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In their plenary session in Strasbourg, MEPs this week voted in favour of increasing their allowances by €1,500 per month, bringing their allowances up to a total of €19,040 per month. This is set to increase the European Parliament’s administrative budget by €9.4m to €1.6 billion. MEPs claimed they needed the extra money and additional staff to compensate for their increased work load under the Lisbon Treaty.

The Conservatives’ ECR group in the European Parliament this week proposed an amendment to reduce the number of EP sessions in its second seat of Strasbourg, and potentially save it up to €17m. The proposal was voted down by 380 MEPs, with 265 voting in favour and 24 abstaining.

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