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Európai Konzervatívok és Reformerek képviselőcsoport


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A szavazáshoz fűzött írásbeli indokolások Dace MELBĀRDE

A képviselők írásbeli indokolást nyújthatnak be a plenáris ülésen leadott szavazatukhoz. 194. cikk

InvestEU program (A9-203/2020 - José Manuel Fernandes, Irene Tinagli) EN


I voted in favour of the InvestEU programme. I especially applaud that the Parliament improved the text by making more explicit references to Cultural and Creative sectors (CCS) and their unique situation and the financing needs. In particular, it is important, as amended, to stress that CCS SMEs have been particularly badly hit by the COVID-19 crisis, but, more importantly, that they can play an important part in ensuring a sustainable economic recovery. As stated, the cultural and creative, audiovisual and media sectors are essential for our cultural diversity and for building democratic and cohesive societies.

A demokráciával, a jogállamisággal és az alapvető jogokkal foglalkozó uniós mechanizmus létrehozása (A9-0170/2020 - Michal Šimečka) LV


Tiesiskums ir viens no demokrātijas stūrakmeņiem un tāpēc ir svarīgi, ka tas ikvienā ES dalībvalstī tiek sargāts un stiprināts. Cita starpā ir vajadzīgi spēcīgi un labi finansēti mediji, kā arī NVO jābūt pilntiesīgiem partneriem demokrātiskajos procesos. Tomēr ES līmenī jau tagad pastāv rīki attiecībā uz tiesiskumu, tostarp Komisijas gada ziņojums par tiesiskumu, Komisijas tiesiskuma sistēma, Komisijas gada ziņojums par Hartas piemērošanu, Padomes dialogs par tiesiskumu un sadarbības un pārbaudes mehānisms. Tāpat pārkāpumi dalībvalstīs jau tagad tiek risināti arī Padomes līmenī. Eiropas Savienības Tiesa gādā, lai valstis ievērotu ES tiesību aktus. Šo apzinoties, tiesiskuma un pamattiesību mehānisma izveide nav obligāti labākais veids, kā risināt atsevišķus potenciālus trūkumus jau pastāvošajā sistēmā vai, lai mērķētu tikai atsevišķu dalībvalstu virzienā. Savukārt attiecībā uz budžeta nosacījumu mehānismu, jāatgādina Eiropadomes 2020. gada 21. jūlija secinājumi, kurus atbalstīja dalībvalstis. Tikmēr šis EP ziņojums, lai arī ietver vērtīgas atziņas, reizē nepamatoti norāda, ka “Savienība saskaras ar līdz šim nepieredzētu un pieaugošu pamatvērtību krīzi, kas apdraud tās kā demokrātiska miera projekta ilgtermiņa izdzīvošanu” un “lai stiprinātu Savienības spēju veicināt un aizsargāt tās konstitucionālo pamatu, varētu būt vajadzīgas izmaiņas Līgumā”. Ņemot vērā šos un citus argumentus, es atturējos šajā balsojumā.

Az Erasmus+, a Kreatív Európa és az Európai Szolidaritási Testület környezetbarátabbá tételét célzó hatékony intézkedések (A9-0141/2020 - Laurence Farreng) EN


In order to achieve the climate and sustainability goals set by the EU, it is clear that the Union programmes must also play their part, becoming greener. This is no different for culture and education programmes, notably Creative Europe and Erasmus+, which must be better aligned with the European Green Deal objectives. For this reason I welcomed the report on greening the above programmes, and I am supportive of themes covered by it. At the same time, I could not fully endorse the report as it includes some problematic points that undermine the broader aims of the relevant programmes, such as increasing the mobility and learning opportunities. For instance, the report calls ‘on the Commission to record and calculate systematically [programme] participants’ individual transport-related carbon footprint.’ In reality this would mean that participants of Erasmus+ exchanges that come from the outermost regions of the EU would implicitly be stigmatised as their carbon footprint would inevitably be larger. Similarly, those from poorer Member States where comparable transport modes are more polluting would be classified as higher emitters. In the end this risks undermining equal opportunities, as those participants travelling shorter distances would be the seen as the greenest ones.

Az Európai Tanács 2020. július 17-21-i rendkívüli ülésén elfogadott következtetések (B9-0229/2020) EN


. – I welcome the 21 July agreement reached by the EU Heads of State or Government on the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) and the recovery fund. Understanding the vastly diverging positions from which the leaders began the talks, it was no easy feat to reach such agreement. However, the job is not done; as the European Parliament’s resolution correctly points out, what we currently have is a political agreement and the Parliament will have the final say on the next MFF. The resolution rightly suggests that the cuts to the grants part of the recovery instrument is unfortunate, that the rebates must be ended and that targeted increases on top of the figures proposed by the Council must single out programmes relating, inter alia, to youth, culture and research such as Horizon Europe, Erasmus+ and Creative Europe. However, I could not support the Parliament’s resolution in its entirety. Among other things, the resolution incorrectly states that ‘only the creation of new own resources’ can help to repay the EU’s debt. It also goes beyond the Council agreement on the rule of law, calling for reverse qualified majority voting in this regard. Hence I abstained in the final vote.

A pénzmosás és a terrorizmusfinanszírozás megelőzését szolgáló, átfogó uniós szakpolitika – a Bizottság cselekvési terve és egyéb újabb fejlemények (B9-0207/2020) EN


I voted in favour of the resolution on a comprehensive Union policy on preventing money laundering and terrorist financing and I welcome the related Commission communication of 7 May 2020. Money laundering is a serious problem with an international dimension and requires a coordinated approach in the fight against it.
The EU must not tolerate illegal activities and has to be bold in identifying uncooperative jurisdictions. The headline-grabbing cases of money laundering involving banks or their branches operating within the EU have exposed the lack of effective supervision and necessitate a major overhaul of the existing EU anti-money laundering rules. We need to restore people’s trust in our financial and tax systems. Dirty money has no place in our economies.
At the same time, it must be stressed that anti-money laundering supervision is first and foremost a responsibility of the Member States and we must be careful not to create a supervisory vacuum by establishing different levels of supervision. Hence, increased and comprehensive cooperation between competent authorities and financial intelligence units (FIUs) within and between the EU Member States must precede any plans relating to the creation of an EU FIU.

Konferencia Európa jövőjéről (B9-0170/2020, B9-0179/2020) EN


I voted in favour of the Parliament’s resolution on the Conference on the Future of Europe. I believe the time is ripe to reassess the priorities of the Union and define its future direction. The COVID-19 fallout has shown that the EU is not fully prepared to act in a uniform manner when faced by a sudden crisis. We need an effective and efficient Union based around solidarity; one that works for people, and is well prepared for the future challenges.
At the same time, I share the view that the scope of the Conference must be open to all possible outcomes; any pre-determined direction would in essence be a violation of the very spirit of the idea. In order to ensure openness and active involvement, the conference must primarily be a bottom-up process, involving not only politicians and other recognised partners, but also citizens from every region of every country. Indeed, within the context of the Conference, there must also be a strict respect for the geographical balance. Thereby I believe it is best to ensure that working out the right format of the Conference prevails over the Parliament’s call for a timely start in autumn.

Új többéves pénzügyi keret, saját források és gazdaságélénkítési terv EN


. – I voted in favour of Parliament’s resolution on ‘New MFF, own resources and Recovery plan’. Regarding the new EU’s long-term budget, it must be commensurate with the foreseen ambitions, from financing the Green Deal to helping the EU grow sustainably, as well as ensuring that the divergences and inequalities within and between the Member States are shrinking, not growing. The resolution correctly calls for a budget that meets the people’s expectations. The recovery plan must follow the same route.
I much welcome the approved text which warns the Commission against the use of ‘financial wizardry and dubious multipliers’ in order to, as in past, achieve headline grabbing figures even though the underlying financing is clearly inadequate. To preserve our credibility, the Recovery Fund must be EUR 2 trillion in size and, I would add, help every individual and sector to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, including the cultural and creative as well as media sectors. This also means that the recovery package must primarily be disbursed using grants, not loans or guarantees. The resolution sends the right messages to the Commission and the Council, and shows that Parliament is at the forefront of the recovery efforts.

Összehangolt uniós fellépés a COVID-19-pandémia és következményei elleni küzdelem érdekében EN


I voted in favour of Parliament’s COVID-19 resolution. I stand with those who believe that the EU should be at the forefront of attempts to tackle the coronavirus outbreak and the ensuing social and economic consequences. Among other things, the resolution correctly calls for a massive recovery package and an ambitious EU multi-annual budget, as well as support for businesses, workers and the self-employed. Thanks to my initiative, Parliament also supported amendments that acknowledge the especially difficult situation of cultural and creative sectors and cultural professionals and stress the acute and worsening financial situation in the media, especially news media, across the EU.
However, I am against the actions of some political players who seize every opportunity to promote their narrow agendas by attempting to work on unrelated issues. Similarly, the naming and shaming of Poland and the condemnation of its domestic politics was unnecessary and unrelated. Indeed, the widest possible support for this resolution was jeopardised because of certain unnecessary inclusions and hence the European Parliament failed to show that it can truly speak with one voice when it matters most.

Mobil rádióberendezések egységes töltője (RC-B9-0070/2020, B9-0070/2020, B9-0072/2020, B9-0074/2020, B9-0075/2020, B9-0076/2020, B9-0085/2020) EN


. ‒ I abstained in the vote on the common charger for mobile radio equipment. Whilst I support the resolution’s call for a reduction in electronic waste and in theory I agree that a common charger would be convenient, we must also be pragmatic. We must be careful not to stifle innovation or to limit consumer choice. The current de facto standards for chargers emerged through market forces and fierce competition, not through regulation. By enforcing a common charger, we risk letting down our consumers who, in the near future, may not be able reap the benefits of the latest technological progress.
Furthermore, we will not be reducing waste if, as Parliament calls for, the Commission sets one charger standard immediately, thus rendering all other existing chargers obsolete (and in effect contributing to increased waste in the short term). Nor is waste reduced if we constantly change the ‘common’ charger, therefore also effectively forcing users to constantly upgrade their accessories. Understanding the above, I remain reserved about the initiative for a common charger and cannot support Parliament’s resolution.

A Biológiai Sokféleség Egyezmény (CBD) részes felei konferenciájának 15. ülése (COP 15) (Kunming 2020) (B9-0035/2020) EN


I abstained for the resolution on the 15th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Yet, I agree that there are significant environmental challenges that we are already facing now, both at the regional and national level within the EU on the hand as well as globally. We must remember that biodiversity is paramount if we want to ensure effective food production, healthy environment as well as sustainable development. In order to meet the biodiversity objectives, the EU needs to allocate appropriate and sufficient financing. That is why nature protection needs to be among the key priorities within the context of the European Green Deal while measures relating to climate proofing need to be part of the next multi-annual financial framework. However, I could not support the report in its entirety because we must refrain from blanket bans of techniques that are helping to put food on our tables already now. Similarly, we do need research of promising technologies that can offer viable solutions for the future.