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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 10-14 February 2020

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Press release - Women's rights: MEPs call for action to fight backlash against gender equality

Ahead of the 64th UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW64) in New York in March, Parliament spelled out its priorities on Thursday.
Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality


Press release - Human rights breaches in Guinea Conakry and Madagascar

On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions taking stock of the rights of protestors in Guinea Conakry and the child labour situation in Madagascar.
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Human Rights


Press release - ECB policy is working, but new challenges need new responses

MEPs on Wednesday asked the European Central Bank to step up its green credentials and address growing financial technology challenges.
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs


Press release - Stop illegal trade in cats and dogs, says European Parliament

To protect animal welfare, pet owners and public health, MEPs call for an EU Action Plan to end illegal trade in companion animals.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


Press release - More than money: the long-term EU budget is a tool for Europe's future

MEPs underlined that Parliament will only give its consent to a budget that meets the European Union's ambitions, in a debate on EU funding for 2021-2027.
Committee on Budgets


Press release - EU-UK future relations: "level playing field" crucial to ensure fair competition

Parliament calls for a level playing field to be guaranteed through robust commitments, and "dynamic alignment" of EU-UK rules.
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Committee on International Trade


Press release - Parliament approves EU-Vietnam free trade and investment protection deals

The EU-Vietnam trade agreement, the "most modern and ambitious agreement ever concluded between the EU and a developing country", got Parliament's backing on Wednesday.
Committee on International Trade


Press release - Artificial intelligence: MEPs want to ensure a fair and safe use for consumers

Parliament calls for a strong set of rights to protect consumers in the context of artificial intelligence and automated decision-making, in a resolution approved on Wednesday.
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection


Press release - Parliament objects to lead in PVC to protect public health and the environment

MEPs have vetoed a Commission proposal that would have allowed some lead in recycled PVC.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


Article - Female genital mutilation: where, why and consequences

More than 200 million girls and women alive today have suffered female genital mutilation. Discover where it is practised, the reasons for it and its impact.


Press release - New ECB Chief Lagarde to address plenary for first time at 15.00

The President of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde will address plenary for the first time to discuss the Eurozone's economy and the ECB's activities.
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs


Press release - Opening - February plenary session, 27 new seats

Vice-President McGuinness led a minute of silence to remember the victims of the Foibe massacres during World War II, at the opening of the session in Strasbourg.


Article - Artificial intelligence: tackling the risks for consumers

Artificial intelligence and automated decision making processes can pose certain threats to consumers. Find out how the European Parliament wants to protect them.


Press release - Long-term EU budget: The Union's ambitions must be matched with sufficient reliable funding

EP negotiators for the post-2020 EU budget discussed their priorities with European Council President Charles Michel, ahead of a crucial plenary debate on the budget next week.
Committee on Budgets


Article - The EU's long-term budget explained

How is the EU funded and what is the money used for? Read on to understand what the EU long-term budget is and how it is decided.


Article - Coming up: EU-Vietnam trade deal, artificial intelligence and EU-UK cooperation

Future relations with the UK, the EU-Vietnam trade agreement and the challenges of artificial intelligence are among the topics on Parliament's agenda next week.


Press release - Lagarde discusses the European Central Bank's policy revamp with MEPs

ECB President Christine Lagarde, on Thursday fielded questions from the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on the review of the bank's monetary policy.
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs


Article - EU-Vietnam trade deal: what are the benefits?

The EU-Vietnam trade deal is set to eliminate virtually all tariffs over the course of a decade. MEP Geert Bourgeois explains the benefits in our interview.


Article - World Cancer Day: how the EU is fighting cancer

World Cancer Day is this year being held for the 20th time. Fighting cancer is one of the EU's health priorities. Read on to find out more about the measures in place.


Article - What is the European Parliament?

The European Parliament represents 447 million people living in the EU. Watch the video to learn how it is organised and more.


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