15 March 2017, Importation of minerals and metals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas
While commending S&D MEP Marie Arena on her efforts and the flexibility of the Commission and Council Presidencies, David Martin welcomes the recognition that regulation on the origin of minerals and metals in electronic devices must be mandatory and that Europe is ensuring that goods are traded in a fair way that defends human rights.
20 January 2017, Situation in Burundi
In July 2015 David Martin was the EU's Chief Observer for the Presidential Election there. His conclusion was that the conditions for a fair election did not exist. Here he outlines his concerns for the people of Burundi who have not voice or protection in their own country, encouraging the EU, and Burundi's neighbours to do more.
20 January 2017, Activities of the Maltese presidency - trade matters
Speaking during debate on activities of the Maltese presidency of the EU David Martin stresses the value of further progress on China's Market Economy Status (MES) and Trade Defense Instruments (TDI) reform for defending European jobs. Regarding the expectation of an ECJ ruling on the Singapore FTA and the possibility of a 'mixed agreement' he notes further discussion between Parliament, Council and Commission would be helpful.
05 October 2016, EU trade in certain goods that could be used for torture or capital punishment
Speaking during the October 2016 plenary David Martin welcomes the strengthening of the 2005 EU anti-torture regulation as an excellent example of value-based trade on which EU trade policy should be focused. The regulation eliminates loopholes in the transit ban of these goods but must receive the full involvement of the member states in its monitoring. However, with the use of torture on the increase David stresses that we cannot be complacent about the situation we face in the current world.
11 May 2016, China's Market Economy Status and the reform of TDI
Speaking during a European Parliament debate on China's Market Economy Status (MES), David Martin calls on the Council to unlock Trade Defense Instrument (TDI) reform as soon as possible and for the Commission to come up with a proposal that supports Europe's manufacturing sector and prevents thousands of jobs from being at risk.
04 February 2016, Introduction of compatible systems for the registration of pet animals across the EU member states
Concerned at the growing illegal pet trade in Europe, David Martin MEP speaks in favour of harmonising national identification and regulation systems of pets in order to keep track their origin, age, and vaccinations and to ensure that pets are registered with a responsible person, breeder or shelter.
01 February 2016, European Parliament debate on the commercial relationship between the EU and China
As the European Parliament debates the granting of Market Economy Status (MES) to China in 2016, David Martin MEP stresses that China is not yet a market economy, the EU requires a modern, effective trade defense instrument and it is not protectionist to protect yourself from unfair competition.
09 September 2015 David Martin MEP speaking in Strasbourg prior to a vote on a resolution calling for a fresh approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
David suggests suspending the EU/Israel Association agreement, with its trade preferences, if Israel continues to refuse to halt its settlement building and commends the actions of citizens in demanding mandatory labelling on products from the occupied . See PR: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/pdfs/news/expert/infopress/20150903IPR91534/20150903IPR91534_en.pdf
David Martin speaking at the July 2015 Strasbourg Plenary session on the European Parliament's report on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
On 07 July David Martin spoke to the European Parliament on its TTIP resolution, outlining the clear demands to ratify core ILO conventions, to protect food and environment standards, to exclude all public services and to oppose private arbitration courts for investors.
David Martin speaking in a debate on the self-certification of minerals from conflict areas
During the 19 May session of the Euruopean Parliament Strasbourg Plenary, David spoke on the need for a fully mandatory scheme for due diligence on the minerals and metals originating from conflict areas and high-risk areas.
David Martin MEP speaking on the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse
At the 27 April session of the European Parliament Strasbourg Plenary, David spoke on the state of play of the Sustainability Compact with Bangladesh following the tragedy and outlined three areas still needing action: adequate compensation; the prevention of future tragedies (including Bangladesh’s responsibility for factory inspectors) and the need to strengthen trade unions; and the need for a change in the culture of the clothing industry.
European Parliament INTA Committee, 22 January 2015 on the inclusion of ISDS in TTIP
Regarding the European Commission’s recent consultation on TTIP and ISDS, David fears that the concerns of the 150,000 respondents may be disregarded by the Commission. ISDS is a mechanism that gives disproportionate rights to multi-national companies against the rights of public authorities to regulate in the public interest. It also gives foreign companies and foreign investors greater rights than domestic ones. David fears the Commission’s plan may be to tinker – to repackage, reshuffle and re-word in order to overcome fundamental flaws with ISDS. Conclusions on ISDS in TTIP must also be applied to CETA, Singapore and the ISDS mechanism. The view of the S&D group is that ISDS should be scrapped; let’s “rip it up and start again”: the Commission’s report on the consultation has not drawn the correct conclusions from the identified problems.
TTIP & ISDS_David Martin MEP speaking at INTA meeting 21/01/15
David, speaking to the European Parliament's International Trade Committee outlines the value of a good TTIP, but also importance of addressing concerns about ISDS, geographical indicators, public services and sustainable development.
September, 2014, Israel-Palestine after the Gaza war the the role of the EU
David Martin MEP considers the words of the High Representative and the planned resolution to be likely to make no difference to the situation in Gaza. Until Israel shows determination to walk down a path of peace we have to suspend the EU Association Agreement and ensure that the guidelines for EU money going into projects in occupied territories are fully implemented.
November 2014, David Martin MEP discusses the outcome of the November 2014 G20 meeting
While welcoming the Commission's investment pledge, realistically growth will depend on expanding the bi-lateral trade agenda. But not at any price. Agreements must include an emphasis on sustainable development and fair labour standards, tax transparency and strong financial regulation.
3 September 2014, David Martin expresses TTIP concerns to US Ambassador at INTA meeting
At a meeting of the European Parliament International Trade committee, David questions the visiting US Ambassador about the transparency of negotiations of the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). He stresses the importance of addressing the concerns of the unions, NGOs and the general public regarding GMOs, health services, workers' rights and the ISDS.
22 July 2014, David Martin questions the Trade Commissioner on sanctions against Israel
In light of the recent crisis in Gaza, during the International Trade Committee (INTA) meeting, David Martin questions Commissioner Karel De Gucht about the possibility of trade sanctions against Israel.
15 July 2014, David Martin MEP speaking during TTIP debate in European Parliament
27 November 2013, Questioning EU Commissioner for Trade about ISDS and NHS privatisation
In light of the EU-US trade agreement (TTIP) David Martin MEP questions EU Commissioner for Trade about the implications of ISDS and NHS privatisation.
May 2013, Speaking out on curbing the power of businesses to challenge legislation
David against the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision in upcoming trade agreements which will give foreign investors the right to sue the EU or a Member State in behind-closed-doors arbitration. Labour MEPs do not support this abuse of corporate power and are challenging right-wing governments to exclude it. Governments must be able to legislate on public health, environment and labour laws without facing a lawsuit held in secret.