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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 )

 

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 )

 

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 )

 

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 )

 
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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 )

 

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 )

 

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 )

 

"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" )

 

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 )

 

From drones to medical equipment, robots are increasingly becoming a part of our everyday life. But although some 1.7 million robots already exist worldwide, their use is still not properly regulated. MEPs debate today a report calling for rules to regulate their use, including creating a separate legal status for robots. They will vote on the report tomorrow. (Read more: Rise of the robots: Mady Delvaux on why their use should be regulated )

 
 
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Agenda for the Week Ahead (20 - 27 Feb) of EP Delegations: https://t.co/lj4W23S61b https://t.co/pKzEkBrCCC
Press release: Robots and artificial intelligence: MEPs call for EU-wide liability rules: https://t.co/TbpFTycldN… https://t.co/AX42RyALYi
Press release: Parliament sets out its vision for the #FutureEU: https://t.co/NRBVl8XvNP #EPlenary
Canadian PM @JustinTrudeau to adress #EPlenary tomorrow at 11 am. More details here https://t.co/2JGNvtN9FU https://t.co/XrvffKfktA
Strong #EPlenary support for EU partnership agreement with #Mongolia. 618 votes to 65 and 16 abs. Full press release https://t.co/6FG9xbTAIF
Progress of EU-related reforms tops next #EPlenary debate on #Albania and #BiH w/ @JHahnEU @knufleckenstein @CDPreda https://t.co/sVeSegVEOe
PR: resolutions on #humanrights & democracy in #Nicaragua, #Guatemala & executions in #Kuwait & #Bahrain adopted > https://t.co/ctKArS7ovM
Democracy in #Guatemala & situation of #humanrights defenders #HRD now debated in #EPlenary w/ @MalmstromEU – LIVE:… https://t.co/c6RYQUMbLH
Executions in #Kuwait & #Bahrain now debated by MEPs & @MalmstromEU in #EPlenary - LIVE: https://t.co/TsrZWHQjF8
#Russia post-2014 security and military aims & motives revealed. Check this out https://t.co/HefZA8CpFM
Russian probing in eastern Ukraine #Avdiivka must stop, say @EP_Defence in a debate w/ @IKlympush. Press release https://t.co/OwclKSRxsV
Next: @EP_Defence debate on Russian influence in South Caucasus w/ EUSR Salber @natasabanadze @amandajanepaul Webstr https://t.co/mO80Cx6IGi
Tackling the root causes of #migration: how the EU Fund for #sustainabledevelopment works: https://t.co/F7ngbksicr… https://t.co/4cBWkHHgsa
European Parliament set priorities for a new impetus in development. Press release: https://t.co/HA9YLW9G5H
Report on the revision of the European Consensus on Development adopted in plenary with broad majority. https://t.co/fZXeiPpP6C
RT @danielrosarioEU: EU-Japan trade negotiations: "I'm confident that the distance between our respective positions can be bridged soon" h…
What the EU is doing to stop trade in torture goods worldwide: https://t.co/FXVnnahgt2 https://t.co/QsIa6DVohd
Canadian PM @JustinTrudeau to address MEPs today at 11.00, w/ implementation of #CETA among the topics. Live:… https://t.co/aXY5oZnnnw
EU job-search aid: €1.8m for 800 former retail workers in the Netherlands approved by #EPlenary https://t.co/3muysDp9PU #EUBudget
***STARTING AT 7 PM!! Vote on #Böge - @PervencheBeres report on €zone budget - Follow LIVE: https://t.co/hAE7xjp9ke https://t.co/tzewqhwa5z
#EUBudget 2018: Read the draft report on general guidelines for the 2018 budget by rapporteur @SMuresan https://t.co/xnlraCroJA
MEPs call for EU-wide protection for whistleblowers in #EPlenary vote https://t.co/O8FahVlZQ2 @DdJong
Starting @ 7pm!! Meeting on #EUDischarge2015 (#Ukraine, W #Balkans, #SSM) LIVE: https://t.co/oLsclnQ6CL Infos: https://t.co/aOZVLOFWYY
NEWSLETTER for next @EP_BudgControl meeting on #13FEB in #Strasbourg now available: https://t.co/mHLDoYsscu https://t.co/xV9ujxJATl
#PANA Committee visit #Malta on fact-finding mission, 20 Feb #panamaleaks https://t.co/hVIVZKG0B6
RT @MarkusFerber: a big step in the fight against food speculation: Parliament confirmed RTS on the introduction of the position limits reg…
#EPlenary adopted.@EP_Economics #EuropeanSemester #AnnualGrowthSurvey 2017 418/202/73 @ghokmark https://t.co/0jORdBLX0q
.@EPSocialAffairs Votes on #EGF #AGF2017 and initative in #garment sector at 17.00 - follow LIVE https://t.co/yvRGYTte0E
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Limits on exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work https://t.co/YhkE2bRBT5 @EPSocialAffairs @thaendel @maritaulvskog
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Continuing the legislative fight against causes of #cancer https://t.co/gfua3oICc5 #WorldCancerDay @EPSocialAffairs @thae…
RT @EU_Arauzo: EU environment ministers will try to agree on their position for the review of the #EUETS next 28 February
#MEPs call for fast-track approval of #biological low-risk #pesticides https://t.co/cM5v2ZtglQ https://t.co/gU8yoIVQRD
#EUETS - #MEPs back plans to cut #carbon emission allowances and fund low-carbon innovation https://t.co/7qN3DEgFbB https://t.co/DbmGA0Tn60
#EPlenary @EP_Industry @JerzyBuzek press release on vote - European Cloud Initiative: https://t.co/n8SzRlUg8J
Protecting and empowering EU #consumers - briefing by @EP_ThinkTank: https://t.co/7zf0ozFhrQ
RT @enisa_eu: Just published: #ENISA's study on Security Measures for Digital Service Providers https://t.co/7p9vcT9wgJ https://t.co/YrWszY…
Press release: European Parliament’s economic, social and #singlemarket priorities for 2017 https://t.co/YzpLVoG3Kq
#EPlenary adopts resolution on #Aviation Strategy for Europe: 397 votes to 99, 49 abstentions, final text soon here: https://t.co/h9SyY9bBqd
Now at #EPlenary: debate on #aviation strategy for Europe, vote at noon, draft resolution: https://t.co/7abaY3vD0U https://t.co/B7GZJlYLe2
#EPlenary debate on Commission's approval of Germany's revised road toll plans to start https://t.co/eAGZY15DJN https://t.co/jQJpcycOLR
RT @EU_Regional: #Interreg EU project analyse effects of #waste 🗑️generated by tourism on mediterranean islands🏖️🛳️🌊 https://t.co/svCgljDac…
"Regional policy funds: a tool to boost growth & jobs" #EPlenary adopted texts by @LvNistelrooij @Iskra_Mihaylova… https://t.co/pN0BoGCUlj
#EPlenary joint debate on European Structural & Investment Funds #ESIF today after 20h30 Follow live: https://t.co/9EVnc2pDlM
.@EP_Agriculture debates now w/@EU_Commission #greening aspects of new draft #directpayments rules. Live: https://t.co/4tBY5sdkJy
#EU_Organics, #Omnibus bill & post-2020 #CAP: @EU2017MT priorities debated in @EP_Agriculture. Read more or rewatch: https://t.co/qf5PjQ69GQ
Debate w/@EU_Commission on new #greening direct payment #CAP rules (delegated act) are on now. Watch it live here: https://t.co/GaQcawyIJ8
RT @EP_ThinkTank: 4 EU purse seiners to fish a reference tonnage of 7000 tonnes py in Cook Islands https://t.co/SSxYdyvoUR #MEPs @EP_Fisher…
RT @EU_MARE: High-Level Meeting on Ocean Governance, agenda for the future of our oceans with @KarmenuVella #EUOceanGov #OurOcean https://t…
RT @EU_MARE: #OurOcean conference 5-6 oct: we are happy to launch our "Malta’s Schools Love Our Ocean" project #Oceanliteracy https://t.co…
#ErasmusPlus: MEPs to call for funding for #youth organisations and #apprenticeships 497/39/60 @MilanZver https://t.co/7XH2N8hm91
#Sport: zero tolerance towards corruption, #MatchFixing or violence – EP resolution voted today 522/76/37 https://t.co/vZsNHaNaAj
Press release on #Robots and #AI: MEPs call for EU-wide liability rules. @mady_delvaux https://t.co/xA7AWq12c6
The resolution in civil law rules or #robotics and #AI was adopted at the plenary by 396/123/85. Press release to follow @mady_delvaux
Stopping foreign fighters at EU external borders. Read more: https://t.co/4dd5BvQuTM @MonicaMacovei1
Preventing #terrorism: clampdown on foreign fighters and lone wolves. Read press release https://t.co/0VtVdUryZe @MHohlmeier
Reinforcing checks at external borders: #EPlenary adopts new rules 469/120/42 @MonicaMacovei1 Next step, formal adoption by @EUCouncil
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Options for #euro area reforms to counter asymmetric shocks https://t.co/sRcOq02tOa @EP_Budgets @JeanArthuis @EPInstituti…
RT @EP_ThinkTank: Time to tap the unused potential of the Lisbon Treaty? https://t.co/CqvdVgcObH #EuropeanParliament https://t.co/zIq36XNEt8
Soon in #EPlenary - joint debate on the future of the EU: https://t.co/jHDir5l7A1 #futureEU @PervencheBeres @GuyVerhofstadt
Discussion in #EPlenary on 61 UN Commision on the status of Women #CSW61 @ConstanceLeGrip & @Mariearenaps around 21.30h. Follow live.
RT @unngls: Find out more about 13-24 March @UN 61st session of the Commission on the Status of #Women: https://t.co/IhKeNn6dc0 #CSW61 http…
Follow live #EPlenary debate on #genderequality in mental health&clinical research @beatrizbecerrab around 20.30h. https://t.co/eVAWLsJtyp
RT @Claude_Moraes: Me & my colleague @CeciliaWikstrom will propose @EP_Justice @EP_Petitions hearing in European Parliament on EU citizens'…
RT @TheProgressives: Congratulations @VRoziere! Elected as our coordinator for the @EP_Petitions committee 👏👏👏 https://t.co/H29f0KeRlC
Today's agenda: https://t.co/EZ53qoaYTA
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