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Sinn Féin supports Campaign for Single European Parliament

18 September, 2014 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan took part yesterday in the first meeting of the Single Seat Steering Group at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The Group is campaigning for the right of the European Parliament to choose to sit in a single location.

Speaking after the meeting, Lynn Boylan elaborated on the absurdity of the current setup of the EU institutions.

She said:

“The European Parliament is currently split between the cities of Brussels and Strasbourg. Despite the wishes of the vast majority of representatives, past European treaties prevent the Parliament from being settled in a single location”

“Every month the European Parliament effectively makes a 409Km trip to sit for 4 days in Strasbourg before returning to Brussels for the remainder of the month.

“This 818Km monthly round trip comes at great expense to taxpayers and the environment. Maintaining the existence of the parliament in two locations costs taxpayers€180 million annually. The EU has also recently spent €600 million on its new buildings in Strasbourg which will lie empty 317 days a year. These extravagant costs could be put to much better use funding some of the most deprived areas of Europe

“On top of that 19,000 tonnes of CO2 are created each month through the process of moving thousands of people to and from Strasbourg. This exercise negates any efforts on the part of the EU to become Eco-friendly.”

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