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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

EU accession to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (A8-0266/2017 - Christine Revault d'Allonnes Bonnefoy, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt)

  Andrejs Mamikins (S&D). – Mr President, it is the duty of every civilised and cultural society to combat all forms of violence against women and domestic violence. The Istanbul Convention colleagues, however, used this serious issue to introduce for the first time the definition of gender and gender identity that is independent from a person’s sex in the international law. The fight against violence against women, assistance to its victims and education as part of the prevention of violence are among the exclusive competences of the EU Member States. By joining the Istanbul Convention, the EU would violate the Lisbon Treaty and exceed its powers.

Today, violence against women and domestic violence is a criminal offence in all the Member States of the EU, but not all of them have ratified the controversial Istanbul Convention because they have many serious doubts about its text.

If society loses its ability to distinguish between a man and woman, the fight against violence against women remains only an informal commitment. Such superficial formalism does not help women victims. That is why I voted against.

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