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11-05-2016 08:35 PM CEST

Plenary sessions : MEPs voiced serious concerns about Turkey's lack of progress in meeting the EUs preconditions for liberalising its visa regime for Turkish nationals, as required by the 18 March deal between the EU and Turkey to help stem the flow of migrants into the EU.

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP
11-05-2016 06:16 PM CEST

Plenary sessions : The reimposition of checks at the Schengen areas internal borders has put one of the greatest and most tangible achievements of the European project at risk, observed most MEPs speaking in a debate with the Commission and the Council on Wednesday. They agreed that, in order to restore the normal functioning of the passport-free zone, the EUs external borders need to be properly secured.

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP
11-05-2016 06:04 PM CEST

Plenary sessions : Fathers don't take nearly as much parental leave as mothers do, which can lead to women having to sacrifice their career prospects in order to look after their children. EU rules are meant to help with this, but results have proved mixed. Belgian Socialist MEP Maria Arena has written a report with suggestions on how to improve the situation. MEPs debate the report on 12 May and vote on it later that day. Watch our video interview with her to find out why she thinks improvements are needed.

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP
11-05-2016 05:57 PM CEST

Plenary sessions : The EUs Dublin rules, which determine which country is responsible for processing asylum applications, are not working, said MEPs in Wednesdays debate on an EU Commission proposal to overhaul them. These rules must be replaced with an efficient asylum system, based on solidarity among EU member states, to enable them to manage applications effectively, they urged.

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP
11-05-2016 12:24 PM CEST

Plenary sessions : Harmonised EU entry and residence rules to make it easier and more attractive for people from third countries to study or do research at EU universities were approved by Parliament on Wednesday. The new rules clarify and improve conditions for non-EU interns, volunteers, school pupils and au pairs.

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP
11-05-2016 12:23 PM CEST

Plenary sessions : The EU police agency Europol will soon be able to step up efforts to fight terrorism, cybercrime and other criminal offences and respond faster to threats, thanks to new governance rules approved by Parliament on Wednesday. The new powers come with strong data protection safeguards and democratic oversight tools.

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP
11-05-2016 12:08 PM CEST

Plenary sessions : Most of the victims of human trafficking in Europe are women and girls that come from EU countries, with sexual exploitation being the main reason. On Thursday 12 May MEPs will assess current European legislation to combat human trafficking and protect its victims as well as suggest improvements. We talked with Catherine Bearder, a UK member of the ALDE group who wrote a report about it, about how to tackle human trafficking.

Source : European Union, 2016 - EP

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