Addendum




Ireland

(11 MEPs displayed)

Annual report on competition policy
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
A8-0474/2018:


Lynn
BOYLAN
 FOR (+) . – I abstained on this report from a Greens rapporteur. It includes many good points that I agree with, highlighting current cases of mergers and acquisitions, such as Monsanto and Bayer, and the resulting problems of high market concentration in food supply chains. It highlights ongoing action by the Commission in several anti-cartel and anti-trust cases, and calls for an end to state subsidies for the fossil fuels industry, which I support.
There were some points that I disagreed with, such as fully supporting the EU’s state aid rules, and calling for more power for the Parliament on taxation matters in relation to the Council. As a result of the inclusion of these latter points in the report, I did not vote in favour but abstained.
Matt
CARTHY
 FOR (+) I abstained on this report from a Greens rapporteur. It includes many good points that I agree with, highlighting current cases of mergers and acquisitions, such as Monsanto and Bayer, and the resulting problems of high market concentration in food supply chains. It highlights ongoing action by the Commission in several anti-cartel and anti-trust cases, and calls for an end to state subsidies for the fossil fuels industry, which I support. There were some points that I disagreed with, such as fully supporting the EU’s state aid rules, and calling for more power for the Parliament on taxation matters in relation to the Council. As a result of the inclusion of these latter points in the report, I did not vote in favour but abstained.
Nessa
CHILDERS
 FOR
Deirdre
CLUNE
 FOR (+) I abstained from this report as a whole due to the strong calls for the implementation of CCCTB and calls for the removal of the unanimity principle for voting on tax matters in the Council as well as voting in favour of issues regarding the food supply chain for small farmers.
Brian
CROWLEY
 (excused)
Luke Ming
FLANAGAN
 FOR (+) Competition policy is one of the pillars of the European Union and has been a privileged instrument in the dismantling of welfare states throughout the Union. The truth, however, is that it is a poorly defined policy that has lived through different times throughout its history.
The current Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager is making use of competition policy, among other things, to limit the discretion of aggressive tax policies by some companies and states and to sanction monopolistic practices by some large companies, especially in the digital sector.
The text that is presented in Plenary is the report that Parliament makes annually on this subject and it has the purpose of expressing the concerns and observations of the Parliament regarding this policy.
On this occasion, the Report was the responsibility of Michel Raimon, a member of the Greens whose social and environmental concerns have been reflected in the final draft of the Report.
There were several critical RCVs – paras 40, 41 & 78 – which I supported; because they fell, I voted against.
Marian
HARKIN
 FOR (+) I abstained on the final vote for the Annual Report on Competition Policy. While I supported a number of amendments on this report, including an amendment which called for the Parliament to be given co-decision powers to shape the framework for competition rules, I abstained on this vote because I could not support particular paragraphs in this report, namely paragraphs 35 and 39.
Paragraph 35 stresses that Europe needs a strong harmonised framework on reporting and corporate taxation for multinational companies and a common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB). I could not support this paragraph as Ireland’s ability to maintain its own corporate tax rate is a cornerstone to the Irish economy.
Paragraph 39 acknowledges that taxation remains primarily a national competence given the unanimity threshold in the Council and that the choice of policy thereby depends on the political view and orientation of the Member States’ respective national governments and parliaments. The paragraph concludes that there is a need to ensure that national tax policies do not distort fair competition and thereby that tax and competition policy are applied consistently within the internal market. Again, Ireland’s ability to set its own corporate tax rate must remain with the Oireachtas.
Brian
HAYES
 FOR
Seán
KELLY
 FOR
Mairead
McGUINNESS
 FOR (+) I abstained on this report as this report infringes on the principle of subsidiarity with regard to tax policies.
Liadh
NÍ RIADA
 FOR (+) . – I abstained on this report from a Greens rapporteur. It includes many good points that I agree with, highlighting current cases of mergers and acquisitions, such as Monsanto and Bayer, and the resulting problems of high market concentration in food supply chains. It highlights ongoing action by the Commission in several anti-cartel and anti-trust cases, and calls for an end to state subsidies for the fossil fuels industry, which I support.
There were some points that I disagreed with, such as fully supporting the EU’s state aid rules, and calling for more power for the Parliament on taxation matters in relation to the Council. As a result of the inclusion of these latter points in the report, I did not vote in favour but abstained.