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Summary

  1. Polish PM defends judicial changes during speech to MEPs
  2. MEPs call for strong data protection in data-sharing deals with Middle Eastern countries
  3. They also debate the end of Greece's third bailout programme in August
  4. MEPs also debate recent calls from Italian interior minister for census of Roma population

Live Reporting

By Paul Seddon

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight

    Last tonight, there's a short debate on EU citizens who have been adversely affected by the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

    However that's where we leave our coverage of the European Parliament for tonight.

  2. MEPs debate privacy in US data pact

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Next tonight MEPs are debating the privacy safeguards in the EU’s current data transfer agreement with the United States.

    The so-called Privacy Shield allows companies that are considered to provide adequate data protection to transfer personal data across the Atlantic.

    It was agreed in 2016, replacing a previous pact called Safe Harbour, which was struck down by the European Court of Justice after leaks showed data was being spied upon.

  3. Debate on fund management of EU funds

    MEPs are now debating a revision of the EU’s rules on managing and receiving EU funds.

  4. MEPs debate 2019 budget priorities

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Euro banknotes

    MEPs are now debating their position on the EU budget for next year.

    The European Commission presented its draft 2019 budget in May – MEPs will now negotiate with national ministers on a final version to be signed off before the end of the year.

    Tomorrow MEPs will set out their wish-list for next year’s spending in a lengthy resolution.

    The draft calls on the budget for the Erasmus student exchange programme to be “at least doubled”, and for spending in the area of migration to be maintained.

  5. New Schengen authorisation system debated

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Rome Airport

    MEPs are now debating legislation introducing a new electronic authorisation system for non-EU nationals entering countries in the Schengen passport-free area.

    The system will be used by nationals of those countries which are outside the EU but have an agreement with the bloc allowing their citizens to travel without applying for a full visa.

    The new system, which was first proposed back in 2016 in a bid to increase security at the Schengen zone’s external borders, is meant to be operational by 2021.

    Similar systems are already in place in Canada and the United States.

  6. Europe 'losing its values' - Green MEP

    Debate on Matteo Salvini

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Independent Italian MEP Marco Affronte, who sits in the Green/EFA group, says the EU should not "remain silent when faced with these words of hatred".

    The lack of condemnation at governmental level shows Europe is "losing its values", he says.

    Representing Austria's EU presidency, Austrian Interior Ministry State Secretary Karoline Edtstadler says it is not for the presidency to comment on remarks made by "individual ministers".

    Turning to the general issue, she says Roma continue to face discrimination and more should be done to tackle this.

  7. MEPs debate Italian minister's call for Roma 'census'

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini

    Next up, MEPs are debating the recent call from new Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini for a census of the Roma population which would lead to non-Italians being deported.

    His comments have faced a criticism from various groups since he made them last month.

    He told a local TV channel that those Roma who had no right to stay in Italy would be deported but "as for the Italian Roma, unfortunately you have to keep them at home".

    An association that promotes Roma rights immediately has pointed out that any census based on ethnic background was against Italian law.

    The debate was called by the Green group under parliamentary rules which allow the assembly’s political groups to call topical debates.

  8. 'Mistakes on all sides'

    Debate on the end of Greece's bailout

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Miltiadis Kyrkos

    Centre-left Greek MEP Miltiadis Kyrkos says that "mistakes have been made on all sides" during the bailout process.

    He pays tribute to the Greek people, whom he says have "done their part" by enduring "terrible" cuts to salaries and low investment in areas such as health.

    He adds that some of the changes demanded by creditors have not even been implemented in practice, even if they have been put into legislation.

    Slovak conservative MEP Richard Sulik says the bailout programme has turned Greece into a "vassal" of the European institutions.

    He says a co-called haircut on the outstanding debt is "the only real solution".

  9. German MEP: Greek bailout 'was a mistake'

    Debate on the end of Greece's bailout

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    German conservative MEP Bernd Lucke says the bailout programme was a "mistake" and has been a "disaster" for Greece.

    Greece will continue to have problems for as long as it continues in the eurozone, he says.

    Agnes Jongerius, from the Dutch Labour party, says wages have gone down massively, in some cases even halved, due to change to collective bargaining arrangements in the country.

    Greece will continue to have huge debts for years to come, which will be a "shackle" round its neck, she adds.

  10. Greek MEP questions exit terms

    Debate on the end of Greece's bailout

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Manolis Kefalogiannis

    Greek MEP Manolis Kefalogiannis, from the centre-right New Democracy party, questions whether Greece is really exiting its bailout contract.

    He says conditions agreed during the exit process might simply amount to a fourth bailout.

    Italian social democrat Roberto Gualtieri, who chairs the economic and monetary affairs committee, says the exit marks a "milestone" in Greece's return to "autonomy".

    It shows the EU has been able to guarantee the stability of the eurozone, despite "many mistakes", he says.

  11. Centeno: Greece 'ready to turn the page'

    Debate on end of Greek bailout

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Mario Centeno

    Portuguese finance minister Mario Centeno says Greece's third bailout is "drawing to a successful close". The country is ready to "turn the page", he adds.

    Eurozone countries showed "unprecedented solidarity" by lending billions to Greece when "no one else was willing to lend", he says.

    As well as the money, he says European creditors gave Greece time for a "reform process" to take place, leading to the return of economic growth last year.

    Greece has run a "solid primary surplus for two consecutive years", he tells MEPs.

    However he also says the bailout has required "extraordinary sacrifices" from Greek citizens.

  12. MEPs to debate end of Greek bailout

    A man walks past closed shops in the center of Thessaloniki

    MEPs will shortly be joined by Portuguese finance minister Mario Centeno to debate the imminent end of Greece’s third bailout programme.

    Mr Centeno is the current president of the Eurogroup of finance ministers from eurozone countries.

    Last month Greece and its European partners agreed a set of debt measures aiming to ensure the country exits its current bailout programme in August smoothly.

    The country’s three bailouts over eight years have been accompanied by strict demands for budget cuts and “structural reforms”.

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said the long-term sustainability of the country’s debt remains uncertain.

  13. Voting ends

    That’s the voting session finished. MEPs will now be able to make short speeches explaining how they voted.

    This will be followed by a short break before the sitting resumes at 14.00 BST, with a debate on the end of Greece’s third bailout programme.

  14. MEPs urge strong data protection in Europol agreements

    Voting session

    Europol headquarters in the Hague

    MEPs adopt advisory resolutions setting out conditions for the EU in negotiating data-sharing agreements between police agency Europol and Middle Eastern countries.

    Earlier this month national ministers backed a European Commission proposal to negotiate agreements with eight countries, including Turkey and Egypt.

    The EU’s security commissioner, who is also commissioner for the UK, has said such deals would give the EU the “right tools and resources to protect Europeans”.

    The motions warn that the European Parliament could veto the agreements if data protection provisions are not "essentially equivalent" to current EU standards.

  15. Vote tomorrow on copyright law

    Some news earlier from the legal affairs committee - which confirmed that more than 76 MEPs have triggered a vote tomorrow on controversial changes to EU copyright rules.

    The committee backed two controversial elements of the overhaul last month, during a vote to open negotiations with national ministers.

    The first involves making internet companies put in place filters to detect potential copyright infringements in material uploaded by users.

    The second would require online platforms to pay publishers a fee if they link to their news content - decried by opponents as a "link tax".

    If the committee's position is rejected tomorrow, it will re-open debate on the law and potentially set up a full showdown in September.

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  16. Angolan President in development plea

    Speech from Angolan President

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Joao Lourenco

    Joao Lourenco tells MEPs that his country is "deepening the process of democratisation".

    He says efforts are underway to rebalance exports and make the country less dependent on oil, and calls the EU a "key partner" in overcoming development challenges.

    A "real effort" is being made to fight corruption, he adds.

    He says migration from Africa to Europe is a "great shame for all of us", adding that its is open to debate whether the movements are really voluntary.

    He calls for the EU to help Africa to industrialise, thereby creating the "dignified jobs and better lives" that will help persuade people to stay in the continent.

  17. MEPs to hear speech from Angolan President

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    MEPs will take a brief break now from their voting session to hear a speech from Angolan President Joao Lourenco.

  18. MEPs express support for extra ECB clearing powers

    Voting session

    ECB headquarters

    MEPs give their initial backing to a measures that would give the European Central Bank (ECB) regulatory powers over clearing houses based outside the EU dealing with euro-denominated contracts.

    However they decide not to put their position to a formal 'first reading' vote, instead deciding to open informal negotiations with national ministers.

    The changes will need to be agreed with EU countries before they can come into force.

    The ECB has been pressing for the powers, arguing that it needs it needs the greater regulatory powers to ensure the financial stability of the single currency.

  19. MEPs approve changes to European Parliament elections

    Voting session

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    By 397 votes to 207 with 62 abstentions, MEPs give their final approval to changes to election rules for the European Parliament.

    EU governments have already backed the update, which extends a 2-5% threshold to enter the European Parliament for countries that have more than 35 MEPs.

    The rule changes, which must be applied from 2024 but can be applied before then, may make it harder for very small parties to win seats.

    The revised law also allows countries to introduce electronic voting, if they take measures to guarantee the reliability and secrecy of votes, as well as protect personal data.