• Charles
  • Gruppen Europeiska konservativa och reformister
  • Ledamot
  • Förenade kungariket Conservative Party
  • Född: 25 september 1957, Aldershot, Hants

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EU:s stöd till fredsprocessen i Colombia (debatt)

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

Situationen i Iran (debatt)

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

Situationen i Kenya (debatt)

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

Yttrandefrihet i Vietnam, särskilt fallet Nguyen Van Hoa

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

Kambodja: oppositionen förbjuds

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

Situationen i Afghanistan (debatt)

12-12-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)12-12(10)

Kärnteknikavtalet med Iran (debatt)

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

Ett instrument som bidrar till stabilitet och fred (debatt)

29-11-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)11-29(21)

Situationen i Jemen (debatt)

29-11-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)11-29(22)

Betänkanden i egenskap av föredragande


Betänkanden i egenskap av skuggföredragande


BETÄNKANDE om årsrapporten om genomförandet av den gemensamma utrikes- och säkerhetspolitiken

13-11-2017 A8-0350/2017

BETÄNKANDE om EU:s politiska förbindelser med Latinamerika

20-07-2017 A8-0268/2017

BETÄNKANDE om EU:s politiska förbindelser med Asean

28-06-2017 A8-0243/2017

BETÄNKANDE om en EU-strategi för internationella kulturella förbindelser

13-06-2017 A8-0220/2017

BETÄNKANDE om Europaparlamentets rekommendation till rådet om FN:s generalförsamlings 72:a session

09-06-2017 A8-0216/2017

BETÄNKANDE om kommissionens rapport för 2016 om Serbien

22-03-2017 A8-0063/2017

Yttranden i egenskap av föredragande


YTTRANDE över utkastet till rådets beslut om ingående av det övergripande avtalet om ekonomi och handel (Ceta) mellan Kanada, å ena sidan, och Europeiska unionen och dess medlemsstater, å andra sidan

29-11-2016 AFET_AD(2016)592207

YTTRANDE över att förhindra radikalisering och att EU-medborgare rekryteras av terroristorganisationer

18-09-2015 AFET_AD(2015)560548

Yttranden i egenskap av skuggföredragande


YTTRANDE över kvinnor, jämställdhet och klimaträttvisa

23-11-2017 AFET_AD(2017)609665

YTTRANDE över EU–Afrika-strategin: en satsning på utveckling

05-09-2017 AFET_AD(2017)606203

YTTRANDE över förslaget till Europaparlamentets och rådets förordning om inrättande av en unionsram för vidarebosättning och om ändring av Europaparlamentets och rådets förordning (EU) nr 516/2014

01-06-2017 AFET_AD(2017)601073

YTTRANDE över förslaget till Europaparlamentets och rådets förordning om upprättande av en unionsordning för kontroll av export, överföring, förmedling och transitering av samt teknisk assistans för produkter med dubbla användningsområden (omarbetning)

31-05-2017 AFET_AD(2017)602925

YTTRANDE Framtiden för förbindelserna mellan AVS och EU efter 2020

31-08-2016 AFET_AD(2016)582441

YTTRANDE över Mot ett nytt internationellt klimatavtal i Paris

01-09-2015 AFET_AD(2015)560685

YTTRANDE över den privata sektorn och utveckling

24-06-2015 AFET_AD(2015)552030

YTTRANDE över rekommendationerna till Europeiska kommissionen om förhandlingarna om det transatlantiska partnerskapet för handel och investeringar

01-04-2015 AFET_AD(2015)546630

Förslag till resolutioner


Gemensamt förslag till resolution om Demokratiska republiken Kongo

17-01-2018 RC-B8-0054/2018

Gemensamt förslag till resolution om Nigeria

17-01-2018 RC-B8-0045/2018

  Motion for a resolution on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

15-01-2018 B8-0054/2018

Obs: Detta förslag till resolution är endast tillgängligt på originalspråket

  Motion for a resolution Nigeria

15-01-2018 B8-0049/2018

Obs: Detta förslag till resolution är endast tillgängligt på originalspråket

  Motion for a resolution on the cases of human rights activists Wu Gan, Xie Yang, Lee Ming-cheh, Tashi Wangchuk and the Tibetan monk Choekyi

15-01-2018 B8-0044/2018

Obs: Detta förslag till resolution är endast tillgängligt på originalspråket

Gemensamt förslag till resolution om Kambodja: särskilt upplösningen av partiet CNRP

13-12-2017 RC-B8-0686/2017

Gemensamt förslag till resolution om yttrandefriheten i Vietnam, särskilt fallet Nguyen Van Hoa

13-12-2017 RC-B8-0685/2017

Gemensamt förslag till resolution om situationen i Afghanistan

13-12-2017 RC-B8-0678/2017

Skriftliga förklaringar


Skriftlig förklaring om bevarande av minnet av offren för förintelsen och stöd till inrättandet av Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center

12-12-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0136 Bortfaller


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

Ingiven : 12-12-2016
Frist : 12-03-2017
Antal undertecknare : 135 - 13-03-2017



  VP/HR - Situation in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

13-12-2017 P-007663/2017 Kommissionen

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

06-12-2017 E-007517/2017 Kommissionen

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

21-11-2017 E-007134/2017 Kommissionen

  VP/HR - Religious persecution in Myanmar/Burma

07-11-2017 E-006834/2017 Kommissionen

  VP/HR - Tibet

18-10-2017 E-006541/2017 Kommissionen

  VP/HR - Corruption charges against Dorin Chirtoacă

03-10-2017 E-006197/2017 Kommissionen

VP/HR - Situationen i Venezuela

24-08-2017 E-005268/2017 Kommissionen

  British officials in the European institutions

12-07-2017 E-004692/2017 Kommissionen

  VP/HR - Religious minorities in Pakistan

11-07-2017 E-004647/2017 Kommissionen

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

21-06-2017 E-004125/2017 Kommissionen

Skriftliga förklaringar



Genomförande av direktivet om bekämpande av sexuella övergrepp mot barn, sexuell exploatering av barn och barnpornografi (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.


Bestämmelser för utövandet av upphovsrätt och närstående rättigheter tillämpliga på vissa av programföretagens onlinesändningar och vidaresändningar av tv- och radioprogram (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.


En digital handelsstrategi (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.


Genomförandet av EU:s handikappstrategi (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.


Bekämpning av ojämlikhet som ett sätt att stimulera sysselsättning och tillväxt (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.


Att rädda liv: öka bilsäkerheten i EU (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.


Samarbete mellan de nationella myndigheter som ansvarar för genomdrivandet av konsumentskyddslagstiftningen (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.


Förhandlingsmandat för handelsförhandlingar med Nya Zeeland (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.


Ändring av kodexen om Schengengränserna när det gäller användningen av in- och utresesystemet (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.


Minimiinkomstpolitik som ett sätt att bekämpa fattigdom (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.



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