Neena GILL : Written explanations of vote 

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

Minimum loss coverage for non-performing exposures (A8-0440/2018 - Esther de Lange, Roberto Gualtieri)  
 

. – I voted in favour of this report as I believe that it is an important step to further reduce risks in the EU banking sector and strengthen its resilience. Strengthening the secondary market and enhancing consumer protection is paramount.

Safeguarding competition in air transport (A8-0125/2018 - Markus Pieper)  
 

. – I voted in favour of this report because I believe that aviation plays a fundamental role in the EU economy. In 2014, the sector supported the employment of up to 9.3 million people, while in 2015 more than 1.45 billion passengers departed from or arrived at EU airports. The liberalisation and deregulation of international air transport has fostered unprecedented competition within the Union market and globally over the last decade. Unfortunately, principles of fair competition, including social factors such as employment rights of aviation workers, have not yet been defined through specific multilateral rules, notably in the context of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements.
It is therefore essential that the EU rules ensure that all carriers – European and non-European – are granted the same rights and same opportunities to access air transport-related services. In that respect, a complementary, effective and dissuasive complaints-handling instrument is needed to ensure connectivity and fair competition, thus preserving jobs in European airlines. We must ensure that the EU engages in a constructive dialogue with non-EU countries to include fair competition clauses in any of the future agreements.

Recommendations for opening of negotiations between the EU and the US (B8-0163/2019)  
 

. – I voted in favour of this report, as I believe that the compromises made adequately clarify the minimum conditions to be met for Parliament to support the negotiations. Moreover, the S&D amendments also strengthen the resolution’s language on support for the Paris Agreement and demand the revocation of the ongoing TTIP mandate.

Establishment of the European Monetary Fund (A8-0087/2019 - Pedro Silva Pereira, Vladimír Maňka)  
 

. – I voted in favour of this report, which calls for both the renaming of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) to the European Stability Fund (ESF), as well as the revision of the ESM treaty in the short term, in order to strengthen the resilience of the euro area’s economies, with a possible integration into EU law in the long term.
A memorandum of cooperation should further promote the institutional dialogue with the European Parliament.

Annual strategic report on the implementation and delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (A8-0160/2019 - Eleni Theocharous, Francesc Gambús)  
 

. – I voted in favour of this report, as I believe it sends a clear signal to the European Commission and the Member States, including the UK Government, that we have to get serious about meeting our commitments to end global poverty and stop climate change. We have had four years to think about how to address the Sustainable Development Goals and now it is time to act. Following its presentations of progress so far to the UN this September, it will be up to the next Commission to put the structures in place to make sure we meet our commitments by 2030.
The UK Government should also show global leadership after Brexit by putting in place its own strategy for reaching the SDGs domestically and in its foreign policy. This report sets out what Parliament thinks are the minimum structures that should be created if we are going to meet our SDG commitments, and calls on the Commission to integrate the SDGs into the next MFF, European Semester and replacement for Europe 2020.

Continuation of the territorial cooperation programmes PEACE IV (Ireland-United Kingdom) and United Kingdom-Ireland (Ireland-Northern Ireland-Scotland) in the context of the UK's withdrawal from the EU (A8-0021/2019 - Iskra Mihaylova)  
 

. – I voted in favour of this report which seeks to put in place measures to ensure the non-interrupted operation of the PEACE IV programme between Northern Ireland, as well as the Interreg (United Kingdom-Ireland (Ireland-Northern Ireland-Scotland) programme.

EU-Afghanistan Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development (A8-0026/2019 - Anna Elżbieta Fotyga)  
 

. – I voted in favour of this report, which establishes the first contractual relationship between the EU and Afghanistan and establishes the legal framework for EU-Afghanistan cooperation.
The resolution welcomes the Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development (CAPD) and calls on the EU and its Member States, Afghanistan and its neighbours for improvements in areas such as state building, civil society and human rights, security and peace building, migration, development and trade, and sectoral cooperation. As the first contractual relationship between the EU and Afghanistan, the agreement is a milestone, establishing the EU’s ongoing support to Afghanistan in the implementation of its comprehensive and detailed reform programme.

EU-Afghanistan Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development (resolution) (A8-0058/2019 - Anna Elżbieta Fotyga)  
 

. – I voted in favour of this report, which establishes the first contractual relationship between the EU and Afghanistan and establishes the legal framework for EU-Afghanistan cooperation.
The resolution welcomes the Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development (CAPD) and calls on the EU and its Member States, Afghanistan and its neighbours for improvements in areas such as state building, civil society and human rights, security and peace building, migration, development and trade, and sectoral cooperation. As the first contractual relationship between the EU and Afghanistan, the agreement is a milestone, establishing the EU’s ongoing support to Afghanistan in the implementation of its comprehensive and detailed reform programme.

Participation of Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein in the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (A8-0081/2019 - Monica Macovei)  
 

. – I voted in favour of this report, which will enable the full participation of the associate countries – Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein – in the activities of the EU-Lisa Agency (EU Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice).
The participation of associate countries in the Agency’s work is a necessary step having regard to their association to the Schengen acquis and to Dublin and Eurodac-related measures and to their participation in the large-scale IT systems operated by the Agency. This report will extend this cooperation to the recently adopted Entry/Exit System.

Scope and mandate for EU Special Representatives (A8-0171/2019 - Hilde Vautmans)  
 

. – I voted in favour of this report, which emphasises the role of the EU Special Representatives in conflict prevention, resolution, mediation and dialogue facilitation. The report aims at strengthening the position of the Parliament by ensuring regular exchanges of views of EUSRs with relevant committees.

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