MEPs held a series of one-minute speeches on topical issues during the plenary session on 19 November 2012.
Subjects covered included:
• the impact of EU bailouts
• a proposed referendum on the issue of statelessness in Latvia
• the use of prize money given to the EU after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
• the use of the European Arrest Warrant in dealing with Basque politicians
• anti-homosexual laws in Uganda and future aid to the country
• the situation in Gaza
• levels of colo-rectal cancer in Europe
• the legality of Basque political parties
• Ukip and the Conservative party in the UK
• the acquittal of Croatian generals at the ICTY court in The Hague
• the Polish Peasants' Party
• comments by Godfrey Bloom MEP on Bulgarians and Romanians
• minority rights in Romania
• religious sensitivities in the EU
• elections in Romania
• long term unemployment in Ireland
• the situation in Gibraltar
The one-minute speeches allow topics to be raised without an MEP having to give prior notice of the subject.
A maximum of 30 MEPs are allowed to participate in the session.
to how the plenary sessions work.
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