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2003 EN Official Journal of the European Union C 271 E/193

Wednesday 3 July 2002





1. Opening of sitting

The sitting opened at 9.05.

2. Approval of Minutes of previous sitting

Mrs Cauquil had informed the Chair that she had been present at the previous sitting but that her name
was not on the attendance register.

The following spoke:

— Turco, who, referring to Mr Cappato's remarks at the beginning of the previous day's sitting, and to
the President's response (Minutes of that Sitting, Item 2), pointed out that, in addition to the hunger
strike, he had begun to refuse liquids at 17.00 the previous day. He asked the Conference of
Presidents to make haste in coming to a decision regarding the admissibility of the written
declaration in question (the President replied that he would bring the matter up at the meeting of
the Conference of Presidents the following day);

— Turchi, on the Texts Adopted.

The Minutes of the previous sitting were approved.

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The following spoke:

— Sakellariou, who referred to the previous day's visit to the House of the delegation from the
Parliament of Taiwan (Minutes of that Sitting, Item 25). He objected to the fact that, despite an
intervention by Parliament, the French authorities had granted members of the delegation visas which
were valid for only 24 hours, meaning they had to leave Strasbourg early. He asked the President
whether this was not only a violation of the principle of free movement of persons within the
Union, but also an obstacle to the proper functioning of Parliament in Strasbourg (the President
replied that this was an improvement on previous occasions, when certain visits had not even been

— Gahler, who complained that the signs on Parliament's premises in Strasbourg, including emergency
instructions, were all in French, which posed problems in particulartion for visitors. He asked the
President to ensure that Parliament's multilingualism should also extend to these signs (the President
said that he would refer the matter to the College of Quaestors, suggesting that more use could
perhaps be made of symbols);
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— Sacrédeus, who agreed with Mr Sakellariou's remarks and wondered whether, had the Taiwanese
delegation visited Brussels instead of Strasbourg, it would have benefited from a longer-lasting visa.

3. Documents received

Pursuant to Rule 51 of the Rules of Procedure, the President had received a written declaration to be
entered into the register from:

— Mr Ford, on the human rights abuses in the World Cup (No 11/2002).

4. Programme of Danish Presidency (statement by the Council)

The next item was a statement on the programme of the Danish Presidency.

The President noted that this was the first time that the President of Parliament and the chairmen of the
political groups had been able to discuss the priorities of the Council Presidency before the start of its
mandate. He thanked the Danish Presidency for this opportunity.

Mr Fogh Rasmussen, President-in-Office of the Council, made a statement.

The following spoke: Prodi, President of the Commission, Poettering, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group,
Barón Crespo, on behalf of the PSE Group, Watson, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Frahm, on behalf of
the GUE/NGL Group, Maes, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Camre, on behalf of the UEN Group,
Bonde, on behalf of the EDD Group, Dupuis, Non-attached Member, Rovsing and Lund.

The following asked questions: Maij-Weggen, Hume, Riis-Jørgensen, Gahrton, Stenzel, Schulz, Krarup,
Berthu, Berès, Laschet, Olle Schmidt, Hautala, Alavanos, Tannock, Medina Ortega, Nicholson of Winter-
bourne and von Wogau. Mr Fogh Rasmussen and Mr Prodi gave replies.

The following spoke: Cushnahan, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, and Murphy, on behalf of the PSE



The following spoke: Caveri, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Wurtz, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group,
Frassoni, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Camre, on behalf of the UEN Group, Bonde, on behalf of the
EDD Group, Gollnisch, Non-attached Member, Brok, Schulz, Andersson and Haarder, President-in-Office of
the Council, who replied to the questions raised during the debate.



The President closed the debate.


Details of voting (amendments, separate and split votes, …) appear in Annex 1 to the Minutes, and the names
of Members taking part in roll-call votes appear in Annex 2, which is published separately and also on

The following spoke: Mr Van Hulten who welcomed the use of the ‘catch the eye’ procedure during the
debate on the Danish Presidency, and hoped that more time would be devoted to this type of debate in
future, and Mr Bautista Ojeda, on the crisis still affecting the olive oil sector.