Addendum




Ireland

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Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories with the European Union including relations between the EU, Greenland and Denmark
Committee on Development
A8-0480/2018:


Lynn
BOYLAN
 FOR (+) . – There are currently 25 Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) associated with EU Member States, but not part of the customs union or internal market, meaning that EU legislation does not apply. The Overseas Association Decision (OAD) outlines the special relationship that most of these OCT’s have with the EU, including funding under the European Development Fund (EDF). Greenland currently has a separate arrangement – the Greenland Decision – funded from the EU budget.
After Brexit, the number of OCTs will drop to 13. The Commission has therefore proposed a new OAD as a unified framework for all OCTs, with a single financial instrument that is part of the upcoming European budget for 2021-2027. It would also merge with the Greenland Decision, creating a unified regime for all remaining OCTs.
This report improves on the Commission proposal by calling specifically for funding to go towards good governance, protecting biodiversity, combating climate change, gender balance and tackling youth unemployment, amongst other things.
I therefore voted in favour of the report.
Matt
CARTHY
 FOR (+) There are currently 25 Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) associated with EU Member States, but not part of the customs union or internal market, meaning that EU legislation does not apply. The Overseas Association Decision (OAD) outlines the special relationship that most of these OCT’s have with the EU, including funding under the European Development Fund (EDF). Greenland currently has a separate arrangement – the Greenland Decision – funded from the EU budget.
After Brexit, the number of OCTs will drop to 13. The Commission has therefore proposed a new OAD as a unified framework for all OCTs, with a single financial instrument that is part of the upcoming European budget for 2021-2027. It would also merge with the Greenland Decision, creating a unified regime for all remaining OCTs.
This report improves on the Commission proposal by calling specifically for funding to go towards good governance, protecting biodiversity, combating climate change, gender balance and tackling youth unemployment, amongst other things.
Nessa
CHILDERS
 FOR
Deirdre
CLUNE
 FOR (+) I voted in favour of the report, which brings together the funds for all EU overseas countries and territories under the EU budget, as part of a new heading 6, ‘Neighbourhood and the world’.
Brian
CROWLEY
 (excused)
Luke Ming
FLANAGAN
 FOR (+) I chose to vote in favour of this as it recognises that the 13 overseas countries and territories (OCTs) linked to Denmark, France and the Netherlands are a part of the European Union at a time when Brexit is happening, and they need assurances regarding their European citizenship. It will also give these OCTs EU funding to protect their biodiversity and to help them adapt to the effects of climate change.
Marian
HARKIN
 FOR (+) This report concerns amendments to the budget and objectives of the association of the overseas countries and territories (OCT) with the European Union. The OCTs are located in the Atlantic, Antarctic, Arctic, Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific regions, and their relationships with the EU have wide-reaching autonomy, covering areas such as economic affairs, employment market, public health, home affairs and customs. The Commission has proposed that the association between the EU and the OCTs should contribute to the achievement of the sustainable goals, as outlined in the Paris Agreement. In addition, the EU will assist the OCTs in several of their challenges, such as strengthening their resilience and reducing their economic and environmental vulnerability. The finances for the programme for the 2021-2027 period will be raised to EUR 669 million from EUR 500 million, as proposed by the Commission, to focus on the improvement of territorial cooperation and regional cooperation. I voted in favour of this proposal as it is integral that this association continue to foster the development of the OCT nations, as well as promoting the fundamental principles of the EU within them, namely democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights.
Brian
HAYES
 FOR
Seán
KELLY
 FOR (+) I voted in favour of this report. The proposed decision would bring together the funds for all EU overseas countries and territories under the EU budget, as part of new heading 6, ‘Neighbourhood and the world’. Some changes made in the proposal include a greater focus on the implementation of SDGs, non-discrimination principles, gender equality and good governance and an increase of the general budget of the instrument (from EUR 500 million to EUR 669 million).
Mairead
McGUINNESS
 FOR (+) I supported this report, which brings together the funds for all EU overseas countries and territories under the EU budget, as part of a new heading 6, ‘Neighbourhood and the world’.
Liadh
NÍ RIADA
 FOR (+) . – There are currently 25 Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) associated with EU Member States, but not part of the customs union or internal market, meaning that EU legislation does not apply. The Overseas Association Decision (OAD) outlines the special relationship that most of these OCT’s have with the EU, including funding under the European Development Fund (EDF). Greenland currently has a separate arrangement – the Greenland Decision – funded from the EU budget.
After Brexit, the number of OCTs will drop to 13. The Commission has therefore proposed a new OAD as a unified framework for all OCTs, with a single financial instrument that is part of the upcoming European budget for 2021-2027. It would also merge with the Greenland Decision, creating a unified regime for all remaining OCTs.
This report improves on the Commission proposal by calling specifically for funding to go towards good governance, protecting biodiversity, combating climate change, gender balance and tackling youth unemployment, amongst other things.
I therefore voted in favour of the report.