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Plenary week at the European Parliament

MEPs are on their way to Strasbourg this morning for the first plenary session of March 2019. Here are the highlights to look forward to.

 
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Highlights

EU Spring Summit/Brexit. MEPs will discuss their priorities for the 21-22 March EU summit, focussing on jobs, growth, competitiveness, climate change, external relations and ways to fight disinformation. MEPs will also comment on the outcome of the vote on the Brexit deal in the UK House of Commons on 12 March and asses its consequences. To ensure the least possible disruption to citizens and businesses, MEPs will vote on travel, air and road transport, Erasmus, social security and fisheries measures to mitigate the effects of a withdrawal of the UK from the EU without an agreement on Wednesday.

Counteracting hostile propaganda. To protect European democracies from foreign actors spreading misinformation or misusing personal data, MEPs are set to introduce financial penalties for pan-European political parties and foundations that deliberately breach data protection laws and regulations. They are also likely to condemn attempts by Russia, China, Iran and North Korea to influence political elections and provide support for extremist governments on Wednesday.

Cybersecurity/IT threat from China. MEPs are set to state that the increase of China's technological presence in the EU poses serious security threats that require urgent action to be taken at EU level. Parliament is also set to adopt the EU Cybersecurity Act, which will strengthen Europe's cybersecurity, by setting up a European Cybersecurity Certificates scheme for products, processes and services and by extending the mandate of the EU Cybersecurity agency on Wednesday.

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UK MEP's in the spotlight

Preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Rapporteur: Daniel DALTON (West Midlands, Conservative)

Preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online
Committee on Culture and Education
Rapporteur for the opinion: Julie WARD (North West England, Labour)  

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For this year's International Women's Day and ahead of the European elections, the European Parliament is highlighting the importance of women’s participation in politics. Women continue to be under-represented in politics and public life at local, national and European level, as shown by recent data.

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What is the role of women in political decision-making in view of the next European elections? Find out more

 
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