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Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance


Czechia - PIRÁTI (Czechia)

Date of birth : , Most

Written explanations of vote Markéta GREGOROVÁ

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

Conclusion of the EU-Israel Euro-Mediterranean Aviation Agreement (A9-0085/2020 - Andor Deli)


. ‒ The aviation agreement between the EU and Israel is, if seen only on its own merits, a positive step towards fair competition, better respect of labour and social standards, and protection of passenger rights. This agreement would create a regulatory framework for aviation relations between all EU Member States and Israel. We Pirates are in principle supportive of such and similar legal frameworks, because they create cooperation, allow certainty, accountability and show respect for the rule of law.
The aviation agreement does not exist in a political vacuum, however. The recently stated explicit policy aim of Prime Minister Netanyahu and his coalition partner to unilaterally annex the West Bank is a blatant violation of international law. It would break its commitments to the Palestinian people under prior peace agreements and destroy any hope of a conflict-ending deal and a two-state solution. Such a grave crime would spark violence and destabilise the entire region. Under these dangerous and disrespectful circumstances we cannot possibly give our support to any legal framework with Israel at this time. Until a time when the Israeli Government demonstrates respect for the rule of law, this agreement must remain frozen.

The EU priorities for the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (B9-0093/2020, B9-0095/2020)


. – We Pirates endorsed the Resolution on the Status of Women. We strive for gender equality and support many of the proposals in the resolution, such as the call to urgently conclude the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, to do more to close the gender pay and pension gap, to eliminate any gender biases in taxation systems or to include a gender perspective in the fight against climate change.
However, we voted against point v on quotas. In our opinion, quotas do not constitute the right approach and may discriminate better qualified men and women. We believe skills and knowledge are the key aspects of qualification and they do not belong exclusively to one sex or the other. Every person should have equal access to positions according to their qualification without discrimination because of their gender, age, origin, religion etc.
Instead of quotas, we stress the need to introduce other measures to enhance qualification-based representation in decision-making. To increase the participation of women therein and in the labour market in general, we advocate for gender pay transparency, investments in accessibility and affordability of childcare, suitable working environments and flexible working arrangements as some of the key preconditions.

The illegal trade in companion animals in the EU (B9-0088/2020)


. – Animal welfare is a crucial issue for us and we do see the positive idea behind this resolution. We do welcome fair treatment of companion animals and we do not, under any circumstances, support any unfair or illegal trade of those animals.
However, there should be a balance between the aim of protecting animals and the right of individuals to respect for privacy. It is not necessary and proportionate to register the personal data of everyone who ever played a part in the life of an animal in a centralised register, as envisaged by this resolution. Likewise, Pirates are opposed to mandatory identification of users of online platforms, including where advertising pets for sale online. It is not justified to discriminate against users of digital marketplaces in comparison to real-life trading.
Taking into consideration the relevant language in this resolution, we decided to abstain.

Situation in Venezuela after the illegal election of the new National Assembly Presidency and Bureau (parliamentary coup) (B9-0051/2020, B9-0052/2020, B9-0053/2020, RC-B9-0048/2020, B9-0048/2020, B9-0049/2020, B9-0050/2020)


The Pirate delegation is deeply concerned by the ongoing and worsening humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The recent rise in violence by Maduro forces against elected members of the opposition is unacceptable and goes against our fundamental principles. We have thus voted for the joint resolution, as we believe that targeted sanctions against the officials responsible and the EU’s stance to support a peaceful and democratic resolution of the crisis have the best chances of alleviating the suffering of the Venezuelan people.
However we did not support amendments recognising the legitimacy of Juan Guaidó and his political representatives, as we consider the situation in the country unclear in this regard. At this time it is not prudent to judge which opposition has more legitimacy than another and thus potentially cause even greater divisions within the country. One aspect is very clear: Nicolás Maduro and his allied organised crime groups are the cause of violence and chaos and must be brought to justice.

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)


It is our common position that Turkey cannot remain a credible candidate for joining the European Union as long as the Turkish Government maintains its unilateral intervention in northeast Syria, which constitutes a grave violation of international law.
We, however, strongly condemn the parts of this amendment that state that Turkey is not a European country. A great number of Turkish citizens have shown their enthusiasm for joining the EU on the basis of peace, rule of law and fundamental freedoms. We therefore abstain on this amendement.

Foreign electoral interference and disinformation in national and European democratic processes (B9-0108/2019, B9-0111/2019)


The Pirate Delegation considers foreign electoral interference a critical problem that is becoming increasingly dangerous to our democratic institutions as the basis for peace and prosperity. Free and fair elections are a cornerstone of the European Union. Particularly, media pluralism, civic education, critical thinking, protection of privacy and freedom of speech are key to defending ourselves against foreign interference.
However, our core principles of freedom of speech and the freedom of the internet are being challenged by paragraph 28 of the resolution, which calls on the Commission to ‘close down accounts of persons engaging in illegal activities aimed at the disruption of democratic processes or at instigating hate speech’. Closing down accounts could lead to the distortion of elections through excessive censorship. Free access to information is an essential prerequisite in countering disinformation and foreign electoral interference. Illegal content should be removed and, where applicable, those responsible prosecuted. Closing down accounts, however, would introduce a new type of sanction that could exclude citizens from communication channels needed for work, education and/or personal life. Restricting access to accounts would hamper the right to anonymous and free speech. We cannot support a policing of social media as it would create a dangerous precedent to any following legislative proposals.