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98

Friday 18 September 1998

MINUTES OF THE SITTING OF FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER 1998


(98/C 313/05)

PART I

Proceedings of the sitting

IN THE CHAIR: Mrs SCHLEICHER − Proposal for a Council Decision laying down the pro-
cedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on
Vice-President
the Commission (COM(98)0380 − C4-0501/98 − 98/
0219(CNS))
(The sitting opened at 09.00) referred to
responsible: INST
opinion: all committees concerned
1. Approval of Minutes legal basis: Art. 145 EC

Mrs Schleicher, Vice-President, had informed the Chair that − Amended proposal for a joint action concerning temporary
she had not taken part in the 11 roll-call votes which she had protection of displaced persons (COM(98)0372 − C4-0505/98
chaired the previous day. − 97/0081(CNS))
Mr Tindemans had informed the Chair that he had intended to referred to
vote against, not for, the joint motion for a resolution on equal responsible: CIVI
rights for homosexuals (Part I, Item 19). opinion: FASE, LEGA
legal basis: Art. K.3(2)(b) EU
The following spoke:
− Draft Council Regulation laying down the requirements
− Mr Blokland, on the implications of the vote on the for the implementation of development cooperation operations
Scarbonchi report on job creation (A4-0255/98) (Part I, which contribute to the general objective of developing and
Item 23); consolidating democracy and the rule of law and to that of
respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms (9851/98
− Mr Provan, who referred to the incident the previous day − C4-0507/98 − 97/0191(SYN))
when a Member had taken photographs in the Chamber (Part I,
Item 21), and requested an assurance that the photographs were referred to
not intended for publication and that, if such an assurance was responsible: DEVE
not received, the Bureau would sanction the Member in opinion: FASE, BUDG
question; legal basis: Art. 130w EC
− Mr Kenneth D. Collins, who asked for an assurance that
mobile phones would no longer be used in the Chamber; − Draft Council Regulation laying down the requirements
for the implementation of Community operations, other than
− Mr Kerr, on the number of times he had spoken the those of development cooperation, which, within the frame-
previous day on behalf of the V Group. work of Community cooperation policy, contribute to the
general objective of developing and consolidating democracy
The Minutes of the previous sitting were approved. and the rule of law and to that of respecting human rights and
fundamental freedoms in third countries (9582/98 − C4-
0508/98 − 98/0813(CNS))
referred to
2. Documents received responsible: FASE
The President had received the following texts: opinion: BUDG, RELA, DEVE
legal basis: Art. 235 EC
(a) from the Council:
− Proposal for a Council Decision concluding the Agree-
− Proposal for a Council Regulation on verification meas- ment for scientific and technological cooperation between the
ures, measures relating to the refund system and administrative European Community and the Government of the United
cooperation measures necessary for the application of Direc- States of America (COM(98)0137 − C4-0517/98 − 98/
tive 98/.../EC (COM(98)0377 − C4-0475/98 − 98/0210(CNS)) 0095(CNS))

referred to referred to
responsible: ECON responsible: RTDE
opinion: CONT opinion: BUDG, RELA
legal basis: Art. 99 EC legal basis: Art. 130m, 228(2) and (3), first subparagraph EC
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− Proposal for a Council Decision establishing the second − Amended proposal for a European Parliament and Council
phase of the Community vocational training action programme Decision adopting a multiannual Community action plan on
‘Leonardo da Vinci’ (COM(98)0330 − C4-0522/98 − 98/ promoting safe use of the Internet (COM(98)0518 − C4-
0196(SYN)) 0521/98 − 97/0337(COD))

referred to referred to
responsible: ESOC responsible: CIVI
opinion: BUDG, CULT, WOME opinion: BUDG, ECON, CULT, WOME
legal basis: Art. 127 EC legal basis: Art. 129a EC

− Draft Joint Action adopted by the Council on the basis of − Communication to the Council, the European Parliament
Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union concerning a and the European Central Bank: Protection of the euro −
uniform format for forms for affixing issued by the Member combating counterfeiting (COM(98)0474 − C4-0527/98)
States to holders of travel documents which are not recognised
by the Member State drawing up the form or to persons referred to
holding no travel documents (10224/98 − C4-0525/98 − responsible: CIVI
98/0914(CNS)) opinion: ECON, LEGA, CONT
referred to
responsible: CIVI

legal basis: Art. K.3(2)(b) EU (bb) proposals for transfers of appropriations:

− Draft Joint Action adopted by the Council on the basis of


Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union on airport transit − Proposal for transfer of appropriations No 24/98 between
arrangements (10225/98 − C4-0526/98 − 98/0915(CNS)) Chapters in Section III − Commission − Part B − of the
General Budget for the European Union for the financial year
referred to 1998 (SEC(98)1262 − C4-0503/98)
responsible: CIVI
referred to
legal basis: Art. K.3(2)(b) EU responsible: BUDG

− Proposal for a Council Directive amending Directives − Proposal for transfer of appropriations No 26/98 between
70/524/EEC concerning additives in feedingstuffs, 95/53/EC Chapters in Section III − Commission − Part A − of the
fixing the principles governing the organisation of official General Budget for the European Union for the financial year
inspections in the field of animal nutrition and 95/69/EC laying 1998 (SEC(98)1498 − C4-0518/98)
down the conditions and arrangements for approving and
registering certain establishments and intermediaries operating referred to
in the animal feed sector (COM(98)0438 − C4-0528/98 − responsible: BUDG
98/0237(CNS))

referred to − Proposal for transfer of appropriations No 25/98 between


responsible: AGRI Chapters in Section III − Commission − Part B − of the
opinion: ENVI General Budget for the European Union for the financial year
1998 (SEC(98)1525 − C4-0519/98)
legal basis: Art. 43 EC
referred to
responsible: BUDG

(b) from the Commission: − Proposal for transfer of appropriations No 27/98 between
Chapters in Section III − Commission − Part B − of the
(ba) proposals and/or communications: General Budget for the European Union for the financial year
1998 (SEC(98)1513 − C4-0520/98)

− Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive referred to


on action to be taken against the emission of gaseous and responsible: CONT
particulate pollutants by engines intended to power agricultural
or forestry tractors and amending Council Directive 74/
150/EEC (COM(98)0472 − C4-0512/98 − 98/0247(COD)) − Proposal for transfer of appropriations No 22/98 between
Chapters in Section III − Commission − Part A − of the
referred to General Budget for the European Union for the financial year
responsible: ENVI 1998 (SEC(98)1497 − C4-0523/98)
opinion: AGRI, ECON
referred to
legal basis: Art. 100a EC responsible: BUDG
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3. Referral to committees − Authorisation to 4. Bovine animals and swine ***I (procedure


draw up reports − Hughes procedure without debate)
Report by the Committee on Agriculture and Rural
(a) Committees had been asked for opinions as follows: Development on a proposal for a European Parliament and
Council Directive amending Council Directive 97/12/EC
of 17 March 1997 amending and updating Directive
− WOME 64/432/EEC on health problems affecting intra-Commun-
ity trade in bovine animals and swine (COM(98)0338 −
− the question of future jobs in Europe (authorised to
C4-0348/98 − 98/0194(COD)) (A4-0316/98, rapporteur:
draw up a report: ESOC; already asked for opinions:
Mr Kindermann) (without debate)
ECON, RTDE and ENVI)
(Simple majority)
− the question of harmonising forms of supplementary
protection to refugee status in the European Union
(authorised to draw up a report: CIVI) PROPOSAL FOR A DIRECTIVE COM(98)0338 − C4-
0348/97 − 98/0194(COD):
− PETI, on the procedure for examining the annual report
and special reports of the European Ombudsman (responsible: Parliament approved the Commission proposal (Part II,
RULE); Item 1).

(b) the Fisheries Committee was now the committee respon-


sible for the proposal for a Council Regulation laying DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION:
down certain control measures in respect of vessels flying
the flag of Non-Contracting Parties to the Convention for Parliament adopted the legislative resolution (Part II, Item 1).
the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
(COM(98)0362 − C4-0405/98 − 98/0204(CNS)) (origi-
nally responsible: ENVI);

(c) the Legal Affairs Committee had been authorised to draw 5. The Great Lakes (vote)
up an own-initiative report on the draft statute for Mem- Motions for resolutions B4-0818, 0822, 0834, 0860, 0867,
bers; 0871 and 0874/98
(Simple majority)
(d) the Hughes procedure would be applied to the following
reports:
MOTIONS FOR RESOLUTIONS B4-0818, 0822, 0834, 0860,
− CULT 0867, 0871 and 0874/98:
− Community action programme in the field of educa-
tion ‘Socrates’ (COM(98)0329 − C4-0510/98 − 98/ − joint motion for a resolution tabled by the following
0195(COD)) (opinion: ESOC, BUDG) (Hughes pro- Members:
cedure for CULT and ESOC); Delcroix and Vecchi, on behalf of the PSE Group
Martens, Fernández Martı́n, Méndez de Vigo, Tindemans
− Community action programme for youth and Gillis, on behalf of the PPE Group
(COM(98)0331 − C4-0511/98 − 98/0197(COD)) Pasty, Rosado Fernandes and Van Bladel, on behalf of the
(opinion: ESOC, BUDG) (Hughes procedure for UPE Group
CULT and ESOC); André-Léonard and Fassa, on behalf of the ELDR Group
Vinci, Marset Campos, González Álvarez, Gutiérrez Dı́az
− CIVI and Sornosa Martı́nez, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group
Aelvoet, Telkämper and Lannoye, on behalf of the
− Convention on the use of information technology for V Group
customs purposes (10546/98 − C4-0490/98 − 98/ Castagnède, on behalf of the ARE Group
0912(CNS)) (opinion: ECON); to replace these motions with a new text:

− WOME Amendments rejected: 1 by split vote; 2

− Daphne programme 2000-2004: action relating to


The different parts of the text were adopted in order.
violence against children, young persons and women
(COM(98)0335 − C4-0502/98 − 98/0192(CNS))
(opinion: CIVI)
Split votes:
− ESOC
am. 1 (ARE):
− Second phase of the Community vocational training
action programme ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ 1st part: up to ‘in that country’
(COM(98)0330 − C4-0522/98 − 98/0196(SYN)) 2nd part: remainder
(opinions: BUDG, WOME, CULT and LEGA)
(Hughes procedure for ESOC and CULT). Parliament adopted the resolution (Part II, Item 2).
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6. Role of cooperatives in women’s employment 8. Fisheries monitoring (vote)


(vote) Provan report − A4-0277/98
Colombo Svevo report − A4-0270/98 (Simple majority)
(Simple majority)
MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
Amendments adopted: 3 by EV (89 for, 80 against, 5 absten-
Parliament adopted the resolution (Part II, Item 3). tions)

Amendments rejected: 1; 2

The different parts of the text were adopted in order.


7. Single mothers and one-parent families
(vote) Parliament adopted the resolution by RCV (PPE):
Garcı́a Arias report − A4-0273/98
Members voting: 177
(Simple majority)
For: 176
The President pointed out that the rapporteur had informed her Against: 0
that the words ‘such as the United Kingdom’ had been Abstentions: 1
mistakenly included in Recital F and should be deleted.
(Part II, Item 5).

The following spoke: *


* *
− Mr Kerr, V Group coordinator in the Women’s Rights
Committee, who pointed out that his understanding was that no Explanations of vote were made by the following Members:
decision to delete these words had been taken during the vote
in committee; Provan report − A4-0277/98
− in writing: Nicholson; Wibe
− Mrs Garcı́a Arias, rapporteur, who disputed this and
explained that the committee had decided to delete all refer-
ences to countries, which also involved deleting the reference
in para. 12 to the United States; 9. EC-Madagascar fishing agreement *
(Debate and vote)
− Mr Kerr, who asked for the matter to be resolved by way of
an oral amendment proposed by the rapporteur on which the Mr Gallagher introduced his report, drawn up on behalf of the
House could vote (the President refused this request, consider- Committee on Fisheries, on a proposal for a Council Regula-
ing the matter settled). tion on the conclusion of a Protocol setting out the fishing
opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the
agreement between the European Community and the Repub-
MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION lic of Madagascar on fishing off Madagascar for the period
from 21 May 1998 to 20 May 2001 (COM(98)0390 −
Amendments adopted: 7; 2 by EV (90 for, 83 against, C4-0456/98 − 98/0217(CNS)) (A4-0282/98).
1 abstention)
The following spoke: Mrs Jöns, draftsman of the opinion of the
Amendments rejected: 3; 4 (1st part) by EV (81 for, 93 against, Budgets Committee, Mrs Hardstaff, on behalf of the PSE
4 abstentions); 6; 5; 1 (1st part) by EV (85 for, 88 against, Group, Mr Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, on behalf of the PPE
5 abstentions) Group, Mr Olsson, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Mrs Aelvoet,
on behalf of the V Group, Mr Souchet, on behalf of the I-EDN
Amendments fallen: 4 (2nd part); 1 (2nd part) Group, Mr McCartin, Mr Gillis and Mr Flynn, Member of the
Commission.
The different parts of the text were adopted in order.
The President closed the debate.
Separate votes: paras. 12, 18, 20 (ELDR)

VOTE
Split votes: (Simple majority)
am. 4 (PPE):
1st part: text without the words ‘rather than being a choice’ PROPOSAL FOR A REGULATION COM(98)0390 − C4-
2nd part: these words 0456/98 − 98/0217(CNS):

am. 1 (PPE): Amendments adopted: 1 to 4 collectively by EV (54 for,


6 against, 0 abstentions)
1st part: text without the words ‘in addition to the revision of
economic and financial policies’ Amendments rejected: 5
2nd part: these words
Parliament approved the Commission proposal as amended
Parliament adopted the resolution (Part II, Item 4). (Part II, Item 6).
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DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION: Community, the European Coal and Steel Community and the
European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and the
Explanations of vote: Republic of Azerbaijan, of the other part, on trade and
− in writing: Mr Wibe trade-related matters (COM(96)0613 − 5467/97 − C4-0315/98
− 96/0299(ACC)) (A4-0287/98).
Parliament adopted the legislæative resolution (Part II, Item 6).
The following spoke: Mr Wolf, on behalf of the V Group,
Mr von Habsburg and Mr Flynn, Member of the Commission.

The President closed the debate


IN THE CHAIR: Mr GUTIÉRREZ DÍAZ
Vice-President
VOTE
(Simple majority)

10. EC-Gabon fishing agreement * (debate and


vote) DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Mr Rosado Fernandes, deputising for the rapporteur, intro- Parliament adopted the legislative resolution by RCV (PPE):
duced the report drawn up by Mr Girão Pereira, on behalf of Members voting: 50
the Committee on Fisheries, on a proposal for a Council For: 46
Regulation on the conclusion of the agreement between the Against: 0
European Community and the Gabonese Republic on fishing Abstentions: 4
off the coast of Gabon (COM(98)0376 − C4-0458/98 −
98/0212(CNS)) (A4-0283/98).
(Part II, Item 8).
The following spoke: Mrs Fraga Estévez, chairman of the
Fisheries Committee, who slao spoke on behalf of the PPE The President pointed out that he had not taken part in the vote.
Group, Mr Olsson, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Mrs Ael-
voet, on behalf of the V Group, Mr McCartin and Mr Flynn,
Member of the Commission. The following spoke:

The President closed the debate. − Mr Ford, who considered that the bell announcing the
votes rang too early;
VOTE
− Mr Rübig, who considered that the results of electronic
(Simple majority)
votes were not displayed long enough;

PROPOSAL FOR A REGULATION COM(98)0376 − C4- − Mr Van Dam, who complained that the television circuit
0458/98 − 98/0212(CNS): was not working in some Members’ offices;

Amendments adopted: 1 and 2 collectively; 3 (The President noted these points).

Amendment rejected: 4

Parliament approved the Commission proposal as amended


(Part II, Item 7). 12. Membership of committee

At the request of the PPE Group, Parliament ratifiied the


DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION following appointments:
− Employment committee:
Explanations of vote: Mr Corrie, to replace Mr Brendan P. Donnelly
− in writing: Mr Wibe − Institutional Affairs Committee:
Mr Perry, to replace Mr Brendan P. Donnelly
Parliament adopted the legislative resolution (Part II, Item 7). Mr Coello

11. EC-Azerbaijan trade agreement * (debate


and vote) 13. Forwarding of texts adopted during the sit-
ting
Mr Schwaiger introduced his report, drawn up on behalf of the
Committee on External Economic Relations, on a proposal for The President informed Parliament, pursuant to Rule 133(2),
a Council Decision on the conclusion by the European that the Minutes of that day’s sitting would be submitted to
Community of the interim agreement between the European Parliament for its approval at the beginning of its next sitting.
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With Parliament’s agreement, he stated that he would forward The President added his own tribute to the tribute paid by the
the texts that had just been adopted forthwith to the bodies President of Parliament at the start of the part-session to the
named therein. memory of Mr Macartney who had died recently and had been
a faithful attender at Friday sittings.

14. Dates for next sittings


15. Adjournment of session
The President announced that the next sittings would be held
from 5 to 9 October 1998. The session was adjourned.

*
* * (The sitting closed at 10.45)

Julian PRIESTLEY José Marı́a GIL-ROBLES GIL-DELGADO


Secretary-General President
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PART II

Texts adopted by the European Parliament

1. Bovine animals and swine ***I (procedure without debate)

A4-0316/98

Proposal for a European Parliament and Council Directive amending Council Directive 97/12/EC of
17 March 1997 amending and updating Directive 64/432/EEC on health problems affecting
intra-Community trade in bovine animals and swine (COM(98)0338 − C4-0348/98 − 98/0194(COD))

The proposal was approved.

Legislative resolution embodying Parliament’s opinion on the proposal for a European Parliament
and Council Directive amending Council Directive 97/12/EC of 17 March 1997 amending and
updating Directive 64/432/EEC on health problems affecting intra-Community trade in bovine
animals and swine (COM(98)0338 − C4-0348/98 − 98/0194(COD))

(Codecision procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

− having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council, COM(98)0338 −
98/0194(COD) (1),

− having regard to Article 189b(2) of the EC Treaty and Articles 43 and 100a of the EC Treaty, pursuant
to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C4-0348/98),

− having regard to Rule 58 of its Rules of Procedure,

− having regard to the report of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (A4-0316/98),

1. Approves the Commission proposal;

2. Should the Council intend to depart from the text approved by Parliament, calls on the Council to
notify Parliament and requests that the conciliation procedure be initiated;

3. Points out that the Commission is required to submit to Parliament any modification it may intend to
make to its proposal;

4. Instructs its President to forward this opinion to the Council and Commission.

(1) OJ C 217, 11.7.1998, p. 21.


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2. The Great Lakes

B4-0818, 0822, 0834, 0860, 0867, 0871 and 0874/98

Resolution on the situation in the Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of Congo in
particular

The European Parliament,

− recalling its previous resolutions on the situation in the Great Lakes Region and in the Democratic
Republic of Congo in particular,

A. deeply concerned at the persistent instability in the Great Lakes Region and at the grave situation in
the Democratic Republic of Congo in particular, where a rebellion against President Kabila threatens
to develop into a full-scale regional conflict,

B. whereas this rebellion finds its primary causes in the failure of President Kabila to secure control of
the country, particularly in the East, to embark on a real democratic process and to respond positively
to the expectations of the population, the neighbouring countries and the international community,

C. noting with concern that Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia have openly entered the war on President
Kabila’s side against the rebels who are supported by Uganda and Rwanda, who have also deployed
troops within the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo,

D. concerned by the serious destabilisation caused in the Democratic Republic of Congo by the presence
on its territory of many rebel groups which use this country as a base for their offensives both within
Congo and against the neighbouring countries,

E. concerned by the fact that these rebel groups use the civilian population as hostages and enrol even
children in their forces; concerned also by the many civilian casualties which result from these
activities,

F. stressing that the European Union must play an active role in order to ensure peace, security and
stability in this part of the world,

G. whereas on 31 August 1998 the UN Security Council demanded an immediate ceasefire, the
withdrawal of all foreign forces and the opening of a political dialogue to put an end to the civil war;
whereas on the same occasion it also upheld the territorial integrity of the Democratic Republic of
Congo and all regional diplomatic initiatives towards a peaceful settlement of the conflict, and called
again for an international Conference on Peace, Security and Development in the region to be
organised by the UN and the OAU,

H. whereas any negotiated settlement in the Democratic Republic of Congo must be based on a process
of national reconciliation which fully respects the equality and the harmonious coexistence of all
ethnic groups, allows for the return and reintegration of refugees and displaced persons, and leads to
the holding of early free and fair democratic elections,

I. whereas the continuing presence of around two million refugees in the Great Lakes Region, due to the
persistent ethnic violence and gross human rights violations that have characterised the recent history
of Rwanda, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo, has resulted in a tremendous humanitarian
crisis, which requires the urgent attention of the international community as well as full and
unconditional access to be granted to humanitarian agencies and personnel,

J. whereas the EU, in the last four years, has contributed an amount of ECU 593 million for humanitarian
aid in the region; deploring, despite this aid, the lack of a Council initiative on the conflict in Congo,
and wishing to see a European Union initiative addressed to all the African countries involved in the
crisis,

K. regretting the fact that the mediation efforts undertaken since the start of the conflict have ended in
failure and that the warring factions have not agreed to a ceasefire,

L. mindful of the acts of violence and grave human rights violations committed by the warring parties
against civilians and prisoners alike,
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1. Condemns all the human rights violations, summary executions, torture, harassment, ethnically
motivated arrests of civilians, enrolment of children as soldiers as well as ethnic propaganda and
incitement to ethnic violence, which have been openly committed in this conflict;

2. Calls for an immediate ceasefire and for the immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces as well as for
full respect for the territorial integrity of the Democratic Republic of Congo;

3. Insists that any peace talks have to involve all parties to the conflict and must be based on the
principles set out in the Security Council Declaration of 29 August 1998, in particular full respect for the
peaceful coexistence of all ethnic groups and the holding of free and democratic elections as soon as
possible;

4. Welcomes the recent allocation of ECU 55,5 million in humanitarian aid by the Commission and
calls on the EU to put pressure on all parties to the conflict to fully respect humanitarian law and to
guarantee the forwarding of humanitarian aid and the security of humanitarian personnel;

5. Calls on the EU to support fully the UN initiative for an international Conference on Peace, Security
and Development in the region, which must address in particular the problem of refugees and displaced
persons in the region;

6. Calls for a Council initiative on the conflict in Congo and considers that a European Union initiative
is needed, addressed to all the African countries involved in the crisis;

7. Considers that ACP-EU cooperation with the Democratic Republic of Congo is vital to stability in
the region, and to supporting the democratisation and development of a country which is recovering from
a dictatorship and stresses that an end to all military hostilities, respect for international humanitarian
conventions and human rights and the establishment of democratic institutions are prerequisites for the
implementation of such cooperation;

8. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, the Council, the ACP-EU
Council of Ministers, the UN, OAU and SADC Secretaries-General and the governments of the
Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and
South Africa.

3. Role of cooperatives in women’s employment

A4-0270/98

Resolution on the role of cooperatives in the growth of women’s employment

The European Parliament,

− having regard to its previous resolutions on the social economy and cooperatives, with particular
regard to those of 13 April 1983 on cooperatives in the European Community (1), 9 July 1987 on the
contribution of cooperatives to regional development (2), 26 May 1989 on the role of women in
cooperatives and local employment initiatives (3), 11 February 1994 on the contribution of
cooperatives to regional development (4), 9 March 1994 on foundations in Europe (5) and 6 May 1994
on the alternative, social economy (6),

− having regard to the White Paper on Growth, Competitiveness, Employment − The Challenges and
Ways Forward into the 21st Century (COM(93)0700),

(1) OJ C 128, 16.5.1983, p. 51.


(2) OJ C 246, 14.9.1987, p. 94.
(3) OJ C 158, 26.6.1989, p. 380.
(4) OJ C 61, 28.2.1994, p. 231.
(5) OJ C 91, 28.3.1994, p. 48.
(6) OJ C 205, 25.7.1994, p. 481.
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− having regard to its resolution of 17 November 1995 on the fourth medium-term Community action
programme on equal opportunities for women and men (1996 to 2000) (1),

− having regard to its resolution of 5 September 1996 on the Commission communication on a


European strategy for encouraging local development and employment initiatives (2),

− having regard to the conclusions of the extraordinary European Council meeting on employment held
in Luxembourg on 21 and 22 November 1997,

− having regard to the Commission decision setting up a consultative committee for cooperatives,
mutual societies, associations and foundations (CMAF) (3),

− having regard to its opinion of 1 April 1998 on the proposal for a Council Decision on measures of
financial assistance for innovative and job-creating small and medium-sized enterprises (4),

− having regard to its resolution of 2 July 1998 on the communication from the Commission on
promoting the role of voluntary organisations and foundations in Europe (5),

− having regard to Rule 148 of its Rules of Procedure,

− having regard to the report of the Committee on Women’s Rights (A4-0270/98),

A. whereas the objective of equal opportunities for women and men was included in the Amsterdam
Treaty and is the subject of one of the four guidelines laid down by the Luxembourg European
Council on employment,

B. whereas the European strategy for employment outlined in the abovementioned White Paper and
subsequent Commission documents is aimed at balancing economic growth, employment and quality
of life by identifying new sources of jobs arising from new needs and devising new working
arrangements,

C. whereas this strategy has a particular impact on women’s employment; whereas a coordinated
approach is required at European level in order to facilitate the identification and interaction of a wide
range of flexible instruments, with due regard for the principle of subsidiarity,

D. whereas the development of certain types of working arrangements typical of the social economy,
such as cooperatives and social economy firms, can contribute to the integration of women into
working life and helps to make it possible to combine professionalism with flexibility and
participation; whereas this is borne out by the fact that the Luxembourg European Council made
reference to the social economy in its conclusions,

E. whereas in the 1997 budget, following an initiative by Parliament, the Commission launched two
competitions for the submission of pilot schemes on the subject ‘third system and employment’, with
a view to identifying sound practices at European level and improving knowledge in the field,

F. whereas in the 1998 budget Parliament created a new Title B5-5 (Labour Market and Technological
Innovation) which provides for ECU 450 million in funding for SMEs and innovative measures and
projects on the labour market over a three-year period (1998-2000),

G. whereas the term ‘social economy’ covers the economic activities of cooperative societies, mutuals
and non-profit-making associations; whereas it applies to different situations and is subject to
different legal provisions in the various Member States and whereas such disparities must be taken
into account when support measures of any kind are formulated for the sector,

(1) OJ C 323, 4.12.1995, p. 167.


(2) OJ C 277, 23.9.1996, p. 45.
(3) OJ L 80, 18.3.1998, p. 51.
(4) OJ C 138, 4.5.1998, p. 93.
(5) Minutes of that sitting, Part II, Item 11.
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H. whereas a new form of social economy firm is starting to emerge in Europe, which combines
economic goals and entrepreneurship with social provision, and which can help to generate growth
based on employment, social justice and equality,

I. whereas the social economy combines the advantages of the private sector (cost control, flexible
organisation and personalised services) with ethical principles peculiar to the public sector and
therefore opens up new prospects for public-private sector partnerships,

J. whereas social economy firms − in particular cooperatives − often provide services for less-favoured
groups or public services with a particular social value; whereas such firms provide forms of
consumer protection through their participation in the management of the firm,

K. whereas in 1997 the Commission withdrew the proposal for a Council Decision relating to a
multi-annual programme (1994-1996) of work for cooperatives, mutual societies, associations and
foundations in the Community (1), on which Parliament had already delivered its opinion (2), because
the Council had failed to reach agreement thereon; whereas the issue of a European statute for
cooperative societies, mutuals and associations is still pending,

Social economy, cooperatives and women’s employment

1. Considers that social economy organisations play a leading role in national and local economic life
and that they have expanded their productive role by providing a flexible response to new requirements;

2. Notes that cooperatives occupy a prominent position in the social economy and draws attention to
the growth over recent years in the number of social cooperatives providing personal services and working
for the integration of the less-favoured;

3. Draws attention to the potential of cooperatives in terms of product and organisational quality,
experimentation and innovation; considers that incentives should be provided for innovative sectors and
that steps should be taken to facilitate access by women to new technologies;

4. Considers that, owing to their participatory mode of operation and their adaptability, cooperatives
can both quantitatively and qualitatively create jobs for women in the service sector, given that they

− permit the conversion of traditionally female skills and experience into a business asset;

− offer a wide range of jobs facilitating integration even to poorly qualified women or women without
work experience, as well as women returning to the labour market after a period of absence for family
reasons;

− represent a stage in a woman’s career, which may be used to acquire skills and professionalism that
can be reused in other sectors;

− make it easier to reconcile work and family life and, at the same time, provide high-quality, affordable
services;

5. Draws attention to potential risks such as the possibility of precarious, underpaid work and of
marginalisation in traditionally female sectors;

6. Notes that the main obstacles to the development of the social economy (including cooperatives) are
the lack of a fully comprehensive legal framework, funding difficulties, people’s inability to pay for
services or lack of a private market, the difficulty of finding adequate human resources including
entrepreneurial skills, organisational problems and problems in dealing with the public authorities;

(1) Original proposal: OJ C 99, 21.4.1992; amended proposal: OJ C 236, 31.8.1993.


(2) OJ C 89, 17.3.1995, p. 202.
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Policies and instruments

7. Considers that the Union should actively promote the social economy as part of the strategy for
employment by strengthening the legislative framework, providing coordination and organisational
support and making the necessary financial resources available;

8. Calls on the Commission, with a view to programming specific interventions on the legislative and
organisational levels, to carry out, in cooperation with the Member States:
(a) a wide-ranging study of the size of the social economy in the Member States and of the particular
characteristics of the models of social enterprise in creation;
(b) an assessment of the impact of the social economy (with particular regard to cooperatives) on
women’s employment, on the basis of up-to-date information on the situation for both men and
women;

9. Considers the Commission communication on voluntary organisations and foundations and the
decision to set up a consultative committee for CMAFs to be positive signs; calls on the Commission to
follow up these initiatives with a white paper on cooperatives and social enterprises, on the basis of the
studies and research mentioned above;

10. Calls, with a view to breaking through the impasse as regards EU legislative activity in the sector,
for the relaunch of the programme for CMAFs and the establishment of a legal framework which provides
the necessary degree of legal clarity and takes account of specific national and local characteristics;

11. Calls on the Commission, with a view to promoting equal opportunities, to take due account of the
social economy in all measures geared to SMEs and employment and to ensure proper coordination
between the various directorates-general, so as to optimise results and concentrate the limited resources
available on employment objectives;

12. Calls for part of the funds available under new budget Title B5-5 to be earmarked for women in
social economy undertakings;

13. Calls for the assessment of results under the heading ‘third system and employment’ scheduled for
1999 to include comments on the contribution made by this sector to action against unemployment and the
raising of women’s skill levels;

14. Calls on the Commission to consider ways of developing female entrepreneurship within the social
economy, especially in respect of the more innovative enterprises and not only those based on the
conventional model of social welfare services, and of developing the existing programmes to this end;

15. Calls for specific funds to be aside under the ESF with a view to the provision of appropriate
training geared to new skills and occupations and to the development of qualities such as team spirit,
initiative and project management skills, in addition to the acquisition of technical skills;

16. Calls on the Commission:


− to step up the provision of organisational support so as to promote consortia, information networks
and the establishment of and networking between social economy agencies offering training,
consultancy and technical assistance;
− to develop a motor role in the dissemination of best practice, promoting exchanges of experience and
twinning of enterprises;
− to improve information and target it on the specific needs of women;

17. Calls furthermore on the Commission to ensure that


− a study is conducted into the incidences and causes of the black economy in the Member States, which
provides illicit competition for new sources of jobs and is a factor in the marginalisation of workers,
particularly female workers;
− pilot projects on the role of cooperatives in integrating immigrants in the labour market are set up;
− sites providing information on social economy instruments for employment and female entrepren-
eurship are set up under the Internet action plan;
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− Community public procurement legislation is adjusted to take account of the specific characteristics
of the social economy;
− a proposal is submitted amending the Sixth VAT Directive to permit the application, on an
experimental basis, of a reduced rate to labour-intensive ‘third system’ services;

18. Calls upon the Member States to provide for the following:
− in the annual action plans, specific measures with regard to the social economy;
− a legal framework encouraging the organisation of the social economy, including cooperatives, and
public-private sector partnerships;
− financial and fiscal incentives, including lower VAT for labour-intensive social enterprises which
create jobs in particular for women, and the simplification of procedures, in such a way as to
encourage the integration of the parallel economy into the formal economy;
− easier access to loans, encouraging partnership with financial institutions within the social economy;
− financial incentives for the setting-up of women’s cooperatives;

*
* *

19. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission and Council and to the
governments of the Member States.

4. Single mothers and one-parent families

A4-0273/98

Resolution on the situation of single mothers and single-parent families

The European Parliament,

− having regard to the text of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child ratified by the
Member States,

− having regard to its resolution of 8 July 1986 on one-parent families (1),

− having regard to the Commission’s report on ‘Women in the European Community’ (2),

− having regard to the Commission’s ‘Demographic Report of 1997’ (3),

− having regard to its study on ‘One-parent families in the Member States of the European Union’ (4),

− having regard to Rule 148 of its Rules of Procedure,

− having regard to the report of the Committee on Women’s Rights (A4-0273/98),

A. whereas everyone has the right to a decent existence, with those unable to obtain the necessary
resources through their own work, or otherwise having them available, receiving a state subsistence
allowance;

(1) OJ C 227, 08.09.1986, p. 31.


(2) Eurostat, Luxembourg, ISBN 92-826-3136-2, 1992.
(3) DG V, UNIT V/E.1, Series Employment and Social Affairs, September 1997.
(4) European Parliament, Research and Documentation, W-9, 6-1996.
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B. whereas public budgets are under increasing pressures, including the ones agreed under the
convergence criteria of the EMU,

C. whereas social security budgets traditionally constitute a large part and often the biggest part of public
budgets,

D. whereas social benefits to single parents and their dependent children is a major budget line in many
Member States; whereas the wish for new policies in this area, with a view to savings, has come to the
forefront of the social policy debate,

E. whereas the burden of the necessary reduction of public expenditure cannot be allowed to fall on the
weakest families, i.e., in many cases, single-parent families,

F. whereas several Member States are revising policies for single parents, mainly from a budgetary
viewpoint,

1. Observes that the structure of the family in the European Union is changing considerably, due
particularly to ongoing demographic changes, that single-parent families constitute 10% of family units in
the European Union and that social and social security policies should therefore take account of these
changes;

2. Stresses the fact that the incomes of single-parent families are often substantially lower than those of
two-parent families and that they are thus often more susceptible to poverty and social exclusion;

3. Emphasises that between 80-90% of these single-parents are women, acting as head of the household
and taking on all the responsibilities of being the provider and carer;

4. Stresses the fact that single-parent families may have their origin in very different situations, that by
its very nature this type of family is particularly vulnerable, and may therefore require specific support
measures, and considers that a study should therefore be made of the various types of single-parent family
in order to identify the most suitable policies;

5. Recognises that the typical single mother is often without work or in less well paid, part-time jobs
characterised by lower job security and with little possibility of acquiring basic or new skills thus reducing
her chances of career or of improving her employability; is concerned by the fact that, partly due to the
lack of an adequate official policy, the misconception arises that the typical single mother is often
deliberately without work − or prefers less well-paid, part-time jobs to full-time well-paid jobs and,
therefore, benefits excessively from the social security system;

6. Insists that the single mother in particular and also the single father will only have equal access to the
labour market if major efforts are made to invest in affordable child care and after-school facilities in all
subsidised public and private schools without which it is impossible for a single mother or father to
reconcile their family and working life;

7. Recalls that, although social security systems account for a large proportion of public budgets, they
should support single-parent families in financially difficult situations in such a way that the yield
corresponds to their essential needs;

8. Notes with concern that in recent new policy debates to reduce the costs of social security, benefits to
single parents has taken up a prominent place;

9. Warns against making single mothers scapegoats in this debate and proposes a serious debate on
guidelines and policies to help the integration of single parents into mainstream society with a view to
maximising use of human resources, both from the point of view of society as well as − and in particular −
that of single parents and their children;

10. Does not accept the view that single parenthood is a chosen situation or one that willingly exploits
the system; which is why all parties concerned must assist single parents by enhancing policies to allow
them to have the highest possible degree of economic and social independence;
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11. Calls on authorities to identify and recognise the obstacles faced by most single parents wishing to
take up or recommence employment − access to employment, access to education/training and above all
access to affordable child care and after-school facilities during the period of training and seeking
employment, without which all the other measures in support of single mothers risk being wasted
investments;

12. Rejects attempts to get single mothers to work by refusing benefits unless they are employed which
is inconsistent with European social welfare thinking which is built on solidarity and not punishment;

13. Calls on Member States to analyse thoroughly the situation of single parents at national level as
well as at regional and local level, which might vary considerably, before formulating realistic goals to
improve their situation including their access to work;

14. Asks the Commission to investigate whether and to what extent employers are unfairly reticent if
not indirectly or directly discriminatory towards applications from job-seekers who prove to be single
mothers;

15. Requests Member States to improve their legal systems and practices for both parents to fulfill all
obligations towards their children, not least concerning care and financial assistance, while attempting to
avoid a substantial lowering of their standard of living;

16. Asks Member States to ensure that their legal systems, backed up by the proper pedagogic advice,
work out the best formulae for shared custody, with proper information support and publicity campaigns
on the possible benefits regarding the fair division of family responsibilities in households where there are
two parents;

17. Proposes to Member States that in drawing up and applying their fiscal policies they should study
and assess the possibility of reducing tax burdens, which should not however have direct or indirect
repercussions for workers, on those undertakings which make available to their employees a nursery and
children’s day-care service, particularly in those cases where the work is organised in shifts or the
timetable is not in line with services of this type;

18. Urges Member States, where it is not already the case, to adapt their divorce laws and procedures to
make it possible for both partners to draw up a divorce agreement, with or without the help of a social
expert, in which they agree on mutual rules for the care and bringing-up of their children and which they
can present to a court for examination and confirmation;

19. Calls on the Member States to revise a range of policies such as social security, taxation, pension
rights and the right to proper housing, which must be considered to be direct rights and not derived rights,
and on this basis to adopt support measures as an incentive to employment and integration into the
working environment;

20. Insists that improving the situation of single-parent families must have priority over public budget
deficit considerations; also insists that a coordinated revision of economic and financial policies must be
accompanied by a revision of other social security laws such as direct and derived rights of the individual;

21. Highlights the forthcoming revision of the Union’s Structural Funds, based on the principle of
economic and social cohesion, which could make an important contribution to improving the situation of
single-parent families;

22. Stresses that the Communities are obliged by the principle of mainstreaming to incorporate equal
opportunities into all their policies and requests that particular attention be paid to the situation of single
parents;

23. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments
and parliaments of the Member States and the European social partners.
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5. Fisheries monitoring

A4-0277/98

Resolution on the communication from the Commission to the Council and the European
Parliament on fisheries monitoring under the Common Fisheries Policy (COM(98)0092 −
C4-0134/98)

The European Parliament,

− having regard to the communication from the Commission (COM(98)0092 − C4-0134/98),

− having regard to the report of the Committee on Fisheries (A4-0277/98),

A. whereas the European Parliament has always given priority to improved control measures as an
essential element of an effective Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) while stressing the importance of
fair application,

B. whereas although there has been much progress since the adoption of the control regulation in 1993,
major weaknesses are still apparent and need to be urgently addressed,

C. whereas inadequate and/or unapplied controls place the whole of the fishing industry which respects
the rules at a disadvantage,

D. whereas the European Parliament has already called for a detailed timetabled action plan to correct
identified failures in CFP monitoring procedures,

E. whereas the active consent and participation of fishermen is vital if fisheries controls are to be
effective,

F. whereas fair and equal imposition of CFP controls and penalties is essential if the support of
fishermen and genuine application of the CFP are to be achieved,

1. Welcomes the Commission’s present communication as a timely response to the European


Parliament’s repeated calls for action;

2. Regrets, however, that the Commission's communication does not take any account of wider
international experience of the successful control of fisheries policies other than that of NAFO;

3. Notes both the progress made and the failures still apparent in the present CFP control system;

4. Stresses that Europe's fishing communities and industry will only have respect for and confidence in
the CFP if its rules are enforced strongly and equitably across all the Union’s fleets and fisheries;

5. Also underlines the fact that for a control system to be respected, the scientific data on which TACs
are based has to have the full confidence of the fishing industry. This means that the industry must be more
integrated into the process of production and assessment of scientific data on stocks;

6. Believes that fishermen’s organisations should be positively involved in improving compliance with
control measures;

7. Considers that greater cooperation in monitoring and control activities is required between the
Commission and the Member States and between the Member States themselves and that the Commission
must take the lead to ensure that it takes place;

8. Believes that the Community fisheries inspectorate should be significantly strengthened for regular
control work in EU waters within the legal jurisdiction of Member States, and have wider powers that
enable it to operate autonomously within Member States for the deep water fleet;
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9. Believes that the Community fisheries inspectorate should have a distinct, though not exclusive,
responsibility for the inspection of landings made by Community vessels into ports outside their flag state;

10. Calls on the Commission to take immediate steps to standardise the definition of control and
monitoring terms amongst Member States and in particular produce common definitions of tonnage,
engine power and inspections in port and at sea;

11. Calls on the Commission to ensure in particular that monitoring and control measures both in port
and at sea are carried out evenhandedly and with equal diligence without regard to the Member State
carrying out the control or the flag of the vessel being controlled;

12. Urges the Commission to remedy the existing imbalance between controls in Community waters
and those in international waters;

13. Insists that controls on third-country vessels operating in Community waters be reinforced in order
to restore the confidence of EU fishermen in the fair application of the control system;

14. Calls, in respect of third-country vessels, for the adoption of measures to allow access for
inspection and their monitoring through satellite surveillance, whilst operating in Community waters;

15. Urges the Commission to bring forward proposals for tough controls after landing, and throughout
the supply chain, to enable in particular the tracking of the origins of undersized and other illegally landed
fish;

16. Calls for increased cooperation between Member States and between the Commission and the
Member States in order to monitor properly the marketing channels of fisheries products and for this
process to be supervised by the Community inspectorate;

17. Requests the Commission to bring forward proposals to ensure that in all Member States it becomes
a punishable offence to trade in illegally caught or landed fish at any point in the supply chain up to, but
not including, the final consumer;

18. Notes that the communication chiefly focuses on controls in the production sector and does not
include a thorough analysis of fraud in the market; regrets, in this connection, the lack of effective control
in markets which would prevent fraudulent imports, such as the irregularities detected in the origin of
products in the case of imports of tuna steaks under the GSP-Drugs preferential arrangements or
fraudulent imports of cod of a different origin under the agreements with Norway;

19. Stresses, in the knowledge that some Member States are not adequately carrying out monitoring
and control activities and are not fulfilling their legal obligations with regard to the provision of
information, the need for urgent action;

20. Urges the Commission to take appropriate steps to further strengthen its fisheries inspectorate and
in particular to bring forward proposals which would enable the Commission to have direct on-line and
instant access to Member States’ data bases covering the fisheries sector;

21. Insists that the Commission, cognizant of its Treaty obligations, immediately uses all available
instruments, including legal action and financial penalties, to ensure that Member States abide by all the
provisions of existing Regulations;

22. Calls on the Commission to bring forward proposals that would ensure that fishermen face similar
levels of penalty for similar offences throughout the European Union;

23. Urges the Commission to consider how in the post year 2000 period a decentralised control system
for coastal regions which would directly involve fish producers in decisions concerning their fisheries
could be implemented; strongly believes that this approach would lead to a greater sense of responsibility
and trust amongst all those involved in the industry; asks the Commission to report its findings to
Parliament;
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24. Calls on the Commission to consider how the NAFO control model could be adapted, strengthened
and applied to wider Community waters and asks the Commission to report its findings to Parliament;

25. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the
governments of the Member States.

6. EC-Madagascar fishing agreement *

A4-0282/98

Proposal for a Council Regulation on the conclusion of the Protocol setting out the fishing
opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Agreement between the European
Community and the Republic of Madagascar on fishing off Madagascar for the period from 21 May
1998 to 20 May 2001 (COM(98)0390 − C4-0456/98 − 98/0217(CNS))

The proposal was approved with the following amendments:

TEXT PROPOSED AMENDMENTS


BY THE COMMISSION BY PARLIAMENT

(Amendment 1)

Recital 2a (new)

Whereas, in order to keep the budgetary authority better


informed on the implementation of the protocol, the
Commission shall submit a report by 1 May each year on
the progress made in implementing the protocol, together
with an updated financial statement;

(Amendment 2)

Recital 2b (new)

Whereas the conservation of tuna stocks in the Indian


Ocean is of vital importance for the European Union and
the coastal states of the region;

(Amendment 3)

Article 2a (new)

Article 2a

In the final year of validity of the Protocol, and before any


negotiations on renewing it begin, the Commission shall
submit to the Council and the European Parliament a
report on the application and procedure for implementing
the Agreement, in particular on the situation as regards
fishery resources, the scientific aspects and the effects on
local fisheries.
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TEXT PROPOSED AMENDMENTS


BY THE COMMISSION BY PARLIAMENT

(Amendment 4)

Article 2b (new)

Article 2b

Prior to the conclusion of a new protocol, the Commission


shall inform the European Parliament of the progress of
the negotiations for renewal. On the basis of this informa-
tion and the final report on the previous protocol, Parlia-
ment may adopt recommendations, calling for them to be
taken into account before the conclusion of the negotiations
under way.

Legislative resolution embodying Parliament’s opinion on the proposal for a Council Regulation on
the conclusion of the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution
provided for in the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Madagascar
on fishing off Madagascar for the period from 21 May 1998 to 20 May 2001 (COM(98)0390 −
C4-0456/98 − 98/0217(CNS))

(Consultation procedure)

The European Parliament,

− having regard to the Commission proposal to the Council, COM(98)0390 − 98/0217(CNS),

− having been consulted by the Council pursuant to Articles 43 and 228(3), first subparagraph, of the EC
Treaty (C4-0456/98),

− having regard to Rule 58 of its Rules of Procedure,

− having regard to the report of the Committee on Fisheries and the opinions of the Committee on
Budgets and the Committee on Development and Cooperation (A4-0282/98),

1. Approves the Commission proposal, subject to Parliament’s amendments;

2. Calls on the Council to notify Parliament should it intend to depart from the text approved by
Parliament;

3. Asks to be consulted again should the Council intend to make substantial modifications to the
Commission proposal;

4. Instructs its President to forward this opinion to the Council and Commission.
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7. EC-Gabon fishing agreement *

A4-0283/98

Proposal for a Council Regulation on the conclusion of the Agreement between the European
Community and the Gabonese Republic on fishing off the coast of Gabon (COM(98)0376 −
C4-0458/98 − 98/0212(CNS))

The proposal was approved with the following amendments:

TEXT PROPOSED AMENDMENTS


BY THE COMMISSION (*) BY PARLIAMENT

(Amendment 1)

Recital 2a (new)

Whereas the European Parliament, the Council and the


Commission signed a joint statement on 12 December 1996
on improving the provision of information to the budget
authority on fisheries agreements (1);

(1) OJ C 20, 20.1.1997, p. 109.

(Amendment 2)

Recital 2b (new)

Whereas the present protocol ties payment of the financial


compensation to the submission of an annual report from
the Gabonese authorities to the Commission on actions for
scientific and technical programmes for research into
resources and for monitoring and surveillance of fishing off
the coast of Gabon;

(Amendment 3)

Article 3a (new)

Article 3a

During the last year in which the Protocol is in force and


prior to any agreement for its renewal, the Commission
shall submit a report to the Council and the European
Parliament on the application and conditions of implemen-
tation of the agreement, providing detailed information
relating to the reports mentioned in Article 3 of the
Protocol.

(*) OJ C 240, 31.7.1998, p. 7.


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Legislative resolution embodying Parliament’s opinion on the proposal for a Council Regulation on
the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and the Gabonese Republic on
fishing off the coast of Gabon (COM(98)0376 − C4-0458/98 − 98/0212(CNS))
(Consultation procedure)

The European Parliament,


− having regard to the Commission proposal to the Council, COM(98)0376 − 98/0212(CNS) (1),
− having been consulted by the Council pursuant to Articles 43 and 228(3), first subparagraph, of the EC
Treaty (C4-0458/98),
− having regard to Rule 58 of its Rules of Procedure,
− having regard to the report of the Committee on Fisheries and the opinions of the Committee on
Budgets and the Committee on Development and Cooperation (A4-0283/98),

1. Approves the Commission proposal, subject to Parliament’s amendments;


2. Calls on the Council to notify Parliament should it intend to depart from the text approved by
Parliament;
3. Asks to be consulted again should the Council intend to make substantial modifications to the
Commission proposal;
4. Instructs its President to forward this opinion to the Council and Commission.

(1) OJ C 240, 31.7.1998, p. 7.

8. EC-Azerbaijan trade agreement *

A4-0287/98

Legislative resolution embodying Parliament’s opinion on the proposal for a Council Decision on the
conclusion by the European Community of the Interim Agreement between the European
Community, the European Coal and Steel Community and the European Atomic Energy
Community, of the one part, and the Republic of Azerbaijan, of the other part, on trade and
trade-related matters (COM(96)0613 − 5467/97 − C4-0315/98 − 96/0299(ACC))
(Consultation procedure)

The European Parliament,


− having regard to the proposal for a Council decision, COM(96)0613 − 96/0299(ACC),
− having regard to the interim agreement initialled by the Commission (COM(96)0613),
− having regard to Articles 113 and 228(2), first sentence, of the EC Treaty,
− having been consulted by the Council (C4-0315/98),
− having regard to Rule 90(7) of its Rules of Procedure,
− having regard to the report of the Committee on External Economic Relations and the opinion of the
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Security and Defence Policy (A4-0287/98),

1. Approves conclusion of the interim agreement;


2. Instructs its President to forward this opinion to the Council, the Commission and the governments
of the Member States and of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
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ATTENDANCE REGISTER
18 September 1998
The following signed:
d’Aboville, Adam, Aelvoet, Aldo, Amadeo, Anastassopoulos, d’Ancona, Antony, Aparicio Sánchez,
Avgerinos, Banotti, Barthet-Mayer, Barton, Bennasar Tous, Berger, Bertens, Berthu, van Bladel,
Blokland, Blot, Böge, Bösch, Boniperti, Boogerd-Quaak, Botz, Breyer, Burtone, Cabezón Alonso,
Camisón Asensio, Campoy Zueco, Carnero González, Carrère d’Encausse, Casini Carlo, Coelho,
Colajanni, Collins Kenneth D., Colombo Svevo, Correia, Cox, Cunningham, Cushnahan, van Dam, De
Esteban Martin, Delcroix, Deprez, Dillen, Eisma, Elchlepp, Eriksson, Fabra Vallés, Fabre-Aubrespy,
Falconer, Fassa, Féret, Fitzsimons, Flemming, Fontaine, Ford, Formentini, Fraga Estévez,
Frischenschlager, Funk, Gallagher, Garcı́a Arias, Garosci, Gasòliba i Böhm, Gebhardt, Gillis, Gil-Robles
Gil-Delgado, Girão Pereira, Glase, Goedbloed, Goepel, Goerens, Görlach, Gomolka, González Álvarez,
Graenitz, Graziani, Green, Gröner, Grossetête, Gutiérrez Dı́az, von Habsburg, Habsburg-Lothringen,
Hager, Happart, Haug, Heinisch, Herman, Hindley, Hoff, Hory, Hyland, Izquierdo Collado, Jöns, Jové
Peres, Junker, Katiforis, Kellett-Bowman, Keppelhoff-Wiechert, Kerr, Kindermann, Klaß, Konrad, Krehl,
Kuckelkorn, Kuhn, Lage, Lagendijk, Lambraki, Lambrias, Langen, Larive, Le Gallou, Lehideux, Lenz,
Lüttge, Lulling, McCartin, Malerba, Mann Erika, Mann Thomas, Marinucci, Martens, Martin David W.,
Mather, Mayer, Medina Ortega, Mendes Bota, Miller, Miranda de Lage, Mohamed Ali, Moniz, Moretti,
Mosiek-Urbahn, Mulder, Mutin, Nicholson, Nordmann, Novo, Olsson, Oomen-Ruijten, Orlando, Paasio,
Pack, Pailler, Papakyriazis, Papayannakis, Pasty, Peter, Pettinari, Piha, Pinel, Poettering, Poggiolini,
Posselt, Provan, Puerta, Rapkay, Redondo Jiménez, Rehder, Ribeiro, Rinsche, Rosado Fernandes, de
Rose, Rothe, Rübig, Sanz Fernández, Schäfer, Schiedermeier, Schlechter, Schleicher, Schmidbauer,
Schroedter, Schulz, Schwaiger, Seillier, Seppänen, Sichrovsky, Sisó Cruellas, Smith, Sonneveld, Sornosa
Martı́nez, Souchet, Stenzel, Striby, Swoboda, Tannert, Telkämper, Theato, Tindemans, Trakatellis,
Ullmann, Valverde López, Vanhecke, Van Lancker, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Vaz da Silva, Vecchi,
Verwaerde, Vinci, Voggenhuber, Walter, Weber, Weiler, Wemheuer, Wibe, Wiebenga, Wieland,
Wijsenbeek, Willockx, von Wogau, Wolf, Zimmermann
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ANNEX

Result of roll-call votes


(+) = For
(−) = Against
(O) = Abstention

1. Provan report − A4-0277/98


Resolution

(+)
ARE: Barthet-Mayer, Hory, Weber
ELDR: Bertens, Boogerd-Quaak, Cox, Eisma, Frischenschlager, Gasòliba i Böhm, Goedbloed, Mulder,
Nordmann, Olsson, Wiebenga, Wijsenbeek
GUE/NGL: Carnero González, Eriksson, González Álvarez, Gutiérrez Dı́az, Jové Peres, Mohamed Ali,
Novo, Puerta, Seppänen, Sornosa Martı́nez, Vinci
I-EDN: Berthu, Blokland, van Dam, Fabre-Aubrespy, Nicholson, Seillier, Souchet
NI: Amadeo, Dillen, Formentini, Hager, Le Gallou, Pinel, Vanhecke
PPE: Anastassopoulos, Banotti, Böge, Burtone, Camisón Asensio, Casini Carlo, Colombo Svevo, Coelho,
De Esteban Martin, Deprez, Fabra Vallés, Flemming, Fontaine, Fraga Estévez, Funk, Gillis, Glase,
Goepel, Gomolka, Graziani, Grossetête, von Habsburg, Habsburg-Lothringen, Heinisch, Kellett-Bowman,
Keppelhoff-Wiechert, Klaß, Konrad, Lambrias, Langen, Lehideux, Lenz, Lulling, McCartin, Malangré,
Mann Thomas, Martens, Mather, Mayer, Mendes Bota, Mosiek-Urbahn, Oomen-Ruijten, Pack, Piha,
Poettering, Poggiolini, Posselt, Provan, Rinsche, Rübig, Schiedermeier, Schwaiger, Sisó Cruellas,
Sonneveld, Stenzel, Theato, Tindemans, Trakatellis, Valverde López, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Vaz da
Silva, Verwaerde, von Wogau
PSE: Adam, d’Ancona, Aparicio Sánchez, Avgerinos, Berger, Bösch, Botz, Cabezón Alonso, Colajanni,
Collins Kenneth D., Cunningham, Delcroix, Elchlepp, Falconer, Ford, Garcı́a Arias, Görlach, Graenitz,
Green, Gröner, Happart, Hardstaff, Haug, Hindley, Izquierdo Collado, Jöns, Kindermann, Krehl,
Kuckelkorn, Lüttge, Mann Erika, Marinucci, Martin David W., Medina Ortega, Miller, Miranda de Lage,
Mutin, Paasio, Papakyriazis, Peter, Pettinari, Rapkay, Rothe, Sanz Fernández, Schlechter, Schmidbauer,
Schulz, Smith, Tannert, Terrón i Cusı́, Van Lancker, Vecchi, Walter, Wemheuer, Wibe, Willockx,
Zimmermann
UPE: Aldo, van Bladel, Carrère d’Encausse, Gallagher, Pasty, Rosado Fernandes
V: Aelvoet, Breyer, Kerr, Lagendijk, Orlando, Schroedter, Soltwedel-Schäfer, Ullmann, Voggenhuber,
Wolf

(O)
PPE: Herman

2. Schwaiger report − A4-0287/98


Resolution

(+)
ELDR: Boogerd-Quaak, Eisma, Goerens, Larive, Mulder
GUE/NGL: Eriksson
I-EDN: Berthu, Blokland, van Dam
PPE: Bennasar Tous, Camisón Asensio, Coelho, De Esteban Martin, Fabra Vallés, Gomolka, Grossetête,
von Habsburg, Habsburg-Lothringen, Heinisch, Kellett-Bowman, Klaß, Langen, McCartin, Martens,
Oomen-Ruijten, Piha, Poettering, Poggiolini, Posselt, Rübig, Schwaiger, Sonneveld, Wieland
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PSE: Bösch, Elchlepp, Ford, Hardstaff, Medina Ortega, Miranda de Lage, Paasio, Schulz, Van Lancker,
Wemheuer, Wibe, Zimmermann
UPE: Rosado Fernandes
(O)
GUE/NGL: González Álvarez
V: Aelvoet, Lagendijk, Wolf