The future of the EU's common agricultural policy is of vital importance to Europe, which is reflected in the record number of amendments received for proposals dealing with its reform - a hefty 8,000. Members of the EP's agriculture committee had to wade through the amendments on 23 and 24 January.
The plans that were voted on are about farmers subsidies and the functioning of the EU's agriculture market during 2014-2020.
Parliament's position on the reform of the agricultural policy will be determined by what will happen to the EU's long-term budget so the European Council's summit on the budget in February 2013 will be closely followed.
Both Parliament and the Council of Ministers will have to agree on any reform of the policy before it can enter into force. MEPs are scheduled to vote on their position during the March plenary, after which negotiations can begin with member states.
This story was published on 23 January 2013 and added to this focus on 30 January.