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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 - Brussels Revised edition

Approval of the minutes of the previous sitting

  Max Andersson (Verts/ALE). – Mr President, I rise in defence of Rule 115, that Parliament shall ensure that its activities are conducted with the utmost transparency.

I am very surprised to learn that Mr Weber’s EPP is taking the unprecedented step of imposing secrecy on the vote on lobby transparent tomorrow. In a democracy, politicians do not make laws in secret; citizens have a right to know how their representatives vote. Forcing the whole of Parliament to vote in secrecy on a political issue is not only ridiculous, it also undermines citizens’ confidence in the European Parliament.

Why is the EPP afraid to let voters know how their politician vote? So I urge you, Mr Weber: do the right thing and prevent your group from this blatant misuse of the rules in imposing secrecy on this transparency vote. Do the right thing, if not, shame on you!

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