The two-seat arrangement of the European Parliament, based in both Brussels and Strasbourg, is a complete farce. Where else in the world would you see a Parliament re-locate to identical facilities 250 miles away for 48 days a year and leave the same huge building complex empty for the remaining 317 days?
And its all to satisfy the French! When Strasbourg was chosen as the official seat of Parliament it was a symbol of Franco-German reconciliation. 50 years later it is a symbol of everything that is wrong with the EU.
According to the EU Treaties, Strasbourg is the official seat of the European Parliament. The Parliament must meet there 12 times a year for Plenary sessions, where legislation receives its final vote. For the rest of the year, the Parliament meets in Brussels, where Committee and Political Group meetings take place, where MEPs have their offices, and where most staff live. It is also where the other main EU Institutions are, namely the Commission and Council, therefore allowing for greater scrutiny and oversight of the EU executive.