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Document C2004/098E/01

MINUTES
Wednesday 25 February 2004

OJ C 98E , 23.4.2004, p. 1–15 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)

23.4.2004   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

CE 98/1


MINUTES

(2004/C 98 E/01)

PROCEEDINGS OF THE SITTING

IN THE CHAIR: Pat COX

President

1.   Resumption of session

The sitting opened at 15.05.

2.   Approval of Minutes of previous sitting

Jean-Louis Bourlanges had informed the Presidency that he had been present at the sitting of 11 February 2004, but that his name was not on the attendance register.

The Minutes of the previous sitting were approved.

3.   Documents received

The following documents had been received:

(1)

from the Council and Commission:

Proposal for transfer of appropriations DEC1/2004 — Section III — Commission — Title 17 — of the General Budget for the European Union for the financial year 2004 (SEC(2004) 177 — C5-0071/2004 — 2004/2014(GBD))

referred to

responsible: BUDG

legal basis:

Article 274 EC

Amended proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 3922/91 on the harmonisation of technical requirements and administrative procedures in the field of civil aviation (COM(2004) 73 — C5-0072/2004 — 2000/0069(COD))

referred to

responsible: RETT

 

opinion: JURI

legal basis:

Article 80(2) EC

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on enhancing port security (COM(2004) 76 — C5-0073/2004 — 2004/0031(COD))

referred to

responsible: RETT

 

opinion: LIBE, ITRE

legal basis:

Article 80(2) EC

Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 850/98 as regards the protection of deep-water coral reefs from the effects of trawling in certain areas of the Atlantic Ocean (COM(2004) 58 — C5-0074/2004 — 2004/0020(CNS))

referred to

responsible: PECH

 

opinion: ENVI

legal basis:

Article 37 EC

Proposal for a Council Regulation concerning medals and tokens similar to euro coins (COM(2004) 39 — C5-0075/2004 — 2004/0010(CNS))

referred to

responsible: ECON

legal basis:

Article 123(4) EC

Proposal for a Council Regulation extending the application of Regulation (EC) No [...] concerning medals and tokens similar to the euro coins to the non-participating Member States (COM(2004) 39 — C5-0076/2004 — 2004/0011(CNS))

referred to

responsible: ECON

legal basis:

Article 308 EC

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1073/1999 concerning investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) (COM(2004) 103 — C5-0077/2004 — 2004/0035(COD))

referred to

responsible: CONT

 

opinion: BUDG, LIBE, JURI

legal basis:

Article 280 EC

Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EEC) No 337/75 establishing a European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (COM(2003) 854 — C5-0080/2004 — 2003/0334(CNS))

referred to

responsible: EMPL

legal basis:

Article 308 EC

Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to restrictions on the marketing and use of certain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in extender oils and tyres (twenty-seventh amendment of Council Directive 76/769/EEC) (COM(2004) 98 — C5-0081/2004 — 2004/0036(COD))

referred to

responsible: ENVI

 

opinion: RETT

legal basis:

Article 95 EC

Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a multiannual Community programme to make digital content in Europe more accessible, usable and exploitable (COM(2004) 96 — C5-0082/2004 — 2004/0025(COD))

referred to

responsible: ITRE

 

opinion: BUDG, JURI, CULT

legal basis:

Article 157(3) EC

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the statistics relating to vocational training in enterprises (COM(2004) 95 — C5-0083/2004 — 2004/0041(COD))

referred to

responsible: EMPL

 

opinion: BUDG, ECON

legal basis:

Article 285(1) EC

Opinion of the Commission pursuant to Article 251(2), third subparagraph, point (c) of the EC Treaty, on the European Parliament's amendments to the Council's Common Position regarding the proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending, as regards traditional herbal medicinal products, Directive 2001/83/EC on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use (COM(2004) 114 — C5-0084/2004 — 2002/0008(COD))

referred to

responsible: ENVI

 

opinion: JURI

legal basis:

Article 95 EC

Opinion of the Commission pursuant to Article 251(2), third subparagraph, point (c) of the EC Treaty, on the European Parliament's amendments to the Council's Common Position regarding the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down Community procedures for the authorisation and supervision of medicinal products for human and veterinary use and establishing a European Agency for the Evaluation of medicinal products for human use (COM(2004) 124 — C5-0085/2004 — 2001/0252(COD))

referred to

responsible: ENVI

 

opinion: BUDG, CONT, JURI, ITRE, AGRI

legal basis:

Article 95 EC, Article 152 EC

Opinion of the Commission pursuant to Article 251(2), third subparagraph, point (c) of the EC Treaty, on the European Parliament's amendments to the Council's Common Position regarding the proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2001/83/EC on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use (COM(2004) 124 — C5-0086/2004 — 2001/0253(COD))

referred to

responsible: ENVI

 

opinion: BUDG, CONT, JURI, ITRE, AGRI

legal basis:

Article 95 EC, Article 152 EC

Opinion of the Commission pursuant to Article 251(2), third subparagraph, point (c) of the EC Treaty, on the European Parliament's amendments to the Council's Common Position regarding the proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2001/82/EC on the Community code relating to veterinary medicinal products (COM(2004) 124 — C5-0087/2004 — 2001/0254(COD))

referred to

responsible: ENVI

 

opinion: BUDG, CONT, JURI, ITRE, AGRI

legal basis:

Article 95 EC, Article 152 EC

European Commission: Annual accounts of the other institutions _ 2002 financial year — Volume III (I5-0034/2003 — C5-0088/2004 — 2003/2211 to 2003/2217 (DEC))

referred to

responsible: CONT

 

opinion: All Committees concerned

Proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive 2003/96/EC as regards the possibility for certain Member States to apply, in respect of energy products and electricity, temporary exemptions or reductions in the levels of taxation (COM(2004) 42 — C5-0090/2004 — 2004/ 0016(CNS))

referred to

responsible: ECON

 

opinion: ITRE, ENVI, RETT

legal basis:

Article 93 EC

Proposal for a Council Regulation on financial and technical measures to accompany (MEDA) the reform of economic and social structures in the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership (Codified version) (COM(2004) 77 — C5-0091/2004 — 2004/0024(CNS))

referred to

responsible: JURI

 

opinion: ITRE

legal basis:

Article 308 EC

Proposal for a Council Decision establishing the European Refugee Fund for the period 2005-2010 (COM(2004) 102 — C5-0096/2004 — 2004/0032(CNS))

referred to

responsible: LIBE

 

opinion: AFET, BUDG, EMPL, DEVE

legal basis:

Article 63(2) EC

Proposal for a Council Decision establishing the Visa Information System (VIS) (COM(2004) 99 — C5-0098/2004 — 2004/0029(CNS))

referred to

responsible: LIBE

 

opinion: BUDG

legal basis:

Article 66 EC

Proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion of the Framework Agreement between the European Community and the European Space Agency (COM(2004) 85 — C5-0099/2004 — 2004/0028(CNS))

referred to

responsible: ITRE

 

opinion: BUDG

legal basis:

Article 170 EC, Article 300(2), 1st subparagraph EC

(2)

from committees:

(2.1)

reports:

Report on population and development: 10 years after the UN Conference in Cairo (2003/ 2133(INI)) — Committee on Development and Cooperation.

Rapporteur: Mrs Junker (A5-0055/2004).

* Report on the proposal for a Council regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1177/2002 concerning a temporary defensive mechanism to shipbuilding (Simplified procedure — Rule 158(1) of the Rules of Procedure) (COM(2004) 26 — C5-0061/2004 — 2004/ 0008(CNS)) — Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Rapporteur: Mrs Randzio-Plath (A5-0056/2004).

*** I Report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the measures to be taken against the emission of gaseous and particulate pollutants from compression-ignition engines for use in vehicles, and the emission of gaseous pollutants from positive-ignition engines fuelled with natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas for use in vehicles (COM(2003) 522 — C5-0456/2003 — 2003/0205(COD)) — Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy.

Rapporteur: Mr Lange (A5-0057/2004).

*** I Report on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council regulation amending Regulation (EEC) No 1408/71 on the application of social security schemes to employed persons, to self-employed persons and to members of their families moving within the Community and Regulation (EEC) No 574/72 laying down the procedure for implementing Regulation (EEC) No 1408/71 (COM(2003) 468 — C5-0368/2003 — 2003/0184(COD)) — Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.

Rapporteur: Mrs Gillig (A5-0058/2004).

Report on the Draft Amending Budget No 1/2004 of the European Union for the financial year 2004 — Section III — Commission — 2004/2009(BUD)) — Committee on Budgets.

Rapporteur: Mr Mulder (A5-0059/2004).

* Report on the proposal for a Council Regulation on the conclusion of the Protocol modifying the Fourth Protocol laying down the conditions relating to fishing provided for in the Agreement on fisheries between the European Economic Community, on the one hand, and the Government of Denmark and the Local Government of Greenland, on the other (COM(2003) 609 — C5-0514/2003 — 2003/0236(CNS)) — Committee on Fisheries.

Rapporteur: Mrs Miguélez Ramos (A5-0060/2004).

*** I Report on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 2320/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing common rules in the field of civil aviation security (COM(2003) 566 — C5-0424/2003 — 2003/0222(COD)) — Committee on Regional Policy, Transport and Tourism.

Rapporteur: Mr Dhaene (A5-0061/2004).

Report on the guidelines for Sections II, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII(A) and VIII(B) and on the European Parliament's preliminary draft estimates (Section I) for the 2005 budgetary procedure Section I — European Parliament, Section II — Council, Section IV — Court of Justice, Section V — Court of Auditors, Section VI — European Economic and Social Committee, Section VII — Committee of the Regions, Section VIII(A) — European Ombudsman, Section VIII(B) — European Data Protection Supervisor — 2004/2002(BUD)) — Committee on Budgets.

Rapporteur: Mr Kuckelkorn (A5-0062/2004).

* Report on the proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1150/2000 implementing Decision 2000/597/EC, Euratom on the system of the Communities' own resources (COM(2003) 366 — C5-0326/2003 — 2003/0131(CNS)) — Committee on Budgets.

Rapporteur: Mrs Haug (A5-0063/2004).

*** I Report on the proposal for amending the reference amounts — within the meaning of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 6 May 1999, Article 33 — of expenditure programmes adopted by the co-decision procedure, in order to take account of enlargement (COM(2003) 777 — C5-0650/2003 — 2003/0303(COD)) — Committee on Budgets.

Rapporteurs: Mr Böge and Mr Colom i Naval (A5-0065/2004).

*** I Report on the proposal for amending the reference amounts — within the meaning of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 6 May 1999, Article 33 — of expenditure programmes adopted by the co-decision procedure, in order to take account of enlargement (COM(2003) 777 — C5-0652/2003 — 2003/0305(COD)) — Committee on Budgets.

Rapporteurs: Mr Böge and Mr Colom i Naval (A5-0066/2004).

*** I Report on the proposal for amending the reference amounts — within the meaning of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 6 May 1999, Article 33 — of expenditure programmes adopted by the co-decision procedure, in order to take account of enlargement (COM(2003) 777 — C5-0651/2003 — 2003/0304(COD)) — Committee on Budgets.

Rapporteurs: Mr Böge and Mr Colom i Naval (A5-0067/2004).

* Report on the proposal for amending the financial reference amount — within the meaning of the interinstutional agreement of 6 May 1999, Article 34(3) — of the sixth framework programme of the european atomic energy community (euratom), in order to take account of enlargement (COM(2003) 778 — C5-0031/2004 — 2003/0298(CNS)) — Committee on Budgets.

Rapporteur: Mr Böge and Mr Colom i Naval (A5-0069/2004).

* Report on the proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion by the European Community of the Agreement on the Accession of the European Community to the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) of 9 May 1980, as amended by the Vilnius Protocol of 3 June 1999 (Simplified procedure — Rule 158(1) of the Rules of Procedure) (COM(2003) 696 — C5-0041/2004 — 2003/0269(CNS)) — Committee on Regional Policy, Transport and Tourism.

Rapporteur: Mr Costa (A5-0070/2004).

Report on the estimates of the European Parliament for an Amending Budget of the European Union for the financial year 2004 (new Staff Regulations) — 2004/2013(BUD)) — Committee on Budgets.

Rapporteur: Mrs Gill (A5-0072/2004).

Report on the Draft Amending Budget No 2/2004 of the European Union for the financial year 2004 — Section VIII(B) — European Data-protection Supervisor — 2004/2010(BUD)) — Committee on Budgets.

Rapporteur: Mrs Gill (A5-0073/2004).

*** I Report on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the implementation of the International Safety Management Code within the Community (Simplified procedure — Rule 158(1) of the Rules of Procedure) (COM(2003) 767 — C5-0627/2003 — 2003/0291(COD)) — Committee on Regional Policy, Transport and Tourism.

Rapporteur: Mr Costa (A5-0074/2004).

* Report on the amended proposal for a Council regulation amending the Staff Regulations of officials and the Conditions of Employment of other servant of the European Communities (Renewed consultation) (COM(2003) 721 — C5-0575/2003 — 2002/0100(CNS)) — Committee on Legal Affairs and the Internal Market.

Co-rapporteurs: Mr Harbour and Mr Medina Ortega (A5-0078/2004).

*** I Report on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council directive on the harmonisation of transparency requirements with regard to information about issuers whose securities are admitted to trading on a regulated market and amending Directive 2001/34/EC (Enhanced cooperation between committees — Rule 162a) (COM(2003) 138 — C5-0151/2003 — 2003/0045(COD)) — Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Rapporteur: Mr Skinner (A5-0079/2004).

Report on the role of schools and school education in maximizing public access to culture — 2002/2268(INI)) — Committee on Culture, Youth, Education, the Media and Sport.

Rapporteur: Mr Graça Moura (A5-0080/2004).

Report on the Communication from the Commission to the Council — Follow-up to the White Paper on a New Impetus for European Youth. Proposed common objectives for the participation and information of young people, in response to the Council Resolution of 27 June 2002 regarding the framework of European cooperation in the youth field (COM(2003) 184 — C5-0404/2003 — 2003/2127(INI)) — Committee on Culture, Youth, Education, the Media and Sport.

Rapporteur: Mrs Gröner (A5-0081/2004).

* Report on the proposal for a Council regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1257/1999 on support for rural development from the European Agricultura Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) (Simplified procedure — Rule 158(1) of the Rules of Procedure) (COM(2003) 806 — C5-0032/2004 — 2003/0312(CNS)) — Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

Rapporteur: Mr Daul (A5-0082/2004).

* Report on the proposal for a Council decision adapting the Act of Accession of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia and the adjustments to the Treaties on which the European Union is founded, following the reform of the common agricultural policy (COM(2003) 643 — C5-0525/2003 — 2003/0253(CNS)) — Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

Rapporteur: Mr Goepel (A5-0084/2004).

* Report on the initiative of the Italian Republic with a view to adopting a Council Decision on the organisation of joint flights for removals, from the territory of two or more Member States, of third-country nationals who are the subjects of individual removal orders (14205/2003 — C5-0582/2003 — 2003/0821(CNS)) — Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs.

Rapporteur: Mrs Hazan (A5-0091/2004).

* Report on the proposal for a Council decision concerning the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China on the readmission of persons residing without authorisation (10667/1/03 — C5-0490/2003 — 2003/0054(CNS)) — Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs.

Rapporteur: Mr Sousa Pinto (A5-0096/2004).

* Report on the proposal for a Council decision concerning the conclusion of the Memorandum of Understanding between the European Community and the National Tourism Administration of the People's Republic of China on visa and related issues concerning tourist groups from the People's Republic of China (ADS) (COM(2003) 790 — C5-0029/2004 — 2003/0299(CNS)) — Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs.

Rapporteur: Mr Sousa Pinto (A5-0101/2004).

(2.2)

recommendations for second reading:

*** II Recommendation for second reading on the common position adopted by the Council with a view to adopting a European Parliament and Council decision establishing a Community action programme to promote bodies active at European level in the field of youth (15327/1/2003 — C5-0021/2004 — 2003/0113(COD)) — Committee on Culture, Youth, Education, the Media and Sport.

Rapporteur: Mrs Prets (A5-0075/2004).

*** II Recommendation for second reading on the common position adopted by the Council with a view to adopting a European Parliament and Council decision establishing a Community action programme to promote bodies active at European level and support specific activities in the field of education and training (15334/1/2003 — C5-0022/2004 — 2003/0114(COD)) — Committee on Culture, Youth, Education, the Media and Sport.

Rapporteur: Mrs Pack (A5-0076/2004).

*** II Recommendation for second reading on the common position adopted by the Council with a view to adopting a European Parliament and Council decision establishing a Community action programme to promote bodies active at European level in the field of culture (15331/1/2003 — C5-0023/2004 — 2003/0115(COD)) — Committee on Culture, Youth, Education, the Media and Sport.

Rapporteur: Mrs Iivari (A5-0077/2004).

*** II Recommendation for second reading on the common position adopted by the Council with a view to adopting a European Parliament and Council decision adopting a programme of Community action (2004-2008) to prevent and combat violence against children, young people and women and to protect victims and groups at risk (the Daphne II programme) (13816/1/2003 — C5-0599/2003 — 2003/0025(COD)) — Committee on Women's Rights and Equal Opportunities.

Rapporteur: Mrs Gröner (A5-0083/2004).

(3)

from Members:

(3.1)

written declarations for entry in the Register (Rule 51):

Marie-Thérèse Hermange, Marie-Hélène Gillig, Joseph Daul, Giorgio Lisi and Georges Garot on supplying approved charities working to implement the European food aid programme for the most deprived citizens — 11/2004;

Thierry Cornillet, Monica Frassoni, Jo Leinen, Mariotto Segni and Diana Wallis on organisation of a debate on adoption of a constitutional treaty — 12/2004;

Gary Titley, Richard Corbett, Martin Schulz and Olivier Duhamel on the 60th anniversary of the Normandy landings — 13/2004;

Robert Evans, Alima Boumediene-Thiery, Neena Gill and Olle Schmidt on religious rights and freedoms in France and the European Union — 14/2004;

Philip Bushill-Matthews, Bashir Khanbhai and Nirj Deva on religious freedom — 15/2004;

Glyn Ford on a boycott of Ferrero Rocher products — 16/2004;

Glenys Kinnock, Michael Gahler, Johan Van Hecke, Nelly Maes and Pernille Frahm on strengthening EU arms export controls and working towards an international Arms Trade Treaty — 17/2004.

4.   Texts of agreements forwarded by the Council

The Council had forwarded certified true copies of the following documents:

Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the United Mexican States;

Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Slovenia laying down a procedure for the provision of information in the field of technical regulations and of rules on information society services.

5.   Written declarations (Rule 51)

In accordance with Rule 51(5), written declarations Nos 26 and 27/2003 lapsed as they had not obtained the required number of signatures.

6.   Action taken on Parliament's positions and resolutions

The Commission communications on the action taken on the positions and resolutions adopted by Parliament during the part-sessions of September I and II 2003 and October I and II 2003 had been distributed.

7.   Membership of Parliament

In a letter dated 24 February 2004, the President of the Catalan Parliament announced the appointment of Joan Colom i Naval as Member of the Court of Auditors of Catalonia.

Pursuant to Rule 8(4), his term of office as Member of the European Parliament would end with effect from 26 February 2004.

In a letter dated 19 February 2004, the competent Belgian authorities announced the appointment of Frédérique Ries as member of the Belgian government.

Pursuant to Rule 8(4), her term of office as Member of the European Parliament would end with effect from 12 February 2004.

In the same letter, the competent Belgian authorities announced the appointment of Jacqueline Rousseaux to replace Frédérique Ries as Member of Parliament, with effect from 19 February 2004.

The President drew attention to the provisions of Rule 7(5).

8.   Membership of committees and delegations

At the request of the GUE/NGL and Verts/ALE Groups, Parliament ratified the following appointments:

ITRE Committee and the delegation on relations with Mashreq countries and the Gulf States: Marie-Françoise Duthu;

DEVE Committee and ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly: Sérgio Ribeiro.

9.   Agenda

The order of business had been established (Item 9 of Minutes of 9 February 2004) and a corrigendum to the agenda had been distributed (PE 340.723/OJ/COR).

This corrigendum had not been modified.

The agenda was thus established.

10.   One-minute speeches on matters of political importance

Pursuant to Rule 121a, the following Members who wished to draw the attention of Parliament to matters of political importance spoke for one minute:

The following spoke: Mary Elizabeth Banotti, Sarah Ludford, Proinsias De Rossa, Marialiese Flemming, Carlos Lage, Pernille Frahm, Ewa Klamt, Francesco Fiori and Nirj Deva.

*

* *

The President announced that he had contacted the Moroccan authorities to express, on behalf of the Parliament, his sympathy following the previous day's earthquake in the north of Morocco and that he would ask the Commission to ensure effective aid be provided.

11.   Annual policy strategy of the European Commission for 2005 (APS) (debate)

Commission communication: Annual policy strategy of the European Commission for 2005 (APS)

Loyola de Palacio (Vice-President of the Commission) and Michaele Schreyer (Member of the Commission) made the communication.

The following Members asked questions which Loyola de Palacio and Michaele Schreyer answered in turn: Salvador Garriga Polledo, Johannes (Hannes) Swoboda, Ursula Stenzel, Carlo Fatuzzo and Nirj Deva.

The debate closed.

12.   Spring summit: follow-up to Lisbon — Preparatory report on the broad economic guidelines — Public finances in Economic and Monetary Union (2003) (statements followed by debate)

Council and Commission statements: Spring summit: follow-up to Lisbon.

Report on the situation of the European economy, report on the broad guidelines for economic policies [2003/2135(INI)] — Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Rapporteur: Christa Randzio-Plath (A5-0045/2004)

Report on the communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament: Public finances in Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) in 2003. [COM(2003) 283 — C5-0377/2003 — 2003/2151(INI)] — Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Rapporteur: Roberto Felice Bigliardo (A5-0044/2004)

Dick Roche (President-in-Office of the Council), Pedro Solbes Mira (Member of the Commission) and Viviane Reding (Member of the Commission) made the statements.

Françoise Grossetête spoke on behalf of the PPE-DE Group.

IN THE CHAIR: David W. MARTIN

Vice-President

The following spoke: Enrique Barón Crespo, on behalf of the PSE Group, Graham R. Watson, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Ilda Figueiredo, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Pierre Jonckheer, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Gerard Collins, on behalf of the UEN Group, William Abitbol, on behalf of the EDD Group, and Benedetto Della Vedova, Non-attached Member.

Christa Randzio-Plath introduced the report (A5-0045/2004).

Roberto Felice Bigliardo introduced the report (A5-0044/2004).

The following spoke: Othmar Karas, Robert Goebbels, Karin Riis-Jørgensen, Philippe A.R. Herzog, Jillian Evans, Brian Crowley, Johannes (Hans) Blokland, Georges Berthu, Generoso Andria, Proinsias De Rossa, Elly Plooij-van Gorsel, Herman Schmid, Werner Langen, Rolf Linkohr, Ilda Figueiredo, Cristina García-Orcoyen Tormo, Bernd Lange and Thomas Mann.

IN THE CHAIR: Gérard ONESTA

Vice-President

The following spoke: Hans Udo Bullmann, Bartho Pronk, Guido Bodrato, Christoph Werner Konrad, Theresa Villiers, Pedro Solbes Mira and Dick Roche.

Motions for resolution to wind up the debate pursuant to Rule 37(2):

Christopher Huhne, Elspeth Attwooll, Elly Plooij-van Gorsel and Chris Davies on behalf of the ELDR Group, Françoise Grossetête on behalf of the PPE-DE Group and Robert Goebbels on behalf of the PSE Group, on the preparation of the Spring Summit 2004 (B5-0102/2004),

Monica Frassoni and Daniel Marc Cohn-Bendit, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, on the preparation of the Spring Summit 2004 (B5-0107/2004),

Francis Wurtz, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, on the preparation of the Spring European Council 2004 (B5-0108/2004).

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.2.2004, Items 6.12, 6.14 and 9.1.

13.   Failure to consult Parliament in connection with the TEN Quick Start projects (debate)

Oral question by Paolo Costa, on behalf of the RETT Committee, to the Council: Failure to consult Parliament in connection with the TEN Quick Start projects (B5-0011/2004).

Paolo Costa moved the oral question.

Dick Roche (President-in-Office of the Council) answered the question.

The following spoke: Georg Jarzembowski, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Gilles Savary, on behalf of the PSE Group, Freddy Blak, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Camilo Nogueira Román, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Reinhard Rack, Johannes (Hannes) Swoboda, Josu Ortuondo Larrea, Elisabeth Schroedter, Georg Jarzembowski and Dick Roche.

Motions for resolution to wind up the debate pursuant to Rule 42(5):

Konstantinos Hatzidakis and Georg Jarzembowski on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Wilhelm Ernst Piecyk and Gilles Savary on behalf of the PSE Group, Paolo Costa and Dirk Sterckx on behalf of the ELDR Group, Elisabeth Schroedter on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, and Gerard Collins and Franz Turchi on behalf of the UEN Group — European Parliament resolution on the failure to consult Parliament in connection with the TEN Quick Start projects (B5-0103/2004).

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.02.2004, Item 6.13.

14.   Olympic truce (debate)

Oral question by Michel Rocard, on behalf of the CULT committee, to the Council: Olympic truce (B5-0063/2004).

Christa Prets (deputising for the author) moved the oral question.

IN THE CHAIR: Alonso José PUERTA

Vice-President

Dick Roche (President-in-Office of the Council) answered the question.

The following spoke: Theresa Zabell, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, and Myrsini Zorba, on behalf of the PSE Group.

The debate closed.

15.   2005 budget procedure: guidelines for sections II, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII(A) and VIII(B) and preliminary draft estimates (Section I) (debate)

Report on the guidelines for Sections II, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII(A) and VIII(B) and on the European Parliament's preliminary draft estimates (Section I) for the 2005 budgetary procedure

Section I, European Parliament,

Section II, Council

Section IV, Court of Justice

Section V, Court of Auditors

Section VI, European Economic and Social Committee

Section VII, Committee of the Regions

Section VIII(A), European Ombudsman

Section VIII(B), European Data Protection Supervisor [2004/2002(BUD)] — Committee on Budgets.

Rapporteur: Wilfried Kuckelkorn (A5-0062/2004)

Wilfried Kuckelkorn introduced the report.

The following spoke: Salvador Garriga Polledo, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Kyösti Tapio Virrankoski, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Esko Olavi Seppänen, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Rijk van Dam, on behalf of the EDD Group, and Alain Esclopé.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.02.2004, Item 9.2.

16.   Involving young people in decision-making (debate)

Report on the communication from the Commission to the Council — Follow-up to the White Paper on a New Impetus for European Youth — Proposed common objectives for the participation and information of young people, in response to the Council Resolution of 27 June 2002 regarding the framework of European cooperation in the youth field [COM(2003) 184 — C5-0404/2003 — 2003/2127(INI)] — Committee on Culture, Youth, Education, the Media and Sport.

Rapporteur: Lissy Gröner (A5-0081/2004)

Lissy Gröner introduced the report.

Viviane Reding (Member of the Commission) spoke.

The following spoke: Theresa Zabell, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Ulpu Iivari, on behalf of the PSE Group, Giorgio Calò, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Liam Hyland, on behalf of the UEN Group, and Carlo Fatuzzo.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.02.2004, Item 9.3.

(The sitting, suspended at 20.00, resumed at 21.00.)

IN THE CHAIR: Alejo VIDAL QUADRAS ROCA

Vice-President

17.   Schools and access to culture (debate)

European Parliament resolution on the role of schools and school education in maximizing public access to culture (2002/2268(INI)) — Committee on Culture, Youth, Education, the Media and Sport.

Rapporteur: Vasco Graça Moura (A5-0080/2004).

Vasco Graça Moura introduced the report.

Viviane Reding (Member of the Commission) spoke.

The following spoke: Christopher J.P. Beazley, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Karin Junker, on behalf of the PSE Group, Maria Johanna (Marieke) Sanders-ten Holte, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Theresa Zabell, Christa Prets, Cristina Gutiérrez-Cortines and Ulpu Iivari.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.02.2004, Item 9.4.

18.   Persistent organic pollutants ***I (debate)

Report on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council regulation on persistent organic pollutants and amending Directives 79/117/EEC and 96/59/EC [COM(2003) 333 — C5-0273/2003 — 2003/0119(COD)] — Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy.

Rapporteur: Pernille Frahm (A5-0017/2004).

Mario Monti (Member of the Commission) spoke.

Pernille Frahm introduced the report.

The following spoke: Cristina García-Orcoyen Tormo, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Jonas Sjöstedt, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Inger Schörling, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Johannes (Hans) Blokland, on behalf of the EDD Group, Avril Doyle, Patricia McKenna, Bent Hindrup Andersen, David Robert Bowe and Mario Monti.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.02.2004, Item 6.7.

19.   Shipbuilding * (debate)

European Parliament legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1177/2002 concerning a temporary defensive mechanism to shipbuilding (COM(2004) 26 — C5-0061/2004 — 2004/0008(CNS)) — Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Rapporteur: Christa Randzio-Plath (A5-0056/2004).

The President pointed out that the rapporteur was unable to take part in the debate owing to circumstances beyond her control.

Mario Monti (Member of the Commission) spoke.

The following spoke: Karin Riis-Jørgensen, on behalf of the ELDR Group, and Mario Monti.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.02.2004, Item 6.2.

20.   Agenda for next sitting

The President referred Members to the document ‘Agenda’ PE 340.723/OJJE.

21.   Closure of sitting

The sitting closed at 22.30.

Julian Priestley

Secretary-General

David W. Martin

Vice-President


ATTENDANCE REGISTER

The following signed:

Aaltonen, Abitbol, Adam, Nuala Ahern, Ainardi, Almeida Garrett, Andersson, Andreasen, André-Léonard, Andrews, Andria, Angelilli, Aparicio Sánchez, Arvidsson, Auroi, Averoff, Avilés Perea, Ayuso González, Balfe, Baltas, Banotti, Barón Crespo, Bartolozzi, Bastos, Bayona de Perogordo, Beazley, Belder, Berend, Berenguer Fuster, Berès, van den Berg, Bergaz Conesa, Berger, Berlato, Bernié, Berthu, Bertinotti, Beysen, Bigliardo, Blak, Blokland, Bodrato, Böge, Bösch, von Boetticher, Boogerd-Quaak, Booth, Bordes, Borghezio, van den Bos, Boumediene-Thiery, Bourlanges, Bouwman, Bowe, Bowis, Bradbourn, Bremmer, Brie, Brunetta, Buitenweg, Bullmann, van den Burg, Bushill-Matthews, Busk, Butel, Callanan, Calò, Camisón Asensio, Campos, Camre, Cappato, Cardoso, Carnero González, Carrilho, Casaca, Cashman, Caudron, Caullery, Cederschiöld, Cercas, Cerdeira Morterero, Ceyhun, Chichester, Claeys, Coelho, Cohn-Bendit, Collins, Colom i Naval, Corbey, Cornillet, Corrie, Paolo Costa, Raffaele Costa, Cox, Crowley, Cushnahan, van Dam, Darras, Daul, Davies, Dehousse, De Keyser, Dell'Alba, Della Vedova, De Mita, Deprez, De Rossa, De Sarnez, Descamps, Désir, Deva, De Veyrac, Dhaene, Díez González, Di Lello Finuoli, Dillen, Dimitrakopoulos, Di Pietro, Dover, Doyle, Dührkop Dührkop, Duff, Duhamel, Dupuis, Dybkjær, Ebner, Echerer, El Khadraoui, Elles, Eriksson, Esclopé, Ettl, Jillian Evans, Jonathan Evans, Robert J.E. Evans, Farage, Fatuzzo, Fava, Fernández Martín, Ferrández Lezaun, Ferreira, Ferrer, Ferri, Fiebiger, Figueiredo, Fiori, Fitzsimons, Flemming, Flesch, Florenz, Foster, Fourtou, Fraisse, Gahrton, Galeote Quecedo, Garaud, García-Margallo y Marfil, García-Orcoyen Tormo, Gargani, Garot, Garriga Polledo, Gasòliba i Böhm, de Gaulle, Gawronski, Gill, Gillig, Gil-Robles Gil-Delgado, Glante, Glase, Goebbels, Goepel, Görlach, Gollnisch, Gorostiaga Atxalandabaso, Graefe zu Baringdorf, Graça Moura, Gröner, Grönfeldt Bergman, Grosch, Grossetête, Gutiérrez-Cortines, Guy-Quint, Hänsch, Hager, Hannan, Hansenne, Harbour, Hatzidakis, Haug, Hazan, Hedkvist Petersen, Helmer, Hermange, Hernández Mollar, Herranz García, Herzog, Hortefeux, Howitt, Hudghton, Hughes, Huhne, van Hulten, Hume, Hyland, Iivari, Ilgenfritz, Imbeni, Inglewood, Isler Béguin, Izquierdo Collado, Izquierdo Rojo, Jackson, Jarzembowski, Jöns, Jové Peres, Junker, Karamanou, Karas, Karlsson, Katiforis, Keppelhoff-Wiechert, Keßler, Khanbhai, Kindermann, Glenys Kinnock, Kirkhope, Klamt, Koch, Konrad, Korhola, Koulourianos, Krarup, Krehl, Krivine, Kronberger, Kuckelkorn, Kuhne, Kuntz, Lage, Lagendijk, Lalumière, Lamassoure, Lambert, Lang, Lange, Langen, Langenhagen, Lannoye, Laschet, Lechner, Lehne, Leinen, Linkohr, Lisi, Lombardo, Ludford, Lulling, Lund, Lynne, Maat, Maaten, McAvan, McCarthy, McCartin, MacCormick, McKenna, McMillan-Scott, McNally, Maes, Malliori, Malmström, Manders, Manisco, Thomas Mann, Marchiani, Marinho, Marini, Marinos, Marques, Marset Campos, Martelli, Martens, David W. Martin, Hans-Peter Martin, Hugues Martin, Martinez, Martínez Martínez, Mastella, Mastorakis, Matikainen-Kallström, Mauro, Hans-Peter Mayer, Xaver Mayer, Medina Ortega, Meijer, Méndez de Vigo, Mendiluce Pereiro, Menéndez del Valle, Mennea, Mennitti, Menrad, Messner, Miguélez Ramos, Miller, Miranda de Lage, Modrow, Mombaur, Monsonís Domingo, Montfort, Moraes, Morgan, Morgantini, Morillon, Müller, Mulder, Murphy, Muscardini, Musumeci, Myller, Naïr, Napoletano, Nassauer, Nicholson, Nobilia, Nogueira Román, Nordmann, Ojeda Sanz, Olsson, Onesta, Oreja Arburúa, Ortuondo Larrea, O'Toole, Paasilinna, Pacheco Pereira, Paciotti, Paisley, Parish, Pasqua, Pastorelli, Patrie, Paulsen, Pérez Álvarez, Perry, Pesälä, Pex, Pirker, Piscarreta, Pittella, Plooij-van Gorsel, Podestà, Pohjamo, Poignant, Pomés Ruiz, Poos, Prets, Procacci, Pronk, Provan, Puerta, Purvis, Queiró, Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Rack, Radwan, Randzio-Plath, Rapkay, Raschhofer, Read, Ribeiro, Ribeiro e Castro, Riis-Jørgensen, Ripoll y Martínez de Bedoya, Rocard, Rod, de Roo, Roth-Behrendt, Rothe, Roure, Rousseaux, Rovsing, Rübig, Rühle, Rutelli, Sacconi, Sacrédeus, Sakellariou, Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Sandberg-Fries, Sandbæk, Sanders-ten Holte, Santer, Santini, dos Santos, Sauquillo Pérez del Arco, Savary, Sbarbati, Scapagnini, Scarbonchi, Schaffner, Scheele, Schierhuber, Schleicher, Herman Schmid, Olle Schmidt, Schmitt, Schnellhardt, Ilka Schröder, Jürgen Schröder, Schroedter, Schwaiger, Segni, Seppänen, Sichrovsky, Simpson, Sjöstedt, Smet, Sörensen, Sommer, Sornosa Martínez, Souchet, Souladakis, Sousa Pinto, Speroni, Staes, Stenmarck, Sterckx, Stevenson, Stihler, Stirbois, Stockmann, Sturdy, Sudre, Sumberg, Suominen, Swiebel, Swoboda, Sørensen, Tajani, Terrón i Cusí, Theato, Theorin, Thomas-Mauro, Thorning-Schmidt, Thors, Thyssen, Titford, Titley, Torres Marques, Trakatellis, Trentin, Turchi, Turco, Turmes, Twinn, Väyrynen, Vairinhos, Valenciano Martínez-Orozco, Vallvé, Van Orden, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Vatanen, van Velzen, Vermeer, Vidal-Quadras Roca, Villiers, Vinci, Virrankoski, Vlasto, Voggenhuber, Volcic, Wachtmeister, Wallis, Watson, Watts, Weiler, Wenzel-Perillo, Whitehead, Wieland, Wiersma, Wuori, Wurtz, Wyn, Wynn, Zabell, Zacharakis, Zappalà, Zimeray, Zissener, Zorba, Zrihen.

Observers:

Bagó, Balla, Balsai, Biela, Kazys Jaunutis Bobelis, Bonnici, Mihael Brejc, Chronowski, Zbigniew Chrzanowski, Cilevičs, Ékes, Filipek, Gawłowski, Giertych, Hegyi, Heriban, Horvat, Ilves, Jakič, Kāposts, Kiršteins, Kłopotek, Klukowski, Kowalska, Kriščiūnas, Kuzmickas, Kvietkauskas, Landsbergis, Janusz Lewandowski, Libicki, Lydeka, Macierewicz, Maldeikis, Manninger, Matsakis, Mavrou, Őry, Pasternak, Pieniążek, Plokšto, Pospíšil, Protasiewicz, Savi, Sefzig, Siekierski, Smorawiński, Szabó, Szájer, Szczygło, Szent-Iványi, Tabajdi, Tomaka, Tomczak, Vaculík, Valys, Vastagh, Vėsaitė, Widuch, Wikiński, Winiarczyk-Kossakowska, Wittbrodt, Żenkiewicz.


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