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Lates news and information from the European Parliament.

Climate action tops EU's Budget priorities for 2020
EU institutions finally agreed Monday evening on the EU's budget for 2020, with climate change topping a list of priorities that focuses on growth and competitiveness, security and management of migration.

MEPs vote to close tax loopholes for online platforms
The European Parliament voted Thursday on measures specifying how large online platforms such as Amazon and Ebay are to contribute to closing existing loopholes that currently hinder the collection of VAT.

Euro-Parliament pushes for CO2 neutrality by 2050
The EU should commit to net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050 at the UN Conference and step up its emissions' reduction ambition for 2030, the European Parliament's Environment Committee said on Wednesday.

Multinationals must disclose where they pay taxes, say MEPs
The European Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday urging EU Member States to get moving on long-overdue rules which would oblige multinationals to disclose what taxes they pay in each country.

UK's extension request to be treated "with all seriousness"
Addressing the European Parliament as EU Council president for the last time, Donald Tusk told MEPs the EU would treat the UK's extension request 'with all seriousness', and is ready for every scenario.

Russian propaganda singled out as EU moves against fake news and foreign electoral interference
The threat to democracy posed by the "highly dangerous nature of Russian propaganda" was singled out by the European Parliament Thursday as it called for stronger action to counter disinformation.

MEPs give green light for first EU Chief Prosecutor
EU Parliament and Council negotiators agreed Wednesday on the appointment of Laura Codruta Kövesi, the MEPs' preferred choice to be the first head of the new EU Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Stop pretending to negotiate, Barnier tells UK
Three years after the Brexit referendum, rather than pretending to negotiate, the UK needs to come up with legally binding solutions to the backstop problem, the EU's chief negotiator said Wednesday.

MEPs confirm Ursula Von der Leyen as first female Commission President
Members of the European Parliament confirmed in a secret ballot Tuesday Ursula von der Leyen as President of the next European Commission, voted in with a narrow majority by 383 MEPs.

EU cites Russian interference in European elections
The EU Commission said Friday it had found evidence of coordinated behaviour to spread disinformation in the run-up to the recent European elections, particularly from Russian sources.

Euro-elections shake up Europe's political establishment
Europe's voters delivered a shake-up message in the European Parliament elections Monday, with strong results for the far-right in France and the Greens in Germany, as well as the Brexit party in the UK.

Europe goes to the polls
Three days of Europe-wide elections for the European Parliament got under way Thursday with voters in the Netherlands and also, finally, the United Kingdom going to the polls.The count starts Sunday.

European Election Results in 2014
The elections were held in the UK on 22 May 2014. The UK voted in 73 MEPs from its 12 constituencies. An MEP additional seat in comparison of the previous elections, as a result of the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty

European elections 2019: United Kingdom country sheet - European Parliament
Fact sheets with information on electoral rules, poll opening and closing times and candidates for the 2019 European election in the United Kingdom.

Social media needs to do more against fake accounts, says EU
The EU Commission welcomed Tuesday the commitment of Facebook, Google and Twitter to act against disinformation but said more needs to be done ahead of European elections due to take place next month.

MEPs back plans to reform EU agriculture
MEPs in committee voted Monday and Tuesday on farm policy reform plans including rules for direct payments and rural development and the common market organisation in agricultural products after 2020.

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.