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#Plenary highlights: Leadership election, formation of committees

#Plenary highlights: Leadership election, formation of committees

| July 8, 2019

The newly-elected MEPs met for their first plenary session on 2-4 July, during which they elected a new president and voted on the size of the parliamentary committees. Parliament chose Italian Social Democrat David Sassoli as its president last Wednesday (3 July) for a term of two-and-a-half years. MEPs also elected the 14 vice-presidents, who can fill in […]

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#BrexitParty MEPs turn their backs on EU anthem

#BrexitParty MEPs turn their backs on EU anthem

| July 3, 2019

Members of Britain’s Brexit Party turned their backs on the EU anthem on Tuesday as it was played live at the opening of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, in a move that other lawmakers branded disgraceful and pathetic, writes Reuters Television. The party launched by prominent Brexiteer Nigel Farage in April won 29 seats in […]

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Plenary highlights: Road safety, #Whistleblowers, #ConsumerProtection

Plenary highlights: Road safety, #Whistleblowers, #ConsumerProtection

| April 22, 2019

During the last plenary session before May’s elections, MEPs approved new measures requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles and EU-wide standards to protect whistle-blowers. Workers with on-demand, voucher-based or platform jobs can expect more transparent and predictable working conditions following a vote on 16 April. In a debate on 16 April, the majority of MEPs commended the decision to […]

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UK should ‘cool down’ and drop #Brexit – Socialist candidate to head European Commission

UK should ‘cool down’ and drop #Brexit – Socialist candidate to head European Commission

| April 22, 2019

Britain should use the next few months to “cool down and rethink” its decision to leave the European Union, the socialist candidate to head the next European Commission, Frans Timmermans (pictured), said last week, writes Peter Maushagen. Two weeks ago, EU leaders gave Britain an extension of its departure date until 31 October, with the possibility […]

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Coming up: #Whistleblowers, #Brexit and #EURoadSafety

Coming up: #Whistleblowers, #Brexit and #EURoadSafety

| April 16, 2019

Protecting whistle-blowers, the state of play on Brexit and improving road safety are among the topics in the last plenary session of the current term. Protection of whistleblowers New EU rules to protect people reporting breaches of EU law will be voted by MEPs today (16 April). All forms of retaliation will be prohibited and safe channels […]

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Coming up: Work-life balance, #Brexit and #NaturalGas

Coming up: Work-life balance, #Brexit and #NaturalGas

| April 2, 2019

Balancing work and family, the state of play on Brexit, and natural gas will be dealt with by MEPs during this week’s plenary session. Work-life balance On Thursday (4 April), Parliament will debate and vote on new rules to improve parents and carers’ work-life balance. Proposals include the right to ten days of paternity leave, flexible […]

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UK must make clear what it wants, MEPs say in #Brexit debate

UK must make clear what it wants, MEPs say in #Brexit debate

| March 13, 2019

© CC-BY-4.0: © European Union 2019 – Source: EP MEPs today (13 March) commented on yesterday’s rejection of the Brexit deal in the House of Commons. Most members underlined that the UK must make up its mind and say what it wants. Click on names of speakers to watch the individual statements. “We are not […]

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