MEPs approved the shrinking of the House from 751 to 705 MEPs after Brexit, set a date for potential new members to join the EU, and voted on issues ranging from geo-blocking to female genital mutilation, to daylight savings time.
The number of MEPs will shrink from 751 to 705 after Brexit. Some or all of these 46 seats will be put into a reserve, and could be given to new countries joining the bloc, or kept to make the institution smaller. A target date of 2025 has been set for two Western Balkan countries, Serbia and Montenegro, to join the European Union. They need to meet certain criteria including a free press and fighting corruption. 63% of European websites don't let shoppers buy from another EU country. This is called geo-blocking – and Parliament has voted to end the discriminatory practice. An estimated 500,000 women living in the EU have undergone female genital mutilation. Members adopted a resolution to step up prevention measures in all policy areas. Parliament voted on whether to keep the twice-yearly summer time change. Some studies say it could have negative health effects. MEPs want further assessment of the issue.