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Summary

  1. MEPs debate Brexit talks with Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier
  2. In a motion they recommend that EU leaders should not open trade talks yet
  3. The resolution is not binding on EU leaders or the European Commission
  4. This afternoon they debated Ryanair's flight cancellations
  5. They also debated new safety rules for ferries

Live Reporting

By Paul Seddon

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight & coming up tomorrow

    And with that, tonight's sitting comes to an end.

    MEPs will be back tomorrow at 08.00 BST, when their first debate is on this month's European Council summit.

    After the voting session, the afternoon sitting begins with a debate the disputed referendum in Catalonia.

    They will also discuss mis-spending of EU funds in 2016, and legislation to set up a new body to prosecute fraud against EU budget.

  2. MEPs debate new safety rules for ferries

    Ferry in the English Channel

    Next up is a debate on a series of new EU safety requirements for passenger ships such as ferries.

    The three new pieces of legislation include:

    • an update of EU fire safety rules for ships longer than 24m
    • new requirements for shipping firms to digitally register passenger details
    • inspection rules for high-speed and car-carrying ferries

    MEPs have reached agreement with national ministers on the new laws, which will be put to a final vote tomorrow lunchtime.

  3. MEPs debate criteria for endocrine disruptors

    MEPs are now debating a proposal from the EU Commission to exempt certain pesticides from a new scheme to identify endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

    EDCs can block the function of hormones and have been linked with declining sperm counts, some cancers, impaired intelligence, obesity and diabetes.

    The European Commission published its criteria for identifying EDCs last year after criticism from the EU’s top court.

    The food safety committee has tabled a motion calling for the Commission’s current plans, contained in secondary legislation, to be altered.

  4. More criticism for Ryanair from MEPs...

    Debate on Ryanair flight cancellations

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Tania Gonzalez Penas

    Spanish Podemos MEP Tania Gonzalez Penas says Ryanair has a "long history" of failing to protect passengers and its own workers.

    The company should be investigated by European national authorities, she says.

    Dutch Christian democrat Wim van der Camp says any passengers claiming compensation should not be tied up in "online bureaucracy"

    He also questions the regulation in Ireland, asking: "where was the Irish regulator?"

  5. MEPs call for Commission action

    Debate on Ryanair flight cancellations

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    French Green MEP Karima Delli calls for sanctions to be imposed on the company.

    She adds that Ryanair's cancellations show "the limits of the low-cost model".

    Flemish nationalist Anneleen van Bossuyt claims to have drawn the European Commission's attention to the issue of passenger rights years ago to no avail.

    "Now that thousands have been affected, I hope you will at last take action", she says.

    Anneleen van Bossuyt
  6. Czech MEP: Ryanair 'has messed up'

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Pavel Telicka

    Czech Liberal Pavel Telicka tells MEPs that "clearly something went wrong" at the company.

    "To put it bluntly, Ryanair has messed up", he adds.

    He says he is concerned that, more than ten years after they were passed, EU rules on passenger rights are not widely known about.

    Irish Sinn Fein MEP says the situation at the company reflects a desire by the EU to "promote competitiveness to the detriment of workers' rights".

  7. Commissioner welcomes CAA intervention

    Debate on Ryanair flight cancellations

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Violeta Bulc

    Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc says that she welcomes the actions of the UK's Civil Aviation Authority, and says all airlines must comply with EU legal requirements.

    The European Commission has written to Ryanair to "underline their concerns", she says.

    She adds that Ryanair has given "a number or reassurances" in response.

    The European Commission's role in this area is to monitor how EU law is being implemented - but it expects the national regulators to remain "vigilant", she adds.

  8. MEPs debate Ryanair flight cancellations

    Ryanair plane at Dublin airport

    MEPs are now discussing the conduct of Ryanair after the firm announced thousands of flight cancellations.

    The airline has been accused of not properly informing passengers about their rights to compensation under EU law.

    After an intervention by the Civil Aviation Authority, the company has now updated its website to explain how it will re-route customers.

    The regulator had said Ryanair failed to provide customers with "necessary and accurate" information about their rights after flights were cancelled.

  9. MEPs clash on climate targets

    Debate on Bonn climate conference

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    UKIP MEP Julia Reid says the "never-ending" climate objectives proposed by the European Commission will lead to the the "final de-industrialisation of Europe".

    If factories move to countries with much lower emissions standards, she adds, then this will end up increasing CO2 emissions.

    However Dutch Green Bas Eickhout says the current provisions to implement the agreement are "insufficient" to meet the ambitions in the targets.

    If Europe does not innovate, he adds, then it will end up "importing technologies" from countries from outside the continent.

    Bas Eickhout
  10. EU 'should press ahead' despite US withdrawal

    Debate on Bonn climate conference

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Peter Liese

    German Christian democrat Peter Liese says that the main message from the Bonn conference should be that the EU wants to "press ahead" despite Donald Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Paris agreement.

    French Socialist Gilles Parneaux says that the EU should eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels and reform its carbon trading scheme, known as the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

    The ETS was launched in 2005 and negotiations are currently ongoing on a major overhaul.

  11. MEPs debate Bonn climate conference

    Chimney pollution

    MEPs are now debating the forthcoming UN climate change conference in Bonn in Germany.

    The meeting in November will see signatory countries to the 2015 Paris agreement discuss how the obligations in the deal are to be implemented.

    In an oral question, MEPs on the environment committee have asked EU states to “scale up” so-called climate financing in order to meet a target of $100bn per year by 2020.

  12. MEPs debate 'partnership priorities' with Egypt

    MEPs have now been joined by Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete to debate the EU’s “partnership priorities” for its relations with Egypt.

    An updated version of the priorities agreed in July includes plans for co-operation on research, boosting foreign investment and renewable energy and tackling migration.

  13. Commisioner in Istanbul Convention plea

    Debate on combating child marriage

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Gender Equality Commissioner Vera Jourova says that child marriage is a "complex problem that cannot be solved in one stroke".

    She says that last year the EU gave €6m last year to Unicef's global population fund - and also contributes to programmes promoting access to healthcare and education.

    These also help to combat child marriage, she adds.

    She tells MEPs that allowing the EU to accede to the Istanbul Convention, an international treaty that aims to reduce violence against women, would improve the legal framework to help the victims of forced marriage.

    All member states have signed the Convention, and 14 out of 28 have ratified it. The permission of national ministers is still needed to allow the EU itself to accede as a signatory.

  14. MEPs debate attempts to tackle child marriage

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    MEPs are now debating a question from the women’s equality committee asking the EU Commission for an update on its efforts to combat child marriage.

    It also asks the Commission what it is doing to prevent child marriage among migrants and refugees.

    They also want to know whether the Commission provides “specific benchmarks” on child marriage in its co-operation agreements with non-EU countries.

  15. MEP questions EU payments to Moldova

    Debate on EU-Moldova relations

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Franz Obermayr

    Franz Obermayr, from Austria's right-wing Freedom Party, says the "rife" levels of corruption in Moldova should cause the EU to rethink its financial aid programme.

    In any case, he says, the EU should be wary of "provoking Russia".

  16. MEP links EU aid to electoral changes

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    David McAllister

    German Christian democrat David McAllister says that the country's partnership with the EU is based on respect for the rule of law, "responsible leadership" and respect for fundamental rights.

    He says the Moldovan government should ensure that all the recommendations on the new electoral law proposed by the Council of Europe's Venice Commission are respected.

    Without progress in this area, conditions for EU aid should be "called into question", he adds.

  17. MEPs disagree over electoral law

    Debate on EU-Moldova relations

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Cristian Dan Preda

    Centre-right Romanian MEP Cristian Dan Preda says the changes to the electoral law have been made in a bid to "eliminate" opposition parties.

    It is "reasonable" in the circumstances to ask the European Commission to suspend the EU aid payments recently approved by MEPs.

    Victor Bostinaru says critics of the law forget that it is a "100% copy and paste" of the main electoral law in Germany.

    "If we go not support Moldova today, we are going to say goodbye Moldova," he adds.

  18. Commissioner: Electoral changes go against recommendations

    Debate on EU-Moldova relations

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Commissioner Stylianides

    Commissioner Stylianides says that by taking part in the EU's eastern partnership programme, Moldova is not being asked to "choose between us and other global powers".

    He says the new electoral law goes against recommendations from the Council of Europe that changes should carry a "broad political consensus" and not increase candidates' exposure to business interests.

    The effect of the law on multi-party democracy will depend on its implementation, he adds.

    The payment of new EU financial payments will be linked to reform proposal contained in a "memorandum of understanding" agreed with the country.

  19. Good afternoon

    Welcome back to this plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

    First this afternoon, MEPs have been joined by Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides to debate EU relations with Moldova.

    The former Soviet republic signed a far-reaching association agreement with the EU in 2014 and is one of six countries in the bloc’s “eastern partnership” scheme.

    The country has recently seen protests over changes to the electoral system.

    MEPs recently approved €60m in EU loans and €40m in grants to support the country’s economy following the huge banking scandal in 2014.

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