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Voting session

MEPs have rejected a proposal to ban oil exploration following the Gulf of Mexico explosion and spillage.

During the voting session on 7 October 2010, MEPs rejected the amendment to a resolution tabled by the Environment Committee by 323 votes to 285.

The resolution passed calls for tougher rules on safety and compensation in the event of a spill.

Elsewhere, MEPs voted to:

• extend social security provisions to non-EU nationals. Non-EU citizens who are legally resident in the EU will now be entitled to certain benefits on the same basis as EU nationals. However the UK - and Denmark - have secured an opt-out from this legislation

• approve the nomination of Lazaros Stavrou Lazarou and Gijs de Vries to be members of the the European Court of Auditors

• agree to emergency funding to be provided to help redundant workers in Denmark and Spain as part of the European Global Adjustment Fund. Almost €12m of aid will go to two machinery manufacturers in Denmark as well as to the Galicia region of Spain which has been hit by job losses in the textile and clothing industry

• refuse to sign off the 2008 budget of the UK-based European Police College (CEPOL). The Budgetary Control Committee is recommending that MEPs refuse to sign off CEPOL's accounts, claiming that it has not met good administrative standards. It was set up in 2006 and is based in Dover.

• pass a draft law to allow citizens of Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina to travel to the EU without needing a visa . It was passed by 538 votes to 47 and now goes to the Council of Ministers for final approval.

• adopt a resolution on human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo by 585 votes to 8.

• pass a resolution highlighting the European Parliament's position ahead of the World day against the death penalty by 574 votes to 25.

• adopt resolutions on biodiversity and EU regional policy

• pass a report on healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa by 328 votes to 183

• adopt a report on changes to the Capital Requirements Directive

Read more here at Democracy Live's guide to the European Parliament plenary sessions.

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