MEPs On The Move: 'Madness Of Strasbourg Shift'
Once a month the European Parliament moves from Brussels to "When we are together, we are strong but we have to stay together. His day begins at a committee meeting about an EU/America trade deal known as TTIP. It is the sort of deal that some say Britain would have to do with the EU if it left. Member states nominate a candidate for the post, but in doing so they must take account of the European election results. Moreover, Parliament needs to. The European Parliament meets once a month for a plenary session in The committee chairs Valiokuntien puheenjohtajat meet from time to time to ensure that these are times when the European Parliament engages in other activities.
They sit, not according to nationality, but are grouped dependent on their political stance. It is a forum of consensus and compromise. They debate and decide on proposals put to them by another EU institution - the executive arm - the European Commission.
Looking down at the chamber from the public gallery, a Parliament insider points out the diversity among MEPs: It's controversial and taking years to negotiate. Getting 28 EU countries to agree a deal which works for them all and America is hard. It is the sort of deal that some say Britain would have to do with the EU if it left. In his shoebox-size Strasbourg office, which he uses four days a month, I ask Mr Dalton about the perception that 'Brussels' imposes laws on the UK.
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Most of the time when they propose something outrageous, that's never the end result. Our chat is interrupted by a rare moment of drama: Someone has broken protocol, walking into a restricted zone. It's Mr Feuilloy's job to collar them. Dealing with politicians from 28 countries is a challenge: I will be more friendly with the Italian. The German doesn't accept that. Eurocrats from Brussels are bussed to the Strasbourg offices "Who's the most difficult? That brings me back to the 'why Strasbourg' question.
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It is the French who insist the parliament moves here once a month. They find it a hassle and bad for their image but say there's nothing they can do. Bound by an EU treaty, the move could only be scrapped if France agreed.
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In other words, it suggests that for the previous 14 years, televisions had been left on for weeks at a time, even when MEPs were in Brussels rather than France. It goes on to explain how MEPs can switch their televisions back on.
Please also remember to turn off as many devices as you can before leaving your EP office in Brussels as well as in Strasbourg for the reasons explained above.
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At the end of last year, they voted for the two-parliament system to be scrapped by a three-to-one majority. But change is unlikely to happen soon. The problem is simple: Its status is set in stone under a European treaty signed inwhich can only be revoked should all member states agree it.
The farce of the EU travelling circus
They say the definition of madness is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. We go to Strasbourg every month and every time it costs millions of pounds and wastes tons of carbon.
Now how mad is that? When the city was chosen as a seat of the parliament, it was a symbol of peace and reconciliation. Now it is a symbol of waste and stupidity — the perfect example of all that is wrong with the EU.
Calls to scrap the Strasbourg parliament will be reinforced at a major conference on EU reform this week, which will be hosted by Open Europe, a think tank, and attended by ministers, MPs and business leaders from across Europe.