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July 20, 2011

During his second year in the European Parliament Leonidas Donskis gave his support to more than fifty written declarations submitted by his colleagues concerning topics of transport, human rights, environment, health care, agriculture and other issues.

Together with three other MEPs – R. Morkunaite-Mikuleniene, Z. Balcytis, J. Paleckis – L. Donskis submitted a written declaration concerning the safety of nuclear power plants in the EU`s neighbourhood.

This year L. Donskis approved a series of written declarations from the transport sector. The required number of signatures from the MEPs was gathered, and the written declaration became an official statement of the European Parliament. The declaration states that in order to improve road safety there is a necessity to minimise the blind zone around the trucks. L. Donskis was urged to sign the written declaration by the Lithuanian cyclists` community, which informed him that every year the number of accidents, including deaths on the road, involving heavy goods transport, pedestrians and cyclists is disproportionately high. The reason for this is the occurring obstruction on the sides and the front of the vehicle. In this way, drivers do not notice cyclists and pedestrians. New vehicle mirrors did not solve the problem, but one solution could be installing sensors and cameras on all trucks.

L. Donskis also approved the declaration on the voluntary labelling of industrial product packaging in Braille. L. Donskis was urged to sign this statement, which later collected the necessary amount of MEPs` signatures, by the Lithuanian Association of the Blind. The Association said that this law would ease the everyday lives of blind and visually impaired people. Furthermore, MEP Leonidas Donskis approved a declaration dedicated to the promotion of research on epilepsy. The Lithuanian Association of Epilepsy (LESIA) provided information that around 6 million people inside the EU have this disease; therefore further and deeper research is very much needed. Even though the signing term is not over, more than a half of MEPs have already approved it.

MEP Leonidas Donskis, working for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, also expressed his support for other Lithuanian colleagues working in different political groups. L. Donskis signed a declaration on ensuring full compliance with the EU’s criteria for the export of arms and military equipment to third countries, one of whose submitters was prof. Vytautas Landsbergis. Moreover, L. Donskis signed Justas Paleckis’ declaration on food waste and Radvile Morkunaite-Mikuleniene`s statement on the cleanup campaign in Europe and the globe ‘Let’s do it World 2012.`

L. Donskis expressed his support for a declaration on the equitable distribution of agricultural subsidies between the new and old Member States, reform of the common fisheries policy, child and juvenile protection from excessive bills for mobile phone services, medicines used for the death penalty in the third countries, also on the fight against corruption in sport, and many others.

Written declarations on various topics of life can be proposed by any of the MEPs or a group of them. If within three months from the date of proposal the written declaration receives more than a half of the MEPs` support through their signatures, it becomes the official position of the European Parliament. If this is the case, the European Parliament, other European institutions or Member States are urged to take certain actions. MEPs initiate a wide range of statements, which often are an excellent starting position with which to bring important issues to the attention of both the EU and its Member States.

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What do you think?
Which of the activities of L. Donskis at the European Parliament proved to be the most effective?
Activities in the field of human rights
Work with Eastern Partnership and post-Soviet countries
Support of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU

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