The EU should act to reduce exposure to suspected hormone-affecting "endocrine disruptors", which have been linked to recent increase in cases of impaired sperm quality, early onset of puberty, certain cancers and other disorders. Current rules should be closely examined with a view to updating or proposing new legislation by June 2015 at the latest, says a resolution approved on Thursday.
All the safety improvements recommended following stress tests on the EU's nuclear reactors must be carried out urgently, say MEPs in a resolution adopted on Thursday. They also insist that nuclear plant operators must pay for these improvements and bear all the costs for which they are liable in the event of an accident.
To deliver secure supplies of high-quality food while protecting the environment better, the new EU farm policy must make "greening" measures mandatory but flexible and help farmers to cope with market challenges. So says Parliament's position, as voted Wednesday, for negotiations with EU member states as voted on Wednesday. This will be the first EU farm policy reform shaped by Parliament as a full co-legislator with EU member states.
The French military intervention has rescued Mali but much still needs to be done to bring on stability to the country and the region, MEPs said in Wednesday's debate with Commissioner Štefan Füle, standing in for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. The political process must be initiated immediately and neighbouring countries associated with it, as the conflict extends far beyond Mali itself, MEPs insisted.
The solution to Syria's tragic conflict must be a political one, said MEPs in debate with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Wednesday. As the humanitarian crisis created by this conflict now threatens the whole region, the EU must help Syria's neighbours to cope with refugees, they stressed. Many MEPs called on Ms Ashton to see that EU aid does not go only to those Syrians who are loyal to the regime.
If Ukraine is still serious about signing an ambitious association and trade deal with the EU by November, then disturbing news such as the recent removal of two opposition MPs' mandates, is not the way forward, said MEPs in Wednesday's debate with Commissioner Štefan Füle, standing for the EU foreign policy chief.
Parliament's mandate to negotiate the EU budget for 2014-2020 with the EU member states' Irish Presidency was approved in a resolution voted on Wednesday. Parliament rejects the 8 February European Council conclusions in their current form. MEPs want more flexibility and efficiency within the budget.
Traditional methods of production of the "green fairy" spirit drink are not respected by an EU definition drafted by the European Commission, MEPs say, as Parliament vetoed the text on Wednesday. It would have required minimum levels of two substances, anethole and thujone, which are not always met by some producers in Europe, for using the name "Absinthe".
Unpaid bills from 2012 and 2013 should not pollute next year's budget with illegal debt, says Parliament in a resolution adopted on Wednesday. MEPs insist that legitimate invoices from last year and this year must be settled as soon as possible so that 2014, the first year under the new budget framework, can start with a clean slate.
To comply with the 751-seat limit set by the Lisbon Treaty and make room for Croatia, 12 EU member states would each lose one seat at the next European elections and none would gain any, under the solution adopted by Parliament on Wednesday. This proposal now goes to the heads of state and government in the European Council, who must decide by a unanimous vote.