Vote on Consular protection for citizens of the Union abroad:
-extracts fromthe vote on Edith BAUER report (EPP, SK)
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 25/10/2012 First transmission: 25/10/2012
The diplomatic and consular services of all EU member states must give any EU citizen seeking help abroad the same protection that they give their own nationals, said Parliament on Thursday. MEPs are also calling for the EU delegations to have a key role in strengthening protection for EU nationals in non-EU countries.
Parliament's position on proposed new rules aimed at strengthening consular protection abroad, which is one of the key rights conferred by EU citizenship, was adopted by 596 votes to 66, with 12 abstentions.
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Strasbourg
||EP Vice President Gianni PITELLA opens the vote on BAUER report, on Consular protection for citizens of the Union abroad, he gives the floor to the rapporteur.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Edith BAUER (EPP, SK), rapporteur: Article 23 of the Lisbon Treaty on which the proposal in based provides that every citizen of the European Union shell, in a territory of third country in which the nationality of his member state is not represented, is entitled to protection by the EU diplomatic and consular authorities. The proposal covers not only everyday situations like lost of passport, becoming victim of crime, accident of even death, but also covers crisis situations where EU citizens might need help.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Edith BAUER (EPP, SK), rapporteur: "This proposal is an excellent example to show that more Europe doesn't need more bureaucracy or more Brussels. More Europe could mean also more help for EU citizen who are in need, more protection for those unrepresented citizens in third countries who find themselves in precarious or crisis related situations".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Edith BAUER (EPP, SK), rapporteur asks for a positive vote to her report. The vote is open says the Presidency. Shots from the vote.
||Digital screen with results. The resolution is adopted by 596 votes to 66, with 12 abstentions.