Martina ANDERSON : Kirjalliset äänestysselitykset 

Jäsenet voivat antaa täysistuntoäänestyksestä kirjallisen selityksen. Työjärjestyksen 194 artikla

Käynnissä olevat SEU-sopimuksen 7 artiklan 1 kohdan mukaiset Puolaa ja Unkaria koskevat kuulemiset (B9-0032/2020) EN  
 

. – I voted in favour of the resolution on Poland and Hungary
The resolution aimed at sending a strong signal to the Council who has currently two parallel Article 7(1) Procedures on Poland and Hungary, two countries that have seen in the past years a grave deterioration of the rule of law situation.
The highlighted the deterioration of the situation in both countries since article 7(1) was triggered and calls on the Council to address these new developments and risks of breaches in the ongoing procedures and insisted on a formal invitation of the European Parliament to a formal Council Meeting (as the Institution that triggered the Article 7(1) regarding Hungary) and called on the Council to keep the Parliament informed at all stages of the procedure;

Euroopan oikeusasiamiehen toiminta vuonna 2018 (A9-0032/2019 - Peter Jahr) EN  
 

. – I voted in favour of the report on the Activities of the European Ombudsman in 2018.
The mandate of the European Ombudsman is described in Article 228 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, allowing the office to receive complaints concerning instances of maladministration in the activities of the Union institutions, bodies, offices or agencies, with the exception of the Court of Justice of the European Union acting in its judicial role.
Maladministration is defined as ‘poor or failed administration, which occurs if an institution fails to act in accordance with the law, fails to respect the principles of good administration, or violates human rights’.
The report notes with great concern that inquiries relating to transparency and accountability, including on access to information and documents, continued to account for the greatest proportion of cases handled by the Ombudsman.

Euroopan parlamentin kanta Euroopan tulevaisuutta käsittelevään konferenssiin (B9-0036/2020, B9-0037/2020, B9-0038/2020) EN  
 

. – I abstained on this resolution.
While it goes some way towards seeking to involve citizens in discussions about the future of the EU, it still puts too much emphasis on a process driven by EU institutions. It doesn't recognise the democratic deficit in the EU, and in particular the way in which the Lisbon Treaty was brought in despite its rejection in referenda is various member states.
However, I am opposed to the sorts of Treaty change which are being discussed now, which would be likely to further centralise decision-making and increase the militarisation of the EU. I supported amendments which would strengthen the involvement of citizens and national parliaments in any discussion on the future of the EU, as well as to consider the transfer of powers back to member states.

Makrotaloudellinen rahoitusapu Jordanialle (A9-0045/2019 - Luisa Regimenti) EN  
 

. – I voted to abstain on this file because it is a structural adjustment programme not humanitarian support. Despite, my groups attempts to amend the agreement, the 500 million EUR is entirely in the form of loans not grants. In order to receive these loans the Jordanian government had to agree to adhere to IMF structural reforms that have damaged so many economies since they began being imposed on the global south since the 1980s. I abstained because I disagree with the terms on which the money is being made available to Jordan. I support supporting Jordan, particularly as a country that hosts 1.3 million refugees but completely oppose the use of crises to imposes structural adjustment programmes on third countries.

EU:n ja Sveitsin sopimus rajatylittävän yhteistyön tehostamisesta erityisesti terrorismin ja rajatylittävän rikollisuuden torjumiseksi (A9-0043/2019 - Roberta Metsola) EN  
 

. – I abstained on this report. On the island of Ireland, cross-border cooperation is vitally important, particularly in terms of encouraging cross-border cooperation between the Gardaí and PSNI. Significantly however, this report relates directly to the so-called ‘Prum’ decision, and is a marker of particular concern for Sinn Féin. Sinn Féin does not support the ‘Prum’ decision as the unilateral collection of data is a disproportional mechanism and disregards a person’s right to protection of personal data and privacy. I therefore opted to abstain.

EU:n ja Liechtensteinin sopimus rajatylittävän yhteistyön tehostamisesta erityisesti terrorismin ja rajatylittävän rikollisuuden torjumiseksi (A9-0044/2019 - Roberta Metsola) EN  
 

. – I abstained on this report. On the island of Ireland, cross-border cooperation is vitally important, particularly in terms of encouraging cross-border cooperation between the Gardaí and PSNI. Significantly however, this report relates directly to the so-called ‘Prum’ decision, and is a marker of particular concern for Sinn Féin. Sinn Féin does not support the ‘Prum’ decision as the unilateral collection of data is a disproportional mechanism and disregards a person’s right to protection of personal data and privacy. I therefore opted to abstain.

Pöytäkirja EU:n ja Sveitsin väliseen sopimukseen niistä perusteista ja menettelyistä, joilla ratkaistaan jäsenvaltiossa tai Sveitsissä jätetyn turvapaikkahakemuksen käsittelystä vastuussa oleva valtio, siltä osin kuin kyse on Eurodaciin pääsystä lainvalvontatarkoituksessa (A9-0025/2019 - Jadwiga Wiśniewska) EN  
 

. – I voted against this report. Sinn Féin was opposed to the recast of the Eurodac Regulation in 2013 due to our significant concerns that law enforcement agencies would have unparalleled access to the Eurodac database and would be able to utilise this data to combat so-called ‘irregular asylum’. This regulation is another facet of the cruel Fortress Europe approach to prevent vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers from seeking sanctuary in the EU. It is for this reason that I voted against.

Salomonsaarten liittyminen EU:n ja Tyynenmeren valtioiden väliaikaiseen kumppanuussopimukseen (A9-0050/2019 - Bernd Lange) EN  
 

. – I voted against the Solomon joining The interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in June 2018.
The Solomon Island will soon cease to be Least Developed Country meaning they lose their preferential non-reciprocal tariff and quota free market access to the EU. In order to maintain its free market access, Solomon Island have to join the regional Interim Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Pacific states (Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa). However, since the EPAs are essentially free trade agreements, Solomon Island will be required to gradually liberalise its trade with the EU in return for its market access to the EU. Not only will the EPA pit local fledgling industries in direct competition with the EU export economy, the liberalisation of financial tariffs on imports (EU goods) and exports (raw materials for European companies) will result in revenue. For these reasons I voted against.

Maksupalveluntarjoajia koskevat vaatimukset (A9-0048/2019 - Lídia Pereira) EN  
 

. – I voted in favour of this report. It relates to the mandatory transmission of information between Member States’ tax authorities in order to combat VAT fraud in the area of e-commerce. This proposal relates to the intermediaries (banks, PayPal, etc.) used to purchase goods online from another member state, and sets down rules for the standardised collection of information. This parliament report endorse the Commission proposals and adds more background information, emphasises the role of organised crime in VAT fraud, including carousel fraud, and aims to strengthen some of the measures (e.g. inserting additional requirements for information to be included in annual reports of the authorities), as well as stating that the Data Supervisor must be consulted on the future regulations stemming from this legislation.

Hallinnollisen yhteistyön lujittamiseen tähtäävät toimenpiteet alv-petosten torjumiseksi (A9-0047/2019 - Lídia Pereira) EN  
 

. – I voted in favour of this report. It relates to the mandatory transmission of information between member states' tax authorities in order to combat VAT fraud in the area of e-commerce. This report sets down rules on the collection, transmission and retention of information on e-commerce by VAT authorities in the member states. This parliament report endorse the Commission proposals and adds more background information, emphasises the role of organised crime in VAT fraud, including carousel fraud, and aims to strengthen some of the measures (eg, inserting additional requirements for information to be included in annual reports of the authorities), as well as stating that the Data Supervisor must be consulted on the future regulations stemming from this legislation.

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