Roberta METSOLA : Written explanations of vote 

Members can submit a written explanation of their vote in plenary. Rule 194

Financial assistance to Member States to cover serious financial burden inflicted on them following a UK's withdrawal from the EU without an agreement (A9-0020/2019 - Younous Omarjee)  
 

I voted in favour of this report. In the absence of a withdrawal agreement with the United Kingdom, the UK will no longer be a part of the single market or the customs union. Brexit will therefore lead to considerable economic ramifications in both the UK and in remaining Member States that rely heavily on economic ties with the United Kingdom. This proposal will add Brexit to the circumstances justifying the disbursement of the European Union Solidarity Fund.

Effects of the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook Group (RC-B9-0118/2019, B9-0118/2019, B9-0119/2019, B9-0120/2019, B9-0121/2019, B9-0122/2019, B9-0124/2019)  
 

I voted in favour of this motion for a resolution. Following the collapse of the British company Thomas Cook, 600 000 people were stranded away from home, many of whom were left with no alternative return trip offered. Thousands of employees around Europe have lost their jobs, and many SMEs have found themselves in financial difficulty due to the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook. This motion for a resolution calls on the Commission to identify and enact EU financial instruments that could compensate for the harm caused to the tourism sector and help to improve its competitiveness and guarantee a high level of consumer protection. It reiterates the importance of establishing an EU Strategy for Sustainable Tourism with coordinated and concrete measures.

The Turkish military operation in northeast Syria and its consequences (RC-B9-0123/2019, B9-0123/2019, B9-0125/2019, B9-0126/2019, B9-0127/2019, B9-0128/2019, B9-0129/2019, B9-0133/2019)  
 

I voted in favour of this motion for resolution. In light of Turkey’s recent military operation on Syrian soil that particularly impacted Kurdish-majority areas, this resolution urges Turkey to withdraw all of its forces from Syrian territory. It calls upon the EU to take a strong position against this attack, which constitutes a grave violation of international law, and consider all available options in the de-escalation of this situation.

Opening accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania (B9-0155/2019, RC-B9-0156/2019, B9-0156/2019, B9-0157/2019, B9-0158/2019, B9-0159/2019, B9-0160/2019, B9-0161/2019)  
 

I voted in favour of this motion for a resolution, which expresses Parliament’s deep disappointment at the EU’s failure to agree on opening accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania due to the blocking of France, Denmark and the Netherlands, since both countries made considerable progress in meeting the EU’s requirements for opening accession negotiations. This has a detrimental effect on the EU’s credibility.

Draft general budget of the European Union for 2020 - all sections  
 

I voted in favour of the budget for 2020. This budget will ensure that the priorities expressed by our citizens at the polls in May 2019 in various areas, ranging from combatting climate change, to education, to technological advances, are adequately supported by a realistic budget for the European Union.

General budget of the European Union for 2020 - all sections (A9-0017/2019 - Monika Hohlmeier, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial)  
 

I voted in favour of the budget for 2020. This budget will ensure that the priorities expressed by our citizens at the polls in May 2019 in various areas, ranging from combatting climate change, to education, to technological advances, are adequately supported by a realistic budget for the European Union.

Discharge 2017: EU general budget - European Council and Council (A9-0010/2019 - Isabel García Muñoz)  
 

I voted in favour of refusing the discharge. In March 2019, the Parliament postponed the 2017 discharge for the ninth year. The Parliament’s report on this declares that the Council has failed to provide answers to the written questions and that the Secretary-General of the Council did not attend the hearing organised.

Objection pursuant to Rule 112: Assessment of the impact of plant protection products on honeybees (B9-0149/2019)  
 

I voted in favour of this resolution. This resolution opposes the adoption of the draft Commission regulation and urges it to submit a new one to the Standing Committee. The draft proposed by the Commission overlooks chronic toxicity and larval toxicity for honeybees and acute toxicity for bumblebees. A new draft should be based on the latest scientific and technical knowledge, incorporating chronic toxicity and acute toxicity for both honeybees and bumblebees.

European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (2014-2020) (A9-0015/2019 - Vilija Blinkevičiūtė)  
 

I voted in favour of this report. The European Globalisation Fund is a mechanism that allows the Union to support workers who are jobless due to the restructuring of the global economy or economic and financial crises. With the possibility of a disorderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, through this report, the European Parliament calls for support for workers made redundant because of likely economic disruptions caused by a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

Fishing authorisations for Union fishing vessels in United Kingdom waters and fishing operations of United Kingdom fishing vessels in Union waters (A9-0014/2019 - Chris Davies)  
 

. ‒ I voted for this report because it provides contingency measures for fishermen in the case of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. This proposal is a limited amendment of Regulation (EU) 2017/2403, extending the period of application of the contingency measures set out in Regulation (EU) 2019/498 to cover the year 2020. It provides a framework and legal basis for EU and UK fishermen to maintain access to each other’s waters in 2020 in the event that the UK leaves the EU without an agreement.

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