Index 
Minutes
Tuesday, 15 January 2008 - StrasbourgFinal edition
1. Opening of sitting
 2. Documents received
 3. Texts of agreements forwarded by the Council
 4. Debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (announcement of motions for resolutions tabled)
 5. Community strategy on health and safety at work 2007-2012 (debate)
 6. Application of social security schemes to employed persons, to self-employed persons and to members of their families moving within the Community ***I (debate)
 7. Consumer credit ***II (debate)
 8. Voting time
  8.1. Partnerships in the framework of the stabilisation and association process * (Rule 131) (vote)
  8.2. Amendment of Directive 95/50/EC (implementing powers conferred on the Commission) ***I (Rule 131) (vote)
  8.3. Abolition of discrimination in transport rates and conditions ***I (Rule 131) (vote)
  8.4. Airport charges ***I (vote)
  8.5. Export and import of dangerous chemicals ***I (vote)
  8.6. Application of social security schemes to employed persons, to self-employed persons and to members of their families moving within the Community ***I (vote)
  8.7. CARS 21: A Competitive Automotive Regulatory Framework (vote)
 9. Formal sitting - Grand Mufti of Syria
 10. Voting time (continuation)
  10.1. Tax treatment of losses in cross-border situations (vote)
  10.2. Community strategy on health and safety at work 2007-2012 (vote)
 11. Corrections to votes and voting intentions
 12. Agenda
 13. Approval of Minutes of previous sitting
 14. Multiannual framework for the Fundamental Rights Agency for 2007-2012 * (debate)
 15. Towards an EU strategy on the rights of the child (debate)
 16. Disturbing situation regarding waste in the Campania region (debate)
 17. Question Time (Commission)
 18. Adult learning: It is never too late to learn (debate)
 19. Commission measures in 2008-2013 to make use of CAP remote-sensing applications * (debate)
 20. Status of elected MEPs in Poland (debate)
 21. Explanations of vote
 22. Agenda for next sitting
 23. Closure of sitting


IN THE CHAIR: Rodi KRATSA-TSAGAROPOULOU
Vice-President

1.  Opening of sitting

The sitting opened at 9.00.


2.  Documents received

The following documents had been received:

(1) from the Council and Commission

- Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 460/2004 establishing the European Network and Information Security Agency as regards its duration (COM(2007)0861 - C6-0003/2008 - 2007/0291(COD) )

referred to

responsible :

ITRE

opinion :

LIBE

- Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the component type-approval of lighting and light-signalling devices on wheeled agricultural or forestry tractors (Codified version) (COM(2007)0840 - C6-0004/2008 - 2007/0284(COD) )

referred to

responsible :

JURI

- Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on type-approval of motor vehicles and engines with respect to emissions from heavy duty vehicles (Euro VI) and on access to vehicle repair and maintenance information (COM(2007)0851 - C6-0007/2008 - 2007/0295(COD) )

referred to

responsible :

ENVI

opinion :

ITRE, IMCO, TRAN

- Agreement between the European Parliament and the Commission on procedures for implementing Council Decision 1999/468/EC laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission, as amended by Decision 2006/512/EC (N6-0001/2008 - C6-0009/2008 - 2008/2002(ACI) )

referred to

responsible :

AFCO

- Proposal for a Council Framework Decision on the protection of personal data processed in the framework of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters Proposal for a Council Framework Decision on the protection of personal data processed in the framework of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters (16069/2007 - C6-0010/2008 - 2005/0202(CNS) )

referred to

responsible :

LIBE

opinion :

JURI

- Adaptation to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny: Part One - Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council adapting a number of instruments subject to the procedure referred to in Article 251 of the Treaty to Council Decision 1999/468/EC, as amended by Decision 2006/512/EC, with regard to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny (COM(2007)0741 - C6-0432/2007 - 2007/0262(COD) )

referred to

responsible :

JURI

opinion :

AGRI, ENVI, EMPL, ITRE, ECON, INTA, IMCO, TRAN, REGI

- Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on simplifying terms and conditions of transfers of defence-related products within the Community (COM(2007)0765 - C6-0468/2007 - 2007/0279(COD) )

referred to

responsible :

IMCO

opinion :

AFET, ITRE

- Proposal for a Council Directive on a single application procedure for a single permit for third-country nationals to reside and work in the territory of a Member State and on a common set of rights for third-country workers legally residing in a Member State (COM(2007)0638 - C6-0470/2007 - 2007/0229(CNS) )

referred to

responsible :

LIBE

opinion :

EMPL

- Proposal for a Council regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 533/2004 on the establishment of partnerships in the framework of the stabilisation and association process (COM(2007)0662 - C6-0471/2007 - 2007/0239(CNS) )

referred to

responsible :

AFET

opinion :

INTA

- Proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and the United Arab Emirates on certain aspects of air services (COM(2007)0134 - C6-0472/2007 - 2007/0052(CNS) )

referred to

responsible :

TRAN

- Proposal for a Council directive amending Directive 2006/112/EC on the common system of value added tax, as regards the treatment of insurance and financial services (COM(2007)0747 - C6-0473/2007 - 2007/0267(CNS) )

referred to

responsible :

ECON

opinion :

JURI

- Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council adapting a number of instruments subject to the procedure referred to in Article 251 of the Treaty to Council Decision 1999/468/EC, as amended by Decision 2006/512/EC, with regard to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny - Adaptation to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny - Part Three (COM(2007)0822 - C6-0474/2007 - 2007/0282(COD) )

referred to

responsible :

JURI

opinion :

LIBE

- Proposal for a Council Regulation on the application of Article 81(3) of the Treaty to certain categories of agreements, decisions and concerted practices between liner shipping companies (consortia) (Codified version) (COM(2007)0753 - C6-0475/2007 - 2007/0265(CNS) )

referred to

responsible :

JURI

- Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council adapting a number of instruments subject to the procedure referred to in Article 251 of the Treaty to Council Decision 1999/468/EC, as amended by Decision 2006/512/EC, with regard to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny - Adaptation to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny - Part Two (COM(2007)0824 - C6-0476/2007 - 2007/0293(COD) )

referred to

responsible :

JURI

opinion :

DEVE, AGRI, ENVI, ITRE, LIBE, IMCO, TRAN


3.  Texts of agreements forwarded by the Council

The Council had forwarded certified true copies of the following:

- agreement between the European Community and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on the readmission of persons residing without authorisation;

- proces-verbal of rectification of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement establishing a partnership between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Tajikistan, of the other part.


4.  Debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (announcement of motions for resolutions tabled)

Pursuant to Rule 115, the following Members or political groups had requested that such a debate be held on the following motions for resolutions:

I. Arrest of Chinese dissident Hu Jia

- Hélène Flautre , Helga Trüpel , Raül Romeva i Rueda , Milan Horáček and Eva Lichtenberger , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group , on the arrest of the Chinese human rights' defender Hu Jia (B6-0021/2008 );

- Vittorio Agnoletto , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group , on the arrest of the Chinese dissident, Hu Jia (B6-0031/2008 );

- Marco Cappato , István Szent-Iványi , Dirk Sterckx , Marios Matsakis , Frédérique Ries and Anneli Jäätteenmäki , on behalf of the ALDE Group , on the arrest of the Chinese dissident, Hu Jia (B6-0034/2008 );

- Adam Bielan , Hanna Foltyn-Kubicka , Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis , Ryszard Czarnecki , Ewa Tomaszewska , Konrad Szymański and Marcin Libicki , on behalf of the UEN Group , on the arrest of the Chinese dissident, Hu Jia (B6-0038/2008 );

- Thomas Mann , Edward McMillan-Scott , Charles Tannock , Laima Liucija Andrikienė , Bernd Posselt , Eija-Riitta Korhola , Tunne Kelam and Georg Jarzembowski , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group , on the arrest of the Chinese dissident, Hu Jia (B6-0040/2008 );

II. Situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and rape as a war crime

- Marie-Hélène Aubert , Margrete Auken , Raül Romeva i Rueda , Hiltrud Breyer , Carl Schlyter and Jean Lambert , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group , on the DRC and rape as a weapon of war (B6-0022/2008 );

- Eva-Britt Svensson and Luisa Morgantini , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group , on the Democratic Republic of Congo and mass rape as war crime and crime against humanity (B6-0030/2008 );

- Marios Matsakis , Renate Weber and Frédérique Ries , on behalf of the ALDE Group , on the DRC and rape as a weapon of war (B6-0035/2008 );

- Brian Crowley , Adam Bielan , Hanna Foltyn-Kubicka , Ryszard Czarnecki , Ewa Tomaszewska , Konrad Szymański , Mieczysław Edmund Janowski , Marcin Libicki and Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis , on behalf of the UEN Group , on the situation in Congo and rape as a war crime (B6-0037/2008 );

- Ari Vatanen , Laima Liucija Andrikienė , Bernd Posselt and Eija-Riitta Korhola , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group , on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and rape as a war crime (B6-0043/2008 );

- Pasqualina Napoletano , Josep Borrell Fontelles , Alain Hutchinson , Marie-Arlette Carlotti , Glenys Kinnock and Elena Valenciano Martínez-Orozco , on behalf of the PSE Group , on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (B6-0044/2008 );

III. Egypt

- Hélène Flautre , Cem Özdemir and Alyn Smith , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group , on the human rights situation in Egypt (B6-0023/2008 );

- Pasqualina Napoletano and Véronique De Keyser , on behalf of the PSE Group , on the situation in Egypt (B6-0029/2008 );

- Luisa Morgantini and Vittorio Agnoletto , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group , on human rights in Egypt (B6-0032/2008 );

- Marios Matsakis and Frédérique Ries , on behalf of the ALDE Group , on Egypt (B6-0036/2008 );

- Adam Bielan , Salvatore Tatarella , Hanna Foltyn-Kubicka , Ryszard Czarnecki , Ewa Tomaszewska , Konrad Szymański and Marcin Libicki , on behalf of the UEN Group , on the deterioration of fundamental rights in Egypt (B6-0039/2008 );

- Jana Hybášková , Charles Tannock , Laima Liucija Andrikienė , Bernd Posselt , Eija-Riitta Korhola and Tunne Kelam , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group , on Egypt (B6-0042/2008 ).

Speaking time would be allocated in accordance with Rule 142.


5.  Community strategy on health and safety at work 2007-2012 (debate)

Report on the Community strategy 2007-2012 on health and safety at work [2007/2146(INI) ] - Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. Rapporteur: Glenis Willmott (A6-0518/2007 )

Glenis Willmott introduced the report.

The following spoke: Stavros Dimas (Member of the Commission) .

The following spoke: Edit Bauer (draftsman of the opinion of the FEMM Committee), Thomas Ulmer , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Pier Antonio Panzeri , on behalf of the PSE Group, Elizabeth Lynne , on behalf of the ALDE Group, Sepp Kusstatscher , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Derek Roland Clark , on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, Jean-Claude Martinez , Non-attached Member, Romano Maria La Russa (draftsman of the opinion of the ITRE Committee), Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou , Maria Matsouka , Adamos Adamou , Jiří Maštálka , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Kathy Sinnott , Luca Romagnoli , Iles Braghetto , Richard Falbr , Ewa Tomaszewska , Jacek Protasiewicz , Gabriela Creţu and Harald Ettl .

The following spoke under the 'catch-the-eye' procedure: Paul Rübig , Miroslav Mikolášik , Silvia-Adriana Ţicău , Monica Maria Iacob-Ridzi and Stephen Hughes .

The following spoke: Stavros Dimas and Glenis Willmott .

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 15.01.2008, Item 10.2 .


6.  Application of social security schemes to employed persons, to self-employed persons and to members of their families moving within the Community ***I (debate)

Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 1408/71 on the application of social security schemes to employed persons, to self-employed persons and to members of their families moving within the Community [COM(2007)0159 - C6-0104/2007 - 2007/0054(COD) ] - Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. Rapporteur: Csaba Őry (A6-0515/2007 )

The following spoke: Stavros Dimas (Member of the Commission) .

Csaba Őry introduced the report.

IN THE CHAIR: Mario MAURO
Vice-President

The following spoke: Ria Oomen-Ruijten , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Joel Hasse Ferreira , on behalf of the PSE Group, Ona Juknevičienė , on behalf of the ALDE Group, Wiesław Stefan Kuc , on behalf of the UEN Group, Jean Lambert , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Zuzana Roithová , Emine Bozkurt , Janusz Wojciechowski and Gyula Hegyi .

The following spoke under the 'catch-the-eye' procedure: Petya Stavreva .

The following spoke: Stavros Dimas and Csaba Őry .

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 15.01.2008, Item 8.6 .


7.  Consumer credit ***II (debate)

Recommendation for second reading on the common position adopted by the Council with a view to the adoption of a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on credit agreements for consumers and repealing Council Directive 87/102/EEC [09948/2/2007 - C6-0315/2007 - 2002/0222(COD) ] - Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. Rapporteur: Kurt Lechner (A6-0504/2007 )

Kurt Lechner introduced the recommendation.

The following spoke: Meglena Kuneva (Member of the Commission) .

The following spoke: Malcolm Harbour , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Arlene McCarthy , on behalf of the PSE Group, Diana Wallis , on behalf of the ALDE Group, Eoin Ryan , on behalf of the UEN Group, Heide Rühle , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Eva-Britt Svensson , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Godfrey Bloom , on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, Andreas Schwab , Evelyne Gebhardt , Toine Manders , Małgorzata Handzlik , Mia De Vits and Wolf Klinz .

The following spoke under the 'catch-the-eye' procedure: Zita Pleštinská , Margarita Starkevičiūtė , Piia-Noora Kauppi and Jean-Paul Gauzès .

The following spoke: Meglena Kuneva and Kurt Lechner .

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 16.01.2008, Item 4.2 .

(The sitting was suspended at 11.15 pending voting time and resumed at 11.30.)


IN THE CHAIR: Alejo VIDAL-QUADRAS
Vice-President

8.  Voting time

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

The results of roll-call votes are available in electronic form only, as an annex to the Minutes, and can be consulted on Europarl.

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The following spoke: Nigel Farage , on behalf of the IND/DEM Group , who indicated that his group and a number of other Members had requested a roll-call vote on each of the votes, and who moved this request; Hannes Swoboda , who called on the President to verify the admissibility of such a request, and Marco Cappato , on a technical question.

The President recalled the provisions in the Rules applicable to the vote and announced that he had received a letter from Graham Booth on the conduct of voting, which he would pass on to the Conference of Presidents and to the working party on parliamentary reform. He indicated that, for the current day's voting, he would respect the requests for roll-call votes, and that a decision concerning future sittings would be taken subsequently.

The following spoke: Christopher Heaton-Harris and Graham Booth , on the voting procedure.


8.1.  Partnerships in the framework of the stabilisation and association process * (Rule 131) (vote)

Report on the proposal for a Council regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 533/2004 on the establishment of partnerships in the framework of the stabilisation and association process [COM(2007)0662 - C6-0471/2007 - 2007/0239(CNS) ] - Committee on Foreign Affairs. Rapporteur: Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (A6-0517/2007 )

(Simple majority)

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

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted by single vote ( P6_TA(2008)0001 )


8.2.  Amendment of Directive 95/50/EC (implementing powers conferred on the Commission) ***I (Rule 131) (vote)

Report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 95/50/EC as regards the implementing powers conferred on the Commission [COM(2007)0509 - C6-0278/2007 - 2007/0184(COD) ] - Committee on Transport and Tourism. Rapporteur: Bogusław Liberadzki (A6-0506/2007 )

(Simple majority)

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

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Bogusław Liberadzki (rapporteur) made a statement pursuant to Rule 131(4).

Adopted by single vote ( P6_TA(2008)0002 )


8.3.  Abolition of discrimination in transport rates and conditions ***I (Rule 131) (vote)

Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation No 11 concerning the abolition of discrimination in transport rates and conditions, in implementation of Article 79(3) of the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community and Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and the Council on the hygiene of foodstuffs - transport aspects [COM(2007)0090 - C6-0086/2007 - 2007/0037A(COD) ] - Committee on Transport and Tourism. Rapporteur: Paolo Costa (A6-0513/2007 )

(Simple majority)

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

COMMISSION PROPOSAL, AMENDMENTS and DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted by single vote ( P6_TA(2008)0003 )

The following spoke on the vote:

- Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou , on the legal base applicable to the amendment of the proposal for a regulation.


8.4.  Airport charges ***I (vote)

Report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on airport charges [COM(2006)0820 - C6-0056/2007 - 2007/0013(COD) ] - Committee on Transport and Tourism. Rapporteur: Ulrich Stockmann (A6-0497/2007 )

(Simple majority)

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

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended ( P6_TA(2008)0004 )

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0004 )


8.5.  Export and import of dangerous chemicals ***I (vote)

Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the export and import of dangerous chemicals [COM(2006)0745 - C6-0439/2006 - 2006/0246(COD) ] - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Rapporteur: Johannes Blokland (A6-0406/2007 )

(Simple majority)

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

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended ( P6_TA(2008)0005 )

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0005 )


8.6.  Application of social security schemes to employed persons, to self-employed persons and to members of their families moving within the Community ***I (vote)

Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 1408/71 on the application of social security schemes to employed persons, to self-employed persons and to members of their families moving within the Community [COM(2007)0159 - C6-0104/2007 - 2007/0054(COD) ] - Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. Rapporteur: Csaba Őry (A6-0515/2007 )

(Simple majority)

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

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended ( P6_TA(2008)0006 )

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0006 )


8.7.  CARS 21: A Competitive Automotive Regulatory Framework (vote)

Report on CARS 21: A Competitive Automotive Regulatory Framework [2007/2120(INI) ] - Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. Rapporteur: Jorgo Chatzimarkakis (A6-0494/2007 )


(Simple majority)

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

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0007 )


IN THE CHAIR: Hans-Gert PÖTTERING
President

9.  Formal sitting - Grand Mufti of Syria

From 12.05 to 12.30, a formal sitting of Parliament was held on the occasion of the visit by Ahmad Badr El Din El Hassoun, Grand Mufti of Syria.


IN THE CHAIR: Alejo VIDAL-QUADRAS
Vice-President

10.  Voting time (continuation)

The following spoke: Graham Booth , who felt that the President had not followed the voting procedure by not announcing the results of roll-call votes (the President replied that the results of votes appeared on the screens in the Chamber).


10.1.  Tax treatment of losses in cross-border situations (vote)

Report on the tax treatment of losses in cross-border situations [2007/2144(INI) ] - Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Rapporteur: Piia-Noora Kauppi (A6-0481/2007 )

(Simple majority)

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

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0008 )


10.2.  Community strategy on health and safety at work 2007-2012 (vote)

Report on the Community strategy 2007-2012 on health and safety at work [2007/2146(INI) ] - Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. Rapporteur: Glenis Willmott (A6-0518/2007 )

(Simple majority)

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

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0009 )

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The following spoke on the voting procedure: Christopher Beazley , Reinhard Rack and Daniel Hannan (the President stated that the Rules had been followed precisely) and Nigel Farage .

The following spoke: Martin Schulz , on behalf of the PSE Group, requesting that the sitting be suspended at that point, on the basis of Rule 171, and that the explanations of vote be deferred to 22.00.

The President put the request to the vote.

The request for a suspension was approved by Parliament by electronic vote (133 in favour, 48 against, 2 abstentions).

The President stated that the time for giving explanations of vote would be announced at 15.00.


11.  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.

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Marco Pannella had informed the Chair that his voting machine had not worked during the vote on the report by Bogusław Liberadzki - A6-0506/2007 .


(The sitting was suspended at 12.55 and resumed at 15.00.)

IN THE CHAIR: Gérard ONESTA
Vice-President

12.  Agenda

The President proposed, in order to allow the authors of explanations of vote on that morning's votes to be heard, the following amendment to that day's agenda: the debate on the Commission statement on the ' Disturbing situation regarding waste in the Campania region ' ( item 53 on the agenda ) would be brought forward, ahead of the debate on the report by Roberta Angelilli (A6-0520/2007 ) ( item 22 on the agenda ) .

Explanations of vote would be given after the last item on the agenda.

The following spoke: Christopher Heaton-Harris , on the application of Rule 171 after the votes and the consequences thereof (the President reminded Members that the President of the sitting had the authority to suspend the sitting at any moment and that the House was master of its own agenda), Jim Allister , on the procedure followed at the time of the vote on the request to suspend the sitting, which he judged to be out of order, Hannes Swoboda , on behalf of the PSE Group , on the very clear result of that vote, and Daniel Hannan , on the application of Rules 171 and 163.

Parliament approved the proposal by electronic vote (115 in favour, 23 against, 0 abstentions).

The agenda was amended accordingly.


13.  Approval of Minutes of previous sitting

The following spoke: Cristiana Muscardini , who spoke against the procedure followed in amending the agenda.

The Minutes of the previous sitting were approved.


14.  Multiannual framework for the Fundamental Rights Agency for 2007-2012 * (debate)

Report on the proposal for a Council decision implementing Regulation (EC) No 168/2007 as regards the adoption of a Multiannual Framework for the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights for 2007-2012 [COM(2007)0515 - C6-0322/2007 - 2007/0189(CNS) ] - Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Rapporteur: Michael Cashman (A6-0514/2007 )

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The following spoke: Roger Knapman , on the number of Members who had requested the opportunity to give an explanation of vote following that morning's votes.

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The following spoke: Franco Frattini (Vice-President of the Commission).

Michael Cashman introduced the report.

The following spoke: Libor Rouček (draftsman of the opinion of the AFET Committee), Kinga Gál , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Stavros Lambrinidis , on behalf of the PSE Group, Sophia in 't Veld , on behalf of the ALDE Group, Konrad Szymański , on behalf of the UEN Group, Cem Özdemir , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Bairbre de Brún , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Koenraad Dillen , Non-attached Member, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo and Magda Kósáné Kovács .

The following spoke under the 'catch-the-eye' procedure: Hubert Pirker and Genowefa Grabowska .

The following spoke: Franco Frattini , Michael Cashman , Irena Belohorská , on a personal matter following the remarks made by Michael Cashman , and Michael Cashman , in response to Ms Belohorská's remarks.

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 17.01.2008, Item 6.1 .


15.  Towards an EU strategy on the rights of the child (debate)

Report Towards an EU strategy on the rights of the child [2007/2093(INI) ] - Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Rapporteur: Roberta Angelilli (A6-0520/2007 )

Roberta Angelilli introduced the report.

The following spoke: Franco Frattini (Vice-President of the Commission).

The following spoke: Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou (draftsman of the opinion of the FEMM Committee), Irena Belohorská (draftsman of the opinion of the AFET Committee), Glenys Kinnock (draftsman of the opinion of the DEVE Committee), Dimitrios Papadimoulis (draftsman of the opinion of the EMPL Committee), Christa Prets (draftsman of the opinion of the CULT Committee), Kinga Gál , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Inger Segelström , on behalf of the PSE Group, Siiri Oviir , on behalf of the ALDE Group, Bogusław Rogalski , on behalf of the UEN Group, Hiltrud Breyer , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Giusto Catania , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, and Kathy Sinnott , on behalf of the IND/DEM Group .

IN THE CHAIR: Marek SIWIEC
Vice-President

The following spoke: Luca Romagnoli , Non-attached Member, Edit Bauer , Martine Roure , Ona Juknevičienė , Wojciech Roszkowski , Pedro Guerreiro , Carlos Coelho , Stavros Lambrinidis , Marian Harkin , Hanna Foltyn-Kubicka , Tadeusz Zwiefka , Magda Kósáné Kovács , Roberta Alma Anastase , Iratxe García Pérez , Mairead McGuinness , Genowefa Grabowska , Edward McMillan-Scott , Alessandro Battilocchio , Miroslav Mikolášik and Katerina Batzeli .

IN THE CHAIR: Mario MAURO
Vice-President

The following spoke: Zita Gurmai , Catherine Stihler , Katrin Saks , Bogdan Golik , Franco Frattini and Roberta Angelilli .

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 16.01.2008, Item 4.3 .


16.  Disturbing situation regarding waste in the Campania region (debate)

Commission statement: Disturbing situation regarding waste in the Campania region

Stavros Dimas (Member of the Commission) made the statement.

The following spoke: Giuseppe Gargani , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Gianni Pittella , on behalf of the PSE Group, Alfonso Andria , on behalf of the ALDE Group, Cristiana Muscardini , on behalf of the UEN Group, Monica Frassoni , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Roberto Musacchio , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Luca Romagnoli , Non-attached Member, Antonio Tajani , Marco Pannella , Roberta Angelilli , Umberto Guidoni , Mario Borghezio and Adriana Poli Bortone .

The following spoke under the 'catch-the-eye' procedure: Riccardo Ventre , Pasqualina Napoletano , Salvatore Tatarella , Armando Veneto and Mario Mantovani .

The following spoke: Stavros Dimas .

IN THE CHAIR: Diana WALLIS
Vice-President

The debate closed.


17.  Question Time (Commission)

Parliament considered a number of questions to the Commission (B6-0001/2008 ).

The following spoke: Avril Doyle on the organisation of Question Time .

Part one

Question 31 (Mairead McGuinness): Ensuring consumers are protected from counterfeit and sub-standard medicines  (H-0980/07 ) .

Günter Verheugen (Vice-President of the Commission) answered the question and supplementaries by Mairead McGuinness , Danutė Budreikaitė and Josu Ortuondo Larrea .

Question 32 (Chris Davies): Carbon dioxide emissions  (H-0984/07 ) .

Stavros Dimas (Member of the Commission) answered the question and supplementaries by Chris Davies , Paul Rübig and Karin Scheele .

Question 33 (Claude Moraes): Protecting consumers against spam, spyware and malicious software  (H-0986/07 ) .

Günter Verheugen answered the question and supplementaries by Claude Moraes , Georgios Papastamkos and Avril Doyle .

Part two

Question 34 (Giovanna Corda): Monitoring imports of dangerous consumer goods  (H-0965/07 ) .

Meglena Kuneva (Member of the Commission) answered the question and supplementaries by Giovanna Corda , Reinhard Rack and Colm Burke .

Question 35 (Manolis Mavrommatis): Profiteering by food shops  (H-0966/07 ) .

Meglena Kuneva answered the question and supplementaries by Manolis Mavrommatis , Mairead McGuinness and Danutė Budreikaitė .

Question 41 (Marian Harkin): The Review of the Single Market  (H-0962/07 ) .

Charlie McCreevy (Member of the Commission) answered the question.

The following spoke: Bernd Posselt .

Charlie McCreevy answered the supplementaries by Marian Harkin, Reinhard Rack and Mairead McGuinness.

Question 42 (Georgios Papastamkos): Markets in financial instruments  (H-0970/07 ) .

Charlie McCreevy answered the question and a supplementary by Georgios Papastamkos .

Question 43 (Colm Burke): Irish county development plans  (H-0972/07 ) .

Charlie McCreevy answered the question and supplementaries by Colm Burke and Brian Crowley .

Question 44 (Gay Mitchell): Health insurance industry in Ireland  (H-0974/07 ) .

Charlie McCreevy answered the question and a supplementary by Gay Mitchell .

Question 36 (Jim Higgins): Online airline ticket sales  (H-0978/07 ) .

Meglena Kuneva answered the question and supplementaries by Jim Higgins and Manolis Mavrommatis .

The following spoke: Brian Crowley on the organisation of Question Time.

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

Commission Question Time closed.


(The sitting was suspended at 19.45 and resumed at 21.00.)

IN THE CHAIR: Luigi COCILOVO
Vice-President

18.  Adult learning: It is never too late to learn (debate)

Interim report on adult learning: it is never too late to learn [2007/2114(INI) ] - Committee on Culture and Education. Rapporteur: Doris Pack (A6-0502/2007 )

Doris Pack introduced the report.

The following spoke: Ján Figeľ (Member of the Commission) .

The following spoke: Jan Andersson (draftsman of the opinion of the EMPL Committee), Věra Flasarová (draftsman of the opinion of the FEMM Committee), Pál Schmitt , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Maria Badia i Cutchet , on behalf of the PSE Group, Jolanta Dičkutė , on behalf of the ALDE Group, Mikel Irujo Amezaga , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Thomas Wise , on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, Milan Gaľa , Gyula Hegyi , Ramona Nicole Mănescu , Kathy Sinnott , Tomáš Zatloukal , Marianne Mikko , Ljudmila Novak , Rolf Berend and Carlo Fatuzzo .

The following spoke under the 'catch-the-eye' procedure: Zuzana Roithová , Mihaela Popa , Zita Pleštinská , Roberta Alma Anastase and Jerzy Buzek .

The following spoke: Ján Figeľ and Doris Pack .

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 16.01.2008, Item 4.4 .


19.  Commission measures in 2008-2013 to make use of CAP remote-sensing applications * (debate)

Report on the proposal for a Council regulation on the measures to be undertaken by the Commission in 2008-13 making use of the remote-sensing applications developed within the framework of the common agricultural policy [COM(2007)0383 - C6-0273/2007 - 2007/0132(CNS) ] - Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development. Rapporteur: Friedrich-Wilhelm Graefe zu Baringdorf (A6-0508/2007 )

The following spoke: Mariann Fischer Boel (Member of the Commission) .

Friedrich-Wilhelm Graefe zu Baringdorf introduced the report.

The following spoke: Esther Herranz García , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group .

IN THE CHAIR: Adam BIELAN
Vice-President

The following spoke: Lily Jacobs , on behalf of the PSE Group, Samuli Pohjamo , on behalf of the ALDE Group, and Bogdan Golik .

The following spoke under the 'catch-the-eye' procedure: Zbigniew Krzysztof Kuźmiuk and Paul Rübig .

The following spoke: Jean-Claude Martinez , Non-attached Member .

The following spoke: Mariann Fischer Boel and Friedrich-Wilhelm Graefe zu Baringdorf .

The debate closed.

Vote: Minutes of 16.01.2008, Item 4.1 .


20.  Status of elected MEPs in Poland (debate)

Oral question (O-0082/2007 ) by Giuseppe Gargani , on behalf of the JURI Committee, to the Commission: Status of MEPs elected in Poland (B6-0002/2008 )

Giuseppe Gargani (author) moved the oral question.

Franco Frattini (Vice-President of the Commission) answered the oral question.

The following spoke: Tadeusz Zwiefka , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg , on behalf of the PSE Group, Jens-Peter Bonde , on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, and Aloyzas Sakalas .

The following spoke under the 'catch-the-eye' procedure: Paul Rübig , Manuel Medina Ortega , Marek Aleksander Czarnecki , Giuseppe Gargani and Sylwester Chruszcz .

The following spoke: Franco Frattini .

The debate closed.


21.  Explanations of vote

The following spoke: Paul Rübig , on a technical matter.

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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:

Report: Jorgo Chatzimarkakis - A6-0494/2007 : Zuzana Roithová


22.  Agenda for next sitting

The agenda for the next day's sitting had been established ('Agenda' PE 399.766/OJME).

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The following spoke: Zuzana Roithová , who asked if the postponement of the explanations of vote to such a late hour was likely to become standard practice (the President replied that the situation on that day was exceptional).


23.  Closure of sitting

The sitting closed at 23.05.

Harald Rømer

Adam Bielan

Secretary-General

Vice-President

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