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Lates news and information from the European Parliament.

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.

MEPs seek to deny entry to unregistered lobbyists
EU lobbyists looking to influence legislation should be required to sign the EU's transparency register before being allowed to enter the European Parliament, MEPs in committee said on Tuesday.

MEPs vote to stop trade in minerals financing armed conflicts
The EU Parliament approved Thursday new rules to ensure that minerals used by European industries are sourced responsibly, diverting revenues away from rebel groups, conflict, and terror.

Euro-MPs greenlight shareholder 'say on pay'
The European Parliament gave its green light Tuesday to a revised EU shareholders' rights directive, giving shareholders a say on directors’ pay and making it easier for firms to identify their shareholders.

UK must obey free movement laws till Brexit, say MEPs
Until the United Kingdom leaves the EU, it will have to obey EU laws on free movement, the European Parliament made clear in a plenary debate with the European Commission on Wednesday.

EU debates options for the future of Europe
President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker presented a White Paper to the European Parliament Wednesday outlining five possible paths for the EU to take in the coming years post-Brexit.

MEPs back reform of EU carbon trading scheme
The EU Parliament approved plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions through the EU carbon market Wednesday, aiming to fulfil EU obligations under the Paris climate change agreement.

EU Parliament gives green light to trade deal with Canada
The European Parliament gave its approval to the landmark EU-Canada free trade deal Wednesday, with the possibility that it could apply provisionally from as early as this April.

Dieselgate: MEPs tighten EU car 'type approval' rules
The EU Parliament's Internal Market committee amended EU car 'type approval' rules Thursday, in a drive to prevent a recurrence of the VW emissions scandal and make environmental and safety testing more independent.

Recycling target should be 70 pct, say Euro-MPs
70 per cent of waste should be recycled by 2030 - from 44% today - a European Parliament committee said Tuesday, with landfill, which has a big environmental impact, being limited to 5 per cent.

MEPs reject weak Commission money-laundering blacklist
MEPs voted Thursday to reject the EU Commission's blacklist of countries deemed to be at risk of money laundering and terrorist financing, saying the list was too limited, and should be expanded.

European Parliament elects Tajani as its new president
Euro-MPs elected Antonio Tajani, an Italian member of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), as their new president on Tuesday, to succeed Martin Schulz.

MEPs call for code of ethics for robots
MEPs called Thursday for EU-wide rules for the fast-evolving field of robotics, to settle issues such as compliance with ethical standards and liability for accidents involving driverless cars.

MEPs call for protection for whistleblowers
A committee of the European Parliament called on the Commission Monday to urgently propose an "effective and comprehensive European whistleblower protection programme".

Euro-MPs back new rules to boost rail travel
Public contracts to supply domestic passenger rail services in EU Member States will normally have to be put out to tender under new rules backed by the European Parliament on Wednesday.

MEPs back cross-border portability for films
MEPs gave their backing Tuesday to cross-border portability of online music, games, films and sporting events, allowing travellers to enjoy subscriber content while abroad in another EU Member State.

Roaming: MEPs vote to cap network wholesale prices
The end to mobile roaming charges came a step closer Tuesday when Members of the European Parliament voted to cap the wholesale prices telecoms operators charge each other for using their networks.

Euro-MPs urge bolder action to end illegal wildlife trade
The European Parliament called Thursday for a full and immediate EU-wide ban on ivory and rhinoceros horn trade, and common sanctions at EU level against wildlife trafficking.

EU Parliament calls for freeze on Turkey membership talks
The European Parliament called Thursday for a temporary freeze on EU accession talks with Turkey until "disproportionate repressive measures" under the country's state of emergency are lifted.

EU imposes due diligence on conflict minerals
The EU agreed a draft regulation on 'conflict minerals' Tuesday with the aim of stopping the financing of armed groups and human rights abuses through trade in minerals from conflict areas.

Drones: new EU rules to ensure safety and privacy
The European Parliament's transport committee approved changes to EU aviation safety rules on 10 November which would also include basic safety measures for drones.

MEPs call on Turkey to free journalists
The European Parliament called on Turkish authorities in a resolution adopted on Thursday to free journalists being held "without compelling evidence of criminal activity".

MEPs call for limit on trans fats in food
The European Parliament voted Wednesday for mandatory limits on industrially-produced trans fats, which may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, infertility, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and obesity.

MEPs call for common EU defence policy
The EU should tackle Europe's deteriorating security by helping its armed forces to work together better, as a first step towards a common defence policy, MEPs on the foreign affairs committee said Monday.

Car emissions: Fiat Chrysler grilled on 'defeat devices'
MEPs on the European Parliament's car emissions inquiry grilled Fiat Chrysler's Chief Technical Officer on possible 'defeat devices' in Fiat diesel engines Monday and the gap between emission values in the lab and real driving conditions.