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ISSN 0378-5041 Annex Official Journal of the European Communities No 2-378 English edition Debates of the European Parliament 1989-90 session Report of proceedings from 22 to 26 May 1989 Europe House, Strasbourg General contents Sitting of Monday, 22 May 1989 1 Resumption of the session, p. 1 — Statement by the President, p. 3 — Welcome, p. 4 — Agenda, p. 5 — Sea and air transport, p. 8 — Computerized reservation systems, p. 11 —Transport infrastructure costs, p. 14 — Transport, p. 19 Sitting of Tuesday, 23 May 1989 26 Decision on urgency, p.8 — Research programmes, p. 31 — Spirituous beverages, p. 45 — Safety of workers at the workplace, p. 48 — Votes, p. 50 — Safety of work­ers at the workplace (continuation), p. 54 — Question Time, p. 59 — Genetically modified organisms, p. 72 — Maximum tar yield of cigarettes — Hazardous waste, p. 78 — Labelling of foodstuffs — Food ingredients treated with ionizing radiation, p. 85 — Radiological emergency, p. 93 — Woodland farming, agricultural and fish­ery products, p. 97 Sitting of Wednesday, 24 May 1989 102 Approval of the minutes, p.3 — Statement by the President, p. 104 — Annual and consolidated accounts, p.6 — Pursuit of broadcasting activities, p. 110 — Votes, p. 127 — Procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, trans­port and telecommunications sectors, p. 129 — Machinery, p. 138 — Improvement of the business environment, p.



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ISSN 0378-5041
Annex Official Journal
of the
European Communities
No 2-378
English edition Debates of the European Parliament
1989-90 session
Report of proceedings
from 22 to 26 May 1989
Europe House, Strasbourg
General contents Sitting of Monday, 22 May 1989 1
Resumption of the session, p. 1 — Statement by the President, p. 3 — Welcome, p. 4
— Agenda, p. 5 — Sea and air transport, p. 8 — Computerized reservation systems,
p. 11 —Transport infrastructure costs, p. 14 — Transport, p. 19
Sitting of Tuesday, 23 May 1989 26
Decision on urgency, p.8 — Research programmes, p. 31 — Spirituous beverages,
p. 45 — Safety of workers at the workplace, p. 48 — Votes, p. 50 — Safety of work­
ers at the workplace (continuation), p. 54 — Question Time, p. 59 — Genetically
modified organisms, p. 72 — Maximum tar yield of cigarettes — Hazardous waste,
p. 78 — Labelling of foodstuffs — Food ingredients treated with ionizing radiation,
p. 85 — Radiological emergency, p. 93 — Woodland farming, agricultural and fish­
ery products, p. 97
Sitting of Wednesday, 24 May 1989 102
Approval of the minutes, p.3 — Statement by the President, p. 104 — Annual and
consolidated accounts, p.6 — Pursuit of broadcasting activities, p. 110 — Votes,
p. 127 — Procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, trans­
port and telecommunications sectors, p. 129 — Machinery, p. 138 — Improvement
of the business environment, p. 141 — Estimates of the European Parliament for
1990, p. 143 — Votes (Single Act), p. 146 — Question Time, p. 148 — Action taken
on the opinions of Parliament, p. 162 — Annex, p. 163
Sitting of Thursday, 25 May 1989 208
Approval of the minutes, p. 209 — Agenda, p. 212 — Debate on topical and urgent
subjects of major importance, p. 212 — Votes, p. 229 — Debate on topical and
urgent subjects of major importance (continuation), p. 233 — Independence of
Namibia — Situation in Angola, p. 237 — Anti-AIDS campaign, p. 246 — Delibera­
tions of the Committee on Petitions, p. 252 — Imports of agricultural products by
developing countries, p. 256 — Votes (Single Act), p. 261 — Economic and social
integration of the least-privileged groups, p. 266 — Protection of water, p. 269 —
Noise emission from civil aeroplanes, p. 275
(Continued overleaf) NOTE TO READER
Appearing at the same time as the English edition are editions in the eight other official
languages of the Communities: Spanish, Danish, German, Greek, French, Italian, Dutch
and Portuguese. The English edition contains the original texts of the interventions in
English and an English translation of those made in other languages. In these cases there
are, after the name of the speaker, the following letters, in brackets, to indicate the lan­
guage spoken: (ES) for Spanish, (DA) for Danish, (DE) for German, (GR) for Greek,
(FR) for French, (IT) for Italian, (NE) for Dutch and (PT) for Portuguese.
The original texts of these interventions appear in the edition published in the language
Contents (continued) Sitting of Friday, 26 May 1989 278
Statement by the President, p.9 — Conciliation procedure, p. 280 — Votes,
p. 28 1 — Dangerous substances, p. 288 — Measures to terminate the services of offi­
cials of the EC, p. 290 — Control and eradication of rabies, p. 291 — Regional
problems affecting Corsica and Sardinia, p. 293 — EEC-EFTA relations, p. 296 —
Women and children in prison, p. 297 — Internal energy market, p. 298 —Adjourn­
ment of the session, p. 299
Resolutions adopted at sittings of 22 to 26 May 1989 appear in the Official Journal of the
European Communities C ¡58, 26. 6. 1989. No 2-378/1 22. 5. 89 Debates of the European Parliament
6. Computerized reservation systems — Report 1. Resumption of the session :
(Doc. A 2-67/88), by Mr Visser: Mr Ford; Mrs Lehideux; Mr Stewart; Mr
Mr Visser; Mr Coimbra Martins; Mrs Wijsenbeek; Mr McMahon; Mr Comelissen .
Braun-Moser; Mr Van Miert (Commission) . 11
2. Statement by the President
7. Transport infrastructure costs — Report (Doc.
3. Welcome: A 2-47/89), by Mr Topmann:
Mrs Oppenheim; Mr Tomlinson Mr Topmann; Mr Visser; Mrs Braun-Moser;
Mr Romera i Alcazar; Mr Wijsenbeek; Mr
Van der Waal; Mr Langes; Mr Comelissen;
Mr Klepsch; Mr Pearce; Mr Sherlock; Mrs Mr Puerta Gutierrez; Mr Van Miert (Com­
Squarcialupi; Mrs Van Dijk; Mr Moorhouse; mission), Mr Cottrell 14
Mr Anastassopoulos; Mr Cryer; Mr Pran-
8. Transport — Reports (Doc. A 2-66/89), by chère; Mr Crusol; Mr Arndt; Mr De Pas­
Mr Lalor, (Doc. A 2-80/89), by Mr Gasoliba i
quale; Mr Bocklet; Mrs Weber; Mr Stavrou;
Böhm, (Doc. A 2-72/89) and (Doc. A 2-781 Mr Lalor; Mr Sherlock
89), by Mr Comelissen:
Sea and air transport — Report (Doc. A 2- Mr Lalor; Mr Gasoliba i Böhm; Mr Cottrell;
71/89), by Mr Anastassopoulos : Mr Wijsenbeek; Mr Comelissen; Mrs Diez
Mr Anastassopoulos; Mr Sapena Granell; Mrs de Rivera haza; Mr Visser; Mr Ebel; Mr
Braun-Moser; Mr Puerta Gutierrez; Mr Van Wijsenbeek; Mr Garaikoetzea Urriza; Mrs
der Waal; Mr Van Miert (Commission) . . Oppenheim; Mr Van Miert (Commission) . 19
IN THE CHAIR: LORD PLUMB FORD (S). — On a point of order, Mr President. I
refer you to Rule 5(2) regarding waivers of immunity
which says: The committee shall consider such requests
for waiver of immunity without delay. Normally, if
there is a problem with the Rules of Procedure, a
(The sitting was opened at 5 p.m.) Member can ask that the matter be referred to the
Committee on the Rules of Procedure. I have some
difficulty at the moment because I want to complain
1. Resumption of the session about the acting chairman at the time, Mr Estgen's,
conduct of the Rules Committee in that he breached
the Rules of the Parliament at a committee meeting in
PRESIDENT. — I declare resumed the session of the
Luxembourg two or three weeks ago.
European Parliament adjourned on 14 April 1989.'
The problem was that there was a resolution on the
floor asking that the waiver of a certain Member's Approval of the Minutes — Membership of political groups
— Petitions — Written declarations entered in the register immunity be delayed. That would appear in direct
— Transfer of appropriations — Referral to committee — contradiction to Rule 5(2). It seems to me that what
Documents received — Texts of treaties forwarded by the
we actually had at that meeting was a sordid conspir­
Council — Interpretations of the Rules of Procedure —
acy by certain Members of this Parliament in the sha­Announcement of a common position of the Council: see
Minutes. dow of Parliament's Rules. The rule was clearly No 2-378/2 Debates of the European Parliament 22. 5. 89
breached. When I requested a roll-call vote on the mittees. As far as the Commission is concerned, it
acted in response to a request I made and I did of request for a delay of a consideration of Mr Le Pen's
immunity, I was overruled by one of the Conservative course make an immediate response on behalf of the
Members, Mr Newton Dunn, who requested a secret whole Parliament to those affected by that tragedy.
vote, something we, or at least I have never seen in
committee before. Maybe you can tell me how many
WIJSENBEEK (LDR). — My Lord President, on 14 times that has been used?
November I raised the issue of the agenda and a num­
I am asking what you intend to do about a clear ber of important points on transport matters. At that
breach of the Rules of this House by the Rules com­ time Mr Prag joined in the debate and your reply was,
mittee itself. The report said that Mr Le Pen's antisem- and I quote: Mr Prag, again you raise a fundamental
itic remarks were not a very significant issue, but that point which must be considered.
fact that he is on record as saying that the Americans
built the gas chambers in Buchenwald after the war My Lord President, apparently your considerations
seems to be something that the survivors and relatives have reached the opposite conclusion to what I pro­
of the 6 million who died would consider to be a very tested about on 14 November. The point then was that
significant issue and not something that should be we had eight minutes for the whole of my group to
taken off the agenda of this Parliament by procedural speak on six important reports. Today, I notice that
shennanigans. my group has six minutes for eight reports. If this is
the result of your considerations, with due respect I
must say this is rather too much in line with the Tory
PRESIDENT. — Mr Ford, you are widening the isse
fashion of stealing from the poor and giving all to the
quite considerably. The Rule says: The report of the
committee shall be placed at the head of the agenda of the
first sitting following the day on which it was tabled.
That, in fact, is the rule you are quoting. The position PRESIDENT. — Mr Wijsenbeek, you have already
of Parliament in condemning all forms of racism and taken two minutes of the speaking time which would
xenophobia is well known. As far as the committee be allocated later. These are the problems we have to
responsible is concerned I cannot question its ruling face. When I tell you we have 1 200 amendments to
now. The new Parliament will have the opportunity to deal with this week you will see why the group alloca­
examine the procedure involved in these questions if it tion is as it is.
so wishes. I do not intend to dwell further on that
particular point.
McMAHON (S). — Mr President, last week you
made a very interesting speech on European integra­
LEHIDEUX (DR). — (FR) I am sorry, Mr President,
tion and the future of Europe before the Royal Insti­
but I feel I have to press the point. The Rules of Pro­
tute of International Affairs. In view of the great
cedure Committee has met. It has voted. If, Mr Ford,
interest in this speech, would you be prepared to make
you did not agree then, you should have said so and
it available for general circulation to all the Members
intervened immediately. There can be no question of
of this House and to all the press in other countries?
debating today the lifting of Chairman Jean Marie Le
Pen's parliamentary immunity since we have been told
Would you further be prepared to tear up your Con­
that the debate will be held over. Nor is there any
servative Party card the way you tore up your Institute
reason to open a debate on racism and xenophobia,
of Directors' card because you were in disagreement
which has no place in this Parliament this evening.
with the Institute of Directors' views on the Com­
Chairman Le Pen is a head of list for the European
munity? It is obvious from your speech that you are in
elections of 18 June 1989. In a little while he will be
disagreement with the views of the Prime Minister of
addressing millions of French people. You could per­
the United Kingdom.
haps tell him, when he returns in July, accompanied by
a larger number of Members, what you yourself think.
PRESIDENT. — Thank you, Mr McMahon. I am
very honoured and very flattered that you should be STEWART (S). — Mr President, I am rather suprised
asking for a speech that I make. This speech will be today. Every time that there is a disaster you ask the
circulated. It has already gone to the Committee on House to rise and observe a minute's silence. At Hills­
Institutional Affairs and will be circulated in booklet borough we lost 95 people in a tragedy that should
form, not just in speech form. It is available for you if never have occurred. I would like also to thank the
you want to see it — and it is worth reading! Commission for their immediate response to the Hills­
borough Disaster Fund and would ask you, Mr Presi­
dent, to call the House to observe a minute's silence.
CORNELISSEN (PPE). — (NL) Mr President, we in
this House are always ready to denounce any violation
PRESIDENT. — Thank you, Mr Stewart. That has of human rights, irrespective of where that occurs. But
what do we do when human rights are violated in our already been done, not in this House but in all com­Debates of the European Parliament No 2-378/3 22. 5. 89
quickly as possible, I informed Council by letter of 11 own back yard in Europe? A young Dutch woman,
Elly van Kuijk, has been in prison in Greece for more May that the conciliation was closed, so that the new
than six months without any kind of charges brought agreed text may come into force as quickly as possible.
against her, because of a difference with the Greek
customs authorities. On 13 April I tabled a question to Secondly, the food aid regulation: by letter of 11 April
the Council of Ministers requesting information. I was 1989, Council informed Parliament of its intention to
hurt and flabbergasted to be notified this weekend by prolong, once again, the food aid regulation, due to
your Bureau that my question was not admissible. Mr expire on 30 June 1989, which had itself already been
President, I must protest and I specifically ask you to prolonged one year following the last conciliation
find a way of raising this incomprehensible, inadmissi­ meeting with Council in April 1988, and pending the
ble and sad issue with the Council of Ministers, prefer­ outcome of the Court case concerning the comitology
ably this week. aspects of the food aid regulation.
The Court has still to deliver a judgement on a case (Applause)
from the Commission. In these circumstances, the
Council considered it preferable to proceed to this fur­
PRESIDENT. — Thank you, Mr Comelissen, for ther prolongation of the existing regulation rather
giving the details. I would welcome any further details than to seek to reach an agreement on the proposed
from you. We will certainly check that and any help or multiannual regulation where Parliament and Council
assistance we can give, we obviously will give. had divergent positions on the competences of the
management committees.
At my request, Lady Elles, who had led Parliament's 2. Statement by the President
delegation in the past on this question, convened the n during the April part-session. The delega­
PRESIDENT. — On 17 April, Mr Dankert, Vice- tion proposed that the Council's request be acceded to
— on the understanding that, after the Court case, President, led a parliamentary delegation in a concilia­
tion meeting with Council on new regulations Nos discussions be resumed with Council on the question
of the competences of management committees. These 2891 and 2892 concerning own resources collection.
discussions should not limit themselves to food aid
regulations, but should cover the whole scope of Com­This conciliation meeting gave rise to an agreement on
most of the points of divergence between Parliament munity legislation. The conclusions of the delegation
were subsequently endorsed by the parliamentary and "Council. In particular, at Parliament's insistence,
committees concerned. the Commission's right to proceed to control investi­
gations in the Member States relating to the collection
of own resources was agreed. This should strengthen They coincide with the outcome of the deliberations
the Community's anti-fraud measures and is the result of the working group on comitology questions set up
of consistent pressure from this Parliament and its by the Bureau under the chairmanship of Mr Musso,
Committees on Budgets and Budgetary Control. Vice-President, which proposes that a trialogue proce­
dure be convened, with the Presidents of the three
institutions, Commission, Council and Parliament, to A number of other substantial changes were agreed to
examine the principles and practice as regards man­the two regulations; improvements on the comitology
agement committees in the light of a report which the aspects of the two regulations, recognition of the
Commission has agreed to prepare and which we Court of Auditors' role in verifying the own resources
would hope to receive at the time of the constitutive collection. As regards Parliament's demand that own
session in July. resources lodged on account with financial bodies bear
interest, the Commission has been requested to study
the financial and legal problems posed by this request, I have, therefore, informed Council of our agreement
and to come forward with a report in the first half of to the prolongation of the food aid regulation on the
1990. understanding that discussions with Council and
Commission on comitology will take place, once the
The successful outcome of this conciliation was in no Court's judgement has been given.
small measure due to the very cooperative attitude
demonstrated throughout by the Spanish presidency. I In its resolution at the second reading of the 1989
would like to congratulate Parliament's delegation and budget, Parliament instructed me to open the trialogue
Mr Dankert for these good results and remind Mem­ procedure on food aid.
bers again of the importance of full political and tech­
nical preparation for these conciliation meetings. Following the entry into force of the interinstitutional
agreement on budgetary discipline, and in the light of
Following the deliberations of the Committees on movements in world prices and the dollar, the out­
Budgets and Budgetary Control, and in order to put in come of the 1989 budget would not have permitted
place the implementing measures for own resources as the Community to supply the food aid quantities pro-No 2-378/4 Debates of the European Parliament 22. 5. 89
posed by the Commission for 1989, and agreed to OPPENHEIM (ED). — (DA) Mr President, I have a
unanimously by the management committee, without matter of extreme importance which I would like to
budgetary transfer. raise here. According to Danish press reports, Parlia­
ment's Secretary-General is considering cutting down
At a meeting of the trialogue procedure, on Wednes­ the publications of the Information Service, which are
day, 12 April, where I was accompanied by Mr Cot, issued in nine languages, and it has been mentioned
chairman of the Committee on Budgets, and Mr von amongst other things that Parliament's monthly news­
der Vring, rapporteur, possible technical solutions paper, which in Danish is called 'Nyt fra Europa', is to
were discussed with the President-in-Office of the be dropped. I also understand that the matter is to be
Council, Mr Solbes, and Commissioner Schmidhuber. discussed at the Bureau meeting here in Strasbourg
We agreed a text, which was subsequently endorsed by this week. I will not merely urge but quite simply
the Committee on Budgets, and which will be attached demand that this plan be scrapped. The newspaper is
to the Minutes of the present part-session, indicating Parliament's only mouthpiece to the public, and I
the determination of the institutions to meet the obli­ know that the subscription figures in Denmark are
gation entered into for the 1989 food aid programme. increasing sharply. The newspaper carries reports on
the most important debates in Parliament; it is not just
This implies transferring appropriations from Chapter
a mouthpiece for parliamentarians belonging to the
29 — EAGGF: other expenditure to Chapter 92 —
individual countries, it also reflects the main views pre­
food aid — in order to meet the shortfall.
sented in Parliament by Members from other coun­
tries. If we want to promote a genuine European
It was clearly understood that this transfer would in
Community — and we do — it will be wrong of us to
no way prejudge the respect by the institutions for the
scrap the only publication which keeps the citizens of
financial perspective attached to the interinstitutional
Europe informed on the European exchange of opi­
agreement on budgetary discipline.
nions which takes place in Strasbourg. I strongly urge
you, Mr President, to save the newspaper in all nine Parliament would have preferred a more lasting solu­
languages. I do of course sympathize with the Secre­tion, and it will be one of the priorities for our Com­
tary-General's desire to debureaucratize and rational­mittee on Budgets to obtain agreement for the 1990
ize. But rationalization is not achieved by doing away food aid programme financing during the course of
with the work; on the contrary, it is brought about by the 1990 budgetary procedure. At the present, how­
improving staff productivity. ever, it appears to Parliament's representatives that the
agreed text deals at least with the most urgent problem
— indicating to the Commission that the necessary
PRESIDENT. — Mrs Oppenheim, I can give you an resources will be made available to meet our commit­
absolute assurance that it is not true that there is going ments. The lengthy procedure for implementing the
to be a reduction. The matter is on the Bureau's food aid programme can then be started up immedia­
agenda for discussion in very general terms. Any tely.
report in the Danish newspapers, is, I can assure you,
I am grateful to the Committee on Budgets, its chair­ totally untrue. It will be there for discussion and there
man and its rapporteur for their perseverance in seek­ is no question at the moment of the sort of reduction
ing a solution on this difficult issue, and to Council's that has been reported.
presidency for its open and constructive attitude which
has enabled us to find an agreement at least for 1989.
TOMLINSON (S). — Mr President, like many of my
The resulting transfer of appropriations for the 1989 colleagues, I was very impressed with the report that
food aid programme is to be examined tonight by the you gave us, demonstrating the competence of the
Committee on Budgets.
Bureau in organizing various elements of conciliation.
Can I just ask you, Mr President, if it is so competent
at organizing conciliation, why does it appear to Par­
3. Welcome liament that the Bureau is so incompetent at drafting
the budget for next year?
PRESIDENT. — On your behalf, I would now like to
welcome the President and members of a delegation
PRESIDENT. I am not in charge of the budget,
from the Basque Parliament who are visiting the Euro­
Mr Tomlinson.
pean Parliament. I am very pleased to welcome them. I
feel sure that the meetings and the discussions they
will be having will be valuable not only for them, but
TOMLINSON (S). — It appears as if the Bureau of also for the Members they meet.
Parliament is trying to say that it is.
(Loud applause)
PRESIDENT. — That is only a matter of opinion. It
is certainly not a fact. No 2-378/5 Debates of the European Parliament 22.5. 89
quently crushed by the groups. I am one Member who 4. Agenda
almost never gets group speaking time — not that I
particularly need it, but I never get it. I am not leaving
PRESIDENT. — The next item is the establishment this second elected Parliament on the basis of group
of Parliament's order of business. rule. It is a Parliament of individuals, and as far as I
am concerned, Mr President, I am not going to give in
Because of the heavy burden of work we will have to on that principle.
deal with over 1 200 amendments. The group chair­
men have therefore instructed me to make four gen­
eral points regarding our work during this part- PRESIDENT. — I certainly accept the sentiments of
session. what you are saying, Mr Pearce. What we are trying
to do is get through the business of the week. You
First of all, it is essential that all speakers, during the would be the first to criticize if about 30 reports fall
course of debates, should confine themselves strictly to off at the end because we have not had time to look at
the speaking-time allocated to them. If they exceed them. It is a very much a one-off procedure. It is cer­
that speaking time the relevant amount will be tainly not a rule change. Nobody more than I respects
deducted from the total speaking time allocated to the right of the individual in this Parliament to speak
their groups for that day of the week. Otherwise Par­ and to say what he or she wishes. It is a recommenda­
liament will be unable to consider all the items on the tion and we merely ask that on this special occasion
agenda. we try to adhere to it.
Secondly, because of the length of the votes, it would I have received a number of proposals pursuant to
be particularly helpful if Members would submit all Rules 73 and 74 of the Rules of Procedure to amend
their explanations of vote in writing. the draft agenda adopted by the enlarged Bureau on
II April 1989.
Thirdly, and exceptionally, it is proposed that use
should be made of the provisions of Rule 92(3) wher­ Monday:
eby amendments may be put to the vote in a different
order to that usually followed. This would involve vot­ The European Democratic Group has requested the
ing on the amendment tabled to a particular part of a referral back to committee of the report by Mrs van
text by the committee responsible. If these amend­ Dijk on women and health (Doc. A 2-165/88) the vote
ments are rejected, other amendments to the same part on which is due to be held this evening.
of the text will be put to the vote. This procedure
would be applied to all the legislative items on the
SHERLOCK (ED). — Mr President, I presume from agenda except perhaps for the Barzanti recommenda­
your announcement that all the requirements of the tion on broadcasting activities.
Rule have been conformed with and therefore I would
formally move reference back of this extremely impor­The fourth point is that, in view of the number of
tant report on the health of women. reports for which the application of Rule 37 has been
requested, i.e., delegation of the power of decision to
I do so for a multiplicity of reasons but the very thin­committees, it is proposed that, exceptionally, any
ness of this House — even preternaturally thin for a objections to this procedure, under Rule 37(6) shall be
Monday evening — is one of the major considera­tabled by 6 p.m. tomorrow. We had hoped that we
tions. So many colleagues would have been deprived could close it today. But to allow people time to read
of their chance to vote. It may be risible in some quart­the reports, we are extending the deadline to 6 p.m.
ers, Mr President. It is no laughing matter in this one. tomorrow.
SQUARCIALUPI (COM). — (IT) Mr President, I KLEPSCH (PPE). — (DE) Mr President, may I make
am really astonished at the anxiety among some Mem­a statement on behalf of my group? My group always
bers regarding the vote on this resolution. Surely an uses explanations of vote very sparingly, and so we
issue that concerns women's health cannot cause so agree that any should be given only in writing. How­
much anxiety amongst one section of Parliament? ever, we must make one exception and insist on being
allowed to make an oral explanation of vote on the
Be brave, this is the last session, say 'yes' or 'no', but van Dijk report.
do not resort to the mean use of postponement! I said
it last time, on Friday of the last part-session: go home
PEARCE (ED). — Mr President, I am prepared to at least saying to your wives, your mothers, your
respect your wish to be brief or to restrain myself from daughters, that you have thought about their health. If
making explanations of vote orally, wherever possible. you think the opposite, vote against. But it would
However, I am not prepared to forego that right in really be scandalous, Mr President, if for the ump­
general. Far too much of this Parliament is run by the teenth time the vote on a report concerning women's
groups. The rights of individual Members are fre- health were to be postponed. No 2-378/6 Debates of the European Parliament 22.5.89
I am amazed that great big men, powerful men even, dents? Is it really the intention of the Commission to
should be frightened to talk about women's health. infuriate for no proven reason millions of Community
motorcycle drivers? I beg to refer the report back to
(Applause on the Left) committee.
(Parliament decided to refer the report back to com­
ANASTASSOPOULOS (PPE), Chairman of the mittee)
Committee on Transport. — (GR) Mr President, I con­
fess I am not surprised by the proposal put forward by
VAN DIJK (ARC), rapporteur. — (NL) Mr President, our British colleague, since for three months there has
I regret to have to say that a certain section of this been a constant series of similar proposals from the
House has used procedural tactics to avoid debating British side. There has been a frightening amount of
this report, simply because they do not have the cour­ obstructionism in relation to this issue, an obstruction­
age to say outright to women that they are against this ism which I must say neither a majority in the Com­
repon. If they had said so openly then at least there mittee on Transport, nor I personally can understand
would have been the basis for a discussion. at all. We have made every possible effort to make life
easier for our British colleagues in connection with
some of their problems. If they are still dissatisfied
PRESIDENT. — Mrs van Dijk, I understand how despite those efforts, that is no reason why Parliament
you must feel about this. Nevertheless, this was very should decline to approve a report that has been
fairly put. The points were made for and against. The studied in detail. Mr President, I ask that the proposal
vote was very close and the decision was taken. by the British Members should be rejected.
The European Democratic Group have also requested (Parliament decided not to refer the report back to com­
that the report by Mr Gasoliba i Böhm (Doc. A 2-80/
89) on driving licenses, should be referred back to
committee. (The President read out the changes to Tuesday's and
Wednesday's agenda)1
MOORHOUSE (ED). — Mr President, on behalf of
my group and under Rule 103 I wish to remove the CRYER (S). — Mr President, in view of the large
reference back to committee of the report by Mr number of votes on Wednesday, and in view of the
Gasoliba i Böhm on a proposal from the Commission r of occasions in the past when Question Time
for a directive on driver licensing. This is not in any has been squeezed out, could I have your assurance
way to disparage Mr Gasoliba's excellent report but that even if Question Time starts late, which is very
we consider that the Commission proposal needs often the case, that it will be a full one-and-a-half
reworking in certain areas. This is far too important a hours together with questions to the Commission on
subject to push through in a few minutes on a Monday the report they circulate on the work that they have
afternoon of the last part-session. There has also been
done to follow up the decisions of the Assembly.
far too little time for consultation of interested parties.
We understand how very difficult it is for the new I consider, as I am sure other Members do too, that
incumbent, Mr van Miert, to pick up the threads of an they are very important moments of accountability to
incomplete proposal from Mr Clinton Davis and to this Assembly by the Commission. I would not like to
convert it into something really sensible. see Question Time squeezed out yet again by amend­
ments and by the volume of voting.
One issue, Mr President, that concerns us most is the
proposal for a special test for drivers of charity mini­
buses even though they may have already passed an PRESIDENT. — Yes, Mr Cryer, I can give you that
ordinary driving test. It surely cannot be the intention assurance.
of the Commission seriously to limit the work of thou­
Thursday: sands of charities and voluntary organizations
throughout the Community.
The Socialist Group has requested the withdrawal
The other main issue is that of tests the new motor­ from the agenda of the report (Doc. A 2-111/89) by
Mr De Pasquale concerning the French overseas cycle driver would have to take. Again, Mr President,
there are many important questions which remain departments.
unanswered in this proposal. I have yet to meet
anyone, anyone, in the motorcycling world in my own
PRANCHÈRE (COM). — (FR) Mr President, sched­country, for instance, who has even been consulted on
uled for the debate on the report by Mr De Pasquale is the complex issues involved. Why, why is the cut-off
point 400 cc or 35 kw for the special licence? What is
so magic about that figure? Is it not the first-time
1 For a further change to Monday's agenda: see Minutes.
driver on the small motorbike who has the most acci­
2 See Minutes. 22. 5. 89 Debates of the European Parliament No 2-378/7
a Council decision relating to dock dues for the this report should be removed from the agenda. But
since we do not wish to create the impression that we French overseas departments. The draft agenda is
dated 20 April 1989. The Regional Development are against the aim of the report, we shall not move
Committee, which is the committee responsible, referral back to committee. But I would like it to be
minuted that an error has been made and that contrary decided at its meeting on 19 April not to vote on the
Council decision. In these circumstances, it seems to to the Rules of Procedure our committee, which is res­
ponsible for the subject which has now become the me to run absolutely counter to a proper ordering of
our Assembly and its committees that we should have main part of the report, has not been asked for an opi­
nion. entered on the agenda an item which was not accepted
by the Regional Development Committee.
PRESIDENT. — Mr Bocklet, it will be minuted and I would therefore ask you to withdraw this item from
we take note of your point. the agenda.
WEBER (S), Chairman of the Committee on the Envi­
CRUSOL (S). — (FR) Mr President, I am anxious to
ronment, Public Health and Consumer Protection. — associate myself with what has just been said about the
(DE) Mr President, I should just like it to be clearly De Pasquale report. We considered the report in com­
understood that Mr Bocklet addressed his complaint mittee and realized it was necessary to take the two
that the Committee on Agriculture was not asked for parts of the report separately.
an opinion to the Bureau of Parliament and not to the
Committee responsible, because the Committee res­The first part — Poseidom — concerns a system of
ponsible does not decide which other committees
projects for the development of the overseas depart­
should be asked for an ODinion. ments and the second a plan for fiscal harmonization.
After working on the question we requested that only
Poseidom be taken in plenary and that the part dealing
PRESIDENT. — I accept the responsibility, Mrs
with dock dues be deferred for later consideration. I
think this is a sensible position for the Assembly to
adopt here today.
(The President read out the changes to Friday's agenda)2
(Parliament adopted the agenda thus amended)*
ARNDT (S). — (DE) Mr President, the Commission
and Council said quite clearly this morning that both
reports belonged together. My group said that the
STAVROU (PPE). — (GR) Mr President, I just
report on dock dues arrangements could not be
wanted to explain to the House that if I accepted that
debated now and therefore the Poseidom programme
my report (Doc. A 2-126/89) should be taken without
cannot be taken either. We therefore move that both
debate, this is because in the first place exhaustive and
reports be removed from the order of business. substantial policy debates have already taken place on
the Committee on the Rules of Procedure and Peti­
tions, and secondly, because my report is an extension
DE PASQUALE (COM), rapporteur and Chairman of
and continuation of Mr Seeler's. Thus, Mr Seeler's
the Committee on Regional Policy and Regional Plan­
report would be hamstrung unless mine were taken as
ning. — (IT) Mr President, ladies and gentlemen, have
well. That is why I agreed to let it be taken without
already referred to what happened in committee. Since
debate, and moreover for Wednesday, since it deals
it was a question of two proposals for a decision that
with matters relating to the Single Act.
were formally separate even though they were linked
conceptually, the committee decided not to debate the
second proposal, which refers to the Law of the Sea,
LALOR (RDE). — Mr President, I have a little prob­
in the belief that only the first proposal could be lem. I have only just learned that the finest usher in
debated in this Chamber. We now have before us a
this House has been taken away from service on this
request to withdraw the entire subject from the side of the House. Quite frankly, I am lost without Mr
agenda. I must emphasise here that that was the com­
O'Neill. I am told that he has been transferred away
mittee's decision, although it was not in line with my from this side of the House because he objected to
own proposal, namely that we should debate the
being walked, trampled and danced upon. I would ask
development project and not the Law of the Sea. you to look into it personally, Mr President, because I
think an injustice is being done.
BOCKLET (PPE). — (DE) Mr President, the agenda
contains a report by Mr Collins (Doc. A 2-81/89) on a 1 For further changes to Thursday's agenda: see Minutes.
2 See Minutes. directive on the protection of water. This directive
3 Procedure without report — Procedure without debate —
contains 12 articles of which 10 have to do with agri­
Delegation of the power of decision to committees (Rule 37)
culture. The Committee on Agriculture was not con­ — Requests for urgent procedure — Deadline for tabling
sulted on this directive, which really should mean that amendments — Speaking time: see Minutes. No 2-378/8 Debates of the European Parliament 22.5. 89
PRESIDENT. — Mr Lalor, I will make sure we check solely on this basis, we would have no hesitation in
that. rejecting them.
There is, however, another factor which cannot but
SHERLOCK (ED). — Mr President, I would like to have a bearing on our judgement. No matter how little
join my Irish colleague in his expression of regret. We their content satisfies us, the proposals are none the
are missing Mr O'Neill's services very much. He is an less a first substantial attempt by the Commission to
English-speaking member of this side of the House's formulate for the Community, at long last, a policy in
staff. the sector of air traffic, air space, and the infrastruc­
ture of air transport.
PRESIDENT. — We will look into that and make This policy, which will put an end to the absurdity of
sure that you are informed. the Community's adoption of more liberal regulations
on the organization of air transport while being con­
sidered incompetent to control air space and the safety
of flights, is something the European Parliament has
IN THE CHAIR: MR ALBER wanted for years. Moreover, developments have justi­
fied Parliament's view.
Vice-President For that reason, your rapporteur, despite his reserva­
tions, recommends you vote in favour of the propo­
sals, with certain amendments intended to strengthen
them. In common with a large majority on the Com­5. Sea and air transport
mittee on Transport, of which he has the honour to be
the chairman, he also calls through a draft resolution
PRESIDENT. — The next kern is the report (Doc. which embodies the oral question to be debated today
A 2-71/89) by Mr Anastassopoulos on behalf of the as well, for the formulation of an integrated and more
Committee on Transport on the proposals from the radical European policy in three stages, to ensure the
Commission to the Council (COM(88) 577 final — efficiency and safety of air traffic.
Doc. C 2-335/88) for:
In a more general context it is now possible to perceive
I. a decision on consultation and coordination a significant degree of parallelism. Just as in the organ­
between Member States in the field of air traffic ization of international air transport the Community
services and air traffic flow management; has progressed from a dipartite to a multipartite
approach, so also in connection with air traffic and
II. a decision extending Decision 78/174/EEC in the safety we are moving from a monopartite to a multi­
field of sea and air transport infrastructure; partite way of thought.
This development did not result from theoretical con­III. a recommendation on a flexible and efficient use
siderations. It was imposed by the force of events, and of air space.
for that reason, in your rapporteur's opinion, there
must be no doubt that the Community's policy will be
ANASTASSOPOULOS (PPE), rapporteur and chair­ harmonized in accordance with the trend described.
For us, it is only a matter of time. But in relation to the man of the Committee on Transport. — (GR) Mr Presi­
specific problems involved, even time is not a factor dent, the three proposals by the European Commis­
that can be ignored because the situation is deteriorat­sion to the Council of Ministers, which are considered
ing continually and the measures that would help to in the report I am presenting today, deal with certain
improve it should have been taken yesterday rather aspects of a great problem. That is, the efficiency and
than tomorrow. safety of air traffic, which I had the honour to exam­
ine before the House in September 1987 as well,
within the scope of my major report on safety in the The congestion observed in European airspace and
air, which was approved by an overwhelming majority European airports, which led to chaos during the peak
in this Chamber. periods last summer, shows how far behind we are in
that case. Our forecasts were tragically inaccurate.
The Commission responded to the recommendations When the specialists estimated that air traffic would
of that report by submitting, last autumn, the propo­ increase by 2 or 2.5% per year during the current
sals we are already considering. I am sorry to have to years, whereas instead the increase has been three
say that when seen against the magnitude and severity times as much, the size of the problem created can be
of the problem we are called upon to deal with, and by understood. And I fear that even though we have
comparison with the Anastassopoulos report of 1987, begun to appreciate the importance of the problem to
the Commission's proposals are very timid, limited, some extent since last year, we are still being very slow
inadequate and laggardly. If we were to judge them to do anything about it.