London Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford has welcomed a vote by Euro-MPs on the European Parliament’s 2013 budget but called for even more Brussels belt-tightening.
In a first stage before further negotiations with the other EU institutions, MEPs backed savings of 9.3 million Euros (£7.8m) in order to achieve a real terms freeze in the Parliament's budget for next year, rising only in line with the rate of inflation of 1.9%.
Sarah Ludford commented:
"In times of economic hardship and national austerity measures, the whole European Parliament must tighten its belt. This certainly means freezing MEP allowances, capping travel expenditure and cutting planned funding for political parties as a first step."