The 2017 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, thorny Brexit negotiations, the violent persecution of Muslim ethnic minority Rohingya by Burmese authorities and reforms in EU agricultural policy: here are 5 numbers to take away from the plenary.
There are 300 political prisoners in Venezuela. The country's political prisoners and the national assembly have been awarded the 2017 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Parliament agrees that there has been "sufficient progress" in Brexit negotiations, paving the way for Phase Two of talks. But there are outstanding issues still to be resolved, such as the right of free movement for UK citizens in EU countries. 'Top-ups' to attract young farmers to the industry will rise to 50% of their basic payment right, all part of measures to bolster farmers against risk and boost bargaining power against supermarkets. More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled what the UN calls an 'ethnic cleansing' by the Burmese authorities in Myanmar. MEPs have called for stronger sanctions to bring an end to the atrocities. 143 politicians were implicated in the enormous leak last year. MEPs pushed for open registers, effective whistle-blower protection and rules for intermediaries.