Addendum

Ivo VAJGL


EUROPEAN GROUP
ALDE
COUNTRY
Slovenia

NATIONAL GROUP
DeSUS - Demokratična Stranka Upokojencev Slovenije

ATTENDANCE IN PLENARY SESSIONS +info
96%
269 out of 278 sessions attended.

PARTICIPATION IN ROLL-CALL VOTES
93%
9636 out of 10253 votes during the mandate.

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A8-0207/2017 - Ulrike Lunacek - Approbation
A8-0248/2017 - Monika Vana - Vote unique
A8-0213/2017 - Marlene Mizzi - Vote unique
A8-0235/2017 - Bernd Lucke - Vote unique
A8-0221/2017 - Renata Briano - Vote unique
A8-0206/2017 - Pavel Svoboda - Vote unique
A8-0210/2017 - Emil Radev - Vote unique
A8-0185/2017 - Sorin Moisă - Am 8
A8-0185/2017 - Sorin Moisă - Am 6
A8-0227/2017 - Hugues Bayet et Evelyn Regner - Am 68
A8-0227/2017 - Hugues Bayet et Evelyn Regner - Am 60
A8-0227/2017 - Hugues Bayet et Evelyn Regner - Am 61rev
A8-0227/2017 - Hugues Bayet et Evelyn Regner - Am 62
A8-0227/2017 - Hugues Bayet et Evelyn Regner - Am 65
A8-0227/2017 - Hugues Bayet et Evelyn Regner - Am 84
A8-0227/2017 - Hugues Bayet et Evelyn Regner - Am 85
A8-0227/2017 - Hugues Bayet et Evelyn Regner - Am 86
A8-0227/2017 - Hugues Bayet et Evelyn Regner - Proposition de la Commission
A8-0193/2017 - Jarosław Wałęsa - Am 24
A8-0193/2017 - Jarosław Wałęsa - Am 22
A8-0229/2017 - Jens Geier - § 9
A8-0229/2017 - Jens Geier - Résolution
A8-0214/2017 - Pascal Durand - Résolution
A8-0222/2017 - Cristian Dan Preda - Résolution
A8-0191/2017 - Hilde Vautmans - Résolution
A8-0224/2017 - Neoklis Sylikiotis - Am 2
A8-0224/2017 - Neoklis Sylikiotis - § 31/1
A8-0224/2017 - Neoklis Sylikiotis - § 31/2
A8-0224/2017 - Neoklis Sylikiotis - § 34/1
A8-0224/2017 - Neoklis Sylikiotis - § 34/2
A8-0224/2017 - Neoklis Sylikiotis - § 45/1
A8-0224/2017 - Neoklis Sylikiotis - § 45/2
A8-0224/2017 - Neoklis Sylikiotis - Résolution (commission EMPL)


WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF VOTE (A8-0207/2017)
EU-Kosovo Framework Agreement on the general principles for the participation of Kosovo in Union programmes

I voted in favour of the Recommendation on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of a Framework Agreement between the European Union and Kosovo on the general principles for the participation of Kosovo in Union programmes. The Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Kosovo entered into force on 1 April 2016. According to the framework agreement, Kosovo will be able to participate in European Union programmes in accordance with its commitments to adopt and apply standards in the areas relevant to the programme concerned and the progress made in that respect. Kosovo will contribute financially to the general budget of the European Union in proportion to the specific European Union programmes in which it participates. The conclusion of the framework agreement will permit the gradual opening of or reinforced participation in certain European Union programmes for Kosovo. I voted in favour because I believe that the participation of Kosovo in European Union programmes will strengthen the European perspective of the country and deepen bilateral relations.

Date issued: July 4, 2017


WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF VOTE (A8-0248/2017)
Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: application EGF/2017/001 ES/Castilla y León mining

I voted in favour of the Report on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (application from Spain EGF/2017/001 ES/Castilla y León mining). The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund has been created in order to provide workers suffering from the consequences of major structural changes in world trade patterns with additional assistance. On 2 June 2017, the Commission adopted a proposal for a decision on the mobilisation of the EGF in favour of Spain to support the reintegration in the labour market of workers made redundant in five mining enterprises operating under the NACE Revision 2 Division 5 in the NUTS level 2 region of Castilla y León (ES41) in Spain. This is the third application to be examined under the 2017 budget and the first in the ‘mining of coal and lignite’ sector. It concerns 339 workers made redundant as well as up to 125 targeted young persons not in employment, education or training (NEETs) under the age of 30. I voted in favour because the region suffers from a lack of job offers in the mining district and high emigration of persons in employable age.

Date issued: July 4, 2017


WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF VOTE (A8-0213/2017)
European standards for the 21st century

I voted in favour of the Report on European Standards – implementation of Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012. On 1 June 2016, the Commission presented a package of Communications outlining the Commission’s vision on how European standard setting should evolve in the next few years. The package consists of four Communications. The package also includes a Commission decision providing the framework for the Joint Initiative on Standardisation (JIS), which is a close partnership between public and private organisations to address current challenges in the standards development process and promote a European standardisation hub, where standards are developed in a timely, open, transparent and inclusive manner. The overarching Commission standardisation package together with the ICT Standards Communication and with the JIS aims at setting out a single and coherent European Standardisation System (ESS) that adapts to the changing environment, supports multiple policies and brings benefits and predictability to consumers and businesses. I voted in favour because I believe that standards are an important tool for the operation of the single market, to enhance European competitiveness, growth and innovation, to support quality, performance and the protection of consumers, business, workers, and the environment, and to develop interoperability of networks and systems.

Date issued: July 4, 2017


WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF VOTE (A8-0235/2017)
Towards a pan-European covered bonds framework

I voted in favour of the report ‘Towards a pan-European covered bonds framework’. Covered bonds (CBs) have always been, ever since their invention more than two centuries ago, a very specific asset class in many ways. Long-established instruments in the financing structures of several Member States, they have proved to be reliable investments for a variety of financial institutions and a convenient and efficient funding option for issuers. The extraordinary degree of safety and liquidity which CBs have exhibited over decades prevailed even in times of severely troubled financial markets, e.g. during the last 10 years. This has led to the recognition of CBs as assets whose holding warrants preferential regulatory treatment under the EU’s financial services legislation. I voted in favour because I believe that more transparency, more public supervision, and more legal certainty can be achieved by extending the institutional principles of CBs to debt instruments which finance important and growth-enhancing economic activities.

Date issued: July 4, 2017


WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF VOTE (A8-0206/2017)
Limitation periods for traffic accidents

I voted in favour of the report with recommendations to the Commission on limitation periods for traffic accidents. Almost 10 years have passed since Parliament adopted a resolution on ‘Limitation periods in cross-border disputes involving personal injuries and fatal accidents’, but the Commission has not yet prepared a specific legislative proposal. Rules of limitation determine the time available for the bringing of a claim for compensation before a court or other competent body. Rules of limitation for tort claims vary widely between the Member States. Specifically, while legal systems in continental Europe refer to ‘prescription periods’, namely periods of time after the expiry of which a claim is deemed extinguished. Rules of limitation for claims are essential to ensure legal certainty and the finality of disputes. These interests should be balanced with the fundamental right to obtain an effective remedy, since unnecessarily short rules of limitation could obstruct effective access to justice across the EU. I voted in favour, because this report contains a proposal for a directive which is to be considered as a first step in facilitating a more natural and spontaneous convergence of Member States’ rules in time.

Date issued: July 4, 2017


WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF VOTE (A8-0210/2017)
Common minimum standards of civil procedure

I voted in favour of the report with recommendations to the Commission on common minimum standards of civil procedure in the EU. Civil procedure provides the means for the enforcement of the substantive rights and duties of legal subjects in legal proceedings. As such, it is inextricably linked with the fundamental right to a fair trial and effective remedy guaranteed under the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (Article 47) and the European Convention on Human Rights (Article 6 ECHR). Currently, there is no uniform law of civil procedure in the EU and the EU still lacks a clear vision on the functioning of common civil procedural law in the European legal order. I voted in favour because I believe that the principle of mutual recognition of judgments and the necessary approximation of legislation would facilitate cooperation between competent authorities and the judicial protection of individual rights. The increased mutual trust between the Member States’ judicial systems will also contribute to the better functioning of the internal market and the fundamental Union freedoms.

Date issued: July 4, 2017


WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF VOTE (A8-0185/2017)
Macro-financial assistance to Moldova

I voted in favour of the report on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council providing macro—financial assistance to the Republic of Moldova. The Republic of Moldova is in the process of recovering its political and economic stability after two challenging years. The country entered economic recession in 2014, when the well-known banking scandal and the fiscal difficulties caused by the suspension of international donors’ support that followed worsened its economic performance, already affected by a contraction in agricultural output due to adverse weather conditions and weak export performance towards some of Moldova’s traditional economic partners, notably Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. In 2015, EU imports from Moldova grew by 5%, despite Moldovan exports contracting with the rest of the World. The Commission proposal is to provide EUR 100 million to Moldova in the form of loans (EUR 60 million) and grants (EUR 40 million). The EU is also providing other financial assistance through budget support relaunched in December 2016 (EUR 45.3 million delivered) following an agreement with the IMF. I voted in favour, because given the difficult economic situation in Moldova, it would be in the EU’s interest to support the reformist programme of the current Moldovan Government.

Date issued: July 4, 2017


WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF VOTE (A8-0227/2017)
Disclosure of income tax information by certain undertakings and branches

I voted in favour of the report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2013/34/EU as regards disclosure of income tax information by certain undertakings and branches. Public country-by-country reporting (CBCR) on tax-relevant company data is a key element in the fight against international tax evasion and tax avoidance and against the race to the bottom between tax systems. Yet the benefits of this directive will go much further. With growing mobility and global and European-wide economic activities, transparency in terms of disclosure is a prerequisite for a strong corporate governance and a tool to enhance corporate social responsibility. I voted in favour because I believe that it is essential that the format of the publication allows for comparison of data and, therefore, propose a standardisation of the format of the reporting documents for all companies within the scope of this directive.

Date issued: July 4, 2017


WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF VOTE (A8-0193/2017)
Introduction of temporary autonomous trade measures for Ukraine

I voted in favour of the report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the introduction of temporary autonomous trade measures for Ukraine supplementing the trade concessions available under the Association Agreement. The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), the economic and trade pillar of the Association Agreement (AA) between the European Union and Ukraine, has been provisionally applied since 1 January 2016. The DCFTA establishes a free trade area for trade in goods over a transitional period of a maximum of ten years. The current Commission proposal is launched in addition to the EU concessions under the DCFTA that are already in force, in view of the enduring difficult economic situation and the economic reform efforts undertaken by Ukraine. The proposal aims at increasing the existing trade flows between the EU and Ukraine. The ATMs are proposed in the form of increased zero tariff-rate quotas for maize, wheat, barley, oats, natural honey, processed tomato and grape juice and a partial or full removal of import duties for industrial products. I voted in favour because I believe that additional preferences to Ukraine may support its economic recovery efforts.

Date issued: July 4, 2017


WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF VOTE (A8-0229/2017)
Draft amending budget n° 2 to the General budget 2017 entering the surplus of the financial year 2016

I voted in favour of the report on the Council position on Draft Amending Budget No 2/2017 of the European Union for the financial year 2017: Entering the surplus of the financial year 2016. The present draft amending budget (DAB) No 2/2017 is intended to enter in the budget 2017 the surplus resulting from the implementation of the budget year 2016. The implementation of the budget year 2016 shows a surplus of EUR 6 404 529 791.03 (excluding the outturn of contributions received from European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries part of the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement), which is therefore entered as revenue in the 2017 budget. The budgeting of the surplus will diminish accordingly the global contribution of the Member States to the financing of the 2017 EU budget. The final contributions by Member States will also be influenced by the updated own resources forecast.

Date issued: July 4, 2017


WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF VOTE (A8-0214/2017)
A longer lifetime for products: benefits for consumers and companies

I voted in favour of the report on a longer lifetime for products: benefits for consumers and companies. Durability of goods, an issue for consumers. The problem of the durability of goods relates to a number of factors: the lack of robust and repairable products, the longevity of software in computer products, the information available to the purchaser etc. Consumer confidence in the robustness of products is low. The declining quality of low-cost products and media coverage of particularly scandalous, albeit apparently marginal, incidents, have played a part in reducing this confidence. European consumers have almost no information on product reliability. Having lost the price signal linking cost to quality, they increasingly opt for low-end products from emerging countries, accelerating the race to the bottom in economic terms. This situation also harms European companies, which often offer higher quality, more durable products. Furthermore, the widespread use of connected objects and the dependence of users on new technologies raises the delicate social issue of the accelerated obsolescence of software and media. I voted in favour because I believe that the development of increasingly resource-efficient products must not encourage short lifetimes or the premature disposal of products.

Date issued: July 4, 2017


WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF VOTE (A8-0222/2017)
Addressing human rights violations in the context of war crimes, and crimes against humanity, including genocide

I voted in favour of the Report on addressing human rights violations in the context of war crimes, and crimes against humanity, including genocide. The crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, also known as ‘atrocity crimes’, are the most serious crimes against humankind. The international community has the duty to prevent atrocity crimes from taking place. The International Criminal Court is currently conducting investigations in nine countries. I voted in favour because I believe that the EU has a commitment to act on the international scene in the name of the principles that inspired its creation: it should be of paramount importance for the EU to address and hold accountable those responsible for severe violations of human rights reaching the gravity threshold of crimes against humanity and genocide and grave breaches of international humanitarian law reaching the level of war crimes. The EU has to step up its efforts to develop a coherent and efficient approach to identifying and responding in a timely fashion to crisis or conflict situations that might lead to an atrocity crime being committed.

Date issued: July 4, 2017


WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF VOTE (A8-0191/2017)
Private security companies

I voted in favour of the report on private security companies. Eurobarometer polls showed that the EU’s citizens want the EU to be more active in the field of security and defence. Private security companies (PSCs), a term which includes private military companies, have been increasingly employed by national governments as well as militaries and civilian agencies, both for the domestic provision of services and support for overseas deployment. However, the European Union does not have a regulatory framework of its own. It is therefore of vital importance to prioritise the establishment of clear rules for interaction, cooperation and assistance between law enforcement and private security companies. PSCs play an important complementary role in aiding the state’s military and civilian agencies by closing capability gaps created by increasing demand for the use of forces abroad, while also occasionally, if circumstances allow, providing surge capacity. I voted in favour because I believe that the EU and its Member States should refrain from outsourcing military operations that involve the use of force and weaponry, participating in hostilities and otherwise engaging in combat or combat areas, beyond legitimate self-defence.

Date issued: July 4, 2017


WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF VOTE (A8-0224/2017)
Working conditions and precarious employment

I voted in favour of the report on working conditions and precarious employment. According to the findings of a number of studies, atypical forms of employment are manifestly on the rise in the EU. The number of workers with – often involuntary – fixed-term and part-time employment contracts has increased considerably in the EU over the last 15 years. At the same time, new forms of employment are blurring the boundaries between dependent employment and self-employment, leading to a decline in job quality and a rise in bogus self-employment. New challenges such as digitalisation, facing both workers and employers, are resulting in a radical transformation of work, with atypical forms of employment becoming increasingly prevalent. It is therefore essential to ensure that social protection and protection under collective agreements and through collective bargaining rights are extended to all workers. I voted in favour because I believe that the Commission and Member States must ensure effective protection at the workplace and introduce comprehensive policies designed to reduce and phase out insecure forms of employment.

Date issued: July 4, 2017