On the 25th of January 2016 the Single Seat Campaign sent out letters to all the 28 heads of state/government in the EU and asked them to support a roadmap to a single seat of the European Parliament. At this point we have received answers from Czech republic, Poland, Slovakia and Luxembourg.
The Prime Minister of Czech republic, Bohuslav Sobotka, writes “I welcome intiatives that call for less bureaucratisation and seek saving of public financial resources. Furthermore, I think that more efficient and less costly European Parliament should be a matter of concern for all European citizens.”
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo says “We share the opinion that plurality of working locations and current seat arrangement of the European Parliament constitutes an area where substantial savings are possible. […] Our goal should be to find a solution that benefits all. Against this background, Poland is ready to become part of a constructive and consensual solution for more efficient, cost-effective and accountable European Parliament”.
Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia, writes “we do realise that this is a complicated and very sensitive issue which needs an honest and complex discussion. We would like to confirm that the Slovak Republic is open to such discussion.”
Luxembourg’s Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, says that he shares our concerns to have the parliament’s services working efficiently, but refers to the Treaties and to the fact the Member States must respect the Treaties, without actually answering on the possibility to open a debate on a revision of the Treaties.
“Je partage votre souci que les services du Parlement européen puissent fonctionner de manière optimale. […] En tant que Communauté de droit l’Union Européenne ainsi que ses Etats membres sont obligés de respecter les traités qui fondent cette Union, tant que ceux-ci restent en vigueur.”
We look forward to receiving more answers shortly!