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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 18-22 March 2019

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Council strongly criticised over failing to act to protect EU values in Hungary
LIBE | 19-03-2019

Civil Liberties Committee MEPs condemned the Council's inaction relating to EU values in Hungary, following last September's Article 7 request by Parliament.

In the debate with the Commission's First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Political and Security Committee Permanent Representative Calin Stoica, on behalf of the Romanian Presidency, most of the Civil Liberties Committee MEPs who joined the debate expressed their frustration with the Council's lack of willingness to act to protect EU values, or cooperate with Parliament in this direction.

ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly: strengthening the partnership

MEPs and African, Caribbean and Pacific MPs discussed the future of the partnership and agreed to enhance support for education and the fight against climate change.

During the 37th session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), which took place from 18 to 20 March in Bucharest, Members of the European Parliament and their counterparts from 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries debated and adopted a series of resolutions. They intensified the discussion on the post-Cotonou framework, called for the ACP-EU parliamentary dimension to be maintained and agreed to an ambitious partnership. They also strongly supported the Global Compact for Migration and agreed to support initiatives in a number of fields, from climate change to education to the challenges linked to the rule of law.

Fairer and clearer rules on social benefits for EU mobile workers agreed
EMPL | 19-03-2019

New rules aim to ensure access to social security for EU workers who have moved to a different EU country, while fairly distributing obligations among member states.

An agreement on modernised rules to coordinate national social security systems was reached by Employment Committee negotiators and EU ministers on Tuesday. The new rules focus on facilitating labour mobility within the EU, while safeguarding workers' social rights in cross-border situations, by determining under which country's system a person is insured (i.e. paying contributions and receiving benefits).

Additionally, new provisions foster cooperation between member states, so that the necessary information is promptly shared to protect workers' access to social security and identify errors or fraud.

NGOs saving lives in the Mediterranean: MEPs take stock of the situation
LIBE | 18-03-2019

2018 Sakharov Prize finalist NGOs, which carried out rescue operations in the Mediterranean and are now prevented from operating, discussed their work with MEPs on Monday.

MEPs of the Civil Liberties committee and Human Rights Subcommittee debated the legal framework of search and rescue operations as well as the challenges faced by people working in the field with representatives of the NGOs.

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