MEPs cancel Rio+20 participation

Costs are too high for European Parliament delegation.

The European Parliament has cancelled plans to send a delegation to the UN’s Rio+20 summit on sustainable development taking place in June, saying the costs are too prohibitive.

The Parliament had planned to send 11 MEPs. But yesterday the political group co-ordinators on the environment committee decided that hotel costs, of up to €800 a night, were too exorbitant. A delegation from the European Commission will attend, led by Janez Potocnik, the European commissioner for the environment.

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