Plenary highlights: Brexit, driverless cars, investment, pesticides 


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MEPs called for safety rules for driverless cars during this year's first plenary session. They also urged the UK to clarify its Brexit position and backed a new investment fund.

In a debate following the UK parliament’s rejection of the Brexit withdrawal deal, MEPs stressed that a no-deal exit would be in nobody’s interests and called on Westminster to clarify its position.

Approving proposals on driverless vehicles on Tuesday, Parliament called for further efforts to ensure road safety and support for EU industry. Find out more in our infographic.

To tackle unemployment and poverty in the EU, in a resolution adopted on Wednesday Parliament proposed increasing funding for the European Social Fund+ by approximately 19%. Members want particular focus placed on youth employment and children.

In light of the continuing humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean and Africa, MEPs addressed the stalemate in the reform of the EU asylum and migration policy during a debate on Tuesday. Parliament is pushing for a fairer, more effective European asylum policy.

The Spanish prime minister addressed Parliament on Wednesday. “We must protect Europe, so Europe can protect its citizens,” said Pedro Sánchez, presenting his vision for Europe’s future.

Parliament also debated the priorities of Romania’s Council presidency with the country's prime minister Viorica Dăncilă.

To improve assistance for workers dismissed due to globalisation and technological or environmental changes, MEPs voted in favour of plans to transform the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund into the European Fund for Transition and to extend its scope.

At a ceremony marking 20 years of the euro on Tuesday, Parliament President Antonio Tajani noted that three out of four Europeans approve of the single currency.

Parliament adopted its position on InvestEU, a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance from 2021 to 2027.

MEPs also backed plans to boost trust in the EU approval procedure for pesticides, by making it more transparent and accountable.