Maria Da Graça CARVALHO : Written explanations of vote 

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

EU/USA Agreement on the allocation of a share in the tariff rate quota for imports of high-quality beef (recommendation) (A9-0038/2019 - Bernd Lange)  
 

It is important to maintain good trade relations with the United States, a strategic partner of the European Union. However, Europe must also relentlessly defend its interests. I believe that, overall, this agreement met both objectives.

Situation in Bolivia (RC-B9-0187/2019, B9-0187/2019, B9-0188/2019, B9-0189/2019, B9-0190/2019, B9-0191/2019, B9-0192/2019) PT  
 

A situação política e social na Bolívia reveste-se de especial alarme face aos acontecimentos recentes.
Manifesto meu desagrado face à violência e à destruição que se seguiram às eleições de 20 de outubro de 2019 e considero premente que as novas autoridades interinas tomem as medidas necessárias para alterar a situação, restabelecer a confiança e organizar imediatamente novas eleições democráticas, inclusivas, transparentes e justas.

Climate and environmental emergency (RC-B9-0209/2019, B9-0209/2019, B9-0211/2019, B9-0212/2019, B9-0215/2019, B9-0216/2019, B9-0218/2019, B9-0220/2019)  
 

Climate change is a serious threat to our future and if we do not act urgently, the consequences could be highly dangerous. It is not correct to define our actions towards this using an emergency language and I was more in favour of a different wording to define the need to act immediately but with rationality. Anyhow, seen that in Portugal we already adopted a declaration of climate emergency, I wanted to show my convinced support to a motion that calls for the necessary adoption of further measures of adaptation and mitigation in our continent. This must be another tool to use in Madrid at the COP25 to show the world how convinced the EU is about fighting these tremendous effects, but furthermore to force other countries in other continents to follow our example, in order to create a virtuous cycle altogether as this is a very interconnected and global threat. The EU must be a catalyst for the others to act, in the meanwhile if we want to increase our ambition we must do it knowing which impacts we create to our workforce, citizens and societies.

2019 UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) (B9-0174/2019)  
 

I will be in Madrid at the COP25 together with the EP delegation to follow the work and the negotiations towards a fairer approach to the fight to climate change. We need to pave the way for a furtherly strong global agreement, with all countries committed to work together to halt the rise of the temperatures. We need a global technological pact to deploy those technologies we need to keep our economy progressing for our citizens’ wellbeing, while heading toward a fairer society that can base its needs on a different way to consume the energy that is anyhow needed. I voted in favour of this motion because I am convinced that we need to show the example in Madrid and we needed a strong and committed mandate to negotiate with other more prudent countries. However, for the EU this could also become an opportunity to create new markets, which are now still too small to make a difference. They can bring new waves of investments towards greener economic activities and jobs, thus bringing us in front of the global competition to become a world leader of sustainable prosperity.

EU accession to the Istanbul Convention and other measures to combat gender-based violence (B9-0224/2019, B9-0225/2019, B9-0226/2019) PT  
 

O direito à igualdade de tratamento e à não discriminação é um direito fundamental consagrado nos Tratados e na Carta dos Direitos Fundamentais.
Defendo que a UE e os Estados-Membros devem proteger o direito que assiste a todas as mulheres e raparigas a viver sem violência (seja ela psicológica, física, sexual e económica) tanto na esfera pública como privada.
A Convenção de Istambul continua a ser a norma internacional e o principal instrumento para erradicar o flagelo da violência de género. Decorridos oito anos desde a sua aprovação, a Convenção de Istambul ainda não foi ratificada por todos os Estados-Membros nem pela UE.
É urgente alterar estes status quo e assegurar a plena integração da Convenção no quadro legislativo e político da UE.
Por estes motivos apoio a presente Resolução.

Crisis of the WTO Appellate Body (B9-0181/2019) PT  
 

A crise existente no seio da Organização Mundial do Comércio atinge um nível alarmante em que se não for encontrada uma solução, o Órgão de Recurso deixa de estar operacional após 10 de dezembro de 2019, o que poderá ter consequências muito graves para o sistema comercial multilateral.
Infelizmente os debates em curso entre os membros da OMC não têm sido positivos permanecendo as vagas por preencher
Apoio a presente Resolução que insta a Comissão Europeia a prosseguir o diálogo com todos os membros da OMC, incluindo os Estados Unidos, a fim de desbloquear, com carácter prioritário, o procedimento de nomeação, mesmo após 10 de dezembro de 2019, se necessário.

Mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund to provide assistance to Greece (A9-0040/2019 - Eva Kaili)  
 

The recent floods and landslides in the island of Crete had consequences that entirely justify the solidarity of the European Union. Greece has endured much in the last decade. It deserves this show of solidarity by other European countries.

Mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument to finance immediate budgetary measures to address the on-going challenges of migration, refugee inflows and security threats (A9-0039/2019 - Monika Hohlmeier) PT  
 

Embora o cumprimento dos limites de financiamento seja extremamente importante para o funcionamento das instituições, a legislação prevê situações excecionais nas quais, por motivos de força maior, estes mesmos limites podem ser ultrapassados. A proteção de vidas humanas deve ser prioritária em qualquer contexto, sendo por isso perfeitamente legítimo o recurso a estas exceções no caso em apreço.

Mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund to provide for the payment of advances in the general budget of the Union for 2020 (A9-0036/2019 - Monika Hohlmeier) PT  
 

É necessário assegurar a existência de disponibilidade de fundos, desde o início de 2020, de forma a garantir capacidade de resposta a situações de emergência.

EU-Ukraine Agreement amending the trade preferences for poultry meat and poultry meat preparations provided for by the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (C9-0105/2019)  
 

I voted in favour because I believe that this amendment was necessary in order to stop circumvention of the import limits, in the form of a specific duty free tariff rate quota imposed by the DCFTA on poultry meat. It is better to have a more flexible agreement that is actually effective.

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