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MEPs meeting in Strasbourg next week will vote on several nuclear issues, including the decommissioning of old nuclear power plants and common European Union safety rules. Two of the votes will be purely advisory, since the European Parliament has no jurisdiction over issues falling under the Euratom treaty, though the Parliament does control some funding issues.
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MEPs are expected on Thursday (21 November) to back a European Commission proposal to provide small investors with easy-to-read information sheets. The move is part of a wider European Union effort to enhance consumer protection for investors and curb misbehaviour in the financial sector.
The Lisbon treaty sets the number of seats in the European Parliament at 751 and says that no country should have fewer than six and more than 96 MEPs. Unlike previous treaties, it does not list the seats for each country.
The representation of citizens should be “degressively proportional”, the treaty says, meaning that countries of similar (but not exactly the same) size should have the same number of MEPs. The treaty leaves it to the European Council, acting in unanimity, to adopt a decision on how this provision is to be applied in practice, on a proposal from the Parliament.
The current Parliament, elected in June 2009, is not fully aligned with the provisions of the Lisbon treaty, which took effect half a year later. It has 754 seats, and Germany has 99 MEPs. The next election, in 2014, will take place under the Lisbon treaty rules. This will be the first election to the Parliament to include 28 member states, after Croatia's accession, scheduled to take place in July 2013.
Twelve Croatian observer MEPs took their seats in Strasbourg on 17 April.
Appointed by the Croatian parliament, they will serve until Croatia joins the European Union, which is scheduled for 1 July 2013. Before accession, Croatia will be required by its treaty of accession with the EU to hold an election for its MEPs. Until the June 2014 elections to the European Parliament, Croatia will have 12 MEPs.
As observers, the Croatians can attend and speak in committee and group meetings, but they cannot vote, stand for positions in the Parliament, or address the plenary. Five of the observer MEPs are members of the centre-left Socialists & Democrats group, three come from the centre-right European People's Party, and one is a member of the Liberal group. Three of the Croatian observer MEPs are not members of any group in the Parliament.
Because Croatian is not currently among the EU's 23 official languages, the Parliament has hired six Croatian staff interpreters and hopes to hire another four before the end of the year.
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Those who want to see an end to the ridiculous and costly monthly outings of the European Parliament to Strasbourg should take heart from what Henri Malosse, president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has said recently.