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Written explanations of vote Ondřej KOVAŘÍK

Is féidir le Feisirí míniú i scríbhinn dá vóta sa suí iomlánach a thíolacadh. Riail 194


I voted for the suspension of the rules for the allocation of slots at EU airports starting March 1 2020. Furthermore, I voted for our amendment to extend the period of suspension not only until June 30 as originally proposed by the Commission but all the way till the end of the airport slot summer period, which is October 24 2020. Due to the preventive governmental measures related to the coronavirus pandemic, the 80/20 rule, otherwise obligatory for the carriers, led to an absurd and undesirable situation which would have led to many flights being flown without passengers simply to fulfil the requirements of the regulation to retain slots for the following period. It was only logical to suspend this rule until the situation stabilises.


I supported the EU-Vietnam free trade and investment protection agreements. I am glad that the EU continues to champion free trade at a time when it is particularly necessary. These agreements will gradually eliminate the vast majority of customs duties and include binding rules on other areas which are particular important to the EU such as human rights and the abolition of forced labour. The agreement will also commit Vietnam to applying the Paris Agreement. The Czech Republic and Vietnam have long held a close relationship, and I look forward to that further deepening of ties going forward.


I voted against the European Parliament's resolution, that is in favour of the draft of the Commission regulation, based on the European Chemicals Agency's conclusion that recycling of PVC containing lead is the best option with respect to other possibilities such as landfill or incineration. Also, there is a lead removal technology project currently financed by Horizon 2020, which shall enable to recycle PVC into REACH compliant material. I believe Commission proceeded systematically and in line with the conclusions of the competent authority and therefore I voted as stated above.


. ‒ I supported Parliament’s resolution on automated decision-making processes: ensuring consumer protection, and free movement of goods and services. I believe there is great potential in the development of automated decision-making processes and artificial intelligence in general to provide better services to consumers. At the same time, rapid technological progress, which affects all sectors of the internal market, may present challenges for consumers, especially in the area of trust. Consumers should be informed about how these systems function, how to reach a human with decision-making powers and how the system’s decisions can be checked and corrected. Being against an initial overregulation of AI, I supported the approach to first assess the current consumer protection EU legal framework, its implementation and enforcement, to see whether it is fit for the emergence of AI and automated decision-making while ensuring our fundamental rights.


. ‒ I support Parliament’s position on the mandate for the EU’s negotiations with the UK. Going forward, I hope that we will obtain a strong, mutually beneficial relationship which enables the EU and the UK both to grow. We must also be vigilant as regards European citizens living in the UK, working to ensure that their rights continue to be respected.
The next months will be crucial in determining the depth of our new relationship and I remain hopeful that a comprehensive trade agreement can be reached. There may be some difficult negotiations, but we must all remain aware that failure to agree a future relationship will be to the disadvantage of both the EU and the UK.


The annual report on the activities of the European Central Bank for 2018 is on the whole reasonable. It emphasises the importance of the banking union in helping the European Union to reach economic growth targets as well as deepening the single market. I also appreciate that the ECB maintains a realistic outlook as regards inflation targets and interest rates.
However, I was unable to support the report due to the emphasis on membership of the Eurozone and the issue of risk-sharing. I believe that Member States not yet members of the Eurozone should take their own decisions as to if and when to join the single currency. Furthermore, I worry that formal discussions and decisions regarding policies which will have an effect across the single market should not be taken in fora including only Eurozone members.


. ‒ I support the efforts for reducing the gender pay gap and the gender pension gap consequently. However, I disagree with parts of this resolution on binding measures and strong enforcement policies for companies, especially within the private sector, as I believe these are not the most effective or appropriate ways to deal with this problem. Therefore, I could not vote for this text but as the principle of equal pay for men and women should be generally upheld I abstained in order not to vote against the resolution.


I supported the legislative resolution on the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, which is giving consent to the conclusion of the draft withdrawal agreement. I would like to emphasise that this was not a vote for or against Brexit. This vote was about choosing between an orderly or disorderly Brexit. In the interests of our citizens living in the UK, it was important that we agree to an orderly exit of the UK, which will mean that for the next 11 months we have a large degree of continuity. Finally, let me emphasise the importance of putting all of our efforts into achieving a satisfactory framework for our future relationship with the UK as soon as possible.


The integrity of public institutions is of key importance for the trust of citizens. Therefore, it is important that there is no immediate undue influence of private-sector representatives formerly active within a public institution without any cooling-off period. It is important that the Parliament resolution made this point clear and questioned the situation regarding the new assignment of the EBA Executive Director. I therefore supported the resolution.


. ‒ This directive simplifies the rules for small and medium-size businesses as regards the VAT rules which will apply to them in the case of cross-border transactions. I supported Parliament’s approval of the directive as it is important to ensure that SMEs are able to grow both locally, as well as nationally and across the single market. I particularly appreciate the One Stop Shop for SMEs, which will help them to have a single point of contact in order to understand and apply the new VAT rules.




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