Explanation of Votes- Strasbourg, May 2016

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New territorial development tools in cohesion policy 2014-2020 Report:  Ruža Tomašić (A8-0032/2016)

I voted in favour of this report. New EU regional policy tools have the potential to give communities a bigger say in what happens in their local area and in how EU regional development funds are spent. However, if they are to succeed, then clearer guidance and less red tape are a must, I therefore welcome calls for further clarity, guidance and support in relation to territorial development tools and for simplification across ESI funds.

Cohesion policy in mountainous regions of the EU Report:  Iliana Iotova (A8-0074/2016)

I am pleased to support this report, I welcome genuine efforts to join-up EU policy making, to make it more effective and to reveal the economic potential of regions' with special characteristics.

Explanation of Votes: 11th May 2016

Motions for resolutions - Acceleration of implementation of cohesion policy B8-0562/2016

Cutting red tape and ensuring added value in EU programmes is key to ensuring that taxpayers' money is well spent, I therefore welcome this broad call for better regulation and simplification across all of the EU's regional development funds and I voted in favour of the resolution.

Explanation of Votes: 12th May 2016

China's market economy status Motions for resolutions RC-B8-0607/2016

I voted in favour of this joint motion for a resolution, which stresses that the five criteria established by the EU to define market economies have not yet been fulfilled by China and until China meets all these criteria, the EU should use a non-standard methodology in anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations into Chinese imports in determining price comparability.

China's overcapacity has impacted hard on our industries in recent months and has had a particularly detrimental impact on the steel industry in my constituency, it is therefore vital that the EU retains the full and continued ability to take timely, necessary and effective measures to tackle anti-competitive market practices.

Mandatory automatic exchange of information in the field of taxation Report:  Dariusz Rosati (A8-0157/2016)

I and the ECR group voted in favour of the recent revision of the Administrative Cooperation Directive (DAC 4).

The DAC4 covers all the necessary procedures for better cooperation between tax administrations in the European Union - such as exchanges of information on request; spontaneous exchanges; automatic exchanges; participation in administrative enquiries; simultaneous controls; and notifications to each other of tax decisions. It also provided for the necessary practical tools, such as a secure electronic system for the information exchange.

This will ensure that tax authorities have the necessary information to act in a coordinated manner to fight against tax fraud and tax evasion.

This Directive must be treated separately to the recently released proposal by the Commission on the Accounting Directive that introduces country by country reporting by large multinational entities to the public.

The contents of the DAC4 and the level of granularity in the exchanges of information has been agreed internationally, therefore I do not support the amendments that have deviated from this international agreement, which would attempt to implement public country by country reporting via tax authorities instead of directly by the companies concerned.