Sorin MOISĂ : Written explanations of vote 

Members can submit a written explanation of their vote in plenary. Rule 183

Distributed ledger technologies and blockchains: building trust with disintermediation (B8-0397/2018)  

I voted in favour of this report because emerging technologies such as blockchain and DLTs have the potential to improve EU economic competitiveness, while creating a trusted social and economic environment for citizens and companies.
Parliament through this report shows its open-mindedness towards this new technology, carefully acknowledging related challenges, and asks the European Commission and EU Member States to make use of such tools in our public sector, boost Digital Single Market efforts and embrace innovation-friendly policies, but also provide legal certainty and long-term perspectives to EU investors and entrepreneurs.

Three-dimensional printing: intellectual property rights and civil liability (A8-0223/2018 - Joëlle Bergeron)  

. ‒ The high-potential 3D printing technology is no longer captive in a closed market. This opens the door for many use cases, benefitting businesses and private users alike. Similarly, it provides numerous advantages across industries. For SMEs, it may decrease significantly the cost of labour and offers flexibility in design, whereas for large companies the footprint of the industrial additive manufacturing system is much lower than the traditional one. I therefore welcome this report that offers clear recommendations to the European Commission on how to further facilitate transition towards legal certainty while stimulating innovation and growth in the EU.

EU-Australia Framework Agreement (A8-0110/2018 - Francisco José Millán Mon)  

. ‒ I welcome this agreement, which establishes a comprehensive framework for enhanced bilateral cooperation between the EU and Australia. We now have the right legal basis for broadening our bilateral relationship by building on shared values and covering policy areas such as the environment, climate change, energy, education, culture, health, labour, disaster management, fisheries and maritime affairs, transport, legal cooperation, and combating money laundering and terrorist financing, organised crime and corruption.
The framework agreement also contains basic provisions on economic and trade cooperation (including on trade and investment related areas, agricultural trade, sanitary and phytosanitary issues etcetera), creating the conditions for negotiation of a fully fledged free-trade agreement between the EU and Australia. It is important that such negotiations be launched before the summer of 2018.

EU-Australia Framework Agreement (Resolution) (A8-0119/2018 - Francisco José Millán Mon)  

. ‒ I fully endorse this resolution and I welcome, in particular, the fact that it supports the upcoming launch of negotiations for an EU-Australia free-trade agreement. As the rapporteur for this proposal in the Committee on International Trade, I believe it is important that such negotiations start before the summer of 2018. I trust that the Council will adopt the negotiating directives during the Bulgarian Presidency and will fully take into account the input provided by Parliament in the resolution of 26 October 2017 containing its recommendation to the Council on the proposed negotiating mandate for trade negotiations with Australia.

EU-Norway Agreement concerning additional trade preferences in agricultural products (A8-0126/2018 - Tiziana Beghin)  

. ‒ I voted in favour of this agreement, which implements the commitment assumed under the EEA agreement by the EU and Norway to pursue further liberalisation in the agricultural trade and to carry out reviews at regular intervals. The result of the current review is significant: 36 tariff lines, ranging from plants to fermented beverages, will be eliminated and new quotas will be opened for certain EU exports (meat, cheese and cereals). While I welcome such new opportunities for EU producers, I note however that further work needs to be undertaken in order to address remaining trade barriers, notably the imposition by Norway of ad valorem duties for beef and lamb meat and for cheese.

Schengen acquis provisions relating to the Visa Information System in Bulgaria and Romania (A8-0286/2017 - Agustín Díaz de Mera García Consuegra)  

I welcome the positive vote in the European Parliament, which paves the way for a Council decision allowing the enforcement of certain provisions of the Schengen acquis in Romania and Bulgaria. For Romania, this has an immediate practical value, as it gives to national authorities the possibility to consult the Schengen visa information data, in order to take better decisions on national visa applications and work towards a coordinated approach with the other Schengen countries.
More importantly, this is yet another confirmation of the fact that Romania belongs in Schengen. The vote today in the European Parliament confirms what the European Commission had been saying since 2009 and was reiterated by President Juncker on 13 September 2017 in his State of the Union Address – that Romania fulfils all the conditions to join Schengen and should be allowed to do so immediately.

Macro-financial assistance to Moldova (A8-0185/2017 - Sorin Moisă)  

I drafted this report firmly believing that the 100 million in macrofinancial assistance and the accompanying reform package can offer real transformative potential for the Moldovan economy and society. The package supports the country’s commitment to sound management of public finances, the fight against corruption and money laundering, the depoliticisation of public administration, an independent judiciary, media freedom, reform of the energy sector and implementation of the Association Agreement, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. I encourage the Moldovan authorities to fully implement the ambitious programme of reforms that forms part of this package, and to take very seriously the recent recommendations of the Venice Commission, in the context of the debate over electoral reform, which will no doubt be the focus of monitoring under the Joint Statement adopted by the three EU institutions.

Introduction of temporary autonomous trade measures for Ukraine (A8-0193/2017 - Jarosław Wałęsa)  

I voted in favour of granting autonomous trade concessions to Ukraine, to help this country overcome the economic and political difficulties generated by the annexation of Crimea. The stability of the countries that are included in the European neighbourhood policy should be a constant EU concern and this report shows clearly that trade policy can help the EU to attain its broader external action objectives. On the other hand, the EU should calibrate its trade policy in a way that ensures an optimal effect on the number and quality of jobs in Europe. With this idea in mind, I took the initiative, together with my colleague Iuliu Winkler (EPP), to eliminate from the Commission’s initial proposal a trade concession on urea, which would have affected negatively the EU market and producers, notably from Member States in close geographical proximity, such as Romania.

2016 Report on Serbia (A8-0063/2017 - David McAllister)  

I voted in favour of this report, which underlines the continued engagement of Serbia on the path of EU integration. Serbia’s progress in implementing economic reforms has been confirmed by the opening of negotiations on Chapter 20 (Enterprise and Industrial Policy) and by the good record in the implementation of the relevant provisions of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement. At the same time, much remains to be achieved in order to strengthen democracy. Substantial progress in the negotiation of the chapters related to the rule of law (chapters 23 and 24) is therefore essential.

2016 Report on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (A8-0055/2017 - Ivo Vajgl)  

I welcome the formation of a new government in the country and the adoption of this well-balanced report. Parliamentary elections have taken place in accordance with international standards and in line with OSCE/ODIHR recommendations and this is a good opportunity to permanently end the political and institutional crisis and enhance stability and prosperity. Further reforms are required for the country to stay on course for its EU and Euro-Atlantic integration, notably in key areas like the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary, the fight against corruption, media freedom, as well as regional cooperation. At the same time, economic integration should be enhanced through market-based economic policies, with particular focus on preserving macro-economic stability and reducing youth unemployment.