In de commissie Grondwettelijke zaken van het Europees Parlement werd vandaag met grote meerderheid een rapport goedgekeurd dat mee werd geschreven door Europarlementslid Gerald Häfner van de Groenen over de locatie van de zetel van het Europees Parlement. Dit rapport stelt heel duidelijk dat het EP wel degelijk het recht heeft om zelf te beslissen over de plaats waar het vergadert. Dit is een belangrijke politieke stap vooruit om iets te doen aan het maandelijkse verhuiscircus van het EP en de daarmee gepaard gaande verspilling van belastinggeld.
Persbericht Europese Groene Fractie
European Parliament seat
MEPs seek to break omerta and call for right to decide on parliament's location
The European Parliament's constitutional affairs committee today voted with a strong majority to adopt a report on the location of the European Parliament's seats, co-drafted by Green MEP Gerald Häfner (1). After the vote, Gerald Häfner said:
“This report is an important step towards resolving the unsatisfactory modus operandus of the European Parliament. The report adopted by MEPs today breaks the omerta on officially discussing the flaws of the multi-seat operation of the European Parliament. Crucially, it calls for the European Parliament to be finally given the power to decide itself on its own place of work."
"It is high time that democratically-elected MEPs were able to decide on the seat of the parliament to which they are elected. The dated agreement between EU governments on the EP's seat needs to be reviewed."
"The European Parliament's operating arrangement has sadly become a symbol of waste in the EU. The practise of shifting thousands of people and resources from place to place is not only costly, inefficient, wasteful and environmentally-damaging (2), it also seriously damages the public perception of the EU. It is time that the public's representatives were able to decide on the issue."
(1) The report was co-drafted by Gerald Häfner and UK Conservative MEP Ashley Fox. The committee endorsed the report with 22 votes in favour and 4 against and will now be voted by the European Parliament as a whole in November.
(2) See the study commissioned by the Greens/EFA group on the environmental impact of the multi-seat operation, which leads to an excess 20,000 tonnes of CO2 per year being emitted