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Appeal by France to Court of Justice of the European Union

Appeal by France to Court of Justice of the European Union

Published on May 19, 2011
Statement by the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry Spokesman

Paris, May 18, 2011

As Laurent Wauquiez promised in March – a promise he repeated in Strasbourg on 10 May – France, yesterday afternoon, Tuesday 17 May, filed at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) her request for the cancellation of the European Parliament’s decision of 9 March 2011 to change the schedule of its sessions in 2012 and 2013.

The decision provides for a reduction from four to two days’ duration of two of the 12 monthly plenary sessions of the European Parliament which must be held in Strasbourg every year, and for their being held, in 2012 and 2013, during the same week in October.

The decision, which in reality amounts to getting rid of one of the 12 monthly sessions, is in breach of Protocol No. 6 on the location of the seats of the institutions. Its sole aim is to reduce Euro MPs’ attendance at the seat of the European Parliament.

During Laurent Wauquiez’s visit to Luxembourg on 13 April, Jean-Claude Juncker, the Luxembourg Prime Minister, announced that his country would speak out in support of the French request. This point will also be mentioned this afternoon, during the Ministre d’Etat’s meeting with his Luxembourg counterpart, Jean Asselborn./.

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