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C 150/158 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 28.5.

1999

Wednesday 10 February 1999

24. Coffee and chicory extracts ***III (debate) Questions 8 by Mr G. Collins, 9 by Mr McCartin, and 10 by
Mr Dupuis would not be taken because the subject to which
Mr Lannoye introduced his report, drawn up on behalf of they referred was on the agenda of that part-session
Parliament’s delegation to the Conciliation Committee, on the
joint text approved by the Conciliation Committee for a Question 11 Mr Seppänen: Wassenaar Arrangement
European Parliament and Council Directive relating to coffee
extracts and chicory extracts (C4-0023/99 − 96/0117(COD)) Mr Verheugen answered the question and a supplementary by
(A4-0054/99). Mr Seppänen.

The following spoke: Mrs Thyssen, on behalf of the PPE Mr Rübig asked a supplementary which Mr Verheugen said he
Group, and Mr Bangemann, Member of the Commission. would answer in writing.

The President closed the debate. Question 12 by Mrs Ahern: Harmonisation of the OSPAR
Agreement to stop further radioactive pollution by nuclear
Vote: Minutes of 11.2.1999, Part I, Item 11. plants of the seas surrounding the EU

Question 13 by Mr Fitzsimons: the German presidency and


Sellafield

IN THE CHAIR: Mr GUTIÉRREZ DÍAZ Mr Verheugen answered the questions and supplementaries by
Mrs Ahern, Mr Hyland and Mr Cunningham.
Vice-President
Question 14 by Mr Andersson: Conditions for Swedish
adoption of the common currency
25. Question Time (Council) Mr Verheugen answered the question and a supplementary by
Mr Andersson.
Parliament considered a number of questions to the Council
(B4-0020/99). Mr Crowley pointed out that because he had to attend a Legal
Affairs Committee meeting he would not be present when his
Question 1 by Mr Perry: Media ownership concentration Question 18 was taken and therefore requested a written
answer (the President agreed).
Mr Verheugen, President-in-Office of the Council, answered
the question and a supplementary by Mr Perry which, Question 15 by Mr Viceconte lapsed as its author was absent.
he pointed out, should have been addressed to the Commis-
sion. Question 16 by Mr Papayannakis: Third pillar and illegal
immigrants
Question 2 by Mr Lindqvist: Depopulation of the Swedish
countryside Mr Verheugen answered the question and supplementaries by
Mr Papayannakis and Mr Posselt.
Mr Verheugen answered the question and supplementaries by
Mr Lindqvist, Mr Bonde and Mr David W. Martin. Question 17 by Mrs Malone: Access to transport for people
with disabilities
Question 3 by Ms Oddy: Amnesty International and the
European Union’s human rights policy
Mr Verheugen answered the question and a supplementary by
Mrs Malone.
Question 4 by Mr Andrews: Human rights priorities

Mr Verheugen answered the questions. Question 18 by Mr Crowley would receive a written answer.

Ms Oddy put a supplementary which Mr Verheugen said he Question 19 by Mr Hyland: Tourism


would answer in writing.
Mr Verheugen answered the question and a supplementary by
Question 5 by Mr Provan: Humanitarian aid to the Russian Mr Hyland.
people
Questions 20 by Mr Gallagher, 21 by Mr Smith, 22 by
Mr Verheugen answered the question and a supplementary by Mr Watts, 23 by Mr Tappin, 24 Mr Sjöstedt lapsed as their
Mr Provan. authors were absent.

Question 6 by Mr Dimitrakopoulos: Security in Cyprus Question 25 by Mrs McIntosh would not be taken as the
subject to which it referred was on the agenda of that
Mr Verheugen answered the question and a supplementary by part-session
Mr Dimitrakopoulos.
Question 27 by Mr Alavanos: Law of the sea
Question 7 by Mr Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra: New US gov-
ernment measures regarding the embargo on Cuba Mr Papayannakis pointed out that he would like to deputise for
Mr Alavanos on this question (the President said he had not
Mr Verheugen answered the question and supplementaries by received a request to that effect from Mr Alavanos and referred
Mr Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra and Mrs González Álvarez. to the relevant provisions of the Rules).
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Question 29 by Mr Theonas: Provocative statements by UK action in the field of water policy (COM(97)0049 − C4-
spokesman on Cyprus, Sir David Hannay 0192/97, COM(97)0614 − C4-0120/98 and COM(98)0076 −
C4-0121/98 − 97/0067(SYN)) (A4-0261/98).
Mr Verheugen replied that this question should be addressed to
the British Government. The following spoke: Mr d’Aboville, draftsman of the opinion
of the Committee on Fisheries, Mr Cunha, draftsman of the
Mr Theonas put a supplementary in reply to which Mr Ver- opinion of the Committee on Agriculture, Mrs Myller, on
heugen said he had no comments to make. behalf of the PSE Group, Mr Florenz, on behalf of the PPE
Group, Mr Eisma, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Mrs Gonzál-
Question 30 by Mr Kaklamanis: German Presidency and ez Álvarez, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Mr Crowley, on
accession of Cyprus behalf of the UPE Group, Mrs Breyer, on behalf of the
V Group, Mr Escolá Hernando, on behalf of the ARE Group,
Mr Verheugen answered the question and a supplementary by Mr Aparicio Sánchez, on behalf of the Spanish members of the
Mr Kaklamanis. PSE Group, Mr Valverde López, Mr Marset Campos, Mrs Oo-
men-Ruijten, Mr Ribeiro, Mrs Schleicher, Mrs Flemming,
Question 26 by Mrs Theorin: Nuclear disarmament Mrs Matikainen-Kallström, Mrs Redondo Jiménez and
Mrs Bjerregaard, Member of the Commission.
Since Mrs Theorin was now present in the Chamber, the
President decided to take her question. The President closed the debate.
Mr Verheugen answered the question and a supplementary by Vote: Minutes of 11.2.1999, Part I, Item 23.
Mrs Theorin.

Question 31 by Mrs Izquierdo Rojo lapsed as its author was


absent.
27. Deliberate release into environment of
Questions 32 by Mr Posselt and 33 by Mr Ephremidis would GMOs ***I (debate)
not be taken as the subject to which they referred was already
on the agenda of that part-session. Mr Bowe introduced his report, drawn up on behalf of the
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer
Question 34 by Mrs McKenna: US breaching UN Conventions Protection, on the proposal for a European Parliament and
Council Directive amending Directive 90/220/EEC on the
Mr Verheugen answered the question and a supplementary by deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified
Mrs McKenna. organisms (COM(98)0085 − C4-0129/98 − 98/0072(COD))
(A4-0024/99).
Questions 35 by Mr Howitt, 36 by Mr Marset Campos and 37
by Mr Teverson lapsed as their authors were absent. The following spoke: Mrs Matikainen-Kallström, draftsman of
the opinion of the Committee on Research, Technological
Question 28 by Mr Killilea: Seals Development and Energy, Mrs Kirsten M. Jensen, on behalf of
the PSE Group, Mr Liese, on behalf of the PPE Group,
Since Mr Killilea was now present in the Chamber, the Mrs Dybkjær, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Mr Cabrol, on
President decided to take his question. behalf of the UPE Group, Mr Lannoye, on behalf of the
V Group, Mr Blokland, on behalf of the I-EDN Group,
Mr Verheugen answered the question while pointing out that it Mrs Graenitz, Mr Valverde López, Mr Teverson, Mr Hyland,
should be addressed to the Commission. Mrs Breyer, Mr Trakatellis, Mr Lindqvist and Mrs Jackson.
Mr Killilea asked a supplementary to which Mr Verheugen The following spoke: Mr Bowe, rapporteur, to make a personal
replied that it should be addressed to the Irish Government. statement following Mrs Breyer’s remarks to which
Mrs Breyer replied, Mrs Bjerregaard, Member of the Commis-
The President closed Question Time. sion, Mrs Breyer to put a question to the Commission to which
Mrs Bjerregaard replied, and Mr Liese to make a personal
statement on Mrs Breyer’s remarks.
(The sitting was suspended at 19.00 and resumed at 21.00)
The President closed the debate.

Vote: Minutes of 11.2.1999, Part I, Item 12.


IN THE CHAIR: Mr COT (The sitting was suspended at 22.45 and resumed at 22.48)
Vice-President

28. End of life vehicles **I (debate)


26. Water policy **I (debate)
Mr Florenz introduced his report, drawn up on behalf of the
Mr White introduced his report, drawn up on behalf of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection, on the proposal for a Council Directive on end of
Protection, on the proposal and amended proposals for a life vehicles (COM(97)0358 − C4-0639/97 − 97/0194(SYN))
Council Directive establishing a framework for Community (A4-0051/99).