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Edward McMillan-Scott – End the European Parliament’s “travelling circus”

April 24, 2013 12:26 PM
In Liberal Democrat Voice
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

For four days each month, the European Parliament leaves its working base in Brussels, the EU's political capital, and descends on Strasbourg, its official 'Seat' for debates and votes. In addition, half of the Parliament's staff work in Luxembourg. This arrangement costs €180 million and 19,000 tonnes of C02 every year - €1.2 billion over the EU's 7 year long-term budget.

Twelve EU governments wrote this arrangement into the EU treaty a generation ago, for historic reasons. Since I launched the Single Seat campaign in 2010, MEPs have voted repeatedly and consistently to end the 'travelling circus.'

… Since 2007, 1.27 million citizens have signed the One Seat petition, demanding the European Parliament have a Single Seat in Brussels.

As France holds a veto over any Treaty change, EU governments have until now refused to begin negotiations.

He continues:

But under the new Lisbon Treaty, signed in 2007, MEPs now have powers to propose Treaty change. Tomorrow, the Single Seat campaign will bring together MEPs, member state representatives, senior EU officials and other European political figures in order to begin work on the Roadmap for a Single Seat, a final version of which must be delivered by EU governments on 30 June 2013.

You can read the full article here.