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Lates news and information from the European Parliament.

Russian disinformation main source of fake news in Europe, say MEPs
Russia's disinformation campaigns are the main source of fake news in Europe, along with China, Iran and North Korea, MEPs said Thursday, calling on the EU to fight back against hostile propaganda.

MEPs vote to end biannual clock change in Europe
The last Sunday in March 2021 could mark the end of seasonal changes of time in the EU, following a vote Monday by the European Parliament's Transport and Tourism Committee to end biannual clock changes.

Euro tax police needed to tackle financial crime: MEPs
A special tax committee set up by the EU Parliament in the wake of the Luxleaks, Panama Papers and Paradise papers scandals adopted Wednesday a roadmap to fairer, more effective taxation and to tackling financial crimes.

EU lawmakers vote to tighten checks on unsafe products
EU lawmakers gave their approval Thursday to better enforcement of rules on products, tighter checks on the safety of goods sold in the EU, and improving the coordination of market surveillance.

European elections website
This European Parliament website details how to vote in each member state or from abroad. The website is designed to help people find all relevant information they need in one place. How to vote - Why you should vote - Get involved - How elections work - Latest news - Election results

No backstop, no consent to UK Withdrawal Agreement, say MEPs
MEPs made clear Thursday that the European Parliament would not give its consent to a UK Withdrawal Agreement which did not include the backstop-insurance against a hard border in Ireland.

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.