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Voting session

MEPs held their daily voting session on 3 February 2011, during which they voted to:

• reject a request for the parliamentary immunity of Hungarian MEP Tamás Deutsch to be waived. He is accused of making defamatory statements during a radio interview in Hungary, however the European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee has said the comments were made in his capacity as a MEP and were thus subject to parliamentary privilege.

• insisted on parliamentary scrutiny of the EU's financial instruments , that fund aid to developing countries.

• backed an agreement to end the banana trade dispute with Latin America and provide financial assistance to banana producers in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

• pass revisions to the WEEE Directive on recycling and disposing of electronic waste that are designed to increase recycling rates and to harmonise existing laws

• pass a resolution on the situation in Tunisia

• adopt a cross-party resolution calling on more research into TB vaccinations

• close the 2008 accounts of the UK-based European Police College. MEPs had previously refused to sign off the accounts after concerns over poor accounting practices.

• approve the nominees for the chairs of the EU's new financial watchdogs, despite an earlier refusal by the Economic Affairs Committee to approve the nominees.

• pass a resolution criticising the Italian authorities over the waste crisis in Campania. An attempt by Italian members of the EPP group to water down the resolution was rejected.

The session ended with MEPs giving explanation for the way in which they voted.

Read Democracy Live's guide to how the plenary sessions work here.


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