Plenary highlights: defence, copyright, border security 


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Copyright rules, plans to boost border security, and improved cooperation on defence were in the spotlight during this week’s plenary session.

On Thursday MEPs voted against launching negotiations on the copyright directive. The text of the reform will now be discussed and voted on during September’s plenary session in Strasbourg.

On 5 July MEPs adopted new rules to strengthen border security.  Travellers who can travel visa-free to the EU would in the future be screened before they arrive using the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS).

On 3 July MEPs voted in favour of the new European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP). The aim is to encourage EU countries to cooperate in developing new equipment and technologies to make the EU more competitive.  

MEPs criticised the failure of EU leaders to come up with solutions to the EU's migration problems during a 3 July debate on the results of the 28-29 June Council summit to about migration and asylum policies.

In resolutions adopted on 4 July, MEPs stressed the need for clear safeguards to protect data and fundamental rights in future agreements on the transfer of data between Europol and Jordan, Turkey, Israel, Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon, Egypt and Algeria. The European Commission is about to launch negotiations in order to strengthen cooperation on terror and serious crime.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki came to the Parliament on 4 July to discuss the future of Europe with MEPs. Check out what other European heads of government had to say on the issue on our website.

Many legal issues surrounding 3D printing still need to be clarified, such as civil liability and intellectual property rights. On Tuesday, MEPs adopted a report with recommendations for European rules.

On 3 July Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov outlined what his country had achieved in the first six months of 2018 while in charge of the Council presidency. Meanwhile
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose country takes over for the next six months, told MEPs what Austria’s priorities would be.

On 4 July MEPs rejected proposed amendments to the road haulage reform and referred the file  back to Parliament’s transport committee for further consideration. The proposals concern updating drivers’ rest time rules, cabotage and the posting of drivers.