A large majority of MEPs wish to end the monthly ‘travelling circus’ between Brussels and Strasbourg, and have called for a single-seat European Parliament, when polled by a group of fellow MEPs.
Furthermore, according to the poll, 84% said that Parliament should have the right to decide on its own seat, and 81% wanted that seat to be in Brussels. These figures were subsequently made available to MEPs and European press.
CPR said that Parliament’s administration attempted to conceal the potentially uncomfortable information from fellow MEPs, following similar accusations made last year that the same EP internal news service had been rebuked by the administration for asking a similar question online, in a poll that was open to members and staff.
The poll comes in conjunction with a European Parliament Bureau decision to commission a ‘Carbon Footprint’ study to measure the Parliament’s carbon-dioxide emissions, with a view to reducing them significantly.
On 18 June 2007, the Parliament’s Bureau approved the environmental actions taken so far, decided to commission a carbon footprint study and also approve a list of “key actions” and environmental objectives, including more economical use of water, a reduction in paper use, as well as efficient transport and awareness-raising. The EP Secretariat was requested to establish a detailed action plan and create a working group to follow CO2 emissions.