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Summary

  1. MEPs approve their final report into the emissions test-rigging scandal
  2. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier addresses MEPs
  3. Debate this afternoon on latest negotiations over Greek bailout
  4. In evening MEPs debate new EU inspection rules for medical products

Live Reporting

By Paul Seddon

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight & coming up tomorrow

    And with that, tonight's debates come to an end. 

    MEPs will be back tomorrow from 08.00 BST, when they will first be debating their red lines for the Brexit negotiations.

    The European Parliament will not participate directly in the Brexit talks but must approve the final deal.

    Later they will debate an EU-wide cap on the wholesale price of mobile roaming data.

    They will also debate whether to approve an EU visa waiver for Ukrainians.  

  2. MEPs discuss changes to investment document rules

    Finally tonight, MEPs are debating a proposed revision of the EU rules for the “prospectus” documents businesses have to compile when seeking investment.

    The changes are aiming to make the process less burdensome for businesses to comply with, particularly for smaller firms.

    Under a compromise agreed with member states in December, new rules will not apply to issues of securities with a value below €1m.

    They will also create a new simplified category for prospectus for small businesses. 

    Documents
  3. Commissioner: Legislation 'strikes right balance'

    Debate on money market funds rules

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Euro Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis says the legislation to be voted on tomorrow are the product of more than three years of "difficult and contentious negotiations".

    He says the final text strikes the right "balance" between making MFFs more secure whilst maintaining them as a viable form of financial product. 

    Valdis Dombrovskis
  4. MEPs debate new EU fund rules

    MEPs are now debating changes to the EU rules governing so called money market funds (MMFs).

    MMFs are funds that invest in short-term debt in order to raise capital. They are used by financial institutions, companies and governments.

    Following the financial crisis, the European Commission announced in 2013 new regulations for the funds in a bid to bid to make them less risky.

    Under the new regulation, MMFs will be subject to more stringent liquidity requirements. MEPs agreed a compromise position on the rules last December which they will vote on tomorrow. 

    Skyscrapers in Paris
    Image caption: MFFs in the EU are based mostly in Ireland, Luxembourg and France
  5. MEPs debate flexibility in EU budget

    Next up, MEPs are debating changes to the legislation that governs the EU’s current long-term budget, which is due to run until the end of 2020.

    The revision would increase flexibility within the budget and increase the spending cap on parts of the budget relating to emergency aid.

    The changes are designed to make it easier for the annual budgets to reflect unforeseen political priorities in areas such as migration.

    Tomorrow MEPs will decide whether to back a compromise on the changes to the legislation agreed by national ministers last month.

    Euro banknotes
  6. Flemish MEP: EU should take 'limited number' of refugees

    Debate on international migration response

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Flemish nationalist Helga Stevens says she will be voting against the motion tomorrow, adding that it fails to "recognise" the distinction between people fleeing war and economic migrants. 

    The only solution to the crisis for Europe, she says, is to close the EU's external borders and "keep people in safe third countries". 

    Europe should take a "strictly limited" number of refugees that are "entitled to be here", she adds.  

    Helga Stevens
  7. Green MEP: Development 'must not be migration instrument'

    Debate on international migration response

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    German Green Barbara Lochbihler gives her backing to giving greater legal access to Europe for migrants and refugees.

    However, she says that development policy "must not be used as an instrument for controlling migration flows". 

    Barbara Lochbihler
  8. Spanish MEPs outline motion

    Debate on international migration response

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Elena Valenciano

    Socialist Elena Valenciano, one of two Spanish MEPs to have drafted the motion, says the EU needs to "change the narrative" about migration to the continent. 

    Calling for easier legal routes for refugees to make their way to Europe, she says the EU should not "pass on its responsibilities" to other countries. 

    Centre-right MEP Agustín Díaz de Mera gives his backing to a UN scheme to change the "negative mindset" that he says can characterise refugees and migrants. 

    He also gives his backing to greater protection for the most vulnerable refugees - including children and those with disabilities.

  9. MEPs debate motion on migration response

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    MEPs are now debating a non-binding motion urging a more “multilateral” response to the issue of mass migration around the world.

    The draft text calls for increased cooperation between the EU and relevant UN bodies and development banks.

    It also says the European Parliament should be given a greater role to scrutinise the migration “compacts” the EU signs with African and Middle Eastern countries.

    The compacts try to get countries to take a greater number of failed asylum seekers in return for greater humanitarian and development aid. 

    Migrants in Hungary
  10. British MEPs split on vote

    Debate on rules for medical products

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Julie Girling

    Conservative MEP Julie Girling says that she is often the first to warn of the dangers of over-regulation but that greater surveillance of health products is "vital". 

    She says the Parliament has "got the balance right" in its compromise over the new rules, and she will be backing the text at the final vote tomorrow. 

    However UKIP MEP Julia Reid says that whilst she agrees with the aims of the new legislation, she will vote against because member states are "best placed" to act in this field. 

  11. MEP: New rules will help industry

    Debate on rules for medical products

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Irish Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness will help the medical products industry to thrive by providing more "certain" regulation for the future. 

    She adds that it will be important for the European Parliament to "keep a watching brief" and ensure that the rules are followed. 

    Mairead McGuinness
  12. MEPs debate new rules for medical products

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    MEPs are now debating a revision to the EU safety and inspection rules for medical products such as breast or hip implants.

    They are also debating a revision to the rules for so-called “diagnostic” medical devices, used for example in pregnancy or DNA testing.

    The new rules would beef up the mandatory level of inspection of products that have been placed on the market.

    They would also create an EU-wide ID scheme for tracing devices that have been used on patients.

    MEPs have agreed a position on the legislation with member states that they will put to a final vote tomorrow. 

    Breast implant
    Image caption: The rules were introduced following a scandal over faulty breast implants
  13. Dutch Labour MEP criticises Dijsselbloem

    Debate on Greek bailout programme

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Paul Tang

    Dutch MEP Paul Tang is the latest member today to say that Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem should apologise over comments  he made last month about indebted southern European states. 

    Anyone demanding EU solidarity also had obligations, he said. "I can't spend all my money on liqueurs and women and then go and ask for your support."

    Mr Tang, who like Mr Dijsselbloem is from the Dutch Labour party, adds that his comments "ignore the fact that people have made sacrifices" in the country. 

  14. Syriza MEP criticises 'absurd demands' from creditors

    Debate on Greek bailout programme

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Dimitrios Papadimoulis

    Greek Syriza MEP Dimitrios Papadimoulis says that Greece has made "real progress" in fulfilling the conditions demanded of it by creditors. 

    He says that the "continuing delay" in agreeing the latest bailout review is doing damage to Greece and the eurozone as a whole.

    This, he says, is being held up by "absurd demands" from the IMF and German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. 

  15. MEP warns on length of budget surplus

    Debate on Greek bailout programme

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Roberto Gualtieri

    Italian social democrat Roberto Gualtieri, who chairs the economic and monetary affairs committee, says Greece deserves a "swift" conclusion of the current second review of the bailout programme. 

    He says the IMF shoould not "play with fire", and should "play their part" in helping the negotiations. 

    He adds that the 3.5% budget surplus demanded by creditors is sustainable, but only for "a very limited period of time".  

  16. Moscovici: EU 'somewhat behind' on review

    Debate on Greek bailout programme

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Pierre Moscovici

    Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici tells MEPs that the Greek economy has "shown great resilience". 

    He says that the eurozone is "somewhat behind" in closing the current review of the programme, but acknowledges that the Greek government has made "significant efforts".  

    He adds that he would like to encourage the Greek government to maintain the "impetus" behind privatisation measures, which he says the country needs in order to attract international investment. 

  17. Good afternoon

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

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

    The sitting will resume shortly, when MEPs will debate the state of play in negotiations over the next phase of Greece’s bailout.

    Eurozone ministers are under pressure to agree on the latest tranche of payments due under the country’s third bailout package, agreed in 2015.

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has so far refused to sign on to the plan, arguing that Greece should be granted debt relief.

    There have been reports that creditors are moving closer to a deal with Greece after having agreed new pensions cuts and changes to the law against collective redundancies.

    MEPs had requested that Dutch finance minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem now them for the debate, but he has said he cannot take part. 

    Street with Greek flags
  18. Voting session finishes

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    And with that, today's voting session comes to an end. MEPs will now have the chance to make short speeches to explain how they voted.

    This will be followed by a break, after which the sitting will resume at 14.00 BST, when MEPs will debate continued negotiations between the EU and IMF over Greece’s bailout.