• Charles
  • Fractie Europese Conservatieven en Hervormers
  • Lid
  • Verenigd Koninkrijk Conservative Party
  • Geboortedatum: 25 september 1957, Aldershot, Hants

Interventie(s) in de plenaire vergadering


Executies in Egypte

08-02-2018 P8_CRE-PROV(2018)02-08(8.2)

Debat met de premier van Kroatië, Andrej Plenković, over de toekomst van Europa (debat)

06-02-2018 P8_CRE-PROV(2018)02-06(3)

Besluit over de EU-uitbreidingsstrategie - Westelijke Balkan (debat)

06-02-2018 P8_CRE-PROV(2018)02-06(12)

De huidige mensenrechtensituatie in Turkije - Situatie in Afrin, Syrië (debat)

06-02-2018 P8_CRE-PROV(2018)02-06(15)


18-01-2018 P8_CRE-PROV(2018)01-18(4.1)

EU-steun voor het vredesproces in Colombia (debat)

16-01-2018 P8_CRE-PROV(2018)01-16(11)

Situatie in Iran (debat)

16-01-2018 P8_CRE-PROV(2018)01-16(12)

Situatie in Kenia (debat)

16-01-2018 P8_CRE-PROV(2018)01-16(13)

Vrijheid van meningsuiting in Vietnam, met name het geval van Nguyen Van Hoa

14-12-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)12-14(5.1)

Cambodja: het verbod op de oppositie

14-12-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)12-14(5.2)

Verslag(en) - als rapporteur


Verslag(en) - als schaduwrapporteur


VERSLAG over het jaarverslag over de uitvoering van het gemeenschappelijk buitenlands en veiligheidsbeleid

13-11-2017 A8-0350/2017

VERSLAG over de politieke betrekkingen van de EU met Latijns-Amerika

20-07-2017 A8-0268/2017

VERSLAG over politieke betrekkingen tussen de EU en ASEAN

28-06-2017 A8-0243/2017

VERSLAG over een Europese strategie voor internationale culturele betrekkingen

13-06-2017 A8-0220/2017

VERSLAG over het verslag van de Commissie 2016 over Servië

22-03-2017 A8-0063/2017

Advies als rapporteur


ADVIES inzake het voorstel voor een besluit van de Raad betreffende de sluiting van de Brede Economische en Handelsovereenkomst tussen Canada, enerzijds, en de Europese Unie en haar lidstaten, anderzijds

29-11-2016 AFET_AD(2016)592207

ADVIES inzake het voorkomen van radicalisering en rekrutering van Europese burgers door terreurorganisaties

18-09-2015 AFET_AD(2015)560548

Opinions - as shadow rapporteur


ADVIES inzake vrouwen, gendergelijkheid en klimaatrechtvaardigheid

23-11-2017 AFET_AD(2017)609665

ADVIES inzake de strategie EU-Afrika. een stimulans voor ontwikkeling

05-09-2017 AFET_AD(2017)606203

ADVIES inzake het voorstel voor een verordening van het Europees Parlement en de Raad tot vaststelling van een Uniekader voor hervestiging en tot wijziging van Verordening (EU) nr. 516/2014 van het Europees Parlement en de Raad

01-06-2017 AFET_AD(2017)601073

ADVIES inzake het voorstel voor een verordening van het Europees Parlement en de Raad tot instelling van een EU-regeling voor controle op de uitvoer, de overbrenging, de tussenhandel, de technische bijstand en de doorvoer van producten voor tweeërlei gebruik (herschikking)

31-05-2017 AFET_AD(2017)602925

ADVIES inzake de toekomst van de ACS-EU-betrekkingen voor de periode na 2020

31-08-2016 AFET_AD(2016)582441

ADVIES op weg naar een nieuwe internationale klimaatovereenkomst in Parijs

01-09-2015 AFET_AD(2015)560685

ADVIES inzake de private sector en ontwikkeling

24-06-2015 AFET_AD(2015)552030

ADVIES inzake aanbevelingen aan de Commissie voor de onderhandelingen over het trans-Atlantisch handels- en investeringspartnerschap (TTIP)

01-04-2015 AFET_AD(2015)546630



Gezamenlijke ontwerpresolutie over executies in Egypte

07-02-2018 RC-B8-0109/2018

Gezamenlijke ontwerpresolutie over kinderslavernij in Haïti

07-02-2018 RC-B8-0100/2018

Gezamenlijke ontwerpresolutie over Rusland, de zaak van Ojoeb Titiev en het mensenrechtencentrum Memorial

07-02-2018 RC-B8-0096/2018

Gezamenlijke ontwerpresolutie over de huidige mensenrechtensituatie in Turkije

07-02-2018 RC-B8-0082/2018

Gezamenlijke ontwerpresolutie over de situatie in Venezuela

07-02-2018 RC-B8-0078/2018

  Motion for a resolution on Executions in Egypt

05-02-2018 B8-0111/2018

NB: Deze ontwerpresolutie is alleen beschikbaar in de originele taal

  Motion for a resolution on Child slavery in Haiti

05-02-2018 B8-0100/2018

NB: Deze ontwerpresolutie is alleen beschikbaar in de originele taal

  Motion for a resolution on Russia, the case of Oyub Titiev and the Human Rights Centre Memorial

05-02-2018 B8-0098/2018

NB: Deze ontwerpresolutie is alleen beschikbaar in de originele taal

Schriftelijke verklaring(en)


Schriftelijke verklaring over het herdenken van de slachtoffers van de Holocaust en het toekennen van steun voor de bouw van een Holocaust-herdenkingscentrum in Babi Yar

12-12-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0136 Vervallen


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

Datum bekendmaking : 12-12-2016
Vervaldatum : 12-03-2017
Aantal ondertekenaars : 135 - 13-03-2017

Parlementaire vraag/vragen


  VP/HR - Forced labour among migrants in Libya

31-01-2018 E-000532/2018 Commissie

  VP/HR - Situation in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

13-12-2017 P-007663/2017 Commissie

  VP/HR - Pakistan's GSP+ and its adherence to its human rights obligations

06-12-2017 E-007517/2017 Commissie

  VP/HR - Rule of law and human rights in Turkey

21-11-2017 E-007134/2017 Commissie

  VP/HR - Religious persecution in Myanmar/Burma

07-11-2017 E-006834/2017 Commissie

  VP/HR - Tibet

18-10-2017 E-006541/2017 Commissie

VP/HR - Aanklacht wegens corruptie tegen Dorin Chirtoacă

03-10-2017 E-006197/2017 Commissie

VP/HR - De situatie in Venezuela

24-08-2017 E-005268/2017 Commissie

  British officials in the European institutions

12-07-2017 E-004692/2017 Commissie

  VP/HR - Religious minorities in Pakistan

11-07-2017 E-004647/2017 Commissie

Schriftelijke stemverklaringen



Situatie in Venezuela (RC-B8-0078/2018, B8-0078/2018, B8-0080/2018, B8-0081/2018, B8-0083/2018, B8-0087/2018, B8-0094/2018)


Venezuela is a country marred by political violence, chronic instability and a deteriorating economy, despite its significant endowment of natural resources. Anti—government protests – which have spiked since April 2017 – have led to dozens of deaths. The increasingly dictatorial government under Nicolas Maduro presides over a socio—economic crisis in which essentials including food and medicines routinely run short, sparking almost daily protests and criminality such as looting. Maduro’s establishment in 2017 of a controversial national assembly, which has proven unnecessary and provocative to opposition political groups, clearly does not reflect the wishes of the Venezuelan populace. International efforts aimed at breaking the political impasse and ensuring free and fair elections in May are vital to improving the political and economic climate in this troubled country. I was therefore pleased to vote for this resolution.


Nultolerantie tegenover genitale verminking van vrouwen (B8-0068/2018)


I have for many years supported initiatives to eradicate female genital mutilation – a deeply harmful practice which is believed to have affected some 200 million women and girls worldwide. Following a sustainable development goal pledge to eradicate FGM by 2030, the UK government has committed significant funding to countering FGM domestically and abroad, and the Commission continues to do important work by progressing its 2015 strategy on eliminating FGM. Regrettably however, a number of cases have been reported in my London constituency and throughout other EU member states. I was therefore pleased to vote in favour of this resolution, given that the text calls on the Commission to bolster its advancement of existing educational and practical initiatives to combat FGM, encourages FGM prevention strategies to be incorporated within cross-sectoral policy frameworks, and recommends that anti-FGM programmes be included in its diplomatic representations. Such an integrated approach is wholly necessary to call time on this barbaric practice.


Bevoegdheid, erkenning en tenuitvoerlegging van beslissingen in huwelijkszaken en inzake de ouderlijke verantwoordelijkheid, en betreffende internationale kinderontvoering (herschikking) (A8-0388/2017 - Tadeusz Zwiefka)


I am pleased to vote in favour of this report which supports the aim of improving and tightening up legislation around international child abduction, matrimonial disputes and parental responsibility. Situations involving child custody disputes can be extremely distressing to all involved and we need a legal system that is fit for purpose and that removes confusion. The proposal calls for a maximum time-frame for court proceedings and the setting up of a special court to hear cases of cross-border child abduction by a parent. Mediation between two parties must now be explicitly encouraged and the report makes it clear throughout that decisions should be taken in the best interests of the child and the child’s views should be heard. I sincerely hope that improving the legislation in this area will dramatically improve the current legal system that is in place, reduce unnecessary delays and costs and ensure that Member States can work together in the best interests of the child. It will be important that the UK is able to continue participating in this framework after the Brexit negotiations have been concluded to ensure that cooperation mechanisms that have been built up and are working well are not lost.


Tenuitvoerlegging van de richtlijn betreffende de erkenning van beroepskwalificaties en de noodzakelijke hervorming van professionele diensten (A8-0401/2017 - Nicola Danti)


. ‒ With around 5 500 regulated professions in Europe, making up 22% of the labour force, it is vital that the regulation of professional services across Member States serves as a driver of economic growth and not as a barrier. I am therefore supportive of all efforts by the Commission to reduce unnecessary burdens for the liberal professions over time and to make it easier for skilled professionals to work in other Member States. My constituency of London benefits significantly from the skills of European neighbours who contribute to the functioning of the National Health Service, the education system, the financial centres in the city and world-renowned architectural and real estate practices.
It is right that individual Member States may need to set out their own requirements for some professions but these should always be proportionate and linked to specific public policy objectives. Overall it is a positive step to break down barriers within the regulated professions and I hope to see continued effort on the part of the UK to ensure that we remain a welcoming and attractive place to work after the Brexit negotiations have concluded.


Internationale oceaangovernance: een agenda voor de toekomst van onze oceanen in de context van de doelstellingen inzake duurzame ontwikkeling voor 2030 (A8-0399/2017 - José Inácio Faria)


As an island nation the UK has every reason to care deeply about the future of our oceans and the reform of international ocean governance. A sustainable maritime economy and a thriving fisheries sector are vital for the health of our coastal communities and the sustainable use of the oceans globally benefits every nation. In particular I welcome the recognition in this report of the increasing problem of plastic litter in our oceans and the devastating impact this is having on marine ecosystems and coastlines. Recent campaigns to change public thinking around disposable plastic packaging are a welcome step in the right direction but more could be done to aid the transition to a circular economy. However, this report proposes an overhaul of current institutional arrangements on ocean governance that is not warranted and I therefore vote to abstain. It is true that more needs to be done to protect our oceans but this is best achieved by improving the work of existing international bodies, building on current expertise and coordinating our efforts within current institutional arrangements.


Tenuitvoerlegging van de richtlijn ter bestrijding van seksueel misbruik en seksuele uitbuiting van kinderen en kinderpornografie (A8-0368/2017 - Anna Maria Corazza Bildt)


Child sexual abuse in all its forms and wherever it is found is anathema to our society. As a result of the exponential growth of online platforms, child abuse images can, tragically, be disseminated easily and often anonymously. The cross-border nature of this crime has meant that cross-border cooperation is essential to punish those who abuse and spread abuse images, to rescue victims and also to prevent abuse from taking place. I congratulate the rapporteur on her work assessing the implementation of the Child abuse and Child pornography Directive 2011 and pointing out where Member States can better use the EU cooperation tools available to them via Europol and Eurojust, well as sharing information on criminal records across borders in a more timely and comprehensive manner. It is significant that prosecutions are often hampered by online encryption, discrepancies in data protection rules across the EU and cloud-storage, making it clear that EU-wide rules for digital platforms and data flows could be a welcome measure to support this fight. What is clear is that working together to battle this abhorrent crime is essential given that the digital world does not respect geographical borders – something that should not be forgotten during Brexit negotiations.


Voorschriften inzake de uitoefening van auteursrechten en naburige rechten die van toepassing zijn op bepaalde online-uitzendingen van omroeporganisaties en doorgifte van televisie- en radioprogramma’s (A8-0378/2017 - Tiemo Wölken)


I am pleased to support this mandate for the Parliament to enter into trilogue negotiations on copyright rules relating to news and current affairs broadcasting to provide for linguistic minorities in the EU. The UK and London in particular has a thriving creative sector, producing global bands in the fields of music, film and television. The BBC, Pinewood Studios and special effects companies in the West End are just some of those involved who are based in my constituency. The culture sector relies on copyright and the principle of territoriality to underpin co-financing models based on exclusivity. The increase in on-demand internet platforms, music streaming and online TV services, although an exciting evolution in the way media products are consumed, also poses a threat to the economic sustainability of the industry. As the consumer becomes used to the ease of choosing when and what to watch, wherever they are, we must ensure that rights-holders are still being remunerated properly for the products they are offering. I therefore support the narrow scope of these rules, based on what linguistic minorities are demanding, without fundamentally changing the way the creative sector operates.


Naar een digitale handelsstrategie (A8-0384/2017 - Marietje Schaake)


I am pleased to vote in favour of this report which calls on the Commission to treat digital trade as a cornerstone of the EU’s trade policy. Cross-border connectivity is a flourishing industry in the UK and particularly in my constituency of London. UK creative businesses are using the internet to export their products worldwide, and in particular to customers in the EU, our largest trading partner. The Commission needs to capitalise on this trend and ensure that data localisation and protection rules are appropriate and tariffs and barriers to trade are minimised. The strong call in this report for horizontal digital trade policies to go hand-in-hand with international trade agreements is hugely significant for the UK. If this is not the case then even if the UK and the EU reach a trade deal on physical goods in 2019 it is still possible that the UK will be locked out of the room when it comes to cross-border data flows and the subsequent economic growth. Given that data flows are not currently part of ongoing trade negotiations, particularly with Japan and Mexico, this is report comes at an important time.


Tenuitvoerlegging van de Europese strategie inzake handicaps (A8-0339/2017 - Helga Stevens)


I am pleased to vote in favour of this implementation report on the EU disability strategy. It is essential to review the progress that is being made across Europe to implement the European Disability Strategy and to ensure that those with disabilities are not discriminated against in the fields of accessibility, employment, education and health. In my constituency of London there are approximately 1.4 million deaf and disabled people many of whom would like to have more autonomy in terms of accessing public services and making decisions about their own care, employment and education. For them, this Disability Strategy is very significant. Consequently, I am particularly pleased to see that this report is aligned with the UK approach to disability equality which focuses on inclusion and mainstreaming, involving disabled people in making their own decisions on how they want to live. Following the conclusion of Brexit negotiations the UK must continue to work closely with EU Member States so that we can learn from our European neighbours who are creating policies with the same goal in mind, to increase disability equality and quality of life for the disabled.


De bestrijding van ongelijkheid als hefboom om het scheppen van banen en groei te stimuleren (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.



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