From posted workers and the digital economy to Brexit and the future of Europe, the first half of 2018 has been busy for the European Parliament. Let’s look back at the main topics over the past six months.
Members voted not to start negotiations on the update of copyright rules, and will debate and vote them in September's plenary session. The EP approved a new defence fund,strengthened cooperation between Europol and eight countries in North Africa and the Middle East and referred back to the Transport Committee for reconsideration the proposals on the lorry drivers.
The Parliament is set to tackle topics on work-life balance for parents and carers, boosting defences against cyber threats, cracking down on sexual harassment, setting up a digital gateway and tackling varying quality and composition of products between countries in the Single Market.
Europe is a world leader in social protection. High standards are in place for well-being, work-life balance and fighting poverty. But the European Parliament calls for better application and higher standards.
Your best friends can go on holiday with you. The European Parliament wants to make it easy for your pets to travel. Pets need European pet passports, microchips for identification and anti-rabies vaccinations to travel within the EU. Remind your dog to pack its bone too!
MEPs discuss EU border controls, 3D printing, copyright rules and the working conditions of truck drivers. Also on the agenda: a debate on Europe's future with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
A new European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) will beef up EU border controls. Visa-exempt third country nationals will need to apply for travel authorisation before coming to the EU. The application system is designed to be rapid, efficient and easy to complete.
To celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the European Parliament hosted a conference gathering political leaders, policy makers and artists. They discussed how to preserve and promote cultural heritage and the economic potential it has.