• Charles
  • Grupp tal-Konservattivi u r-Riformisti Ewropej
  • Membru
  • ir-Renju Unit Conservative Party
  • Data tat-twelid: 25 ta' Settembru 1957, Aldershot, Hants

Intervent(i) fis-seduta plenarja


Il-libertà tal-esperssjoni fis-Sudan, b'mod partikolari l-każ ta' Mohamed Zine El Abidine

16-11-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)11-16(4.1)

Attakki terroristiċi fis-Somalja

16-11-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)11-16(4.2)

Is-Sħubija tal-Lvant: Is-Summit ta' Novembru 2017 (dibattitu)

14-11-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)11-14(14)

Is-sitwazzjoni ta' persuni bl-albiniżmu fil-Malawi u f'pajjiżi Afrikani oħra

05-10-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)10-05(3.1)

Il-każijiet tal-mexxej tat-Tatari tal-Krimea, Akhtem Chiygoz u tal-ġurnalista Mykola Semena

05-10-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)10-05(3.2)

Is-sitwazzjoni fil-Maldivi

05-10-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)10-05(3.3)

Rapport(i) - bħala rapporteur


Rapport(i) - bħala shadow rapporteur


RAPPORT dwar ir-relazzjonijiet politiċi tal-UE mal-Amerika Latina

20-07-2017 A8-0268/2017

RAPPORT dwar ir-relazzjonijiet politiċi tal-UE mal-ASEAN

28-06-2017 A8-0243/2017

RAPPORT dwar lejn strateġija tal-UE għar-relazzjonijiet kulturali internazzjonali

13-06-2017 A8-0220/2017

RAPPORT dwar ir-Rapport tal-Kummissjoni 2016 dwar is-Serbja

22-03-2017 A8-0063/2017

Opinjoni bħala rapporteur


OPINJONI dwar l-abbozz ta' deċiżjoni tal-Kunsill dwar il-konklużjoni tal-Ftehim Ekonomiku u Kummerċjali Komprensiv (CETA) bejn il-Kanada, minn naħa, u l-Unjoni Ewropea u l-Istati Membri tagħha, min-naħa l-oħra

29-11-2016 AFET_AD(2016)592207

OPINJONI dwar il-prevenzjoni tar-radikalizzazzjoni u tar-reklutaġġ ta' ċittadini Ewropej minn organizzazzjonijiet terroristiċi

18-09-2015 AFET_AD(2015)560548

Opinjoni bħala shadow rapporteur


OPINJONI dwar l-Istrateġija UE-Afrika: spinta għall-iżvilupp

05-09-2017 AFET_AD(2017)606203

OPINJONI dwar il-proposta għal regolament tal-Parlament Ewropew u tal-Kunsill li jistabbilixxi Qafas ta' Risistemazzjoni tal-Unjoni u li jemenda r-Regolament (UE) Nru 516/2014 tal-Parlament Ewropew u tal-Kunsill

01-06-2017 AFET_AD(2017)601073

OPINJONI dwar il-proposta għal regolament tal-Parlament Ewropew u tal-Kunsill li jistabbilixxi reġim tal-Unjoni għall-kontroll tal-esportazzjonijiet, it-trasferiment, is-senserija, l-assistenza teknika u t-transitu ta' oġġetti b'użu doppju (riformulazzjoni)

31-05-2017 AFET_AD(2017)602925

OPINJONI dwar il-futur tar-relazzjonijiet AKP-UE wara l-2020

31-08-2016 AFET_AD(2016)582441

OPINJONI dwar Lejn ftehim internazzjonali ġdid dwar il-klima f'Pariġi

01-09-2015 AFET_AD(2015)560685

OPINJONI dwar is-settur privat u l-iżvilupp

24-06-2015 AFET_AD(2015)552030

OPINJONI dwar rakkomandazzjonijiet lill-Kummissjoni Ewropea dwar in-negozjati għas-Sħubija Trans-Atlantika ta' Kummerċ u ta' Investiment (TTIP)

01-04-2015 AFET_AD(2015)546630

Proposta/i għal riżoluzzjoni


Mozzjoni għal riżoluzzjoni konġunta dwar Madagascar

15-11-2017 RC-B8-0641/2017

Mozzjoni għal riżoluzzjoni konġunta dwar l-attakki terroristiċi fis-Somalja

15-11-2017 RC-B8-0600/2017

  Motion for a resolution on Madagascar

13-11-2017 B8-0641/2017

NB: Din il-mozzjoni għal riżoluzzjoni mhiex disponibbli għajr fil-lingwa oriġinali tagħha.

  Motion for a resolution on Freedom of expression in Sudan, notably the case of Mohamed Zine El Abidine

13-11-2017 B8-0634/2017

NB: Din il-mozzjoni għal riżoluzzjoni mhiex disponibbli għajr fil-lingwa oriġinali tagħha.

  Motion for a resolution on terrorist attacks in Somalia

13-11-2017 B8-0600/2017

NB: Din il-mozzjoni għal riżoluzzjoni mhiex disponibbli għajr fil-lingwa oriġinali tagħha.

Mozzjoni għal riżoluzzjoni konġunta dwar is-sitwazzjoni fil-Maldivi

04-10-2017 RC-B8-0549/2017

Mozzjoni għal riżoluzzjoni konġunta dwar il-Myanmar, b'mod partikolari s-sitwazzjoni tar-Rohingya

13-09-2017 RC-B8-0525/2017/riv. 1

Dikjarazzjoni(jiet) bil-miktub


Dikjarazzjoni bil-miktub dwar it-tifkira tal-vittmi tal-Olokawst u l-appoġġ għall-ħolqien taċ-Ċentru ta' Tifkira tal-Olokawst ta' Babi Yar

12-12-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0136 Waqgħet


Ioan Mircea PAŞCU , Petras AUŠTREVIČIUS , Bas BELDER , Michał BONI , Rebecca HARMS , Frédérique RIES , Charles TANNOCK , Hannu TAKKULA , Boris ZALA , Janusz ZEMKE

Data tal-ftuħ : 12-12-2016
Data ta’ għeluq : 12-03-2017
Numru ta’ firmatarji : 135 - 13-03-2017

Mistoqsija/jiet parlamentari


  VP/HR - Tibet

18-10-2017 E-006541/2017 Kummissjoni

  VP/HR - Corruption charges against Dorin Chirtoacă

03-10-2017 E-006197/2017 Kummissjoni

  VP/HR - The situation in Venezuela

24-08-2017 E-005268/2017 Kummissjoni

  British officials in the European institutions

12-07-2017 E-004692/2017 Kummissjoni

  VP/HR - Religious minorities in Pakistan

11-07-2017 E-004647/2017 Kummissjoni

  VP/HR - South China Sea - Permanent Court of Arbitration

21-06-2017 E-004125/2017 Kummissjoni

  The use of Aluminium Composite Panels (ACPs)

21-06-2017 P-004121/2017 Kummissjoni

  Increasing levels of homelessness in Europe

07-06-2017 E-003757/2017 Kummissjoni

  Intelligence sharing arrangements with Cape Verde

11-05-2017 E-003280/2017 Kunsill

  VP/HR - Situation in the South China Sea

23-03-2017 E-002011/2017 Kummissjoni

Spegazzjonijiet tal-vot (in writing.)



Il-ġlieda kontra l-inugwaljanzi bħala xprun biex tingħata spinta lit-tkabbir u l-ħolqien tal-impjiegi (A8-0340/2017 - Javi López)


Given my role as Goodwill Ambassador for the homelessness charity Depaul which works in several Member States including my own countries of the UK and Ireland, and more specifically my constituency of London, there is much in this report that I can commend. The rapporteur wishes to decisively tackle economic inequality across Europe which has put over one hundred million European citizens at risk of poverty and social exclusion, as well as stepping up the fight against homelessness and unemployment. These are all aims which are in line with the EU Treaties which promote the wellbeing of Europe’s peoples.
However, the solutions set out in this report are not commensurate with other obligations within the Treaties, that of proportionality and subsidiarity; in particular the rapporteur’s calls for harmonised tax policies across the EU, minimum income schemes and wage scales. It is vital that we must work together to build shared prosperity. However, the situation in each Member State is unique and it is national governments who are best placed, in this instance, to arrange their welfare and taxation systems to best carry out this task. For this reason I voted against this report.


Insalvaw il-ħajjiet: Insaħħu s-Sikurezza tal-Karozzi fl-UE (A8-0330/2017 - Dieter-Lebrecht Koch)


Although the number of serious car accidents has been falling over recent years it is still the case that over 2 000 people are either killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents in my constituency of London every year. The figures for Europe as a whole are more startling with 25 500 deaths a year caused by collisions on the road. I commend the rapporteur for his focus, in line with Greater London, on cutting road deaths by 50% by 2020 and making them a thing of the past by 2050. I share this ambition wholeheartedly.
However, the rapporteur calls for several measures which go against the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality and impinge on Member State competencies. In particular he calls for EU regulation of e-bikes, an EU-wide harmonised zero blood-alcohol limit, as well as mandatory driving assistance and other safety features in vehicles. These ideas are well-intentioned but do not take into account small manufacturers and the costs involved in introducing such technologies as well as the fact that the recent ‘roadworthiness package’ which was only agreed three years ago would need to be reopened. I will therefore be abstaining on this report.


Kooperazzjoni bejn l-awtoritajiet nazzjonali responsabbli mill-infurzar tal-liġijiet tal-protezzjoni tal-konsumaturi (A8-0077/2017 - Olga Sehnalová)


The EU’s e-commerce industry is expanding rapidly and is set to be worth over EUR 600 billion by the end of 2017. To keep up with fast-paced changes in consumer habits we need strong consumer protection laws. I am therefore pleased to vote in favour of this report which strengthens the consumer protection network across Member States, coordinating their inspection and enforcement powers. This will aid in the fight against unlawful practices such as persistent online scams that can appear in a different country as soon as they have been shut down in the first.
Improvements to legislation are highly relevant to the UK where digital purchases accounted for 33% of all EU online sales last year. It will therefore be vital that online consumer protection is addressed during Brexit negotiations. It is a positive step that this report allows for third country participation in the network of consumer protection organisations and I sincerely hope that further mechanisms will be put in place to ensure that the UK can work closely with the EU, and to ensure that digital growth, which is so important to the economy of my constituency of London, continues to be supported.


Il-mandat ta' negozjar għal negozjati kummerċjali ma' New Zealand (A8-0312/2017 - Daniel Caspary)


I am pleased to see that the Commission has now published draft negotiating directives and that trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand are likely to begin soon. I have always been a supporter of EU Free Trade Agreements and as a British representative I particularly welcome agreements with these two countries given their similar approach to trade policy and their membership of the Commonwealth. Although I am not in favour of a sanctions-based approach to the trade and sustainable development chapters and would not want to see any sectors excluded, overall I support this ambitious drive towards trade liberalisation and so I am pleased to vote for the negotiating mandate to be approved. However, it is deeply disappointing that it is unlikely that the UK will take part in and benefit from a future Australia and New Zealand trade deal with the EU due to Brexit negotiations. Any future trade agreement is likely to have terms that are far more advantageous to the EU than any the UK could negotiate alone.


Emenda tal-Kodiċi tal-Fruntieri ta' Schengen fir-rigward tal-użu tas-Sistema ta' Dħul/Ħruġ (A8-0059/2017 - Agustín Díaz de Mera García Consuegra)


The objective of finding a balance between external border security and flexible border-crossings is important and timely for the EU as UK looks ahead to its EU exit in 2019. I welcome efforts by the European Commission in this proposal to modernise border checks to enhance security but also to speed up waiting times and unnecessary delays for those legally travelling into a Member State. I am also pleased that interoperability between the EES and VIS systems has been prioritised and that law enforcement bodies will have access to data, which is a vital tool in tackling cross-border crime and the rise in terrorism across Europe. The UK does not take part in the Schengen acquis and so I abstain on this report. However, I support all efforts to make our borders work better and am aware that we will require similar innovative solutions to resolve the Northern Irish border conundrum over the next year during Brexit negotiations. I welcome the UK government’s strong commitment during phase two of negotiations to maintain full UK access to all EU crime and terrorism intelligence databases and avoid any decrease in security cooperation post Brexit.


Politiki dwar l-introjtu minimu bħala għodda biex jiġi ttrattat il-faqar (A8-0292/2017 - Laura Agea)


As Ambassador for the charity DePaul which works across Europe to help the homeless I am deeply concerned by the rise of homelessness in virtually all Member States and the extreme poverty and deprivation that this entails. In my constituency of London there is always more to be done to meet the fundamental needs of housing, quality healthcare services, and education of the poorest in our society. A compassionate welfare system which is a national competence under EU rules, should provide for the vulnerable in our society, provide timely assistance to those in need, support those who are struggling to find and keep decent jobs, and enforce a minimum wage. However, although I commend the rapporteur’s ambition in this report to help those affected by poverty and social exclusion I do not agree that minimum income schemes at EU level are an effective way of achieving this. This report goes too far by calling for a new EU fund to assist Member States to set up minimum income schemes and a new framework directive on minimum income schemes. I cannot support initiatives that would undermine the principles of proportionality and subsidiarity as social security is a national competence and this is why I am voting against this report.


Sistemi penitenzjarji u kundizzjonijiet fil-ħabsijiet (A8-0251/2017 - Joëlle Bergeron)


With over 1 600 000 people in prison in Europe in 2014 and 14 prisons based in my constituency of London, the quality of our prison systems and conditions deserves a great deal of attention. In order for the objective of imprisonment to be met – to see that justice is done, to protect society and to rehabilitate offenders – we need effective spaces that uphold the human dignity of inmates whilst ensuring that crimes are punished.
This is a difficult balance to achieve and whilst we should be working to share best practice and encourage other Member States to aim for excellence in this area, the prison system is and should remain a purely Member State competence according to the principles of subsidiarity. This is why I voted against this report which goes too far in calling for specific actions and funding. Cooperation between European prisons is an important issue however, and will remain relevant once the UK has withdrawn from the EU as new systems will be required to manage prisoner transfers and share information between the judiciaries of each Member State.


Il-ġlieda kontra ċ-ċiberkriminalità (A8-0272/2017 - Elissavet Vozemberg-Vrionidi)


With the explosion of digital technology and our reliance on it in almost every walk of life we must have a cyber security policy that is fit for purpose. Digital systems, given their nature, do not respect geographical borders. This is both a huge advantage and an open door to cybercrime on a massive scale. 500 million potential customers are just a click away from a purchase thanks to the digital single market yet the interconnectedness of the digital world can mean that attacks could have far-reaching impacts. This is why the UK cannot meet its cybersecurity objectives in isolation and needs to work together with EU neighbours to share information about attacks as they happen and help to build up each other’s digital resilience. Europe’s cyber security is only as strong as its weakest link. I am pleased to vote in favour of this report conscious of the fact that the UK must not withdraw from efforts to improve cybersecurity across Europe post Brexit. A step back from such cooperation would have a detrimental effect on our leading financial institutions in London for example who benefit from information sharing and assistance from other organisations facing similar challenges in Europe.


Il-futur tal-programm Erasmus+ (B8-0495/2017)


The 30th anniversary of the Erasmus scheme, one of the EU’s culture and education projects that offers the greatest added value to the UK, should be celebrated. Since its conception in 1987 an estimated 600 000 young people from the UK have taken part and boosted their communication skills, cultural awareness and confidence as a result. Studying alongside students of other nationalities in a foreign country and welcoming foreign students to Britain is a powerful and effective way not only to preserve our close partnership and cooperation with our European neighbours but also to reduce unemployment and boost the economy. My constituency of London feels these benefits keenly given the high number of foreign students coming to study at our world-class universities. It is important therefore that Erasmus+ maintains its focus on helping people to study, train and volunteer abroad and its funding should not be diverted to other schemes such as the European Solidarity Corp or student eCards. I am pleased to vote in favour of this Resolution and I hope that UK citizens will be able to continue to take part in educational schemes in other European countries following Brexit.


Il-funzjonament tal-franchising fis-settur tal-bejgħ bl-imnut (A8-0199/2017 - Dennis de Jong)


I am pleased to vote in favour of this own-initiative report into the functioning of franchising in the retail sector. My constituency of London is a thriving and growing business centre where all types of business models can and do succeed. Opening up the single market to enable franchise opportunities could provide exciting opportunities for those wanting to start their own business. However, it is clear that there is a lack of information on the functioning of the franchise sector across Europe and the implications of e-commerce also need to be addressed to ensure that both the franchiser and franchisee are rewarded on a fair basis.
In order to increase market confidence in franchising I support the call in this report for the Commission to examine whether there are hurdles preventing successful franchise opportunities across Member States. The outcome of such a review should be examined closely by the British Government to ensure that such opportunities are still afforded to entrepreneurs in the UK following Brexit.



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