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Fake news: how to counter misinformation

Plenary Session Institutions / External relations10-04-2017 - 20:16
 

Social media not only serves as a source of news for nearly half of Europeans, but it also has made spreading fake news easier and faster. Six out of ten news items are shared without actually being read. MEPS raised concerns about the spread of disinformation, political propaganda and hate speech in plenary on 5 April. However, they disagreed on the best way to respond to the problem. Watch our video above for an overview of the debate. (Read more: Fake news: how to counter misinformation )

 

Plenary highlights: Brexit priorities, medical devices, car emissions

Plenary Session Future of Europe/European integration / Budget07-04-2017 - 10:30
 

MEPs overwhelmingly approved a resolution setting out Parliament's priorities for the negotiations concerning the UK's withdrawal from the EU during this week's plenary session in Strasbourg. In addition MEPs urged European authorities to establish new checks to prevent car emissions fraud and also approved stricter rules to ensure the safety of medical devices as well as plans to enable more flexibility regarding the EU's long-term budget. (Read more: Plenary highlights: Brexit priorities, medical devices, car emissions )

 

Car emissions scandal: MEPs call for stricter and clearer oversight

Plenary Session Environment06-04-2017 - 16:03
 

The European Commission and most EU countries failed to prevent car manufacturers from cheating emissions test, according to the final report by Parliament's inquiry committee investigating the car emissions scandal. It was set up in December 2015, a few months after Volkswagen admitted to falsifying test results in their diesel cars. In the report adopted on 4 April, MEPs propose a set of measures to prevent dishonest practices by car manufacturers in the future. (Read more: Car emissions scandal: MEPs call for stricter and clearer oversight )

 

Data Privacy Shield: MEPs alarmed at undermining of privacy safeguards in the US

Plenary Session Justice and home affairs06-04-2017 - 13:14

New rules allowing the US National Security Agency (NSA) to share private data with other US agencies without court oversight, recent revelations about surveillance activities by a US electronic communications service provider and vacancies on US oversight bodies are among the concerns raised by MEPs in a resolution passed on Thursday. (Read more: Data Privacy Shield: MEPs alarmed at undermining of privacy safeguards in the US )

 

Parliament approves Ukraine visa waiver

Plenary Session Visa policy06-04-2017 - 12:32

Ukrainian citizens will be exempted from EU short-stay visa requirements, after Parliament endorsed an informal deal with the Council on Thursday. (Read more: Parliament approves Ukraine visa waiver )

 

European Solidarity Corps needs proper funding, urge MEPs

Plenary Session Youth / Employment policy06-04-2017 - 12:30

The new EU Solidarity Corps (ECS) initiative, which aims to create 100,000 volunteering and job placement opportunities for young people, needs proper legislation and funding, say MEPS in a resolution passed on Thursday. Its funding should under no circumstances be at the expense of the Erasmus+ or other EU programmes, they add. (Read more: European Solidarity Corps needs proper funding, urge MEPs )

 

End of roaming: final hurdle cleared

Plenary Session Industry / Research and innovation06-04-2017 - 12:25

MEPs removed the last hurdle on the way to full abolition of retail “roaming” surcharges in a vote on Thursday. (Read more: End of roaming: final hurdle cleared )

 

Human rights: Navalny in Russia, arrests in Belarus, child brides in Bangladesh

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / External relations06-04-2017 - 12:16

The European Parliament urges the Russian authorities to release opposition politician Alexei Navalny and other detained demonstrators, condemns the crackdown on peaceful protestors and arrests of human rights defenders and journalists in Belarus, and calls on the government of Bangladesh to close loopholes in new legislation that provide legal authorisation for child marriage, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Navalny in Russia, arrests in Belarus, child brides in Bangladesh )

 

Red lines on Brexit negotiations

Plenary Session Institutions06-04-2017 - 09:58
 

An overwhelming majority of the house (516 votes in favour, 133 against, with 50 abstentions) adopted a resolution officially laying down the European Parliament’s key principles and conditions for its approval of the UK's withdrawal agreement. Any such agreement at the end of UK-EU negotiations will need to win the approval of the European Parliament. (Read more: Red lines on Brexit negotiations )

 

Hate speech and fake news: remove content, impose fines, foster media literacy?

Plenary Session Institutions05-04-2017 - 17:24

MEPs worry about the proliferation of hate speech and fake news, particularly in social media, they said in a debate on Wednesday. But they disagreed on how best to respond. Ideas aired included removing false and defamatory content, imposing fines to non-cooperative companies and fostering media literacy. (Read more: Hate speech and fake news: remove content, impose fines, foster media literacy? )

 
 
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