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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

A Sign of "Insanity"

Having been told off for snoozing by Ellee, I bring you another interesting development courtesy of Margot Wallstrom.

The campaign to end the European parliament's expensive monthly commute to Strasbourg received a boost yesterday when a European commissioner criticised it as a sign of "insanity".
I say interesting because a campaign that many Eurosceptics support, in order to highlight EU waste, is now being supported by Europhiles, worried at the damage being done to the EUs image. As France will certainly Veto any change, I think we have nothing to worry about.

In case the fragrant Margot should ever grace us with her presence, its the whole EU that is Insanity, not just the parliament merry go round. Compare the loose change that this costs us to the complete madness of CAP.

4 comments:

Ellee said...

Don't worry, we all have days when we want to switch off. Here is the info I have sent by the Cons press office in Brussels:

Tomorrow Euro-MP's plan to waste £10 million* of UK taxpayers money buying the Strasbourg Parliament buildings just as top EU official brands it "insane".



Conservative MEPs will oppose Parliament President Josep Borrell who tomorrow will seek to authorise the purchase of the Strasbourg parliamentary buildings for €136 million in defiance of Commissioner Wallstrom and nearly 1 million petitioners on www.oneseat.eu


Strasbourg, 5 September 2006: Conservative MEP's, intent on ending the wasteful Strasbourg 'circus', have today backed EU Commissioner Wallstrom against the European Parliament's likely decision tomorrow to buy the Parliament buildings from the City of Strasbourg.



Timothy Kirkhope MEP, leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament said:



"Labour is doing nothing as the European Parliament chief steamrollers through an expensive and controversial folly. The Strasbourg saga goes from the sublime to the ridiculous to the downright scandalous. Why is the European Parliament seriously considering spending £10 million of UK taxpayers money for a building no-one needs? Do we want the 700 new nurses or teachers £10 million will buy or a timeshare in a French white elephant?



"It is all very suspicious. Even the responsible Parliamentary committee** have said in a letter to Josep Borrell that they 'learned with surprise that Parliament continues to pursue the negotiation' and demanded transparency from him which they have not received.



"Together with EU Commissioner Wallstrom, other MEP's and the nearly 1 million EU citizens who have signed the www.oneseat.eu petition we believe that the Strasbourg site is a symbol of waste and inefficiency in a Europe that is crying out for reform. We will not stop in our resolve to stop Strasbourg.



"We have kept the UK Government fully informed throughout this saga but they have done absolutely nothing at any level."



ENDS



1. * €80 million is held in escrow earmarked as a deposit for the Strasbourg buildings. This money must be spent by December 2006 or will be repaid to the member states. The UK's share is 17.5% (€14 million or £10 million).



** Working Group (Strasbourg Buildings) Committee of Budgetary Control

Prodicus said...

>€80 million is held in escrow earmarked as a deposit for the Strasbourg buildings. This money must be spent by December 2006 or will be repaid to the member states. The UK's share is 17.5% (€14 million or £10 million).<

Well, gimme my money back, then.

Sam Tarran said...

It's not just the CAP, as you said, Serf. The Common Fisheries Policy is just as loony. Someone in the EU bureaucracy demanded the British fishing fleet cut down because of foreign overfishing of our waters.

Ellee said...

More news from Margot on this, just released:

http://www.euractiv.com/en/agenda2004/wallstrom-strasbourg-negative-symbol/article-157474