This plenary session of July dealt with issues such as Turkey, the first ever EU-Cuba deal and anti-dumping measures.
- MEPs paid tribute to Simone Veil, a noted French politician and the first president of the directly-elected European Parliament who passed away on 30 June, with a ceremony held in Strasbourg on 4 July.
- Accession talks with Turkey should be suspended if the government proceeds to reform the country's constitution, said MEPs in a resolution adopted. M. Kyrkos voted against it, since these talks are the sole available communication channel.
- New anti-dumping rules were approved on Tuesday to help protect European firms from unfair trade practices outside the EU.
- MEPs called on the industry to come up with products that are easier to repair and to ensure nothing is made with built-in weaknesses designed to make consumer buy new products sooner.
- MEPs backed measures to tackle communicable diseases, including proposals for free HIV tests to speed up diagnosis and treatment.
- MEPs voted in favour of the first-ever EU-Cuba deal, although MEPs expressed their opposition to any laws or measure that could harm the Cuban population.
- The Parliament called on EU countries to use €6.4 billion left over from last year's EU budget to finance refugee relief measures.
- Multinational companies should publicly disclose their tax situation in every EU country, said MEPs in a resolution adopted on Tuesday. Information should include net turnover, profits and tax paid.
- Private security companies need to be better regulated and not allowed to enter warzones and engage in combat, said MEPs in a resolution adopted on Tuesday. No fewer than 40,000 private security firms are estimated to be based in the EU.
- MEPs approved setting up a special committee for counter-terrorism. Thirty MEPs will sit on this committee, which will operate for a year, examining and evaluating the extent of the terrorist threat in Europe.
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