Addendum




Ireland

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Amendments to Parliament`s Rules of Procedure
Committee on Constitutional Affairs
A8-0462/2018:


Lynn
BOYLAN
 AGAINST (+) . – We voted to abstain on this report. While the report recommends an increase in the transparency particularly regarding lobbyists, these recommendations are neither strong or comprehensive enough, and do not set it as a requirement for all lobbyists to be on a transparency register and for these meetings to be declared by all MEPs. Furthermore, it is reprehensible that the European Parliament held a secret vote on recommendations to increase the transparency of meetings with lobbyists. The report also endangers the independence of national delegations in the European Parliament, requiring them to submit written declarations to their European Group stating that they share the same political affinity. This would elevate the European group’s concerns above that of the national delegations. Sinn Féin resists all attempts to reduce the independence and autonomy of national delegations. Sinn Féin policy is informed by our membership, and not by our European political group.
Matt
CARTHY
 AGAINST (+) I voted to abstain on this report. While the report recommends an increase in the transparency particularly regarding lobbyists, these recommendations are neither strong or comprehensive enough, and do not set it as a requirement for all lobbyists to be on a transparency register and for these meetings to be declared by all MEPs. Furthermore, it is reprehensible that the European Parliament held a secret vote on recommendations to increase the transparency of meetings with lobbyists. The report also endangers the independence of national delegations in the European Parliament, requiring them to submit written declarations to their European Group stating that they share the same political affinity. This would elevate the European group’s concerns above that of the national delegations. Sinn Féin resists all attempts to reduce the independence and autonomy of national delegations. Sinn Féin policy is informed by our membership, and not by our European political group.
Nessa
CHILDERS
 FOR
Deirdre
CLUNE
 FOR
Brian
CROWLEY
 (excused)
Luke Ming
FLANAGAN
 AGAINST (+) This report sought to make amendments to the European Parliament’s Rules of Procedure. I supported the vote for increased transparency around lobbying members in key positions like rapporteur, shadow, chair etc. The call for a secret ballot on this vote was extremely disappointing from the EPP. I rejected the proposed tightening of rules around forming political groups in the Parliament. I don’t think major groups should be able to dictate what does or doesn’t constitute common political aims. A democratic institution wouldn’t try to stifle opposition like this. I voted in favour of the resolution as a whole.
Marian
HARKIN
 FOR (+) The votes on this report are focused on four areas of the current Rules of Procedure within the European Parliament, namely; the Standards of Conduct, Transparency, Parliamentary Questions and European Political Parties and Foundations. The most contentious issue of this vote was increasing the transparency of meetings between Members of Parliament and lobbyists, particularly Amendment 20, which detailed that Members should be required to meet exclusively with lobbyist groups and their representatives who have registered on the Transparency Register. Any scheduled meetings should then be published online. I voted in favour of these amendments to increase transparency, as I believe it is important that the ability for big businesses to lobby Members for their own gain should be significantly reduced. Additionally, this legislation will provide mandatory guidelines for rapporteurs, shadows and chairs with regards to publishing meetings, as well as increased levels of transparency on the General Expenditure Allowance. It is incredibly important for all EU institutions to be continually committed to transparency and accountability across the EU.
Brian
HAYES
 FOR
Seán
KELLY
 FOR
Mairead
McGUINNESS
 FOR (+) I voted in favour of changes to the Rules of Procedure governing the way the Parliament operates, including supporting increased transparency.
Liadh
NÍ RIADA
 AGAINST (+) . – We voted to abstain on this report. While the report recommends an increase in the transparency particularly regarding lobbyists, these recommendations are neither strong or comprehensive enough, and do not set it as a requirement for all lobbyists to be on a transparency register and for these meetings to be declared by all MEPs. Furthermore, it is reprehensible that the European Parliament held a secret vote on recommendations to increase the transparency of meetings with lobbyists. The report also endangers the independence of national delegations in the European Parliament, requiring them to submit written declarations to their European Group stating that they share the same political affinity. This would elevate the European group’s concerns above that of the national delegations. Sinn Féin resists all attempts to reduce the independence and autonomy of national delegations. Sinn Féin policy is informed by our membership, and not by our European political group.