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This Week's Top Stories from the European Parliament - 23-27 November 2020

26 November 2020, 22:08 CET
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Press release - Human rights breaches in Belarus, Ethiopia, and Algeria

On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Belarus, Ethiopia, and Algeria.
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Human Rights


Press release - Polish de facto ban on abortion puts women's lives at risk, says Parliament

MEPs condemn the setback to women's sexual and reproductive rights in Poland and stress the EU's legal obligation to uphold and protect them.
Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs


Press release - Deal on lobsters gets go-ahead from Parliament

Parliament agreed to eliminate EU tariffs on lobsters in return for lower US tariffs on a range of EU exports.
Committee on International Trade


Press release - MEPs condemn Turkey's activities in Varosha, Cyprus, and call for sanctions

Turkey's decision to "open" the sealed-off suburb of Varosha undermines prospects of a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem, warn MEPs.
Committee on Foreign Affairs


Press release - MEPs warn of deteriorating fundamental rights in the EU

On Thursday, Parliament adopted its 2018-2019 report on the state of fundamental rights in the EU, identifying multiple areas of concern.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs


Press release - New pharmaceutical strategy must guarantee EU citizens equal access to medicines

On Thursday, access to safe and affordable medicines and supporting EU pharmaceutical innovation were debated with Commissioner Kyriakides.
Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


Press release - Steps to improve EU democracy ahead of 2024 elections

Parliament aims to enhance democracy and enable full participation in the European political space, based on lessons from the 2019 European elections.
Committee on Constitutional Affairs


Press release - EP Today

Thursday 26 November


Press release - MEPs set out blueprint for a new Industrial strategy

Parliament advocates a shift in the EU's approach to industrial policy, to help businesses cope with the crisis and face the digital and environmental twin transitions.
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy


Press release - Media freedom: EP warns of attempts to silence critics and undermine pluralism

Parliament is deeply concerned about the state of media freedom within the EU and denounces the violence, harassment and pressure faced by journalists.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs


Press release - Parliament wants to better protect consumers from unsafe products

Parliament calls for greater efforts to remove unsafe products from the EU market and to adapt product safety rules to the digital age.
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection


Press release - Parliament wants to grant EU consumers a "right to repair"

Parliament wants to boost sustainability by promoting reuse and repairs and by tackling practices that shorten the lifespan of products.
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection


Article - Orange the World: NO to violence against women

The European Parliament is again joining the UN's Orange the World campaign to combat violence against women.


Press release - EU-Russia relations: MEPs to hold a debate with Alexei Navalny

Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will exchange views with prominent Russian opposition figures, including Alexei Navalny, on Friday 27 November at 11.00 CET.
Committee on Foreign Affairs


Press release - MEPs call on EU leaders to end MFF deadlock without giving in on rule of law

EP group leaders and the Commission advise Hungary and Poland to take the EU to Court on rule of law, instead of penalising EU citizens by blocking the budget.


Press release - EP Today

Wednesday 25 November


Article - How Parliament wants to end homelessness in the EU

The European Parliament wants to end homelessness in the EU by 2030. Find out what measures it is calling for.


Press release - EU consumers will soon be able to defend their rights collectively

Parliament today endorsed a new law that will allow groups of consumers to join forces and launch collective action in the EU.
Committee on Legal Affairs


Press release - COVID-19 and natural disasters: €823 million in EU aid for eight member states

On Tuesday, Parliament approved €823 million in EU aid for the Croatia earthquake, floods in Poland, and the response to the coronavirus crisis in seven EU countries.
Committee on Budgets


Press release - EU should set goal to end homelessness by 2030

On Tuesday, Parliament approved a series of recommendations to combat homelessness and end housing exclusion in the EU.
Committee on Petitions


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