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Lates news and information from the European Parliament.

States who violate rule of law could lose EU funds, say MEPs
Governments who interfere with courts or fail to tackle fraud and corruption will risk suspension of EU funds, according to a draft law endorsed by the European Parliament on Thursday.

Concern over interference in elections rises ahead of Euro-poll
Ahead of next year's European elections, a majority of EU citizens are worried that disinformation campaigns, data breaches and cyber attacks will interfere with electoral processes, according to a survey.

What Europe Does For Me
The interactive, multilingual, 'What Europe Does For Me' online website, put together by the European Parliamentary Research Service, presents hundreds of easy-to-read, one-page notes giving examples of the positive difference that the EU makes to people's lives. Users can easily find specific information about what Europe does for their region, their profession or their favourite pastime.

EU Parliament votes to upgrade rail passenger rights
Updated rules to EU rail passengers' rights should include higher compensation rates for delays and better assistance to people with reduced mobility, the EU Parliament said in a vote Thursday.

MEPs back 35 pct CO2 emissions cuts for trucks by 2030
The EU Parliament has backed plans for lorries to cut CO2 emissions by 2030, adopting a higher target (35%) than the Commission (30%) for new lorries to reduce the EU's greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

MEPs vote to cap the price of phone calls
The European Parliament approved Wednesday the EU's telecoms package that caps intra-EU calls, makes super-fast 5G networks possible by 2020 and creates alert system for emergencies.

EU Parliament, Council strike deal on accessibility
Key products and services such as smartphones, ticketing machines and banking services will have to be made more accessible to people with disabilities following a deal by Parliament and Council Thursday.

EU Parliament approves ban on single-use plastics
Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, will be banned from the EU market from 2021, under plans approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday.

MEPs back EU ban on single-use plastics from 2021
Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery or cotton buds, making up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned under plans backed Wednesday in the EU Parliament's environment committee.

Boost for joint European assessment of medicines
A new law adopted by the European Parliament on Wednesday aims to avoid duplicating national assessments to determine a medicine's added value that help EU countries decide on pricing.

MEPs look to protect farmers against unfair trading practices
New rules to protect farmers against buyers’ unfair trading practices, approved Monday by the EU Parliament's agriculture committee, have been criticised as a witch hunt against retailers and wholesalers.

MEPs cut support for Turkey by EUR 70m over EU values
MEPs on the EU Parliament's budget committee agreed Tuesday to cancel EUR 70 million in pre-accession funds earmarked for Turkey, as they say conditions to improve the rule of law were not met.

EU Parliament demands urgent action to meet 2020 goal on deforestation
The EU Parliament demanded swift action from the European Commission Tuesday to cut Europe’s footprint on the world’s forests and its impact on climate change, species loss and human rights violations.

MEPs back work-life balance reforms
The EU Parliament's Employment Committee gave its backing Wednesday to approved paternity leave, non-transferable parental leave and measures to boost women's chances in the labour market.

Le Pen must repay EUR 300,000: EU Court
Former French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen MEP must repay almost EUR 300,000 to the European Parliament, the EU's top Court confirmed Tuesday, for the employment of a parliamentary assistant.

MEP numbers reduced after 2019 euro-elections - if Brexit happens
The EU Parliament gave the green light Wednesday to a reduction in MEP numbers from 751 to 705, if the United Kingdom finally leaves the EU, leaving room for new countries that may join the EU in the future.

Highest support for the EU in 35 years: poll
Two thirds of Europeans believe their country has benefited from being a member of the EU, according to a survey - up three percentage points since the autumn. and the highest percentage since 1983.

MEPs back new rules for funding of political parties
The European Parliament in plenary Tuesday approved new rules governing the public funding for European political parties and foundations, to ensure that this is used properly and transparently.

MEPs back association agreement for future EU-UK relations
An association agreement between the EU and the UK could provide an appropriate framework for their future relationship, the European Parliament said Wednesday taking into the UK government's red lines.

MEPs call on Turkey to lift state of emergency, denounce arrests
MEPs denounced Thursday the arrests by the Turkish government as it attempts to censor criticism over its military assault of Afrin, and expressed serious concern about its humanitarian consequences.

Size of Euro-Parliament to shrink after Brexit
The European Parliament should shrink from 751 to 705 MEPs when the UK leaves the EU, whilst leaving room for possible new countries joining in the future, following a vote by MEPs on Wednesday.

EU credibility on tax avoidance undermined: MEPs
Leading MEPs hit out at EU finance ministers Thursday for removing eight countries from the EU's blacklist of tax havens, saying it will hamper the fight against tax evasion and avoidance.

MEPs demand controls on cyber-surveillance tools
EU export controls should be extended to cyber-surveillance tools to avoid human rights violations, MEPs said in a vote Wednesday, setting the Parliament's position for negotiations with EU ministers.

MEPs demand ban on pulse fishing
Members of the European Parliament voting Tuesday on new EU rules on how, where and when fish can be caught, demanded in an amendment a ban on the use of pulsed electric current for fishing.

EU legislative priorities for 2018-2019 - Joint Declaration
The leaders of the three EU institutions, European Commission, Parliament and Council signed today on 14 December 2017 the new Joint Declaration on the EU's legislative priorities for 2018-2019.