Published on October 11th, 2018

Important resolutions written during committee week!

📌 No more plastic fantastic Vol.II: MEPs tackle the plastic pollution of oceans🌊🛑🛍️
📌 EP2019: Women’s European Council urging women to vote and stand in EU elections👧📣🗳️
📌 Money for the young: EU Budget 2019 to focus on young people💰🔜👶
📌Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection🔍📊⛑️

No more plastic fantastic Vol.II: MEPs tackle the plastic pollution of oceans🌊🛑🛍️
➡️Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery or cotton buds, making up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned under plans backed in the Environment Committee. Member states will draft national plans to encourage the use of products suitable for multiple use, as well as re-using and recycling. The report focuses on holding producers responsible for the material they choose to work with.
🔜 It will be put to a vote by the entire EP during its 22-25 October plenary session in Strasbourg.

EP2019: Women’s European Council urging women to vote and stand in EU elections👧📣🗳️
➡️The Women’s summit debated on how to close the gender pay gap through investment and innovation, and on ways to boost women’s presence in top political positions. Several top EU politicians called on the European political parties to ensure a gender balance when designating their candidates for the presidency of the European Commission.
🔜 The adopted conclusions will be submitted to the European Council, to be held 17-18 October.

Money for the young: EU Budget 2019 to focus on young people💰🔜👶
➡️ Budgets Committee MEPs demanded an EU budget for 2019, tackling priorities such as sustainable growth, innovation, competitiveness, security, managing refugee and migration flows, the fight against climate change, the transition to sustainable energy, and a particular focus on young people. They refuse to accept the cuts to the research and infrastructure programmes proposed by the Council, and intend to particularly boost programmes supporting the young, with significant increases to Erasmus+ and the Youth Employment Initiative.
🔜 Plenary to confirm position on 24 October, negotiations with Council to start in November

Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection🔍📊⛑️
➡️ EU bodies should be allowed to fully audit Facebook to assess data protection and security of users’ personal data, said Civil Liberties MEPs. The resolution includes the wish to upgrade competition rules to reflect the digital reality, measures to prevent election meddling. It also urges the member states to investigate alleged misuse of online political space by foreign forces. Additionally, MEPs recommend the EU institutions to consider shutting their Facebook accounts if citizens’ data is at risk.
🔜 The resolution will be put to a vote by the full Parliament during the next plenary session. 

Written by Katharina Krüll

Administrative Manager

Katharina is a 25-year old European Studies student. She joined AEGEE in 2012 and has been an active member of the association on both the local and European level. As the Research Manager, she works hard to provide good content input for substantial discussions on the future of Europe. As a member of the Y Vote team, she now gets to participate in the project that, with its 2014 edition, made her understand the importance of Youth participation.