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Thursday, 16 February 2017

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

Posted: 16 Feb 2017 04:09 AM PST

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.

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Article - Infographic: how Parliament is addressing the terrorism threat

Posted: 16 Feb 2017 03:45 AM PST

General : 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.

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Press release - Parliament sets out its vision for the future of Europe

Posted: 16 Feb 2017 03:42 AM PST

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.

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Press release - Preventing terrorism: clampdown on foreign fighters and lone wolves

Posted: 16 Feb 2017 03:35 AM PST

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.

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Press release - Stopping foreign fighters at EU external borders

Posted: 16 Feb 2017 03:30 AM PST

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.

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Press release - Human rights: Nicaragua, executions in Kuwait and Bahrain, and Guatemala

Posted: 16 Feb 2017 03:15 AM PST

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.

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Article - Justin Trudeau: "Trade needs to work for people"

Posted: 16 Feb 2017 02:44 AM PST

Plenary sessions : "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.

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

Posted: 15 Feb 2017 05:38 AM PST

Plenary sessions : 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.

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Article - Rise of the robots: Mady Delvaux on why their use should be regulated

Posted: 15 Feb 2017 05:10 AM PST

General : 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.

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Press release - MEPs back plans to cut carbon emission allowances and fund low-carbon innovation

Posted: 15 Feb 2017 05:08 AM PST

Plenary sessions : Plans to boost greenhouse-gas emission curbs through the EU carbon market (EU ETS), so as to bring EU climate policy into line with the aims of the Paris agreement, were backed by Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs supported the Commission proposal to reduce the number of "carbon credits" (emission allowances) by 2.2% each year, and want to double the capacity of the 2019 market stability reserve (MSR) to absorb the excess of allowances on the market.

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