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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

1997/98 SESSION

Sittings of 16 to 20 February 1998


PALAIS DE L’EUROPE − STRASBOURG

MINUTES OF THE SITTING OF MONDAY 16 FEBRUARY 1998


(98/C 80/01)

Proceedings of the sitting

IN THE CHAIR: Mr GIL-ROBLES GIL-DELGADO the applicant countries in central and eastern Europe in the
framework of the pre-accession strategy (COM(97)0634 −
President
C4-0010/98 − 97/0351(CNS)) (committee responsible: FASE;
already asked for an opinion: BUDG).
(The sitting opened at 5 p.m.)

4. Documents received
1. Resumption of session The President announced that he had received the following
texts:
The session, adjourned on 29 January 1998, was resumed.

On behalf of Parliament, the President condemned the recent (a) Council:


terrorist attacks in France, Spain and Northern Ireland and said
that he had sent telegrams of condolences and solidarity to the (aa) requests for opinions on:
governments of the countries concerned.
− Proposal for a Council Decision on the promotion of
Parliament observed a minute’s silence in memory of the European pathways for work-linked training, including
victims. apprenticeship (COM(97)0572 − C4-0064/98 − 97/
0321(SYN))
referred to
responsible: ESOC
2. Approval of Minutes opinion: BUDG, ECON, CULT
legal basis: Art. 127 EC
The Minutes of the previous sitting were approved.
− Proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive
94/67/EC on incineration of hazardous waste (COM(97)0604
− C4-0065/98 − 97/0314(SYN))
3. Referral to committees
referred to
responsible: ENVI
The Committee on Budgetary Control had been asked for its
opinion on a proposal for a Council Regulation on assistance to legal basis: Art. 130s(1) EC
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− Proposal for a Council Decision adopting a series of (ab) the following texts:
actions and measures in order to ensure interoperability of and
access to trans-European networks for the electronic Inter- − Draft Convention on jurisdiction, recognition and enforce-
change of Data between Administrations (IDA) ment of judgments in matrimonial matters (13245/97 −
(COM(97)0661 − C4-0067/98 − 97/0341(SYN)) C4-0063/98 − 97/0918(CNS))
referred to referred to
responsible: ECON responsible: LEGA
opinion: CIVI
legal basis: Art. 129d, 3rd paragraph EC
legal basis: Art. K.6, 2nd paragraph EU

− Proposal for a Council Decision adopting a multiannual − Draft Joint Action adopted by the Council on the basis of
framework programme for actions in the energy sector (1998- Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union, on good practice
2002) and connected measures (COM(97)0550 − C4-0070/98 in mutual legal assistance in criminal matters (13300/97 −
− 97/0302(CNS)) C4-0069/98 − 98/0903(CNS))

referred to referred to
responsible: RTDE responsible: CIVI
opinion: BUDG, ENVI opinion: LEGA

legal basis: Art. 235 EC legal basis: Art. K.3(2) EU

− Annual Memorandum to the European Parliament on the


− Proposal for for a Council Decision adopting a multian- activities of the European Union in the field of human rights,
nual programme of technological actions promoting the clean 1996 (11446/97 − C4-0080/98)
and efficient use of solid fuels (1998-2002) (COM(97)0550 −
C4-0071/98 − 98/0801(SYN)) referred to
responsible: FASE
referred to
responsible: RTDE
opinion: BUDG, ENVI (b) Commission:
legal basis: Art. 130s(1) EC
(ba) proposals and/or communications:

− Proposal for for a Council Decision adopting a multian- − Amended proposal concerning a European Parliamant and
nual programme for the promotion of energy efficiency Council Directive on the supplementary supervision of insu-
(1998-2002) (COM(97)0550 − C4-0072/98 − 98/0802(SYN)) rance undertakings in an insurance group (COM(98)0038 −
C4-0078/98 − 95/0245(COD))
referred to
responsible: RTDE referred to
opinion: BUDG, ENVI responsible: LEGA
opinion: ECON
legal basis: Art. 130s(1) EC legal basis: Art. 057(2) EC

− Proposal for Council Regulation adopting a multiannual


programme to promote international cooperation in the energy (bb) proposal for transfer of appropriations:
sector (Synergy programme) (1998-2002) (COM(97)0550 −
C4-0073/98 − 98/0803(CNS)) − Proposal for the transfer of appropriations No 01/98
between Chapters in Section III − Commission − Part B − of
referred to
the General Budget for the European Union for the financial
responsible: RTDE
year 1998 (SEC(98)0153 − C4-0050/98)
opinion: BUDG, ENVI
referred to
legal basis: Art. 235 EC responsible:

− Proposal for Council Decision adopting a multiannual


programma for the promotion of renewable energy sources in (bc) the following texts:
the Community (1998-2002) (COM(97)0550 − C4-0074/98 −
98/0804(CNS)) − Commission Recommendation on interconnection in a
liberalised telecommunications market − Part I − Interconnec-
referred to tion Pricing (C(98)50 − C4-0068/98)
responsible: RTDE
opinion: BUDG, ENVI referred to
responsible: ECON
legal basis: Art. 235 EC opinion: LEGA
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− Report from the Commission to the Council and the − Report on the Commission report to the Council and the
European Parliament on the application of Council Regulation European Parliament on Simpler Legislation for the Internal
(EEC) No 2078/92 on agricultural production methods compa- Market (SLIM): the results of the second phase and the
tible with the requirements of the protection of the environ- follow-up of the implementation of the first phase recommen-
ment and the maintenance of the countryside (COM(97)0620 − dations (COM(97)0618 − C4-0660/97) − Committee on Legal
C4-0075/98) Affairs and Citizens’ Rights
referred to Rapporteur: Mr Crowley
responsible: AGRI (A4-0033/98)
opinion: ENVI

− Annual report on respect for human rights in the European


− Report from the Commission to the Council and the Union (1996) − Committee on Civil Liberties and Internal
European Parliament the application of Regulation (EEC) Affairs
No 2080/92 instituting a Community aid scheme for forestry
measures in agriculture (COM(97)0630 − C4-0076/98) Rapporteur: Mrs Pailler
(A4-0034/98)
referred to
responsible: AGRI
opinion: ENVI − * Report on the proposals for Council Regulations amend-
ing:
I. Council Regulation (EC) No 40/94 of 20 December 1993
on the Community Trade Mark (COM(97)0489 − C4-
(c) committees: 0601/97 − 97/0253(CNS)),
II. Council Regulation (EC) No 2100/94 of 27 July 1994 on
(ca) reports: Community Plant Variety Rights (COM(97)0489 −
C4-0602/97 − 97/0254(CNS)),
III. Council Regulation (EEC) No 2309/93 of 22 July 1993
− Report on the implementation of Structural Fund appro- laying down Community procedures for the authorisa-
priations − Committee on Regional Policy tion and supervision of medicinal products for human
and veterinary use and establishing a European Agency
Rapporteur: Mr Berend
for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (COM(97)0489
(A4-0016/98)
− C4-0603/97 − 97/0255(CNS)),
IV. Council Regulation (EEC) No 1210/90 of 7 May 1990 on
− Report on the integration of health protection requirements the establishment of the basic Regulation of the Euro-
in Community policies (1995) (COM(96)0407 − C4-0663/96) pean Environment Agency and the European Environ-
− Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consum- ment Information and Observation Network
er Protection (COM(97)0489 − C4-0604/97 − 97/0256(CNS)),
V. Council Regulation (EEC) No 2062/94 of 18 July 1994
Rapporteur: Mrs Flemming establishing a European Agency for safety and Health at
(A4-0022/98) Work (COM(97)0489 − C4-0605/97 − 97/0258(CNS)),
VI. Council Regulation (EEC) No 302/93 of 8 February 1993
− Report on the communication from the Commission to the establishing a European Monitoring Centre for Drugs
European Parliament, the Council, the European Monetary and Drug Addiction (COM(97)0489 − C4-0606/97 −
Institute and the Economic and Social Committee ‘Boosting 97/0259/(CNS)),
customers’ confidence in electronic means of payment in the VII. Council Regulation (EEC) 1360/90 of 7 May 1990
Single Market’ (COM(97)0353 − C4-0486/97) − Committee establishing a European Training Foundation
on Legal Affairs and Citizens’ Rights (COM(97)0489 − C4-0607/97 − 97/0260(CNS)),
VIII. Council Regulation (EC) No 2965/94 of 28 November
Rapporteur: Mrs Thors 1994 setting up a Translation Centre for Bodies of the
(A4-0028/98) European Union (COM(97)0489 − C4-0608/97 − 97/
0261(CNS)),
IX. Council Regulation (EC) No 1035/97 of 2 June 1997
− Report on the 1997 annual report on the research and
establishing a European Monitoring Centre on Racism
technological development activities of the European Union
and Xenophobia (COM(97)0489 − C4-0609/97 − 97/
(COM(97)0373 − C4-0435/97) Committee on Research, Tech-
0262(CNS)) − Committee on Budgetary Control
nological Development and Energy
Rapporteur: Mrs Bloch von Blottnitz Rapporteur: Mr Kellett-Bowman
(A4-0031/98) (A4-0035/98)

− * Report on the proposal for a Council Regulation − * Report on the proposal for a Council Regulation
amending, for the second time, Regulation (EEC) No 1360/90 amending Regulation (EEC) No 3950/92 establishing an
establishing a European Training Foundation (COM(97)0177 additional levy in the milk and milk products sector
− C4-0261/97 − 97/0126(CNS)) − Committee on Employ- (COM(97)0606 − C4-0653/97 − 97/0328(CNS)) − Committee
ment and Social Affairs on Agriculture and Rural Development

Rapporteur: Mrs Boogerd-Quaak Rapporteur: Mr Goepel


(A4-0032/98) (A4-0036/98)
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− Report on the impact of biotechnology on agriculture − − Report on the Commission’s conduct in respect of alleged
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development fraud and irregularities in the tourism sector − Committee on
Budgetary Control
Rapporteur: Mrs Keppelhoff-Wiechert
(A4-0037/98) Rapporteur: Mrs Wemheuer
(A4-0049/98)
− **I Report on the proposal for a Council Directive on
transportable pressure equipment (COM(96)0674 − C4-0068/ − * Report on the draft Financial Regulation applicable to
97 − 97/0011(SYN)) − Committee on Transport and Tourism development finance cooperation under the Fourth ACP-EEC
Convention amended by the Agreement of 4 November 1995
Rapporteur: Mr Camisón Asensio (COM(96)0676 − C4-0101/97 − 96/0307(CNS)) − Committee
(A4-0039/98) on Budgetary Control
Rapporteur: Mr Wynn
− Report on the Court of Auditor’s Special Report No 3/96 (A4-0050/98)
on tourist policy and the promotion of tourism, together with
the Commission’s replies (C4-0050/97) − Committee on − Report on cooperation between committees responsible
Budgetary Control and committees asked for their opinions (incorporation of a
new Rule 124(1), first subparagraph (a) and a new Rule 147a
Rapporteur: Mr De Luca
into the Rules of Procedure) − Committee on the Rules of
(A4-0040/98)
Procedure, the Verification of Credentials and Immunities

− * Report on a proposal for a Council Regulation (EC, Rapporteur: Mr Evans


Euratom) amending Council Regulation (EEC, Euratom) (A4-0053/98)
No 1552/89 implementing Decision 94/728/EC, Euratom, on
the system of the Communities’ own resources (COM(97)0343 − Report on the insertion of a new Rule 44a on other reports
− C4-0395/97 − 97/0188(CNS)) − Committee on Budgetary and the annual reports of other institutions in Parliament’s
Control Rules of Procedure − Committee on the Rules of Procedure,
the Verification of Credentials and Immunities
Rapporteur: Mr Bardong
(A4-0041/98) Rapporteur: Mr Crowley
(A4-0054/98)
− ***I Report on the amended proposal for a European
Parliament and Council Directive relating to measures to be − Report on the Commission Demographic Report 1997
taken against air pollution by emissions from motor vehicles (COM(97)0361 − C4-0505/97) − Committee on Employment
and amending Council Directives 70/156/EEC and 70/220/ and Social Affairs
EEC (COM(97)0061 − C4-0088/97 − 96/0164B(COD)) − Rapporteur: Mr Cabezón Alonzo
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer (A4-0056/98)
Protection
Rapporteur: Mr Lange − * Report on the proposal for a Council Decision concern-
(A4-0043/98) ing the Community position within the Association Council on
the participation of Poland in Community programmes in the
fields of training, youth and education (COM(97)0422 −
− * Report on a proposal for a Council Regulation amending C4-0628/97 − 97/0224(CNS)); and on the proposal for a
Regulation (EC) No 1626/94 laying down certain technical Council Decision concerning the Community position within
measures for the conservation of fishery resources in the the Association Council on the participation of the Slovak
Mediterranean (COM(97)0459 − C4-0510/97 − 97/ Republic in Community programmes in the fields of training,
0237(CNS)) − Committee on Fisheries youth and education (COM(97)0422 − C4-0629/97 − 97/
0225(CNS)) − Committee on Culture, Youth, Education and
Rapporteur: Mr McMahon the Media
(A4-0045/98)
Rapporteur: Mrs Leperre-Verrier
(A4-0057/98)
− Report on the annual report to the Council and the
European Parliament on the results of the multi-annual gui-
dance programmes for the fishing fleets at the end of 1996
(COM(97)0352 − C4-0393/97) − Committee on Fisheries (cb) recommendations for second reading:
Rapporteur: Mr Cunha
(A4-0046/98) − ***II Recommendation for second reading on the com-
mon position adopted by the Council with a view to the
adoption of a European Parliament and Council Directive
− * Report on the proposal for a Council Regulation relating to the quality of petrol and diesel fuels and amending
concerning Short-Term Statistics (COM(97)0313 − C4-0417/ Council Directive 93/12/EEC (C4-0532/97 − 96/0163(COD))
97 − 97/0171(CNS)) − Committee on Economic and Monet- − Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consum-
ary Affairs and Industrial Policy er Protection
Rapporteur: Mr Gasòliba i Böhm Rapporteur: Mrs Hautala
(A4-0047/98) (A4-0038/98)
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− ***II Recommendation for second reading on the com- − Bertens, on behalf of the ELDR Group, to the Council:
mon position adopted by the Council with a view to adopting a EU’s attitude towards Nigeria (B4-0020/98);
European Parliament and Council Directive on the approxima-
tion of the laws of the Member States concerning foods and − Bertens, on behalf of the ELDR Group, to the Commis-
food ingredients treated with ionizing radiation (C4-0562/97 − sion: EU’s attitude towards Nigeria (B4-0122/98);
00/0169(COD)) and on the common position adopted by the
Council with a view to adopting a European Parliament and − Müller, Aelvoet, Telkämper and McKenna, on behalf of
Council Directive on the establishment of a Community list of the V Group, to the Council: The EU’s attitude towards Nigeria
foods and food ingredients treated with ionizing radiation (B4-0123/98);
(C4-0561/97 − 00/0169B(COD)) − Committee on the Envi-
ronment, Public Health and Consumer Protection − Müller, Aelvoet, Telkämper and McKenna, on behalf of
the V Group, to the Commission: The EU’s attitude towards
Rapporteur: Mrs Bloch von Blottnitz Nigeria (B4-0124/98);
(A4-0042/98)
− Carnero González, Manisco and Alavanos, on behalf of
the GUE/NGL Group, to the Council: United Nations Commis-
− ***II Recommendation for second reading on the com- sion on Human Rights (B4-0125/98);
mon position adopted by the Council with a view to adopting a
European Parliament and Council Directive relating to meas- − Pettinari and Vinci, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, to
ures to be taken against air pollution by emissions from motor the Council: Relations between the EU and Myanmar (B4-
vehicles and amending Council Directive 70/220/EEC (C4- 0126/98);
0533/97 − 96/0164(COD)) − Committee on the Environment,
Public Health and Consumer Protection − Carnero González and Pettinari, on behalf of the GUE/
NGL Group, to the Council: Relations between the EU and
Rapporteur: Mr Lange Nigeria (B4-0127/98);
(A4-0044/98)
− Macartney and Hory, on behalf of the ARE Group, to the
Council: European Union attitude to Nigeria (B4-0128/98);
− ***II Recommendation for second reading the common
position adopted by the Council with a view to adopting a − Macartney and Hory, on behalf of the ARE Group, to the
European Parliament and Council Decision establishing a Commission: European Union attitude to Nigeria (B4-0129/
programme of Community action to reinforce the functioning 98);
of the indirect taxation systems of the internal market (Fiscalis
programme) (C4-0036/98 − 97/0128(COD)) − Committee on − Dupuis, on behalf of the ARE Group, to the Council:
Economic and Monetary Affairs and Industrial Policy The position of the European Union at the 54th session of the
United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva
Rapporteur: Mr Secchi (B4-0130/98);
(A4-0048/98)
− Dupuis, on behalf of the ARE Group, to the Commission:
Human rights violations in Burma (B4-0131/98);
− **II Recommendation for second reading on the common
position adopted by the Council with a view to adopting a − Aglietta, Müller, Kreissl-Dörfler and Ripa di Meana, on
Council Directive on the protection of the health and safety of behalf of the V Group, to the Council: EU position at the 54th
workers from the risks related to chemical agents at work (14th UN Human Rights Assembly in Geneva (B4-0132/98);
individual Directive within the meaning of Article 16(1) of
Directive 89/391/EEC) (C4-0531/97 − 00/0459(SYN)) − − Telkämper, Aelvoet, Kreissl-Dörfler and Lannoye, on
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs behalf of the V Group, to the Commission: Human rights
violations in Burma (B4-0133/98);
Rapporteur: Mr Blak
(A4-0051/98) − Andrews, and Girão Pereira, on behalf of the UPE Group,
to the Council: EU attitude to Nigeria (B4-0134/98);

− Andrews, and Girão Pereira, on behalf of the UPE Group,


to the Commission: EU attitude to Nigeria (B4-0135/98);
(d) Members:
− Vecchi and Kinnock, on behalf of the PSE Group, to the
Council: situation in Burma (B4-0136/98);
(da) oral questions (Rule 40):
− Vecchi and Kinnock, on behalf of the PSE Group, to the
Council: situation in Nigeria (B4-0137/98);
− Bertens, on behalf of the ELDR Group, to the Council:
Human rights violations in Burma (B4-0018/98); − Van Bladel, on behalf of the UPE Group, to the Council:
54th UN session on human rights (B4-0138/98);

− Bertens, on behalf of the ELDR Group, to the Commis- − Van Bladel, on behalf of the UPE Group, to the Council:
sion: Human rights violations in Burma (B4-0019/98); Hunan rights situation in Burma (B4-0139/98);
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− Barros Moura, on behalf of the PSE Group, to the Council: by Mr Eugene Vertlieb (No 9/98);
European Union position at the 54th meeting of the UN
by Mr William Deas (No 10/98);
Commission on Human Rights in Geneva (B4-0140/98);
by Mr Norman Walters (No 11/98);
− Vecchi and Kinnock, on behalf of the PSE Group, to the by Mr Thomas Kutschaty (No 12/98);
Commission: Situation in Burma (B4-0141/98);
by Mr Mario Ricciardi (No 13/98);
− Vecchi and Kinnock, on behalf of the PSE Group, to the by Mr Hans-Georg Meyer (No 14/98);
Commission: The situation in Nigeria (B4-0169/98).
by Mrs Heike-Ellen Wandner (No 15/98);
by Mr Mats Lönnerblad (No 16/98);
(db) oral questions for Question Time (Rule 41) (B4-0017/98): by Mr and Mrs Wegener (No 17/98);
by Mrs Asunción Portillo González (No 18/98);
− Bonde, Papayannakis, van Dijk, Kokkola, Izquierdo Rojo,
Teverson, Kinnock, Cunningham, Newens, McKenna, by Mr Enrique Luque López (Asociación Protectora de la
Schroedter, Riis-Jørgensen, Bertens, Watts, Valdivielso de Naturaleza Levantina (APNAL)) (No 19/98);
Cué, Wibe, Andersson, Gallagher, Sandbæk, Kaklamanis, by Mr Gonzalo Moreno Santamarı́a (No 20/98);
David W. Martin, McMahon, Truscott, Rübig, Simpson,
McIntosh, Lindqvist, Nicholson, Theorin, Thomas, Needle, by Mr Agustı́n Roca Padilla (Asociación Independiente de
Ahern, Fitzsimons, Bowe, Holm, Gahrton, Watson, Titley, Consumidores Canarios (ASICONCA)) (No 21/98);
Skinner, Krarup, Smith, Habsburg-Lothringen, Van Lancker, by Mrs Aixa Stafforini (No 22/98);
Dybkjær, Oddy, Malone, Howitt, Ephremidis, Hulthén, Crow-
ley, Ferrer, Daskalaki, Hyland, Andrews, Theonas, Schörling, by Mr Josè Hurtado Paredes (Grupo Municipal Esquerda
Killilea, Corbett, Posselt, Hautala, Añoveros Trias de Bes, Unida-Els Verds) (and 2 signatories) (No 23/98);
White, Van Lancker, Watson, Garcı́a Arias, Izquierdo Collado, by Mr Josè Luis Bere Irisarri (IDSYS) (No 24/98);
Frutos Gama, Sjöstedt, Trakatellis, Karamanou, McMahon,
Ahern, Fitzsimons, Dı́ez de Rivera Icaza, Posselt, Kokkola, by Mr Wongodi Omomoko Olenga (College des Intellectuels
Krarup, Kaklamanis, Hatzidakis, Wibe, Theorin, Lindqvist, Travaillistes pour la Démocratie du Congo/Zaı̈re (CITD))
Andersson, Eisma, Habsburg-Lothringen, Morgan, Vande- (and 3 signatories) (No 25/98);
meulebroucke, Izquierdo Rojo, David W. Martin, Watts, by Mrs Odette Henry (Association pour l’Amélioration des
Valverde López, Carlsson, Valdivielso de Cué, Gahrton, Transports de l’Agglomération Orléanaise (APATAO))
Alavanos, Lomas, Graenitz, Seppänen, Alan J. Donnelly, (No 26/98);
Crowley, Pollack, Eriksson, Sandbæk, McIntosh, Howitt,
Olsson, Thors, Stenmarck, Nicholson, Holm, Hernández Mol- by Mr Claude Benoit (and 47 signatories) (No 27/98);
lar, Lannoye, Vecchi, Gallagher, Gillis, Gerard Collins, Smith, by Mrs Catherine Hellmuthova Mimra (No 28/98);
Bontempi, Marset Campos, Manisco, Newens, Carnero Gon-
by Mr Luc Vissol (Etablissements Vissol-Giraud) (No 29/98);
zález, González Álvarez, Schiedermeier, Ahlqvist, Dybkjær,
Ryynänen, Theonas, Oddy, Ephremidis, Rack, Hulthén, Ced- by Mr Selvaratnam Thiruvalluvar (No 30/98);
erschiöld, Lindholm, Ferrer, Hyland, Elles, Perry, Riis- by Mr Panos Anastopoulos (No 31/98);
Jørgensen, Rübig, Schörling, Bowe, Evans, Papayannakis.
by Mr Theodoros Papoulakos (No 32/98);
by Mr M. Gerakis (No 33/98);
by Mrs Eleni Galiatsatou (and 2 signatories) (No 34/98);
5. Petitions
by Mr Horst Carlo Hillberger (No 35/98);
Pursuant to Rule 156(5) the President announced that he had by Mr Vittorio Dall’Asta (No 36/98);
forwarded to the Committee on Petitions the following peti- by Mrs Maria Madalena Pestana Calvinho de Araújo (No 37/
tions which had been entered in the register on the dates shown 98);
below:
by Mr Luis Garcı́a Chillón (No 38/98);
13 January 1998 by Mrs Marion Cottier-Brown (No 39/98);
by Union of Oromo Students in Europe (TBOA UOSE) 22 January 1998
(No 1/98);
by Mr H. Akkermans (No 40/98);
by Mrs Assi Isatu Adolfo (No 2/98);
by Mr C. Verbraeken (No 41/98);
by Mr and Mrs Skipper (No 3/98);
by Mr Tommy Richel (and 3 signatories) (No 42/98);
by Mr Michael Grange (Acorn Associates) (No 4/98);
by Mr Stefan Ljungdahl (No 43/98);
by Mr J.M. Wallace (No 5/98); by Mr Leventis (Komma Anthropinon Dikeomaton) (No 44/
by Mr Steve Maitland-Thomas (National Alliance of Caring 98);
Parents) (No 6/98); by Mrs Wendy Winter de Garcia (No 45/98);
by Mr Derrick Hambleton (No 7/98); by Mrs Madeleine Russell (No 46/98);
by Mrs Teresa Castanera (No 8/98); by Mr Paolo Nicolai (No 47/98);
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by Mr J. Askew (No 48/98); by Mr Pierre de Martin (No 86/98);


by Mr Tim Brook (No 49/98); by Mr Serge Cleret (No 87/98);
by Mr Frank Harvey (No 50/98); by Mrs Sinikka Lylikorpi (Akateeminen Edunvalvontayhdis-
tys ry) (and 2 signatories) (No 88/98);
by Mr Frank Harvey (No 51/98);
by Mr Giuseppe Corrado (and 2 signatories) (No 89/98);
by Mr Frank Harvey (No 52/98);
by Mr Luca Pala (No 90/98);
by Mrs Adamantia Perchanidou (No 53/98);
by Mr Michele Dalla Negra (and 61 signatories) (No 91/98);
by Mr Theo Breitgoff (Bundesverband freier Kfz.-Importeure
e.V.) (No 54/98); by Mrs Adriana Palleni (Comitati Cittadini Indipendenti ‘Città
del Tricolore’) (No 92/98);
by Mr Siegfried Fischer (No 55/98);
by Mrs Maria da Piedade Ribeiro de Aguiar (No 93/98);
by Mr Ulrich Geertz (Vier Pfoten e.V.) (No 56/98);
by Mr Arlindo Ferreira Mateus (No 94/98);
by Mr Rolf Jürgens (No 57/98);
by Mrs Fátima Baptista (No 95/98);
by Mr Jörg Blume (Anwaltsbüro Blume) (No 58/98);
3 February 1998
by Mr Siegfried Neckritz (No 59/98);
by Mr Frank Harvey (No 96/98);
by Mrs Jaroslava Schlagel (No 60/98);
by Mr P. Wilkins (No 97/98);
by Mr Peter Mohs (No 61/98);
by Mr Clarence Sellick (No 98/98);
by Mr Gottlieb Rotter (No 62/98);
by Mr Christopher Pearce (No 99/98);
by Mr Dieter Haase (No 63/98);
by Mrs Helen Gordon (No 100/98);
by Mrs Antonie Hassler (and 4 800 signatories) (No 64/98);
by Mrs Gabriele Heuckmann (No 101/98);
by Mrs Rina van Riel (No 65/98); by Mr Günther Fiedler (No 102/98);
by Mrs Annemarie Walsh (No 66/98); by Mr Peter Tober (No 103/98);
by Mrs Ivy Joan Smith (No 67/98); by Mrs Mag. Maria Aigner (No 104/98);
by Mr Yojo Kuivasniemi (No 68/98); by Timo/Liisa Pekkala (No 105/98);
by Mr Rudolf Popp (No 69/98); by Mr Pieter Postma (No 106/98);
by Mr Peter Smart (No 70/98); by Mr W. Van Geffen (No 107/98);
by Mr Henrique Köhler (No 71/98); by Mrs Rosemarie Hechler (No 108/98);
by Mrs Silvana Ruth Schachter Forti (Asociación Odontólogos by Mrs Loretta Grego-Burkhardt (No 109/98);
Titulados en Argentina) (No 72/98); by Mr Finn Rye Hansen (No 110/98);
by Mr Ricardo de Somodevilla (Plataforma de Opinión by Mr Gerald Kummer (No 111/98);
Reivindicativa) (No 73/98);
by Mrs Ruth Baumüller (No 112/98);
by Mr Ricardo de Somodevilla (Plataforma de Opinión
Reivindicativa) (No 74/98); by Mr Frank Harvey (No 113/98);
by Mr Francisco Pico Gómez (and 2 signatories) (No 75/98); by Mr Ricardo de Somodevilla (No 114/98);

by Mrs Judith Velasco Cordero (No 76/98); by Mr Ricardo de Somodevilla (No 115/98);

by Mr Ricardo de Somodevilla (Plataforma de Opinión by Mr Guillermo Martı́n Moro (No 116/98);


Reivindicativa) (No 77/98); by Mr Christian de Coune (No 117/98);
by Mr Alfred Ruppelt (No 78/98); by Mr Giovanni Panunzio (No 118/98);
by Mrs Paloma Fernández Nogueira (Coordinadora Anti- by Mr Roberto Caselli (No 119/98);
Embalse de Caldas Reis, Cuntis y Moraña) (and 16 signatories) by Mr Gino Spinato (No 120/98);
(No 79/98);
by Mrs Maria da Ressurreição Afonso Andrade (No 121/98);
by Mr Mohamed Ettahiri (Comité des Médecins à Diplôme
Etranger) (and 10,001 signatories) (No 80/98); 11 February 1998
by Mr Roberto Spagnoli (Cora − Coordination Radicale by Mr Juan Jiménez Párraga (and 3 signatories) (No 122/98);
Antiprohibitionniste) (and 461 signatories) (No 81/98);
by Mr Jacques H.J. Bourgeois (Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer &
by Mr Stéphane dos Ramos (No 82/98); Feld) (No 123/98);
by Mrs Maria Inês Jorge Santos (No 83/98); by Mr Michel Labre (No 124/98);
by Mr Abdelkader Kechairi (No 84/98); by Mr Maurice Vigny (No 125/98);
by Mr Antonio Colombo (Gruppo S.p.A. Divisione Cinelli) by Mrs Ferdinanda Olivello ( MOPI − Movimento Popolare
(No 85/98); Inquilini) (No 126/98);
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by Mr Andrea Atzori (No 127/98); by Mr Simon Holt (Simon A Holt & Co.) (No 165/98);
by Mr Adriano Pedemonte ( Pedemonte G.B. & C. s.n.c.) by Mr Eric Sheppard (Limerick Environmental Watch)
(and 2 signatories) (No 128/98); (No 166/98);
by Mr Ivano Muffato (Associazione Artigiani Mestre CGIA) by Mr Alan David Heath (No 167/98);
(and 2 signatories) (No 129/98);
by Mr Lee Heaton (No 168/98);
by Mr Antonino Patti (No 130/98);
by Mr John O’Connor (No 169/98).
by Mr Gioanni Renazzi (and 4 signatories) (No 131/98);
by Mr Vincenzo Distratto (No 132/98);
by Mrs Gemma Pellizzari Iannetti (UIDIC − Unione Italiana
Iniziative Civili) (and 2 signatories) (No 133/98); 6. Order of business
by Mrs Gemma Pellizzari Iannetti (UIDIC − Unione Italiana
Iniziative Civili) (and 2 signatories) (No 134/98); The next item was the order of business.
by Mrs Gemma Pellizzari Iannetti (UIDIC − Unione Italiana
Iniziative Civili) (and 2 signatories) (No 135/98); The President announced that the final draft agenda for the
February 1998 sittings had been distributed (PE 266.055/
by Mr Fabio Padovan (LIFE) (and 15 signatories) (No 136/98); PDOJ) and that no changes had been proposed.
by Mrs Maria Gisela Fragoso Lopes (No 137/98);
by Mr Américo Manuel da Silva Lourenço (No 138/98);
Request by the Council for urgent procedure (Rule 97):
by Mr Antonio Cañas Mantilla (Anetocem s.l.) (No 139/98);
by Mr Antonio Ábalos Chavarria ( Delegados de la Escuela − Proposal for a Council Regulation on assistance to the
Oficial de Idiomas de Moratalaz) (and 462 signatories) applicant countries in central and eastern Europe in the
(No 140/98); framework of the pre-accession strategy (COM(97)0634 −
C4-0010/98 − 97/0351(CNS))
by Mrs Teresa Fuentes Ochoa (No 141/98);
Reason for request: The Council would be taking a decision
by Mr Rainer Holm (No 142/98);
on this matter at its meeting of 23 February 1998.
by Mr W. Leufkens (No 143/98);
by Mr Marc Cops (ANCO Management) (No 144/98); Parliament would vote on this request at the beginning of the
following day’s sitting.
by Mr P. J. De Jonge (Douane Update) (No 145/98);
by Mr Ijsbrand J. Van Naeltwijck (No 146/98);
*
by Mr Rainer Franz (No 147/98); * *
by Mr Johannes Schulz (No 148/98);
The order of business was thus established.
by Mr Renate Pulow (Umweltbildungszentrum) (and 76 signa-
tories) (No 149/98);
by Mr Franzjosef Arkenau (No 150/98);
by Mr Klaus Roth-Stielow (BUND-Freunde der Erde) (No 151/ 7. Speaking time
98);
by Free State of Danzig (No 152/98); Speaking time for debates on the agenda for the sittings of
16-20 February 1998 would be allocated pursuant to Rule 106
by Mr Jaček Brodniewicz (No 153/98); (see separate Agenda).
by Mr Alex Möller (No 154/98);
by Mr Gabriele Mösle (No 155/98);
by Mr Zoltan Vesztergombi (No 156/98);
8. Topical and urgent debate (subjects pro-
by Mr Jiři Hajek (No 157/98); posed)
by Mrs Joanne Lee (No 158/98);
The President proposed the following five subjects for the next
by Mr Peter Piron (No 159/98);
topical and urgent debate to be held on Thursday:
by Mr Martin Finke (No 160/98);
− Afghanistan
by Mr J. Ossenwaarde (Vereniging van Ingelanden) (No 161/
98); − Accident in Italy caused by a US military plane

by Mr James Hyndman (No 162/98); − Human rights


by Mr Frank Harvey (No 163/98); − Sub-critical nuclear testing
by Mr Reginald Harvey (No 164/98); − Disasters
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9. Tourism (debate) 11. RTD activities (1997 annual report) (debate)


The next item was a joint debate on two reports drawn up on Mrs Bloch von Blottnitz introduced her report, drawn up on
behalf of the Committee on Budgetary Control. behalf of the Committee on Research, Technological Develop-
ment and Energy, on the 1997 annual report on the research
Mr De Luca introduced his report on the Court of Auditors and technological development activities of the European
Special Report No 3/96 on tourist policy and the promotion of Union (COM(97)0373 − C4-0435/97) (A4-0031/98).
tourism together with the Commission’s replies (C4-0050/97)
(A4-0040/98).

Mrs Wemheuer introduced her report on the Commission’s


conduct in respect of alleged fraud and irregularities in the IN THE CHAIR: Mr COT
tourism sector (A4-0049/98).
Vice-President
The following spoke: Mr Cunningham, draftsman of the
opinion of the Committee on Transport, Mrs Lambraki, on The following spoke: Mr Lange, on behalf of the PSE Group,
behalf of the PSE Group, Mr Kellett-Bowman, on behalf of the Mrs Estevan Bolea, on behalf of the PPE Group, Mr Chiches-
PPE Group, Mr Giansily, on behalf of the UPE Group, ter, Mrs Vaz da Silva, Mrs Cresson, Member of the Commis-
Mrs Thors, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Mr Seppänen, on sion, and Mr Lange with a question to the Commission which
behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Mr Holm, on behalf of the Mrs Cresson answered.
V Group, Mrs Ewing, on behalf of the ARE Group, Mr Buffe-
taut, on behalf of the I-EDN Group, Mr Lukas, Non-attached The President closed the debate.
Member, Mr Bösch, Mrs Theato, chairman of the Committee
on Budgetary Control, Mr Rosado Fernandes, Mr Van Dam, Vote:Minutes of 17.2.1998, Part I, Item 15.
Mr Blak, Mr Sarlis and Mr Fitzsimons.

12. Chemical agents at work **II (debate)


Mr Blak introduced the recommendation for second reading
IN THE CHAIR: Mr PODESTÀ drawn up on behalf of the Committee on Employment and
Social Affairs on the common position adopted by the Council
Vice-President
with a view to adopting a Council Directive on the protection
of the health and safety of workers from the risks related to
The following spoke: Mr Tomlinson, Mr Fabra Vallés, chemical agents at work (14th individual Directive within the
Mr McMillan-Scott, Mrs Gradin, Mr Papoutsis and Mr Liikan- meaning of Article 16(1) of Directive 89/391/EEC) (C4-
en, the last three on behalf of the Commission, Mr McMillan- 0531/97 − 00/0459(SYN)) (A4-0051/98).
Scott and Mr De Luca, rapporteur, who put questions to the
Commission which Mrs Gradin and Mr Liikanen answered. The following spoke: Mr Hughes, chairman of the Committee
on Employment and Social Affairs, on behalf of the PSE
The President closed the debate. Group, Mr Mendonça, on behalf of the PPE Group, Mrs Boo-
gerd-Quaak, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Mrs Ojala, on
Vote: Minutes of 17.2.1998, Part I, Item 14. behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Mr Wolf, on behalf of the
V Group, Mr Skinner, Mr Schiedermeier, Mr Lindqvist, Mr Pa-
pakyriazis, Mrs Cresson, Member of the Commission, and
Mr Blak, rapporteur, with a question to the Commission which
10. Macro-financial assistance for Ukraine * Mrs Cresson answered.
(debate)
The President closed the debate.
Mrs Mann introduced her report, drawn up on behalf of the
Vote: Minutes of 17.2.1998, Part I, Item 11.
Committee on External Economic Relations, on the proposal
for a Council Decision providing supplementary macro-
financial assistance for Ukraine (COM(97)0588 − C4-0614/97
− 97/0312(CNS)) (A4-0025/98).
13. Agenda for next sitting
Opinion: in letter form by the chairman of the Budgets
Committee (Hughes procedure) The President announced the following agenda for the sitting
of Tuesday 17 February 1998:
The following spoke: Mr Habsburg-Lothringen, on behalf of
the PPE Group, Mr Kaklamanis, on behalf of the UPE Group,
Mrs Plooij-van Gorsel, on behalf of the ELDR Group, 9 a.m. − 1 p.m., 3 − 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. − 12 midnight:
Mrs Schroedter, on behalf of the V Group, and Mrs Cresson,
Member of the Commission.
9 − 9.15 a.m.:
The President closed the debate.
− topical and urgent debate (announcement of motions
Vote: Minutes of 17.2.1998, Part I, Item 12. tabled)
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9.15 a.m. − 12 noon: − joint debate on a report by Mr Lange and two recommen-
dations for second reading by Mr Lange and Mrs Hautala
− decision on urgent procedure on emissions from motor vehicles/quality of petrol and
diesel fuels ***I/***II
− Orlando report on action to combat organized crime *
− Kenneth D. Collins report on the European Environment
− Pailler report on human rights in European Union Agency **I
− Berend report on implementation of Structural Fund
appropriations − Bloch von Blottnitz recommendation for second reading
on foods treated with ionizing radiation ***II

12 noon: − Jackson report on landfill of waste **I

− voting time

− topical and urgent debate (list of subjects selected) 5.30 − 7 p.m.:

− Question Time to the Commission


3 − 5.30 p.m. and 9 p.m. − 12 midnight:

− Council and Commission statements on climate change


(with debate) (The sitting closed at 8 p.m.)

Julian PRIESTLEY Georgios ANASTASSOPOULOS


Secretary-General Vice-President
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ATTENDANCE REGISTER
16 February 1998
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David, De Coene, De Esteban Martin, De Giovanni, De Luca, De Melo, Deprez, Desama, De Vries, Dı́ez
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