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205 Written explanations of Deirdre CLUNE

Conclusion of the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (Resolution) (A9-0017/2020 - Geert Bourgeois)

I supported the free trade agreement between the European Union and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.
2020/02/12
EU-Viet Nam Investment Protection Agreement (A9-0002/2020 - Geert Bourgeois)

I supported the investment protection agreement between the European Union and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
2020/02/12
EU-Viet Nam Investment Protection Agreement (Resolution) (A9-0014/2020 - Geert Bourgeois)

I supported the Investment Protection Agreement between the European Union and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
2020/02/12
An EU strategy to put an end to female genital mutilation around the world (B9-0090/2020, B9-0092/2020)

I supported the resolution on an EU strategy to put an end to female genital mutilation around the world. The resolution calls on the European Commission to include actions to end FGM in the new EU Gender Equality Strategy, to be presented in March, and to provide care for survivors.
2020/02/12
Allocation of slots at Community airports: common rules

. – I supported this measure regarding the allocations of airport slots. Airlines have seen a substantial decline in air traffic not just in Europe but worldwide as a result of the global COVID—19 pandemic. The measures I have supported today will cover an eight-month period and provide much needed certainty to air carriers during these challenging months ahead, protecting their grandfathering rights while also ensuring that we do not have almost empty passenger airplanes flying at great environmental cost per passenger.
2020/03/26
Specific measures to mobilise investments in the health care systems of the Member States and in other sectors of their economies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak (Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative)

. – I support this measure to make quickly available cash reserves in the European Structural and Investment Funds in order to help Member States fight the crisis and respond to the negative impacts on growth this ongoing crisis is causing. This measure will allow Member States to use the amounts not recovered under these Funds to accelerate investments related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
2020/03/26
Financial assistance to Member States and countries negotiating their accession to the Union that are seriously affected by a major public health emergency

. – I supported extending the scope of the European Solidarity Fund in order to include major public health emergencies. This will define specific operations eligible for financing and include medical assistance and measures to contain the further spread of an infectious disease.
2020/03/26
Request for funding for biomedical research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (B9-0186/2020)

. ‒ I was pleased to support this resolution, as funding and further research could have a positive impact on the lives of those suffering with this condition and perhaps lead to improved treatment options.
2020/06/17
Recommendations on the negotiations for a new partnership with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (A9-0117/2020 - Kati Piri, Christophe Hansen)

I supported this resolution. I believe transport is one of the most important issues for Ireland concerning any future relationship between the UK and the EU. We need an ambitious and comprehensive chapter on air transport that will allow for close cooperation in aviation safety and air traffic management. Laden and unladen goods vehicles should be free to cross from one territory to another. This will facilitate Irish vehicles crossing the UK land bridge to mainland Europe and through Northern Ireland. Appropriate measures should be put in place to avoid threats to public order and prevent disruptions to traffic flows of haulage operators and coach and bus service operators. This underlines the importance of providing direct sea routes from Ireland to the continent and so reducing the reliance on the UK land bridge.
2020/06/18
EU disability strategy post 2020 (B9-0123/2020)

I was pleased to vote in favour of this resolution calling for the Commission to come forward with an ambitious disability strategy post 2020 that mainstreams the rights of all people living with disabilities into all policies and areas and equal access for people with disabilities to health care, employment, public transport and housing.
2020/06/18
Setting up a special committee on foreign interference in all democratic processes in the European Union, including disinformation, its responsibilities, numerical strength and term of office (B9-0190/2020)

I was pleased to support the establishment of this committee.
2020/06/18
Setting up a special committee on artificial intelligence in a digital age, its responsibilities, numerical strength and term of office (B9-0189/2020)

I supported the establishment of this committee. AI will have profound implications on Europe’s future from the way we work and live to how we communicate and do business. It is essential that we are innovative when regulating this and that we exercise democratic oversight regarding these new technologies and their potential use and misuse
2020/06/18
Tourism and transport in 2020 and beyond (RC-B9-0166/2020, B9-0166/2020, B9-0175/2020, B9-0177/2020, B9-0178/2020, B9-0180/2020, B9-0182/2020, B9-0184/2020)

I supported this resolution to provide more support for tourism SMEs and for health measures to help sustainably restore EU tourism.
2020/06/19
The Anti-racism protests following the death of George Floyd (B9-0194/2020, B9-0195/2020, B9-0196/2020, B9-0197/2020)

I supported this resolution condemning all forms of racism, discrimination and intolerance. Discrimination is counter to the values and principles upon which the EU is founded. We believe in an inclusive, fair and safe society for all. The EU can and should show global leadership in this respect.
2020/06/19
Ειδικοί κανόνες για την απόσπαση οδηγών στον τομέα των οδικών μεταφορών και απαιτήσεις επιβολής (A9-0114/2020 - Kateřina Konečná) (A9-0114/2020 - Kateřina Konečná)

I supported this report to give a clear legal framework to prevent differing national approaches and ensure fair remuneration for drivers.
2020/07/08
Daily and weekly driving times, minimum breaks and rest periods and positioning by means of tachographs (A9-0115/2020 - Henna Virkkunen)

. ‒ I supported this report to help to ensure better rest conditions for drivers and allow them to spend more time at home.
2020/07/08
Adapting to development in the road transport sector (A9-0116/2020 - Ismail Ertug)

. ‒ I supported this report to help ensure fairer competition and to fight illegal practices.
2020/07/08
European Climate Law (A9-0162/2020 - Jytte Guteland)

I supported this report, which sets out a legally binding EU-wide common target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The report also includes the creation of a European Climate Change Council, to be set up by the MS climate advisory bodies together with the Commission, which shall be guided by the latest scientific findings as expressed by the IPCC and complement the work of the European Environment Agency.
2020/10/07
The European Forest Strategy - The Way Forward (A9-0154/2020 - Petri Sarvamaa)

I voted in favour of this report which calls for an ambitious, independent and self-standing post-2020 Forest Strategy to give full and real political support to the forestry sector.
2020/10/07
Application of railway safety and interoperability rules within the Channel tunnel (C9-0212/2020)

I supported this report which will make changes to the EU Railway Safety Directive 2016/798 to allow the Intergovernmental Commission to be considered a national safety authority.
2020/10/08
Decision empowering France to conclude an international agreement concerning the Channel tunnel (C9-0211/2020)

I voted in favour of this report which will allow France to enter into negotiations with the UK on an agreement to maintain the Intergovernmental Commission as the single safety authority responsible for the Tunnel.
2020/10/08
Digital Finance: emerging risks in crypto-assets - regulatory and supervisory challenges in the area of financial services, institutions and markets (A9-0161/2020 - Ondřej Kovařík)

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report which contributes to the digital transformation of our economy and society, bringing significant benefits to both consumers and businesses. Digital finance will have a key role to play in innovation and breaking down cross-border barriers. The COVID crisis has shown that digital finance will continue to grow in both size and importance to the EU economy.
2020/10/08
Amending Regulation (EU) No 168/2013 as regards specific measures on L-category end-of-series vehicles in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (A9-0190/2020 - Maria Grapini)

I voted in favour of this report which intends to offer support to the motorcycle industry to counter the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. This report also creates an additional end-of-series provision allowing all unsold units that manufacturers produced before 15 March 2020 to benefit from end-of-series status and be placed on the market.
2020/10/19
Discharge 2018: General budget of the EU - European Economic and Social Committee (A9-0188/2020 - Tomáš Zdechovský)

I supported this report which highlights and welcomes that the EESC initiated an in-depth assessment on the overall existing framework supporting its zero-tolerance policy towards harassment.
2020/10/20
Discharge 2018: General budget of the EU - European Council and Council (A9-0189/2020 - Tomáš Zdechovský)

I voted in favour of this report which concentrates on future perspectives based on the mandate received by CoP to reopen negotiations with the Council.
2020/10/20
Digital Services Act: Improving the functioning of the Single Market (A9-0181/2020 - Alex Agius Saliba)

I supported this report, which reflects the intentions of the Commission and addresses issues such as the review of the e-Commerce Directive, calling on the Commission to address and tackle current shortcomings in the online environment in the Digital Services Act package. It also calls for stronger rules to tackle illegal content online, a safer internet for consumers, and the protection of fundamental rights online.
2020/10/20
Digital Services Act: adapting commercial and civil law rules for commercial entities operating online (A9-0177/2020 - Tiemo Wölken)

. ‒ I supported this report which looks at the key ethical questions that the introduction of AI technologies may raise and calls on the Commission to submit a proposal for a Regulation, reflecting ethical principles to be complied with from the moment of the development and deployment of those technologies to their use.
2020/10/20
Recommendation to the Council, the Commission and the VPC/HR on relations with Belarus (A9-0167/2020 - Petras Auštrevičius)

I voted in favour of this report which supports the organisation of new free and fair elections in Belarus as soon as possible under international supervision, recognition of the Coordination Council as the legitimate representation of the protesting Belarusians, ending the violence against peaceful protestors and releasing all of those who have been detained and arrested, internal and inclusive political dialogue and a peaceful transfer of power.
2020/10/21
The future of European education in the context of Covid-19 (B9-0338/2020)

I voted in favour of this report which calls on the Commission to propose a policy framework for future European education policy, developing the European Education Area into a concrete work programme with a set of measurable objectives.
2020/10/21
Deforestation (A9-0179/2020 - Delara Burkhardt)

I voted in favour of this report, which outlines the high level of protection needed for our natural forests, biodiversity and natural ecosystems and the protection of human rights potentially affected by the harvesting, extraction and production of commodities that most often are related to deforestation, ecosystem destruction, forest and ecosystem degradation and human rights violations.
2020/10/22
Gender Equality in EU’s foreign and security policy (A9-0145/2020 - Ernest Urtasun)

I voted in favour of this report, which tackles various aspects of gender equality within the EU’s foreign and security policy. It calls on the European External Action Service, relevant Commission services and Member States to systematically integrate gender mainstreaming and an intersectional perspective into EU foreign and security policy.
2020/10/23
Common agricultural policy - support for strategic plans to be drawn up by Member States and financed by the EAGF and by the EAFRD (A8-0200/2019 - Peter Jahr)

I supported this report, which concludes more than two years of work on CAP reform. This CAP proposal addresses environmental and climate change concerns while continuing to support the active needs of European farmers. This proposal is environmentally conscious, with 30% of direct payments allocated to eco—schemes and an increase in green spending from 30% to 35% in the rural development budget. Targeted eco—schemes as well as investments form the centre of this new architecture and will help us towards a more sustainable and competitive European agricultural sector.
2020/10/23
Common agricultural policy: financing, management and monitoring (A8-0199/2019 - Ulrike Müller)

I voted in favour of this report, which aims to establish a legislative framework that allows for improved implementation of CAP management and control, such as governance systems, reporting obligations, crises reserve, farm advisory services and penalties and controls.
2020/10/23
Common agricultural policy – amendment of the CMO and other Regulations (A8-0198/2019 - Eric Andrieu)

I supported this report, which makes amendments to: the Regulation on the common organisation of the markets (Single CMO); the Regulation on quality systems; the Regulation on the definition, description, presentation, labelling and protection of geographical indications of aromatised wine products; the Regulation laying down specific measures for the outermost regions of the Union; and the Regulation introducing specific measures for the Aegean Sea Islands.
2020/10/23
Introducing exceptional trade measures for countries and territories participating in or linked to the European Union's Stabilisation and Association process (A9-0175/2020 - Emmanuel Maurel)

I voted in favour of this report which extends the exceptional trade benefits provided to Western Balkans for an additional five years.
2020/11/11
EU/China Agreement: cooperation on and protection of geographical indications (Resolution) (A9-0202/2020 -Iuliu Winkler)

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report which protects 100 European Geographical Indications (GIs) in China such as, Cava, Champagne, Feta, Irish whiskey, Münchener Bier, Ouzo, Polska Wódka, Porto, Prosciutto di Parma and Queso Manchego, in addition to 100 Chinese GIs in the European Union against imitation and promotes quality as well as traditional know-how.
2020/11/11
Common system of value added tax: identification of taxable persons in Northern Ireland (A9-0200/2020 - Irene Tinagli)

. ‒ I supported this report which will enable the Council to adopt the Commission proposal that from 1 January 2021, Northern Ireland will continue to remain under EU VAT legislation regarding goods, not services. Taxable persons carrying out trade in goods from Northern Ireland will be given EU VAT identification numbers with the prefix XI.
2020/11/11
Enhanced cooperation between Public Employment Services (PES) (A9-0128/2020 - Manuel Pizarro)

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report which extends the public employment services (PES) network until at least 2027. The PES play an important role in integrating jobseekers into the labour market within the EU.
2020/11/11
EU/Seychelles Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement and Implementation. Protocol (2020-2026) (resolution) (A9-0184/2020 - Caroline Roose)

I supported this report, which allows EU vessels from Spain, France, Italy and Portugal to continue fishing in the Seychelles’ fishing zone and in part of the tuna network fisheries agreements in the Indian Ocean.The new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement will strengthen cooperation and consultations between the parties in the context of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission, of which both parties are members, and other regional organisations.
2020/11/12
Programme for the Union's action in the field of health for the period 2021-2027 (“EU4Health Programme”) (A9-0196/2020 - Cristian-Silviu Buşoi)

I supported this report, which builds on the lessons learned during the COVID-19 crisis to advance three main priorities: strengthening health systems, making medicines available and affordable and tackling cross-border health threats. Objectives addressed in the report include the shortage of medicines, the fight against cancer with emphasis on paediatric cancer, innovation, and the prudent use of medicines. The report also includes the Establishment of EU4Health Steering Group and a European Health Response Mechanism.
2020/11/13
Strengthening media freedom: the protection of journalists in Europe, hate speech, disinformation and the role of platforms (A9-0205/2020 - Magdalena Adamowicz)

I voted in favour of this report, which considers the safety of journalists, and the fight against impunity for crimes committed against them as essential to guaranteeing the fundamental right to freedom of expression.
2020/11/25
Foreign policy consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak (A9-0204/2020 - Hilde Vautmans)

I supported this report, which aims at analysing the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on international relations and the EU’s role in the world. It affirms that the pandemic is a game changer in the international environment, a risk multiplier and a catalyst of change in the global order.
2020/11/25
Stocktaking of European elections (A9-0211/2020 - Pascal Durand)

I supported this report, which looks at the impact of the 2019 elections and how they reflected the goals of the reform initiated by Parliament in 2015. Those included, among others, enhancing the democratic dimension of the European elections, reinforcing European citizenship, improving the functioning of the Parliament and the governance of the Union, and enhancing the effectiveness of the conduct of European elections.
2020/11/25
Union General Export Authorisation for the export of certain dual-use items from the Union to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (C9-0345/2020 - Bernd Lange)

I voted in favour of this report, which aims at adding the UK to the list of countries in the Union General Export Authorisation EU001, which facilitates the export of low-risk goods to a limited number of third countries. This legislation will enter into force by 1 January 2021 to ensure that the export of these goods to the UK does not become subject to licensing requirements, thus avoiding an administrative burden for companies and licensing authorities.
2020/11/26
European Citizens' Initiative - Minority Safepack (B9-0403/2020, B9-0405/2020)

I supported this report which calls on the Commission to act on the European Citizens’ Initiative proposals that aim to enhance cultural and linguistic diversity in the EU. The report calls for a common framework of minimum EU standards, that regional languages must be promoted, linguistic rights protected where more than one official language is in use, and language communities defended in accordance with fundamental rights.
2020/12/17
Council Recommendation on vocational education and training (VET) for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience (B9-0400/2020)

I supported this report which calls for support by the European Commission to Member States for the promotion of Vocational Education and Training (VET), digital upgrading and distance learning, ensuring accessibility and acquisition of the necessary skills, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and beyond. The resolution appeals to the Quality Framework for Apprenticeships and the Erasmus Programme to achieve goals set by 2025 and calls on the European Commission to monitor its progress.
2020/12/17
Union action for the European Capitals of Culture for the years 2020 to 2033 (A9-0201/2020 - Željana Zovko)

I voted in favour of this report which aims to help the organisers of the European Capitals of Culture (ECOC) cope with the consequences of COVID-19. Currently, two cities were awarded the European title: Rijeka, Croatia, and Galway, Ireland. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many cultural events had to be cancelled without any remedy. This proposal aims to prolong the term for the two cities to last beyond 2020. If adopted, they would be able to implement their programmes under the ECOC title until 30 April 2021 without changing the year of designation.
2020/12/17
Implementation of the EU water legislation (B9-0401/2020)

I supported this report, which is the European Parliament’s response to the European Commission’s fitness check of the Water Framework Directive, the Groundwater Directive, the Environmental Quality Standards Directive and the Floods Directive, which aim to achieve a good status of all surface and ground waters by 2027. The resolution regrets that while the Water Framework Directive is fit for purpose, its objectives are not on track to be met and calls for faster and better implementation, in particular through the third River Basin Management Plan to be adopted by 2021.
2020/12/17
EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change (B9-0422/2020)

I voted in favour of this report, which will serve as the European Parliament’s position ahead of the expected adoption by the Commission of a new strategy on adaptation to climate change. The report identifies several areas of action such as clear goals and indicators, together with a more frequent review process, the importance of using nature—based solutions, mainstreaming adaptation in all relevant EU policies, increased funding and crisis prevention and preparedness planning.
2020/12/17
Agreement for co-operation in dealing with pollution of the North Sea by oil and other harmful substances (Bonn Agreement): extension of its material and geographical scope of application (A9-0268/2020 - Pascal Canfin)

I voted in favour of this report which aims to combat pollution in the North Sea Area and safeguard coastal areas from maritime disasters and chronic pollution from ships and offshore installations.
2021/01/19
Achieving an effective policy legacy for the European Year of Cultural Heritage (A9-0210/2020 - Dace Melbārde)

. ‒ I supported this report which summarises the achievements of the 2018 Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) and focuses on different angles of cultural-heritage sustainable tourism, including the digitalisation of cultural goods, protection of cultural sites and protection of the languages. The EYCH is considered to have been a very successful initiative with more than 23 000 events taking place in 2018, reaching 12.8 million people across all Member States.
2021/01/20
Connectivity and EU-Asia relations (A9-0269/2020 - Reinhard Bütikofer)

I voted in favour of this report, which highlights the fundamental role that connectivity plays in the geopolitical relations of the EU and its Member States. This report underlines that connectivity as a fundamental orientation of the European Union is deeply ingrained in the EU’s approach to domestic and international challenges.
2021/01/21
The arrest of Aleksei Navalny (B9-0090/2021, B9-0091/2021, B9-0092/2021, B9-0093/2021, B9-0094/2021, B9-0095/2021)

I supported this report which calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Alexei Navalny and all other persons detained in relation to his return to Russia on 17 January. This resolution calls on the EU and its Member States to devise a new strategy for relations with the Russian Federation, which is centred around support for civil society, that promotes democratic values, rule of law, fundamental freedoms and human rights and calls for the immediate stop of the Nord Stream 2 project.
2021/01/21
The latest developments in the National Assembly of Venezuela (RC-B9-0056/2021, B9-0056/2021, B9-0060/2021, B9-0062/2021, B9-0064/2021, B9-0065/2021)

I voted in favour of this report which expresses solidarity and full support to the people of Venezuela who are suffering the effects of a severe humanitarian and political crisis which is currently exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.This resolution requests the unconditional and immediate release of the more than 350 political prisoners in Venezuela and calls for a Contact Group between Members of the European Parliament and the democratically elected representatives of the Delegated Commission of the National Assembly to be set up in order to facilitate regular contact and dialogue with the democratic legitimate forces in Venezuela.
2021/01/21
Establishing the Recovery and Resilience Facility (A9-0214/2020 - Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Siegfried Mureşan, Dragoș Pîslaru)

I voted in favour of this report which aims to support reforms and investments by Member States to mitigate the economic and social consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and make EU economies more sustainable. The Recovery and Resilience Facility will be used to help people and enterprises affected by the crisis, to make the European Union stronger and more resilient, to reform, to stay competitive, to become more modern, digital and greener.
2021/02/09
New Circular Economy Action Plan: see Minutes (A9-0008/2021 - Jan Huitema)

. ‒ I supported this report which builds on the Circular Economy Action Plan which aims at accelerating the transformational change required by the European Green Deal for achieving a cleaner, climate-neutral, resource-efficient and competitive economy and is expected to create 700 000 new jobs by 2030. The report includes measures on, inter alia, innovation and ensuring competitiveness of the EU industries, targets, eco-design measures, eco-labelling, green public procurement, incentives, packaging, plastics, constructions and buildings, secondary raw materials, food waste, waste treatment including related to landfilling and incineration, durability and reparability of products and the role of bio-economy.
2021/02/09
Humanitarian and political situation in Yemen (B9-0119/2021)

I voted in favour of this report which condemns the recent attacks carried out by the Iranian-backed Houthi movement in the Ma’rib and Al-Jawf Governorates, as well as the repeated attempts to carry out cross-border attacks on the territory of Saudi Arabia, which undermine the international community’s overall efforts to bring this proxy war in Yemen to an end.This report condemns in the strongest terms the ongoing violence in Yemen since 2015, which has degenerated into the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, recalls that there can be no military solution to the conflict in Yemen and that the crisis can only be resolved sustainably through an inclusive Yemeni-led and Yemeni-owned negotiation process involving all quarters of Yemeni society and all parties to the conflict.
2021/02/11
The situation in Myanmar (B9-0116/2021)

I supported this report which expresses sympathy and support to the people of Myanmar in their peaceful and legitimate struggle for democracy, freedom and human rights. This report strongly condemns the military coup of 1 February and calls for the immediate and unconditional release of President Win Myint, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, and all others who have been illegally arrested. In addition, the report calls upon the Vice-President / High Representative to closely engage with like-minded partners, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, India, Australia, Canada but also in particular the members of ASEAN, to seek close coordination and streamlining of positions and initiatives in order to work towards the restoration of a civilian government as soon as possible.
2021/02/11
Programme for the Union's action in the field of health for the period 2021-2027 (“EU4Health Programme”) (A9-0196/2020 - Cristian-Silviu Buşoi)

I supported this report which is the fourth and largest of the EU Health Programmes since their inception in 2003, with a dedicated budget of €5.1 billion allocated to it under the agreement by the European Parliament and Council on the next multiannual financial framework. The EU4Health programme will assist Member States in developing quality healthcare standards at national level. This programme maintains focus on practical and coordinated measures the European Institutions can take in tackling future health challenges. EU4Health will strengthen and enhance health priorities, such as initiatives like the European Reference Networks for rare diseases, the fight against cancer, reducing the number of antimicrobial-resistant infections and improving international cooperation on global health threats and challenges.
2021/03/09
A WTO-compatible EU carbon border adjustment mechanism (A9-0019/2021 - Yannick Jadot)

I voted in favour of this report which supports a carbon price on certain goods imported from outside the EU, if these countries are not ambitious enough about climate change. This would create a global level playing field as well as an incentive for both EU and non—EU industries to decarbonise in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. This report underlines that the EU’s increased ambition on climate change must not lead to ‘carbon leakage’ as global climate efforts will not benefit if EU production is just moved to non—EU countries that have less ambitious emissions rules.
2021/03/10
Implementation of the Construction Products Regulation (A9-0012/2021 - Christian Doleschal)

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report which lays down harmonised rules for the marketing of construction products in the EU. This Regulation provides a common technical language to assess the performance of construction products. It ensures that reliable information is available to professionals, public authorities and consumers, so they can compare the performance of products from different manufacturers in different countries. This report aims at assessing the implementation of the Construction Product Regulation (CPR) (Regulation (EU) 305/2011) and to propose a way forward, thus adding to the forthcoming review of the CPR.
2021/03/10
Fisheries control (A9-0016/2021 - Clara Aguilera)

I supported this report, which aims at modernising and simplifying the rules of monitoring fisheries activities and ensuring compliance with the Common Fisheries Policy. The Fisheries Control System regulates the use of new technologies on the vessels, such as on-board cameras (CCTV) to control compliance with landing obligations, or other monitoring equipment like geolocation devices. This report includes measures for improving traceability and transparency of any product made from fish and seafood throughout the whole chain, whether imported or from the EU, and harmonises the sanctions regime for serious infringements throughout the EU which will provide legal certainty to the sector.
2021/03/10
The Syrian conflict - 10 years after the uprising (B9-0175/2021, B9-0176/2021, B9-0177/2021, B9-0178/2021, B9-0179/2021, B9-0180/2021, B9-0181/2021)

I supported this report which expresses profound concern at the ongoing suffering of the Syrian people, 10 years after the conflict began. This report highlights that humanitarian needs in Syria have risen by a fifth in the last year alone, and that an additional 4.5 million Syrians now suffer from food insecurity, while 90 % live below the poverty line and outlines that humanitarian access must remain a central priority for the EU in Syria. Furthermore, this report strongly condemns all atrocities and violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, in particular by the Assad Regime, but also by Russian, Iranian and Turkish actors and calls on Russia, Iran and Hezbollah to withdraw all forces and proxies under their command, except for those participating in an international peacekeeping or stabilisation force under the mandate of the UN Security Council.
2021/03/11
Russia, the case of Alexei Navalny, military build-up on Ukraine's border and Russian attack in the Czech Republic (B9-0235/2021, RC-B9-0236/2021, B9-0236/2021, B9-0237/2021, B9-0250/2021, B9-0251/2021, B9-0252/2021)

I supported this report, which calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Alexei Navalny, whose sentencing is politically motivated and runs counter to Russia’s international human rights obligations, and of all persons detained during protests in support of his release or his anti-corruption campaign; holds Russia accountable for the health situation of Alexei Navalny and urges Russia to investigate the assassination attempt on Alexei Navalny cooperating fully with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. This report also calls on Russia to immediately end the practice of unjustified military build-ups targeted at threatening its neighbours, to stop all ongoing and refrain from future provocations and de-escalate; stresses that friendly countries should step up their military support to Ukraine and in the provision of defensive weapons, which is in line with Article 51 of the UN Charter allowing individual and collective self-defence; underscores that if such a military build-up will in the future transform into an invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, the EU must make clear that the price for that violation of international law and norms will be severe.
2021/04/29
5th anniversary of the Peace Agreement in Colombia (RC-B9-0227/2021, B9-0227/2021, B9-0228/2021, B9-0229/2021, B9-0230/2021, B9-0231/2021, B9-0232/2021)

I voted in favour of this report, which recognises the efforts made by the Colombian institutions and encourages them to make more progress in ensuring that human rights are fully and permanently upheld in line with the obligation to guarantee the safety of citizens. This report also acknowledges the Government's commitment to the protection of social leaders, human rights defenders and former combatants, and remote communities.
2021/04/29
European Child Guarantee (B9-0220/2021)

I supported this report, which complements the EU strategy on the Rights of the Child. The main objective of the European Child Guarantee is to prevent and combat poverty and social exclusion by ensuring the free and effective access of children in need to key services such as: early childhood education and care, education and school—based activities, healthcare and at least one healthy meal each school day and effective access to healthy nutrition and adequate housing for all children in need.
2021/04/29
EU-India relations (A9-0124/2021 - Alviina Alametsä)

I supported this report which considers the importance of implementation of the EU—India Roadmap to 2025 and reinvigoration of the idea of negotiating a Strategic Partnership Agreement, with a strong parliamentary dimension. This report emphasises the need for closer coordination in international security policies. In addition, this report underlines the importance of various human rights issues concerning women, children, ethnic and religious minorities, caste based discrimination, free and safe environment for independent journalists and human rights defenders. The report expresses deep concern regarding the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) as discriminatory in nature and divisive, and encourages India to guarantee the right to freely practice the religion of one’s choice as enshrined in the Constitution.
2021/04/29
European Climate Law (Jytte Guteland - A9-0162/2020)

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report which increases the EU’s target for reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 from 40% to at least 55%, compared to 1990 levels. It gives European citizens and businesses the legal certainty and predictability they need to plan for this transition as after 2050, the EU will aim for negative emissions.Additionally, this report provides for an upcoming proposal from the Commission on the LULUCF Regulation to regulate GHG emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry and which will increase EU carbon sinks. Also, given the importance of independent scientific advice, and on the basis of a proposal from Parliament, a European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change will be set up to monitor progress and to assess whether European policy is consistent with these objectives.
2021/06/24
Official controls on animals and products of animal origin in order to ensure compliance with the prohibition of certain uses of antimicrobials (A9-0195/2021 - Pascal Canfin)

I supported this report, which will enable all the necessary controls to be in place with regard to imported animals and animal products at the same time as the regulation on veterinary medicinal products, which will apply from 28 January 2022.
2021/06/24
2019-2020 Reports on Bosnia and Herzegovina (A9-0185/2021 - Paulo Rangel)

I voted in favour of this report, which reiterates Parliament’s strong support for the European integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and calls on the European Council to continue backing its European perspective. In addition, this report reiterates the fact that the work on the reconciliation process must focus on the country’s youth and start at an early age, embedding reconciliation into the education process. This report urges authorities at all levels to ensure that all children have access to inclusive and non-discriminatory education.
2021/06/24
Old continent growing older - possibilities and challenges related to ageing policy post 2020 (A9-0194/2021 - Beata Szydło)

I supported this report, which outlines that the ageing of the population is one of the most significant challenges in the EU today, and the coronavirus pandemic has further highlighted the problems that require special attention and stressed the need to include a special strategy for older people in EU activities. This report encourages Member States to make greater use of EU funds, such as ESF+ and ERDF, to adapt infrastructure and public spaces to the needs of older people. In addition this report also postulates the establishment of a Year of Dignified Ageing.
2021/07/07
EU global human rights sanctions regime (EU Magnitsky Act) (B9-0371/2021)

I voted in favour of this report which welcomes the adoption of the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime (EU GHRSR) as an essential addition to the EU’s human rights and foreign policy toolbox, which strengthens the EU’s role as a global human rights actor by allowing it to take restrictive measures against legal and natural persons involved in serious human rights violations everywhere in the world. This report calls on the Commission to come forward with a legislative proposal to amend the current EU GHRSR legislation extending its scope to acts of corruption and stresses the need for all EU Member States to interpret the application and enforcement of sanctions and urges the Commission, in its role as guardian of the Treaties, to ensure that national penalties for breaching EU sanctions are effective, proportionate and dissuasive.
2021/07/07
European Medicines Agency (A9-0216/2021 - Nicolás González Casares)

I supported this report, which aims to reinforce the role of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to contribute to the EU health crisis management framework by addressing the specific issues related to medicinal product and medical device sectors. This report calls for the implementation of coordinated, well-designed and large-scale clinical trials to obtain reliable evidence. In addition, this report calls for information on clinical trials and marketing authorisation decisions to be publicized.
2021/07/08
A new ERA for Research and Innovation (B9-0370/2021)

I supported this resolution, which welcomes the Commission’s communication on a New European Area for Research and Innovation setting out strategic objectives and actions with the aim of reaching the goal of 3% GDP spending on R&I, to improve access to excellence for researchers across the EU.This report calls on the Member States to adopt a Pact for Research and Innovation in Europe that includes commitments by 2030 and underlines that the COVID pandemic has demonstrated the importance of R&I cooperation and better connectivity and the need to improve synergies in order to create a research-enabling environment and to reduce the research gap between Member States.
2021/07/08
Situation in Nicaragua (RC-B9-0400/2021, B9-0400/2021, B9-0401/2021, B9-0402/2021, B9-0403/2021, B9-0404/2021, B9-0405/2021)

I supported this report, which underscores the seriously deteriorating conditions of human rights and democracy in the country in recent months, and particularly the arbitrary detention of pre-presidential candidates, activists, journalists and other democratic opposition leaders, as well as the dissolution of two political parties (Partido de Restauración Democrática and Partido Conservador ). In addition, it denounces with concern the reforms made to the Electoral Law 331 and the appointment of new Supreme Electoral Council members deeply linked to the Ortega-Murillo regime, making this institution a biased and non-transparent body. It condemns the adoption and implementation of the restrictive and punitive laws and calls for their immediate repeal.
2021/07/08
The repression of the opposition in Turkey, specifically HDP (RC-B9-0406/2021, B9-0406/2021, B9-0407/2021, B9-0408/2021, B9-0409/2021, B9-0410/2021, B9-0411/2021)

I voted in favour of this report, which outlines Parliament’s ongoing concern at the constant attacks and pressure on opposition parties in Turkey, and particularly at the way that the HDP, including its youth organisation, has been specifically and increasingly targeted by the Turkish authorities, and condemns this repression against the HDP and any other Turkish opposition parties, which undermines the proper functioning of the democratic system. This report urges the Turkish Government to put an end to this situation and to ensure that all political parties in the country can freely and fully exercise their legitimate activities in accordance with the basic principles of a pluralist and democratic system.
2021/07/08
Establishment of Antarctic Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and the conservation of Southern Ocean biodiversity (B9-0369/2021)

I supported this report, which expresses full support for the efforts by the European Union and its Member States, Australia, Norway, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, United States and New Zealand to establish two new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean, in particular in East Antarctica and in the Weddell Sea, under the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).This report calls to intensify bilateral and multilateral efforts to secure support for the establishment of these MPAs in the following months, in particular with regard to CCAMLR members, which have expressed opposition to the MPA proposal. It also urges the Commission and Member States to use the establishment of these MPAs as a basis in the global negotiations under the Convention on Biological Diversity in the COP15 UN Biodiversity Conference later this year.
2021/07/08
Breaches of EU law and of the rights of LGBTIQ citizens in Hungary as a result of the adopted legal changes in the Hungarian Parliament (B9-0412/2021, B9-0413/2021)

I voted in favour of this report, which describes new rules in Hungary as a clear breach of fundamental rights enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the Treaties and EU internal market legislation. This report calls on the Commission to launch an accelerated infringement procedure and to use all tools in the Court of Justice, such as interim measures and penalties for non—compliance, if necessary. In addition, this report urges Member States to bring this matter to the CJEU should the Commission not act, and to launch an inter—state application to the European Court of Human Rights.
2021/07/08
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (A9-0253/2021 - Joanna Kopcińska)

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report which amends the Commission’s proposal to prioritise workable and pragmatic solutions to improve cooperation, exchange of information, expertise and best practices between Member States, the Commission, the Health Security Committee and the ECDC itself. This report stresses the importance of transparency and accountability between the Member States and the EU, while preserving the exclusive competences of the Member States.
2021/09/15
Serious cross-border threats to health (A9-0247/2021 - Véronique Trillet-Lenoir)

. ‒ I supported this report which aims to strengthen the Council Decision on cross-border threats to health through reinforced national and Union preparedness and response plans; improved alert notifications, response coordination and Commission recommendations on temporary public health measures; reinforced epidemiological surveillance and monitoring; and broadened Union intervention capacities in the event of recognised Union public health emergencies.
2021/09/15
A new EU-China strategy (A9-0252/2021 - Hilde Vautmans)

I voted in favour of this report which recommends that the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (VP/HR) and the Council develop a more assertive, comprehensive and consistent EU-China strategy that unites all Member States and shapes relations with China in the interest of the EU as a whole, with the defence of our values at its core and promoting a rules-based multilateral order. This report underlines that the strategy needs to take into account the multifaceted nature of the EU’s relationship with China and highlights that China is a cooperation and negotiating partner for the EU but is also an economic competitor and a systemic rival in an increasing number of areas. In addition, this report proposes that this strategy be based on six pillars: Open dialogue and cooperation on global challenges, Enhanced engagement on universal values, international norms and human rights, Analysis and identification of the risks, vulnerabilities and challenges, Building partnerships with like-minded partners, Fostering open strategic autonomy, including in trade and investment relations, and Defence and promotion of core European interests and values by transforming the EU into a more effective geopolitical actor.
2021/09/15
Guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States (A9-0262/2021 - Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová)

I supported this report, which provides input on a consultative basis to the 2021 proposal for a Council decision on guidelines for the Member States employment policies, the ‘Employment Guidelines’, which serve as basis for the country-specific recommendations in the European semester.
2021/09/15
Fishers for the future (A9-0230/2021 - Manuel Pizarro)

I supported this report which addresses issues related to employment matters concerning fisheries, in particular with regard to the generational turnover of workers. This report calls to improve the statistical representation of jobs in the fisheries and aquaculture sector and in the rest of the value chain in the EU, particularly through an awareness of the level of training and age structure, and how this has evolved over time. Employment management, like fisheries management, will also need to be based on the best knowledge and information available.
2021/09/15
Identifying gender-based violence as a new area of crime listed in Article 83(1) TFEU (A9-0249/2021 - Malin Björk, Diana Riba i Giner)

I voted in favour of this report which asks the Commission to submit, on the basis of the third subparagraph of Article 83(1) TFEU, a proposal for a Council decision identifying gender-based violence as a new area of crime. The report calls for this to be followed by a dedicated legislation in the form of a directive on gender based violence.
2021/09/16
Situation in Afghanistan (RC-B9-0455/2021, B9-0433/2021, B9-0453/2021, B9-0455/2021, B9-0458/2021, B9-0459/2021, B9-0460/2021, B9-0462/2021)

I voted in favour of this report, which states that all efforts need to be made to conclude the evacuation of all EU citizens and those Afghans who worked and supported the international effort over the last two decades. Furthermore, this report highlights that contacts with the Taliban de facto regime need to have a technical character, to deal with logistics. A litmus test for the approach towards Taliban will be the preservation of the achievements of the last 20 years, in particular women right’s and girls’ education and making sure that Afghanistan does not descend into being a safe haven for terrorist organisations.This report also underlines the need to evade a humanitarian crisis and therefore humanitarian aid should be made available and its distribution should not be hampered by the Taliban.
2021/09/16
Situation in Lebanon (RC-B9-0465/2021, B9-0464/2021, B9-0465/2021, B9-0466/2021, B9-0467/2021, B9-0468/2021, B9-0469/2021, B9-0470/2021)

I supported this report, which urges the Lebanese authorities to respect the electoral calendar of 2022 and international commitments on reforms. It also calls for the release of humanitarian aid channelled through non-public entities, an international humanitarian task force under the auspices of the UN, the EU to offer Lebanon the deployment of an EU Administrative Advisory Mission and an independent fact-finding mission into the Beirut port blast.
2021/09/16
Environment: The Aarhus Regulation (A9-0152/2021 - Christian Doleschal)

I supported this report which aims to ensure the Union’s compliance with its international obligations under the Aarhus Convention in a way that is compatible with the fundamental legal principles of the Union and with its system of judicial review.
2021/10/05
Temporarily suspending autonomous Common Customs Tariff duties on imports of certain industrial products into the Canary Islands (A9-0267/2021 - Younous Omarjee)

I voted in favour of this report, which provides for the temporary suspension of autonomous common customs tariff duties on imports of certain industrial products into the Canary Islands. The current suspension is due to expire on 31 December 2021. In addition to the already suspended product categories, the Government of Spain has requested to add seven new product categories, including machines for industrial purposes and raw materials.
2021/10/05
The impact of intimate partner violence and custody rights on women and children (A9-0254/2021 - Elena Kountoura, Luisa Regimenti)

. ‒ I supported this report which calls on EU Member States to better promote access to legal protection, effective hearings and restraining orders, counselling and victim funds; and to apply particular procedures and support for mothers who are victims of domestic violence in order to prevent them from becoming victims again as a result of losing custody of their children. This report also urges the Commission to advance EU-wide public-awareness campaigns as a necessary measure in the prevention of domestic violence and the creation of a climate of zero tolerance towards violence.
2021/10/05
EU Road Safety Policy Framework 2021-2030 – Recommendations on next steps towards "Vision Zero" (A9-0211/2021 - Elena Kountoura)

I voted in favour of this report which embraces the EU Road Safety Policy Framework 2021-2030, the new targets set and the adoption of the ‘Safe System’ approach. The introduction of a first set of eight key performance indicators (KPIs) will enable a more targeted analysis of Member States’ performances and identify deficiencies. The report calls for outcome KPI targets by 2023 and urges Member States and their national competent authorities to fully engage in the collection of this data. Encourages Member States to establish National Observatories for Road Safety and recognises the importance in this context of the EU Urban Road Safety award as well as Commission’s intention to revitalise the European Road Safety Charter and goes a step further by asking for a ‘European Year of Road Safety’ in due time.
2021/10/05
Rebuilding fish stocks in the Mediterranean (A9-0225/2021 - Raffaele Stancanelli)

. ‒ I supported this report, which analyses the current situation and the impact on the fisheries sector in the Mediterranean basin. This report ensures that legislative proposals which restrict fishing activities are preceded by an impact assessment to quantify their possible socioeconomic and environmental impact on coastal communities and highlights the positive impact of the renewal of the elderly fishing fleets operating, so as to reduce the negative impact on the environment, and improve safety and working conditions on board.
2021/10/05
The future of EU-US relations (A9-0250/2021 - Tonino Picula)

I voted in favour of this report which welcomes the adoption of the new proposal for an EU-US agenda for global change in December 2020 as a blueprint for a renewed and strengthened transatlantic partnership. In addition, this report calls for a coordinated position vis-à-vis Russia and China and a common offer of investing into global infrastructure initiatives in line with the EU’s connectivity strategy.
2021/10/06
Implementation report on the EU Trust Funds and the Facility for Refugees in Turkey (A9-0255/2021 - Öilan Zver, György Hölvényi, Janusz Lewandowski)

I supported this report which presents a political evaluation of the implementation of the EU Trust Funds (EUTFs) and the Facility for Refugees in Turkey (FRT) in the past years. It points out the shortcomings as well as advantages of each EUTF and the FRT in a more comprehensive manner. It also affirms the concerns of the European Parliament’s involvement in the decision-making and results-monitoring frameworks, as well as in reporting and/or evaluation of the instruments.
2021/10/06
State of EU cyber defence capabilities (A9-0234/2021 - Urmas Paet)

I voted in favour of this report which underlines that a common cyber defence policy and a substantial EU level cooperation on generating common cyber defence capabilities are core elements for the development of a deepened European Defence Union. In addition this report calls for further funding for CERT-EU, the EU Intelligence and Situation Centre (INTCEN) and supports Member States in establishing and strengthening Security Operation Centres (SOCs) in order to build a network of SOCs across the EU which could enhance civil-military cooperation to provide timely warnings on cybersecurity incidents.
2021/10/06
The Arctic: opportunities, concerns and security challenges (A9-0239/2021 - Anna Fotyga)

I supported this report which reconfirms that the Arctic is of strategic and political importance to the EU, as an Arctic stakeholder and global actor, and underlines the EU’s commitment to be a responsible actor. This report considers it crucial that all stakeholders, including the EU and its Member States, act to maintain peaceful and intense international and regional cooperation, prosperity and low tension in the Arctic, as well as to respond to the very alarming effects and consequences of climate change in the region.
2021/10/06
The protection of persons with disabilities through petitions: lessons learnt (A9-0261/2021 - Alex Agius Saliba)

I voted in favour of this report, which tackles the problems and the needs to improve access for persons with disabilities to the built environment, transport, information and communication technologies and systems, and draws attention to the difficult situation encountered during the COVID-19 pandemic by persons with disabilities and their families.
2021/10/06
The situation in Belarus after one year of protests and their violent repression (RC-B9-0482/2021, B9-0482/2021, B9-0483/2021, B9-0485/2021, B9-0488/2021, B9-0494/2021, B9-0496/2021)

I supported this report, which condemns the repression against the peaceful people of Belarus, suppression of the media and the Internet, and the intimidation of all independent voices in Belarus, and which continues to call for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners. This report urges the European Council to take a comprehensive and strategic approach to sanctions against the Belarusian regime, which should include a shift from a step-by-step approach towards a more determined approach.
2021/10/07
Humanitarian situation in Tigray (RC-B9-0484/2021, B9-0484/2021, B9-0486/2021, B9-0487/2021, B9-0489/2021, B9-0492/2021, B9-0493/2021, B9-0495/2021)

I supported this report which strongly condemns the deliberate targeting of civilians by all the belligerent parties, the reported recruitment of children by warring parties including the Tigrayan forces and the continued usage of rape and sexual violence, and which demands the immediate cessation of hostilities, by all parties, which is needed as a prerequisite for the much-needed improvement of the humanitarian situation in Tigray and other regions. This report calls on all national, regional and local actors concerned to allow immediate and unimpeded humanitarian access and relief to affected populations in Tigray, ending a de facto blockade on humanitarian assistance and critical supplies.
2021/10/07
Farm to Fork Strategy (A9-0271/2021 - Anja Hazekamp, Herbert Dorfmann)

I supported this report which looks at the entire food production chain, covering elements such as agricultural production systems, supply chains, food prices, environmental impacts, pesticides, fertilisers, nutrition labelling and animal welfare among others. It aims to reduce the environmental and carbon footprint of the EU food system and to strengthen its resilience, thereby assuring food security.
2021/10/19
Protecting workers from asbestos (A9-0275/2021 - Nikolaj Villumsen)

I supported this vote which calls on the Commission to present a European Strategy for the Removal of All Asbestos (ESRAA), including legislative proposals for minimum standards on national asbestos registers, a revision of the exposure limit values on asbestos in the asbestos at work directive, the recognition of occupational diseases and minimum standards for compensation of victims, mandatory screening and removal of asbestos before renovation works as well as mandatory screening of buildings before sale or rent.
2021/10/19
Europe’s Media in the Digital Decade (A9-0278/2021 - Dace Melbārde)

I voted in favour of this vote which recognises the importance of territorial exclusivity and licensing rights that are necessary for the survival and efficient functioning of the audio-visual sector as well as the recognition of legally binding measures to fight Intellectual Property infringement including online piracy.
2021/10/19
EU-Taiwan political relations and cooperation (A9-0265/2021 - Charlie Weimers)

I voted in favour of this report which underscores the importance, particularly in the light of China’s continued provocations and military build-up, of further advancing all levels of the EU-Taiwan partnership and cooperation. This report also highlights, in particular, the leading role the European Parliament can play when it comes to identifying areas for further cooperation, as well as clearly identifying and calling out Chinese provocations and showing solidarity with Taiwan.
2021/10/20
Insurance of motor vehicles (A9-0035/2019 - Dita Charanzová)

I voted in favour of this report, which clarifies the scope of the directive, including what vehicles are subject to compulsory insurance and what the insurance coverage should be. In particular, the rules now clarify that accidents caused during the normal use of a vehicle as a means of transportation, including its use on private properties, are as a rule covered. With regards to e-bikes, wheelchairs and golf cards, I believe Member States should take action to ensure pedestrian safety regarding the use of these vehicles especially in an urban context.
2021/10/21
Joint Undertakings under Horizon Europe (A9-0246/2021 - Maria da Graça Carvalho)

I supported this report which establishes the nine public-private partnerships in the key technology areas of Global Health, Innovative Health Initiative, Key Digital Technologies, Circular Bio-based Europe, Clean Hydrogen, Clean Aviation, Europe’s Rail, Single European Sky, and Smart Networks and Services. The EU will provide nearly EUR 10 billion from Horizon Europe which the partners will match with at least an equivalent amount of investment.
2021/10/21
An EU strategy to reduce methane emissions (A9-0277/2021 - Maria Spyraki)

I supported this report, which stresses the importance of reducing methane emissions in the energy, agriculture and waste sectors including through setting binding EU targets in legislation and by encouraging innovations and uptake of technologies reducing methane emissions.
2021/10/21
UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, the UK (COP26) (B9-0521/2021)

I voted in favour of this report, which welcomes the NDC updates announced so far that have raised climate ambition, but notes with concern that these contributions will still not be enough to put emissions on a path to reaching the goal of the Paris Agreement. This report stresses the importance of the European Climate Law, the European Green Deal and the Fit for 55 package to deliver the EU’s 2030 target and put the EU and its Member States on a trajectory to climate neutrality by 2050. In addition, this report calls on all Parties to enhance their NDCs, commit to reach climate neutrality by 2050 and back this up with concrete measures and policies.
2021/10/21
Pandora Papers: implications on the efforts to combat money laundering, tax evasion and avoidance (B9-0527/2021, RC B9-0530/2021, B9-0530/2021, B9-0531/202)

I supported this report, which outlines the need for Members States to engage more in the fight against money laundering and improve the EU tax havens blacklist.
2021/10/21
The Rule of law crisis in Poland and the primacy of EU law (B9-0532/2021, B9-0533/2021, B9-0539/2021)

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report which calls on the Commission and the Council to refrain from approving the draft recovery and resilience plan of Poland until the Government of Poland implements the judgments of the CJEU and international courts. In addition, the report urges the Commission to use all the tools at its disposal to establish ways to ensure that Polish citizens are not deprived of the benefits of EU funds due to the actions of the current government, and to establish avenues for these funds to be administered directly by the Commission to their final beneficiaries.
2021/10/21
Situation in Tunisia (RC-B9-0523/2021, B9-0523/2021, B9-0524/2021, B9-0525/2021, B9-0526/2021, B9-0528/2021, B9-0529/2021)

. ‒ I supported this report which urges the Tunisian President, Kais Saied, to return to normal functioning of state institutions and to the constitution, as well as the resumption of parliamentary activity as soon as possible, as part of a national dialogue and reaffirms the EU’s commitment to the privileged partnership between the EU and Tunisia, to its democratic process and to overcoming the financial and economic crisis in the country. This report reflects the EP’s deep concern regarding the actions taken by the President, in particular, the indefinite concentration of powers in his hands and the suspension of the Parliament, as well as expressing concern about foreign interference.
2021/10/21
European Partnership on Metrology (A9-0242/2021 - Maria da Graça Carvalho)

I voted in favour of this report, which will create a new Metrology Partnership based on all fields of knowledge and will tackle key challenges of society and the economy as a whole. This partnership will be an important tool to link research and innovation with EU priorities, especially the green and digital transition. It should be considered as a part of a strong industrial policy not only to strengthen EU competitiveness but also to contribute to EU strategic autonomy.
2021/11/11
European Union Agency for Asylum (A8-0392/2016 - Elena Yoncheva)

I supported this report, which establishes the regulation to turn the current European Asylum Support Office (EASO) into a fully-fledged agency. This report aims to improve the application of asylum policies in the EU, and will also strengthen the current EASO mandate and will facilitate the deployment of experts to Member States who have requested operational support.
2021/11/11
Serious cross-border threats to health (A9-0247/2021 - Véronique Trillet-Lenoir)

I voted in favour of this report, which aims to strengthen the EU’s health security framework, and to reinforce the crisis preparedness and response role of key EU agencies. A package of amendments relating the European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) were successfully voted for within this file. These amendments mainly consists of legal-technical cross-references between the serious cross-border threats to health (SCBTH) and HERA proposals.
2021/11/11
Strengthening democracy, media freedom and pluralism in the EU (A9-0292/2021 - Tiemo Wölken, Roberta Metsola)

I supported this report, which aims to safeguard journalists and to ensure that media pluralism is permitted across the Member States. The report aims to counteract the threat that private individuals or public officials often pose to journalists in the form of strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs).
2021/11/11
The European Education Area: a shared holistic approach (A9-0291/2021 - Michaela Šojdrová)

I voted in favour of this report, which presents an ambitious plan to achieve the creation of the European Education Area (EEA) by 2025. This report seeks to foster cooperation between Member States to enrich the quality and inclusiveness of national education and training systems.
2021/11/11
An intellectual property action plan to support the EU’s recovery and resilience (A9-0284/2021 - Marion Walsmann)

I voted in favour of this report, which outlines an action plan to support the EU’s recovery and resilience, published by the Commission in November 2020. This report will provide protection and support for companies developing innovations, which will in turn promote the EU’s economy and society.
2021/11/11
The first anniversary of the de facto abortion ban in Poland (B9-0543/2021, B9-0544/2021)

I supported this report, which expresses solidarity with the Polish women a year on from the de facto abortion ban. It also condemns the Polish authorities for their abuse of the judicial system, as well as for their reaction towards the population’s demonstrations.
2021/11/11
Common agricultural policy - support for strategic plans to be drawn up by Member States and financed by the EAGF and by the EAFRD (A8-0200/2019 - Peter Jahr)

I supported this report, which establishes a number of rules for the strategic plans to be drawn up by Member States under the common agricultural policy (CAP) Strategic Plans. This report outlines that states must devote 25% of their direct payments envelopes to eco-schemes, while at least 35% of rural development spending must be allocated to commitments beneficial for the environment. There will be a mandatory redistribution of CAP funds from larger farms to smaller ones via a redistributive payment.
2021/11/23
Common agricultural policy: financing, management and monitoring (A8-0199/2019 - Ulrike Müller)

I voted in favour of this report, which seeks to achieve more subsidiarity, in turn giving greater responsibilities to Member States. This entails a shift from ensuring single transaction compliance to monitoring system performance in each Member State.
2021/11/23
Common agricultural policy – amendment of the CMO and other Regulations (A8-0198/2019 - Eric Andrieu)

I voted in favour of this report, which makes amendments to a number of regulations regarding the common organisation of markets (CMOs) for the common agricultural policy (CAP) for the 2021-2027 period. It amends, among others, the regulation on the organisation of the markets (Single CMO), the regulation on quality systems and the regulation on the definition, description, presentation, labelling and protection of geographical indications of aromatised wine products.
2021/11/23
Draft amending budget No 5/2021: Humanitarian support to refugees in Turkey (A9-0327/2021 - Pierre Larrouturou)

I voted in favour of this report, which intends to continue the Emergency Social Safety Net cash support programme in Turkey until early 2023. The aim of this programme is to provide humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in Turkey.
2021/11/24
Draft amending budget No 6/2021: Additional vaccines doses to low and lower-middle income countries, UCPM reinforcement and other adjustments to expenditure and revenue (A9-0329/2021 - Pierre Larrouturou)

I supported this report, which accelerates global vaccinations through the COVAX programme. This report welcomes the proposal to ensure that the supplementary 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses pledged by the President of the Commission in her State of the Union speech are funded and delivered as a matter of urgency to low and lower-middle income countries.
2021/11/24
A Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe (A9-0317/2021 - Dolors Montserrat)

I voted in favour of this report, which builds on the European Union’s new pharmaceutical strategy. This strategy has the potential to respond to long-standing weaknesses in the field of health such as access to healthcare, affordability and to combat shortages in medicines, and support research. This report addresses the issues of antimicrobial resistance, rare and chronic diseases and cancer. It also supports innovation in the use of repurposed, off-label and off-patent products as well as emphasising the importance of the strategic autonomy of the European pharmaceutical industry and the role of generic and biosimilar medicines.
2021/11/24
Introduction of a European Social Security pass for improving the digital enforcement of social security rights and fair mobility (B9-0551/2021)

I voted in favour of this report, which calls for a European Social Security Pass to facilitate the digital enforcement and coordination of social security entitlements of mobile citizens and workers.
2021/11/25
Hague Convention (1980) on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction: accession of Philippines (A9-0300/2021 - Gilles Lebreton)

I supported this report, which accepts the accession of the Philippines to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Hague Convention is a multilateral treaty which seeks to protect children from the harmful effects of wrongful removal and retention across international boundaries by providing a procedure to bring about their prompt return and ensuring the protection of rights of access.
2021/11/25
Hague Convention (1980) on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction: accession of Jamaica (A9-0299/2021 - Heidi Hautala)

I supported this report, which accepts the accession of Jamaica to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Hague Convention is a multilateral treaty, which seeks to protect children from the harmful effects of wrongful removal and retention across international boundaries by providing a procedure to bring about their prompt return and ensuring the protection of rights of access.
2021/11/25
Hague Convention (1980) on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction: accession of Bolivia (A9-0307/2021 - Heidi Hautala)

I supported this report, which accepts the accession of Bolivia to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Hague Convention is a multilateral treaty which seeks to protect children from the harmful effects of wrongful removal and retention across international boundaries by providing a procedure to bring about their prompt return and ensuring the protection of rights of access.
2021/11/25
Hague Convention (1980) on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction: accession of Pakistan (A9-0308/2021 - Heidi Hautala)

I supported this report, which accepts the accession of Pakistan to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Hague Convention is a multilateral treaty which seeks to protect children from the harmful effects of wrongful removal and retention across international boundaries by providing a procedure to bring about their prompt return and ensuring the protection of rights of access.
2021/11/25
Hague Convention (1980) on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction: accession of Tunisia (A9-0309/2021 - Heidi Hautala)

I supported this report, which accepts the accession of Tunisia to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Hague Convention is a multilateral treaty, which seeks to protect children from the harmful effects of wrongful removal and retention across international boundaries by providing a procedure to bring about their prompt return and ensuring the protection of rights of access.
2021/11/25
The safety of truck parking lots in the EU (B9-0552/2021)

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report, which responds to a petition that more than 22 000 EU citizens signed regarding safety in truck parking areas on the European road network. This report requests greater operational coordination between Member States’ law enforcement authorities, along with the support of Europol. In addition, this report also calls on the Commission to propose measures to improve European legislation in this field.
2021/11/25
European Year of Youth 2022 (A9-0322/2021 - Sabine Verheyen)

I voted in favour of this report, which agrees on the primary goals of the European Year of Youth, such as a focus on young people’s mental health after the pandemic, the creation of a pan-European festival for youth, civic education and commitment and access to education.
2021/12/14
Combating gender-based violence: cyberviolence (A9-0338/2021 - Elissavet Vozemberg-Vrionidi, Sylwia Spurek)

I voted in favour of this report, which focuses on gender-based cyber violence as a specific form of gender-based violence. It stresses that the existing EU legislation does not address gender-based cyber violence adequately and calls for a specific legislative action in this regard. The aim of this report is to establish rules concerning the definition of the crime of gender-based cyber violence as well as to establish appropriate sanctions. In addition, this report also seeks to promote and support the actions of Member States in the field of the prevention of this crime and to protect, support and ensure reparation for the victims.
2021/12/14
EU-US air transport agreement (A9-0335/2021 - Maria Grapini)

I supported this report, which provides better market access for EU airlines and includes mechanisms to gradually achieve a normalisation of the aviation sector by liberalising foreign ownership.
2021/12/14
International procurement instrument (A9-0337/2021 - Daniel Caspary)

I voted in favour of this report, which aims to tackle unfair trading practices and complement the EU trade agenda simultaneously. The report signals to third countries that European public procurement markets will remain open whilst creating a level-playing field. It also aims to limit the bureaucratic burden for economic operators and contractors.
2021/12/14
Transitional provisions for certain in vitro diagnostic medical devices and deferred application of requirements for in-house devices (C9-0381/2021)

I supported this proposal which aims to ease the transition from the old In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) Directive 98/79/EC to the new Regulation, which overhauls the regulatory framework for in vitro diagnostic medical devices, such as HIV tests, pregnancy tests or SARS-CoV-2 tests.
2021/12/15
Digital Markets Act (A9-0332/2021 - Andreas Schwab)

. ‒ I supported this report, which aims to ensure a level playing field for all digital companies, regardless of their size. The regulation sets down clear rules for big online platforms to ensure that they do not impose unfair conditions on businesses and consumers. The report also enables people to choose whether or not they want to view targeted advertising.
2021/12/15
Equality between women and men in the European Union in 2018-2020 (A9-0315/2021 - Sandra Pereira)

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report, which is the FEMM Committee’s regular assessment of the equality between women and men in the European Union. It refers to issues such as a gender-equal economy, the eradication of gender-based violence, health, education, inclusion and poverty as well as equality in everyday life.
2021/12/15
The impact of organised crime on own resources of the EU and on the misuse of EU funds (A9-0330/2021 - Tomáš Zdechovský)

I supported this report, which looks into the impact of organised crime on the EU’s financial resources. It details the different forms that fraud can take, such as revenue fraud, misuse of common agricultural policy funds, fraud in public procurement, fraud in health infrastructure and coronavirus-related fraud.
2021/12/15
Avoiding corruption, irregular spending and misuse of EU and national funds in case of emergency funds and crisis related spending areas (A9-0320/2021 - Michèle Rivasi)

I supported this report, which proposes concrete measures regarding the design, promotion and implementation of better anti-corruption policies for emergency funds and crisis-related spending areas.
2021/12/15
Implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (A9-0321/2021 - Seán Kelly)

I voted in favour of this report, which encourages the implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). Buildings are responsible for 36% of total greenhouse gas emissions and therefore the building renovation sector is key in the EU’s plans to reach climate neutrality, energy efficiency and European Green Deal objectives.
2021/12/15
Challenges and prospects for multilateral weapons of mass destruction arms control and disarmament regimes (A9-0324/2021 - Sven Mikser)

I supported this report, which reiterates the European Parliament’s full commitment to the preservation of effective international arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation. The report notes with concern the current modernisation and broadening of China’s nuclear arsenal, as well as urging Russia to abandon its hostile activities and return to compliance with international norms.
2021/12/15
New orientations for the EU’s humanitarian action (A9-0328/2021 - Norbert Neuser)

I voted in favour of this report, which provides precise policy recommendations on the EU’s humanitarian action and aid. To do so, it examines the current state of affairs of the EU’s humanitarian action and details opportunities and shortcomings.
2021/12/15
Cooperation on the fight against organised crime in the Western Balkans (A9-0298/2021 - Lukas Mandl)

I supported this report, which stresses the negative impact that organised crime has on the citizens of the Western Balkans. The report details how organised crime undermines citizens’ right to safety and social cohesion, as well as their trust in the democratic system. The report welcomes the publication of the EU Strategy to tackle Organised Crime 2021-2025 on 14 April 2021 and urges the EU to step up international cooperation on combating organised crime.
2021/12/15
Deliberations of the Committee on Petitions in 2020 (A9-0323/2021 - Gheorghe Falcă)

I voted in favour of this report, which draws attention to the specific role played by the Committee on Petitions within the EU in the framework of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The report also underlines the importance of the swift handling of petitions by the European Commission and stresses the need for an enhanced cooperation with other committees of Parliament.
2021/12/16
The situation in Nicaragua (RC-B9-0581/2021, B9-0581/2021, B9-0582/2021, B9-0583/2021, B9-0584/2021, B9-0585/2021, B9-0586/2021)

I voted in favour of this report, which condemns the undemocratic elections orchestrated by the Ortega—Murillo regime on 7 November 2021. The Ortega—Murillo regime violated all international democratic standards for credible, inclusive, fair and transparent elections. The report calls for elections to be held in line with international standards and the Inter—American Democratic Charter. The report calls on the international community to increase its pressure on the Ortega—Murillo regime and to do so in a coordinated manner.
2021/12/16
MeToo and harassment – the consequences for the EU institutions (B9-0587/2021)

I supported this report, which addresses sexual harassment and specific measures to prevent and fight it within the European Parliament and the institutions. It calls for measures to ensure the implementation of the programme ‘zero tolerance for harassment’ as part of the European Parliament’s gender equality policy. This policy includes implementing preventative measures, training sessions and awareness—raising campaigns.
2021/12/16
Implementation of the Kimberley Process Certification scheme (B9-0591/2021)

I supported this report, which aims to ensure that diamonds coming into the EU market are not linked to any human rights or environmental abuses, whether committed by rebel groups, governments or private companies. The report calls on the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) to be more effectively implemented to ensure that no conflict diamonds enter legitimate supply chains. It also calls for the strengthening and improved monitoring and enforcement of the internal controls of participating states.
2021/12/16
European Medicines Agency (A9-0216/2021 - Nicolás González Casares)

I voted in favour of this report, which ensures that the EU will be better equipped to manage future health crises by tackling shortages of medicines and medical devices more effectively. The report ensures that all members of the supply chain will be involved more closely, as well as increasing the transparency on clinical trials and marketing authorisations for pharmaceutical products.
2022/01/19
Digital Services Act (A9-0356/2021 - Christel Schaldemose)

I voted in favour of this report, which aims to create a safer digital space where the fundamental rights of users are protected and where businesses are aware of their rights and obligations. The report calls for due diligence obligations for online platforms and in particular places strong obligations on large online platforms. The report aims to protect citizens against disinformation, illegal content and harmful content.
2022/01/20
Protection of animals during transport (Recommendation) (B9-0057/2022)

I supported this report, which ensures the safety of animals during transportation. This report calls on the Commission and EU countries to step up their efforts to respect animal welfare during transport, update EU rules and appoint an EU commissioner responsible for animal welfare.
2022/01/20
Challenges for urban areas in the post-COVID-19 era (A9-0352/2021 - Katalin Cseh)

I voted in favour of this report, which addresses some of the most serious challenges that urban areas face post-COVID. This report provides recommendations on a number of areas, including investments and reforms, sustainable urban development, green and digital transition, urban planning and mobility solutions, integration of disadvantaged groups and affordability of housing. In addition, this report stresses the importance of developing comprehensive strategies based on the European Green Deal, the European Digital Strategy and the long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas.
2022/02/15
A European strategy for offshore renewable energy (A9-0339/2021 - Morten Petersen)

I supported this report, which points out that while wind power is the only ORE technology that currently operates on a commercial basis, there is huge potential in other renewable technologies such as tidal and wave power, floating solar energy and algae for biofuels. This report stresses the urgency of improving and expanding existing infrastructure, and states that reaching a net-zero emissions economy would require an unprecedented level of renewable energy.
2022/02/15
Macro-financial assistance to Ukraine(C9-0028/2022)

I supported this report, which approves a proposal to provide loans to Ukraine in the form of Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA). The assistance is a package of €1.2 billion and is a signal to investors not to withdraw money from Ukraine. The loans will help to lighten Ukraine’s financial burden as well as demonstrating EU solidarity with Ukraine.
2022/02/16
Implementation of the Toy Safety Directive (A9-0349/2021 - Brando Benifei)

I voted in favour of this report, which welcomes the ongoing assessment of the Toy Safety Directive but stresses the importance of an exhaustive impact assessment before any revisions take place. This report expresses concern about the safety of toys coming from third countries into the EU and requests a stronger role for online marketplaces and enhanced surveillance between these marketplaces and the Market Surveillance Authorities. It suggests that the EU coordinate with third countries to address issues of toy safety.
2022/02/16
Strengthening Europe in the fight against cancer (A9-0001/2022 - Véronique Trillet-Lenoir)

I voted in favour of this report, which aims to strengthen the EU’s cancer care plans by addressing prevention, diagnosis, treatment, life as a cancer survivor and palliative care. The report puts childhood and young adolescent cancers (AYAs) under the spotlight by facilitating cross-border EU clinical trials and supporting international academic research platforms. Through an EU-wide Right to be Forgotten, this report aims to improve cancer survivors’ access to financial services.
2022/02/16
Implementation of the common foreign and security policy – annual report 2021 (A9-0354/2021 - David McAllister)

I supported this report, which aims to strengthen multilateral partnerships on global priorities, focusing particularly on the UN. It aims to improve EU visibility and decision-making and to make more effective use of the EU’s hard and soft powers. It calls for achieving European sovereignty by interlinking the EU’s external and internal actions, combining the ability to act autonomously if needed, with a readiness to pursue strategic solidarity with like-minded partners. It also calls for the strengthening of democratic scrutiny and accountability.
2022/02/16
Human rights and democracy in the world – annual report 2021 (A9-0353/2021 - María Soraya Rodríguez Ramos)

. – I supported this report, which regrets the weakening of democratic governance across the world. It notes that for the first time in 20 years, illiberal democracies and autocratic regimes are in the majority worldwide. The report highlights the importance of the new Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) and the Global Europe and the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020–2024.
2022/02/16
Corruption and human rights (A9-0012/2022 - Katalin Cseh)

I voted in favour of this report, which highlights the importance of acknowledging the link between corruption and human rights. This report warns that corruption is an enormous obstacle to the enjoyment of all human rights. In addition, this report recommends initiating work for an internationally recognised definition of corruption, using the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) as a guideline. It also recommends formulating a comprehensive, coherent and efficient EU global anti-corruption strategy by taking stock of existing anti-corruption instruments and good practices in the EU’s toolbox.
2022/02/16
Tackling non-tariff and non-tax barriers in the single market (A9-0336/2021 - Kosma Złotowski)

I supported this report, which looks at the functioning of the single market and obstacles to its full completion. This report highlights that non-trade barriers (‘NTBs’) prevent the single market from reaching its full potential by creating unnecessary and unfair barriers to the free movement of goods and services. It reiterates that all policies must comply with single market rules and principles, while acknowledging public policy considerations as justified deviations. This report also calls on the Commission to support Member States in the implementation of EU legislation, to ensure a coordinated approach at national level.
2022/02/16
Empowering European youth: post-pandemic employment and social recovery (B9-0091/2022)

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report, which promotes the full use of existing EU initiatives and funds to support the employment and social situation of young people. The reports calls for fair remuneration for internships, the introduction of new and permanent structures to monitor the implementation of the Youth Guarantee, and better mental health services for young people.
2022/02/16
The EU priorities for the 66th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (B9-0099/2022)

. ‒ I supported this report, which provides recommendations to the European Council in view of the 66th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. This report highlights how women and girls worldwide are impacted by climate change and natural disasters. In addition, this report supports UN Women in their work providing measures to tackle the effects of these issues, through women’s empowerment and participation in the decision-making process.
2022/02/17
Russian aggression against Ukraine (B9-0123/2022)

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report, which condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the illegal, unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against and invasion of Ukraine, as well as the involvement of Belarus in this aggression. This report demands that the Russian Federation immediately stop all military activities in Ukraine and unconditionally withdraw all forces from the whole territory of Ukraine, including from Crimea. This report categorically rejects Russian rhetoric hinting at the possible resort to weapons of mass destruction.Furthermore, it calls on the Commission to establish a solidarity mechanism to relocate refugees from Ukraine who have arrived in Poland, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia to other Member States and calls to prolong the visas of Ukrainian students and other Ukrainian visa holders. In addition, this report calls for a coherent approach towards sanctions, without exemptions induced by national or sectoral interests. It urges the EU to reduce energy dependence on Russia, particularly on gas, oil and coal. This report calls for EU institutions to work towards granting EU candidate status to Ukraine, in line with Article 49 of the Treaty on the European Union and on the basis of merit. In the meantime, it calls for continued efforts to integrate Ukraine into the EU single market.
2022/03/01
Cohesion policy: reducing healthcare disparities and enhancing cross-border health cooperation (A9-0026/202 - Tomislav Sokol)

I voted in favour of this report, which looks into opportunities to maximise the impact of cohesion policy funds with a view to reducing disparities in the quality of healthcare systems in the EU, complementing the investments under the new EU4Health programme. This report also analyses the existing cross-border health cooperation projects supported by the INTERREG programmes and identifies long-term recommendations for solving issues that arise.
2022/03/08
Cohesion policy: promoting innovative and smart transformation and regional ICT connectivity (A9-0010/2022 - Cristina Maestre Martín De Almagro)

I supported this report, which aims to align the European digital transformation agenda with regional cohesion, social inclusion and territorial structuring. This report highlights the need for the transparent and accurate use of public money throughout the digital transformation investment process. In addition, this report also deals with overcoming digital gaps, inclusive and fair digitalisation, the digitalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises and public services, and the promotion of skills for the digital age.
2022/03/08
Foreign interference in all democratic processes in the EU (A9-0022/2022 - Sandra Kalniete)

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report, which aims to contain the spread of disinformation, largely originating from Russia and China, by including transparency measures for algorithms of social media platforms. This report also recommends a ban on covert funding of political parties, foundations and NGOs from third countries. Additionally, it recommends enhancing the media literacy of EU citizens from all age groups and supporting the quality of media.
2022/03/09
General Union Environment Action Programme to 2030 (A9-0203/2021 - Grace O'Sullivan)

I voted in favour of this report, which sets out the EU’s main priorities for environmental action until 2030. These priorities include the EU’s 2030 GHG emissions reduction target set in the Climate Law, adapting to climate change and preventing natural disasters and moving towards an economy of wellbeing that gives back more to the planet than it takes from it. The action programme also focuses on pursuing the ambition of zero pollution, including from harmful chemicals, preserving and restoring biodiversity and significantly reducing the main environmental pressures related to the EU’s consumption footprint.
2022/03/09
A new EU strategic framework on health and safety at work post 2020 (A9-0023/2022 - Marianne Vind)

I voted in favour of this report, which welcomes the new strategic framework on health and safety at work. In addition, this report asks the Commission to step up its ambition in the areas of managing change in the new world of work, preventing work-related accidents and illnesses and increasing preparedness for any potential future health crises. This report calls for the establishment of a roadmap for the reduction of accidents and death at work. It also calls for the revision of the 2003 European Schedule of Occupational Diseases, to include work-related musculoskeletal disorders and mental-health disorders and to consider transforming the recommendation into a directive which would set out minimum requirements for the recognition and compensation of occupational diseases.
2022/03/09
Setting up a special committee on COVID-19 pandemic: lessons learned and recommendations for the future (B9-0139/2022)

I supported this report, which sets up a special committee to look into how the European response to the pandemic and the lessons learned can contribute to future action in different areas. The committee will have 38 members and its term of office will be 12 months, at the end of which it will present a report to the Parliament containing recommendations regarding actions or initiatives to be taken.
2022/03/09
Gender mainstreaming in the European Parliament – annual report 2020 (A9-0021/2022 - Irène Tolleret, Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield)

I voted in favour of this report, which assesses the progress of gender mainstreaming in the European Parliament and sets up a programme for further action. This report refers to the need to deliver legislation with a gender perspective, address gender equality in the functioning of Parliament, incorporate an intersectional approach and consider the representation of women in all areas of Parliament.
2022/03/09
EU Gender Action Plan III (A9-0025/2022 - Chrysoula Zacharopoulou)

I supported this report, which highlights the importance of gender equality in all areas of EU external policies and actions and is based on the work of the previous GAP I and GAP II frameworks. This report focuses on the six following areas: eliminating all forms of gender violence; ensuring access to healthcare for women; promoting economic and social equality; encouraging women’s’ participation and leadership; involving women in peacebuilding and security activities and building a green and digital society.
2022/03/09
Rule of law and the consequences of the ECJ ruling (B9-0134/2022, B9-0135/2022, B9-0136/2022)

I voted in favour of this report, which welcomes the ruling of the European Court of Justice and calls on the Commission to immediately and retrospectively apply the rule of law conditionality mechanism. This report regrets that the Commission’s response to the ECJ ruling was inadequate, as was its commitment to finalising the guidelines. It stresses that developing guidelines which are not legally binding and not a part of the regulation must not cause further delays to the application of the regulation. This report regrets that the Commission has not yet responded to the Parliament’s call to trigger Article 6(1) of the regulation and has not sent written notifications to the Member States concerned, but only sent requests for information to Hungary and Poland in November 2021.
2022/03/09
Batteries and waste batteries (A9-0031/2022 - Simona Bonafè)

I supported this report, which presents a new and more harmonised regulatory framework for batteries, following an evaluation of the current Batteries Directive. The new framework represents a “blue print” for the future approach to products and waste legislation in the sense that the rules cover the full life cycle from design and production to reuse and recycling. This report is linked to other Green Deal commitments regarding batteries, such as the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan on Batteries and the Horizon Europe partnerships on batteries.
2022/03/10
More flexible use of funds under the AMIF Regulations in light of the war in Ukraine (C9-0056/2022)

. ‒ I supported this report, which extends the implementation period for the Home Affairs Funds from the 2014-2020 period. In addition, this report unblocks access to unspent earmarked resources and enables additional financial contributions to asylum and migration management in the form of external assigned revenue under the 2021-2027 programming. These measures will help Member States provide proper reception and care for refugees from Ukraine following the Russian invasion.
2022/03/24
Status Agreement between the EU and Moldova on Frontex operational activities (C9-0120/2022)

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report, which will allow Frontex to assist Moldova in border management. This will be achieved through the deployment of teams that can support Moldovan authorities in tasks such as registration and border checks, particularly important in light of the current challenges faced by Moldovan border management authorities in dealing with the influx of Ukrainian refugees into Moldova as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
2022/03/24
Roaming Regulation (recast) (A9-0286/2021 - Angelika Winzig)

I voted in favour of this report, which aims to extend the rules applicable to the EU-wide roaming market until 30 June 2032. This report also adjusts the maximum wholesale charges to ensure sustainability of the provision of retail roaming services at domestic prices. In addition, this report introduces new measures to increase transparency and ensure a genuine ‘roam-like-at-home’ experience in terms of quality of service and access to emergency services.
2022/03/24
Macro-financial assistance to the Republic of Moldova (A9-0043/2022 - Markéta Gregorová)

I voted in favour of this report, which demonstrates the EU’s solidarity with Moldova by providing Moldova with macro-financial assistance (MFA) of 150 million euro. This is following a request from Moldova for new MFA from the EU, due to the country’s continued sizable financial needs.
2022/03/24
Need for an urgent EU action plan to ensure food security inside and outside the EU in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine (RC-B9-0160/2022, B9-0160/2022, B9-0162/2022, B9-0163/2022, B9-0164/2022, B9-0165/2022, B9-0166/2022, B9-0167/2022)

I supported this report, which aims to mitigate the serious risk posed to food security both inside and outside the EU, triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This report calls for robust long-term humanitarian food aid to Ukraine. In addition, it highlights the need to increase domestic food production within the EU and the key role that the EU farming and fisheries sectors play in this. The report insists on clear policy changes to enable farmers to produce more food and feed in view of the severe disruption to normal trade flows, such as by calling on the Commission to lessen the impact of high fertiliser prices on farmers.
2022/03/24
Amending Annexes IV and V to Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 on persistent organic pollutants (A9-0092/2022 - Martin Hojsík)

I supported this report which implements and tightens the EU’s international obligation under the Stockholm convention on the treatment of POPs waste. This proposal will contribute to a better management of POPs in waste and also further protect human health and the environment against POP substances.
2022/05/03
Transitional rules for the packaging and labelling of veterinary medicinal products (C9-0054/2022)

I voted in favour of this report, which corrects an error in the legislative process of the Veterinary Medicinal Products Regulation. This report ensures the derogation applies to registered veterinary medicinal products, as well as to authorised veterinary medicinal products that was agreed upon in Council.
2022/05/05
Threats to stability, security and democracy in Western and Sahelian Africa (B9-0255/2022, B9-0256/2022, RC-B9-0257/2022, B9-0257/2022, B9-0258/2022, B9-0259/2022, B9-0260/2022)

I supported this report which strongly condemns the violence and loss of life in West Africa and the Sahelian region, including abuses committed in the context of military operations, and expresses concern over the increased instability in the Sahel. In addition, this report expresses deep concern about the state of democracy in the Sahel region and the recent coups d’état in the region and calls on all coup leaders to set clear limits for the duration of the political transition, and to ensure a quick return to the constitutional order, the rule of law and civilian governments and the organisation of transparent and inclusive elections.
2022/05/05
State of play of the EU-Moldova cooperation (RC-B9-0240/2022, B9-0240/2022, B9-0241/2022, B9-0242/2022, B9-0243/2022, B9-0244/2022, B9-0245/2022)

I voted in favour of this report which commends the great solidarity shown by the citizens of the Republic of Moldova towards the refugees from Ukraine. In addition, this report welcomes Moldova’s submission of its application for EU membership on 3 March 2022 and calls on the EU institutions to grant EU candidate status to the Republic of Moldova.
2022/05/05
Regulation (EU) 2016/1628: Extension of the empowerment to adopt delegated acts (C9-0119/2022)

I supported this report, which aims to extend the Commission’s power to adopt delegated acts with a possibility of further extension regarding the regulation of non-road mobile machineries (NRMM), such as garden equipment, generators, bulldozers, pumps, industrial trucks, etc. Congruently, the report seeks to establish essential provisions on the emission of gaseous and particulate pollutants and type-approval for internal combustion engines for NRMM.
2022/05/19
EU Association Agreement with the Republic of Moldova (A9-0143/2022 - Dragoş Tudorache)

I voted in favour of this report, which welcomes the submission of the membership application by the Republic of Moldova to the European Union on 3 March 2022, calling on the European Institutions to grant the Republic of Moldova candidate status in conjunction with Article 49 TEU. The report recognises the considerable economic strain surrounding the Republic of Moldova following the start of the war in Ukraine, with trade majorly disrupted between three important partners (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus), resulting in higher inflation and further macro-economic instability. Thus, this report calls on international financial institutions and the EU to provide additional financial support to stabilise the macro-economic situation of the country and ensure its further development.
2022/05/19
Commission’s 2021 Rule of Law Report (A9-0139/2022 - Terry Reintke)

I supported this report, which addresses the rule of law in Slovenia, excessive use of force by law enforcement, discrimination in counter-terrorism and security policies, and sexual/reproductive rights and abortion. This report also acknowledges asylum—seekers and the situation on the external borders of the EU, as well as conditionality mechanisms with respect to Poland.
2022/05/19
2021 Report on North Macedonia (A9-0133/2022 - Ilhan Kyuchyuk)

I voted in favour of this report, which supports North Macedonia’s commitment to democracy and the rule of law, underpinned by its strategic pro-European orientation and unwavering commitment to European values. Accordingly, this report delineates the necessity to strengthen the legislative, oversight, and budgetary capacities of the Assembly of North Macedonia, while reducing parliamentary polarisation and advancing judicial reform, institutional independence, and the transparency of the judiciary. This report encourages ongoing steps to build increased trust among communities within a functioning multi-ethnic society, emphasising the need to proactively prevent and systematically prosecute all instances of discriminatory prejudice, such as hate speech, hate crimes, and intimidation, ensuring the safety of vulnerable groups and other targets within society.
2022/05/19
2021 Report on Albania (A9-0131/2022 - Isabel Santos)

I supported this report, which aims to aid Albania’s democratic transformation, characterised by its strategic orientation and unwavering commitment to European integration. This report expresses its serious concern regarding the polarised political climate and lack of sustainable cross-party cooperation that continues to hamper the country’s democratic process, recognising the importance of consensus building between all political actors to strengthen Albania’s democratic parliamentary culture and constructive parliamentary tradition. Specifically, this report seeks to further improve the accessibility and integrity of elections, preventing vote-buying and the misuse of administrative resources. The text highlights the steady progress in implementing a comprehensive judiciary reform, underscored by a strengthened legislative framework and an unprecedented vetting process, which continues to deliver tangible results.
2022/05/19
Prosecution of the opposition and the detention of trade union leaders in Belarus (B9-0269/2022, RC-B9-0270/2022, B9-0270/2022, B9-0274/2022, B9-0275/2022, B9-0276/2022, B9-0277/2022)

I supported this report, which demands the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners. This report firmly condemns the Russian military’s use of Belarusian territory and the support Belarus instilled on the launch of Russia’s illegal and unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine, thus crediting Belarus as jointly responsible for the attack, and bearing all legal consequences deriving from international law. Additionally, this report underlines the necessity for a comprehensive investigation into the crimes committed by the Lukashenka regime against the people of Belarus, whilst calling on European institutions to take all necessary action within international proceedings and at the International Criminal Court, as well as during other international tribunals or courts to support this investigation.
2022/05/19
The fight against impunity for war crimes in Ukraine (B9-0272/2022, RC-B9-0281/2022, B9-0281/2022, B9-0282/2022, B9-0283/2022, B9-0284/2022, B9-0285/2022)

I voted in favour of this report, which condemns the unprovoked, illegal, and unjustified Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, delineating its outrage regarding the reported atrocities and indiscriminate shelling of cities and towns, and the targeting of residential areas and civilian infrastructure. This report also acknowledges the wrongful attack of civilians attempting to flee areas of conflict via pre-agreed humanitarian corridors, as well as the unlawful execution, sexual violence, and displacement forced upon civilians. Furthermore, this report expresses its full support of the investigation launched by the ICC Prosecutor into the situation in Ukraine, calling on the EU to support the investigation and prosecution of suspected perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possible genocide by providing political, budgetary, and material support.
2022/05/19
Extension of the Agreement on the promotion, provision and use of Galileo and GPS satellite-based navigation systems and related applications (A9-0153/2022 - Cristian-Silviu Buşoi)

I supported the extension of this agreement, which seeks to provide a framework for cooperation between the parties in the promotion, while underlining provisions for the use of civil GPS, Galileo navigation and timing signals. The renewal of this agreement will extend it to five years.
2022/06/07
The EEAS’s Climate Change and Defence Roadmap (A9-0084/2022 - Thomas Waitz)

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report, which recognises that military activities and technology have to contribute to the European Union’s carbon neutrality targets in order to advance the fight against climate change. The report calls for international cooperation to address challenges related to environmental migration, in order to develop common solutions and affirms that environment-related peace building should be reinforced.
2022/06/07
EU/Mauritania Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement and Implementing Protocol (A9-0148/2022 - Izaskun Bilbao Barandica)

I voted in favour of this report which concerns a key EU fisheries agreement with third countries and permits vessels from a range of EU countries, including Ireland, to operate in the Mauritanian EEZ.
2022/06/08
Revision of the EU Emissions Trading System for aviation (A9-0155/2022 - Sunčana Glavak)

I supported this report which ensures that the European aviation sector contributes effectively and efficiently to the updated 2030 emissions reduction target, while preserving European mobility and industry. The EU ETS for aviation is the EU’s most efficient tool to cap and reduce CO2 emissions in the industry in a predictable way, that is market based and stimulates innovation.
2022/06/08
CO2 emission standards for cars and vans (A9-0150/2022 - Jan Huitema)

I voted in favour of this report, which establishes a pathway towards zero-emission road mobility in 2035 for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. This regulation encourages the production of zero- and low-emission vehicles, creates clarity for the car industry and stimulates innovation and investments for car manufacturers. In addition, purchasing and driving zero-emission cars will become cheaper for consumers. This is especially important now that the prices of diesel and petrol continue to rise.
2022/06/08
The EU’s Foreign, Security and Defence Policy after the Russian invasion of Ukraine (A9-0164/2022 - David McAllister, Nathalie Loiseau)

I supported this text, which reiterates strong support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence within its internationally recognised borders. The text supports the establishment of a regular EU Defence Minister Council to address the secondary consequences of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, including, food security in third countries.
2022/06/08
Security in the Eastern Partnership area and the role of the common security and defence policy (A9-0168/2022 - Witold Jan Waszczykowski)

I voted in favour of this report, which condemns in the strongest possible terms Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable war of aggression on Ukraine. The text encourages Member States to show greater political will and solidarity by bolstering cooperation with most Eastern partners on cyber security, including intelligence sharing, and assistance in critical infrastructure.
2022/06/08
Parliament’s right of initiative (A9-0142/2022 - Paulo Rangel)

. ‒ I supported this text, which seeks to assess the European Parliament’s right of legislative initiative and identify effective ways to strengthen it. Parliament has a direct right of initiative in certain institutional matters but lacks a general direct right of initiative. The report endeavours to improve the current situation, notably by calling for interinstitutional arrangements to prevent institutional deadlock on issues where Parliament has a direct right of initiative.
2022/06/09
A new trade instrument to ban products made by forced labour (B9-0291/2022)

I voted in favour of this report, which obliges companies to disclose information concerning subsidiaries, suppliers and contractors in the supply chain to public authorities upon request and with due regard for commercial confidentiality, in order to ensure the banning of products from a particular region if there is imposed or forced labour.
2022/06/09
Revision of the EU Emissions Trading System (A9-0162/2022 - Peter Liese)

I supported this cornerstone piece of the EU climate package which puts into practice how we will reach climate neutrality by 2050 and reduce net emissions by at least 55% by 2030. The ETS revision proposal strengthens and boosts the contribution of industry and the power, maritime and road transport sectors towards the 2030 target and is the most comprehensive file in the ‘Fit for 55’ package.
2022/06/22
Social Climate Fund (A9-0157/2022 - David Casa, Esther de Lange)

The Social Climate Fund has been designed to help vulnerable households and those who may be affected by the implementation and rollout of the Emissions Trading System (ETS). It will ensure that the transition to climate neutrality will be a socially just one, shielding citizens from the effects of climate change on energy. In the long term, it will also allow us to secure more solar panels, more insulation, more efficient appliances, more efficient and affordable public transport, and more electric cars. I therefore voted in favour of this report.
2022/06/22
Carbon border adjustment mechanism (A9-0160/2022 - Mohammed Chahim)

I voted in favour of this report, which sets out measures to prevent the risk of carbon leakage and support the EU’s increased ambition on climate mitigation, while ensuring WTO compatibility. CBAM will align the EU’s environmental ambition with global trading standards, thus protecting European industry from unfair competition from companies in countries with less stringent climate legislation. It will also ensure that businesses across the EU have a coherent and predictable regulatory framework to help them deliver on their own carbon neutrality ambitions.
2022/06/22
Candidate status of Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia (RC-B9-0331/2022, B9-0331/2022, B9-0332/2022, B9-0333/2022, B9-0334/2022, B9-0335/2022, B9-0336/2022)

I supported this report, which welcomes the membership applications of Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, and Georgia to join the European Union. The report calls on the EU Heads of State to grant EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova immediately, and to grant the same status to Georgia, once its government has delivered on the indicated priorities set out by the Commission.The granting of candidate status will, in the context of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, send a clear political message that these countries have chosen a European path, which has been accepted by their European counterparts.
2022/06/23
Exceptional temporary support under EAFRD in response to the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (C9-0185/2022)

I voted in favour of this report, which supports the provision of emergency assistance to farmers and SMEs particularly affected by the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, aiming at ensuring the continuity of their business activity.
2022/06/23
Implementation and delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (A9-0174/2022 - Barry Andrews, Petros Kokkalis)

I supported this report, which focuses on the tools at the EU’s disposal to help implement the SDGs. It identifies the remaining challenges and addresses various opportunities to assist the EU in its global efforts to meet all 17 SDGs by 2030. The report also reaffirms the commitment to the pledge to leave no one and no place behind, and proposes a Special Envoy for the SDGs in the European Commission.
2022/06/23
Implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (A9-0171/2022 - Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Siegfried Mureşan, Dragoş Pîslaru)

I voted in favour of this report, which classifies the RRF as an unprecedented instrument of solidarity during a time of crisis. The report elaborates on the role of the RRF in mitigating the social and economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
2022/06/23
Inclusion measures within Erasmus+ 2014-2020 (A9-0158/2022 - Laurence Farreng)

. ‒ This report analyses the implementation of inclusive measures within the Erasmus+ programme during the last multiannual financial framework (MFF), 2014-2020. It recognises the necessity to reach more people that could benefit from Erasmus+, in particular those with fewer opportunities, older people and people from less accessible areas. It also calls for a reduction in the bureaucratic administrative procedures in the programme, while seeking to increase the 2023 budget. I therefore voted in favour of this report
2022/06/23
2021 Report on Montenegro (A9-0151/2022 - Tonino Picula)

. ‒ I supported this report, which welcomes Montenegro’s continued alignment with EU common foreign and security policy, including its condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This report recognises the salience of Montenegro’s strategic alliance with the EU, encouraging Montenegrin cooperation in the field of resilience to foreign interference, foreign manipulation and disinformation.
2022/06/23