The European Parliament’s Budget committee today voted for a freeze in the European Parliament’s budget for 2014, following pressure from the Liberal Democrats led by George Lyon MEP, Vice-Chair of the Budget Committee.
Mr Lyon commented:
“This is pure common sense. The European Parliament must not be exempt in these times of austerity across Europe. This budget freeze, despite extra costs arising from the fact that 2014 is an election year, is a positive signal to citizens that the European Parliament is tightening its belt.”
‘We have succeeded in further reducing MEP travel allowances and there will be a 1% reduction in staff across all the European institutions.”
This Budget will be voted in plenary in Strasbourg at the same time as the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (Long Term European Budget). Liberal Democrats have consistently fought for budgetary prudence that reflects the current economic difficulties across Europe.