Page last updated at 11:58 GMT, Thursday, 14 June 2012 12:58 UK

EP suspends talks with Council over Schengen fall-out

We apologise but owing to technical difficulties outside of our control we are unable to provide video for this item of business.

The European Parliament has suspended talks with the Council on five draft laws in protest at being excluded from decisions on the Schengen area of border-free travel, its president has said.

MEPs are angry that home affairs ministers agreed on 7 June to change the legal basis of the Schengen area, thus removing MEPs' powers to monitor borders.

Martin Schulz's announcement during the voting session on 14 June 2012 was greeted with a round of applause from MEPs.

Mr Schulz said the Conference of Presidents - the leaders of political groups and the president of the European Parliament - had decided to suspend co-operation until a satisfactory outcome is achieved on Schengen governance.

The plenary session then moved on to the voting, and MEPs agreed to:

• adopt a report on herring stock distributed to the west of Scotland

• approve proposals to update accident prevention rules for dangerous substance sites

• to agree to stricter rules on food labelling for baby milks and special dietary products

• adopt a resolution calling for Commission consultation documents to be published in all EU languages

• adopt a resolution demanding action on human rights in Tibet

• to adopt a resolution calling on the Commission to open up the single market to unlock economic growth

• to pass a resolution on European company law

• to adopt a resolution calling for a package of measures to boost job creation in Europe

• overwhelmingly in favour of a resolution condemning the practice of female genital mutilation

• to adopt a report calling for stricter safety checks on breast implants to prevent a repeat of the PIP scandal.

After the voting concluded, several MEPs offered explanations for the way in which they voted.

Useful links:

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

A disclaimer on the use of simultaneous interpretations, on the European Parliament's website.

Story Tools

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific