The final draft agenda for the January 2014 part-session (PE 526.046/PDOJ) had been distributed. No changes had been proposed.
The order of business was thus established.
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The following spoke:
- Jean-Pierre Audy, who regretted that once again the President of the Council, Herman Van Rompuy, had not appeared to report to Parliament, as provided for in Article 15 of the Treaty, on the outcome of the European Council meeting on 19 and 20 December 2013 (the President said he would discuss the matter with the political group chairs);
- Astrid Lulling, who asked whether the Commission statement on non-discrimination in the framework of sexual and reproductive health and rights (Item 192 of the final draft agenda) could be withdrawn from the agenda as the subject had been debated at the previous part-session. The President said that any request to modify the agenda had to be presented at least one hour before the sitting opened);
- Nikolaos Chountis on the formal role to be played by Parliament at the opening ceremony of the Greek Presidency in Athens (the President said that Parliament had been represented by Vice-President Anni Podimata);
- Laurence J.A.J. Stassen, asking that Parliament should observe a minute's silence in commemoration of the former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon;
- Victor Boştinaru, with reference to comments by Elmar Brok on Bulgarian and Romanian citizens, which had been reported in the European press;
- Richard Falbr, opposing the request to hold a minute's silence in commemoration of Ariel Sharon.