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Plenary highlights: Lux Prize, Paradise papers, online shopping

by globtec
Nov , 18
Plenary highlights: Lux Prize, Paradise papers, online shopping

This year’s Lux Film Priz winner, tax avoidance, and protection for online shoppers were among the issues being dealt with during this week’s plenary session. Read on for our overview.

Sami Blood, the story of a Sami girl overcoming prejudice and institutionalised discrimination, was awarded Parliament’s 2017 Lux Film PrizeThe winner was announced during a ceremony in Strasbourg on 14 November. Read more about it in our interview with the lead actress Lene Cecilia Sparrok.

On Tuesday MEPs approved new rules for online shopping to better product consumers against fraud. The measuresadopted will ensure that fraudulent online traders are detected and stopped more swiftly.


Driver assistance systems such as automatic braking with pedestrian detection, intelligent speed adaptation should be mandatory in all new cars, said MEPs in a resolution adopted on Tuesday.

The Paradise papers are the latest leak of documents showing how the wealthy hide their assets to avoid being taxes. MEPs debated the issue on Tuesday, calling on EU countries to clamp down on tax dodging.


Following an intense debate on Wednesday, MEPs adopted a resolution stating that basic European values are at risk in Poland and called on the Council to activate Article 7 of the Treaty on the European Union, which could lead to the country having its voting rights suspened.


Also on Wednesday MEPs demanded that the European Commission started talks with Malta to discuss the lack on action to tackle money-laundering, corruption as well as EU citizenship being granted too easily.


For the first time EU trade rules will require trade partners to meet international social and environmental standards after MEPs voted in favour of new anti-dumping rules on Wednesday to protect jobs and European companies.

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