The European Parliament operates in both Brussels and the Alsatian capital Strasbourg where monthly plenary sessions are held. The to-ing and fro-ing is not popular because of the waste of time and money involved, but the EP is obliged to hold twelve plenary sessions a year in France.
Despite this obligation, European lawmakers have now backed an amendment proposed by the British conservative Ashley Fox. In order to meet the twelve meetings a year rule two shorter sessions will be staged in one and the same week.
Following the vote Ashley Fox told reporters: "This will save European taxpayers 15 million euros and avoid 1,600 tons of pointless CO2 emissions. I hope that this is the first nail in the coffin of the travelling circus that the European Parliament is today."