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.
Parliament reveals the winner of the 2017 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The award honours individuals defending human rights and fundamental freedoms. MEPs are looking into a new entry/exit system that will register and keep data such as name, fingerprints, and facial image of non-EU nationals for 90 days. The aim is to speed up border crossings and improve security. Cancer is the primary cause of work-related deaths in the EU. Lawmakers are voting on stricter new rules to protect workers from exposure to harmful substances. Every year, dozens of new drugs appear on the market. Parliament is voting on a law to better monitor new psychoactive substances and impose criminal penalties. MEPs are calling for EU-wide protection for whistle-blowers. They want mechanisms in place for people to disclose their information, and measures against retaliation.