Parliament registered grave concerns at the massacre of striking mineworkers in South Africa, the persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Burma and the pardon of convicted murderer Ramil Safarov in Azerbaijan, in resolutions passed on Thursday.
Photos, films or poems protected by copyright but whose right holders cannot be found could be made available to the public across the EU, under new legislation approved by Parliament on Thursday. The directive will allow anyone to access so-called orphan works, taking forward the project of making Europe's cultural heritage available online.
The envisaged EU banking supervision rules must be of good quality and provide for accountability. However the member states' current preferences for establishing them risk sending the wrong message, as well as perpetuating inefficiencies, warned the Parliament in a resolution voted on Thursday.
The human rights situation in Russia has deteriorated drastically in the last few months, with the adoption of a series of laws that could be used to further restrict opposition and hinder freedom of expression, says Parliament in a resolution adopted on Thursday. MEPs cite the cases of the punk band Pussy Riot and the opposition party member Gennady Gudkov as examples.
Further militarisation of the Syrian conflict can only bring greater suffering to the Syrian people, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. It would also have unpredictable implications and consequences for the security and stability of the entire region, they add.
Pakistan will be allowed temporarily to export more goods duty free to the EU, so as to help the economic recovery of its flood-devastated regions, under a regulation approved by Parliament on Thursday. This exceptional measure, to apply until the end of 2013, will include fabrics, garments, linen, ethanol and leather.
Legislation that would require EU member states to disclose more about their energy deals with third countries, but could also strengthen their hand in negotiating them, was passed by Parliament on Thursday.
The time it takes to obtain an EU quality label for farm produce from a given geographical area, or produced in a traditional way, could be halved by a regulation endorsed by Parliament on Thursday. The new rules, agreed by EP Agriculture Committee MEPs and Council negotiators in June, would also introduce a new label for "mountain" products. Labels for island produce and farm gate sales may follow soon.
Struggling African, Caribbean and Pacific countries should have two more years to negotiate economic partnership agreements (EPAs) with the EU, before the decision is taken to withdraw their free access to the EU market, say MEPs in amendments to the market access regulation that were adopted on Thursday.
MEPs gave mixed support to Commission President Barroso's vision, broadly welcoming the need for a stronger EU but highlighting the need to better address social issues and commenting that his federation proposals needed more ambition. The main groups called for a strong EU budget to deliver investments and growth. "Less EU" was the solution stressed by groups further to the right of the house.