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Summary of Strasbourg Session (13 - 16 September 2004)

Main Events of the Week:

Stability Pact

Parliament debated changes proposed to the Growth and Stability Pact

Jonathan Evans said: "The new guidelines merely buried the Growth and Stability Pact while pretending to give it new life. The Commission has criticised small countries breaking the pact in the past, but the moment countries like Germany and France break their pledges, the goal posts are moved."


Parliament condemned plans by EU Foreign Ministers to attend the ASEM Summit in Hanoi.

Geoffrey Van Orden said: "The EU Foreign Ministers are sending a mixed message to the Burmese military dictatorship. They will be seen as paper tigers, not serious about their demands for democracy and human rights."


MEPs condemned the human rights record of the Maldives and demanded the release of some 80 political prisoners

Nirj Deva said: "It is essential that maximum international pressure is applied to ensure these innocent people are released. These people are in grave danger and represent the islands' democratic future."


Parliament debated the current situation in Iraq

Charles Tannock said: "The situation in Iraq remains precarious. Everyone now must sympathise with the Iraqi people, who yearn for stability in their country."

Votes this week

Confirmation of the Calendar of Part-Sessions
Adopted - Conservatives Abstained

Consultation of the Economic & Social Committee on the Constitution for Europe
Adopted - Conservatives Against

Consultation of the Committee of the Regions on the Constitution for Europe
Adopted - Conservatives Against

Draft Amending Budget Nos. 7 & 8
Adopted - Conservatives Against due to its effect upon the UK Rebate

Numerical strength of interparliamentary delegations
Adopted - Conservatives in Favour

Temporary Committee on Financial Perspectives
Adopted - Conservatives in Favour

Appointments to Delegations
Adopted - Conservatives in Favour

Fishing agreements with Mauritius & Madagascar
Adopted - Conservatives in Favour

Fishing agreement with Cape Verde
Adopted (+)490 (-)71 (0)109
Conservatives Abstained

Mandate of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
Adopted - Conservatives in Favour

ICAO meeting
Adopted (+)316 (-)20 (0)206
Conservatives abstained

Situation in Belarus
Adopted - Conservatives in Favour

Humanitarian situation in Sudan
Adopted - Conservatives in Favour

Situation in Iraq
Adopted - Conservatives in Favour

Adopted - Conservatives in Favour

Cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law

Asia-Europe Meeting
Motion for a resolution
Adopted - Conservatives in Favour

Motion for a Resolution
Adopted - Conservatives in Favour

Motion for a Resolution
Adopted - Conservatives in Favour

Party Watch - where different from Conservatives

(+) Fishing Agreement Cape Verde

Liberal Democrats
(0) Fishing Agreement Mauritius
(0) Fishing Agreement Madagascar

(-) Fishing Agreement Mauritius
(-) Fishing Agreement Madagascar
(-) Fishing Agreement Cape Verde
(0) Belarus MR
(0) Sudan MR
(0) Iraq MR

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