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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 20-24 January 2020

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Press release - Summit with Western Balkans speakers on Tuesday

Speakers from the Western Balkans parliaments will gather at the European Parliament, under President Sassoli's patronage, to discuss European prospects for their region.
Committee on Foreign Affairs


Press release - Brexit: the Withdrawal Agreement passes the first European Parliament test

The Constitutional Affairs Committee agreed on Thursday to recommend that the EP plenary should approve the UK withdrawal terms.
Committee on Constitutional Affairs


Press release - Croatian Presidency outlines priorities to EP committees

Ministers are outlining the priorities of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings.
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
Committee on Budgets
Committee on Culture and Education
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Committee on International Trade
Committee on Fisheries
Committee on Regional Development
Committee on Transport and Tourism


Article - Show us the money for new policy proposals, MEPs tell budget commissioner

The European Commission needs to clarify how it plans to fund new policy proposals for the EU's budget for 2021-2027, said the budget committee.


Press release - Artificial intelligence: EU must ensure a fair and safe use for consumers

MEPs want a strong set of rights to protect consumers in the context of artificial intelligence and automated decision-making.
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection


Press release - Brexit: final committee vote tomorrow on the EU-UK withdrawal agreement

The Constitutional Affairs Committee will vote on its recommendation on the UK withdrawal agreement, on Thursday afternoon.
Committee on Constitutional Affairs


Article - New rules to promote water reuse in farming

Water scarcity is a growing problem in Europe. MEPs want to secure the EU's freshwater sources by promoting water reuse in agriculture.


Article - Pet trafficking: measures against the illegal puppy business

MEPs want action to tackle the illegal trade in pets in order to better protect animals and punish rule breakers.


Press release - Mobility package: Transport Committee backs deal with EU Ministers

A deal between Parliament and Finnish Presidency negotiators on reforming the road transport sector was approved by the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday.
Committee on Transport and Tourism


Press release - EU-Vietnam free trade deal gets green light in trade committee

The Committee on International Trade backed the free trade and investment protection agreements between the EU and Vietnam on Tuesday.
Committee on International Trade


Press release - Stop illegal trade in cats and dogs, say MEPs

To protect animal welfare, consumers and public health, the Environment and Public Health Committee called for EU Action Plan to address illegal trade in companion animals.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


Press release - No more lead in PVC to protect public health, say MEPs

To protect human health and the environment, the Environment Committee objected on Tuesday to a Commission proposal allowing lead in recycled PVC.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


Article - Future of Europe: debate on reforming the EU

MEPs have taken the lead in rethinking how the EU should adapt to meet today's challenges such as migration, the economy and security.


Article - Brexit: protecting the rights of EU citizens living in the UK

Parliament is fighting to protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK and of British citizens in the EU after Brexit.


Article - MEPs call for a common electronic charger

MEPs want to make life easier for consumers and cut electronic waste through the introduction of a common charger for all mobile devices.


Article - In Parliament this week: Brexit, Nato and Vietnam

Parliamentary committees will this week deal with Brexit, a free trade deal with Vietnam and discuss security matters with Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg.


Article - Plenary highlights: European Green Deal, future of Europe, Brexit

During the first plenary session of 2020, Parliament called for more ambitious measures to tackle climate change and to put citizens at the centre of an initiative to reform the EU..


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