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We want a Europe that works for the many, not the few


Wednesday 5 Jul 2017

This week MEPs voted on their resolution in response to the European Commission’s Work Programme 2018, and the following is a summary of the policies voted by the majority of MEPs stressing social justice, fighting tax avoidance, and sustainable actions on climate change and migration #ForTheMany #NotTheFew

In the vote on the European Commission Work Programme 2018, my political group put forward a strong resolution detailing policies to shape the future of European integration, involving social rights, climate change, regulating global trade and fighting tax avoidance.

There was no meeting of minds in the Parliament because the conservatives and liberals insisted on a weak text, ignoring citizens’ concerns about living standards, working conditions, inequalities and the environment. The right wing alliance tabled a common text, but broke down when the S&D group succeeded in amending it on migration, climate and trade.

I along with a majority of MEPs in the hemicycle voted for the following:

  • On Migration, safe and legal channels to Europe, human visas, a strengthened cooperation with third countries in order to tackle the root causes of forced migration, a deep reform of the ‘Dublin system’ and finally a relocation system that works.
  • “On trade, stressing the need to regulate fair EU trade policies to align the Sustainable Development Goals in the interest of all people.
  • On climate change, we called on the Commission to ensure that the EU maintains its leadership role in the implementation and enforcement of the Paris Agreement.

Read the full text of the S&D motion for a resolution “on the future of Europe and the strategic priorities of the Commission Work Programme 2018”

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