Julie WARD : Written explanations of vote 

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

Situation in Bolivia (RC-B9-0187/2019, B9-0187/2019, B9-0188/2019, B9-0189/2019, B9-0190/2019, B9-0191/2019, B9-0192/2019)  
 

I abstained in this vote because insufficient credit has been given to Bolivia's progress under President Morales - the indigenous and poor of Bolivia have seen their rights and their standard of living increase enormously and this should have been reflected in the text. Inequality is the greatest scourge in our world today, but taking from the rich and giving to the poor always threatens the elite: the big businesses, the large corporations and in this case American interests.

2019 UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) (B9-0174/2019)  
 

I voted in favour of the European Parliament’s support of the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) because the climate emergency is the single most important issue today, with particular effects on Small Island Developing States and with far-reaching implications for future generations.

EU accession to the Istanbul Convention and other measures to combat gender-based violence (B9-0224/2019, B9-0225/2019, B9-0226/2019)  
 

I voted in favour of this resolution. Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.
Violence against women is not random or anonymous. If we consider the fact that most violence is carried out by men, it is just a small step to understanding that violence against women is structural violence.
Ratifying the Istanbul Conventional would send out a signal and enshrine in law that the EU will seriously tackle violence against women.

On-going negotiations for a new EU-ACP Partnership Agreement (B9-0175/2019)  
 

I voted in favour of the renewal of the Partnership Agreement between the EU and ACP, known as the Cotonou Agreement, which was signed in 2000 and will expire in February 2020 because we must revitalise and reinforce the EU’s relations with the ACP countries. We must emphasise the importance of the parliamentary dimension of the future agreement in order to ensure democratic accountability at all levels and to promote the legitimacy and visibility of the partnership. We must also scale up the involvement of civil society and ensure any new agreement is rooted in the 2030 Agenda with a peer review mechanism for SDG implementation. The EU and the ACP are collectively a strong global voice and we can tackle shared challenges, and the new Partnership Agreement must reflect this.

Election of the Commission  
 

Despite huge disappointment at the way in which the European Council manipulated the choice of Commission President, I voted in favour of the von der Leyen commission college because of the priorities given to women’s rights, the green new deal and the commitment to the European project and values, and to the economic and social progress of citizens. I was particularly pleased that our Socialist and Democrat candidate, Frans Timmermans, has promised to listen to the demands of young climate change activists

Children rights in occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child (B9-0178/2019, B9-0179/2019, B9-0180/2019)  
 

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child I voted in favour of the European Parliament's position to uphold and promote Children's Rights

Effects of the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook Group (RC-B9-0118/2019, B9-0118/2019, B9-0119/2019, B9-0120/2019, B9-0121/2019, B9-0122/2019, B9-0124/2019)  
 

I am proud that the European Parliament paid attention to the effects of the collapse of the iconic British holiday company Thomas Cook. It left 150 000 UK holidaymakers stranded – many of them children and the elderly, working—class families who had worked and saved hard for a well-earned break. The collapse could cost up to 9000 British jobs, yet Thomas Cook say that the Conservative Government’s business secretary, Andrea Leadsom, did not even speak to their executives leading up to its collapse.
Fortunately, the 600 000 holidaymakers who were affected were protected by the EU Package Travel Directive. It is important that we recognise that as the Tories try to take us out of the EU while watering down workers’ rights and customer protection: this safety net will not be there under a Boris Johnson-led Government post Brexit.

The Turkish military operation in northeast Syria and its consequences (RC-B9-0123/2019, B9-0123/2019, B9-0125/2019, B9-0126/2019, B9-0127/2019, B9-0128/2019, B9-0129/2019, B9-0133/2019)  
 

I voted in favour of this resolution, although I would like to have seen more recognition for the successful democratic and feminist revolution in Rojava, which is now under attack from the Turkish military.

Search and rescue in the Mediterranean (B9-0130/2019, B9-0131/2019, B9-0132/2019, B9-0154/2019)  
 

I voted in favour of this resolution which was lost by just a few votes. It is hugely disappointing that the centre-right and the far-right groups in the European Parliament blocked an opportunity to end the shocking and appalling death toll in the Mediterranean.
Once again we find ourselves discussing the lives of thousands of men, women and children who every day attempt the perilous journey across the Mediterranean, fleeing conflict and unsustainable lives - they must be protected. Far too many innocent people are losing their lives in the Mediterranean. Member State obfuscation and insufficient action at EU level is failing the people who need our help the most. We have a moral obligation as policy-makers, legislators and as fellow human beings to reach out to fellow human beings in danger and in distress

Opening accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania (B9-0155/2019, RC-B9-0156/2019, B9-0156/2019, B9-0157/2019, B9-0158/2019, B9-0159/2019, B9-0160/2019, B9-0161/2019)  
 

As a friend of the Western Balkans, I voted in favour of this resolution, as I have no doubt that Albania and North Macedonia will eventually join the EU. The recent act of sabotage in the Council (by France, Denmark and the Netherlands) to block accession talks is regrettable. I am convinced that the future of the Western Balkans lies in Europe and the future of Europe lies in unity with the Western Balkans.

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