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Summary of Brussels "Mini" Session (5 - 6 November 2003)

Taxation of passenger cars - Honeyball Report

Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution which broadly welcomes a Commission communication on the taxation of passenger cars in the European Union. Conservatives voted against the proposal.

Theresa Villiers MEP said: "Tony Blair claims that he will not allow further harmonisation of taxes. It appears that he has forgotten to tell his own MEPs. This report, written by a Labour MEP, supports Commission proposals to harmonise the taxation of passenger cars across the EU.

It is vital for our democracy that we don't give Brussels further powers over taxation. If we do, taxes will inevitably increase. It will also make it almost impossible to get taxes down in the future. A future tax-cutting government would have its hands tied by Brussels."

Consumer credit - Wuermeling Report

This report on consumer credit has been referred back to the Legal Affairs Committee. The committee is not satisfied with the Commission's proposal and as the Commission refuses to withdraw the proposal, the committee will proceed to rewrite the entire proposal.

Malcolm Harbour MEP said: "This proposal would have damaged every aspect of consumer spending in the UK. One-size-fits-all rules on car purchase, mortgages, loans and credit cards are totally inappropriate for the UK market.

The European Parliament has successfully delivered a strong political statement to the Commission and we will now go back to the committee to rewrite the Commission's text."

Asian and Latin American countries - Sanders-Ten Holte Report

The European Parliament adopted a legislative resolution on EU co-operation with Asian and Latin American (ALA) Countries. The current Regulation governing co-operation with Asia and Latin America is now over ten years old and needs to be updated to reflect modern advances in conceptions of development work as well as the legal, procedural and political environment for EC co-operation. Parliament insists on division of the regulation into two separate regulations. Conservatives voted against the proposal.

Immigration liaison officers - Rothley Report

The European Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution on the creation of an immigration liaison officers' network. Conservatives voted against the proposal.

Plenary Highlights 20-23 October 2003
Plenary Highlights 22-25 September 2003
Plenary Highlights 1-4 September 2003
Plenary Highlights 30 June - 3 July 2003
Plenary Highlights 2-5 June 2003
Plenary Highlights 12-15 May 2003
Plenary Highlights 7-10 April 2003
"Mini" Plenary Highlights 26-27 March 2003
Plenary Highlights 10-13 March 2003
Plenary Highlights 10-13 February 2003
Plenary Highlights 13-16 January 2003
Plenary Highlights 17-20 December 2002
Plenary Highlights 18-21 November 2002
"Mini" Plenary Highlights 6-7 November 2002
Plenary Highlights 21-24 October 2002
Plenary Highlights 23-26 September 2002
Plenary Highlights 2-7 September 2002