Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

No need for Strasbourg Sessions

Delivered in Plenary - April 9th 2003

Mr President,

My delegation would like to protest at the services' ruling that Amendment 8 is inadmissible. This amendment, which opposes Strasbourg sessions, is consistent with the Treaty obligations, enables Parliament to choose the place of its own sitting for once, and puts a stop to this travelling circus backwards and forwards between here and Brussels, which will become even more difficult post-enlargement for those countries given the poor communications by air to Strasbourg. Finally, it will save the European taxpayer EUR 150 million a year.