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RC-B8-0198/2018. Am 1
RC-B8-0198/2018. Am 2/1
RC-B8-0198/2018. Am 2/2
RC-B8-0191/2018. Résolution
A8-0124/2018. Roberto Gualtieri - Vote unique
A8-0056/2017. Krišjānis Kariņš et Judith Sargentini - Am 2
A8-0048/2017. Daniel Dalton - Am 356
A8-0311/2015. Martin Häusling - Am 403
A8-0140/2018. Miroslavs Mitrofanovs - Proposition de la Commission
A8-0146/2018. Paul Rübig - Am 18
A8-0146/2018. Paul Rübig - Am 19
A8-0146/2018. Paul Rübig - Am 4
A8-0146/2018. Paul Rübig - Am 21
A8-0146/2018. Paul Rübig - § 26
A8-0146/2018. Paul Rübig - Am 6
A8-0146/2018. Paul Rübig - Am 22
A8-0146/2018. Paul Rübig - Am 24
A8-0146/2018. Paul Rübig - Am 25
A8-0146/2018. Paul Rübig - Am 26
A8-0146/2018. Paul Rübig - Am 23
A8-0146/2018. Paul Rübig - Am 27
A8-0146/2018. Paul Rübig - § 36
A8-0146/2018. Paul Rübig - § 38
A8-0146/2018. Paul Rübig - Am 7
A8-0146/2018. Paul Rübig - Am 8
A8-0146/2018. Paul Rübig - Résolution
A8-0094/2018. Janusz Lewandowski - Décision d`engager des négociations interinstitutionnelles
B8-0186/2018. § 8/1
B8-0186/2018. § 8/2
B8-0186/2018. § 16/1
B8-0186/2018. § 16/2
B8-0186/2018. § 20
B8-0186/2018. Considérant G
B8-0186/2018. Résolution
B8-0189/2018. Résolution
B8-0194/2018. Am 5
B8-0194/2018. Résolution
A8-0127/2018. Paulo Rangel - § 1
A8-0127/2018. Paulo Rangel - § 14/2
A8-0127/2018. Paulo Rangel - Am 8
A8-0127/2018. Paulo Rangel - Considérant I/2
A8-0127/2018. Paulo Rangel - Considérant R
A8-0127/2018. Paulo Rangel - Résolution
A8-0049/2018. Ramon Tremosa i Balcells - § 6
A8-0049/2018. Ramon Tremosa i Balcells - § 19/2
A8-0049/2018. Ramon Tremosa i Balcells - Am 1
A8-0049/2018. Ramon Tremosa i Balcells - Résolution
B8-0188/2018. § 11
A8-0065/2018. Soraya Post et Teresa Jiménez-Becerril Barrio - Résolution
B8-0190/2018. Am 3
B8-0190/2018. Am 1
B8-0190/2018. Am 2

Common system of value added tax, with regard to the obligation to respect a minimum standard rate

. ‒ The Commission proposes to make an existing temporary provision definitive (Article 97 of the VAT Directive). The proposal aims to prevent the situation whereby the minimum of 15% for the standard rate expires on 1 January 2018, and ensures that all Member States apply a standard rate of a minimum of 15% on a permanent basis. Considering that all Member States currently apply a standard rate of at least 17%, the current arrangement for a minimum standard rate of 15% remains appropriate in the view of the Commission. On that basis, I voted in favour.

Date issued: April 19, 2018

Prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing

This is to adopt the outcome of the trilogue agreement on the fifth EU anti-money laundering directive (AMLD), the main legal instrument in the prevention of the use of the EU’s financial system for the purposes of money laundering and terrorist financing. The AMLD imposes reporting and customer due diligence obligations on credit and financial institutions, and on other institutions (e.g. auditors and real estate agents). It incorporates the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) standards and recommendations on combating money laundering and terrorist financing.
While this is a significant improvement on the 4th AMLD, there are still major weaknesses. The threshold for beneficial ownership is too high at 25%; senior managers can still be listed in beneficial ownership registers where the real owner is not known; journalists and NGOs will have to file a written request to prove a ‘legitimate interest’ in getting access to details of the beneficial ownership of trusts. This is the most significant remaining loophole (trusts and similar instruments can facilitate tax evasion and money-laundering, revealed as very common instruments for doing so in the Panama Papers, Paradise Papers and other leaks).
Because of those dilutions in what Parliament proposed, I abstained on the final vote.

Date issued: April 19, 2018

Approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles

. ‒ I voted in favour of this proposal as it deals with the legislation for a new system of type approval and market surveillance of cars, trailers and car components, systems or units. Type approval means the testing of cars to see if they are in conformity with European standards, such as emissions and safety measures. The current system was last revised in 2007. Even before the Dieselgate scandal broke, the Commission was aware that the system was not properly functioning and another revision was already in the pipeline, but the process was pushed forward after the news on Volkswagen became public.

Date issued: April 19, 2018

Organic production and labelling of organic products

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report as the organic sector represents a huge opportunity for farmers to increase their returns from agriculture.

Date issued: April 19, 2018

Guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report as it contains many good aspects such as; Member States should enable people to balance work and private life, work places should be adapted for persons with disabilities; Member States should make the necessary investment in both initial and continuing education and training and life-long learning; Member States should ensure support for carers who are forced to limit or terminate their professional activity to enable them to properly take care of someone; workers with atypical employment contracts and self-employed workers should also be enabled to exercise their right to organise and to bargain collectively; children living in poverty should have access to healthcare, education and childcare that are free of charge, and to decent housing and proper nutrition. While these are the aspirations of the report it must also be recognised that the current economic policies being pursued work against achieving these goals.

Date issued: April 19, 2018

Estimates of revenue and expenditure for the financial year 2019 – Section I – European Parliament

. ‒ This report marks the start of the negotiation of Parliament estimates for 2019, following the proposal of the its Secretary-General Mr Klaus Welle, and its adoption by Parliament’s Bureau, for the European Parliament budgetary expenditure for 2019.
Its idiosyncrasies are well known, but are particularly reinforced in 2019 due to the fact that on the one hand we have the eventual known needs, plus the unforeseen expenditures linked with Brexit, which will have to be forecasted. On the other hand, there are the unusual specific needs that rise from the European Parliament 2019 elections – a renewal of around 50% to 55% of the Members of this Parliament is expected. Meaning, while added flexibility is required, increased demands to ensure due transparency and accountability will come in an election year.
The report contains the Budget Committee’s proposal for what is to be the basis of negotiation on behalf of Parliament’s Budget delegations vis-à-vis Parliament’s Bureau and the Secretariat General of the European Parliament.
I followed my Group line on this, abstained.

Date issued: April 19, 2018

Regulation on European business statistics

I voted in favour of this as the draft Regulation on European business statistics, amending Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 and repealing 10 legal acts in the field of business statistics (FRIBS), is part of the REFIT Programme envisaging the integration of statistical requirements and legal acts for business statistics by streamlining and simplifying them and reducing the burden on businesses. This is to be achieved by a common legal framework for the production and compilation of ESS business statistics, rationalising national statistical production processes.

Date issued: April 16, 2019

Protection of investigative journalists in Europe: the case of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová

Ján Kuciak, a 27-year-old investigative reporter, and his partner, Martina Kušnírová, were found shot dead at their home in Vel’ká Mača, 40 miles (65km) east of Bratislava. Kuciak had reported for the news site on fraud cases often involving businessmen with connections to Slovakia’s ruling party and other politicians. In his article, Kuciak alleged that Italian businessmen with links to the Calabria-based crime syndicate ‘Ndrangheta’ had settled in eastern Slovakia and spent years embezzling European Union funds, routing the money across the border with Ukraine. According to this article, these men seem to have connections with senior officials, including people close to the prime minister.
The protection of freedom of expression and information is one of the most fundamental values in democracy and investigative journalism plays an essential role in preventing wrongdoings and in strengthening democratic accountability and transparency. Because of this fundamental principle, and in solidarity with those like Ján and Martina who are murdered when it is attacked, I voted in favour.

Date issued: April 19, 2018

A European values instrument to support civil society organisations which promote democracy, rule of law and fundamental values within the European Union

This resolution aims at calling for additional funds in the EU to support NGOs working on democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights at national and local level. The creation of this additional funding instrument would cover a funding vacuum that has become increasingly needed in times of far-right government attacks against NGOs. Their only funding so far has been the EEA/Norway grants or private foundations which do not have sufficient funding (EEA Norway grants are only able to cover 10% of the applications).
The idea of such a fund came from NGOs themselves, mainly from eastern Europe, who released a statement to call for its establishment explaining the needs for such a fund.
While this new emphasis on ‘European Values’ grates on my nerves, overlooking the global destruction wreaked by such values over many centuries, I voted in favour of this resolution.

Date issued: April 19, 2018

The violation of human rights and the rule of law in the case of two Greek soldiers arrested and detained in Turkey

I voted in favour of this resolution because I believe those soldiers should be returned to Greece immediately and were arrested because of a simple mistake on their part.

Date issued: April 19, 2018

Implementation of the Treaty provisions concerning national Parliaments

Eight years after the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) decided to draw up an own-initiative implementation report (INI) assessing ‘The implementation of the Treaty provisions concerning national parliaments’ with the aim of assessing the current state of the existing mechanism for national parliaments’ participation in the European political process. This report is based on fact-finding, interviews by written contributions of national parliaments and legal advice from the EP legal services.
Efforts should be made to simplify the current framework of relations between the EU and national parliaments, including the Conference of Speakers of EU Parliaments, the COSAC, the Inter-parliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the EU, the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol, the inter-parliamentary committee meetings and the joint parliamentary meetings.
Despite some reservations, I voted in favour.

Date issued: April 19, 2018

Annual Report on Competition Policy

This Annual Report on Competition Policy in the EU is the regular instrument for the Parliament to exercise scrutiny over the activities of EU and Member State institutions on competition and state aid policy, particularly the activities of DG COMP.
Despite some positive aspects in the report – which calls for increased corporate accountability and transparency, and for combating tax avoidance, collusion and monopolies – it is firmly within the framework of promoting liberalisation and privatisation.
Some of GUE/NGL’s amendments were incorporated into the final compromise amendments. However, the general framework of the report accepts the Commission’s approach of promoting the deepening of the single market, including the further liberalisation and privatisation of the transport, energy and financial services sectors.
Specifically, the key negative aspects of the report include:
• calling on the Council to quickly ratify CETA;
• encouraging the Commission to expand the network of EU free trade agreements;
• calling for ‘equal access’ by corporations to natural resources, including energy sources; and calling on the Commission to include provisions that improve access to such resources in trade agreements.
Because of all the above, I voted against.

Date issued: April 19, 2018

Vaccine hesitancy and drop in vaccination rates in Europe

I voted in favour of this as vaccination is one of the most cost-effective public health measures available. Wide-spread vaccination has eradicated smallpox and made Europe polio-free. All EU countries recommend vaccination against serious, sometimes life-threatening diseases. Despite, and perhaps because of, their public health impact, an increasing number of parents and patients are choosing to delay or refuse vaccines. Widespread vaccine hesitancy has become a worrying phenomenon due to the range of health-related consequences it causes in the Member States. Recent epidemiological data on the situation of vaccination in the Member States shows a significant drop in the use of vaccines. Many factors have led to this hesitancy, including increased fear of possible adverse effects following vaccination, a lack of reliable and trustworthy information and insufficient engagement of health care professionals.

Date issued: April 19, 2018

Implementation of the European Protection Order Directive

I voted in favour of this as the European Protection Order (EPO) is based on the need to safeguard victims’ rights and freedoms, and particularly to respect the right of victims and potential victims to enjoy freedom of movement and to ensure their continued protection when exercising that right.

Date issued: April 19, 2018

Implementation of the Bologna Process – state of play and follow-up

. ‒ I voted in favour as I support the main goals established in the Bologna Process, such as: providing students with a wider and more transparent choice of high-quality educational opportunities; creating a simplified process of recognition of diplomas, both internally and externally throughout the participating national higher education systems; and increasing mobility and the accessibility of quality education for all through public funds, while recognising that austerity measures have resulted in public-education funding cuts, increasing enrolment fees and more prominent private-sector involvement and influence.

Date issued: April 19, 2018