Sandra KALNIETE : Explications de vote écrites 

Les députés peuvent expliquer par écrit leur vote en plénière. Article 183 du règlement intérieur.

Liste des pays tiers dont les ressortissants sont soumis à l'obligation de visa pour franchir les frontières extérieures et de ceux dont les ressortissants sont exemptés de cette obligation (Kosovo) (A8-0261/2016 - Tanja Fajon) LV  
 

Šis balsojums uzsāk ilgu procesu, kas noslēgsies ar EP un Padomes lēmumu piešķirt bezvīzu režīmu Kosovai. EK ziņojums apstiprina ka Kosova ir izpildījusi visus kritērijus, kas nepieciešami, lai šo procesu varētu uzsākt. Es to pilnībā atbalstu, jo Rietumbalkānu stabilizācija un tuvināšana ES ir ļoti nozīmīga mieram un stabilitātei Eiropas kaimiņos.

Le droit d'auteur dans le marché unique numérique (A8-0245/2018 - Axel Voss) LV  
 

Šobrīd mākslinieki mūzikā, kino, rakstniecībā u. c. par savu darbu nesaņem pienācīgu atlīdzību. Gigantisko tehnoloģiju uzņēmumu pienākums būtu atbalstīt kārtību autortiesību noteikšanai, lai ieguldītais radošais darbs būtu pienācīgi apmaksāts. Neierobežota interneta lietotāju brīvība uzliek pienākumus tiem, kas no tā gūst peļņu.

Réforme de la loi électorale de l'Union européenne (A8-0248/2018 - Jo Leinen, Danuta Maria Hübner) EN  
 

. ‒ I supported the reform of the European electoral law. It modernises for the first time the rules for the election of MEPs since the adoption of the Electoral Act in 1976. It will make the elections more accessible for millions of citizens, and make their preparations and conduct more transparent. The main improvements include: giving voting rights to EU citizens residing in third countries at the time of the elections; a possibility of introducing postal and electronic voting; showing the link between national parties and candidates, and their affiliated European political parties. It also foresees a minimum deadline for the establishment of electoral lists, measures against double voting and designation of a contact authority for exchanging data on voters and candidates.

Relations UE-OTAN (A8-0188/2018 - Ioan Mircea Paşcu) EN  
 

I supported the report as it takes stock of the developing relationship between the EU and NATO, particularly since the EU-NATO Joint Declaration signed in 2016, and examines the commonalities and differences of the two organisations as well as the extent of their adaptation to the new evolving and ever challenging geopolitical environment. It underlines the wide array of tools (hard and soft) that are at the disposal of both organisations, which can be deployed in order to strengthen mutual complementarity.
The more effective and efficient cooperation between the EU and NATO is not an end in itself but a means to achieve shared security priorities as well as strengthen mutual values, such as liberal democracy, multilateralism, human rights protection and the rule of law. The report underscores the importance of strong political will expressed by both Member States and Allies which is imperative for the success of the implementation of agreed commitments. This is of particular importance for the Baltic States and at times of Russia’s aggressions.

Cyberdéfense (A8-0189/2018 - Urmas Paet) EN  
 

. ‒ I supported the report as it emphasises the increasing importance of the cyber—domain in security and defence matters. Cyber has been named the fifth potential threat of operation, after land, sea, air and space. As a result, the EU is increasing its attention and focus on cyber—defence related matters.
The report clearly underlines that the effective competences in the cyber—domain are with the Member States. However, it also acknowledges an important coordination role for the European level – the European Defence Agency, European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), possible funding from the European Defence Fund and dedicated projects within the framework of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). EU-NATO cooperation in the cyber—domain has also been identified as one of the mutual priorities in the 2016 Joint Declaration.
More practical aspects of cooperation relate to: information sharing, training, operational support, attribution of cyber—attacks, capability development, critical infrastructure protection, R&D. It underscores the importance of cyber—resilience (operational task) of CSDP missions and operations, calls for this aspect to be at the centre of attention throughout the entire planning process and hails the recently launched framework for a joint EU diplomatic response to malicious cyber—activities.

Objection conformément à l'article 106: maïs génétiquement modifié GA21 (MON-ØØØ21-9) (D056125) (B8-0232/2018) EN  
 

I support the EP objection to authorisation of the GMO maize and the call to suspend any EC implementing decisions regarding applications for authorisation of GMOs until the authorisation procedure has been revised in such a way as to address the shortcomings of the current procedure. The procedure has to provide the basis for ensuring a high level of protection of human life and health, animal health and welfare, and environmental and consumer interests as regards genetically modified food and feed, while ensuring the effective functioning of the internal market.

Mise en œuvre des instruments de la PAC en faveur des jeunes agriculteurs depuis la réforme de 2013 (A8-0157/2018 - Nicola Caputo) EN  
 

I supported the report as it suggests tools to support young farmers under current CAP rules. It makes recommendations aimed at improving the existing support scheme and helping young farmers to overcome the major barriers to entering agriculture. For example, the following recommendations to be put in place – the support to CAP young farmers’ tools should continue, and the maximum level of funding be increased beyond 2%; access to land is the major barrier for young farmers and new entrants. Dealing with this problem requires re-evaluation of the direct payment scheme and creating incentives for older farmers to pass their farms on to younger generations; additional barriers to young farmers, such as access to capital, lack of business skills and insufficient succession plans need to be reduced; administrative barriers need to be reduced to give EU farmers more flexibility to respond to changing conditions on the markets with their business plans; new forms of support should be taken into account, accentuating innovative ways of sharing knowledge.

Statut et financement des partis politiques européens et des fondations politiques européennes (A8-0373/2017 - Mercedes Bresso, Rainer Wieland) EN  
 

I supported the report on the Statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations, as it entails stricter rules for accessing public money and recovering misused funds; and it enhances the transparency of the link between parties at Member State level and the European parties with which they are affiliated. It also addresses the issue of the level of EU co-financing.

Mise en œuvre de l'instrument de financement de la coopération au développement, de l'instrument d'aide humanitaire et du Fonds européen de développement (A8-0118/2018 - Enrique Guerrero Salom) EN  
 

I supported the report as it welcomes the fact that, according to the evaluations carried out, the three development instruments – European Development Fund (EDF), the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) and the Humanitarian Aid Instrument – are generally fit—for—purpose and aligned with the values and objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals, although they would benefit from some improvements by 2020. It also stresses the need to maintain separate development and humanitarian aid instruments in the future.

Le prochain CFP: préparation de la position du Parlement sur le CFP post-2020 (A8-0048/2018 - Jan Olbrycht, Isabelle Thomas) EN  
 

. ‒ Parliament’s own-initiative report aims at shaping the Commission’s proposals on the post-2020 MFF. Parliament calls for a decision to be taken before the end of the current parliamentary term, which will allow for the swift adoption of all sectorial regulations and the launch of the new EU programmes on 1 January 2021.
The next MFF should be set at level of 1.3% of the GNI of the EU-27. The common agricultural policy and cohesion policy should continue to be financed at the current level for the EU-27 and a substantial increase of resources should be allocated to face new challenges, notably in the fields of security, defence and migration.

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