MIL OSI – Source: European Union – Press Release/Statement
Headline: Article – Read all about it: Parliament's most popular online articles so far this year
The European Parliament has had an eventful six months. MEPs worked hard to help member states contain the migration crisis, updated rules for the protection of personal data and adopted new measures to fight the terrorist threat. Those with an interest in European politics were also very keen to read about it on our website. Revisit the articles that proved the most popular in the first half of 2016.
Our most popular stories (in no particular order):
Following long negotiations MEPs adopted in April data protection rules, which include the right of people to have their data deleted upon request and a requirement for websites to ask for a clear consent from users for processing their data. Check out our top story for more details.
Migration proved to be another topic of great interest to our readers. Parliament dedicated this year’s International Women’s Day on 8 March to women refugees to draw attention to their difficult situation. In May MEPs approved new rules to attract non-EU students, researchers and interns to the EU. Check out our overview of different articles in our top story. Brexit
Parliament held an extraordinary session on 28 June to discuss the outcome of the UK’s referendum on its EU membership. Check out what people had to say, the Storify coverage and the resolution adopted by MEPs afterwards.
TerrorismMEPs have been busy this year working on new measures to tackle terrorism. In April they approved an agreement on the systematic collection, use and retention of data on international airline passengers. In addition they voted in favour of counter-terrorism measures, such as beefing up Europol’s powers. MEPs are also working on a proposals to tighten up rules on the sale and possession of firearms.
Other topics also proved very popular, such as when roaming charges in the EU dropped to new lows at the end of April. The use of glyphosate in farming also provoked much interest. The responsible parliamentary committee called on the European Commission not to renew its authorisation due to health concerns, while during the plenary vote MEPs opted for a softer approach.
Many people were also interested in the possibility of doing a traineeship at the Parliament, while others were keen to follow developments in Ukraine with the help of our timeline of events.