REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on organic production and labelling of organic products, amending Regulation (EU) No XXX/XXX of the European Parliament and of the Council [Official controls Regulation] and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007AGRI
REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 as regards the possibility for the Member States to restrict or prohibit the use of genetically modified food and feed on their territoryENVI
OPINION on implementation and review of the EU-Central Asia StrategyFEMM
OPINION on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Decision No 466/2014/EU granting an EU guarantee to the European Investment Bank against losses under financing operations supporting investment projects outside the UnionENVI
OPINION on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European Medicines Agency for the financial year 2015ENVI
OPINION on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European Chemicals Agency for the financial year 2015ENVI
OPINION on discharge in respect of the implementation of the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2015, Section III – Commission and executive agenciesENVI
OPINION on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control for the financial year 2015ENVI
OPINION on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European Environment Agency for the financial year 2015ENVI
OPINION on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European Food Safety Authority for the financial year 2015ENVI
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 partENVI
OPINION on the mandate for the trilogue on the 2017 draft budgetENVI
Motion for a resolution on the EU strategic objectives for the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), to be held in Johannesburg (South Africa) from 24 September to 5 October 2016
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The ECR Group is disappointed that we were unable to support the Becerra Basterrechea Report on gender equality and mental health. We were deeply concerned about the direction and content of this report. The report did not focus sufficiently on men. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged under 35, and 75% of all suicides are male, yet the rapporteur appears to consider mental health illness as something that affects only women.
Whilst some of our concerns are about content, others relate to more profound, ideological reasons. The ECR Group is opposed to more EU legislation in the area of social policy. We believe that matters concerning childbirth, access to abortion services and prostitution are issues for national governments. This report calls for EU Member States to ensure a minimum number of health professionals available to perform abortions; obliges them to guarantee local obstetric care in rural and mountainous areas; and calls on them to give free access to health services to unemployed women. The payment of healthcare is a Member State responsibility and as a political group, we have to ask the question: why just unemployed women and not unemployed men too?
British Conservatives in the European Parliament fully support the UK Government’s equality agenda and back many of the aims of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. We want to combat domestic violence in all its forms and support the Istanbul Convention, to which the UK is a signatory. We want to ensure that the most vulnerable in society – often women, children and the elderly – get the protection they need.
Sadly, a number of paragraphs in the Le Grip-Arena Report, which contains proposals for the European Council to take to the UN’s 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, go against our core principles of ensuring respect for Member State sovereignty and subsidiarity. Unnecessary calls for an EU directive laying down minimum standards for Member States to abide by on domestic violence; calls to apply gender budgeting to all national public spending; and calls for increased state funding to the international UN Woman programme all went beyond the EU’s supporting competence and necessitated an abstention on this report, in spite of some of its welcome elements.