In the year’s final plenary session, the European Parliament awards the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, discusses the progress of Brexit negotiations, and votes on the extension of the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI). Also on the cards is a vote on recommendations for countering money laundering, and a vote on whether to allow phosphates in kebab meat.
Venezuela is facing an economic and political crisis. The country's political opposition is fighting every day to regain freedom. The European Parliament awarded the 2017 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to all political prisoners in Venezuela and the democratic opposition, represented by the president of its National Assembly Julio Borges.
During the Christmas period, more and more citizens are turning to digital products. It is a new norm that need to be regulated to better protect citizens. From defective products, unjustified geo-blocking, cross-border deliveries, to online streaming and the end of roaming, the European Parliament is tackling the issues.
After the Paradise Papers leaks, members of the Parliament will most likely call for the creation of a special investigative committee, and ultimately of a permanent standing committee, to shed light on wrongdoings in the field of taxation. The final recommendations of the Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA), are to be voted on at the December plenary session. They aim to accelerate the implementation of anti-money laundering laws.
Launched in 2013, the Youth Employment Initiative provides financial support to regions struggling with high rates of youth unemployment. MEPs now want Member States to play their part and promote much needed reforms with long-term, sustainable youth employment as a target.
The European Union was founded on principles of human rights and freedom of expression. That's why the European Parliament supports countries like Tunisia in their ongoing efforts towards democracy. This support comes in the form of legal and political action including the Sakharov Prize and the Sakharov Fellowship. Meet Asma Kaouech, a Tunisian activist and Sakharov fellow, who tells us her story.
Climate change is the primary challenge our generation will face, and the European Union has the power to do something about it, but what? The Baltic region is the European area most at risk of climate change, facing heatwaves, torrential rain and rising sea levels. This video explores how the Gdansk region of Poland is dealing with these issues with help from the EU.
Committees of the European Parliament are meeting to discuss youth employment in the EU, measures to control the flow of cash, the humanitarian situation in Libya, women and climate change and an EU wide disability strategy.