Press Statement

Posted on October 2, 2018 · Posted in News

2th October 2018

Press Statement

The European Court of Justice has decided that the European Parliament may exercise some of its budgetary powers in Brussels, instead of Strasbourg, if that is required for the proper functioning of the budgetary procedure.

The Single Seat welcomes the ruling of the European Court of Justice that follows the criteria of ensuring the proper functioning of the European Parliament as an institution. It is a reality-based approach.

We are a pro-European, pro-dialogue and pro-democracy campaign pledging for a European Parliament that is less polluting, more efficient and closer to the citizens.

The Ruling shows clearly that the legislative power of the European Parliament – including the budget power – cannot be reduced to a vote in plenary. The European Parliament has to work with the other institutions from parliamentary committees to informal trilogues, before arriving to the final vote.

The moving back and forth between Brussels and Strasbourg does not help efficiency. It makes our work as co-legislators more difficult and mostly it is unsustainable for the environment and the high costs for tax payers’ money.

We continue to actively work with the aim to open a dialogue with the Council in order to start a roadmap for Treaty change for the European Parliament to be able to decide where and when to meet. It is not mission impossible when citizens ask for it!

 

MEP Anna Maria Corazza Bildt

Chair of the Single Seat campaign

 

 

 

For reference this is the Press Release by the EUCJ:

https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2018-10/cp180142en.pdf

The Single Seat campaign is a pro-European, pro-dialogue and pro-democracy group of MEPs committed to having a European Parliament that is more efficient, less costly, less polluting and close to the citizens. The goal of the Single Seat is for the Parliament to decide where and when to meet.

The Bureau of the Single Seat campaign consist of Chair Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (EPP, Sweden), and Vice Chairs Pina Picierno (S&D, Italy), Ashley Fox (ECR, UK), Beatriz Becerra (ALDE, Spain), Dennis De Jong (GUE-NGL, Netherlands) and Heidi Hautala (Greens-EFA, FI).

For more information kindly contact annamaria.corazzabildt@ep.europa.eu

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