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Friday, 31 October 2008


Yes, I am returning to the Strasbourg question. My British colleagues from all parties , as far as know without exception, want the European Parliament to meet in one place. That place should obviously be Brussels.

There is at present a Written Declaration (similar to an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons) before the European Parliament as follows::

1. Calls on the Member States to amend the Protocol on the location of the seat of the institution, in order to allow the Parliament to hold all its sessions in Brussels
2. Instructs its President to forward this declaration, together with the names of the signatories, to the other EU institutions and to Member States and to actively promote this solution.

Written declarations have to be submitted by five MEPs. This one was put forward by Catherine Stihler, my Labour colleague from Scotland, Alexander Alvaro and Frederique Ries, Liberals from Germany and Belgium respectively, Finnish MEP Pia-Noora Kauppi who is a member of the EPP centre-right group and Helga Trupel, a Green also from Germany.

If you would like to know more about this and related issues, please go to:

I’s high time we ended the Strasbourg nonsense. It would be very helpful if you would sign the online petition to have the European Parliament located in Brussels:

1 comment:

Martin Meenagh said...

OK, that's a start--but if it is anything like an early day motion, a meaningless one.

Why don't you all just refuse to go to Strasbourg? Proper parliaments are in control of where they sit. In 1966, the French walked out of the Council and got the veto established--why don't you do the same?