Seán KELLY : Schriftelijke stemverklaringen 

Ieder lid kan een schriftelijke verklaring over zijn stem in de plenaire vergadering indienen. Artikel 194 van het Reglement

Situatie in Venezuela na de illegale verkiezing van de voorzitter en het bureau van het nieuwe parlement (parlementaire coup) (B9-0051/2020, B9-0052/2020, B9-0053/2020, RC-B9-0048/2020, B9-0048/2020, B9-0049/2020, B9-0050/2020) EN  

I support this resolution. The National Assembly is the only legitimately elected democratic body of Venezuela. Therefore, their Assembly’s constitutional prerogatives must be respected. This is the only way a peaceful and political solution can be reached.

Lopende hoorzittingen uit hoofde van artikel 7, lid 1 van het VEU, met betrekking tot Polen en Hongarije (B9-0032/2020) EN  

The rule of law is our fail-safe for democracy. It guarantees our fundamental rights. It is essential for democracy that independent courts are in place to guarantee the protection of fundamental rights and civil liberties. The rule of law is non-negotiable in the European Union. I therefore support this report regarding the ongoing article 7(1) procedures.

COP15 bij het Biodiversiteitsverdrag (Kunming 2020) (B9-0035/2020) EN  

. ‒ I was pleased to vote in favour of this important report. It is our duty to protect the planet with all its natural biological diversity. Biodiversity is essential to keep our ecosystems intact, and protecting the environment also means protecting biodiversity. The EU needs to be the driving force behind stopping the decline in biodiversity globally, and therefore must lead by example at next year’s UN conference in China.

De werkzaamheden van de Europese Ombudsman in 2018 (A9-0032/2019 - Peter Jahr) EN  

I am pleased to support this report. Dialogue between the Committee on Petitions and the office of the Ombudsman is extremely important and I welcome the recognition of this in the text. I also echo the report's proposal to work on closer relations with the national Ombudsmen. Finally I strongly welcome the Ombudsman’s commitment to improving the transparency of EU lobbying.

Aantal leden van de commissies (B9-0039/2020) EN  

I am pleased to support this proposal to update the numerical strength of committees. While it is extremely regrettable that the UK's exit from the Union is set to go ahead at the end of January 2020, it is important to administratively ensure the committee numbers are set for the incoming members. I support this proposal.

Protocol tussen de EU, IJsland en Noorwegen inzake de toegang tot Eurodac voor rechtshandhavingsdoeleinden betreffende de criteria en de mechanismen voor de vaststelling van de staat die verantwoordelijk is voor de behandeling van een asielverzoek dat in een lidstaat, in IJsland of in Noorwegen wordt ingediend (A9-0053/2019 - Jadwiga Wiśniewska) EN  

I support this report which establishes the extension of the application of the ‘recast’ Eurodac Regulation to Iceland and Norway and therefore it enables the law enforcement authorities of Iceland and Norway and of all other participating States, whether other EU Member States or Associates Countries to request the comparison of fingerprint data with those stored in the Eurodac central database when they seek to establish the exact identity of or obtain further information for the purpose of prevention, detection or investigation of terrorist offences or of other serious criminal offences. This will facilitate better law enforcement and cooperation with these countries.

Overeenkomst tussen de EU en China inzake bepaalde aspecten van luchtdiensten (A9-0041/2019 - Tomasz Piotr Poręba) EN  

I am pleased to support this text. The Agreement will amend or complement provisions in bilateral air services agreements only to the extent necessary to ensure compliance with Union law. Additionally, it will serve a fundamental objective of the external aviation policy of the Union by bringing existing bilateral air services agreements into line with Union law.

Gemeenschappelijk btw-stelsel met betrekking tot de speciale regeling voor kleine ondernemingen (A9-0055/2019 - Inese Vaidere) EN  

. ‒ I am pleased to support this report which proposes to reform the VAT rules concerning small businesses. With this directive, compliance costs for SMEs are expected to be reduced by 18% (EUR 56.1 billion per year, compared to EUR 68 billion per year at present) and cross-border trading activities by SMEs within the EU are also expected to increase by 13.5%, which is particularly important given the high costs that SMEs face currently.

De Europese Green Deal (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 strongly support this report and its call for the EU to step up its ambition on tackling climate change, and to increase the 2030 target to 55%. If the EU is to meet its Paris commitments, increased efforts towards decarbonisation and the deployment of clean, climate-friendly technologies will be essential. I also welcome the Commission’s initiative towards a new Just Transition Mechanism. This is vitally important to support the workers whose livelihoods may be affected by our climate policies, notably those in the Irish midlands, where the move away from the use of peat energy will have a big impact on communities.

Uitvoering van en toezicht op de bepalingen over burgerrechten in het terugtrekkingsakkoord van het VK (B9-0031/2020) EN  

there are currently around 3.2 million citizens from the EU27 resident in the UK, and 1.2 million UK citizens resident in the EU-27. It is essential to ensure that the rights of these people are ensured as we move into phase two of the negotiations. I am therefore pleased to support this report.