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Updated On: Monday, May 29 2017
Development Issues

Plenary overview: refugee relocation, Hungary, Brexit talks

Content by: European Union
Watch our video for an overview of what happened during this week's plenary session

From a debate on Brexit negotiations to refugee relocation and the situation in Hungary: read our overview of this week's plenary session.


Brexit


During Wednesday'sdebate on the European Council of 29 April dedicated to Brexit, MEPs welcomed the unity shown by EU countries ahead of negotiations with the UK, but also insisted on a reform of the EU taking place at the same time.


Hungary


MEPs criticised the serious deterioration" of the rules of law and democracy in Hungary on Wednesday andadopted a resolution calling for article 7(1) of the EU Treaty to be invoked, to determine whether there is a clear risk of a serious breach of EU values.


Refugee relocation


Countries such as Italy and Greece should not have to bear the brunt of taking in refugees seeking sanctuary in Europe, said MEPs in a resolution adopted on Thursday, in which they called for an effective relocation system. In a debate on Tuesday, MEPs accused national governments of dragging their feet over relocating refugees to their country.


Online subscriptions


Rules to allow people who have paid foronline subscriptions to view their content, TV series, films but also e-books when travelling to other EU countries, wereapproved by MEPs on Thursday and could come into force within a year.


United Nations


UN Secretary-GeneralAntnio Guterres addressed the plenary chamber on Wednesday, discussing issues such as the situation in Syria, the refugees crisis and the importance of the EUs role in the world.


Homophobia


Ahead of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17 May, MEPs debated on Tuesday thepersecution of gay men in Chechnya as reported by Russian media and human rights organisations. Aresolution was adopted on Thursday, calling for an urgent investigation by Russian authorities.


Food waste


MEPs want to see the88 million tonnes of food wasted every year in the EU reduced by 30% by 2025 and by 50% by 2030 compared to the 2014 baseline.


Money laundering


Parliament rejected for the second time a proposed European Commission blacklist of countries at risk of money laundering. This list is derived from the international Financial Action Task Force and MEPs want the EU to have an independent and autonomous process for judging whether countries are at risk of financial criminality.


Employment


MEPs approved on Wednesday EU funding worth 2.6 million to help 821 former Nokia ICT workers in Finland with career coaching and individual guidance.


Globalisation


The negative effects of globalisation on society should be addressed and its benefits should be better distributed to all people, said MEPs in a resolution adopted on Tuesday. Read, what Parliament has already done recently regarding issues linked to globalisation.














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Updated: ( 19-05-2017 - 10:24)
Red lines on Brexit negotiations

The UK has begun the formal process to withdraw from the EU. The European Parliament has identified its red line issues for the negotiations. They include putting people's interests first and the UK honouring its commitments to the EU budget.

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