Index 
Minutes
Thursday, 18 December 2008 - StrasbourgFinal edition
1. Opening of the sitting
 2. Disclosure requirements for medium-sized companies and obligation to draw up consolidated accounts ***I - Accounting requirements as regards medium-sized companies (debate)
 3. European Authentic Act - E-Justice - Cross-border implications of the legal protection of adults (debate)
 4. Welcome
 5. Composition of political groups
 6. Voting time
  6.1. Amendment of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 on budgetary discipline and sound financial management *** (Rule 131) (vote)
  6.2. Amendment of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 on budgetary discipline and sound financial management (Rule 131) (vote)
  6.3. Mobilising the Solidarity Fund of the European Union (Rule 131) (vote)
  6.4. Mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument: facility for a rapid response to soaring food prices in developing countries (Rule 131) (vote)
  6.5. Draft amending budget No 10/2008 (Rule 131) (vote)
  6.6. Draft general budget 2009 as modified by the Council (all sections) (vote)
  6.7. Draft general budget 2009 as modified by the Council (all sections) (vote)
  6.8. Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and its Protocol on matters specific to aircraft equipment * (Rule 131) (vote)
  6.9. The European Job Mobility Action Plan (2007-2010) (Rule 131) (vote)
  6.10. Lifelong learning for knowledge, creativity and innovation - "Education and Training 2010 work programme" (Rule 131) (vote)
  6.11. Toys Directive ***I (vote)
  6.12. European Quality Assurance Reference Framework for Vocational Education and Training ***I (vote)
  6.13. European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) ***I (vote)
  6.14. Securities settlement systems and financial collateral arrangements ***I (vote)
  6.15. Deposit-guarantee schemes as regards the coverage level and the payout delay ***I (vote)
  6.16. Disclosure requirements for medium-sized companies and obligation to draw up consolidated accounts ***I (vote)
  6.17. Council's approach to revision of OLAF regulation (vote)
  6.18. Evaluation and future development of FRONTEX EUROSUR (vote)
  6.19. Impact of counterfeiting on international trade (vote)
  6.20. Accounting requirements as regards medium-sized companies (vote)
  6.21. European Authentic Act (vote)
  6.22. E-Justice (vote)
  6.23. Cross-border implications of the legal protection of adults (vote)
  6.24. Development perspectives for peace-building and nation building in post-conflict situations (vote)
 7. Composition of Parliament
 8. Composition of committees and delegations
 9. Explanations of vote
 10. Corrections to votes and voting intentions
 11. Documents received
 12. Approval of the minutes of the previous sitting
 13. Debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (debate)
  13.1. Zimbabwe
  13.2. Nicaragua
  13.3. Russia: attacks on human rights defenders, and the Anna Politkovskaya murder trial
 14. Voting time
  14.1. Zimbabwe (vote)
  14.2. Nicaragua (vote)
  14.3. Russia: attacks on human rights defenders, and the Anna Politkovskaya murder trial (vote)
 15. Communication of Council common positions
 16. Decisions concerning certain documents
 17. Written declarations included in the register (Rule 116)
 18. Forwarding of texts adopted during the sitting
 19. Dates of forthcoming sittings
 20. Adjournment of the session


IN THE CHAIR: Adam BIELAN
Vice-President

1.  Opening of the sitting

The sitting opened at 9.05.


2.  Disclosure requirements for medium-sized companies and obligation to draw up consolidated accounts ***I - Accounting requirements as regards medium-sized companies (debate)

Report: on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directives 78/660/EEC and 83/349/EEC as regards certain disclosure requirements for medium-sized companies and obligation to draw up consolidated accounts [COM(2008)0195 - C6-0173/2008 - 2008/0084(COD) ] - Committee on Legal Affairs. Rapporteur: Ieke van den Burg (A6-0462/2008 )

Commission statement: Accounting requirements as regards medium-sized companies

Ieke van den Burg introduced the report.

Jacques Barrot (Vice-President of the Commission) made the statement

The following spoke: Kristian Vigenin (rapporteur for the opinion of the ECON Committee), Jean-Paul Gauzès , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Sharon Bowles , on behalf of the ALDE Group, Patrick Louis , on behalf of the IND/DEM Group , Tadeusz Zwiefka , Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg and Jacques Toubon .

The following spoke under the 'catch-the-eye' procedure: Ewa Tomaszewska .

The following spoke: Rachida Dati (President-in-Office of the Council), Jacques Barrot and Ieke van den Burg .

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

Giuseppe Gargani , on behalf of the JURI Committee, on accounting requirements as regards small and medium-sized companies, particularly micro-entities (B6-0626/2008 )

The debate closed.

Vote: minutes of 18.12.2008, item 6.16 and minutes of 18.12.2008, item 6.20 .


3.  European Authentic Act - E-Justice - Cross-border implications of the legal protection of adults (debate)

Report: with recommendations to the Commission on the European Authentic Act [2008/2124(INI) ] - Committee on Legal Affairs. Rapporteur: Manuel Medina Ortega (A6-0451/2008 )

Report: with recommendations to the Commission on e-Justice [2008/2125(INI) ] - Committee on Legal Affairs. Rapporteur: Diana Wallis (A6-0467/2008 )

Report: with recommendations to the Commission on cross-border implications of the legal protection of adults [2008/2123(INI) ] - Committee on Legal Affairs. Rapporteur: Antonio López-Istúriz White (A6-0460/2008 )

Manuel Medina Ortega introduced the report.

Diana Wallis introduced the report.

Antonio López-Istúriz White introduced the report.

The following spoke: Rachida Dati (President-in-Office of the Council) and Jacques Barrot (Vice-President of the Commission) .

IN THE CHAIR: Miguel Angel MARTÍNEZ MARTÍNEZ
Vice-President

The following spoke: Panayiotis Demetriou (rapporteur for the opinion of the LIBE Committee), Luca Romagnoli (rapporteur for the opinion of the LIBE Committee) , Jean-Paul Gauzès , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Manuel Medina Ortega , on behalf of the PSE Group, Diana Wallis , on behalf of the ALDE Group, Ryszard Czarnecki , on behalf of the UEN Group, Rareş-Lucian Niculescu , Neena Gill , Cristian Silviu Buşoi , Bogusław Rogalski , Dushana Zdravkova , Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg , Toomas Savi and Costas Botopoulos .

The following spoke under the 'catch-the-eye' procedure: Nicolae Vlad Popa , Armando França , Marcin Libicki , Luca Romagnoli , Reinhard Rack and Czesław Adam Siekierski .

The following spoke: Rachida Dati , Jacques Barrot , Manuel Medina Ortega , Diana Wallis , Jacques Toubon (under the ' catch-the-eye' procedure ), and Antonio López-Istúriz White .

The debate closed.

Vote: minutes of 18.12.2008, item 6.21 , minutes of 18.12.2008, item 6.22 and minutes of 18.12.2008, item 6.23 .

(The sitting was suspended at 11.00 pending voting time and resumed at 11.35.)


IN THE CHAIR: Hans-Gert PÖTTERING
President

4.  Welcome

On behalf of Parliament, the President welcomed members of a delegation from the National Assembly of Vietnam - led by Nguyen Van Son, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly - who had taken their seats in the distinguished visitors' gallery.


5.  Composition of political groups

Sylwester Chruszcz had joined the UEN Group with effect from 18 December 2008.

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Nicolae Vlad Popa , welcomed the fact that Written Declaration 0069/2008 on fibromyalgia (minutes of 17.12.2008, item 4 ) had been signed by the majority of Parliament's component Members (the President associated himself with those remarks).


6.  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 accessed via Europarl.


6.1.  Amendment of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 on budgetary discipline and sound financial management *** (Rule 131) (vote)

Report: Amendment of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 on budgetary discipline and sound financial management [2008/2320(ACI) ] - Committee on Constitutional Affairs. Rapporteur: Jo Leinen (A6-0509/2008 )

(Simple majority)

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

PROPOSAL FOR A DECISION

Adopted by single vote (P6_TA(2008)0617 )


6.2.  Amendment of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 on budgetary discipline and sound financial management (Rule 131) (vote)

Report: on a draft amendment of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management [2008/2325(INI) ] - Committee on Budgets. Rapporteur: Reimer Böge (A6-0504/2008 )

(Qualified majority)

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

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted by single vote ( P6_TA(2008)0618 )


6.3.  Mobilising the Solidarity Fund of the European Union (Rule 131) (vote)

Report: on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund, in accordance with point 26 of the the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management [COM(2008)0732 – C6-0393/2008 – 2008/2317(ACI) ] - Committee on Budgets. Rapporteur: Reimer Böge (A6-0474/2008 )

(Qualified majority: three fifths of votes cast)

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

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted by single vote ( P6_TA(2008)0619 )


6.4.  Mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument: facility for a rapid response to soaring food prices in developing countries (Rule 131) (vote)

Report: on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument, in accordance with point 27 of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline and sound financial management [COM(2008)0833 - C6-0466/2008 - 2008/2321(ACI) ] - Committee on Budgets. Rapporteur: Reimer Böge (A6-0493/2008 )

(Qualified majority: three fifths of votes cast)

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

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted by single vote ( P6_TA(2008)0620 )


6.5.  Draft amending budget No 10/2008 (Rule 131) (vote)

Report: on Draft amending budget No 10/2008 of the European Union for the financial year 2008
Section III - Commission [16264/2008 – C6-0461/2008 – 2008/2316(BUD) ] - Committee on Budgets. Rapporteur: Kyösti Virrankoski (A6-0481/2008 )

(Qualified majority)

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

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted by single vote ( P6_TA(2008)0621 )


6.6.  Draft general budget 2009 as modified by the Council (all sections) (vote)

Draft amendments to the general budget, as modified by the Council.

(Qualified majority)

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

The amendments adopted appear in an annex to the Texts Adopted.

Éric Woerth (President-in-Office of the Council) made the following statement:

'Your vote on the second reading of the budget is the final stage in a procedure characterised by a very high quality of cooperation between the arms of the budgetary authority and with the Commission. I should like to thank warmly all those involved, particularly the Chair of the Committee on Budgets, Reimer Böge, the rapporteurs Jutta Haug and Janusz Lewandowski, and Commissioner Dalia Grybauskaité.

Together, at our conciliation meeting of 21 November 2008, we established a balanced budget for 2009 that provides appropriate funding for the policies of the European Union while defending the interests of the European taxpayer. Together, we agreed on funding for the food facility, thereby fulfilling our duty of solidarity with developing countries, and, together, we drew up specific measures to break the deadlock on cohesion policy and finally launch the programmes for 2007-2013.

The importance of this initiative was underlined by the Heads of State and Government at the European Council and constitutes a major part of Europe's response to the economic crisis, which continues to demand swift action on our part. Your vote ensures that what emerged from conciliation will be fully realised, and therefore, in line with the procedure laid down by the Treaty, I can confirm that the Council accepts the maximum rate of increase resulting from your second-reading vote.'

The President took note and made the following statement:

'I note that the budgetary procedure went ahead in accordance with the Treaty and the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006, and that, pursuant to Article 13 of that Agreement, the Council and Parliament have established that they agree on the maximum rate of increase for non-compulsory expenditure resulting from Parliament's second reading. The budgetary procedure can thus be deemed closed and the budget is declared definitively adopted'

The President invited Éric Woerth , Dalia Grybauskaitė (Member of the Commission), Reimer Böge ( Chair of the BUDG Committee ), and the rapporteurs Jutta Haug and Janusz Lewandowski to join him.

The President, Éric Woerth and Dalia Grybauskaitė signed the amendment of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 17 May 2006 on budgetary discipline and sound financial management (reports by Jo Leinen (A6-0509/2008 ) and Reimer Böge (A6-0504/2008 )).

The President and Éric Woerth signed the decision on the mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund (report by Reimer Böge A6-0474/2008 ) and the decision on mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument (report by Reimer Böge ( A6-0493/2008 )) .

The President signed the budget.


6.7.  Draft general budget 2009 as modified by the Council (all sections) (vote)

Report: on the draft general budget of the European Union for 2009 as modified by the Council (all sections)
[16257/2008 – C6-0457/2008 – 2008/2026(BUD) ]
and amending letters:
n° 1/2009 [SEC(2008)2435 - 13702/2008 - C6-0344/2008 ]
n° 2/2009 [SEC(2008)2707 - 16259/2008 - C6-0458/2008 ]
n° 3/2009 [SEC(2008)2840 - 16260/2008 - C6-0459/2008 ]
to the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2009
Section I, European Parliament
Section II, Council
Section III, Commission
Section IV, Court of Justice
Section V, Court of Auditors
Section VI, Economic and Social Committee
Section VII, Committee of the Regions
Section VIII, European Ombudsman
Section IX, European data-protection Supervisor - Committee on Budgets. Co-rapporteurs: Janusz Lewandowski and Jutta Haug (A6-0486/2008 )

(Simple majority)

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

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0622 )

The following spoke:

Jutta Haug (rapporteur) moved oral amendments adding a new paragraph 3a and a new paragraph 34a respectively, which were accepted.


6.8.  Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and its Protocol on matters specific to aircraft equipment * (Rule 131) (vote)

Report: Amended proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion by the European Community of the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and its Protocol on matters specific to aircraft equipment, adopted jointly in Cape Town on 16 November 2001 [COM(2008)0508 - C6-0329/2008 - 2008/0162(CNS) ] - Committee on Legal Affairs. Rapporteur: Georgios Papastamkos (A6-0506/2008 )

(Simple majority)

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

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Georgios Papastamkos made a statement pursuant to Rule 131(4).

Adopted by single vote ( P6_TA(2008)0623 )


6.9.  The European Job Mobility Action Plan (2007-2010) (Rule 131) (vote)

Report: on the European Job Mobility Action Plan (2007-2010) [2008/2098(INI) ] - Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. Rapporteur: Monica Maria Iacob-Ridzi (A6-0463/2008 )

(Simple majority)

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

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted by single vote ( P6_TA(2008)0624 )


6.10.  Lifelong learning for knowledge, creativity and innovation - "Education and Training 2010 work programme" (Rule 131) (vote)

Report: on delivering lifelong learning for knowledge, creativity and innovation - implementation of the "Education and Training 2010 work programme" [2008/2102(INI) ] - Committee on Culture and Education. Rapporteur: Ljudmila Novak (A6-0455/2008 )

(Simple majority)

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

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Ljudmila Novak made a statement pursuant to Rule 131(4).

Adopted by single vote ( P6_TA(2008)0625 )


6.11.  Toys Directive ***I (vote)

Report: on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the safety of toys [COM(2008)0009 - C6-0039/2008 - 2008/0018(COD) ] - Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. Rapporteur: Marianne Thyssen (A6-0441/2008 )

(Simple majority)

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

The following spoke: Herbert Reul and Hannes Swoboda , on the voting procedure (the President replied that their comments would be passed on to the Conference of Presidents), Evelyne Gebhardt , who requested that the Commission make a statement before the final vote, Jacques Barrot (Vice-President of the Commission) , Hannes Swoboda , who requested that the House proceed to the vote but that the final vote be held over until a later date, and Jacques Toubon , who requested that the final vote be held that day as planned.

By electronic vote (354 in favour, 187 against, 12 abstentions) Parliament decided to proceed to the vote, including the final vote.

The following spoke: Bernd Posselt .

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended ( P6_TA(2008)0626 )

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0626 )


6.12.  European Quality Assurance Reference Framework for Vocational Education and Training ***I (vote)

Report: on the proposal for a recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of a European Quality Assurance Reference Framework for Vocational Education and Training [COM(2008)0179 - C6-0163/2008 - 2008/0069(COD) ] - Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. Rapporteur: Jan Andersson (A6-0438/2008 )

(Simple majority)

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

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended ( P6_TA(2008)0627 )

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0627 )


6.13.  European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) ***I (vote)

Report: on the proposal for a recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of the European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) [COM(2008)0180 - C6-0162/2008 - 2008/0070(COD) ] - Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. Rapporteur: Thomas Mann (A6-0424/2008 )

(Simple majority)

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

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended ( P6_TA(2008)0628 )

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0628 )


6.14.  Securities settlement systems and financial collateral arrangements ***I (vote)

Report: on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 98/26/EC on settlement finality in payment and securities settlement systems and Directive 2002/47/EC on financial collateral arrangements as regards linked systems and credit claims [COM(2008)0213 - C6-0181/2008 - 2008/0082(COD) ] - Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Rapporteur: Piia-Noora Kauppi (A6-0480/2008 )

(Simple majority)

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

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended ( P6_TA(2008)0629 )

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0629 )


6.15.  Deposit-guarantee schemes as regards the coverage level and the payout delay ***I (vote)

Report: on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 94/19/EC on Deposit Guarantee Schemes as regards the coverage level and the payout delay [COM(2008)0661 - C6-0361/2008 - 2008/0199(COD) ] - Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Rapporteur: Christian Ehler (A6-0494/2008 )

(Simple majority)

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

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended ( P6_TA(2008)0630 )

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0630 )


6.16.  Disclosure requirements for medium-sized companies and obligation to draw up consolidated accounts ***I (vote)

Report: on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directives 78/660/EEC and 83/349/EEC as regards certain disclosure requirements for medium-sized companies and obligation to draw up consolidated accounts [COM(2008)0195 - C6-0173/2008 - 2008/0084(COD) ] - Committee on Legal Affairs. Rapporteur: Ieke van den Burg (A6-0462/2008 )

(Simple majority)

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

COMMISSION PROPOSAL

Approved as amended ( P6_TA(2008)0631 )

DRAFT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0631 )


6.17.  Council's approach to revision of OLAF regulation (vote)

Motion for a resolution B6-0627/2008

(Simple majority)

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

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0632 )


6.18.  Evaluation and future development of FRONTEX EUROSUR (vote)

Report: on the evaluation and future development of the FRONTEX Agency and the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) [2008/2157(INI) ] - Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Rapporteur: Javier Moreno Sánchez (A6-0437/2008 )

(Simple majority)

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

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0633 )

The following spoke on the vote:

Javier Moreno Sánchez (rapporteur) moved an oral amendment to Amendment 4, which was accepted.

Renate Weber moved an oral amendment to Amendment 7, which was accepted.


6.19.  Impact of counterfeiting on international trade (vote)

Report: on the impact of counterfeiting on international trade [2008/2133(INI) ] - Committee on International Trade. Rapporteur: Gianluca Susta (A6-0447/2008 )

(Simple majority)

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

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0634 )

The following spoke on the vote:

Carl Schlyter moved an oral amendment deleting paragraph 15, which was accepted.


6.20.  Accounting requirements as regards medium-sized companies (vote)

Motion for a resolution B6-0626/2008

(Simple majority)

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

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0635 )


6.21.  European Authentic Act (vote)

Report: with recommendations to the Commission on the European Authentic Act [2008/2124(INI) ] - Committee on Legal Affairs. Rapporteur: Manuel Medina Ortega (A6-0451/2008 )

(Qualified majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 21)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0636 )

The following spoke: Hartmut Nassauer , on the outcome of the vote on the Susta report (A6-0447/2008 ).


6.22.  E-Justice (vote)

Report: with recommendations to the Commission on e-Justice [2008/2125(INI) ] - Committee on Legal Affairs. Rapporteur: Diana Wallis (A6-0467/2008 )

(Qualified majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 22)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0637 )

The following spoke: Daniel Caspary on the voting procedure.


6.23.  Cross-border implications of the legal protection of adults (vote)

Report: with recommendations to the Commission on cross-border implications of the legal protection of adults [2008/2123(INI) ] - Committee on Legal Affairs. Rapporteur: Antonio López-Istúriz White (A6-0460/2008 )

(Qualified majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 23)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0638 )


6.24.  Development perspectives for peace-building and nation building in post-conflict situations (vote)

Report: on development perspectives for peace-building and nation building in post-conflict situations [2008/2097(INI) ] - Committee on Development. Rapporteur: Nirj Deva (A6-0445/2008 )

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 24)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0639 )


IN THE CHAIR: Martine ROURE
Vice-President

7.  Composition of Parliament

Piia-Noora Kauppi had given notice in writing of her resignation as Member of Parliament, with effect from 1 January 2009.

Under Rule 4(1) and (7), Parliament established the vacancy and informed the Member State concerned thereof.


8.  Composition of committees and delegations

At the request of the PSE Group, Parliament ratified the following appointments:

ENVI Committee: Maria Berger

Temporary Committee on Climate Change: Maria Berger

Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly: Maria Berger


9.  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:

Report by Janusz Lewandowski and Jutta Haug (A6-0486/2008 ): Zuzana Roithová and Frank Vanhecke

Report by Marianne Thyssen (A6-0441/2008 ): Ignasi Guardans Cambó , Zuzana Roithová , Hiltrud Breyer , Zita Pleštinská , Kathy Sinnott and Miroslav Mikolášik

Report by Thomas Mann (A6-0424/2008 ): Milan Gaľa

Report by Christian Ehler (A6-0494/2008 ): Zuzana Roithová

B6-0627/2008 Council's approach to revision of OLAF regulation : Frank Vanhecke

Report by Javier Moreno Sánchez (A6-0437/2008 ): Frank Vanhecke , Philip Claeys

Report by Gianluca Susta (A6-0447/2008 ): Philip Claeys and Syed Kamall

Report by Antonio López-Istúriz White (A6-0460/2008 ): Kathy Sinnott

Report by Nirj Deva (A6-0445/2008 ): Kathy Sinnott and Luisa Morgantini , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group


10.  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.


11.  Documents received

The following documents had been received:

(1) from the Council and Commission

- Proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the participation by the Community in a European metrology research and development programme undertaken by several Member States (COM(2008)0814 - C6-0468/2008 - 2008/0230(COD) )

referred to

responsible :

ITRE

opinion :

IMCO

- Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the rights of passengers when travelling by sea and inland waterway and amending Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004 on cooperation between national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws (COM(2008)0816 - C6-0476/2008 - 2008/0246(COD) )

referred to

responsible :

TRAN

opinion :

JURI, IMCO

- Proposal for a Council regulation establishing a Community control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy (COM(2008)0721 - C6-0510/2008 - 2008/0216(CNS) )

referred to

responsible :

PECH

opinion :

ENVI

- Proposal for a Council directive imposing an obligation on Member States to maintain minimum stocks of crude oil and/or petroleum products (COM(2008)0775 - C6-0511/2008 - 2008/0220(CNS) )

referred to

responsible :

ITRE

opinion :

ENVI, BUDG, ECON, TRAN

(2) from Members

(2.1) motion for resolution (Rule 113)

- Nicolae Vlad Popa. Motion for a resolution on EU research of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (B6-0625/2008 )

referred to

responsible :

ITRE

opinion :

ENVI


(The sitting was suspended at 13.05 and resumed at 15.05.)

IN THE CHAIR: Rodi KRATSA-TSAGAROPOULOU
Vice-President

12.  Approval of the minutes of the previous sitting

The minutes of the previous sitting were approved.


13.  Debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (debate)

(For the titles and authors of the motions for resolutions, see minutes of 16.12.2008, item 2 )


13.1.  Zimbabwe

Motions for resolution B6-0628/2008 , B6-0633/2008 , B6-0634/2008 , B6-0639/2008 , B6-0642/2008 and B6-0643/2008

Marios Matsakis , Catherine Stihler , Erik Meijer , Mikel Irujo Amezaga , Andrzej Tomasz Zapałowski and Charles Tannock introduced motions for resolutions.

The following spoke: Ioannis Kasoulides , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg , on behalf of the PSE Group, and Zdzisław Zbigniew Podkański , on behalf of the UEN Group .

The following spoke under the 'catch-the-eye' procedure: Michael Gahler , Ewa Tomaszewska and Kathy Sinnott .

The following spoke: Jacques Barrot (Vice-President of the Commission) .

The debate closed.

Vote: minutes of 18.12.2008, item 14.1 .


13.2.  Nicaragua

Motions for resolution B6-0629/2008 , B6-0631/2008 , B6-0635/2008 , B6-0637/2008 , B6-0640/2008 and B6-0644/2008

Marios Matsakis , Manuel Medina Ortega , Pedro Guerreiro , Leopold Józef Rutowicz , Raül Romeva i Rueda and Fernando Fernández Martín introduced motions for resolutions.

The following spoke: Josu Ortuondo Larrea and Jacques Barrot (Vice-President of the Commission) .

The debate closed.

Vote: minutes of 18.12.2008, item 14.2 .


13.3.  Russia: attacks on human rights defenders, and the Anna Politkovskaya murder trial

Motions for resolution B6-0630/2008 , B6-0632/2008 , B6-0636/2008 , B6-0641/2008 , B6-0645/2008 and B6-0646/2008

Marios Matsakis , Józef Pinior , Erik Meijer , Tunne Kelam and Ewa Tomaszewska introduced motions for resolutions.

The following spoke: Michael Gahler , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Janusz Onyszkiewicz , on behalf of the ALDE Group, Mikel Irujo Amezaga , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Andrzej Tomasz Zapałowski , on behalf of the UEN Group, Kathy Sinnott , on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, and Bernd Posselt .

The following spoke under the 'catch-the-eye' procedure: John Bowis , Paulo Casaca , Zbigniew Zaleski and Marcin Libicki .

The following spoke: Jacques Barrot (Vice-President of the Commission) .

The debate closed.

Vote: minutes of 18.12.2008, item 14.3 .


14.  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 accessed via Europarl.


14.1.  Zimbabwe (vote)

Motions for resolution B6-0628/2008 , B6-0633/2008 , B6-0634/2008 , B6-0639/2008 , B6-0642/2008 and B6-0643/2008

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 25)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION RC-B6-0628/2008

(replacing B6-0628/2008 , B6-0633/2008 , B6-0639/2008 , B6-0642/2008 and B6-0643/2008 ):

tabled by the following Members:

Geoffrey Van Orden , Colm Burke , Eija-Riitta Korhola , Charles Tannock , Bernd Posselt and Maria Martens , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group ,

Pasqualina Napoletano , Glenys Kinnock , Alain Hutchinson , Emilio Menéndez del Valle and Ana Maria Gomes , on behalf of the PSE Group ,

Marco Cappato , Marios Matsakis , Fiona Hall and Thierry Cornillet , on behalf of the ALDE Group ,

Margrete Auken , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group ,

Eoin Ryan , Ewa Tomaszewska , Ryszard Czarnecki , Hanna Foltyn-Kubicka , Marcin Libicki and Adam Bielan , on behalf of the UEN Group ,

Kathy Sinnott , on behalf of the IND/DEM Group

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0640 )

(Motion for a resolution B6-0634/2008 fell.)


14.2.  Nicaragua (vote)

Motions for resolution B6-0629/2008 , B6-0631/2008 , B6-0635/2008 , B6-0637/2008 , B6-0640/2008 and B6-0644/2008

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 26)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION RC-B6-0629/2008

(replacing B6-0629/2008 , B6-0631/2008 , B6-0637/2008 and B6-0644/2008 ):

tabled by the following Members:

José Manuel García-Margallo y Marfil , Fernando Fernández Martín , Tunne Kelam , Eija-Riitta Korhola , Bernd Posselt and Charles Tannock , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group ,

Pasqualina Napoletano and Raimon Obiols i Germà , on behalf of the PSE Group ,

Renate Weber , Josu Ortuondo Larrea , Marco Cappato and Marios Matsakis , on behalf of the ALDE Group ,

Cristiana Muscardini , on behalf of the UEN Group

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0641 )

(Motions for resolutions B6-0635/2008 and B6-0640/2008 fell.)

The following spoke on the vote:

Manuel Medina Ortega moved oral amendments to paragraph 2 and to recitals A and F. The oral amendments were rejected.


14.3.  Russia: attacks on human rights defenders, and the Anna Politkovskaya murder trial (vote)

Motions for resolution B6-0630/2008 , B6-0632/2008 , B6-0636/2008 , B6-0641/2008 , B6-0645/2008 and B6-0646/2008

(Simple majority)

(Voting record: 'Results of votes', Item 27)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION RC-B6-0630/2008

(replacing B6-0630/2008 , B6-0632/2008 , B6-0636/2008 , B6-0641/2008 , B6-0645/2008 and B6-0646/2008 ):

tabled by the following Members:

Tunne Kelam , Bernd Posselt , Zbigniew Zaleski , Tadeusz Zwiefka , Michael Gahler , Edward McMillan-Scott , Eija-Riitta Korhola , Charles Tannock and Christopher Beazley , on behalf of the PPE-DE Group ,

Pasqualina Napoletano , Jan Marinus Wiersma , Hannes Swoboda , Kristian Vigenin and Józef Pinior , on behalf of the PSE Group ,

Toomas Savi , Marco Cappato , Marios Matsakis , Henrik Lax , Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert , Marielle De Sarnez and Janusz Onyszkiewicz , on behalf of the ALDE Group ,

Bart Staes , Hélène Flautre , Rebecca Harms , Milan Horáček and Marie Anne Isler Béguin , on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group ,

Ryszard Czarnecki , Inese Vaidere , Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis , Guntars Krasts , Roberts Zīle , Hanna Foltyn-Kubicka , Ewa Tomaszewska and Adam Bielan , on behalf of the UEN Group ,

Vittorio Agnoletto , on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group ,

Kathy Sinnott , on behalf of the IND/DEM Group

Adopted ( P6_TA(2008)0642 )

The following spoke on the vote:

Michael Gahler moved an oral amendment to paragraph 6, which was incorporated.


15.  Communication of Council common positions

The President announced, pursuant to Rule 57(1), that the following common positions had been received from the Council, together with the reasons which had led to their adoption, and the Commission's position on:

- Common position adopted by the Council on 9 December 2008 with a view to the adoption of a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the insurance of shipowners for maritime claims (14287/2/2008 - C6-0483/2008 - 2005/0242(COD) )
referred to responsible: TRAN

- Common position adopted by the Council on 9 December 2008 with a view to the adoption of a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on compliance with flag State requirements (14288/2/2008 - C6-0484/2008 - 2005/0236(COD) )
referred to responsible: TRAN

The three-month period available to Parliament to adopt its position would therefore begin the following day (19 December 2008).


16.  Decisions concerning certain documents

Decision to draw up own-initiative reports (Rule 45)

CULT Committee

- Better schools: an agenda for European cooperation (2008/2329(INI) )
(opinion: EMPL)
(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 11.12.2008)

- Educating the children of migrants (2008/2328(INI) )
(opinion: EMPL, LIBE)
(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 11.12.2008)

DEVE Committee

- One year after Lisbon: the EU-Africa partnership at work (2008/2318(INI) )
(opinion: AFET, INTA)
(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 11.12.2008)

- The Work of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in 2008 (2008/2303(INI) )
(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 11.12.2008)

EMPL Committee

- Renewed Social Agenda (2008/2330(INI) )
(opinion: FEMM, CULT, ENVI, ITRE, ECON, LIBE)
(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 11.12.2008)

ENVI Committee

- The implementation of EU legislation on GMO's, in particular Directive 2001/18/EC and Regulations (EC) no. 1829/2003 and 1830/2003 (2008/2306(INI) )
(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 11.12.2008)

LIBE Committee

- A Common Immigration Policy for Europe: Principles, actions and tools (2008/2331(INI) )
(opinion: FEMM, DEVE, CULT, AFET, EMPL, INTA)
(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 11.12.2008)

- The future of the European Common Asylum System (2008/2305(INI) )
(opinion: FEMM, DEVE, CULT, AFET, EMPL)
(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 11.12.2008)

Decision to draw up own-initiative reports (Rule 114(3))

AFET Committee

- On non-proliferation and the future of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) (2008/2324(INI) )
(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 11.12.2008)

- The mandate of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (2008/2290(INI) )
(opinion: LIBE)

- EU-Mexico Strategic Partnership (2008/2289(INI) )
(opinion: DEVE, INTA)

- European Union-Brazil Strategic Partnership (2008/2288(INI) )
(opinion: DEVE, INTA)

Decision to draw up own-initiative reports (Rule 192(6))

PETI Committee

- Annual report on the Activity of the Petitions Committee 2008 (2008/2301(INI) )
(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 11.12.2008)

Associated committees

FEMM Committee

- Improvements in the safety and health at work of pregnant workers and workers who have recently given birth or are breastfeeding (COM(2008)0637 - C6-0340/2008 - 2008/0193(COD) )
(opinion: ITRE)
Associated committees FEMM, EMPL
(Following the Conference of Presidents' decision of 11.12.2008)

Amendment of the Rules of Procedure

AFCO Committee

- General review of the Rules of Procedure (2007/2124(REG) )


17.  Written declarations included in the register (Rule 116)

Number of signatures obtained by the written declarations included in the register (Rule 116(3)):

Number

Author

Signatures

69/2008

Nicolae Vlad Popa, Jolanta Dičkutė, Frieda Brepoels, Kathy Sinnott, Adamos Adamou

418

72/2008

Marian Zlotea, Flaviu Călin Rus

46

73/2008

Jean-Claude Martinez

19

74/2008

Daniel Strož

16

75/2008

Alexander Alvaro, Piia-Noora Kauppi, Frédérique Ries, Catherine Stihler, Helga Trüpel

235

76/2008

Sharon Bowles, Elspeth Attwooll, Martine Roure, Caroline Lucas, Anders Wijkman

135

77/2008

Marian Zlotea, Rareş-Lucian Niculescu, Flaviu Călin Rus

43

78/2008

Linda McAvan, Anne Laperrouze, Claude Turmes, Elisa Ferreira

126

80/2008

Françoise Grossetête, John Bowis, Katalin Lévai, Jan Tadeusz Masiel, Antonios Trakatellis

247

81/2008

Philip Claeys, Frank Vanhecke, Koenraad Dillen

13

82/2008

Mechtild Rothe, Anders Wijkman, Fiona Hall, Claude Turmes, Umberto Guidoni

86

83/2008

Andreas Mölzer

7

84/2008

Irena Belohorská, Zita Pleštinská, Anna Záborská

46

85/2008

Mikel Irujo Amezaga, Inés Ayala Sender

36

86/2008

Marco Cappato, Hanna Foltyn-Kubicka, Thomas Mann, Charles Tannock, Helga Trüpel

315

87/2008

Mario Mauro, Gianni Pittella

154

88/2008

Jean Lambert, Caroline Lucas, Alejandro Cercas, Luigi Cocilovo

74

89/2008

Bogusław Rogalski

45

90/2008

Richard Howitt, Caroline Lucas, Patrick Gaubert, Helmuth Markov, Renate Weber

82

91/2008

Hélène Goudin, Nils Lundgren, Henrik Lax, John Bowis

90

92/2008

Elizabeth Lynne, Jean Lambert, Edit Bauer, Marianne Mikko

85

93/2008

Madeleine Jouye de Grandmaison

49

94/2008

Eva-Britt Svensson

164

95/2008

Nicodim Bulzesc, Cristian Silviu Buşoi, Jules Maaten

33

96/2008

Dariusz Rosati, Elmar Brok

34

97/2008

Daniel Strož, Jaromír Kohlíček

8

98/2008

Angelika Beer, Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis, Frieda Brepoels, Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Ana Maria Gomes

49

99/2008

Elizabeth Lynne, Satu Hassi, Roger Helmer, Christel Schaldemose

64

100/2008

Maria Badia i Cutchet, Katerina Batzeli, Manolis Mavrommatis, Hannu Takkula, Mikel Irujo Amezaga

136

101/2008

Esther De Lange, Ivo Belet, Niels Busk, Esther Herranz García, Catherine Stihler

28

102/2008

Mieczysław Edmund Janowski, Wiesław Stefan Kuc

10

103/2008

Maria da Assunção Esteves, Jo Leinen, Gérard Deprez, Hélène Flautre, Giusto Catania

68

104/2008

Bill Newton Dunn

3

105/2008

Andreas Mölzer

5

106/2008

Hanne Dahl, Christel Schaldemose, Hélène Goudin, Carl Schlyter

23

107/2008

Katerina Batzeli, Gérard Onesta, Vasco Graça Moura, Giovanni Berlinguer, Claire Gibault

41

108/2008

Vittorio Agnoletto, Josep Borrell Fontelles, Monica Frassoni, Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Graham Watson

31


18.  Forwarding of texts adopted during the sitting

Pursuant to Rule 172(2), the minutes of that day's sitting would be submitted to Parliament for its approval at the beginning of the next sitting.

With Parliament's agreement, the texts that had been adopted would be forwarded forthwith to the bodies named therein.


19.  Dates of forthcoming sittings

The next sittings would be held from 12 January 2009 to 15 January 2009.


20.  Adjournment of the session

The session of the European Parliament was adjourned.

The sitting closed at 16.35.

Harald Rømer

Hans-Gert Pöttering

Secretary-General

President

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