Elisabetta GARDINI
Elisabetta GARDINI
Italy

Date of birth : , Padova

8th parliamentary term Elisabetta GARDINI

Political groups

  • 01-07-2014 / 16-04-2019 : Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) - Member
  • 17-04-2019 / 01-07-2019 : European Conservatives and Reformists Group - Member

National parties

  • 01-07-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Forza Italia (Italy)

Vice-Chair

  • 13-10-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Delegation for relations with Mercosur

Member

  • 01-07-2014 / 18-01-2017 : Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
  • 14-07-2014 / 12-10-2014 : Delegation for relations with Mercosur
  • 14-07-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly
  • 19-01-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
  • 02-02-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Delegation for relations with the Federative Republic of Brazil
  • 12-09-2017 / 14-11-2018 : Special Committee on Terrorism

Substitute

  • 01-07-2014 / 18-01-2017 : Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
  • 01-07-2014 / 18-01-2017 : Committee on Petitions
  • 14-07-2014 / 16-04-2019 : Delegation for relations with the United States
  • 01-09-2015 / 18-01-2017 : Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • 25-05-2016 / 18-01-2017 : Subcommittee on Human Rights
  • 19-01-2017 / 16-04-2019 : Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • 19-01-2017 / 16-04-2019 : Committee on Fisheries
  • 19-01-2017 / 16-04-2019 : Committee on Petitions
  • 19-01-2017 / 16-04-2019 : Subcommittee on Human Rights

Main parliamentary activities

Contributions to plenary debates

Speeches made during the plenary session and written declarations relating to plenary debates. Rules Rule 204 and 171(11)

EU fertilising products (debate) IT

27-03-2019 P8_CRE-REV(2019)03-27(3-294-0000)

Union Civil Protection Mechanism (debate) IT

12-02-2019 P8_CRE-REV(2019)02-12(2-009-0000)

Reports - as rapporteur

A rapporteur is appointed in the responsible parliamentary committee to draft a report on proposals of a legislative or budgetary nature, or other issues. In drafting their report, rapporteurs may consult with relevant experts and stakeholders. They are also responsible for the drafting of compromise amendments and negotiations with shadow rapporteurs. Reports adopted at committee level are then examined and voted on in plenary. Rule 55

REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on requirements relating to emission limits and type-approval for internal combustion engines for non-road mobile machinery

30-09-2015 A8-0276/2015 PE557.123v02-00 ENVI
Elisabetta GARDINI

Opinions - as rapporteur

Committees may draft an opinion to a report of the responsible committee covering the elements linked to their committee remit. Rapporteurs of such opinions are also responsible for the drafting of compromise amendments and negotiations with shadow rapporteurs of the opinion. Rule 56, Rule 57, Annex VI

OPINION on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules on the making available on the market of CE marked fertilising products and amending Regulations (EC) No 1069/2009 and (EC) No 1107/2009

02-06-2017 ENVI_AD(2017)597640 PE597.640v02-00 ENVI
Elisabetta GARDINI

Motions for resolutions

Motions for resolutions are tabled on topical issues, at the request of a committee, a political group or at least 5% of the Members, and voted on in plenary. Rule 132, Rule 136, Rule 139, Rule 144.

Oral questions

Questions for oral answer with debate, addressed to the European Commission, the Council or the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union can be tabled by a committee, a political group or at least 5% of Parliament’s members. Rule 136

Major interpellations

Major interpellations for written answer with debate, addressed to the European Commission, the Council or the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union, may be tabled by a committee, a political group or at least 5% of Parliament’s component Members. Rule 139, Annex III

Other parliamentary activities

Written explanations of vote

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

Rules on direct payments and support for rural development in respect of the years 2019 and 2020 (A8-0018/2019 - Czesław Adam Siekierski)

31-01-2019

I voted in favour of this legislative resolution on a proposal to amend the current regulations that govern a series of rules on direct payments and support for rural development in respect of the years 2019 and 2020. This initiative is important with regard to ensuring policy continuity in the final years of the programming period and to ensuring a smooth transition to the next programming period for European farmers and rural areas. A key part of this proposal is the insertion of added flexibility into the funding, allowing for the possibility to transfer funds between direct payments and rural development.

Annual report 2017 on the protection of the European Union’s financial interests- fight against fraud (A8-0003/2019 - Marian-Jean Marinescu)

31-01-2019

I voted in favour of this resolution on the 2017 report on the fight against fraud and the protection of the financial interests of the Union. Sound financial management and a comprehensive fight against corruption and fraud is fundamental for the legitimacy of the European project; citizens must be able to trust the fact that the institutions are working for their benefit and to show that Europe creates an added value, not just another level of bureaucracy.
It is good that progress in this field has been made and that the total number of irregularities has fallen in recent years, however it is important to underline the need for constant work to improve our practices. As such, one key step also highlighted by the report is to press for closer cooperation between Member States and to improve the exchange of information and data.
The new European Public Prosecutor’s Office will be a helpful addition in this regard and the office can serve to further enhance cooperation. This is especially true when it comes to VAT fraud, which by the Commission is estimated to cost the Union around 50 billion per year. This is unacceptable and further action is much needed to close the existing loopholes in this regard.

Implementation and functioning of the .eu top level domain name (A8-0394/2018 - Fredrick Federley)

31-01-2019

. ‒ I voted to support this report on the implementation and functioning of the .eu top-level domain. This important domain was set up in 2002 and is nowadays in wide use by institutions and businesses all over Europe. Since then, however, the legal framework used for the domain has revealed itself to be outdated and in need of amending. The proposal voted on by the Parliament will set to correct this and ensure that the legal framework of the domain is more future proof.
The .eu top-level domain should be a clear label for the Union an serve to support the further development of the digital single market. This will require a flexible and sustainable regulatory environment — one that protects the integrity of the domain name, while ensuring a simple administrative framework for European SMEs and businesses.

Harmonisation of gross national income at market prices (GNI Regulation) (A8-0009/2018 - Roberto Gualtieri)

31-01-2019

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report on the harmonisation of gross national income at market prices (GNI Regulation). As gross national income at market prices serves as the basis for large parts of the Union’s general budget, including the own resources of the union. As such, the measuring and the GNI data that the calculations are based on must be on comprehensive, reliable and of overall the best quality. The report importantly outlines that the Commission, through Eurostat, will be able to carry our verification visits so to ensure the proper gathering and handling of the data. The further improvement of GNI data and verification is a key aspect for the well-functioning of the Union and in this sense, I think this report is a good step forward for us all.

Situation in Venezuela (B8-0082/2019, B8-0083/2019, B8-0084/2019, B8-0085/2019, B8-0086/2019, B8-0087/2019)

31-01-2019

I fully support this European Parliament resolution on the situation in Venezuela. Venezuela is in a staggering and multifaceted crisis; not only are the Venezuelan people suffering through a self-made economic meltdown, but also a human rights crisis with far reaching human rights violations. Up to 3 million Venezuelans have already left the country, fleeing poverty and repression. Those responsible for these acts must be held accountable and all freedoms and human rights fully respected.
In the midst of this crisis, the democratic opposition won the parliamentary elections in 2015. The response of the Maduro regime was to try to remove the democratic powers of the assembly and later to create a new one through a ‘special election’ in 2017. The May 2018 presidential elections were conducted without complying with any international standards, and they failed to respect democracy, transparency and the rule of law.
Given these developments, the only currently recognised democratic institution in Venezuela is the National Assembly. As such, I fully support this resolution and the European Parliament in recognising Juan Guaidó as the legitimate interim President of Venezuela until free and democratic elections can be held to in order to restore power to the Venezuelan people.

Annual report on competition policy (A8-0474/2018 - Michel Reimon)

31-01-2019

A proper and well-developed competition policy is a key fundament for the European economy and society as a whole. We must ensure the effective application of competition rules in the Union for the benefit of all EU citizens. An equal and level playing field in both regional and global terms serves to protect workers, consumers and businesses and must be a fundamental priority in all EU commercial and trade policy.
In this sense, I welcome the report’s call for the Commission to increase its support to European SMEs so that they are able to protect themselves and take action against unfair trade practises. In addition to this, the report also rightly underlines the importance of EU redress mechanisms to compensate affected parties in the face of unfair practices.
In a time of technological and economic transformation, it is key to adapt competition policy and measures to the changing realities. In this sense, the competition aspect of the developing and deepening digital sphere will be a very important issue, one where we must ensure the proper framework and appropriate rules. Lastly, I think it is very important that the report underlines the need for competition policy to take a leading role in trade policy and agreements.

Objection pursuant to Rule 106: Sodium dichromate (B8-0548/2018) IT

29-11-2018

Ho votato contro a questa obiezione perché il processo di autorizzazione della sostanza sodio bicromato (già verso la sua finalizzazione) non deve essere bloccato: questa sostanza viene usata in sistemi chiusi e con riduzione a cromo trivalente (NON DANNOSO) del cromo esavalente non reagito, come dimostra il fatto che i valori riscontrati di cromo esavalente sul prodotto finito sono sempre sotto il limite di rilevabilità. L'utilizzo di questa sostanza permette la produzione di articoli di moda di altissima fascia prodotti in Italia. Non esistono alternative al momento. Vietarne l'utilizzo significherebbe mettere in ginocchio un'azienda fiore all'occhiello della produzione tessile italiana.

Interim report on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 – Parliament's position with a view to an agreement (A8-0358/2018 - Jan Olbrycht, Isabelle Thomas, Janusz Lewandowski, Gérard Deprez)

14-11-2018

. ‒ I voted to support this report on Parliament’s position on the new MFF for the 2021-2027 period. This is a crucial time for Europe with many new challenges and priorities and we need to have a budget that reflects these priorities. But this must be done in a way that ensures and protects the normal funding areas of the EU such as agriculture. This is important since farmers and rural areas are already in a difficult position; if this support is lowered we risk a severe and negative socio-economic impact on our rural areas.
For this MFF we must focus on the new challenges that we face, such as illegal migration, investments and research. In this sense, I am supportive of the report as it increases the budget for research and innovation, increases the funding for SMEs twofold and triple the current budget for the Erasmus+ Programme. In regard to illegal migration, the budget suggested would significantly strengthen EU capabilities including to act both at the external borders of the EU – such as in the Mediterranean – and in countries of transit, so as to stop the flow of people to North Africa.

European Electronic Communications Code (A8-0318/2017 - Pilar del Castillo Vera)

14-11-2018

I supported this report on new rules for telecom companies operating in the EU. This is an important step to make the EU market ready for the future and to create a basis for investment in 5G networks. These new rules are very positive and important, as they will serve to consolidate the EU market by abolishing excessive fees on intra-EU calls and text messages.
Improved connectivity and a more integrated market can serve as the foundations for a Europe that leads the way in new technologies, business-models and digital transformation, leading to increased competitiveness and new jobs and opportunities for European citizens. To facilitate this, I support the report in setting up a regulatory framework that ensures predictability and long-term investment that supports technological development. This is urgently needed as the EU is in need of major investments of around EUR 500-600 billion in the area of connectivity. Mostly, however, these rules will benefit consumers, who will find intra-EU connectivity easier and cheaper while reaping the benefits of a more competitive market.
Lastly, I support the new emergency measures included in the report. This includes, most notably, a warning message to all phones in the geographical area of an emergency.

Energy efficiency (A8-0391/2017 - Miroslav Poche)

13-11-2018

. ‒ I voted in favour of this report on Energy Efficiency, a key part of the new Clean Energy Package that will enable a clear and business-friendly framework for the economic transition of the European Union. Increasing energy efficiency will not only lead to less emissions and energy waste, but will also lead to economic savings for households and companies.
In addition, these measures will provide a steppingstone for investment and European innovation in construction and other sectors where energy efficiency is important. These innovations will allow for European companies and technology to be world leading in the coming global energy transformation, bringing new jobs and opportunities to Europe.
In this sense, it is key that the Member States do their part in order to foster and boost innovation and investments in new technologies and materials.
Given the large potential for energy efficiency improvements in the building sector, this will be a key sector to look at – and where we need to see proper implementation and promotion of private investments.

Governance of the Energy Union (A8-0402/2017 - Michèle Rivasi, Jakop Dalunde)

13-11-2018

. ‒ I supported this report on the Governance of the Energy Union. Together with the two other reports of the Clean Energy Package, this report forms the basis of the European Union measures to consolidate the European energy market and to ensure the supply of affordable and increasingly sustainable energy and all across the Union.
Some key issues of this report include the introduction and implementation of long-term climate and energy strategies and measures so to facilitate the energy transition in the Union. Another key point is the structuring of cooperation between Member States at a regional level so that accessibility and cross-border transfer of energy will improve and regional energy markets developed. In this regard, the reduction of trade barriers in and between Member States will be very important to foster investments and drive competitiveness.

Promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (A8-0392/2017 - José Blanco López)

13-11-2018

As with the other two reports on the Clean Energy Package, I also voted in favour of this report on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources. It is clear that, in the future, sustainable energy will have to supply most of our energy needs. This transition is needed and inevitable; in this sense, we need the best possible framework to facilitate investments and innovations in the field of renewables. On the other hand, flexibility is also needed so as to ensure that regions and citizens are not left behind during this process.
The report calls for the share of renewable energy in the total energy mix to reach 32% of the EU’s total by 2030 and a target of 14 percent of biofuels in the transport sector by the same year. These are ambitious but reachable goals that will push our efforts forward.
While this Union—wide target is important, it must also be complemented with predictable support policies and regulations to form a good investment climate. We must ensure and support an energy transition to renewables which, crucially, will go hand-in-hand with maintaining EU competitiveness and growth.

Multiannual plan for small pelagic stocks in the Adriatic Sea and the fisheries exploiting those stocks (A8-0337/2018 - Ruža Tomašić)

13-11-2018

This report is a very important one for the communities and villages around the Adriatic, and in my work as a shadow rapporteur I really understood the fundamental impact that the Commission’s proposal could have on these people, their families and their communities.
Indeed, the original proposal of the Commission would have had a very negative impact for the many rural coastal villages and communities in Italy and would have led to a substantial loss of jobs and incomes based there. Not only was this approach dangerous, it was also based on non-factual and faulty information.
With this in mind, I am very happy that the EPP managed to successfully convince a majority in the European Parliament to amend this report and protect the livelihood of the Adriatic fishing fleet and those many thousands of workers and their family members who depend on the fishing industry in and around the Adriatic.
In the end I think we achieved a very good result, and thus I was happy to support this report in plenary.

Situation in Venezuela (RC-B8-0351/2018, B8-0351/2018, B8-0502/2018, B8-0504/2018, B8-0506/2018, B8-0507/2018, B8-0509/2018)

25-10-2018

I voted to support this important resolution on the situation in Venezuela and the suffering of its citizens by the Government. The developments in the country is very worrying, both in terms of the human suffering and societal collapse and in terms of human rights. This can be seen in the recent death of the municipal counsellor of the opposition, Fernando Alban, who was brutally killed in custody and the forced exile of many opposition leaders, including Sakharov Prize laureates. The crimes of the President’s Maduro regime has led to the biggest humanitarian and refugee crisis in the region with hundreds of thousands on the run. With this in mind the EU must take firm action against the regime and offer our support to its victims.

General budget of the European Union for 2019 - all sections (A8-0313/2018 - Daniele Viotti, Paul Rübig)

24-10-2018

I voted in favour of this report on the budget on the EU in 2019. This report calls for the proper funding of key European programmes such as Horizon 2020, Erasmus+ and the Youth Employment Initiative.
The challenges facing Europe require smart investments that will bring additional value for the Member States and our European citizens. Therefore, I especially support the focus of budgetary resources on SMEs and on research and innovation. Measures will also be needed to strengthen the role of farmers and reverse the negative trend we see in our rural areas, where depopulation, poverty and social exclusion are posing challenges to our societies.

Reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (A8-0317/2018 - Frédérique Ries)

24-10-2018

. ‒ I voted against this proposal as the Commission has been unable to answer key questions regarding the proposed directive’s impact and the hasty way it has been put to plenary, undermining full scrutiny of the proposal and its effects.
Given the issues surrounding the proposal, the European Ombudsman began on 1 October an investigation into alleged shortcomings in the procedures followed by the Commission when it comes to this proposal.
The absence of an appropriate impact assessment is striking as the Commission seeks to prohibit or seriously limit the use of products that are used daily without proposing a shred of alternative to our citizens.
By the same logic, I still do not understand how one can claim the right to bring a whole industrial sector to its knees from one day to the next when 95% of all plastic marine litter originates from Asia and Africa – not from the European Union.

Establishment, operation and use of the Schengen Information System in the field of border checks (A8-0347/2017 - Carlos Coelho)

24-10-2018

I voted in favour of this draft regulation on the establishment and use of the new and improved SIS or Schengen Information System. This report on borders checks makes up part of the update that will enhance the system and make it better applicable in the field. As the SIS is the biggest and most widely used database system for security and border checks in Europe its function and implementation is of fundamental importance.
The new SIS should allow for better cooperation between Member States when it comes to security and allow for a much more comprehensive approach when it comes to border checks, with the necessary information more easily reaching the personnel in the field.

Establishment, operation and use of the Schengen Information System in the field of police cooperation and judicial cooperation in criminal matters (A8-0349/2017 - Carlos Coelho)

24-10-2018

I voted in favour of this draft regulation on the establishment and use of the new and improved SIS or Schengen Information System. This report on police and judicial cooperation makes up part of the update that will enhance the system and make it better applicable in the field. As the SIS is the biggest and most widely used database system for security and border checks in Europe its function and implementation is of fundamental importance.
This new and updated version of SIS should allow for better cooperation between Member States when it comes to fighting and preventing crime. An important aspect of this is that Europol now also will be given access to the system, and that new alerts have been established regarding persons connected to serious crimes and terrorism. Including an obligation on National authorities to share all relevant information and data when it comes to terrorist acts and attacks with their counterparts in other Member States.

Use of the Schengen Information System for the return of illegally staying third-country nationals (A8-0348/2017 - Jeroen Lenaers)

24-10-2018

I voted in favour of this draft regulation on the establishment and use of the new and improved SIS or Schengen Information System. This report on the return of illegally staying third country nationals makes up part of the update that will enhance the system and make it better applicable in the field. As the SIS is the biggest and most widely used database system for security and border checks in Europe its function and implementation is of fundamental importance.
Currently third country nationals obliged to return can often avoid this by going to another Member State due to the lack of cross-border cooperation. This update should make return policies more effective and enforce return decisions in all Members States. It is fundamental that this loophole is closed rapidly and that this new update is implemented in full.

EU Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust) (A8-0320/2017 - Axel Voss)

04-10-2018

. ‒ I voted to support this report on new rules and a new governing framework for Eurojust. Eurojust is an EU agency, which facilitates Member States’ cooperation in the fight against organised crime, which often takes a cross-border nature. With these new rules the Agency and thus the Member States will be better equipped to meet current and future challenges when it comes to organised crime.
The legislation streamlines the current governance structure and ensures that Member States can trust the Agency with information as their data will not be shared without permission. This is a key aspect for cooperation as national authorities will otherwise be unwilling to provide the necessary data.

Written questions

Members can submit a specific number of questions to the President of the European Council, the Council, the Commission and the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union, for written answer. Rule 138, Annex III

Individual motions for resolutions

In accordance with Rule 143 of Parliament's Rules of Procedure, any individual Member may table a motion for resolution on a matter falling within the spheres of activity of the EU. These motions for resolution express the position of the individual Members who tabled them. Admissible motions are referred to the committee responsible, which shall decide whether to follow up the motion for resolution and, if so, which procedure is to be followed. Where a committee has decided to follow-up a motion for resolution, more detailed information is provided on this page, below the resolution in question. Rule 143

Written declarations (up to 16 January 2017)

**This instrument no longer exists since 16 January 2017**. A written declaration was an initiative on a matter falling within the EU’s competence. It could be co-signed by Members within a 3 month period.

WRITTEN DECLARATION on elderly rights and ageing

24-10-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0109 Lapsed
Monica MACOVEI Raffaele FITTO Filiz HYUSMENOVA Elisabetta GARDINI Miroslav POCHE Tomáš ZDECHOVSKÝ Marijana PETIR Ivan JAKOVČIĆ Doru-Claudian FRUNZULICĂ Enrico GASBARRA Piernicola PEDICINI Nicola CAPUTO Deirdre CLUNE José BLANCO LÓPEZ Eleftherios SYNADINOS José Inácio FARIA Patricija ŠULIN
Date opened : 24-10-2016
Lapse date : 24-01-2017
Number of signatories : 66 - 25-01-2017

WRITTEN DECLARATION on European GMO-free regions

12-09-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0072 Lapsed
Marijana PETIR Bas BELDER Elisabetta GARDINI Pavel POC Andrej PLENKOVIĆ Ivana MALETIĆ Norbert ERDŐS Ulrike MÜLLER Franc BOGOVIČ Barbara KAPPEL
Date opened : 12-09-2016
Lapse date : 12-12-2016
Number of signatories : 80 - 13-12-2016

WRITTEN DECLARATION on chronic non-cancer pain in people over 65

12-09-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0065 Lapsed
Giovanni LA VIA Françoise GROSSETÊTE Gianni PITTELLA Mercedes BRESSO Alessandra MUSSOLINI Cristian-Silviu BUŞOI Elisabetta GARDINI Pavel POC Santiago FISAS AYXELÀ Remo SERNAGIOTTO Ian DUNCAN Francisco de Paula GAMBUS MILLET
Date opened : 12-09-2016
Lapse date : 12-12-2016
Number of signatories : 136 - 13-12-2016

Declarations

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