Explanation of Votes

European Competition Network Report

I voted in favour of this proposal because it aims at strengthening national competition authorities and the way these bodies operate. National competition authorities are essential entities for safeguarding the functioning of the single market. I agree that a certain level of harmonization in the power and responsibility of each member state’s competition authority is

Explanation of Votes

Rule of law in Romania

My position on this vote carries the previous stances I took on the assessment of potential breaches of the rule of law in the EU. Questions regarding respect for the rule of law in member states constitute a crucial issue which needs to be tackled in a transparent and fully clinical – not to say

Explanation of Votes

Fighting customs fraud and protecting EU own resources

I have abstained on this Resolution concerning the fight against customs fraud and the protection of EU own resources. Although the present text presents interesting elements, I disagree with the suggestion of transferring the responsibilities of customs authorities from national to EU level. It is undisputable that the EU and the Member States have to

Explanation of Votes

Rates of Value Added Tax

I have voted against this Report. The European Commission aims at introducing more flexibility for Member States to change the VAT rates that they apply to different products. Several Member States have indeed opted for derogations and they apply further reduced rates too that suit their national market. Further, the proposal aims at safeguarding European