In the second plenary session of October, MEPs decide and reveal the winner of the 2017 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. They also tackle issues concerning a new entry-exit border system, better controlling carcinogen exposure at work, protecting whistle-blowers and much more.
One in four deaths in the EU is caused by cancer, with certain forms predominantly or exclusively affecting women such as cancer of the breast, uterus, cervix and ovaries. Breast cancer is the most fatal for women. Experts join lawmakers to look at the current situation in the prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of women's cancers in the EU. MEP Daniela Aiuto says access to preventative care must be improved especially in poorer member states.
MEPs are revising the Dublin Regulation -- the EU law that determines which country is responsible for processing asylum applications. The current system puts too much burden on frontline states like Greece and Italy. As such, lawmakers are advocating fairer distribution of asylum seekers among all member states as well as mandatory participation.
The three finalists for the 2017 Lux Film Prize all tackle themes of identity and prejudice: from Sweden's 'Sámi Blood' by director Amanda Kernell, 'Western' by German director Valeska Grisebach, to France's Oscar contender for this year, 'BPM' by Robin Campillo.
The European Parliament is updating data protection rules to include new forms of communication such as WhatsApp and other instant messengers. The aim is to better protect people's privacy.
Several EU laws including those on posted workers, data protection and the Dublin regulation for asylum seekers are on the committees' agendas. Also on the table are results of the Panama Papers inquiry, women's cancers and much more.
The EU is looking into allegations that food companies are selling lower quality food products to some EU countries. The European Commission presents its latest findings and discusses consumer protection laws with MEPs.
Want to hang out with 8,000 young people next summer? The European Parliament in Strasbourg is hosting the European Youth Event (EYE) on 1-2 June 2018. Get political and join in debates or kick back at live concerts, theatre shows and other performances. Europe's youth is its future. That's why we want to hear what you have to say.