Lyon: Lib Dems call for reform of European Parliament’s budget

Today the European Parliament voted on the guiding principles for its 2014 admin budget.
 
Commenting after the votes, senior Liberal Democrat MEP George Lyon, Vice-President of the Budget Committee, said:
 
“When budgets are tight all across the EU, the European Parliament needs to set out realistic plans for future budgets and seizing opportunities to find long-term savings.
 
Already this year we have made cuts to Member’s travel allowances and have made significant savings in our buildings policy, but more can be done . We need to use the 2014 budget to look at whole-hearted structural reform to find further efficiencies in areas such as translation, interpretation, transport and catering and also to improve the efficiency and quality of MEP’s work.
 
Of course the biggest immediate saving would be to end the wasteful travelling circus to Strasbourg once a month, which could bring savings of around 180m Euros a year, and LibDems will continue to lead this figh.t”

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