European Parliament – Decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union – Communiqué issued by Bernard Cazeneuve (December 13, 2012)
The Court of Justice of the European Union has today overruled the decisions that allowed the European Parliament - by setting the dates for its meetings in 2012 and 2013 - to reduce its meeting time in Strasbourg, specifically by eliminating a part-session in October. The Court found that these decisions violated the European treaties.
The French authorities welcome this ruling by the Court of Justice in favor of their argument.
As the Court reaffirms, the treaties, which the European Parliament is required to uphold, determine that the location of the European Parliament’s headquarters shall be in Strasbourg and stipulate that the 12 regular monthly sessions shall take place there.
France attaches great importance to compliance with this provision which reflects the determination of the builders of Europe to create a polycentric Europe.
On the occasion of the extraordinary meeting of the European Council in Brussels on November 23, President Hollande also indicated “that there can be no question of modifying the treaty with respect to the very headquarters of the European Parliament.”
The minister delegate for European affairs reaffirmed France’s position regarding the headquarters of the European Parliament during a joint visit, together with his German counterpart on December 7, to Strasbourg, a city which is the symbol of French-German reconciliation.
It’s now up to the European Parliament to draw the consequences of this ruling and to change its 2013 meeting schedule.
France will keep a close watch to ensure that the headquarters remains in Strasbourg, ensure compliance with the treaties and that the Court of Justice’s ruling is considered res judicata.
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