The European Parliament is going to cut millions to be able to pay the energy bill, but the controversial moving circus between Brussels and Strasbourg will continue for the time being.
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Internal documents show that the electricity bill for the offices in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg will cost more than 14 million euros more than budgeted this year. The gas bill is more than 4 million euros higher. The EU institution is therefore cutting back on renovations and embellishments.
For example, it appears from documents that news site Politico was able to view that 1.4 million euros will no longer be set aside in Strasbourg for new plants and gardens. A new bar with terrace costing half a million euros will also not be built for the time being. Renovations are being stopped in Brussels: a new air-conditioning system is on hold for the time being, as are 250,000 euros in new carpets and 400,000 euros in lighting for the EU museum.
But the monthly move from Brussels to Strasbourg continues. That is too sensitive for the Member States (read: France). The German MEP Daniel Freund recently made a plea to Parliament Speaker Roberta Metsola to suspend the meetings in Strasbourg and work more digitally.
According to the politician of the Greens, it is inexplicable that empty office buildings are heated, while all Europeans are asked to consume less or simply cannot pay the bill anymore. Freund’s call is gaining more and more acclaim.