Plenary focus - May

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  • João Pimenta Lopes
    João Pimenta Lopes
    Debate: Monday
    Vote: Tuesday

    Women’s rights in Balkan accession countries

    I believe that it is not enough just to have legislation on gender equality. I understand that economic development and a fair redistribution of wealth are fundamental so that gender equality becomes a reality in the Balkan accession countries.

  • Jürgen Klute
    Jürgen Klute
    Debate: Tuesday

    Banking supervision

    Over the years, Parliament has been pushing for a common oversight of financial institutions in the EU. While governments have tried to avoid and minimize any effective supervision at European level, they changed their minds in 2012, due to the pressure of the crisis. The results of the negotiations to be voted this week leaves several questions open: a number of non-eurozone countries will not participate, so supervision will not cover the whole single market. Questions regarding parliamentary control over supervision that will mainly be exercised by the ECB also remain open.

  • Thomas Händel
    Thomas Händel
    Debate: Tuesday
    Vote: Tuesday

    Tax fraud and tax havens

    Even if this report remains an opinion by the European Parliament, it is a strong signal and a real step forward. Ahead of the upcoming Council on May 22nd, the Parliament drafted strong measures to tackle tax fraud and fight tax havens worldwide. One trillion of lost money for member states and the EU cannot be considered as a peccadillo anymore. In times of crisis and austerity, quick, coordinated and effective reaction from the Council and Commission is necessary.

  • Helmut Scholz
    Helmut Scholz
    Debate: Wednesday
    Vote: Thursday

    EU-US Trade Agreement Negotiations

    The Commission demands a mandate from the EU Council for free trade and investment negotiations with the United States - without any red lines. Will MEPs comply with this? Plenary will vote on a resolution that ignores all the legitimate and existing concerns by EU citizens. My group is putting forward demands for transparency for an open and inclusive debate in society on what this Treaty will mean for GMOs and hormone use in agriculture, for data protection and internet freedom, for maintaining public services and defending cultural diversity in Europe and for social, wage and environmental standards on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond.

  • Gabi Zimmer
    Gabi Zimmer
    Debate: Tuesday

    European Council

    Tax evasion and tax fraud harm democratic societies in economic and social terms. We support measures to combat tax evasion and tax havens so that the beneficiaries of the crisis will contribute to its costs. The internal energy market strategy can be of benefit to large energy companies and consumers will be faced with additional charges. With increasing energy poverty, against which there is no adequate protection, this path is not sustainable. Energy must remain affordable.