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Plenary highlights: Ceta, robots, counter-terrorism, future of the EU

Plenary Session Institutions / External/international trade / External relations / Economic and monetary affairs17-02-2017 - 11:00
 

MEPs approved Ceta during this week's plenary session followed by a visit by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau telling them how the EU-Canada trade deal was not just about commerce, but also about improving people's lives. Newly-elected Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen also addressed the Parliament, while MEPs adopted new anti-terrorism measures and set out their ideas for the future of the EU. (Read more: Plenary highlights: Ceta, robots, counter-terrorism, future of the EU )

 

Robots and artificial intelligence: MEPs call for EU-wide liability rules

Plenary Session Industry16-02-2017 - 13:09
Child playing with robot  

EU-wide rules are needed for the fast-evolving field of robotics, e.g. to enforce ethical standards or establish liability for accidents involving driverless cars, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. (Read more: Robots and artificial intelligence: MEPs call for EU-wide liability rules )

 

Infographic: how Parliament is addressing the terrorism threat

Others Justice and home affairs / Security and defence16-02-2017 - 12:45
 

Europeans becoming radicalised and travelling to fight in Iraq or Syria represent a growing threat to the EU. Most of the recent terrorist attacks in Europe were perpetrated by home-grown terrorists. MEPs adopted on 16 February new rules to ensure stronger checks at the EU's external borders and prevent the preparation of terrorist acts. Check out our infographic for an overview of measures to tackle terrorism Parliament has been working on. (Read more: Infographic: how Parliament is addressing the terrorism threat )

 

Parliament sets out its vision for the future of Europe

Plenary Session Future of Europe/European integration / Institutions16-02-2017 - 12:42

If the EU is to boost its capacity to act, restore citizens’ trust and make the euro zone economy more resilient to outside shocks, it needs to make full use of the Lisbon Treaty. But to go further, it needs to reform itself more fundamentally. This was the key message of three resolutions exploring the future development of the European Union approved by Parliament on Thursday. (Read more: Parliament sets out its vision for the future of Europe )

 

Preventing terrorism: clampdown on foreign fighters and lone wolves

Plenary Session Justice and home affairs16-02-2017 - 12:35

To counter the growing threats from “foreign fighters” travelling to conflict zones for terrorist purposes and “lone wolves” planning solo attacks, new EU-wide rules were approved by Parliament on Thursday. (Read more: Preventing terrorism: clampdown on foreign fighters and lone wolves )

 

Stopping foreign fighters at EU external borders

Plenary Session Justice and home affairs / Schengen16-02-2017 - 12:30
Passport control illustration  

All EU citizens and third country nationals entering or leaving the EU will be systematically checked against databases, e.g. of lost and stolen documents, under a regulation voted on Thursday. The new rules were agreed by Parliament’s negotiators and the Council of Ministers on 5 December 2016. (Read more: Stopping foreign fighters at EU external borders )

 

Human rights: Nicaragua, executions in Kuwait and Bahrain, and Guatemala

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / External relations16-02-2017 - 12:15

Parliament voices deep concern about the intimidation and harassment of Francesca Ramirez and other human rights defenders in Nicaragua, deplores the recent use of the death penalty in Kuwait and Bahrain, and strongly condemns the murders of human rights defenders and journalists in Guatemala, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Nicaragua, executions in Kuwait and Bahrain, and Guatemala )

 

Justin Trudeau: "Trade needs to work for people"

Plenary Session External relations16-02-2017 - 11:44
Canadian President Justin Trudeau adresses the MEPs  

"Ceta is not only about commerce, imports and exports, about profits. It aims to improve people's lives," said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, while addressing MEPs in Strasbourg on Thursday 16 February, one day after the the European Parliament approved the EU-Canada trade agreement. (Read more: Justin Trudeau: "Trade needs to work for people" )

 

MEPs call for fast-track approval of low-risk pesticides

Plenary Session Public health / Food safety15-02-2017 - 14:38
Duster plane on agricultural field  

Low-risk biological pesticides, including those made from bio-organisms, pheromones or essential oils, could replace conventional ones that are suspected of harming the environment and human health. MEPs wonder why some member states hesitate or refuse to approve them and want the EU Commission to propose a revision of the rules to accelerate the approval process. (Read more: MEPs call for fast-track approval of low-risk pesticides )