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Deirdre CLUNE : Written explanations of vote - 8th parliamentary term 

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

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

I voted in favour of this report as a whole.

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

I voted in favour of this report as a whole.

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

I voted in favour of this report as a whole.

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 voted in favour of this report as a whole. It proposes to postpone the vote and to open a deadline for amendments, which were rejected by a large majority.

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

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report as a whole. It affirms the Commission’s position to maintain employment guidelines of 2018 for the year 2019, based on the argument that there are no such developments in the economic and labour market situation that would require the change of priorities and targets.

Waste management (B8-0231/2019)  
 

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report as a whole.

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

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report as a whole. The amended rules will cover both internal EU gas pipelines as well as all gas pipelines from non-EU countries into the EU, creating legal clarity for existing and new gas infrastructure. With the new legislation, these rules would, in principle, be applicable to all gas pipelines in the EU, even if they originate outside the Union, with the possibility of derogations for existing pipelines and exemptions for new ones. The Directive will enter into force on the 20th day after publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (A8-0176/2019 - Gabriel Mato)  
 

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report as a whole. The new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), with a 10% budget increase, will provide a modern, simple and more flexible fund to support a sustainable and competitive fishing sector by improving fishermen’s working and living conditions on board. The text endorsed will also allow for more flexible access to compensation in case of temporary or permanent cessation of fishing activities and will facilitate access to credit, insurance and financial instruments for sustainable vessels.

Multiannual plan for the fisheries exploiting demersal stocks in the western Mediterranean Sea (A8-0005/2019 - Clara Eugenia Aguilera García)  
 

. ‒ I abstained in the vote on this report as a whole. The Western Mediterranean is one of the most developed fishery sub-regions in the Mediterranean, accounting for around 31% of total landings in that area. Demersal fisheries in the basin have a high commercial value and are currently managed through national management plans. The new regulation, which affects fleets, mainly trawlers, from Italy, France and Spain, provides for postponing the achievement – expected in 2020 – of maximum sustainable yield (MSY) within five years from the entry into force of the plan, taking into account socioeconomic aspects.

Strengthening the security of identity cards and of residence documents issued to Union citizens (A8-0436/2018 - Gérard Deprez)  
 

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report as a whole. It aims to facilitate the exercise of the right to free movement of EU citizens in a secure environment, i.e. to facilitate their right to travel to and reside in any Member State with their national identity cards and to rely on these cards there as reliable proof of nationality, as well as their right to rely on the residence documentation issued to them as residents of a Member State other than their country of nationality.

Road infrastructure safety management (A8-0008/2019 - Daniela Aiuto)  
 

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report as a whole which aims to strengthen the road infrastructure management to reduce road fatalities and serious injuries. It will extend the scope of the current rules to motorways and other primary roads beyond the trans-European transport network (TEN-T). This will contribute significantly to the improvement of road infrastructure safety across the Union. Also, it will become mandatory to take systematic account of pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users in road safety management procedure.

Pan-European Personal Pension Product (A8-0278/2018 - Sophia in 't Veld)  
 

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report as a whole. This is a voluntary scheme, with strong consumer protection that has nothing to do with the first pillar (public pensions). The third pillar already exists in the Member State but it represents currently an obstacle for the mobility of workers because it is not portable. One of the features of pan-European personal pension products (PEPPs) is their portability. The regulation introduces also the basic PEPP with the same features all over the EU and with very simple characteristics that do not require financial knowledge for being understood. The regulation introduces also a cap on fees that represents an important achievement in terms of consumer protection.

Work-life balance for parents and carers (A8-0270/2018 - David Casa)  
 

I voted in favour of this report as a whole which succeeded to reach a balance agreement which gives a new set of individual rights to working parents and carers.

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)  
 

I voted in favour of this report as a whole that makes the request to reinforce the protection of the final beneficiaries of programmes. Furthermore, the report proposes to create an independent advisory panel of experts to continuously monitor and evaluate the situation in the Member States.

European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) (A8-0461/2018 - Verónica Lope Fontagné)  
 

I voted in favour of this report as a whole. This report looks at, amongst others, the creation of a child guarantee, the link with the European Semester and the country—specific recommendations, 27% for social inclusion, 3% for accompanying measures and material assistance for the most disadvantaged and 15% for countries with a not in education, employment, or training (NEET) rate higher than the EU average in 2019 or whenever the rate is above 15%.

Computerising the movement and surveillance of excise goods (A8-0010/2019 - Kay Swinburne)  
 

I voted in favour of this report as a whole that lays down the arrangements for computerising the movement and surveillance of excise goods. The report is part of a package of four proposals from May 2018, in which the Commission suggested a series of new rules on excise duties.

Re-use of public sector information (A8-0438/2018 - Neoklis Sylikiotis)  
 

I voted in favour of this report as a whole. to expand the scope to include public undertakings active in the utilities and transport sectors, with an exception i.e. for documents related to their activities directly exposed to competition and therefore, pursuant to Art 34 of Directive 2014/26, not subject to competition rules.

Multiannual recovery plan for Mediterranean swordfish (A8-0389/2018 - Marco Affronte)  
 

I voted in favour of this report as a whole. The status of Mediterranean swordfish is a matter of increasing concern, it has been overfished for more than 30 years. The high proportion of juvenile swordfish in the catches has a negative impact on the spawning biomass. It is urgent to reverse this situation and to adopt a Mediterranean swordfish recovery plan to stop the rapid stock decline and help rebuild the stock to levels consistent with the ICCAT Convention objective

Minimum level of training of seafarers (A8-0007/2019 - Dominique Riquet)  
 

I voted in favour of this report as a whole. In order to reduce the administrative burden on the MS, an electronic system for the presentation of seafarers’ qualifications should be introduced when relevant amendments to the STCW (International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) have been adopted.

Adjustment of annual pre-financing for the years 2021 to 2023 (A8-0181/2019 - Mirosław Piotrowski)  
 

I voted in favour of this report as a whole.