Written Explanation of votes
1. Agreement on Operational and Strategic Cooperation between Denmark and Europol
UKIP MEP's have voted to abstain on this technically non-legislative report. UKIP fully respects the will of the Danish people who chose to have less involvement with Europol. UKIP do, however, oppose calls in this report to exhaust all legal possibilities to invite Denmark to be full members of Europol. This without doubt seeks to undermine the democratic will of the Danish people.
2. The EU flagship initiative on the garment sector
UKIP MEPs have voted to abstain in this non-legislative report. UKIP does not support the Commission developing a monitoring system which encompasses data collection. The EU has no right to be intervening in national state affairs. However, the report does talk about greater transparency and traceability of garments and it is calling on the Commission to make gender equality, women empowerment and children’s rights. Although the report calls on the Commission a lot it is centred around human rights and more specific children’s rights and for this reason UKIP will abstain.
3. The establishment of the Structural Reform Support Programme for the period 2017 to 2020
UKIP MEPs have voted against this legislative report. UKIP does not support the Structural Reform Support Programme that has been put in place to strengthen the capacity of Member States to design and implement growth-enhancing administrative and structural reforms. The EU has no right to be intervening in national state affairs and in addition this vanity project costs the taxpayer EUR 142 million at current prices for the programme. In addition, the EU wants to see the further harmonisation of programmes and policies throughout the Union. For these reasons, UKIP voted against this report.
4. Management of fishing fleets in the outermost regions
We opposed this non-legislative vote as it would lead to more subsidy which we see as the misuse of taxpayers’ money
5. State of play of farmland concentration in the EU: how to facilitate the access to land for farmers
We opposed this non-legislative vote as this reports is neither sound economic analysis nor good use of taxpayers’ money.
6. Regulation on financial reporting and auditing 2014-2020
This legislative vote on regulation will increase the 2014-2020 budget for the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group to 57m euros, accordingly UKIP voted against.
7. Regulation on consumer involvement in policy making in financial services
This legislative vote on regulation will increase funding by 6m euros for the period 2017-2020, accordingly UKIP voted against.
8. Annual Report on the European Investment Bank
This non-legislative non -binding report, suggests that the EIB should consider demanding more capital from shareholders.(ie more money from the UK and other Member States) and calls on the Commission and Member States to increase the budget for external lending, accordingly UKIP voted against.
9. Report on hybrid mismatches with third countries
The proposal is part of a package linked with harmonisation of taxes and the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base, accordingly UKIP voted against on this technically non-legislative report.
10. Minamata Convention on Mercury
UKIP is concerned of the adverse effects of mercury on human and animal health – in humans, mercury affects mostly the central nervous system and the kidneys. Acute inhalation, dermal exposure and chronic exposure are proved to be extremely damaging to human health. This is why UKIP abstained on this Recommendation.
11. Implementation of the Mining Waste Directive
UKIP believe that it is important to protect human health and the environment from the improper management of waste facilities that could give rise to major accidents . We believe that measures, procedures and guidance to prevent and reduce adverse effects on the environment and human health resulting from the management of extractive waste should be established by national Parliaments. This is why UKIP abstained on this none-legislative report.
12. Situation in Venezuela
UKIP abstained on this none-legislative and non-binding resolution. Whilst we are concerned at the ongoing political instability and civil unrest in the country, we cannot endorse EU action, increased involvement of the VP/HR or the sending of a Parliamentary delegation.
13. European Year of Cultural Heritage
UKIP voted against this legislative report, we oppose the use of taxpayers money for another unnecessary scheme to promote the EU.
14. EU trade mark
UKIP voted against this legislative report, as it is wishing to create harmonisation with regards to trade marks. Furthermore the original text calls for an office to be responsible for the harmonisation which will have full legal, administrative and financial autonomy