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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 9-12 December 2019

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Article - MEPs have modest expectations for crucial EU budget summit

Ahead of today's EU summit to decide how best to invest to meet people's expectations, Parliament's negotiators are warning not to expect substantial progress from it.


Press release - Green deal for Europe: First reactions from MEPs

MEPs convened in a plenary session to discuss with Ursula von der Leyen and Frans Timmermans the roadmap to a climate-neutral continent.


Article - Quiz: how much do you know about human rights in the EU?

Respect for human rights is key to the EU. How much do you know about them? Find out in our quiz!


Article - Sakharov Walk of Freedom

Marking International Human Rights Day on 10 December, European Parliament President David Sassoli and Sakharov Prize laureate Lorent Saleh inaugurated the Sakharov Walk of Freedom.


Press release - MFF: Commission's plan "impossible to implement" with Finnish proposal

For Parliament's negotiating team, the preliminary proposal by Finland's presidency of the Council for the next long-term budget of the EU would "condemn the European Union to failure".
Committee on Budgets


Press release - Eurobarometer: protecting human rights tops citizens' list of EU values

This Eurobarometer survey, published on Tuesday, asked citizens, among several topics, which political issue the Parliament should deal with as a matter of priority.


Press release - EuroLat plenary in Panama: control of trade talks and fight against crime

The scrutiny role of parliaments in trade talks and EU-Latin American cooperation against organised crime will be debated this week in Panama.


Press release - MEPs push for high ambitions at the COP25 in Madrid

A delegation from the European Parliament arrives in Madrid today to participate in the COP25, where they will meet with key stakeholders in the negotiations.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


Article - Accessibility: making products and services in the EU easier to use

The European Accessibility Act aims to ensure more products and services are accessible for elderly people and people living with a disability. Check out our video.


Article - In Parliament this week: special climate session, future of Europe, Sakharov Prize

MEPs discuss new measures to tackle the climate emergency at an extraordinary plenary session, as well as honour human rights activists and prepare for a conference on the future of Europe.


Article - The Parliament's fight for gender equality in the EU

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Press release - Towards a Conference on the Future of Europe

The Constitutional Affairs Committee will vote on Monday on its suggestions to Parliament's leaders for the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe.
Committee on Constitutional Affairs


Article - Propaganda: "The weapons used against us are continuously evolving" (interview)

Hostile propaganda that seeks to undermine the EU could influence the upcoming European elections. We talked to MEP Anna Fotyga about how to counteract it.


Article - Emissions from planes and ships: facts and figures (infographic)

Greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation have more than doubled over the past two decades, while those from shipping have also increased. Check out our infographics.


Article - Globalisation: how the EU's trade policy helps to promote human rights

Globalisation and international trade can affect human rights, so the EU's trade policy include tools to protect them. Find out how.


Press release - Malta: MEPs conclude fact-finding visit to assess Caruana Galizia murder inquiry

Following recent developments in the investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017, MEPs visited Malta between 3-4 December to take stock of the situation on the ground.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs


Press release - 8th Euronest Assembly: the future of relations with Eastern partners

Energy security, EU-Eastern relations and geopolitical challenges are set to be among the focus points of the 8th session of the joint parliamentary assembly.


Article - What's behind the decline in bees and other pollinators? (infographic)

Find out what pollinators are, why they are important and why they are declining.


Press release - MEPs call for a reduction in pesticides to protect bees

Further reducing use of pesticides, more funds for research and better monitoring are urgently needed to save the EU's bees, says the Environment Committee.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


Press release - Biodiversity: MEPs call for legally binding targets, as for climate change

Next year's UN biodiversity conference, the COP15, should be the biodiversity equivalent of the Paris agreement on climate change, says the Environment Committee.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


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