The EU Parliament has been urged to stop wasting money
Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders revealed MEPs have been “complaining about the lack of work”.
He said: “If the European Parliament thinks it doesn’t have enough work to do, it could do with half of its seats.”
Demanding the European Union (EU) be more efficient in the face of challenges, he said urged MEPs to spend more time outside of meeting rooms.
The EU recently come under fire for allowing highly paid MEPs to keep their second jobs
If the European Parliament thinks it doesn’t have enough work to do, it could do with half of its seats
Bert Koenders, Dutch Foreign Minister
The EU recently come under fire for allowing highly paid MEPs to keep their second jobs.
European Parliament members can take home two pay packets in a decision made just months after the controversies surrounding former members Neelie Kroes and Jose Manuel Barraso.
Mr Koenders also called for the Parliament to scrap its monthly trips between Brussels and Strasbourg, describing it as a “waste of money”.
His remarks come after it emerged Brussels bureaucrats enjoyed a three-day jaunt costing more than half a million euros in November last year.
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Around 100 European Parliament bosses enjoyed a champagne reception and a grilled fish dinner at a swanky hotel in Uruguay, with an eye-watering budget of €517,140 (£460,120).
However, Mr Koenders was keen to jump to the defence of the failing Brussels club, saying it was “a safe haven in a troubled world”.
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Writing in local newspaper AD, he said: “That’s why thousands are trying to reach the continent.”