Matt CARTHY : Written explanations of vote 

Is féidir le Feisirí míniú i scríbhinn dá vóta sa suí iomlánach a thíolacadh. Riail 194

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. – I voted in favour of this proposal in order to extend the scope of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) to mitigate the impact of a no-deal Brexit. This will allow member states to use the impact of Brexit on public finances as reason to draw down funding from the EUSF. It is vital that all possible preparations for a hard Brexit are in place.

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. – I voted in favour of this objection. Chromium trioxide is mainly used in chrome plating. It is considered a carcinogenic 1A, without a safe threshold, and mutagenic 1B.
The Commission’s draft change to the REACH regulation gives a very broad authorisation for use of chromium trioxide. The current REACH regulation states that only authorisations can be given for use of this substance if there are no safer alternatives – which the applicants need to demonstrate for each of the uses they are applying for. This was not demonstrated, nonetheless, the Commission granted the authorization. Stating: “it’s impossible for a single alternative to comply with all of the requirements”.
The objections calls on the Commission to withdraw its draft implementing decision and to submit a new draft rejecting the application for authorisation, and to carefully assess whether any authorisations can be granted in full compliance with the REACH Regulation for the specific uses covered by the application submitted by the Applicants. I believe that we must be cognisant of the precautionary principle in such circumstances.

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. – I voted in favour of this resolution that highlights the negative implications that the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook has had on its workers and customers.
The cessation of the operations of Thomas Cook, which employed 22,000 people and served 19 million people a year, has required an enormous repatriation operation for more than 600 000 holidaymakers from different locations around the world to their places of origin.
I support the proposals made in the report as it highlights the importance of sustained social dialogue at all levels.

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. – I voted in favour of this resolution, which was co-signed by my group, GUE/NGL. The resolution calls on EU member states to stop blocking a crucial proposal for corporate tax transparency in the Council.
Public country-by-country reporting (CBCR) will require the largest multinationals to publish their profits and taxes paid in each EU member state as well as aggregated data for the rest of the world. Sinn Fein has strongly supported public CBCR and the Irish government is one of several blocking the proposal from proceeding in Council. The legal basis of the proposal is the right of the EU to legislate on accounting standards (as opposed to it being a taxation matter, which some member states are claiming).
The European Parliament adopted its mandate on for entering inter-institutional negotiations on this proposal in 2017; however, the Council has failed to adopt a common position so trilogues have not yet begun.
The resolution notes the legal basis of the proposal and calls on member states to break the deadlock in Council and enter trilogues. It calls on the Finnish presidency of the Council to prioritise the file and progress it to COREPER level in the Council.

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. – Turkey’s invasion of north-east Syria is illegal under international law, and represents a dangerous escalation of conflict in the region. This Resolution, supported by all the major Groups in the European Parliament, is a strong rebuke to Turkey. It condemns the invasion, demands an immediate withdrawal and end to arms sales to Turkey by EU Member States, and calls for international dialogue in the framework of the UN.
Some of the language in the Resolution is unfortunate, calling for the Commission and High Commissioner to act on behalf of the EU in the matter, but foreign affairs remains a national competence. It also refers approvingly to the military "Global Coalition" in the region. I voted for amendments to change these references.
Another paragraph also advocates "targeted sanctions" against Syrian and Turkish government officials. Sinn Féin is generally opposed to sanctions, particularly economic sanctions, as they frequently have a negative impact on the civilian population and can be counterproductive. I voted to remove this sentence.
Despite these serious problems with the text, however, I voted in favour of the final resolution, as I felt the seriousness of the situation necessitated sending Turkey the strongest message possible.

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. – I supported this joint motion for resolution on search and rescue operations (SAR) for the following reasons. It calls on Member States to maintain their ports open to NGO vessels. It calls for proactive SAR operations along routes where they can make an effective contribution of preservation of lives and calls for political and financial support of the Commission to such operations. It reiterates our demand adopted in the former resolution to exempt humanitarian assistance from criminalisation, and calls for a relocation mechanism for persons arriving by sea.
More than 1,000 women, men and children have drowned or gone missing in the Mediterranean this year alone, according to Oxfam. Failure to take immediate action, such as called for in this resolution, condemns thousands more to death in the Mediterranean Sea.

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. – Firstly, Sinn Féin is not opposed to the accession process with North Macedonia and Albania. We do not believe it is our role to block these countries joining if it is the will of its population. It must be remembered that when Ireland joined its economy was a fraction of its current size.
However, I abstained on the joint resolution due to its wording. The text contains many demands I disagree with. Many of the economic conditions are reforms that push neoliberal economics that will not benefit the people of North Macedonia. Of course, countries need to meet standards of democracy and governance but it should not be used to force a certain economic view on any country. We must ensure the highest standards on issues such as judicial independence and tackling corruption without telling people they have no longer have economic choice.
I believe the reform package the EU demands of assent countries should be reformed as soon as possible.

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. – I voted against the 2020 Budget because it continues to prioritise corporate interests and militarization at the expense of socially beneficial programmes.
Of particular concern, is that for the second year the EU budget has allocated 250 million EUR to the European Defence Industrial Defence Programme (EDIDP). This programme is a subsidy to the arms industry and contradicts EU treaties as it is prohibited to charge any spending with 'military or defence implications' to the EU budget (Article 41 TEU). Furthermore, the EDIDP is a precursor to the 13 billion EUR European Defence Fund planned for 2021.

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. – I voted against the 2020 Budget because it continues to prioritise corporate interests and militarization at the expense of socially beneficial programmes.
Of particular concern, is that for the second year the EU budget has allocated 250 million EUR to the European Defence Industrial Defence Programme (EDIDP). This programme is a subsidy to the arms industry and contradicts EU treaties as it is prohibited to charge any spending with 'military or defence implications' to the EU budget (Article 41 TEU). Furthermore, the EDIDP is a precursor to the 13 billion EUR European Defence Fund planned for 2021.

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. – I voted in favour of refusing to grant this discharge due to irregularities discovered by OLAF regarding breach of procurement procedures, misappropriation of EU funds, mismanagement, abuse of position in human resources issues, and breaches of data protection rules. I welcome that since then, corrective measures have been put in place to improve the governance, restore transparency and rebuild trust. However, as this discharge concerns the 2017 budget I voted to refuse the discharge

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