Explanation of Votes- Strasbourg, October 2015

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Virginie Rozière (A8-0259/2015) - Possible extension of geographical indication protection of the EU to non-agricultural products

I voted in favour of this report. Wales has a rich history of traditional industries and crafts, and in our agricultural sector we have already benefitted from being able to demonstrate clearly to consumers the quality of produce from Wales.

I welcome initiatives that support our traditional producers of non-agricultural goods and enable them to showcase the authenticity of their products to as many consumers as possible.

Looking beyond the adoption of this report, it is important that any future system for geographical indication for non-agricultural produce is well thought through, with careful prior evaluation and consideration given to the cost implications and the impacts for producers and consumers. We must ensure that costs and red tape for businesses are kept to a minimum.


Geier, Rubig and Vana - Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund - Germany, Belgium and Italy - BUD

I fully support measures that put in place policies that create growth and jobs. However, I do not believe that the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund is the right tool for putting in place such policies nor do I believe it is an efficient tool that offers value for money for EU taxpayers, therefore I voted against.


Caseins and caseinates intended for human consumption (A8-0042/2015)

I voted in favour of this final agreement, which provides for the Commission to repeal existing laws relating to certain lactoproteins (caseins and caseinates) and replace them with a new Directive. I broadly support the REFIT programme and support measures such as this which will level up current EU practice in food law to international WHO standards.


European small claims procedure and European order for payment procedure - (A8-0140/2015)

I was pleased to support this final agreement at the vote today; it will provide support to consumers and SMEs by ensuring they have effective redress in cross-border, small claim situations and it will simplify the process by reducing burdens in procedures and evidence taking.