What's new in 2019

The year 2019 in the European Parliament: intensive legislative work and a new parliamentary term 

The main new EU legislation


In the first few months of the year, MEPs worked hard to pass new laws on a number of issues such as plastic waste reduction, road safety and copyright before the European elections in May.


The European Parliament adopted new targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from newly registered cars, vans and trucks.


MEPs also approved a ban on the sale of single-use plastic items such as cutlery, plates and drinking straws from 2021 to reduce plastic waste on beaches and in the seas.


In order to improve road safety, car manufacturers will be obliged from 2022 to install safety systems such as intelligent speed assistants in all new car models - according to the result of a parliamentary vote in April.


The European Parliament followed developments on Brexit closely and decided on measures to reduce the risks of a possible "no-deal" Brexit.


In April, MEPs approved plans to equip the European Border and Coast Guard Agency with a permanent reserve of 10,000 border guards by 2027.