Tue Sep 19th, 2006 at 06:34:57 AM EST
Got this mass mail from Cecilia Malström in my inbox:
***From the front page
You are receiving this email because you are one of the more than 970 000 European citizens who have signed on www.oneseat.eu. The response has been fantastic all over placeEurope and the issue has been widely covered in the press and on blogs. Citizens from all 25 EU countries have signed. I have received thousands of encouraging emails. Thank you all for that! It shows that the issue of the European Parliament's seat is truly something that many Europeans care about.
We are now very close to reaching the goal of one million signatures but there is still some more work to do. Therefore I kindly ask you all to send www.oneseat.eu to all your friends, family and colleagues, asking them to sign.
If all of you manage to get one extra signature our goal will easily be reached and we can take the issue to Commissioner Wallström as soon as the Commission resumes after the summer break.
My deepest thanks to all of you!
I think this is a worthwile initiative - the monthly move to and from Strasbourg is a major drag upon the European Parliament, it wastes money, time and resources. And Parliament should have the ability to decide itself where it holds its sessions. That's my opinion, but this is of course also a place for discussion. What can you say for and against this initiative?
A number of starting points:
- Almost half of these 1 million signatures come from the Netherlands
- As an online petition, the oneseat campaign does not have adequate guards. Some people have abused this to sign under false names, more than once, etc. They'll have to use a rather long purge list.
- Strasbourg. Should it be maintained for some reason? Should the French be given some form of compensation if not?