Banning cluster munitions
Cluster munitions are among the most dangerous weapons for civilians because they have a very large lethal footprint and unexploded submunitions contaminate conflict regions for years.
Submunitions are often found by children or other unsuspecting civilians, causing tragic injuries. nIn 2010, Parliament adopted a first resolution supporting the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), which prohibits the use, production and stockpiling of such arms.
This was followed up in 2011 by its adoption of a second resolution reminding the Member States not to allow cluster munitions to enter the EU through the back door.
What was the Greens' position?
The Greens maintain that in the international arena the EU cannot credibly champion human rights and the protection of civilians in war zones until all its Member States have ratified the CCM.
We therefore initiated a resolution in Parliament, to step up the pressure on the EU Member States.
Did other MEPs accept the Greens' position?
The Greens succeeded in securing the support of a large majority in Parliament for our call to ban cluster munitions within the EU.
Thanks to our initiative Parliament called on all the Member States and accession candidates to ban these kinds of arms.
The second resolution consolidated this position. The only group voting in favour of cluster munitions was the ECR.
Which points did the Greens lose?
Procedure:Resolutions on topical subjects
Lead MEP:Ulrike Lunacek
Green MEP responsible:Ulrike Lunacek
Staff contact:Tobias Heider (Email)
Outcome of the vote
Below you find the results of the final vote in plenary. How did the political groups vote? What about national delegations? And what was the position of your MEP?