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European Parliament

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Shadow Minister (Europe)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the oral answer, of 21 June 2005, Official Report, column 653, on European Union (Finances), whether it is his Department's policy that the European Parliament should continue to meet in Strasbourg; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (Europe)

holding answer 27 June 2005

Strasbourg was chosen as a site for the European Parliament (EP) in 1958, well before the UK joined the EU. It was chosen as a symbol of Franco-German reconciliation. While the Government believe that the splitting of the EP's sites is far from ideal, any change to the status quo would need the unanimous agreement of all 25 member states. That looks unlikely for the foreseeable future.

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