MEPs held their second daily voting session on 23 October 2012, where they voted to:
• reject the 2010 accounts of the Council of Ministers but approve those of three EU agencies - the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Environmental Agency (EEA). This process is known as budgetary discharge, and is the formal end to the annual budgetary cycle. The European Parliament's Budgetary Control Committee says the Council's budget should not be discharged, as there are accusations that organisation is not being open in its dealings with parliament. The committee also raised concerns about the EEA, saying that spending by the agency's director should not be discharged, due to allegations that she has too close connections with an environmental NGO.
• adopt technical changes on the trading rules for forestry material
• pass legislation to make 2013 the
European Year of Citizens
• adopt various non-legislative
by parliamentary committees
• block the appointment of former Romanian commissioner Leonard Orban to the European Court of Auditors
• mobilise nearly 40m from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to help workers made unemployed in various EU countries. The fund is used to help people upgrade their skills and get back into work. Among the current proposals, Ireland will get 2.7m to help 432 people in Waterford who lost their jobs when Talk Talk closed its call centre in the town.
• pass technical changes to the rules governing the export of
• approve new laws on the minimum level of training for seafarers operating in EU waters
• give the green light to a free trade agreement with
on pharmaceutical products.
to how the plenary sessions work.
on the use of simultaneous interpretations, on the European Parliament's website.