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Live Reporting

Paul Seddon

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight

    That’s the debate on the migrant caravan finished. Finally tonight, MEPs will debate the effect on European companies of additional US sanctions on Iran.

    Last week the US reinstated all sanctions removed under the 2015 nuclear deal, targeting both Iran and states that trade with it.

    That’s where we leave our coverage of the European Parliament for tonight – you can read all the latest developments on Brexit on the dedicated BBC live page.

  2. Jourova: Commission 'looking into' humanitarian support

    Debate on migrant caravan heading towards the US

    European Parliament


    Vera Jourova

    Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova says the migrant caravan heading towards the US highlights a "silent exodus" that has been "ongoing for years".

    She lists poverty, unemployment and climate change as factors behind the migration, although she describes "fear" as the "main driver".

    All countries, she says, have the right to protect their borders "in full respect of human rights".

    The European Commission, she tells MEPs, is "looking into possibilities" to respond to "humanitarian needs" relating to the caravan.

  3. MEPs debate migrant caravan heading towards US

    Migrant caravan in Mexico

    MEPs have been joined by Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova to debate the thousands of migrants from Central America heading north towards the US-Mexico border.

    They say they are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence in their home countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

    Many have joined a series of caravans as a way of travelling to the US whilst mitigating the dangers of travelling alone, such as kidnapping.

    President Trump has described the groups as an "invasion" and is sending thousands of troops to the US-Mexico border in anticipation of their arrival.

  4. MEPs debate US withdrawal from missile treaty with Russia

    MEPs are now debating President Trump’s decision to pull the US out of a landmark nuclear weapons pact with Russia.

    Mr Trump has accused Russia of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.

    The deal banned ground-launched medium-range missiles, with a range of between 500 and 5,500km (310-3,400 miles).

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened “retaliatory strikes” against any European country that hosts US missiles that were formerly banned.

  5. MEPs debate new rail passenger rights

    Termini Station

    MEPs are now debating a proposed revision of EU rules on the rights of rail passengers.

    Legislation which came into effect in 2009 sets out minimum standards for compensation and information provided to passengers.

    Tomorrow MEPs will vote on their initial position on the update ahead of talks with national ministers.

    Their draft includes rejecting plans by the EU Commission for a ‘force majeure’ clause exempting rail operators from paying compensation for delays caused by severe weather.

    They also want compensation levels to be upped to 100% of the ticket price for delays of over two hours.

  6. MEPs debate outside influence in EU elections

    Hello and welcome back to this plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

    First up this afternoon, MEPs will be joined by Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova to debate protecting the forthcoming European elections from foreign influence.

  7. Votes end

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

    The sitting will resume at 14.00 BST with a debate on protecting the forthcoming European elections from foreign influence.

  8. Acrimony after disputed vote on 'humanitarian visa' proposal

    Voting session

    MEPs fail to give the required majority to a report recommending the European Commission sets up an EU ‘humanitarian visa’ programme.

    Under such a scheme, asylum seekers would be able to get a visa allowing them to travel to Europe to make an asylum application.

    Following the vote, there is a dispute about whether some votes were discounted due to MEPs mistakenly taking their cards out of their voting terminals.

    A number ask for the vote to be re-run tomorrow morning, but the request is rejected by European Parliament President Antonio Tajani.

  9. New phone price caps approved

    Voting session

    Person texting on their mobile phone

    MEPs give final approval to an interim deal they reached with national ministers earlier this year to overhaul the EU’s telecoms rules.

    The revision will introduce a cap from next May on the price of intra-EU phone calls, set at €0.19 per minute, and text messages, at €0.06.

    The changes would require countries to give 20-year “regulatory predictability” for radio spectrum rights holders, in a bid to promote the rollout of 5G mobile data.

    It will also oblige all member states to set up public warning systems that could be used to alert people via their phones about emergencies and natural disasters.

  10. MEPs call for better adherence to EU arms sales rules

    Voting session

    MEPs pass a motion calling for stronger adherence to the EU’s common rules on arms exports, which were created in 2008.

    The so-called ‘common position’ details eight criteria governments are supposed to use to assess applications for arms export licences.

    However the agreement contains no powers to sanction states, with MEPs warning there has been a “systematic failure” to enforce the rules.

    The report repeats a call for EU countries to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia due to the country’s involvement in the war in Yemen.

  11. MEPs take position on 2021-2027 EU budget

    Voting session

    Detail from Euro note

    MEPs adopt a motion setting out their stance on the EU’s next long-term budget, the first that will apply after Brexit.

    They will now go into negotiations with national ministers based on this position. They want to agree a new deal before the European elections next May.

    The European Commission announced its draft for the budget last May, proposing total spending of €1.28tn during 2021-2027.

    Compared to the Commission draft, the motion calls for spending increases in a number of areas.

  12. Tajani announces film prize winner

    European Parliament


    Antonio Tajani

    The day's voting session will be getting underway shortly.

    Before that, however, there's a short ceremony to announce the winner of this year’s European Parliament LUX film prize.

    European Parliament President Antonio Tajani announces that the prize goes to Woman at War, from Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson.

  13. South African President to speak soon

    That’s the debate on new CO2 reduction targets for trucks and buses finished.

    Next this morning, MEPs will hear a speech from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

    Mr Ramaphosa became president in February this year after embattled former leader Jacob Zuma resigned.

  14. Commissioner: Industry needs 'regulatory signal'

    Debate on emissions targets for lorries

    European Parliament


    Miguel Arias Canete

    Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete says the new rules will help constrain an expected rise in the share of transport emissions from heavy-duty vehicles.

    They will help EU states to meet the overall emissions commitments they have already made, he adds.

    Approving the new rules would show "industrial leadership", he says, noting countries outside Europe have already set standards in this area.

    European industry needs a "clear regulatory signal" as soon as possible, he adds.

  15. MEPs debate emissions targets for new lorries

    Traffic in Paris

    That’s the debate on the proposed overhaul of EU telecoms rules finished. There will be a final vote on the interim deal later this morning.

    MEPs are now debating legislation introducing new CO2 emission reduction targets for manufacturers of lorries and buses.

    The European Commission wants to put in place a 30% reduction target for the average CO2 emissions from new trucks, to be achieved before 2030.

    Later MEPs will vote on amendments suggested by the environment committee to up that target to 35% over the same period.

    They have also suggested that by 2030, 75% of new buses should be electric. The final targets will have to be agreed with national ministers.

  16. Finnish MEP: 'High time' for radio spectrum harmonisation

    Debate on EU telecoms rules

    European Parliament


    Miapetra Kumpula-Natri

    Finnish social democrat Miapetra Kumpula-Natri says EU countries should recognise it is "high time" for more harmonisation of spectrum licencing rules.

    Croatian conservative Ruza Tomasic says consumers in some countries have lost out in the past because the telecoms industry was dominated by monopolies.

    She says consumers would benefit from the creation of a "single electronics communications market".

    Julia Reda, from the German Pirate Party that sits in the Green group, says the agreed legislation is "more balanced" than the original draft launched in 2016.

    She says MEPs in her group have resisted a "deregulation agenda", and calls the new price caps a "great success".

  17. Spanish MEP outlines 5G aspirations

    Debate on EU telecoms rules

    European Parliament


    Pilar del Castillo

    Spanish centre-right MEP Pilar del Castillo, who has acted as the assembly's negotiator, says there have been "wide-ranging" changes since the current rules were adopted in 2009.

    She says the EU needs to put itself in a position to benefit from forthcoming changes to technology.

    She lists "remote" medical surgery and farm management as two areas where 5G could bring benefits.

    Greater "harmonisation" of EU rules will also lead to more investment, she adds.

  18. What else will the telecoms overhaul mean?

    Debate on EU telecoms rules

    Businessman presses onscreen button for phone call.

    The changes would require EU countries to provide "regulatory predictability" to radio spectrum licence holders for at least 20 years, to promote investment in 5G mobile data.

    This is a shorter duration than the 25-year period originally requested by the European Commission and telecoms firms.

    It will also oblige all member states to set up public warning systems that could be used to alert people via their phones about emergencies and natural disasters.

    In addition, it will also widen the remit of BEREC, the Latvia-based EU telecoms regulator.