Speeches in plenary


Civil Law Rules on Robotics (debate)

15-02-2017 P8_CRE-REV(2017)02-15(14)

Recognising the content of civil status documents (debate)

14-12-2016 P8_CRE-REV(2016)12-14(22)

EU-Kiribati Agreement on the short-stay visa waiver (A8-0334/2016 - Mariya Gabriel)

01-12-2016 P8_CRE-REV(2016)12-01(7.3)

EU-Solomon Islands Agreement on the short-stay visa waiver (A8-0336/2016 - Mariya Gabriel)

01-12-2016 P8_CRE-REV(2016)12-01(7.4)

EU-Micronesia Agreement on the short-stay visa waiver (A8-0337/2016 - Mariya Gabriel)

01-12-2016 P8_CRE-REV(2016)12-01(7.5)

EU-Tuvalu Agreement on the short-stay visa waiver (A8-0333/2016 - Mariya Gabriel)

01-12-2016 P8_CRE-REV(2016)12-01(7.6)

EU-Marshall Islands Agreement on the short-stay visa waiver (A8-0335/2016 - Mariya Gabriel)

01-12-2016 P8_CRE-REV(2016)12-01(7.7)

The European Union Solidarity Fund: an assessment (A8-0341/2016 - Salvatore Cicu)

01-12-2016 P8_CRE-REV(2016)12-01(7.8)

Reports - as shadow rapporteur


Opinions - as rapporteur


OPINION on Control of spending and monitoring of EU Youth Guarantee scheme’s cost-effectiveness

27-06-2017 CULT_AD(2017)603034

OPINION on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on addressing geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers' nationality, place of residence or place of establishment within the internal market and amending Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004 and Directive 2009/22/EC

27-01-2017 CULT_AD(2017)592366

OPINION on a coherent EU policy for cultural and creative industries

14-10-2016 JURI_AD(2016)587490

Opinions - as shadow rapporteur


OPINION on internet connectivity for growth, competitiveness and cohesion: European gigabit society and 5G

01-03-2017 CULT_AD(2017)595493

OPINION on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work

01-02-2017 JURI_AD(2017)592336

OPINION on investing in jobs and growth – maximising the contribution of European Structural and Investment Funds

14-10-2016 CULT_AD(2016)582241

OPINION on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with special regard to the Concluding Observations of the UN CRPD Committee

21-04-2016 CULT_AD(2016)575351

OPINION on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the strengthening of certain aspects of the presumption of innocence and of the right to be present at trial in criminal proceedings

26-03-2015 JURI_AD(2015)546831

Institutional motions for resolutions


Joint motion for a resolution on the situation in Belarus

05-04-2017 RC-B8-0253/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on Bangladesh, including child marriages

05-04-2017 RC-B8-0252/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on Russia, the arrest of Alexei Navalny and other protestors

05-04-2017 RC-B8-0245/2017

Motion for a resolution on Bangladesh, including child marriages

03-04-2017 B8-0264/2017

NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

Motion for a resolution on Belarus

03-04-2017 B8-0263/2017

NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

Motion for a resolution on Russia, the arrest of Alexei Navalny and other protestors

03-04-2017 B8-0251/2017

NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

Joint motion for a resolution on the Philippines – the case of Senator Leila M. De Lima

15-03-2017 RC-B8-0193/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on the Ukrainian prisoners in Russia and the situation in Crimea

15-03-2017 RC-B8-0190/2017

Motion for a resolution on the Philippines, the case of senator Leila M. De Lima

13-03-2017 B8-0226/2017

NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

Written declarations


Written declaration on encryption

12-09-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0073 Lapsed


Nicola CAPUTO , Doru-Claudian FRUNZULICĂ , Miroslav POCHE , Patricija ŠULIN , José BLANCO LÓPEZ , Emilian PAVEL , Takis HADJIGEORGIOU , Marlene MIZZI , Tibor SZANYI , Péter NIEDERMÜLLER , Momchil NEKOV , Eva MAYDELL , Brian HAYES , Maria GRAPINI , Tomáš ZDECHOVSKÝ , Liisa JAAKONSAARI , Lynn BOYLAN , Therese COMODINI CACHIA , Beatrix von STORCH , Claudiu Ciprian TĂNĂSESCU , Alberto CIRIO , Claudia ȚAPARDEL , Victor NEGRESCU , Barbara KAPPEL , Georgios EPITIDEIOS , Eleftherios SYNADINOS

Date opened : 12-09-2016
Lapse date : 12-12-2016
Number of signatories : 56 - 13-12-2016

Written declaration on earthquake prevention

24-02-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0012 Lapsed


Enrico GASBARRA , Massimo PAOLUCCI , Therese COMODINI CACHIA , José Inácio FARIA , Benedek JÁVOR , Renata BRIANO , Patricija ŠULIN , Victor NEGRESCU , Salvatore CICU , Kostadinka KUNEVA , Nicola CAPUTO , Ivana MALETIĆ , Ruža TOMAŠIĆ , Tomáš ZDECHOVSKÝ

Date opened : 24-02-2016
Lapse date : 24-05-2016
Number of signatories : 104 - 25-05-2016

Written declaration on diabetes

01-02-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0008 Closed with majority


Nicola CAPUTO , Therese COMODINI CACHIA , Christel SCHALDEMOSE , Sirpa PIETIKÄINEN , Dame Glenis WILLMOTT , Marc TARABELLA , Simona BONAFÈ , Daciana Octavia SÂRBU , Bogdan Brunon WENTA , Nicola DANTI , Tomáš ZDECHOVSKÝ , Marisa MATIAS , Marlene MIZZI , Elena GENTILE , Doru-Claudian FRUNZULICĂ , Enrico GASBARRA , Tibor SZANYI , Renato SORU , Luigi MORGANO , Theodoros ZAGORAKIS , Damiano ZOFFOLI , Ricardo SERRÃO SANTOS , Renata BRIANO , Carlos ZORRINHO , Isabella DE MONTE , Silvia COSTA , Brando BENIFEI

Date opened : 01-02-2016
Lapse date : 01-05-2016
Adopted (date) : 02-05-2016
The list of signatories is published in Annex 02 to the Minutes of 09-05-2016
Number of signatories : 405 - 02-05-2016

Written declaration on epilepsy

18-01-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0001 Lapsed


Dominique BILDE , Filiz HYUSMENOVA , Aldo PATRICIELLO , Milan ZVER , Ivan JAKOVČIĆ , Patricija ŠULIN , Mara BIZZOTTO , Lefteris CHRISTOFOROU , Nedzhmi ALI , Victor NEGRESCU , Therese COMODINI CACHIA , Ramón Luis VALCÁRCEL SISO , Rolandas PAKSAS , Sophie MONTEL , Roberta METSOLA , Merja KYLLÖNEN

Date opened : 18-01-2016
Lapse date : 18-04-2016
Number of signatories : 87 - 19-04-2016

Written declaration on cancer and primary prevention

05-10-2015 P8_DCL(2015)0054 Lapsed


Piernicola PEDICINI , Marco AFFRONTE , Laura AGEA , Daniela AIUTO , Tiziana BEGHIN , David BORRELLI , Fabio Massimo CASTALDO , Ignazio CORRAO , Rosa D'AMATO , Eleonora EVI , Laura FERRARA , Dario TAMBURRANO , Marco VALLI , Marco ZULLO , Rolandas PAKSAS , Nedzhmi ALI , Zigmantas BALČYTIS , Hugues BAYET , Brando BENIFEI , Mara BIZZOTTO , José BLANCO LÓPEZ , Biljana BORZAN , Lynn BOYLAN , Nicola CAPUTO , Nessa CHILDERS , Alberto CIRIO , Therese COMODINI CACHIA , Ian DUNCAN , Ismail ERTUG , Lampros FOUNTOULIS , Enrico GASBARRA , Juan Carlos GIRAUTA VIDAL , Antanas GUOGA , Hans-Olaf HENKEL , Stelios KOULOGLOU , Valentinas MAZURONIS , Victor NEGRESCU , Momchil NEKOV , Demetris PAPADAKIS , Pavel POC , Laurenţiu REBEGA , Matteo SALVINI , Christel SCHALDEMOSE , Ivan ŠTEFANEC , Tibor SZANYI , Ivo VAJGL , Tomáš ZDECHOVSKÝ

Date opened : 05-10-2015
Lapse date : 05-01-2016
Number of signatories : 146 - 06-01-2016

Written questions


The correlation between Bisphenol A and diabetes

24-02-2017 E-001240/2017 Commission

Analysis of the 5G Action Plan

01-02-2017 E-000711/2017 Commission

Digital inclusion

01-02-2017 E-000710/2017 Commission

Internet connectivity in remote areas

01-02-2017 E-000709/2017 Commission

5G and education

01-02-2017 E-000708/2017 Commission

Protection for outdoor workers

30-09-2016 E-007415/2016 Commission

New employment relationships

30-09-2016 E-007414/2016 Commission

Unfair dismissal of cancer patients

30-09-2016 E-007413/2016 Commission

EU Disability Card

30-09-2016 E-007412/2016 Commission

Natura 2000 site Miġra l-Ferħa

31-08-2016 E-006537/2016 Commission

Oral questions


A new animal welfare strategy for 2016-2020

21-09-2015 O-000105/2015 Commission

25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

16-10-2014 O-000073/2014 Commission

Written explanations of vote


Supply chain due diligence by importers of minerals and metals originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas (A8-0141/2015 - Iuliu Winkler)


The EU should not draw up a list of Conflict-Affected and High Risk Areas, but rather provide companies with the tools they need in a handbook.
I generally support the proposal for Regulation of the Commission towards more effective level of the EU supply chain for these minerals.
Like the rapporteur I welcome the accompanying measures foreseen in the accompanying communication to promote high levels of participation and hope that not only these measures can be implemented in parallel with the Regulation, but that Parliament will also be kept informed of their implementation.
I believe the SMEs should be put in a position to participate in the EU system if they want to be part of the avant-garde, but let’s not force them. I support the view that also in this respect the Commission is right to choose for the voluntary approach. With the right incentives and assistance, as foreseen in the accompanying measures, SMEs can be convinced to participate out of their free will and in line with their business logic.

Union framework for the collection, management and use of data in the fisheries sector (A8-0150/2016 - Marco Affronte)


. ‒ I agree that the Member States should determine the way they collect data, but in order to be able to combine data on a regional level in a meaningful way, minimum requirements for data quality, coverage and compatibility should be agreed by Member States, taking into account the fact that, in some regions, sea areas are managed jointly with third countries which have sovereignty or jurisdiction over waters in those regions.
Strengthening regional cooperation, in line with the regionalisation of the CFP, is one of the objectives and in that respect it is necessary to harmonise procedures for data collection, analysis and availability to end-users in the various marine regions. For the sake of simplification and rationalisation, and to avoid duplication of data collection, the information to be collected should be selected on the basis of its value, the demand for it and the impact analysing it could have.

Constitutional, legal and institutional implications of a Common Security and Defence Policy: possibilities offered by the Lisbon Treaty (A8-0042/2017 - Esteban González Pons, Michael Gahler)


I agree that CSDP should be an effective, structured common policy that generates an added value, and not a mere sum of the national policies of the Member States or their lowest common denominator. Two thirds of EU citizens surveyed would like to see more EU engagement through Member States’ commitment in matters of security and defence policy. Member States should seek how to adopt the decision on common defence in accordance with their respective constitutional requirements. To support this, the report advocates the establishment of a standing ‘defence matters’ working group of members of the Commission, to be chaired by the VP/HR.

An integrated EU policy for the Arctic (A8-0032/2017 - Urmas Paet, Sirpa Pietikäinen)


. ‒ The report marks a positive step towards an integrated EU policy on Arctic matters, identifying specific areas of action, and towards developing a more coherent framework for focused EU action.
Rising temperatures and melting sea ice affect the ecosystems worldwide by raising sea levels. This changes the composition of the sea mass and creates unpredictable weather patterns. Without effective action, the pace of climate change might accelerate even more in the future, affected by the melting of permafrost in the Arctic region. In this context, I agree with the rapporteur that channelling European structural and investment funds (ESIF) to measures for mainstreaming climate action in the Arctic, taking into account the local circumstances and special nature of the Arctic regions, is of the essence.
Finally, I see scope in corporate social responsibility for the activities of companies doing business in the Arctic region.

2016 Report on Montenegro (A8-0050/2017 - Charles Tannock)


. ‒ Montenegro has achieved steady progress in the accession negotiations: so far 26 chapters have been opened for negotiations and two chapters have been provisionally closed. I agree with the call to the Council to speed up negotiations with Montenegro and encourage the opening and closing of further chapters in the accession negotiations in 2017. However, it should be made amply clear that conclusions should always respect human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with international obligations.
Like the rapporteur, I am concerned about continued gender-based domestic and sexual violence, and the lack of prosecutions and proper sentencing of perpetrators in line with international standards. There is still insufficient support and protection for victims. Adequate protection services should be put in place, enhancing relevant inter-institutional coordination and making effective use of the new unified database on cases of domestic violence.

e-Democracy in the EU: potential and challenges (A8-0041/2017 - Ramón Jáuregui Atondo)


I am a firm believer that e-democracy tools can help foster more active citizenship by improving participation, transparency and accountability in decision-making. It brings with it more knowledge about the EU in order to give the citizens more voice in political life. Ways of how to create online platforms so that members of the public can systematically be consulted before the European legislator takes decisions should be speeded up because the people feel the urge to get involved more directly in public life irrespective of the form, be it e-parliament, e-initiatives, e-voting, e-petitions, e-consultations and so on.
The development of complementary forms of engagement capable of contributing to mitigating the growth of public disaffection with traditional politics should be explored. As the report states, the scope of having this platform is enshrined in the principle of institutional openness, complying with the combination of real-time transparency and informed participation.
It is the ideal way of engaging young people in political debate, an opportunity to make best use of ICT in democratic procedures to suit the connectivity purpose.

EU-Brazil Agreement: modification of concessions in the schedule of Croatia in the course of its accession (A8-0052/2017 - José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra)


The EU will incorporate in its schedule for the customs territory of the EU modifications related to tariff rate quotas on raw sugar and poultry meat. I agree we should grant consent to the conclusion of the Agreement even if the agreement is not about new concessions but compensations. There is an element of sensitiveness of the products under consideration for the whole EU agricultural sector which has raised some concerns. The relevant sectors have complained about the lack of involvement and consultation from the Commission during such negotiations which could have an impact on their future competitiveness on the EU market. We need to see to this more in the future to ensure that all stakeholders are appropriately consulted.

Launch of automated data exchange with regard to vehicle registration data in Denmark (A8-0051/2017 - Maria Grapini)


I agree to proceed with the need to notify Parliament if there is a substantial departure from the text approved and the Council is to consult again if it intends to substantially amend the text approved by Parliament.

Launch of automated data exchange with regard to DNA data in Greece (A8-0053/2017 - Claude Moraes)


I agree to proceed with the Council draft calling upon the latter to notify Parliament if it intends to depart from the text approved by Parliament and consult Parliament again if it intends to substantially amend the text approved by Parliament

Use of the 470-790 MHz frequency band in the Union (A8-0327/2016 - Patrizia Toia)


I see scope in harmonising at EU level the allocation of frequencies, to provide businesses and citizens with universal high-speed wireless connectivity. The EU can negotiate internationally with a single voice, also in view of the rapid evolution of the sector and the social, economic, cultural and technological aspects affecting the use of the band or any part of it. By 2020, according to some statistics, mobile Internet traffic will increase by eight times compared to today, therefore, the capacity of the networks needs to be strengthened. The spectrum in the 700 MHz frequency band provides additional capacity and universal coverage, in particular for rural and remote areas, which are challenging in terms of the cost of investment in infrastructure. This is a must in an era where Internet of Things, Cloud, and mobile communication services, the digitisation of industrial sectors (Industry 4.0) and improvement of the efficiency of government departments (e-government) are rapidly increasing. Innovative services for citizens and businesses should be supported through national roadmaps in order to fulfil their obligations relating to the repurposing of the 700 MHz frequency band for wireless broadband.