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Tuesday 14 March 2000

IN THE CHAIR: Mrs FONTAINE
President

15. EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (debate)
Mr Duff and Voggenhuber, co-rapporteurs, introduced their report, drawn up on behalf of the Committee
on Constitutional Affairs, on the drawing up of a Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
(C5-0058/1999 - 1999/2064(COS) (A5-0064/2000).

The following spoke: Paciotti, draftsman for the Committee on Citizens’ Freedoms and Rights,
Cederschiöld, draftsman for the Committee on Legal Affairs, Van Den Burg, draftsman for the Committee
on Employment, Swiebel, draftsman for the Committee on Women’s Rights, Fourtou, draftsman for the
Committee on Petitions, Méndez de Vigo, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Berès, on behalf of the PSE
Group, Van den Bos, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Boumediene-Thiery, on behalf of the Verts/ALE
Group, Kaufmann, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Berthu, on behalf of the UEN Group, Speroni, TDI
Group, Van Dam, on behalf of the EDD Group.

IN THE CHAIR: Mr PROVAN
Vice-President

The following spoke: Hager, Non-attached Member, Maij-Weggen, Napolitano, Chairman of the Committee
on Constitutional Affairs, MacCormick, Frahm, Crowley, de Gaulle, Garaud, Stockton, David W. Martin,
Hautala, Cossutta, Ribeiro e Castro, Sacrédeus, Hans-Peter Martin, Alavanos, Schleicher, Rack, Inglewood,
Korhola, Scallon, Seixas da Costa, President-in-Office of the Council, and Vitorino, Member of the Com-
mission.

The President closed the debate.

Vote: Minutes of 16.3.2000, Item 10.

16. Additional contribution to the IGC (Commission communication)
Mr Barnier, member of the Commission, made a statement on the additional Commission contribution to
the IGC on institutional reform: qualified majority for taxation and social security aspects of the internal
market.

The President proposed that, in view of time pressure, the Commission could take questions in groups of
three.

The following asked questions which Mr Barnier answered: David W. Martin, Rübig, Helmer, Tsatsos,
Leinen, Thorning-Schmidt, Jonckheer, Balfe, Villiers and Van Lancker.

The President closed the item.

IN THE CHAIR: Mr COLOM i NAVAL
Vice-President

17. Question Time (questions to the Commission)
Parliament considered a number of questions to the Commission (B5-0201/2000).

First part

Question 39 by Carlos Carnero González: Consideration of the international legal status of the waters of
the Western Sahara
Mr Patten, Member of the Commission answered the question and a supplementary by Mr Carnero Gon-
zález.
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Question 40 by Bob van den Bos: Landmines and Question 113 by Marie-Arlette Carlotti on EU anti-
mine action

Mr Patten answered the question and supplementaries by Mr Van den Bos and Mrs Carlotti.

Question 41 by Íñigo Méndez de Vigo: ‘Dialogue on Europe’ initiative

Mr Lamy, Member of the Commission, answered the question and supplementaries by Mr Méndez de Vigo
and Mr David W. Martin.

Question 42 by Anna Karamanou: Environmental threats facing Europe

Mr Fischler, Member of the Commission answered the question and a supplementary by Mr Karamanou.

Question 43 by Antonios Trakatellis: Concern over the memorandum on nuclear safety at the Kozloduy
plant in Bulgaria

Mr Verheugen, Member of the Commission, answered the question and a supplementary by Mr Trakatellis.

Second part

Question 44 by Richard Howitt: Trade preference for least developed countries

Mr Lamy answered the question and a supplementary by Mr Howitt.

Question 45 by Nicholas Clegg: China’s accession to the WTO

Mr Lamy answered the question and supplementaries by Mr Clegg and Mr Kauppi.

Question 46 would receive a written answer.

Question 47 by John McCartin lapsed as its author was absent.

Question 48 by María Izquierdo Rojo: Cost to agriculture of EU enlargement

Mr Fischler answered the question and a supplementary by Mrs Izquierdo Rojo.

Question 49 by Emmanouil Bakopoulos: Community initiative Leader 2000-2006

Mr Fischler answered the question.

Question 50 by Carmen Fraga Estévez: Balance between fisheries agreements in the North and South

Mr Fischler answered the question and a supplementary by Mrs Fraga Estévez.

Question 51 by Hugues Martin: Compatibility of special export aid with Community law

Mr Fischler answered the question and a supplementary by Mr Hughes Martin.

Question 52 by Werner Langen: Preventive distillation - increasing the quotas

Mr Fischler answered the question and a supplementary by Mr Langen.

Questions 53 to 60 would receive written answers.

Question 61 by Marie Isler Béguin: Reopening of the railway line between Oloron and Canfranc

Mrs de Palacio, Vice-President of the Commission, answered the question and supplementaries by Mrs Isler
Béguin and Mr Knörr Borràs.
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Question 62 by Ewa Hedkvist Petersen: Blood/alcohol limits for drivers

Mr de Palacio answered the question and supplementaries by Mr Hedkvist Petersen and Mrs Taylor.

Question 63 by Reinhold Messner: Verona-Munich railway link

Mrs de Palacio answered the question and supplementaries by Mr Messner and Mr Ebner.

The President announced that questions which had not been answered would receive written answers.

The President closed Question Time.

(The sitting was suspended at 19.25 and resumed at 21.00.)

IN THE CHAIR: Mr PROVAN
Vice-President

18. Eco-label ***II (debate)

Mr Schnellhardt introduced his recommendation for second reading, drawn up on behalf of the: Commit-
tee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy, on the common position adopted by the
Council with a view to adopting a European Parliament and Council regulation on a revised Community
eco-label award scheme (10656/2/1999 - C5-0223/1999 - 1996/0312(COD)) (A5-0054/2000).

The following spoke: Flemming, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Rosemarie Müller, on behalf of the
PSE Group, Schörling, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Sjöstedt, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group,
Goodwill and Wallström, Member of the Commission.

Mrs Schörling pointed out that amendments 7 and 8 only existed in English (the President replied that he
would make sure that the texts were available in all languages in time for the vote).

The President closed the debate.

Vote: Minutes of 15.3.2000, Item 13.

19. Incineration of waste ***II (debate)

Mr Blokland introduced his recommendation for second reading, drawn up on behalf of the Committee on
the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy, on the common position adopted by the Council
with a view to adopting a European Parliament and Council directive on the incineration of waste
(11472/1/1999 - C5-0274/1999 - 1998/0289(COD)) (A5-0056/2000).

The following spoke: Lund, on behalf of the PSE Group, who also stated that he was not a signatory to
amendments 36 and 37, Grossetête, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Paulsen, on behalf of the ELDR
Group, Jillian Evans, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Meijer, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Hyland,
on behalf of the UEN Group, Liese, Bowe, Davies, McKenna, Seppänen, Jackson, Chairman of the Commit-
tee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy, Myller, Pohjamo, Alyssandrakis, Korhola,
Caudron, Emilia Franziska Müller, Goodwill, Wallström, Member of the Commission, Jackson and Wall-
ström.

The President closed the debate.

Vote: Minutes of 15.3.2000, Item 14.