Dace MELBĀRDE : Γραπτές αιτιολογήσεις ψήφου 

Οι βουλευτές μπορούν να υποβάλουν γραπτή αιτιολόγηση της ψήφου τους στην ολομέλεια. Άρθρο 194 του Κανονισμού

Κοινός φορτιστής για κινητό ραδιοεξοπλισμό (RC-B9-0070/2020, B9-0070/2020, B9-0072/2020, B9-0074/2020, B9-0075/2020, B9-0076/2020, B9-0085/2020) EN  

. ‒ I abstained in the vote on the common charger for mobile radio equipment. Whilst I support the resolution’s call for a reduction in electronic waste and in theory I agree that a common charger would be convenient, we must also be pragmatic. We must be careful not to stifle innovation or to limit consumer choice. The current de facto standards for chargers emerged through market forces and fierce competition, not through regulation. By enforcing a common charger, we risk letting down our consumers who, in the near future, may not be able reap the benefits of the latest technological progress.
Furthermore, we will not be reducing waste if, as Parliament calls for, the Commission sets one charger standard immediately, thus rendering all other existing chargers obsolete (and in effect contributing to increased waste in the short term). Nor is waste reduced if we constantly change the ‘common’ charger, therefore also effectively forcing users to constantly upgrade their accessories. Understanding the above, I remain reserved about the initiative for a common charger and cannot support Parliament’s resolution.

15η σύνοδος της Διάσκεψης των μερών (COP15) της Σύμβασης για τη βιολογική ποικιλότητα (Kunming 2020) (B9-0035/2020) EN  

I abstained for the resolution on the 15th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Yet, I agree that there are significant environmental challenges that we are already facing now, both at the regional and national level within the EU on the hand as well as globally. We must remember that biodiversity is paramount if we want to ensure effective food production, healthy environment as well as sustainable development. In order to meet the biodiversity objectives, the EU needs to allocate appropriate and sufficient financing. That is why nature protection needs to be among the key priorities within the context of the European Green Deal while measures relating to climate proofing need to be part of the next multi-annual financial framework. However, I could not support the report in its entirety because we must refrain from blanket bans of techniques that are helping to put food on our tables already now. Similarly, we do need research of promising technologies that can offer viable solutions for the future.

Η Ευρωπαϊκή Πράσινη Συμφωνία (RC-B9-0040/2020, B9-0040/2020, B9-0041/2020, B9-0042/2020, B9-0043/2020, B9-0044/2020, B9-0045/2020, B9-0046/2020) EN  

I voted in favour for the European Green Deal resolution. It is high time that we not merely acknowledge the issue of climate change, but that we also start acting. We need higher targets for energy efficiency and renewable energy as well as less pollution and less waste. Within the context, it is paramount that all industries and sectors are subject to the same high standards and scrutinised within the context of the Green Deal. Nevertheless, we must make sure that no country is left behind and that this green transition benefits all Member States and their regions. Similarly, the EU must ensure that energy security is not in any way jeopardised along the way. Yet to be at the forefront of the change, it is a necessity, not an option, for the EU to set the bar high and aim for an emission reductions goal of 55% by 2030 and to be climate neutral by the mid-21st Century.

Τα δικαιώματα του παιδιού επ’ ευκαιρία της 30ής επετείου της Σύμβασης για τα Δικαιώματα του Παιδιού (B9-0178/2019, B9-0179/2019, B9-0180/2019) EN  

It is notable that the European Parliament is marking the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by having a resolution on it. The Parliament’s text calls for best interests of child to be respected, condemns all forms of violence against children, and, within context, correctly assess the current challenges.
However, I could not fully support the Parliament’s resolution. One of my reservations related to the disregard of the subsidiarity principle, especially in relation to education and more importantly its content, which is the responsibility of the Member States. Furthermore, I am against the approach whereby the Parliament’s resolution is tying together rights of children with promotion of certain political agendas. Meanwhile, important amendments which recite the CRC’s original text, for instance, one of the first paragraphs of the preamble that states that children ‘should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding’ was voted down. Similarly major amendments on female genital mutilation (FGM) and references to some existing resolutions were all rejected.
Thus whilst I support majority of the resolution’s text, I cannot fully support all of it. I therefore abstained in the final vote on the resolution.