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Roberts ZĪLE Roberts ZĪLE
Roberts ZĪLE

Groupe des Conservateurs et Réformistes européens

Vice-président

Lettonie - Nacionālā apvienība "Visu Latvijai!"-"Tēvzemei un Brīvībai/LNNK" (Lettonie)

Date de naissance : , Rīga

Explications de vote écrites Roberts ZĪLE

Les députés peuvent expliquer par écrit leur vote en plénière. Article 194 du règlement intérieur.

Plan d’investissement pour une Europe durable - comment financer le pacte vert (A9-0198/2020 -Siegfried Mureşan, Paul Tang) EN

13-11-2020

I voted in abstention of the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan. The Green Deal has some great ambitions and aims that I believe can support the future generations in an effective way in all Member States. Especially with attention to digitization, strengthening the internal markets, and calls for a competitive industrial sector. Nonetheless, the path that the parliament and Member States take in order to realise these goals must be appropriate and suitable each Member State. Taking a blanket approach for the Green Deal will not lead to successful results of the whole Union. Each Member State has different strengths and weaknesses. For example, this plan suggests the state aid be conditional on meeting Union’s climate and environmental objectives. For states that already have a strong infrastructure and investment program setting it will be easier to achieve these conditions. Therefore, although the report intends to support the Union with future environmental issues in mind, the process of the Union achieving these goals must be revised.

Budget général de l’Union européenne pour l’exercice 2021 - toutes sections (A9-0206/2020 - Pierre Larrouturou, Olivier Chastel) EN

12-11-2020

I voted in abstention of the General budget of the European Union for the financial year of 2021 – all sections. This is a lengthy and complex text that is closely linked to the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). With such a large text some topics are more difficult to manage and compromise on, whilst making sure that it benefits each Member State accordingly. Although the report included a number of budgetary amendments that I can support, there are larger topics that I cannot fully support. For example, the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2030 and a rule of law mechanism as the condition for the EP consent to the yearly budgetary procedure. I believe that these parts of the text are not mindful of the issues faced by each Member State in order to achieve such goals. Therefore, although the text includes some beneficial initiatives, I cannot fully support and thus, voted in abstention of the report.

Instauration de limites de capacité pour le cabillaud de la Baltique orientale, collecte de données et mesures de contrôle en mer Baltique, et arrêt définitif pour les flottes pêchant le cabillaud de la Baltique orientale (A9-0093/2020 - Niclas Herbst) EN

11-11-2020

I voted in favour of the amending regulations with regard to capacity limits of fishing for Eastern Baltic cod, and control measures in the Baltic Sea. Coming from Latvia myself, I have a great deal of respect and admiration for the Baltic Sea, the fishing industry as well as the marine environment. I believe that we must take care of the precious ecosystems in the Baltic Sea to ensure that the fish colonies are not depleted beyond repair. I agree with the aims of the regulation, guiding the industry to more respectful and efficient practices. Both supporting the industry as well as the marine environment. Without these regulations the future of the fishing industry is uncertain and in potential danger. In addition, I support the report in improving the data collection practices, that will serve purpose in future to ensure the sustainability of the fishing industry and wildlife in the Baltic Sea.

Législation sur les services numériques: améliorer le fonctionnement du marché unique (A9-0181/2020 - Alex Agius Saliba) EN

20-10-2020

I voted in favour of the Digital Services Act proposal for Improving the Functioning of the Single Market. Many European Union rules and regulations are subject to change over time and improvements in our lives, such as technological developments. As we have seen with the Covid-19 pandemic, much of the world turned to online services. This proposal suggests a number of positive and detailed improvements regarding digital services. For example, removing illegal content online and protecting EU customers online when purchasing products from both EU based and non-EU based online marketplaces. I fully support this report, because it recommends a number of protection reforms that would apply to all online services, including social media platforms, search engines, online marketplaces, and other specific platforms. It promotes a system of cooperation and coordination within the Union, where the investigation and enforcement should remain a responsibility for the national authorities.

Législation sur les services numériques: adaptation des règles de droit commercial et civil pour les entités commerciales exerçant des activités en ligne (A9-0177/2020 - Tiemo Wölken) EN

20-10-2020

I voted in favour of Digital Services Act initiative for Adapting Commercial and Civil Law Rules of Commercial Entities Operating Online. With more and more aspects of our lives operating in the digital realm, we must ensure that the Union’s values are present and upheld in this transformation. Such was the reason for this report that outlines a strategy to review existing legislations applicable to online providers and add new laws and regulations on online content management. This initiative calls for an EU-wide set of standards to be applied on hosting platforms for moderating content. The rules should not restrict the fundamental rights of users and will provide legal clarity for platforms. Meaning, that when content is taken down or flagged, the user will be notified and be able to seek redress through a national dispute settlement body.
This initiative will bring about positive improvement to content management online and is created with the best interests of EU citizens in mind. It does not intend to restrict people’s freedoms, rather protect users of online platforms. Especially with the continuous advancement in the technological industry, we must ensure that the rules and regulations are continuously updated and amended accordingly.

Législation sur les services numériques et questions liées aux droits fondamentaux (A9-0172/2020 - Kris Peeters) EN

20-10-2020

I voted in favour of this report. When the E-Commerce Directive was adopted in 2000, neither Facebook, YouTube nor Instagram had been founded yet, and Amazon was still to turn its first profit. The regulations for online activities must be updated constantly, just as we have system updates of our phones. On the Union level, we must also ensure that illegal content that potentially endangers children or includes terrorist content must be removed consistently, with a transparent process and the right to appeal and access to effective judicial redress. This report outlines exactly how this can be achieved and sets out a detailed process how the need for appropriate safeguards is needed to ensure a safer and more effective online space for the citizens of the Union. I believe that this report can bring positive adjustment to the online platforms currently used by millions of people. It also ensures that the rights of Member States are not infringed upon, and allows the local and national authorities to manage online safety. Therefore, I support this report, because it works in the best interest of my constituents.

État de droit et droits fondamentaux en Bulgarie (B9-0309/2020) EN

08-10-2020

. ‒ I voted against this resolution. The report was created due to the detention of a number of high-ranking officials in the Bulgarian authorities. Bulgaria is subject to the rule of law. Thus, this report was created with regard to the lack of respect for the principles of rule of law, democracy, and fundamental rights.
As a governing body the Union must ensure that the values and standards of the democratic process must be upheld, especially in the Member States. However, the details of this process must be appropriate and applicable. This report suggests strong and forceful measures for the Bulgarian Member State. For example, stricter controls on how Union funding is spent in Bulgaria as well as calls to ratify the ‘Istanbul Convention’.
Such challenging and delicate matters must be met with the respect that they deserve. I believe that the reform of the judiciary is absolutely needed in Bulgaria, however it is more of an optimisation of procedures and an increase in the capacity of the judiciary and the prosecutor’s office. Therefore, I did not support this resolution and voted against it.

Poursuite de la mise en place de l’union des marchés des capitaux: améliorer l'accès au financement sur le marché des capitaux, en particulier pour les PME, et accroître la participation des investisseurs de détail (A9-0155/2020 - Isabel Benjumea Benjumea) EN

08-10-2020

I voted in favour of the report. From the start of the discussions, most of ECR’s amendments were respected and integrated into the report. I feel that the report positively reflects my hopes for CMU.
The report sets out a number of ways in which to improve the access to capital market finance, especially for SMEs. It considers that there is a need to diversify funding sources of European companies. Retail and larger investors should have the access to a more diverse and competitive pool of investment opportunities. Especially, taking into consideration the ways in which COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the financial stability of the Union, resilience and flexibility is an essential component for the future of CMU. Also, the report states that efficient and integrated financial markets are principal for private risk sharing in the euro area.
Nonetheless, there are some shortcomings in the report. Namely, the calls for a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB), European Deposit and Insurance Scheme (EDIS), and an EU Green bond standard. Although the report includes some factors that are not as favourable, the positive aspects of this report outweigh the negatives. Therefore, I voted in favour of the report for Further Development of the CMU.

Création d’un mécanisme de l’Union pour la démocratie, l’état de droit et les droits fondamentaux (A9-0170/2020 - Michal Šimečka) EN

07-10-2020

. ‒ I voted against the Report on the Establishment of an EU Mechanism on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights. Having seen the recent developments in Belarus regarding respect for democratic practices and upholding fundamental human rights, it is more pressing than ever to make sure we maintain a standard of respect for such principles in the Union.
Nonetheless, the process to sustain a standard of democratic practices is not entirely straightforward. This report aims to adopt a respect and continuation of democratic values within the Member States of the Union. However, the specific details of it can potentially have the opposite effect. From infringing upon the autonomy of Member States, to respect for legislative processes and bordering on federalist measures. Therefore, with respect towards democratic mechanisms, rule of law, as well as fundamental human rights, I cannot support this report.

La stratégie forestière européenne: la voie à suivre (A9-0154/2020 - Petri Sarvamaa) EN

07-10-2020

I voted in favour of the report for the European Forest Strategy - The Way Forward. Coming from Latvia — a Member State where forests cover around 40% of the total land area — forestry policies have significant impacts not only on the environmental and social factors, but also on sustainable forest management. I believe this report draws out very beneficial and forward-thinking suggestions for the New EU Forest Strategy. Also, it encompasses the provisions of the European Green Deal.
Forests are natural carbon sinks, insofar that they are able to absorb and store CO2 whilst providing an environment for local biodiversity. This report highlights how the New EU Forest Strategy will be able to protect and promote the numerous ecological and socio-economic services that forests naturally provide. In addition, this Strategy acknowledges the responsibilities and rights that the Member States hold in order to maintain and preserve their forests. I believe that this Strategy will be in the best interests of all Member States, in order to grow and maintain their forests in a sustainable way.

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