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Jean Lambert London's Green MEP

Issue: Parliament

Ending the two seat ‘travelling circus’

The European Parliament has two seats and meets regularly in both Brussels and Strasbourg. The duplication of facilities and the demands made on MEPs, staff, journalists and assistants imposes significant financial, environmental and organisation penalties on the European Parliament.

A study commissioned by Jean and her Green colleague Caroline Lucas (former MEP, now an MP) and researched by Professor of Sustainable Transport John Whitelegg reveals that the split site arrangement produces at least an extra 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year – more than some countries.

The report was the first evidence-based and robust study of the climate change implications of having ‘two-seats’ and Jean has led calls for an end to the European Parliament’s ‘travelling-circus’.

“The ecological absurdity of having two seats has been one which the Green’s have continued to campaign against. By operating in one place the Parliament would not only save money that could be invested to benefit the environment, but would dramatically reduce emissions as well – something all public institutions should be doing.

“The EU has made a commitment to reduce levels of emissions but climate change can not be addressed through words, money and promises.  It requires a change in behavior and an understanding of cause and effect.”

Jean Lambert MEP

Download the report here