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

Speeches in plenary


The case of Afgan Mukhtarli and situation of media in Azerbaijan

15-06-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)06-15(4.1)

Situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (debate)

13-06-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)06-13(11)

Humanitarian situation in Yemen (debate)

13-06-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)06-13(12)

Introduction of temporary autonomous trade measures for Ukraine (A8-0193/2017 - Jarosław Wałęsa)

01-06-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)06-01(8.3)

Combating anti-semitism (B8-0383/2017, B8-0388/2017)

01-06-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)06-01(8.10)

Zambia, particularly the case of Hakainde Hichilema

18-05-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)05-18(9.1)

Ethiopia, notably the case of Dr Merera Gudina

18-05-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)05-18(9.2)

South Sudan

18-05-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)05-18(9.3)

Reports - as rapporteur


Reports - as shadow rapporteur


REPORT on Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations

13-06-2017 A8-0220/2017

REPORT on the 2016 Commission Report on Serbia

22-03-2017 A8-0063/2017

REPORT on the implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy

30-11-2016 A8-0360/2016

REPORT on EU strategy towards Iran after the nuclear agreement

12-10-2016 A8-0286/2016

Opinions - as rapporteur


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

29-11-2016 AFET_AD(2016)592207

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

18-09-2015 AFET_AD(2015)560548

Opinions - as shadow rapporteur


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

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)

31-05-2017 AFET_AD(2017)602925

OPINION on the future of ACP-EU relations beyond 2020

31-08-2016 AFET_AD(2016)582441

OPINION on Towards a new international climate agreement in Paris

01-09-2015 AFET_AD(2015)560685

OPINION on Private sector and development

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)

01-04-2015 AFET_AD(2015)546630

Motions for resolutions


Joint motion for a resolution on the human rights situation in Indonesia

14-06-2017 RC-B8-0424/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on the case of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli

14-06-2017 RC-B8-0414/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on the humanitarian situation in Yemen

14-06-2017 RC-B8-0407/2017

Motion for a resolution on the situation of human rights in Indonesia

12-06-2017 B8-0424/2017

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

Motion for a resolution on Pakistan, notably the situation of human rights defenders and the death penalty

12-06-2017 B8-0419/2017

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

Motion for a resolution on the case of Afgan Mukhtarli and the situation of media in Azerbaijan

12-06-2017 B8-0414/2017

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

Motion for a resolution on the humanitarian situation in Yemen

12-06-2017 B8-0407/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

12-06-2017 RC-B8-0397/2017

Motion for a resolution on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo

07-06-2017 B8-0400/2017

Written declarations


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


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


The use of Aluminium Composite Panels (ACPs)

21-06-2017 P-004121/2017 Commission

Intelligence sharing arrangements with Cape Verde

11-05-2017 E-003280/2017 Council

VP/HR - Situation in the South China Sea

23-03-2017 E-002011/2017 Commission

VP/HR - Persecution of the Ahmadiyya Community in Algeria

03-03-2017 E-001474/2017 Commission

Definition and proof of Comprehensive Sickness Insurance

03-03-2017 P-001467/2017 Commission

VP/HR - Case of Hassan Abduraheem, Petr Jašek and Abdulmonem Abdumawla

08-02-2017 E-000900/2017 Commission

Follow-up to Written Question E-011841/2015

07-02-2017 E-000873/2017 Commission

VP/HR - Comments of Horacio Sevilla Borja - UN General Assembly

13-01-2017 E-000160/2017 Commission

Sri Lanka - GSP+ status

05-12-2016 P-009188/2016 Commission

VP/HR - The case of Nabeel Masih

16-11-2016 E-008597/2016 Commission

Written explanations of vote


Online platforms and the Digital Single Market (A8-0204/2017 - Henna Virkkunen, Philippe Juvin)


It is certainly the case that the digital sector is expanding at pace and that one of the dilemmas facing policy-formers today is knowing how to define the digital innovations on the market. Without a clear definition of an online platform, for example, any EU legislation risks being a blunt instrument which will limit the growth of the digital economy rather than promote it. This report bemoans that fact that Europe’s tech sector is lagging behind other parts of the world and encourages the development of a start-up friendly environment. Yet it also calls for a legislative framework to govern the way online platforms can work and innovate. Instead, the best conditions to promote growth are those grounded in legal certainty, minimised administrative burden and without unrealistic expectations of what platforms can and cannot be responsible for. As the representative for London, which is leading the way in Europe with digital start ups clustering together in Tech City, I am voting against this overly-interventionist report. Instead of hasty regulation we must adopt a measured approach and work with the technology sector to form an environment where consumers can be kept safe, criminal activity can be quashed and innovation can flourish.

Binding annual greenhouse gas emission reductions to meet commitments under the Paris Agreement (A8-0208/2017 - Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy)


I am delighted to vote in favour of this Effort Sharing Regulation in which EU Member States have agreed to work together to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next 10 years. The Agreement aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30% in 2030 with each Member State sharing the burden for reducing emissions in the transport, waste and agricultural sectors. In light of the recent decision by the USA to cancel their participation in the 2015 Paris Agreement this vote is a timely one, and reaffirms the EU’s commitment to keep global warming to way below 2 degrees Celsius. It also anticipates the participation of all twenty eight Member States of the European Union and sets out the way forward for continued cooperation. It is essential that we continue to work together in a coordinated manner to tackle global problems such as climate change and it will be important that such agreements continue even after Brexit talks have concluded.

Energy efficiency labelling (A8-0213/2016 - Dario Tamburrano)


I am pleased to vote in favour of the energy efficiency labelling regulation for two reasons. Firstly, the regulation will simplify the current system of labelling, providing clearer information for consumers on the life-cycle costs of energy appliances and enabling them to make a more informed choice for their homes. Secondly, administrative burdens for manufacturers have been kept to a minimum and they will only need to submit information which is strictly necessary for market surveillance to a single database that will cover the whole of the EU, rather than responding to twenty eight Member States’ requests for information. The new system will also remain valud for ten years, further reducing burdens on businesses. This is an example of where the EU brings value, both for consumers and for manufacturers wishing to sell their products across borders. At a time when many believe that the EU only adds administrative burdens to businesses these changes will prove that working together with other European countries can cut red tape, reduce energy consumption and help consumers to make better-informed decisions.

Assessment of Horizon 2020 implementation (A8-0209/2017 - Soledad Cabezón Ruiz)


It is no secret that the UK is a net beneficiary of EU research funding and my constituency of London has so far received 634million Euros in H2020 grants, the highest share of any UK region. Research Institutes, companies and universities based in London are partnering with researchers throughout Europe to share expertise and ideas and to work together to produce innovative solutions that can be brought to market. Projects at University College London for example, where I worked as a senior lecturer, are studying the impact of shale gas fracking, cancer prediction and HIV therapeutic vaccines. I am pleased to vote in favour of this mid-term report into Horizon 2020 which maintains the focus on excellent science. Any attempts to widen the geographical location of research rather than awarding funding to the best science would not deliver the world-leading innovative research that the EU needs. For the same reason, it will be vital that during Brexit negotiations, a way forward can be found to continue the mutually-beneficial partnerships that exist in this area. A hard Brexit with no opportunity for the UK to take part in collaborative research would weaken European science across the board.

Protection of vulnerable adults (A8-0152/2017 - Joëlle Bergeron)


The protection of the vulnerable in our society must be a priority for every Member State. Vulnerable adults, both the elderly and those with mental or physical impairments, who are no longer able to manage their personal affairs or property, will often require court orders to put protective measures in place. As a medical doctor specialising in mental illness I know how important it is for the most vulnerable in our society to receive timely and high-quality treatment and for information on these court orders to be shared when necessary. However, I do not feel that there is sufficient evidence to suggest that there is a problem with the way such protective measures are dealt with across borders. It is also the case that new legislation would duplicate the aims of the Hague Convention. I am convinced that when it comes to the protection of vulnerable adults each individual Member State is best placed to set up their own measures, sharing best-practice and encouraging efficient communication between authorities should the need arise. Although I commend the aim of this report I choose to abstain as a greater role for the EU and the Commission cannot be justified.

Digitising European industry (A8-0183/2017 - Reinhard Bütikofer)


. – The digital technology sector in Europe is continuing to thrive as products and services are digitised and innovations in cloud computing, big data, data analytics, robotics and 3D printing add revenue to the booming digital economy. The East London ‘Tech City’ based in my constituency, is an example of where innovative technology is developing at speed. It is clear that inflexible EU regulation could have a stifling effect on the many successful businesses that are providing new services and solutions to EU citizens. I am therefore pleased to vote in favour of this report which encourages the Commission to further the digital single market in Europe and favour industry-led initiatives and ‘light-touch’ legislation which would provide certainty whilst allowing for continued innovation in the sector. In order to maintain access to opportunities within the digital single market for the UK technology sector it will be vital that the issue is discussed in depth during Brexit negotiations.

Cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market (A8-0378/2016 - Jean-Marie Cavada)


The rapid expansion of digital services has meant that effective legislation to protect both consumers and rightholders has been long overdue. This cross-border portability of online content regulation is an important step in delivering a digital single market within the European Union. New rules, applicable in nine months time, will ensure that subscribers to online content services such as Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime etc. will still be able to access their accounts when temporarily abroad. At the same time, rightholders’ revenue will be protected by robust methods to determine a consumer’s place of residence. I am pleased to vote in favour of this regulation, the effects of which will be felt tangibly by many EU citizens who cross borders for both work and holidays. This relationship between consumer rights and the creative industry will need to be carefully considered during future Brexit negotiations to ensure that our world-renowned digital and creative industries continue to flourish and that British citizens do not miss out on advancements in digital rights.

FinTech: the influence of technology on the future of the financial sector (A8-0176/2017 - Cora van Nieuwenhuizen)


The exponential growth of digital start-ups in recent years has created opportunities for the financial sector to benefit from quicker and cheaper online services. In light of this growth, the Parliament has voted on a Fintech Action Plan, calling on the Commission to support and monitor the financial technology and software industry. It is important that, in order for legislation to keep up with technological advancement and support rather than hinder growth, regulators exchange best practice, improve consumer and investor protection and allow companies to use Fintech solutions in a relaxed regulatory environment at this early stage. Cybersecurity is also deemed to be a top priority in the report and it is vital that Member States and companies across Europe are able to work together to ensure our financial institutions are equipped to battle modern cyber attacks. The UK plays an important part in this fight and the practicalities of continuing this cooperation will need to be discussed carefully during Brexit negotiations. Overall, I am in favour of innovation-friendly solutions which will support the UK’s thriving financial sector which is why I am pleased to vote in favour of this report.

European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning (B8-0298/2017)


The European Qualifications Framework is a sensible method of ensuring comparability and mutual recognition for qualifications and experiences. Qualifications should be recognised by Member States not only to empower those who have worked hard to attain them but also to enable everyone to contribute to economic growth and prosperity. Recognising equivalent qualifications from other countries makes sense and will help people find and keep jobs, increase workplace performance and productivity, and serve countries particularly lacking qualified professionals in some roles. However, steps could be taken to improve the EQF and it is important that the provision of education and training remains a Member State competence and that participation in the EQF is voluntary so that it can remain flexible and reactive. I am therefore pleased to vote in favour of this motion for resolution to revise the EQF to improve the transparency, comparability and portability of people’s qualifications in Europe. I hope that the Brexit negotiations will see continued mutual recognition of qualifications between the EU and the UK.



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