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C 40/56 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 7.2.


Wednesday 12 April 2000

(2001/C 40/03) MINUTES




1. Opening of sitting

The sitting opened at 09.05.

2. Approval of Minutes of previous sitting

The following spoke:

( Corbett who, referring to the remarks he had made at the opening of the sitting (Item 2) regarding the
Dimitrakopoulos/Leinen report, stated that contradictory and identical amendments had been tabled
not only on behalf of the PPE-DE Group but also on behalf of the TDI Group;

( McKenna who, recalling her remarks during Question Time to the Commission (Item 15), complained
that the times scheduled in the agenda had not been respected in this instance, which had meant, in
particular, that the second part of Question Time had clashed with political group meetings (the Pre-
sident noted her complaint).

The Minutes of the previous sitting were approved.

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The following spoke:

( Ludford, who highlighted the importance of the verdict reached the day before by a British court,
which had found against the historian David Irving, author of revisionist publications denying the
Nazi genocide of the Jews; the speaker felt that the judgment boosted the fight to make Europe a
society free of racism;

( Thors, who asked the President to convey to the Romanian and Hungarian parliaments the European
Parliament’s sympathy for the victims of recent flooding in these two countries (the President pro-
mised to do so);

( Terence Wynn, who pointed out that, at a meeting the previous evening of the Committee on Bud-
gets, of which he was Chairman, milk had been served that was labelled ‘for distribution in schools
only’ (the President assured him that the matter would be investigated);

( Laguiller, who informed the President that she had sent her, on behalf of her party colleagues, a letter
which addressed the unsatisfactory working conditions endured by certain sections of Parliament’s
staff (security guards, hostesses, firemen) who had been on strike the previous day (the President
assured her that she would give the letter her utmost attention);

( Paasilinna, on acoustic problems caused by the sound system when Members spoke.