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21.11.

2002 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 284 E/11

Monday 4 February 2002

13. Points of order

The following spoke:


 Banotti, who asked the President to express Parliament’s solidarity with the victims of last week’s
disastrous floods in Ireland, and in particular in Dublin, and to take steps to ensure that material
assistance was sent;
 Andrews, who agreed with Mrs Banotti (the President replied that he would take the matter up with
the Commission and the Irish authorities);
 Korakas, who expressed his concern at the statement by the US President, George W. Bush, in his state
of the Union address concerning certain countries which formed an ‘axis of evil’ and called on Parlia-
ment take a stand against this US policy (the President proposed this matter be raised the following
day as part of the statement to be made by Mr Solana, High Representative for the CFSP (Item 19 of
final draft agenda));
 Van Orden, who noted the refusal by the French courts to close the Sangatte refugee centre and
protested against the policy of the French authorities efffectively to close the Channel tunnel to freight
trains for eighteen hours a day, considering that the closure of the tunnel contradicted the principle of
free movement of goods (the President proposed this matter be raised in the joint debate on rail
freight in the Channel Tunnel to be held on Thursday 7 February (Items 40 and 41 of the final draft
agenda));
 Karamanou, who called on the President to urge the IOC and the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan,
to promote the idea of an Olympic truce to be observed by all combatants in the world, on the
occasion of the Salt Lake City winter olympics on 8 February (the President replied that he would
act on this request);
 Helmer, who expressed his concern at the exhibition held in Parliament’s building in Brussels entitled
‘We on death row’, concerning convicted prisoners on death row (the President noted in reply that the
Amsterdam Treaty specifically condemned the death penalty);
 Corrie, who called on the President to send a letter of condolences to the Nigerian President following
the explosion in Lagos which had led to many deaths (the President undertook to do so);
 Caudron, who objected to Mr Van Orden’s remarks (the President replied that the matter would be
dealt with on Thursday);
 Banotti, who said that she had authorised the exhibition criticised by Mr Helmer in her capacity as
Quaestor.

14. Drug trafficking * (debate)

Mr Oostlander introduced his report, drawn up on behalf of the Committee on Citizens’ Freedoms and
Rights, Justice and Home Affairs, on the proposal for a Council Framework decision laying down mini-
mum provisions on the constituent elements of criminal acts and penalties in the field of illicit drug
trafficking (COM(2001) 259  C5-0359/2001  2001/0114(CNS)) (A5-0460/2001).

The following spoke: Coelho, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Swiebel, on behalf of the PSE Group, Olle
Schmidt, on behalf of the ELDR Group, Buitenweg, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Andrews, on behalf
of the UEN Group, Blokland, on behalf of the EDD Group, Dupuis, Non-attached Member, Malliori, Van
der Laan, and Vitorino, Member of the Commission.

IN THE CHAIR: Mr FRIEDRICH


Vice-President

The President closed the debate.

Vote: Minutes of 5.2.2002, Item 18.