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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 5-9 October 2020

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Press release - Bulgaria: MEPs call for EU values to be fully and unconditionally respected

Parliament regrets the "significant deterioration" of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Press release - Human rights breaches in Eritrea, Nicaragua and Saudi Arabia

On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Eritrea, Nicaragua and Saudi Arabia.
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Human Rights

Press release - Parliament calls on member states to fully exploit the European Youth Guarantee

With youth unemployment on the rise in the EU, MEPs want member states to take stronger action to counter the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on young people.
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

Press release - EU-UK relations: MEPs approve rules to ensure Eurotunnel safety and cooperation

Parliament supports legislation that aims to ensure the tunnel railway connecting continental Europe and the UK continues to operate safely and efficiently.
Committee on Transport and Tourism

Press release - Future EU Forest strategy: High-quality management of EU forests and woodlands

The EU should promote forest management models that seek to ensure forests are environmentally, societally and economically sustainable, MEPs said on Thursday.
Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

Press release - Parliament objects to legislation on food products that might be harmful to kids

To protect European consumers' health, especially those of children, MEPs objected to Commission proposals on food products containing titanium dioxide and acrylamide.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Press release - EU climate law: MEPs want to increase 2030 emissions reduction target to 60%

All member states must become climate neutral by 2050, says Parliament in a vote on the EU climate law, calling for ambitious 2030 and 2040 emissions reduction targets.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Press release - EP Today

Thursday, 8 October

Press release - Parliament demands a legally binding, effective mechanism to protect EU values

Annual country-specific recommendations are needed that could trigger the mechanism protecting EU values, infringement proceedings and budgetary conditionality.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Press release - MEPs approve changes in the European Commission

Parliament approved the appointment of Mairead McGuinness as Commissioner and Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis's change of portfolio, on Wednesday.
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Committee on International Trade

Article - New rules to facilitate EU crowdfunding

New EU rules will allow European crowdfunding platforms to provide new opportunities for start-ups and investors.

Press release - EP Today

Wednesday, 7 October

Article - Rule of law: MEPs demand protection of EU budget and values

Rule of law deficiencies in member states mean EU funds may be used to undermine European values. MEPs are demanding new tools to tackle the problem.

Press release - Joint Statement of the Co-Presidents of the ACP- EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

Joint Statement of the Co-Presidents of the ACP - EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly on maintaining the Joint Assembly in the future Partnership Agreement.
Committee on Development

Press release - We should strive for greater strategic autonomy and a speedy recovery, say MEPs

In a debate with Council President Charles Michel on the past and forthcoming European Summit, MEPs called for clear-cut decisions, not watered-down compromise.

Press release - EP Today

Tuesday, 6 October

Press release - Taxpayers deserve an effective protection of the EU budget and of the rule of law

MEPs stressed that Council's recent proposals did not go far enough to create a practical instrument linking the EU's funds to the respect of rule of law.
Committee on Budgets
Committee on Budgetary Control

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