This week’s plenary session saw MEPs approve contingency measures in case of a no-deal Brexit, back new rules to improve accessibility and pass a new cyber security act.
Following the UK House of Commons' rejection of the Brexit deal, MEPs urged Westminster to clarify what it wants. Parliament also approved urgency measures to limit the negative impact of a no-deal Brexit.
Key products and services such as ticketing machines, smartphones and ATMs will become more accessible for people with disabilities and the elderly after Parliament greenlighted the European accessibility act.
MEPs also backed new rules to make it easier for people to successfully submit a Citizens’ Initiative.
Ahead of the European elections on 23-26 May, Parliament approved rules to penalise European political parties whose members infringe data protection rules to influence the outcome of elections. MEPs also called for the EU to respond more robustly to hostile propaganda. (Find out more in our interview with defence committee chair Anna Fotyga.)
To ensure a better EU response to security and migratory challenges, on Wednesday MEPs approved a reform of the EU’s visa information system.
“It is obvious that isolationism, protectionism and nationalism are not a solution,” said Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini in Parliament on Tuesday. He was the 18th EU leader to address MEPs on the future of Europe.
On Thursday, Parliament expressed its concern that EU national governments have scuppered the European Commission’s plan to add countries to the EU money-laundering blacklist.