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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 5-9 Feb 2018

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European Medicines Agency: EP fact-finding mission to Amsterdam
ENVI | Yesterday

Parliament's President and political group leaders have decided to send a fact-finding mission to Amsterdam, to which the EMA is to be relocated after Brexit.

The delegation will visit the temporary location and the future headquarters for the EMA. MEPs want to obtain up-to-date information on the state of play of the double transfer process and ascertain that it is proceeding "as planned and with no interruption".

Bigger role for EU Investment Bank to tackle migration crisis
Plenary session | BUDG | Yesterday

MEPs have adopted legislation enabling the European Investment Bank to lend an additional €5.3 billion to projects outside the EU.

€3.7 billion of this amount will be earmarked for projects addressing migration issues.

Parliament calls for thorough assessment of bi-annual time change
Plenary session | Yesterday

MEPs call for a thorough assessment of current bi-annual time change and, if necessary, a revision of the rules, in a resolution adopted on Thursday.

Citizens' initiatives have shown that the public is concerned about the bi-annual clock change marking the beginning and end of summertime, which currently takes place the last weekend in March and October. Numerous studies have failed to reach a conclusive outcome, but indicate negative effects on human health, MEPs say. They call on the Commission to conduct a thorough assessment of the summer-time arrangements directive and, if necessary, to table a proposal to revise it.

MEPs call on Turkey to lift state of emergency
Plenary session | Yesterday

MEPs denounced hundreds of arrests by the Turkish government, carried out in an attempt to censor criticism over its military assault of Afrin, in a resolution on Thursday.

Venezuela: add government and military chiefs to EU sanctions list, urge MEPs
Plenary session | Yesterday

The EU should add Venezuela's President, his deputy and military chiefs to the EU sanctions list and recognise its elections only if free and fair, said MEPs on Thursday.

MEPs call for EU sanctions to be "extended against those mainly responsible for the increased political, social, economic and humanitarian crisis, namely the President, the Vice-President, the Minister of Defence, members of the high military command, and members of their inner circles", in a resolution approved by 480 votes to 51 with 70 abstentions.

Pesticides: Parliament approves special committee's composition
Plenary session | Yesterday

The European Parliament has adopted the composition of a special committee to look into the EU's authorisation procedure for pesticides.

The special committee is a response to concerns raised about the risk posed by the herbicide substance glyphosate. The herbicide had its marketing licence renewed by EU member states for five years in November last year.

Human rights: Russia, Egypt and Haiti
Plenary session | Yesterday

MEPs call for the immediate release of Oyub Titiev in Russia, condemn the death penalty in Egypt and urge Haiti to end child slavery.

MEPs confirm Commission blacklist of countries at risk of money laundering
Plenary session | Yesterday

Despite fierce opposition, Tunisia has been added to the European blacklist of third countries thought to be at "high risk" of money laundering and terrorist financing.

Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation
Plenary session | Yesterday

The Commission and member states must step up their efforts to help end female genital mutilation, said MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday.

'Spitzenkandidaten' process cannot be overturned, say MEPs
Plenary session | AFCO | Yesterday

Parliament is ready to reject any contender for EU Commission President who is not nominated as a "lead candidate" ahead of the 2019 EU elections.

The so-called "Spitzenkandidaten" (German for lead candidate) process, in which European political parties designate one candidate each for the post of EU Commission President, ahead of the European elections, cannot be overturned, MEPs say. This system was first used in 2014, to select current Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Parliament's report also warns that the European Parliament is ready to reject any candidate for Commission President who has not been nominated in this way.

Clean energy innovation needs a change of mind-set
Plenary session | ITRE | 06-02-2018

Boosting energy innovation requires citizens' active participation and a long-term vision on how to allocate resources, said MEPs in their vote on Tuesday.

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