C 68 E/326

Thursday 5 June 2003

Official Journal of the European Union



(2004/C 68 E/04)


1. Opening of sitting
The sitting opened at 10.00. * * The following spoke: Gianfranco Dell’Alba, who stated that, wishing that morning to obtain a copy of the minutes of the sitting of the previous day with a view to making a statement on the course taken by that sitting, he had been informed that the document was not available. He wished to know the reason for this (the President reminded the speaker that, in line with the most recent amendments to the Rules of Procedure, the minutes of the previous sitting were no longer distributed in the morning but instead at the start of the afternoon); José Ribeiro e Castro, who pointed out, with reference to a proposal for a directive on human tissues and cells dealt with in the Liese report considered at first reading by Parliament a short time previously (P5-TA(2003)0182) (Texts Adopted of the sitting of 10 April 2003), that, according to his understanding, Parliament’s opinion had been practically ignored at a Council meeting held that week; he asked the President to remind the Council of its obligation to respect both the law and Parliament’s position in relation to the forthcoming second reading, inter alia in order to avoid a protracted conciliation procedure (the President noted the request); Patricia McKenna, who first of all emphasised the need for Parliament to comply with texts approved by it, inter alia when choosing the foodstuffs to be served up in its restaurants and canteens; she proceeded to ask for some means to be found of blocking offensive, especially pornographic, material sent electronically from outside sources and arriving at Parliament’s computer terminals (the President replied that the competent bodies, who were aware of the problem, were doing everything technically possible to resolve it); Mary Elizabeth Banotti (Quaestor), who endorsed both the requests made by the preceding speaker and remarked, in relation to the second point, that the Quaestors had considered the matter the previous day and would be meeting with a group of experts in a week’s time; Ioannis Marinos, who stated that he had received threats in relation to his position on the situation in Cyprus, in particular in the form of a map of the island left in his office on which various writings had been scrawled; he requested an intensification of internal security measures in order to avoid any repetition of incidents of this type (the President replied that the request would be forwarded to the President of Parliament and to the Quaestors); Bruno Gollnisch, who pointed out that the French Cour des Comptes had censured the financial management and in particular the improper use of public funds of an anti-racist association involving Fodé Sylla; he stated that the gravity of the accusations was such as to prejudice the good name of a Member and that Parliament should establish, together with the Member concerned, a court of honour (the President replied that, in the absence of the person concerned, he could only take note of these comments). *

2. Request for the waiver of parliamentary immunity
On 6 May 2003, the competent Greek authorities had forwarded a request to waive the parliamentary immunity of Efstratios Korakas. Pursuant to Rule 6(2), the request had been referred to the committee responsible, the JURI Committee.

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