EU elections: ICAN urges MEPs to join the ICAN Parliamentary Pledge

May 21, 2019

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As EU elections approach, arms control on nuclear weapons is unravelling, giving way to a new arms race amid escalating nuclear rhetoric. ICAN has asked all European Parliament candidates to support ICAN’s parliamentary pledge in support of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons adopted in 2017. More than 1,000 members of national parliaments across the EU have already joined.

Candidates: Sign the ICAN Parliamentary Pledge here

See which candidates have taken the pledge

Europeans go to the polls on 23 – 26 May to elect the new European Parliament for a five-year legislative term. The elections take place against take the backdrop of heightened concerns over European security. The recent collapse of the INF Treaty, the US withdrawal from the Iran-Deal and the new nuclear arms race have made nuclear weapons one of the main security threats facing Europe.

In August, the INF Treaty will formally end, leaving previously banned medium-range missiles – missiles meant for obliterating European cities – legal for the US and Russia to deploy.

While the EU Parliament’s focus is on economic integration, it has taken on a stronger role in foreign policy, too, in efforts to integrate defence cooperation and a recent push to take some foreign policy decisions by majority voting among EU states. Already in the past, where the other EU institutions are deadlocked, the Parliament mustered a broad majority in favour of the negotiation and adoption of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in October 2016, calling on all EU Member States to support and sign the treaty, a position the house has repeated in further resolutions since.

Ahead of the EU election, ICAN is urging candidates to sign the ICAN Parliamentary Pledge, committing to address the renewed threat of nuclear weapons through supporting multilateral disarmament and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

It is of utmost importance, in this EU election, to make it clear that the European values of human rights and multilateralism cannot be reconciled with weapons of mass destruction. EU States have a responsibility to protect citizens and make sure that weapons of mass destructions are not threatened, or used, to indiscriminantly harm civilians.

Members of the European Parliament can play a key role in raising awareness around the grave humanitarian consequences and risks of nuclear weapons, and can take measures to put the TPNW on the political agenda at both the EU and national levels.

Within the first 24 hours of launching this campaign, over 100 candidates for the European Parliament signed ICAN’s Parliamentary Pledge. ICAN urges all candidates to commit to protecting this continent by working to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons, and will encourage our activists in European countries to vote for candidates that are committed to supporting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Candidates: Sign the ICAN Parliamentary Pledge here

+ Click here to see which MEP candidates have taken the Pledge

Claudia Gamon – Austria – NEOS

Elmar Stellnberger – Austria – Greens

Wim Borremans – Belgium – Groen

Christophe Calis – Belgium – Volt Europa

Tine Soens – Belgium – Sp.A

Paola Travella – Belgium – Groen

Jorge Luyts – Belgium – Groen

Bart Staes – Belgium – Groen

Kathleen Van Brempt – Belgium – Socialistische Partij.Anders

Marcela Valkova – Belgium – Volt Europa

Catherine Verfaillie – Belgium – Groen

Oona Wyns – Belgium – Sp.A

Mirela Holy – Croatia – Socijaldemokratska partija Hrvatske

Zorislav Antun Petrović – Croatia – OraH – Održivi razvoj Hrvatske

Chrysanthos Georgiou – Cyprus – Progressive Party of Working People – Left – New Forces

Giorgios Koukoumas – Cyprus – Progressive Party of Working People – Left – New Forces

Costas MAVRIDES – Cyprus – Democratic Party

Marina Nicolaou – Cyprus – Progressive Party of Working People – Left – New Forces

Neoklis Sylikiotis – Cyprus – Progressive Party of Working People – Left – New Forces

Charalampos Theopemptou – Cyprus – Cyprus Green Party

Lukáš Lev Červinka – Czechia – Česká pirátská strana

František Kopřiva – Czechia – Czech Pirate Party (Česká pirátská strana)

Margrete Auken – Denmark – Socialistisk Folkeparti

Kirstine Bille – Denmark – Socialistisk Folkeparti

Lave K. Broch – Denmark – Folkebevægelsen mod EU (People’s Movement against the EU)

Rikke Lauritsen – Denmark – Socialistisk Folkeparti

Karen Melchior – Denmark – Det Radikale Venstre

Kira Marie Peter-Hansen – Denmark – Socialistisk Folkeparti

Mette Poulsen – Denmark – Socialdemokratiet

Troels Stru Schmidt – Denmark – Socialistisk Folkeparti

Jakob Thiemann – Denmark – Socialdemokratiet

Nikolaj Villumsen – Denmark – Enhedslisten (Ø)

Kätlin Kuldmaa – Estonia – Isamaa

Katju Aro – Finland – Click to edit

Roni Kantola – Finland – Piraattipuolue

Tomi Kontkanen – Finland – Social Democratic Party of Finland

Sirpa Pietikäinen – Finland – Kansallinen Kokoomus

Jaana Ylitalo – Finland – Suomen Sosialidemokraattinen Puolue/Finlands Socialdemokratiska Parti

François Alfonsi – France – Europe Ecologie

Sophie Bussiere – France – Europe Ecologie

Pascal Clouaire- France – EELV

Guillaume Cros – France – Europe Ecologie Les Verts

João Cuncha – France – France for Génération.s / European Spring

Karima Delli – France – Europe Ecologie

Grégory Doucet – France – Europe Ecologie

Karin Fischer – France – La France Insoumise

Julie Garnier – France – LA FRANCE INSOUMISE

Yannick Jadot – France – Europe Ecologie

Lydie Massard – France – Europe Ecologie

Longeon Olivier – France – Europe Ecologie

Nelson Palis-Niermann – France – Europe Ecologie Les Verts

Michèle Rivasi – France – Europe Ecologie

Marine Tondelier – France – Europe Ecologie Les Verts

Ghislain WYSOCISNKI – France – Alliance écologiste indépendante – Europe Ecologie – Yannick JADOT’s liste

Rasmus Andresen – Germany – Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

Karl-Heinz Blenk – Germany – Bündnis Grundeinkommen

Gabriele Bischoff – Germany – SPD

Patrick Breyer – Germany – Piratenpartei Deutschland

Klaus Buchner – Germany – Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei

Reinhard Bütikofer – Germany – Bündnis 90/die Grünen

Martin Buschmann – Germany – Die Tierschutzpartei

Anna Cavazzini – Germany – Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

Özlem Demirel – Germany – Die Linke

Cornelia Ernst – Germany – Die Linke

Ismail Ertug, – Germany – SPD

Malte Fiedler – Germany – DIE LINKE

Kathrin Flach Gomez – Germany – Die Linke

Knut Fleckenstein – Germany – SPD

Daniel Freund – Germany – Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

Evelyn Gebhard – Germany – SPD

Sven Giegold – Germany – Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

Henrike Hahn – Germany – Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

Martin Häusling – Germany – Greens

Claudia Haydt – Germany – Die LINKE

Jonny Hofer – Germany – Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei

Evelyn Gebhard – Germany -  SPD

Sven Giegold – Germany – Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

Petra Kammerevert – Germany – Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschland SPD

Dietmar Köster – Germany -  MEP, SPD

Tim-Oliver Kray – Germany – Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei

Sergey Lagodinsky – Germany – Greens

Bernd Lange – Germany -  SPD

Katrin Langensiepen  – Germany – Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

Jo Leinen – Germany -  SPD

Arne Lietz – Germany -  SPD

Erik Marquardt – Germany – Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

Martina Michels – Germany -  Die Linke

Sahra Mirow – Germany – DIE LINKE

Claudius Moseler, Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei

Hannah Neumann, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

Norbert Neuser – Germany -  SPD

Maria Noichl – Germany -  SPD

Jutta Paulus – Germany – Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

Terry Reintke – Germany – Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

Manuela Ripa – Germany – ÖDP

Kurt Rieder – Germany – ÖDP

Marcus Scheuren  – Germany – FDP

Martin Schirdewan – Germany – DIE LINKE

Helmut Scholz – Germany -  Die Linke

Joachim Schuster – Germany -  SPD

David Schwarzendahl – Germany – DIE LINKE.

Björn Semrau – Germany – Piratenpartei Deutschland

Birgit Sippel – Germany -  SPD

Lisa Stemmer – Germany – Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei

Stefan Vardopoulos – Germany – Demokratie in Europa – Diem25

Maja Wallstein – Germany – SPD

Martina Werner  – Germany

Kerstin Westphal – Germany – SPD

Niklas Willma – Germany – SPD

Tiemo Wölken  – Germany

Hellen Wullenweber – Germany – Volt

Υοrgos Dimakopoulos – Greece – The River

Aimilia Drougas – Greece – Ecologist Greens

Erik Miltiadis Edman – Greece – MeRA25

Maria Kakavela – Greece – The River

George Kounanis – Greece – Ecologist Greens

Antonis Sigalas – Greece – Popular Unity

Csaba dr. Czeglédy – Hungary – Demokratikus Koalíció

Dominik Réger-Dallos – Hungary – Demokratikus Koalíció

Peter Casey – Ireland – Independant

Fidelma Healy Eames – Ireland – Independent

Saoirse McHugh – Ireland – Green Party

Ciaran Cuffe – Ireland – Greens

Isabella Adinolfi – Italy – M5S

Laura Agea – Italy – M5S

Tiziana Beghin – Italy – M5S

Emma Bonino – Italy – +Europa

Mercedes Bresso – Italy – PD

Caterina Ceronni – Italy – PD

Stefano Ciccone – Italy – La Sinistra

Giuseppe Civati – Italy – Lista Possibile

Rosa D’Amato – Italy – M5S

Eleonora Evi – Italy – M5S

Enrico Farina – Italy – M5S

DOMENICO FINIGUERRA – Italy – Europa VERDE – European Green Party

Piero Graglia – Italy – Partito democratico

Laura Puppato – Italy – Partito Democratico

Gary Diderich – Luxembourg – déi Lénk

Fiona Godfrey – Luxembourg – Volt Europa

Mara Martins – Luxembourg – déi Lénk

Carole Thoma – Luxembourg – déi Lénk – European Left

Elisha Winckel – Luxembourg – Parti ouvrier socialiste luxembourgeois

Arnold Cassola – Malta – Independent Green

Felix Galea Busuttil – Malta – Partit Laburista, Malta

Alexander Pisani – Malta – Partit Laburista

Fleur Vella – Malta – Labour

Petra De Sutter – Netherlands – Groen Links

Mohammed Chahim – Netherlands – Partij van de Arbeid

Fenna Feenstra – Netherlands – SP

Arnout Hoekstra – Netherlands – Socialistische Partij

Herlinde Vanhooydonck – Netherlands – Groen Links

Magdalena Popowska – Poland – Zieloni

Alexandre Abreu – Portugal – Bloco de Esquerda

Artur Alfama – Portugal – Pessoas – Animais – Natureza

Cláudia Braga – Portugal – Bloco de Esquerda

Rui Ferrão – Portugal – Bloco de Esquerda

João FERREIRA – Portugal – Coligação Democrática Unitária

Cristina Guedes – Portugal – Bloco de Esquerda

Filipe Honório – Portugal – LIVRE

Marisa Matias – Portugal – Bloco de Esquerda

Pedro Oliveira – Portugal – Bloco de Esquerda

Lúcia Pereira da Cunha – Portugal – Bloco de Esquerda

Filipa Pinto – Portugal – LIVRE

Jorge Ribeiro – Portugal – Pessoas – Animais – Natureza

Milan Brglez – Slovenia – Socialni demokrati

Lovro Centrih – Slovenia – Levica

Domen Savič – Slovenia – Povežimo se

Urška Zgojznik – Slovenia – Povežimo se

Ernest Urtasun – Spain – Catalunya en Comú

Jaime Gomez – Sweden – Feministiskt initiativ

Stina Svensson – Sweden – Feministiskt initiativ

Jannie Visscher – Sweden – Socialist Party

Chas Booth – UK – Scottish Greens

Maggie Chapman – UK – Scottish Greens

Rachel Collinson – UK – Greens

Carla Denyer – UK – Green Party of England and Wales

Jill Evans – UK – Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales

Margaret Ferrier – UK – Scottish National Party

Jude Kirton-Darling – UK – Labour

Aileen McLeod – UK – Scottish National Party

Molly Scott Cato – UK – Greens

Lorna Slater – UK – Scottish Greens

Alyn Smith – UK – Scottish National Party

Laura Wilson – UK – SNP

Or click here to view the full list of current MPs, MEPs and elected legislators around the world that support the TPNW



  • aiweiwei

    “Let’s act up! Ban nuclear weapons completely and unconditionally.”

    Ai Weiwei Artist and activist

  • sheen

    “If Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, they would be part of ICAN.”

    Martin Sheen Actor and activist

  • bankimoon

    “I salute ICAN for working with such commitment and creativity.”

    Ban Ki-moon Former UN chief

  • yokoono

    “We can do it together. With your help, our voice will be made still stronger. Imagine peace.”

    Yoko Ono Artist

  • jodywilliams

    “Governments say a nuclear weapons ban is unlikely. Don’t believe it. They said the same about a mine ban treaty.”

    Jody Williams Nobel laureate

  • desmondtutu

    “With your support, we can take ICAN its full distance – all the way to zero nuclear weapons.”

    Desmond Tutu Nobel laureate

  • herbiehancock

    “Because I cannot tolerate these appalling weapons, I whole-heartedly support ICAN.”

    Herbie Hancock Jazz musician

  • dalailama

    “I can imagine a world without nuclear weapons, and I support ICAN.”

    Dalai Lama Nobel laureate