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European Parliament Members: Germany

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 26th July 2010.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 6 July 2010, Official Report, columns 6-7WS, on the European Parliament Transitionary Protocol, for what reasons the three additional German MEPs will not be standing down before 2014; and what the estimated cost to the European Union will be of maintaining those MEPs until 2014.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

Under article 5 of the EU Act concerning the election of the representatives of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage (20 September 1976), it is not possible for the EU to curtail an MEP's mandate during a parliamentary term or, therefore, to reduce the current number of MEPs in the German delegation within the European Parliament. The Act only provides for vacancies under article 13 (1) in cases where a seat falls vacant due to the mandate of an MEP ending as a result of resignation, death or withdrawal of the mandate by the member state of the MEP.

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