Parliament wants EU countries to be able to rapidly add these so-called legal highs to their lists of illegal drugs. An early warning system already exists, but MEPs want assessments to be carried out faster so that substances thought to be harmful can be banned. Parliament has already agreed a final version of the proposal with the Council. On Tuesday 24 October MEPs voted on an update of existing legislation.
The European Court ruled today against Hungary and Slovakia’s appeal against the EU decision to relocate refugees from Greece and Italy, stating that the scheme “actually contributes to enabling Greece and Italy to deal with the impact of the migration crisis and is proportionate”. Both Hungary and Slovakia had appealed to annul the decision, which foresaw the relocation of 120,000 asylum-seekers.
July's plenary session dealt with issues such as Turkey, the first ever EU-Cuba deal and anti-dumping measures. MEPs paid tribute to Simone Veil and adopted a resolution regarding accession talks with Turkey (M. Kyrkos voted against it). New anti-dumping rules were approved to help protect European firms from unfair practices outside the EU. The Parliament called on EU countries to use €6.4 billion left over from last year's EU budget to finance refugee relief measures.