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European Parliament plenary session, 23-27 October 1995

In its plenary session meeting of 23-27 October 1995, the European Parliament discussed, among other issues, the Commission's reaction to French nuclear testing in the Pacific and the proposed action programme for industrial competitiveness.

Commission President, Jacques Sant...
In its plenary session meeting of 23-27 October 1995, the European Parliament discussed, among other issues, the Commission's reaction to French nuclear testing in the Pacific and the proposed action programme for industrial competitiveness.

Commission President, Jacques Santer, announced to the House that the Commission had decided unanimously, on the basis of recent information released by the French authorities, that the nuclear testing programme in the Pacific did not constitute a contravention of the Euratom Treaty in the sense that "these tests do not give rise to a significant threat to the health of workers or people in the region". The Commission will, however, ensure long-term monitoring of the situation and President Santer undertook to make the results available to MEPs.

In response to the Commission's statement the Parliament adopted a joint resolution restating its strong opposition to all nuclear tests and calling on the French government to collect and register the necessary data in order to enable the Commission and Parliament to assess the long-term consequences of testing in French Polynesia. Parliament also agreed to condemn the decision by President Chirac to authorize the second test and urged him to cancel the other planned tests.

Under the consultation procedure, the Parliament also discussed the Commission's proposed action programme for industrial competitiveness. Addressing the Parliament, Commissioner Sir Leon Brittan stressed that the Commission's approach to industrial policy was open an non-interventionist. The overall aim of the plan, he said, was to liberalize trade, increase competition and focus action on public authorities with a view to achieving a favourable environment for the economy. He added that the proposal before the house would establish a legal basis for the limited EU budget in this area.

Following the debate on the action programme, the Parliament adopted a resolution on improving the EU's industrial competitiveness which puts particular emphasis on social dialogue, the need to minimize the risk of social dumping, training, research and strengthening the role of small firms.

Other issues addressed include:

- The approval of a common position on a five-year EU action programme in the field of public health, with amendments designed to add substance, as well as increasing the budget from ECU 30 million to ECU 35 million. Other amendments call for an information campaign on sex and contraception and the exchange of experience and information on allergies;

- Adoption of a common position on the proposed five-year action plan to combat cancer. Again there was a demand for the budget to be increased from ECU 59 million to ECU 64 million, as well as calls for better targeting of EU action, including a call for a pilot scheme against passive smoking;

- Adoption, at second reading, of the action programme against AIDS and other infectious diseases. Amendments introduced were aimed at strengthening EU action through the promotion of preventive measures such as the unrestricted sale of condoms, a campaign on safe sex and the distribution of disposable syringes. Parliament also called for the establishment of a code of good blood transfusion practice and action on blood products and the selection of donors;

- Adoption of a resolution calling on the Commission to withdraw its intention to use EU competition rules to open up national postal services to competition;

- Approval of a common position on a proposal concerning the application of open network provision in the telephone sector;

- Adoption of two common positions on proposals for the development of trans-European energy networks.
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