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Lates news and information from the European Parliament.

EU agrees deal on long-term budget for post-COVID recovery
The EU Parliament and Member States agreed Tuesday on Europe's long-term budget and extra funding to rebuild a post-COVID-19 Europe centred on jobs, competitiveness, and better climate protection.

Access to EU funds to be conditional on rule of law
EU countries that disrespect the rule of law will risk losing access to EU funds, under a provisional deal on 'budget conditionality' struck by the EU Parliament and Council negotiators on Thursday.

Euro-Parliament awards 2020 Sakharov Prize to Belarus opposition
The European Parliament awarded its Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought Thursday to the democratic opposition in Belarus - in a political crisis since the disputed 9 August presidential elections.

MEPs want to increase 2030 emissions reduction target to 60 pct
All EU Member States must become climate neutral by 2050, the European Parliament said Thursday in a vote on EU climate law, with MEPs calling for ambitious 2030 and 2040 emissions reduction targets.

MEPs approve EUR 6.2 bn to tackle crisis, speed up vaccine deployment
The EU Parliament gave the go-ahead to an increase in the EU budget of EUR 6.2 billion Thursday, to improve the chances of an effective and safe vaccine, and to step up COVID-19-related cohesion funding.

Poland: "overwhelming evidence" of rule of law breaches, say MEPs
After Poland's right-wing presidency retained power last weekend, an EU Parliament committee accused it Thursday of backsliding on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights.

EU extends current CAP rules until end 2022
EU farm ministers reached provisional agreement with the European Parliament Wednesday on continuing farming support under the current legal framework until the new CAP enters into force end 2022.

MEPs display unwavering support for EU position in Brexit talks
With little time left to agree the UK's future relationship with the EU, MEPs on Thursday said a deal on a level playing field and on fisheries would be needed if the European Parliament is to give its consent.

MEPs greenlight criteria for sustainable investments
Financial products that claim to be sustainable will have to prove it, following the European Parliament's green light Thursday to new rules aimed at preventing 'greenwashing' and boosting green investments.

MEPs demand data protection guarantees for fingerprint exchange with UK
The EU Council should not allow fingerprint data exchange between the UK and EU countries without guarantees on reciprocity and data protection in place, the European Parliament said on Thursday.

Euro-MPs give green light to increased water reuse
With a view to preventing water shortages in the EU, Euro-MPs approved Wednesday the Water Reuse Regulation, which defines for the first time minimum requirements at European level for reclaimed water.

MEPs call for ambitious green COVID-19 recovery plan
In a debate with Commission executive vice-president Frans Timmermans Tuesday, a committee of MEPs said the EU must remain firm on climate change and the timetable foreseen for the Climate Law.

MEPs greenlight new EU resources to fight coronavirus
The European Parliament gave its green light Friday to rapid implementation of a number of proposals for redirection of EU policy funds to address the effects of the coronavirus public health crisis.

EU offers Italy "heartfelt apology" over coronavirus
EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday expressed "a heartfelt apology" to Italy on behalf of Europe for not being at the country's side from the very beginning of the coronavirus crisis.

MEPs call for UK guarantee of 'level-playing field' after Brexit transition
The EU Parliament called Wednesday for 'dynamic alignment' of EU-UK rules after Brexit transition, and protection for the EU's most sensitive sectors, in the upcoming talks on a new EU-UK partnership.

MEPs give EU-Vietnam trade deal the green light
The European Parliament approved Wednesday the EU-Vietnam trade agreement, described as the "most modern and ambitious agreement ever concluded between the EU and a developing country".

European Parliament approves UK's Brexit deal
Britain's EU withdrawal agreement has cleared its second-to-last hurdle before entering into force, with the European Parliament's overwhelming approval clearing the way for Brexit to take place Friday.

Brexit Withdrawal Agreement passes first EU Parliament hurdle
The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement passed its first EU Parliament test Thursday, when its Constitutional Affairs Committee recommended that the Parliament plenary should approve the UK withdrawal terms.

EP green light for EU-Vietnam free trade deal
The free trade and investment protection agreements between the EU and Vietnam, approved by an EU Parliament committee Tuesday, will remove virtually all tariffs between the two parties over ten years.

MEPs back transport package to improve conditions for drivers
A European Parliament committee approved a deal Tuesday to reform the road transport sector with revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers' rest times and better enforcement of 'cabotage' rules.

MEPs call for end to lead in recycled PVC
MEPs on the European Parliament's Environment Committee objected Tuesday to a Commission proposal allowing lead in recycled PVC, citing the need to protect human health and the environment.

MEPs call for legally binding targets on biodiversity
The European Parliament called Thursday on the upcoming 2020 UN biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change.

MEPs voice concern over citizens' rights post-Brexit
Assurances on the protection of citizens' rights in the UK EU Settlement Scheme and freedom of movement were needed if MEPs are to consent to the UK Withdrawal Agreement, they said Wednesday.

ECB models need to include climate change, says Lagarde
Climate change should be included in the European Central Bank's macroeconomic models, ECB chief Christine Lagarde said Monday in her first appearance at the European Parliament in her new role.

EU Parliament declares global climate emergency
The EU must commit to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at an upcoming UN Conference, the European Parliament said Thursday as it approved a resolution declaring a climate emergency in Europe and globally.