Klaus-Heiner Lehne, a German MEP, has been a key champion: he got all key MEPs to agree on a set of rules which will truly increase transparency and help the fight against poverty. Mr. Lehne also got his fellow European People’s Party MEPs to support the rules, making them champions as well. As the lead on one of the proposed laws, Mr. Lehne now has a crucial role to play. He will soon enter into negotiations with the EU Member States to decide the final law, and it will be up to him to get them to take on equally strong rules.
Arlene McCarthy, a British MEP, has been truly instrumental in getting strong transparency rules up for vote. She also got most other MEPs in her political group (the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats) to vote for these rules, making her a real champion in the fight against poverty. As the lead on one of the proposed laws, Ms McCarthy will continue to play a key role: the European Parliament must now convince the European Member States to take on these strong rules in the final law.
Cecilia Wikström, a Swedish MEP, has fought to make sure crucial details of the rules were as strong as possible, and got most of her colleagues from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe to vote them in. This makes her a champion in the fight against poverty.
Sajjad Karim, a British MEP, abstained from the amendment on strong transparency measures. However he voted in favour of adopting the overall report on this proposed law. We will be asking Mr. Karim why he was unable to support the strong measures on transparency for oil, gas and mining companies which could help millions lift themselves out of poverty. We are glad he supported the overall report.
Eva Lichtenberger, an Austrian MEP, championed the fight against poverty by pushing for the strongest possible transparency rules and getting most of her colleagues from The Greens to vote in favour of them.
Last month over 8,000 ONE members sent a personal message to a key group of six MEPs (Members of the European Parliament). They urged these MEPs to be champions in the fight against extreme poverty by voting to strengthen proposed EU transparency laws. Strong laws would help African citizens spot corruption from the sale of natural resource and ensure money is spent on vital services like schools, roads and hospitals. Importantly, our members also told these MEPs they would be watching how they voted.
ONE was there to monitor how six key MEPs voted on amendments to strengthen the draft law. The six were responsible for suggesting how MEPs on the committee from the same political group voted.
ONE was there to monitor today's vote and here is how they did:
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