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Lates news and information from the European Parliament.

MEPs back law for more energy-efficient buildings
MEPs in committee gave their backing Wednesday to a revision of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive aiming to ensure that all new buildings in the EU are as energy-efficient as possible by 2050.

MEPs put brake on pesticides plan
The European Parliament blocked an EU Commission proposal Wednesday which would have exempted some chemicals in pesticides from being identified as endocrine disruptors.

MEPs seek cheaper intra-EU phone calls
Long-distance intra-EU calls should cost the same as calling within the same country, according to a draft law approved by a European Parliament committee on Monday.

Not enough progress on Brexit: EU Parliament
There was not enough progress on withdrawal terms, particularly on citizen's rights, to start talks on the United Kingdom's future relationship with the EU, the European Parliament said on Tuesday.

MEPs call for EU-wide minimum income
Introducing minimum income schemes in all EU Member States is one of the most effective ways to lift people out of poverty, Euro-MPs on the Parliament's Employment Committee said on Thursday.

'Free wifi for Europeans' plan gains MEPs backing
A financial scheme for local wireless access points in the EU, free of charge and offered without discrimination, is on its way, following a vote by the European Parliament Tuesday.

MEPs look to shrink Euro-Parliament after Brexit
The European Parliament should be reduced from 751 to 700 MEPs, an EP committee urged Monday, with 22 British seats being re-distributed among the remaining 27 EU countries.

MEPs back plans to tackle over-fishing in the North Sea
A European Parliament committee gave its backing Wednesday to plans to tackle overfishing and offer more security to local fishermen by introducing multi-annual fishing quotas in the North Sea.

Brexit threatens UK flights to EU 27, says Ryanair boss
There could be no flights between the United Kingdom and the EU-27 immediately after Brexit, Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary warned at meeting of the European Parliament's transport committee Tuesday.

MEPs back new tax disclosure rules for multinationals
Members of the European Parliament gave their backing Wednesday to new rules to force large firms to make information about the tax bills they pay on a country-by-country basis publicly available.

Go-ahead for talks on mandatory EU lobby register
Negotiations between MEPs, the Commission and Council on a mandatory Transparency Register for EU lobbyists were given the go-ahead by European Parliament political groups Thursday.

EU Parliament backs new carbon cuts
The European Parliament gave its backing Wednesday to plans for new compulsory greenhouse gas cuts under the Paris agreement on climate change following a debate on the announced U.S. withdrawal.

Barnier urges transparency and trust in Brexit talks
Speaking to a European Parliament plenary session which underlined the EU's united approach, chief negotiator Michel Barnier called for transparency and trust in the upcoming Brexit talks with the UK.

MEPs demand EU sanctions against Hungary
The human rights situation in Hungary justifies the triggering of an 'Article 7' procedure which may result in sanctions for Hungary, the European Parliament said in a resolution adopted on Wednesday.

MEPs call for blitz on EU food waste mountain
MEPs called Tuesday for a halving of food waste in the EU by 2030, by lifting existing restrictions on food donations and eliminating confusion about 'best before' and 'use by' labels.

MEPs back lower VAT for e-books
EU citizens could pay less for e-books after plans to allow EU Member States to reduce VAT on e-publications were backed by a European Parliament committee on Wednesday.

MEPs again reject blacklist of states at risk of money laundering
The EU should have an autonomous process for judging whether countries are at high risk of money laundering, MEPs said after again rejecting in committee a country blacklist drawn up by the Commission.

MEPs call for EU rules on textile imports to curb worker exploitation
EU rules are needed to force textile and clothing suppliers to respect the rights of workers around the world, who often suffer long working hours, low wages and hazardous conditions,’ MEPs said Thursday.

Internet rules to protect children should be same as TV
Children should have the same protection whether they are watching television, a web-shared video or a web-streamed film on the Internet, a European Parliament committee urged on Tuesday.

MEPs call on EU to tackle food waste mountain
MEPs on the European Parliament's Environment committee put forward a number of possible measures Tuesday to cut the EU 88 million tonnes per year food waste by half by 2030.

EU Parliament sets out conditions for approving Brexit deal
The European Parliament, whose approval is needed for any agreement for the UK to withdraw from the EU, adopted Wednesday its key principles and conditions for doing so.

MEPs vote in safer, more traceable medical devices
The European Parliament gave its backing Wednesday to stricter rules on medical devices, to ensure that devices such as breast or hip implants are traceable and comply with EU patient safety requirements.

Clean up act on car emissions, MEPs tell EU
The European Commission and EU Member States need to act swiftly to improve car emissions tests and checks on new cars on EU roads, Euro-MPs said in recommendations voted on Tuesday.

Euro-MPs urge clampdown on EU palm oil imports
The European Parliament voted Tuesday in favour of a report calling on the EU to stop funding and contributing to deforestation, much of which is caused by agricultural expansion and the production of palm oil.

MEPs point to UK-EU association accord as way forward
While the benefits of being an EU member cannot be the same for a country which leaves, MEPs said Wednesday that an association agreement could be the way forward, so long as the UK respected EU standards.