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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

1998/99 SESSION

Sittings of 11 to 15 May 1998


PALAIS DE L’EUROPE − STRASBOURG

MINUTES OF THE SITTING OF MONDAY 11 MAY 1998


(98/C 167/01)

Proceedings of the sitting

IN THE CHAIR: Mr GIL-ROBLES GIL-DELGADO − Mr Ripa di Meana, who hoped that the Commission would
be able to release very rapidly funding commensurate with the
President scale of the disaster which had hit Campania, and Mr Bianco
and Mrs Marinucci, who thanked the President and the
Commission for showing their solidarity with the victims of
(The sitting opened at 5 p.m.) this disaster;

− Mrs Dı́ez de Rivera Icaza, who wanted the reasons which


had led Air France to suspend its regular flight and special
1. Resumption of session flight from Madrid to Strasbourg to be examined; she also
asked for the President to express, on Parliament’s behalf,
The session, adjourned on 2 May 1998, was resumed. solidarity in the wake of the environmental disaster which had
occurred in the Doñana national park (the President said that he
would do so);
The President made a statement on the tragedy in Campania
where a mudslide had claimed a high number of victims,
caused enormous damage and left thousands homeless. He said − Mr Christodoulou, who referred to the tribute paid by the
that he would be sending condolences on Parliament’s behalf President on Parliament’s behalf to the memory of Mr Kara-
to the Italian authorities. manlis, former President of Greece (Minutes of 29.4.1998,
Item 2), gave a brief summary of his achievements and
announced that Greek members of the PPE Group would be
The following spoke: meeting at 8.30 the following morning to pay tribute to him in
their turn;
− Mr Monti, Member of the Commission, who endorsed the
President’s remarks, adding that the Commission was examin-
− Mr Pomés Ruiz, who condemned two recent ETA attacks
ing possible courses of action;
which had claimed the lives of Tomás Caballero, a local
councillor, and Alfonso Parada, a former civil guard;
− Mrs Dı́ez de Rivera Icaza, who supported the President’s
statement;
− Mr Medina Ortega, on behalf of Spanish members of the
− Mrs Ahern, who asked for Parliament to condemn the PSE Group, and Mr Gutiérrez Dı́az, who also condemned these
underground nuclear test carried out by India that day; attacks and paid tribute to the victims;
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− Mr Morris, who first expressed support for Mrs Ahern’s − Protocol and Final Act relating to the Agreement on
remarks and then pointed out that it was Christian Aid Week Cooperation and Customs Union between the European Econ-
that week, and asked for a message to be sent to the G8 meeting omic Community and the Republic of San Marino, consequent
in Birmingham stressing the need for the debt burden of Third upon the accession of the Republic of Austria, the Republic of
World countries to be eased; Finland and the Kingdom of Sweden to the European Union
(6788/97 − C4-0262/98 − 97/0022(AVC))
− Mr Schifone, who said that he was a Campania regional referred to
councillor and stressed the gravity of the disaster there; responsible: RELA

− Mr Vallvé, who also condemned the latest ETA attacks. legal basis: Art. 113, 235, 228(2), 2nd subpara. and (3), 3rd
subpara. EC

2. Approval of Minutes (b) from the Commission:

Mr W.G. van Velzen had informed the Chair that he had been (ba) proposals and/or communications:
present but his name was not on the attendance register.
− Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive
The Minutes of the previous sitting were approved. combating late payment in commercial transactions
(COM(98)0126 − C4-0251/98 − 98/0099(COD))
referred to
responsible: ECON
3. Documents received opinion: LEGA
legal basis: Art. 100a EC
The President had received the following texts:
− Communication to the Council, the European Parliament
and the Economic and Social Committee: The follow-up to the
(a) from the Council: Green Paper on commercial communications in the internal
market (COM(98)0121 − C4-0252/98)
(aa) requests for opinions on: referred to
responsible: ECON
− Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation opinion: LEGA, ENVI, CULT
No 136/66/EEC on the establishment of a common organiza-
tion of the market in oils and fats (COM(98)0171 − C4-
− Communication on an action plan against racism
0229/98 − 98/0098(CNS))
(COM(98)0183 − C4-0253/98)
referred to
responsible: AGRI referred to
opinion: ESOC, BUDG responsible: CIVI
opinion: FASE
legal basis: Art. 043 EC
− Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive
− Proposal for a Council Regulation establishing a special amending Council Directive 70/221/EEC on the approximation
framework of assistance for traditional ACP suppliers of of the laws of the Member States relating to liquid-fuel tanks
bananas (COM(98)0005 − C4-0263/98 − 98/0014(SYN)) and rear underrun protection of motor vehicles and their
trailers (COM(98)0097 − C4-0257/98 − 98/0071(COD))
referred to
responsible: DEVE referred to
opinion: AGRI, BUDG responsible: ECON
opinion: ENVI, TRAN
legal basis: Art. 130w EC
legal basis: Art. 100a EC

(ab) the following texts: − Amended proposal concerning a European Parliament and
Council Regulation amending Council Regulation (EEC)
− Council recommendation of 2 May 1998 on the appoint- No 3330/91 on the statistics relating to the trading of goods
ments of the President, the Vice-President and the other between Member States (Intrastat) (COM(98)0270 − C4-
members of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank 0258/98 − 97/0155(COD))
(7993/98 − C4-0260/98)
referred to
referred to responsible: ECON
responsible: ECON opinion: REGI
legal basis: Art. 109a(2), 109l(1) EC legal basis: Art. 100a EC
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− Amended proposal for a European Parliament and Council − Report on the communication from the Commission to the
Regulation amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 3330/91 Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social
on the statistics relating to the trading of goods between Committee and the Committee of the Regions on a Community
Member States, with specific reference to the nomenclature of strategy to promote combined heat and power (CHP) and to
products (Intrastat) (COM(98)0269 − C4-0259/98 − 97/ dismantle barriers to its development (COM(97)0514 − C4-
0162(COD)) 0596/97) − Committee on Research, Technological Develop-
ment and Energy
referred to
responsible: ECON Rapporteur: Mrs Estevan Bolea
(A4-0145/98)
legal basis: Art. 100a EC

− ***I Report on the proposal for a European Parliament and


Council Regulation amending Regulation (EEC) No 2913/92
(bb) other texts: establishing the Community customs code (transit)
(COM(97)0472 − C4-0489/97 − 97/0242(COD)) − Commit-
tee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Industrial Policy
− Recommendation concerning banking charges for conver-
sion to the euro (C(98)0961/1 − C4-0254/98) Rapporteur: Mrs Peijs
(A4-0149/98)
referred to
responsible: ECON
opinion: BUDG, CULT − Report on the Commission’s interpretative communica-
tion on freedom to provide services and the interest of the
general good in the second banking Directive (SEC(97)1193 −
− Recommendation concerning dual display of prices and
C4-0465/97) − Committee on Legal Affairs and Citizens’
other monetary amounts (C(98)0961/2 − C4-0255/98)
Rights
referred to
responsible: ECON Rapporteur: Mr Wijsenbeek
opinion: BUDG, CULT (A4-0152/98)

− Recommendation on dialogue, monitoring and informa- − * Report on the proposal for a Council Recommendation
tion to facilitate the transition to the euro (C(98)0961/3 − concerning the protection of minors and human dignity in
C4-0256/98) audiovisual and information services (COM(97)0570 − C4-
0670/97 − 97/0329(CNS)) − Committee on Culture, Youth,
referred to Education and the Media
responsible: ECON
opinion: BUDG, CULT Rapporteur: Mr Whitehead
(A4-0153/98)

− Report on the request for waiver of the immunity of


(c) from committees:
Mr Raúl Miguel Rosado Fernandes − Committee on the Rules
of Procedure, the Verification of Credentials and Immunities
(ca) reports and recommendations:
Rapporteur: Mr Wijsenbeek
(A4-0154/98)
− Report on the information and communication policy in
the European Union − Committee on Culture, Youth, Educa-
tion and the Media − Report on the request for waiver of the immunity of
Mr António Carlos Ribeiro Campos − Committee on the Rules
Rapporteur: Mr Pex of Procedure, the Verification of Credentials and Immunities
(A4-0115/98)
Rapporteur: Mrs Palacio Vallelersundi
(A4-0155/98)
− Report on the fish product canning industry and aquacul-
ture in the European Union − Committee on Fisheries

Rapporteur: Mr Varela Suanzes-Carpegna − *** Recommendation on the proposal for a Council


(A4-0137/98) Decision concerning the conclusion of the Interim Agreement
on trade and trade-related matters between the European
Community, on the one part, and the United Mexican States,
− Report on the competitiveness of European industry on the other part (COM(97)0525 − 11619/1/97/rev.1 and
(SEC(96)2121 − C4-0025/97) − Committee on Economic and 11620/1/97/rev.1 − C4-0024/98 − 97/0281(AVC)) − Commit-
Monetary Affairs and Industrial Policy tee on External Economic Relations

Rapporteur: Mr Caudron Rapporteur: Mrs Miranda de Lage


(A4-0138/98) (A4-0156/98)
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− Report on the Commission communication to the Council payment card industry, where such information is required for
and the European Parliament on the control of new synthetic the investigation of offences (5683/98 − C4-0136/98 −
drugs (designer drugs) (COM(97)0249 − C4-0244/97) − 98/0906(CNS)) − Committee on Civil Liberties and Internal
Committee on Civil Liberties and Internal Affairs Affairs

Rapporteur: Mr Pirker Rapporteur: Mr Schmid


(A4-0157/98) (A4-0164/98)

− Report on amending Rule 156 of the Rules of Procedure − *** Recommendation on the proposal for a Council and
(right of petition) − Committee on the Rules of Procedure, the Commission Decision on the signature and on the conclusion
Verification of Credentials and Immunities of a Euro-Mediterranean Agreement with Jordan
(COM(97)0554 − C4-0171/98 − 97/0291(AVC)) − Commit-
Rapporteur: Mr Wibe tee on Foreign Affairs, Security and Defence Policy
(A4-0158/98)
Rapporteur: Mrs Aelvoet
(A4-0165/98)
− Report on the annual report on the Cohesion Fund for 1996
(COM(97)0302 − C4-0482/97) − Committee on Regional
Policy − Report on the communication from the Commission to the
Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social
Rapporteur: Mr Arias Cañete Committee and the Committee of the Regions: ‘Towards a
(A4-0159/98) Europe of Knowledge’ (COM(97)0563 − C4-0649/97) −
Committee on Culture, Youth, Education and the Media

− Report on the eighth annual report on the Structural Funds Rapporteur: Mr Perry
− 1996 (COM(97)0526 − C4-0582/97) − Committee on (A4-0166/98)
Regional Policy

Rapporteur: Mrs Klaß − Report on Islam and the European Averroes Day −
(A4-0160/98) Committee on Culture, Youth, Education and the Media

Rapporteur: Mr Mohamed Alı́


− **I Report on the proposal for a Council Directive relating (A4-0167/98)
to limit values for sulphur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen,
particulate matter and lead in ambient air (COM(97)0500 −
C4-0662/97 − 97/0266(SYN)) − Committee on the Environ- − Report on the situation of frontier workers in the European
ment, Public Health and Consumer Protection Union − Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

Rapporteur: Mrs Pollack Rapporteur: Mrs Van Lancker


(A4-0161/98) (A4-0168/98)

− Report on the Commission communication to the Council − Report on the role of the European Union in the world:
and the European Parliament on a strategy to combat acidifi- implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy in
cation (COM(97)0088 − C4-0436/97) − Committee on the 1997 − Committee on Foreign Affairs, Security and Defence
Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection Policy

Rapporteur: Mrs Hulthén Rapporteur: Mr Spencer


(A4-0162/98) (A4-0169/98)

− * Report on the proposal for a Council Regulation − Report on the gradual establishment of a common defence
amending Regulation (EC) No 1868/94 establishing a quota policy for the European Union − Committee on Foreign
system in relation to the production of potato starch Affairs, Security and Defence Policy
(COM(97)0576 − C4-0045/98 − 97/0300(CNS)) − Committee
on Agriculture and Rural Development Rapporteur: Mr Tindemans
(A4-0171/98)
Rapporteur: Mrs Redondo Jiménez
(A4-0163/98)
− Report on the Commission communication ‘Towards an
urban agenda in the European Union’ (COM(97)0197 −
− * Report on the draft Joint Action adopted by the Council C4-0235/97) − Committee on Regional Policy (Hughes pro-
on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union, cedure)
concerning arrangements for the better exchange of informa-
tion in respect of payment card crime between Member States’ Rapporteur: Mrs Napoletano
law enforcement agencies, and between those agencies and the (A4-0172/98)
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− Report on the communication from the Commission to the − Fabra Vallés, Viola, Theato, Lambrias, Martens, Friedrich
Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social and Oomen-Ruijten, on behalf of the PPE Group, to the
Committee and the Committee of the Regions on a European Commission: Euro-Mediterranean cooperation (B4-0467/98);
initiative in electronic commerce (COM(97)0157 − C4-0297/
97) − Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and − Souchet, on behalf of the I-EDN Group, to the Commis-
Industrial Policy sion: Legislation on the use of antibiotics in animal foodstuffs
Rapporteur: Mrs Mann (B4-0468/98);
(A4-0173/98)
− Souchet, on behalf of the I-EDN Group, to the Council:
− **I Report on the proposal for a Council Directive relating Euro-Mediterranean cooperation (B4-0469/98);
to a reduction of the sulphur content of certain liquid fuels and
amending Directive 93/12/EEC (COM(97)0088 − C4-0283/97 − Roth-Behrendt, Fantuzzi, Iversen and Hulthén, on behalf
− 97/0105(SYN)) − Committee on the Environment, Public of the PSE Group, to the Commission: Use of antibiotics in
Health and Consumer Protection animal food (B4-0470/98);
Rapporteur: Mrs Hautala
(A4-0174/98) − Caligaris and Fassa, on behalf of the ELDR Group, to the
Council: Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (B4-0471/98);

− Caligaris and Fassa, on behalf of the ELDR Group, to the


(cb) recommendations for second reading: Commission: Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (B4-0472/98);

− ***II Recommendation for second reading on the com-


mon position adopted by the Council with a view to adopting a
European Parliament and Council Directive on the approxima- (db) oral questions for Question Time (Rule 41) (B4-0464/98):
tion of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of
the Member States relating to the advertising and sponsorship Sandbæk, Harrison, Nicholson, Camisón Asensio, Gillis,
of tobacco products (C4-0034/98 − 00/0194(COD)) − Com- Bowe, Marset Campos, Wibe, Karamanou, Lindqvist, Theorin,
mittee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Newens, Gahrton, Carnero González, Papakyriazis, Ahern,
Protection David W. Martin, Moreau, Corbett, Howitt, McMahon, Kra-
rup, Sjöstedt, Posselt, Alavanos, Hatzidakis, Papayannakis,
Rapporteur: Mr Cabrol Ferrer, Bertens, Schroedter, Ephremidis, Izquierdo Rojo, Gal-
(A4-0150/98) lagher, Crowley, Theonas, Watts, McIntosh, Bonde, Ferrer,
Watson, Kestelijn-Sierens, Thors, Barros Moura, Howitt, Pos-
− ***II Recommendation for second reading on the com- selt, Kjer Hansen, Watts, McIntosh, Camisón Asensio, Anders-
mon position adopted by the Council with a view to adopting a son, Theorin, Alavanos, Papayannakis, Hatzidakis, McMahon,
European Parliament and Council Directive substantively Stenzel, Konrad, Theonas, Spiers, Schiedermeier, Izquierdo
amending for the third time Directive 83/189/EEC laying down Collado, Cabezón Alonso, Colom i Naval, Colino Salamanca,
a procedure for the provision of information in the field of Sandbæk, Nicholson, Gillis, Morgan, Ephremidis, White,
technical standards and regulations (C4-0035/98 − 96/ Lomas, Lehne, Terrón i Cusı́, Frutos Gama, Sauquillo Pérez
0220(COD)) − Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs del Arco, Garcı́a Arias, Wijsenbeek, Karamanou, Seppänen,
and Industrial Policy Wibe, Newens, Sjöstedt, Carnero González, Papakyriazis,
Rapporteur: Mr Hendrick Pailler, Valverde López, Ahern, Cars, Jackson, Gerard Collins,
(A4-0151/98) Breyer, Kerr, Kaklamanis, Querbes, Riis-Jørgensen, Holm,
Iversen, Hautala, Elliott, Medina Ortega, Rübig, Sanz Fernán-
dez, Dührkop Dührkop, González Álvarez, Corbett, Killilea,
− ***II Recommendation for second reading on the com- Marset Campos, Dı́ez de Rivera Icaza, Izquierdo Rojo, Hyland,
mon position adopted by the Council with a view to adopting a Andrews, Fitzsimons, Plooij-van Gorsel, Oddy, Gallagher,
European Parliament and Council Directive on the legal Crowley, Lindholm, Bonde, McCartin.
protection of biotechnological inventions (C4-0132/98 − 95/
0350(COD)) − Committee on Legal Affairs and Citizens’
Rights
Rapporteur: Mr Rothley
(A4-0170/98) 4. Petitions

Pursuant to Rule 156(5), the President had forwarded to the


Committee on Petitions the following petitions which had been
(d) from Members:
entered in the register on the dates shown below:
(da) oral questions (Rule 40):
1 April 1998
− Lalumière, on behalf of the ARE Group, to the Council: by Mr Jesús Leiro López (Ibermadrid, S.L.) (No 315/98);
Euro-Mediterranean cooperation agreements (B4-0465/98);
by Mr José Angel Fernández Carrasco (Comunidad de Proprie-
tarios del Edf. Honda) (No 316/98);
− Viola, Fabra Vallés, Martens, Friedrich and Oomen-
Ruijten, on behalf of the PPE Group, to the Council: Euro- by Mr Seppo Pelttari (Laki-ja Konsulttoimisto Seppo Pelttari
Mediterranean cooperation (B4-0466/98); Oy) (No 317/98);
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by Mrs Madeleine Raphaël (No 318/98); by Mr Ricardo de Somodevilla (Plataforma de Opinión


Reivindicativa) (No 357/98);
by Mr Carmel Garofolo (No 319/98);
by Mr Ricardo de Somodevilla (Plataforma de Opinión
by Mr José Maria Miralles Barons (No 320/98);
Reivindicativa) (No 358/98);
by Mr Olivier Piquot (and 94 signatories) (No 321/98);
by Mr Ricardo de Somodevilla (Plataforma de Opinión
by Mrs Ginette Petit Padilla (No 322/98); Reivindicativa) (No 359/98);
by Mr Jean-Marie Ladiré (No 323/98); by Mr Ricardo de Somodevilla (Plataforma de Opinión
Reivindicativa) (No 360/98);
by Mr Aldo Arenella (No 324/98);
by Mr Ricardo de Somodevilla (Plataforma de Opinión
by Mr Antonio Albignese (and 130 signatories) (No 325/98);
Reivindicativa) (No 361/98);
by Mr Avelino Ferreira Santos (No 326/98);
by Mr Ricardo de Somodevilla (Plataforma de Opinión
by Mr Manuel Barbas Tanganho (No 327/98); Reivindicativa) (No 362/98);
by Mr João Pedro Gonçalves Gomes (Barros, Sobral, J. Gomes by Mr Alberto Fernandez Felix (Sociedad Canina de Valencia)
& Associados) (and 2 signatories) (No 328/98); (No 363/98);
by Mrs B. Fanciullacci (No 329/98); by Mr Josep Lluch Vila (and 2 signatories) (No 364/98);
by Mr Geoffrey Luther (No 330/98); by Mr Pablo Rosser Limiñana (Nova Esquerra − Parti
Democratic de la Nova Esquerra) (No 365/98);
by Jeffrey Lundy and Brigitte Wallen (No 331/98);
by Mr Leo Klein Lebbink (No 332/98); by Mrs Lucia Bravo Matamala (No 366/98);

by Mr Jack Norton (No 333/98); by Mr Yvan Bachaud (Mouvement pour l’Initiative Populaire
− MIP) (No 367/98);
by Mr Jack Norton (No 334/98);
by Mr Yvan Bachaud (Mouvement pour l’Initiative Populaire
by Mr Steven Hill (No 335/98); − MIP) (No 368/98);
by Mr R. Stewart (No 336/98); by Mr Jean Michel Toullec (No 369/98);
by Mr Frank Harvey (No 337/98); by Mrs Catherine Horn (No 370/98);
by Mr Anthony Jones (No 338/98); by Mr Joël Batila (Comité d’Action d’Aide aux Réfugiés
by Ann and Patrick Young (No 339/98); Cabindais) (and 189 signatories) (No 371/98);

by Mr Garlath Canney (No 340/98); by Mr Jean-Jacques Page (No 372/98);

by Mr Peter Baumann (No 341/98); by Mr Michaël Bellon (No 373/98);

by Mr Carl Schulte (No 342/98); by Mrs Stella Macris (No 374/98);

by Mr Rudolf Neumann (No 343/98); by Mr Arno Weilland (No 375/98);

by Mr Kurt Dasbach (No 344/98); by Mr Salvatore Muscarà (No 376/98);

by Constantin Freiherr Heeremann (Deutscher Jagdschutz- by Mr Concetto Anicito (No 377/98);


Verband e.V.) (No 345/98); by Mr Fulvio Uliano (Gruppo Archeologico Flegreo ‘Theodor
by Mr Holger Sticht (Aktionsgemeinschaft der Ausbaugegner- Mommsen’) (No 378/98);
innen des Flughafens Köln/Bonn e.V.) (No 346/98); by Mr Feroldi Vincenzo (No 379/98);
by Mr Bojar Zogjani (and 350 signatories) (No 347/98); by Mr Alfredo Tassone (Consorzio ‘Le Pantane’) (and 2
by Waltraut and Richard Glöckner (No 348/98); signatories) (No 380/98);
by Mrs Edith Heumann (No 349/98); by Mr Egori Ferruccio (No 381/98);
by Mr René Speller (No 350/98); by Mr Egori Ferruccio (No 382/98);
by Mr Egori Ferruccio (No 383/98);
17 April 1998
by Mrs Adelia Celidonia (and 2 signatories) (No 384/98);
by Mr Nikolaos Paskalidis (No 351/98);
by Associação Portuguesa para a Defesa do Consumidor −
by Mr Eftimios Papanastastassiou (No 352/98); DECO (No 385/98);
by Mr Ricardo de Somodevilla (Plataforma de Opinión
Reivindicativa) (No 353/98); 23 April 1998
by Mr Ricardo de Somodevilla (Plataforma de Opinión by Mr Maurizio Cancelmo (OPEN − Observatoire Permanent
Reivindicativa) (No 354/98); de l’Environnement) (No 386/98);
by Mr Ricardo de Somodevilla (Plataforma de Opinión by Mrs Angelica Nicoli (No 387/98);
Reivindicativa) (No 355/98);
by Mr Leonidas Kaloudis (Association of Graduates of the
by Mr Ricardo de Somodevilla (Plataforma de Opinión Institute of Professional Training Prefecture of Ioannina)
Reivindicativa) (No 356/98); (and 2 signatories) (No 388/98);
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by Mr Frank Harvey (No 389/98); by Mr Ricardo de Somodevilla (Plataforma de Opinión


Reivindicativa) (No 429/98);
by Mr Frank Harvey (No 390/98);
by Mr Enrique González Blanco (No 430/98);
by Mr Frank Harvey (No 391/98);
by Mrs Maria del Mar Olivas Tur (and 2 signatories) (No 431/
by Mr Frank Harvey (No 392/98);
98);
by Mr Frank Harvey (No 393/98);
by Mr Didier Reynders (Parti Réformateur Libéral) (and 106
by Mr John Summerfield (No 394/98); signatories) (No 432/98);
by Mrs Inga von Sydow (No 395/98); by Mrs Karine Dupre (No 433/98);
by Mr John Clipston (No 396/98); by Mrs Jocelyne Tison (No 434/98);
by Mr Mark Dean Harris (No 397/98); by Mrs Uta Seier-Maltz (CIFAM − Coordination et Informa-
by Mr Mahmet Vcaz (No 398/98); tion en Faveur des Animaux Martyrs) (and 18 signatories)
(No 435/98);
by Mr Elias Economou (No 399/98);
by Mr Jean Feidt (No 436/98);
by Mr Horst Maiwald (No 400/98);
by Mr Daniel Lemire (No 437/98);
by Mr Georg Seidler (No 401/98);
by Mrs Daniela Veloccia (and 25 signatories) (No 438/98);
by Mr Andic Mirko (No 402/98);
by Mr Nardone Aristide (ARCO − Associazione Difesa
by Mrs Ilse Braun (Frauen für Gerechtigkeit) (and 18 signato- Consumatori) (No 439/98);
ries) (No 403/98);
by Mrs Antonia Braico (No 440/98);
by Mrs Valeria Maringola (No 404/98);
by Mr Massimo Corrado (No 441/98);
by Familie Slobodtschikow (No 405/98);
by Mr Stefano Zuppello (Associazione Verdi Ambiente e So-
by Mrs Gabriele Tüney (No 406/98); cieta) (and 2 signatories) (No 442/98);
by Mr Jalil Mohammadi Mossanin (No 407/98);
6 May 1998
by Mrs Karin Wolz (No 408/98);
by Mr Luis Gómez de la Sota (Ayuntamiento de Solorzano)
by Mr Reiner Schmidt (No 409/98); (and 2 signatories) (No 443/98);
by Mr Heinz Lange (No 410/98); by Mr Miguel Lopez Gaspar (Unión Nacional) (No 444/98);
by Mr Axel van Kranenbrock (Rechtsanwälte Bissel Salleck by Mr Bernabé Alias Cañas (No 445/98);
and Partner) (No 411/98);
by Mr Taisto Halkola (No 446/98);
by Mr Thomas Meyer-Falk (No 412/98);
by Mrs Eeva-Liisa Hiltunen (No 447/98);
by Mr Eyüp Kocabay (No 413/98);
by Mr Jean-Jacques Paino-Canto (No 448/98);
by Mrs Ursula Knoll (Bürgerinitiative Rettet die Marienfelder
Feldmark) (and 3 signatories) (No 414/98); by Mrs Andrée Fleury (No 449/98);
by Mr Kurt Hellmich (No 415/98); by Mr Lwis Nune’s (No 450/98);
by Mr Andreas Paulus (No 416/98); by Mr Serge Docquier (No 451/98);
by Mrs Christina Leuthner (No 417/98); by Mrs Sonia Dubois (No 452/98);
by Mrs Ingeborg Bayer-Taylor (No 418/98); by Mr Gaspard Diamantino (No 453/98);
by Mr Michael Dreesbach (No 419/98); by Mr Georges Geriac (No 454/98);
by Mr Andrej Grefenstein (No 420/98); by Mr Egori Ferruccio (No 455/98);
by Mr Frank Röwe (No 421/98); by Mr Salvatore Baldarotta (and 2 signatories) (No 456/98);
by Mr P.C.J. van Hoof (No 422/98); by Mr Egori Ferruccio (No 457/98);
by Mr Sebastian Sanchez (Unión Regional de la Rioja − by Mr Raffaele Ussia (No 458/98);
CC.OO) (and 3 signatories) (No 423/98); by Mr Enrico Attilio Roscitano (and 2 signatories) (No 459/
by Mr Santiago Martı́n Barajas (CODA − Coordinadora de 98);
Organizaciones de Defensa Ambiental) (and 7 signatories) by Mr S. Veloso (Têxtil Serra da Estrela) (No 460/98);
(No 424/98);
by Mr Duarte Dimas Godinho (and 3 signatories) (No 461/98);
by Mr César Solveira Rodrı́guez (No 425/98);
by Mrs Molly Beckett (Courtown Woods Preservation Group)
by Mrs Consolación Redondo Martin (No 426/98); (No 462/98);
by Mr José Antonio Garcia (Colectivo Cultural La Escalera)
by Mr Justin Sare (No 463/98);
(No 427/98);
by Mr Harold Ferraby Corkhill (No 464/98);
by Mr Manuel Arjona Santana (Ayuntamiento de Archidona)
(and 2 signatories) (No 428/98); by Mr Jaffer Manek (No 465/98);
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by Mr David Burrage (No 466/98); 7. Action taken on Parliament’s opinions and


by Mr Dinh Xuan Minh (Subsidiarität Solidarität Deutsch- resolutions
Vietnamesischer Studierendenverein Trier) (and 2 000 signa-
tories) (No 467/98); The Commission communication on action taken on the
by Mrs Gema De Soto (No 468/98); opinions and resolutions adopted at the January 1998 part-
by Mr Seamus Abraham (No 469/98); sessions had been distributed.
by Mrs Ingeborg Vurgun-Kern (Selbsthilfegruppe Silikonges-
chädigter Frauen e.V.) (and 904 signatories) (No 470/98);
by Mr Sepp Herz (No 471/98);
8. Order of business
by Mrs Vera Bansagi (No 472/98);
by Mr Bernhard Büter (No 473/98); The next item was the order of business.
by Mrs Margit Brücklmeier (Tierversuchsgegner Bayern e.V.)
(and 904 signatories) (No 474/98); The President announced that the final draft agenda for the
May I and May II 1998 sittings had been distributed
by Mr Taxi-Unternehmens Wolfgang Vohl (No 475/98);
(PE 268.294/PDOJ) and that a number of changes had been
by Mr Reiner Winkler (No 476/98); proposed (Rule 96).
by Mr Augusto Scandiuzzi (No 477/98);
by Mr W.E. Johann (No 478/98);
(a) Sittings of 11 to 15 May 1998 in Strasbourg:
by Mr Carl Decaluwé (No 479/98);
by Mr Shlomo Bareket (No 480/98); Monday:
by Mr Heinz Huber (No 481/98).
− no changes.

5. Membership of Parliament Tuesday:

The President announced that the French authorities had − the President proposed that the vote on the Cabrol
informed him that Mr Bernard Lehideux had been appointed recommendation for second reading (A4-0150/98, Item 10)
Member of Parliament, to replace Mr Stasi with effect from should be taken at voting time on Wednesday, but that, to
25 April 1998, and that the Italian authorities had informed him ensure that the vote was properly prepared and that political
that Mr Luciano Schifone had been appointed Member of groups had the final voting lists when they met on Tuesday
Parliament, to replace Mr Belleré, with effect from 6 May evening, the deadline for tabling separate and split votes
1998. should stay at 7 p.m. that evening.
Parliament agreed to this proposal.
He welcomed the new Members and drew attention to the
provisions of Rule 7(4).
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday:
− no changes.
6. Membership of committees, ACP/EU Joint
Assembly and delegations
At the request of the PSE and I-EDN Groups, Parliament (b) Sittings of 27 and 28 May 1998 in Brussels:
ratified the following appointments: − no changes.
− FASE:
Requests for urgent procedure (Rule 97) by the Council, for the
− Mr Marinho, to replace Mr Candal sittings of 27 and 28 May 1998:
− REGI: − proposals for Council Decisions on the implementation of
− Mr Jean-Pierre, to replace Mr Pinel the fifth framework programme of the European Community
(COM(97)0587 − C4-0015/98 − 97/0309(SYN)) and the
− CIVI: European Atomic Energy Community (1998-2002)
− Mr Candal, to replace Mr Marinho (COM(97)0587 − C4-0016/98 − 97/0310(CNS)) with regard
− Mr Pinel, to replace Mr Jean-Pierre to rules governing the participation of firms, research centres
and universities
− INST:
− Mr Delcroix Reason for request: The ‘Research’ Council would be
deciding on this issue at its meeting of 22 June 1998.
− ACP/EU Joint Assembly:
− Mr Delcroix Parliament would vote on these requests at the beginning of the
following day’s sitting.
− Delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of
China:
− Mr Barros Moura, to replace Mr Marinho *
* *
− Delegation for relations with South Africa:
− Mr Marinho, to replace Mr Barros Moura. The order of business was thus established.
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9. Speaking time The following spoke: Mr Barzanti, on behalf of the PSE Group,
Mrs Mosiek-Urbahn, on behalf of the PPE Group, Mr Pompi-
Speaking time for debates on the agenda for the sittings of dou, on behalf of the UPE Group, Mr Monfils, on behalf of the
11 to 15 and 27 and 28 May 1998 would be allocated pursuant ELDR Group, and Mr Ephremidis, on behalf of the GUE/NGL
to Rule 106 (see Agenda PE 268.294/OJ). Group.

10. Topical and urgent debate (subjects pro- IN THE CHAIR: Mrs SCHLEICHER
posed) Vice-President
The President proposed the following five subjects for the next The following spoke: Mr Tamino, on behalf of the V Group,
topical and urgent debate to be held on Thursday: Mrs Ewing, on behalf of the ARE Group, Mrs Sandbæk, on
behalf of the I-EDN Group, Mrs Gebhardt, Mr Carlo Casini,
− Situation in Sudan
Mr Hyland, Mr De Clercq, chairman of the Legal Affairs
− Mochovce nuclear plant (Slovakia) Committee, Mrs Ahern, Mrs Barthet-Mayer, Mr Blokland,
Mrs Raschhofer, Ms Oddy, Mr Liese, Mr Eisma, Mr Querbes,
− Human rights
Mr Graefe zu Baringdorf, Mrs Berger, Mrs Palacio Valleler-
− Code of conduct on armaments sundi, Mrs Plooij-van Gorsel, Mr Seppänen, Mr Ullmann,
Mr White, Mrs Kirsten M. Jensen, Mrs Malone, Mrs Van
− Environmental disasters Putten, Mr Cot, Mr Monti, Member of the Commission,
Mr Graefe zu Baringdorf, to make a personal statement, and
Mrs Van Putten, with a question to the Commission which
Mr Monti answered.
11. Request for waiver of Mr Ribeiro Campos’
immunity (debate) The President closed the debate.
Vote: Minutes of 12.5.1998, Part I, Item 13.
Mrs Palacio Vallelersundi introduced her report, drawn up on
behalf of the Committee on the Rules of Procedure, the
Verification of Credentials and Immunities, on the request for
waiver of the immunity of Mr António Carlo Ribeiro Campos 14. Second banking Directive (debate)
(A4-0155/98).
Mr Wijsenbeek introduced his report, drawn up on behalf of
Mr Wibe spoke on behalf of the PSE Group. Committee on Legal Affairs and Citizens’ Rights, on the
Commission’s interpretative communication on freedom to
The President closed the debate. provide services and the interest of the general good in the
second banking Directive (SEC(97)1193 − C4-0465/97) (A4-
Vote: Minutes of 12.5.1998, Part I, Item 11. 0152/98).

The following spoke: Mrs Peijs, draftsman of the opinion of


the Economic Affairs Committee, Mr Rothley, on behalf of the
PSE Group, Mrs Mosiek-Urbahn, on behalf of the PPE Group,
12. Request for waiver of Mr Rosado Fernandes’ and Mr Monti, Member of the Commission.
immunity (debate)
The President closed the debate.
Mr Wijsenbeek introduced his report, drawn up on behalf of
the Committee on the Rules of Procedure, the Verification of Vote: Minutes of 12.5.1998, Part I, Item 14.
Credentials and Immunities, on the request for waiver of the
immunity of Mr Raúl Miguel Rosado Fernandes (A4-0154/98).
15. Agenda for next sitting
Mr Wibe spoke on behalf of the PSE Group.
The President announced the following agenda for the sitting
The President closed the debate. of Tuesday 12 May 1998:

Vote: Minutes of 12.5.1998, Part I, Item 12.


9 a.m. − 1 p.m., 3 − 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. − 12 midnight:

9 a.m − 12 noon, 3 − 5.30 p.m. and 9 p.m. − 12 midnight:


13. Legal protection of biotechnological inven-
tions ***II (debate) − topical and urgent debate (announcement of motions
tabled)
Mr Rothley introduced his recommendation for second read- − decision on urgent procedure
ing, drawn up on behalf of Committee on Legal Affairs and
Citizens’ Rights, on the common position adopted by the − conciliation procedure on securities (announcement by
Council with a view to adopting a European Parliament and President)
Council Directive on the legal protection of biotechnological
inventions (C4-0132/98 − 95/0350(COD)) (A4-0170/98). − Pirker report on control of synthetic drugs
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− Commission presentation of 1999 preliminary draft bud- − Whitehead report on protection of minors in audiovisual
get and information services *

− Miranda de Lage recommendation on EC-Mexico trade


− Cabrol recommendation on advertising tobacco pro- agreement ***
ducts ***II
− Peijs report on Community customs code ***I

− K. Collins recommendation on water quality **II 12 noon:

− voting time
− joint debate on three reports (Pollack, Hulthén, Hautala)
on limit value for pollutants in air, combating acidifica- − topical and urgent debate (list of subjects selected)
tion, sulphur content of liquid fuels **I
5.30 − 7 p.m.:
− Poggiolini report on eco-label award scheme **I − Question Time (Commission)

− Perry report on Europe of Knowledge (The sitting closed at 7.45 p.m.)

Julian PRIESTLEY Renzo IMBENI


Secretary-General Vice-President
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ATTENDANCE REGISTER
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