• Jill   SEYMOUR  

Jill SEYMOUR : Written explanations of vote - 8th parliamentary term 

Members can submit a written explanation of their vote in plenary. Rule 194

Listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (Kosovo) (A8-0261/2016 - Tanja Fajon)  
 

I have voted against this legislative report. I oppose the EU’s visa liberalisation policies and believe this should be a competency of a Member State to decide. In this case this is particularly important as not all Member States officially recognise Kosovo. For these reasons, I voted against this report.

Quality of water intended for human consumption (A8-0288/2018 - Michel Dantin)  
 

I have abstained on this legislative report. Whilst being against any attempt of EU legislation, I agree with the aim of greater transparency when it comes to drinkable water and I believe that consumers have the right to know what are they drinking and which materials came into contact with their water.

Establishing the Creative Europe programme (2021 to 2027) (A8-0156/2019 - Silvia Costa)  
 

I voted against this legislative report, this is another scheme to promote the EU at the expense of the taxpayer, set to cost EUR 1.85 billion

'Erasmus': the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport (A8-0111/2019 - Milan Zver)  
 

I voted against this legislative report due to the fact that this is a glorified exchange scheme, which will cost the taxpayer EUR 30 million. Furthermore, we believe that such exchange schemes can be conducted by national governments.

Emergency situation in Venezuela (RC-B8-0225/2019, B8-0225/2019, B8-0226/2019, B8-0227/2019, B8-0228/2019, B8-0229/2019)  
 

. ‒ I abstained on this non-legislative and non-binding resolution. Whilst I support a resolution to the terrible situation in Venezuela brought about by the socialist policies of their government, this resolution attempts to define for the EU a leading role in the international communities’ response to the crisis. I remain opposed to the development of an EU foreign policy and its attempts to expand the EU’s foreign influence. EU policies abroad are often superfluous and could more effectively be carried out by international or regional organisations, and in many cases they are damaging.

Situation of rule of law and fight against corruption in the EU, specifically in Malta and Slovakia (B8-0230/2019)  
 

. ‒ I voted against this non-legislative resolution. I strongly oppose any interference from the EU into the domestic affairs of a Member State. I firmly believe that it is the sovereign right for these Member States to determine domestic affairs including the rule of law and their fight against corruption. For these reasons, I voted against this resolution.

Decision establishing a European Peace Facility (A8-0157/2019 - Hilde Vautmans)  
 

. ‒ I voted against this non-legislative and non-binding resolution. I am against the development of the European peace facility as it attempts to reorganise various existing funds, mostly paid for directly by the Member States, in an attempt to expand EU interference in affairs beyond Europe. This includes a greater role in policies having a more direct military or defence implication – the costs of which would have to be borne directly by the Member States. I am opposed to the development of such funds both on principle and because EU action has often proved ineffective and counter-productive. Such an EU capacity is entirely unnecessary.

Resources for the specific allocation for the Youth Employment Initiative (A8-0085/2019 - Iskra Mihaylova)  
 

I have voted against this legislative, first reading report. While there is no budget increase for 2019 and only an increase in pre-financing for 2020, I do not agree with EU funding mechanisms nor EU spending.

General arrangements for excise duty (A8-0117/2019 - Miguel Viegas)  
 

Parts of the proposals may be suitable to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland, accordingly we did not vote against but abstained.

Products eligible for exemption from or a reduction in dock dues (A8-0112/2019 - Iskra Mihaylova)  
 

I have abstained on this consent on vote products eligible for exemption from or a reduction in dock dues. The aim of improving the economic and social situation of the people in the territories concerned is a positive aim and so I wish to support this, however the French Government should not have to ask the EU in order to take action.

Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (A8-0173/2019 - Pier Antonio Panzeri, Cristian Dan Preda, Frank Engel, Charles Goerens)  
 

I have voted against this legislative report. I oppose the ever-evolving foreign policy of the European Union and reject the use of EUR 89 billion of taxpayers’ money to fund this. Member States should have the sole responsibility to manage their relationships with third countries and be responsible for any financial aid it may wish to give to these countries. For these reasons, I voted against the report.

Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA III) (A8-0174/2019 - José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Knut Fleckenstein)  
 

I voted against this legislation. I do not agree with the further expansion of the European Union, especially potentially to Turkey nor do I agree with taxpayer money being used to facilitate the EU’s expansion.

Framework for the recovery and resolution of central counterparties (A8-0015/2018 - Babette Winter, Kay Swinburne)  
 

Extends role of EU regulators, accordingly we voted against.

European Crowdfunding Service Providers (ECSP) for business (A8-0364/2018 - Ashley Fox)  
 

Extends role of EU regulators, accordingly we voted against.

Markets in financial instruments (A8-0362/2018 - Caroline Nagtegaal)  
 

Although this proposed legislation calls on the Commission to keep virtual currencies under constant review, it nevertheless also reduces regulatory burden on crowdfunding service providers, accordingly we abstained.

European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund (A8-0094/2019 - Andrea Cozzolino)  
 

I have voted against this legislative, first reading report. Although the aim of this report is to make funding simpler and more flexible, this could lead to more spending, which I disagree with. I have voted in favour of the rejection amendment. For other amendments, to summarise: I have voted against any amendments that wish to increase the scope of the legislation and funding, and in favour of any amendments that wish to decrease the scope of the legislation and funding.

Emission performance standards for new passenger cars and for new light commercial vehicles (A8-0287/2018 - Miriam Dalli)  
 

I have voted against this legislative report. Although I am conscious of the many health issues related to a polluted environment, I believe pursuing the Paris objective and decarbonising the economy are a step backwards compared to the industrial progress made in other parts of the world.

EU fertilising products (A8-0270/2017 - Mihai Ţurcanu)  
 

I have voted against this legislative, first reading report. I do not agree with the EU harmonising organic or secondary raw fertilisers, as I do not agree with harmonisation. I also disagree with this because it could lead to increased costs for farmers and diminished quality of fertilising products concerned

Protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work (A8-0382/2018 - Laura Agea)  
 

I abstained on this legislation. Whilst I believe that standards of this nature should be decided by national governments based on scientific evidence, the legislative framework for this protection of workers is already in place, and this legislation merely amends existing legislation based on new evidence and adds further protections under the existing framework. We would expect to see the maintenance of such high standards against carcinogens and mutagens in the work place in an independent United Kingdom.

Common rules for certain types of combined transport of goods between Member States (A8-0259/2018 - Daniela Aiuto)  
 

The UK delegation voted against this report because matters of this nature should be done bilaterally.