Index 
Minutes
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 - StrasbourgFinal edition
1. Opening of sitting
 2. Transatlantic relations (debate)
 3. Croatia's 2006 progress report (debate)
 4. Mandate of a Member
 5. Voting time
  5.1. Transmission of national accounts data ***I (Rule 131) (vote)
  5.2. Multilateral Agreement on the Establishment of a European Common Aviation Area * (Rule 131) (vote)
 6. Mandate of a Member (continuation)
 7. Voting time (continuation)
  7.1. Adaption of Title IV of the EC Treaty – Court of Justice * (Rule 131) (vote)
  7.2. Framework Agreement on a Multilateral Nuclear Environmental Programme in the Russian Federation * (Rule 131) (vote)
  7.3. Common rules in the field of civil aviation security ***II (vote)
 8. Welcome
 9. Voting time (continuation)
  9.1. Assessment and management of flood risks ***II (vote)
 10. Formal sitting - India
 11. Voting time (continuation)
  11.1. Advanced therapy medicinal products ***I (vote)
  11.2. Enforcement of intellectual property rights (criminal measures) ***I (vote)
  11.3. Community vessel traffic monitoring ***I (vote)
  11.4. Investigation of accidents ***I (vote)
  11.5. Liability of carriers of passengers by boat in the event of accidents ***I (vote)
  11.6. Port State control ***I (vote)
  11.7. Ship inspection and survey organisations ***I (vote)
  11.8. International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) (vote)
  11.9. Temporary committee on climate change (vote)
  11.10. Damages actions for breach of competition rules (vote)
  11.11. Multilateral Agreement on the Establishment of a European Common Aviation Area (vote)
  11.12. Thematic Strategy on the sustainable use of natural resources (vote)
  11.13. Transatlantic relations (vote)
  11.14. Progress report on Croatia (vote)
 12. Explanations of vote
 13. Corrections to votes and voting intentions
 14. Approval of Minutes of previous sitting
 15. Human rights in the world 2006 and the EU's policy on the matter - Moratorium on the death penalty (debate)
 16. Ukraine (debate)
 17. Homophobia in Europe (debate)
 18. Question Time (Council)
 19. Rapid Border Intervention Teams (debate)
 20. Public Finances in the EMU 2006 (debate)
 21. Strengthen European legislation in the field of information and consultation of workers (debate)
 22. Directives concerning the protection of health and safety of workers: simplifying and rationalising practical implementation reports ***I (debate)
 23. Agenda for next sitting
 24. Closure of sitting


IN THE CHAIR: Gérard ONESTA
Vice-President

1.  Opening of sitting

The sitting opened at 9.00.


2.  Transatlantic relations (debate)

Council and Commission statements: Transatlantic relations

Günter Gloser (President-in-Office of the Council) and Vladimír Špidla (Member of the Commission) made the statements.

The following spoke: Joseph Daul , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Jan Marinus Wiersma , on behalf of the PSE Group, Graham Watson , on behalf of the ALDE Group, Angelika Beer , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Francis Wurtz , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Godfrey Bloom , on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, Frank Vanhecke , on behalf of the ITS Group, Brian Crowley , on behalf of the UEN Group, Roger Helmer , Non-attached Member, José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra , Poul Nyrup Rasmussen , Sarah Ludford , Konrad Szymański , Johannes Voggenhuber , Miguel Portas , Bastiaan Belder , Andreas Mölzer , Jana Bobošíková and Charles Tannock .

IN THE CHAIR: Edward McMILLAN-SCOTT
Vice-President

The following spoke: Erika Mann , Sophia in 't Veld , Mario Borghezio , Georgios Karatzaferis , Jonathan Evans , Hannes Swoboda , Anneli Jäätteenmäki , Miloslav Ransdorf , Paul Marie Coûteaux , Alexander Radwan , Martine Roure , Jerzy Buzek , Andrzej Jan Szejna , Bogdan Klich , Helmut Kuhne , Avril Doyle , Adrian Severin , Georgios Papastamkos , Richard Falbr , Antonio Tajani , Günter Gloser and Vladimír Špidla .

Motions for resolutions to wind up the debate tabled pursuant to Rule 103(2):

- Cristiana Muscardini , Adam Bielan , Konrad Szymański , Hanna Foltyn-Kubicka , Ryszard Czarnecki , Gintaras Didžiokas , Guntars Krasts , Inese Vaidere and Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis , on behalf of the UEN Group , on transatlantic relations (B6-0149/2007 ) ;

- Pierre Jonckheer , Cem Özdemir , Angelika Beer , Kathalijne Maria Buitenweg and Claude Turmes , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group , on transatlantic relations (B6-0150/2007 ) ;

- Jan Marinus Wiersma , Hannes Swoboda , Erika Mann and Benoît Hamon , on behalf of the PSE Group , on transatlantic relations (B6-0151/2007 ) ;

- André Brie and Tobias Pflüger , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group , on transatlantic relations (B6-0152/2007 ) ;

- Bruno Gollnisch , on behalf of the ITS Group , on transatlantic relations (B6-0153/2007 ) ;

- Alexander Lambsdorff , Sophia in 't Veld , Lapo Pistelli , Margarita Starkevičiūtė and Anneli Jäätteenmäki , on behalf of the ALDE Group , on EU/US relations (B6-0154/2007 ) ;

- Joseph Daul , José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra , Elmar Brok , Charles Tannock , Bogdan Klich , Georgios Papastamkos , Robert Sturdy , Alexander Radwan , John Bowis , Georg Jarzembowski and Malcolm Harbour , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group , on the forthcoming EU-US Summit in Washington DC on 30 April 2007 (B6-0156/2007 ) .

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 25.04.2007, Item 11.13 .


3.  Croatia's 2006 progress report (debate)

Report on Croatia's 2006 progress report [ 2006/2288(INI) ] - Committee on Foreign Affairs. Rapporteur: Hannes Swoboda (A6-0092/2007 )

Hannes Swoboda introduced the report.

The following spoke: Günter Gloser (President-in-Office of the Council) and Vladimír Špidla (Member of the Commission) .

The following spoke: Bernd Posselt , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Jan Marinus Wiersma , on behalf of the PSE Group, István Szent-Iványi , on behalf of the ALDE Group, Milan Horáček , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Pál Schmitt , Borut Pahor , Jelko Kacin , Alojz Peterle , Pier Antonio Panzeri and Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck .

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 25.04.2007, Item 11.14 .


IN THE CHAIR: Pierre MOSCOVICI
Vice-President

4.  Mandate of a Member

Graham Watson took the floor on behalf of the ALDE Group to point out that the Polish Government had stripped Bronisław Geremek of his mandate as a Member of the European Parliament with effect from 19.04.2007, as he had refused to sign a declaration relating to collaboration with the Communist-era secret services as required by a Polish 'lustration' (monitoring) law, which had entered into force on 15.03.2007. Graham Watson called on Hans-Gert Pöttering , the President of Parliament, to inform the House as to whether the matter had been raised at his latest meeting with the Polish Prime Minister Jarosł aw Kaczyń ski. He also called on the relevant bodies within Parliament to look into the rules applying to the end of a Member's term of office and called on Parliament to take action as soon as possible to protect Mr Geremek's right to exercise his mandate.

The following Members spoke in support of Mr Watson's comments: Martin Schulz , on behalf of the PSE Group, Daniel Cohn-Bendit , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Francis Wurtz , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Giuseppe Gargani (Chairman of the JURI Committee) and Joseph Daul , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group .

The President pointed out that Parliament had not yet received any formal notification from the Polish authorities concerning the end of Bronisław Geremek 's mandate. He added that the Conference of Presidents and the JURI Committee would be looking into the matter with a view to upholding Parliament's independence.


5.  Voting time

Details of voting (amendments, separate and split votes, etc.) appear in the 'Results of votes' annex to the Minutes.


5.1.  Transmission of national accounts data ***I (Rule 131) (vote)

Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2223/96 with respect to the transmission of national accounts data [COM(2005)0653 - C6-0438/2005 - 2005/0253(COD) ] - Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Rapporteur: José Manuel García-Margallo y Marfil (A6-0122/2007 )

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 1)

COMMISSION PROPOSAL, AMENDMENTS and DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted by single vote ( P6_TA(2007)0138 )


5.2.  Multilateral Agreement on the Establishment of a European Common Aviation Area * (Rule 131) (vote)

Report on the proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion of the Multilateral Agreement between the Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Bulgaria, the Republic of Croatia, the European Community, the Republic of Iceland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Kingdom of Norway, Serbia and Montenegro, Romania and the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo on the Establishment of a European Common Aviation Area (ECAA) [COM(2006)0113 - C6-0218/2006 - 2006/0036(CNS) ] - Committee on Transport and Tourism. Rapporteur: Eva Lichtenberger (A6-0060/2007 )

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 2)

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted by single vote ( P6_TA(2007)0139 )


6.  Mandate of a Member (continuation)

The President decided to interrupt voting time for a few moments in order to give the floor to the group chairmen who had not yet had the opportunity to do so to speak on the matter of Bronisław Geremek 's mandate.

The following spoke: Brian Crowley , on behalf of the UEN Group, and Bruno Gollnisch , on behalf of the ITS Group .


7.  Voting time (continuation)

7.1.  Adaption of Title IV of the EC Treaty – Court of Justice * (Rule 131) (vote)

Report on the draft Council decision adapting the provisions concerning the Court of Justice in fields covered by Title IV of Part Three of the Treaty establishing the European Community [COM(2006)0346 - C6-0304/2006 - 2006/0808(CNS) ] - Committee on Legal Affairs. Rapporteur: József Szájer (A6-0082/2007 )

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 3)

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

József Szájer (rapporteur) spoke under Rule 131(4).

Adopted by single vote ( P6_TA(2007)0140 )


7.2.  Framework Agreement on a Multilateral Nuclear Environmental Programme in the Russian Federation * (Rule 131) (vote)

Report con the proposal for a Council decision concerning the conclusion on behalf of the European Community of a Framework Agreement on a Multilateral Nuclear Environmental Programme in the Russian Federation and of the Protocol on Claims, Legal Proceedings and Indemnification to the Framework Agreement on a Multilateral Nuclear Environmental Programme in the Russian Federation [COM(2006)0665 - C6-0475/2006 - 2006/0227(CNS) ] - Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. Rapporteur: Vladimír Remek (A6-0126/2007 )

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 4)

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted by single vote ( P6_TA(2007)0141 )


7.3.  Common rules in the field of civil aviation security ***II (vote)

Recommendation for second reading on the Council common position for adopting a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules in the field of civil aviation security and repealing Regulation (EC) No 2320/2002 [14039/1/2006 - C6-0041/2007 - 2005/0191(COD) ] - Committee on Transport and Tourism. Rapporteur: Paolo Costa (A6-0134/2007 )

(Qualified majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 5)

COMMON POSITION OF THE COUNCIL

Declared approved as amended ( P6_TA(2007)0142 )

The following spoke on the vote:

- Robert Goebbels , before the vote, who requested that the document containing the Commission's position on the amendments tabled be distributed to Members (the President undertook to do so).


8.  Welcome

On behalf of Parliament, the President welcomed members of the Knesset's delegation for relations with the European Parliament, led by its chairwoman Ms Amira Dotan, who had taken their seats in the distinguished visitors' gallery.


9.  Voting time (continuation)

9.1.  Assessment and management of flood risks ***II (vote)

Recommendation for second reading on the Council common position with a view to the adoption of a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the assessment and management of flood risks [12131/6/2006 - C6-0038/2007 - 2006/0005(COD) ] - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Rapporteur: Richard Seeber (A6-0064/2007 )

(Qualified majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 6)

COMMON POSITION OF THE COUNCIL

Declared approved as amended (P6_TA(2007)0143 )


IN THE CHAIR: Hans-Gert PÖTTERING
President

10.  Formal sitting - India

From 12.00 to 12.45, a formal sitting of Parliament was held on the occasion of the visit by Abdul Kalam, President of the Republic of India.


IN THE CHAIR: Pierre MOSCOVICI
Vice-President

11.  Voting time (continuation)

11.1.  Advanced therapy medicinal products ***I (vote)

Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on advanced therapy medicinal products and amending Directive 2001/83/EC and Regulation (EC) No 726/2004 [COM(2005)0567 - C6-0401/2005 - 2005/0227(COD) ] - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Rapporteur: Miroslav Mikolášik (A6-0031/2007 )

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 7)

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended ( P6_TA(2007)0144 )

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2007)0144 )

The following spoke on the vote:

- Miroslav Mikolášik (rapporteur) and Dagmar Roth-Behrendt , on behalf of the PSE Group , on the compromise amendments;

- Hartmut Nassauer , on amendment 66;

- Alejo Vidal-Quadras , on the conduct of the vote;

- Miroslav Mikolášik, on the order of voting on the amendments.


11.2.  Enforcement of intellectual property rights (criminal measures) ***I (vote)

Report on the amended proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on criminal measures aimed at ensuring the enforcement of intellectual property rights [COM(2006)0168 – C6-0233/2005 – 2005/0127(COD) ] - Committee on Legal Affairs. Rapporteur: Nicola Zingaretti (A6-0073/2007 )

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 8)

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended ( P6_TA(2007)0145 )

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2007)0145 )

The following spoke on the vote:

- Ignasi Guardans Cambó , who moved an oral amendment to amendment 46; as more than 40 Members objected, it was not incorporated.


11.3.  Community vessel traffic monitoring ***I (vote)

Report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2002/59/EC establishing a Community vessel traffic monitoring and information system [COM(2005)0589 - C6-0004/2006 - 2005/0239(COD) ] - Committee on Transport and Tourism. Rapporteur: Dirk Sterckx (A6-0086/2007 )

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 9)

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended ( P6_TA(2007)0146 )

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2007)0146 )

The following spoke on the vote:

- Luis de Grandes Pascual , who moved an oral amendment to amendment 46, which was incorporated.


11.4.  Investigation of accidents ***I (vote)

Report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the fundamental principles governing the investigation of accidents in the maritime transport sector and amending Directives 1999/35/EC and 2002/59/EC [COM(2005)0590 - C6-0056/2006 - 2005/0240(COD) ] - Committee on Transport and Tourism. Rapporteur: Jaromír Kohlíček (A6-0079/2007 )

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 10)

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended ( P6_TA(2007)0147 )

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2007)0147 )

The following spoke on the vote:

- Jaromír Kohlíček (rapporteur) , who proposed switching the voting order on amendments 1 and 26. Parliament agreed to the proposal.


11.5.  Liability of carriers of passengers by boat in the event of accidents ***I (vote)

Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the liability of carriers of passengers by sea and inland waterways in the event of accidents [COM(2005)0592 - C6-0057/2006 - 2005/0241(COD) ] - Committee on Transport and Tourism. Rapporteur: Paolo Costa (A6-0063/2007 )

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 11)

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended ( P6_TA(2007)0148 )

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2007)0148 )

The following spoke on the vote:

- Paolo Costa (rapporteur) , who called on Members to reject the amendments not tabled by the committee responsible;

- Georg Jarzembowski , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group , on Mr Costa's remarks.


11.6.  Port State control ***I (vote)

Report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on port State control (recast version) [COM(2005)0588 - C6-0028/2006 - 2005/0238(COD) ] - Committee on Transport and Tourism. Rapporteur: Dominique Vlasto (A6-0081/2007 )

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 12)

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended ( P6_TA(2007)0149 )

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2007)0149 )


11.7.  Ship inspection and survey organisations ***I (vote)

Report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules and standards for ship inspection and survey organisations and for the relevant activities of maritime administrations (recast version) [COM(2005)0587 - C6-0038/2006 - 2005/0237(COD) ] - Committee on Transport and Tourism. Rapporteur: Luis de Grandes Pascual (A6-0070/2007 )

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 13)

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended ( P6_TA(2007)0150 )

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2007)0150 )


11.8.  International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) (vote)

Motion for a resolution tabled by the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs under Rule 81 on the draft Commission regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1725/2003 adopting certain international accounting standards in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1606/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards: International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 8 concerning disclosure of operating segments (B6-0157/2007 )

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 14)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Pervenche Berès , Chairwoman of the ECON Committee, requested under Rule 170(4) that the vote be postponed until the September II part-session. Parliament agreed to the request.


11.9.  Temporary committee on climate change (vote)

Proposal for a decision tabled by the Conference of Presidents under Rule 175 setting up a temporary committee on climate change (B6-0158/2007 )

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 15)

PROPOSAL FOR A DECISION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2007)0151 )


11.10.  Damages actions for breach of competition rules (vote)

Report on the Green Paper on Damages actions for breach of the EC antitrust rules [2006/2207(INI) ] - Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Rapporteur: Antolín Sánchez Presedo (A6-0133/2007 )

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 16)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2007)0152 )


11.11.  Multilateral Agreement on the Establishment of a European Common Aviation Area (vote)

Motion for a resolution B6-0148/2007

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 17)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2007)0153 )


11.12.  Thematic Strategy on the sustainable use of natural resources (vote)

Report on a Thematic Strategy for the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources [ 2006/2210(INI) ] - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Rapporteur: Kartika Tamara Liotard (A6-0054/2007 )

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 18)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2007)0154 )


11.13.  Transatlantic relations (vote)

Motions for resolution B6-0149/2007 , B6-0150/2007 , B6-0151/2007 , B6-0152/2007 , B6-0153/2007 , B6-0154/2007 and B6-0156/2007

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 19)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION RC-B6-0149/2007

(replacing B6-0149/2007 , B6-0151/2007 , B6-0154/2007 and B6-0156/2007 ):

tabled by the following Members:

Joseph Daul , José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra , Elmar Brok , Charles Tannock , Stefano Zappalà , Bogdan Klich , Antonio Tajani , Jas Gawronski , Georgios Papastamkos , Robert Sturdy , Alexander Radwan , John Bowis , Georg Jarzembowski and Malcolm Harbour , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group ,

Jan Marinus Wiersma , Hannes Swoboda and Erika Mann on behalf of the PSE Group,

Alexander Lambsdorff , Sophia in 't Veld , Lapo Pistelli , Margarita Starkevičiūtė and Anneli Jäätteenmäki , on behalf of the ALDE Group ,

Adam Bielan , Konrad Szymański and Michał Tomasz Kamiński , on behalf of the UEN Group

Adopted ( P6_TA(2007)0155 )

(Motions for resolutions B6-0150/2007 , B6-0152/2007 and B6-0153/2007 fell.)

The following spoke on the vote:

- Sophia in 't Veld and José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra , who both moved oral amendments to paragraph 13 (both oral amendments were incorporated).


11.14.  Progress report on Croatia (vote)

Report on Croatia's 2006 progress report [ 2006/2288(INI) ] - Committee on Foreign Affairs. Rapporteur: Hannes Swoboda (A6-0092/2007 )

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 20)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2007)0156 )

The following spoke on the vote:

- Hannes Swoboda (rapporteur) , who moved an oral amendment to amendment 18 and another oral amendment to amendment 24. Both were incorporated.

IN THE CHAIR: Luigi COCILOVO
Vice-President

The following spoke: Reinhard Rack , who thought it might be a good idea to hold formal sittings on Tuesdays, rather than Wednesdays, as voting time on Tuesday was usually shorter (the President undertook to pass on the suggestion to the relevant departments).


12.  Explanations of vote

Written explanations of vote:

Explanations of vote submitted in writing under Rule 163(3) appear in the Verbatim Report of Proceedings for the sitting.

Oral explanations of vote:

Recommendation: Paolo Costa - A6-0134/2007 : Daniel Hannan

Report: Miroslav Mikolášik - A6-0031/2007 : Miroslav Mikolášik and Zuzana Roithová

Report: Nicola Zingaretti - A6-0073/2007 : Andreas Mölzer and Zuzana Roithová

Report: Hannes Swoboda - A6-0092/2007 : Andreas Mölzer and Czesław Adam Siekierski


13.  Corrections to votes and voting intentions

Corrections to votes and voting intentions appear on the 'Séance en direct' website under 'Votes'/'Results of votes'/ 'Roll-call votes'. They are published in hard copy in the 'Result of roll-call votes' annex.

The electronic version on Europarl will be regularly updated for a maximum of two weeks after the day of the vote concerned.

After the two-week deadline has passed, the list of corrections to votes and voting intentions will be finalised so that it can be translated and published in the Official Journal.


(The sitting was suspended at 14.00 and resumed at 15.00.)

IN THE CHAIR: Rodi KRATSA-TSAGAROPOULOU
Vice-President

14.  Approval of Minutes of previous sitting

The Minutes of the previous sitting were approved.


15.  Human rights in the world 2006 and the EU's policy on the matter - Moratorium on the death penalty (debate)

Report on the Annual Report on Human Rights in the World 2006 and the EU's policy on the matter [ 2007/2020(INI) ] - Committee on Foreign Affairs. Rapporteur: Simon Coveney (A6-0128/2007 )

Council and Commission statements: Moratorium on the death penalty

Simon Coveney introduced the report.

Günter Gloser (President-in-Office of the Council) and Joe Borg (Member of the Commission) made the statements.

The following spoke: Roberta Alma Anastase , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Józef Pinior , on behalf of the PSE Group, Anneli Jäätteenmäki , on behalf of the ALDE Group, Inese Vaidere , on behalf of the UEN Group, Hélène Flautre , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Miguel Portas , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Gerard Batten , on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, Jim Allister , Non-attached Member, Maria da Assunção Esteves , Raimon Obiols i Germà , Marco Pannella , Liam Aylward , Alessandro Battilocchio , Kinga Gál and Csaba Sándor Tabajdi .

IN THE CHAIR: Miguel Angel MARTÍNEZ MARTÍNEZ
Vice-President

The following spoke: Hubert Pirker , Richard Howitt , Patrick Gaubert , Bogusław Sonik , David Casa , Günter Gloser and Joe Borg .

Motion for a resolution tabled to wind up the debate pursuant to Rule 103(2):

- Joseph Daul , José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra , Simon Coveney and Antonio Tajani , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group , Elena Valenciano Martínez-Orozco and Pasqualina Napoletano , on behalf of the PSE Group , Marco Cappato and Marco Pannella , on behalf of the ALDE Group , Roberta Angelilli and Eoin Ryan , on behalf of the UEN Group , Hélène Flautre , Monica Frassoni , Raül Romeva i Rueda , Milan Horáček and Angelika Beer , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group , Luisa Morgantini , Miguel Portas and Vittorio Agnoletto , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group , on the initiative for a universal moratorium on the death penalty (B6-0164/2007 ) .

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 27.04.2007, Item 8.9 .


16.  Ukraine (debate)

Council and Commission statements: Ukraine

Günter Gloser (President-in-Office of the Council) and Vladimír Špidla (Member of the Commission) made the statements.

The following spoke: Jacek Saryusz-Wolski , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Jan Marinus Wiersma , on behalf of the PSE Group, István Szent-Iványi , on behalf of the ALDE Group, Guntars Krasts , on behalf of the UEN Group, Rebecca Harms , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Helmuth Markov , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Bastiaan Belder , on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, Charles Tannock , Adrian Severin , Grażyna Staniszewska , Jerzy Buzek and Günter Gloser .

IN THE CHAIR: Mechtild ROTHE
Vice-President

The following spoke: Vladimír Špidla .

The debate closed.


17.  Homophobia in Europe (debate)

Council and Commission statements: Homophobia in Europe

Konrad Szymański spoke on behalf of the UEN Group to move the inadmissibility of the matter pursuant to Rule 167 ( Minutes of 24.04.2007, Item 13 ) .

The following spoke on the motion: Manfred Weber , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group , and Kathalijne Maria Buitenweg , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group .

Parliament rejected the motion by roll-call vote (Verts/ALE) (103 in favour, 210 against, 2 abstentions).

Günter Gloser (President-in-Office of the Council) and Vladimír Špidla (Member of the Commission) made the statements.

The following spoke: Manfred Weber , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Martine Roure , on behalf of the PSE Group, Sophia in 't Veld , on behalf of the ALDE Group, Konrad Szymański , on behalf of the UEN Group, Kathalijne Maria Buitenweg , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Giusto Catania , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Hélène Goudin , on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, Philip Claeys , on behalf of the ITS Group, Michael Cashman , Jan Jerzy Kułakowski , Bogdan Pęk , Raül Romeva i Rueda , Witold Tomczak , Józef Pinior , Alexander Stubb , Günter Gloser and Vladimír Špidla .

Motions for a resolution to wind up the debate tabled pursuant to Rule 103(2):

- Sophia in 't Veld , Alexander Alvaro , Sarah Ludford and Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert , on behalf of the ALDE Group , on homophobia in Europe (B6-0167/2007 )

- Martine Roure and Michael Cashman , on behalf of the PSE Group , on homophobia in Europe (B6-0168/2007 )

- Roberta Angelilli , on behalf of the UEN Group , on homophobia in Europe (B6-0170/2007 )

- Monica Frassoni , Kathalijne Maria Buitenweg and Raül Romeva i Rueda , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group , and Giusto Catania , Mary Lou McDonald , Eva-Britt Svensson , Miguel Portas , Gabriele Zimmer , Vittorio Agnoletto and André Brie , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group , on homophobia in Europe (B6-0171/2007 )

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.04.2007, Item 8.11 .

(The sitting was suspended at 17.50 pending Question Time and resumed at 18.00.)


IN THE CHAIR: Diana WALLIS
Vice-President

18.  Question Time (Council)

Parliament considered a number of questions to the Council (B6-0017/2007 ).

Question 1 (Manuel Medina Ortega): Bolstering the Frontex Agency  (H-0177/07 ) .

Günter Gloser (President-in-Office of the Council) answered the question and supplementaries by Manuel Medina Ortega and Alexander Stubb .

Question 2 had been withdrawn.

Question 3 (Sarah Ludford): The investigation and prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes  (H-0183/07 ) .

Günter Gloser answered the question and a supplementary by Sarah Ludford .

Question 4 (Glenis Willmott): Type 1 diabetes  (H-0184/07 ) .

Günter Gloser answered the question and supplementaries by Glenis Willmott and Sarah Ludford .

Question 5 (Philip Bushill-Matthews): Provision of child care  (H-0186/07 ) .

Günter Gloser answered the question and supplementaries by Philip Bushill-Matthews , Justas Vincas Paleckis and Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou .

Question 6 (Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou): Updating the Directive on 'Television Without Frontiers' and combating violence and discrimination  (H-0188/07 ) .

Günter Gloser answered the question and supplementaries by Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou , Andreas Mölzer and Danutė Budreikaitė .

Question 7 (Bernd Posselt): Bringing Macedonia closer to the EU  (H-0189/07 ) .

Günter Gloser answered the question and supplementaries by Bernd Posselt , Andreas Mölzer and Justas Vincas Paleckis .

Question 8 (Sajjad Karim): Darfur  (H-0192/07 ) .

Günter Gloser answered the question and supplementaries by Fiona Hall (deputising for the author), Danutė Budreikaitė and Esko Seppänen .

Question 9 (Tobias Pflüger): Extrajudicial executions in the Philippines  (H-0196/07 ) .

Günter Gloser answered the question and a supplementary by Tobias Pflüger .

Question 10 (Sahra Wagenknecht): Attacks on anti-war activists in Sri Lanka  (H-0199/07 ) .

Günter Gloser answered the question and supplementaries by Sahra Wagenknecht and Tobias Pflüger .

Question 11 (Danutė Budreikaitė): Ecological consequences of the northern oil pipeline  (H-0201/07 ) .

Günter Gloser answered the question and supplementaries by Danutė Budreikaitė and Nils Lundgren .

Question 12 (Georgios Papastamkos): EU territorial agenda  (H-0203/07 ) .

Günter Gloser answered the question and a supplementary by Georgios Papastamkos .

Questions which had not been answered for lack of time would receive written answers ( see annex to the Verbatim Report of Proceedings ) .

Council Question Time closed.


(The sitting was suspended at 19.00 and resumed at 21.00.)

IN THE CHAIR: Gérard ONESTA
Vice-President

19.  Rapid Border Intervention Teams (debate)

Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a mechanism for the creation of Rapid Border Intervention Teams and amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2007/2004 as regards that mechanism [COM(2006)0401 - C6-0253/2006 - 2006/0140(COD) ] - Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Rapporteur: Gérard Deprez (A6-0135/2007 )

The following spoke:Joe Borg (Member of the Commission) spoke.

Gérard Deprez introduced the report.

The following spoke: Agustín Díaz de Mera García Consuegra , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Javier Moreno Sánchez , on behalf of the PSE Group, Bernat Joan i Marí , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Giusto Catania , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Johannes Blokland , on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, Giuseppe Castiglione , Wolfgang Kreissl-Dörfler , Athanasios Pafilis , Carlos Coelho , Ryszard Czarnecki , Hubert Pirker , Simon Busuttil , Francesco Musotto , Barbara Kudrycka and Joe Borg .

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.04.2007, Item 8.6 .


20.  Public Finances in the EMU 2006 (debate)

Report on Public Finances in EMU 2006 [2007/2004(INI) ] - Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Rapporteur: Kurt Joachim Lauk (A6-0076/2007 )

Andreas Schwab (deputising for the rapporteur) introduced the report.

The following spoke:Joe Borg (Member of the Commission) spoke.

The following spoke: José Manuel García-Margallo y Marfil , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Dariusz Rosati , on behalf of the PSE Group, Wojciech Roszkowski , on behalf of the UEN Group, Sahra Wagenknecht , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, John Whittaker , on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, Zsolt László Becsey , Pervenche Berès , Dariusz Maciej Grabowski , Othmar Karas , Donata Gottardi , Zbigniew Krzysztof Kuźmiuk and Joe Borg .

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.04.2007, Item 8.12 .


21.  Strengthen European legislation in the field of information and consultation of workers (debate)

Commission statement: Strengthen European legislation in the field of information and consultation of workers

Vladimír Špidla (Member of the Commission) made the statement.

The following spoke: Gabriele Stauner , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Stephen Hughes , on behalf of the PSE Group, Ilda Figueiredo , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Ieke van den Burg , Harald Ettl , Kader Arif , Inés Ayala Sender , Matthias Groote , Alejandro Cercas , Karin Jöns and Vladimír Špidla .

As the motions for resolutions tabled were not yet available, they would be announced in plenary at a later time.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 10.05.2007, Item 7.14 .


22.  Directives concerning the protection of health and safety of workers: simplifying and rationalising practical implementation reports ***I (debate)

Report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 89/391/EEC, its individual Directives and Council Directives 83/477/EEC, 91/383/EEC, 92/29/EEC and 94/33/EC with a view to simplifying and rationalising the reports on practical implementation [COM(2006)0390 - C6-0242/2006 - 2006/0127(COD) ] - Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. Rapporteur: Ilda Figueiredo (A6-0059/2007 )

The following spoke:Vladimír Špidla (Member of the Commission) spoke.

Ilda Figueiredo introduced the report.

The following spoke: Mihael Brejc , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Harald Ettl , on behalf of the PSE Group, Leopold Józef Rutowicz , on behalf of the UEN Group, Andreas Mölzer , on behalf of the ITS Group, Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou and Vladimír Špidla .

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 26.04.2007, Item 8.1 .


23.  Agenda for next sitting

The agenda for the next sitting had been established ('Agenda' PE 387.009/OJJE).


24.  Closure of sitting

The sitting closed at 23.25.

Harald Rømer

Diana Wallis

Secretary-General

Vice-President

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