UK Lib Dem MEP Edward McMillan-Scott, who co-founded and co-chairs the cross-party Single Seat campaign, said:
“Today’s vote yet again shows that a large majority of MEPs is in favour of a single seat for the European Parliament.
“Ending the travelling circus between Brussels and Strasbourg would be the single largest saving to the Parliament’s budget. It would not only reduce our annual budget by around 200 million Euros (£180) a year but also substantially cut the Parliament’s carbon footprint and reduce stress levels among staff and MEPs.
“The pressure on Member States is growing to seriously reconsider the arrangement of three places of work for the European Parliament. MEPs have repeatedly voted in favour of a single seat. Now Member States must show they are serious about savings and efficiencies and allow the Parliament to reform its antiquated working practices and arrangements.”
Note to editors:
The paragraph on a single seat for the European Parliament as part of the 2013 Parliament budget vote was passed with the biggest majority to date with 429 MEPs in favour of a single seat arrangement, 184 against and 37 abstentions.
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