Anneliese Dodds MEP joins campaign for a single seat for the European Parliament
Anneliese Dodds MEP has signed a petition calling for an end to the European Parliament’s system of having two seats – one in Brussels, and one in Strasbourg. This costly multi-seat set-up is estimated to cost hundreds of millions of pounds and produce thousands of tonnes of CO2 per year.
Ms Dodds said:
“Whilst the vast majority of committee and delegation meetings take place in Brussels, under the current system MEPs are required to travel to Strasbourg for 12 four-day plenary sessions a year. This wastes millions of pounds and generates huge amounts of CO2.
This decision is up to member state governments and it is time they listened to MEPs, who have on a number of occasions overwhelmingly voted in favour of a single seat for the European Parliament, and our constituents. Along with my Labour colleagues I am calling on them to produce a roadmap towards a single seat and get value for money for taxpayers.”
Dodds is committed to ensuring the best deal for her constituents across the South East of England, and therefore is against wasting taxpayers’ money on the unnecessary expense of having two seats for the European Parliament.