Petras AUŠTREVIČIUS : Schriftliche Erklärungen zur Abstimmung 

Die Mitglieder können eine schriftliche Erklärung dazu abgeben, wie sie im Plenum abgestimmt haben. Artikel 183 GO

Visa-Informationssystem (A8-0078/2019 - Carlos Coelho) EN  

I voted in favour of this important document. I believe that a reform of VISA information system (VIS) will increase security at external borders. It is important to have enhanced checks across all databases to share the information of non-EU nationals who are travelling in the Schengen area. This would help to identify those who use multiple identities or pose security or irregular migration threats.

Programm für das Europäische Solidaritätskorps (A8-0079/2019 - Michaela Šojdrová) EN  

. ‒ I recently voted in favour of a new EU Solidarity Corps (EUSC) programme to encourage young people to take a more serious role in EU politics by interning, volunteering, and working both locally and in major policy centres such as Brussels. This new program has a more generous budget and is more standardized, and should result in an effective, easy way to get the youth involved. In addition, this new programme will help participants build valuable work experience that will help their résumés and even their careers later in life. Other advantages of this programme include a common participant roster for simplicity, a larger focus on visibility to let people know these opportunities are out there, and favouring programs that help society achieve its most urgent needs. All of these will help our youth get more involved in politics and help develop our political culture, and so I am greatly in support of this new program.

Rechtsakt zur EU-Cybersicherheit (A8-0264/2018 - Angelika Niebler) EN  

I voted in favour of the Cybersecurity Act. With smart technology spreading to every corner of Europe, we must grow ever more conscious of potential threats to our privacy and security online. Malicious cyber-attacks from Russia and elsewhere are only going to become more common as time goes on, and our society needs powerful protection to ward off danger. The Cybersecurity Act does just that by empowering the European Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), both by increasing their budget as well as by expanding the amount of cybersecurity experts available to them. The act also promotes cooperation between the agency and Member States to make sure protection is complete in all corners of the EU. In the future, we will need to optimise our approach to cybersecurity even more via standardisation of cybersecurity across existing agencies, as this will help speed up reforms and keep our safety measures on the cutting-edge. I voted for the Cybersecurity Act to take the first step in this direction.

Europäische Bürgerinitiative (A8-0226/2018 - György Schöpflin) EN  

I voted in favour of updating the regulations for the European Citizens’ Initiative. This motion seeks to help people participate in democracy more directly through various reforms, digitalising the program to make it much more accessible, and improving the means of checking signatures on petitions to ensure their integrity. The Commission and Parliament will also be held accountable to respond to these petitions much more rapidly, with a six—month window for Commission responses so that Parliament can act on them. This will help our young people to create real, concrete political change, even in the short term, and will help solidify our political culture as one that is passionate about participating in democracy. I agreed with these reforms and voted in favour of them because I agree that the people of Europe should have a stronger voice in EU politics, and thanks to its passing I believe we are one step closer.

Neuer Gesamthaushaltsplan der Europäischen Union für das Haushaltsjahr 2019 (A8-0454/2018 - Daniele Viotti, Paul Rübig) EN  

I have supported the EU budget for 2019, its commitment appropriations are for 2019 total equals EUR 165.8 billion and in payment appropriations total EUR 148.2 billion. The main priorities among others are the youth, boosting employment and tackling migration. I think it is very important that EUR 490 million are foreseen for Erasmus + programmes and to encourage innovation. I believe that it reflects current EU priorities and that a good compromise has been reached.

Jahresbericht über die Umsetzung der Gemeinsamen Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik (A8-0392/2018 - David McAllister) EN  

The European Union today is facing a huge number of global and security challenges on the international scene – from interstate conflicts and terrorism to hybrid warfare and cyber-attacks. These are challenges that cannot be overcome by any single Member State. The EU should follow its responsibility to safeguard its own security, bring more confidence and credibility to its own external policy and embrace its role as a global player seeking peace and human development worldwide. This is what our citizens expect from us and what our partners demand.

Bildung im digitalen Zeitalter: Herausforderungen, Chancen und Erkenntnisse für die Gestaltung der EU-Politik (A8-0400/2018 - Yana Toom) EN  

There is no doubt that digital skills will become the basis of our near future and digital education will play a key role in this regard. It will bring new opportunities as well as new challenges for economic growth, our daily lives and education systems. Unfortunately, the European education scheme currently does not have a mandatory basis for evaluating digital skills. Moreover, there is a huge difference in using technology in class across European Union Member States. Therefore, there is a high and essential demand for the development of an EU-wide strategy for education in digital skills and for the setting of common goals for reaching a given level of digital competence. Thus, I welcome and support this resolution, and my vote was in favour.

Aufstellung des Programms für die Umwelt- und Klimapolitik (LIFE) (A8-0397/2018 - Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy) EN  

. ‒ I voted in favour of this proposal. It is very important that growth and environmental protection goes hand in hand with economic growth. We need to do more to reach the EU 2030 Climate and Energy targets and this Programme is an adequate financial instrument to facilitate this. This means a transition to a circular economy and reversing biodiversity loss. We need to ensure a performance based budgeting which corresponds our ambitions.

Visa aus humanitären Gründen (A8-0423/2018 - Juan Fernando López Aguilar) EN  

. ‒ Thirty-thousand people have died trying to reach Europe since 2000, and this is shocking. I voted in favour of this report. I believe that the most important consideration is to ensure that people who are really in need of humanitarian protection can apply for asylum and receive refuge without actually putting their lives in danger. These humanitarian visas will help to improve the management of migration, combat smuggling and make better use of migration funds.

Neue europäische Agenda für Kultur (A8-0388/2018 - Giorgos Grammatikakis) EN  

A potential essential role which culture could play in creating a more cohesive and inclusive Europe, in my opinion, is currently underestimated. Thus, I strongly congratulate an initiative to boost cooperation on culture at the EU level. I believe culture could help in addressing the growing polarisation and in enhancing social cohesion, well-being in Europe. Furthermore, we should not forget the potential of international cultural relations. We still have lots of space in improvement of the role of culture in the European Union external relations. Let’s use it. To sum up, I welcome this report and once again underline that in these challenging times culture could lead us to our common bonds which unite and connect us.