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The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, awarded the 2017 Sakharov Prize to the Democratic Opposition in Venezuela

The 2017 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought has been awarded today to the democratic opposition in Venezuela, in particular the National Assembly (whose President is Julio Borges) and all the political prisoners whose names appear on the list drawn up by Foro Penal Venezolano, represented by Leopoldo López, Antonio Ledezma, Daniel Ceballos, Yon Goicoechea, Lorent Saleh, Alfredo Ramos and Andrea González.

Parliament in Session. Brexit in pre-European Council debate

MEPs discussed this morning progress in the Brexit talks with EU Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and chief negotiator Michel Barnier before putting forward a number of recommendations. The debate ahead of the summit of the European Council of government leaders focused on whether the Brexit talks have made “sufficient progress”  - notably on citizens’ rights, the UK’s Northern Ireland border with the Irish Republic and the UK’s financial obligations - to enable the EU and the UK to move on to talks on what  shape  future relations between the EU and the UK should take.
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Parliament in Session. PANA recommendations

Parliament debated on Tuesday and will vote on Wednesday on its recommendations to stamp out practices enabling tax evasion and optimisation, as exposed by the “Panama Papers”. Wrapping up 18 months’ work, the PANA committee calls for better regulation of financial intermediaries, better protection of whistle-blowers and a single definition of tax havens. A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday at 14:30.