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17.8.2001

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Official Journal of the European Communities

C 232/87

Wednesday 13 December 2000

Question 46 by Mr Trakatellis: Thessaloniki underground rail system

Mr Bolkestein answered the question and a supplementary by Mr Trakatellis.

Question 47 by Mr Sjöstedt: Free movement of goods and the right to strike

Mr Bolkestein answered the question and a supplementary by Mr Sjöstedt.

Question 48 by Mr Alavanos: Degrees awarded by UK universities with branches in Greece, and Directive

89/48/EEC

Mr Bolkestein answered the question and a supplementary by Mr Theonas.

Question 49 by Mrs Korhola: Transport links across the straits between Vaasa, Finland and Umeå, Sweden

Mr Bolkestein answered the question and supplementaries by Mrs Korhola and Mr Sjöstedt.

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

The President closed Question Time to the Commission.

(The sitting was suspended at 19.20 and resumed at 21.00.)

IN THE CHAIR: Mr WIEBENGA

Vice-President

27. European digital content and linguistic diversity * (debate)

Mrs Gill introduced her report, on behalf of the Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy, on the proposal for a Council decision adopting a Multiannual Community programme to stimu- late the development and use of European digital content on the global networks and to promote linguistic diversity in the Information Society (COM(2000) 323 C5-0462/2000 2000/0128(CNS)) (A5-0390/

2000).

Draftsman of opinion (enhanced Hughes procedure): Mrs Fraisse (CULT).

The following spoke: Fraisse, draftsman of the opinion of the CULT Committee, Fourtou, draftsman of the opinion of the JURI Committee, Seppänen, draftsman of the opinion of the BUDG Committee, Rübig, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Zorba, on behalf of the PSE Group, Echerer, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Hieronymi, Caudron and Liikanen, Member of the Commission.

The President closed the debate.

Vote: Minutes of 14.12.2000, Item 14.

28. Assessment and management of environmental noise ***I (debate)

The next item was the report by Mr De Roo, on behalf of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy, on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council directive relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise (COM(2000) 468 C5-0411/2000 2000/ 0194(COD)) (A5-0378/2000).

On behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Mrs Oomen-Ruijten asked for the report to be referred back to committee under Rule 144.

The following spoke on this request: Schierhuber, Meijer and De Roo, rapporteur.

Parliament rejected the request by EV (34 for, 38 against, 0 abstentions).

Mr De Roo introduced his report.