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Committee wants to end Strasbourg sessions

The European Parliament’s constitutional affairs committee has called for a revision of the EU treaty that could see an end of MEPs travelling to Strasbourg for monthly plenary meetings.

On 14 October, the committee voted 22 to 4 in favour of the proposal that the Parliament “would be more effective, cost-efficient and respectful of the environment if it were located in a single place”.

Plenary meetings of the Parliament are held in Strasbourg, and the MEPs’ movement to the city from Brussels, where meetings are held during the rest of the month, has been described as a travelling circus. The committee’s report estimates the annual cost of this at between €156 million and €204m. This is 10 per cent of its annual budget, the MEPs say.

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