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Socrates II - conciliation underway

Preparations for the second phase of the Socrates II programme entered a decisive phase following the first meeting of the European Parliament/Council conciliation committee which took place on 29 September 1999.

The committee was set up under the chairmanship of Renzo Imbeni...
Preparations for the second phase of the Socrates II programme entered a decisive phase following the first meeting of the European Parliament/Council conciliation committee which took place on 29 September 1999.

The committee was set up under the chairmanship of Renzo Imbeni (EP) and Maija Rask (Council) after the Council informed the Parliament on 13 August that it could not accept the 14 amendments proposed by the Parliament to the Council's common position. Seven amendments have now been provisionally agreed, and Commissioner Viviane Reding said she was 'optimistic' about finding solutions to other amendments where compromise proposals from the Commission are on the table.

Further discussion on the amendments relating to the financial framework of the programme is still needed however. The Parliament has demanded 2,500 million euros, but the Council chair says it has no mandate to increase the 1,550 million euros adopted in the Council's common position. The Commission proposed 2,151 million euros.

Six weeks remain for the conciliation committee to reach a final agreement. The next meeting will take place on 21 October 1999.

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