MEPs vote on an EU-wide ban on throwaway plastics and discuss the future of Europe with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. Also on the agenda: new standards for clean water, the Sakharov Prize and the impact of the Cambridge Analytica scandal on data protection.
Parliament continues discussions on the implications of the Cambridge Analytica election scandal, new measures to reduce plastic in European waters and choose the three finalists for the 2018 Sakharov Freedom of Thought prize.
Parliament voted to curb CO2 emissions, facilitate the seizure of criminal assets and ensure European content on online video-on-demand. MEPs canceled funds to Turkey based on the country’s poor democracy performance. They also set up priorities for the upcoming heads of state summit in Brussels.
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his final State of the Union speech. Members voted on digital copyright rules, measures to counter money laundering and a plastics strategy. Parliament calls on the Council to initiate disciplinary measures against Hungary.
Coming into force on 25 May 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) harmonises data privacy laws across Europe. It protects Europeans, gives them control over their personal data and reshapes the way organisations approach data privacy.
For years, Turkey and the EU have cooperated on issues such as trade, migration and NATO. Talks for Turkey to join the EU began in 2005. After an attempted coup d’état in 2016, Turkey imposed a state of emergency, allowing the government to bypass the rule of law and silence political opponents. The EU says that the country can’t join the European Union unless the human rights situation improves. Vice-Chair of the Delegation on EU-Turkey relations Miltiadis Kyrkos explains where talks stand.
A resolution of the European Parliament calls for zero tolerance for female genital mutilation, affecting 140 million women worldwide and an estimated 500,000 women in the EU alone.