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655 Amendments of Raimon OBIOLS

Amendment 2 #

2013/2945(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 3
– having regard to its previous resolutions, in particular of 10 February 2010 on Turkey’s 2009 progress report, of 9 March 2011 on Turkey’s 2010 progress report1 , of 29 March 2012 on Turkey's 2011 progress report2 and, of 18 April 2013 on Turkey’s 2012 progress report3 and of 13 June 2013 on the situation in Turkey4, __________________ 1 Texts adopted, P7_TA(2011)0090. 2 Texts adopted, P7_TA(2012)0116. 3 Texts adopted, P7_TA(2013)0184. 4 Texts adopted, P7_TA(2013)0277.
2014/01/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 4 #

2013/2945(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 6
– having regard to the Council conclusions of 14 December 2010, 5 December 2011 and, 11 December 2012 and 25 June 2013,
2014/01/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 15 #

2013/2945(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 12
– having regard to the fact that full compliance with the Copenhagen criteria and EU integration capacity, in accordance with the conclusions of the December 2006 European Council meeting, remains the basis for accession to the EU,
2014/01/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 26 #

2013/2945(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 14 a (new)
- having regard to the fact that a number of judiciary, legislative, institutional and practical reforms have taken place in Turkey; however, a number of long- standing problems concerning notably the administration of justice in Turkey continue having serious negative effects on the enjoyment of human rights and freedom of expression in Turkey, as well as the public perception about the independence and impartiality of the justice system; whereas as a result of these problems a high number of cases have been launched against journalists, activists and intellectuals,
2014/01/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 30 #

2013/2945(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 15 a (new)
- having regard to the fact that the positive agenda was launched in May 2012 to support and complement the negotiations through enhanced cooperation in a number of areas of joint interest, and this initiative does not replace the accessions negotiations but it complements them,
2014/01/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 46 #

2013/2945(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Welcomes the 2013 Progress Report on Turkey and shares the Commission's conclusion that Turkey is a strategic partner for the European Union and that important progress on reforms was made in the preceding twelve months; underlines the importance and urgent need of further reforms andfor a greater accountability and transparency in the administration, the promotion of dialogue across the political spectrum and in society more broadly through respecting and empowering civil society, as well as the respect of fundamental rights in practice;
2014/01/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 51 #

2013/2945(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Strongly reminds that separation of powers, full respect for rule of law and fundamental rights, and impartiality and independence of the judiciary are 'sine qua non' conditions for a well- functioning democracy;
2014/01/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 62 #

2013/2945(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Believes that the opening of new chapters would renew mutual engagement in the context of the negotiation process in order to maintain a constructive relationship;
2014/01/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 81 #

2013/2945(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. SWelcomes the agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Turkey on "Readmission of Persons Residing Without Authorisation" signed on 16 December 2013; stresses the importance of achieving a common understanding between Turkey and the EU on the relevance for both the EU and Turkey of the readmission agreement and the roadmap leading to visa liberalisation; recalls that Turkey is one of the key transit countries for irregular migration to the EU and therefore calls on Turkey to sign and implement the readmission agreement without further delay; calls on the Commission in parallel to take steps towards visa liberalisation and stresses the clear benefits of facilitating access to the EU for business people, academics, students and representatives of civil society;
2014/01/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 95 #

2013/2945(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Points to the crucial role of a system of checks and balances for any modern democratic State and the fundamental role that the Turkish Grand National Assembly must play at the centre of Turkey’s political system in providing a framework for dialogue and consensus-building across the political spectrum; expresses concern about political polarisation and the lack of readiness on the part of government and opposition to work towards consensus on drafting a new Constitution and on key reforms; urges all political actors, the government and the opposition to work together to enhance a pluralistic vision in State institutions and to promote the modernisation and democratisation of the State and society; calls on the political majority to actively involve the minority in the deliberation process on relevant reforms and take into consideration, whenever possible, their interests and views in an inclusive manner;
2014/01/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 120 #

2013/2945(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. Welcomes and calls for the implementation of the democratisation package presented by the Government on 30 September 2013 and calls on the Government to duly consult the opposition and relevant civil society organisations in the preparation of the implementing legislation and to continue with its reform efforts towards revision of the electoral system, including the lowering of the 10% threshold, and the adequate inclusion of all components of Turkish society in order to strengthen democracy and better reflect the existing pluralism in the country; calls on the Government to ensure that the legislation on hate crimes offers protection for all citizens, including all communities, minorities and LGBTI;
2014/01/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 129 #

2013/2945(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7a. Calls on the Government to present a new reform package to address pending and key issues, such as the Alevi question, that were not included in the democratization package of 30 September 2013;
2014/01/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 145 #

2013/2945(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8a. Observes that the unprecedented wave of protests also reflects the legitimate aspirations of many Turkish citizens for a deepen democracy; reiterates that, in a democratic polity, Governments must promote tolerance and ensure freedom of religion and belief for all citizens; calls on the Government to respect the plurality and richness of Turkish society;
2014/01/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 161 #

2013/2945(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9 a (new)
9a. Is concerned about the situation of journalists and the freedom of media in Turkey; highlights the special role of public-service media in strengthening democracy, in particular by serving information needs of citizens and enabling their participation in decision making processes; in this respect, calls on the authorities to ensure their independence and sustainability in compliance with European standards;
2014/01/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 166 #

2013/2945(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Notes the concerns in Turkish society about the excessively wide scope and the shortcomings of the proceedings and the allegations of the use of inconsistent evidence against the defendants in the Ergenekon case, which, like in the Sledgehammer case, undermined the acceptance of the ruling; stresses, once again, in light of the above, that the KCK case must demonstrate the strength and the proper, independent, impartial and transparent functioning of Turkey’s democratic institutions and judiciary, as well as the firm, unconditional commitment to respect for fundamental rights;
2014/01/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 171 #

2013/2945(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. NStresses that the reform of the Turkish judiciary system is central to the efforts at democratic consolidation in Turkey; underlines that the Turkish judicial system continues to suffer from excessive workload and insufficient independence; notes that the implementation of the third judicial reform package has led to the release of a significant number of detainees and welcomes the fourth judicial reform package as another important step towards a judiciary in Turkey in line with EU standards and values; notes, in particular, (i) the new, important distinction between freedom of expression and incitement to violence or to committing acts of terrorism, (ii) the limitation of the offence of praising a crime or a criminal to instances where there is a clear and imminent danger to public order and (iii) the narrowing down of the scope of the offence of committing a crime in the name of an organisation, without being a member of it, to armed organisations only;
2014/01/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 206 #

2013/2945(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. ERegrets the increase in recent years of violence against women in Turkey; expresses support for the database on violence against women currently under preparation by the Ministry for Family and Social policies; asks to complement existing legislation on the creation of shelters for women who are victims of domestic violence with adequate follow-up mechanisms where municipalities fail to establish such shelters; supports the efforts of the Minister for Family and Social policies to raise penalties for forced early marriages, which must be eradicated; renews its concern at the low level of women’s participation in the labour force, in politics and at senior level in the administration and encourages the Government to adopt adequate measures to promote a more central role of women in the economic and political fabric of Turkey;
2014/01/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 220 #

2013/2945(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Strongly supports the Government’s initiative to strive for a settlement of the Kurdish problem on the basis of negotiations with the PKK; encourages the Government to devise the reforms directed at promoting the social, cultural and economic rights of the Kurdish community on the basis of adequate consultation of relevant stakeholders and the opposition; calls on the opposition to actively support the negotiations and the reforms as an important step for the benefit of Turkish society at large; asks all political forces to ensure an adequate political platform and to debate in a constructive way the Kurdish issue and to facilitate a real opening to the claims for basic rights in which all citizens can find themselves fully recognised; calls on the Turkish authorities to cooperate closely with the European Commission to assess which programs under IPA could be used to promote sustainable development in the South East in the framework of negotiations on Chapter 22;
2014/01/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 231 #

2013/2945(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Is of the opinion that social dialogue and involvement of social partners are vital for the development of a prosperous society; Underlines the importance of further progress in the areas of social policy and employment, in particular to remove all obstacles to the effective functioning of trade unions, to establish a national employment strategy, address undeclared work, widen the coverage of social protection mechanisms, and increase employment rates among women and people with disabilities; stresses the importance of opening Chapter 19 on social policy and employment;
2014/01/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 333 #

2013/2945(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 27
27. Welcomes Turkey’s commitment to the provision of humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees; is worried about the social and economic burden of these refugees particularly on the neighbouring cities of Turkey; calls for the international community, the EU and the Member States to continue providing support in response to this exceptional humanitarian crisis and to commit themselves to providing effective assistance to Syria’s neighbouring countries, among them, Turkey; notes that a large number of foreign fighters in Syria gain access to Syria via Turkey and asks Turkey to increase border patrols, restrict the entry of fighters and arm flows to groups credibly found to be implicated in systematic human rights violations; believes that the EU and Turkey should actively seek to develop a joint strategic vision to promote a political solution in Syria and support political and economic stability in the region, with particular reference to Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq;
2014/01/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 2 #

2013/2739(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 5 b (new)
- having regard to the Declaration of the Paris Summit for the Mediterranean, held in Paris on 13 July 2008,
2013/11/11
Committee: INTA
Amendment 3 #

2013/2739(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 6 b (new)
- having regard to the final statement issued at the meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Union for the Mediterranean held in Marseille on 3 and 4 November 2008,
2013/11/11
Committee: INTA
Amendment 4 #

2013/2739(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 5 c (new)
- having regard to the Joint Communications of the European Commission and of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of 20 March 2013 on 'European Neighbourhood Policy: Working towards a Stronger Partnership (JOIN(2013)0004), of 25 May 2011 on 'A new response to a changing Neighbourhood' (COM(2011)0303) and of 8 March 2011 on 'A partnership for democracy and shared prosperity with the Southern Mediterranean' (COM(2011)0200),having regard to the Commission Communication of 20 May 2008 on 'The Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)'(COM(2008)0319),
2013/11/11
Committee: INTA
Amendment 9 #

2013/2739(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas the Arab Spring has brought about dramatic changes and challenges to the peoples of the countries concerned and there is considerable expectation that the European Union will respond in a manner commensurate with the commitments it undertook towards its Southern neighbours in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy;
2013/11/11
Committee: INTA
Amendment 11 #

2013/2739(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas the EU should use its exclusive competence over trade and investment policy to foster greater links and social and economic integration in the Mediterranean area;
2013/11/11
Committee: INTA
Amendment 22 #

2013/2739(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F
F. whereas many SMCs suffer from serious economic weaknesses and obstacles to growth such as poor governance and chronic unemployment where large sectors of the population, especially the youngest working generations, are excluded from the job market and whereas according to the ILO Euromed countries have the highest ratio of women compared to men in low quality jobs;
2013/11/11
Committee: INTA
Amendment 23 #

2013/2739(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F a (new)
Fa. whereas Association Agreements (AAs) and Free Trade Agreements are not a goal in themselves but instruments for promoting profound and sustainable reform, systemic transformation and closer alignment with the Union and its founding values and standards; whereas their due and timely implementation is therefore an overriding criterion in assessing the situation in the relevant countries;
2013/11/11
Committee: INTA
Amendment 41 #

2013/2739(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7a. Takes note of the strategic projects led by the Union for the Mediterranean for strengthening the region and to better contribute to its social and economic growth;
2013/11/11
Committee: INTA
Amendment 42 #

2013/2739(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 b (new)
7b. Welcomes the success of its initiative of convening task forces for Tunisia, Jordan and Egypt, and stresses that these meetings between private stakeholders, public authorities and international organisations should ensure greater opportunities for trade and investment in order to promote economic growth and creation of jobs;
2013/11/11
Committee: INTA
Amendment 32 #

2013/2182(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Emphasises that OER create opportunities for education and training institutions, teachers, students and pupils to teach and learn in innovative ways; calls on educational institutions to create an organisational environment in which such innovation is welcomed and promoted;
2014/02/07
Committee: CULT
Amendment 28 #

2013/2169(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital G a (new)
Ga. whereas capital punishment is, by nature, cruel, inhuman, and degrading and constitutes an extreme form of torture;
2013/12/17
Committee: AFET
Amendment 30 #

2013/2169(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital G b (new)
Gb. whereas there are international treaties that prohibit the use of torture, but do not prohibit capital punishment;
2013/12/17
Committee: AFET
Amendment 55 #

2013/2169(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 a (new)
10a. Condemns the barbed wire fences erected along the border between Spain and Morocco in an attempt to discourage irregular immigration; believes that this measure fails to provide an effective deterrent and is severely detrimental to persons seeking to enter European territory; considers the erection of barbed wire fences to be contrary to EU policy on the promotion and protection of human rights and to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment;
2013/12/17
Committee: AFET
Amendment 106 #

2013/2169(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20
20. Calls on the EEAS, the EU Special Representative for Human Rights, and the Working Party on Human Rights (COHOM) to make sure that Human Rights Country Strategies (HRCSs) contain country- specific objectives and benchmarks related to the fight against torture, including the identification of groups requiring special protection, such as children, women, displaced persons, refugees and migrants, and those facing discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity, religious or other beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity;
2013/12/17
Committee: AFET
Amendment 119 #

2013/2169(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 24
24. Calls on the EEAS and the EU Special Representative for Human Rights to systematically include torture and ill- treatment in human rights dialogues and consultations as stand- alone items or under judiciary and security sector reform;
2013/12/17
Committee: AFET
Amendment 136 #

2013/2169(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 29
29. Urges the EEAS, the EU Special Representative for Human Rights, and the Member States to actively promote the ratification and implementation of the CAT and the OPCAT as a priority and to step up their efforts to facilitate the establishment and functioning of NPMs in third countries;
2013/12/17
Committee: AFET
Amendment 139 #

2013/2169(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 30
30. Calls on the EEAS and the EU Special Representative for Human Rights to systematically provide support to third countries, enabling them to effectively implement the recommendations of the relevant UN treaty bodies, including the Committee against Torture and the Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture, the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women;
2013/12/17
Committee: AFET
Amendment 157 #

2013/2169(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 32 a (new)
32a. Maintains that the EU should take a more determined stand and call on the institutions and the Member States to strengthen their commitment and political will with a view to securing a worldwide moratorium on capital punishment;
2013/12/17
Committee: AFET
Amendment 160 #

2013/2169(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 32 b (new)
32b. Considers that the EU and the Member States should become aware of the need to amend the international treaties outlawing the use of torture in order to provide, in cases where this does not yet exist, for a similar ban on capital punishment;
2013/12/17
Committee: AFET
Amendment 1 #

2013/2167(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital A
A. Whereas the EU is characterised by its cultural and religious diversity and is at the heart of a rich cultural and religious interchange; whereas under the EU Agenda for Culture, all relevant actors have jointly set the goal of promoting culture as a key part of the EU’s external relations and the European Neighbourhood Policy;
2013/12/06
Committee: CULT
Amendment 8 #

2013/2167(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas the EU is founded on the principlesdefence and protection of human rights and democracy and has a legal and a moral duty toshould promote these values in its relations with all other countries;
2014/01/27
Committee: AFET
Amendment 10 #

2013/2167(INI)

Draft opinion
Recital B
B. Whereas the EU is party to the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which aims to ensure that cultural expertise can be disseminated worldwide; whereas cultural exchange promotes learning, mutual understanding, peace and stability;
2013/12/06
Committee: CULT
Amendment 22 #

2013/2167(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas under the conditions of globalisation allhas caused nations, states and civilizations to actively interact with each other, and the rules and norms which guide the functioning of economic and political systems are becoming more closely linked;
2014/01/27
Committee: AFET
Amendment 32 #

2013/2167(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Whereas the promotion and protection of human rights, fundamental freedoms and democracy, and the necessity to combat extremism remains a conditions for the successful construction of a new international order based on widely shared universal values;
2014/01/27
Committee: AFET
Amendment 40 #

2013/2167(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Reiterates its conviction that the EU must defend its own global interestsact in a determined, unified manner, while always basing its policies on the promotion of the fundamental values upon which ithe Union is founded (namely, respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights) and on respect for other countries;
2014/01/27
Committee: AFET
Amendment 54 #

2013/2167(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Stresses that the EU, which has achieved concrete results in the past in its fight against the death penalty, should take a more decisive stand and call on the institutions and the Member States to maintain and step up their political commitment to this cause with a view to seeing the death penalty abolished worldwide once and for all;
2014/01/27
Committee: AFET
Amendment 61 #

2013/2167(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Notes in particular that the democratisac transition ofin numerous states throughout the world in the past two decades, and more recently the events of the uprisingprotests in the Arab world, have shown that the questdesire for democracy, human dignity and equal participation is not only a Western ideology but an important action driver within and across diverse cultural systems and religious backgrounds;
2014/01/27
Committee: AFET
Amendment 114 #

2013/2167(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Calls for the EU to cooperate with those Islamic states which uphold an inclusive and tolerant vision of Islam to counter the attempts to promote exclusive, fundamentalist and exclusivist interpretations of religion; notes that radical religious resurgence is not limited to the Muslim world but it is taking place on a global scale;
2014/01/27
Committee: AFET
Amendment 118 #

2013/2167(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Expects that in their political statements EU representatives should make clear the fact that fundamentalist, exclusiviste interpretations of religion are incompatible with the EU’s values and must be opposed with the same assertiveness as would be any repressive political regime;
2014/01/27
Committee: AFET
Amendment 123 #

2013/2167(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Considers that the EU should be more assertive in its support of the promotion ofpromoting and protecting human rights, social and political rights by civil society, as well as of more liberalopen and inclusive interpretations of religious dogma in those countries the governments of which promote fundamentalist and exclusiviste views of religion;
2014/01/27
Committee: AFET
Amendment 129 #

2013/2167(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19
19. Recalls that freedom of religion and conscience implies equally both the right to promote religious beliefs and the right to change one’s belief or not to believe; expects bothall of these aspects to be present in the EU’s initiatives for intercultural dialogue;
2014/01/27
Committee: AFET
Amendment 136 #

2013/2167(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21
21. Calls on all Member States to repeal existing legislation which contradicts the fundamental freedom of religion and conscience and freedom of expression;deleted
2014/01/27
Committee: AFET
Amendment 13 #

2013/2152(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 16 a (new)
- having regard to its resolution of 10 June 2010 on EU policies in favour of human rights defenders,
2013/10/04
Committee: AFET
Amendment 22 #

2013/2152(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas the various transitional processes, including mass popular uprisingmobilisations, conflict and post-conflict situations, as well as trapped transitions in authoritarian countries, have posed increasing challenges to the EU’s policies in support of human rights and democracy in the world; whereas the EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2012 demonstrates the need for the EU to continue to develop flexible policy responses; whereas the most fundamental policy choice for the EU concerns the resilience and political determination to stay true to the founding values of the European Union in challenging times under the pressure of other policy objectives and interests;
2013/10/04
Committee: AFET
Amendment 24 #

2013/2152(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A a (new)
Aa. whereas justice, the rule of law, responsibility, transparency and accountability, the fight against impunity, fair trials and an independent judiciary are indispensable elements in the protection of human rights;
2013/10/04
Committee: AFET
Amendment 31 #

2013/2152(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas the uprisingmobilisations in the Arab world prompted the European Union to acknowledge the failure of past policies and to commit to a ‘more for more’ approach in the Review of the Neighbourhood Policy, based on a commitment to ‘adapt levels of EU support to partners according to progress on political reforms and building deep democracy’, as well as respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including free and fair elections, freedom of association, expression and assembly, a free press and media, and the rule of law administered by an independent judiciary;
2013/10/04
Committee: AFET
Amendment 34 #

2013/2152(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F
F. whereas the EU Council, in June 2012, adopted a Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy, committing the EU institutions to the attainment of several tangible and evaluable policy objectives; whereas the EU Council, in July 2012, created the position and named the first thematic EU Special Representative for Human Rights; whereas the procedure to adopt a new Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy, due to take effect in January 2015 when the current action plan expires, needs to start in the spring of 2014;
2013/10/04
Committee: AFET
Amendment 41 #

2013/2152(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Considers human rights to be at the centre of EU relations with all third countries, including its strategic partners; stresses that EU human rights policy needs to be consistent in complying with the Treaty obligations and avoiding double standards in exrelation to both its external policies and the Union's internal policies;
2013/10/04
Committee: AFET
Amendment 49 #

2013/2152(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Calls on the VP/HR, EU Special Representative for Human Rights and the EEAS to pursue these commitments and mainstream human rights and democracy in the EU’s relations with its partners, including at the highest political level, by making use of all relevant EU external policy instruments and safeguarding the human rights clause in agreements with third countries;
2013/10/04
Committee: AFET
Amendment 55 #

2013/2152(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Recognises the crucial role played by civil society, particularly human rights defenders, in the protection and promotion of democracy and human rights; calls on the VP/HR to ensure close cooperation with civil society; considers also that the EU should throw its full weight behind all advocates of liberty, democracy, and human rights throughout the world;
2013/10/04
Committee: AFET
Amendment 63 #

2013/2152(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Welcomes the adoption of the EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2012; commends the VP/HR for her presentation of the report to the European Parliament’s plenary session in June 2013; calls for this practice to continue and for active and constructive discussions among EU institutions in preparing future reports that will raise the profile of the EU's activities in this field;
2013/10/04
Committee: AFET
Amendment 157 #

2013/2152(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 30
30. WelcomNotes the establishment of the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) which aims to provide support for those striving for democratic change by offering them flexible funding tailored to their needs;
2013/10/04
Committee: AFET
Amendment 174 #

2013/2152(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 34
34. Notes that media freedom has generally advanced in enlargement countries; deplores, however, the lack of measures to ensure freedom of expression in certain enlargement countries, which often leads to self-censorship, political interference, economic pressures, and the harassment of, or even violence against, journalists; is seriously concerned in this respect about increasing violations of the freedom of expression and press freedom in Turkey;
2013/10/04
Committee: AFET
Amendment 195 #

2013/2152(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 38
38. Regrets that in some countries civil society organisations continue to face serious constraints such as obstacles to the freedom of movement, lawsuits against NGO leaders and human rights defenders, cumbersome administrative procedures, the aggressive use of criminal defamation laws against NGOs or a complete ban on their operation, restrictive rules controlling foreign funding or making the acceptance of financial support subject to authorisation;
2013/10/04
Committee: AFET
Amendment 304 #

2013/2152(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 69 a (new)
69a. Declares that the EU should take a more decisive stand and call on the institutions and the Member States to maintain and step up their commitment to this cause and their political will, in order to see the death penalty finally abolished worldwide;
2013/10/04
Committee: AFET
Amendment 23 #

2013/2145(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Emphasises that in the Southern Mediterranean, there is an urgent need for the EU to play an active role and that it is in the EU's interest to support further democratic developments in the Eastern Neighbourhood; expresses its concern that with deep cuts in the relevant instruments, there would be little room to react to sudden developments and maintain the level of support required to help countries in transition which could fundamentally undermine the EU's policy objectives in the area; expresses the need to further support the efforts of the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean to develop concrete socioeconomic projects of regional scope;
2013/07/17
Committee: AFET
Amendment 23 #

2013/2082(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point a
(a) Promoting the right to freedom of religion or belief, among other human and fundamental rights, and preventing ithem from being violated should be a priority in the EU's external policies.
2013/05/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 55 #

2013/2082(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point j
(j) As recognised by internationally accepted standards, the parents or legal guardians of a child have the liberty to ensure that their children receive a religious and moral education in conformity with their own convictions, and the child shall not be compelled to receive teaching on religion or belief against the wishes of his parents or legal guardians, the best interests of the child being the guiding principle; the Guidelines should stress this aspect of freedom of religion or belief and should also guarantee secularization in public education, and EU Delegations should take appropriate action if this principle is violated.
2013/05/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 59 #

2013/2082(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point m
(m) The EU should encourage third countries to accept refugees persecuted on the basis, among other human and fundamental rights, of their religion or belief, and to provide them with asylum protection, especially in cases where refugees are threatened by death or violence. EU Member States should step up their efforts to accept refugees persecuted on the basis of their religion or belief.
2013/05/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 64 #

2013/2082(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point o
(o) Proper and ongoing monitoring and assessment of the situation in the area of freedom of religion or belief in the world has to be ensured by the European External Action Service, under the responsibility of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and a special section should continue to be devodicated to this issue in the EU's Annual report on Human Rights in the World, including recommendations for improvement. The EU Special Rapporteur for Human Rights should pay particular attention to questions relating to the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief in the course of all his or her activities, and regularly inform the European Parliament and its relevant committees of areas of concern and progress achieved.
2013/05/13
Committee: AFET
Amendment 41 #

2013/2081(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Welcomes the VP/HR's initiative to develop the concept of a «Comprehensive Approach» in order to achieve the full potential of the Lisbon Treaty; calls for the VP/HR to engage in a debate with Parliament on the best way to ensure that this comprehensive approach is consistently implemented, and in particular that our foreign policy priorities are further developed in a manner consistent with our interests and values and are supported by the necessary financial means and by effective and flexible instruments;
2013/09/26
Committee: AFET
Amendment 112 #

2013/2081(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 29
29. Considers that in order to build trust it is necessary for the USA to make drastic changes to its data collection activities directed againstaffecting the EU and its citizens;
2013/09/26
Committee: AFET
Amendment 220 #

2013/2081(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 48
48. Stresses the strategic importance of the EU's dialogue and cooperation as well as accession negotiations with Turkey on stability, democracy and security, with particular reference to the wider Middle East; notes that Turkey has strongly and repeatedly condemned the Syrian regime's violence against civilians and is providing vital humanitarian assistance to Syrians fleeing violence across the border; stresses that Turkey's growing international standing should also be based on its commitment to democracy and the rule of law at home;
2013/09/26
Committee: AFET
Amendment 231 #

2013/2081(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 49
49. Expresses its deep concern about the situation in Egypt and the excessive violence by all parties, including both state security forces and opposition forces; stresses that the EU should not take sidesupport democracy and human rights and welcomes the EU foreign ministers' decision of 21 August 2013 to suspend all export licences for equipment which could be used for internal repression; urges the military and the Muslim Brotherhood to resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue and calls for an inclusive political agreement and for power to be transferred to democratically elected leaders as soon as possible;
2013/09/26
Committee: AFET
Amendment 10 #

2013/2074(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas corruption can be defined as the abuse of entrusted power for individual or collective private gain, and whereas acts of corruption include the crimes of bribery, embezzlement, trading in influence, abuse of functions and illicit enrichment, as defined by the UNCAC;
2013/06/03
Committee: AFET
Amendment 14 #

2013/2074(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas corruption perpetuates unequal, unjust and discriminatory outcomes with regard to the equal enjoyment ofrespect for human rights, be these civil, political and economic or social and cultural rights; whereas corruption affects disproportionately the most disadvantaged and marginalised groups in society, barring them from equal access to political participation, administrative services, judicial redress, safety, land, jobs, education, health and housing, and whereas corruption may affect progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment by limiting women’s capacities to claim their rights;
2013/06/03
Committee: AFET
Amendment 19 #

2013/2074(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. whereas acts of corruption and human rights violations typically involve the misuse of power, lack of accountability and the institutionalisation of various forms of discrimination; whereas corruption is invariably more frequent where enforcement of human rights is lacking or absent, and whereas corruption often permeates the institutions which normally provide checks and balances and ensure respect for democratic principles and human rights, such as parliaments, law enforcement authorities, the judiciary and legal systems;
2013/06/03
Committee: AFET
Amendment 29 #

2013/2074(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F
F. whereas corruption, by threatening the consolidation of democracy and enforcement ofrespect for human rights, remains a fundamental cause and catalyst of conflict, widespread violations of international humanitarian law and impunity in developing countries, and whereas the status quo of corruption and illicit enrichment in positions of state power has led to power-grabbing and perpetuation of power as well as to the creation of new militias and widespread violence;
2013/06/03
Committee: AFET
Amendment 49 #

2013/2074(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital M
M. whereas EU aid to developing countries and European cooperation with third countries might be wasted without a system which does not include proper checks and balances in the beneficiary countries and the full independent monitoring of the integrity system which accompanies the use of funds;
2013/06/03
Committee: AFET
Amendment 57 #

2013/2074(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital P
P. whereas corruption and misconduct by armed forces, the defence sector, law enforcement authorities and peacekeeping forces causes serious risks to the lives, physical integrity, protection and, liberty, and rights of citizens in developing countries, and whereas the defence sector and defence procurement continue to be characterised by unacceptable levels of corruption and are particularly shielded by secrecy on the basis of national security;
2013/06/03
Committee: AFET
Amendment 88 #

2013/2074(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Points out, on the other hand, that the EU should not foster ‘advanced partnerships’ with kleptocratic regimes which do not show the political will to genuinely implement the above-mentioned principles, unless political dialogue, pressure and cooperation from the EU towards the need for reform is visible and transparent; takes the view that the EU should observe the human rights clause in its agreements with third countries and publicly condemn the enactment of laws which restrict the freedom of the media and the activities of civil society as cornerstones of accountability and that it should draw up strategies to adapt relations with those countries so as to foster reform in a visible way;
2013/06/03
Committee: AFET
Amendment 3 #

2013/2073(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas the future of Europe lies with its young people and their opportunities, formation and capabilities;
2013/05/30
Committee: CULT
Amendment 13 #

2013/2073(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas existing tools at EU level canmust deal with the challenges the new generation faces; whereas the EU Strategy for Youth is a comprehensive framework and the Member States must take full advantage of it;
2013/05/30
Committee: CULT
Amendment 26 #

2013/2073(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F
F. whereas the crisis in the EU may lead to increased poverty and social exclusion which specially affects younger generations; whereas the impact of the crisis on young people is leading in extreme cases to malnutrition or mental health problems;
2013/05/30
Committee: CULT
Amendment 34 #

2013/2073(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital H
H. whereas young people face increasing difficulties in their transition from education into work due to disconnections between the education programmes available and the labour market;
2013/05/30
Committee: CULT
Amendment 50 #

2013/2073(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Recalls the Commission proposal that in the context of the ongoing negotiations on the new Multiannual Financial Framework, funding for youth and education policies must be increased to address current and future challenges; stresses that youth task forces must better communicate and report on action undertaken and results achieved so far;
2013/05/30
Committee: CULT
Amendment 3 #

2013/2057(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Notes that whilst donor coordination has been demanded by the international community over the past decade, low progress has been made, according to the 2011 Survey on Monitoring the Paris Declaration. Welcomes the opportunity to review the existing mechanisms to further enhance intra-EU coordination and avoid any overlapping of Community and bilateral measures, which will help reduce costs and make EU aid more effective and more visible.
2013/10/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 6 #

2013/2057(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Encourages the coordination with international actors through international fora such as the United Nations Development Programme and the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Notes that the use of resources put in place by international organisations helps donors exchange information on the development activities, resulting in greater transparency and accountability. Nevertheless feels that the EU must better coordinate with the Member States in order to increase its influence and better champion their ideas and proposals in international fora and organisations.
2013/10/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 40 #

2013/2052(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point g a (new)
(ga) to protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout the negotiations for an EU-Malaysia partnership and cooperation agreement; to ensure the implementation of the human rights clause in any agreement, specially regarding freedom of expression, assembly and association, and sexual orientation and gender identity;
2013/05/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 48 #

2013/2052(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point j
(j) to call for Malaysia to protect the constitutional rights of all Malaysians to freedom of religion or belief and to promote interreligious good relations and tolerance; to condemn, in this connection, the demolition of Hindu temples in 2006 and the attacks on Christian churches in 2010, and to express regret at the recent political and judicial interventions in relation to well-established linguistic uses; to call for the Christians to be able to exercise fully their constitutional right to practise their religion according to their traditions and without interference or fear of prosecution; to call for all Malaysians to enjoy the right to decide their own religious affiliation freely and without administrative or legal hindrance;
2013/05/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 89 #

2013/2045(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Calls on the Commission and the Member States to invest in education and training and to implement measures offering opportunities to young people who wish to develop their abilities and pursue their career in their home country; also calls for initiatives to be taken in order to help young people return to their home countries, the object being to avert a ‘brain drain’ and the loss of human capital.
2013/05/30
Committee: CULT
Amendment 94 #

2013/2045(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4 b (new)
4b. Calls on the Commission to provide in all its programmes for measures aimed specifically at tackling youth unemployment, following an integrated global approach consistent with ‘Youth on the Move’, a flagship initiative of the Europe 2020 strategy.
2013/05/30
Committee: CULT
Amendment 128 #

2013/2045(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Stresses that the involvement of all relevant stakeholders, including training and education providers, local and regional authorities, individual employers, public and private employment services, social partners, third-sector organisations, and health and other authorities, is essential for the successful implementation of a variety of measures fostering youth employment and employability in an integrated fashion; emphasises that measures must be flexible so as to meet the continuously evolving needs on the labour market;
2013/05/28
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 174 #

2013/2045(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Encourages the Member States to boost their support for enterprises, cooperatives, local and regional authorities and third- sector organisations wishing to participate in Youth Guarantee schemes in close cooperation with public and private employment services, including through tax incentives, subsidies for fixed employment costs, and the possibility of accessing funding for on-site training, which will support enterprises in providing high-quality employment and training offers, and will represent an investment in young people's potential in an effective and targeted way;
2013/05/28
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 195 #

2013/2045(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Calls on the Member States to draw up, in cooperation with local and regional authorities and economic and social actors, further specific outreach strategies targeted on NEETs, which should combine effective forms of intervention aimed at tackling early school-leaving and the reintegration of early school-leavers with strategies facilitating a smooth transition from education to work, and an increase in the employability of young people, together with the removal of the practical and logistical barriers faced by young people with more complex needs;
2013/05/28
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 218 #

2013/2045(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7a. Calls on the European Commission to include specific measures addressed to combat youth unemployment in all its programmes, taking into account a global and integrated vision according to the emblematic initiative "Youth on the Move" in the Europe 2020 Strategy;
2013/05/28
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 220 #

2013/2045(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 b (new)
7b. Stresses the key role that the European Social Fund should have to combat youth unemployment, and calls on the Member States and Managing Authorities in all Operational Programmes to include measures aimed to achieve this goal;
2013/05/28
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 258 #

2013/2045(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Calls on the Member States to ensure high-quality frameworks for traineeships, including measures of mobility to other countries in the European Union and all over the world, backed up by financial support and mandatory monitoring, as well as a common quality standard for traineeships and work placements; stresses that active promotion and awareness- raising in respect of such programmes is needed among entrepreneurs;
2013/05/28
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 271 #

2013/2045(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Emphasises that the Alliance for Apprenticeship should also support European and nation, national, regional and local campaigns for changing perceptions of vocational education, and should organise a regular forum for discussions on the monitoring of the European apprenticeship strategy with all relevant European and nation, national, regional and local stakeholders; stresses that incentives should also be provided to facilitate funding for crossborder training activities enabling companies and social partner organisations to become involved in establishing dual education systems;
2013/05/28
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 283 #

2013/2045(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Encourages the Member States to foster the mobility of young workersemployment opportunities for young people firstly in their territory, and complement this through facilitating the mobility of young workers to other EU countries and the rest of the world, through measures that help enhance their training and experience, and by means of further progress towards the mutual recognition of qualifications and skills and enhanced coordination of national social security systems, especially as regards pension systems, as well as by continuing to invest substantially in language learning;
2013/05/28
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 289 #

2013/2045(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13 a (new)
13a. Calls on the European Commission and the Member States to guarantee policies with measures to facilitate the return of young people to their countries of origin preventing "brain drain" and the loss of human capital.
2013/05/28
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 294 #

2013/2045(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Stresses the need to introduce reforms to EURES with the aim of proactively matching jobseekers and job-changers to existing vacancies, and where necessary, to reform public employment services so as to better target their activities and approaches on young people; stresses that raising of awareness of EURES is needed so as to increase its visibility and availability, as a career advice system that supports students in becoming more aware of their aspirations and capabilities, as well as of existing job opportunities. Additionally, calls for a greater coordination between EURES and other portals and services for citizens and business (i.e.Europe Direct information points or the European Enterprise Network for SMEs), for greater efficiency and effectiveness of the services provided;
2013/05/28
Committee: EMPL
Amendment 11 #

2013/2041(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas in March 2013, the unemployment rate among young people up to the age of 25 in the EU was 23.5 %, while at the same time more that 2 million vacancies could not be filled; whereas in several Member States, the number of unemployed and the duration of unemployment is increasing, and matching on the labour market is becoming less efficient;
2013/07/03
Committee: CULT
Amendment 26 #

2013/2041(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas accessible, flexible and high quality education and training tailored to the needs of the labour market have a crucial impact on the personal development of young people, also promoting their active citizenship and wellbeing;
2013/07/03
Committee: CULT
Amendment 71 #

2013/2041(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Calls for the creation of specific measures to better link education and training with the working environment, in order to enhance competitiveness and anticipate the future needs of the labour market;
2013/07/03
Committee: CULT
Amendment 27 #

2013/2034(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point c a (new)
(ca) to ensure true coordination between Member States that would make the EU act as a unique voice and as a global actor;
2013/04/29
Committee: AFET
Amendment 86 #

2013/2034(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point q
(q) to combat intolerance, negative stereotyping, stigmatisation, discrimination and incitement to violence; to recognise with deep concern the rising violence against members of religious and other communities, human rights defenders, journalists, unionists and LGBT in various parts of the world;
2013/04/29
Committee: AFET
Amendment 92 #

2013/2034(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point r
(r) to promote commitment to an international order based on the rule of law which is essential for the peaceful coexistence of states as well as for the building of more resilient states and sustainable peace; to strengthen respect for the rule of law and human rights as an EU foreign policy objective; to stress the need for the EU to establish as its main priority the worldwide abolition of the death penalty;
2013/04/29
Committee: AFET
Amendment 336 #

2013/2020(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 46
46. Notes, nevertheless, the serious and contested allegations against both the Moroccan and Polisario administrations, and recalls the UN Secretary-General’s recent emphasis on ‘independent, impartial, comprehensive and sustained monitoring of the human rights situation in both Western Sahara and the camps’; notes, in this regard, that the UN did not upgrade the mandate of MINURSO in April 2013 to incorporate a component relating to the defence and protection of human rights dimension; encourages the UN to do so, or else to establish a new, permanent, impartial human rights body for the purpose of supervising and reporting onmonitoring and supervising the overall situation of human rights, and investigating and reporting on individual complaints relating to breaches of those rights; calls on such a body to encompass the Moroccan-controlled section of Western Sahara, the Tindouf camps, and other territory controlled by the Polisario Front;
2013/07/04
Committee: AFET
Amendment 11 #

2013/2007(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 14 a (new)
- having regard to its resolution of 4 September 2003 with recommendations to the Commission on European regional and lesser-used languages - the languages of minorities in the EU - in the context of enlargement and cultural diversity1, 1 OJ C 76E, 25.3.2004, p. 243.
2013/04/26
Committee: CULT
Amendment 12 #

2013/2007(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 14 b (new)
- having regard to its resolution of 24 March 2009 on multilingualism: an asset for Europe and a shared commitment1, 1 OJ C 117E, 6.5.2010, p. 59.
2013/04/26
Committee: CULT
Amendment 14 #

2013/2007(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas the objective of safeguarding and promoting each and every facet of the European Union’s cultural and linguistic heritage has been bolstered under the Lisbon Treaty;
2013/04/26
Committee: CULT
Amendment 15 #

2013/2007(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B a (new)
Ba. whereas linguistic diversity is acknowledged as a citizen’s right in Articles 21 and 22 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, and it should be preserved in order to prevent the emergence of possible conflicts, whether active or passive, between the different linguistic communities within the Member States;
2013/04/26
Committee: CULT
Amendment 23 #

2013/2007(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas all languages, including those which are endangered, reflect historical, social, cultural and ecological knowledge and skills that form part of the richness and diversity of the European Union;
2013/04/26
Committee: CULT
Amendment 123 #

2013/2007(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Takes the view that a language revitalisation policy is a long-term effort that must be based on a diverse, coordinated schedule of activities in various fields such as administration, the media, the arts, education (including pre- school education) and in all areas of public life; takes the view that support should be provided for the drawing-up of such schedules, for exchanges of good practice among language communities, and for the introduction of assessment procedures;
2013/04/26
Committee: CULT
Amendment 23 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 12
– having regard to the fact that the positive agenda was launched in May 2012 to support and complement the negotiations through enhanced cooperation in a number of areas of joint interest; having regard to the fact that this initiative does not replace the accessions negotiations but it complements them,
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 30 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 13a (new)
- having regard to the fact that a number of judiciary, legislative, institutional and practical reforms have taken place in Turkey; however, a number of long- standing problems concerning notably the administration of justice in Turkey continue having serious negative effects on the enjoyment of human rights and freedom of expression in Turkey, as well as the public perception about the independence and impartiality of the justice system; having regard to the fact that as a result of these problems a high number of cases have been launched against journalists, activists and intellectuals,
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 45 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 15a (new)
- having regard to the fact that negotiating chapters for which technical preparations have been concluded should be opened without delay according to established procedures and in line with the Negotiating Framework,
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 59 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 21
– having regard to the need for Turkey and Armenia to proceed to a normalisation of their relations by ratifying, without preconditions, the protocols and by opening the border,
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 74 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Commends the Commission and Turkey for the implementation of the positive agenda, which proves how, in a context of mutual engagement and clear objectives, Turkey and the EU could advance their dialogue, achieve common understanding and produce positive change; believes that a renewed mutual engagement in the context of the accession negotiation process is needed to maintain a constructive relationship; stresses the importance of creating the conditions for a constructive dialogue and the foundations for a common understanding;
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 118 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Commends the Constitution Conciliation Committee for its commitment to a new Constitution and for the inclusive process of consultation of civil society, which reflected the diversity of Turkish society; encourages the Committee to continue its work and to tackle in a collegial way, and in line with the values of the EU, key issues such as (i) the separation of power and an adequate system of checks and balances, (ii) relations between the State, society and religion, (iii) an inclusive system of governance securing the basic rights of all citizens and (iv) an inclusive concept of citizenship; calls on all political parties and actors concerned to have a constructive approach for negotiating the new constitution;
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 120 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Stresses the need for further progress in implementing the 2010 constitutional amendments, in particular the adoption of laws on the protection of personal data and military justice; notes that the presence and the powers of the Minister of Justice and his Undersecretary in the High Council of the Judiciary are causes for considerable concern regarding the independence of the judiciary;
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 126 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Reaffirms the fundamental role of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) as the centre of Turkey's democratic system and stresses the importance of support and commitment amongst all political parties for the reform process, in particular a valuable legal framework protecting and enhancing fundamental rights for all communities and citizens; reiterates the call made in its previous resolutions for the electoral system to be reformed by lowering the 10% threshold for representation in Parliament thereby strengthening party pluralism and better reflecting the plurality of Turkish society; commends the work of the Human Rights Inquiry Committee and asks for a more central role of the EU Harmonisation Committee to promote the alignment of new legislation with the acquis or with European standards during the legislative process;
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 133 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. Welcomes the third judicial reform package as a step towards a comprehensive reform process in the area of the judiciary and fundamental rightsStresses that the reform of the Turkish judiciary system is central to the efforts at democratic consolidation in Turkey; underlines that the Turkish judicial system continues to suffer from excessive workload, insufficient independence and lack of impartiality; welcomes the third judicial reform package as a step towards a comprehensive reform process in the area of the judiciary and fundamental rights; points out that a considerable progress has been made related to the training of the members of the judiciary and the technological infrastructure of the justice system; stresses however the crucial importance to continue the reform process with a fourth judicial reform package addressing (a) the issues related to the excessively broad definitions of criminal offences under the Criminal Law or the Anti-Terror Law, with the urgent need to introduce a clear distinction between the promotion of terrorism and the incitement to violence and the expression of non- violent ideas, in order to safeguard freedom of expression, (b) the issue of the excessively long pre-trial detention periods, and (c) the need to allow full access to the prosecution file for defence lawyers, d) the need to abolish any kind of special courts and the cases that are being processed by them;
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 141 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7a (new)
7a. Is concerned about ongoing trials and long pre-trial detention periods, which affect activists, lawyers, journalists and members elected to the TGNA from the opposition parties, which represents an interference in legal political activities and the right to political association and participation; welcomes the abolition of special courts established by the Turkish Government in 2005 as voted in Parliament but regrets the fact that the closure will not affect the existing prosecutions;
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 153 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8a (new)
8a. Underlines the importance of providing effective protection for human- rights defenders; expresses concern about continuing court cases against human- rights defenders and their continued prosecution; in this respect, draws particular attention to the trial of the writer, sociologist and feminist Pinar Selek, which has lasted almost 15 years and, despite three acquittal decisions, resulted in a life sentence pronounced on 24 January 2013; strongly condemns this decision, pointing out that the long duration of the court case raises questions as regards the right to liberty and security, as well as the right to a fair trial, enshrined respectively in Articles 5 and 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights;
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 163 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9
9. Recalls that freedom of expression and media pluralism are core European values and that a truly democratic society requires true freedom of expression, including the right of dissent; highlights the special role of Public service media in strengthening democracy, and calls on the authorities to ensure its independence, sustainability and compliance with European standards; is concerned that the considerable progress made in this area with the previous reforms has been reversed and Turkey now has the highest number of the ECtHR decisions for violations of freedom of expression among all the Council of Europe members; reiterates the need to amend articles 26 and 28 of the Constitution, which limit the freedom of expression on the basis of national security, public order and national unity, as well as the need to reform the articles of the Penal Code and Anti-Terror Law that are used to restrict free speech; is concerned in particular that the Penal Code and Anti-Terror Law are used to persecute non-violent statements when they are perceived to support the aims of a terrorist organisation; underlines the importance of abolishing legislation providing for disproportionately high fines on the media, leading in some cases to their closure or to self-censorship, and the urgent need to reform the internet law;
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 169 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9a (new)
9a. Is concerned that the Act on the Establishment of Radio and Television Enterprises and their Broadcasts contains restrictions on the freedom of media open to subjective interpretation, such as "protection of the family" and "public morality", which are not contained in the EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive;
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 173 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9b (new)
9b. Is concerned with the excessive use of force by the police observed in demonstrations concerning the Kurdish issue, students rights and trade union rights; stresses that, despite legal improvements, torture and ill-treatment by the security forces remain a major concern;
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 174 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9c (new)
9c. Considers that Turkey's political parties' regime remains a fundamental constraint on the freedom of association; calls on Turkey to constitutionally restrict closure to only those political parties that advocate the use of violence as a means to overthrow the constitutional order, in line with the Venice Commission recommendations;
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 197 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Notes that, in the 'sledgehammer' trial a first instance court sentenced 324 suspects to 13-20 years; stresses that investigations of alleged coup plans, such as the 'Ergenekon' and 'Sledgehammer' cases, must demonstrate the strength and the proper, independent, impartial and transparent functioning of Turkish democratic institutions and the judiciary, and their firm, unconditional commitment to respect for fundamental rights; is concerned about the allegations regarding the use of inconsistent evidence; regrets that against the defendants in these cases; regrets that the legitimacy of these cases haves been overshadowundermined by concerns about their excessively wide scope and the shortcomings in the proceedings, thus fuelling the existing polarisation in the society and hampering the democratic consolidation;
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 203 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14a (new)
14a. Stresses the importance of active and independent civil society organisations (CSO's) for democracy; underlines the importance of dialogue with CSO's and stresses their crucial role in contributing to enhanced regional cooperation on social and political aspects; is therefore worried that CSO's continues to face fines, closure proceedings, and administrative obstacles to their operations and that consultation of CSO's remains to be an exception rather than the rule; welcomes the Turkish government's improved cooperation with NGOs, but calls for their broader consultation in policy-making, including the formulation of policies and legislation and in the monitoring of activities of the authorities;
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 204 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14b (new)
14b. Notes the limited progress in the areas of labour and trade union rights; regrets that the legislation on civil servants' trade unions rights is still not in line with EU and ILO standards and that collective actions by trade unions suffer numerous restrictions; calls on Turkey to continue working on new legislation in this area to ensure that it is in line with the EU acquis and ILO conventions;
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 210 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Welcomes the Law on the protection of family and prevention of violence against women; commends the National Action Plan to combat Violence against Women (2012-2015) and stresses the need to enforce it effectively nationwide; calls on the Ministry for Family and Social Policies to continue its efforts to increase the number and quality of shelters for women and minors in danger; stresses the importance to provide women who have been victims of violence with concrete alternatives and self-sustainment prospects; urges Turkey to continue to step up its preventive efforts at all levels in the fight against ‘honour killings’, domestic violence and the phenomenon of forced marriages and child brides; calls on the Ministry to continue to actively promote women's participation in the labour market, which remains low, in politics and at senior level in the administration and the private sector, if necessary by foreseeing reserved quotas; encourages the government to revise the Law on Political Parties and the Law on Elections to make the inclusion of women a priority for political parties;
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 211 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Welcomes the Law on the protection of family and prevention of violence against women; commends the National Action Plan to combat Violence against Women (2012-2015) and stresses the need to enforce it effectively nationwide; regrets the increase in recent years of the rate of women murdered in Turkey, calls on the Ministry for Family and Social Policies to continue its efforts to increase the number and quality of shelters for women and minors in danger; stresses the importance to provide women who have been victims of violence with concrete alternatives and self-sustainment prospects; urges Turkey to continue to step up its preventive efforts at all levels in the fight against ‘honour killings’, domestic violence and the phenomenon of forced marriages and child brides; calls on the Ministry to continue to actively promote women's participation in the labour market, which remains low, in politics and at senior level in the administration and the private sector, if necessary by foreseeing reserved quotas;
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 223 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Stresses the urgent need for comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation and the establishment of an anti- discrimination and equality board to protect individuals against discrimination based on ethnicity, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or sexual identity; calls on Turkey to adopt an action plan to promote the full equality of rights and full acceptance of LGBT persons;
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 239 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Welcomes the continued implementation of legislation amending the 2008 law on foundations and broadening the scope of the restoration of the property rights of non-Muslim communities; calls on the relevant authorities to assist the Syriac community in clarifying the difficulties faced with property and land registration; calls for a solution for the large number of properties of the Latin Catholic Church which remain confiscated by the State; recalls the urgent need to continue vital and substantial reform in the area of freedom of thought, conscience and religion, in particular by enabling religious communities to obtain legal personality, by eliminating all restrictions on the training, appointment and succession of clergy, by recognising Alevi places of worships and by complying with the relevant judgments of the ECtHR and the recommendations of the Venice Commission; calls on Turkey to fully recognise minority rights and to ensure that the Saint Gabriel monastery is not deprived of its lands, and that it is protected in its entirety;
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 248 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Notes that Turkey continued to demonstrate resilience at the terrorist attacks by the PKK; calls on Turkey to invest renewed efforts towards a political solution to the Kurdish issueonsiders that a truly and sincere political dialogue is necessary to path a solution of the Kurdish issue in Turkey; condemns the recent events in Paris where three Kurdish activists where murdered and hopes that these events does not undermine the on-going dialogue between the Turkish Government and the Kurdish representatives; asks all political forces to ensure an adequate political platform and to debate in a constructive way the Kurdish issue and to facilitate a real opening to the claims for basic rights in the Constitutional process which reflects the pluralism in Turkey and in which all citizens can find themselves and their rights fully recognised.; asks all political forces to work in alliance towards the goal of reinforced political dialogue and a process of further political, cultural and socio-economic inclusion and participation of citizens of Kurdish origin, in order to guarantee the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly and promote the peaceful inclusion of citizens of Kurdish origin into Turkish society; recalls that a political solution can only be built upon a truly democratic debate on the Kurdish issue and expresses concern at the large number of cases launched against writers and journalists writing on the Kurdish issue and the arrest of several Kurdish politicians, mayors and members of municipal councils, trade unionists, lawyers, protestors and human rights defenders in connection with the KCK trial; underlines the importance of promoting a discussion of the Kurdish issue within the democratic institutions, particularly the TGNA;
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 272 #

2012/2870(RSP)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21
21. Is concerned about the disproportionally high poverty rate among children, particularly in rural areas; stresses the need for a comprehensive strategy to combat child poverty and labour and promote access to education; welcomes the establishment of an Ombudsperson for children's rights and the adoption of Turkey's first strategy on the rights of the child; is concerned that the number of active juvenile justice courts has decreased and urges Turkey to provide alternatives to detention for minors; calls for major improvements in conditions of the detention centres for minors; recalls the importance of independent monitoring and protection mechanisms to protect rights and prevent abuse;
2013/02/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 5 #

2012/2322(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Stresses that protecting minors from exposure to online gambling should remain a major policy objective; underlines the need to implement EU-wide standards for age and identity verifications to prevent underage gamblers from accessing and participating in remote gambling products;
2013/03/27
Committee: CULT
Amendment 28 #

2012/2322(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Welcomes the introduction at EU level of an online trustmark for legal operators as an effective way of protecting consumers;
2013/03/27
Committee: CULT
Amendment 6 #

2012/2319(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Notes with increasing urgency the EU’s insufficient capacity to respond to international crises in a timely and efficient manner, in spite of its long-standing commitment to preserving peace, safeguarding human rights, preventing conflicts and strengthening international security in accordance with the principles of the UN Charter; stresses that the EU must assume its responsibilities to act as a security provider in Europe, its neighbourhood and the world;
2013/04/16
Committee: AFET
Amendment 42 #

2012/2318(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Recalls that the EU has a vital interest in a secure and open maritime environment that allows the free passage of commerce and the peaceful, legal and sustainable use of the oceans’ riches, that maritime flows represent the lifeblood of European trade and are conduits of European power and influence; that the security of European citizens is an EU and Member States’ responsibility and that the EU has the ambition to be a provider of global security, which includes security of the seas and at sea; and that the EU institutional framework should, therefore, be transformed in order to provide for the objectives, means and capabilities necessary to meet that responsibility;(Does not affect English version.)
2013/04/03
Committee: AFET
Amendment 88 #

2012/2318(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Stresses that the Mediterranean is home to a number of regional conflicts involving maritime border disputes and therefore urges the EU to commit itself to avoiding the further escalation of conflict around the Mediterranean, which will amplify existing threats, such as the consequences of the civil war in Syria and the impact on its maritime zone and on that of neighbouring countries, the political instability, social problems, and lack of governance capacities in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia, the knock-on effect in neighbouring Morocco and Algeria, which are still at odds over the Western Sahara conflict and directly affected by the escalation of the conflict in Mali and the Sahel region; further alerts to the danger stemming from the interconnectedness of the crises in the Mediterranean and the instability and conflict in the Middle East, the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, West Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa;
2013/04/03
Committee: AFET
Amendment 115 #

2012/2318(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 29
29. Highlights the recent but reversible success achieved by EUNAVFOR Atalanta – which has to continue – in curbing the occurrence of pirate attacks in the Western Indian Ocean and in enhancing the credibility of the CSDP; notes that Operation Atalanta is the first ever CSDP naval mission and that it should constitute a basis for the further development and implementation of the maritime dimension of the CDSP, taking stock of its successes, its shortcomings and lessons learned; commends the EU’s coordinating role and the cooperative environment between Atalanta and other security partners in the region, such as NATO’s operation Ocean Shield, as well as the navies of some regional emerging powers; the same is true for the cooperation with other EU actors, such as the SatCen and EMSA, particularly in the field of satellite vessel imagery interpretation, even when there are no formal arrangements underpinning such cooperation; calls on the EU to formalise the bridging among existing EU tools and bodies, such as that developed among Atalanta, EMSA and SatCen, so as to avoid duplication of tasks, resources and expertise and to reap the clear operational benefits of such synergies;
2013/04/03
Committee: AFET
Amendment 134 #

2012/2318(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 36
36. Strongly believes that the economic and financial crisis should be seen as an opportunity to implement the ‘Pooling and Sharing’ initiative in the field of maritime capability generation in a truly European manner, which is the only way to guarantee that Europe is able and fit to meet global security challenges;
2013/04/03
Committee: AFET
Amendment 18 #

2012/2302(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas the transition to the digital era represents an opportunity for the CCS in terms of the expansion of markets and, since new requirements and services will appear, which will lead to the development of new economic models;
2013/06/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 42 #

2012/2302(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Notes that the CCS are performing well economically and continuing to create jobs in spite of the difficulties currently facing the economies and austerity policies of the Union;
2013/06/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 73 #

2012/2302(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7
7. Calls for a territorial basis to be developed and for exchanges to be optimised so as to attract investors in order to enable the various cultural and creative enterprises toments that can continue to promote growth and create jobs;
2013/06/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 152 #

2012/2302(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Believes that in the digital era, a modern and balanced system for protecting intellectual property rights (IPR) is an essential condition for ensuring that the CCS are competitive, as it makes it possible both to ensure appropriate remuneration for all categories of rightholders and to guarantee that consumers have access to a broad variety of content and a real choice in terms of linguistic and cultural diversity;Does not affect English version.
2013/06/01
Committee: CULT
Amendment 1 #

2012/2300(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 15 a (new)
– having regard to its resolution of 15 June 2010 on the Internet of Things1,
2013/03/21
Committee: CULT
Amendment 4 #

2012/2300(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas TV sets were originally developed to receive linear broadcast signals, which, in the digital environment, have hitherto met with incomparablvery greater interest on the part of the public thanas far as other electronic media services are concerned, so that their outstanding importance for individual and public opinion-forming will persist for the foreseeable future;
2013/03/21
Committee: CULT
Amendment 6 #

2012/2300(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A a (new)
Aa. whereas the Internet has developed rapidly over the past 25 years and the smart devices which have emerged are changing habits and the way of watching television;
2013/03/21
Committee: CULT
Amendment 43 #

2012/2300(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital G a (new)
Ga. whereas connected TV based on an open-source standard would benefit all stakeholders, including set manufacturers and TV channels, as well as online portals and e-commerce providers;
2013/03/21
Committee: CULT
Amendment 44 #

2012/2300(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital G b (new)
Gb. whereas as connected TV becomes gradually more established, conventional TV and the Internet may come to coalesce, just as mobile telephony and the Internet melded together a few years ago;
2013/03/21
Committee: CULT
Amendment 56 #

2012/2300(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Calls on the Commission, in the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and, insofar as necessary, in a supplementary manner in additional EU legal acts, to lay down provisions regulatgoverning services which will controlregulate the availability of, and access to, audiovisual media services and other communications services or their representation on hybrid receiving devices, so as to prevent producers of such receiving devices or suppliers of the services in question from exploiting their gatekeeper position in a way which discriminates against content providers;
2013/03/21
Committee: CULT
Amendment 19 #

2012/2287(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. whereas in a global, complex and increasingly multipolar world, the EU and the US, in spite of fiscal consolidation, should play key roles in the world's politics and economy and in the shaping of the international environment, and face together regional conflicts and global challenges on a multilateral basis; whereas, to that end, they should also secure the involvement of new key powers, including the United States’ and the EU’s two Latin American strategic partners, Brazil and Mexico;
2013/04/04
Committee: AFET
Amendment 61 #

2012/2287(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Calls on the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice- President of the European Commission (HR/VP), the Council, the Commission and the EU Member States to enhance their coordination of EU policy vis-à-vis the US administration, in such a way as to allow the EU to be considered a coherent and efficient international player; highlights the importance of also strengthening the common security and defence policy, given the different crises that may arise in the EU’s neighbouring regions and the US’s ‘leading from behind’ doctrine;
2013/04/04
Committee: AFET
Amendment 95 #

2012/2287(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9
9. Calls on both partners to study fields and frameworks through which broader transatlantic cooperation could be carried out in a pragmatic way, and to explore with other Atlantic countries the usefulness of this extended cooperation; underlines that possible fields are economic issues, global governance, democracy, human rights, development cooperation, climate change, security and energy; calls on the partners to analyse the possibility of making use, for the purpose of these triangular dialogues, of the structures created in Latin America which the EU has traditionally encouraged;
2013/04/04
Committee: AFET
Amendment 36 #

2012/2145(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas justice, rule of law., accountability, transparency, responsibility, the fight against impunity, fair trials, and an independent judiciary are indispensible elements in the protection of human rights;
2012/10/02
Committee: AFET
Amendment 44 #

2012/2145(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas the lessons learned from the Arab Spring events must continue, to provide impetus for the EU to review and improve its policies on, inter alia, human rights defenderstical dialogue with civil society (including NGOs, human rights defenders, trade unionists, the media, and democratic organisations, universities and political parties), international humanitarian law, and human rights dialogues with third countries, and social media;
2012/10/02
Committee: AFET
Amendment 57 #

2012/2145(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F
F. whereas the Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World, and the EU’s policy on the matter, should not only be a reflection and review of past achievements and flaws, but should also serve as a strategic document for the futureto inspire the EU’s human rights and democracy strategy and action plan; whereas each successive Annual Report should, ideally, tangibly and regularly contribute to improving the EU’s human rights policy in the world;
2012/10/02
Committee: AFET
Amendment 62 #

2012/2145(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Believes that the Annual Report should be an important tool in communicating the EU’s work in this field and should help raise the visibility of the EU’s actions.
2012/10/02
Committee: AFET
Amendment 81 #

2012/2145(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Welcomes the adoption of local human rights strategies for individual countries to implement EU policies in the most appropriate and effective way; recognises the key role played by the local EU delegations in developing and following up on the country strategies tailored for the specific circumstances, but stresses the coordinating responsibility of the EEAS in ensuring the coherent application of EU human rights policy priorities set out in the human rights strategic framework and in the EU Guidelines; stresses the importance of completing the network of focal points on human rights and democracy in EU Delegations and CSDP missions and operations; urges the VP/HR and the EEAS and the Member States to adopt as best practice the method of working on human rights issues locally through human rights working groups formed among EU delegations and embassies of EU Member States; urges also that regular contacts be maintained with civil society representatives, human rights defenders and members of national parliaments; supports the EEAS aim to provide training on human rights and democracy for all EEAS, Commission, EU delegation and CSDP mission staff;
2012/10/02
Committee: AFET
Amendment 119 #

2012/2145(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19 a (new)
19a. Asks that in political dialogue with third countries, the EU and its Member States work actively to extend the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court and strengthen its network for cooperation, in order to stop specific countries placing obstacles in the way of justice being done; is pleased by recent developments in the ICC that allow it to carry out investigations in countries that are not party to the Rome Statute or have not ratified it.
2012/10/02
Committee: AFET
Amendment 196 #

2012/2145(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 39 a (new)
39a. Emphasises that the existence of specific human rights dialogues with third countries is an additional mechanism and should not be used to marginalise human rights at other higher levels of political dialogue such as summits; urges likewise that human rights considerations be central to relations with third countries;
2012/10/02
Committee: AFET
Amendment 279 #

2012/2145(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 64
64. Welcomes the assessment by human rights organisations that the use of the death penalty in 2011 broadly confirms the global trend towards abolition; regrets, however, that there was a significant increase in executions in Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia; expresses serious disappointment at the refusal of China to disclose credible information about its use of death penalty and executions that, according to Amnesty International, number in the thousands; welcomes the abolition of the death penalty in the US state of Illinois but regrets that the United States continues to execute people despite being the only G8 country to do so in 2011; recalls with concern that Belarus is the only European country to continue use the death penalty; urges the EU and its Member States consistently to bring this issue up as a matter of priority in their dialogues with these countries;
2012/10/02
Committee: AFET
Amendment 281 #

2012/2145(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 64 a (new)
64a. Declares that the EU, which has in the past been successful in fighting the death penalty in specific cases, should take a more decisive stand and call on institutions and Member States to maintain and step up their commitment to this cause and their political will, in order to see the death penalty finally abolished worldwide;
2012/10/02
Committee: AFET
Amendment 344 #

2012/2145(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 80
80. Supports the plans to make further advances in developing rights-based approaches to development cooperation as stated in the EU human rights strategy action plan; emphasises the urgency to do so in the case of children’s rights in order to ensure longer-term sustainable progress; restates that girls specifically are particularly vulnerable in certain countries.
2012/10/02
Committee: AFET
Amendment 349 #

2012/2145(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Subheading 18
Freedom of religion or beliefthought, conscience and religion
2012/10/02
Committee: AFET
Amendment 367 #

2012/2145(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 81 a (new)
81a. Emphasises that freedom of religion or belief is a fundamental right, which comprises the right to believe or not believe and the freedom to practise said belief in public or in private, alone or together with others;
2012/10/02
Committee: AFET
Amendment 394 #

2012/2145(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 83
83. Stresses that international human rights law recognises freedom of religion or beliefthought, conscience and religion regardless of registration status, so registration should not be a mandatory precondition for practising one's religion; points out with concern, furthermore, that in China monks and nuns are required to register with the Government, and must operate under Government-controlled management boards, and that this interferes with their religious autonomy and restricts their activity;
2012/10/02
Committee: AFET
Amendment 62 #

2012/2143(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F a (new)
Fa. whereas the EU has always been an active promoter of R2P at the international stage; whereas the EU must strengthen its role as a global political actor to uphold human rights and humanitarian law for reflecting this political support on its own policies;
2013/03/04
Committee: AFET
Amendment 64 #

2012/2143(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F b (new)
Fb. whereas EU Member States have also endorsed the R2P principle; whereas only a few of them have incorporated the concept into their national documents;
2013/03/04
Committee: AFET
Amendment 106 #

2012/2143(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point e
(e) to better cooperate and train EU and Member States' delegation and embassy staff in international human rights and humanitarian law and further professionalise and strengthen preventive diplomacy and mediation;
2013/03/04
Committee: AFET
Amendment 222 #

2012/2137(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9
9. NotesDeplores the control and censorship of the Internet by the Chinese authorities; notes with concern that the Chinese Government is tightening its surveillance of the internet by way of a new law that forbids betrayal of state secrets, harming of national pride, endangering the ethnic unity of the country or making calls for ‘illegal protests’ or ‘mass meetings’; criticises the fact that these prohibitions are rather obscurely formulated and thus clear the way for unbridled censorship;
2012/11/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 242 #

2012/2137(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Recognises the enormous efforts made by the Chinese Government to develop Tibet and Xinjiang economically; urges the Chinese Government to act in a politically responsible way by respecting and protecting Tibetan and Uighur traditional cultures and lifestyles; believes that Beijing cannot win the hearts and minds of the Tibetan and Uighur peoples by way of millions of surveillance cameras or repressive police methods;
2012/11/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 255 #

2012/2137(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Stresses that, notwithstanding a harsh policy of repression, a religious revival is taking place in China which is demonstrated by the reopening or reconstruction of countless places of worship; urges the Chinese authorities to replace their ineffective policy of controlling religion with one offering real freedom of thought, conscience and religion;
2012/11/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 261 #

2012/2137(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Wishes to see the flourishing Protestant house churches and underground Catholic churches granted official recognition by the Chinese State as well; strongly condemns all attempts by the authorities to deprive these non-registered churches of their fundamental right of freedom of religion;
2012/11/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 324 #

2012/2137(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18 b (new)
18b. Encourages China, the world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, to play a more pro-active and constructive role in promoting cooperation among the global community in order to tackle climate change; welcomes the white paper issued by the Chinese authorities in November 2011 on the policies and actions adopted to combat climate change and calls for it to be implemented swiftly;
2012/11/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 3 #

2012/2136(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 14 a (new)
- having regard to its resolution of 25 March 2010 on the effects of the global financial and economic crisis on developing countries and on development cooperation (P7_TA(2010)0089),
2012/12/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 16 #

2012/2136(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas the financial and economic crisis has become intertwined with numerous other crises, such as the food, energy and soci, social and environmental crises;
2012/12/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 35 #

2012/2136(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital K
K. whereas people who are living in poverty and are extremely vulnerable need effective and affordable access to justice in order to be able to claim their rights or challenge violations of human rights committed against them; whereas lack of access to a fair trial and judicial process further subjects them to economic and social vulnerability;
2012/12/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 48 #

2012/2136(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital U
U. whereas rising and volatile food prices caused by financial speculation in the derivatives markets are affecting millions of people struggling to meet basic needs; whereas since 2007 global progress in reducing hunger has slowed; whereas 868 million people are suffering from chronic malnutrition, with the vast majority (850 million people) living in developing countries; whereas the coping strategies adopted by vulnerable households includes cutting down on the quantity and/or quality of food eaten at critical stages of child development or during pregnancy, with long-lasting effects on physical growth and mental health;
2012/12/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 54 #

2012/2136(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital Y
Y. whereas remittances, which are diminishing in volume, are an important means of alleviating the shock of the crisis on the economies of developing countries;
2012/12/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 65 #

2012/2136(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Recalls the duty of governments to respect, protect and fulfil human rights at all times, as stated in international human rights law; calls on governments to guard against all forms of discrimination and to ensure basic human rights for all; deplores the existing gap between legal recognition and political enforcement of these rights;
2012/12/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 68 #

2012/2136(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. Urges governments to place the interests of the most vulnerable sections of the population at the centre of policy responses by using a human rights framework in the decision-making process; calls on governments to pursue all the necessary measures to ensure access to justice for all, with a particular focus on people living in poverty, who need to have a full understanding of their rights and the means to realise them; calls on the EU to tackle impunity and step up its support for the rule of law and justice reform programmes in partner countries;
2012/12/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 74 #

2012/2136(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Calls on the Member States to fulfil their bilateral and multilateral ODA commitments of 0.7% of GNI, and to ensure efficient use of development aid in order to guarantee the best value for money and consistency between human rights and development policies;
2012/12/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 82 #

2012/2136(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Calls on developing countries to devise economic policies which promote sustainable growth and development, create jobs, place vulnerable social groups at the forefront of policy responses, and base development on a sound fiscal system that rules out tax evasion, which is necessary for mobilising domestic resources in a more efficient and equitable manner;
2012/12/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 105 #

2012/2136(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 28
28. Considers of the utmost importance the strengthening of skills development and training policies, including non-formal education, internships and on-the-job training, which provide support for a successful transition from school to the labour market;
2012/12/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 111 #

2012/2136(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 33
33. Stresses that women must be more involved in social dialogue and decision- making processes; reiterates the fact that education for girls and women and gender empowerment are essential if womenthey are to have an equal right over, inter alia, the use of household resources;
2012/12/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 120 #

2012/2136(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 37
37. Welcomes the discussions within the UN High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda with the participation of the European Commissioner for Development; considers that the post-2015 framework should prioritise the progressive realisation of human rights and, take into consideration the impact of the financial and economic crisis on the poorest and the most vulnerable, and honour poverty reduction commitments; urges all involved parties to consider setting quantifiable targets and indicators, as well as qualitative and outcome-based indicators;
2012/12/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 123 #

2012/2136(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 39
39. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU Special Representative for Human Rights, the governments and parliaments of the Member States and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
2012/12/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 7 #

2012/2088(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point b
(b) in order to strengthen the transparency and accountability of the mandate of the EUSR, an exchange of views/hearing with the EUSR for HR nominated by the High Representative should take place before the European Parliament (in an in camera meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and of the Subcommittee on Human Rights) prior to his/her appointment by the Council;
2012/05/16
Committee: AFET
Amendment 9 #

2012/2088(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point d
(d) the policy objectives of the EUSR for HR should include enhancing the coherence, effectiveness and visibility of EU action in the protection and promotion of human rights and democracy; the EUSR HR should work in close cooperation with the COHOM; the EUSR for HR should be a high-level interlocutor for its counterparts in third countries and at international organisations, also able to engage with the UN (UNGA, UNHRC, etc.) as well as relevant regional organisations; the EUSR for HR should chair high-level human rights dialogues and lead the consultations with third countries on human rights issues;
2012/05/16
Committee: AFET
Amendment 13 #

2012/2088(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point e
(e) in order to achieve these objectives, the EUSR, while acting under the authority of the High Representative, should be granted a strong, independent and flexible mandate not defined by narrow and specific thematic responsibilities but rather allowing the EUSR to act swiftly and effectively; in line with the actions and priorities set out in the Action Plan, the EUSR for HR should also address different horizontal issues contributing to more effective and coherent action in EU external policies; the scope of the EUSR's mandate should be fully in line with the principles of universality and indivisibility of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and to the policy objectives laid down in Article 21 of TEU and should cover, inter alia, strengthening democracy and institution building, international justice, international humanitarian law, abolition of the death penalty, human rights defenders, freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, child protection, gender issues, persons with disabilities, as well as, women's rights, women, - peace and security, LGBT rights and persons with disabilities;
2012/05/16
Committee: AFET
Amendment 16 #

2012/2088(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point f
(f) the mandate should be based on the principles guiding the EU's HR policy and, in particular, on EU guidelines on the death penalty (2008); torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (2008); human rights dialogues with third countries (2009); children and armed conflict (2008); human rights defenders (2008); promotion and protection of the rights of the child (2008); violence against women and girls and combating all forms of discrimination against them (2008); international humanitarian law (2009), LGBT toolkit (2010) as well as the EU's annual reports on human rights in the world;
2012/05/16
Committee: AFET
Amendment 17 #

2012/2088(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point f
(f) the mandate should be based on the principles guiding the EU's HR policy and, in particular, on EU guidelines on the death penalty (2008); torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (2008); human rights dialogues with third countries (2009); children and armed conflict (2008); human rights defenders (2008); promotion and protection of the rights of the child (2008); violence against women and girls and combating all forms of discrimination against them (2008); international humanitarian law (2009), as well as the EU's annual reports on human rights in the world. Moreover, the mandate should include supporting the High Representative and the EU Institutions in the promotion of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, in light of their agreement in 2011 and the priority given to them in the European Commission Cummnication on Corporate Social Responsibility (COM(2011) 681 final);
2012/05/16
Committee: AFET
Amendment 20 #

2012/2088(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point h
(h) the EUSR for HR should be appointed for 2-2.5 years in order to ensure continuity. The mandate should be renewable once;
2012/05/16
Committee: AFET
Amendment 23 #

2012/2088(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point i
(i) the EUSR for HR should work closely together with and under the authority of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to ensure coherence and mainstreaming of human rights across all policy areas in the work of all EU institutions; the EUSR should interact closely with the EEAS HR and Democracy Directorate and all the multilateral EU Delegations (New York, Geneva, Vienna, Strasbourg as well as with all EU delegations in the World) in order to facilitate contacts on human rights issues with all EU services, EU delegations in third countries and with international organisations; the EEAS HR and Democracy Directorate should provide all necessary services and facilitate the implementation of the EUSR mandate;
2012/05/16
Committee: AFET
Amendment 25 #

2012/2088(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point j
(j) while maintaining close links with the Council's Political and Security Committee, the EUSR for HR should regularly report to the European Parliament, in a joint meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on Human Rights, on the situation of human rights in the world and the state of play of the implementation of the mandate, including Human Rights Country strategies and the results of the UNHRC and UNGA sessions and human rights dialogues with third countries;
2012/05/16
Committee: AFET
Amendment 28 #

2012/2088(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point l
(l) the EUSR for HR should be provided with sufficientadequate financial and human resources in order to guarantee the effective work of the Special Representative and his/her team; the budget of the EUSR for HR should be reviewed annually;
2012/05/16
Committee: AFET
Amendment 11 #

2012/2062(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas the EU is founded on the principle of respect for human rights and, according to its treaties, has a legal obligation to place human rights at the core of all its and the Member States’ external policies, without exception, whether they relate to foreign affairs, trade or development cooperation; whereas, consequently, the EU has sought to include respect for human rights as an essential element in all agreements with third countries;
2012/09/28
Committee: AFET
Amendment 18 #

2012/2062(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. whereas, in addition, the EU has established, in accordance with the variable nature of its contractual relations with third countries, a wide variety of tools for further engaging third countries in promoting human rights and democracy in third countries; whereas these range from the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), whereby human rights subcommittees are tasked with monitoring the implementation of agreed commitments and agreements reached, to the Cotonou Agreement (which includes a consultation procedure in the event of violations) and human rights dialogues and consultations, where discussions focus on improving the situation with regard to human rights and democracy as well as on issues of common interest and better cooperation within international bodies; whereas the EU’s role in supporting and observing electoral processes also has a very real impact in fostering human rights and democracy and in strengthening the rule of law;
2012/09/28
Committee: AFET
Amendment 23 #

2012/2062(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F
F. whereas the events of the ‘Arab Spring’ have demonstrated the need to reshape the Neighbourhood Policy in order to give higher priority to political dialogue with societies, which iscivil society(including NGOs, human rights defenders, trade unions, the media, organisations, universities and democratic political parties) and to defending fundamental freedoms, which are indispensable to democratisation and transition processes; whereas this renewed policy should aim at further engaging partner countries in deeper democratic reforms and respect for fundamental rights on the basis of the ‘more for more’ approach and of mutual accountability between partner countries, the EU and its Member States;
2012/09/28
Committee: AFET
Amendment 29 #

2012/2062(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital H a (new)
Ha. whereas promoting human rights and democracy is a joint responsibility shared between the European Union and its Member States; whereas progress in this area can only be made by means of coordinated, coherent action by both parties;
2012/09/28
Committee: AFET
Amendment 31 #

2012/2062(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital I
I. whereas technological changedevelopments in technology, new ICT tools, increasing levels of education throughout many regions of the world, the advent of certain developing countries as regional powers, the creation of new multilateral forums such as the G- 20 and the emergence of an informed and interconnected global civil society all point to the need to strengthen the current instruments under international law and in the context of global governance in order to ensure respect for human rights, put an end to impunity for human rights violations and improve the prospects for democracy across the world;
2012/09/28
Committee: AFET
Amendment 35 #

2012/2062(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital I a (new)
Stresses that the broad thrust and main elements of the new EU Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy call for a high degree of consistency and political will to obtain tangible results;
2012/09/28
Committee: AFET
Amendment 36 #

2012/2062(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Considers that the strategic review initiative strives to respond to the main challenges identified by Parliament and other stakeholders; welcomes the comprehensive and inclusive approach adopted by the Council in this regard and, in particular, the Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy as a concrete expression of the EU’s commitment and accountability, along with the appointment of an EU Special Representative for Human Rights, which was something Parliament had called for in previous reports;
2012/09/28
Committee: AFET
Amendment 44 #

2012/2062(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Welcomes the ambitious nature of the Strategic Framework; stresses the need, however, for better coordination and for greater clarification in respect of procedures and the division of tasks between the EU and the Member States with a view to implementing it in a more efficient and effective manner;
2012/09/28
Committee: AFET
Amendment 48 #

2012/2062(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. Calls for more effective coordination between the EU and the Member States with a view to making policies and programmes on human rights, security and development more consistent and complementary;
2012/09/28
Committee: AFET
Amendment 49 #

2012/2062(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 b (new)
3b. Considers that the EU will only be seen as a credible defender of human rights and democracy if its policies abroad are consistent with its actions within its own borders;
2012/09/28
Committee: AFET
Amendment 50 #

2012/2062(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3 c (new)
3c. Points out that the EU Strategy on Human Rights and Democracy must be given sufficient visibility to enhance its legitimacy, credibility and accountability in the eyes of the public;
2012/09/28
Committee: AFET
Amendment 54 #

2012/2062(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Stresses the need to increase the level of cooperation and consultation between the Council’s Working Party on Fundamental Rights (FREMP) and Human Rights Working Group (COHOM); calls for this cooperation and consultation to be extended to the EU Special Representative for Human Rights; calls on both bodies to make full use of the Council of Europe’s expertise and instruments and of UN special procedures, including when preparing new initiatives with a view to articulating and promoting common values and international standards;
2012/09/28
Committee: AFET
Amendment 61 #

2012/2062(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 a (new)
10a. Suggests that the EU and the Member States should adopt as key priorities human rights, the fight against the death penalty and combating discrimination against women, areas in which the EU has achieved admirable results and in which its experience is relevant enough to share and to generate practical outcomes;
2012/09/28
Committee: AFET
Amendment 62 #

2012/2062(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Welcomes the pivotal role of the human rights country strategies, which were a long-standing request from Parliament, and the fact that they have been developed as an inclusive process encompassing EU delegations, heads of mission and the COHOM; deems it essential to organise broad consultation, especially with local civil society organisations, representatives of national parliaments, human rights defenders and other social and environmental stakeholders; considers that country- specific identification of priorities, realistic objectives and forms of political leverage is essential to more effective EU action and measurable achievements;
2012/09/28
Committee: AFET
Amendment Amendment1 #

2012/2062(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 4
having regard to the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions of 20 April 2010 entitled ‘Delivering an area of freedom, security and justice for Europe’s citizens – Action Plan Implementing the Stockholm Programme’ (COM(2010)0171),Does not affect English version.
2012/09/28
Committee: AFET
Amendment 73 #

2012/2062(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Recommends that, as part of the human rights country strategies, the EU agree on a list of ‘minimumcommon items’ that Member States and EU institutions should raise with their relevant counterparts in third countries during meetings and visits, including at the highest political level and during summits;
2012/09/28
Committee: AFET
Amendment 93 #

2012/2062(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Encourages the High Representative to reshapeexpand the annual report on the EU’s action in the field of human rights and democracy in the world, making it into aby adding a chapter on progress report on the implementation of the EU Action Plan for Democracy and Human Rights which also covers the application of the human rights and democracy clause in agreements in force, containing a case-by-case analysis of each consultation process and other appropriate measures initiated by the Council, the EEAS and the Commission, together with an analysis of the effectiveness and coherence of the action taken;
2012/09/28
Committee: AFET
Amendment 153 #

2012/2050(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 32
32. Points out that Turkey is both a candidate country and an important strategic partner; calls, therefore, for the existing political dialogue with Turkey on foreign policy choices and objectives of mutual interest to be reinforced; stresses the importance of encouraging Turkey to pursue its foreign policy welcomes and expresses its support to the Commission in this regard in developing a fresh positive agenda for EU-Turkey relations; stresses the importance of creating a framework of dialogue and coordination with the European Unionbetween Turkeys’ and EU's foreign policy in order to create valuable synergies and reinforce the potential for a positive impact;
2012/06/26
Committee: AFET
Amendment 157 #

2012/2050(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 33
33. Recalls Turkey's ambition to inspire and assist democratic transitions and socio- economic reforms in the southern neighbourhood; notes that participation of Turkish institutions and non-governmental organisations in ENP instruments would generate unique synergy effects, especially in areas such as institution-building and socio-economic and civil society development; believes that practical cooperation should be complemented with a structured dialogue between the EU and Turkey with a view to coordinating their respective neighbourhood policies; hopes that the conditions will improve for the opening of further chapters in the membership negotiations (e.g. ratification and implementation of the Ankara Protocol); recognises that the lack of further cooperation in migration policy is having a negawould have a positive impact, especially on Greece;
2012/06/26
Committee: AFET
Amendment 39 #

2011/2245(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point a a (new)
(aa) request that the EED guarantee the principle of national ownership of democratic processes and that democracy building be done through empowerment of the bases of society to the highest organs of government;
2011/12/20
Committee: AFET
Amendment 46 #

2011/2245(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point b
(b) ensure that the EED fosters and encourages ‘deep and sustainable democracy’ in pre-transition and transition countries, with a primary, although not exclusive,ority focus on the European Neighbourhood – specifically Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Morocco – and can be extended to others by reasoned decision;
2011/12/20
Committee: AFET
Amendment 50 #

2011/2245(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point b a (new)
(ba) advise against EED involvement in fragile states in view of the inherent difficulties and specific nature of the work required;
2011/12/20
Committee: AFET
Amendment 53 #

2011/2245(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point c
(c) guarantee that the EED generates synergies with and complements the work carried out by EU Member States, their agencies and the foundations they fund, while working closely with them, creating partnerships and avoiding duplication; seek complementarity and close coordination with the Anna Lindh Foundation, in particular to promote democracy in the Mediterranean;
2011/12/20
Committee: AFET
Amendment 59 #

2011/2245(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point d
(d) ensure that the EED plays a role which complements and does not curtail the activities of existing funding instruments, particularly the EIDHR; where appropriate, the EED should launch projects which can later be continued by the EIDHRseek assurances that funding destined for the EIDHR in the upcoming financial perspective (2014 - 2020) is not adversely affected by the creation of the EED; where appropriate, the EED should launch projects which can later be continued by the EIDHR, provided that the objectives of the project are consistent with the priorities, thematic lines and programming of this instrument, creating an interface with the EIDHR so as to ensure coherence and sustainability in the longer term;
2011/12/20
Committee: AFET
Amendment 68 #

2011/2245(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point e a (new)
(ea) request that the impartiality of the EU Election Observation Missions be observed, and thus consider that the EED should not include such missions amongst its activities to promote democracy;
2011/12/20
Committee: AFET
Amendment 80 #

2011/2245(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point f a (new)
(fa) consider it essential that the EED grant multi-party support to societies in transition countries, given their role as key players in democracy, so that they can help achieve national consensus;
2011/12/20
Committee: AFET
Amendment 118 #

2011/2245(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point m
(m) endow Parliament with a broad political oversight role over EED activities, sinter alia by ensuring that Parliament isce Parliament can contribute during the programming phase and to setting priorities and strategic lines of action, ensuring that it is also kept informed through the presentation of annual reports on the activities of the EED's, annuald by the presentation of accountability reports;
2011/12/20
Committee: AFET
Amendment 134 #

2011/2245(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1 – point o
(o) review after one year of activities the impact and performance of the EED, and ensure that the results of this assessment are forwarded to the European Parliament and that extension or continuation of the mandate is considered on this basis;
2011/12/20
Committee: AFET
Amendment 62 #

2011/2185(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Emphasises the crucial role played by civil society in the protection and promotion of democracy and human rights; calls for the designation of contact persons with civil society and human rights defenders in EU Delegations to be completed; stresses that EU contacts with civil society should be built on a genuine partnership, including systematic and regular dialogue on an equal footing;
2012/02/22
Committee: AFET
Amendment 125 #

2011/2185(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 22
22. Reiterates its conviction that all EU external actions must combine a development dimension which focuses on socio-economic progress for all, including eradication of poverty and the fight against inequality, based on sustainable development, and a political dimension which supports pluralism, democracy and respect for human rights;
2012/02/22
Committee: AFET
Amendment 142 #

2011/2185(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 25
25. Takes note of the plans to establish a European Endowment for Democracy (EED); underlines the Endowment’s potential function as a flexible and expert tool to support actors striving for democratic change in non-democratic countries and countries in transition; urges the Council to ensure that any such tool complements the activities of existing instruments, in particular the EIDHR; stresses that the EU’s contribution to the EED budget must be genuinely additional and must be delivered in full conformity with financial rules, under European Parliament control, respecting the right of the budgetary authority to monitor and scrutinise;
2012/02/22
Committee: AFET
Amendment 169 #

2011/2185(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 35
35. Stresses that the application of the clause as it currently stands, for example with the Colombia/Peruin Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) due to come before Parliament in the near future, provides an opportunity for the European Parliament itself to explore the potential for setting human rights benchmarks in advance of ratification, in order to achieve concrete and verifiable progress in respect for human rights; encourages the Commission to draft a new ‘model clause’ referring to the parties’ international obligations, comprising a procedure for consultation and specifying political and legal mechanisms to be used in the event of a request for cooperation to be suspended on the grounds of repeated or systemic human rights violations in breach of international law; recommends that a clear system of sanctions short of suspension be developed; insists strongly on the need for Parliament to be a joint decision-maker with the Commission and the Council in this respect;
2012/02/22
Committee: AFET
Amendment 173 #

2011/2185(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 37
37. Expects a comprehensive social and environmental chapter in all future Free Trade Agreements and, in the context of negotiations currently underway, regrets the objections to this principle expressed by some of the partners, such as India and Canada; calls for the chapter on sustainable development in agreements to be strengthened through the inclusion of a complaints procedure open to the social partners and civil society, the establishment of an independent body to settle pertinent disputes and the possibility of recourse to a dispute settlement mechanism with provision for fines and the suspension of trade benefits in the event of an aggravated breach of the environmental and labour standards concerned, equivalent to mechanisms for market access provisions; the democracy and human rights clause in GSP+ agreements must also be strengthened;
2012/02/22
Committee: AFET
Amendment 199 #

2011/2185(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 47
47. Underlines the fact that Parliament’s prerogatives must be respected in the programming of the EIDHR and, of the other instruments, with special emphasis on human rights and democracy; accordingly, firmly maintains that the Strategy Papers for the EIDHRse instruments cannot be regarded as implementing acts and must be adopted in accordance with the procedure set out in Article 290 TFEU on delegated acts;
2012/02/22
Committee: AFET
Amendment 290 #

2011/2185(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 69
69. Notes that the Internet has become one of the most important vehicles through which individuals exercise their right to freedom of opinion and expression, and that it has played a crucial role in promoting human rights, democratic participation, accountability, transparency and economic development; welcomes the potential shown by the Internet and social networking in the Arab Spring developments, calls for increased monitoring of the use of the Internet and new technologies in autocratic regimes that seek to limit them;
2012/02/22
Committee: AFET
Amendment 315 #

2011/2185(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 80
80. Recognises the need for human rights concerns to be mainstreamed through the work of all parliamentary committees and delegations dealing with external relations, applying the recommendations made in reports prepared by ad hoc Working Groups of the European Parliament; recommends that Members of the European Parliament systematically meet with human rights defenders during official missions to third countries to provide the latter with greater visibility; welcomes the decision to augment the resources available to the Subcommittee on Human Rights in the light of the changes arising from the Treaty of Lisbon;
2012/02/22
Committee: AFET
Amendment 328 #

2011/2185(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 84
84. Acknowledges, in the wake of the Arab Spring, the focus on ‘bottom up’ tailor- made approaches and the need to move respect for human rights to the centre of EU foreign policy; considers that the EU must learn from past mistakes epitomised by the fact that right up to the outbreak of civil war in Libya, negotiations were underway on a framework agreement with Libya, about which the European Parliament was not adequately informed, despite evidence of the murder of 1 200 prisoners over a decade before and a litany of torture, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions;
2012/02/22
Committee: AFET
Amendment 1 #

2011/2179(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Welcomes the concept of a macro- regional strategy, which, on the basis of the experience gained in existing macro- regions (Baltic Sea and Danube regions), can encourage Member States, regions, local authorities and third countries to manage resources in such a way as to foster growth, prosperity, security and sustainable protection of thedevelop territorial cooperation projects, particularly concerning economic and environmental issues, in areas sharing common geographic, historic and cultural characteristics;
2012/02/10
Committee: AFET
Amendment 10 #

2011/2179(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2
2. Calls on the Commission and the European External Action Service to lend specific support to the idea of an Ionian- Adriatic macro-region, taking due account of neighbourhood policies;Emphasises, in the light of the many economic, social and environmental challenges faced by all Mediterranean regions, the importance of creating a macro-region for the Mediterranean as a whole, so as to promote closer cooperation within athis specific area which includes EU Member States and neighbouring countries which have the Mediterranean Sea as the major, but not sole, element of their common heritage; and to seek synergies with r, taking due account of neighbourhood policies; believant institutions, suches that this macro-region should, ast the European Investment Bank and the Union for the Mediterraneansame time, facilitate cooperation on a sub-regional level for specific projects;
2012/02/10
Committee: AFET
Amendment 13 #

2011/2179(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Emphasises that a Mediterranean macro-region could give the Union for the Mediterranean’s specific projects real added value, so that they complement each other, particularly in the form of financial contributions, where appropriate;
2012/02/10
Committee: AFET
Amendment 15 #

2011/2179(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2b. Believes that it is necessary, in order to implement a Mediterranean macro- regional strategy, to build on the experience and work of existing regional institutions and to seek possible synergies with them, particularly, in addition to the UFM, the European Investment Bank and ARLEM;
2012/02/10
Committee: AFET
Amendment 17 #

2011/2179(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3
3. Considers that appropriate resources should be devoted to the development of a new Ionian-AdriaticMediterranean macro-regional strategy, with sufficient safeguards tohile ensureing that existing financing is used in anas effective mannerly as possible, promoting, where necessary, the principle of 'more for more', and always in strict compliance with the rule of law and on the basis of respect for human rights;
2012/02/10
Committee: AFET
Amendment 21 #

2011/2179(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. Emphasises the need to involve, right from when the strategy is laid down, the non-EU Member States and regions to be integrated into a Mediterranean macro- region, using the Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument for this purpose;
2012/02/10
Committee: AFET
Amendment 22 #

2011/2179(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 4
4. Emphasises that major areas of intervention for the Ionian-Adriatica Mediterranean macro- region shcould, in particular, be the promotion of sustainable tourism, which could help small and medium-sized enterprises; the development of sustainable maritime transport, which could alleviate the problems relating to road transport; the introduction of measures to protect the Mediterranean Sea against pollution; and the strengthening of effective public administration, to tackle any possible issues of inefficient governancemaritime security and safety and protection of the maritime environment, by establishing an integrated network of reporting and surveillance systems for maritime activities; the development of transregional energy networks; and scientific and academic cooperation;
2012/02/10
Committee: AFET
Amendment 28 #

2011/2179(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 5
5. Regards it as crucial that the new macro-region should contribute to the definition of a new strategy for the proper management of immigration flows;deleted
2012/02/10
Committee: AFET
Amendment 32 #

2011/2179(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 6
6. Calls on the Union to consider developing an EU macro-regional strategy specific to the Mediterranean, covering countries or regions which share one or more common features or common challenges in the area of defence and security, such as maritime security, maritime safety and the protection of the marine environment; through the creation of an integrated network of reporting and surveillance systems for maritime activities.deleted
2012/02/10
Committee: AFET
Amendment 7 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 13 a (new)
– having regard to its Written Declaration No 15/2011 of 27 September 2011 on the establishment of Euro-Mediterranean Erasmus and Leonardo da Vinci programmes,
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 11 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 16
– having regard to its resolutions of 19 January 2006 on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)2 , of 15 November 2007 on strengthening the ENP3 , of 6 July 2006 on the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI)4 , of 5 June 2008 on the annual report from the Council to the European Parliament on the main aspects and basic choices of the CFSP5 , of 19 February 2009 on the review of the ENPI6 , of 19 February 2009 on the Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean7 , of 17 January 2008 on a Black Sea Regional Policy Approach8 , of 20 January 2011 on an EU Strategy for the Black Sea9 , of 20 May 2010 on the Union for the Mediterranean10 , of 20 May 2010 on the Need for an EU Strategy for the South Caucasus11 , of 9 September 2010 on the situation of the Jordan River, with special regard to the Lower Jordan River area12 ,of 3 February 2011 on the situation in Tunisia13 , of 17 February 2011 on the situation in Egypt14 , of 10 March 2011 on the Southern Neighbourhood, and Libya in particular, including humanitarian aspects15 and, of 7 July 2011 on Syria, Yemen and Bahrain in the context of the situation in the Arab World and North Africa, and of 15 September 2011 on the situation in Syria,
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 14 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 18 a (new)
– having regard to the conclusions of the inaugural meeting of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) held in Barcelona on 21 January 2010,
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 25 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A a (new)
Aa. whereas the ENP should take account of the new regional context and the demonstrations calling for freedom, democracy and reforms in several countries in the EU’s Southern Neighbourhood, as they illustrated the strong desire among the people for genuine change and better living conditions in the region,
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 27 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A b (new)
Ab. whereas, in this new context, relations with these countries should be given fresh impetus, based on cooperation focusing on democracy and prosperity on both shores of the Mediterranean, and not only security and migration control,
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 35 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B a (new)
Ba. whereas the EU needs to define more precisely its strategic goals and priorities in its partnership with its eastern and southern neighbours, and should attach due importance to the relevant items on its political agenda and in its budgetary planning,
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 47 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D
D. whereas the EU should provide itself with flexible and properly funded instruments in order to match its ambitions and events in the regions,
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 51 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital D a (new)
Da. having regard to the European Parliament’s support for the establishment of Euro-Mediterranean Erasmus and Leonardo da Vinci programmes through Written Declaration 15/2011 of 27 September 2011,
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 56 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Strongly welcomes the Joint Communications of the Commission and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on A new response to a changing Neighbourhood and A partnership for democracy and shared prosperity with the Southern Mediterranean and the approach presented therein, in particular regarding the principles of mutual accountability and shared commitment to universal values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, as well as conditionality and a tailor- made approach towards the partner countries;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 57 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1
1. Strongly welcomes the Joint Communication of the Commission and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on A new response to a changing Neighbourhood and the approach presented therein, in particular regarding the principles of mutual accountability and shared commitment to universal values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, as well as conditionality and a tailor- made approach towards the partner countries together with the advancing of multilateral and sub-regional cooperation;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 75 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Although the EU does not seek to impose a model or a ready-made recipe for political reforms, uUnderlines that the ENP is based on shared values and the commitment to democracy, human rights, the rule of law and good governance;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 95 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4
4. WelcomNotes the proposal for a European Endowment for Democracy, which is a timely response to the clamour for democracy by the populations of our neighbouring countries; underlines that it should be based on the principles of transparency and flexibility and should complement already-existing EU Instruments and the exemplary work of longstanding European political or non- political foundations; stresses that its scope and organisation should be clearly defined and that its structures and procedures should be light and straightforward; calls for a truly political steering committee to be established with the participation of the European Parliament, which should also be involved in the ex-post control mechanisms;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 124 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. Calls on the EEAS and the Commission to strengthen the role of civil society organisations, in particular human rights and women’s organisations, in policy monitoring; notes that civil society organisations are the EU’s faithful and powerful allies in promoting democratic values, good governance and human rights in partner countries; calls for the increased involvement of regional and local authorities and of professional organisations and the social partners in EU cooperation with its southern neighbours; calls on the Council and the Commission to further strengthen and make more effective use of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights in this regard;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 133 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8
8. Considers that human rights situations should be continuously monitored and that an annual assessment of the situation couldmust be included in the annex to the annual progress report of each partner country with a clear mechanism to reconsider and progressively limit bilateral cooperation if human rights violations are confirmed;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 155 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9 a (new)
9a. Stresses again that economic and social development and a higher standard of living are essential for consolidating political reforms and achieving social stability in the partner countries concerned;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 157 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Stresses that immediate measures, such as cofinancing of already identified flagship or pilot projects or other concrete economic projects of strategic importance, which can be implemented on the ground rapidly, with unquestionable tangible results, should be promptly undertaken to alleviate the situation of the countries currently facing significant socioeconomic crises, with special regard to partner countries where democratic transition aggravates economic difficulties;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 163 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Strongly supports the promotion of sub-regional cooperation and stresses the importance of developing partner-to- partner bilateral and multilateral economic cooperation, which would bring tangible benefits for citizens and improve the political climate in the region; places particular emphasis on the importance of encouraging the development of ‘South- South’ trade and economic integration among the countries on the southern shore of the Mediterranean;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 165 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 a (new)
11a. Calls on the EU to lend strong support to the process of political and economic reform in the Southern Neighbourhood, by using all existing instruments in order to support as effectively as possible the process of democratic transition, with a focus on respect for fundamental freedoms, good governance, the independence of the judiciary and the fight against corruption, thus responding to the needs and expectations of the peoples of our southern neighbours;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 168 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 b (new)
11b. Emphasises that the Union must afford special importance to decentralised cooperation at local level, by means of small-scale projects providing immediate and tangible improvements to the quality of life of citizens in neighbouring countries, thereby helping consolidate the progress made towards democracy across the entire territory of these countries;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 198 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Reaffirms that, for the Sou the aim of thern partnership, with the aimEU’s should be mutually beneficial and ambitious trade arrangements which can lead to DCFTAs, which will surely represent the first step towards a big ‘Euro-Mediterranean Economic Space’, which will also help to solve the economic problems of our neighboring partners in the Souththern neighbours is to bring the two shores of the Mediterranean closer together with a view to establishing an area of peace, democracy, security and prosperity for their 800 million inhabitants, and to provide the EU and its partners with an effective bilateral and multilateral framework enabling them to overcome democratic, social and economic challenges, to promote regional integration, in particular in relation to trade, and to ensure their co-development for the benefit of all;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 205 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15 a (new)
15a. Wishes objective, binding criteria for granting ‘advanced status’ to be defined; stresses the need to clarify the rights and duties arising from this bilateral commitment, both for partner countries and for the EU;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 239 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20
20. Underlines the importance of paying particular attention to the younger generation; stresses that the EU should increase cooperation in the field of education, immediately broadening and increasing scholarship programmes and mobility of students, graduates, teachers and academics by promoting university and high-school exchanges and public- private partnerships in the field of research and enterprises; stresses the strong need for a structured information policy towards the citizens of the ENP partners concerning the possibility of participation in EU programmes;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 243 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20 a (new)
20a. Calls on the Commission to take over Parliament’s proposal, produced in the wake of the Arab Spring, to establish a Euro-Mediterranean Erasmus programme, an initiative which – assuming that it were successful – would be suitable to extend to the neighbourhood as a whole; at this stage deplores the inadequacy of the Commission proposals, which, notwithstanding the Commission’s statements on 27 September 2011, in reality provide only for a very modest increase in the number of Erasmus Mundus scholarships;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 245 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20 b (new)
20b. Calls on the Commission to take over Parliament’s proposal, produced in the wake of the Arab Spring, to establish a Euro-Mediterranean Leonardo da Vinci programme aimed at encouraging the mobility of young people wishing to acquire vocational training abroad, the object being to help combat the youth unemployment endemic to the southern Mediterranean;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 246 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 20 c (new)
20c. Hopes that partner countries will become more actively involved in the work of the European Training Foundation and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 251 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21
21. Believes that the EU should advance its work on visa facilitation and readmission agreements, with a view to moving – once all conditions are met – to a visa-free regime; believes, further, that the EU should advance its work on readmission agreements if, and only if, the partner country concerned gives sufficient guarantees regarding the protection of human rights; endorses the Commission’s new resolve to conclude visa facilitation and readmission agreements simultaneously, and not separately, so as to overcome bottlenecks; also calls for the material conditions for the issue and renewal of visas to be more respectful of human rights; underlines that the provisions on asylum must be fully in line with international obligations and commitments and EU standards, especially in the human rights field;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 265 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 21 d (new)
21d. Reiterates its firmly held view that the European Neighbourhood Policy will not be wholly effective unless synergy is created between its bilateral and multilateral dimensions; considers it essential, therefore, to strengthen the multilateral component of the ENP, to which a more substantial proportion of funding should be allocated under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 271 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23
23. Recalls the importance of cofinancing specific tangible regional projects to contribute to a shared process of development and integration; in this regard, welcomes the opportunity offered by the establishment of the UfM to streNotes that the multilateral component of the ENP should serve to aid the early, effective launch of tangible Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) projects to pave the way for a shared process of development and integration, not least by cofinancing feasibility studies and supporting then complementarity between bilateral policies and regional policies, in order to achieve more effectively the goals of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, based wider use of concessional loans; regarding the current state of play, welcomes the increase in the overall budget onf the mutual recognition of common valuesNeighbourhood Investment Facility;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 275 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23 a (new)
23a. Is convinced that the UfM should be relaunched to take account of the new developments in the region; takes the view that the UfM should promote sound economic, social and democratic development and create a strong and common basis for a close relationship between the EU and its southern neighbours;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 302 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26 a (new)
26a. Stresses that the contractual relations with all ENP countries contain arrangements for a regular forum to address human rights issues, in the form of subcommittees on human rights; calls on the EEAS to make full use of these arrangements and involve existing subcommittees in any negotiations,
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 310 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 29
29. Welcomes the proposal for the new European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) and the increase of funding for the ENP, as requested in its previous resolutions; considers that the distribution of funds should be flexible and adequate for both regions, with an approach that is performance-driven and not geographically drivencentred on commitments and progress as regards reforms in partner countries, as well as on their needs and capacities; notes that more flexibility and simplification should respect the right of democratic scrutiny and be accompanied by increased supervision of the spending;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 340 #

2011/2157(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 35
35. Welcomes the work carried out by the European Investment Bank and, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the EIB’s Facility for Euro- Mediterranean Investment and Partnership (FEMIP), and underlines the importance of and the need for more synergies with other international financial institutions also active in these countries; supports the modification of the EBRD’s statutes in order for the Southern neighbourhood partners also to be eligible for its assistance;
2011/10/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 2 #

2011/2109(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 2
– having regard to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide that entered into force on 12 January 1951,
2011/09/29
Committee: AFET
Amendment 8 #

2011/2109(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 9
– having regard to the Stockholm Programme 2010-2014 entitled ‘An Open and Secure Europe Serving and Protecting Citizens’ (December 2009)10, and the Action Plan for its implementation of April 2010,
2011/09/29
Committee: AFET
Amendment 42 #

2011/2109(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital G
G. whereas the ICC is currently conducting investigations in sevenix countries (Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Darfur region of Sudan, Central African Republic, Kenya and Libya), and the ICC prosecutor has recently requested the opening of an eigh seventh investigation in Côte d’Ivoire,
2011/09/29
Committee: AFET
Amendment 48 #

2011/2109(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital H
H. whereas a large numberthe majority of ICC arrest warrants are still pending, including those against the Sudanese President al-Bashir and the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi,
2011/09/29
Committee: AFET
Amendment 60 #

2011/2109(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital K a (new)
Ka. whereas the first Review Conference on the Rome Statute held in Kampala in 2010, which was attended not just by the States Parties but also by international, parliamentary and civil society organisations, reaffirmed its commitment to justice and accountability,
2011/09/29
Committee: AFET
Amendment 105 #

2011/2109(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8 a (new)
8a. Takes note of the Cooperation and Assistance Agreement between the EU and the ICC; calls on the EU Member States to apply the principle of universal jurisdiction in tackling impunity and crimes against humanity, and highlights its importance for the effectiveness and success of the international criminal justice system;
2011/09/29
Committee: AFET
Amendment 125 #

2011/2109(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 13
13. Calls on the African States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to ensure an increase, rather than a decrease, in African Union (AU) support for the task of holding the world’s worst offenders to account; expresses support for the Court’s request to open a liaison office with the African Union in Addis Ababa;
2011/09/29
Committee: AFET
Amendment 144 #

2011/2109(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 15
15. Recognises the role of the EU in promoting the universality of the Rome Statute and of the Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the Court (APIC) and welcomes the recent accessions to/ratifications of the Rome Statute by Tunisia, Granada, Moldova, Philippines, St Lucia and the Seychelles, which brought the total number of States Parties to 116;
2011/09/29
Committee: AFET
Amendment 146 #

2011/2109(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Recommends that the EU, and particularly the EEAS, promote the universality of the Rome Statute and the fight against impunity, as well as respect for, cooperation with and assistance of the Court, including within the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and of dialogues between the EU and regional organisations, particularly the AU, the Arab League and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN); emphasises also the importance of promoting the ratification and application of the Rome Statute for the Court in its bilateral dialogues on human rights with third countries;
2011/09/29
Committee: AFET
Amendment 199 #

2011/2109(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 29
29. Welcomes the EU’s financial and logistical support for the ICC thus far and recommends that current forms of support (including the visiting professionals and internship programmes)11 are continued and expanded further, especially in the following fields: outreach activities aimed at helping victims and affected communities; legal representation; witness relocation; the participation and protection of victims/witnesses, with special consideration for the needs of women and juvenile/child victims; the provision of support enabling the Court to cover urgent operational needs stemming from new investigations; expresses its concern that the lack of resources might be an impediment to the full functioning of the Court;
2011/09/29
Committee: AFET
Amendment 134 #

2011/2081(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23
23. Calls for a shift from ad hoc funding of projects to a more sustainable approach, also involving private donors and interlocutors; recognises the need for a country-by-country and tailored approach to programmingapproach to programming that is tailored suit regions and Member States;
2013/04/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 156 #

2011/2081(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 31
31. Considers that press and media programmes should also focus on improving the (state and legal) structures and supporting local media companies and businesses, in order to improve their transparency, independence, sustainability and openness;
2013/04/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 178 #

2011/2032(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Emphasises the crucial role played by third countries’ parliaments in exercising democratic supervision over budgets; takes the view that budget support can also be a valid way of promoting democracy and strengthening the rule of law in developing countries, as it helps to bolster public administration and audit systems, as well as encouraging national parliaments and civil society to scrutinise and monitor government action; calls for all EU budget support to be coupled with technical and political consolidation of parliaments’ supervisory powers; maintains that the Union should actively inform third countries’ parliaments of the scope of EU cooperation;
2011/05/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 186 #

2011/2032(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 a (new)
11a. Welcomes the creation of a Human Rights and Democracy Directorate within the European External Action Service, and calls on the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative to ensure that the EU’s external representations have a contact person for human rights and democracy;
2011/05/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 194 #

2011/2032(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Stresses the importance of choosing priority countries for election observation missions on the basis of a mission's real potential impact on the Union's relations with the country in question; calls on the EEAS to adopt a highly selective approach to choosing such countries, and points out that the Election Observation Coordination Group, which is consulted about the Union's annual programme of election observation missions, has laid down detailed criteria in this area; calls for increased vigilance over compliance with the methodology and rules set up at international level, particularly concerning the independence and effectiveness of the mission;
2011/05/11
Committee: AFET
Amendment 190 #

2011/0436(APP)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 2 – indent 6
– Debates/studies and interventions on defining moments in European history, in particular to keep the memory alive of the crimes committed under Nazism, Fascism and Stalinism, and all the dictatorships that have afflicted Europe;
2012/10/29
Committee: CULT
Amendment 237 #

2011/0436(APP)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex – part 1 – section 1 – paragraph 2
It will support activities that invite to reflection on common values in the broadest sense, taking into account diversity. Funds may be available for initiatives reflecting on causes of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes in Europe's modern history (especially but not exclusively Nazism and Stalinism) and to commemorate their victims. The strand should also encompass activities concerning other reference points in recent European history. In particular, it will give preference to actions which encourage tolerance and reconciliation with a view to reaching the younger generation.
2012/10/29
Committee: CULT
Amendment 46 #

2011/0412(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 7
(7) Gender equality and women's rights and the rights of the child are fundamental human rights and a question of social justice and their promotion is a strong component of this Regulation.
2012/06/15
Committee: AFET
Amendment 114 #

2011/0412(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point a – point v
(v) promoting political pluralism and democratic political representation, and encouraging political participation by citizens, in particular marginalised groups and politically disenfranchised groups, women, youth, children, in democratic reform processes at local, regional and national level;
2012/06/15
Committee: AFET
Amendment 121 #

2011/0412(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point a – point vi b (new)
(vib) promoting and protecting the rights of a child, and supporting non- discrimination of children regardless of their ethnic, economic or social status, and promoting of strengthening of the legal environment for children including support to establishment of children's complaint mechanisms;
2012/06/15
Committee: AFET
Amendment 129 #

2011/0412(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point b – point iii
(iii) the fight against racism and xenophobia and discrimination based on any ground, including sex, race, colour, caste, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or, sexual orientation and gender identity;
2012/06/15
Committee: AFET
Amendment 131 #

2011/0412(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point b – point v
(v) the rights of indigenous peoples, the rights of persons affected by caste discrimination, and the rights of persons belonging to religious, cultural, linguistic minorities and ethnic groups;
2012/06/15
Committee: AFET
Amendment 135 #

2011/0412(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point b – point v a (new)
(va) the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) persons, including measures to end criminalisation of LGBTI identities, to combat discrimination and homophobic and transphobic violence, and to promote freedom of assembly, association and expression for LGBTI people;
2012/06/15
Committee: AFET
Amendment 179 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 9
(9) It is paramount to better integrate environmental concerns into the CFP which should deliver on the objectives and targets of the Union's environmental policy and the Europe 2020 Strategy. The CFP is aimed at an exploitation of living marine biological resources that restores and maintains fish stocks at levels which can produce the maximum sustainable yield, not later than 2015. The CFP shall implement the precautionary and eco- system approaches to fisheries management. Consequently the EMFF should contribute to the protection of the marine environment as set out in the Directive 2008/56/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 17 June 2008 establishing a framework for community action in the field of marine environmental policy (Marine Strategy Framework Directive) where possible and by 2020 at the very latest.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 212 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 26
(26) In line with the goal of simplification and decentralisation, all activities of the EMFF which fall under shared management, including control and data collection, should take the form of one single operational programme per Member State, in accordance with its national structure. The programming exercise shall cover the period from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2020. Each Member State should prepare a single operational programme incorporating all of the operational programmes from the different regions. Each programme should identify a strategy for meeting targets in relation to the Union priorities for the EMFF and a selection of measures. Programming should comply with Union priorities, while being adapted to national contexts and complement the other Union policies, in particular rural development policy and cohesion policy.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 228 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 33
(33) Recognising the importance of the role that spouses of self-employed fishermen play in small scale coastal fishing, the EMFF should support training and networking contributing to their professional development and giving them the means to better fulfil the ancillary tasks they traditionally perform.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 233 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 34
(34) Conscious of the weak presence of small scale coastal fishermen in the social dialoguesocial and territorial importance of coastal fishermen, the EMFF should support organisations promoting thise social dialogue of the coastal fishing sector in the appropriate fora
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 247 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 35
(35) Conscious of the potential that diversification offers for small scale coastal fishermen and their crucial role in coastal communities, the EMFF should help diversification by covering business start- ups and investments for the retrofitting of their vessels, in addition to the relevant training to acquire professional skills in the relevant field outside fishing activities.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 272 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 38
(38) The introduction of the transferable fishing concessions systems should make the sector more competitive. Consequently, there may be a need for new professional opportunities outsidein addition to the fishing activities. Therefore, the EMFF should support the diversification and job creation in fishing communities in particular by supporting business start-ups and the conversion or reassignment of vessels for additional maritime activities outside fishing activities of small scale coastal fishing vessels. This last operation seems to be appropriate as the small scale coastal fishing vessels are not covered by the transferable fishing concessions systems, paying particular attention to recreational angling or recreational fishing.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 281 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 39
(39) The objective of the Common Fisheries Policy is to ensure a sustainable exploitation of fish stocks in a way that is compatible with the economic and social development of the fisheries and aquaculture sector. Overcapacity has been identified as a major driver for overfishing. It is therefore paramount to adapt the Union fishing fleet to the resources available. The removal of overcapacity through pPublic aid such as temporary or permanent cessation and scrapping schemes has proven ineffective. The EMFF will therefore support the establishment and management of systems of transferable fishing concessions aiming at the reduction of overcapacity and increased economic performance and profitability of the operators concernedfor coastal fleets should be maintained for the purpose of eliminating overcapacity.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 293 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 40
(40) With overcapacity being one of the key drivers of overfishing, measures need to be taken to adapt the Union fishing fleet to the resources available; in this context, the EMFF should support the establishment, modification and management of the systems of transferable fishing concessions introduced by the CFP as management tools for reducing overcapacity.deleted
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 311 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 43
(43) In line with the reduction of discard bans introduced by the CFP, the EMFF should support investments on board aiming at the progressive reduction of undesirable catches, make the best use of unwanted fish caught and valorise underused components of the fish caught. Considering the scarcity of the resources, in order to maximise the value of the fish caught, the EMFF should also support investments on board and during the processing and marketing stages aiming at adding commercial value to fish caught.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 333 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 45
(45) It is vital for the Union that a sustainable balance be achieved between fresh water resources and their exploitation; therefore having due regard to environmental impact while ensuring that these sectors retain economic viability, appropriate provisions should support inland fishing.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 342 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 48
New forms of income combined with aquaculture activities have already shown their added value for business development. Therefore the EMFF should support these complementary activities outside aquaculture such as angling- tourism, aquaculture tourism for promoting the aquaculture sector and its products, educational or environmental activities.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 368 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 52
(52) In order to promote environmentally sustainable aquaculture, the EMFF should support aquaculture activities which are highly respectful of the environment, the conversion of aquaculture enterprises to eco-management, the use of audit schemes as well as the conversion to organic aquaculture. In the same vein, the EMFF should also support aquaculture providing for special environmental servicessustainable aquaculture.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 384 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 61
(61) In order to ensure the viability of fisheries and aquaculture in a highly competitive market, it is necessary to lay down provisions granting support for the implementation of the [Regulation (EU) No on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products]1 as well as for marketing and processing activities carried by operators to maximise the value of fisheries and aquaculture products. Particular attention should be paid to the promotion of operations which integrate producing, processing and marketing activities of the supply chain. In order to adapt to the new discard ban policy, the EMFF should also support the processing of unwanted catches.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 394 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 62
(62) Priority should be given to producer organisations and associations of producer organisations by granting them support. The compensation for storage aid and aid for production and marketing plans should gradually be phased out as the importance of this particular kind of support has lost its interest in the light of the evolving structure of the Union market for this kind of products and the growing importance of strong producer's organisationsother representative fishing organisations, in particular fishermen's associations, and associations of producer organisations by granting them support.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 404 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 63
(63) Recognising the growing competition small scale coastal fishermen are confronted to, the EMFF should support entrepreneurial initiatives of small scale coastal fishermen adding value to the fish they catch, in particular by carrying out the processing or direct marketing of the fish they catch.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 412 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 69
(69) ITaking account of the characteristics of the different fisheries and the cost effectiveness of each one of them, it is paramount that Member States and operators are equipped in such a way that controls can be carried out to a high standard and therefore ensure compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy while providing for the sustainable exploitation of living aquatic resources; the EMFF should therefore support Member States and operators in conformity with Council Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009. By creating a culture of compliance, this support should contribute to sustainable growth.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 421 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 73
(73) Provisions should be laid down for support to collect, manage and use of fisheries data as specified in the multiannual Union programme, in particular to support national and sub- national programmes and the management and use of data for scientific analysis and CFP implementation. The support granted to Member States on the basis of the Regulation (EC) No. 861/2006 for the expenditure incurred relating to the collection, management and use of fisheries data should be continued under the EMFF pursuing the logic of a single fund.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 439 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 88
(88) Conscious of the importance of ensuring conservation of marine biological and protecting fish stocks in particular from illegal fishing and in the spirit of the conclusions drawn in the Green Paper on the Reform of the CFP1, those operators who do not comply with the rules of the CFP, and particularly jeopardise the sustainability of the stocks concerned and constitute therefore a serious threat to the sustainable exploitation of living marine biological resources that restores and maintains populations of harvested species above levels which can produce the MSY1, those operators who do not comply with the rules of the CFP, and those who are involved in IUU fishing should be excluded from support under the EMFF. Union funding should not at any stage from the selection to the implementation of an operation be used to undermine the public interest of conservation of marine biological resources expressed in the objectives of the CFP Regulation.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 442 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 89
(89) Member States should adopt adequate measures to guarantee the proper functioning of management and control systems. To that end, a managing authority, a paying agency and a certification body should be designated for each sub-national operational programme and their responsibilities should be specified. These responsibilities should relate primarily to the sound financial implementation, organisation of evaluation, certification of expenditure, audit and compliance with Union law. Provision should be made for regular meetings between the Commission and the national authorities concerned in order to monitor the assistance. With respect to management and control it is necessary, in particular, to establish the modalities by which Member States give the assurance that the systems are in place and function satisfactorily.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 446 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Recital 93
(93) The rules and procedures governing commitments and payments should be simplified so that a regular cash flow is ensured. A pre-financing of 47 % of the contribution from the EMFF should help speeding up the implementation of the operational programme.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 465 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 1 – paragraph 1 – point c
(c) the sustainable development of fisheries areas and inland fishing,
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 500 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 10
(10) 'inland fishing' means fishing carried out for commercial purposes by, from a vessels operatingr otherwise, exclusively in inland waters or by other devices used for ice fishing;
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 512 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 18
(18) 'small scale coastal fishing' means fishing carried out by fishing vessels of an overall length of less than 12 metres and not using towed gear as listed in Table 3 Annex I of Commission Regulation (EC) No 26/2004 of 30 December 2003 regarding the fishing vesselin local fishing grounds which underpins the traditional social fabric of fishing communities and is managed by SMEs and family businesses that operate on a generational basis, and which involves daily fishing trips in which catches aregister of the Union not frozen or processed on board;
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 516 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 19
(19) 'vessels operating exclusively in inland waters' means vessels engaged in commercial fishing in inland waters and not included in the Union fishing fleet register.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 520 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 2 – point 19 a (new)
(19a) ‘aquaculture sector’ means aquaculture enterprises, aquaculture farmers’ and fishermen’s organisations and natural persons involved in aquaculture activities.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 614 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 6 – paragraph 1 – point 2 – point b
(b) enhancement of the competitiveness and viability of fisheries, in particular of small scale coastal fleet, and improvement of safety or working conditions;
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 725 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 12 – paragraph 1 – point a
(a) operators that have committed a serious infringement under Article 42 of the Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008 or Article 90(1) of the Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009, with a sanction based on a final administrative decision;
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 729 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 12 – paragraph 1 – point c
(c) operators who committed other cases of non compliance with the CFP rules which seriously jeopardise the sustainability of the stocks concerned.deleted
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 737 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 12 – paragraph 2
2. Applications submitted by operators that have committed an irregularity under the EFF or the EMFF shall not be admissible for an identified period of time.deleted
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 747 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 12 – paragraph 3 – point c
(c) the identification of the other cases of non compliance referred to in paragraph 1(c) which seriously jeopardise the sustainability of the stocks concerndeleted.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 750 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 12 – paragraph 4
4. Member States shall require that operators submitting an application under the EMFF provide to the managing authority a signed statement confirming that they respect the criteria listed in paragraph 1 and have not committed an irregularity under the EEF or the EMFF as referred to in paragraph 2. Member States shall verify the veracity of the statement before the approval of the operation.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 766 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 1 – point b
(b) construction of new fishing vessels, decommissioning or importation of fishing vessels;
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 780 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 1 – point c
(c) temporary cessation of fishing activities;deleted
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 791 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 1 – point d
(d) experimental fishing;deleted
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 801 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 13 – paragraph 1 – point f
(f) direct restocking, unless explicitly foreseen as a conservation measure by a Union legal act or in the case of experimental restocking.deleted
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 859 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 1 – point a – point iii
(iii) the share of small scalinshore coastal fishing fleet in the fishing fleet;
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 871 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 18 – paragraph 1
1. Each Member State shall draw up a single operational programme integrating the various subnational programmes to implement the Union priorities to be co- financed by the EMFF.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 995 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 28 – paragraph 2
2,. Operations financed under this Article must be carried out in collaboration with a scientific or technical body recognised by the Member State which shall validate the results of such opeby means of the business classification provided for in national contract law for public administrations.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1016 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 29 – paragraph 2
2. The feasibility studies and advice referred to respectively in paragraph 1(a) and (b) shall be provided by recognised scientific or technical bodies with the required advisory competences as recognised by the national law of each Member Statein the business classification provided for in the national contract law for public administration.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1073 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 32 – paragraph 1 – introductory part
1. In order to facilitate diversification and job creation outside fishingto complement the main fishing activity, the EMFF may support:
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1088 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 32 – paragraph 1 – point a
(a) business start-ups outsidecomplementary to fishing;
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1097 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 32 – paragraph 1 – point b
(b) retrofitting of small scale coastal fishing vessels in order to reassign them for activities complementary to or outside fishing.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1122 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 32 – paragraph 3
3. Support under paragraph 1(b) shall be granted to small scale coastal fishermen owning a Union fishing vessel registered as active and which have carried out fishing activities at sea at least 60 days during the two years preceding the date of submission of the application. The fishing licence associated with the fishing vessel shall be permanently withdrawn.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1130 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 32 – paragraph 4
.4. Beneficiaries of the support referred to in paragraph 1 shall not engage in professional fishing in the five years following the reception of the last payment of the support.deleted
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1138 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 32 – paragraph 5
5. Eligible costs under paragraph 1(b) shall be limited to the costs of modification of a vessel undertaken for the purpose of its reassignment.deleted
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1176 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 33 – paragraph 3
3. When the operation consists in an investment on board, the support shall not be granted more than once during the programming period for the same fishing vessel. When the operation consists of an investment in individual equipment, the support shall not be granted more than once during the programming period for the same beneficiary.deleted
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1199 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 34
Support to systems of transferable fishing 1. In order to establish or modify systems of transferable fishing concessions under Article 27 of the [Regulation on the CFP], the EMFF may support: (a) the design and development of technical and administrative means necessary for the creation or functioning of a transferable fishing concessions system; (b) stakeholder participation in designing and developing transferable fishing concessions systems; (c) the monitoring and evaluation of transferable fishing concessions systems; (d) the management of transferable concessions systems. 2. Support under paragraph 1 (a), (b) and (c) shall only be granted to public authorities. Support under paragraph 1 (d) of this Article shall be granted to public authorities legal or natural persons or recognized producer organizations involved in collective management of pooled transferable fishing concessions in accordance with Article 28(4) of the Regulation on Common Fisheries.Article 34 deleted concessions of the CFP
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1245 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 34 a (new)
Article 34a Permanent cessation of fishing activities 1. The EFF shall contribute to the financing of the permanent cessation of the fishing activities of fishing vessels, providing that this cessation is part of a fishing effort adjustment plan included in the Management Plans detailed in Article 9 of the CFP. The permanent cessation of the fishing activities of a fishing vessel may only be achieved by: a) the scrapping of the fishing vessel; b) its reassignment, under the flag of a Member State, and registration in the Community for activities outside fishing; c) its reassignment for the purpose of the creation of artificial reefs. Member States shall ensure that these operations are preceded by the corresponding environmental impact assessment. Public support for the permanent cessation of fishing activities paid to the owners of fishing vessels shall apply to the vessel’s fishing capacity and, where appropriate, the associated fishing licence. 2. The permanent cessation of fishing activities of fishing vessels shall be programmed by means of management plans. 3. To facilitate the implementation of fishing effort adjustment plans, the Member States may make public tenders or calls for proposals. Member of States may also set the level of public support taking into account cost effectiveness according to objective criteria, such as: a) the price of the fishing vessel recorded on the national market or its insurance value; b) the turnover of the fishing vessel; c) the age of the fishing vessel and its tonnage expressed in GT or its engine power expressed in kW.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1248 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 34 b (new)
Article 34 (b) Temporary cessation of fishing activities The EFF may contribute to the financing of support measures for the temporary cessation of fishing activities to owners of fishing vessels and fishermen, in the context of the fishing effort adjustment plan included in the Management Plans detailed in Article 9 of the CFP.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1270 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 36 – paragraph 1 – introductory part
1. In order to reduce the impact of fishing on the marine environment, foster the elimination of discards and facilitate the transition to exploitation of living marine biological resources that restores and maintains populations of harvested species abovet levels which can as a minimum produce the MSY, the EMFF may support investments in equipment:
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1293 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 36 – paragraph 2
2. Support shall not be granted more than once during the programming period for the same Union fishing vessel and for the same type of equipment.deleted
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1392 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 39 – paragraph 2
2. Support shall not contribute to the replacement or modernisation of main or ancillary engines. Support shall only be granted to owners of fishing vessels and not more than once during the programming period for the same fishing vessel, organisations of fishermen and administrations.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1414 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 40 – paragraph 1
1. In order to improve the quality of the fish caught the EMFF may support investments on board, in the processing and marketing process, for this purpose.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1427 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 40 – paragraph 2
2. In order to improve the use of unwanted catches the EMFF may support investments on board, in the processing and marketing process, to make the best use of unwanted catches of commercial stocks and valorise underused components of fish caught, in line with Article 15 of the [Regulation on Common Fisheries Policy] and Article 8(b) of the [Regulation (EU) No on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products].
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1431 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 40 – paragraph 3
3. Support under this Article shall not be granted more than once during the programming period for the same fishing vessel or the same beneficiary.deleted
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1439 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 40 – paragraph 4
4. The support referred to in paragraph 1 shall only be granted to owners of Union fishing vessels whose vessels are which have carried a fishing activity for at least 60 days at sea during the two years preceding the date of submission of the application, and to organisations of fishermen.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1456 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 41 – paragraph 2
2. In order to facilitate the use of unwanted catches the EMFF may support investments in fishing ports and landing sites which enable to make the best use of unwanted catches of commercial stocks and which valorise under-used components of the fish caught, in line with Article 15 of the [Regulation on Common Fisheries Policy] and Article 8(b) of the [Regulation (EU) No on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products].
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1466 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 41 – paragraph 4
4. Support shall not cover the construction of new ports, new landing sites or new auction halls.deleted
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1480 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 42 – paragraph 1 – introductory part
1. In order to reduce the impact of inlandcontinental fishing on the environment, increase energy efficiency, increase the quality of fish landed, or to improve safety or working conditions, the EMFF may support the following investments:
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1493 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 42 – paragraph 2 – point a
a) References made in Articles 33, 36 and 39 to fishing vessels shall be understood as references to vessels operating exclusively in inlandcontinental water;
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1495 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 42 – paragraph 2 – point b
b) References made in Article 36 to the marine environment shall be understood as references to the environment in which the inland fishing vessel operatescontinental fishing is carried out.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1497 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 42 – paragraph 3
3. In order to sustain diversification by inlandcontinental fishermen, the EMFF may support the reassignment of vessels operating in inlandcontinental fishing to other activities outside fishing under the conditions of Article 32 of this Regulation
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1504 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 42 – paragraph 5
5. In order to protect and develop aquatic fauna and flora, the EMFF may support the participation of inlandcontinental fishermen in managing, restoring and monitoring NATURA 2000 sites where these areas directly concern fishing activities as well as the rehabilitation of inlandcontinental waters, including spawning grounds and migration routes for migratory species, without prejudice of Article 38(1)(d).
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1513 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 42 – paragraph 6
6. Member States shall ensure that vessels receiving support under this Article continue to operate exclusively in inlandcontinental waters.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1518 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 44 – paragraph 1
1. Support under this Chapter shall be limited tointended for aquaculture enterprises unless otherwise expressly established, organisations of aquaculture prodcuers and fishermen and legal persons.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1553 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 45 – paragraph 2
2. Operations under this Article must be carried out in collaboration with a scientific or technical body as recognised by the national law of each Member State which shall validate the results of such operathrough the business classification referred to in the national contract law of the public institutions.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1607 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 47 – paragraph 1 – point a
a) adding value to aquaculture products, in particular by allowing the aquaculture enterprisesector to carry out the processing, marketing and direct sale of its own aquaculture production;
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1614 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 47 – paragraph 1 – point b
b) diversification of the income of the aquaculture enterprisessector through the development of new aquaculture species with good market prospects;
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1618 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 47 – paragraph 1 – point c
(c) diversification of the income of the aquaculture enterprisessector through the development of complementary activities outside aquaculture.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1623 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 47 – paragraph 2
2. Support under paragraph 1(c) shall be granted only to aquaculture enterprises provided that the complementary activities outside aquaculture relate to the core aquaculture business of enterprise, such as angling tourism, aquaculture tourism promoting the aquaculture sector and its products, aquaculture environmental services or educational activities on aquaculture.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1640 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 48 – paragraph 3
3. Support under paragraph (1)(a) shall only be granted to public law bodies selected to set up the farm advisory services. Support under paragraph (1)(b) shall only be granted to aquaculture SMEs or aquaculture producer's organisations.deleted
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1649 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 48 – paragraph 4
4. Aquaculture farms shall not receive support for the advisory services more than once for each category of services covered under paragraph 2 (a) to (e) during the programming period.deleted
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1756 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 55 – paragraph 2 – introductory part
2. Support may only be granted where the suspension of harvesting due to contamination of molluscs is the result of the proliferation of toxin-producing plankton or the presence of plankton containing biotoxins, or to the proliferation of coliforms (E. coli) and when:
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1759 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 55 – paragraph 2 – point a
(a) it lasts for more than four months consecutivelyone month; or
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1765 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 55 – paragraph 3
3. The duration for which compensation may be granted shall be of maximum 12 months over the entire programming period.deleted
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1801 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 57 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1
The occurrence of an adverse climatic event or the outbreak of disease in aquaculture shall be formally recognised as such by the competent subnational authority or the Member State concerned.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1804 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 57 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2
The competent subnational authority or the Member States may, where appropriate, establish in advance criteria on the basis of which such formal recognition shall be deemed to be granted.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1955 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 71 – paragraph 1 – point a – point iii
(iii) products obtained using methods with low impact on the environment or organic aquaculture products as defined in Council Regulation(EC) No 834/2007 on organiccoastal fisheries products or sustainable aquaculture productions.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1963 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 71 – paragraph 1 – point b – point ii
(ii) certification and promotion including of sustainableeasonal and local coastal fisheryies and aquaculture products and of environmentally friendly processing methods;
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1967 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 71 – paragraph 1 – point b – point iii
(iii) direct marketing of fishery products by small scale coastal fishermen;
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1976 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 71 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new)
b a) the marketing of new products, the application of new technologies and the development of innovative marketing methods;
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 2014 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 72 – paragraph 1 – point d
(d) for the processing of organicsustainable aquaculture products as regulated in Article 6 and 7 of Council Regulation(EC) No 834/2007.;
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 2019 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 72 – paragraph 1 – point d a (new)
da) contributing to the improvement of working conditions;
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 2026 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 72 – paragraph 1 – point d b (new)
db) for improving and monitoring hygiene and public health standards and product quality;
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 2032 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 72 – paragraph 1 – point d c (new)
dc) for the production of new products, the application of new technologies and the development of innovative production methods.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 2106 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 79 – paragraph 2 – point b
b) national and sub-national multi-annual sampling programmes;
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 2116 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 79 – paragraph 2 – point e
(e) the participation of Member States' representatives and sub-national governments in regional coordination meetings as referred to in Article 37(4) of the [Regulation on the Common Fisheries Policy], meetings of regional fisheries management organisations of which the EU is a contracting partner or an observer or meetings of international bodies in charge of providing scientific advice.
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 2244 #

2011/0380(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 96 – paragraph 1
1. In addition to the general rules of Article 72 of [Regulation (EU) No [...] laying down Common Provisions], and following the Commission decision approving the operational programme, an initial pre- financing amount for the whole programming period shall be paid by the Commission. This shall represent 47 % of the contribution from the Union budget to the operational programme concerned. It may be split into two instalments depending on budget availability..
2013/01/17
Committee: PECH
Amendment 1 #

2011/0303(NLE)

Proposal for a decision
Citation 4 a (new)
- having regard to its recommendation of 15 March 2007¹ to the Council on the negotiating mandate for an Association Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the countries of Central America, of the other part, _________________ ¹ OJ_C301E, p. 153, 13.12.2007.
2012/09/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 7 #

2011/0303(NLE)

Proposal for a decision
Recital A
A. whereas one of the key objectives of the Biregional Strategic Partnership between the EU and Latin America is regional and social integration underpinned by the conclusion of subregional and bilateral association agreements,
2012/09/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 16 #

2011/0303(NLE)

Proposal for a decision
Recital C a (new)
Ca. whereas respect for democracy, the state of law and the human, civil and political rights of the people of both regions are fundamental elements of the Agreement,
2012/09/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 19 #

2011/0303(NLE)

Proposal for a decision
Recital C b (new)
Cb. whereas the Association Agreement implies a political and economic association between the EU and the region as formed by its different countries, taking into account the asymmetries and inequalities which exist between the two regions and among the various Central American countries,
2012/09/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 22 #

2011/0303(NLE)

Proposal for a decision
Recital C c (new)
Cc. whereas the aim of the Agreement should be to promote sustainable development, social cohesion and regional integration,
2012/09/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 28 #

2011/0303(NLE)

Proposal for a decision
Paragraph 1 - point c
(c) Points out that negotiations were successfully concluded in May 2010 and that, after a phase of legal review, the text of the agreement was initialled on 22 March 2011 and signed in Tegucigalpa on 28 June 2012;
2012/09/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 41 #

2011/0303(NLE)

Proposal for a decision
Paragraph 1 - point i
(i) Points out that Article 1 of the agreement refers to respect for democratic principles, fundamental human rights and the principle of the rule of law as ‘essential elements’ of the agreement, so that failure to observe them by any of the parties would result in the adoption of measures which could eventually lead to the suspension of the agreement; considers, nonetheless, that specific mechanisms should be created to guarantee respect for and compliance with the human rights clause of the Agreement;
2012/09/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 43 #

2011/0303(NLE)

Proposal for a decision
Paragraph 1 - point i a (new)
(ia) Proposes that the Commission carry out an annual report for the European Parliament, to monitor the Agreement and compliance and respect for democratic principles and human rights;
2012/09/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 49 #

2011/0303(NLE)

Proposal for a decision
Paragraph 1 - point m
(m) WelcomesConsiders it important to promote proper participation by civil society in both the EU and Central America, through encouraging participation in sectoral fora, committees and subcommittees; Welcomes, to this end, the establishment of the EU-Central American civil society joint consultative committee;
2012/09/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 53 #

2011/0303(NLE)

Proposal for a decision
Paragraph 1 - point o
(o) Points out that commitments have been made to cooperate in modernising the state and public authorities, improving systems for tax collection and transparency, combating corruption and impunity, strengthening the legal system and encouraging the involvement of civil society in public life;
2012/09/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 60 #

2011/0303(NLE)

Proposal for a decision
Paragraph 1 - point t
(t) Points out that the Association Agreement with Central America makes a meaningful contribution to regional, social and political integration efforts and to achieving the ultimate objective of the Biregional Strategic Partnership between the EU and Latin America
2012/09/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 66 #

2011/0303(NLE)

Proposal for a decision
Paragraph 1 - point t c (new)
(tb) Urges the Association Council to carry out an impact assessment five years after the implementation of the Agreement; considers that the Agreement should be reviewed on the basis of the findings and the impact noted during that time;
2012/09/12
Committee: AFET
Amendment 878 #

2011/0294(COD)

add the following multimodal platforms to the comprehensive network: – Pontevedra – Zalia – Torrelavega – Júndiz – Monzón – El Vallés – El Prat – El Gorguel – Ciudad Real – Albacete – San Roque – Mérida – Ponferrada/El Bierzo – Castellón – Alicante – Benavente – Zamora – Miranda de Ebro – Burgos – Palencia – Área Central – Aranda de Duero – Soria – Arévalo – Ávila – Segovia
2012/10/11
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 892 #

2011/0294(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex I – Volume 17/33
add the following rail passenger transport sections to the comprehensive network: – Almendricos – Águilas – Barcelona – Massanet – Barcelona – Puigcerdá – Játiva – Alcoy – Lleida – Manresa – Barcelona – Los Rosales – Zafra – Madrid – Burgos – Villalba – Segovia
2012/10/11
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 894 #

2011/0294(COD)

add the following high-quality road sections to the comprehensive network: – Valladolid – Aranda de Duero – Soria – Ourense – Santiago – Ourense – Guntín – Ponferrada – Ourense – Monforte – Chantada – Astorga – León – Burgos – Burgos – Logroño – Pamplona – Ávila – Salamanca – León – Valladolid – Segovia – Valladolid – Ávila – Maqueda – Toledo – Ocaña – Tarancón – Cuenca – Teruel – Alfajarín – Fraga -Catalayud – Daroca – Alcolea del Pinar – Monreal del Campo – Badajoz – Zafra – Córdoba – Baena – Granada – Huelva – Jabugo – Zafra – Estepa – Lucena – Baena – Jaén – Úbeda – Blanca – Avarán – La Font de la Figuera – Alicante – Alcoy – Játiva – Elche – Cartagena – Vera – Figueras – Puigcerdá – Ávila – Villacastín – San Rafael – Segovia
2012/10/11
Committee: TRAN
Amendment 750 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 1 – introductory part
1. Support under this measure shall cover new participation by farmers and processors or their managing bodies in:
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 765 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 1 – point a
a) quality schemes for agricultural products, cotton or foodstuffs established by Union legislation, including those in the process of being recognised;
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 772 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 1 – point b – point ii
ii) the scheme is open to all producers and processors;
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 773 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 1 – point c
c) voluntary agricultural product certification schemes recognised by the Member States as meeting the Union best practice guidelines for the operation of voluntary certification schemes relating to agricultural products and foodstuffs.deleted
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 786 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1
Support shall be granted: a) as an annual incentive payment, the level of which shall be dsetermined according to the level of the fixed costs arising from participation in supported schemes, for a maximum dur. For the purposes of this paragraph, 'fixed costs' means the costs incurred for entering a supported quality scheme and the annual contribution for participating in that scheme, including, where necessary, expenditure on checks required to verify compliance with the specifications of five years. the scheme. b) cover the costs of the information and promotion activities for the products indicated in paragraph 1 of this article.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 803 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 3
3. Support shall be limited to the maximum amounts laid down in Annex I.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 883 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 18 – paragraph 2
2. Support under paragraph 1(a) shall be granted to agricultural holdings. In the case of investments to support farm restructuring, only farms not exceeding a certain size, to be defined by the Member States in the programme based on the SWOT analysis carried out in relation to the Union priority for rural development “enhancing competitiveness of all types of agriculture and enhancing farm viability”, shall be eligible. Support under paragraph 1(b) shall only be payable to SMEs and to producer organisations and agricultural cooperatives, irrespective of their size. Similarly, the selection criteria defined under Article 49 shall promote projects developed by producer organisations and cooperatives.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1026 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 20 a (new)
Article 20a Early retirement 1. Support under this measure shall be granted to: a) farmers who decide to stop their agricultural activity for the purpose of transferring their holdings to other farmers; b) farm workers who decide to stop all farm work definitively upon the transfer of the holding. 2. The transferor must: a) be not less than 55 years old but not yet of normal retirement age at the time of transfer or not more than 10 years younger than the normal retirement age in the Member State concerned at the time of the transfer; b) stop all commercial farming activity definitively; c) have practised farming for the 10 years preceding transfer. 3. The transferee must: a) succeed the transferor by setting up as provided for in Article 20(2), or b) be a farmer of less than 50 years old or a legal person under private law and take over the farm released by the transferor to increase the size of his holding 4. The farm worker must: a) be not less than 55 years old but not yet of normal retirement age or not more than 10 years younger than the normal retirement age in the Member State concerned; b) have devoted at least half of his working time to farm work, during the preceding five years, as a family helper or farm worker; c) have worked on the transferor’s agricultural holding for at least the equivalent of two years full-time during the four-year period preceding the early retirement of the transferor; (d) belong to a social security scheme. 5. The total duration of early retirement support shall not exceed 15 years for the transferor and for the farm worker. It shall not go beyond the 70th birthday of the transferor and the normal retirement age of the farm worker. Where, in the case of a transferor, a retirement pension is paid by the Member State, early retirement support shall be granted as a supplement taking into account the amount of the national retirement pension. 6. The maximum eligible amount of support is laid down in Annex I.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1198 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 25 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2
Eligible operations shall be consistent with the forest protection plan established by the Member States. For holdings above a certain size, to be determined by the Member States in the programme, support shall be conditional on the submission of a forest management plan detailing the preventive objectives. This requirement shall be waived for farms that are part of landowner associations and are covered by a prevention plan drawn up by the competent authorities.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1224 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 26 – paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. This measure can thus be used to finance the establishment of forest planning instruments such as planning projects and technical plans that shall include investment initiatives funded by this measure.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1245 #
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1253 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 28 – paragraph 1 – introductory part
1. Support under this measure shall be granted in order to facilitate the setting up and merging of producer groups in the agriculture and forestry sectors for the purpose of:
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1275 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 28 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1
Support shall be granted to producer groups which are officially recognised by the Member States' competent authority on the basis of a business plan. It shall be limited to producer groups coming under the definition of SMEFor producer groups with a turnover of less than EUR 1 million with regard to Member States that joined the EU before 2004, in accordance with Article 8(1)(d) of this Regulation, support shall only be granted in respect of RDPs with a thematic sub- programme concerning short supply chains.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1347 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 30 – paragraph 1
1. Support under this measure shall be granted, per hectare of UAA and/or LU, to farmers or groups of farmers who undertake, on a voluntary basis to convert to or maintain organic farming practices and methods as defined in Council Regulation (EC) No 834/200735.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1569 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 37 – paragraph 1 – point c
c) an income stabilisation tool, in the form of financial contributions to mutual funds, providing compensation to farmers who experience a severe drop in their income.deleted
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1583 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 37 – paragraph 2
2. For the purpose of paragraph 1 points (b) and (c), ‘mutual fund’ shall mean a scheme accredited by the Member State in accordance with its national law for affiliated farmers to insure themselves, whereby compensation payments are made to affiliated farmers affected by economic losses caused by the outbreak of an animal or plant disease or an environmental incident or experiencing a severe drop in their income.deleted
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1591 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 37 – paragraph 4
4. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 90 concerning the minimum and maximum duration of the commercial loans to mutual funds referred to in Articles 39(3)(b) and 40(4).
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1632 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 40 – paragraph 1
1. Support under Article 37(1)(c) may only be granted where the drop of income exceeds 30% of the average annual income of the individual farmer in the preceding three-year period or a three-year average based on the preceding five-year period excluding the highest and lowest entry. Income for the purposes of Article 37(1)(c) shall refer to the sum of revenues the farmer receives from the market, including any form of public support, deducting input costs. Payments by the mutual fund or under insurance contracts to farmers shall compensate for not more than 70% of the income lost. In the event that this measure is included in the rural development programmes, funds shall be allocated in proportion to the risk to the incomes of holdings in the Member State or region concerned.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1680 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 44 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1
In cases where co-operation projects are not selected by the local action groups, Member States shall establish a system of ongoing applicationfor applying for co-operation projects, paying heed to the time limits set by the Commission for this purpose.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1719 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 46 – paragraph 3
3. In the case of irrigation, only investments that lead to a reduction of previous water use by at least 25% shall be considered as eligible expenditure. By way of derogation, in the Member States that adhered to the Union from 2004 onwards and in Member States in the Mediterranean Basin investments in new irrigation installations can be considered eligible expenditure in cases where. The infrastructure shall undergo an environmental analysis to provides evidence that the investment concerned is sustainable and has no negative environmental impact.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1919 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 64 – paragraph 4 – point b a (new)
(ba) the average annual level of compensation which would have been required for each EU Member State over the 1998 to 2007 period had the income stabilisation tool been used, based on the evolution of the gross farm income indicator.
2012/07/26
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1924 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 64 – paragraph 6 a (new)
6a. In Member States in which rural development programming is carried out through a series of regional programmes, EAFRD resources will be allocated by the State in question to each programme according to objective, non-discriminatory criteria which should include reference to the criterion established under point 4(c) of this article.
2012/07/26
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1949 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 65 – paragraph 4 – point a
(a) 80% for the measures referred to in Articles 15, 28, 36 and 3640, for the LEADER local development referred to in Article 28 of Regulation (EU) No [CSF/2012] and for operations under Article 20(1)(a)(i). It may be increased to 90% for the programmes of less developed, the outermost regions and the smaller Aegean islands within the meaning of Regulation (EEC) No 2019/93;
2012/07/26
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2001 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 67 – paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Notwithstanding Article 59 3(a) of Regulation (EU) No [CSF/2012], the contribution from the EAFRD may be made in a form other than a non- repayable direct assistance. Provisions for implementation will be decided in accordance with the procedure.
2012/07/26
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2067 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – Article 17(3)
17(3) Quality schemes or 3.000 Per holding per year agricultural products and foodstuffs Text amended 17(3) Quality schemes or 3.000 Per holding per year agricultural products and foodstuffs 7.000 For processors of Traditional Specialities Guaranteed recognised by the authority concerned and not directly linked to production. For information and promotion costs for these products.
2012/07/26
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2068 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – Article 17(3)
18(3) Investment in physical Agricultural sector assets 50 % Of the amount of eligible investment in less developed regions 75 % Of the amount of eligible investment in outermost regions 65 % Of the amount of eligible investment in the smaller Aegean islands 40 % Of the amount of eligible investment in other regions The above rates may be increased by 20%, provided that maximum combined support does not exceed 90%, for: - Young farmers setting up - Collective investments and integrated projects 50 % - Areas facing natural constraints as referred to in Article 33. 75 % - Operations supported in the framework of the EIP 65 % Processing and marketing of Annex I products 40 % Of the amount of eligible investment in less developed regions Of the amount of eligible investment in outermost regions Of the amount of eligible investment in the smaller Aegean islands Of the amount of eligible investment in other regions The above rates may be increased by 20%, provided that maximum combined support does not exceed 90%, for operations supported in the framework of the EIP Text amended 18(3) Investment in physical Agricultural sector assets 50 % Of the amount of eligible investment in less developed regions 75 % Of the amount of eligible investment in outermost regions 65 % Of the amount of eligible investment in the smaller Aegean islands 40 % Of the amount of eligible investment in other regions 100 % for direct investment in infrastructure by the authority The above rates may be increased by 20%, provided that maximum combined support does not exceed 90%, for: 50 % - Young farmers setting up - Collective investments and integrated 75 % projects - Areas facing natural constraints as 65 % referred to in Article 33. - Operations supported in the 40 % framework of the EIP Processing and marketing of Annex I products Of the amount of eligible investment in less developed regions Of the amount of eligible investment in outermost regions Of the amount of eligible investment in the smaller Aegean islands Of the amount of eligible investment in other regions The above rates may be increased by 20%, provided that maximum combined support does not exceed 90%, for operations supported in the framework of the EIP
2012/07/26
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2085 #

2011/0282(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Annex 1 – Article 28 (4)
28(4) Setting up of producer 10 %, For marketed production up to EUR 1 groups 10 %, 000 000 8 %, As a percentage of marketed production 6 %, during the first five years following 4% recognition, for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th year respectively. 5% For marketed production exceeding 5% EUR 1 000 000As a percentage of 4% marketed production during the first 3% five years following recognition, for the 2% 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th year respectively. 100.000 Maximum amount per year in all cases. Text amended 28(4) Setting up of producer 10 %, For marketed production up to EUR 1 groups 10 %, 000 000 8 %, As a percentage of marketed production 6 %, during the first five years following 4% recognition, for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th year respectively. 10 % For marketed production exceeding 10 % EUR 1 000 000As a percentage of 8% marketed production during the first 6% five years following recognition, for the 4% 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th year respectively. 100.000 Maximum amount per year in all cases.
2012/07/26
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 646 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Part 2 – title 1 – chapter 1 – title
Public intervention and, aid for private storage and private supply management
2012/07/19
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 803 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 16 – paragraph 1 a (new)
The Commission shall, however, be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 90 with a view to applying this measure to any other sector listed in Article 1 of this Regulation if the circumstances referred to in Article 17(1) apply.
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 812 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 – paragraph 1
1. The Commission shall be empowerobliged to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160, where necessary in order to provide for market transparency to lay down the conditions under which it may decide to grant private storage aid for the products listed in Article 16, taking into account average recorded Union market prices and the reference prices for the products concerned or the need to respond to a particularly difficult market situation or economic developments in the sector in one or more Member States. The Commission shall draw up annual benchmarks taking account of the above factors, on the basis of which private storage shall be activated.
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 844 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 a (new)
Article 17a Private Supply Management 1. The Commission shall establish, by means of delegated acts pursuant to Article 160, a Private Supply Management system. 2. The relevant associations of producer organisations that are representative of the market, within the meaning of Article 110, in one of the sectors listed in Article 1(2) and recognised under Article 107 may activate the system by arranging the orderly withdrawal or coordinated processing of the product at times of clear market imbalances in a marketing year with the goal of restoring the normal functioning of the market. 3. The Commission shall be responsible for activating the system and ensuring that it is in line with the goals of the CAP and does not distort the market. 4. The Commission shall lay down, by means of delegated acts pursuant to Article 160, rules governing the operation of the Private Supply Management system, in particular: a) general rules governing its activation and the way it operates; b) requirements to be met by recognised associations of producer organisations for the system to operate; c) requirements governing the definition of a relevant market made by Member States; d) general rules governing the funding of the Private Supply Management system.
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 847 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 b (new)
Article 17b Food aid The Commission shall establish mechanisms to ensure that products covered under the Private Supply Management system are used as food aid by distributing them free of charge to charitable organisations and foundations active both within and outside the European Union.
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 848 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 c (new)
Article 17c Strategic Cereal Reserves The Commission shall establish, by means of delegated acts pursuant to Article 160, a Strategic Reserve system in the cereals sector which shall store cereals when the average price on the representative markets falls below a specific threshold to be set by the Commission and shall release these stocks when the average price exceeds the threshold.
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 849 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 17 d (new)
Article 17d Sale at a loss Prohibiting sale at a loss 1. With regard to trade in, or processing of, products listed in Annex I TFEU, with the exception of the fishery and aquaculture products listed in Annex I to Regulation (EU) No … [COM(2011)416] on the common organisation of the markets in fishery and aquaculture products, such products may not be placed on the market or sold at a loss. 2. For the purposes of the previous paragraph, trade or processing carried out by farmers, both direct sales to consumers and the rest of the food chain – including deliveries to cooperatives and producer organisations of which they are members – shall not be considered to be trade or processing. 3. For the purposes of the previous paragraph, sale at a loss shall be considered to take place when a product is offered for sale at a price lower than its purchase price, as per the invoice, after pro rata deduction of any applicable discounts, and after the addition of fixed costs and effective variable costs such as storage, preparation, packaging, processing and marketing, including those incurred by the retailer himself, and any indirect taxes levied on the transaction. 4. The costs to be deducted from the price referred to in the previous paragraph shall not include salaries or bonuses of any kind that entail payment for services rendered. 5. In no event may joint offers or gifts be used to circumvent the application of the provisions of this article. 6. Sale at a loss shall be considered to be an unfair commercial practice on the part of businesses. The Member States shall determine penalties and injunctions and adopt precautionary measures to address breaches of the provisions of this article.
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 993 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Part 2 – title 1 – chapter 2 – section 3 – title
Aid in the fruit and vegetables sectorto producer organisations
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 995 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 30 – paragraph 1 – introductory part
1. Producer organisations in the fruit and vegetables sectorreferred to in Article 106 of this Regulation may set up an operational fund. The fund shall be financed by:
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 996 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 30 – paragraph 1 – point a
a) financial contributions of members or, of the producer organisation itself or a combination thereof;
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 999 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 30 – paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. The Commission shall establish the conditions under which the producer organisations referred to in Article 106 of this Regulation may, where appropriate, set up operational funds and set out arrangements for financing them. It shall lay down specific rules to ensure that the amount of Community financial aid received by the association of producer organisations and by their partner producer organisations does not exceed the ceiling set in Article 32(2).
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1003 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 31 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – introductory part
1. Operational programmes in the fruit and vegetables sector shall have at least two of the objectives referred to in Article 106(c) or of the following objectives:
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1008 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 31 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point b
b) improvement of product quality, for both fresh and processed products;
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1010 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 31 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 – point c
c) boosting products’ commercial value, including by means of processing, where appropriate;
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1019 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 31 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1 a (new)
The operational programmes may be presented and managed, wholly or in part, directly or by delegation, by the associations of producer organisations, under conditions to be established by the Commission.
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1022 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 31 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – introductory part
1. Crisis prevention and management referred to in point (f) of paragraph 1 shall be related to avoiding and dealing with market crises oin the fruit and vegetable marketvarious sectors and shall cover in this context:
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1027 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 31 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point b
b) green harvesting or non-harvesting of fruit and vegetables;
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1029 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 31 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point c
c) promotion and communication, whether preventive or during a period of crisis;
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1033 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 31 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point d
d) training measures, or measures for the estimation, forecasting and monitoring of marketing years;
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1036 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 31 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point e
e) harvest insurance, or any other kind of insurance under conditions to be set by the Commission;
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1041 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 31 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 1 – point f
f) support for the administrative costs of setting up mutual funds. Contributions to mutual funds shall also be eligible, under conditions to be set by the Commission.
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1044 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 31 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 2
Crisis prevention and management measures, including any repayment of capital and interest as referred to in the third subparagraph, shall not comprise more than one-third of the expenditure under the operational programme.deleted
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1046 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 31 – paragraph 2 – subparagraph 3
Producer organisations may take out loans on commercial terms for financing crisis prevention and management measures. In that case, the repayment of the capital and interest on those loans may form part of the operational programme and so may be eligible for Union financial assistance under Article 32. Any specific action under crisis prevention and management shall be financed either by such loans, or directly, but not both. The maximum amounts of aid for withdrawals, green harvesting and non-harvesting shall be set by the Commission with due account for the production costs of each product, and shall be updated periodically.
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1066 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 32 – paragraph 4 – introductory part
4. The 50 % limit provided for in paragraph 1 shall be increased to 100 % in the case of market withdrawals of fruit and vegetables which shall not exceed 510 % of the volume of marketed production of each producer organisation and which are disposed of by way of:
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1067 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 32 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 1 (new)
In respect of fruit and vegetables withdrawn from the market for distribution free of charge to the charitable organisations and foundations referred to in this article, Union financial assistance will cover payment for these products, transport costs arising from such free distribution, as well as the cost of either packing or processing of such fruit and vegetables carried out for the purposes of ease of distribution.
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1071 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 34 a (new)
Article 34a Approval of operational programmes 1. Draft operational programmes shall be submitted to the competent national authorities, who shall approve or reject them or request their modification in line with the provisions of this subsection. 2. Producer organisations shall inform the Member State of the estimated amount of the operational fund for each year and shall submit appropriate reasons therefor based on operational programme estimates, expenditure for the current year and possibly expenditure for previous years and, if necessary, on estimated production quantities for the next year. 3. The Member State shall notify the producer organisation or association of producer organisations of the estimated amount of Union financial assistance in line with the limits set out in Article 103(d). 4. Union financial assistance payments shall be made on the basis of expenditure incurred for the schemes covered by the operational programme. Advances may be made in respect of the same schemes subject to the provision of a guarantee or security. 5. The producer organisation shall notify the Member State of the final amount of expenditure for the previous year, accompanied by the 24 necessary supporting documents, so that it may receive the balance of the Union financial assistance. 6. Operational programmes and their financing by producers and producer organisations on the one hand and by Union funds on the other shall have a minimum duration of three and a maximum duration of five years.
2012/07/20
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1221 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 54 a (new)
Article 54a Public stocks Public stocks for food security purposes may be from any of the sectors listed under Article 1(2.)
2012/07/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1222 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 54 b (new)
Article 54c General principles on public stocks Public stocks and the EU food security programme shall be based on the following conditions: (a) The volume and accumulation of such stocks shall correspond to predetermined targets related solely to food security. (b) The process of stock accumulation and disposal shall be transparent. (c) Purchases shall be made at current market prices. (d) Products from food security stocks shall be made at no less than the current market price for the product and quality in question.
2012/07/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1223 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 54 c (new)
Article 54c Delegated powers In view of the need to guarantee the accumulation and holding of stocks of products which form an integral part of the EU's food security programme, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160.
2012/07/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1241 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 58 – paragraph 1 a (new)
Without prejudice to any specific provisions which may be adopted by the Commission, Member States shall check whether those products conform to those standards and shall apply penalties as appropriate.
2012/07/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1330 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 68 a (new)
Article 68a Compulsory indication 1. Indication of the country of origin or place of provenance on the labelling of or documentation accompanying the food product shall be compulsory. 2. Where the country of origin or the place of provenance of a food is given and where it is not the same as that of its primary ingredient: (a) the country of origin or place of provenance of the primary ingredient in question shall be given; (b) or the country of origin or place of provenance of the primary ingredient shall be indicated as being different to that of the food.
2012/07/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1499 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 102 b (new)
Article 103b Prohibition on planting new vines 1. In general, the planting of vines of wine grape varieties classifiable according to Article 24(1) of Council Regulation (EC) 479/2008 of 29 April 2008 shall be prohibited. 2. The grafting-on of the wine grape varieties referred to in the aforegoing paragraph 1, to varieties other than wine grape varieties referred to in the article cited shall also be prohibited. 3. Notwithstanding paragraphs 1 and 2, plantings and grafting-on as referred to in those paragraphs shall be permitted if covered by: a) a new planting right granted pursuant to Article 103c; b) a replanting right granted pursuant to Article 103d; c) a planting right granted from a reserve as provided for in Articles 103e and 103f. 4. The planting rights referred to in paragraph 3 shall be granted in hectares. 5. Articles 103c to 103f shall apply at least until 31 December 2020. 6. Member States may decide to extend in their territory the date fixed in the previous paragraph. In such case the rules governing the planting rights regime laid down in this Article shall apply accordingly in the given Member State.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1501 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 c (new)
Article 103c New planting rights 1. Without prejudice to the previous Article, Member States may grant new planting rights to producers in respect of areas: a) intended for new plantings carried out under measures for land consolidation or measures concerning compulsory purchases in the public interest adopted under national law; b) intended for experimental purposes; c) intended for graft nurseries; or d) whose wine or vine products are intended solely for consumption by the wine-grower’s household. 2. New planting rights granted shall be: a) exercised by the producer to whom they are granted; b) used before the end of the second wine year after the one in which they were granted; c) used for the purposes for which they were granted.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1503 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 d (new)
Article 103d Replanting rights 1. Member States shall grant replanting rights to producers who have grubbed up a legally recognised and registered area planted with vines. However, grubbed-up areas for which a grubbing-up premium has been granted shall not generate replanting rights. 2. Member States may grant replanting rights to producers who undertake to grub up an area planted with vines. In such cases, the grubbing-up of the pledged area shall be carried out at the latest at the end of the third year after which new vines for which the replanting rights had been granted have been planted. 3. Replanting rights granted shall correspond to the equivalent of the grubbed-up area in terms of pure crop. 4. The replanting rights shall be exercised on the holding in respect of which they were granted. Member States may further stipulate that such replanting rights may be exercised only on the area where the grubbing-up was carried out. 5. By way of derogation from paragraph 4, Member States may decide that replanting rights may be transferred, in whole or in part, to another holding in the same Member State in the following cases: a) part of the holding concerned is transferred to that other holding; b) areas on that other holding are intended for: i) the production of wines with a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication, or ii) the cultivation of graft nurseries. Member States shall ensure that the application of the derogation provided for in the first subparagraph does not lead to an overall increase in production potential on their territory, in particular when transfers are made from non- irrigated to irrigated areas. 6. Paragraphs 1 to 5 shall apply mutatis mutandis to rights similar to replanting rights acquired under prior Community or national legislation. 7. Replanting rights granted under Article 4(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999 shall be used within the periods provided for therein.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1505 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 e (new)
Article 103e National and regional reserves of planting rights 1. In order to improve management of the production potential, Member States shall create a national reserve or regional reserves of planting rights. 2. Member States which have established national or regional reserves of planting rights under Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999 may maintain those reserves as long as they apply the planting right regime in accordance with this Subsection. 3. The following planting rights shall be allocated to national or regional reserves if they are not used within the prescribed period: a) new planting rights; b) replanting rights; c) planting rights granted from the reserve. 4. Producers may transfer replanting rights to national or regional reserves. The conditions of such transfer, where necessary in return for a payment from national funds, shall be determined by the Member States taking into account the legitimate interests of the parties. 5. By way of derogation from paragraph 1, Member States may decide not to implement a reserve system provided that they can prove that an effective alternative system for managing planting rights exists throughout their territory. The alternative system may, where necessary, derogate from the relevant provisions of this Subsection.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1507 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 f (new)
Article 103f Granting planting rights from a reserve 1. Member States may grant rights out of a reserve: a) without payment, to producers who are under 40 years of age, who possess adequate occupational skill and competence, who are setting up for the first time and who are established as the head of the holding; b) against payment into national or, if appropriate, regional funds, to producers who intend to use the rights to plant vineyards the production of which has an assured outlet. Member States shall define the criteria for setting the amounts of the payment referred to in point c) which may vary depending on the final intended product of the vineyards and the remaining lifetime of the rights being transferred. 2. Where planting rights granted from a reserve are used, Member States shall ensure that: a) the location, the varieties and the cultivation techniques used guarantee that the subsequent production is adapted to market demand; b) the yields concerned are typical of the average in the region, in particular where planting rights originating in non- irrigated areas are used in irrigated areas. 3. Planting rights granted from a reserve which are not used before the end of the second wine year after the one in which they were granted shall be forfeited and re-allocated to the reserve. 4. Planting rights in a reserve which are not disbursed before the end of the fifth wine year following their allocation to the reserve shall be extinguished. 5. If regional reserves exist in a Member State, the Member State may lay down rules permitting the transfer of planting rights between regional reserves. If both regional and national reserves exist in a Member State, the Member State may also allow for transfers, which may be subject to a reduction coefficient, between those reserves.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1509 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 g (new)
Article 103g De minimis This Subsection shall not apply in Member States where the Community planting rights regime did not apply by 31 December 2007.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1510 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 h (new)
Article 103h Stricter national rules Member States may adopt stricter national rules in respect of the award of new planting rights or replanting rights. They may also require that the respective applications and the relevant information to be supplied therein be supplemented by additional information necessary for monitoring the development of production potential.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1512 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 j (new)
Article 103j Implementing measures The measures necessary for the implementation of this Subsection shall be adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 162 of this Regulation. Those measures may include any of the following: a) provisions to avoid excessive administrative charges when applying said provisions; b) the co-existence of vines pursuant to Article 103f(2); c) the application of the reduction coefficient referred to in Article 103f(5).
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1520 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 l (new)
Article 103l National quotas 1. The national quotas for the production of milk and other milk products marketed during seven consecutive periods of twelve months commencing on 1 April 2014 (hereinafter referred to as ‘twelve-month periods’) are fixed in Annex XX. 2. The quotas referred to in paragraph 1 shall be divided between producers in accordance with Article 101b, distinguishing between deliveries and direct sales. Any overrun of the national quotas shall be determined nationally in each Member State, in accordance with this Section and making a distinction between deliveries and direct sales. 3. The national quotas set out in Annex XX shall be fixed without prejudice to possible review in the light of the general market situation and particular conditions existing in certain Member States.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1523 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 m (new)
Article 103m Individual quotas 1. The producers' individual quota or quotas at 1 April 2014 shall be equal to their individual reference quantity or quantities at 31 March 2014 without prejudice to transfers, sales and conversions of quota that take effect on 1 April 2014. 2. Producers may have either one or two individual quotas, one for deliveries and the other for direct sales. A producer's quantities may be converted from one quota to the other only by the competent authority of the Member State, at the duly justified request of the producer. 3. Where a producer has two quotas, his contribution to any surplus levy due shall be calculated separately for each. 4. Individual quotas shall be modified, where appropriate, for each of the twelve- month periods concerned, so that, for each Member State, the sum of the individual quotas for the deliveries and that for the direct sales does not exceed the corresponding part of the national quota adjusted in accordance with Article 101d, taking account of any reductions made for allocation to the national reserve as provided for in Article 101f.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1526 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 n (new)
Article 103n Allocation of quotas from the national reserve Member States shall adopt rules allowing for allocation to producers of all or part of the quotas from the national reserve provided for in Article 101f on the basis of objective criteria to be notified to the Commission.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1529 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 o (new)
Article 103o Management of quotas 1. The Commission shall adjust for each Member State and for each period, before the end of that period, the division between ‘deliveries’ and ‘direct sales’ of national quotas, in the light of the conversions requested by producers between individual quotas for deliveries and for direct sales. 2. Member States shall forward to the Commission each year, by dates to be fixed by the Commission, the information necessary to: a) make the adjustment referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article; b) calculate the surplus levy to be paid by each Member State.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1532 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 p (new)
Article 103p Fat content 1. Each producer shall be assigned a reference fat content, to be applied to the individual quota for deliveries allocated to that producer. 2. For the quotas allocated to producers on 31 March 2014 in accordance with Article 101b(1), the reference fat content referred to in paragraph 1 shall be the same as the reference fat content applied to that quota at that date. 3. The reference fat content shall be altered during the conversion referred to in Article 101b(2) and where quotas are acquired, transferred or temporarily transferred in accordance with rules to be established by the Commission. 4. For new producers having an individual quota for deliveries allocated entirely from the national reserve, the fat content shall be fixed in accordance with rules to be established by the Commission. 5. The individual reference fat content referred to in paragraph 1 shall be adjusted, where appropriate, upon the entry into force of this Regulation and thereafter, at the beginning of each twelve-month period as necessary, so that, for each Member State, the weighted average of the individual representative fat contents does not exceed by more than 0.1 gram per kg the reference fat content set in Annex [X].
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1535 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 q (new)
Article 103q National reserve 1. Each Member State shall set up a national reserve as part of the national quotas fixed in Annex ..., in particular with a view to making the allocations provided for in Article 101c. The national reserve shall be replenished, as appropriate, by withdrawing some quantities as provided for in Article 101g, retaining part of transfers as provided for in Article 101k, or by making an across- the-board reduction in all individual quotas. The quotas in question shall retain their original purpose, i.e. deliveries or direct sales. 2. Any additional quotas allocated to a Member State shall automatically be placed in the national reserve and divided into deliveries and direct sales according to foreseeable needs. 3. The quotas placed in the national reserve shall not have a reference fat content.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1538 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 r (new)
Article 103r Cases of inactivity 1. When a natural or legal person holding individual quotas stops producing and marketing milk during a twelve-month period, the corresponding quantities shall revert to the national reserve no later than 1 April of the following calendar year, unless that person becomes a producer once again before that date. Where that person becomes once again a producer not later than the end of the second twelve-month period following withdrawal, all or part of the individual quota which had been withdrawn shall revert to that person no later than 1 April following the date of application. 2. Where producers do not market a quantity equal to at least 85 % of their individual quota during at least one twelve-month period, Member States may decide whether and on what conditions all or part of the unused quota shall revert to the national reserve. Member States may determine on what conditions a quota shall be re-allocated to the producer concerned should he resume marketing. 3. Paragraphs 1 and 2 shall not apply in cases of force majeure and in duly justified cases temporarily affecting the production capacity of the producers concerned and recognised by the competent authority.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1541 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 s (new)
Article 103s Temporary transfers 1. By the end of each twelve-month period, Member States shall authorise, for the period concerned, any temporary transfers of part of individual quotas which the producers who are entitled thereto do not intend to use. Member States may regulate transfer operations according to the categories of producers or milk production structures concerned, may limit them to the level of the purchaser or within regions, authorise complete transfers in the cases referred to in Article 101g(3) and determine to what extent the transferor can repeat transfer operations. 2. Any Member State may decide not to implement paragraph 1 on the basis of one or both of the following criteria: a) the need to facilitate structural changes and adjustments; b) overriding administrative needs.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1544 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 t (new)
Article 103t Transfers of quotas together with land 1. Individual quotas shall be transferred with the holding to the producers taking it over when it is sold, leased, transferred by actual or anticipated inheritance or any other means involving comparable legal effects for the producers, in accordance with detailed rules to be determined by the Member States, taking account of the areas used for dairy production or other objective criteria and, where applicable, of any agreement between the parties. The part of the quota which, where applicable, has not been transferred with the holding shall be added to the national reserve. 2. Where quotas have been or are transferred in accordance with paragraph 1 by means of rural leases or by other means involving comparable legal effects, Member States may decide, on the basis of objective criteria and with the aim of ensuring that quotas are attributed solely to producers, that the quota shall not be transferred with the holding. 3. Where land is transferred to the public authorities and/or for use in the public interest, or where the transfer is carried out for non-agricultural purposes, Member States shall ensure that the necessary measures are taken to protect the legitimate interests of the parties, and in particular that producers giving up such land are in a position to continue milk production if they so wish. 4. Where there is no agreement between the parties, in the case of tenancies due to expire without any possibility of renewal on similar terms, or in situations involving comparable legal effects, the individual quotas in question shall be transferred in whole or in part to the producer taking them over, in accordance with provisions adopted by the Member States, taking account of the legitimate interests of the parties.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1548 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 u (new)
Article 103u Special transfer measures 1. With a view to successfully restructuring milk production or improving the environment, Member States may, in accordance with detailed rules which they shall lay down, taking account of the legitimate interests of the parties concerned: a) grant compensation in one or more annual instalments to producers who undertake to abandon permanently all or part of their milk production and place the individual quotas thus released in the national reserve; b) determine on the basis of objective criteria the conditions on which producers may obtain, in return for payment, at the beginning of a twelve-month period, the re-allocation by the competent authority or a body designated by that authority of individual quotas released definitively at the end of the preceding twelve-month period by other producers in return for compensation in one or more annual instalments equal to the abovementioned payment; c) centralise and supervise transfers of quotas without land; d) provide, in the case of land transferred with a view to improving the environment, for the individual quota concerned to be allocated to a producer giving up the land but wishing to continue milk production; e) determine, on the basis of objective criteria, the regions or collection areas within which the permanent transfer of quotas without transfer of the corresponding land is authorised, with the aim of improving the structure of milk production; f) authorise, upon application by a producer to the competent authority or a body designated by that authority, the definitive transfer of quotas without transfer of the corresponding land, or vice versa, with the aim of improving the structure of milk production at the level of the holding or to allow for extensification of production. 2. Paragraph 1 may be implemented at national level, at the appropriate territorial level or in specified collection areas.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1551 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 v (new)
Article 103v Retention of quotas 1. In the case of transfers as referred to in Articles 101i and 101j, Member States may, on the basis of objective criteria, retain part of the individual quotas for their national reserve. 2. Where quotas have been or are transferred in accordance with Articles 101i and 101j with or without the corresponding land by means of rural leases or by other means involving comparable legal effects, Member States may decide, on the basis of objective criteria and with the aim of ensuring that quotas are attributed solely to producers, whether and under which conditions all or part of the transferred quota shall revert to the national reserve.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1554 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 w (new)
Article 103w Aid for the acquisition of quotas No financial assistance linked directly to the acquisition of quotas may be granted by any public authority for the sale, transfer or allocation of quotas under this Section.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1557 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 x (new)
Article 103x Surplus levy 1. A surplus levy shall be payable on milk and other milk products marketed in excess of the established national quota. The levy shall be set, per 100 kilograms of milk, at EUR 27.83. 2. Member States shall be liable to the Community for the surplus levy resulting from overruns of the national quota, determined nationally and separately for deliveries and direct sales, and between 16 October and 30 November following the twelve-month period concerned, shall pay it, within the limit of 99 % of the amount due, to the EAGF. 3. If the surplus levy provided for in paragraph 1 has not been paid before the due date, the Commission shall, after consultation of the Committee on the Agricultural Funds, deduct a sum equivalent to the unpaid surplus levy from the monthly payments within the meaning of Article ... of Regulation (EC) No ... on the financing of the common agricultural policy. Before taking its decision, the Commission shall warn the Member State concerned, which shall make its position known within one week. Article ... of Council Regulation (EC) No ... on budgetary discipline shall not apply. 4. The Commission shall determine the arrangements for the implementation of this Article.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1560 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 y (new)
Article 103y Contribution of producers to the surplus levy due The surplus levy shall be entirely allocated, in accordance with Articles 101o and 101r, among the producers who have contributed to each of the overruns of the national quotas referred to in Article 101a, paragraph 2. Without prejudice to Articles 101o, paragraph 3, and 101r, paragraph 1, producers shall be liable vis-à-vis the Member State for payment of their contribution to the surplus levy due, calculated in accordance with Articles 101d, 101e and 101o, for the mere fact of having overrun their available quotas.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1563 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 z (new)
Article 103z Surplus levy on deliveries 1. In order to draw up the definitive surplus levy statement, the quantities delivered by each producer shall be increased or reduced by applying coefficients to be fixed by the Commission and with respect to the conditions determined by the latter, when there is a difference between the real fat content and the reference fat content. At national level, the surplus levy shall be calculated on the basis of the sum of the deliveries, adjusted in accordance with the first subparagraph. 2. Each producer's contribution to payment of the surplus levy shall be established by decision of the Member State, after any unused part of the national quota allocated to deliveries has or has not been re-allocated, in proportion to the individual quotas of each producer or according to objective criteria to be set by the Member States: (a) either at national level on the basis of the amount by which each producer's quota has been exceeded, (b) or firstly at the level of the purchaser and thereafter at national level where appropriate.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1566 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 aa (new)
Article 103aa Role of purchasers 1. Purchasers shall be responsible for collecting from producers contributions due from the latter by virtue of the surplus levy and shall pay to the competent body of the Member State, before the date and following the procedure to be laid down by the Commission, the amount of these contributions deducted from the price of the milk paid to the producers responsible for the overrun or, failing this, collected by any other appropriate means. 2. Where a purchaser fully or partially replaces one or more other purchasers, the individual quotas available to the producers shall be taken into account for the remainder of the twelve-month period in progress, after deduction of quantities already delivered and account being taken of their fat content. This paragraph shall also apply where a producer transfers from one purchaser to another. 3. Where, during the reference period, quantities delivered by a producer exceed that producer's available quota, the relevant Member State may decide that the purchaser shall deduct part of the price of the milk in any delivery by the producer concerned in excess of the quota, by way of an advance on the producer's contribution, in accordance with detailed rules laid down by the Member State. The Member State may make specific arrangements to enable purchasers to deduct this advance where producers deliver to several purchasers.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1569 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 ab (new)
Article 103ab Approval Purchaser status shall be subject to prior approval by the Member State in accordance with criteria to be laid by the Commission. Conditions to be fulfilled and information to be provided by producers in the case of direct sales shall be established by the Commission.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1572 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 ac (new)
Article 103ac Surplus levy on direct sales 1. In the case of direct sales, each producer's contribution to payment of the surplus levy shall be established by decision of the Member State, after any unused part of the national quota allocated to direct sales has or has not been re-allocated, at the appropriate territorial level or at national level. 2. Member States shall establish the basis of calculation of the producer's contribution to the surplus levy due on the total quantity of milk sold, transferred or used to manufacture the milk products sold or transferred by applying criteria fixed by the Commission. 3. No correction linked to fat content shall be taken into account for the purpose of drawing up the definitive surplus levy statement. 4. The Commission shall determine how and when the surplus levy must be paid to the Member State's competent body.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1575 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 103 ad (new)
Article 103ad Amounts paid in excess or unpaid 1. Where, in the case of deliveries or direct sales, the surplus levy is found to be payable and the contribution collected from producers is greater than that levy, the Member State may: a) use partially or totally the excess to finance the measures referred to in paragraph 1, point (a) of Article 101j, and/or b) redistribute it partially or totally to producers who: — fall within priority categories established by the Member State on the basis of objective criteria and within the period to be laid down by the Commission, or — are affected by an exceptional situation resulting from a national rule unconnected with the quota system for milk and other milk products set-up by this Chapter. 2. Where it is established that no surplus levy is payable, any advances collected by purchasers or the Member State shall be reimbursed no later than the end of the following twelve-month period. 3. Where a purchaser does not meet the obligation to collect the producers' contribution to the surplus levy in accordance with Article 101p, the Member State may collect unpaid amounts directly from the producer, without prejudice to any penalties it may impose upon the defaulting purchaser. 4. Where a producer or a purchaser fails to comply with the time limit for payment, interest on arrears to be fixed by the Commission shall be paid to the Member State.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1578 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Part 2 – title 2 – chapter 2 – section 3
[...]deleted
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1587 #
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1610 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 106 – paragraph 1 – point c – introductory part
(c) pursue a specific aim, which may include at least one of the following objectives as specific aims:
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1617 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 106 – paragraph 1 – point c – point iii
(iii) optimising production costs and stabilisalso perhaps pursuing one or more of the specific aims laid down ing producer pricesoint (c) of Article 106a;
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1623 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 106 – paragraph 1 – point c – point iv
(iv) carrying out research into sustainable production methods and market developments;deleted
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1625 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 106 – paragraph 1 – point c – point v
(v) promoting and providing technical assistance for the use of environmentally sound cultivation practices and production techniques;deleted
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1636 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 106 – paragraph 1 – point c – point vi
(vi) the management of by-products and of waste in particular to protect the quality of water, soil and landscape and preserving or encouraging biodiversity; andeleted
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1638 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 106 – paragraph 1 – point c – point vii
(vii) contributing to a sustainable use of natural resources and to climate change mitigation;deleted
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1662 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 106 – paragraph 1 – point d a (new)
(da) have the necessary technical means to carry out their activities.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1675 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 106 a (new)
Article 106a Producer associations Member States shall recognise, on request, producer associations, which: (a) are constituted by producers in any of the sectors listed in Article 1(2); (b) are formed on the initiative of the producers; (c) pursue a specific aim, which may include at least one of the following objectives: (i) optimising production costs and stabilising producer prices; (ii) carrying out research into sustainable production methods and market developments; (iii) promoting and providing technical assistance for the use of environmentally sound cultivation practices and production techniques; (iv) managing by-products and waste in particular to protect the quality of water, soil and landscape and preserving or encouraging biodiversity; and (v) contributing to a sustainable use of natural resources and to climate change mitigation; (d) do not hold a dominant position on a given market unless this is necessary in pursuance of the objectives of Article 39 of the Treaty.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1692 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 107 – paragraph 2 a (new)
Associations of producer organisations shall have the right to apply private supply management pursuant to Article 17a.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1694 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 107 – paragraph 2 b (new)
Associations of producer organisations may carry out any of the activities or functions of producer organisations. They may manage their own operational programmes and, where necessary, their own operational funds. These may be full or partial operational programmes and shall be governed by implementing rules to be determined by the Commission.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1836 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 112 – paragraph 1 – introductory part
Taking into account the need to encourage action by the organisations referred to in Articles 106 to 108 to facilitate the adjustment of supply to market requirements, with the exception of action relating to withdrawal from the market, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160, concerning the live plants, beef and veal, pigmeat, sheepmeat and goatmeat, eggs and poultrymeat sectorsall sectors in Article 1(2), on measures:
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1850 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 113 a (new)
Article 113a Contractual Relations 1. If a Member State decides that deliveries of a product by a farmer to a processor must be covered by a written contract between the parties, the contract shall fulfil the conditions laid down in paragraph 2. In the case described in the first paragraph, the Member State concerned shall also decide that if the delivery of the product is made through one or more collectors, each stage of the delivery must be covered by that contract between the parties. To this end, a 'collector' means an undertaking which transports a product from a farmer or another collector to a processor or another collector, provided that the ownership of the product is transferred in each case. 2. The contract shall: a) be concluded in advance of the delivery; b) be made in writing; and c) include, in particular, the following elements: i) the price payable for the delivery, which shall: – be static and be set out in the contract, and/or – vary only according to factors which are set out in the contract, in particular the development of the market situation based on market indicators, the volume delivered and the quality or composition of the product delivered; ii) the volume which may and/or shall be delivered and the timing of deliveries, and (iii) the duration of the contract, which may include an indefinite duration with termination clauses. 3. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 1, a contract shall not be required where the product is delivered by a farmer to a processor where the processor is a cooperative of which the farmer is a member if its statutes contain provisions having similar effects as those set out in points (a), (b) and (c) of paragraph 2. 4. All elements of contracts for the delivery of a product concluded by farmers, collectors or processors, including those elements referred to in paragraph 2(c), shall be freely negotiated between the parties. 5. In order to guarantee a uniform application of this Article, the Commission may, by means of implementing acts, adopt necessary measures. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1852 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 113 b (new)
Article 113b Contractual negotiations 1. Contracts for the delivery of a product by a farmer to a processor or a collector within the meaning of the second subparagraph of Article 100(a)(1) may be negotiated by a producer organisation which is recognised under Article 106, on behalf of its farmer members for part or all of their joint production. 2. The negotiation by the producer organisation may take place: a) whether or not there is a transfer of ownership of the product by the farmers to the producer organisation; b) whether or not the price negotiated is the same as regards the joint production of some or all of the farmer members; c) provided that the total volume of the product covered by such negotiations by a particular producer organisation does not exceed: i) 3.5 % of total Union production, and ii) 33 % of the total national production of any particular Member State covered by such negotiations by that producer organisation, and (iii) 33 % of the total combined national production of all the Member States covered by such negotiations by that producer organisation, d) provided that the farmers concerned are not members of any other producer organisation which also negotiates such contracts on their behalf; e) provided that the producer organisation notifies the competent authorities of the Member State or Member States in which it operates. 3. For the purposes of this Article, references to producer organisations shall also cover associations of such producer organisations. Taking into account the need to ensure that these associations are appropriately monitored, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 160 concerning the conditions for recognition of such associations. 4. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 2(c)(ii) and (iii), even where the threshold of 33 % is not exceeded, the competition authority referred to in the second paragraph may decide in an individual case that the negotiation by the producer organisation may not take place if it considers that this is necessary in order to prevent competition being excluded or in order to avoid serious prejudice to SME processors of the product in question in its territory. The decision referred to in the first subparagraph of this paragraph shall be taken by the Commission, by way of an implementing act, adopted in accordance with the advisory procedure referred to in Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1/2003 for negotiations covering the production of more than one Member State. In other cases it shall be taken by the national competition authority of the Member State the production of which is covered by the negotiations. The decisions referred to in the first and second subparagraphs of this paragraph shall not apply earlier than the date of their notification to the undertakings concerned. 5. For the purposes of this Article: a) a 'national competition authority' shall be the authority referred to in Article 5 of Regulation (EC) No 1/2003; b) a 'SME' shall mean a micro, small or medium-sized enterprise within the meaning of Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1901 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 122 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 1
Taking into account the need to ensure the efficiency of the system, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to provide that the checks carried out by the customs authorities referred to in paragraph 2 of this Article shall, in addition to, or as an alternative to, the check of the customs value against the unit value, include a check of the customs value against another value. In no circumstances may this power result in a deductive method that minimises or prevents the application of the additional duty.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1903 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 122 – paragraph 3 – subparagraph 2
The Commission shall, by means of implementing acts, adopt rules for the calculation of the other value referred to in the first subparagraph of this paragraph, and to ensure the traceability of each product consignment imported. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 162(2).
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2019 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 144 – paragraph 3 a (new)
(3a) Notwithstanding the provisions of the previous paragraphs, the Commission shall coordinate action by the various national competition authorities in order to ensure that the rules of competition law are applied and interpreted in the most uniform way possible in sectors covered by this Regulation. It may therefore publish best practice guidelines to assist the sector in question and the various authorities.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2051 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 154 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 1
Taking into account the need to react efficiently and effectively against threats of market disturbance caused by significant price rises or falls on internal or external markets or any other factors affecting the market, including those caused by an increase in production costs, the Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 160 to take the necessary measures for the sector concerned, respecting any obligations resulting from agreements concluded in accordance with Article 218 of the Treaty.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2138 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 159 – paragraph 1 a (new)
The Commission shall define the conditions under which it shall be established that there is a ‘severe market crisis’ and which shall lead to the adoption of exceptional measures in addition to the usual public and private market management measures and the automatic availability of funds from the crisis reserve.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2145 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 159 – paragraph 2 – point c a (new)
(ca) Section 3 of Chapter II of Title I of Part II.
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2162 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 163 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2 – point b
(b) the provisions related to the system of milk production limitation set out in Chapter III of Title I of Part II, until 31 March 2015;deleted
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2164 #

2011/0281(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 163 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 2 – point c
c) as regards the wine sector: i) Articles 82 to 87 as regards areas referred to in Article 82(2) which have not yet been grubbed up and as regards areas referred to in Article 83(1) which have not been regularised until such areas are grubbed up or regularised, ii) the transitional planting right regime set out in Subsection II of Section V of Chapter III of Title I of Part II, until 31 December 2015, or, to the extent necessary in order to give effect to any decision taken by Member States under Article 89(5), until 31 December 2018;deleted
2012/07/25
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 473 #

2011/0280(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point k a (new)
(ka) 'arable or cultivable land' means all agricultural areas included in the subcategories described in point II of Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1166/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 November 2008.
2012/07/19
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 654 #

2011/0280(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 9 – paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. For the purposes of paragraphs 1 and 2, associated and related enterprises shall be considered to be a single enterprise.
2012/07/19
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 678 #

2011/0280(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 9 – paragraph 3 – point c a (new)
(ca) the definitions of affiliated undertaking and related undertaking, for the purposes of paragraph 3a of this article.
2012/07/19
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 923 #

2011/0280(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 20 – paragraph 1
1. Member States may decide, before 1 August 2013, to apply the basic payment scheme at regional level. In that case they shall define the regions in accordance with objective and non-discriminatory criteria such as their agronomic and economic characteristics and their regional agricultural potential, and/or their institutional or administrative structure.
2012/07/19
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 924 #

2011/0280(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 20 – paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Without prejudice to the contents of the previous paragraph and in order to meet its objective and non-discriminatory criteria, a single flat rate shall not be applied in those Member States with highly diversified production.
2012/07/19
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1266 #

2011/0280(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 29 – paragraph 1 – introductory part
1. FMember States shall grant a supplementary payment to farmers entitled to a payment under the basic payment scheme referred to in Chapter 1 shall observewhose farms implement on their eligible hectares as defined in Article 25(2) the following agricultural practisces beneficial for the climate and the environment:
2012/07/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1309 #

2011/0280(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 29 – paragraph 1 – point a
a) to have three different crops on their arable land where the arable land of the farmer covers more than 3 hectares and is not entirely used for grass production (sown or natural), entirely left fallow or entirely cultivated with crops under water for a significant part of the year;Does not apply to English version.
2012/07/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1384 #

2011/0280(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 29 – paragraph 2
2. Without prejudice to paragraphs 3 and 4 and to the application of financial discipline, linear reductions in accordance with Article 7, and any reductions and penalties imposed pursuant to Regulation (EU) No […] [HZR], Member States shall grant the payment referred to in this Chapter to farmers observing those of the three practises referred to in paragraph 1 that are relevant for them, and in function of their compliance with Articles 30, 31 and 32.Member States or regions may put to the Commission other practices liable to benefit the climate and the environment as an alternative to those in the previous paragraph, depending on the production characteristics and environment of the Member State or region.
2012/07/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1404 #

2011/0280(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 29 – paragraph 3
3. Farmers whose holdings are fully or partly situated in areas covered by Directives 92/43/EEC or 2009/147/EC shall be entitled to the payment referred to in this Chapter provided that they observe the practises referred to in this Chapter to the extent that those practises are compatible in the holding concerned with the objectives of those Directives.deleted
2012/07/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1411 #

2011/0280(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 29 – paragraph 3 a (new)
3a. The Commission shall approve the Member States’ and regions’ proposals referred to in the previous paragraph using the procedure set out in Article 56
2012/07/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1546 #

2011/0280(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 30 – paragraph 1
1. Where the arable land of the farmer covers more than 3 hectares and is not entirely used for grass production (sown or natural), entirely left fallow or entirely cultivated with crops under water for a significant part of the year, cultivation on the arable land shall consist of at least three different crops; crop should be understood to mean ‘cultivable plant species’. None of those three crops shall cover less than 5 % of the arable land and the main one shall not exceed 70 % of the arable land.
2012/07/23
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1722 #

2011/0280(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 32 – paragraph 1
1. FWhere one of the three agricultural practices beneficial for the climate and the environment finally applied pursuant to Article 29 is to have ecological focus areas on their agricultural area, farmers shall ensure that at least 75 % of their eligible hectares as defined in Article 25(2), excluding areas under permanent grassland, is ecological focus area such as land left fallow, terraces, landscape features, buffer strips and afforested areas as referred to in article 25(2)(b)(ii).
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 1836 #

2011/0280(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 33 – paragraph 1
1. In order to finance the payment referred to in this Chapter, Member States shall use 30 20% of the annual national ceiling set out in Annex II.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2060 #

2011/0280(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 38 – paragraph 2
2. Coupled support may only be granted to sectors or to regions of a Member State where specific types of farming or specific agricultural sectors undergo certain difficulties and are particularly important for economic and/or social and/or environmental reasons. In accordance with the provisions of Article 22(7) and the previous paragraph, and with a view to meeting the objective and non-discriminatory criteria enshrined in Article 20, special aid, in the form of the coupled support referred to in this chapter, will be provided to small-scale cattle, sheep or goat farms in Member States or regions.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2068 #

2011/0280(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 38 – paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Coupled support may be regionalised within a Member State regardless of whether it chooses to apply the basic payment on a region-by-region basis.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2172 #

2011/0280(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 41 – paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. the necessity for fair, proportionate support for producers who until 2013 will receive payments based on production levels in base periods (head of livestock), yield or production quotas.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2191 #

2011/0280(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 47 – paragraph 1
1. Farmers holding payment entitlements allocated in 2014 pursuant to Article 21 and fulfillMember States which have been ing the minimum requirements provided for in Article 10(1) may opt for participation inEU since before 1 May 2004 may opt to implement a simplified scheme under the conditions laid down in this Title, hereinafter referred to as 'small farmers scheme'
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 2203 #

2011/0280(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 47 – paragraph 1 a (new)
1a. Farmers – except those in the Member States which have chosen under the provisions of the preceding paragraph not to implement the ‘small farmers scheme’ – holding payment entitlements allocated in 2014 pursuant to Article 21 and fulfilling the minimum requirements provided for in Article 10(1) may choose to participate in a simplified scheme under the conditions laid down in this Title.
2012/07/24
Committee: AGRI
Amendment 670 #

2011/0276(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Part 2 – article 17 – paragraph 3
3. Where ex ante conditionalities are not fulfilled at the date of transmission of the Partnership Contract, Member States shall set out in the Partnership Contract a summary of the actions to be taken at national or regional level and the timetable for their implementation, to ensure their fulfilment not later than twohree years after the adoption of the Partnership Contract or by 31 December 20167, whichever is earlier.
2012/06/04
Committee: REGI
Amendment 1282 #

2011/0276(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Part 3 – article 84 – paragraph 3
3. At least 25 % ofFrom the Structural Funds resources for less developed regions, 40% for transition regions and 52% for more developed regions in each Member State shall be allocated to the ESF, each Member State will allocate the proportion of the ESF best suited to its regional development strategy. For the purposes of this provision, the support to a Member State through the [Food for deprived people instrument] shall be considered as part of the share of Structural Funds allocated to the ESF.
2012/06/05
Committee: REGI
Amendment 1622 #

2011/0276(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Part 3 – article 110 – paragraph 5
5. The maximum co-financing rate under pParagraph 3 at the level of a priority axis shall be increased by ten percentage points, where the whole of a50 % of the resources that contribute to an investment priority axis isre delivered through financial instruments, or through community-led local development.
2012/06/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 1656 #

2011/0276(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Part 3 – article 113 – paragraph 1
1. The Member State shall designate, for each operational programme, a national, regional or local public authority or body as managing authority. The same public authority or body may be designated as a managing authority for more than one operational programme. In those States with sufficient administrative organisation, when a representative proportion of the funds involved in an operational programme is managed by a regional authority, this authority shall be designated as managing authority.
2012/06/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 1662 #

2011/0276(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Part 3 – article 113 – paragraph 2
2. The Member State shall designate, for each operational programme, a national, regional or local public authority or body as a certifying authority, without prejudice to pParagraph 3. The same certifying authority may be designated for more than one operational programme. In those States with sufficient administrative organisation, when a representative proportion of the funds involved in an operational programme is managed by a regional authority, this authority shall be designated as certifying authority.
2012/06/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 1663 #

2011/0276(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Part 3 – article 113 – paragraph 4
4. The Member State shall designate, for each operational programme, a national, regional or local public authority or body, functionally independent from the managing authority and the certifying authority, as audit authority. The same audit authority may be designated for more than one operational programme. In those States with sufficient administrative organisation, when a representative proportion of the funds involved in an operational programme is managed by a regional authority, this authority shall be designated as audit authority.
2012/06/06
Committee: REGI
Amendment 105 #

2011/0269(COD)

Proposal for a regulation
Article 7 – paragraph 1 – subparagraph 3
The cost of investments in physical assets for self-employment and business start-up or for changing or adjusting activity may not, in general terms, exceed EUR 35 000. In the agricultural sector, the Commission may raise these limits by means of a delegated act adopted pursuant to Article 24.
2012/07/20
Committee: BUDG
Amendment 2 #

2010/2233(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 6a(new)
- having regard to its report of 10 May 2010 on the Union for the Mediterranean,
2010/12/02
Committee: AFET
Amendment 17 #

2010/2233(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital E
E. whereas, given the scale of investment by GCC countries and the common challenges in the EU’s southern neighbourhood, cooperative synergies between Europe, the Mediterranean and the Gulf are called for,
2010/12/02
Committee: AFET
Amendment 20 #

2010/2233(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital Ha (new)
Ha. whereas it is necessary to take a clear stand and maintain a lasting commitment on the part of the EU in the Gulf regfion, ensuring it greater visibility and a strategic presence in the area,
2010/12/02
Committee: AFET
Amendment 23 #

2010/2233(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 1a (new)
1a. Believes that the EU needs to develop a strategy for the region aimed at strengthening its ties with the GCC, supporting the regional integration proccss, and encouraging bilateral relations with the GCC states;
2010/12/02
Committee: AFET
Amendment 5 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 10
- having regard to the ACP-UEC Partnership Agreement and its revision,
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 24 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital I
I. whereas efforts to combat terrorism in the world have raised the need to reconcile freedom, development, social cohesion and security with respect for human rights,
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 26 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital J
J. whereas the global economic and financipast years have seen a succession of global crisies has had a negative impact on economic, social and cultural rights; whereas the rights of the poorest people have been most affected; whereas, because of rising prices, millions are struggling to meet basic needs in a number of countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America; whereas millions of people have been facing insecurity and indignity, and in some countries protests have been met with repression and violence,(food, energy, climate, financial, economic and social) which have not only serious impacts on industrialised and emerging countries, but devastating implications for the poor population groups in developing countries, with over 200 million workers being exposed to extreme poverty worldwide and more than a sixth of the world’s population suffering from hunger.
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 53 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Takes the view that a consistent EU foreign policy must give absolute priority to promoting democracy, given that democratic society is, rule of law, and guarantees of fundamental freedoms are the basis for upholding human rights; believes that the new institutional structure of the EU, and particularly the EEAS, offers an opportunity to enhance the EU’s coherence and effectiveness in this area;
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 71 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Insists on the necessity to enhance transparency and access to documents between EU institutions in order to develop more effective interinstitutional cooperation and coherence;
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 79 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 8a (new)
8a (new). Considers that the Union will only be able to wield influence regarding the defence, protection and expansion of human rights worldwide if it sets an example in its own internal policies as a matter of credibility;
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 81 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 9
9. Underlines the importance of the EU Annual Report on Human Rights in analysing and evaluating the EU’s human rights policy, notably with a view to raising the visibility of human rights issues in general; calls for public information campaigns aimed at raising the EU’s profile in this field; also underlines the right of the European Parliament to scrutiny action carried out in the human rights field, by Commission and Council;
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 86 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Calls on the Council and Commission to make greater efforts to disseminate the EU annual report on human rights and democracy and to ensure that it reaches as wide a readership as possible; also calls for public information campaigns aimed at raising the EU’s profile in this field; recognises that in the current edition an improvement has been made in terms of clearer presentation, although the longer reporting period makes it difficult to use;
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 164 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 31
31. Welcomes the special sessions of the HRC on the human rights situation in the east of the DRC, on the impact of the global economic and financial crises on the universal realisation and effective enjoyment of human rights, on the situation of human rights in Sri Lanka, and on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and East Jerusalem; regrets that in the context of the special session on the OPT the majority of members applied a one-sided interpretation of the Goldstone report;
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 182 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 37a (new)
37a (new). Regrets the continuation of death penalty executions on the U.S, and specially the execution of Teresa Lewis, a 41 year old woman, in the American state of Virginia; it has been the first woman to be put to death in the US for five years and in Virginia since 1912;
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 219 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 46a (subheading)
Rights of the ChildChildren Rights
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 263 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 58
58. Notes that the detention, as well as the release and subsequent deportation, of local human rights defenders in Cuba without the right of return is also a grave human rights violatioe release of local human rights defenders in Cuba; asks the Cuban Government to guarantee their right of return;
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 300 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 66a (subheading)
Freedom of religion andthought, religion conscience or belief
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 306 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 67
67. Welcomes the Council conclusions on freedom of religionthought, religion, conscience or belief adopted in November 2009; calls on the Council and the Commission to adopt practical measures to fight religious intolerance and promote freedom of religion or belief worldwide;
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 311 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 68
68. Remains deeply concerned that discrimination based on religion or belief still exists in all regions of the world, and that persons belonging to particular religious communities, including religious minorities, continue to be denied their human rights in many countries; condemns the Chinese authorities for the persecution of individuals who practise their religion outside officially sanctioned channels, including Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and Falun Gong practitioners; urges the Chinese authorities to refrain from their oppressive policy in Tibet, which might eventually lead to the annihilation of the Tibetan religion and culture;
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 351 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 74
74. Recalls the decision of US President Barack Obama to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in January 2009; expresses its regret that this decision has not yet been able to be fully implemented; urgeasks the US Government to live up fully to its commitments; welcomes the constructive engagement of a number of EU Member States in their efforts to assist with reception of certain former Guantanamo detainees and with finding accommodation for some of the people cleared for release from the detention camp;
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 366 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 76
76. Expresses its disappointmentconcern at the lack ofslow progress achieved by the human rights dialogues and consultations; deplores the fact that the involvement of civil society in these dialogues and consultations is not systematically guaranteed and is sometimes subject to constraints imposed by the non-EU parties;
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 372 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 77a (new)
77a (new). Calls on the European Institutions to ensure transparency and coherence between them in terms of objectives, values and attitudes in this field;
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 406 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 86
86. Welcomes the efforts ofAsk the Commission and the Member States to fulfil their ODA commitments towards developing countries, in order to fight the global economic and financial crisis and in this way reduce the negative consequences this crisis has had on the human rights situation in the world; welcomes the 10th Special Session of the Human Rights Council entitled ‘The Impact of the Global Economic and Financial Crises on the Universal Realisation and Effective Enjoyment of Human Rights’, which took place on 20 February 2009;
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 420 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 96a (new)
96a (new). Calls for increased vigilance with regard to the criteria for selection of the countries in which electoral assistance/election observation is to take place, and for compliance with the methodology and rules set up at international level, particularly concerning the independency and effectiveness of the mission;
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 421 #

2010/2202(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 98
98. Calls on the Council and the Commission to make a thorough use of Parliament’s resolutions and other communications, responding in a substantive manner to the concerns and wishes expressed, particularly with respect to urgency resolutions;
2010/10/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 217 #

2010/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 32 a (new)
32a. Considers that since its launch in 2004 the European Neighbourhood Policy, as a single policy framework as well as a performance-driven differentiation and tailor-made assistance, has brought tangible benefits both for ENP partners and the EU; underlines that the Strategic Review of the ENP should lead to enhanced, continuous and substantial political dialogue with partner countries to support prosperity, stability and security in the Mediterranean;
2011/03/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 225 #

2010/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 34 a (new)
34a. Calls for an accelerated political transition in Egypt involving all democratic political and social forces and the civil society with the aim of paving the way for the revision of the constitution and the electoral law, free and fair elections, and stabilising genuine democracy in the country;
2011/03/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 226 #

2010/2124(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 34 b (new)
34b. Strongly supports the legitimate democratic aspirations expressed by people in several countries in the EU's southern neighbourhood; calls on the EU to be attentive to potential further popular demonstrations in the Mediterranean countries and to offer unequivocal and prompt support to new democratic claims; underlines that the Strategic Review of the ENP must fully take into consideration and reflect the new developments in the region and set up a political dialogue with EU's southern neighbours; emphasises again that the strengthening of democracy, the rule of law, good governance, the fight against corruptions and the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms are essential elements of this dialogue;
2011/03/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 8 #

2009/2219(INI)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 1
1. Calls for all EU trade negotiations and arrangements with third countries to include a human rights clause and an impact assessment measuring the consequences of specific trade advantages granted by or to the EU;
2010/05/19
Committee: AFET
Amendment 7 #

2009/2217(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 7
– having regard to the (forthcoming) ‘Kabul Conference’ scheduled for 20 July 2010held on 20 July 2010 and attended by 70 delegates from countries and regional and international organisations, which will assessed progress in implementing decisions taken at the London Conference, and will provided an fresh opportunity for the Afghan Government to chart the way forward, notably on anti- corruption, reinforced security, good governance, economic and social development, human rights, gender equality, economic growth, and improved electoral processes,
2010/10/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 35 #

2009/2217(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital C
C. whereas security and living conditions have deteriorated, along witheroding the popular consensus the coalition’s presence enjoyed at one stage,
2010/10/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 90 #

2009/2217(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Stresses that any long-term solution to the Afghan crisis will involve the elimination of poverty, the protection of citizens’ rights and the strengthening of the rule of law, an end to opium production, and the integration of Afghanistan into the international community;
2010/10/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 107 #

2009/2217(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4 a (new)
4a. Notes that, despite some progress in the field of gender equality and fundamental rights over the last 9 years, women in Afghanistan continue to be subject to threats, intimidation and violence, and to suffer from discriminatory laws;
2010/10/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 111 #

2009/2217(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 5
5. Is concerned about the deterioration in women’s fundamental social, political and civil rights in Afghanistan, as well as by the recent changes to the electoral code which weaken the quotas for seats in parliament for women;
2010/10/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 116 #

2009/2217(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 6
6. Strongly believes that women’s rights are part of the security solution – it is impossible to achieve stability in Afghanistan without women enjoying their full rights in political, social and economic life; calls on the Afghan authorities to include women in every stage of the peace talks and reconciliation/reintegration efforts; points out that progress in the peace talks may not, under any circumstances, involve any loss of the rights acquired by women in recent years; calls on the Kabul government to improve the protection of women’s rights by amending existing legislation, such as the criminal code, to avoid discriminatory practices;
2010/10/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 121 #

2009/2217(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7a. Notes that, despite improvements since the fall of the Taliban regime, the situation has worsened in recent years regarding the freedom of expression and of the press; notes that armed groups and the Taliban attack and threaten journalists to prevent them reporting on areas under their control; calls for action to be taken in this field to allow journalists to exercise their profession with certain safety guarantees;
2010/10/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 124 #

2009/2217(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 b (new)
7b. Notes irregularities in the country’s judicial processes that do not comply with international standards of justice; deplores the execution in 2008 of 16 people sentenced to death; calls on the EU to seek the approval of a moratorium on the death penalty, as set out in United Nations Resolution 62/149 of 2007, with a view to its subsequent abolition;
2010/10/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 158 #

2009/2217(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 16
16. Is appalled by the absence ofPoints out the urgent need to establish coordination mechanisms among international donors and of detailed evaluations on the impact of the international civilian and military intervention, by countries and to provide for detailed evaluations of European and international aid to combat the lack of transparency and by the limited mechanisms for donor accountability;
2010/10/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 168 #

2009/2217(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 19
19. Calls on the EU to set up a centralised database on/ analysis of the costs and impact of all EU aid to Afghanistan, for without comprehensive, up-to-date and transparent data about Afghanistan as it is today, any intervention strategy can only be doomed to failureso that any intervention strategy in the country can be carried out successfully;
2010/10/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 195 #

2009/2217(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26
26. Is equally appalled by the fact that, since US and NATO military logistics follow similar lines, European taxpayers could end up funding the Taliban through the very entities that are supposed to combat them;deleted
2010/10/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 217 #

2009/2217(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 29
29. Believes, consequently, that the preal strengthsence of the Taliban was overlookunderestimated, the ability of the Karzai government to provide governance overestimated, and , as a result, little attention paid to the task of rebuilding and developing the country;
2010/10/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 237 #

2009/2217(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 32
32. Recognises that the only possible solution is a political one, and that negotiations with the Taliban and the other political players in the country – which should take place against the backdrop of a ceasefire – lie at the heart ofare essential for this process to succeed, with the aim of forming a government of national unity which can put an end to the civil war that has raged in the country for almost three decades;
2010/10/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 248 #

2009/2217(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 33
33. Firmly believes that the EU’s three main prerequisites for the peace process must be an Afghan commitment to banishing Al Qaeda and its promotion of international terrorism from the country, the elimination of poppy cultivation, and the will to establish respect for fundamental human rights;
2010/10/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 275 #

2009/2217(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 40
40. Calls on the EU to support the peace process unreservedly, allowing the Karzai Government full autonomy in its choice of dialogue partners, but insisting that the Afghan Constitution and respect for fundamental human rights form the overall legal and political framework for the peace process;
2010/10/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 288 #

2009/2217(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 42
42. Urges the EU to encouragework together with the US to channel movre away from its policy of circumventing domestic institutions in the delivery of international aid andof the international aid effort through domestic authorities and the Kabul Government; calls for an end to the privatisation of security, as well as its parallel and seemingly contradictory (to the peace process) attempt to ‘decapitate’ the insurgency leadership using drones and US Special forces, which is of questionable legal status and results in frequent civilian casualties;
2010/10/07
Committee: AFET
Amendment 2 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 11
- having regard to the recommendations adopted by the EMPA’s Political Committee at its meetingcommittees of the Euro- Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (EMPA) at its sixth plenary session, held in Amman on 13 and 14 March 2010,
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 5 #

2009/2215(INI)

Draft opinion
Point 2
2. Underlines the importance of relations between the European Union and the Mediterranean region, not just in terms of trade but alsoand the economy but also politically, socially, academically and culturally,
2010/03/22
Committee: INTA
Amendment 7 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas, in a multipolar world, only large regional blocs will be in a position to play a leading role and to cope with social, cultural, economic, environmental and political cha, demographic, political and security- related challenges,
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 10 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital A
A. whereas, in a multipolar and increasingly interdependent world, only large regional blocs will be in a position to play a leading role and to cope with social, cultural, economic, environmental and political changes,
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 10 #

2009/2215(INI)

Draft opinion
Point 3
3. Urges the Commission to strengthen its role as an investor and partnerin the UfM project and calls for greater clarity regarding its participation in the new institutional structure,
2010/03/22
Committee: INTA
Amendment 19 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital B
B. whereas the European Union must adopt a strategic view of its relations with its southern neighbours with the objective of the social development of the region and move beyond cooperation driven solemainly by considerations pertaining to security and migration,
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 24 #

2009/2215(INI)

Draft opinion
Point 6
6. Hopes for an improvement in the economic and legal environment in the region, ain essential guarantee for future investmentorder to provide greater security for future investment and encourage funding for major strategic projects,
2010/03/22
Committee: INTA
Amendment 43 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital F
F. having regard to the significant disparities between European Union Member States and Mediterranean third countries and the worrying structural problems of a socio-economic and institutional nature, which call for strong responses in the shared interest of all the states participating in the UfM; whereas the potential for economic growth of the Mediterranean third countries encourages this view,
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 51 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital H
H. whereas the UfM’s two major innovations, namely its institutional set-up (co-presidency, joint permanent committee and secretariat) and operational focus (integration projects), must function effectively and transparently, improving the standard of living of citizens, who are the main beneficiaries of this project,
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 52 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital H a (new)
Ha. having regard to the adoption of the statute of the secretariat and the appointment of Secretary General Ahmad Masa'deh on 3 March 2010,
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 60 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital J a (new)
Ja. having regard to the major issue of agriculture in Mediterranean countries, by dint of its socio-economic influence, its effects on the environment and its implications in terms of territorial balance,
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 61 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital J b (new)
Jb. whereas 60% of the world population with little water is concentrated in the southern part of the Mediterranean region and in the Middle East and whereas, by 2025, 63 million people could, according to UNDP reports on the Arab world and the Blue Plan, be affected by water shortages,
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 66 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital K a (new)
Ka. having regard to the importance of migration flows and the various challenges they create on both sides of the Mediterranean in human, social, cultural and economic terms,
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 88 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 2
2. Calls on the governments of the UfM member countries to establish an ongoing and open political dialogue characterised by mutual respect and understanding, and reaffirms its desire to see the promotion of democracy and respect for human rights and individual and collective freedoms made the central focus of that dialogue; asks for more active involvement of all the members of the UfM in restarting a peace process in the Middle East that will provide a fair solution to the rights of the Palestinian people to a viable State, and the rights of the Israeli people to live in security. Europe needs to be extremely determined in this respect;
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 98 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Is of the opinion that political tensions and regional conflicts in the Mediterranean basin must not hinder tangible progress towards multilateral cooperation in specific sectors, and that it is through the implementation of major integration projects that the UfM will help to develop a climate of trust conducive to pursuing common security goals in a spirit of solidarity and peace, with a view to consolidating a single shore of peace, development, justice, equality, freedom, plurality, democracy and respect;
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 100 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 3
3. Is of the opinion that political tensions and regional conflicts in the Mediterranean basin must not hinder tangible progress towards multilateral cooperation in specific sectors, and that it is through the implementation of major integration projects that the UfM will help to develop a climate of trust conducive to pursuing common security goals in a spirit of solidarity and peace; recalls the urgency of achieving a two-State solution to the conflict in the Middle East – an independent, democratic and viable Palestinian State, and the State of Israel, living side by side in peace and security;
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 118 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4 - point 5
- allowing ‘variable-geometry’ cooperation arrangements open to countries and multilateral institutions wishing to work together on projects of common interest;
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 119 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 4 - point 6
- ensuring smooth cooperation between the secretariat and the European Commission, and clearly defining their respective remits; calls on the Commission to play an active role in the UfM and asks for greater clarity regarding its participation in this new institutional structure;
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 165 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7a. Considers that migration policies are one of the priorities of the Euro- Mediterranean partnership and calls on the UfM member countries to encourage, in addition to the regulation of flows and combating illegal immigration, the drafting of active policies to promote employment and freedom of movement which respects human rights;
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 184 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Emphasises the strategic importance of issues such as agriculture, food security, water and rural development in Mediterranean countries, and calls for cooperation in the farming sector to be made a political priority; encourages the UfM member countries to work on harmonising their positions in the context of WTO negotiations and to move towards greater convergence among Euro- Mediterranean agricultural policies; hopes that the ministerial meetings on water (Barcelona, April), the environment (Dubrovnik, April) and agriculture (Cairo, June) can stimulate cooperation in these areas;
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 188 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10 a (new)
10a. Welcomes support for the quick implementation of the Mediterranean Solar Plant, which aims at the creation of a Euro-Mediterranean regional renewable electricity market; underlines also its significance for the economic development of the Southern Mediterranean countries by becoming a source of new income, providing electricity to enhance their own development, reinforcing the grid infrastructures and allowing for a new industrial sector of solar components manufacturing to be created;
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 199 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Is keen to see new projects in the cultural field put on the UfM’s agenda in the very near future; suggests that priority be given to setting up a Euro- Mediterranean junior Erasmus programme called ‘Averroës’, as a way of stepping up exchanges between secondary school pupils in UfM member countries; encourages the creation of a Euro- Mediterranean higher education area and notes that this will not be possible without promoting mobility for students and teachers from both shores;
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 204 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 a (new)
11a. Urges the members of the UfM to promote positive measures in the field of equal opportunities and combating discrimination against women in all areas, with the aim of preventing violence against women and trafficking in human beings, and ensuring respect for and the promotion of the role of women in society;
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 210 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11 b (new)
11b. States that the EMPA should be the parliamentary institution of the UfM; proposes that the name of the EMPA should be changed to Parliamentary Assembly – Union for the Mediterranean (PA-UfM) to make visible its inclusion in the UfM’s structure and projects;
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 211 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 12
12. Recalls its remit within the EU’s budgetary procedure, and emphasises the need for the EMPA to take on more significant responsibilities by being involved in consultation and democratic supervision in respect of budget implementation; calls for regular hearings of the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretaries General by the various relevant EMPA committees, so that projects and activities can be monitored on a regular basis; takes the view, however, that this higher level of responsibility must go hand in hand with improvements in the operation and working methods of the EMPA, including granting the necessary human and financial resources; welcomes the decisions taken to this end at the 6th plenary session of the EMPA held in Amman on 13 and 14 March 2010;
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 219 #

2009/2215(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14
14. Calls for civil society, the social partners and the numerous professional and socio-professional networks developed as part of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership to be consulted regularly and involved in the UfM’s activities and projects; encourages the establishment of a Mediterranean business leaders’ forum and a Euro-Mediterranean economic and social council; welcomes the Forum for intercultural dialogue organised by the Anna Lindh Foundation in Barcelona in March 2010 in which more than 1 000 civil society organisations took part from 43 countries;
2010/03/31
Committee: AFET
Amendment 6 #

2009/2199(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Citation 15a (new)
– having regard to the programmes for protecting and sheltering threatened human rights defenders which are being implemented in some EU Member States,
2010/03/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 21 #

2009/2199(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Recital G
G. Wwhereas women human rights defenders are particularly at risk and other groups and categories of defenders, who are particularly exposed to attacks and human rights violations as a result of the work they carry out, include defenders working to promote economic, social and cultural rights and those working with minorities’ rights, children, indigenous peoples and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,
2010/03/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 60 #

2009/2199(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 10
10. Considers that the annual meetings between human rights defenders and diplomats requested in the EU guidelines can clearly contribute to the setting-up of such process; calls for efforts to ensure participation in such meetings by the various profiles of human rights defenders active in the country and participation by defenders from the regions;
2010/03/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 64 #

2009/2199(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Emphasises the need for a gender perspective in the implementation of perspective in the implementation of the guidelines, with targeted actions in the guidelines, with targeted actions in favour of women human rights favour of women human rights defenders and other particularly defenders and other particularly vulnerable groups, such as defenders vulnerable groups, such as defenders working to promote economic, social working to promote economic, social and cultural rights and those working and cultural rights and those working with minorities’ rights, indigenous with minorities’ rights, children, peoples and lesbian, gay, bisexual and indigenous peoples and lesbian, gay, transgender people; bisexual and transgender people;
2010/03/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 87 #

2009/2199(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17
17. Underlines the importance of independent civil society being fully involved in the preparations of all human rights dialogues, either through civil society seminars or other means; considers that the link between the civil society seminars and the formal dialogue needs to be strengthened, through publications of the recommendations issued and a better follow- up and feed-back to civil society once a dialogue has taken place; stresses the importance tof continueing to raise individual cases during the dialogues and considers that making the list of names public, provided that this does not involve the human rights defenders in greater risks, would enhance the impact of EU actions and increase public attention forto these cases;
2010/03/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 109 #

2009/2199(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 26
26. Emphasises the need to accompany these emergency visas with possibilities of temporary protection and shelter in Europe for human rights defenders; welcomes the Shelter Cities initiative promoted by the Czech Presidency or the Protection and Shelter Programme implemented by the Spanish Government since 2008, and requests it to be further advanced; calls for further support to other existing initiatives in this regard;
2010/03/18
Committee: AFET
Amendment 46 #

2009/2057(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 7 a (new)
7a. Takes the view that the Treaty of Lisbon provides the instruments needed for the EU to play an important role in shaping the new international order by strengthening relations with its neighbours and strategic partners, consolidating its leadership in multilateral forums, assuming its responsibilities in conflict areas and making a firm commitment to promoting peace, upholding human rights and eradicating poverty;
2010/01/15
Committee: AFET
Amendment 56 #

2009/2057(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 11
11. Stresses the need to establish greater clarity on the criteria for the appointment and evaluation of EU Special Representatives (EUSRs), bearing in mind also the need for sufficient representation of both genders; considers that relevant EUSRs should gradually take over and carry out the functions of country- based EU Heads of Delegation while EUSRs with regional responsibilities could provide political guidance to EU Heads of Delegation in the countries concerned in order to ensure coherent and consistent European external action; calls on the Vice-President/High Representative to take steps with a view to entrusting EUSRs with the task of providing political guidance also with regard to CSDP missions within their remit;
2010/01/15
Committee: AFET
Amendment 68 #

2009/2057(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 14 a (new)
14a. Expresses its support for the Union continuing to contribute actively and effectively to the resolution of global issues, not least through a strengthening of the United Nations system and according special importance to consolidating the Human Rights Council and abolishing the death penalty;
2010/01/15
Committee: AFET
Amendment 86 #

2009/2057(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 17 a (new)
17a. Calls on the Council to make a special effort to support the development of the Common Security and Defence Policy, and reinforce the EU’s role as an international reference point in the field of crisis management, by boosting the EU’s civil and military capacities, with a special focus on enhancing the work of the European Defence Agency;
2010/01/15
Committee: AFET
Amendment 90 #

2009/2057(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 18
18. Stresses the importance of gender equality, human rights and good governance objectives being fully integrated in the planning and conduct of all CSDP missions and operations, including fact-finding missions, as gender awareness and sensitivity contribute to operational effectiveness and situational awareness; in this context, welcomes the appointment of a gender adviser to nearly all CSDP missions; regrets that there are no women among the 11 EUSRs; calls on the Council and the Commission to systematically include gender equality and women's empowerment in the EU's political dialogue and policy discussions with partner countries;
2010/01/15
Committee: AFET
Amendment 119 #

2009/2057(INI)

Motion for a resolution
Paragraph 23 a (new)
23a. Expresses its support for a new phase of deeper cooperation between the EU and Canada;
2010/01/15
Committee: AFET
Amendment 4 #

2009/2002(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 a (new)
2a. Reaffirms its commitment to gender equality policies and mainstreaming and recalls that the promotion of both should be a key element of the external action of the EU;
2009/08/25
Committee: AFET
Amendment 5 #

2009/2002(BUD)

Draft opinion
Paragraph 2 b (new)
2b. Considers that education and vocational training must be pillars of the new sustainable economic and social model promoted abroad by the EU;
2009/08/25
Committee: AFET
Amendment 11 #

2009/0104(CNS)

Proposal for a regulation – amending act
Recital 3 a (new)
(3a) With the aim of furthering the implementation of the Thessaloniki agenda, the Commission should start a visa liberalisation dialogue