MEPs ask for tighter controls on the use of antimicrobial to fight growing bacteria resistance

The European Parliament approved a resolution in which it demands a smarter use of antibiotics. Parliament also wants the European Commission and Member States to improve information to the public, around half of whom mistakenly believe that antibiotics can treat viruses or colds.

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Parliament approves tougher penalties to combat sexual abuse and exploitation of children and child pornography

The European Parliament adopted the directive which sets out minimum penalties for about 20 criminal offences. The directive approved tougher penalties across the EU, especially in cases of abuse by persons in a position of trust, authority or influence over the child or abuse of particularly vulnerable children. The directive will also require EU countries to remove child porn web sites and it will introduce EU-wide requirements on prevention, prosecution of offenders and protection for victims.

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The Sakharov Prize 2011 is awarded to five representatives of the Arab people

The European Parliament Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought in 2011 has been granted to the Arab Spring, in particular to five representatives of the Arab people, in recognition and support of their drive for freedom and human rights. The decision to award the Prize to the Arab people is, according to Parliament's President, a symbol for all those working for dignity, democracy and fundamental rights in the Arab world and beyond.

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Parliament supports an increase in payments of 5.2% for 2012 as compared to this year's budget

The European Parliament adopted its position on 2012 budget. Basically, MEPs sought to restore the draft budget proposed by the Commission, which the Council cut in July. This implies an increase in payments of 5.2% as compared to this year's budget, resulting in a budget of €133.1 billion.

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Ireland and Spain have been requested by the Commission to modify rules on vehicles from other EU countries

The European Commission may refer Ireland and Spain to the EU's Court of Justice if they do not modify the way in which they tax leased or rented vehicles from another Member State, as well as company cars in the case of Spain, so as to ensure their rules comply with EU legislation.

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€100 billion will be put in place as solution for Greece

The conclusions of the latest Euro Summit shows an agreement among Eurozone ministers with regard to Greece. The new programme agreed includes a contribution by Euro area Member States to the package up to €30 billion. In particular, the new EU-IMF multiannual programme financing up to €100 billion will be put in place by the end of the year. It also includes a voluntary contribution by private creditors who had lent to Greece.

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