Marcel KOLAJA : Explicații scrise ale votului 

Deputații pot să depună o explicație scrisă privind modul în care au votat în ședință plenară. Articolul 194

Măsuri de consolidare a cooperării administrative în vederea combaterii fraudei în domeniul TVA (A9-0047/2019 - Lídia Pereira) EN  

The delegation of the European Pirates consider VAT fraud an important topic that needs to be addressed. In this regard, we are grateful that it is being worked on. However, we cannot support the way the issue is handled. The whole concept of retaining huge amounts of data without any clear selection what really is needed and what is stored unnecesarily is problematic. At this moment, just 25 cross border payments quarterly including offline payments with credit card are enough to store payees data including credit card number for up to five years. This would create huge amounts of data that would flow with little restriction through databases, seriously lowering privacy and incurring infrastructure costs for such databases. Mainly, this whole solution is completely unproportional to real VAT fraud threats. Yes, we need to use modern technologies to help fight tax fraud. However, in this case, we are using needlessly massive tool that is well capable of causing much more harm than good.

Operațiunea militară turcă în nord-estul Siriei și consecințele ei (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) EN  

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 North East 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 abstained on this amendment.

Interferența străină în alegeri și dezinformarea în procesele democratice naționale și europene (B9-0108/2019, B9-0111/2019) EN  

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 by 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.