Addendum

Matt CARTHY


EUROPEAN GROUP
GUE-NGL
COUNTRY
Ireland

NATIONAL GROUP
Sinn Féin

ATTENDANCE IN PLENARY SESSIONS +info
92%
257 out of 278 sessions attended.

PARTICIPATION IN ROLL-CALL VOTES
91%
9417 out of 10253 votes during the mandate.

SITTING INFO
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VOTES ON THIS SITTING:
A8-0191/2018. Norica Nicolai - Vote unique
A8-0181/2018. Werner Langen - Proposition de la Commission
A8-0364/2016. Marian-Jean Marinescu - Am 382
A8-0010/2018. Damiano Zoffoli - Am 47
A8-0173/2018. Krystyna Łybacka - Résolution
A8-0186/2018. Carlos Iturgaiz - Résolution


WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF VOTE (A8-0191/2018)
State of play of recreational fisheries in the EU

I voted in favour of this text. Sinn Féin tabled amendments which passed in committee and which highlighted the need to protect artisanal small-scale fishermen to ensure their survival and generational replacement in the face of any expansion of recreational activity. The development of recreational fishing activities must not mean a reduction in professional fishing opportunities or a sharing of scarce resources between professional and recreational activities.
The text goes to great lengths to create a fair definition of recreational fisheries and to draw a distinction between recreational fisheries and semi-substance fishing. This difference is important if we want to prevent IUU fishing from hiding under recreational fisheries.
The report calls for financing for the development of recreational fisheries in the tourism sector and for a common fishery resources database to be made accessible to researchers and used through the EMFF.
From an environmental perspective as well, the text acknowledges the impact that recreational fisheries can have on freshwater ecosystems in terms of possible contamination of non-indigenous species in waterways frequented by anglers.

Date issued: June 12, 2018


WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF VOTE (A8-0181/2018)
Clearing obligation, reporting requirements and risk-mitigation techniques for OTC derivatives and trade repositories

I voted against this report, and against the Commission’s proposal.
The European Market Infrastructures Regulation (EMIR) was enacted in 2012 and aimed to address systemic risks on the derivatives market in the wake of the financial crisis of 2007-2008. Unregulated trade in OTC derivatives was at the heart of the global financial crisis. The Commission proposed a review of EMIR on 4 May 2017 as part of its Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) programme.
The Commission’s proposal aimed to simplify the requirements of EMIR for those engaged in trading in and clearing derivatives.
The Commission proposal is an attempt to deregulate the derivatives market in the name of reducing the administrative burden and costs for market participants. The rapporteur’s approach was to take this even further by including the demands of the industry for more exemptions and fewer reporting requirements, and for weaker obligations when it comes to the clearing of derivatives. The impact of these changes will be to make the financial system in the EU less stable and more vulnerable to a future crisis caused by loosely regulated trade in derivatives.

Date issued: June 12, 2018


WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF VOTE (A8-0364/2016)
Common rules in the field of civil aviation and European Union Aviation Safety Agency

. ‒ The proposal is a review of European Aviation Safety Agency’s framework regulation, which dictates its remit, future implementation, management and funding.
The new proposal would introduce risk and performance rules and close safety gaps in cyber security. The report calls for clear safety regulations for civil unmanned aircraft (civil drones) specifically the need for mandatory registration for higher risk civil drone operations, for the aircraft to have a registration number on it to indicate the owner, and to protect privacy. It calls for drones to be forbidden in military, airport, nuclear and chemical plant areas.
However, the proposal includes pooling of aviation inspectors and experts across Member States and granting extra responsibilities to the European Aviation Safety Agency. The report focuses on harmonisation and liberalisation of the sector. As I do not wish to remove powers from national aviation authorities regardless of the reports good points, I chose to abstain on the report.

Date issued: June 12, 2018


WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF VOTE (A8-0010/2018)
CO2 emissions from and fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles

I voted in favour of the agreement at Trilogue and the Commission statement. The agreement attempts to certify, monitor and record CO2 emission and fuel consumption figures, as is being done for cars and vans, by establishing a mandatory EU wide system for monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption from heavy duty vehicles (HDVs) by manufacturers. The Commission is proposing establishing a software for obtaining comparable figures for heavy vehicles, a ‘certification regulation’ and, aims to set CO2 targets for this sector. The agreement also makes certain data reported under the Regulation publically available via a register managed by the European Environment Agency. The Commission has agreed to come forward with a proposal on heavy-duty vehicle CO2 standards this year, which is also promised in the Commission statements.

Date issued: June 12, 2018


WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF VOTE (A8-0173/2018)
Modernisation of education in the EU

I voted in favour of this report. The purpose of this report is to detail the recommendations of the Culture and Education Committee, on the Commission Communications related to higher education, school development and quality teaching.
The report calls for the development of quality education by encouraging cooperation between Member States and facilitating the exchange of information and experiences, with the intention of discovering innovative and improving measures where appropriate.
The report has a number of good recommendations on how to improve the quality of education in Member States. I do not believe the report’s recommendations undermine the fact that education is a Member State competency.

Date issued: June 12, 2018


WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF VOTE (A8-0186/2018)
Towards a sustainable and competitive European aquaculture sector

On this file, I abstained. I agreed with parts of the report that stated that responsible and sustainable aquaculture has a role in contributing to long-term food security alongside growth and employment and the socio-economic benefits that this entails in rural coastal areas.
However, I had concerns around the references to culling and reviewing the conservational status of certain animal species that are protected, hence we abstained instead of voting in favour.

Date issued: June 12, 2018