The European Parliament is called to be, rather than an organic element, the artery through which circulate the democratic aspirations of the European citizenship. Today, the Union lives gripped by multiple problems and plunged into a crisis, which threatens the social model of coexistence that has accompanied us in the last six decades.
In this context, it is the special sense campaign that promotes the disappearance of the dual parliamentary headquarters, wasteful unjustifiable that, in its time, picked up the Maastricht Treaty, by imposing the celebration of twelve full annual headquarters in Strasbourg, to the satisfaction of the interests of France.
This October 23, the European Parliament, has finally made its determination to eliminate the headquarters in Strasbourg, and so has been included in the resolution, adopted by an overwhelming majority (518 votes in favor, 149 against and 33 abstentions), on the EU budget for 2013, which requests the Council to define the next year a roadmap for establishing the headquarters only.
This is indicative of how much things have changed, and is that it is particularly striking changes to the feel of the MEPS, which in May 2010 overwhelmingly voted against this resolution. Today the debate on the future of Strasbourg has been relegated to the search for alternatives so as not to undermine the city alsatian (some voices suggest moving the Europol headquarters from the Hague… ).
All the political groups have taken the speech that we must seek an alternative to Strasbourg, despite the protests of the French authorities. The amendment adopted last week at the EP emanates from a much deeper sense, i.e. the inability to justify to the citizenship a dual headquarters, which doubles costs and makes the operation of parliamentary headquarters.
To the MEPS, as representatives of the citizens, and in its function of controlling the power and the governments, they are required quickly and dynamism in the decision-making in a pragmatic way and away from this "traveling circus" with that described in circles the lumbering community movement of members, advisers and files between the city and the Belgian French.
This is a case that provides an opportunity for the logic of the needs of the social and political reality imposing its will on the rigidity of the treaties. AND comes to confirm that point number 6 of the Manifesto of founding More Europe is more relevant than ever and is on its way to reach good port.
Article of Eva Peña, Vice President of the Platform More Europe
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