GUE/NGL

Plenary focus - March

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  • Malin Björk
    Malin Björk
    Debate: Monday
    Vote: Tuesday

    Gender equality in EU trade agreements

    This report was widely supported by the committees and highlights the fact that EU trade policy hasn’t given gender equality and women’s rights enough consideration - if at all. That needs to change. Our report outlines a concrete plan and sends a clear message to the Commission to both step up its efforts and reformulate its policy in redressing the shortfall.

  • João Ferreira
    João Ferreira
    Debate: Wednesday
    Vote: Thursday

    EU-Comoros fisheries agreement

    In 30 years of fisheries agreements with the EU, it’s astonishing how few improvements have been made in the Comoros’s monitoring capacity or scientific and technical training for fishermen and observers. We therefore demand that the EU continues to promote technical transfers that will enable the Comoros to develop its fisheries sector and its sovereignty.

  • Younous Omarjee
    Younous Omarjee
    Debate: Tuesday
    Vote: Wednesday

    The EU’s long-term budget

    At the moment, austerity logic continues to feed negotiations on the future multiannual financial framework 2021-2028. They are resorting to ever more imaginative slogans to hide real budget cuts, for example: “do more with less”, “spend better”, “smart budgetary savings”.... A reworking of the European Union is what is needed - not its budgetary priorities. We do not accept any proposals that sacrifice cohesion policy.

  • Matt Carthy
    Matt Carthy
    Debate: Wednesday
    Vote: Thursday

    Common Corporate Tax Base

    I can’t support this proposal. Member states are being asked to transfer further economic powers to the Commission in exchange for the promise that this new system will end the ability of multinationals to shift profits. But major shortcomings in the proposal mean this goal will not be achieved, and profit-shifting outside the EU is not addressed at all.

  • Martin Schirdewan
    Martin Schirdewan
    Debate: Wednesday
    Vote: Thursday

    Common Corporate Tax Base

    Unitary taxation can be a suitable means to combat tax dumping by multinationals. Unfortunately, the CCCTB puts more emphasis on catering to the needs of said multinationals than curbing their tax tricks. The absence of a high but effective minimum corporate tax rate could actually lead to an escalation in the race to the bottom for tax rates. This cannot be allowed to happen.