Morten Helveg PETERSEN : Written explanations of vote 

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

Amendments to Parliament's Rules of Procedure (A8-0462/2018 - Richard Corbett)  

. – I appreciate the good intentions of the AM from the Greens concerning AM84 and AM85. However, I voted against AM84 and AM85 because secret ballots should be preserved for votes regarding personnel. I fully support efforts to open up the voting process on legislation and promote more transparency in the European Parliament in general. However, in terms of voting for individuals for positions in Parliament such as Quaestors, Vice-President and President, the MEPs should be able to vote freely according to the conscience - and without pressure from outside stakeholders.

Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories with the European Union including relations between the EU, Greenland and Denmark (A8-0480/2018 - Maurice Ponga)  

. – For decades, cooperation between the EU and Greenland has been strengthened and now covers important issues such as fisheries, research, environment and infrastructure. It is important to note that this report does not change this close cooperation.
I voted in favour of this report because it proposes a (small) increase in funding for Greenland. However, our support for the suggested new division of funding between the OCTs is dependent on the Council agreeing to the overall increase for the OCTs. In this regard, it is important to note that Greenland’s nominal funds must not be reduced as part of the next MFF. In addition, I would have preferred a stronger emphasis on Greenland’s strategic importance to the EU and on the special relations with Greenland.

Nuclear decommissioning assistance programme of the Ignalina nuclear power plant in Lithuania (A8-0413/2018 - Rebecca Harms)  

. – I voted in favour of this report, because the European Union promised Lithuania assistance in decommissioning the old Soviet-era Iganilia nuclear power plant in Lithuania. This proposal helps the EU to live up to the commitment made at the accession of Lithuania to the European Union in co-financing the decommissioning of this plant. Decommissioning this plant is also an essential learning moment, and can heighten the EUs competence in closing these kinds of plans in the future.

Cross-border conversions, mergers and divisions (A8-0002/2019 - Evelyn Regner)  

. – I voted in favour of this directive, because the Company Law package is a big and positive step towards clear rules for companies seeking to move within the internal market. Simple, uniform, clear and easily enforceable procedures will facilitate mobility, promote economic growth, create jobs and attract investment in the European Union. ALDE also welcomes the safeguards against operations with abusive or fraudulent aim and the reinforced protection of the legitimate interests of minority shareholders, employees and creditors.

Protection of the Union's budget in case of generalised deficiencies as regards the rule of law in the Member States (A8-0469/2018 - Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Petri Sarvamaa)  

. – Respect for the European values by each Member State is a pre-requisite for correct and efficient spending of EU funds. If there is lack of such respect, the European Union must have the possibility to respond appropriately to protect the Union’s financial interests but must ensure that the consequences fall on those responsible for identified shortcomings and not on individual final beneficiaries.

Establishing the Rights and Values programme (A8-0468/2018 - Bodil Valero)  

. – I voted in favour of this report because the European Parliament has repeatedly called for a financial mechanism to directly fund civil society organisations promoting the values of the EU to complement the different legislation and policies in the field. Thanks to the Rights and Values programme the EU will be able to strengthen its capacity to respond to the deterioration of the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights while reinforcing its prevention mechanisms.

European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) (A8-0445/2018 - Maria Arena)  

. – An improved, more flexible European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) will allow more workers to get support, simplify and speed up mobilisation procedures for faster deployment of funds and mainstream digital skills for all to equip workers for the future. By investing in workers who lose their job during a restructuring event, we can help to ensure they have the right skills and training to continue their careers in growth-oriented sectors where jobs are being created and ensure that no one is left behind.

Specific provisions for the European territorial cooperation goal (Interreg) (A8-0470/2018 - Pascal Arimont)  

. – I voted in favour of this directive, because European territorial cooperation (Interreg) does not only strengthen cross—border cooperation and remove legal and administrative obstacles in the border areas, but it also helps to achieve some of the key priorities of the European Union. The new proposal has the potential of making Interreg less bureaucratic and more flexible, boosting growth, innovation and jobs.

Union’s authorisation procedure for pesticides (A8-0475/2018 - Norbert Lins, Bart Staes)  

. – I believe the Union must continue to improve its legislative framework for the authorisation of pesticides. The highest scientific and safety standards concerning the effects of pesticides on human and animal health and the environment should be applied. It is imperative that there is consistency within the overarching policy framework’s objectives. Transparency requirements should be ensured and expanded while protecting patent and intellectual property rights. Latest scientific methodologies and findings must be an integral part of the authorisation procedure.

Establishing a dedicated financial programme for decommissioning of nuclear facilities and management of radioactive waste (A8-0441/2018 - Peter Kouroumbashev)  

. – I voted in favour of this report, because there still are a large number of closed down nuclear power plants that have been closed but not properly decommissioned. Some of these are old Soviet era nuclear facilities that pose a security danger. Therefore, it is key that we close down these old plants.