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Minutes
Wednesday, 9 October 2019 - Brussels

13. Order of business
CRE

The final draft agenda for the October I 2019 sittings (PE 641.776/PDOJ) had been distributed and the following changes had been proposed (Rule 158):

The President had received a request from the TRAN Committee for urgent procedure (Rule 163) with regard to:

—   Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2019/501 and Regulation (EU) 2019/502 as regards their periods of application (COM(2019)0396 - C9-0108/2019 – 2019/0179(COD)).

The vote on the request would take place the following day, Thursday 10 October 2019.

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After consulting the political groups, the President proposed the following changes:

Wednesday

—   The Council and Commission statements on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and own resources: time to meet citizens' expectations (item 16 of the final draft agenda) would be moved to become the first item of the agenda for Thursday morning. They would be replaced by the Commission statement on Greening the European Investment Bank (item 18 of the final draft agenda), originally scheduled for Thursday.

—   A Commission declaration on US tariffs on European goods following WTO's decision on the Airbus dispute would be added as the third item on the agenda.

—   A statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the Situation in Northern Syria would be added as the fourth item on the agenda.

Thursday

—   The Council and Commission statements on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and own resources: time to meet citizens' expectations (item 16 of the final draft agenda), originally scheduled for Wednesday, would be moved to become the first item on the agenda for Thursday morning.

—   The report by Esther de Lange on the Economic policies of the euro area 2019, which had been rejected in committee, would be withdrawn from the agenda.

In addition, 5 objections drawn up under Rule 112 had been adopted by the ENVI Committee and would be added directly to the votes:

—   Objection pursuant to Rule 112: Active substances, including flumioxazine;
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Objection pursuant to Rule 112: Active substances, including chlorotoluron;
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Objection pursuant to Rule 112: Genetically modified maize MZHG0JG (SYN-ØØØJG-2);
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Objection pursuant to Rule 112: Genetically modified soybean A2704-12 (ACS-GMØØ5-3);
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Objection pursuant to Rule 112: Genetically modified maize MON 89034 × 1507 × MON 88017 × 59122 × DAS-40278-9 and genetically modified maize combining two, three or four of the single events MON 89034, 1507, MON 88017, 59122 and DAS-40278-9.

Parliament approved the proposals.

Wednesday

Request by the Verts/ALE Group for a Commission statement on Authorization of GMOs to be added as the last point of the afternoon agenda, before the one-minute speeches on matters of political importance.

The following spoke: Tilly Metz, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, to move the request.

Parliament approved the request.

Request by the GUE/NGL and Verts/ALE Groups for the Council and Commission statements on Preventing conflicts of interests in the EU to be added as the third item on the afternoon agenda, after the debate on the Commission statement on Greening the European Investment Bank (item 18 of the final draft agenda).

The following spoke Manon Aubry, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, to move the request, and Karen Melchior.

Parliament approved the request by roll-call vote (398 for, 56 against, 25 abstentions).

Request by the PPE Group for a Commission statement on the Fight against cancer to be added as the last item on the afternoon agenda, before the one-minute speeches on matters of political importance. The debate would be closed by the tabling of motions for resolutions, which would be put to the vote the following day.

The following spoke: Peter Liese, on behalf of the PPE Group, to move the request and suggest that the vote be held during a later part-session, and Jytte Guteland, on behalf of the S&D Group, to oppose the initial request by the PPE Group.

Following the speech by Peter Liese, the President put the addition of the debate to the agenda and the postponement of the vote to a later part-session to the vote.

Parliament approved the request by roll-call vote (508 for, 9 against, 19 abstentions).

Request by the ID Group for the debate on the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the Situation in Northern Syria to be closed by the tabling of proposals for resolutions, which would be put to the vote in the October II part-session.

The following spoke: Ivan David, on behalf of the ID Group, to move the request.

Parliament rejected the request by electronic vote (234 in favour, 248 against, 26 abstentions).

The sitting was prolonged to 23:00.

The order of business was thus established.

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