Charles TANNOCK
  • Charles
    TANNOCK
  • European Conservatives and Reformists Group
  • Member
  • United Kingdom Conservative Party
  • Date of birth: 25 September 1957, Aldershot, Hants

Speeches in plenary

227

Instrument contributing to stability and peace (debate)

29-11-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)11-29(21)

Situation in Yemen (debate)

29-11-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)11-29(22)

Freedom of expression in Sudan, notably the case of Mohamed Zine El Abidine

16-11-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)11-16(4.1)

Terrorist attacks in Somalia

16-11-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)11-16(4.2)

Eastern Partnership: November 2017 Summit (debate)

14-11-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)11-14(14)

Situation of people with albinism in Malawi and other African countries

05-10-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)10-05(3.1)

The cases of Crimean Tatar leaders Akhtem Chiygoz, Ilmi Umerov and the journalist Mykola Semena

05-10-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)10-05(3.2)

Situation in Maldives

05-10-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)10-05(3.3)

Reports - as rapporteur

4

Reports - as shadow rapporteur

20

REPORT on the Annual Report on the implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy

AFET
13-11-2017 A8-0350/2017

REPORT on EU political relations with Latin America

AFET
20-07-2017 A8-0268/2017

REPORT on EU political relations with ASEAN

AFET
28-06-2017 A8-0243/2017

REPORT on Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations

CULT AFET
13-06-2017 A8-0220/2017

REPORT on the 2016 Commission Report on Serbia

AFET
22-03-2017 A8-0063/2017

Opinions - as rapporteur

2

OPINION on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part

AFET
29-11-2016 AFET_AD(2016)592207

OPINION on the prevention of radicalisation and recruitment of European citizens by terrorist organisations

AFET
18-09-2015 AFET_AD(2015)560548

Opinions - as shadow rapporteur

8

OPINION on women, gender equality and climate justice

AFET
23-11-2017 AFET_AD(2017)609665

OPINION on the EU-Africa Strategy: a boost for development

AFET
05-09-2017 AFET_AD(2017)606203

OPINION on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Union Resettlement Framework and amending Regulation (EU) No 516/2014 of the European Parliament and the Council

AFET
01-06-2017 AFET_AD(2017)601073

OPINION on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council setting up a Union regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering, technical assistance and transit of dual-use items (recast)

AFET
31-05-2017 AFET_AD(2017)602925

OPINION on the future of ACP-EU relations beyond 2020

AFET
31-08-2016 AFET_AD(2016)582441

OPINION on Towards a new international climate agreement in Paris

AFET
01-09-2015 AFET_AD(2015)560685

OPINION on Private sector and development

AFET
24-06-2015 AFET_AD(2015)552030

OPINION on the recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

AFET
01-04-2015 AFET_AD(2015)546630

Motions for resolutions

349

Joint motion for a resolution on El Salvador: the cases of women prosecuted for miscarriage

13-12-2017 RC-B8-0691/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on Cambodia: notably the dissolution of CNRP Party

13-12-2017 RC-B8-0686/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on freedom of expression in Vietnam, notably the case of Nguyen Van Hoa

13-12-2017 RC-B8-0685/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on the situation in Afghanistan

13-12-2017 RC-B8-0678/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on the situation of the Rohingya people

13-12-2017 RC-B8-0668/2017

Motion for a resolution on the cases of women prosecuted for miscarriage in El Salvador

11-12-2017 B8-0691/2017

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

Motion for a resolution on Cambodia: the banning of the opposition

11-12-2017 B8-0686/2017

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

Motion for a resolution Freedom of expression in Vietnam, notably the case of Nguyen Van Hoa

11-12-2017 B8-0685/2017

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

Motion for a resolution on the situation in Afghanistan

11-12-2017 B8-0683/2017

Motion for a resolution on the situation of the Rohingya people

06-12-2017 B8-0668/2017

Written declarations

1

Written declaration on commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust and support for the creation of the Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center

12-12-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0136 Lapsed

Details

Ioan Mircea PAŞCU , Petras AUŠTREVIČIUS , Bas BELDER , Michał BONI , Rebecca HARMS , Frédérique RIES , Charles TANNOCK , Hannu TAKKULA , Boris ZALA , Janusz ZEMKE

Date opened : 12-12-2016
Lapse date : 12-03-2017
Number of signatories : 135 - 13-03-2017

Parliamentary questions

74

VP/HR - Rule of law and human rights in Turkey

21-11-2017 E-007134/2017 Commission

VP/HR - Religious persecution in Myanmar/Burma

07-11-2017 E-006834/2017 Commission

VP/HR - Tibet

18-10-2017 E-006541/2017 Commission

VP/HR - Corruption charges against Dorin Chirtoacă

03-10-2017 E-006197/2017 Commission

VP/HR - The situation in Venezuela

24-08-2017 E-005268/2017 Commission

British officials in the European institutions

12-07-2017 E-004692/2017 Commission

VP/HR - Religious minorities in Pakistan

11-07-2017 E-004647/2017 Commission

VP/HR - South China Sea - Permanent Court of Arbitration

21-06-2017 E-004125/2017 Commission

The use of Aluminium Composite Panels (ACPs)

21-06-2017 P-004121/2017 Commission

Increasing levels of homelessness in Europe

07-06-2017 E-003757/2017 Commission

Written explanations of vote

24

Implementation of the European Disability Strategy (A8-0339/2017 - Helga Stevens)

30-11-2017

I am pleased to vote in favour of this implementation report on the EU disability strategy. It is essential to review the progress that is being made across Europe to implement the European Disability Strategy and to ensure that those with disabilities are not discriminated against in the fields of accessibility, employment, education and health. In my constituency of London there are approximately 1.4 million deaf and disabled people many of whom would like to have more autonomy in terms of accessing public services and making decisions about their own care, employment and education. For them, this Disability Strategy is very significant. Consequently, I am particularly pleased to see that this report is aligned with the UK approach to disability equality which focuses on inclusion and mainstreaming, involving disabled people in making their own decisions on how they want to live. Following the conclusion of Brexit negotiations the UK must continue to work closely with EU Member States so that we can learn from our European neighbours who are creating policies with the same goal in mind, to increase disability equality and quality of life for the disabled.

Combating inequalities as a lever to boost job creation and growth (A8-0340/2017 - Javi López)

16-11-2017

Given my role as Goodwill Ambassador for the homelessness charity Depaul which works in several Member States including my own countries of the UK and Ireland, and more specifically my constituency of London, there is much in this report that I can commend. The rapporteur wishes to decisively tackle economic inequality across Europe which has put over one hundred million European citizens at risk of poverty and social exclusion, as well as stepping up the fight against homelessness and unemployment. These are all aims which are in line with the EU Treaties which promote the wellbeing of Europe’s peoples.
However, the solutions set out in this report are not commensurate with other obligations within the Treaties, that of proportionality and subsidiarity; in particular the rapporteur’s calls for harmonised tax policies across the EU, minimum income schemes and wage scales. It is vital that we must work together to build shared prosperity. However, the situation in each Member State is unique and it is national governments who are best placed, in this instance, to arrange their welfare and taxation systems to best carry out this task. For this reason I voted against this report.

Saving lives: boosting car safety in the EU (A8-0330/2017 - Dieter-Lebrecht Koch)

14-11-2017

Although the number of serious car accidents has been falling over recent years it is still the case that over 2 000 people are either killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents in my constituency of London every year. The figures for Europe as a whole are more startling with 25 500 deaths a year caused by collisions on the road. I commend the rapporteur for his focus, in line with Greater London, on cutting road deaths by 50% by 2020 and making them a thing of the past by 2050. I share this ambition wholeheartedly.
However, the rapporteur calls for several measures which go against the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality and impinge on Member State competencies. In particular he calls for EU regulation of e-bikes, an EU-wide harmonised zero blood-alcohol limit, as well as mandatory driving assistance and other safety features in vehicles. These ideas are well-intentioned but do not take into account small manufacturers and the costs involved in introducing such technologies as well as the fact that the recent ‘roadworthiness package’ which was only agreed three years ago would need to be reopened. I will therefore be abstaining on this report.

Cooperation between national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws (A8-0077/2017 - Olga Sehnalová)

14-11-2017

The EU’s e-commerce industry is expanding rapidly and is set to be worth over EUR 600 billion by the end of 2017. To keep up with fast-paced changes in consumer habits we need strong consumer protection laws. I am therefore pleased to vote in favour of this report which strengthens the consumer protection network across Member States, coordinating their inspection and enforcement powers. This will aid in the fight against unlawful practices such as persistent online scams that can appear in a different country as soon as they have been shut down in the first.
Improvements to legislation are highly relevant to the UK where digital purchases accounted for 33% of all EU online sales last year. It will therefore be vital that online consumer protection is addressed during Brexit negotiations. It is a positive step that this report allows for third country participation in the network of consumer protection organisations and I sincerely hope that further mechanisms will be put in place to ensure that the UK can work closely with the EU, and to ensure that digital growth, which is so important to the economy of my constituency of London, continues to be supported.

Negotiating mandate for trade negotiations with New Zealand (A8-0312/2017 - Daniel Caspary)

26-10-2017

I am pleased to see that the Commission has now published draft negotiating directives and that trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand are likely to begin soon. I have always been a supporter of EU Free Trade Agreements and as a British representative I particularly welcome agreements with these two countries given their similar approach to trade policy and their membership of the Commonwealth. Although I am not in favour of a sanctions-based approach to the trade and sustainable development chapters and would not want to see any sectors excluded, overall I support this ambitious drive towards trade liberalisation and so I am pleased to vote for the negotiating mandate to be approved. However, it is deeply disappointing that it is unlikely that the UK will take part in and benefit from a future Australia and New Zealand trade deal with the EU due to Brexit negotiations. Any future trade agreement is likely to have terms that are far more advantageous to the EU than any the UK could negotiate alone.

Amendment of the Schengen Borders Code as regards the use of the Entry/Exit System (A8-0059/2017 - Agustín Díaz de Mera García Consuegra)

25-10-2017

The objective of finding a balance between external border security and flexible border-crossings is important and timely for the EU as UK looks ahead to its EU exit in 2019. I welcome efforts by the European Commission in this proposal to modernise border checks to enhance security but also to speed up waiting times and unnecessary delays for those legally travelling into a Member State. I am also pleased that interoperability between the EES and VIS systems has been prioritised and that law enforcement bodies will have access to data, which is a vital tool in tackling cross-border crime and the rise in terrorism across Europe. The UK does not take part in the Schengen acquis and so I abstain on this report. However, I support all efforts to make our borders work better and am aware that we will require similar innovative solutions to resolve the Northern Irish border conundrum over the next year during Brexit negotiations. I welcome the UK government’s strong commitment during phase two of negotiations to maintain full UK access to all EU crime and terrorism intelligence databases and avoid any decrease in security cooperation post Brexit.

Minimum income policies as a tool for fighting poverty (A8-0292/2017 - Laura Agea)

24-10-2017

As Ambassador for the charity DePaul which works across Europe to help the homeless I am deeply concerned by the rise of homelessness in virtually all Member States and the extreme poverty and deprivation that this entails. In my constituency of London there is always more to be done to meet the fundamental needs of housing, quality healthcare services, and education of the poorest in our society. A compassionate welfare system which is a national competence under EU rules, should provide for the vulnerable in our society, provide timely assistance to those in need, support those who are struggling to find and keep decent jobs, and enforce a minimum wage. However, although I commend the rapporteur’s ambition in this report to help those affected by poverty and social exclusion I do not agree that minimum income schemes at EU level are an effective way of achieving this. This report goes too far by calling for a new EU fund to assist Member States to set up minimum income schemes and a new framework directive on minimum income schemes. I cannot support initiatives that would undermine the principles of proportionality and subsidiarity as social security is a national competence and this is why I am voting against this report.

Prison systems and conditions (A8-0251/2017 - Joëlle Bergeron)

05-10-2017

With over 1 600 000 people in prison in Europe in 2014 and 14 prisons based in my constituency of London, the quality of our prison systems and conditions deserves a great deal of attention. In order for the objective of imprisonment to be met – to see that justice is done, to protect society and to rehabilitate offenders – we need effective spaces that uphold the human dignity of inmates whilst ensuring that crimes are punished.
This is a difficult balance to achieve and whilst we should be working to share best practice and encourage other Member States to aim for excellence in this area, the prison system is and should remain a purely Member State competence according to the principles of subsidiarity. This is why I voted against this report which goes too far in calling for specific actions and funding. Cooperation between European prisons is an important issue however, and will remain relevant once the UK has withdrawn from the EU as new systems will be required to manage prisoner transfers and share information between the judiciaries of each Member State.

The fight against cybercrime (A8-0272/2017 - Elissavet Vozemberg-Vrionidi)

03-10-2017

With the explosion of digital technology and our reliance on it in almost every walk of life we must have a cyber security policy that is fit for purpose. Digital systems, given their nature, do not respect geographical borders. This is both a huge advantage and an open door to cybercrime on a massive scale. 500 million potential customers are just a click away from a purchase thanks to the digital single market yet the interconnectedness of the digital world can mean that attacks could have far-reaching impacts. This is why the UK cannot meet its cybersecurity objectives in isolation and needs to work together with EU neighbours to share information about attacks as they happen and help to build up each other’s digital resilience. Europe’s cyber security is only as strong as its weakest link. I am pleased to vote in favour of this report conscious of the fact that the UK must not withdraw from efforts to improve cybersecurity across Europe post Brexit. A step back from such cooperation would have a detrimental effect on our leading financial institutions in London for example who benefit from information sharing and assistance from other organisations facing similar challenges in Europe.

The future of the Erasmus+ programme (B8-0495/2017)

14-09-2017

The 30th anniversary of the Erasmus scheme, one of the EU’s culture and education projects that offers the greatest added value to the UK, should be celebrated. Since its conception in 1987 an estimated 600 000 young people from the UK have taken part and boosted their communication skills, cultural awareness and confidence as a result. Studying alongside students of other nationalities in a foreign country and welcoming foreign students to Britain is a powerful and effective way not only to preserve our close partnership and cooperation with our European neighbours but also to reduce unemployment and boost the economy. My constituency of London feels these benefits keenly given the high number of foreign students coming to study at our world-class universities. It is important therefore that Erasmus+ maintains its focus on helping people to study, train and volunteer abroad and its funding should not be diverted to other schemes such as the European Solidarity Corp or student eCards. I am pleased to vote in favour of this Resolution and I hope that UK citizens will be able to continue to take part in educational schemes in other European countries following Brexit.

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