Nessa CHILDERS : 8th parliamentary term 

Political groups 

  • 01-07-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament - Member

National parties 

  • 01-07-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Independent (Ireland)

Member 

  • 01-07-2014 / 18-01-2017 : Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
  • 19-01-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Substitute 

  • 08-07-2014 / 18-01-2017 : Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
  • 08-07-2014 / 18-01-2017 : Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality
  • 17-09-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Delegation for relations with Switzerland and Norway and to the EU-Iceland Joint Parliamentary Committee and the European Economic Area (EEA) Joint Parliamentary Committee
  • 25-02-2015 / 30-11-2015 : Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect
  • 02-12-2015 / 02-08-2016 : Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect (TAXE 2)
  • 24-06-2016 / 13-12-2017 : Committee of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion
  • 19-01-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

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)

Opinions - as rapporteur 
Committees may draft an opinion to a report of the responsible committee covering the elements linked to their committee remit. Rapporteurs of such opinions are also responsible for the drafting of compromise amendments and negotiations with shadow rapporteurs of the opinion. Rule 56, Rule 57, Annex VI

OPINION on Progress Report on the implementation of the European Disability Strategy (2010 - 2020)  
- ENVI_AD(2017)606210 -  
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OPINION on implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with special regard to the Concluding Observations of the UN CRPD Committee  
- ENVI_AD(2016)577058 -  
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OPINION on transparency, accountability and integrity in the EU institutions  
- ENVI_AD(2015)557227 -  
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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 Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of persons reporting on breaches of Union law  
- ENVI_AD(2018)623622 -  
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OPINION on legitimate measures to protect whistle-blowers acting in the public interest when disclosing the confidential information of companies and public bodies  
- ENVI_AD(2017)604553 -  
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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

EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (A8-0053/2019 - David Martin)  
 

I am disappointed to see a majority of my colleagues persisting with this model that grants big business an exclusive judicial forum to challenge government policy-making whenever they think decisions taken in the public interest will interfere with their profits.
The Investor Court System, which the EU executive champions as an important reform to a dispute settlement, actually maintains the all the perverse features of this flawed approach.
We are willingly taking our own governments hostage to a maximalist doctrine of ‘legitimate expectations’ from the business sector which can and does chill regulation, on pain of extortionately expensive litigation.
By pushing this model, particularly among developed countries, we are effectively undermining our own legal and judicial institutions, where the same legal standards should apply to all under the same conditions.
There is a groundswell of frustration and anger against the unequal dividends of globalisation among the general public.
Those who claim to defend it are actually undermining open societies by turning a deaf ear to their legitimate concerns.

Roma integration strategies (B8-0098/2019)  
 

It is clear that more efforts are needed in all areas of Roma integration in Europe. The resolution today is asking that the next Commission make Roma inclusion one of its priorities, as a follow up to last year’s Report on the fundamental rights aspects in Roma integration in the EU: fighting anti-Gypsyism.
Last year the Parliament asked for Member States to end statelessness, to ensure access to all the essential basic services, including healthcare, housing and education. However, since then very little progress has been made. Furthermore, Member States and the Commission should also ensure deeper involvement of Roma representatives in the development and implementation of this EU strategic framework.
Lastly, the Parliament is now asking for a wider set of priorities, clear targets, timelines and indicators for monitoring to be established so that, in the future, progress can be clearly evaluated. We sincerely hope these recommendations will be taken into account seriously and with urgency.

Care services in the EU for improved gender equality (A8-0352/2018 - Sirpa Pietikäinen)  
 

The unequal involvement of men and women in care and domestic activities remains a persistent challenge. The average amount of time spent on unpaid domestic and care work is more than three times higher for women than men. One year has passed since EU leaders signed the European Pillar of Social Rights and ye, there is little sign of progress as many of the legislative files falling under the Pillar have been stalled in the Council.
With an ageing population, the demand on care services is increasing year on year and the existing approaches to care are no longer suited to new models of work such as zero-hour contracts or night shifts.
It is a positive step that some Member States have introduced fiscal incentives for companies that provide childcare for their employees in order to improve work-life balance. However, new solutions are still lacking in many Member States. Furthermore, the Commission needs to ensure that the European Institute for Gender Equality possesses adequate resources to monitor the development of care infrastructure and the implementation of work-life balance policies.

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

Questions to the ECB and concerning the SSM and the SRM 
Members can put questions for written reply to the ECB and questions concerning the Single Supervisory Mechanism and the Single Resolution Mechanism. Such questions are first submitted to the Chair of the responsible committee.Rule 140, Rule 141, Annex III

Individual motions for resolutions  
Any Member may table a motion for resolution on a matter falling within the spheres of activity of the EU. Admissible motions are referred to the committee responsible, which shall decide what procedure is to be followed. Rule 143

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 the Social and Solidarity Economy  
- P8_DCL(2016)0124 - Lapsed  
Lynn BOYLAN , Nessa CHILDERS , Marian HARKIN , Liadh NÍ RIADA , Josu JUARISTI ABAUNZ , Matt CARTHY , Stelios KOULOGLOU , Tania GONZÁLEZ PEÑAS , Martina ANDERSON , Marina ALBIOL GUZMÁN , Estefanía TORRES MARTÍNEZ , Miguel URBÁN CRESPO  
Date opened : 30-11-2016
Lapse date : 01-03-2017
Number of signatories : 35 - 02-03-2017
Written declaration on chronic respiratory diseases  
- P8_DCL(2016)0115 - Lapsed  
Alberto CIRIO , Karin KADENBACH , Catherine STIHLER , Kateřina KONEČNÁ , Biljana BORZAN , Eva KAILI , Piernicola PEDICINI , David BORRELLI , Damiano ZOFFOLI , Sirpa PIETIKÄINEN , Nessa CHILDERS , Cristian-Silviu BUŞOI  
Date opened : 24-10-2016
Lapse date : 24-01-2017
Number of signatories : 249 - 25-01-2017
Written declaration on Leonard Peltier  
- P8_DCL(2016)0113 - Lapsed  
Lynn BOYLAN , Brian HAYES , Michèle RIVASI , Tania GONZÁLEZ PEÑAS , Marina ALBIOL GUZMÁN , Josu JUARISTI ABAUNZ , Neoklis SYLIKIOTIS , Nessa CHILDERS , Paloma LÓPEZ BERMEJO , Takis HADJIGEORGIOU , Matt CARTHY , Liadh NÍ RIADA , Martina ANDERSON  
Date opened : 24-10-2016
Lapse date : 24-01-2017
Number of signatories : 29 - 25-01-2017

Declarations