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C 98/12 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 9. 4.

1999

Monday 14 December 1998

As Parliament had not adopted any amendment, meaning that Parliament’s delegation to the Conciliation Committee, on
the maximum rate of increase of draft supplementary and behalf of the PSE Group, Mrs Vaz da Silva, on behalf of the
amending budget 1/98 was unchanged, the President esta- PPE Group, Mrs Plooij-van Gorsel, on behalf of the ELDR
blished that the two branches of the budgetary authority were Group, Mr Pompidou, on behalf of the UPE Group, Mrs Ahern,
in agreement and declared supplementary and amending on behalf of the V Group, Mr Tannert, Mr Linkohr, Mrs Grae-
budget 1/98 adopted. nitz, Mr Lange and Mrs Cresson, Member of the Commission.

The President closed the debate.

13. Interpretation of the Rules of Procedure Vote: Minutes of 15.12.1998, Part I, Item 13.

The President informed Parliament pursuant to Rule 162(3) of


the following interpretation given by the Rules Committee to
which the matter had been referred, concerning the provisions 15. RTD framework programmes (1998-
applicable in the context of the discharge procedure (Annex V 2002) * (debate)
to Rules of Procedure):
The next item was a joint debate on nine reports drawn up on
‘The Committee on the Rules of Procedure considered that the behalf of the Committee on Research, Technological Develop-
provisions of Annex V were not at variance with the general ment and Energy.
provisions of the Rules concerning the tabling of amendments,
which could be accepted under Rule 125. Amendments Mr Tannert introduced his report on the proposal for a Council
proposing the opposite to the proposal of the committee Decision adopting a specific programme for research, techno-
responsible, on the other hand, were inadmissible.’ logical development and demonstration on ‘Quality of life and
management of living resources (1998-2002) (COM(98)0305
If the interpretation was not contested by a political group or at − C4-0433/98 − 98/0177(CNS)) (A4-0451/98).
least 29 Members (Rule 162(4)) before the adoption of the
Minutes of the current sitting, it would be deemed to have been Mr Malerba introduced his report on the proposal for a Council
adopted. Otherwise it would be put to the vote in Parliament at Decision adopting a specific progamme for research, techno-
12.00. logical development and demonstration (1998-2002) on a
‘User-friendly information society’ (COM(98)0305 − C4-
The President announced that the text of the interpretation 0434/98 − 98/0178(CNS)) (A4-0452/98).
would be forwarded immediately to the political groups and
the Committee on Budgetary Control. Mr Ferber, deputizing for the rapporteur, introduced the report
drawn up by Mr Argyros on the proposal for a Council
He also announced that the Rules Committee considered the decision adopting a specific programme for research, techno-
provisions of Annex V remained applicable and that the logical development and demonstration on ‘Competitive and
committee had decided to review Annex V in its entirety under sustainable growth’ (1998-2002) (COM(98)0305 − C4-0435/
the procedure laid down in Rule 162(2). 98 − 98/0179(CNS)) (A4-0453/98).

14. Fifth RTD framework programme ***III


(debate) IN THE CHAIR: Mr Gerard COLLINS

Mrs Quisthoudt-Rowohl introduced her report, drawn up on Vice-President


behalf of Parliament’s Delegation to the Conciliation Commit-
tee, on the joint text approved by the Conciliation Committee Mrs Estevan Bolea introduced her report on the proposal for a
for a European Parliament and Council Decision concerning Council Decision adopting a specific progamme for research,
the Fifth framework programme of the European Community technological development and demonstration on ‘Preserving
for research, technological development and demonstration the ecosystem’ (1998-2002) (COM(98)0305 − C4-0436/98 −
activities (1998-2002) (C4-0646/98 − 97/0119(COD)) (A4- 98/0180(CNS)) (A4-0454/98).
0493/98).
Mr Marset Campos introduced his report on the proposal for a
Mrs Schierhuber, draftsman of opinion of the Committee on Council Decision adopting a specific progamme for research,
Agriculture and Rural Development, spoke. technological development and demonstration on ‘Confirming
the international role of Community research’ (1998-2002)
(COM(98)0305 − C4-0437/98 − 98/0181(CNS)) (A4-0455/
98).

Mrs Plooij-van Gorsel introduced her report on the proposal


IN THE CHAIR: Mr PODESTÀ for a Council Decision adopting a specific progamme for
research, technological development and demonstration on
Vice-President ‘Promotion of innovation and encouragement of participation
of SMEs’ (1998-2002) (COM(98)0305 − C4-0438/98 − 98/
The following spoke: Mr Ferber, draftsman of the opinion of 0182(CNS)) (A4-0456/98); she then spoke as draftsman of the
the Committee on Transport, Mr Imbeni, chairman of opinion of the Committee on External Economic Relations.
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Monday 14 December 1998

Mr Lange introduced his report on the proposal for a Council The President closed the debate.
Decision adopting a specific progamme for research, techno-
logical development and demonstration on ‘Improving the Vote: Minutes of 15.12.1998, Part I, Item 14.
human research potential and the socio-economic knowledge
base’ (1998-2002) (COM(98)0305 − C4-0439/98 − 98/
0183(CNS)) (A4-0457/98). 16. Agenda for next sitting
The President announced the following agenda for the sitting
Mrs McNally introduced her report on I. the proposal for a of Tuesday 15 December 1998:
Council Decision adopting a specific programme for research
and training to be implemented by the Joint Research Centre 09.00 − 12.00, 15.00 − 17.30 and 21.00 − 24.00:
by means of direct actions for the European Community
(1998-2002) (COM(98)0305 − C4-0440/98 − 98/0184(CNS)) − topical and urgent debate (announcement of motions
and II. the proposal for a Council Decision adopting a specific tabled)
programme for research and training to be implemented by the
Joint Research Centre by means of direct actions for the − decision on urgent procedure
European Atomic Energy Community (1998-2002) − Elles report on discharge for 1996
(COM(98)0306 − C4-0431/98 − 98/0188(CNS)) (A4-0458/
98). − Dührkop Dührkop and Viola report on the 1999 general
budget
Mrs Matikainen-Kallström introduced her report on the propo- − Commission statement on the assessment of 1998 and
sal for a Council Decision adopting a specific programme annual programme for 1999
(Euratom) for research and training on ‘Preserving the ecosys-
tem’ (1998-2002) (COM(98)0306 − C4-0430/98 − 98/ − Arroni report on information strategy on euro
0187(CNS)) (A4-0459/98).
− Metten report on adjustment mechanism in cases of
asymmetric shocks
The following spoke: Mr Malerba, draftsman of the opinion of
the Committee on External Economic Relations, Mrs Langen- − Lulling recommendation for second reading on trading of
hagen, draftsman of the opinion of the Committee on Fisheries, goods between Member States **II
Mrs Schörling, draftsman of the opinion of the Committee on
Employment, and Mrs Heinisch, on behalf of the PPE Group. − Peijs recommendation for second reading on external
transit ***II
− Souchet report on diversification out of certain fishing
activities *

IN THE CHAIR: Mr AVGERINOS 12.00 − 13.00:

Vice-President − Fraga Estévez report on bluefin tuna (Rule 52) *


− voting time
The following spoke: Mr Teverson, on behalf of the ELDR
Group, Mr Fitzsimons, on behalf of the UPE Group, Mrs Ojala, − topical and urgent debate (list of subjects selected)
on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Mrs Bloch von Blottnitz,
Mr Hudghton, Mr Souchet, Mrs Flemming, Mr Theonas, 17.30 − 19.00:
Mr Holm, Mr Blokland, Mrs Palacio Vallelersundi,
Mrs Breyer, Mr Scapagnini, chairman of the Committee on − Question Time (Commission)
Research, Mr Chichester and Mrs Cresson, Member of the
Commission. (The sitting closed at 20.45)

Julian PRIESTLEY Nicole FONTAINE


Secretary-General Vice-President