Things we learned in plenary: Ukraine, Ebola, jobs, medication 


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In a historic vote on Tuesday, Parliamentarians in Strasbourg and Kiev voted simultaneously to approve the EU–Ukraine association agreement. Closer to home, the EP proposed to increase financial aid for farmers affected by the Russian agricultural import ban and urged the EU to use all possible means to combat the Islamic State. MEPs warned that funds available for creating jobs for young people should be better used. Read on for the highlights of the September plenary session.

The EP approved the EU–Ukraine association agreement that would strengthen political and economic ties between the two parties. Parliamentarians in Kiev voted on the text at about the same time, with a live video link between the two parliaments.

In a resolution passed on Thursday, MEPs supported the latest EU sanctions against Russia and proposed to increase funding to support farmers most affected by the Russian embargo on specific agricultural products.

The EU must use all possible means to help the Iraqi national and local authorities combat IS, including appropriate military assistance, MEPs said in a resolution adopte on Thursday.

The international community has underestimated the Ebola outbreak in West-Africa, which is now a threat to global security, said MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday, urging improved access to treatment.

National governments'  proposition for the draft EU budget for 2015 disregards their own pledge to stimulate growth and jobs, MEPs said after Council Presidency representative Enrico Zanetti presented it on Tuesday.

EU countries should make a better use of the €6 billon available for the European Youth Initiative, a scheme to tackle youth unemployment, said MEPs in a debate on Wednesday.

By raising the prices of new, life-saving medicines, the pharmaceutical industry is threatening equal access to them and putting extra burden on healthcare systems, warned MEPs in a debate on Tuesday.

On Wednesday the EP approved an aid package for redundant workers in Spain, Netherlands, Greece and Romania, who lost their jobs due to globalisation or the crisis.

In an effort to create a digital single market, the EU should scrap roaming charges, promote e-commerce and improve data protection, said MEPs in a debate on Tuesday.