10 MAR 2011
By Constant Brand and Simon Taylor | European Voice
Members of the European Parliament have decided to cut the number of times a year that they have to travel to Strasbourg for plenary sessions.
Defying the wishes of the leaders of the Parliament's two biggest political groups, the MEPs voted by a margin of more than 100 to fudge the EU treaty obligation that the Parliament should meet 12 times a year in Strasbourg.
They approved changes to the Parliament's calendar of meetings for 2012 and 2013 that would see two plenary sessions held in the same week in October, separated by one day of committee meetings.
The changes had been championed by a group of MEPs campaigning against the Parliament shuttling between Strasbourg and Brussels.
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