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