Tunne KELAM : 8th parliamentary term 

Political groups 

  • 01-07-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) - Member

National parties 

  • 01-07-2014 / 18-06-2018 : Erakond Isamaa ja Res Publica Liit (Estonia)
  • 19-06-2018 / 01-07-2019 : Isamaa (Estonia)

Member 

  • 01-07-2014 / 18-01-2017 : Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • 01-07-2014 / 18-01-2017 : Subcommittee on Security and Defence
  • 14-07-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Delegation for relations with the United States
  • 19-01-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • 19-01-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Substitute 

  • 01-07-2014 / 18-01-2017 : Committee on Regional Development
  • 14-07-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Delegation to the EU-North Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee
  • 19-01-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Committee on Regional Development

Main parliamentary activities 

Contributions to plenary debates 
Speeches made during the plenary session and written declarations relating to plenary debates. Rules Rule 204 and 171(11)

Reports - as rapporteur 
A rapporteur is appointed in the responsible parliamentary committee to draft a report on proposals of a legislative or budgetary nature, or other issues. In drafting their report, rapporteurs may consult with relevant experts and stakeholders. They are also responsible for the drafting of compromise amendments and negotiations with shadow rapporteurs. Reports adopted at committee level are then examined and voted on in plenary. Rule 55

Reports - as shadow rapporteur 
Political groups designate a shadow rapporteur for each report in the responsible committee to follow progress and negotiate compromise texts with the rapporteur. Rule 215

Opinions - as shadow rapporteur 
Political groups designate a shadow rapporteur for an opinion to follow progress and negotiate compromise texts with the rapporteur. Rule 215

OPINION on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Connecting Europe Facility and repealing Regulations (EU) No 1316/2013 and (EU) No 283/2014  
- AFET_AD(2018)627015 -  
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AFET 
OPINION on an integrated European Union policy for the Arctic  
- REGI_AD(2016)589342 -  
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REGI 

Motions for resolutions 
Motions for resolutions are tabled on topical issues, at the request of a committee, a political group or at least 5% of the Members, and voted on in plenary. Rule 132, Rule 136, Rule 139, Rule 144.

Oral questions 
Questions for oral answer with debate, addressed to the European Commission, the Council or the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union can be tabled by a committee, a political group or at least 5% of Parliament’s members. Rule 136

Minor interpellations 
Minor interpellations for written answer, addressed to the European Commission, the Council or the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union, may be tabled by a committee, a political group or at least 5% of Parliament’s Members. Rule 130a, Annex III

Major interpellations 
Major interpellations for written answer with debate, addressed to the European Commission, the Council or the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union, may be tabled by a committee, a political group or at least 5% of Parliament’s component Members. Rule 139, Annex III

Other parliamentary activities 

Written explanations of vote 
Members can submit a written explanation of their vote in plenary. Rule 194

Discontinuing seasonal changes of time (A8-0169/2019 - Marita Ulvskog)  
 

I voted in favour of this report.
I have been advocating an end to the practice of changing the clock twice a year for a long time. This practice was established in the US 101 years ago to maximise the light period of the day. 21st century workers no longer follow natural light cycles of the day, making this old habit redundant.
For many people changing the clocks brings severe psychological suffering, causing sleeping troubles, constant tiredness and distress for several days, or even weeks. Not to mention the practical nuisance of changing the clocks: even if most of our devices are digital and change the time automatically, we still need to check whether we are in the real time and not the old time.
Therefore, I very much welcome the adoption of this report and an early end to changing the clocks, namely on 1 April 2021, when the directive will enter into force. A coordination mechanism will be established with the aim of ensuring a harmonised and coordinated approach to time arrangements throughout the Union

Report on financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance (A8-0170/2019 - Jeppe Kofod, Luděk Niedermayer)  
 

I voted in favour of this report.
This report not only serves to significantly step up the EU’s fight against financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance, but it looks self-critically at how the EU Member States could improve their efforts.
Bringing corruption under control should be one of our main concerns. Corruption, money laundering and tax evasion do not only hamper European economic coherence, they also pose a threat to our societies, our security. The bloody Russian money being white-washed through European banks, or oligarchs purchasing EU passports, and insufficient exchange between national tax authorities is paralysing thorough investigations.
I am glad that the report calls to phase out all ‘Golden Visa/Passport’ schemes. For a European financial police within the framework of Europol with own investigatory capacities, this clearly presumes extended and deepened cooperation and exchange between national tax authorities and respective law authorities.
I do also think we should name and shame the Member States. Their practices harm us all, and this has to stop.
I am also in favour of creating a concrete ECON subcommittee to continue this very important work of the current TAXE, TAX2, PANA and TAX3 committees. This is also showing European citizens that we take corruption seriously and we do aim to fight it to the bone.

Establishing the Connecting Europe Facility (A8-0409/2018 - Henna Virkkunen, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Pavel Telička)  
 

. ‒ I voted in favour of the CEF regulation. I am especially pleased that Parliament approved the funding for the defence purposes, namely military mobility. Providing funds that would enable upgrading existing and constructing new transport links to ensure that they meet military requirements is crucial for the EU’s credibility in defending its citizens and territory.
Another crucial aspect that the vote changed concerns transferring from the Cohesion Fund to the CEF which will help to realise EU added-value major infrastructure projects that Member States alone would not undertake from their normal Structural Funds. Using the Cohesion Fund transfer through the CEF by means of direct management by the Commission will guarantee the better use of EU funds, making sure that the funds are given to the best and most mature projects.
To further guarantee the realisation of the TEN-T network by 2030 and finalise the major EU added-value cross-border projects and missing links, the Cohesion Fund transfer should be distributed based on the certain degree of competitiveness as proposed by the Commission and reintroduced by Amendment 2. This competitive approach is further helping with good management of EU funds.

Written questions 
Members can submit a specific number of questions to the President of the European Council, the Council, the Commission and the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union, for written answer. Rule 138, Annex III

Written declarations (up to 16 January 2017) 
**This instrument no longer exists since 16 January 2017**. A written declaration was an initiative on a matter falling within the EU’s competence. It could be co-signed by Members within a 3 month period.

Written declaration on stopping organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China  
- P8_DCL(2016)0048 - Closed with majority  
Louis MICHEL , Ramon TREMOSA i BALCELLS , Tunne KELAM , László TŐKÉS , Mark DEMESMAEKER , Patricija ŠULIN , Tomáš ZDECHOVSKÝ , Klaus BUCHNER , Arne GERICKE , Branislav ŠKRIPEK , Stefan ECK , Cristian Dan PREDA  
Date opened : 27-04-2016
Lapse date : 27-07-2016
Adopted (date) : 27-07-2016
List of signatories : P8_PV(2016)09-12(ANN02)
Number of signatories : 414 - 27-07-2016
Written declaration on aviation safety and dangerous flights of military aircraft  
- P8_DCL(2015)0052 - Lapsed  
Urmas PAET , Kaja KALLAS , Petras AUŠTREVIČIUS , Cecilia WIKSTRÖM , Heidi HAUTALA , Marju LAURISTIN , Tunne KELAM , Indrek TARAND , Artis PABRIKS , Anna FOTYGA , Ilhan KYUCHYUK , Filiz HYUSMENOVA , Jozo RADOŠ , Pavel TELIČKA , Svetoslav Hristov MALINOV , Gabrielius LANDSBERGIS , Bronis ROPĖ , Norica NICOLAI , Inese VAIDERE , Pál CSÁKY , Tibor SZANYI , Kosma ZŁOTOWSKI , Jussi HALLA-AHO , Milan ZVER , Marian-Jean MARINESCU , Bogdan Andrzej ZDROJEWSKI , Henna VIRKKUNEN , Ian DUNCAN , Patricija ŠULIN , Ivan JAKOVČIĆ , Benedek JÁVOR , Dubravka ŠUICA , Jeppe KOFOD , Hilde VAUTMANS , Ivan ŠTEFANEC , Beata GOSIEWSKA , Mircea DIACONU , Daniel DALTON , Daniel BUDA , Krišjānis KARIŅŠ , Sandra KALNIETE , Pavel SVOBODA  
Date opened : 05-10-2015
Lapse date : 05-01-2016
Number of signatories : 106 - 06-01-2016
Written declaration on the more effective and coordinated implementation of the EU macro-regional strategies  
- P8_DCL(2015)0016 - Lapsed  
Zigmantas BALČYTIS , Adam GIEREK , Tunne KELAM , Krišjānis KARIŅŠ , Bogusław LIBERADZKI , Liisa JAAKONSAARI , Roberts ZĪLE , Marju LAURISTIN , Victor BOŞTINARU , Viorica DĂNCILĂ  
Date opened : 27-04-2015
Lapse date : 27-07-2015
Number of signatories : 79 - 28-07-2015

Declarations 

Declaration of financial interests