Labour MEPs Take Action on EU Spending - 2012-05-11
Yesterday (Thursday 10th May) Labour MEPs voted for
- Greater transparency in regards to MEPs' expenditure. An amendment calling for a more transparent system was comfortably passed. Labour MEPs want to see the rest of the European Parliament follow the Labour lead in having their General Expenditure Allowance independently verified by an auditor. All Labour MEPs have already voluntarily done this and put the information on their web-sites for many years
- Scrapping the current arrangement where MEPs and their staff go to Strasbourg every month. Labour MEPs hailed another victory in the long fight to establish a single seat for the European Parliament. This would make significant savings on costs and set a better example on the environment.
- An amendment to scrap the controversial House of European History and the LUX cinema prize to save money in times where EU citizens are facing austerity. Unfortunately these amendments fell in the plenary vote.