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Written Declarations

European Chamber

A Written Declaration in the European Parliament is similar to an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons or a Statement of Opinion in the National Assembly for Wales.


It is a tool for MEPs to launch or re-launch the debate on a matter falling within the European Union’s scope of activities.  It consists of a text of less than 200 words which is a policy statement put before the Parliament for signature.  If other MEPs agree with the statement, they can sign up. 


For a Written Declaration to become the official position of the Parliament, more than half of all MEPs (currently 393) have to sign.  Normally a Declaration will attract less than the required number of signatories and lapse within three months.  However, it is a very useful way to raise the profile of an issue within the Parliament, the public and the media.


Derek has signed up to the recent Written Declarations listed below: 

 

Voluntary System of labelling in Braille format on the packaging of industrial products

 

Establishing European statutes for mutual societies, associations and foundations

 

Heavy goods vehicle collisions

 

Increased co-ordination of cancer research in the European Union

 

Camp Ashraf

 

Strengthening the European Union ban on shark finning

 

Fighting colorectal cancerin the European Union


Transportation of horses for slaughter in the European Union


UNITAID HIV patent pool


Protection of social rights when fighting against the economic crisis


Fight against breast cancer in the European Union


Establishing a European Year of Combating Violence Against Women


Setting up a European early warning system for paedophiles and sex offenders


EU Homelessness Strategy


Increased European Union support for grassroots sport

 

 

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