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"Mr President, I should like to start in a similar vein to our oft-quoted colleague Mr Jarzembowski, by raising what you might call a point of order. I have been a Member of this House for ten years now, and still do not know exactly who is really responsible for work programming with regard to our plenary sittings. Whoever they are, they are no friends of Parliament. In conclusion, I am very much obliged to the rapporteur, Mr Sterckx, for his pleasant, constructive cooperation. This week and this evening’s discussion are quite typical examples that prove this point. Wherever Parliament does not really have anything to say – at least, nothing binding – this is scheduled for and discussed during prime time, whilst the few legislative acts scheduled for this twelfth plenary sitting in Strasbourg – which is otherwise completely superfluous – are tucked away in the evening sitting. We should not be surprised, in such situations, if people in Europe are less and less inclined to take us seriously. The turnout at the recent European elections springs to mind. After that digression, let me pass on to the main issue, which is the Sterckx report and passengers’ rights. This text makes a constructive contribution to creating the much-discussed level playing field for the various modes of transport in Europe. To enter into direct competition with direct competitors, the railways need comparable framework conditions, and so it was right and necessary for us to now give priority to establishing the railway counterpart of the ‘night-boarding’ legislation for air transport. The text presented by the Commission on this subject was – shall we say – capable of improvement, and, sensibly, we have made a few changes to it: some of them quite fundamental. Firstly – probably the most fundamental of the changes – we have subsumed all transport services, not only international services, under this new regulation, although special arrangements, which we are sure to need, will have to be made within the framework of the regulation on public local passenger transport services. Secondly, we have attached particular importance to providing and demanding proper information on passengers’ rights. What is the use to consumers if they do not know to which rights they are actually entitled? Thirdly, this text provides for a rational coordination and – only on certain points, of course – supplementation of the CODIF regulations: unlike one previous speaker, I consider this not only very important, but also a resounding success. This has been a specific instance of subsidiarity in practice and, in this sense, has also been a kind of complementary action to the Commission’s ‘better regulation’ initiative, for which we are grateful and which, in plain English, means tidying up European legislation, which is frequently verbose."@en1

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