EU parliament's €114m-a-year move to Strasbourg 'a waste of money', but will it ever be scrapped?

Press quote (Euronews)
Camino Mortera-Martinez
20 May 2019

"The biggest obstacle is the French government," said Camino Mortera-Martinez, a senior research fellow for EU justice and home affairs at the Centre for European Reform.

"Strasbourg is a major symbol for the European Union. It’s a town that has been French and German alternatively, where many compromises have been found over the years," Mortera-Martinez said, calling it "a petri dish of European integration".

...The 2019 and 2020 European parliament budgets recognise the problem, calling vaguely for a "roadmap to a single seat" but experts do not expect anything to change.

"I don't see the EU leaders having the appetite to actually reopen this question," Mortera-Martinez said.

If it was a priority for them "they would have a timeline and a way and a plan, a roadmap to accomplish it but that is absolutely not the case", she added.