Go back to the Europarl portal

Choisissez la langue de votre document :

 Index 
The Week
11-04-2005(s)
European Parliament pays homage to Pope John Paul II
Election of Vice-President
Parliament gives green light to Romania and Bulgaria
EP's budgetary powers upheld for Romania and Bulgaria
EU budget for 2006
EU budget spending: Member States urged to improve control systems
Budgetary discharge for 2003 granted to Parliament's President
2003 budget discharge for the smaller EU institutions and bodies
Special visas to attract qualified researchers
MEPs push for better standards of criminal justice in Europe
European Police College set on firmer footing
Europol: now also the €uro police?
Millennium Development Goals
Classification of territorial units for Regional Policy
CoR granted an input into report on regional state aid
Social legislation in road transport
Short-sea shipping - environmentally friendly, say MEPs
Spring summit: Parliament's reaction
Dangerous substances: Parliament criticises Commission's role
Eco-design: making appliances more environmentally friendly
Limits on sulphur content of marine fuels
Marketing and use of toluene and trichlorobenzene
Cars: Reusability, recyclability and recoverability
Drought in Portugal
Call for action against doping in sport
UNESCO convention on cultural diversity
MEPs reject lifting arms embargo on China
Support for the European Security Strategy
Regional integration in the Balkans
Recovery measures for Southern hake and Norway lobster stocks
Protecting sole stocks
Bomb attacks in Bangladesh
Humanitarian assistance to refugees from Western Sahara
Asylum seekers on the island of Lampedusa
Calendar of part-sessions 2006

Plenary Session
11-14 April 2005
Strasbourg

Green light to Romania and Bulgaria

Discharge for the Commission in 2003

Compromise reached on eco-design

Social legislation on road transport

Call for action on doping in sport

Codes for parliamentary procedures

A series

Reports and recommendations

B series

Resolutions and oral questions

C series

Documents of other institutions

*

Consultation procedure

**I

Cooperation procedure (1st reading)

**II

Cooperation procedure (2nd reading)

***

Assent procedure

***I

Codecision procedure (1st reading)

***II

Codecision procedure (2nd reading)

***III

Codecision procedure (3rd reading)

Abbreviations

- Political groups: see next page

BE

Belgium

IT

Italy

PL

Poland

CZ

Czech Republic

CY

Cyprus

PT

Portugal

DK

Denmark

LV

Latvia

SI

Slovenia

DE

Germany

LT

Lithuania

SK

Slovakia

EE

Estonia

LU

Luxembourg

FI

Finland

EL

Greece

HU

Hungary

SE

Sweden

ES

Spain

MT

Malta

UK

United Kingdom

FR

France

NL

Netherlands

   

IE

Ireland

AT

Austria

   

Conversion rates 

1 euro = £ sterling 0.69 as at 14.04.2005

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

Editor:

Richard Freedman

Secretariat:

Sarah Donohoe

       
     
   

Brussels:

Strasbourg:

PHS 00A027

IPE3 F02/001

B-1047 Brussels

BP1024, F-67070 Strasbourg

Tel. (32-2) 28 41448

Tel. (33) 3 88 1 74751/73785

Fax (32-2) 28 46515

Fax (33) 3 88 1 79355

 

e-mail: presse-en@europarl.eu.int

Internet: http://www.europarl.eu.int/press/index_publi_en.htm

 

Close: Thursday, 14 April 2005


Political groups in the European Parliament
Situation as at: 14.04.2005

 

EPP-ED

PES

ALDE

Greens / EFA

GUE / NGL

IND / DEM

UEN

NA

Total

BE

6

7

6

2

     

3

24

CZ

14

2

   

6

1

 

1

24

DK

1

5

4

1

1

1

1

 

14

DE

49

23

7

13

7

     

99

EE

1

3

2

         

6

EL

11

8

   

4

1

   

24

ES

24

24

2

3

1

     

54

FR

17

31

11

6

3

3

 

7

78

IE

5

1

1

 

1

1

4

 

13

IT

24

16

12

2

7

4

9

4

78

CY

3

 

1

 

2

     

6

LV

3

 

1

1

   

4

 

9

LT

2

2

7

     

2

 

13

LU

3

1

1

1

       

6

HU

13

9

2

         

24

MT

2

3

           

5

NL

7

7

5

4

2

2

   

27

AT

6

7

 

2

     

3

18

PL

19

10

4

   

10

7

4

54

PT

9

12

   

3

     

24

SI

4

1

2

         

7

SK

8

3

         

3

14

FI

4

3

5

1

1

     

14

SE

5

5

3

1

2

3

   

19

UK

28

19

12

5

1

10

 

3

78

Total

268

202

88

42

41

36

27

28

732

Outgoing Member     Incoming Member
António COSTA (PES, PT) - 11.03.2005   Joel HASSE FERREIRA (PES, PT) - 11.04.2005

Political groups

EPP-ED

Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats (includes the British Conservatives, the one Ulster Unionist MEP and Fine Gael from Ireland)

PES

Socialist Group in the European Parliament (includes the British Labour MEPs and the one Irish Labour Party MEP)

ALDE

Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (includes the British Liberal Democrats and one independent MEP from Ireland)

GREENS/EFA

Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance (includes the British Greens, the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru)

GUE/NGL

Confederal Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left (includes the two Sinn Fein MEPs)

IND/DEM

Independence and Democracy Group (includes 10 UKIP MEPs and one independent MEP from Ireland)

UEN

Union for Europe of the Nations Group (includes the Irish Fianna Fail Members)

NA

Non-attached MEPs

Opening of the Session

European Parliament pays homage to Pope John Paul II
 
11.04.2005

The President of the European Parliament Josep BORRELL recalled the sad news of the death of His Holiness JOHN PAUL II. He stated that he had attended the funeral in the Holy See. He underlined John Paul II's legacy to the world based on the values of peace, love and freedom. President Borrell stressed the Pope's strength, faith and courage throughout his life, and stated that during his last years, the Pope had borne his suffering with dignity.

President Borrell underlined the importance of Pope John Paul II's contribution to the reunification of Europe. He underlined the role the Pope played in Poland and in the rest of Central and Eastern Europe leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

President Borrell recalled the Pope's speech to the European Parliament on the reunification of Europe where the Pope had stated that "Europe must breathe with both its lungs." President Borrell described Pope John Paul II as "a great man and a great European".

Parliament then proceeded to hold one minute of silence in respect of Pope John Paul II.


Constitutional Affairs

Election of Vice-President
Election of a Vice-President of Parliament
Vote : 12.04.2005

Manuel António dos SANTOS (PES, PT) was elected EP vice-President by acclamation. He replaces António COSTA (PES, PT), who was appointed Minister of the Interior in the new Portuguese Government after the Socialists' victory in the elections held on 20 February.

Press enquiries:
Gonçalo Macedo
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 75825
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 41361
e-mail :  peti-press@europarl.eu.int


Enlargement

Parliament gives green light to Romania and Bulgaria
Geoffrey VAN ORDEN (EPP-ED, UK)
1. Report on the application by the Republic of Bulgaria to become a member of the European Union
Doc.: A6-0078/2005
Procedure : Own-initiative
2. Report on the application by the Republic of Bulgaria to become a member of the European Union(2005/2029(INI))
Doc.: A6-0082/2005
Procedure : Assent
&
Pierre MOSCOVICI (PES, FR)
1. Report on Romania's application to become a member of the European Union
Doc.: A6-0077/2005
Procedure : Own-initiative
2. Report on Romania's application for membership of the European Union
Doc.: A6-0083/2005
Procedure : Assent
Debate : 12.04.2004
Vote : 13.04.2005

Vote

The European Parliament has given the green light for the entry of Romania and Bulgaria into the EU. On the accession of Romania, MEPs voted by 497 in favour, 93 against and 71 abstentions. On Bulgaria, there were 522 votes in favour, 70 against and 69 abstentions. At the very last moment Parliament forced the Council into restoring its budgetary rights as regards the funding to be allocated to Romania and Bulgaria until 2009, sums which had been laid down in the Accession Treaty.

Earlier, Parliament had exacted the right to push for postponement of accession by a year should either country fail to take the necessary measures still outstanding before they can become members This was especially important to Parliament, as the actual entry of both countries is scheduled to be in 20 months' time.

Formally, Parliament has no further role to play in the run-up to the accession of the two countries now that it has given its assent. However, MEPs want to be able to continue to influence the course of events in both countries until the actual accessions take place, scheduled for 2007. Therefore, they want to be involved in a new mechanism which has been introduced in the Accession Treaty for Bulgaria and Romania, by which the Council may decide, on a proposal from the Commission, to postpone accession if the two countries fail to take measures required in time. And before the vote, Parliament did indeed get an assurance in writing from the Commission that it would "fully associate (it) to any possible decision to postpone accession", which was confirmed by the Council.

In a political resolution accompanying the assent for Bulgaria, Parliament said that the country had made excellent progress so far, but noted a number of steps its government still needs to take. It criticised the failure of the Bulgarian parliament to adopt new penal codes for fighting corruption more effectively and also called for greater efforts to combat organised crime. MEPs warmly welcomed the recent launch of the 'Decade of Roma Inclusion', and measures to improve housing in city areas mainly populated by Roma but also pointed out that more needs to be done to end segregation of Roma children in schools, reduce high unemployment rates and provide better health care.
MEPs welcomed Bulgaria's economic performance and were pleased that the government intends to re-run the auction for Bulgartabac subsidiaries. They worried, however, that due to the agreement on the closure of the Kozloduy nuclear plant, there was a risk of energy blackouts in the entire region. They therefore urged the EU Council of Ministers to be more flexible.

In a similar resolution on Romania, MEPs praised reforms introduced in Romania and further commitments made by the newly installed government, such as on increasing freedom of the press, improvements in schools and participation in the 'Decade of Roma Inclusion', but also drew attention to serious shortcomings which need to be addressed. These include the need for effective implementation of administrative and judicial reforms, the need to continue the fight against corruption, especially at a high level, the eradication of all violence and discrimination against minority groups, improving the treatment of psychiatric patients, more efficient border controls, correct application of state aid laws and strengthening environmental protection.

Debate

Geoffrey VAN ORDEN (EPP-ED, UK) the rapporteur on Bulgaria's accession, opened the debate by saying that the past five years have brought an intensifying pace of political, economic and social reform in Bulgaria, which was now on the brink of accession. "The most important role of the European Parliament is now to give its assent - something I trust this House will warmly endorse."

He said the reform process would not end with the signature of the treaty. There were two differences from previous treaties - firstly, the presence of safeguard clauses allowing accession to be delayed by up to a year. "It is unfortunate that Bulgaria has been caught up in the concerns relating to another place. It should be treated on its own merits, which would make the use of the safeguard clause a remote possibility," he said. The European Parliament should be fully involved in any decision to invoke the safeguard clause, he said, with the Commission taking Parliament's views fully into account. The other difference in the treaty was that the proposed Constitution was to be signed and ratified at the same time. For Mr Van Orden, this was not a difficulty, as he said he expected the Constitution to fail in any case.

There was still a need for action from whoever wins the coming election in Bulgaria to take decisive action to reform the judiciary and police services and to make more progress on integrating the Roma community into mainstream society. Exceptional safety measures had been introduced at the Kozloduy nuclear power station, and it was time for Europe to show flexibility in return, he said, given Bulgaria's importance as a regional power producer. Mr Van Orden also welcomed the decision to relaunch construction of a new nuclear plant at Belene. Finally, he also welcomed the invitation to the Bulgarian president to visit Libya, hoping this would lead to the early release of the health workers facing the death penalty.

The rapporteur on Romania, Pierre MOSCOVICI (PES, FR) said Parliament should be as welcoming as possible to both countries, and should avoid giving two different signals: "With a positive and demanding attitude, and political will on both sides, much progress has been made. Accession can be a catalyst for changing Romanian society." A number of problems remained, he said, notably in the field of justice and home affairs, including organised crime, corruption and border controls. There were also issues of the treatment of minorities, notably the Roma and Hungarian communities, and on the environment. "The Romanian government must focus on legal and judicial reforms, improving freedom of information and strengthening local and regional government," he said.

The safeguard clauses were not a sanction, he said, but a way of applying positive pressure to ensure things went the right way. Nevertheless, according to Mr Moscovici, some MEPs were concerned that giving assent so far ahead of the time of accession was signing a blank cheque. It was now for the Council and Commission to assure MEPs that they would be fully involved in any decision to use the safeguard clauses. "I would like Parliament to vote knowing it was at a new moment in the work of enlargement, but also with protection in mind. Parliament must be a guarantor of this protection."

Speaking on the financial implications of accession, and before agreement was reached with the Council, joint rapporteur Bárbara DÜHRKOP DÜHRKOP (PES, ES) described as "deplorable" the Council's refusal thus far to agree a joint declaration with Parliament on the financial envelope. She further criticised the undermining of Parliament's budgetary and institutional powers through its decision to enter non-compulsory expenditure in the Accession Treaty, without the consultation and agreement of the European Parliament.

She said "the lack of agreement sends a terrible signal about the future negotiations on the financial perspective", and called on the Council to accept the joint declaration, thereby enshrining Parliament's rights in respect of the budget and financial package to be offered to Romania and Bulgaria.

Reimer BÖGE (EPP-ED, DE) regretted the failure to reach an agreement on the financial implications. He echoed the thoughts of Ms Dührkop Dührkop, seeing the stalemate as a bad sign for the next financial perspective. On the issue of compulsory spending, he said "Parliament's credibility and leverage in the European Union as a whole is at stake here. It would be very bad if we don't make the right decisions on the financial implications".

Nicolas SCHMIT, speaking on behalf of the Council, stressed the importance of the accession of Romania and Bulgaria as a decisive step towards unity. Assent was thus crucial to the future of Europe. Beyond this, he called on Romania and Bulgaria to meet its obligations and maintain its efforts, saying "there are no shortcuts on the road to accession. Accession means complete acceptance of all actual and potential obligations and rights". He went on to say that the Commission was continuing to monitor the situation. As for the financial provisions, he urged that debates on the future Financial Perspective should not affect negotiations on Romania and Bulgaria and vice-versa. Although stopping short of committing to an agreement on the financial implications, he suggested that only nerves and technical matters got in the way, and insisted that Parliament's powers were in no sense undermined.

The Commissioner for enlargement, Olli REHN commented on the progress still to be made on the road to accession, saying "the signing of the accession treaty does imply agreement on the terms and conditions of accession, but does not mean that the preparations for membership are completed". In this spirit, he confirmed the close monitoring of the situation in Romania and Bulgaria and offered the following reassurance: "If Romania or Bulgaria are manifestly unprepared for membership of the European Union, I will not hesitate to use the safeguard clauses, including the postponement of accession by one year until 2008". He insisted Parliament would be kept informed, adding, in the context of the monitoring mechanism, that a comprehensive monitoring report would be released in November.

He noted that there was "steady progress" being made by Romania and Bulgaria but called for greater momentum towards reform. "Bulgaria has to make sound and solid efforts, particularly in the areas of the reform of the judiciary, corruption and organised crime, while Romania has to make progress in the areas of public administration, corruption, competition, state aid and the environment", he said. Overall, he was "cautiously optimistic" and said "Parliament should give Romania the benefit of the doubt".

Baroness Emma NICHOLSON OF WINTERBOURNE (ALDE, UK) reported on the progress made by Romania on children's rights, one of the topics identified in Helsinki as a key area for reform. She informed the session that more than €60 million have been dedicated to the protection and advancement of children's rights since that meeting, and that 15,000 children were now in care as a direct result. She praised as "very modern" the new piece of legislation drafted on behalf of six and a half million children in Romania, adding that, thanks to this law, Romania had made greater progress on children's rights than many Member States. "I congratulate Romania. This is just one topic where important reform has been made. She has earned her place in the European Union".

Christopher BEAZLEY (EPP-ED, UK) reported back on the findings of the Joint Parliamentary Committee's visit to Bucharest just last week. He said that the Romanian government had fully embraced reform, having drawn up detailed and costed programmes for improvement. He said that everyone recognised where reform was needed, namely in the areas of corruption, independence of the judiciary and protection of the environment, but called on the EU to fully support the country's efforts to restore civil society. He said he had received important reassurances from the Romanian authorities in relation to Hungarian minorities. Against this background, he concluded "it is very important to give the right message to both the Romanian authorities and the population. It is my belief that Romania will, and deserves to, join the European Union."

Mairead McGUINNESS (EPP-ED, IE) welcomed the progress made by Romania in a short period of time. Responding to Baroness Nicholson's positive report on Romanian progress on children's rights, she said that not enough was being done to protect children and young adults in institutional care. "Despite the improvements, the truth is that there is still a lot more to be done. It is simply not acceptable that these children and young adults are held in inappropriate care, and as Romania is on the verge of accession to the EU." She called for careful monitoring and further improvements.

Nicolas SCHMIT, replying to the debate for the Council, noted that there was broad support for accession and that the accession process had been a powerful incentive for reform. He said that the EU had now to encourage and oblige these governments to move forward. "We need to send a clear political signal today, showing Romania and Bulgaria that we trust them but that the path for them to meet their commitments is clearly marked". On the delicate issue of Parliament's role, he said "Parliament is an ally and the Council would like keep this ally for future enlargement. These are not just empty words. The views of Parliament will be fully taken into account". He also expressed the Presidency's regret at the failure to reach an agreement on the joint declaration on the financial implications of accession.
Commissioner REHN assured MEPs that Parliament's views would be fully considered before any recommendation for postponement were to be made. He spoke about the rights of minorities in Romania, citing positive developments at both government and citizen levels, and he said the Commission would continue to closely monitor the situation and keep Parliament informed.

Press enquiries:
Marjory van den Broeke
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 74337
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 44304
e-mail :  foreign-press@europarl.eu.int


Budget

EP's budgetary powers upheld for Romania and Bulgaria
Bárbara DÜHRKOP DÜHRKOP (PES, ES) & Reimer BÖGE (EPP-ED, DE)
Report on the financial implications of the accession of Romania and Bulgaria
Doc.: A6-0090/2005
Procedure : Own-initiative
Vote : 13.04.2005

In a trialogue successfully concluded minutes before the day's voting session, Parliament and Council managed to agree on a joint declaration on the financial implications of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania. Parliament welcomes this agreement, which means that its budgetary powers and prerogatives will be respected. Specifically, the declaration ensures that, based on the assumption that the two countries join in 2007, the classification entered in the annex of the accession treaties will be deemed as non-compulsory expenditure after 2009. The financing of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania will not jeopardise existing multiannual programmes. Finally, the financing of the accession will be made without prejudice to the decisions on the next financial perspective.

The full joint declaration is as follows:

Joint Declaration agreed between the Council Presidency and the EP negotiating delegation
Financial implications of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania

1. Without prejudice of the draft treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe

a. The representatives of the Governments of the Member States meeting with the Council declare that the amounts in Title III "Financial Provisions" of the Act of Accession, annexed to the draft Accession Treaty submitted under the assent procedure of the European Parliament, are mentioned without prejudice to the European Parliament's rights and the powers and prerogatives of the budgetary authority conferred by Article 272 the EC Treaty and the relevant provisions of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 6 May 1999.

b. The Council, the Commission and the European Parliament confirm that the classification of the expenditure in Articles 30-34, Title III "Financial Provisions" of the Act of Accession, annexed to the draft Accession Treaty will constitute non-compulsory expenditure after 2009.

2. The Commission confirms that its proposal for a financial framework (2007-2013) is based on the assumption that Bulgaria and Romania will be Member States on 1 January 2007. The European Parliament and the Council take note of the indicative amounts, for Bulgaria and Romania, provided by the Commission in March 2004 and considered by the Council in its conclusions of 22 March 2004 on "the financial package for the accession negotiations for Bulgaria and Romania". The financing of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania will be ensured without jeopardising the commitments for existing multiannual programmes and the decisions on the next financial perspectives.

3. The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission recall the importance of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 6 May 1999 in the functioning of budgetary procedures and that this can only function if all the institutions comply fully.

Press enquiries:
Jean-Yves Loog
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 73636
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 44652
e-mail :  budg-press@europarl.eu.int


EU budget for 2006
Giovanni PITTELLA (PES, IT)
Report on the 2006 budget: the Commission's Annual Policy Strategy report (APS)
(2004/2270(BUD))
Doc.: A6-0071/2005
Procedure : Budgetary
Vote : 12.04.2005

Parliament adopted a resolution on the 2006 budget: the Commission's Annual Policy Strategy report.

Press enquiries:
Jean-Yves Loog
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 73636
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 44652
e-mail :  budg-press@europarl.eu.int


Budgetary Control

EU budget spending: Member States urged to improve control systems
Terence WYNN (PES, UK)
Report on the discharge for implementing the European Union general budget for the financial year 2003 (Section III, Commission)
(SEC(2004)1181 - C6-0012/2005 - 2004/ 2040(DEC))
(SEC(2004)1182 - C6-0013/2005 - 2004/ 2040(DEC))
Doc.: A6-0070/2005
Procedure : Discharge
Debate : 12.04.2005
Vote : 12.04.2004

Vote

Parliament granted the discharge for the European Commission's accounts for 2003 but stressed in the attached resolution that it is also firm about the need for Member States' financial control systems to be reviewed swiftly and for the failings to be remedied.

To deal with the weaknesses in the Member States' management of EU funds, the resolution by Terry WYNN (PES, UK), which accompanies the recommendation for the budget discharge, suggests that the managing authority of each Member State (e.g. the finance ministry) should have to state every year that proper control systems are in place. The Commission is urged to draw up a report to look at ways of agreeing a protocol on this matter with Member States. They say that if this principle is not accepted, the Council and Commission will be "informed" that it will be difficult for Parliament to reach an agreement on the next financial perspective (the EU's multiannual budget framework).

A system of this kind is needed, says Parliament, because current supervisory systems and controls cannot guarantee the "legality and regularity of transactions" where Community funds are jointly managed by the Commission and the Member States. The Commission's central controls cannot on their own solve the problem, while Member States do not always manage EU funds with the same care as "national" funds.

"What I propose", said Mr Wynn, "is a simple and clear national declaration of assurance as regards EU funds. I want the current system of control to be further developed into a global disclosure statement per Member State. This goal should be realised sooner rather than later. The financial management in the European Union is, at present, not good enough."

During the debate, Commissioner Siim KALLAS announced that a roadmap aiming at ensuring such improved controls of EU spending by the Member States will be "submitted by July of this year". Rapporteur Terry Wynn expressed his hopes that "these measures will eventually bear fruit, possibly in time for the 2005 discharge, in two years time".

Better control systems are also needed because the annual Statement of Assurance (DAS) by the Court of Auditors does not assess how effectively EU funds are spent. The DAS says whether the money has been used "regularly and legally" but gives no indication about value for money. Funds could thus be wasted even if they have been used "regularly and legally".

Parliament calls for the Commission's accounting officer to certify the accounts and assume the role of a Chief Financial Officer. Doing so, the accounting officer would be fully answerable, having the means to fulfil this responsibility and perform the necessary checks on transactions. The Commission is urged to include such provisions in the forthcoming revision of the Financial Regulation.
Referring to the single audit model demanded by Parliament since 2002, which is designed to improve budgetary control mechanisms, Parliament notes that the Court of Auditors also recommends that such a system be set up.

Lastly, Parliament asks the Council "to put its intentions into effect" by setting up an expert group to rethink the functioning of control and audit in the EU, in particular in the areas of shared management between the Commission and the Member States.

Press enquiries:
Jean-Yves Loog
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 73636
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 44652
e-mail :  budg-press@europarl.eu.int


Budgetary discharge for 2003 granted to Parliament's President
Ona JUKNEVIČIENĖ (ALDE, LT)
Report on the discharge for implementing the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2003 (Section I - European Parliament)
(C6-0015/2005 - 2004/2041(DEC))
Doc.: A6-0063/2005
Procedure : Discharge
Vote : 12.04.2005

Vote

In adopting, with a clear majority (551 votes in favour, 81 against and 7 abstentions), the report by Ona JUKNEVIČIENĖ (ALDE, LT), the Parliament granted the discharge for the 2003 budget, noting that a very high level of spending was reached, as in previous years.

In the resolution accompanying the report, MEPs remark that this was due largely to Parliament's consistent policy of buying rather than renting its buildings. MEPs note that, of the smaller institutions, Parliament was one of the few to have implemented the new Financial Regulation in good time, although they query "whether the degree of scrutiny and the complexity of the control apparatus currently in place is wholly proportionate", given that Parliament's budget is essentially administrative.

Moreover, Parliament recalls that the cost of maintaining a seat in three countries is estimated to be above €200 million per year. On the subject of Members' pay and expenses, Parliament supports "the initiative undertaken by the current presidency of the European Union to reach agreement on the Members' Statute introducing a single remuneration for Members of the European Parliament" because of the discrepancy between Members' salaries since enlargement. However, Parliament believes that, "even in the absence of a common statute, it should be possible to devise a system that is clear, transparent and fair." It adds that, as soon as the statute is approved, a new and separate pension instrument should be set up and that from that date all contributions from Parliament's budget to a voluntary pension fund should stop.

MEPs also make a list of recommendations to Parliament's Bureau. They deplore the lack of clarity regarding social security obligations of parliamentary assistants. They also say it is unacceptable that smoking is allowed in Parliament's offices. They therefore demand "urgent action to reduce the level of smoke on its premises" and urge the College of Quaestors "to designate a clearly defined and well-ventilated smoking area". In addition, they insist on the need to speed up the recruitment of linguistic personnel so as to guarantee the right of every MEP to express themselves in their mother tongue.

Press enquiries:
Philippe Kamaris
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 73777
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 46670
e-mail :  pkamaris@europarl.eu.int


2003 budget discharge for the smaller EU institutions and bodies
Alexander STUBB (EPP-ED, FI)
Report on the discharge for implementing the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2003
Section II Council (C6-0016/2005 - 2004/2042(DEC))
Section IV Court of Justice (C6-0017/2005 - 2004/2043(DEC))
Section V Court of Auditors (C6-0018/2005 - 2004/2044(DEC))
Section VI European Economic and Social Committee
(C6 0019/2005 -2004/2045(DEC))
Section VII Committee of the Regions
(C6-0020/2005 - 2004/2046(DEC))
Section VIII Ombudsman (C6-0021/2005 - 2004/2047(DEC))
Doc.: A6-0066/2005
Procedure : Discharge
&
Inés AYALA SENDER (PES, ES) & Carl SCHLYTER (Greens/EFA, SE)
Report
1. on the discharge to the European Agency for Reconstruction for the financial year 2003 (N6-0216/2004 – C6 0235/2004 – 2004/ 2051(DEC))
2. on the discharge to the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training for the financial year 2003 (N6-0207/2004 – C6 0226/2004 – 2004/2050(DEC))
3. on the discharge to the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and
Working Conditions for the financial year 2003 (N6-0208/2004 – C6 0227/2004 – 2004/ 2060(DEC))
4. on the discharge to the European Environment Agency for the financial year 2003 (N6-0209/2004 – C6 0228/2004 – 2004/2053(DEC))
5. on the discharge to the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work for the financial year 2003 (N6-0213/2004 – C6 0232/2004 – 2004/2061(DEC))
6. on the discharge to the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products for the financial year 2003 (N6-0212/2004 – C6 0231/2004 – 2004/2056(DEC))
7. on the discharge to the Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union for the financial year 2003 (N6-0214/2004 – C6 0233/2004 – 2004/2062(DEC))
8. on the discharge to Eurojust for the financial year 2003 (N6-0220/2004 – C6 0239/2004 – 2004/2063(DEC))
9. on the discharge to the European Training Foundation for the financial year 2003 (N6-0210/2004 – C6 0229/2004 – 2004/ 2058(DEC))
10on the discharge to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction for the financial year 2003 (N6-0211/2004 – C6 0230/2004 – 2004/2055 (DEC))
11. on the discharge to the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia for the financial year 2003 (N6-0215/2004 – C6 0234/2004 – 2004/2059 (DEC))
12. on the discharge to the European Food Safety Authority for the financial year 2003 (N6-0217/2004 – C6 0236/2004 – 2004/2054 (DEC))
13. on the discharge to the European Maritime Safety Agency for the financial year 2003 (N6-0218/2004 – C6 0237/2004 – 2004/ 2057(DEC))
14. on the discharge to the European Aviation Safety Agency for the financial year 2003 (N6-0219/2004 – C6 0238/2004 – 2004/ 2052(DEC))
Doc.: A6-0074/2005
&
Marilisa XENOGIANNAKOPOULOU (PES, EL)
Report on the discharge to the Commission for implementing the budget of the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth European Development Funds for the financial year 2003
(COM(2004)0667 - C6-0165/2004 - 2004/ 2049(DEC))
Doc.: A6-0069/2005
Procedure : Discharge
Debate : 12.04.2005
Vote : 13.04.2005

Parliament adopted several reports on the various institutions and agencies of the EU on granting discharge for their 2003 budgets.

Press enquiries:
Jean-Yves Loog
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 73636
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 44652
e-mail :  budg-press@europarl.eu.int


Justice and Home Affairs

Special visas to attract qualified researchers
Vincent PEILLON (PES, FR)
Report
- on the proposal for a Council directive on a specific procedure for admitting third-country nationals for purposes of scientific research
(COM(2004)0178 – C6 0011/2004 – 2004/ 0061(CNS))
- on the proposal for a Council recommendation to facilitate the admission of third-country nationals to carry out scientific research in the European Community
(COM(2004)0178 – C6 0012/2004 – 2004/ 0062(CNS))
- on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council recommendation to facilitate the issue by the Member States of uniform short-stay visas for researchers from third countries travelling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research
(COM(2004)0178 – C6 0013/2004 – 2004/ 0063(CNS))
Doc.: A6-0054/2005
Procedure : Consultation & Codecision (1st reading)
Vote : 12.04.2005

Vote

For Europe to meet the Lisbon and Barcelona targets of increasing research and investment, and to offset the ”brain drain” of recent decades, much more must be done to bring non-EU scientists into the European research area. Parliament gave its backing to plans by the European Commission to create a special residence permit for non-EU researchers, although MEPs called for greater protection of rights such as family reunification and direct access to social security systems.

The aim of the draft directive is to make Europe more attractive to international researchers by offering them a renewable residence permit with some privileges which differ from a normal visa: once a scientist is invited by a host research organisation in the EU to conduct a research project for more than three months, this person would be entitled to obtain in less than 30 days a residence permit for the duration of the research project in the Member State in question, without needing to apply for a work permit.

Parliament is only being consulted on this legislation and any amendments it adopts are non-binding on the Council of Ministers. MEPs are urging that mandatory provisions be added on family reunification so that direct family members (spouse or partner, children under 21 or dependent parents) will have the right to join the researcher. The Council wants these measures to be optional for Member States. MEPs would also like the researcher to have full access to the national sickness insurance scheme.

MEPs see mobility as an essential factor in the transfer of knowledge and formation of scientists’ networks, so they passed an amendment to allow the visa holder to conduct part of his/her research work in another Member State. However if the researcher wishes to stay there for more than three months, the second Member State may require a new hosting agreement.

This new directive will be a small but crucial step in the achievement of the ambitious agenda set in Lisbon and Barcelona in 2002, where Member States committed themselves to invest 3% of the national GDP in research and recruit 700,000 researchers in Europe by 2010.

Press enquiries:
Maria Andrés Marìn
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 73603
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 44299
e-mail :  libe-press@europarl.eu.int


MEPs push for better standards of criminal justice in Europe
Kathalijne Maria BUITENWEG (Greens/EFA, NL)
Report on the proposal for a Council framework decision on certain procedural rights in criminal proceedings throughout the European Union
(COM(2004)0328 – C6 0071/2004 – 2004/0113(CNS))
Doc.: A6-0064/2005
Procedure : Consultation
Debate : 11.04.2005

Vote : 12.04.2005

Vote

Parliament adopted, by 523 votes in favour to 68 against with 13 abstentions, a report calling for better standards of criminal justice in the different Member States. With this consultation report MEPs give their support to the draft Decision on procedural safeguards for suspects and defendants in criminal proceedings by identifying five areas in which common standards may be applied by all Member States to protect the rights of suspected persons: the right to immediate access to a lawyer; access to interpretation or translation so that they enjoy the same standard of legal treatment as they would at home; ensuring that persons in need of specific attention because they are unable to follow the proceedings receive it; consular assistance to foreign detainees and notifying suspects and defendants of their rights in writing.

Under the new EU Constitution, all Member States will have to abide by judgements handed down by other national legal systems within the EU. At the same time, membership of the EU will entail an obligation to treat all European citizens "in a comparable fashion", a principle which will also apply to judicial proceedings.
Press enquiries:
Maria Andrés Marìn
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 73603
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 44299
e-mail :  libe-press@europarl.eu.int


European Police College set on firmer footing
Panayiotis DEMETRIOU (EPP-ED, CY)
Report on the proposal for a Council Decision establishing the European Police College (CEPOL) as a body of the European Union
(COM(2004)0623 – C6 0203/2004 – 2004/0215(CNS))
Doc.: A6-0059/2005
Procedure : Consultation
Debate : 11.04.2005
Vote : 12.04.2005

Vote

Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution, by 479 votes in favour, 43 against with 27 abstentions, on the establishment of the European Police College, based at Bramshill in Hampshire (UK).

Press enquiries:
Maria Andrés Marìn
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 73603
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 44299
e-mail :  libe-press@europarl.eu.int


Europol: now also the €uro police?
Augustín DÍAZ DE MERA GARCÍA CONSUEGRA (EPP-ED, ES)
Report on designation of Europol as the Central Office for combating euro counterfeiting
Doc.: A6-0079/2005
Procedure : Consultation
Vote : 12.04.2005

Vote

Worried by the fact that the euro is plagued by widespread counterfeiting, six Member States launched last year an initiative to designate Europol as the EU's central office to deal with this crime. At present each Member State has its own national office to prevent the production of false euros. In a consultation report adopted by Parliament, MEPs consider that the cooperation of Member States to fight this type of crime should be strengthened and not replaced by Europol. This body should not become the central office to prevent euro counterfeiting alone because its statute has legal and operational restrictions.

MEPs agreed that Europol should centralise all the information to investigate and prevent the production of false euros but always "in close cooperation with the national central offices of the Member States" .

Two main reasons were raised by the rapporteur Augustín DÍAZ DE MERA GARCÍA CONSUEGRA (EPP-ED, ES): Europol is unable today to forward information directly to Member States (it has to do it through the national liaison office for each MS), something which would slow down the supply of information; and it is unable to forward personal data to a third State unless an agreement to that effect has been concluded beforehand.

Press enquiries:
Maria Andrés Marìn
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 73603
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 44299
e-mail :  libe-press@europarl.eu.int


Development & Cooperation

Millennium Development Goals
Glenys KINNOCK (PES, UK)
Report on the role of the European Union in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
(2004/2252(INI))
Doc.: A6-0075/2005
Procedure : Own-initiative
Debate : 12.04.2005
Vote : 13.04.2005

Vote

Parliament adopted an own-initiative report by 539 votes in favour, 52 against with 19 abstentions, on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

Press enquiries:
Armelle Douaud
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 74779
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 43806
e-mail :  deve-press@europarl.eu.int


Regional Policy

Classification of territorial units for Regional Policy
Gerardo GALEOTE QUECEDO (EPP-ED, ES)
Report on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS) by reason of the accession of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia to the European Union
(COM(2004)0592 – C6 0118/2004 – 2004/0202(COD))
Doc.: A6-0067/2005
Procedure : Codecision (1st reading)
Vote : 12.04.2005

Vote
In adopting a  legislative resolution on the classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS) following enlargement, Parliament approved the Commission proposal subject to one amendment supporting a new Commission study into introducing a new (fourth) level of NUTS. The amendment adopted by the EP concerns 'smaller administrative units' which would reflect real circumstances more accurately and avoid anomalies such as the presence of regional units with very different populations within the same NUTS level.
NUTS subdivides each Member State into a whole number of NUTS 1 regions, each of which is in turn subdivided into a whole number of NUTS 2 regions and so on. So this is basically a geographical breakdown which is used for regional policy.
More info on NUTS:
http://europa.eu.int/comm/eurostat/ramon/nuts/home_regions_en.html
Commission proposal on NUTS following enlargements:
http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/lex/LexUriServ/site/en/com/2004/com2004_0592en01.pdf
 Press enquiries:
Richard Freedman
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 73785
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 41448
e-mail :  region-press@europarl.eu.int


CoR granted an input into report on regional state aid
Request for consultation of Committee of the Regions - Regional state aid (Rule 118)
Vote : 12.04.2005

Vote

Parliament approved the request for consultation from the Committee of the Regions on the report regarding regional state aid.

Press enquiries:
Richard Freedman
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 73785
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 41448
e-mail :  region-press@europarl.eu.int


Transport

Social legislation in road transport
Helmuth MARKOV (GUE/NGL, DE)
Report on the Council common position for adopting a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on minimum conditions for the implementation of Council Regulations (EEC) Nos 3820/85 and 3821/85 concerning social legislation relating to road transport activities
(11336/1/2004 – C6-0249/2004 – 2003/0255(COD))
Doc. A6-0073/2005
&
Report on the Council common position for adopting a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport and amending Council Regulations (EEC) No 3821/85 and (EC) No 2135/98
(11337/2/2004 – C6 0250/2004 – 2001/0241(COD))
Doc. A6-0076/2005
Procedure : Codecision (2nd reading)
Vote : 13.04.2005

Vote

Parliament adopted two recommendations for second reading by Helmuth MARKOV (GUE/NGL, D) on social legislation in road transport. The adoption of these reports could have serious impact on the road transport sector in the EU. The vote made clear that Parliament and Council disagree seriously on some key issues, such as daily rest periods for lorry drivers, the definition of regular rest periods, the introduction of a common spectrum of penalties and on road checks. It is generally expected that a conciliation procedure will now be set in motion.

The first report is on the harmonisation of certain social legislation. Key points were:

a) The introduction of the digital tachograph postponed

The introduction of the digital tachograph, scheduled by the European Commission for August 2005, has been postponed. Parliament took the view that all vehicles manufactured after 5 August 2006 should be fitted with this recording equipment. After August 2007, all vehicles put into service for the first time should be fitted with these digital instruments. The reason is purely technical: MEPs find it hard to believe that the current legislative procedure will be completed by August 2005. They argued that these two starting dates were more realistic, since trade and industry needed clear dates.

b) Towards a more flexible definition of minimum regulated breaks

Another key point is the introduction of a regular daily rest period for lorry drivers of at least 12 hours (where the Council had proposed 11 hours). Where the Council has proposed a detailed definition of minimum regulated breaks corresponding to a driving period, Parliament was in favour of a more flexible solution. The minimum regulated break may be replaced by breaks of at least 15 minutes distributed over the driving time or immediately after it. It should be ensured that a total of 45 minutes is taken during or immediately after the driving period of four and a half hours.

c) Definition of the driving time

Following the Transport Committee's suggestion, Parliament introduced a definition of driving time for lorry drivers. Driving time means "the duration of the activity in which a driver controls a vehicle and the time taken by the driver to make way to the place of assignment of the vehicle, if that journey is made in a vehicle driven by the driver and the distance thus travelled is more than 100 km". This addition would avert a situation in which, for example, a driver drives by car to a pickup point 600km away, taking over the driving of a waiting coach, and without taking sufficient breaks, drives the coach for another 600km on the return journey, thereby nominally observing the driving times and rest periods but in reality circumventing them.

d) A common spectrum of penalties

Parliament is also in favour of the introduction of a common spectrum of penalties in case of infringement of the regulation. These penalties should include temporary immobilisation of the vehicle concerned until such time as the cause of the infringement has been rectified. This would have a strong deterrent effect and would ensure a more uniform approach by the Member States.

The second report is on the enforcement of the legislation.

Key amendments here are on the gradual increase in the percentage of days checked which are more ambitious than the Council was proposing, on a strong co-ordinating enforcement body, on the reintroduction of a list of infringements that should be regarded as serious offences, on the harmonisation of penalties, on what has to be checked on the road as well as on insisting that the working time could also be checked on the premises.

Press enquiries:
Ton Huyssoon
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 73856
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 42408
e-mail :  tran-press@europarl.eu.int


Short-sea shipping - environmentally friendly, say MEPs
Robert NAVARRO (PES, FR)
Report on short sea shipping
(2004/2161(INI))
Doc.: A6-0055/2005
Procedure : Own-initiative
Debate : 11.04.2005
Vote : 12.04.2005

Vote

Parliament adopted this report on the promotion of short-sea shipping, slightly amended, by 589 votes in favour, 7 against and 13 abstentions.

Press enquiries:
Ton Huyssoon
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 73856
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 42408
e-mail :  tran-press@europarl.eu.int


European Council

Spring summit: Parliament's reaction
Motion for resolutions - Meeting of the European Council (Brussels, 22 and 23 March 2005)
Doc.: B6-0223/2005, B6-0224/2005, B6-0225/2005, B6-0226/2005, B6-0227/2005, B6-0228/2005
Vote : 13.04.2005

Vote

In a resolution adopted by 363 votes in favour to 92 against with 39 abstentions, MEPs set out their views on the results of the Spring European Council meeting of 22-23 March.

On the Stability and Growth Pact, Parliament welcomes the fact the summit reached an agreement on reform of the system, and in particular the strengthening of the Pact's preventive arm, but is concerned at the lack of clarity in the rules for the coercive arm. It calls on the Commission to make full use of its powers to ensure proper implementation of the Pact.

On the relaunch of the Lisbon Process, MEPs welcome the commitment to give it new dynamism with a focussed approach based on a three-year cycle, as well as the fact that the Council endorsed many of Parliament's own positions. They endorse the idea of 'national reform programmes' to help ensure Member States make a larger and more practical contribution. They regret, however, that the European Council rejected the idea of a yearly report by the Commission of which states were doing best and which were lagging behind.

Parliament reiterates its view that the Lisbon Strategy should be a means to reinforce the European social model and confirms the need for a solid industrial fabric throughout Europe's territory. It shares the view that environmental policy is an essential part of sustainable growth which contributes to employment, and underlines the importance of eco-innovation and environmental technologies.

MEPs welcome the European Council's commitment to a fully operational internal market in services compatible with the European social model in order to enhance competitiveness, job creation and growth, while guaranteeing social responsibility, protection of consumers' rights and social and environmental standards. They also confirm that the REACH proposals on chemicals regulation should reconcile environmental and health concerns with the need to promote the competitiveness of European industry.

Parliament calls for national and European budgets, including the future Financial Perspective, to be an expression of the Lisbon goals.

MEPs are disappointed at the timetable for reviewing the Sustainable Development Strategy, and urge the Commission to submit its proposals as soon as possible. They says the threat of communicable diseases should be urgently taken into account, notably the risk of a flu pandemic.

On climate change, Parliament welcomes the will to explore options for action after 2012, with consideration of a reduction of 15-30 per cent in emissions by 2020 for developed countries. It underlines that global emissions need to be reduced by half by 2050 to contain global warming to a peak of 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

On the September UN summit on the Millennium Development Goals, MEPs call for an increase in the proportion of the EU budget allocated to development goals and for progress to the complete untying of development aid and for Member States to establish timetables to meet the target of 0.7 per cent of GNI for official development assistance They support reinforcing EU assistance to Africa.

On external relations, Parliament again insists that the EU arms embargo on China should be maintained in current conditions. It welcomes the decision to create a task force to report on Croatia's progress in meeting the conditions for the opening of enlargement negotiations. MEPs welcome the Syrian Foreign Minister's announcement of complete withdrawal of his country's forces from Lebanon; they hope free, fair and transparent elections can be organised there. Finally, Parliament endorses the Council's call for the new leaders of Kyrgyzstan to start a dialogue to guarantee the democratic process and full respect for the rule of law and minority rights.
Press enquiries:
Ralph Pine
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 74751
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 42941
e-mail :  econ-press@europarl.eu.int


Environment

Dangerous substances: Parliament criticises Commission's role
Motion for a resolution on the restriction of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment
Doc. B6-0218/2005
Vote : 12.04.2005

Vote

Parliament voted strongly in favour of a resolution on restricting the use of dangerous substances, such as lead and mercury, in electrical and electronic equipment, while expressing its strong opposition to the Commission's use of the comitology procedure (a procedure which grants considerable executive power to the Commission and to expert committees of Member States) in this area. As there is already a directive on this issue, with a series of exemptions in its annex, the Commission is seeking to modify certain of these exemptions as well as add new ones - a move fiercely criticised by Parliament.

In the case of dangerous substances, MEPs complain that they have not been informed in time about the Commission plans to modify the directive. Parliament considers that exemptions are being proposed where there are substitute products available. MEPs are therefore demanding that the Commission rethinks its plan for a decision, noting that last February saw only a token effort to start the procedure again.

More generally, Parliament takes the view that the Commission "has exceeded the executive powers" accorded to it under the directive and in the agreement regulating the comitology procedure. MEPs note that this is not the first such case and demand from now on that the Commission respect the right of the Parliament to information. They further ask that the Commission provides them with a detailed evaluation of every case where the comitology procedure was not adhered to.

Press enquiries:
André Riche
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 73840
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 40992
e-mail :  envi-press@europarl.eu.int


Eco-design: making appliances more environmentally friendly
Frédérique RIES (ALDE, BE)
Report on the Council common position for adopting a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for the setting of eco-design requirements for Energy-Using Products and amending Council Directive 92/42/EEC and Directives 96/57/EC and 2000/55/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council
(11414/1/2004 – C6 0246/2004 – 2003/0172(COD))
Doc.: A6-0057/2005
Procedure : Codecision (2nd reading)
Vote : 13.04.2005

In adopting the legislative report of Frédérique RIES (ALDE, BE) on 13 April, the European Parliament gave its go-ahead to the speedy introduction of a new framework directive on eco-design - ecological design of energy-using products. What is it about? The framework directive concerns all products using energy, except motor vehicles, which are regulated elsewhere. The text covers all sorts of domestic or office devices used everyday by Europeans, from the dishwasher and the washing machine to the computer and the simple electric light-bulb. Seemingly harmless, these devices consume about 30% of primary energy in the EU and are responsible for 40% of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Since it is at the manufacturing stage that the rate of energy consumption is determined, this is the focal point of the measures.

After the mid-March vote in the Environment Committee, the rapporteur and the EP shadow rapporteurs started negotiations with the Commission and the Council. This informal process led to a compromise, approved by the Member States' permanent representatives in the Council a few days ago. With this compromise welcomed by the plenary, Parliament will be able to avoid a conciliation procedure with the Council, which in turn enables the Commission to concentrate on concrete measures to implement the agreement. In the debate which preceded the vote, the rapporteur declared, "With this framework directive, the EU is equipped with a new tool in the protection of the environment. Almost 80% of environmental pollution stem from the design phase of production. It is therefore important to tackle the problem from its source."

Since the Commission had not set out any specific measures in its initial proposal, MEPs, in the short term, insisted that implementation measures begin to be looked at in the following two years in eight priority areas, which are seen as having the greatest potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These products are identified as, in order:
- heating and water heating equipment;
- electric motor systems;
- lighting in both the domestic and tertiary sectors;
- domestic appliances;
- office equipment in both the domestic and tertiary sectors;
- consumer electronic, heating ventilating and air conditioning systems (HVAC):
- and a separate implementing measure reducing stand-by losses for a group of products.

Together, these priority axes would prevent nearly 200 million tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, which is the level of pollution generated by a country the size of the Netherlands, and is half-way towards the target established by the EU in the context of the Kyoto Protocol. Beyond these eight priority axes, Parliament also establishes one implementation measure per product group, except where rendered superfluous by self-regulation agreements between manufacturers. That said, any such agreements will be governed by clear criteria, carefully set out in the text voted by MEPs.

Manufacturers and distributors will have to conform to a broad area of eco-design requirements. Energy consumption objectives will be fixed in a manner that takes into account the best performing products on the international market. On the question of assistance, Member States are called upon to ensure that small and medium sized firms have the necessary adaptation resources to cope with future European legislation, in particular by strengthening support networks and structures.

It is recognised that consumers also have a role to play. Specific implementation measures will set out the manufacturers' consumer information obligations as regards the ecological profile of the product and the benefits of eco-design. Finally, they will have to inform the consumer about the role they may play in reducing energy consumption by sustainable use of the product.

The rapporteur was congratulated for the balance reached in the text negotiated with the Council, for the priority given to energy efficiency, and for the clarification of the obligations of all parties - manufacturers, distributors, Commission. However, not all of the MEPs were satisfied. "My group is not really very happy but it is the best result we can get", said Karin SCHEELE (PES, AT). Peter LIESE (EPP-ED, DE), on the other hand, said that the PE had obtained "an excellent result", underlining that the concluded agreement would involve less bureaucracy for SMEs. This view was in sharp opposition to that held by Holger KRAHMER (ALDE, DE), who considered the text to be a "bureaucratic monster". While Claude TURMES (Greens/EFA, LU) deplored the Commission's allocation of just two administrators to tackle this vast programme, the Commissioner in charge of the dossier, Andris PIEBALGS, assured the Parliament that the Commission "will devote all resources needed to reach our objectives".

Press enquiries:
André Riche
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 73840
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 40992 / GSM +32(0)498.98.3585
e-mail :  envi-press@europarl.eu.int


Limits on sulphur content of marine fuels
Satu HASSI (Greens/EFA, FI)
Report on the Council common position for adopting a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 1999/32/EC as regards the sulphur content of marine fuels
(12891/2/2004 – C6 0248/2004 – 2002/0259(COD))
Doc.: A6-0056/2005
Procedure : Codecision (2nd reading)
Debate : 12.04.2005
Vote : 13.04.2005

Vote

Following on from European directives on road transport adopted during the last Parliament, it is now the turn of maritime transport, as it turns towards less polluting motor fuels. Parliament today adopted the report by Satu HASSI (Greens/EFA, FI) on the sulphur content of marine fuels.

This is the first time the Union has tried to tackle this problem, and it is timely: many ships use a fuel oil that is particularly heavy as motor fuels go, with a high concentration of sulphur (up to more than 300 times the motor fuel used in lorries). Moreover, while land emissions of sulphur dioxide have been in steady decline in the Union for years, there has been an increase in maritime transport emissions in common waters, with all of problems that this brings for the environment and human health: acidification, asthma, bronchitis, heart failure. If nothing is done, maritime sulphur emissions will account for 75% of all terrestrial emissions by 2010.

Today's vote brings the second reading under co-decision to a close. The procedure formally ends here, informal negotiations with the Council - as happened with the framework directive on the eco-design of energy-using products - following the Environment Committee vote a month ago have brought a compromise. Eager to see the new Community legislation see the light of day, and without delay, MEPs were forced to give up certain demands in order to have the Member States on board. In the debate which preceded the vote, the rapporteur, Ms Hassi deplored that "negotiations with the Council indicate that many Member States wish to reject the entire proposal". Ms Asa WESTLUND (PSE, SE) added: "Parliament has not been able to go as far as it wanted, but it is out of our hands" if the final outcome is less ambitious than envisaged in the Environment Committee.

The directive aims to reduce the sulphur content in marine fuels to 1.5% by 2007 (2 years after the entry into force of the directive). It will apply to all vessels in the Baltic, the North Sea, and the English Channel, and for passenger ships in all EU waters. The figure must be reduced to 0.5 % in portal zones where ships will be required to switch off all engines and use shore-side electricity while at berth in ports. Parliament's Environment Committee had hoped to fix a second phase for new limits to come in 2010. 2010 was the date that the committee had hoped to force the Commission to formulate new proposals on the actual limits. However, following negotiations with the Council, a simple revision clause was introduced. The compromise text states that the Commission should draw up a report by 2008, and that, in the light of progress made, and following a cost-benefit analysis, it "will closely examine the proposals to reduce, if possible, the limits to 0.5%" in zones under the auspices of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). A new limit value, less than 0.5%, could then be considered.

The Commissioner for the Environment, Stavros DIMAS, noted that if the Union was not in a position today to fix the limit at 0.5% for post-2008, the Commission "will commit itself to do so in the near future". Jonas SJÖSTEDT (GUE/NGL, SE) remarked that what mattered was a "good result", recalling that the 0.5% objective had been considered and then discarded at first reading by the EPP-ED. Aldis KUŠĶIS (LV) on behalf of the EPP-ED, was very reserved, emphasising the risk of not making use of new and necessary motor fuels, seeing the costs of maritime transport increase to the benefit of other modes of transport, and exposing European maritime transporters to severe competition.

Given the global nature of maritime shipping, every effort should be made to find international solutions. Both the Commission and the Member States should endeavour to secure within the IMO a worldwide reduction in the maximum authorised sulphur content of marine fuels.

The European directive adds to and completes the IMO's MARPOL convention, which pursues related objectives and will enter into force next month. The directive itself will enter into force in a few months (20 days after its publication in the Official Journal) and will have to be transposed into national law one year later.

Press enquiries:
André Riche
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 73840
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 40992
GSM +32(0) 498.98.3585
e-mail :  envi-press@europarl.eu.int


Marketing and use of toluene and trichlorobenzene
Karl-Heinz FLORENZ (EPP-ED, DE)
Report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to restrictions on the marketing and use of toluene and trichlorobenzene (twenty-eighth amendment of Council Directive 76/769/EEC)
(COM(2004) 0320 – C6 0030/2004 – 2004/0111(COD))
Doc.: A6-0005/2005
Procedure : Codecision (1st reading)
Vote : 13.04.2005

Vote

Parliament adopted a legislative resolution on the marketing and use of toluene and trichlorobenzene.

Press enquiries:
André Riche
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 73840
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 40992
GSM +32(0) 498.98.3585
e-mail :  envi-press@europarl.eu.int


Cars: Reusability, recyclability and recoverability
Holger KRAHMER (ALDE, DE)
Report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the type-approval of motor vehicles with regard to their re-usability, recyclability and recoverability and amending Council Directive 70/156/EEC
(COM(2004)0162 – C5 0126/2004 – 2004/0053(COD))
Doc.: A6-0004/2005
Procedure : Codecision (1st reading)
Vote: 14.04.2005

By a large majority, Parliament has accepted a compromise deal on a directive on re-usability and recyclability of cars. The compromise negotiations between the rapporteur, Holger KRAHMER (ALDE, DE), shadow rapporteurs and the Council for a first reading deal proved successful and will lead to the implementation of a new system of type approval of vehicles. Starting 54 months after the directive enters into force, the Member States have to refuse the registration, sale or entry into service of new vehicles which will not comply with rules for re-usability and recyclability.

According to the directive, appropriate provisions must be laid down to ensure that type-approved vehicles may be put on the market only if they are re-usable and/or recyclable to a minimum of 85 per cent by mass and are re-usable and/or recoverable to a minimum of 95 per cent.

The manufacturer must make available to the approval authority all relevant technical information as regards constituent materials and their respective masses in order to permit verification of the manufacturer's calculations. The manufacturer must also list the dismantled component parts, declared with respect to the dismantling stage, and the process he recommends for their treatment.

The new directive will not apply to special purpose vehicles, multi-stage built vehicles and vehicles produced in small series. The deal says the special-purpose vehicles are designed to perform a specific function and require special bodywork arrangements which are not entirely under the control of the manufacturer. The market shares of vehicles produced in small series are very limited, so that there would be little benefit to the environment if they have to comply with the directive. There are also several component parts of vehicles which cannot be re-used in the construction of new vehicles (such as airbags and seat belts systems).

Press enquiries:
André Riche
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 73840
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 40992
GSM 32(0)498 98 35 85
e-mail :  envi-press@europarl.eu.int


Drought in Portugal
Motion for a resolution on the effects of drought in Portugal
Doc. B6-0255/2005, B6-0258/2005, B6-0259/2005, B6-0260/2005
Vote : 14.04.2005

Parliament adopted a resolution on the effects of drought in Portugal.

Press enquiries:
Ralph Pine
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 74751
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 42941
e-mail :  rpine@europarl.eu.int


Sport

Call for action against doping in sport
Nikolaos SIFUNAKIS (PES, EL)
Oral question to the Commission on combating doping in sport
Doc.: B6-0168/2005
Vote : 14.04.2005

Following the numerous cases of doping during the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Parliament has relaunched its campaign to defend sporting values. In a resolution adopted by a large majority, Parliament draws attention to this growing problem which is becoming more widespread in amateur sports clubs and among young people, making it, according to MEPs, a public health problem and a matter of the protection of minors - two priority policy areas for the EU.

Parliament therefore calls on the EU to put in place an effective and integrated policy in all the affected areas, notably including public health, prevention activity, in particular through a sustained information campaign, education and pharmaceutical research. The Commission is asked to include further research into different methods of doping detection and control in the Seventh Framework Programme.

MEPs call on the Member States and the Commission to intensify their collaboration within the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Council of Europe and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a way which enables the European Union to act effectively with regard to the prevention and control of doping.

Press enquiries:
Pernilla Jourde
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 72420
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 43411
e-mail :  cult-press@europarl.eu.int
Culture


UNESCO convention on cultural diversity
Nikolaos SIFUNAKIS (PES, EL)
Oral question to the Commission on cultural diversity
Doc.: B6-0169/2005
Vote 14.04.2005

In 2001, UNESCO adopted a Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, but this has proved an inadequate response to threats to cultural diversity in a globalising world. In October 2003, the UNESCO General Conference therefore began work on an international Convention on Cultural Diversity, aiming for adoption during autumn 2005.

In a resolution adopted by a large majority, Parliament has set out its expectations for the EU's position on the subject and for the Convention itself. The EU is represented at UNESCO both by the Commission and the Member States.

MEPs are in favour of a binding, standard-setting instrument on the protection of cultural diversity, and call on Member States to coordinate their positions. They say cultural services and products have a dual nature as economic and cultural goods and cannot be equated with ordinary merchandise. The issue of the relationship between international trade law and the future UNESCO Convention is a key aspect for MEPs, which they say should be approached in such a way that the protection of cultural diversity is given at least the same priority as other policies and on no account less priority.

Parliament believes that the Convention must provide for a simple, single, binding mechanism for settling disputes, in order to develop, in international law, case law relating to cultural diversity.
MEPs say the Convention must very clearly underline the right of States to develop, maintain and implement policies and laws designed to promote cultural diversity and media pluralism, notably regarding pubic broadcasters, to ensure their democratic and social relevance for their societies. For this reason, the Convention should recognise the importance of both direct and indirect public financial aid and that States may determine the nature, amount and beneficiaries of such aid.

MEPs also insist that the Convention must be based upon the principles of individual human rights as laid down in international instruments, which would prevent the concept of cultural diversity being used as a pretext for practices which contravene human rights.

Press enquiries:
Pernilla Jourde
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 72420
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 43411
e-mail :  cult-press@europarl.eu.int


Security and Defence

MEPs reject lifting arms embargo on China
Elmar BROK (EPP-ED, DE)
Report on the annual report from the Council to the European Parliament on the main aspects and basic choices of CFSP, including the financial implications for the general budget of the European Communities - 2003
(8412/2004 - 2004/2172(INI))
Doc.: A6-0062/2005
Procedure : Own-initiative
Vote :14.04.2005

By 431 votes in favour to 85 votes against with 31 abstentions, Parliament adopted an own initiative report by Elmar BROK (EPP-ED, DE) on the common foreign and security policy. Among other issues, the report calls on the EU Council of Ministers not to lift the arms embargo against China. MEPs insisted once more on a binding EU code on arms exports and described Taiwan as "a model of democracy for the whole of China."

Press enquiries:
Marjory van den Broeke
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 74337
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 44304
e-mail :  foreign-press@europarl.eu.int


Support for the European Security Strategy
Helmut KUHNE (PES, DE)
Report on the European Security Strategy
(2004/2167(INI))
Doc.: A6-0072/2005
Procedure : Own-initiative
Vote : 14.04.2005

By 421 votes in favour to 90 votes against with 15 abstentions, Parliament adopted an own initiative report by Helmut KUHNE (PES, DE) on the European Security Strategy.

Press enquiries:
Marjory van den Broeke
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 74337
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 44304
e-mail :  foreign-press@europarl.eu.int


External Relations

Regional integration in the Balkans
Resolution on regional integration in the Balkans
Vote: 14.04.2005

Parliament adopted a resolution on regional integration in the Balkans.

Press enquiries:
Marjory van den Broeke
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 74337
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 44304
e-mail :  foreign-press@europarl.eu.int


Fisheries

Recovery measures for Southern hake and Norway lobster stocks
Rosa MIGUÉLEZ RAMOS (PES, ES)
Report on the proposal for a Council regulation establishing measures for the recovery of the Southern hake and Norway lobster stocks in the Cantabrian Sea and Western Iberian peninsula and amending Regulation (EC) No 850/98
(COM(2003) 0818 – C5 0042/2004 – 2003/0318(CNS))
Doc.: A6-0051/2005
Procedure : Consultation
Debate : 14.04.2005

With 478 votes in favour to 48 votes against with 35 abstentions, Parliament adopted a report by Rosa MIGUÉLEZ RAMOS (PES, ES) on the recovery of Southern Hake and Norway Lobster stocks in the Cantabrian Sea and Western Iberian peninsula.

Press enquiries:
Nikos Salliarelis
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 74076
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 32017
e-mail :  fish-press@europarl.eu.int


Protecting sole stocks
Philippe MORILLON (ALDE, FR)
Report on the proposal for a Council regulation establishing measures for the recovery of the sole stocks in the Western Channel and the Bay of Biscay
(COM(2003)0819 – C5 0047/2004 – 2003/0327(CNS))
Doc.: A6-0050/2005
Procedure : Consultation
Vote: 14.04.2005

Parliament adopted a consultative report by Philippe MORILLON (ALDE, FR) on the protection of sole stocks.

Press enquiries:
Nikos Salliarelis
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 74076
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 32017
e-mail :  fish-press@europarl.eu.int


Human Rights

Bomb attacks in Bangladesh
Motion for resolutions on Bangladesh
Doc.: B6-0252/2005, B6-0256/2005, B6-0265/2005, B6-0266/2005, B6-0268/2005, B6-0270/2005
Vote : 14.04.2005

By 92 votes in favour to 2 against with 3 abstentions, Parliament adopted a resolution on Bangladesh, in which it condemns the repeated bomb attacks and urges the Government of Bangladesh to ensure that international investigators assisting Bangladesh's intelligence forces will have full access to all evidence regarding the attacks in accordance with the government's own promises, and urges the Government of Bangladesh to publish the investigation report in full. It urges the Government of Bangladesh to respect the instructions given by its High Court to avoid abuse of legal instruments in detaining opposition demonstrators and to refrain from repressing peaceful political protests through means of detention and torture. MEPs further urge the Government of Bangladesh, in particular, to put an end to the anti-crime operations by the paramilitary forces RAB (Rapid Action Battalion), which come down to extrajudicial killings. They point out that the reputed human rights organisation ODHIKAR has stated that there were 90 publicly reported custodial deaths due to torture in 2004. They encourage the Government of Bangladesh to enable the population to participate in traditional cultural events and to provide security measures in order that these events, which reflect a tradition of tolerance and secularism can be implemented safely. Parliament also calls for the Government of Bangladesh to take preventive steps against Muslim paramilitary groups which have spread violence and intimidation in rural areas of Bangladesh.

MEPs reiterate their its support for the demand that those known to have participated in the massacre of Bangladeshi citizens and other war crimes during the Bangladeshi liberation war of 1971 be brought to trial. They consider that, in view of the parliamentary elections scheduled for late 2006/early 2007, systemic reforms are necessary in order to re-establish the principles of good governance, so that the election commission and the caretaker government can operate independently. They say a coordinated approach by all donors worldwide will be necessary to support such reforms. Parliament calls on all sides to refrain from undemocratic practices and to enter into an all-party dialogue through full participation in the democratic process in parliament; calls, in particular, on the opposition parties to end the boycott of parliamentary activity, since agitation and violence cause suffering to the people of Bangladesh.
 
The House expresses its support for the principled steps which EU representatives have taken during the last year in defence of the rights of religious minorities in Bangladesh, such as their physical presence at a complex of the Ahmadiyya Muslims, in October 2004, when fundamentalists had prepared to stage a mass assault on the complex. It calls on the Council to review the application of the human rights and democracy clause of the EU-Bangladesh Cooperation Agreement and to ascertain whether the Government of Bangladesh is making sufficiently strong efforts to fundamentally improve the human rights situation.

Finally, Parliament notes recent modest steps taken by the Government of Bangladesh to improve the political situation in the country, will encourage the Government of Bangladesh to establish a situation respectful of law and order and will support any substantial progress on issues like good governance, freedom of press, the fight against corruption and respect for human rights.

Press enquiries:
Ralph Pine
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 74751
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 42941
e-mail :  rpine@europarl.eu.int


Humanitarian assistance to refugees from Western Sahara
Motion for resolutions on humanitarian assistance to refugees from Western Sahara
Doc.: B6-0250/2005, B6-0253/2005, B6-0257/2005, B6-0261/2005, B6-0264/2005
Vote : 14.04.2005

In a resolution on humanitarian aid to refugees from Western Sahara adopted by a clear majority, Parliament calls on the Commission to grant immediate emergency aid to enable the difficult situation of the Sahrawi population currently living as refugees to be addressed. It says the EU should step up and diversify its aid so that it is brought up at least to the 2002 level, thus guaranteeing a decent minimum diet to the Sahrawi refugees, while continuing to give importance to the areas of health, education, accommodation and transport.

MEPs reiterate their call to the Commission to take appropriate steps to ensure that the aid provided to Sahrawi refugee camps is guaranteed and is under no circumstances interrupted, even momentarily, for merely administrative reasons. They say the Commission should involve European NGOs which already have experience on the ground in implementing the ECHO programmes for the Sahrawi refugees, in order to guarantee that the aid granted by the European Union is efficiently and rapidly implemented. Finally, the ask the Commission to contribute to strengthening the capacity for administering humanitarian aid in the refugee camps by cooperating with the Sahrawi institutions set up specifically for this purpose.

Press enquiries:
Ralph Pine
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 74751
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 42941
e-mail :  rpine@europarl.eu.int


Asylum seekers on the island of Lampedusa
Motion for resolutions on Lampedusa
Doc: B6-0251/2005, B6-0254/2005, B6-0262/2005, B6-0263/2005, B6-0267/2005
Vote : 14.04.2005

By 51 votes in favour to 50 against with no abstentions, MEPs adopted a resolution on the situation of the island of Lampedusa, in the Sicilian Channel, often a landing point for migrants and asylum seekers arriving from Libya. It calls on the Italian authorities and on all Member States to refrain from collective expulsions of asylum seekers and ‘irregular migrants’ to Libya as well as to other countries and to guarantee that requests for asylum are examined individually and the principle of ‘non refoulement’ adhered to.

MEPs take the view that the collective expulsions of migrants by Italy to Libya, including that of 17 March 2005, constitute a violation of the principle of ‘non refoulement’ and that the Italian authorities have failed to meet their international obligations by not ensuring that the lives of the people expelled by them are not threatened in their countries of origin. They call on the Italian authorities to grant High Commissioner for Refugees free access to the Lampedusa detention centre and the people held there, who might be in need of international protection.

Parliament calls on the European Commission, the guardian of the Treaties, to ensure that the right of asylum is respected in the European Union, to put a stop to the collective expulsions and to insist that Italy and the other Member States comply with their obligations under EU law. It recalls the need for a Community immigration and asylum policy based on an opening up of legal immigration channels and on the definition of a common standard of protection of the fundamental rights of immigrants and asylum seekers throughout the European Union, as established by the 1999 Tampere European Council and confirmed by the Hague Programme. MEPs reiterate their deep reservations about the lowest common denominator approach in the draft Council Directive on asylum procedures and calls on Member States to ensure a prompt transposition of the refugee qualification and status Directive.

Parliament also calls on the Commission to conduct a transparent dialogue on this subject, including making publicly available the outcome of its November-December 2004 technical mission to Libya on illegal immigration. It calls on Libya to allow access to international monitors, to call a halt to the expulsion and arbitrary arrest of migrants, to ratify the Geneva Convention concerning the Status of Refugees and to recognise the mandate of the HCR, and demands furthermore that any readmission agreement with Libya be made public.

Finally, MEPs call for a delegation made up of members of the relevant committees to be sent to the Lampedusa refugee centre and to Libya to assess the magnitude of the problem and to verify the legitimacy of the actions of the Italian and Libyan authorities.

Press enquiries:
Ralph Pine
(Strasbourg) tel.(33-3) 881 74751
(Brussels)  tel.(32-2) 28 42941
e-mail :  rpine@europarl.eu.int


EP Rules of Procedure


Calendar of part-sessions 2006
 

 

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

week

1

2

3

4

5

6

6

7

8

9

10

10

11

12

13

14

mon

 

2

9

16

23

30

 

6

13

20

27

 

6

13

20

27

tues

 

3

10

17

24

31

 

7

14

21

28

 

7

14

21

28

wed

 

4

11

18

25

 

1

8

15

22

 

1

8

15

22

29

thurs

 

5

12

19

26

 

2

9

16

23

 

2

9

16

23

30

fri

 

6

13

20

27

 

3

10

17

24

 

3

10

17

24

31

sat

 

7

14

21

28

 

4

11

18

25

 

4

11

18

25

 

sun

1

8

15

22

29

 

5

12

19

26

 

5

12

19

26

 
 

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

week

14

15

16

17

18

 

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

mon

 

3

10

17

24

 

1

8

15

22

29

 

5

12

19

26

tues

 

4

11

18

25

 

2

9

16

23

30

 

6

13

20

27

wed

 

5

12

19

26

 

3

10

17

24

31

 

7

14

21

28

thurs

 

6

13

20

27

 

4

11

18

25

 

1

8

15

22

29

fri

 

7

14

21

28

 

5

12

19

26

 

2

9

16

23

30

sat

1

8

15

22

29

 

6

13

20

27

 

3

10

17

24

 

sun

2

9

16

23

30

 

7

14

21

28

 

4

11

18

25

 
 

JULY

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

week

27

28

29

30

31

32

32

33

34

35

36

36

37

38

39

40

mon

 

3

10

17

24

31

 

7

14

21

28

 

4

11

18

25

tues

 

4

11

18

25

 

1

8

15

22

29

 

5

12

19

26

wed

 

5

12

19

26

 

2

9

16

23

30

 

6

13

20

27

thurs

 

6

13

20

27

 

3

10

17

24

31

 

7

14

21

28

fri

 

7

14

21

28

 

4

11

18

25

 

1

8

15

22

29

sat

1

8

15

22

29

 

5

12

19

26

 

2

9

16

23

30

sun

2

9

16

23

30

 

6

13

20

27

 

3

10

17

24

 
 

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

week

40

41

42

43

44

45

45

46

47

48

49

49

50

51

52

53

mon

 

2

9

16

23

30

 

6

13

20

27

 

4

11

18

25

tues

 

3

10

17

24

31

 

7

14

21

28

 

5

12

19

26

wed

 

4

11

18

25

 

1

8

15

22

29

 

6

13

20

27

thurs

 

5

12

19

26

 

2

9

16

23

30

 

7

14

21

28

fri

 

6

13

20

27

 

3

10

17

24

 

1

8

15

22

29

sat

 

7

14

21

28

 

4

11

18

25

 

2

9

16

23

30

sun

1

8

15

22

29

 

5

12

19

26

 

3

10

17

24

31

Plenary in Strasbourg (4 days) and Brussels (2 days)


Last updated: 19 April 2005Legal notice