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Activities of Johan VAN OVERTVELDT

Plenary speeches (49)

Presentation of the programme of activities of the Finnish Presidency of the Council (debate)
2019/07/17
Appointment of the President of the European Central Bank - Candidate: Ms Christine Lagarde (debate)
2019/09/17
Dossiers: 2019/0810(NLE)
Presentation by the Council of its position on the draft general budget - 2020 financial year (debate)
2019/09/18
Effects of the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook Group (debate)
2019/10/21
General budget of the European Union for 2020 - all sections (debate)
2019/10/22
Dossiers: 2019/2028(BUD)
Climate and ecological emergency (topical debate)
2019/10/23
Preparation of the European Council meeting of 12 and 13 December 2019 (debate)
2019/11/26
2020 budgetary procedure: joint text (debate)
2019/11/26
Dossiers: 2019/2028(BUD)
2020 budgetary procedure: joint text (debate)
2019/11/26
Dossiers: 2019/2028(BUD)
The European Green Deal (debate)
2019/12/11
Appointment of members of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank (debate)
2019/12/16
Dossiers: 2019/0817(NLE)
Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 12 and 13 December 2019 (debate)
2019/12/18
Sustainable investment plan, just transition fund and Roadmap on Social Europe (debate)
2020/01/14
European Central Bank - annual report 2018 (debate)
2020/02/11
Dossiers: 2019/2129(INI)
Preparation of the Extraordinary European Council Meeting of 20 February 2020 on the Multiannual Financial Framework (debate)
2020/02/12
Conclusions of the special European Council meeting of 20 February 2020 on the Multiannual Financial framework (debate)
2020/03/10
Conclusions of the special European Council meeting of 20 February 2020 on the Multiannual Financial framework (debate)
2020/03/10
European coordinated response to the COVID-19 outbreak (debate)
2020/03/26
EU coordinated action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences (continuation of debate)
2020/04/16
Dossiers: 2020/2616(RSP)
Conclusions of the extraordinary European Council meeting of 23 April 2020 - New MFF, own resources and Recovery plan (debate)
2020/05/13
Dossiers: 2020/2631(RSP)
EU Recovery package (debate)
2020/05/27
Protecting European strategic sectors from foreign takeovers in a post-COVID world (continuation of debate)
2020/06/17
Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 19 June 2020 - Preparation of the European Council meeting of 17-18 July 2020 (debate)
2020/07/08
Conclusions of the extraordinary European Council meeting of 17-21 July 2020 (continuation of debate)
2020/07/23
Dossiers: 2020/2732(RSP)
Conclusions of the Special European Council meeting of 1 and 2 October 2020 - Preparation of the European Council meeting of 15 and 16 October 2020 (debate)
2020/10/06
European Climate Law (debate)
2020/10/06
Dossiers: 2020/0036(COD)
Multiannual Financial Framework (including Own Resources), Rule of Law Conditionality Mechanism and the Recovery Fund for Europe (debate)
2020/11/11
New general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2021 (debate)
2020/12/14
Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 10-11 December 2020 – MFF, Rule of Law Conditionality and Own Resources – Council regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2021 to 2027 – Proposal for an Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management, as well as on new own resources, including a roadmap towards the introduction of new own resources – Regulation on the protection of the Union’s budget in case of generalised deficiencies as regards the rule of law in the Member States (debate)
2020/12/16
Dossiers: 2018/0166(APP)
Social and employment crisis in the COVID-19 pandemic and the EU's response in the Recovery Plan and the MFF (debate)
2021/01/20
European Central Bank – annual report 2020 (debate)
2021/02/08
Dossiers: 2020/2123(INI)
Establishing the Recovery and Resilience Facility (debate)
2021/02/09
Dossiers: 2020/0104(COD)
Markets in financial instruments – EU Recovery prospectus and targeted adjustments for financial intermediaries to help the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic (debate)
2021/02/10
Dossiers: 2020/0152(COD)
InvestEU programme (debate)
2021/03/09
Dossiers: 2020/0108(COD)
InvestEU programme (debate)
2021/03/09
Dossiers: 2020/0108(COD)
Programme for the Union’s action in the field of health for the period 2021-2027 (‘EU4Health programme’) (debate)
2021/03/09
Dossiers: 2020/0102(COD)
System of own resources of the European Union – Own resource based on non-recycled plastic packaging waste and certain aspects of the GNI-based own resource – Collection of own resources accruing from value added tax (debate)
2021/03/24
Dossiers: 2018/0132(APP)
General framework for securitisation and specific framework for simple, transparent and standardised securitisation to help the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis – Amending Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 as regards adjustments to the securitisation framework to support the economic recovery in response to the COVID-19 crisis (debate)
2021/03/24
Dossiers: 2020/0156(COD)
Digital taxation: OECD negotiations, tax residency of digital companies and a possible European Digital Tax (debate)
2021/04/28
Dossiers: 2021/2010(INI)
Competition policy – annual report 2020 (debate)
2021/06/07
Dossiers: 2020/2223(INI)
European Parliament’s scrutiny on the ongoing assessment by the Commission and the Council of the national recovery and resilience plans (debate)
2021/06/08
European Climate Law (continuation of debate)
2021/06/24
Dossiers: 2020/0036(COD)
Public sector loan facility under the Just Transition Mechanism (debate)
2021/06/24
Dossiers: 2020/0100(COD)
Financial activities of the European Investment Bank - annual report 2020 - Control of the financial activities of the European Investment Bank - annual report 2019 (debate)
2021/07/05
Dossiers: 2020/2124(INI)
Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 24-25 June 2021 (debate)
2021/07/07
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control - Serious cross-border threats to health (debate)
2021/09/13
Dossiers: 2020/0322(COD)
Presentation by the Council of its position on the draft general budget - 2022 financial year (debate)
2021/09/14
EU Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority: ensuring a coordinated EU approach for future health crises and the role of the European Parliament in this (debate)
2021/10/05
Preparation of the European Council meeting of 21-22 October 2021 (debate)
2021/10/20

Reports (8)

RECOMMENDATION on the draft Council regulation on measures concerning the implementation and financing of the general budget of the Union in 2020 in relation to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union
2019/10/15
Committee: BUDG
Dossiers: 2019/0186(APP)
Documents: PDF(158 KB) DOC(55 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Johan VAN OVERTVELDT', 'mepid': 125106}]
REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the public sector loan facility under the Just Transition Mechanism
2020/10/16
Committee: BUDGECON
Dossiers: 2020/0100(COD)
Documents: PDF(426 KB) DOC(176 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Henrike HAHN', 'mepid': 197457}, {'name': 'Johan VAN OVERTVELDT', 'mepid': 125106}]
RECOMMENDATION FOR SECOND READING on the Council position at first reading with a view to the adoption of a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a framework for the recovery and resolution of central counterparties and amending Regulations (EU) No 1095/2010, (EU) No 648/2012, (EU) No 600/2014, (EU) No 806/2014 and (EU) 2015/2365 and Directives 2002/47/EC, 2004/25/EC, 2007/36/EC, 2014/59/EU and (EU) 2017/1132
2020/12/03
Committee: ECON
Dossiers: 2016/0365(COD)
Documents: PDF(168 KB) DOC(50 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Johan VAN OVERTVELDT', 'mepid': 125106}, {'name': 'Marek BELKA', 'mepid': 197496}]
REPORT on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council authorising the Commission to vote in favour of the capital increase of the European Investment Fund
2020/12/10
Committee: BUDG
Dossiers: 2020/0343(COD)
Documents: PDF(152 KB) DOC(47 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Johan VAN OVERTVELDT', 'mepid': 125106}]
REPORT on competition policy – annual report 2020
2021/05/18
Committee: ECON
Dossiers: 2020/2223(INI)
Documents: PDF(244 KB) DOC(95 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Johan VAN OVERTVELDT', 'mepid': 125106}]
RECOMMENDATION on the proposal for a Council decision amending Decision 2003/76/EC establishing the measures necessary for the implementation of the Protocol, annexed to the Treaty establishing the European Community, on the financial consequences of the expiry of the ECSC Treaty and on the Research Fund for Coal and Steel
2021/07/02
Committee: BUDG
Dossiers: 2020/0142(APP)
Documents: PDF(167 KB) DOC(53 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Johan VAN OVERTVELDT', 'mepid': 125106}]
REPORT on the proposal for a Council decision amending Decision 2003/77/EC laying down multiannual financial guidelines for managing the assets of the ECSC in liquidation and, on completion of the liquidation, the Assets of the Research Fund for Coal and Steel
2021/07/02
Committee: BUDG
Dossiers: 2020/0143(NLE)
Documents: PDF(177 KB) DOC(51 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Johan VAN OVERTVELDT', 'mepid': 125106}]
REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a pilot regime for market infrastructures based on distributed ledger technology
2021/08/05
Committee: ECON
Dossiers: 2020/0267(COD)
Documents: PDF(315 KB) DOC(99 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Johan VAN OVERTVELDT', 'mepid': 125106}]

Shadow reports (14)

REPORT on the European Central Bank Annual Report for 2018
2020/01/28
Committee: ECON
Dossiers: 2019/2129(INI)
Documents: PDF(180 KB) DOC(64 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Costas MAVRIDES', 'mepid': 124691}]
REPORT on the financial activities of the European Investment Bank – annual report 2019
2020/03/10
Committee: BUDG
Dossiers: 2019/2126(INI)
Documents: PDF(222 KB) DOC(89 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'David CORMAND', 'mepid': 197503}]
REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulations (EU) No 575/2013 and (EU) 2019/876 as regards adjustments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
2020/06/10
Committee: ECON
Dossiers: 2020/0066(COD)
Documents: PDF(268 KB) DOC(72 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Jonás FERNÁNDEZ', 'mepid': 125046}]
REPORT on further development of the Capital Markets Union (CMU): improving access to capital market finance, in particular by SMEs, and further enabling retail investor participation
2020/09/16
Committee: ECON
Dossiers: 2020/2036(INI)
Documents: PDF(216 KB) DOC(80 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Isabel BENJUMEA BENJUMEA', 'mepid': 197679}]
REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Technical Support Instrument
2020/10/02
Committee: BUDGECON
Dossiers: 2020/0103(COD)
Documents: PDF(347 KB) DOC(127 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Othmar KARAS', 'mepid': 4246}, {'name': 'Dragoş PÎSLARU', 'mepid': 197663}, {'name': 'Alexandra GEESE', 'mepid': 183916}]
REPORT on the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan - How to finance the Green Deal
2020/10/26
Committee: BUDGECON
Dossiers: 2020/2058(INI)
Documents: PDF(278 KB) DOC(132 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Siegfried MUREŞAN', 'mepid': 124802}, {'name': 'Paul TANG', 'mepid': 125020}]
REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the InvestEU Programme
2020/11/03
Committee: BUDGECON
Dossiers: 2020/0108(COD)
Documents: PDF(792 KB) DOC(292 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'José Manuel FERNANDES', 'mepid': 96899}, {'name': 'Irene TINAGLI', 'mepid': 197591}]
REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2017/2402 laying down a general framework for securitisation and creating a specific framework for simple, transparent and standardised securitisation to help the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic
2020/11/10
Committee: ECON
Dossiers: 2020/0151(COD)
Documents: PDF(274 KB) DOC(80 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Paul TANG', 'mepid': 125020}]
REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Recovery and Resilience Facility
2020/11/10
Committee: BUDGECON
Dossiers: 2020/0104(COD)
Documents: PDF(1 MB) DOC(550 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Siegfried MUREŞAN', 'mepid': 124802}, {'name': 'Dragoş PÎSLARU', 'mepid': 197663}, {'name': 'Eider GARDIAZABAL RUBIAL', 'mepid': 96991}]
REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 as regards adjustments to the securitisation framework to support the economic recovery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
2020/11/10
Committee: ECON
Dossiers: 2020/0156(COD)
Documents: PDF(210 KB) DOC(65 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Othmar KARAS', 'mepid': 4246}]
REPORT on the European Central Bank Annual Report 2020
2021/01/05
Committee: ECON
Dossiers: 2020/2123(INI)
Documents: PDF(182 KB) DOC(63 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Sven SIMON', 'mepid': 197426}]
REPORT on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on credit servicers, credit purchasers and the recovery of collateral
2021/01/14
Committee: ECON
Dossiers: 2018/0063A(COD)
Documents: PDF(314 KB) DOC(113 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Esther de LANGE', 'mepid': 38398}, {'name': 'Irene TINAGLI', 'mepid': 197591}]
REPORT on technical and operational measures for more efficient and cleaner maritime transport
2021/03/02
Committee: TRAN
Dossiers: 2019/2193(INI)
Documents: PDF(224 KB) DOC(83 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Karima DELLI', 'mepid': 96868}]
REPORT towards future-proof inland waterway transport in Europe
2021/07/06
Committee: TRAN
Dossiers: 2021/2015(INI)
Documents: PDF(204 KB) DOC(73 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Caroline NAGTEGAAL', 'mepid': 190519}]

Shadow opinions (5)

OPINION on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Decision No 1313/2013/EU on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism
2020/09/01
Committee: BUDG
Dossiers: 2020/0097(COD)
Documents: PDF(222 KB) DOC(140 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Niclas HERBST', 'mepid': 197412}]
OPINION on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of a Programme for the Union's action in the field of health –for the period 2021-2027 and repealing Regulation (EU) No 282/2014 (“EU4Health Programme”)
2020/09/01
Committee: BUDG
Dossiers: 2020/0102(COD)
Documents: PDF(249 KB) DOC(197 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Nicolae ŞTEFĂNUȚĂ', 'mepid': 58766}]
OPINION on New Circular Economy Action Plan
2020/11/10
Committee: TRAN
Dossiers: 2020/2077(INI)
Documents: PDF(153 KB) DOC(76 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Jutta PAULUS', 'mepid': 197466}]
OPINION on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 851/2004 establishing a European Centre for disease prevention and control
2021/05/03
Committee: BUDG
Dossiers: 2020/0320(COD)
Documents: PDF(218 KB) DOC(171 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Niclas HERBST', 'mepid': 197412}]
OPINION on the EU Gender Action Plan III
2021/06/23
Committee: BUDG
Dossiers: 2021/2003(INI)
Documents: PDF(123 KB) DOC(47 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Alexandra GEESE', 'mepid': 183916}]

Institutional motions (3)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on the right of information of the Parliament regarding the ongoing assessment of the national recovery and resilience plans
2021/05/17
Dossiers: 2021/2703(RSP)
Documents: PDF(146 KB) DOC(48 KB)
MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on the Pandora Papers: implications for the efforts to combat money laundering, tax evasion and avoidance
2021/10/18
Dossiers: 2021/2922(RSP)
Documents: PDF(181 KB) DOC(59 KB)
MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on the climate, energy and environmental State aid guidelines (CEEAG)
2021/10/19
Dossiers: 2021/2923(RSP)
Documents: PDF(143 KB) DOC(45 KB)

Oral questions (1)

EU Pledge for Afghanistan at 2020 Geneva Conference
2020/12/17
Dossiers: 2020/2916(RSP)
Documents: PDF(42 KB) DOC(10 KB)

Written explanations (68)

Draft amending budget No 1/2019: surplus from 2018 (A9-0005/2019 - John Howarth)

Het ontwerp van gewijzigde begroting nr. 1/2019 voor het begrotingsjaar 2019 regelt de opname van het overschot van het begrotingsjaar 2018. Dit is een technische oefening waarbij het overschot ten gevolge van onderbestedingen en allerlei inkomsten de bni-bijdrage die de lidstaten betalen aan het EU-budget dienovereenkomstig verlaagt.N-VA heeft voor het verslag gestemd. Wel dient te worden opgemerkt dat N-VA kritisch staat ten aanzien van de stelling dat inkomsten uit boetes en sancties geen aanleiding zouden moeten geven tot een vermindering van de bni-bijdrage maar daarentegen moeten gebruikt worden voor het spijzen van een reservefonds.
2019/09/18
Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund - EGF/2019/000 TA 2019 - Technical assistance at the initiative of the Commission (A9-0001/2019 - Bogdan Rzońca)

Het Europees Fonds voor aanpassing aan de globalisering (EFG) is opgericht om extra steun te geven aan werknemers die de gevolgen van grote structurele veranderingen in de wereldhandelspatronen ondervinden. Extra steun, die geenszins de nood kan wegnemen om structurele hervormingen door te voeren met het oog op duurzame economische groei. Een Europese transferunie kan geen remedie zijn om de werkloosheid aan te pakken, noch een broodnodig structureel hervormingsbeleid vervangen. Globalisering is immers onvermijdelijk en gaat hand in hand met de opening van nieuwe markten, met internationale concurrentie, met economische groei en met het creëren van werkgelegenheid die het banenverlies in minder competitieve sectoren overtreft.N-VA heeft voor het vrijmaken van middelen voor technische bijstand van de Commissie gestemd. N-VA is ervan overtuigd dat de extra steun, wanneer die geleverd wordt, zo snel en efficiënt mogelijk beschikbaar gesteld kan worden. Bovendien kijkt N-VA ook uit naar het gebruik van het EGF voor de gevolgen van een no-dealbrexit, zoals aangekondigd door de Commissie in het kader van de maatregelen voor de brexitvoorbereidingen. Bij gebrek aan een specifiek Europees brexitnoodfonds kan het EGF hier de eerste noden lenigen.
2019/09/18
Objection pursuant to Rule 112: Assessment of the impact of plant protection products on honeybees (B9-0149/2019)

Cijfers over bijensterfte blijven verontrustend. De oorzaken zijn divers: afnemende biodiversiteit, te veel pesticidengebruik, de parasitaire varroamijt, enz. Het belang van bijen als bestuivers van gewassen is nochtans immens. Niet alleen voor het ecosysteem, maar ook voor onze economie.In 2013 bracht de Europese Autoriteit voor voedselveiligheid (EFSA) het “Bee Guidance Document” uit. Dit bevat richtsnoeren ter beoordeling van de effecten van gewasbeschermingsmiddelen op bijen. Op basis hiervan vond bijvoorbeeld het verbod op neonicotinoïden ingang, dat de N-VA altijd voluit heeft gesteund.De wijziging van Verordening (EU) nr. 546/2011 die nu voorligt, is echter niet waterdicht. De ecotoxicologische effecten van bestrijdingsmiddelen uiten zich immers vooral op lange termijn (chronisch), via interactie met omgevingsfactoren, via de voedselketen en via interactie met andere chemische agentia. Door alleen te kijken naar acute toxiciteit worden al deze aspecten niet meegenomen. Bovendien treft deze problematiek niet alleen honingbijen, maar ook wilde bijen, hommels en andere (bloem)bestuivende insecten, maar deze worden eveneens buiten beschouwing gelaten.Ten tweede stellen wij ons vragen bij de timing van de Commissie. De EFSA werkt momenteel aan een herziening van de bijenrichtsnoeren uit 2013. Was het dan niet beter geweest deze herziening eerst af te wachten?Daarom stemde de N-VA vóór het bezwaar.
2019/10/23
Objection pursuant to Rule 112: Genetically modified cotton LLCotton25 (ACS-GHØØ1-3) (B9-0170/2019)

De N-VA delegatie steunt de bezwaren tegen de betrokken ggo's niet om volgende redenen. De goedkeuringsprocedure voor ggo’s is strikt. De EFSA-risicobeoordeling speelt hierin een cruciale rol. De N-VA gelooft sterk in wetenschappelijk onderbouwd en “evidencebased” beleid. Bovendien heeft de Commissie haar mandaat bij deze uitvoerende handeling niet overschreden: wanneer de lidstaten geen gekwalificeerde meerderheid bereiken, dan is de Europese Commissie gemachtigd ggo’s goed te keuren op basis van een positief advies van EFSA.Biotechnologie is een belangrijke sector voor innovatie, onderzoek en ontwikkeling. Ook Vlaanderen, en in het bijzonder Gent, is toonaangevend in dergelijk onderzoek. Door te pleiten voor een moratorium op de goedkeuring van ggo’s, geeft het bezwaar het signaal dat Europa een rem wil zetten op dit onderzoek, wat volgens mij verkeerd en nefast is.Het blijft belangrijk een onderscheid te maken tussen ggo-techniek en —toepassing. Het is ook duidelijk dat het (eventuele) gebruik van ggo’s altijd moet kaderen in een landbouwbeleid waarin de bescherming van volksgezondheid, milieu en biodiversiteit is geïntegreerd, waarbij geïntegreerde plaagbestrijding (“integrated pest management”) essentieel is voor een duurzaam gebruik van pesticiden en niet-chemische alternatieven.
2019/11/14
2020 budgetary procedure: joint text (A9-0035/2019 - Monika Hohlmeier, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial)

Het akkoord dat werd bereikt door de twee armen van de begrotingsautoriteit, het Parlement en de Raad, bevat een veelbelovende omslag in de uitgaven. Er werden voor 850 miljoen EUR nieuwe vastleggingen gedaan boven op het voorstel van de Commissie, waarvan 505 miljoen EUR aan uitgaven die bijdragen aan de klimaatdoelstelling. Het merendeel van deze bijkomende uitgaven hebben een duidelijke Europese meerwaarde.Vooral de meeruitgaven voor het onderzoeksprogramma Horizon 2020 (+ 330 miljoen EUR), voor Erasmus+ (+ 50 miljoen EUR) en voor strategische infrastructuurinvesteringen via de CEF, de Connecting Europe Facility (+ 133 miljoen EUR), vallen op. Verder werden ook het LIFE-programma voor biodiversiteit (+ 10 miljoen EUR) en Europol (+ 13 miljoen EUR) voorzien van extra middelen. Allemaal uitgaven die N-VA uitdrukkelijk steunt.Voor N-VA is dit een sterke en verantwoorde begroting en moeten we voor de toekomst in dezelfde richting durven doorgaan.
2019/11/27
Climate and environmental emergency (RC-B9-0209/2019, B9-0209/2019, B9-0211/2019, B9-0212/2019, B9-0215/2019, B9-0216/2019, B9-0218/2019, B9-0220/2019)

De zorg voor het klimaat is een van de grootste uitdagingen van onze tijd en kan tegelijkertijd een opportuniteit zijn voor innovatie en groei. De omslag naar een klimaatneutrale en duurzame samenleving kan alleen maar bereikt worden door wereldwijde actie.In Vlaanderen werken we volop aan onze eigen omslag, en dragen we bij aan de wereldwijde transitie. We werken ook aan een exportmodel zodat we met Vlaanderen niet alleen focussen op ons beperkte aandeel in de mondiale uitstoot, maar kunnen bijdragen aan een wereldwijde aanpak van de klimaatverandering. De EU is een globale voortrekker in de strijd tegen klimaatverandering en de nieuwe Europese Commissie von der Leyen schuift de zogeheten “Green Deal” als een belangrijke prioriteit naar voren.Toch zijn wij niet gewonnen voor het afkondigen van een noodsituatie, voornamelijk om volgende reden: het is een symbolische actie, die geen verandering brengt in de echte wereld, noch het draagvlak voor klimaatmaatregelen verhoogt. Wij erkennen evenwel de hoogdringendheid van de situatie. Wij steunen ook de oproep van de ECR om één enkele zetel te kiezen voor het Europees Parlement, aangezien de dubbele zetel een aanzienlijke milieu-impact heeft (jaarlijks tussen de 11 000 en 19 000 ton CO2).
2019/11/28
2019 UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) (B9-0174/2019)

De N-VA steunt het Klimaatakkoord van Parijs en werkt aan de omzetting ervan in de praktijk. De voorliggende resolutie bevat positieve elementen, zoals het inzetten op onderzoek en innovatie, de bijdrage van alle sectoren (luchtvaart, scheepvaart, landbouw), het belang van een toekomstgericht Europees budget, de erkenning van kernenergie in het bereiken van de klimaatdoelstellingen, etc.De resolutie bevat echter ook problematische delen. Zo steunen wij de oproep om bestaande handelsakkoorden te herzien en om van de EIB een klimaatbank te maken uitdrukkelijk niet. Inzake de verhoging van de 2030-doelen verwijzen wij naar het Vlaams regeerakkoord dat stelt dat Vlaanderen voluit gaat voor het effectief realiseren van de afgesproken doelstellingen en voor een versnelling van investeringen, innovatie en technologische vooruitgang.Vlaanderen kan op basis van een evaluatie van de bijkomende klimaatinspanningen van andere grote handelsblokken een haalbare, betaalbare en bottom-upverhoging van de Europese 2030-doelstelling ondersteunen die kostenefficiënt verdeeld is over de lidstaten en internationale flexibiliteit toelaat, en voor zover dit de energiefactuur voor burgers en ondernemingen niet verhoogt. De resolutie geeft deze garanties niet. Om deze redenen heeft de N-VA zich onthouden. Dit neemt niet weg dat wij ons werk voor een duurzame en koolstofarme samenleving met overtuiging, ambitie én realisme voortzetten.
2019/11/28
Objection pursuant to Rule 112: Active substances, including dimoxystrobin and mancozeb (B9-0230/2019)

De N-VA-delegatie heeft het voorliggende bezwaar niet gesteund om volgende redenen: wij zijn van oordeel dat het Commissievoorstel strookt met Verordening (EG) nr. 1107/2009 en dat de Commissie haar uitvoerende bevoegdheden niet overschrijdt. De voorgestelde verlenging van de geldigheidsduur van de actieve stoffen heeft een administratieve reden. Er is namelijk meer tijd nodig om bepaalde aspecten van de risicobeoordeling grondig uit te werken. De reden hiervoor ligt noch bij de aanvrager, noch bij de Commissie.Artikel 17 van Verordening (EG) nr. 1107/2009 is heel duidelijk: “Wanneer om redenen buiten de wil van de aanvrager blijkt dat de goedkeuring waarschijnlijk zal vervallen alvorens over de verlenging een beslissing is genomen, wordt overeenkomstig de in artikel 79, lid 3, bedoelde regelgevingsprocedure een besluit vastgesteld waarbij het verstrijken van de termijn voor de goedkeuring lang genoeg wordt uitgesteld om de aanvraag te onderzoeken.”Bovendien geeft een recente uitspraak van de Europese Ombudsman in zaak 687/2018/TE aan dat de Commissie genoodzaakt is de geldigheidsduur te verlengen wanneer de fout voor de vertraging niet bij de aanvrager ligt. In het voorliggende geval zijn de bevoegde nationale autoriteiten er niet in geslaagd de beoordeling tijdig af te werken.
2019/12/18
EU Pollinators Initiative (B9-0233/2019)

Het EU-initiatief inzake bestuivers kwam er op vraag van de N-VA. Wij verwijzen daarvoor naar het strategisch initiatiefverslag “Tussentijdse evaluatie van de biodiversiteitsstrategie van de EU” van collega Demesmaeker.Bijen, en ook andere bestuivers, zijn geen bijzaak! Dat weten we bij de N-VA al lang. Het belang van bestuivers is immens, zowel voor het ecosysteem als voor onze economie.Wij steunen de voorliggende resolutie, waarin terecht wordt gepleit voor een betere aanpak van de oorzaken. Daarnaast moet de EU inzetten op minder pesticidengebruik, meer geld voor onderzoek en een betere controle. De N-VA blijft ook voluit achter een verbod op neonicotinoïden staan.Inzake duurzaam gebruik van pesticiden benadrukken wij dat onder andere de geïntegreerde plaagbestrijding (IPM) nog steeds onderbenut blijft. Alvorens bindende Europese reductiedoelstellingen voor te stellen, is volgens ons een betere uitvoering van de bestaande richtlijn in de lidstaten én uiteraard een strikte handhaving en monitoring aan de orde. Verder zijn wij ervan overtuigd dat ook nieuwe veredelingstechnieken een belangrijke rol spelen in de omschakeling naar een duurzamer voedselproductie met minder pesticidengebruik en zo een essentiële schakel zijn in de uitvoering van de Green Deal.
2019/12/18
The European Green Deal (RC-B9-0040/2020, B9-0040/2020, B9-0041/2020, B9-0042/2020, B9-0043/2020, B9-0044/2020, B9-0045/2020, B9-0046/2020)

Over de noodzaak van een duurzame transformatie en de grote urgentie van de klimaatuitdagingen is een brede consensus. De Green Deal bevat voor de N-VA heel wat positieve punten. Ik vermeld in het bijzonder het geïntegreerde plan van aanpak, de accenten op innovatie, kringloopeconomie, biodiversiteit, duurzame mobiliteit en landbouw. De N-VA plaatst echter ook vraagtekens bij de haalbaarheid en betaalbaarheid van de plannen. Wij passen voor financiële avonturen.Hetzelfde geldt voor de resolutie die het Parlement vandaag goedkeurde. De tekst bevat punten die wij voluit steunen zoals verdere inspanningen voor een circulaire economie, een duurzame landbouw en innovatie. Wij zijn ook tevreden dat het Parlement onze oproep voor één enkele zetel opnieuw steunt.Maar bepaalde passages zijn problematisch. Zo is het voor ons essentieel dat de Europese Investeringsbank haar triple A-status behoudt en geen loutere “Klimaatbank” wordt. We vinden het ook een gemiste kans dat het Parlement de rol van kernenergie in een koolstofarme economie niet erkent. Tenslotte vinden wij het standpunt van het Parlement om de 2030-doelstellingen voor CO2-reductie unilateraal te verhogen tot 55 % weinig realistisch en niet in lijn met de gemaakte afspraken in het Vlaamse regeerakkoord. Om al deze redenen heeft de N-VA zich onthouden bij de eindstemming.
2020/01/15
COP15 to the Convention on Biological Diversity (Kunming 2020) (B9-0035/2020)

Biodiversiteitsverlies vormt samen met klimaatverandering en grondstoffenschaarste een van de belangrijkste mondiale uitdagingen. De N-VA trekt op alle beleidsniveaus stevig aan de kar voor meer natuur en de bescherming van biodiversiteit. De N-VA is ook vragende partij voor een ambitieus post-2020 globaal kader. Dat is ook de hoofdvraag van deze resolutie. De tekst bevat nog andere positieve aspecten inzake kringloopeconomie, een meer duurzame landbouw, op de natuur gebaseerde oplossingen, innovatie etc. Wij zijn ook tevreden dat de meeste linkse aanvallen op biotechnologie werden weggestemd.Dit neemt niet weg dat wij bij bepaalde tekstonderdelen kanttekeningen plaatsen: wij steunen ambitieuze doelstellingen, maar deze moeten de densiteit van de lidstaten in acht nemen. Ingevolge het principe dat de vervuiler betaalt, kunnen we instemmen met een heroriëntering van het fiscaal beleid van de lidstaten in die richting, op voorwaarde dat dit budgetneutraal is en wordt gekoppeld aan een belastingverlaging, bij voorkeur op arbeid. Fiscaliteit blijft een bevoegdheid van de lidstaten en niet van de EU. Wij erkennen dat het gebruik van glyfosaat een negatieve impact heeft op biodiversiteit, maar vinden het weinig realistisch een globaal verbod te bepleiten in afwezigheid van een Europees verbod.
2020/01/16
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)

. – De N-VA onderschrijft de dringende noodzaak van maatregelen die de EU moet nemen om de COVID-19-crisissituatie aan te pakken. In dit voorstel worden de Europese structuur- en investeringsmiddelen opengesteld waarbij de niet-aangewende kasreserves uit de EU-cohesiefondsen door de lidstaten gebruikt mogen worden om de economische impact van COVID-19 op korte en lange termijn op te vangen. Voordeel is dat de lidstaten en regio’s onmiddellijk over het geld kunnen beschikken. De N-VA gaat akkoord met het aanwenden van deze fondsen om de crisis te bestrijden.De N-VA is het echter niet eens met de gebruikte methodologie en aangehouden verdeelsleutel. Het is op zich merkwaardig te noemen dat de beste leerlingen van de klas worden gestraft voor hun goede en voorbeeldige gedrag. Lidstaten en regio’s die veel uit deze fondsen ontvangen, worden zo bevoordeeld ten opzichte van diegene die hun middelen efficiënt inzetten.De verdeelsleutel voor de cohesiefondsen is niet dezelfde als voor de COVID-19-noden. Het coronavirus treft de meest dichtbevolkte, vaak goed presterende regio’s. Daar is de nood het hoogst en kunnen de financiële middelen het best ingezet worden om de economie er opnieuw snel bovenop te helpen. Daarom onthoudt de N-VA zich op de eindstemming over dit voorstel.
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

. – De N-VA steunt het voorstel om het toepassingsgebied van het Europese Solidariteitsfonds van de EU uit te breiden en de Europese cofinanciering van het fonds te verhogen. Noodsituaties op het gebied van de volksgezondheid worden nu toegevoegd aan de situaties die uitbetaling uit het ESF rechtvaardigen.De N-VA is ervan overtuigd dat deze maatregelen en middelen om onze economie vandaag te ondersteunen welkom zijn. Zo kunnen we financiële steun verlenen aan lidstaten die zwaar getroffen zijn door de COVID-19-crisissituatie en betuigen we onze solidariteit met kandidaat-lidstaten uit de Westelijke Balkan die momenteel onderhandelen over toetreding tot de EU.Voor Turkije is er echter geen enkel EU-toekomstperspectief. Het land is te ver afgegleden van de fundamentele rechten en vrijheden die de EU-lidstaten delen. Voor de N-VA is Turkije een strategische partner, maar geen kandidaat-lid van de EU. Daarom steunden we het amendement dat erop wijst dat Turkije niet in aanmerking komt voor steun uit het Solidariteitsfonds.
2020/03/26
Genetically modified soybean MON 87708 × MON 89788 × A5547-127 (B9-0121/2020)

De N-VA-delegatie steunt het bezwaar tegen het betrokken ggo niet om volgende redenen.De goedkeuringsprocedure voor ggo’s is strikt. De EFSA-risicobeoordeling speelt hierin een cruciale rol. De N-VA gelooft sterk in wetenschappelijk onderbouwd beleid. Bovendien heeft de Commissie haar mandaat bij deze uitvoeringshandeling niet overschreden: wanneer de lidstaten geen gekwalificeerde meerderheid bereiken, dan is de Europese Commissie gemachtigd ggo’s goed te keuren op basis van een positief advies van de EFSA.Biotechnologie is een belangrijke sector voor innovatie, onderzoek en ontwikkeling. Ook Vlaanderen, en in het bijzonder Gent, is toonaangevend in dergelijk onderzoek. Door te pleiten voor een moratorium op de goedkeuring van ggo’s, geeft het bezwaar het signaal dat Europa een rem wil zetten op dit onderzoek, wat volgens mij verkeerd en nefast is.Het blijft belangrijk een onderscheid te maken tussen ggo-techniek en toepassing. Het is ook duidelijk dat het (eventuele) gebruik van ggo’s altijd moet passen in een landbouwbeleid waarin de bescherming van volksgezondheid, milieu en biodiversiteit is geïntegreerd, waarbij geïntegreerde plaagbestrijding essentieel is voor een duurzaam gebruik van pesticiden en niet-chemische alternatieven.
2020/05/13
Discharge 2018: EU general budget - European Parliament (A9-0021/2020 - Maria Grapini)

De N-VA stemt niet in met de beslissing om kwijting te verlenen voor de uitvoering van de begroting van het Europees Parlement als onderdeel van de algemene begroting van de Europese Unie voor het begrotingsjaar 2018. Het voornaamste en principiële bezwaar voor deze weigering is het gevolg van het door de Rekenkamer geschatte foutenpercentage voor 2018. Dat bedraagt 2,6 % en is dus nog steeds hoger dan de materialiteitsdrempel van 2 %. Bovendien is het opnieuw meer dan voor begrotingsjaar 2017, toen het 2,4 % bedroeg. Concreet betekent dit dat er iets meer dan 4 miljard EUR aan Europese subsidies niet volgens de regels zou zijn besteed. Het belang van een correctie uitvoering van de begroting kan niet worden onderschat en is de hoeksteen voor het vertrouwen dat de burger stelt in de Unie.
2020/05/14
New MFF, own resources and Recovery plan

. – In deze resolutie breken verschillende fracties, waaronder de onze, een lans voor een kordaat optreden vanwege de EU om niet alleen de gezondheidscrisis te helpen opvangen, maar ook onze gemeenschappelijke toekomst veilig te stellen, onder meer met de oprichting van een fors herstelfonds.Voor de N-VA is de reactie van de EU op de pandemie te laat gekomen en was ze te weinig georganiseerd. Het is dus hoog tijd voor een Europees plan van aanpak. Dat hierbij het meerjarig financieel kader de voornaamste pijler is en dat het nieuwe herstelfonds op dit MFK afgestemd moet zijn, is evident. De omvang en de ernst van de crisis vereisen een substantiële inspanning, maar daarbij mag de aandacht niet verloren gaan voor zaken die niet direct geld kosten maar toch ook kunnen bijdragen aan het herstel, zoals de verdieping van de interne markt met een digitale, transport-, energie- en kapitaalmarktunie.De N-VA blijft op het standpunt dat er geen sprake kan zijn van de invoering van Europese belastingen. We wijzen elke nieuwe belasting om de Unie te financieren af. De huidige, op het bni gebaseerde bijdrage is de meest faire manier om de EU te ondersteunen. Bovendien is het fiscale beleid bij uitstek een exclusieve bevoegdheid die bij de lidstaten thuishoort. Ook is het voor de N-VA duidelijk dat het tijdelijke herstelfonds voor het overgrote deel moet bestaan uit leningen waar een terugbetalingsplan aan verbonden is. Voor de N-VA is de Unie gebaseerd op verantwoordelijkheid en solidariteit, en wel in die volgorde. Subsidies voor de meest getroffen regio’s en sectoren kunnen voor de N-VA maar in beperkte mate, en enkel onder strikte voorwaarden die rechtstreeks verband houden met de gezondheidscrisis.De N-VA blijft voorstander van een verdere “shift” in de uitgaven van het EU-beleid: de N-VA ijvert voor een strategische inzet op de uitdagingen van de toekomst en de sectoren die grote toegevoegde waarde creëren, zoals de verdieping van de interne markt, innovatie, O&O, migratiebeheer, veiligheid en defensie. De N-VA wil dat de begroting duidelijk uiting geeft aan die verschuiving naar een toekomstgericht beleid dat het concurrentievermogen en de veerkracht van de onderscheiden economieën ondersteunt.Uiteraard zijn financiële middelen noodzakelijk, maar het succes van ons Europees herstel zal toch voornamelijk afhangen van onze vastberadenheid. Een centralisatie van bevoegdheden is voor ons niet het antwoord dat de Unie nu nodig heeft. Om uit de crisis te geraken is daarentegen een ambitieus investeringsplan gebaseerd op verantwoordelijkheid en verstandige solidariteit essentieel.
2020/05/15
Port infrastructure charges

. – In het licht van de COVID-19-crisis stelt de Europese Commissie voor om de havendienstenverordening (Verordening (EU) 2017/352) tijdelijk aan te passen. De Commissie wil hiermee flexibiliteit bieden door toe te laten de infrastructuurheffing (die gebruikers van de haven betalen voor havendiensten) kwijt te schelden, te schorsen of te verminderen of een uitstel van betaling te verlenen, voor de periode van 1 maart 2020 tot 31 december 2020.Zowel in de Raad als in het Europees Parlement werden kritische vragen gesteld over de meerwaarde van het voorstel ten opzichte van de bestaande wetgeving. De Raad amendeerde het commissievoorstel, maar deze wijzigingen konden sommige lidstaten, waaronder België, niet overtuigen.Hoewel de N-VA-delegatie enkele amendementen heeft gesteund die het Commissievoorstel verbeteren, blijft ons principiële verzet tegen het voorstel overeind om volgende redenen. Ten eerste biedt de bestaande verordening voldoende flexibiliteit en is een aanpassing dus volstrekt onnodig. Ten tweede heeft het voorstel belangrijke financiële gevolgen voor de havenautoriteiten aangezien zij de maatregel financieel moeten dragen. Het spreekt voor zich dat o.a. het kwijtschelden van heffingen de inkomsten van de havens ontregelt. Die inkomsten zijn echter nodig om investeringen te doen in de infrastructuur, te meer omdat de EU erop toekijkt dat er geen staatssteun wordt gegeven aan havens. Bovendien is een algemene kwijtschelding in Vlaanderen niet aan de orde omdat niet alle gebruikers op dezelfde manier door de negatieve impact van COVID-19 worden getroffen. Sommig handelsverkeer ondervond geen negatieve gevolgen. Daarom pleit Vlaanderen voor een ad-hocbenadering waarin geval per geval wordt bekeken, en het beschouwt een veralgemeende uitbreiding tot alle gebruikers als contraproductief. Verder dreigt een verstoring van het gelijk speelveld en een “race to the bottom” indien deze wijziging wordt gebruikt om verdere kortingen af te dwingen. Ten slotte dreigt men hiermee het delicate evenwicht tussen de Europese zeehavens dat vervat zit in de bestaande wetgeving, waarover zeer lang werd onderhandeld, op de helling te zetten.
2020/05/15
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)

Transport en toerisme zijn uiterst belangrijke economische sectoren. Zo is de toerismesector alleen al goed voor ruim 22 miljoen banen in de EU (11,2 %) en bijna 10 % van het Europese bbp.De COVID-19-crisis treft de toerismesector ongemeen hard, ook in Vlaanderen.De Europese Commissie lanceerde op 13 mei een heel pakket met richtsnoeren en aanbevelingen. Commissaris Breton beklemtoonde meermaals dat hij voor de nodige middelen ijvert, maar tot vandaag blijft er over de precieze steun voor de toerismesector onduidelijkheid.Het is dan ook een terechte vraag om de nodige aandacht te geven aan deze sectoren, ook in het Europees beleid.Daarom steunt de N-VA de voorliggende resolutie. Wij plaatsen evenwel volgende kanttekeningen bij de tekst: ten eerste ligt het zwaartepunt voor het voeren van een toerismebeleid voor ons duidelijk bij de bevoegde overheden in de lidstaten, in ons geval Vlaanderen, en dat willen we zo houden. Net als de Europese Commissie zijn wij geen voorstander van een aparte begrotingslijn voor toerisme in de EU-begroting: de verschillende bestaande programma’s bieden voldoende mogelijkheden om middelen richting de toerismesector te laten vloeien. Tenslotte maken wij ook een voorbehoud aangaande de eenzijdige verwachtingen in de tekst ten aanzien van het door de Europese Commissie voorgestelde herstelplan.
2020/06/19
Adapting to development in the road transport sector (A9-0116/2020 - Ismail Ertug)

Sociale dumping in de transportsector is een oud zeer waar ook de Vlaamse transportsector ernstig onder gebukt gaat. Oost-Europese chauffeurs overspoelen onze transportmarkt en concurreren onze Vlaamse chauffeurs uit de markt. De sector competitief houden onder sociaal rechtvaardige omstandigheden is cruciaal. Daarom geeft de N-VA volle steun aan de nieuwe Europese afspraken over detachering van chauffeurs, slimme tachografen en rij- en rusttijden die deze sociale dumping moeten aanpakken.De N-VA verzet zich wel tegen de zogeheten afkoelingsperiode van vier dagen inzake cabotage. Deze beperking ondermijnt het businessmodel van vele Vlaamse vervoerders. Zij voeren cabotage voornamelijk uit om een lege terugrit naar huis te vermijden. Elke vorm van wachttijd heeft drastische gevolgen voor de rendabiliteit. Daarbij dreigen vooral de bedrijven in West- en Oost-Vlaanderen zwaar getroffen te worden (in het bijzonder kleine bedrijven of eenmanszaken). Deze provincies huisvesten meer dan de helft van de Vlaamse transportondernemingen met Frankrijk als belangrijkste handelspartner.De vooruitzichten voor de sector zijn al niet bijzonder rooskleurig met een nakende brexit en de sociaal-economische impact van COVID-19. De nieuwe beperkingen inzake cabotage vormen een bijkomende hindernis, die onze bedrijven kunnen missen als kiespijn. De kwestie krijgt mogelijk ook nog een juridisch staartje voor het Europees Hof van Justitie.
2020/07/08
Chemicals strategy for sustainability (B9-0222/2020)

De Commissie stelt dit najaar een duurzaamheidsstrategie voor chemische stoffen voor. Met deze resolutie geeft het Parlement al een schot voor de boeg.De tekst bevat veel positieve elementen. Zo wordt de essentiële rol van de chemiesector bij het vinden van innovatieve, koolstofarme oplossingen in functie van een duurzame transitie benadrukt. Ook een versnelde overgang naar gewasbeschermingsmiddelen met een laag risico, een optimaal gebruik van geïntegreerde plaagbestrijding en circulariteit steunen wij voluit. De resolutie vraagt terecht meer coherentie in het bestaande wettelijke kader en benadrukt het belang van de controle van import en handhaving in het kader van een gelijk speelveld.Om deze redenen steunt de N-VA de tekst. Dit neemt niet weg dat we kanttekeningen plaatsen bij bepaalde aspecten. Zo steunen wij de ambitie van de Commissie om gewasbeschermingsmiddelen met een hoog risico tegen 2030 te halveren, maar lijkt een uitfasering tegen 2030 weinig realistisch. De vraag naar een nieuwe testregeling dreigt ons terug te brengen naar de regeling vóór Reach, die niet efficiënt was. Wij steunen geen blanco verbod op de recyclage van materiaalstromen die bepaalde chemische stoffen bevatten, indien recyclage op een veilige manier kan. Ten slotte houden wij vast aan evidencebased beleid en de praktijk van maximumresidugehalten (MRL’s).
2020/07/10
The EU’s public health strategy post-COVID-19 (RC-B9-0216/2020)

De resolutie bevat een reeks goede aanbevelingen. Zo wordt terecht het belang benadrukt van onderzoek en innovatie, de noodzaak van een strategische reserve van geneesmiddelen en medisch materiaal en van de gezamenlijke Europese aanbesteding voor de aankoop van coronavaccins. De N-VA riep eerder al op tot het verankeren van essentiële productie in de EU, onder andere van grondstoffen voor geneesmiddelen. Wij onderschrijven ook de vraag naar een versterkt mandaat voor het ECDC en het EMA, verdere inspanningen tegen antimicrobiële resistentie en de uitbreiding van Europese Referentienetwerken. Verder delen wij uitdrukkelijk de bezorgdheid over de opmars van de zogeheten antivaccinatiebeweging. Maatregelen die deze tendens kunnen counteren, zoals een Europese vaccinatiekaart, steunen wij.Meer en betere coördinatie door de Commissie is nodig en ook mogelijk volgens het Verdrag. Subsidiariteit en het respecteren van de bestaande bevoegdheidsverdeling tussen de EU en de lidstaten, blijven voor de N-VA evenwel essentieel. Bepaalde voorstellen zitten wat dit betreft minstens in een grijze zone. In het algemeen wijzen de oproep tot een gezondheidsunie en de link met de toekomstconferentie in de richting van meer Europese centralisatie. Concreet gaat de vraag om een richtlijn over minimumnormen voor kwaliteitszorg volgens ons te ver. Daarom heeft de N-VA zich bij de eindstemming onthouden.
2020/07/10
The EU’s role in protecting and restoring the world’s forests (A9-0143/2020 - Stanislav Polčák)

Het belang van bossen kan nauwelijks worden overschat. Bossen zijn goed voor 42 % van de Europese landoppervlakte en vervullen verschillende rollen: ze zijn een bron van rust en recreatie en een habitat voor fauna en flora, ze leveren cruciale ecosysteemdiensten en een enorme bijdrage aan de strijd tegen klimaatverandering als tweede grootste koolstofopslagplaats. Duurzaam bosbeheer heeft bovendien een economische dimensie.De resolutie bevat veel positieve elementen om de bescherming en het herstel van bossen te bevorderen. Wij steunen ook de vraag naar bindende doelstellingen ter zake. De N-VA-delegatie plaatst evenwel de volgende kanttekeningen bij de tekst: wij delen de bezorgdheid over de duurzaamheid van biomassa op basis van hout. De N-VA heeft tijdens het herzieningsproces van de richtlijn hernieuwbare energie ook geijverd voor een betere afstemming tussen het energie- en materiaalbeleid. Vlaanderen heeft al strikte normen ter zake. Indien de keuze wordt gemaakt om de richtlijn die pas eind 2018 werd herzien, opnieuw te wijzigen, moet de impact op het behalen van de doelstellingen wel duidelijk worden geanalyseerd. Inzake de zorgvuldigheidseisen voor financiële instellingen vinden wij het geen taak van banken om ontbossing in kaart te brengen. Ten slotte vragen wij een sterke handhaving van het duurzaamheidsluik in handelsakkoorden, maar geen herziening van bestaande handelsakkoorden.
2020/09/15
Amending Decision No 1313/2013/EU on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism (A9-0148/2020 - Nikos Androulakis)

Begin 2019 werd het mechanisme voor civiele bescherming grondig herzien en werd een nieuw instrument, rescEU, in het leven geroepen. De N-VA steunde het bereikte akkoord voluit. Deze wet bepaalt onder meer dat de verantwoordelijkheid voor civiele bescherming in eerste instantie bij de lidstaten blijft. Volgens het Verdrag kan het Europese niveau wel een ondersteunende rol spelen. De nieuwe rescEU kan als laatste redmiddel worden ingezet, wanneer de capaciteit bij de lidstaten zelf en de capaciteit in de bestaande Europese pool, ontoereikend zijn.Naar aanleiding van de COVID-19-crisis stelt de Europese Commissie voor om het mechanisme verder te versterken en meer financiële middelen te voorzien teneinde beter het hoofd te kunnen bieden aan een crisis zoals de huidige pandemie.De N-VA steunt deze opzet en toont zich welwillend zodat de EU beter gewapend is om collectief op te treden in tijden van crisis. Daarom steunen we ook het voorliggende verslag. Evenwel uiten wij de bezorgdheid dat de voorgestelde uitgebreide wervingscapaciteit voor de Commissie effectief meerwaarde moet opleveren en moet leiden tot een snellere en effectievere actie. Wij hopen dat dit verder wordt geanalyseerd en uitgeklaard tijdens de onderhandelingen met de Raad.
2020/09/16
Global data collection system for ship fuel oil consumption data (A9-0144/2020 - Jutta Paulus)

De uitstoot van de internationale scheepvaart bedraagt 2 à 3 % van de globale emissies en laat een stijgende lijn zien. De N-VA benadrukt dat alle sectoren moeten bijdragen aan een duurzame transitie en steunt de consensus dat ook de scheepvaart bijkomende inspanningen moet leveren.In functie van een doeltreffend systeem is de verzameling van gegevens belangrijk. Daartoe werd in 2015 een verordening opgesteld over de monitoring, rapportering en verificatie van gegevens. Wat nu voorlag in de plenaire is een technische herziening om deze bestaande verordening af te stemmen op het globale systeem van gegevensverzameling van de Internationale Maritieme Organisatie en zo administratieve lasten te vermijden. De Raad nam al in oktober 2019 een gemeenschappelijk standpunt in.Het Europees Parlement heeft deze technische herziening echter aangegrepen om een voorschot te nemen op de opname van de internationale scheepvaart in het emissiehandelssysteem. De Commissie werkt momenteel aan een impactbeoordeling en komt normaal volgend jaar met een afzonderlijk wetgevingsvoorstel hierover. Dat lijkt ons ook de juiste manier van handelen. Men kan een dergelijke ingrijpende wijziging niet regelen in de marge van een technische herziening van de MRV-verordening die hiervoor niet de juiste basis vormt. Om deze reden heeft de N-VA zich onthouden bij eindstemming.
2020/09/16
Type approval of motor vehicles (Real Driving Emissions) (A9-0139/2020 - Esther de Lange)

In 2015 legde het dieselgateschandaal een serieuze bom onder de Europese milieuwetgeving. Door frauduleuze praktijken stootten wagens in werkelijkheid vele keren meer uit dan de norm toeliet, met een negatieve impact op de volksgezondheid en het vertrouwen in de interne markt. In 2016 stelde de Europese Commissie via een uitvoeringshandeling voor om de invoering van praktijktesten te koppelen aan een versoepeling van de NOx-uitstootnorm, via een zogeheten “conformiteitsfactor”. De N-VA steunde deze versoepeling niet. Verschillende experten gaven aan dat de technologie bestaat om de bestaande norm (vastgelegd in wetgeving uit 2007) ook te behalen in reële rijomstandigheden.In 2018 oordeelde het Europees Hof van Justitie dat de versoepeling van de norm via een conformiteitsfactor een essentiële wijziging aan de wetgeving betrof en dat de gevolgde procedure juridisch niet sluitend was. Dat brengt ons bij het nieuwe voorstel van de Europese Commissie dat vandaag voorlag in de plenaire. De Milieucommissie vraagt dat de conformiteitsfactor gradueel wordt verlaagd op basis van beoordelingen door het Gemeenschappelijke Centrum voor Onderzoek (JRC) en ophoudt te bestaan tegen september 2022. Gezien de geschiedenis van dit dossier en ons principieel verzet tegen de versoepeling van de NOx-norm in 2016, heeft de N-VA-delegatie het standpunt van de Milieucommissie gesteund.
2020/09/16
Just Transition Fund (A9-0135/2020 - Manolis Kefalogiannis)

Een duurzame transformatie houdt bijzondere uitdagingen in. Dit geldt zowel voor lidstaten die sterk afhankelijk zijn van grondstoffen als steenkool maar ook voor state-of-the-art industriële centra die in grote mate bijdragen aan de welvaart in de EU, zoals Vlaanderen. Ook deze lidstaten of deelstaten moeten voldoende ruimte krijgen om zich verder innovatief te ontwikkelen. Het Fonds voor een rechtvaardige transitie dient daarom mogelijkheden te bieden voor ondersteuning van verdere technologische innovaties in functie van een duurzame transitie in energie-intensieve regio’s. Met respect voor het subsidiariteitsprincipe en de mogelijkheid om eigen regio’s aan te duiden die in aanmerking komen voor financiering door het Fonds.Onze delegatie erkent dat aardgas een belangrijke technologie is voor de vervanging van steenkool en aardolie én in het licht van klimaatneutraliteit op EU-niveau. Voor dit specifieke fonds steunen wij echter het Commissievoorstel alsook het standpunt van de Raad om deze middelen niet aan te wenden voor investeringen in fossiele brandstoffen. Wij zijn ervan overtuigd dat er voldoende mogelijkheden zijn voor investeringen in innovatieve technologieën die fossielvrij zijn.N-VA verwierp bovendien het amendement dat klimaatneutraliteit tegen 2050 als nationale doelstelling stelt om toegang te krijgen tot het Fonds. De N-VA-delegatie onthoudt zich om deze redenen op de eindstemming.
2020/09/16
European Climate Law (A9-0162/2020 - Jytte Guteland)

De N-VA steunt het doel van klimaatneutraliteit op EU-niveau tegen 2050. Een duidelijke doelstelling creëert ook meer zekerheid voor investeringen.De Vlaamse klimaatstrategie 2050 en een reeks recente realisaties maken onze inzet voor een ambitieus, haalbaar en betaalbaar klimaatbeleid concreet. Ik verwijs naar de langetermijnrenovatiestrategie (de op één na beste van Europa), inspanningen voor meer bos en natuur, de lancering van de Blue Deal tegen droogte, onze pioniersrol inzake kringloopeconomie, …Het Parlement verliest zich echter in een opbod door te eisen dat ook élke lidstaat tegen 2050 klimaatneutraal moet zijn. Vlaanderen is een kleine en dichtbevolkte deelstaat, met belangrijke energie-intensieve industriële clusters. De EU moet rekening houden met deze verscheidenheid.Verder is er de 2030-uitstootverminderingsdoelstelling. De Commissie stelt minstens 55 % voor. Het Parlement eist 60 %. Wij kunnen geen van beide steunen. De effectbeoordeling op lid- of deelstaatniveau ontbreekt. Wij engageren ons daarom niet voor een belofte waarvan we de impact op Vlaanderen niet kennen. Het Parlement pleit ook voor een energiesysteem gebaseerd op hernieuwbare energie. Klimaatneutraliteit bereiken zonder kernenergie is een illusie.Daarom heeft de N-VA zich onthouden bij de eindstemming. Wij werken met volgehouden overtuiging verder aan een realistisch klimaatbeleid dat welvaart en competitiviteit centraal stelt.
2020/10/07
Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: application EGF/2020/001 ES/Galicia shipbuilding ancillary sectors (A9-0192/2020 - Valerie Hayer)

Het Europees Fonds voor aanpassing aan de globalisering (EFG) is opgericht om extra steun te geven aan werknemers die de gevolgen van grote structurele veranderingen in de wereldhandelspatronen ondervinden. Extra steun, die geenszins de nood kan wegnemen om structurele hervormingen door te voeren met het oog op duurzame economische groei. Een Europese transferunie kan geen remedie zijn om de werkloosheid aan te pakken, en kan geen broodnodig structureel hervormingsbeleid vervangen. Globalisering is immers onvermijdelijk en gaat hand in hand met de opening van nieuwe markten, met internationale concurrentie, met economische groei en met jobcreatie die het jobverlies in minder competitieve sectoren overtreft. N-VA verwelkomt daarentegen wel de recente uitbreiding van het toepassingsgebied voor de gevolgen van de brexit, die het economische weefsel – in het bijzonder voor onze exportgerichte kmo’s – op een plotse en directe manier kan aantasten. Daarom zal N-VA zich onthouden bij deze stemming over deze aanvraag voor Europese middelen.
2020/10/19
Deforestation (A9-0179/2020 - Delara Burkhardt)

Bossen zijn een bron van rust en recreatie en een habitat voor fauna en flora, ze leveren cruciale ecosysteemdiensten en een enorme bijdrage aan de strijd tegen klimaatverandering als tweede grootste koolstofopslagplaats, na oceanen. De N-VA-delegatie geeft haar volle steun aan meer bos en natuur, aan een betere bescherming van bossen én aan de strijd tegen ontbossing, in de EU maar ook wereldwijd. Wij onderschrijven ook de oproep tot een wettelijk EU-kader met een verplicht systeem van zorgvuldigheidseisen. Het standpunt van het Europees Parlement vinden wij echter op bepaalde punten te prescriptief. Daarom hebben wij ons onthouden bij de eindstemming. Wij willen voldoende ruimte laten aan de Europese Commissie om op basis van een effectbeoordeling een haalbaar en werkbaar voorstel uit te werken, dat ook rekening houdt met de specificiteit van kmo’s en de competitiviteit van de Europese industrie. ICT en artificiële intelligentie kunnen daarbij zeker instrumenten aanreiken om transparantie doorheen de keten te garanderen. Ook certificeringsregelingen kunnen hierin een belangrijke rol spelen. Wij vragen verder een sterke handhaving van het duurzaamheidsluik in handelsakkoorden, maar geen herziening van bestaande handelsakkoorden. Wij kijken nu uit naar het voorstel van de Europese Commissie dat wij met een open blik zullen beoordelen.
2020/10/22
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)

Het nieuwe landbouwbeleid moet een instrument zijn om te zorgen voor een toekomstgerichte landbouw met een rendabel bedrijfsmodel, waarbij landbouw een natuurlijke partner is in de strijd tegen de klimaatverandering. Wij ijveren voor een beleid dat Vlaams maatwerk mogelijk maakt én coherent is met natuur-, biodiversiteits- en klimaatbeleid. De stemming in het Europees Parlement staat daar echter haaks op. Hetzelfde Parlement stemde recent nochtans in met zéér ambitieuze klimaatdoelstellingen en maakte zich sterk dat alle sectoren hieraan zouden moeten bijdragen. Wanneer het over landbouwbeleid gaat, lijken de doelstellingen van biodiversiteit en vergroening echter ineens niet meer zo belangrijk. Deze inconsistentie zal niet zonder prijs en gevolgen blijven. Wanneer een derde van het Europees budget als het ware wordt vrijgesteld om substantieel bij te dragen aan een duurzame transformatie, dan verschuift de druk niet alleen volledig naar andere sectoren: het zet het hele verhaal op losse schroeven. Ook de Vlaamse landbouwer wint hier niet. Tot nu toe heeft het Europees landbouwbeleid voornamelijk geleid tot massale schaalvergroting, met nefaste gevolgen voor kleine Vlaamse landbouwbedrijven. Kleine, familiale ondernemingen die meerwaarde bieden, worden niet gestimuleerd en de plannen hypothekeren een landbouw op maat van het Vlaamse landschap. Daarom stemde de N-VA tegen dit voorstel.
2020/10/23
Common agricultural policy: financing, management and monitoring (A8-0199/2019 - Ulrike Müller)

N-VA steunt het nieuwe uitvoeringsmodel van het gemeenschappelijk landbouwbeleid (GLB) zoals voorgesteld door de Commissie, met meer vrijheid voor de lidstaten bij de uitvoering van het beleid. Dat moet ervoor zorgen dat het landbouwbeleid beter kan worden afgestemd op regionale behoeften, met minder rompslomp voor de begunstigden en met een verschuiving naar een prestatiegericht beleid. Daarbij moet het ook mogelijk zijn om beter controle te houden op de toepassing van de nu vereenvoudigde regels. N-VA is ook voorstander van de overgang naar een meer resultaatgestuurd beleidsmechanisme en betreurt de afzwakking ervan in het standpunt van het Parlement over het voorstel van de Commissie. Daarom hebben de N-VA-Europarlementsleden zich onthouden over het verslag.
2020/10/23
Common agricultural policy – amendment of the CMO and other Regulations (A8-0198/2019 - Eric Andrieu)

De N-VA onthoudt zich voor het dossier m.b.t. de gemeenschappelijke marktordening voor landbouwproducten. Wij zijn voorstander van een regelluwe gemeenschappelijke Europese marktorganisatie, maar pleiten voor maximale vrijheid voor de lid- en deelstaten bij de uitvoering van het beleid, minder administratieve lasten voor de mensen op het terrein en een vereenvoudigde regelgeving. We willen evolueren naar een nieuw landbouwmodel dat meer inzet op innovatieve landbouw.Voor het dossier van de plantaardige vleesvervangers kiest de N-VA voor pragmatisch realisme en duidelijkheid voor de consument. De benaming van plantaardige vleesvervangers moet vormelijke namen kunnen toelaten gezien deze vandaag goed ingeburgerd zijn bij de Vlaamse bevolking. We zijn wel tegen het gebruik van dierlijke benamingen voor deze plantaardige varianten, ook al verwijst dit naar de smaak van het product. Dit om consumentenmisleiding te vermijden.
2020/10/23
Objection pursuant to Rule 112: Genetically modified maize MON 87427 × MON 89034 × MIR162 × NK603 and genetically modified maize combining two or three of the single events MON 87427, MON 89034, MIR162 and NK603 (B9-0346/2020)

. ‒ De N-VA-delegatie steunt het bezwaar tegen het betreffend ggo niet om onderstaande redenen.De goedkeuringsprocedure voor ggo’s is strikt; de EFSA-risicobeoordeling speelt daarin een cruciale rol. De N-VA gelooft sterk in wetenschappelijk en empirisch onderbouwd beleid. Bovendien heeft de Commissie haar mandaat bij deze uitvoeringshandeling niet overschreden: wanneer de lidstaten geen gekwalificeerde meerderheid bereiken, is de Europese Commissie gemachtigd ggo’s goed te keuren op basis van een positief advies van de EFSA.Biotechnologie is een belangrijke sector voor innovatie, onderzoek en ontwikkeling. Ook Vlaanderen, en in het bijzonder Gent, speelt bij dergelijk onderzoek een toonaangevende rol. Door te pleiten voor een moratorium op de goedkeuring van ggo’s geeft het betreffende bezwaar het signaal af dat Europa dit onderzoek wil afremmen, wat naar mijn mening verkeerd en nefast is.Het blijft belangrijk om onderscheid te maken tussen ggo-techniek en -toepassing. Voorts is het duidelijk dat het (eventuele) gebruik van ggo’s altijd moet overeenkomen met een landbouwbeleid waarin de bescherming van de volksgezondheid, het milieu en de biodiversiteit een belangrijke plaats inneemt en waarbij geïntegreerde plaagbestrijding van essentieel belang is voor het duurzame gebruik van pesticiden en niet-chemische alternatieven.
2020/11/11
Objection pursuant to Rule 112: Genetically modified soybean SYHT0H2 (SYN-ØØØH2-5) (B9-0349/2020)

. ‒ De N-VA-delegatie steunt het bezwaar tegen het betreffend ggo niet om onderstaande redenen.De goedkeuringsprocedure voor ggo’s is strikt; de EFSA-risicobeoordeling speelt daarin een cruciale rol. De N-VA gelooft sterk in wetenschappelijk en empirisch onderbouwd beleid. Bovendien heeft de Commissie haar mandaat bij deze uitvoeringshandeling niet overschreden: wanneer de lidstaten geen gekwalificeerde meerderheid bereiken, is de Europese Commissie gemachtigd ggo’s goed te keuren op basis van een positief advies van de EFSA.Biotechnologie is een belangrijke sector voor innovatie, onderzoek en ontwikkeling. Ook Vlaanderen, en in het bijzonder Gent, speelt bij dergelijk onderzoek een toonaangevende rol. Door te pleiten voor een moratorium op de goedkeuring van ggo’s geeft het betreffende bezwaar het signaal af dat Europa dit onderzoek wil afremmen, wat naar mijn mening verkeerd en nefast is.Het blijft belangrijk om onderscheid te maken tussen ggo-techniek en -toepassing. Voorts is het duidelijk dat het (eventuele) gebruik van ggo’s altijd moet overeenkomen met een landbouwbeleid waarin de bescherming van de volksgezondheid, het milieu en de biodiversiteit een belangrijke plaats inneemt en waarbij geïntegreerde plaagbestrijding van essentieel belang is voor het duurzame gebruik van pesticiden en niet-chemische alternatieven.Ten slotte staat de N-VA ook achter de bevordering van de teelt van eiwithoudende gewassen in de EU, zodat de Europese afhankelijkheid van ingevoerde gewassen kan worden verminderd.
2020/11/11
Objection pursuant to Rule 112: Genetically modified maize MON 87427 × MON 87460 × MON 89034 × MIR162 × NK603 and genetically modified maize combining two, three or four of the single events MON 87427, MON 87460, MON 89034, MIR162 and NK603 (B9-0347/2020)

. ‒ De N-VA-delegatie steunt het bezwaar tegen het betreffend ggo niet om onderstaande redenen.De goedkeuringsprocedure voor ggo’s is strikt; de EFSA-risicobeoordeling speelt daarin een cruciale rol. De N-VA gelooft sterk in wetenschappelijk en empirisch onderbouwd beleid. Bovendien heeft de Commissie haar mandaat bij deze uitvoeringshandeling niet overschreden: wanneer de lidstaten geen gekwalificeerde meerderheid bereiken, is de Europese Commissie gemachtigd ggo’s goed te keuren op basis van een positief advies van de EFSA.Biotechnologie is een belangrijke sector voor innovatie, onderzoek en ontwikkeling. Ook Vlaanderen, en in het bijzonder Gent, speelt bij dergelijk onderzoek een toonaangevende rol. Door te pleiten voor een moratorium op de goedkeuring van ggo’s geeft het betreffende bezwaar het signaal af dat Europa dit onderzoek wil afremmen, wat naar mijn mening verkeerd en nefast is.Het blijft belangrijk om onderscheid te maken tussen ggo-techniek en -toepassing. Voorts is het duidelijk dat het (eventuele) gebruik van ggo’s altijd moet overeenkomen met een landbouwbeleid waarin de bescherming van de volksgezondheid, het milieu en de biodiversiteit een belangrijke plaats inneemt en waarbij geïntegreerde plaagbestrijding van essentieel belang is voor het duurzame gebruik van pesticiden en niet-chemische alternatieven.
2020/11/11
Programme for the Union's action in the field of health for the period 2021-2027 (“EU4Health Programme”) (A9-0196/2020 - Cristian-Silviu Buşoi)

. ‒ De N-VA steunt het aanvullende optreden van de Unie op het gebied van volksgezondheid en dringt in dit verband aan op betere samenwerking en coördinatie over de grenzen heen, met respect voor de bevoegdheid van de lid- en deelstaten. De huidige COVID-19-pandemie laat zien dat betere coördinatie tussen de lidstaten niet alleen nodig is, maar ook mogelijk krachtens het bestaande Verdrag.Het nieuwe gezondheidsprogramma van de EU voor de periode 2021-2027 stelt de volgende doelstellingen voorop: bescherming tegen grensoverschrijdende bedreigingen, beschikbaarheid van geneesmiddelen en medische hulpmiddelen en producten, stimulering van innovatie en versterking van gezondheidssystemen, waarbij onder meer bijzondere aandacht wordt besteed aan preventie. In het zojuist bereikte begrotingsakkoord wordt voor dit EU4Health-programma 5,1 miljard euro voorzien.De N-VA is bovendien voorstander van een versterkt mandaat voor het Europees Centrum voor ziektepreventie en -bestrijding (ECDC) en het Europees Geneesmiddelenbureau (EMA). Daarnaast zijn ook de verdere bestrijding van kanker, meer inspanningen tegen antimicrobiële resistentie, betere gegevensverzameling, de bevordering van de vaccinatiegraad en de uitbreiding van Europese referentienetwerken domeinen waar de EU toegevoegde waarde kan leveren.Om al deze redenen staat de N-VA achter het standpunt van het Europees Parlement en het starten van onderhandelingen met de Raad over een akkoord.
2020/11/13
Objection pursuant to Rule 112: Lead in gunshot in or around wetlands (B9-0365/2020)

In september bereikten de lidstaten een akkoord over het beperken van loodschot in waterrijke gebieden. In het Europees parlement werden hiertegen bezwaren ingediend, maar deze vonden geen meerderheid.De N-VA-delegatie steunt het door de lidstaten bereikte akkoord en stemde tegen de bezwaren. In de Unie sterven jaarlijks naar schatting één miljoen watervogels ten gevolge van loodvergiftiging. Het gebruik van lood in hagel vormt ook een risico voor soorten die zich voeden met vogels die besmet zijn met loodhagel.Vlaanderen heeft al sinds 2008 een verbod op loodschot. Dit is bovendien een totaalverbod en dus niet beperkt tot waterrijke gebieden. Loodvrije alternatieven zijn beschikbaar. Bovendien heeft het merendeel van de EU-lidstaten al bepalingen in de nationale wetgeving in verschillende vormen. Europese actie is dus legitiem. Deze is ook in lijn met aangegane verplichtingen in het kader van de Overeenkomst inzake de bescherming van Afrikaans-Euraziatische trekkende watervogels (AEWA).Daarom is de N-VA tevreden dat het akkoord van de lidstaten overeind blijft. Want enkel het Vlaamse verbod kan niet voorkomen dat vogels sterven ten gevolge van loodschot op hun trekroute naar het zuiden. Daarvoor is gezamenlijke Europese actie nodig, in het bijzonder in waterrijke gebieden, waar het risico op vergiftiging reëel is.
2020/11/25
European Year of Rail (2021) (A9-0191/2020 - Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg)

Sinds 1983 kiest de EU jaarlijks een thema om onder de aandacht te brengen. 2021 wordt uitgeroepen tot het “Europees Jaar van het spoor”. Gedurende het hele jaar worden evenementen, campagnes en initiatieven georganiseerd om het spoor als duurzame, veilige en innovatieve transportmodus te promoten. De N-VA erkent dat multimodaal vervoer een essentiële schakel is bij de verduurzaming van de transportsector. Spoorvervoer, zowel voor vracht als passagiers, speelt hierin een belangrijke rol. Dat wordt ook erkend in de strategie voor duurzame en slimme mobiliteit die de Europese Commissie recent voorstelde. Om deze reden kunnen wij de beslissing steunen, evenwel met volgende belangrijke kanttekeningen: wil het spoorvervoer een echt alternatief zijn voor burgers, dan is een kwalitatieve en betrouwbare dienstverlening waarbij de reiziger centraal staat dé sleutel tot oplossingen, eerder dan promotiecampagnes. In eigen land is hier nog veel werk voor de boeg en worden noodzakelijke structurele hervormingen (zoals de voorbereiding van de verplichte invoer van concurrentie) door de paars-groene regering op de lange baan geschoven. Vervolgens houdt de N-VA vast aan haar eerder ingenomen standpunt over het ter beschikking stellen van Interrail-passen en blijven wij gekant tegen dergelijke “gratispolitiek”. Gratis bestaat immers niet en populariteit kan je niet afkopen.
2020/12/15
Council regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2021 to 2027 (A9-0260/2020 - Jan Olbrycht, Margarida Marques)

. – Als voorzitter van de Begrotingscommissie en delegatieleider van het onderhandelingsteam van het Europees Parlement ben ik tevreden met het akkoord dat werd bereikt over de meerjarenbegroting 2021-2027. Vanuit dat mandaat heb ik, samen met de collega’s uit het onderhandelingsteam, actief de consensus van de meerderheid in het Parlement vertolkt en verdedigd. Het Parlement is erin geslaagd om eigen accenten te leggen en de middelen voor toekomstgerichte programma’s in functie van scholing, onderzoek, innovatie en ontwikkeling – die tijdens de onderhandelingen onder druk kwamen te staan – te vrijwaren en te versterken. Dit zijn de programma’s waarin de Europese Unie echte meerwaarde kan creëren en het verschil kan maken. Via doorgedreven toekomstgerichte beleidskeuzes en -programma’s kan zij zich onderscheiden op mondiaal vlak, kan zij haar concurrentiekracht versterken en groei en jobcreatie ontwikkelen.Om deze doelstelling te bereiken, moet er een verdere shift gemaakt worden binnen het budget. Een shift die qua omvang en strategie voldoende uitgesproken en ambitieus dient te zijn. Ik stel echter, samen met mijn collega’s van de N-VA-delegatie, vast dat – hoewel er intenties aanwezig zijn – die shift onvoldoende groot is om het gewenste effect te kunnen bereiken. Binnen de meerjarenbegroting zijn er – nog steeds – een aantal vastgeroeste beleidskeuzes aanwezig die de aandacht en de middelen opeisen. Het valt te betreuren dat keuzes uit het verleden vaak worden aangezien voor ‘verworven rechten’. De Europese Unie moet zichzelf continu in vraag durven te stellen en de efficiëntie van beleidsopties meten, objectief beoordelen en bijsturen waar nodig. Wij hopen dat de Europese beleidsactoren – inclusief de lidstaten – de volgende jaren meer moed aan de dag zullen leggen om de echte troefkaarten uit te spelen, en fors te investeren in onderzoek, technologie, ontwikkeling en infrastructuur. Als de Europese Unie dat niet doet, dan zal het de facto altijd achter de feiten aanlopen.
2020/12/16
Objection pursuant to Rule 112(2) and (3): Genetically modified soybean MON 87751 × MON 87701 × MON 87708 × MON 89788 (B9-0411/2020)

De N-VA-delegatie steunt het bezwaar tegen de betrokken ggo niet om volgende redenen. De goedkeuringsprocedure voor ggo’s is strikt. De EFSA-risicobeoordeling speelt hierin een cruciale rol. De N-VA gelooft sterk in wetenschappelijk onderbouwd en “evidence-based” beleid. Bovendien heeft de Commissie haar mandaat bij deze uitvoerende handeling niet overschreden: wanneer de lidstaten geen gekwalificeerde meerderheid bereiken, dan is de Europese Commissie gemachtigd ggo’s goed te keuren op basis van een positief advies van EFSA. Biotechnologie is een belangrijke sector voor innovatie, onderzoek en ontwikkeling. Ook Vlaanderen, en in het bijzonder Gent, is toonaangevend in dergelijk onderzoek. Door te pleiten voor een moratorium op de goedkeuring van ggo’s, geeft het bezwaar het signaal dat Europa een rem wil zetten op dit onderzoek, wat volgens mij verkeerd en nefast is. Het blijft belangrijk een onderscheid te maken tussen ggo-techniek en toepassing. Het is ook duidelijk dat het (eventuele) gebruik van ggo’s altijd moet kaderen in een landbouwbeleid waarin de bescherming van volksgezondheid, milieu en biodiversiteit is geïntegreerd, waarbij geïntegreerde plaagbestrijding (“integrated pest management”) essentieel is voor een duurzaam gebruik van pesticiden en niet-chemische alternatieven. Tenslotte steunt de N-VA ook het stimuleren van EU-teelt van eiwitrijke gewassen om zo onze importafhankelijkheid te verminderen.
2020/12/17
Objection pursuant to Rule 112(2) and (3): Genetically modified maize MON 87427 × MON 89034 × MIR162 × MON 87411 and genetically modified maize combining two or three of the single events MON 87427, MON 89034, MIR162 and MON 87411 (B9-0413/2020)

De N-VA-delegatie steunt het bezwaar tegen de betrokken ggo’s niet om volgende redenen. De goedkeuringsprocedure voor ggo’s is strikt. De EFSA-risicobeoordeling speelt hierin een cruciale rol. De N-VA gelooft sterk in wetenschappelijk onderbouwd en “evidence-based” beleid. Bovendien heeft de Commissie haar mandaat bij deze uitvoerende handeling niet overschreden: wanneer de lidstaten geen gekwalificeerde meerderheid bereiken, dan is de Europese Commissie gemachtigd ggo’s goed te keuren op basis van een positief advies van EFSA. Biotechnologie is een belangrijke sector voor innovatie, onderzoek en ontwikkeling. Ook Vlaanderen, en in het bijzonder Gent, is toonaangevend in dergelijk onderzoek. Door te pleiten voor een moratorium op de goedkeuring van ggo’s, geeft het bezwaar het signaal dat Europa een rem wil zetten op dit onderzoek, wat volgens mij verkeerd en nefast is. Het blijft belangrijk een onderscheid te maken tussen ggo-techniek en toepassing. Het is ook duidelijk dat het (eventuele) gebruik van ggo’s altijd moet kaderen in een landbouwbeleid waarin de bescherming van volksgezondheid, milieu en biodiversiteit is geïntegreerd, waarbij geïntegreerde plaagbestrijding (“integrated pest management”) essentieel is voor een duurzaam gebruik van pesticiden en niet-chemische alternatieven
2020/12/17
Revision of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) guidelines (A9-0251/2020 - Jens Gieseke)

De Commissie werkt aan een herziening van de richtsnoeren inzake het trans-Europees vervoersnetwerk (TEN-T). Met de voorliggende resolutie maakt het Europees Parlement zijn aandachtspunten duidelijk. De toegevoegde waarde van de gemeenschappelijke vervoersruimte kan nauwelijks worden overschat. De COVID-19-pandemie bevestigt de rol en het belang van grensoverschrijdende vervoersverbindingen als echte levensaders voor de Europese economie. Een efficiënt en toekomstgericht TEN-T is cruciaal voor de interne markt en het concurrentievermogen. In de Commissie vervoer en toerisme had ik zelf een flink aantal amendementen ingediend, waarvan de meeste ook zijn opgenomen in de finale tekst.Ten eerste is het essentieel dat het TEN-T niet enkel focust op nieuwe infrastructuur, maar ook op modernisering en opwaardering van bestaande delen van het netwerk zodat het toekomstbestendig is. Adequate financiering is cruciaal. Verder is het heel belangrijk dat scheepvaartverbindingen in het verslag op gelijke voet worden geplaatst met verbindingen over land en dat de belangrijke rol van havens als strategische knooppunten, clusters van vervoerwijzen en hubs voor energie, industrie en blauwe economie wordt erkend. In het verslag wordt terecht ook de geopolitieke noodzaak belicht om strategische infrastructuur te beschermen. Ten slotte is ook mijn oproep voor voldoende veilige en beveiligde parkeerterreinen voor vrachtwagens opgenomen. Om deze redenen steunen wij het verslag.
2021/01/20
Establishing the Recovery and Resilience Facility (A9-0214/2020 - Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Siegfried Mureşan, Dragoș Pîslaru)

De faciliteit voor herstel en veerkracht bestaat uit grootschalige financiële steun voor zowel overheidsinvesteringen als hervormingen, in het bijzonder op het gebied van een groene en digitale transitie.N-VA is steeds voorstander geweest van de oprichting van een fors Europees herstelfonds. Voor N-VA is het van belang dat de middelen een echte relance ondersteunen en dus structureel van aard zijn. De investeringsuitgaven mogen in ieder geval niet gebruikt worden om de gewoonlijke overheidsuitgaven te financieren en mogen geen aanleiding geven tot transferten die geen enkele wissel op de toekomst inhouden. Een goede handhaving van de voorwaarden staat dus voor N-VA voorop.Verder is het onbegrijpelijk dat de toewijzing van de middelen voor het grootste deel gebeurt op basis van historische macro-economische gegevens van de lidstaten. De gevolgen van de coronapandemie zijn groot voor alle regio’s in de Unie. De middelen van het herstelfonds dienen gebaseerd te worden op reële noden als gevolg van de impact van de crisis, niet op historische tekorten. De Unie is gebouwd op verantwoordelijkheid en solidariteit, en wel in die volgorde. De N-VA-Europarlementsleden hebben zich dan ook onthouden van stemming bij de goedkeuring van het akkoord over het herstelfonds.
2021/02/09
European Central Bank – annual report 2020 (A9-0002/2021 - Sven Simon)

Wij onthouden ons van stemming met betrekking tot het verslag over het jaarverslag van de ECB van de heer Simon, niettegenstaande de vele voor ons belangrijke punten die in de tekst werden opgenomen. Ik denk bijvoorbeeld aan de aandacht voor de negatieve gevolgen van het lage rentebeleid van de afgelopen jaren, de focus op de onafhankelijkheid van de ECB en de eis dat een mogelijke lancering van een digitale euro het recht op privacy van de burger moet respecteren en dat dit geen afbreuk mag doen aan cash als betaalmiddel. Ook verwelkomen we de oproep aan de ECB om in dialoog te treden met de nationale parlementen.Echter, dit betekent niet dat we met alles akkoord gaan. Zo zijn we het er weliswaar mee eens dat er meer vrouwen aan de top van de ECB zouden mogen werken, maar we hoeden ons voor positieve discriminatie. De job moet simpelweg naar de beste kandidaat gaan.Tot slot steunen we de vraag naar een Europees depositogarantiesysteem en Europese veilige activa niet. We hebben geen solidarisering van schuld op Europees niveau nodig wanneer ieder land zijn eigen schulden op orde heeft. Anders gezegd: wanneer iedereen voor eigen deur veegt, is de hele straat netjes. Dat principe werd overigens ook bij verdrag vastgelegd.
2021/02/09
A WTO-compatible EU carbon border adjustment mechanism (A9-0019/2021 - Yannick Jadot)

De N-VA steunt een ambitieus en realistisch klimaatbeleid dat concurrentievermogen en welvaart centraal stelt. Wij willen constructief meedenken over een EU-mechanisme voor koolstofcorrectie aan de grens om zo te vermijden dat CO2-intensieve producten vanuit derde landen Europa binnenkomen zonder dat zij aan soortgelijke klimaatregels moeten voldoen. Compatibiliteit met de regels van de Wereldhandelsorganisatie is daarbij wel een conditio sine qua non.Het is voor de N-VA essentieel dat een eventueel voorstel voor een dergelijk EU-mechanisme onderbouwd is met een grondige effectbeoordeling zoals het effect op de diverse lidstaten en sectoren, op de prijzen voor consumenten en op bestaande handelsakkoorden. Deze beoordeling is momenteel nog niet beschikbaar. De N-VA vindt het problematisch dat het voorliggende initiatiefverslag op een aantal punten vergaande veronderstellingen omvat, zonder het effect ervan te kennen, zoals het ruime toepassingsgebied. Verder gaat de N-VA er niet mee akkoord dat de opbrengsten eigen inkomsten van de EU zouden worden. Om deze redenen heeft de N-VA zich bij de eindstemming onthouden van stemming.Dat een meerderheid niet instemde met de stelling dat de invoering van een koolstofcorrectie aan de grens een alternatief is voor de bestaande maatregelen die sectoren beschermen tegen koolstoflekkage, is positief. Dit zou immers potentieel het gelijke speelveld voor Europese bedrijven ondermijnen.
2021/03/10
Objection pursuant to Rule 112(2) and (3): Genetically modified cotton GHB614 × T304-40 × GHB119 (B9-0160/2021)

De N-VA-delegatie steunt het bezwaar tegen de betrokken genetisch gemodificeerde organismen (ggo’s) niet om volgende redenen. De goedkeuringsprocedure voor ggo’s is strikt. De EFSA-risicobeoordeling speelt hierin een cruciale rol. De N-VA gelooft sterk in wetenschappelijk onderbouwd en “evidence-based” beleid. Bovendien heeft de Commissie haar mandaat bij deze uitvoerende handeling niet overschreden: wanneer de lidstaten geen gekwalificeerde meerderheid bereiken, dan is de Europese Commissie gemachtigd ggo’s goed te keuren op basis van een positief advies van het EFSA.Biotechnologie is een belangrijke sector voor innovatie, onderzoek en ontwikkeling. Ook Vlaanderen, en in het bijzonder Gent, is toonaangevend in dergelijk onderzoek. Door te pleiten voor een moratorium op de goedkeuring van ggo’s, geeft het bezwaar het signaal dat Europa een rem wil zetten op dit onderzoek, wat volgens mij verkeerd en nefast is.Het blijft belangrijk een onderscheid te maken tussen ggo-techniek en -toepassing. Het is ook duidelijk dat het (eventuele) gebruik van ggo’s altijd ingekaderd moet zijn in een landbouwbeleid waarin de bescherming van volksgezondheid, milieu en biodiversiteit is geïntegreerd, waarbij geïntegreerde plaagbestrijding (“integrated pest management”) essentieel is voor een duurzaam gebruik van pesticiden en niet-chemische alternatieven.
2021/03/10
Objection pursuant to Rule 112(2) and (3): Genetically modified maize MZIR098 (SYN-ØØØ98-3) (B9-0161/2021)

De N-VA-delegatie steunt het bezwaar tegen de betrokken genetisch gemodificeerde organismen (ggo’s) niet om volgende redenen. De goedkeuringsprocedure voor ggo’s is strikt. De EFSA-risicobeoordeling speelt hierin een cruciale rol. De N-VA gelooft sterk in wetenschappelijk onderbouwd en “evidence-based” beleid. Bovendien heeft de Commissie haar mandaat bij deze uitvoerende handeling niet overschreden: wanneer de lidstaten geen gekwalificeerde meerderheid bereiken, dan is de Europese Commissie gemachtigd ggo’s goed te keuren op basis van een positief advies van het EFSA.Biotechnologie is een belangrijke sector voor innovatie, onderzoek en ontwikkeling. Ook Vlaanderen, en in het bijzonder Gent, is toonaangevend in dergelijk onderzoek. Door te pleiten voor een moratorium op de goedkeuring van ggo’s, geeft het bezwaar het signaal dat Europa een rem wil zetten op dit onderzoek, wat volgens mij verkeerd en nefast is.Het blijft belangrijk een onderscheid te maken tussen ggo-techniek en -toepassing. Het is ook duidelijk dat het (eventuele) gebruik van ggo’s altijd ingekaderd moet zijn in een landbouwbeleid waarin de bescherming van volksgezondheid, milieu en biodiversiteit is geïntegreerd, waarbij geïntegreerde plaagbestrijding (“integrated pest management”) essentieel is voor een duurzaam gebruik van pesticiden en niet-chemische alternatieven..
2021/03/10
European Semester: Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2021 (A9-0036/2021 - Markus Ferber)

We onderschrijven de aandacht voor kleine en middelgrote ondernemingen in dit verslag en de vraag om toekomstgerichte hervormingen en investeringen, alsook dat het verslag erop wijst dat schulden nefast zijn en dat in goede tijden begrotingsbuffers aangelegd moeten worden.Twijfels hebben we dan weer over het feit dat de algemene ontsnappingsclausule pas in 2023 gedeactiveerd zou worden. Het lijkt ons beter dat dit continu gemonitord wordt.Daarnaast is het onze overtuiging dat het sociaal semester niet overladen mag worden met doelstellingen, omdat dit de efficiëntie van het instrument wegneemt. Het pleidooi voor een klimaatindicator delen we in die zin bijvoorbeeld niet.Om die reden onthouden we ons van stemming bij de stemming over dit verslag.
2021/03/11
Implementation of the Ambient Air Quality Directives (A9-0037/2021 - Javi López)

Luchtvervuiling blijft een gigantisch probleem, dat een grensoverschrijdende aanpak met inspanningen van alle sectoren behoeft.Het voorliggende uitvoeringsverslag biedt een grondige analyse van de stand van zaken en bevat heel wat goede elementen. Zo besteedt het terecht veel aandacht aan het belang een goed monitoringnetwerk. Meten is weten en vormt de basis voor verdere actie. Vergelijkbare gegevens zijn daarbij essentieel.De realiteit is dat bijna alle lidstaten kampen met enorme uitdagingen om de bestaande Europese normen te halen, laat staan de richtsnoeren van de Wereldgezondheidsorganisatie. De uitvoering en handhaving van de bestaande regels is daarom de eerste stap. De N-VA staat open voor een evolutie in de richting van meer ambitieuze normen, net als de Raad in zijn conclusies van maart 2020. Het parlement kiest echter voor de vlucht vooruit en wijst zelfs amendementen af die vragen om ook naar de praktische uitvoerbaarheid te kijken.Verkeer is een belangrijke bron van luchtvervuiling. Wij vinden het dan ook opmerkelijk dat een meerderheid van het parlement zich kant tegen alternatieven, uiteenlopend van elektrificatie en lng tot waterstof.Om deze redenen heeft de N-VA zich van stemming onthouden bij de eindstemming. Dit doet geen afbreuk aan onze blijvende inspanning om in praktijk verder te werken aan een betere luchtkwaliteit.
2021/03/25
EU Strategy for Sustainable Tourism (A9-0033/2021 - Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar)

De coronapandemie houdt de wereld nu al een jaar in haar greep. De crisis treft de hele samenleving en economie, ook het toerisme. De toerismesector is goed voor ruim 11 procent van de totale werkgelegenheid en 10 procent van het bruto binnenlands product van de EU en is daarom een erg belangrijke economische speler. Steun- en herstelmaatregelen zijn dus ook voor deze sector essentieel, en wel op verschillende niveaus.Het voorliggende verslag bevat goede voorstellen voor een duurzame toekomst van de toerismesector. Met andere voorstellen is de N-VA het echter absoluut oneens. Zo pleit het Europees Parlement ervoor om van toerisme een gedeelde bevoegdheid te maken, een allesomvattend Europees toerismebeleid te ontwikkelen met een eigen begrotingslijn en als kers op de taart, een Europees agentschap voor toerisme. Toerisme en de promotie van de eigen regio of lidstaat is toch bij uitstek een taak die toebehoort aan de lidstaten. Volgens het Europees verdrag is toerisme een aanvullende bevoegdheid. De N-VA is allesbehalve vragende partij om dit te wijzigen. Verder heeft de EU geen nood aan een Europees toerismeagentschap. Wel aan reisagentschappen die weer op volle toeren kunnen draaien. Een turbo op de vaccinaties om deze pandemie zo snel mogelijk te overwinnen is vandaag de beste stimuleringsmaatregel voor de toerismesector.
2021/03/25
Environment: The Aarhus Regulation (A9-0152/2021 - Christian Doleschal)

Toegang tot de rechter is een essentieel beginsel in de democratische rechtsstaat. In de Aarhus-verordening worden de bepalingen van het Verdrag van Aarhus inzake toegang tot informatie, inspraak bij besluitvorming en toegang tot de rechter wat betreft milieuaangelegenheden omgezet.De Commissie heeft ter waarborging van een beter openbaar toezicht een aantal wijzigingen voorgesteld om de toegang tot administratieve en rechterlijke toetsing op EU-niveau te verbeteren. Zo wordt de werkingssfeer van het mechanisme voor interne herziening ten aanzien van administratieve handelingen verruimd van individuele naar algemene strekking.Het standpunt van de Raad blijft zeer dicht bij het voorstel van de Commissie. Het Europees Parlement gaat op een aantal punten echter veel verder.Het rechtsspraaksysteem van de EU heeft een gedecentraliseerd karakter: nationale rechters zijn ook Europese rechters. De N-VA wil net als de Commissie en de Raad dat de grondbeginselen van de rechtsorde van de EU en haar systeem van rechterlijke toetsing worden geëerbiedigd. Wij zijn geen voorstander van de wijziging van het verdrag.Voorts dragen bepaalde toevoegingen van het Parlement, waaronder het “aantonen van voldoende belang”, niet bij tot meer juridische duidelijkheid.Daarom hebben wij ons bij de eindstemming van stemming onthouden. Wij hopen dat de trialoogonderhandelingen tot een evenwichtig resultaat zullen leiden, zodat de naleving van het Verdrag van Aarhus kan worden verzekerd.
2021/05/20
EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030: Bringing nature back into our lives (A9-0179/2021 - César Luena)

Biodiversiteitsverlies, klimaatverandering en grondstoffenschaarste zijn onlosmakelijk met elkaar verbonden en werken op elkaar in. De N-VA plaatst biodiversiteit en natuur al geruime tijd hoog op de agenda. Samen met Vlaams Minister Demir, verwelkomt de N-VA de biodiversiteitsstrategie van de Commissie richting 2030. Wij steunen de bindende doelstellingen voor bescherming en herstel. Ook het Europese governancekader dat het Parlement voorstelt, krijgt onze steun. Wij benadrukken hierbij evenwel dat de noodzakelijke financiering moet volgen, in het bijzonder voor lid- en deelstaten als Vlaanderen waar de afstand tot het bereiken van doelen nog groot is. Wij steunen ook de ambitie om het pesticidengebruik te halveren. Vandaag is het pesticidengebruik per hectare op jaarbasis in Vlaanderen zes keer hoger dan in de rest van de EU. Het verslag vestigt ook terecht aandacht op het belang van innovatie, natuuroplossingen en het noodzakelijke partnerschap tussen natuur en landbouw. Om al deze redenen steunen wij het verslag. Dat neemt niet weg dat wij ook kanttekeningen plaatsen bij bepaalde tekstdelen, zoals bij de oproep om ecocide bij het Internationaal Strafhof te erkennen, de volledige harmonisering van milieuaansprakelijkheid, de sancties voor duurzaamheidshoofdstukken in handelsverdragen en het gebrek aan een genuanceerde visie op de boomkor.
2021/06/08
European Parliament’s Scrutiny on the ongoing assessment by the Commission and the Council of the national recovery and resilience plans (RC-B9-0331/2021, B9-0331/2021, B9-0333/2021, B9-0334/2021, B9-0335/2021, B9-0337/2021, B9-0338/2021)

N-VA heeft het principe van een Europees herstelfonds altijd gesteund. De faciliteit voor herstel en veerkracht zoals die uiteindelijk vorm kreeg en werd goedgekeurd in februari, bestaat evenwel voor een te groot deel uit giften met alle risico’s van dien inzake verantwoordelijk gedrag. Verder is het ook uitkijken naar de handhaving van de voorwaarden geformuleerd in de verordening. De kwaliteit van de maatregelen van het herstelplan moet centraal staan. En er moeten waarborgen zijn op vlak van controle gezien de enorme risico’s op oneigenlijk gebruik en fraude.De gezamenlijke resolutie die voorligt komt wat dat betreft te vroeg. Hoewel het merendeel van de lidstaten hun plannen hebben ingediend, heeft de Commissie nog geen enkel plan kunnen beoordelen, terwijl de periode waarbinnen de criteria worden geëvalueerd nog loopt.Het is ook ongepast dat de resolutie op verschillende vlakken bijkomende beleidsvereisten oplegt, terwijl er nog maar net werd afgesproken hoe dit herstelplan er moet uit zien. Mocht men deze aanwijzingen van het Parlement volgen, zou het ganse proces onbeheersbaar worden. Daarom keuren de N-VA parlementsleden deze gezamenlijke resolutie dan ook af.
2021/06/10
European Citizens' Initiative "End the cage age" (B9-0296/2021, B9-0302/2021)

Deze resolutie reageert op een Europees burgerinitiatief. De N-VA steunt de oproep aan de Commissie om de wetgeving te herzien richting een uitfasering voor kooisystemen voor landbouwdieren tegen 2027.Vlaanderen plaatst dierenwelzijn hoog op de agenda en trekt ook op Europees niveau aan de kar. Ook inzake de uitfasering van kooisystemen, neemt Vlaanderen het voortouw. Het Vlaams regeerakkoord voorziet al een uitfasering van kooisystemen voor het houden van pluimvee, na overleg met de landbouwsector en economische impactmeting, met flankerende maatregelen en overgangstermijnen. Sinds 2016 is het verplicht vleeskonijnen in verrijkte parken te huisvesten, vanaf 2025 geldt dit ook voor kweekkonijnen.Het uitfaseren van kooisystemen is een stap vooruit maar voor een verhoogd dierenwelzijn blijft de intensiteit van het aantal dieren op een bepaalde oppervlakte een aandachtspunt. Wij hebben ook nog een aantal plenaire amendementen gesteund om ons standpunt verder vorm te geven, inclusief het verbod op dwangvoeding voor het produceren van foie gras. Een aantal amendementen kunnen we dan weer uitdrukkelijk niet steunen, zoals de oproep voor bijkomende regelging inzake verplichte oorsprongsetikettering, voorstellen voor verminderde consumptie van dierlijke producten, de automatische link tussen de uitfasering van kooisystemen en biologische landbouw en de inroeping van artikel XX van de GATT, ...
2021/06/10
European Climate Law (Jytte Guteland - A9-0162/2020)

De N-VA steunt het doel van klimaatneutraliteit op Europees niveau tegen 2050. Europa mag en kan een voortrekkersrol spelen richting een duurzame, innovatieve transitie. Op die manier weten investeerders ook waar ze aan toe zijn.De klimaatwet bevat echter ook de formele verbintenis om tegen 2030 de CO2-uitstoot met minstens 55% te verminderen, in plaats van de eerder afgesproken minstens 40%.Men gaat dit engagement aan zónder de impact van dit nieuwe doel op lidstaatniveau te kennen.Voor ons moet het klimaatbeleid welvaart en concurrentiekracht centraal stellen. Daarvoor moeten we de socio-economische effecten kennen.Zelfs de eigen onderzoeksdienst van het Europees parlement (EPRS) wees in een kritische analyse op de tekortkomingen bij de onderbouwing van het nieuwe 2030-doel. Ook de EPRS duidde op het feit dat de socio-economische effecten geaggregeerd worden op het niveau van de EU-27, maar niet worden uitgesplitst per lidstaat.Het probleem van de ontbrekende impactbeoordeling op lidstaatniveau begint nu eindelijk ook bij de Europese leiders te dagen zo blijkt uit de discussie van de Europese top van mei. Op de tast en met een gammel kompas aan deze tocht beginnen, is geen blijk van goed bestuur. Daarom steunen wij de voorliggende klimaatwet niet.
2021/06/24
Objection pursuant to Rule 112(2) and (3): Genetically modified maize 1507 × MIR162 × MON810 × NK603 and genetically modified maize combining two or three of the single events 1507, MIR162, MON810 and NK603 (B9-0374/2021)

De N-VA-delegatie steunt het bezwaar tegen de betrokken ggo niet om volgende redenen. De goedkeuringsprocedure voor ggo’s is strikt. De EFSA-risicobeoordeling speelt hierin een cruciale rol. De N-VA gelooft sterk in wetenschappelijk onderbouwd en “evidence-based” beleid. Bovendien heeft de Commissie haar mandaat bij deze uitvoerende handeling niet overschreden: wanneer de lidstaten geen gekwalificeerde meerderheid bereiken, dan is de Europese Commissie gemachtigd ggo’s goed te keuren op basis van een positief advies van EFSA.Biotechnologie is een belangrijke sector voor innovatie, onderzoek en ontwikkeling. Ook Vlaanderen, en in het bijzonder Gent, is toonaangevend in dergelijk onderzoek. Door te pleiten voor een moratorium op de goedkeuring van ggo’s, geeft het bezwaar het signaal dat Europa een rem wil zetten op dit onderzoek, wat volgens mij verkeerd en nefast is.Het blijft belangrijk een onderscheid te maken tussen ggo-techniek en toepassing. Het is ook duidelijk dat het (eventuele) gebruik van ggo’s altijd moet kaderen in een landbouwbeleid waarin de bescherming van volksgezondheid, milieu en biodiversiteit is geïntegreerd, waarbij geïntegreerde plaagbestrijding (“integrated pest management”) essentieel is voor een duurzaam gebruik van pesticiden en niet-chemische alternatieven.
2021/07/06
European Medicines Agency (A9-0216/2021 - Nicolás González Casares)

Inzake volksgezondheid steunt de N-VA het aanvullende optreden van de Unie en dringt ze aan op een betere samenwerking en coördinatie over de grenzen heen, met respect voor de bevoegdheid van de lid- en deelstaten. Wij zijn geen vragende partij voor een gezondheidsunie en al zeker niet voor een verdragswijziging terzake. De huidige COVID-19-pandemie toont evenwel aan dat een betere coördinatie tussen de lidstaten nodig is én ook mogelijk volgens het bestaande Verdrag.In die context steunen wij de versterking van bestaande structuren zoals het EMA (Europees geneesmiddelenagentschap) en het ECDC (Europees Centrum voor Ziektepreventie en -bestrijding). Dit valt absoluut te verkiezen boven de creatie van nieuwe instellingen.Het voorstel verbreedt de actieradius van het EMA van geneesmiddelen naar medische hulpmiddelen. Het beoogt ook de samenwerking met het ECDC te verbeteren en heeft terecht aandacht voor het belang van cybersecurity.Om al deze redenen steunt de N-VA het standpunt van het Parlement. Dat neemt niet weg dat bepaalden elementen (o.a. de databank) verder moeten worden uitgeklaard tijdens de onderhandelingen met de Raad in functie van werkbaarheid, uitvoerbaarheid en ook samenhang met de farmaceutische strategie.
2021/07/08
General Union Environment Action Programme to 2030 (A9-0203/2021 - Grace O'Sullivan)

De tekst van het Europees Parlement bevat goede aanvullingen op het commissievoorstel, zeker inzake de strijd tegen biodiversiteitsverlies en de overgang naar een circulaire economie.De tekst bevat echter ook problematische passages voor de N-VA. Ten eerste de verwijzing naar de verhoogde emissiereductiedoelstelling van minstens 55% tegen 2030. Bij de stemming over de klimaatwet hebben wij ons standpunt terzake duidelijk gemaakt en het belang van een impactanalyse op lidstaatniveau beklemtoond. Verder beoogt het Parlement een transitie naar een economie gebaseerd op hernieuwbare energie. Studies van zowel de Commissie, het IPCC en het IEA zien echter allemaal een rol voor o.a. kernenergie bij het bereiken van klimaatneutraliteit. Ten derde zet het rapport zwaar in op systemische veranderingen. Op zich onderschrijven wij dit, maar steeds binnen het paradigma van de markteconomie. Voor ons moet het klimaatbeleid welvaart en concurrentiekracht centraal stellen. Grote transities hebben enkel kans op slagen binnen een groeimodel. Wij passen resoluut voor scenario’s van opoffering of “degrowth”. Ten vierde bevat het verslag veel verwijzingen naar de taxonomiewetgeving waarvan cruciale onderdelen nog moeten worden beslist. Tenslotte steunen wij de uitfasering van schadelijke subsidies maar lijken de vooropgestelde data weinig realistisch. Om deze redenen hebben wij ons onthouden bij de eindstemming.
2021/07/08
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)

Overmatig gebruik van antibiotica leidt tot resistente bacteriën die zowel dier als mens treffen. De N-VA onderschrijft de bezorgdheid over antimicrobiële resistentie (AMR). Wereldwijde actie om AMR te bestrijden is noodzakelijk voor de gezondheid van mens én dier. De gedelegeerde handeling van de Europese Commissie heeft precies dit doel voor ogen.Het Commissievoorstel is evidence-based en kan bogen op stevige wetenschappelijke adviezen van verschillende Europese agentschappen.Wij steunen dan ook het voorliggende bezwaar tegen het voorstel niet. Dit bezwaar pleit ervoor bepaalde antibiotica strikt voor te behouden voor gebruik bij mensen. Het spreekt voor zich dat preventie, beste praktijken en het rationeel gebruik van antibiotica prioriteit moeten krijgen. In de voorbije 10 jaar is het gebruik van antibiotica in de dierengeneeskunde overigens al fors gereduceerd met 40 procent. We willen dit nog verder terugschroeven, maar zonder elk antibioticagebruik helemaal te verbieden. Het moet mogelijk blijven om zieke dieren te behandelen met antibiotica wanneer dat de enige manier is om hen te helpen. Het verbod op het gebruik van bepaalde antibiotica bij dieren zou concreet betekenen dat een aantal bacteriële aandoeningen bij dieren niet langer kunnen worden behandeld. Met veel dierenleed tot gevolg.Daarom stemt de N-VA tegen het bezwaar.
2021/09/15
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (A9-0253/2021 - Joanna Kopcińska)

Inzake volksgezondheid steunt de N-VA het aanvullende optreden van de Unie. Wij dringen aan op een betere samenwerking en coördinatie over de grenzen heen, waar dit meerwaarde biedt voor de gezondheid van de burgers en waardoor de impact op het vrij verkeer wordt beperkt. Vanzelfsprekend met respect voor de bevoegdheid van de lid- en deelstaten.Wij zijn geen vragende partij voor een gezondheidsunie en al zeker niet voor een verdragswijziging terzake. De huidige COVID-19-pandemie toont evenwel aan dat een betere coördinatie tussen de lidstaten nodig is én ook mogelijk volgens het bestaande Verdrag.In die context steunen wij de versterking van bestaande structuren zoals het EMA (Europees geneesmiddelenagentschap) en het ECDC (Europees Centrum voor Ziektepreventie en -bestrijding). Dit valt absoluut te verkiezen boven de creatie van nieuwe instellingen.Het voorliggende standpunt van het Parlement moet er mee voor zorgen dat de expertise van het ECDC beter wordt benut en dat het agentschap veerkrachtiger en toekomstbestendig wordt. Wij menen dat het standpunt van het Europees parlement een verdedigbare basis vormt voor het opstarten van de onderhandelingen met de Raad en zijn ervan overtuigd dat deze onderhandelingen tot een evenwichtig resultaat zullen leiden.
2021/09/15
Serious cross-border threats to health (A9-0247/2021 - Véronique Trillet-Lenoir)

Inzake volksgezondheid steunt de N-VA het aanvullende optreden van de Unie. Wij dringen aan op een betere samenwerking en coördinatie over de grenzen heen, waar dit meerwaarde biedt voor de gezondheid van de burgers en waardoor de impact op het vrij verkeer wordt beperkt. Vanzelfsprekend met respect voor de bevoegdheid van de lid- en deelstaten.Wij zijn geen vragende partij voor een gezondheidsunie en al zeker niet voor een verdragswijziging terzake. De huidige COVID-19-pandemie toont evenwel aan dat een betere coördinatie tussen de lidstaten nodig is én ook mogelijk volgens het bestaande Verdrag.In die context steunen wij de versterking van bestaande structuren zoals het EMA (Europees geneesmiddelenagentschap) en het ECDC (Europees Centrum voor Ziektepreventie en -bestrijding) en ook de update van de bestaande wetgeving inzake grensoverschrijdende bedreigingen van de gezondheid. Dit valt absoluut te verkiezen boven de creatie van nieuwe instellingen.Het voorliggende standpunt van het Parlement moet er mee voor zorgen dat de EU en de lidstaten beter voorbereid zijn op een crisis. Wij menen dat het standpunt van het Europees parlement een verdedigbare basis vormt voor het opstarten van de onderhandelingen met de Raad en zijn ervan overtuigd dat deze onderhandelingen tot een evenwichtig resultaat zullen leiden.
2021/09/15
Environment: The Aarhus Regulation (A9-0152/2021 - Christian Doleschal)

Toegang tot de rechter is een essentieel beginsel in de democratische rechtsstaat. In de Aarhus-verordening worden de bepalingen van het Verdrag van Aarhus inzake toegang tot informatie, inspraak bij besluitvorming en toegang tot de rechter wat betreft milieuaangelegenheden omgezet.De Commissie heeft ter waarborging van een beter openbaar toezicht een aantal wijzigingen voorgesteld om de toegang tot administratieve en rechterlijke toetsing op EU-niveau te verbeteren. Zo wordt de werkingssfeer van het mechanisme voor interne herziening ten aanzien van administratieve handelingen verruimd van individuele naar algemene strekking.Het rechtsspraaksysteem van de EU heeft een gedecentraliseerd karakter: nationale rechters zijn ook Europese rechters. De N-VA wil net als de Commissie en de Raad dat de grondbeginselen van de rechtsorde van de EU en haar systeem van rechterlijke toetsing worden geëerbiedigd. Wij zijn geen voorstander van de wijziging van het verdrag.Het initiële standpunt van het Parlement vonden wij te ambitieus. Het resultaat van de onderhandelingen met de Raad achten wij aanvaardbaar teneinde de naleving van het Verdrag van Aarhus te verzekeren.
2021/10/05
Banking Union - annual report 2020 (A9-0256/2021 - Danuta Maria Hübner)

De verdere uitbouw van de bankenunie is voor N-VA van groot belang. We verwelkomen dan ook dit rapport.Niettemin hebben we ook enkele bezorgdheden. Zo is er geen aandacht voor het effect van het lage rentebeleid op de bankensector, zijn we bezorgd over het gevaar op zgn. “green asset bubbels”, en steunen we het pleidooi om een Europees depositogarantiesysteem in te voeren zonder voorafgaande risicoreductie niet. Wil de EU geloofwaardig blijven en toekomstige crisissen zo veel mogelijk voorkomen, dan moet de juiste volgorde in het uitbouwen van die bankenunie gevolgd worden.
2021/10/07
Reforming the EU policy on harmful tax practices (including the reform of the Code of Conduct Group) (A9-0245/2021 - Aurore Lalucq)

N-VA steunt de intenties van het rapport. Zoals de recente actualiteit eens te meer heeft aangetoond, is het een privilege van enkele gefortuneerden om hun vermogen en/of identiteit af te schermen van onze fiscale overheden. Dat verhoogt logischerwijs de belastingdruk voor het allergrootste deel van de belastingbetaler en ondergraaft het vertrouwen in ons systeem. We moeten dan ook resoluut inzetten op het vergroten van de transparantie, bv. van de criteria die code of conduct group gebruikt en verder hameren op een betere informatie-uitwisseling tussen landen.Echter, als beleidsmakers moeten we er ons voor hoeden om de incentive om gebruik te maken van offshore constructies niet net vergroten in de drang om het fenomeen terug te dringen. Zo zou de invoering van gekwalificeerde meerderheid in fiscale zaken op Europees niveau ook de gezonde belastingconcurrentie en een efficiënte organisatie van een belastingadministratie in het gedrang kunnen brengen. Een minimumtarief in de vennootschapsbelasting kan ons inziens dan weer enkel soelaas bieden, wanneer een oplossing op OESO-niveau werd gevonden.
2021/10/07
Farm to Fork Strategy (A9-0271/2021 - Anja Hazekamp, Herbert Dorfmann)

De duurzame transitie richting klimaatneutraliteit op EU-niveau tegen 2050 kan enkel slagen wanneer alle sectoren inspanningen leveren. Een toekomstgerichte landbouw met een rendabel bedrijfsmodel is essentieel. Landbouw moet een natuurlijke partner zijn in de strijd tegen de klimaatverandering én coherentie met natuur- en biodiversiteitsbeleid is noodzakelijk.De “van boer tot bord”-strategie van de Commissie bevat bijzonder waardevolle elementen om deze duurzame omwenteling te realiseren. Daarom stemmen wij voor de voorliggende tekst. Zo steunen wij de vraag naar bindende reductiedoelstellingen voor onder andere pesticidengebruik. Zonder dit bindend karakter dreigt de strategie immers een lege doos te worden. We willen ook resoluut inzetten op het schoner maken van reguliere landbouw in combinatie met bio-landbouw in specifieke gebieden.Dit neemt evenwel niet weg dat wij bepaalde onderdelen van de EP-resolutie nadrukkelijk niet steunen. Zo pleiten wij voor een ratificatie van het Mercosur-handelsakkoord mét een bijkomende onderhandelde verklaring inzake ontbossing. We zijn geen voorstander van de opname van landbouwregio’s onder het “Just Transition Mechanism”, we blijven gekant tegen een verdere uitbreiding van de oorsprongsetikettering en vinden dat bepaalde onderdelen van het verslag neigen naar te veel centralisatie en betutteling.
2021/10/19
An EU strategy to reduce methane emissions (A9-0277/2021 - Maria Spyraki)

Methaan is na CO2 het meest krachtige broeikasgas. De recente EU-VS “pledge” om tegen 2030 de methaanuitstoot globaal met 30% te verminderen, krijgt meer en meer steun. De Europese Commissie stelde ook een nieuwe strategie voor met focus op de drie sectoren die verantwoordelijk zijn voor nagenoeg alle methaanuitstoot, namelijk landbouw, energie en afval via stortplaatsen. Met onze steun aan de resolutie willen wij het politieke signaal geven dat inzake methaan inderdaad bijkomende acties nodig zijn, Europees en globaal.Dit neemt niet weg dat wij voorbehoud maken bij bepaalde voorstellen van het parlement. Zo ontbreekt het vooral enkele passages inzake energiebeleid aan de nodige realiteitszin. Ter vervanging van het enorm vervuilende steenkool, zullen we in de EU nog enige tijd gas nodig hebben. We zijn hiervoor afhankelijk van derde landen en de vraag vandaag is vooral of er überhaupt voldoende energie richting Europa komt. Een structurele oplossing vereist dat we minder importafhankelijk worden. Dit kan uiteraard door investeringen in hernieuwbare energie, maar de combinatie met kernenergie is daarbij cruciaal! Verder pleiten wij voor de 2030-doelen voor een meer evenwichtige en kostenefficiënte verdeling van de inspanningen en steunen wij het gebruik van LNG in de scheepvaart als vervanging van zware stookolie.
2021/10/21
UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, the UK (COP26) (B9-0521/2021)

De resolutie in aanloop naar de VN-klimaattop in Glasgow bevat een reeks positieve elementen. Zo wordt het belang van globale inspanningen om de doelen van het Verdrag van Parijs te bereiken terecht beklemtoond. Ook de aandacht voor adaptatie, natuurgebaseerde oplossingen en innovatie vinden wij belangrijk.De tekst bevat echter ook een aantal problematische passages. Wij steunen het doel van klimaatneutraliteit op Europees niveau tegen 2050, maar hebben vragen bij de weg hiernaartoe. Zo pleiten wij in het bijzonder voor een meer evenwichtige en kostenefficiënte verdeling van de inspanningen tussen lidstaten en sectoren wat betreft de 2030-doelen én voor internationale flexibiliteit. Verder onderschrijven wij de oproep van nu al minstens 10 lidstaten om kernenergie aan te merken als een duurzame investering. In eigen land valt het vervangen van deze koolstofarme technologie door fossiele gascentrales niet te begrijpen. Verder blijven wij ervan overtuigd dat de EIB niet louter kan vervellen tot klimaatbank en dat de opbrengsten van een eventuele CBAM naar de lidstaten moeten gaan. Om al deze redenen hebben wij ons onthouden bij de eindstemming. Dit doet niets af aan onze volgehouden inspanningen voor een realistisch klimaatbeleid dat welvaart en competitiviteit centraal stelt.
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)

N-VA steunt resoluut de strijd tegen belastingontduiking. Niet alleen voerden we in 2015 op Belgisch niveau al de kaaimantaks in, we steunen ook verdere initiatieven op Europees en internationaal niveau. Zonder transparantie en internationale samenwerking, kunnen we die strijd tegen belastingontduiking immers niet doelgericht en efficiënt voeren. Zo verwelkomen we in het bijzonder de voorstellen van de Europese Commissie inzake de witwasbestrijding en kijken we uit naar de behandeling daarvan in het Europees Parlement. Daarnaast ondersteunen we het verzoek van het Parlement aan de Raad om transparanter te zijn over de criteria die het gebruikt om te bepalen welke jurisdicties op de zgn. ‘grijze’ en ‘zwarte’ lijst van belastingparadijzen worden gezet. Ook mogen meer consequenties verbonden worden aan die lijsten. Dit moet de druk op niet-coöperatieve jurisdicties vergroten, om zo tot een daadwerkelijke samenwerking en informatie-uitwisseling met onze belastingadministraties te komen.Het is deze achilleshiel die in eerste instantie weggewerkt moet worden. De VS kan hierbij, zoals het recente OESO-akkoord inzake vennootschapsbelasting heeft aangetoond, een natuurlijke partner zijn. Hierop moet onze focus liggen, eerder dan op het afstappen van unanimiteit in fiscale zaken, het veroordelen van bondgenoten of het afzwakken van fundamentele rechten, zoals het recht op verdediging of het vermoeden van onschuld. Om deze laatste reden kunnen we niet voor deze motie stemmen.
2021/10/21

Written questions (16)

EU must protect African elephants
2019/07/12
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EU must protect African elephants
2019/07/12
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Implementation of the Regulation on medical devices
2019/12/17
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New breeding techniques
2019/12/17
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Odometer fraud
2020/01/10
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Immediate cessation of funding to Turkey for cultural heritage matters
2020/09/08
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Shortage of freight containers
2021/02/22
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British freeports
2021/03/09
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Support for urban mobility
2021/03/18
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Importance of an open mobility market as a function of MaaS
2021/03/19
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Single-dose coronavirus vaccine vials
2021/05/17
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Transparency and funding of the Conference on the Future of Europe
2021/06/02
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Concerns regarding ‘notified bodies’ for medical devices
2021/08/30
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Foie gras
2021/09/16
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Measures to tackle odometer fraud
2021/09/23
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European approach to PFAS
2021/10/11
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PROPOSAL FOR A UNION ACT on the transparency of selection procedures for high-ranking EU officials
2021/02/11
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Amendments (605)

Amendment 5 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 7
— having regard to Articles 123, 127(1) and (2), 130 and 284(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU),
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 23 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas, according to the Commission’s Summer 2021 Economic Forecast, GDP contracted in 2020 by 6 % in the EU and 6.5 % in the euro area; whereas GDP is forecast to grow by 4.8 % in 2021 and 4.5 % in 2022 in both the EU and the euro area, with significant growth inequalities persisting between and withidifferences in the pace of growth between the Member States;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 31 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. whereas, according to the Eurosystem staff macroeconomic projections of June 2021, annual inflation for the euro area in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) will be 1.9 % in 2021, 1.5 % in 2022 and 1.4 % in 2023 on average; whereas inflation projections show substantial variance across the euro area; whereas many EU citizens and industries are now confronted with even higher inflation rates and doubt that this figures are temporary and transitionary;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 39 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas, at the end of 2020, the size of the Eurosystem balance sheet had reached its all-time peak of EUR 6 979 324 million, an increase of almost 50 % (EUR 2 306 233 million) compared with the end of 2019, mainly due to the increase in Eurosystem refinancing operations;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 47 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E
E. whereas, without prejudice to the objective of price stability, the ECB should support the general economic policies in the Union with a view to contributing to the achievement of the objectives of the Union as laid down in Article 3 TEU; whereas these objectives include the promotion of peoples’ well-being, economic, social and territorial cohesion, balanced economic growth, a highly competitive social market economy aiming at full employment and social progress, and a high level of protection and improvement of the quality of the environment;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 53 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E a (new)
E a. whereas SMEs have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis; whereas developments in the general economic outlook have negatively affected their access to finance; whereas SMEs, which remain the backbone of the EU's economy and societies, and which enhance economic and social cohesion, need further support;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 55 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E a (new)
E a. whereas a monetary union can only exist with fiscal responsibility and efficient markets within the Member States;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 59 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E b (new)
E b. whereas each institution named in the Article 13 TEU shall act within the limits of the powers conferred on it in the Treaties, and in conformity with the procedures, conditions and objectives set out in them;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 60 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E b (new)
E b. whereas the ECB's legitimacy is closely linked to its mandate of maintaining price stability;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 63 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E c (new)
E c. whereas Article 123 TFEU sets the prohibition on monetary financing by ECB;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 67 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Welcomes the role of the ECB in safeguarding euro stability; Highlights that the statutory independence of the ECB is a prerequisite for it to fulfil its mandate; notes that independence requires that the ECB must not seek or take instructions from Union institutions or bodies, from any government of a Member State or from any other body; stresses that this independence must not be infringed on, and highlights that central bank independence should always be complemented by a corresponding level of accountability;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 88 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Is deeply concerned about the unprecedented healthcare, social and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic lockdowns, resulting in a sharp contraction of the euro area economy, a sharp increase in economic and social inequalities, and rapidly deteriorating labour market conditions; notes that euro area activity is expected to rebound, although the speed, scale and evenness of the rebound remains highly uncertain;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 95 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Stresses that sustainable growth, resilience and price stability cannotwill be achieved by monetary polica comprehensive response, by calone and that supportive and discretionaryibrated mix of monetary policy and fiscal policy and socially balanced and productivity-enhancing reforms and investments are also necessary; acknowledges; takes note President Lagarde’s call for full alignment of fiscal and monetary policies in tackling the COVID-19 crisis;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 100 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Agrees withTakes note of the ECB President’s statement of 10 June 2021 that ‘an ambitious and coordinated fiscal stance remains crucial, as a premature withdrawal of fiscal support would risk weakening the recovery and amplifying the longer-term scarring effects’; points at the same time however at possible severe side effects, such as the increase of zombie firms, which leads to lower levels of productivity growth and a higher number of non- performing loans;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 103 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Agrees with theTakes note of ECB President’s statement of 10 June 2021 that ‘an ambitious and coordinated fiscal stance remains crucial, as a premature withdrawal of fiscal support would risk weakening the recovery and amplifying the longer-term scarring effects’;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 107 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Underlines the importance of a central fiscal capacity capable of providing a counter-cyclical stabilisation function and timely and adequate support in the event of economic shocks;deleted
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 115 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. Echoes President Lagarde’s call for the revision and simplification of the Stability and Growth Pact to be carried out before the deactivation of the general escape clause;deleted
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 126 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Welcomes the ECB’squick and substantially eased ECB monetary policy stance in response to the COVID-19 crisis, in a context of emergency; acknowledges the positive impact of this response on the economic situation of the euro area; which includes the introduction of the pandemic emergency purchase programme (PEPP), the relaxation of the eligibility and collateral criteria and the offer of new longer-term refinancing operations; welcomes, moreover, the ECB’s decision to maintain instruments, such as forward guidance, asset purchases and longer-term refinancing operations, as an integral part of its toolkit;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 140 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9
9. Welcomes the ECB’s decision to continue to conduct net asset purchases at a significantly higher pace under the PEPP until at least the end of March 2022; Recalls the temporary nature of the PEPP;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 141 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9
9. Welcomes the ECB’s decision to continue to conduct net asset purchases at a significantly higher pace under thHighlights that the ECB recently has slowed down the pace of its Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP until at least the); Reminds that PEPP remains on track to end ofnext March 2022;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 151 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. WelcomesTakes note of the ECB’s expectation that monthly net asset purchases under the asset purchase programme (APP) will continue to run for as long as necessary to reinforce the accommodative impact of its policy rates;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 157 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Welcomes the ECB’s expectation that monthly net asset purchases under the asset purchase programme (APP) will continue to run for as long as necessary to reinforce the accommodative impact of its policy rates; Reminds that according to the most recent ECB's governing council's decisions the asset purchase programme (APP), the pre-pandemic programme, will remain operational at the steady pace;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 172 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Notes the ECB’s decision on a new symmetric inflation target of 2 % over the medium term and its commitment to maintain a persistently accommodative monetary policy stance in order to meet its inflation target; notes with concern that inflation rose to a decade-high 3 % in August 2021; calls on the ECB to evaluate and address this upward trend and its consequences more attentively;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 173 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Notes the ECB’s decision on a new symmetric inflation target of 2 % over the medium term and its commitment to maintain a persistently accommodative monetary policy stance in order to meet its inflation target; notes with concern that inflation rose to a decade-high 3 % in August 2021; calls onUrges the ECB to evaluate and address this upward trend and its consequences more attentively, especially with regard to the economic recovery and the implementation of the Green Deal, which has the potential of further pushing prices upwards;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 182 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Notes the ECB’s drecisommendation to include the costs related to owner- occupied housing in the HICP to better represent the inflation rate that is relevant for households; Reminds the impact of long-term low interest rates; underlines that low interest rates, on the one hand, offer opportunities to consumers, companies, including SMEs, workers and borrowers, who can benefit from stronger economic momentum, lower unemployment and lower borrowing costs; regrets, on the other hand, the increase of unviable and highly indebted business, the reduced incentive for governments to pursue growth and sustainability-enhancing reforms, as well as detrimental effects on insurers and pension funds, and stresses the financial burden that this places on many citizens across the Union;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 206 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Recalls that, as an EU institution, the ECB is bound by the Paris Agreement and that thNotes, respecting the independence of the ECB, the impact of climate change on inflation dynamics and transmission risks in monetary policy; recalls the impact of the ECB in maintaining price stability; recall that the ECB, as a European institution, is shboulnd be reflected in its policiesy the Paris Agreement;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 211 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Agrees with the ECB that tackling the climate emergency touches not only upon its secondary but also upon its primary mandate, given that climate change and its consequences pose a threat to price stability;deleted
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 227 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. WelcomNotes the ECB’s new action plan and its detailed roadmap of climate change-related actions to further incorporate climate change considerations into its policy framework;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 232 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Believes that the market neutrality principle fshalls short of the commitments under the Paris Agreement and the EU’s objective of achieving climate neutrality by 2050 at the lat not be subject to the policy decisions adopted by the Union; notes that the ECB has already deviated from market neutrality in several instancest; notereminds that the ECB has already deviated from market neutrality in several instanconcept of market neutrality is related to the Treaty principle of "an open market economy with free competition, favouring an efficient allocation of resources";
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 250 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. RegretWelcomes the fact that green bond issuance in the EU repthe purchases of green bonds and their share of the ECB's portfolio continue to increasents only 2.6 % of the EU’s total bond issuance; considers the percentage to be low when taking into account the needs of the green transition;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 252 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Regrets the fact that green bond issuance in the EU represents only 2.6 % of the EU’s total bond issuanceCalls on the ECB to look into the risk of green asset bubbles and its possible effect on price stability;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 287 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21
21. Is concerned about the risks caused by the seriousUnderstands the delay in completing the third pillar of the banking union; welcomes the ECB’s long-standing support of, as risk reduction is a conditione sine qua non for the establishment of a fully fledged European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS);
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 289 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21
21. Is concerned about the risks caused by the serious delay in completing the third pillarNotes the repeated calls of the ECB for the completion of the banking union; welcomes the ECB’s long-standing support of the establishment of a fully fledged European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS);
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 299 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22
22. Welcomes the ECB’s decision to launch a 24-month investigation phase of a digital euro project; calls on the ECB to effectively address the expectations and concerns raised during the public consultation on a digital euro; reiterates that a digital euro does not constitute a crypto-asset; reminds that a digital euro would have to satisfy a range of minimal requirements including robustness, safety, efficiency and protection of privacy; furthermore stresses that a digital euro must not endanger cash as means of payment;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 311 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23
23. Welcomes the continuous efforts of the ECB to strengthen its response and recovery capabilities in the event of cyberattacks; notes with concern several technical failures of the TARGET2 settlement system in 2020, while welcomes the subsequent investigation of these failures by the ECB;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 313 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23
23. Welcomes the continuous efforts of the ECB to strengthen its response and recovery capabilities in the event of cyberattacks and warns for the increasing risk cyber attacks pose on the banking sector;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 315 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24
24. Calls on the ECB to step up its monitoring of the development of crypto- currencies and the related risks in terms of cybersecurity and money laundering;deleted
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 325 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24 a (new)
24 a. Recalls the support of the ECB for the implementation of Basel III, as this would lower the risk of a banking crisis and thus enhance financial stability within the EU;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 335 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26
26. Stresses the need to further enhance the accountability and transparency arrangements of the ECB; recognises the steps taken by the ECB; repeatsinsists on its call to launch negotiations on a formal interinstitutional agreement;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 355 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 30
30. Welcomes the ECB’s new strategy to further improve the gender balance of its staff at all levels; notes the increasing share of women in managerial positions, which, however, remains low;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 357 #

2021/2063(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 30 a (new)
30 a. Reiterates that a vacant position should simply go to the best woman or man;
2021/10/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 10 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 5 a (new)
— having regard to the European Parliament resolution "Towards Future- proof Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) in Europe" (2021/2015(INI)),
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 11 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 5 b (new)
— having regard to the European Parliament resolution of 27 April 2021 on technical and operational measures for more efficient and cleaner maritime transport (2019/2193(INI)),
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 13 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 5 c (new)
— having regard to the Council Conclusions of 5 June 2020 on "EU Waterborne Transport Sector - Future outlook: Towards a carbon-neutral, zero accidents, automated and competitive EU Waterborne Transport Sector",
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 45 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D a (new)
Da. whereas the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated the critical and strategic function of transport in general and ports in particular;
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 57 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E a (new)
Ea. whereas the modal split for intra- EU freight trade has not significantly changed from 2008 to 2018; whereas road is the leading mode of freight transport (51%), followed by maritime transport (29,2 %), rail transport (12,6 %) and inland navigation (3,9%) 1a. _________________ 1a SWD (2020) 331, p. 119
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 59 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E b (new)
Eb. whereas further action is urgently needed to achieve the objective of shifting a substantial part of the 75% of inland freight carried today by road, onto rail and inland waterways; whereas it is crucial in this regard to link new sustainable circular and energy markets to waterborne transport;
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 63 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E c (new)
Ec. whereas an important share of EU inland waterway freight is seaport related; whereas both sea and inland ports play an important role as multimodal hubs offering connections to other modes of transport that can also take over freight loads temporarily, and whereas it is therefore important and required by TEN- T guidelines that sea and inland ports are well connected with each other and have good connections with the hinterland;
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 65 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E d (new)
Ed. whereas the EU waterborne transport sector is of EU strategic interest for its integrity of supply and for the competitiveness of EU ports;
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 87 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital H a (new)
Ha. whereas odometer fraud continues to be a serious and widespread problem in the EU; whereas between 30 % and 50 % of all second-hand cars traded across the EU’s internal borders are manipulated, which is detrimental to consumer confidence, road safety and environmental performance, and leads to huge economic losses; whereas both Belgium (Car-Pass) and the Netherlands (Nationale Autopas) have developed best practices to tackle odometer fraud and both of these systems have managed to significantly reduce mileage fraud in a cost-efficient manner;
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 101 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital H b (new)
Hb. whereas research and innovation reinforce the sustainability, digitalisation, automation and resilience of the transport and mobility system and of all modes and moreover foster the development of interoperable solutions between modes of transport and across Member States and regions;
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 291 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. Stresses the crucial and strategic functions of both inland and sea ports as connecting points between different transport modes and as genuine hubs of transport, energy, industry, new circular commodities and blue economy; emphasises that creating zero-emission ports requires the encouragement of bottom-up port initiatives and joint efforts of all stakeholders;
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 292 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 b (new)
6b. Believes that the exchange of best practices, certification tools such as EcoPorts together with tailored port- specific roadmaps are the most efficient means to deliver on this flagship;
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 323 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8a. Welcomes the Commission's technology neutral approach on greening maritime transport, recognising that decarbonisation will require a heterogeneous energy mix;
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 328 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 b (new)
8b. Underscores the potential of hydrogen in this regard and points to the crucial role of ports in the supply, production and import of both hydrogen and renewable energy; believes that sufficient flexibility must be ensured regarding potential standards for future hydrogen infrastructure;
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 336 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 c (new)
8c. Stresses that the decarbonisation and energy transition agenda requires adequate financing and infrastructure investments; highlights the importance of funding for ports via the Connecting Europe Facility and through the Recovery and Resilience Plans of the Member States;
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 362 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9
9. Welcomes the Commission’s idea to offer consumers carbon-neutral choices for scheduled collective travel by 2030, but underlines that these choices should be available for journeys up to 1 000 km; regrets however that the Commission does not take the potential of maritime passenger transport into account in this context;
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 463 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12 a (new)
12a. Points to the potential of ports to facilitate sustainable urban last-mile connections; recalls that the completion and upgrading of road and train connections to inland and seaports in the TEN-T core network is crucial in this regard;
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 468 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12 b (new)
12b. Welcomes that Commission considers cities are as frontrunners for sustainable urban mobility; stresses the importance of supporting local authorities without increasing administrative burden; considers a bottom-up approach key in view of the interoperability of mobility standards;
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 496 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13 a (new)
13a. Welcomes the recognition of short sea shipping as a sustainable mode of transport but regrets that the targets put forward are not accompanied by a strategy nor measures to achieve them; stresses the importance of a level playing field for short sea shipping versus other modes of transport within the TEN-T;
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 532 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Welcomes the inclusion of the maritime sector in the EU emissions trading system (ETS) andAwaits the impact assessment of the European Commission regarding the possible integration of the maritime sector in the EU emissions trading system (ETS) in view of safeguarding the global level playing field and the competitiveness of the European maritime sector and ports and ensuring the compatibility with the international framework; welcomes the planned reduction of allowances allocated for free to the aviation sector;
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 640 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23 a (new)
23a. Stresses that the partnerships and missions established under the Horizon Europe Programme are important tools to concretise the goals of sustainability and interoperability;
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 693 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 27 a (new)
27a. Supports the Commission's ambition to complete the TEN-T without delay; stresses the importance of upgrading and modernising existing infrastructure in view of a resilient and future-proof network; furthermore, emphasises that the maritime dimension should be urgently considered on equal footing with land-based connections and forms an integral part of the TEN-T;
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 779 #

2021/2046(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 31 a (new)
31a. Continues to advocate for a legislative framework to combat odometer fraud or to ensure at least a reliable and comprehensive central registration system in the Member States, the exchange of mileage data between Member States and access to mileage data for consumers 1a; _________________ 1a Texts adopted, P8_TA(2018)023
2021/05/27
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 5 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 8 a (new)
– having regard to Regulation (EU) 1315/2013 on EU guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network 1a, _________________ 1a OJ L 348, 20.12.2013
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 8 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 9 a (new)
– having regard to the Council Conclusions of 5 June 2020 on "EU Waterborne Transport Sector - Future outlook: Towards a carbon-neutral, zero accidents, automated and competitive EU Waterborne Transport Sector",
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 14 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital -A (new)
-A. whereas the EU waterborne transport sector, including inland waterway transport, is of EU strategic interest for its integrity of supply and for the competitiveness of EU ports; whereas 75% of inland waterway navigation occurs cross-border and coordination is thus essential for the European single market;
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 18 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas European countries have a variety of different fleets of inland vessels, which makes inland waterway transport very convenient and useful for transporting different types and large quantities of cargo to different destinations on either large or small riversver water;
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 20 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A a (new)
Aa. whereas inland waterway transport is an essential pillar in the shift towards multimodal sustainable transport but at the same time faces important challenges; whereas the share of inland waterways in freight movement across the EU is around 6%; whereas further action is urgently needed to achieve the objective of shifting a substantial part of the 75% of inland freight carried today by road, onto rail and inland waterways; whereas it is crucial in this regard to link new sustainable circular and energy markets to inland waterway transport;
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 21 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A a (new)
Aa. whereas the inland waterway transport sector strongly believes that greening the sector is key in view of its long-term competitiveness and in order to enable the sector to play a significant, reliable and credible role in the multimodal shift; whereas a broad reflection on how to finance this green transition is ongoing in the sector1a; whereas the time has come for concrete measures, tools and means to facilitate putting this ambition into practice; _________________ 1aE.g. the study of the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine, https://www.ccr-zkr.org/12080000- en.html
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 22 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A a (new)
Aa. whereas insufficient infrastructure investments have led to a backlog; whereas qualitative infrastructure is the basis and backbone of a successful inland waterway sector; whereas increasing capacity has its limits and focus should equally be on increasing performance and ensuring a 24/7 reliability of the sector;
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 32 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas an important share of EU inland waterway freight is seaport related; whereas both sea and inland ports play an important role as multimodal connecting points offeringhubs offering connections to other modes of transport that can also take over freight loads temporarily, and whereas it is therefore important that sea and inland portsand required by TEN-T guidelines that sea and inland ports are well connected with each other and have good connections with the hinterland;
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 39 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. whereas river cruises, day trip vessels, ferries, water taxis and water shuttles should become a cleaner option for tourism and public transport in regions and cities with accessible and navigable rivers and canal(inland)waterways, which would make urban mobility more sustainable and effective; whereas the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy should take this into account;
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 56 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Calls on the Commission to take the initiative on green and digital leadership and to build on existing programmes such as NAIADES, which should inspire all stakeholders within the waterway transport sector, as well as other transport sectors, and in particular rail, to work together towards a sustainable future, while supporting the competitiveness of the sector as a whole; emphasises that inland waterways offer an excellent transport mode for commodities stemming from new circular economy markets and that a coordination of transport, environmental and industrial policies is key to seize these opportunities;
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 64 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Stresses that more and regular investment in updating river and canal infrastructureand upgrading the physical and digital infrastructure of (inland) waterways (for example, locks, bridges and interoperable deployment of digital technologies across borders) is key in view of the sector's performance and reliability and to prevent deterioration, while respecting the applicable environmental law;
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 84 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Notes that there is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution for tackling the problem of low and high water levels as a result of climate change; deplores, however, that the problems of the inland waterway sector, caused by the low water levels, have not been taken duly into account; believes that Member States' action plans to combat low water levels and a coordination thereof are a necessary tool;
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 92 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. Underscores furthermore that investments in inland waterway transport infrastructure in and around seaports are of paramount importance; considers that a close cooperation between all stakeholders of the logistics value chain is necessary;
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 97 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Highlights the importance of further encouraging and supporting initiatives aimed at the use of alternative fuels and propulsion methods for inland waterway shipping in accordance with the principle of technological neutrality; points out, in this regard, the value of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a transitional solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in inland waterway transport; notes that the existing, technically mature vessels and distribution infrastructure now based on LNG could be used for biogas and will therefore be essential in scaling up Bio- LNG as a marine fuelat inland shipping will require a heterogeneous alternative energy mix; calls on the Commission to ensure legal certainty through a coherent package in this regard (alternative fuels, ship requirements, energy taxation) and to allow for innovative pilot projects meanwhile;
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 112 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Highlights that low-emission and zero-emission alternatives should become more financially attractive than conventional propulsions and that this trend should be accelerated, for example by a smart mix of grants and loans and a realistic, progressively increasing blending percentage based on an impact assessment;
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 132 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. Notes that far-reaching digitalisation and data collection contributes to a cleaner environment and improved safety on board and result in more efficient routing and better communication and information exchange between ships, ports and infrastructure; stresses the need to further harmonise River Information Services (RIS), which would solve the problems arising from different interpretations of technical standards and the lack of comparable data, and underlines the need to prepare for a common framework for interoperable data exchange with otherbetween modes of transport;
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 143 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Stresses the importance of connecting existing digital transport policy frameworks and of making sure that transport data are available through a single point of access in order to achieve efficiency gains in waterborne freight transport; calls on the Commission in this regard to come up with an EU action plan for multimodal transport data sharingigital infrastructure that enables data sharing and interoperability, with the goal of achieving a synchromodal, connected and automated transport system by 2035 at the latest;
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 157 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Subheading 4
Ports: from transshipment points for fossil fuels to clean energy and circular hubs
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 161 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Stresses the role of inland ports as strategic, multimodal nodes in the logistics system; stresses, therefore, that inland ports as well as sea ports should have efficient hinterland connections with a focus on connecting to the TEN-T core and comprehensive corridors where possible; supports the increasing cooperation and clustering between sea and inland ports;
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 180 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 a (new)
11a. Emphasises the potential of both sea and inland ports to become circular and clean energy hubs and calls on the Commission to establish a stronger link between its circular economy and inland waterway transport policies in order to unlock this potential;
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 198 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Stresses the importance of existing EU funding instruments for greening and digitalising our European inland waterway transport sector, such as the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), Horizon Europe and the Structural and Cohesion Funds, and the need to mobilise them to finance investments in alternative fuels and adequate ships and infrastructure; highlights furthermore the importance of using the taxonomy to enable sustainable investments in inland waterway infrastructure;
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 211 #

2021/2015(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Calls on the Commission to set up a dedicated European inland waterway fund for greening and digitalisation, including a corridor one-stop-shop system that is easily accessible for help and assistance and has the possibility to combine projects into a single application, thus increasing the chances for funding; stresses that the fund should be financed through the reserve funds created under Regulation (EU) 546/20149 , where possible complemented with national funds and contributions, and should provide for the possibility of blending with the CEF and the Structural and Cohesion Fundsby national funds and other both private and public contributions, including the EIB, and should provide for the possibility of blending with the CEF and the Structural and Cohesion Funds; considers that the reserve funds created under Regulation (EU) 546/20149 should serve as an additional source for financing this inland waterway fund; _________________ 9 OJ L 163, 29.5.2014, p. 15.
2021/04/30
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 30 #

2021/2012(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2 a. Highlights the importance of ensuring a sustainable, fair and responsible development of the offshore renewable energy sector, taking into account the critical role of maritime transport and seaports; the development of offshore renewable energy should take into account the need for safe maritime access lanes and corridors, anchorage areas for shipping and the potential future development of maritime access lanes to the ports; stresses therefore the need to consult at an early stage with the port managing bodies and relevant stakeholders and to prioritise a bilateral and multilateral Maritime Spatial Planning cooperation between Member States to guarantee the safety and continued functioning of shipping;
2021/05/17
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 18 #

2021/2010(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas current international corporate tax rules are based on principles which were developed in the early 20th century and are no longer always suited to an increasingly globalised and digitalised economy;
2021/03/01
Committee: ECON
Amendment 64 #

2021/2010(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Regrets the shortcomings of the international tax system, which is unot always fit for properly addressing the challenges of globalisation and digitalisation; calls for an international agreement aiming for a fair and effective tax system, while respecting national sovereignty in the field of taxation and safeguarding as far as possible the economically sound principle of tax competition; ;
2021/03/01
Committee: ECON
Amendment 111 #

2021/2010(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. Welcomes the proposal under Pillar One of a new tax nexus and new taxing rights which would create the possibility of taxing multinational enterprises (MNEs) in market jurisdictions, even where they have no physical presence based on their economic activity; underlines that the interaction with users and consumers significantly contributes to value creation in digital business models, and should therefore be taken into account when allocating taxing rights; stresses that the scope of these new taxing rights should cover all large MNEs which could engage in BEPS practices, while not creating further and unnecessary burdens on SMEs or increasing the cost of services for users;
2021/03/01
Committee: ECON
Amendment 164 #

2021/2010(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 a (new)
11a. Stresses that the EU should nevertheless exercise caution in taking unilateral measures; observes that, if such measures were taken, it would be necessary to do more than simply pay lip service to the principle of national tax sovereignty of the Member States and the economically sound principle of tax competition and ensure that these measures did not result in higher burdens or more expensive services for consumers and SMEs;
2021/03/01
Committee: ECON
Amendment 194 #

2021/2010(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. RegretNotes that the Council did not agree on any of the Commission’s related proposals, i.e. the digital services tax, the significant digital presence or the CCTB and CCCTB; calls on the Member States to reconsider their position on these proposals, and to consider all options provided for by the Treaties if no unanimous agreement can be reached;
2021/03/01
Committee: ECON
Amendment 212 #

2021/2010(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Calls for a stronger role for Parliament in legislative procedures in the area of taxation; takes note of the Commission’s proposed roadmap to qualified majority voting in its communication entitled ‘Toward a more efficient and democratic decision-making in EU tax policy’;deleted
2021/03/01
Committee: ECON
Amendment 226 #

2021/2010(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15 a (new)
15a. Notes that it is the implementation of competition law, as opposed to taxes, that effectively stimulates true competitiveness and innovation, and thus curtailing the omnipotence of certain digital multinationals; urges the Commission to continue to focus on this;
2021/03/01
Committee: ECON
Amendment 30 #

2020/2259(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas the economic recovery and thefter the Covid-19 lockdowns and the challenges regarding climate crisishange have increased the need to mobilise more resources and re-evaluate the current taxation policies;
2021/04/16
Committee: ECON
Amendment 34 #

2020/2259(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B a (new)
B a. whereas tax levels are already very high in many Member-States;
2021/04/16
Committee: ECON
Amendment 40 #

2020/2259(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. whereas tax morale is generally higher in countries that tax more heavilywith transparent and efficient administrations, which is evidence for the willingness of citizens to pay tax in return for effective public services9 ; _________________ 9 https://www.oecd- ilibrary.org/sites/0533eea9- en/index.html?itemId=/content/component/ 0533eea9-en
2021/04/16
Committee: ECON
Amendment 64 #

2020/2259(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E
E. whereas small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are particularly affected by the Covid-19 crisis as well as the complexities of the tax system and tax compliance, disproportionately so compared to multinational enterprises (MNEs);
2021/04/16
Committee: ECON
Amendment 71 #

2020/2259(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E a (new)
E a. whereas new technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence or blockchain could contribute in making tax collection more efficient, tax administrations more lean and mean and thus providing citizens with a better, more modern public service;
2021/04/16
Committee: ECON
Amendment 83 #

2020/2259(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Considers that new technologies and COVID-19 has given the EU a unique chance for a proper and holistic analysis of tax systems, how individual taxes interact and how they can be better coordinated to produce more flexible, resilient, green, growth-enhancing and fairer tax systems; recommends that Member States take this opportunity to build a new social- fiscal contract with citizens; underlines that this will help not only with raising revenues, but also with building trust and accountability between citizens and the state; stresses the need for coordination at EU level to avoid distortions and subsequent revenue losses, whilst respecting the competence of the member- states;
2021/04/16
Committee: ECON
Amendment 96 #

2020/2259(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Highlights that current tax systems, and the fiscal capacities of Member States, are already facing and will increasingly face severe shocks, such as the need for large public investments and leverage private capital to sustain the economic recovery and the green and digital transition, the ageing of our societies and the consequent reduction in the working- age population, the digital transformation of our labour markets, increased tax competition and the existing tax gap10 ; _________________ 10European Commission, ‘Tax policies in the European Union’ survey, 2020, https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/busi ness/company-tax/tax-good- governance/european-semester/tax- policies-european-union-survey_en
2021/04/16
Committee: ECON
Amendment 146 #

2020/2259(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. Notes that COVID-19 has demonstrated that the current disproportionate reliance on labour income taxes and social contributions, which puts the onus on continued high levels of employment and consumption to fund government spending and policies, is, just as high tax levels or complex tax systems, neither sustainable nor economically effective;
2021/04/16
Committee: ECON
Amendment 174 #

2020/2259(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9 a (new)
9 a. Points out that tax revenues will rise automatically, as our economies recover; encourages Member-States therefore to adopt growth-enhancing policies, especially towards SME's, to invest in future-proof infrastructure, to create fiscal incentives that facilitate public-private partnerships and that boost innovation and entrepreneurship;
2021/04/16
Committee: ECON
Amendment 180 #

2020/2259(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 a (new)
10 a. Welcomes the idea of a tax shift that lowers the fiscal burden on labour, but highlights that, especially in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis, entreprises are in need of capital;
2021/04/16
Committee: ECON
Amendment 207 #

2020/2259(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Observes that there is also room for significant revenue and efficiency gains at tax administration level; not, e.g. by using modern technology; underlines that an effective and efficient tax administration, as well as a high degree of legal and tax certainty, can encourages investment and foster competitiveness;
2021/04/16
Committee: ECON
Amendment 216 #

2020/2259(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Welcomes initiatives taken by the Commission within the framework of the Green Deal; notes with concern that no clear and holistic guidance exists on how taxation should contribute to achieving the goals set out in the Green Deal and considers that the taxation system should therefore be reformed, whilst respecting the competences of the Member-States regarding taxation;
2021/04/16
Committee: ECON
Amendment 245 #

2020/2259(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Calls on the Commission to, within its competences, propose an SME tax simplification package that aims to make tax compliance more streamlined and easier for small and medium-sized businesses;
2021/04/16
Committee: ECON
Amendment 253 #

2020/2259(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Recalls on the Commission and the Member States to carry out regular gender and economic impact assessments of its fiscal policies from a gender equality perspective;
2021/04/16
Committee: ECON
Amendment 1 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 3
— having regard to the Commission communication of 11 December 2019 on the European Green Deal (COM(2019)0640),deleted
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 8 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 18 a (new)
— having regard to the European Court of Auditors (ECA) Special Report entitled ‘European Fund for Strategic Investments: Action needed to make EFSI a full success’, published on 29 January 2019
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 18 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B a (new)
B a. Whereas the European Investment Bank operates independently.
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 28 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Expresses serious concerns about the severeNotes macroeconomic imbalances deriving from the COVID-19 crisis and their related impact on economic growth, investment, resilience, employment rates and socio-economic inequalities; encourages Member States to address emerging imbalances through reforms that enhance economic and social resilience;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 34 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Underlines the EIB’s crucial role in supporting the economic recovery in the short and medium term in conjunction with the Next Generation EU Recovery Instrument, the EU’s long-term budget, the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and other European financial instruments; welcomnotes the EIB’s financial engagement in the EFSI as a way to help overcome the investment gap in the EU; welcomnotes, moreover, the EIB’s central role in supplying advisory support under the InvestEU Advisory Hub;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 36 #

2020/2124(INI)

2 a. Underlines that it is questionable whether EFSI solved the causes of the investment gap or if it merely shifted the risks that private lenders were not willing to take to all European taxpayers;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 37 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2 b. Acknowledges the risks of dead- weight loss and moral hazard of EFSI;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 38 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 c (new)
2 c. Reminds that ECA found that the methodology used to estimate the investment mobilised in some cases overstated the extent to which EFSI support actually induced additional investment in the economy; reminds that some EFSI support just replaced other financing from the EU and the European Investment Bank;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 39 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 d (new)
2 d. Stresses ECA’s recommendation that for all the investment support instruments for the MFF 2021-2027, the Commission should define a set of indicators measuring the expected results of budgetary guarantees in a realistic manner that enables comparison with other EU financial instruments; in particular, if “investment mobilised” and the “multiplier effect” are used as indicators, the calculation methodology and reporting arrangements should appropriately reflect the extent to which EU budget guarantee support actually induces or mobilises the investment of others;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 40 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 e (new)
2 e. Is concerned that the lack of comparable performance and monitoring indicators for all EU financial instruments and budgetary guarantees diminishes transparency and the ability to assess results;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 41 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 f (new)
2 f. Reminds that the causes of the investment gap, such as record level of public debts, non-performing loans in the banking sector, and high bureaucratic, regulatory and tax burden, have not yet been properly addressed;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 44 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Calls on proper discussion and data-driven analysis of the effectiveness of the possibility that the shareholders of the EIB to agree on a capital increase, both cash- in and callable in nature; emphasises that a capital increase should go hand in hand with greater transparency and democratic accountability;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 55 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Asks the EIB as the EU’s public bank to make the utmost concerted efforts to deliver strong, policy-driven financing activity which gives priority to efficient public purpose projects, in particular those that would not otherwise be ‘bankable’, both within and outside the EU, with a view to addressing the unprecedented global challenges of the decades to come;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 74 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Welcomes, in addition, the subsequent creation of the EUR 25 billion European Guarantee Fund (EGF) in response to the COVID-19 crisis, not least its positive impact in providing financial support to SMEs and the health sector; suggesttresses that the EGF should remain operational beyond 2021; deems it of the utmost importance to step up such initiatives to ensure that funds are reaching the real economyEGF was set up to be temporary in nature and will be able to guarantee loans provided until 31 December 2021;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 80 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. WelcomNotes the creation of a targeted financing initiative of up to EUR 5.2 billion in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to support countries outside the EU;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 82 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Underlines that in the light of the successive waves of COVID-19 infections, the efficiency of these instruments will need to be further strengthened and extended; asks the EIB to stand ready to launch new supportive financial initiativesscrutinized and enforced;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 86 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Subheading 3
Becoming the EU Climate Bankdeleted
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 88 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Welcomes the adoption by the EIB Board of Directors of the EIB Climate Bank Roadmap for 2021-2025, which provides a crucial framework to support the implementation of the European Green Deal and marks a decisive step towards making the EIB the EU Climate Bank, promoting sustainable investments and protecting the environment during the critical decade ahead;deleted
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 93 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. WelcomeQuestions the proposal to increase EIB financing for climate action and environmental sustainability, including renewable energies, from around 30 % to at least 50 % by 2025, which would unlock ; underlinvestment of more than EUR 1 trillion over the next decade the importance of accountability and transparency for bodies that receive and provide EU funding;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 103 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Notes, however, that the roadmap envisages the introduction of a transition period until the end of 2022, which would mean that the EIB will not be aligned with the objectives of the Paris Agreement until 2023 at the earliest;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 125 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Highlights the crucial role of the EIB in meeting the goals of the Just Transition Mechanism and asks for more commitment and concrete action in this respect, namely through structural programme loans, InvestEU and as a financing partner for the public sector loan facility;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 131 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16 a (new)
16 a. Stresses that principle of value for money should represent the cornerstone of all EU funded investments; points out that EU funding should be accompanied by measurable objectives and outputs including a quantifiable and comparable evaluation mechanism that will allow to compare and rank the efficiency of individual EU programmes;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 136 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Considers that efficient investment in innovation, infrastructure and skills are crucial elements to recover from the economic and social crisis, ensure sustainable growth and create high-quality jobs and long-term competitiveness;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 138 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17 a (new)
17 a. Urges not to repeat mistakes of the past in response to the economic crisis and warns that boosting investment is not an alternative to productivity-enhancing reforms; emphasises that regulatory environment with predictable rules, a level playing field and reduced compliance costs attract private investments;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 155 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20
20. Calls on the EIB to play a role in assisting and financing the creation of innovation ecosystems and in promoting place-based industrial transformation, where universities, businesses, SMEs and start-ups can develop long-lasting partnerships for the common good; warns against the costs in a form of dead-weight loss, shifting of resources and moral hazard; calls the Commission to properly scrutinize the economic viability of the EIB programs;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 161 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21
21. Notes that during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, social welfare systems in the Member States have come under unprecedented strain; calls on the EIB to partner with the Commission and Member States to strengthen social welfare systems and increase investment in the social sector, including by establishing similar targets for social investment to those for digital and green investments;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 166 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22
22. Calls on the EIB to play an active role in helping Member States to deliver on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, while standing ready to align with the forthcoming Commission action plan and the Social Summit in Porto; points to the importance of ex-ante and ex-post evaluations of the sustainability, economic, social and environmental impact of projects accompanied by measurable result indicators;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 169 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22 a (new)
22 a. Highlights that public investments are limited as they represent scarce resources mostly funded by the taxpayers; calls on the EIB to prioritise the investments according to their efficiency in order to support economic growth;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 174 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23
23. WelcomNotes the fact that the EIB is the largest multilateral lender in the world that strives to support EU external cooperation and development policies;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 178 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24
24. Calls for the EIB to prioritiserealise only an efficient investment in infrastructure that helps third countries to realise the UN Sustainable Development Goals and that delivers on social and environmental justice,deliver public services and fair economic opportunities for citizens;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 190 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 25
25. RecallNotes its request for an interinstitutional agreement between the EIB and Parliament in order to improve access to EIB documents and data and enhance democratic accountability;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 191 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26
26. Proposes the establishment of a protocol for a Memorandum of Cooperation between the EIB and Parliament, applicable with immediate effect, in order to improve interinstitutional dialogue and enhance the EIB’s transparency and accountability;deleted
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 222 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 28
28. Welcomes the EIB’s Group Strategy onfor more Gender Equality and Gender Action Plan; regrets the fact that women are still not sufficiently represented in managerial and senior office positions; believes that more needs to be done in this regard during the implementation of the second phase of the Action Plan in 2021; stresses, however, that the strategy seeking greater gender equality must not be pursued at the expense of the substantive quality of management;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 227 #

2020/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 29
29. Welcomes the fact that the EIB will review its environmental and social standards and calls for a wide and inclusive public consultation on these issues; invites the EIB to take account of the do-no harm principle in its operations; calls on the EIB to take this opportunity to strengthen its human rights policy;
2021/03/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 7 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 43 a (new)
— having regard to the European Court of Auditors (ECA) Special Report entitled ‘Resolution planning in the Single Resolution Mechanism’, published on 14 January 2021,
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 20 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A a (new)
A a. whereas the Banking Union encompasses a single supervisory mechanism, a single resolution mechanism, and harmonised national deposit guarantee schemes;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 42 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C a (new)
C a. whereas a reinforced Banking Union requires first and foremost accelerated efforts by various Member States to reduce their high levels of non- performing loans and prevent their increase in the future;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 45 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C b (new)
C b. whereas as long as risks differ greatly between national banking systems, European Deposit Insurance Scheme would pose additional systemic risk for the Banking Union;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 62 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F
F. whereas prudential and anti-money laundering supervision is necessary and equally important;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 74 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital I a (new)
I a. whereas the sound public finances are necessary condition for the macro- financial stability of the Banking Union;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 79 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital J a (new)
J a. whereas the near zero interest rates greatly reduce the profitability of banks in one of their most important areas of business activity, the provision of credit for long-term investments;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 80 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital J b (new)
J b. whereas the stability of financial institutions in the Banking Union is still a matter of grave concern; whereas the economic downturn will lead to an increase in non-performing loans;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 101 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Considers that banks’ response to the current crisis demonstrates that the regulatory reforms in the past decade, as well as the institutional set-up, have resulted in better-capitalised and less- leveraged banks; notes, however, that the high level of non-performing loans remains a serious problem in several Member States;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 120 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Underlines the vital contribution to addressing the crisis of public guarantee schemes, moratoria on loan repayments for borrowers in financial difficulty, the central banks’ liquidity programmes and the ECB’s targeted longer-term refinancing operations (TLTRO) and pandemic emergency purchase programme (PEPP); warns in this regard over the risk of overshooting the inflation target due to loose monetary policy which could affect the functioning of Banking Union;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 126 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5 a. Is concerned that loose monetary policy contributes to the lower long-term economic growth and creates an incentive to delay the implementation of the necessary structural reforms;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 137 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6 a. Stresses the need to further strengthen the financial sector through the completion of the Capital Markets Union which will help to channel credit into the real economy;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 169 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Welcomes the ECB’s report on the digital euro and the outcome of its public consultation and expects further analysis of the implications for the banking sector, particularly its impact on banks’ products such as current accounts and its potential to outcompete financial services corporations as intermediaries for processing transactions;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 191 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Regrets the failure to ensure full gender balanceliminate gender discrimination in EU financial institutions and bodies;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 197 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13 a (new)
13 a. Condemns all forms of discrimination and stresses that competence and moral integrity should be the only and mandatory criteria for any job position in EU financial institutions and bodies;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 220 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Stresses that ensuring proper and timely management of deteriorated exposures will be key to preventing a build-up of non-performing loans (NPLs) in the short term; advices the Member States to make further efforts to address this issue;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 260 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22
22. Is concerned that as Member States sell increasing amounts of sovereign bonds, their share in banks’ balance sheets grows, potentially aggravating the doom loop; considers thatpoints out that government bonds are not risk-free assets and should not be treated as such; questions whether the creation of Next Generation EU will provide high-quality European assets;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 272 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23
23. Notes that the EU-wide stress test launched on 29 January 2021 aims to test capital trajectories of banks in a situation of worsening asset quality; stresses the importance to consider the impact of potentially rising interest rates on banks’ balance sheets;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 279 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24
24. Notes the efforts of the SSM to provide guidance and clarity to banks for self-assessing and appropriately reporting environmental and climate change-related risks; considers the SSM climate risk stress test an important step in evaluating banks’ practices and identifying concrete areas of improvement; warns, however, of danger of green asset bubbles that could be a consequence of oversubsidizing the sustainable investments;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 300 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 28
28. TrustNotes that the introduction of a backstop into the SRF earlier than originally envisaged is positive for the strengthening of the crisis management frameworkincreases risk sharing; advises that risk reduction should precede any form of legacy sharing and risk sharing;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 311 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 29 a (new)
29 a. Endorses ECA’s recommendation that in order to ensure that supervisory action is taken sufficiently early, the SRB and the Commission should approach the legislators and the ECB, in its role as supervisor, and advocate for objective and quantified thresholds for triggering early intervention measures, and reaching the decision that a bank is failing or likely to fail;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 357 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 35 a (new)
35 a. Points out that risks still differ greatly between different national banking systems;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 360 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 35 c (new)
35 c. Stresses that risk reduction would ensure the level of protection that depositors currently enjoy, without raising the systemic risk through establishing fully mutualised EDIS;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 361 #

2020/2122(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 35 d (new)
35 d. Questions whether Article 114 would be an appropriate legal basis for the establishment of EDIS;
2021/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 33 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C a (new)
Ca. whereas the public debt to GDP in the euro area is projected to rise from 86% in 2019 to 103% in 2020; whereas such debt levels may be unsustainable if and when interest rates return to higher levels7a ; _________________ 7a https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor ner/detail/en/ip_20_799
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 41 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C b (new)
Cb. whereas growth has to an important degree relied upon unconventional and, in the long term, unsustainable monetary policy; whereas this monetary policy has failed to create a momentum for productivity-enhancing reforms;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 45 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C c (new)
Cc. whereas monetary policy has not been neutral and has led to large redistribution effects between deficit and surplus countries and between savers and debtors;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 46 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C d (new)
Cd. whereas the stability of financial institutions in the Eurozone is still a matter of grave concern; whereas the economic downturn will lead to an increase in non-performing loans;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 73 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Points out that the Commission’s estimate of the investment needs of the EU for delivering the green transition and digital transformation amounts to at least EUR 595 billion per year8 ; recognises that public investments are limited as they represent scarce resources mostly funded by the taxpayers; underlines the need to prioritise the public investments which enhance economic growth; _________________ 8 Commission Staff Working Document - Identifying Europe's recovery needs, p. 16: https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/eco nomy- finance/assessment_of_economic_and_inv estment_needs.pdf
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 79 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. Is concerned with the insufficient progress in trade talks between the EU and UK; urges the Commission to prepare also for the no deal scenario, which would create serious barriers to trade between EU and UK since the beginning of 2021;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 83 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Recognises that the EU faces the unprecedented challenge of mitigating the social and economic consequences of the historic recession and setting the course for a rapid economic recovery linked to a sustainable and just transition and digital transformation; is convinced that, for this, a significant increase in public and private investment compared to the 2010s is indispensable and that the increasedappropriate and efficient level of investment must be stabilised for many years to come; calls on Member States to create a regulatory framework that supports private investment;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 92 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Underlines that the backbone of the economic recovery lies in the growth- enhancing structural reforms; notes that in order to protect European taxpayer, any assistance from Recovery Plan to each Member State should be conditional on the implementation of the structural reforms recommended in the Country Specific Recommendations;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 95 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4 b (new)
4b. Recalls that high levels of taxation in Europe are a hindrance to investments, jobs, productivity and competitiveness;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 97 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4 c (new)
4c. Stresses that the sound public finances are necessary condition for the macro-financial stability of the Eurozone;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 98 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4 d (new)
4d. Recalls the positive practice of transparency in several Member States in the form of mandatory disclosure of contracts concluded by the public sector which supports the efficiency of public finances and promotes economic growth;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 102 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Welcomes the swift and strong response to the crisis in the area of monetary and fiscal policy, at both EU and Member State level, as well as the European Recovery Plan; considers it essential that the recovery package is fully aligned with the EU’s new growth strategy, i.e. in accordance with the principles of the European Green Deal (EGD), the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and with the aim to protect women’s rights and achieve gender equality; demands that funds and resources be directed to projects and beneficiaries that comply with our Treaty- based fundamental values and that recipient firms protect their workers, pay their fair share of taxes, and refrain from paying out dividends or offering share buy- back schemes aimed at remunerating shareholders;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 124 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Welcomes the activation of the general escape clause of the Stability and Growth Pact, and expects that it will remain activated at least until the end of 2021 in order to support the efforts of the Member States to recover from the pandemic crisis and strengthen their economic and social resilience;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 131 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. Urges Commission to present a roadmap to ensure a swift retraction of the general escape clause of the Stability and Growth Pact;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 151 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Welcomes the conclusion of the European Fiscal Board (EFB)9 that the fiscal framework has to be revised, and is convinced that the deep economic crisis triggered by the pandemic further exacerbates this need; believes that the review and reform have to meet the above requirements in terms of increasing investment relating to climate change and digitalisation and stabilising the newensure vigorous enforcement of sound budgetary management and secure clear path to sustainable levels of investment, while ensuring sound budgetary managementpublic debt in Member States; _________________ 9EFB Annual report 2019, p. 71 - https:/ec.europa.eu/info/sites/infos/files/20 19-efb-annual-report_en.pdf
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 154 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8 a. Regrets the poor enforcement of the EU fiscal rules before the COVID-19 pandemic;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 162 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9 a (new)
9 a. Recalls that many growth-friendly structural reforms do not require fiscal space but rather legislative and administrative efforts aimed at strengthening market forces and private sector initiatives;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 170 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Considers it essential that the revision of the EU’s fiscal and economic policy framework should be completed by the time the escape clause is repealed and should enable fiscal policy to respond with discretion to shocks in the short term, and to reduce high public debt ratios to an agreed reference value60% GDP in the long term, while allowing a suefficient level of public investment, progressive tax policies and the repayment of loans in a cycle- comfortable manner, and the long-term modernisation of in line with EU fiscal rules, and efficient investment in public commodities;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 180 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 a (new)
10a. Warns that boosting investment should not be seen as an alternative to productivity-enhancing reforms;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 182 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 b (new)
10b. Stresses that principle of value for money should represent the cornerstone of all EU funded investments; points out that EU funding should be accompanied by measurable objectives and outputs including a quantifiable and comparable evaluation mechanism that will allow to compare and rank the efficiency of individual EU programmes; underlines the importance of accountability and transparency for bodies that receive EU funding;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 189 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Proposes a combination of expenditure rules for public non- investment expenditure and a golden rule for public investment which is central to both; wishes to see a rapid recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and a transition to a cleaner, socially sustainable and more digital society;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 200 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 a (new)
11a. Recalls that the European Semester cycle is a framework for EU Member States to coordinate their budgetary and economic policies;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 202 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 b (new)
11b. Recommends the necessary respect for the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality; stresses that Member States must continue to have sufficient flexibility in implementing an appropriate social policy;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 211 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Welcomes the refocus of the European Semester Spring Package aimed at providing an immediate economic policy response to tackle and mitigate the health and socio-economic impact of COVID-19 and reboot economic activity; supports the Commission’s announcement of a reform of the European Semester to convert it into a tool to coordinate the recovery measures, framed by the principles of the EGD, the EPSR and the SDGs; is convinced that this has to include the coordination of measures concerning state aid and tax policies; underlines the need for the integration of a new set of binding sustainability and wellbeing indicators and alternative measurements of growth performanceto define relevant performance indicators measuring progress of implementation of structural reforms;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 228 #

2020/2078(INI)

13. Recognises the role that the Commission has allotted to the European Semester in the Recovery Plan; notes, however, that the effectiveness and success of the alignment of Member States’ investment and reform programmes to the Semester process will depend on the progress of the Semester reform and the above-mentioned reform of the Stability and Growth Pact;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 236 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Reiterates its call for the strengthening of Parliament’s democratic role in the economic governance framework in any upcoming Treaty change and, in the meantime, for an Interinstitutional Agreement on Sustainable European Governance granting Parliament a right of consent on the policy recommendations presented in the Annual Sustainable Growth Survey, the euro area fiscal package and the Country Specific Recommendations;deleted
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 258 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Invites the Commission to explore new policies suggested by international institutions that support and contribute to financing a just transition and sustainable growth, as well as aiming to restore Member States’ public finances; calls for the new basket of resources to include income stemming from EU policies favouring both the implementation of environmental protection and the preservation of a fair single market;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 271 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Recalls the urgent need to complete and reinforce the EMU architecture with a view to protecting citizens and reducing pressure on public finances during external shocks so as to overcome social and economic imbalances, by creating a fiscal capacity for public investment, a macroeconomic stabilisation and cohesion function for the euro area, and a European unemployment benefit reinsurance scheme;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 281 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17 a (new)
17a. Stresses the need to further strengthen the financial sector through the completion of the Capital Markets Union;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 283 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17 b (new)
17b. Reminds that debt service costs remain low also because of ECB low interest rates policy; recommends to consider the impact of potentially rising interest rates and risks arising from further expansion of the ECB's balance sheet;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 284 #

2020/2078(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17 c (new)
17c. Recalls the need to reduce the levels of public debt to help the European economies to be more resilient to shocks, especially in highly indebted countries; warns about higher financing costs in the future once monetary policy accommodation is reduced, especially in the euro area;
2020/07/13
Committee: ECON
Amendment 92 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Calls for a continuedUnderlines that fiscal stances must balance the long-term sustainability of public finances with short-term macroeconomic stabilisation; calls for an appropriate expansionary fiscal stance for as long as needed and for it to be shifted to support the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and a green, digital and inclusive transformation while ensuring fiscal sustainability;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 156 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Calls for an appropriate fiscal and monetary policy mix that work together towards achieving the EU’s objectivesfiscal and monetary policy to compensate for each other: an expansive monetary policy should go hand in hand with a restrictive fiscal policy and the other way around, only in crisis situations they should strengthen each other;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 161 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 a (new)
10a. Recalls that both monetary and fiscal expansions work to a considerable extent by bringing spending forward in time; believes that the structural contribution that monetary policy makes to sustainable growth is limited;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 162 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 b (new)
10b. Notes that growth has in recent years to an important degree relied upon unconventional and, in the long term, unsustainable monetary policy; notes more than a decade after the outbreak of the global financial crisis that this monetary policy has failed to create a genuine momentum for productivity- enhancing reforms;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 170 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Highlights that debt levels have increased to a level that may be hard to sustain when interest rates return to normal levels and that some Member States already have a sizeable debt legacy; notes that circumstances have changed since the Maastricht criteria were defined and that inflation and interest rate levels are currently considerably lower;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 183 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Stresses that debt service costs are expected to remain low for the foreseeable future and primary deficits are likely to be offset by favourable interest-growth differentials; further considers that as long as the differenti but warns about higher financing costs in the future once monetary policy accommodation is reduced; recalls arthe negative it is possible to sustain and progressively reduce high debt leveled to reduce high deficit and debt levels and rebuild fiscal buffers to make European economies more resilient to shocks;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 193 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. RIn view of the EU's low productivity and global competitiveness, recalls the importance of gprowthductivity- enhancing policies and publicstructural reforms, responsible fiscal policies and well-targeted investment aimed at increasing growth potential and achieving other EU’s policy objectives;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 205 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13 a (new)
13a. Warns that boosting investment should not be seen as an alternative to productivity-enhancing reforms;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 230 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15 a (new)
15a. Considers that prudent fiscal policies play a fundamental role for the stability of the euro area and the Union as a whole; underlines that coordination of fiscal policies and compliance with the Union rules in this area are a legal requirement and key to the proper functioning of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU);
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 247 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Calls for the renewed fiscal framework to promote sustainability and cyclical stabilisationinstil discipline and to improve the quality of public expenditure through sustainable investments and structural reforms; calls for well-defined, transparent, simple, flexipredictable and enforceable rules embedded in a credible and democratic framework that take into account the specificities of Member States and promote upward economic and social convergence;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 306 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22 a (new)
22a. Recalls that public investment may crowd out private investment; recalls that private investment depends on private sector competitiveness, which in turn depends on a regulatory environment allowing for predictable rules, a level playing field, and reduced compliance costs;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 326 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24
24. Agrees with the opinion of the EFB and others21 that a deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) would be helped by a central fiscal capacity, which could help cushion idiosyncratic shocks, whether common or country-specificrequires first and foremost sound fiscal policies and the implementation of structural reforms at national level aimed at better functioning product and factor markets, however which does not require a central fiscal capacity, sin a timely manner; _________________ 21 International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank.ce Member States with access to financial markets can play such a counter-cyclical shock- absorbing role themselves;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 333 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24 a (new)
24a. Considers that due consideration should be given to the mutual spill-over effects of the EMU and non-euro area Member States;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 340 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 25
25. Welcomes the creation of the NGEU, which is financed through debt issuance guaranteed by the EU budget; underlines that EU-issuance debt22 will provide a new supply of European high- quality assets, whichthe NGEU is a step towards a permanent EU safe asset; _________________ 22mporary instrument; NGEU & SURE bonds.
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 346 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 25 a (new)
25a. Highlights that there is no wide public support for establishing a formal system of fiscal transfers within the EMU;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 353 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26
26. Stresses the importance of the MIP in identifying and taking preventive and corrective actions against emerging imbalances; points out, however, that the potential of this mechanism has not been fully exploited on account of its structural weaknesses and its insufficiently specified theoretical foundations, which may be prone to confusing cause and effect;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 361 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26 a (new)
26a. Reminds that the EMU exposed its vulnerability in the context of the global financial and economic crisis with the aggravation of unsustainable imbalances, triggered by capital flows from core euro area nations to the periphery and a rising public spending ratio in some Member States;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 362 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26 b (new)
26b. Encourages all Member States to take the necessary policy action to address imbalances, in particular high levels of indebtedness, and commit to structural reforms ensuring the economic sustainability of each individual Member State, thereby ensuring the overall competitiveness and resilience of the European economy;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 380 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 29
29. Underlines the importance of the EU institutional framework and of the community method to set and enforce the rules and to safeguard and enhance strong political ownership and legitimacyMember States taking responsibility for future generations and ensuring the sustainability of their public finances, and the EU institutional framework to set and enforce rules to instil fiscal discipline;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 391 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 29 a (new)
29a. Stresses that the subsidiarity and proportionality principles should prevail in the development of economic governance for the euro area;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 396 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 30
30. Calls for a renewedonsiders the European Semester as the main economic and social policy coordination framework supporting the EU’s long-standing goals of sustainabipolitcy and upward convergenceobjectives with stronger national ownership; calls for more rigorous democratic scrutiny and for Pcloser involvement of national parliaments full involvement in defining the overarching goals and the guidancein the European Semester process;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 430 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 34
34. Recalls its position23 that an ‘additional budgetary capacity forBelieves that a stronger EMU requires first and foremost decisive actions at the national level; believes that far-reaching transfers of competence to the eEuro area’ should be included in the fiscal capacity; _________________ 23European Parliament resolution of 16 February 2017 on budgetary capacity for the euro area, OJ C 252, 18.7.2018, p. 235.pean level are unnecessary; underlines that a euro area fiscal capacity as a shock-absorber is not required since governments with access to financial markets can play this role themselves;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 437 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 34 a (new)
34a. Considers that any shock absorption capacity mechanism at euro area level, by its mere institutional set-up, risks to lack accountability and democratic legitimacy if it becomes just a new layer of governance which risks to cause moral hazard;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 438 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 34 b (new)
34b. Underlines that Member States need to build their own fiscal capacities on national level in order to increase stability and to counter economic shocks;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 439 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 35
35. Reiterates the urgency of increasing and diversifying the EU budget’s revenue sources and of linking own resources with policy objectives;deleted
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 452 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 36
36. Calls for the Eurogroup’s decision- making process to be reassessed to include appropriate democratic accountability; calls for the Chair of the Eurogroup to be one of the Commission Vice-Presidents;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 461 #

2020/2075(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 37
37. Recalls its call for the ESM to be integrated into EU law under the Community methodthat the ESM is not formally under parliamentary control;
2021/04/23
Committee: ECON
Amendment 17 #

2020/2058(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital -A (new)
-A. whereas climate change is a global challenge which requires international cooperation and similar efforts from various parties; whereas in order for the Union to successfully play its role as a global leader in the transition towards climate neutrality, a realistic approach which actually fosters sustainable, competitive growth and prosperity is crucial,
2020/07/03
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 54 #

2020/2058(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Welcomes the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (SEIP) as central in ensuring the success of the Green Deal and the transition towards a more sustainable and, resilient and competitive economy;
2020/07/03
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 75 #

2020/2058(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Welcomes the Commission’s European Recovery Plan with the European Green Deal at its heart; endorses the underlying principle that public investments will respect the oath to ‘do no harm’; emphasises that national recovery and resilience plans should put the EU on the path to a 50 % to 55 % reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 and, calls for investments to be prioritised into a sustainable transition, the digital agenda and achieving European sovereignty in strategic sectors with a consistent industrial strategy; expects therefore the European Recovery Plan to contribute to the objective of climate neutrality at EU level by 2050;
2020/07/03
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 89 #

2020/2058(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Stresses that the success of the EU’s aim to achieve climate neutrality will depend on the adequacy of the financing; considers the digital transformation, technological innovation, and research and development are the main drivers for achieving the climate-neutrality objective; stresses that it remains crucial not to exclude a priori certain technologies;
2020/07/03
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 154 #

2020/2058(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Believes that public and private finance should adhere to the EU taxonomy and to the Do Not Significantly Harm (DNSH) principle, in order to ensure that EU policies and financing, including the EU budget, the programmes financed through Next Generation EU, the European Semester and EIB financing do not contribute to objectives, projects and activities that significantly harm social or environmental objectives; believes nuclear energy plays a role in meeting the objective of climate neutrality at EU level by 2050 as the second largest source of low-carbon electricity production globally (after hydropower); considers that without investments in nuclear energy technology the low carbon transition will be significantly harder and more costly;
2020/07/03
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 295 #

2020/2058(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Reaffirms its previous position regarding candidates for new own resources, and calls on the Commission to propose new own resources which correspond to essential EU objectives including the fight against climate change and the protection of the environment; asks, therefore, for the introduction of new own resources based on the auction revenues of the Emissions Trading System, a contribution on non-recycled plastic packaging waste, the future Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base or a precursor based on operations of large enterprises, a tax on digital companies, and a financial transaction taxthe list of potential candidates for new own resources as set out in the MFF interim report; recalls the GNI- based contribution is a stable, reliable and fair own resource and by definition sufficient to fund the budget;
2020/07/03
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 332 #

2020/2058(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Welcomes EIB's role in the European Green Deal Investment plan and the Just Transition Mechanism provided the EIB maintains its AAA rating; welcomes the efforts of the European Investment Bank (EIB) to revise its energy lending policy and to devote 50 % of its operations to climate action and environmental sustainability; calls on the EIB to commit to the sustainable transition towards climate neutrality while taking into account the different energy mixes of Member States and devoting particular attention to the sectors and regions most affected by the transition; underlines that the EIB's remains a demand driven investment bank;
2020/07/03
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 357 #

2020/2058(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Recognises the important role of the national promotional banks and institutions and of international financial institutions (IFIs) in the financing of sustainable projects, thereby contributing to the achievement of the goals of the Paris Agreement; stresses that given their experience and capabilities at national and regional level, national promotional banks and institutions can be instrumental in the maximisation of the impact of public funds and may be selected as implementing partners under InvestEU to help achieve the Union's climate objectives;
2020/07/03
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 493 #

2020/2058(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23
23. Recalls that the European Semester is a framework for EU Member States to coordinate their budgetary and economic policies; believes that it could facilitate the implementation of the European Green Deal, the European Pillar of Social Rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); believes that the SDGs should be at the heart of EU’s policy making processmore flexibility under the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) is required to increase the overall level of investments in the long term;
2020/07/03
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 503 #

2020/2058(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24
24. Notes that recovery and resilience plans will be based on shared EU priorities; highlights in this context the European Green Deal and the European Pillar of Social Rightsinvestments to be prioritised into a sustainable transition, the digital agenda and achieving European sovereignty in strategic sectors, with a consistent industrial strategy; seeks the inclusion of priorities in areas such as employment, skills, education, research and innovation and health, but also in areas related to the business environment, including public administration and the financial sector;
2020/07/03
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 6 #

2020/2051(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. whereas on 2 May 2018, the Commission presented a set of legislative proposals on the 2021-2027 MFF and Union Own Resources, followed by legislative proposals for the setting-up of new Union programmes and instruments; whereas this proposal entailed an overall MFF ceiling of EUR 1 134.6 billion in 2018 prices, or 1,11 % of the pre-crisis EU-27’s GNI1a (including 0,03 % from the European Development Fund), which was already lower than the estimated 1,16 % of the 2014-2020 MFF in relation to the EU- 27’s GNI (EUR 1 082.3 billion in 2018 prices), with the stated objective to provide a basis for a swift negotiation to be concluded before the Parliament elections of 2019; _________________ 1aGross National Income as forecast at the time of presentation of the MFF proposal on 2 May 2018, not taking into account subsequent and upcoming evolutions notably as a result of the Corona emergency.
2020/04/15
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 9 #

2020/2051(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas Parliament adopted on 14 November 2018 its interim report with detailed figures, amounting to an overall MFF ceiling of EUR 1 324.1 billion in 2018 prices (1,30 % of the EU-27’s GNI), and amendments constituting its negotiating mandate and has stood ready, since then, to enter into negotiations with the Council;
2020/04/15
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 21 #

2020/2051(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital K
K. whereas the Covid-19 outbreak has overshadowed the MFF-related debate and will, despite highlighting the importance and the potential of a strong EU budget, has further delayed the European Council in reaching its conclusions’s debate and agreement on the next MFF and is affecting the conditions in which interinstitutional negotiations could be carried out;
2020/04/15
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 26 #

2020/2051(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital M
M. whereas the basic acts of a considerable number of the current expenditure programmes however contain expiry dates that, together with lack of operational preparedness, might undermine the safety net provided by the TFEU; whereas those expiry dates would have to be extended or lifted in order to be brought into consistency with the principles underpinning Article 312(4) TFEU and to avoid a shutdown of the concerned programmes, which would be to the detriment of its beneficiaries and of the Union as a whole, especially in times of crisis;
2020/04/15
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 29 #

2020/2051(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital O a (new)
O a. whereas the Covid-19 makes it even more compelling to eliminate any risk of discontinuity or disorderly extension of the current MFF and programmes; whereas it becomes increasingly important to guarantee that the Union will be enabled to carry out its operations and to provide an ambitious crisis response and recovery strategy despite the uncertain date of the entry into force of a new MFF; whereas the Commission should deliver to stakeholders an unequivocal message in that respect;
2020/04/15
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 31 #

2020/2051(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital O b (new)
O b. whereas the Union budget in 2021 shall continue addressing the immediate social and economic consequences of the Covid-19 emergency; whereas the MFF contingency plan could provide a better basis than a late and inadequate MFF for delivering the Union's crisis response, recovery strategy and political priorities, building on the existing programmes with the appropriate adjustments as well as the positive measures already taken under the 2020 budget;
2020/04/15
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 38 #

2020/2051(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1 a. Requests the MFF contingency plan to: – lift or extend the time limits laid down in the basic acts of all relevant MFF expenditure programmes; – where legally necessary notably under shared management programmes, update the relevant financial amounts on the basis of a technical prolongation of the 2020 levels; – revise the rules and objectives governing the relevant expenditure programmes so that they can be temporarily refocused on addressing the immediate economic and social consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak and on helping in the economic recovery; – allow for targeted reinforcements to this end; – allow for the setting-up of the most urgent new instruments and initiatives;
2020/04/15
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 42 #

2020/2051(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part A – point 1
1. The MFF contingency plan aims at providing a safety net to protect the beneficiaries of the Union programmes in the event that the 2021-2027 MFF could not be agreed in time to enter into force on 1 January 2021. The MFF contingency plan should ensure a satisfactory degree of predictability and continuity in Union budget implementation; . Furthermore, it should enable the Union to provide a response to the immediate social and economic consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak and to work on the recovery;
2020/04/15
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 46 #

2020/2051(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part A – point 2
2. The MFF contingency plan shall include one or several legislative proposal(s) to lift or extend the time limits laid down in the basic acts of all concerned expenditure programmes and, where legally necessary notably under shared management programmes, update the relevant financial amounts on the basis of a technical prolongation of the 2020 levels. The legislative proposal(s) should also include a temporary refocusing of the objectives of all the relevant expenditure programmes, so that they can best address the immediate consequences of the Covid- 19 outbreak. For the same purpose, wherever relevant, the proposal(s) should include a re-adjustment of the rules to allow for maximum flexibility in the implementation notably of shared management programmes, including the prolongation of all legislative measures adopted in 2020, in response to the crisis;
2020/04/15
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 49 #

2020/2051(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part A – point 2 a (new)
2 a. The MFF contingency plan should allow for targeted reinforcements of the relevant expenditure programmes in the 2021 budget and for the setting-up of the most urgent new instruments, measures and programmes, especially relating to a recovery plan after the Covid-19 outbreak;
2020/04/15
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 58 #

2020/2051(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part A – point 4
4. The measures necessary for the implementation of the contingency plan shall be financed through the annual budget, within the limits of the MFF ceilings for 2020 and of the flexibility provisions of the 2014-2020 MFF, as extended in accordance with Article 312(4) TFEU, i.e. on the basis of a technical prolongation of the amounts already agreed by the budgetary authority in 2020, increased by the 2% deflator, and of any of the additional abovementioned initiatives. This technical prolongation should also determine the national envelopes under the shared management programmes.
2020/04/15
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 61 #

2020/2051(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Annex I – part B – point 1
1. One or several legislative proposal(s) to: – lift or extend the time limits laid down in the basic acts of all relevant MFF expenditure programmes and, where legally necessary notably under shared management programmes, update the relevant financial amounts on the basis of a technical prolongation of the 2020 levels, – revise the rules and objectives governing the relevant expenditure programmes so that they can be temporarily refocused on addressing the immediate economic and social consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak and on helping in the economic recovery.
2020/04/15
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 6 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 7 a (new)
- having regard to the MiFID II/MiFIR Review Report No.1 of the European Securities and Market Authority (ESMA) on the development in prices for pre- and post-trade data and on the consolidated tape for equity instruments,
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 12 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas bank loan financing is in itself not sufficient to provide the amount of credit needed for the EU economy to recover from the crisis, but should instead be complemented with stronger market- based financing; whereas all actions taken to create a Capital Markets Union (CMU) should therefore have improving the range of financing options offered to companies and citizens, as well as a greater range of more attractive investment offers, as their objective;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 16 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A a (new)
Aa. whereas the EU's internal market is characterised by open competition, a regulatory framework, reliance on international standards and supervisory cooperation; whereas the CMU strategy should therefore be based on the same principles;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 19 #

2020/2036(INI)

Ab. whereas EU capital markets could serve the economy and the much needed economic recovery best when they are transparent, competitive, resilient, centrally cleared and supported by fair regulation,
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 27 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas themost actions taken so far to achieve the CMU are moving in the right direction; whereas much work nevertheless remains to be done in terms of the precision, effectiveness and simplification of the measures adopted;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 32 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B a (new)
Ba. whereas ambitious next steps are needed to make the EU capital market architecture truly pan-European, competitive and attractive to both EU and international end investors,
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 34 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B b (new)
Bb. whereas a consensus has emerged from the experience with the Great Recession that the euro area’s institutional architecture is in need of reform to enhance its capacity to deal with large economic shocks; whereas in this respect economic literature typically finds that higher shock absorption in the United States results mainly from more effective private risk sharing via credit and capital markets;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 43 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C a (new)
Ca. whereas a single price comparison tool consolidating trading data across the EU - referred to as the Consolidated Tape (CT) - would help brokers to locate liquidity at the best price available in European markets, increase investors’ capacity to evaluate their broker’s performance in executing orders, and be a major step towards democratising access to market data as all investors could easily see the best price to buy or sell a financial product; whereas practical experience with a CT is already available in the United States, where a CT has been mandated for shares (consolidating pre- and post-trade data) and bonds (consolidating post-trade data);
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 75 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Calls for the removal of barriers, including the simplification of legislation and more proportional application of legislation and the removal of red tape, to diversify funding sources for SMEs, in order to promote SMEs’ ability to access equity markets, and to reduce the existing debt bias; points out that the current situation makes SMEs more fragile and vulnerable;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 84 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Calls for further integration and improvement of European capital markets to make them as attractive, competitive, and resilient as possible, especially also in the context of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 87 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 b (new)
1b. Emphasises the fundamental importance of enhancing the euro area’s risk absorption capacity;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 89 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 c (new)
1c. Highlights that euro area countries can enhance their internal capacity to deal with macroeconomic shocks in particular by effectively reducing vulnerabilities in their economies, banking sectors, and public finances; considers further that economic resilience needs to be improved via structural reforms that support potential growth and increase flexibility;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 90 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 d (new)
1d. Stresses that efficient and integrated financial markets are a core prerequisite for efficient private risk sharing in the euro area; considers that a genuine CMU could significantly help to diversify and reduce risk;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 99 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. TNotes the declining Initial Public Offering (IPO) markets in the EU, reflecting their limited attractiveness for in particular smaller companies; highlights in this regard that SMEs face disproportionate administrative burdens and costs of compliance with listing requirements; takes the view that the efficiency of financial markets should be improved and that the listing of companies should be facilitated; encourages the creation and prioritisation of a large private pan- European fund, an Initial Public Offering (IPO)PO Fund, to support SMEs;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 102 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Agrees with the CMU High Level Forum on the importance of providing the right incentives to develop a strong “market making” capacity in the EU; considers in this regard that adequate prudential rules should strike a balance between loss absorption capacity, incentives to support a critical mass of investments, and the impact on the EU's global competitiveness;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 123 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Requests the realignment of the treatment of cash and synthetic securitisations, of the treatment of regulatory capital and liquidity with that of covered bonds and loans, as well as witha review of the disclosure and due diligence requirements for third country securitisation, covered bonds and simple, transparent and standardised (STS) securitisation; requests a clearer role for Competent Authorities in Significant Risk Transfer assessments, improved credit underwriting standards, and reduction of NPLs;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 129 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Calls for targeted measures within securities market legislation to expedite the recovery after the COVID-19 crisis; supportsuch as changes in the Prospectus Regulation, the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MIFID), the Securitisation Regulation and the Market Abuse Regulation to facilitate investments in the real economy, in particular in SMEs, and to allow newcomers and new products to enter the markets, preserving consumer protection and market integrity;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 139 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5a. Notes that levels of bilateral trading off-venue remain high despite regulatory intentions; advocates a genuine shift towards competitive and on- exchange trading in European equity and derivatives markets; considers that encouraging this shift requires a certain openness to innovative exchange trading models that can meet investors' needs while bringing trading flow on-venue;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 148 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Asks the Member States to consider amending their national tax frameworks, in order to reduce tax obstacles to cross-border investments, including withholding tax procedures, and to increase financing by investors to long- term investment opportunities thereby improving returns on long-term savings for EU citizens;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 153 #

2020/2036(INI)

7. Highlights the importance of increasing legal certainty for cross-border investments by making national insolvency proceedings more efficient and effective, thus mitigating home bias, legal risks and costs;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 165 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8a. Supports improving transparency for end investors through the establishment of an EU Consolidated Tape (CT);
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 173 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9
9. Underlines the need to promote pension provision; welcomes the Pan- European Personal Pension (PEPP) product; reminds Member States that PEPPs need to be subject to the same tax treatment as national pension products to become an option for savers; highlights the importance of a level playing field for PEPP product providers including with regard to risk-mitigation techniques in the investment process; calls for a thorough evidence-based evaluation of the launch of the PEPP market before the next legislative review of the PEPP Regulation;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 179 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Highlights that demographic developments necessitate supplementing pay-as-you-go pensions with life-long intelligent saving and investing; Encourages the Member States to promote multi-pillar pension systems, including occupational pension schemes, as a way to improve market dynamics and the incentives to invest; believes that private pensions should be revitalised and made more attractive; encourages the participation of investors in long-term products with tax reduction or exemption policies;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 203 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Stresses the need for close cooperation between European and national supervisory authorities to overcome their differences; calls for supervisory convergence to promote a common European model, guided by the European Securities and Market Authority (ESMA), to reduce the existing obstacles to cross-border financial operations;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 207 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12 a (new)
12a. Highlights EU-wide competition, choice and open access among market infrastructures across the entire execution value chain as fundamental principles for the CMU; supports a diversity of trading mechanisms catering to different trading strategies, market conditions, and investment objectives, both in the EU and globally; considers that failure to uphold these principles in the upcoming discussions on the MiFID/R framework review would risk bringing back monopolistic national exchange structures, to the detriment of European economies and end investors;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 235 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. EStresses the need for a level playing field between financial services firms and technology firms; emphasises that access to financial markets should be possible for all enterprises under the ‘same business, same rules’ principle;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 242 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Recalls the existence of different shortcomings in the legislation on packaged retail investment and insurance products (PRIIPs) that should be addressed in the next reviewa comprehensive review covering Level 1 as well as Level 2 ; expects that Level 2 PRIIPs legislation on the Key Investor Document to respect lLevel 1, in particular in relation to the performance scenarios; regrets the delays in the adoption of Level 2 PRIIPs legislation that will overlap with the first review of PRIIPs, and which increases legal uncertainty and costs for stakeholders;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 250 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Urges the Commission to make clear the differentiation between professional and retail investors on all levels of MIFID, making it possible to tailor the treatment of clients according to their knowledge and experience on the markets; requests that the Commission consider the introduction of a category of semi-professional investors to better respond to the reality of participation on the financial markets;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 262 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Is of the opinion that the current reporting framework within MIFID II and the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) is very costly and complex, hindering the effectiveness of the system; believes that a simplification thereof is necessarycalls in this regard for a simplification;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 280 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20
20. Underlines that financial education is needed to overcome lowaccelerate retail investor engagement with financial markets, based on lack ofincreased knowledge, mistrust and risk aversionwareness;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 289 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22
22. Urges the Member States, as well as, where appropriate, competent regional, local or other public authorities, to includeconsider including or expanding financial literacy programs in school curricula aimed at developing autonomy in financial matters; suggests the inclusion of this topicat such programs should at least include basic financial concepts such as compounding interest, returns and annuities and the distinction between bonds and shares; suggests the inclusion of financial literacy in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 305 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23
23. Takes the view that the digitalisation of financial services can be a catalyst for the mobilisation of capital in the EU while reducing barriers and increasing supervisory efficiency; underlines that digitalisation should neither lead to regulatory arbitrage nor to lower customer protection, reduced safety or financial stability risks; emphasises that an EU framework with high standards of cybersecurity would be conducive to the CMU;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 322 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 25
25. Points out that Europe competes for capital in a global market, and that, as a result, deeper, more integrated and effic, efficient and resilient European capital markets are critical to protecting Europe’s economic sovereignty, to encouraging the use of the euro in third countries, and to attracting foreign investors;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 330 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26 a (new)
26a. Highlights that taxation remains a key driver of global capital flows; stresses therefore the importance of carefully assessing the impact of any Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) on the EU's ambitions to develop strong, globally attractive, resilient, deep and liquid capital markets;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 331 #

2020/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26 b (new)
26b. Recalls the need to ensure interoperability of the EU’s regulatory framework with internationally agreed principles from the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and the Financial Stability Board;
2020/07/17
Committee: ECON
Amendment 79 #

2020/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 12
(12) Prior to the payment of the pre- financing, Member States should notify the Commission of the identity of the bodies designated and of the body to which the pre-financing shall be paid, and confirm that the systems’ descriptions have been drawn up, within three months of the entry into force of this Regulation. Member States should designate the relevant bodies at the appropriate territorial level, in accordance with their institutional, legal and financial framework.
2021/03/08
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 83 #

2020/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 14
(14) Pursuant to paragraphs 22 and 23 of the Inter-institutional agreement for Better Law-Making of 13 April 201613 , there is a need to evaluate the Reserve on the basis of information collected through specific monitoring requirements, while avoiding overregulation and administrative burden, in particular on Member Stat on national, regional or local authorities. These requirements, where appropriate, should include measurable indicators, as a basis for the evaluation of the Reserve. _________________ 13Interinstitutional Agreement between the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission on Better Law-Making (OJ L 123, 12.5.2016, p. 1).
2021/03/08
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 89 #

2020/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 16
(16) In order to ensure the proper functioning of shared management, Member States should establish a management and control system, designate and notify the Commission of the bodies responsible for the management of the Reserve as well as a separate independent audit body. For simplification reasons, Member States may make use of existing bodies designated and systems, including on regional and local level, set up for the purpose of the management and control of cohesion policy funding or the European Union Solidarity Fund. It is necessary to specify the responsibilities of the Member States and lay down the specific requirements for the bodies designated.
2021/03/08
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 199 #

2020/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 1 – point a
(a) designating a body, or when required by the Member State's constitutional framework, bodies responsible for the management of the financial contribution from the Reserve and an independent audit bodyies in accordance with Article 63(3) of the Financial Regulation, and supervising such bodies;
2021/03/08
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 201 #

2020/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 1 – point d
(d) notifying the Commission of the identity of the bodies designated and of the body to which the pre-financing shall be paito which the pre- financing shall be paid and of the bodies designated, including, where applicable, the bodies to which tasks and funds from the Reserve have been delegated, and confirming that the systems’ descriptions have been drawn up, within three months of the entry into force of this Regulation;
2021/03/08
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 203 #

2020/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 2
2. For the purposes of points (a) and (b) of paragraph 1, the Member States may make use of bodies and, including on regional and local level, and of management and control systems already in place for the implementation of cohesion policy funding or the European Union Solidarity Fund.
2021/03/08
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 204 #

2020/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 3 – introductory part
3. The body or bodies responsible for managing the financial contribution from the Reserve shall:
2021/03/08
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 364 #

2020/0361(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 10 – paragraph 3
3. Providers of intermediary services shall specify in the information referred to in paragraph 2, the official language or languages of the Union, which can be used to communicate with their points of contact and which shall include at least one of the official languages of the Member State in which the provider of intermediary services has its main establishment or offers its activities or where its legal representative resides or is established.
2021/09/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 372 #

2020/0361(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 12 – paragraph 1
1. Providers of intermediary services shall include information on any restrictions that they impose in relation to the use of their service in respect of information provided by the recipients of the service, in their terms and conditions. That information shall include information on any policies, procedures, measures and tools used for the purpose of content moderation, including algorithmic decision-making and human review. It shall be set out in clear and unambiguous language and, shall be publicly available in an easily accessible format and shall be provided at least in the language of the linguistic region in which the providers of intermediary services are offering their services.
2021/09/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 384 #

2020/0361(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 14 – paragraph 1
1. Providers of hosting services shall put mechanisms in place to allow any individual or entity to notify them of the presence on their service of specific items of information that the individual or entity considers to be illegal content. Those mechanisms shall be easy to access, user- friendly, and allow for the submission of notices exclusively by electronic means in the language of the linguistic region in which the providers of hosting services are offering their services.
2021/09/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 403 #

2020/0361(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 15 – paragraph 1
1. Where a provider of hosting services decides to remove or disable access to specific items of information provided by the recipients of the service, irrespective of the means used for detecting, identifying or removing or disabling access to that information and of the reason for its decision, it shall inform the recipient in the language of the linguistic region in which the recipient of the service is established, at the latest at the time of the removal or disabling of access, of the decision and provide a clear and specific statement of reasons for that decision.
2021/09/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 423 #

2020/0361(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 2
2. Online platforms shall ensure that their internal complaint-handling systems are easy to access, user-friendly and enable and facilitate the submission of sufficiently precise and adequately substantiated complaints. The internal complaint- handling system shall be set up in the language of the linguistic region in which the online platform is offering its services.
2021/09/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 427 #

2020/0361(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 4
4. Online platforms shall inform complainants without undue delay, in the language of the linguistic region in which the complainant is established, of the decision they have taken in respect of the information to which the complaint relates and shall inform complainants of the possibility of out-of-court dispute settlement provided for in Article 18 and other available redress possibilities.
2021/09/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 435 #

2020/0361(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 18 – paragraph 6
6. This Article is without prejudice to Directive 2013/11/EU and alternative dispute resolution procedures and entities for consumers established under that Directive, and also does not affect the recipient’s right to settle disputes in court.
2021/09/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 446 #

2020/0361(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 19 – paragraph 6
6. The Digital Services Coordinator that awarded the status of trusted flagger to an entity shall revoke that status if it determines, following an investigation either on its own initiative or on the basis information received by third parties, including the information provided by an online platform pursuant to paragraph 5, that the entity no longer meets the conditions set out in paragraph 2. Before revoking that status, the Digital Services Coordinator shall afford the entity an opportunity to react to the findings of its investigation and its intention to revoke the entity’s status as trusted flagger in the language of the linguistic region in which the flagger is established.
2021/09/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 449 #

2020/0361(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 20 – paragraph 1
1. Online platforms shall suspend, for a reasonable period of time and after having issued a prior warning in the language of the linguistic region in which the online platform is offering its services, the provision of their services to recipients of the service that frequently provide manifestly illegal content.
2021/09/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 528 #

2020/0361(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 29 – paragraph 1
1. Very large online platforms that use recommender systems shall set out in their terms and conditions, in a clear, accessibla clear, accessible and easily comprehensible manner in their terms and conditions, which shall be drawn up in the land easily comprehensible mannerguage of the linguistic region in which they are offering their services, the main parameters used in their recommender systems, as well as any options for the recipients of the service to modify or influence those main parameters that they may have made available, including at least one option which is not based on profiling, within the meaning of Article 4 (4) of Regulation (EU) 2016/679.
2021/09/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 572 #

2020/0361(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 44 – paragraph 1
1. Digital Services Coordinators shall draw up an annual report on their activities under this Regulation, at least in the language of the linguistic region in which the digital services are being offered. They shall make the annual reports available to the public, and shall communicate them to the Commission and to the Board.
2021/09/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 76 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Citation 1
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 114 and Article 192 (1) thereof,
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 129 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 7 – indent 4
— is neither an electric vehicle battery, nor a light electric vehicle battery nor an automotive battery;
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 131 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 7 – indent 4 a (new)
- including toys equipped with a battery as specified in the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC (TSD).
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 136 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 9
(9) ‘light means of transport’ means wheeled vehicles that have an electric motor of less than 750 watts, on which travellers are seated when the vehicle is moving and that can be powered by the electric motor alone or by a combination of motor and human power battery’ means any battery in wheeled vehicles that can be powered by the electric motor alone or by a combination of motor and human power, including vehicles of type- approved categories provided for in Regulation (EU) No 168/2013 and with a weight below 25 kg;
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 140 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 12
(12) ‘electric vehicle battery’ means any battery specifically designed to provide traction to hybrid and electric vehicles for road transport; a vehicle of category L as provided for in Regulation (EU) No 168/2013 and with a weight above 25 kg, or to a vehicle of categories M, N or O as provided for in Directive 2007/46/EC;
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 145 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point 26 a (new)
(26 a) 'preparing for repurposing' means any operation by which parts of or a complete waste battery is prepared so that it can be used for a different purpose or application than that which the battery was originally designed for;
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 149 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – title
CarbonProduct environmental footprint of electric vehicle batteries and rechargeable industrial batteries
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 151 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 1 – introductory part
1. Electric vehicle batteries and rechargeable industrial batteries with internal storage and a capacity above 2 kWh shall be accompanied by technical documentation that includes, for each battery model and batch per manufacturing plant, a carbonproduct environmental footprint declaration drawn up in accordance with the delegated act referred to in the second sub-paragraph and containing, at least, the following information:
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 162 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2 – point a
(a) a delegated act in accordance with Article 73 to supplement this Regulation by establishing the methodology to calculate the total carbonproduct environmental footprint of the battery referred to in point (d), in accordance with the essential elements set out in Annex II;
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 163 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2 – point b
(b) an implementing act establishing the format for the carbonproduct environmental footprint declaration referred to in the first subparagraph. That implementing act shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 74(3).
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 165 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 2 – introductory part
2. Electric vehicle batteries and rechargeable industrial batteries with internal storage and a capacity above 2 kWh shall bear a conspicuous, clearly legible and indelible label indicating the carbonproduct environmental footprint performance class that the individual battery corresponds to.
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 170 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2
The carbonproduct environmental footprint performance class requirements in the first subparagraph shall apply as of 1 January 2026 for electric vehicle batteries and for rechargeable industrial batteries.
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 173 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 3 – point a
(a) a delegated act in accordance with Article 73 to supplement this Regulation by establishing the carbonproduct environmental footprint performance classes referred to in the first subparagraph. In preparing that delegated act, the Commission shall take into account the relevant essential elements set out in Annex II;
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 174 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 3 – point b
(b) an implementing act establishing the formats for the labelling referred to in the first subparagraph and the format for the declaration on the carbonproduct environmental footprint performance class referred to in the second subparagraph. That implementing act shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 74(3).
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 175 #

2020/0353(COD)

3. Electric vehicle batteries and rechargeable industrial batteries with internal storage and a capacity above 2 kWh shall, for each battery model and batch per manufacturing plant, be accompanied by technical documentation demonstrating that the declared life cycle carbonproduct environmental footprint value, is below the maximum threshold established in the delegated act adopted by the Commission pursuant to the third subparagraph.
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 180 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1
The requirement for a maximum life cycle carbonproduct environmental footprint threshold in the first subparagraph shall apply as of 1 July 2027 for electric vehicle batteries and for rechargeable industrial batteries.
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 181 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 2
The Commission shall, no later than 1 July 2026, adopt a delegated act in accordance with Article 73 to supplement this Regulation by determining the maximum life cycle carbonproduct environmental footprint threshold referred to in the first subparagraph. In preparing that delegated act, the Commission shall take into account the relevant essential elements set out in Annex II.
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 183 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 3
The introduction of a maximum life cycle carbonproduct environmental footprint threshold shall trigger, if necessary, a reclassification of the carbonproduct environmental footprint performance classes of the batteries referred to in paragraph 2.
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 253 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 11 – paragraph 2 – point b
(b) the functioning of the battery is only possible when the battery is integrated into the structure of the appliance.deleted
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 321 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 46 – paragraph 1 a (new)
1 a. The operator carrying out repurposing or remanufacturing operations of batteries shall be obliged to register for repurposed or remanufactured batteries that he makes available on the market for the first time within the territory of a Member State. He shall to that end submit an application in the Member States where he makes repurposed or remanufactured batteries available for the first time.
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 322 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 47 – paragraph 1 – introductory part
1. Producers of batteries shall have extended producer responsibility for batteries that they make available on the market for the first time within the territory of a Member State, to ensure the attainment ofcompliance with the wWaste management obligations set out in this Chapter. This responsibility shall include the obligation to:Directive (EU) 2018/851, notably Articles 8 and 8a thereof.
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 324 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 47 – paragraph 1 – point a
(a) organise the separate collection of waste batteries in accordance with Article 48 and Article 49 and the subsequent transport, preparation for repurposing and remanufacturing, treatment and recycling of waste batteries, including the necessary safety measures, in accordance with Article 56;deleted
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 325 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 47 – paragraph 1 – point b
(b) report on obligations relating to batteries made available on the market for the first time within the territory of a Member State in accordance with Article 61;deleted
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 326 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 47 – paragraph 1 – point c
(c) promote the separate collection of batteries, including by covering the costs of carrying out surveys to identify batteries discarded inappropriately by end-users in accordance with Article 48(1);deleted
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 327 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 47 – paragraph 1 – point d
(d) provide information including end-of-life information about batteries in accordance with Article 60;deleted
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 328 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 47 – paragraph 1 – point e
(e) finance the activities referred to in points (a) to (d).deleted
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 329 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 47 – paragraph 6 – introductory part
6. PA producer or a producer responsibility organisations shall apply for an authorisation from the competent authority. The authorisation shall be granted only where it is demonstrated that the measures put in place by the producer responsibility organisation are sufficient to meet the obligations set out in this Article with regard to the amount of batteries made available on the market for the first time within the territory of a Member State by the producers on whose behalf it acts. The competent authority shall in regular intervals, verify whether the conditions for the authorisation laid down in paragraphs 1, 3, 4 and 5 continue to be met. The competent authorities shall fix the details of the authorisation procedure and the modalities for verifying compliance, including the information to be provided by the producers or a producer responsibility organisation to that end.
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 330 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 47 – paragraph 7
7. In order to demonstrate compliance with paragraph 3(a), producers or, where appointed in accordance with paragraph 2, producer responsibility organisations acting on their behalf, shall provide a guarantee which may take the form of a recycling insurance or a blocked bank account, or participation by the producer in a producer responsibility organisation. The Commission shall, by 31 December 2023, adopt an implementing act in order to establish detailed rules regarding the scope and the calculation of the guarantee.
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 333 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 47 – paragraph 12 a (new)
12 a. The operator carrying out repurposing or remanufacturing operations of batteries shall have extended producer responsibility for repurposed or remanufactured batteries that he makes available on the market for the first time within the territory of a Member State to ensure the attainment of the waste management obligations set out in this Chapter.
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 334 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 47 – paragraph 13
13. Articles 8 and 8a of Directive 2008/98/EC shall not apply to batteries.deleted
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 344 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 48 – paragraph 12
12. Every five years the Member States shall carry out a compositional survey at least at NUTS 2 level of collected mixed municipal waste and waste electric and electronic equipment streams to determine the share of waste portable batteries therein. The first survey shall be carried out by 31 December 2023. On the basis of the information obtained, the competent authorities may require, when granting or reviewing an authorisation under paragraphs 6 and 10 that the producers of portable batteries or producer responsibility organisations take corrective action to increase their network of connected collection points and carry out information campaigns in accordance with Article 60(1) in proportion to the share of waste portable batteries in mixed municipal waste and waste electric and electronic equipment streams detected in the survey.
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 366 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 59 – title
59 Requirements related to the repurposing and remanufacturing of light means of transport batteries, industrial batteries and electric-vehicle batteries
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 398 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex VI – Part A – paragraph 1 – point 6 a (new)
6 a. weight of the battery;
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 410 #

2020/0353(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex XII – Part A – point 4 a (new)
4 a. Mercury shall be separated during treatment and recycling into an identifiable stream, which is given a safe destination and can not cause adverse effects on humans or the environment.
2021/09/09
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 8 #

2020/0320(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 3
(3) On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. From the challenges experienced in responding to the pandemic it became clear that the Centre’s role in the Union’s framework for health crisis preparedness and response should be strengthened in order to better use the potential of the Union's and the Member States' capacities to respond to future pandemics.
2021/03/23
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 9 #

2020/0320(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 3 a (new)
(3 a) European action is targeted to delivering added value, in support and respect of the Member States' competences. Strengthening the existing Union level structures and expertise, ensuring coherence and synergies and avoiding duplication are essential.
2021/03/23
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 10 #

2020/0320(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 3 b (new)
(3 b) The relationship between the ECDC, EU4Health, the European Medicines Agency and the WHO has to be performant, coherent and seamless and needs to avoid duplication and overlap, both regarding the mandate and the budget.
2021/03/23
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 27 #

2020/0320(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 2
Regulation (EC) No 851/2004
Article 3 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 3
In pursuing its mission, the Centre shall take full account of the responsibilities and competences of the Member States, the Commission and other Union bodies or agencies, and of the responsibilities of international organisations active within the field of public health, in order to ensure comprehensiveness, coherence and complementarity of action, to avoid duplication and to ensure that the principle of subsidiarity is respected.
2021/03/23
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 35 #

2020/0320(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 4
Regulation (EC) No 851/2004
Article 5 – paragraph 4 – point d
(d) monitor and assesssupport the competent authorities in the Member States in their assessment of their health systems’ capacity for diagnosis, prevention and treatment of specific communicable diseases as well as patients’ safety;
2021/03/23
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 37 #

2020/0320(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 5
Regulation (EC) No 851/2004
Article 5a – paragraph 2
2. TIn close cooperation with the competent authorities in the Member States, the European Medicines Agency and other relevant Union bodies and agencies, as well as with international organisations, the Centre shall develop a framework for the prevention of communicable diseases and special issues, including vaccine preventable diseases, antimicrobial resistance, health education, health literacy and behaviour change.
2021/03/23
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 38 #

2020/0320(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 6
Regulation (EC) No 851/2004
Article 5b – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2 – point i
(i) support the competent authorities in the Member States to assess health systems’ capacity to detect, prevent, respond to and recover from outbreaks of communicable diseases, identify gaps and provide recommendations for the strengthening of health systems, to be implemented with Union support as appropriate;
2021/03/23
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 136 #

2020/0267(COD)

Draft legislative resolution
Citation 5
— having regard to the opinion of the European Central Bank of 28 April 20212 , _________________ 2 OJ C xxx, xx.x.2021, p. xx.
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 137 #

2020/0267(COD)

— having regard to opinion 6/2021 of the European Data Protection Supervisor of 23 April 2021,
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 150 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 5
(5) In order to allow for the development of crypto-assets that qualify as financial instruments andbased on DLT, while preserving a high level of financial stability, market integrity, transparency and investor protection, it would be useful to create a pilot regime for DLT market infrastructures. A pilot regime for DLT market infrastructures should allow such DLT market infrastructures to be temporarily exempted from some specific requirements under the Union financial services legislation that could otherwise prevent them from developing solutions for the trading and settlement of transactions in crypto-assets that qualify as financial instruments. The pilot regime should also enable the European Securities and Markets Authorities (ESMA) and competent authorities to gain experience on the opportunities and specific risks created by crypto-assets that qualify as financial instruments, and by their underlying technologycreation of the pilot regime should be without prejudice to the tasks and responsibilities of the European Central Bank (ECB) and the national central banks in the European System of Central Banks (ESCB), set out in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and in the statutes of the ESCB and of the ECB, to promote the smooth operation of payment systems and to ensure efficient and sound clearing and payment systems within the Union and with third countries. The pilot regime should also enable the European Securities and Markets Authorities (ESMA) and competent authorities to gain experience on the opportunities and specific risks created by crypto-assets that qualify as financial instruments, and by their underlying technology. The experience gained with the pilot regime should therefore help to identify possible practical proposals for a suitable regulatory framework in order to make targeted adjustments to existing Union law involving the issuance, safekeeping and asset servicing, trading and settlement of financial instruments based on DLT.
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 161 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 6 a (new)
(6 a) Where CSDs operated by members of the ESCB, by Member States’ national bodies performing similar functions, or by other public bodies charged with or intervening in the management of public debt in the Union, operate a DLT SSS, they should not be required to seek specific exemptions or permissions from a competent authority, since such CSDs are not required to report to competent authorities or to comply with their orders, and are subject to a limited set of requirements under Regulation (EU) No 909/2014, in accordance with Article 1(4) of that Regulation.
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 241 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 44 a (new)
(44 a) The operation of DLT market infrastructures could involve the processing of personal data. Any processing of personal data under this Regulation should be carried out in accordance with applicable Union law on the protection of personal data. This Regulation is without prejudice to the rights and obligations under Regulations (EU) 2016/6791a and (EU) 2018/17251b. _________________ 1aRegulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation) (OJ L 119, 4.5.2016, p. 1). 1bRegulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 and Decision No 1247/2002/EC (OJ L 295, 21.11.2018, p. 39).
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 316 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 3 – point a
(a) guarantees, in accordance with Article 37(2) and (3) of Regulation (EU) No 909/2014, that the number of DLT transferable securities in an issue or in part of an issue admitted by the investment firm or market operator operating the DLT MTFTSS, is equal to the sum of DLT transferable securities making up such an issue or part of an issue, recorded on the DLT, at any given time;
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 319 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 3 – point d
(d) provides, in accordance with Article 39(5) of Regulation (EU) No 909/2014, clear, accurate and timely information in relation to the settlement of transactions, including settlement finality, by defining the moment from which transfer orders or other pre-identified instructions may not be revoked by a member, participant, issuer or client;
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 327 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 3 – point g
(g) either prevents or, if not possible, addresses settlement fails, in accordance with Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 909/2014 and Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2018/1229*. _________________ * Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2018/1229 of 25 May 2018 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 909/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to regulatory technical standards on settlement discipline (OJ L 230, 13.9.2018, p. 1).
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 341 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 3 – introductory part
3. At its request, a CSD operating a DLT securities settlement systemSSS may be exempted by the competent authority from the application of Article 19 and Article 30 of Regulation (EU) No 909/2014, in relation only to the outsourcing of a core service to a third party, and from Article 30 of that Regulation, provided that:
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 349 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 5 – subparagraph 1
The settlement of the payments may leg shall be carried out through central bank money, where practicable and available, or where not practicable and available, through commercial bank money, including commercial bank money in a token-based form, or in e-money tokens.
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 354 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 5 – subparagraph 2
Where settlement occurs through commercial bank money or e-money tokens, the investment firm or market operatorCSD operating thea DLT MTFSSS shall identify, measure, monitor, manage, and minimise any counterparty risk arising from the use of such money, also taking into account any risk arising from the designation or non-designation of the DLT SSS as a system for the purposes of Directive 98/26/EC and of paragraph 8 of this Article.
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 372 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1
They shall also have up-to-date, clear and detailed publically available written documentation, which may be made available by electronic means, defining the rules under which the DLT market infrastructures and their operators shall operate, including the agreed upon associated legal terms defining the rights, obligations, responsibilities and liabilities of the operator of the DLT market infrastructure, as well as that of the members, participants, issuers and/or clients using the DLT market infrastructure concerned. Such legal arrangements shall specify the governing law, the pre- litigation dispute settlement mechanism, any insolvency protection measures under Directive 98/26/EC and the jurisdiction for bringing legal action.
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 382 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 2
2. A CSD operating a DLT securities settlement systemSSS, and an investment firm or a market operator operating a DLT MTFTSS requesting an exemption from Article 3(2) of Regulation (EU) No 909/2014, shall establish rules on the functioning of the DLT they operate, including the rules for accessing the distributed ledger technology, the participation of the validating nodes, addressing potential conflicts of interest, and risk management including any mitigation measures., or document, as appropriate:
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 383 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 2 – point a (new)
(a) rules on the functioning of the DLT they operate, including the rules for accessing the distributed ledger technology, the participation of the validating nodes, addressing potential conflicts of interest, and risk management including any mitigation measures; and
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 384 #

2020/0267(COD)

(b) measures to mitigate the risks arising from insolvency, where insolvency protection measures under Directive 98/26/EC do not apply.
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 401 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 3 – introductory part
3. Before deciding on an application for a specific permission to operate a DLT MTF under this Regulation, the competent authority of the home Member State shall notify and provide all relevant information on the DLT MTF to ESMA,, in the case of an application by a credit institution, to its prudential supervisor, including the ECB for significant credit institutions, and, in all cases, to ESMA, including an explanation of the exemptions requested, their justifications and any compensatory or corrective measures proposed by the applicant or required by the competent authority. In addition, where an applicant intends to provide any of the core services listed in Section A of the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 909/2014, before deciding on an application for a specific permission to operate a DLT MTF under this Regulation, the competent authority of the home Member State shall transmit all information included in the application to the relevant authorities specified in Article 12 of Regulation (EU) No 909/2014 and consult those authorities on the features of the securities settlement system operated by the applicant. A relevant authority may inform the competent authority of its views within three months of receipt of the information from the competent authority.
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 416 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 6 – introductory part
6. Without prejudice to Article 8 and Article 44 of Directive 2014/65/EU, the competent authority which granted a specific permission under this Regulation shall withdraw such permission or any of the exemptions granted, after consultation with ESMA and informing the relevant authorities specified in Article 12 of Regulation (EU) No 909/2014 and, in the case of a specific permission granted to a credit institution, its prudential supervisor, including the ECB for significant credit institutions, in accordance with paragraph 3, if any of the following has occurred:
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 432 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 8 – paragraph 3 – introductory part
3. Before deciding on an application for a specific permission to operate a DLT MTFSSS under this Regulation, the competent authority shall notify and provide all relevant information on the DLT securities settlement system to ESMA andSSS to the relevant authorities specified in Article 12 of Regulation (EU) No 909/2014 and shall consult those authorities on the features of the securities settlement system operated by the applicant and, in the case of an application by a credit institution, shall provide all such relevant information to the prudential supervisor, including the ECB for significant credit institutions, and, in all cases, to ESMA, including an explanation of the exemptions requested, their justification and any compensatory or corrective measures proposed by the applicant or required by the competent authority.
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 437 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 8 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1
Within three months of receipt of the notification, the relevant authorities specified in Article 12 of Regulation (EU) No 909/2014 may respond to the competent authority, and ESMA shall provide the competent authority with a non-binding opinion on the application and shall make any recommendations on the exemptions requested by the applicant, that are necessary to ensure investor protection, market integrity and financial stability. ESMA shall also promote the consistency and proportionality of exemptions granted by competent authorities to CSDs operating DLT securities settlement systems, across the Union. In order to do so, ESMA, shall consult the competent authorities of the other Member States in a timely manner and take the utmost account of their views in its opinion.
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 438 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 8 – paragraph 4 – introductory part
4. Without prejudice to Article 17 of Regulation (EU) No 909/2014, and after having informed the relevant authorities specified in Article 12 of Regulation (EU) No 909/2014 and, in the case of a credit institution, its prudential supervisor, including the ECB for significant credit institutions, a competent authority shall refuse to grant a specific permission under this Regulation, if there are grounds for believing any of the following:
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 450 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 9 – paragraph 1 – introductory part
1. Without prejudice to the application of any relevant provisions of Directive 2014/65/EU and Regulation (EU) No 909/2014, the operators of DLT market infrastructures shall cooperate with the competent authorities, including, in the case of credit institutions, their prudential supervisors, and including the ECB in the case of significant credit institutions, which are entrusted with granting specific permissions under this Regulation and with ESMA.
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 453 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 9 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – introductory part
In particular, immediately upon becoming aware of any of the matters listed below, the operators of DLT market infrastructures shall notify, the said competent authorities, including, in the case of credit institutions, their prudential supervisors, and including the ECB in the case of significant credit institutions, and ESMA, thereof. Such matters include, without limitation:
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 457 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 9 – paragraph 2
2. The operators of DLT market infrastructures shall provide the competent authority which granted the specific permission and ESMA with any relevant information they may require. In the case of a DLT SSS or a DLT TSS, the competent authority shall transmit information concerning the functioning of the securities settlement system to the relevant authorities specified in Article 12 of Regulation (EU) No 909/2014 as soon as possible.
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 459 #

2020/0267(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 9 – paragraph 4 – introductory part
4. Every six months from the date of the specific permission, the operator of a DLT market infrastructure shall submit a report to the competent authority and ESMAies, including, in the case of a credit institution, its prudential supervisor, and including the ECB in the case of significant credit institutions, and ESMA. In the case of a DLT SSS or a DLT TSS, the competent authority shall transmit that information to the relevant authorities specified in Article 12 of Regulation (EU) No 909/2014 as soon as possible. Such report shall include, without limitation:
2021/05/26
Committee: ECON
Amendment 70 #

2020/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 2 a (new)
(2a) The conclusions of the European Council of 17-21 July 2020 do not include the Solvency Support Instrument within the instruments forming the recovery package. This is a regrettable decision made by the Heads of State and Government, necessitated by a decision to prioritise funding elsewhere. Nevertheless, support especially for SMEs will continue to be needed in many Member States and in particular in smaller Member States, whose fiscal capacities are more limited.
2020/08/27
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 71 #

2020/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 2 b (new)
(2b) Businesses who find themselves in liquidity issues may find themselves unable to access public support and become targets for private equity investors from third countries. This represents a considerable threat to the strength of European economies and the innovative capacities of many Member States
2020/08/27
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 72 #

2020/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 2 c (new)
(2c) Solvent businesses able to withstand liquidity problems continue to face other challenges, including barriers to market access and regulatory burdens, which continue to place those companies at risk of collapse if the economic recovery falters.
2020/08/27
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 73 #

2020/0106(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 2 d (new)
(2d) Given the importance of securing the competitive position of European companies, assets and innovative capacity, together with the need to support Member States across the Union in supporting their national economies and by extension the Single Market, the proposal for the Solvency Support Instrument remains a relevant intervention should the need for further instruments to bolster the recovery be identified
2020/08/27
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 183 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 6
(6) Past experiences have shown that investment is often drastically cut during crises. However, it is essential to support investment in this particular situation to speed up the recovery and strengthen long- term growth potential. Investing in green and digital technologies, higher-risk activities such as research and innovation, capacities and processes aimed at assisting clean energy transition, boosting energy efficiency in housing and other key sectors of the economic are important to achieve sustainable growth and help create jobs. It will also help make the Union more resilient and less dependent by diversifying key supply chains.
2020/09/22
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 232 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 10 a (new)
(10a) The Facility should not substitute recurring national spending and Member States should maintain at least the same level of its public investment compared to the average level of its public investment in the five previous years. Member States that allow significant reversals of the reforms supported by the Facility should repay the amounts it received for these reforms.
2020/09/22
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 378 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 18 a (new)
(18a) In preparing and implementing their Recovery and Resilience Plans and in proposing reforms and investments Member States should consider Article 107 TFEU and the State aid framework and its restrictions. The proper functioning of the internal market and its competition and State aid rules are to the benefit of European consumers and businesses and are necessary to avoid undue distortions of competition. The Commission should therefore continue to perform its role under the Treaties to ensure a level playing field in the internal market.
2020/09/22
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 412 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 21
(21) In order to ensure the national ownership and a focus on relevant reforms and investments, Member States wishing to receive support should submit to the Commission a recovery and resilience plan that is duly reasoned and substantiated, substantiated and takes into account regional and local preferences to make sure real needs on the ground are met . The recovery and resilience plan should set out the detailed set of measures for its implementation, including targets and milestones, and the expected impact of the recovery and resilience plan on growth potential, job creation and economic and social resilience; it should also include measures that are relevant for the green and the digital transitions; it should also include an explanation of the consistency of the proposed recovery and resilience plan with the relevant country-specific challenges and priorities identified in the context of the European Semester. Close cooperation between the Commission and the Member States should be sought and achieved throughout the process.
2020/09/22
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 465 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 27 a (new)
(27a) Given the short-term focus and the emphasis being placed on the national envelopes in the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility, there is a risk that the implementation of the funds merely to meet the deadline would be prioritised over the control and the scrutiny of the initial purpose of the Facility.
2020/09/22
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 1083 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 16 – paragraph 3 – introductory part
3. The Commission shall assess the importance and coherence of the recovery and resilience plan and its contribution to the green and digital transitions, and their contribution to the achievement of a sound medium-term budgetary position which ensures the sustainability of public finances or a rapid progress towards such sustainability and for that purpose, shall take into account the following criteria:
2020/09/25
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 1104 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 16 – paragraph 3 – point a
(a) whether the recovery and resilience plan is expected to contribute to effectively address challenges identified in the relevant country-specific recommendations including fiscal aspects addressed to the Member State concerned or in other relevant documents officially adopted by the Commission in the European Semester;
2020/09/25
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 1182 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 16 – paragraph 3 – point e
(e) whether the justification provided by the Member State on the amount of the estimated total costs of the recovery and resilience plan submitted is reasonable and plausible and is commensuratest-efficient with a view to the expected impact on the economy and employment;
2020/09/25
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 1438 #

2020/0104(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 23 – paragraph 2
2. The performance reporting system shall ensure that data for monitoring the implementation of the activities and results are collected efficiently, effectively, and in a timely manner. To that end, proportionate reporting requirements shall be imposed on recipientthe final beneficiaries of Union funding.
2020/09/25
Committee: BUDGECON
Amendment 55 #

2020/0102(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 3
(3) Article 168 TFEU provides that the Union is to complement and support national health policies, encourage cooperation between Member States and promote the coordination between their programmes, in full respect of the responsibilities of the Member States for the definition ofcompetent authorities in each Member State to define their own health policiesy and theo organisation and delivery ofe, deliver and manage health services and medical care.
2020/07/17
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 57 #

2020/0102(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 6
(6) While Member States are responsible for their health policies, they are expected to protect public health in a spirit of European solidarity8 . Experience from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated that there is a need for a further firm action at Union levelscope for the Union to better deliver on public health policy within the existing parameters of the Treaties to support cooperation and coordination among the Member States in order to improve the prevention and control of the spread of severe human diseases across borders, to develop, test and make available products for the prevention and treatment of diseases, to combat other serious cross- border threats to health and to safeguard the health and well-being of people in the Union. _________________ 8 Communication to the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council, the European Central Bank, the European Investment Bank and the Eurogroup on coordinated economic response to the COVID-19 outbreak, COM(2020)112 final of 13.03.220.
2020/07/17
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 65 #

2020/0102(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 13
(13) The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted many challenges in ensuring the supply of medicines, medical devices as well as personal protective equipment needed in the Union during the pandemics. Noting, in particular, its dependency on third countries for manufacturing capacity, the supply of active pharmaceutical ingredients and starting materials. The Programme therefore should provide support to actions which foster the production, procurement and management of crisis relevant products ensuring complementarity with other Union instruments.
2020/07/17
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 71 #

2020/0102(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 20
(20) The Programme will work in synergy and complementarity with other EU policies, programmes and funds such as actions implemented under the Digital Europe Programme, Horizon Europe, rescEU reserve under the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, Emergency Support Instrument, European Social Fund+ (ESF+, including as regards synergies on better protecting the health and safety of millions of workers in the EU), including the Employment and Social Innovation Strand (EaSI), the InvestEU fund, Single Market Programme, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Recovery and Resilience Facility including the Reform Delivery Tool, Erasmus, European Solidarity Corps, Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency (SURE), and EU external action instruments, such as the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument and the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance III. Where appropriate, common rules will be established in view of ensuring consistency and complementarity between funds, avoiding any overlap or duplication of financing, while making sure that specificities of these policies are respected, and in view of aligning with the strategic requirements of these policies, programmes and funds, such as the enabling conditions under ERDF and ESF+.
2020/07/17
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 74 #

2020/0102(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 25
(25) The Union health legislation has an immediate impact on public health, the lives of citizens, the efficiency and resilience of the health systems and the good functioning of the internal market. The regulatory framework for medical products and technologies (medicinal products, medical devices and substances of human origin), as well as for tobacco legislation, patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare and serious cross-border threats to health is essential to health protection in the Union. The Programme therefore should support the development, implementation and enforcement of Union health legislation, working in conjunction with key partners such as the European Medicines Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and provide high quality, comparable and reliable data to underpin policymaking and monitoring.
2020/07/17
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 85 #

2020/0102(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point 1
(1) strengthen the capability of the Unionin full accordance with Article 168(5) of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union, strengthen the capability of the Union, including the European Medicines Agency and the European Centre for Disease Control, for prevention, preparedness and response to serious cross-border threats to health, and the management of health crises, including through coordination, provision and deployment of emergency health care capacity, data gathering and surveillance;
2020/07/17
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 91 #

2020/0102(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 8 – paragraph 1
1. The Programme shall be implemented in direct management in accordance with Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2018/1046 or in indirect management with the bodies referred to in Article 62(1) (c) of Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2018/1046, to ensure there is no overlap or duplication with other funding programmes at the Union level.
2020/07/17
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 96 #

2020/0102(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 18 – paragraph 1
The Programme shall be implemented byCommission shall adopt, by means of implementing acts in accordance with article 23 (2), annual work programmes referred to in Article 110 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2018/1046. Work programmes shall set out, where applicable, the overall amount reserved for blending operations.
2020/07/17
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 89 #

2020/0066(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 3
Regulation (EU) No 575/2013
Article 500a – paragraph 1
By way of derogation from Article 47c(3), until [date of entry into force of this amending Regulation + 7 years] the factors set out in Article 47c(4) shall also apply to the part of the non-performing exposure guaranteed or counter-guaranteed by an eligible provider referred to in points (a) to (e) of Article 201(1), where, subject to compliance with Union State aid rules, where applicable, the guarantee or counter- guarantee is provided as part of support measures to assist borrowers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The following additional conditions apply to this derogation: (a) eligible public providers referred to in point b of art 201(1) are treated as exposures to the central government in whose jurisdiction they are established under Article 115(2) that would be assigned a 0%- risk weight under Part Three, Title II, Chapter 2; (b) eligible public providers referred to in point e of art 201(1) are treated as exposures to the central government in whose jurisdiction they are established under Article 116(4) that would be assigned a 0%- risk weight under Part Three, Title II, Chapter 2; (c) eligible guarantors referred to in points c and d of art 201(1) would be assigned a 0%- risk weight under Part Three, Title II, Chapter 2.
2020/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 93 #

2020/0066(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 3
1a. By way of derogation from Article 114(2), for exposures to the central governments and central banks of Member States denominated and funded in the domestic currency of another Member State: (a) until 31 December 2022, the risk weight applied to the exposure values shall be 0 % of the risk weight assigned to those exposures in accordance with Article 114(2); (b) during the period from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023, the risk weight applied to the exposure values shall be 20 % of the risk weight assigned to those exposures in accordance with Article 114(2); (c) during the period from 1 January 2024 to 31 December 2024, the risk weight applied to the exposure values shall be 50 % of the risk weight assigned to those exposures in accordance with Article 114(2); (d) during the period beginning 1 January 2025 and thereafter, the risk weight applied to the exposure values shall be 100 % of the risk weight assigned to those exposures in accordance with Article 114(2).
2020/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 98 #

2020/0066(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point 3
Regulation (EU) No 575/2013
Article 500a – paragraph 1b (new)
1b. By way of derogation from Articles 395(1) and 493(4), competent authorities may allow institutions to incur exposures referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article, up to the following limits: (a) 100 % of the institution’s Tier 1 capital until 31 December 2023; (b) 75 % of the institution’s Tier 1 capital until 31 December 2024; (c) 50 % of the institution’s Tier 1 capital until 31 December 2025. The limits referred to in points (a), (b) and (c) of the first subparagraph of this paragraph shall apply to exposure values after taking into account the effect of the credit risk mitigation in accordance with Articles 399 to 403.
2020/05/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 64 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Citation 5 a (new)
Having regard to the non-paper and the formal legal opinion of the European Parliament's Legal Service on the exercise of the delegation of power;
2020/06/04
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 86 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 6
(6) Achieving climate neutrality should require a contribution from all economic sectors, including aviation and maritime transport. In light of the importance of energy production and consumption on greenhouse gas emissions, the transition to a sustainable, affordable and secure energy system relying on a well-functioning internal energy market is essential. Nuclear energy plays a role in meeting the objective of climate neutrality at EU level by 2050, as the second largest source of low-carbon electricity production globally (after hydropower). Failure to invest in this technology will make the low carbon transition significantly harder and more costly. The digital transformation, technological innovation, and research and development are also importantthe main drivers for achieving the climate-neutrality objective. It remains crucial not to exclude a priori certain technologies.
2020/06/04
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 98 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 6 a (new)
(6 a) Over half of CO2 emissions are material related. The transition to a circular economy is crucial to ensure the retention of value throughout various chains and to close material loops.
2020/06/04
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 103 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 10
(10) Climate change is a global challenge, which requires international cooperation and similar efforts from various parties. The Union is a global leader in the transition towards climate neutrality, and is determined to help raise global ambition and to strengthen the global response to climate change, using all tools at its disposal, including climate diplomacy. A realistic approach which actually fosters sustainable, competitive growth and prosperity is crucial.
2020/06/04
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 109 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 11
(11) The European Parliament called for the necessary transition to a climate-neutral society by 2050 at the latest and for this to be made into a European success story33 and has declared a climate and environment emergency3433 . The European Council, in its Conclusions of 12 December 201935 , has agreed on the objective of achieving a climate-neutral Union by 2050, in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement, while also recognising that it is necessary to put in place an enabling framework and that the transition will require significant public and private investment. The European Council also invited the Commission to prepare a proposal for the Union’s long- term strategy as early as possible in 2020 with a view to its adoption by the Council and its submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. _________________ 33European Parliament resolution of 15 January 2020 on the European Green Deal (2019/2956(RSP)). 34European Parliament resolution of 28 November 2019 on the climate and environment emergency (2019/2930(RSP)). 35 Conclusions adopted by the European Council at its meeting on 12 December 2019, EUCO 29/19, CO EUR 31, CONCL 9.
2020/06/04
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 120 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 12
(12) The Union should aim to achieve a balance between anthropogenic economy- wide emissions and removals, through natural and technological solutions, of greenhouse gases domestically within the Unionat EU level by 2050. The Union-wide 2050 climate-neutrality objective should be pursued by all Member States collectively, and the Member States, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission should take the necessary measures to enable its achievement. Measures at Union level will constitute an important part of the measures needed to achieve the objective.
2020/06/04
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 149 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 17
(17) The Commission, in its Communication ‘The European Green Deal’, announced its intention to assess and make proposals for increasing the Union’s greenhouse gas emission reduction target for 2030 to ensure its consistency with the climate-neutrality objective for 2050. In that Communication, the Commission underlined that all Union policies should contribute to the climate-neutrality objective and that all sectors should play their part. By September 2020, the Commission should, based on a comprehensive and robust impact assessment, taking into account the socio- economic impact of the COVID-19-crisis and taking into account its analysis of the integrated national energy and climate plans submitted to the Commission in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 of the European Parliament and of the Council36 , review the Union’s 2030 target for climate and explore options for a new 2030 target of 50 to 55 % emission reductions compared with 1990 levels. Where it considers necessary to amend the Union’s 2030 target, it should make proposals to the European Parliament and to the Council to amend this Regulation as appropriate. In addition, the Commission should, by 30 June 2021, assess how the Union legislation implementing that target would need to be amended in order to achieve emission reductions of 50 to 55 % compared to 1990. _________________ 36Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2018 on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action, amending Regulations (EC) No 663/2009 and (EC) No 715/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council, Directives 94/22/EC, 98/70/EC, 2009/31/EC, 2009/73/EC, 2010/31/EU, 2012/27/EU and 2013/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, Council Directives 2009/119/EC and (EU) 2015/652 and repealing Regulation (EU) No 525/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 328, 21.12.2018, p. 1).
2020/06/04
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 154 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 17 a (new)
(17 a) Member States remain responsible for their own emission reduction commitments and cost-efficient contributions to the EU's climate neutrality objective, spelled out in their long-term strategies.
2020/06/04
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 161 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 18
(18) To ensure the Union and the Member States remain on track to achieve the climate-neutrality objective at EU level and progress on adaptation, the Commission should regularly assess progress. Should the collective progress made by Member States towards the achievement of the climate-neutrality objectiveir long-term strategies or on adaptation be insufficient or Union measures inconsistent with the climate- neutrality objective at EU level or inadequate to enhance adaptive capacity, strengthen resilience or reduce vulnerability, the Commission should take the necessary measures in accordance with the Treaties. The Commission should also regularly assess relevant national measures, and issue recommendations where it finds that a Member State’s measures are inconsistent with the climate-neutrality objectiveir long-term strategies or inadequate to enhance adaptive capacity, strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change.
2020/06/04
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 180 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 21
(21) In order to provide predictability and confidence for all economic actors, including businesses, workers, investors and consumers, to ensure that the transition towards climate neutrality is irreversible, to ensure gradual reduction over time and to assist in the assessment of the consistency of measures and progress with the climate- neutrality objective, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union should be delegated to the Commission to set out a trajectory for achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions in the Union by 2050. It is of particular importance that the Commission carries out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level, and that those consultations be conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in the Interinstitutional Agreement of 13 April 2016 on Better Law-Making37 . In particular, to ensure equal participation in the preparation of delegated acts, the European Parliament and the Council receive all documents at the same time as Member States' experts, and their experts systematically have access to meetings of Commission expert groups dealing with the preparation of delegated acts. _________________ 37 OJ L 123, 12.5.2016, p. 1Commission should assess the options for a trajectory for achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions at EU level by 2050. Consequently, the Commission can bring forward legislative proposals to the European Parliament and the Council, where appropriate.
2020/06/04
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 209 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1
This Regulation establishes a framework for the irreversible and gradual reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and enhancement of removals by natural or other sinks in the Unionat EU level.
2020/06/04
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 216 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 2
This Regulation sets out a binding objective of climate neutrality in the Unionat EU level by 2050 in pursuit of the long-term temperature goal set out in Article 2 of the Paris Agreement, and provides a framework for achieving progress in pursuit of the global adaptation goal established in Article 7 of the Paris Agreement.
2020/06/04
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 230 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 2
2. The relevant Union institutions and the Member States shall take the necessary measures at Union and national level respectively, to enable the collective achievement of the climate-neutrality objective at EU level set out in paragraph 1, taking into account the importance of promoting fairness and solidarity among Member States, the principle of cost- efficiency and Member States' potential for CO2 storage.
2020/06/04
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 239 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 2 a (new)
2 a. Member States remain responsible for their own emission reduction commitments. Member States define their contribution to the objective of climate neutrality at EU level in their long-term strategies;
2020/06/04
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 248 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 3
3. By September 2020, based on a comprehensive and robust impact assessment which takes into account the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19- crisis, the Commission shall review the Union’s 2030 target for climate referred to in Article 2(11) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 in light of the climate-neutrality objective set out in Article 2(1), and explore options for a new 2030 target of 50 to 55% emission reductions compared to 1990. Where the Commission considers that it is necessary to amend that target, it shall make proposals to the European Parliament and to the Council as appropriate.
2020/06/04
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 263 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 4
4. By 30 June 2021, the Commission shall assess how the Union legislation implementing the Union’s 2030 target would need to be amended in order to enable the achievement of 50 to 55 % emission reductions compared to 1990 and to achieve the climate-neutrality-objective set out in Article 2(1), and consider taking the necessary measures, including the adoption of legislative proposals, in accordance with the Treaties.
2020/06/04
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 284 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 1
1. The Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 9 to supplement this Regulation by setting outshall assess the options for a trajectory at Union level to achieve the climate-neutrality objective at EU level set out in Article 2(1) until 2050 and bring forward legislative proposals where appropriate. At the latest within six months after each global stocktake referred to in Article 14 of the Paris Agreement, the Commission shall review the trajectory and bring forward legislative proposals where appropriate.
2020/06/04
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 380 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point a
(a) the consistency of national measures identifwith Member States' long-term strategieds, on the basis of the National Energy and Climate Plans or the Biennial Progress Reports submitted in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1999, identified as relevant for the achievement of the climate-neutrality objective set out in Article 2(1) with that objective as expressed by the trajectory referred to in Article 3(1);
2020/06/04
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 389 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 2
2. Where the Commission finds, under due consideration of the collective progress assessed in accordance with Article 5(1), that a Member State’s measures are inconsistent with that objective as expressed by the trajectory referred to in Article 3(1)eir long-term strategies or inadequate to ensure progress on adaptation as referred to in Article 4, it may issue recommendations to that Member State. The Commission shall make such recommendations publicly available.
2020/06/04
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 415 #

2020/0036(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 9
1. The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 3(1) is conferred on the Commission subject to the conditions laid down in this Article. 2. The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 3(1) shall be conferred on the Commission for an indeterminate period of time from …[OP: date of entry into force of this Regulation]. 3. The delegation of power referred to in Article 3(1) may be revoked at any time by the European Parliament or by the Council. A decision to revoke shall put an end to the delegation of the power specified in that decision. It shall take effect the day following the publication of the decision in the Official Journal of the European Union or at a later date specified therein. It shall not affect the validity of any delegated acts already in force. 4. Before adopting a delegated act, the Commission shall consult experts designated by each Member State in accordance with the principles laid down in the Interinstitutional Agreement of 13 April 2016 on Better Law-Making. 5. As soon as it adopts a delegated act, the Commission shall notify it simultaneously to the European Parliament and to the Council. 6. A delegated act adopted pursuant to Article 3 shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed either by the European Parliament or the Council within a period of two months of notification of that act to the European Parliament and to the Council or if, before the expiry of that period, the European Parliament and the Council have both informed the Commission that they will not object. That period shall be extended by two months at the initiative of the European Parliament or of the Council.Article 9 deleted Exercise of the delegation
2020/06/04
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 59 #

2019/2214(BUD)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24
24. Recalls the need to find a solution for a single seat for the Parliament at a vast majority of Parliament expressed in various resolutions support for a single seat to ensure efficient spending order to optimise parliamentary and institutional work and reduce significant political and financial costs and the carbon footprif Union taxpayers money and to assume its institutional responsibility to reduce its carbon footprint; notes that the Court of Auditors estimated that moving from Strasbourg to Brussels could generate annual savings of EUR 114 million plus a one-off saving of EUR 616 million if the Strasbourg buildings are successfully divested, or a one-off cost of EUR 40 million if they are not; therefore recalls the need to find a solution for a single seat for the Parliament;
2020/03/12
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 98 #

2019/2214(BUD)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 35 a (new)
35 a. Notes that the voluntary pension scheme has an estimated actuarial deficit of EUR 286,1 million at the end of 2018; further notes that at the end of 2018, the amount of net assets to be taken into account and the actuarial commitment amount to EUR 112,3 million and EUR 398,4 million respectively; as such notes that the assets barely cover 28% of the commitments of the pension scheme; recalls that the projected future liabilities are spread over several decades but notes that the total amount paid by the voluntary pension fund in 2018 amounts to EUR 17,8 million;
2020/03/12
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 100 #

2019/2214(BUD)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 35 b (new)
35 b. Strongly supports the results of a meeting of 10 December 2018, where the Bureau decided to modify the rules applicable to the pension scheme by increasing the retirement age from 63 to 65 years and introducing a levy of 5% to pension payments for future pensioners with a view to improve its sustainability; notes that it is estimated these rule changes adopted by the Bureau reduced the actuarial deficit by EUR 13,3 million, endorses the Bureau’s decision as a positive step;
2020/03/12
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 102 #

2019/2214(BUD)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 36
36. RecallsPoints out that this raises concerns about the possible exhaustion of the Voluntary Pension Fund; notes that Article 27(1) and (2) of the Statute for Members which states that “the voluntary pension fund set up by Parliament shall be maintained after the entry into force of this Statute for Members or former Members who have already acquired rights or future entitlements in that fund” and that “acquired rights and future entitlements shall be maintained in full”; calls upon the Secretary-General and the Bureau to fully respect the Statute for Members; and to establish with the pension fund a clear plan for Parliament assuming and taking overexhaust all possible avenues to find a fair solution to the problem while keeping Parliament’s liability to a minimum, as taxpayers’ money its obligations and responsibilities for its Members’ voluntary pension scheme; supports the request from the Bureau to instruct the Secretary-General to investigate ways to ensure a sustainable financing of the Voluntary Pension Fund in accordance with the provisions of the Statute foinvolved; appeals on the ethical and economic conscience and the common sense of the board of directors, the Bureau and the members of the fund; explicitly invites all members of the fund to cancel their Mmembers while ensuring full transparencyhip and have their individual contributions refunded;
2020/03/12
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 104 #

2019/2214(BUD)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 36 a (new)
36 a. Recalls that the fund was set up in 1990 to provide Members with an additional pension scheme on a voluntary basis; recalls that before the Members statute, which was introduced in 2009, Members were already eligible for a pension equivalent to those of their colleagues in the national parliaments, with the exception of Italian, French and Luxemburgish Members, who could therefore contribute to a special pension scheme of the European Parliament, which was created in 1981 solely for the needs of the aforementioned three nationalities; recalls therefore that the Voluntary Pension Fund has always constituted a purely supplementary pension;
2020/03/12
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 25 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital -A (new)
-A. whereas the EU’s low productivity and global competitiveness require urgent structural reforms and fiscal discipline aiming at growth, employment and increased convergence within the EU;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 26 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital -A a (new)
-A a. whereas in order to achieve sustainable growth the EU needs to shift from rather experimental, unprecedented and unsustainable monetary policies to conventional, evidence based and growth- friendly investment, a comprehensive and non-selective implementation of the SGP, and structural reforms;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 27 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital -A b (new)
-A b. whereas persisting high levels of public debt represent a drag on growth, greater risk of a fiscal crisis, lower national savings and income and lead to large tax hikes;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 28 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital -A c (new)
-A c. whereas debt reduction measures have been slow in a number of Member States;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 29 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital -A d (new)
-A d. whereas five euro area Member States with high debt-to-GDP ratios are forecast to have a sizeable structural deficit in 2020;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 37 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas the improvement in the economic situationd economic discipline and stability and low interest rates provide an opportunity to implement ambitiousnecessary reforms, in particular measures aimed at encouraging effective public investment to tackle climate change and its social consequences and create full-time jobs;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 40 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A a (new)
A a. whereas structural reforms in the Member States are needed in order to create the conditions for sustainable growth;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 42 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A b (new)
A b. whereas close to zero interest rates severely distort the intertemporal allocation of capital; whereas a flat yield curve severely damages the traditional borrowing and lending business model of banks and drives them into riskier business activities;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 44 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A c (new)
A c. whereas the unemployment rate in the EU is below the pre-crisis level and the unemployment rate in the euro area is still above the pre-crisis level;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 59 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. having regard to the need for a European Climate Law with a legally binding goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest and an intermediate target of at least 65 % for 2030;deleted
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 84 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Notes that, in view of the climate change emergency, the EU’s Annual Growth Survey (AGS) has now been renamed the Annual Sustainable Growth Survey (ASGS), and considers that this implies a change in the positioning of the report and the implementation of ecological indicators; stresses however that this change must comply with the valid fiscal rules;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 99 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Notes the role of the European Green Deal as the EU’s new strategy defining ecological issues and the wellbeing of citizens as principal goals for the Union; notes, with regard to the scope of the European Semester, the inclusion of the SDGs and of the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), which will require the adjustment of existing indicators and the creation of new ones to monitor the implementation of EU economic, environmental and social policies, as well as coherence between policy goals and budgetary means; notes the need to implement long-term planning to tackle climate change;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 116 #

2019/2211(INI)

3. Considers achieving a fair transition to climate neutrality to be a major responsibility for the EU’s citizens and economy and its role in the world; calls for appropriate support and policies, with involvement for and of the public, the various sectors, regions and Member States with a view to benefiting from this transformation and making it a success; calls on the Commission to undertake an annual evaluation of the Union’s ecological debt, carbon budget and imported emissions;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 138 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Notes that the euro area is going through a prolonged period of subdued growth (1.1 % in the euro area and 1.4% in the EU as a whole in 2019 with significant differences between Member States from 0.1 % to 5.6 %), with growth in the euro area in 2020 and 2021 forecast at 1.2 % and for the EU in 2020 and 2021 forecast at 1.4 %; also notes that the inflation rate is forecast to further slow down, to 1.2 % in 2019 and 2020, in a context of high uncertainty due to geopolitical tensions and Brexit; is concerned at the high level of both public and private debt;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 150 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Is concerned that post-crisis investment has been on a downward path in the EU in spite of historically low interest rates, currently standing at 3.4 %, with overall infrastructure investment now at about 75 % of its pre-crisis level; notes that monetary policy of low interest rates has not helped to increase the level of investments to pre-crisis level; whereas 80 % of the shortfall is the result of cutbacks in the public sector, which have occurred particularly in countries subject to adverse macroeconomic conditions and the more severe fiscal constraints imposed on disadvantaged regions already characterised by poor infrastructure quality and weak socio- economic outcomes, but also, and surprisingly, in countries with a large fiscal space;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 152 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5 a. Emphasises that reliable investment requires a regulatory environment that allows for a return on investment; considers that predictable rules, a level playing field and reduced compliance costs are crucial factors for attracting investment;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 163 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Endorses the conclusion of the European Fiscal Board (EFB) that the fiscal framework has not protected the quality of public expenditure, and welcomes the EFB’s proposal for a ‘golden rule’ to protect public investment; calls, therefore, for the reform of the Stability and Growth Pact and the introduction of a golden rule aimed at implementing sound fiscal policy on an equal footing with investment within the EU’s policy objectives; whereas this should cover the investment foreseen for the realisation of the Green Deal, the Digital Revolution, the SDGs and the EPSR Rights, including expenditure aimed at reducing poverty and inequality related to social protection, health services and long-term care, and education and training; highlights that public investments are limited as they represent scarce resources mostly funded by the taxpayers; calls on the Commission to prioritise the public investments according to their efficiency in order to support economic growth;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 189 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 b (new)
7 b. warns that boosting investment should not be seen as an alternative to productivity-enhancing reforms;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 190 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Calls for a European Green Industrial Strategy;deleted
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 205 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8 a. Notes with concern that the EU share of global foreign direct investments flows have fallen significantly since the crisis;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 206 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 b (new)
8 b. Stresses that principle of value for money should represent the cornerstone of all EU funded investments; points out that EU funding should be accompanied by measurable objectives and outputs including a quantifiable and comparable evaluation mechanism that will allow to compare and rank the efficiency of individual EU programmes; underlines the importance of accountability and transparency for bodies that receive EU funding;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 208 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9
9. Shares the concern expressed in others of the EFB’s conclusions regarding the pro-cyclical elements in the EU fiscal rules, which forced Member States to adjust their economies in a poor or difficult economic situation, failing to improve the quality of public finance and promote investment; welcomes the EFB’s recommendation of a seven-year cycle mirroring the MFF so as to better coordinate Member States’ public accounts, and especially investment;deleted
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 214 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9 a (new)
9 a. Underlines that implementation of the Green deal shall not distort the long- term sustainability of public finances and shall be in full compliance with the Stability and Growth Pact and with short- term macroeconomic stabilisation;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 222 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. NoteRegrets that the debt levels of all the Member States are above the pre-crisis level and are expected to exceed 60 % GDP in 2021; further notes that in six Member States the ratio will be higher than 90 %; highlights the fact that the fiscal rules have not contributed to bringing down the debt levels of highly indebted countries but have, rather, increased them GDP; underlines that debt levels may be hard to sustain if and when interest rates return to normal levels;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 225 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 a (new)
10 a. Recalls the need to reduce the levels of public debt to help the European economies to be more resilient to shocks, especially in highly indebted countries; warns about higher financing costs in the future once monetary policy accommodation is reduced, especially in the euro area;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 226 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 b (new)
10 b. Recalls that growth-friendly structural reforms do not require fiscal space but rather political, legislative and administrative efforts aimed at strengthening market forces and private sector initiatives;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 233 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Supports flexibility in the implementation of the SGP as proposed by the Commission in 2015; considers that much more flexibility should be introduced in order to booPoints out that acquis communautaire and other common measures, including fiscal rules, shall be respected and regrets long last investment and ecological transition in the EU; calls, therefore, for the reform of the SGP and the introduction of a euro area fiscal capacityg selective non-compliance with common EU rules; calls, therefore, for the full and unambiguous implementation of the SGP;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 239 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Reiterates its call for a European stabilisation function and a European unemployment benefit reinsurance scheme, with a view to protecting citizens and reducing pressure on public finances during external shocks so as to overcome social and economic imbalances;deleted
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 258 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Notes that the Commission warranted in-depth reviews for 13 Member States identified as having imbalances; supports the suggestion made in the Alert Mechanism Report (AMR) 2020 that a rebalancing of current account deficits and surpluses in the euro area is needed urgently and would be beneficial for all Member Statesnotes that in such environment the required adjustment for some Member States seeking improvement of intra-EU competitiveness becomes much harder to achieve;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 269 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Is concerned about the accelerating rise in house prices as a consequence of ECB’s monetary policy;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 279 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Recalls the importance of the efficient regulation of the banking and financial sectors in order to prevent a new crisis; believes that such regulation must integrate the ecological situation; emphasises the importance of completing the Banking Union and the need to reform the European Stability Mechanism;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 308 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. CRecalls forthat qualified majority voting in Council on tax matters would infringe the sovereign Member States competence;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 313 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16 a (new)
16 a. Stresses that to stay competitive with the world, the economic systems of Member States need to stay in competition with one another; therefore asks the Commission for comprehensive assessment of the effectiveness of European tax systems through comparable indicators and voluntary application of best practices among Member States which would take into account differences in European economies, different traditions, different developments and different expectations of its citizens;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 318 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Calls for the systematic inclusion of tax matters in the Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs), with the aim of ensuring economic coherence across EU Member States as well as the fairness of EU tax systems; believes that the CSRs could ensure a fair balance between sources of revenue and should also include innovative elements aiming at promoting the Green Deal; further; believes that they should also support Member States in tackling tax avoidance and aggressive tax planning;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 334 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17 a (new)
17 a. Recalls that high levels of taxation in Europe are a hindrance to investments and jobs; supports the Commission’s initiatives to achieve increased transparency and a reformed VAT system;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 352 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19
19. Stresses that, according to the EU Labour Force Survey, there are 8.3 million involuntary part-time workers in the EU, two thirds of them women; requests the Commission to undertake a study to analyse the impact of this development on pension systems and public finances taking into account the influence of tax wedge on the share of part-time workers;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 355 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20
20. Takes note of AMR 2020’s finding that wage growth at euro area level remains below what would be expected at the current levels of unemployment on the basis of historical data, and that this affects the inflation rate; highlights that the currently low productivity and inflation together with structural reforms transferring collective bargaining to the enterprise level are detrimental to wage growth and are leading to greater income inequality and an increase in the numbers of working poor, with in-work poverty affecting almost one in ten workers in Europe; accordingly advocates wage growth;deleted
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 370 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21
21. Agrees that it is a matter of great concern that income inequality is above pre-crisis levels in some countries, being frequently linked to unequal opportunities in access to education, training and social protection; welcomes in this regards the efforts of those Member States that are shifting away from the high tax burden on labour in Europe;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 374 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22
22. Underlines the fact that the number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion stands, on 2017 figures, at 113 million, or 22.5 % of the population and welcomes the decrease to 21.9% in 2018;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 381 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23
23. Stresses that equality between women and men, gender mainstreaming and gender budgeting must become key elements of the European Semester, leading to action on gender pay, gender career development and the gender pension gap (which currently stands at 40 % in the EU);deleted
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 385 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24
24. Welcomes the ASGS 2020’s proposals for fostering social and regional convergence towards better living and working conditions in the EU;deleted
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 389 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24 a (new)
24 a. Demands the necessary respect for the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality; stresses that in line with the Treaties, Member States must continue to have sufficient flexibility in implementing an appropriate social policy;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 391 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 25
25. Highlights the time constraints on the current European semester process, which form an obstacle to full debate and the proper involvement in the process of civil society organisations, social partners, and even national parliaments and the EP, and contribute significantly to the lack of a sense of ownership and implementation; calls for the extension of the semester cycle to a biannual or triannual period, with the possibility of revision in case of major economic shocks;deleted
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 398 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 25 a (new)
25 a. Recalls that the focus of the European Semester should be on national ownership;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 404 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26
26. Looks forward to the stronger involvement of the EP and the national parliaments and regional in the European Semester process and to the creation of an institutionalised dialogue with the Commission, the social partners, territories and civil society, at both EU and national level and relevant actors, in order to further boost the process’s democratic legitimacy;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 408 #

2019/2211(INI)

27. Invites the stakeholders in this necessary next step to create enhanced democratic accountability mechanisms at both EU and national levels, while formalising the scrutiny role of the EP in the European Semester; calls on the Commission and the Member States to enhance the social dialogue, including over the CSRs, and to engage in dialogue with the social partners;deleted
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 414 #

2019/2211(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 27 a (new)
27 a. Reminds Member States of the importance of committing to and delivering on the CSRs including recommendations of the European Court of Auditors;
2020/01/27
Committee: ECON
Amendment 14 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A a (new)
A a. whereas a competition policy aimed at ensuring a level playing field in all sectors is a cornerstone of the European social market economy, and a key factor in guaranteeing the proper functioning of the internal market;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 17 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A b (new)
A b. whereas global cooperation on competition enforcement helps to avoid inconsistencies in remedies and outcomes of enforcement actions and helps businesses to reduce their costs of compliance;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 18 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A c (new)
A c. whereas the application of competition rules to mergers must be evaluated from the perspective of the entire internal market;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 20 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas competition policy must be tailored to tackle digital, ecological, industrial and social challenges, in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement;deleted
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 34 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. CHighlights the importance of global cooperation on competition enforcement; calls on the Commission to develop the influence of competition policy in the world, in particular by stepping up cooperation with the USA and China; supports an active participation of the Commission and the national competition authorities in the International Competition Network;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 111 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7 a. Emphasises that neither an unacceptable trend towards protectionism, nor, on their own, measures to ensure fair competition can guarantee the competitiveness of the EU economy;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 131 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. CWelcomes the attention being paid to network effects and to data accumulation and analysis in identifying market power on digital markets; takes the view that data play a major role in the digital economy and should therefore be taken into account in assessment under competition rules; calls on the Commission to review merger rules and strengthen antitrust action, taking into account the effects of market and network power associated with both personal and financial data; proposes that every merger in the market for such data should be subject to prior monitoring, regardless of thresholds;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 141 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8 a. Calls on the Commission to take ambitious steps to eliminate illegitimate obstacles to online competition;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 142 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 b (new)
8 b. Asks the Commission to examine the viability in the digital era of existing competition law instruments and concepts;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 192 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Stresses that, while intermediation platforms play a major role in access to consumers for online services, some may abuse their privileged position by acting as gatekeepers; calls on the Commission to conclude its preliminary investigation into Spotify’s complaints about Apple’spotentially anticompetitive practices and to launch a formal procedure as soon as possible;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 238 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Deplores the fact that, despite repeated requests,Notes that the Commission has still not completed theits investigation into Google Shopping which began in 2010 but that Google is still appealing the decision; stresses that, in the absence of targeted and effective behavioural remedies that have been tested in advance with the undertaking which is the victim, a complete structural separation of general and specialised research services may be necessary;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 269 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20 a (new)
20 a. Emphasises that the notion of selectivity in State aid is an essential criterion that needs to be investigated thoroughly; notes that this concept is not free from discussion, especially not in tax cases; believes that an exception from a tax system is not selective if it is a priori open to all tax payers;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 279 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21
21. Calls on the Commission to fully mobilise the state aid modernisation strategy, in particular for the energy transition; notes that the definition of the energy mix of Member States remains a national competence; considers that the high diversification of energy mixes across the EU contributes to the EU's energy security;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 291 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22
22. Callsonsiders that it is a priority to ensure that State aid rules are strictly and impartially adhered to when dealing with future banking crises, so that taxpayers are protected against the burden of bank rescues; calls in this regard on the Commission to examine the discrepancies between the rules on State aid in the area of liquidation aid and the resolution regime under the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive, and following that to revise its 2013 Banking Communication accordingly;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 299 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22 a (new)
22 a. Recalls that according to the Deposit Guarantee Schemes Directive, the use of deposit guarantee schemes to prevent the failure of a credit institution should be carried out within a clearly defined framework and should in any event comply with State aid rules;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 302 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22 b (new)
22 b. Calls on the Commission to re- evaluate on an annual basis whether the requirements for the application of Article107(3)(b) TFEU in the financial sector continue to be fulfilled;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 306 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23
23. Calls, without Treaty change, for regular use of the ordinary legislative procedure in competition policy, by analogy with the procedure for the ‘non- life insuranceAntitrust Damages Actions’ and ‘ECN+’ directives;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 312 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24 a (new)
24 a. Respects the independence of the European Commission’s Directorate- General for Competition in the execution of competition policy enforcement;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 319 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 25
25. Stresses the desire for a greater role for Parliament in determining and developing the general competition policy, along the lines of that played by the US Congress, which even has the power to launch investigations framework;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 322 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26
26. Calls on the Commission to systematically involve it inmaintain high transparency standards, including with regard to the work of working parties and expert groups, particularly when devising soft-law instruments;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 333 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 28 a (new)
28 a. Considers that resources for the Commission's Directorate General for Competition should be made adequate to its workload and range of tasks by shifting away resources from other Directorates with less European added value;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 335 #

2019/2131(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 28 b (new)
28 b. Recalls the commitment made by the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission for Europe Fit for the Digital Age during her confirmation hearing on 8 October 2019 to keep her digital policy and competition portfolios strictly separate;
2020/01/10
Committee: ECON
Amendment 2 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 2
– having regard to the Statute of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) and of the ECB, in particular Articles 15 and 21 thereof,
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 4 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 3
– having regard to Articles 123, 127(1) and 284(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 20 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. whereas according to the Eurosystem staff macroeconomic projections of September 2019, annual inflation for the euro area in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) looks set to reach 1.2 %, 1.0 % and 1.5 % in 2019, 2020 and 2021, thus still falling short of the medium-term objective of 2 %; whereas inflation projections show substantial variance across the euro area;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 24 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas at the end of 2018 the size of the Eurosystem balance sheet had reached an all-time high of EUR 4.7 trillion, thus exceeding 40% of the euro area GDP, an increase of 0.2 trillion compared with the end of 2017;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 30 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F
F. whereas a stronger role of the euro, and its increased use as a reserve currency, wcould in the long term increase the EU’s ability to frame its policy stance independently vis-à-vis the US and the Federal Reserve and would ultimately provide protection from the risk of an uncooperative US approach;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 41 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital H
H. whereas despite this positive trend, green bonds still account for only 1 % of the overall supply of euro-denominated bonds;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 45 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital H a (new)
Ha. whereas Article 123 TFEU and Article 21 of the Statute of the European System of Central Banks and of the European Central Bank prohibit the monetary financing of governments;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 49 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital H b (new)
Hb. whereas in a monetary union monetary policy should not be tailored to developments in particular countries;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 57 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Welcomes the role of the ECB in safeguarding euro stability and stresses that the ECB’s independence is a requisite for fulfilling its mandate; notes that such independence requires that the ECB shall not seek or take instructions from Union institutions or bodies, from any government of a Member State or from any other body; considers that the independence of the ECB cannot in any way be reconciled with political campaigning;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 62 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Is concerned that after a short economic recovery, euro area growth momentum has slowed markedly to 1.2 % of GDP in the euro area and to 1.4 % of GDP for the EU-27; underlines, therefore, the need for monetary policy to remain accommodative for the foreseeable futurebelieves that the structural contribution that monetary policy makes to sustainable growth is limited; underlines, therefore, the need for policy makers to undertake productivity- enhancing structural reforms and pursue sound fiscal policies;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 75 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Stresses that fiscal policy is a necessary component for enhancing the impact of monetary policy and reducing possible side effects; it is not the role of fiscal policy is to enhance the impact of monetary policy or to reduce its possible side effects; considers instead that fiscal policy and monetary policy need to compensate for each other: an expansive monetary policy should go hand in hand with a restrictive fiscal policy and the other way around, only in crisis situations they should strengthen each other; emphasises that the euro area is currently not in a situation which requires such policy convergence;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 88 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. UnderlinesTakes note of the findings of the ESCB expert group on low wage growth1 , which analysed the disconnect between wage growth and labour market recovery, namely that low wage growth over recent years can be explained mainly by technology and wage bargaining shocks, the latter being impacted by changes in wage bargaining structure – reducing the bargaining power of employees – and labour market regulations – mainly in countries most affected by the global economic and financial crisis and the combination of labour underutilisation, low inflation readings and subduednamely that a combination of slack in the labour market, low inflation readings and subdued productivity growth has been holding back wage growth in the euro area; emphasises that innovation and flexibility are prerequisites for competitive labour markets; considers moreover that the ECB's very accommodative monetary policy itself is an important determinant of the subdued productivity growth, as highly indebted corporations survive thanks to low interest rates, thus compressing productivity growth; _________________ 1ECB Occasional Paper Series No 232 / September 2019: Understanding low wage growth in the euro area and European countries. https://www.ecb.europa.eu/pub/pdf/scpops/ ecb.op232~4b89088255.en.pdf
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 97 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5 – introductory part
5. Underlines that strengthening the role of the euro, increasing the resilience of the euro area economy, reducing structural unemployment and boosting euro area growth potential and productivity requires the right structural conditions, among which:
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 102 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5 – indent 1
- The deepening of the European Monetary Union, including a fiscal capacity for the euro area able to providing a counter-cyclical stabilisation function which requires first and foremost sound fiscal policies and the implementation of structural reforms at national level aimed at better functioning product and factor markets, however which does not require a fiscal capacity for the euro area able to providing a counter-cyclical stabilisation function since Member States with access to financial markets can play such a shock-absorbing role themselves;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 110 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5 – indent 2
- The completionreinforcement of the banking union, including a fully mutualised European deposit insurance scheme that would reduce risks, promote fair competition, facilitate the expansion of pan-European banking and reinforce the stability of the euro area as a wholeccelerated efforts by various Member States to reduce their high levels of non-performing loans (NPLs) and, following a proper clean-up of bank balance sheets, a European deposit insurance scheme that remains a fundamental objective for the euro area's financial stability;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 123 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5 – indent 4
- The creation of a safe asset guaranteed by euro-area Member States to foster the integration of bond markets;deleted
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 136 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. UnderlinNotes that the asset purchase programme (APP) has provided a substantialin the short term a contribution to a cyclical economic recovery and the formation of households’ inflation expectations, has led to a substantialn improvement in financing conditions via several transmission channels at the cost of potential and actual misallocation of real resources, and has compressed yields across a wide range of asset classes; stresses, in particular,notes further that the APP has directly improved credit conditions for the private non- financial sector with the asset-backed securities purchase programme (ABSPP) and the third covered bond purchase programme (CBPP3);
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 138 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. Remains extremely concerned about the real shortcomings and negative side effects in the long term of a prolonged extraordinarily expansionary monetary policy which risks jeopardising a more robust and structural recovery of the euro area, among which: - The increased distortion of financial markets through impaired risk evaluation, higher leverage and the development of various asset bubbles; - The negative effects on individual savers and pensioners; -The pressure on the profitability and long-term sustainability of financial institutions that provide long-term return guarantees, such as life insurance or pension funds; - The growth of shadow banking; - Lower productivity growth; - Distributional consequences such as exacerbated wealth inequality due to increased financial asset prices in stock, bond and real exchange markets, as financial assets are primarily held by the very wealthy; - The likelihood that some Member States are using ultra-low (negative) interest rates to defer necessary structural reforms and the consolidation of their primary public deficits, particularly at central government level; - The downward pressure on the exchange rate of the euro creating a risk of competitive devaluations which has a major impact on trade conflicts;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 140 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 b (new)
6b. Considers that the ECB bond- buying programmes violate at least the intent, if not the letter, of Article 123 TEFU; urges the ECB to refrain from assuming a political role and monetary financing government deficits;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 141 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 c (new)
6c. Warns against the risk of excessive valuations on bond markets, which risk to be difficult to handle if interest rates start to rise again, particularly for countries involved in an excessive deficit procedure or with high levels of debt;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 146 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. NoteRegrets that on 12 September 2019 the ECB announced a broad stimulus package including an open-ended quantitative easing programme that will run at a monthly pace of EUR 20 billion per month, a cut of 10 basis points in the deposit rate, a two-tier system for reserve remuneration, and easier terms for targeted longer-term refinancing operations (TLTRO-III); points out that the ECB has few instruments left to fend off adverse macroeconomic shocks; urges the ECB to normalise monetary policy as soon as possible;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 152 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7a. Highlights that an almost flat yield curve greatly reduces the profitability of banks in one of their most important areas of business activity, the provision of credit for long-term investments;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 156 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Notes that the negative effects on banks’ net interest income have been counterbalanced so far by the benefits from more bank lending and lower costs for provisions and losses;deleted
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 164 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9
9. Underlines that very low or negative interest rates offer opportunities to consumers, workers and borrowers, who can benefit from stronger economic momentum, lower unemployment and lower borrowing costs;deleted
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 182 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. SupporRegrets the intention of theECB Governing Council of the ECB's intention to continue reinvesting the principal payments from maturing securities for as long as necessary to maintain favourable liquidity conditions and an ample degree of monetary accommodation;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 190 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 a (new)
10a. Emphasises that the ECB should not target nominal GDP since monetary policy measures cannot systematically improve the drivers of real growth;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 202 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Recalls that, as an EU institution, the ECB is bound by the Paris Agreement on climate change and that this should be reflected in its policies, with full respect for its mandate and its independencehas a narrowly defined mandate enshrined in Article 127 TFEU that should be reflected in its policies;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 213 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Takes good note of Christine Lagarde’Notes the incoming ECB President's declaration of 4 September, in which she welcomed the ECB’s collaboration in the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) and of her commitment to contribute to facing the challenges which climate change poses by implementing the NGFS’s recommendations and acting on them substantively wherever possible without undermining, thus risking to jeopardise the ECB's primary price stability mandate and secondary other objectives;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 230 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Is extremely worried about the risks due to the delay in setting up the banking union, and calls for the swift completion of the banking union with a fully mutualised European deposit guarantee scheme;deleted
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 250 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Calls for the capital markets union (CMU) project to be accelerated in order to deepen financial integration, with a view to improving resilience to shocks and making the transmission of monetary policy across the monetary union more effective; believes that the fastest way to achieve a well-functioning CMU is to reduce the burden of regulations hindering well- functioning capital markets to have a broader impact all over the Union;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 258 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Calls on the ECBall supervisory authorities to increase its monitoring of the development of crypto- currencies, crypto-assets and the increased risks in cyber- security;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 273 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Agrees with Christine Lagardethe incoming ECB President that a review of the ECB’s monetary policy framework is timely and warranted in order to ensure that the ECB has the right tools to deliver on its price stability mandate in the future; calls on the ECB to organise a public consultation as part of this process in order to ensure that the review is open to input and feedback from a broad range of diverse civil society stakeholders;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 289 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19
19. WelcomeExpects the increase in accountability under the Presidency of Mario Draghi, and looks forward to eveoming ECB President to deliver on greater accountability, dialogue and openness in line with the incoming Presidentcommitments she made during her hearing before the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on 4 September 2019;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 294 #

2019/2129(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20
20. Recalls that the nominations of Executive Board members should be prepared carefully, with full transparency and together with Parliament in line with the Treaties; calls on the Council to draw up a gender-balanced shortlist for all current and upcoming vacancies and to share it with Parliament, thus allowing it to play a more meaningful advisory role in the appointment process; regrets that to date no satisfactory progress has been made;
2019/11/15
Committee: ECON
Amendment 34 #

2019/2126(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Reiterates the need to reduce the inequalities inimprove the geographical distribution of EIB financing, given that 57% went to six Member States in 2018; calls for a fair and transparent geographical distribution of projects and investment, with a special focus on less- developed regions; calls for an enhanced geographical distribution of projects and investments; calls for the EIB to address systemic shortcomings that prevent certain regions or countries from taking full advantage of the EIB's financial activities considering the market and demand driven nature of EIB financing;
2020/01/29
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 43 #

2019/2126(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Calls on the EIB to greatlyfor adequate support to strengthen the arrangements for providing technical assistance and financial expertise to local and regional authorities before project approval, in order to improve accessibility and involve all Member States; underlines that projects are selected based on economic, environmental, technical and most of all financial merits;
2020/01/29
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 47 #

2019/2126(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3 a. Acknowledges the EIB's support for cohesion objectives amounting to more than EUR 200 billion between 2009 and 2018 alone; welcomes the EIB's role in the European Green Deal Investment plan and the Just Transition Mechanism provided that the EIB keeps its AAA status; looks forward to the implementation of the dedicated just transition scheme under InvestEU and the legislative proposal setting up the new public sector loan facility; underlines that the EIB remains a demand driven investment bank;
2020/01/29
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 74 #

2019/2126(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Calls for a detailed roadmap to be drawn up in 2020 to reach the overall target of 50% climate lending by 2025, as well as guarantees regarding the climate neutrality of the remaining loans, following an open and transparent public consultation procesthe EIB to extensively inform stakeholders and the wider audience on the manner in which the EIB intends to reach the overall target of 50% climate lending by 2025, as well as how the EIB will fully take on board the climate considerations of the remaining loans;
2020/01/29
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 78 #

2019/2126(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9
9. Calls for a strengtheningthe thorough application of the eligibility criteria for climate action in order to avert the risk of investments not resulting in significant reductions in greenhouse gases (GHG), in particular with regard to bioenergy, low-carbon gases, carbon capture and storage and compensation programmes; considers that a general anti-abuse provision should support all EIB operations and be included in its declaration on environmental and social standards, which needs to be reviewed in 2020 and aligned with the 1.5°C global warming objective;
2020/01/29
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 81 #

2019/2126(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Is alarmed that of the 20 largest energy lending projects in 2017, only six included their carbon footprint in their environmental and social data sheets;deleted
2020/01/29
Committee: BUDG