Nathan GILL : Written explanations of vote 

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

Findings and recommendations of the Special Committee on Terrorism (A8-0374/2018 - Monika Hohlmeier, Helga Stevens)  
 

I voted against this report because while there is a lot of talk, there is little in the way of proposed action or recognition of why terror threats exist in the EU. This report fails to recognise that the Schengen area has facilitated terrorist activity and fails to recognise that the migration crisis led to a rise in terrorists moving to the EU.

Annual report on the implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (A8-0392/2018 - David McAllister)  
 

I voted against this report, as I disagree that the EU should be harmonising foreign policy and security. I believe that Member States are best placed to secure their own borders and negotiate their own foreign policies.

Annual report on the implementation of the Common Security and Defence Policy (A8-0375/2018 - Ioan Mircea Paşcu)  
 

I voted against this report as I disagree that the EU should be harmonising foreign policy and defence security. I believe that Member States are best placed to secure their own borders and negotiate their own foreign policies.

Education in the digital era: challenges, opportunities and lessons for EU policy design (A8-0400/2018 - Yana Toom)  
 

I voted against this report. Of course I believe that education and national curricula should equip students for the digital age, but this is best done at Member State level. The UK Government already has a Digital Strategy and various investment funds.

Establishing a Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE) (A8-0397/2018 - Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy)  
 

. ‒ I voted against this report as I disagree with the EU’s expensive and unreliable energy policy.

Protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work (A8-0142/2018 - Claude Rolin)  
 

. ‒ I abstained on this vote because while I believe such employment protections are important, it should be up to national governments to pass this kind of legislation, not the EU.

Transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain (A8-0417/2018 - Renate Sommer)  
 

I abstained on this vote because, while I believe transparency and sustainability in food chains are important, I disagree with the massive 80% proposed increase in the ESFA’s budget and further EU harmonisation in this policy area.

European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) (A8-0273/2017 - Anne Sander)  
 

I voted against this report as I disagree with EU harmonisation in health and safety standards.

European Foundation for the improvement of living and working conditions (Eurofound) (A8-0275/2017 - Enrique Calvet Chambon)  
 

. ‒ I voted against this report as I disagree with EU harmonisation in the policy areas of health and safety standards.

Humanitarian Visas (A8-0423/2018 - Juan Fernando López Aguilar)  
 

. ‒ I voted against this report. I understand the rationale behind implementing these visas, but they will not deter people from making the dangerous crossing over the Mediterranean. Furthermore, due to freedom of movement, there is no way of ensuring recipients of this visa will reside in the EU Member State that has granted the visa. Moreover, Member States should be able to manage their own borders and visa regimes.

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