Plenary focus - June

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  • Anja Hazekamp
    Anja Hazekamp
    Debate: Wednesday

    Debate with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte

    When taking office last year, Rutte’s government presented itself as ‘the greenest government ever’. However, this very same government is thwarting all kinds of measures meant to protect public health, animals and the environment. It opposed an EU ban on glyphosate, measures against overfishing, and keeps on derogating from rules meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Rutte’s government should first start working towards a green future for the Netherlands and Europe before it can qualify to become environmentally friendly again.

  • Chris MacManus
    Chris MacManus
    Debate: Monday
    Vote: Tuesday

    Clearing obligation, reporting requirements, risk-mitigation techniques and trade repo

    Derivatives were at the heart of the global financial crisis. The European Market Infrastructure Regulation, enacted in 2012, aimed to address systemic risks posed by derivatives in the wake of the crisis. Now the Commission and major political groups want to unpick some of these regulations. This proposal will make our financial system less secure and more vulnerable to a future crisis.

  • Helmut Scholz
    Helmut Scholz
    Debate: Tuesday
    Vote: Wednesday

    Further macro-financial assistance to Ukraine

    Granting micro-financial assistance (MFA) to Ukraine under a fast track procedure is a very expensive act of campaigning for the Poroshenko government. But for the first time this financial aid comes with social policy conditions attached. On the initiative of my group, the Council and the Commission had to guarantee in writing and ahead of time that the disbursement of the MFA would not jeopardize social cohesion in Ukrainian society. In addition to economic and fiscal requirements, for the first time poverty reduction became a goal. The Commission will have to report on the social impact of its policies.