Rory PALMER : 8th parliamentary term 

Political groups 

  • 03-10-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament - Member

National parties 

  • 03-10-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Labour Party (United Kingdom)

Member 

  • 25-10-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
  • 25-10-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Delegation for relations with the United States

Substitute 

  • 24-10-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
  • 24-10-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Delegation for relations with Switzerland and Norway and to the EU-Iceland Joint Parliamentary Committee and the European Economic Area (EEA) Joint Parliamentary Committee

Main parliamentary activities 

Contributions to plenary debates 
Speeches made during the plenary session and written declarations relating to plenary debates. Rules Rule 204 and 171(11)

Reports - as shadow rapporteur 
Political groups designate a shadow rapporteur for each report in the responsible committee to follow progress and negotiate compromise texts with the rapporteur. Rule 215

Opinions - as shadow rapporteur 
Political groups designate a shadow rapporteur for an opinion to follow progress and negotiate compromise texts with the rapporteur. Rule 215

OPINION on gender equality in the media sector in the EU  
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Motions for resolutions 
Motions for resolutions are tabled on topical issues, at the request of a committee, a political group or at least 5% of the Members, and voted on in plenary. Rule 132, Rule 136, Rule 139, Rule 144.

Oral questions 
Questions for oral answer with debate, addressed to the European Commission, the Council or the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union can be tabled by a committee, a political group or at least 5% of Parliament’s members. Rule 136

Major interpellations 
Major interpellations for written answer with debate, addressed to the European Commission, the Council or the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union, may be tabled by a committee, a political group or at least 5% of Parliament’s component Members. Rule 139, Annex III

Other parliamentary activities 

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

Promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services (A8-0444/2018 - Christel Schaldemose)  
 

. ‒ I voted in favour. Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament are committed to fighting for a fair digital environment – we have delivered on many different aspects of improving our new digital world. This regulation on online platforms will be another piece in the puzzle of a digital Europe that delivers for everyone.
Online platforms have in many cases multiplied the choice and lead to more attractive prices to consumers. Moreover, they often enable small business users to sell their goods and services easily all across Europe, bringing tangible benefits to our SMEs. Nonetheless, we are increasingly buying things from platforms such as Amazon, Booking.com, eBay, and Google, which also means that these companies have a huge market share and business users become increasingly dependent on them. That is why the S&D Group demands that the online environment is not an unregulated Wild West, but rather that rules for fairness and transparency in these business relationships apply. This regulation is a big step in the correct direction. It will start to apply directly in the Member States already next year, so our businesses, and ultimately consumers, will start seeing the benefits of a fairer online economy very soon.

Community statistics on migration and international protection (A8-0395/2018 - Cecilia Wikström)  
 

I voted in favour so as to respond to new needs within the Union for statistics on migration and international protection. Because the characteristics of migratory movements are subject to rapid change, there is a need for a framework allowing a quick response to changing needs as regards statistics on migration and international protection.

Action of the Union following its accession to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications (A8-0036/2019 - Virginie Rozière)  
 

I, and my Socialist colleagues, voted in favour. We have fought and managed to keep the focus on an issue that is of interest to European citizens and businesses, namely the protection of non-agricultural geographical indications. However, the EU and its Member States will not be able to fully participate in the Special Union as established by the Geneva Act until the EU legal framework provides for such protection and we therefore hope that this shortcoming is addressed in the next parliamentary term.

Written questions 
Members can submit a specific number of questions to the President of the European Council, the Council, the Commission and the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union, for written answer. Rule 138, Annex III

Proposals for a Union act  
Members can table a request to the European Commission to propose a Union act (a new act or an amendment to an existing act).Rule 47

Proposal for a union act on enhancing plasma collection in the European Union  
- B8-0591/2018  

Declarations 

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