GUE/NGL

Plenary focus - March 2019

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  • Helmut Scholz
    Helmut Scholz
    Debate: Wednesday
    Vote: Thursday

    Restarting EU-US trade negotiations

    Trump is threatening 25% punitive tariffs on European cars should the EU not agree to a trade agreement with the US. That’s blackmail! Using cars to force the Commission into accepting a deal on agriculture products is against the interests of EU citizens who had protested loudly against TTIP. We urge the Council not to give a mandate to these negotiations. Don’t reward Trump for his bullying.

  • Martina Anderson
    Martina Anderson
    Debate: Tuesday
    Vote: Wednesday

    Asylum and Migration Fund

    Having met with numerous NGOs and civil society organisations, we’ve succeeded in strengthening the protections with children’s rights and an increased role for local and regional authorities through direct provision funding and the ‘partnership principle’ article. We’ve also secured a 5% maximum cap on funding in a third country and stopping any legal entities established in third countries to be eligible for the fund. Lastly, the AMF will not allow measures for return and readmission when involving third countries.

  • Cornelia Ernst
    Cornelia Ernst
    Debate: Tuesday
    Vote: Wednesday

    Internal Security Fund

    For the next funding period, the money available under the ISF will be tripled to €2.5 billion. This will be used for more intrusive surveillance measures and databases in the EU, with interoperability being one aspect of it. The ISF will also be used to fund a new ‘intelligence culture’ and cooperation between police and intelligence services. Totally unacceptable.