Matt CARTHY : Written explanations of vote 

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

Macro-financial assistance to Jordan (A9-0045/2019 - Luisa Regimenti)  
 

. – 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-Switzerland Agreement on the stepping up of cross-border cooperation, particularly in combating terrorism and cross-border crime (A9-0043/2019 - Roberta Metsola)  
 

. – 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-Liechtenstein Agreement on the stepping up of cross-border cooperation, particularly in combating terrorism and cross-border crime (A9-0044/2019 - Roberta Metsola)  
 

. – 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.

Protocol to EU-Switzerland Agreement concerning the criteria and mechanisms for establishing the State responsible for examining a request for asylum lodged in a Member State or in Switzerland regarding the access to Eurodac for law enforcement purposes (A9-0025/2019 - Jadwiga Wiśniewska)  
 

. – 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.

Accession of Solomon Islands to the EU-Pacific States Interim Partnership Agreement (A9-0050/2019 - Bernd Lange)  
 

. – 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.

Requirements for payment service providers (A9-0048/2019 - Lídia Pereira)  
 

. – 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.

Measures to strengthen administrative cooperation in order to combat VAT fraud (A9-0047/2019 - Lídia Pereira)  
 

. – 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.

Association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union ('Overseas Association Decision') (A9-0033/2019 - Tomas Tobé)  
 

. – I voted in favour of this is a technical decision, already foreseen by the association agreement with the Overseas Territories.
The objective of the proposal is to amend a Council Decision on the association of the overseas countries and territories (OCTs) with the European Union - the Overseas Association Decision (OAD). The amendment is required for the application of the registered exporters (REX) system for origin certification. The OCTs were not ready as of 1 January 2017 to apply the REX system as provided for in Annex VI of the OAD. Therefore, all OCTs requested a derogation of three years. On 29 November 2016, the Commission adopted Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/2093 postponing the date to establish the REX system for the OCTs to 1 January 2020.

EU/USA Agreement on the allocation of a share in the tariff rate quota for imports of high-quality beef (recommendation) (A9-0038/2019 - Bernd Lange)  
 

. – I abstained on this agreement and resolution because I believe it must be renegotiated. The present agreement has not had the desired effect of reducing tensions, evidenced by the existing airbus dispute. It also fails to include any ban on the importation of beef produced using antibiotics as a growth promoter.
I do not have an issue with the USA receiving the designated portion of the tariff for hormone free beef, as this will not lead to any increase of beef imported into the EU but the aforementioned failures of the agreement must be addressed to make the agreement fit for purpose. As AMR prevalence increases, it is not appropriate to wait until 2022 to being to insert such bans into new legislation.

EU/USA Agreement on the allocation of a share in the tariff rate quota for imports of high-quality beef (resolution) (A9-0037/2019 - Bernd Lange)  
 

. – I abstained on this agreement and resolution because I believe it must be renegotiated. The present agreement has not had the desired effect of reducing tensions, evidenced by the existing airbus dispute. It also fails to include any ban on the importation of beef produced using antibiotics as a growth promoter.
I do not have an issue with the USA receiving the designated portion of the tariff for hormone free beef, as this will not lead to any increase of beef imported into the EU but the aforementioned failures of the agreement must be addressed to make the agreement fit for purpose. As AMR prevalence increases, it is not appropriate to wait until 2022 to being to insert such bans into new legislation.

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