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Maternity leave directive: paid paternity leave creates controversy among MEPs

Maternity leave directive: paid paternity leave creates controversy among MEPs

Maternity leave should be extended from 14 to 20 weeks, says MEP Edite Estrela (S&D, PT) in a report, debated by Womens’ Rights Committee MEPs on Tuesday, on proposals to update the EU “maternity leave” directive.

Europol reforms: MEPs criticize Council and demand democratic scrutiny

Europol reforms: MEPs criticize Council and demand democratic scrutiny

On Tuesday Parliament rejected four proposals, on Europol’s analysis work files, the confidentiality of its information, its exchange of personal data with partners and its agreements with third countries, arguing that Europol rules should not be amended until the EP becomes a co-legislator in this area. Source : © European Parliament

Financial aid for Serbia, Bosnia, Armenia and Georgia

Financial aid for Serbia, Bosnia, Armenia and Georgia

Parliament gave its backing on Tuesday for €400 million-plus in budget aid to Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia and Georgia. The funds are to help these countries to finance their external balances of payments and state budget deficits. Source : © European Parliament

Better statistics on the use of pesticides

Better statistics on the use of pesticides

The sale and use of pesticides needs to be monitored more strictly as part of EU plans to ensure they are used more safely.

Energy-saving buildings: agreement reached

Energy-saving buildings: agreement reached

All buildings built after 31 December 2020 must have high energy-saving standards and be powered to a large extent by renewable energy. Public authorities will lead the way two years earlier and part of the funding for these changes will come from the EU. These are among the key points of a deal reached on Tuesday evening between Parliament and Council negotiators

Court of Auditors 2008 report: further improvements needed, say MEPs

Court of Auditors 2008 report: further improvements needed, say MEPs

Although control of EU spending has improved and errors are down, more needs to be done, said Budgetary Control Committee MEPs on Tuesday as the Court of Auditors presented its 2008 report. The presentation launched the 2008 discharge procedure

MEPs defend the immunity of MEP Marek Siwiec

MEPs defend the immunity of MEP Marek Siwiec

Parliament voted on Tuesday to preserve the parliamentary immunity of Polish MEP Marek Siwiec through a resolution which argues that “the charges against Mr Siwiec have been brought by a political opponent, with the principal aim of undermining his activity as MEP”. Source : © European Parliament