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.
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his last State of the Union speech. With eight months to go before the European elections, he called for unity and a stronger Europe. Parliament adopted its position on digital copyright rules with 438 votes to 226. The measures would allow artists and journalists to be paid fairly for their work. Members debated whether Hungary is at risk of breaching core European values. Parliament asks the Council to invoke Article 7, a disciplinary process against the member state. Members approved rules on cash controls and to prevent money laundering. Authorities can now track cash movements under the current €10,000 threshold and seize cash if they suspect criminal activity. Only 30% of plastic waste in the EU is recycled. Members want all plastic packaging to be reused or recycled by 2030, and to solve the problem of marine litter.