MEP’s travel back and forth between Brussels and Strasbourg ‘wasting’ 48 days a year, according to the Mail Online from 07/02/2014
EU High Commissioner Catherine Ashton is currently in Kiev and in discussions with the Ukrainian government. Guy Verhofstadt, former Belgium prime minister questioned the absence of Ashton in the debate.
The Italian president Giorgio Napolitano was on an official visit and made a speech to the European Parliament on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Project Spinelli (see below: commemoration stamp/envelopes from today and from 1984).
In front of the hemicycle, soldiers were raising the Italian flag.
Elections to the European Parliament will take place across all the member states between 22 – 25 May 2014.