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Welsh MEP wins vote to keep European Parliament spending rise below inflation

Derek Vaughan MEP

Derek Vaughan MEP, lead negotiator on the European Parliament's budget, today secured a major victory in Brussels, with a large majority of MEPs backing his report.

Derek won a vote to limit any increase in the European Parliament’s spending to 1.9% with further savings to be looked at in the Autumn.  MEPs also backed his proposal for a freeze in MEPs expenses and a cut in travel allowances.  His colleagues also supported his call for stricter rules to prevent extremist parties such as the BNP gaining public funding.

MEPs also took a significant step by voting overwhelmingly for a single seat. Scrapping the monthly trip to Strasbourg could save millions.

Speaking from Brussels, Derek said:

“At a time when there are huge public spending cuts across the EU, there is a clear need for the European Parliament to show that it can live within its means and tighten its belt in line with what is happening in Member States.”

“I am delighted that my report calling for at least a freeze in real terms was  backed by colleagues. We must now continue to look at ways to identify further savings – modernising working practices, making full use of technology and encouraging institutions to co-operate more closely to ensure resources are better spent.”

“MEPs have sent a strong message that the European Parliament is serious about making real savings."

 




- Thursday, 29 March 2012 -

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