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C 40/146 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 7.2.


Thursday 13 April 2000



The President proposed to continue voting until 13.30 and to continue any outstanding votes at 17.30.

Parliament approved the proposal.

6. General budget (1998 discharge) (vote)

Report: Stauner ( A5-0087/2000
(Simple majority)


The following spoke:
( Morgan, on the English version of amendment 1;
( Barón Crespo, on behalf of the PSE Group, who wished to know, in the light of Rule 161(1), the
opinion of the Chairman of the Committee on Budgetary Control regarding the lack of consistency
between the motion for a resolution and the explanatory statement; he called for the rapporteur to
give an explanation;
( Stauner, rapporteur, on the amendments;
( Theato, Chairman of the Committee on Budgetary Control, in reply to Mr Barón Crespo;
( Bourlanges, who withdrew amendment 5 of which he was co-author;
( Barón Crespo, who returned to his previous point and criticised the rapporteur for not addressing
what he felt was a vital issue; he added that, on behalf of the PSE Group, he would take over, pursuant
to Rule 139(5), amendment 5, which Mr Bourlanges had withdrawn;
( Mulder, on behalf of the ELDR Group, who supported Mr Barón Crespo;
( the rapporteur, who acknowledged that the explanatory statement should be consistent with the text
of the motion for a resolution; she stated that she had supervised the matter herself and assumed all
Amendments adopted: 1 by RCV (PPE-DE); 2 by EV (244 for, 219 against, 19 abstentions); 3 by EV (234
for, 217 against, 29 abstentions); 5 by RCV (PSE)
Amendment withdrawn: 4

RCVs: paragraph 1(c),(j) and (o) (PPE-DE)

The following spoke:
( Bourlanges, who supported amendment 5 which he had withdrawn but which had been taken over by
the PSE Group;
( Elles, who stated that the reference to the explanatory statement in amendment 4 was a precedent;
( Barón Crespo, on behalf of the PSE Group, who stressed the importance of the vote on amendment 1.

Parliament adopted the resolution by RCV (PPE-DE) (Item 1 of ‘Texts Adopted’).