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Policy Coherence


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Lola Sánchez Caldentey fairest MEP of 2015-2016

Lola Sánchez Caldentey (GUE/NGL) won the ‘Fair Politician of the Year’ Award 2015-2016. Among the 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), Sánchez Caldentey paid the most attention to Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) and put the most effort into enhancing Fair Politics. She focused on themes such as TTIP, tax evasion and corporate social responsibility. 

With a total of 13 points, Lola Sánchez Caldentey continued to be the indisputable winner. Also this year, Sánchez Caldentey fiercely kept up her campaign against TTIP, asking many questions about the impact of TTIP on developing countries and the link between TTIP and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She wrote an opinion of the Committee on International Trade (INTA) on the EU 2015 Report on Policy Coherence for Development. She also wrote an opinion on social and environmental standards, human rights and corporate responsibility in which she pleads among others for more Policy Coherence for Development. Furthermore, Sánchez Caldentey tabled amendments for a global UN tax body to tackle tax evasion worldwide. 

Lola Sánchez Caldentey: ‘If all MEPs would respect the rules that the European Union has given to itself, particularly Article 208 of the TFEU, our external and trade policies would be radically different, and so will be the life of millions of people around the world. The only guidelines of my work in the Parliament are human rights and coherence, it seems so obvious to me to follow them, that sometimes I can’t believe how others can ignore them’. 

In the second place is Maria Heubuch (Greens-EFA) who worked very hard on themes such as sustainable fishing, food security and tax evasion. She wrote an opinion on the Sustainable Fishery Partnership Agreement with Liberia in where she focused on the interests of local fishermen in developing countries.

Stelios Kouloglou (GUE/NGL) ended in third place. He worked very hard on themes such as biofuels and tax evasion. He focused on the importance of spending development funds only for development objectives and openly aspirated to create a global UN tax body to tackle tax evasion.

Norbert Neuser (S&D), Cristian Dan Preda (EPP), Beatriz Basterrechea (ALDE), Ignazio Corrao (EFD) and Jan Zahradil (ECR) are the respective winners of their political groups. The S&D group was the most active in working towards fairer EU and scored a total of 31 points in the Fair Politics ranking. 

Fair Politics thanks all the winners for their efforts towards more fair politics and we encourage them to keep challenging their colleagues and the Commission to make EU policies fairer towards developing countries, to give them a fair chance to develop! 

To see this year’s score list, click here.

This article has been published: 23 June 2016. Photo: Lola Sánchez Caldentey, 2016.