MEPs formally endorsed the United Nations global climate agreement agreed during last December’s COP21 Conference in Paris during this week's plenary session, clearing the way for its ratification and implementation. They also endorsed a ban on exporting EU products that could be used for torture and the death penalty and approved financial assistance for laid-off workers. In addition they supported the idea of free rail passes for 18-year-olds to help them discover Europe. As far as the Greeek economic adjustment programme is concerned, there was a discussion between MEPs and P. Moscovici, the commissioner responsible for economic and financial affairs. MEPs disagreed on the need of further reforms and on the social and economic consequences of these efforts.
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The situation in Syria was debated on Wednesday afternoon following the collapse of the ceasefire and mounting US-Russia tensions. Moscow was blamed by many, while others called for greater EU involvement in peace efforts. A resolution was adopted on Thursday.
The code of conduct for European commissioners needs to be made stricter to avoid conflicts of interests once they finish their tenure in Brussels, MEPs said in a debate on Tuesday.
MEPs expressed alarms at plans in Poland to further restrict access to abortion and in vitro fertilisation during a debate on Wednesday afternoon.
MEPs called for an improvement of European rules on mass lay-offs to help protect workers better.