Julie GIRLING : 8th parliamentary term 

Political groups 

  • 01-07-2014 / 27-02-2018 : European Conservatives and Reformists Group - Member
  • 28-02-2018 / 01-07-2019 : Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) - Member

National parties 

  • 01-07-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Conservative Party (United Kingdom)

Member 

  • 01-07-2014 / 18-01-2017 : Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
  • 14-07-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • 01-02-2016 / 04-04-2017 : Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector
  • 19-01-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Substitute 

  • 01-07-2014 / 18-01-2017 : Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
  • 09-07-2014 / 18-01-2017 : Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality
  • 21-01-2016 / 31-01-2016 : Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector
  • 19-01-2017 / 27-02-2018 : Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
  • 19-01-2017 / 27-02-2018 : Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality
  • 26-01-2017 / 13-09-2017 : Committee on Fisheries
  • 08-02-2018 / 27-02-2018 : Special Committee on the Union’s authorisation procedure for pesticides
  • 05-03-2018 / 01-07-2019 : Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality
  • 14-03-2018 / 01-07-2019 : Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
  • 07-06-2018 / 12-12-2018 : Special Committee on the Union’s authorisation procedure for pesticides

Main parliamentary activities 

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

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

POSITION IN THE FORM OF AMENDMENTS on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund Plus, the Cohesion Fund, and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and financial rules for those and for the Asylum and Migration Fund, the Internal Security Fund and the Border Management and Visa Instrument  
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FEMM 
OPINION on implementation and review of the EU-Central Asia Strategy  
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FEMM 
OPINION on investment for jobs and growth: promoting economic, social and territorial cohesion in the Union  
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FEMM 

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 implementation of Directive 2009/128/EC on the sustainable use of pesticides  
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AGRI 
POSITION IN THE FORM OF AMENDMENTS on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 862/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council on Community statistics on migration and international protection  
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FEMM 
OPINION on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European Medicines Agency for the financial year 2016  
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ENVI 

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

Other parliamentary activities 

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

The situation in Hungary (A8-0250/2018 - Judith Sargentini)  
 

The decision to advocate the launch of Article 7(1) proceedings against a Member State is not one we have taken lightly. Our vote today is not an attack on Hungary nor an attack on its people. Nor is our vote necessarily about the content of the report, flawed as it is. Our decision concerns the question of European values, what they are and how we maintain and promote them. Europe, and its neighbourhood, is a family of friendly nations which share the same values, such as freedom, democracy and the rule of law. Like any family, we have disagreements and differences of opinion, yet these common values continue to bind us together. Regrettably, it is clear that Mr. Orbán and the current Hungarian Government have been distancing themselves from these values. The launch of Article 7(1) proceedings would, in our view, provide an opportunity for a constructive and cooperative dialogue with the Hungarian Government in order to prevent the undermining of the values which we all share.

State of play of negotiations with the United Kingdom (B8-0538/2017, B8-0539/2017)  
 

My vote for the non-binding resolution was an acknowledgement that critical progress in the EU-UK Brexit negotiations has not been made, requires a renewed optimistic vigour, and must work to secure the most equitable terms between the 27 and the constituents of the South West, or the UK more broadly. I specifically called on Mr Barnier, the Commission and the Council to open parallel trade negotiations on the principle that no deal is agreed until everything is agreed, urging more communication in a spirit of goodwill and willingness to go forward together.
The motion before Parliament could not be reduced to a position of ‘digging in heels’, instead requiring a careful consideration of the withdrawal negotiations thus far, the atmosphere of those negotiations and the realistic prospects for a future settlement. It was on this analysis that I supported the motion, and in doing so, hope to cajole the institutions and negotiating parties into a more collaborative approach with a sense of immediacy.

The need for an EU strategy to end and prevent the gender pension gap (A8-0197/2017 - Constance Le Grip)  
 

Today, British Conservatives voted to abstain on a report from the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee intended to look at ways to close the gender pension gap, i.e. the difference between the average pre-tax income received as a pension by women and that received by men.
To be clear, we recognise that a gender pension gap exists and supporting measures at EU level to address this problem can be of value. In fact, there are number of sensible suggestions in this report relating to the pooling of best practice and improved data collection to help to identify policy challenges.
However, we chose to abstain because, despite the best efforts of the Rapporteur, wording was adopted that goes beyond the scope of report by casting judgement on different types of social security and pension systems. As clearly stated elsewhere in the report, these areas are the sole responsibility of Member States.
In a similar vein, whilst the Commission has competence in relation to equality, we cannot support calls for the EU to adopt social protection measures. Moreover, well-intentioned references to unisex life tariffs often lead to unintended consequences for industry and, as a result, increased costs for consumers.

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

Declarations 

Declaration of financial interests 

Declarations of participation by Members in events organised by third parties