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Monday, 18 May 2015 - Strasbourg

Annex 1 - Establishing a European Year on Combating Violence against Women (written declaration)

Written declaration 4/2015, submitted under Rule 136, by Marc Tarabella, Iratxe García Pérez, Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, Biljana Borzan, Barbara Matera, Constance Le Grip, Mariya Gabriel, Teresa Jiménez-Becerril Barrio, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Catherine Bearder, Inês Cristina Zuber, Kostadinka Kuneva, Terry Reintke, Ernest Urtasun and Jana Žitňanská, on Establishing a European Year on Combating Violence against Women1 (minutes of 18.5.2015, item 9), and signed by 413 Members.

Text of the written declaration:

1.   The expression ‘violence against women’ denotes all acts of gender‐based violence that result in, or are likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering for women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.

2.   Violence against women encompasses crimes that disproportionately impact on women, such as sexual assault, sexual harassment, rape, stalking and domestic violence, and is a violation of women’s fundamental rights with respect to dignity, equality and access to justice.

3.   Violence against women is a major obstacle to gender equality and is one of the most widespread human rights violations, knowing no geographical, financial, cultural or social barriers.

4.   Violence against women is a severe problem in the EU, where one out of three women is a victim of sexual and/or physical violence.

5.   The Commission is hence called upon to establish in 2016 a European Year on Combating Violence against Women.

6.   This declaration, together with the names of the signatories, is forwarded to the Commission.

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1 Pursuant to Rule 136(4) and (5), of Parliament's Rules of Procedure, where a declaration is signed by a majority of Parliament's component Members, it shall be published in the minutes with the names of its signatories and forwarded to the addressees, though it shall not be binding on Parliament.

List of signatories:

Laura Agea, Clara Eugenia Aguilera García, Daniela Aiuto, Marina Albiol Guzmán, Nedzhmi Ali, Lucy Anderson, Martina Anderson, Max Andersson, Eric Andrieu, Maria Arena, Petras Auštrevičius, Inés Ayala Sender, Pilar Ayuso, Zigmantas Balčytis, Hugues Bayet, Catherine Bearder, Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea, Heinz K. Becker, Bendt Bendtsen, Brando Benifei, Pervenche Berès, Joëlle Bergeron, Goffredo Maria Bettini, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Malin Björk, José Blanco López, Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, Franc Bogovič, Simona Bonafè, Michał Boni, Biljana Borzan, Victor Boștinaru, Lynn Boylan, Paul Brannen, Mercedes Bresso, Renata Briano, Klaus Buchner, Daniel Buda, Cristian-Silviu Bușoi, Soledad Cabezón Ruiz, Alain Cadec, Enrique Calvet Chambon, Wim van de Camp, Nicola Caputo, Matt Carthy, David Casa, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Pilar del Castillo Vera, Jean-Marie Cavada, Bodil Ceballos, Lorenzo Cesa, Dita Charanzová, Nessa Childers, Caterina Chinnici, Ole Christensen, Lefteris Christoforou, Kostas Chrysogonos, Salvatore Cicu, Alberto Cirio, Deirdre Clune, Sergio Gaetano Cofferati, Lara Comi, Therese Comodini Cachia, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, Ignazio Corrao, Silvia Costa, Javier Couso Permuy, Andrea Cozzolino, Pál Csáky, Rosa D'Amato, Seb Dance, Viorica Dăncilă, Arnaud Danjean, Nicola Danti, Michel Dantin, Rachida Dati, Paolo De Castro, Angélique Delahaye, Karima Delli, Mady Delvaux, Fabio De Masi, Isabella De Monte, Jean-Paul Denanot, Marielle de Sarnez, Agustín Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Martina Dlabajová, Anneliese Dodds, Diane Dodds, Damian Drăghici, Pascal Durand, Angel Dzhambazki, Stefan Eck, Frank Engel, Linnéa Engström, Ismail Ertug, Rosa Estaràs Ferragut, Jill Evans, Eleonora Evi, Tanja Fajon, José Inácio Faria, José Manuel Fernandes, Jonás Fernández, Laura Ferrara, João Ferreira, Santiago Fisas Ayxelà, Luke Ming Flanagan, Monika Flašíková Beňová, Knut Fleckenstein, Lorenzo Fontana, Vicky Ford, Eleonora Forenza, Lampros Fountoulis, Doru-Claudian Frunzulică, Mariya Gabriel, Francesc Gambús, Iratxe García Pérez, Elisabetta Gardini, Evelyne Gebhardt, Elena Gentile, Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg, Adam Gierek, Neena Gill, Juan Carlos Girauta Vidal, Julie Girling, Michela Giuffrida, Charles Goerens, Ana Gomes, Tania González Peñas, Esteban González Pons, Sylvie Goulard, Luis de Grandes Pascual, Maria Grapini, Nathalie Griesbeck, Theresa Griffin, Matthias Groote, Françoise Grossetête, Enrique Guerrero Salom, Sylvie Guillaume, Antanas Guoga, Sergio Gutiérrez Prieto, Takis Hadjigeorgiou, Marian Harkin, Martin Häusling, Heidi Hautala, Anna Hedh, Esther Herranz García, Maria Heubuch, Iris Hoffmann, Monika Hohlmeier, Mary Honeyball, Richard Howitt, Danuta Maria Hübner, Ian Hudghton, Sophia in 't Veld, Iliana Iotova, Carlos Iturgaiz, Cătălin Sorin Ivan, Liisa Jaakonsaari, Anneli Jäätteenmäki, Yannick Jadot, Ivan Jakovčić, Ramón Jáuregui Atondo, Teresa Jiménez-Becerril Barrio, Eva Joly, Marc Joulaud, Josu Juaristi Abaunz, Philippe Juvin, Karin Kadenbach, Eva Kaili, Kaja Kallas, Barbara Kappel, Othmar Karas, Rina Ronja Kari, Rikke Karlsson, Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann, Jan Keller, Afzal Khan, Jude Kirton-Darling, Jeppe Kofod, Dietmar Köster, Elisabeth Köstinger, Stelios Kouloglou, Andrey Kovatchev, Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Kostadinka Kuneva, Kashetu Kyenge, Merja Kyllönen, Miltiadis Kyrkos, Georgios Kyrtsos, Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Alain Lamassoure, Philippe Lamberts, Gabrielius Landsbergis, Marju Lauristin, Giovanni La Via, Jérôme Lavrilleux, Constance Le Grip, Jörg Leichtfried, Bogusław Liberadzki, Arne Lietz, Barbara Lochbihler, Javi López, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Paloma López Bermejo, Antonio López-Istúriz White, Sabine Lösing, Bernd Lucke, Elżbieta Katarzyna Łukacijewska, Krystyna Łybacka, David McAllister, Linda McAvan, Emma McClarkin, Mairead McGuinness, Monica Macovei, Ivana Maletić, Svetoslav Hristov Malinov, Andrejs Mamikins, Ramona Nicole Mănescu, Vladimír Maňka, Thomas Mann, Louis-Joseph Manscour, Marian-Jean Marinescu, António Marinho e Pinto, David Martin, Edouard Martin, Fulvio Martusciello, Barbara Matera, Marisa Matias, Gabriel Mato, Fernando Maura Barandiarán, Emmanuel Maurel, Costas Mavrides, Georg Mayer, Gesine Meissner, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Susanne Melior, Tamás Meszerics, Roberta Metsola, Martina Michels, Iskra Mihaylova, Marlene Mizzi, Angelika Mlinar, Sorin Moisă, Csaba Molnár, Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar, Clare Moody, Claude Moraes, Nadine Morano, Luigi Morgano, Elisabeth Morin-Chartier, Alessia Maria Mosca, Siegfried Mureșan, Alessandra Mussolini, Victor Negrescu, Momchil Nekov, Norica Nicolai, Angelika Niebler, Péter Niedermüller, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Liadh Ní Riada, Maria Noichl, Andrey Novakov, Franz Obermayr, Younous Omarjee, Urmas Paet, Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz, Pier Antonio Panzeri, Demetris Papadakis, Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Gilles Pargneaux, Ioan Mircea Pașcu, Aldo Patriciello, Marit Paulsen, Eva Paunova, Piernicola Pedicini, Vincent Peillon, Alojz Peterle, Marijana Petir, Pina Picierno, Tonino Picula, Sirpa Pietikäinen, Kati Piri, Georgi Pirinski, Gianni Pittella, Andrej Plenković, Miroslav Poche, Salvatore Domenico Pogliese, Maurice Ponga, Soraya Post, Cristian Dan Preda, Gabriele Preuß, Franck Proust, Emil Radev, Jozo Radoš, Laurențiu Rebega, Julia Reda, Viviane Reding, Evelyn Regner, Olli Rehn, Michel Reimon, Terry Reintke, Christine Revault D'Allonnes Bonnefoy, Sofia Ribeiro, Michèle Rivasi, Liliana Rodrigues, Maria João Rodrigues, Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández, Ulrike Rodust, Claude Rolin, Bronis Ropė, Virginie Rozière, Fernando Ruas, Paul Rübig, Tokia Saïfi, Sofia Sakorafa, Massimiliano Salini, Lola Sánchez Caldentey, Anne Sander, Alfred Sant, Daciana Octavia Sârbu, Algirdas Saudargas, Jean-Luc Schaffhauser, Christel Schaldemose, Elly Schlein, Helmut Scholz, Annie Schreijer-Pierik, Molly Scott Cato, Jordi Sebastià, Olga Sehnalová, Lidia Senra Rodríguez, Remo Sernagiotto, Ricardo Serrão Santos, Siôn Simon, Branislav Škripek, Davor Škrlec, Csaba Sógor, Igor Šoltes, Renate Sommer, Maria Spyraki, Bart Staes, Sergei Stanishev, Ivan Štefanec, Jutta Steinruck, Helga Stevens, Davor Ivo Stier, Catherine Stihler, Beatrix von Storch, Dubravka Šuica, Richard Sulík, Patricija Šulin, Pavel Svoboda, Neoklis Sylikiotis, Eleftherios Synadinos, Tibor Szanyi, Antonio Tajani, Dario Tamburrano, Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu, Paul Tang, Charles Tannock, Claudia Tapardel, Marc Tarabella, Indrek Tarand, Keith Taylor, Pavel Telička, Josep-Maria Terricabras, Isabelle Thomas, Ruža Tomašić, Yana Toom, Evžen Tošenovský, Giovanni Toti, Ulrike Trebesius, Ramon Tremosa i Balcells, Helga Trüpel, Claude Turmes, István Ujhelyi, Ernest Urtasun, Vladimir Urutchev, Viktor Uspaskich, Ivo Vajgl, Elena Valenciano, Marco Valli, Ángela Vallina, Monika Vana, Kathleen Van Brempt, Derek Vaughan, Hilde Vautmans, Miguel Viegas, Daniele Viotti, Henna Virkkunen, Anders Primdahl Vistisen, Axel Voss, Elissavet Vozemberg, Julie Ward, Renate Weber, Cecilia Wikström, Glenis Willmott, Iuliu Winkler, Janusz Wojciechowski, Anna Záborská, Theodoros Zagorakis, Jan Zahradil, Pablo Zalba Bidegain, Flavio Zanonato, Tatjana Ždanoka, Janusz Zemke, Gabriele Zimmer, Jana Žitňanská, Damiano Zoffoli, Carlos Zorrinho, Inês Cristina Zuber, Marco Zullo, Milan Zver

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