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

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."

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