Cătălin Sorin IVAN : Written explanations of vote 

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

Conclusion of the EU-Albania status agreement on actions carried out by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency in Albania (A8-0463/2018 - Bodil Valero)  
 

I voted in favour because this status agreement will ensure a clear vision on transparency, public scrutiny and democratic oversight of such cooperation. The agreement will ensure the detailed structure of cooperation with third countries on the management of the EUʼs external borders.

Autonomous driving in European transport (A8-0425/2018 - Wim van de Camp)  
 

I vote in favour, because nowadays the technology evolves with indescribable speed. We need to focus and to support the development of key technologies and infrastructure related to autonomous driving on roads.

Use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road (A8-0193/2018 - Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar)  
 

. ‒ I support the Commissions legislative package ‘Europe on the Move’, in order to promote fair conditions for competition and fair competition for EU rental and leasing companies. In addition, Member states should not restrict the use of a vehicle engaged by an undertaking established in the territory of another Member states, provided that the vehicle complies with the standards and requirements imposed by them.

Temporary withdrawal of preferences in certain agreements concluded between the EU and certain third countries (A8-0330/2018 - Christofer Fjellner)  
 

The liberalisation of tariffs under the Free Trade Agreement, which allows parties to respond to the increase in imports, leads to serious harm to domestic industry. In addition, some of the EU trade agreements may include special instruments which allow them to reintroduce the MFN duty rate under certain circumstances.

Establishing the 'Customs' programme for cooperation in the field of customs (A8-0464/2018 - Maria Grapini)  
 

The report presents the ‘Customs’ programme and its importance regarding the coordination between Member States’ authorities, training and exchange of best practices. In addition, it is essential for the programme to support the development, operation and maintenance of the IT field.

Gender mainstreaming in the European Parliament (A8-0429/2018 - Angelika Mlinar)  
 

Gender equality is a fundamental right recognised by the EU, a common value of the Union and a necessary condition for the Union to achieve its objectives of growth, employment and social cohesion. However, even though women constitute 55% of the European Parliament’s staff, they are still under-represented among the top political and administrative levels of the Parliament. Thus, gender mainstreaming should be supported by systematic efforts to integrate gender at all levels.

European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy (A8-0393/2018 - Marian-Jean Marinescu)  
 

The European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy (‘F4E’) was created under the Euratom Treaty in order to meet several targets, such as the contribution of Euratom to Broader Approach activities with Japan for the rapid realisation of fusion energy. F4E is responsible for providing Europe’s contribution to ITER, the world’s largest scientific partnership. Moreover, this partnership’s purpose is to demonstrate that fusion is a viable and sustainable source of energy.

Pathways for the reintegration of workers recovering from injury and illness into quality employment (A8-0208/2018 - Jana Žitňanská)  
 

The report presents several distinctive factors that contribute to an individual’s health related to the working field, such as stress, illness, injury, disability, chronic mental and physical health problems. The report underlines that the pathways for the reintegration of employees in the working field are early intervention, individual approach, prevention and better understanding of the challenges and discrimination that lead to less opportunities for people with disabilities or health problems. Moreover, psychological, social and employment counselling at an early stage could help the reintegration of workers.

Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions (A8-0266/2018 - Krzysztof Hetman)  
 

. ‒ Border regions both within and outside the EU are facing physical and geographical barriers, especially the mountain regions and those with a lower population density. According to the European Free Trade Association, there are 40 internal land borders. In order to reduce the persisting obstacles that contribute to the restrictions of the economic, social and territorial cohesion between border regions, the report suggested enhancing mutual trust and the political will of all the responsible authorities. In addition, in order to avoid issues that border workers are facing, they need their qualifications to be recognised and to be informed about the social security coverage. Furthermore, the creation of the Border Focal Point within the Commission will help national and regional authorities to overcome administrative and legal obstacles.

Measures to prevent and combat mobbing and sexual harassment at the workplace, in public spaces, and in political life in the EU (A8-0265/2018 - Pina Picierno)  
 

Mobbing and sexual harassment at work, in public spaces and in political life in the EU are, on a large scale, forms of violence and gender-based discrimination. These forms of harassment are acts against human rights and they should not be tolerated under any circumstances. Statistically, the report on this issue states that 90% are women and, unfortunately, these cases are not reported as much as they should be due to doubt, shame, and unfortunate actions such as isolating the victim at the workplace. Furthermore, in order to protect employees, the European Institutions are responsible for improving measures against these forms of violence in our society.

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