During the May plenary in Strasbourg MEPs backed plans for an EU bank supervisory system and called on governments to step up their efforts to clamp down on tax evasion. They also approved EU-wide civil law protection for victims of stalking and gender violence and tougher safety rules for offshore drilling. Read on to find out more about the session's highlights.
On 21 May MEPs called on member states to crack down on tax evasion and tax fraud, which costs European countries €1 trillion a year in lost revenues.
Rules for setting up a single supervisory mechanism for EU banks under the control of the European Central Bank were preliminary backed by MEPs on 22 May. Final approval will follow once details of the supervisor's accountability have been agreed with the European Central Bank.
Oil and gas firms will need to prove their ability to reverse any environmental damage caused by a spill and to submit emergency response plans before being granted an offshore drilling licence, under new rules approved by the EP on 21 May.
Cultural and audiovisual services should be excluded from upcoming negotiations for an EU-US free trade deal, said MEPs on 23 May in a resolution that will shape the talks with the US due to start in July. They also pointed out that the agreement should further EU economic interests and ensure protection of intellectual property and personal data.
Parliament supported a mandatory target for renewable energy sources for 2030 on 21 May and suggested that and suggested that their share should be higher than 30% by that year.
Next year's EP elections should be held from 22 to 25 May, said MEPs on 21 May. The decision will also have to be unanimously approved by the Council.
MEPs called on member states to maintain or introduce diversified pension schemes on 21 May. They highlighted the role of public pensions in ensuring decent living standards for all.
To protect the freedom of the press, the EU should monitor national media laws every year, said MEPs on 21 May.
Protection for victims of stalking or gender violence will be extended to the whole of the EU under new rules passed by the Parliament on 22 May.