First, let me state this:
So in practice, what does this mean?
It means that if necessary, political groups from opposing sides, should not play political games, and instead, should unite on issues of significance.
Indeed, 'working together' is not impossible. In the UK, we have cross party committees, (the Environment Audit Committee, for example), comprising a mixed bunch of politicians.
In July 2015, and despite the earlier EFSA conclusions on neonicotinoids, a new insecticide, Sulfoxaflor, a systemic neurotoxin, was approved by the EU.
This insecticide has been found to be effective against 'target pests' which have built up a resistence to the neonicotinoid Imidacloprid.
In the USA, the court overturned the initial approval of this pesticide earlier in the year.
On October 13th, a Member of the European Parliament, Sylivie Goddyn, attempted to secure a ban on Sulfoxaflor in the EU. You can find the relevant document here (1).
The MEP was outvoted 31 votes to 18.
So why did the ban fail?
The answer is suggested in the EU news site, Euractive:
The article suggests the Socialist parties opposed the proposal, because it came from Marine Le Pen's party.
I find this absolutely inexcusable!
Bees are NOT political pawns! Throughout my campaigning, I have actively supported any politician in any attempts to help bees, never mind the political party, and whether I like them or not!
If you had wanted to show the people that the EU works for the greater good, you should have supported the ban, M. Balas! Instead of which, M. Balas, you have proven that the EU is nothing but a playground for overpaid politicians such as yourself, to engage in political point-scoring, largely away from the direct scrutiny of the European electorate, such is the nature of the remote Brussels' beast!
As regards the statement:
"We plan to propose another amendment on sulfoxaflor
very soon. But it must be politically coherent".
I find this totally disingenuous, and merely an excuse to justify opposing the ban for political reasons! I have read the item, and saw absolutely nothing wrong with it, and certainly no reason for delaying a ban! If the other parties had any amendments to add, additional proposals could have been submitted later, instead of playing politics and time wasting.
No doubt, something will be drafted in order for the opposition parties to save face, but I shall be very interested to see if the difference is anything of substance, workable, and worthy of delaying Goddyn's amendment. UPDATE: No such update was submitted by M. Balas.
Meanwhile, time ticks by.
Bees are too important for political games, M. Balas.
As a voter, I expect MEPs to rise above childishness in order to act in the interests of the greater good. That is what tax payers expect when they pay your huge wages! Judging by the scale of opposition to neonicotinoids in France, no doubt that is what French voters are wanting too.
1. Also, see: Objection pursuant to Rule 106: Maximum residue levels for sulfoxaflor: http://www.emeeting.europarl.europa.eu/committees/agenda/201510/ENVI/ENVI%282015%291012_1/sitt-1233688
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