Julie WARD : Pisne obrazložitve glasovanja 

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Razmere v Venezueli po nezakonitih volitvah novega predsednika in novega predsedstva nacionalne skupščine (parlamentarni državni udar) (B9-0051/2020, B9-0052/2020, B9-0053/2020, RC-B9-0048/2020, B9-0048/2020, B9-0049/2020, B9-0050/2020) EN  

I voted against this report because I do not recognise Guaido as President, and because the EPP have consistently used the complex crisis in Venezuela for political ends rather than addressing the real democratic and humanitarian issues.
It is time for a fair, free and fresh set of elections to restore faith in the political and democratic institutions in Venezuela. The UN must be at the heart of this through electoral observations in the region.
The EU also must work with allies and the Venezuelan authorities to ensure that there is a peaceful process while this is implemented. The everyday Venezuelan must be a priority to ensure that there is basic food and healthcare provisions for all.

Dejavnosti evropskega varuha človekovih pravic v letu 2018 (A9-0032/2019 - Peter Jahr) EN  

I voted for this report because under the steady hand of Emily O'Reilly, the office of the Ombudsman has shown itself to be tough, fair and highly effective, working closely with the Parliament's Petitions Committee as well as with civil society.

Evropski zeleni dogovor (RC-B9-0040/2020, B9-0040/2020, B9-0041/2020, B9-0042/2020, B9-0043/2020, B9-0044/2020, B9-0045/2020, B9-0046/2020) EN  

This report reiterates and supports the European Parliament’s resolution passed on 3 May 2018 with regard to the protection of migrant children. Sadly the House of Commons recently rejected proposals to maintain protections for child refugees in the redrafted EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill. It is a betrayal of Britain’s long-standing commitment to humanitarian support, especially to the most vulnerable. I’d like to pay tribute to Labour Lord Alf Dubs, himself a Jewish refugee, who led the campaign on this issue, and I hope the the government will follow the leadership of the House of Lords on this matter.
If this is what Global Britain looks like post-Brexit, it sends out all the wrong messages as to who we are and who we want to be as a nation. Whether in or out of the EU, we must not abandon our commitment to human rights and internationalism, and as a child rights campaigner I ask all those in positions of power to remember Alan Kurdi and all the other child refugees who died whilst we turned our backs.

Izvajanje in spremljanje določb o državljanskih pravicah v sporazumu o izstopu (B9-0031/2020) EN  

I voted in favour of this resolution because citizens rights must be protected in the Brexit process, and the EU has a duty to ensure non-discrimination. The UK government's continuing 'hostile environment' gives great cause for concern and Boris Johnson's poor record as an honest broker leave much to be desired. Voting in favour of this resolution demonstrates my ongoing support for EU27 citizens and British citizens in the EU. However, it does not mean I will vote to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement when it comes to the European Parliament's plenary session.

Stališče Evropskega parlamenta o konferenci o prihodnosti Evrope (B9-0036/2020, B9-0037/2020, B9-0038/2020) EN  

I fully support the Conference on the Future of Europe as one of the priorities of the new President of the Commission.
The European Union and all of its institutions will need to foster greater collaboration and cooperation between Member States and demonstrate leadership in its relationships with global partners in order to address these challenges over the next 4-5 years, especially on issues regarding the root causes of extremism, the scourge of tax avoidance and climate change.
As we are seeing with the tense situation in Iran and the bushfires in Australia, isolationism cannot fix these problems. If we fail to deal with and address these global issues they will eventually land on our doorstep.
Only by working together inside the Union can prosperity at home and peace abroad be achieved. In this respect, a greater focus must be given to the power of arts and creative practitioners to build bridges where fear and division exist. The Cultural Diplomacy Strategy launched in the 2014-19 legislature must be reinvigorated and placed front and centre of the Commission's work programme.
I also hope that the UK post-Brexit continues to be a close ally and a good neighbour in respect of both security and trade to the EU.

Razmere v Boliviji (RC-B9-0187/2019, B9-0187/2019, B9-0188/2019, B9-0189/2019, B9-0190/2019, B9-0191/2019, B9-0192/2019) EN  

I abstained in this vote because insufficient credit has been given to Bolivia's progress under President Morales - the indigenous and poor of Bolivia have seen their rights and their standard of living increase enormously and this should have been reflected in the text. Inequality is the greatest scourge in our world today, but taking from the rich and giving to the poor always threatens the elite: the big businesses, the large corporations and in this case American interests.

Konferenca OZN o podnebnih spremembah leta 2019 (COP25) (B9-0174/2019) EN  

I voted in favour of the European Parliament’s support of the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) because the climate emergency is the single most important issue today, with particular effects on Small Island Developing States and with far-reaching implications for future generations.

Pristop EU k Istanbulski konvenciji in drugi ukrepi za boj proti nasilju zaradi spola (B9-0224/2019, B9-0225/2019, B9-0226/2019) EN  

I voted in favour of this resolution. Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today but remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.
Violence against women is not random or anonymous. If we consider the fact that most violence is carried out by men, it is just a small step to understanding that violence against women is structural violence.
Ratifying the Istanbul Conventional would send out a signal and enshrine in law that the EU will seriously tackle violence against women.

Potekajoča pogajanja o novem partnerskem sporazumu med EU ter skupino afriških, karibskih in pacifiških držav (B9-0175/2019) EN  

I voted in favour of the renewal of the Partnership Agreement between the EU and ACP, known as the Cotonou Agreement, which was signed in 2000 and will expire in February 2020 because we must revitalise and reinforce the EU’s relations with the ACP countries. We must emphasise the importance of the parliamentary dimension of the future agreement in order to ensure democratic accountability at all levels and to promote the legitimacy and visibility of the partnership. We must also scale up the involvement of civil society and ensure any new agreement is rooted in the 2030 Agenda with a peer review mechanism for SDG implementation. The EU and the ACP are collectively a strong global voice and we can tackle shared challenges, and the new Partnership Agreement must reflect this.

Izvolitev Komisije EN  

Despite huge disappointment at the way in which the European Council manipulated the choice of Commission President, I voted in favour of the von der Leyen College of Commissioners because of the priorities given to women’s rights, the new Green Deal and the commitment to the European project and values, and to the economic and social progress of citizens. I was particularly pleased that our Socialist and Democrat candidate, Frans Timmermans, has promised to listen to the demands of young climate change activists.