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Once again Lib Dem MEPs show strong support for single seat of the European Parliament

2012 Mai 10 1:03 PM

In a vote to clear the EU's budget for 2010, MEPs have today sent out another strong message of support for a single working location of the European Parliament.

EU Member States continue to veto a single seat for the European Parliament despite the fact that it would achieve estimated savings of € 180million (£145million) a year.

A court case brought forward by France and Luxembourg against the European Parliament's decision to merge two Strasbourg sessions into one week is due to start on June 5th.

Senior Liberal Democrat MEP and Vice President of the European Parliament, Edward McMillan-Scott who co-chairs the cross party Single Seat campaign group, commented:

"Today MEPs have once again made it crystal clear that the time has come for Member States to stop opposing a single seat for the European Parliament.

"It beggars belief that on the one hand, Member States want the Parliament to make substantial savings to the budget while at the same time taking it to the European Court of Justice over Parliament's decision to limit its wasteful trips to Strasbourg.

"It is time to stop this wasteful hypocrisy on the part of national governments. I hope that the ECJ will rule in favour of MEPs cutting costs and put further pressure on Member States to give the European Parliament a single seat in Brussels."

Notes

All amendments to the 2010 EU general budget discharge calling for a single seat of the European Parliament were passed in the plenary vote on May 10th.