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MEPs finish term with marathon voting session You need an active subscription to read this article

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The 2009-14 European Parliament term ended this week, and MEPs used the occasion to vote on 70 pieces of legislation.

MEPs voted on some 70 legislative items during this week's plenary session in Strasbourg (14-17 April), the last of the current parliamentary term. They rubber-stamped legislation agreed with the member states or set down the Parliament's position ahead of negotiations in the next term.

To deal with the burden the Parliament's administration added two extra voting sessions on Tuesday [...] Read more

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