zondag 27 januari 2019
Debate 2: LIBE
The next debate of the day is LIBE. Ines reads out the OC's and Bilgi continues by delivering the defence speech. He starts out by describing the current situation in Poland. He then goes on by saying that Polands course is shocking, as they were one of the EU's most promising democracies. He mentions that human rights are being violated and that the EU should take action. Donna from ECON delivers the first attack speech. The starts out by stating her disagreement with OC 4. She suggests that a 75% majority should be implemented. She then notes that right-winged parties are elected democratically. Ramsus from AFCO delivers the second attack speech. Ramsus, too, expresses that he does not think OC 4 is effective, or even desirable. He also mentions that sanctions will only give rise to more euroscepticism. Lola makes the first point, saying that prevention is more important than punishment. Lily from IMCO then says that changing EU law for one article is inconvenient. A next point is made by Myrthe, who says that sanctions punish millions of innocent people. Veerle from INTA is next to make a point. She mentions that new punishments will not work, as countries like Poland have complete disregard for the EU's punishments. Victor from EMPL also makes a point about article 7. It seems like OC 4 is a popular clause for criticism. Mette takes on a different subject, saying that the resolution does not address Hungary sufficiently. Pia from INTA mentions that countries will not want to take part in open conversations if sanctions are imposed upon them. Marijn from LIBE responds to the round of open debate. The first point in the next round of open debate is made by Wies from ENVI. Thomas and Loek make the next two points. Carlotta notes that warning Poland has not been effective and that thus . Xiao-you says that sanctions will also harm the EU, causing LIBE to give a direct response. Noa, Maxime and Loek make the next few points. Loek states that he does not think that the EU is very dependant on Poland. Bibiana and Jade are the next to make points. Minou from IMCO gives a direct response. Kieran points out that punishing Poland for the violations of human rights is hypocritical, as the EU has failed to protect human rights in the immigrant crisis. He thinks the EU should look at itself first, before criticising others. Gizella responds to the round of open debate. Katia is the next to make a point, stating that withholding EU funds will make right-wing leaders less willing to cooperate. Donna makes the next point which receives a direct response from Mette from ENVI. Rutger says that he thinks citizens should be educated more about politics and the EU, as that would decrease the chance of right-leaders being elected. Esther is the next to make a point, saying that sanctions would prove right-winged parties right and could even increase euroscepticism in more liberal countries. Pien goes on by saying that punishments would greatly affect citizens that already have enough problems with their current leaders. Juliette is next to respond to the round of open debate. She says that the sanctions are a way to put pressure on governments to change their course of action and to prevent further violation of human rights. Pepijn goes back to the majority vote, advising to change the majority needed to 80%. Ijsbrand seems to agree with the proposing committee on sanctions. Bobby makes the next point, stating that punishing Poland would only cause Poland to drift off more from the EU. Nina, Pien from EMPL, Loek and Ijsbrand are the next to make their points. Lola says that sanctions would decrease the amount of people in countries with right-winged governments that do support the EU. Donna is the last person to make a point in the open round of debate. The summation speech is then delivered. Juliette starts out by saying that LIBE does not want Poland to leave the EU, but simply wants to put pressure on the Polish government, which will benefit the citizens. Marije carries on by describing the main benefits of LIBEs resolution. She ends her speech by saying that the Parliament should "vote for human rights!" Such passion on on this debate floor!