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."