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Wednesday, 16 December 2015 - Strasbourg

7. Preparation of the European Council meeting of 17 and 18 December 2015 (debate)
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Council and Commission statements: Preparation of the European Council meeting of 17 and 18 December 2015 (2015/2913(RSP))

Nicolas Schmit (President-in-Office of the Council) and Jean-Claude Juncker (President of the Commission) made the statements.

The following spoke: Manfred Weber, on behalf of the PPE Group, who also replied to a blue-card question by Maria Grapini, Gianni Pittella, on behalf of the S&D Group, Syed Kamall, on behalf of the ECR Group, who also replied to a blue-card question by Bill Etheridge, Guy Verhofstadt, on behalf of the ALDE Group, who also replied to a blue-card question by James Carver, Gabriele Zimmer, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, who also replied to a blue-card question by David Coburn, Philippe Lamberts, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, who also replied to a blue-card question by Georgi Pirinski, and Nigel Farage, on behalf of the EFDD Group.

IN THE CHAIR: Sylvie GUILLAUME
Vice-President

The following spoke: Bernd Lucke to put a blue-card question to Nigel Farage, who replied, Edouard Ferrand, on behalf of the ENF Group, Diane Dodds, non-attached Member, who also replied to a blue-card question by Philippe Lamberts, Angelika Niebler, who also replied to a blue-card question by Janusz Korwin-Mikke, Enrique Guerrero Salom, Anna Elżbieta Fotyga, Pavel Telička, Javier Couso Permuy, who also replied to a blue-card question by Olaf Stuger, Jill Evans, who also replied to a blue-card question by David Coburn, and David Borrelli.

IN THE CHAIR: Antonio TAJANI
Vice-President

The following spoke: Marcel de Graaff, Eleftherios Synadinos, Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, who also replied to a blue-card question by Tibor Szanyi, Tanja Fajon, who also replied to a blue-card question by Ivan Jakovčić, Vicky Ford, Marielle de Sarnez, who also replied to a blue-card question by Doru-Claudian Frunzulică, Tania González Peñas and Ska Keller.


The President welcomed a group of Croatian firefighters from Korčula and Pelješac.


The following spoke: Rolandas Paksas, Harald Vilimsky, Bruno Gollnisch, Alain Lamassoure, who also replied to a blue-card question by Costas Mavrides, Knut Fleckenstein, Bernd Lucke, Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz, who also replied to a blue-card question by Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski, Molly Scott Cato, Gianluca Buonanno, Elisabetta Gardini, Maria João Rodrigues, Ruža Tomašić, Janice Atkinson, Esteban González Pons, Kathleen Van Brempt, Ryszard Czarnecki, Mariya Gabriel, who also replied to a blue-card question by Ana Gomes, Glenis Willmott, Luděk Niedermayer, Pervenche Berès, Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz, Patrizia Toia, Paulo Rangel, Iratxe García Pérez, Dubravka Šuica, Péter Niedermüller, Seán Kelly, Paul Tang, Tunne Kelam, Iliana Iotova, David McAllister and Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann.

The following spoke under the catch-the-eye procedure: Michaela Šojdrová, Monika Flašíková Beňová, Notis Marias, Neoklis Sylikiotis and Krisztina Morvai.

The following spoke: Frans Timmermans (First Vice-President of the Commission) and Nicolas Schmit.

The debate closed.

(The meeting was suspended for a few moments prior to the award of the Sakharov Prize)

IN THE CHAIR: Martin SCHULZ
President

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