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Thursday, 16 February 2017
EU Commission: Press release - Human rights: Nicaragua, executions in Kuwait and Bahrain, and Guatemala
Plenary sessions : 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.
Plenary sessions : 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.
Plenary sessions : 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.
Plenary sessions : 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.
Plenary sessions : 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.