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Wednesday, 13 April 2005 - Strasbourg OJ edition

4. Calendar of part-sessions of the European Parliament for 2006
  

- Before the vote

 
  
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  Daul (PPE-DE). (FR) Mr President, on behalf of the Conference of Committee Chairmen, I would like to inform you, before the vote on the calendar for our 2006 part-sessions, that we have very great concerns about this draft calendar.

According to this calendar, the distribution of committee meeting weeks and the number of working days for committees will, in 2006, be at the lowest level since 1994, which was a non-election year. Despite the increase in parliamentary work and the increase in the number of Members, the number of committees and the number of amendments, we all know that, since 1994, Parliament’s competences have increased in the field of codecision and that the order of the Strasbourg and Brussels part-sessions and constituency weeks will not allow the parliamentary committees to respect the time periods laid down in the code on multilingualism for the adoption and presentation of reports for part-sessions. A clear example: for the part-session of 11 and 12 October 2006, the reports will have to be adopted by the parliamentary committees in July at the latest.

Do we want a Parliament that fulfils its legislative duties in a dynamic manner? With this calendar, this would appear not to be the case. In terms of method, moreover, I would simply like to warn all the honourable Members that we are going to have enormous problems in 2006, because we have respected the dates of the European school holidays.

(Applause)

 
  
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  President. Mr Daul, judging from the applause, I can see that many Members of Parliament share your concern. I would like to point out to you and to everybody that we are currently only voting on the calendar for part-sessions.

The Conference of Presidents will then analyse the weeks corresponding to committees, groups, etc. I know that it is all pretty much predetermined but, in any event, today’s vote does not define periods for meetings of committees, but only of part-sessions.

- Before the vote on Amendment 5

 
  
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  Goebbels (PSE). (FR) Mr President, I wanted to propose an oral amendment to Mr Alvaro’s amendment, namely to also add that we should no longer work on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. That way, money could be sent to our homes.

(Applause)

 
  
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  President. Mr Goebbels, the Presidency appreciates your ironic comments, but you have interrupted the voting procedure.

 
  
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  Manders (ALDE). (NL) Mr President, I had proposed an amendment on the calendar with sufficient signatures and sufficient time to reject the entire agenda and ask the Bureau to table a new proposal, because the committees can now no longer function, and so this House’s power is being eroded. I cannot find this in the list.

 
  
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  President. You have presented an amendment rejecting the calendar in its entirety. There is no provision for doing this, however, and your amendment has not therefore been put to the vote. Only partial amendments to the calendar can be voted on.

 
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