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Activities of Fabienne KELLER

Plenary speeches (30)

Humanitarian assistance in the Mediterranean (debate)
2019/07/17
Foreign electoral interference and disinformation in national and European democratic processes (debate)
2019/09/17
Presentation by the Council of its position on the draft general budget - 2020 financial year (debate)
2019/09/18
Preparation of the European Council meeting of 17 and 18 October 2019 (debate)
2019/10/09
Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 17 and 18 October 2019 (debate)
2019/10/22
Situation of migrants in Bosnia, in particular in Bihać (debate)
2019/11/14
The Rule of Law in Malta, after the recent revelations around the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia (debate)
2019/12/17
Dossiers: 2019/2954(RSP)
The ongoing threat for the Rule of law in Poland (debate)
2020/02/11
Situation in the Schengen area following the Covid-19 outbreak (debate)
2020/06/18
Dossiers: 2020/2640(RSP)
Presentation of the programme of activities of the German Presidency (debate)
2020/07/08
Sustainable Europe Investment Plan - How to finance the Green Deal (debate)
2020/11/12
Dossiers: 2020/2058(INI)
Situation of Fundamental Rights in the European Union – Annual Report for the years 2018-2019 (debate)
2020/11/24
Dossiers: 2019/2199(INI)
Implementation of the Dublin III Regulation (short presentation)
2020/12/14
Dossiers: 2019/2206(INI)
EU Security Union Strategy (debate)
2020/12/16
Dossiers: 2020/2791(RSP)
European Arrest Warrant and surrender procedures between Member States (debate)
2021/01/18
Dossiers: 2019/2207(INI)
Establishing the Recovery and Resilience Facility (debate)
2021/02/09
Dossiers: 2020/0104(COD)
European Semester: annual sustainable growth strategy 2021 – European Semester: employment and social aspects in the annual sustainable growth strategy 2021 (debate)
2021/03/10
Dossiers: 2020/2244(INI)
Digital Green Certificate - Union citizens - Digital Green Certificate - third country nationals - The accessibility and affordability of Covid-testing (debate)
2021/04/28
Dossiers: 2021/2654(RSP)
Preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online (debate)
2021/04/28
Recent deaths in the Mediterranean and search and rescue at sea (debate)
2021/05/18
New avenues for legal labour migration (debate)
2021/05/19
Dossiers: 2020/2010(INI)
Preparation of the European Council meeting of 24-25 June 2021 – Relaunch of the Malta Declaration and the use of an effective solidarity mechanism (debate)
2021/06/23
Dossiers: 2020/2118(INI)
The 70th anniversary of the Geneva Convention (debate)
2021/07/06
Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2021-2027 - Integrated Border Management Fund: Instrument for Financial Support for Border Management and Visa Policy 2021-2027 (debate)
2021/07/06
Breaches of EU law and of the rights of LGBTIQ citizens in Hungary as a result of the adopted legal changes in the Hungarian Parliament - The outcome of 22 June hearings under Article 7(1) of the TEU regarding Poland and Hungary (continuation of debate)
2021/07/07
Dossiers: 2021/2780(RSP)
Artificial intelligence in criminal law and its use by the police and judicial authorities in criminal matters (debate)
2021/10/04
Dossiers: 2020/2016(INI)
The Rule of law crisis in Poland and the primacy of EU law (debate)
2021/10/19
The escalating humanitarian crisis on the EU-Belarusian border, in particular in Poland (debate)
2021/11/10
Legal migration policy and law (debate)
2021/11/23
Dossiers: 2020/2255(INL)
The proposed Council decision on provisional emergency measures for the external border with Belarus based on article 78(3) TFEU (continuation of debate)
2021/12/15

Reports (1)

REPORT on the implementation of the Dublin III Regulation
2020/12/08
Committee: LIBE
Dossiers: 2019/2206(INI)
Documents: PDF(256 KB) DOC(90 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Fabienne KELLER', 'mepid': 22858}]

Shadow opinions (6)

OPINION on the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2020
2019/09/11
Committee: LIBE
Dossiers: 2019/2028(BUD)
Documents: PDF(135 KB) DOC(74 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Gwendoline DELBOS-CORFIELD', 'mepid': 197531}]
OPINION on the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2021
2020/10/07
Committee: LIBE
Dossiers: 2020/1998(BUD)
Documents: PDF(150 KB) DOC(75 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Karlo RESSLER', 'mepid': 197413}]
OPINION on the European Semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2021
2021/02/26
Committee: BUDG
Dossiers: 2021/2004(INI)
Documents: PDF(134 KB) DOC(70 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Margarida MARQUES', 'mepid': 197638}]
Opinion on general guidelines for the preparation of the 2022 budget, Section III – Commission
2021/03/04
Committee: LIBE
Documents: PDF(180 KB) DOC(67 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Domènec RUIZ DEVESA', 'mepid': 127096}]
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}]
OPINION on the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2022 - all sections
2021/09/28
Committee: LIBE
Dossiers: 2021/0227(BUD)
Documents: PDF(164 KB) DOC(75 KB)
Authors: [{'name': 'Domènec RUIZ DEVESA', 'mepid': 127096}]

Institutional motions (12)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on the criminalisation of sexual education in Poland
2019/11/06
Dossiers: 2019/2891(RSP)
Documents: PDF(162 KB) DOC(53 KB)
MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on children’s rights on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
2019/11/20
Dossiers: 2019/2876(RSP)
Documents: PDF(205 KB) DOC(64 KB)
MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on public discrimination and hate speech against LGBTI people, including LGBTI free zones
2019/12/10
Dossiers: 2019/2933(RSP)
Documents: PDF(172 KB) DOC(56 KB)
MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on the rule of law in Malta following the recent revelations surrounding the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia
2019/12/16
Dossiers: 2019/2954(RSP)
Documents: PDF(191 KB) DOC(58 KB)
MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on the cultural recovery of Europe
2020/09/09
Dossiers: 2020/2708(RSP)
Documents: PDF(151 KB) DOC(49 KB)
JOINT MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on the cultural recovery of Europe
2020/09/14
Dossiers: 2020/2708(RSP)
Documents: PDF(169 KB) DOC(55 KB)
MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the rule of law in Malta
2021/04/21
Dossiers: 2021/2611(RSP)
Documents: PDF(155 KB) DOC(55 KB)
MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on the accessibility and affordability of COVID testing
2021/04/26
Dossiers: 2021/2654(RSP)
Documents: PDF(153 KB) DOC(52 KB)
MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on media freedom and further deterioration of the rule of law in Poland
2021/09/14
Dossiers: 2021/2880(RSP)
Documents: PDF(193 KB) DOC(57 KB)
JOINT MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on the situation in Lebanon
2021/09/15
Dossiers: 2021/2878(RSP)
Documents: PDF(181 KB) DOC(59 KB)
MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on the rule of law crisis in Poland and the primacy of EU law
2021/10/19
Dossiers: 2021/2935(RSP)
Documents: PDF(167 KB) DOC(52 KB)
MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on fundamental rights and the rule of law in Slovenia, in particular the delayed nomination of EPPO prosecutors
2021/12/10
Dossiers: 2021/2978(RSP)
Documents: PDF(173 KB) DOC(58 KB)

Oral questions (2)

The use of contact tracing apps in the fight against the coronavirus
2020/04/16
Documents: PDF(49 KB) DOC(11 KB)
The use of contact tracing apps in the fight against the coronavirus
2020/04/16
Documents: PDF(49 KB) DOC(11 KB)

Written explanations (43)

Council regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2021 to 2027 (A9-0260/2020 - Jan Olbrycht, Margarida Marques)

Après plusieurs mois de négociations entre le Conseil et le Parlement européen, nous sommes parvenus à un accord sur le budget de l’Union européenne pour 2021-2027 que j’ai soutenu à l’occasion du vote en session plénière. Ce budget inédit d’un montant de 1 085 milliards d’euros pour les sept prochaines années, va permettre de financer les priorités politiques de l’UE, dans les domaines de l’agriculture, de l’environnement, de la justice, de la recherche, de la mobilité des jeunes, de la santé ou encore de l’industrie. Grâce aux efforts de négociation du Parlement européen, 15 milliards d’euros supplémentaires ont été alloués à dix programmes phares de l’UE dans des domaines essentiels tels que la santé publique, l’aide à l’installation des jeunes agriculteurs, ou la culture. Nous avons ainsi défendu un budget rehaussé pour mieux protéger les citoyens contre la pandémie de la COVID-19, offrir des opportunités à la prochaine génération et préserver les valeurs européennes. Enfin, un milliard d'euros sera également mis de côté pour répondre aux besoins et crises futurs, et pourrait également compléter les programmes phares. Ce budget ambitieux sera en place dès le 1er janvier 2021 pour soulager les citoyens et entreprises affectés par cette crise.
2020/12/16
MFF, Rule of Law Conditionality and Own Resources (B9-0428/2020, B9-0429/2020)

J’ai soutenu cette résolution qui tire le bilan des négociations sur le budget 2021-2027 et sur le plan et sur les victoires politiques défendues par le Parlement européen et notre Groupe Renew Europe. Cet accord sur le budget de l’UE à un montant de 1 800 milliards d’euros permettra notamment d’alimenter les plans de relance nationaux des États membres dès le 1er janvier 2021 et ainsi, d’aider rapidement les citoyens et les entreprises européennes pour faire face aux conséquences de la pandémie de COVID-19. Avec l’adoption de cet accord, c’est un véritable plan Marshall européen qui va permettre d’investir dans des domaines essentiels pour l’Union européenne, tels que la santé publique, la recherche, le secteur culturel et une politique commune d’asile et de migration. De plus, au moins 30 % du budget sera alloué à la transition vers une économie verte, dans le cadre du pacte vert. Je salue également l’instauration pour la première fois d’un mécanisme de conditionnalité du versement des fonds européens au respect de l’état de droit dans les États membres qui est une victoire politique pour mon groupe Renew Europe. Nous prévoyons aussi des mesures pour ne pas pénaliser les bénéficiaires finaux, que sont les collectivités locales, les associations et les entreprises.
2020/12/16
Implementation of the Dublin III Regulation (A9-0245/2020 - Fabienne Keller)

En tant que rapporteure pour le Parlement européen sur ce rapport, je me réjouis de son adoption à une large majorité. Le règlement Dublin III est l’un des piliers de la politique européenne d’asile: il fixe les critères pour déterminer l’État membre responsable de l’examen d’une demande d’asile en Europe. Selon la Convention internationale de Genève (1951), toute personne persécutée ou risquant d’être persécutée dans son pays a le droit à la protection internationale dans un autre pays. Dans ce rapport, nous dressons un bilan critique de la mise en œuvre de Dublin III. La crise migratoire de 2015-16 a mis en évidence les défaillances majeures du système d’asile européen. En particulier, la charge disproportionnée sur les pays dits de première entrée (Italie, Grèce, Malte, Chypre, Espagne). Les procédures d’asile génèrent une charge administrative excessive pour les services de l’asile et les délais des procédures souffrent de nombreux retards. En conséquence, on observe de nombreuses entraves aux droits des demandeurs d’asile. Nous appelons donc les États à accorder davantage d'attention et de ressources à l'application des règles actuelles, sans attendre la réforme du pacte Asile-Migration. Une politique de l’asile plus humaine et plus efficace est possible dès aujourd’hui.
2020/12/16
Establishing the Recovery and Resilience Facility (A9-0214/2020 - Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Siegfried Mureşan, Dragoș Pîslaru)

Je salue l’adoption finale de la Facilité pour la Reprise et la Résilience (FRR), qui constitue le principal instrument financier du plan de relance européen pour contrer les conséquences économiques et sociales de la pandémie.Cet instrument financier contribuera à un avenir plus vert et plus démocratique.Nous proposons une approche intégrée en matière de réformes et d’investissements, par l’affectation des fonds à six priorités européennes: l'écologie, le numérique, la productivité et la compétitivité, la cohésion sociale et territoriale, la résilience institutionnelle et les politiques pour la prochaine génération.Cet instrument financier intègre par ailleurs un mécanisme inédit de conditionnalité du versement des fonds au respect de l'état de droit et des valeurs fondamentales de l’Union européenne. Notre groupe Renew Europe a fortement défendu l’introduction de cette conditionnalité du budget de l’UE, j’ai donc apporté mon plein soutien à ce texte.
2021/02/09
New Circular Economy Action Plan: see Minutes (A9-0008/2021 - Jan Huitema)

Je me réjouis de l’adoption de ce rapport d’initiative à une large majorité qui vient soutenir le plan d’action sur l’économie circulaire proposé par la Commission. De nombreuses priorités de notre délégation Renaissance et du groupe Renew y sont défendues.Nous défendons ainsi des objectifs contraignants pour 2030 afin de réduire notre consommation, notre empreinte matérielle et nos déchets. Nous proposons notamment de réduire de moitié les déchets alimentaires.Le rapport promeut également une série de mesures pour améliorer l’information et la sensibilisation des citoyens et en faire des acteurs de la transition vers une économie circulaire.Par le biais de ce rapport, qui reprend une quinzaine des mesures proposées par la convention citoyenne pour le climat, le Parlement européen affiche une ambition forte en faveur de l’économie circulaire et la transition vers une économie durable.
2021/02/09
Implementation of the Anti-Trafficking Directive (A9-0011/2021 - Juan Fernando López Aguilar, María Soraya Rodríguez Ramos)

J’ai soutenu ce rapport d’initiative qui évalue la directive de 2011 relative à la prévention de la traite des êtres humains. Ce rapport formule des recommandations pour mieux protéger les demandeurs d’asile, les réfugiés et les migrants, notamment les femmes et les mineurs non accompagnés, souvent victimes de la traite durant leur parcours de migration.Il est essentiel de lutter plus efficacement contre ces réseaux criminels et d’accompagner les victimes par des soins et des aides adéquates. Le rapport pointe également le manque de données comparables et détaillées à l’échelle européenne et appelle à une coopération plus forte entre États membres contre ces réseaux criminels, avec le soutien de l’agence européenne de coopération policière Europol.Enfin, nous appelons la Commission à inclure les recommandations énoncées dans ce rapport dans sa future stratégie contre la traite des êtres humains.
2021/02/09
Implementation of Article 43 of the Asylum Procedures Directive (A9-0005/2021 - Erik Marquardt)

En tant que rapporteure du prochain règlement concernant les procédures d’asile, texte central de la réforme de la politique européenne de l’asile, j’ai soutenu l’adoption de ce rapport d’évaluation de la directive de 2013 relative aux procédures d’asile.Ce rapport d’initiative se concentre sur l’article 43 de la directive, qui encadre la possibilité pour les États membres de mettre en place un examen des demandes d’asile à la frontière, dans le cadre d’une procédure accélérée pour les personnes ayant peu de chance d’obtenir la protection internationale.Ce rapport souligne les écarts d’application et les failles récurrentes au respect des procédures d’asile et des droit fondamentaux des demandeurs d’asile dans les États qui appliquent la procédure aux frontières, souvent les États « de première entrée ».Afin de mettre en place une politique d’asile plus efficace et plus humaine dès aujourd’hui, nous demandons aux États d’accorder davantage d'attention et de ressources à l'application des règles actuelles, en s’appuyant sur le soutien important que peuvent fournir les agences de l’Union, comme l’agence pour l’asile EASO et Frontex.
2021/02/09
Programme for the Union's action in the field of health for the period 2021-2027 (“EU4Health Programme”) (A9-0196/2020 - Cristian-Silviu Buşoi)

Je me réjouis de l’adoption à une large majorité du programme EU4Health – «L’UE pour la santé» –, qui vise à mieux préparer les systèmes de santé de l’UE aux futures pandémies et menaces pour la santé. Ce programme doté d’un budget de 5,1 milliards d’euros pose les jalons d’une véritable Union européenne de la santé.Il permettra une meilleure préparation de l’UE aux principales menaces transfrontières pour la santé, ainsi qu’une accessibilité renforcée des médicaments et des dispositifs médicaux abordables dans tous les États membres, jouant ainsi un rôle essentiel dans la lutte contre les inégalités.De nombreuses priorités du groupe Renew ont été reprises dans ce programme, comme la création d’un réseau européen d’instituts contre le cancer, la création d’une autorité européenne pour la réaction aux urgences sanitaires ou le renforcement du mandat de l’Agence européenne du médicament.Avec le programme EU4Health, nous nous donnons les moyens financiers de construire une véritable Europe de la santé, sans attendre de modification des traités.
2021/03/09
A WTO-compatible EU carbon border adjustment mechanism (A9-0019/2021 - Yannick Jadot)

Je me réjouis de l’adoption de ce rapport d’initiative à une large majorité, qui s’inscrit dans la ligne du Green Deal et qui constitue un instrument clé pour parvenir à la neutralité climatique en 2050. C’est un levier puissant et vertueux pour réduire considérablement nos émissions et pour encourager ceux avec qui nous commerçons à le faire aussi.Un mécanisme indispensable pour lutter contre les fuites de carbone, c’est à dire l’exportation de la production dans des pays tiers aux normes moins élevées. C’est une priorité forte défendue par notre délégation Renaissance.Dans ce rapport, nous demandons également à ce que les recettes de ce mécanisme abondent les ressources propres de l’Union et son action environnementale et climatique.Enfin, nous appelons la Commission à inclure les recommandations du Parlement dans sa proposition législative pour un mécanisme européen d’ajustement carbone aux frontières, attendue en juin.
2021/03/10
European Semester: Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2021 (A9-0036/2021 - Markus Ferber)

Nous avons voté le rapport sur le semestre européen : stratégie annuelle pour une croissance durable 2021. Le Semestre européen assure la convergence des politiques économique nécessaire au bon fonctionnement du marché intérieur. Un cadre qui doit être préservé et réformé pour mieux prendre en compte les questions sociales et environnementales, pour une plus grande coordination fiscale, pour contribuer à la réduction de la pauvreté, à l'égalité des sexes. C’est ce que nous avons défendu dans le cadre de l’avis en commission des budgets sur lequel j’étais Shadow.Notre groupe a d’ailleurs déposé plusieurs amendements en ce sens et pour encourager la Commission à maintenir la clause de sauvegarde en 2022. Il apparaît évident que l’on ne peut appliquer les règles de stabilité à la situation économique, sociale et sanitaire que nous connaissons actuellement.
2021/03/11
Declaration of the EU as an LGBTIQ Freedom Zone (B9-0166/2021, B9-0167/2021)

Je salue l’adoption, à une grande majorité, de cette résolution portée par mon groupe Renew Europe et mon collègue Pierre Karleskind.Deux ans après l’annonce, dans certains comtés en Pologne, de la création de «LGBTIQ free zones», zones «libres de l’idéologie LGBTIQ», nous répondons au Parlement européen en déclarant l’Union européenne zone de liberté pour les personnes LGBTIQ.Nous demandons à la Commission d’utiliser tous les outils à sa disposition, notamment les procédures d’infraction de l’article 7 et le nouveau mécanisme de conditionnalité des fonds européens au respect de l’état de droit, afin de lutter contre les violations des droits des personnes LGBTIQ dans plusieurs États membres. Cette résolution fait aussi le point sur la situation et les derniers développements en Pologne, ainsi que dans d’autres pays comme la Hongrie, la Roumanie et la Lettonie.
2021/03/11
Application of Regulation (EC) 2020/2092, the Rule of Law conditionality mechanism (B9-0206/2021, B9-0207/2021, B9-0208/2021)

Je soutiens l’adoption de la résolution sur l’application du règlement relatif à un mécanisme de conditionnalité liée à l’état de droit.Nous avions voté en décembre un règlement permettant de conditionner le budget de l’Union européenne au respect de l’état de droit, qui est entré en vigueur au 1er janvier 2021. Mais la Commission tarde à l’appliquer considérant que des lignes directrices sont nécessaires pour sa mise en œuvre. En mars, la Pologne et la Hongrie, visées par une procédure d’infraction à l’état de droit (article 7 du traité sur l’Union européenne), se sont opposés à l’application de ce règlement et ont déposé un recours en annulation auprès de la Cour de Justice de l’UE.Dans cette résolution, nous appelons la Commission européenne à assurer le respect du mécanisme de conditionnalité des fonds européens au respect de l’état de droit sans délai, au maximum d’ici au 1er juin. C’est un principe essentiel que nous soutenons avec mon Groupe Renew Europe. Si ce délai n’est pas respecté, le Parlement portera un recours en manquement contre la Commission devant la CJUE. Le respect de l’État de droit et des valeurs fondamentales est un principe clé de notre appartenance à un espace commun de libertés et de droit que nous devons protéger sans concession.
2021/03/25
Guidelines for the 2022 Budget - Section III (A9-0046/2021 - Karlo Ressler)

Nous avons voté, à cette session plénière, le rapport sur les orientations du budget de l’Union européenne pour l’année 2022. Il s’agit pour le Parlement européen de fixer son cap pour les priorités budgétaires à porter en 2022, en amont de la proposition de la Commission attendue pour juin.Nous défendons plusieurs priorités :- un budget au service de la relance, d’une économie dynamique pour stimuler les investissements et lutter contre le chômage ;- l’investissement dans la recherche et l’innovation en lien avec le pacte vert et le paquet numérique ;- l’importance de la politique de cohésion, et de la PAC ;- le soutien au secteur du tourisme, très impacté par la crise ;- le financement de la transition numérique et environnementale ;- le renforcement de l’Europe de la santé ;- la protection de l’état de droit et l’investissement dans l’Europe de la sécurité.Dans ce rapport, nous soutenons un budget tourné vers l’avenir et la relance suite à la pandémie.
2021/03/25
Digital Green Certificate - Union citizens (C9-0104/2021 - Juan Fernando López Aguilar)

Je me réjouis de l’adoption rapide de la position du Parlement européen pour la négociation sur le certificat vert numérique.Ce Certificat commun aux 27 États membres, disponible gratuitement en version papier ou numérique à tous les citoyens sous forme d’un QR code, permettra la libre circulation au sein de l’Union, pour toutes les personnes qui sont soit: vaccinées, en possession d’un test PCR négatif ou d’un certificat attestant d’une immunité de moins de 180 jours.Il ne s’agira en aucun cas d’un document obligatoire pour passer une frontière, et ne pourra constituer un motif de refus d’entrée sur le territoire d’un État membre.Dans la proposition du Parlement, nous avons renforcé les dispositions sur la protection des données personnelles des citoyens, la lutte contre la fraude et la cybersécurité. Nous avons également limité la durée d’application de ce dispositif à 12 mois.De plus, nous avons également adopté une résolution portée par mon groupe Renew, appelant les États membres à renforcer l’accessibilité des tests Covid, en assurant des tests gratuits pour les citoyens, et a minima un prix plafond. Afin que tous les citoyens non vaccinés ne soient pas pénalisés par le coût des tests.
2021/04/28
Parliament’s estimates of revenue and expenditure for the financial year 2022 (A9-0145/2021 - Damian Boeselager)

Nous avons voté en plénière le rapport sur les orientations budgétaires du Parlement européen pour 2022.Certains éléments de ce rapport tendaient à remettre en cause la tenue des sessions plénières au siège de Strasbourg.Les plénières sont un temps fort de la démocratie européenne. Leur tenue à Strasbourg revêt un sens à la fois historique, symbolique, politique et démocratique qu’il faut préserver.Par ailleurs, le rapport pointe le coût environnemental de la tenue des plénières à Strasbourg, mais ne prend pas en compte l’étude récente de la Commission ENVI sur l’empreinte carbone du Parlement européen. Alors que celle-ci souligne clairement la très faible partie des émissions de carbone liée au fonctionnement sur plusieurs sites.Je me suis donc opposée aux paragraphes qui proposaient un siège unique, car je considère que la vocation du Parlement européen est de s'inscrire dans une démarche d'équilibre démocratique et géographique, qui est à l'origine du projet européen.
2021/04/29
ETIAS consequential amendments: police and judicial cooperation (A9-0254/2020 - Jeroen Lenaers)

Je me réjouis de l’adoption des accords conclus entre le Parlement européen et le Conseil concernant le système d’autorisation de voyage (ETIAS) aux ressortissants de pays tiers qui entrent dans l’espace Schengen. Ces accords participent à la mise en œuvre dans l’UE d’un système informatique européen commun pour mieux contrôler les entrées et sorties dans l’Union. L’ETIAS permet notamment de mettre en place des opérations de vérification et de contrôle avant l’entrée sur le territoire européen de ressortissants de pays tiers qui sont exemptés de visa. C’est un outil essentiel qui vient compléter l’architecture de sécurité de l’Union européenne et renforcer la lutte contre l’immigration irrégulière.
2021/06/07
EU Digital COVID Certificate - Union citizens (C9-0104/2021 - Juan Fernando López Aguilar)

Je me réjouis de l’adoption de l’accord sur le certificat numérique COVID européen, qui participe à la levée progressive des restrictions aux frontières intérieures de l’Union en période de pandémie, de manière coordonnée entre États membres.Ce certificat, qui sera reconnu par tous les États membres, permettra aux citoyens européens de circuler de nouveau, plus facilement, dans l’Union européenne. Il sera gratuit et délivré par les autorités nationales en format papier ou numérique. Un système de code QR permettra d’attester que son détenteur est vacciné, testé négatif ou rétabli de la COVID-19. Le certificat numérique sera disponible dès le 1er juillet 2021 pour une durée de 12 mois.Nous avons également obtenu de la Commission européenne une enveloppe de 100 millions d’euros dédiée à l’achat de tests, notamment pour les frontaliers, afin d’améliorer leur accessibilité à tous.Autre point important, les États membres s’engagent à ne pas instaurer de restrictions supplémentaires aux titulaires du certificat, sauf en cas d’une évolution inquiétante de la situation sanitaire.
2021/06/08
EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030: Bringing nature back into our lives (A9-0179/2021 - César Luena)

Je salue l’adoption de cette résolution sur la stratégie européenne en faveur de la biodiversité à l’horizon 2030. La préservation de la biodiversité est une priorité pour l’Union européenne. Cette stratégie ambitieuse, présentée par la Commission européenne en mai 2020, doit s’accompagner d’une législation en matière de biodiversité à la hauteur des défis à relever.Nous proposons que des mesures concrètes soient prises dans plusieurs domaines, en particulier:- La création de zones protégées représentant 30% des zones terrestres et maritimes de l’UE à l’horizon 2030. Les États membres définiront ces zones dans des plans nationaux avec des objectifs par pays, adaptés aux particularités nationales.- La protection de la vie sauvage, et en particulier des espèces menacées.- L’élaboration d’objectifs contraignants en matière de biodiversité urbaine.- La protection des abeilles et autres pollinisateurs.Pour atteindre ces objectifs, nous demandons à ce que, chaque année, soient mobilisés 20 milliards d’euros pour la biodiversité dans le budget européen.
2021/06/08
Meeting the Global Covid-19 challenge: effects of waiver of the WTO TRIPS agreement on Covid-19 vaccines, treatment, equipment and increasing production and manufacturing capacity in developing countries (RC-B9-0306/2021, B9-0306/2021, B9-0307/2021, B9-0308/2021, B9-0309/2021, B9-0310/2021, B9-0311/2021)

Je salue l’adoption de cette résolution dans laquelle le Parlement européen exprime sa volonté de voir s’engager des discussions autour de la levée temporaire des brevets afin d’améliorer l’accès mondial au vaccin contre la Covid-19. Nous demandons :- L’ouverture de discussion sur les bénéfices éventuels d’une levée temporaire de l’Accord sur les aspects des droits de propriété intellectuelle qui touchent au commerce (ADPIC) de l’Organisation mondiale du commerce (OMC) sur les brevets ;- La poursuite du don de doses grâce au mécanisme Covax ;- La nécessité de soutenir la production de vaccins en Afrique ;- Appeler les États-Unis et le Royaume-Uni à mettre fin au blocage des exportations ;- Plus de transparence pour les prochains accords d’achats de vaccins.La lutte contre la pandémie est un défi à relever à l’échelle mondiale, en coopération avec tous nos partenaires étrangers.
2021/06/09
Rule of Law situation in the European Union and the application of the conditionality regulation 2020/2092 (B9-0317/2021, B9-0319/2021, B9-0320/2021)

Je salue l’adoption de cette résolution dans laquelle nous condamnons l’inaction de la Commission européenne quant à l’application du mécanisme de conditionnalité du versement des fonds européens au respect de l’État de droit, entré en vigueur le 1er janvier 2021.Depuis plusieurs années, les atteintes à l’état de droit sont en hausse et compromettent, au sein de plusieurs États membres, la distribution juste et équitable des fonds européens. Il est hors de question que le plan de relance européen finance les partis populistes qui bafouent les valeurs fondamentales de l’Union.Nous demandons donc à la Commission européenne une application effective et immédiate du mécanisme de conditionnalité. Le Parlement européen accorde un délai de deux semaines, avant de lancer un recours en manquement devant la Cour de justice de l’UE.Cette résolution fait suite à une précédente résolution, adoptée en mars 2021, dans laquelle nous demandions à la Commission européenne de présenter ses lignes directrices pour l’application du mécanisme au 1er juin.
2021/06/10
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)

Je me félicite de l’adoption de cette résolution sur l’évaluation en cours par la Commission et le Conseil des plans nationaux du fonds de relance européen.Ces plans de relance nationaux ont été présentés à la Commission européenne chargée de les évaluer avant de les approuver. Les États membres sont en effet tenus de répondre à des exigences climatiques, numériques et de transparence. Ils doivent aussi s’appuyer sur un équilibre entre réformes et investissements d’avenir. Par ailleurs, les États devront distribuer les fonds équitablement pour garantir une relance économique européenne juste. Une fois les plans approuvés, les premiers versements aux États membres seront réalisés dans le cadre du plan de relance européen, doté de 750 milliards d’euros.Dans cette résolution, nous soulignons l’importance d’évaluer rigoureusement les plans nationaux afin de s’assurer que la part des investissements et réformes participant aux transitions vertes et numériques soit satisfaisante. Par ailleurs, nous insistons sur la nécessité d’investir en faveur de la biodiversité et la nécessité d’impliquer l’ensemble des parties prenantes (société civile, autorités locales, partenaires sociaux, ...).
2021/06/10
Systematic repression in Belarus and its consequences for European security following abductions from an EU civilian plane intercepted by Belarusian authorities (B9-0328/2021, B9-0330/2021, B9-0332/2021, B9-0339/2021, B9-0340/2021, B9-0344/2021)

J’ai soutenu l’adoption de cette résolution qui condamne fermement la répression systématique de l’opposition en Biélorussie et le détournement d’un avion civil européen qui reliait Athènes à Vilnius. Les autorités bélarusses ont forcé cet avion à se poser à l’aéroport de Minsk permettant ainsi l’arrestation du journaliste d’opposition Roman Protassevitch et de sa compagne. Cet acte illégal ne peut rester sans sanctions fortes.Nous appelons donc le Conseil à élargir les sanctions prises envers la Biélorussie à toutes les personnes et organes impliqués dans la répression et dans le détournement de l’avion. Nous demandons également des sanctions économiques et sectorielles, la libération immédiate des prisonniers politiques et l’exclusion temporaire du Bélarus des organes et évènements sportifs internationaux.Le Parlement européen a exprimé son soutien total aux citoyens, à la société civile et aux médias indépendants qui se battent pour la démocratie et la liberté.
2021/06/10
EU Blue Card Directive (A8-0240/2017 - Javier Moreno Sánchez)

Je me félicite de l’adoption de la révision de la directive « Carte bleue européenne ». Cette directive définit les règles d’entrée, de résidence et de travail dans l’Union européenne pour les personnes hautement qualifiées et leur famille.Cette nouvelle Carte bleue européenne permettra de pallier les lacunes du dispositif actuel qui date de 2009 et d’attirer les travailleurs hautement qualifiés dans l’Union.Le texte prévoit une procédure simplifiée et moins bureaucratique, à la fois pour les candidats et pour les employeurs. Il facilite aussi l’accès des travailleurs saisonniers, des réfugiés et des contrats courts sur le marché du travail européen.Les bénéficiaires de la Carte bleue pourront également se déplacer plus facilement d’un État membre à un autre. Aussi, en cas de perte d’emploi, ils resteront détendeurs de la Carte pendant six mois, le temps de trouver un nouvel emploi.
2021/09/15
Identifying gender-based violence as a new area of crime listed in Article 83(1) TFEU (A9-0249/2021 - Malin Björk, Diana Riba i Giner)

Je me réjouis de l’adoption de ce rapport d’initiative législative par lequel le Parlement européen demande à la Commission européenne une législation et des politiques pour lutter contre les violences et discriminations fondées sur le genre.Nous demandons à la Commission européenne d’inscrire la violence fondée sur le genre à la liste des crimes européens, conformément aux traité européens. Nous demandons la création d’un cadre juridique européen pour protéger les victimes, et lutter contre les violences et discriminations fondées sur le genre, en ligne et hors ligne. Ce cadre devrait inclure des mesures de prévention, garantir la poursuite des auteurs des crimes, la bonne coopération entre États membres et assurer un suivi pour les victimes.Par ailleurs, alors que les droits des femmes sont remis en cause dans certains États membres, nous soulignons que le refus du droit à l’avortement est une forme de violence.
2021/09/16
Situation in Afghanistan (RC-B9-0455/2021, B9-0433/2021, B9-0453/2021, B9-0455/2021, B9-0458/2021, B9-0459/2021, B9-0460/2021, B9-0462/2021)

Je salue l’adoption de cette résolution qui dresse l’état des lieux de la situation en Afghanistan et qui appelle l’Union européenne et les États membres à des actions coordonnées pour répondre à la situation humanitaire en Afghanistan.Nous soulignons la nécessité de soutenir les pays voisins de l’Afghanistan qui accueillent les Afghans fuyant le régime des Talibans, notamment en soutenant l’accueil des personnes et la distribution des biens de première nécessité.La résolution appelle également les États et l’Union à organiser un partage de responsabilités équitable entre les États membres en matière de protection des Afghans persécutés, en particulier les personnes vulnérables comme les femmes et les opposants.Le Parlement souligne enfin son refus d’une reconnaissance politique du régime des Talibans.
2021/09/16
Media freedom and further deterioration of the Rule of law in Poland (B9-0461/2021, B9-0463/2021)

Au travers de cette résolution, portée par mon groupe Renew Europe, nous dénonçons la détérioration de la liberté des médias et de l’État de droit en Pologne. L’État de droit est une valeur européenne que tout État se doit de respecter.Dans cette résolution, nous condamnons la récente loi polonaise « Lex TVN » qui porte atteinte au pluralisme des médias et à la liberté de la presse. Cette loi menace davantage la liberté des médias, déjà mise à mal par les rachats successifs de médias par des entreprises proches du gouvernement.Les attaques récurrentes contre les juges, les journalistes et les opposants politiques par le gouvernement polonais sont aussi au centre de cette résolution.Enfin, nous rappelons la nécessité de respecter l’indépendance de la justice et la primauté du droit de l’Union européenne. Nous sommes particulièrement inquiets des violations des jugements de la Cour de justice de l’Union européenne portant sur l’État de droit par les autorités polonaises. L’application des décisions de la Cour de justice de l’UE est un principe fondamental que nous devons protéger.
2021/09/16
Artificial intelligence in criminal law and its use by the police and judicial authorities in criminal matters (A9-0232/2021 - Petar Vitanov)

Ce rapport d’initiative du Parlement porte sur l’utilisation de l’intelligence artificielle par les autorités judiciaires et policières. Ces outils permettent de mieux répondre aux nouveaux enjeux de sécurité, comme le terrorisme ou les menaces hybrides, et à la transformation de notre société avec le numérique. Le rapport souligne les atouts de l’intelligence artificielle dans les enquêtes criminelles, et mentionne également les risques possibles de biais et d’atteintes aux droits fondamentaux.Convaincue des bénéfices potentiels de l’intelligence artificielle dans la lutte contre la criminalité en Europe, j’ai voté en faveur d’un amendement proposant de supprimer le moratoire inscrit dans le rapport. À l’inverse, je soutiens le recours à l’intelligence artificielle, telle que la reconnaissance faciale, dans le contexte d’un encadrement strict : autorisation au préalable d’un juge, usage limité et proportionné, transparence dans les outils, contrôle parlementaire.Bien que cet amendement fut rejeté, j’ai souhaité soutenir le rapport final qui comporte de nombreux éléments importants pour encadrer l'utilisation de l'intelligence artificielle dans le contexte pénal.Il est essentiel que l’Union européenne se dote d’un cadre réglementaire et éthique sur l’utilisation de l’intelligence artificielle pour protéger les citoyens européens et influer sur le développement de règles au niveau international.
2021/10/05
Implementation report on the EU Trust Funds and the Facility for Refugees in Turkey (A9-0255/2021 - Öilan Zver, György Hölvényi, Janusz Lewandowski)

Je me réjouis de l’adoption de ce rapport d’exécution sur les fonds fiduciaires de l’Union et la facilité en faveur des réfugiés en Turquie. Ce fonds, qui fait partie des instruments en faveur de l’aide humanitaire et du développement en Afrique, permet de soutenir l’accueil de nombreux réfugiés venant de Syrie en Turquie. Bien que les fonds européens soient en très grande majorité gérés par les organisations et ONG internationales, nous appelons à davantage de transparence sur l’utilisation de certains fonds par les autorités locales et nationales. Nous demandons aussi plus de vigilance sur le respect des droits fondamentaux dans l’exécution du budget, et la conditionnalité des fonds à ce principe.
2021/10/06
The situation in Belarus after one year of protests and their violent repression (RC-B9-0482/2021, B9-0482/2021, B9-0483/2021, B9-0485/2021, B9-0488/2021, B9-0494/2021, B9-0496/2021)

Je soutiens l’adoption de cette résolution dans laquelle nous condamnons de nouveau les agissements du gouvernement Bélarus en violation des droits de l’Homme, un an après le début des manifestations.Le Parlement européen apporte son soutien à la Pologne, à la Lituanie, à la Lettonie et aux États membres victimes des manœuvres du Bélarus visant à utiliser les migrants pour faire pression sur l’Union européenne. Nous appelons les États à aider les migrants bloqués aux frontières et à saisir la Cour internationale de Justice pour condamner le Bélarus. Avec mon groupe Renew Europe, nous souhaitons le renforcement des sanctions économiques et davantage de sanctions contre les acteurs de la répression. Au travers de cette résolution, le Parlement européen réaffirme aussi son soutien aux opposants qui se battent pour la démocratie et les droits fondamentaux.
2021/10/07
Farm to Fork Strategy (A9-0271/2021 - Anja Hazekamp, Herbert Dorfmann)

Je me réjouis de l’adoption du rapport sur la stratégie «De la ferme à la table» pour une alimentation plus saine et plus durable dans l’Union européenne. Avec mon groupe Renew Europe, nous avons soutenu cette stratégie ambitieuse qui permettra d’atteindre les objectifs du Pacte vert européen.Avec cette proposition, nous assurons un modèle de production alimentaire durable et aligné avec les objectifs climatiques que nous nous sommes fixés, tout en garantissant les revenus des agriculteurs.J’ai soutenu le paragraphe disposant que l’accord de libre-échange entre l’Union européenne et le Mercosur ne peut pas être ratifié en l’état. En effet, dans le cadre des accords de libre-échange, les normes environnementales et celles sur le bien-être animal doivent être appliquées au même niveau que les autres normes.
2021/10/19
General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2022 - all sections (A9-0281/2021 - Karlo Ressler, Damian Boeselager)

Je me réjouis de l’adoption du rapport sur le budget annuel qui établit la position du Parlement européen sur le budget pour 2022. Par rapport au projet initial de la Commission européenne, nous avons augmenté le budget de 4 milliards d’euros, qui s’élève ainsi à 171,8 milliards d’euros.Le Parlement européen a annulé les coupes effectuées par le Conseil et a augmenté les fonds de programmes et politiques dans les domaines de la jeunesse, de la santé ou du transport, ces domaines participant à la relance économique.Avec mon groupe Renew Europe, nous avons obtenu une augmentation considérable du budget de COVAX de 1,1 milliard d’euros. C’était une de nos grandes priorités.Je me réjouis également du renforcement par le Parlement européen des ressources et du personnel de plusieurs agences européennes, dont le Parquet européen, Europol et Eurojust qui permettent notamment de lutter plus efficacement contre les menaces systémiques à l’État de droit.
2021/10/20
The Rule of law crisis in Poland and the primacy of EU law (B9-0532/2021, B9-0533/2021, B9-0539/2021)

Je salue l’adoption de cette résolution dans laquelle le Parlement européen condamne la remise en cause sans précédent du principe de primauté du droit européen par le Tribunal constitutionnel polonais.À travers cette résolution, présentée à l’initiative de mon groupe Renew Europe, nous demandons à la Commission de ne pas valider le plan de relance polonais et d’appliquer immédiatement le règlement sur la conditionnalité. Les fonds européens ne doivent pas financer les violations des valeurs européennes.L’Union européenne doit agir fermement et soutenir le peuple polonais qui lutte pour l’état de droit et le respect des valeurs européennes.
2021/10/21
2019 Discharge: European Border and Coast Guard Agency (A9-0270/2021 - Ryszard Czarnecki)

Je soutiens l’adoption de ce rapport sur la décision d’octroi de décharge 2019 à l’Agence européenne de garde-frontières et de garde-côtes (Frontex).Cette décision a été repoussée après que l’Agence ait été accusée de manque de transparence, de violations des droits fondamentaux et de dysfonctionnements internes.Avec mon groupe nous avons soutenu l’octroi de la décharge, car une enquête du médiateur européen a mis en avant les progrès réalisés par l’Agence. De plus, les engagements et réponses donnés par Frontex nous permettent de soutenir la décharge.Dans sa résolution, le Parlement européen souligne toutefois les dysfonctionnements constatés en 2019 et nous demandons le conditionnement d’une partie du budget de 2022 au respect et à l’atteinte d’objectifs définis.
2021/10/21
European Union Agency for Asylum (A8-0392/2016 - Elena Yoncheva)

Je salue l’adoption des accords conclus entre le Parlement européen et le Conseil concernant la transformation du Bureau européen d’appui en matière d’asile en une Agence de l’Union européenne pour l’asile à part entière. Avec l’augmentation de ses prérogatives et de son rôle sur le terrain, cette réforme était nécessaire.Après cinq ans de négociations je me réjouis que cette transformation soit adoptée. Désormais, l’Agence pourra :- Déployer du personnel sur le terrain rapidement, pour soutenir les États,- Établir une réserve de 500 experts nationaux prêts à être déployés en cas de pression migratoire,- Renforcer ses missions de formation pour les agents nationaux,- Établir un Officier droits fondamentaux pour assurer le respect des droits dans les activités de l’Agence,- Mettre en place des agents de liaison dans les États membres et les pays tiers,- Renforcer le soutien opérationnel aux pays tiers de transit ou d’origine des migrations.Je me félicite de la création de cette Agence européenne pour l’asile qui concrétise ainsi l’une des propositions fortes du programme de notre délégation Renaissance.
2021/11/11
Strengthening democracy, media freedom and pluralism in the EU (A9-0292/2021 - Tiemo Wölken, Roberta Metsola)

Je me réjouis de l’adoption de ce rapport pour le renforcement de la démocratie, de la liberté et du pluralisme des médias dans l’Union.Dans ce rapport, nous demandons à la Commission européenne de protéger les individus et organisations victimes de procédures-bâillons. Ces procédures sont utilisées pour censurer, harceler et décourager des journalistes, des militants ou des ONG d’enquêter sur des questions d’intérêts publics.Le Parlement européen demande une nouvelle législation européenne en la matière, appelle au développement de la coopération judiciaire entre États et à l’élaboration de mesures non contraignantes pour soutenir les victimes.Ces poursuites se multiplient dans de nombreux États membres et ne sont pas tolérables dans une Union de droit. Face à ces poursuites qui portent atteinte à la liberté de la presse, à la liberté d’expression et au bon fonctionnement du marché unique, l’Union européenne doit agir.
2021/11/11
The first anniversary of the de facto abortion ban in Poland (B9-0543/2021, B9-0544/2021)

Nous avons adopté une nouvelle résolution condamnant les restrictions aux droits et à la santé sexuels et reproductifs, et en particulier au droit à l’avortement et à l’accès à la contraception, imposées par la justice et le gouvernement polonais. Un an après la décision du Tribunal constitutionnel polonais interdisant quasi-totalement l’avortement, nous apportons notre soutien aux femmes polonaises.Ainsi, dans cette résolution soutenue par mon groupe Renew Europe, le Parlement européen appelle le gouvernement polonais à garantir aux femmes polonaises l’accès à l’avortement et à des services sûrs et gratuits.De plus, face à la hausse des menaces et violences dirigées contre les militants des droits de l’homme, nous demandons au gouvernement polonais de garantir un environnement sûr où chacun peut exprimer ses opinions.Enfin, nous condamnons le décès récent d’une jeune femme qui aurait pu être évité si un avortement avait été pratiqué et appelons le gouvernement polonais à garantir que cela ne se reproduise plus.
2021/11/11
Common agricultural policy: financing, management and monitoring (A8-0199/2019 - Ulrike Müller)

Je me félicite de l’adoption par le Parlement européen de l’accord sur la réforme de la politique agricole commune. Soutenue par mon groupe Renew Europe, l’accord répond à nos attentes pour une politique agricole commune plus ambitieuse et plus verte.Cet accord prévoit notamment :- la mise en cohérence obligatoire des plans stratégiques nationaux avec les engagements et objectifs environnementaux et climatiques de l’UE ;- un renforcement du soutien aux petites et moyennes exploitations ainsi qu’aux jeunes agriculteurs ;- une aide aux agriculteurs en cas de crise ;- une meilleure gestion et prévention des risques ;- un plus grand respect des règles européennes en matière de droit du travail et de transparence.
2021/11/23
2022 budgetary procedure: joint text (A9-0326/2021 - Karlo Ressler, Damian Boeselager)

Je me réjouis de l’adoption de l’accord sur le budget pour 2022. Il s’agit d’une véritable victoire pour nous, parlementaires européens, car nous avons obtenu 479,1 millions d’euros supplémentaires pour nos priorités. Le budget pour 2022 est le budget annuel le plus important jamais adopté, avec 169,5 milliards d’euros auxquels s’ajoutent environ 143,5 milliards d’euros du Plan de relance européen.Parmi les avancées notables, je souligne la mobilisation de fonds européens pour fournir 200 millions de dose de vaccins supplémentaires via le mécanisme Covax, l’augmentation du budget et du personnel du Parquet européen, chargé de lutter contre la fraude au budget européen, et les augmentations significatives pour les programmes européens en matière de santé et d’éducation.Je regrette toutefois le manque de moyens attribués aux agences européennes, notamment pour celles en charge de la gestion des frontières, de la sécurité et de l’asile et la migration. Face aux défis actuels, ces agences ont besoin des moyens financiers et humains adéquates pour soutenir les États membres.
2021/11/24
Legal migration policy and law (A9-0314/2021 - Abir Al-Sahlani)

Je salue l’adoption à une très large majorité de ce rapport d’initiative législative, porté par mon groupe Renew Europe. Dans ce rapport, nous appelons la Commission à présenter des propositions législatives sur la politique de migration légale pour les travailleurs ressortissants de pays tiers, volet manquant du nouveau pacte sur l’asile et la migration. L’objectif de cette initiative est de mieux répondre aux carences de travailleurs dans des secteurs clés de l’économie européenne et de faciliter les procédures pour l’obtention de permis de travail.Ainsi, nous formulons une série de recommandations pour bâtir un cadre légal et un système européen commun pour les travailleurs de pays tiers. Nous proposons notamment à la Commission de créer une réserve de talents au niveau de l’Union permettant de mettre en relation les employeurs européens et les travailleurs de pays tiers et de faciliter la reconnaissance des diplômes.Point important, les États membres demeurent compétents en matière de quotas de travailleurs légaux qu’ils acceptent sur leur territoire.
2021/11/25
Hague Convention (1980) on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction: accession of Philippines (A9-0300/2021 - Gilles Lebreton)

En tant que députée pro-européen, je suis convaincue de l’importance de défendre l’intérêt des enfants quelles que soient leurs origines. J’adhère pleinement au principe d’autorisation par les États Membres de l’Union Européenne de l’adhésion des Philippines à la Convention de la Haye du 25 octobre 1980, qui combat l’enlèvement parental d’enfants en instaurant un système de coopération entre les Autorités nationales et une procédure rapide de retour de l’enfant dans son État de résidence habituelle. J’ai donc soutenu le rapport législatif de Mr Gilles Lebreton approuvant cette adhésion. J’entends néanmoins préciser que mon soutien à ce rapport, dont le rapporteur est issu des rangs du groupe ID, ne saurait en aucun cas être interprété comme un lien avec ce groupe politique et les positions eurosceptiques qu’il défend et auxquelles je suis fermement opposée.
2021/11/25
Combating gender-based violence: cyberviolence (A9-0338/2021 - Elissavet Vozemberg-Vrionidi, Sylwia Spurek)

Je salue l’adoption de ce rapport d’initiative sur la lutte contre la violence en ligne à caractère sexiste. Il s’inscrit dans le cadre de la future proposition législative de la Commission européenne pour lutter et prévenir certaines formes de violence fondées sur le genre attendue pour février 2022.Soutenu par mon groupe Renew Europe, ce rapport demande à la Commission de criminaliser la cyberviolence à caractère sexiste et de définir des peines harmonisées pour les auteurs de ces violences. Il est nécessaire d’adopter des mesures européennes spécifiques pour lutter contre la cyberviolence. Le Parlement européen appelle donc à davantage de mesures pour la prévention et pour soutenir et protéger les victimes, conformément à la Convention d’Istanbul.Avec mon groupe, nous avons également demandé une définition commune de la cyberviolence pour plus de cohérence au niveau européen et entre les États membres.
2021/12/14
Digital Markets Act (A9-0332/2021 - Andreas Schwab)

Je me réjouis de l’adoption de la position du Parlement européen sur les marchés numériques qui va permettre le lancement des négociations avec les États membres.Ce rapport du Parlement européen sur les marchés numériques vise à introduire de nouvelles règles en droit de la concurrence afin de mettre un terme aux pratiques commerciales déloyales des grandes plateformes en ligne. Dans ce rapport, le Parlement européen vise à établir l’objectif suivant : les géants du numérique, en particulier les GAFAM, (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft) ne pourraient plus monopoliser le marché du numérique et imposer aux utilisateurs et aux autres entreprises les conditions d’utilisation de leurs services et les règles d’entrée sur le marché. En effet, leur pouvoir serait limité, rendant les services numériques plus équitables et les marchés seraient ouverts afin de permettre à de nouveaux acteurs d’émerger.De nombreuses priorités portées par la délégation Renaissance figurent dans ce texte : la Commission comme seul régulateur européen en coopération avec les autorités nationales, la liste d’interdiction et d’obligations des plateformes en ligne est complétée et étendue, un mécanisme de signalement pour les parties tierces, comme les lanceurs d’alerte par exemple, est intégré afin de prévenir les autorités compétentes en cas d’infractions de la part des plateformes.L’adoption de la position du Parlement sur ce sujet est la première étape pour redonner aux consommateurs une liberté de choix et aux entreprises des perspectives d’innovation. Il est grand temps que les règles du numérique soient fixées par les institutions publiques, et non les acteurs privés aux dépends des utilisateurs et citoyens européens.
2021/12/15
Fundamental rights and Rule of Law in Slovenia, in particular the delayed nomination of EPPO prosecutors (B9-0588/2021)

Je salue la résolution sur les droits fondamentaux et l’État de droit en Slovénie, soutenue par mon groupe Renew Europe, dans laquelle nous revenons sur les principales lacunes quant au respect de nos valeurs européennes.Le Parlement européen est inquiet du retard de 6 mois de la Slovénie dans la nomination des deux procureurs nationaux délégués nécessaires au bon fonctionnement et à la mise en place du Parquet européen. Si les procureurs ont aujourd’hui été nommés, les propositions de modification de la législation sur les procureurs de l’État pourraient entrainer leur révocation.Nous dénonçons également les nombreuses carences et attaques à la liberté des médias : les procédures bâillons contre les journalistes indépendants, les retards dans la transposition de la législation européenne ou encore le gel pendant plusieurs mois des fonds de l’État à l’agence nationale de presse.Enfin, nous mettons en garde contre la réduction de l’espace pour la société civile et contre les nombreuses interférences du gouvernement dans la justice et la police.
2021/12/16

Written questions (34)

Illegal use of Schengen information system database by UK authorities
2019/09/03
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Application of the Working Time Directive to voluntary work
2019/09/13
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Hearing of 16 September 2019 as part of the rule of law procedure against Hungary under Article 7(1) TEU
2019/10/15
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UK authorities’ concealed failure to alert the EU to 75 000 criminal convictions
2020/01/21
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The New Silk Road
2020/01/23
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Clearview
2020/01/28
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Alleged 'LGBTI-free zones' in Poland
2020/03/04
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The Commission’s decision to award a contract to BlackRock to oversee the development of ESG factors in the EU banking sector and corporate investment policies
2020/04/20
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Reciprocity and access to public procurement markets
2020/04/30
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Reciprocity and access to public procurement markets
2020/04/30
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Strengthening the EU-level tool to screen foreign direct investment
2020/04/30
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Coordination of de-confinement measures
2020/05/08
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Dangers of COVID-19 and worker protection
2020/05/18
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Renewable forms of maritime energy
2020/06/19
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Mass arrest of LGBTI activists in Poland
2020/09/01
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Call for the release of Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh
2020/09/08
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Disclosure of information concerning the award of a bid on environmental sustainability guideline (ESG) factors to BlackRock
2020/09/30
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Call for the proper transposition of Directive (EU) 2017/541 on combating terrorism
2020/10/22
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Stepping up measures against dangerous terrorist online content, and EU funding of associations that violate EU values
2020/10/23
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Allegations of Frontex’s complicity in violating the principle of non-refoulement
2020/10/27
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Extending the mandate of EPPO to cover cross-border terrorist crimes
2020/11/12
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Derogation for unlicensed slaughter establishments
2020/11/19
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Current state of play as regards State aid in the European railway sector
2020/12/23
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Conclusion of the EU’s accession to the Istanbul Convention
2021/04/16
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Legal consequences of a denouncement by a Member State of an international agreement signed by the European Union
2021/04/16
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Attack on the independence of the Polish Commissioner for Human Rights
2021/04/28
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Media freedom and independence of the Polish competition authority
2021/05/06
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Belarusian state-sponsored air piracy and terrorism
2021/05/25
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Ensuring fair and transparent allocation of NextGenerationEU funding
2021/06/01
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Funding of the Great Green Wall
2021/06/02
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Non‑discriminatory treatment of children with regard to the EU digital COVID‑19 certificate scheme – measures taken by the Council
2021/06/04
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The newly adopted Danish law L 226 on asylum processing
2021/07/14
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Distortion of competition in digital markets: the practice of offering ‘cloud credits’
2021/10/26
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Written question on the death of a pregnant Polish woman after being denied an abortion
2021/11/30
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Individual motions (1)

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on the review of the Financial Regulation and the Commission’s guidelines on public procurement for policy-related service contracts
2021/06/04
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Amendments (1734)

Amendment 71 #

2021/2162(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9 a (new)
9 a. Reiterates that ensuring the respect of all the values enshrined in article 2 of the TEU is a form of ensuring the protection of the EU budget and of the EU’s financial interests; highlights that Regulation 2021/1060 (CPR) equipped the Commission with strong ex-ante control mechanisms to ensure that managing authorities are in full compliance with the respect of EU values, in particular the non-discrimination principle; believes, however, that there is still a strong risk that final beneficiaries of EU funds use them in a way that is not compliant with EU values throughout their execution; calls therefore on the Commission to include in the Financial Regulation provisions setting out ex-post control mechanisms and procedures ensuring that every euro of the EU budget is used for projects or organisations that respect EU values, in addition to existing mechanisms; believes that a mandatory single, inter-operable and transparent database of direct and ultimate beneficiaries of EU funds would facilitate the detection of such breaches of EU values;
2021/10/06
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 8 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 14 a (new)
— having regard to the 1998 UN Declaration on Human rights Defenders,
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 11 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 21 a (new)
— having regard to the 7th Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention of 21 October 2021 and Decision VII/9 on a rapid response mechanism to deal with cases related to Article 3(8) of the Aarhus Convention,
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 18 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas civil society organisations (CSOs) are non-profit making organisations independent of public institutions and commercial interests, whose activities contribute to the realisation of EU values and fundamental rights; whereas CSOs can take various forms such as associations and foundations; whereas human rights defenders, activists and informal groups are also key actors in civil society;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 24 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas freedom of thought and freedom of expression are the cornerstone of every free and democratic society; whereas CSOs shall have the right to participate in matters of political and public debate, regardless of whether the position taken is in accord with government policy or advocates a change in the law;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 27 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E
E. whereas freedom of association is one of the essential bases of a democratic and pluralist society, as it allows citizens to act collectively in fields of mutual interest and to contribute to the proper functioning of public life; whereas freedom of association does not only include the ability to create or dissolve an association but also for that association to operate without unjustified interference by the State; whereas the ability to seek, secure and use resources is essential to the operation of any association; whereas prohibition or dissolution shall always be a measure of last resort;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 28 #

2021/2103(INI)

F. whereas the right to peaceful assembly is a cornerstone of democracy, crucial to creating a tolerant and pluralist society in which groups with different beliefs, practices, or policies can coexist peacefully; whereas restrictions to and policing of peaceful assemblies must respect legality, necessity, proportionality and non- discrimination;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 36 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital H
H. whereas freedom of association is being eroded in some Member States by reforms that put CSOs at risk of de- registration or introduce unduly burdensome administrative processes, including but not limited to the careless application of anti-money-laundering measures or policies restricting the right to engage in advocacy;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 44 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital I
I. whereas in some Member States, restrictions have been imposed with the deliberate aim of limiting civic space and are accompanied by legal, administrative and fiscal harassment, criminalisation and negative rhetoric aimed at stigmatising and delegitimising CSOs and draining their capacity to carry out their legitimate work; whereas hate speech, also in the online space, verbal and physical harassment and attacks also emanate from non-state actors; whereas CSOs and human rights defenders working on women’s rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, environmental issues and the protection of minorities and LGBTI rights, as well as those providing assistance to migrants and asylum seekers and those involved in search and rescue operations, are particularly exposed;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 54 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital J
J. whereas certain Member States have placed restrictions on CSOs’ ability to engage in political activities; whereas in others, accusations that CSOs are political have become tools to stigmatise and delegitimise them; whereas delegitimization in certain Member States can appear as state or media-run smear campaigns; whereas CSOs report discriminatory and restrictive funding practices in certain Member States;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 56 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital K
K. whereas policies and practices instilling a chilling effect on civic space have been adopted in certain Member States with the aim of achieving self- censorship and deterring civic actors from exercising their rights; whereas such policies often combine vague provisions leaving large discretion to public authorities and disproportionately high sanctions; whereas the mere prospect of their application can be enough to instill self-censorship without an actual need to apply them;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 72 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital M
M. whereas the emergence of government-organised non-governmental organisations (GONGOs) designed to always support the political legitimacy of those in power and support it in public debates and its political goals while presenting themselves as independent voices, constitutes one of the gravest forms of attack against CSOs, jeopardising their existence by undermining active citizenship;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 75 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital N
N. whereas while CSOs increasingly perform economic activities and contribute to the social economy, no legislative steps have been taken to unlock their operations at EU level; whereas despite concrete CJEU case law, the principle of non- discrimination and the free movement of capital applied to cross-border donations is still not universally applied in Member States;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 79 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital O
O. whereas foreign funding has been the target of legal and political attacks in some Member States; whereas in case C- 78/18, the CJEU ruled that the law referred to it violated free movement of capital and freedom of association;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 83 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital O a (new)
O a. whereas CSOs participation in the development of law and policy should be facilitated by policy frameworks enabling them to engage in dialogue with public authorities; whereas while progress has been made both at national and EU level, civil dialogue still often remains an ad hoc process;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 89 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Asserts the crucial role played by CSOs in the realisation of EU values and fundamental rights, and the implementation of EU law, policies and strategies; stresses their key contribution to informed public debate, articulating aspirations present in society, giving a voice to vulnerable and marginalised people, giving access to crucial services, providing expertise in policy-making, promoting active citizenship and acting as schools of democracy and indispensable watchdogs exercising democratic control over State institutions and ensuring accountability for public action;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 98 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Emphasises that for civil society organisations to thrive, civic space must be an enabling and safe environment free from undue interference, intimidation, harassment and chilling effects; stresses the importance of media pluralism which is crucial for CSOs to be able to reach public opinion and therefore contribute to public debate;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 104 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Warns about the degradation of civic space throughout the EU with policies hampering CSOs’ operations, their access to sustainable funding and their ability to participate in decision-making; condemns any form of harassment, smearing, stigmatisation, criminalisation and scapegoating of CSOs; stresses how these jeopardize active citizenship, the expression of critical voices, thereby undermining public debate and hence the very foundations of democracy;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 108 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3 a. Notes that the COVID-19 pandemic has further accentuated many of the existing challenges faced by CSOs; notes with concern that certain governments took advantage of the pandemic to roll back civic space and pass controversial laws while society’s ability to mobilize was limited;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 115 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Agrees with the Commission that when civil society’s space to operate shrinks, it is a sign that the rule of law is at risk; urges the Commission, therefore, to step up and structure its monitoring of the situation of civic space in the Member States by creating a ‘European civic space index’ based on existing frameworks for measuring civic space, and by dedicating to civic space a fully-fledged chapter including country recommendations in its annual rule of law report; urges the Commission to make systematic use of the reports of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights and to call on its support for methodological advice;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 126 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Urges the Commission, therefore, to adopt a comprehensive civil society strategy that integrates all existing tools, fills monitoring, support and protection gaps, and gives genuine political recognition to the crucial role played by CSOs in the realisation of EU values and policies, while clearly linking monitoring and reporting tools to enforcement mechanisms to ensure timely and effective follow-up action; and asserting the European Union’s unwavering commitment to protect and nurture the space in which they operate;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 135 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. Stresses that the ability of CSOs to act depends on the existence of an enabling legal and political environment, in particular on the exercise of freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression and the right to public participation; urges Member States to guarantee the exercise of these rights in conformity with international standards and to avail themselves of the possibility to request opinions on planned legislation from the Venice Commission;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 169 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Condemns any threats and attacks perpetrated on CSOs by state actors; equally condemns all instances of attacks and threats perpetrated by non-state actors, including, but not limited to SLAPPs; calls on the Commission to put forward legislative measures to protect civil society actors from SLAPPs;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 171 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Condemns any threats and attacks perpetrated on CSOs by state actors including negative and stigmatizing rhetoric, scapegoating as well as legal, administrative and fiscal harassment; equally condemns all instances of attacks and threats perpetrated by non-state actors, including, but not limited to SLAPPs;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 175 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. UIs concerned by the low levels of reporting of attacks and threats on CSOs at national level; urges Member States to unequivocally condemn such acts, adopt preventive measures and systematically, thoroughly and impartially investigate any related allegations, invest in training programmes for authorities to better handle such cases; calls on the Commission to accompany such processes by providing recommendations and facilitating the exchange of best practices;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 180 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13 a (new)
13 a. Calls on the Commission to include references to attacks against human rights defenders in its reporting under the Framework Decision on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia, when monitoring and assessing EU rules and tools to protect the rights of victims of crime, and when revising EU provisions on combating hate speech and hate crime;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 184 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Calls for the setting up of an EU alert mechanism allowing CSOs and human rights defenders to register attacks and seek support; considers that such a mechanism will also help reporting at Union level and contribute to better information of the European public in general;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 189 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14 a (new)
14 a. Is concerned by the difficulties expressed by CSOs in accessing resources and the additional strain caused by the pandemic on the availability of funding and fundraising activities;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 190 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14 b (new)
14 b. Urges the Commission to use its enforcement powers against Member States which unduly restrict civic space in violation of EU laws, including through infringement proceedings, the Rule of Law Framework, the new regulation on EU funding conditionality and the procedure laid down in Article 7 TEU; calls on the Commission to ensure civil society active participation and meaningful contribution to these processes;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 194 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Urges the Commission to identify existing obstacles and propose a comprehensive set of measures and recommendations to ensure long-term financing for CSOs; stresses the importance of securing complementary sources of funding including the funding of their operational activities related to advocacy and monitoring; stresses the importance of securing complementary sources of funding including public institutions at all levels, private, philanthropic and individual donors, membership fees and income generated through economic activities; emphasises that public funding should cover all types of civil society activities including advocacy, litigation and watchdog activities, education and awareness- raising, service provision as well as capacity and coalition building;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 200 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15 a (new)
15 a. Condemns any form of politically or otherwise motivated discrimination in the allocation of public funds and ensuing chilling effects; calls on Member States to ensure clear, transparent and non- discriminatory procedures in this respect;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 209 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Is gravely concerned by the emergence of GONGOs and related discriminatory and often opaque public funding practices; warns against their detrimental effect on the perceived legitimacy of CSOs and hence on citizens’ willingness to engage in active citizenship; calls on Member States to investigate and take action against groups instigating hate; emphasizes that they can distort public debate which can undermine the very fabric of democracy;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 213 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Welcomes the adoption with an increased budget of the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme; calls on the Commission to actively consult CSOs in the definition of work programmes and funding mechanisms so as to ensure transparency, flexibility and user- friendliness; welcomes re-granting mechanisms in the Union Values strand; emphasizes the importance of securing sufficient funding for watchdog, advocacy and litigation activities, as well as capacity building, as these boost CSOs’ contribution to safeguarding EU values and fundamental rights; calls on the Commission to ensure that funding is earmarked to support CSOs in implementing the tasks and roles assigned to them in its various sectoral policies; calls for a specific emergency funding and practical support for civic actors and human rights defenders at risk;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 221 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17 a (new)
17 a. Calls on the Commission to redouble its efforts to boost CSO participation in the CERV programme and other centrally managed funds, including via further simplification, more flexible eligibility criteria, and targeted information and training; calls on the Commission to step up its monitoring of practices in Member States and provide recommendations ways to boost CSO participation in programmes under shared management; calls on the Commission to better involve and train CSOs in monitoring the spending of EU funds at Member State level;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 224 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17 b (new)
17 b. Considers that budgetary support for civil society organisations should not only be foreseen, but also promoted and supported in all EU programmes; regrets that the European Recovery Package did not target specifically civil society organisations in addition to business and small and medium companies; calls the European Commission and Member States to ensure that CSOs are involved throughout the implementation and the monitoring of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans and of other funds under shared management; calls on the Commission to ensure that independent civil society organisations are not negatively impacted by the withdrawal of funding under the regulation in cases where there is a suspicion that EU funds could have been misused by a member state, by providing for specific modalities to channel funding to CSOs adapted to the environment in which they operate;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 228 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Urges the Commission to ensure that EU funds are only awarded to organisations that are strictly independent from any government and fully adhere to EU values; calls on the Commission to check whether the national recovery plans meet the funding needs of CSOs; calls for the rule of law conditionality mechanism (Regulation (EU) 2020/2092) to be applied with immediate effect;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 229 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Urges the Commission to ensure that EU fundsset out conditions and procedures to ensure that EU funds, whether in direct or shared management, are only awarded to organisations that are strictly independent from any government and fully adhere to EU values;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 239 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19
19. Condemns attempts by certain Member States to impose limitations on foreign funding and the related political narratives they have promulgated and measures they have taken with the aim of stigmatising CSOs; recalls that the CJEU found that these violate free movement of capital and freedom of association; calls on the Commission to keep initiating infringement procedures in this regard and systematically apply for interim measures;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 245 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19 a (new)
19 a. Emphasizes the importance of tax incentives to boost private donations; encourages Member States to further develop such schemes; calls on the Commission to map best practices and produce recommendations;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 246 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19 b (new)
19 b. Calls on the Commission to produce guidance on the principle of non- discrimination and free movement of capital applied to cross-border donations; emphasizes that an approximation of the definition of the concept of public benefit would enable mutual recognition and equal treatment in terms of cross-border donations and benefits related to such public benefit status;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 251 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20
20. Calls on the Commission to produce guidance on the principle of non- discrimination and free movement of capital applied to cross-border donations; calls for an EU-level definition of the concept of public benefit, as that would boost cross-border donations insofar as it would enable mutual recognition of public benefit status and equal treatment in terms of the related advantages; invites the Commission to set up measures to remove obstacles to cross border philanthropy and ensure equal treatment of donations across borders inline with CJEU rulings;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 256 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21
21. Stresses the importance of civil dialogue in informed policy-making and emphasises that the privileged position of CSOs in contact with citizens, including marginalized or vulnerable groups, and their expertise, confers on them a key role in civil dialogue;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 259 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21 a (new)
21 a. Welcomes positive steps taken in some Member States with new civil dialogue strategies and civil society advisory committees; condemns however, practices deliberately hampering CSO participation such as their exclusion from public processes, the recourse to opaque catch-all laws and accelerated parliamentary processes bypassing consultation and deliberation obligations;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 261 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21 b (new)
21 b. Recalls that the urgency of COVID-19-related measures further limited CSOs’ access to decision-making; notes however efforts made to counter this in a number of Member States;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 264 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22
22. Regrets that civil dialogue often remains an ad hoc process; calls on the Member States to develop coherent policy frameworks that ensure structured, predictable and long-term processes, inclusive participation and systematic review systematic review, and to allocate appropriate means including for training relevant officials; calls on the Commission to provide recommendations based on the analysis of existing practices;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 271 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22 a (new)
22 a. Considers in this respect that the European Parliament should also appoint one of its Vice-Presidents to carry out an open, transparent and regular dialogue with civil society; encourages political groups to devise their own civil dialogue structures;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 273 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22 b (new)
22 b. Considers that all EU institutions should review their terms of engagement with CSOs inline with Article 11 to ensure an open, transparent, meaningful and regular dialogue with civil society, on an equal footing with other stakeholders; calls for an interinstitutional agreement on civil dialogue between all main institutions covering all areas of Union policy as well as transversal processes such as, for example, the State of the Union or the Conference for the Future of Europe;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 274 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23
23. Welcomes the attribution to a Commission Vice-President of the responsibility to maintain an open, transparent and regular dialogue with civil society; stresses that civil dialogue should be further operationalised; invites in particular the European Commission to set up within each Directorate General specific focal points for civil society to be in close contact with the Vice-President and the coordination of the Secretariat General; invites the European Commission to set up a participatory status with civil society; considers it key that a wide variety of CSOs is given a prominent role via a transparent selection process in expert groups and advisory forums assisting the Commission and that emphasis is put on CSOs speaking for vulnerable and underrepresented groups;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 282 #

2021/2103(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24
24. Calls on the Commission to leverage the definition of national programmes implementing EU funds and the implementation by Member States of EU strategies and action plans to require Member States to put in place effective CSO participation and civil dialogue mechanisms;
2021/11/16
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 1 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation -1 a (new)
— having regard to Articles 2 and 7 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU),
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 3 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 3 a (new)
— having regards to its resolution of 10 June 2021 on the rule of law situation in the European Union and the application of the Conditionality Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2020/20921a _________________ 1a Texts adopted, P9_TA(2021)0287.
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 5 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 3 a (new)
— having regard to the Commission communication of 30 September 2020 on the 2020 Rule of Law Report – the rule of law situation in the European Union (COM(2020)0580),
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 6 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 3 b (new)
— having regard to the Commission’s reasoned proposal for a Council decision of 20 December 2017 on the determination of a clear risk of a serious breach by the Republic of Poland of the rule of law, issued in accordance with Article 7(1) of the Treaty on European Union (COM(2017)0835),
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 6 #

2021/2071(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Regrets the Commission’s intention to develop guidelines for the application of the Regulation; Reiterates that the application of the Rule of Law Conditionality Regulation cannot be subject to the adoption of guidelines, and urges the Commission to avoid any further delay in its application;
2021/06/18
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 7 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital -A (new)
-A. whereas the conditionality mechanism set out by the Regulation was part of the overall political agreement on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027, the Next Generation EU (NGEU) recovery plan and the Own Resources Decision, and should not be delayed in its application, in particular with regard to the application of the aforementioned instruments;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 7 #

2021/2071(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1 a. Stresses that measures under the Regulation are necessary in particular in cases where other procedures set out in Union legislation would not allow the Union budget to be protected more efficiently; recalls that clear cases of breaches of the rule of law in several Member States are left unpunished and undermine the EU's financial interests;
2021/06/18
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 8 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital -A a (new)
-A a. whereas the volume of the MFF 2021-2027 and the NGEU represents an unprecedented budget for the EU in its history that aims to support EU’s economic and social recovery following the consequences of the EU-Covid pandemic, and therefore requires more than ever timely and proper application of the principles of the sound financial management, as well as the protection of EU’s financial interests;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 8 #

2021/2071(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Notes that after the Commission has begun to draft guidelines on the application of the Regulation; requests that, if the Commission deems such guidelines necessary, Parliament be consulted prior to their adopdecided to preprare the Guidelines the Parliament in its resolution of 25 March 2021 on the application of Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2020/2092, the rule-of-law conditionality mechanism requested the Commission to submit the guidelines by 1 June 2021 the latest; regrets that the Commission has handed over the draft guidelines on the application of the Regulation with 2 weeks delay; is of the opinion that the draft guidelines in its current form do not contain any additional information, which could contribute to the proper application of the regulation; concludes therefore that the Commission’s guidelines are partof its delaying tactic of the application of the regulation;
2021/06/18
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 9 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital -A b (new)
-A b. whereas according to the Regulation, respect for the rule of law is an essential precondition for compliance with the principles of sound financial management;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 11 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas the Commission decided to abide by the non-binding European Council conclusions of December 2020 and declared that it would develop guidelines for the application of the Regulation;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 13 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B a (new)
B a. whereas, in its resolution of 25 March 2021 on the application of Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2020/2092, the rule-of-law conditionality mechanism, Parliament requested the Commission to adopt the guidelines no later than 1 June 2021 and after having consulted Parliament;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 13 #

2021/2071(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2 a. Deplores the time wasted by the Commission since the entry into force of the Regulation; urges the Commission to act without any further delay in the application of the Regulation and to investigate swiftly and thoroughly any potential breaches of the principles of the rule of law in the Member States that affect or seriously risk affecting the sound financial management of the Union budget or the protection of the financial interests of the Union in a sufficiently direct way; reiterates that the situation in some Member States already warrants immediate investigation under the Regulation;
2021/06/18
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 14 #

2021/2071(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2 b. Is strongly of the opinion that the Parliament has to continue its necessary preparations for potential court proceedings under Article 265 of the TFEU against the Commission; is of the opinion that non-action or slow action by the Commission is a strong political signal not only to the European institutions and the Member States but also to the European citizens;
2021/06/18
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 15 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Takes note of the Commission’s intention to develop guidelines for the application of the Regulation; reiterates once again its view that the text of the Regulation is clear and does not require any additional interpretation in order to be applied; further stresses that the legislators have not conferred implementing or executive powers to the Commission to precise the application of the Regulation;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 17 #

2021/2071(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Recalls that any guidelines must not undermine the adopted regulation or the intention of the co-legislators; stresses that the legislators did not empower the Commission to adopt guidelines, implementing or executive acts to clarify the conditions of application of the Regulation; asks the Commission to avoid strict or exhaustive definitions of the concepts, as this would be in contradiction with the Regulation; considers that interpretation of abstract concepts is a dynamic process which cannot be predefined in one document; believes that the guidelines should fully respect the interpretation of relevant concepts by the Court of Justice of the European Union and the Venice Commission.
2021/06/18
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 20 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Takes note ofRegrets the Commission’s intention to develop guidelines for the application of the Regulation; reiterates once again its view that the text of the Regulation is clear and does not require any additional interpretation in order to be applied;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 21 #

2021/2071(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3 a. Considers that the Commission’s annual Rule of Law report constitutes an objective, impartial, fair, and qualitative assessment of breaches of the principles of rule of law; believes that where the conclusions of the annual reports highlight individual or systemic breaches of the rule of law which affect or seriously risk affecting the sound financial management of the Union budget or the protection of the financial interests of the Union in a sufficiently direct way, they should be directly linked to the triggering of the Conditionality Mechanism; calls on the Commission to clarify a methodology to create a clear and direct link, when relevant, between the annual reports and the Conditionality Mechanism;
2021/06/18
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 24 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Highlights that guidelines are not legally binding and by no means could delay the application of the Regulation already in force; notes that the Commission is deviating from its usual practice of drafting guidelines for the application of a legal act only in cases where the actual implementation of the act over a certain period of time shows the need for guidance;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 25 #

2021/2071(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3 a. Calls on the Commission to clarify in the guidelines that breaches of the rule of law in a Member State which result from decisions or events that took place prior to 1 January 2021 still fall within the scope of the Regulation as long as their effect is still ongoing;
2021/06/18
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 26 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Highlights that guidelines are not legally binding; notdeplores that the Commission is deviating from its usual practice of drafting guidelines for the application of a legal act only in cases where the actual implementation of the act over a certain period of time shows the need for guidance;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 27 #

2021/2071(INI)

3 b. Highlights that civil society, including independent NGOs and citizens, is at the forefront to identify potential breaches of the rule of law at local and national level, and should therefore be involved in their reporting; calls on the Commission to establish, in the guidelines, an efficient, user-friendly, and easily accessible online one-stop shop for citizens and civil society to report both fraud and corruption cases related to EU Funds, as well as individual or systemic breaches in their Member State, guaranteeing anonymity and leading, where deemed relevant by its services, to further investigations by the OLAF, the EPPO or the Commission;
2021/06/18
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 29 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3 a. Strongly regrets the Commission’s failure to respond to Parliament’s request and to adopt its guidelines by 1 June 2021; reiterates its call on the Commission to draft the guidelines as soon as possible in close cooperation with Parliament ; reminds the Commission that Parliament already started the necessary preparations for potential court proceedings under Article 265 of the TFEU against the Commission;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 30 #

2021/2071(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 c (new)
3 c. Recalls that the Regulation provides a clear definition of the rule of law, which must be understood in relation to the other values of the Union, including fundamental rights and non- discrimination; is of the opinion that state-sponsored discrimination against minorities has a direct impact on the projects on which Member States decide or not to spend EU money, and therefore directly affects the protection of the financial interests of the Union;
2021/06/18
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 32 #

2021/2071(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 d (new)
3 d. Believes that transparency is essential to foster the confidence of Member States and citizens in the Conditionality Mechanism:points out that each step of the procedure of the Regulation should therefore be taken in a fully transparent way; Calls therefore on the Commission to set-up the transparency rules and principles that it will apply when triggering the Conditionality Mechanism;
2021/06/18
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 33 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. UStresses that measures under the Regulation are necessary in particular in cases where other procedures set out in Union legislation would not allow the Union budget to be protected more efficiently; therefore urges the Commission to avoid any further delay in the application of the Regulation and to investigate swiftly and thoroughly any potential breaches of the principles of the rule of law in the Member States that affect or seriously risk affecting the sound financial management of the Union budget or the protection of the financial interests of the Union in a sufficiently direct way; reiterates that the situation in some Member States already warrants immediate investigation under the Regulation, in particular Member States already under the procedure of Article 7 TEU;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 35 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. UDeplores the time wasted by the Commission since the entry into force of the Regulation; urges the Commission to avoidct without any further delay in the application of the Regulation and to investigate swiftly and thoroughly any potential breaches of the principles of the rule of law in the Member States that affect or seriously risk affecting the sound financial management of the Union budget or the protection of the financial interests of the Union in a sufficiently direct way; reiterates that the situation in some Member States already warrants immediate investigation under the Regulation;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 41 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. AskRequests the Commission to report to Parliament on a quarterly or semi-annual basis regarding new and ongoing cases under investigation, starting as soon as possible with the first cases;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 46 #

2021/2071(INI)

6 a. Calls on the Commission to clarify in the guidelines that breaches of the rule of law in a Member state which result from decisions or events that took place prior to 1 January 2021 still fall within the scope of the regulation as long as their effect is still ongoing;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 51 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. Draws particular attention to the list of indicative breaches of the principles of the rule of law laid down in Article 3 of the Regulation; calls onurges the Commission to investigate potential occurrences of the breaches included in that list in the Member States, while pointing out that other practices or omissions by public authorities may also be relevant;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 61 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Recalls that identification of breaches of the principles of the rule of law requires objective, impartial, fair and thorough qualitative assessment by the Commission, taking into account relevant information from available sources and recognised institutions; in particular, calls on the Commission to take materials from EU bodies, such as the Court of Justice of the European Union, the Court of Auditors, the Commission’s annual Rule of Law Report and EU Justice Scoreboard, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), or from international organisations, such as the Council of Europe;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 64 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8 a. Considers that the Commission’s annual Rule of Law report constitutes an objective, impartial, fair, and qualitative assessment of breaches of the principles of rule of law; believes that where the conclusions of the annual reports highlight individual or systemic breaches of the rule of law which affect or seriously risk affecting the sound financial management of the Union budget or the protection of the financial interests of the Union in a sufficiently direct way, they should be directly linked to the triggering of the conditionality mechanism; calls on the Commission to clarify, in the guidelines, a methodology to create a clear and direct link, when relevant, between the annual reports and the conditionality mechanism;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 67 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 b (new)
8 b. Highlights that civil society, including independent NGOs and citizens, is at the forefront to identify potential breaches of the rule of law at local and national level, and should therefore be involved in their reporting; calls on the Commission to establish, in the guidelines, an efficient, user-friendly, and easily accessible online one-stop shop for citizens and civil society to report both fraud and corruption cases related to EU Funds, as well as individual or systemic breaches in their Member State, guaranteeing anonymity and leading, where deemed relevant by its services, to further investigations by the OLAF, the EPPO or the Commission;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 75 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 a (new)
10 a. Recalls that the Regulation provides a clear definition of the rule of law, which must be understood in relation to the other values of the Union, including fundamental rights and non- discrimination; is of the opinion that state-sponsored discrimination against minorities has a direct impact on the projects on which Member States decide or not to spend EU money, and therefore directly affects the protection of the financial interests of the Union; calls on the Commission to take this into account when drafting the guidelines;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 80 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Recalls that measures under the Regulation are necessary in particular in cases where other procedures set out in Article 7 TEU, in the Common Provision Regulation (CPR), in the Financial regulation or in other sector-specific or financial legislation would not allow the Union budget to be protected more effectively; stresses that this does not mean that the Regulation is to be considered as a ‘last resort’, but rather that the Commission can use a wide range of procedures to protect the Union’s financial interests, to be chosen on a case- by-case basis depending on their efficiency and effectiveness;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 91 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Underlines that ‘systemic’ breaches, for instance those affecting the functioning of the justice system, the independence of judges or the neutrality of public authorities, have in general a clear inand direct impact on the proper management, spending and control of Union funds;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 93 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Recalls that Articles 6 and 7 of the Regulation sets out all steps and a precise timeline for the adoption and lifting of measures under the Regulation; underlines that the procedure for adopting and lifting measures respects the principles of objectivity, non-discrimination and equal treatment of Member States and is to be conducted using a non-partisan and evidence-based approach;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 98 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15 a (new)
15 a. Believes that transparency is essential to foster the confidence of Member States and citizens in the conditionality mechanism: points out that each step of the procedure of the Regulation should therefore be taken in a fully transparent way;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 99 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15 b (new)
15 b. Calls on the Commission to set up, in the guidelines, the transparency rules and principles that it will apply when triggering the Conditionality Mechanism;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 100 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15 c (new)
15 c. Believes that transparency implies, in particular: - disclosing the sources used by the Commission to trigger the Mechanism, - disclosing the content of the written notifications sent to the Members States, - disclosing the answers received from the Member States and the remedies proposed, - disclosing the Commission’s assessment leading to the potential lifting of adopted measures under the Mechanism, - keeping the European Parliament informed and involved at every step of the process to ensure the democratic scrutiny of the Mechanism and of EU funds;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 105 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16 a (new)
16 a. Recalls that under the Regulation, it is essential that the legitimate interest of final recipients and beneficiaries are properly safeguarded;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 111 #

2021/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18 a (new)
18 a. Recalls that the Regulation shall be applied in a manner that ensures the protection of persons reporting on breaches of Union law, in line with the principles set out in Directive (EU) 2019/1937;
2021/06/17
Committee: BUDGCONT
Amendment 27 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas independent journalism and access to pluralistic information are key pillars of democracy; whereas a vibrant civil society operating in an enabling legal and political environment allowing it to play its fundamental role in monitoring the situation of the rule of law and fundamental rights, corruption and promoting good governance, accountability and transparency is essential for any democracy to thrive;
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 57 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) are lawsuits or other legal actions (e.g. injunctions, asset-freezing) based on civil and criminal law, as well as the threats of such actions, with the purpose of preventing acts of public participation including investigating and reporting on breaches of Union and national law, corruption or other fraudulent practices or of blocking public participationengaging in advocacy or activism through the exercise of legally guaranteed civil liberties;
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 63 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B a (new)
B a. whereas SLAPPs claims arise from the public participation of the defendant, on matters of public interest, which lack legal merits, are manifestly unfounded, and are characterised by the abuse of rights or of process by the plaintiff, exerting excessive claims in matters in which the defendant is exercising a legally protected right, therefore using the judicial process for purposes other than genuinely asserting, vindicating or exercising a right;
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 78 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. whereas SLAPPs have become an increasingly widespread practice used against journalists, academics, civil society and NGOsctors, NGOs and other actors engaging in public participation, as demonstrated by many cases throughout the Union, such as the chilling case of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was reportedly facing 47 civil and criminal defamation lawsuits, (resulting in the freezing of her assets) on the day of her strongly condemned assassination on 16 October 2017, and the lawsuits her heirs continue to face; whereas other illustrative and alarming cases include Realtid Media, which was repeatedly threatened with a lawsuit in a different jurisdiction from where the reporting in question took place, and Gazeta Wyborcza, which continues to be sued by a number of public entities and officials on a regular basis, or the Slovenian investigative news outlet Necenzurirano recently hit by 39 lawsuits, amongst others;
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 89 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C a (new)
C a. whereas SLAPPs are increasingly being used across the EU to target NGOs, civil society activists and rights defenders, including environmental activists, LGBTQI and women's rights defenders
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 107 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D a (new)
D a. whereas non-cross-border SLAPP cases are increasingly more used within the Member States, by both private companies and public entities, aiming to limit free speech and the right to information, producing a chilling effect against journalists, academics, civil society and NGO representatives, relying on psychologically and financially draining their targets in order to force them to abandon exposing matters of public interest;
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 120 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Highlights that SLAPPs intend to censor, intimidate, and silence critics such as media outlets journalists, NGOs, activists and other actors engaging in public participation, by burdening them with the cost and time of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition, therefore SLAPPs are a direct attack on the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms, particularly the freedom of expression; underlines that fundamental rights and democracy are linked to upholding the rule of law, and that undermining media freedom and public democratic participation threatens Union values as enshrined in Article 2 of the TEU; is of the opinion that SLAPPs are particularly concerning if they are funded directly or indirectly from state budgets and are combined with other indirect and direct state measures against independent media outlets, independent journalism and civil society including unlawful state aid to government friendly outlets, financing disinformation and GONGOs; welcomes the fact that the rule of law report includes SLAPP lawsuits in its assessment of media freedom and pluralism across the Union, and points to best practices in countering them; calls for the annual report to include a thorough assessment of the legal environment for the media, and investigative journalism in particular; as well as a comprehensive analysis of the regulatory and political environment in which civil society organisations operate;
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 123 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Highlights that SLAPPs are a direct attack on the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms; underlines that fundamental rights and democracy are linked to upholding the rule of law, and that undermining media freedom and public democratic participation, including freedom of expression, of information, of assembly and of association, threatens Union values as enshrined in Article 2 of the TEU; welcomes the fact that the rule of law report includes SLAPP lawsuits in its assessment of media freedom and pluralism across the Union, and points to best practices in countering them; calls for the annual report to include a thorough assessment of the legal environment for the media, and investigative journalism in particular; calls on the Commission to also issue country-specific recommendations within the framework of the annual rule of law report for future years, including for issues concerning the situation of media freedom within the Member States;
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 153 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2 a. Highlights that the use of SLAPPs has a negative impact on the enjoyment of internal market freedoms by individuals and organisations engaging in public participation and vulnerable to such claims, such as journalists or civil society activists, as the absence of the same level of protection against these claims, within the jurisdictions of certain Member States, discourages them to operate confidently all across the Union;
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 160 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Points out that SLAPPs constitute a misuse of Member States’ justice systems and legal frameworks, especially for successfully addressing ongoing common challenges outlined in the Justice Scoreboard, such as caseload administration and case backlogs; recalls that a properly functioning justice system delivers judgements without undue delay, and manages judicial resources so as to maximise efficiency, and that this is only possible where judges and judicial bodies are not burdened with the handling of claims that are later on dismissed as abusive and lacking in legal merit; stresses therefore that SLAPPs constitute an severe hampering of the effective access to justice;
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 182 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Highlights that in recent years online hate speech has become increasingly widespread against journalists, NGOs, rights defenders, academics and other civil society actors, including those defending LGBTQI or women's rights, thus threatening media freedom, freedom of expression and public safety given that online hate speech can incite real-world violence;
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 190 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Stresses that SLAPPs are often meritless, frivolous or based on exaggerated claims, and that they are not initiated for the purposes of obtaining a favourable judicial outcome but rather only to intimidate, harass, tire out, put psychological pressure on or consume the financial resources of journalists, academics, civil society and NGOs, with the ultimate objective of blackmailing and forcing them into silence through the judicial procedure itself; stresses that SLAPPs cause not only a financial burden but also bear dire psychological consequences for their targets as well as their family members, aggravated by the fact that the latter may also inherit those abusive proceedings upon the target’s death, as it happened to the husband and sons of Daphne Caruana Galizia; points out that this chilling effect can lead to self- censorship, suppressing participation in democratic life, and also discourages others from similar actions, from entering into these professions or from proceeding with relevant associated activities;
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 200 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Stresses that SLAPPs are often meritless, frivolous or based on exaggerated claims, and that they are not initiated for the purposes of obtaining a favourable judicial outcome but rather only to intimidate, harass, tire out, put psychological pressure on or consume the financial resources of those targeted, such as journalists, academics, civil society and NGOs, with the ultimate objective of blackmailing and forcing them into silence through the judicial procedure itself; points out that this chilling effect can lead to self- censorship, suppressing participation in democratic life, and also discourages others from similar actions, from entering into these professions or from proceeding with relevant associated activities;
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 212 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Underlines that an imbalance of power between the claimant and the defendant in terms of financial resources is a common feature of SLAPPs; highlights that unpredictably large damages' award claims in matters such as libel, are capable of producing a strong chilling effect against their targets and therefore the admissibility of laying such claims should require highly careful scrutiny and very strong justifications;
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 219 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9
9. Stresses, with regard to this problem, that all Member States lack harmonised minimum standards to protect journalists, academiclegislation on and harmonization of minimum standards to sufficiently protect SLAPP targets such as journalists, academics, rights defenders, activists, civil society actors and NGOs and to ensure that fundamental rights are upheld in the Member States;
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 247 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Agrees with the numerous academics, legal practitioners and victims who point to the need for legislative action against the growing problem of SLAPPs; urgently calls, therefore, for the Brussels Ia and Rome II Regulations to be amendmentsed in order to prevent ‘libel tourism’ or ‘forum shopping’; urgently calls for the introduction of a uniform and predictable choice of law rule for defamation, as well as for proposals for binding Union legislation on establishing minimum standards, harmonised and effective safeguards for victims of SLAPPs across the Union, including through a directive or a regulation; argues that without such legislative action, SLAPPs will continue to threaten the rule of law and the fundamental rights tof freedom of expression, association and information in the Union; is concerned that if measures only address lawsuits regarding infordefamation, actions based on other civil matters or criminal procedures may still be used;
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 260 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Affirms that legislative measures at Union level could be based on Article 81 of the TFEU (for cross-border civil lawsuits) and Article 82 of the TFEU (for threats of lawsuits in cross-border cases), and separately on Article 114 of the TFEU to protect public participation in order to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market by exposing corruption and other distortions; asserts that the latter measure could also address attempts to prevent investigation and reporting on breaches of Union law using the same legal base asa similar approach to the one that led to the adoption of Directive (EU) 2019/1937 (the ‘Whistleblower Directive’);
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 267 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Considers that it is essential to adopt a legislative measure protecting the role of actors engaging in public participation, such as journalists, academics, civil society and NGOs in preventing breaches of Union law and ensuring the proper functioning of the internal market; urges the Commission to present a proposal for legislation that sets out safeguards for persons investigating and, reporting on or exposing these matters of public interest; highlights that such a proposal shall include rules on the early dismissal of abusive lawsuits, alongside deterrent measures aiming to disincentivise claims intended to suppress public participation such as civil penalties or administrative fines, including cost- shifting sanctions; underlines that these measures should apply to both cross- border and non-cross border cases of SLAPPs;
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 291 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Urges the Commission to present a proposal for a measure that develops judicial cooperation in civil matters so as to address cross-border SLAPP cases by providing for rules on the early dismissal of abusive lawsuits and other actions in court that have the purpose of preventing public participation, which should include dissuasive cost-shifting sanctions, consideration of abusive motives even if the lawsuit or action is not dismissed, costs and damages; calls on the Commission, further, to address questions giving rise to forum shopping and libel tourism in a forthcoming review of the Brussels Ia and Rome II Regulations;
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 318 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Underlines the urgent need for a robust fund for supporting victims of SLAPPs; stress the importance for victims and potential victims of SLAPPs to have easy and accessible information about these type of cases, legal aid and support, including psychological support for victims and their family members;
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 336 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21
21. Recalls the importance of Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2020/2092 on a general regime of conditionality for the protection of the Union budget, which has applied to all commitment and payment appropriations since 1 January 2021; calls on the Commission to make use of existing legal provisions within the Regulation and implement a regime of conditionality immediately, once conditions are met in any Member State;
2021/07/15
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 348 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Annex – point 1 – part II – indent 1a (new)
support for the creation of dedicated national networks of specialised lawyers, legal practitioners and psychologists, easily available for victims of SLAPPs and their families;
2021/07/09
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 348 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Annex – point 1 – part II – indent 1a (new)
support for the creation of dedicated national networks of specialised lawyers, legal practitioners and psychologists, easily available for victims of SLAPPs and their families;
2021/09/06
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 350 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Annex – point 1 – part II – indent 3
the creation of a specific Union fund to provide financial support to victims of SLAPPs and their family members, including in terms of financial aid, legal assistance and psychological support;
2021/07/09
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 350 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Annex – point 1 – part II – indent 3
the creation of a specific Union fund to provide financial support to victims of SLAPPs and their family members, including in terms of financial aid, legal assistance and psychological support;
2021/09/06
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 357 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Annex – point 1 – part II – indent 4
support for independent bodies (such as ombudspersons) able to deal with complaints from persons threatened or faced with SLAPP suits, and to provide assistance to them, and support for media self-regulatory bodies dealing with ethical complaints by the public and promoting the importance of ethics and professional journalistic practices;
2021/07/09
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 357 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Annex – point 1 – part II – indent 4
support for independent bodies (such as ombudspersons) able to deal with complaints from persons threatened or faced with SLAPP suits, and to provide assistance to them, and support for media self-regulatory bodies dealing with ethical complaints by the public and promoting the importance of ethics and professional journalistic practices;
2021/09/06
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 362 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Annex – point 1 – part II – indent 6
a ‘one-stop-shop’/support hub which victims of SLAPPs can contact and where they can receive guidance and easy access to information on and support against SLAPPs, including regarding ‘first aid’, legal aid, financial and psychological support, including through peer exchange networks;
2021/07/09
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 362 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Annex – point 1 – part II – indent 6
a ‘one-stop-shop’/support hub which victims of SLAPPs can contact and where they can receive guidance and easy access to information on and support against SLAPPs, including regarding ‘first aid’, legal aid, financial and psychological support, including through peer exchange networks;
2021/09/06
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 369 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Annex – point 2 – part I – introductory part
A legislative proposal for a general protection measure would have the dual aim of protecting persons investigating or report, reporting, or exposing matters of public interest concerning:
2021/07/09
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 369 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Annex – point 2 – part I – introductory part
A legislative proposal for a general protection measure would have the dual aim of protecting persons investigating or report, reporting, or exposing matters of public interest concerning:
2021/09/06
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 372 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Annex – point 2 – part I – point a
(a) possible breaches of Union law;
2021/07/09
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 372 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Annex – point 2 – part I – point a
(a) possible breaches of Union law;
2021/09/06
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 395 #

2021/2036(INI)

A proposal for a civil procedure measure applicable in both cross-border and non- cross-border cases should include:
2021/07/09
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 397 #

2021/2036(INI)

A proposal for a civil procedure measure applicable in both cross-border and non- cross-border cases should include:
2021/09/06
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 400 #

2021/2036(INI)

(b) the obligation for courts to summarily dismiss abusive lawsuits; at a very early stage;
2021/07/09
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 402 #

2021/2036(INI)

(b) the obligation for courts to summarily dismiss abusive lawsuits at a very early stage;
2021/09/06
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 409 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Annex – point 3 – part II – point a
(a) a bespoke rule concerning claims arising from public participation, distinguishing jurisdiction in such cases from ordinary torts, whereby the habitual residence of the defendant as the sole forum;
2021/07/09
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 410 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Annex – point 3 – part II – point a
(a) a bespoke rule concerning claims arising from public participation, distinguishing jurisdiction in such cases from ordinary torts, whereby the habitual residence of the defendant as the sole forum;
2021/09/06
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 416 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Annex – point 3 – part II – point b
(b) that the applicable law is the law of the place where the investigation or reporting took placeto which a publication is directed and, supplementary, the place of editorial control.
2021/07/09
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 418 #

2021/2036(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Annex – point 3 – part II – point b
(b) that the applicable law is the law of the place where the investigation or reporting took placeto which a publication is directed and, supplementary, the place of editorial control.
2021/09/06
Committee: JURILIBE
Amendment 62 #

2021/2035(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. whereas gender-based violence is violence directed against womea person because they are women and it affects women disproportionatelyof that person's gender or violence that affects persons of a particular gender disproportionately; whereas ‘violence against women’ means any act of gender- based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life; whereas LGBTI persons are also victims of gender-based violence because of their gender, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics; whereas gender-based violence is rooted in gender stereotypes, patriarchal structures and power asymmetries;
2021/06/08
Committee: LIBEFEMM
Amendment 75 #

2021/2035(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C a (new)
Ca. whereas education has a central part to play in order to prevent gender- based violence, in particular by challenging the negative social norms that drive this phenomenon and by empowering youth to recognize, address and prevent these acts;
2021/06/08
Committee: LIBEFEMM
Amendment 81 #

2021/2035(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C b (new)
Cb. whereas effectively tackling gender-based violence implies setting-up training programs for the professionals involved (social workers, healthcare providers, law enforcement, the justice system etc.) so that they are able to identify, address and respond to gender- based violence;
2021/06/08
Committee: LIBEFEMM
Amendment 102 #

2021/2035(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E a (new)
Ea. whereas gender-based violence comes with important costs for our European societies, be it in terms of lost economic output, provision of services, including health, legal, social and specialised services; whereas, however, the highest costs are borne by the victims which have to permanently live with the emotional scars of these traumatic experiences; whereas the well-being of victims of gender-based violence should guide EU action;
2021/06/08
Committee: LIBEFEMM
Amendment 212 #

2021/2035(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. IEmphasizes the importance of the preventive measures in combating violence against women and girls; insists on actions to prevent gender- based violence by addressing the underlying causes, including counteracting sexism, gender stereotypes and patriarchal values; underlines the need for gender equality to have a central place in education and the need for awareness- raising campaigns; stresses the specific need to educate children and young people on gender- based violence, which would contribute to the prevention of crimes;
2021/06/08
Committee: LIBEFEMM
Amendment 214 #

2021/2035(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. Insists on actions to prevent gender- based violence by addressing the underlying causes, including counteracting sexism, gender stereotypes and patriarchal values; underlines the need for gender equality to have a central place in education and the need for awareness- raising campaigns; calls on the Commission to work together with the Member States to make sure that gender- based violence is effectively tackled throughout the national curricula;
2021/06/08
Committee: LIBEFEMM
Amendment 231 #

2021/2035(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Calls on the Commission and the Member States to improve the regular availability and comparability of quality, disaggregated data on all forms of gender- based violence through cooperation with Eurostat, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and the European Institute for Gender Equality; stresses the importance of promoting cooperation between the Member States on the issue of gender-based violence, which also enables the Member States with successful policies to share their experiences through exchange of best practices;
2021/06/08
Committee: LIBEFEMM
Amendment 298 #

2021/2035(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Underlines the obligation on Member States to ensure that there is support and services for survivors of gender-based violence; recalls the importance, in that context, of support to independent civil society and women’s shelter organisations; highlights the necessity to raise awareness amongst women and girls about available support for victims;
2021/06/08
Committee: LIBEFEMM
Amendment 308 #

2021/2035(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Calls on the Member States to improve the resources and training of practitioners, law enforcement officers and all professionals dealing with victims of gender-based violence; points out the importance of making full use of the training possibilities available to Member States through the various programmes and agencies of the European Union dealing with the prevention of gender- based violence; calls on Members States to ensure that victims have the right to state- funded legal aid before and during legal proceedings;
2021/06/08
Committee: LIBEFEMM
Amendment 363 #

2021/2035(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19
19. Calls on the Commission to propose a directivelegislative framework on gender-based violence that implements the standards of the Istanbul Convention and includes the following elements: prevention, including through gender- sensitive education programming directed at both girls and boys, and empowerment of women and girls; support services and protection measures for survivors; combating all forms of gender-based violence, including violations of women’s sexual and such as financial assistance, psychological support, telephone helplines, shelters and access to social housing, specialists support for children; obligations for Member States to address appropriately in their respective legislation amongst others custody and visitation rights of children, civil consequences of forced marriages, stalking, including cyberstalking, forced abortion and sterilization and denial of reproductive rights and denial of access to reproductive health and rights;care and minimum standards for law enforcement;
2021/06/08
Committee: LIBEFEMM
Amendment 46 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F a (new)
F a. whereas ombudsperson institutions in the Member States play a critical role in safeguarding key principles of the Rule of Law, such as transparency, accountability and due process; whereas the COVID-19 crisis has brought about restrictions of fundamental rights that make it more important than ever to have effective checks and balances in place over the actions of the government and in defence of citizens' rights;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 57 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Welcomes the Commission’s first annual Rule of Law Report as part of the wider European rule of law monitoring and enforcement architecture, as it adds an important, potentially preventive tool to the Union’s rule of law toolbox; encourages further development of this new tool for agenda-setting and preventive purposes;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 65 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Welcomes the fact that justice systems, the anti-corruption framework, media pluralism and certain institutional issues related to checks and balances, including civic space to a certain extent, are all part of the Commission’s annual overview of the rule of law situation in the Member States; encourages the Commission to also highlight positive trends in Member States that could serve as good examples for others to follow;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 69 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2 a. Considers that the 2020 report is overly descriptive and does not provide sufficient analysis; and the Commission do not draw any conclusions on the state of the Rule of Law in the Member States and in the Union in general; believes the 2020 report fails to provide clear assessments stating whether there are serious deficiencies or a risk of a serious breach of the Union values in each of the pillars under analysis in the country chapters; considers these assessments necessary to identify follow up actions and remedial tools; considers it necessary that the report contains country specific recommendations on how to address the identified concerns and benchmarks to be followed up;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 70 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2 b. Stresses that the analysis and the conclusions of the reports should be directly contributing to the Rule of Law Conditionality Mechanism; calls on the Commission to clarify in the methodology the link between the two mechanisms;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 73 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Stresses the potential preventive benefits of the annual Rule of Law Report; considers that a more thorough evaluation is needed to assess whether the report has had a sufficient preventive effect; considers that in any event this is clearly not the case as regards the Member States under the Article 7(1) TEU procedure; believes that the 2020 report should have provided more in-depth assessments, stating whether there is a risk of or actual breach of the Union values; considers these assessments necessary to identify follow-up actions and remedial measures and toolsformulate conclusions about the state of the rule of law and to identify follow-up actions and remedial measures and tools; calls on the Commission to include in the reports indication of such follow-up and remedial action, whose progress should be then illustrated in the following report;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 77 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Stresses the potential preventive benefits of the annual Rule of Law Report; considers that a more thorough evaluation is needed to assess whether the report has had a preventive effect; considers that in any event this is clearly not the case as regards the Member States undwhere the Article 7(1) TEU procedurerule of law is in crisis; believes that the 2020 report should have provided more in-depth assessments, stating whether there is a risk of or actual breach of the Union values; considers these assessments necessary to identify follow-up actions and remedial measures and tools;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 83 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Calls for a more integrated analysis on the interlinkages between the four pillars included in the report and of how combined deficiencies may amount to systemic breaches of the rule of law; and signal if those are affecting or risk affecting the financial interest of the Union;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 84 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Calls for a more integrated analysis on the interlinkages between the four pillars included in the report and of how combined deficiencies may amount to systemic breaches of the rule of law or risks thereof;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 93 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5 a. Regrets that not all rule of law issues were covered in sufficient detail by the annual report; invites the Commission to develop its country-specific expertise and capacity to react more promptly to negative developments in the Member States; calls on the Commission to devote sufficient resources to the monitoring and enforcement of the rule of law in the EU;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 96 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5 a. Stresses that the laws, the democratic institutions, their independence, the checks and balances, the rule of law in a Member State have to be functional not only de jure but also de facto;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 101 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Welcomes the monitoring of the independence, quality and efficiency of the Member States’ justice systems; considers that including the national prosecution services as those are essential preconditions not only of the rule of law within the Member States but also of the protection of the Union’s financial interests; considers that the integrity of the judges and prosecutors and other persons working in the justice systems and the enabling environment to ensure access to justice for all should also be monitored, including access to justice at Union level; considers that the reports should go beyond a static annual snapshot and include information on relevant antecedents in the country chapters;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 103 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Welcomes the monitoring of the independence, quality and efficiency of the Member States’ justice systems; considers that the enabling environment to ensure access to justice for all should also be monitored, including access to justice at Union level; considers that the reports should go beyond a static annual snapshot and include information on relevant antecedents in the country chaptersany relevant information about the state of the rule of law in the country, as well as situate new developments in their political context;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 116 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. Is alarmed by the stark deterioration of the independence of some Member States’ justice systems, as reflected in some country chapters; calls on the Commission to clearly assess and designate such shortcomings and findings identified as a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule ofn light of applicable standards in EU law;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 127 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Decries the fact that the initiation of preliminary ruling proceedings before the Court of Justice of the EU has been declared unlawful in Member States subject to Article 7 of the TEUat the governments of Poland and Hungary have repeatedly attempted to prevent national courts from referring cases to the Court of Justice of the European Union under Article 267 TFEU; considers this practice to be in contravention of the Treaties and the CJEU's established interpretation of the relevant provisions; is appalled by the growing resistance of some Member States to comply with CJEU rulings on the grounds of sovereignty or unconstitutionality; believes that these developments pose a systemic threat to the Union; considers, therefore, that forthcoming annual reports should consider challenges to the Union’s legal architecture and principles as serious violations in the assessment;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 129 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8 a. Notes that the slowness of civil, criminal and administrative judicial procedures are now common practice, which, as the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has emphasized over time, "constitute a major danger, in particular for the respect of the rule of law"; calls on the Commission to include in its report on the Rule of Law an evaluation of prison conditions, judicial backlogs and the average duration of trials for each Member State; recommends, when possible, alternative measures such as parole, suspended and reduced sentences, probation and court supervision, and when relevant amnesties;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 148 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Welcomes the inclusion in the report of a specific chapter on monitoring media freedom and pluralism; urges the Commission to provide an assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of the national frameworks for the protection of media freedom and media pluralism and make concrete recommendations for improving the situation; deems it important that the annual rule of law reports provide the basis for strong action on behalf of the European Commission in order to address the deficiencies identified;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 159 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Deplores the lack of assessment as regards the public service media sector at national level and its degree of independence from government or any other interference and an assessment of transparency of media ownership; believes that proper implementation of Article 30 of the 2018 Audiovisual Media Services Directive19 should be closely monitoredand particularly its Article 30 should be closely monitored and infringement procedures should be initiated as a matter of priority; _________________ 19 OJ L 303, 28.11.2018, p. 69.
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 180 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13 a (new)
13 a. Welcomes the reference to the role of ombudsperson institutions, as well as the fact that the Commission systematically included them in the fourth pillar of the country reports; calls on the Commission to pay more attention in the next annual cycle to the activities of national ombudspersons by going beyond acknowledging that ombudspersons institutions are established in Member States and looking more in depth into how they function, their degree of independence and their real contribution in terms of ensuring that adequate safeguards are in place;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 185 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Invites the Commission to define clear benchmarks on an enabling civic space; underlines the very important role civil society organisations play in defending the rule of law and European values on the ground, as well as in terms of providing valuable expertise; strongly believes that the Commission should institute a formal and continuous dialogue with civil society representatives on these issues and ensure their meaningful involvement in the elaboration of the annual rule of law report; highlights in this regard, based on the NGOs' experience from the 2020 cycle, that thematically structured consultations within the framework of the rule of law debates would increase the efficiency of the process and the amount of valuable feedback provided by the civil society; underlines that the deadlines imposed and the documents' formats used in the consultation process should be adequately adapted and flexible in order to allow for a complete and comprehensive input;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 187 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Invites the Commission to define clear benchmarks on an enabling civic space; Considers that, given the role of civil society in promoting, explaining, monitoring and holding governments accountable with regard to the realisation of Union values, including key building blocks of the rule of law, an additional chapter dedicated to monitoring the evolution of civic space in Member States should be added to each country report and the horizontal report;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 188 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Invites the Commission to define clear benchmarks con an enablingcerning the breadth and openness of civic space;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 190 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14 a (new)
14 a. Suggests therefore that such a chapter should focus on 1) the legal environment for the exercise of civic freedoms; 2) the framework for civic organisations’ sustainability and financial viability, including the issue of government-organized non-governmental organizations (GONGOs); 3) participation in decision-making, including the right to access to information; 4) safe space, including verbal and physical attacks, smear campaigns as well as legal, administrative and fiscal harassment, the chilling effect they trigger and the long term consequences in terms of active citizenship in the country;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 199 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Regrets the non-implementation, which in itself constitutes a serious violation of the rule of law, by a Member State subject to Article 7 of the TEUHungary of a CJEU ruling in relation to restrictions imposed on the financing of civil organisations by persons established outside that Member State; notes with concern that an increasing number of Member States are adopting legislation that severely impinges on the freedom of association and expression for civil society organisations;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 203 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Regrets the fact that the 2020 report fails to encompass fully the Article 2 TEU values of democracy and fundamental rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities and non- discrimination, including gender equality, sexual and reproductive rights and LGBTIQ rights, which are immediately affected when countries start backsliding on the rule of law;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 219 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Reiterates its insistence on the need for a single monitoring mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights, as proposed by Parliament in its resolution of 7 October 2020, to cover the full scope of Article 2 TEU values;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 221 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19
19. Calls on the Member States to present annual reports on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights as part of the Union’s annual reporting mechanism;deleted
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 229 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20
20. Welcomes the Commission’s announcement of its strategy to strengthen the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights; believes that such an annual review should provide input for a comprehensive monitoring mechanism and that its methodology, cycle and scope should therefore be aligned with the annual reports, as well as the Democracy Action Plan; believes that the presentation of these reports should be aligned and interlinked as part of a broader annual monitoring cycle on Article 2 TEU;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 231 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20 a (new)
20 a. Regrets that the Commission did not consult stakeholders, including Parliament, on the development of the report’s methodology and preparation process, and that it didn't seek to obtain feedback on their workability; points out that this has made it more difficult for stakeholders, especially for civil society organisations, to prepare and plan their contributions as well as for the domestic awareness-raising activities they intend to pursue for the launch of the report;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 243 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22
22. Stresses that civil society are key partners to identify rule of law violations and promote democracy and fundamental rights in countries where Union values have been eroded; considers that shadow reporting would bolster the efficiency and transparency of the process; urges therefore the Commission to build on the good practice of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review process, and adapt the preparation process by requiring Member State contributions to be public and setting a deadline for public consultation well after the publication of all Member State contributions so as to enable effective shadow reporting;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 247 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22 a (new)
22 a. Stresses that the consultation questionnaire should allow stakeholders to report elements beyond the scope followed by the Commission as these can help further assess the way power is exercised in a country and whether the constitutional setup provides efficient mechanisms to limits such exercise of power;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 252 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23 a (new)
23 a. Calls on the Commission to regularize the schedule pertaining to the annual report's production, including the deadline for stakeholders' submissions, to make the process predictable for all institutions and stakeholders; calls on the Commission to ensure sufficient time for the preparation of stakeholders' submissions;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 258 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24
24. Calls onRegrets that the Commission and the Council to respond positively tohave so far refused to engage with Parliament's call in its resolution of 7 October 2020 forto establish, through an interinstitutional agreement, an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 264 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24 a (new)
24 a. Considers the existing institutional arrangement behind the annual report to fall short of the Parliament's expectations; expects the Commission to create a permanent interinstitutional Working Group as proposed by the Parliament in its resolution of 7 October 2020;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 266 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24 b (new)
24 b. Invites the Commission and the Council to enter without delay into negotiations with Parliament on an interinstitutional agreement in accordance with Article 295 TFEU; considers the proposal set out in the Annex to Parliament's resolution of 7 October 2020 on the establishment of an EU Mechanism on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights to constitute an appropriate basis for such negotiations;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 274 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 25
25. Strongly regrets the inability of the Council to make meaningful progress in enforcing Union values in ongoing Article 7 TEU procedures; notes that the Council’s hesitance to apply Article 7 of the TEU effectivelyTEU is enabling continued divergence from the values provided for in Article 2 of the TEU; condemns the Council's reluctance to organize Article 7 TEU hearings under the pretext of the COVID-19 pandemic; calls for a reflection ats part of the Conference on the Future of Europe on a revision of the Article 7 TEU procedure in order to realign thevoting majorityies requirements of paragraphs 1 and 2 with a view to having super-majorities of four or five for both proceduresd by Article 7 TEU in order to render its procedure more effective;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 280 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26
26. Reiterates that the annual report should serve as a basis for deciding whether to activate the procedure provided for in Article 7 of the TEU, whether to activate the Rule of Law Framework or whether to launch infringement procedures, including expedited procedures, applications for interim measures before the Court of Justice and actions regarding non-implementation of CJEU judgments concerning the protection of Union values; stresses that the report should be in any case accompanied by actionable recommendations, including deadlines for implementation;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 290 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 27 a (new)
27 a. Calls for a strategic use of funding opportunities under the Regulation establishing the Rights and Values Programme in order to counteract threats to the rule of law identified in the annual report and more broadly support civil society organizations promoting the values listed in Article 2 TEU;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 301 #

2021/2025(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 28 a (new)
28 a. Stresses the importance of promoting the findings of the annual report at the national level; encourages the Commission to foster debate around the report in national parliaments and engage with civil society organizations in the follow-up to the report;
2021/04/26
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 10 #

2021/2003(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. HighlightStresses that funding needs to be accessible for associations, NGOs, local and small civil society organisations that work most closely with girls and womenwhich are helping girls, women and LGBTIQ people in all their diversity; emphasises the key role of the neighbourhood, development and international cooperation instrument and stresses that administrative and implementation barriers should be avoided, since they might hamper the involvement of the most relevant actors; recalls the urgent need for significant funding for sexual and reproductive health and rights;
2021/05/19
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 15 #

2021/2003(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Welcomes the increased level of support for gender-responsive budgeting, the creation of specific gender indicators and the collection of gender-disaggregated data; expects the Commission to closely monitor the implementation of The Gender Action Plan III and to consult Parliament on the monitoring system;
2021/05/19
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 3 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Finds the proposed reduction in the budget of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) by 0,5 % very disappointing; stresses that the FRA’s tasks of collection and analysis of reliable information on fundamental rights compliance in the Member States are expected to increase in the future; calls instead for a budgetary increase of EUR 27,1 million and for the addition of two temporary agents at AD grade and two contractual agents to function group IV in the establishment plan to allow FRA to continue to operate effectively;
2021/08/02
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 8 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Welcomes the proposed increase of the budget of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) by 11,2 %; considers that the continuous challenge of migration and asylum management calls for strong support from the agency to strengthen the implementation of the a Common European Asylum System (CEAS), enhance practical cooperation, provide operational and technical assistance and stimulate information exchange as well as convergence in the assessment of protection needs between the Member States; stresses that the interinstitutional agreement reached on June 29th 2021 on the transformation of EASO into the European Union Asylum Agency (EUAA) requires additional human resources which were not foreseen in the Commission’s draft budget; underlines in particular the need to recruit from 2022 new staff at AD and AST positions for the function of Fundamental Rights Officer, the Asylum Support Teams, the Liaison Officers in Member States or to strengthen legal and training teams; also calls for adjustments to the establishment plan as regards the distribution of posts across different grades to enable reclassification needs and for the publication of planned posts for 2022; emphasises that the latter will not impact the total budget or the total number of staff proposed, set aside the additional staff required for the implementation of the EUAA;
2021/08/02
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 11 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Believes that the Union budget must be equipped with the tools to enable it to respond to multiple crises simultaneously; reiterates Parliament’s view that the 2022 budget should play a pivotal role in ensuring a positive and tangible impact on citizens’ lives; against this background, supports increases to boost investment with a particular focus on SMEs, strengthen efforts towards the green and digital transitions, give fresh opportunities to young people in particular, build a strong European Health Union; reinforces, further, priorities in the fields of security, migration, fundamental rights, while acknowledging the recent deteriorating situation in external policy and humanitarian aid and the need to be able to react swiftly to the upcoming challenges; emphasises the leading role that the European Union must play in ending the pandemic by financing vaccination through COVAX in the low income countries;
2021/10/01
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 12 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Is concerned with the serious and repeated allegations made against European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) related to pushbacks at external borders; is disappointed to note that, according to the Court of Auditors, Frontex has not managed to implement its mandate from 2016, let alone its updated mandate of 2019, and that serious and multiple deficiencies regarding its effectiveness have been identified, while taking note of the conclusion from Frontex’ s Management Board “working group on fundamental rights and legal and operational aspects of operations” (WG FRaLO), that has closed its investigation on 13 incidents in the Aegean Sea and found no evidence of pushbacks; is disappointed to note that, according to the Court of Auditors, Frontex has not managed to implement its mandate from 2016, let alone its updated mandate of 2019, and that serious and multiple deficiencies regarding its effectiveness have been identified; points out that the audit period runs from the end of 2016, when the Agency's new mandate comes into force, to the end of 2020, and therefore does not take into account recent steps from the Agency to comply with its mandate; welcomes the presentation by Frontex on March 3rd 2021 of a comprehensive roadmap addressing the recommendations from the WG FRaLO; considers it is an important step to implement fully the new mandate and expects the recommendations to be implemented by the end of the year; stresses that substantial budget and staff increases for Frontex are conditional on its accountability and transparency, on its commitment to Union law, and on its fulfilment of its mandate; proposes, therefore, to make a part of the budget allocations conditional upon Frontex recruiting 40 fundamental rights monitors at AD gradadequate level to ensure their independence, adopting a clear procedure for the implementation of Article 46 of Regulation (EU) 2019/1896 of the European Parliament and of the Council1 , and swiftly appointing deputy executive directors in line with Frontex’ 2019 mandate; stresses, meanwhile, that any amount of budget put in a reserve should not prevent the Agency from actually meeting the above-mentioned requirements and the implementation of its mandate, including the recruitment of the standing corps; _________________ 1Regulation (EU) 2019/1896 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 November 2019 on the European Border and Coast Guard and repealing Regulations (EU) No 1052/2013 and (EU) 2016/1624 (OJ L 295, 14.11.2019, p. 1).
2021/08/02
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 16 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Recalls the estimate made by the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) that it will process 3 000 investigations in 2022; emphasises that EPPO is a prosecutorial body with mandatory competences and obligations to investigate irrespective of budgetary provision; is concerned that the funding proposed for 2022 does not include a meaningful increase as compared with 2021; considers that last year budget was already falling short compared to the workload anticipated and a potential extension of the EPPO mandate covering environmental offences will require sufficient budgetary means, especially for the establishment of a EPPO Green Prosecutor with a special environmental crime unit; stresses that a substantial funding increase to EUR 55,7 million, ands well as 59 additional members of staff at AD grade and 76 additional members of staff at AST grade are required;
2021/08/02
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 21 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4 a. Highlights that the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) is a cornerstone of the EU Security Union Strategy and plays an ever greater role in the fight against terrorism, radicalisation, organised crimes and environmental crimes, in line with the Agency’s Strategy 2020+; expects an intensification of tasks for Europol to fight criminal infiltrations in the legal economy and prevent fraud to the EU recovery budget; therefore, welcomes the budget increase of 11,2% and the additional 71 Temporary Agents for the Europol; however, regrets that the grade of 14 staff in the draft proposal does not reflect Europol’s request for 2022; therefore requests a reclassification of 14 staff from AST to AD grades; also stresses that EUR 15 987 100 million is put in reserve until the revised mandate of the Agency is adopted, corresponding to the amount required for the recruitment of the 71 additional Temporary Agents; considers that a smaller amount should be put in reserve to allow the recruitment of new staff from early 2022, in order to complete preparatory actions for the implementation of the upcoming revised mandate; recalls that the Agency didn't benefit of any staff increase in 2021;
2021/08/02
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 24 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Regrets the small funding increase of 1,5 % proposed for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA); believes that this will not be sufficient to cover EMCDDA’s needs without hampering the scientific activities of EMCDDA; highlights that the 2021 budget was already insufficient and that EMCDDA was obliged to downsize a significant part of its work programme; notes with concern that the drug market has been remarkably resilient to disruption caused by the pandemic, while globalisation and new technology support the establishment of new trafficking routes and the growth of online markets; requests, therefore, an increase in EMCDDA’s 2022 budget to EUR 18,4 million;
2021/08/02
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 25 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Welcomes the proposed budgetary increase for the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust) which contributes to the EU Security Union policy; is disappointed that the proposed establishment plan would reduce the number of members of staff by two, from 207 staff in 2021 to 205 in 2022; considers that increasing Eurojust’s budget while reducing its personnel sends a conflicting signal on how to handle the challenges faced by Eurojust with its ever increasing caseload; stresses that a staff increase is necessary for the Agency to carry out existing and future tasks, in particular as regards to the digitalisation of Justice, the implementation of new instruments in the field of judicial cooperation such as e-Evidence or the fight against environmental crimes;
2021/08/02
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 26 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7
7. Notes the increase of 44,2 % in commitment appropriations and the increase of 39,1 % in payment appropriations for eu-LISA; requests 24grets however as in 2021 that the proposed allocation of staff in the draft budget falls short of the request from the Agency; recalls that the eu-LISA plays a key role in the development of a fully functioning Schengen area by ensuring adequate border management and internal security tools; stresses that in 2022 eu-LISA will carry out important tasks in the implementation of the EES, ETIAS and the interoperability regulations; therefore requests 27 additional members of staff at AD grade to support the implementation of important large-scale IT projects, including projects relating to interoperability, and in particular to reduce eu-LISA’s dependency on external contractors;
2021/08/02
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 30 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8
8. Regrets the decrease of 3,3 % in commitment and payment appropriations for the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) and requests rather additional funding of EUR 750 000, including for specific appropriations for training programmes tackling the rise of environmental crime, and additional five posts at AD grade in the establishment plan;
2021/08/02
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 34 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 9
9. Notes the slight reduction in payment appropriations for the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) compared to 2021; further takes note of the substantivewelcomes the 25,9% increase in commitment appropriations to get that new fund up to cruising speed as quickly as possible; stresses that this increase is essential at a time where the pressure on national authorities for asylum remains very high, with huge gaps in terms of proper reception of asylum seekers and major delays in the procedures for asylum in the Member States; recalls the importance of providing adequate financial capacities to support the development of the CEAS, to bring concrete solidarity to Member States most exposed to migration and asylum flows, as well as to ensure efficient and fair asylum and return procedures; calls, in the light of the proposed New Pact on Migration, for a further 10 % increase in commitment and payment appropriations for the Common European Asylum SystemEAS and the solidarity objectives of the AMIF;
2021/08/02
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 39 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 10
10. Is deeply concerned by the continuing loss of lives in the Mediterranean Sea, which have increased 56,6 % with respect to last year, representing at least 1146 people who lost their life on maritime routes to Europe between January and June 20211a; believes that search and rescue is a state responsibility that cannot be left only to non-state actors; considers that the Commission should present a legislative proposal to set up a Search and Rescue Fund to support search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea; proposes, therefore, the creation of a new budget line for such a fund; _________________ 1a Migrants deaths on maritime routes to Europe in 2021, GMDAC and IOM: https://missingmigrants.iom.int/sites/mmp /files/Mediterranean_deaths_Jan- Jun_2021.pdf
2021/08/02
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 41 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 10 a (new)
10 a. Welcomes the 47% increase in commitment appropriations and the 20% increase of payment appropriations of the Integrated Border Management Fund (IBMF); considers that this programme will provide essential operational support to Member States in the areas of external border surveillance, common visa policy and customs controls;
2021/08/02
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 46 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 11
11. Reiterates its call for the creation of a separate budget line per specific objective set out in the legal bases of AMIF and the Instrument for Border Management and Visa Policy (BMVI); believes that a separate budget line per specific objective would help ensure adequate transparency and funding for all objectives of AMIF and BMVI;
2021/08/02
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 48 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 11 a (new)
11 a. Welcomes the 29,3% increase in commitment appropriations and the 33,3% increase of payment appropriations of the Internal Security Fund (ISF); stresses that this programme is a strong tool to implement the EU Security Union Strategy, by support cooperation and efforts of law enforcement authorities to strengthen cybersecurity, combat terrorism and organised crime in Europe;
2021/08/02
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 50 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 12 a (new)
12 a. Recalls that independent and qualitative investigative journalism is an essential component of a well-functioning democracy, by bringing quality fact-based information, combating disinformation, raising awareness to citizens, and revealing wrongdoings or crimes; stresses that journalism across Europe faces strong challenges, in particular the lack of financial resources, hence threatening their independence or survival; calls for ambitious funding programmes in the European budget in this field;
2021/08/02
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 52 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 13
13. Notes with regret the decrease in commitment and payment appropriations of 6 % and 16,9 % respectively for the Justice Programme, in particular in the field of support to judicial training; recalls that Justice is a key component of a Security Union; proposes rather to maintain the funding in 2022 at the level of the 2021 Budget;
2021/08/02
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 54 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 13 a (new)
13 a. Regrets that Member States still provide an insufficient amount of Seconded National Experts (SNE) to EU agencies in the field of Justice and Home Affairs; highlights the importance of such exchanges to support EU agencies’ human resources, but also to develop a European culture in this area and common understanding between national administrations.
2021/08/02
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 77 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20
20. Emphasises that youth remains an overarching priority for the Union budget; reinforces therefore funding to meet increasing demand for the Erasmus+ programme by a total amount of just over EUR 137 million, as a 5% increase represents an additional 40,000 mobility exchanges; calls the Commission to present a draft amending budget so that the unspent funds from the 2021 budget should be carried over into the 2022 budget in order to help students regaining the missed opportunities due to the pandemic, so that we do not have a lost generation for Erasmus; furthermore increases the European Solidarity Corps by EUR 5 million as the economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic should not adversely affect support for the youth;
2021/10/01
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 91 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 27 a (new)
27 a. Regrets that the increase for EPPO budget in 2021 voted by both arms of budgetary authority is not respected the Commission; reiterates the fundamental role that EPPO plays in protecting the financial interests of the Union, including the use of funds from Next Generation EU, as well as ensuring the respect of the rule of law; invites the Commission to clarify the blockade of the 7.3 million euro and to ensure that the budget for 2021 and 2022 of EPPO will be fully respected and implemented;
2021/10/01
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 112 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 36
36. Strongly objects to Council’s cuts to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) as the agency must be adequately equipped and its staff upgraded to enable it to deliver in all areas of responsibility falling under its new mandate; decides, however, to place EUR 90 000 000 into the reserve subject to the recruitment of the remaining 20 fundamental rights monitors at AD grade, the recruitment of the three deputy executive directors and the adoption of a procedure for the implementation of Article 46 of Regulation 2019/18969 ; _________________ 9Regulation (EU) 2019/1896 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 November 2019 on the European Border and Coast Guard and repealing Regulations (EU) No 1052/2013 and (EU) 2016/1624 (OJ L 295, 14.11.2019, p. 1).
2021/10/01
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 119 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 39 a (new)
39 a. Highlights the need to ensure appropriate staff level to Europol as of the beginning of 2022, in line with relevant Commission proposal; Stresses that in the absence of the adoption of Europol’s revised legal basis by the end of 2021, the reserve retained on the agency's budget may lead to delayed recruitment of staff allocated to the Agency in 2022 which is required to ensure the preparation for an efficient implementation of Europol’s revised legal basis and mandate.
2021/10/01
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 135 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 44
44. StressDeplores the ineed to support developing countries in improvquality of vaccination coverage ing their health systems and world; therefore stresses the need to enable accessing to COVID-19 vaccines in developing countries, particularly through the COVAX initiative, as well as supporting the improvement of their health systems; decides, therefore, to earmark the amount of EUR 1 billion under the emerging challenges and priorities cushion of NDICI-Global Europe in 2022 to this effect, including the NDICI carry- over funds from year 2021, as well as a further EUR 100 million under the line “People - Global Challenges” in addition to the pledges already made by the Commission in 2021, including the extra 200 million doses announced at the State of the Union; requests that Member States fulfil with urgency the COVAX pledges already made and invites them to commit additional EUR 2 billion, either to COVAX or in vaccine doses, in the first semester of 2022;
2021/10/01
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 152 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 49
49. Stresses that, given the new legislative proposals, such as and strategic initiatives arising from the European Green Deal, such as the Biodiversity Strategy to 2030, Chemical Strategy for Sustainability, Fit for 55 package, and increased Union spending due to NGEU and the Recovery and Resilience Facility, some services, in particular the Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), will need staff reinforcements; asks the Commission as honest broker to reassess these needs promptly and to propose thesadequate reinforcements in its Amending letterduring the Conciliation, without undermining the actual human resources level in its other services or agencies;
2021/10/01
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 168 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 53 – point i
i) rRecalls the support of the vast majority of Parliament’s Members for a single seat to ensure that Union taxpayers’ money is spent efficiently and for Parliament to assume its institutional responsibility to reduce its carbon footprintneed to find solutions to optimise parliamentary institutional work, financial costs and the carbon footprint with due regard for geographical distribution of European Parliament’s three seats; recalls that according to the Treaty on the European Union, the European Parliament is to have its seat in Strasbourg; notes that permanent changes would require a Treaty change for which unanimity is needed;
2021/10/01
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 177 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 53 – point n b (new)
n b) calls for increased digital means to directly engage with citizens; supports the establishment of Europa Experiences by 2024 in all Member States; supports the administration in its policy aimed at maximizing synergies;
2021/10/01
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 178 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 53 – point n c (new)
n c) calls to introduce the opportunity for the citizens and the residents of Member States and partner countries to make virtual guided tours in the Parliament in order to achieve better understanding of the work and values of the institution among broader public;
2021/10/01
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 184 #

2021/0227(BUD)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 54 a (new)
54 a. stresses that the European Data Protection Supervisor is a key institution, active in all aspects of the processing of personal data; that its tasks and responsibilities have grown, necessitating an increase in its human and financial resources; recalls that the Commission has integrated its expenditure estimates;
2021/10/01
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 6 #

2021/0000(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Welcomes the Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2021 assessments, the strategy’s enhanced focus on social and environmental dimensions and its emphasis on the importance of combining crisis management with reforms identified in the European Semester, the transformative aspirations of the Green Deal and the digital transition; underlines that the COVID-19 crisis is having an impact on the notion of reforms, recovery and resilience and highlights the Portuguese Presidency’s emphasis on the European social model as a valuable contribution in this regard;
2021/02/03
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 17 #

2021/0000(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Considers that the agreements on the multiannual financial framework, Next Generation EU, the own resources (OR) decision, the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) and the Rule of Law (RoL) regulation constitute a viable baseline for innovative policies and is convinced that the common issuance of bonds at EU level is a sea change in EU public finances whichduring the health and economic crisis to ensure sustainable growth, is a major breakthrough in EU public finances which in the circumstances of the pandemic adds value by mutualising the outstanding credit rating of the EU budget based on its OR system;
2021/02/03
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 30 #

2021/0000(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Stresses that the RRF reshapes the European Semester framework and that, together with REACT-EU, Horizon Europe, Invest EU, RescuEU, Rural Development and the Just Transition Fund, will be an exemplary test case of how EU strategic guidance and financial firepower can be synchronised with national priorities and implementation capacities; ensuring a strategic and responsible spending that is efficient and effective for the economy and for the citizens, on short and long term;
2021/02/03
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 31 #

2021/0000(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Stresses that the RRF reshapes the European Semester framework and that, together with the Just Transition Fund, will be an exemplary test case of how EU strategic guidance and financial firepower can be synchronised with national priorities and implementation capacities of reforms that create economic and employment growth, coordination of European policies is fundamental for the European Semester;
2021/02/03
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 44 #

2021/0000(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Stresses the concern of the long- term effects on the Single Market of the extension of derogation to the State Aid rules during the ongoing crisis for the Member States with limited public funds and limited fiscal capacity of some Member States; the recovery funds should ensure the Member States and the EU will work closely to mitigate the economic effects of the pandemic while finding concrete solutions to preserve the level playing field in the Single Market and to strengthen the economic and social cohesion between EU regions;
2021/02/03
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 50 #

2021/0000(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Stresses the urgent need for the recovery and resilience plans to deliver public goods like pandemic prevention, stability of public finances and their resilience against future economic shocks, to sustain our economic base and to contribute to implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights, the EU’s climate and biodiversity objectives, the digital and green transformation, and the Gender Equality Strategy;
2021/02/03
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 57 #

2021/0000(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Reiterates the urgency of introducing new own resources to diversifying the EU budget’s revenue sources, in line with the roadmap integrated in the Interinstitutional Agreement, and of linking own resources with policy objectives more effectively;
2021/02/03
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 64 #

2021/0000(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7
7. Calls on the Commission to apply the RoL Regulation completely and without ambiguity. as adopted by the co- legislators fully, without ambiguity and with no delay; recalls Commission’s role as guardian of the Treaties.
2021/02/03
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 2 #

2020/2244(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Asserts that the Recovery and Resilience Facility is reshaping the European Semester process and stimulating reforms that create jobs; underlines that the two processes should be fully coordinated towards building resilience and supporting the recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis; stresses that such resilience should be ensured in such sectors as healthcare and critical transport infrastructure to strengthen the preparedness for economic shocks; highlights that upskilling, crisis- preparedness and adequate availability of employees in critical infrastructure sectors play a key role in avoiding disruptions; calls for the cooperation at all governance levels to ensure crisis- preparedness plans with adequate financing, which would include inter alia algorithms of staff and resources mobilisation in emergency situations;
2021/01/18
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 18 #

2020/2244(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Notes that in the area of social and employment policies, Next Generation EU (NGEU) and the EU budget can play a subsidiary but instrumental role in triggering, bundling and directing investments towards social development, in particular education, and resilience; appreciates that this role will be enhanced by better coordination of national policies towards overarching EU objectives such as the European Green Deal, the digital transition and the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the EU Gender Equality Strategy;
2021/01/18
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 21 #

2020/2244(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2 a. Stresses that vocational training systems provide youth and those who lost their jobs during the crisis with a reliable pathway towards long-term employment, which is a crucial step in overcoming the crisis;
2021/01/18
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 22 #

2020/2244(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2 b. Underlines that the access to digital infrastructure is still limited for certain groups of the population, stresses therefore the need to increase financing of digitalisation efforts to make sure that all economic actors and consumers have equal access to digital tools;
2021/01/18
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 23 #

2020/2244(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Highlights the importance of 3. horizontal coordination between EU programmes and national measures for social justice and combating the risk of poverty, including child-poverty, in-work poverty, a lack of employable skills, and income inequalities, the reformed European Social Fund being the prime example; holds, however, that the social and employment impact should be a transversal consideration across all expenditure programmes;
2021/01/18
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 26 #

2020/2244(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3 a. Stresses that the partnership of public and private financial institutions has an important potential in providing income to the workers who are most seriously affected by the crisis, particularly those employed by SMEs in the sectors of culture, education, tourism and HORECA (hotels, restaurants, cafés);
2021/01/18
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 28 #

2020/2244(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Emphasises that the EU budget’s backstop and borrowing and lending functions, and notably the SURE scheme, are perfect examples of how the credit capacity and reputation of the EU budget can be used to support Member State actions in line with European priorities in the exceptional circumstance of an unprecedented health and economic crisis in the history of the EU;
2021/01/18
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 30 #

2020/2244(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4 a. Highlights that the decline in remittances has significantly affected GDP indicators of some Member States, putting households at the risk of poverty; stresses that the European Semester process should give major attention to migrant workers and the social security coordination systems;
2021/01/18
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 31 #

2020/2244(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 b (new)
4 b. Stresses that the EU’s growth strategy should reduce systemic imbalances among EU Member States and within each of them, particularly addressing growth-enhancing reforms, low spending on investments and unequal access to healthcare, including e- healthcare services; stresses that additional financial resources should be allocated for the infrastructure, education, healthcare and social services in rural areas;
2021/01/18
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 37 #

2020/2244(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5 a. Underlines that the delivery of financial resources under NGEU and MFF, as well as public and private resources aiming at recovery and resilience, should be done in the most swift manner in order to avoid further losses; stresses in this regard that the quality and effectiveness of public administration, its transparency and sound financial management are crucial for the implementation of the recovery resources; calls on the European Commission to assist national, regional and local public administration, where necessary, with specific expertise, digital and operational support, inter alia via the Technical Support Instrument.
2021/01/18
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 3 #

2020/2222(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Acknowledges that the need to respond swiftly and effectively to a crisis often has a direct impact on the balance between the different powers of the state and recognises that governments and local authorities may be forced to adopt emergency measures with less public consultation than would generally be expected; recalls attention to thehowever that great importance ofshould be given upholding an effective system of checks and balances for all actions taken in response to an emergency;
2021/09/13
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 10 #

2020/2222(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Is of the opinion thatUnderlines that during the response to the current COVID-19 crisis may have, there has been an increased the risk and instances of corruption; believeof corruption, confirmed by high-level prominent cases in some Member States; highlights that the response to the COVID- 19 crisis is also a reminder thatmust abide by the highest standards of openness, transparency, accountability and law enforcement, ares essential components of democratic governance;
2021/09/13
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 17 #

2020/2222(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3 a. Recalls the importance of preventive measures for mitigating risks associated to corruption in developing strategies and mechanisms of public procurement; calls on the Commission and Member State authorities to enhance existing and develop new dedicated mechanisms for special and crisis situations, with a particular focus on preventive measures; highlights that in this regard, the importance of enhancing the use of risk mitigating tools such as ARACHNE for both EU and national funds; reiterates its calls on the Commission to make the use of ARACHNE mandatory for EU funding;
2021/09/13
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 21 #

2020/2222(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Points out that corruption in general undermines the functioning of the state and public authorities at all levels and is one of the key enablers of organised crime; emphasises that effective anti-corruption frameworks and transparency and integrity in the exercise of state power can strengthen legal systems and trust in public authorities and democratic processes; calls on all Member States to update or develop their national anti-corruption strategies, with dedicated sections to spending public money in times of crisis;
2021/09/13
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 23 #

2020/2222(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Stresses that the incorrect management of public funds and ineffective responses to a crisis may intensify growing distrust in government; believes that the public has the right to be informed and to be provided with up-to- date, transparent and reliable information and data during crises; regrets that during the Covid-19 pandemic, several Member States adopted measures that hampered public access to documents; underlines that in this context, media professionals experienced important difficulties and unmotivated denials, as well as pressure and threats concerning access to public documents; recalls the role of the free press as a key component of a functional democracy and stresses the importance of protection mechanisms at national and European level in order to preserve and strengthen a free media; recalls that timely public access to documents in a machine-readable format is a key component to ensuring transparency and scrutiny of public spending;
2021/09/13
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 28 #

2020/2222(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Welcomes the critical role of civil society organisations in fighting corruption; emphasises that the success of any emergency response greatly depends on the active participation of all actors in society; believes that the current COVID- 19 crisis has highlighted the importance of maintaining a robust system of citizen participation in public decision-making; regrets that, during the COVID-19 crisis, several Member States adopted emergency legislation imposing restrictive measures on the activities of the civil society, beyond the proportionate necessities called for by the situation; urges Member States to develop comprehensive crisis management plans in order to prepare for future similar situations and to include safeguards for the civil society's role of public watchdog;
2021/09/13
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 30 #

2020/2222(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6 a. Underlines the essential role of the EPPO within the EU framework for preventing and fighting corruption; calls on remaining non-participating Member States to collaborate and eventually join the EPPO; highlights that Member States can benefit from valuable expertise by actively collaborating with the EPPO; recalls the need of ensuring proper human and budgetary resources for the proper functioning of the Office;
2021/09/13
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 31 #

2020/2222(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6 b (new)
6 b. Highlights that the respect for the rule of law and a fully independent judiciary are essential for preventing and fighting corruption and that upholding them is crucial in periods of crisis; underlines that for their efficient operation, Member States should do a comprehensive evaluation of the equipment and human resources needs of law enforcement authorities, taking into account the rapid evolution and diversification of irregular and illegal paths; recalls the importance of effective information flows and enhanced communication between the different relevant national authorities, as well as at European level; calls on the Member States to take the necessary measures for providing law enforcement with the necessary IT tools and resources for enhancing their cooperation in preventing and fighting corruption;
2021/09/13
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 33 #

2020/2222(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7
7. Acknowledges the current role and future potential of using artificial intelligence and big data in fighting corruption and the misuse of public funds; points out that all publicly available information and data should be easily accessible; highlights that this information and data must be processed in a proper way to ensurecompliance with the norms concerning data protection and the right to privacy of citizenindividuals;
2021/09/13
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 38 #

2020/2222(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8
8. Calls on the Member States to follow the recommendations of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO)Reminds that the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) issued several recommendations concerning the use of public money in crisis situations, in the context pf the COVID-19 pandemic; calls on the Member States to follow all of the GRECO recommendations and welcomes the possibility of the EU joining GRECO as a full member.
2021/09/13
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 4 #

2020/2221(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1 a. Notes that in its study the Commission identifies 9 main criminal markets and estimates that the annual revenues of these markets represented 139 billion in 2019; Stresses in particular that the markets for trafficking in human beings for sexual exploitation and migrant smuggling represent 7.185 billion and 289 million respectively; Stresses the importance of the collection of data by the relevant agencies in order to better assess the situation.
2021/09/08
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 11 #

2020/2221(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. HRegrets the lack of harmonisation in national legislation to combat organised crime; highlights that organised criminal groups take advantage of the different laws in individual Member States, and that the development of a harmonised anti-fraud approach at EU level is complicated by differing definitions of organised crime; reiterates therefore its previous calls for the revision of Council Framework Decision 2008/841/JHA of 24 October 2008, and the need to establish a common definition of organised crime, which should also take into account the use of new technologies and the use of violence, corruption or intimidation by criminal groups to obtain control of economic activities or public procurement, or to influence democratic processes;
2021/09/08
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 13 #

2020/2221(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2 a. Notes that the Commission's study identifies six main threats that could within five years significantly alter the way organised crime operates; highlights among these the impact of the coronavirus prompting a change in the modus operandi of organised crime cells; notes that this is also linked to the accelerated use of cryptocurrencies and non-banking payments; notes also that Europol has observed an increase in coronavirus-related criminal activity in the form of online crime, fraud or counterfeiting.
2021/09/08
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 16 #

2020/2221(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2 b. Recalls that in order to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure the sustainable transition of our economies, the Commission is making available EUR 672.5 billion in the form of loans and grants to support the reforms and investments undertaken by the Member States through the Recovery and Resilience Facility; stresses the need to pro-actively ensure that the money is well used but also to provide the necessary resources to the control and audit institutions in order to ensure that the money is used in the interest of all European citizens.
2021/09/08
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 20 #

2020/2221(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Welcomes the start of operations of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) on 1 June 2021; reiterates the need to ensure that the EPPO has all the necessary resources to carry out its functions, in order to protect the EU’s financial interests; responsible for investigating, prosecuting and bringing to judgment crimes against the financial interests of the EU including several types of fraud, VAT fraud with damages above 10 million euro, money laundering, corruption, etc; reiterates the need to ensure that the EPPO has all the necessary resources to carry out its functions, in order to protect the EU’s financial interests; regrets that five Member States have not yet joined the EPPO; recalls the importance of cooperation with other EU bodies and agencies such as OLAF, Eurojust and Europol.
2021/09/08
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 302 #

2020/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. Recalls that stereotypes and taboo surrounding menstruation remain widespread in our societies, and that these can delay diagnosis of diseases such as the endometriosis disease, which despite affecting 1 women on 10 of reproductive age, being the first cause of women's infertility, causing chronic pelvic pain, has a median delay of 8 years for its diagnosis and for which there is no cure ; Calls on Member states to ensure comprehensive and scientifically accurate education about menstruation, to raise awareness and to launch major information campaigns on endometriosis targeting the public, healthcare professionals and legislators, and to invest on research about the causes and treatments of this disease;
2020/12/14
Committee: FEMM
Amendment 7 #

2020/2194(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. NotStresses that the Court found that the payments underlying the accounts were legal and regular for all agencies except for EASO, for which a qualified opinion was issued due to irregularities in regard to public procurement procedures and related payments; is disappointed that the legality and regularity of payments only slowly improved in 2019; regrets that, once again, there were irregular payments, representing 14,6 % of the value of all payments made by EASO in 2019; Acknowledges that the Executive Director is taking action to improve the management of EASO;
2021/01/19
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 14 #

2020/2194(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. NotUnderlines that public procurement continues to be the main area prone to error in relation to all Union decentralised agencies; calls therefore on the affected JHA agencies, i.e. Europol, CEPOL to improve their public procurement procedures with a view to compliance with applicable rules and as a result, the achievement of the most economically advantageous purchases, while respecting the principles of transparency, proportionality, equal treatment and non- discrimination and eu-LISA to improve the recruitment procedure.
2021/01/19
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 16 #

2020/2194(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4 a. Stresses the importance to increase the digitalisation of the agencies in terms of internal operation and management but also in order to speed up the digitalisation of procedures; stresses the need for the agencies to continue to be proactive in this regard in order to avoid a digital gap between the agencies at all costs; draws attention, however, to the need to take all the necessary security measures to avoid any risk to the online security of the information processed.
2021/01/19
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 23 #

2020/2194(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 b (new)
4 b. Calls on the agencies to continue to develop synergies, increase cooperation and exchange of good practices with other European agencies with a view to improving efficiency (human resources, building management, IT services and security).
2021/01/19
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 5 #

2020/2181(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Reiterates the Agency's very low budget implementation in 2019, with close to 55.2 % (EUR 159 million) of commitment appropriations carried forward and 47.832 % (EUR 66 million) of payment appropriations unused; acknowledges that this was due to the late adoption or entry into force of certain legislative acts; calls on the Agency and the Commissionrecommends to the Commission and the Agency to start their dialogue at the earliest stage of preparation of new legal proposals in order to improve the budgetary planning in the future and to improveheir alignment of budgetary planning with the timing of the related legal acts;
2021/01/20
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 14 #

2020/2181(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5 a. Calls on the Agency to continue to develop its synergies, increase cooperation and exchange of good practices with other European agencies with a view to improving efficiency (human resources, building management, IT services and security).
2021/01/20
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 16 #

2020/2181(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 b (new)
5 b. Stresses the importance to increase the digitalisation of the Agency in terms of internal operation and management but also in order to speed up the digitalisation of procedures; stresses the need for the Agency to continue to be proactive in this regard in order to avoid a digital gap between the agencies at all costs; draws attention, however, to the need to take all the necessary security measures to avoid any risk to the online security of the information processed;
2021/01/20
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 17 #

2020/2181(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 c (new)
5 c. Underlines the important effect of turnover within the staff of the agencies of the European Union; calls for the implementation of human and social policies to remedy it.
2021/01/20
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 5 #

2020/2172(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Underlines the important role of the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (‘Europol’) in supporting Member States’ criminal investigations; emphasises also the extension of its tasks and its growing role in the prevention and combating of serious crime, including terrorism, across Europe;
2021/01/19
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 7 #

2020/2172(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1 a. Calls on the Agency to continue to develop its synergies, increase cooperation and exchange of good practices with other European agencies with a view to improving efficiency (human resources, building management, IT services and security) ; welcomes the cooperation within the JHA Agencies Network chaired by Europol in 2019 to prepare a strategy paper on the future of the EU Security Architecture and the role of JHA agencies;
2021/01/19
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 15 #

2020/2172(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. NoteHighlights that the number of operations that Europol supported grew from 1 748 in 2018 to 1 921 in 2019 (representing an increase of 9,89 %) and that operational meetings funded by Europol increased from 427 in 2018 to over 500 in 2019 (representing an increase of 17%);
2021/01/19
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 20 #

2020/2172(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4 a. Stresses the importance to increase the digitalisation of the Agency in terms of internal operation and management but also in order to speed up the digitalisation of procedures; stresses the need for the Agency to continue to be proactive in this regard in order to avoid a digital gap between the agencies at all costs; draws attention, however, to the need to take all the necessary security measures to avoid any risk to the online security of the information processed;
2021/01/19
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 27 #

2020/2172(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 b (new)
4 b. Underlines the important effect of turnover within the staff of the agencies of the European Union; calls for the implementation of human and social policies to remedy it;
2021/01/19
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 1 #

2020/2167(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph -1 (new)
-1. Recalls the conclusions of the first opinion of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the final report of the Committee on Budgetary Control which led to the decision to postpone the granting of discharge in respect of the implementation of the Agency's budget for the financial year 2019 until these elements have been clarified and properly presented by the Agency, and until the OLAF investigation has been completed; emphasizes that by postponing the discharge, the Parliament has given the Agency an additional six months to respond to the various elements that were developed in the discharge report voted on the 28th April of 2021; is concerned about the resumption of our work in committee and the short period of time after the first vote in plenary;
2021/07/06
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 2 #

2020/2167(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Notes with concern the findings of the Court of Auditors (the Court) in its special report1 ; takes the view that any future special report by the Court on the Agency's activities should n° 08/2021 on Frontex's support for the management of external borders; points out that the audit period runs from the end of 2016, when the Agency's new mandate comes into force, to the end of 2020; recalls, however, that the opinion should only consider elements for the year 2019; invites the Court in future to include an analysis regardingof respect for and the protection of fundamental rights; _________________ 1 https://www.eca.europa.eu/Lists/ECADocu ments/SR21_08/SR_Frontex_EN.pdf in any future special report on the Agency's activities;
2021/07/06
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 4 #

2020/2167(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Notes with concern the findings of the Court of Auditors’ (the Court) in its special report1 ; takes the view that any future special report by the Court on the Agency's activities should include analysis regarding respect for and the protection of fundamental rightsn° 08/2021 on Frontex's support for the management of external borders; points out that the audit period runs from the end of 2016, when the Agency's new mandate comes into force, to the end of 2020, and therefore does not take into account recent steps from the Agency to comply with its mandate; _________________ 1 https://www.eca.europa.eu/Lists/ECADocu ments/SR21_08/SR_Frontex_EN.pdf
2021/07/06
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 9 #

2020/2167(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Notes with regret the weaknesses detected with respect to the Agency's primary activities in support of the fight against irregular immigration and the fight against cross-border crime which are caused by an incomplete implementation of the 2016 mandate and the failure of the Agency to take the measures necessary to adapt its organisation to fully implement that mandate; notes that not all of the Agency's responsibilities as a result of its 2016 mandate changes have yet been implemented; notes with concern that the Court identifies a significant risk that the Agency will struggle to carry out the mandate given to it by Regulation (EU) 2019/18962 ; acknowledges the gaps and inconsistencies of the information exchange network and further acknowledges the weaknesses in Member States implementation of Regulation (EU) No 1052/2013 establishing the European border surveillance system (EUROSUR); _________________ 2Regulation (EU) 2019/1896 of the European Parliament and of the Counnotes in particular ongoing issues of data completeness and quality in the data- collection process of Frontex's vulnerability assessment, despite Member States' obligation to provide the information Frontex needs; emphasizes that the Agency has accepted the recommendations made by the Court in its special of 13 November 2019 on the European Border and Coast Guard and repealing Regulations (EU) No 1052/2013 and (EU) 2016/1624 (OJ L 295, 14.11.2019, p. 1).report and that a series of changes are in the process of being implemented or have already been implemented since the release of the report; recalls that Frontex defined 30 actions based on FRaLO Working Group recommendations and that these actions are excepted to be implemented by 31 August 2021 in order to fulfill its mandate;
2021/07/06
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 18 #

2020/2167(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Is concerned that the Agency dicould not provide information about the impact or cost of its activities, more particularly about the real cost of its joint operations, either aggregated or disaggregated by operation (maritime and aerial) and type of costs (e.g. human resources and light equipment, or heavy equipment); notes that the Agency only presents costs based on estimates that can reveal significant differences; is disappointed that the Agency’s operational reporting means that decision makers are not adequately informed;
2021/07/06
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 25 #

2020/2167(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Welcomes the recruitment of the fundamental rights officer, who took office on 1 June 2021, and the appointment of 20 fundamental rights monitors; notes regrets that 15 of those appointments were made at AST level which is not in keeping with the Agency's mandate under Regulation (EU) 2019/1896; reiterates that Regulation (EU) 2019/1896 provides for the recruitment of at least 40 fundamental rights monitors by 5 December 2020; insists that the Agency swiftly recruits the remaining 20 fundamental rights monitors and does so in AD positions;
2021/07/06
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 34 #

2020/2167(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Notes that the OLAF investigation into Frontex is still ongoing; notes also that the European Ombudsman's inquiry with respect to the Agency's complaints mechanism, case OI/5/2020/MHZ, was closed on 15 June 2021, concluding that there were no grounds for further investigation while identifying many areas for improvement in the operation of the Agency; finding, among other things, a regrettable lack of transparency; notes in addition that the Agency's management board has closed its investigation on 13 incidents in the Aegean Sea; recalls that Parliament's Frontex Scrutiny Working Group has not yet completed its report on the allegations of violations of fundamental rights by the Agency;
2021/07/06
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 41 #

2020/2167(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7
7. ConcludStresses that the increased competences and budget for the Agency need to be accompanied by a corresponding increase in accountability and transparency; stresses that discharge for the Agency is conditional on such accountability and transparency, especially on the Agency's commitment to Union law; stresses in this context the need for a full clarificawelcomes the establishment of the transparency register on 5 May 2021 to make public interactions of the alleged violations of fundamental rights at the external borFrontex agents with third- party stakeholders;
2021/07/06
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 44 #

2020/2167(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7 – subparagraph 1 (new)
Stresses that discharge for the Agency is conditional on such accountability and transparency, especially on the Agency's commitment to Union law; stresses in this context the need for full compliance with fundamental rights at the external borders; expects the fundamental rights monitors to carry out their mission thoroughly and support the implementation of the action plan;
2021/07/06
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 45 #

2020/2167(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7 a. Recalls that in its decision on Frontex’s 2019 discharge adopted on 28 April 2021, the Parliament “expects the Agency to fully implement the recommendations of WG FRaLO and to present to the discharge authority concrete actions with a clear timetable to address the problems identified; considers these steps to be a mandatory condition for granting the discharge to the Agency” (paragraph 53); stresses therefore that the decision on the discharge shall be based in light of the implementation of Frontex's roadmap;
2021/07/06
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 47 #

2020/2167(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 8
8. Declares that, as all of the above issues have not been adequately clarified and presented by the Agency to Parliament, including the issues set out in the recent special report of the Court, and until the OLAF investigation is completed, the Parliament is not in a position to grant discharge in respect of the implementation of the Agency’s budget for the financial year 2019e need to provide a revised discharge report by the Budgetary Control Committee to analyse the evolution of elements in regard of the conclusion of the European Parliament Frontex Scrutiny Working Group, a thorough assessment of the implementation of Frontex's roadmap by 31 August 2021 and the conclusions from the OLAFs investigation when they become available.
2021/07/06
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 2 #

2020/2158(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Deplores the fact that Eurojust was faced with a decrease in its budget from EUR 47 to 44 million (-6.38%) and a slight increase in staff from 238 to 239 (+0.4%) despite an increase in the number of cases to be processed by the agency in recent years and a 17% increase in workload compared to 2018; reminds that the workload is expected to increase further due to the new mandate which entered into force in 20191 ; further recallhighlights that the number of coordination centres held in 2019 increased from 17 to 20 (+19%), demonstrating the popularity and utility of this operational tool; stresses the essential role that Eurojust plays in the Union security chain and maintains that its budget should match its tasks and priorities in order to enable it to fulfil its mandate; _________________ 1Regulation (EU) 2018/1727 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 November 2018 on the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust), and replacing and repealing Council Decision 2002/187/JHA https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal- content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32018 R1727
2021/01/15
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 9 #

2020/2158(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. NoteRegrets that anEurojust has not yet taken the necessary measures despite the Court's outstanding observation from 2018, namely, concerning the use of a negotiated procurement procedure is still to be justified;, which remains unjustified to date.
2021/01/15
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 13 #

2020/2158(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 a (new)
5 a. Underlines the important effect of turnover within the staff of the agencies of the European Union; calls for the implementation of human and social policies to remedy it;
2021/01/15
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 14 #

2020/2158(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 b (new)
5 b. Stresses the importance to increase the digitalisation of the Agency in terms of internal operation and management but also in order to speed up the digitalisation of procedures; stresses the need for the Agency to continue to be proactive in this regard in order to avoid a digital gap between the agencies at all costs; draws attention, however, to the need to take all the necessary security measures to avoid any risk to the online security of the information processed;
2021/01/15
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 15 #

2020/2158(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5 c (new)
5 c. Calls on the Agency to continue to develop its synergies, increase cooperation and exchange of good practices with other European agencies with a view to improving efficiency (human resources, building management, IT services and security).
2021/01/15
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 2 #

2020/2153(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2 a. Calls on the agency to continue to develop its synergies, increase cooperation and exchange of good practices with other European agencies with a view to improve efficiency (human resources, building management, IT services and security);
2021/01/19
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 3 #

2020/2153(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2 b. Welcomes the cooperation between the Centre and EUROPOL; acknowledges the publication of their third joint report on EU Drug Markets and its supporting digital information package; notes the two new cooperations at institutional level with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), in order to implement the New Psychoactive Substances legislation;
2021/01/19
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 7 #

2020/2153(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3 a. Stresses the importance to increase the digitalisation of the agency in terms of internal operation and management but also in order to speed up the digitalisation of procedures; stresses the need for the agency to continue to be proactive in this regard in order to avoid a digital gap between the agencies at all costs; draws attention, however, to the need to take all the necessary security measures to avoid any risk to the online security of the information processed;
2021/01/19
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 11 #

2020/2153(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 b (new)
3 b. Underlines the important effect of turnover within the staff of the Union agencies; calls for the implementation of human and social policies to remedy it.
2021/01/19
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 2 #

2020/2152(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Reiterates the role of the Fundamental Rights Agency (‘FRA’ or ‘the Agency’) in helping to ensure that the fundamental rights of people living in the Union are protected; recalls the importance of the Agency in promoting the reflection on the appropriate balance between security and fundamental rights; highlights, in particular, the value of the Agency’s studies and opinions for the development of Union legislation and its commitment to research and reporting all types of discrimination within the Union;
2021/01/19
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 11 #

2020/2152(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Regrets that the levels of commitment carry-overs for operational expenditure once again remained high at 60 %, which is a lower percentage than in 2018, but still indicates a structural problem; notes the decrease of 10% between 2018 and 2019; stresses that this high percentage still indicates a structural problem despite the Agency improvement to better monitor delays between the signature of contracts, deliveries and payments; calls on the Agency to further improve its financial planning and its implementation cycles;
2021/01/19
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 13 #

2020/2152(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Welcomes the progress made by the 4. Stresses the importance to increase the digitalisation of the Agency in terms of internal operation and management but also in order to speed up the digitalisation of procedures; stresses the need for the Agency to continue to be proactive in this regard in order to avoid a digital gap between the agencies at all costs; draws attention, however, to the need to take all the necessary security measures to avoid any risk to the online security of the information processed; welcomes the progress made by the Agency in relation to the recommendations of the Court on the introduction of e- tendering; calls on the FRA to step up its efforts regarding the outstanding recommendation on e-submission.
2021/01/19
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 18 #

2020/2152(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4 a. Stresses the efforts to consolidate the Agency's new organisational structure; welcomes this reorganisation and the achievement of the objective of gender balance in management positions, as set by the Parliament;
2021/01/19
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 21 #

2020/2152(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 b (new)
4 b. Calls on the Agency to continue to develop its synergies, increase cooperation and exchange of good practices with other European agencies with a view to improving efficiency (human resources, building management, IT services and security);
2021/01/19
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 23 #

2020/2152(DEC)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 c (new)
4 c. Underlines the important effect of turnover within the staff of the agencies of the European Union; calls for the implementation of human and social policies to remedy it.
2021/01/19
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 122 #

2020/2125(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23
23. Acknowledges the important contribution made by the European Network of National and Regional Ombudsmen to the exchange of best practices and information on the remit and competences of its members and the proper implementation of European law; suggests that this network could be more closely involved in overseeing the proper use of EU funds; suggests that it could also offer support to national or regional ombudsmen who come under strong pressure from their governments, particularly in connection with violations of fundamental rights, including LGBTI rights; calls on the European Ombudsman to organise at the seat in Strasbourg, at least annually, a meeting of the European network of European and regional ombudsmen, whose core task is to ensure respect for fundamental rights;
2020/11/09
Committee: PETI
Amendment 130 #

2020/2125(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26 a (new)
26a. Recalls that the seat of the European Ombudsman is in Strasbourg; calls on the Ombudsman, therefore, in the interests of transparency, to publish the events which she intends to host, stating where each event will take place;
2020/11/09
Committee: PETI
Amendment 131 #

2020/2125(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26 b (new)
26b. Recalls that in its decision on the European Ombudsman’s building project, Parliament’s Committee on Budgets pointed out that ‘the Commission notes that the surface area of the rented building seems to exceed the current needs of the European Ombudsman and that there are still office spaces available in Strasbourg. The Commission therefore encourages the Ombudsman to prioritise the use of the office space available in Strasbourg and, where possible, to share the surplus office space in Brussels with another institution.’
2020/11/09
Committee: PETI
Amendment 16 #
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 28 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas the Union requires a new industrial strategy that makes its industries more globally competitive, resilientinnovative, inclusive, resilient, digitalised and environmentally sustainable; whereas such a strategy should cover the transition of European industries to digitalisation and climate-neutrality, strengthen European leadership and competitiveness and decrease dependency from other parts of the world in strategic value chains, while preserving an open market, prioritising the ‘energy efficiency first’ principles, energy savings and decarbonised and renewable energy technologies;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 53 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas the Union’s industrial strategy should ensure the correctfull functioning of the single market, create a level playing field inside and outside EU in particular by making reciprocal access to markets a principle and ensure easier access to finance, raw materials and markets, in addition to ensuring appropriate levels of investment, research and innovation, education and skills to boost competitiveness and sustainability;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 56 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B a (new)
Ba. whereas the Union’s sovereignty and strategic autonomy require an autonomous and competitive industrial base and a massive effort in research and innovation; whereas the industrial strategy should contain an action plan to strengthen shorten and diversify the supply chains of European industry in order reduce over-reliance on few markets and increase their resilience as well as a strategy on smart reshoring to increase the production and investments in strategic sectors, redeploy industries in Europe and relocate industrial production in some strategic sectors for the EU;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 72 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. whereas the COVID-19 pandemic and its fallout have created an unprecedented economic downturn in Europe; whereas, all sectors of the economy have been impacted ,in particular SMEs across sectors, and some have come to a complete standstill; this is particularly the case for the tourism and catering industry, the creative and cultural industry, but also for more traditional industries (automotive, building, space, aeronautics, aluminium, steel, textiles, etc.); whereas in this context any future- looking industrial strategy should start by addressing industrial recovery while taking into account industrial long-term objectives;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 86 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C a (new)
Ca. whereas the COVID-19 pandemic, that has led to a shortage of medical devices and medicinal products, has once again revealed that Europe is over- dependent on foreign imports of raw materials and particularly for strategic sectors;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 97 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D a (new)
Da. whereas the economic downturn demonstrated the crucial role played by social shields in the event of economic shocks and the importance of ensuring access to social protection for all, especially for young, atypical or vulnerable workers;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 102 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Is of the opinion that digital and environmental transitions and strategic leadership and autonomy should be at the very core of all Unions strategies until 2050; in this context, calls on the Commission to define a comprehensive industrial strategy which manages these transitions, fosters transformation and guarante, creates long-term growth and global competitiveness based on innovation and strategic value chains, strengthens the entrepreneurial spirit, encourages the creation and upscaling of start-ups and companies and improves the Union’s strategic resilience and autonomy;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 123 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. ICalls for an inclusive industrial strategy that include all industrial ecosystems, SMEs, regions, communities and workers in its development and its implementation; is aware that market dynamics alone do not bridge the fractures created during the transformation process if there is no proper management of the transitions and no strong industrial policies; is, furthermore, aware that while markets, competition and innovation push fast towards transformation, it is society and the environment that face the impact of these transformations; considers that balancing out the number of jobs lost in traditional industries with new jobs created in the digital and environmental sectors is not enough in itself as these new jobs are neither created in the same regions nor taken up by the same workers; calls on the Commission, therefore, to ensure that these transitions are fair and socially just, and that every action aimed at accelerating a transformation process (digital, environmental, etc.) is accompanied by a corresponding initiative to up-skill and reskill workers, with the aim of managing the effects produced by that accelerated process on both regions and peoplEuropean production of essential products such as emission-intensive materials is transformed into a cleaner alternative rather than replaced by imports of the same products and that these transitions are fair and socially just, go hand-in-hand with the full implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, improved social and living standards and good working conditions, and that every action aimed at accelerating a transformation process (digital, environmental, etc.) is accompanied by a corresponding initiative to up-skill and reskill workers, with the aim of managing the effects produced by that accelerated process on both regions and the most vulnerable people; calls on the Commission and the Member States to anticipate and map the industry needs for skilled labour in order to deliver skills strategies that overcome labour demand and supply mismatch, to develop knowledge-based economy that empowers citizens to adapt and accelerate the digital and environmental transition; call on the Commission to make full use of and increase the amounts allocated to the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to financially support workers made redundant, as a result of restructuring due to Covid19 or due to the digital and environmental transformations, in their retraining, re-skilling and reintegration into the labour market in sectors of the future;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 151 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Considers, in the current context, that the Union requires a new, tailor-made industrial strategy that focuses on two distinct phases; the first aimed at recovery and the second aimed at reconstruction and transformation; considers nevertheless that the investments which, from the recovery phase onwards, support and accelerate the digital and environmental transformation and strengthen the autonomy of the Union should be encouraged; calls on the Commission, therefore, to adapt the strategy published in March 2020 to the current situation and address both phases, while keeping the digital and environmental objectives, the Union’s sovereignty and its strategic autonomy as priorities throughout;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 152 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Considers, in the current context, that the Union requires a new, tailor-made industrial strategy that focuses on two distinct phases; the first aimed at recovery and the second aimed at reconstruction and transformation; calls on the Commission, therefore, to adapt the strategy published in March 2020 to the current situation and address both phases, while keeping the digital and environmental objectives as priorities throughout; calls on the Commission and the Member States to take into account when granting funds that the recovery phase represents an opportunity to accelerate the transformation of our industries towards a greener, innovative, inclusive and sovereign Europe;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 164 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. Stresses the importance of coherent and coordinated EU approach in supporting European industries, in particular SMEs and safeguarding the employment in Europe for preserving and strengthening the Single market to the benefit of European citizens and businesses;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 173 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Welcomes the measures taken by the Union to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, the injection of liquidity by the ECB, the relaxation of the rules of the Stability Pact, the increase in the EIB’s capital for SMEs and the SURE initiative to help Member States finance short-time working arrangements, maintain employment and protect workers; welcomes the Temporary State Aid framework as a way to promptly transfer liquidity where urgently needed; calls on the Commission nonetheless to ensure that the aid provided in the emergency phase is justified by the consequences of the pandemic, does not lead to permanent distortions in the single market; and that no strategic sector is neglected;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 186 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Welcomes the Commission proposal to create a new recovery instrument, Next Generation EU of €750 billion; calls for an ambitious and stronger long-term EU budget for 2021- 2027, having regard to the Resolution of the European Parliament on the new multiannual financial framework, own resources and the recovery plan (2020/2631(RSP));
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 188 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4 b (new)
4b. Welcomes the identification of 14 ecosystems by the Commission and the inclusive approach of bringing together all actors operating in a value chain in order to promote European leadership in strategic sectors and competitiveness on the global stage; underlines the need to ensure that SME will thrive within each ecosystem;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 189 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4 c (new)
4c. Welcomes the enhanced InvestEU, with its new window on strategic investments that should play a key role in the first phase of recovery for the strategic autonomy of the EU;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 204 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Calls on the Commission to include in the recovery plan a strategy to redeployattract industries in Europe, to increase and to relocate industrial production in strategic sectors; calls, moreover, on the Commissionin this regard, encourages the use of incentives such as requiring the purchase of a higher degree of local (EU/EEA) production from sectors receiving aid temporarily and the introduction of a new conditionality for access to funding; calls, moreover, on the Commission to assess the feasibility of setting up strategic stocks for certain critical products and to adopt a stronger stance on unfair global competition and predatory acquisitions by SOEdirectly or indirectly supported by states and sovereign funds; is of the opinion that, in this context, the Union should implement a provisional TDI scheme while carrying out a longer-term reflection on reciprocity in market access and without delay, strengthen the EU foreign investment screening framework; welcomes the Commission’s white paper on foreign subsidies;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 233 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. Highlights that, during this critical phase and afterwards, the Union should better protect its market in strategic sectors, in particular by restricting access to some public procurements, introducing a European preference and European certifications for defined strategic sectors and block takeovers and FDI that could further increase its dependency on foreign powers;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 247 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7a. Calls for a rapid reform of European competition policy to enable the creation of European leaders in the global market; considers urgent for the Union to review its definition of the relevant market, which must be analysed at global level so that it no longer constitutes a barrier to the global competitiveness of our industries;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 251 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Is of the opinion that the industrial recovery plan should help to create new ambitious and innovative European industrial projects which go hand in hand with the current revision of the guidelines for ‘Important Projects of Common European Interest’ (IPCEI), in order to encourage the emergence of European leaders in strategic industrial sectors that are capable of competing on a global scale and to facilitate the participation of SMEs in future IPCEIs; calls on the Commission to consider a revision of its 2014 guidelines to include the resilience of strategic value chains in the common European interest and European sovereignty in strategic areas as criteria for defining IPCEIs; calls in particular for the health value chain to be swiftly structured within an IPCEI covering health products essential to fighting ongoing and future sanitary crises (PPEs, MDs, antibiotics, vaccines…) as well as innovative health products (biotechnologies, e-health);
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 268 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8a. Welcomes the launch by the Commission of new industrial Alliances which have demonstrated their potential added value for EU competitiveness; Calls on the Commission to launch more new Alliances in the sectors of space, aeronautic health, critical raw materials, and renewable energies, medical equipment, medical personal protective equipment and vital pharmaceutical production for lowering EU dependence on import from third countries;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 274 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 b (new)
8b. Considers innovation as the key driver for economic recovery and growth; Highlights that funding in research and innovation is essentials in this recovery phase; Calls on the Commission to encourage the pooling of resources on research and innovation on an EU-wide scale, increase entrepreneurial spirit and create a new ambitious, creative and innovative environment for European business and industrial projects;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 276 #

2020/2076(INI)

8c. Welcomes the Industrial Forum initiative of the Commission; calls on the Commission to ensure a continuous dialogue as well as an effective and fully transparent governance approach that oversees implementation and stimulates synergies between regulations, instruments and private funding;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 290 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9 – point b
b. will be managed directly, when possible, by the Commission through European programmes in order to avoid furthermove forward in a more coordinated way, to better impact the global market and to avoid the risk of distortion of the single market;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 297 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9 – point c
c. distributes the financial aid among the different industrial sectorosystems according to the damage suffered, the challenges faced and the amount of national financial support already received through national aid schemes taking into account the structural interdependencies between the different value chains;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 311 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9 – point e
e. gives preference to companies and SMEs that focus their business plans on digital and environmental transformation or that are necessary for the autonomy strategic of the Union in critical sectors;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 326 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Highlights the need to support a sustainable and fair recovery beyond the COVID-19 crisis in order to enhance growth and autonomy in the EU by increasing investment in the digital and green transitions; asks the Commission to support an ambitious Recovery Fund that is within the framework of a stronger MFF and is integrated in the own resource decision, and to pursue fiscal policy coordination to strengthen the European fiscal framework; in this regard, highlights the position of the European Parliament on the reform of the EU own resources system, including the introduction of new resources that are better aligned with and incentivise progress in major EU policy priorities such as a digital services taxation, a financial transaction tax, proceeds generated by the establishment of a common consolidated corporate tax base, income from the emissions trading scheme, a plastics contribution and a carbon border adjustment mechanism; is of the opinion that, after the peak of the pandemic, the Fund should become a permanent Reconstruction Fund to foster the digital and green industrial transitions;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 340 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Calls on the Commission to strengthen its impact assessment practice and to carry out a detailed impact assessment of the potential costs and burdens for European companies and SMEs before presenting new proposals for legislation or adopting new measures especially when a traditional industry has to adapt because of regulatory decisions; calls on the Commission to propose commensurate support to the affected sectors whenever a negative impact cannot be avoidedin order to keep a strong European industrial basis;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 350 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 a (new)
11a. Stresses the strategic and fragile nature of the European space industry, 90% made up of SMEs, and the need for rapid support in order to avoid laborious reconstruction;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 366 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Considers that oncein parallel to the emergency phase is over, the Union should embark on aprepare and anticipate the second phase of its industrial strategy: ensuring the competitiveness, resilience and sustainability of its industriestowards a greener, innovative, inclusive and sovereign Europe in the long term;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 368 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12 a (new)
12a. Considers that the Union requires a green industrial strategy aligned with the Paris Agreement, that places the objectives of the Green Deal (the fight against climate change and the protection of environmental health and biodiversity) at the centre of European economic policy; the strategy must therefore accelerate the transformation of our industry towards a carbon-neutral industry and fill the gap in climate investment in Europe, which is necessary for the transition to climate neutrality;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 375 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12 b (new)
12b. Highlights the need to increase market opportunities and investment in European value chains conducive to the massive deployment of green technologies, in sustainability and reparability of products and in the creation of markets for circular and climate-neutral products in accordance with the action plan for the circular economy. recalls in this regard the potential of the digital sector in reaching a European climate-neutral economy, and the need to reducing its carbon footprint;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 382 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Highlights the potential of the circular economy for modernising the Union’s economy, reducing its energy and resource consumption, providing incentives for innovation and transforming whole industrial sectors and their value chains, with a huge potential to create jobs at local level; encourages the development of new ecodesigned technologies and solutions to prevent environmental impacts; stresses the need to implement the new circular economy action plan and encourage sustainable production;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 398 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13 a (new)
13a. Highlights that the renovation wave provides great opportunity for the EU´s building and energy sector and for the innovative solutions if the energy and resource efficiency principles are fully followed; calls on the Commission to develop standards for materials, eco- design in building sector and controls; stresses the need for climate-neutral building stocks and, harmonization of the sustainable assessment of buildings in Europe and to enable an easier integration of structural and sustainability criteria into the design process;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 403 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13 b (new)
13b. Highlights the potential of Green Mobility to create new jobs, boost European industry, and reduce emissions from the transport sector; calls for more investments in high-speed trains and renovation of inter-city rail networks and for more investments in public transport through fuel cells and hydrogen; stresses the need to promote green mobility by investing in better infrastructure such as more widespread charging stations; considers a higher density of charging stations will allow the market for electric vehicles to expand significantly, faster, causing a positive impact on our carbon footprint; calls, therefore, on the Commission to submit a large scale strategy for the rollout of fast EV- charging infrastructure to secure uptake of EVs by consumers, giving them certainty of the technology’s potential and access to a close-knit net of compatible charging infrastructure and to support European-based car manufacturing;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 408 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Considers that, if the appropriate regulatory, technological and economic conditions are met, there is significant potential in domestic and global markets for low-emission technologies and sustainable products, processes and services throughout the whole value chain from raw materials to energy-intensive industries, manufacturing and the industrial services sector; considers, moreover, that the Climate Law is a first step towards enshrining 2030 and 2050 climate targets into Union legislation; believes that a more holistic and systematic target framework is also required in order to ensure policy coherence across all Union policies and a homogenous governance approach in all policy areas, paving the way towards a clear and stable strategy for European industries providing the necessary legal certainty for investors, especially SMEs; considers that industrial green transformation requires public and private investments in favour of the development of sustainable mobility, the decarbonisation of industry and particularly energy, and the renovation of buildings;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 503 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Highlights the need to support a just transition, and believes that a well- designed Just Transition Mechanism, including a Just Transition Fund, would be an important tool to facilitate the transition and reach ambitious climate targetsclimate neutrality while addressing social impacts; stresses that robust financing of this instrument, including additional budgetary resources, would be a key element for the successful implementation of the European Green Deal and a fair and equitable sharing of financial support between the regions most affected, would be a key element for the successful implementation of the European Green Deal; in this regard, welcomes the revaluation of the Just Transition Fund within the framework of Next Generation EU;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 532 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17 a (new)
17a. Highlights that the competitiveness of European industry can only be backed by an efficient infrastructure network; calls for a long-term investment policy for equipping and renovating infrastructure and for reducing the administrative barriers which hinder the progress of the trans-European networks; calls for more funding for Connecting Europe Facility in order to boost investments in electricity infrastructures, interconnections, digitalisation and smart grids; stresses the need to expedite green Projects of Common Interest (PCI), and revise the Trans-European Energy Networks (TEN- E) Regulation as soon as possible. In particular, in the expected revision of the TEN-E, the Commission should recognise investment in building renovations, including public buildings, as a PCI;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 538 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17 b (new)
17b. Highlights the need to support production of batteries and the recycling of metal in Europe; stresses the need to ensure that the industrial strategy will be aligned with the upcoming initiative of the Commission on batteries;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 539 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Considers it imperative to digitalise the Union’s industries, including traditional ones; calls on the Commission to invest, inter alia, in the data economy, artificial intelligence, smart production, mobility, and resilient and secure very high-speed networks; invites the Commission, in this respect,the Union requires an innovative industrial strategy that accelerate the digitisation of our industries and SMEs including traditional ones, enhance the EU industrial capacity in critical digital infrastructures and strengthen the digital and data single market; considers the Union must support businesses in the automation and digitisation of their know-how and training and investment in digital equipment (hardware and software) for businesses; underlines the importance of the Digital Europe -programme for improving the digital capabilities of SMEs and accelerating the adoption of enabling and emerging technologies in industries; encourages the creation of digital innovation hubs across the EU; calls on the Commission to invest, inter alia, in the data economy, artificial intelligence, smart production, mobility, supercomputing, cloud, quantum technology, resilient and secure very high-speed 5G and 6G networks, blockchain, robotics, batteries and satellite internet; invites therefore the Member States and the Commission, in this respect, to ensure a timely implementation of the relevant key measures recommended in the 5G cybersecurity toolbox and in particular to apply, where appropriate, the relevant restrictions on high risk suppliers for key assets defined as critical and sensitive in the EU coordinated risk assessments and to assess the effectiveness of co-financed National Tax Credit schemes that could complement or replace traditional ‘on demand’ grants/tender-based support, especially for SMEs; highlights the importance of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF) in supporting job creation, business competitiveness, economic growth and sustainable development and calls for these funds to have a stronger focus on research and innovation and to be better linked with Horizon Europe and the Digital Europe Programme;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 556 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18 a (new)
18a. Highlights that EU industrial competitiveness relies on a fully functioning Single Market in Products and Services; underlines that the Commission must consider how to deepen the Single Marker as part of any revised set of priorities and address the existing regulatory and non-regulatory internal market barriers stemming from restrictive and complex national rules, limited administrative capacities, imperfect transposition of EU rules, as well as their inadequate enforcement; stresses the importance of more flexible and transparent governance of the internal market with more effective peer reviews to identify and address barriers and non- compliance, improved monitoring and performance tools such as Internal Market Scoreboard to better reflect market reality, as well as strengthened SOLVIT network;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 574 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19
19. Calls on the Commission to implement a single European digital and data market, to promote the secure exchange of data among companies and among public institutions, to develop and process data on European soil, in particular data from public bodies, to build a better digital taxation system in which profits are taxed where companies have significant interaction with users, and to further develop European standards on cybersecurity, in particular for critical infrastructure; and certification on cybersecurity and disruptive technologies, in particular for critical infrastructure; therefore the protection of critical European data in such critical infrastructures should be guaranteed through an assessment of service and technology providers to meet security as well as trustworthiness criteria modelled on the EU 5G toolbox. calls for the swift implementation of the European Data Strategy and the adoption of the Digital Services Act;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 594 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20
20. Considers that industrial transformation requires the integration of new knowledge and innovation into existing markets and their use in the creation of new ones; regrets, in this respect, that the Union invests less in R&D as a percentage of GDP than its global competitors and that it suffers from a serious lack of innovative capacity in small and medium-sized enterprises due to a shortfall in the necessary risk capital; highlights the need to increase considerably spending on research, development and innovation as key element to achieve the twin transition, improve strategic leadership and autonomy and increase long-term competitiveness; calls on the Member States to uphold their commitment of reaching 3% of GDP on research and development; Considers an increase of the funding of Horizon Europe as well as Digital Europe programs and Connected Europe Facility (digital and energy) is needed to achieve the ambitious targets. recognise the effective support of European Innovation Council (EIC) and the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) and calls to strengthen their missions; calls for a public-private collaboration to promote the transfer of knowledge and technology from research centres and universities to the industrial process, taking advantage of the industrial ecosystem scheme; calls on the Commission to increase the budget for those programmes that underpin the transformation of the Union’s industry, including Horizon Europe and Digital Europe (DEP), and to foster synergies between regional, national, European and private financial sources by taking advantage of synergies among all Union programmes; calls on the Commission to target as a priority the whole range of decarbonised and renewable industrial processes; acknowledges the importance of intellectual property protection to incentivise R&D investments necessary to ensure continued participation of EU industry in the development of key technologies like 5G and 6G, necessary to achieve the EU 2025 connectivity objectives;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 612 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20 a (new)
20a. Calls on the Commission to invest in the construction of an efficient and competitive European military-industrial complex by making optimal use of instruments such as the Defense Fund to support the sector in terms of research, development and prototyping and the development of industrial processes; welcomes the creation of DG DEFIS that it provides the administrative capacity for achieving this objective;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 623 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20 b (new)
20b. highlights the relevance of Institutional Partnerships under Horizon Europe as efficient tools to promote R&I efforts within strategic industrial ecosystems;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 630 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21
21. Is of the opinion that ecosystems will be key components of the next industrial revolution, providing affordable and cleaner energy, transformative manufacturing and service-provision methods; believes, moreover, that supporting collaboration among industry, academia, SMEs, start-ups, trade unions, civil society, end-user organisations and all other stakeholders will be key to solving market failures and supporting efforts to cross the ‘valley of death’, including in areas not yet covered by industrial interests; calls for a governance of these ecosystems that integrates all relevant stakeholders form the industrial sectors which are key to achieve the energy and digital transition; considers that ecosystems should play a role in the definition of solutions and measures to be adopted in order to implement the European industrial strategy; recalls that sectorial action plans announced within the Green Deal and the industrial strategy as well as work already undertaken in previous European industrial forums, in particular the Strategic Forum for IPCEIs, should all be taken into account in the future work of industrial ecosystems;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 648 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21 a (new)
21a. Highlights the potential role of the regions in achieving the European industrial ambitions; believes that interregional cooperation aimed at the sustainable and digital transformations, as in the Smart Specialisation strategies, are to be strengthened in order to stimulate regional ecosystems; therefore asks the Commission to support the development of tools which can provide a clear roadmap for regions with a tailor- made approach to secure industrial leadership;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 654 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22
22. Considers public procurement to be a crucial driver of industrial transformation; calls on the Commission to study how to fully use the leverage of public expenditure and investment to achieve policy objectives, including by making environmental and social criteria mandatory in public procurement and by setting up mandatory reporting obligations for the Commission and the Member States; calls on contracting authorities to systematically use an approach based on the best price-quality ratio over the lifetime of the products and services; encourages contracting authorities to use the provision (Article 85 of the Utilities Directive) which makes it possible to reject bids if more than 50% of the value is added outside the EU so as to favour industrial jobs in Europe; calls on the Commission to ensure that EU investment programmes do not go to State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) from third countries resulting in abnormally low tenders and unfair competition; calls also on the Commission to push for a more ambitious International Procurement Instrument that provides for reciprocity and mutual standards and to push for an European preference in defined strategic sectors;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 669 #

2020/2076(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22 a (new)
22a. Stresses the importance to provide political and policy direction and ambitious public programs to support the industry and to boost investments, particularly in R&D and space and defence industries; in this regards, highlights the importance of having adequate funding and fostering synergies in the next MFF for Horizon Europe, the European Space program and the European Defence Funds;
2020/06/30
Committee: ITRE
Amendment 11 #

2020/2072(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 10 a (new)
- having regard to the United Nations Convention against Corruption;
2020/07/27
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 12 #

2020/2072(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 10 b (new)
- having regard to the agreement establishing the Group of States against corruption;
2020/07/27
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 56 #

2020/2072(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas the Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities, as set out in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU); whereas those values are values which are common to the Member States and to which all Member States have freely subscribed; whereas those values are based on objective criteria;
2020/07/27
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 61 #

2020/2072(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A a (new)
Aa. whereas the rule of law has been proclaimed as a basic principle at universal level by the United Nations;
2020/07/27
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 79 #

2020/2072(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. whereas breaches of the values referred to in Article 2 TEU without proper response and consequences on European level weaken the cohesion of the European project, the rights of all Union citizens and mutual trust among the Member States;
2020/07/27
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 86 #

2020/2072(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D a (new)
Da. whereas independent journalism and access to pluralistic information are key pillars of democracy; whereas the worrying state of media freedom and pluralism in the Union should be addressed more vigorously; whereas the announcement of the inclusion of a dedicated chapter for media freedom and pluralism in the Annual Rule of Law Report was strongly welcomed;
2020/07/27
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 96 #

2020/2072(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F
F. whereas any monitoring mechanism must closely involve stakeholders active in the protection and promotion of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights, including civil society, Council of Europe and United Nations bodies, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, national human rights institutions, national parliaments and local authorities; whereas therefore an adequate European funding is necessary to the civil society particularly through the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme;
2020/07/27
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 115 #

2020/2072(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. emphasises the urgent need for the Union to develop a robust, comprehensive and positive agenda for protecting and reinforcing democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights for all itsEuropean citizens effectively; insists that the Union must remain a champion of freedom and justice in Europe and the world;
2020/07/27
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 125 #

2020/2072(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. warns that the Union is facing an unprecedented and escalating crisis of its founding values, which threatens its long- term survival as a democratic peace project; is gravely concerned by the rise and entrenchment of autocratic and illiberal tendencies, further compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and, the economic recession, and malicious interference, disinformation and diminishing media pluralism as well as corruption and state capture, in several Member States; underlines the dangers of this trend for the cohesion of the Union’s political and legal order, the functioning of its single market, the effectiveness of its common policies and its international credibility;
2020/07/27
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 130 #

2020/2072(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. recognisealls that so far the Union remainsand its institutions have been structurally ill- equipped to tackle democratic and rule of law backsliding in the Member States; regrets that the Commission did not consider it necessary to open Article 7 TEU procedures in the case of Hungary despite the emerging signs since 2010; regrets the inability of the Council to make meaningful progress in enforcing Union values in ongoing Article 7 TEU procedures regarding Poland and Hungary; notes with concern the disjointed nature of the Union’s toolkit in that field;
2020/07/27
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 149 #

2020/2072(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. welcomes the Commission’s work on the Annual Rule of Law Report; welcomes that besides the rule of law, corruption and media freedom is part of the annual assessment; notes, however, that it fails to encompass the most of the areas of democracy and fundamental rights; particularly regrets that the freedom of association and the shrinking space of civil society is not incorporated in the procedure; reiterates the need for a comprehensive monitoring mechanism enshrined in a legal act binding Parliament, the Council and the Commission to a transparent and regularised process, with clearly defined responsibilities, so that the protection and promotion of Union values becomes a permanent and visible part of the Union agenda;
2020/07/27
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 166 #

2020/2072(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. underlines that the Annual Monitoring Cycle must be comprehensive, objective, impartial, evidence-based and applied equally and fairly to all Member States, contain country- specific recommendations, with clear timelines and targets for implementation, to be followed up in subsequent annual or urgent reports; stresses that failures to implement the recommendations must be targeted and concrete, and linked to concrete Union enforcement measures;
2020/07/27
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 173 #

2020/2072(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. Takes the view that an ambitious Mechanism should also aim at effectively upholding press freedom and media pluralism thus leading to concrete improvements for journalists and the media sector;
2020/07/27
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 191 #

2020/2072(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. recalls the indispensable role played by civil society, national human rights institutions and other relevant actors in all stages of the Annual Monitoring Cycle, from providing input to facilitating implementation; points out that the accreditation status of national human rights institutions and the space for civil society may themselves serve as indicators for assessment purposes; considers that national parliaments must hold public debates and adopt positions on the outcome of the monitoring cycle; reiterates its call on the Commission to provide an adequate European funding to the civil society, particularly though the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme;
2020/07/27
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 207 #

2020/2072(INL)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. is of the view that, in the long-term, strengthening the Union’s ability to promote and defend its constitutional core will require deepening the European integration and a Treaty change; looks forward to the reflection and conclusions of the Conference on the Future of Europe in that regard;
2020/07/27
Committee: LIBE
Amendment 3 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 7 a (new)
- having regard to the assessment report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council in accordance with Article 59(4) of Directive 2001/83/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 November 2001 on the Community code relating to medicinal products for human use,
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 4 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 7 b (new)
- having regard to the Council Conclusions of 8 June 2010 on ‘Equity and Health in All Policies: Solidarity in Health’,
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 5 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 8 a (new)
- having regard to Regulation (EU) No 536/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on clinical trials on medicinal products for human use, and repealing Directive 2001/20/EC,
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 9 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 14 a (new)
- having regard to Commission communication of 27 May 2020 on "Europe's moment: Repair and Prepare for the Next Generation",
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 10 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 14 b (new)
- having regard to Commission communication of 27 May 2020 on "The EU budget powering the recovery plan for Europe",
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 14 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 23
— having regard to Report No 737 of 27 September 2018 entitled ‘Shortages of medicines and vaccines: focusing more closely on public health issues in the medicine supply chain’, drawn up by Jean- Pierre Decool on behalf of the French Senate fact-finding mission on the shortage of medicines and vaccines, which is inspired by the report of the French Academy of Pharmacy of 20 June 2018 on the unavailability of medicines,
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 18 #
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 27 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas the increase in global demand has aggravated shortages of medicines in the EU, undermining health services in the Member States and exposing patients to considerable risks; whereas in France, 1 450 cases of unavailability of medicines were noted in 2019 compared to 44 cases in 2008; whereas in the Netherlands, the number of drug stock-out cases almost doubled in 2019, with 1,492 cases recorded, compared to 769 in 2018; whereas in the Czech Republic, 2,208 products suffered from a supply disruption in 2019, compared to 1,630 in 2018 and 19 in 2008; whereas the Member States have a duty to find swift and effective solutions through closer European integration;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 41 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A a (new)
Aa. whereas the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union recognises the fundamental right of citizens to health and medical treatment;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 51 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A b (new)
Ab. whereas ensuring patient access to essential medicines is one of the core objectives of the EU and the WHO, and of Sustainable Development Goal 3; whereas universal access to medicines depends on their timely availability and their affordability for everyone, without any geographical discrimination;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 57 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A d (new)
Ad. whereas pharmaceuticals are one of the pillars of healthcare, and whereas insufficient access to essential medicinal products and high prices of innovative medicines pose a serious threat to population health and to the sustainability of national health care systems;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 58 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A e (new)
Ae. whereas, in many cases, the prices of new medicines, notably cancer treatments, have increased during the past few decades to the point of being unaffordable to many EU citizens
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 59 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A f (new)
Af. whereas the entry of generics and biosimilars into the market is an important mechanism for increasing competition, reducing prices and ensuring the sustainability of healthcare systems; whereas their market entry should not be delayed;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 60 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A g (new)
Ag. whereas the COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the EU’s long-existing structural problems related to the supply of medicines, and the dependency on third-country import for medicines and medical materials;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 63 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas medicines to treat cancer, infections and disorders of the nervous system account for more than half of those in short supply; whereas injectable specialties appear to be the most vulnerable to the risk of shortage due to the complexity of their manufacturing process;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 73 #
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 76 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B b (new)
Bb. whereas access to suitable and affordable diagnostic tests and vaccines is as vital as access to safe, effective and affordable medicines;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 124 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E
E. whereas stocks of ‘strategic’ medicinmedicinal products of major therapeutic interest are inadequatecurrently insufficient, with chemicals that are cheap and easy to produce and mature medicines being in particularly short supply; whereas pharmaceutical firms operate on a just-in-time basis;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 160 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital G
G. whereas, in the absence of a regulatory authority, stockpiling in some Member States is leading to a market imbalance and could, in the event of a health crisis, question the principle of solidarity;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 173 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital I
I. whereas the greater number, geographical spread and impact of epidemics is partly attributable to climate change, in combination with globalisation and increased travel; whereas European surveillance has been strengthened on vector-borne diseases such as Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya, Zika and West Nile viruses;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 198 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Stresses the geostrategic imperative that the Union regain its sovereignty and independence with regard to health care and secure its supply of medicines, diagnostic tools, vaccines, medical devices and medical equipment;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 211 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Recalls that shortage of medicines is a global challenge; stresses that developing countries, such as a number of African countries, are the most affected by these shortages; urges that access to medicines in developing countries be tackled in a wider context in the WHO framework ; calls on the Commission and the Member States to increase their support to developing countries, in particular through the rescUE strategic reserve;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 246 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Stresses the need for health policies to focus on patients’ health and interests and for closer cooperation between Member States;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 256 #
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 259 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. Recalls that medicines shortages have a direct impact on patients' health, safety and the continuation of their treatment; stresses that for patients, the consequences of drug shortages include: progression of the disease and / or worsening of symptoms due to delay in treatment, avoidable transmission of infectious diseases, increased risk of exposure to falsified medicines and significant psychological distress for patients and their families;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 261 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 b (new)
3b. Notes that the risks are particularly high amongst vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, pregnant women, people affected by a disability, patients with chronic diseases or cancer or people in intensive care unit (ICU);
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 262 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 c (new)
3c. Underlines that a higher price of the substitute medicine proposed to the patient, a lower reimbursement rate or the lack of reimbursement constitute in several Member States major obstacles to access to medicines for populations with low incomes or suffering from chronic conditions ; calls on the Member States to guarantee access to a substitute medicine at an equivalent price or subject to a similar reimbursement in the event of a supply shortage;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 263 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 d (new)
3d. Welcomes the publication of the call for tenders launched by DG SANTE for a study on the causes of shortage of medicines in the Union; calls, however, for another study to be carried out on the impacts of drug shortages on patient care, treatment and health;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 264 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 e (new)
3e. Calls for the launch of a Joint Action on the prevention of shortage of medicines which would be funded by the future Health Program; considers that this Joint Action would allow an exchange of good practices between the Member States and the development of common prevention measures;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 265 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 f (new)
3f. Stresses that patient associations should be more involved in defining research strategies for public and private clinical trials, in order to ensure that they meet the unmet needs of European patients;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 267 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 k (new)
3 k. Recalls that no Member State is self-sufficient with regard to raw materials, intermediates, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and finished medicines necessary to guarantee the proper functioning of the health system;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 278 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Calls on the Commission and the Member States to take whatever action is needed to restore European health sovereignty and local pharmaceutical manufacturing, giving priority to essential and strategic medicinesmedicinal products of major therapeutic interest ; calls on the Commission to map out potential production sites in the EU and their production capacity; suggests that the Commission also draw up a map of the production sites established in third countries;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 295 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Calls on the Commission and the Member States to set up a Task Force responsible for ensuring a constant inventory of the origin and production capacities of manufacturers in terms of active pharmaceuticals ingredients (APIs) and finished medicines,; considers that this independent body could establish and manage a database to prevent and steer European actions to avoid tensions or shortages on medicinal products of major therapeutic interest; stresses that this Task Force could ultimately assess the specific needs of medicinal products of major therapeutic interest of each Member State;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 307 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Calls on the Commission to address in its next pharmaceutical and industrial strategies issues relating tomake recommendations on ways to improve the availability and accessibility of medicines and to propose solutions to reduce manufacturers’ dependence on third countries in its next pharmaceutical and industrial strategies;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 325 #
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 339 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Urges the Commission and the Member States to introduce tax and financial incentives in return for appropriate commitments and to authorise state aid to encourage producers to locate their operations in Europe, from compound manufacturing to packaging and distribution; emphasises the strategic significance of this sector and the importance of investing in European companies, in the interests of resource diversificationorder to diversify resources and encourage the development of innovative production technologies capable of enhancing the responsiveness of production lines, in particular the continuous manufacturing process;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 365 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. Stresses that the pharmaceutical sector remains an important industrial pillar as well as a driving force in terms of job creation;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 368 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 b (new)
6b. Recalls that Articles 81 and 23a of Directive 2001/83/EC establishing a Community Code relating to medicinal products for human use have laid down general obligations for the supply of medicinal products to be borne by marketing authorization holders (MAHs) and distributors, as well as a notification obligation for MAHs in the event of a temporary or permanent supply interruption;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 380 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 e (new)
6e. Calls for the revision of Directive 2001/83/EC establishing a Community code relating to medicinal products for human use in order to ensure the notification of shortages, to strengthen the obligations incumbent on marketing authorization holders (MAHs) and to be able to ensure compliance with all of the obligations of actors in the drug supply chain;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 381 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 f (new)
6f. Calls on the Commission and the Member States to encourage marketing authorisation holders (MAHs) to build up and manage rolling stocks of medicines of major therapeutic interest in the form of finished products; considers that several months of rolling stocks would make it possible to absorb the supply shortfalls and avoid the losses linked to the expiry of the medicines;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 382 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 g (new)
6g. Regrets that compliance with environmental standards (in particular the REACH Regulation) and standards relating to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) specific to the Union was one of the reasons of the relocation of pharmaceutical production to third countries; encourages manufacturers to guarantee the safety of their staff and the protection of the environment, in particular by prohibiting the release of toxic substances into the air and water when they relocate their production to the EU territory ; considers that compliance with these standards must not lead to a significant increase in the price of medicines;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 434 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9
9. Calls on the Commission and the Member States to create one or more European non-profit pharmaceutical undertakings which operate in the public interest to manufacture priority medicines of strategic importancemedicinal products of major therapeutic interest for health care; stresses the key contribution that can be made by new technologies, digitalization and artificial intelligence in enabling European laboratory researchers to form networks and share their objectives and findings;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 455 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Stresses the importance of research and innovation, and calls for the establishment of a genuine European network, given that the price of relocation must not be a deterioration in the quality of medical research; highlights the role of European projects and SMEs in improving access to medicines in the Union; underlines the crucial role of the Horizon Europe program in this respect;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 471 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 a (new)
11a. Calls for strengthening of the European Medicines Market to speed up patient access to medicines, make care more affordable, maximise savings in national health budgets and avoid administrative burdens for generic and biosimilar companies ;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 475 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 b (new)
11b. Points out that generic and biosimilar medicines enable increased competition, reduced prices and savings for healthcare systems, thus helping to improve access to medicines for patients
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 479 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 c (new)
11c. Deplores the litigation cases aiming to delay generic entry; calls on the Commission to ensure that the end of the innovator's period of commercial exclusivity is respected;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 481 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 d (new)
11d. Stresses that the added value and economic impact of biosimilar medicines on the sustainability of healthcare systems should be analysed, their market entry should not be delayed, and, where necessary, measures to support their introduction to the market should be examined;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 484 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 e (new)
11e. Calls on the Member States to adopt a common position and start negotiations on the proposal for a Regulation of the Parliament and of the Council on health technology assessment and amending Directive 2011/24/EU;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 485 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 f (new)
11f. Calls on the Commission to present a revision of Directive 89/105 /EEC on the transparency of measures regulating the prices of medicinal products in order to ensure effective controls and full transparency of the procedures used to determine the prices and reimbursement of medicines in the Member States;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 514 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12 a (new)
12a. Welcomes the recent creation green lanes, set up to facilitate the transport of all goods, in order to allow the smooth running of the transport not only of medicines but also of raw materials, intermediate products and related materials, including packaging;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 517 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12 b (new)
12b. Calls for the establishment of European lists of 'medicinal products of major therapeutic interest' along the lines of the 'WHO model list of essential medicines'; suggests that the EMA shortage risk indicators (manufacturing and quality) be used to identify high risk products,
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 518 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12 c (new)
12c. Calls for the introduction of a specific statute for certain mature medicines which would be accompanied by incentives for manufacturers to maintain their marketing on the European market and ensure diversification of European production;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 519 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12 d (new)
12d. Encourages the development of shortage prevention and management plans across all Member States; believes that these plans could result from an analysis of manufacturing and distribution risks and include measures on building up stocks, diversifying sources of supply for raw materials and creating other manufacturing sites to ensure resilience from production;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 520 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12 e (new)
12e. Underlines that several Member States have already established alert systems which facilitate the anticipation and prevention of shortages; calls for the establishment of alert systems to anticipate shortage of medicines at national and European levels;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 541 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Calls on the Commission to create a European contingency reserve of medicines of strategic importance for health care, supplies of which are critical, along the lines of the ‘RescEU’ mechanism, in order to alleviate shortages outside crisis periods;deleted
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 561 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Calls on the Commission and the Member States to adopt a joint definition of ‘medicines of strategic importance for health care’ and of ‘criticality’, emphasising the value of these medicines for public health, the lack of alternatives and the vulnerability of the production chain; calls for a European regulatory authority to be designated to carry out the task of setting quotas for the allocation of medicines from that reserve to the Member States;deleted
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 579 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15 a (new)
15a. Calls for the adoption of common definitions of 'supply disruption' and 'stock-out' of medicines as well as a grid of criteria for assessing the risk associated with each of these situations;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 581 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15 b (new)
15b. Calls for the adoption of a common definition of 'medicinal products of major therapeutic interest' with reference to their usefulness in public health, the absence of an alternative and the fragility of the production chain;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 582 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Calls on the Commission and Member States to develop innovative and coordinated strategies and to step up exchanges of good practice in the area of stock management; considers that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) could be designated as the regulatory authority tasked with preventing shortages of essential medicines, with a correspondingly wider remit and more staff;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 613 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Calls for further invitations to tender to be issuedjoint procurements at European level in an effort to counter shortages, as has been done following the onset of the COVID-19 virus, with simplified and transparent procedures in the interests of improved response times;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 621 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17 a (new)
17a. Calls for the full and rapid application of Regulation (EU) No 536/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on clinical trials for medicinal products for human use; considers that this Regulation would facilitate the launch of large clinical trials carried out in a harmonised and coordinated manner at EU level;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 633 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17 b (new)
17b. Notes that the differences in the price of a medicine from one Member State to another have led to the development of parallel exports, which can increase the risk of supply stress and cause of shortages; recalls that the free movement of goods within the Union allows certain wholesaler-distributors called "short-liners" to buy medicines in one Member State and to resell them more expensive in neighbouring countries; calls for the adoption of preventive measures to limit the parallel trade of medicines within the Union;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 658 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Calls on the Commission to set up an innovative centralised digital monitoring platform for sharing information provided by national agencies and all stakeholders regarding shortages of medicines and medical equipment; welcomes the introduction by the EMA of the SPOC and i-SPOC systems; calls for existing information systems to be improved so as to provide a clear overview of problems, shortages and requirements in each Member State, with a view to preventing stockpiling;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 659 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18 a (new)
18a. Recommends the development of a catalogue of shortages in all the Member States which would allow the EMA to easily update its public catalogue of shortages assessed by its Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) and / or its Committee for the pharmacovigilance risk assessment (PRAC);
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 688 #
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 701 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20
20. Calls for an electronic information notice to be drawn up in all the Union languages for every medicine on the EU market via bar or matrix codes, in order to facilitate sales of medicines between Member States and to fight against parallel trade; recommends the provision of more comprehensive information on the origin of medicines;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 708 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20 a (new)
20a. Condemns the exploitation of shortages for criminal purposes; recalls that counterfeiting or falsification of medicines and medical products worsens supply tensions; calls for the strengthening of measures to combat these practices: the control of online platforms offering drugs, the strengthening of cooperation between relevant EU and national agencies and the respect of the victims’ rights;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 711 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20 b (new)
21. Welcomes, following the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, the introduction of more flexible rules in a bid to mitigate shortages and facilitate the circulation of medicines between Member States: acceptance of different packaging formats, reuse procedure to enable marketing authorisation holders to obtain approval in another Member State, longer expiry periods, use of veterinary medicinal products, etc.; calls on the Commission to monitor strictly the use of these arrangements and to keep them available in the event of problems or shortages;deleted
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 722 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21 a (new)
21a. Calls on the Commission to create a European strategic reserve of medicinal products of major interest, along the lines of the ‘RescEU’ mechanism, in order to alleviate shortages outside crisis periods; believes that the EMA could be the European regulatory authority responsible of this strategic reserve in order to prevent shortages of these medicines;
2020/06/08
Committee: ENVI
Amendment 726 #

2020/2071(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21 b (new)
21b. Stresses that its resolution of 17 April 2020 calls for the creation of a European Health Reaction Mechanism (EHRM) to