EU reform and value for money

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Labour's MEPs have backed reforms to the EU to ensure it is more streamlined and effective. This includes our long standing commitment to abolishing the second seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The 818km round trip creates 19,000 tonnes of CO2 each session and costs the taxpayer £150m a year.

Labour MEPs also back reform of the European Commission to help it operate more effectively. To ensure a jobs-based recovery Labour MEPs are calling for a European Commissioner for Growth.

As well as reforming how the EU institutions work, Britain’s influence is also best achieved by making sure the EU is value for money for British taxpayers, including further reform of the EU budget. The budget must be a budget for growth, investment and jobs. Labour MEPs consistently opposed extra spending in areas where we should be making savings - we need to prioritise investment in jobs and growth and root out waste and inefficiency.

Labour MEPs are also calling for decision making in the EU to be more accountable. That's why we backed more transparency in meetings of EU ministers and support measures to help national parliaments to play a stronger role in the making of new EU rules. We’ve also backed changes to the European Parliament to make sure votes are more transparent and the expenses system for MEPs is reformed.

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