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Lates news and information from the European Parliament.

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.

MEPs move to ban use of phosphates in kebabs
The European Parliament could veto a Commission proposal to allow phosphates in kebab meat, following serious concerns over a potential link between phosphates used as food additives and heart disease.

Euro-MPs back people-powered renewables
MEPs in committee voted Tuesday for new binding targets for energy efficiency and use of renewables, calling for recognition of the right of Europeans to produce and sell their own renewable electricity.

EU Parliament warns Poland on rule of law
Poland is at "clear risk of a serious breach" of European values, including the rule of law, enshrined in the EU Treaty, MEPs said on Wednesday, warning of possible suspension of Poland's EU voting rights.

EU Parliament gives green light to new anti-dumping rules
New EU rules will require trade partners outside the EU to meet international social and environmental standards, following a vote by Euro-MPs Wednesday to fight dumped and subsidised imports.

New rules to protect investors and EU economy from bad loans
The EU gave the final approval Thursday to new rules which mean packaged loans converted into securities will have to be made less complex and more transparent before selling them on to investors.

MEPs want EU-wide protection for whistleblowers
Whistleblowers acting in the public interest deserve proper protection and support, MEPs said Tuesday as they called for an EU-wide protection plan giving legal protection against retaliation.

MEPs demand phasing out of glyphosate weedkiller
The European Parliament voted Tuesday for immediate restrictions on the use of controversial glyphosate-based herbicides, leading to a full ban on use of the substance by December 2022.

MEPs propose ban on glyphosate herbicide by 2020
MEPs on the European Parliament's Environment Committee backed Wednesday a full ban on glyphosate-based herbicides by December 2020 and immediate restrictions on the use of the substance.

Over half of Britons see EU membership as a benefit: survey
55 per cent of British people consider EU membership to have been of benefit to the country, according to a European Parliament survey published Wednesday, with only 26 per cent seeing no benefit.

MEPs demand fair protection for posted workers
MEPs adopted new draft rules Tuesday to ensure that posted workers are better protected and fair competition for companies, with changes concerning remuneration, duration of posting and temporary agencies.