The future of Europe was at the heart of the debate with the French president during this plenary session. Personal data, the 2016 budget, new legislation on the circular economy and the use of chemical weapons in Syria were also on the plenary’s agenda.
For 3 hours, French President Emmanuel Macron debated Europe's future with MEPs and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. He promoted 'European sovereignty' in the face of national isolationism. MEPs urged Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to come to the European Parliament to answer questions on the misuse of the personal data of 2.7 million European Facebook users. MEPs approved more than 50 reports closing the European Union's 2016 financial year. They welcomed the lowest error rate in 10 years. By 2035, 65% of municipal waste should be recycled – compared to 44% now. MEPs voted in a new law on the circular economy, which will also reduce landfill. At least 40 people died during the latest chemical attacks in Syria. Parliament President Antonio Tajani said that the use of chemical weapons represents a red line that cannot be crossed with impunity.