David Martin MEP

Labour Member of the European Parliament and one of the six MEPs representing Scotland in Brussels and Strasbourg

More transparency in the European Parliament, supported by Labour

Scottish Labour MEP, David Martin, today voted for more transparency during votes at all stages in the European Parliament.

The proposals, which were approved by a majority of MEPs, will introduce roll-call votes for all final votes at both the committee and plenary level in the European Parliament.

David Martin, Labour MEP for Scotland, said:

"It is vital that we continue to consider ways in which we can improve transparency in EU decision making. These new rules will mean that MEPs will vote electronically in all final votes in committees, and all final votes at plenary and European citizens can easily look up and see how their MEPs voted on reports going through the European Parliament.

"These new proposals build on an already strong culture of transparency in the European Parliament. Currently roll-call votes are possible on all votes, but they have to be requested by one quarter of MEPs present during a vote, so not all are subject to this practice. Legislation at the European level is scrutinised by different institutions and it is important that constituents can easily follow who voted for what at all the different stages of the process."
 
David Martin MEP added:

"I welcome today's outcome, which shows that Labour MEPs, unlike some others, are proud to stand up for the policies that they are pursuing to make Europe work for its citizens."

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