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by Fran on Fri May 22nd, 2009 at 01:47:51 PM EST
Eighteen 'phantom' MEPs will do no work for two years - Telegraph
Eighteen "phantom" MEPs will be elected on full pay and perks next month despite not being able to start work for up to two years due to Ireland's rejection of the Lisbon Treaty.

The extra candidates will be chosen in the European Union elections on June 4 despite the agreement, which increases the number of MEPs from 736 to 754, remaining unsigned.

Amid confusion over when and how they will take up their seats, the European Parliament has decided to give the MEPs only "observer" status from next year.

by Fran on Fri May 22nd, 2009 at 01:59:05 PM EST
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BBC NEWS | Europe | Euro election country-by-country

National concerns appear to overshadow pan-European issues in the run-up to the 4-7 June European Parliament elections.

In this guide the BBC's Laurence Peter looks at the issues country-by-country.

The parliament is being reduced in size to 736 MEPs, from 785 in the outgoing parliament. The new number of seats per country is given here first, with the previous number in brackets.

by Fran on Fri May 22nd, 2009 at 02:08:13 PM EST
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