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Parliamentary questions
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13 July 2020
Question for written answer E-004159/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Luke Ming Flanagan (GUE/NGL)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Tranparency of the REACH Committee’s vote on lead shot over wetlands

The ‘lead shot over wetlands’ restriction currently with the REACH Committee is being voted on by a written ballot of the REACH representatives of each Member State before 15 July 2020.

After the last REACH meeting Member States were very reluctant to discuss any details of that meeting, stating confidentiality as their reason.

Stakeholders are very worried about the lack of transparency, in particular surrounding the method of voting being used.

1. Will the Commission ensure that the ballot paper/right to vote is delivered to the person entitled to vote in each Member State? Given the current situation with holidays and COVID-19, is there a danger that ballot papers could go to the wrong person and not be returned, and would that be taken as a yes vote?

2. What method of voting is being used and how will the votes be counted?

3. Will the full results be published and made available to the public, outlining the way each Member State voted?

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