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Parliament to discuss Trans-European Networks and global navigation systems

The European Parliament will include discussions of Trans-European Networks in transport and global navigation satellite systems in its plenary session next week.

The session beginning on 11 January 1999 will include discussion of a resolution from the Italian MEP Alessandro ...
The European Parliament will include discussions of Trans-European Networks in transport and global navigation satellite systems in its plenary session next week.

The session beginning on 11 January 1999 will include discussion of a resolution from the Italian MEP Alessandro Danesin calling for greater use of private sector funding in building major transport links in Europe.

Mr Danesin sees the transport networks as a way of promoting competitiveness, stimulating the economy and creating jobs. His draft resolution does however, point out the need for the projects to respect the principle of sustainable development and promote integrated transport.

The development of an EU strategy for global navigation satellite systems will be the subject of a debate initiated by the Danish MEP Brigitte Langenhagen on behalf of the Parliament's transport committee.

The Commission is calling on the member states to agree by early 1999 on the strategy which the EU should adopt with regard to global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). Among other requests, Langenhagen wants the member states to convene a European Space Council at Head of State or Government level to give clear decisions on the strategic, technical and budgetary guidelines, and considers that Council should assess the desirability of holding a World Conference on the issue. She is also calling on the Commission to take all necessary measures to promote international cooperation in the field.

The other topics to be included in next week's session at the Parliament are as follows:

Motion of censure
Clearer rules for electronic signatures
Europe's "Great car culture" blamed for air pollution
Action to improve the Common Fisheries Policy
Tackling over-fishing
Statement by Presidency-in-Office of Council - Programme of German Presidency
Openness in the EU
Better ways of appointing the Commission
Culture capitals - no change before 2005
Approval for EU negotiating position on competition policy
Yes to Framework Agreement with South Korea
Fair trade and labour standards
Charging for use of ports
Common standards for speedometers
Linking the euro to the African franc
Agenda 2000 - financing of the CAP
No to Commission proposals for cattle farmers
Reforming the milk market
No to changes to arable crop support system
Direct support schemes for farmers.
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