the size of projects, in terms both of the number of project partners and of the financial volumes involved;

11.

Underlines the importance of increased cooperation between Member States and accession countries on research policy and research investment; points out that there is already close and successful cooperation between individual Member States in the area of air travel and space travel technology;

12.

Takes the view that considerable efforts are still needed to ensure an adequate supply of scientists, engineers and skilled technicians in future, and therefore calls on the Member States to pay greater attention to scientific and technical education and on the EU to make a further contribution to mobility for scientists, engineers and skilled technicians, so that the end result is indeed a European Research Area;

13.

Points out that competitive pay for researchers commensurate with their training, social security, career planning and family interests also has a role to play here, as have funding to enable researchers to be accompanied by their families, less bureaucratic procedures (for visas and permits), employment opportunities for spouses and day care and educational opportunities for children;

14.

Stresses the need for ongoing support for human resources; calls for the creation of a legal framework to ensure that research staff can be employed flexibly and pragmatically and can move freely within the EU;

15.

Points out that, in addition to the fact that fully-trained researchers are continuing to emigrate, demographic trends and lower numbers of students starting courses in the natural sciences will mean that a continuing supply of researchers will be increasingly difficult to find; considers that conditions should be made easier for researchers to take up residence and exercise their profession in the EU;

16.

Takes the view that in future certain sections of the population must be encouraged to undertake research; this particularly concerns women since, despite considerable efforts, the proportion of women in research has not significantly increased in recent years;

17.

Calls on the EU, as an additional way of engaging with global competition, to be open to scientists, engineers and skilled technicians from all over the world, including its own nationals who have spent a number of years abroad;

18.

Supports the creation of regional networks of SMEs and calls on the Member States and the Commission to support such initiatives as a priority;

19.

Welcomes the fact that many regions of Europe have now recognised the importance of science and technology, and urges the EU to support competition between regions with a strong science base;

20.

Recognises that many major undertakings are making considerable efforts to carry out self-funded R &D, but regrets that this is not yet the case for all major undertakings;

21.

Calls on these latter undertakings to increase their investment in the future and to demonstrate this by setting up more of their own R &D departments;

22.

Considers that one of Europe's main strengths — particularly in relation to the USA — is the very large contribution that SMEs make to economic performance and employment;

23.

Conversely, considers that Europe's weakness is the lack of SME involvement in research, and that there is considerable ground to be made up here, as SMEs are often particularly innovative;

24.

Is firmly convinced that a larger contribution by private undertakings to R &D depends not only on available funding, but also and above all on closer cooperation between undertakings, particularly SMEs, and State and private research institutes;

25.

Points out that application-oriented research provides a major stimulus for Europe's economies and that targeted cooperation between research and enterprises must be supported; stresses that, above all, cooperation with SMEs must be a key focus;

26.

Calls on the Member States to develop workable models for legal cooperation between research institutes and enterprises;

27.

Insists that greater attention must be paid to the commercial interests of private undertakings in the way that intellectual property rights are handled in State institutes and public-private partnerships;

28.

Underlines that the protection of intellectual property has an important role to play in this regard, since successful economic exploitation of copyright ensures a return on capital and contributes to the ongoing development of research activity;

29.

Points out in particular that copyright in intellectual property must be made available quickly and at a reasonable cost, and that the introduction of a Community patent and the planned new rules on patentability of computer-implemented inventions are important steps in this direction.

30.

Takes the view that the focus of State support must be increasingly directed towards SMEs and calls for new, unbureaucratic support instruments;

31.

Points out that SMEs generally do not have large reserves of staff and in addition increasingly face difficulties with private funding and therefore need speedy and unbureaucratic access to research funding;

32.

Points out that many SMEs that are engaged in areas where research plays a key role experience considerable difficulties in raising capital and that, in the light of Basel II, the situation is hardly likely to improve;

33.

Advocates market-oriented research support for SMEs in cooperation with private funding; considers, however, that the forms of public intervention, whether in the form of tax advantages or direct subsidies, must not influence what types of subsidy are approved or the permitted intensity of aid granted; the Member States should be free to devise their own policies so as to ensure that the competition rules which are within the Community's competence are neutral in relation to the choice of instruments;

34.

Proposes that Member States envisage tax incentives for private research activities as well as direct support for research, also targeted principally at SMEs;

35.

Stresses that State financial instruments represent a major proportion of financial support for research, but that the most effective incentives for research are appropriate tax arrangements and a research-friendly environment;

36.

Considers that a great deal of legislation tends to hinder rather than facilitate research within the EU; calls for an investigation to identify areas from which bureaucracy and bureaucratic obstacles that hinder innovation and research could be removed, and calls for suggestions on removing these obstacles;

37.

Considers that the success and value of completed research must be evaluated; points out that not every research measure produces the expected positive effect on the European economy; recommends, therefore, that a Europe-wide system be established to develop methods of measuring the efficiency and success of research and assess them accordingly;

38.

Recalls its proposal for a European Research Foundation following the expiry of the European Coal and Steel Community (8), to be set up in an attempt to attract private funds for research, as in the USA, where private patronage of science plays a far greater role than in Europe;

39.

Calls for the establishment of a European Research Council with the purpose of strengthening the worldwide position of basic research carried out in Europe at the highest scientific level by offering longterm funding for that purpose; emphasises the need to ensure that the European Research Council is granted sufficient resources over and above the existing research funding; it should:

(a)

primarily be a funding rather than an advisory body;

(b)

follow a bottom-up approach in stimulating proposals for funding;

(c)

cover all fields of science, including the natural sciences and engineering, the humanities and the social sciences, using a flexible approach;

(d)

base its decisions on scientific criteria and have a rigorous and transparent peer review process;

(e)

be accountable to its funders, but autonomous in its operations and run by highly respected scientists;

(f)

focus on financing bottom-up academic research;

40.

Advocates closer cooperation with banks, particularly the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, to fund market-oriented developments;

41.

Calls on the Member States and the Commission to make greater use of the Structural Funds for R&D;

42.

In view of the globalisation of research, considers it essential to strengthen international scientific and technical cooperation, at the level of undertakings and SMEs in particular;

43.

Takes the view that it is now essential not only to make new proposals but also to rapidly implement the proposals that have already been made;

44.

Insists that Member States and the Commission should also ensure that SMEs and universities are involved in regional plans to encourage research and innovation and to provide additional resources, as appropriate;

45.

Calls for the innovative effects of R &D programmes to be increased by promoting and supporting the inclusion of innovation-oriented activities in research projects; notes, however, that R &D framework legislation at EU level must be made considerably clearer;

46.

Considers it important for the Commission to provide further and more accurate information about which forms of public aid do not distort competition;

47.

Is delighted that the Commission has sought to investigate and review the Community's R &D State aid system and the targeting of such aid at horizontal objectives;

48.

Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the Governments and Parliaments of the Member States and accession States.


(1)  OJ C 377, 29.12.2000, p. 164.

(2)  OJ C 47 E, 27.2.2003, p. 629.

(3)  P5_TA(2003)0463.

(4)  P5_TA(2003)0464.

(5)  European Commission Directorate-General for Research, 2003.

(6)  OJ L 232, 29.8.2002, p. 1.

(7)  Report of a High-Level Study Group, European Commission, July 2003.

(8)  European Parliament resolution of 2 October 2001 on the guidelines for the research programme of the Coal and Steel Research Fund (OJ C 87 E, 11.4.2002, p. 51).

P5_TA(2003)0496

Eighth Commission report on the regulatory package on telecommunications

European Parliament resolution on the Eighth Report from the Commission on the implementation of the Telecommunications Regulatory Package (COM(2002) 695 — 2003/2090(INI))

The European Parliament,

having regard to the report from the Commission (COM(2002) 695),

having regard to the communication from the Commission entitled ‘Electronic Communications: the Road to the Knowledge Economy’ (COM(2003) 65),

having regard to Directive 2002/19/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on access to, and interconnection of, electronic communications networks and associated facilities (Access Directive) (1),

having regard to Directive 2002/20/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on the authorisation of electronic communications networks and services (Authorisation Directive) (2),

having regard to Directive 2002/21/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on a common regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services (Framework Directive), (3)

having regard to Directive 2002/22/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 March 2002 on universal service and users' rights relating to electronic communications networks and services (Universal Service Directive) (4),

having regard to the conclusions of the Lisbon European Council of 23 and 24 March 2000 (SN 100/1/00),

having regard to Rules 47(2) and 163 of its Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the report of the Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy and the opinion of the Committee on Legal Affairs and the Internal Market (A5-0376/2003),

A.

whereas those countries who fail to implement the new regulatory framework are missing a unique opportunity to set the standards in a developing market,

B.

whereas the adoption of the electronic regulatory framework represents a major boost for European competitiveness,

C.

whereas the continued drive towards a fully competitive, open market promises continued consumer and economic benefits by stimulating investment, innovation and quality services delivered at lower prices,

D.

whereas failure to transpose the new regulatory framework on time undermines the objectives of the Lisbon Agenda to which all Member States signed up in 2001,

E.

whereas the ‘old’ problems in the sector, including international roaming tariffs and mobile call termination tariffs, but also number portability, have still not been solved; whereas new problems have subsequently arisen, such as the delay in 3G roll-out, and, in particular, in the development of new services and applications for use with 3G,

F.

whereas any delay in implementation of the new regulatory framework would hold up the development of competition and its benefits to consumers,

G.

whereas any delay in implementation of the new regulatory framework will deprive national regulatory authorities (NRAs) of the legal powers needed in order to gather information from telecoms operators with a view to conducting market analyses,

H.

whereas any delay in infringement proceedings against those Member States who fail to transpose the new regulatory package would significantly disrupt market development,

I.

whereas numerous reports indicate that incumbent operators continue to dominate some segments of the EU telecoms market,

J.

whereas the quality of telecoms services offered to consumers could still be significantly improved, notably mobile number portability, the range of services available, customer service and waiting times prior to connection,

K.

whereas there is an obligation on telecommunications service providers to recognise the interests of disabled users in relation to choice, price and quality benefits of telecommunications services and their accessibility, and whereas NRAs should be required to consult disability representatives in their assessment of service delivery,

L.

whereas any regulatory obligations on operators should be fair and proportionate, and should be imposed only after the market concerned and the cost-benefit ratio of the regulatory measures have been subjected to rigorous analysis, taking into account in particular the development of sustainable competition in infrastructures,

M.

whereas in May 2004 ten new Member States will join the European Union,

N.

whereas the accession countries have committed themselves to fully liberalising their markets and implementing the new regulatory package upon their accession,

O.

whereas there is a lack of reliable and available data on the markets in accession countries,

P.

whereas the role of the European Regulators Group (ERG) is fundamental in ensuring a consistent regulatory environment across the European Union,

Q.

whereas the interaction between the Commission and the ERG is crucial to the successful implementation of telecoms regulation,

R.

whereas it is ultimately the responsibility of the Commission to ensure that EU legislation is both effective and consistent in its application,

S.

whereas progress has been made by Member States in the adoption of the principles set out in the Universal Services Directive,

1.

Congratulates the Commission on bringing proceedings against those Member States who had not transposed the new regulatory package into national law as soon as the two month period for notifying the Commission had passed;

2.

Demands that the infringement proceedings against those Member States be concluded as quickly as possible;

3.

Calls on the Commission, in taking action against Member States that have not implemented the new directives in good time, not to confine itself simply to bringing infringement proceedings against those Member States but also to make use of the broader range of instruments that are at its disposal, such as, for example, issuing official publications and conducting benchmark studies; calls on the Commission to exchange views with the European Parliament on the substance of that broader range of instruments;

4.

Urges the Commission and national supervisors in the European Regulators Group now to commit themselves to definitively solving ‘old’ problems in the sector, including international roaming tariffs, mobile call termination tariffs and number portability, and then to turn their attention to new questions, in particular joint dominance and the need for cooperation on developing 3G applications and services, so as to maintain competition in the sector;

5.

Emphasises the importance of a consistent and certain legal framework across the whole of the enlarged EU if new entrants to the communications sector are to be encouraged; calls upon the Member States and their NRAs to give high priority to achieving consistency in the treatment of market players based on clear competition-law principles; calls on NRAs to maintain proportionate and fair competitive regulatory pressure on the markets;

6.

Calls on the Commission to clarify the direct effect, if any, of the core provisions of the new framework, including the procedural and substantive provisions, so that interested parties are reasonably clear as to the extent to which these can be relied on and as to the effectiveness of the rights available to them;

7.

Calls on NRAs to act when short-term price reductions by incumbents inhibit the development of competitive market conditions in the long term;

8.

Calls on NRAs to provide solid evidence to justify any regulatory obligations they impose, including an analysis of both the long and short-term effects of the proposed regulatory action;

9.

Recalls that facilities-based competition in which competition service providers invest in their own infrastructure generally yields better results for consumers and lays the foundations for sustainable competition; stresses, therefore, that the emphasis on access-based competition (e.g. resale, local loop unbundling, bit-stream access) should not be regarded as an end in itself but as a route to fuller facilities-based competition in the telecoms sector;

10.

Reminds NRAs that they should impose appropriate obligations on the retail market only if obligations imposed at wholesale level are not sufficient to bring about competition at retail level (Article 17 of the Universal Service Directive), and considers that the observance of this regulatory principle must be closely monitored by the ERG and the Commission;

11.

Calls on the Commission to ensure that proprietary standards do not become control mechanisms preventing interoperability and thus expansion of services in the internal market;

12.

Notes that the new framework envisages that the old regulatory framework can persist for as long as non-competitive market conditions prevail, which will be especially relevant to the accession countries; stresses, however, that NRAs in accession countries require detailed assistance in making the transition from one regulatory framework to the other as soon as possible;

13.

Calls on the Commission to collate information on the state of play in the accession countries and their readiness to implement the new framework, and to keep the European Parliament fully informed. The Commission should also set out what technical assistance will be made available to facilitate implementation in cases where countries are unlikely to meet the requirements;

14.

Stresses that, as stated in recital 15 of Commission Recommendation 2003/311/EC of 11 February 2003 (5) on relevant product and service markets, new and emerging markets, in which market power may be found to exist because of ‘first mover’ advantages, should not in principle be subject to ex-ante regulation, even though it is not always easy to agree on a clear definition of what emerging markets are;

15.

Stresses that the ERG should remain fully independent and that no Ministries should be members of the Group;

16.

Insists that NRAs be fully independent and properly resourced, that they have the necessary powers to carry out their functions and that they be capable of taking a proactive role so as to stimulate sector competition;

17.

Calls on the Commission to take a forward-looking and highly active role in the way in which the ERG interprets its regulatory tasks;

18.

Welcomes efforts by the ERG to consult stakeholders;

19.

Welcomes the work being undertaken by the EU Inclusive Communication group INCOM to put forward recommendations on how the provisions of the telecommunications legislation are to fulfil the accessibility provisions for disabled consumers and calls for such recommendations to include clear and ambitious targets and timeframes for implementation together with effective monitoring instruments;

20.

Urges the ERG to take further steps to involve all stakeholders as fully and transparently as possible;

21.

Insists that all Member States review their judicial procedures for handling, with speed, effectiveness and expertise, cases referred to them by plaintiffs or NRAs under the remit of the new framework legislation;

22.

Notes that the membership and mandates of the ERG and the Independent Regulators Group (IRG) overlap to a significant degree; considers it essential that any duplication of scarce administrative resources and effort be avoided; to that end, recommends that a progressive merger of the ERG and IRG should be agreed;

23.

Notes the importance of speedy determination of appeals against NRAs' decisions; requests all Member States to ensure that they have effective dispute resolution procedures in place; notes that the Commission should monitor dispute resolution timetables and include an analysis of performance against targets in future implementation reports;

24.

Considers that, in order to encourage consistent case-law in a complex, technologically-driven sector, Member States' courts should be encouraged to co-operate by sharing case experiences and information: asks the Commission to consider measures in this area including the possibility of an information network dedicated to communications cases;

25.

Strongly reminds all parties that, in the case of the communications sector, ‘justice delayed is justice denied’; emphasises the importance of speedy access to the courts and rapid determination of judicial referrals;

26.

Notes that reasonable progress has been made in Member States in adopting the key principles set out in the Universal Service Directive;

27.

Remains concerned about inconsistencies in the allocation of universal service funding;

28.

Insists that universal service funding be properly justified and non-discriminatory and allocated via a transparent tendering process, not least to encourage those operators having the technological solutions most appropriate to providing universal service;

29.

Reminds NRAs that centrally-funded universal service provision must be open to all operators, not just incumbents, and that in a number of regions mobile service operators and all other relevant operators must be allowed to tender for the provision of universal service; it should be noted that the scope of the new directive expressly includes all electronic services;

30.

Notes with disappointment the slow adoption in some Member States of mandatory provisions in the new framework to improve access for disabled and disadvantaged users and to implement tariff transparency measures;

31.

Calls on the Commission to ensure that regulation specific to particular sectors will only be used in place of competition law if the criteria laid down for relevant markets in the abovementioned Commission recommendation concerning those markets have been fulfilled;

32.

Emphasises the importance of number portability as a pro-consumer and market opening measure in the mobile sector; notes that the relevant provisions have relatively low take-up in some Member States; requests NRAs to ensure that unnecessary delays or costs in making transfers are not being used to discourage this consumer right;

33.

Welcomes the full engagement of stakeholders and the Commission in the working group on caller location standards in mobile telephony; hopes that the group can reach a consensus with NRAs and operators as quickly as possible, so that consumers may gain early benefits;

34.

Calls on the Commission to exert pressure on the telecoms operators, especially the incumbents, to put in place networks facilitating consumer and business adoption of the single European code ‘3883’;

35.

Reminds NRAs of the provision in the Universal Service Directive concerning tariff transparency and tariff publication and the availability of comparative information to small business customers; the right to receive itemised bills free of charge must be specifically upheld; requests all NRAs to adopt the relevant provisions as soon as possible;

36.

Approves the Commission's early decision to encourage the liberalisation of leased-line services as a first decision under the new sector-specific legislation as soon as possible where competitive supply is appropriate;

37.

Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council and the Commission.


(1)  OJ L 108, 24.4.2002, p. 7.

(2)  OJ L 108, 24.4.2002, p. 21.

(3)  OJ L 108, 24.4.2002, p. 33.

(4)  OJ L 108, 24.4.2002, p. 51.

(5)  OJ L 114, 8.5.2003, p. 45.


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