• Julie   GIRLING  

Julie GIRLING : Rakstiski balsojumu skaidrojumi - 8. sasaukums 

Deputāti var iesniegt rakstisku skaidrojumu par savu balsojumu plenārsēdē. 194. pants

Stāvoklis Ungārijā (A8-0250/2018 - Judith Sargentini) EN  
 

The decision to advocate the launch of Article 7(1) proceedings against a Member State is not one we have taken lightly. Our vote today is not an attack on Hungary nor an attack on its people. Nor is our vote necessarily about the content of the report, flawed as it is. Our decision concerns the question of European values, what they are and how we maintain and promote them. Europe, and its neighbourhood, is a family of friendly nations which share the same values, such as freedom, democracy and the rule of law. Like any family, we have disagreements and differences of opinion, yet these common values continue to bind us together. Regrettably, it is clear that Mr. Orbán and the current Hungarian Government have been distancing themselves from these values. The launch of Article 7(1) proceedings would, in our view, provide an opportunity for a constructive and cooperative dialogue with the Hungarian Government in order to prevent the undermining of the values which we all share.

Pašreizējais stāvoklis sarunās ar Apvienoto Karalisti (B8-0538/2017, B8-0539/2017) EN  
 

My vote for the non-binding resolution was an acknowledgement that critical progress in the EU-UK Brexit negotiations has not been made, requires a renewed optimistic vigour, and must work to secure the most equitable terms between the 27 and the constituents of the South West, or the UK more broadly. I specifically called on Mr Barnier, the Commission and the Council to open parallel trade negotiations on the principle that no deal is agreed until everything is agreed, urging more communication in a spirit of goodwill and willingness to go forward together.
The motion before Parliament could not be reduced to a position of ‘digging in heels’, instead requiring a careful consideration of the withdrawal negotiations thus far, the atmosphere of those negotiations and the realistic prospects for a future settlement. It was on this analysis that I supported the motion, and in doing so, hope to cajole the institutions and negotiating parties into a more collaborative approach with a sense of immediacy.

Nepieciešamība pēc ES stratēģijas no dzimuma atkarīgas pensiju atšķirības izbeigšanai un novēršanai (A8-0197/2017 - Constance Le Grip) EN  
 

Today, British Conservatives voted to abstain on a report from the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee intended to look at ways to close the gender pension gap, i.e. the difference between the average pre-tax income received as a pension by women and that received by men.
To be clear, we recognise that a gender pension gap exists and supporting measures at EU level to address this problem can be of value. In fact, there are number of sensible suggestions in this report relating to the pooling of best practice and improved data collection to help to identify policy challenges.
However, we chose to abstain because, despite the best efforts of the Rapporteur, wording was adopted that goes beyond the scope of report by casting judgement on different types of social security and pension systems. As clearly stated elsewhere in the report, these areas are the sole responsibility of Member States.
In a similar vein, whilst the Commission has competence in relation to equality, we cannot support calls for the EU to adopt social protection measures. Moreover, well-intentioned references to unisex life tariffs often lead to unintended consequences for industry and, as a result, increased costs for consumers.

Dzimumu līdztiesības veicināšana garīgās veselības un klīniskās pētniecības jomā (A8-0380/2016 - Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea) EN  
 

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?

Prioritātes ANO Sieviešu statusa komisijas 61. sesijā (A8-0018/2017 - Constance Le Grip, Maria Arena) EN  
 

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.