Labour MEPs vote to save millions with call for single-seat Parliament

STRAS EP BLDG1Labour’s plan to end the shuttling between Brussels and Strasbourg once a month continued today with a successful vote on a move to a single seat.

East Midlands MEP Glenis Willmott, Labour’s Leader in the European Parliament, said

“Each year over £150m is spent on having a monthly session of the Parliament in Strasbourg.

“MEPs have voted overwhelmingly on several occasions in favour of a single seat for the European Parliament, to end this travelling circus.

“That is why we are calling, once again, for a roadmap towards a single seat.    The decision is up to member state governments; it’s time they listened to MEPs as well as our constituents, and do something about it.

“We need to be pushing for savings in the European Parliament’s budget to demonstrate value for money for taxpayers.”

It’s estimated that the 818km round trip creates 19,000 tonnes of CO2 each session.   MEPs voted to cut CO2 across the EU by 40% by 2030 – the amount of their own CO2 emissions which could be saved by having a single seat.


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