James CARVER : Written explanations of vote 

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

Request for the waiver of the immunity of Georgios Epitideios (A8-0185/2019 - Angel Dzhambazki)  
 

I do not believe that parliamentary immunity should extend to matters which go beyond what is necessary to perform the mandate effectively. Nevertheless, I also believe that Parliament must follow its own Rules of Procedure and act impartially in accordance with the rules to ensure that all Members are treated in the same way when accused.

Request for the waiver of the immunity of Lampros Fountoulis (A8-0183/2019 - Angel Dzhambazki)  
 

I do not believe that parliamentary immunity should extend to matters which go beyond what is necessary to perform the mandate effectively. Nevertheless, I also believe that Parliament must follow its own Rules of Procedure and act impartially in accordance with the rules to ensure that all Members are treated in the same way when accused.

Request for the waiver of the immunity of Eleftherios Synadinos (A8-0184/2019 - Angel Dzhambazki)  
 

I do not believe that parliamentary immunity should extend to matters which go beyond what is necessary to perform the mandate effectively. Nevertheless, I also believe that Parliament must follow its own Rules of Procedure and act impartially in accordance with the rules to ensure that all Members are treated in the same way when accused.

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, as regards the UK's withdrawal from the EU (A8-0047/2019 - Sergei Stanishev)  
 

I support the principle of visa-free travel, having spoken about this frequently during the 2016 EU referendum campaign.
Despite my anger and frustration over the offensive text, which was added by the Spanish after a Council of Ministers meeting – despite the original textʼs being, beforehand, passed unanimously in committee – and which disgracefully described Gibraltar as a ʻcolonyʼ of the UK, I was conscious that I had highlighted my own position during a committee meeting, at which I chastised the Spanish for playing politics ahead of their own general election.
Because I had highlighted my own position vis-à-vis the Gibraltar text in such a transparent manner, I felt able vote in favour of the principle of visa-free travel, which I accordingly did.

Guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States (A8-0177/2019 - Miroslavs Mitrofanovs)  
 

. ‒ As I believe that the European Union should not interfere with the employment policies of Member States, I voted against.

Waste management (B8-0231/2019)  
 

. ‒ This matter was not the subject of a roll-call vote. In the interests of transparency and democracy, I would like to confirm that I abstained: I support action by Member States to prevent illegal dumping of waste, but - because I believe in the principle of subsidiarity - this should not be harmonised at EU level.

Enforcement requirements and specific rules for posting drivers in the road transport sector (A8-0206/2018 - Merja Kyllönen)  
 

Throughout this report, I supported amendments which aimed to limit the impact of the proposals on drivers and transport companies as I believe that (as written) the proposals would have caused more issues and compliance problems. Needless to say, I do not support harmonisation of this matter at European Union level, so I ultimately voted against the Commission proposal.

Daily and weekly driving times, minimum breaks and rest periods and positioning by means of tachographs (A8-0205/2018 - Wim van de Camp)  
 

I believe that this is a matter which should be legislated on at national level. Furthermore, given that the UK has voted to leave the European Union, it would be wrong for me to support further EU legislation.

Adapting to development in the road transport sector (A8-0204/2018 - Ismail Ertug)  
 

As with the previous votes, some of the amendments served to make the legislation less bad and I felt comfortable supporting those amendments. However, I note that cabotage has less impact upon the United Kingdom than it does on some other Member States. The principle of national sovereignty, however, should always be a strong one. I therefore voted against.

Common rules for the internal market for natural gas (A8-0143/2018 - Jerzy Buzek)  
 

. ‒ I do not support harmonisation of this matter at European Union level and I oppose giving more power to the Commission in the field of energy. I am also unhappy with some of the EU definitions of terminology used in this legislation.

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